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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 […]

Australian ‘megablaze’ brought under control

by Andrew BEATTY Agence France-Presse SYDNEY, Australia  (AFP) — Exhausted firefighters said they had finally brought Australia’s largest “megablaze” under control Monday, as wet weather promised to deliver much-needed respite for countryside ravaged by bushfires. New South Wales firefighters said they finally had the upper hand in the fight against the vast Gospers Mountain fire on Sydney’s northwestern outskirts, which has been burning out of control for almost three months. Visiting the area on Monday, […]

Several Maynilad customers to experience water service interruption

(Eagle News)-Several Maynilad customers  in Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Manila will experience water service interruption. Maynilad said the following will have low pressure to none from 4 p.m. on Monday to 5 a.m. of Tuesday: Caloocan City: Barangays 12, 14, 20, 28, 31 and 35 Malabon City: Barangays Longos and 31, Caloocan City Navotas City: Barangays Bangkulasi, North Bay Boulevard, San Rafael, Caloocan City Barangays 124-127, 129-146, and 177 of Tondo, Manila Maynilad said the […]

Cancelled flights on Sunday, Jan. 12

(Eagle News)-Several flights on Sunday, Jan. 12, were cancelled due to bad weather. Below is a list: (M8) Skyjet M8 816/817 Manila-Basco-Manila (DG) Cebgo DG 6009/6010 Manila-Basco-Manila The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said it was monitoring a low pressure area off Surigao del Sur. The northeast monsoon is also affecting Luzon.

Thunderstorm advisory hoisted over parts of Mindanao

(Eagle News)-A thunderstorm advisory has been hoisted over parts of Mindanao. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said oderate to heavy rainshowers with lightning and strong winds are expected over Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga City, and Basilan. PAGASA said the conditions, which are due to thunderstorms, are expected to last for 1 to 2 hours. “All are advised to take precautionary measures against the impact associated with these […]

DFA condoles with Oman over death of leader

(Eagle News)-The Department of Foreign Affairs has condoled with Oman over the death of Sultan Qaboos bin Said. “The (DFA) expresses its deep condolences to the Government of the Sultanate of Oman on the demise of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said,” the DFA said. According to the DFA, Oman, “under the stable leadership of His Majesty, has been been a leading player in promoting peace and security in the Middle East.” It said it was  […]

Survivors tell of France’s ‘dirty war’ in Cameroon independence

by Reinnier KAZE Editor’s choice (AFP) –It was a “dirty war” waged by French colonial troops but it never made headlines and even today goes untold in school history books. The brutal conflict unfolded in Cameroon, which on January 1 marked its 60th anniversary of independence — the first of 17 African countries that became free from their colonial masters in 1960. Many decades on, those who witnessed the violence recall events that shaped countless […]

De Lima backs calls for live media coverage of Maguindanao massacre verdict

(Eagle News)–Senator Leila de Lima has backed some media organizations’ calls for a live coverage of the promulgation of the Ampatuan massacre case on Dec. 19. According to De Lima, who is facing drug-related charges, “as someone who is undergoing an undeserved trial that was initially shut off from the world to watch, I understand the importance of making public every single detail of the verdict of this case, which dragged on with the defense […]

Former SolCom chief named new PHL Army commanding general

(Eagle News) — The Philippine Army has a new commanding general. This was after President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay to the post vacated by Lt. General Macairog Alberto, who is set to retire on December 6. Gapay headed the Southern Luzon command prior to his appointment. His designation is approved effective December 6.