China acquires basic technology for manned lunar missions: chief engineer

JIUQUAN -- China has acquired the basic technology to carry out manned lunar missions, chief engineer of China's manned space program Zhou Jianping said Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource: 16th, 2016

RCMP reveals use of secretive cellphone surveillance technology for the first time – CBC News

The RCMP for the first time is publicly confirming it uses cellphone surveillance devices in investigations across Canada — but at the same time says the potential of unauthorized snooping in Ottawa, as reported by CBC News, poses a threat to national security. &'8220;Absolutely,&'8221; RCMP Chief Supt. Jeff Adam, who is in charge of technical investigations services, said in an unprecedented technical briefing Wednesday with reporters from CBC News, the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail. The RCMP held the briefing in the wake of a CBC News investigation that found evidence that devices known as IMSI catchers may be in use near government buildings in Ottawa for the purpose of illegal spying. &'8220;Not everyone uses the equipment in the way the RCMP does,&'8221; Adam said. &'8220;It is publicly known there is equipment out there that is not limited in its capturing of communications between devices. And so it's a security risk when it is used in proximity to government and/or any other commercial enterprises.&'8221; Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Tuesday the devices detected did not belong to any Canadian police or intelligence agency. Adam told reporters that while he isn't &'8220;personally aware&'8221; of foreign agencies using the technology in Canada, &'8220;I can't rule that out.&'8221; But on Wednesday, after shrouding their own use of the technology in secrecy for years, the RCMP took the unprecedented step of speaking publicly about the devices — also known as Stingrays or Mobile Device Identifiers (MDIs) — to address public concern amidst mounting questions about their use The RCMP says that MDIs — of which it owns 10 — have become &'8220;vital tools&'8221; deployed scores of times to identify and track mobile devices in 19 criminal investigations last year and another 24 in 2015. He says in all cases but one in 2016, police got warrants. The one exception was an exigent circumstance — in other words, an emergency scenario &'8220;such as a kidnapping,&'8221; said Adam, whose office tracks every instance where an MDI has been used by the RCMP. &'8220;This technology is a vital tool in providing valuable assistance to criminal investigations,&'8221; Adam said, adding some recent media reporting has misstated how police use MDIs and what the technology can actually do. He says using an MDI requires senior police approval as well as getting a judge's order. And he says the technology provides only a first step in an investigation allowing officers to identify a device. He says only then can police apply for additional warrants to obtain a user's &'8220;basic subscriber information&'8221; such as name and address connected to the phone. Then, he says, only if the phone and suspect are targets of the investigation can police seek additional warrants to track the device or conduct a wiretap to capture communications. Adam says the RCMP currently has 24 technicians trained and authorized to deploy the devices across Canada. He knows other police forces own and use them too, but declined to name them. He said the RCMP's devices are restricted in their use, with software that only allows them to identify a mobile device and to potentially track the location of that phone. &'8220;What the RCMP technology does not do is collect private communication,&'8221; Adam said. &'8220;In other words, it does not collect voice and audio communications, email messages, text messages, contact lists, images, encryption keys or basic subscriber information.&'8221; There do exist interception tools that allow eavesdropping on phone calls and direct interception of digital messages but Adam said the RCMP does not own them or use them. He said anyone operating in Canada without a proper licence or judge's authorization would be breaking section 191.1 of the Criminal Code that prohibits possession of these kinds of interception devices. He also said it would be a violation of the Radiocommunications Act. Adam conceded that until two months ago the RCMP itself failed to get express approval to use MDIs from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED, formerly Industry Canada), the government body responsible for regulating technology that might interfere with wireless communications. He said the RCMP believed at one point that an exemption introduced in early 2015 to the Radiocommunications Act allowing the use of cellular &'8220;jammers&'8221; might also exempt the use of MDIs — but ISED ultimately disagreed. Otherwise, he said police have almost always sought a warrant, though he noted a few exceptions. He said in recent years the law has changed to catch up with emerging technologies. Police used to apply for a general warrant to use the technology. In 2015, Adam said there was a period of at least six months — between March and October — when the RCMP didn't seek a warrant at all, acting on advice from the Department of Justice and government prosecutors. RCMP say that in the past five years — including this period — police used the devices without a warrant in 11 investigations. IMSI catchers have been highly controversial for fear that hundreds of innocent device users can be swept up in the collection of cellular data. Adam said all data collected is strictly protected, isolated and reported to judges, preserved until it is no longer needed and then destroyed. &'8220;The data, once it is seized lawfully to the judge, will be secured and locked up for criminal court purposes. It will not be accessed other than the target information,&'8221; Adam said. He said the RCMP has been fully co-operating with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, which has been investigating police use of cellphone-tracking equipment in Canada. He also said police are very aware that cell MDIs can potentially [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsApr 6th, 2017

Senate on BBL, Malacanang on Marawi rehab, Carpio and Del Rosario on Chinese bombers | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: The Senate asks President Rodrigo Duterte to certify the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law as urgent.  Former Special Action Force chief Benjamin Lusad tries to save himself from the P59.8-million SAF allowances mess by passing the blame to his staff.  Malacañang says it is satisfied with the rehabilitation of Marawi city so ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News11 hr. 25 min. ago

Carpio: Philippines must formally protest China militarization

In response to the sighting of Chinese long-range bombers in the Paracel Islands, Acting Chief Justice Antonio T. Carpio on Tuesday, May 22, insisted that, “the Philippine Government must formally protest the increasing militarization of the (West Philippine Sea) by China.” Mr. Carpio, in a press statement released to media on Tuesday, said, “failure to […] The post Carpio: Philippines must formally protest China militarization appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

Economic talks between US and China lead to trade war truce

White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks during a television interview outside the West Wing of the White House, in Washington, Friday, May 18, 2018. (Photo by CAROLYN KASTER / AP) WA.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

Carpio: PH, other claimants should ward off China’s ‘creeping invasion’ in West PHL Sea

The Philippines should join forces with fellow claimant-states and other countries in warding off China's "creeping invasion" in the West Philippine Sea, Supreme Court acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said on Monday. For the nth time, Carpio also called on the Duterte administration to bring a formal diplomatic protest opposing Beijing's continued militarization in the disputed South China Sea, the latest of which was the deployment of nuclear strike-capable bomber planes in the Paracels. International military analysts said the successful landing of H-6K military aircraft, which has a combat radius of 3,520 kilometers, on Woody Island put the entire Philippine archipelago withi...Keep on reading: Carpio: PH, other claimants should ward off China’s ‘creeping invasion’ in West PHL Sea.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

US: More troops needed vs China

With China now effectively able to control the South China Sea, the incoming chief of the US Pacific Command has called for an increase in military presence in the Indo-Pacific region to deter Chinese aggression......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

Phoenix’s Uy confirms talks with CNOOC to enter LNG business

By Victor V. Saulon, Sub-Editor PHOENIX Petroleum Philippines, Inc. is in preliminary discussions with a Chinese oil major to enter the liquefied natural gas (LNG) business, its owner said. Phoenix President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis A. Uy said he has held “early talks” with China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) to study the LNG […] The post Phoenix’s Uy confirms talks with CNOOC to enter LNG business appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

PHL as Chinese province ‘not too far’: ex-Chief Justice Davide

RETIRED Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide Jr. on Thursday said the Philippines’ becoming a province of China “may not be too far.” “Last February 19, before Chinese businessmen, the President mentioned the Philippines as a province of China. Malacañang Spokesperson Harry (L.) Roque explained it was a joke, but knowing China, it will not consider […] The post PHL as Chinese province ‘not too far’: ex-Chief Justice Davide appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

China won t allow my ouster

ONBOARD BRP DAVAO DEL SUR: Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to shield President Rodrigo Duterte from any attempt to remove him from office, the Chief Executive has revealed. Duterte made the stat.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

Senators on China s assurance to Duterte: God help the Philippines

If President Duterte could boast about China’s guarantee of protection and risk exposing his disregard for the will of the people, then “God help us,” Sen. Panfilo Lacson said yesterday as he and his colleagues expressed shock and disbelief at the Chief Executive’s latest pronouncement......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

AFP chief careful, quiet on West PH Sea

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff General Carlito Galvez Jr defended the military's silence over recent Chinese activities in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).  "All statements pertaining to the West Philippine Sea is relegated to the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs). I'm very sorry, I cannot make a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

New phase of globalization could worsen CO2 pollution – study

The shift of low-value, energy-hungry manufacturing from China and India to coal-powered economies with even lower wages could be bad news for the fight against climate change, researchers cautioned on Monday.   As Asia's giants move up the globalization food chain, many of the industries that helped propel their phenomenal growth -- textiles, apparel, basic electronics -- are moving to Vietnam, Indonesia, and other nations investing heavily in a coal-powered future. Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, global warming has been caused mainly by burning oil, gas, and especially carbon-rich coal.   "This trend may seriously undermine international efforts t...Keep on reading: New phase of globalization could worsen CO2 pollution – study.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

Pag-asa Island in West PH Sea opened for barangay, SK elections

MANILA, Philippines – Thanks to the efforts of the military, even  Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) opened for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on Monday, May 14. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief General Carlito Galvez ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

Filipino residents in West PH Sea barangay cast votes

Even Filipinos in the remotest town in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) were able to cast their votes for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on Monday. Pagasa Island (Thitu) in the Spratly Islands, Batanes, and Turtle Islands in Palawan were opened for voting on Monday with the help of Commission on Elections and security forces, Gen. Carlito Galvez, chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, told reporters in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. Three were vying for the position of barangay kagawad, while one was running as SK chairman in the hotly contested waterway. Pagasa is the only outpost of the Philippines in the Spratlys occupied by civilians...Keep on reading: Filipino residents in West PH Sea barangay cast votes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

China’s new aircraft carrier ranks among world’s most advanced warships

China’s new aircraft carrier ranks among the world’s most advanced warships, said Hu Wenming, chief of the new carrier program, during an interview with China Central Television (CCTV). Hu told CCTV that the construction of the vessel will further improve the country’s research and development regarding aircraft carriers. He said most of the world’s medium-sized [...] The post China’s new aircraft carrier ranks among world’s most advanced warships appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

China hails Trump’s ZTE olive branch ahead of trade talks

Beijing — China on Monday hailed President Donald Trump’s offer to prevent Chinese telecom giant ZTE from collapsing due to a US technology ban, as the two sides prepare for new negotiations this week to avert a trade war. In an apparent olive branch, Trump announced on Twitter that he had discussed how to save […] The post China hails Trump’s ZTE olive branch ahead of trade talks appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

181,000 policemen assigned to secure polls

About 93 percent of the country's police force has been deployed nationwide to secure this year's barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Dir. Gen. Oscar Albayalde said Monday. In a press briefing, Albayalde said the PNP deployed 181,000 of the 195,000-strong police force to the ground as it beefed up security for Monday's elections. Of the 181,212, 73,562 PNP personnel manned 36,781 polling centers nationwide, he said. The police chief said 13,267 troops comprise the Reactionary Standby Support Force (RSSF) at police regional offices, while 2,854 RSSF at the national headquarters. Meanwhile, 89,529 personnel are ...Keep on reading: 181,000 policemen assigned to secure polls.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

BPI still studying use of blockchain technology

BANK OF THE Philippine Islands (BPI) is not yet keen on using blockchain technology as the lender is still studying the applicability to banking processes. Cezar P. Consing, BPI president and chief executive officer, said the concept of a distributed ledger “is quite interesting.” “Blockchain is a distributed ledger, so that by itself is quite […] The post BPI still studying use of blockchain technology appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 13th, 2018

War in the West Philippine Sea

Last year, former White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon, went on record with this statement: “The United States is certain to go to war versus China within the next 10 years.” The statement was said in reaction to China’s militarization of the West Philippine Sea and its relentless grab of territories belonging to other sovereign […] The post War in the West Philippine Sea appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 13th, 2018

SWU PHINMA Introduces Basic Education-STEM

Southwestern University PHINMA (SWU PHINMA) is pleased to launch its Basic Education-STEM program starting June 2018 for all of its students in Grades 1 to 10. The integration of the STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) strand in its Basic Education curricula will prepare its students better for the STEM strand in Senior High School. Students will be learning new subjects related to Robotics, Coding and Design Thinking on top of the general basic education subjects......»»

Category: newsSource:  kagay_anRelated NewsMay 11th, 2018