Commuters told: no trains until second week of January because of strikes

Public borrowing rose last month to its highest figure for November since monthly records began in 1993.

The Treasury borrowed £22bn in November to plug the gap between tax receipts and spending, according to the Office for National Statistics.

That figure is £13.9bn more than the previous year.

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What happened overnight

Greenidge Generation, once one of the largest public Bitcoin miners in the US, warned that it may seek bankruptcy protection while entering into debt restructuring talks with lender New York Digital Investment Group.

The firm, probably best known for a long-running dispute with environmentalists over the impact of its operations on New York’s Seneca Lake, is the latest miner to teeter on the edge of bankruptcy in the wake of the plunge in the value of the largest cryptocurrency .

Elsewhere, Philippine Stock Exchange President Ramon Monzon said Wednesday that there were no fraudulent activities in the trading of PLDT Inc. shares before the company disclosed its 48-billion peso ($870 million) cost overrun, according to ABS-CBN News.

Citing the results of the exchange’s preliminary investigation, Monzon said “we did not see any indication of any fraudulent trades prior to the disclosure.” The Bourse found that a lot of the transactions were institutional trades, mostly by foreign brokers and not personal trades, he said.

Apart from the December 16 trading activities, the exchange is also looking at transactions in PLDT shares since late October.


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