Lagundi trial gets green light, virgin coconut oil seen to reduce risk of coronavirus

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 29) — The Food and Drug Administration approved clinical trials for herbal medicine ‘lagundi’ as a supplement coronavirus treatment, Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato dela Peña announced Saturday.

De la Peña said in a briefing that participants will be around 200 COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms and admitted at the Quezon Institute quarantine center, Sta. Ana Hospital, and Philippine National Police-National Capital Region community quarantine center.

Experts from the Philippine General Hospital will lead the medical research.

“Ang hangad natin ay ma-address ang symptoms gaya ng ubo, lagnat at mga sore throat,” De la Peña said.

[Translation: We hope that lagundi could address symptoms such as cough, fever and sore throat.]

He added that the research will also try to find out if ‘lagundi’ may reduce severity of symptoms.

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The FDA has yet to approve the studies which aim to look into

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No plastic bags, straws, or hotel shampoo bottles by 2025 as China embarks on journey to reduce and replace polluting material



By the year’s end, a ban will take effect on the production and sale of disposable foamed plastic tableware, straws and plastic cotton buds. Illustration: Perry Tse


By the year’s end, a ban will take effect on the production and sale of disposable foamed plastic tableware, straws and plastic cotton buds. Illustration: Perry Tse

China, the biggest producer of plastic waste on the planet, is poised to kick off a five-year plan to reduce and replace the pollutant, in an ambitious programme with far-reaching implications on the nation’s supply chain, while creating billions of dollars of new business opportunities.

By the year’s end, a ban will take effect on the production and sale of disposable foamed plastic tableware, straws and plastic cotton buds. Non-biodegradable plastic bags will go in phases starting this year, expanding nationwide by 2025. Hotels must stop handing out free disposal plastic products, while couriers are instructed to stop using non-biodegradable plastic packaging by 2025.

The drastic action points could not have come sooner, as China’s mountain of mismanaged, or inadequately disposed, plastic wastes

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Ulster Bank plans to cut 266 jobs to reduce costs



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ULSTER BANK HAS has confirmed that it plans to cut 266 jobs on the island in a bid to rein in costs.

The bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the London-listed NatWest Group, which employs 2,900 people in Ireland, has informed staff of a new restructuring plan.

It is understood that some 216 jobs are to be shed in the Republic and 53 in the North. Some 57 new roles will also be created, 29 in the south and 28 in the North.

Commenting, a spokesperson for the bank said, “We have announced the next phase of our programme to reduce our costs which includes operational changes and a reduction of 266 roles, which we aim to achieve on a voluntary redundancy basis, where possible.

“A small number of roles have also been created. We know this is difficult news for our colleagues and we are doing everything

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