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FRANCIS PATINDOL CASE: Police release cartographic sketch of radioman's attacker

April 20, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The police have just released the cartographic sketch of the suspect who attacked and stabbed to death a radio commentator of dxJM Butuan City. Based on the initial profiling and investigation of the police, the attacker of Patindol was a drunk trisicad barker and dispatcher. The police did not  yet release the full name of the suspect at press time as it might jeopardize their follow up operations. But MDN digital has identified the suspect's identity from some media friends as a certain Ulating Macarampat Barapangcat aka Ola Saransamen. The suspect immediately fled from the crime scene and eluded arrest from responding police operatives.    The suspect, according to initial investigations of police probers of Butuan City, was a public utility jeepney (PUJ) dispatcher and barker and he was known in the place where he is usually barking for passengers.  Meanwhile, Caraga Police Regional Director BGen Gilbert DC Cruz immediately orderd the Butuan Police Office to conduct massive manhunt operations and arrest the culprit as soon as possible. Francis Patindol was a radio anchor of dxJM. He died at the MJ Santos Hospital in Butuan City due to a fatal stab wound in his left chest. Police probers are still 'facing a blank wall' as to the  motive of killing the radio broadcaster. Patindol's remains is now transferred to his immediate relatives in Cagayan de Oro with the efforts of his journalist-friend Ercel Maandig, who also sought the help of incumbent representative of the city's 2nd district Maximo Rodriguez.

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Ex Peru President Shot Himself Dead

April 19, 2019

LIMA, Peru - A former president of the country of Peru shot himself dead on Wednesday (April 17,2019) reportedly to avoid arrest from police authorities who arrived at his house and execute the arrest order. Former president Allan Garcia was still rushed to the Casimiro Ulloa hospital in Lima but attending physicians pronounced him dead three hours later. Garcia was accused of taking bribes from one of the biggest construction companies in the country known as Odebrecht. But until his untimely demise, the former president has maintained that he was a victim of political peresecution and his dectractors has no solid evidence to prove their allegations. Prior to his death, Garcia sought assylum at the Uruguayan embassy in November, but his request was reportedly denied in December of last year. Police investigation disclosed that police authorities reportedly stormed at Garcia's front door to execute the arrest but before they could hand over the arrest papers, a gunshot was heard inside Garcia's house. Garcia, 69 year's old, put a bullet in his skull. The doctors tried all their best to revive the former president but he expired three hours after extensive medical operation. His death was even confirmed by the incumbent president of the country, President Martinez Vizcarra. Interior Minister Carlos Moran told reporters that prior to the former president's death he has told police that he needed to call his lawyer. He went to his room and locked the door. In just minutes, government authorities heard a shot from a firearm inside his room. They forcibly opened the door and found the former president sitting and already bathed in blood coming from his head. Gracia has served his country for two terms. His first was from 1985 to 1990 and another term was from 2006  to 2011.     The former president was investigated since February 2011 due to alleged bribery from a Brazillian company reportedly in return for contracts in favor of the construction firm Odebrecht. The construction company has earlier admitted they allegedly bribed the Garcia administration to the tune of $29 Million they allegedly gave to Peruvian officials. But then President Garcia denied the accusations and instead pointed to his dectractors and political opponents as behind the smear campaign to malign his administration. The country has been plagued with corruptions in years and this also resulted to the arrest of another former president of Peru arrested and detained last week. He was identified by police authorities as former president Pedro Pablo Kucyznski.  

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Political unrest in Sudan: President Omar forced to resign!

April 19, 2019

For days of continued uprising in Khartoum, Sudan has resulted to the forced resignation of Sudan President Omar al-Bashir. Al-Bashir's resignation ended his 30-year government rule which reportedly caused political unrest, killings of innocent civilians and graft and corruption charges. The recent faced off between the government's security forces and tens of thousand of protesters in Khartoum have left at least a dozen dead. The deposed president, according to reports, was detained at Kobar Maximum Prison after he was removed in a military coup. But other sources say, President Omar was only detained at the presidential residence under tight security. The protests lasted for months until the president was ousted and arrested on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Uganda, Henry Oryem Okello,  told reporters and other news agencies that the country considers offering assylum to the deposed president if he applies. This, despite the reported arrest warrant already issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC).    Al-Bashir was recently accused of reportedly organizing war crimes. He was also accused of crimes against humanity in Sudan's western Dafur, in which the ICC issued a warrant of arrest against him.  

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BREAKING NEWS! Blaze engulfs more than 800-year old cathedral in Paris

April 17, 2019

The Notre Dame Cathedral was one of the most famous buildings all over the world which stand on the banks of a river for centuries. But now the Roman Catholic's biggest and oldest building was engulfed by fire. Hundreds of  people from all walks of life immediately rushed to the fire scene and felt sad about the fire that had destroyed one of the midieval icons in the world. This medieval architecture took 200 years to build...Full story to follow Video credit to BBC News

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NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL PARIS: Global treasure burning; shocks the world!

April 17, 2019

The Notre Dame Cathedral was one of the most famous buildings all over the world which stand on the banks of the river for centuries. But now the Roman Catholic's biggest and oldest building was engulfed by fire. Hundreds of people from all walks of life immediately rushed to the fire scene and felt sad about the fire that had destroyed one of the medieval icons in the world. This medieval architecture took 200 years to build, it was learned. Four hundred firefighters surrounded the building in hopes of saving large portion of the building but they failed. The centuries-old dilapidated cathedral was easily gutted down by fire and collapsed due to its timber wood structures at the ceilings and other parts of the cathedral. Archt Clare Cousins, a member of the Australian Institute of Architects told ABC News that Notre Dame Paris was one of the very historial gothic architecture. Video credit to ABC News Though the building was partly timber wood in its structures but it stood there for centuries because the hard wood were very preserved and it would not easily give in to quakes and other calamities.  However, since the building was 850 years old, it was easily gutted down by fire and some of its very important and iconic part such as the spire collapsed, as what happened to other wooden structures in the ceilings and other parts of the cathedral.  Patrick Chauvet, Archpriest of Notre Dame said he was upset of the biggest catastrope that toppled down the global treasure. "This is a national disaster! I was really upset. This cathedral is 850 years old," said Father Chauvet in an interview with ABC News. He said "to see the building fall to pieces, to see the spire fall down just the time we are renovating it, all I could do is pray." Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron also said what happened to the cathedral was a terrible tragedy. "It's our literature, our history, our world, our liberation.The epicenter of our lives." The president also vowed to rebuild the cathedral in five years. We will rebuild Notre Dame because that's what the French people expect. "Notre Dame survives both world wars but now it must be rebuild," the president told the ABC News Correspondent in an exclusive interview.      Video credit to France 24  

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Mindanao Beat HR Summit 2019 | Future Proofing with Innovation to Drive Global Competitiveness

April 17, 2019

Metro CDO & Metro Davao as Innovation Hotspots   The President of one of the country’s leading Mindanao based conglomerates believes nations, organizations and individual should future proof themselves to drive global competitiveness. “The Philippines is at a crossroads.  We can prepare for the next 10, 20, 50 and 100 years for our children and children’s children by taking steps to be globally competitive or watch the world pass usby and overtake us until we are way behind,” said Ramon B. Segismundo      President and COO of Hijo Group of Companies in his keynote address during the Mindanao Beat HR Summit 2019 held last April 8 at Cagayan de Oro City.      “The answer lies in future proofing ourselves.   Changes are proceeding at warp speed and we need to respond in an agile way.  To future proof, we need to innovate, innovate and innovate.”      “It is by doing innovation at a national, organizational and personal level that can we really drive our country’s competitiveness,” Segismundo stressed.   Innovation Nation      At the national level, Segismundo cited Israel, Singapore and Silicone Valley which became “hot spots” of innovation, as showcased in Gary Shapiro’s book “Ninja Innovation”.      “Israel spends over 4 per cent of its gross domestic product on research and development. As a result, Israel has produced five start ups worth more than $1 billiondue to Tel Aviv’s healthy start up ecosystem,” he noted.      “It earns high marks in entrepreneurial activity with 3.11 entrepreneurs for every 1,000 people.  Google acquired Israel-incubated Waze for $966 million.”      Singapore boasts one of the lowest corporate tax rates and a high new business entry rate of over eight per 1,000 people.       56 per cent of its workforce is highly skilled and half of all college students earn degrees in science, technology, engineering and math.  It has produced two unicorns (i.e., a privately held start-up valued at over $1 billion): transportation company Grab and e-commerce start up Lazada.      “I think we have an opportunity to create Metro Cagayan de Oro or Metro Davao as innovation hot spots.There is no standard definition of an innovation country or an innovation hotspot.  The Philippines will chart its own innovation journey and Metro CDO and Metro Davao will have their own paths as well,” Segismundo stressed.      To jump-start this process, Segismundo suggests the following from the US based Consumer Technology Association:      For  technology: invest in broadband, self-driving vehicles, short term rentals, ridesharing and drones.      For society: foster diversity, freedom, environmental awareness, resilience and human capital development.      And for the economy: invest in R & D, ignite entrepreneurial activity, drive Ease of Doing Business and support Filipino unicorns.      These would create a more inclusive society, reduce poverty and create a vibrant and a dynamic entrepreneurial middle class.   Innovation Company      At the company level, Segismundo cites intrapreneurship as the key to the successful sustainability of an innovation company.      “You need not go out of your current organizations to be an entrepreneur- in fact, the word intrapreneur was coined.  Within your respective organizations, you can identify innovation projects that will either incrementally improve performance or achievesignificant breakthroughs or quantum leaps in organization performance,” he said.      Per  his personal experience as a corporate executive and employee, he adopted two philosophies to drive innovation in companies: Honor legacy and heritage by respecting the past; and Reinvent the future.      “Be willing to change the business model if you have to.   Be like a start up.  Be like a new entrepreneurial venture,” he stressed.      Citing Eric Ries in his book “Start Up Way”, there are two ways to spark “Start-Up Thinking”: “Think big.  Start small. Scale fast”. This could be done by having “innovation project teams”within your organizations and having current organic teams work on innovation projects in addition to its usual work.      “Thinking like a start up begins with talking to current and future customers.   This is where real customer centricity happens.  Oftentimes, we start with designing a technical product/service or solution.” Done is better than perfect      By looking out for customers’ needs that are now unserved or may be addressed at a superior level, design thinking can come up with a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) that could be an initial version of your product or service.  Then a version 2.0 after talking with customers then a version 3 and so forth with each version upgrade including a new round of inputs from customers. “Done is better than Perfect”.      This  Build-Learn-Measure method of continuous innovation fosters a mindset that is always  ready to learn from mistakes and pivot to another project or persevere.      The bottomline is that entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship is what will fuel innovation in organizations.  If you are an owner/founder of a start up or a corporate executive in a corporation or an officer in the public sector, doing more of the same or keeping the status quo may spell failure.   Key Questions      Segismundo suggests some key questions to ask in the pursuit of an innovation company: identifying key personnel responsible for innovation and/or entrepreneurship in the company;communicating with current and future customers; constantly looking at ways to create new ideas tocreate value for current and future customers; looking out to sense developments in their respective your industries and IT applications globally; identifying in-house or outsourced capabilities to develop the next generation product, service or solution; and, allowing for failures as long as the firm is willing to learn from them moving forward.   Innovation You   Most important, Segismundo cited the need to future proof individualsby doing their best to be innovative. He offered some 15 suggestions on how to be an innovator.      Innovate or die. Experiment. Take Risks.  Learn, relearn and unlearn.Be Inclusive. Network.      It’s ok to fail but fail fast. Communicate, Communicate, Communicate. Travel.Read a book once a month.Fight for a cause.  Reinvent. Seize opportunities. Know what you are great at.       Be true to your values.      “In short, if we bring the Philippines, Metro CDO or Metro Davao closer to becomingan innovation nation/region, if we drive our organizations to become high performinginnovative companies, and if we all work hard to kindle the latent innovation in each of us, weare a step closer towards creating maximum value for our constituencies which theyrightfully deserve.”      Besides Hijo, Segismundo is also CEO of 1-HR.X Pte. Ltd. and President of the Meralco Power Academy.

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