• WHITE BEACH, BORACAY, JANUARY 1991. PIC/SHUKOR YUSOF
    Aviation

    When Boracay was not a cesspool

    Twenty-seven years ago Boracay had no airport, no Internet connection, no big hotels, no crowds. It had a solitary bar along White Beach that served San Miguels for 50 cents a pop, accompanied by soothing sounds from the 80s. It was bliss. We’ve not been to Boracay since then, so we can’t smell the cesspool that the Philippine president spoke of recently but it does look like things have gotten very nasty indeed. Like Bali in Indonesia, Phi Phi in Thailand and many other resort islands around the world, Boracay is plagued not just by plastics but by parasitic peripatetics. The photos of Boracay in its current condition paint a sorry state…

  • NOT A-OK… CHINA’S OKAY AIRWAYS ORDERED 15 B737S IN 2017. PIC/BOEING
    Aviation

    Beware the 25% tariff-ic impact

    China signalled it is ready to cut purchases of Boeing aircraft after announcing it is imposing 25% tariffs on single-aisle planes weighing between 15 and 45 tonnes. The immensely popular B737 family of aircraft will be affected. Beijing revealed its retaliatory plans on April 4, after Washington declared a 25% tariff on about 1,300 Chinese products. Read our comments on Bloomberg regarding the implications of the dispute. China’s Ministry of Commerce gave no date for the 25% hike; Chinese officials said it depends on what the US president does and how he reacts to duties placed on Chinese products. Here’s CNN’s take on the developing story. Last year Boeing delivered 202 planes to…