21 July 2011

Climate change 'threatens peace', UN official warns

Achim Steiner from the UN Environment Programme said climate change would also "exponentially" increase the scale of natural disasters.

His comments followed a UN declaration of famine in parts of Somalia.

Meanwhile, Russia rejected a Security Council statement backed by Western nations which asserted the link, but later agreed to a weaker text.

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Manny Pacquiao's membership application to Manila Polo Club denied

World boxing champion Manny Pacquiao's application to join the elite Manila Polo Club has been denied, reports PEP.ph. The reason, explained an unnamed Manila Golf Club board member, may be exclusivity.

"It's a small club in a small village. They want to preserve a lifestyle," said the board member. He also added that contrary to what was published in Boxingplanet.net that Pacquiao applied to both the Manila Polo Club and the Manila Golf Club, the Pound-for-Pound King only tried for the former.

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Comelec Chief says FPJ won 2004 elections

Commission on Elections chair and lawyer Sixto Brillantes Jr. remains a firm believer that the late Fernando Poe Jr. won the controversial 2004 presidential elections over Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, reports GMA News. Brillantes issued this statement after Sen. Chiz Escudero filed on Tuesday, July 18, a resolution to investigate the alleged anomalies of the said elections.

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A Missing Protein: Culprit in Millions of Cases of Male Infertility

A missing protein may be the culprit in millions of cases of male infertility, according to a report released Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, discovered that the absence of a protein that helps sperm swim through cervical mucus and "cloaks" them from the female immune system likely contributes to startling infertility numbers. In at least 20 percent of men, the genes that trigger the protein are mutated, leaving their sperm completely vulnerable and unlikely to make it very far.

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20 July 2011

Chinese great Yao Ming retires from basketball

Yao Ming has made it official Wednesday, telling a packed news conference in his hometown that a series of foot and leg injuries have forced him to retire from basketball.

"I will formally end my career," said Yao, the 7-fooot-6 center who became a household name in China before starting his NBA career with the Houston Rockets as the top draft pick in 2002.

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2011 World Junior Surfing Competition in Siargao

Preparations are under way for the 2011 World Junior Surfing Competition to be held at the famous Cloud 9 in General Luna, Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte, known also as “Paradise Island.”

Officials said at least 200 junior surfers coming from the 40 countries have already signified their intention to participate in the international surfing tourney in September this year.

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Facebook bans Google+ ad

Ingenuity is surely something to be admired. Commercial ingenuity is something to be revered.

Sometimes, though, it seems that certain tech companies only revere their own ingenuity. That seems to be the case with Facebook, which, as reported by TechCrunch's Erick Schonfeld, has removed a piece of fine commercial ingenuity from its site.

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Republic Act 10154: New law requires resolution of cases before employees retire

A new law signed by President Benigno Aquino III mandates state agencies to resolve a government employee’s case three months before retirement or else his or her benefits would have to be released although without prejudice to the ultimate resolution of the case.

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19 July 2011

Recap Ateneo and La Salle's first basketball standoff this UAAP season


The Ateneo Blue Eagles beat archrivals the De La Salle Green Archers 81-72 in an action-packed game last July 16 at the Araneta Coliseum. Rookie Eagle Kiefer Ravena broke out with a whopping 24 points (22 in the first half alone), solidifying him as a formidable presence on court.

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Apple to launch low-priced prepaid iPhone 3GS for Php15,000?

 According to source, Apple will indeed be launching a prepaid / lower cost iPhone this year. The handset will retail for no more than $350 without contract.

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17 July 2011

Casey Marie Anthony is now a free woman

Casey Marie Anthony walked out of the Orange County Jail in Florida a free woman at about 12:10 a.m. Sunday. Anthony and her attorney, Jose Baez, left the jail together in a dark SUV. Anthony's release occurred exactly three years from the day that she made her first court appearance on multiple charges related to the disappearance of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

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"Harry Potter" Movie sold $92.1 million worth tickets

The eighth and final "Harry Potter" movie sold $92.1 million worth tickets in the United States and Canada on its first day in theaters to set a single-day box-office record, according to studio estimates released on Saturday.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" shattered the single-day record set in 2009 when "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" earned $72.7 million in theaters, said Paul Dergarabedian, head of tracking firm Hollywood.com Box Office.

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World's Smallest Post Service

You’d think that sending tiny letters and tiny packages, written with tiny words were done by fairies and only existed in fairytales. But with Lea Redmond, this fantasy became a reality—and she became the ‘fairy’ postmaster.

The World’s Smallest Post Service allows people to send customised tiny letters, packages and other mailables internationally.

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14 July 2011

Manny Pacquiao wins Best Fighter award at 2011 ESPY Awards

Each summer, the annual ESPY Awards take place in LA to honor the coolest & best star athletes and memorable moments from the past year.


Begun by cable sports channel ESPN in 1993, the annual ESPY Awards allows sports fans worldwide to join in an online vote for their favorites in such categories as Best Male Athlete, Best Female Athlete, Best Coach/Manager, and Team of the Year.

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Musky odor of human feet helps to attract and kill mosquitoes

What do mosquitoes like more than clean, human skin? Stinky socks. Scientists think the musky odor of human feet can be used to attract and kill mosquitoes that carry deadly malaria. The Gates Foundation announced on Wednesday that it will help fund one such pungent project in Tanzania.

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13 July 2011

Winners of the 39th Sofi Awards for Outstanding Specialty Foods and Beverages

The winners of the 39th Sofi Awards for the outstanding specialty foods and beverages of the year were announced by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) at the Summer Fancy Food Show.

The awards were presented at a red carpet ceremony hosted by Celebrity Chef Cat Cora. You can see photographs of the delicious looking winners here.

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Steepest Roller Coaster in the World [Video]

If you plan to travel to Japan soon and you’re not among the faint of heart, you might want to visit the Fuji-Q Highland, an amusement park that just added a very special new attraction: the world’s steepest roller coaster. The so-called Takabisha [JP] accelerates to 100 km/h, has a 43m drop and a 121-degree freefall.

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12 July 2011

Kobe Bryant's 3rd Visit to the Philippines

Kobe “Black Mamba” Bryant is back in the country to once again encourage the Filipino youth to realize their dreams through sports.

Bryant arrived at the AGES Hangar of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Tuesday aboard a private jet as he kicked off his five-city Nike Asian tour.

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Basic Art: Form and Tone

One of the exercises that my students did in my class is on developing form and tone of their drawing. This is about trying to make the shape of the objects they draw look more realistic by establishing their form in more detail. In order to do this, they also have to keep working on their drawing of outline shapes and build further on what they have already began to learn about tone.

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11 July 2011

Skatepark House

Have you ever seen a house that's also a skatepark?

When it comes to this house, you can scrap the “no skating inside” rule your mother used to scream.

PAS House is a combination of skate ramp and living quarters, and is an experiment in creating a skater’s utopia: where architecture is designed to create a skate-friendly world.

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Angel Locsin - Phil Younghusband Stolen Kissing Video

 “Exclusively dating” couple Angel Locsin and Phil Younghusband said that though they’re not officially an item, they’re both happy in each other’s company, reports PEP.ph. The Century Tuna endorsers also denied speculations that their romance is a publicity stunt.

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DILG fact-finding report on Duterte out this week

Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo today said the report on the results of the fact-finding investigation on Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s assault on a court sheriff last week will submitted to the President within the week.

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Yao Ming is Retiring from NBA

Yao Ming is keeping fans in suspense regarding his career plans for a few more days.

The 30-year-old Chinese basketball star was rumored to have decided to retire last week, with Yahoo Sports, citing NBA league sources, reporting that the 7-foot-6-inch center was calling it quits after nine seasons.

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Color Psychology

Do different colors affect your mood?

Like death and taxes, there is no escaping color. It is ubiquitous. Yet what does it all mean? Why are people more relaxed in green rooms? Why do weightlifters do their best in blue gyms?

Colors often have different meanings in various cultures. And even in Western societies, the meanings of various colors have changed over the years. But today in the U.S., researchers have generally found the following to be accurate.

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Drawing Using MS Excel

Drawing is a visual art that makes use of any number of drawing instruments to mark a two-dimensional medium. Common instruments include graphite pencils, pen and ink, inked brushes, wax color pencils, crayons, charcoals, chalk, pastels, markers, stylus, or various metals like silverpoint.

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How Not To Have An Ulcer?

* EAT SMALL, FREQUENT MEALS. Ulcers tend to be the most painful when the stomach is empty. If you eat often, food helps buffer the effects of digestive acids and enzymes.

* AVOID UNNECESSARY USE OF ASPIRIN OR NONSTEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS. Since these can irritate the digestive tract, your doctor may advise taking them with food.

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Laugh, Teacher, Laugh!

Laughter exercises the heart, improves circulation, and gets rid of excess air in the lungs.

Education is too important to take seriously. When people take anything too seriously, they put on blinders which cause them to miss the important aspects of what is going on around them. They develop "tunnel vision", which limits and distorts their perception of reality. Education is too important to be limited by those who have chosen to wear blinders and to develop tunnel vision.

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Nice Egg for Breakfast

Everybody knows the old saying: "Have breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper."  I am not sure if everybody realizes the fact, that the healthy breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you ask me, I am for eating breakfast.

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07 July 2011

Stick Figure Animation [Video]

A stick figure is a very simple type of drawing made of lines and dots, often of the human form or other animals. In a stick figure, the head is represented by a circle, sometimes embellished with details such as eyes, mouth or crudely scratched-out hair. The arms, legs and torso are all represented by straight lines. There has been much debate about whether stick figures should have necks and this varies from artist to artist. However the general consensus is that stick figures do not require necks.

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06 July 2011

Google is retiring 'Picasa' and 'Blogger'

Picasa and Blogger, as you know them, are biting the dust.

Google is retiring the two services – well, they're not retiring them so much as renaming them. Yup, say hello to “Google Photos” and “Google Blogs.” Mashable has reported that several other Google services may also get the renaming axe, but YouTube will be immune during this transition period.

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Tablets used as Textbooks?

Going digital and green at the same time, Korean schools may soon turn to using tablets as textbooks.

Korea’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology told The Chosun Ilbo it “will invest W$2.2 trillion (about US$2 billion) by 2015” to create a better study environment and interactive content for students.

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NCMF to impose strict guidelines for Halal Certifiers

To strengthen the Philippines’s chances of getting into the $2.7-trillion world market for Islam-inspired food and non-food products, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) will impose strict guidelines for accrediting halal certifying bodies (HCBs) to weed out bogus and "fly-by-night" HCBs.

The NCMF has formed the Philippine Halal Development and Promotion Board (PHDPB) to carry out the guidelines.

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05 July 2011

Sheriff Abe Andres finally appears in public

Davao City Regional Trial Court (RTC) sheriff Abe Andres finally appeared in public, reiterating he will not file charges against Mayor Sara Duterte, who threw punches at him during a demolition in Sitio Soliman, Barangay Monteverde, Davao City last Friday.

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Man's finger reveals all about his manhood

Sorry boys, but it does seem the size of your fingers is a pretty good guide to your manhood.

Long regarded as a myth and source of much amusement, scientists have now confirmed that the length of a man's index finger relative to his ring finger can reveal his penis size.

Korean scientists studied 144 men and discovered that the ratio between their second and fourth fingers - known as digit ratio - was directly linked to penile length.

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Scientist sees aging cured

If Aubrey de Grey's predictions are right, the first person who will live to see their 150th birthday has already been born. And the first person to live for 1,000 years could be less than 20 years younger.

A biomedical gerontologist and chief scientist of a foundation dedicated to longevity research, de Grey reckons that within his own lifetime doctors could have all the tools they need to "cure" aging -- banishing diseases that come with it and extending life indefinitely.

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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.

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World’s Most Expensive Musical Instrument

The Mendelssohn Stradivarius has become the world’s most expensive musical instrument. It has been bought on behalf of a professional musician for £902,000 from an auction at Christie’s in London. The previous record for a musical instrument was £682,000 set in 1988.

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Banned Books

The banning of books and other forms of censorship are not new. Since at least the fourth century B.C., some groups and individuals have encouraged the banning or outright destruction of reading material in the name of morality or for political or religious reasons. Here is a list of the most frequently attacked children's books in recent years and the objections to them.

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04 July 2011

Long-Lost Leonardo da Vinci Painting worth $200 Million Restored

A previously lost painting by Leonardo Da Vinci has been identified and restored. It is to be displayed at the London National Gallery, along with other works, for the Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan exhibition, taking place from November 9, 2011 to February 5, 2012.

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Study finds Type 1 diabetics' life span increases

Those with type 1 diabetes historically faced a shortened life expectancy. But those diagnosed since 1965 can expect a near normal life span, a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health study concludes.

The study led by Trevor J. Orchard, a professor of epidemiology, pediatrics and medicine, found that people diagnosed with type 1 between 1965 and 1980 had a life expectancy of 68.8 years. The general population's is about 73.

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Samsung Galaxy S II: First 4G Smartphone of Globe

 Globe Telecom is the first operator to bring Samsung GALAXY S II, the first 4G smartphone that works best on the HSPA+ network, to mobile phone users in the Philippines.

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Charice out of 'Glee 3'

Gleeks will no longer see the nerdy Filipino exchange student Sunshine Corazon in the next season of “Glee.” This was confirmed by “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy, as reported by “Balitang America” on July 1.  

According to Murphy, celebrity guests will no longer be featured on the hit American musical series and that the show’s characters will be doing less singing.

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Tips and Tricks in Photographing Fireworks

Photographing fireworks can be challenging but it's not impossible. In this gallery, get tips and tricks for taking the guesswork out of shooting this nighttime event, and get inspired to capture your own unique perspective.


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Regine announces baby’s gender: ‘Boy!’

Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, who is now five months pregnant, has announced on “Party Pilipinas” the gender of her and Ogie Alcasid’s baby:  “We’re having a boy!”

Although on leave, Regine dropped by the show’s studio last July 3 to accompany her husband who wasn’t feeling well. She was then seen watching Ogie’s OPM production number with Janno Gibbs, Jolina Magdangal, Jennylyn Mercado, Glaiza de Castro, and Janine Gutierrez.

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Kris Aquino expresses support for RH Bill

TV host and actress Kris Aquino revealed on her morning show Kris TV last week that she is a proponent of the controversial Reproductive Health Bill. In a sit-down interview with the press after the show, Aquino explained her reasons for supporting the bill and admonished anti-RH bill advocates who are calling for her brother President Noynoy Aquino’s resignation.

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Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic beats Rafa Nadal to win first Wimbledon title

Novak Djokovic crowned his rise to number one in the world in perfect fashion with a dramatic 6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3 victory over Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon final.
 
The Spaniard was looking to make it three titles in four years at the All England Club and win back-to-back French Open and Wimbledon titles for the third time, but it was the player in his first final in SW19 who held his nerve the best.

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8 Famous People Who Died in the Bathroom

All of these people ended their time on Earth in the bathroom -- some accidentally, others intentionally, some murdered. See the next page to get started with our list of 8 famous people who died in the bathroom.

1. Elvis Presley

On January 8, 1935, Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n' Roll, was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. He was discovered in Memphis by Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, who was looking for a white singer with an African-American sound and style.

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