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Great Barrier Reef may never recover from bleaching: study

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef may never recover from last year’s warming-driven coral bleaching, said a study that called for urgent action in the face of ineffective conservation efforts. Record-high temperatures in 2015 and 2016 drove an unprecedented bleaching episode, which occurs when stressed corals expel the algae that live in their tissue and provide them […]

Posted: March 17th, 2017 in World | Read More »

Date nights

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NEW YORK — The plane landed on John F. Kennedy International Airport after a 15-hour flight from Guangzhou on board a Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft of China Southern Airlines. Unlike the June 2016 flight from Los Angeles to Cebu, which lasted for about the same duration, I was well rested in this flight without worrying […]

Posted: October 28th, 2016 in Opinion | Read More »

Where are we going?

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The thought of losing one’s parents who are aging or suffering from the ravages of ailment makes one ensure that moments with them are very special. Through little ways from our heart, we want them to feel treasured and loved, and for them to know that we are forever grateful to them for the gifts […]

Posted: October 9th, 2016 in Opinion | Read More »

Ex-admiral: US should defend PH reef

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WASHINGTON — The United States should be willing to use military force to oppose Chinese aggression at a disputed reef off the coast of the Philippines, a former commander of US forces in the Pacific told a congressional hearing on Wednesday. Dennis Blair made the recommendation to a Senate panel, a day after an international […]

Posted: July 15th, 2016 in Nation | Read More »

Experts determining worth of damage on Monad Shoal

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After completing the actual measurements of the damaged portion in Monad Shoal, experts from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) 7 and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 are now conducting a biological assessment to determine the actual value of the damage caused by the Panamanian-registered cargo vessel MV Belle […]

Posted: June 28th, 2016 in Headlines | Read More »

Experts to assess extent of damage of Monad Shoal

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WITH the removal of the Panama-registered MV Belle Rose from where it ran aground in Monad Shoal off Malaspascua Island in northern Cebu, a team of divers will now focus on measuring the exact damaged area to determine the compensation that would be demanded from the owner of the bulk carrier. Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction […]

Posted: June 22nd, 2016 in Headlines | Read More »

Long-term damage

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Being a country composed of more than 7,000 islands occupied by residents that raise children who can swim and earn money diving for fish and pearls, the Philippines surprisingly registers more maritime tragedies than airline accidents. The latest maritime tragedy involved Filipino crew of the MV Belle Rose that crashed into the Monad Shoal off […]

Posted: June 20th, 2016 in Opinion | Read More »

‘Cordova recla can clean up tidal flats’

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Like his Toledo City counterpart, Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy said he believes that  Mactan’s tidal flats facing Cebu City are  polluted and that the only way to “clean it up” is through reclamation. He spoke yesterday after divers retrieved a reef monitoring device placed in the seabed for a year in the Alegria marine sanctuary […]

Posted: May 28th, 2015 in Headlines | Read More »