Faces of the News: Oct. 20, 2019

Jovie Espenido   Police Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido had his controversial past dredged up when President Rodrigo Duterte ordered him to “kill everybody” when he cleans up Bacolod City, which, the President said, was “badly hit” by the scourge of illegal drugs.   Though Interior Secretary Eduardo Ao downplayed the order as mere exaggeration, it recalled Espenido’s bloody record as a police chief.   In 2016, Albuera, Leyte, Mayor Rolando Espinosa was killed in his cell by police operatives under Espenido’s watch.   When Espindo was transferred to Ozamiz City in 2017, a series of predawn raids by the police led to the killing of Mayor Reynaldo Par…

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When women help other women succeed

As concepts such as inclusivity and social impact continue to become more relevant to businesses, a women-focused brand platform asks: Do enterprises and corporations truly understand what it means to be inclusive? “Inclusivity means looking at your whole supply chain, and really working with everyone and catering to their needs,” says Jeannie Javelosa, who leads the Gender-Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women), a governance and capacity development project that aims to promote and support a gender-responsive enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment, particularly among microenterprises. As a brand platform, GREAT Women’s focus is…

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US Court Finds Honduran President’s Brother Guilty of Drug Charges

A New York court found the brother of the president of Honduras guilty of drug trafficking Friday, in a blow to the leader of the Central American country. Juan Antonio Hernandez, known as Tony Hernandez, was convicted by a jury on all four counts, a spokesperson in the Manhattan prosecutor’s office told AFP.

Hernandez, a former Honduran congressman, was arrested at a Miami airport in November 2018 on charges of conspiring to import cocaine into the United States, weapons offenses and making false statements. He is the brother of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who tweeted Friday that his brother had…

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Quake damages 4,000 structures

KIDAPAWAN CITY, Cotabato, Philippines — More than 4,000 houses and buildings in Cotabato and Davao del Sur provinces were damaged by Wednesday’s 6.3-magnitude quake.   Makilala is one of the three areas in North Cotabato hardest hit by the tremor. The two others were Kidapawan City and Tulunan, identified by Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology as the epicenter.   About 2,250 residential homes and government buildings were damaged by the quake in Makilala.   Makilala Mayor Armando Quibod said at least 83,000 people in 38 villages have been affected by the quake, the strongest experienced in the town, so far.   Epicenter &nbsp…

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Trump Says Erdogan Told Him He Wants Ceasefire

President Donald Trump said Friday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had assured him that he wants the “ceasefire” with Kurdish militants in northern Syria to work. Trump, in a series of tweets, said he had spoken to Erdogan and “he very much wants the ceasefire, or pause, to work. “Likewise, the Kurds want it, and the ultimate solution, to happen,” the US president said. “There is goodwill on both sides & a really good chance for success,” he said. “The U.S. has secured the Oil, & the ISIS Fighters are double secured by Kurds & Turkey.” Trump also said that “some” European countries, which he did not name, “are now willing, for the first time, to tak…

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Totally focused

ANTIPOLO CITY—University of Santo Tomas was all business in handling National University, scoring an 88-76 victory in Season 82 of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at Ynares Center here on Saturday. The Growling Tigers, whose ace forward Rhenz Abando was recently reported to be the subject of being recruited by a rival school, played without distractions and rose to 7-6 while sending the Bulldogs reeling to a league-worst 2-9 and out of Final Four contention. Far Eastern University repeated over La Salle, 81-60, in the second game and claimed solo fourth as jockeying for playoff position nears fever pitch with the elimination round heading to its homestretch. The Tamaraws …

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Vancouver News

Election 2019: All four leaders end their campaigns in Metro Vancouver trying to capture crucial B.C. votes

Credit to Author: Lori Culbert| Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2019 00:14:48 +0000

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and Green leader Elizabeth May both campaigned in Vancouver Saturday. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and the Conservative’s Andrew Scheer are expected to be in Metro Vancouver on Sunday, for the final hours before Election Day on Monday.

Petition with more than 15,000 global names asks for help find Canuck the Crow

Credit to Author: Gordon McIntyre| Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2019 21:24:07 +0000

Illinois woman’s plea to fans got responses from Canada and the U.S.

Hotel Georgia workers still on strike despite deal at four Vancouver hotels

Credit to Author: Tiffany Crawford| Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2019 19:24:34 +0000

Workers at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver remained on strike Saturday, despite a deal earlier this week at four other hotels in the downtown area.

Science News

Preventing streptococci infections
Researchers have discovered an enzyme they believe could be key to preventing Group A Streptococcus infections that cause more than 500,000 deaths worldwide each year. The enzyme works through a novel mechanism of action that can also be found in other streptococcal species, increasing the impact and relevance of this finding.

Origin and chemical makeup of Saturn's Moon Titan's dunes
Astronomers exposed acetylene ice — a chemical that is used on Earth in welding torches and exists at Titan's equatorial regions — at low temperatures to proxies of high-energy galactic cosmic rays.

Researchers call for responsible development of synthetic biology
Engineering biology is transforming technology and science. Researchers outline the technological advances needed to secure a safe, responsible future.

Technology News

Tesla Fire In Raleigh Raises Questions About Something Else

Credit to Author: Johnna Crider| Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2019 01:47:34 +0000

A Tesla fire in Raleigh raises some questions — not about Tesla or its safety but about the fire itself, and the accuracy of the media coverage. One question that some in the Tesla Motors Club forums and on Reddit are asking is if the fire actually happened at all, pointing to lack of evidence that shows something actually happened. Perhaps it wasn’t an actual fire

Tesla At The Texas State Fair — In More Ways Than One

Credit to Author: Johnna Crider| Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2019 23:21:13 +0000

Texas State FairThe Texas State Fair is here! For those of us (I say us because I lived in both places) in North Texas and North Louisiana, October is a time of revelry. In Shreveport, we host the Louisiana State Fair, and I often went there as a kid on Halloween. It’s a safe and fun place to trick-or-treat, and back then, it was the thing to do

“Killer Fog”& Bringing Science Back To The EPA — Whether The EPA Wants It Or Not

Credit to Author: Cynthia Shahan| Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2019 22:49:03 +0000

Sometime in the 1940s–1950s, a young, passionate socialite activist supplied her alibi to Nero Wolfe: “I dined with the governor to discuss ‘killer fog.'” Nero Wolfe was educated about everything, and he agreed with her on the automobile pollution she referred to as “killer fog.” Wolfe inquired, “Are you referring to the London event?”

Vice News

Medieval Strategy Life-Sim ‘Crusader Kings 3’ Announced for 2020

Credit to Author: Rob Zacny| Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2019 21:15:09 +0000

Paradox’s new dynastic strategy game switches to 3D character models and has a focus on approachability and user-friendliness

Man Unsuccessfully Fights for His Right to Watch Porn in a Fast Food Parking Lot

Credit to Author: Jelisa Castrodale| Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2019 21:14:53 +0000

This week closed a case that started more than 5 years ago, one involving a man, a ton of adult videos, and the Skype name “hunkofburninglove.”

Daily Horoscopes: October 19, 2019

Credit to Author: Annabel Gat| Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2019 21:14:35 +0000

The moon enters Cancer today.


Saskatchewan holds record draw for Express Entry candidates

Credit to Author: Stephen Smith| Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:56:40 +0000

Saskatchewan invited nearly 1,000 Express Entry candidates with specific work experience to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence in the province’s largest-ever Expression of Interest draw. The 986 invitations went to candidates in the federal Express Entry system who had registered a separate profile with the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). The SINP […]

Quebec announces additional $2.1 million to help companies recruit temporary foreign workers

Credit to Author: Alexandra Miekus| Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:40:45 +0000

The province of Quebec is pledging an additional $2.1 million to assist employers in their efforts to recruit temporary foreign workers. The Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister responsible for the Mauricie region, Jean Boulet, announced the funding on October 16. Boulet said the additional funds will be used to reimburse up […]

PEI invites 158 Express Entry, Labour Impact and Business Impact candidates in latest draw

Credit to Author: CIC News| Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2019 13:28:45 +0000

Prince Edward Island issued new invitations to immigration candidates in a draw held October 17. The 158 invitations went to candidates in Prince Edward Island (PEI)’s Express Entry, Labour Impact and Business Impact categories. The 146 candidates invited through the Express Entry and Labour Impact categories can now apply for a nomination for Canadian permanent […]


MLB, MLBPA, Cuba reach deal for players to sign
Major League Baseball, its players’ association and the Cuban Baseball Federation reached an agreement that will allow players from the island nation to sign big league contracts without defecting.

Source: Panthers shutting down Cam Newton
The Carolina Panthers are not expected to play Cam Newton for the final two games because of a shoulder injury and the fact that the team is all but eliminated from playoff contention.

UGA lands Dean in latest recruiting win vs. Bama
Georgia landed a commitment Wednesday from linebacker Nakobe Dean, the No. 23 ranked prospect overall who chose the Bulldogs over Alabama, Ole Miss, Auburn and LSU.

Thunder’s Felton, Schroder suspended 1 game
Oklahoma City guards Raymond Felton and Dennis Schroder were suspended for one game without pay Wednesday for leaving the bench area during an altercation and participating in the melee that spilled over into the stands.

‘Heartbroken’ Leonard eyes 40 tackles vs. Giants
Colts rookie linebacker Darius Leonard, who leads the league with 146 tackles, said he was “heartbroken” at being passed over for the Pro Bowl. He said he wants to get 40 tackles against the Giants on Sunday.

Decorated swimmer Missy Franklin retires at 23
Missy Franklin, a five-time Olympic gold medalist, announced her retirement at age 23, citing chronic shoulder pain as the impetus for her decision.