JAKARTA: An Indonesian volcano erupted on Tuesday (May 7), sending a massive column of ash and smoke 2,000 metres (6,500 feet) into the air, coating local villages in debris.Mount Sinabung on Sumatra island - which has been rumbling since 2010 and saw a deadly eruption in 2016 - spewed the thick plume after activity picked up recent days.Disaster agency officials said the eruption has the "potential" to affect flights, but it had not issued a formal notice for planes to avoid the area.Local residents living along rivers near the crater were advised to be on alert for possible lava flows.There were no reports of injuries or deaths after the latest eruption and the disaster agency did not issue an evacuation order.No one lives inside a previously announced no-go zone around the volcano.Sinabung roared back to life in 2010 for the first time in 400 years. After another period of inactivity it erupted once more in 2013, and has remained highly active since.In 2016, seven people died … [Read more...] about Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung spews massive smoke-and-ash column
As long as we have journalists like Felipe Salvosa II, the likes of Bobi Tiglao don’t matter. Salvosa provided a much-needed silver lining last week at the time when dark clouds of lies threatened to overwhelm the public pre-occupied with the business of surviving. Until last week, Salvosa was Manila Times managing editor. He was fired for voicing his reservations about the story his newspaper was putting out. I’m using the word “fired” because he himself admitted that he was asked to resign by management over his tweet posted early afternoon of April 22 which said: “A diagram is by no means an evidence of ‘destabilization’ or an ‘ouster plot.’ It is a very huge stretch for anyone to accuse PCIJ, Vera Files and Rappler of actively plotting to unseat the President. I know people there and they are not coup plotters.” Salvosa’s tweet was questioning the banner story of his own newspaper, written by no less than … [Read more...] about News OPINION: Ipe Salvosa and Bobi Tiglao
NEW YORK — The first issue of The City Record, on June 24, 1873, listed a procurement notice for a steamboat engine for the New York City Department of Charities and Corrections. A more recent notice, from 2017, listed the purchase of almost $4.4 million worth of condoms and lubrication packets as part of a city public health campaign. In between lies the vast history of the city and of The City Record, a bottomless trove of municipal minutiae and legally required announcements that calls itself the “Official Journal of the City of New York.” While most New Yorkers have never read, or even heard of, this city-published paper, it is indispensable to many city officials and to those seeking city contracts. “This is the bible of doing business with the city of New York,” said Eli Blachman, the paper’s longtime editor. “If you want to bid for a city contract, it’s like the lottery,” he said. “You’ve got to be in it to win … [Read more...] about News Selling Condoms or Pet Food? Inside New York’s Business ‘Bible’
In 2017 the forum was attended by 29 heads of state, along with representatives from many countries, including Thailand. This year nearly 40 heads of state joined, including the leaders of all 10 Asean countries. Clearly, interest and engagement in the BRI has steadily increased. At the time of the 2017 forum there were around 100 participating countries; this had grown by the end of last year to more than 122 nations and 29 international organisations. There were a number of points of particular interest to me at the forum. One was the strong emphasis on green finance, which was one of the more frequently noted themes during the bankers’ meeting. A working group had prepared ahead-of-time guidelines of Green Investment Principles for the Belt and Road and these stated that “It is a common responsibility of global financial institutions to make green investment, reduce polluting investment and promote green economic transformation and sustainable development of the … [Read more...] about The Belt and Road gathers steam
The beautiful, sun-kissed islands of our tourism paradise of the Philippines have the mixed blessings of abundant natural resources, fertile volcanic soil and also lots of natural disasters once in a while, such as earthquakes, volcanoes erupting, typhoons, and others. How can businesses — most especially the numerous micro, small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) — be prepared for any natural or manmade disasters? How can small enterprises and professionals survive calamities and accidents? The following is not based just on textbook research or interviews, but I personally suffered a destructive accidental fire in one of my businesses and it was caused by the fire from a next-door neighbor’s business (which had mysteriously been allowed to operate by the fire department without any fire extinguishers, while my staff had to use up to 13 units of 10-kilo and 20-kilo fire extinguishers). Here are suggestions for all of us: Review and be sure to update your … [Read more...] about How can small businesses & professionals prepare for disasters?