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QINGDAO, Shandong, Oct. 15 — China published its first ocean science and technology innovation index on Wednesday, which evaluates the ocean science and technology development level of Chinese cities.

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MOSCOW, Oct. 15 — Space enthusiasts who hope to put colonists on Mars by 2024 might have to postpone their ambitious plan, as their idea will fail, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers, AFP said.

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BEIJING, Oct. 15 — A Chinese scientist has proposed a series of satellites to monitor "global change," or planetary-scale changes concerning the Earth.

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LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte, Oct. 15 — Over the past 12 years, the level of compliance of local government units with the provisions of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act has been low, said Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Juan delos Reyes.

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PHNOM PENH, Oct. 15 — Cambodia on Wednesday commemorated the second anniversary of the death of the country's most revered King Father Norodom Sihanouk by offering alms to Buddhists monks and paying tribute to his statue.

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MOSCOW, Oct. 15 — The fourth international festival "Circle of Light" closed on Tuesday evening in Moscow with grandiose ceremonies all across Moscow, including a surprise performance of opera singer Ljubov Kazarnovskaya.

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By Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan

MANILA, Oct. 15 (PNA) – The low pressure area (LPA) hovering east of Mindanao will bring rains over the parts of Visayas and Mindanao in the next 24 hours, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Wednesday said.

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MOSCOW, Oct. 15 — Russia plans to launch the OKA-T free flying experiments module in 2018, the deputy head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Wednesday.

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By Cielito M. Reganit

MANILA, Oct. 15 (PNA) — A Partylist lawmaker lauded on Wednesday the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for implementing a Php15.95-million project that would rehabilitate mangroves destroyed by typhoon "Yolanda" in the province of Iloilo.

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French FM to visit China

BEIJING, Oct. 15 — French Foreign Affairs and International Development Minister Laurent Fabius will pay a working visit to China from October 18 to 20, as a guest of his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

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MOSCOW, Oct. 15 — Russia will send a manned mission to the Moon after 2030 under the country’s far space exploration program, a deputy head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos told TASS on Wednesday.

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MANILA, Oct. 14 — The fourth archbishop of the Archdiocese of Pampanga will be officially installed on October 27.

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SINGAPORE, Oct. 14 — The Singapore government is working with IBM to adopt a supercomputer system that can answer personalized questions on government policies and services, in a bid to boost efficiency in government consultation, Channel NewsAsia reported on Tuesday.

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By Juzel L. Danganan

MANILA, Oct 14 (PNA) – Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario Montejo has promised continuity of the reliable weather forecasting and natural disaster precautions achieved over the years, to ensure safety of frequent night-workers of the Information Technology-Business Process Management (IT-BPM) community.

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By John Mark Escandor

CABUSAO, Camarines Sur, Oct. 14 (PNA) — Flying in groups to escape the cold and freezing months in temperate regions, migratory birds are starting to descend at the 232-hectare Cabusao Wetland for a feed-stop before continuing their journey to the south.

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CEBU CITY, Oct. 14 — Organizers of the 12th National Cooperative Summit in Cebu on October 16 to 18 said they expect only 3,500 participants, but the event now has 4,260 registrants.

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By Charles Happell

CANBERRA, Oct. 14 (PNA/Xinhua) — Australian scientists have made the alarming discovery that sea levels have risen more in the past century than at any other comparable period in the past 6,000 years.

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BACOLOD CITY, Oct. 14 — Negros Occidental Sixth District Rep. Mercedes Alvarez was elected to the Board of the Forum of Young Parliamentarians representing the Asia-Pacific during the First Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians held in Geneva, Switzerland last weekend.

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BADOC, Ilocos Norte, Oct. 14 — Truckloads of garbage, mostly composed of plastic wastes and marine debris, were collected by coastal residents in Saud, Badoc, Ilocos Norte as they participated in the coastal cleanup drive on Tuesday, September 14 in celebration of the fish conservation week.

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HOUSTON, Oct. 14 — A line of powerful storms rolled over several states in central and southern U.S. on Monday, spawning tornadoes, claiming lives and causing property damage.

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