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2 Cebu grads land in top 10 Bar

By admin On March 19, 2014 No Comments

EBU CITY — Two graduates from Cebu, a former seminarian and a woman who was seven months pregnant when she took the exams, made it to the top 10 of the 2013 Bar exams.

Tercel Mercado-Gephart, a graduate from the University of San Carlos (USC), placed fifth with a rating of 83.90 percent. Manuel Elijah Sarausad, a cum laude graduate from the University of Cebu (UC), placed sixth, with 83.80 percent.

Both Gephart and Sarausad, in separate interviews, admitted they prayed to become topnotchers. They had joined 5,293 graduates who took the exams during four Sundays last October.

About 300 who were supposed to take the exams did not do so. Out of the total 5,293, only 1,174 passed.[CHECK: Result of the 2013 Bar examination]

“I hoped and secretly prayed to land in the top 10. I did not tell anyone about my aim because I would sound boastful,” said Gephart, 28. “In

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WHO: Daily sugar intake ‘should be halved’

By admin On March 6, 2014 No Comments

People will be advised to halve the amount of sugar in their diet, under new World Health Organization guidance.

The recommended sugar intake will stay at below 10% of total calorie intake a day, with 5% the target, says the WHO.

The suggested limits apply to all sugars added to food, as well as sugar naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit concentrates.

UK campaigners say it is a “tragedy” that the WHO has taken 10 years to think about changing its advice.

The recommendation that sugar should account for no more than 10% of the calories in the diet, was passed in 2002.

It works out at about 50g a day for an adult of normal weight, said the WHO.

However, a number of experts now think 10% is too high, amid rising obesity levels around the world.

Announcing the new draft measures, the WHO said in a statement: “WHO’s current

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Prime Minister: Ukraine on Brink of Disaster

By admin On March 2, 2014 No Comments


Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Sunday that his country was “on the brink of disaster” and personally blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for bringing the two nations to the verge of war.

Speaking to reporters at the Ukrainian parliament, Mr. Yatsenyuk called on the international community to rein in Mr. Putin and pressure him to remove troops from the Crimean peninsula, where a majority of residents are ethnic Russians but have Ukrainian passports.

“If President Putin wants to be the president who starts the war between two friendly and neighboring countries, he has [almost] reached this target,” Mr. Yatsenyuk said. “We are on the brink of disaster. There was no reason for the Russian Federation to invade Ukraine.”

Heavily armed units believed to be Russian soldiers effectively seized control of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula—home to Russia’s Black Sea fleet—over the past several days. On

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Snowden files show governments monitor Wikileaks and others

By admin On February 19, 2014 No Comments


UNITED STATES AND BRITISH spying agencies the National Security Agency (NSA) and Government Communications Head Quarters (GCHQ) are digging into the lives of Wikileaks supporters and visitors to other contentious websites, according to documents released by communications surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Classified documents released by The Intercept website show that the agencies have an interest in Wikileaks and its visitors. The NSA documents refer to the people it targets because they access the Wikileaks website as “the human network that supports Wikileaks.”

The documents reveal that GCHQ was able to tap into Wikileaks through the fibre optic network, which it presumably can surveil at will. Once in, it was able to look at real time use and see what kinds of Google searches were driving visitors to the website.

So concerned are the agencies about the Wikileaks website and its users that

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Vitamin C keeps cancer at bay, US research suggests

By admin On February 9, 2014 No Comments

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High-dose vitamin C can boost the cancer-killing effect of chemotherapy in the lab and mice, research suggests.

Given by injection, it could potentially be a safe, effective and low-cost treatment for ovarian and other cancers, say US scientists.

Reporting in Science Translational Medicine, they call for large-scale government clinical trials.

Pharmaceutical companies are unlikely to run trials, as vitamins cannot be patented.

Vitamin C has long been used as an alternative therapy for cancer.

In the 1970s, chemist Linus Pauling reported that vitamin C given intravenously was effective in treating cancer.


However, clinical trials of vitamin C given by mouth failed to replicate the effect, and research was abandoned.

It is now known that the human body quickly excretes vitamin C when it is taken by mouth.

However, scientists at the University of Kansas say that when given by injection vitamin C is absorbed into the body,

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