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MiG notes growing PH theater audience

Breaking News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:00
  For Filipino-Australian theater actor-singer MiG Ayesa, who's in the country for the third time to reprise his role as Stacee Jaxx in the local staging of the musical "Rock of Ages," one of the biggest challenges of playing the same character for an extended period of time is keeping it fresh.   "Every performance should look and feel like it's your first time---which is tough," Ayesa, 44, told a small group of reporters in a recent interview. "But this is why I also love theater."   Good news   The good news, he jested, is that he has a terrible memory. "Every day for me is brand-new!"   Ayesa first played Stacee---a disillusione...

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WhatsApp founders own nearly $9B in Facebook stock

Breaking News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:30
  SAN FRANCISCO---WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton received 116 million shares of Facebook stock currently worth nearly $9 billion when they sold their unprofitable messaging service to the social networking leader earlier this month. The breakdown of the big winners in Facebook Inc.'s $22 billion acquisition emerged Wednesday in a regulatory filing. Koum, a Ukraine immigrant who was once living on welfare, reaped the biggest jackpot with 76.4 million Facebook shares now worth $5.8 billion. That makes him Facebook's fourth largest stockholder behind company CEO Mark Zuckerberg and two mutual funds, Fidelity Management and Vanguard. Acton, who worked with Ko...

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US stocks dip as Fed ends stimulus program

Breaking News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:31
NEW YORK--Wall Street stocks finished lower Wednesday after the US Federal Reserve ended its quantitative easing stimulus program, but said it would continue to keep its benchmark interest rate low.   The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 31.44 points (0.18 percent) to 16,974.31.   The broad-based S&P 500 dipped 2.75 (0.14 percent) to 1,982.30, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index fell 15.07 (0.33 percent) to 4,549.23.   The Fed, as expected, declared the end of six years of asset purchases to shore up economic growth.   The Fed also said it would not raise interest rates for "a considerable time" after the end of the QE progr...

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DOJ to telcos: Help us block child porn sites

Breaking News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 04:25
MANILA, Philippines--To protect children from online sexual abuse, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is working to block online porn---with the help of telecommunications firms.   Concerned about the "alarming" increase in cases of Filipino children falling prey to online sexual predators, the justice department aims to partner with Internet service providers to install an at-source filter that would block sites with child sexual abuse content.   "We're coming up with a filtering software... [but] because of the volume (of child sex abuse content), it is not humanly possible to do it. So it has to be something that's automated, an available algorithm that if it sh...

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AFP mulls filing disbarment case vs Laude family lawyer Harry Roque

Breaking News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 02:56
MANILA, Philippines--The Armed Forces of the Philippines said it was "strongly considering" filing a complaint for the disbarment of lawyer Harry Roque, legal counsel of the family of slain transgender Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude.   "The [AFP Chief of Staff] is strongly considering the filing of a formal complaint against him before the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, if warranted. The bases for this complaint are his inappropriate actions inside camp premises during the intrusion incident on October 22," AFP Public Affairs Office Chief Lieutenant Colonel Harold Cabunoc said on Wednesday night.   Cabunoc said Roque, being "a brilliant lawyer," should be "an epit...

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Seeing Long Term Technology Adoption as Evolution

Drupal Fire - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 01:31

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Much like an evolutionary tree our goal in technology adoption is too continue to move forward and evolve, rather than getting caught in a dead end.  In the natural world, becoming bigger can be good but can lead to extinction events should the environment or food source change.  Right now we are in a technology Jurassic...

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Cebu Headlines - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 01:15
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Higher airport fees will start on Nov. 1, MCIAA tells council

Cebu Headlines - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 01:14

THE Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) cannot heed the request of the Cebu City Council to delay an increase in the passenger service charge (PSC), which is scheduled on Nov. 1.

MCIAA General Manager Paul Villarete, who appeared before the council yesterday, said, though, that the increase for departing domestic passengers will be staggered.

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Higher airport fees will start on Nov. 1, MCIAA tells council

Cebu Headlines - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 01:11

THE Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) cannot heed the request of the Cebu City Council to delay an increase in the passenger service charge (PSC), which is scheduled on Nov. 1.

MCIAA General Manager Paul Villarete, who appeared before the council yesterday, said, though, that the increase for departing domestic passengers will be staggered.

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P7M in drugs held

Cebu Headlines - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 01:07

SOME P7,180,000 worth of drugs were seized in two buy-bust operations by the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) in Barangays Lorega and Suba last Tuesday night and yesterday afternoon.

It was the largest batch of drugs they’ve confiscated in two years, said City Intelligence Branch (CIB) Chief Romeo Santander.

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Vidal not in coma

Cebu Headlines - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 00:38

ARCHBISHOP Emeritus of Cebu Ricardo Cardinal Vidal is not in coma.

Local church officials yesterday clarified that Vidal is in good health, contrary to a Facebook post that circulated early this week that the prelate had slipped into a coma following his hospitalization two weeks ago.

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‘Only OPD is open for now’

Cebu Headlines - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 00:37

ONLY the out-patient department of the Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital (CDUH) can accept patients following the fire that hit the medical facility Tuesday night.

Engr. Oscar Tuazon, CDUH hospital administrator, said in a Balitang Bisdak interview said that the out-patient department, located at the back of the hospital building, may accommodate those who need to have x-rays taken and perform basic check-ups.

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Man sets rented room, self on fire

Cebu Headlines - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 00:35

A MAN having financial problems allegedly set his room, then himself, on fire yesterday morning in Barangay Labangon, Cebu City.

Abel Blaza, who rented a room in Sta. Ana, Barangay Labangon, reportedly got mad when his landlady asked him to leave for failing to pay rent for several months already.

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CPVDC secures TRO against demolition of IT park fence

Cebu Headlines - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 00:25

A JUDGE has temporarily stopped the planned demolition of a perimeter fence that the Cebu Property Ventures and Development Corp. (CPVDC) built on W. Geonzon Street at the Asiatown I.T. Park in Cebu City.

Regional Trial Court Branch 10 Judge Soliver Peras issued a 72-hour restraining order barring representatives from Filinvest Land Inc. (FLI), Megawide Construction Corp. (MCC), and the Cebu City Government from destroying the wall.

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CA upholds ruling dropping admin case V. Gwen

Cebu Headlines - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 00:23

THE Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed its ruling nullifying the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman, which had found former Cebu governor Gwendolyn Garcia liable for grave misconduct for the allegedly anomalous purchase of the Balili property in 2008.

It denied for lack of merit the motions of the ombudsman and businessman Crisologo Saavedra, who sought to reverse the appeals court’s decision that annulled the administrative case against Garcia following her reelection.

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Cities agree to abattoir talks

Cebu Headlines - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 00:17

THE Cebu City Government and Mandaue City Government agreed to solve the issues concerning the slaughterhouse, which the former owns and operates.

“We have agreed to jointly solve the problem, it will be a coordinated effort from both Cebu City and Mandaue City,” Cebu City Legal Officer Jerone Castillo said.

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PB passes truancy law for students

Cebu Headlines - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 00:13

THE Cebu Provincial Board passed the anti-truancy ordinance, which will take care of students who are not attending their classes.

The ordinance is meant to protect children and, a Bantayan official said, will also complement a move the town took after Yolanda.

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8 Suroy buses set for holiday rush

Cebu Headlines - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 00:08

TO ENSURE that commuters would reach their destinations in time for the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, the Provincial Capitol yesterday announced the deployment of eight Suroy-Suroy tourist buses today and tomorrow.

This is being done in case public utility buses and mini-buses would not be able to serve the bulk of passengers at the Cebu South Bus Terminal, said Jone Siegfred Sepe, officer-in-charge of the Provincial General Services Office.

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PB starts budget hearing, requires each department to present projects

Cebu Headlines - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 00:06

THE Cebu Provincial Board (PB) will conduct budget hearings per department starting today.

PB Member Grecilda Sanchez, who heads the committee on budget and appropriations, said that the board is working on incorporating projects that were included in the 2014 budget but were not implemented, in the 2015 budget.

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