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Trainee detectives to study Facebook

October 29, 2010

Detectives will be taught how to track down killers and other criminals on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks, police leaders have said.

Sweeping changes have been made to training for thousands of student investigators to bring their work into the 21st century.

They include new information on how to track down suspects through social networking sites, where wanted people may reveal valuable clues.

Updated training exercises also examine how to gather the best information from computers, mobile phones and other electronic devices.

Earlier this year escaped prisoner, Craig Lynch mocked police with clues about his whereabouts on Facebook during four months on the run.

In London, detectives are examining posts on Facebook and Twitter relating to the murder of 17-year-old Marvin Henry during a suspected fight between rival gangs.

Deputy Chief Constable Nick Gargan, acting head of the National Policing Improvement Agency, said updated training is vital.

He said: “This programme is a vital part of the career pathway for detectives and the new training covers sensitive areas of policing where limited guidance existed previously.

“These improvements are exactly what detectives need to tackle the challenges and complexities of modern policing effectively.

Full Article Here – http://uk.news.yahoo.com/4/20101028/tuk-trainee-detectives-to-study-facebook-dba1618.html

No terror arrests in 100,000 police counter-terror searches, figures show

October 28, 2010
By Alan Travis

More than 100,000 people were stopped and searched by police under counter-terrorism powers last year but none of them were arrested for terrorism-related offences, according to Home Office figures published today.

The statistics show that 504 people out of the 101,248 searches were arrested for any offence – an arrest rate of 0.5%, compared with an average 10% arrest rate for street searches under normal police powers.

The figures prompted the former Conservative home affairs spokesman David Davis to call for the controversial policy to be scrapped.

“This astonishing fact of no terrorism-related arrests, let alone prosecutions or convictions, in over 100,000 stop and searches, demonstrates what a massively counter-productive policy this is,” said Davis.

“A policy which fuels resentment and antagonism amongst minority communities without achieving a single terrorist conviction serves only to help our enemies and increase the terrorism threat.”

The annual Home Office bulletin on the use of terror powers also discloses for the first time that more than 85,000 people were questioned by police at airports and other border points in the last years under counter-terrorist legislation. More than 2,600 of them were held for more than an hour.

As Home Office ministers consider proposals to cut the current 28-day limit on detention without charge of terror suspects, the official figures reveal that nobody has been held longer than 14 days for the last two years before being charged or released.

The annual bulletin on the police use of counter-terrorism powers shows that, since the 9/11 attacks, 1,834 people have been arrested in Britain in connection with terrorism-related incidents.

A total of 1,000 of those suspects have been released without charge, 422 charged with terrorism-related offences, 228 with other crimes, and the remaining 184 dealt with by other action such as being transferred to the immigration authorities.

Full Article Here – http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/oct/28/terrorism-police-stop-search-arrests

Pakistan flood food running out, warns UN

October 29, 2010

The United Nations has warned its supply of emergency food aid for victims of Pakistan’s summer floods will run out by the start of December.

UN humanitarian co-ordinator Martin Mogwanja said up to six million people relied on the aid every month.

With winter on the way, seven million people still do not have adequate shelter or quilts, blankets and warm clothing, he told the BBC.

The monsoon floods affected 20 million people and one fifth of the country.

At least 1,500 people died in the deluge.

Appealing for further donations from the international community, Mr Mogwanja said malnutrition was also increasing as food stocks dwindled.

And winter would bring fresh misery for the homeless, he said.

Those most in need of shelter are said to be in north-western Khyber Pakhutunkhwa province, northern parts of Punjab province and Gilgit Baltistan in the far north.

“The food stocks… are not sufficient to take us through into December, so there are a number of areas we are seeing increases in malnutrition of children,” Mr Mogwanja told BBC Urdu.

Full Article Here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11649569?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Exxon Mobil 3Q income jumps 55 percent

Associated Press
October 28, 2010

NEW YORK – Exxon Mobil Corp.’s third-quarter income jumped 55 percent thanks to higher oil prices and increased production.

The world’s largest publicly traded oil company on Thursday reported earnings of $7.35 billion, or $1.44 per share. That compares with $4.73 billion, or 98 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Revenue increased 15.8 percent to $95.3 billion.

Oil companies have seen profits jump as crude prices increased 12 percent year-over-year, and prices should continue to rise. The International Energy Agency forecasts that world oil consumption will grow next year to 88.2 million barrels a day.

Earlier Thursday. Royal Dutch Shell PLC said quarterly profits climbed by 6.5 percent to $3.46 billion with higher oil prices mitigating charges in its refining business. ConocoPhillips reported Wednesday that its income more than doubled for the third straight quarter, earning $3.06 billion for the July-September period.

Selling crude for more money has helped offset unexpected drilling expenses and a drop in Gulf of Mexico production that some companies are starting to see following BP’s giant oil spill earlier this year.

The U.S. shut down deepwater exploration for several months after the April explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig, and regulators set tough new rules that nearly halted drilling activity in the Gulf.

David Rosenthal, Exxon Mobil vice president of investor relations, said the company continues to review the new regulations, though it plans to move forward with a project in the Gulf.

“We plan to submit in the near term our next permit application to get that drill under way,” Rosenthal told analysts in a conference call.

In July, Exxon took the lead in organizing a $1 billion containment network that will eventually be used to respond to future spills in the Gulf.

Exxon, based in Irving, Texas, posted higher profits for most of its businesses; including oil production and exploration, refining and U.S. chemicals. It also cranked up oil production year-over-year, and its refineries made more fuel. The company continued to plow billions of dollars into expanding production and exploration, increasing spending 55 percent to $7.6 billion in the third quarter.

Full Article Here – http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101028/ap_on_bi_ge/us_earns_exxon_mobil

Cement at BP well failed lab testing

Washington Post
October 29, 2010
By Steven Mufson

As early as February, oil-field service giant Halliburton was getting poor results in lab tests of the recipe for the cement it was planning to use, according to evidence collected by the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.

Three separate tests suggested that the mixture would be “unstable,” according to a commission staff letter released Thursday. Halliburton notified BP by e-mail about only one of the tests before the well explosion, according to the commission. The two companies went ahead with the cementing job anyway. Its failure became the first in a cascade of factors leading to the accident.

The results of a fourth Halliburton test – the only one indicating that the cement slurry might have been able to contain the high-pressure pool of oil and gas at the bottom of the Macondo well – were not available until the night of April 19 at the earliest and perhaps not until after the cement was poured, the commission staff said.

The oil spill commission is sifting through the events leading to the April 20 explosion, which killed 11 workers, sank the Deepwater Horizon and triggered a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The cement at the bottom of the exploratory well was supposed to have provided a seal until a production facility could be built.

The reason for the cement job’s failure has been a matter of dispute for months. Halliburton has pointed at BP; BP has challenged Halliburton. Experts still differ.

Halliburton late Thursday night issued a statement disputing the commission staff’s letter, calling the February tests “preliminary” and saying that “final well conditions were not known at that time.” The company asserted that it informed BP about the later tests. It called one of those “irrelevant” and said that some adjustments were made after the final test.

The news spooked shareholders; Halliburton’s stock closed at $31.68 a share, down nearly 8 percent. BP said it had no comment.

The commission letter reiterated that the cement was just one contributor to the disaster. “Cementing wells is a complex endeavor, and industry experts inform us that cementing failures are not uncommon even in the best of circumstances,” the commission letter says.

But the new details call into question whether Halliburton’s recipe – which mixed nitrogen and other additives with ordinary cement to create a foamy mixture – was the right one.

Full Article Here – http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/28/AR2010102807327.html 

Total US intelligence bill tops $80 billion

Associated Press
October 28, 2010

WASHINGTON – The annual cost of U.S. intelligence is public for the first time: just over $80 billion for 2010.

Figures released by the government Thursday show $27 billion goes to military intelligence and $53.1 billion covers the CIA and some of the other 16 intelligence agencies.

Steven Aftergood, a secrecy specialist at the Federation of American Scientists, says it’s “the most complete disclosure we have ever had.”

The $80 billion exceeds the $51 billion spent on the State Department and foreign aid programs in 2010. But it’s only a tenth of the $814 billion economic stimulus program passed by Congress last year.

The new director of national intelligence, James Clapper, said during his Senate confirmation hearing that it was time to tell the American public the total cost of intelligence.

The last director of national intelligence, retired Admiral Dennis Blair, had revealed in congressional testimony that the 2009 figure was around $75 billion. Clapper said he has convinced Defense Secretary Robert Gates to make it standard practice to release the actual figure.

The military budget goes to places like Army and Navy intelligence and the Defense Intelligence Agency, while some organizations, such as the National Security Agency and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, get funding from both budgets, Aftergood says.

The figures drew an immediate pledge to slash intelligence spending from Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. She said intelligence spending had “blossomed to an unacceptable level in the past decade,” doubling since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Given the country’s financial situation, “cuts will be necessary,” Feinstein said. She did not indicate what programs she would target, but she noted that this year’s $27 billion military budget includes supplemental funding for counterterrorism and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Full Article Here – http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101028/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_intelligence_budget

Nigeria slum clearance could leave 200,000 ‘homeless’

October 28, 2010

LAGOS — A Nigerian state government’s scheme to tear down slums for modern buildings including a hotel and theme park could leave more than 200,000 people homeless, Amnesty International warned on Thursday.

Waterfront shanty settlements are being razed in the oil hub city of Port Harcourt in southern Nigeria under a so-called “urban renewal” scheme.

“More than 200,000 people will be at risk of losing their homes and livelihoods,” as a result, Amnesty said in a report released Thursday.

The evictions, which began in August last year, were carried out by armed security agents without prior consultation with the affected communities, compensation or resettlement plans, it also said.

Amnesty said that a cinema complex has since sprung up in one of the districts pulled down while commercial ventures such as “a theme park, a conference centre, a shopping mall and a hotel,” are under way.

Ibim Semenitari, Rivers State government spokewoman, confirmed to AFP that some commercial projects would be established, but added that the acquired spaces will be “mainly for housing.”

She said the slums were too dilapidated for habitation.

“The communities are…worse than slums. Often times there are a lot of floodings in these areas,” she said.

“These are not communities in which a respected government would leave its people,” she added.

Semenitari also said a study had found that “one of the places where criminal conduct was most rife was in the waterfront.”

But Amnesty accused the state authorities of incessant breaches of rights in the blitz.

“The Rivers State government has consistently violated its international human rights obligations by carrying out forced evictions in Port Harcourt’s waterfront settlements,” the report said.

“It has announced demolition of all the waterfront areas without putting in place legal protections and other safeguards against forced eviction,” it said.

Full Article Here – http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/10/nigeria-slum-clearance-200k-homeless/