Recto airs alarm over Manila Bay reclamation projects

Recto airs alarm over Manila Bay reclamation projects Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) – October 4, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Some China-backed reclamation projects in Manila Bay pose possible threats to national security, according to a senator. Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto recently aired his concern over the proposed Sangley Point International Airport and several reclamation undertakings at Manila Bay, which are near the Philippine Navy’s base and headquarters. He noted that among the contractors is state-owned China Communications Construction Co. (CCCC), one of the firms involved in…

India poses opportunity for Taiwan

By Lin Hsiao-chen 林筱甄 India has always kept equal distance from the world’s great powers and does not easily make strategic promises. However, it is willing to support the US’ Indo-Pacific strategy because it has cast its eyes on US and Japanese technology supply chains, with the aspiration to become a manufacturing giant. India deploys heavily armed troops along its disputed Himalayan border with China and refuses to abandon the key heights it has occupied with the intention of projecting a powerful image. This image is deemed helpful not just…

Egypt unveils coffins buried 2,500 years ago

Archeologists in Egypt said Saturday, October 2, they had found 59 well-preserved and sealed wooden coffins over recent weeks that were buried more than 2,500 years ago. Opening one of the ornately decorated sarcophagi before assembled media, the team revealed mummified remains wrapped in burial cloth that bore hieroglyphic inscriptions in bright colors. The dramatic find was unearthed south of Cairo in the sprawling burial ground of Saqqara, the necropolis of the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis, a UNESCO World Heritage site. “We are very happy about this discovery,” said…

Teachers’ paradigm shift in the new normal

It’s no secret that education systems here and abroad took a heavy beating from the COVID-19 pandemic. And while we often hear of students’ and parents’ struggles with online learning, teachers have their fair share of challenges as well. From preparation of lesson plans to conducting the classes and the handing out of assignments, teachers have to make sure that the quality of learning remains even with the absence of face-to-face interactions. A different preparation One of these teachers is former TV reporter and anchor Julius Segovia, who teaches various…

Canadian warship sails near Taiwan amid heightened China tensions | Canada

Taiwan’s defence ministry said the Canadian warship sailed into Taiwan Strait from the South China Sea. A Canadian warship has sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait, the island’s defence ministry said on Saturday, a voyage that comes at a time of heightened military tension between China and Taiwan and which could anger Beijing. China, which claims democratic Taiwan as its own territory, has stepped up its military activity around the island in the past few weeks, including sending fighter jets to cross the unofficial midway line buffer in the strait.…

PAGASA issues flood warning advisory for Aurora province

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has issued a flood advisory for Aurora province on Saturday, Oct. 3, evening due to rains from the extension of a low pressure area (LPA) east of Luzon. The advisory, valid until 6 a.m. on Sunday, said light to moderate rains and thunderstorms may affect Aurora’s rivers and its tributaries, particularly Casiguran, Aguang, and Lower Umiray. “People living near the mountain slopes and in the low-lying areas of the river systems and the local disaster risk reduction and management councils concerned…

Irregular Warfare Annex to National Defense Strategy Made Public > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Defense Department News

This unclassified summary of the IW Annex allows the department to communicate to interagency and industry partners, along with the American public, about the proactive efforts by the department to avoid crises, said Joe Francescon, deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations and combatting terrorism.  “Officials hope this summary reassures the American public, allies, partners and the international community of the department’s strongest commitment to be proactive against the security challenges confronting the nation,” he said. Adversaries like Russia and China use IW tactics and techniques, which are below…

23 Velasco allies holding leadership posts prepare to be purged

At least 23 committee chairpersons are currently the targets of loyalty check after a key ally of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano dared them to resign their posts if it is against their will to work together with the House leader’s team. A day after the Cayetano leadership relieved 1Pacman Partylist Rep. Mikee Romero from his post as deputy speaker, committee chairpersons allied with speakership candidate, Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, are anticipating being purged from the House leadership team. AAMBIS OWA partylist Rep. Sharon Garin said she may be next…

In a first, US military aircraft refuels at India’s Port Blair

NEW DELHI: In a first, a United States’ long-range maritime patrol aircraft refuelled at India’s Andaman and Nicobar islands last weekend displaying the military collaboration between the two countries amid New Delhi’s standoff with China along the border in eastern Ladakh. The “fully armed” P-8 Poseidon aircraft landed in Port Blair for logistics and refuelling support, a person familiar with the matter said on Saturday. The development was first reported by the Times of India on Saturday. It is seen as significant given that Indian and US navies had taken…