Senate committee on energy to review EPIRA Danessa Rivera (The Philippine Star) - June 24, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The Senate committee on energy plans to review the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA) and introduce supporting bills through the Joint Congressional Power Commission (JCPC) since electricity prices have yet to go down 18 years after the said law was passed. Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, who chairs the committee, said the EPIRA has not yet achieved its goal of bringing down electricity prices. “I say we stagnated because the wholesale electricity spot market (WESM) prices are healthy now. But even if WESM prices are low, if you ask ordinary Filipino consumers, they will say electricity prices are still not cheap,” he said. “It only means EPIRA has not yet done enough reforms and one of those is the implementation of retail access,” he said. Through the … [Read more...] about Senate committee on energy to review EPIRA
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MANILA- "Why does he have to go there?" Malacañang on Friday questioned why former Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario had to go to Hong Kong, knowing that he might be held by authorities there just like former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales. Del Rosario, who led Manila's winning arbitration case against Beijing, said he was stuck at Hong Kong immigration on Friday waiting for clearance. By Friday afternoon, he was denied entry. He is expected to fly back to Manila later in the day. Hong Kong denies entry to Philippines' former top diplomat "Why does he have to go there? That's my question to him. Ex-DFA chief and China nemesis Del Rosario held at HK airport Del Rosario, a non-executive director of Hong Kong's First Pacific, was traveling to the Chinese special administrative region for a shareholders meeting, said his lawyer, Anne Marie Corominas. Manila's former top diplomat said there was "no rational explanation" as to why he was held by Hong … [Read more...] about Palace asks Del Rosario: Why go to Hong Kong?
Raptors plan: Stay calm and capture a historic NBA title (Agence France-Presse) - June 10, 2019 - 11:12am TORONTO – With an uncanny calm, the Toronto Raptors have advanced within one victory of a historic NBA title, bringing joyful delight to supporters even as they maintain a stoic manner. Winning twice on the road to seize a 3-1 edge over defending champion Golden State in the best-of-seven NBA Finals brought only stone-faced looks from players, taking the cliché of getting neither too high or too low to epic levels. "The focus part has been impressive (and) necessary," Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. "They know we can't get some place before it gets here. You got to put in the work to do it. There's still a lot of work to do." A dramatic victory to reach the brink of the NBA crown they've chased since last October produced all the enthusiasm of a corporate report at a business meeting from the Raptors. "We're … [Read more...] about Raptors plan: Stay calm and capture a historic NBA title
Last April, NASA's Mars Insight Lander sent a photo from Mars, and it featured the sunset on the Red Planet in a very overcast condition. Clouds can be seen hovering in the skies of Mars, but interestingly, no rains were observed. Why does it happen? Why there are no rains on Mars despite thick clouds in the skies? In earth, clouds are made of water vapor, and it eventually rains as water to the planet's surface. However, in Mars, things are entirely different. Even though there is more water vapor in Mars compared to earth, Martian clouds are made up of water ice, like the thin ice fog and haze that result in very cold days without any precipitation. The Red Planet's very thin atmosphere and bitter cold temperatures keep these frozen clouds away from ever falling to the surface as rain or snow, and this is the major reason behind the absence of rain on Mars. However, NASA reveals that there is a different kind of precipitation on the Red Planet and that is in the form of frost. "This … [Read more...] about Why there are no rains on Mars despite thick cloudy skies?
By Anthony Morgan Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 “One of us goes in, and we all go through it …” — Drake, “Headlines” Incarceration is seldom a solo affair. It’s true that the individual person subjected to carceral control bears the brunt of the physical, emotional, psychological, social and financial costs of being forced to surrender their freedom to the state. However, this painful price isn’t paid by the incarcerated person alone: their friends, family members and others who care about them suffer their own sizeable share of loss, sadness, fear and frustration precipitated by their loved one’s incarceration. My family, that is my mom, my sister, Toni, and I, know this reality viscerally well. I have a younger brother, Theo (not his real name), who is currently serving a multi-year sentence in one of Ontario’s federal correctional institutions. This latest stint follows more than a decade of … [Read more...] about My brother’s in jail. Why does talking to him require hundreds of dollars a month and 1990s technology?