Governments worldwide are concerned with the spread of so-called fake news online, Photo: freepik Last week, Google has been accused of manipulating users to track their activities in the Czech Republic, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, and Sweden. AFP reported that seven European consumer groups filed complaints against Google with national regulators, accusing it of covertly tracking users’ movements in violation of EU data protection regulations. The complaints stated that Google used “deceptive design and misleading information, which results in users accepting to be constantly tracked.” Council official Gro Mette Moen charged, “Google uses extremely detailed and comprehensive personal data without an appropriate judicial basis, and the data is acquired by means of manipulative techniques.” Social media contains risks Over the last years, the emergence of the Internet and social media has brought about quite the information … [Read more...] about Taxing times for the internet icons
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However, if I didn’t show up, I knew our relationship would become even worse. That evening her room was full of writers, just as I suspected. Many of them recited their newly written poems passionately and only paid attention to me when they had been told by the hostess that I was a journalist. Minh, a would-be poetess – one of their most outstanding figures – came to me and asked me to set aside a poem corner for her club in the magazine I worked for. That reminded me of several others who had come to our editorial staff to beg us to print their complaints about their housing conflicts. I refused her proposal point-blank, on the grounds that I knew nothing about poetry and that my knowledge lay in the regulations on land and house administration. At first she complained that her fee was too low and then, a few minutes later, she told me that she had been granted a permit to edit a collection of her poems. Nevertheless, so far she had not found a painter to … [Read more...] about The picture
Q: Since the beginning of this year, UNICEF expanded paid paternity leave to up to 16 weeks for its staff. What is the rationale for this revised policy? A: UNICEF significantly increased the paternity leave for its employees this year to 16 weeks for primary caregivers and 8 weeks for secondary caregivers. According to UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta H. Fore, positive and meaningful interaction with mothers AND fathers from the very beginning helps to shape children’s brain growth and development for life, making them healthier, happier, and increasing their ability to learn. Throughout the world the organisation is advocating the implementation of family-friendly policies, including generous paid paternity leave, as evidence suggests that fathers who play a more active role with their child at the beginning of their lives will develop a stronger bond with them which will boost the child’s psychological development, as well as their self-esteem and life satisfaction … [Read more...] about Paid paternity leave gives children the best start in life: UNICEF
Viet Nam News By Paul Kennedy I’ve an old mate back in England, goes by the name of Russell Beale. Nice lad, smart, good laugh and about to become a father for the first time. He lives in a small town called Stroud in the South West of England but reading his Facebook page this past week or so and you would be forgiven for thinking he’s from another planet. Russell genuinely believes England will win the World Cup. His profile picture is decked out with patriotic colours and his posts and updates read like a motivational speaker employed to lift the entire nation. Before the Panama game, Russell predicted England would win 10-0. He wasn’t far off. I laughed at first at this ridiculous idea that my home nation actually stands a hope in Hell, but after giving it a little more thought I started to come around to his way of thinking. England’s squad for the World Cup is a young team of solid individuals who have … [Read more...] about Can England really win the World Cup?
Professor Tran Thanh Van and Professor Le Kim Ngoc are a very busy couple. But even by their hectic standards, last month was crammed as they flew back and forth between France and Vietnam for the 14th “Meeting Vietnam” (Rencontres du Vietnam) event, which was held on May 9 and 10 in Quy Nhon Town on Vietnam’s central coast. And whenever they are in Vietnam, Van and Ngoc have to receive never-ending calls from former students and groups of Vietnamese researchers who want to set up meetings to exchange notes on work and seek professional advice. For a short day they were in Hanoi last month, the couple received guests from morning and although it was way past lunch time, they were still willing to stay available for more meetings. And at every “Meeting Vietnam” event, the two grey haired scientists are a ubiquitous presence, busy with every single detail, from arranging accommodation, food and even the souvenir gifts for the guests. Looking at how energetic … [Read more...] about A passion for science, a deep love for Vietnam