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The Miss Universe contestant from the
Philippines is this year’s winner but for
one brief moment, it appeared as if it
might be a repeat win for Colombia.
Gutierrez Arevalo was already wearing
the crown as this year’s Miss Universe
winner when host Steve Har vey returned
Har vey says it was his mistake and he
would take responsibility for not reading
the card correctly that named contestant
Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach this year’s
winner and Colombia the first runner-
up. Talking with members of the press
after wards, Har vey and an executive for
pageant owner WME-IMG called it
human error. “ Nobody feels worse about
this than me,” he said.
A mystified Wurtzbach appeared
stunned as she walked to the front of the
stage alongside the crown-wearing Arevalo
before last year’s Miss Universe from
Colombia removed the crown and placed
it on Wurtzbach’s head instead. — AP
Excavators dig for landslide sur vivors among debris of destroyed buildings in Shenzhen, Guangdong province.
Waste pile collapses on town
At least 85 people are missing in
China a day after a giant flow of mud
and construction waste spewed out of
a full dump in a boom town and buried
33 buildings in its latest industrial
The site should have been closed in
February, but workers said mud and
waste had continued to be dumped
there, a news portal run by authorities in
the southern city of Shenzhen said.
Premier Li Keqiang ordered an
investigation into Sunday ’s landslide
in the city, just across the border from
The mudslide smashed into multi-
storey buildings at the Hengtaiyu
industrial park in the Guangming New
District, toppling them within seconds
in collisions that sent rivers of earth
“The mud had been building up for a
few years,” Han Bin, who lives by the
site and witnessed the wall of mud sweep
towards the buildings, said.
“ We didn’t realise this could happen.”
The frequency of industrial accidents
has raised questions about safety
standards after three decades of
breakneck growth in the world’s second-
largest economy. Just four months ago,
more than 160 people were killed in big
chemical blasts in the northern port city
State television showed devastation
in Shenzhen, with bits of broken
buildings sticking up from heaps of
mud stretching out over the industrial
More than a year ago, a government-
run newspaper warned Shenzhen would
run out of space to dump waste from a
Besides new buildings, a network
of subway lines is being built in
Shenzhen, and large volumes of earth
are being excavated and dumped at
“S henzhen has 12 waste sites and
they can only hold out until next year,”
the official Shenzhen Evening Post,
published by the city government, said
in October last year.
Once a sleepy fishing village on the
Communist side of a Cold War frontier,
Shenzhen was chosen by Beijing three
decades ago to help pioneer landmark
economic reforms, and it has boomed
The mudslide at the business park had
covered an area of more than 38ha and
was 10m deep in parts, Shenzhen Vice
Mayor Liu Qingsheng told reporters,
according to Xinhua.
Almost 3000 rescuers were at the
scene, Xinhua said, with sniffer dogs
and drones. Rescuers were focusing on
several areas where sensors had detected
signs of life, it added.
The Ministry of Land Resources said
the accumulation of a large amount
of waste meant that mud was too
steep, “causing instability and collapse,
resulting in the collapse of buildings”.
Media said no foreign companies were
believed to have been affected.
A nearby section of China’s major
west-east natural gas pipeline exploded,
State television said, though it was
not clear if this had any impact on the
Xinhua said the pipeline was owned
by Petro China, China’s top oil and gas
producer. It said the 400m ruptured
section of pipe “has been emptied” and
a temporary pipe will be built.
Petro China wrote on its microblog
the pipeline blast had hit at least one
industrial user, a Hong Kong power
plant operated by Castle Peak Power
Co Ltd, a company majority owned
by a subsidiary of CLP Holdings,
which had switched to coal for power
Fourteen factories, 13 low-rise
buildings and three dormitories were
among the buildings flattened.
Xinhua said the government revised
the number of missing to 85 from 91. It
did not say why.
Xinhua said 14 people had been
rescued and more than 900 people had
been evacuated. — Reuters
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President Barack Obama’s 16-day
Christmas getaway in Hawaii will
bring the cost of his family’s personal
travel during his time in office to more
than $US70 million ($103.34 million),
according to a new study.
This year alone the estimated bill for
the first family’s holidays was $11.6m,
including golf trips to Florida and
California, and Michelle Obama going
skiing in Aspen.
The president of Judicial Watch, the
conser vative watchdog which compiled
the study, Tom Fitton, said: “ The
Obamas are treating Air Force One like
an Uber ride.
“ President Obama seems oblivious to
the burden he is placing on Americans
with his continuous vacations, getaways
and political junkets at taxpayer expense. ”
It costs just over $200,000 an hour
to fly Air Force One, meaning $3.6m
for the round trip from Washington to
Hawaii. It is the Obamas’ seventh family
holiday in Hawaii during his presidency.
Obama has taken 23 holidays, a total of
177 days, during his presidency. — AP
Pope Francis has urged Vatican
bureaucrats to show more honesty,
humility and sobriety as he issued
a Christmas-time “catalogue of
virtues” for them to follow after
having excoriated them last year for
a host of sins.
A flu-stricken Pope Francis
referred repeatedly to scandals that
have been convulsing the Vatican
in recent months during his annual
Christmas greeting overnight to the
Vatican administration, showing he
was keenly aware of the impact they
were having in the broader Catholic
At the start of his speech to the
cardinals and bishops who run the
Holy See, Pope Francis joked that
after last year’s public diagnosis of
the “15 ailments of the Curia” he
should have come up this year with
the “Curial antibiotics” to treat them.
In a way he did, issuing a list of
virtues he said should guide their
work, including honesty, sobriety,
respect and humility. While the
speech was more encouraging than
last year’s astonishing dressing down,
it nevertheless implied that problems
He reminded the prelates, for
instance, they should not take bribes.
He said an honest person “does not
act virtuously only when he or she is
being watched; honest persons have
no fear of being caught since they
never betray the trust of others”.
It was at the usually jovial affair
last year that Pope Francis accused
the cardinals and bishops of the
Vatican bureaucracy of using their
careers to grab power and wealth,
of living “hypocritical” double lives
and of forgetting — due to “spiritual
Alzheimer’s” — that they are supposed
to be joyful men of God. — AP
Pope issues ‘catalogue of virtues’
u Safety questions raised
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