COA: No overpricing in Pharmally mask deal

Contrary to opposition senators’ claims, there was no overpricing in the Department of Budget and Management’s procurement of face masks at the height of the pandemic last year, the Commission on Audit declared. At the hearing of the House committee on good government, COA Chairman Michael Aguinaldo said, “There is nowhere in the COA report on DBM that there was …

No takers on PGH’s call for new doctors

The spokesperson of the Philippine General Hospital sounded the call for new doctors to apply and help the country’s premier COVID-19 referral center. Dr. Jonas del Rosario lamented that their call for doctors to apply went unnoticed despite the rising number of patients. Del Rosario said, “We’re ready to hire new ones. So far, no takers.” Twenty of the 25 …

Apple’s next iPhone mirrors last year’s, adds more storage

Apple unveiled its new iPhone line-up, including a model with one terabyte of storage, double that of earlier versions. That’s enough for 250,000 photos or 500 hours of high definition video. As usual, the latest iPhones are supposed to have longer-lasting batteries, too.Last week’s pre-recorded video event gave Apple a chance to present a polished story following a turbulent few …

UN chief warns Afghanistan in ‘most perilous hour,’ appeals for $600m

The United Nations warned that Afghanistan is on the precipice of a major humanitarian crisis and appealed for more than 600 million dollars in fresh aid to help millions of people on the ground. In his opening remarks, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the country faced a “looming catastrophe” and that many Afghans were in “perhaps their most perilous hour” …

Climate change could force 216 million people out of their homes

Reduced agricultural production, water scarcity, rising sea levels and other adverse effects of climate change could cause up to 216 million people to leave their homes and migrate within their own countries by 2050, the World Bank has warned. The estimate from the Washington-based lender updates a 2018 report with new figures. Internal migrants due to climate change could hit …

Dubious of Trump’s sanity, US general secretly called China: book

In January, a top US general was so worried Donald Trump was out of control that he took secret action to prevent the outgoing president from sparking a war with China, according to a new book. Joint Chiefs Chair General Mark Milley ordered aides to not act immediately on any move by Trump to use US nuclear forces, and he …

COVID-19 vaccine boosters not widely needed: FDA, WHO scientists

Additional COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are not needed for the general population, leading scientists including two departing senior U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials and several from the World Health Organization said in an article published in medical journal Lancet. The scientists said more evidence was needed to justify boosters. That view disagrees with the U.S. government plans to begin …

Shanghai to start vaccination for foreign minors

The Chinese city of Shanghai, on the country’s central coast, started administering novel coronavirus disease vaccines to foreign recipients aged between 12 and 17 in the city on Wednesday, September 15, according to the office of the city’s epidemic prevention and control workgroup. These foreign minors in the country’s biggest city can voluntarily use their passports, international travel documents, or …

Tsina sa Amerika at ibang bansa: dapat itakda ang plano ng aksyon sa karapatang-pantao

Ipinanawagan ng Tagapagsalita ng Ministring Panlabas ng Tsina sa Amerika, Kanada, Pransya, Alemanya, Hapon at iba pang bansang madalas gumagawa ng usapin sa karapatang-pantao, na itakda ang sariling pambansang plano ng aksyon ayon sa pandaigdigang pamantayan, para igarantiya ang karapatang-pantao ng kanilang mga mamamayan sa pamamagitan ng aktuwal na aksyon. Sa kanyang talumpati sa ngalan ng mahigit 40 bansa sa …