Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat and the Department of Tourism (DOT) family joins the Filipino nation in conveying joyful and proud congratulations to our very own newly-crowned Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray.
Amidst Ms. Gray's preparations prior to heading for Thailand, she took precious time to do a series of video clips promoting unique and fascinating destinations and diverse cultures: Luzon's Rizal Park, and world-renowned El Nido, Palawan; the resilience of the Visayan people particularly in Tacloban City and Mindanao's multi-faceted South Cotabato.
Throughout the Miss Universe competition, Miss Gray evoked the Filipino people's essential attributes of friendliness, cheerfulness, hospitality and kindness when she was around the representatives of different nations.
A passionate advocate of Philippine tourism and a partner of the DOT in and out of the Miss Universe stage, Miss Gray has raised our flag through her words and actions. She has single-handedly led more people all over the world to discover that, indeed, it is more fun in the Philippines.
Take Part in the Public Diplomacy Campaign “Deutschlandjahr USA”!
From October 2018 until the end of 2019, Germany and its deep ties to the U.S. will be on display all across the United States. The campaign will travel across the entire U.S., bringing with it a collection of events and exhibits highlighting the unique importance of transatlantic Relations.
Deutschlandjahr USA is a comprehensive and collaborative campaign of the German Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe-Institut, and with the support of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), with the goal of presenting today’s Germany to people across the entire U.S.
The public diplomacy campaign will showcase how closely the two countries are linked by heritage, common values, and shared interests, illustrating how a brighter future is possible if we tackle global challenges together through focusing on dialogue, exchange, and cooperation between people.
The campaign aims to convey a multifaceted, modern image of Germany in the U.S. All areas relevant to society – from business and industry, politics, education, culture, science, civil society, to sports – will be explored. Significant visibility will be achieved by consolidating activities and stakeholders, as well as through public, high-profile formats and targeted media efforts.
Germany and the U.S. are connected through a centuries-long common history. German immigrants have helped shape the development of the United States, while the successful development of post-war Germany is inextricably linked to US engagement. The Deutschlandjahr USA 2018/19 campaign builds on this success story and aims to intensify the transatlantic dialogue.
From the German Missions in the United States
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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accorded with military honors upon his arrival at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani in Taguig City as he leads the commemorative rites during the National Heroes' Day . Joining the President is Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez Jr. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
Border Patrol Agents Rescue Honduran Immigrant Suffering from Extreme Dehydration
EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Eagle Pass South Station along with members of the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector Search, Trauma, and Rescue (BORSTAR) team rescued a Honduran male suffering from a heat related illness near El Indio.
BORSTAR agents treated the man for dehydration.
“The majority of people attempting to illegally enter this country are ill-prepared for the treacherous terrain they face,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “Had our agents not been out patrolling the remote areas of our border, this man would have most likely died from exposure.”
On June 6, Border Patrol agents from the Eagle Pass South Station were tracking a group of suspected undocumented immigrants when they found a 24-year-old Honduran male, lying on the ground, suffering from dehydration. Del Rio Sector BORSTAR agents patrolling in the area immediately responded and began treating the man for heat related injuries. BORSTAR agents stabilized the man and litter-carried him a quarter-mile through the brush to a waiting ambulance. Emergency Medical Services transported him to a local hospital for more advanced treatment. CBP
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U.S. Marshals and CBP Agents transfer a Puerto Rico's 10 Most Wanted
U.S. Marshals and CBP Agents transfer a Puerto Rico's 10 Most Wanted
AMO Assists US Marshals to Extradite Alien Among Puerto Rico’s 10 Most Wanted
AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations (AMO), assisted the U.S. Marshal Service Tuesday in the extradition from the Dominican Republic of Wilson M. Vasquez-Rodriguez, one of the 10 most wanted criminals by law enforcement in Puerto Rico. “We always support our federal, state and local partners in bringing dangerous criminals to justice,” stated Johnny Morales, Director, Air and Marine Operations for the Caribbean Air and Marine Branch.
An AMO DHC-8 Marine Patrol Aircraft flew two U.S. Marshals to the San Isidro Air Base in the Dominican Republic where the agents from the Dominican Republic’s National Drug Control Directorate (DNCD) handed over custody. Mr. Vasquez-Rodriguez was flown to the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport.
The Supreme Court of Justice of the Dominican Republic issued an arrest warrant against Mr. Vasquez-Rodriguez in response to a request for extradition from the United States. Agents from the DNCD and the Public Ministry arrested Mr. Vásquez Rodríguez, 37, in the town of Matancita.
On Feb. 17, 2011, a Puerto Rico court accused Mr. Vasquez-Rodriguez, in absentia, for attempted murder and illegal use of a weapon on February 17, 2011, allocating a $ 750K bond. Mr. Vasquez-Rodriguez faces charges of shooting the security guard in a San Juan nightclub. Mr. Vasquez-Rodriguez appeared today in a San Juan court for arraignment.
AMO is a federal law enforcement organization dedicated to serving and protecting the American people through advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities. With approximately 1,800 federal agents and mission support personnel, 240 aircraft, and 300 marine vessels operating throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, AMO conducts its mission in the air and maritime environments at and beyond the border, and within the nation's interior. CBP
IOC INVITES OLYMPIC ATHLETES OF THE WORLD TO TOKYO 2020 WITH ONE YEAR TO GO WITH EXACTLY ONE YEAR TO GO UNTIL THE OPENING OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES TOKYO 2020, INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC) PRESIDENT THOMAS BACH TODAY OFFICIALLY INVITED THE WORLD’S OLYMPIC ATHLETES TO TAKE PART IN THE OLYMPIC GAMES.
At the celebrations, President Bach symbolically handed invitations to the Presidents of the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of Greece, China, France, the United States of America, Senegal, Australia and Japan, as well as the Chef de Mission of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team. Among the NOCs represented were the country where the Olympic Games originated and several host countries of upcoming Games and Youth Olympic Games editions.
Speaking at the ceremony, President Bach said: “One year from now, Japan will make history. It will be a wonderful and unique moment for our gracious Japanese hosts to show the world the best of Japan: your rich history and traditions, your cutting-edge innovation, your culture of hospitality, and, of course, your love for sport.”
He continued: “Preparations are making excellent progress, thanks to the amazing work of the Organising Committee and with outstanding cooperation and support from the government and the business community. There is so much to look forward to. I have never seen an Olympic city as prepared as Tokyo with one year to go before the Olympic Games.”
Excitement in Japan is already growing, as seen by the huge demand for tickets, with more than 3.2 million already sold, and more than 200,000 people having applied to be volunteers.
The ceremony took place at the Tokyo International Forum, which will host weightlifting at the Olympic Games next year. It was attended by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, IOC President Thomas Bach, IOC Coordination Commission Chair John Coates, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, and the President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, Yoshiro Mori.
Acting Secretary Duke with Ponce Mayor "Mayita" Meléndez Altieri unloading supplies from a CBP helicopter. (DHS Official Photo/Jetta Disco)
Wang Yi Meets with Co-Chairs of the Intergovernmental Negotiations on the UN Security Council Reform
On January 18, 2018, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with visiting Co-Chairs of the Intergovernmental Negotiations on the United Nations (UN) Security Council Reform, including Permanent Representative of Georgia to the UN Kaha Imnadze and Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the UN Lana Zaki Nusseibeh. Wang Yi expressed that China supports the reform of the UN Security Council. The only correct direction of the reform is increasing the representativeness and voice of developing countries and giving more small and medium-sized countries more opportunities to participate in the decision-making process of the UN Security Council. The reform must conform to the principle that it should be led by member states of the UN. Extensive consensus should be reached and a package solution should be adopted through sufficient consultation.
Splashdown Leads to 900 Pounds of Marijuana in the Rio Grande Valley
RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas– On Sunday, April 15, agents observed several subjects loading bundles of narcotics into a small Toyota SUV near Escobares, Texas. As mobile units responded to the area, the driver splashed the vehicle into the Rio Grande. Agents witnessed the driver swim back to Mexico. The vehicle was extracted from the river and a total of 63 bundles of marijuana weighing over 900 pounds and worth and estimated $743K were recovered.
The vehicle and marijuana were turned over to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force.
“As we strengthen our network between local, state, and federal partners, we will continue to interdict narcotics and keep them out of our communities,” said Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, Jr.
The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.
Statement from the Office of Senator John McCain Washington, D.C. – The office of Senator John McCain released the following statement today:
“Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28pm on August 25, 2018. With the Senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family. At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years.”
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