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  •   The Philippines reported 918 new COVID 19 infections on Wednesday bringing the number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 4 036 277 The Department of Health DOH said the number of active cases dropped to 18 043 while 21 more patients died from complications of COVID 19 bringing the country s death toll to 64 641 Metro Manila the capital region with more than 13 million inhabitants registered 306 new cases The Philippines reported its highest single day COVID 19 count of 39 004 new cases on January 15 The country with a population of about 110 million has fully vaccinated more than 73 7 million people The Philippines has tested more than 33 66 million people since the viral illness emerged in the country in early 2020 DOH data showed that RT PCR testing in the Philippines has significantly decreased since the first wave of Omicron in January of this year as people switched to antigen tests Xinhua
    Philippines records 918 new COVID-19 cases, 21 more deaths-
      The Philippines reported 918 new COVID 19 infections on Wednesday bringing the number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 4 036 277 The Department of Health DOH said the number of active cases dropped to 18 043 while 21 more patients died from complications of COVID 19 bringing the country s death toll to 64 641 Metro Manila the capital region with more than 13 million inhabitants registered 306 new cases The Philippines reported its highest single day COVID 19 count of 39 004 new cases on January 15 The country with a population of about 110 million has fully vaccinated more than 73 7 million people The Philippines has tested more than 33 66 million people since the viral illness emerged in the country in early 2020 DOH data showed that RT PCR testing in the Philippines has significantly decreased since the first wave of Omicron in January of this year as people switched to antigen tests Xinhua
    Philippines records 918 new COVID-19 cases, 21 more deaths-
    Foreign6 days ago

    Philippines records 918 new COVID-19 cases, 21 more deaths-

    - The Philippines reported 918 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 4,036,277.

    The Department of Health (DOH) said the number of active cases dropped to 18,043, while 21 more patients died from complications of COVID-19, bringing the country's death toll to 64,641.

    Metro Manila, the capital region with more than 13 million inhabitants, registered 306 new cases.

    The Philippines reported its highest single-day COVID-19 count of 39,004 new cases on January 15. The country, with a population of about 110 million, has fully vaccinated more than 73.7 million people.

    The Philippines has tested more than 33.66 million people since the viral illness emerged in the country in early 2020. DOH data showed that RT-PCR testing in the Philippines has significantly decreased since the first wave of Omicron in January of this year as people switched to antigen tests. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   Kwabena Osei Sarpong http bit ly 3EQE9EM the founder and CEO of RIFE International https RIFEIntl com was appointed by the U S Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo to join the President s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa PAC DBIA on July 14 2022 for a two year term The PAC DBIA was founded in 2014 to promote the commercial interaction between the United States and Africa and offer suggestions and analyses to the United States President through the Secretary of Commerce The PAC DBIA will be a crucial source of private sector input over the next two years advancing the Biden Administration s commitment to broadening and strengthening U S business relationships in Africa that are based on common interests support and mutual respect and responsibility I am humbled to be appointed to the President s Advisory Council for Doing Business in Africa PAC DBIA and look forward to contributing my knowledge and experience to strengthen and expand business relations between the United States and Africa states Osei Sarpong Osei Sarpong is at the forefront of pioneering energy efficiency and clean energy solutions in the United States Africa and globally Acknowledged as an Inspiring Climate Trailblazer by the Harvard Business School Climate Symposium Osei Sarpong has also received several awards and recognition for his work in sustainability including the Apex Power 30 under 30 Washington Business Journal s 40 under 40 Association of Energy Engineers Energy Innovator of the Year Maryland Business Adapts Award Honoree Global Leadership Award in Customer Excellence JCI Top 100 MBE in the U S Radford University Outstanding Alumnus 2021 among others An astute entrepreneur with his work impacting millions of people around the world Osei Sarpong and his team recently signed a 2 Billion letter of intent with the Philippines for Clean Energy Demand Initiative CEDI http bit ly 3OMnYg2 and is at various stages of development and execution of clean energy projects in Africa Osei Sarpong also serves on the United States Department of Commerce Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee REEEAC where he advises the US Secretary regarding the development and administration of programs and policies to expand the competitiveness of U S exports of renewable energy and energy efficiency goods and services in accordance with applicable United States regulations In a recent exclusive interview at Enlit Africa https Enlit africa com with the United States Commercial Service hosted by Power Africa Osei Sarpong highlighted Africa s accelerated growth and the need for energy efficiency and renewable technologies to open up new avenues for innovation in the clean energy sector He also addressed the impact of energy equity and environmental justice on the clean energy transition and its critical role in Africa RIFE has executed a variety of dynamic projects and clean energy engagements for Fortune 500 firms government agencies academic institutions and other organizations around the United States Africa Europe and Asia The PAC DBIA will advise the United States President on facilitating U S business participation in economic sectors essential to Africa s inclusive long term growth and economic recovery from recent global crises The focus will be on fostering trade and investment to create jobs in both Africa and the United States as well as on enhancing the ability of African youth and entrepreneurs to establish trade and investment ties with partners in the United States Africa has emerged as a key global market with a favorable business climate positioned for rapid deployment of technological advancements and trade expansion I believe now is the time to push the envelope in jointly finding innovative solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of our time that will impact future generations to come says Osei Sarpong In particular the PAC DBIA will offer insights to help implement the priorities of the Biden Administration such as the Prosper Africa initiative the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment other sector specific initiatives as needed U S government support for the African Continental Free Trade Area and bilateral memoranda of understanding led by the U S Department of Commerce focused on U S commercial cooperation with African nations For more information on the PAC DBIA please visit http bit ly 3Uhdk2g
    Kwabena Osei-Sarpong, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of RIFE International Appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa
      Kwabena Osei Sarpong http bit ly 3EQE9EM the founder and CEO of RIFE International https RIFEIntl com was appointed by the U S Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo to join the President s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa PAC DBIA on July 14 2022 for a two year term The PAC DBIA was founded in 2014 to promote the commercial interaction between the United States and Africa and offer suggestions and analyses to the United States President through the Secretary of Commerce The PAC DBIA will be a crucial source of private sector input over the next two years advancing the Biden Administration s commitment to broadening and strengthening U S business relationships in Africa that are based on common interests support and mutual respect and responsibility I am humbled to be appointed to the President s Advisory Council for Doing Business in Africa PAC DBIA and look forward to contributing my knowledge and experience to strengthen and expand business relations between the United States and Africa states Osei Sarpong Osei Sarpong is at the forefront of pioneering energy efficiency and clean energy solutions in the United States Africa and globally Acknowledged as an Inspiring Climate Trailblazer by the Harvard Business School Climate Symposium Osei Sarpong has also received several awards and recognition for his work in sustainability including the Apex Power 30 under 30 Washington Business Journal s 40 under 40 Association of Energy Engineers Energy Innovator of the Year Maryland Business Adapts Award Honoree Global Leadership Award in Customer Excellence JCI Top 100 MBE in the U S Radford University Outstanding Alumnus 2021 among others An astute entrepreneur with his work impacting millions of people around the world Osei Sarpong and his team recently signed a 2 Billion letter of intent with the Philippines for Clean Energy Demand Initiative CEDI http bit ly 3OMnYg2 and is at various stages of development and execution of clean energy projects in Africa Osei Sarpong also serves on the United States Department of Commerce Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee REEEAC where he advises the US Secretary regarding the development and administration of programs and policies to expand the competitiveness of U S exports of renewable energy and energy efficiency goods and services in accordance with applicable United States regulations In a recent exclusive interview at Enlit Africa https Enlit africa com with the United States Commercial Service hosted by Power Africa Osei Sarpong highlighted Africa s accelerated growth and the need for energy efficiency and renewable technologies to open up new avenues for innovation in the clean energy sector He also addressed the impact of energy equity and environmental justice on the clean energy transition and its critical role in Africa RIFE has executed a variety of dynamic projects and clean energy engagements for Fortune 500 firms government agencies academic institutions and other organizations around the United States Africa Europe and Asia The PAC DBIA will advise the United States President on facilitating U S business participation in economic sectors essential to Africa s inclusive long term growth and economic recovery from recent global crises The focus will be on fostering trade and investment to create jobs in both Africa and the United States as well as on enhancing the ability of African youth and entrepreneurs to establish trade and investment ties with partners in the United States Africa has emerged as a key global market with a favorable business climate positioned for rapid deployment of technological advancements and trade expansion I believe now is the time to push the envelope in jointly finding innovative solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of our time that will impact future generations to come says Osei Sarpong In particular the PAC DBIA will offer insights to help implement the priorities of the Biden Administration such as the Prosper Africa initiative the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment other sector specific initiatives as needed U S government support for the African Continental Free Trade Area and bilateral memoranda of understanding led by the U S Department of Commerce focused on U S commercial cooperation with African nations For more information on the PAC DBIA please visit http bit ly 3Uhdk2g
    Kwabena Osei-Sarpong, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of RIFE International Appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa
    Africa6 days ago

    Kwabena Osei-Sarpong, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of RIFE International Appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa

    Kwabena Osei-Sarpong (http://bit.ly/3EQE9EM), the founder and CEO of RIFE International (https://RIFEIntl.com/), was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo to join the President's Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA) on July 14, 2022, for a two-year term.

    The PAC-DBIA was founded in 2014 to promote the commercial interaction between the United States and Africa and offer suggestions and analyses to the United States President through the Secretary of Commerce.

    The PAC-DBIA will be a crucial source of private sector input over the next two years, advancing the Biden Administration's commitment to broadening and strengthening U.S. business relationships in Africa that are based on common interests, support, and mutual respect and responsibility.

    “I am humbled to be appointed to the President's Advisory Council for Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA) and look forward to contributing my knowledge and experience to strengthen and expand business relations between the United States and Africa" states Osei-Sarpong.

    Osei-Sarpong, is at the forefront of pioneering energy efficiency and clean energy solutions in the United States, Africa and globally.

    Acknowledged as an “Inspiring Climate Trailblazer” by the Harvard Business School Climate Symposium, Osei-Sarpong has also received several awards and recognition for his work in sustainability including the Apex Power 30 under 30, Washington Business Journal’s 40 under 40, Association of Energy Engineers – Energy Innovator of the Year, Maryland Business Adapts Award Honoree, Global Leadership Award in Customer Excellence – JCI, Top 100 MBE in the U.S, Radford University Outstanding Alumnus 2021, among others.

    An astute entrepreneur with his work impacting millions of people around the world, Osei-Sarpong and his team recently signed a $2 Billion letter of intent with the Philippines for Clean Energy Demand Initiative (CEDI) (http://bit.ly/3OMnYg2), and is at various stages of development and execution of clean energy projects in Africa.

    Osei-Sarpong also serves on the United States Department of Commerce Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (REEEAC), where he advises the US Secretary regarding the development and administration of programs and policies to expand the competitiveness of U.S. exports of renewable energy and energy efficiency goods and services, in accordance with applicable United States regulations.

    In a recent exclusive interview at Enlit Africa (https://Enlit-africa.com/), with the United States Commercial Service, hosted by Power Africa, Osei-Sarpong highlighted Africa’s accelerated growth and the need for energy efficiency and renewable technologies to open up new avenues for innovation in the clean energy sector.

    He also addressed the impact of energy equity and environmental justice on the clean energy transition and its critical role in Africa.

    RIFE has executed a variety of dynamic projects and clean energy engagements for Fortune 500 firms, government agencies, academic institutions, and other organizations around the United States, Africa, Europe and Asia.The PAC-DBIA will advise the United States President on facilitating U.S. business participation in economic sectors essential to Africa’s inclusive long-term growth and economic recovery from recent global crises.

    The focus will be on fostering trade and investment to create jobs in both Africa and the United States, as well as on enhancing the ability of African youth and entrepreneurs to establish trade and investment ties with partners in the United States.

    “Africa has emerged as a key global market with a favorable business climate, positioned for rapid deployment of technological advancements and trade expansion.

    I believe now is the time to push the envelope in jointly finding innovative solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of our time that will impact future generations to come,” says Osei-Sarpong.

    In particular, the PAC-DBIA will offer insights to help implement the priorities of the Biden Administration, such as the Prosper Africa initiative, the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment, other sector-specific initiatives as needed, U.S. government support for the African Continental Free Trade Area, and bilateral memoranda of understanding led by the U.S. Department of Commerce focused on U.S. commercial cooperation with African nations.

    For more information on the PAC-DBIA, please visit http://bit.ly/3Uhdk2g.

  •   The trade volume between East China s Fujian Province and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ASEAN reached 340 29 billion yuan about 47 41 billion U S dollars in the first ten months of 2022 up 13 2 percent year on year Xiamen Customs said that of the total volume exports amounted to 209 65 billion yuan while imports reached 130 64 billion yuan rising 13 3 percent and 13 percent respectively compared with the same period last year Among ASEAN members Indonesia the Philippines and Vietnam were Fujian s top three trading partners with imports and exports reaching 96 34 billion yuan 69 63 billion yuan and 56 31 billion yuan respectively Fujian s main exported goods from January to October included labor intensive products mechanical and electrical products and agricultural products The main imported goods were coal natural gas agricultural products and metallic minerals Xinhua
    Fujian forecasts trade growth of 13.2% with ASEAN-
      The trade volume between East China s Fujian Province and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ASEAN reached 340 29 billion yuan about 47 41 billion U S dollars in the first ten months of 2022 up 13 2 percent year on year Xiamen Customs said that of the total volume exports amounted to 209 65 billion yuan while imports reached 130 64 billion yuan rising 13 3 percent and 13 percent respectively compared with the same period last year Among ASEAN members Indonesia the Philippines and Vietnam were Fujian s top three trading partners with imports and exports reaching 96 34 billion yuan 69 63 billion yuan and 56 31 billion yuan respectively Fujian s main exported goods from January to October included labor intensive products mechanical and electrical products and agricultural products The main imported goods were coal natural gas agricultural products and metallic minerals Xinhua
    Fujian forecasts trade growth of 13.2% with ASEAN-
    Foreign6 days ago

    Fujian forecasts trade growth of 13.2% with ASEAN-

    - The trade volume between East China's Fujian Province and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) reached 340.29 billion yuan (about 47.41 billion U.S. dollars) in the first ten months of 2022, up 13.2 percent year-on-year.

    Xiamen Customs said that of the total volume, exports amounted to 209.65 billion yuan, while imports reached 130.64 billion yuan, rising 13.3 percent and 13 percent respectively compared with the same period last year.

    Among ASEAN members, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam were Fujian's top three trading partners, with imports and exports reaching 96.34 billion yuan, 69.63 billion yuan and 56.31 billion yuan respectively.

    Fujian's main exported goods from January to October included labor-intensive products, mechanical and electrical products, and agricultural products. The main imported goods were coal, natural gas, agricultural products and metallic minerals. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •  The Philippines reported 801 new COVID 19 infections on Tuesday bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 4 035 487 The Department of Health DOH said the number of active cases dropped to 18 250 while 12 more patients died from complications of COVID 19 bringing the death toll to 64 620 Metro Manila the capital region with more than 13 million inhabitants registered 277 new cases Xinhua
    Philippines records 801 new COVID-19 cases, 12 more deaths-
     The Philippines reported 801 new COVID 19 infections on Tuesday bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 4 035 487 The Department of Health DOH said the number of active cases dropped to 18 250 while 12 more patients died from complications of COVID 19 bringing the death toll to 64 620 Metro Manila the capital region with more than 13 million inhabitants registered 277 new cases Xinhua
    Philippines records 801 new COVID-19 cases, 12 more deaths-
    Foreign7 days ago

    Philippines records 801 new COVID-19 cases, 12 more deaths-

    The Philippines reported 801 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 4,035,487.

    The Department of Health (DOH) said the number of active cases dropped to 18,250, while 12 more patients died from complications of COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 64,620.

    Metro Manila, the capital region with more than 13 million inhabitants, registered 277 new cases. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •  The Philippines reported 1 083 new COVID 19 infections on Monday bringing the number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 4 034 658 The Department of Health DOH said the number of active cases rose to 18 507 while 14 more patients died from complications of COVID 19 bringing the country s death toll to 64 608 Metro Manila the capital region with more than 13 million inhabitants registered 452 new cases The Philippines reported its highest single day COVID 19 count of 39 004 new cases on January 15 The country with a population of about 110 million has fully vaccinated more than 73 7 million people Xinhua
    Philippines records 1,083 new cases of COVID-19, 14 more deaths-
     The Philippines reported 1 083 new COVID 19 infections on Monday bringing the number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 4 034 658 The Department of Health DOH said the number of active cases rose to 18 507 while 14 more patients died from complications of COVID 19 bringing the country s death toll to 64 608 Metro Manila the capital region with more than 13 million inhabitants registered 452 new cases The Philippines reported its highest single day COVID 19 count of 39 004 new cases on January 15 The country with a population of about 110 million has fully vaccinated more than 73 7 million people Xinhua
    Philippines records 1,083 new cases of COVID-19, 14 more deaths-
    Foreign1 week ago

    Philippines records 1,083 new cases of COVID-19, 14 more deaths-

    The Philippines reported 1,083 new COVID-19 infections on Monday, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 4,034,658.

    The Department of Health (DOH) said the number of active cases rose to 18,507, while 14 more patients died from complications of COVID-19, bringing the country's death toll to 64,608.

    Metro Manila, the capital region with more than 13 million inhabitants, registered 452 new cases.

    The Philippines reported its highest single-day COVID-19 count of 39,004 new cases on January 15. The country, with a population of about 110 million, has fully vaccinated more than 73.7 million people. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   The Philippine health department said Monday that dengue deaths have risen to 642 this year as cases of mosquito borne diseases increased by 191 percent over the same period last year The Department of Health has counted 196 728 cases from January 1 to November 5 The data showed that most of the cases broke out on the main island of Luzon including Metro Manila and its neighboring areas In the same period last year the DOH only recorded 67 537 cases and 247 deaths Dengue is endemic in the Philippines Waterborne infectious diseases including dengue typically peak at the beginning of the rainy season from July to October due to fluctuating weather conditions flooding and accumulation of contaminated water Dengue mosquitoes breed in standing water such as containers filled with water and some plants including bananas In severe cases dengue can cause joint pain nausea vomiting rashes breathing problems bleeding and organ failure The Philippines declared a national dengue epidemic in August 2019 due to a growing number of people dying from the disease in the Southeast Asian country Xinhua
    The death toll from dengue in the Philippines rises to 642 in 2022-
      The Philippine health department said Monday that dengue deaths have risen to 642 this year as cases of mosquito borne diseases increased by 191 percent over the same period last year The Department of Health has counted 196 728 cases from January 1 to November 5 The data showed that most of the cases broke out on the main island of Luzon including Metro Manila and its neighboring areas In the same period last year the DOH only recorded 67 537 cases and 247 deaths Dengue is endemic in the Philippines Waterborne infectious diseases including dengue typically peak at the beginning of the rainy season from July to October due to fluctuating weather conditions flooding and accumulation of contaminated water Dengue mosquitoes breed in standing water such as containers filled with water and some plants including bananas In severe cases dengue can cause joint pain nausea vomiting rashes breathing problems bleeding and organ failure The Philippines declared a national dengue epidemic in August 2019 due to a growing number of people dying from the disease in the Southeast Asian country Xinhua
    The death toll from dengue in the Philippines rises to 642 in 2022-
    Foreign1 week ago

    The death toll from dengue in the Philippines rises to 642 in 2022-

    - The Philippine health department said Monday that dengue deaths have risen to 642 this year, as cases of mosquito-borne diseases increased by 191 percent over the same period last year.

    The Department of Health has counted 196,728 cases from January 1 to November 5. The data showed that most of the cases broke out on the main island of Luzon, including Metro Manila and its neighboring areas.

    In the same period last year, the DOH only recorded 67,537 cases and 247 deaths.

    Dengue is endemic in the Philippines. Waterborne infectious diseases, including dengue, typically peak at the beginning of the rainy season, from July to October, due to fluctuating weather conditions, flooding, and accumulation of contaminated water. Dengue mosquitoes breed in standing water, such as containers filled with water, and some plants, including bananas.

    In severe cases, dengue can cause joint pain, nausea, vomiting, rashes, breathing problems, bleeding, and organ failure.

    The Philippines declared a "national dengue epidemic" in August 2019 due to a growing number of people dying from the disease in the Southeast Asian country. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   The Philippines reported 1 326 new COVID 19 infections on Sunday bringing the number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 4 033 682 The Department of Health said the number of active cases rose to 18 482 while 23 more patients died from complications of COVID 19 bringing the country s death toll to 64 594 Metro Manila the capital region with more than 13 million inhabitants registered 457 new cases The Philippines reported its highest single day COVID 19 count of 39 004 new cases on January 15 The country with a population of about 110 million has fully vaccinated more than 73 7 million people Xinhua
    Philippines records 1,326 new COVID-19 cases, 23 deaths-
      The Philippines reported 1 326 new COVID 19 infections on Sunday bringing the number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 4 033 682 The Department of Health said the number of active cases rose to 18 482 while 23 more patients died from complications of COVID 19 bringing the country s death toll to 64 594 Metro Manila the capital region with more than 13 million inhabitants registered 457 new cases The Philippines reported its highest single day COVID 19 count of 39 004 new cases on January 15 The country with a population of about 110 million has fully vaccinated more than 73 7 million people Xinhua
    Philippines records 1,326 new COVID-19 cases, 23 deaths-
    Foreign1 week ago

    Philippines records 1,326 new COVID-19 cases, 23 deaths-

    - The Philippines reported 1,326 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 4,033,682.

    The Department of Health said the number of active cases rose to 18,482, while 23 more patients died from complications of COVID-19, bringing the country's death toll to 64,594.

    Metro Manila, the capital region with more than 13 million inhabitants, registered 457 new cases.

    The Philippines reported its highest single-day COVID-19 count of 39,004 new cases on January 15. The country, with a population of about 110 million, has fully vaccinated more than 73.7 million people. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   The Libyan capital of Tripoli held the fifth annual marathon on Saturday under the motto racing for peace with more than 1 500 participants Participants from Libya Tunisia Algeria Morocco Nigeria Turkey the Philippines and Japan took part in the marathon along with 70 observers and judges said Abdul Hamed Shbet head of the Organizing Committee The first place winner took home a prize of 5 500 Libyan dinars US 1 119 and a return plane ticket to T rkiye Shbet said Plane tickets smartphones sportswear and cash prizes were also awarded to the participants it added The marathon was 21 km about half the distance of a standard run and took about three hours to finish Xinhua
    Marathon kicks off in Tripoli, Libya
      The Libyan capital of Tripoli held the fifth annual marathon on Saturday under the motto racing for peace with more than 1 500 participants Participants from Libya Tunisia Algeria Morocco Nigeria Turkey the Philippines and Japan took part in the marathon along with 70 observers and judges said Abdul Hamed Shbet head of the Organizing Committee The first place winner took home a prize of 5 500 Libyan dinars US 1 119 and a return plane ticket to T rkiye Shbet said Plane tickets smartphones sportswear and cash prizes were also awarded to the participants it added The marathon was 21 km about half the distance of a standard run and took about three hours to finish Xinhua
    Marathon kicks off in Tripoli, Libya
    Foreign1 week ago

    Marathon kicks off in Tripoli, Libya

    - The Libyan capital of Tripoli held the fifth annual marathon on Saturday under the motto "racing for peace" with more than 1,500 participants.

    Participants from Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, Turkey, the Philippines and Japan took part in the marathon, along with 70 observers and judges, said Abdul-Hamed Shbet, head of the Organizing Committee.

    The first-place winner took home a prize of 5,500 Libyan dinars (US$1,119) and a return plane ticket to Türkiye, Shbet said.

    Plane tickets, smartphones, sportswear and cash prizes were also awarded to the participants, it added.

    The marathon was 21 km, about half the distance of a standard run, and took about three hours to finish. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   Scarred by nearly five decades of armed conflict a violence torn region in the southern Philippines is on a path to lasting peace attracting more investors to rebuild the languishing economy and lift its people out of poverty Abdulkahar Nul a businessman who owns a shopping complex in the city center of Cotabato the largest city in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao BARMM looks at the sunny side of this newly created region It is building a four story 200 room hotel to provide more comfortable accommodations for investors coming to this city of 400 000 In 2014 the Philippine government and Bangsamoro fighters signed a peace agreement ending the decades long insurgency In 2018 then President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Bangsamoro Organic Law paving the way for the creation of BARMM in 2019 which has a six year transition period Speaking at his office in the city of Cotabato BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim said the security situation in the region has significantly improved in recent years and a development plan is in place to alleviate widespread poverty The 74 year old prime minister said his government s socio economic policies focus on consolidating security and stability and providing a foundation for institution building The priorities are medical health infrastructure education and social services We hope to make progress in these fields before the transition is complete in 2025 he said However as one of the poorest regions in the Southeast Asian country BARMM has a long way to go to reach its ambitious achievements According to government statistics more than 37 percent of the region s nearly 5 million people live below the poverty line It has one of the highest levels of infant and maternal mortality and one of the lowest life expectancies Mohagher Iqbal BARMM s education minister said peace and order are top concerns for investors He confirmed that nearly 40 000 ex combatants had been discharged most becoming civilians and some becoming security agents Not everything is easy but if you have the political will you will overcome all these obstacles said Iqbal who had been the chief negotiator for the peace deal for 17 years acknowledging that the region faces challenges in charting the socio economic course after a prolonged conflict We are in our fourth year of transition and we hope to do more to provide public services to our people he said Philippine security analyst Rommel Banlaoi said restoring peace is one of BARMM s most significant achievements Normalization ensures that these armed groups will not disrupt the peaceful life of the people Banlaoi said Now they are preparing to rule instead of fighting In September this year Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos expressed his administration s total and unwavering support for the peace process in the region I look forward to fulfilling his vision of achieving a united enlightened autonomous peaceful just morally upright and progressive Bangsamoro Marcos said at the opening session of an 80 member parliament of the Bangsamoro Transitional Authority 2022 2025 He urged the approval of measures for the well being of the people particularly in agriculture medical care transportation communication digital infrastructure and electronic government The Marcos administration allocated approximately US 1 3 billion in budget for the Bangsamoro region in 2023 In fact BARMM has high potential for growth and development given its strategic location dynamic workforce and rich untapped natural resources such as natural gas oil solar and hydropower as well as minerals According to the Philippine Statistics Authority BARMM s economy grew 7 5 percent in 2021 the second fastest growth among all regions in the country The services sector led economic production with 38 9 percent followed by agriculture fishing and forestry with 36 4 percent and industry with 24 7 percent Mohamad Omar Pasigan head of the Bangsamoro Regional Board of Investment believes that the path to lasting peace is a vibrant economy noting that the region is poised to become one of the fastest growing economies in the Philippines Relatively low cost workers wealth of water and resources promising tourism and employment generation are the main advantages of this less developed region he said stressing that BARMM can be an entry point to neighboring markets such as Brunei Indonesia and Malaysia The investment opportunity is huge in this region We provide incentives and special investment packages for investors Pasigan said adding that investors from the Middle East Turkey and some East Asian countries are looking for investment opportunities despite of the current COVID 19 pandemic Ramia Kasim a barista who works at an international chain coffee shop in the city of Cotabato also has an optimistic outlook on the future Operation is normal We re back in business she said as she served customers BARMM Chief Minister Ebrahim reaffirmed that the current secure environment in the region is conducive to doing business We look forward to cooperation in developing our area and building our potential he said We welcome foreign investors and development partners Xinhua
    Feature: Violence-torn region of southern Philippines hungers for peace and development
      Scarred by nearly five decades of armed conflict a violence torn region in the southern Philippines is on a path to lasting peace attracting more investors to rebuild the languishing economy and lift its people out of poverty Abdulkahar Nul a businessman who owns a shopping complex in the city center of Cotabato the largest city in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao BARMM looks at the sunny side of this newly created region It is building a four story 200 room hotel to provide more comfortable accommodations for investors coming to this city of 400 000 In 2014 the Philippine government and Bangsamoro fighters signed a peace agreement ending the decades long insurgency In 2018 then President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Bangsamoro Organic Law paving the way for the creation of BARMM in 2019 which has a six year transition period Speaking at his office in the city of Cotabato BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim said the security situation in the region has significantly improved in recent years and a development plan is in place to alleviate widespread poverty The 74 year old prime minister said his government s socio economic policies focus on consolidating security and stability and providing a foundation for institution building The priorities are medical health infrastructure education and social services We hope to make progress in these fields before the transition is complete in 2025 he said However as one of the poorest regions in the Southeast Asian country BARMM has a long way to go to reach its ambitious achievements According to government statistics more than 37 percent of the region s nearly 5 million people live below the poverty line It has one of the highest levels of infant and maternal mortality and one of the lowest life expectancies Mohagher Iqbal BARMM s education minister said peace and order are top concerns for investors He confirmed that nearly 40 000 ex combatants had been discharged most becoming civilians and some becoming security agents Not everything is easy but if you have the political will you will overcome all these obstacles said Iqbal who had been the chief negotiator for the peace deal for 17 years acknowledging that the region faces challenges in charting the socio economic course after a prolonged conflict We are in our fourth year of transition and we hope to do more to provide public services to our people he said Philippine security analyst Rommel Banlaoi said restoring peace is one of BARMM s most significant achievements Normalization ensures that these armed groups will not disrupt the peaceful life of the people Banlaoi said Now they are preparing to rule instead of fighting In September this year Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos expressed his administration s total and unwavering support for the peace process in the region I look forward to fulfilling his vision of achieving a united enlightened autonomous peaceful just morally upright and progressive Bangsamoro Marcos said at the opening session of an 80 member parliament of the Bangsamoro Transitional Authority 2022 2025 He urged the approval of measures for the well being of the people particularly in agriculture medical care transportation communication digital infrastructure and electronic government The Marcos administration allocated approximately US 1 3 billion in budget for the Bangsamoro region in 2023 In fact BARMM has high potential for growth and development given its strategic location dynamic workforce and rich untapped natural resources such as natural gas oil solar and hydropower as well as minerals According to the Philippine Statistics Authority BARMM s economy grew 7 5 percent in 2021 the second fastest growth among all regions in the country The services sector led economic production with 38 9 percent followed by agriculture fishing and forestry with 36 4 percent and industry with 24 7 percent Mohamad Omar Pasigan head of the Bangsamoro Regional Board of Investment believes that the path to lasting peace is a vibrant economy noting that the region is poised to become one of the fastest growing economies in the Philippines Relatively low cost workers wealth of water and resources promising tourism and employment generation are the main advantages of this less developed region he said stressing that BARMM can be an entry point to neighboring markets such as Brunei Indonesia and Malaysia The investment opportunity is huge in this region We provide incentives and special investment packages for investors Pasigan said adding that investors from the Middle East Turkey and some East Asian countries are looking for investment opportunities despite of the current COVID 19 pandemic Ramia Kasim a barista who works at an international chain coffee shop in the city of Cotabato also has an optimistic outlook on the future Operation is normal We re back in business she said as she served customers BARMM Chief Minister Ebrahim reaffirmed that the current secure environment in the region is conducive to doing business We look forward to cooperation in developing our area and building our potential he said We welcome foreign investors and development partners Xinhua
    Feature: Violence-torn region of southern Philippines hungers for peace and development
    Foreign1 week ago

    Feature: Violence-torn region of southern Philippines hungers for peace and development

    - Scarred by nearly five decades of armed conflict, a violence-torn region in the southern Philippines is on a path to lasting peace, attracting more investors to rebuild the languishing economy and lift its people out of poverty.

    Abdulkahar Nul, a businessman who owns a shopping complex in the city center of Cotabato, the largest city in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), looks at the sunny side of this newly created region.

    It is building a four-story, 200-room hotel to provide more comfortable accommodations for investors coming to this city of 400,000.

    In 2014, the Philippine government and Bangsamoro fighters signed a peace agreement, ending the decades-long insurgency. In 2018, then-President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Bangsamoro Organic Law, paving the way for the creation of BARMM in 2019, which has a six-year transition period.

    Speaking at his office in the city of Cotabato, BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim said the security situation in the region has "significantly improved" in recent years and a development plan is in place to alleviate widespread poverty.

    The 74-year-old prime minister said his government's socio-economic policies focus on consolidating security and stability and providing a foundation for institution-building. The priorities are medical health, infrastructure, education and social services. "We hope to make progress in these fields before the transition is complete in 2025," he said.

    However, as one of the poorest regions in the Southeast Asian country, BARMM has a long way to go to reach its ambitious achievements.

    According to government statistics, more than 37 percent of the region's nearly 5 million people live below the poverty line. It has one of the highest levels of infant and maternal mortality and one of the lowest life expectancies.

    Mohagher Iqbal, BARMM's education minister, said peace and order are top concerns for investors. He confirmed that nearly 40,000 ex-combatants had been discharged, most becoming civilians and some becoming security agents.

    "Not everything is easy, but if you have the political will, you will overcome all these obstacles," said Iqbal, who had been the chief negotiator for the peace deal for 17 years, acknowledging that the region faces challenges in charting the socio-economic course. after a prolonged conflict.

    “We are in our fourth year of transition and we hope to do more to provide public services to our people,” he said.

    Philippine security analyst Rommel Banlaoi said restoring peace is one of BARMM's most significant achievements.

    "Normalization ensures that these armed groups will not disrupt the peaceful life of the people," Banlaoi said. "Now, they are preparing to rule instead of fighting."

    In September this year, Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos expressed his administration's "total and unwavering support" for the peace process in the region.

    "I look forward to fulfilling his vision of achieving a united, enlightened, autonomous, peaceful, just, morally upright and progressive Bangsamoro," Marcos said at the opening session of an 80-member parliament of the Bangsamoro Transitional Authority 2022-2025. .

    He urged the approval of measures for the well-being of the people, particularly in agriculture, medical care, transportation, communication, digital infrastructure, and electronic government. The Marcos administration allocated approximately US$1.3 billion in budget for the Bangsamoro region in 2023.

    In fact, BARMM has high potential for growth and development, given its strategic location, dynamic workforce, and rich untapped natural resources such as natural gas, oil, solar and hydropower, as well as minerals.

    According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, BARMM's economy grew 7.5 percent in 2021, the second fastest growth among all regions in the country. The services sector led economic production with 38.9 percent; followed by agriculture, fishing and forestry with 36.4 percent; and industry with 24.7 percent.

    Mohamad Omar Pasigan, head of the Bangsamoro Regional Board of Investment, believes that the path to lasting peace is a vibrant economy, noting that the region is poised to become one of the fastest growing economies in the Philippines.

    Relatively low-cost workers, wealth of water and resources, promising tourism and employment generation are the main advantages of this less-developed region, he said, stressing that BARMM can be an entry point to neighboring markets such as Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia.

    "The investment opportunity is huge in this region. We provide incentives and special investment packages for investors," Pasigan said, adding that investors from the Middle East, Turkey and some East Asian countries are looking for investment opportunities despite of the current COVID-19 pandemic. .

    Ramia Kasim, a barista who works at an international chain coffee shop in the city of Cotabato, also has an optimistic outlook on the future. "Operation is normal. We're back in business," she said as she served customers.

    BARMM Chief Minister Ebrahim reaffirmed that the current secure environment in the region is conducive to doing business.

    "We look forward to cooperation in developing our area and building our potential," he said. "We welcome foreign investors and development partners." ■



    (Xinhua)

  •  The Philippines reported 1 874 new COVID 19 infections on Saturday bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 4 032 326 The Department of Health DOH said the number of active cases rose to 18 348 while 23 more patients died from complications of COVID 19 bringing the death toll to 64 571 Metro Manila the capital region with more than 13 million people registered 536 new cases The DOH confirmed the detection of the highly transmissible and immune evasive variant Omicron BQ 1 sublineage in the Philippines BQ 1 is a sublineage of BA 5 an offshoot of Omicron that the Philippine Genome Center PGC says may have contributed to the wave of COVID 19 in August DOH Officer in Charge Mar a Rosario Vergeire said the country s hospitalization rate remains low risk despite detecting new variants and subvariants of COVID 19 including BQ 1 She added that the government is prepared if the healthcare utilization rate increases The Philippines reported its highest single day COVID 19 count of 39 004 new cases on January 15 The country with a population of about 110 million has fully vaccinated more than 73 7 million people Xinhua
    Philippines records 1,874 new cases of COVID-19, 23 more deaths-
     The Philippines reported 1 874 new COVID 19 infections on Saturday bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 4 032 326 The Department of Health DOH said the number of active cases rose to 18 348 while 23 more patients died from complications of COVID 19 bringing the death toll to 64 571 Metro Manila the capital region with more than 13 million people registered 536 new cases The DOH confirmed the detection of the highly transmissible and immune evasive variant Omicron BQ 1 sublineage in the Philippines BQ 1 is a sublineage of BA 5 an offshoot of Omicron that the Philippine Genome Center PGC says may have contributed to the wave of COVID 19 in August DOH Officer in Charge Mar a Rosario Vergeire said the country s hospitalization rate remains low risk despite detecting new variants and subvariants of COVID 19 including BQ 1 She added that the government is prepared if the healthcare utilization rate increases The Philippines reported its highest single day COVID 19 count of 39 004 new cases on January 15 The country with a population of about 110 million has fully vaccinated more than 73 7 million people Xinhua
    Philippines records 1,874 new cases of COVID-19, 23 more deaths-
    Foreign1 week ago

    Philippines records 1,874 new cases of COVID-19, 23 more deaths-

    The Philippines reported 1,874 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 4,032,326.

    The Department of Health (DOH) said the number of active cases rose to 18,348, while 23 more patients died from complications of COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 64,571.

    Metro Manila, the capital region with more than 13 million people, registered 536 new cases.

    The DOH confirmed the detection of the "highly transmissible and immune-evasive" variant Omicron BQ.1 sublineage in the Philippines. BQ.1 is a sublineage of BA.5, an offshoot of Omicron that the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) says may have contributed to the wave of COVID-19 in August.

    DOH Officer-in-Charge María Rosario Vergeire said the country's hospitalization rate remains low-risk despite detecting new variants and subvariants of COVID-19, including BQ.1. She added that the government is prepared if the healthcare utilization rate increases.

    The Philippines reported its highest single-day COVID-19 count of 39,004 new cases on January 15. The country, with a population of about 110 million, has fully vaccinated more than 73.7 million people. ■



    (Xinhua)

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