Friday, October 29, 2010

Nurse switches off man's life support 'by mistake'

An agency nurse working for the NHS was filmed switching off her patient's life support machine by mistake.
Tetraplegic Jamie Merrett, 37, had a bedside camera set up at his home in Wiltshire, after becoming concerned about the care he was receiving.
Within days, it captured the moment Violetta Aylward switched off the ventilator, leaving him brain-damaged.

BBC Health Correspondent Matthew Hill reports.

DFA: Nurse in ventilator accident video is Filipina

The London-based nurse caught on video accidentally turning off her paralyzed patient’s ventilator — thus leaving him seriously brain-damaged — is Filipina, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed Thursday.

In a statement, the DFA said the Philippine Embassy in London is assisting 55-year-old Violeta Aylward, who was caught on a CCTV turning off the life-support system of her British patient in January 2009.
“The Embassy has reached out to the Filipina and conveyed its readiness to assist her. It is also actively monitoring developments of the case," the DFA said.

Facebook Now Tries to Tell the Story Between Two Friends

Facebook is rolling out a new breed of Pages called Friendship Pages that pull together the public wall posts, comments, photos (based on tags) and events that two friends have in common.

The Friendship Pages feature was cooked up by Facebook (Facebook) software engineer Wayne Kao and then brought to life in an internal hackathon event. The Pages are designed to the tell the story of two friends on Facebook through their shared activity.

Think browsing the web at Starbucks is safe? Think again.

 HOW TO: Protect Yourself From Firesheep With a VPN

A wildly popular new bit of malicious code called Firesheep is making the rounds among script kiddies and black-hat hackers; it allows them to access the cookies of any user on a non-password-protected wireless network. Once the ne’er-do-well in question is on the same public network as you, he or she can save and use your cookies to access your accounts (e-mail, Facebook and many other types of accounts, as well) through a point-and-click graphic interface.

In the words of the person who created Firesheep, “As soon as anyone on the network visits an insecure website [Facebook, Gmail, etc.] known to Firesheep, their name and photo will be displayed [in the Firesheep interface]. Double-click on someone, and you’re instantly logged in as them.”

For businesses with remote employees, Firesheep is a particular danger, as it potentially compromises your company’s data and accounts any time a worker logs in from a coffee shop, Internet cafe or other public network.

The practice is known as session hijacking; if you’d like more information on how the code works, check out this post on Firesheep’s technical details.

China boasts world's fastest supercomputer

BEIJING (AFP) – China is set to trump the US to take the number one spot for the fastest supercomputer ever made in a survey of the world's zippiest machines, it was reported Thursday.
Tianhe-1, meaning Milky Way, has a sustained computing speed of 2,507 trillion calculations per second, making it the fastest computer in China on a list published Thursday.
But it is also 1.4 times faster that the world's current fastest ranked supercomputer in the US, housed at a national laboratory in Tennessee, according to the New York Times.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

What does a barangay captain do?

As barangay (village) captain, Constancia “Nene” Lichauco starts her day at 8 A.M. She organizes meetings, checks on barangay employees and tanods (watchmen), and implements projects for the village.

“Kapag nagkakaroon ng ng kaunting emergency that’s when I run and go to the spot kasi hands-on ako, ”she says.

 Lichauco is no stranger to running a barangay. She has village captain in barangay Bel Air, Makati City from 1989 to 2007.

“Napakalawak ng responsibilities ng isang barangay captain,” she adds.

Under the legal system, the three branches of the government -- executive, legislative and judicial -- are being handled by the village chief.

“Barangay captains are more powerful than the president,” Lichauco admits.

Hayden Kho launches perfume business in grand style

Hayden Kho launches perfume business in grand style

 Tila iniwanan na ni Hayden Kho ang madilim niyang nakaraan sa launch ng Hayden, ang kanyang bagong perfume business noong Huwebes ng gabi, October 22, sa Nuvo, Greenbelt 2, Makati City.

Noong nakaraang taon, nalagay si Hayden sa matinding kontrobersiya matapos kumalat sa Internet ang ilang mga sex video na nagtatampok kay Hayden at sa iba't ibang mga babae, kasama ang sexy actress na si Katrina Halili.

Nag-file si Katrina ng criminal case laban kay Hayden. Nagkaroon pa ito ng Senate investigation kung saan ilang oras ding nilagay sa hot seat si Hayden sa harap ng ilang mambabatas na interesado umano sa kaso.

Natanggal din ang lisensiya ni Hayden bilang doktor, at tuluyan na rin siyang nawala sa mundo ng showbiz. May mga umugong na balitang nagtangka raw magpakamatay si Hayden.

Willing Willie premieres

Willing Willie Girls

Willie Revillame is back in the tube as an official “Kapatid” artist. Despite controversies and a staggering P486 million damage suit filed by ABS-CBN, “Willing Willie” premiered Saturday, October 23, as TV5’s flagship primetime variety program.

The show promises to change the way Filipinos spend their primetime viewing. In a timeslot where news programs dominate, “Willing Willie” aims to provide a “positive” viewing experience where families can enjoy and bond together over dinner without the usual “negativity” of evening news. It airs Monday to Friday, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm and Saturdays, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

“Tama na ang bad news. Tama na ang napapanood nating saksakan. Tama na ‘yong may naaksidente. Tama na ‘yong tatay ginahasa ang anak. Sa hapag-kainan, ‘yon na ang pinapanood namin sa ilang taon. Dapat iba na, saya at pag-asa na!,” Willie said.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Head of slain call center agent found in creek

MABALACAT, Pampanga, Philippines—The head of a call center agent murdered in a motel room in Angeles City last week was found beside a creek in Sta. Inez village here on Saturday.

Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista, Angeles police director, said the head of Katrina Gantan, 22, who worked at the Sutherland Global Services Philippines inside the Clark Freeport, was found by residents inside a sack left under the Morales Bridge.

Bautista said residents noticed the stench coming from the sack teeming with flies at a grassy portion of the bank of the Sapang Balen creek at 11:20 a.m. When they opened the sack, they were shocked to see a woman's head inside.

On October 4, policemen arrested Adonis Reyes, 30, Gantan's boyfriend and co-worker for his alleged involvement in the murder. Employees of Miyabe Court in Angeles said Reyes matched the description of Gantan's companion when they checked into the motel on the night of October 1. Gantan was found headless and naked inside a toilet in the motel the following day.

Gantan's parents said the artist's sketch provided by the police resembled Reyes' features. Reyes, however, denied involvement in Gantan's murder.

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