WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Typhoon victims in the Philippines, particularly those who lost arms or legs as a result of their injuries, could draw strength and inspiration from armless Filipino-American pilot and motivational speaker Jessica Cox.
“Jessica has risen from adversity and can definitely inspire our people, especially those who are experiencing adversity as a result of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in the Central Philippines,” said Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. after Cox offered to help typhoon victims during a recent visit to the Philippine Embassy.
MANILA -- Top U.S. and Philippine officials on Wednesday assailed China for its incessant reclamation work now on a "massive" scale in disputed waters of West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) in gross violation of a 2002 agreement that prohibits such reclamation activities.
Philippine Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Evan Garcia and Defense Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino both described the Chinese reclamation work as “massive” and a blatant violation of an agreement among South China Sea claimants not to build new structures until a binding code of conduct is in place.
China's expansive claim to practically the entire South China Sea based on its nine-dashed line map conflicts with those of Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam. All claimants are in actual possession of islands or islets in the disputed Spratly chain of islands, reefs and atolls.
Russel stressed that the U.S. was concerned about "behavior that raises tensions, behavior that raises questions about China’s intentions."
An overwhelming vote to ratify the tentative agreement between Kaiser Permanente and its nurses is expected after this week’s balloting, expectedly ending the nearly six-month standoff on a new three-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
By IAN TIMBERLAKE
Saudi Arabia's elderly King Abdullah died on Friday and was replaced by his brother Salman as the ruler of the world's top oil exporter and the spiritual home of Islam.