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Philippines to China: Face ‘wrath or displeasure’ over sea row

Posted on 28 February 2014 by admin

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Jakarta gets involved in fight against haze

Posted on 28 February 2014 by admin

Publication Date : 28-02-2014

 

The central government will send help to Riau and four other provinces to handle haze spreading from forest fires.

The government made the decision during a Cabinet meeting convened by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday, following acting Riau Governor Annas Maamun’s appeal for help.

Yudhoyono also convened the meeting to respond to reports saying that the country will experience another dry spell this year, which is predicted to be drier than last year’s.

In the Cabinet meeting, Yudhoyono also ordered the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) to assist Riau, along with other four provinces in Sumatra and four in Kalimantan, and called for action to prosecute companies causing the haze.

“The central government needs to assist Riau, as well as other provinces. The President has ordered the BNPB to help them,” Coordinating People’s Welfare Minister Agung Laksono told a press conference after the meeting.

Agung said Yudhoyono gave the order although no more hotspots were found in Riau as of Thursday morning.

The BNPB reported that as of Thursday, there were 17 hotspots in Aceh, 12 in East Kalimantan, 10 in West Kalimantan, four in Sumatra and in Southeast Kalimantan.

BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho confirmed that no hotspots were detected in Riau.

Governor Annas had called on the central government to help extinguish the expanding forest and peatland fires in Riau on Wednesday, or one day after he declared emergency-response status for the haze.

He acknowledged that the Riau administration was overwhelmed with the number of hotspots, which has now reached more than 1,200, with aerial firefighting showing no results.

Riau had planned to use disaster-response funds of 10 billion rupiah (US$857,000) from the provincial budget to lease two helicopters, each capable of carrying 500 litres of water to carry out water-bombing. However, the plan was shelved due to strong winds and poor visibility that might endanger the helicopters.

Annas has also asked law enforcement agencies to find a way to deter people from clearing forests by employing slash-and-burn methods.

The haze, originating from fires in Riau and Jambi, has also covered Jambi in the past two days.

Jambi��s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) spokesperson, Kurnianingsih, said that as of Thursday, there were some 20 hotspots in Muaro Jambi regency.

“The haze impacts visibility,” said Kurnianingsih. �œ[However] visibility has gradually improved from 1,500 metres at 6am to 1,700 m at 7pm.”

As the country is bracing for a dry season starting in April, the BNPB said it would start cloud-seeding operations to induce rain, as well as water-bombing in the coming days.

“We will also conduct a land operation to directly extinguish the hotspots, particularly those fires on peatland,” Minister Agung said.

According to Agung, around 95 per cent of the forest and peatland fires were caused by humans, both individuals and corporations.

“That includes companies, not only people in the field; and also foreign citizens,” Agung said. “We are also seeking civil charges to deter them.”

Since 2013, the police have launched investigations in಩ cases, including those involving foreign companies from Malaysia and Singapore. Forest fires in Sumatra have been often accused of being the cause of haze blanketing Singapore and Malaysia.

Sutopo, however, said that Indonesia did not cause the current haze in Malaysia and Singapore.

“Based on analysis, the haze affecting areas in Malaysia and Singapore did not come from Indonesia since the wind is blowing in the opposite direction. The satellite also observed that there are few hotspots in Malaysia,” he said.

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Philippines to China: Face ‘wrath or displeasure’ over sea row

Posted on 28 February 2014 by admin

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 JAKARTA: Jakarta gets involved in fight against haze

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 BANGKOK: Stay at home, Thailand residents told

 BALAKONG: M’sians get creative to deal with Selangor water shortage

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 TOKYO: Global warming losses to reach $1.45 trillion, says IPCC

 MANILA: Southern Philippines suffers massive blackout

 BANGKOK: Thai protest leader calls for live TV talks with Yingluck

 BEIJING: Xinjiang mulls anti-terrorism laws

 BEIJING: Landing scare grounds China-made planes

 PETALING JAYA: Act against those who incite hatred, M’sian govt urged

 KARACHI: Country is more important than democracy: Pakistani party leader

 

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Japan January consumer prices up 1.3 percent

Posted on 28 February 2014 by admin

Japan’s core consumer price index in January rose 1.3 pct from a year earlier, up for the eighth straight month, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said Friday.

The core CPI, which excludes often volatile fresh food prices, stood at 100.4 against 100 for the base year of 2010. Month on month, the index was down 0.3 pct.



Feb 28
Aso eager to study ‘bitcoin’ trouble with ministries, agencies Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso on Friday expressed eagerness to hold discussions with other ministers and government agencies about what is behind the recent trouble in the “bitcoin” virtual currency market. (Kyodo )
Feb Ǽ
Japan’s H2A satellite successfully launched Japan’s space agency has successfully launched an H2A rocket carrying a satellite that can survey precisely rainfall on most of the earth. (NHK )
Feb 28
JR Tokai seeks approval to increase Tokaido shinkansen train speed Central Japan Railway Co (JR Tokai) has applied to the transport ministry for approval to increase the speed of trains on the Tokaido shinkansen line from 2015. (Japan Today )
Feb 28
China designates war-related anniversaries as national days The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China passed legislation on Thursday to designate two key anniversaries of the war with Japan as national days, according to state-run news agency Xinhua. (Jiji Press )
Feb 28
Israeli Embassy in Tokyo donates 300 Anne Frank books The Israeli embassy in Tokyo donated 300 books on Anne Frank on Thursday after books on the famous victim of the Holocaust were found to have been vandalized at public libraries in the Japanese capital. (Jiji Press )
Feb 28
‘Scary’ tattoo ban passed at popular beach for servicemembers in Japan The party is about to slow down for patrons of one of Japan’s most popular beaches, and it may be over altogether for servicemembers here displaying “scary” tattoos. (stripes.com )
Feb 28
Confused Japanese tourists trigger highway pursuit The first night in the United States for a family of Japanese tourists ended with the parents being pulled from their rental car at gunpoint with their young son watching after their confusion about American traffic laws set off a high-speed pursuit in southern Utah. (abcnews.go.com )
Febಜ
National Police Agency employee arrested for fatal hit-and-run Police in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, have arrested a 41-year-old man who works for the National Police Agency over a fatal hit-and-run case. (Japan Today )
Feb 27
12-year sentence demanded for ex-Aum fugitive Tokyo prosecutors have demanded a 12-year prison term for a former senior member of the Aum Shinrikyo cult who had been on the run for 17 years. (NHK )
Feb 27
Chiba police post reward for information regarding murder of woman Chiba prefectural police this week posted a reward of 3 million yen for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the murder of a woman in June last year. (Japan Today )
Feb 27
21 dead in Japan from virus spread by mites Authorities in Japan are warning people about deadly poisonous mites. The cause for concern is the SFTS virus. (Japan Today )
Feb 26
Tokushima man arrested for keeping 3-year-old son on leash Police in Tokushima have arrested an unemployed 26-year-old man for abusing his 3-year-old son after it was discovered that he had been keeping the boy restrained on a 1.2-meter-long dog leash which was tied to a window frame inside his apartment. (Japan Today )
Feb 26
Ex-NHK official arrested over Y2.8 million fraud A former official of NHK’s television technology research center was arrested Tuesday for allegedly making a fake purchase order to an audio equipment company. (The Japan News )
Feb 26
Man arrested for dumping woman’s body in lake after hitting her with car Police have arrested a 57-year-old man for dumping a woman’s body in a lake after hitting her with his car. Police said the woman’s body was found floating in the lake in Handa, Aichi Prefecture. (Japan Today )
Feb 26
Japan to issue license plates for Tokyo Olympics Japan plans to issue specially designed license plates for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, starting as early as in 2015, transport minister Akihiro Ota said Tuesday. (Jiji Press )

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Tokyo stocks close 0.55pc lower

Posted on 28 February 2014 by admin

Tokyo stocks closed 0.55 percent lower Friday after the dollar fell against the yen on a cautious view of the US economy by Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen.

The Nikkei-225 index dropped 82.04 points to 14꼩.07, while the Topix index of all first-section issues lost 0.47 percent, or 5.69 points, to 1,211.66.

Yellen told the Senate Banking Committee that a severe cold snap was to blame for a disappointing run of economic data over the past two months, including on jobs, industrial output and consumption.

However, she said bank policymakers would keep an eye on the economy to see if the weak figures continue, which could lead to a slower pace of cuts to its stimulus programme.

Yellen’s comments put pressure on the dollar, as a continuation of the Fed’s bond-buying scheme would mean more cash in financial markets.

Each of the Fed’s past two policy meetings have seen it cut its bond purchases by $10 billion a month, to a current $65 billion.

The dollar slipped to 101.80 yen in Tokyo afternoon trade from 102.15 yen in New York Thursday afternoon.


Feb 28
Aso eager to study ‘bitcoin’ trouble with ministries, agencies Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso on Friday expressed eagerness to hold discussions with other ministers and government agencies about what is behind the recent trouble in the “bitcoin” virtual currency market. (Kyodo )
Feb 28
Japan’s H2A satellite successfully launched Japan’s space agency has successfully launched an H2A rocket carrying a satellite that can survey precisely rainfall on most of the earth. (NHK )
Feb 28
JR Tokai seeks approval to increase Tokaido shinkansen train speed Central Japan Railway Co (JR Tokai) has applied to the transport ministry for approval to increase the speed of trains on the Tokaido shinkansen line from 2015. (Japan Today )
Feb 28
China designates war-related anniversaries as national days The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China passed legislation on Thursday to designate two key anniversaries of the war with Japan as national days, according to state-run news agency Xinhua. (Jiji Press )
Feb 28
Israeli Embassy in Tokyo donates 300 Anne Frank books The Israeli embassy in Tokyo donated 300 books on Anne Frank on Thursday after books on the famous victim of the Holocaust were found to have been vandalized at public libraries in the Japanese capital. (Jiji Press )
Feb 28
‘Scary’ tattoo ban passed at popular beach for servicemembers in Japan The party is about to slow down for patrons of one of Japan’s most popular beaches, and it may be over altogether for servicemembers here displaying “scary” tattoos. (stripes.com )
Feb 28
Confused Japanese tourists trigger highway pursuit The first night in the United States for a family of Japanese tourists ended with the parents being pulled from their rental car at gunpoint with their young son watching after their confusion about American traffic laws set off a high-speed pursuit in southern Utah. (abcnews.go.com )
Feb 28
National Police Agency employee arrested for fatal hit-and-run Police in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, have arrested a 41-year-old man who works for the National Police Agency over a fatal hit-and-run case. (Japan Today )
Feb 27
12-year sentence demanded for ex-Aum fugitive Tokyo prosecutors have demanded a Ǭ-year prison term for a former senior member of the Aum Shinrikyo cult who had been on the run for 17 years. (NHK )
Feb 27
Chiba police post reward for information regarding murder of woman Chiba prefectural police this week posted a reward of 3 million yen for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the murder of a woman in June last year. (Japan Today )
Feb 27
21 dead in Japan from virus spread by mites Authorities in Japan are warning people about deadly poisonous mites. The cause for concern is the SFTS virus. (Japan Today )
Febಚ
Tokushima man arrested for keeping 3-year-old son on leash Police in Tokushima have arrested an unemployed 26-year-old man for abusing his 3-year-old son after it was discovered that he had been keeping the boy restrained on a 1.2-meter-long dog leash which was tied to a window frame inside his apartment. (Japan Today )
Feb 26
Ex-NHK official arrested over Y2.8 million fraud A former official of NHK’s television technology research center was arrested Tuesday for allegedly making a fake purchase order to an audio equipment company. (The Japan News )
Feb 26
Man arrested for dumping woman’s body in lake after hitting her with car Police have arrested a 57-year-old man for dumping a woman’s body in a lake after hitting her with his car. Police said the woman’s body was found floating in the lake in Handa, Aichi Prefecture. (Japan Today )
Feb 26
Japan to issue license plates for Tokyo Olympics Japan plans to issue specially designed license plates for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, starting as early as in 2015, transport minister Akihiro Ota said Tuesday. (Jiji Press )

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JR Tokai seeks approval to increase Tokaido shinkansen train speed

Posted on 28 February 2014 by admin

Central Japan Railway Co (JR Tokai) has applied to the transport ministry for approval to increase the speed of trains on the Tokaido shinkansen line from 2015.

JR Tokai President Yoshiomi Yamada made the announcement at a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday. He said the new speed of 285 km/hour will be 15 km an hour faster than the current fastest train on the Tokaido line, TBS reported Friday. It will cover the distance between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka in 2 hours, 25 minutes, shortening the current fastest time by approximately two to three minutes.



Feb 28
Aso eager to study ‘bitcoin’ trouble with ministries, agencies Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso on Friday expressed eagerness to hold discussions with other ministers and government agencies about what is behind the recent trouble in the “bitcoin” virtual currency market. (Kyodo )
Feb 28
Japan’s H2A satellite successfully launched Japan’s space agency has successfully launched an H2A rocket carrying a satellite that can survey precisely rainfall on most of the earth. (NHK )
Feb 28
JR Tokai seeks approval to increase Tokaido shinkansen train speed Central Japan Railway Co (JR Tokai) has applied to the transport ministry for approval to increase the speed of trains on the Tokaido shinkansen line from 2015. (Japan Today )
Feb 28
China designates war-related anniversaries as national days The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China passed legislation on Thursday to designate two key anniversaries of the war with Japan as national days, according to state-run news agency Xinhua. (Jiji Press )
Feb 28
Israeli Embassy in Tokyo donates 300 Anne Frank books The Israeli embassy in Tokyo donated 300 books on Anne Frank on Thursday after books on the famous victim of the Holocaust were found to have been vandalized at public libraries in the Japanese capital. (Jiji Press )
Feb 28
‘Scary’ tattoo ban passed at popular beach for servicemembers in Japan The party is about to slow down for patrons of one of Japan’s most popular beaches, and it may be over altogether for servicemembers here displaying “scary” tattoos. (stripes.com )
Feb 28
Confused Japanese tourists trigger highway pursuit The first night in the United States for a family of Japanese tourists ended with the parents being pulled from their rental car at gunpoint with their young son watching after their confusion about American traffic laws set off a high-speed pursuit in southern Utah. (abcnews.go.com )
Feb 28
National Police Agency employee arrested for fatal hit-and-run Police in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, have arrested a 41-year-old man who works for the National Police Agency over a fatal hit-and-run case. (Japan Today )
Feb 27
12-year sentence demanded for ex-Aum fugitive Tokyo prosecutors have demanded a 12-year prison term for a former senior member of the Aum Shinrikyo cult who had been on the run for 17 years. (NHK )
Feb 27
Chiba police post reward for information regarding murder of woman Chiba prefectural police this week posted a reward of 3 million yen for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the murder of a woman in June last year. (Japan Today )
Feb 27
21 dead in Japan from virus spread by mites Authorities in Japan are warning people about deadly poisonous mites. The cause for concern is the SFTS virus. (Japan Today )
Feb 26
Tokushima man arrested for keeping 3-year-old son on leash Police in Tokushima have arrested an unemployed 26-year-old man for abusing his 3-year-old son after it was discovered that he had been keeping the boy restrained on a 1.2-meter-long dog leash which was tied to a window frame inside his apartment. (Japan Today )
Feb 26
Ex-NHK official arrested over Y2.8 million fraud A former official of NHK’s television technology research center was arrested Tuesday for allegedly making a fake purchase order to an audio equipment company. (The Japan News )
Feb 26
Man arrested for dumping woman’s body in lake after hitting her with car Police have arrested a 57-year-old man for dumping a woman’s body in a lake after hitting her with his car. Police said the woman’s body was found floating in the lake in Handa, Aichi Prefecture. (Japan Today )
Feb 26
Japan to issue license plates for Tokyo Olympics Japan plans to issue specially designed license plates for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, starting as early as in 2015, transport minister Akihiro Ota said Tuesday. (Jiji Press )

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Aso eager to study ‘bitcoin’ trouble with ministries, agencies

Posted on 28 February 2014 by admin

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso on Friday expressed eagerness to hold discussions with other ministers and government agencies about what is behind the recent trouble in the “bitcoin” virtual currency market.

“We do not clearly know what bitcoins are, so we have to start studying it,” Aso said at a press conference, referring to the sudden shutdown earlier this week of all transactions on Mt. Gox, a major bitcoin exchange based in Tokyo.

Aso added there is a group in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party that is studying the bitcoin market.



Feb 28
Aso eager to study ‘bitcoin’ trouble with ministries, agencies Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso on Friday expressed eagerness to hold discussions with other ministers and government agencies about what is behind the recent trouble in the “bitcoin” virtual currency market. (Kyodo )
Feb 28
Japan’s H2A satellite successfully launched Japan’s space agency has successfully launched an H2A rocket carrying a satellite that can survey precisely rainfall on most of the earth. (NHK )
Feb 28
JR Tokai seeks approval to increase Tokaido shinkansen train speed Central Japan Railway Co (JR Tokai) has applied to the transport ministry for approval to increase the speed of trains on the Tokaido shinkansen line from 2015. (Japan Today )
Feb 28
China designates war-related anniversaries as national days The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China passed legislation on Thursday to designate two key anniversaries of the war with Japan as national days, according to state-run news agency Xinhua. (Jiji Press )
Feb 28
Israeli Embassy in Tokyo donates 300 Anne Frank books The Israeli embassy in Tokyo donated 300 books on Anne Frank on Thursday after books on the famous victim of the Holocaust were found to have been vandalized at public libraries in the Japanese capital. (Jiji Press )
Feb Ǽ
‘Scary’ tattoo ban passed at popular beach for servicemembers in Japan The party is about to slow down for patrons of one of Japan’s most popular beaches, and it may be over altogether for servicemembers here displaying “scary” tattoos. (stripes.com )
Feb 28
Confused Japanese tourists trigger highway pursuit The first night in the United States for a family of Japanese tourists ended with the parents being pulled from their rental car at gunpoint with their young son watching after their confusion about American traffic laws set off a high-speed pursuit in southern Utah. (abcnews.go.com )
Feb 28
National Police Agency employee arrested for fatal hit-and-run Police in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, have arrested a 41-year-old man who works for the National Police Agency over a fatal hit-and-run case. (Japan Today )
Feb 27
12-year sentence demanded for ex-Aum fugitive Tokyo prosecutors have demanded a 12-year prison term for a former senior member of the Aum Shinrikyo cult who had been on the run for 17 years. (NHK )
Feb 27
Chiba police post reward for information regarding murder of woman Chiba prefectural police this week posted a reward of 3 million yen for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the murder of a woman in June last year. (Japan Today )
Feb 27
21 dead in Japan from virus spread by mites Authorities in Japan are warning people about deadly poisonous mites. The cause for concern is the SFTS virus. (Japan Today )
Feb 26
Tokushima man arrested for keeping 3-year-old son on leash Police in Tokushima have arrested an unemployed 26-year-old man for abusing his 3-year-old son after it was discovered that he had been keeping the boy restrained on a 1.2-meter-long dog leash which was tied to a window frame inside his apartment. (Japan Today )
Feb 26
Ex-NHK official arrested over Y2.8 million fraud A former official of NHK’s television technology research center was arrested Tuesday for allegedly making a fake purchase order to an audio equipment company. (The Japan News )
Feb 26
Man arrested for dumping woman’s body in lake after hitting her with car Police have arrested a 57-year-old man for dumping a woman’s body in a lake after hitting her with his car. Police said the woman’s body was found floating in the lake in Handa, Aichi Prefecture. (Japan Today )
Feb 26
Japan to issue license plates for Tokyo Olympics Japan plans to issue specially designed license plates for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, starting as early as in 2015, transport minister Akihiro Ota said Tuesday. (Jiji Press )

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Global warming losses to reach $1.45 trillion, says IPCC

Posted on 28 February 2014 by admin

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 BALAKONG: M’sians get creative to deal with Selangor water shortage

 BANGKOK: Scientists warn of man-made drought

 TAIPEI: Taiwan, China finalise pact on weather, earthquake exchange

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 BANGKOK: Thai protest leader calls for live TV talks with Yingluck

 BEIJING: Xinjiang mulls anti-terrorism laws

 BEIJING: Landing scare grounds China-made planes

 PETALING JAYA: Act against those who incite hatred, M’sian govt urged

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Southern Philippines suffers massive blackout

Posted on 28 February 2014 by admin

Publication Date : 28-02-2014

 

Millions of people were left without electricity in Mindanao on Thursday after a massive power breakdown, officials said, as repair crews worked to determine the cause of the outage.

The power cuts began before dawn and affected heavily populated areas in Mindanao, home to a quarter of the country’s nearly 100 million population.

“Reports indicate that the Mindanao grid experienced a disturbance at 3:53am … [We are] still determining the cause and extent of the disturbance,” National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) said in a statement.

Mindanao, which relies mostly on hydroelectricity, has been grappling with chronic power shortages for years.

NGCP said at least 12 of Mindanao’s key cities and provinces—including major trading hubs—were affected, although limited power was restored in some parts a few hours later.

Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla said repair crews were working to trace the cause of the interruption, stressing that he was confident power would return to all areas within the day.

“So far, there are no reports of damaged power plants,” Petilla told dzBB radio in Manila. “They are ready to come back online to the grid, we just have to turn them [on] one by one.”

“We are trying to figure out where” the source of the interruption was, he said, adding the outage was likely caused by a tripped transmission line.

An electricity shortage last year forced NGCP to ration out supply in Mindanao, resulting in up to 12-hour daily blackouts that damaged the local economy as factories slowed production.

By midday Thursday, Petilla told reporters 70 per cent of the power system had been restored. He said power tripping was first reported at Pulangi 4 Hydroelectric Power Plant in Bukidnon province.

“I will not rule out anything. But we can’t see anything that shows sabotage right now,” he said.

Worst is yet to come
In the longer term, Petilla said, there is concern on whether there will be enough power in Mindanao. There may be a deficiency of 170 megawatts, which may result in three hours of rotating brownout in the summer.

NGCP, in an advisory Thursday afternoon, said power transmission services in Mindanao were back to normal. All NGCP substations connected to backbone lines in Mindanao were connected to the grid as of 12:18 p.m., the transmission superhighway operator said.

But this did not mean all distributors had restored power to households and other clients.

The transmission firm initially restored power services to the cities of Davao, General Santos, Zamboanga, Pagadian, Cagayan de Oro, as well as parts of Misamis Oriental province, around 9:30am.

Petilla said he was more worried about whether there was enough power supply in Mindanao. For now, he said, the focus was on restoring power on the island.

The power cuts on Thursday struck as residents were getting ready for work.

�œI had to keep using my lighter because the shops were still closed and we didn’t have candles,” said market vendor and mother-of-two Mary Villasenor from Davao City.

“The kids had to go to school with wrinkled clothes because we couldn’t plug in the flat iron,” she said.

Business nightmare
“This situation is really a nightmare to the business sector,” said Annie Ty, vice president for Mindanao of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“It was a lot of loss, especially because every hour of operation counts,” Ty said. “Those who can operate now are only those who have generators.”

“Higher operation cost, loss and low productivity, another cross to carry for the business community just barely surviving the aftershock of the Zamboanga siege,”  businessman Pedro Rufo Soliven said, referring to the Moro National Liberation Front uprising last September.
The outage happened a day after the Mindanao Development Authority held in General Santos City its fifth and last round of public consultations on the energy problem in the region during which planning chief Estrella Turingan stressed the need to prioritise the development of renewable energy.

Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate said the public must be vigilant.

�œWe fear that this island-wide blackout will once again be used by the Aquino administration to project a phantom power crisis and push or fast-track the privatisation of the remaining government power assets like the Agus-Pulangi power complex. The Mindanaoans must be watchful of this and oppose this deceptive scheme,â�� Zarate said.—With reports from Germelina Lacorte, Karlos Manlupig, Julie S. Alipala, Edwin O. Fernandez, Williamor Magabua, Allan Nawal, Orlando Dinoy, Eldie Aguirre, Bobby Lagsa, Richel V. Umel, Inquirer Mindanao; and agencies

 

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Thai protest leader calls for live TV talks with Yingluck

Posted on 28 February 2014 by admin

Publication Date : 28-02-2014

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Anti-Thai government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has challenged Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to one-on-one talks broadcast live on television in a bid to end the political deadlock.

The caretaker PM responded to yesterday’s challenge with a condition – she would meet with Suthep if he ended anti-government protests and allowed the uncompleted national election to go ahead.

“If Khun Yingluck really wants to find a solution through talks, I ask her to make an appointment for a one-on-one meeting with me in an open setting,” Suthep told reporters. “The talks should be broadcast live on TV so that the people know what is going on.”

Suthep, secretary general of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee, said the talks should be for the good of the country and not for personal benefit.

He said he would not take part in them if former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra benefited.

The veteran politician had earlier said he would only talk to Thaksin, Yingluck’s elder brother, whom he accused of being behind rampant corruption and abuse of power.

Suthep leads a protest movement that aims to bring down the so-called Thaksin regime.

Yingluck said she was in favour of negotiations if they were constitutional.

She asked Suthep whether he was ready to end the protest to pave the way for the election.

“Something important that everyone wants is an end to the protests and the election to go ahead,” she said from Chiang Mai.

“If not, we can’t tell the world community how we will maintain democracy.

“This is the main point we have to stick to. I agree in principle to peaceful negotiation.”

PDRC spokesman Akanat Promphan said the prime minister should not have placed a condition on the talks going ahead if she was sincere. “It seems she does not want the talks to happen,” he said.

The ruling Pheu Thai Party accused Suthep of having ulterior motives for demanding one-on-one talks broadcast live.

“In principle, such talks must be held in secret,” Pheu Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit said.

“Suthep’s offer looks as though he wants to have a political debate broadcast live on TV. This would create more problems than lead to a solution.”

International organisations yesterday voiced support for talks between both sides.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon again offered to help find a solution to the political crisis. He “expresses his readiness to assist Thailand and the Thai people in any way possible”, his spokesman said.

Ban’s statement came shortly after caretaker Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said he would seek the UN secretary-general’s assistance. Surapong said he had spoken with Ban to discuss ways out of the political crisis.

Ban has offered his assistance to Thailand on several occasions – including during separate talks with Yingluck and former opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva – to end the worsening political violence, which has claimed at least 22 lives including four children.

His spokesman quoted Ban as urging the warring parties to engage in dialogue as soon as possible in a meaningful and inclusive way while advancing genuine reform.

Meanwhile, the European Union joined other international bodies in expressing deep concern over the situation in Thailand, saying the death of young children was particularly disturbing.

Catherine Ashton, the EU’s high representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, expressed her deepest sympathy to the families of the victims.

She called on all stakeholders involved in the conflict to act with the utmost restraint to prevent any further violence.

“She reiterates her urgent call for a dialogue leading to a lasting political solution based on democratic principles,” Ashton’s spokesman said.

 

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