Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group Announces a Complete Liquid Hydrogen Bunkering Installation for Unitrove

TEMECULA, Calif., Dec. 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nikkiso Cryogenic Industries’ Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group (Group), a subsidiary of Nikkiso Co., Ltd (Japan), is proud to announce our participation in the bunkering installation design of a new complete Liquid Hydrogen (LH2) Bunkering installation with Unitrove. Nikkiso CE&IG and Unitrove are working together to […]

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Interactive Mirror Allows Retail Customers to Virtually “Try On” Clothing

CALGARY, Alberta, Dec. 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Retail clothing stores of the future will likely have fewer clothes, checkout stations, fitting rooms, employees—and square footage. Instead, you’re likely to see more self-service consoles that allow shoppers to virtually “try on” any garment. According to NOBAL Technologies, Inc., of Calgary, that future is here right […]

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Eyenuk Launches EyeArt AI System in South Africa in Collaboration with Discovery Health

A new diabetic retinopathy screening benefit enabled by the EyeArt® AI system is made available by Discovery Health, a global leader in Healthcare and Financial Services LOS ANGELES, Dec. 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Eyenuk, Inc., a global artificial intelligence (AI) medical technology and services company and the leader in real-world applications for AI Eye Screening™ […]

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Delphix, Unisys Transform California State University’s Digital Strategy With Fast, Secure Data for Application Development

Hybrid-Architecture Strategy Includes Data Migration to AWS for All 23 Campuses REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Dec. 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Delphix, an industry-leading data company for DevOps, and Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS), a global IT solutions company, today announced that they have accelerated California State University’s (CSU) digital strategy by providing quick and secure access […]

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Philips again recognized with prestigious ‘A’ score for its climate action leadership

December 7, 2021 Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced that the company has been recognized for its climate action leadership by global environmental non-profit CDP. Thanks to its actions to cut emissions, mitigate climate risks, and develop the low-carbon economy, Philips has secured […]

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Deep Energy Capital and Eavor Technologies announce collaboration to transform global heat and power generation markets with clean, non-intermittent and flexible energy

LONDON and MUNICH, Germany and CALGARY, Alberta, Dec. 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Deep Energy Capital, LLP (“Deep Energy”), an independent specialized renewable energy investment house, and Eavor Technologies Inc. (“Eavor”), the preeminent advanced geothermal technology company, announce their cooperation to deploy advanced geothermal technology, Eavor-Loop™, a new source of clean, baseload and flexible heat […]

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Peplink and Telkomsel Join Forces to Bring Unbreakable 4G and 5G SD-WAN in Indonesia

VILNIUS, Lithuania, Dec. 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Peplink, a company that makes connectivity reliable, has joined together with Telkomsel, a subsidiary of state-owned enterprise Telkom Indonesia, to help businesses in Indonesia transform into cloud-ready, fully online organizations. Telkomsel is the leading digital telco company in Indonesia that serves more than 169 million customers across […]

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Contact sports now allowed in Davao

Contact and non-contact sports are once again allowed here but with certain restrictions. In Resolution No. 50, the Davao City Task Force Coronavirus Disease 2019 provided additional guidelines in regulating the following contact sports activities- basketball, football, volleyball, and Frisbee. In an interview Tuesday, Allan Abarca, a local basketball player, welcomed the development. “I am happy because the active physical activities which were halted for two years are now back,” he told Philippine News Agency (PNA). “During the time that we are not yet allowed to play basketball, I felt…

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UK reiterates support to BARMM’s health programs

The United Kingdom (UK) government has reiterated its support to the Bangsamoro government in its fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and to its other programs in the region. In her Tuesday meeting with Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) leaders and other development partners here, British Ambassador to the Philippines Laure Beaufils said collaboration and partnership could get things done on the ground. “Only through these types of partnerships can we make things happen. We have partnerships of trust, genuine understanding, and two-way learning that we can…

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Bacolod City to set up centralized emergency response center

The city government here will establish the Medical Emergency Response Center (MERC) under the recently approved “Bacolod 911 Ordinance”. City Ordinance 970, authored by Councilor Israel Salanga, aims to improve public safety and emergency response that calls for a centralized system to further increase the survival rate of constituents in the face of emergencies. Salanga said in a statement on Tuesday arrangements are ongoing between the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) with the national agency to make “911” a direct line for emergency calls here. At present,…

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QC gov’t promotes historical spots through its ‘Libreng Sakay’

The Quezon City government has literally been hitting at least “two or more birds with one stone” through the “Libreng Sakay” (free ride) program which it launched a year ago on Tuesday. Aside from providing free bus rides to daily commuters along several major routes throughout the city, the city government under Mayor Joy G. Belmonte is also promoting the numerous historical and tourist sites found in its six congressional districts composed of 142 barangays. The officials of the QC Bus Augmentation Program (QCBAP) and the City’s Parks and Administration…

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PRRD accepts Biden invite to join virtual Summit for Democracy

President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted the invitation of United States (US) President Joseph “Joe” Biden Jr. to participate in the Summit for Democracy via video conference on Dec. 9 and 10. “Biden invited Heads of State and Government, other government leaders and voices from the business and nongovernment sectors to join the US in taking action to strengthen democracy,” a statement from the Office of the President read. In his invitation letter to Duterte, Biden said the US will “host the Summit for Democracy with humility and in the spirit…

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Ex-rebels in Agusan Norte get P7.2-M cash aid from gov’t

Marcelo Tejano, a 31-year-old former guerrilla from Agusan del Norte, said he plans to cultivate his farm and set up a small electrical shop using the livelihood assistance he received from the government on Tuesday. Tejano, from Barangay Alubihid, Buenavista, is among the 125 former rebels who received PHP20,000 each via the Sustainable Livelihood Assistance (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The distribution of the assistance at the Agusan del Norte capitol covered court was led by Gov. Dale Corvera and DSWD Caraga Director Ramel Jamen.…

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Group seeks FDA action vs. toy labeling violations

Consumer rights advocacy group Laban Konsyumer Inc. (LKI) has raised the urgency for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) action on ensuring toy manufacturers’ strict compliance with Republic Act 10620 or the Toy and Game Safety Labeling Act of 2013. LKI president and former trade undersecretary Vic Dimagiba said the latest findings of public interest network EcoWaste Coalition on non-compliance with RA 10620 necessitate the need for FDA’s action on the matter to help protect children nationwide from harmful toys. Dimagiba recommended that EcoWaste formally report such findings to FDA Director-General…

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80% of Filipinos seek sustainable, ‘meaningful’ way to travel

More and more Filipinos are getting “thoughtful and deliberate” in how they travel, with about 80 percent, saying they want to visit a place in ways that could also benefit local communities, both economically and socially. In a commissioned research forwarded by Airbnb on Tuesday, over 80 percent of Filipinos polled said it is important that their travel creates a positive impact for locals– signaling the rise of the “conscious traveler”. “Just as the travel revolution is inspiring people to embrace flexibility and reimagine the ways they live and travel,…

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PSA cautions public vs. fake info, websites

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) cautioned the public against the sites dswd-ayuda-news.blogspot.com and facebook.com/updatepilipinas as they are not official government accounts. The PSA also clarified that no government program provides financial aid using the Philippine Identification (PhilID) card or national ID. “The website and Facebook page are not affiliated with the government,” a recent post from PhilSys Davao Oriental read. “Do not believe the information coming from these pages that PhilSys registrants will receive PHP10,000 after completing PhilSys (Philippine Identification System) Step 2 registration.” The PSA also clarified that PhilID…

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Canlas replaces Paredes as PH Air Force chief

Maj. Gen. Connor Anthony D. Canlas is now the head of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) following the mandatory retirement of Lt. Gen. Allen T. Paredes Tuesday. Retirement and change-of-command ceremonies took place at PAF headquarters at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City. Canlas is the PAF vice commander and former Air Defense Command chief, and a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1989. In his speech, the new PAF chief lauded the service’s leadership for the improvements and remarkable changes in the organization in the past…

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RTF6-ELCAC urges NPA remnants in Panay to surrender

The Western Visayas Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF6-ELCAC) has called on remnants of the Communist Party of the -Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) in Panay to lay down their arms, return to their families, and live in peace. Lawyer Flosemer Chris Gonzales, spokesperson of the RTF6-ELCAC, in a statement released on Tuesday, said the rebels’ days are numbered and they can never win in their attempt to overthrow the government. “The government will subdue and neutralize the CPP-NPA-NDF terrorist organization…

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Conviction of Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi ‘internal matter’

The two-year jail sentence of Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi is an “internal matter” that should not be interfered with, Malacañang said on Tuesday. “Well, this is an internal matter and this is part of their domestic affairs. And so we would rather not comment on the domestic affairs and processes of a sovereign state,” Acting Presidential Spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said in a Palace press briefing. Suu Kyi, who led the former civilian government in the role of state counsellor, is among hundreds of people…

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Ilocano group files another DQ case vs. Marcos

Another disqualification case was filed against presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos Jr. by his fellow Ilocanos before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday. In a petition, Margarita Salonga Salandanan and others urged the poll body to disqualify the former senator, citing the same arguments by other petitioners who said Marcos was convicted by Quezon City Regional Trial Court in 1995 over his failure to file his income tax returns as governor of Ilocos Norte for taxable years 1982 to 1985. “WHEREFORE, premises considered, it is most respectfully prayed…

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Makati gives P1-K ‘carrot’ to over 37K vaxxed senior citizens

Gift certificates worth PHP1,000 have been distributed to 37,743 fully vaccinated senior citizens in Makati, part of the city government’s efforts to promote inoculation against Covid-19. Vaccinating seniors takes more meaning as Christmas celebrations are nearing, Mayor Abby Binay said on Tuesday. “The PHP1,000 gift cheque incentive is one of the strategic measures to encourage the elderly to have themselves vaccinated as early as possible. Our efforts have been rewarded because we have surpassed the target vaccination rate for their age group,” Binay said in a statement. “Senior citizens are…

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PRRD signs EO adopting Lapulapu rendering without hyphen

Lapulapu, the Mactan leader who is considered the country’s first hero, should be written without a hyphen, according to an executive order (EO) signed by President Rodrigo Duterte. EO No. 152, signed by Duterte on Monday, amends EO No. 17 and EO No. 55 which created the Order of Lapu-Lapu, an award given to government officials and employees as well as private individuals who rendered extraordinary or invaluable experience in relation to a campaign or advocacy of the President and the National Quincentennial Committee (NCQ), which was tasked to spearhead…

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Big-time drug peddler nabbed for P1.36-M shabu in NoCot

Anti-narcotic agents arrested Tuesday a big-time drug peddler here and seized some PHP1.36 million worth of suspected shabu. Kath Abad, spokesperson of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Soccsksargen (PDEA-12), identified the suspect as Nasrudin Minandang, 29, of Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao. “He is a high-value target,” Abad said of the suspect who agreed to sell the illegal shabu to an undercover agent during a buy-bust at about 1 p.m. Minandang was arrested after he handed over the stuff and received the boodle money or fake bills from an…

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Duterte names Brawner as new Army chief

President Rodrigo Duterte has named 4th Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr. as the new Commanding General of the Philippine Army. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed Brawner’s appointment in a message to reporters. He also shared a copy of Duterte’s letter, dated December 7, confirming the name of the next commanding general of Army. “I wish to inform you that, per your letter-endorsement and in accordance with the recommendation of the Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Chairman, AFP Board of Generals, pursuant to…

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PH elected Int’l Maritime org assembly head

The Philippines was elected president of the 32nd International Maritime Organization (IMO) assembly for the first time in the organization’s history, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday. Philippine Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the IMO, Antonio Lagdameo, was nominated by the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom and seconded by the representative of South Africa. The assembly is IMO’s highest governing body, with all 174 member states and three associate members entitled to attend, including several intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. It normally meets once every two years and…

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Tricycle driver escapes tough city life thru relocation program

The Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Program is an escape from poverty and 69-year-old Ricarte Floresca is grateful for the assistance provided by the Duterte administration. Floresca, his wife, two children, and a grandchild were among the 17 who returned home to La Union province on Tuesday morning. He is hoping it is not yet too late for him to rebuild their lives in his home province. “Ngayon lang masasakatuparan (It is only now that it will be realized),” Floresca said of his dream of a better but simple life.…

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22 families of DavNor town to avail of P50-K BP2 livelihood grant

A total of 22 families who were enrolled in the government’s “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa” (BP2) program will each receive a maximum of PHP50,000 in livelihood settlement grant once they return to the municipality of Santo Tomas, Davao del Norte. Mart Sambalud, town information officer, said Tuesday they were just waiting for the confirmation of the returning families’ arrival in their town. “There is no advice on their arrival yet, but it is currently being processed,” he told Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Monday. Sambalud said one family availed of…

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PRRD hopes to repeat success of 1st ‘Bayanihan, Bakunahan’

With the success of the country’s first simultaneous vaccine drive against Covid-19 from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3, President Rodrigo R. Dutertr is hoping for the same result for its second round next week. In a pre-recorded public address aired Monday night, Duterte said the country was able to administer 10.2 million doses across the country during the first “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” national vaccination days. He described this number as a “huge achievement” in the country’s fight against Covid-19 and thanked doctors and other volunteers involved in the five-day event. “I’d…

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Edsa vehicular speed faster under new reduction program

The average speed of motor vehicles plying the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (Edsa) has increased since the implementation of the new limited Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP). During President Rodrigo Duterte’s Talk to the People on Tuesday, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chair, Benhur Abalos Jr., said as much as 89 percent increase in average vehicle speed was recorded from the Timog Avenue to Quezon Avenue portion of Edsa from December 1 to 3. “Travel speed has indeed improved in some identified critical areas along Edsa. For instance, from…

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MRT-3 resumes ops after signaling trouble

The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) resumed operation on Tuesday afternoon after signaling trouble caused the rail service to be briefly suspended before noon. In an advisory, the MRT-3 announced that full train operations have resumed between North Avenue Station and Taft Avenue Station at 12:45 p.m., with 17 trains running. In a separate statement, Sumitomo Corporation —the maintenance provider of the MRT-3— gave an apology for the “brief suspension” of the rail service. “Our contractor has already submitted the error data to the system provider, for commencement of…

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4 families return home to La Union via BP2 program

A total of families returned home on Tuesday and will now settle down in La Union province through the “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa” (BP2) program of the national government. Novem Fe Antonio, 39, a cancer patient and one of the BP2 beneficiaries, said the program is a “great opportunity” for her to start a small business given her health condition. “It was difficult for me to stay in the metro since I got cancer two years ago. I couldn’t work already and I could not easily get my treatment due…

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Isko’s offer proof of Duterte’s many accomplishments: Palace

The offer of Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso to adopt President Rodrigo Duterte as his party’s fourth bet for the Senate is proof of the latter’s many accomplishments, Malacañang said on Tuesday. Acting Presidential Spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles made this remark after Domagoso said he believed Duterte was a qualified candidate for the position and that he is also willing to adopt him as the fourth senatorial candidate of his Aksyon Demokratiko Party. “Ito po’y patunay sa maraming nagawa si Pangulong Duterte sa kanyang panunungkulan at sa…

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Gov’t allots P62-B for more ‘choppers, offshore vessels

The government has allocated a total of PHP62 billion for the acquisition 32 more Polish-made S-70i “Black Hawk” combat utility helicopters for the Air Force and six offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Philippine Navy. “Newly approved funding for capital assets acquisition: 32 units ‘Black Hawk’ helicopters- PHP32 billion and six units of OPV -PHP30 billion,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told the media on Tuesday. When asked where the country intends to acquire the additional helicopters and OPVs, Lorenzana replied: “OPV with Austal (the Australian defense manufacturer and shipbuilder) and…

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We pray to God that Omicron won’t reach PH: Duterte

President Rodrigo R. Duterte said he is praying that the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 will not reach the Philippines. In a pre-recorded public address aired Monday night, Duterte said he is happy that the Philippines is handling the pandemic better than other countries. “I am very happy na bumababa na talaga. Duma-dive na yung ano (I am very happy that cases are going down. There’s a dive). That’s a miracle because other countries are still reeling from the effect. Parang nagkaroon sila ng problema sa Omicron (It seems like…

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Rain showers expected across PH due to 3 weather systems

Most areas in the country will experience rain showers caused by three weather systems, the weather bureau said on Tuesday. In its 4 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said a low pressure area (LPA) was last spotted 1,055 kilometers east of Mindanao. PAGASA weather forecaster Grace Castañeda said this LPA has a slim chance of developing into a tropical cyclone within 36 hours. “However, we are expecting that the combined effects of shear line and LPA will bring scattered rains and thunderstorms over…

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50% of target population in 14 provinces now fully vaxxed: DILG

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año has commended the local government units (LGUs) that exceeded their targets during the first “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” vaccination drive from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1. This, as 14 of the 81 provinces achieved the full inoculation of 50 percent of their respective target population following the holding of the national vaccination drive. “Out of 81 provinces, makikita po natin ay 14 na probinsiya na po ang nakapagtala ng 50 percent up fully vaccinated (We can see [from the slide] that…

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Pandemic not a hindrance to peace, stability: Galvez

The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) is collaborating with several agencies in pursuit of the administration’s Six-Point Peace and Development Agenda within targeted conflict-afflicted areas, notwithstanding the challenges of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. OPAPP head Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said President Rodrigo Duterte’s leadership inspires OPAPP, the Department of National Defense (DND), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and Philippine National Police to achieve milestones in addressing insurgency problems. “I will do my best at…

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DSWD urged to release social pension of elderly every quarter

The House of Representatives is urging the Department of Social Welfare and Development to release the monthly social pension of senior citizens on a quarterly basis instead of the current semestral schedule. During Tuesday’s plenary session, the chamber adopted House Resolution 2276, which stresses the need to provide senior citizens financial assistance as soon as possible amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. Deputy Speaker Rufus Rodriguez, one of the authors of the resolution, said an interval of six months within which to distribute the social pension for indigent senior citizens…

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‘Bakunahan’ successful as Pinoys unite vs. pandemic

Filipinos united against the Covid-19 pandemic deserve most of the credit for the success of the national “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” vaccination drive. Secretary Vince Dizon, Presidential Adviser for Covid-19 Response, said vaccination continues and warned those who have yet to get jabbed that the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, may be after them. “Mr. President, it’s also is I think very important, to note that I think our kababayan (countrymen) also deserve a lot of credit because they really came in droves, Mayor, noon pong (on) November 29 to December 1,” Dizon…

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PPO relishes first live performance since pandemic began

The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic drastically changes lives around the world. Even the prestigious Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) had to stop playing for nearly two years. On Friday, the PPO was back on center stage, thanks to the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost). Members of the resident orchestra of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) found the experience new and overwhelming, a live performance at the Manila Central Post Office at Liwasang Bonifacio to mark the launch of the Christmas stamps. “So ngayon live, mas okay ‘yung feeling. Meron…

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NegOr continues vax rollout even after nationwide drive

The provincial government of Negros Oriental is continuing its inoculation efforts against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) even after the initial nationwide massive vaccination campaign. Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion, in a virtual presser Tuesday afternoon, said the province still has about 41,000 doses of Moderna, Pfizer, and Sinovac vaccines. The local government units (LGUs) have received their own vaccine allocation, she said. Estacion, the Covid-19 incident commander of the province’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), said the three-day massive vaccination drive that…

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No Xmas gatherings amid Omicron threat: Magalong

Mayor Benjamin Magalong again reminded residents here not to hold gatherings and parties this Christmas Season to prevent a surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, especially with the threat of the Omicron variant. “I am hoping that Omicron will not hit us this Christmas but looking at the latest developments, there is a big possibility. I don’t like to spoil our Christmas but I hope we will be spared,” the mayor told the media on Tuesday. He said like the Delta variant, it is possible that Omicron would also…

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Sorsogon on track to achieving population protection: Escudero

Sorsogon Governor Francis Escudero has expressed confidence that the province will be able to achieve the desired population protection against coronavirus disease 19 (Covid-19) before the year ends. “Marami kaming nabigyan ng first dose noong National Vaccination Days na inaasahan naming mabibigyan ng second dose bago matapos ang taon kung kaya’t mararating namin ang mahigit kumulang na 84.7 percent fully vaccinated rate para sa populasyon ng aming lalawigan na may edad 12 pataas. (We expect that many who were given the first dose of vaccine during the National Vaccination Days…

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P500-K up for capture of Ilocos Norte town dad’s killers

The local government of Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, led by its mayor, has offered a PHP500,00 reward for any information to help capture the two gunmen in the fatal shooting of town councilor Apolonio Medrano on December 6. Mayor Remigio Medrano, together with Vice Mayor Virgilio Agoto, announced the cash reward in a press conference on Tuesday at the town hall. The mayor is not related to the slain councilor. Medrano said the PHP300,000 will come from his pocket while the PHP200,000 will be from the municipal coffers through an appropriation…

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DPWH launches jobs program for Covid-displaced workers

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Tuesday launched a program that will provide employment opportunities for individuals displaced by the Covid-19 pandemic. During the launch of Assistance to Youth and Unemployed for Development and Advancement (AYUDA) Program at the Rizal Park, Manila, DPWH Secretary Roger Mercado said the program aims to help address unemployment through the government’s massive Build, Build, Build program. All the DPWH Regional and District Engineering Offices nationwide simultaneously launched the program. “AYUDA was launched so that we can maximize our Build, Build, Build…

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Omicron spreading via community transmission in UK: official

British Health Secretary Sajid Javid told parliament Monday that the Omicron coronavirus variant is now spreading in the UK through community transmission rather than solely via people who have traveled to Britain from abroad. He said there was now a total of 336 cases of Omicron in the country — 261 in England, 71 in Scotland and four in Wales. “This includes cases with no links to international travel, so we can conclude there is now community transmission across multiple regions of England,” Javid said. He warned that he could…

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Vaccination raises confidence of Tacloban diners

The expanded vaccination drive against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and the “itch” to socialize with others after more than a year of movement restrictions are among the factors why restaurant businesses in this city and the nearby town have started to pick up. Since October this year, more people go out and dine instead of relying on food delivery services for their favorite food, Joel Uyvico, chief operating officer of Join Us Food and Development, Inc, the operator of Acacia Restaurant and Acacia Coffee Shop, said in an interview on…

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Sinulog off-limits to outsiders amid Omicron threat

The city government here is planning to hold the traditional Sinulog celebration in January next year without the participation of contingents from other provinces and welcome only vaccinated visitors amid the threat of the Omicron variant of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Mayor Michael Rama said in a radio interview on Tuesday that he is contemplating introducing “Sinulog in the household” where the traditional and religious celebration in honor of the Sto. Niño would be done right at the residences in this city. He assured the public that the city will…

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NegOcc awaits DOH instructions on expired vaccines

The Negros Occidental provincial government is awaiting instructions from the Department of Health (DOH) on what to do next with the AstraZeneca coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines that expired on November 30. Dr. Claudelia Josefa Pabillo, in-charge of the Provincial Health Office cold storage facility, said on Tuesday these vaccines are still being stored separately in the cold room. “We are just waiting for the go-signal, instructions or whatever from the DOH central office,” Pabillo told reporters. The expired vaccines comprise of 1,492 vials or 14,920 doses of the European-made…

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