Robredo ready to help solve transport crisis Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) - October 14, 2019 - 3:30pm MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo is always ready to help the government in solving the transport crisis in Metro Manila, her spokesperson said. The vice president earlier slammed presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo for downplaying the traffic situation in Metro Manila. Robredo said the Duterte administration should admit the existence of the crisis to solve it. In response to this, Panelo urged his critics, including Robredo, to send proposals to ease the transport crisis in the metropolis. Vice presidential spokesperson Barry Gutierrez welcomed Panelo's acknowledgment of the traffic crisis that needs to be solved. "Handa laging tumulong si VP (Robredo). Dati pa siya naghahain ng solusyon sa mga isyung pahirap sa Pinoy," Gutierrez said. (Vice President Robredo has always been ready to … [Read more...] about Robredo ready to help solve transport crisis
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From disposable headphones and plastic cutlery to food scraps and toilet waste, the average airline passenger leaves behind over 3 pounds of garbage, according to one estimate. To get travelers and airlines thinking — and talking — about that rather large pile of trash, a British design firm has refashioned the economy meal tray, replacing plastic with renewable materials such as coffee grounds, banana leaves and coconut wood. Jo Rowan is the associate strategy director of the firm, PriestmanGoode, which has spent more than two decades applying design thinking to the air travel experience, including airport lounges and cabin seating. Now, she said, the firm is turning its attention to the less “glamorous” side of things. “Onboard waste is a big issue,” she said. “Knowing that you have 4 billion passengers per year, it all adds up very quickly.” The redesigned items are featured in an exhibit, “Get Onboard: … [Read more...] about Can banana leaves help solve airlines’ food waste problem?
Trump says Xi can 'quickly and humanely solve' HK standoff (Agence France-Presse) - August 15, 2019 - 8:59am BERKELEY HEIGHTS, United States — US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said Xi Jinping can "humanely" resolve the violent standoff with protesters in Hong Kong and appeared to suggest meeting the Chinese leader. "I have ZERO doubt that if President Xi wants to quickly and humanely solve the Hong Kong problem, he can do it," Trump tweeted from vacation at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey. "Personal meeting?" he added in what appeared to be an idea for offering his own help to Xi directly. Protesters have staged 10 weeks of relentless protests to demand greater freedoms in Hong Kong, including rallies that paralyzed the semi-autonomous city's airport, one of the world's busiest travel hubs. The United States has said it is "deeply concerned" over Chinese security force movements on the border with … [Read more...] about Trump says Xi can ‘quickly and humanely solve’ HK standoff
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has given the National Police a deadline of three months to discover who attacked the Corruption Eradication Commission's (KPK) senior investigator, Novel Baswedan, with acid two years ago, which still remains a mystery despite a six-month probe by a special fact-finding team. Set up by National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian in January, the team recently announced its final report, which did not reveal any new leads or possible suspects, but only recommended the police form another "technical" team to continue investigating. Tito had asked for another six months to dig into Novel’s attack, Jokowi said. However, the President told journalists on Friday that he wanted to the police to perform faster. “I give three months for the technical team to solve [the case],” Jokowi said, adding that he believed some findings gathered by the fact-finding team could provide the police with more leads for their future investigation. KPK … [Read more...] about Jokowi gives police three months to solve Novel case
Air pollution is also the main environmental cause of disease. Given the scale of its impact, it was a fitting and timely theme of the United Nations’ World Environment Day last Wednesday. Governments in Asia have been trying to address this devastating challenge as their economies have grown exponentially over the past few decades, leading to increased urbanisation and rising energy demand. South Korea, for example, has just announced it will spend 2.2 trillion won (K2.83 trillion/US$1.9 billion) to fight its growing air pollution problem. India has launched a National Clean Air Programme to reduce its PM2.5 and PM10 levels by 20-30 percent by 2024. For the third year in a row, the country’s renewable power investments surpassed that for fossil fuels, and the recent election results raise hopes that the country’s pro-renewables policy will continue. Malaysia is encouraging commercial and industrial buildings to use solar energy by offering lower … [Read more...] about Seeing through Asia’s growing smog problem