A compilation of brief news reports for Wednesday, November 26, 2008.
Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, a British political party, has expressed his concern over the lack of men in childcare. In a speech to the Daycare Trust, Clegg commented on the issue. “There is still a huge stigma attached to men wanting to work in childcare,” he said. “Even just for men who want to take a more hands-on role in providing care for their own children.”
“The Daycare Trust’s own research shows that one in four men would consider working in childcare,” he continued. “Sadly some worry that their motives would be viewed with suspicion.”
- “Concern on lack of men in childcare” — The Press Association, November 25, 2008
- Press Release: “Clegg: Lack of men in childcare denies young children role models” — Liberal Democrats, November 25, 2008
A Pakistani hacker group named the Pakistan Cyber Army has reportedly attacked the official website of an Indian public sector petroleum company called Oil and Natural Gas Corporation. The attack was in response to the attacking of the official website of Pakistan state corporation Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority by Indian hackers named HMG, who attacked the OGRA’s website on November 17, and left a message on front page of the website that they would hack any Pakistani website with poor security controls. However, OGRA’s spokesman said he has no information on the incident.
- “Pakistani hackers hack Indian website” — The News International, November 25, 2008
- Muhammad Ali Raza. “A Message from PCA (Pakistan Cyber Army)” — propakistani.com, November 24, 2008
Apple Inc. has been told by the British Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to stop showing its advertisement, which describes the internet connection on the iPhone 3G as “really fast,” while pictures on the screen showed pages loading in less than a second.
ASA stated that the ad is likely to “lead viewers to believe that the device actually operated at or near to the speeds shown in the ad,” which, according to the organisation, it does not. As a result, the ASA ruled that the ad “must not appear again in its current form.”
- “Apple made to drop iPhone advert” — BBC News Online, November 26, 2008
- Press Release: “ASA Adjudications” — Advertising Standards Authority, November 26, 2008
1903 UTC According to local reports, 10 people were left dead and others injured in the Indian city of Mumbai after gunmen opened fire there.
The police say that it appears to be a terrorist attack.
Gunmen started shooting at seven locations, including a crowded restaurant and a train station. There were also reports of shooting at a hospital and two hotels, as well as two explosions, which are believed to be grenade attacks.
- “Mumbai rocked by deadly shootings” — BBC News Online, November 26, 2008
- “Terror attacks in Mumbai; 10 dead, several injured” — The Times of India, November 26, 2008
Nigeria’s food and drug agency has said that 25 children, aged from 3 months to 4 years, have died after consuming a contaminated teething syrup. Ten others are reported to have been hospitalised.
The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control said that the syrup, which goes under the name of “My Pikin”, had been tainted with diethylene glycol, a substance that is usually used in antifreeze and engine coolant.
The agency added that it has shut down Barewa Pharmaceuticals, the Lagos-based manufacturer of the syrup.
- “‘Bad syrup’ kills Nigerian babies” — BBC News Online, November 26, 2008
- “Nigeria bans teething drug after 25 children die” — guardian.co.uk, November 26, 2008