September 2016

First impressions grow in the soul
(Saturday, 24 September 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): “They say that a picture is worth 1,000 words and if that is so, then I have brought 60,000 words with me today,” Joni Gutierrez said in introducing his exhibition of photographs and videos on impressions of Hong Kong from the point of view of a new arrival at the Philippine Consulate General on September 4.

At the exhibition entitled, Home for Now: Hong Kong lifeworld, Filipino senses,...

Catholic teacher shot dead in Papua
(Saturday, 24 September 2016 )

JAKARTA (AsiaNews): The body of 27-year-old Yuni Yesra Patatang, a Catholic teacher responsible for a youth group ministry, the Orang Muda Katolik, was found on the evening of September 12 in Ilaga in the Puncak Jaya district of the province of Papua in Indonesia.

News of his death was released by the Commission for Youth Ministry of the Indonesian Bishops’ Conference.


Human rights with Asian characteristics
(Saturday, 24 September 2016 )

MANILA (SE): The old boys’ club was on hand to welcome the Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, to his first Association of South East Asian (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane, Laos, on September 5.

No doubt eager to make an impression, he pushed his big domestic barrow of the elimination of all drug-related creatures from the face of this earth among his newfound peers, encouraging them to adopt his methods and make a...

Mandela Shield pits prisoners against law students
(Saturday, 24 September 2016 )

KANDY (SE): Inspired by a debate that took place in the Eastern New York Correctional Services Facility in the United States of America last year, where a team made up of prisoners talked a team from Harvard University into the ground on the topic of whether schools should have the right to deny places to undocumented persons, the Kandy Human Rights Office in Sri Lanka is taking up the challenge.

Father Nandana Manatunga...

Migration not an economic answer
(Saturday, 24 September 2016 )

ABUJA (SE): “Human trafficking is likely to increase the number of frustrated people who cannot make ends meet. You know by the time you finish university and you are roaming the streets for three, four, five and six years with no job and you reach 30 or 31-years-of-age with no future, it is very difficult to sit down quietly,” Fides quoted John Cardinal Oneiyekan, the archbishop of Abuja, in Nigeria, as saying.


Around the Traps
(Saturday, 24 September 2016 )

Abu Sayyaf abducts three Malaysians

MANILA (UCAN): Gunmen suspected to be from the Abu Sayyaf abducted three Malaysian fishermen off the coast of Semporna in Malaysia on September 10.

The Abu Sayyaf claims allegiance with the Islamic...

Media censorship versus social media freedom
(Saturday, 24 September 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): While there is a popular perception abroad that censorship in China is an across the board restriction placed on the whole population, Mu Chunsan points out in an article published in The Diplomat on September 14 that in fact, it is quite selective and tightly focussed.

Mu says that there is a need to distinguish between social media and newsprint, radio and television, as while the latter are...

Another step in revising regulations on religion
(Saturday, 24 September 2016 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): A draft bill to amend the Regulation for Religious Affairs was released by the Chinese government for a one-month public consultation on September 7.

This follows an extensive build-up over the last year that had the involvement of the highest levels of the Chinese government including the president, Xi Jinping.

The amendments are part of the overall strategy Xi...

The last Portuguese bishop of Macau dies
(Saturday, 24 September 2016 )

MACAU (SE): The last Portuguese bishop of Macau, Bishop Arquimínio Rodrigues da Costa, died on September 12 in the Azorean island of Pico, Portugal.

In announcing the death of the 92-year-old bishop, Archbishop João Lavrador, from Azores, called it a “loss for the Church and for society.”

He paid homage to what he called an extraordinary figure, which,...

Education Day 2016
(Saturday, 24 September 2016 )

You are the Salt of the Earth

Despite the fact that salt is essential to life, too much or too little can be detrimental to our health. But as the tendency in today’s society is to overdo salt consumption, doctors generally advise a salt reduced diet to maintain a good balance.

Characteristic and value of salt