Oct 082017

Two Filipino Rubik’s Cube speedcubing players made new Asian Records at the Philippine Championship 2017.

Edgar Elevado Jr. set the new Asian record for Rubik’s Cube 3x3x3 With Feet Finals after solving his cube using his feet at the clocked average speed of 30.23 seconds after 3 rounds.

Elevado broke the Asian record previously held by Xiaojie Jiang of China set at 31.78 seconds. Elevado’s new Asian record is currently ranked 3rd in the world, reported GMA News.

The Davao-based Elevado also set the new Philippine record of 27.20 seconds in the final round of the same event.

Meantime, Mharr Justhinne Ampong tied the current Asian record in the Skewb event elimination round, clocking in at 1.63 seconds.

The University of the Philippines Diliman engineering student previously held the Skewb single solve World Record in 2014.

Ampong also finished second in the Rubik’s Cube Final event.

The new Asian Record holders from the Philippines competed among 231 speedcubers from the Philippines, Singapore, and China in the World Cube Association-sanctioned competition organized by the Philippine Cubers Association.

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Oct 072017

MANILA, Sept 28 (Mabuhay) — Taiwan on Wednesday asked the Philippine government to provide information and evidence on the alleged Taiwanese drug cartel referred to by President Rodrigo Duterte as the major supplier of illegal narcotics in the country. Taking note of Duterte’s statement, Taiwan’s representative to the Philippines Gary Song-Huann Lin said he has already “requested our related agencies in Taipei to look into and investigate this matter.” “We also urged the Philippines to provide information and evidence through mutual legal assistance mechanisms and channels, through these information and evidence,” Lin said in a statement. Lin said Taiwan was committed to strengthen its anti-drug cooperation with the Philippines. Taiwan has no formal diplomatic relations with the Philippines in deference to the One-China Policy, which prevents countries from recognizing the self-ruling democratic island as a state. It is represented in the Philippines by the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO). In his speech on Tuesday night at the 120th anniversary of the Department of Justice, Duterte blamed a so-called Taiwan-based 14K Bamboo triad for supplying illegal drugs into the country. Duterte made the claim even after Philippine authorities recently intercepted a P6.4-billion drug shipment from China to Manila early this year. The drug syndicate, according to Duterte, cooks methamphetamine in the high seas and uses the Philippines as a transshipment point. Lin denied that Taiwan is the source of drugs in the Philippines. “Taiwan do not export drugs to this country,” Lin said. The Taiwanese official cited data by the Read More …

Oct 022017
PH teams up with China, Japan, and Singapore to ramp up renewable energy projects

The Philippine government is teaming up with Asia’s heavyweights China, Japan, and Singapore, to ramp up the development of renewable energy projects, as economic growth drives up demand for electricity in the country. Bilateral talks were conducted at the sidelines of the 35th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting this week, including talks with the US-ASEAN Business Council on how to speed up the development of clean energy. Bloomberg TV PH reported that Singapore, in particular, committed to helping the Philippines develop the backbone needed for more renewable energy initiatives nationwide. “Singapore very kindly opened their doors to us. There will be a lot of collaboration we will be doing, from micro-grid to e-vehicles, to waste-to-energy, to solar, on top of water. Thank you, Singapore,” says Energy Sec. Alfonso Cusi. According to Bloomberg TV PH, there are about four million households in the country still without power to this day. Cusi says the Philippines is presently finalizing policies on natural gas, and may seal agreements with China, Japan and Singapore by the end of the month, “to fully embark on viable liquified natural gas (LNG) cooperation projects.” The DOE is looking at three models on how the country will develop and utilize the natural gas resource: namely, to source indigenous natural gas, like that of Malampaya; to import liquefied natural gas; and to combine both models. Other areas of cooperation are on renewable energies with possible joint ventures with Singapore on waste-to-energy, floating solar photovoltaic and battery technologies; with the International Read More …

Sep 072017

Satellite pictures have now exposed to the world China’s secret immoral rushed construction of extensive military bases, runways and stations in seven different areas deep inside the Philippines’ UN defined 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Massive fortified buildings and runways are at advance stages of construction in expanded reefs and islands …

Aug 202017
PHL economy growth pace quickens to 6.5% in the 2nd qtr

The Philippine economy grew at a sizzling pace in the second quarter, topping expectations due to a government-led construction boom and an extended rebound in the farm sector. Construction of new buildings [by Romeo Ranoco (REUTERS) via Daily News] The Southeast Asian nation is the second-fastest growing economy in Asia after China. Gross domestic product rose 6.5 percent in the second quarter from a year earlier, the national statistics agency said, picking up from the 6.4 percent pace in the first quarter, and above the 6.2 percent forecast in a Reuters poll. Quarter-on-quarter growth at 1.7 percent also topped the 1.6 percent pace projected in a Reuters poll, and faster than the previous quarter’s upwardly revised 1.3 percent. Like its regional neighbors, the Philippines has benefited from an improvement in global demand, with exports up nearly 14 percent in the six months to June. Household consumption grew at slightly faster annual pace of 5.9 percent in the second quarter compared with 5.8 percent in the first, while government spending jumped 7.1 percent in a dramatic rise from the revised 0.1 percent gain in the March quarter. “The sequential increase implies that the economy is gaining momentum,” said ANZ economist Eugenia Fabon Victorino in a note to clients.   The post PHL economy growth pace quickens to 6.5% in the 2nd qtr appeared first on Good News Pilipinas. Related posts: PHL is Asia’s fastest growing economy in 1st Qtr 2016 Philippine economy grew faster than China in 2016 Japan’s Nomura upgrades Read More …

Jul 032017

According to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), a Washington-based think tank, and a part of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), China has upgraded its facilities in Panganiban Reef (Mischief Reef), Fiery Cross Reef, and Subi Reef. According to the June 19, 2017 AMTI report, China is continually “expanding its already substantial communications and radar capabilities on the artificial islands. A very large antennae array is being installed on a small outpost at the southern side of Mischief Reef, presumably boosting China’s ability to monitor activity around the feature. That ability should be of particular concern to Manila, given Mischief’s proximity to Palawan, Reed Bank, and Second Thomas Shoal …

Jun 292017

THE GOVERNMENT’S momentous pivot to China has upended diplomatic arrangements in the region and raised alarms about Beijing’s possible stranglehold on the Philippine economy, but a little-examined aspect of the shift has been the desirability of the economically-vibrant Philippines as a market and an investment destination, giving Manila more leverage than many realize, analysts said.

Jun 092017
PHL internet speed makes huge gains, Akamai says

The Philippines is enjoying a co-leadership status in Asia Pacific, together with Thailand and China, in gains in average speeds for internet connection. The State of the Internet first quarter 2017 report of Akamai cited the Philippines’ 20% quarterly boost in on the average connection speed metric despite the country’s 5.5 Mbps rating which placed it at the bottom rank of the 15 APAC countries surveyed. Akamai, the world’s largest and most trusted cloud delivery platform, further suggests that despite the Philippines’ lowest ranking position, it foresees improvements based on the current administration’s plans and projects. “…first quarter announcements suggest it may see improvements to its infrastructure in coming years, as Philippine President Duterte approved a plan to deploy a national broadband network at an estimated cost of $1.5 billion to $4.0 billion (77 billion to 200 billion pesos). The network will be used to host a national portal and other online government services, as well as to connect remote areas of the country that are underserved by existing broadband providers. Deployment could begin as early as June, with a three- to five-year timeline for completion,” said the Akamai report. In terms of 15 Mbps broadband adoption, the Philippines’ first quarter showing at 72%places it at 3rd rank after China and SriLanka. Akamai also reported the Philippines enjoys solo lead for the region’s 4 Mbps broadband adoption, with the largest quarterly increase pegged at 26%. The Philippines ranking on the Akamai report is based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Read More …