Why SNOMED CT? New platform presents a refreshed case for investing in the comprehensive clinical terminology

SNOMED International released today its refreshed SNOMED CT Case for Investment report. London, United Kingdom, Dec. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SNOMED International released today its refreshed SNOMED CT Case for Investment report. Available on a new interactive platform, the Case for Investment presents evidence that SNOMED CT adds measurable value to a broad range of […]

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US ban of China Telecom may affect its international partners and customers

MANILA, Dec. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Philippine legislator and House of Representatives Assistant Minority Leader France Castro has warned that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to ban China Telecom will affect the ability of its partners and affiliates around the world, such as Dito Telecommunity in the Philippines, to operate and serve its customers […]

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Cinturion Participates at Expo 2020 Dubai UAE

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Dec. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cinturion Corp Ltd. a global provider of scalable, subsea and terrestrial capacity-based network solutions spanning India, the Middle East and Europe, is excited to announce their participation at Expo 2020 Dubai, the largest event ever staged in the Middle East. Expo 2020 brings together over 200 participants […]

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Fraser Institute News Release: 83% of world’s population live in countries where freedom declined

TORONTO, Dec. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Even before COVID—and the response from governments worldwide—global freedom was on the wane, finds a study released today by Canada’s Fraser Institute and the U.S.-based Cato Institute. “When people are free, they have more opportunity to prosper and pursue happier healthier lives for themselves and their families,” said […]

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InnoSkel awarded Innovation Passport by the UK MHRA for the treatment of a rare bone disorder

InnoSkel awarded Innovation Passport by the UK MHRA for the treatment of a rare bone disorder First step in the recent UK MHRA initiative to accelerate the development and access to innovative medicines in the UK Designation recognizes the potential of InnoSkel’s lead program for pediatric patients with spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita (SEDc) Nice, France, 16 […]

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FourKites Closes a Record-breaking 2021 at the Forefront of Supply Chain Visibility in Asia-Pacific

Tracking 2.5 million shipments daily and touching 50% of the Fortune 500, market pioneer achieves record growth in APAC and sets unprecedented pace of community-driven innovation FourKites Closes a Record-breaking 2021 at the Forefront of Supply Chain Visibility in Asia-Pacific CHENNAI, India, Dec. 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FourKites®, the world’s leading real-time supply chain […]

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Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group เป็นสมาชิกประเภทตัวแทนของ California Fuel Cell Partnership

เตเมคูลา รัฐแคลิฟอร์เนีย วันที่, Dec. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group (กลุ่มบริษัท) ซึ่งเป็นบริษัทในเครือของ Nikkiso Co., Ltd (Japan) มีความภูมิใจที่จะประกาศว่าทางกลุ่มบริษัทได้เข้าร่วมกับ California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) ในฐานะตัวแทน สมาคมดังกล่าวกำลังผลักดันให้มีการจัดตั้งสถานีเติมเชื้อเพลิงไฮโดรเจน 200 แห่งภายในปี 2025 เพื่ออนาคตที่ยั่งยืน โดยช่วยให้รถยนต์ รถบรรทุก และรถโดยสารปล่อยมีการปล่อยมลพิษเป็นศูนย์ การร่วมเป็นสมาชิกของ CaFCP เป็นส่วนหนึ่งของความมุ่งมั่นของกลุ่มบริษัทในการเป็นผู้นำด้านการเปลี่ยนแปลงไปสู่โลกที่ผู้คนมีสุขภาพดีขึ้น นอกจากนี้ ทางกลุ่มบริษัทยังได้ขยายการดำเนินธุรกิจทั่วโลก โดยเปิดศูนย์วิศวกรรมและบริการแห่งใหม่ในฮูสตันและเกาหลีในปีนี้ และศูนย์แห่งใหม่ในเยอรมนีในปี 2022 Peter Wagner ประธานกรรมการบริหารของ Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group […]

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Hyris Fully Embraces the Immunology Sector to Better Fight COVID-19 and Beyond, Presenting Its New, Disruptive T-Cell Test to the International Conference ‘A-Wish’

Hyris is going to present its new test to detect the body’s T Cell immune response to SARS-CoV-2 on 17 December 2021, at “A-WISH”, Alicante-Winter Immunology Symposium in Health, which will address strategies for the COVID-19 response and the development of the vaccines against SARS-CoV-2. This new solution leverages the Hyris System™, a proprietary platform […]

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Over 22K food packs ready for typhoon victims in Eastern Visayas

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Eastern Visayas (Region 8) on Thursday prepositioned at least 22,311 family food packs (FFPs) ahead of Typhoon Odette’s landfall. Of the total FFPs prepared for the weather disturbance, 7,137 are stored at the DSWD regional resource operations center warehouse in Palo, Leyte; 5,000 in Maasin City, Southern Leyte; 3,194 in Allen, Northern Samar; 2,680 in Catbalogan City, Samar; 2,300 in Can-avid, Eastern Samar; 1,900 in Borongan City, Eastern Samar; and 100 in Naval, Biliran. On top of this, the DSWD has…

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Visitors told to register as Baguio opens 1K more tourist slots

The city government here has advised visitors to take advantage of the additional 1,000 slots opened for tourists per day, as the arrival ceiling was raised to 5,000. City Information Office chief Aileen Refuerzo said in a phone interview on Thursday that many tourists have been planning to visit Baguio but have failed to get a quick response travel permit (QTP) in the online registration platform because of the daily limit for non-essential travels. A “No QTP, No Travel” policy is being implemented at the border checkpoints leading to Baguio.…

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Ilocos Norte pushes cycling tourism to restart economy

The Department of Tourism-Ilocos (DOT Region 1) on Thursday introduced 12 bike trails in the province of Ilocos Norte meant not only to revive the local economy but for the people to regain their confidence to go outdoors in the new normal. The 12 bike routes are among the various nature trails in the province assessed and validated by the DOT from October to November, said Evangeline Dadat, chief tourism officer of the DOT Region 1. These include the Kamadmadrian trail in Currimao, Catuguing trail in San Nicolas, Nabu trail…

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SIM Card Registration Act gets Senate’s final nod

The Senate on Thursday unanimously approved on third and final reading the bill that will require the registration of subscriber identification module (SIM) cards. Voting 22-0-0, senators gave their nod to Senate Bill (SB) 2395 or the proposed SIM Card Registration Act, which seeks to eradicate criminal activities aided by mobile phone, internet, or other electronic communication devices, such as terrorism, text scams, unsolicited indecent or obscene messages, bank fraud, and disinformation. “The measure establishes another layer of security protection for Filipinos which will hopefully deter criminals from perpetrating their…

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DOLE tops 75K inspected establishments target for 2021

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Thursday reported that it has surpassed its 75,000 target establishments to be inspected for compliance on general labor standards, occupational safety, and coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) monitoring for this year. “Our target for this year is 75,000. Today, we are at 90,327. We’re over, and 120 percent on inspection. We see good in their compliance with general labor standards and occupational safety and Covid-19 monitoring, as of November,” Labor Assistant Secretary Ma. Teresita Cucueco said in a Laging Handa briefing. She also…

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Stocks index, peso up on clearer Fed tapering

Risk-on sentiments, partly due to a clearer timeline of the Federal Reserve’s asset purchases tapering, fueled the improvement of both the local bourse and the Philippine peso, which strengthened to the 49-level on Thursday. The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) rose by 1.41 percent, or 100.68 points, to 7,233.26 points. All Shares posted the same jump of 1.41 percent to 3,836.11 points or 53.52 points. Services registered the highest increase among the sectoral indexes after rising by 2.8 percent and were trailed by Industrial, 1.54 percent; Holding Firms, 1.27 percent;…

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AFP chief vows more support for Army Aviation Regiment

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff, Lt. Gen. Andres Centino, on Wednesday pledged support for the continued development of the Army Aviation Regiment. Centino made this pledge during his visit to the unit’s headquarters in Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija where he was the guest-of-honor and speaker at the joint opening ceremony for the equipment transition training for the Bolkow BO-105 helicopter, the rotary wing transition course, and the aviator qualification course. “I am fortunate to see the dawn of aviation in the Philippine Army. Rest assured that…

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NTF-ELCAC backs PRRD call to elect new solons over budget cut

By slashing the budget of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) by PHP10.8 billion, lawmakers have shown that they are not true public servants. NTF-ELCAC spokesperson for Sectoral Concerns Lorraine Marie Badoy made the statement after Congress set the 2022 budget of the NTF-ELCAC at PHP17.1 billion that is PHP10.8 billion lower compared to the PHP28.1 billion proposed by Malacañang. Badoy, also Undersecretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), said slashing the NTF-ELCAC budget would adversely affect the government’s Barangay Development Program (BDP) which…

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Access road benefits upland farmers in Nueva Ecija

Upland farmers in Carranglan town in Nueva Ecija can now easily transport their products from their agroforestry farm to the nearest market through the newly opened seven-kilometer access road. Paquito Moreno Jr., executive director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Central Luzon, said on Thursday the PHP58-million worth access road was funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as an “agroforestry support facility” under the 10-year Forestland Management Project (FMP) in the 44,000-hectare Pantabangan-Carranglan Watershed (PCW). Moreno said the new Dilaing Bato-Calo Mambeja access road…

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Innovation in basic sectors to serve as PH engine of growth: NEDA

Innovation is needed in the most basic sectors to attain the country’s 2040 vision of eradicating extreme poverty and becoming a high-income country, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said. “The country’s economic performance has exceeded expectations in 2021. We expect to recover to the pre-pandemic level in early 2022. However, as this pandemic has shown, we cannot simply return to business as usual… Except for some city-states, no country has achieved high-income status without first addressing agricultural productivity,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua said on Wednesday during…

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Bicam addresses E-vehicle bill’s most contentious provisions

The bicameral conference committee addressed the most contentious provisions of Senate Bill No. 1382 and House Bill No. 10213 or the Electric Vehicle (EV) Industry Development Act as the upper house ratified the bill on Saturday. “The two Houses of Congress managed to find a common ground on the two most contentious provisions — the installation of charging stations in dedicated parking slots and the installation of charging stations in dedicated spaces in gas stations,” Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said in his speech during the ratification of the bicam report. Gatchalian,…

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Global debt hits record $226-T in 2020 amid pandemic: IMF

Global debt rose to a record USD226 trillion in 2020 as the world was hit by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic and a deep recession, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Wednesday. Global debt rose by 28 percentage points to 256 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) last year, the largest one-year debt surge since World War II, Vitor Gaspar, director of the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department, wrote in a blog with his colleagues, citing figures from the IMF’s latest Global Debt Database. Debt increases are particularly striking…

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Over 1.5K families in Capiz, Guimaras stay in evac centers

Local government units (LGUs) in Capiz and Guimaras have preemptively evacuated a total of 1,539 families in preparation for Typhoon Odette on Thursday. Cindy Ferrer, information officer of the Office of Civil Defense Western Visayas (OCD6), said the evacuees composed of 4,718 individuals from 58 barangays are staying in gymnasiums, barangay halls, and health centers identified as evacuation centers by their respective villages. Data from the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) showed that 230 of the 1,539 families were from Nueva Valencia in Guimaras and the rest…

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BSP maintains key rates anew

Monetary authorities on Thursday kept anew the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) key rates as they continue to see policy space, given the manageable inflation environment and downside risks on the economy. In a virtual briefing, BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno said the overnight reverse repurchase (RRP) facility is still at a record low of 2 percent, the overnight deposit facility at 1.5 percent, and the overnight lending facility at 2.5 percent. Diokno, however, said average inflation forecasts for both 2021 and 2022 were increased “owing to the higher-than-anticipated inflation outturn…

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MMDA eyes closure of Roxas Boulevard portion for rehab works

A portion of Roxas Boulevard near the Libertad Pumping Station in Pasay City is being eyed for closure while the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) fix a nearby old drainage structure. In an inspection along Roxas Blvd. on Wednesday, MMDA Chair Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. said the repair of the drainage structure—a box culvert owned and maintained by the DPWH—would require “immediate closure” of the southbound portion of Roxas Boulevard. “Heavy vehicles and trucks traversing the major thoroughfare have contributed to…

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4.3K stranded in ports due to ‘Odette’

Thousands of individuals are stranded in ports across the country as Typhoon Odette continued to bring strong winds and heavy rains on Thursday. In its latest maritime safety advisory, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said a total of 4,358 passengers, drivers, and cargo workers are stranded in ports in Bicol, Central Visayas, northeastern Mindanao, Eastern Visayas, and Western Visayas. The PCG said 1,969 rolling cargoes, 90 vessels, and nine motor bancas are also stranded in these areas. “Moreover, 254 vessels and 137 motor bancas are taking shelter as a precautionary…

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Hotels see 2022 as ‘good recovery’ year

Hotels are seeing 2022 as a “good recovery” year after observing a rise in the confidence level to travel among Filipinos. “[E]ven if we continue to stay at alert level two, 2022 should really be a good recovery year, not quite the pre-pandemic days but definitely much much better than 2021,” Philippine Hotel Owners Association, Inc. (PHOA) board of director and vice president for SM Hotels and Conventions Corporation Ma. Luisa Angeles said in a recent presser. Recovery to pre-pandemic levels, however, could still take about three to four years…

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CDO gets P2.2-M worth of distance learning equipment from US

Cagayan de Oro City’s alternative learning system (ALS) e-Skwela Center has received PHP2.2 million worth of distance learning equipment from the United States government, the US Embassy in Manila said Thursday. Included in the donation were 50 desktop computers, webcams, headphones, wireless routers, and other materials for distance learning in ALS. US Agency for International Development (USAID) Philippines Acting Mission Director Sean Callahan virtually turned over the equipment on December 15 to Department of Education (DepEd) ALS Assistant Secretary G.H. Ambat, who was joined by Cagayan de Oro City Mayor…

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PRRD reaffirms commitment to boost ties with Gulf countries

President Rodrigo Duterte has reaffirmed the Philippines’ commitment to further strengthen bilateral ties with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). According to the Office of the President, Duterte made this reaffirmation during the joint courtesy call of the ambassadors of the Sultanate of Oman, State of Qatar, State of Kuwait, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates at Malacañan Palace on Wednesday. In his speech, he thanked the GCC governments for their assistance to the Philippines’ pandemic response efforts and in the repatriation of Filipino nationals affected by…

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Public warned on fake DSWD FB page offering aid

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Davao Region (DSWD-11) is warning the public against individuals or groups behind the creation of a dubious DSWD Facebook page that supposedly offers financial aid to netizens. In an interview Thursday, Kristelle May Cagatin, DSWD-11 information officer, said they have received a report from a concerned citizen that a bogus FB page of their agency is circulating online, asking the public to register through a link for them to avail of PHP10,000 financial assistance. “We don’t have an idea of its creator…

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Journo hurt in Cebu ambush

A media personality was injured in a gun attack on Thursday while about to board a public transport after his radio program near the pier area here, police report said. Rico Osmeña, a correspondent of the Manila-based broadsheet Daily Tribune and radio commentator of DyLA, is now recuperating in a private hospital after being shot at by riding in tandem suspects on Urdaneta St. in the downtown area. Eyewitnesses said Osmeña was about to ride a passenger jeepney when motorcycle-riding men approached him and the back-rider shot him twice. The…

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Fil-Canadian wins in US reality show

A Canadian-based former communications manager made history as the first player of Filipino descent to win in the popular American reality show Survivor. Thirty-two-year-old Erika Casupanan became the “sole survivor” of the show’s 41st season after scoring a landslide victory as the votes of the final tribal council were revealed in the season finale, which was broadcast in the United States through CBS, on Thursday (Philippine Time). Casupanan, currently residing in Toronto, got seven of the eight votes from recently eliminated competitors who had been tasked as members of the…

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Solon urges DOH to suspend limit on dispensing meds for seniors

A lawmaker at the House of Representatives on Thursday urged the Department of Health to remove or suspend the limit in the dispensing of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs. In filing House Resolution 2420, Senior Citizens Party-list Rep. Rodolfo Ordanes said the limitation on dispensing prescriptive and OTC drugs to senior citizens has led to numerous complaints and has become untenable in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Ordanes was referring to the Department of Health Administrative Order No. 2010-0032, which states that any single dispensing of prescriptive drugs should not…

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Palace thanks Congress for speedy ratification of 2022 budget

Malacañang on Thursday thanked Congress for the “expeditious” ratification of the proposed PHP5.024 trillion national budget for 2022. This, after the House of Representatives and the Senate separately ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the 2022 General Appropriations Bill (GAB). “The Palace thanks Congress for working overtime to expeditiously ratify the proposed 2022 national budget,” Acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said in a statement. Nograles said the Palace considers next year’s budget “vital” to support the country’s Covid-19 resilience initiatives and to sustain socioeconomic recovery efforts. “We…

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’Odette’ forces postponement of VisMin Cup Finals

The onslaught of Typhoon Odette in the south has prompted the Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup to postpone Game 2 of the Mindanao Challenge finals between Kapatagan and Zamboanga Sibugay. Supposed to take place on Thursday night at the Pagadian City Gymnasium, the match was called off at the last minute after a power outage. Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1 has been raised in Pagadian City as of the 5 p.m. bulletin by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration. “Canceled ang Game 2 tonight because of Typhoon Odette.…

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Fed can do first-rate hike in May: economist

The US Federal Reserve could do its first interest rate increase as early as May, after signaling three hikes for next year, according to Ryan Sweet, an economist at Moody’s Analytics. After the Fed’s much-awaited two-day meeting concluded on Wednesday, the central bank removed the word “transitory” from describing inflation, saying it would end tapering sooner by doubling the pace of its asset purchases. It signaled three hikes for 2022 to tame record inflation. At a news conference afterward, Fed Chair Jerome Powell said the central bank could raise interest…

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Classes, work suspended in Dapitan due to ‘Odette’

Classes both in public and private schools as well as work in government and private offices in Dapitan City were suspended Thursday as a preemptive measure to protect the public from the onslaught of Typhoon Odette. Dapitan City and the entire province of Zamboanga del Norte are under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 2 based on Tropical Cyclone Bulletin No. 7 issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). “It is imperative to suspend classes of all levels, both public and private schools and work in government…

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Antique suspends classes, work due to ‘Odette’

Work at the provincial capitol and 17 local government units (LGUs), as well as classes in all levels in both public and private schools in Antique, were suspended from December 16 to 17 due to Typhoon Odette. Governor Rhodora Cadiao on Thursday ordered the suspension of work at the capitol except for offices in-charge of emergencies and response, which was also adopted by other municipalities except for Sebaste town, said Antique Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRRM) Officer Broderick Train during a virtual collaboration meeting with municipal DRRM officers…

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Nearly 4K Lapu-Lapu City villagers evacuate due to ‘Odette’

The city government of Lapu-Lapu on Thursday evacuated close to 4,000 individuals from 14 low-lying villages in the mainland and the island group, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) reported. Nagiel Bañacia, CDRRMO head, said in a statement that 3,987 individuals or about 1,102 families were transferred to public schools for safety as Typhoon Odette was approaching. These individuals were residents of Olango Island group’s villages, such as Sabang, San Vicente, Sta. Rosa, Talima Kandagsao, Tingo, Caw-oy, Caubian, Baring, and Tungasan, and Punta Engaño, Pajo, and Mactan…

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40 rookie cops take oath in Central Luzon

At least 40 police recruits on Thursday took their oath as new members of the Police Regional Office 3 (Central Luzon) in a simple ceremony held at the Makatao Activity Center of this camp. Brig. Gen. Matthew Baccay, PRO3 regional director, administered the oath-taking of the rookie police personnel following their presentation by Col. Joyce Patrick Sangalan, chief of the Regional Personnel and Records Management Division. Baccay told the young police personnel to always do what is right as their task entails adherence to the Philippine National Police philosophy of…

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2 civilians, 4 troopers hurt as NPA hits Surigao Sur evacuation

Two civilians and four government troopers were hurt when communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels attacked a preemptive evacuation conducted by government troops in Barangay Cancavan, Carmen, Surigao del Sur at around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday. Surigao del Sur Police Provincial Office (SDSPPO) Director, Col. Joseph Boquiren, told the Philippine News Agency Thursday that the two civilians and the four Army personnel are now in stable condition after medical treatment at the Madrid District Hospital. “The troopers of 36th Infantry Battalion (36IB) were part of the preemptive evacuation team dispatched in…

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SC junks ex-solon’s suit vs. COA on purchase of fertilizers

The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed a petition filed by a former Bohol lawmaker questioning the findings of the Commission on Audit (COA) that resulted in the disallowance of a transaction in 2010 for the purchase of PHP3.5 million worth of liquid fertilizers. In a resolution uploaded on the SC website on December 9, the court dismissed the petition filed by former Congressman Roberto C. Cajes who had questioned findings of the COA before the tribunal. Cajes, the former representative of the 2nd District of Bohol, had questioned the COA’s…

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SC affirms life term for drug pusher in Dumaguete

The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed the conviction of a man found guilty by a Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental court of selling shabu in a buy-bust operation in 2011. In a 12-page resolution uploaded on December 12, the SC’s Second Division affirmed the Court of Appeals, dismissed the appeal filed by Lourjen Tolentino, and sentenced him to life imprisonment and a fine of up to PHP900,000. “The Court finds that the prosecution was able to prove Lourjen’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt for both illegal sale and illegal possession of dangerous…

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Over 66K Ilocos residents join 1st day of nat’l vax drive

Some 66,393 residents of Ilocos Region have availed of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) jabs on the first day of the second leg of national vaccination day (NVD) on Wednesday. Based on the data released by the Department of Health Center for Health Development Ilocos Region (DOH-CHD-1) on Thursday, Pangasinan, including Dagupan City, inoculated 36,649; Ilocos Sur with 13,326; Ilocos Norte with 7,570; and La Union, 8,848. In a phone interview on Thursday, John Paul Aquino, member of the DOH-CHD-1 immunization coordinator, said the NVD 2 targets to reach 70…

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Raptors to reduce seating capacity by half as anti-Covid measure

The Toronto Raptors – the only Canada-based NBA franchise – said that they will reduce home-game seating capacity by 50 percent as part of the anti-coronavirus measures. “Capacities at Scotiabank Arena (Raptors’ home court) will be reduced to fifty per cent effective Saturday,” the Raptors said on Twitter on Wednesday. Earlier this week, the Ontario province, whose capital city is Toronto, announced new public health measures to curb the spread of the virus. The measures included a 50 percent capacity limit for all entertainment venues, including sports facilities. The Raptors…

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Angeles City administers Covid-19 booster shots to seniors

Senior citizens here started on Thursday to receive their booster shots against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. said the city government started giving booster shots to senior citizens under the “Sundo Bakuna sa Barangay” program as part of its continuing efforts to ensure population protection against Covid-19. “Tuloy-tuloy pa rin po tayo sa pagbabakuna para booster shots, ngayon po magsisimula na tayo sa mga lolo at lola (The administration of booster shots continues. Now, we will begin for the grandfathers and grandmothers),” Lazatin said in social media…

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Typhoon signals hoisted over Bicol provinces

Several Bicol provinces are now placed under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 2 as Typhoon Odette intensified as it moves toward the Viayas Region, the state weather bureau said Thursday. In its 11 a.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said “Odette” was last tracked 330 kilometers (km) east of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte. Under TCWS No. 2 are the southern portion of Albay (City of Tabaco, Malilipot, Rapu-Rapu, Bacacay, Sto. Domingo, Legazpi City, Manito, Camalig, Daraga, Jovellar, Guinobatan, Pio Duran, Ligao City, Oas),…

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PH needs to inoculate 12M individuals to hit yearend target: DOH

A health official on Wednesday said the government still needs to fully vaccinate 12 million individuals against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) to reach the yearend goal for its inoculation drive. “Our target is to reach 54 million fully vaccinated individuals. We have 42 million fully vaccinated so far, so we still have to fully vaccinate 12 million [people],” Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said during a televised public briefing. The second round of the “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” vaccination drive started on Wednesday and would end on Friday. However, the government postponed…

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UK records highest daily infections since start of pandemic

The UK on Wednesday recorded its highest daily number of Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. The daily case-count reached 78,610, beating the Jan. 8 record when the UK was in its third national lockdown. The substantial rise in cases has prompted a warning by UK’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty who has called for people to “prioritize what matters.” “I’m afraid we’re also seeing the inevitable increase in hospitalizations up by 10% nationally, week-on-week, and up by almost a third in London,” Whitty said, adding that cases…

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Zambo City marks increase in number of bus travelers

The number of travelers from and to this city has notably increased following the easing of restrictions since it was placed under Alert Level 2 effective December 1. Movement of persons under Alert Level 2 is allowed except for restrictions based on age and comorbidities, as may be determined by local government units. Rafael Derick Evangelista III, the local integrated bus terminal (IBT) administrator, said Thursday the number of passengers they serve increased to 800 outbound and 1,000 inbound passengers daily this month. He said the increase in the number…

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’Odette’ forces work suspension at NegOr Capitol

Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo on Thursday ordered the work stoppage at the Capitol beginning noon amid the threat of Typhoon Odette that has begun to bring heavy rains and strong winds in the province. In an advisory issued through the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) and posted on social media, Degamo said the suspension of work is “to prevent loss of life or bodily harm (and) ensuring the safety of all”. However, government offices/agencies whose functions involve law enforcement, response action to disasters and calamities, and/or…

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