Over 7K fires burn 1.5M acres of land in California

SAN FRANCISCO: The US state of California has seen 7,012 fires burn 1.5 million acres (about 6,070 square kilometers) as of Monday, compared to last year when 4,292 fires had burned 56,000 acres, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). Fires in Northern California’s LNU Complex alone, the largest blaze in… Read More Over 7K fires burn 1.5M acres of land in California

Republicans re-nominate Trump for 2020 election

WASHINGTON: Republicans formally re-nominated US President Donald Trump for the 2020 national election on Monday as the party’s four-day convention kicked off. The official naming of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence as the party’s presidential ticket followed a roll-call vote of state delegates who backed the president as he now formally enters the race… Read More Republicans re-nominate Trump for 2020 election

Covid-19 shows importance of investing in health: WHO

YAOUNDE, Cameroon/ANKARA: The coronavirus pandemic has shown the importance of investing in health systems that will improve readiness to prevent and control outbreaks, World Health Organization’s (WHO) regional director for Africa said Tuesday. Matshidiso Moeti made the comments at a virtual session of the 70th WHO Regional Committee for Africa. At the virtual session, WHO… Read More Covid-19 shows importance of investing in health: WHO

ASEAN economic ministers discuss recovery from COVID-19 epidemic

HANOI: Economic ministers of the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on Tuesday discussed the response to and recovery from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic and its impacts. At the 52nd Asean Economic Ministers’ Meeting held online on Aug. 25, the attendees exchanged views on the economic impacts of the Covid-19… Read More ASEAN economic ministers discuss recovery from COVID-19 epidemic

China fires carrier killer missiles ‘in warning to US’

ANKARA: China and the US have witnessed a rare confrontation in the contested South China Sea as the Chinese army fired missiles to warn off US forces. According to South China Morning Post daily, China’s People’s Liberation Army launched two missiles including an “aircraft-carrier killer” which Beijing reportedly see as ‘a warning’ to the US… Read More China fires carrier killer missiles ‘in warning to US’

Japanese premier steps down over health concerns

ANKARA: Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, on Friday announced his resignation due to health concerns. “I have decided to step down as prime minister as poor health should not lead to wrong political decisions,” Abe, 65, said in a live address to the nation. Abe, who is suffering from ulcerative colitis, said he would… Read More Japanese premier steps down over health concerns

US authorizes convalescent plasma to treat Covid-19

ANKARA: US President Donald Trump made a “truly historic announcement” Sunday on the emergency authorization of convalescent plasma to treat patients infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a federal agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services, has authorized the emergency use of antibody-rich blood plasma… Read More US authorizes convalescent plasma to treat Covid-19

BARMM lends emergency loan for farmers, fisherfolks and enterprises affected by Covid-19

COTABATO CITY: First batch of farmers, fisherfolks, and micro and small enterprises received Friday their emergency loan assistance from the Bangsamoro Government’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform – Agriculture Credit Policy Council (MAFAR-ACPC). MAFAR Minister Dr. Mohammad Yacob, Deputy Minister Ammal D. Solaiman, MAFAR Maguindanao Provincial Head Abdulnasser K. Badawi, ACPC focal person… Read More BARMM lends emergency loan for farmers, fisherfolks and enterprises affected by Covid-19

BTA special committee on Marawi: “IDPs want to go home”; recommends action plan for rehab

COTABATO CITY: The Bangsamoro Transition Authority’s (BTA) Special Committee on Marawi provided substantive plans and actions to further the city’s rehabilitation after the siege that displaced thousands of Maranaos in 2017 up to this day. Member of Parliament (MP) and Chairperson of the committee Ali Solaiman announced in the plenary on Thursday, August 27, that… Read More BTA special committee on Marawi: “IDPs want to go home”; recommends action plan for rehab