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Web users besiege the net in the run up to the FIFA World Cup

Today on the net : The web brings more transparency to the handling of the oil spill ; Web users besiege the net in the run up to the FIFA World Cup ; And the launch of a social network for authors.

 

OIL SPILL IN LOUISIANA
BP could be told to step back from operations off the coast of Louisiana to combat the oil spill and stop it leaking into the Gulf of Mexico. The US government has increased pressure on the British company and has criticized their handling of the crisis.
Ed Markey, chairman of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, has asked BP to make a live video feed of the oil gushing out at a depth of 1500 meters available online. It’s one way of ensuring they show more transparency when reporting on the oil spill.
 
In fact BP has been accused of trying to play down the oil leak. Using this tool, posted online by the television network PBS, you can compare the different estimations of the volume of oil that is leaking daily into the ocean.
 
And over one month after the oil spill occurred, there is increasingly strong criticism online amongst ecologists. Greenpeace for example, has launched an online campaign, asking web users to design a new logo for BP that is a better representation of the company amidst this current disaster.  
 And fishermen who mobilised to clean up the affected coastlines are starting to worry about the health risks. Some say they are feeling nauseous, are having coughing fits and are also vomiting. These symptoms could be a result of the direct exposure to fuel fumes. And these photos posted on Facebook show that in effect, many of the people taking part in the clean-up operations are working without adequate protection.
   
2010 FIFA WORLD CUP
 
The blogosphere is bubbling with excitement as the 11th of June kick off for the 2010 FIFA World Cup approaches. Football fans the world over are already extremely active online supporting their favourite team. Many resources have been made available so that web users have all the information they need on this global event.
 
 
 
On this site, devoted to the competition, one blogger has created a beginners guide to the World Cup. In an offbeat fashion, he explains the basics of the tournament to novices, as well as the stars to watch. http://www.worldcupblog.org/
 
 
Meanwhile, fans have made videos to support their teams, and posted them on sharing sites. Here is a clip for South Korea. And in this video, supporters of the Netherlands have transformed a Village People song to lead their players to victory.
 
 
A British site has teamed up with YouTube to launch this song competition. Web users have submitted over 270 tracks which are available online.
 
 
This site is offering football fans whose wives do not like football, a chance to salvage their World Cup. The winner will be able to send his wife and ten of her friends on safari in South Africa, whilst the men will be staying in a luxury villa in Corsica where they can watch the matches.
 
 
 
And the magazine Vanity Fair is using the competition to appeal to women. Several football stars have taken part in a sexy photo shoot. Behind the scenes photos are available on the American magazine’s website.
 
 
WAKA
 
The French government has just launched Waka, a public information platform for 15-24 year olds. Launched in partnership with the radio Skyrock, the site approaches subjects like work training, education, health and road safety, in a style it considers to be adapted to this age group. Waka presents itself as an orientation tool for young people finding their paths in life.
 
 
 
WELOVEWORDS.COM
 
Amateur film makers have YouTube, photographers have Flickr, musicians have Myspace and now authors have We Love Words, a platform on which they can share their work. This French speaking social network is aimed at writers, poets or lyricists who want to meet other budding authors or professional in the field. The site even offers a legal deposit and copyright service so that authors’ can protect their work.
 
  
VIDEO OF THE DAY
 
These tiny sloths have no mothers. Some have been run over; others have been electrocuted by power lines. This orphanage takes care of them, feeds them, and heals their wounds. These images were filmed by web user Lucy Cooke in Costa Rica.
 

 

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