The Occupy movement hits Davos for the World Economic Forum. US Representative Gabrielle Giffords announces she will be stepping down from Congress. And a video of the comings and goings around the capsized Costa Concordia.
Occupy movement hits Davos for World Economic Forum
A small village of igloos has been erected over the past few days outside the World Economic Forum which opens on Wednesday in Davos, in Switzerland. Protesters from the Occupy movement have braved the cold and are set on voicing their grievances at this forum attended by the world’s political and economic elite.
Demonstration organizers have posted a message on their website urging web users to join them in taking on this privileged minority of decision makers that establish the rules for a global financial system deemed unfair by many. Their slogan “Don’t let them decide for you”.
And activists have now spent several days camped out near to the where the forum is due to take place under intense security. The so called ‘Camp Igloo’ is composed of two large tents and a number of igloos, enough to accommodate around 50 people.
These protesters have already been extremely active online, and can now also turn to Twitter to make their voices heard, by, for example, responding to posts from the hundreds of Davos participants who have accounts on the social media platform. A site has been set up in fact so that web users can follow, in real time, all comments related to the forum which this year is focusing on developing new models in response to the financial crisis.
USA: Gabrielle Giffords quits Congress to work on her recovery
"I have more work to do on my recovery, so to do what is best for Arizona I will step down this week." This was the message posted on Twitter on Monday by Gabrielle Giffords to explain to web users that she was resigning from US Congress. The announcement comes a little over a year after she was shot in the head, and severely wounded, during a deadly shooting spree on the 8th January 2011.
The message was posted on the Democrat representative’s official website along with a two minute video, a poignant clip in which Gabrielle Giffords talks directly to the camera, still slightly hesitant in her speech, and thanks the people of America for their support during this difficult time. She also says that even though she is not yet fully recovered, her health is improving by the day, and she promises to return to the political scene when the time is right.
Shortly after the moving resignation video was posted online, American citizens started posting messages on social networks, hailing Gabrielle Giffords’ bravery and wishing her a speedy recovery. Web users have also emphasized to what extent the Arizona representative’s will and determination in her daily battle are an inspiration for an entire nation.
The President of the United States has also added his voice to the chorus of praise. In a statement posted on the White House web site, Barack Obama pays tribute to Gabby Gifford, saying she has touched his life and the lives of many. He praises her selflessness, saying she is an example to all, and concludes by saying he is confident she will return to political life.
"Obsessed with sound"
This is going to be a hit with musicians and music lovers the world over. On the website of electronics company Philips, web users can listen to the individual performances of the 51 musicians in a symphony orchestra. You can single out any of the musician to hear what they are playing and how it’s incorporated into the overall piece. The project is called “Obsessed with sound” and gives each of the ensemble’s musicians the spotlight they deserve.
Now trending on social networks
"Gora ETA" meaning "long live ETA": this is what three members of the armed Basque nationalist and separatist organization shouted out in a Madrid court on Monday where they are standing trial for attempted murder in 2007. The accused and their legal aid were expelled from the courtroom. Outraged web users have taken to Twitter describing it as an insult to all the victims of Basque terrorism, and expressing their commitment to a single and united Spain. ETA had announced in October that it had called a “definitive cessation” of armed activity.
Video of the day
With experts about to pumping fuel from the Costa Concordia which ran aground on the 13th January, one web user has posted this video online illustrating all the comings and goings around the capsized cruise ship. The footage is from the 18th to the 22nd of January and is taken from the webcam of Italian news site “Giglio news”. It gives us an idea of the level of resources deployed to deal with this maritime disaster.