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MOST major cities which have a central river weaving through it make full use of the transport and tourism possibilities it provides. Rivers such as the Thames in London, Seine in Paris and, more closer to home, Chao Phraya in Bangkok (which is, perhaps, the best example of a working…

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NINFA, Italy: Rare plants, enchanting ruins and the tinkle of waterfalls: the English-style botanical oasis of Ninfa near Rome is a secret idyll billed as “the world’s most romantic garden”. The exquisite garden dates back to the late 19th century when the aristocratic Caetani family took over lands deserted for…

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While President Benigno Aquino 3rd and the pre-sumptive new Senate President Franklin Drilon have both expressed their disagreement with recent calls for constitutional amendments to remove perceived barriers to foreign investment, there is a sense that some kind of significant political and economic reform is nevertheless not only necessary within…

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Hallelujah! The Philippines has posted a 7.8 percent growth in the first quarter of the year. The feat is described by some people as outstanding, which means that they have already stopped believing we have the ability to pull ourselves out of the economic mess we have consigned ourselves into…

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Under the 1987 Philippine Constitution, President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Cojuangco Aquino 3rd is given the authority to control the government in general. The fact, however, is that some other entity is doing it. That is the problem. The law 1. The fundamental law provides that: “The President shall have…

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KABUL: After two attacks on humanitarian organisations in Afghanistan in less than a week, aid groups are facing the prospect of a new and ruthless stage in the 12-year Taliban insurgency in which nothing is off-limits. The targeting of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International…

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The resumption of session by the lame duck 15th Congress on Wednesday, June 5, promises to be a slam-bang affair. Usually, the closing sessions of Congress are largely ceremonial, highlighted by the adoption of self-congratulatory resolutions. Well, I foresee high drama and tension, with Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile scheduled…

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Here’s a perplexing grammar question posted in Jose Carillo’s English Forum recently by a new member who goes by the username Mrbraveheart: “Hi, Jose! I’ve become your disciple after reading your book English Plain and Simple. As your disciple, I still reckon that I have a great many things…