THE ENVIRONMENT chief has ordered the creation of a transitional team that will focus on enforcing environment protection laws while the proposed legislation creating a new agency for that purpose is pending. “Our department has many laws to implement, but we are lacking when it comes to enforcement,” Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Policy, Planning, and ...

1 of 2 The economy is breaking out of recession. It is hard to believe that since GDP in the first quarter contracted by 4.2%. Just the same, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the Department of Finance (DOF) are optimistic based on economic indicators. The unemployment rate in March fell from 8.8% to 7.1% in just a ...

CONVENORS of the 1Sambayan present the coalition during its launching in Makati City on March 18. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ KRIZ JOHN ROSALES Today’s politics in Israel is complicated and confusing, and seems crazy. The coalition that has replaced Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year regime is an oddball mix of eight political parties. They consist of the ultra-right Orthodox Jews, former allies of ...

CONSIDERING how bad stress is supposed to be for our bodies, it’s still a confusing concept. Is it worse for our health to have too much work or too little? To have too much responsibility or to be bored? The COVID-19 pandemic triggered lots of stress — even in people who never got the virus. It’s not clear how much ...

TikTok is taking the world by storm and even challenging Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for social media dominance. Not only is it an engaging platform to pass time, TikTok has proven to be a potent tool for product marketing, image building and driving sales. For those unaware, TikTok, known as Douyin in China, is a video sharing/social networking service owned ...

WASHINGTON — The United States shipped 2.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Taiwan on Saturday, more than tripling Washington’s previous allocation of shots for the island, which has faced increasing political and military pressure from China. Washington, competing with Beijing to deepen geopolitical clout through so-called “vaccine diplomacy,” initially had promised to donate 750,000 doses to Taiwan but increased that ...

DUBAI — Gulf Arab states are unlikely to be deterred from dialogue to improve ties with Iran after a hardline judge won the presidency but their talks with Tehran might become tougher, analysts said. Prospects for better relations between Muslim Shi’ite Iran and Sunni Gulf Arab monarchies could ultimately hinge on progress to revive Tehran’s 2015 nuclear accord with world ...

SAO PAULO — Brazil’s death toll from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) surpassed 500,000 on Saturday as experts warn that the world’s second-deadliest outbreak may worsen due to delayed vaccinations and the government’s refusal to back social distancing measures. Only 11% of Brazilians have been fully vaccinated and epidemiologists warn that, with winter arriving in the southern hemisphere and new variants ...

LONDON — Britain’s airlines and holiday companies are planning a “day of action” on Wednesday to ramp up pressure on the government to ease travel restrictions, with just weeks to go before the start of the peak summer season. Travel companies, whose finances have been stretched to breaking point during the pandemic, are desperate to avoid another summer lost to ...

CAIRO — The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will suspend travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Namibia from entering the country on national and foreign flights, effective 23:59 p.m. on Monday, June 21, state news agency WAM reported on Saturday, citing a statement by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). The GCAA said the restrictions would also include transit passengers, with ...