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Latest update : 2010-01-19

Families use the Web in an attempt to locate those still missing in Haiti

In this edition: Haitian families continue to search for missing loved ones via the web ; Net users mobilise for the appeal hearing of two bloggers in Azerbaijan ; And the musical performance of General Larry Platt, aged 62, enthrals the Web.

 
HAITI: THE SEARCH FOR MISSING PEOPLE
 
One week after the violent earthquake which shook Haiti, chances of finding survivors are extremely slim, perhaps even non-existent. But the families of those still missing are not losing hope and are using the web in an attempt to locate them.
 
Missing person posters continue to flood into the web. Several sites, such as the one on Google, are centralising these information requests. Hundreds of net users have posted photos of their loved ones, of whom they remain without news.
 
 
Calls also launched in video format, notably by members of the Haitian Diaspora in the US, such as this woman, who is racked with worry.
 
Net users who still wish to believe in miracles- as some survivors are still trapped under the rubble. Some even managed to send text messages calling for help and giving their position. Messages often broadcast online so they may be read by as many people as possible.
 
This man was saved by a team of Israeli rescue workers, after spending more than ninety hours under the rubble.
 
AZERBAIJAN BLOGGERS TRIAL
 
The appeal hearing of two bloggers accused of posing online videos critical of the Azerbaijan authorities is set to take place on Friday. The local blogosphere has rallied and is calling for the immediate release of Adnan Hadjizadeh and Emin Milli, sentenced at first instance to prison terms of two and two and half years respectively.
 
Several gatherings by human rights activists set for Friday before Azeri embassies in various European capitals are being organised online. These Facebook groups urge net users to gather in London and Paris in protest against what they describe as an arbitrary trial.
 
Many net users are applauding the courage of the two bloggers. This Azeri artist is broadcasting a rap song which he composed in defence of their cause.
 
This site shows the dozens of video support messages from around the world. Video bloggers from Croatia, Germany and even the US, who all hope that the Azeri justice system will show clemency towards the two prisoners.
 
The NGO, Amnesty International which is concerned about the conditions in which the trial will take place, is urging net users to send this email to the Azeri Minister of Justice. A letter calling on the authorities to guarantee a fair trail to the two defendants.
 
Finally this site provides posters and other banners to bloggers so they can openly display solidarity with the two young men as their new trial draws closer.
 
GENERAL LARRY PLATT
 
This is General Larry Platt. American TV viewers became acquainted with him last week. He was one of the applicants in the singing contest ‘American idol 9’. Since, this sixty two year old has turned into a star of the web. His performance has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. And dozens of remixes of his song, ‘Pants on the ground’, have been posted online.
 
CANBLOG.NET  
 
Cans are taking off online. The European can Manufacturers Association has launched a dedicated space on line. The aim of the blog being to encourage net users to separate and recycle cans. You will learn that 670 recycled cans are needed to create a bike. A quiz, video channels and a participative competition have been launched. A fun way to promote recycling amongst net users.
  
VIDEO OF THE DAY
 
YouTube promotion- there’s nothing better for boosting CD sales. Some people have learnt this lesson. The new US child star, teenager Justin Bieber, is promoting his forthcoming single with rapper Ludacris, in a home-made video.
 

By FRANCE 24

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