In this edition: protests in Taiwan over a free trade agreement with China, YouTube gives a British street musician a massive career boost; and dogs reacting to a magic trick.
TAIWAN: PROTESTS OVER CHINA TRADE DEAL
As we can from these photos posted to social networks by demonstrators, baton wielding riot police in Taiwan used water cannons to try and disperse the thousands of people gathered in front of the government headquarters on Sunday night, to protest against Taiwan`s new trade deal with China.
You can follow updates on the protest movement via the #taiwanoccupy and #congressoccupied hashtags which were started on March 18th, when protesters forced their way into the parliament building, defied police efforts to evict them, barricading themselves in, in protest of the controversial trade pact which was not submitted to legislative review and is due to be approved by parliament on April 8th.
The deal will open dozens of Taiwan's service sector industries to Chinese companies, and, as they explain in this video recently uploaded to YouTube, protesters fear this will negatively impact many people across the island, both in their work and their day to day life.
Activists have drawn up some demands for the President Ma Ying-jeou on the movement`s Facebook page “Island Nation Youth”. They want the deal to be scrapped, and they want a legal framework implemented, regulating China-Taiwan trade pacts in order to protect the island from Beijing’s economic influence.
This video turned unknown guitarist Andrew Niel into a web sensation in Britain. It was filmed by journalist and music lover Rob Chapman on the streets of Brighton, and he went on to post it to YouTube on February 16th. The slide guitarist and bluesman, known as “Nelly”, has since won over web users with his incredible talent…
Now as the journalist explains in this second clip posted to YouTube last week, the video racked up an incredible 100,000 views, generating an advertising revenue of 80 pounds sterling, that`s around 95 euros… which he went to hand over to the musician, much to his surprise…
And it hasn`t stopped there for Nelly, as the guitarist has received an avalanche of messages and praise from web users the world over in posts to his Facebook page. And it looks like this new found popularity will give his career a massive boost as many are asking where they can buy his album.
Fans will have to wait a little longer before they can buy his music online, but in the meantime Nelly has given them a second helping of slide guitar in this video now available on his YouTube channel. It was set up just a few days ago but already has over 20,000 subscribers.
NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS
British students have been campaigning under the #FightForYashika Twitter hashtag to stop fellow student Yashika Bageerathi from being deported. The authorities plan to send the 18 year old back to her country of origin Mauritius, despite the fact she and her family were granted asylum in the UK three years ago and have been living there ever since. Web users condemn the Home office decision, saying she is a bright and hardworking student and should at least be allowed to complete her education.
STATS OF THE DAY
To celebrate Twitter`s eight birthday last week, the Mashable website put together an infographic with the ten most popular accounts on the social network. It features pop stars of course, like Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and Britney Spears, there`s just one political figure and that`s Barack Obama who comes in at number three with 41 million followers, just behind singers Justin Bieber and Katy Perry, and their 50 million followers a piece.
A TITANIC SURVIVOR'S LETTER FOUND
“The Titanic is my saddest memory from my seventeen years of travelling around the world”. This letter is said to be written by Rose Amélie Icard, a French woman who survived the 1912 tragedy. The 10-page document which has yet to be authenticated gives a first hand, and harrowing account of what happened on the night the Titanic sank. It was posted online by a web user who claims to have bought it at auction and who is asking Reddit users for help in translating it.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
This video features Finnish magician and mentalist Jose Ahonen exploring how dogs react to a magic trick. When he makes a tasty treat disappear right under their nose, they seem pretty perplexed indeed, how could it have completely vanished? It is of course a sleight of hand magic trick and the video has been viewed four and a half million times since Friday.