Organ Harvesting – The Trial Chinese Leaders Fear | China Uncensored


China’s greatest crime is being put on trial! The Independent Tribunal into Forced Organ Harvesting from Prisoners of Conscience in China is exposing how Chinese military hospitals are killing people for their organs, people like Falun Gong practitioners, Christians, Tibetan Buddhists, and Uighur Muslims. At the very same time China is being honored by the World Health Organization as a leader in organ transplants. Trafficking organs can be a big boost for the economy!


Video – Jewel Changi Airport Open


Four years after work started to transform an open-air carpark into a 10-storey complex with shops, restaurants, leisure attractions and facilities for travellers, Jewel Changi Airport is ready for its public unveiling.

Over the next six days, from 1pm on Thursday (April 11) to 10pm next Tuesday, about half a million people who had signed up for free preview tickets are expected to visit.

Jewel will open its doors to all from next Wednesday. Located next to Terminal 1, it is connected to T2 and T3 via air-conditioned travelators.

The $1.7 billion complex is an investment in Changi Airport’s future and Singapore’s continued success as an aviation and tourism hub in an increasingly competitive environment.

Mr Lee Seow Hiang, chairman of Jewel Changi Airport and Changi Airport Group’s (CAG) chief executive, said in a statement on Thursday: “Jewel Changi Airport is a valuable addition to Singapore’s world-class tourism attractions and aviation facilities.

“We look forward to welcoming the world to Jewel, whether they are travelling to or through Singapore.”

Jewel’s highlights include a 40m-tall indoor waterfall and a five-storey garden with 2,500 trees and 100,000 shrubs.

There are more than 280 shops and food and beverage outlets, including famous New York burger chain Shake Shack (to open next Wednesday) and American fast-food chain A&W, which will re-enter the Singapore market after more than 10 years.

The first Pokemon Centre outside of Japan is located at Jewel, a joint venture between CAG and CapitaLand.

The 135,700 sq m complex will also offer play attractions as well as a hotel and aviation facilities.

To be available from June 10, the attractions include a 50m-long suspended bridge, with a glass floor that will allow visitors to look down at the greenery below; a 250m-long bouncing net, which at its highest point will be suspended 8m or three storeys above the ground; and other highlights such as mazes and slides.

When Jewel opens, travellers will be able to access an early check-in lounge serving passengers of 26 airlines, including Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and Scoot.

This will cover 60 per cent of all traffic at the airport and will be open from 6am to midnight daily. There will also be facilities for all travellers to store their hand luggage round-the-clock.

This will allow travellers to have a worry-free experience while they shop, dine, relax and play to make the most of their time before flying out of Singapore, said Jewel Changi Airport.

Those flying through Singapore will have to exit the transit area to visit Jewel and check in again before their next flight.

They don’t need to check in their bags again if their airlines offer the early check-in service.

Otherwise, they can deposit their bags while they tour Jewel and pick them up when they are done.

Ms Hung Jean, chief executive of Jewel Changi Airport, said: “The unique proposition of world-class shopping and dining, seamlessly integrated with lush greenery, fulfils the needs of increasingly discerning travellers for a meaningful and experiential journey, even for brief layovers.”

Jewel will also house the first YotelAir property in Asia, with 130 cabins that can be booked for a minimum of four hours; for short daytime layovers or overnight stays.

Mr Lee Chee Koon, president and group chief executive officer of CapitaLand Group, said: “The combined catchment of residents and Changi Airport’s growing passenger traffic makes Jewel a compelling proposition to draw international brands to Singapore and empower homegrown retailers to connect with a global audience.”

Jewel is designed by a consortium led by Safdie Architects, helmed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, who also came up with Marina Bay Sands.

Mr Safdie said: “Jewel Changi Airport juxtaposes the centre of being in nature and enjoying a vibrant marketplace, dramatically extending the concept of airport to serve as an urban centre, engaging travellers, visitors, and residents, echoing Singapore’s reputation as ‘The City in the Garden’.”

Traffic ‘big brother’ uses humor to discipline motorists | The Jakarta Post


“Good evening, welcome to the Pasteur Crossroad. To akang, who is carrying a helmet-less passenger, if you love her please give her a helmet. To teteh, please just leave the vehicle if you don’t have a helmet with you. Please look for a person who cares more about you.”

The voice of an officer at the Area Traffic Control System (ATCS) of the Bandung Transportation Agency reverberated around the Pasteur Crossroad in Bandung, West Java. Two motorists on a blue vespa scooter immediately knew that they were the ones being spoken to by the officer. The teteh, Sundanese for sister, then left the akang, Sundanese for brother, and took an ojek (motorcycle taxi), who gave her a proper and safe helmet.

The officer was not on the street but rather was watching road users via CCTV cameras installed at the intersection. Remotely, some officers would reprimand people with humor, to remind them of good traffic etiquette and safety.

Several cities have installed CCTV cameras to monitor traffic behavior, a concept sometimes called “big brother”, a term for remote surveillance from George Orwell’s novel 1984.

The scene was recorded and uploaded on the official Instagram account of the agency @atcs.kotabandung. Paired with a sad oldie number, “Hati yang Luka” from famous singer Betharia Sonata, the video has gained more than 16,000 likes from amused internet users.

The post, which was uploaded on recently, gained many comments, mostly praising the comedic manner in which the officers disciplined the motorists.

Instagram account @nafis_mahmudi said “Honey, this is why I told you to always use a helmet whether we drive near or far, because I love you and care about your safety on the road, my beloved wife @novyparwati20.

Another user, @ichalmu1n asked West Java Governor Ridwan “Emil” Kamil to give the social media admin a raise.

The same account uploaded a video of an ATCS officer telling a motorcycle passenger, who was not wearing a standardized helmet, to leave the vehicle.

“You are not wearing an SNI (Indonesia National Standard) helmet, Sir. You are wearing a PUBG helmet!” the officer said on the speaker, making the other motorists laugh.

Outside of Bandung, the transportation agency in Medan, North Sumatra, has also made a humorous contribution, uploading funny videos of officers telling personal life lessons over the speakers to encourage violators to change their behavior — either by putting on their helmets or stopping at crosswalks.

In one video, an officer from the Medan Transportation Agency tells motorists to stop before the crosswalk, and also addresses a man who is eating an ice cream while driving his motorbike. “Finish your ice cream first before continuing your journey. We don’t want anything bad to happen to you,” she said in a caring manner.

The video, which was uploaded on Mar. 16 has gained more than 29,000 likes and many supportive replies.

Instagram user @malaysian_and_proud said “The CCTV operator is so sweet. I love her voice. She should do more videos!”

via Traffic ‘big brother’ uses humor to discipline motorists – National – The Jakarta Post

Largest Election in the World, Millions Head to the Polls Today



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Indians have begun voting in the first phase of a general election that is being seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Tens of millions of Indians across 20 states and union territories will cast their votes in 91 constituencies.

The seven-phase vote to elect a new lower house of parliament will continue until 19 May. Counting day is 23 May.

With 900 million eligible voters across the country, this is the largest election ever seen.

Live updates from across India

Mr Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a historic landslide in the last elections in 2014.

The Lok Sabha, or lower house of parliament has 543 elected seats and any party or coalition needs a minimum of 272 MPs to form a government.

The BJP has been campaigning to retain a commanding majority, but faces challenges from strong regional parties and a resurgent Congress party, led by Rahul Gandhi.

Mr Gandhi’s father, grandmother and great-grandfather are all former Indian prime ministers. His sister, Priyanka Gandhi, formally joined politics in January.

Some observers have billed this vote as the most important election in decades and the tone of the campaign has been acrimonious.

Mr Modi, who stakes his claim to lead India on a tough image, remains the governing BJP’s main vote-getter. But critics say his promises of economic growth and job creation haven’t met expectations and India has become more religiously polarised under his leadership.

How big is this election?

It is mind-bogglingly vast – about 900 million people above the age of 18 will be eligible to cast their ballots at one million polling stations. At the last election, vote turn-out was around 66%.

No voter is meant to have to travel more than 2km to reach a polling station. Because of the enormous number of election officials and security personnel involved, voting will take place in seven stages between 11 April and 19 May.

India’s historic first election in 1951-52 took three months to complete. Between 1962 and 1989, elections were completed in four to 10 days. The four-day elections in 1980 were the country’s shortest ever.

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India votes 2019

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Which states are headed to the polls?

On Thursday, the following states will vote, with polling stations opening from 07:00 local time (02:30 BST):

Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Sikkim, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar islands and Lakshadweep.

Polling in some states, such as Andhra Pradesh and Nagaland, will conclude in one day. But other states, such as Uttar Pradesh, will hold polls in several phases.

What are the key issues?

Hundreds of millions of Indians have escaped poverty since the turn of the millennium but huge challenges remain.

Under Mr Modi, the world’s sixth-largest economy appears to have lost some of its momentum. Although annual GDP growth has hovered at around 7%, unemployment is a major concern.

Mr Modi’s government has been accused of hiding uncomfortable jobs data. In fact, a leaked government report suggests that the unemployment rate is the highest it has been since the 1970s.

Farm incomes have also stagnated because of a crop glut and declining commodity prices, which has left farmers saddled with debt.

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Unsurprisingly both parties have targeted the rural poor in their campaign manifestos. The BJP has promised a slew of welfare schemes to India’s farmers, while Congress has promised a minimum income scheme for the country’s 50 million poorest families.

National security is also in the spotlight this election after a suicide attack by a Pakistan-based militant group killed at least 40 paramilitary police in Indian-administered Kashmir in February. India then carried out unprecedented air strikes in Pakistan.

Since then, the BJP has made national security a key plank in its campaign.

via India election 2019: Voting begins in world’s largest election – BBC News

Deadly blaze at Bangkok shopping complex – BBC News


At least two people have died after a fire broke out at a major Bangkok shopping centre complex on Wednesday.

The fire, which has now been brought under control, reportedly started on the building’s eighth floor at about 17:40 local time (10:40 GMT).

At least one of those who died had fallen from the building, local reports and witnesses say.

Videos on social media showed hundreds of Thais evacuating from the large shopping complex.

Other clips showed emergency services struggling to get through gridlocked rush-hour traffic to get to the scene.

At least 17 people have also been also injured, the Erawan Medical Emergency centre told AFP.

The cause of the fire has not been confirmed.

Bangkok’s governor, Aswin Kwanmuang, told a Wednesday night news conference that an investigation into the blaze would start on Thursday.

He also said the building would remain closed until deemed safe by officials.

On their Facebook page, CentralWorld said (in Thai) that the fire was brought under control about 30 minutes after it started.

The shopping centre’s website describes it as the largest lifestyle shopping destination in Bangkok.

It is also said to be as the 11th largest complex of its kind in the world.

via CentralWorld: Deadly blaze at Bangkok shopping complex – BBC News

Rolls-Royce agrees to early inspection of problematic Trent engines

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(Reuters) – Rolls-Royce has agreed to an early inspection of some Trent 1000 TEN engines by regulatory authorities, a week after Singapore Airlines Ltd grounded two Boeing Co 787-10 jets fitted with the units.

The latest version of the Trent engine has been dogged by problems since entering service at the end of 2017. According to Rolls-Royce, by late February 35 787s had been grounded globally due to engine blades corroding or cracking prematurely.

“This blade deterioration is a known issue but it is occurring faster than we expected on some engines,” Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce President for Civil Aerospace, said on Wednesday.

The accelerated inspection regime will allow Rolls-Royce to confirm the health of the more than 180 engines in service over the next few months.

Shares in Rolls-Royce were trading down 0.5 percent by 0751 GMT, underperforming the wider FTSE 100 index.

Singapore Airlines grounded its two jets last week after engine checks showed premature blade deterioration.

Jefferies analysts said the affected engines were being operated on routes to Japan, Korea and Thailand, meaning they had a relatively high take-off and landing cycle.

In February, Rolls-Royce allocated another 100 million pounds to fix the engine problems and raised a related accounting charge to 790 million pounds ($1.03 billion) from 554 million pounds six months earlier, contributing to a full-year operating loss of 1.16 billion pounds.

However, on Wednesday, the company reiterated its current guidance for in-service cash costs on the Trent 1000 in 2019 and 2020.

Rolls-Royce engineers have been developing and testing an enhanced version of the engine blades, which the company said it expects to start incorporating in the engines early next year.

The company said an airworthiness directive would be issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency.

Rolls-Royce, which makes engines for large civil aircraft and military planes, is keen to avoid further problems with its Trent 1000 engine and last month dropped out of the race to power Boeing’s planned mid-market aircraft.

Reporting by Noor Zainab Hussain in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur and Kirsten Donovan

B-52 Bombers Conduct ‘Training ‘Mission’ With Japan Over East China Sea  | Zero Hedge

East China Sea 

Two Boeing B-52 long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bombers recently conducted an “integration training” mission with the U.S. Navy and the Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) over the East China Sea. 
statement issued by the U.S. Pacific Air Force (PACAF) last month indicated that two B-52s departed from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, linked up with McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagles assigned to the Kadena Air Base in Japan. The mission was conducted on March 20. 
“Training missions and patrols of the contested waters are not unheard of, having become a regular exercise by American forces. The US’ use of bombers in the region has been going on for more than 10 years as part of its Continuous Bomber Presence, a mission Washington says is “in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

In response to the U.S. led military exercise, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAF) conducted an exercise of their own, on March 30, with six Xian H-6 bombers, additional reconnaissance aircraft, and fighter jets, across the Miyako Strait, a waterway which lies between Miyako Island and Okinawa Island. 
The U.S. and Japan have routinely carried out air defense training missions in the East China Sea, home to the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands. 

An estimated $5 trillion worth of global trade passes through the South China Sea annually. Beijing has repeatedly stressed that it’s willing to escalate war drills in the region to defend its territory. The threat has mostly be ignored by American forces, who continue to conduct military exercises in some of the world’s most disputed waters. 
Washington and Beijing have frequently unleashed a war of words over the militarization of the South China Sea, where China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and the Philippines all have competing economic claims.

B-52 Bombers Conduct ‘Training ‘Mission’ With Japan Over East China Sea  | Zero Hedge

Update ‘Don’t meddle in Johor affairs’: Sultan after PM Mahathir says he will pick new chief minister

‘Don’t meddle in Johor affairs’: Sultan after PM Mahathir says he will pick new chief minister


JOHOR BAHRU: The Sultan of Johor Ibrahim Iskandar on Wednesday (Apr 10) hit out at what he believed was interference in the southern state’s affairs, amid a lack of consensus over the nomination process for a new chief minister following the resignation of Mr Osman Sapian.

The ruler’s remarks came after Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said the appointment of a new chief minister will be decided by the party which won the elections and not the royal family.

In a Facebook post, the sultan said that he is out of the country but following developments closely.

“I want certain parties to stop making so much noise and quarrel about politics, and to focus on taking care of the country instead,” he wrote.

He added: “As for Johor, don’t meddle in the state’s affairs because this sovereign state still has a sultan.”

“I will make the best decision for my people when the time comes.”

This drew a sharp response from the prime minister.

“I am of the opinion that if we assume that those who chose PMs and chief ministers were the monarchs, we will no longer be a democratic country anymore,” Dr Mahathir was quoted as saying by Malay Mail.

“We would be a country with an absolute monarchy.”




The role of appointing the new Johor Menteri Besar lies with the party that won the election, not with the Sultan of Johor, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Wednesday (April 10).

“It will take some time to appoint an acting Menteri Besar of Johor. We will try to appoint one as soon as possible.”

“We have a few candidates we have to trace; very quickly, we will find him,” said Tun Dr Mahathir.

When pressed if it was the Sultan of Johor who would be appointing the MB or acting MB, Dr Mahathir said: “This is a political decision.”

He did not confirm if Johor exco member Sahruddin Jamal from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia was among the candidates for the post.

“I do not know,” said Dr Mahathir,

who was speaking to the media after opening the 15th Kuala Lumpur Islamic Finance Forum.

Lawyer Ahmad Solehin Abd Ghani, however, has contradicted the prime minister, saying the Johor Sultan has the absolute right to appoint a Menteri Besar under the Undang-undang Tubuh Negeri Johor 1895, or the Johor State Constitution. 


“Under Undang-undang Tubuh Negeri Johor, Item 3 (1), it is stated that the Sultan has the absolute right in appointing the Menteri Besar where in the issue of appointing, His Majesty does not have to act on advice from any quarters, ” said Mr Solehin in a Facebook post.

“However, through ‘convention’, parties that won would send several names as Menteri Besar candidate to Johor Sultan for His Majesty’s consideration where, in this matter, Pakatan Harapan should send the names,” said Mr Solehin.

His post was shared by the Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim via his official Facebook page on Wednesday.

Breaking his silence over the row, Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, who is currently overseas, said he wants “certain quarters to stop making noise and fighting about politics and focus on efforts to take care of the nation instead”

“I will make the best decision for the people when the time comes,” Sultan Ibrahim said

in a statement posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday.

Johor MB Osman Sapian resigned from his post on Monday. Following that, Dr Mahathir said the replacement must come from Bersatu.

Dr Sahruddin, the state Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee chairman, is widely regarded as the front runner, but it is understood that the other Pakatan Harapan parties have also nominated their assemblymen for the post.

On Tuesday,  Tunku Ismail had tweeted that he hoped the new Menteri Besar would not be a “yes man” to Putrajaya.

“The welfare of the people and well-being of the state must always be a priority,” he wrote in his official Twitter account, adding that a decree to change the Menteri Besar had been ongoing for a while.

“But somebody else is taking the credit and mileage, claiming that he ordered it.”

“His Majesty (Sultan Ibrahim) has reviewed to change the Menteri Besar months ago,” said Tunku Ismail.

He added that the appointment of the Johor Menteri Besar was the absolute right of the state Ruler.

I hope the new Menteri Besar is not a “yes man” of Putrajaya. The welfare of the people and well being of the state must always be a priority.

HRH Crown Prince of Johor

via Sultan doesn’t decide who Johor’s next Menteri Besar will be, party that won election will: Mahathir, SE Asia News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Deadly Super-fungus Candida auris kills in Spore


At least three people in Singapore were found to be infected with Candida auris, a deadly drug-resistant fungus that has been spreading worldwide.

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One patient recovered, another left Singapore against medical advice, and the last died.

Last July, Dr Tan Yen Ee and Associate Professor Tan Ai Ling from the Singapore General Hospital’s department of microbiology reported the cases in a letter to local medical journal Annals.

C. auris is resistant to major anti-fungal medications and is especially deadly for patients with compromised immune systems, the New York Times reported.

According to the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, it kills about half of all patients who contract it within 90 days.

The first case in Singapore was detected in a 52-year-old Singapore-born woman who suffered several limb fractures following a traffic accident in India in 2012.

She was treated at an Indian hospital and later transferred to a hospital here for further treatment.

The fungus and other organisms were detected in her fractured right thigh bone, or femur. She was given several medications, including antibiotics and an antifungal medication called fluconazole.

The fungus was later found to be resistant to fluconazole, but the patient was not given other antifungal drugs as she was recovering well and was later discharged.

The second case involved a 24-year-old Bangladeshi man who came to Singapore for medical treatment in 2016. He had been admitted to three hospitals in Bangladesh for a metastatic carcinoma, a type of cancer. He was given chemotherapy in Singapore but was later found to have fluconazole-resistant C. auris in his bloodstream.

Another antifungal called anidulafungin, which was effective against the fungus, was prescribed. However, the man later returned to Bangladesh against medical advice after just 10 days of treatment here.

The last case involved a 69-year-old American man who suffered an infection that exacerbated his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (lung disease) while touring Bangladesh in late 2016.

The man was admitted to the intensive care unit of a hospital in Bangladesh, where he was treated with antibiotics, and was transferred to Singapore in early 2017. He suffered further complications, including cardiac arrest. C. auris was later found in his blood.

No anti fungal treatment was given following discussions with the patient’s family. He was given palliative care and eventually died.

According to another report on 9th by the straits times….

There were 11 isolated cases of Candida auris infections at public hospitals here since 2012 but no outbreak was reported, a Ministry of Health (MOH) spokesman said on Tuesday (April 9) in response to queries.

Two of the patients found to be infected with the antifungal-resistant germ died while the other nine recovered.

Three patients, including one of the two patients who died, were treated at the Singapore General Hospital between 2012 and 2017, it said on Monday.

The MOH spokesman said: “The cases were immediately isolated and contact tracing conducted by the hospitals had not identified any disease spread. The patients’ rooms were thoroughly cleaned and disinfected to remove the fungus.”

Healthcare institutions here have measures in place to prevent and control healthcare-related infections, including C. auris, and are required to report any outbreaks, but no outbreak was reported, the spokesman said.

The spokesman added that public hospitals are also required to isolate infected patients when necessary and to adequately disinfect equipment and the environment of the infected patients.

Although C. auris infection is not a legally notifiable disease here, it has been included in an updated list of pathogens for the public health laboratory surveillance programme since last year.

This was done to “enable a coordinated and broad-based response to infectious threats of public health importance,” the spokesman said.

C. auris infects individuals who are severely ill, or have compromised immunity, said the spokesman.

“As such individuals are typically hospitalised, it is unsurprising that C. auris cases have been found in hospital settings.”

The spokesman added that the risk of infection among healthy individuals is “very low”.

The New York Times, in a front page report on Sunday on C. auris, quoted the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention as saying that nearly half of the patients who contract the infection die within 90 days.

The fungus can spread through direct contact with an infected person, or through contact with a contaminated environment, equipment or other surfaces.

While C. auris is resistant to some antifungal drugs, it is susceptible to others that can be used to treat it.

The cases seen at SGH were treated with a class of antifungal drugs known as echinocandin and the contaminated environments were disinfected with ultraviolet C rays and hydrogen peroxide vapour.

“Early detection of patients infected with C. auris, as well as good infection prevention and control practices, such as meticulous hand hygiene and environmental disinfection, can prevent its spread,” the spokesman said.

Initial reports were picked up on Asia One and you can find them here 

How Brexit Plays Into China’s Hands | Bad Brexit Deal | China Uncensored

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Brexit is nigh. And like your standard divorce, Britain splitting up with the European Union is bound to be partly painful. But one country that’s looking forward to spinning all that hurt in its favor is China. That’s because the CCP’s strategy in Europe is all about divide and conquer, and undercutting Europe’s ability to resist Chinese infiltration with a united front. And Huawei 5G might be at the forefront.

Landslide kills five diamond miners in South Kalimantan – National – The Jakarta Post


South Kalimantan

A joint search and rescue team has rescued two miners and recovered five dead bodies after a landslide hit an artisanal diamond mine in Banjarbaru, South Kalimantan.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the incident happened on Monday afternoon in Sei Pumpung village. The landslide was caused by unstable soil conditions mixed with sand and gravel, due to heavy rain that has been pouring down since Monday morning.

When the landslide hit, seven miners were working at the site, with two being in the upper section of the mine and the remainder in the lower section.

“The two survivors, identified as Ardi and Ipul, were working in the upper section, while the five dead miners were in the lower part of the mine. They all come from nearby villages,” Sutopo said in a statement on Tuesday.

The joint rescue and search team immediately conducted a rescue operation after the landslide hit. The operation ended at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday, despite it being hindered by heavy rain and wind as well as the muddy ground.

The bodies of the dead miners have been handed over to their respective families to be buried, Sutopo said.

He added that similar incidents were a common occurrence, which had claimed the lives of many local residents. “This might be caused by the way residents mine the diamond.”

“Banjarbaru should address the issue by preparing mitigation efforts, which includes development planning in the area. The administration initially planned to turn the area into a tourist destination, but the plan was hindered by land acquisition from residents,” Sutopo said.

via Landslide kills five diamond miners in South Kalimantan – National – The Jakarta Post

Just so you have an idea of whats involved…

Protesters warn of Chinese ‘invasion’ of Philippines – SE Asia – The Jakarta Post


Protesters descended on the Chinese embassy in Manila on Tuesday to oppose the Asian superpower’s growing sway in the Philippines and as tensions rise over Beijing’s presence in the disputed South China Sea.

Filipino flag-waving marchers chanted “China out” and brandished a banner saying “Defend our sovereign rights”, referring to Beijing’s expansive claims to the resource-rich waterway.

“The government headed by President (Rodrigo) Duterte is not responding. What China is doing is almost an invasion,” marcher Alex Legaspi, a 53-year-old teacher, told AFP.

While Duterte has largely set aside the once-heated territorial standoff over the sea, tensions have flared since hundreds of Chinese vessels appeared recently near the Manila-held Pag-asa (Thitu) island.

The Philippines called the boats’ presence “illegal” and Duterte has threatened China with possible military action if it touches the island.

However, the president has repeatedly said war with China would be futile and he has no intention of getting into a conflict with the rising power he has courted for trade and investment.

Duterte has been criticised at home as being too eager to grow ties with Beijing, and giving up too much leverage on the South China Sea issue.

Meanwhile, the United States has moved to boost its relationship with long-time ally and former colony the Philippines.

A small group of policemen monitored the protesters, who numbered around 1,000 according to journalists on the scene. The marchers dispersed peacefully after the demonstration.

Protesters also voiced simmering unease over the terms Chinese loans for infrastructure in the Philippines, including a massive dam-building project.

China is poised to loan some $210 million toward the construction of the Kaliwa Dam, a project that has been delayed for years and would fill gaps in the Philippines’ chronic need for infrastructure.

“We cannot allow… China to control Filipinos and the Philippines’ sovereignty,” Wilma Quierrez, 53, member of indigenous rights group told AFP.

“The loan agreement signed by (Chinese President) Xi Jinping and President Duterte will send us into debt trap,” she added.

via Protesters warn of Chinese ‘invasion’ of Philippines – SE Asia – The Jakarta Post

Japan Grounds F-35 Fleet After Jet Disappears From Radar Over Pacific


It appears that its ‘s turn to bask in the aviation spotlight for a little while

Earlier today, a Japanese F-35 stealth fighter jet with one pilot on board unexpectedly disappeared from radar while on a training mission over the Pacific on Tuesday night, Kyodo reported citing the defense ministry. The fighter jet went missing at around 7:27 p.m. (1027 GMT) as it was flying 135 km (84 miles) east of Misawa in northeastern Japan, a ministry spokeswoman said.

It was not immediately clear if it had crashed, the spokesperson said, adding: “We are still trying to search for the aircraft.”

The fate of the pilot was also not immediately clear.

According to Japan’s NHK, the plane lost contact about 30 minutes after taking off from Misawa Air Base, and added that the Self-Defence Forces and coastguard dispatched vessels to carry out rescue operations, NHK added.

What is embarrassing, is that according to the Defense Report, Japan’s first F-35A fighter squadron based at Misawa became operational on March 29.

As a result of the unexplained, and first ever, disappearance of the stealth fighter, Kyodo also reports that Japan will ground its entire fleet of F-35s until there is more clarity on what happened today.

via Japan Grounds F-35 Fleet After Jet Disappears From Radar Over Pacific | Zero Hedge

Malaysia firm on repeal of Anti-Fake News Act, Dr Mahathir – AsiaOne


Malaysia stands firm over repeal of Anti-Fake News Act: Mahathir – ASIA ONE

Malaysia will stick by its decision to repeal the Anti-Fake News Act and will not follow its neighbor Singapore in bid to tackle “online falsehoods”.

While acknowledging that fake news can be damaging, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the onus is on the country and its people to manage the spread of such material.

“We made a promise to the people that we would do away with the Anti-Fake News law. That is what the people wanted and we respect the people who voted us into power.

“We understand how social media can be abused. For us, that means we have to learn how to handle fake news,”

said Dr Mahathir in a question-and-answer session during a joint press conference with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong here Tuesday (April 9).

The press conference was held following Lee’s visit to Putrajaya as part of the Malaysia-Singapore Leaders’ Annual Retreat.

Both leaders were asked for their comments on Singapore’s proposed Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill (Pofma).

Dr Mahathir added that having such a law would open it for abuse by the government.

“When you have a law to prevent people from airing views, then we are afraid that the government itself may abuse it, as has happened in the past.

“We do not want any government, whether this or the next one, to abuse such law.

“It (fake news) may be difficult to handle, but we can accept the challenge and will handle it,” said Dr Mahathir.

Lee defended his government’s decision to introduce the Bill, despite criticisms from groups such as Reporters Without Borders.

“It is not just Singapore who is legislating this. France and Germany have done it. Australia introduced something similar and very draconian. Singapore has had to do it, and we have deliberated it for almost two years.

“I am not surprised Reporters Without Borders have criticized it, as they have criticized many things about Singapore’s media management.

“But what we have done has worked in Singapore, and it is our objective to continue to do things which will work for Singapore,” said Lee.

The Anti-Fake News Act was passed in April during the previous administration.

The present Pakatan Harapan government then pushed for a repeal for the Act in Parliament.

Although the repeal was passed in the Dewan Rakyat, it was rejected by the Dewan Negara in September.


via Malaysia stands firm over repeal of Anti-Fake News Act: Mahathir, Malaysia News – AsiaOne

Mild correction to some published typos….Very promising to see this type of maturity in policy  – Ed

Oxygen masks ‘accidentally’ deployed on British Airways flight BA16 from Singapore just 2 hours after take-off | Asia One

Singapore – London

Passengers on board British Airways flight BA16 had the shock of their lives when oxygen masks deployed without warning on their way to London from Singapore.

According to The Sun, passengers were two hours into their flight on Monday (April 8) when the media screens and lights in the plane suddenly turned off, following which oxygen masks dropped from the panels overhead.

An automated announcement instructing passengers to put on their oxygen masks was also played, alarming passengers who didn’t have a clue what was going on.

It was only after two minutes that flight attendants came over to panicked passengers, telling them to ignore the message as it was a technical error and that a step-by-step reboot of systems was being conducted, reported The Sun.

Photos published showed oxygen masks hanging from the overhead panels of the business class section.

Although cabin crew tried to reassure the terrified passengers, there was no apology nor assurance from the pilot even as the plane started its descent, said passenger Mitchell Webb, 24.

He recounted his experience to the Evening Standard, recalling that the flight was referred to as “an old girl” by flight attendants. He noted that cabin crew had mentioned that not all oxygen masks were deployed, which made him wonder if the same would happen in an actual emergency.

But what disturbed Webb the most was the unusual silence from the captain, who only made an announcement 45 mins before touchdown, but did not address the incident at all.

Webb added that an email from British Airways was sent to passengers on BA16, apologizing for the incident and the ‘inadvertent’ deployment of oxygen masks during the flight.

In an email to AsiaOne, a spokesperson from British Airways said that their “flight and cabin crew reassured customers after ​oxygen masks were deployed accidentally”.

“We are sorry for the distress this may have caused, and are investigating how it happened.”

via Oxygen masks ‘accidentally’ deployed on British Airways flight from Singapore just 2 hours after take-off, Singapore News – AsiaOne