Archive for July 27th, 2010

Facebook launches safety page

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(AFP): The Social Networking site Facebook has launched a Web page devoted to staying safe on the Internet. The "Safety Page" will highlight news and initiatives focused on ways people can keep data secure at the world’s leading online social-networking community, Joe Sullivan of Facebook said in a blog post.The new page was intended to augment a virtual Safety Center that Facebook introduced in April and was based on a "security page" that boasted more than 2.2 million "fans" as of Monday."Online safety is a shared responsibility," Sullivan said. "We’ll continue to think of innovative ways to promote safety on our service and elsewhere on the Web."

 
The number of people using Facebook topped the 500 million mark last week, meaning one in every 14 people on the planet has now signed up to the social network.
 

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Astronomers detect biggest star

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(BBC): They are among the true monsters of space – colossal stars whose size and brightness go well beyond what many scientists thought was even possible. One of the objects, known simply as R136a1, is the most massive ever found.The star is seen to have a mass about 265 times that of our own Sun; but the latest modelling work suggests at birth it could have been bigger, still. Perhaps as much as 320 times that of the Sun, says Professor Paul Crowther from Sheffield University, UK. "If it replaced the Sun in our Solar System, it would outshine [it] by as much as the Sun currently outshines the full Moon," the astronomer told BBC News.

 
The stars were identified by Crowther’s team using a combination of new observations on the Very Large Telescope facility in Chile and data gathered previously with the Hubble Space Telescope.
 

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Vince Carter comes to Cayman

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(CNS): This week the Cayman Islands Basketball Association (CIBA), in conjunction with Dart Realty and the Orlando Magic Basketball organisation, is hosting the second annual CIBA-Orlando Magic Basketball Camp from 26-30 July. The camp, which is being held at the Arts and Recreational Centre at Camana Bay, will be open to children and teenagers from 7-16 years. The camp will be divided into two sessions: a morning session from 9:00am to 12:00pm for ages 7-11 pm year, and an afternoon session from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm for the 12-16 year olds. Orlando Magic staff and some of central Florida’s best coaches that the Magic use to conduct their own camps in Florida are here to teach the week long camp, together with a few local coaches.

CIBA’s Technical Director Victor “Voot” O’Garro said "We are pleased that the player who will be participating in the camp is the legendary NBA player Vince Carter, who is a starting guard for the Orlando Magic."

Vince is an eight-time NBA All-Star, has been voted a starter seven times and was the league’s leading vote-getter four times. He helped the USA capture the Gold Medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. He is also an NBA Slam Dunk champion and earlier in his career was known for gravity defying, spectacular slam dunks. In July 2009, Vince was traded to the Orlando Magic and in the 09-10 season was a starter for the Orlando Magic, which made it to the Eastern Conference Finals against Boston.

This year the camp has been sponsored by the Ministry of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports and Culture, Radio Cayman, Camana Bay, Dominos, Maples and the Department of Tourism.
Bryan Hunter, President of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association, said, "We would like to thank all of our sponsors, without the generous support of our sponsors the Basketball Association would not be able to operate our camps and youth programme."

There is a registration fee of CI$100 but those who participate will not only receive coaching from top coaches but will also receive various giveaways, including a t-shirt, a full-size Magic basketball, a water bottle and will be eligible for prices and awards.

Hunter added "The Camp is an important part of our youth development programme, which we believe will provide young people with a wholesome, structured-activity during the summer. We also hope that it will increase the level of interest in basketball amongst young persons, which we hope will draw more and more talent into our sport in the future."

For more information call 640-3641 or e-mail info@caymanbasketball.org

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