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    Filipina Kindergarten teacher wins Miss International 2016

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

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    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.

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    Japanese disaster relief team leaves for Mexico

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, September 21st, 2017

    A rescue dog and his trainer work on the rubble of a collapsed building after an earthquake hit in Mexico City, Mexico September 20, 2017. REUTERS/Ginnette Riquelme

    Meanwhile, Japan’s disaster relief team has departed from Narita Airport today to join rescue operations in Mexico following the country’s most deadly earthquake in three decades.

    The team is composed of 70 people and four rescue dogs.

    International Emergency Relief official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Toshihide Kawasaki, who is part of the team said they will start working as soon as they arrive to help rescue as many people as they can.

    Mexico, for its part, expressed gratitude to the Japanese government.

    “Mexico is grateful for Japan’s support,” said Carlos Mexican Ambassador to Japan Fernando Almada Lopez. — Reuters

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    Residents in Hokkaido, surprised but not frightened by North Korea’s second missile launch

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, September 15th, 2017

    A man walks past a TV set showing North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un in a news report about North Korea’s missile launch in Tokyo. REUTERS/Kim Kyun-Hoon

    Hokkaido City officials and self-defense personnel scrambled early Friday to assess threats or damage after North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile over the northern Japan for the second time in recent weeks.

    Warning announcements about the missile blared around 7 a.m. In parts of northern Japan, while many residents received alerts on their mobile phones or saw warnings on TV with instructions to hide inside a building or a basement.

    People at a crowded train station in Sapporo, Hokkaido’s prefectural capital city, had mixed reactions about the missile launch, with some still in disbelief.

    “It just doesn’t feel real. I really don’t know what it’ll do,” said an elderly woman.

    “It gives me the shivers. I feel like telling them to just stop it now,” said an elderly man.

    Meanwhile, Tokyo residents expressed fear that the missiles may fall on Japan if they are fired in that direction.

    “It is very scary. The path [of the missile] goes over Japan, so I’m concerned as to what may happen,” said Satoshi Nagatsuka, a food industry worker.

    “[My home is in] Hakodate [Hokkaido], and when I look at the path of the missile, it looks like it is flying over that area and that is very scary. If the missile doesn’t fall into the sea and falls somewhere else, I wonder what will happen,” Reiko Ota, a retiree.

    The launch was made a day after North Korea’s threatened to ‘sink’ Japan and reduce U.S. to ‘ashes and darkness” using its nuclear weapons.

    The missile reached an altitude of about 770 km and flew for about 19 minutes over a distance of about 3,700 km according to South Korea’s military far enough to reach the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam. — Reuters

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    North Korea threatens to ‘sink’ Japan, reduce U.S. to ‘ashes and darkness’

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 14th, 2017

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    North Korea threatened on Thursday to use nuclear weapons to sink Japan for “dancing to the tune” of the United States to back a U.N. Security Council resolution over its latest nuclear test.

    “The four islands of the archipelago in Japan should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche. Japan is no longer needed to exist near us,” said KRT news reader.

    The North’s Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee also called for the breakup of the security council, which it called “a tool of evil” and “money-bribed” countries that move only on the orders of the United States.

    The North’s comments came after the country said it categorically rejected the resolutions imposing sanctions against it for the September 3 nuclear test.

    It accuses the United States of continual plans for invasion and regularly threatens to destroy it and its Asian allies, Japan and South Korea. — Reuters

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