November 2010

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Tom Cruise – 2,717 Feet Tall

Tom Cruise performed yet another one of his own death-defying stunts for his latest “Mission Impossible” film and dangled off a skyscraper 124 floors above the ground in Dubai this weekend.

The 48-year-old scaled the Burj Khalifa which is currently the tallest building in the world at 2,717 feet.

Tom really is crazy.

Source: TMZ News

Nigel Havers to appear on I’m A Celebrity?

Name in the frame: Nigel Havers in Coronation Street

The rumours are starting to fly about who’s going to appear on this year’s I’m A Celebrity, including Nigel Havers. Find out other names here.

The rumours are starting to fly about who’s going to appear on this year’s I’m A Celebrity, including Nigel Havers.

Veteran actor and perennial smoothie Havers has been linked to this year’s series of the show, which returns to STV screens on Sunday, November 14.

The 59-year-old, who recently appeared in Coronation Street, has reportedly signed up for the STV reality show, which is presented by Ant and Dec.

So who else is being rumoured to appear? Others apparently in the frame include ex-X Factor singer Stacey Solomon and Olympic champion Linford Christie

Also among the names mentioned are former Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik and Swedish acting legend Britt Ekland.

A source told The Sun: “Nigel will be perfect for the show. He is a very popular actor who has never done anything like this before.

“He is really up for the challenge. He is known as being very smooth, but it will be interesting to see if he is able to keep that up in the pressure of the jungle environment.”

Facebook uncovers user data sales

Facebook has taken action against developers it caught selling user names and contact lists.

The sales were uncovered as Facebook investigated a web browser bug that let user IDs be shared inadvertently. The user details were sold to data brokers who used the information to target adverts more precisely. The developers have been banned for six months from connecting to Facebook and must be audited to check they comply with the social network’s policies.

Facebook started investigating what was happening with user identifiers (UIDs) following media reports that the information and lists of contacts were being sold on to advertising firms.

In a blog post, Facebook said its investigation showed that the technical demands of some browsers meant that some user IDs were being leaked.

It also discovered that some developers that create applications for the social network were taking the user IDs of those who used their creations and selling them on.

Despite this, it said, it took the breach “seriously” and had imposed a six-month ban on the developers it caught out.
Facebook said the investigation “determined that no private user data was sold and confirmed that transfer of these UIDs did not give access to any private data”.

Facebook did not identify which developers were being punished and only said there were fewer than a dozen of them and none had any applications in the top 10 most popular used on the social network.

It named ad-targeting firm Rapleaf as one of the data brokers which had been buying UIDs. It said it had reached an agreement with the firm which would end Rapleaf’s involvement with any application on Facebook now and in the future.

Source BBC News & the Facebook Blog.

Second London eight-hour firefighters strike begins

Firefighters are striking over planned changes to their working hours
More than 5,500 London firefighters have begun a second eight-hour strike in a dispute over new contracts.

The strike, which began at 1000 GMT and will end at 1800 GMT, comes after talks between London Fire Brigade (LFB) and the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) failed.

The union said Sunday’s talks did not yield results as LFB was repeating the “same mantra” but the brigade said it did offer to compromise.

The brigade said 27 appliances and 170 contract workers would provide cover.

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The cover is being provided by private firm AssetCo, which signed a £9m seven-year deal with LFB last year.

The brigade said it would answer 999 calls but would only be able to attend urgent incidents.

Firefighters walked out for eight hours on 23 October.

‘No new offers’
The brigade wants firefighters to do 11-hour day shifts and 13-hour night shifts, instead of the current nine-hour days and 15-hour nights.

It has asked firefighters to sign a new contract to bring the shift changes into effect.

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We are bitterly disappointed ”

Spokesman for London Mayor Boris Johnson
The union said firefighters faced the sack if they did not agree to the new shift patterns.

Matthew Wrack, from the FBU, said: “They (LFB) are not negotiating unfortunately but all they do is repeat the same mantra every single time.

“There are options whereby we can compromise on the question of shifts, what we are not prepared to accept is the dictat that is being used in the current negotiations by London Fire Brigade management.”

London’s Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: “The Fire Brigades Union has been very clear with us over the last six months or so that the real reason they oppose these changes is because they oppose any change really, but most particularly because they feel they will affect their lives in terms of how much time they get to spend at home with their families.

“I was very disappointed that after six hours of discussions yesterday they broke down without an agreement.

‘Willing to talk’
“We didn’t make any new offers yesterday but what we did do was to offer to take away some of the conditions we had added to [the proposed new shifts], which the Fire Brigades Union had objected to very strongly.”

He added that LFB was “willing to talk to them all day”.

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“Thorough and responsible contingency planning should ensure that Guy Fawkes week remains safe and enjoyable in this city but that does not detract from the FBU’s cynical and miserable refusal to subject their case to independent arbitration and call off this unnecessary strike.”

Fire Minister Bob Neill said: “I think its very disappointing that we are having strikes at all. I really would have hoped that this could have been resolved by negotiation.

“I am concerned about the decision by the union to choose Bonfire Night of all nights…

“I think that is reckless and is frankly needlessly putting the public at risk.”

The union and LFB are scheduled to meet on Tuesday for talks over a 47-hour strike planned to start on 5 November, Bonfire Night.

This year the Hindu, Jain and Sikh festival of lights Diwali falls on Friday.

The dispute centres on plans to shorten firefighters’ night shifts and increase day shifts
Firefighters currently work 15-hour night shifts and 9-hour day shifts
The London Fire Brigade is proposing 13-hour night shifts and 11-hour day shifts
The brigade says this will give more time for training and community safety work
The FBU is angry that firefighters must sign new contracts or face the sack
It is striking as the brigade has begun a formal process to terminate 5,600 firefighters’ contracts
A spokesman for London Mayor Boris Johnson said: “We are bitterly disappointed that a profession which prides itself on protecting and reassuring the public seem determined to torment Londoners over minor and extremely reasonable adjustments to their very flexible working arrangements.

Cheryl Cole wins fastest-selling No. 1 of 2010

Cheryl Cole has notched up her second UK number one and the fastest selling non-charity single of 2010 with new track ‘Promise This’.

The X Factor judge’s much-discussed performance on the show last Sunday saw her latest release sell over 157,000 copies this week, just pipping Barbadian singer Rihanna’s comeback track ‘Only Girl (In The World)’ to the top spot.

The lead song from the ‘Umbrella’ hitmaker’s upcoming album Loud achieved first week sales of 126,000, giving Rihanna her 14th UK top ten hit and the second fastest-selling single of the year so far.

Nelly’s ‘Just A Dream’ climbs from 11 to eight this week, where it becomes sandwiched between two big fallers, in the shape of Duck Sauce’s ‘Barbra Streisand’ at seven and The Wanted’s sophomore track ‘Heart Vacancy’ at nine.

Outside the top of the chart, Michael Bublé’s ‘Hollywood’ lands at 11 after being boosted 16 places by an X Factor appearance, while former top five smash ‘Miami 2 Ibiza’ by Tinchy Stryder and Swedish House Mafia slips just behind at 12.

Elsewhere, a triple bill of new releases – Tim Berg’s ‘Seek Bromance’, Peter Andre’s ‘Defender’ and Devlin’s ‘Runaway’ – make their mark further down the chart, arriving together at 13, 14 and 15 respectively.

The top ten in full:

1. (-) Cheryl Cole: ‘Promise This’
2. (-) Rihanna: ‘Only Girl (In The World)’
3. (1) Bruno Mars: ‘Just The Way You Are’
4. (4) Cee Lo Green: ‘Forget You’
5. (6) Michael Posner: ‘Cooler Than Me’
6. (5) Katy Perry: ‘Firework’
7. (3) Duck Sauce: ‘Barbra Streisand’
8. (11) Nelly: ‘Just A Dream’
9. (2) The Wanted: ‘Heart Vacancy’
10. (8 ) Tinie Tempah: ‘Written In The Stars’

Source: Official Charts Company