DFA: 370 Filipinos repatriated from Italy

(Eagle News)–Over 300 Filipinos from three cruise ships docked in Italy have arrived in the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday, March 28. According to the DFA, 248 Filipino crew members from MV Costa Luminosa from Milan, and  122 Filipinos from MV Grandiosa and MV Opera docked in Rome arrived as Italy grappled with a continued increase of coronavirus disease 2019 cases. The Filipinos arrived on board chartered planes by the Philippine […]

Senator Go says he will undergo self-quarantine

(Eagle News)–Senator Bong Go on Wednesday, March 25, announced he was going on self-quarantine after a congressman he was in a meeting with announced he tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019. “Wala naman po akong nararamdamang sintomas ng sakit. But since protocol requires that those who were directly exposed to persons positive for COVID-19 need to undergo self-quarantine, I am left with no choice but to comply,” he said. ACT-CIS party-list Rep. Eric Yap, […]

5,000-10,000 people ‘likely’ have COVID-19 in UK, says advisers as PM Johnson announces measures to stem spread

  LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP)– Britain on Thursday said up to 10,000 people in the UK could be infected with the novel coronavirus, as it announced new measures to slow the spread of the outbreak. Government chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance said there were 590 confirmed cases but it was “much more likely we’ve got somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 people infected”. Britain was on a trajectory of cases “about four weeks” behind Italy and […]

Macron warns over virus epidemic as death toll rises

PARIS, France (AFP) — France is inexorably heading towards a coronavirus epidemic, President Emmanuel Macron warned Thursday as the health ministry reported three more deaths from the disease, bringing the country’s toll to seven. “There is a moment when we all know that… an epidemic is inevitable,” Macron said. The country recorded 138 new virus cases in the biggest daily jump, bringing the total number nationwide to 423. In a sign of the growing concern […]

Alphabet’s Waymo raises $2.25 bn to rev up autonomous projects

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Waymo said Monday it had raised $2.25 billion in its first external funding round to help the former Google car unit accelerate its deployment of autonomous cars and trucks. Born in a Google lab devoted to big-vision new technology, Waymo became a subsidiary of Alphabet in 2016 — and has been one of the tech giant’s “other bets” that have been losing money in recent years. Leading the investment round […]

President Duterte meets with gov’t officials over ASF outbreak in some parts of PHL

(Eagle News)– President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, Feb. 25, met with government officials amid the outbreak of the African Swine fever in parts of the country. Pictures released by the Palace showed Duterte speaking to Agriculture Secretary William Dar and Interior Secretary Eduardo Año. The pictures also showed some local government officials. Last week, Duterte called on local government officials to strictly enforce the national zoning and movement plan crafted by the Department of Agriculture […]

Protesters occupy disputed German coal mine

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany (AFP) — Activists occupied Germany’s newest power plant on Sunday to protest against a law passed last week to end coal electricity generation, but which environmental groups argue is insufficient. Police said more than 100 protesters entered the site of the Datteln 4 coal-fired power plant in western Germany. The organizers, a protest group called Ende Gelaende (Game Over), put the number at 150. The group said in a statement that their […]

G20 funds fossil fuels $30 billon a year under the radar: analysis

  by Patrick GALEY Agence France-Presse   PARIS, France (AFP) — Rich nations are funneling cash through government-backed financial institutions to provide $30 billion to fossil fuel projects each year that “run counter to the Paris Agreement”, a new analysis showed Thursday. The export credit agencies (ECAs) of G20 countries currently provide more than 10 times more state-backed finance to oil, gas and coal projects abroad than they do to renewable energy schemes, the analysis said. […]

Palace: President Duterte supports total deployment ban to Kuwait

(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte supports a total deployment ban on Overseas Filipino Workers to Kuwait. This is according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, who issued a statement after the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency formally approved the ban recommended by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III over the death of OFW Jeanelyn Villavende. A National Bureau of Investigation autopsy of her remains showed she had been sexually abused. Panelo reiterated  the ban would remain until the memorandum […]

feral camel roaming the Australian wild

5,000 feral camels culled in drought-hit Australia

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) – Helicopter-borne marksmen killed more than 5,000 camels in a five-day cull of feral herds that were threatening indigenous communities in drought-stricken areas of southern Australia, officials said Tuesday. Aboriginal leaders in South Australia state said extremely large herds of the non-native camels had been driven towards rural communities by drought and extreme heat, threatening scarce food and drinking water, damaging infrastructure, and creating a dangerous hazard for drivers. The cull in […]

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Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon up 85 percent in 2019

BRASILIA, Brazil (AFP) – Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil soared 85 percent in 2019, compared with the previous year, official data showed Tuesday. The 9,166 square kilometers (3,539 square miles) cleared was the highest number in at least five years, according to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research. In 2018, the deforested area was 4,946 square kilometers. The sharp increase overlapped the first year in office of President Jair Bolsonaro, a climate […]

EU to lay out trillion-euro ‘Green Deal’

STRASBOURG, France (AFP) – Marine LAOUCHEZ Going green can be a costly business, as the EU’s executive body will make clear on Tuesday when it launches a one-trillion-euro plan to finance its goal of making the bloc carbon neutral by 2050. That figure represents a 10-year investment to be sourced from public funds and leveraged private sector money. It is part of Europe’s “Green Deal” — an ambitious rethinking of the economy, transport and energy […]