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  • EU regulator to decide on Pfizer booster at the start of October — source
    on September 23, 2021 at 11:03 am

    BRUSSELS — The European Medicines Agency (EMA) expects to decide in early October on the possible use of a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. It will be the EU drugs regulator’s first decision on boosters, the source […]

  • Lava shoots into the sky as La Palma volcano keeps thousands from their homes
    on September 23, 2021 at 10:51 am

    LA PALMA, Spain — Jets of red hot lava shot high into the sky on the Spanish island of La Palma on Thursday morning as toxic ash from the Cumbre Vieja volcano coated the surrounding area and authorities sought shelter for thousands of people forced to flee. For a fifth day, lava flowing down […]

  • PBA: NorthPort grabs 5th spot as Ginebra stays alive in playoff bid
    on September 23, 2021 at 10:49 am

    MANILA, Philippines—NorthPort locked up the fifth seed with a strong 122-94 win over Alaska at the end of the elimination round of the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup Thursday at DHVSU Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga. The Batang Pier are headed to the playoffs with a 6-5 record and will face San Miguel, the […]

  • Expect generally fair weather throughout PH on Friday — Pagasa
    on September 23, 2021 at 10:39 am

    MANILA, Philippines — Generally fair weather is expected to prevail throughout the country on Friday, but rain should still be expected during the afternoon and evening, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). “Dito sa Kamaynilaan pati na […]

  • Vilma Santos now a vlogger, creates her own YouTube channel
    on September 23, 2021 at 10:28 am

    Vilma Santos has now joined the world of vlogging and is preparing to release her first vlog on her own YouTube channel. The Star for All Seasons gave the public a sneak peek at her vlog through a teaser video on her YouTube and Instagram pages today, Sept. 23. She also gave the release date of […]

  • PNP is actively involved in drug war cases review — Eleazar
    on September 23, 2021 at 10:16 am

    MANILA, Philippines — Police chief Guillermo Eleazar on Thursday said the PNP played an active role in reviewing drug war cases as it “strengthens” the transparency and accountability in the organization. Eleazar made the reaction after President Rodrigo Duterte told the United Nations General […]

  • Issuance of voter’s certification suspended on Sept. 27-30 — Comelec
    on September 23, 2021 at 10:02 am

      MANILA, Philippines — The issuance of voter’s certification in all Offices of the Election Officer (OEOs) will be suspended from September 27 to 30 to focus on the last week of voter registration, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Thursday. The suspension of the voter’s […]

  • Calvin Oftana breaks Allan Caidic’s rookie record
    on September 23, 2021 at 10:00 am

    MANILA, Philippines—His night may have ended in defeat but Calvin Oftana’s offensive outburst put him in the PBA’s history books. The third overall pick of the 2020 Draft lit up for 34 points, including a rookie-record eight three-pointers, in NLEX’s 104-101 loss to Meralco in the 2021 PBA […]

  • Angel Locsin to those struggling with weight loss: ‘Love every inch of you no matter what people say’
    on September 23, 2021 at 9:50 am

    While it is true that she has already lost considerable weight, Angel Locsin feels she is still a “work in progress.” Locsin’s recent photo on Instagram has gone viral as it showed her in a slimmer form. She was quickly lauded by fellow celebrities such as Marian Rivera, Anne Curtis, Angelica […]

  • Myanmar faces ‘alarming’ risk of escalating civil war: UN
    on September 23, 2021 at 9:46 am

    GENEVA —Myanmar is facing the alarming prospect of an escalating civil war as an uprising against the military junta widens, the UN’s human rights chief warned on Thursday. Michelle Bachelet told the United Nations Human Rights Council that time was running out for other countries to step up […]

  • Bed capacity of 2 Olongapo hospitals back to safe level
    on September 23, 2021 at 9:43 am

    OLONGAPO CITY—Two of the four hospitals treating COVID-19 patients in this city are back to a safe level after their bed occupancy rate dropped below 60 percent.   Data from the Department of Health on Thursday, Sept. 23, showed that three of the four COVID-19 beds of the Zambales Medical […]

  • Ronaldo leapfrogs Messi in Forbes list of top-earning football players
    on September 23, 2021 at 9:36 am

    Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has reclaimed top spot in the list of the world’s highest-paid football players from Lionel Messi, according to Forbes. Ronaldo, 36, rejoined United from Juventus in August after 12 years away, while Messi has swapped boyhood club Barcelona to join […]

  • Australian adviser to Myanmar’s Suu Kyi appears in junta court
    on September 23, 2021 at 9:32 am

    YANGON, Myanmar —An Australian adviser to Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in a junta court to face immigration and official secrets charges, a lawyer involved in the case said Thursday. Macquarie University professor Sean Turnell was the first foreign national arrested […]

  • COVID test kits expire amid low testing last year
    on September 23, 2021 at 9:29 am

    MANILA, Philippines—Information emerging from the Senate blue ribbon committee investigation of COVID spending by the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) and Department of Health (DOH) said at least P550 million worth of testing kits had expired last year […]

  • Russia’s COVID-19 deaths return to record daily highs
    on September 23, 2021 at 9:26 am

      MOSCOW — Russia on Thursday reported 820 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours, matching an all-time one-day high that it last reached on Aug. 26. The government coronavirus task force also said it had recorded 21,438 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the national […]

  • Kim Chiu clarifies she does not favor cheating: ‘Biktima rin ako’
    on September 23, 2021 at 9:23 am

    Kim Chiu stressed that she is against unfaithfulness in a relationship after she was criticized by netizens for her earlier remarks on the matter. The actress and her “It’s Showtime” co-hosts recently discussed cheating in the program’s Sept. 20 episode when a “Reina ng Tahanan” segment […]

  • Thailand seeks to slash quarantine period for visitors
    on September 23, 2021 at 9:19 am

      BANGKOK — Thailand’s disease control committee has proposed a halving of a two-week hotel isolation requirement for vaccinated arrivals, amid delays in plans to waive quarantine and reopen Bangkok and tourist destinations from next month. Thailand is keen to welcome back foreign […]

  • Quarantine bureau satellite office in Subic Freeport offers ‘yellow cards’
    on September 23, 2021 at 9:11 am

    SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—The Bureau of Quarantine has opened a satellite office inside a mall in this freeport in response to the growing clamor from residents and stakeholders who will travel abroad and need International Certificate of Vaccination (ICV) or “yellow cards.”   In a statement […]

  • Russian navy practices striking Black Sea targets as Ukraine, US hold drills
    on September 23, 2021 at 9:11 am

    MOSCOW — Russia’s navy practiced firing at targets in the Black Sea off the coast of annexed Crimea using its Bastion coastal missile defense system, Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday as Ukraine held joint military drills with the United States. The exercises in Ukraine involving U.S. […]

  • Australia disputes French version of submarine letter
    on September 23, 2021 at 9:03 am

        SYDNEY — Australia denied on Thursday an assertion by France that Canberra had re-committed to a $60 billion contract to buy French submarines in a letter sent just before it announced it was buying subs from the United States and Britain instead. Canberra’s decision to exit the […]