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WATCH: “Lingap Stories,” NET25’s newest program – inspiring hope amid troubled times

    The latest program of NET25 — “Lingap Stories” — which premiered this Saturday, June 12, 2021, at 5 p.m., showed stories of hope as help is extended to those in need. The program which airs every weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, shows how genuine concern and love for one’s fellowmen, especially in times of crisis and calamities, can make all the difference. The premiere episode tells the stories of the lives that have […]

Moderna seeks US authorization for Covid vaccine in teens

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — American biotech company Moderna said Thursday it was asking the US Foods and Drug Administration for an emergency use authorization for its Covid-19 vaccine to be given to adolescents. The move was widely expected after the company announced in May-early results from a trial of 3,700 12-to-17-year-olds that found the two-dose regimen was safe and highly effective. On Monday, Moderna made similar requests to the European and Canadian regulators. “We […]

Facebook working on smartwatch

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Facebook on Wednesday confirmed it is working on a smartwatch that might one day connect with augmented reality glasses being developed by the leading social network. Facebook Reality Labs is investing in ways to make AR glasses more useful, unit head Andrew “Boz” Bosworth said in a tweet responding to a Verge report that the social network is aiming to unveil a smartwatch next year. Smartwatch features will include […]

Russia’s Ambassador Pavlov, PHL envoy Sorreta laud opening of NEU Russian Studies Center

Note importance of efforts to promote bilateral cooperation on culture and humanitarian spheres between Russia and the PHL   (Eagle News) — The New Era University School of International Relations has officially opened the Russian Studies Center which is seen to further strengthen cultural and educational ties between the Philippines and Russia. The Russian Studies Center aims to foster a better understanding of Russia from its geography and history to language and culture, science and […]

Sinovac’s CoronaVac reduces mortality by 97 percent: Uruguay study

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AFP) — The CoronaVac vaccine reduces coronavirus mortality by 97 percent, according to early results of the immunization campaign in Uruguay, which relies heavily on the Chinese jab. In people who had received two doses, it reduced infection with the coronavirus by 57 percent and intensive care admissions by 95 percent, said a report by the health ministry of the South American nation. Compared to other vaccines in use, there have been few […]

Indonesian women take on plastic waste brick by brick

by Agnes ANYA JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — Alarmed by the mountains of plastic waste leaching into Indonesia’s waters, two best friends are taking on the environmental menace by turning crisp bags and shampoo packets into paving bricks. Ovy Sabrina and Novita Tan launched Rebricks after their country drew headlines as the second-biggest producer of marine waste in the world, behind China. Indonesia has pledged to reduce plastic waste by some 75 percent over the next […]

US approves first new Alzheimer’s drug in almost two decades

by Issam AHMED WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The United States on Monday approved a drug called Aduhelm to treat patients with Alzheimer’s, the first new medicine against the disease in almost two decades and the first to address cognitive decline linked to the condition. The decision was highly anticipated but also contentious, because an independent expert panel convened by the regulatory Food and Drug Administration last November found insufficient evidence of Aduhelm’s benefit and […]

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to take first Blue Origin flight into space

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced Monday he will fly into space next month on the first human flight launched by his Blue Origin rocket firm. “Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space. On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother,” Bezos said on his Instagram account. Blue Origin said Bezos and his brother Mark will travel on the first crewed flight […]

New oral experimental drug Tempol identified as potential treatment for COVID-19

Compound targets essential viral enzyme and prevents replication in cells.     The experimental drug TEMPOL may be a promising oral antiviral treatment for COVID-19, suggests a study of cell cultures by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. TEMPOL can limit SARS-CoV-2 infection by impairing the activity of a viral enzyme called RNA replicase. The work was led by researchers at NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). […]

Drought-hit California scales up plan to truck salmon to ocean

by Laurent BANGUET OROVILLE, United States (AFP) — With chronic drought drying up rivers earlier than usual this year, California is scaling up a drastic operation to help its famous Chinook salmon reach the Pacific — transporting the fry by road in dozens of large tanker trucks. The tasty migratory fish are typically born in rivers, swim to the ocean where they reach maturity and can remain for several years, before returning to their native […]

Philippine teen Saso edges Hataoka in playoff to win US Women’s Open

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Philippine teenager Yuka Saso birdied the third playoff hole to beat Japan’s Nasa Hataoka and win the US Women’s Open at Olympic Club on Sunday. Saso, 19, shook off two early double bogeys, coming back with late birdies at 16 and 17 in a two-over 73 to thrust herself into a playoff with a four-under total of 280 for 72 holes. As overnight leader Lexi Thompson faded, Hataoka carded […]

UK competition watchdog probes Facebook use of ad data

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Britain’s competition watchdog said Friday it has opened an investigation into Facebook’s use of advertiser data s the EU announced a similar probe into the social media giant. “We intend to thoroughly investigate Facebook’s use of data to assess whether its business practices are giving it an unfair advantage in the online dating and classified ad sectors,” Andrea Coscelli, head of the Competition and Markets Authority, said in a statement. […]