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Asteroid to pass by Earth on Christmas

IF Santa can’t cope with the delivery of gifts this Christmas, Earthmen will nonetheless not be left without presents. Astronomers have announced two appealing celestial events for Dec. 24 that would even please the Grinch: a flyby of a massive asteroid near the Earth, and a Christmas Eve full moon, ...

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Pia brings pride to Oro

By NITZ ARANCON and SHIELA MAE BUTLIG, Correspondents, with GUIA LOU VELEZ and JILLIAN BACARISAS, Staff members NEWLY crowned Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach has a special connection with this city which she called her “hometown.” At the Corpus Christi school in Barangay Macasandig where the Miss Universe spent ...

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Pia reaps Palace praise for poise, grace amid mix-up

MALACANANG yesterday praised newly crowned Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach for showing “tremendous poise and control” as comedian and pageant host Steve Harvey mistakenly announced her as first runner-up to Ariadna Gutierrez of Colombia. The 26-year old Wurtzbach appeared at a loss of what to do when Harvey admitted that ...

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Gabriela frowns over Wurtzbach’s US-friendly answer

MALAYBALAY City–The women’s rights advocate Gabriela yesterday congratulated Pia Wurtzbach for winning the Miss Universe crown but took exception to her stance in favor of US military presence in the country. In a statement, Gabriela said it “joins the Filipino nation in celebrating Ms. Pia Wurtzbach’s victory… We commend her ...

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6,000 evacuees but no casualty report

By BEN SERRANO and NITZ ARANCON Correspondents BUTUAN City–Over 6,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes to seek refuge on higher grounds as continuous rains brought by a tropical depression that weakened into a low pressure area during its landfall threatened low-lying villages across Caraga. Disaster risk reduction management ...

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Oro tops in drive against red tape; Oca gets award

By NITZ ARANCON Correspondent ONE moment, it ordered Mayor Oscar Moreno dismissed in connection with city hall’s tax settlement with Ajinomoto Philippines; the next, it presented the local chief executive an award after city hall topped in the government’s anti-red tape campaign. Cagayan de Oro bagged the top award given ...

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2015 likely to be warmest year on record

NOVEMBER was the warmest since record-keeping began in 1880, the ninth month this year to reach a new high and making 2015 “virtually certain” to become the hottest year on record, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) said. The November average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces ...

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Pagasa’s forecast: Intense rain today

By NITZ ARANCON Correspondent EXPECT “heavy to intense rain” in the city and many other areas in Mindanao today as “Onyok” accelerated while it moved from the ocean to Caraga, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said. Pagasa weather specialist Luz Mercado said there would be a ...

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