AscendEX Lists the Marvelous NFT Token, MNFT

International, Jan. 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AscendEX is excited to announce the listing of the Marvelous NFT Token (MNFT) under the trading pair MNFT/USDT on AscendEX starting on January 14 at 5:30 p.m. UTC. Marvelous NFTs is a blockchain game development company and the official intellectual property licensee of Bad Days, a decentralized strategy […]

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AscendEX Lists Battle of Guardians Token, BGS

International, Jan. 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AscendEX is thrilled to announce the listing of the Battle of Guardians Share Token (BGS) under the trading pair BGS/USDT starting on January 14th at 2 p.m. UTC. Battle of Guardians (BOG) is a real-time, multiplayer NFT fighting game that allows players to utilize their NFT assets as […]

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Amlan International to Present New Research During International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE)

Oral abstract presentations will center on new natural feed additive solutions to support optimal intestinal health and microbial balance in poultry. Two Amlan-sponsored TECHTalks presentations by leading industry researchers will focus on the impact of intestinal microbiota, applications of a Mycotoxin Risk algorithm, and opportunities to improve intestinal health. IPPE attendees will be able to […]

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Petróleos Internacionales del Caribe and SeaOne Holdings Announce Agreement for CGL Technology Licensing MOU

HOUSTON, Jan. 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Petróleos Internacionales del Caribe (“PIC”) and its operating division in Mexico Petróleos Internacionales del Caribe Inc., Surcusal México (“PICMEX”) and SeaOne Holdings, LLC (SeaOne™) jointly announced today their agreement to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) in principle granting PIC an exclusive license to commercialize SeaOne’s patented […]

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Petróleos Internacionales del Caribe and SeaOne Holdings to Nominate Shipbuilder for CGL Carriers

HOUSTON, Jan. 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Petróleos Internacionales del Caribe (“PIC”) and its operating division in Mexico Petróleos Internacionales del Caribe Inc., Sucursal Mexico (“PICMEX”) and SeaOne Holdings, LLC (SeaOne™) jointly announced today that following PIC’s pre-FEED studies for its projects in México, they will nominate the builder of their required Compressed Gas Liquids […]

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PH lifts entry ban on travelers from ‘red list’ nations

The Philippine government has lifted the entry ban on travelers coming from countries placed under the “red list” from January 16 to 31, Malacañang said Friday. “Pinapayagan na po ang inbound international travel ng lahat ng (galing) sa (We are now allowing the inbound international travel of all those coming from the) red list within the last 14 days prior to arrival to any port of the Philippines,” acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, said in a Palace briefing. The countries placed under the red list from January 16…

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Eastmincom, ‘good samaritans’ aid ‘Odette’ survivors

The Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) on Friday thanked all the “good samaritans” who channeled their donations through the military command to help the survivors of Typhoon Odette in various parts of Eastern Mindanao. Eastmincom said in a statement Friday, that through its disaster response-focused unit dubbed as Joint Task Force (JTF) Sambisig, more donations were poured in for the typhoon victims. LtGen. Greg Almerol, commander of the Eastmincom, thanked the various organizations, companies, and families for their generosity and compassion for the people who were struck by Typhoon Odette and…

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No provincial lockdown in Antique

There will be no provincial lockdown in Antique even if it has been reclassified into Alert Level 3 due to rising cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). “Governor Rhodora Cadiao is not in favor of implementing a provincial lockdown because of the economy,” said Antique Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) action officer Margie Gadian on Friday. Gadian made the statement after attending an executive meeting to clarify queries on possible lockdown since the province is now under Alert Level 3. She said the governor would like to strike a balance…

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Ex-NPA rebel yields to gov’t troops in Nueva Ecija

A former Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) rebel surrendered to government troops in Bongabon, Nueva Ecija on Friday. Lt. Col. Reandrew P. Rubio, commanding officer of the 91st Infantry “Sinagtala” Battalion, Philippine Army, said the surrender of Ronie Cortel was the result of the joint efforts of the Alpha Company of the 91IB, 7th Infantry Division; 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company (1PMFC) of Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office (NEPPO); other security forces and the local officials of the town’s Barangay Tugatog. Cortel, who operated under the remnants…

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Surigao Norte town gets additional food packs from DSWD

An additional augmentation of family food packs (FFPs) sent by the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Caraga (DSWD-13) arrived on Friday in the town of Sison, one of the areas affected by Typhoon Odette in Surigao del Norte. In a statement Friday, the local government unit (LGU) announced it has received the 2,000 food packs that will be distributed to seven of its barangays. “The supplementary FFPs will be dispensed in Barangays Biyabid, Lower Patag, Ima, Mabuhay, Tinogpahan, and San Pablo,” the Sison municipal government said. The LGU…

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PRO-9 turns over 863 loose firearms to RCSU-9 for safekeeping

The Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) has turned over Friday 863 loose firearms to the Regional Civil Security Unit-9 (RCSU-9) for safekeeping. Brig. Gen. Franco Simborio, PRO-9 director, led the turnover of the loose firearms around 10 a.m. to the RCSU-9 in Camp Gen. Eduardo Batalla here. Lt. Col. Garry Bahoy, RCSU-9 chief, received the loose firearms from Simborio in a simple ceremony. “These firearms are an accumulation from confiscation and surrender of firearms from communist rebels and other lawless elements and also a result of the OPLAN (Operation Plan) ‘Katok,’”…

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Iligan, 3 NorMin provinces placed under Alert Level 3

The City of Iligan and three other provinces in Northern Mindanao Region on Friday were placed by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) under Alert Level 3. Under IATF Resolution 157-A, Acting Spokesperson Karlo Alexei Nograles announced in the online briefer that the provinces of Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental, and Oriental will be placed on Alert Level 3 starting January 16 until January 31, 2022. Earlier, Nograles announced that this city will be placed on the same Alert Level 3 beginning January 14 up to the end of this month. Alert Level…

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PH Army aids in ‘Odette’ rehab efforts

The Philippine Army (PA) announced that its Cebu-based 53rd Engineer Brigade (53EBde) has deployed several units to help in the ongoing relief and rehabilitation efforts in communities in the Visayas battered by Typhoon Odette last month. “A total of 32 teams composed of 224 Army personnel from the brigade are currently deployed to assist in clearing, rehabilitation, and delivery and distribution of relief goods in Cebu City and nearby provinces, Bohol, Negros Occidental, Northern Samar, and Southern Leyte,” the PA said in a Facebook post on Thursday night. In line…

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Cebu City to celebrate Sinulog modestly amid Covid-19 surge

Mayor Michael Rama on Friday said the Sinulog fiesta on Sunday will be celebrated in a simplified manner as grandiose activities including parties and other events which may generate crowd amid the Alert Level 3 status here, are prohibited. In a presser, Rama said while the city is tightening its response measures laid out under a directive he issued on Thursday night, the celebration for the Fiesta Señor this year will only focus on the religious aspect amid the surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases. “Bisan pa man sa…

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PTFoMS lauds PNP designation of media security focal person

The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) hailed the decision of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Dionardo Carlos to designate Col. Roderick Augustus Alba as the focal person in the protection and security of all journalists and media workers during the national elections. Alba, the PNP Public Information Office (PIO) chief, will be assisted by his counterparts in regional offices nationwide. “Gen. Carlos’ clear understanding of the role of media to a peaceful national election is truly outstanding,” PTFoMS Executive Director, Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco, said in a…

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Clark imposes ‘no vax or Covid test, no entry’ rule

The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) will implement a “no vaccination card or no Covid-19 test, no entry” policy in this Freeport starting on Saturday, January 15. A memorandum issued by the CDC on Thursday said all workers, service providers, locators, and visitors in Clark will be required to show their vaccination and identification cards to be allowed entry in the freeport. The CDC said electronic copies of vaccination and identification cards will also be accepted. Meanwhile, unvaccinated individuals should present a negative antigen or reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)…

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PBA Govs Cup resumption on wait-and-see status

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) will decide on the resumption of the Governors’ Cup next month. Commissioner Willie Marcial said he would convene the league’s board of governors sometime in February to discuss matters. “Ang crucial, malalaman natin by February kung ano ang patutunguhan ng PBA. By February, malamang magpatawag uli ako ng isang board meeting para mapag-usapan kung saan tayo dadalhin ng pagkakataon ngayon (The crucial factor here is that by February, we will find out where the PBA is heading. By February, I will again call for a…

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Local airlines support ‘no vax, no ride’ policy

Local carriers Philippine Airlines (PAL) and AirAsia Philippines are supporting the government’s “no vaccination, no ride” policy that will take effect on January 17. AirAsia Philippines announced Friday it would abide by the order and continue to fly fully vaccinated travelers as well as unvaccinated ones who will travel for essential purposes. “AirAsia Philippines considers this initiative from the DOTr (Department of Transportation) as an effective tool to encourage every Filipino to take the shot, and get an added layer of protection against any emerging Covid-19 variant.” AirAsia Philippines chief…

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Over 1M now vaccinated in Zambo City

A total of 1,134,290 individuals have received the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine in this city since the start of the government’s vaccination program in March 2021. The City Health Office reported Friday that the city government aggressively pursues vaccination of eligible population belonging to different priority groups. Of the total, 526,092 individuals representing 75.72 percent of the total target eligible population of 694,696 have received their second dose of Covid-19 vaccines or are fully vaccinated. The fully vaccinated individuals belong to the following priority groups: workers in front-line health…

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NDRRMC to seek more shelter assistance for typhoon victims

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) will request the Office of the President (OP) to provide emergency shelter assistance (ESA) for families affected by Typhoon Odette. The council approved the recommendation during its emergency council meeting on Thursday. The NDRRMC’s Shelter Cluster, during the meeting, identified the provision of cash assistance and housing materials, and the setting up of transitional shelters as part of the government’s relief efforts. “This (shelter assistance) can be provided through the NDRRM Fund since this is subject for replenishment,” NDRRMC executive director…

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Baguio’s daily Covid-19 cases exceed 500

This city saw another single-day record in new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, with 529 infections logged on Thursday. Based on the latest Covid-19 bulletin of the Department of Health-Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) released on Thursday night, the figure already breached the local government’s highest estimated projection of 500 and the 411 new cases recorded on Sept. 19, 2021, during the height of the Delta variant surge. Thursday’s new infections are also higher than 374 new cases recorded in the city on Wednesday. This brought the city’s active case tally…

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Pasig joins cities restricting movement of unvaxxed

Just like its fellow cities in the National Capital Region, Pasig is restricting the movement of unvaccinated residents and will only allow them out when purchasing or accessing essential goods and services or going to work. In a social media post late Thursday, Mayor Vico Sotto said their local ordinance is compliant with the previously agreed memorandum of the Metro Manila Council, which recommends that unvaccinated persons stay home while Metro Manila is under Alert Level 3. “Sabi nga ng mga eksperto, lahat tayo ay ma-e-expose sa Omicron variant. Kaya…

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17 CIDG officers in March 2021 raid face murder raps

Murder charges have been slapped against 17 members of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) Region 4-A tagged in the deaths of couple Ariel and Ana Mariz Lemita-Evangelista while being served their warrants of arrest in Nasugbu, Batangas in March last year. Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Adrian Sugay said in a statement on Friday that the National Bureau of Investigation’s (NBI) filing was a result of months of evaluation by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) under the inter-agency committee formed under Administrative Order No. 35 (AO…

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PH logs record 37.2K new Covid-19 cases

The number of new Covid-19 infections reached 37,207 on Friday, setting another record high number of new cases in a single day. In its daily Covid-19 bulletin, the Department of Health (DOH) said the new cases brought active cases to 265,509. There were 9,027 new recoveries—higher than Thursday’s 4,694—bringing the country’s total recoveries to 2,811,188. Of these active cases, 252,502 were exhibiting mild symptoms, followed by the asymptomatic at 8,325, those with moderate symptoms at 2,913, those with severe symptoms at 1,469, and those in critical condition at 300. The…

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No general diocesan lockdown for now: Novaliches prelate

The Diocese of Novaliches has assured the faithful that there will be no general diocesan lockdown unless ordered by the government. In a statement Friday, Bishop Roberto Gaa said the temporary closure of churches will be the last resort if the situation requires it. “This inasmuch as not all parishes are not exactly situated similarly but rather and in fact differently situated, For instance, parishes along major streets or highways are different from those in subdivisions, and even then, parishes in subdivisions are not all the same in terms of…

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DOST-11 offers as much as P1-M for health-related proposals

The Regional Health Research and Development Consortium in Davao Region (RHRDC-XI) is looking for health-related research proposals that will receive funding from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). Up to PHP1 million funding per project proposal will be allocated for researchers from RHRDC-XI member institutions, like the Davao Medical School Foundation and the University of the Philippines Mindanao. Normally, about half of the average 10 to 15 proposals yearly get approval with a project cost that ranges from PHP500,000 to PHP1 million. “This is a small grant, and also…

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Bacolod City identifies 24 PUV routes under modernization plan

The city government here has identified 24 routes that will utilize 1,099 units under a new local route plan during the implementation of the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP). Mayor Evelio Leonardia said in a statement on Friday he turned over a copy of the Local Public Transportation Route Plan (LPTRP) to Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Martin Delgra III during the latter’s visit to the Bacolod City Government Center on Wednesday. “This route plan is a statement that Bacolod is indeed, progressing to greater heights.…

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Pandemic resets Bar exam anew to Feb. 4, 6

The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday rescheduled anew the Bar Examination due to the Covid-19 situation. Th exam will now be held on February 4 and 6, instead of the previous January 23 and 25, citing a high rate of infection among examinees and support personnel. The SC said 16.8 percent of the 8,546 Bar examinees who responded to an e-mail are either positive for Covid-19, living with someone positive for the virus, or under quarantine as a direct contact and are at risk of not being able to take…

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PH to allow entry of fully vaxxed foreigners starting Feb. 16

The Philippines will allow the entry of fully vaccinated foreigners starting February 16, Malacañang said Friday. In a Palace briefing, acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the new guidelines, which were approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), would require foreigners to present proof of full vaccination against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and to undergo additional protocols. “Beginning Feb. 16, 2022, proof of full vaccination shall be made a requirement for entry of all foreign nationals allowed to enter the…

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PNP Covid-19 bed occupancy rate reaches full capacity

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is working on adding more isolation facilities as the bed occupancy rate for coronavirus patients in Camp Crame has exceeded 100 percent. PNP deputy chief for administration, Lt. Gen. Joselito Vera Cruz said this can be attributed to the continued rising number of police being stricken with the virus. “Actually the problem now is on additional isolation facilities because of the daily volume of new cases,” he said in a radio interview on Friday. Camp Crame has nine isolation, quarantine, and treatment facilities, which carry…

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Tacloban restricts movements of unvaccinated persons

Alarmed by rising new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, the city government here has issued a directive limiting the movement of unvaccinated individuals. Under Executive Order No 2022-01-001 released on Thursday night, Mayor Alfred Romualdez said the movement of non-fully vaccinated persons will be “limited to accessing essential goods and services, of for work in permitted industries and offices in accordance with existing labor laws, rules, and regulations.” Business owners are asked to require customers or clients to present vaccination cards upon entry to establishments. The city government also restricts…

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PH hits initial target of 54M fully vaccinated Filipinos

The Philippines has administered 117,337,626 doses of coronavirus vaccines nationwide, with 54,423,286 Filipinos already with complete doses. On Friday, the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 marked another milestone in the national vaccination program as it hit the 70-percent target for population protection against the virus despite grappling with challenges such as calamities, sudden increase of Covid-19 cases, and the emergence of the Omicron coronavirus variant. The latest data from National Vaccination Operations Center also showed that 4,403,780 out of the total fully vaccinated individuals have received booster shots or…

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Active Covid-19 infections in Caraga climbs to 558

The active coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the Caraga Region have climbed to 558, following an additional 147 new cases as of Thursday night. In a report on Friday, the Department of Health – Caraga (DOH-13) said most of the new cases were recorded in the province of Agusan del Sur with 59, Butuan City (39), and Surigao del Sur (25). Agusan del Sur and Butuan City are now under Alert Level 3 until January 31 based on the recent declaration made by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the…

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Alert Level 3 in NegOr starts Sunday

Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in Negros Oriental increased over the past days as the province gears up for the implementation of Alert Level 3 beginning Sunday, January 16. Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion, in a virtual presser Friday afternoon, said the number of active cases more than doubled in just four days. For January 11-14, the province logged 147 new cases as opposed to only 63 infections on January 10, she said. Two new deaths were also reported – one from Bindoy and the other from Tanjay…

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Bacolod maintains curfew, liquor ban hours under Alert Level 3

The City of Bacolod has maintained the curfew and liquor ban hours imposed during Alert Level 2, after its status has been lifted to Alert Level 3 starting Friday, following an increase in local cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the past week. Mayor Evelio Leonardia said the city government “always cooperates with the alert level status prescribed for it from time to time” by the national Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). In Executive Order (EO) 2, series of 2022, Leonardia said Bacolod…

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Granular lockdown up in 3 Iloilo City villages

The city government has imposed a granular lockdown on selected areas in three barangays here for having at least two cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). “According to the reverse transcription – polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results from Jan. 12, 2022 until Jan. 14, 2022, there are three barangays/areas with at least two and continuously increasing number of confirmed positive Covid-19 cases,” Mayor Jerry P. Treñas said in Executive Order 007 that he signed on Friday. The order noted that one boarding house in Barangay Baybay Tanza, and…

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No foot procession, only mobile convoy for Sto. Niño in Cebu City

Amid the ongoing threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and its Omicron variant, the Augustinian Friars will forego, for the second time, the traditional solemn foot procession of the Holy Image of the Sto. Niño on Saturday and instead hold a grand mobile procession. The procession of the image of the Holy Child will start at the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño and proceed to Cebu City, Talisay City, Mandaue City, Lapulapu City, and Cordova, traversing the 8.5-km. Cebu–Cordova Link Expressway. In an advisory on Friday, the friars in…

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205 negative, 23 positive in railways’ latest antigen testing

A total of 23 patrons of three rail lines in the National Capital Region tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on Friday through the free antigen testing for random and volunteering passengers. In a Facebook post, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) reported that the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2), Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3), and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) administered 228 tests, with 205 yielding negative results. “Passengers who test positive in the aforesaid testing shall not be permitted to ride the trains,” the DOTr…

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DOJ files rape charges vs. NPA leader

Prosecutors lodged multiple rape charges against a New People’s Army (NPA) rebel who was accused of sexually abusing a former comrade when she was just a teenager. In a statement Friday, Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary and spokesperson Emmeline Villar said that upon the findings of probable cause, two counts of rape were filed against Rey Dela Peña (a.k.a. Reynaldo Santos). The DOJ said the incidents happened on April 2016 in Barangay Mangayang, Dupax Del Sur, Nueva Vizcaya and on June 2016 in Barangay Minuli, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija against “Ka…

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Australia revokes top seed Djokovic’s visa for 2nd time

In the latest twist in the row over Novak Djokovic’s Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) status, Australian authorities on Friday revoked the Serbian tennis superstar’s visa for a second time. “Today I exercised my power under section 133C(3) of the Migration Act to cancel the visa held by Mr. Novak Djokovic on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so,” Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said in a statement. “This decision followed orders by the Federal Circuit and Family Court on 10…

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NCR stays under Alert Level 3 till Jan. 31

The National Capital Region (NCR) will remain under Alert Level 3 until the end of January amid the rise in coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases, Malacañang said Friday. Acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles announced this decision made by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) in a Palace briefing. The Metro Manila Council (MMC) earlier decided to retain the Alert Level 3 status for NCR, citing enough restrictions in place and only a slight increase in the region’s healthcare utilization rate (HCUR) despite…

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Inventory of unvaxxed lawful: DILG

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Friday slammed leftist lawmaker France Castro of the Makabayan Bloc for calling the Department’s directive urging all barangays in the country to prepare an inventory of unvaccinated individuals as a “witch-hunt” even as it assured the Commission on Human Rights that the program will never violate the individual’s right to privacy. “To call the President’s directive as well as the ordinances passed by the LGUs as a witch-hunt is completely irresponsible and uncalled for. We are facing an unprecedented global…

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Bulacan implements 14-day academic health break

Classes in public elementary and high schools and other academic activities in this province were temporarily suspended amid the increasing number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases. A division memorandum issued by the Department of Education (DepEd) Region 3 (Central Luzon), Schools Division of Bulacan and signed by Schools Division Superintendent Zenia G. Mostoles stated that the temporary suspension of elementary and high school classes in the province is from January 14-27. “The DepEd Regional Office 3 response granting the said academic health break request of school divisions due to…

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Laborer first gun ban violator in Nueva Ecija

A 57-year-old laborer was the first gun ban violator in Nueva Ecija after he yielded an unlicensed pistol at a checkpoint in Barangay Poblacion East here at about 7:45 p.m. Thursday. In a police report on Friday, Staff Sgt. Mark Anthony Bernabe identified the suspect as Percival Miranda of the said village. Bernabe said authorities were at a checkpoint in connection with the gun ban imposed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) when the suspect passed by, riding a motorcycle. When flagged down, authorities found a .45-caliber pistol in Miranda’s…

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Cops eye Al-Khobar extortion gang in Mindanao bus bombing

Police authorities are hunting down a local terrorist group believed to be behind the bombing here of a Mindanao Star Bus (MSB) that left one child dead and six others wounded. Lt. Colonel Bernard Tayong, North Cotabato police spokesperson, said police probers and the Special Investigation Task Force (STIG) are zeroing in on the “Al-Khobar” extortion gang, which is said to be behind the January 11 bus bombing in Barangay San Mateo of this town. Tayong, also deputy police provincial director, said there were pieces of evidence showing that the…

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Kidapawan police SWAT team gets new firearms, equipment

The Police Regional Office – Soccsksargen (PRO-12), together with the city government, handed over here Friday new firearms and equipment to the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team of the local police force. Brig. Gen. Alexander Tagum, the PRO-12 director, said Mayor Joseph Evangelista led the simple turnover ceremony at the Kidapawan police headquarters of 12 Galil Ace assault rifles from PRO-12; and also 12 tactical vests, 12 Kevlar helmets, 20 handheld radios, and two Meprolight night sights from the local government unit. Evangelista, in his message, lauded the leadership…

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OWWA-12 opens application for 2 scholarship programs

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in Soccsksargen (OWWA-12) is urging qualified dependents of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) to avail of their scholarship programs. In a statement Friday, Marilou Sumalinog, the OWWA-12 director, said they are now accepting applications for Education For Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) and Congressional Migrant Workers Scholarship Program (CMWSP). “We highly encourage our beloved OFW beneficiaries to avail of these scholarship programs because it will be of great help financially to the encumbrances of your OFW family member especially now that we were confronted by the coronavirus…

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Antique’s upland farmers start planting high-value crops

High-value crops (HVC) have been planted in seven greenhouses in Barangay Aningalan, in the municipality of San Remigio this province. In an interview Friday, Office of Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) chief Nicolasito Calawag said the 10 farmers hired to maintain the seven greenhouses worth PHP19 million started planting various HVC such as lettuce, cabbage, and cut flowers. “We already started planting so that we could have harvest in the coming days,” he said. Calawag added that the project is yet to be inaugurated because it was only completed before the holiday…

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DSWD drafting intervention programs for child marriage victims

Victims of arranged child marriages and their children will be included in the intervention programs under Republic Act 11596 or An Act Prohibiting the Practice of Child Marriage, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said on Friday. As the lead agency mandated to draft the implementing rules and regulations (IRR), the DSWD said it would make sure child marriage victims would receive the necessary protection. “(The) DSWD will focus on creating appropriate programs that will address the prevalence of child marriage and interventions for the victims of arranged…

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