Pride of the Philippines - Miss Venus Raj won 4th place in Miss Universe 2010

It's the pride of the Filipinos when Venus Raj won the 4th place in Miss Universe Beauty Pageant.

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Miss Philippines, Venus Raj, was given a big round of applause after being declared the fourth runner-up in the 2010 Miss Universe pageant, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas.

The world’s most prestigious beauty competition was participated in by 83 contestants, and Venus was also the only Asian contestant to qualify in the semifinal round of 15.

It is the best finish of a Filipina candidate since 1999, when Miriam Quiambao placed 1st runner-up, Desiree Verdadero 3rd in 1984, Charlene Gonzalez’s top 6 finish in 1994 and equals Chiqui Brosas’ 4th place standing in 1975.

All Filipinos must be proud of her achievement and she has done a great job in representing our country, despite current adversities.

Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete was crowned Miss Universe 2010. Miss Jamaica Yendi Phillipps was named first runner-up. Miss Ukraine, Anna Poslavska, was third runner-up, Miss Australia, Jesinta Campbell was second runner-up,

Before the announcement of winners, the top five were asked questions by a panel of celebrity judges.

The 22 year old Filipinas was asked by judge William Baldwin, “What is one big mistake that you’ve made in your life and what did you do to make it right?”

“Thank you so much, Sir for that wonderful question,” she says and then greets the audience, met by wild cheering.

“You know what, Sir in my 22 years of existence I can say that there is nothing major major, I mean, problem that I have done in my life. Because I am very confident with my family, with the love that they are giving to me. So, thank you so much that I am here, thank you thank you so much,” she answered.

Her journey to this year’s competition was a tough one. Raj was almost replaced by Bb. Pilipinas runner-up Helen Nicolette Henson after being stripped of her crown and title when organizers of the Binibining Pilipinas-Universe pageant found “inconsistencies” on her birth certificate.

Raj was advised by former Ms. Universe Gloria Diaz to let it go. Meanwhile, she found an ally in then Commission on Human Rights chair Leila de Lima

The Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. said Raj would be reinstated on the condition that she is able to obtain a valid Philippine passport.

“We have reassessed the situation pertaining to Miss Maria Venus Raj and have decided, for humanitarian reasons, that if she is able to obtain a valid Philippine passport, we will reinstate her as the reigning Bb. Pilipinas-Universe,” said the BCPI.

Raj then obtained a valid Philippine passport from the Department of Foreign Affairs, despite saying she should be reinstated without condition.

On August 4, Raj flew to the United States to represent the Philippines, competing with 82 other beauty queens from Albania to Zambia in a pageantry of swimsuits, evening gowns and quick-thinking interview skills in the their quest to bring home the 2010 Miss Universe crown.

The contest, co-owned by Donald Trump and NBC, was judged by celebrities including 2010 Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek and actress Jane Seymour.

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Manila Police Chief torture holdup suspect

When i watched tv the other night, i saw the news regarding to a man who allegedly a suspect for hold up, was tortured by a Police Officer inside the prison jail. It really my heart break watching the naked person who was tortured violently. If you will be able to watch the video, you will see how he was tortured. The Police man tied a rope in the victim's penis, that was painful for sure! The wife of the victim found him in the hospital dead.

I was thinking, the victim is still a suspect. He should be innocent until proven guilty. And even if he is guilty, there's no one who has the right to do that to him. I was really angry while watching the video and i almost cried. That is very painful to the family of the victim.

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Read the Full Information - Officers held over Manila police 'torture' video

MANILA (AFP) - – Philippine authorities are holding 11 policemen amid a probe into an alleged torture video filmed at a Manila police station.

The officers, among them a mid-ranking policeman, are to face a disciplinary hearing on Friday, according to Chief Superintendent Roberto Rongavilla, head of a police task force investigating the incident.

The graphic recording, which has enraged the Philippine public since it was broadcast on Tuesday, showed a man in civilian clothes whipping a naked man writhing on a white tiled floor.

In between blows the torturer yanked a rope that appeared to be tied to the victim's penis.

"These people (the officers) are now under the custody of the Manila police," said Rongavilla, adding that a formal complaint will be read against the men.

"The internal affairs office has issued summons and an initial hearing will be held this afternoon," he said.

All 11 had been posted at the Asuncion community police precinct in the high-crime Manila slum district of Tondo, but were suspended after public outcry sparked a government investigation.

While allegations of torture and extra-judicial killings carried out by police and military are nothing new, the broadcast of the video was the first time such an incident has been seen on public television.

Local network ABS-CBN, which broadcast the clip, did not say when the incident took place, and the fate of the victim was unclear. It said an unnamed informant took the footage with a mobile phone.

Rongavilla told ABS-CBN that the investigation will also look into allegations that the officer accused of torturing the naked man had committed similar offences.

"Many people are coming out alleging their sons and husbands had been given similar treatment," he added.

"The investigation will attempt to establish a time frame and the dates when the alleged actions took place," Rongavilla added.

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Rubik's Cube solution

WASHINGTON (AFP) – An international team of researchers using computer time lent to them by Google has found every way the popular Rubik's Cube puzzle can be solved, and showed it can always be solved in 20 moves or less.

The study is just the latest attempt by Rubik's enthusiasts to figure out the secrets of the cube, which has proven to be altogether far more complicated that its jaunty colors might suggest.

At the crux of the quest has been a bid to determine the lowest number of moves required to get the cube from any given muddled configuration to the color-aligned solution.

"Every solver of the Cube uses an algorithm, which is a sequence of steps for solving the Cube," said the team of mathematicians, who include Morley Davidson of Ohio's Kent State University, Google engineer John Dethridge, German math teacher Herbert Kociemba and Tomas Rokicki, a California programmer.

"There are many different algorithms, varying in complexity and number of moves required, but those that can be memorized by a mortal typically require more than forty moves."

One may suppose God would use a much more efficient algorithm, one that always uses the shortest sequence of moves; this is known as God's Algorithm. The number of moves this algorithm would take in the worst case is called God's Number. At long last, God's Number has been shown to be 20."

The research, published online, ends a 30-year search for the most efficient way to correctly align the 26 colored cubes that make up Erno Rubrik's 1974 invention.

"It took fifteen years after the introduction of the Cube to find the first position that provably requires 20 moves to solve," the team said. "It is appropriate that fifteen years after that, we prove that twenty moves suffice for all position."

Using computers lent to them by Google -- the company won't disclose how many or how powerful they are -- the team crunched through billions of Cube positions, solving each one over a period of "just a few weeks."

The study builds on the work of a veritable pantheon of Rubik's researchers, starting with Morwen Thistlethwaite who in 1981 showed 52 moves were sufficient to reach the solution from any given Cube position.

By May 1992, Michael Reid showed 39 moves was always sufficient, only to be undercut a mere day later by Dik Winter, who showed 37 moves would work.

Rubik's enthusiasm extends not only to God's number, but the speed with which the tricky puzzle can be solved.

The current world record holder is Dutch Erik Akkersdijk who successfully solved the puzzle in just 7.08 seconds.

Source: Study uncovers every possible Rubik's Cube solution

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Marquez Versus Diaz

LAS VEGAS (AP)—Although Juan Manuel Marquez’s right eye was swollen nearly shut, he kept it focused on his one remaining goal—a third fight with Manny Pacquiao.

Marquez didn’t exactly make himself more attractive to boxing’s pound-for-pound champion with his systematic dismantling of Juan Diaz.

Marquez unanimously outpointed Diaz on Saturday night, picking apart his younger opponent to retain the WBA and WBO lightweight titles.

Marquez captivated the crowd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center with precise punching and slick defense in a rematch that was nearly as entertaining as the fighters’ thrilling first meeting, which Marquez won on a ninth-round stoppage in February 2009.

Marquez (51-5-1, 37 KOs), who turns 37 next month, further erased memories of his one-sided loss to the larger Floyd Mayweather Jr. last September by dominating another opponent closer to his own size.

“The first one was difficult, and so was this one,” Marquez said. “He’s a very good boxer. Like every true Mexican warrior, we both fought with all of our hearts and left it all in the ring.”

Marquez reiterated his call for third fight with Pacquiao, believing he’s the only fighter outside of Mayweather who can worry the Filipino congressman. Their first two meetings resulted in a draw in 2004 and a split-decision loss for Marquez in 2008.

“It’s good for all fight fans,” Marquez said. “The Mexicans, the Filipinos, everyone wants to see it. That’s the most important fight to me now. I’ll be ready for November, and hopefully Pacquiao will take the fight.”

But Pacquiao is in negotiations to fight Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13. Both of those fighters are represented by Top Rank, while Marquez is backed by Golden Boy—and the two companies have been increasingly unwilling to match their fighters against each other in recent years.

Diaz (35-4) has lost four of his last six fights, yet showed remarkable stamina and courage against one of boxing’s most punishing fighters. The University of Houston graduate and aspiring lawyer was sharp again—just not sharp enough to beat arguably the most accomplished Mexican fighter of his generation.

“I fought the best fight I could,” Diaz said. “We were trading punches. We fought in, we fought out. I didn’t stand in front of him. I wanted to get in there and then get out, but it was hard, and I got hit with a couple of good shots. … I did the best I could. I followed the game plan, worked off my jab, but he’s a great fighter. He was the better man.”

Judge Jerry Roth favored Marquez 116-112, while Glenn Trowbridge scored it 118-110 and Patricia Morse Jarman had it 117-111. The Associated Press scored 10 rounds for Marquez, 118-110.

Source: Marquez dominates Diaz to keep lightweight belts

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