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CODE OF CONDUCT AND ETHICAL STANDARDS FOR PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES - RA 6713

Republic Act No. 6713 AN ACT ESTABLISHING A CODE OF CONDUCT AND ETHICAL STANDARDS FOR PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES, TO   UPHOLD THE TIME-HONORED PRINCIPLE OF PUBLIC OFFICE BEING A PUBLIC TRUST, GRANTING INCENTIVES AND REWARDS FOR EXEMPLARY SERVICE, ENUMERATING PROHIBITED ACTS AND TRANSACTIONS AND PROVIDING PENALTIES FOR   VIOLATIONS THEREOF AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES Section 1. Title. - This Act shall be known as the "Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees." Section 2. Declaration of Policies. - It is the policy of the State to promote a high standard of ethics in public service. Public officials and employees shall at all times be accountable to the people and shall discharge their duties with utmost responsibility, integrity, competence, and loyalty, act with patriotism and justice, lead modest lives, and uphold public interest over personal interest. Section 3. Definition of Terms. - As used in this Act, the term: (a) "Go

China-based network infiltrates computers in 103 countries

Agence France-Presse|OTTAWA - A electronic spying operation based primarily in China has infiltrated government and private computers in 103 countries around the world, including those of the Dalai Lama, according to a report released Sunday. The report, compiled by specialists based at the Munk Center for International Studies at the University of Toronto, said the spying was being done from computers based almost exclusively in China. "Up to 30 percent of the infected hosts are considered high-value targets and include computers located at ministries of foreign affairs, embassies, international organizations, news media and NGOs (non-governmental organizations)," the report said. However, the researchers said they could not argue conclusively that the Chinese government was involved. They insisted that attributing all these operations to intelligence gathering by the Chinese state "is wrong and misleading." "Numbers can tell a different story," the repor

Coldplay take boredom break

Bang Showbiz | Coldplay have decided to take a break because they fear people are getting bored of them. The group have postponed plans to begin work on the follow-up to "Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends" to figure out which direction to take their music in next. Guitarist Johnny Buckland revealed: "We ended up doing much more touring than we originally planned so there's no time to do proper justice to a new project. And anyway people may need a bit of a break from us. "We're taking a little break and let's see where we get after that. We've got a lot of ideas but we want to find a new way to go and that may take some time." Buckland also spoke out about the military-style uniforms the group have donned to promote the album and accompanying tour, and claims the band - singer Chris Martin, bassist Guy Berryman and drummer Will Champion - hand-stitched each one. He added to Time Out Dubai magazine: "Guy came up with the direction. T

Sexiest Male Stars for 2009

Here are the Sexiest Male Stars for 2009 according to TVGuide.com: 10. Daniel Sunjata (Rescue Me) 9. Matthew Settle (Gossip Girl) 8. Ryan Kwanten (Summerland) 7. Brody Jenner (The Hills) 6. George Eads (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) 5. Christian dela Fuente (Dancing with the Stars) 4. Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Dancing with the Stars) 3. Bailey Chase (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) 2. David Boreanaz (Bones) 1. Simon Baker (The Mentalist) (via)

Philippines: Nation of Servants

An alliance of Filipino migrant organizations in Hong Kong decried the recent assault made by a Hong Kong journalist against the rights and dignity of domestic workers. "We hope that Mr. Chip Tsao will be civilized and humble enough to admit that his column was way out of line. We demand no less that than a public apology from Mr. Tsao and the HK Magazine Online, its publisher and editor. Such contemptuous regard for migrant workers is unconscionable," said the United Filipinos in Hong Kong. The group was referring to the column "The War At Home" written by Tsao for the HK Magazine online website which drew public outrage among Filipinos and Pinoy groups. "Mr. Tsao's column did not even give intelligent light on the Spratly issue, the topic he was delving on. Instead, it became a cheap shot, distasteful and demeaning of domestic workers who are already under extreme working and living conditions in HK," said the group in a press statement Monday. The g

RP to rescue historic chancery in US

WASHINGTON DC -Dwarfed by a campus building and another diplomatic outpost, the old Philippine Embassy along the District's "Embassy Row" is a sad sight. Damaged by fire last November, the four-storey building is decrepit, grass growing tall in cracks in the concrete, inhabited by rodents and other undesirables. But the Philippine government is rescuing the historic structure - the seat of the Commonwealth when the country was invaded by the Japanese in World War II - by allocating $250,000 for repairs. Consul General Domingo "Ding" Nolasco revealed that Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo recently approved the funds to fix the building and use the first floor for the Philippine Embassy's consular service. "We were already given funds by the home office for us to renovate the old chancery across the street so we can use that as an office extension," he said. The old Embassy building lies on prime real estate along Massachusetts Ave. which host

DOLE, labor unions to conduct 'Jobapalooza' on May 1

Hundreds of thousands of local and overseas employment are set to be offered particularly to displaced workers and new graduates in the biggest, simultaneous job fairs nationwide on May 1, 2009. Labor and Employment Secretary Marianito Roque said around 1,000 employers and recruitment agencies around the country would join the jobs fair dubbed "Labor Day Tayo Na! Trabaho Na! Jobapalooza 09". In a statement, DOLE announced that the job fairs will be spearheaded by labor unions in collaboration with government and private sector to hasten assistance extended to workers who have been affected by the global economic crisis. Roque said DOLE's social partners have recognized the need for collective action and mutual collaboration in mitigating the effects of the global crisis on the workers and the economy. Trade unions and labor groups reportedly approved to celebrate Labor Day with job fairs which will be held simultaneously in 16regions on May 1. The participating trade unio

'Monsters vs. Aliens' fuels booming box office

Reuters | LOS ANGELES - What recession? Hollywood's overflowing cash registers rang even louder on Sunday as the cartoon "Monsters vs. Aliens" scared up the biggest opening of the year at the North American box office. DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc's first big 3-D film sold an estimated $58.2 million worth of tickets across the United States and Canada during its first three days, the studio said. The opening was at the upper end of analysts' forecasts within a $50 million to $60 million range. The year's previous best start was $55.2million for "Watchmen" earlier this month, though that superhero film quickly stalled, and finally crawled across the $ 100 million mark last Thursday. "Monsters vs. Aliens" also set a record for a 3-D opening -- $32.6million, or about 56 percent of the gross, the studio said. The balance came from traditional movie theaters. Hollywood is betting a lot on 3-D, with about 40 films scheduled to run in 3-D over the

2009 Kid's Choice Awards Winners

And the winners of the 22nd Annual Kid's Choice Awards held at Paulet Pavillion and hosted by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson are: MOVIES Favorite Movie High School Musical 3: Senior Year Favorite Male Movie Star Will Smith, Hancock Favorite Female Movie Star Vanessa Hudgens, High School Musical 3: Senior Year Favorite Animated Movie Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Jack Black, as Po, Kung Fu Panda MUSIC Favorite Song "Single Ladies(Put a Ring On It)," Beyonce Favorite Male Singer Jesse McCartney Favorite Female Singer Miley Cyrus Favorite Music Group Jonas Brothers TV Favorite TV Show iCarly Favorite Reality Show American Idol Favorite Television Actor Dylan Sprouse, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody Favorite Television Actress Selena Gomez, Wizards of Waverly Place Favorite Cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants SPORTS Favorite Male Athlete Peyton Manning Favorite Female Athlete Candace Parker EXTRAS Favorite Video Game Guitar Hero World Tour F

Megan Fox Hits the Kids' Choice Orange Carpet

Always looking in fine form, the lovely Megan Fox was in attendance for Nickelodeon's 2009Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday evening (March 28). The "Transformers" starlet smiled for paparazzi and waved to fans as she strolled the Pauley Pavilion orange carpet, ready for her night's presenter duties. With Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson acting as host, multiple-award nominees include Jim Carrey and Beyonce, who faces off against Rihanna in the favorite female singer and favorite song categories. Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus is nominated in an impressive four categories this year, including: favorite female singer, favorite voice in an animated movie for "Bolt," favorite television actress and favorite TV show for "Hannah Montana." (via)

Over 121,000 Filipinos' jobs hit amid global crisis

CLARK - Over 121,000 Filipino workers have either lost their jobs or suffered pay cuts or reduced work loads because of the economic crisis, a government official said Sunday. Between October last year and mid-March, 11,574 permanently lost their jobs and 38,806 others were temporarily laid off by Philippines-based companies, Labor Undersecretary Rosalinda Baldoz told an economic forum in this industrial enclave north of Manila. A total of 59,149 others were placed on flexible work arrangements, she added. Meanwhile, 12,000 out of the 8.5 million-strong Filipino work force abroad had lost their jobs, mostly in Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates, according to Baldoz. Last week the government said electronics firms based in the Philippines began giving their remaining workers half-pay or P150 (3.11 dollars) a day in a bid to keep them employed until demand picks up again. The labor undersecretary said the electronics sector was the worst hit with almost half the total work force affecte

Angel Locsin is Style Bible's 2009 hottest billboard poser

Actress Angel Locsin has been named the "hottest billboard" poser for the year at the Style Bible Awards 2009 organized by entertainment and style Web site Stylebible.ph. Locsin was proclaimed the winner in the "battle of the billboards" category, besting other celebrity contenders including Melissa Ricks, Kristine Hermosa, Anne Curtis, Gretchen Barretto, Carmina Villaroel, and Lucy Torres-Gomez. Decked along Edsa, Locsin's breathtaking billboards won after garnering almost five million votes from Stylebible.ph readers. Locsin, one of the hottest actresses in the country, was thankful for being chosen as the hottest billboard poser for 2009. "Proud naman ako siyempre dahil pinaghirapan namin 'yon... and nagpapasalamat ako dahil na-a-appreciate 'yong mga pinaggagagawa namin," she said. When informed that her billboard, wherein she was photographed wearing a white swimsuit, was the cause of heavy traffic along Edsa, the actress quipped: "Tra

Billion people invited to switch off lights for 'Earth Hour'

Agence France-Presse|PARIS - Around a billion people living in the world's major cities are being invited to turn off their lights at 8:30 p.m. local time on Saturday for "Earth Hour," described as the biggest mass campaign to demand action on climate change. The Empire State Building, the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the Acropolis in Athens and the Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taiwan are among the buildings whose illuminations will be switched off for an hour, the organisers said on their website (http://www.earthhour.org/)/ More than 200 buildings in Paris will be dark for an hour, including the Louvre, Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Paris Opera House, according to the French branch of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The Eiffel Tower will be plunged into darkness for five minutes and scrap a display of flashing lights scheduled for 9:00 p.m., Paris city hall said. Earth Hour was launched by WWF in 2007. Last year's event drew a claimed parti

Charice to play schoolgirl in Chipmunks 2

The Philippines' international teen diva Charice will play a role in 20th Century Fox's "Alvin and The Chipmunks 2," a live action-animation movie scheduled to be shown in January 2010, according to a report posted on www.goodnewspilipinas.com. The report said that Charice is thrilled over her first Hollywood project, and that it is a dream come true for her. Contrary to earlier reports that she will play the role of a female chipmunk in the movie, Charice was just asked to play herself. "It's not a big role, but the fact that it's a Hollywood movie is already a big deal for me," Charice added. The report said that in the movie, Charice will represent her school in a singing contest. She will sing Alicia Key's hit song, "No One," and will be competing with other contestants, including Alvin and The Chipmunks. When asked who will win the contest, Charice replied: "Secret! Hindi ko raw dapat sabihin, eh." Charice said she had to

'Kambal sa Uma' on ABS-CBN

Actress Rio Locsin shared his excitement with ABS-CBN's television adaptation of her 1978 hit movie "Kambal sa Uma (Twins on the Farm)." In an interview with abs-cbnNEWS.com, Locsin shared her disbelief when a report reached her that the Kapamilya network wants to make an adaptation of her movie which was based from the Pinoy Komiks hit of the same title. When the project was confirmed, the actress said that she was really happy and excited now that young ones of this generation will be able to see all the good values from her old movie's story. "Hindi ko din alam pero kung tutuusin ay iba kasi may 'Darna,' may 'Ang Babaeng Ahas' pero walang taong daga and sa tagal ng panahon walang nagre-remake nito. So tingnan natin kung ano epekto nito sa kabataan ngayon, kasi ang daming values na gustong ipakita, tulad ng kabutihan laban sa kasamaan, 'yong pagpapalit ng character ng mga bata na sa tingin ko ay makakabuti na ipakita natin ang magandang valu

Hotshot starring Wu Chun, Jerry Yan and Show Luo on ABS-CBN

ABS-CBN, the first and true home of Asianovelas in the Philippines, will once again heat-up your summer! ABS-CBN bought the franchise of Hotshot, a highly anticipated Taiwanese drama series. Hotshot starring Wu Chun (Fahrenheit), Jerry Yan (F4) and Show Luo (Fahrenheit). Hotshot is set to air beginning March 30, 2009 on ABS-CBN's Hapontastic. Hot Shot Plot/ Synopsis: In a school where academic reigns supreme and sports are relegated to a dusty corner of the campus, Li Ying (Coco Jiang) vows to revive the basketball team by volunteering to be the head coach. Her first member is Yuan Da Ying (Show Luo), a country boy who is passionate for basketball but has no skill. Their recruitment goes into high gear when Dong Fang Xiang (Jerry Yan), a legendary basketball player, transfers to their school. Around the same time, Yuan Da Ying falls for Zhan Jie Er (Zhou Cai Shi), a scholarship student who reminds him of his childhood friend. Things are complicated by the fact her family works for

ABS-CBN's statement on Manny Pacquiao's March 27 statement

ABS-CBN releases another statement to answer Manny Pacquiao's recent announcements through his lawyer Atty. Gacal. ABS-CBN has said everything it will say on this topic. Please refer to our earlier statements. Here are the facts: March 14, 2009 -Manny Pacquiao recorded a statement that he asked be embargoed. That statement has never aired. March 17, 2009 -Pacquiao recorded another statement saying that he came to ABS-CBN to air his next fights. He later approved that statement for airing, and our newscasts aired it on Wednesday, March 18. March 19, 2009 - In an interview while training, he asked viewers to support him and watch his fight on ABS-CBN. March 20, 2009 -Pacquiao again declared in an ABS-CBN interview that "my decision [is] still the same. Fight mapapanood sa ABS-CBN." March 20, 2009 - ABS-CBN said, "We understand GMA7's disappointment about the decision of Manny Pacquiao to have ABS-CBN as its media partner, but it should avoid making thinly veiled ac

TNS National TV Ratings (March 24-26): May Bukas Pa reclaims top spot from Betty La Fea

Here are the comparative TV ratings of ABS-CBN and GMA-7 programs from March 24 to 26, based on the overnight ratings of Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS) among national households: March 24, Tuesday Non-Primetime: Ruffa and Ai (ABS-CBN) 8.5%; SiS (GMA-7) 7.3% Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 16.4%; Lalola (GMA-7) 9.4% Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 23%; Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 16.9% Parekoy (ABS-CBN) 14.2%; Daisy Siete (GMA-7) 16.9% Pieta (ABS-CBN) 13.9%; Paano Ba ang Mangarap? (GMA-7) 18% La Traicion (ABS-CBN) 11.3%; Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? (GMA-7) 18.6% Mr. Bean Live (ABS-CBN) 10.3%; Kiba (ABS-CBN) 7.1%; Chil Princesses (GMA-7) 8.9% Mischievous Princess (ABS-CBN) 9.4%; Gokusen 3 (GMA-7) 8.3% Primetime: Kapamilya, Deal Or No Deal (ABS-CBN) 18.5%; Family Feud (GMA-7) 12.5% TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) 30.8%; 24 Oras (GMA-7) 23.3% May Bukas Pa (ABS-CBN) 38.1%; Zorro (GMA-7) 28.7% I Love Betty La Fea (ABS-CBN) 38.1%; Totoy Bato (GMA-7) 29.3% Tayong Dalawa (ABS-CBN) 36.2%; Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang (GMA-7)

Fans pare "Idol" top 10 with Sarver elimination

NEW YORK (Reuters) -Fans of "American Idol" eliminated Texas oil rig worker Michael Sarver from the show's eighth season on Thursday, casting the fewest number of votes for his rendition of the Motown hit "Ain't Too Proud to Beg." Sarver, 27, from Jasper, Texas, lost after what host Ryan Seacrest set was a record-setting 36 million-plus votes cast on the hit television talent show, and the judges opted not to use their once-per-season veto to keep the burly singer. "Michael, you're going home -- sorry," said Simon Cowell after a conference by the judges that sent the show into overtime. Sarver performed his version of The Temptations song on Wednesday during the show's Motown-themed performances. "American Idol" pits aspiring singers against each other in a series of competitions that focus on a musical theme each week. It is the most watched TV show in the United States, with more than 24 million viewers per episode broadcast by

Experimental Ebola vaccine used on human

BERLIN - It was a nightmare scenario worthy of a sci-fi movie script: A scientist accidentally pricked her finger with a needle used to inject the deadly Ebola virus into lab mice. Within hours of the accident, several members of a tightly bound, yet farflung community of virologists, biologists and others tensely gathered in a trans-Atlantic telephone conference to map out a way to save her life. The outcome was stunning. Within 24hours of the March 12 lab accident, an experimental vaccine -never before tried on humans - was on its way to Germany from a lab in Canada. Within 40 hours, the at-risk scientist, a 45-year-old woman whose identity has not been revealed, was injected with the vaccine. So far, so good. If the woman is still healthy on April 2, she can consider herself safe. Ebola hemorrhagic fever, mostly seen only in Africa, is one of the world's most feared diseases. It begins with flu-like symptoms, followed by bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Days later, some victims beg

AGB Mega Manila TV Ratings (March 24-26): Totoy Bato steals No. 1 spot from Zorro

Here are the comparative TV ratings of ABS-CBN, GMA-7, and TV 5 (for March 24 only) programs from March 24 to 26, based on the overnight ratings of AGB Nielsen Philippines among Mega Manila households: March 24, Tuesday Non-Primetime: Unang Hirit (GMA-7) 4.4%; Umagang Kay Ganda (ABS-CBN) 4.8%; Pingu (TV5) 0.7%; Barney & Friends (TV5) 1.5%; Thomas & Friends (TV5) 2.2%; Dora The Explorer (TV5) 3.7%; Wonder Pets (TV5) 8.2% Camera Café (GMA-7) 5%; Mr. Bean (ABS-CBN) 4.2%; Doraemon (GMA-7) 7.2%; Spongebob Squarepants (TV5) 10.2% Battle B-Daman Fire Spirits (GMA-7) 6.1%; Naruto (ABS-CBN) 4.8%; Catdog (TV5) 6.5% Pokemon: Master Quest (GMA-7) 8.8%; Reborn (ABS-CBN) 5.6%; Danny Phantom (TV5) 5.9% Slamdunk (GMA-7) 10%; Lastikman (ABS-CBN) 6.1%; The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron (TV5) 7.5% SiS (GMA-7) 7.1%; Ruffa and Ai (ABS-CBN) 5.8%; Bratz (TV5) 6.3% Lalola (GMA-7) 10.4%; Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 15.8%; The Adventures of Bubble Carp (TV5) 6.1%; Juicy (TV5) 1.5% Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 2

25th Star Awards for Movies - 2009 Nominees

...And the Nominees are: Movie of the Year A Very Special Love (Star Cinema) Baler (Viva Films and Bida Productions) Caregiver (Star Cinema) Kulam (Regal Entertainment) Magkaibigan (Maverick Films) Ploning (Panoramanila Pictures Co.) Digital Movie of the Year 100 (Martinez Rivera Films Productions) Boses (Erasto Films) Paupahan (ATD Productions) Torotot (Viva Digital) Yanggaw (Creative Programs Inc./Strawdogs Studio Productions) Sisa (Oncam Productions) Jay (Pasion Para Pelicula Productions) Movie Director of the Year Dante Nico Garcia (Ploning) Cathy-Garcia Molina (A Very Special Love) Jun Lana (Kulam) Mark Meily (Baler) Chito Roño (Caregiver) Digital Movie Director of the Year Crisostomo Juan Andaluz (Sisa) Maryo J. delos Reyes (Torotot) Ellen Ongkeko Marfil (Boses) Chris Martinez (100) Francis Xavier Pasion (Jay) Richard Somes (Yanggaw) Joven Tan (Paupahan) Movie Actor of the Year Carlo Aquino (Carnivore) John Lloyd Cruz (A Very Special Love) Allen Dizon (Paupahan) Baron Geisler (Ja

The Top 10 Grossing Indie Films of All Time

Here are the Top 10 Most Successful Indie Movies to date. Top 10 G rossing Indie Films of All Time 1. The Passion of the Christ (2004) - $370,270,943 2. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) - $241,437,427 3. Juno (2007) - $143,492,840 4. The Blair Witch Project (1999) - $140,530,114 5. Good Will Hunting (1997) - $138,339,411 6. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) - $128,067,808 7. Farenheit 9/11 (2003) - $119,078,393 8. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) 9. Pulp Fiction (1994) - $105,110,572 10. Shakespeare in Love (1998) - $100,241,322 The Passion of the Christ: A depiction of the last twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. The story opens in the Garden of Olives where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, the controversial Jesus--who has performed 'miracles' and has publicly announced that he is 'the Son of God'--is arrested and taken back within the city walls of Jerusalem. There,

Red meat raises risk of all kinds of death

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People who eat the most red meat and the most processed meat have the highest overall risk of death from all causes, including heart disease and cancer, U.S. researchers reported on Monday. The National Cancer Institute study is one of the largest to look at the highly controversial and emotive issue of whether eating meat is indeed bad for health. Rashmi Sinha and colleagues looked at the records of more than 500,000 people aged 50 to 71 who filled out questionnaires on their diet and other health habits. Even when other factors were accounted for --eating fresh fruits and vegetables, smoking, exercise, obesity -- the heaviest meat-eaters were more likely to die over the next 10 years than the people who ate the least amount of meat. "Red and processed meat intakes were associated with modest increases in total mortality, cancer mortality, and cardiovascular disease mortality," Sinha and colleagues wrote in the Archives of Internal Medicine. They divid

China 'blocks YouTube video site'

BBC News, Beijing China is reported to have blocked the YouTube video-sharing website because it has been carrying video of soldiers beating monks and other Tibetans. The date and location of the footage, posted by a Tibetan exile group, cannot be ascertained. A Chinese government spokesman would not confirm whether YouTube had indeed been blocked. China has a history of blocking websites which carry messages it views as politically unacceptable. In most of China, YouTube has suddenly become inaccessible. The site has been carrying a graphic video released by Tibetan exiles, which shows hundreds of uniformed Chinese troops swarming through a Tibetan monastery - a group of troops beat a man with batons. In another scene a group of men, including a monk, are beaten, kicked and choked, while they lie on the ground. Some have their hands tied others appear to be unconscious. The date and locations of the footage cannot be confirmed. Beijing maintains that it dealt lawfully with last years

Scientists find new species in Papua New Guinea

SYDNEY - A brilliant green tree frog with huge black eyes, jumping spiders and a striped gecko are among more than 50 new animal species scientists have discovered in a remote, mountainous region of Papua New Guinea. The discoveries were announced Wednesday by Washington D.C.-based Conservation International, which spent the past several months analyzing more than 600 animal species the group found during its expedition to the South Pacific island nation in July and August. Of the animals discovered, 50 spider species, three frogs and a gecko appear to have never been described in scientific literature before, the conservation group said. The new frogs include a tiny brown animal with a sharp chirp, a bug-eyed bright green tree frog and another frog with a loud ringing call. One of the jumping spiders is shiny and pale green, while another is furry and brown. "If you're finding things that are that big and that spectacular that are new, that's really an indication that the

Anti-Willie Revillame posters sprout in Cebu

At least 10 posters branding popular "Wowowee" host Willie Revillame as "Capitalist Whore" and "Wowpera" have mysteriously appeared on Escarrio Street, Barangay Kamputhaw in Cebu City. Village officials said they are still facing a blank wall on who might might be responsible for putting up the anti-Revillame posters. They suspect that the culprits are not residents of Barangay Kamputhaw. Village chairman Dondon Donaldo assured that his men would double their efforts in patrolling the area to catch the culprits and avoid a repeat of the incident. As of posting time, it is not year clear whether the incident was connected to the latest Pulse Asia survey results showing Revillame as among those who could win a senatorial seat if elections were held today. According to the Pulse Asia survey conducted from February 2 to 15, Revillame, who has not yet indicated his interest in running for public office, could land in 17th to 23rd place. Recently, the popular &q

Top 150 books of the last 15 years

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling 2. Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution, Robert C. Atkins 3. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown 4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling 5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling 6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling 7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling 8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling 9. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling 10. Who Moved My Cheese?, Spencer Johnson 11. The South Beach Diet, Arthur Agatston 12. Tuesdays With Morrie, Mitch Albom 13. Angels & Demons, Dan Brown 14. What to Expect When You're Expecting, Heidi Murkoff, Arlene Eisenberg, Sandee Hathaway 15. The Purpose-Driven Life, Rick Warren 16. The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom 17. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey 18. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini 19. Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, John Gray 20. The Secret,

David Letterman secretly married

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -Late-night TV comic David Letterman has quietly married his longtime girlfriend, telling audience members of his show on Monday that he almost missed the ceremony because his truck was stuck in mud. Letterman, 61, and Regina Lasko tied the knot during a courthouse ceremony near their Montana ranch last Thursday. The couple, who have been dating since 1986, were accompanied by their 5-year-old son, Harry. "... Ihad avoided getting married pretty good for, like, 23 years, and I --honestly, whether this happened or not -- I secretly felt that men who were married admired me... like I was the last of the real gunslingers," Letterman said, according to a "Late Show" transcript provided by a spokesman. But the afternoon ceremony at the Teton County Courthouse in Choteau (pop. 1,700) was delayed by an hour because the family's pickup truck was stuck in mud two miles from their house. Letterman was forced to walk back in a howling gale to get the

ABS-CBN chief: Let us support Manny

ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. chairman Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III has urged the public to support Manny Pacquiao despite the trouble caused by his recent "dispute" with Solar Entertainment. "Suportahan na lang natin si Manny, he's a very good boxer and after all, he is a Filipino hero," said Mr. Lopez during a forum he held Tuesday with ABS-CBN employees. He added that Pacquiao means a lot to the country as "he brings a lot of joy ang pride to all of us Filipinos." Lopez also stressed that ABS-CBN News has addressed Pacquiao's situation in an ethical manner. "Ang masasabi ko lang is that we acted in an ethical manner, we did not violate any of the restrictions on the embargo," he said. "There is no deal on the politics." This was contrary to claims that ABS-CBN News violated its agreement with the boxer concerning the airing of his announcement aside from talks that it will help Pacquiao in his political ambitions. Lopez s

Top 10 Richest People in the World 2009

#1. William Gates III Age: 53 Fortune: self made Source: Microsoft Net Worth: $40.0 bil Country of Citizenship: United States Industry: Software Marital Status: married, 3 children Bill Gates regains title as the world's richest man after placing 3rd in last year's list. Stepped down from day-to-day duties at Microsoft last summer to devote his talents and riches to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Gates decided to increase donations in 2009 to $3.8 billion, up 15% from 2008. Organization's assets were $30 billion in January. Stock down 45% in past 12 months. #2. Warren Buffett Age: 78 Fortune: self made Source: Berkshire Hathaway Net Worth: $37.0 bil Country Of Citizenship: United States Industry: Investments Marital Status: widowed, remarried, 3 children Last year's world's richest man has to settle for second place this year after losing $25 billion in 12months. Shares of Berkshire Hathaway down 45% since last March. Injected billions of dollars into Gold

Smart launches netbook with built-in broadband

MANILA, Philippines - Smart Communications Inc. unveiled the Philippines' first netbook with built-in broadband connectivity. The Asus Eee PC 904 GO, which features an embedded Smart Bro wireless broadband modem, was recently launched by Smart Broadband Inc. (SBI), a subsidiary of Smart. Smart is the mobile arm of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT), the country's largest and leading telecommunications company. The built-in Smart Bro modem and the Smart Bro data SIM that comes with the bundle allow the Asus netbook to connect instantly and wirelessly to Smart's nationwide HSPA network. HSPA, short for high-speed packet access, is the latest evolution of the GSM technology, and is likened to having the high-speed, cable broadband experience delivered right to a mobile device. The Smart Bro-powered Asus Eee PC 904 GO is available via the Plan 799 monthly subscription, which comes with up to 60hours of Internet access. Usage in excess of 60 hours will be charged

9th Elorde Awards to fete Pacquiao and other 'greats'

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