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Slain hostage’s 4-year-old tweet embraced on social media

目を閉じて、じっと我慢。怒ったら、怒鳴ったら、終わり。それは祈りに近い。憎むは人の業にあらず、裁きは神の領域。-そう教えてくれたのはアラブの兄弟たちだった。 — 後藤健二 (@kenjigotoip) September 7, 2010 TOKYO — Kenji Goto’s words, now more than four years old, have taken on a new poignancy. “Closing my eyes and holding still. It’s the end if I get mad or scream. It’s close to a prayer. Hate is not for humans. Judgment lies with God. That’s what …

Asians slower to seek immigration protection over stigma, fear, language barriers

LOS ANGELES — Asians have been slower to sign up for President Barack Obama’s reprieve for young immigrants in the country illegally, and community advocates are ramping up efforts to reach thousands more who are eligible for his expanded immigration plan. Many advocates have blamed the low turnout among young Asian immigrants for the administration’s …

Top US colleges like Yale, Harvard seek Chinese students from outside the economic elite

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Top American universities like Yale and Harvard, widely regarded overseas as places only for children of the rich and powerful, are increasing efforts to attract the best international students, regardless of their financial backgrounds. With more undergraduates coming from abroad than ever, the Ivy League universities that have worked to overcome reputations for …

Commission further pursues paperless transactions

MANILA — National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) will further walk its talk on need for waste reduction, deciding to go full blast on paperless conduct of its business beginning this year. “Going paperless will help reduce volume of trash from paper,” NSWMC Exec. Dir. Eligio Ildefonso said Monday (Jan. 26) in Metro Manila on …

Beyond Mere Pontification

  It all began with a video shown to me by one of my publishers. The clip was taken by a family (whom I presumed Italian, based on their excited chatter) while they eagerly and patiently waited by the side of a small road on the outskirts of some (again, presumably) small Italian village. From …

QC Council recommends more handwriting in schools

MANILA — The Quezon City Council, through a resolution proposed by 5th District Councilor and chairperson of education, science and technology committee Jullienne Alyson Rae V. Medalla, has urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to continue to promote the use of handwriting in all public and private schools . Councilor Medalla said that advances of …

Church taught responsible parenthood as a Catholic obligation — CBCP head

MANILA  — The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said that the Church has taught that it is a Catholic obligation to be responsible about parenthood. “Births should be planned rationally by both parents who must always remain open to new life, but who must also take into consideration their physical, …

Lolo Kiko: The People’s Pope

When His Holiness Pope Francis found out what “Lolo Kiko” meant, he insisted that Pinoys continue calling him Lolo Kiko. And after five days of an eventful Papal visit, it wasn’t hard to refer to him like a familiar and endeared grandfather. Day One: Tireless When the Pope arrived on January 15, thousands of people …

Chef Jessie: Pope Francis prefers simple meals

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino veteran chef Jessie Sincioco, owner of the local catering service chosen to prepare the meals of the Pope Francis during his Manila stay in his five-day visit to the country, served him traditional Argentinian dishes and unique local desserts. Sincioco was delighted when she was chosen among hundreds of other chefs …

PH lauded for gender-inclusive peace process

MANILA  — As the Pope calls for greater women’s participation in the Philippines, last December the country was also lauded for its gender-inclusive peace process by former United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during a speech at Georgetown University. Deles and Coronel-Ferrer were both cited by Clinton for making inclusivity the guiding principle …

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