Philippines: Boracay, the island "septic tank", will be banned to tourists

The Philippines will ban tourists from the island of Boracay, a popular destination whose coast has, however, become a "septic tank" according to President Rodrigo Duterte, because of the lack of bars and hotels. 19659002] The head of state decided that this ban would apply from April 26 for a maximum of six months, announced his spokesman Harry Roque Wednesday evening on Twitter.

"Boracay is known in our Nation as a paradise and this temporary closure aims to allow future generations to know it too, "Roque told reporters on Thursday.

This decision could jeopardize the jobs of thousands of people working on one tourist jewels of the archipelago: the island of 10 km2 welcomes every year about two million tourists and generates a billion dollars for the Philippine economy.

But Mr. Duterte had in February a the hotels and bars of the central island of the archipelago, located 300 kilometers south of Manila, to dump their sewage directly into the sea.

The crystal-clear waters of this tiny, ultra-crowded island and its beaches White sand has turned into a "septic tank" that smells "shit," said the president, known for his propensity not to mince his words.

The Ministry of the Environment had said that 195 shops and 4,000 Islanders were not connected to sewer systems.

– 'Unfair' –

As a result of the decision to "close" the island to tourists, airlines announced Thursday that they would reduce their number of flights. And some professionals of Boracay did not hide their worries.

"We will not have recipes but it will still have to pay the bills, I do not know how I will survive," said AFP Manuel Raagas, manager of a cheap hotel.

Last month, Under Secretary of the Environment Jonas Leones told AFP that the implementation of a "closure" could imply that the ferry stops their rotations to the island, or that the beaches are strictly forbidden, with the deployment of police forces if necessary.

"We will send instructions on how to prevent tourists from entering (on the island, starting with the port, "Deputy Interior Minister Epimaco Densing told reporters on Thursday.

" Whether foreign or Filipino, they will not be allowed to visit the island. "

Some experts, however, are surprised at the" closure "of the island, especially as the government has given the go-ahead to the giant Macanese Galaxy Entertainment for the construction next year of a new casino and hotel complex to 500 million dollars.

"This casino goes to the against all efforts to clean up Boracay and ensure that the island does not exceed its capacity, "said AFP former Deputy Secretary of Environment Antonio La Vina. [19659002Hedeploredan"unlimited"developmentoftheareabycallingintoquestion"localgovernmentagenciesandnationalagenciesthathavenotdonetheirjobofimplementingregulationsonlandtenureandenvironmentalimpactstudies"

Authorities said they would use the "closure" of the island to build new sanitation networks, destroy buildings on marshes, and sue local officials and contractors who broke the norms.

The Boracay Foundation, an island business association, has called for the government to attack traders who violate environmental laws.

"It is unfair for institutions in good standing to be affected by the closure, "the director general of the Pia Miraflores Foundation told AFP, saying that the activity had dropped even before the announcement of the ban.

" Tourist guides complain of the decline the number of customers, "she said, citing panicked customers who have already booked and harassed travel agencies to find out whether or not they should come.

The island home Already more than 500 hotels employ 17,000 people, not counting the 11,000 employees in the construction industry working on new projects.

Philippines: Boracay, the island "septic tank", will be banned to tourists

The Philippines will ban tourists from the island of Boracay, a popular destination whose coast has, however, become a "septic tank" according to President Rodrigo Duterte, because of the lack of bars and hotels. 19659002] The head of state decided that this ban would apply from April 26 for a maximum of six months, announced his spokesman Harry Roque Wednesday evening on Twitter.

"Boracay is known in our Nation as a paradise and this temporary closure aims to allow future generations to know it too, "Roque told reporters on Thursday.

This decision could jeopardize the jobs of thousands of people working on what is one of the archipelago's jewels, an island that annually receives about two million visitors and generates $ 1 billion for the Philippine economy.

But Mr. Duterte had in February ier accused the hotels and bars of the central island of the archipelago to dump their sewage directly into the sea.

The crystal-clear waters of this tiny, high-traffic island and its white sand beaches have turned into a "pit" septic "who smells" shit, "said the president, known for his propensity not to mince his words.

The Ministry of the Environment had said that 195 shops and 4,000 individuals on the island were not connected to sewer systems.

– "Unfair" –

As a result of the decision to "close" the island to tourists, airlines announced Thursday that they would reduce their number of flights. And some professionals of Boracay did not hide their worries.

"We will not have recipes but it will still have to pay the bills, I do not know how I will survive", told AFP Manuel Raagas, manager of a cheap hotel.

Last month, Under Secretary of the Environment Jonas Leones told AFP that the implementation of a "closure" could imply that ferries cease their rotations to the island, or that the beaches are strictly forbidden, with the deployment of police forces if necessary.

"We will send instructions on how to prevent tourists from entering (on the island, starting with the port, "Deputy Interior Minister Epimaco Densing told reporters on Thursday.

" Whether foreign or Filipino, they will not be allowed to visit the island. "

Some experts are surprised, however, by the" closure "of the island of 10 km2 located 300 kilometers south of Manila, especially as the government has given the green light to the giant Macanese Galaxy Entertainment for the construction next year of a new casino and hotel complex to 500 million

"This casino goes against all efforts to clean up Boracay and ensure that the island does not exceed its capacity," said AFP the former sub -Secretary of the Environment Antonio La Vina

He lamented an "unlimited" development of the area by calling into question "local government agencies and national agencies that have not done their work of implementation regulations on land use and environmental impact studies ".

Authorities said they would use the "closure" of the island to build new sanitation networks, destroy buildings on marshes, and sue local officials and contractors who broke the norms.

The Boracay Foundation, an association of entrepreneurs on the island, called for the government to attack traders who violate environmental protection laws.

"It is unfair that the establishments in good standing are affected by the closure, "the director general of the Pia Miraflores Foundation told AFP, saying that the activity had dropped even before the announcement of the ban.

" The guides tourists are complaining about the drop in the number of customers, "she said, citing panicked customers who had already booked harassing travel agencies to find out whether or not they should come.

An island already home to more than 500 hotels employs 17,000 people, not to mention the 11,000 construction workers working on new projects.

Philippines: Boracay, the island "septic tank", will be banned six months to tourists

The Philippines will ban tourists for six months Boracay Island, a popular destination whose coastline has however transformed into a "septic tank" according to President Rodrigo Duterte, because of the lack of bars and restaurants.

The head of state decided that this ban would apply from April 26, announced his spokesman Harry Roque Wednesday evening on Twitter, without giving details.

This decision could put jeopardize the jobs of thousands of people working on what is one of the archipelago's tourist jewels, an island that annually hosts about two million tourists and generates one billion dollars for the Philippine economy.

But M Duterte had in February accused the hotels and bars of the central island of the archipelago to dump their sewage directly into the sea.

The crystal clear waters of this tiny, ultra-crowded island and its beaches White sand has turned into a "septic tank" that smells "shit," said the president, known for his propensity not to mince his words.

The Ministry of the Environment had said that 195 shops and 4,000 Islanders were not connected to sewer systems.

As a result of the decision to "close" the island to tourists, airlines announced Thursday that they would reduce their number of flights. And some professionals of Boracay did not hide their worries.

 A beach of Boracay January 16, 2018 (AFP / Archives - -)

A beach of Boracay January 16, 2018 (AFP / Archives – -)

"We will not have any recipes but we will still have to pay the bills, I do not know how I am going to live," Manuel Raagas, manager of a cheap hotel, told AFP.

Last month Jonas Leones, the undersecretary for the environment, told AFP that the implementation of a "closure" could imply that ferries cease their flights to the island, or that beaches are simply forbidden. (19659002) Some experts, however, are surprised at the "closure" of the 10-square-kilometer island 300 kilometers south of Manila, especially since the government has just give green light to giant Galaxy Entertainment for the construction next year of a new $ 500 million casino and resort.

The island, home to more than 500 hotels, employs 17,000 people, not counting the 11,000 construction workers working on new projects.

Waste banned from China: positive effect for French papermakers, vigilance on quality

China's decision last year to stop importing certain types of waste, including paper for recycling, has had a positive effect for the French paper industry, which thus has more raw material, but wants to be vigilant about quality

The Chinese measure "has put back on the market quantities of paper and cardboard to recycle that we sometimes lacked," said Agnès Roger, president of the professional federation of the paper sector Copacel, presenting Thursday to the press the annual report of this activity.

"We have again the opportunity to have material (first) and therefore it should push industrial production," she said. But she stressed that manufacturers should be "vigilant, mainly on the quality" of the papers to be recycled.

For Yves Herbault, vice president of Copacel, "in the short term, for paper manufacturers who use paper and cartons to recycle, overall it is a windfall effect ", especially because of a" positive effect on the accounts, the raw material has decreased significantly. "

" This is an opportunity for all European and French paper manufacturers, "said Herbault. But it evokes "still a number of risks".

"In the medium term, paper manufacturers must be vigilant because collectors will find solutions to meet the needs of China," he said.

The vice president of the federation predicts that collectors "will increase prices and increase their sorting capacity to supply good quality products to China"

We could find in Europe, in France, products of lower quality ", he considered, calling on paper manufacturers to "organize their chains of control much better".

Rome: diesel vehicles banned from the historic center from 2024

The mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi, no longer wants diesel vehicles on the roads of the Italian capital. The elected member of the 5 Stars Movement (M5S, populist), announced on February 26, 2018 in a speech in Mexico City to women-mayors gathered in a meeting entitled Women4Climate ( women for the climate) that the center of the Italian capital would be banned from private diesel cars from 2024. Back in her city, she aired his speech on social networks. " Rome decided to ban the use of diesel vehicles in its historic center from 2024 ," said Virginia Raggi without giving more details during her speech.

Europe turns its back on diesel vehicles

Diesel has been in decline for several years in Europe and worldwide, which forces manufacturers to return massively to petrol engines and to accelerate the electrification of vehicles. On February 25, 2018, the British financial and economic daily Financial Times claimed that the Italian-American Fiat Chrysler (FCA) was to announce in June 2018 the abandonment of diesel for the motorization of its passenger cars. 2022 because of falling demand and rising costs. The following day, the German courts opened the way for bans on the movement of old diesel in cities.

A Paris diesel vehicles before 2005 will be banned " in the first semester 2019 ", announced in late January 2018 the mayor, Anne Hidalgo in an interview to Le Monde. Thus, the Crit'Air 4 (diesel vehicles from 2001 to 2005 Euro 3 standard) will be denied access to the French capital in the year 2019. Then it will be the turn in 2022 of Crit'Air 3 (Gasoline vehicles from 1997 to 2005 Euro 2 and 3 standard and diesel vehicles from 2006 to 2010 Euro 4 standard) " to arrive at the end of diesel in Paris in 2024 ," added Mrs. Hidalgo.