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?
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Lucio Tan to venture into LNG Iris Gonzales (The Philippine Star) - June 17, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Taipan Lucio Tan is joining the liquefied natural gas bandwagon and is planning to put up a 1,000-megawatt LNG facility in Batangas together with a foreign partner, in a move that would make the Tan Group a major power player in the country. Tan has partnered with a foreign company for the planned LNG facility, which would have a regasification plant and an LNG terminal, an executive of Tan-owned Absolut Distillers Inc. (ADI) said. “The group wants to utilize its Pinamucan property in Batangas as a possible site for an LNG power plant,” said Gerardo Tee, head of distillery operations of the Lucio Tan Group of Companies and chief operating officer of ADI. LNG is natural gas that has been converted into liquid for ease of storage or transport. Lucio “Bong” Tan Jr., the son and namesake of … [Read more...] about Lucio Tan to venture into LNG
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians should not wait for occasions such as the fasting month, Hari Raya, a crisis or emergency to lend a helping hand for the less fortunate. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said people should always strive to help others, even if the aid was not in the form of money. “Going and reading to the blind, helping to give tuition to poor students and spending time with those in the old folks’ homes are all part of giving back to society. “Of course, if you have the monetary means, then donating to the needy is always encouraged,“ she said in her speech at the Boost e-donation showcase, here, today. Also present were Axiata Group Berhad Chairman Tan Sri Ghazzali Sheikh Abdul Khalid and its President and Group CEO Tan Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim. Wan Azizah, who is also Women, Family and Community Development Minister, however, acknowledged that Malaysians were caring and generous in nature. She said this was particularly evident … [Read more...] about Malaysians should always strive to help others: DPM
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?