Paglipat ng Pilipinas sa Japan digital terrestrial TV, inaprubahan na ni Pangulong Aquino

admin   •   November 5, 2013   •   4218

FILE PHOTO: President Benigno S. Aquino III signs the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the Agri-Turismo during the Opening Ceremony of the 2013 Philippine M.I.C.E. Conference (MICECON 2013) at the 3rd Floor, SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premiere in Davao City on Thursday (March 07, 2013). (Photo by: Jay Morales / Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

FILE PHOTO: Si President Benigno S. Aquino III sa paglagda sa isang Memorandum of Agreement sa MICECON 2013 na ginanap sa Davao City. Ngayon ay inaprubahan naman ni Pangulong Aquino ang paglipat ng Pilipinas sa Japanese technology na digital terrestrial television. (Photo by: Jay Morales / Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

MANILA, Philippines — Inaprubahan na ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III ang paglipat ng Pilipinas sa Japanese technology na digital terrestrial television mula sa analog TV na kasalukuyang ginagamit ng bansa.

Sa bagong teknolohiya na ito na gagamitin ng bansa, mas mapapaganda ang serbisyo ng mga television network sa publiko pagdating sa TV signal at posibleng pagkakaroon ng mas marami pang mapagpipiliang channel.

Bukod dito, maaari na ring makasagap ng digital TV signal ang mobile phones o smart phones.

“Any mobile device such as smart phones, tablets, and the like with an ISDB-T chip can receive mobile transmission and early warning. If the mobile device has no ISDB-T chip, a dongle can be attached,” pahayag ni PCOO Sec. Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr.

Inaprubahan ito ni Pangulong Aquino dahil na rin sa built-in early warning system na isa sa mga function ng Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting (ISDB).

Sa pamamagitan nito, mabibigyan na ng early warning ang publiko kung may darating na isang kalamidad, sa pamamagitan ng ISDB-T system na nakakabit sa TV, mobile phones o smart phones.

Sa kasalukuyan ay ginagamit na ito sa Japan at ngayon ay ia-adopt na din ng labing-anim na bansa kabilang dito ang Brazil, Peru, Argentine, Chile, Venezuela, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Philippines, Bolivia, Uruguay, Maldive Islands, Botswana, Guatemala at Honduras.

Ayon sa Malakanyang at National Telecommunication Commission (NTC), ang mga lumang TV unit na aabutan ng teknolohiya na ito ay kinakailangang bumili ng isang setup box na nagkakahalaga ng nasa isanlibong piso, at nasa 11 dollars ang isang dongle o isang USB drive na ikakabit naman sa mga mobile phones o smart phones.

Matatandaang nagsagawa na din ng public hearing ang NTC sa mga stakeholder kaugnay ng naturang teknolohiya.

Ang NTC din ang naatasang gumawa ng implementing rules and regulations para sa pag-adopt ng bansa sa naturang Japanese technology.

Inaasahang sa taong 2015 o 2016 ay tuluyan nang makakalipat ang bansa sa digital TV platform. (Nel Maribojoc / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

More than 400 elephants found dead in Botswana, cause unknown

UNTV News   •   July 3, 2020

More than 400 elephants have been found dead in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, but the cause of their death remains unknown.

Still photographs show the dead elephants laying on their sides, others on their front having collapsed face-first to the ground.

In an email to Reuters on Thursday (July 2), Mark Hiley, Co-Founder and Operation Director of National Park Rescue called the deaths “one of the biggest disasters to impact elephants this century.”

According to Hiley, the elephants began dying in huge numbers in early May but the government had been slow in reacting.

With no tests completed, there has been no new information regarding the deaths.

On June 15, a wildlife official from Botswana said they were investigating the mysterious deaths of at least 154 elephants over two months in the northwest of the country, but ruled out poaching or poisoning as causes.

The carcasses were found intact, suggesting they were not poached. Further investigations have also ruled out poisoning by humans and anthrax, which sometimes hits wildlife in this part of Botswana.

In his email, Hiley said some elephants have been seen running in circles and others dragging their hind legs, suggesting the potential for toxins affecting brain function.

However, until “a well-resourced team is allowed to go in to take proper samples, it’s impossible to ascertain whether the deaths are from poisonings or from something natural such as anthrax,” he told Reuters.

“COVID-19 is an unlikely candidate but until a proper investigation is completed, nothing can be ruled out,” he added.

“Botswana was one of the last safe havens for elephants so it’s a tragic turn of events for one of the most persecuted species on the planet,” said Hiley.

Africa’s overall elephant population is declining due to poaching, but Botswana, home to almost a third of the continents elephants, has seen numbers grow to 130,000 from 80,000 in the late 1990s, owing to well managed reserves.

However, elephants are seen as a growing nuisance by farmers, whose crops have been destroyed by them roaming the southern African country.

Hiley states that 95 percent of the world’s elephants have been killed in the last 100 years and 10 percent of the surviving population is being killed every year.

“Unless law enforcement is dramatically improved across Africa, their 50 million years on earth could come to an end in the next ten. So the death of over 400 elephants in a single event is a major concern,” he told Reuters.

President Mokgweetsi Masisi last year lifted a five-year ban on big game hunting, imposed by previous president Ian Khama, but the hunting season failed to take off in April as global travel restrictions meant hunters from many coronavirus-hit countries could not enter Botswana.

“Wildlife has contributed up to 12% of Botswana’s GDP, second only to diamonds, and the tourism sector is one of the biggest employers, so the government’s apparent disinterest in wildlife is as mysterious as the elephant deaths themselves,” said Hiley. (Reuters)

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First ‘green lane’ for seafarers in Asia now open in the Philippines

Marje Pelayo   •   July 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The country has opened the first “green lane” for seafarers in Asia to allow the free movement of seafarers and personnel across borders.

The Philippine Green Lane Joint Circular, which took effect upon signing on Thursday (July 2), was created by the Philippine government to ensure that seafarers are accorded speedy and safe travel, subject to health protocols mandated by the Philippine government.

It intends to provide safe and swift disembarkation and crew change during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as to prevent the spread of COVID-19 for both Filipino and foreign seafarers whether inbound, outbound or transiting.

The Joint Circular will also facilitate the creation of controlled travel corridors to open the Philippines for people-to-people and economic exchange and stimulate the country’s economy amidst its ongoing bout against the pandemic.

The signing ceremony was held at the Department of Foreign Affairs office led by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin together with Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, and representatives from the Department of Health Bureau of Quarantine among other officials.

Venezuela’s Maduro orders EU envoy to leave the country

UNTV News   •   June 30, 2020

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday (June 29) ordered the European Union envoy to leave the country, hours after the EU announced sanctions against several officials loyal to the socialist leader.

The EU subjected 11 officials to financial sanctions, citing their actions against the democratic functioning of Venezuela’s National Assembly.

The European bloc earlier this month said a decision by the South American nation’s Supreme Court in May to ratify an ally of Maduro as president of the National Assembly was illegitimate. Opposition leader Juan Guaido was the rightful congressional president following his election by the majority of members in January, not the court-approved Luis Parra, the EU said.

Parra was among those named in Monday’s sanctions, along with Franklyn Duarte and Jose Gregorio Noriega, who were named as vice-presidents of the assembly in the May court ruling.

Maduro gave the EU envoy, Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa, 72 hours to leave the country after the sanctions were announced.

“A plane can be loaned to her to leave,” he said during an appearance on Venezuelan state TV.

Maduro also said his government was reserving diplomatic action in the case against the Spanish ambassador in Caracas, Jesus Silva, whom he said was “an accomplice of the criminal and terrorist Leopoldo Lopez, as published in the Wall Street Journal, for the plan to assassinate me, to assassinate the country’s top military and political leader.”

Last week, the U.S. newspaper published a report citing sources close to the opposition leader Lopez, indicating that he had come into contact with several security firms for an armed action in Venezuela. (Reuters)

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