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Syria: activists appeal for drugs to treat gas attack victims

Today on the net: Syrian activists appeal for drugs to treat gas attack victims; a Dunkin’ Donuts ad in Thailand has sparked an online uproar; and the day to day problems faced by tall people…

Syria: activists appeal for drugs to treat gas attack victims

As Western powers continue to deliberate intervention into Syria, activists and NGOs have been busy on social networks appealing for drugs to treat victims in the event of another gas attack.

Regardless of whether or not they support military action against the Bashar al-Assad regime, countless web users have taken to Twitter asking the international community to send reserves of atropine to Syrian hospitals.

As explained on the website belonging to Smithsonian magazine which is produced by a US scientific research institute, atropine injections are the simplest way of treating neurotoxic symptoms like convulsions. But it does need to be administered soon after exposure to chemical gas.

The NGO Doctors without Borders has said it sent 7,000 doses of atropine to Syrian hospitals following the 21st August chemical weapon attack on the outskirts of Damascus, but all stocks of the antidote have now been exhausted in Syria.

Other humanitarian groups like Hemmah have also joined the effort. After appealing for donations via Facebook, the Jordan based NGO went on to buy 50,000 doses of atropine, some of which have already been dispatched to Syria.

 

Dunkin’ Donuts ad in Thailand causes uproar

A new ad from American pastry maker Dunkin’ Donuts has been raising eyebrows over the past few days: this poster from the company’s Thai division which displays a woman in blackface makeup promoting a new type of chocolate donut. The advertising campaign is being met with widespread condemnation online.

Web users the world over have been shocked by the controversial poster. Saying it’s a pointless and ridiculous way of promoting chocolate donuts, as well as being in very poor taste. Some are even openly accusing Dunkin’ Donuts of racism, reproaching the company for blatant insensitivity and being totally misguided.

As British daily “The Guardian” reports the CEO of Dunkin Donuts Thailand Nadim Salhani has responded to the stream of negative comments by making it clear he doesn’t see what the problem is and feels people are overreacting. It would seem the American headquarters beg to differ however as the company has taken to Twitter to say it recognizes an error of judgment in this campaign and will be pulling the ad as soon as possible.

 

Now trending on social networks

Pope Francis, obviously at ease, posing with teenagers at the Vatican: this “selfie” has been widely shared on social networks since being posted online by web user Fabio Ragona last week. The shot has sparked an avalanche of commentary online with many applauding the Pope for his efforts in connecting with Catholics. Indeed, since his appointment back in March, he has often put protocol to one side to impose his own more modern and informal style.

 

Boootube collects the worst YouTube videos

The world’s worst rated YouTube videos in one handy place: launched recently by a Dutch advertising agency, this is Boootube.
It hosts musical videos with dodgy sound quality, somewhat offbeat television reports and also failed artistic performances. This is the very best of the very worst of YouTube and makes for very entertaining viewing indeed.


Video of the day

This tongue in cheek video made by the team at Buzzfeed shows us some of the pitfalls of being tall… Pretty funny scenarios depicting every day hurdles like finding clothes that fit, or blocking people’s view at the cinema. This video is great fun and available to view on all good video sharing platforms…

 

 

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