The University of the Philippines (UP) beat other premiere universities — including Harvard University, University of Oxford, and the University of Stanford — in the recent world rankings for health research citation, placing seventh with a score of 98.8 in the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) World Rankings. Citation scores indicate the number of times a research has been cited in other research outputs, or the impact or influence of a research project which other researchers use as reference from which they can build on succeeding breakthroughs or innovations (See Inquirer.net for story).
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Many of the 28,000 Filipinos in Israel arrived to work as caregivers and domestic helpers, but according to the United Children of Israel (UCI) association, some 600 families and their children could now face expulsion over a loss of residency status (See Yahoo News for story).
Aldrean Alogon, a farmer’s son in Capiz, Philippines, won one of only 11 prestigious Freeman Asian Scholarships awarded annually, and over $300,000, to attend Wesleyan University (See Inquirer.net for story).
Filipina American Shanna Mendiola, the meteorologist for NBC4 Southern California’s weekday morning newscast “Today in LA,” took home an Emmy at the 71st Los Angeles Area Emmys for her coverage on plastic in the ocean (See Asian Journal for story).
Cesar Sayoc, 57, a Florida amateur body builder who admitted sending pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and CNN was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday by a judge who concluded the bombs purposely were not designed to explode (See Inquirer.net for story)..
The creator of 8Chan, which is being linked to recent white supremacist mass shootings, says the site should be shut down. Self-proclaimed “eugenicist” turned born-again Christian Fredrick Brennan, who lives in the Philippines told the New York Times, “It’s a complete negative to everybody except the users that are there. And you know what? It’s a negative to them, too. They just don’t realize it.” The site is currently being operated by an Army veteran named Jim Watkins and his son Ronald, who also live in the Philippines (See Los Angeles Magazine for story).
Composer, musician and National Artist Ryan Cayabyab is the only Filipino among the five awardees in the Ramon Magsaysay Awards this year, as announced on Friday at the De La Salle University-Rufino Campus in Taguig City (See bit.ly for story).