On Thai island, hotel guests check out of plastic waste

BANGKOK — For the millions of sun seekers who head to Thailand’s resort island of Phuket each year in search of stunning beaches and clear waters, cutting down on waste may not be a top priority. But the island’s hotel association is hoping to change that with a series of initiatives aimed at reducing the […].....»»

Category: newsSource: interaksyon interaksyonAug 17th, 2018

Foreigners in Boracay allowed to ‘take dip’ for ‘humanitarian activity’ – DENR exec

Some European delegates of Genfest International were allowed to "take a dip" in Boracay waters as part of a "humanitarian activity" they were conducting for local residents, who are also allowed to swim in designated areas of the resort island. What is forbidden on the island is "commercial swimming," Antiporda, who is undersecretary for national solid waste management, said at the Saturday News Forum, which was held on July 7, at the University Hotel at the University of the Philippines campus in Diliman, Quezon City. Commercial swimming, he explained, is the activity engaged by tourists who check in at hotel. A video clip of foreign delegates who dipped in Boracay waters em...Keep on reading: Foreigners in Boracay allowed to ‘take dip’ for ‘humanitarian activity’ – DENR exec.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

Movement To Find Alternative To Plastic Packaging Grows In Philippines

Movement To Find Alternative To Plastic Packaging Grows In Philippines NPR A young island man came to Manila for college and found a morass of plastic waste. Now he's found ways for Manila's.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 24th, 2019

Plastic wasteland: Asia s ocean pollution crisis

THANH HOA, Vietnam – A Vietnamese mangrove draped with polythene, a whale killed  after swallowing waste bags in Thai seas and clouds of underwater trash near Indonesian "paradise" islands – grim images of the plastic crisis that has gripped Asia. About 8 million tons of plastic waste are dumped into ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 5th, 2018

Boracay hotel management hits closure order

ILOILO CITY --- The management of a Cebu-based hotel chain denied that one of its hotels on Boracay Island temporarily shut down by the local government violated environmental laws and regulations. The Crown Regency Hotels & Resorts said it was "taken aback" by the temporary closure of the Crown Regency Prince Resort near Boat Station 1 in Barangay Balabag. "As a response to this temporary closure of Crown Regency Prince Resort, the management wishes to clarify that it has not been discharging hotel waste water into (the) drainage system," the management said in a statement sent to the INQUIRER. "The discharged water in reality emerges from underground natural spring wat...Keep on reading: Boracay hotel management hits closure order.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 1st, 2018

Last supper from the Titanic to be recreated by luxury hotel

History buffs of the Titanic, along with cinematic fans of Jack and Rose, may be interested in an extravagant dinner that will recreate the last supper served aboard the ocean liner. But rest assured, the meal will be served on terra firma. On April 14, the eve of the ship's sinking 106 years ago, chefs at the Restaurant Petrus at Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong will whip up the same 10-course meal which was served to the ship's First Class guests on the evening of its ill-fated sinking. Though the menu will be inspired by the original meal, chef Ricardo Chaneton will take a few creative liberties with modernized updates to dishes like Fillet Mignon Lili, roast guinea fowl, lamb w...Keep on reading: Last supper from the Titanic to be recreated by luxury hotel.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 25th, 2018

Hotel puts family’s smartphone under lock and key to encourage screenless playtime

A hotel chain in the United States has launched an experimental program aimed at disconnecting smartphone addicts and reconnecting families. At select Wyndham Grand properties across the U.S., families who need a little bit of help reducing their screen time --- adults included --- can sign up for the new "Reconnected" program which comes with a variety of diversion tactics meant to facilitate their digital detox. To reduce temptation altogether, guests are given a timed lock box at check-in, for example, where they can place their smartphones under lock and key, set a timer, and commit to being together sans screen. Other activities in the bundle include a toolkit and bluep...Keep on reading: Hotel puts family’s smartphone under lock and key to encourage screenless playtime.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2018

Hawaii emergency worker threatened after misleading photo

HONOLULU --- When an erroneous alert was sent out last month telling people in Hawaii that there was an incoming ballistic missile, Jeffrey Wong was an island away from the state's emergency management agency office where he works as an operations officer. Wong helped gather hundreds of panicked guests at his hotel on the island of Kauai to seek shelter in a restaurant until he confirmed the alert was a mistake. Then an Associated Press photograph circulated picturing Wong months earlier at the agency's Honolulu operations center on Oahu island -- and people mistakenly thought Wong was the "button-pusher" who sent out the alert, wrongly accusing him in online comments of causin...Keep on reading: Hawaii emergency worker threatened after misleading photo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2018

Lifestyle center, food hall entice vacationers to new Boracay hotel

A game-changing hotel has just opened in the most popular beach destination in the Philippines. Hue Boracay held its grand opening in October, the second hotel to be opened by Hue Hotels and Resorts. Located in Station 2, White Beach, the hotel sets itself apart in the island by having its own lifestyle center. Station X The retail center, called Station X, houses a number of restaurants and shops, making the resort a veritable self-contained locale. Station X is full of foodie finds and unique island knickknacks. "We wanted to bring the vibrancy [of the island] to Hue Boracay, so that the only reason guests leave the hotel is for the beach," says Hue Hotels and Resorts m...Keep on reading: Lifestyle center, food hall entice vacationers to new Boracay hotel.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2017

2019 NBA All-Star Diary: Day 1

5:20 A.M. – For some reason, I woke up 10 minutes before the alarm on my cellphone was scheduled to ring. Maybe it was jetlag. Maybe it was excitement. It didn’t matter, I had to get up from bed to prepare for the 2 hour and 30 minute drive from Durham to Charlotte. Me and my colleague, TJ Manotoc had taken a detour from our planned schedule to visit Duke University. Now, that we were done with that, it was time to revert back to our primary task of covering the 2019 NBA All-Star Game. During our drive back to Charlotte, I looked out the window to the sight of clear skies telling me that it was going to be a good day. 8:50 A.M. – The first task for journalists covering the NBA’s mid-season event is to secure a media pass. This is basically an ID that gives one clearance to all events that are happening throughout All-Star Weekend. After parking our rented car and walking to the designated hotel for the media credentials pick-up, we were ready to head to our first activity of the day. 9:35 A.M. – Hosting the best young players in the league was the Bojangles Coliseum where the first media availability session was about to take place. The Mountain Dew Rising Stars is first major event of All-Star weekend and we were given the opportunity to see the players from Team U.S. and Team World up-close to field in questions. Rookie sensation Luka Dončić drew the biggest crowd of reporters from all over the world. Because it would be tough for me to ask the Slovenian a question, I decided to go to another podium where this year’s number on overall pick, Deandre Ayton was sitting. “Deandre! Who’s the toughest center you’ve played against so far in your rookie season?” I asked. “Uuuhhh… nobody. Not yet. All the centers I’ve played against so far haven’t really went at me yet. I think they were just playing though the rhythm and not really going at me,” replied Deandre. I saw another player drawing a huge crowd and realized it was Ben Simmons, who is currently my second favorite NBA player behind Blake Griffin. After waiting for a little while, I pounced on the opportunity to field in a question. “Ben, with the current Sixers lineup, what do you think are the weaknesses that you guys need to improve on so that you can win the championship this year?” The 6’10” point guard from Australia looked right at me and said, “Offense. Defense.” Honestly, I was a little bit disappointed because I was expecting a more thorough answer but I guess that’s how it is sometimes. These athletes are asked a million questions and it might be a struggle for them to stay consistent with regards to being accommodating to people. Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young and LA Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma were two other players I visited. With so many players on both rosters, it would be extremely difficult to get to converse with all. But, seeing them right in front of you and having an opportunity to talk to them was an amazing experience. 11:00 A.M. – All media had been requested by the organizers to clear the court so we could witness Team World practice for the night’s event. Even though I got a very short answer from Simmons, I still observed him. Watching him dribble the ball up the floor and make long strides to the basket for dunks was a sight to behold. He could even knock down three-pointers. 11:45 A.M. – It was now the turn of Team U.S. to take the floor for practice. Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum looked like they could be the best players on the squad but I was particularly looking at Young and his ability to shoot the ball and handle it exceptionally well. Kuzma was also taking every drill seriously. Just like he would the Rising Stars. 1:06 P.M. – After gathering content, TJ and I decided to have a late lunch at Denny’s. We looked at the schedule and realized that our next activity would not be happening until nine in the evening. More time to sleep, I thought. 2:23 P.M. – TJ dropped me and our luggage off at Springhill Suites, our hotel for the next three days. He left me there to check-in while he returned the rental car to the airport. But, as I went to the counter, I was told by the front desk that our room would not be available until 3:00 P.M.. That’s when I decided to look around. 2:45 P.M. – I went to the Hornets Fan Shop to look at the NBA All-Star merchandise and saw an interesting selection of hats, jerseys and all kinds of memorabilia. And then, I noticed a man carrying a box which contained a pair of Nike Adapt BBs, the shoes I tested last month in New York. I asked him where he got them and told me to check out the “Jordan pop-up shop” across the Spectrum Center. 2:55 P.M. – While walking on the street, I saw a long line outside a building. It turns out, this was where that man got his Nike Adapt BBs. It was a Foot Locker – House of Hoops pop-up shop which sold various sneakers that were scheduled to be released specifically during the NBA All-Star weekend. Because of my unforgettable experience in Manhattan, I decided to join the line for a chance to get my own pair of the most futuristic basketball shoes Nike has ever made. Thankfully, I was given a wristband with a number, allowing me to leave the line to check into the hotel. 3:15 P.M. – I checked into our hotel room and felt thankful that it had such a great location. Springhill Suites was right across the Spectrum Center, the venue of NBA All-Star weekend and of course, just down the block from the pop-up shop. As soon as TJ arrived, I left to resume my quest to buy the shoes. 4:46 P.M. – Finally, I was a proud owner of my very own Nike Adapt BB. I felt like my trip to the New York was given more meaning now. Also, I felt like this was one of the reasons my journey has taken me to Charlotte. But, there was still more work to be done. 8:30 P.M. – Less than an hour before tip-off of the Rising Stars game, TJ and I did a Facebook Live discussion right outside the Spectrum Center to update fans back at home about what has happened so far at the All-Star event and what we should look forward to. 8:55 P.M. – We couldn’t believe it. Our assigned seats were located high up in the bleachers. On the very last row. I was breathing heavily after making the climb up the arena. All of a sudden, the players looked more like ants compared to the giants that they were during our morning sessions with them. 10:54 P.M. – Team U.S. defeated Team World behind the 35 points and 6 rebounds of Kuzma, who was named MVP of the Rising Stars. Kuzma was also one of the easiest players to talk to among his peers. 11:05 P.M. – Just when I thought we were given a lot of access to the players, we were given more. There was another media session which commenced right after the game! 12:11 A.M. – Another thing the NBA is very generous with is food. TJ and I ended our long day at a restaurant and bar that the league booked for us international journalists. As we chomped down our food, we talked about how the NBA All-Star weekend would take a lot of our time from us, including our sleeping hours. TJ has been covering this annual event since 2011. He’s used to the grueling schedule. Me, I’m just soaking it all in. I have a few hours left before I have to get up and work again. As always, I’m going to try to have as much fun as possible. After all, it’s the NBA All-Star. It’s supposed to be fun......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2019

Residents support ‘No Plastic’ order

BACOLOD City – A week after launching a Plastic Holiday in the municipality of Binalbagan, Negros Occidental, an official observed positive response from the people. Binalbagan Solid Waste Action Officer Omar Angelo Rivera said stall owners have expressed approval of the move as they can still earn by selling plastic alternative packagings such as net […] The post Residents support ‘No Plastic’ order appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2019

New Zealand kayaker’s lost pictures found sealed in poop

Wellington, New Zealand --- A team of New Zealand scientists sifting through a slab of frozen leopard seal droppings have found a USB stick containing photos of frolicking sea lions. The droppings, known scientifically as "scat", had been stored in a freezer for about a year and were being defrosted during research on the fish-eating mammals. They were originally collected in November 2017 by a vet sent to check on a sick leopard seal on Oreti Beach on the southern tip of New Zealand's South Island. "Concealed deep inside the scat was a USB stick," the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) said in a statement. The memory stick was in reasonably good cond...Keep on reading: New Zealand kayaker’s lost pictures found sealed in poop.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2019

Students address problematic waterways

Manila, one of the densest cities in the country, is considered to be a top contributor to ocean plastic waste, as urban waterways have been transformed into residential areas for informal settlers and dump sites. Twelve young innovators from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) School of Design and Arts Architecture Program (SDAAR) decided […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 30th, 2019

Metal straws battle the plastic

Not antiplastic, just antiexcessive waste. Thats one way to describe the advocacy behind Sip PH, the local social enterprise that champions waste management solutions for the people and the planet by.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 27th, 2019

The torchbearers of PBA Porma : Terrence, Yap, Hugnatan?

Who comes to mind first when it comes to 'PBA Porma'?  The folks over at The Score asked that very question to guests Topex Robinson and Jett Manuel. Topex, an assistant coach for the Phoenix Fuel Masters had James Yap on the top of his list, citing the meticulous attention to detail the Rain or Shine gunner puts into his fits. [READ: Friday in Fashion: James Yap's P27,000-peso masterpiece] Meanwhile, Manuel, a former Ginebra Gin King has the inimitable Terrence Romeo leading his list, mainly because of the San Miguel guard's lavish collection from European fashion brands and how he manages to pull every single look off with ease. [READ: How much does it cost to dress like Terrence Romeo?] For their more 'out there' choices, Topex had, wait for it, Meralco Bolts veteran Reynel Hugnatan, who proves that age is just a number in both age and in fashion sense. From his hair to his 'underrated' sneaker collection, we shouldn't sleep on the long-haired big. Manuel didn't look far for his other choice, naming his former Ginebra teammate Japeth Aguilar as another fashion forward cager because of his lax yet versatile nature when it comes to post-game fits. Check out the hilarious yet insightful discussion here: .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 26th, 2019

A Crusade In The Philippines Takes On The Big Brands Behind Plastic Waste : Goats and Soda

A Crusade In The Philippines Takes On The Big Brands Behind Plastic Waste : Goats and Soda NPR Every year, 8 million tons of plastic wash into the oceans. The biggest sources are in Asia. In the Phil.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 24th, 2019

Fiesta banderitas contradicts bay cleanup

The single-use plastic banderitas adorning the streets of Tondo in celebration of the feast of Santo Niño on Sunday are not in sync with the government’s plan to clean up Manila and rehabilitate the highly polluted Manila Bay. The EcoWaste Coalition, a waste and pollution watch group, made this observation after visiting last Wednesday and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 19th, 2019

4 fall in Lucena hotel buy-bust

  LUCENA CITY, Philippines -- Police arrested four suspected drug traffickers in a buy-bust operation inside a hotel here on Friday night.   Anti-illegal drugs operatives nabbed suspects Dennis Delfin, Jonathan de Chavez, Hermagella Sarino and Jancylou Amada inside one of the rooms at a hotel in Barangay (village) 11 at around 7:10 p.m.   Police said Delfin earlier sold "shabu" (crystal meth) to an undercover police officer in a deal made inside the same hotel room. At a signal, policemen barged in and arrested the suspects.   The two women were even caught in the act of using shabu, police said.   Authorities seized four plastic sachet...Keep on reading: 4 fall in Lucena hotel buy-bust.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2019

Plastics, consumer goods makers in $1.5 billion pledge to rein in waste

FRANKFURT — Global companies including BASF, DowDuPont, Procter & Gamble and SABIC have formed an alliance to fight plastic waste, pledging to spend $1.5 billion over the next five years. The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), unveiled by its 28 founding companies on Wednesday, convened amid reports of a worsening environmental crisis from about 8 […] The post Plastics, consumer goods makers in $1.5 billion pledge to rein in waste appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 17th, 2019

DENR urged to stop influx of plastic waste imports

An environmental watch group on Tuesday called on the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to ban plastic waste importation as a means to prevent dumping and pollution in the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019

Old plastic wrappers discovered in closed landfill spark concern

Concerns about plastic waste re-emerged when a social media user found out that wrappers of food and basic household necessities remain physically intact years after they were disposed of in a now-closed landfill. Facebook user Rory Caguimbal narrated that he and his colleague conducted a “waste characterization study in one of the closed dumpsite or […] The post Old plastic wrappers discovered in closed landfill spark concern appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 14th, 2019