11 Filipinos presumed Dead in New Zealand

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday night extended condolences to the families of the 11 Filipinos who remain missing and are now presumed dead, after New Zealand authorities announced their shift of focus to recovering the remains of victims buried in the rubble of the recent massive earthquake that hit Christchurch.

"It is with sadness that the DFA learned of the statement from the New Zealand Civil Defense office that there is no more chance at this time of finding survivors and that they have to shift from search and rescue to recovery of remains," said DFA spokesperson Eduardo Malaya in a text message.

The missing Filipinos were believed to have been trapped beneath the rubble of the Canterbury Television (CTV) building, which collapsed after the deadly 6.3-magnitude quake that killed more than 200 people in Christchurch City.

The DFA had earlier declined to confirm if the 11 Filipinos are already presumed dead, saying they were still being considered as "missing". (See: No DFA confirmation yet if 11 Pinoys missing in NZ 'presumed dead')

Malaya, however, explained that they are merely following the announcement of New Zealand authorities as regards the halt in the search and rescue operations.

"We are guided by the pronouncement of local authorities on this matter and we are facilitating the submission of dental records, fingerprints and other materials that will hasten the process of the identification of remains," Malaya stated.

New Zealand authorities had given up hope on Thursday of finding any more survivors from last week's earthquake, as there had been no live rescues since last week and the grim reality was that no more people would be found alive, according to a Reuters report. (See: N. Zealand civil defense abandons search for quake survivors)

"We convey our deepest condolences to the bereaved families on the loss of their loved ones," Malaya added.

The 11 missing Filipinos and now presumed dead were identified as Jessie Lloyd Redoble, John Kristoffer Chua, Ezra Mae Medalle, Emmabel Anoba, Jewel Francisco, Ivy Jane Cabunilas, Mary Louise Anne Amantillo, Valquin Bensurto, Rhea Mae Sumalpong, Erica Nora, and Lalaine Collado Agatep.—JV, GMA News

SOURCE: DFA condoles with kin of 11 Pinoys presumed dead in NZ quake

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13 Things Your Mail Carrier Won't Tell You

1. Maybe your dog won’t bite you. But in 2009, 2,863 of us were bitten, an average of nine bites per delivery day. That’s why I wince when your Doberman comes flying out the door.

2. Remember this on Valentine’s Day: It takes our machines longer to read addresses on red envelopes (especially if they’re written in colored ink).

3. Why stand in line? At usps.com, you can buy stamps, place a hold on your mail, change your address, and apply for passports. We even offer free package pickup and free flat-rate envelopes and boxes, all delivered right to your doorstep.

4. Media Mail is a bargain, but most of you don’t know to ask for it. Sending ten pounds of books from New York City to San Francisco through Media Mail costs $5.89, compared with $16.77 for Parcel Post. Besides books, use it to send manuscripts, DVDs, and CDs; just don’t include anything else in the package.

5. We don’t get a penny of your tax dollars. Really. The sale of postage, products, and services at our 36,000 retail locations, and on our website, covers all of the post office's operating expenses.

6. UPS and FedEx charge you $10 or more for messing up an address. Us? Not a cent.

7. Paychecks, personal cards, letters—anything that looks like good news—I put those on top. Utility and credit card bills? They go under everything else.

8. Sorry if I seem like I’m in a hurry, but I’m under the gun: Our supervisors tell us when to leave, how many pieces of mail to deliver, and when we should aim to be back. Then some of us scan bar codes in mailboxes along our route so they can monitor our progress.

9. Yes, we do have to buy our own stamps, but a lot of us carry them for customers who need them. If we don’t charge you, that’s because we like you.

10. Use a ballpoint pen. Ink from those felt tips runs in the rain.

11. Please dress properly when you come to the door. A towel wrapped around you doesn’t cut it. And we definitely don’t want to see you in your underwear!

12. We serve 150 million addresses six days a week, so we’re often in the right place at the right time. We pull people out of burning cars, catch burglars in the act, and call 911 to report traffic accidents, dead bodies, and more.

13. Most of us don’t mind if you pull up to our trucks while we’re delivering and ask for your mail a little early. But please get out of your car and come get it. Don’t just put your hand out your window and wait for me to bring it to you.

Source: 13 Things Your Mail Courier Won't Tell You

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Threat of a USB Cable

Everyone who's into computers surely are familiar with Universal Serial Bus or more popularly known as USB. Almost all peripherals uses USB to establish communication between USB devices and a host controller like PCs and notebooks both for Windows and Macs. USB can connect computer peripherals such as mouse, keyboards, digital cameras, printers, media players, flash drives, Network Adapters, and external hard drives. For many of those devices, USB has become the standard connection method. So can a USB device do any harm to your computer? At the recent Black Hat DC conference, teacher and student team Angelos Stavrou and Zhaohui Wang from George Mason University presented how an Android phone can be used to mount as a standard human input device (HID) when plugged into a Windows, OS X or Linux computer, potentially giving keyboard and mouse access to malware or even a remote hacker. How does it work? Stavrou and Wang gave this explanation "Say your computer at home is compromised and you compromise your Android phone by connecting them. Then, whenever you connect the smartphone to another laptop or computing device that the hacker can take over that computer also, and then compromise other computers off that Android. It's a viral type of compromise using the USB cable." The bigger worry is anti-virus application will not be able to detect the problem because the process would appear to be a normal keyboard or mouse activity. Once installed, the malware author could then retrieve files, download other malware or even take control of the system altogether. Think of the effect - if you insert a compromised Android phone via USB. Tthe computer will be affected by the malware it would then automatically contaminate any clean mobile device connected to it making the malware a viral problem. How often do you connect a USB device to our computers? As I am typing this story, I have a couple of USB devices currently connected to my computer. So the next time someone asked you if they can attach their mobile phone to your computer via USB, think it over again. Who knows - you may be the next victim of the USB threat. As a general rule, you do not allow anyone you don't know, even friends to attached their mobile phones and USB devices into you computer - unless of course if its your mom, dad and bosses. I am logging off. Stay cool and God Bless us all!

Source: USB Cables - From friend to foe

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Filipino Educated appointed as President of US School

Gabriel Esteban says, "I am honored to be asked to serve as the 20th president of Seton Hall University, a leader in higher education for the past century and a half."

Filipino educator Gabriel Esteban, 49, was named the 20th president of Seton Hall University in the U.S. last month, reports Manila Times. He served as the interim president of the school for almost six months.

Esteban is the first non-priest to head the university in New Jersey. According to Manila Times, the school's board of regents asked the board of trustees to make an exception to the university rule that requires the president to be a priest. "I am honored to be a part of this great institution and to carry on its nationally recognized leadership in Catholic higher education," Esteban said. "As an immigrant, I am extremely thankful."

According to the Seton Hall University website, Esteban previously served as the provost and chief academic officer of the school. He started heading enrolment services in 2009. "Under his leadership, Seton Hall recruited the largest new class in 30 years, more than 1,300 students, with an average increase in SAT scores of 27 points."

Before joining Seton Hall, he worked at the University of Central Arkansas, the Arkansas Tech University, the University of Houston-Victoria and the University of the Philippines. He has a Ph.D. in Administration from the University of California, a Master of Science in Japanese Business Studies from the Chaminade University in Honolulu, and a Master of Business Administration and a degree in Math from the University of the Philippines Diliman.

SOURCE: Pinoy educator Gabriel Esteban appointed President of US University

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