31 August 2011

Philippines now 117th Rome Statute member

The Philippines has become the 117th state to join the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the court that deals specifically with the most gruesome crimes facing humanity.

The Philippines deposited the Instrument of Ratification of the Rome Statute with the United Nations Secretary General on Tuesday.

In a report to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the UN in New York said the deposit was made at the UN Office of Legal Affairs Treaty Section and witnessed by Senator Loren Legarda, who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.


Shaq is nearly 2 feet taller than his girlfriend!

It’s pretty clear from the picture, but you could probably fit Shaquille O’Neal’s little lady inside his massive frame three times over. At a height of 7’1” and weighing in at over 300 pounds, the Big Diesel is thrice as heavy and almost two feet taller than Nicole “Hoopz” Alexander! Other than being able to fit in the palm of the former NBA star's hand, Alexander is best known for winning each of the first seasons of the VH1 reality shows Flavor of Love and I Love Money. The 5’2”, 100 pound cutie has been dating the Big Aristotle for nearly a year, which just goes to show - love comes in ALL shapes and sizes!


Justin Bieber, his Ferrari fine after minor crash

Justin Bieber and his Ferrari are both fine after a fender-bender in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Police Officer Gregory Baek says the 17-year-old singer was involved in “a very minor collision” Tuesday afternoon in LA’s Studio City.

The officer said no one was injured or cited and no police report was taken. There was no visible damage to Bieber’s car or the Honda Civic involved in the crash.


30 August 2011

Tallying the Benefits of Chocolate

Chocaholics may have more reason to indulge in a chocolate truffle or two today. New research from scientists at the University of Cambridge suggests that the heart-healthy benefits chalked up to regularly indulging in chocolate treats may not be all hype. The research involved more than 100,000 subjects and included data from a half dozen studies.


Bed bugs protect their sperm from bacteria

Bed bugs protect their sperm against sexually transmitted infections by producing germ-busting ejaculates, scientists have found.

Bacteria covering bed bugs' bodies are transmitted to the female, along with the sperm, during mating.

The new work shows that without the protection of antibacterial agents in the bug's ejaculate, 40% of sperm die.


Tropical Storm Katia:11th hurricane season of 2011

Tropical Storm Katia formed over the open Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday, becoming the 11th named storm of the 2011 hurricane season, U.S. forecasters said.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Katia was about 535 miles southwest of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands and was moving quickly west northwestward across the Atlantic.

It was too soon to gauge the storm’s potential threat to the U.S. East Coast or energy interests in the Gulf of Mexico with any confidence.


McDonald's burgers and fries don't decompose

The reason for the lack of change in the year-old McDonald's Happy Meal is the number of preservatives in the food.  Preservative calcium propionateis what keeps the food looking the same...even after a year.


29 August 2011

Halal: Eating right for Muslims

It is the end of Ramadan. With the long fast over, following a time of self-denial and purification, it is a time for celebration.

Still, all Muslims must remember to stay the course follow the good path, the halal way.

Lawyer Abdul Rahman Linzag, president of the Islamic Dawah Council of the Philippines (IDCP), said halal means living right and eating right, guided by Muslim tradition and faith.


Nokia's developer network hacked

An online community used by developers of Nokia phone apps has been hacked.

The company warned that members' personal information, including dates of birth and email addresses may have been stolen.

Nokia's developer forums have been temporarily shut down while the security breach is investigated.
So far no-one has claimed responsibility for the attack and no compromised information has yet appeared elsewhere on the internet.


MTV 2011 VMAs: What you didn't see on TV

The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards are in the books, and while the show as a whole felt a little scattered and unfocused, there were indeed some high points. Russell Brand, Tony Bennett, and Bruno Mars gave Amy Winehouse an excellent tribute, Beyoncé capped off a great performance with a nice little revelation about the future of her family, and Adele tore down the house with her stunning, jaw-dropping run through “Someone Like You.”


Beyonce is Pregnant

Beyonce confirmed her pregnancy on the MTV Video Music Awards black carpet this evening.

Photos of the pop star embracing a baby bump circulated on Twitter during the VMA pre-awards show, and were then followed by a tweet from MTV: “OMG Beyonce just made a huge announcement on the #vma carpet! #baby!!!!”


28 August 2011

Five Most Shocking Moments From the MTV Video Music Awards

Awards shows are known for emotional speeches, big performances and honoring celebrities for their hard work and talent. Right?

But once a year, the stars gather at the MTV Video Music Awards, and we're treated to something special: Boob grabs, girl on girl (on girl) kisses, meat dresses and more!

So in preparation for tonight's big show, we look back on the five craziest moments in VMA history:


Casio, Lee top PBA Rookie Draft Class of 2011

There were minimal surprises in the 2011 PBA Rookie Draft and much of the eye-openers were really on the trades that were consummated prior to the actual draft over at the Robinson’s Place in Ermita.

Indeed, it was a rainy event that saw several teams such as Meralco, Powerade, TnT, Barako Bull and Petron cop veterans to beef up their respective rosters and get a chance to recruit some players in the draft.

Meralco, Powerade and TnT completed a three-team deal which saw Meralco acquire the Texters number 7 pick in the first round. The deal also saw the Bolts add former TnT enforcer Mark Yee and shooter Mark Macapagal (formerly of the Powerade Tigers) to their roster.


Hurricane Irene's Health Risks Likely To Linger

Hurricane Irene's powerful one-two punch of high winds and heavy rainfall will undoubtedly result in dangerous airborne debris, fallen trees and flash floods.

But after her winds die down and her storm surges recede, a "whole suite of issues that may not have been considered" will remain, said Ronald Kendall, director of The Institute of Environment and Human Health at Texas Tech University.


4M without power as Hurricane Irene heads north

The number of power outages that can be blamed on Hurricane Irene has surpassed 4 million.

Winds of up to 115 miles per hour whipped across the Eastern Seaboard, ripping power lines from poles and snapping trees in half.

More than one million of the homes and businesses are without power in Virginia and North Carolina, which bore the brunt of Irene's initial march. There are also at least 1 million customers without electricity in New Jersey and New York.


27 August 2011

Meet the 18 people behind your favorite social media accounts

For brands, social media is a relatively new marketing platform that has grown exponentially over the past few years. And investing in social media now has never been more important, as experts say social media is on target to be a $30 billion industry (per year) by 2015.


Apple hires iPhone jailbreak hacker

Apple Inc. has hired a 19-year-old hacker who has found security vulnerabilities in the iOS software that runs its iPhone, iPad and iPod devices.
Nicholas Allegra, a.k.a. “comex," said in an entry on his Twitter account he is to start his internship with Apple.

“So, the week after next I will be starting an internship with Apple," he tweeted.

TechCrunch said Allegra had made the process of jailbreaking the iPhone “as simple as visiting a webpage using mobile Safari."


Scorpio Blue 1TB hard drives

Reached your limit in your storage drive? No problem. Just dig a little deeper into your pocket, whip out a wallet-sized thingy, and off you go to your usual tech work.

Call it a space-saver with a lot of punch, the Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1TB 2.5” notebook hard drive is the choice you could easily make.

The WD Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT 1TB 5400 RPM 2.5” SATA II notebook hard drive, with a 5400 RPM drive speed, 8MB cache and 3 GB/s SATA interface speed is the largest capacity drive offered by Western Digital in the 2.5” SATA notebook standard.


26 August 2011

9 Tips for Identifying Fake Online Profiles

"She was smoking hot, unbelievably sexy ... super beautiful." This was how Nev Schulman, a 24-year-old photographer, described Megan, a fellow artist who became friendly with him on Facebook in 2007.

An online courtship began, and Schulman's filmmaking friends documented his excitement. Not until Schulman knocked on Megan's door months later did he discover that his love interest looked nothing like her profile photo. "Megan" was actually Angela, a 40-something wife and mother of two who later said she had been diagnosed with schizophrenia.


World's oldest person celebrates birthday

A birthday party is planned at a north Georgia nursing home for Besse Cooper, who's listed as the world's oldest person.

The Aug. 26 party will celebrate her 115th birthday.

Cooper was declared the world's oldest last January. In May, Guinness learned that Maria Gomes Valentin of Brazil was 48 days older. Valentin died June 21.


UPLB grad leads 240 new licensed agricultural engineers

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on Friday announced that 240 out of 502 passed the Agricultural Engineer Licensure Examination given by the Board of Agricultural Engineering this month.

The examination were held in Manila, Baguio and Davao cities. The members of the Board of Agricultural Engineering are Engr. Ariodear C. Rico, chairman; Engr. Juana T. Tapel and Engr. Felimar M. Torrizo, members.

Jared William Gandola Barker III of the University of the Philippines-Los Baños topped the examination with a rating of 85.10%

PRC said that the results were released in 3 days from the last day of examination.


Tips to avoid sleeping while Studying

Are you a student or trying to study something? Here's some simple tips you can follow to avoid sleeping while studying.

  • Sit on a chair with flat back.
  • Drink tea or coffee, whichever you like before the same.
  • Change topic if not interesting.
  • Keep all the lights on of your room.
  • Study while walking. That is, take rounds of your room and keep studying.
  • Drink water so that you have to go to bathroom every now and then. Believe me it works.
  • Try to study hard topics at high energy levels of your body, when your mind is fresh read tough subject. 


25 August 2011

Maria Aragon thrilled to sing in Pacquiao's next fight

 Fil-Canadian YouTube sensation Maria Aragon could not hide her excitement over the possibility of being the artist to sing the Philippine National anthem in Manny Pacquiao's fight this November.

Aragon, who's known for doing her own version of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way," said she would give her best in singing "Lupang Hinirang" if given the chance.


Mega's loaded message to KC?

Megastar Sharon Cuneta’s message to daughter KC Concepcion in a recent interview baffled not a few, with some speculating that the latter's relationship with actor Piolo Pascual, may have hit some sort of snag.

In an interview with "TV Patrol" on Wednesday, Cuneta seemingly hinted at this when she said, “Basta, Kristina, mama's here. Don’t forget you’re my daughter. We love you.”


HTML for Babies

This is a book for babies that has no cute images of animals. It’s not even in a language most will recognize.

HTML for Babies is a 16-page board book with line after colorful line of HTML code, presumably targeted at programmer parents looking to give their kids a head-start.


24 August 2011

Winners of the 2011 Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) Search for Outstanding Teachers

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) announces the winners of the 2011 Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) Search for Outstanding Teachers to be awarded during the Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company's anniversary celebration on September 5, 2011.

Click here to view the list of winners


The top 10 singles and albums on iTunes

iTunes’ top 10 selling singles and albums of the week ending August 22, 2011:


1. “She Will (feat. Drake),” Lil Wayne
2. “Moves Like Jagger (Studio Recording from ‘The Voice’ Performance) (feat. Christina Aguilera),” Maroon 5
3. “Pumped Up Kicks,” Foster the People
4. “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” Katy Perry
5. “Lighters (feat. Bruno Mars),” Bad Meets Evil


23 August 2011

PRC revokes Hayden's medical license

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) cancelled Tuesday the medical license of Dr. Hayden Kho in connection with sex videos.

Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr. said that the PRC move is an affirmation of the Senate’s findings that he may have committed unethical offenses when he took videos of his sex acts with different women in the past.


Watch YouTube Videos with Others Using Google Plus Hangouts

If you've ever dreamed of watching a YouTube video of a kitty playing with a ball of yarn with your best friend a thousand miles away, the Google+ "Hangouts" feature is the answer.

The Google+ Hangouts feature as integrated into YouTube lets you watch videos simultaneously with others, just like if you guys were watching television together.


What to eat before heading to the gym!

If you didn’t already know, what you choose to eat before going to the gym has an impact on your performance in the gym.  Eat the correct foods and find yourself with sufficient energy to complete your workouts, however, if you eat the wrong foods you just might find yourself struggling hopelessly early on in your workout.


Why Do Women Live Longer Than Men?

One important reason is the big delay — and advantage — women have over men in terms of cardiovascular disease, like heart attack and stroke. Women develop these problems usually in their 70s and 80s, about 10 years later than men, who develop them in their 50s and 60s. For a long time, doctors thought the difference was due to estrogen. But studies have shown that this may not be the case, and now we know that giving estrogen to women post-menopause can actually be bad for them.


When Algorithms Control the World

If you were expecting some kind warning when computers finally get smarter than us, then think again.

There will be no soothing HAL 9000-type voice informing us that our human services are now surplus to requirements.

In reality, our electronic overlords are already taking control, and they are doing it in a far more subtle way than science fiction would have us believe.

Their weapon of choice - the algorithm.


Writing problems common in kids with ADHD

 Kids with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are more likely to have writing problems such as poor spelling and grammar than their peers, suggests a new study. And the difference may be especially conspicuous in girls with ADHD.

Reading and math problems often raise red flags for teachers and parents, but "written-language disorder is kind of overlooked," said study author Dr. Slavica Katusic, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.


22 August 2011

Eating to Learn

You can improve your ability to remember if you can eat meal immediately after you learn something rather than wait before you sit down at the table. We keep memories by activating a series of hormones that send them to the appropriate area of the brain for storage. It turns out that these hormones are released during digestion.


Top 10 Biggest Brain Damaging Habits

1. No Breakfast
People who do not take breakfast are going to have a lower blood sugar level. This leads to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain causing brain degeneration.
2. Overeating
It causes hardening of the brain arteries, leading to a decrease in mental power.
3. Smoking
It causes multiple brain shrinkage and may lead to Alzheimer disease.


Kim Kardashian's Big Wedding

It was a fairy tale come true.

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries exchanged vows on August 20, 2011 before 450 guests, and we've got the story on the ceremony, the dress, the star-studded attendees, plus video, photos and everything else.

And now it's on to the happily ever after.


Simple security for wireless: no password required

In early August, at the Def Con conference — a major annual gathering of computer hackers — someone apparently hacked into many of the attendees’ cell phones, in what may have been the first successful breach of a 4G cellular network. If early reports are correct, the incident was a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack, so called because the attacker interposes himself between two other wireless devices.


21 August 2011

A brand called Paris Hilton

Zsa Zsa Gabor was said to have invented this phenomenon, which is the media celebrity who seems to be seen everywhere and yet little is known about the person’s accomplishments.  She was and is famous for being famous. Zsa Zsa coasted on her beauty, wit, and bubbly personality. She was a perennial guest on late night talks shows, appeared as herself in Hollywood films, and endorsed everything from Volkswagens to beauty products. She was very active in charity projects and she got herself in trouble with the law for slapping a police officer during a traffic altercation. She is most infamous for her many marriages (a total of nine husbands). Among her many spouses was the hotelier Conrad Hilton, which makes her the former step-great-grandmother of none other  than Paris Hilton!


Smartphone Wars: Will Android And IOS Continue To Dominate?

HP voiced Thursday that it will stop its WebOS line of gadgets , that includes the HP Veer 4G, the HP Touchpad inscription and the yet-to-be-released HP Pre 3 smartphone. With the iPhone and Android phones winning the market, is there room for other widespread working system?


Edith Tiempo: Mother of Philippine Literature Dies at 92

Edith Tiempo, widely acknowledged as the Mother of Philippine Literature, reportedly died on Sunday. She was 92.

She was conferred the National Artist Award for Literature in 1999.

"National Artist for Literature Edith Tiempo passed away at 92," ABS-CBN Northern Mindanao reporter Rod Bolivar said on microblogging site Twitter on Sunday night.


Untangling the Web: Education

It's the first day of school and you're set for a new academic year: you've got all your supplies jammed into your new school rucksack: the pens and notebooks, coloured pencils and stapler, three-ring binders and textbooks.

Now add your laptop or tablet, a wifi connection, a list of usernames and passwords, account details for blogging platforms, social networks, photo sharing sites, cloud-based research resources, collaboration tools and digital 3D learning environments.


19 August 2011

Public high schools enter the new frontier via robot

The best educators in the world are one in saying that learning while playing is the most effective pedagogical tool, particularly when students are having fun!

Using this strategy to promote robotics to the youth and eventually entice them to pursue careers in science and technology, is thus the next best tool for the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DoST-SEI) to use.


18 August 2011

Teachers fight back against being 'YouTubed'

In one video a student rails against his teacher, explaining how much he "hates her" due to her "boring lessons."

In another the message is more ominous, with the teenage student venting about his 11th grade science teacher and saying "I don't even care if she sees this."

He added, "I despise this lady. I never knew I could hate anybody this much," before brandishing a knife and making stabbing motions towards the camera.


April Boy Regino confirms he has prostate cancer

Jukebox King April Boy Regino, who migrated to the US in 2005, revealed that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009 after doctors found blood in his sperm, reports GMA News.

In an ABS-CBN report, Regino said he had difficulty accepting the situation. "Parang hindi po ako makapaniwala dahil sabi ko bakit ako magkakaroon ng prostate cancer eh napakabata ko pa? Parang nagtanong po ako sa Diyos na bakit ako nagkaroon ng ganitong sakit (I couldn't believe it because I was still so young. I even questioned God why it was given to me)," he said, adding that he used to subscribe to the notion that cancer meant death.



Paris Hilton loves the Pacquiao couple and Filipino food

Socialite-heiress Paris Hilton met up with her newfound friends Manny and Jinkee Pacquiao in a dinner in a posh hotel in Makati.

 “I’m so excited tonight to see Manny and Jinkee. I think they’re such an incredible couple,” Paris said on “TV Patrol,” Aug. 17. She was also impressed with the food served to them during the dinner. “The food is good. I love the food in the Philippines. It’s delicious,” she shared.


Fish Scales Being Recycled Into Useful Goodies

What would you say to a cup or a pair of glasses made out of fish scales? Confused? It’s pretty straightforward and ingenious really. Crafty designer Erik de Laurens has come up with a way to make a plastic-like material out of discarded fish scales. As if that wasn’t wonderful enough, he doesn’t use any bonding agents – just fish scales and colourful dye fused together with heat and pressure.


17 August 2011

Madonna's Hot 53rd Birthday Kiss with 24-year old Beau

The singer, who turns 53 today, sure isn't acting her age, but that's no shocker. 

The Material Girl opened her heart—and her mouth—to her much, much younger man on the beach in the Hamptons. So who's her new spit-swapping pal?

It's French dancer Brahim Zaibat, who at  24, is just 10 years older than her daughter, Lourdes.

He's the latest in a string of younger men, who have included A-Rod and Jesus Luz.


DepEd Official Seal

The Office of the Secretary has released the official seal of the Department of Education duly approved by the Office of the President, Malacañang, Manila, pursuant to Rule 8, Chapter 6, Sections 49, 50 and 51 of Republic Act No. 8491, known as the Flag and Heraldic code of the Philippines.


Health Benefits of Longan

The first time I saw and ate longan was in Baguio City when I attended a writeshop. I wonder what health benefits I can get from it.

Longan also known as "dragon's eye" (because of an ovoid, white eye shaped mark on the pit). The longan is China's gift to Southeast Asia, where it was brought by Chinese emigrants hundred of years ago. The evergreen longan tree has heavily foliaged branches with leathery leaves which have a glossy surface and underneath are covered with minute hair. The flowers are pale yellow and hairy. The juicy pulp, which is easily separated from its shell, is white and translucent. Embedded in it is a large, shiny jet black seed. The
fruit has a juicy and sweet taste.


12 August 2011

The Secret to KC Concepcion's Sexy Body

The secret to Hollywood celebrities beautiful bodies is the "sculpting class", which helps their body transform in ways they never thought possible. 

Unlike other fitness programs the 55-minute exercise targets the obliques (muscles in the abdominal area) and glutes (the butt and hip areas), which are common problem areas even in people who observe a strict diet and perform regular cardio workouts. They call it Physique 57.


05 August 2011

The Differences between Tablet PCs and Laptops

Ten years ago, it was the laptop computer that was dominating the tech market but nowadays, more people prefer the more portable tablet PCs. Since the introduction of Apple’s iPad in 2010, tablet computers have been outselling laptops. But this is not to say, however, that the former is outperforming the latter.


Blogging for Money

In this time and age, computer and technology have a greatly affected industries – communication, education, science, and more importantly, business. Almost all of the business establishments rely on technologies such as email and websites, in order to facilitate communication and efficiently deliver their products and services to their consumers. But some people have gone as far as turning the Internet as a source of income. And most of them do so through blogging.


DepEd orders makeup classes

Local school officials and principals could schedule make-up classes as the deem fit to catch up on lost time following consecutive class disruptions in areas affected by Tropical Storm “Juaning,” the Department of Education (DepEd) said on Thursday.

Schools that suspended classes on Tuesday and Wednesday, including kindergarten, elementary and high schools in the National Capital Region, Southern Tagalog, the Bicol Region, and Central Luzon, may set up extra class days to offset lost days.


DBM releases P251.6M for Madrasah Education Program

The Department of Budget and Management has released P251.6 million to implement the Department of Education’s Madrasah Education program.

The program aims to enhance the educational development of Filipino Muslims.

Under the program, there are three components: Arabic language and Islamic values education in public schools; for out-of-school-youths; and to private madaris.


04 August 2011

Google lawyer slams Apple, Microsoft over patents

The Android logo is displayed during a press event at Google headquarters. Google is currently being sued by software giant Oracle over technology used in its Android smartphone operating system.

Google's top lawyer accused Apple, Oracle, Microsoft and other companies of using "bogus patents" to wage a campaign against the Internet giant's Android mobile platform.


Google's Most Expensive Ad Keywords

Advertising accounts for 97% of Google’s revenue; the search giant makes more than US$32 billion a month from this revenue stream, and the number continues to climb.

Of these ad revenues, 70% comprise of 20 keyword categories. Companies have to bid for these categories for their ads to appear when a user searches for a related term on Google.


02 August 2011

Cosmo Launches iPad-Only Magazine for Men

Cosmopolitan, long the resident authority on heterosexual dating and mating for teenage and adult women alike, has launched its first magazine for men, CFG: Cosmo for Guys.

Men won’t find this guide to women by women on newsstands, however. Instead, CFG is launching solely on the iPad, available via the App Store [iTunes link] for $1.99 per issue, $3.99 per month or $19.99 per year.


Palace suspends college classes, government offices in NCR

Malacañang announced Tuesday noon the suspension of college classes throughout Metro Manila due to floods and sporadic heavy rains.

Work in many government offices were also suspended in the afternoon as floodwaters were reported to have risen in low-lying areas in the metropolis.


James Yap bonds with his son Baby James during a photo shoot

On a rare occasion, basketball star James Yap bonded with his son Baby James during a photo shoot. “[Ito ‘yung para sa] coffee table book ng PBA for the last ten years,” the ballplayer shared.

The book apparently highlights past MVPs of the league. “So kasali ako doon. Masaya ako dahil kasama ko ang little boy ko,” James shared on “Showbiz News Ngayon,” Aug. 1.


Skype Launches an Official iPad App

The official Skype application for iPad has landed in the iTunes App Store and is now available to download.

The app works over both WiFi and 3G and takes advantage of the front-facing camera included on the iPad 2 by offering one-on-one video chat. Until now, iPad owners had to settle for the iPhone version of Skype, which of course operates at a fraction of the screen size (or in a somewhat distorted fullscreen mode).


Tropical Storm Emily forms over Caribbean

Tropical Storm Emily formed over the Caribbean on Monday, far from energy production facilities in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico but posing a possible threat to them nonetheless.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Center said Emily, the fifth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, was packing maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour as it formed near the Caribbean’s Lesser Antilles islands.



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