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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

First swine flu death outside Mexico confirmed in US

Agence France-Presse|WASHINGTON - A 23-month-old toddler has died of swine flu in Texas, the first confirmed death in the United States as well as the first outside the disease epicenter in Mexico, officials said Wednesday. "We have confirmed the first death in this country in a 23-month-old child in Texas," said Richard Besser, the acting director the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), said on CNN. "As a parent and a pediatrician my heart goes out to the family. As I've been saying for the past few days flu is a very serious infection, and each virus is unique so it is hard to know what we're going to be seeing," Besser added. "But given what we've seen in Mexico we have expected that we would see more severe infections and that we would see deaths." US health authorities on Tuesday said there were 65 confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu which is believed to have killed 159 people in Mexico. Most of the US cases have been relatively mild, with only

Manila police arrest 'Jun' Lozada

Manila policemen on Wednesday afternoon arrested Rodolfo "Jun" Lozada, key witness in the NBN-ZTE deal, from his safehouse at the De La Salle University (DLSU) in Greenhills, San Juan City. The arresting team arrived at the Brother's House past 2p.m. and served Lozada the warrant of arrest issued by the Metropolitan Trial Court (MTC) of Manila Branch 26, which earlier dismissed the perjury case filed by Michael Defensor, President Arroyo's former chief of staff. The MTC issued the arrest warrant after its ruling was reversed by Judge Cicero Jurado Jr. of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 11. ABS-CBN News Channel interviewed Lozada before the arrest, but the whistleblower could not give much details of the arrest. "I don't even know where I'm being brought to. I'm sorry, my mind is kind of not so clear at this point. Kids want to say goodbye already," Lozada said, who was still on the second floor of the Brother's House. ABS-CBN correspon

Final Destination IV: Death Trip 3D

Final Destination: Death Trip 3D is the upcoming fourth installment in the Final Destination supernatural thriller franchise. The film was written by Eric Bress and directed by David R. Ellis, both of whom also worked on Final Destination 2. Ellis directed cult favorites Cellular and Snakes on a Plane. The movie was shot in HD 3-D. The film has opted to be pushed forward to a scheduled release on August 28, 2009 in both the U.S.A. and the UK. It is the first FD sequel to be distributed by Warner Bros. and is reported to have a budget of $43 million, considerably larger than its previous films because it was shot for 3-D (originally the idea for the third film in the series, but the idea was dropped then due to budgetary restrictions and concerns). Warner Bros. released the following plot summary for the film: On what should have been a fun-filled day at the races, Nick O'Bannon has a horrific premonition in which a bizarre sequence of events causes multiple race cars to crash, send

Fashion prude Cheryl Cole

Bang Showbiz | Cheryl Cole "wouldn't dare" dress like Lady Gaga. The "Girls Aloud" singer claims she doesn't have the courage to wear daring outfits and admits she didn't begin wearing heels until her late teens. She said: "I was a tomboy throughout my teenage years. I used to wear baggy jeans, baggy jumpers and Timberland boots. Then I discovered girly clothes and high heels. "I don't like to experiment with wacky outfits. I wouldn't dare go out in the stuff Lady Gaga wears, for instance, even though it's perceived as high fashion." Cole, who recently topped UK Glamour magazine's best dressed women list, can't believe people view her as a fashion icon and insists her wardrobe contains both high street and designer items. The 25-year-old beauty said: "We all make mistakes, it's about growing up. I have to be totally honest, this has all been a learning process for me, this whole wearing clothes business. "

WHO stresses border screening 'don't work'

Agence France-Presse|GENEVA - The World Health Organisation on Tuesday stressed that border screenings "don't work" in detecting passengers who may be infected with swine flu, even as many countries intensified airport checks. "If a person has been exposed or infected... the person might not be symptomatic at the airport," WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl told journalists. "Border controls don't work. Screening doesn't work." Many Asian countries hit by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome have set up thermal scanners at airports to screen for passengers who may be feverish. Amid the swine flu scare, these countries have restarted these checks. Officials at US airports, land ports and border crossings have also begun screening travellers and questioning those who show flu symptoms, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said. But Hartl said that research since the SARS outbreak in 2003 in Asia had shown that border controls were of little use

TNS National TV Ratings (April 24-27): Only You opens at #1, I Love Betty La Fea ended at # 2

Here are the comparative TV ratings of ABS-CBN and GMA-7 programs from April 24 to 27, based on the overnight ratings of Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS) among national households: April 24, Friday Non-Primetime: Umagang Kay Ganda (ABS-CBN) 6%; Unang Hirit (GMA-7) 3.4% Mr. Bean (ABS-CBN) 11.3%; Naruto (ABS-CBN) 13.1%; Reborn (ABS-CBN) 11.9%; Gadget Boy (GMA-7) 5.5%; Battle B-Daman Fire Spirits (GMA-7) 7% Lastikman (ABS-CBN) 10.4%; Pokemon: Master Quest (GMA-7) 10.5%; Slamdunk (GMA-7) 14% Ruffa and Ai (ABS-CBN) 7.7%; SiS (GMA-7) 7.1% Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 15.9%; Lalola (GMA-7) 9.6% Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 26.4%; Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 14.6% Kambal Sa Uma (ABS-CBN) 23.8%; Daisy Siete (GMA-7) 17.8% Pieta (ABS-CBN) 19.8%; Paano Ba ang Mangarap? (GMA-7) 18.5% La Traicion (ABS-CBN) 15.1%; Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? (GMA-7) 22.7% Mr. Bean Live (ABS-CBN) 14.3%; Chil Princesses (GMA-7) 9.7% Hot Shot (ABS-CBN) 14.6%; Gokusen 3(GMA-7) 10.3% Primetime: Pinoy Bingo Night (ABS-CBN) 17.8%; Hole In The Wall (GM

AGB Mega Manila TV Ratings (April 24-27): Zorro and Totoy Bato caught in a power struggle

Here are the comparative TV ratings of ABS-CBN, TV5, and GMA-7programs from April 24to 27, based on the overnight ratings of AGB Nielsen Philippines among Mega Manila households: April 24, Friday Non-Primetime: Unang Hirit (GMA-7) 4.4%; Umagang Kay Ganda (ABS-CBN) 4.5%; Bob The Builder (TV5) 0.8%; Barney & Friends (TV5) 1.7%; Thomas & Friends (TV5) 3%; Go Diego Go (TV5) 6.5%; Blue's Clues (TV5) 6.3% Gadget Boy (GMA-7) 6.5%; Mr. Bean (ABS-CBN) 8.1%; Spongebob Squarepants (TV5) 9.1% Battle B-Daman Fire Spirits (GMA-7) 7.2%; Naruto (ABS-CBN) 10.8%; Catdog (TV5) 5.4% Pokemon: Master Quest (GMA-7) 12.8%; Reborn (ABS-CBN) 8.9%; Danny Phantom (TV5) 2.7% Slamdunk (GMA-7) 15.2%; Lastikman (ABS-CBN) 6.4%; The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron (TV5) 5.5% SiS (GMA-7) 11.6%; Ruffa and Ai (ABS-CBN) 5.6%; Bratz (TV5) 4.8% Lalola (GMA-7) 13.8%; Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 12.3%; The Adventures of Bubble Carp (TV5) 5.9%; Juicy (TV5) 1.7% Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 19.3%; Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 19.5%; Vide

World's oldest person has Filipino caregivers

Filipino caregivers are helping the oldest person in the world live longer. At 115, African American Gertrude Baines is officially the world's oldest person since the January 2, 2009, death of Portuguese woman Maria de Jesus, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Baines said her secret to success is a lifetime of clean living and a caring group of people at the Western Convalescent Hospital in Los Angeles, California. She has been at the hospital for the last decade. Hospital administrator Emma Camanag said Filipinos are good at caring for elderly patients especially Baines. "[We're] naturally patient and more medically inclined. We know how to treat our elders," said Camanag. The nursing home staff said they treat each resident with the same level of care and attention that they give to Baines. "She's a very strong woman. At her age, she could still tell you what happened to her in the past," Camanag said. Baines is their in-house celebrity.

Gawad Pasado Awards 2008 nominees

Here are the nominees of the Gawad Pasado Awards 2008 organized by the Pampelikulang Samahan Ng Mga Dalubguro sa pampubliko at pampribadong paaralan sa antas ng elementarya, sekundarya at tersyara: Pinakapasadong Pelikula Baler-Viva Films Dayo Sa Mundo Ng Elemental (Cutting Edge Prod) Caregiver (Star Cinema) Jay (Pasion Para Pelicula Prod) Ploning (PanoraManila Picture) Serbis (Center Stage Production) Pinakapasadong Direktor Chito Rono (Caregiver) Brillante Mendoza (Serbis) Mark Meily (Baler) Dante Nico Garcia (Ploning) Francis Xavier Pasion (Jay) Pinakapasadong Aktor Baron Gesiler-Jay John Lloyd Cruz (A Very Special Love) Jericho Rosales (Baler) Christopher de Leon (Magkaibigan) John Estrada (Caregiver) Pinakapasadong Aktres Anne Curtis (Baler) Ai-Ai delas Alas (Ang Tanging Ina Ninyong Lahat) Judy Ann Santos (Ploning) Sharon Cuneta (Caregiver) Gina Pareno (Serbis) Pinakapasadong Katuwang na Aktor Coco Martin-Jay Coco Martin (Serbis) Philip Salvador (Baler) Jinggoy Estrada (Magkaibiga

Juday Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo Wedding

After almost a year of being engaged, celebrity couple Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo finally tied the knot early Tuesday morning, April 28 at San Juan Nepomuceno Church in San Juan, Batangas. The private ceremony, which was closed to the media, started at around 7 a.m. and ended after an hour. The wedding was officiated by Fr. Tito Caluag who was reported to be an hour late for the ceremony. The couple's principal sponsors include --Mon Isberto, Smart Communications spokesman; Bien Bautista, Ace photographer; Benjie Gonzales, Ryan's uncle from the US; Susie Entrata-Abrera, TV Host; Rory Quintos, TV & Movie Director; and Jane Buencamino, Judy Ann's road manager. Megastar Sharon Cuneta, Santos' "sister-in-showbiz", was the matron of honor while Agoncillo's brother, Dondi, stood as best man. Some of the country's top singers performed during the ceremony. Agot Isidro sang the song "Runaway" while Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid sang &

List of pandemics and pandemic threats that have swept the globe over the years

Here's a list of pandemics and pandemic threats that have swept the globe over the years. An image of the SARS coronavirus captured by the University of Hong Kong's Department of Microbiology. WHO Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) From November 2002to July 2003, the WHO recorded 8,096 cases of SARS, a respiratory disease caused by the SARS coronavirus. The disease was first reported in Guangdong, China in 2002, which eventually killed 774 worldwide. The pandemic spread to Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Philippines, Ireland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, and to China's special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macau. In the Philippines, the WHO recorded 14 cases and two deaths caused by SARS. In 2004, China culled thousands of civet cats after local science experts found that the SARS coronavirus f

The Wedding - ABS-CBN

The "dyosa" of Philippine television Anne Curtis is all set to make her primetime TV comeback as she topbills the light romance teleserye "The Wedding," which will soon air on ABS-CBN. In this new series, directed by multi-awarded director Jeffrey Jetturian, Anne plays the role of Candice De Menes, a loving daughter who will do everything to prevent her parents from separating. In her desperate attempt to save her parents' relationship, she will scheme her engagement to Marlon (Zanjoe Marudo), a poor engineer working for her father. Candice's initial scheme develops into a full-fledged whirlwind romance leading to preparations for a real wedding to prove the true love they have found. But what if Candice's first and great love Warren (Derek Ramsay), the Mr. Right she has waited for so long, returns to claim her back? What will Candice choose - a love worth fighting for or a love worth waiting for? "The Wedding," with its original story, witty s

Fruit bats may be linked in RP Ebola cases

Agence France-Presse|A group of foreign health experts have arrived in the Philippines to see if fruit bats may have infected pigs with a non-lethal form of the Ebola virus, a health official said Monday. Dr. Eric Tayag, the head of the Philippine health department's national epidemiology center, said the experts will be looking for the source of the Ebola-Reston virus that infected thousands of pigs earlier this year. Tayag said the experts were looking at "fruit bats (to see) if they are the source," of the virus. However he said studies would "take a long time" before the source of the virus is found. He did not identify the experts or say where they came from. According to the World Health Organization, the strain infecting the pigs is not dangerous to humans, unlike the four deadly Ebola subtypes found in Africa. The strain was first found in laboratory monkeys exported from the Philippines to the US in 1989. So far, six farm workers and butchers have been

No swine flu in RP - DOH

The Department of Health on Monday allayed fears of the possible spread of the deadly swine flu virus in the Philippines, saying that there are no reported cases of swine flu among humans in the country. "There is no report of swine flu among humans in Philippines...Following the World Health Organization alert among member states, the DOH has stepped up surveillance measures to prevent the entry of the virus that has killed 81 people in Mexico," Health Secretary Francisco Duque said in a press conference in Manila. Duque said the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) has not reported any recent case of swine flu among hogs in Pangasinan, contrary to some newspaper reports. He also said that the swine flu virus in pigs is different from the "entirely novel [virus] strain" that has affected humans in Mexico, the United States, and Canada. The strain of Ebola Reston virus in hogs detected in several Philippine farms last year is also different from the H1N1 virus strain in

WRR 101.9 for Life Waki OPM Music Awards 2009 Winners

ABS-CBN's radio station WRR 101.9 For Life on Saturday held its Waki OPM Music Awards 2009 at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall. Here are the winners: Album of the Year: Journey (Yeng Constantino) Breakout Star: Bea Alonzo Best Collaboration: Ang Sarap Dito (Project1) Best Female Vocalist: Sarah Geronimo Best Male Vocalist: Bugoy Drilon Best Dance Hit: Sumayaw Ka (Gloc 9) Band of the Year: Itchyworms Best Novelty Song: Giling Giling (Willie Revillame) Song of the Year: Betamax (Sandwich) Listeners' Choice for Favorite Male Artist: Erik Santos Listeners' Choice for Favorite Female Artist: Bea Alonzo Kantamercial of 2998: Sarap Dito by Project 1 (Coca Cola) Special Award (Bespren DJs Entertainer of the Year): Gary Valenciano

How swine flu spreads in humans

Reuters | A new strain of influenza is infecting people in Mexico and the United States and may have killed up to 60 people in Mexico, global health officials said on Friday. The US's Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has analyzed samples of the H1N1 virus from some of the US patients, all of whom have recovered, and said it is a never-before-seen mixture of viruses from swine, birds and humans. Here are some facts from the US CDC about how swine flu spreads in humans: * Swine flu viruses typically sicken pigs, not humans. Most cases occur when people come in contact with infected pigs or contaminated objects moving from people to pigs. * Pigs can catch human and avian or bird flu. When flu viruses from different species infect pigs, they can mix inside the pig and new, mixed viruses can emerge. * Pigs can pass mutated viruses back to humans and they can be passed from human to human. Transmission among humans is thought to occur in the same way as seasonal flu -- by

Peñalosa fails to win 3rd title, suffers TKO loss

Veteran boxer Gerry Peñalosa failed in his bid to win a third world title after suffering a defeat in the hands of unbeaten World Boxing Organization (WBO) champion Juan Manuel Lopez at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). Peñalosa fought gallantly for nine rounds but was outpunched by the younger Puerto Rican champion. A report posted on FightNews.com said Peñalosa's trainer Freddie Roach decided to stop the fight between rounds nine and ten, thereby handing a technical knockout victory to Lopez. Peñalosa, who is known for his technical skills, tried evading Lopez's aggressiveness by rolling with the punches. The Puerto Rican, however, was too powerful for the Filipino lefty. It was Peñalosa's second attempt at the WBO super bantamweight title since losing a controversial match to Daniel Ponce de Leon in 2007. With his latest victory, Lopez improved his record to 25 wins with no loss. Peñalosa, who held the WBC super flyweight

FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2009 Winners | Cheryl Cole FHM "Sexiest Woman"

FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the world has been unveiled. Securing the top spot is Girls Aloud member Cheryl Cole. You read it right! Cheryl Cole is FHM's Sexiest Women this year. The Top 10 of FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World for 2009: 1. Cheryl Cole "I wish I was a bloke sometimes. There are a few things I'd like to try out as a bloke." Nadine. Kimberley. Sarah. Nicola. The other members of Girls Aloud, in case you've forgotten. But it's a forgivable slice of amnesia, given that 2008/09 has been all about Cheryl - never mind the bandmates. In the last 12 months, thanks to taking The X Factor by storm, the gorgeous Geordie has become Britain's most wanted star. And it's easy to see why. With her flawless skin, high cheekbones, wafer-thin waist, perfect pins and criminally underexposed cleavage, it's like God himself decided her native Newcastle was looking a bit dowdy, and needed a beacon of angel-like beauty at its centre. Add a dirty l

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AsiaWeek's List of Ten Best Asian Horror Films

10. Song at Midnight (1937, China) Director: Weibang Ma-Xu Considered China's first foray into the horror genre, this is a film that would be at home alongside the American monsters who were gracing the screen in the 1930s-Dracula, Frankenstein and their ilk. Weibang wrote and directed this story loosely based on The Phantom of the Opera about a young Chinese opera singer mentored by a disfigured "monster" who pines for his lost love. Originally marketed with the tagline "Please don't take your children" after a rumor circulated that a child died of fright while watching the film, Song at Midnight was finally introduced to Western audiences in 1998 and instantly proclaimed a classic of Chinese cinema. 9. Shutter (2004, Thailand) Directors: Banjong Pisanthanakun & Parkpoom Wongpoom Forget this year's lousy American remake; check out the original. Yes, it's another film about a pissed-off female spirit with long black hair out for vengeance, but Sh

TNS National TV Ratings (April 21-23): May Bukas Pa continues to shine

Here are the comparative TV ratings of ABS-CBN and GMA-7 programs from March April 21 to 23, based on the overnight ratings of Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS) among national households: April 21, Tuesday Non-Primetime: Umagang Kay Ganda (ABS-CBN) 5.9%; Unang Hirit (GMA-7) 4.3% Mr. Bean (ABS-CBN) 11.6%; Naruto (ABS-CBN) 12.5% Reborn (ABS-CBN) 11.2%; Gadget Boy (GMA-7) 5.8%; Battle B-Daman Fire Spirits (GMA-7) 7.7% Lastikman (ABS-CBN) 9.1%; Pokemon: Master Quest (GMA-7) 12.7%; Slamdunk (GMA-7) 14.5% Ruffa and Ai (ABS-CBN) 9.1%; SiS (GMA-7) 7.9% Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 16.8%; Lalola (GMA-7) 8.8% Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 25.7%; Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 15.8% Kambal Sa Uma (ABS-CBN) 24.4%; Daisy Siete (GMA-7) 16.2% Pieta (ABS-CBN) 22.4%; Paano Ba ang Mangarap? (GMA-7) 20.1% La Traicion (ABS-CBN) 15.3%; Kiba (ABS-CBN) 11.9%; Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? (GMA-7) 24.1% Mr. Bean Live (ABS-CBN) 16%; Chil Princesses (GMA-7) 10.6% Hot Shot (ABS-CBN) 17.1%; Gokusen 3(GMA-7) 13.1% Primetime: Pinoy Bingo Night (ABS-

AGB Mega Manila TV Ratings (April 21-23): Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? duplicates its highest rating

Here are the comparative TV ratings of ABS-CBN, TV5, and GMA-7programs from April 21to 23 based on the overnight ratings of AGB Nielsen Philippines among Mega Manila households: April 21, Tuesday Non-Primetime: Unang Hirit (GMA-7) 4.9%; Umagang Kay Ganda (ABS-CBN) 5%; Pingu (TV5) 0.7%; Barney & Friends (TV5) 2.2%; Thomas & Friends (TV5) 2.6%; Dora The Explorer (TV5) 4.1%; Wonder Pets (TV5) 7.5% Gadget Boy (GMA-7) 5.7%; Mr. Bean (ABS-CBN) 8.7%; Spongebob Squarepants (TV5) 9% Battle B-Daman Fire Spirits (GMA-7) 7.3%; Naruto (ABS-CBN) 8.1%; Catdog (TV5) 6% Pokemon: Master Quest (GMA-7) 13.7%; Reborn (ABS-CBN) 8.2%; Danny Phantom (TV5) 4.5% Slamdunk (GMA-7) 14.5%; Lastikman (ABS-CBN) 7.3%; The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron (TV5) 5.8% SiS (GMA-7) 10%; Ruffa and Ai (ABS-CBN) 6.1%; Bratz (TV5) 5.3% Lalola (GMA-7) 10.4%; Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 12.4%; The Adventures of Bubble Carp (TV5) 4.5%; Juicy (TV5) 1% Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 21.2%; Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 20.6%; Arekup Video Zonkers (

Apple pulls plug on 'Baby Shaker' iPhone program

SEATTLE - Apple Inc. pulled a 99-cent iPhone game called "Baby Shaker" from its iTunes store Wednesday after its premise - quiet a crying baby with a vigorous shake -prompted outrage. According to screen shots posted on several Web sites, "Baby Shaker" displayed black-and-white line drawings of a baby. The iTunes description included the line, "See how long you can endure his or her adorable cries before you just have to find a way to quiet the baby down!" Once the iPhone owner finishes shaking the device, the on-screen baby is depicted with large red X's over its eyes. Public outcry ensued, with organizations including the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome and the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation condemning Apple for approving the game's sale. The application was designed by Sikalosoft, which also makes a 99-cent "Dice Mosaic" iPhone program that converts digital photos into black and white mosaics made from dice. Sikalosoft did not res

Yahoo to close GeoCities, other services in revamp

SUNNYVALE, California -Yahoo Inc. said Thursday it plans to close GeoCities, a Web site publishing and hosting service it bought in May 1999 at the height of the dot-com boom for around $3 billion in stock. The service will be shut down later this year. Visitors to the site now see a message that says new GeoCities accounts will not be available and gives them the option to sign up for Yahoo's Web hosting service for $5.98 a month. It is not clear when Yahoo made the move, but a spokesman said in an e-mailed statement that the decision was recent. GeoCities is not the only Yahoo service to get the ax - Yahoo Briefcase, Farechase, My Web, RSS ads, Yahoo Pets, Yahoo Live, Kickstart and Yahoo For Teachers all are being eliminated as well. The search giant also recently outsourced Launchcast radio to CBS Corp. "As part of Yahoo's ongoing effort to build products and services that deliver the best possible experiences for consumers and results for advertisers, we are increasing

Cebu Pacific offers seat sale

MANILA, Philippines-Gokongwei-owned Cebu Pacific Air, Inc.is offering a seat sale from all of its hubs in Manila, Cebu, Clark and Davao until Thursday for June, July, & August travel, vice-president for marketing and distribution Candice Iyog said. "We are positive that this seat sale will stimulate domestic and international travel during these traditionally lean months. This should support the growth of the tourism industry and help the country keep up with these challenging economic times," she said. Cebu Pacific is offering a P599 one-way "Go Lite" fare for its Manila-Kota Kinabalu and Manila-Taipei services. This is also extended to services from Clark to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Macau, and Singapore. It is also offering a one-way P1,099 "Go Lite" fare for its Manila-Hong Kong, and Manila-Macau services. One-way "Go Lite" fares for flights from Manila to Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh, and Singapore are sold at P1,599. One-way "Go Lite" fares

Stop worrying, think positive to avoid memory loss

NEW YORK (Reuters) -Think positive, especially if you want to retain a good memory as you age. That's the advice of scientists at North Carolina State University who found that expecting to have a diminishing memory with age could be a self-fulfilling prophecy. In a study published in the journal Experimental Aging Research, they found that seniors who do not believe in the negative stereotype that memory loss is a natural occurrence in old age did better on tests than other elderly people. "Older people will perform more poorly on a memory test if they are told that older folks do poorly on that particular type of memory test," Dr Tom Hess, who headed the study, said in a statement. He and his team tested memory performance of adults 60 to 70 years old and others who were 71 to 82. In addition to doing more poorly in tests if they bought into the negative stereotype of aging and memory, seniors also performed poorly if they thought they were stigmatized, or looked down o

Cyberspies hack into US fighter project

Reuters | WASHINGTON -Computer spies have repeatedly breached the Pentagon's costliest weapons program, the $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. The newspaper quoted current and former government officials familiar with the matter as saying the intruders were able to copy and siphon data related to design and electronics systems, making it potentially easier to defend against the plane. The spies could not access the most sensitive material, which is kept on computers that are not connected to the Internet, the paper added. Citing people briefed on the matter, it said the intruders entered through vulnerabilities in the networks of two or three of the contractors involved in building the fighter jet. Lockheed Martin Corp is the lead contractor. Northrop Grumman Corp and BAE Systems PLC also have major roles in the project. Lockheed Martin and BAE declined comment and Northrop referred questions to Lockheed, the paper said. The Jour

Globe's New Mobile Internet Rates

Under Globe's mobile surfing plans, the company offered monthly subscriptions starting from P149, which provides 10 hours of mobile internet service,P399 (30 hours), & P799 (60 hours). Globe has also provided postpaid plans for users of the BlackBerry smartphone starting from P700 for 5megabytes of data usage, P850 (8 MB), and P1100 (10 MB). According to Globe, all these rates are offered to new and existing Globe postpaid subscribers as an add-on to their monthly plan subscription. The rates took effect on Wednesday, April 22, 2009.

Komiks Presents Mars Ravelo's Nasaan Ka Maruja? - ABS-CBN

SYNOPSIS. In the original komiks published in the ‘60s, Nasaan ka Maruja? told the story of Maruja and Gabriel, a couple madly in love with each other. However, Maruja's mother disapproved of their relationship. Maruja was forced to marry another man, and she took her own life right after the marriage, with a promise to Gabriel that they would be reunited someday. A hundred years later, Maruja was reincarnated as Cristy and was finally reunited with an aged and dying Gabriel. In the television version, Cristy Rivera (Kristine Hermosa) is a magazine columnist who possesses psychic abilities that help her see dead people. She has a half-sister named Helen (Karylle) who is engaged to Ross Lozano (Derek Ramsay). Cristy is unaware of the fact that as a child, Ross used to draw sketches of Maruja even before they met in real life. Meanwhile, another man is also captivated by Cristy's beauty and personality. Michael (John Estrada), the editor-in-chief of the magazine where Cristy w

Clash of the mutants in X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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