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Happy New Year to All!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Editorial

Happy New Year to All!

December 31, 2011, 5:49pm
MANILA, Philippines — Thank God for the New Year! Significantly ushered in by the recent celebration of the Birth of the Child Jesus, it gives us a fresh sense of hope. It gives us the opportunity to start anew, drawing inspiration from the triumphs experienced and discerning lessons from difficulties encountered in the year just ended.

Time indeed swiftly passes by, especially with the innumerable concerns we have had to focus on in our personal life and in our national and global relations. While the year 2011 was a year of triumphs for many Filipinos in various fields, it was also a year of distressing events for many of our countrymen who suffered from natural and man-made calamities..... MORE

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URL: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/346625/the-year-2011-retrospect

Japan, Libya, Egypt: RT picks biggest events of 2011



Japan, Libya, Egypt: RT picks biggest events of 2011


With 2012 around the corner, RT is looking back at the events that shaped 2011. We present the top ten stories of 2011 through the eyes of RT correspondents who witnessed them.

In March Japan was shaken by a devastating earthquake and half an hour later a disastrous tsunami hit the north-eastern coast of the country smashing buildings and wiping away whole towns. The subsequent meltdown of the nuclear reactor at Fukushima power plant added the threat of radiation to the vast destruction already inflicted..... MORE

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URL: http://rt.com/news/2011-top-ten-events-039/

New Year countdown: World celebrates arrival of 2012



New Year countdown: World celebrates arrival of 2012


The New Year has been welcomed around the globe with tonnes of fireworks and mass celebrations by billions of people. The dateline between 2011 and 2012 was being moving westwards - from New Zealand to Moscow, from Sydney to New York.

The celebrations kicked off in New Zealand as spectators packed into Auckland's harbor to enjoy the huge display. A stream of fireworks was fired from the 328-meter “Sky Tower.” The main event in Auckland went  with a bang, despite the heavy rain forcing the cancellation of several public events in other parts of the country..... MORE
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URL: http://rt.com/news/new-year-world-celebrations-083/

Ron Paul was right about CIA drug deal

Ron Paul was right about CIA drug deal

Texas Congressman Ron Paul has long lobbied against government restrictions on the drug use of American citizens, but in the past the outspoken presidential hopeful has linked the US with narcotics closer than one might imagine.

As early as 1988, Paul was preaching of a relationship between the Central Intelligence Agency and Contras in Nicaragua amid the Iran-Contra scandal that plagued the Reagan administration. That relationship, said Paul, was one built with an intricate drug trade..... MORE

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URL: http://rt.com/usa/news/paul-cia-drug-government-053/

The year of dissent: Keeping America’s 1% Occupied (w/ Video)



The year of dissent: Keeping America’s 1% Occupied

When the Occupy Wall Street movement set up camp in New York’s financial district in September 2011, few people paid much attention to the self-proclaimed 99 per cent. But the tents in Zuccotti Park were like a spark to America’s social kindling.

Soon, the indignant voice of the people spread across the country. People supported a movement aimed at awakening all to the negative effects of the growing, and strangely seldom-questioned, income and wealth disparities in the country..... MORE
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URL: http://rt.com/news/yearender-occupy-movement-america-081/

The Year 2011 in Retrospect More critical than ever By SEN. EDGARDO J. ANGARA

The Year 2011 in Retrospect

More critical than ever
By SEN. EDGARDO J. ANGARA
December 31, 2011, 5:53pm
MANILA, Philippines — Two weeks ago, storm Sendong wrought havoc on Northern Mindanao and Eastern Visayas, taking the lives of more than a thousand people. But Sendong was not the only obstacle that took the Philippines by storm in 2011.

A series of oil price hikes during the first quarter drove up the prices of food and other basic commodities in the country, as in the rest of the world. Meanwhile, the Eurozone debt crisis, China's cooling economy and the continued economic slump in the United States slowed global economic growth, affecting the Philippines’ own. Political unrest, fueled by discontent over persisting inequalities and job losses, has spilled over the rest of the world through the Occupy Movement..... MORE

SourceMB.com

URL: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/346625/the-year-2011-retrospect

Fireworks, revelry gunfire injure 200

Fireworks, revelry gunfire injure 200

December 31, 2011, 4:50pm
MANILA, Philippines — More than 200 people have been injured by illegal firecrackers and celebratory gunfire in the Philippines, despite a government scare campaign against reckless holiday revelries, officials said Saturday.

Stray bullets wounded eight people and 197 were injured by powerful firecrackers from Dec. 21-30, Health Assistant Secretary Enrique Tayag said, adding that more than half of the victims were children..... MORE

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URL: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/346607/fireworks-revelry-gunfire-injure-200

DepEd appeals for school supplies

DepEd appeals for school supplies

By INA HERNANDO-MALIPOT and ELLALYN DE VERA
December 31, 2011, 5:50pm
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education Saturday continued to appeal for school supplies — ballpens, pencils, notebooks, papers and bags — donations to help students in areas affected by storm “Sendong.’’

Education Secretary Armin Luistro said that clean-up operations are being conducted in time for the resumption of classes on January 3..... MORE

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URL: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/346618/deped-appeals-school-supplies

Be better people, faithful told

Be better people, faithful told

By LESLIE ANN G. AQUINO
December 31, 2011, 5:53pm
 
MANILA, Philippines — The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) urged Saturday Filipinos to be better people by emulating Blessed Pedro Calungsod.

“If we know him better and emulate his virtues, particularly his zeal for learning, living, spreading and even dying for the faith, we become a better people,” Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma said in his first New Year’s message as CBCP president..... MORE

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URL: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/346623/be-better-people-faithful-told

Philippine population to reach 97.6 M

Philippine population to reach 97.6 M

December 31, 2011, 5:49pm
 
MANILA, Philippines (dpa) — The Philippines' population is projected to increase to hit 97.6 million in 2012, the Commission on Population said on Saturday.

“By 2014, the population may increase to 101.2 million,” executive director Tomas Osias said..... MORE

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URL: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/346616/philippine-population-reach-976-m

Monteverde pained over MMFF decision to disqualify Regal film By NEIL RAMOS

Monteverde pained over MMFF decision to disqualify Regal film

By NEIL RAMOS
 
MANILA, Philippines – Lily Monteverde is "sad and hurt" over the decision of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) executive committee to disqualify her film, “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow,” from four award categories in the 37th MMFF.


“Ngayon lang nangyari sa Regal ito sa history ng filmfest," said she in an interview with Journal Online. “I'm sad and hurt but what can I do? It’s their decision.".... MORE

SourceMB.com

URL: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/346406/monteverde-pained-over-mmff-decision-disqualify-regal-film

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