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Male researchers more likely than women to hype study findings
UPI.com - 2019-12-17
Male researchers are far more likely than female colleagues to claim that their findings are especially important, a new study says. The language used to describe discoveries can affect how much attention researchers get and also affect their career advancement. These findings may help explain why women in medicine and science tend to get paid ...

Losing weight may shrink breast cancer risk
UPI.com - 2019-12-17
Losing weight might be a powerful weapon against breast cancer, a new study suggests. "Our results suggest that even a modest amount of sustained weight loss is associated with lower breast cancer risk for women over 50," said study author Lauren Teras, a senior principal scientist with the Behavioral and Epidemiology Research Group at the ...

BSP orders banks to load ATMs, urges cashless transactions
philstar.com - 2019-12-17
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has asked local banks to make sure there is enough cash in their automated teller machines (ATMs) to service the huge demand for cash during the Christmas holidays. BSP Deputy Governor Chuchi Fonacier told reporters during the launch of the new P20 coin and the enhanced P5 coin that ...

Microsoft Is Poised to Dominate Amazon in the Next Round of Cloud Wars: Analyst
TheStreet.com - 2019-12-17
Microsoft's win of the JEDI contract is a 'microcosm' of what's to come for Microsoft in the next phase of cloud adoption, according to Wedbush Securities analysts. Microsoft saw a price target increase from one of its most ardent bulls on Wall Street, with Wedbush analyst Dan Ives arguing the software giant is poised to take more market share ...

DOF: More reforms needed to transform agriculture sector
philstar.com - 2019-12-17
DAVAO CITY, Philippines -- The Department of Finance (DOF) said yesterday more reforms are needed to help transform the Philippine agriculture sector and enable it to realize its full potential. During his opening remarks at the Sulong Pilipinas Agribusiness Summit, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez urged stakeholders in the agribusiness ...

Building robotic safety inspectors nabs Gecko Robotics $40 million
TechCrunch - 2019-12-17
Gecko Robotics has landed $40 million in financing as it looks to build an additional 40 robots over the next year to meet what the company sees as growing demand for its safety and infrastructure monitoring services. "We are growing fast solving critical infrastructure problems that affect our lives, and can even save lives," says Jake ...

Skyryse bets its helicopters will be your first flying taxi
CNET - 2019-12-17
When it comes to flying taxis, there are plenty of radical ideas ranging from extra-large cars that convert into aircraft to electric craft that take off vertically and fly themselves. Startup Skyrise, though, is betting an ordinary looking but somewhat autonomous helicopter is the best option now for whisking commuters through urban airspace.

Instagram's virtual features have real relationship benefits
Phys.org - 2019-12-17
Young adults say that Instagram helps them develop friendships in real life, especially those who are more hesitant to try new experiences, according to a recent study by Washington State ...

3 La Union water execs get 10 years for graft
philstar.com - 2019-12-17
MANILA, Philippines -- The Sandiganbayan has sentenced three water district officials in La Union to 10 years in prison for stealing over P7.2 million in public funds. Aside from prison terms, the anti-graft court disqualified Metro La Union Water District general manager Felipe Picazo, division manager Virginia Laroco and cashier Evangelina ...

9 die in Rizal road crash
philstar.com - 2019-12-17
MANILA, Philippines -- Nine persons died while five others were injured when a truck hit a dump truck and a jeepney in Cardona, Rizal yesterday morning. Three of the fatalities were identified as students John Lester Lambrinto and Jan Brian Madaya, and Maximo Julian, 60. Police have yet to identify the other fatalities, which included the ...

LTFRB probes TNC booking fee surge
philstar.com - 2019-12-17
MANILA, Philippines -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has set a meeting with ride-hailing firms this week following complaints about their expensive booking fees during the Yuletide season. "The agency is at the forefront of ensuring public transportation remains safe, convenient and also affordable.

Seasonal forecasts challenged by Pacific Ocean warming
Phys.org - 2019-12-17
CSIRO research has found global warming will make it more difficult to predict multi-year global climate variations, a consequence of changes to long-term climate variability patterns in the Pacific Ocean. The results, published today in Nature Climate Change, shed light on how the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) was responding to a changing ...

New P20, P5 coins released
philstar.com - 2019-12-17
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) yesterday launched the new P20 coins to replace the current P20 banknotes as well as the enhanced P5 coins to make it distinct from the P1 coin. BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno said the new P20 coin is now the highest denomination in the new generation currency (NGC) coin series, while ...

Go opens 55th Malasakit Center in Antipolo
philstar.com - 2019-12-17
MANILA, Philippines -- With all government hospitals now assured of getting their own Malasakit Center following the passage of Republic Act (RA) 11463, Sen. Christopher Lawrence Go on Monday launched another one-stop-shop medical assistance center at the Antipolo City Hospital. The center in Antipolo is the 55th in the country and the 26th in ...

15 Chinese held in raids on sex dens
philstar.com - 2019-12-17
MANILA, Philippines -- Fifteen Chinese were arrested and 17 women rescued during raids on two sex dens reportedly catering to Chinese employees of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) last week, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) announced yesterday. Twelve women were rescued while Zhi Peng, Liu Fei, and Sun Li Guan were caught ...

One-strike policy vs indiscriminate firing
philstar.com - 2019-12-17
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- All chiefs of police in Western Mindanao who will fail to stop indiscriminate firing during the holiday season will be dismissed from their posts. Brig. Gen. Froilan Quidilla, Police Regional Office 9 (PRO9) director, issued the warning as lawmen were ordered to intensify patrol operations during the Yuletide.

Ifugao Governor denies rice terraces deteriorating
philstar.com - 2019-12-17
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines -- The vast expanse of the rice terraces in Ifugao are being taken care of, Ifugao Gov. Jerry Dalipog said yesterday as he denied a claim by the United Nations-Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO) that the World Heritage Site is "in a very critical stage of deterioration." In fact, some P194 million will be ...

Philippine increasingly relying on food imports -- PSA
philstar.com - 2019-12-17
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines is now relying more on food imports to ensure sufficient supply and stabilize prices, according to recently released data by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). The Food Balance Sheets (FBS) for 2016-2018 showed that the import dependency ratio (IDR) for food has risen steadily to 29.16 percent in ...

Bank of England tweaks capital rules to give banks £500-B loan war chest
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-17
The BoE tested HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group, Royal Bank of Scotland, Standard Chartered, Santander UK, and Nationwide Building Society for their ability to withstand financial market stresses. The BoE said no lender failed to meet a firm-specific hurdle for the minimum amount of capital at the end of the test, in a repeat of last year ...

Cebu Pacific becomes IATA member
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-17
Together with our 290+ member airlines, we make aviation the business of freedom," Mr. Clifford said. Cebu Pacific said it has fully complied with the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). There are 437 carriers worldwide that has complied with the evaluation system that assesses the operational management and control systems of an airline.

Skyryse raises $13 million to launch an autonomous helicopter platform
VentureBeat - 2019-12-17
Skyryse today announced the launch of its autonomous platform Flight Stack and said it has raised $13 million. Earlier this week, the company shared that it had completed its first flight without human intervention near company headquarters in Hawthorn, California. The funding will be used to continue development of Flight Stack. Skyryse may be ...

Autonomous helicopter startup Skyryse demonstrates tech that could power urban air taxis
The Verge - 2019-12-17
Skyryse, an autonomous helicopter startup, unveiled the technology stack that it says will enable future fleets of air taxis to fly themselves over cities. It also released footage from a demonstration flight of one of its autonomous helicopters from earlier this year. The Hawthorne, California-based company is one of many with dreams of flocks ...

Finland offers crash course in artificial intelligence to EU
Charlotte Observer - 2019-12-17
Finland is offering a techy Christmas gift to all European Union citizens -- a free-of-charge online course in artificial intelligence in their own language, officials said Tuesday. The tech-savvy Nordic nation, led by the 34-year-old Prime Minister Sanna Marin, is marking the end of its rotating presidency of the EU at the end of the year ...

Cebu Pacific joins International Air Transport Association
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-17
Together with our 290-plus member-airlines, we make aviation the business of freedom," said Clifford. Cebu Pacific achieved full compliance with the IATA Operational Safety Audit, joining a registry of 437 carriers worldwide that have strictly complied with an internationally recognized and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the ...

Apple Arcade just got a lot cheaper, if you're willing to pay for a whole year
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-17
(CNN) -- Apple is slashing the annual price of Apple Arcade, its fledgling video game subscription service. The catch is you have to subscribe for 12 months to get the reduced price. Apple Arcade's new annual subscription costs $49.99 per year, which is about $10 cheaper than subscribing each month for 12 months. (Apple's month subscription ...

These Berkeley PhD students and the co-founder of buzzy $6.2 billion Databricks are tackling the next really hard problem for big data programmers
Business Insider - 2019-12-17
Andreessen Horowitz led the funding round for Anyscale, a startup born out the University of California, Berkeley. Here's what Anyscale's plans are.

Google employee says she was fired for sending internal pop-ups about labor rights
The Verge - 2019-12-17
Google has fired another employee following a showing of internal activism, marking the latest in a series of controversial terminations at the search giant. Kathryn Spiers, a security engineer at Google, told The Verge she was fired from the company last week after two years. As part of her duties at Google, Spiers was responsible for sending ...

US-China trade deal viewed as positive for export sector
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-17
THE INITIAL PHASE of the US-China trade deal will be positive for Philippine exports and capital markets, economists said. The United States and China on Friday concluded phase one of a trade agreement following a nearly 18-month dispute that saw hundreds ...

Global shares rise after Wall Street rally on China report
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-17
TOKYO -- European indexes fell in early trading Tuesday following a rally on Wall Street spurred by strong Chinese economic data that sent the major indexes to record highs and carried into Asian ...

Peso strengthens on US-China trade talks
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-17
Asuncion said in a text message. "The peso exchange rate closed stronger...its strongest in more than a month amid continued positive reaction to the phase one US-China trade deal," Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. Chief Economist Michael L. Ricafort said. Reuters reported US National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow had said that the ...

Europe's launch of space telescope called off at last minute
CNN - 2019-12-17
(CNN)Europe's space agency was planning to send a new telescope to study far-off planets into space Tuesday but the launch was called off at the last minute. A spokesperson for the European Space Agency (ESA) said the launch would not go ahead today because of a problem with the launch device. Called CHEOPS (CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite ...

55th Malasakit Center opens in Antipolo City
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-17
MANILA, Philippines -- With all Department of Health (DOH)-run hospitals now assured of getting their own Malasakit Center with the passage of Republic Act No. 11463, Sen. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go on Monday, Dec. 16, joined in another successful launch of one of these one-stop-shop medical assistance centers, this time at the ...

Maguindanao massacre verdict has huge impact on press freedom, fight vs impunity -- CHR
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-17
MANILA, Philippines - The impending verdict on the Maguindanao massacre case, 32 of the 58 fatalities were media workers, has a huge impact on the state of press freedom in the country, a ...

Philippines loses Top 10 slot in latest gender equality ranking, falls 8 spots
philstar.com - 2019-12-17
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines lost its spot in the top 10 in the new gender equality ranking by the World Economic Forum, which flagged a widening political empowerment gap in the Southeast Asian country. According to a report by the WEF published Tuesday, the Philippines fell eight notches to 16th place after its score dropped 1.8 ...

No school, no trains, no Eiffel Tower: France on strike
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-17
PARIS -- Teachers, doctors, lawyers and workers at the Eiffel Tower -- people from across the French workforce walked off the job Tuesday to resist a higher retirement age, and to preserve a ...

Lucio Tan firm, Chinese infra giant sole bidder for $10B Cavite airport project
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-17
MANILA, Philippines -- A Chinese state-owned company and Philippine Airlines owner Lucio Tan forged an alliance to transform a former Air Force base in Sangley Point, Cavite into an international ...

Study Reveals Me-Time And Not Date-Nights Is The Key To Lasting Relationship
International Business Times - 2019-12-17
People want to make their relationships work A study revealed that more than date nights, there is one way to keep a relationship healthy It is getting some me-time Many people want to find the right partner so that they could have a happy and lasting relationship. However, not many find their forever. According to the Centers and Disease ...

Can Applesauce Help Close The Racial Health Gap? No, Wait, Hear This Chef Out
NPR - 2019-12-17
For many people, a package of applesauce is simply a convenient lunchbox staple or a snack you turn to when you're feeling sick or can't keep much else down. But when Tunde Wey looks at applesauce, he sees a tool for social justice. Wey is the founder of BabyZoos, a start-up food company focusing its work in Kalamazoo, Mich. He launched the ...

Quezon City court orders return of Zaldy Ampatuan to jail
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 17) -- A Quezon City court ordered Tuesday former Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao Governor Zaldy Ampatuan to go back to his detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa. The decision, signed by Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of Regional Trial Court Branch 221, said it did not find any reason to allow Ampatuan ...

UN worker who accused official of sexual assault has been fired
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-17
(CNN) -- A United Nations whistleblower who accused a high-ranking official of sexually assaulting her has been fired over alleged financial and sexual misconduct. She says that it was retaliation for her own complaint of sexual assault. The investigation that would lead to her dismissal was started by her alleged assailant. Martina Brostrom ...

Solon wants Executive dept. to stop courts from issuing TROs vs. MMDA projects
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 17) -- A lawmaker said Tuesday the Executive Department should step in and stop courts from issuing temporary restraining orders (TRO) against the government's plans to curb traffic congestion in the capital region. "I would like to ask also help from the Executive branch na ipagbawal na itong mga TRO ...

Former President Noynoy Aquino now out of hospital - Valte
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-17
MANILA, Philippines -- Former President Benigno S. Aquino III was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday, his spokesperson said. "Happy to report that Former President Noynoy Aquino has been discharged from the hospital today. He thanks everyone who sent prayers and well-wishes," former deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said ...

49 journalists murdered in 2019 - watchdog
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-17
PARIS -- Forty-nine journalists were killed across the world in 2019, Reporters Without Borders said Tuesday, the lowest death toll in 16 years. The "historically low" number mostly died covering conflicts in Yemen, Syria, and Afghanistan, the Paris-based watchdog said, which warned that "journalism remains a dangerous profession".

Ifugao governor disputes FAO on deterioration of rice terraces
philstar.com - 2019-12-17
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines -- The rice terraces in Ifugao are being cared for, Ifugao Gov. Jerry Dalipog declared, disputing a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization description of the world heritage site as being "in a very critical stage of deterioration". He said some P194 million will be allotted in 2020 for the rehabilitation of ...

Cagayan, Isabela cop chiefs see major reshuffling
philstar.com - 2019-12-17
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines -- At least a third of town police chiefs both in Isabela and Cagayan provinces have been relieved and reassigned elsewhere this week, in the first major shake-up of police leadership in the Cagayan Valley region. The reassignments, Police Brig. Gen. Angelito Casimiro, Cagayan Valley regional police director, explained ...

Lorenzana: PH likely to sign BrahMos missiles deal with India in 2020
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-17
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines and India are likely to reach a deal for the BrahMos cruise missiles in 2020, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Monday. The contract signing for the supersonic cruise missile jointly developed by India and Russia is seen to happen in the first or second quarter of the year through a government-to ...

Davao quake death toll climbs to 8
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 17) - The number of fatalities due to the strong 6.9-magnitude quake in Davao del Sur has risen to eight as of Tuesday noon. This was confirmed to CNN ...

Singapore rises in gender equality ranking as Philippines slips
NIKKEI - 2019-12-17
Educational attainment improved as well, with the gender gap fully closed as regards enrollment in secondary and tertiary education. Meanwhile, the Philippines dropped eight spots to 16th in the ranking due to a widening political empowerment gap. Female representation in the cabinet is lower than two years ago, declining to 10% in 2019 from 25 ...

Ex-Dinagat town mayor convicted of perjury over SALN issues
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-17
MANILA, Philippines - The former mayor of Dinagat town in Dinagat Island has been sentenced to one-year imprisonment for failing to declare ownership of five motorcycles in her 2007 Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) in 2007. In a decision of the Fourth Division of the Sandiganbayan issued November 29 but was release only ...

9 dead in Rizal 3-vehicle road crash
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-17
SAN PEDRO CITY -- Nine people were killed while several others were injured in a road accident involving two trucks and a jeepney in Cardona, Rizal on Tuesday morning. The police identified three of the fatalities as Maximo Julian, 60, Jan Brian Madaya, and John Lester Lambrinto. In a phone interview, case investigator Master Sgt.

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