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TAAL: THE CUTE LITTLE VOLCANO SHOWS ITS PHREATIC FANGS

TAAL: THE CUTE LITTLE VOLCANO SHOWS ITS PHREATIC FANGS »

17 Jan, 2020
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Taal Volcano, one of the world’s smallest active volcanoes, is also one of the deadliest. On 12 January, a sudden explosion of the volcano quickly escalated into Alert Level 4. Volcanic activities intensified as continuous eruption generated a tall 10 to 15 kilometers (6.2 to 9.3 mi) of steam-laden column, with frequent volcanic lightning that rained wet ashfall on as far north as the Metro Manila, even affecting Clark International Airport farther up north.

A Second Opinion: Don’t Give in to Fear!

A Second Opinion: Don’t Give in to Fear! »

12 Jan, 2020
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We must be brave and face the challenges of 2020 without fear.

FAKE NEWS FROM THE GRAVE: AN UPDATE ON THE SOOTHSAYER’S PREDICTION

FAKE NEWS FROM THE GRAVE: AN UPDATE ON THE SOOTHSAYER’S PREDICTION »

24 Dec, 2019
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Pythoness Elsa Altagracia predicted from Ourense, Spain, that ticket 86098 would win the much-coveted First Prize of the Christmas Lottery. She said the dead told her. But she was way off the mark. Moral of the story. If you want to do soothsaying, go look for other “informants” and leave the dead alone!

WINTER AND THE SPECTACLE IN THE SPANISH SKIES

WINTER AND THE SPECTACLE IN THE SPANISH SKIES »

22 Dec, 2019
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Winter solstice ♦ Meteor showers ♦ Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn in the skies ♦ Eclipses

SOOTHSAYER PREDICTS THE FIRST PRIZE OF THE SPECIAL CHRISTMAS LOTTERY IN SPAIN IS 86098!

SOOTHSAYER PREDICTS THE FIRST PRIZE OF THE SPECIAL CHRISTMAS LOTTERY IN SPAIN IS 86098! »

19 Dec, 2019
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Spain’s Special Christmas Lottery draw, the world’s biggest draw in terms of total payout, is on Sunday, 22 December 2019. So if you hurry – really hurry – and grab a few decimos (tickets), you can still be a millionaire! That is, if you pick out the number 86098.

THE GIRALDA WAVED TO ME

THE GIRALDA WAVED TO ME »

16 Dec, 2019
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As the sun set, the lights that illuminate the Cathedral and the Giralda came on. The site took my breath away. It is hard to describe something so immense, so beautiful, so old, and so lovely in the setting sun. As I was watching the streetlights, I noticed the Giralda wave to me. Seville never ceases to amaze me.

THE BATTLE OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE

THE BATTLE OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE »

10 Dec, 2019
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Now that it’s Christmastime, there are “better” things to squabble about. Martinez Almeida warned that “the Christmas lights in Madrid will shine so bright you’ll be able to see them in Vigo.” Caballero shot back: “Don’t even dream of competing with me. New York tried and lost.”

SPAIN AND A WHOLE NEW BULL GAME: THE CLIMATE CORRIDA

SPAIN AND A WHOLE NEW BULL GAME: THE CLIMATE CORRIDA »

7 Dec, 2019
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One might say that COP25 and Greta Thunberg drowned out the spirit and festivities of Constitution Day. But it didn’t. One can have one and the other too, and the Spaniards are delighted more than twice over because what transpired on Constitution Day was a happy synergy. Not only is Spain proud of hosting COP25; it’s facing the climate challenge with more vigor and conviction than ever before. Now that it’s hosting COP25, the country is shouldering the responsibilities of a center-stage actor. Hopefully for the long haul.

STATESIDE STORIES: Hong Kong Democracy Protestors Get Senate Support

STATESIDE STORIES: Hong Kong Democracy Protestors Get Senate Support »

3 Dec, 2019
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The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act was passed in the Senate and the House of Representatives by a unanimous vote and thus could be enacted into law even if President Trump vetoes it. (He signed it.) Good to know that, although far away, the cry for freedom and democracy can still be heard and addressed in some way.

CLIMATE CHANGE: WHAT’S AT STAKE AT THE UN CONFERENCE IN MADRID

CLIMATE CHANGE: WHAT’S AT STAKE AT THE UN CONFERENCE IN MADRID »

2 Dec, 2019
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As the global climate emergency intensifies and greenhouse gas emissions continue to grow, governments and world leaders are gathering in Madrid on 2 – 13 December 2019 for the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 to take the next crucial steps in the UN Climate Change process.