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Filipina Kindergarten teacher wins Miss International 2016

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, October 28th, 2016



The Philippines won the crown again in this year’s Miss International beauty pageant held in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday.

The Filipina beauty of Kylie Verzosa, shone in her traditional costume and blue evening gown.

Kylie showcased her intellect in her winning speech at the 56th Miss International beauty pageant:

“Three things come to mind when I think of Miss International: Culture, education, and international understanding. These three work together to make the brand of the Miss International Beauty Pageant relevant to the global community and to our time.”

The 24-year old kindergarten teacher and model expressed her gratitude to those who supported her journey to victory.

“I cannot believe this moment right now and I am ecstatic and happy. Thank you so much to my family, to the Philippines, to everyone who supported me. I did not go through this journey alone,” said Kylie.

Kylie is the sixth Filipina to be crowned Miss International.

The last time the country won the title was in 2013 with Bea Rose Santiago.

Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte is delighted by Kylie’s win.

It can be recalled that the beauty queen has posted in her Instagram account her photo with the president who was also in Japan at that time for a state visit.

“Of course I am happy. I am always happy if our beautiful women win all the titles because we are Filipinos. It gives us a bit of pride. We’re like proud,” said President Duterte.

Sixty-nine contestants from different countries participated in the prestigious beauty pageant. Australia, Indonesia, Nicaragua and United States were declared runners-up.

Mirasol Abogadil |UNTV News and Rescue

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Hokkaido is warned of the worst blizzard in years to hit the area

by UNTV   |   Posted on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

A screenshot from the video of Reuters showing men walking through a snowy weather

At least one person has died as the worst blizzard in years hit Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido on Friday, causing delays in train operations and canceled flights across the region.

A man working for a roadside assistance company and who went into a forest on foot trying to help a car stuck in the snow was later found dead, according to local media.

Over 300 trains in the region were canceled due to the blizzard, leaving many passengers stranded at railway stations.

A total 110 flights scheduled to depart from Hokkaido and Northern Japan were also canceled, according to the local media.

The meteorological agency warned people to avoid going out in what it described as the ‘worst blizzard in years’. — Reuters

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More body parts believed from missing Hyogo woman found in Osaka and Kyoto

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: A hillside in Shimamoto town, Osaka prefecture, near Kyoto, Dec 1, 2014. – REUTERS/Thomas

Severed arms, legs, and a torso were found in mountainous areas of Kyoto and Osaka on Monday two days after police discovered a human head during a search for a missing Japanese woman last seen with an American tourist.

The police found the body parts in the town of Shimamoto, Osaka Prefecture, and Kyoto’s Yamashina ward based on information provided by the American man, 26-year-old Yevgeniy Vasilievich Bayraktar who was arrested Thursday in connection with the case.

The torso and a pair of soil-covered arms were found in Shimamoto, and the legs were found in Yamashina.

The US national, who entered Japan in late January, was the last person seen with the 27-year-old woman from Sanda, Hyogo Prefecture.

He has admitted to disposing of her body, according to the police.

The head was found Saturday in a suitcase at a short-term lodging facility in Osaka’s Nishinari ward bearing a cut apparently made by a sharp-edged knife, according to investigators.

The police are set to serve the man with a fresh arrest warrant for disposing of and damaging a body.

He was first taken into custody on suspicion of imprisonment. — Reuters

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Japan punishes Coincheck after $530 million cryptocurrency theft

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, January 29th, 2018

Cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck’s signboard is pictured in front of a building where their office is located, in Tokyo, Japan January 29, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s financial regulator on Monday ordered Coincheck to get its act together after hackers stole $530 million worth of digital money from its exchange, jolting the nation’s cryptocurrency market in one of the biggest cyber heists.

The theft highlights the vulnerabilities in trading an asset that global policymakers are struggling to regulate and the broader risks for Japan as it aims to leverage the fintech industry to stimulate economic growth.

The Financial Services Agency (FSA) said on Monday it has ordered improvements to operations at Tokyo-based Coincheck, which on Friday suspended trading in all cryptocurrencies except bitcoin after hackers stole 58 billion yen ($534 million) of NEM coins, among the most popular digital currencies in the world.

Coincheck said on Sunday it would return about 90 percent with internal funds, though it has yet to figure out how or when.

The FSA is due to brief media on the matter at 2 p.m.

Japan started to require cryptocurrency exchange operators to register with the government only in April 2017, allowing pre-existing operators such as Coincheck to continue offering services ahead of formal registration.

The FSA has registered 16 cryptocurrency exchanges so far, and another 16 or so are still awaiting approval while continuing to operate.

Coincheck has said its NEM coins were stored in a “hot wallet” instead of the more secure “cold wallet”, outside the internet.

NEM fell to $0.78 from $1.01 on Friday, before recovering to around $0.97 on Monday, according to CoinMarketCap.

Singapore-based NEM Foundation said it had a tracing system on the NEM blockchain and that it had “a full account” of all of Coincheck’s lost NEM coins.

It added that the hacker had not moved any of the funds to any exchange or personal accounts but that it had no way to independently return the stolen funds to its owners.

In 2014, Tokyo-based Mt. Gox, which once handled 80 percent of the world’s bitcoin trades, filed for bankruptcy after losing around half a billion dollars worth of bitcoins. More recently, South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Youbit last month shut down and filed for bankruptcy after being hacked twice last year.

World leaders meeting in Davos last week issued fresh warnings about the dangers of cryptocurrencies, with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin relating Washington’s concern about the money being used for illicit activity.

Many countries have clamped down on exchanges.

South Korea will ban crytocurrency traders from using anonymous bank accounts to crack down on the criminal use of virtual coins. China has ordered some exchanges to close, with the aim of containing financial risks.

But Japan has taken a different tack, becoming last year the first country to introduce national-level regulation of cryptocurrency exchanges.

The move, intended to protect consumers and stymie money laundering, was praised by many traders and operators as progressive.

Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki, Takahiko Wada, Thomas Wilson, Chang-Ran Kim in TOKYO, Vidya Ranganathan in SINGAPORE; Writing by Chang-Ran Kim

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