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Day: November 19, 2022

Marcos, Macron eye agri, energy, defense cooperation

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. and French President Emmanuel Macron have renewed their intent to expand cooperation between the Philippines and France in the fields of agriculture, energy, and defense. The plan to elevate the two nations’ ties was pitched when Marcos and Macron held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 29th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday. “I’m very confident that it will be a strong partnership,” Marcos said after his bilateral meeting with Macron, as quoted by the Office of the Press Secretary in a news release on Saturday. “So these

Qatar vs. Ecuador to play opening match of FIFA World Cup 2022

The biggest tournament in football will kick off Sunday as host Qatar plays the opening match with Ecuador.   The opener of the 29-day tournament will start at 1600 GMT at the 60,000-capacity Al Bayt Stadium in the city of Al Khor, 35 km. north of Doha.   Ecuador’s national team has played in three FIFA tournaments.   Qatar is making its debut in the World Cup as the host country qualifies automatically.   While Ecuador will be expecting goals from their scorers Enner Valencia, Moises Caicedo, and Pervis Estupinan; Al-Sadd winger Akram Afif and Al-Duhail forward Almoez Ali will

N. Samar medical scholarship produces first board passer

The Northern Samar provincial government’s medical scholarship program has produced its first passer in the Physician Licensure Examination (PLE).   Dr. Ric Arthur Estuaria, a native of Allen town, is one of the province’s eight medical scholars when the program was launched in 2020.   He was among the 3,826 passers of the PLE administered by the Professional Regulation Commission in October.   The scholarship program aims to help Northern Samar produce more doctors who will serve the community by working in provincial-run hospitals.   He was studying at the Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Medical Foundation here when he was accepted

China pledges Bio-Circular-Green Economy as APEC summit kicks off

The 29th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Organization (APEC) Summit kicked off on Friday in Thailand, with leaders from member countries meeting in person for the first time in four years.   Leaders from member countries have already arrived in Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, for the summit, which is being held under the theme “Open, Connect, Balance.”   During the two-day summit, they are expected to discuss the region’s economic and climate challenges.   Thailand Prime Minister and APEC host Prayut Chan-o-cha said he wanted this week’s meeting to discuss how leaders can help in the transition to sustainable economic growth and development,

Online library to secure learning materials

As the country observes the Library and Information Services (LIS) Month this November, a senator has come up with the idea of putting up a Philippine Online Library to ensure that learning materials remain pandemic-proof.   Senator Sherwin Gatchalian proposed the creation of the online library under Senate Bill No. 477.   Under the measure, the Department of Education (DepEd) shall create a digital copy of all textbooks and reference books it deems necessary for public education.   The books shall be compiled in the Philippine Online Library, which shall be jointly managed by the DepEd and the Department of

Elon Musk begins Twitter poll on reinstating Trump’s account

Twitter owner Elon Musk launched a poll Friday on the social media company asking if former US president Donald Trump should be allowed back on the platform.   “Reinstate former President Trump,” Musk wrote in a post that garnered more than 4.4 million impressions at the time of publication.   More than 55 percent of users voted “yes,” while 44 percent said “no.”   Hours earlier, the American billionaire implied that he was mulling whether to reinstate Trump’s Twitter account.   “Trump decision has not yet been made,” tweeted Musk, as he announced three high-profile reinstatements of accounts that were

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