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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: mb.com.ph mb.com.phSep 16th, 2016

China unveils next lunar missions

BEIJING — China will launch the Chang’e-5 probe by the end of this year to bring moon samples back to Earth, a senior official of the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced Monday. The Chang’e-4 mission realized the first-ever soft-landing on the far side of the moon, and its success has inaugurated the fourth phase […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019

Third Canadian detained in China amid Huawei dispute

OTTAWA — A third Canadian has been detained in China following the arrest of a Chinese technology executive in Vancouver, a Canadian government official said on Wednesday amid a diplomatic dispute also involving the United States. The detentions of the Canadians followed the Dec. 1 arrest in Vancouver of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of […] The post Third Canadian detained in China amid Huawei dispute appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 20th, 2018

Aetas take part in Allianz Conquer Challenger

Allianz is doing something that has never been done before. The global insurer is celebrating the strength of indigenous people, particularly the Aetas of Porac, Pampanga, by introducing them to the rising sport of obstacle course racing (OCR). Last December 9, Sunday, the third leg of the Allianz Conquer Challenge was held in Clark Global City in Pampanga, where 20 Aetas, between 16 to 21 years old, raced together with 20 Allianz employees in the pairs category.  The Aeta participants are students of Villa Maria Integrated School, an adopted public school of Allianz PNB Life, atop the mountains in Porac, Pampanga. “We recognize the strength of the Aetas. So, aside from educating them with the basics of personal finance through our financial literacy program, we would like to impart to them the value of committing to achieve goals that they have to set. We want to give them a fair chance of having employment opportunities in the future,” explained Gae Martinez, chief marketing officer, Allianz PNB Life. Sunday’s race was a 10km-race composed of 25 obstacles, which was the same trail tackled by professional racers who competed for a slot in the upcoming South East Asian (SEA) Games. Just last month, OCR was announced a new addition to the SEA Games to be held in Clark, Pampanga.  Some of the obstacles during the race were hurdles, taho carry, tirador, spider web, monkey bars, wall of tire, slip wall, commando climb, among others. Those who incurred penalties for not being able to perform an obstacle had to carry a 30-pound sand bag. “OCR is an up and coming sport. It is gaining popularity in the Philippines. Allianz as a company uses sports to connect with communities. The Aetas from Villa Maria is one of the communities that Allianz here in the Philippines has chosen to support.  This is, in line with our advocacy to promote social inclusion, one of the pillars of our company’s Corporate Citizenship Strategy,” Martinez further said. One of the Aeta participants, Reyna Baclay, was thankful to be given the opportunity and to discover the sport that she said is closely similar to the activities they do in everyday life. “They carry sand bags here. In the mountains, we carry 50 kilos of camote or ube that we bring to the lowlands. If we sell, our families will have money to spend. By joining the race, I can tell people, I have a dream, too. I want to work in IT (information technology). I hope I can continue after I graduate,” said Baclay, who at age 18 is still a grade nine student. Another Aeta youth, Miracle Lansang, 20, grade 12, is dreaming of someday working for the air force. “I want to work for the air force. But they say I will not qualify because of my height. I have not lost my hope that it can still come true,” he said. Renz dela Cruz, 21, was a graduate of the same school. However, he had to stop and work giving a ride on his motorcycle, because his parents cannot afford to send him to college. “I dream of becoming a civil engineer. My family needs me now. I have brothers and sisters, who are studying,” he said. With the project “Sanlahi” of Allianz in the Philippines, there is hope for these Aeta youth. “Allianz is here to provide the courage to move forward, the courage to overcome life’s obstacles, for them to have better life,” Martinez said, ”As our tag line goes - we dare you to, because we’re with you.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 11th, 2018

China demands Huawei executive release

BEIJING — China on Thursday demanded Canada release a Huawei Technologies executive who was arrested in a case that adds to technology tensions with Washington and threatens to complicate trade talks. Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, faces possible extradition to the United States, according to Canadian authorities. The Globe and Mail newspaper, citing law […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

1 kilo of marijuana seized in Iligan

ILIGAN CITY --- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) seized on Monday more than a kilo of marijuana from a suspect who was later identified as the kidnap victim the agency rescued two years ago in Lanao del Norte. Lawyer Abdul Jamal Dimaporo, chief of NBI Iligan, said they arrested Cedric Nicolo Jamias, 25, a resident of Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat. Jamias, a newly licensed Electonics and Communications Engineer, was one of the four students of Mindanao State University -- Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT)allegedly kidnapped two years ago and rescued by Dimaporo's team from a hinterland area in Munai, Lanao del Norte. Also arrested were Kevin Christopher Saderna, 26; a...Keep on reading: 1 kilo of marijuana seized in Iligan.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

UK to ramp up powers to block takeovers by foreign companies

LONDON --- The British government plans to expand its powers to block takeovers by foreign companies that pose national security concerns. Proposals unveiled Tuesday would allow the government to review deals in a wide variety of industries in which a foreign buyer acquires as little as 25 percent of a company. Britain and other NATO nations are worried about foreign governments, particularly China, using takeovers to gain access to new technology. Business Secretary Greg Clark says the proposals "will ensure we have the appropriate safeguards to protect our national security whilst ensuring our economy remains unashamedly pro-business and open to high levels of foreign inve...Keep on reading: UK to ramp up powers to block takeovers by foreign companies.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 24th, 2018

Taiwan firm eyes PH as manufacturing hub; local unit sets P6.77-B IPO

Taiwan-based New Kinpo Group (NKG) is grooming the Philippines to be its next Southeast Asian electronics manufacturing hub with a P6.77-billion local stock market debut planned by its local arm, Cal-Comp Technology (Philippines) Inc. Simon Shen, NKG chief executive, yesterday said the group was boosting its operating capacity in the Philippines as it shifted the focus of operations in China. "China will move toward higher level R&D (research and development), so its manufacturing component will slowly be transitioned to the Philippines. This IPO (initial public offering) will allow us to raise the funds needed to support the transition and help the Philippines enhance its manu...Keep on reading: Taiwan firm eyes PH as manufacturing hub; local unit sets P6.77-B IPO.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

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

China s moon cotton experiment ends in freezing lunar night

BEIJING, China – A cotton seedling that sprouted on the moon has been left to die as China's historic lunar lander continues a freezing night-time nap that will last as long as two earth weeks, scientists said. The Chinese space agency announced earlier this week that the seed had germinated inside ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News8 hr. 43 min. ago

US report says rapidly modernizing Chinese military has set sights on Taiwan – CNN

OVER THE last few years China has made a series of ambitious military reforms and acquired new technology as it […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2019

US assessment raises concerns over China attacking Taiwan

WASHINGTON --- Amid increasing tensions with Beijing, the Pentagon has released a new report that lays out US concerns about China's growing military might, underscoring worries about a possible attack against Taiwan. Speaking to reporters, a senior defense intelligence official said Tuesday that the key concern is that as China upgrades its military equipment and technology and reforms how it trains and develops troops, it becomes more confident in its ability to wage a regional conflict. And Beijing's leaders have made it clear that reasserting sovereignty over Taiwan is a top priority. The official added, however, that although China could easily fire missiles at Taiwan, it ...Keep on reading: US assessment raises concerns over China attacking Taiwan.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2019

Uneasy twosome: Golf and politics at Saudi Arabia tournament

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press Golf usually isn't all that complicated for Dustin Johnson. He decides where he's going to play and tries to post the lowest score. The newest addition to his schedule involved a little more than that. Johnson is among several of golf's biggest stars who are scheduled to play the Saudi International at the end of the month. Johnson and Masters champion Patrick Reed were among the first to sign up last April for the European Tour event, long before Saudi Arabia came under even greater scrutiny over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Johnson said he talked to his corporate sponsors to make sure they didn't have a problem with him playing. He will be joining a field that features Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau — that makes four of the top five players in the world ranking — at Royal Green Golf and Country Club on Jan. 31. "Obviously, that was a concern with our team," Johnson said. "I'm going over there to play a sport I'm paid to play. It's my job to play golf. Unfortunately, it's in a part of the world where most people don't agree with what happened, and I definitely don't support anything like that. I'm going to play golf, not support them. "I'm not a politician. I play golf." He also said it might have been a tougher decision if not for so many others going. Along with four of the top five in the world, the Saudi International includes the last two Masters champions — Reed and Sergio Garcia — and former British Open champion Henrik Stenson. "I think any time we're trying to grow the game and expose the game in a positive way, that's what we're trying to do," said DeChambeau, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour last year. "I don't think it's a bad decision as long as they want us there. That's what I've heard — they want us there. And they want to have a little bit more exposure in the game of golf. And that's what I'm trying to do." It's not all goodwill, of course. The purse is $3.5 million, though the primary income for these players is appearance money, likely to be in the $1 million range for the biggest names. That's common for some European Tour events, especially early in the year in the Middle East, which hosted its first golf tournament in Dubai in 1989 and now has six on the Arabian Peninsula. Johnson and Koepka start their journey this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, an event that in years past has featured top players like Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson. Saudi Arabia's human rights record has come under intense scrutiny since the killing in October of Khashoggi, who wrote critically of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in columns for The Washington Post. He had been living in self-imposed exile before he was killed and dismembered inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, according to Turkish media and officials. European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley deflected concerns when he introduced the Saudi International to the schedule in November. "As like many global companies, we monitor the situation in the areas countries, areas we play and the viability of the golf tournament, and I can simply say that the Saudi International is on our schedule in 2019," Pelley said. "And I really don't have anything more to add than that." Among those not going is Paul Casey, who last April was listed as "confirmed" for the tournament with Johnson and Reed. He says that was never the case, only that he had entertained the idea of going. "But there were a lot of questions," Casey said. "Do I want to go to Saudi? That was the main question." There also was the matter of Casey being an ambassador for UNICEF, with the logo on his golf bag. "There are a lot of places in the world that I have played and continue to go, which you could question ... some human rights violations that governments have committed," he said. "I thought I'd sit this one out." PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan has granted releases for his members to play the tournament, held the same week as the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He said the U.S. tour's only involvement was making sure the trip was safe for its players. "Those are all terrible things that have happened, and that's what gives us concern about our players' safety," Monahan said about recent developments in Saudi Arabia. "Our players are independent contractors. Ultimately, they're going to make their own choice. Our job is to make them as informed as they can be." Koepka, who won two majors last year and was the PGA Tour player of the year, also said he received no pushback from his sponsors. Like Johnson, it was another offer to play golf in a new spot. The PGA Tour runs a developmental tour and sponsors a World Golf Championship event in China. The European Tour has had Turkey on the schedule since 2013. "People are always going to have different views on politics wherever you go," Koepka said. "All these places, there's a bit of conflict if you want to get into it. I'm not going to get into it. It's going to be an unbelievable field of golf there. Hopefully, you can spread some goodwill through golf when you're there.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019

‘Poland must pay for Huawei arrest’

BEIJING, China — Poland “must pay” for arresting an employee of Chinese telecom giant Huawei for alleged espionage, state-run tabloid Global Times said on Monday. Last week’s detention of Wang Weijing follows the December arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer in Canada, and US efforts to blacklist the company internationally over security concerns. “Beijing should […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 14th, 2019

Ex-Navy chief warns vs possible China takeover of shipyard | Inquirer Business

A former Philippine Navy chief has sounded thealarm over the security and strategic implications on the prospect of a Chinese takeover of a commercial shipyard in Subic. The post Ex-Navy chief raises.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 13th, 2019

US navy chief goes to China | The Manila Times Online

WASHINGTON: The head of the US Navy will visit his Chinese counterpart next week, officials said Friday (Saturday in Manila), as the two powers seek to reduce military risks amidREAD The post US navy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 13th, 2019

10 men caught cutting up old rail track in Laguna

SAN PEDRO CITY --- Police on Thursday arrested 10 men from this city caught in the act of splicing an old Philippine National Railways (PNR) track to sell the metal bars to junk shops. As of 7 p.m., the police and an engineer from the PNR are still counting and weighing several pieces of cut up rail tracks. Supt. Giovannie Martinez, the city police chief, said a concerned citizen called the police around 10:30 a.m. after noticing that a group of men was cutting up the tracks in Barangay Pacita 1. He said the men carried with them tools like acetylene cutters powered by liquefied petroleum gas tanks. Police said the suspects loaded the metal bars in a truck parked nearby. The ...Keep on reading: 10 men caught cutting up old rail track in Laguna.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2019

Taiwan arrests BASF engineers for ‘leaking tech’ to China

TAIPEI, Taiwan--- Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) released a statement saying the suspects were involved in a plot "to leak crucial technology and manufacturing processes... to make illegal profits". An official with knowledge of the investigation said the group allegedly sold the trade secrets toJiangyin Jianghua Microelectronics Materials, a tech company based in China's eastern Jiangsu province, pocketing $1.3 million. "The technology involved in the case has an estimated market value of 100 million euros ($114 million) although the suspects were caught before they could sell the most confidential information," the official, who asked not to be named, told AFP. T...Keep on reading: Taiwan arrests BASF engineers for ‘leaking tech’ to China.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 7th, 2019

Chinese rover Jade Rabbit drives on far side of the moon

BEIJING, China – A Chinese lunar ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 5th, 2019

China lands probe on moon

China’s Chang’e-4 lunar rover landed on the far side of the moon Thursday, the first probe to do so, state broadcaster CCTV reported. The probe landed at 10:26 am Beijing time (0226 GMT) and relayed a photo of the “dark side” of the moon to the Queqiao satellite, which will relay communications between controllers on […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2019

Govt to impose stringent cybersecurity conditions on 3rd telco player | Inquirer Business

Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said the countrys new major telco playera venture backed by state-owned China Telecomwould be subj.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2019