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Plan ahead and well before closing bridges

    AFTER several days of relatively easy traffic along Epifanio de las Santos Ave. (EDSA) and other main streets of Metro Manila with thousands of vehicles leaving for the provinces for the Christmas holidays, traffic has again begun to build up with the return of all those private cars and the start of classes […]

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World hopes for peace in this New Year 2019

    THE world saw a peaceful transition to 2019 last Tuesday, with fireworks lighting up the night skies in many cities as midnight ended the old year. The Line Islands south of Hawaii along with the eastern tip of Russia’s Siberia were the first to greet 2019, lying just west of the International Date […]

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Landslides, a new major cause of storm deaths

    FOR years, fatalities in our storms and typhoons were mostly drowning victims, peo­ple crushed to death by falling trees, and fishermen and boat passengers carried out to sea. In 2003, super-typhoon Yolanda brought a new threat to life in storm-hit areas – the storm surge, a wall of seawater six to eight feet […]

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No longer the ‘world’s policeman’

  IN an ideal world, there would be no need for a “world policeman” to keep things in order. Nations would concentrate on developing themselves, stay within their borders, and respect the rights of other nations. History, however, has seen some nations rise to positions of power and influence with the support of other nations, […]

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Avoid a repeat of last year’s grievous high prices

    THIS first week of the year, people are wondering what to expect in the matter of fuel prices. Will the pump prices in gasoline stations start rising now as the government starts collecting a new tax increase of P2.24 per liter? Or will the companies defer charging the higher rates until about 15 […]

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Wall issue shuts down most of US federal gov’t

    IT was in 1987 that United States President Ronald Reagan visited the divided city of Berlin, Ger­many, at the height of the Cold War and viewed the wall that Communist East Germany had built to keep its people from fleeing to freedom in the West. Speaking at the Brandenburg Gate, Reagan delivered what […]

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