Tuesday, March 9, 2021

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No more Covid tests for visitors at Puerto Galera

THE white-sand beaches and rich marine resources of Puerto Galera are more accessible now to holidaymakers as the provincial government of Oriental Mindoro fully reopens its borders. Following this and the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to ease travel restrictions in the country by way of uniform...

Opinion

Managing the risks of SMEs

The owners of small and medium business enterprises (SME) have as their primary objective to make it a success.  However, they should also take...

It’s time to get serious about gender equality in the workplace

It’s now more than 100 years since the International Labor Organization first established standards on women in the workplace, focusing on maternity protection. A century...

Finding a way back

Adapting to distance learning has posed tremendous challenges for schools, teachers, students and their families. This is true for all levels of education, as well as all socioeconomic levels. With the impending start of a new school year, some lawmakers...

Success 2021

We have been fed the myth that “economists” are unbiased number crunchers who develop theories based on the data. “An economist is an expert...

Nation

Acuzar’s New San Jose Builders donates boat for Pasig River ferry service

IN a bid to boost ridership amid limited public transportation brought about by pandemic curbs in the Metropolis, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA)...

Comelec assures pre-poll info drive for Palawan plebiscite

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday said it would tap local radio stations for the last leg of its information campaign on the Palawan...

Groups condemn attack on Iloilo lawyer

SEVERAL groups condemned on Thursday the attack against lawyer Angelo Karlo “AK” Guillen, one of the lawyers in the 37 petitions seeking to declare...

Mayor Belmonte witnesses vax rollout at Quezon City hospitals

AS part of the national government’s vaccine rollout, health-care workers in one of Quezon City government’s local hospitals were inoculated with their first dose...

Covid-19 Updates

Anatomy of a conspiracy: With Covid, China took leading role

From Beijing and Washington to Moscow and Tehran, political leaders and allied media effectively functioned as superspreaders, using their stature to amplify politically expedient conspiracies already in circulation. But it was China -- not Russia – that took the lead in spreading foreign disinformation about COVID-19’s origins, as it came under attack for its early handling of the outbreak.
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Chinese vaccines sweep much of the world, despite concerns

China’s vaccine diplomacy campaign has been a surprising success: It has pledged roughly half a billion doses of its vaccines to more than 45 countries, according to a country-by-country tally by The Associated Press. With just four of China’s many vaccine makers claiming they are able to produce at least 2.6 billion doses this year, a large part of the world’s population will end up inoculated not with the fancy Western vaccines boasting headline-grabbing efficacy rates, but with China’s humble, traditionally made shots.

What’s safe after Covid-19 vaccination? Don’t shed masks yet

You’re fully vaccinated against the coronavirus — now what? Don’t expect to shed your mask and get back to normal activities right away.

‘Don’t worry, come forward’: Asian nations get 1st shots

Many nations in the Asia-Pacific region are rolling out the first shots for COVID-19 this week.

Can COVID-19 vaccines be mixed and matched?

In the US where vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are being distributed, health officials say the two aren't interchangeable even though they're made similarly.

Viral Questions

How are experts tracking variants of the coronavirus?

Most mutations are meaningless, but others can make a virus more contagious, deadly or resistant to vaccines and treatment. Health experts are primarily concerned about three variants first detected in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil. They seem to spread more easily and research is underway to see if they cause more serious disease.

Is it safe yet to fly during the pandemic?

Public health experts say staying home is best to keep yourself and others safe from infection. But if you're thinking about flying for the holidays, you should know what to expect. Flights are getting more crowded and more airlines plan to stop blocking seats to accommodate the growing number of people taking to the skies...

Is it safe to stay in hotels during the pandemic?

In a recent travel update, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention makes it clear: Staying home is the best way to protect yourself against the coronavirus. If you do travel, the CDC says, sharing a rental home with people from your own household is safer than staying with friends or family who aren't...

Does weather affect the spread of the coronavirus outside?

The World Health Organization says the virus can be transmitted in any kind of weather and that there is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill it.

Do masks with antiviral coating offer more protection?

It’s an intriguing idea, but there haven’t been enough rigorous independent studies to establish whether antiviral masks are better at protecting wearers or preventing the spread of the virus. Their specifics vary, but many antiviral masks are supposed to be made or coated with materials that have extra virus-fighting properties, such as copper. Websites for several...

World

India expands its vaccination drive

The shots will be given for free at government hospitals and will also be sold at over 10,000 private hospitals at a fixed price of 250 rupees, or $3.40, per shot.

China warns Biden to reverse ‘dangerous practice’ on Taiwan

BEIJING—China’s foreign minister warned the Biden administration on Sunday to roll back former President Donald Trump’s “dangerous practice” of showing support for Taiwan, the...

Oil jumps above $71 after key Saudi crude terminal attacked

Brent oil surged above $71 a barrel after Saudi Arabia said the world’s largest crude terminal was attacked, although output appeared to be unaffected...

Countries call on pharmaceutical firms to share vaccine know-how

Across Africa and Southeast Asia, governments and aid groups, as well as the World Health Organization, are calling on pharmaceutical companies to share their patent information more broadly to meet a yawning global shortfall in a pandemic that already has claimed over 2.5 million lives.

Business

AirAsia offers seats for as low as P0.25

AirAsia said it is celebrating the opening of more domestic destinations for leisure travel by offering tickets for only P0.25 (25 centavos) to all destinations, the lowest fares for the year. The promo is available via the airasia super app or airasia.com for a...
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Features

Science

NRCP: Siargao is home to hundreds of fauna, flora

There is more to Siargao Island than its being named as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines. It is recorded to be a home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna—another proof that the Philippines surely has a rich diversified ecosystem. The municipality...

‘Pagbangon at Pananaig’: Research council’s meet to address pandemic woes

"Recovery and rebuilding ought to be the focus of local research efforts in the pandemic’s wake,” said Dr. Gregorio E. H. del Pilar, president of National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP). The NRCP Governing Board set “Pagbangon at Pananaig: National Recovery and Rebuilding”...

Graduate scholarships in Korea open to Filipinos, Southeast Asians

Research scholarships for master’s and doctoral degrees are being offered to Filipinos and other Southeast Asians. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) and Sejong University in Seoul, South Korea, Joint Graduate Research Scholarship for Southeast Asian Countries...

Notre Dame-Kidapawan adjusts to changes in the new normal

SCHOOL management has become a challenge in today’s new normal, given the absence of face-to-face interaction. Efficiently adapting and adjusting to the challenges of virtual education, Notre Dame of Kidapawan College (NDKC) partnered with Globe Telecom for its School Management System (SMS). NDKC secured licenses...

Buddhist temple food pantry a lifeline for Nepalese students

NEW YORK—Inside the temple in the New York City borough of Queens, monks clad in maroon robes chanted and lit incense and candles at an altar before a golden statue of Buddha. Earlier, on the sidewalk outside, people with face masks, shopping baskets and...

Season of the lens

"OH Lord, make me chaste, but not yet.” I chuckled when I first encountered those words taken from the Confessions of St. Augustine. But come to think of it, the said saint captured the kind of relationship many of us have with God. One...