August 2018

Lessons to be learned from Google
(Saturday, 25 August 2018 )

Censorship is a word media houses hate to hear. But it is also true that no media in the world can claim to have total editorial freedom. They are all to some extent controlled by one or the other of powers that be. 
 
The reentry of tech giant, Google, into the Chinese market was the big news that topped the media discussions in the first week of August. It was in 2010, that the United States (US)-based Internet services and search engine company...

Floods of biblical proportions inundate Kerala
(Saturday, 25 August 2018 )

The monsoon rains… they write prose and poetry through the vast agricultural land of Kerala.  For over 15 per cent of the over 34 million population living outside their homeland, the monsoon evokes the most nostalgic ruminations. 
 
A little more than Taiwan in geographical area, the land is garlanded with 44 rivers and the uplands beaded with 42 dams. This wealth of resources were the very ones that threatened to wipe the whole province...

Gearing up for the Asian Games in Indonesia
(Saturday, 25 August 2018 )

JAKARTA (UCAN): Priest and laypeople in the archdioceses of Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia, are gearing up to help athletes and officials during the upcoming Asian Games, the second time the country has hosted the sporting event. The last time was in 1962.
 
More than 11,000 athletes from at least 45 countries will participate in the event to be held in Jakarta and Palembang, the capital of South Sumatra, from August 18 to September 2.
 
“We are...

Day of remembrance for slain Filipino teen?
(Saturday, 25 August 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): A Philippine senator, Risa Hontiveros, has proposed declaring August 16 as an annual National Day of Remembrance to mark the death of 17-year-old Kian de los Santos.
 
De los Santos death on 16 August 2017 at the hands of police during an anti-drug operation sparked national and international outrage.
 
Hontiveros said the killing “underscored the human rights atrocities committed in the name of the bloody war on drugs.”
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Bishops dismiss Duterte’s resignation threat
(Saturday, 25 August 2018 )

MANILA (UCN): At least two Catholic bishops have dismissed the threat by Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, that he would resign out of frustration over his failure to address corruption in government.
 
In a speech on August 14, Duterte said he was ready to quit the presidency should the military and police find the right successor.
 
Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila said, “The problem with commenting on what Duterte says is that his...

Bangladesh urged to end clampdown on protesters
(Saturday, 25 August 2018 )

DHAKA (UCAN): Rights groups and Church officials in Bangladesh have joined growing calls to end a government crackdown on peaceful dissent and for the release people arrested under the repressive.
 
In recent weeks, police arrested dozens of students, activists and journalists for their alleged part in recent student demonstrations calling for road safety and reform of the government’s job quota system.
 
Both protests came under brutal attack from...

Condemnation of India lynchings too late say critics
(Saturday, 25 August 2018 )

NEW DEHLI (UCAN): “I want to make it clear that mob lynching is a crime, no matter the motive. No person can, under any circumstances, take the law into his or her own hands and commit violence,” said India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, In an August 11 interview with Times of India, just four days ahead of the country’s Independence Day.
 
For the first time since came to power in 2014, the prime minister condemned acts of violence committed...

Third powerful quake hits Lombok
(Saturday, 25 August 2018 )

Jakarta (UCAN): At least 10 people were killed by a 6.9-magnitude earthquake that struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok on August 19, less than a month after two earlier quakes killed hundreds (Sunday Examiner, August 12).
 
The earthquake, which also hit nearby Sumbawa island, left a further 24 people injured and damaged more than 150 homes and buildings, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.
 
Search and rescue teams are...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 25 August 2018 )

Venezuelan archbishop named to top position in Vatican Secretariat of State
VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Francis has named Venezuelan Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra, current nuncio to Mozambique, to be the third-ranking official in the Vatican Secretariat of State the Vatican announced on August 15. 
 
He will up his new position as substitute secretary for general affairs on October 15, placing him in charge of the Vatican’s day-to-day...

The challenges to family today
(Saturday, 25 August 2018 )

What is family to each one of us and how important is it to belong to a family? We all greatly desire and long for a secure happy family whose members love and trust each other, share solidarity, give mutual help and care and are faithful to shared values and goals. They live and work together to meet the basic human needs of all. This is the ideal and beautiful to behold, but sadly and tragically, the reality is frequently far different. So what is the modern family?...