ITA Airways Firms Up Order for 28 Airbus Aircraft

Improved environmental performance, state-of-the-art aircraft technology, up to 25% less fuel consumption and CO2 emissions – @Airbus #A220 #A320neo #A330neo ITA Airways, Italy’s new national carrier, has firmed up an order with Airbus for 28 aircraft ROME, Dec. 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ITA Airways, Italy’s new national carrier, has firmed up an order with […]

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Sophi.io Wins at WAN-IFRA Digital Media Awards Worldwide 2021

Sophi Dynamic Paywall wins global award for Best Paid Media Strategy TORONTO, Dec. 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sophi.io, The Globe and Mail’s artificial intelligence-based automation, optimization and prediction engine, won WAN-IFRA’s 2021 Digital Media Awards Worldwide award in the Best Paid Media Strategy category for Sophi Dynamic Paywall, its real-time, personalized paywall engine that analyses both […]

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4TEEN4 Pharmaceuticals Selects AGC Biologics to Manufacture Procizumab

AGC Biologics to produce Procizumab for early and late clinical phases at company’s Chiba and Copenhagen facilities Seattle, Dec. 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AGC Biologics, a leading global Biopharmaceutical Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO), today announced a new partnership with 4TEEN4 Pharmaceuticals GmbH (“4TEEN4”) to manufacture and commercialize Procizumab. The first-in-class monoclonal antibody […]

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WillScot Mobile Mini Holdings to Participate in the Credit Suisse Global Industrials Conference

PHOENIX, Dec. 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WillScot Mobile Mini Holdings Corp. (“WillScot Mobile Mini” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: WSC), a North American leader in modular space and portable storage solutions, today announced that Brad Soultz, Chief Executive Officer, and Tim Boswell, President & Chief Financial Officer, will be presenting and hosting private meetings during […]

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Acuant Achieves Milestone in FedRAMP Authorization for Cloud-Delivered Identity Verification Solution to Government Agencies

The Approved Solution Provides Document Authentication, ePassport Authentication and Facial Recognition Matching with Presentation Attack Detection LOS ANGELES, Dec. 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Acuant, the leading global Trusted Identity Platform for fraud prevention and AML compliance, today announced it has achieved Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Joint Authorization Board (JAB) FedRAMP Moderate Provisional-Authority […]

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Luxury Portfolio International Releases State of Luxury Real Estate Report 2022

SOLRE 2022 – State of Luxury Real Estate Number of Luxury Real Estate Sellers Increases Globally; Some Buyers Expressing FOMO (Strong Fear of Missing Out); Sustainability ‘Critically Important’ Among Affluent Buyers Worldwide Latest Report Comprises Data from Top 1-5% Bracket Surveyed Across 20 Countries, Representing an Affluent Population of Almost 32 Million Households NEW YORK, Dec. […]

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Global Polo Entertainment Signs Historic Agreement With ESPN

Global Polo Entertainment grants ESPN the domestic rights to distribute seven major polo tournament finals, including the 2022 GAUNTLET OF POLO® series, the U.S. Open Women’s Polo Championship, the National Intercollegiate Championships for both men and women, and the 2022 FIP World Polo Championship. WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global Polo […]

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Skey Network Launches $1m USD Skey Challenge for Startups to Create the Smart City Solutions of the Future

World’s largest crypto-based competition for startups WARSAW, Poland, Dec. 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Skey Network, the world’s first connector combining the Internet of Things (IoT) devices with blockchain technology, has today launched the world’s largest crypto-based competition for startups, individuals and companies, the Skey Network Challenge, designed to hyper-charge adoption of blockchain of things (BoT) products and […]

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Philips expands Augmented Reality Surgical Navigation – ClarifEye – to two new international sites with successful clinical outcomes

December 1, 2021 Industry-first augmented reality (AR) surgical navigation solution was used to successfully treat first patients after debuting at Armed Forces Hospital, Oman and Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Children’s Hospital, Spain Philips’ fully integrated Image Guided Therapy System – Azurion – provides hospitals with unique 3D AR visualization technology and live optical feedback […]

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Capitalworks Emerging Markets Acquisition Corp Announces Pricing of $200 Million Initial Public Offering

NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Capitalworks Emerging Markets Acquisition Corp (the “Company”), a special purpose acquisition company, today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 20,000,000 units at a price of $10.00 per unit. The units will be listed on The Nasdaq Global Market (“Nasdaq”) and will begin trading on […]

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General Fusion closing oversubscribed $130 million transitional financing round

Fueled by a new investor syndicate, Series E is supporting aggressive commercialization VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — General Fusion announced today it is closing an oversubscribed $130 million (USD) Series E funding round filled by a new syndicate of global investors. This financing, led by Temasek, significantly expands the company’s portfolio […]

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สายการบินเวียดนามแอร์ไลน์เริ่มให้บริการเที่ยวบินตรงไปยังสหรัฐอเมริกาได้อย่างต่อเนื่องแล้ว

นครโฮจิมินห์ เวียดนาม , Dec. 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — สายการบินเวียดนามแอร์ไลน์ (Vietnam Airlines) ผู้ให้บริการสายการบินที่เติบโตเร็วที่สุดในเอเชียตะวันออกเฉียงใต้ ได้ประกาศความสำเร็จในวันนี้ว่าสามารถให้บริการเที่ยวบินตรงไปยังสหรัฐอเมริกาครั้งแรกได้แล้ว ถือเป็นอีกหนึ่งการบรรลุเป้าหมายการพัฒนาที่สำคัญในการเป็นผู้ให้บริการเที่ยวบินชั้นนำในเวียดนามเที่ยวบินปฐมฤกษ์ No.VN98 จากนครโฮจิมินห์ไปยังซานฟรานซิสโก จุผู้โดยสารในโบอิ้ง 787-9 ดรีมไลเนอร์ ซึ่งเป็นหนึ่งในเครื่องบินที่มีเทคโนโลยีขั้นสูงล่าสุดของกลุ่มเครื่องบินในสายการบินเวียดนามแอร์ไลน์ เที่ยวบินที่จะถูกจารึกไว้เป็นประวัติศาสตร์นี้ชี้ให้เห็นถึงการพัฒนาที่สำคัญของระบบการบินในเวียดนาม และสายการบินเวียนดนามแอร์ไลน์เป็นสายการบินแรกของประเทศที่สามารถให้บริการเที่ยวบินตรงไปยังสหรัฐอเมริกาอย่างต่อเนื่องได้แล้ว ทั้งนี้ เวียดนามแอร์ไลน์ใช้ความพยายามมาตลอด 20 ปีตั้งแต่ก่อตั้ง เพื่อจัดตั้งสำนักงานตัวแทนสายการบินในซานฟรานซิสโก เพื่อวางรากฐานการให้บริการเที่ยวบินตรงระหว่างสองประเทศ “เวียดนามแอร์ไลน์ภาคภูมิใจมากที่เป็นสายการบินแรกของประเทศที่ให้บริการเที่ยวบินเช่าเหมาลำไปยังสหรัฐอเมริกามาเป็นเวลาปีกว่าแล้ว เพื่อต้อนรับเพื่อนร่วมชาติกลับสู่บ้านเกิด วันนี้เรายินดีที่จะประกาศความสำเร็จของการให้บริการเที่ยวบินตรงประจำไปยังสหรัฐอเมริกาเป็นครั้งแรก เป็นการบรรลุเป้าหมายใหม่อีกขั้นสำหรับเวียดนามแอร์ไลน์และระบบขนส่งทางอากาศของเวียดนาม” Le Hong Ha ประธานและซีอีโอสายการบินเวียดนามแอร์ไลน์กล่าว “เราได้รับเกียรติเป็นสนามบินแห่งแรกในสหรัฐอเมริกาที่ให้บริการเที่ยวบินประจำมายังเวียดนามแบบไม่พักเครื่อง เราภูมิใจที่ได้มอบประสบการณ์ชั้นนำระดับโลกด้วยการส่งตรงผู้โดยสารถึงพื้นที่อ่าวซานฟรานซิสโกอย่างราบรื่น และดีใจอย่างยิ่งที่เวียดนามแอร์ไลน์ได้ปักหมุดที่ซานฟรานซิสโกเป็นปลายทางแรกของสหรัฐอเมริกา” Ivar C. Satero ผู้อำนวยการสนามบินซานฟรานซิสโกกล่าว เบื้องต้นเวียดนามแอร์ไลน์จะให้บริการ 2 เที่ยวบินต่อสัปดาห์บินจากนครโฮจิมินห์ไปยังซานฟรานซิสโกด้วยเครื่องบินโบอิ้ง 787 และแอร์บัส A350 ซึ่งเป็นสองเครื่องบินที่มีลำกว้างและทันสมัยที่สุด สายการบินตั้งเป้าจะเพิ่มการให้บริการเป็น 7 เที่ยวบินต่อสัปดาห์หลังสามารถควบคุมการแพร่ระบาดของโควิด-19 ได้ […]

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GA-ASI Completes Series of System Level Tests for Protector

Full-Scale Static, High-Intensity Radiated Frequency and Environmental Testing Complete for new RPA Featured Image for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. SAN DIEGO, Nov. 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) has successfully completed key system-level tests for the new Protector RG Mk1 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). The Protector is the U.K. […]

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Pampanga capital inoculates 12K in first 2 days of vax campaign

A total of 12,720 individuals were vaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the first two days of the three-day national vaccination drive here. Data from the City Health Office (CHO) showed that on November 29 and 30, the city inoculated 6,878 and 5,842 individuals, respectively, higher than its daily target of 5,670. The report was shared with Mayor Edwin Santiago, along with Yohannes Getahun of the World Health Organization and Charlie Sanchez of the Department of Health (DOH), who witnessed the last day of the national vaccination drive on…

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House panel to request deferment of vax-for-work resolutions

The House Committee on Labor and Employment will request the government’s pandemic task force to defer the two resolutions requiring Covid-19 vaccinations for on-site workers. During the online meeting on Wednesday, panel chair Eric Pineda said they would write a letter to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to suspend the IATF Resolutions 148-B and 149. “We will write a letter immediately to the chairman, to the co-chairs of the IATF that the recommendation of the committee of labor and employment is for them…

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’Bayanihan’ vax drive boosts inoculation figures in CDO

The average number of individuals being vaccinated daily in the city has improved since the three-day national coronavirus disease 2019 vaccination drive started on Monday, the local government said Wednesday. Mayor Oscar Moreno said via online conference before the “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” of the national government, the city only recorded an average of 10,000 individuals vaccinated daily. But in the first two days of the three-day mass vaccination drive, the city has administered a total of 24,448 vaccines on November 29; and 29,183 on November 30, despite a technical glitch that…

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Previously conflict-stricken Samar town tops in vax drive

The town of Matuguinao in Samar, once infested by communist rebels, now holds the honor of being the first municipality in the province to attain 70 percent coverage in the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination, the regional health office here said late Tuesday. As of November 30, the town’s health workers managed to administer Covid-19 vaccines to 3,816 individuals, representing 70.4 percent of the 5,420-target population, according to the Department of Health (DOH) 8 (Eastern Visayas). About 26 percent have received complete doses. “Mayor Aran Boller strategized in encouraging its…

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LA Lakers star LeBron tests positive for Covid-19

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has entered NBA health and safety protocols after testing positive for coronavirus, the US basketball league announced on Tuesday. “The Lakers learned of James’ situation Tuesday morning, coach Frank Vogel said, and arranged for transportation to take him back to Los Angeles from Sacramento,” where the team was for an away game, said an NBA statement. With the result, James could be benched for a minimum of 10 days unless he returns two negative PCR tests in 24 hours, it added. James is the…

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Army warns anew of NPA recruitment during pandemic

A Philippine Army official has warned residents in remote communities in Leyte of the New People’s Army’s (NPA) recruitment strategy this pandemic. Brig. Gen. Zosimo Oliveros, Philippine Army’s 802nd Infantry Brigade commander, said on Wednesday the NPA has been concentrating on organizing groups of farmers, taking advantage of their need for livelihood opportunities during this health crisis. “People in far-flung areas are being organized and they were promised with assistance for them to cope up with the impacts of Covid-19 pandemic. They are not aware that they are being exploited…

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DND chief backs mandatory Covid-19 vaccination

Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday said he supports the mandatory vaccination of Filipinos against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). “Yes, it should be mandatory. Everyone should contribute to the health of the community. Those unvaccinated are vulnerable (to) getting the virus and getting seriously sick,” Lorenzana, who is also chairperson of the National Task Force Against Covid-19, told reporters when asked on his opinion on the measure. Aside from burdening the state by their hospitalization, Lorenzana said unvaccinated people also contribute to the spread of…

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Global vaccination plan only way to stop pandemic: UN chief

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres argued on Tuesday that “the only way out of a global pandemic and out of this unjust and immoral situation is through a global vaccination campaign.” The secretary-general was speaking at a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York of Foreign Ministers of the Group of 77 (G77) and China, where he noted that the Covid-19 pandemic “continues to wreak havoc” on developed and developing countries alike. He said the UN stands behind the vaccination strategy set out by the World Health Organization, with…

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3 expats, 1 ROF from South Africa isolated in NegOcc

Three expatriates and a Filipino, who recently arrived in Negros Occidental from South Africa, will undergo swab tests for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on Wednesday. Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said the four arrived in the country before travelers from African countries were banned in the Philippines starting Nov. 28 to prevent the entry of the new Covid-19 variant, Omicron. “They were accepted by the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) because last week, South Africa was still a ‘green’ list country,” Lacson said. The three foreigners work as consultants for a power…

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PH logs nearly 98% Covid-19 recovery rate

The country’s total number of recovered coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases has reached 2,768,999 after 951 new recoveries were reported on Wednesday. In its latest case bulletin, the Department of Health (DOH) noted that recoveries account for 97.7 percent of the total case count which has reached 2,833,038 since the start of the pandemic last year. Meanwhile, some 500 new infections brought the total number of active cases nationwide to 15,327 — lower than Tuesday’s 15,800 active infections. Wednesday’s new infections, however, are slightly higher than Tuesday’s 425 – the…

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Nothing political about NTF-ELCAC’s barangay dev’t program

The country’s national security adviser on Wednesday maintained that the Barangay Development Program (BDP) of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) has nothing to do with politics and is only aimed at providing support to communities freed from the influence of the communist movement. “Walang politika to, it’s all about ending the local communist armed conflict and I hope isa na si Vice President (Leni) Robredo, naliwanagan siya (sa) project na ito kaya susuportahan nya ang NTF-ELCAC and I also heard that Senator (Panfilo) Lacson…

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No new Covid-19 case among cops; recoveries top 42K

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday reported no new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, keeping its active case tally at 45. In its latest Covid-19 bulletin, the PNP Health Service also recorded nine new recoveries, raising the tally to 42,028 out of a total of 42,198 confirmed infections since the start of the pandemic. The death toll, meanwhile, remains at 125. Meanwhile, fully vaccinated PNP personnel are placed at 93.52 percent, which is equivalent to 211,176. About 12,744 personnel or 5.64 percent have already received their first dose while…

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5 nabbed, over P381-K shabu seized in Zamboanga City

Five people were arrested while some PHP381,240 worth of illegal drugs were seized in separate anti-drug operations Tuesday and Wednesday in this southern port city. Brig. Gen. Franco Simborio, Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) director, identified the arrested suspects as Aziz Alamia, 44; Kiram Bahjin, 34; Ruben Guzman, 27; Arvin Arac, 38; and, Karim Ahang, 36. Simborio said that Alamia was arrested by the Zamboanga City Police Office’s (ZCPO) Station 7 operatives in an anti-drug operation around 3:15 a.m. Wednesday at the bypass road in Barangay Tumaga here. The suspect was…

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NegOcc, Antique top massive vax drive in Western Visayas

The provinces of Negros Occidental and Antique have both exceeded their target number of vaccinees during the first two days of the national inoculation, “Bayanihan Bakunahan”, according to the Department of Health in Western Visayas (DOH WV). “We can see the efforts of our LGUs (local government units and volunteers where their daily accomplishments have doubled or tripled. In their committed daily targets, there are provinces that were able to meet their committed daily target. We have LGUs that are beyond their target,” said DOH WV Center for Health Development…

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’Bawal Bastos’ programs to promote ‘safe spaces’ for NegOr women

The provincial government of Negros Oriental, through the Provincial Commission on Women (PCW) and the Provincial Gender and Development Resource and Coordinating Center, has lined up programs to promote the Safe Spaces Act (Bawal Bastos Law) in observance of the 18-day campaign to end violence against women (VAW) from Nov. 25 to Dec. 12, 2021. Josefina Columna, provincial Gender and Development (GAD) focal person, said during a “Kapihan sa PIA” forum on Wednesday, they did a site evaluation for the “Garbo” Awards, specifically Babayeng Garbo sa Katilingban and Grupong Garbo…

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Caraga sees further dip in Covid-19 cases

From 344 on Friday last week, the active coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections in Region 13 (Caraga) has further trimmed down to 280, the regional Department of Health (DOH) office said in its report on Wednesday. The agency recorded 15 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, with 19 new recoveries and one death. The number of recoveries in the region also went up to 46,803 from 46,682 on Friday last week. As of Tuesday, Caraga Region has registered a total of 48,963 infections and 1,880 deaths since the pandemic started in…

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DENR lauded for promoting bicycle-riding community

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has committed to promote the interests of the bicycle-riding community, as a bicycle advocacy group lauded the agency’s pivotal role in the annual celebration of the National Bicycle Day. “Such is the robust partnership we have nurtured through the years with the bicycle-riding communities particularly the National Bicycle Organization (NBO) who has come out strongly for President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s issuance of Presidential Proclamation (PP) 1052,” DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said in a news release on Wednesday. During this year’s celebration…

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Hotels not complying with quarantine rules to be penalized

Hotels that fail to comply with quarantine protocols for Filipino and foreign travelers coming from abroad will be penalized by authorities, Malacañang said on Wednesday. Acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles issued this warning as he reminded hotels to ensure compliance to resolutions issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) for “green” (low risk), “yellow” (moderate risk), and “red” (high-risk) list countries, jurisdictions, and territories. “DOJ [Department of Justice] na bahala (We will leave it up to the DOJ). We are under…

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US vows to help PH control, reverse AIDS epidemic: exec

The United States government has vowed to continue supporting Manila in its efforts to control and eventually reverse the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) epidemic that affects over 100,000 Filipinos in the country. “Building on the US government’s strong and enduring partnership over the past 75 years with the Philippines, the US is proud to support the Philippines’ objective in delivering quality people-centered HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) prevention and treatment services, and strengthening efforts to control and eventually reverse the HIV epidemic,” United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Philippines Acting…

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Pangasinan tightens border control checkpoints amid new variant

The Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) is closely monitoring coastal areas in the province of Pangasinan where foreign vessels pass through amid the threat of the new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) variant, Omicron. In a radio interview on Wednesday, Provincial Health Office (PHO) chief, Dr. Anna Ma. Teresa de Guzman, said the crew of foreign vessels might make stop-over in the coastal areas to replenish their logistics, such as food and water. “We are tightening border control checkpoints particularly to these coastal areas such as Sual town where foreign come…

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NoCot power firm kicks off 50-km clearing ops for 69kV line

The Cotabato Electric Cooperative Inc. on Wednesday launched here the annual massive clearing operation of its 69-kilovolt (kV) power line to ensure power reliability initially covering the 50-kilometer stretch of the highway between Makilala and Tulunan towns. Godofredo B. Homez, Cotelco general manager said, the activity targets to trim down vegetations within the standard perimeter of the light poles to avoid line disruptions that can lead to power outages. Based on guidelines, at least three meters from the pole must be cleared from any potential obstructions such as trees, tree…

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House approves 15% mandatory LGU allocation for health services

The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on final reading a proposal mandating all local government units (LGUs) to earmark at least 15 percent of their annual national tax allotment share for health services. With 224 affirmative votes, 0 negative votes, and no abstention, the chamber passed House Bill 10392, which seeks to amend Section 287 of the Local Government Code of 1991 to ensure the appropriation of at least 15 percent of the share of LGUs from all national taxes or revenues for health services. The bill provides that…

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DPWH fast tracks construction of modular hospital in Bataan

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is fast-tracking the completion of a coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) modular facility inside the Mariveles Mental Wellness and General Hospital (MMWGH) in Mariveles, Bataan. The construction of the PHP23.85-million facility is in line with the efforts of the DPWH to increase the number of hospital beds dedicated to Covid-19 patients in Central Luzon. The project is being implemented by the Bataan 2nd District Engineering Office headed by District Engineer Ulysses C. Llado. The facility, Llado said, will be equipped with ventilation systems,…

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BuCor to place control gate instead of walls in road near NBP

Officials at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City will remove shortly two roadblocks affecting two residential villages in the city and will instead put a control gate as part of measures to secure the prison compound, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Wednesday. “The BuCor (Bureau of Corrections) will install the control gate ASAP (as soon as possible). Pag in place na (once in place), they will remove the concrete barriers. but pedestrians can pass, I was so informed,” Guevarra told reporters a day after meeting with Bureau…

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Consumers urged to buy local products as holiday gifts

Consumers are encouraged to prefer locally-produced products over imported ones when buying gifts this holiday season to help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) recover from the pandemic. “If we patronize the products of other countries, why don’t we patronize our own local products thereby helping our local entrepreneurs and our local economy,” said Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Iloilo director Felisa Judith L. Degala, in an interview Wednesday. She said before the products are displayed during trade fairs, they undergo intensive product development on taste, quality, shelf-life, packaging,…

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NegOcc reopens Mambukal Resort after almost 2 years

The Negros Occidental provincial government reopened on Wednesday its mountain tourist site in Murcia town, now rebranded as the Mambukal Resort and Wildlife Sanctuary, almost two years after it was shut down due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Since April 2020, it has served as a quarantine and isolation center for returning Negrenses and Capitol employees found positive for the virus, but the decreasing local cases eventually reduced the need for the healing facility. Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said with Negros Occidental being under Alert Level 2 status,…

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32% of German biz in PH in ‘good situation’

There is an increase in the number of German companies operating in the Philippines saying their businesses are in a“good situation”, the German-Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (GPCCI) World Business Outlooks (WBO) Fall 2021 Survey said. With a total of 74 respondents, the GPCCI conducted the WBO Fall 2021 Survey from September 21 to October 15 when restrictions due to threats of the Delta variant started to ease. The survey said 32 percent of German firms were in “good situation” during the said period, 47 percent said their situation…

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Cebu City mulls expanding massive vax drive

Seeing people’s positive response to the National Vaccination Days campaign, Mayor Michael Rama on Wednesday said the city is contemplating on continuing the massive inoculation in 80 barangays here, targeting to achieve 100-percent population protection by January 2022. In a press briefing, Rama noted the good response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive for the three-day inoculation drive, saying that they hit the 32,000 target on the first day and 60,000 on the second day. The mayor cited the convergence between the business community through the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and…

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Stock market declines below 7,000-level; peso almost unchanged

The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) continued to suffer amid fears among investors from possible impacts of the Omicron variant as it plunged from the 7,000-level at the start of the month. The PSEi shed 253.82 points, or 3.53 percent, to end Wednesday trading at 6,947.06. All shares plummeted by 103.75 points, or 2.70 percent, to 3,734.38. “Philippine shares suffered one of the biggest losses of the year as Omicron fears continue to rule market sentiment,” Regina Capital Development Corp. managing director Luis Limlingan said. Limlingan added PSEi followed the…

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Legazpi City gives free imported piglets to hog raisers

The City Veterinary Office (CVO) here has distributed free imported piglets to pre-identified raisers to rapidly propagate hogs and help the industry recover from the slump brought by the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak. Each recipient was handed at least two imported female piglets that could propagate 10 or more piglets per breeding season. CVO chief Dr. Emmanuel Estipona and Aldine Miña, president of the Legazpi Livestock and Poultry Raisers Agri Cooperative (LLPRAC), led the initial piglet distribution in Barangay Pawa on Tuesday. Estipona, in an interview on Wednesday, said…

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1.83M college students vaxxed vs. Covid-19: CHED

A total of 1,839,846 college students have been vaccinated against Covid-19 so far, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chair J. Prospero de Vera III said on Wednesday. In an online media briefing, de Vera said the figure is equivalent to 45.91 percent of the tertiary student population which has reached 4,007,795 as of November 25. “That is a significant increase because after the first two weeks of vaccination in October our vaccination rate was less than 30 percent. We’re now at almost 56 percent,” he said. He noted there are…

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PH manufacturing PMI hits 8-month high in November

The country’s manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for November 2021 logged the highest score for the past eight months at 51.7, London-based information and analytics firm IHS Markit reported Wednesday. Philippine manufacturing PMI in November increased from a score of 51 in October amid further easing of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) alert level due to lowering of the number of infections in the country. “Latest PMI data continued to signal a recovery in operating conditions in the Philippines with the headline figure at an eight-month high,” IHS Markit economist Shreeya…

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New CBCP president rejects online cockfighting

The new head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has opposed the prevalence of electronic sabong (cockfighting) or “e-sabong” in the country. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David said allowing this kind of online gambling is worse than traditional cockfighting since it can be accessed by anyone. “Meaning, it can be accessed by anyone — yes, even by kids who have gotten quite used to online activities due to the pandemic. Anyone who associates addiction only with drugs has not really understood the nature of addiction as a…

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SoKor vax donation ‘timely’ for 3-day vax campaign: Galvez

South Korea’s donation of 539,430 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine is timely and significant as it coincides with the massive three-day vaccination campaign that aims to administer nine million doses across the country, National Task Force Against Covid-19 chief implementer, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., said Tuesday. “On behalf of the national government, we would like to thank the Korean government and the Korean people for their generosity and act of kindness. South Korea and the Philippines have had a strong relationship ever since and they’re helping us a lot,” Galvez told…

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Pag-IBIG Fund members save record P52-B in last 10 months

Pag-IBIG Fund members have saved more than PHP52 billion in the last 10 months, breaking yet another record for the period and exceeding full-year figures from before the pandemic, top agency officials announced on Wednesday. From January to October, the amount collectively saved by members with the agency totaled PHP52.47 billion – the highest for any 10-month period. The savings collected so far this year grew 35 percent from the same period in 2020 and 26 percent higher compared to figures from 2019, which is the agency’s best performing year…

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