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Venezuela: uncertainty about Hugo Chavez’s health

Venezuelan web users concerned about the health of their President Hugo Chavez. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expecting their first baby, the web reacts.And a video showing what fireworks look like in reverse.

Venezuela: uncertainty about Hugo Chavez’s health

Is Hugo Chavez going to be ok ? Ever since the Venezuelan president received emergency cancer surgery in Cuba three weeks ago, the web has been rife with rumours. Speculation was fueled when Spanish daily ABC published an article on Tuesday claiming the head of state had been put into an induced coma and was on life support.

And while many Venezuelans have been posting messages of support on social networks, wishing their President a speedy recovery, others seem convinced Hugo Chavez has taken a turn for the worse and is close to death. José Rafael Marquina for one; a Venezuelan doctor who lives in the US and claims to have access to sources close to Hugo Chavez’s medical team.

Members of the president’s family and entourage have tried to put a stop to the rumours. Jorge Arreaza, his son in law and the country’s Minister of Science and technology has posted a series of tweets claiming the head of state is in a “stable” but “delicate” condition.

But there is little information coming from the government which creates a climate of uncertainty. Which is why many web users have taken to Twitter in recent days, using the hashtag “tell the truth about Chavez” urging the government to be more transparent about his state of health.

Reelected as President back in October, Hugo Chavez was due to be sworn in on January 10th. The inauguration has been postponed, but if the Venezuelan president’s condition deteriorates to a point where he is considered unable to govern, to assume the presidency, then the Constitution requires the government to call new elections within 30 days.

 

The web reacts to Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy

When American rapper Kanye West announced on stage at his concert on Sunday that reality TV star Kim Kardashian was expecting his baby, he set the web abuzz. The mum to be confirmed the news on her blog shortly afterwards, prompting a flurry of reaction online.

And as is usually the case in this type of event, messages from web users, celebrities and members of the public have started pouring in online, congratulating the future parents. A lot of Social networkers have been sharing their excitement under the hashtag #KimYe, the portmanteau nickname for the celebrity couple.

But the news has also inspired online comedians who have been having a field day poking fun at the parents to be and their baby. Some have created satirical photomontages like we see here, imagining what Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s baby will look like.

And of course there’s also a lot of speculation as to the name the two American celebrities will choose for their child. And of course web users have been offering all sorts of ridiculous suggestions, with many saying the baby’s name must begin with a K, to follow family tradition…

And someone has set up a fake Twitter account for the unborn baby. A tongue in cheek, wacky page, that jokes amongst other things, about the parents escapades, and already has over 5 000 followers, which is a lot and testifies to the excitement surrounding one of the most talked about celebrity couples right now and their future baby.

 

Now trending on social networks

Should the authorities reveal the name of the women who died after being gang raped in India? An incident that shocked and outraged the nation. India’s Junior Education Minister Shashi Tharoor posted a message to Twitter suggesting the new anti-rape law could be named after her, and web users are divided. Many feel that if her family is in agreement then it would be the best way to honour her. Others however think it would only make it all the more painful for her loved ones.


Browser plugin turns rude YouTube comments into nice ones

This browser extension was developed by a London based digital and production studio, it’s called Yule Tube and replaces all rude or insulting comments posted by YouTube users with cheery festive ones. You can download the extension free of charge and see all unpleasant remarks automatically changed to much, much nicer ones.


Video of the day

Julian Tay has always watched the New Year’s Eve firework displays with wonder, and this year he wondered what they would look like in reverse. And so he produced this video which shows the Melbourne fireworks display in Australia in a whole new light… and with enchanting results.

 

 

 

By Electron Libre

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