Degreed Amplifies Innovation with New Chief Product Officer

PLEASANTON, Calif., Jan. 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Degreed, the workforce upskilling platform chosen by one in three Fortune 50 companies, today announced the appointment of Nag Chandrashekar, as Chief Product Officer. Chandrashekar joins Degreed at a crucial time for the company, following a period of significant growth of the Degreed Learning Experience Platform, including an internal opportunity […]

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Apollo and Athene Enter into Strategic Relationship with BNP Paribas to Launch Eliant Inventory Solutions

Innovative Platform, Eliant Inventory Solutions LP, to Address Critical Market Need for Working Capital Optimization and Supply Chain Resiliency Eliant Launches with $1.3 Billion in Signed or Awarded Inventory Programs NEW YORK, Jan. 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Apollo (NYSE: APO) and its subsidiary Athene today announce they have entered into a strategic relationship with […]

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Break-Through Ultra-Precision Machining Platform Enables Realization of Next Generation AR/VR/MR, Camera Module, and Electric Vehicle Optical Designs

This highly anticipated 250UPL MP ultra-precision machining platform release from Moore Nanotechnology Systems addresses the growing need for flawless machining of lens-mold tooling for the booming demand in AR/VR/MR, smart-phone cameras, and electric vehicle markets. This solution delivers previously unimaginable sub-nanometer surface finish results with near-perfect form. SWANZEY, N.H., Jan. 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — […]

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Colliers to invest in leading infrastructure investment firm

Basalt Infrastructure adds highly differentiated investment products to IM platform TORONTO and LONDON and NEW YORK, Jan. 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leading diversified professional services and investment management company, Colliers (NASDAQ and TSX: CIGI), announced today it has entered into an agreement to make a strategic investment in Basalt Infrastructure Partners LLP (“Basalt”), a […]

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แพลตฟอร์มเครื่องจักรความแม่นยำสูงพิเศษที่ล้ำยุคช่วยให้ AR/VR/MR รุ่นใหม่, โมดูลกล้อง และการออกแบบออปติคัลสำหรับรถยนต์ไฟฟ้าประสบความสำเร็จ

การเปิดตัวแพลตฟอร์มเครื่องจักรความแม่นยำสูงพิเศษ 250UPL MP ของ Moore Nanotechnology Systems ซึ่งได้รับการคาดหวังเป็นอย่างสูงนี้จะสามารถตอบสนองความต้องการที่เพิ่มขึ้นเรื่อย ๆ สำหรับเครื่องมือแม่พิมพ์เลนส์ที่สามารถทำงานได้อย่างไร้จุดบกพร่องซึ่งใช้สำหรับตลาด AR/VR/MR กล้องสมาร์ทโฟน และรถยนต์ไฟฟ้าที่มีความต้องการที่เพิ่มสูงขึ้นเรื่อย ๆ โซลูชันนี้ให้ผลลัพธ์การเคลือบผิวระดับซับนาโนเมตรสำหรับการขึ้นรูปที่เกือบจะสมบูรณ์แบบอย่างที่ไม่เคยคาดคิดมาก่อน สวอนซี รัฐนิวแฮมป์เชียร์, Jan. 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — วันนี้ Moore Nanotechnology Systems (“Nanotech”) ซึ่งเป็นบริษัทผู้จำหน่ายชั้นนำระดับโลกในด้านระบบเครื่องจักรความแม่นยำสูงพิเศษ ได้ประกาศเปิดตัวแพลตฟอร์มเครื่องจักรความแม่นยำสูงพิเศษรุ่นต่อไปของบริษัทซึ่งได้แก่ 250UPL MP โซลูชันนี้สามารถกำหนดค่า Single Point Diamond Turning (SPDT) ซึ่งเป็นแอปพลิเคชันการเจียรและการกัดโลหะในระดับซับนาโนเมตรทั้งหมด ผู้ผลิตเครื่องมือแม่พิมพ์แบบออปติคัลต้องการผิวเคลือบที่มีคุณภาพสูงขึ้นเพื่อให้ระบบออปติคัลสามารถทำงานได้อย่างถูกต้อง ซึ่งปัจจุบันระบบนี้มีการใช้งานอย่างแพร่หลายในสมาร์ทโฟน AR/VR/MR และยานยนต์ เครื่องจักรความแม่นยำสูงพิเศษรุ่นปัจจุบันที่ใช้งานในทุกวันนี้ทำงานอย่างเต็มศักยภาพสูงสุดแล้ว จึงจำเป็นต้องมีการออกแบบคลีนชีตเพื่อให้สามารถทำงานได้อย่างมีประสิทธิภาพเพิ่มขึ้นในระดับถัดไป และ 250UPL MP ของ Nanotech มีคุณสมบัติที่ตรงและดียิ่งกว่าข้อกำหนดเหล่านี้ Mark Boomgarden ประธานและประธานเจ้าหน้าที่บริหารของ Nanotech […]

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Philips delivers Q4 sales of EUR 4.9 billion and income from continuing operations of EUR 139 million; Adjusted EBITA margin amounts to 13.1%, operating cash flow is EUR 720 million; good demand drives mid-single-digit order intake growth

January 24, 2022 Fourth-quarter highlights Group sales amounted to EUR 4.9 billion, with a 10% comparable sales decline Comparable order intake increased 4%, driven by double-digit growth in the Diagnosis & Treatment businesses Income from continuing operations amounted to EUR 139 million and included an impact of EUR 220 million related to the addition to […]

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T-bill rates slip ahead of Fed meeting

National Treasurer Rosalia de Leon has attributed the decline across-the-board in the rates of Treasury bills (T-bills) on Monday partly to anticipations ahead of the Federal Reserve meeting this week. The average rate of the 91-day paper slipped to 0.693 percent, the 182-day to 1.077 percent; and the 364-day to 1.410 percent. These were at 0.875 percent for the three-month paper, 1.097 percent for the six-month paper, and 1.415 percent for the one-year paper during the auction last January 17. The Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) offered all tenors for…

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Covid-19 case growth rate drops in NCR, 3 nearby provinces

The number of Covid-19 cases in the National Capital Region continues to decrease, with a minus 42 percent growth rate as of last week. During a televised public briefing on Monday, Dr. Guido David, OCTA Research Group member, noted the decline was also observed in Bulacan, Cavite, and Rizal. “Iyong daily attack rate natin ay nasa 61 na lang per 100,000 so mukhang mataas pa rin iyan kaya sinasabi naman natin na high risk pa rin (Our daily rate is at 61 per 100,000 [individuals] so it still looks high,…

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Over 3K Legazpi City residents get jobs from DOLE

At least 3,258 displaced workers and underemployed residents of this city have become beneficiaries of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) since the program was started in 2019 by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). In an interview on Monday, Diosdado Rañeses, Legazpi City Public Employment Services Office (PESO) chief, said some PHP12 million has been downloaded by the DOLE to the city government of Legazpi used as salaries of the TUPAD beneficiaries. He said that in 2021, his office recorded 1,013 recipients of the program, most…

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Stocks index slips ahead of Fed meeting; peso ends sideways

The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) ended the week’s first trading day in the negative territory ahead of the Federal Reserve meeting while the peso kept its footing against the US dollar. The main stocks index shed 0.56 percent, or 40.88 points, to 7,252.64 points. All Shares went down by 0.57 percent, or 21.89 points, to 3,847.51 points. All the sectoral indexes also contracted during the day, led by the Financials after it slipped by 1.27 percent. It was trailed by the Mining and Oil which declined by 1.22 percent;…

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Fuel discount to ‘temper’ prices of farm, fishery products

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is set to implement the “Fuel Discount for Farmers and Fisherfolk Program,” as provided under the Special Provision No. 20 of the General Appropriations Act (GAA) for Fiscal Year 2022 or Republic Act (RA) 11639. “We sincerely thank President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the honorable members of the Senate and House of Representatives for approving and appropriating P500 million for the fuel subsidy program that will benefit millions of Filipino farmers, fishers, and consumers nationwide,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar said in a news release on…

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PH digital transactions to grow despite challenges: BSP chief

Digital transactions in the Philippines are expected to further increase as regulators and other stakeholders continue to strengthen the system and put additional safeguards to thwart financial transaction-related cyberattacks. While the central bank has received more complaints pertaining to online banking transactions compared to those related to the use of automated teller machines (ATMs) and on credit cards, among others, since the pandemic started in 2020, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno does “not consider the lack of public confidence as a major constraint to the use of…

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Bill reorganizing LandBank’s charter gets House final nod

The House of Representatives on Monday unanimously approved on third reading a measure providing for a new charter of the Land Bank of the Philippines. With 150 affirmative votes, zero negative vote, and no abstention, the chamber passed on final reading House Bill 10581, which revitalizes LandBank’s charter to operate as a government financial institution responsible for broad-based agricultural and rural development and accelerated financial inclusion. The bill mandates the LandBank to allocate 5 percent of its regular loan portfolio for socialized credit to qualified small farmers, fisherfolk, and agrarian…

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‘Odette’-hit farmers in Antique get agri loans

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has allotted 233 slots for farmers in Antique who were affected by Typhoon Odette under the Survival and Recovery (SURE) Aid Program. DA Antique Agricultural Program Coordinating Office (APCO) in-charge Sonie Guanco said that under DA’s Agricultural Credit and Policy Council (ACPC) SURE Aid loan, eligible farmers may borrow with zero interest. “Each farmer applicant may avail of a maximum amount of PHP10,000 loan payable within three years,” he said in an interview Monday. Guanco said the Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) of the municipalities in…

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P9.7-M smuggled cigarettes seized off Sulu

Operatives of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) have seized some PHP9.7 million worth of smuggled cigarettes off Sulade Island in Parang, Sulu province, a top NFWM official disclosed Monday. In a statement, Rear Adm. Toribio Adaci Jr., NFWM commander, said the smuggled cigarettes were intercepted and seized Saturday some 8.4 nautical miles northwest of Sulade Island of Parang municipality. Adaci said navy men aboard Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (BA489) were conducting maritime patrol while en route to Tawi-Tawi when they chanced upon the two “jungkong-type” watercraft – MB Fatima Shaina…

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BFAR exec says Western Visayas 114% fish sufficient

Western Visayas is 114 percent fish sufficient as per data of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), hence there is no possibility of experiencing any shortage, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Regional Director for Western Visayas Remia Aparri on Monday. Aparri said the region’s fish supply is sourced from the Visayan Sea, Panay Gulf, Guimaras Strait, and the Sulu Sea. “So far we haven’t experienced fish shortage in the region. We can provide for our needs because we are 114 percent sufficient,” she said in an interview. She said…

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NATO sends more ships, jets amid Russian ‘military build-up’

NATO allies are sending more ships and jets to “enhance deterrence and defense” in eastern Europe as Russia “continues its military build-up in and around Ukraine,” the organization announced on Monday. “NATO Allies are putting forces on standby and sending additional ships and fighter jets to NATO deployments in eastern Europe, reinforcing Allied deterrence and defense as Russia continues its military build-up in and around Ukraine,” the bloc said in a press statement. The allies include Spain, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, and the US. On Saturday, a Spanish warship with…

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‘No vax, no ride’ necessary to preserve safe travel: DOTr

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Monday reiterated that the “no vaccine, no ride” policy in public transportation is “legally valid” and necessary to help “maintain and preserve safe travel”. In response to a statement from the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) questioning its legality, the DOTr said it has the authority to issue such policies “under pertinent laws and regulations”. “Remember that the so-called right to ride needs to be balanced with our responsibility as transport regulator to maintain and preserve safe travel,” the DOTr said in a…

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Priority areas for public-private collab on PH recovery cited

The government and the private sector need to collaborate to help improve the prospects for economic recovery, increase productivity in the country, and respond to climate change, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said in a statement Monday. In his message during the recent inaugural meeting and induction ceremonies of the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua said the remaining months of his term will focus on pushing for these top three priorities. “The first is to continue our recovery from the Covid-19…

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No need for HR defenders bill, rights enshrined in Charter

There is no need for the enactment of House Bill 10576, also known as the Human Rights Defenders Protection Bill, as all the rights and freedoms cited in it are already included in the country’s Constitution. “All the rights and freedoms cited by the bill as needing protection are appropriately covered by our Constitution already and under specific laws. So are we saying here that these rights do not exist and therefore must be stressed in another law. Because from how we looked at it, and from how millions of…

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DOLE opens application for P5K cash aid to Ilocos workers

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is now accepting applications from displaced or retrenched workers in the private sector in the Ilocos Region for one-time financial assistance from the national government. In a phone interview on Monday, DOLE 1 (Ilocos) information officer Justin Paul Marbella said the financial aid worth PHP5,000 each is provided under the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) Adjustment Measures Program 3 (CAMP 3). “As of now, we do not have a specific target number of beneficiaries at the regional level but DOLE has allotted a total…

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Aklan biz group appeals for shortened curfew hours

Businesses in Aklan are pleading for the provincial government to shorten curfew hours to give them longer operating time which will help them sustain their livelihood amid the health crisis. A resolution was passed Monday by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Aklan chapter (PCCI-Aklan), whose membership covers the whole province, except for the island of Boracay in the town of Malay, urging the restoration of the curfew hours back to 11 p.m. until 4 a.m. the next day. With the surging cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in…

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Bill regulating cooperative banks hurdles House

The House of Representatives on Monday overwhelmingly approved a measure that provides for the registration, regulation, and operation of cooperative banks. During the plenary session, a total of 156 lawmakers voted to approve House Bill 9541, which provides for the establishment, management, and regulation of cooperative banks under the supervision of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas as primary regulator, conformably with the provisions of the General Banking Law of 2000. The bill seeks to expand the membership of cooperative banks by opening up the sector to foreign cooperatives, provided that…

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Turkish scientists begin testing drug to treat advanced cancer

Turkish scientists have begun the Phase 1 studies of a drug developed for patients with recurrent, metastatic, or advanced lung cancer. The Phase 1a study will involve 16 volunteers in total, and the researchers will determine the maximum tolerable dose for patients, while the Phase 1b study will focus on the medication’s efficacy and safety in 10 other patients. Rana Nomak Sanyal, a chemistry professor at Bogazici University, and her team have developed the medicine. Fevzi Altuntas, who is in charge of the Phase 1a research at Ankara Oncology Training…

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DepEd urges personnel, learners to participate in vax drive

The Department of Education (DepEd) has encouraged personnel and learners to participate in the national government’s vaccination drive which has expanded to the pediatric population. “Vaccination is one of the essential keys towards protecting our communities and our children against the threats of Covid-19. With additional protection for our stakeholders, we can further implement our safe-return-to-schools initiatives while helping our economy recover,” DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said. “Together with our teachers and learners, DepEd will continue to be a part of our government’s whole-of-nation approach against Covid-19.” The department has…

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NegOcc Capitol disinfected as guv, 21 workers contract Covid-19

Offices at the Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol in this city were closed for decontamination on Monday after Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and at least 21 employees tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the past week. Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer, who now sits as acting governor, said some 13 departments and offices, which comprise almost the entire Capitol, have confirmed Covid-19 cases. “We decided, together with Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz II, to close the Provincial Capitol for disinfection to stop or minimize the spread of the infection,” he said…

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56 health personnel in SoCot infected with Covid-19

The fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) of the provincial government of South Cotabato has reached the critical level following the surge in the number of infected health personnel and accumulation of patients at the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) ward of the provincial hospital, a top official here said Monday. Governor Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. said during the flag-raising ceremony at the provincial capitol that the virus has currently infected 56 provincial hospital personnel. “The infected personnel includes a doctor, nurses, and some hospital staff,” Tamayo said. As of Sunday, Tamayo…

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DOH logs over 35K recoveries, 25K new Covid-19 infections

The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday reported 35,461 recoveries and 24,938 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections. The latest Covid-19 bulletin indicated 262,997 active cases while total recoveries rose to 3,125,540, or 90.8 percent of 3,442,056 infections since the pandemic started in March 2020. Out of the active cases, 250,235 are mild, 3,010 are moderate, 7,944 are asymptomatic, 1,499 are severe, and 309 are critical. “Of the 24,938 reported cases today, 24,239 (97 percent) occurred within the recent 14 days — Jan. 11 to Jan. 24, 2022,” the DOH…

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Bacolod scraps RT-PCR test for travelers from W. Visayas, NegOr

The city has scrapped the negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result requirement for travelers from within Western Visayas and Negros Oriental effective Sunday afternoon. Mayor Evelio Leonardia, in a statement Monday, said the city government needs to balance the scale between public health and the socio-economic activities of its constituents that also involves travel and transport of essential goods to and from its territorial jurisdiction. “I have signed Executive Order (EO) 3 setting aside the requirement for a negative RT-PCR test result for travelers coming from local government…

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PNP daily Covid-19 cases down by 69% in 1 week

For the first time in more than a week, the number of daily coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the police force decreased to less than 200. In its latest Covid-19 bulletin on Monday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) recorded 169 new infections, a 69-percent drop from a peak of 548 new infections recorded on January 14. Despite Monday’s new cases, the number of active infections dropped to 3,016 from Sunday’s 3,151. Another 304 new recoveries, meanwhile, raised the total recovery tally to 44,192 out of a total of 47,334…

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CHR commendation shows cops uphold rights of accused: PNP

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Dionardo Carlos, on Monday thanked the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) for commending the Asingan town police’s handling of the case of the 80-year-old man who was arrested for allegedly stealing 10 kilograms of mangoes in Pangasinan. “The PNP thanks the CHR for seeing the bigger picture. I hope that this will ultimately correct the notion that our personnel was heartless in arresting the suspect,” Carlos said in a statement. On Sunday, CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia recognized the efforts of the police personnel…

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Carlos fetes performing cops in brief visit to W. Visayas

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos led the awarding of performing officers during his brief command visit to the Police Regional Office in Western Visayas (PRO-6) headquarters at Camp Martin Delgado in Iloilo City on Monday. “It was the first command visit of C/PNP to the Police Regional Office 6 after almost two months since he assumed his post. During the awarding ceremony he gave medals to selected PNP personnel,” said Lt. Col. Arnel Solis, PRO-6 spokesperson in a phone interview. The recipients of the Medalya ng Kagalingan…

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Northern Samar residents reminded of Alert Level 4 rules

The Northern Samar provincial government has reminded residents of the rules under Alert Level 4, with still a week of implementation due to rising Covid-19 cases. In an advisory issued Monday, the local government said that based on the guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, intrazonal and interzonal travel would be allowed subject to reasonable regulations of the destination. “Persons below 18 years of age, with comorbidities, over 65 years old and pregnant women must stay at home, except to obtain essential…

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MisOr poll bet tagged in doc slay surrenders in monastery

The alleged mastermind of the killing of a hospital chief in this city last month has voluntarily surrendered in a monastery, the police here said in a statement Monday. Richard Gepte, 51, of Balingoan, Misamis Oriental was met by joint units of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (COCPO) and Police Regional Office (PRO-10) in the compounds of the Carmelite Monastery in Barangay Camaman-an here. Maj. Evan Viñas, the COCPO spokesperson, said the suspect’s surrender took place on Sunday. Gepte, who is running for vice-mayor of his hometown, was…

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4 Chinese nabbed for illegal sale of antigen test kits in Manila

Authorities arrested four Chinese nationals involved in the illegal sale of rapid antigen test kits for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in Manila last week. In a statement Monday, Maj. Gen. Albert Ferro, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) chief, identified the suspects as Anna Chua, 24; Wen Ze Zhou, 27; Cai Hongyu, 52 and Bryant Ong, 42, who were arrested in an operation at a house along Gen. Solano St. in San Miguel, Manila last January 21. Seized from the suspects were 240 boxes of Clungene antigen rapid test kits…

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BSP eyes to finish probe into BDO cyberattack by month’s end

Monetary authorities aim to finish by the end of this month the investigation on cyber-hacking of several accounts with the Sy-led BDO Unibank Inc. (BDO). “In addition to that ongoing investigation, the BSP continues its cyber threat surveillance with the latest reports that cyber threat actors increasingly rely on social engineering to perpetrate their fraudulent activities,” Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno said in a virtual briefing on Monday. He said the central bank “continues to aggressively coordinate with law enforcement agencies to arrest and prosecute scammers and…

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US Embassy cancels visa interviews amid rising Covid-19 cases

The United States Embassy in Manila has canceled non-immigrant business and tourist visa interview appointments amid the rise in Covid-19 infections in the country and “significant worldwide challenges related to the pandemic.” In a statement on Monday, the US Embassy said applicants who have scheduled visa interviews through Feb. 18, 2022 may reschedule their cancelled visa interview “once routine business and tourism (B1/B2) visa services resume.” Their call center can be reached at (+632) 7792-8988 and (+632) 8548-8223, or through the online appointment system at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph. “There is no need…

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Bar examinees can save, view reviewer files on laptops

The Supreme Court (SC) will allow reviewer files in laptops and lunch break reviews under the revised rules for the Bar examinations next month. The SC said Monday examinees may keep reviewers in their laptops, which should be saved in folders and should not be downloaded from Cloud accounts. For the first time, examinees can use their own laptops and will use the Examplify test software. No other gadgets are allowed. “The handwritten examinations will still be allowed but only in very exceptional cases where it can be adequately proven…

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Don’t spread your beliefs, Duque tells anti-vaxxers

The national vaccination drive aims to protect the public from Covid-19 and creating hindrances against the pandemic response will not help any. On Monday, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III asked individuals or groups not to influence Filipinos against getting vaccinated. He cited the viral videos of those against the “no vaccination, no ride’’ policy, with most saying they cannot be forced to be inoculated because they do not believe the jabs will benefit them. “Huwag na po nating gawing hadlang ang kung anu-ano, para lang huwag maging tagumpay ang ating…

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EJ Obiena withdraws himself from mediation

Pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena announced on Monday that he is not anymore joining the mediation to be conducted by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) that would have resolved his issues with the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA). According to the world number six pole vaulter, he was “forced to officially withdraw” from the mediation process to be led by the PSC “due to the bad faith” of his mother national sports association. “It is a recipe for failure to enter into mediation when one party is…

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MisOcc guv shares Covid interventions while on self-quarantine

Misamis Occidental Governor Philip Tan has shared how he was coping inside his residence for self-quarantine after testing positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). On his Facebook page on Sunday, Tan listed 15 routines prescribed by his physician, which included taking paracetamol every four hours and drinking water most of the time to keep himself hydrated. “Then the doctor would advise taking vitamin C with zinc in the morning and afternoon; taking antibiotic once a day, and allergy medicine, with another one for colds,” he said in the vernacular. Tan…

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Dabawenyos told to be extra careful vs. Covid-19 surge

Mayor Sara Z. Duterte has reminded Dabawenyos anew to be ‘extra careful’ and to strictly follow the minimum public health standard (MPHS) as the city is currently experiencing a surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases. In a radio interview on Monday, she also urged the Dabawenyos to wear face masks anywhere they go. “When you go out make sure that you continue to wear your face masks anywhere. Do not be complacent even on the members of your households,” Duterte said. She pointed out that the transmission among households…

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Chinese nationals top immigration law violators in 2021

Majority of the 158 foreigners arrested for violating Philippine immigration laws last year are Chinese nationals, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported on Monday. Citing the latest data, Commissioner Jaime Morente said these foreigners were arrested in numerous operations conducted by members of the BI’s intelligence division nationwide. Out of this number, 86 are Chinese nationals, followed by Koreans at 37; Nigerians, 10; Indians, six; Americans, four; British, four; Japanese, three; Indonesians, two and one Dutch, German, Tunisian, Cambodian, Lebanese, and a Singaporean. “The pandemic has been a challenge for…

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PRO-11: Makabayan solon ‘liar’ over rape allegations vs. AFP, PNP

The claim of Gabriela Party-list Rep. Arlene Brosas about the police and military personnel having perpetrated high cases of rape and sexual violence is a big lie, the Police Regional Office in Davao Region (PRO-11) said. PRO-11 was reacting to Brosas earlier opposition to the proposal of vice presidential candidate Mayor Sara Z. Duterte to make military service mandatory for those who reach the age of 18. Brosas said military officials were given a free pass to rape and abuse women. PRO-11, in a statement MOnday, said accusing the Armed…

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Zambo City logs first dengue mortality for 2022

The city health office (CHO) has recorded the first mortality of dengue hemorrhagic fever for this year. Dr. Cathy Garcia, assistant city health officer, said in a statement Monday that the first dengue mortality was a seven-year-old boy from Barangay Bolong, east of this city. Garcia did not say when the child died except that he was among the 64 cases of dengue they have recorded from January 1 to 19. Garcia advised the parents to immediately seek medical consultation once their children manifest symptoms of dengue to avoid further…

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NegOcc provincial hospital suspends outpatient, vax services

The Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital (TLJPH) in Silay City, Negros Occidental suspended on Monday its regular services for outpatients and vaccination clients after more of its medical personnel were either exposed to or infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). In its advisory, the hospital management said admissions are now limited to extreme emergency cases only until further notice. “We regret to inform the public that due to the spike in numbers of TLJPH front-liners in quarantine due to Covid-19 exposure and infection, we are temporarily suspending regular services, including…

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NCR ‘ready’ to de-escalate to Alert Level 2: Duque

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Monday said the National Capital Region (NCR) is “ready” to de-escalate to Alert Level 2 should the government decide for a less restrictive level by February. In a televised public briefing, Duque described as “good” the NCR’s vaccination coverage, saying the government is confident that individuals would strictly observe the minimum public health standards. As of January 23, there are a total of 21,473,675 vaccine doses administered in the NCR, the highest among all regions, data from the National Covid-19 Vaccination Dashboard show. Since…

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Baguio logs high Covid-19 recovery rate

The city government here continues to record a big number of recoveries despite an ongoing surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases. Consolidation of daily statistics released by the city government showed that for seven days, from January 17-23, a total of 3,004 recoveries were logged along with 3,568 new Covid-19 cases. There were also 22 deaths reported. Aileen Refuerzo, city information office chief, on Monday said in a phone interview, “natutuwa tayo na marami ang gumagaling agad kahit nagpa-positive kasi karamihan ng taga Baguio nabakunahan na (we are happy…

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BRP Ang Pangulo provides medical aid to 926 more patients

The BRP Ang Pangulo (ACS-25), the presidential yacht converted into a floating hospital following the onslaught of Typhoon Odette in large parts of the Visayas and Mindanao last December, has extended medical aid to another 926 residents of Dinagat Islands in its latest mission last week. “BRP Ang Pangulo with her onboard medical team continues to provide medical services to the people of Dinagat Islands. The hospital ship treated 926 patients from the Municipality of Dinagat on 21 January 2022,” the BRP Ang Pangulo said in a post on its…

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MMDA, DOTR launch mobile vaccination drive at PITX

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), in partnership with the Department of Transportation (DOTr), formally launched the “We Vax as One: Mobile Vaccination Drive” at the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) on Monday to further ramp up the government’s vaccination efforts and inoculate unvaccinated residents as well as those who are due for booster shots. During the event, MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos said they are now identifying more locations in the National Capital Region in a bid to accommodate more people to get their Covid-19 vaccination doses and booster shots.…

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