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EDITORIAL - Disruptive threats

Schools suspended classes and work was disrupted in government agencies that were hit by bomb threats yesterday in Metro Manila, several provinces in Luzon and in Cebu......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarFeb 12th, 2024

EDITORIAL - Safer internetfor children

Apart from national security and the need to protect government information networks, there is another reason to boost capabilities for fighting cyber threats: protecting children from sexual predators......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2024

Global governance is stuck in time

We confront a host of existential threats — from the climate crisis to disruptive technologies — and we do so at a time of chaotic transition. For much of the Cold War, international relations were largely seen through the prism of two superpowers. Then came a short period of unipolarity. Now we are rapidly moving toward a multipolar world. This is, in many ways, positive. It brings new opportunities for justice and balance in international relations. But multipolarity alone cannot guarantee peace. At the beginning of the 20th century, Europe had numerous powers. It was truly multipolar. But it lacked robust multilateral institutions and the result was World War I. A multipolar world needs strong and effective multilateral institutions. Yet global governance is stuck in time. Look no further than the United Nations Security Council and the Bretton Woods system. They reflect the political and economic realities of 1945, when many countries were still under colonial domination. The world has changed. Our institutions have not. We cannot effectively address problems as they are if institutions do not reflect the world as it is. Instead of solving problems, they risk becoming part of the problem. And, indeed, divides are deepening. Divides among economic and military powers. Divides between North and South, East and West. We are inching ever closer to a Great Fracture in economic and financial systems and trade relations; one that threatens a single, open Internet; with diverging strategies on technology and artificial intelligence; and potentially clashing security frameworks. It is high time to renew multilateral institutions based on 21st century economic and political realities — rooted in equity, solidarity and universality and anchored in the principles of the United Nations Charter and international law. That means reforming the Security Council in line with the world of today. It means redesigning the international financial architecture so that it becomes truly universal and serves as a global safety net for developing countries in trouble. At the same time, divides are also widening within countries. Democracy is under threat. Authoritarianism is on the march. Inequalities are growing. And hate speech is on the rise. In the face of all these challenges and more, compromise has become a dirty word. We have just survived the hottest days, the hottest months, and the hottest summer on the books. Behind every broken record are broken economies, broken lives and whole nations at the breaking point. Actions are falling abysmally short. There is still time to keep rising temperatures within the 1.5-degree limits of the Paris [Climate] Agreement. But that requires drastic steps now — to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and to ensure climate justice for those who did least to cause the crisis but are paying the highest price. The fossil fuel age has failed. If fossil fuel companies want to be part of the solution, they must lead the transition to renewable energy. No more dirty production. No more fake solutions. No more bankrolling climate denial. Climate chaos is breaking new records, but we cannot afford the same old broken record of scapegoating and waiting for others to move first. And to all those working, marching and championing real climate action, I want you to know that you are on the right side of history and that I am with you.  I won’t give up this fight of our lives.   *** Excerpts from the UN Secretary-General’s address to the General Assembly, 19 September 2023. The post Global governance is stuck in time appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 1st, 2023

EDITORIAL — Cyber security threats

Some experts have warned that cyberspace will be a key arena in the next wars......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 10th, 2023

Hero within all of us doesn’t make the news

Often remembered only when their special day is marked, the nation's heroes deserve more than passing mention in a two to three-paragraph story either buried in the inside pages or turning up in a rehashed editorial or opinion piece. It's that time of the year again when many of us take a day – or a long weekend off – for beach bums or sun worshippers, or take the occasion to do our laundry, declutter closets, reunite with old friends or relatives, catch up with reading books you meant to curl up with on a rainy day, or the time when you give your pet dog a shampoo and a brisk rubdown. It is a day all wage-earners look forward to because it means extra holiday pay or a fatter paycheck. In short, except for their kin and descendants of their closest friends who attend obligatory rites at national shrines, we often take our heroes for granted, storing them temporarily in the dustbins of history, only to be resurrected at the next celebration of National Heroes Day or Araw ng Mga Bayani. Students recite their names by rote only to pass history or related subject tests, mouthing facts and figures without paying attention to their meaning or importance in the Philippine setting. Bonifacio, Rizal, Aguinaldo, Mabini, Antonio and Juan Luna, Gabriela and Diego Silang, Jose Abad Santos, Josefa Llanes-Escoda, Maria Orosa, Gen. Vicente Lim, and countless others. Youngsters often recall these personalities only because several streets, towns, and military camps have been named after them. When the award-winning film "Heneral Luna" was shown to capacity crowds with Apolinario Mabini, often called the "Brains of the Philippine Revolution" and the "Sublime Paralytic" playing a stellar role, many in the audience wondered aloud why he was always shown in a seating position. Parents who were fortunate enough to have been raised by families with more than textbook or quiz/trivia knowledge of the making of our history through the participation of these remarkable figures decry the fact that many of today's youth are more familiar with the eating or wardrobe preferences as well as the latest squeeze or amour of their favorite Korean or Hollywood idol than the roles played by Gabriela Silang, Antonio Luna, or Llanes-Escoda in the resistance against Spanish, American, and Japanese invaders. Some young people and even adults are known to sing all of their idols' top hits by heart at the drop of a hat. Still, they need to be made aware of the contributions of Nicanor Abelardo, Lucio San Pedro, and Sister Rosalina Abejo to the richness of Philippine music. Is this sad state of affairs a result of the failure of history and arts and culture classes in our school's curriculum, a lack of trained teachers to teach these courses, or simply growing disinterest in these subjects among our students? Have the heroes who are supposed to serve as role models or inspirations not only for the young but to the citizenry in general lost their luster or have faded glory? It would be a pity if such is the case, especially in these times when we need them most to rally behind a cause, symbolize or motivate advocacy, or provide us hope in a world tottering on the brink of war, facing disease, hunger, and the disastrous effects of climate change. While we should not forget those, who led us towards the path of independence from the harsh consequences of foreign rule that destroyed countless lives, bred insurrections, and almost obliterated our sense of pride and national identity, let us not forget those in our midst who continue to tread the less-traveled road and remain anonymous. In recent times, these are the modern-day heroes like the brave and persevering soldiers who man the worn out and ready-to-fall-apart BRP Sierra Madre entrenched on Philippine soil at Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea, despite continuing threats and harassment from the Chinese Coast Guard whose government insists the Shoal is theirs. A July 2016 Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling under the United Nations said, "China's nine-dash line claim over the disputed waters is invalid." From the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, first responders or front liners like doctors, nurses, and others in allied professions were acknowledged as the heroes of the day, alongside countless supporters who donated medical equipment and facilities and organizers of community pantries that provided a seemingly endless supply of food to those in need. They are our firefighters, police and military forces (despite a rotten few), peacemakers, teachers, and rescuers in mercy missions to save lives in areas hit by floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and other violent forces of nature. They may even be a neighbor who helps the homeless or vagrant by giving him not only food but odd jobs to keep them off the streets and away from the wretchedness of begging, a friend who has opened up her home to stray cats and dogs, a plant nursery owner who donates saplings and seeds so others can learn – and profit – from the joys of gardening. These community leaders have made a difference by initiating livelihood projects in their respective neighborhoods. It could even be you. Leading by example, you can teach others that settling tax obligations, obeying traffic rules, and paying it forward is all about being a good citizen. According to one wise man: "Heroes prove to us that no matter how much suffering there is in the world, there are supremely good people around whom we can count on to do the right thing even when most people are not prone to do so." The post Hero within all of us doesn’t make the news appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 27th, 2023

Medical journals warn of ‘growing’ nuclear weapon threat

More than 100 medical journals across the world issued a rare joint call on Thursday for urgent action to eliminate nuclear weapons, warning that the threat of nuclear catastrophe was "great and growing". The call comes with Russia repeatedly issuing thinly veiled warnings that Moscow could use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, as well as repeated North Korean missile tests and stalling efforts towards non-proliferation. An editorial published in numerous medical journals called on health professionals worldwide to alert citizens and leaders about "the major danger to public health" posed by nuclear weapons. "The danger is great and growing," said the editorial, co-authored by the editors of 11 leading medical journals including the BMJ, Lancet, JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine. "The nuclear armed states must eliminate their nuclear arsenals before they eliminate us." Chris Zielinski of the World Association of Medical Editors said it was an "extraordinary development" that the competing journals, which normally fight for exclusive content, had joined forces. "That all of these leading journals have agreed to publish the same editorial underlines the extreme urgency of the current nuclear crisis," he said in a statement. The editorial warned that any use of nuclear weapons "would be catastrophic for humanity". "Even a 'limited' nuclear war involving only 250 of the 13,000 nuclear weapons in the world could kill 120 million people outright and cause global climate disruption leading to a nuclear famine, putting two billion people at risk," it warned, citing previous research. 'Dangerous moment'  Ira Helfand, ex-president of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and a co-author the editorial, told AFP: "We are facing an extraordinarily dangerous moment where the possibility of nuclear war is real." He pointed to a comment made just this week by former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev threatening the use of nuclear weapons if Ukraine's counter-offensive captured Russian territory. "We don't know if the threats are real or if they're just put forward to scare people, but I think we have to take them very seriously," Helfand said. He also pointed to North Korea, which Japan said last week posed a more serious threat to national security "than ever before". The editorial was released on the same week that a preparatory committee meeting is being held in Vienna for a review of the UN's Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which entered force in 1970. A review of the keystone treaty held last year failed to adopt a joint declaration, with the United States denouncing "cynical obstructionism" from Russia. The editorial lamented that "progress has been disappointingly slow". Sunday also marks the 68th anniversary of the first nuclear weapon being used on civilians -- the US detonated an atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. The post Medical journals warn of ‘growing’ nuclear weapon threat appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2023

EDITORIAL - Perjured testimonies

Lying under oath wreaks havoc on the criminal justice system. Different reasons have been raised for perjured testimony, all of which have some basis in this country: the person who gave the perjured statement was forced to do so through various forms of pressure or threats, or given an incentive such as a financial reward or job......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 30th, 2023

EDITORIAL - A disruptive initiative

As in previous efforts to amend the Constitution, the latest initiative as pushed by the House of Representatives supposedly aims to scrap the restrictive economic provisions and make the country more attractive for job-generating investments......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 27th, 2023

Death by ‘elected position’

Forgive the editorial abuse but today’s title is a play of words on the extremely violent murder of Governor Degamo of Negros Oriental along with eight other innocent individuals who were seen as targets or deemed as threats by hired assassins......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 10th, 2023

EDITORIAL - Out of control?

As local government officials demanded better protection amid threats to their personal safety, another provincial governor was ambushed......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 5th, 2023

EDITORIAL - The persistent dengue threat

Even as the world battles the COVID-19 scourge, there are other threats to public health that call for urgent attention......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 18th, 2021

Bomb scare hits 4 schools in Laguna

Bomb threats sent through social media disrupted classes in four public schools in San Pedro, Laguna on Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News7 hr. 18 min. ago

EDITORIAL - Present realities

Is the Philippines ready for divorce?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News12 hr. 28 min. ago

EDITORIAL - A matter of enforcement

If the government wants to keep e-tricycles and e-bikes off national roads and highways, it should strictly enforce the ban on such vehicles, whether gas-powered or electric......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2024

USB hack attacks: Philippines ranks 3rd in SEA

Global cybersecurity company Kaspersky has called on Filipinos to be cautious in plugging in memory storage universal serial bus devices to their computers unless these have been scanned, following the release of data that 36.80 percent of users in the Philippines were attacked by local threats from such devices last year......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2024

EDITORIAL — ‘Very rotten’

A process has long been in place for the approval of the national budget. Malacañang, through the Department of Budget and Management, submits its proposed national expenditure program to Congress, and both chambers deliberate on the NEP to come up with their respective versions of the budget bill......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2024

CHR to launch alert system for journalists under attack

In a statement, the CHR said that “Alisto! Alert Mechanism” seeks to “provide a concrete platform where it may directly respond to attacks and threats against media workers.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2024

Editorial: Revisit snake encounters

Editorial: Revisit snake encounters.....»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2024

EDITORIAL — Finally, a world-class airport?

The Philippines was one of the first countries in Asia to have a modern airport......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2024

EDITORIAL - Compromised data

The Department of Education is verifying reports that its information system has been breached, with a hacker claiming to have harvested 750 gigabytes so far of DepEd data including banking details and information on students and teachers. Meanwhile, the Philippine Coast Guard took down yesterday its account on X, formerly Twitter, after its tweets were wiped out......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2024

Mandaue gripped by ‘false’ bomb threats, officials enraged

  MANDAUE CITY, Philippines – The Mandaue City Government condemned on Thursday, Feb. 15, the recent bomb threats targeting schools and government offices in the city. In a press release, authorities assured the public that these claims are entirely false and there is no cause for concern. “We want to unequivocally state that the alleged.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2024