Greste parents fear public will tune out

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The parents of jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste fear public interest about their son’s plight could wane before he makes his way through Egypt’s justice system.

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Greste will spend at least another week in a Cairo prison after being denied bail during his third hearing overnight.

The Al-Jazeera journalist and two colleagues have been detained for almost three months after being accused of spreading false news and supporting the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood.

Greste’s father Juris Greste says he was expecting a “celebration of sorts” after the latest court appearance, in which his son was allowed an interpreter for the first time.

But Juris Greste says he now fears public interest in the case, which he and wife Lois have credited for keeping their son safe, could begin to fade if the case drags on.

“We regret we are not able to offer you more,” he told reporters in Brisbane on Tuesday.

“We need your continued interest … (but) the longer it draws out without any turns or any developments, the harder it is for us to maintain your interest.”

Mrs Greste said she expected the Egyptian government would push the charges through the courts, even with a lack of evidence, to save face, meaning there could be no near end in sight for her son.

“Once it went into the judicial system, we knew that it had to take its course,” she said.

“But I think they have got themselves into a corner, which is very difficult to get out of and they need to find a way of getting out of this comfortably for them.”

In the latest hearing, police witnesses were questioned about the journalists’ arrests in a Cairo hotel in late December and the evidence they have against the trio.

Most refused to provide details of evidence, but said they stood by their original statements.

During a court recess, Greste told reporters that the prosecution case was without foundation.

“We haven’t seen any evidence in the court that possibly justify the charges of our imprisonment,” he said.

“We spent three months in prison on baseless charges.”

The trial resumes on May 31.

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Inspiring stories of outback nurses

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Maureen Kerr was a nurse in White Cliffs, a tiny opal-mining town of about 200 people in far northwest NSW, when a dramatic incident happened at the health clinic.

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A handful of drunk men arrived at Kerr’s door from a very long Friday night in the pub. One of them, Mick, had been bitten on the finger by a snake.

When Kerr asked the men if they had the snake, all of them, including the patient, staggered out the door to find it.

Mick returned with a wriggling brown snake, holding it triumphantly in his bandaged hand, and stepped right up to show it to Kerr.

This is one of the stories in Nurses Of The Outback, Annabelle Brayley’s book that profiles 15 nurses working in remote areas.

“I just admire nurses so much for their resilience and commitment to what they do,” says Brayley, whose previous book Bush Nurses looked at the history of rural and remote nursing in Australia.

Brayley’s new book focuses on today’s breed of outback nurses. We meet Anna, on duty in Georgetown as Cyclone Yasi tears through north Queensland; Aggie, who overcomes her demons to help young people in the Kimberley; and Catherine, a newly graduated nurse determined to make a difference in Julia Creek, west Queensland.

Brayley, who trained as a nurse and lives in southwest Queensland, retired from healthcare after 10 years to pursue her passion for telling stories.

She had no trouble finding inspiration for her writing among her friends and former colleagues in the bush.

Brayley says many of the nurses she chose to profile were surprised or hesitant to be included, because they thought their contribution to the world around them was pretty ordinary.

But Brayley believes these men and women are heroes, because they do extraordinary things in geographic isolation.

“Heroes are ordinary people who step up and do whatever extraordinary things are required of them to help others, usually in a time of crisis,” she says.

“Nurses definitely are in that category.”

*Nurses Of The Outback, 15 Amazing Lives In Remote Area Nursing, by Annabelle Brayley, Penguin, $29.99

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Focus on ourselves, warns Celtic’s Forster

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Celtic keeper Fraser Forster has warned his team-mates to focus on their own fixtures as the Glasgow giants close in on the Scottish Premiership title.

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The Parkhead club are just four points away from claiming their third successive league title after claiming a 3-0 win over St Mirren on Saturday.

Neil Lennon’s side will make the short trip across Glasgow to Firhill on Wednesday to take on Partick Thistle knowing victory could set up a championship clincher at home to Ross County three days later.

The Hoops could even secure the title at Firhill should Aberdeen, who are 24 points behind Celtic, fail to defeat Ross County on Tuesday.

However, Forster knows that Celtic just need to focus on their own fixtures, and the title will arrive in due course.

Celtic needed a late Amido Balde goal to secure victory on their previous visit to Thistle earlier this season and Forster expects a similarly tough fixture this time round.

“It’s a challenging place to play at as it’s a high ground and the playing surface is probably not the best in the league,” the one-cap England international said.

“But you have to earn the right to play. It will be important that we go out, win the battle and try and get the ball down to play football like we want to do.

“It was tough there earlier on in the season and they will be up for it but we will be expecting to go out and perform and play well.

“The last time they came to Celtic Park it was difficult and it will be the same again.

“They get the ball down and try and play football which is good, and that will benefit us as well. It should be a good match.”

Elsewhere on Wednesday, Inverness Caledonian Thistle will attempt to leapfrog Dundee United in fourth spot as the two sides meet at Tannadice.

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You’re not as busy as you say you are

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Like this, from an old colleague I recently asked for advice: “I would like to help but I can not.

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I am desperately trying to finish a screenplay and a talk I need to give in Milan. Once I get an assistant I will be happy to help!” Or this, from the website of a researcher I know: “I work roughly 100 hours a week and am getting more and more behind as the years go by. I am simply unable to keep up with demands on my time let alone handle more requests. I feel extremely guilty about this, but it’s important that I push folks away so that I can continue to produce research and do the work that I do.”

Desperate and need to give a talk in Milan. Unable to keep up and do the work that I do. The art of busyness is to convey genuine alarm at the pace of your life and a helpless resignation, as if someone else is setting the clock, and yet simultaneously make it clear that you are completely on top of your game. These are not exactly humble brags. They are more like fretful brags, and they are increasingly becoming the idiom of our age.

In her new book, “Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time,” Washington Post reporter Brigid Schulte calls this cultural epidemic the “overwhelm,” and it will be immediately recognizable to most working adults. “Always behind and always late, with one more thing and one more thing and one more thing to do before rushing out the door.” Muting the phone during a conference call so no one can hear soccer practice drills in the background, stepping over mounds of unfolded laundry, waking up in a 2 a.m. panic to run over the to-do list, and then summing up your life to your friends — in the two seconds you dedicate to seeing your friends — as “crazy all the time” while they nod in agreement.

To be deep in the overwhelm requires not just doing too many things in one 24-hour period but doing so many different kinds of things that they all blend into each other and a day has no sense of distinct phases. Researchers call it “contaminated time,” and apparently women are more susceptible to it than men, because they have a harder time shutting down the tape that runs in their heads about what needs to get done that day. The only relief from the time pressure comes from cordoning off genuine stretches of free or leisure time, creating a sense of what Schulte calls “time serenity” or “flow.” But over the years, time use diaries show that women have become terrible at that, squeezing out any free time and instead, as Schulte puts it, resorting to “crappy bits of leisure time confetti.”

So if the time squeeze is so miserable, why do people brag about it? This is the curious thing about this particular disease — and the first clue to recovery. For her book, Schulte interviews Ann Burnett, who studies how the language we use creates our reality. Since the 1960s Burnett has been collecting hundreds of holiday letters, which serve as an excellent anthropological record of how families choose to present themselves. Burnett chronicles the rise of certain words and phrases — “hectic,” “whirlwind,” “consumed,” “crazy,” “hard to keep up with it all,” “on the run,” “way too fast.” Lately the cards have entered the meta-busy phase, where the busyness infects the style of the card itself. Like this one Burnett received recently:

“I’m not sure whether writing a Christmas letter when I’m working at the speed of light is a good idea, but given the amount of time I have to devote to any single project, it’s the only choice I have, We start every day at 4:45 AM, launch ourselves through the day at breakneck speed (the experience is much like sticking your head in a blender), only to land in a crumpled heap at 8:30 PM, looking something like the Halloween witches impaled spread-eagled on front doors, wondering how we made it through the day.”

It was after this letter that Burnett realized that busyness of a certain kind — meaning not the work-three-menial-jobs-and-put-your-kids-in-precarious-day-care-by-necessity kind — became a mark of social status, that somewhere in the drudgery of checklists and the crumpled heaps one could detect a hint of glamour. “My God, people are competing about being busy,” Burnett realized. “It’s about showing status. That if you’re busy, you’re important. You’re leading a full and worthy life. … As if you don’t get to choose, busyness is just there. I call it the nonchoice choice. Because people really do have a choice.”

Do people really have a choice? At some point in her journey through time, Schulte attaches herself to John Robinson, a sociologist known as Father Time because he was one of the first people to start collecting time use diaries, which became the basis for the American Time Use Surveys that tell us so much about how we live. Although she doesn’t say it outright, Schulte seems suspicious of Robinson, and probably for good reason. He is divorced and lives alone and thus is free to spend his time however he wants. (He often just gets on the metro with an entertainment guide in his hand and no particular aim.) But Robinson seemed to me to have come up with the most convincing antidote to the “overwhelm.”

Robinson doesn’t ask us to meditate, or take more vacations, or breathe, or walk in nature, or do anything that will invariably feel like just another item on the to-do list. The answer to feeling oppressively busy, he says, is to stop telling yourself that you’re oppressively busy, because the truth is that we are all much less busy than we think we are. And our consistent insistence that we are busy has created a host of personal and social ills which Schulte reports on in great detail in her book — unnecessary stress, exhaustion, bad decision-making, and, on a bigger level, a conviction that the ideal worker is one who is available at all times because he or she is grateful to be “busy,” and that we should all aspire to the insane schedules of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur.

“It’s very popular, the feeling that there are too many things going on, that people can’t get in control of their lives and the like,” Robinson says. “But when we look at peoples’ diaries there just doesn’t seem to be the evidence to back it up … It’s a paradox. When you tell people they have thirty or forty hours of free time every week, they don’t want to believe it.”

Busyness is a virtue, so people are terrified of hearing they may have empty time, as Tim Kreider wrote in “The ‘Busy’ Trap.” It’s the equivalent of being told that you’re redundant or obsolete. Robinson has Schulte keep a time use diary and shows her lots of free time she hadn’t counted as such — lying in bed aimlessly, exercising, playing backgammon on her computer, talking to a friend on the phone. Yet she still doesn’t believe that, as a working mother, she could possibly have any leisure time. In fact, she seems skeptical of Robinson’s whole premise that we are busy because we say we are.

Rosin is the author of “The End of Men,” a co-founder of Slate’s DoubleX and a senior editor at the Atlantic.

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US slams Turkish Twitter ban

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The United States says there have been more Turkish tweets since the prime minister controversially banned the micro-blogging service than before.

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Turkey’s telecommunications authority blocked local access to the US social network last Thursday under orders of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after opposition members used Twitter to post telephone recordings implicating him in a major corruption scandal.

The move has attracted ire from the international community, with Washington on Friday denouncing it as a blow to “the right to free speech.”

But State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf noted that “there have been more tweets from Turkey since the government blocked (Twitter) than there were before.”

It was a signal, she said “to people who try to clamp down on freedom of expression: that it doesn’t work, and isn’t the right thing to do.”

“What the world saw was the number of people inside Turkey tweeting about what they thought about it being blocked there,” Harf said.

The US “said very clearly to the Turkish government that this is not acceptable and that we do not think they should be able to block their citizens’ access to these kind of social media platforms,” she said.

The spokeswoman noted the government was also “in contact with Twitter” but did not say if the US would go to court to force Turkey to restore access to the service.

Washington and Ankara have a long-standing military alliance, including through NATO, and the two countries work together closely to support the opposition and the rebellion in Syria.

But relations have chilled in recent months as the US has increasingly criticised the government’s record on respecting civil liberties and human rights under Erdogan.

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Angelina Jolie enjoys family chaos

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Mother of six children Angelina Jolie says she’s always surrounded by commotion at home, even when taking a bath.

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The actress and her fiance Brad Pitt raise six kids together, Maddox, 12, Pax, 10, Zahara, nine, Shiloh, seven, and five-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

Having such a large brood means Jolie, 38, rarely gets time for herself.

“You get used to having this huge commotion around you. I’d always been the kind of person who enjoyed being alone but once our family grew larger I discovered that I’m truly happy surrounded by the children.

“I let them come in when I’m taking a bath or lying down on the sofa or the bed. Sure, you might enjoy moments by yourself but then you feel so much joy when your children jump around and want you to play with them or to see what they’ve drawn or listen to something they want to tell you.

“It has been surprising to me how much I love all those moments,” Jolie told Hello! magazine.

The actress and director admits having the twins was a complete shock to her system. She felt exhausted and is forever grateful that Pitt took control of looking after the other children for her.

“Brad just stepped right in and made sure that the other children were getting their breakfast and going off to school on time. He loves being a father. That’s one thing I’m most proud of about him,” she said.

The couple confirmed their engagement in April 2012, after seven years together.

Jolie says they always ensure that they don’t forgo time together despite their busy home life.

“You learn to reserve certain nights either to go out or just be together without the kids,” Jolie said.

“All couples need to make time for that and even though it can be tough with six kids – especially after I had the twins – things have settled into a more natural rhythm.”

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Aniston won’t let tabloids steal her joy

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Despite spending nearly half her life under the glare of the cameras, Jennifer Aniston admits she’s still not used to the baggage that comes with it, from paparazzi to the tabloid headlines.

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“All that stuff, it’s toxic,” says the actress. “It never gets un-jarring, but you do have to not let it imprison you, which is possible too.”

To that end, she has her way of insulating herself – sticking tight to a close group of friends and not believing the hype that envelops her.

“There’s times when you see people climbing and getting success and you start to see, oh, they’re starting to really change. So I always just make the effort to be as humble and grateful as possible,” she said.

Despite the swanky setting – a hotel presidential suite – the actress sits on the floor eating a celery stick dipped in ranch dressing as she talks about her latest project, an online digital short for cosmetics maker Aveeno, which she represents.

Looking chic but laid back in a ponytail, dark-rimmed glasses and a slim black blazer, Aniston chats about challenging herself in her career, a possible sequel to last year’s “We’re the Millers,” her fiance, Justin Theroux, and turning 45.

Q: You’re a beauty pitch-woman. What’s the weirdest beauty regimen you’ve tried?

Aniston: I don’t go out too crazy. You mean like did I ever put leeches on my face? The closest I’ll ever go is a derma-roller. Google it – it’s great. It’s like a little wheel that has little pins, like acupuncture needles in a way, and you roll it and it stimulates your collagen and it also allows for your products to seep into your skin.

Q: You’re doing a sequel to “Horrible Bosses.” Any other characters from your past you’d like to revisit?

Aniston: I think Rose and the Millers would be fun, to kind of see where that’s going to go, and I know we’re probably going to do another one of those.

Q: You recently celebrated your 45th birthday. Do you pause to reflect on such milestones?

Aniston: I guess it is a milestone. I really try not to focus on it too much, to be honest. Society focuses on it way more than we need to. I think it’s always important to reflect anyway, no matter what age you’re approaching or what milestone is in front of you. Reflection should be almost a daily thing if possible. Because I was never a ‘where do you see yourself in five years’ person. I had no idea, and I didn’t have a checklist, which really creates a lot less stress in your life.

Q: Though you may not have a checklist, are there other things you want to achieve in Hollywood?

Aniston: I just want to keep trying to surprise myself and I want to keep challenging myself and have the courage to really do that, in spite of possible failure.

Q: Is that harder or easier when you’re in the spotlight?

Aniston: You just have to work really hard to tune out the noise and the static. Because it gets louder, and people really have an opinion, and you don’t want to shy away from taking chances for fear of what people will say, or living in the wreckage of the future (of) what may be if I do this.

Q: You’re producing and starring in the upcoming drama “Cake.” How interested are you in more work behind the camera?

Aniston: It’s almost more interesting. I think there’s something so wonderful about being part of the process from the seed of the idea to seeing it come to life on a screen. And to have a hand in that creatively, not just showing up as an actor for hire.

Q: Will you write and direct?

Aniston: I can’t write. I would love to. I don’t really have an interest in it, to be honest. I’ll leave that to my fiance.

Q: At this point, do you just laugh off all the speculation about your wedding and your future?

Aniston: It’s on a level that I don’t even understand. It’s weird. I think because we are so normal. We’re very non-fabulous in any way. They try to create all sorts of narratives to go with a very normal, wonderful life that’s just two people loving each other and living life and working and doing the best they can.

Q: Does it detract from that joy at all?

Aniston: Oh, God no. If it did, I would be dead.

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Australia wants to help MH370 families

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Grieving family members of those on board the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be given every assistance to travel to Australia, if and when any wreckage is found, the federal government says.

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The search for debris in the southern Indian Ocean, which is being co-ordinated out of the RAAF Pearce base in Western Australia, was suspended on Tuesday due to bad weather.

The postponement came after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed in Kuala Lumpur new data showed the plane, carrying 239 people, had crashed into the ocean southwest of Perth after disappearing more than two weeks ago.

Defence Minister David Johnston said Prime Minister Tony Abbott wanted to help the families, the majority of whom are from China.

“I know the prime minister is very, very concerned that we extend every possible courtesy,” he told Fairfax radio.

“They have had an emotional rollercoaster for two weeks, my heart goes out to them.

“We will do everything we can to give them some semblance of closure, in what we now know is a very serious disaster.”

Malaysia Airlines will assist family members to travel to Australia once they get approval from the investigating authorities.

“Arrangements will be made to bring the families to the recovery area, and until that time we will continue to support the ongoing investigation,” it said in a statement.

There were also six Australians on the flight.

Senator Johnston also confirmed any debris recovered would almost certainly be shipped to WA.

“I would presume it will first come to Fremantle, because they will need to refuel and AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) will determine what happens there in cooperation with the Malaysians and the international air safety authorities,” Senator Johnston said.

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Call for car anti-crash technology

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Thousands of lives could be saved if there were government incentives for drivers buying cars with anti-crash technology, a motor research centre says.

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Initial UK data shows cars equipped with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) have 18 per cent fewer third-party injury claims, said Thatcham Research, the insurance industry’s motor research centre.

Thatcham’s chief executive Peter Shaw called for support for his company’s Stop the Crash campaign which plans to ask the Treasury to introduce and fund a 500 pounds incentive for those choosing to buy new cars with AEB fitted.

Mr Shaw said such a scheme would see 100 per cent of the British new car fleet fitted with AEB by 2025, which could avoid more than 17,000 deaths and serious injuries on UK roads in a decade from 2015.

Thatcham said 90 per cent of road crashes were due to human error or distraction, with the total cost of the average injury crash being 90,000 pounds.

Also, 550,000 whiplash claims annually in Britain are costing 2 billion pounds, adding 90 pounds to the average car insurance premium.

Thatcham also said 23 per cent of new cars on sale have AEB as optional or standard fit and fewer than 10 cars sold have AEB specified.

Mr Shaw said: “Vehicle technology has been a major factor in cutting UK road deaths from 7000-plus in the 1970s to 1754 in 2012.

“A responsible driver who pays extra to reduce the potential impact of their car should benefit from a helping hand from the government.”

AA president Edmund King said: “Every now and then a new safety technology comes along that is worthy of widespread uptake as it will save lives.

“We have seen this with seatbelts, airbags, antilock brakes, electronic stability control and now we have the chance to embrace AEB.

“Often such technologies are expensive at first and therefore only taken up by safety pioneers or those who can afford top end cars.

“We need to encourage manufacturers to make AEB available further down their model ranges and we need to encourage car buyers, including fleet buyers, to specify AEB when choosing new cars.

“As the government has a good record of giving incentives to encourage the uptake of greener cars, we would like to see such incentives expanded to safer cars.”

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Tiny tots access explicit content online

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Children as young as two have been caught accessing explicit content online, according to a British survey.

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The research, carried out by independent comparison service uSwitch广西桑拿,, showed three million UK families had discovered their children viewing violent, explicit or pornographic material on the internet, with the youngest age quoted being two years old.

Marie-Louise Abretti, telecoms expert at uSwitch广西桑拿,, said: “Our research reveals a staggering number of children exposed to inappropriate content online at a worryingly young age. Nowadays, children not only have access to home computers, but also portable devices such as tablets and smartphones, so it’s far harder for parents to keep tabs on what their children are getting up to.”

A 2013 survey by Microsoft Advertising found that the average UK household has six devices that were capable of connecting to the internet, and this latest report suggests that parents are struggling to keep up with the expanding amounts of technology, and how to make it safe for their children.

“Schools, mobile networks and broadband providers all play a part in keeping children safe online, but parents agree they should take primary responsibility,” Abretti said.

“Unfortunately, not all parents are clued up about the many different parental controls available that can filter inappropriate content and keep their kids safe.”

uSwitch’s research found that three-quarters of parents were unable to name any parental control tools that can be applied to internet-ready devices, and four in 10 said they had none installed.

In an increasing number of cases, parents were resorting to secretly monitoring their children in order to establish what they looked at online; including looking at their children’s web history and accessing their social media accounts.

These findings come less than a week after a House of Commons committee review stated that online security for children was “insufficient” and that the police should be given more funding in order to increase their power to protect children when they use the internet.

David Cameron also used Prime Minister’s Questions this month to suggest a broadening of legislation that would look to ban “rape porn”.

Claire Lilley, head of Child Safety Online at Britain’s National Society For The Prevention of Cruelty To Children (NSPCC), called the findings of the report “chilling”, and warned about the long-term effects of exposure to explicit content at a young age.

“The NSPCC has been warning for some time now about the dark influence that extreme, violent and pornographic material can have on children, who can sadly find it relatively easily online,” she said.

“This material can be extremely upsetting and confusing for young people, and be damaging at important stages in their development. It gives them a distorted view of sexual relations and puts pressure on children to imitate what is being shown.”

In February, a 12-year-old boy admitted raping his younger sister after watching porn on an Xbox. He walked free from youth court and is now working with social workers ahead of returning to his family home.

“Pornographic sites have a legal duty to stop under-age access and others can do more to verify the ages of users,” Lilley said.

“Service providers and website owners must also continue to make it easier for young people to report upsetting content and behaviour, and take swift action to remove it.”

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Rodgers wants Reds to pile on pressure

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is hoping his team can capitalise on a run of home matches as they attempt to boost their English Premier League title hopes against Sunderland at Anfield.

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The Reds have not had a home game since February 23 but have won all three matches since, winning 3-0 at Southampton, beating Manchester United by the same scoreline at Old Trafford and securing a 6-3 victory at Cardiff at the weekend.

Rodgers’ side, unbeaten in the league since the turn of the year with 29 points from a possible 33, trail leaders Chelsea by four points and are in contention for a first league championship since 1990.

Five of their remaining eight matches are at home and a win over Sunderland on Wednesday in their game in hand on Chelsea would close the gap to just one point.

After the visit of Sunderland, they entertain Tottenham at the weekend before travelling to West Ham and hosting Manchester City.

Following a trip to Norwich, they have a home against Chelsea and then head to Crystal Palace before finishing the season against Newcastle at Anfield.

Rodgers is optimistic that home advantage will count.

“We’re really looking forward to playing at Anfield now on Wednesday night. It’s a big game for us,” Rodgers said.

“Hopefully the supporters can really get behind the team well before kick off, get the atmosphere revved up for the game and we’ll look to continue on this great run.”

Rodgers said the fans should be optimistic.

“It may or may not be this year but there’s no doubt we’re on the right road to winning a title here,” he said.

“We are far from being perfect. We are nowhere near the finished article but we are learning and improving.

“At the top it’s very tight. There are eight games to go but we are only looking at Sunderland.”

Spanish left-back Jose Enrique is Liverpool’s only enforced absentee as he continues to struggle with a long-term knee problem.

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