The blackout on Sunday in Greater Jakarta and parts of West Java was said to be the worst in many years. Family and friends’ gatherings were still cheerful but hot as houses lost their air-con; the new pride of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and that of Jakartans, the MRT, seemed to blush in shame as the power back up, it turned out, was for the stations and not ready yet for the MRT itself — from which passengers had to be evacuated. Gone was all the talk of the digital revolution and the cashless world as people suddenly found they had to rummage for cash for transactions. We’re still waiting for the results of an investigation into what happened following the President’s stone-faced response; so speculations range from inadequate backup, slow contingency measures to allegations of sabotage and even whether a single big tree growing near a high voltage tower upset the whole network. Amid lambasting of the state electricity company PLN were the … [Read more...] about Blackout: Wake up to far-flung grievances
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WASHINGTON (AFP) - Three rovers, six US flags, dozens of probes that either landed successfully or crashed, tools, cameras and trash: the Moon is dotted with hundreds of objects as a result of space exploration. Some experts are calling to grant them heritage status to protect them from future tourists and human activity. It all started on Sept 13, 1959, when Soviet probe Luna 2 smashed into Mare Imbrium, its 390kg of mass vaporising, no doubt, on impact. It was followed in succession by more Luna probes, then it was the Americans' turn with the Ranger and Surveyor programmes. And then, on July 20, 1969, the first humans, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. The pair spent 22 hours on the Sea of Tranquility. They left behind everything that was not necessary to be taken back: the lunar module's descent stage, cameras, lunar boots, tongs, commemorative objects, and four "defecation collection devices". Five more successful Apollo missions left behind hundreds of additional objects. All told, … [Read more...] about The Moon now has hundreds of artefacts
A NASA photo taken on July 20, 1969 shows the US flag and the footprints of astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin on the surface of the moon WASHINGTON: Three rovers, six US flags, dozens of probes that either landed successfully or crashed, tools, cameras and trash: the Moon is dotted with hundreds of objects as a result of space exploration.Some experts are calling to grant them heritage status to protect them from future tourists and human activity. It all started on September 13, 1959 when Soviet probe Luna 2 smashed into Mare Imbrium, its 390 kilogrammes of mass vaporizing, no doubt, on impact. It was followed in succession by more Luna probes, then it was the Americans' turn with the Ranger and Surveyor programs. And then, on July 20, 1969, the first humans, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. The pair spent 22 hours on the Sea of Tranquility. They left behind everything that was not necessary to take back: the lunar module's descent stage, cameras, lunar … [Read more...] about Should the Moon’s hundreds of artifacts be protected?
MANILA, Philippines — Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio's remarks on the West Philippine Sea row are confusing the public, Malacañang said Sunday, as it maintained that President Rodrigo Duterte is fulfilling his constitutional duty to serve and protect the public. Carpio, a known advocate of the Philippines' interests in the West Philippine Sea, previously said allowing the Chinese to fish within Manila's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is unconstitutional. He noted that the 1987 Constitution requires the the government to protect the nation’s marine wealth in its EEZ and reserve its use and enjoyment exclusively to Filipino citizens. Duterte responded by calling Carpio "stupid" and by claiming that the constitutional provision on the country's EEZ is for the "thoughtless and the senseless." The president also claimed China would not recognize the provision and might even treat it as a mere "toilet paper." Carpio was unfazed by Duterte's … [Read more...] about Palace lectures SC Senior Associate Justice Carpio on the law
MOGOK: Burrowing deep underground, thousands of informal miners risk their lives to find gleaming red gems as a law change spurs opportunity in Myanmar's "land of rubies".Emperors, kings and warlords have long fought over the valley of Mogok in Mandalay region, where the unique "pigeon-blood" stones lie hidden.The Mogok rubies are the most expensive in the world, with the highest-quality jewels fetching multi-million dollar prices in an industry notoriously bereft of regulation.For years, private companies were permitted to mine in a joint venture with state-owned Myanmar Gems Enterprise.But a recent law change - aimed at reining in big companies digging hundreds of metres deep - means many licences have not been renewed, and the former diggings have been invaded by artisanal miners.With no security protecting the sites, locals - many former employees of the mining companies and long marginalised in the trade - have rushed in to stake a claim.Now the openings of makeshift shafts, … [Read more...] about Ruby rush: Myanmar gem hunters exploit law change