More than US$27 billion committed to tackle global malnutrition and hunger crisis at the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit

45 low- and middle-income countries led with strong policy and financial commitments TOKYO, Dec. 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Government and private sector donors have pledged more than US$27billion at the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit this week to address the global malnutrition and hunger crisis. Represented by five Heads of State and Government, […]

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MegaFans Finds Traction, Milestone, Distributing NFTs and Cryptos for eSports

MegaFans Beats Break-even Model for Profitable Return on Ad Spend MegaFans NFT SAN DIEGO, Dec. 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MegaFans, a mobile gaming company headquartered in Southern California, announced that they gained significant traction by distributing NFTs (non fungible tokens) and cryptocurrencies, as prizes to players on their mobile eSports platform. The company saw a […]

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Philips receives FDA 510(k) clearance for its most advanced acute patient monitors

December 08, 2021 Philips Patient Monitors IntelliVue MX750 and IntelliVue MX850 pair with advanced software and services to offer clinical decision support, continuous, scalable patient management and enhanced infection control Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced that its Philips Patient Monitors MX750 and […]

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Lantronix ได้รับเลือกเป็นสมาชิกของ Qualcomm Automotive Solutions Ecosystem Program

Lantronix เป็นสมาชิกของ Qualcomm Advantage Network มาอย่างยาวนาน และเข้าร่วมโครงการเฉพาะผู้ได้รับเชิญเพื่อช่วยเร่งสร้างนวัตกรรมยานยนต์ เออร์ไวน์ แคลิฟอร์เนีย , Dec. 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lantronix Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRX) ผู้ให้บริการระดับโลกด้านโซลูชั่นแบบเบ็ดเสร็จที่ปลอดภัยในด้าน Intelligent IT และ Internet of Things (IoT) ประกาศในวันนี้ว่า บริษัทได้รับเลือกให้เป็นสมาชิกของ Qualcomm® ซึ่งเป็นโครงการยานยนต์ของ Authorized Design Center Program Lantronix ซึ่งเป็นสมาชิกของ Qualcomm® Advantage Network มาเป็นเวลานาน ได้เข้าร่วมโครงการเฉพาะผู้ได้รับเชิญ ซึ่งช่วยบริษัทต่าง ๆ ในการเร่งสร้างนวัตกรรมโดยเชื่อมโยงลูกค้ากับระบบนิเวศของธุรกิจที่มีเครื่องมือและบริการออกแบบอย่างเชี่ยวชาญได้อย่างลึกซึ้ง Lantronix จะเข้าร่วมในโครงการยานยนต์ที่เรียกว่าโครงการ Qualcomm® Automotive Solutions Ecosystem โดยให้การเข้าถึงเครื่องมือที่สร้างขึ้นโดยเน้นแนวคิดของแพลตฟอร์มห้องนักบินยานยนต์ Snapdragon® รุ่นที่ 3 (the […]

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Proteona announces multiple ASH presentations highlighting novel gene signatures in hematological cancers identified using advanced single-cell biomarker discovery platform

Meet Proteona at ASH 2021 SINGAPORE, Dec. 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Proteona, a single-cell precision medicine company, today announced that three abstracts from the company and its collaborators have been accepted for presentation at the 63rd American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition to be held on December 11-14 in Atlanta, Georgia. […]

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Conagen’s Fermentation Technology To Support DARPA’s ReSource Sustainability Program

Bedford, Mass., Dec. 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Massachusetts-based biotech Conagen announced its participation in a collaboration supporting the ReSource program funded by a U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) grant. The project aims to leverage Conagen’s proprietary fermentation technology to convert plastics and other energy-dense waste into valuable, reusable materials. “Humanity needs to make better […]

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MRM Health Announces First Patient Dosed with Next Generation Live Microbiome Consortia Therapeutic MH002 in Phase 1b/2a Study in Patients with Ulcerative Colitis

GHENT, Belgium, Dec. 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MRM Health, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing next-generation live microbiome consortia therapeutics, announced that the first patient received MH002 in a phase 1b/2a multi-center clinical trial in mild-to-moderate Ulcerative Colitis. MH002 is MRM Health’s first clinical product candidate resulting from its proprietary and unique CORAL™ platform technology. […]

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Race for quality office assets in major cities spurred by ESG and limited supply – 2022 Global Investor Outlook reveals

Investing with intent becoming as clear a priority as financial performance Colliers 2022 Global Investor Outlook LONDON and TORONTO, Dec. 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leading diversified professional services and investment management company Colliers (NASDAQ and TSX: CIGI) reveals quality office assets in major metropolitan markets like London, New York, Tokyo, and Sydney have retained […]

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Umicore and Volkswagen AG to create European EV battery materials Joint Venture

Umicore and Volkswagen AG to create European EV battery materials Joint Venture Umicore and Volkswagen AG plan to establish a joint venture to build up precursor and cathode material production capacities in Europe to supply Volkswagen AG’s European battery cell production, making a considerable contribution to the region’s transition towards cleaner mobility. This partnership will […]

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Cobwebs Technologies Wins Globee® in the Annual 2021 Disruptor Company Awards

Cobwebs Technologies Named Winner in the Annual 2021 Disruptor Company Awards Cobwebs Technologies – Globee award NEW YORK, Dec. 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cobwebs Technologies announced today that The Globee® Awards, organizers of the world’s premier business awards programs and business ranking lists, has named Cobwebs’ Web Investigation Platform, a winner in the Annual 2021 Disruptor […]

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Nikkiso Cryogenic Services Announces Soletec Group (Qatar) As Authorized Representative & Service Partner

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 that Soletec Group (Soletec) has become the Authorized Representative and Service Partner for Nikkiso Cryogenic Services (NCS) in Qatar. With the growth of the Middle East […]

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Delphix และ Unisys พลิกโฉมกลยุทธ์ด้านดิจิทัลของมหาวิทยาลัยแห่งรัฐแคลิฟอร์เนีย โดยนำบริการข้อมูลที่รวดเร็วและปลอดภัยมาใช้สำหรับการพัฒนาแอปพลิเคชัน

กลยุทธ์ด้านสถาปัตยกรรมไฮบริดจะรวมถึงการย้ายข้อมูลไปยัง AWS สำหรับวิทยาเขตทั้ง 23 แห่ง เรดวูดซิตี้ รัฐแคลิฟอร์เนีย, Dec. 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — วันนี้ Delphix ซึ่งเป็นบริษัทด้านข้อมูลชั้นนำของอุตสาหกรรมในด้าน DevOps และ Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) ซึ่งเป็นบริษัทโซลูชันด้านเทคโนโลยีสารสนเทศระดับโลก ประกาศว่าทั้งสองบริษัทได้เร่งดำเนินกลยุทธ์ด้านดิจิทัลของมหาวิทยาลัยแห่งรัฐแคลิฟอร์เนีย (CSU) โดยช่วยให้สามารถเข้าถึงข้อมูลได้อย่างรวดเร็วและปลอดภัยเพื่อรองรับการพัฒนาแอปพลิเคชันสำหรับนักศึกษา ปัจจุบันมหาวิทยาลัยของรัฐที่มีหลักสูตรสี่ปีซึ่งมีขนาดใหญ่ที่สุดของประเทศแห่งนี้สามารถให้บริการข้อมูลตามความต้องการแก่วิทยาเขตทั้ง 23 แห่งเพื่อดำเนินกลยุทธ์ด้านดิจิทัลของมหาวิทยาลัย การเข้าถึงอย่างรวดเร็วในลักษณะนี้ช่วยให้วิศวกรซอฟต์แวร์ของวิทยาเขตสามารถพัฒนาแอปพลิเคชั่นที่ทันสมัยได้อย่างรวดเร็ว เพื่อเริ่มดำเนินโครงการริเริ่มด้านการสำเร็จการศึกษาประจำปี 2025 (Graduation Initiative 2025) ซึ่งเป็นโครงการที่มีจุดมุ่งหมายอันยิ่งใหญ่ที่จะเพิ่มอัตราการสำเร็จการศึกษา และในขณะเดียวกันก็ช่วยขจัดปัญหาช่องว่างด้านโอกาสและความสำเร็จ โครงการนี้ยังรวมถึงแอปพลิเคชันที่ช่วยให้นักศึกษาสามารถตรวจสอบระดับคะแนน ความช่วยเหลือด้านการเงิน สถานะการสำเร็จการศึกษา ฯลฯ ได้อีกด้วย โครงการริเริ่มนี้เป็นส่วนหนึ่งของกลยุทธ์ด้านสถาปัตยกรรมไฮบริดของมหาวิทยาลัย โดยมีเป้าหมายเพื่อปรับปรุงเรื่องอัตราการสำเร็จการศึกษา ประสบการณ์และความพึงพอใจของนักศึกษา ตลอดจนขจัดปัญหาช่องว่างด้านความเท่าเทียมซึ่งส่งผลต่ออัตราสำเร็จการศึกษา กลยุทธ์สถาปัตยกรรมแบบไฮบริด Unisys ช่วยให้มหาวิทยาลัยแห่งรัฐแคลิฟอร์เนียสามารถใช้ประโยชน์จากแพลตฟอร์มข้อมูล Delphix DevOps เพื่อเพิ่มประสิทธิภาพและลดความซับซ้อนในการเปิดใช้งานสถาปัตยกรรมไฮบริด แพลตฟอร์มมีความสามารถในการสร้าง รีเฟรช และซ่อมแซมสภาพแวดล้อมของข้อมูลของรัฐบาลและเอกชนในระบบคลาวด์ได้อย่างง่ายดาย […]

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Panduit Board Names Shannon McDaniel as Next CEO

Dennis Renaud to retire effective December 31, 2021 Tinley Park, Illinois, Dec. 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Panduit announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Shannon McDaniel as its next Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President effective January 1, 2022. McDaniel, who currently serves as the company’s chief financial officer, will succeed current […]

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Alaska, NLEX win in PBA Governor’s Cup kickoff double-header

Alaska hung on despite a late surge from NorthPort for an 87-85 win at the start of the PBA Governors’ Cup on Wednesday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. Robbie Herndon helped save the day for the Aces after scoring on a mid-range jumper with 30.1 seconds left as the Aces won despite a late charge from new Batang Pier player Arwind Santos. Seemingly ahead by a comfortable 10-point margin, 79-69, with 5:41 left, Alaska found itself witnessing Santos’ late show after he drained 12 straight points sparked by…

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Australia’s Barty wins 2021 women’s tennis player award

Australian tennis player and the top seed in women’s singles Ashleigh Barty won the WTA Player of the Year award for 2021 on Tuesday. “WTA World No.1 Ashleigh Barty wins the WTA Player of the Year honor for the second time; she also earned the accolade in 2019 after capturing a tour-leading five WTA titles in 2021,” the Women’s Tennis Association said in a statement. Barty, 25, won the 2021 Wimbledon, her second Grand Slam title, in July. The Australian athlete previously claimed the 2019 French Open (Roland Garros) trophy…

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Unvaccinated NBA players barred from Canada starting in January

A Canadian ban on the entry of unvaccinated NBA players will come into force next January, meaning players without the shots need to get vaccinated or stay home from Canada away games with the Toronto Raptors. “NBA informed teams today that unvaccinated players will no longer be allowed to travel to Toronto to play games beginning on January 15,” tweeted NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski on Tuesday. “New Canadian law mandates that all visitors entering the country be vaccinated,” he said. Out of 30 NBA basketball teams, only the Raptors are…

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Sebastian, Nouri earn tickets to Asian, World tourneys next year

Mhage Gerriahlou Sebastian completed an improbable come back to steal the crown from Ruelle Canino in the Philippine National Juniors Chess Championship at the PACE in Quezon City Tuesday. A point behind the 13-year-old Canino entering the ninth and last round, Sebastian, 15, trampled Rinoa Mariel Sadey and then witnessed the former falter against 2019 champion Vic Glysen Derotas to claim the title. When the smoke of battle dissipated, Sebastian, a Far Eastern University stalwart, ended up on top with 7.5 points and shoved Canino down to second with seven…

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LA Lakers taste 117-102 home victory over Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Lakers tasted a 117-102 home win against Boston Celtics on Tuesday. Boston Celtics had a good start at the beginning, building a 33-31 lead at the end of the first quarter. But the Lakers had a 5-point advantage at the end of the first half, 60-55 at the Staples Center. By the end of the third period, the Lakers were leading 91-75 as the Celtics only scored 20 points. Despite falling behind 27-26 in the final quarter, Los Angeles controlled the remainder of the game and extended their…

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Solon pushes probe of ‘large-scale smuggling’ of agri products

Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Wednesday pushed for an immediate inquiry by the Senate Committee of the Whole into the alleged “large-scale smuggling” of agricultural products across the country. Speaking before Cagayan Valley reporters in an online news briefing, Sotto claimed of continued smuggling and corruption “which kill and destroy the local agriculture industry and robbing farmers a decent living”. He said the laws enacted “to modernize the agricultural sector in the hopes of uplifting the lives of our farmers would be futile if smuggling and corruption continue to…

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Bangsamoro leader welcomes Brawner’s promotion

A Bangsamoro regional lawmaker who hails from this area is glad and proud of the appointment of Maj. Gen. Romeo S. Brawner Jr. as the new commanding general of the Philippine Army (CGPA). Zia Alonto Adiong, a member of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority – Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, said Brawner is well deserving to become the next CGPA. “I have personally witnessed his dedication and the degree of commitment he has in serving the people. We worked together during the Marawi siege, and he has helped us get…

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DPWH opens new Bambang Bridge in Bulacan town

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) inaugurated on Wednesday the PHP68.84-million newly-completed Bambang Bridge in this town. Engineer Henry Alcantara of the DPWH Bulacan District Engineering Office, together with Senator Joel Villanueva, former CIBAC Party-list Rep. Sherwin Tugna, and former Mayor Jonjon Villanueva, led the inauguration of the project that was initiated by the late Mayor Joni Villanueva-Tugna. The Bambang Bridge, which is 78-meter long and 9.5-meter wide, links four neighboring barangays to the town proper. Sen. Villanueva, in his speech, said the project is a dream come…

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Army pursues NPA remnants under ‘Ka Oris’ in Lanao Sur

Lanao del Sur – The armed men that military forces encountered earlier this week in Maguing, Lanao del Sur, were remnants of the group of slain New People’s Army (NPA) leader Jorge “Ka Oris” Madlos, a high-ranking military official here said. Brig. Gen. Jose Maria Cuerpo, commander of the Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade, said the group, with around 20 members, is reported to have been hiding in the boundaries of Bukidnon and Lanao del Sur. “This group is under the late (Jorge) Madlos of the North Central Mindanao Region,” Cuerpo…

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Comelec deposits poll source code to IT department

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has deposited the final local source code and “trusted build” of the automated election system (AES) of the May 9, 2022 elections to its Information Technology Department (ITD) in preparation for its escrow at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). Comelec executive director Bartolome Sinocruz Jr. and ITD acting director Jeannie Flororita received the codes during the turnover ceremony held at Diamond Hotel in Manila on Wednesday afternoon. Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the two officials will be the ones who will deposit in the…

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Down payment for PAF’s Russian heavy-lift choppers out soon: DND

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the down payment for the Philippine Air Force (PAF)’s Russian-sourced heavy-lift helicopter acquisition program will be released soon. “Also, the down payment for the heavy-lift helicopters, I think will be paid soon so that we will have the heavy-lift helicopter, Mi-17, of Russia. Malaking helicopter po iyon (that is a big helicopter),” Lorenzana said on the sidelines of the assumption ceremony of Maj. Gen. Connor Anthony Canlas as the new PAF chief on Tuesday night. Canlas replaced Lt. Gen. Allen Paredes, who retired from the…

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Legislators back higher NTF-ELCAC 2022 budget

The resounding pleas of local officials to reinstate the PHP28.1-billion budget of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) has gained ground, as it continues to change the perceptions of many legislators especially those in the 2022 Congressional Bicameral Conference Committee (bicam). Before the 2022 Bicam, Senate Finance Committee chairman Senator Sonny Angara was already convinced that the NTF-ELCAC budget, especially its flagship program, the Barangay Development Program (BDP) will be given a higher budget at the bicam. Angara said with the recent submission of the…

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More IDPs home in Marawi’s ground zero by Jan. 2022

The Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) on Wednesday said more internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the 2017 siege can start rebuilding their houses inside Marawi City’s ground zero by the third week of January next year. This, after TFBM chairperson Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario and Marawi Mayor Majul Gandamra, agreed to expedite the release of building permits to some 1,500 applicants, allowing them to start rebuilding their damaged homes. “Basically, complete na ang documentation, ‘yung go signal na lang ng office of building official ang hinihintay (the documentations are…

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2 ASG bandits surrender amid relentless military combat ops

State troopers are relentlessly in pursuit of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits who figured in a series of clashes that resulted in the death of two ASG followers and a soldier in Sulu, a top military official disclosed Wednesday. Maj. Gen. William Gonzales, the Army’s 11th Infantry Division commander, identified the subject of the continuous pursuit operation as the group of Radullan Sahiron, considered the “Amir” of the ASG. Gonzales said the group of Sahiron figured in three separate clashes against the troops of the Special Forces and 45th Infantry…

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Duterte sticks with ‘friend to all, enemy to none’ policy: Palace

President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to accept the invitation of United States (US) President Joseph “Joe” Biden Jr. to participate in the Summit for Democracy is “consistent” with his independent foreign policy, Malacañang said on Wednesday. Acting Presidential Spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles made this remark after Duterte welcomed the opportunity to share the Philippine democratic experience and commitment to democratic values and nation-building at the Summit for Democracy. China, which was not invited, dismissed the US-organized summit, noting that there is no fixed model of democracy. Duterte is known…

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NIB brings early Christmas cheers to abandoned children

The News and Information Bureau (NIB), an attached agency of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, brought early Christmas cheers by bringing in-kind donations to abandoned children in an orphanage in Sta. Mesa, Manila on Tuesday. A total of 25 children, aged one year to seven years, are under the direct care of the Concordia Children’s Services while 110 more are under their community-based program. “We have two main programs, the receiving home program for the residential base, ito ‘yung 25 kids namin (these are our 25 kids). In our community…

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Quiapo Church releases schedule of localized ‘Traslacion’

The Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, commonly known as the Quiapo Church, has released the schedule of visits of the image to different parts of the country. In a video message released by the basilica late Tuesday afternoon, Fr. Douglas Badong, parochial vicar, said the “localized Traslacion” has been expanded to prevent the influx of devotees on the feast day of the Black Nazarene on January 9. The image of the black Jesus Christ will visit the following areas from Dec. 27, 2021 to Jan. 8, 2022: Dec. 27…

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Over 50% of LGUs in PH have no PWD office: NCDA

The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) on Wednesday revealed that almost 50 percent of the over 1,700 local government units (LGUs) across the country have no existing office or focal person that caters to the needs of persons with disabilities (PWDs). “As of today, there are 738 Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) monitored nationwide. This is 43 percent of the total number of LGUs. Of this number, 436 are PDAO Office and 302 are focal persons,” the NCDA said. The establishment of PDAOs in provinces, cities, and municipalities…

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PTFoMS hails operationalization of FM station in Kalinga

Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) Executive Director Undersecretary Jose Joel Sy Egco has welcomed the operationalization of the DWPF 92.1 Gimpong FM Station in Tabuk City as a testament to the relentless efforts of the government to bring vital information to indigenous people (IP) in far-flung areas. During the inauguration of the radio station in Tabuk City, Kalinga on Wednesday, Egco stressed the need to replicate this project in all IP communities from “Luzon to Mindanao”. He emphasized the importance of information in modern society and that putting…

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Pandemic ‘tweaks’ Pinoys saving, lending, insurance behavior

Many Filipinos have experienced drastic financial challenges since the onset of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic as they lost their jobs or sources of income due to the early lockdowns. The pandemic also accelerated digitalization, making it easier for Filipinos to buy their needs and wants online through online shopping. But how does the Covid-19 pandemic really shape Filipinos savings, lending, and insurance behavior? CIMB Bank Philippines chief executive officer Vijay Manoharan said more Filipinos have embraced digital banking as they are doing all their banking activities through digital…

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200 troops in V. Luna hospital get Xmas gifts from AFP chief

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief, Lt. Gen. Andres Centino, distributed Christmas gifts to at least 200 soldiers confined at the V. Luna Medical Center in Quezon City during his visit on Wednesday. “Your sacrifices have brought us much closer to our objective of ending all armed threats next year. My heartfelt gratitude goes to all of you who put your lives on the line and fought valiantly for the accomplishment of our mission,” he said. Centino was received by AFP Health Service commander, Air Force Brig. Gen. Edgar…

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PH places France on Covid-19 ‘red list’

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has placed France on the “red” list for Covid-19 which means travelers from this country are barred from entering the Philippines due to high risk of infection. “The Inter-Agency Task Force on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, approved the escalation of France to the red list of countries/territories/jurisdictions effective December 10, 2021, 12:01 a.m. until December 15, 2021,” Acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said in a press statement. Passengers who have been to France within 14 days…

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PH Army headquarters braces for Omicron threat

All possible efforts will be undertaken to ensure that the Philippine Army (PA) headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig is prepared for the threat posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) Omicron variant. “The PA’s main headquarters in Taguig City reiterated strict adherence to health protocols in a virtual meeting today, December 7, in light of the threat posed by the Covid-19 caused by the new coronavirus Omicron variant,” Army spokesperson Col. Xerxes Trinidad said in a statement Tuesday night. Army Operations Center Chief, Maj. Christian Agonos, led the virtual meeting…

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40-year PUV driver in NCR goes home to La Union via BP2

The “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa” (BP2) program on Tuesday facilitated the return to La Union province of a forty-year tricycle driver, who has been one of the first workers who bore the brunt of the coronavirus disease’s (Covid-19) impact at its onset. Since the start of the pandemic, Metro Manila had to enforce massive restrictions on public transport to limit virus transmission and ensure the safe passage of essential workers during the outbreak. Ricarte Floresca, 69, said he had to stop working for a while because tricycles have had to…

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14 cheat death as boat capsizes off N. Samar town

All 14 crew members of a motorboat survived a sea mishap off the coast of Capul, Northern Samar when their vessel capsized on Tuesday afternoon, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported Wednesday. The 14 were on board the M/V Noah Akim that was carrying a generator set of the National Power Corporation (Napocor) when big waves hit the vessel, destroying its hull. All crew members abandoned the boat when it capsized and swam toward the shore of San Luis village around 3 p.m. The motorboat left the port of San…

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DOLE says 17M workers now fully vaccinated vs. Covid-19

There are now 17 million workers that are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 following the successful first national vaccination drive held last week, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Wednesday. “Because of the vaccination days program more people especially workers were vaccinated,” Labor Assistant Secretary Dominique Tutay said in a television interview. “From 10 million prior to 3-day vaccination program, we now have 17 million fully-vaccinated workers.” Tutay said there are still more workers who need to be inoculated against the dreaded virus. “This is a big deal…

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NCRPO scores vs. crime, drugs amid pandemic

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Wednesday touted its accomplishments in its war against crime and ongoing efforts to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Citing the latest data, NCRPO Chief, Maj. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr. said the Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division reported 97,208 crime incidents recorded from Nov. 10, 2020 to Dec. 5, 2021, which marks a 15-percent drop from the 114,787 crime incidents logged from Oct. 15, 2019 to Nov. 9, 2020. Meanwhile, the Regional Operations Division said 1,079.69 grams of shabu and…

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Brawner vows to focus on improving Army troops’ health, welfare

Newly appointed Philippine Army (PA) chief, Maj. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr., has vowed to focus on taking care of the health, welfare, and morale of the troops and their families. “Itong mga tropa natin, these are the most important resource of the PA, yung tropa natin, tao (Our troops are the most important resource of the PA),” Brawner said in an interview on Tuesday. He also said he would continue to focus on developing the Army’s core competency, which is warfighting, by further developing the Filipino soldier and the PA…

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EU health bodies approve combined use of different Covid vaccines

European Union health agencies approved on Tuesday the mixing of traditional and mRNA-based coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines. “The combination of viral vector vaccines and mRNA vaccines produces good levels of antibodies against the Covid-19 virus and a higher T-cell response than using the same vaccine,” the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said in a joint statement. The health agencies reviewed their recommendations for national authorities based on the results of new clinical studies and real-world evidence. According to the new…

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Palace maintains Covid-19 vaccination not mandatory

Onsite workers are not being compelled to get their Covid-19 jabs, Malacañang said on Wednesday. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, the acting presidential spokesperson, made this response to a complaint filed against the Supreme Court and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) in connection with the implementation of a supposed mandatory vaccination against Covid-19 for onsite workers in areas where there is an ample supply of vaccines. Nograles admitted that he has not personally seen the complaint but noted that the Palace will have to…

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New Covid-19 cases stay below 400 for 2nd straight day

The number of daily coronavirus infections in the country has stayed below 400, with only 370 fresh cases logged on Wednesday. The latest bulletin from the Department of Health showed the country’s active case tally is at 12,510, down from Tuesday’s 13,026. This is the second straight day when the country logged less than 400 new cases, following Tuesday’s 356 new infections — the lowest single-day number of infections in 17 months. Another 861 new recoveries, meanwhile, raised the total tally to 2,773,322. Recoveries account for 97.8 percent of the…

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1.36M Eastern Visayas residents now fully vaxxed

At least 1.36 million residents in Eastern Visayas have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as of December 7, the Department of Health regional office here reported on Wednesday. The number represents 40.5 percent of the region’s target population for inoculation before 2022, according to the health department’s field office. “With this achievement, Eastern Visayas is gearing up and racing towards achieving herd immunity in the region by the end of the year,” the DOH said in a statement. Biliran province posted the highest rate of full…

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PH to surpass goal of vaccinating 54-M people by yearend: Palace

Malacañang is confident that the country will surpass its target of fully vaccinating 54 million Filipinos by yearend should the next round of the government’s simultaneous vaccine drive against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) be as successful as the first. Acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the second round of “Bayanihan, Bakunahan”, which will run from December 15 to 17, is the last big “push” being done towards exceeding the country’s goal. The first Bayanihan, Bakunahan event, held from November 29 to December 3, administered around 10.2 million…

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Japan develops glowing masks to detect coronavirus

Scientists in Japan have developed masks that “can trace coronavirus” after being exposed to ultraviolet light (UV). A team of scientists at Kyoto Prefectural University in western Japan developed the masks using antibodies extracted from ostrich eggs, Kyodo News reported on Wednesday. Led by the university president Yasuhiro Tsukamoto, 52, the team believes the masks “will offer users an easy way to test whether they have contracted the virus.” “A coronavirus sample glows on a face mask filter under an ultraviolet light after being sprayed with a fluorescent dye containing…

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80 healthcare staff in Spain catch Covid after Christmas party

At least 80 Spanish healthcare workers have tested positive for Covid-19 after attending a hospital Christmas party in the city of Malaga, officials confirmed on Tuesday. All 80 are asymptomatic or have only mild cases, but the hospital is struggling to replace the confined workers, local media reported. Union representatives said on Oct. 31, local health authorities fired 1,500 healthcare workers because they assumed the pandemic was coming to an end. “If that wasn’t the case, we’d have enough personnel to substitute our colleagues who can’t work,” Juan Carlos Navas,…

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Manila’s Covid-19 bed occupancy rate now down to only 13%

The bed occupancy rate for Covid-19 patients in Manila significantly dropped to just 13 percent with only 65 occupied beds in the city’s six district hospitals as of Dec. 7. The data reflects a 56 percent drop compared to the 23 percent bed occupancy rate with 116 occupied beds on Nov. 7. The city’s Covid-19 field hospital in Quirino Grandstand has now only 12 occupied beds or only 3 percent of the 344 available beds, reflecting a 25 percent decrease in its occupancy rate a month ago. Manila’s 14 Covid-19…

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