The magic of limited series – Manila Bulletin

A scene from ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ (Amazon Prime) Two Limited Series come with much fanfare. One, a Lord of the Rings prequel, comes with a strong buzz of anticipation that existed ever since the series was announced. The second, is a Chicago-based restaurant drama that enjoyed brilliant word of mouth, and should figure heavily in the upcoming Awards season.  The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (Amazon Prime) – Galadriel hunting Sauron to avenge the killing of her brother, elves versus orcs;…

India launches new aircraft carrier as China concerns grow

NEW DELHI — India commissioned its first home-built aircraft carrier Friday as it seeks to counter regional rival China’s much larger and growing fleet, and expand its own indigenous shipbuilding capabilities. The INS Vikrant, whose name is a Sanskrit word for “powerful” or “courageous,” is India’s second operational aircraft carrier, joining the Soviet-era INS Vikramaditya that it purchased from Russia in 2004 to defend the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal. The new 262-meter (860-foot) carrier, designed by the Indian navy and built at the Cochin shipyard in southern India,…

US Defense chief assures PH on US’ ‘ironclad’ commitment to MDT – Manila Bulletin

Following what it called a “changing regional dynamic in the Indo-Pacific region,” the United States has expressed its commitment to assist the Philippine armed forces, public vessels as well as aircraft in the South China Sea as part of the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT). The assurance came after US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III spoke with Department of National Defense (DND) Officer-in-Charge and Senior Undersecretary Jose Faustino, Jr. to discuss opportunities to further modernize and strengthen the U.S.-Philippines alliance Their conversation was held through a phone call on Friday—the first…

John Aniolowsky from Belchertown serves in the South China Sea

BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) – A photo was shared of a Belchertown native serving in the South China Sea aboard USS Tripoli. As Biden visits Asia, China launches South China Sea drills According to the Navy Office of Community Outreach, Master-at-Arms 2nd Class John Aniolowsky of Belchertown was caught on camera reloading an M9 service pistol during a small arms qualification aboard amphibious assault carrier USS Tripoli (LHA 7) on Tuesday. Tripoli is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve…

Caraga workers get second tranche of wage increase – Manila Bulletin

News / National / Caraga workers get second tranche of wage increase Caraga workers get second tranche of wage increase Minimum wage earners in the provinces of Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, and Siargao Islands, have received a salary adjustment starting on Sept. 1, according to the wage advisory of the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) released on Friday, Sept. 2. (Courtesy of National Wages and Productivity Commission) Based on the advisory of the NWPC, an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the second tranche…

China ‘learning lessons’ from Ukraine for Taiwan offensive and ‘testing’ British will | World | News

The news comes as tension remains high between China and Taiwan following a high-profile visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the island. The US has over the last few days sailed two warships along the Straits of Taiwan in an open and frank message to Beijing that any aggression towards the island would not be tolerated. Britain and Australia have pledged to work closer together in order to tackle the threat posed by China in the Indo-Pacific region. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Australian…

Man celebrating birthday yields P136,000 shabu in Bacolod buy-bust – Manila Bulletin

News / Visayas / Man celebrating birthday yields P136,000 shabu in Bacolod buy-bust Man celebrating birthday yields P136,000 shabu in Bacolod buy-bust BACOLOD CITY – Police arrested a 50-year-old man celebrating his birth anniversary on Friday, Sept. 2, in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Alijis here on Thursday, Sept. 1. POLICE seized 20 grams of suspected shabu worth P136,000 from a 50-year-old man in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Alijis, Bacolod City Thursday, Sept. 1. (Photo courtesy of Police Station 7) The suspect, Zandro Velasco, of Barangay Alijis, yielded 20…

Global politics in dangerous territory

Figures depicting US President Joe Biden, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping play a game of bowling on the yellow and blue colours of the map of Ukraine, at the traditional Fallas festival, in Valencia, Spain, in March. (Photo: Reuters) While Russia’s profound and transformational invasion of Ukraine on Feb 24 has fundamentally reshaped and reinforced contentious trends and contours in the geopolitics and geoeconomics of Asia, it did not set out a new direction in world politics. The international system had already been unravelling over the past…

Gov’t should ramp up job opportunities for unemployed—Jinggoy – Manila Bulletin

State economic managers of the Marcos administration should exhaust all means to help the millions of Filipinos who who are unemployed and have been negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada said. Sen. Jinggoy Estrada (Senate PRIB) While he disagrees with the government’s proposition to halt the financial assistance or “ayuda” under the proposed 2023 national budget, Estrada said the country’s economic managers would do well to study addressing the gaps in unemployment. Sa kasalukuyan, nasa halos tatlong milyong Pilipino pa ang bilang ng mga unemployed. Dapat…

Art collection gives U.S. heartland taste of Chinese culture-Xinhua

Photo taken on Aug. 11, 2022 shows Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, the United States. (Xinhua/Xu Jianmei) “It’s kind of eye opening and we’re bringing the world together,” says Christie Makar. KANSAS CITY, United States, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) — Two ladies in their 50s stand contemplating in front of Guanyin of the South China Sea, an ancient Chinese sculpture in Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. Over the past 20 years, they have been visiting the museum, describing the Mother Buddha as “beautiful, so serene,…