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<b>Friday 31 October:</b> School computer abuse, TB rates high and Manchester gets a glimpse of America's civil rights movement

Published on October 31st 2008.

SCHOOL COMPUTERS are being used by kids to look at pornography in Greater Manchester, according to new research. The internet is being abused by hundreds of pupils for bullying and sending abusive messages. Experts at a Bolton-based internet security firm monitored computer use at 40 primary and secondary schools in the county.

TUBERCULOSIS CASES in Manchester are more than twice the national average according to new figures. The NHS treated 187 people with the disease in 2007 which is an increase of 16 cases from 2006 in Manchester. TB levels are low across the UK but inner city areas such as Manchester remain high. Dr Marko Petrovic,TB expert in the North West told the BBC: “TB is almost always fully curable, but if left untreated for too long, there is greater chance of serious damage being caused to the patient's lungs.”

AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST, Emory Douglas has brought his powerful artwork to Manchester this week. Urbis is the first venue in the country to exhibit the work of Douglas, who was the official artist of the Black Panther Party during the 1960s and 1970s. His work has been described as 'provocative but of its time' by Urbis' chief executive.

MANCHESTER UNITED has signed Swiss watch manufacturers Hublot as their latest sponsor. Hublot has paid a reported £4m for a three-year partnership deal. They will join Saudi Telecom, Budweiser, and Seoul Metropolitan Government as sponsors to Manchester United and will now have their brand name around Old Trafford stadium.

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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

scoteeeOctober 31st 2008.

Dave,I will be fascinated to be introduced to any primary school pupil in Greater Manchester who understands proxy servers.I dont believe that was part of my son's SATS tests?

seabeeOctober 31st 2008.

chick left school in 1982 although you may have seen me hanging about outside the gates recently;but nothing they can prove in court.

seabeeOctober 31st 2008.

what ever happened to kids looking at the ladies/gents underwear section of their mums catalogue.i have spent many hours as a child and indeed an adult leafing through the numerous publicationts i send off for although the pages can often become stuck together if your not quick enough .im having chippy for tea from wongs anyone want owt while im there?

DaveOctober 31st 2008.

scoteeee - there are ways around that type of blocking like proxy servers etc. I think that is what this is about, e.g. facebook is blocked but they can still use it, same with porn. The firm that did the "research" seem to be trying to flog a solution.

JamesOctober 31st 2008.

Seabee is either pissed or suicidal. As for that stuff he keeps going on about with Russell Brand?!! Now what about spoofing Gordon Brown for unwittingly shaking hands with Al-Qaeda dear Mancon....

scoteeeOctober 31st 2008.

School kids looking at porn ? You dont say....just think how bad it will be when they grow up and try it at work ? ..oh i just remembered that my company have taken responsible steps in order to block any offensive sites...how long have these schools had computers intalled??? what a joke!

ChickOctober 31st 2008.

seabee; shouldn't you be getting ready for your bath now? It's back to school tomorrow remember?

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