If approved, the Philippine government would build a nationwide broadband network that would cater to citizens on the countryside. The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) passed a proposal to President Rodrigo Duterte to set up a national broadband network across the country to serve unreached rural areas.
It would be started on January, and is estimated to take three years to complete, according to ICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima.
This project is estimated to cost between Php 80 to 200 billion, depending on the type of network and how it will be managed by the government. Even though the government would be the one building and managing the infrastructure, it will also be leased to private networks.
Salalima believes that such deal would be attractive for telecommunications company because they have no networks in the countryside. It is due to the lack of basic infrastructure like roads, bridges and airports. Thus, it would cost them less to lease the network rather than building their own. The government hopes that such move would lay the groundwork to offer much-needed internet services to residents of “missionary areas.”
The government is also considering acting as a full-blown, third party operator to compete with existing telco giants Globe Telecom, Inc. and Smart Communications, Inc. However, Salalima explained that the idea is too premature, and further studies needed to done.
From electric cars, Tesla has stepped-up to a new level into the alternative energy business by presenting their new product, solar roofs for environmentally friendly homes.
During a press conference at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, Elon Musk talked about the serious crisis that is Global warming and the need to come up with solutions about it. Musk compared the transformation of solar roofs to their electric cars. Tesla automobiles weren’t looking too good when it was first launched in 2008, but after a few years of improvement, they have now been desired by high profile Hollywood stars and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.
Thus, to make solar panels more marketable, they need to undergo the same transformation. Their goal is to make them as appealing as solar cars. Solar roofs should look better than normal roofs, and should last longer, have better insulation and have lower cost. If they would be able to achieve their goal, they guarantee people would clamor to buy nothing else.
Tesla has now joined forces with SolarCity, a known solar panel maker. With the team-up, they aim to obtain five percent of the market. The roof tiles are made with extremely strong tempered glass, high-efficiency solar cells and colored film.
Musk expects to start the installations of the roofs at an indefinite time next year. He also unveiled an updated version of Tesla’s Powerwall, a compact solar powered battery that can provide energy to homes and businesses.
Smokers beware, an executive order banning smoking in all public places is pending for review and approval by President Rodrigo Duterte. If signed without any alterations, smoking in public places, both indoor and outdoor would prohibited. It would include parks, bus stations and even in vehicles.
The executive order was said to be drafted from a Davao City smoking ban, where the current president used to lead for more than two decades.
The report was confirmed by Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial’s chief of staff Karl Ubial. The draft executive order was prepared by the Department of Health. "The EO was submitted last week and is up for review by the President," said Ubial on Monday, October 10.
President Duterte, himself, used to be a smoker, but quitted due to health reasons. He was known to aggressively enforced the city-wide smoke ban while he was mayor, to the point of chasing down smoking divers who violated the smoking ban. The said smoking ban in Davao has been recognized by the World Health Organization as an effective smoke-free measure in an urban setting.
It is also anticipated that a nationwide liquor ban in public places and curfew minors as he has previously stated would also take effect soon.
It would be the end of scrutinizing the statements of Edgar Matobato if only for Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III. According to Senator Pimentel, a new resolution should be done before the senate could move further in investigating the testimonies of self-proclaimed hitman Matobato. The latter has been accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of being the mastermind of the Davao killings of known criminals.
Pimentel stated that he would relay this to Senator Leila De Lima due to the fact that the Senate committee on justice and human rights had deviated from its original objective after hearing the presented witness' testimony implicating the President.
The said committee is being chaired by Senator De Lima is investigating the recent increase of killings of drug suspects amidst the government war against illegal drugs.
Senate President Pimentel has earlier rejected De Lima's request on protective custody for Matobato, citing that the witness was not important in the eyes of the Senate because he was testifying on matters that allegedly happned from 1988 to 2013.
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, on the other hand, would like to question the Senate President's decision and would likely be inciting the chamber to vote against the latter's ruling. He also stated that President Duterte should respond to Matobato's accusation against him. Source
Another high-profile coming out has caught the attention of netizens as Ian King, the wealthy businessman from the family behind Victoria Court and car enthusiast behind Car Porn racing, made a very special announcement. His loving wife, Joey Mead King, a Filipino-Iranian celebrity who became a part of Asia’s Next Top Model, showed all out support to Ian’s coming out.
Joey Mead posted a photo of Ian wearing a two-piece swimsuit while on the pool captioning it “Freedom” on her Instagram account. The latter also posted the same photo on his IG with the caption “Best hangover cure @joeymead.”
As of July 2, Ian has been using the name Angelina Mead King, and proudly states that she is a transwoman. She even posted a picture of herself with Joey saying, “ "My rock and my number one supporter! @joeymeadking I Love You! " Apparently, the said Instagram accounts has been around since 2012.
Words of encouragement poured in from their closest friends like designer Mark Bumgarner, Maggie Wilson, host/model Bianca Valerio and photographer Nicoolo Cosme. Even Ian/Angie’s brother, Atticus King posted a picture with them saying, “Here's a pic with my former kuya who is now my ate. Meet my "new" sister
Angelina also thanked her supporters on her Twitter account. She also posted her gratitude on her Facebook account saying that a weight has been lifted off her heart. She is also excited to see everyone soon.
A transwoman is a person who was male at birth, but whose gender identity is that of a woman.
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