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Photos Unlimited / Miniature Australian shepherds
« on: November 04, 2016, 10:29:06 AM »

Science and Research / Why Do Monkeys Get Fat?
« on: November 03, 2016, 10:35:33 PM »
Why Do Monkeys Get Fat?
CAS biological anthropologist on primates, genes, and obesity
By Barbara Moran

A vervet monkey. “They’re very clever. They’re very social,” says Christopher Schmitt. “Research on vervets is kind of exploding right now.” Photo by skibreck/iStock

People may suspect that Christopher Schmitt was drawn to study vervet monkeys because of their intelligence, irresistible cuteness, and curious, most distinctive characteristic: their brilliant blue scrotums. While all these things are fascinating—he does use #BlueScrotumSummer to catalog some of his fieldwork on social media—it’s another feature that attracts scientists like Schmitt to vervets: their genes.

Schmitt, a College of Arts & Sciences assistant professor of anthropology, studies vervets in the wild, and also in a captive colony at Wake Forest University, where most of the monkeys are pedigreed and genotyped. Some of the captive monkeys become obese, a trait uncommon in their wild cousins and of particular interest to Schmitt, who is searching for a genomic role in the disease. “I look at developmental patterns that lead to adult-onset obesity in order to understand better why we become obese,” he says. “And I also work with these animals in the wild so that I can understand the ecological context for these developmental patterns.”

Talk of the Town / Americans warned: Avoid traveling to southern Cebu
« on: November 03, 2016, 09:18:10 PM »
Thursday, November 03, 2016

THE United States Embassy has warned American citizens against traveling to areas frequented by foreigners in southern Cebu, specifically around Dalaguete and Santander, including Sumilon Island.

In an advisory posted on the US Embassy in the Philippines' website, the embassy said terrorist groups are planning to conduct kidnappings in those areas in Cebu.

"US citizens should avoid travel to these areas and are reminded to review personal security plans; remain aware of their surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security," it said.

It also reminded the US citizens of the most recent Department of State Worldwide Caution, dated September 13, 2016, "which indicates there is an ongoing threat of terrorist actions and violence against United States citizens and interests abroad, including the Philippines."

"Extremists have targeted sporting events, theaters, markets, mass transportation systems – including airlines, and other public venues where large crowds gather. Crowded nightclubs, shopping malls, buses, and popular restaurants have also been targets," the advisory stated.

Americans were also reminded about the importance of taking preventative measures "to ensure their safety and security while traveling and residing in the Philippines."

In the advisory, US citizens were encouraged to contact the US Embassy in Manila at +(63) (2) 301-2000 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for more information.

They may also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (EST) from Monday through Friday (except US federal holidays). (LMY/Sunnex)

Posted on October 31, 2016

HENRY SY, SR., the Philippines’ richest man, has joined a group pursuing a $20-billion plan to build a new airport and seaport on reclaimed land near Manila, putting him in competition with fellow billionaire Ramon S. Ang.

Belle Corp., part of Sy’s SM Group, will become an almost equal part in Solar Group-led All-Asia Resources & Reclamation Corp., said Edmundo Lim, the venture’s vice-chairman. He declined to say how much Belle will invest. China Communications Construction Co.’s dredging unit is also set to take part in the project, which could take five years to build, Mr. Lim said.

“This is such a big a project, and we need big muscles,” Mr. Lim said by phone. “We are still open to other partners because this project is no joke and it has many components for interested investors.”

All-Asia plans to reclaim 2,500 hectares (6,180 acres) of land near a naval and air base at Sangley Point, south of Manila, as the Philippine capital struggles to cope with a rising number of flights and increasing road traffic. The proposal competes with a 2014 plan from Mr. Ang’s San Miguel Corp. to build a $10-billion airport on reclaimed land in Manila Bay.

All-Asia has resubmitted its proposal, first made in 2013, since President Rodrigo R. Duterte took office on June 30, Mr. Lim said. It is now being reviewed by the investment coordinating committee of the National Economic and Development Authority, he said. Mr. Duterte has signaled plans to pursue infrastructure projects and to accelerate implementation.

Building a new port and special economic zone will help ease traffic in Manila, home of the nation’s largest sea-cargo facility, Mr. Lim said. Between 6,000 and 7,000 vehicles a day travel between the Manila port and industrial sites, he said. The airport is also used by about 40,000 vehicles a day, he said.

Sy’s businesses include SM Prime Holdings Inc., the nation’s biggest property company by market value, and BDO Unibank Inc., its largest lender. Solar, owned by the Tieng brothers, has investments in industries including TV networks, real estate and consumer goods, according to Mr. Lim. -- Bloomberg

Jokes and Humor / Funny doormats
« on: October 31, 2016, 11:10:02 AM »


Published October 31, 2016 1:32am

In his own bluntly-worded manner, former President Fidel V. Ramos said that President Rodrigo Duterte was

"full of "

if he thought his diatribes against the Philippines' allies and the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change Agreement was his God-given destiny, given that his rejection of the climate agreement was akin to him and the entire country "shooting [themselves] in the mouth".

Ramos, in an opinion piece written for a Manila broadsheet, pointed out that mitigating the effects of climate change required international cooperation and collective positive action, and that this collective action was embodied in the Paris climate agreement.

Philippine Daily News / Why the Philippines needs a national space agency
« on: October 30, 2016, 07:40:17 PM »
Published October 9, 2016 3:58pm

For someone whose profession involves keeping his eyes on the stars, one of the only three Filipino astrophysicists has recently been devoting more time and energy to being on the ground.

As the program leader of the National Space Development Program (NSDP) under the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), Dr. Rogel Mari Sese coordinates with legislators, government institutions, and fellow space scientists in laying the groundwork for the Philippines’ very own national space agency—one giant leap for a nation whose way of life has been influenced by celestial bodies long before its earliest colonizers could.

Sese’s team is also pushing for a policy that would cover all space-related functions on a national level. This space policy will provide direction for the government in terms of space development and utilization, with the aforementioned space agency functioning as the main implementing body for all space-centric endeavors.

“[Currently,] a lot of government agencies are doing space-related work, but it’s all uncoordinated,” says Sese. “[With the space agency and space policy], instead of having it all under separate branches or agencies of the government, it will all be unified.”

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By Andy Borowitz , OCTOBER 29, 2016


LONDON (The Borowitz Report)—In an unexpected televised address on Saturday, Queen Elizabeth II offered to restore British rule over the United States of America.

Addressing the American people from her office in Buckingham Palace, the Queen said that she was making the offer “in recognition of the desperate situation you now find yourselves in.”

“This two-hundred-and-forty-year experiment in self-rule began with the best of intentions, but I think we can all agree that it didn’t end well,” she said.

The Queen urged Americans to write in her name on Election Day, after which the transition to British rule could begin “with a minimum of bother.”

Elizabeth acknowledged that, in the wake of Brexit, Americans might justifiably be alarmed about being governed by the British parliamentary system, but she reassured them, “Parliament would play no role in this deal. This would be an old-school monarchy. Just me, and then, assuming you’d rather not have Charles, we could go straight to William and those children of his who have mesmerized you so.”

Using the closing moments of her speech to tout her credentials, the Queen made it clear that she has never used e-mail and has only had sex with one person “very occasionally.”

Andy Borowitz is a New York Times best-selling author and a comedian who has written for The New Yorker since 1998. He writes the Borowitz Report for

Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / Duterte says God told him to stop cursing
« on: October 30, 2016, 02:32:33 PM »
Friday, October 28, 2016

TOKYO. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to journalists after inspecting a coast guard training demonstration at a Japan Coast Guard base in Yokohama, Thursday, Oct. 27. (AP)

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte bared Thursday evening, October 27, that he will stop cussing in between his public speeches after claiming that he heard God’s voice that made him promise not spew expletives again.

Duterte shared his epiphany inside the plane during his arrival at the Davao International Airport in Davao City, as he returned back to the Philippines from the three-day state visit in Japan. He said that while everybody was asleep, he heard a voice in which he said was God.

The voice, according to him, told him to stop bursting with profanity in expressing his emotion or else, the plane will crash. There and then he decided not to cuss anymore.

"I was looking at the skies as I was coming over here. Everybody was asleep snoring," Duterte said. "A voice said that you know if you don't stop, I will bring this plane down now."

"So, I promise God not to express slang, cuss words and everything. So you guys hear me right always because a promise to God is a promise to the Filipino people," Duterte said.

His statement elicited loud applause from the audience, but, Duterte said to them not to make it louder for he might fail to fulfill it.

"Huwag masyadong palakpak baka mapalpak pa tuloy (Don't clap too much because I might fail)," he said.

Duterte’s colorful and bold statement has drawn various reactions from the Filipino citizen. He earned criticisms while some admire his transparency and being true to his thoughts.

Nevertheles, Duterte said he would not change his style as it would no longer be true to himself.

USA and Canada / ‘Too Bad You’re Latin’
« on: October 24, 2016, 03:19:56 PM »
OCT. 21, 2016

A well-intentioned producer once said to me, “John, you’re so talented, but too bad you’re Latin — otherwise you’d be so much further along.” When I pitched a movie about Latinos, another producer said: “Latin? People don’t want to see Latin people.” This is not just my experience but a typical Latino person’s experience in America.

Donald J. Trump has done one good thing. He has galvanized a conflicted and diverse community. For years, activists and politicians have struggled to get Latinos to vote and show their power. But not until Mr. Trump’s racist rhetoric shone a light on anti-Latino sentiment did we feel the need to make our voices heard on the issues that matter to us: from proper funding for our schools, better infrastructure in our communities and financial aid, to health care that doesn’t consider poverty a pre-existing condition.

There are around 56 million of us. We are the largest ethnic minority in the United States, at almost 18 percent of the country’s population. And yet Latino students drop out of high school at a higher rate than members of any other minority. We are victims of neglect, discrimination and ignorance. We have grown up amid an entrenched disrespect for Latin culture, and we have often internalized that disrespect.


USA ka Pakistani national ang mitiyabaw nga nagpatabang sa Tugbok Police Station kay gusto na siya makigbulag sa iyang Pinay nga asawa human niya nasayran nga bisan kinsa na lang ang mohuong niini sa ilang balay.

Si Abhar (bansagon gitago), 45, Pakistani-National, negosyante ug lumad nga taga Karachi, Pakistan, nagpuyo sa Deca Homes Subdivision, Barangay Tugbok, dakbayan sa Davao, nagpa-blotter sa kapolisan labot sa iyang sitwasyon uban sa asawa nga si Gretchin, 40.

Subay sa impormasyon nga nakalap sa SunStar SuperBalita gikan sa Tugbok Police Station, nasayran nga gusto na sa langyaw nga makigbulag ug buot niyang kuhaon ang kustodiya sa iyang anak nga babaye gikan sa iyang asawa.

Ang panghitabo nagsugod human iyang nasayran ug nasaksihan nga bisan kinsa nalang ang karelasyon sa iyang asawa nga daw wa nay gusto kaniya.

Naguol siya human iyang nasayran nga mi-text ang iyang asawa nga padung na sila sa Manila ug gidala ang ilang anak nga babaye.

Gusto sab unta sa langyaw nga bawion ang iyang napundar nga mga gamit, apan nakapangalan kini sa iyang asawa.
Sumala sa langyaw nga di na gayud siya makigbalik sa asawa gumikan hilabihan kining pagkapabigaon, magparemedyo ni bisan kinsa na lang, sulod pa gyud sa ilang panimalay, butang nga di na niya gusto nga ila pang maareglo.

Gusto na sab niyang mouli sa Pakistan ug didto nalang mag-negosyo.

Ang maong reklamo giduso na sa kapolisan sa Barangay Tugbok aron didto sila husayon.

Gipatik sa mantalaang Superbalita Davao Oktubre 24, 2016.

Book Reviews / Mister Monkey
« on: October 24, 2016, 08:47:06 AM »
'Mister Monkey' Channels Disappointment In Many Voices
October 18, 2016 7:00 AM ET

Mister Monkey
by Francine Prose
Hardcover, 285 pages

Is Francine Prose just monkeying around? Is she taking a comic break after the much weightier exploration of creeping xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and right-wing proto-fascism in her last novel, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932?

Mister Monkey, her 22nd book of fiction, is a dark comedy about the mainly sad, disappointing lives of everyone involved in a woeful way-off-Broadway revival of a painfully bad musical based on a made-up classic children's book called Mister Monkey — itself an unlikely success — written by a Vietnam veteran.

History / Sartre on the Nobel Prize
« on: October 24, 2016, 08:39:14 AM »

Sartre on the Nobel Prize
Jean-Paul Sartre, translated by Richard Howard

Jean-Paul Sartre; drawing by David Levine

Jean-Paul Sartre explained his refusal to accept the Nobel Prize for Literature in a statement made to the Swedish Press on October 22, which appeared in Le Monde in a French translation approved by Sartre. The following translation into English was made by Richard Howard.

I deeply regret the fact that the incident has become something of a scandal: a prize was awarded, and I refused it. It happened entirely because I was not informed soon enough of what was under way. When I read in the October 15 Figaro littéraire, in the Swedish correspondent’s column, that the choice of the Swedish Academy was tending toward me, but that it had not yet been determined, I supposed that by writing a letter to the Academy, which I sent off the following day, I could make matters clear and that there would be no further discussion.

I was not aware at the time that the Nobel Prize is awarded without consulting the opinion of the recipient, and I believed there was time to prevent this from happening. But I now understand that when the Swedish Academy has made a decision it cannot subsequently revoke it.

My reasons for refusing the prize concern neither the Swedish Academy nor the Nobel Prize in itself, as I explained in my letter to the Academy. In it, I alluded to two kinds of reasons: personal and objective.

History / Einstein vs. the Nobel Prize
« on: October 24, 2016, 08:30:50 AM »

Why the Nobel Committee repeatedly dissed this "world-bluffing Jewish physicist"
By Virginia Hughes|Thursday, September 28, 2006

When Albert Einstein listed the most important honors of his life, he began with the German Physical Society's Max Planck Medal, named for a physicist he revered. He went on from there to list the prizes and honorary doctorate degrees awarded him in many nations. Conspicuously absent was the plaudit with the highest profile and payout: the Nobel Prize. But in context this omission isn't so surprising. The Nobel nod—17 years after Einstein published his special theory of relativity—came long after recognition by the physics world and even the general public. Even more bizarre, the prize was awarded to Einstein not for his relativity revolution, but for the comparatively obscure discovery of the photoelectric effect. Why? After years of sifting through letters and diaries of the Scandinavian archives, science historian Robert Marc Friedman says it was an intentional snub fueled by the biases of the day—a prejudice against pacifists, Jews, and, most of all, theoretical physics.

In 1905, while working as a patent clerk in Switzerland, 26-year-old Albert Einstein published five seminal papers on the nature of space, light, and motion. One paper introduced the special theory of relativity, which dramatically broke with Newton's universally accepted description of how physics worked. Special relativity did away with the notion of absolute space and time—Einstein said they were instead "relative" to the observer's conditions—effectively flipping the Newtonian model on its apple-bruised head. In 1915, Einstein expanded the theory by incorporating gravity: it was not just a force of attraction between bodies, he said, but the result of distortions in space itself. This new, more robust version was called the theory of general relativity.


DUNGAN og kamatay ang duha ka magsuon dihang nagpinatyanay niaging adlaw didto sa Barangay Eureka, dakbayan sa Gingoog, Misamis Oriental.

Giila ang magsuon nga sila si Mansueto ug Rey Pabular, pulos hingkod ang edad ug mga residente sa maong dapit.

Sa imbestigasyon sa Gingoog City Police Station sa pagpangulo ni Police Chief Inspector Esperidion Biado II, nasuta nga daan na nagbikil ang magsuon gumikan kay gikaulit ni Rey ang giingong pagsuway og luba ni Mansueto sa ilang amahan kaniadto.

Giingong taod-taod na kining gidumtan sa igsuon hinungdan dihang lango sila sa ilimnong makahubog niadtong tungora mikuha og improvised shotgun si Rey ug gipusil si Mansueto apan wala kini deretso mapuruhi ug nakakuha pa kini og kutsilyo ug giluba si Rey makapila ka higayon hinungdan sab sa kamatayon niini.

Ang patay’ng lawas sa magsuon gihaya sa puloy-anan sa mga biktima diin ang mga kabanay niini wala na mihatag og reaksyon.

Gipatik sa mantalaang Superbalita Cagayan de Oro Oktubre 21, 2016.

Jokes and Humor / Ice Ice Baby
« on: October 18, 2016, 04:39:43 PM »


Ni Brenda D. Batuto (Banat) | Updated October 18, 2016 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines - Ang Provincial Health Office (PHO) gipangayoan og report ni Bokal Christopher Baricuatro, chairman sa Committee on Health sa hunta probinsiyal kabahin sa problema na usab sa langaw sa lungsod sa Asturias.

Sa Facebook account ni Princess France, iyang gi-post nga sa ilang lugar sa Brgy. Buswang Bago sa lungsod sa Asturias ug mga silingan nga barangay, nagkinahanglan og dinaliang atensiyon tungod sa kadaghan sa langaw sa ilang dapit. Ang poultry sa lugar maoy ilang gibasol nga hinungdan sa pagdagsa sa mga langaw.

Kagahapon nangayo siya og report sa PHO kabahin niini alang sa himoon nila nga aksyon. Posibleng ang mga opisyal sa lungsod ug ang mga poultry operator ipatawag sa hunta probinsiyal aron manubag sa mga reklamo sa mga residente.

Si Dr. Niño Ismael Pastor, hepe sa public health sa PHO niingon nga nagpadala na sila og tawo nga niimbestigar. Gibutyag niya nga ang poultry owners nanghatag og iti sa mga mag-uuma aron iabuno sa ilang mga tanom. Apan wala na maato ang gidaghanon sa iti ug nabasa sa uwan hinungdan nga gidugok og mga langaw. Giingong adunay grupo nga nipirma og waiver nga dili sila moduso og reklamo batok sa poultry kay nakabenepisyo sila niini. Matud ni Ismael nga nihimo na og mga intervention ang tag-iya sa poultry samtang ang lokal nga kagamhanan sa Asturias dili makahimo og lakang kay ang reklamo igo lang gi-post sa social media o walay  nipadangat og pormal nga reklamo. (BANAT NEWS)

‘They’re Lies’: Melania Trump Rejects Women’s Claims That Husband Groped Them

Melania Trump, who has been all but invisible as her husband confronts a campaign crisis over allegations that he sexually assaulted women, emerged on Monday to forcefully defend him and question the honesty of the women making the accusations.

Ms. Trump, in an extensive interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, said the women who had accused Donald J. Trump of groping and kissing them were lying, and likened her husband to a teenage boy who engages in macho boasting.

She echoed her husband’s complaint that he was the victim of a broad conspiracy between the news media and the Clinton campaign.

“I believe my husband, I believe my husband — it was all organized from the opposition,” Ms. Trump said. “They can never check the background of these women. They don’t have any facts.”

Her appearance comes as Mr. Trump and his aides grapple with the worst stretch of the campaign so far, after the airing 10 days ago of an “Access Hollywood” recording from 2005 that captured Mr. Trump bragging to the host Billy Bush that he kisses women without invitation and that he can grab women’s genitals because he is a “star.”

Ms. Trump, 46, called the exchange between Mr. Trump and Mr. Bush “boy talk,” and said Mr. Trump had been “egged on” by the host “to say dirty and bad stuff.”

But she stressed that she believed that Mr. Trump was simply being boastful and did not engage in the behavior he described.

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World Daily News / "The noose is tightening on Mosul."
« on: October 18, 2016, 04:07:13 PM »
Mosul offensive: Territory recaptured from ISIS
By Nick Paton Walsh and Euan McKirdy, CNN
Updated 0707 GMT (1507 HKT) October 18, 2016

Near Mosul, Iraq (CNN)A suicide car bomb, sowing panic as it plows relentlessly toward Peshmerga positions. An ISIS fighter who ambushes Kurdish troops from a concealed tunnel before blowing himself up.

These were the visceral indications of how dedicated and single-minded Mosul's ISIS occupiers can be, and equally how bloody and grinding Iraq's battle to take back the city could be.

As dawn broke Tuesday, the second day of the offensive to liberate Iraq's second largest city from ISIS, a diverse coalition of Iraqi troops, Kurdish Peshmerga allies and thousands of Iraqi irregulars gritted their teeth and prepared to again meet militant forces in the dusty scrubland outside the city.

One Iraqi soldier was killed and another two injured while repelling car suicide bombs targeting troops around 30 miles south of the city, according to Maj. Amin Shekhani of the Iraqi army. He added that 10 ISIS fighters were killed in the operation.

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said Monday that Iraqi forces have "met their objectives" so far and are "ahead of schedule," but added that the offensive "will be a difficult campaign that could take some time."

Since attacking at first light Monday, Iraqi forces had made "substantial progress along several avenues of advance," in the "largest battle (Iraqi forces) have taken on to date," US Central Command spokesman Col. John Dorrian told CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

"The noose is tightening on Mosul."

More than 75 square miles of territory and as many as nine villages had been taken from ISIS control.

Magtiayon gipatay sa ‘ukoy?’

DAVAO. Gisaysay sa mananagat nga si Ruben Zambo nga taga Barangay Aplaya, Digos City ngadto sa mga tigbalita nga di nila masuta kon shokoy o unsang matang sa isda ang migakos sa magtiayong taga North Cotabato ug gikamatay sa asawa niadtong Miyerkules, Oktubre 12, sa gabii. Ang sugilanon nakapaukay sa mga molupyo sa lugar. (Orlando B. Dinoy)

DIGOS CITY -- Gikagubtan sa mga molupyo sa Barangay Aplaya ning dakbayan ang kontrobersiyal nga kamatayon sa usa ka asawa og sundalo dihang giingong gipanggakos sila og ukoy samtang naligo sa dagat pasado alas 9 sa gabii niadtong Miyerkules, Oktubre 12.

Giingong namatay ang biktimang si Ailyn May Eli Española, 27, minyo kang Corporal Dio Cesar Jr., sakop sa Philippine Army ug mga molupyo sa Sitio Old Bulatucan, Barangay Makilala, North Cotabato.

Matud sa mga molupyo, miabot ang duha pasado alas 4 sa hapon ug labing pa kaayo kini nga nagsultihanay sa usa ka giabangang open cottage.

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