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Oak trees take root in Iraqi Kurdistan to help climate

by Qassim Khidir Agence France-Presse ARBIL, Iraq (AFP) — Delband Rawanduzi spoke softly to her oak seedlings, as if willing them to grow fast and repopulate forests in Iraqi Kurdistan depleted by war, illegal logging and fires. Over the next five years, the 26-year-old aims to plant one million oaks — resilient trees that can endure both the cold of northern Iraq and the dry spells of one of the world’s hottest countries. Her plan […]

FDA says WHO listing for emergency use of Pfizer vaccine “very significant” for PHL

  (Eagle News) — The Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that the validation of the World Health Organization WHO) of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 for emergency use was “very significant” for a possible grant of emergency use authorization (EUA) in the country. FDA Director General Eric Domingo said that Pfizer submitted its application for EUA on December 23, and so far was the only vaccine maker which had applied for […]

DOH notes 85 percent drop in fireworks-related injuries amid COVID pandemic

  (Eagle News) — The Department of Health noted a drop of 85 percent in cases of firecracker-related injuries and accidents from December 21, 2020 to January 1, 2021, compared to the same period before the COVID-19 pandemic. There were only 50 fireworks-related injuries within this period, compared to the 340 cases for the same previous period. But one life was already claimed due to a stray bullet incident as the country welcomed the new […]

PHL adds 1,776 new COVID cases; total cases reach 465,724

But 92.4 percent or 430,490 listed as having already recovered (Eagle New) – Total COVID cases in the country reached 465,724, but majority of these, at 92.4 percent have already recovered, according to the latest data from the Department of Health on Thursday, Dec. 24. The additional cases reported on Thursday reached 1,776, which is way above the previous day’s (Dec. 23) additional cases of only 1,196. The areas with the highest number of new cases […]

PHL COVID-19 cases reach 422,915; recoveries rise to 386,955

(Eagle News) — COVID-19 cases in the country breached the 422,000 mark on Wednesday, Nov. 25, after the Department of Health reported 1202 additional cases. The DOH said of the 422,915 total cases, 27745 were active. Of these, 83.7 percent were mild, 8.2 percent asymptomatic, 5.1 percent critical, 2.7 percent, and 0.27 percent moderate. The areas with the most COVID-19 cases reported today were Davao City with 137, Quezon City with 68, Batangas with 59, […]

MIAA releases list of operational commercial flights for Friday, Nov. 20

(Eagle News)–The Manila International Airport Authority has released its list of operational commercial flights for Friday, Nov. 20: MIAA said flight schedules may be subject to changes. Earlier, MIAA urged passengers to get confirmation of their flights as only those with the confirmation will be allowed to enter the airport premises. The government has eased travel restrictions, with domestic flights allowed. Filipinos are allowed to go on non-essential outbound travel. Foreigners with select investor visas […]

Arsenal a winner with UN in signing Climate Action Framework

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Arsenal reinforced their commitment to tackling climate change by becoming the first Premier League club to sign up to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework on Monday. Arsenal join among others the International Olympic Committee, FIFA and English football’s governing body the Football Association in signing up to the initiative. It aims to bring together the global sports community with a commitment to align with the goals of the […]

DOTr: 277,047 OFWs have returned to respective provinces under gov’t’s Hatid-Tulong program

(Eagle News)–Over 200,000 Overseas Filipino Workers have returned to their respective provinces under the Hatid-Tulong program of the government. The Department of Transportation said the 277,047 OFWs were as of Oct. 29. Of these, 84538 were transported by land, and 13851 over air since May 25. Over 50,000, or 54458, were transported via sea since April 27. The DOTr said the  Hatid-Tulong program was a joint initiative of the agency, the Office of the President, […]

Typhoon “Quinta” makes landfall over Pola, Oriental Mindoro

(Eagle News)–Typhoon “Quinta” has made landfall over Pola, Oriental Mindoro. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said this was the typhoon’s fifth landing after Tabaco City, Albay; Malinao, Albay; San Andres, Quezon; and Torrijos,.Marinduque. PAGASA said under Signal no. 3 are the  southern portion of Quezon (Mulanay, San Francisco, Catanauan, General Luna, Macalelon, Pitogo, Unisan, Agdangan, Padre Burgos, Pagbilao, Lucena City, Sariaya, Candelaria, Tiaong, San Antonio, Dolores, Tayabas City), the southern portion of […]

PHIVOLCS: 3 rockfall events, faint crater glow monitored at Mayon but no magmatic eruption imminent

(Eagle News)–Three rockfall events were monitored at Mayon in 24 hours. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said also monitored at the volcano, which remains on alert level 1, were steam, sulfur dioxide emissions, and a faint crater glow. PHIVOLCS said the emission white steam-laden plumes that crept downslope was moderate. The sulfur dioxide emission was last measured at an average of 143 tons on  October 10. The faint crater glow from the summit, […]

Remdesivir has ‘little or no effect’ on Covid-19 mortality: WHO study

  GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — The antiviral drug remdesivir, considered one of the most promising Covid-19 treatments, turns out to do little to prevent deaths from the disease, according to a WHO-backed study. Remdesivir, which was part of the experimental cocktail given to US President Donald Trump when he caught the new coronavirus last month, was one of several reviewed in a large study of more than 11,000 people across 30 countries. The drug “appeared […]

COVID-19 cases in PHL reach 319,330 with addition of 2,674 cases

(Eagle News)–COVID-19 cases in the country reached 319,330 on Saturday, Oct. 3, after the Department of Health reported 2674 new cases. Of the 319,330 cases, 58606 were active. Of these, 87.1 percent were mild, 8.8 percent asymptomatic, 1.2 percent severe, and 2.8 percent critical. Metro Manila had the biggest share of the 2674 newly-reported cases, with 1046, followed by Cavite with 257, Rizal with 165, Batangas with 137, and Laguna with 121. Recoveries rose to […]