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    Pope-bashing on the global warming issue

    It is no surprise that Pope Francis’ Laudato si’ encyclical on global warming received a lot of flak even before it was officially published on 18th June. Climate change deniers are legion. Despite this, the man valiantly came out banging — and we’re glad that he did.

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    Sayings of the Buddha for maritime folks

    It’s a frenetic industry madly chasing after money. For maritime professionals who want to pause awhile and seek some inspiration and enlightenment, we recommend the Dhammapada, a collection of teachings believed to have been originally spoken by the Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama).

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Benighted maritime school regulators

“There is no darkness but ignorance,” wrote William Shakespeare in his play, Twelfth Night. Given how it has gone about evaluating Philippine maritime schools and choosing which ones can continue their baccalaureate programmes for ship officers, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) can aptly be described as a house of darkness.

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Decline of art in the shipping world

Of late, we’ve been fascinated with nautical figureheads (like the one on the model of the 1790 French frigate Océan, pictured above). These wooden carvings on the prows of early sailing ships did not only serve to identify the vessel. They held a symbolic significance for the crew and were often associated with the spiritual world. Alas, such artistic expressions […]

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