Friday, May 14, 2021



Philippines declares state of calamity over African swine fever

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has declared a one-year nationwide state of calamity due to an outbreak of African Swine Fever, ASF, which has resulted in more than two billion dollars in industry losses.

Philippines imposes travel ban on Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Wednesday said the Philippines would ban travelers from Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka from May 7 in effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 variant found in India.

NDLEA seizes drugs concealed in statue of Virgin Mary

Daredevil narcotics couriers who used the statue of Mary, Mother of Jesus, to conceal their illicit drugs have met their waterloo in Lagos. NDLEA operatives...

Typhoon’s toll hits 7 in Philippines as missing shipmates found dead

Four crew members of a cargo ship that ran aground amid a typhoon in the Philippines were found dead on Wednesday, bringing the death toll from the cyclone to seven, officials said.

Philippines, U.S. resume major annual military exercise

Troops from the Philippines and United States on Monday kicked off a major annual bilateral training exercise that was cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

IMF extends debt relief for 28 low-income countries

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund, IMF, has approved the third tranche of grants for debt service relief for 28 member countries under the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust, CCRT.

Apple expands repair provider program to 200 countries

Tech giant, Apple Inc., AAPL, is expanding its ‘Independent Repair Provider’, IRP, programme to more than 200 countries.

Philippines raises alarm as China deploys over 200 vessels in disputed sea

The Philippines has raised the alarm, alleging that China had deployed more than 200 vessels in a disputed reef in the West Philippines sea, reports said on Monday.

COVID-19 patient dies after taking vaccine

The Philippine Department of Health on Wednesday ruled out vaccination as the cause of a health worker’s death, saying the patient came down with the Coronavirus, COVID-19.

COVID-19: Philippine President’s spokesman tests positive

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman, Harry Roque confirmed on Monday that he had tested positive for the Coronavirus, COVID-19, adding that he had not been in contact with the president after his test results.

Myanmar’s military junta recalls 100 diplomats from 19 nations – Reports

Myanmar’s military authorities have recalled at least 100 diplomats from its missions in 19 countries in the wake of a controversial speech by the Asian country’s envoy to the UN, U Kyaw Moe Tun, an official said.

COVID-19: Philippines begins vaccination drive

The director of the Philippines’ top public hospital became the first person to receive a COVID-19 vaccine shot in the country as the government finally rolled out its vaccination drive following delays.

COVID-19: China’s Sinopharm seeks vaccine’s approval in Philippines – Official

China’s Sinopharm pharmaceutical company has applied for an emergency use authorisation of its coronavirus vaccine in the Philippines, Presidential Spokesperson, Harry Roque, said on Monday.

Japan to open fire on foreign vessels entering its territorial waters

The Japan Coastguard could henceforth open fire on any foreign vessels aiming to land on the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea, local media reports said on Friday.

Philippines to begin vaccination next week – Official  

The Philippines hopes to start COVID-19 vaccinations next week, aims to give shots to more than half of the population by the end of the year, government officials said on  Monday.

Philippine President appoints new armed forces chief of staff

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has named Army chief Lt. – Gen. Cirilito Sobejana as the new Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, AFP, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Wednesday.

4 miners die, 6 missing in landslide in Philippines

Four miners died in a landslide in the central Philippines after days of heavy rains caused by a tropical storm, disaster officials said on Tuesday.

China, Philippines to build 3 more bridges in Manila

China and the Philippines have signed contracts to build three more bridges in the capital, Metro Manila, to help improve traffic flow, the Chinese embassy in the Philippines said on Monday.

5.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Japan, Philippines

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 struck the Hokkaido region in Japan’s northernmost prefecture, the Japanese weather agency said on Wednesday.

Garlic, salt water can’t prevent coronavirus – WHO

The World Health Organisation, WHO, says that eating garlic and regularly rinsing nose with saline solution will not guard against coronavirus infection, 2019-nCoV.

9 dead, 100 hospitalised in Philippines for consuming lambanog liquor 

Nine people died and more than 100 were hospitalised after drinking local liquor made from coconut sap in two separate incidents in the Philippines, police said Monday.

Philippines vaccinates more than 1.6m children against polio

More than 1.6 million children have been vaccinated against polio in a two-week immunisation drive in the Philippines, where three cases of the disease have been confirmed since September, the health department on Wednesday said.

Suspected Islamist militants kill 2 soldiers, 2-year-old girl in southern Philippines

Two soldiers and a 2-year-old girl were killed in an attack by suspected Islamist militants in the southern Philippines as the country marked the...

Philippines recalls ambassador to Canada over garbage row

The Philippines has recalled its ambassador and other diplomats in Canada after the Canadian government failed to ship back garbage dumped in the country...

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