Crowded, mask-free: why the White House is a Covid danger zone

Offices are crowded, visitors are constant, and the boss doesn’t like people wearing masks: welcome to the White House where President Donald Trump has tested positive for the coronavirus. The revelation during the early hours of Friday that Trump and his wife Melania were both positive sent staff into a frantic cycle of contact tracing and emergency testing. It’s not an easy job. – Crowds and travel – Avoid large groups, stay masked and socially distanced? Not for this president. Trump has been holding growing numbers of reelection rallies with…

China’s leaders cannot be trusted

When I was governor of Hong Kong, one of my noisiest critics was Percy Cradock, a former British ambassador to China. Cradock always argued that China would never break its solemn promises, memorialized in a treaty lodged at the UN, to guarantee Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and way of life for 50 years after the return of the territory from British to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. Cradock once memorably said that although China’s leaders might be “thuggish dictators,” they were “men of their word” and could be…

India v China: US Navy sends submarine hunting aircraft to Indian islands | World | News

For the first time in 45 years, the two nations were involved in a bloody altercation in the contested Galwan Valley border in Ladakh in June. At least 20 Indian soldiers and 35 Chinese troops were killed. Since then, both sides have increased their military presence along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Now, a long-range anti-submarine warfare and maritime surveillance aircraft from the US Navy has landed at the Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair, amid growing tensions. According to the US Navy, the aircraft landed at the…

Early October’s ‘In’ crowd – Manila Bulletin

For early-October’s streaming picks, we have two from this month’s ‘In’ crowd. Namely, it’s the Boys IN the Band, and Emily IN Paris. One is an iconic play about homosexuality in the late 1960’s, and the other is an earnest, but tepid, chronicling of a young Chicago career girl’s adventures in fashion world Paris. Boys in the Band (Netflix USA) – This 1968 Matt Crowley Manhattan drama about gay life, was turned into a film in 1970, and enjoyed a great Broadway revival three years ago, and now has its…

America is a maritime nation, and we need to start acting like it

The United States has always been a maritime nation. It is the foundation of our economy and security. Strategists from Thucydides to Mahan reveal a timeless truth — that a prosperous and enduring maritime nation depends on an intertwined combination of robust commercial access, international relations and naval power. These elements of national power have only grown more essential in our globally connected, modern world. Since the end of World War II, American naval power has been the guarantor of free global commerce, the engine that drives the modern economy.…

Velasco defends self, parries accusations from Cayetano and allies

A tight hold to the power of the purse that will guarantee undue advantage to him and his closest allies is the reason why Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano has refused to honor the term-sharing agreement for the speakership and to totally disregard presidential persuasion to step down on October 14. Marinduque lone district Rep. Lord Allan Velasco (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) In a late night Facebook Live appearance on Friday, Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco made this accusation in response to the alleged “coordinated lies and misinformation” that the Cayetano…

South China Sea: Beijing issues ‘we do not fear war’ threat as conflict panic erupts | World | News

Beijing stoked fears in the region after a source close to the Chinese military said in August that an “aircraft-carrier killer” and one other missile were launched into the South China Sea as a warning to the US. One of the missiles, a DF-26B, was launched from the northwestern province of Qinghai, while the other, a DF-21D, lifted off from Zhejiang, a province in the east of the country. The move represents a drastic escalation in an already fragile standoff between two of the world’s biggest nuclear powers. Both missiles…

Filipino teachers commended for pushing learning continuity

In the wake of the pandemic, Filipino teachers were lauded for their efforts to encourage parents, guardians, and communities to make sure students will participate in the opening of classes on Oct. 5. Save the Children Philippines (SCP) and the Australian Embassy in the Philippines, in a statement issued Friday, praised teachers for their dedication to ensure learning continuity of millions of students. In celebration of this year’s World Teachers’ Day (WTD) – which also coincides with the school opening on Monday – the two organizations hosted a virtual teachers’…

Amid India-China Tensions, A US Navy P8 Submarine-Hunting Aircraft Landed At Andaman And Nicobar Islands Last Week. Here’s Why

Amid tensions between India and China in eastern Ladakh, long-range anti-submarine warfare and maritime surveillance aircraft of the US Navy, Boeing-built P-8 Poseidon, landed at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands last week. From a picture posted by Livefist, observers said, the aircraft appears to have landed at the Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair. The US Navy aircraft, the defence blog says in a tweet, landed at the strategically located island chain in the Indian Ocean for refueling. Experts said the aircraft may have been refueled under the Logistics…

Senators urge DOTr to give commuters free access to EDSA Busway beep cards

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade on Friday vowed to address issues and reduce the cost of the stored value “Beep” cards for commuting. During the Senate finance subcommittee K’s deliberation of the DOTR’s proposed 2021 budget, senators raised complaints about the Beep cards being required for passengers in the EDSA Busway in a bid to reduce contact and curb the spread of COVID-19. While lauding the DOTr for its effort to implement cashless payments, they questioned the need to shell out P180 to purchase the Beep cards. Of the…