Euro 2012: Tournament football and domestic violence As England’s Euro 2012 campaign kicks off, police forces across the country have issued warnings about domestic violence. But what impact do international football tournaments have on this type of abuse? Research by BBC News has found there was a surge in domestic violence reports to police during the 2010 World Cup. Figures obtained from police forces across England under the Freedom of Information Act show that when England beat Slovenia, nationally the rate per 1,000 people of domestic violence reports increased by 27%.
Read more. Rebecca Café | BBC News | 11th June 2012
Steve Jobs’ Pentagon File: Blackmail Fears, Youthful Arrest and LSD Cubes
Steve Jobs thought someone might kidnap his daughter in order to blackmail him, according to a newly released Department of Defense document that was filled out in the 1980s when Jobs underwent a background check for a Top Secret security clearance. That revelation, along with some new details on Jobs’ drug use and a previously unreported arrest as a minor, comes from a questionnaire that Jobs filled out for the clearance investigation, which was acquired by Wired through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Read more. Kim Zetter | Wired | 11th June
Scanners at airports to reveal all
CONTROVERSIAL full-body scanners due to be introduced into Australian airports next month will identify prosthesis wearers, including breast cancer survivors and transgender passengers. Earlier this year the federal government announced the new scanners, to be installed in eight international terminals, would be set to show only a generic stick-figure image to protect passengers’ privacy. But documents released under freedom of information show that, in meetings with stakeholders, Office of Transport Security representatives confirmed the machines would detect passengers wearing a prosthesis.
Read more. Rory Callinan | The Sydney Morning Herald | 11th June 2012
Quarter of callers hang up on HMRC after long waits Figures, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, showed that 28pc of callers gave up midway through their call to the pay-as-you-earn helpline. This is up from 10pc in 2009, when the average waiting time was one minute 53 seconds. Last year, the average waiting time was five minutes 45 seconds. The revelation comes just months after Government figures showed that complaints to the tax office about delays in responses had increased by nearly a third. The figures showed that HMRC that received more than 76,000 complaints from customers in the last tax year, up from 73,000 last year, but down from 84,500 in the 2008-9 tax year.
Read more. Paul Farrow | The Telegraph | 11th June 2012