How you can prevent wildfires in Arizona over Labor Day weekend

Elroy Mariano

There is “really no such thing as ‘fire season’ anymore,” the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management said on its app

ARIZONA, USA — There have been over 1900 wildfires in Arizona as of Sept. 3, according to the Southwest Coordination Center website. Humans have caused 1400 of those fires.

The risk for these devastating fires can increase as many Arizonans are venturing to the great outdoors celebrating Labor day weekend.

To help keep Arizona’s people and land safe, multiple state agencies have released tips to inform individuals on how they can best help prevent another wildfire from happening.

RELATED: Wildfires have burned more acres in Arizona in 2020 than in 2018, 2019 combined

One of the most important things to remember is that there is “really no such thing as ‘fire season’ anymore,” the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management said on its app. A fire can

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Sanofi Fast-Tracks Covid-19 Vaccine to Human Trials

Elroy Mariano

Drugmaking giant Sanofi  (SNY) – Get Report said it has begun a combined phase 1/2 trial of its experimental Covid-19 vaccine amid promising preclinical results that could put it on track to kick off late-stage clinical trials before year-end.

Paris-based Sanofi and partner GlaxoSmithKline  (GSK) – Get Report said they launched human studies of their Covid-19 vaccine candidate at 11 sites across the U.S. The phase-compressed trial, one of several being backed by the U.S. government’s “Operation Warp Speed,” combines the early and middle stages of clinical tests into one.

The vaccine candidate relies on technology Sanofi uses to make influenza shots and Glaxo’s adjuvants, which enhance the body’s immune response. Sanofi also has a messenger RNA vaccine in development.

The companies said they were recruiting 440 healthy adults at 11 trial sites to test out the vaccine in a randomized, double blind and placebo-controlled trial.

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DepEd to spend on gadgets for distance learning if it had budget of Manila Bay ‘white sands’ project

Elroy Mariano

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 7) — The ₱389-million budget for the controversial Manila Bay “white sand” project would have been a huge help for the government to buy gadgets for students and teachers shifting to distance learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said Monday.

Briones made the statement during the government’s Laging Handa media briefing when asked how the Education Department could use the money if it was allocated to the agency.

Sigurado ako malaking bahagi nyan mapupunta sa pangangailangan ng gadgets. Kasi we have more than 3,000 last mile schools na walang connectivity, medyo isolated sila,” Briones explained.

[Translation: I’m sure a chunk of that would have been allocated to the need for gadgets. Because we have more than 3,000 last mile schools without connectivity, and they are a bit isolated.]

She said part of the budget can also be used to fund

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