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Basketball | NBA-PBA / Basketball great Allen Iverson goes to Turkey
« on: October 26, 2010, 11:52:10 PM »
Agence France-Presse

Basketball great Allen Iverson is set to sign for Turkish basketball side Besiktas, according to a director of the club.

The 35-year-old, who starred for the Philadelphia 76ers for 10 years from 1996-2006 and was MVP in 2001, is expected to fly to Istanbul in 10 days time and sign a one-year contract with the option of extending it by a year, according to Seref Yalcin.

"I am going to the United States on Friday for a final face to face meeting with him (Iverson)," Yalcin told Turkish agency DHA.

"Unless there is a massive difference of opinion, we think he will come to Istanbul in 10 days.

"Our agreement is for a year with the option of extending it by another year. We have agreed wages of $1.5 million for the first year, to which will be added a bonus of $300,000 on his passing a medical after arriving in Istanbul," he added.

Technology / Why Some "Friends" in Facebook Don't Like You
« on: October 26, 2010, 11:44:47 PM »
Philippine Daily Inquirer

BEFORE you post that umpteenth status update about your toddler’s latest witticism or your feelings for Glenn Beck, consider this.

According to research by a graduate student at the Business School at the University of Colorado Denver, the top two reasons that Facebook users unfriend people is that they post too frequently on trivial topics or about polarizing subjects—particularly politics and religion.

“One of the interesting things about unfriending is that most real-world friendships either blow up or fade away,” said Christopher Sibona, who wrote the study with his adviser, Steven Walczak, an associate professor of information systems management.

“But on Facebook, users actively make the decision to unfriend, and people often don’t know why or what’s happened in the relationship.”

Not everyone, it seems, really wants to be friends with everyone. - PDI and AFP

World Daily News / Paul the Octopus is now dead
« on: October 26, 2010, 11:40:33 PM »
BBC: So farewell... Paul the octopus, famous for predicting football results

Paul the octopus, an unlikely star of the 2010 World Cup who 'predicted' the outcome of eight matches, has died at an aquarium in Germany.

Staff at the Sea Life centre in Oberhausen said they were "devastated" to learn that he had passed away during the night.

Paul made his name by successfully choosing a mussel from one of two boxes bearing the flags of competing nations.

Octopuses rarely live beyond two years so his death was not unexpected.

Paul was two-and-a-half years old and had been hatched at another centre at Weymouth in England in 2008.

General Topic / Problem with Lack of Libido
« on: October 26, 2010, 04:26:52 PM »
Scans appear to show differences in brain functioning in women with persistently low sex drives, claim researchers.

The US scientists behind the study suggest it provides solid evidence that the problem can have a physical origin.

They measured brain activity as the women watched erotic videos.

But a spokesman for the charity Relate said the study simply demonstrated low libido at work in the brain, rather than exposing its cause.

Sex drive

In recent years, a diagnosis of "hypoactive sexual desire disorder" (HSDD) in women has become more accepted by science.

However, there remains controversy about whether the term can or should be used to describe a lack of sexual desire, which may be caused by a variety of psychological, emotional and physical factors.

The latest study, carried out at Wayne State University in Detroit and presented to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine conference in Denver, highlights differences in mental processing in women who have low sex drives.

Its author, Dr Michael Diamond, said it suggested that HSDD was a genuine physical problem.

He recruited 19 women who had been diagnosed with the condition, and compared their brain responses with those of seven others using a functional magnetic resonance imaging scanner, which can measure levels of activation in different parts of the brain by detecting increased blood flow.

The women were asked to watch a screen for half an hour, with everyday television programmes interspersed with erotic videos.

In the seven women who did not have the HSDD diagnosis, increased activity in the insular cortices - parts of the brain believed to be involved in the processing of emotion - could be seen. The same did not happen in the women with HSDD. - BBC, source

Science and Research / New Vaccine Against Polio Virus
« on: October 26, 2010, 04:21:28 PM »
By Ania Lichtarowicz Health reporter, BBC News

Child receiving polio vaccine The new oral polio vaccine could help to finally eradicate the virus

A new vaccine against the polio virus has helped reduce the number of cases by more than 90%.

Research published online in the journal The Lancet, shows that the new vaccine is significantly better at protecting children against polio than the current popular vaccine.

It has already been used in Afghanistan, India and Nigeria.

The scientists behind the work believe this new vaccine could help to finally eradicate the disease.

By Ben Cal

A Filipino invention may yet be the answer to stop global warming.

Roberto V. Celis, 77, said it took him 14 years to develop his invention called "Hydrogasifier" using water as supplemental fuel for all kinds of internal combustion engines that use gasoline, diesel, natural gas, hybrid or bio-fuel, eliminating deadly pollutants from spreading into the atmosphere.

Celis is seeking financiers, local or foreign to finance for the mass production of his invention which he claims will solve the pestering global environmental problem.

During an interview with the Philippines News Agency at his office in Marikina City, Celis said that the Hydrogasifier “utilizes the hot exhaust gases from the engine to dissociate water into hydrogen and oxygen gases that are immediately introduced into the combustion chamber to completely burn the fuel."

"The ultimate solution to stop global warming is now here in the Philippines," Celis said.

Celis said that when he perfected the development of the "hydrogasifier" as an anti-pollution device, it turned out also as an engine enhancer, increasing power of the vehicle and at the same time cutting down fuel consumption.

"It was just marvelous and I was surprised to this unexpected bonus to my invention which would benefit the Filipinos and the whole world," he said.

"Fuel saved from gas or diesel is from 30 to 50 percent and that is a lot of savings," he added.

Using the "Hydrogasifier" would save the Philippines some US$ 2-billion of fuel annually, he said.

Celis said that carbon emission is near zero during a series of laboratory tests by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) "that makes this device a potential carbon eliminator to prevent global warming that's threatening man's health."

To prove his invention works perfectly, Celis installed the device to test its effectiveness in a Ceres Liner Bus, a Jeep Star Bus, and jeepney operated by Ryan Transport Services, all based in Bacolod City last March and came up with the following results: the 174 horsepower (Hp) of the Ceres Bus increased to 199 Hp, while emission from 9.6K down to 0.21K, cutting down emission by 94 percent; The Jeep Star Bus from 137Hp to 144.83 Hp and from 9.9K to 2.29K or emission reduction by 76 percent; and The Ryan jeepney powered by an 87 Hp reduced its emission by 90 percent.

A Pajero installed with "Hydrogasifier" saved fuel by 40 percent in city driving, and by as much as 87 percent in highway driving, Celis said.

He said a 1994 Toyoto Corolla car using the device saved fuel by 50 percent in highway driving and up to 30 percent in city driving.

"It is my humble contribution to the world in containing global warming which is threatening man's existence," Celis said.

"I do believe that my invention can contribute greatly in conserving energy and reduce global warming in response to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change, wherein the World Bank will pay us US$ 20 per ton on carbon emission reduction," he said.

The Filipino inventor said that the "Hydrogasifier" does not only save motor vehicle owners with lots of money due to less fuel consumption but also complies with the Clean Air Act of 2003.

Celis also said that the success of his invention will "generate employment for our people and earn foreign exchange from exporting the device."

He said his invention can also be installed in factories to control pollution.

He said that vehicles using the device are like trees, which helps lower carbon emission in the environment, as these release only 6.5 percent to 7.6 percent oxygen from the tail pipe to make cities clean and healthful. (PNA)

Anonymous Diary Blog / Is Your Life An Open Highway?
« on: October 26, 2010, 03:59:46 PM »
Is Your Life An Open Highway?

USA and Canada / Largest Solar Energy Project In the World
« on: October 26, 2010, 03:20:31 PM »
US approved on Monday a permit for the largest solar energy project in the world—four massive plants at the cost of one billion dollars each in southern California.

"The Blythe solar power plant will consist of four, 250-Megawatt plants, built on public lands in the sun-drenched Mojave desert," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said.

"When completed the project is expected to generate up to 1,000 Megawatts of energy... That's enough electricity to power up to 750,000 average American homes and to make Blythe the largest solar power plant facility in the world."

The total capacity will be roughly equal to the turbine output of a nuclear power plant or a large modern coal-fired power plant, according to Solar Millennium, the company developing the facility. agence france presse

Introduce Yourself / Re: Hello from Connecticut!
« on: October 26, 2010, 02:34:38 PM »
Hello Almino. Ang kalamay mimahal na ang kada bagol. :)

Health and Food / Re: Afternoon Nap Might Make You Smarter
« on: October 26, 2010, 10:30:54 AM »
There were times I slept at 10 or 11 in the morning and had lunch at 1 or 2 in the afternoon. I sleep when my body is demanding sleep. If my body does not want sleep, then I stay awake all night long.

Australia and Pacific Islands / Shoe Scandal in Australia
« on: October 26, 2010, 09:56:36 AM »
An anti-Iraq war activist dramatically hurled shoes at former Australian prime minister John Howard on live national TV on Monday, mimicking the famous protest directed at ex-US leader George W. Bush.

The protester stood up and threw two shoes, which missed Howard, while shouting slogans during a stormy edition of public broadcaster ABC's Q&A debate-style show.

"That is for Iraqi dead," the protester shouted, before being quickly escorted away. A woman audience member yelled: "You've got blood on your hands" before walking out of the studio.

Howard smiled and appeared unfazed by the stunt, which followed a surprise recorded question from "Aussie Taliban" David Hicks, a former Guantanamo Bay inmate, during a series of tough questions about his time in power.

"It's all right, don't worry. Forget it, forget it. Relax," he told host Tony Jones.

The conservative Howard, whose 11-year rule ended in 2007, sent Australian troops for the US-led invasion of Iraq as a staunch supporter of then-president Bush. - Agence France Presse

Travel and Tours / Villa Carlos Paz in Sierra Chica
« on: October 26, 2010, 02:00:53 AM »
Only half a century ago, densely built Villa Carlos Paz was a bucolic hill town in the Sierra Chica at the outlet of the Rio Suquia. Development around sailboat-studded Lago San Roque - the result of a dam project originally built to store drinking water for the capital in the 1980s - turned it into a summer madhouse for tourists from all over Argentina, as well as a popular weekend destination for cordobeses.

More recently, a four-lane toll road has turned it into a bedroom community for capital commuters. Packed with upwards of 10,000 hotel beds, receiving 850,000 visitors per year, it's become a small-scale Mar del Plata with fresher water but without cultural appeal of Argentina's premier beach resort. - source: Moon Handbooks

Real Estate Property / Prime Lot in Valenzuela for Sale
« on: October 26, 2010, 01:45:20 AM »
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Manila Bulletin

Antonio Margarito said Manny Pacquiao and Top Rank have committed a huge mistake in choosing him to fight the world's pound-for-pound king.

Margarito is facing Pacquiao in a world super-welterweight title fight at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas and the Mexican slugger said he is preparing like never before and that he will shock the world on Nov. 13.

"I guess they were thinking it's an easy fight against a guy with a lot of issues and a lot of weight on his shoulders," Margarito told the Los Angeles Times. "They chose the wrong time to pick me as an opponent."

Margarito is obviously referring to his one-year suspension that was only lifted a few months ago for using loading up his fists with a Plaster of Paris-like substance in a fight with Shane Mosley in 2009. Mosley's trainer discovered the loaded handwraps during an inspection just before the match and Margarito's licensewas later revoked.

Pacquiao and Margarito both fight under the Top Rank banner of Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, who hinted last week in Baguio City that an upset win by Margarito  would certainly pave the way for a much-awaited rematch even if there is no rematch clause in the contract signed by the two parties.

Margarito's training hasn't a missed a beat and trainer Robert Garcia is of the belief that an upset is possible.

Garcia said he knows how to capitalize on Pacquiao's so-called weaknesses and that Margarito's sheer size and pressure would be too much for the Filipino star to overcome.

Philippine Provinces / Rampant Illegal Fishing in the Philippines
« on: October 26, 2010, 01:33:41 AM »
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has initiated moves to put a complete stop to the rampant illegal fishing, in any form committed by Filipinos and other nationalities, in its territorial waters and thus ensure a continuous, steady, and sufficient supply of marine food for all its citizens and subsequent generations to come.

This effort is spearheaded by the proposed acquisition by the DA through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) of modern, high speed, and equipment loaded boats for monitoring, control and surveillance of the country’s territorial waters, the acquisition of these boats are made possible through substantial grants from the government of the kingdom of Spain.

Bidding for the supply of said boats was recently conducted and concluded by the DA, to ensure a fair and transparent bidding procedure, secretary Angara constituted a prequalification, bids and awards committee (PBAC) headed by the young, energetic and no non-sense Undersecretary Demaree Raval, as a result of the fearless transparency of the bidding procedures, inspite of attempts of vested interests to influence and rig the bidding in their favor, the PBAC arrived at a conclusion which realized a US$3 million advantage to the Philippine government. -philippine star

Philippine Provinces / Bus-Jeepney Collision in Batangas Claims 5 Lives
« on: October 26, 2010, 01:32:43 AM »
At least five people died and 23 others were hurt in a road mishap here on election day, the Batangas Provincial Police Office (BPPO) said.

Initial investigation by BPPO showed the five fatalities were involved in a collision between a passenger bus and a cargo jeepney along the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) Tollway here early Monday morning.

The bus plunged into a ravine, said Chief Inspector Von Nicasio of the Bureau Fire Protection (BFP)-Lipa City.

Nicasio identified three of the five fatalities as Gilbert Calaluan, 30, of Barangay Isla Verde, Batangas City; Marcelo Bagos, 42, of Barangay Bucal, San Isidro, Tingloy, Batangas; and the bus conductor Aben Llanes, 41, of San Vicente, Albay.

Two women fatalities remain unidentified - one described as 50 to 60 years old, wearing a floral blouse and blue jeans, while the other was described as wearing white and blue striped jacket, Winnie the Pooh blouse and pair of maong pants - were brought to San Fernando Funeral Homes and Batangas Regional Hospital respectively.

Philippine Red Cross (PRC)-Batangas Chapter administrator Ronald Generoso said the five died on the spot when they were pinned at the bottom of the bus.

Fourteen other victims were brought to Batangas Regional Hospital, eight were rushed to St. Patrick Hospital and one to Golden Gate Hospital for treatment. - PNA

Health and Food / Re: Afternoon Nap Might Make You Smarter
« on: October 26, 2010, 12:34:35 AM »
In conclusion to the research war, if you feel sleepy after lunch, then sleep, but if you don't, don't force yourself to take a nap just because a research says so.

The Book of Proverbs has something to say: "He who loves to sleep loves poverty." I think more than 8 hours of night rest is too long already.

USA and Canada / "Justice" Live with Michael J. Sandel
« on: October 26, 2010, 12:25:08 AM »
Would you sacrifice one life to save five?

Is it okay to steal a drug your child needs to live?

Is torture ever justified? 

These are the questions Professor Michael J. Sandel poses in his legendary course and New York Times-bestseller Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?

His class on moral philosophy is consistently the most popular at Harvard with over 1,000 students at a time. On November 7th, we're taking his accessible approach directly to you.

It's a new, interactive form of the traditional author reading, one where readers can join in from anywhere in the country.

All you need to participate is a telephone. The teleforum format enables you to interact with Professor Sandel directly, answering his questions and asking your own. Simply sign up in advance and we call you as the event begins. It's completely free.

"What Justice does, and does very well, is teach. Sandel explains theories of justice based on utilitarianism (minimize social harm), libertarianism (maximize personal freedom) and communitarianism (cultivate civic virtue) with clarity and immediacy honed by years of classroom presentation; the ideas of Aristotle, Jeremy Bentham, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, Robert Nozick and John Rawls have rarely, if ever, been set out as accessibly."
-The New York Times Book Review
"Justice" Live with Michael J. Sandel
Sunday November 7, 2010
5:00-6:00 p.m. EST / 2:00-3:00 p.m. PST

Travel and Tours / Cheap Flight to Hong Kong from Cebu 799 Pesos Only
« on: October 26, 2010, 12:18:29 AM »
Seven destinations for as low as P799! CEB offers P799 Cebu-Hong Kong seats

Cebu-Korea, Cebu-Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, Macau seats as low as P1,499

Cebu Pacific Air slashing fares for select international routes in a seat sale from now until October 27, 2010 or until seats last, for travel this December 1, 2010-January 31, 2011.

Guests traveling from Cebu to Hong Kong can avail of P799 ‘Go Lite’ seats, while those traveling from Cebu to Singapore can avail of P1,999 ‘Go Lite’ seats. Meanwhile, guests from Cebu to Seoul (Incheon) or Busan can avail of P2,499 ‘Go Lite’ seats.

From Manila, up for grabs are P1,499 ‘Go Lite’ seats from Manila to Brunei, Ho Chi Minh and Macau. We're adding another frequency to our Manila-Brunei flights, making it a thrice weekly service starting December 16, 2010!

We do not only offer the lowest round-trip fares from Cebu to Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea, we are also the lowest fare alternative from Manila to Brunei, Vietnam and Macau.

Philippine Education / No Classes Tomorrow October 26
« on: October 25, 2010, 08:36:24 PM »
By Hannibal C. Telete, PNA

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday said classes in all public elementary and secondary schools nationwide will be suspended to give teachers who serve as members of the Board of Elections Tellers (BET) time to rest.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro made the announcement in a press briefing Monday afternoon where he also disclosed that a teacher and BET member died in a traffic accident in Ilocos Norte while on their way to get election materials assigned to her.

“In consideration of the efforts our teachers exerted during the conduct of the 2010 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan election, particularly their having to wait for the election materials practically over night, DepEd declares that classes in all public elementary and high schools nationwide are suspended tomorrow Tuesday, October 26," LUistro said.

At the same time, the DepEd chief said “for schools where elections are postponed to October 26, classes are suspended tomorrow and the following day October 27.”

“This suspension is made to give our courageous, dedicated and persevering teachers time to rest after a long poll duty,” Luistro said.

About 490,000 teachers are currently serving as BET members, upped from the 229,000 that do poll duties in the May 10 presidential elections.

About 1,732 barangays (villages) have suspended the holding of election to October 26 to the late arrival of ballots and other election paraphernalia and security concerns.

Due to the delay, the DepEd said its Election Task Force and Operations Center will extend its operations until 10 p.m. of October 26. It was originally set to end its monitoring at 12 noon Tuesday.

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