Posts Tagged ‘European Union

12
Jul
10

Facebook Installs Panic Button For Children

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Facebook Installs Panic Button For Children

Monday, July 12, 2010

••• Young Facebook users will be able to report suspicious online behavior with the launch of a new ‘panic button’ targeting sex offenders.

Children can use the button to report abuse to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and Facebook.

The application will automatically appear on the homepage of every user aged between 13 and 18.

The launch follows months of negotiation between Facebook and CEOP, the government law enforcement agency tasked with tracking down online sex offenders.

CEOP called for the panic button to be installed in November but Facebook has resisted the idea.

Bebo became the first network to add the button, followed by MySpace while Facebook maintained that its own reporting systems were adequate.

However pressure mounted on Facebook following the rape and murder of Ashleigh Hall, 17.

Ashleigh was killed by a 33-year-old convicted sex offender, posing as a teenage boy, whom she met on Facebook.

Forty-four police chiefs in England, Wales and Scotland, signed a letter backing CEOP’s call for a panic button on every Facebook page.

Users will be able to bookmark the Click CEOP service or add it as an application to find information about online safety.

Jim Gamble, chief executive of the CEOP Centre said: ‘Our dialogue with Facebook about adopting the Click CEOP button is well documented – today however is a good day for child protection.

‘We know from speaking to offenders that a visible deterrent could protect young people online.’

Facebook’s Joanna Shields added: ‘There is no single silver bullet to making the internet safer but by joining forces with CEOP we have developed a comprehensive solution which marries our expertise in technology with CEOP’s expertise in online safety.’

James Brokenshire, U.K. Minister for Crime Prevention said: ‘It’s a sad fact that we are now seeing more cases where sex offenders are using social networking sites to conceal their identities in order to contact children.’
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11
Jul
10

Spain win World Cup after Andres Iniesta strikes

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Spain win World Cup after Andres Iniesta strikes

Sunday, July 11, 2010

••• Spain has won the World Cup in what was more of a scrap than a football match, poorly controlled by English referee Howard Webb. He lost control when he failed to give a yellow card to Van Percy after just 90 seconds of play.

The single goal finally came from Andrés Iniesta in the 25th minute of extra time. The Barça player got himself a yellow card for showing his vest in celebration, where he had written a tribute to his friend and Espanyol player, Dani Jarque , who died last year at the age of just 26. The Dutch would complain there was an offside play ahead of the goal, but there is no doubt that the best side won in the end.

But the 2010 World Cup Final will be remembered for the way the Dutch came out kicking, and the 14 yellow cards presented as a result. Only one red card for the Dutch player, John Heitunga, where many commentators think it should have been three for the team; De Jong certainly should have had a direct red card for kicking Xavi Alonso directly in the chest, and Van Bommel committed far more than one yellow card foul according to most eyes. It seems the Dutch tactic was to use aggression to try to stop Spain from playing, as they had did successfully against Brazil, but this time the Spanish side finally won by at least trying to play the attractive football they are famous for, and justice was done.
On the pitch, Cesc Fábregas came on for an exhausted Xavi Alonso in an attempt to try and get the first goal, but missed a clear opportunity in a one to one with the Dutch goalkeeper. But it was a Cesc pass which led to the Iniesta goal.

Vicente del Bosque also gave Fernando Torres play in the last five minutes of the game, replacing an exhausted David Villa, but El Niño was obviously not fit, and his knee failed again before the end. He collapsed in tears. After the victory, Del Bosque, said it was not only winning, ‘This has very important principles and values for Spain’, he said.
Queen Sofia confessed to being emotional after the victory, as did the Prince and Princess of Asturias, ‘We are very happy. We want to go down to the dressing room to celebrate with them’, they said.

So, Spain has won the World Cup for the first time, and the parties which broke out across the country at the result are set to continue until dawn.

In Madrid plans are well advanced to welcome the 23 players in the squad who will travel through the city in an open top bus and visit the Palace tomorrow. The Plaza Cibeles has been considered too small, so 31,000 square metres has been reserved next to the Manzanares River. Expect total gridlock in Madrid from 7 pm Monday.
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06
Jul
10

Europe’s ‘Big Bang’ probe sends back first image of cosmos

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Europe’s ‘Big Bang’ probe sends back first image of cosmos

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

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••• A space telescope designed to peer into the enigma of the ‘Big Bang’ has served up its first overall image of the cosmos, the European Space Agency says.

The picture ‘is an extraordinary treasure chest of new data for astronomers,’ ESA declared on Monday.

The image was painstakingly built up, slice by slice, by a $875 million (700 million euros) telescope, Planck, which ESA put in orbit in May last year.

Planck is designed to look at radiation in the microwave part of the energy spectrum.

Microwave signatures point to the birth and death of stars and galaxies, as well as the embers of the ‘Big Bang’ which, according to theory, brought the Universe into existence 13.7 billion years ago.

This primeval energy, known as cosmic microwave background radiation (CMBR), washes across the sky.

But in order to spot it in Planck’s first ‘all-sky’ image, scientists will have to filter out background noise from our own galaxy, the Milky Way, ESA said.
‘We are opening the door to an Eldorado where scientists can seek the nuggets that will lead to deeper understanding of how our Universe came to be and how it works now,’ said David Southwood, ESA’s director of science and robotic exploration.

‘The image itself and its remarkable quality is a tribute to the engineers who built and have operated Planck. Now the scientific harvest must begin.’

Named after the 20th century German physicist Max Planck who founded quantum theory, the mission is equipped with a 4.8 feet telescope that focuses radiation onto two arrays of microwave detectors, each cooled to almost absolute zero.

By the end of its mission in 2012, Planck should have completed four all-sky scans, ESA said. The data release of the CMBR – in essence a map of the Big Bang – is also scheduled for 2012.
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21
Jun
10

Obama discusses economic recovery with German, Spanish leaders

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Obama discusses economic recovery with German, Spanish leaders

Monday, June 21, 2010

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday called German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on economy, said the White House.

Obama discussed separately with the two European leaders on “the importance of continuing to take resolute steps to foster a durable recovery and to strengthen financial regulation,” White House spokesman Bill Burton told reporters.

The three leaders are scheduled to meet in the G20 summit next week in Canada.

In his call with Zapatero, Obama thanked Zapatero for “excellent cooperation during the Spanish E.U. presidency, particularly progress on counterterrorism and addressing the threat posted by Iran,” said Burton.
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