RARE MEETING. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (C) delivers a joint statement after his meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (L) and Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman (R) in Manila on June 22, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP The Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia will also study a proposal to ‘stop the flow of terrorist financing’ after a rare security meeting
MANILA, Philippines (Jun. 23, 2017) — The Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia agreed to study a plan to “contain” the spread of terrorism through social media, as they capped a rare meeting in Manila on Thursday, June 22.
Continue reading ASEAN countries eye fight vs terror in social media CROWDED. A screengrab of a viral video showing snorkelers in Malaysia crowding around a whale shark. A viral video reminds us why it’s wrong to touch whale sharks and how we can be better stewards of these gentle giants
MANILA, Philippines (Apr. 19, 2017) — A viral video of snorkelers crowding around and touching a whale shark has sparked online anger and calls for respect for the gentle sea creatures.
Continue reading Swimming with whale sharks? Don’t copy these snorkelers This picture taken on May 14, 2015 shows Rohingya migrants on a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP Rear Admiral Myint Nwe tells a security forum in Singapore his government is ‘fully aware’ of the situation in Rakhine state and is committed to address the issue and punish wrongdoers
SINGAPORE (Jan. 24, 2017) — Myanmar’s deputy defense chief on Monday, January 23, urged the world to give his government “time and space” to solve a crisis involving the Rohingya Muslim minority amid concerns jihadists could exploit the situation.
Continue reading Myanmar asks for ‘time and space’ to solve Rohingya crisis Image by Rappler.com ‘The court accepted Malaysia’s proposal to extradite the men to Malaysia’ based on Vietnam’s mutual legal support laws with Malaysia, the report adds
HANOI, Vietnam (Sept. 12, 2016) — A Vietnamese court on Monday, September 12, agreed to hand over to Malaysia 8 Indonesians who were arrested last year on suspicion of hijacking a Malaysian-flagged oil tanker, according to reports.
Continue reading Vietnam to extradite Indonesian ‘pirates’ to Malaysia – reports The Royal Dutch Shell CEO, Ben van Beurden, has insisted it should play a part in tackling global warming. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters First oil pumped from Stones field in Gulf of Mexico more than 1.8 miles beneath sea surface
September 11, 2016 — Royal Dutch Shell has started production at the world’s deepest underwater oil and gas field, 1.8 miles beneath the sea surface in the Gulf of Mexico.
Continue reading Shell begins production at world’s deepest underwater oilfield ZIKA. A pest control worker fumigates a school classroom on the eve of the annual national Primary School Evaluation Test in Kuala Lumpur on September 4, 2016. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP The 27-year-old woman in the southern state of Johor is the third case detected in Malaysia, where fears of a full-blown outbreak emanating from Singapore are mounting
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (Sept. 7, 2016) — Malaysia on Wednesday, September 7, reported its first case of a pregnant woman with Zika – a resident of a Malaysian state bordering Singapore where authorities have already recorded 275 cases.
Continue reading Malaysia reports first pregnant Zika patient MEGA-DEVELOPMENT. This picture taken on April 19, 2016 shows the scale model of development at Forest-City on one of the man-made islands on the Malaysian side of the Straits of Johor. Roslan Rahman/AFP A planned multi-billion-dollar new city near Singapore is attracting interest from investors with promises of luxury living but there are questions over its future
JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia (July 31, 2016) — A planned multi-billion-dollar new city near Singapore is attracting interest from investors with promises of luxury living but there are questions over its future owing to China’s economic woes and warnings of environmental catastrophe.
Continue reading Reclaimed city in southern Malaysia triggers ecology fears Beachgoers swim and sit on Bondi beach during a hot spring day in Sydney, Australia, October 4, 2015. REUTERS/David Gray The first three months of 2016 have broken temperature records and 2015 was the planet’s warmest year since records began in the 19th century
JAKARTA, July 19, 2016 — Rising temperatures caused by climate change may cost the world economy over $2 trillion in lost productivity by 2030 as hot weather makes it unbearable to work in
Continue reading Global Warming to Cost $2 Trillion in Lost Productivity Extreme heat can be fatal, particularly to young and elderly people, but it also causes everyone to slow down, meaning they cannot work as hard AP ‘If you are physically active in work, the hotter it is, the slower you work’
July 19, 2016 — Global warming will cost the world economy more than £1.5 trillion a year in lost productivity by 2030 as it becomes too hot to work in many jobs, according to a major new report.
Continue reading Global warming set to cost the world economy £1.5 trillion IN LIMBO. This picture taken on May 14, 2015 shows Rohingya migrants on a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman. Christophe Archambault/File/AFP One year after struggling ashore during Southeast Asia’s human-trafficking crisis, hundreds of desperate Rohingya migrants remain in limbo, forgotten footnotes as record numbers worldwide flee violence and persecution
BAYEUN, Indonesia (May 3, 2016) — One year after struggling ashore during Southeast Asia’s human-trafficking crisis, Sonamia and hundreds of other desperate Rohingya migrants remain in limbo, forgotten footnotes as record numbers worldwide flee
Continue reading A year on, Rohingya trapped in desperate limbo