Duterte on motorbike. Image from Sen. Bong Go MANILA, Philippines — Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Sunday said he is “not buying” the rumor that President Rodrigo Duterte is sick, saying that the “narcissist” President is doing this on purpose to get attention. “I’m not buying this info that Duterte is sick. He’s been doing that for the past 5 years,” said Trillanes in a statement. “Mawawala kunyare (pretend to disappear) then they’d float their own rumor. Tapos lalabas (then appear) like a conquering hero and burn all those who went for the ride. He’s a narcissist, remember? He craves for the attention,” he added. Trillanes said that instead of getting hooked into the administration’s “script,” Filipinos should demand that the President gets to work “at this time of severe national crisis.” “Napakatamad na, wala pang malasakit” Trillanes said. (Not only is he lazy, but he is also indifferent.) It has already been two weeks since President Duterte last ... » Learn More about Speculation of ‘narcissist’ Duterte being sick is part of admin’s ‘script’ – Trillanes
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British actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge arrives for the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Jan. 19, 2020. Image: AFP/Jean-Baptiste Lacroix “Fleabag” actor and creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge will star alongside Harrison Ford in the new “Indiana Jones” movie due to hit screens next summer, Lucasfilm said Friday. The series’ fifth installment, to be directed by James Mangold (“Ford v Ferrari,” “Logan”) has been billed as 78-year-old Ford’s final film as the hero archaeologist. The “new adventure” will feature a “dream team of all-time great filmmakers” including producers Steven Spielberg, who was initially due to direct, and Kathleen Kennedy, said Mangold in a statement to AFP. “When you add Phoebe, a dazzling actor, brilliant creative voice and the chemistry she will undoubtedly bring to our set, I can’t help but feel as lucky as Indiana Jones himself,” Mangold added. The casting caps a remarkable rise for British actor and writer ... » Learn More about New ‘Indiana Jones’ movie casts ‘Fleabag’ star Waller-Bridge
Once, a friend asked me, “How can you stay so hopeful about our country, despite everything?” That friend knew how much harassment I have faced over the years for expressing my political conscience. She also knew how I have obsessively papered over the disastrous blunders and inimitable shenanigans of our political leaders through the years. My answer is this: I believe in the Filipino people. I feel indebted to our national heroes such as Jose Rizal, and I know that we still have leaders whose political lives are centered on conviction rather than on the blind pursuit of power. One of them, without a doubt, is Sen. Risa Hontiveros, one of the bravest and most sincere souls to have made it to our highest chamber. It’s precisely progressive leaders like her, undaunted in the face of peril and unforgivable calumny, that should give us hope about the future of our country. From a tender age, I was at once fascinated and repelled by politics. On the one hand, I couldn’t shake off the ... » Learn More about Risa Hontiveros: The politics of conviction
PUTRAJAYA: The Social Welfare Department (JKM) will continue to be empowered via several initiatives to improve its service delivery to the rakyat, says Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. A mong the initiatives taken include the restructuring of the department comprising efforts to strengthen the delivery of assistance, staff coordination and improved distribution of duties. The provision of special allowances to department staff serving in high-risk areas such as institutions for the elderly and the disabled were also among the initiatives, he said. Other steps include the enactment of the Social Work Profession Bill to ensure the welfare of social workers is protected, including social welfare officers, so that they are recognised according to their expertise, he said. Speaking at the department’s 75th anniversary celebration on Sunday night (April 11), Muhyiddin said the department was a major pillar in shaping the direction of social ... » Learn More about Muhyiddin: Social Welfare Dept will continue to be empowered
KUALA LUMPUR: Solar enthusiasts are jumping on the bandwagon to promote the renewable energy (RE) source, harping that it is freely available and more cost-effective. But is this true? And is too much solar a good thing? Let’s explore this further. Solar is available only during the day, thus you still need to cater for energy during the night. This will normally be provided by other conventional plants (i.e coal, gas and hydro). This means that conventional plants are still needed even though solar is introduced into the system. Alternatively, battery can also be used to store some of the solar energy for the night. However, this comes as an additional cost. Battery technology is still new and expensive with a current price tag of RM5000/kW, compared with RM3000/kW for the typical cost of a gas plant. Not only are batteries for the power system costly, they can only be used for a limited time, depending on their type and design. A 100MW solar plant is not equivalent to a ... » Learn More about Solar in Malaysia – Challenges, and too much of a good thing?