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Beth Day Romulo
Beth Day Romulo
Global View She is an American book author and writer. She was married Filipino military general, patriot, book author, journalist, educator, diplomat and former President of the United Nations General Assembly (the first Asian and the first and only Filipino to hold the post, when he was elected in 1949) Carlos P. Romulo. Back then, she was a freelance writer and he was serving his term as Philippine Ambassador to the United States.

The changing of the guard

As Ambassador Philip Goldberg bids farewell to the Philippines, the United States announced the appointment of Sung Y. Kim as the new US ambassador to the Philippines. The former US ambassador to South Korea, he will be the first Asian-American ambassador assigned to the Philippines. Ambassador Goldberg, although quiet in demeanor, has made a highly favorable impression here. It started shortly after his arrival, when hearing of the devestation caused by super-typhoon Yolanda, he immediately rushed to Tacloban City to help deal with the aftermath. In a farewell press conference held at the House of Representatives, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas personally presented Ambassador Goldberg with the Congressional Golden Mace Award, recognizing his efforts in further enchancing the ties between the Philippines and the United States. The House leaders …

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Energy from the Ocean’s Waves

America could, according to a recent report, get 20 percent of its energy needs from waves if its coasts without encroaching on marine preserves. The U.S. Navy has established a test site in Hawaii which it hopes can eventually be used to produce clean, renewable energy for offshore fueling stations for its fleet, as well as electricity for coastal communities. Joseph Bryan, a deputy assistant secretary of the Navy, explained the project to the press: “More power from more places translates to a more agile, more flexible, more capable force. So we are always looking for new ways to power the mission.” Since Hawaii is known for its powerful ocean waves, developers are working to come up with the best design. Some buoys capture the side of the up-and-down motion of …

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The United Nations new secretary-general

During the run up to the selection of a new secretary-general for the United Nations, word went out that the preference was for an Eastern European (a region that has never been represented) or a woman (there has never been a woman secretary-general although this year five women were being considered for the job). Russia’s UN ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, who is president of the 15-member Security Council for the month of October, announced that “after our sixth straw poll, we have a clear favorite, Antonio Guterres.” A former prime minister of Portugal, Guterres, 67, served as the High Commissioner for Refugees from June, 2005, to December, 2015. When Guterres spoke to the UN General Assembly in April, he said he was a candidate to become secretary-general because “the best place …

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Russia’s interest in the 2016 US election

American intelligence analysts recently reported to President Obama that there is mounting evidence of an active Russian influence operation which is targeting the 2016 presidential election. Although it is doubtful that Russia could influence the vote, it can sow disruption and instability on Election Day, which would undermine faith in the result and in democracy itself. The question is how aggressively should the US repond to the Russian operation. Senior Justice Department officials have argued in favor of calling out the Russians. But it’s not that simple. The president and his security advisers are concerned about the danger of confrontation in the ungoverned world of cyberspace and an escalating confrontation carries significant risks. National Security Council officials warn that critical infrastructure, including the electricity grid, transportation sector, and energy networks …

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What climate change does to our oceans

According to a recent report compiled by 80 scientists in 12 countries, global warming is making our oceans “sicker” than ever before, spreading disease among humans and animals and raising the specter of food scarcity across the planet. “We all know that the oceans sustain this planet,” the director of the Union for Conservation of Nature, said. And yet we are making the oceans sick.” “The world’s waters have absorbed more than 93 percent of the enhanced heating from climate change since the 1970s, curbing the heat as it is felt on land but altering the rhythm of life in the ocean.” The study, which includes every major marine ecosystem that contains everything from microbes to whales, documents evidence of jelly fish, seabirds, and plankton shifting toward the cooler poles. “The movement in the marine environment is …

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Closer ties with Vietnam

Following President Duterte’s two-day visit to Vietnam in the last week of September, a series of agreements between the two countries was released to the press. The Philippines and Vietnam agreed to a six-year overall plan designed to boost cooperation on trade and investment, mutual defense, maritime security, and law enforcement. In a joint statement, the two leaders agreed to establish an Action Plan which will serve as a guide for the implementation of activities covered in this new level of relations between the two countries. They agreed to strengthen existing maritime cooperation such as hotline communication between their coast guard authorities, as well as adopt measures to ensure the safety and security of their fishermen, and apply an amicable solution to any unexpected incidents that might occur at sea. The Philippines …

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President Clinton or President Trump?

At their first debate as presidential candidates, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump traded insults and sparred over temperament, stamina, and judgment. Mrs. Clinton repeatedly questioned Mr. Trump’s fitness to serve as president of the United States, painting him as fatally out of touch with reality and willing to say “crazy” things in order to get elected. “You live in your own reality,” she told Trump, accusing him of launching his political career on the “racist lie” that President Obama is not an America citizen. “Let me tell you, “Trump said to the TV audience (estimated at 10 million) “Hillary has experience, but it’s bad, bad experience, “accusing the former secretary of state, first lady and senator of being a typical politician: “All talk, no action.” Clinton cast herself as the …

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Rising temperatures change the way we behave

Despite Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump’s, insistence that he doesn’t believe in climate change, the evidence, as columnist Nicholas Kristol pointed out in New York Times editorial, is overwhelming. And it is much more harmful than we thought. Up until now, the focus of climate change research has been on rising sea levels, more intense storms, acidification of our oceans, and drought and crop failures. But the latest studies indicate that some of the most important effects will be on our own bodies and minds. A study being conducted by a Harvard PhD student compared the performances of New York students with the day’s temperatures. He found that students taking a New York state Regents exam on a 90-degree day had a 12 percent greater chance of failing than when …

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America’s top diplomat

When Hillary Clinton resigned as secretary of state to be the Democratic Party’s nominee for president, President Obama nominated Senator John Kerry to take her place, and Kerry was confirmed in the Senate by a vote of 94 to three. Although Senator Kerry will turn 73 this December, you wouldn’t know it by looking at his work schedule or at his various hobbies. The six-foot-four-inch Vietnam War veteran still enjoys wind surfing, ice hockey, and hunting. He also plays bass guitar when he’s not attending meetings. And, according to Sports Illustrated, he is an “avid cyclist,” primarily riding a road bike. When he travels, his staff makes sure that his hotel rooms always have a stationary bike for him to use. The son of an Army Air Corps veteran, Kerry was …

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Three September terror attacks in the United States

Three terror attacks were carried out on a single day in the United States: A New York City bombing, a Minnesota mass stabbing, and a New Jersey pipe bomb blast. There was no evidence that the attacks were coordinated but the timing of the three attacks raised fears about national security. Twenty-nine people were injured in the first attack, when a bomb exploded in the Chelsea district of New York City, damaging buildings, shattering glass windows and sending shrapnel flying into the street. A second bomb was discovered by police four blocks away and defused safely. Both bombs were filled with shrapnel and made with pressure cookers, Christmas lights, and an explosive compound. Surveillance videos showed the same man near the site of the explosion and where the undetonated device was …

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