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SPORTING CHANCE – Joaquin M. Henson – The Philippine Star January 18, 2022 | 12:00am There is talk that the Senate may call for a hearing to get to the bottom of the mess involving world No. 5 pole vaulter EJ Obiena and PATAFA, the NSA threatening to drop him as a national athlete. Since the squabble broke out late last year, several senators have issued statements in Obiena’s defense. Senate president Tito Sotto, Sen. Pia Cayetano, Sen. Manny Pacquiao and PATAFA honorary chairman Sen. Bong Go have expressed their support for Obiena. If the Senate hearing pushes through, PATAFA will be given a… Continue reading “Nothing to hide”

Bitcoin investors dig in for long haul in ‘staggering’ shift

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By Medha Singh and Lisa Pauline Mattackal (Reuters) – As bitcoin heads into 2022, a growing cohort of long-term investors is doubling down on its stashes of the cryptocurrency, hoping a December dip was merely a festive blip. Some industry watchers point to the underlying stability of such long-term investments as potentially promising indicators for the capricious cryptocurrency. Since last July, for example, the amount of bitcoin held in digital wallets with no outflows for more than five months has been steadily increasing, according to digital currency brokerage Genesis Trading. In additio… Continue reading “Bitcoin investors dig in for long haul in ‘staggering’ shift”

School No. 62 in Bishkek closed for quarantine

School No. 62 in Bishkek is closed for quarantine according to the order of the Central State Sanitary and Epidemiological Service, a parent told Kabar Agency.

She said that 3 cases of coronavirus infection were detected among children.

“The school will be opened probably January 31,” she said.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

Kyrgyzstan adds 781 new COVID-19 cases

Kyrgyzstan added on Monday 781 new COVID-19 cases, taking its total to 190,468.

According to data of the Health Ministry, out of the new cases 658 were registered in the capital city of Bishkek.

An additional 102 individuals had fully recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 181,072, while 3 patients died, pushing the death toll to 2,833.

907 patients are currently receiving treatment in hospitals and 4,167 receiving treatment at home.

The country has conducted 2,832 coronavirus tests over the past day.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

Record increase in coronavirus cases registered in Uzbekistan

1,037 cases of coronavirus were officially registered in Uzbekistan on Sunday, the press service of the republic’s Ministry of Health said.

The total number of cases of coronavirus exceeded 206.1 thousand. 3 new virus-related deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of fatalities to 1,518.

The report said that the increase in the incidence in recent days is of great concern to the population. Although highly contagious, most cases have mild symptoms and mostly respiratory signs, so residents are urged not to panic, observe quarantine regulations and get the COVID-19 vaccine.

This is the highest rate since the pandemic began in March 2020. The previous peak was recorded on Aug. 5, 2021, with 974 cases.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

In Kyrgyzstan, people with cancer recommended to be vaccinated against COVID-19

In Kyrgyzstan, people with cancer are recommended to be vaccinated against COVID-19, Sherbet Zhusupova, head of the oncohematology department of the National Center of Oncology and Hematology of the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan said during a briefing on Monday.

The specialist added that the new strain of Omicron identified in people with chronic or oncological diseases can be severe with a high risk of complications. Despite the fact that clinically this strain is not so dangerous, there is a risk of complications in case of infection for the category of people with low immunity.

“Experts note that people vaccinated have an easier and quicker recovery from this strain. For this reason, people with cancer or chronic diseases should be vaccinated and revaccinated. It is not necessary to cancel chemotherapy,” said Sherbet Zhusupova.

In short, these diseases are not contraindications to vaccination

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

CA-India summit may be held in video format due to COVID-19

With COVID-19 cases still on the rise in India 10 days before Republic Day, the government is considering postponing plans to invite the leaders of the five Central Asian countries as chief guests to the parade and host a summit meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Hindu writes on Sunday, ORIENT reported.

According to the newspaper, contingency plans and a range of options to reduce the number and route of the Republic Day parade and the number of spectators were discussed at a meeting chaired by Mr. Modi on Saturday.

Five leaders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan have been invited to participate in the summit via videoconference if the pandemic situation does not ease, according to officials involved in planning the January 26 events.

Presidents of the Central Asian countries – Tokayev, Japarov, Rakhmon, Berdimuhamedov and Mirziyoyev – were supposed to take part in the face-to-face India-Central Asia summit with Indian Prime Minister Modi on January 25 in Delhi. The heads of state confirmed their presence at the celebration and summit in December.

Indian officials have said that if the contingency offer goes into effect, the summit will be held as scheduled but via videoconference, as has been on several other occasions since the global pandemic broke out.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

China’s GDP expands 8.1 pct in 2021

China’s economy posted stable growth in 2021 despite challenges including epidemic resurgences and a complicated external environment, official data showed Monday, Xinhua reported.

The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 8.1 percent year on year to 114.37 trillion yuan (about 18 trillion U.S. dollars) last year, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said.

The pace was well above the government target of “above 6 percent,” and put the two-year average growth at 5.1 percent, the data showed.

In the fourth quarter, the country’s GDP expanded 4 percent year on year.

China’s economy has continued stable recovery in 2021, leading the world in both economic development and epidemic control, the NBS said, while warning of the triple pressure of demand contraction, supply shocks and weakening expectations amid an increasingly complicated external environment.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency