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COVID-19 variant present in Ireland, new curbs needed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
DUBLIN -- Irish health chiefs believe a new variant of COVID-19 found in neighboring Britain is present in Ireland, but not solely responsible for a rapid spread of the disease that will require

Tennessee emerges as new COVID-19 epicenter in US as pandemic rages
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
NEW YORK -- Tennessee emerged on Wednesday as an epicenter of the latest COVID-19 surge as U.S. political leaders sought to guard against a highly contagious variant sweeping across Britain.

Congress approves $7 billion for aid on internet bills and efforts to close the digital divide, as part of the larger COVID-19 stimulus package
Business Insider - 2020-12-23
The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the digital divide between Americans with and without broadband access as careers and education go remote.

Canada approves Moderna as second Covid-19 vaccine: health dept
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-23
Canada has approved the Covid-19 vaccine developed by American biotech firm Moderna, the health department announced Wednesday, two weeks after authorizing immunizations with the Pfizer/BioNTech shot.

Canada approves Moderna's COVID-19 shot, extends ban on flights from UK
Reuters - 2020-12-23
Canada approved Moderna Inc's coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday, the second country to do so, paving the way for health authorities to step up an inoculation campaign against a worsening second wave.

Pregnancy Does Not Increase Seizures in Women With Epilepsy
Medscape - 2020-12-23
The first study to investigate seizure risk in pregnancy with the inclusion of a control group has provided reassuring results.

Digoxin a 'Viable Alternative' in AF With HF: RATE-AF Published
Medscape - 2020-12-23
Researchers found no difference in quality of life between digoxin and bisoprolol in patients with AF and HF, but some secondary endpoints favored digoxin, and adverse events were less frequent.

Zimbabweans relish bug food
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
MHONDORO, ZIMBABWE -- Earnmore Chikavaza takes a mouthful of fried beetles and munches happily, downing the crunchy snack with a mouthful of water. He runs out of superlatives to sum up the ...

Fauci says US could see return to normal by next summer
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
Washington, United States -- If the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines proceeds smoothly, it might be possible to achieve widespread population immunity in the United States by next summer, top ...

Merck signs $356 million U.S. supply deal for its experimental COVID-19 treatment
Reuters - 2020-12-23
Merck & Co said on Wednesday it would supply 60,000-100,000 doses of its experimental COVID-19 treatment to the U.S. government for up to about $356 million.

Families of crash victims want U.S. to rescind approval for Boeing 737 MAX to fly again
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
The families of victims killed in two crashes by Boeing Co's 737 MAX want U.S. regulators to rescind approval for the planes to fly again, following a Senate report that raised concerns

How this founder went from being a professional basketball player in Israel to launching a buzzy cloud startup in Boston worth $105 million
Business Insider - 2020-12-23
Idit Levine juggled a professional basketball career with computer science studies and is now building, a cloud startup with big ambitions.

U.S. Secures More Vaccine Doses As Distribution Continues For Essential Workers
NPR - 2020-12-23
Americans got some good news on Wednesday morning when the White House announced that it had secured another 100 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine.Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar released a statement afterward saying the U.

Northern Ireland confirms positive case of COVID-19 variant
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
Northern Ireland on Wednesday confirmed a positive test for the highly infectious variant of the coronavirus that has emerged in Britain. Northern Ireland's Department of Health said in a

8 Pinoys rescued in South China Sea
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
MANILA, Philippines -- Ten crew members of a cargo ship, including eight Filipinos, were rescued by Chinese authorities after their vessel listed in the South China Sea, the Chinese Embassy in ...

Trump vetoes major defense bill, despite strong backing in Congress
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
U.S. President Donald Trump vetoed a $740 billion bill setting policy for the Department of Defense on Wednesday, despite its strong support in Congress, raising the possibility

PNP: Teen who took killer cop video needs protection, too
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
The chief of the National Police on Tuesday gave assurance of tight security for witnesses to the killing of a woman and her son here, while the secretary of home

9 surgeries for 10-year-old boy with tumors
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
Ten-year-old Kyle Adrielle Josh Jasmin has undergone surgery nine times to remove tumors in the head and stomach. He was diagnosed in April last year with tuberous sclerosis and low-grade

Toll holiday starts Dec. 24
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
MANILA, Philippines -- Despite the losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the worst economic recession in decades, tollroad operators San Miguel Corp. (SMC) and Metro Pacific Investments Corp.

No flights from UK to keep new virus variant out
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
The government has imposed a weeklong travel ban on the United Kingdom to keep out of the country a new variant of the coronavirus that causes severe respiratory disease

Baguio nightclubs shift to food business to survive pandemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
About 60 nightclubs and music halls here were forced to convert their businesses into food-oriented services to continue operating as the city government had required them to adjust to

Lamborghini made a custom-made, windshield-less car speculated to cost over $1 million
Mashable - 2020-12-23
Lamborghini unveiled a one-off, limited edition track car, specifically commissioned by a customer who was involved in the entire design process.

Pre-COVID cringe dating trends we don't want coming back
Mashable - 2020-12-23
Mashable's Anna Iovine explains some of the absolute WORST dating trends from the last decade...and begs you to get rid of them in the 2020s.

Mutated coronavirus variant from S.Africa found in UK - health minister
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
LONDON -- A new, potentially more infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has been found in Britain in cases linked to South Africa, British Health Secretary Matt Hancock ...

Twitter Will Reset @POTUS Account To 0 Followers After Biden Transition
NPR - 2020-12-23
The President-elect's transition team is pushing back against the decision from Twitter, which is a reversal from the last presidential transition.

Reflections On My 2020 Predictions For AI, DL, And ML
Forbes - 2020-12-23
I published a piece on five 2020 predictions - this is my reflection on that story. While many industries came to a halt in 2020, it was exciting to see the forward momentum in AI.

Construction starts on P40-million Benguet vegetable processing, packaging facility
BusinessWorld - 2020-12-23
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Wednesday that it started construction on a P40-million vegetable processing and packaging facility in La Trinidad, Benguet, which is intended to reduce waste from unsold crops. In a statement, the DA said ...

Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID vaccine submitted for UK approval
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
The University of Oxford and drug manufacturer AstraZeneca have applied to the UK health regulator for permission to roll out their COVID-19 vaccine, Health Minister Matt

Twitch Pledges Its Commitment To Sustaining Accessible Gaming With $1 Million Donation To AbleGamer
Forbes - 2020-12-23
The non-profit AbleGamers organization advocates for more accessibility and diversity in gaming in an effort to make video games more inclusive.

Smart gears up for enhanced 5G coverage - 2020-12-23
MANILA, Philippines -- Mobile services provider Smart Communications Inc. is gearing up to further enhance 5G capacity, coverage, and user experience in the country. Smart said it has successfully tested 5G carrier aggregation (CA) with its technology ...

Telegram, nearing 500 million users, to begin monetizing the app
TechCrunch - 2020-12-23
Instant messaging app Telegram is "approaching" 500 million users and plans to generate revenue starting next year to keep the business afloat, its founder Pavel Durov said on Wednesday. Durov said he has personally bankrolled the seven-year-old business so far,

Facebook's Attack on Apple Is So Out of Touch, Even Its Own Employees Aren't Buying It
Inc - 2020-12-23
The company is also facing an existential threat to its dominant advertising business with several changes Apple has made to the latest version of iOS. The stark difference in Facebook's response to both says everything you need to know about which it fears more.

Makati suspends coding scheme for holidays - 2020-12-23
The Makati government will suspend the modified number coding scheme for the holidays. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, the city government said the traffic scheme would be suspended on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day,

LRT-1 shortens train trips - 2020-12-23
MANILA, Philippines -- The Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) will cut its operating hours today and on Dec. 31, both special non-working holidays, the Light Rail Manila Corp. announced yesterday. Today, the LRT-1 will operate from 4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. On ...

AllDigital added to AllHome line - 2020-12-23
MANILA, Philippines -- Villar- owned AllHome has expanded its product line with the opening of AllDigital. With AllDigital, AllHome provides customers digital products in line with the new normal. These include a wide variety of gadgets-laptops ...

MGB execs say odds of finding alive 6 missing in Toledo mining landslide are slim
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
Authorities expressed pessimism about finding survivors in a landslide last Dec. 21 in a mining pit in Toledo City after two days of searching. Armando Malicse, officer-in-charge of the

Slain CA justice left handwritten note - 2020-12-23
Slain Court of Appeals justice Normandie Pizarro left a handwritten note in his hotel room before he went missing, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said yesterday.

Quezon City limits free bus program operations - 2020-12-23
The free bus program of the Quezon City government will have limited operations during the holidays. The city bus service will operate from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Operations of the bus program will be suspended tomorrow,

Envoy: PHL still lucrative market for Japanese biz
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-23
"Based on my experience as...ambassador to Japan, I can see that the Japanese continue to be excited about doing business in the Philippines," Laurel said at the Philippines-Japan Business ...

Bus, van operations to Baguio resume after Christmas - 2020-12-23
Provincial buses and UV express vans will be allowed to resume operations in this city after Christmas. Mayor Benjamin Magalong said yesterday the approved routes are those coming to this city from Mariveles in Bataan;

Kepwealth terminates asset management agreements
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-23
Property developer Kepwealth Property Philippines Inc. on Wednesday said it is terminating the asset management agreements it executed with its clients by the end of the year due to the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Test Boracay workers, Aklan LGU told - 2020-12-23
Saying Boracay should remain free of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, the Department of Tourism has urged the provincial government of Aklan to test workers on the island resort.

Budget deficit swells past P1 trillion mark in November - 2020-12-23
The national government incurred a budget shortfall past the P1-trillion mark in the 11 months to November amid slower revenue generation and higher spending due to COVID-19 response programs, the Bureau of the Treasury said yesterday.

No Christmas lockdown in Cavite despite reported surge in Covid cases-Remulla
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-23
"Admittedly, I am not proud of these numbers because Covid remains undefeated. Pero hindi ko maitatagong very proud ako sa mga Caviteño dahil talaga namang bumaba na ng husto ang mga positibong ...

Black market COVID-19 vaccine a bigger health risk - DOH - 2020-12-23
Do not patronize "underground" vaccination against the coronavirus as it might be more lethal than the disease itself, the Department of Health (DOH) warned the public yesterday.

Quezon town cop chief relieved over quarantine breach - 2020-12-23
CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna, Philippines -- The police chief of Dolores town in Quezon has been relieved from his post for allegedly allowing a social gathering. Capt. Joseph Ian Java was replaced by Lt. Almario dela Rosa pending an investigation into the ...

Stocks snap four-day down-turn, end flat - 2020-12-23
Stocks ended almost flat yesterday, snapping a four-day downturn, as investors gobbled up heavily sold shares in a last-minute buying spree.

Property prices drop for first time in 5 years - 2020-12-23
Property prices dropped for the first time in five years in the third quarter as prices of condominium units and duplex houses plunged amid weaker demand for residential real estate, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Beware of the new COVID-19 strain - 2020-12-23
As the clock ticks today, many of us will be busy preparing for our own Christmas gatherings, from muted to grand, from virtual to in-person parties, from big Noche Buenas to simple dinner tables.

Xander Ford nabbed for attempted rape - 2020-12-23
Social media personality Xander Ford was apprehended yesterday by the Manila Police District on charges of attempted rape and physical abuse filed by his former girlfriend.

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