Israeli envoy wants lifting of Manila worker ban

Updated 27 November 2012
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Israeli envoy wants lifting of Manila worker ban

MANILA: Israel’s envoy to Manila says he will ask the government to lift a ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to Israel following the end of heavy fighting between Israeli and Hamas forces.
Ambassador Menashe Bar-on said Tuesday that the ban is unnecessary because the situation in Israel was returning to normal after a cease-fire agreement last week.
Bar-on says there are more than 40,000 Filipinos in Israel, mostly employed as caregivers, who have access to bunker-like protection against rocket attacks. The Philippine government says there are also about 120 Filipinos in Gaza.
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration banned the deployment of workers to Israel because of the conflict, but made its decision after Wednesday’s cease-fire.
Overseas workers provide one of the largest sources of foreign revenue for the Philippines.


Nurse dead in Congo as Ebola vaccination campaign starts

Updated 5 min 40 sec ago
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Nurse dead in Congo as Ebola vaccination campaign starts

  • The have so far been 27 deaths in this latest outbreak of the killer disease
  • There are plans to distribute a vaccine which is due to have started Monday

KINSHASA, Congo: Congo’s health minister says a nurse has died from Ebola in Bikoro, the rural northwestern town where the outbreak began, as the country begins a vaccination campaign.
Health Minister Oly Ilunga said late Sunday that the nurse’s death brings the death toll to 27. There are now 49 hemorrhagic fever cases: 22 confirmed as Ebola, 21 probable and 6 suspected.
Ilunga said two patients have recovered from Ebola, returning home.
Congo’s health delegation, including the health minister, and representatives of the World Health Organization and United Nations have arrived in Mbandaka, the northwestern city of more than 1 million where Ebola has spread, to launch the vaccination campaign Monday. The ministry said it will take five days to target health care workers and 100 registered contacts in the city.