Philippines Convicts Chinese of Environmental Crimes

(AFP) A Philippine court on Monday found nine Chinese fishermen guilty of poaching and environmental crimes for fishing in disputed waters, in a case that has strained relations with China. The nine, arrested in May, were fined $100,000 each for poaching with an additional 120,000 pesos ($2,730) fine for catching an endangered species, prosecutor Allen […] Read More

Taiwan Man Faces Death for Inhumane Murder

A Taiwanese man faces the death penalty after he was indicted Thursday, accused of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend and sexually assaulting her corpse in a "brutal and inhumane" public attack, prosecutors said. Read More

60 Indicted Over Taiwan Policeman Killing

Taiwanese prosecutors Thursday indicted 60 people over the fatal beating of a policeman outside a nightclub, the largest number of people ever charged with murder and assault in one case on the island. Read More

China Auto Sales Up 2.8% in October

Auto sales in China, the world's biggest car market, grew 2.8 percent year-on-year in October, an industry group said Friday, a slight acceleration from the previous month's weak result. Read More

China Bank Lending Slows

China's banks slowed their lending in October, the central bank announced Friday, as authorities worked to rein in credit growth. Read More

G20 Grapples With Climate Change and Global Growth

by Jitendra Joshi G20 leaders representing the bulk of the world’s economic and diplomatic firepower kick off summit talks Saturday under pressure to arrest climate change, rehabilitate global growth and fight the scourge of Ebola. The chairman of the two-day summit in Brisbane, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, has been busy stressing a shared commitment to […] Read More

Pasadena Rotarian Shares Mission of Great Compassion

by Winston Chua Pasadena Rotarian Pierre Mainguy graciously stopped by to speak with The Tribune after a successful talk with the Pasadena Rotary Club last week. The Community First Initiatives CEO received a $25,000 grant from the service organization in order to help continue drilling water wells in the village where heworks, a place known as San Sok, in rural Cambodia. Mainguy, once a financial analyst in Downtown Los Angeles, made an impressive career choice for his life’s work in 2008, when he chose to create sustainableliving solutions for Cambodians who did not have adequate access to clean or usable water. The only available water sources there were often filled with runoff from animal pollution or contaminated with pesticides. Some would have to wake up early inthe morning just to compete for usable water miles away, sometimes returning empty-handed losing out not only water but a day’s work. But just why would someone with a great job choose the path less taken? “I was given the opportunity to touch people’s lives,” Mainguy explained. “I was given the opportunity to improve people’s lives in a significant way.” It has now been seven years of productive work in Cambodia for Mainguy, who recently celebrated his 30th birthday. He spends a substantial portion of his timein East Asia finding out what’s important to villagers, and what’s on their priority list. He believes the local San Sok community must take ownership of the wellfor his work to be a success. To that end, villagers have donated their land to be used as a source of water for the entire community. He and his team (trained inpost-war reconstruction efforts) create bore holes with pumps to create wells that can be used by villagers who no longer have to travel far distances to bathetheir children or feed their crops. “It’s not about the paycheck, but about impact,” the International Management Institute of Paris graduate added. Mainguy told The Tribune that he has personally witnessed significant health improvements among the villagers since 2008. Better water and larger quantities ofusable water means fewer water-borne disease like dysentery or violent diarrhea. It also means better nutrition for children and the chance for properdevelopment at the cerebral level. Mainguy was first introduced to Cambodia through Pasadena-based philanthropy consultant John Whaley, who at the time was the Chairman of the CambodiaChildren’s Fund. Whaley offered Mainguy something he would not be able to refuse, “a chance to save lives.” Mainguy made a very bold decision to walk away from both a lucrative career and his financial mentor Nicholas Stonnington, whom he credits for part of hisdevelopment. Mainguy initially envisioned a social enterprise work for the people of Sen Sok, but realized social advancement would be useless to them without good health.The plight of the people there made him pay attention to the ways in which he could improve health, leading him to begin his water work. Mainguy, who moved with his father to Pasadena in the early 2000s, was raised in France and previously lived in Redwood City. Many local organizations are apart of his mission, including Cal State Los Angeles, Pasadena City College, Pasadena Rotary, Sierra Madre Rotary and Occidental College. Students andmembers of those organizations serve as interns or volunteers for Community First Initiatives. “I come with the furniture,” Mainguy added, meaning he is in Cambodia for the long haul. He spends half the time each year in the far east nation and half in theUnited States, where he looks to raise money for current and upcoming projects. Mainguy’s goal is to have the Sen Sok become a sustainable village, agriculturally and financially. He and his team are introducing aquaponics to the region tothat end, reinforcing crop-based agriculture using fish farming. One of the needs of the region is rehabilitating soil in ways that are not harmful to the environment and/or growing crops without using the land’s soil. To learn more about Community First Initiatives and Mainguy’s work, please visit Read More

Taiwan Artists Part of CMJ Music Marathon

by Shaun Tanson NEW YORK, October 26, 2014 (AFP) – More than 1,300 musicians descended on New York for the annual CMJ Music Marathon, which provides a stage to emerging artists vying for greater recognition in the industry. While the number of music festivals has soared in recent years, 33-year-old CMJ — originally named for the […] Read More

Yahoo Surges on Alibaba Sales

Yahoo said Tuesday its quarterly profit surged with its sale of shares in Chinese Internet powerhouse Alibaba, and that it was seeing signs of life in its mobile Internet initiatives. Read More

“It’s Getting Colder Because of Global Warming.” — NOT

From the Publisher, Clif Smith Published Thursday, October 9, 2014   Really. How do we know this? Because government-funded computer modelers say so. Many in our community are attorneys and scientists. Attorneys look at the facts. If the facts help their client’s position, they argue the facts. If the facts hurt their client’s position, they […] Read More

Talks Collapse, Hong Kong Protestors Fight On

Crunch talks between Hong Kong's democracy protesters and the government have been called off, just hours after demonstrators vowed to ratchet up their occupation of key parts of the city if their demands were not met. Read More

Ebola Death Toll Close to 3,900

The death toll in the world's worst-ever Ebola epidemic has edged closer to 3,900, with the virus killing nearly half of the more than 8,000 people infected, UN figures showed Wednesday. Read More

Hong Kong Protestors Agree to Talks With Government

by Laura Mannering, Aaron Tam HONG KONG, October 6, 2014 (AFP) – Hong Kong protest leaders said late Monday they had agreed to hold talks with the government as their numbers dwindled and they faced growing pressure to end their pro-democracy sit-in. The mass rallies that had drawn tens of thousands evaporated Sunday night in […] Read More

Cape Town Nobel Summit Suspended

Cape Town's mayor on Thursday "suspended" a planned summit of Nobel peace laureates, blaming the South African government's "intransigence" in refusing to grant a visa to the Dalai Lama. Read More

Hong Kong Leader Not Willing to Step Down

Hong Kong's embattled leader defiantly rejected demands to resign and sent his deputy to talk to pro-democracy demonstrators, as huge crowds rallied outside his government's besieged headquarters early Friday for a fifth consecutive night. Read More