Chonburi- The Chonburi government, in partnership with the Chonburi Department of Public Health and Public Relations, released a “request” this evening on their PR channels asking landlords, owners, juristic offices, and similar roles for “assistance” in stopping social gatherings, parties, mingling, and other similar activities from people who don’t live in the same direct household in condos, apartments, rooms for rent, dormitories, etc from today until further notice. The request is designed, according to authorities, to help stop the spread of Covid-19 in the province. It is important to note this is not “an order” but a request for cooperation from those who run condos and similar buildings. The request follows what Chonburi Public Health Officials describe as multiple cases being traced directly to private house parties and gatherings at apartments and condos across the province. The official government direction right now is for people to stay at home except for ... » Learn More about Chonburi government asks for condo, apartment owners, landlords, etc. to help stop mingling, parties, social gatherings
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Health workers lead the vaccination simulation exercises in Ilocos Norte last February to prepare for the arrival of the province’s allocation of the CoronaVac vaccines. (File photo from the Ilocos Norte provincial government) MANILA, Philippines — Keep a blind eye to brands when distributing COVID-19 vaccines to local governments to avoid disputes about vial preferences that will prolong the process. Treat all the vaccines as the same. That’s the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the country’s vaccine manager. In his pre-recorded briefing that aired Wednesday night, Duterte explained that he gave that order because he feared that a preference for one vaccine could lead to the supply of that vaccine running out. “Is there any superiority among the vaccines that are being injected now on people? Is there one that’s superior?” he said, speaking partly in Filipino. “Because, you know, once you choose one and there is a study or somebody ... » Learn More about Duterte orders Galvez: Don’t discriminate among COVID-19 vaccine brands
INQUIRER.net stock photo We meet in the dark of the night, huddled over our phones, in bed, behind closed doors. We meet on the internet. We also meet in the light of morning, with the spread of breakfast before us, with the day’s first beams streaming in. We know who we are talking to. I know the shape of his body, his face, his hands. He knows when I’m happy and knows when I’m not in the mood. I learn to say “good morning” before breakfast, when we meet online after meeting in the dreamworld. I learn about his country, his ex-wife, his tendency to be indirect. He knows how to contact me, on Facebook, on Twitter, on Instagram, on WhatsApp, on Viber, and more. I learn to say, “Good night.” We are everywhere, together. Sometimes, I think, maybe I just made it up, but it was true. I knew in my heart of hearts everything that ever happened between us was made up of the real and unreal, but it was still true. You know that gut feeling you get when someone you love is near? It ... » Learn More about Love on the line
An organic trial farm of the Dumagat tribe in Koloka-koloy in Puray, Rizal. (Photo by Masipag) MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines institutionalized organic agriculture through Republic Act No. 10068, or the Organic Agricultural Act of 2010. The law was recently amended by Republic Act No. 11511 which introduced these provisions: Nationwide educational and awareness campaign on the benefits of consuming organic products Adoption of the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) as a community of group-based certification process, other than third party certification of organic products Protection of organic resources against contamination by genetically engineered organisms including crops, livestock and poultry and marine products Access to marketing by organic producers to ensure decent prices which would ensure organic ventures are profitable and sustainable While these measures are most welcome, a critical gap exists between the amended law and its implementing rules and ... » Learn More about Organic agriculture in PH: No funding, no plans
MANILA, Philippines—A group of local manufacturers, who heeded a government request to repurpose their facilities, is now capable of making tens of millions of personal protective equipment (PPE) in a year but the Duterte administration had bought only a portion of that supply, forcing the group to lay off workers. The Confederation of Philippine Manufacturers of PPE (CPMP) is made up of five manufacturers with decades of experience in electronics and garment manufacturing. They had been asked by the Department of Trade and Industry in March 2020 to repurpose their facilities to make medical grade PPEs, a move which cost the companies an initial investment of $35 million. As of the third quarter of 2020, CPMP has a total capacity to make 720 million face masks, 36 million coveralls and isolation gowns and 120 million units of PPE accessories. “Unfortunately, the local supplier’s capacity was not maximized in the overall government procurement setup,” CPMP said in a statement on ... » Learn More about Underutilized, local PPE makers ask gov’t: What’s the plan?
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Police have opened 12 investigation papers under the Emergency Ordinance (Essential Powers) (No 2) 2021 in connection with the circulation of fake news on Covid-19. Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed (pic) said the latest investigation paper was regarding a man's Facebook post alleging that flight MH191 from New Delhi, India had brought in passengers through the KL International Airport (KLIA). He said the statement was not true and could cause public anxiety and unease on the measures taken by the government to curb the spread of Covid-19. The investigation is being conducted under Section 4(1) of the Emergency Ordinance (Essential Powers) (No 2) 2021 involving those making, offering, publishing, printing, distributing, circulating or disseminating any untrue news to the point of triggering fear or worry among the public. "In addition, we are also investigating the owner of a Facebook account under Section ... » Learn More about 12 investigation papers opened on Covid-19 fake news
(Reuters) -Facebook Inc's oversight board on Wednesday upheld the company's decision to ban former U.S. President Donald Trump from the service, but called on the company to decide within six months whether to permanently ban him or restore his account. Here are some key facts about how the board works: WHAT DOES THE OVERSIGHT BOARD REVIEW? The board, which some have dubbed Facebook Inc's "Supreme Court," can overturn the company's decisions on whether some individual pieces of content should be displayed on Facebook or its photo-sharing platform Instagram. It can also recommend changes to Facebook's content policy, based on a case decision or at the company's request, but these are not binding. The board, which only makes rulings on a small slice of Facebook's content decisions, has said it aims to pick cases with wider relevance. It said it has received more than 300,000 cases since it opened its doors in October 2020. Cases so far have involved issues such as hate ... » Learn More about Factbox-What is Facebook’s oversight board?
In Venice toward the end of 1523, while Antonio Pigafetta was finalizing the manuscript for his chronicles of the Magellanic Expedition’s first circumnavigation of the globe, he was summoned to Rome by order of Pope Clement 7th. Pigafetta owed allegiance to the Pope as a member of the Knights of Rhodes, so he dutifully went to Rome and did papal service there for about three months. By the time Pigafetta got back to Venice in May 1524, Maximilianus Transylvanus, the wealthy and well-connected courtier of the Roman Emperor King Charles 5th, had already appropriated those chronicles for his own first-person account of the Magellanic voyage. Transylvanus quickly did his tract“De Moluccis Insulis” in Latin within 45 days upon the return of the lone surviving Magellanic ship Victoria to Spain with Pigafetta among the 18 returnees. Working with the Venetian geographer-travel writer Giovanni Batistta Ramusio, Transylvanus then produced a sensational narrative of the Magellanic voyage, ... » Learn More about Getting our Philippine history right after 500 years – Part 7
IN the latest release of insurance industry unaudited figures, Insurance Commissioner Dennis Funa said that Malayan Insurance Co. Inc. was in first place for the Philippine non-life insurance industry, based on Gross Premiums Written, for Year 2020. Malayan Insurance’s number one ranking was based on the compilation of quarterly reports on selected financial statistics of the insurance industry, submitted by companies to the Insurance Commission. Based on a compilation of unaudited reports submitted for year 2020, Malayan Insurance’s gross premiums written amounted to P14.21 billion, the highest in the industry, despite the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economy. Malayan’s net premiums written were at P4.08 billion, putting it among the top non-life insurers in the country. “Gross premiums written (GPW) are computed by taking the sum of an insurance company’s premiums from direct business and assumed premiums before the effect of ceded reinsurance,” IC Commissioner ... » Learn More about Malayan Insurance is top Philippine non-life insurer