LifeBank Chain Announces Upcoming Gene and Cell Collaboration Platform With Disrupt Blockchain Technologies

LifeBank Chain (LBC) focuses on research and development in the field of genetics and cell science, with the purposes of furthering human longevity and expanding access to genetics and cell treatments through cutting-edge technologies. Gene and Cell Technology JERUSALEM, Dec. 31, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — GENE & CELL MEDICINE LTD located in Israel and Singapore […]

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Fight for Veterans 2022: A Two (2) Day Historical First Live Streaming Star Studded NFT Artwork Auction Event, Produced and Directed by Royster Productions, LLC

Live Auction, World Class Exhibition Boxing and musical performances in support of our heroes #FightForVeterans2022 LAS VEGAS, Dec. 31, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Royster Productions LLC will produce a historical first: a two (2) day live NFT auction in honor of U.S. veterans. The unique event will be live streaming Jan. 28-29, 2022. Royster Productions […]

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DOST agency develops power backup system

The Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) has developed a power backup system for use during outages. The system was developed as an alternative to uninterrupted power supply (UPS), according to Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato de la Peña in a taped report aired on New Year’s Eve. “It has simple yet sturdy design and is easy to operate and maintain. Locally available materials were used for fabrication,” he said. Further, it offers solution to large equipment needing continuous energy source without interruption. “Parameters such as current, temperature,…

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Zambo City New Year revelry peaceful amid firecracker violations

The Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) reported that the New Year’s Day revelry was generally peaceful here, though several violations of the firecracker ban have been noted. Col. Rexmel Reyes, ZCPO director, said they have not received a report of any untoward incident that took place in the city during the revelry. There are 11 police stations and two mobile force companies that are under the ZCPO. Reyes led the roving patrol together with the additional security forces from Regional Mobile Force Battalion-Zamboanga Peninsula, to assure the safety and security…

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SME interest in technology grows, so does barriers: WEF

The Covid-19 pandemic has increased the interest of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in digital technology, but numerous barriers prevent them from adopting technology needed to overcome pandemic-related challenges, according to a recent World Economic Forum (WEF) report. A new survey conducted by WEF found that despite increased awareness of the importance of digital technology, many SMEs admitted to either suspending their digitalization plans or having no plans at all to implement them due to financial stress. Only 23 percent of SMEs said the pandemic accelerated their digitalization goals,…

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PH welcomes 2022 with 11% less fireworks-related injuries

The Department of Health (DOH) reported a safer New Year celebration for Filipinos as there were only 85 fireworks-related injuries (FWRIs) as of 6 a.m. Saturday, 11 percent lower than the 2021 tally of 96. The tally is likewise 75 percent lower than the average 336 FWRIs in the last five years. “Ngunit ang mga bilang ng kaso ay maaaring tumaas sa mga susunod na araw dahil sa mga huling reports at consultations (But the number of cases may increase in the coming days due to late reports and consultations),”…

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PH Covid-19 tally posts 468 recoveries

The year 2022 opened with a total of 2,847,486 confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) after 3,617 new infections were recorded. Total recoveries are 97.6 percent of total infections or 2,778,567, with 468 added on Saturday. The Department of Health (DOH) Covid-19 bulletin indicated active cases rose to 17,374. Of the active cases, 11,603 are mild, 673 are asymptomatic, 339 are critical, 1,635 are severe, and 3,124 are moderate. “Of the 3,617 reported cases today (January 1), 3,607 occurred within the recent 14 days, December 19 to January…

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Omicron surge dark reminder of India’s harrowing virus wave

As cases of the coronavirus omicron variant surge at an alarming pace, fears of a new coronavirus wave in India are growing by the day. Omicron infections have nearly tripled in less than a week, a stark reminder of just how vulnerable the country of some 1.4 billion people, which was ravaged by one of the world’s worst Covid-19 outbreaks this year, remains to the virus. From 415 on Christmas, India’s nationwide total of omicron cases has jumped to 1,270, with the highest figure registered in the western state of…

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Impose basic health protocols in all transport sectors: DOTr

Amid the recent spike in Covid-19 cases, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) ordered the implementation of health protocols in all transport sectors. DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the safety of commuters is always paramount. “We must make sure that health protocols are strictly implemented in all public transport vehicles and in all transport facilities,” Tugade said in a news release on Saturday. Tugade’s call came two days before Metro Manila goes under Alert Level 3 from January 3 to 15. A total of 14 cases of the Omicron variant have…

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Zambo City, 1ID rollout vaccine booster doses

The City Health Office (CHO) announced on Saturday that it has started administering booster shots to medical front-liners and senior citizens under the priority groups A1 and A2 here. Dr. Dulce Amor Miravite, city health officer, said in a statement without stating numbers that the booster rollout in the city for these priority groups who have completed the primary vaccination series began this week. “The vaccine booster rollout for the rest of the population will follow later,” Miravite said. She added that it will be based on the guidelines from…

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Makati hotel vows ‘severe’ sanctions after protocol breach

The Makati City three-star hotel involved in a breach of Covid-19 quarantine protocol has admitted its fault and vowed it will be “dealt with severely” to avoid a repeat of the incident. In a statement on Saturday, Berjaya Makati Hotel, located along Makati Avenue in Barangay Poblacion that is known for multiple bars and hotels, said it failed to stop a returning Filipino from leaving its facility to attend a party at a nearby establishment on Dec. 23, 2021. The breach happened the day after Gwyneth Anne Chua checked in…

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Free surgery of cleft lip, palate set in Zambo City

A four-day free operation for children born with cleft lip and cleft palate is set to be held here next week, the City Health Office (CHO) announced. Dr. Dulce Amor Miravite, city health officer, said in a statement Saturday the free operation for cleft lip and cleft palate will be from January 4 to 8 at the Labuan Public Hospital in Barangay Labuan. “Doctors of Smile Train and Marikina St. Vincent General Hospital will visit Zamboanga City for a four-day operation of these patients (cleft lip and cleft palate),” Miravite…

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PSA-Davao conducts PhilSys sign-up at PPO-Tagum

A national identification registration was conducted at the Parole and Probation Office (PPO) in Tagum City a few days before 2021 ended. Employees, clients, and their families participated in the December 27 and 28 registration, organized by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) – Davao Regional Office and PPO Regional Director Benjamin Cutay and Community Resource Development team head Joyce Rendon. The PPO, under the Department of Justice, is mandated to “conserve and/or redeem convicted offenders and prisoners who are under the probation or parole system”. The institutional registration strategy aims…

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Postpone caravans until it’s safe again: UniTeam

The team of presidential and vice presidential aspirants, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte-Carpio, respectively, on Saturday urged supporters to postpone the scheduled caravans in Metro Manila amid concerns about a potential resurgence of Covid-19 cases due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant. In a statement, the BBM-Sara UniTeam said the planned unity caravan in Caloocan City on Sunday may be reset so as not to compromise the safety of the participants. “The safety of everyone is of paramount importance to us. That is why we are advising all…

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Public offices have until Jan. 6 to submit Citizen’s Charters

The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) reminded public offices nationwide to submit their Citizen’s Charters until January 6 as mandated by the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act. ARTA’s recent data showed 14 national government agencies (NGAs), 573 local government units (LGUs), 571 water districts, 27 government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), and 13 state universities and colleges (SUCs) have not submitted their Citizen’s Charters as of December 17. A Citizen’s Charter lists “pertinent information and services that government agencies provide”. The list of non-compliant government offices is…

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Peace process office changes name but retains healing mission

Filipinos can be assured that the pursuit of just and lasting peace will not stop with the renaming of the government’s peace body. This, after President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed an executive order (EO) reorganizing and renaming the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) to the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU). “Now as OPAPRU, we shall be maximizing the power of convergence so that we can effectively communicate the message of peace across the widest spectrum of society and rally…

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Meteor shower, massive Sun to greet stargazers in 2022

Stargazers will be able to witness the greatest activity of the Quadrantid meteor shower, as well as the New Year’s parade of planets and the largest Sun with the onset of 2022, head of the Department of Methodological Support of the Moscow Planetarium, astronomer Lyudmila Koshman, told TASS. The Quadrantid stream is going to reach its peak in the early hours of January 4. Scientists expect up to 120 meteors per hour, which is one or two shooting stars per minute. “In 2022, the conditions for observing meteors are favorable…

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Only God, prayers can grant peace: Manila archbishop

Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula urged the faithful to pray for peace, which he said can only come from God. In his homily during the New Year’s Eve mass of the Solemnity of Mary at the Manila Cathedral on Friday, the cardinal said prayer is the most fundamental act of peace-building. “Peace cannot be produced by mere human achievement,” he said. “We need God to offer us the peace that this world cannot give.” Advincula also said the Catholic Church is one with the victims of the coronavirus disease 2019…

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