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Video Assistant Referees to be used at World Cup

Video Assistant Referees to be used at World Cup

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The World Cup is set to use video replays this summer - with FIFA confirming a sponsor is being sought for the technology.Football's governing body met to assess recent trials ahead of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) being officially approved for use in the tournament in Russia in June and July.FIFA chief commercial officer Philippe Le Floc'h said: "Definitely VAR will happen. It's great to have technology in football because this is also a fairness thing."The system was used for the first time at the 2014 World Cup when goal-line technology was deployed.But now replays can be used when there is a "clear and obvious error" involving goals, penalty awards, red cards, and mistaken identity.Image:Referee Jonathan Moss awaits a decision from VAR at a Leicester City/Fleetwood Town gameVAR could ...
PM to launch 'fake news' rapid response team

PM to launch 'fake news' rapid response team

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The Prime Minister is to launch a "fake news" rapid response unit to monitor social media and challenge false stories.The team will be based in the Cabinet Office, according to Alex Aiken, the executive director of the Government Communication Service (GCS), the PR wing of the civil service.In an interview with PR Week, Mr Aiken said the civil service needed to "build a rapid response social media capability to deal quickly with disinformation and reclaim a fact-based public debate".Theresa May will authorise the creation of the unit according to The Times, which reported that insiders doubted whether Whitehall could operate quickly enough to disrupt social media rumours.Social media users have expressed concern that the "fake news" unit would be used to comment on matters of legitimate po...
Expert says major eruption in Papua New Guinea could be soon

Expert says major eruption in Papua New Guinea could be soon

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Seismic activity beneath a Papua New Guinea volcano could mean that a major eruption was imminent, a scientist said Thursday. Thousands of people have been evacuated from islands surrounding Kadovar Island off the South Pacific nation's north coast since a volcano there began erupting on Jan. 5, spouting ash. Flights nearby have been canceled due to the risk posed by ash plumes and ships were warned to stay away from the island. Steve Saunders, principal geodetic surveyor at the Rabaul Volcano Observatory in Papua New Guinea, said seismic activity had recently increased beneath the volcano. "The reason we're getting activity is probably because new magma is moving up from deeper down," Saunders told Australian Broadcasting Corp. Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has said state resources were b...
Net firms 'better' at removing hate speech, says EU

Net firms 'better' at removing hate speech, says EU

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Net firms are getting better at removing illegal hate speech, according to the European Union.Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft all took place in a voluntary EU scheme to monitor their platforms for a six-week period at the end of 2017.On average they removed 70% of material deemed to be offensive. This is up from 28% in 2016 and 59% in 2017.Instagram has announced that it will now also join the scheme.Under the voluntary code of conduct scheme, introduced in May 2016, the technology firms have committed to combating the spread of hate speech, whether that be xenophobia, anti-migrant or anti-Islam sentiments.Firms are getting better at removing the majority of such content reported to it within 24 hours but further work could be done on feeding back to users, the EU said.'Fundamenta...
Correction: Science Says-Meteor story

Correction: Science Says-Meteor story

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In a story Jan. 17 about meteors, The Associated Press reported erroneously the size of asteroids that scientists hope to be able to deflect from Earth's path in the future. They want to have a defensive system for asteroids larger than 165 feet (50 meters), not 30 miles (50 kilometers). A corrected version of the story is below: Science Says: That Michigan meteor could have been meatier Science Says: That Michigan meteor could have been meatier By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The fireball that streaked through the Michigan sky put on quite a show but as far as potentially killer space rocks, it was merely a flash in the pan. There are much bigger asteroids careening through our solar system. Scientists who watch for them hope they spot them in time to get people ou