Upgrading of maritime curriculum pushed

December 25, 2011 12:40 pm· Comments Off on Upgrading of maritime curriculum pushed 

MANILA, Dec. 25 – The maritime education in the Philippines needs a lot of upgrading to make its graduates more competitive in their chosen profession.

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Gospel for Sunday, December 25, 2011, is taken from Luke 2:1-14

December 25, 2011 12:37 pm· Comments Off on Gospel for Sunday, December 25, 2011, is taken from Luke 2:1-14 

‘The Birth of Jesus Christ’

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with Child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her Child, and she gave birth to her first born Son. She wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

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Communists declare truce in typhoon-hit Mindanao

December 25, 2011 12:35 pm· Comments Off on Communists declare truce in typhoon-hit Mindanao 

By Malu C. Manar

KIDAPAWAN CITY, Dec. 25 -– The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the political party of the communist guerillas, has declared suspension of their tactical offensives in north and central Mindanao region, especially in areas severely hit by typhoon Sendong, a top rebel spokesperson in Mindanao said.

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Yearender: C. Luzon managed to cope with economic challenges despite devastating calamities in 2011

December 25, 2011 12:33 pm· Comments Off on Yearender: C. Luzon managed to cope with economic challenges despite devastating calamities in 2011 

By Zorayda S. Tecson

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga -– Notwithstanding the two strong typhoons that hit Central Luzon, the local economy in the region registered a positive growth as a result of new investments that generate more employment opportunities and the continuous influx of foreign and local tourists.

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Dozens of protesters detained across Russia

December 25, 2011 12:31 pm· Comments Off on Dozens of protesters detained across Russia 

MOSCOW, Dec. 25 — Dozens of protesters demanding new parliamentary elections and genuine political reform were detained across Russia on Saturday.

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Medvedev says Nagorno Karabakh conflict can be settled quickly

December 25, 2011 12:29 pm· Comments Off on Medvedev says Nagorno Karabakh conflict can be settled quickly 

MOSCOW, Dec. 25 — President Dmitry Medvedev has said the conflict over the Nagorno Karabakh region between Azerbaijan and Armenia can be settled any day if the two conflicting Caucasus states agree to compromise.

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U.S. disappointed over Cuba's continued detention of contractor

December 25, 2011 12:28 pm· Comments Off on U.S. disappointed over Cuba's continued detention of contractor 

WASHINGTON, Dec. 25 — The United States said on Saturday it was "deeply disappointed" that Alan Gross, a U.S. contractor serving a prison sentence in Cuba, was not among those to be released by the island nation.

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Tens of thousands mass in fresh Russia vote protest

December 25, 2011 12:26 pm· Comments Off on Tens of thousands mass in fresh Russia vote protest 

MOSCOW, Dec. 25 — Tens of thousands of protesters rallied in Moscow Saturday to press demands for new parliamentary elections and wholesale liberalizing reform in Russia, turning the temperature up on Vladimir Putin and his plans to return to the Kremlin.

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Iran starts massive naval exercise

December 25, 2011 12:25 pm· Comments Off on Iran starts massive naval exercise 

MOSCOW, Dec. 25 — Iran launched a large-scale 10-day naval exercise on Saturday in an area stretching from the east of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Aden, Press TV reported.

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Police say ensured public order at Moscow protest rally in full

December 25, 2011 12:23 pm· Comments Off on Police say ensured public order at Moscow protest rally in full 

MOSCOW, Dec. 25 — Moscow police ensured public order and security at Saturday’s protest rally in the center of the Russian capital in full, the police press service said.

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