Israel will host Miss Universe contest next month despite Omicron, minister says

Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov said Sunday that Israel will host the Miss Universe pageant on December 12 despite imposing travel restrictions in a bid to stave off the Omicron coronavirus. He said that the candidates, who will be held in the Red Sea resort of Eliat, will be granted waivers from the curbs while possibly being subject to PCR testing …

Lindsay Lohan announces engagement to fiance Bader Shammas

Mean Girls actress Lindsay Lohan announced her engagement to fiance Bader Shammas early Sunday evening. The 35-year-old wrote on Instagram while showing off her engagement ring, “My love. My life. My family. My future.” Shammas is the Assistant Vice President at Credit Suisse in Dubai, where Lohan has called her home for the last seven years. They have reportedly been …

Israel to shut borders completely over Omicron COVID-19 variant

Israel said Saturday that it would ban the entry of all foreigners into the country, making it the first to shut its borders completely in response to a new and potentially more contagious coronavirus variant, and said it would use counter-terrorism phone-tracking technology in order to contain the Omicron variant. The Shin Bet counter-terrorism agency’s phone-tracking technology will be used …

PAL Holdings Inc. doubling capital stock

Philippines Airlines’ parent firm, PAL Holdings Inc., will double its authorized capital stock from 13.5 billion pesos to 30 billion pesos and issue 10.2 billion shares worth 12.75 billion pesos via a private sale. Stockholders approved the move during their Nov. 25, 2021 annual meeting to aid the flag carrier as it undergoes Chapter 11 proceedings. Earlier, PAL announced Buona …

Xiaomi to open factory in Beijing with annual output of 300,000 cars

A statement on Saturday revealed that China smartphone giant Xiaomi Corp. officially signed a cooperation agreement to build a car plant in Beijing with the Administrative Committee of Beijing Economic-Technological Development Area, also known as E-Town. The company has become the latest tech company to join China’s red-hot new energy vehicle or NEV sector committing to invest 10 billion dollars …

Filipinos families who consider themselves poor slightly down to 11.4M – SWS survey

Slightly fewer Filipino families have considered themselves poor in the past three months, based on the results of the third quarter Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Saturday, Nov. 27. The non-commissioned survey conducted from Sept. 12 to 16 with 1,200 respondents found 45 percent of Filipino families rating themselves as “mahirap” or “poor,” 34 percent rating themselves as …

Walang gastos sa driver’s education program – LTO

Tiniyak ng Land Transportation Office (LTO) sa publiko na hindi magreresulta nang dagdag gastos sa mga motorista ang pagpapatupad sa bagong patakaran na pagsailalim sa comprehensive driver’s education program (CDE) ang mga magre-renew ng kanilang lisensya. Ayon kay LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar C. Galvante na ang  CDE ay kapapalooban ng modules na magbibigay-dagdag kaalaman sa mga driver upang matiyak ang …

Di bakunadong close contacts ng COVID-19 hinikayat sa ‘Molnupiravir’ trial ng QMMC

Hinikayat ng pamunuan ng Quirino Memorial Medical Center (QMMC) sa Quezon City ang mga unvaccinated close contacts ng Covid-19 patients na makiisa sa ikatlong phase ng global study upang madetermina ang epekto ng gamot na molnupiravir na sinasabing gamot sa Covid. Ayon kay Dr. Joel Santiaguel, clinical investigator ng QMMC, ang ikatlong phase ng clinical trials ay may mas mahigpit …

Pukpukan na ang ensayo ng Gilas Pilipinas

Tatlong beses kada linggo ang ensayo ng Gilas Pilipinas para paghandaan ang FIBA World Cup Qualifiers na idaraos sa Pebrero. Dumagdag sa koponan sila Jason Credo ng Ateneo de Manila University habang inimbitahan din ang katropa nitong sina Dave Ildefenso at Geo Chiu. Nagsasanay na rin si Ladis Lepalam ng College of Saint Benilde. Kasama nila sina Isaac Go, Rey …