The Vault Quintuples Down on the Growing Potential of the Online Auto Market in 2021

JACKSON, Miss., Dec. 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Vault is one of Sonicbidder.com’s most frequent consignors. In the past year, the duo have teamed up for five auctions. Together, the two have made several millions in asset conversions, setting the tone for the bold and relatively new landscape of online-only automotive auctions. When Sonicbidder.com announced plans […]

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CNH Industrial announces publication of combined financial figures for both Off-Highway and On-Highwaybusinesses

ADVERTISEMENT. This announcement is an advertisement for the purposes of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129, as amended (the “Prospectus Regulation”) relating to the intention of Iveco Group N.V. (“Iveco Group”) to proceed with the Admission (as defined below). This announcement does not constitute or form part of a prospectus within the meaning of the Prospectus Regulation and […]

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Partial restoration of Cebu power expected within a week

Power stakeholders in Cebu assured they will restore power supply within a week in some parts of the province, which is under a state of calamity, following the onslaught of Typhoon Odette. Representatives from the Visayan Electric Co. (VECO), Cebu Electric Cooperative (CEBECO), and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) met with Governor Gwendolyn Garcia on Saturday afternoon. VECO president and chief operating officer Raul Lucero said they are “working closely” with the NGCP, which is awaiting supply from Leyte island to initially power up some areas in…

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2 Antique towns still without power

Two towns in Antique will have to wait for a week before power can be restored after Typhoon Odette caused a total blackout in the province from the evening of Dec. 16 until the late afternoon of the following day. “Our ANTECO technicians were only able to restore the power in San Jose de Buenavista and the rest of the municipalities except in Anini-y and Tobias Fornier, Friday afternoon,” said Ruth Ann Fadrigo, Antique Electric Cooperative (ANTECO) information officer, on Saturday. Antique has 18 municipalities. Fadrigo said residents of Anini-y…

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More Pinoys urged to avail of BP2 assistance

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go urged more Filipinos living in Metro Manila to avail of the “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa” (BP2) program. Go said since pandemic-induced lockdowns were imposed last year, more Filipinos turned to the BP2 program in hopes of having a fresh start in the provinces. “Nung panahon ng lockdown, napakadaming kababayan natin ang naipit sa Maynila. Kawawang-kawawa po, minsan nasa bangketa na lamang po, yung ibang construction worker, hindi nakakauwi (During the lockdown, many of our countrymen were stuck in Manila. It’s pity to see them on…

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Reservists boost Sulu community defense vs. ASG

The Armed Forces of the Philippines continues to reinforce its community-based security forces against the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Sulu province. The latest addition is a group composed of 300 Tausug tribe members who completed a 45-day Basic Citizen Military Training (BCMT) by the 906th Community Defense Center of the Army Reserve Command. The graduates of BCMT Class 02-2021 include the youth sector, militiamen, and other individuals coming from various fields such as education, engineering, and local governance. “Although this batch is composed of reserve privates, its diverse demographic…

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5 BIFF bomb-makers, 7 others surrender in Maguindanao

A dozen members of the lawless Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), five of them bomb-makers, surrendered to the military in Ampatuan, Maguindanao on Saturday. Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, the Philippine Army’s 6th Infantry Division commander and concurrent chief of Joint Task Force Central (JFTC), said the surrenderers handed over 10 assorted firearms, including a .50-caliber machine gun, to the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade (MBde) with the help of local officials. “The military’s campaign to win the hearts of Moro extremists and make them live normal lives is continuously gaining headway…

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Qatar seeks deeper political, economic ties with PH

Qatar is seeking to strengthen its political and economic ties with the Philippine government, Qatari Ambassador to Manila Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Malki said Saturday. “This year 2021, marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the State of Qatar and the Republic of the Philippines. The State of Qatar gives great importance to its bilateral relations with the Philippines and seeks to deepen its strategic partnership in the field of politics and economy,” he said in his message on the 143rd Qatar National Day. Al-Malki noted that…

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Foreign gov’ts ready to aid ‘Odette’-hit areas

The United Kingdom, China, Canada, and the European Union (EU) have expressed their readiness to assist the country following the devastation left by Typhoon Odette in several provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao. UK Ambassador to the Philippines Laure Beaufils said Friday night their embassy is closely monitoring the situation and “stands ready to assist.” “The United Kingdom stands in solidarity with all those affected by Typhoon Odette in the Philippines and we extend our deepest condolences in particular to those who have lost loved ones,” she said. Chinese Ambassador…

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PhilSys-Davao de Oro open to walk-ins, 5 yrs. old and up

The ongoing Philippine Identification (PhilID) or national ID registration in Nabunturan, Davao de Oro is open to walk-ins and applicants five years old and above. The registration site is at the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) – Davao de Oro office and is open Mondays to Saturdays. “Our registration is open to all who have not yet registered for the national ID. It is open for those who have yet to register for Step 1 or Step 2. Just bring the needed requirements like the original birth certificate,” the municipal government…

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NegOcc to declare state of calamity after ‘Odette’ onslaught

Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said on Saturday he is set to declare a state of calamity in the entire province, following the onslaught of Typhoon Odette that claimed the lives of at least eight Negrenses and displaced more than 93,000 others in the past two days. “We will be declaring a state of calamity for the whole province. This will be approved (by the Provincial Board) on Tuesday (December 21). What does this mean is, we can use the Quick Response Fund that the local government units can…

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Gov’t troops capture 3 NPA rebels in Zambo Norte

Government troops captured three New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, two of them wounded, following a clash Friday amid the onslaught of Typhoon Odette in Zamboanga del Norte. The three rebels were captured following a 10-minute firefight in Barangay Nazareth, Sergio Osmeña Sr. town, Lt. Col. Nolasco Coderos, 97th Infantry Battalion commander, said in a phone interview on Saturday. Coderos identified them as Antonia Morato, 57, a medic; Villamor Galleon, 64; and Rosalinda Saberon, 53, members of Guerilla Front Big Beautiful Country of the NPA’s Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee. They…

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Dinagat Islands ‘leveled to the ground’ by ‘Odette’: guv

Typhoon Odette has leveled Dinagat Islands to the ground and the damage to the landscape is “reminiscent, if not worse than, when Yolanda hit the province”, Governor Arlene “Kaka” Bag-ao said Friday night. “Dinagat Islands has been leveled to the ground by Super Typhoon Odette. We survived. We have yet to establish communication and access among the 7 municipalities to know the extent of the damage.” Bag-ao said in a communique. She said casualties left by “Odette” still need to be confirmed as there are no data yet from the…

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Comelec junks 1 nuisance petition vs. Marcos

One of the petitions to declare presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. a nuisance candidate has been denied, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced on Saturday. In a seven-page decision, the Comelec 2nd Division said petitioner Danilo Lihaylihay, who is also a presidential aspirant in the May 2022 polls, failed to present proof that Marcos could be considered a nuisance. The poll body said Marcos’ candidacy did not fall under any of the three broad categories of nuisance candidates: one who has filed a candidacy to throw the election process…

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Gov’t secures Covid vax in typhoon-hit areas

The government is working to ensure that the supply of vaccines against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in areas of the country struck by Typhoon Odette would not be adversely affected. “In spite of the typhoon in some parts of the country, we assure that they (vaccine supplies) are in safe and secure hands,” Dr. Ma. Paz Corrales of the National Task Force Against Covid-19 told newsmen Friday night during the arrival of 1,164,150 doses of the Pfizer vaccine procured by the government through the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Corrales…

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Food, medical aid, doctors airlifted to Siargao

The airlifting of food and medical supplies has begun to help the distressed residents of Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte, one of the areas devastated by Typhoon Odette. In his Facebook post on Saturday, Surigao del Norte 1st District Rep. Francisco Jose Matugas said an airplane carrying five tons of food, including medical supplies, and a team of doctors has left Manila heading for the island. “We expect a regular delivery of five tons of food per day through air transport,” Matugas added. He also confirmed that President Rodrigo…

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Active cases down to 9.9K; new recoveries at 523

The country’s active cases went down to 9,924 on Saturday as the Department of Health (DOH) logged 291 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients and 523 new recoveries. In its latest case bulletin, the DOH recorded 106 new fatalities, raising the death toll to 50,675. The new infections are lower than the 582 daily new cases reported on the previous day. OCTA Research fellow Dr. Guido David warned that the country might face a “serious surge of infections” if the Omicron variant enters the Philippines. But he noted that the…

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Booster dose ‘another layer’ of protection vs. Omicron: DOH

The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday said all vaccines and even the booster dose give significant protection against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), including the more transmissible Omicron variant. The statement came following a report that a small study in South Africa showed that some patients who previously received their booster dose still tested positive for the Omicron coronavirus variant. “Alam naman natin maraming developments sa disease at saka sa vaccine, pero it does not mean na wala ng proteksiyon ang ating bakuna even with the booster kasi napapangalagaan pa…

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4 killed, 7 missing in Agusan Sur landslide due to ‘Odette’

Four persons were reported dead while seven others are missing as a landslide hit one of the villages in Sibagat, Agusan del Sur at the height of the onslaught of Typhoon Odette Thursday. Rolando Buag, head of the town’s Emergency Operations Center, said in an interview Friday that a family, composed of 11 persons, was on its way to an evacuation center when hit by a landslide in Purok 3 in Barangay Kioya. “At the height of the heavy rains last Thursday, the family decided to proceed to an evacuation…

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Over 2M more jabbed amid ‘Odette’ onslaught

While Typhoon Odette forced the government to scale down its second massive vaccination drive, the country was still administered more than two million doses from December 15 to 17. Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said 2,369,216 Covid-19 vaccine doses have been given, at least 31 percent of the original seven million target, during the three-day second run of the National Vaccination Days or “Bayanihan, Bakunahan”. “Sa Central Visayas, walang naganap na bakunahan dahil (In Central Visayas, no massive vaccination drive happened because) they were greatly affected. At least 637 out of…

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Israel sponsors hospital-in-a-bike project

Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation or MASHAV and the Embassy of Israel in the Philippines have co-sponsored the “Hospital-in-a-Bike” Project of Makati Medical Center Foundation Inc. The project aims to save lives or prevent further injuries by giving urgent medical attention and intervention to remote areas across the Philippines. The PHP500,000 grant will be allocated for a basic Trauma Kit that will include medical supplies and equipment such as nasal tracheostomy tube, surgical tools, and portable oxygen. Specialized communications equipment will also be included. “Part of the embassy and…

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3K Central Luzon cops to ensure peace for holidays

About 3,000 policemen in Central Luzon have been deployed to beef up security in the region’s transport terminals and leisure areas where people are expected to gather for the holidays. Brig. Gen. Matthew Baccay, Police Regional Office (PRO) 3 (Central Luzon) director, said on Saturday he ordered all city and provincial police directors to continuously conduct police-focused operations and sustain the level of alertness and vigilance. The policemen have been deployed to man assistance desks in transport terminals, commercial establishments, and places of worship starting December 16. This is not…

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18 nat’l roads reopen, cleared of ‘Odette’ obstructions

At least 18 national roads have reopened while six roads remained impassable to all types of vehicles in four regions, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported on Saturday. The estimated partial cost of damage to national roads, bridges, and flood-control structures was placed at PHP213.9 million. In a statement, the DPWH said as of noontime Saturday, two roads in Region 7, one in Region 8, two in Region 10, and one in Region 13 are still closed due to fallen trees, electric poles, and debris, damaged spillways,…

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ICTSI continues investment in Manila flagship

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) continues to roll out improvements and upgrades at its flagship Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), including environmentally sustainable initiatives. The upgrades are designed not only to further ease transactions but more so to ensure stakeholder needs are addressed as well as to provide for added safety and security for all port stakeholders. ICTSI is fast-tracking the second phase development of MICT Berths 7 and 8, which will add full backup areas for the future Berths 9 and 10. It is likewise refurbishing Berths 1…

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Bringing PH’s regional taste in one place

The Philippines has been striving to position itself as a destination that does not only offer world-class beaches but also diverse and travel-worthy cuisine. Over the weekend, the Department of Tourism staged the hybrid KAIN NA! Food Festival in Tagaytay, which took guests on a tour of the Philippine islands by introducing various flavors from different regions as far as Caraga. Aptly themed “Traveling Flavors”, the food expo allowed Tagaytay foodies to get a taste of Tacloban City’s delectable version of suman latik, sagmani, and moron; the so-called “healthy crisps”…

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DTI pursues trade deal with UAE at Global Business Forum

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez proposed stronger trade and investment ties with the UAE as he joined the inaugural Global Business Forum (GBF) Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) hosted at Expo Dubai 2020. The forum is a signature event of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, aimed to provide a platform for dialogue among UAE, Asean, and other global businesses and governments. Held from December 8 to 9, GBF Asean was attended by other ministers from the UAE government and the Asean and featured…

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