US, Taiwan deployed troops to an archipelago near the South China Sea

(STL.News) Taiwan’s military has dispatched more of Marine Corps to China-claimed Dongsha Islands in the South China Sea after reports surfaced that Beijing is planning to carry out a simulated invasion in the atolls, according to Taiwan News. Earlier on Thursday, the US defense minister, warned China not to threaten other countries and also guard international routes not to create disputes. On the same day the PLA Navy will conduct live fire drills near China’s Hainan Island to simulate an invasion of Dongsha Islands.  YouTube video provided courtesy of…

MRSGI returns to losses – Manila Bulletin

Cebu-based retailer Metro Retail Stores Group, Inc. (MRSGI) posted a net loss of P421.87 million in the first nine months of 2020, a reversal of the P398.19 million net income recorded in the same period last year.  In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, the firm said the net loss is driven by the 12.1 percent decline in revenue to P22.22 billion from the P25.28 billion in the same period last year. This is as MRSGI’s general merchandise business dipped by 47.1 percent against the same period last year,…

On South China Sea, Jaishankar expresses concern about actions that erode trust in the region

ANI | Updated: Nov 14, 2020 21:27 IST New Delhi [India], November 14 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday referred to the South China Sea and expressed concern about “actions and incidents that erode trust” in the region. He noted that code of conduct negotiations should not be prejudicial to legitimate interests of third parties and should be fully consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).The minister who represented India at the 15th East Asia Summit (EAS) noted the growing interest in…

Netizens show the way to bayanihan online to help typhoon-hit Cagayan Valley

It was a modern day bayanihan online when netizens showed the power of posting messages on social media to help the people of Cagayan and Isabela provinces. Many of them were trapped in their houses when “massive flooding,” said to be the worst in the history of the province, submerged communities. (MANILA BULLETIN) On Friday night, November 13, netizens bombarded social media sites Facebook and Twitter with posts about the predicament of the people of Cagayan. This made #CagayanNeedsHelp a trending topic on both platforms. It was started by netizens…

Why US Army That Stands One Step Away From War With China Is Training With The Chinese PLA?

After months of warning each other with a military confrontation, the US Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have taken a U-turn and held a joint training on humanitarian disaster response. F-35 vs F-15: Why Qatari F-15 Eagles ‘Stand No Chance’ Against Israeli / Emirati F-35 Stealth Jets? The Disaster Management Exchange (DME) is an annual training event held every year alternating between the US and China as hosts. The exercise started in 2005 when militaries began talking about a cooperated response in an event of a major…

Fashion designer Rosenthal Tee mounts clothing donation drive for typhoon victims

Lifestyle / Fashion / Fashion designer Rosenthal Tee mounts clothing donation drive for typhoon victims Fashion designer Rosenthal Tee mounts clothing donation drive for typhoon victims With the onslaught of typhoon “Ulysses” that caused mid-thigh flooding to her Marikina production studio which damaged stocks and interiors, fashion designer Rosenthal Tee appealed to the public to donate clothes for victims of the city in dire need of fresh garments. Last Nov. 13, Mayor Marcelino Teodoro placed Marikina under a state of calamity after typhoon ‘Ulysses’ ravaged the city by swelling its…

India opposes China’s move to set up Air Defence Identification Zone at South China Sea

India on Saturday tacitly opposed China’s latest move to press the ASEAN hard to insert in the proposed Code of Conduct on the South China Sea certain clauses that would help the communist country to keep its rivals and other nations outside the region away from the disputed waters. The negotiation for the code “should not be prejudicial to the legitimate interests of the third parties and should be fully consistent with the United Nations Convention for the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)”, said External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar while…

The parable of the talents

MATTHEW 25:14-30 [or 25:14-15, 19-21] Jesus told His disciples this parable: “A man going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one — to each according to his ability. Then he went away. Immediately the one who received five talents went and traded with them, and made another five. Likewise, the one who received two made another two. But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the…

India concerned over situation in South China Sea that ‘erode trust’ – india news

Against the backdrop of China’s assertive activities in the South China Sea, India on Saturday expressed concern over actions in the region that erode trust and said a proposed code of conduct for the disputed waters shouldn’t affect the legitimate interests of third parties. External affairs minister S Jaishankar outlined India’s position on the South China Sea while representing the country at the East Asia Summit, which brings together the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), India, Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand South Korea, Russia and…

COA seeks legal action to enforce collection of P234.3 M loans granted by OWWA to OFWs

Over P234 million in still unpaid loans granted over 10 years ago to displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families has prompted the Commission on Audit to ask the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration  to resort to “legal remedies”  to enforce collection. (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) COA made the recommendation in its 2019 annual audit report for OWWA which is apparently facing difficulties in demanding the return of money borrowed by OFWS and their families. COA said the failure of OWWA “to enforce the collection mechanism efficiently and the lack of effective…