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Apple reportedly plans to build a self-driving electric car by 2024, but it will face stiff competition as new EVs flood the market
Business Insider - 2020-12-22
By the time Apple's rumored electric car launches, dozens of new EVs -- from sports cars, to SUVs, and trucks -- will also be on the market.

Britain welcomes French easing of transport ban but warns against travel to port
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-22
The British government on Tuesday welcomed a French decision to ease restrictions on travelers from Britain after a snap 48-hour ban to curb the spread of coronavirus threatened UK supply

City Savings raises P5 billion via notes issue
philstar.com - 2020-12-22
City Savings Bank Inc. raised P5 billion through the issuance of debt papers to beef up its lending portfolio, extend the maturity of its liabilities, and finance its general corporate requirements.

AstraZeneca says its vaccine should be effective vs new coronavirus variant
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-22
British drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc told Reuters on Tuesday its COVID-19 vaccine should be effective against the new coronavirus variant, adding that studies were underway to fully probe the impact ...

Fauci, US Lawmakers Get Early Access to COVID-19 Vaccines
Medscape - 2020-12-22
Fauci, who still sees patients, cited his clinical work as one of the reasons for getting vaccinated for COVID. Separately, there's been criticism of lawmakers for tapping a limited supply of COVID shots.

Pakistani human rights activist found dead in Canada
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-22
Montreal, Canada -- A Pakistani human rights activist who had fled to Canada has been found dead in Toronto, Canadian police said Tuesday. Karima Mehrab, who was also known as Karima Baloch, had ...

DNA test confirms mutilated body that of retired CA justice
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-22
MANILA, Philippines -- The nearly two-month search for retired Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justice Normandie Pizarro has ended after results of a recent DNA test confirmed that it was his

Pagasa: Expect storm-free Christmas
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-22
MANILA, Philippines -- Filipinos can expect a storm-free Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with no storms currently observed on the horizon, according to the government weather service. Those going

Photos reveal Jupiter and Saturn aligned in the sky as a 'Christmas star' that hadn't been seen for 800 years
Business Insider - 2020-12-22
Jupiter and Saturn appeared the closest they'd been in the sky since 1226. Photos show them aligning to form a double planet.

PNP psychological review sought
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-22
Lawmakers on Tuesday urged reforms in and a thorough evaluation of the 120,000-strong Philippine National Police (PNP) amid public outrage sparked by the killing of a 52-year-old woman and her 25 ...

5 slain in Rizal shootout not rebels but farmworkers, says rights group
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-22
An upland community in Baras, Rizal province, lives through the trauma after the killing of five people in their neighborhood, who the government later tagged as communist rebels. Brig. Gen. Alex

Brussels recommends EU members lift UK travel bans
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-22
Brussels, Belgium -- The European Commission recommended Tuesday that EU member states lift the blanket bans some have imposed on arrivals from Britain to allow essential journeys and cargo ...

President to sign P4.5-T 2021 budget on Monday
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-22
President Rodrigo Duterte will sign into law the P4.5-trillion national budget act for 2021 on Monday, according to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque. "It was

What We Know About The New U.K. Variant Of Coronavirus -- And What We Need To Find Out
NPR - 2020-12-22
There's cause for concern. But how concerned should we be? Here's a rundown of the current thinking on key issues as transmission, severity of disease -- and effectiveness of vaccines.

U.S. sues Walmart with allegations its pharmacies helped fuel opioid crisis
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-22
The U.S. Justice Department sued Walmart Inc on Tuesday, accusing the retailer of fueling the opioid crisis in the United States and ignoring warning signs from its pharmacists,

Zarate agrees to a one-on-one meeting with Duterte
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-22
Rep. Carlos Zarate on Tuesday accepted the dare of President Rodrigo Duterte for a one-on-one meeting after the leader unleashed fresh tirades against the lawmaker. Duterte,

Textured Implants Linked to Worse Breast Cancer Outcomes
Medscape - 2020-12-22
A small study shows more distant recurrence and shorter disease-free survival with textured vs smooth implants.

Cyclists in Valenzuela need not wear face shields
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-22
MANILA, Philippines -- Cyclists passing through Valenzuela City are no longer required to wear face shields after the city government approved the exemption on Tuesday. The local government said ...

WHO Europe to convene members over new virus variant
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-22
Copenhagen, Denmark -- The World Health Organization (WHO) in Europe said Tuesday it would convene its members to discuss how to handle a new variant of the novel coronavirus discovered in the United

Justice Department Sues Walmart, Alleging It Illegally Dispensed Opioids
NPR - 2020-12-22
Damages could total in the billions. "Walmart had the responsibility and the means to help prevent the diversion of prescription opioids. Instead, for years, it did the opposite," the government said.

Anti-vaxxers could face public transport ban in France
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-22
PARIS -- People who fail to get a COVID-19 vaccination could be banned from using public transport in France, according to a draft law sparking angry protests from opposition politicians on

Embedded finance and the 'rise of finfluencers': 4 fintech investors highlight the biggest trends to watch in the space in 2021
Business Insider - 2020-12-22
From embedded fintech to the rise of the finfluencer, here are the key trends fintech investors are watching in 2021.

Facebook to add more account security features next year
Reuters - 2020-12-22
Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it would start allowing users to set up physical security keys as a way to verify their identity before logging into the social network's mobile app, beginning next year.

US military school West Point rocked by major cheating scandal
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-22
America's prestigious military school West Point has been shaken by its biggest cheating scandal in decades, with dozens of cadets accused of breaking the academy's honor code

Exclusive: Leonardo hack targeted military plane details, arrest warrant shows
Reuters - 2020-12-22
An investigation into a data theft at Leonardo has found that a hacker working inside the Italian defence group appeared to target details of Europe's biggest unmanned fighter jet programme and aircraft used by the military and police,

Indian priest and nun convicted of convent killing after three decades
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-22
An Indian court on Tuesday convicted a priest and a nun for the ax murder of another convent sister 30 years ago because they feared their illicit relationship would be made

Former MLBer Will Middlebrooks Joins Instructional Video Start-Up, Lively
Forbes - 2020-12-22
As the pandemic has created the need for video conferencing to connect, start-up company Lively sees former Major League Baseball player Will Middlebrooks join to provide instruction to up-and-coming baseball players looking to continue to improve while the world is still locked down.

Tech Worker Turns Hobby Into a Startup Nearing Unicorn Status
Bloomberg - 2020-12-22
In his spare time, Gary Kim enjoyed trading used gadgets on an online bulletin board for employees of the South Korean messaging-app operator Kakao Corp.

Bloomberry adds P20 billion to existing bank loan facility
philstar.com - 2020-12-22
Enrique Razon-led Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels Inc. has added P20 billion to an existing loan facility with a syndicate of banks.

PHL facing a W-shaped recovery, long-drawn recession, says expert
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-22
The Cabinet-level Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) is anticipating the Philippine economy to contract by 8.5 percent to 9.5 percent this year as business activities continued to ...

Solon pushes passage of textbook digitization bill
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-22
HOUSE Speaker Lord Allan Velasco on Thursday signed the final copy of the P4.506-trillion national budget for... A senior lawmaker is pushing for a swift approval of a measure to overhaul the ...

Revitalizing in the outdoors
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-22
Joseph Gamboa is the co-chairman of the Finex Week 2020 Annual Conference, chairman of the Finex Business Columns Subcommittee, and director of Noble Asia Industrial Corp. The views expressed ...

Low rates likely until 2022 - BSP
philstar.com - 2020-12-22
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas may keep a low interest rate environment until end-2022 to help the country fully recover from the impact of the pandemic, BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno said.

Regulatory failure
philstar.com - 2020-12-22
It was absolutely clear from the Senate hearing last week that the Toll Regulatory Board failed in its job of regulating the tollway companies.

DPWH completes 2 COVID-19 hospitals
philstar.com - 2020-12-22
The Department of Public Works and Highways has completed two modular hospitals at the Quezon Institute compound, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said yesterday.

Magnitude-4.9 quake jolts Metro Manila
philstar.com - 2020-12-22
A magnitude-4.9 earthquake shook parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces before dawn yesterday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.The temblor occurred at 2:14 a.m., and was centered some nine kilometers northwest of General Nakar,

Valenzuela exempts cyclists from face shields
philstar.com - 2020-12-22
Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian has exempted solo cyclists from wearing a face shield because of the risks it poses while biking on the road.

4 dead, 6 missing in Cebu mine landslide
philstar.com - 2020-12-22
Four persons died and six others were reported missing in a landslide at a mining pit in Toledo City, Cebu on Monday.

Quezon City, Pasig, Manila mayors get high approval ratings
philstar.com - 2020-12-22
The mayors of Quezon City, Pasig and Manila have received the highest approval rating among local chief executives in Metro Manila for their overall performance this year, a recent survey of the RP-Mission and Development Foundation Inc.

South Korea donates rice to typhoon victims
philstar.com - 2020-12-22
MANILA, Philippines -- The South Korean government has donated 1,000 metric tons of rice to victims of recent typhoons in Catanduanes. The donation was made under the tier 3 program of the ASEAN plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve. The turnover was held at ...

Blanket travel ban to delay economic recovery - WTTC
philstar.com - 2020-12-22
The World Travel Tourism Council has urged countries against imposing blanket travel bans, saying this would not work and would seriously delay the recovery of every sector of the economy.

Tuloy Pa Rin Ang Pasko
philstar.com - 2020-12-22
As the COVID-19 pandemic and various typhoons batter the country in 2020, many Filipinos have been left with very little, making the coming holidays difficult to celebrate.

Greenhouse villages to sprout in Metro Manila
philstar.com - 2020-12-22
The Department of Agriculture will start establishing greenhouse villages in Metro Manila to help ensure sustainable food supply in the country.

The price and availability of COVID-19 vaccines
philstar.com - 2020-12-22
Now that the COVID-19 vaccines are rolling out for use in some countries, most of them wealthy, the main question for us now is how soon will the vaccine be available for Filipinos.

Thousands displaced as floods hit Cagayan anew
philstar.com - 2020-12-22
TUGUEGARAO CITY , Philippines -- At least 7,263 families or 24,840 people were affected by widespread flooding in Cagayan over the weekend, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) reported yesterday. The PDRRMO said the towns ...

New player wants to cash in on digital payments platform
philstar.com - 2020-12-22
New Filipino digital marketplace VeMoBro is ready to go head-to-head with large e-commerce players as it aims to be the preferred platform for buyers and sellers in the country and help businesses recover from the pandemic.

US warship sails by China-claimed Spratly Islands
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-22
An American warship sailed through waters off the contested Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Thursday, in the latest challenge to Beijing's sweeping

New Nueva Ecija town mayor assumes post
philstar.com - 2020-12-22
BAGUIO CITY , Philippines -- Mayor Sylvia Austria of Jaen, Nueva Ecija stepped down from her post on Monday following a court ruling affirming the victory of her rival in the 2019 elections. Officials of the Department of the Interior and Local Government ...

3 more modular hospitals in QC to be completed by February 2021
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 22) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways said three more units of modular hospitals are expected to rise within the Quezon Institute compound in Quezon City by February 2021. In a statement, the DPWH said ...

Burger King is giving away free dollars to spend on its new $1 menu
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-22
Burger King is adding a new dollar menu, bucking the trend of fast food chains pushing customers to more expensive items as food and labor costs continue to climb.

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