1/5 of all PH financial transactions now digital, says BSP

MANILA, Philippines---A fifth of all financial transactions made in the Philippines in 2020 were through digital channels, due to a large degree to small retail payments made necessary by safety protocols imposed for the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the central bank.   At an online briefing, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno said the latest report of the regulator confirmed that it achieved its target of reaching 20 percent digital in total transaction volume by 2020.   The report said 20.1 percent of monthly payment volume was done digitally by the end of 2020 --- an improvement over the level for the first semester of the year of 17 per...

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Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine protective, safe in young children
Moderna Inc said on Monday its COVID-19 vaccine generated a strong immune response in children aged six to 11 years and that it plans to submit the data to global regulators soon. Moderna said its two-dose vaccine generated virus-neutralizing antibodies in children and safety was comparable to what was previously seen in clinical trials of adolescents and […] The post Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine protective, safe in young children appeared first on Interaksyon.
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Son Refuses To Stop Playing Guitar, Gets Shot By Father
Dad Shoots Son Who Refuses To Stop Playing Guitar DAD SHOOTS SON – A 79-year-old man from Blue Ash shot his own son after the latter continuously refuses to stop playing. Often time, you’d hear stories of parents arguing with their children over loud music. Furthermore, you’d probably hear these stories from teenage kids who […] The post Son Refuses To Stop Playing Guitar, Gets Shot By Father appeared first on Philippine News.
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Zambales logs lowest daily COVID-19 tally in 4 months
SAN ANTONIO, Zambales----Eight new cases of COVID-19 were recorded on Monday, Oct. 25, in this province, data from the provincial health office showed. It was the lowest daily COVID-19 tally in Zambales in the last four months, the Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit tracker shows. The province's active cases further dropped on Monday to 268 after recording 48 more recoveries. Three of the 13 towns in the province have registered new infections on the same day. These are Candelaria (5), Botolan (2) and Iba (1). Since last year, Zambales has registered 9,597 COVID-19 cases, with 9,096 recoveries. It reflected a 95-percent recovery rate. But 10 new COVID-19-related...Keep on reading: Zambales logs lowest daily COVID-19 tally in 4 months
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New LRT-1 trains arrive from Spain, Mexico; more to come — DOTr
MANILA, Philippines --- More train coaches were delivered for the Light Rail Transit 1 to accommodate more passengers of the existing Pasay-Manila train route, and soon for the Cavite extension, the Secretary of the Department of Transportation (DOTR) announced on Tuesday. DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the management of LRT-1 has received the 12th brand new fourth-generation trains set, and these are now at the Baclaran Depot in Pasay. Each train set consists of four light rail vehicles, which could accommodate up to 1,300 passengers.   https://www.facebook.com/sectugade/posts/214971504081569   The passenger train sets have destination signs up front, ...Keep on reading: New LRT-1 trains arrive from Spain, Mexico; more to come — DOTr
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Non-local tourists of Boracay still required to show RT-PCR test — provincial exec
  MANILA, Philippines --- Non-local tourists who are traveling to Boracay are still required to present a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test despite being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Aklan Provincial Health Officer Dr. Cornelio Cuachon said on Tuesday. During the Laging Handa briefing, Cuachon said that those who are exempted to show an RT-PCR test are fully vaccinated tourists coming from Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, Aklan, and Guimaras. Fully vaccinated tourists from the said provinces must present their certification from VaxCertPH, among other requirements. Meanwhile, unvaccinated individuals from the exempted areas and touri...Keep on reading: Non-local tourists of Boracay still required to show RT-PCR test — provincial exec
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Texas governor signs bill banning transgender girls from female sports in schools
Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday signed into law a bill banning transgender girls from participating in female sports at public schools, joining a wave of similar measures emerging from Republican-controlled statehouses across the country. Supporters of the bill, due to take effect on Jan. 18, say it is aimed at protecting fairness in school sports by eliminating what they see as an inherent physical competitive advantage of transgender athletes playing on female teams. Equal rights advocates decry such restrictions as discriminatory, "hate"-based measures whose real purpose is to energize hardcore social conservatives, with little or no evidence that trans women or girls a...Keep on reading: Texas governor signs bill banning transgender girls from female sports in schools
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Brazil to hasten end to illegal deforestation, vice president says
  BRASILIA -- Brazil plans to bring forward its 2030 goal of ending illegal deforestation by two or three years, Vice President Hamilton Mourao said on Monday, six days before a global climate conference. Mourao said forest fires in the Amazon region had dropped significantly, by about 40% this year, and that the Brazilian government will reaffirm its commitment to international environmental goals at the United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow that runs from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12. The most recent satellite data on Amazon deforestation from national space agency INPE shows it rose slightly, by 2%, in September from a year ago. Far-right President Jair Bolson...Keep on reading: Brazil to hasten end to illegal deforestation, vice president says
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Metro Manila at low risk for COVID-19 under OCTA Research’s metrics
  MANILA, Philippines --- Metro Manila is now classified as low risk for COVID-19 based on the metrics of OCTA Research. "NCR [National Capital Region] is now classified as low risk using our metrics based on covidactnow.org. The positivity rate in the NCR decreased to 6% while the ADAR [average daily attack rate] decreased to less than 7 per 100,000," OCTA Research said in its report released Tuesday. According to the research group, the seven-day average of new cases in Metro Manila decreased to 901, from the 1,405 additional cases in the previous week. Healthcare utilization in the region was at 35 percent while ICU occupancy was 46 percent. The low risk classific...Keep on reading: Metro Manila at low risk for COVID-19 under OCTA Research’s metrics
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Heaven Peralejo confirms breakup with Kiko Estrada: ‘I don’t need any relationship’
Heaven Peralejo has finally confirmed she is indeed single, after weeks of speculations that she and actor Kiko Estrada have called it quits. The actress made this admission in a "Drink or Spill" challenge with her non-showbiz friends on her YouTube vlog yesterday, Oct. 25. She was asked to reveal her relationship status. "Oh my god... Okay! I'm single, but not ready to mingle," she said. When asked if she has moved on, Peralejo answered affirmatively. According to her, she recently went on a trip to Siargao to "learn independence" and "enjoy life." "Nandito ako sa phase na sobrang cliche but I'm just loving myself. I'm getting to know me. Ibang phase talaga 'yon," she to...Keep on reading: Heaven Peralejo confirms breakup with Kiko Estrada: ‘I don’t need any relationship’
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US CDC extends conditional sailing order for cruises to January next year
  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday extended the conditional sailing order for cruises to Jan. 15 next year from Nov. 1 on concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant. The order, issued last October, mandated testing and some additional safeguards for crew members as part of a framework for a phased resumption of cruises. The public health agency said the extension includes minor changes and when the order is lifted it will shift to a "voluntary program" and work alongside ship operators to control COVID-19 numbers aboard cruise ships. The highly contagious variant had earlier this year led to a surge in infections and ho...Keep on reading: US CDC extends conditional sailing order for cruises to January next year
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Biden to join Asean summit Trump skipped after 2017
  WASHINGTON/BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN -- U.S. President Joe Biden will take part in a virtual summit with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on Tuesday, the first time in four years Washington will engage at the top level with a bloc it sees as key to its strategy of pushing back against China. The U.S. embassy in Brunei told Reuters Biden will lead the U.S. delegation for the Asean-United States summit, part of a series of Asean leaders' meetings this week. The White House said Biden would discuss the "enduring" U.S. commitment to Asean's central role in regional affairs and new initiatives to strengthen the U.S. strategic partnership with the bloc, "as we w...Keep on reading: Biden to join Asean summit Trump skipped after 2017
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Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 30 as Bucks top Pacers
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished nine assists, Khris Middleton added 27 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks held on for a 119-109 win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night in Indianapolis. An 11-2 run that sent Milwaukee into halftime and extended into the early third quarter gave the Bucks a double-digit-point lead for most of the second half. The gap grew to as many as 18 points. https://twitter.com/Bucks/status/1452825559592062979?s=20 https://twitter.com/Bucks/status/1452827824503488515?s=20 Milwaukee capitalized on 19 Indiana turnovers, converting them into 22 points. That made a key difference with the Pacers getting only six poin...Keep on reading: Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 30 as Bucks top Pacers
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Timeline: Major accidents on movie and television sets
Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer and wounded a director when he discharged a prop gun on set during filming of movie “Rust” on Thursday. READ: Alec Baldwin seen consoling family of slain cinematographer as set problems mount The entertainment industry has a long history of on-set accidents, from prop guns to car crashes and […] The post Timeline: Major accidents on movie and television sets appeared first on Interaksyon.
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Spicy. Crispy. OG.
Either dining alone or with our loved ones at home, we can always turn to KFC when we're looking for exciting food choices to perk up our seemingly monotonous everyday meals amid the community restrictions. What better way to fire up your day with KFC's Spicy OG meals. KFC has proven itself to be the pioneer of spicy chicken with the Hot & Crispy Chicken and Zinger Sandwich, and as the saying goes, nothing beats the original (OG). The undisputed leader in spicy chicken is rolling out its Spicy OG meals that we can enjoy in the comforts of our home by ordering online or via phone. There's the Spicy OG Fully Loaded Meal that comes with KFC's Hot & Crispy Chicken with rice and ...Keep on reading: Spicy. Crispy. OG.
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Anya Taylor-Joy named Dior ambassador, will model Maria Grazia Chiuri creations
Dior has named British-American actress Anya Taylor-Joy as its latest global brand ambassador in the brand's core domains of fashion and makeup. The 25-year-old movie star, whose style encompasses supreme sophistication and retro glamor, will wear creations designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri. After winning over audiences and critics in "The Witch," Anya Taylor-Joy brilliantly slipped into the shoes of tormented chess prodigy, Beth Harmon, in "The Queen's Gambit." It was a role that earned her a host of awards, including prestigious accolades like a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe. A true chameleon in front of a camera, the actress also seems able to effortlessly enhance ...Keep on reading: Anya Taylor-Joy named Dior ambassador, will model Maria Grazia Chiuri creations
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No system in place yet? Sen. Binay suggests temporary closure of dolomite beach
  MANILA, Philippines --- Senator Nancy Binay is proposing the temporary closure of the artificial Manila baywalk dolomite beach following the reported crowding and health protocol violations there during the weekend. According to the senator, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) must come up with a system first before again opening the artificial beach to the public. "Mas maganda siguro kung pansamantala munang isara ang dolomite beach habang wala pang regulasyon at sistema ang DENR sa area," Binay, who heads the Senate committee on tourism, said in a statement on Tuesday. (Maybe it's better to temporary close the dolomite beach until the DENR ...Keep on reading: No system in place yet? Sen. Binay suggests temporary closure of dolomite beach
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Biden imposing new international travel vaccine rules, lifting restrictions
  WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday signed an order imposing new vaccine requirements for most foreign national air travelers and lifting severe travel restrictions on China, India and much of Europe effective Nov. 8, the White House said. The extraordinary U.S. travel restrictions were first imposed in early 2020 to address the spread of COVID-19. The rules bar most non-U.S. citizens who within the last 14 days have been in Britain, the 26 Schengen countries in Europe without border controls, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil. "It is in the interests of the United States to move away from the country-by-country restrictions previously ...Keep on reading: Biden imposing new international travel vaccine rules, lifting restrictions
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Martires says transparency doesn’t mean showing your entire guts out
MANILA, Philippines --- Ombudsman Samuel Martires remained adamant that he is not blocking transparency by placing restrictions on the release of public officials' Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN), as he believes that transparency does not mean showing one's entire guts out. Martires on Tuesday was asked whether the Office of the Ombudsman was forging a possible conflict of interest issue as the decision on the publication of SALNs --- documents meant to provide the public a look into the wealth transactions of a government employee --- rests on the person filing it. In reply, he told CNN Philippines' The Source that he is not restricting transparency, and...Keep on reading: Martires says transparency doesn’t mean showing your entire guts out
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Jimmy Butler paces Heat in easy win over Magic
Jimmy Butler scored 24 of his 36 points in the first half to fuel the host Miami Heat to a 107-90 victory over the Orlando Magic on Monday. Butler made 15 of 21 shots from the floor and added five steals to help the Heat defeat the Magic for the sixth time in the last seven meetings. https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1452842672125661185?s=20 Butler's sharp-shooting performance on Monday was significantly better than his previous game. He made just 7 of 22 shots in Miami's 102-91 overtime loss to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday. Bam Adebayo collected 16 points and 13 rebounds to record his third straight double-double to begin the season. Markieff Morris had 16 points off t...Keep on reading: Jimmy Butler paces Heat in easy win over Magic
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Satisfy your ramen cravings with a comforting bowl of Tokyo Tokyo’s Cheesy Beef ramen
As the cold weather season draws to a near, restaurants have been preparing to welcome in the holiday season. Whether the people would go to dine-in, do take-out or order for delivery, food establishments around us were able to pivot in their own way through the past months. While other restaurants stick to their usual menu, Tokyo Tokyo makes it a point to have a wide selection of Japanese favorites for everyone. And now, they're bringing back their bestselling Cheesy Beef Ramen!Savor the goodness of Tokyo Tokyo's best selling beef misono in their signature tonkotsu broth made creamier topped with sliced cheese and a nitamago egg. Savor their new Cheesy Beef ramen flavor for only P21...Keep on reading: Satisfy your ramen cravings with a comforting bowl of Tokyo Tokyo’s Cheesy Beef ramen
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Emmanuelle Vera dons Maureen Wroblewitz’s ‘bangus-inspired’ NatCos for Reina Hisapanoamericana
Emmanuelle Vera, the Philippines’ bet to Reina Hispanoamericana 2021, wore the same national costume that Maureen Wroblewitz had worn during the Miss Universe Philippines pageant last September. Vera was one of the titleholders of the recently concluded Miss World Philippines last October 4. RELATED: Fans blame nearly 7 hours-long coronation night for Miss World PH Tracy Maureen […] The post Emmanuelle Vera dons Maureen Wroblewitz’s ‘bangus-inspired’ NatCos for Reina Hisapanoamericana appeared first on Interaksyon.
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Jayson Tatum’s 41 points help Celtics top Hornets in OT
Jayson Tatum led all scorers with 41 points, Jaylen Brown added 30 and the Boston Celtics rallied to end the host Charlotte Hornets' perfect start with a 140-129 overtime win on Monday night. After Dennis Schroder tied it at 129 on a 3-pointer with 2:41 left in overtime, Brown added a trey of his own and followed it with an emphatic dunk at the 1:21 mark. Schroder added four consecutive free throws and Tatum made two to put the game away. https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1452812772778074122?s=20 Tatum dished eight assists while Brown grabbed nine rebounds. Schroder finished with 23 points, eight assists and six rebounds for Boston, which had dropped two in a row to open the se...Keep on reading: Jayson Tatum’s 41 points help Celtics top Hornets in OT
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Worker nabbed for manhandling partner, setting house on fire in Tarlac
MABALACAT CITY, Pampanga----Police arrested a construction worker after allegedly manhandling his live-in partner and setting her house on fire on Oct. 23 in Aguso village, Tarlac City, a belated police report disclosed. The Tarlac police identified the suspect as Mighter Topacio, 30. Investigators said the aunt of the suspect's partner sought the intervention of village watchmen after receiving a text message from her niece around 10:30 p.m. asking for help because the suspect was beating her. Together with the village watchmen, the woman rushed to her niece's residence but was shocked to see it on fire. Neighbors of the victim rushed to help and managed to put out the fire....Keep on reading: Worker nabbed for manhandling partner, setting house on fire in Tarlac
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Egypt’s President Sisi ends state of emergency for the first time in years
      CAIRO -- Egypt's state of emergency will be lifted for the first time in years, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Monday. Egypt imposed a state of emergency in April 2017 after deadly bombings of churches and has since routinely extended it at three-month intervals, despite an improved security situation. "Egypt has become ... an oasis of security and stability in the region," Sisi wrote in a Facebook post. "Hence it was decided, for the first time in years, to cancel the extension of the state of emergency in all areas of the country." The state of emergency granted authorities sweeping powers to make arrests and crack down on what they...Keep on reading: Egypt’s President Sisi ends state of emergency for the first time in years
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Mga health worker sa Kainomayan hospital nagka-negosyo kahit pandemya
Inspirasyon ang isang negosyong naitayo sa panahon ng pandemya na malapit lamang sa Kainomayan Primary Hospital sa Botolan, Zambales na magkakatuwang na naitayo ng mga health worker at staff ng naturang ospital. The post Mga health worker sa Kainomayan hospital nagka-negosyo kahit pandemya first appeared on Abante.
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5 ways Filipinos can make cemetery visits clutter-free
As Filipinos begin to visit their dearly departed loved ones in cemeteries before its closure on the November holidays, an environment watchdog appealed for them to observe proper waste management as a form of respect for the dead. EcoWaste Coalition reminded the public to keep the resting areas of the deceased trash-free when they go […] The post 5 ways Filipinos can make cemetery visits clutter-free appeared first on Interaksyon.
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This Adobo Pork Belly Breakfast Sandwich Is Worth the Morning Food Coma
And it’s available at Raging Bull Burgers’ new branch in Makati!
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Sneakerheads, Get Up to 80% Off on Nike, Adidas + More at This Huge Outlet Sale
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Comedian Dave Chappelle addresses Netflix transgender controversy in full for first time
Comedian Dave Chappelle on Monday addressed the transgender controversy at Netflix in full for the first time on a video on his Instagram account, five days after about 100 people protested near the streaming company’s headquarters. The employee backlash began after Netflix Inc decided to release Chappelle’s new comedy special, “The Closer,” which critics say ridicules transgender people. READ: Protesters denounce […] The post Comedian Dave Chappelle addresses Netflix transgender controversy in full for first time appeared first on Interaksyon.
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Southeast Asian leaders hold summit, excluding Myanmar coup leader
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN — Southeast Asian leaders begin their annual summit on Tuesday without Myanmar military leader Min Aung Hlaing, who overthrew a civilian government on Feb. 1, in a rare exclusion for the regional grouping usually known for non-interference. U.S. President Joe Biden will attend a joint session by video link, but it was likely […] The post Southeast Asian leaders hold summit, excluding Myanmar coup leader appeared first on Interaksyon.
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Wondering About Booster Shots? The DOH Has a Recommended List for Priority Groups
They released a list of approved brand combinations.
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Arjo Atayde: ABS-CBN Denied Franchise Pushed Actor To Run
This is one of the main reasons why Arjo Atayde decided to enter politics The denied franchise of ABS-CBN was one of the factors that pushed award-winning actor Arjo Atayde to run as a congressman. Arjo has already proven his caliber when it comes to acting and he is set to prove his ability to […] The post Arjo Atayde: ABS-CBN Denied Franchise Pushed Actor To Run appeared first on Philippine News.
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PAGASA’s announcement, support for Kylie Padilla make ‘Amihan’ trend on Twitter PH
Kylie Padilla’s fans made the word “Amihan” trend on Twitter as they cheer for her on the same time the state weather bureau announced the onset of the northeast monsoon or “amihan” season in the country. Amihan is the name of Padilla’s character in the 2016 reboot of GMA’s “Encantadia” fantasy series which was first […] The post PAGASA’s announcement, support for Kylie Padilla make ‘Amihan’ trend on Twitter PH appeared first on Interaksyon.
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Aljur Abrenica-AJ Raval Relationship: Cindy Miranda Shares Reaction
Here’s what Cindy Miranda said about Aljur Abrenica and AJ Raval Beauty queen-turned actress Cindy Miranda was asked about the relationship between her Nerisa co-stars Aljur Abrenica and AJ Raval. When news about the separation of Aljur and Kylie Padilla circulated, Cindy was accused of being the third party as she was the leading lady […] The post Aljur Abrenica-AJ Raval Relationship: Cindy Miranda Shares Reaction appeared first on Philippine News.
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10 Zambales schools chosen to pilot face-to-face classes in November
  SAN ANTONIO, Zambales--Ten schools in three towns of Zambales province have been selected for the pilot implementation of the face-to-face classes beginning Nov. 15, the Department of Education (DepEd) announced on Monday, Oct. 25. These include the Belbel Elementary School, the Maguisguis Integrated School, the Nacolcol Integrated School, and the Palis Integrated School, all in Botolan town. Also selected were the Owaog-Nebloc Elementary School and the Moraza Elementary School, both in Botolan; San Marcelino National High School and Baliwet Elementary School, both in San Marcelino; and the Banawen Elementary School in San Felipe town. According to the DepEd, these...Keep on reading: 10 Zambales schools chosen to pilot face-to-face classes in November
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Expert: Too early to consider B.1.1.318 as variant of concern
      MANILA, Philippines --- It is too early to say that the B.1.1.318variant of COVID-19 first detected in Mauritius should be a cause for alarm for Filipinos since experts are still studying its characteristics, an infectious disease expert said Tuesday. According to Dr. Rontgene Solante, a member of the country's Vaccine Expert Panel, health experts need more data to determine the transmissibility of the B.1.1.318variant and its effect on patients. "This is not yet considered a variant of concern or even a variant of interest. They are still monitoring kung ano ang characteristics ng variant na ito [the characteristics of this variant]. We need more ...Keep on reading: Expert: Too early to consider B.1.1.318 as variant of concern
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Cindy Miranda Wants To Meet Kylie Padilla, Here’s Why
Cindy Miranda shared her thoughts about Kylie Padilla Nerisa lead actress Cindy Miranda said that she wants to meet Kapuso actress Kylie Padilla and this is her reason why. Cindy’s name was entangled in the controversy that happened between Kylie and her estranged husband Aljur Abrenica. The newbie actress was accused of being the third […] The post Cindy Miranda Wants To Meet Kylie Padilla, Here’s Why appeared first on Philippine News.
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Biden to be first U.S. president to join ASEAN summit in four years
WASHINGTON/BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN — U.S. President Joe Biden will take part in a virtual summit with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Tuesday, the first time in four years Washington will engage at the top level with a bloc it sees as key to its strategy of pushing back against China. The U.S. embassy in Brunei […] The post Biden to be first U.S. president to join ASEAN summit in four years appeared first on Interaksyon.
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93% of teachers, school staff joining pilot in-person classes already vaccinated — DepEd
MANILA, Philippines --- About 93.2 percent of teachers and school staff who are joining the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes are already vaccinated against COVID-19 starting November 15, the Department of Education (DepEd) said on Tuesday. "In terms of vaccination, around 93.2% of teachers and staff of participating schools are vaccinated," the DepEd said in a statement. DepEd highlighted this to assure the parents of the safety of the children during the conduct of face-to-face classes. "We reiterate that stringent preparations and protocols have been established to provide maximum protection for our learners and other participating stakeholders in this critical...Keep on reading: 93% of teachers, school staff joining pilot in-person classes already vaccinated — DepEd
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Claudine Barretto Admits Politics is ‘Mas Magulo’, Shares Political Plans
Claudine Barretto is ready to start her political journey Optimum Star Claudine Barretto admitted that the world of politics is “mas magulo” than the world where she grew up but she is willing to face these difficulties in order to serve the people. Claudine is just among the many celebrities in the Philippines who eventually […] The post Claudine Barretto Admits Politics is ‘Mas Magulo’, Shares Political Plans appeared first on Philippine News.
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Pressure mounts for ban on real guns in Hollywood after Baldwin set tragedy
LOS ANGELES --- The fatal shooting accident on the set of an Alec Baldwin movie has prompted calls for a ban on the use of real guns in TV shows and movies, with two producers already saying they will stop the practice. "Booksmart" film director Olivia Wilde called on Hollywood to implement what she called "Halyna's Law," and a petition urging Baldwin to take the lead in a campaign to ban the use of real firearms had attracted more than 27,000 votes by Monday. The campaign was prompted by the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and the wounding of director Joel Souza on the set of the Western indie movie "Rust" at Bonanza Creek ranch near Santa Fe last week. The two wer...Keep on reading: Pressure mounts for ban on real guns in Hollywood after Baldwin set tragedy
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New Normal? EDSA Vehicle Volume Is Back to Pre-Pandemic Levels
The recent tally is almost as high as the total from July 2019.
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UK authorities hit road-blocking climate activists with injunction
LONDON --- British authorities obtained a High Court injunction on Monday to stop climate change activists blockading major roads, after protesters resumed a campaign to disrupt traffic following a 10-day hiatus. The protests by Insulate Britain, a group demanding that the government provide more insulation for millions of homes, have previously brought chaos for drivers and long tailbacks, mainly on the M25 orbital motorway around the capital. The group suspended its campaign on Oct. 14 but on Monday about 50 activists blocked Upper Thames Street, Bishopsgate and Limehouse Causeway in and around the City of London, the group said in a statement. Late on Monday, road network...Keep on reading: UK authorities hit road-blocking climate activists with injunction
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Amihan brings rains to most parts of Luzon on Tuesday
https://youtu.be/FKDbmQLkVM8 MANILA, Philippines --- Most parts of Luzon on Tuesday will experience rainy weather due to the northeast monsoon, commonly known as amihan, the state weather bureau reported. "Sa ngayon umiiral na nga 'yung amihan o yung northeast monsoon sa nakararaming bahagi ng Luzon," said Pagasa's senior weather specialist Chris Perez in a public weather forecast. (For now, the amihan or the northeast monsoon is now prevailing in most parts of Luzon.) Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Aurora, Quezon, Camarines Provinces, and Catanduanes will experience cloudy skies with rains, while Ilocos region expects partly cloudy to cloudy skies with iso...Keep on reading: Amihan brings rains to most parts of Luzon on Tuesday
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Turkey and West climb down from brink of biggest diplomatic crisis
ANKARA --- Turkey and its Western allies climbed down from a full-blown diplomatic crisis on Monday after foreign embassies said that they abide by diplomatic conventions on non-interference, averting a threatened expulsion of 10 ambassadors. President Tayyip Erdogan, who said at the weekend he had ordered the envoys to be declared "persona non grata" for seeking the release of a jailed philanthropist, told a news conference they had stepped back and would be more careful. "Our goal is never to create crises, it is to protect the rights, laws, honor and sovereignty of our country," Erdogan said in a televised address after chairing a Cabinet meeting. "With a new statement ma...Keep on reading: Turkey and West climb down from brink of biggest diplomatic crisis
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Recognizing Myanmar junta won’t stop violence: outgoing UN envoy
UNITED NATIONS --- Recognizing Myanmar's junta as the country's government would not stop growing violence, the outgoing United Nations special envoy on Myanmar said on Monday, warning such a move would push the country toward instability and becoming a failed state. "I hope that the international community will not give up," Christine Schraner Burgener, who finishes up this weekend after more than three years in the role, told Reuters. "We should stand with the people." Protests and unrest have paralyzed Myanmar since the Feb. 1 coup, with the military accused of atrocities and excessive force against civilians, though the junta blames the unrest on "terrorists" allied with a ...Keep on reading: Recognizing Myanmar junta won’t stop violence: outgoing UN envoy
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Seven killed, 140 hurt in protests against Sudan military coup
KHARTOUM --- Sudan's military seized power from a transitional government on Monday and a health ministry official said seven people were killed by gunfire and 140 injured in clashes between soldiers and street protesters. The leader of the takeover, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, dissolved the military-civilian Sovereign Council that had been established to guide the country to democracy following the overthrow of long-ruling autocrat Omar al-Bashir in a popular uprising two years ago. Burhan announced a state of emergency, saying the armed forces needed to protect safety and security. He promised to hold elections in July 2023 and hand over to an elected civilian government ...Keep on reading: Seven killed, 140 hurt in protests against Sudan military coup
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Sheep cross busy Madrid en route to winter pastures
MADRID --- The streets of Madrid were filled with sheep and the clanking of bells on Sunday as shepherds guided their flocks through the heart of the Spanish capital, following ancient seasonal herding routes. Locals lined the route to welcome back the spectacle, which was canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual event, which started in 1994, allows shepherds to exercise their right to use traditional routes to herd their livestock from northern Spain to more southerly pastures for winter grazing. The route would have taken them through quiet countryside a few centuries ago, but today sees them traverse the busy city. "It's marvelous. I come every y...Keep on reading: Sheep cross busy Madrid en route to winter pastures
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