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Latest update : 2014-02-16

Lebanese web users defend Jackie Chamoun

In this edition: Lebanese web users defend skier Jackie Chamoun; a Canadian man becomes a father and a widower in one weekend; and a goldfish gets its own motorized aquarium.

LEBANESE WEB USERS DEFEND JACKIE CHAMOUN

Lebanese Olympic skier Jackie Chamoun who is currently competing in Sochi has been at the centre of lively debate after topless images were leaked online on Monday. The pictures are from behind the scenes footage at a shoot for an Austrian calendar back in 2011, and they have certainly sparked lively reaction in her home country.

Shortly after the images appeared online, thousands of Lebanese web users took to social networks to share their thoughts and opinions, most of them defending the athlete and supporting her right to do what she wants with her body. Netizens have also expressed anger with Lebanon`s Minister of Youth and Sports, Faisal Karami, who has been fiercely critical of Jackie Chamoun, even going as far as to ask for a full investigation into the famous photo shoot.

The Lebanese skier has had strong backing back home, as highlighted by the #StripForJackie campaign, that has seen Twitter users doing just that and holding a message of support for Jackie Chamoun.

Some brand names have joined the online campaigning. One beer company is backing the athlete with this picture shared on Twitter. In a nod to the current controversy, we see a bottle stripped of all its logos.


FAKE OF THE DAY

Is there a wall cutting through a toilet in a hotel room in Sochi? Social networkers have been sharing this photo, intended as further evidence of the many nasty surprises awaiting visitors to Sochi … in addition to the unfinished hotels, the yellow brown drinking water and not forgetting the twin toilets… well this photo actually has nothing to do with the Olympics, it was published on American community website Reddit back in August 2013, without any indication as to where it was taken.


CANADA: WHEN BECOMING A DAD MEANS LOSING YOUR WIFE

In this Facebook message, 32 year old Canadian Dylan Benson goes on to announce the birth of his son, Iver, who was delivered by caesarian section on Saturday, although the mother had been clinically dead for over a month. An unimaginable tragedy. After the baby boy was born, doctors took the mother off the machines that had been keeping her alive.

Twitter users have been posting under the #BabyIver hashtag to congratulate the new dad. Web users are of course relieved to see the baby delivered safely and doing well, but say they have never felt so happy and so sad at the same time.

Web users became involved with the story when Dylan Benson started keeping a blog after his wife suffered a brain hemorrhage and was later declared brain dead. The dad to be shared his hopes and fears for their son’s future.

Dylan Benson also launched an online fundraising appeal to help him prepare for the future. There has been a massive response with 182,000 dollars pledged so far, And with two months left to go on this appeal, the amount look set to grow and goes way beyond the target of 36,000 dollars. The young dad says he will use the money to give little Iver “the best life” possible.


NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

He may have died in 1955 but James Dean is currently at the centre of a bitter legal battle with Twitter. CMG worldwide, the firm that manages the late actor’s estate is suing the microblogging site for refusing to close down the @JamesDean Twitter handle started by a fan of the American actor. The account has some 8,300 followers, with photos and quotes from the legendary star posted on a regular basis. But it’s not sitting well with James Dean’s estate, which has been calling for the account to be removed for close to one year now.
 

SEEING NEW YORK THROUGH GLASSES

These images of New York City, posted online by Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg, leave us wondering if they are videos or photos. The fashion photographers have created a collection of artistic montages entitled “Seeing New York” showing us the Big Apple through their glasses. These shots are what known as “cinemagraphs”, so still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs.
 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

The movements of this aquarium equipped with an engine and four wheels are dictated by the goldfish inside … this astonishing invention was developed by the team at Studio Diip which specializes in image recognition technology. You can learn more about the project in this promotional video called “Fish on Wheels” currently doing the rounds on sharing sites.

By Electron Libre

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