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Indonesia earthquake kills at least 35

Indonesia earthquake kills at least 35

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A powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Sulawesi island early on Friday, killing at least 35 people, levelling a hospital and severely damaging other buildings, authorities said. Hundreds more were injured when the 6.2-magnitude quake struck in the early hours, triggering panic among the terrified residents of the island. “The latest information we have is that 26 people are dead… in Mamuju city,” said Ali Rahman, head of the local disaster mitigation agency, adding “that number could grow”. “Many of the dead are buried under rubble,” he said. Separately, the national disaster agency said at least eight people had died in an area south of Mamuju, a city of some 110,000 in West Sulawesi province, bringing the total death toll to 34. Rescuers were searching for more than a d
UAE residents who’ve been abroad for over 6 months can return by March 31

UAE residents who’ve been abroad for over 6 months can return by March 31

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All they need is a valid resident visa and an approval from GDRFA. UAE residents who have been outside the country for more than six months can now return by March 31, 2021. That’s according to the website of Dubai’s budget carrier flydubai that was updated on January 4. All residents need is a valid resident visa and an approval from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs - Dubai (GDRFA). In a message to passengers, the website stated: “If you hold a UAE resident visa and have stayed outside of the country for more than 180 days, you will be allowed to enter the UAE until 31 March 2021.” Meanwhile, Air India Express (AIE), the budget airline of India’s national carrier, on its Twitter account also posted: “Passengers, who have stayed outside Dubai for

Earthquake wakes up San Francisco on New Year’s Eve

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — An earthquake rumbled in the San Francisco Bay Area early December 31. It appeared to be along the San Andreas fault. Location with respect to nearby cities: 4.3 mi S of Muir Beach, California 6.2 mi SSW of Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, California 7.8 mi SSW of Mill Valley, California 9.3 mi WNW of Noe Valley, California 80.3 mi SW of Sacramento, California People in the city, closer to Marin County, said they felt the 3.6 magnitude earthquake around 5:45 a.m. USGS According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake intensity was mostly weak to light. LISTEN BELOW: San Francisco resident describes earthquake Content retrieved from: https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/earthquake-rumbles-san-francisco-on-new-years-eve/.

Explained: Beware the UK mutant

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Fast-spreading UK-type variants of SARS-CoV-2 could also develop independently in India. Ignorance cannot be bliss. One basic element of disease surveillance is adequate coverage and density to catch events before they spread widely. Much more genome sequencing is critical. The year 2020 will be remembered for the emergence of a new virus — the SARS coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and the Covid-19 pandemic it caused. With a few more days to go, 2020 is projected to close out with about 84 million confirmed Covid-19 cases and over 1.8 million deaths. Despite this gloom, this has also been a year of hope, with the development, testing and approval of vaccines at remarkable speed. For the first time ever, a pandemic of human disease would be controlled by vaccines i
Covid-19: Know Vaccine Plans Of India, Philippines And Others

Covid-19: Know Vaccine Plans Of India, Philippines And Others

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When and which Covid-19 vaccines are likely to be available in major Asian countries Trial data from Pfizer Inc with partner BioNTech SE, Moderna Inc and AstraZeneca Plc has shown their experimental vaccines are effective in preventing novel coronavirus infection. While regulatory processes are underway, few Asian countries expect to receive significant amounts of the vaccines initially. Here are estimated distribution time lines, supply deals announced and clinical trials being held in the region. India The head of the Serum Institute of India, which makes the AstraZeneca vaccine, said on November 23 the positive late-state trial result of the candidate will allow it to seek emergency use approval by year-end, before securing approval for full introduction by February or M...

Denmark to kill all mink to stop mutated coronavirus spreading to humans

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Denmark will cull millions of mink being farmed for their fur in order to stop a mutated version of the new coronavirus from spreading to humans, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced Wednesday. Now detected at over 200 Danish mink farms, the virus has been mutating in the animals and there have been 12 cases of those mutations being transmitted to humans in the North Jutland region, the country's infectious diseases institute has said. "The mutated virus — via mink — can carry the risk that the upcoming vaccine will not work as it should," Frederiksen, who is currently self-isolating after possible exposure to COVID-19, said in a virtual press conference. She said continuing to breed mink during the pandemic "entails a significant risk to public health" and that Denmark
11.11 sale: Cebu Pacific offers Dubai-Manila flights for as low as Dh1 base fare

11.11 sale: Cebu Pacific offers Dubai-Manila flights for as low as Dh1 base fare

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Offer available from November 11 to 13, for travel between July 1, 2021 and October 31, 2021. Cebu Pacific, the Philippines' largest national flag carrier, has launched a sale to kickstart the holiday festivities. In its special 11.11 seat sale, passengers can fly home for as low as Dh1 one-way base fare. Filipinos as well as other residents in the UAE can now easily plan their vacation to the Philippines with this promo, available from November 11 to 13, for travel between July 1, 2021 and October 31, 2021. In addition, the airline also makes available CEB Fare Bundles at 40 per cent discount for next year's travels. Amongst its bundle offers include the Go Easy, with free 7kg hand carry baggage, two pieces of check-in baggage with a total combined weight of 20kg, and standard ...

Biden presidency believed to be good for Pinoy migrant workers

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The incoming administration of US President-elect Joe Biden will result to an American environment that’s “more welcoming” of Filipino migrant workers. President-Elect Joe Biden (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP) Deputy Speaker and Surigao del Sur 2nd district Rep. Johnny Pimentel expressed this hope on Sunday, Nov. 8, as he tried to draw a comparison between Biden and outgoing President Donald Trump. “There’s no question the anti-immigration policies of the outgoing administration of President Donald Trump made it more difficult for many foreigners, including Filipinos, to participate in America’s labor markets through all sorts of visa restrictions,” Pimentel said. “In contrast, we are hoping that the Biden administration will be more receptive to Filipino workers,” added the House
Duterte congratulates Biden on US presidential election victory

Duterte congratulates Biden on US presidential election victory

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MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday congratulated Joseph “Joe” Biden for his victory over Donald Trump in the United States 2020 presidential elections. “On behalf of the Filipino nation, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte wishes to extend his warm congratulations to former Vice President Joseph ‘Joe’ Biden on his election as the new President of the United States of America,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement. Roque noted that “the Philippines and the United States have long-standing bilateral relations and we are committed to further enhancing the relations with the United States under the Biden administration.” “We look forward to working closely with the new administration of President-elect Biden anchored on mutual respect, mutual bene
US Election Results 2020 Live Updates: Joe Biden defeats Donald Trump, projected to become the 46th US President

US Election Results 2020 Live Updates: Joe Biden defeats Donald Trump, projected to become the 46th US President

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US Election Results 2020 Live Updates: Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump and is projected to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, as per AP tally, positioning himself to lead a nation gripped by historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil. His victory came after more than three days of uncertainty as election officials sorted through a surge of mail-in votes that delayed the processing of some ballots. Biden crossed 270 Electoral College votes with a win in Pennsylvania. Biden, 77, staked his candidacy less on any distinctive political ideology than on galvanizing a broad coalition of voters around the notion that Trump posed an existential threat to American democracy. The strategy proved effective, resulting in pivotal victo...