WHO@ Newsletter - February 14, 2011
I couldn't make this up if I tried...Why does this sound so wrong?
Crematorium to heat water for town's swimmers
A local authority in England has given the go ahead for a swimming pool to use energy created by the next-door crematorium to heat its water.
The plan, the first of its kind in Britain, will see waste heat from the incinerator chimney used to warm up the neighboring leisure center and its new pool.
"The cremation process is a sensitive matter and we wanted to be sure our proposals had widespread support," said Councilor Carole Gandy, the leader of Redditch Borough Council in central England.
Eighty to 90 percent of people who contacted the council had backed the scheme, she said.
"Throughout we have been careful to explain how the technology would work, that it is tried and trusted, and that the practice is quite common in parts of Europe and especially in Sweden," she said.
"We already support our residents to insulate their homes and be energy-efficient, so it seemed only right for us to explore this re-use of energy."
However, local trade union officials are less than impressed with the plan, saying it was a reflection of the massive public spending cuts being implemented by the government.
"These proposals ... are sick and an insult to local residents," said Roger McKenzie, regional secretary for Unison, Britain's biggest public sector labor union.
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Watch out, your partner may be cyberstalking you - 02/14/11
Do you ever get the feeling that someone is watching you? You might be right, according to a new study released today by East Carolina University.
The study, which survey over 800 students, showed that a third (33%) of female respondents had broken into or read their partner's emails on more than one occasion. And although men were less likely to break into their parner's email accounts, they were more likely to use spy cameras, GPS devices, and spyware to monitor their partner's whereabouts and activities.
Two 'gay voyeurs' held 'after filming men getting changed in leisure centre and posting footage online' - 02/14/11
Two men have been arrested over claims they secretly recorded men getting changed at a leisure centre and then put the footage on a gay website. Up to 28 men are believed to have been filmed in various states of undress at the FX Leisure Centre in Gateshead.
Newark teen's online identity stolen and used to destroy her reputation - 02/13/11
Nafeesa Onque’s Facebook page had all the trimmings of a teenage girl’s internet home: Her cell phone number, favorite movies, relationship status and photo albums were just a click away, lined up neatly beneath a smiling photograph of the pretty 15-year-old.
New social networking tool for bullies to target Adelaide teens - 02/13/11
ADELAIDE teens are using a new social-networking site to discuss their sexual experiences and bully each other. Formspring, a social-networking site, allows users to ask anonymous questions, which have given rise to bullying and cyber-stalking concerns.
All you ever wanted to know about Digital Dating - 02/12/11
We’ve all seen those television commercials showing happy couples smiling, holding hands and walking barefoot along the beach and talking about how they never would have found true love unless they had joined a particular online dating service. It has been estimated that over 20 million lonely souls in America are searching for love online and over 120,000 marriages a year occur as a result of online dating.
Web of danger - 02/12/11
It is something every parent dreads. Your child, normally outgoing and talkative, suddenly becomes withdrawn after time online - and you have no idea why.
Internet advertising to face stricter regulation - 02/12/11
Companies who advertise on the internet will face stricter rules and regulations from March. Until now, The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has only been able to monitor traditional advertising found on billboards, in newspapers or on television.
Driver clocked at 118 mph said he was making a YouTube video - 02/12/11
A young man who was pulled over after police clocked him speeding down Interstate 5 at 118 mph told the sheriff's office he was making a video to post on YouTube. Stanislav Bakanov, 30, of Keizer, admitted to police that he was going between 90 and 100 mph in his BMW but the sheriff's office said he was going much faster than that. They also said the conditions on the road were dangerous at that speed because strong wind gusts had sent tree branches onto the highway.
Who is 'Scumbag Steve'? Internet teenage hate figure reveals infamous picture was taken by his mother (and he's actually quite a nice guy) - 02/11/11
It was an innocent picture that quickly grew into an internet sensation. A young teenage boy dressed in a brown fur collared coat and baseball cap poses nonchalantly for the camera.
But this innocuous snap quickly morphed into the online phenomenon 'Scumbag Steve', the internet's favourite hate figure.
NJ state probes violations on Drew’s collegeacb page - 02/11/11
With the demise of juicycampus.com, collegeacb.com has become the new source for Drew University students to instigate gossip and spread anonymous rumors. With threads that have degrading titles like "Least cute couple" and "Scumbags on campus," the site increases the cyber-bullying on this campus and other college campuses as well. Because of this, the state has initiated an investigation with Drew and collegeacb.com on violations of New Jersey's state laws against cyber-bullying.
Harrier Jump Jet removed from eBay for breaking weapons rules - 02/11/11
A decommissioned Harrier Jump Jet being offered for sale on eBay has been withdrawn because it contravenes the website’s policy on the sale of firearms, weapons and knives.
State may move against prison Facebook users - 02/10/11
Prisoners in the state of South Carolina caught with banned cell phones, which are often tossed over a prison fence to them, can face solitary confinement and loss of visitation and canteen privileges. But those caught updating their status on their Facebook page, by cell phone or any other means, might soon be looking at 30 extra days behind bars and a $500 fine.
Border smuggling game stirs controversy - 02/10/11
A controversial iPod and iPad application that makes a game of the perils of sneaking across the U.S.-Mexico border has sparked controversy among activists for immigrant rights. In the game "Smuggle Truck," which is due for release next month, a truck bounces along a cartoon desert highway and sheds men, women and children as it hits bumps and hops over creeks and canyons.
Cyberstalking: An In-Your-Face Internet Problem - 02/10/11
Talking about cyberstalking, Al Gore said, "Make no mistake. This kind of harassment can be as frightening and as real as being followed and watched in your neighborhood or in your home." That was in 1999, when Gore was vice president. In retrospect, this era was practically the Stone Age when it comes to the Internet: No Facebook, no MySpace, no texting, no tweets, no Blackberry phones. Heck, people thought instant messaging was cool back then. Now? IMing is the equivalent of the eight-track tape.
Facebook Reunion Leads to Cyber-Stalking - 02/10/11
A Downriver man says he's been stalked for the last year. His life has been threatened, his four-year-old daughter has been threatened; his mother, too.
Kayla Marie Borderlon arrested for cyber-stalking - 02/09/11
24-year-old Rosepine woman has been arrested on 13 counts of cyber-staking, said Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft in a press release Wednesday. In addition to the cyber-stalking charges, Kayla Marie Bordelon also faces one count of false swearing and two counts of improper telephone communications.
Benefit pirate of the Caribbean: Fraudster caught out by seven-year-old son's blog about their 10-month sailing jaunt - 02/09/11
Keen sailor Simon Daymond-Harris wasn’t going to let a little thing like taking his family on a ten-month adventure to the Caribbean stop him falsely claiming benefits. In fact, he was able to wrongfully claim nearly £30,000 in handouts while they were at sea. But then the cheating yachtsman hit stormy waters – after his seven-year-old son wrote a blog about their once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Law Firm Finds Success Targeting Those Who Post Copyrighted Images - 02/09/11
Before you use that copyrighted image on your blog you might want to think twice: It could cost you up to $150,000. Still, if you're willing to take the risk because you think you won't get caught since a lot of people are doing the same thing, one law firms is on to you. They know how the troll the web and are using the power of viral material - and lawsuits - to make bank.
Federal Cyberbullying Trial Gets Underway in Tampa, FL - 02/09/11
January 2011 seems to be the “hot” month for America showing its growing impatience with anonymous internet attacks and postings that can completely obliterate an unsuspecting persons life. Otherwise known as cyber bullying, sometimes known as Cyberstalking, it is an epidemic as at least 40% of our population has posted something at some time. “Google Yourself” is very virgin territory. What happens when you do and you see shocking things about you? Ask Gene Cooley, he did not even own a computer so it took a painfully long time for him to find out devastating remarks.
St. Peters woman accused of cyber harassment still set to go to trial - 02/09/11
St. Charles County Circuit Judge Ted House on Wednesday denied a motion to dismiss a criminal charge against a St. Peters woman accused of cyberharassment. Elizabeth Thrasher, 41, is still scheduled to go to trial Feb. 16. She is the first defendant in St. Charles County to face a felony charge as a result of a law passed in 2008 in the aftermath of the suicide of 13-year-old Megan Meier.
Man accused of having sex with Detroit girl he wed in video game - 02/08/11
A Massachusetts man remains jailed today on charges he allegedly came to the city three times last year to have sex with a 13-year-old Detroit girl he wed in an online video game. John W. Phillips, 54, of Fitchburg, Mass., is charged with 11 felonies including sexual assault, using a computer to communicate with another person to commit a crime, accosting a child for immoral purposes and child sexually abusive activity. The maximum sentences for the charges range from four to 20 years in prison.