27 July 2012
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has come up with a new recognition for its outstanding youth graduates in technical education and skills development (TESD).
The TESDA Best, Batang TESDA 2012 Award has been launched to find the best among TESD graduates who are not over 30 years old and have attained the skills excellence and success in their chosen trade careers.
TESDA has two existing institutional awards for outstanding skilled workers and technicians and partners in skills development. These are the Idol ng TESDA Award and the Kabalikat Award. However, no such recognition has ever been given to successful young workers.
The Olympic flame took a festive, valedictory lap around London on Thursday, taking in some of the sun-drenched capital's most famous landmarks and getting a royal welcome on the second-to-last day of its trek across Britain.
The torch; carried by athletes, charity workers and celebrities; thrilled thousands of Londoners as it swept across Regent's Canal in Camden, through the city's newly renovated neo-gothic train station at St. Pancras and down the winding streets of the ancient City of London. Prince William, his wife Kate, and his brother Prine Harry posed for photographs as torch bearers took the flame to the steps of Buckingham Palace.
Hope springs eternal for host-actress Kris Aquino especially now that a Thai fortune-teller predicted that she will find new love and get married soon.
Upon paying a visit to fortune-teller Sawong Kontong during her recent trip to Thailand, Aquino shared on the Thursday episode of “KrisTV,” that he sees her having a “foreigner boyfriend” by “December 10, 2012.”
Apple released to the public on Thursday its next-generation operating system (OS) – OS X 10.8, code-named Mountain Lion (ML).
Prior to the official public release, Apple had a preview of the next-generation OS a few months ago.
The features were presented to the public, but the actual preview or beta release was made available exclusively to OS X developers. Fortunately, I am listed as one of the developers so I was able to get the first beta release of Mountain Lion (ML). However, the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) between Apple and developers with beta access prevented me from writing about ML features that were not presented to the public.
25 July 2012
As if by stroke of magic, Lorna Tolentino’s back pain was eliminated after getting stem cell treatment at a hospital in Germany on July 3.
The whole process only took four days, which included a day for an interview about her health history. The second day was for the treatment itself, with Lorna receiving 10 injections. She rested on the third day and was discharged on the fourth.
Like their revolutionary predecessors, the new Epson EB-485Wi / 475Wi are intelligent, interactive ultra short throw projectors that allow teachers and business presenters to conveniently turn any standard whiteboard or smooth surface into an interactive learning and presentation area.
To achieve this, they feature a digital infrared pen that allows users to write with “virtual ink” on the projected area, manipulate interactive onscreen objects and features, or use them as a computer mouse. This innovative tool delivers a cost-effective solution for presenters to easily use its interactive capabilities and eliminates the need to purchase and install cumbersome dedicated interactive whiteboards.
The man suspected of shooting 12 people dead at a screening of the new Batman movie in Colorado was often seen carrying guns to and from his home and was described Friday as a "loner."
James Holmes, 24, was enrolled since June 2011 as a student in neuroscience at the University of Colorado, but was reportedly in the process of withdrawing from his PhD program.
Ten years after the fall of the Taliban, who banned modern technology as un-Islamic, the use of social media in Afghanistan is booming as politicians, warlords and even militants rush to get their message across.
The hardline Islamists who ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 and forbade the use of the Internet, deeming it a Western propaganda tool, now regularly use Twitter to promote their ideas and boast about attacks on NATO forces.
24 July 2012
The most historic and high profile job search ever to air on Philippine television – public interviews for the next Chief Justice -- come to you live over GMA News TV from July 24 to 27.
In a historic move following the impeachment of Renato Corona, the Judicial and Bar Council of the Philippines (JBC) will be conducting public interviews for the position of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
The first season of singing reality competition “X Factor Philippines” has finally named its top 20 contestants, among them a newly formed all-female group aptly named the Lucky Girls.
The Lucky Girls – composed of Alyssa Quijano, Auriette Divina, Monique Lualhati, Katrina Velarde, Jhelsea Flores and Ashley Campbell – were originally part of the Girls category as solo performers. After the 19 finalists had been announced, judges Pilita Corrales, Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano and Charice Pempengco had the six called back on stage to offer them the chance of forming a group that will round up the Group category.
23 July 2012
President Benigno S. Aquino III on Monday delivers what Malacañang describes as a “truthful and inspiring” State of the Nation Address (SONA) before a joint session of Congress.
In his third report to the people, the President is expected to define his priorities for his third year in office and list his accomplishments in the past year.
Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the President finalized his speech last Saturday and is “good to go” for today.
Tablets continue to be one of the fastest growing devices. The genius design and the sleek touch screen capabilities has made it one of the most sought out devices in the world. With nearly every company is developing one, and other high-end brands overshadowing many products, it’s hard to spot simple, more accessible tablets that can offer some leisure in life.
Samsung Electronics announced the global availability of the Angry Birds App for Samsung Smart TV. Developed by Rovio Entertainment, a Finnish entertainment media company, Angry Birds is one of the top smartphone apps worldwide.
Ramadan is the time when religious fervor is at its height for Muslims, but there are certain things that Islam believers have to comply with, and things that are taboo, an Islamic leader said Sunday.
Ramadan started on Saturday in the Philippines, connecting the Moros with their brethren across the world’s estimated 1.5 billion Muslims called “Ummah.”
20 July 2012
A man known for his enormous penis was stopped by security at San Francisco International airport and questioned about the bulge in his pants, he was reported as saying Thursday.
Jonah Falcon, 41, has an organ which is 9.5 inches long when flaccid and 13 inches (33 centimeters) erect, according to Rolling Stone magazine. He has featured in a number of documentaries about the world's biggest penises.
He was returning to New York from San Francisco on July 9 when he was stopped, after Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents saw a bulge hanging down over his left upper thigh.
Liezl Martinez keeps her optimism high amid her battle with breast cancer.
The better half of actor Albert Martinez related via Facebook on July 19, which was quoted by PEP Alerts, that as per her doctors, “negative still on some tests. Other results coming out later.”
She thanked those who continuously support and pray for her, helping her “get by and be less stressed!”
In his quest to learn more about the Bible, boxing champ Manny Pacquiao, his wife Jinky and his children spent a week-long vacation in Israel.
As reported exclusively by Dyan Castillejo on “TV Patrol,” July 18, Manny ang his family visited the historic places where Jesus Christ set foot. They rode a sailboat to reach the Sea of Galilee where Jesus is believed to have walked, and even visited Jordan River where Jesus Christ was baptized.
The Quezon City division of city schools has authorized some public schools to suspend classes on Monday to ease traffic congestion when President Aquino delivers his third State of the Nation Address (SONA). City schools division superintendent Corazon C. Rubio however said replacement classes would be held on a Saturday. Affected schools include: (elementary) Commonwealth Elementary School, Pres. C. Aquino Elementary School, Doña Juana Elementary School, Holy Spirit Elementary School, Lagro Elementary School, North Fairview Elementary School, Bagong Silangan
19 July 2012
Research In Motion (RIM) and Globe Telecom announced the availability of the BlackBerry Curve 9220 and the BlackBerry Curve 9320 smartphones in Teal Blue, giving Globe BlackBerry subscribers more color options when purchasing two of the most popular BlackBerry Curve smartphones.
Launched in May, the Curve 9220 and Curve 9320 models are the latest and most affordable BlackBerry 7 smartphones in the market today. The devices have quickly gained popularity among customers who desire a sleek and stylish smartphone with industry-leading messaging and social-centric features for them to share life as it happens.
What was once a no-man’s-land is about to become a pharmaceutical battleground.
The Food and Drug Administration approved a second new weight-loss drug on Tuesday, expanding the range of medical options for the one-third of American adults who are obese.
The drug, Qsymia, offered the greatest weight loss in clinical trials of the three diet drugs that have been considered by the F.D.A. in recent years. But it also raises the risk of birth defects if used by pregnant women and can cause elevated heart rates and cognitive problems.
Most of the candidates in this year’s Mutya ng Pilipinas are first-timers in beauty contests.
While other beauty contests are known to include candidates who have joined other beauty contests in the past, Mutya ng Pilipinas scoured the country to unearth new faces, says fashion designer and Mutya project designer Renee Salud in an interview with Bulletin Entertainment and select members of media during the press presentation at the Midas Hotel, Manila on July 18.
18 July 2012
Jim Tonjes was high above North America when he bit into a hot turkey sandwich aboard a Delta Air Lines flight and felt a sudden jab in his mouth.
Glancing down, he noticed what looked like a sewing needle in the food. Another passenger on the plane reported the same thing.
At first, he thought a toothpick meant to hold the sandwich together had punctured the roof of his mouth. When he pulled it out, "it was a straight needle, about one inch long, with sharp points on both ends."
Australian billionaire Clive Palmer Tuesday said his modern-day version of the Titanic will retain the first, second and third-class divisions of the original and include a new “safety” deck.
Releasing the preliminary plans and drawings for the Titanic II, which is to be built in China, mining tycoon Palmer said the massive vessel would have the original nine decks plus an additional safety deck.
In a bid to cater to the market that embraces a totally mobile lifestyle but cares for a more cost-efficient gadget for their everyday use, Acer launches today its new Acer Aspire V5 and V3 series notebooks.
These slender and light notebooks are packed with full performance features and totally fit the savvy computer user of today. With extremely responsive and feature-impressive graphics, the Acer Aspire V5 and V3 series notebook PC, the daily, on-the-go computing needs of consumers is surely enhanced and becomes a truly worthwhile experience.
Apple, Inc.'s next iPhone will use a new technology that makes the smartphone's screen thinner, the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter.
This is currently being manufactured by Asian component makers, Sharp Corp, Japan Display Inc and South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd who are mass producing the panels for the iPhone using so-called in-cell technology, WSJ said citing sources.
Microsoft Corp. unveiled a new version of its Office suite tailored for tablets and other touch screen devices, in the company's largest-ever overhaul of the workplace software it relies on for much of its profit.
The revamped Office, touted by Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer on Monday as the most ambitious version so far, takes advantage of cloud computing and is designed for use with the upcoming Windows 8 operating system.
17 July 2012
Pilar Pilapil has revealed that her ex-boyfriend, the late Comedy King Dolphy, would have married her – if not for the opposition of her family.
“Actually we were supposed to get married but my father stopped the relationship. And I was very much in fear of my father. So I had no other choice, I was being guarded by my half-brother and you know we couldn't see each other anymore,” Pilapil said in an interview for “Dolphy: Hari Ng Komedya” which aired on July 15, as quoted in a report on ABS-CBNNews.com
Want to see something new, unique and quite unusual? Clearly, a manifestation of an adage cliche of “thinking outside the box”.
Once again, Asus went beyond the status quo by bringing us the Asus Padfone.
The Asus Padfone is a smartphone that is capable of transforming to a tablet and then to a netbook when complimented with a Padfone Station and a Padfone Station Dock.
Nowadays, people are getting into the trend of sharing photos via online albums, Facebook posts and picture messages.
A day won’t go by without them presenting pictures of how great their day was or something that interests them. This fad has become more prevalent since the discovery of the ease and convenience of uploading and sharing photos through mobile phones.
Then images of war or conflict zones are beamed into various media, what we get is the impression of heavily laden soldiers wearing all sorts of gear – aside from their standard bullet-proof vests and helmets – that add up to a hefty 10 – 20 kg more.
This load will break the back of average Joes like you and me, and would never do for those of us who seek extra protection from predators lurking in the urban or suburban jungles.
A new study has found that YouTube is emerging as a major platform for news, one to which viewers increasingly turn for eyewitness videos in times of major events and natural disasters.
The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism on Monday released its examination of 15 months of the most popular news videos on the Google Inc.-owned site. It found that while viewership for TV news still easily outpaces those consuming news on YouTube, the video-sharing site is a growing digital environment where professional journalism mingles with citizen content.
Philippine tourism got a worldwide boost again this week with British Vogue magazine ranking a resort island in Palawan as its top destination for a rich-and-famous getaway, the Department of Tourism (DOT) reported Monday.
Palawan’s Ariara Island is set to grace the glossy pages of British Vogue magazine in August, 2012, besting other hot destinations like New York’s The Standard hotel, Italy’s Monstero Santa Rosa, and Maldive’s Reethi Rah, to name a few.
15 July 2012
Rodolfo “Dolphy” Quizon received a final standing ovation befitting his stature as the King of Comedy as he was buried on Sunday at the Heritage Park in Taguig City.
His family and close friends rose to their feet and applauded as Dolphy’s gold coffin was closed.
Hollywood A-lister Sylvester Stallone was described as "devastated" Friday after his 36-year-old son Sage, also an actor, was found dead, reportedly following a drug overdose.
Sage Moonblood Stallone, who appeared in the 1990 film "Rocky V" as Rocky Balboa Jr, the son of his father's title character, was found dead at his Hollywood home by a housemaid, according to local media.
14 July 2012
Recruitment agencies should not collect excessive placement fees from applicants or charge placement fees from workers seeking employment in countries which have laws that prohibit the same, if they don’t want to lose their license, said the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said there is total prohibition on charging placement fees from Filipino household service workers, seafarers, and workers for deployment to countries which disallows placement fee collection.
Singer Taylor Swift edged out teen heart-throb Justin Bieber as the highest-earning celebrity under 30, taking in $57 million, as women dominated the top spots on a list released by Forbes.com on Thursday.
Bieber, who brought in an estimated $55 million, was the only male among the top five earners, who included Rihanna at No. 3 with $53 million, followed by Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.
Engineers said Friday they had built a device using mass-produced video gaming equipment that lets disabled people control a computer with just their eyes -- with a price tag of under $30 (25 euros).
The gadget comprises two video game console cameras, costing less than $10 apiece, attached outside the line of vision to a pair of ordinary glasses, reported the team from Imperial College London.
More than 400,000 Yahoo Inc. user names and passwords were stolen and published on the Web, putting other websites at risk as well, after hackers exploited a vulnerability in Yahoo’s computer systems.
Some logins for Google Inc., AOL Inc and Microsoft Corp. services were among those compromised. The three companies said they required affected users to reset passwords for sites including Gmail, AOL, Hotmail, MSN and Live.com.
13 July 2012
What advice can you give to someone who has been suffering from joint pains, especially in the knees, for years now? What drugs should you take? What food should you avoid?
It was the cultures of several countries that helped lead to the way we arrange our flowers today. Flowers are arranged to make a home look prettier or to create a lovely present or gift for special occasions. Floral arrangement has become a thriving industry and there are countless types of flowers an arranger can use.
They were lavishly generous patrons of drug treatment charities who turned out to be drug addicts themselves, a glitteringly wealthy couple whose secret lives were exposed four years ago when the police caught them with thousands of dollars’ worth of crack cocaine and heroin.
Want to get the best musical entertainment from your mobile phone? Hype up your already amazing Nokia Lumia audio experience with hip accessories that will make your sound trips better, louder and longer!
From the combined hands-free simplicity of Nokia and advanced driver technology of Monster come the Purity Stereo HD Headset and Purity Stereo Headset that put listening to the next level.
Indulge in incredible sound with the premium Nokia Purity HD Stereo Headset. Made from the finest scratch-resistant materials, these on-ear headphones are lightweight, durable and ultra-comfortable. It has a well-balanced design and soft ear pads that are ideal for long listening sessions.
A batch of at least 60, 000 skilled workers and technicians will be added to the registry of certified workers or ‘specialistas’ as TESDA holds a nationwide skills assessment and certification starting this month.
The second National TVET Competency Assessment and Certification (NATCAC) will be held nationwide on three separate dates starting July 9. TVET trainers and returning overseas Filipino workers are also expected to sit for the competency assessment.
11 July 2012
Leveraging its strong experience as the world’s top large format photo printer maker, Epson has launched its first inkjet-based dry photo lab: the Epson SureLab SL-D3000.
The new Epson SureLab SL-D3000 dry lab promises superior quality, low cost per print, improved flexibility and simpler maintenance for photo print service providers.
Gays entering the Philippine Military Academy (PMA): Why not?
On Tuesday, the PMA leadership announced it has opened recruitment to gays, thus, giving them the chance not only to serve but even become future officers in the military.
Major General Nonato Alfredo Peralta, PMA Superintendent, said that for the coming PMA entrance examination set on August 26, gays will be welcome to apply provided they meet the requirements.
The Department of Education (DepEd) gets the biggest allocation in the proposed P2.006-trillion national budget for 2013 as the Aquino administration aims to solve the shortage in teachers and classrooms by next year, according to Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad.
The DepEd gets P292.7 billion for 2013, or P55.9-billion more than its P238.8-billion budget this year.
Denise Rich, the wealthy socialite and former wife of pardoned billionaire trader Marc Rich, has given up her US citizenship – and, with it, much of her US tax bill.
Rich, 68, a Grammy-nominated songwriter and glossy figure in Democratic and European royalty circles, renounced her American passport in November, according to her lawyer.
Her maiden name, Denise Eisenberg, appeared in the Federal Register on April 30 in a quarterly list of Americans who renounced their U.S. citizenship and permanent residents who handed in their green cards.
10 July 2012
Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2012 title-holder Briana Yamat, 14, is getting ready to compete in this year’s Miss Teen USA pageant, the junior edition of Miss USA.
“I could not believe it. It was one of those moments that you just… you don’t believe it. You just know that your life is about to change like this,” Briana gushed in a report on “ANC,” July 9.
Briana was born in the US but her grandparents hail from Pampanga. The report noted that her mom was a former beauty queen who now acts as her pageant coach.
More than 85 percent of reefs in the “Coral Triangle,” encompassing Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Timor Leste, are highly threatened by local human activities, a new report revealed.
The Coral Triangle features immense biodiversity – it contains nearly 30 percent of the world’s coral reefs and more than 3,000 species of fish – twice the number found anywhere else in the world.
SENATOR Antonio “Sonny” F. Trillanes IV has filed a bill seeking to raise the minimum pay of public school teachers to salary grade 20 or equivalent to P36,567.00 per month.
The proposed salary grade is in accordance with the 4th tranche of the implementation of the Salary Standardization Law scheduled this month. At present, the basic salary of public school teachers is pegged at grade 11 or about P18,549.00 a month.
Health experts working to identify an illness that has killed dozens of children in Cambodia found a link to a virus that causes hand, foot and mouth disease, the UN health agency said Monday.
At least 52 children aged three months to 11 years have died from the undiagnosed syndrome since mid-April, out of 59 cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Cambodian health ministry said, updating the toll.
Budding Fil-American singer Jason Farol moved an inch closer to the finale of US singing search “Duets” after being declared safe during the July 5 results show.
The 23-year-old Filipino-American, the youngest and said to be the least experienced among the contestants, is grateful to fans for rallying behind him. In a post on his Facebook fan page on July 5, Jason said:
09 July 2012
Babies who spend time around pet dogs have fewer ear infections and respiratory ailments than those whose homes are animal-free, said a study released on Monday.
The study, published in the US journal Pediatrics, did not say why but suggested that being around a dog that spends at least part of its day outdoors may boost a child's immune system in the first year of life.
China Banking Corporation has teamed up with BancNet and Mabuhay Taxi, one of Davao City’s biggest taxi fleet operators for an innovative cashless fare payment system.
The bank said passengers can now pay their taxi fare using their ATM or debit card. Thru BancNet, other ATM cards issued by Megalink banks will also be accepted.
Under the memorandum of agreement signed by the parties, the over 200 units of Mabuhay Taxi will be equipped with wireless POS terminals by BancNet.
Sweethearts Precious Lara Quigaman and Marco Alcaraz tied the knot in an intimate garden-themed wedding on Sunday during which he revealed that she is heavy with their first child.
“You may be Miss International to everyone, but for me Jiamps [term of endearment]—you will always be my precious one. And I commit to taking care of you with all my life, my precious one—plus... our forthcoming son—and you both will be my precious two,” the actor was quoted to have said toward the end of his wedding vow by PEP in a report posted on July 8.
Ustainability in product development has been around the fashion industry for some time already, with designers and brands looking into using recyclable materials for their wares.
One example is Civic Duty, an up-and-coming American footwear brand whose shoes have a crumpled paper effect through Tyvek, a lightweight synthetic durable material with waterproof properties made by DuPont.
Roger Federer won his record-tying seventh Wimbledon title Sunday, beating Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 under a closed roof on Centre Court.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion excelled once the roof was closed early in the third set, giving Murray little chance to end Britain's 76-year wait for a homegrown men's champion.
Cosplayer Myrtle Sarrosa was named the Teen Big Winner of “Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition 4” at the “BFF at the Big Night” Saturday night (July 7) after garnering the highest average of combined save and evict votes against her fellow Big Four housemates.
Despite gaining the highest percentage of ‘vote to evict’ votes, the 17-year old “Cosplay Cutie of Iloilo” garnered a massive 33.92% percent of net votes and triumphed over Karen (11.91%), Roy (9.38%), and twins Jai and Joj (9.26%).
Subscribers of Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) using their iPhone or iPad now have access to millions of songs and movies, as Apple recently announced the launch of the iTunes Store in the Philippines.
According to Smart broadband and mobile marketing head Mellissa Limcaoco, Smart shares the excitement of Filipino iTunes users and looks forward to serving their connectivity needs.
Americans dipped into the water, went to the movies, and rode the subway just to be in air conditioning Saturday for relief from unrelenting heat that has killed at least 30 people across half the country.
The heat sent temperatures soaring over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) in several cities, including a record 105 F (40.5 C) in Washington, St. Louis (106 F, 41 C), and Indianapolis (104 F, 40 C), buckled highways, and derailed a Washington-area train as another round of summer storms threatened.
06 July 2012
If you are a Muslim and intend to perform the pilgrimage to Makkah, Saudi Arabia, in October, 2012, you only have until July 16 to register with the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF).
The Commission earlier asked the Saudi Ministry of Hajj for a quota of 6,000 hajj visas. NCMF is required to inform the Saudi ministry of the actual number of paid pilgrims after the cut-off date.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro announced Thursday that 12 Senior High School (SHS) model schools under the K to 12 Basic Education Program of the Department of Education (DepEd) will each be provided P1-million each subsidy.
Luistro said the financial assistance to the 12 technical vocational secondary schools that will model K to 12’s SHS Program would help the recipient schools in efficiently implementing the program that debuted when classes opened in June this year.
05 July 2012
If you are a 30-year-old Emirati woman and still single, then you have missed the marriage boat: by UAE standards, you are now considered to be too old.
Authorities in the Gulf state say more women are falling into this category: some 60 percent, according to the latest statistics, raising concerns among officials and sparking online debates as to why.
The issue has been the focus of discussions for weeks at the Federal National Council, the country's appointed consultative body, where members are scrambling to find a solution to what they believe could be a serious demographic problem.
Controversial personality Hayden Kho, Jr. has had to deal with a definitive blow in his career as the Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed the revocation of his professional license by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).
In a 17-page resolution authored by Associate Justice Edwin Sorongon dated June 29, abs-cbnNEWS.com quoted on Wednesday that the appellate court’s eighth division has scrapped Kho’s appeal to reverse the PRC decision on Aug. 22, 2011 regarding his license, following the administrative case lodged against him.