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Latest update : 2014-03-12

Flight MH370: families hope for a miracle

In this edition: families of passengers on board the missing Malaysian Airlines flight hope for a miracle; a worldwide NGO push to save Syrian children; and three Rubik`s cubes, solved underwater, in one minute!

FLIGHT MH370: FAMILIES HOPE FOR A MIRACLE 

« It has been more than 72 hours, where are you?” “come home fast dad … it’s the only thing I want…” “we`re still waiting for you”… These are just some of the heart rending messages, some with photos, Maira Elizabeth Nari has posted to Twitter over the past few days. They are addressed to her father Andrew Nari, a steward on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which lost contact with ground control at the weekend and has been missing ever since. 

Family members of passengers and crew on board flight MH370 are indeed hoping for a miracle and trying to remain positive as they cope with this difficult ordeal. Twitter user Afiq ab Hamid says his brother is the co-pilot on the missing plane, and the only thing families can do now is pray for a happy ending. 

Izzat Nazli has expressed a similar sentiment, and is praying for a miracle, and for his uncle Swaid, a passenger on the Malaysian Airlines flight to come home safe and sound. He describes his surprise upon discovering a family member was on board and how he will be looking after his uncle`s children until he returns.

 

SYRIA: ORGANIZATIONS WARN ABOUT SITUATION OF CHILDREN 

UK NGO Save The Children has produced a 90 second commercial, reminding people the violence in Syria is ongoing and very real. The ad imagines how life would change for a little girl from London if the UK experienced the same conflict as Syria. The hard hitting video has certainly created a buzz online, racking up 21 million views and counting since it was released last week. 

The organization hopes the spot will prompt online donations for Syrian children caught up in the conflict, as an estimated 5 million children are in dire need of food, medical treatment and warm clothing. The NGO also reports on its website that 7 000 Syrian children have been killed since the start of the unrest and one million have been forced to flee to a neighboring country. 

American NGO World Vision International sought first-hand accounts from these displaced children to release a video. We see several young refugees describe their ordeals, the bloodshed they have witnessed and their fears for loved ones still in Syria. 

A group of humanitarian organizations have launched an e-petition as part of the « No Lost Generation » campaign. It is available in several languages and calls on the international community to do everything in its power to protect children from the violence, as the conflict in Syria approaches its third anniversary.

 

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS 

Web users have been posting under the #KämpaShowan hashtag which translates from Swedish to “fight Showan”. Anti-homophobia campaigner and supporter of Malmo football club Showan is said to be in a critical condition after being stabbed and beaten by a Neo Nazi group over the weekend. There has been outpouring of support from Swedish web users, wishing him a speedy recovery and calling for his attackers to be severely punished.

 

HOAX OF THE DAY 

Livr, a social network for inebriated souls… this has been a hot topic online over the past few days: a platform that can only be accessed when you`re drunk, thanks to a Breathalyzer accessory linked to your smart phone. A crazy concept, which it turns out is a hoax, dreamt up by American video maker Brandon Block. He took to the Mashable website to say he wanted to fool the media...

 

INSERTING CUTOUTS OF LEONARDO DICAPRIO INTO PICTURES 

The « My day with Leo » Instagram account pays a light hearted tribute to the “Leo Mania” of the 90s, with cutout pictures of a younger Leonardo DiCaprio in a variety of roles, photographed in different spots across New York City, the subway for example, a fast-food restaurant … the anonymous photographer behind the account has put the creations up for sale via an online boutique.

 

VIDEO OF THE DAY 

Kevin Hays from the US thought the Rubik`s cube needed to be a little more challenging. So he decided to solve three in a row, underwater, in one minute! An astonishing feat that you can see for yourself on the St-Louis based student`s YouTube page…

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