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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

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Typhoon Mangkhut / The Philippines braced for ‘super’ storm

By: Robin Spiess - Posted on: September 13, 2018 | Current Affairs

The year’s most powerful typhoon is on track to make landfall in northern Philippines on Saturday, as local officials order precautionary evacuations of thousands in preparation for the storm

Philippine Army soldiers practice skills in land and water rescue in times of disaster such as earthquakes and typhoons, along the banks of the Marikina River, east of Manila Photo: Rolex Dela Pena / EPA-EFE

Typhoon Mangkhut – also known as Typhoon Ompong in the Philippines – is expected to have a high humanitarian impact, as it threatens to affect 10 million people in the Philippines and continue on a trajectory that could see more than 40 million impacted, according to the Global Disaster Alert and Coordinating System.

Forecasts estimate that the “super” typhoon will hit Luzon island and the northern tip of Cagayan province in the Philippines before continuing on to threaten Taiwan, Hong Kong, and cities along China’s southeast coastline.

First making landfall in northern Guam as a Category 2 on Monday night, super typhoon Mangkhut has grown in size by more than 300 kilometres since early Tuesday. With current winds of 205 km/h and gusts of more than 250 km/h, Mangkhut is projected to continue strengthening and will likely make landfall in the Philippines on Saturday morning as a Category 5 storm with winds upward of 240 km/h.

Philippines officials have ordered precautionary evacuations and school closures in northern coastal and island villages along the typhoon’s path.

Ricardo Jalad, chief of the Philippines’ Office of Civil Defence, said on Wednesday that as Typhoon Mangkhut nears the country’s borders, more cities in the northern provinces have begun evacuating their residents from low-lying areas.

“The worst cases are those areas which will be directly hit by strong winds that can topple houses, storm surges and heavy rains that can cause flooding, and there may be landslides in higher areas,” said Jalad.

Officials have also urged farmers to quickly harvest their crops to reduce potential damage. According to local governor Manuel Mamba, the typhoon is arriving at the start of the rice and corn harvest season, and has the potential to destroy crops in some of the country’s major agricultural cities at a time when the Philippines is facing rice shortages.

A handout photo made available by NASA on 12 September 2018 shows a satellite image acquired by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP of Super Typhoon Mangkhut approaching the Philippines

As Mangkhut nears northern Luzon, it follows a similar trajectory to super typhoon Haima, which destroyed 14,000 houses and damaged an additional 50,000 homes on the island in 2016.

The International Committee of the Red Cross is currently preparing emergency assets and relief teams, which remain on high alert in Luzon.

“We’re worried for the 10 million people in the Philippines living in the path of this destructive storm, including those who have been displaced several times due to the monsoon rains last July and August,” said Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippines Red Cross, on Wednesday morning.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has announced that the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council will hold a meeting on Thursday morning to consider additional emergency procedures in advance of the storm.

Typhoon Mangkhut is currently on track to be as strong as Typhoon Haiyan, which made landfall in the Philippines in 2013 and left more than 6,000 dead, though Haiyan hit a more populated area of the country.

The northern hemisphere has seen a surge in storms over the past week or so, with three hurricanes currently spinning in the Atlantic and two more tropical storms brewing along China’s coastline. According to the Washington Post, this year has seen an average rise in the number of tropical storms forming across nearly all major basins, with cyclone activity across the Pacific and Atlantic basins currently at its peak.