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Latest update : 2014-05-19

Record flooding in Balkans

In this edition: online reports of the deadly flooding in Bosnia and Serbia; web users campaign to save Chris Hadfield`s “Space Oddity” cover; and free-diving with jellyfish.


This footage was filmed last Thursday in Zavidovic, Bosnia. An entire bridge is unhinged, swept away by massive flooding and carried down the river before crashing into another bridge. Astonishing images there that bear witness to the deadly flooding in Bosnia and Serbia over the past few days.

Authorities in both countries have evacuated tens of thousands of people in the worst hit regions after three months’ worth of rain fell on the region in just a few days. Here for example in the Serbian town Obrenovac, countless houses are now only reachable byboat or helicopter.

The disaster has promoted a wave of solidarity online. Web users from both countries have taken to Facebook for example, to coordinate basic necessities drives for flood victims.

Well known faces are also sharing appeals for aid on social media: Serbian tennis players Novak Djokovic and Nenad Zimonjic for example, and also Bosnian footballer Edin Dzeko.

The diaspora has also started fundraising campaigns on platforms like GoFundMe. Bosnian born Amina Nuhanovic who now lives in the US, has raised over 50,000 dollars in two days. She will be donating the money to the Red Cross to help families in desperate need.


Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield performing the famous David Bowie track "Space Oddity" on board the International Space Station... This clip has garnered 22 million views over the past twelve months, but despite its huge popularity it was removed from YouTube on May 13th, much to the dismay of web users.

As Chris Hadfield explains on Twitter, under copyright law the song, which was posted online on May 12th 2013, was only licensed for a year. As the former astronaut points out on Reddit, he is now working on getting it relicensed so he can get in back online, legally.

Web users meanwhile have been sharing their disappointment and frustration over the video`s removal. Chris Hadfield fans are posting messages to David Bowie`s Twitter feed and Facebook page, begging him to re-issue the license.

No need for them to panic however as it is still possible to see the astronaut in action, as there are countless copies of the Chris Hadfield version doing the rounds on sharing sites. Fans have uploaded unofficial mirror versions to video sharing platforms, as they are not quite ready to see the back of the literally cosmic version of the David Bowie hit.


Critics of Barack Obama have been posting under the #BringBackOurDrones hashtag following Michelle Obama`s contribution to the online campaign for the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram. They say US drones strikes have killed countless children in the Middle East. Web users are using the online campaign to urge the White House to end its drone strikes, notably in Pakistan and Yemen.


Pay for your dinner by uploading a photo of it to social networks; this is a new marketing campaign, launched by a British frozen food brand in partnership with a restaurant chain. Diners at “The Picture House” restaurants in London, Manchester and Leeds just have totake a pic of the meal with their smartphone and share it under the #birdseyeinspirations hashtag on Twitter or Instagram, and they won`t have to pay.


French artist Virginie Vielly aka Vivi Mac makes portraits of well-known faces using food. So Barack Obama in sugar for example, rapper Ice Cube in ice, Mohamed Ali in chewing gum, Amy Winehouse in wine… you can check out the entire collection on the artist`s Facebook page.


Thai photographer Nana Trongratanawong went free diving among thousands of harmless golden jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake on the Pacific island of Palau. She captured it all on film, and camera manufacturer Go Pro touched up the footage and shared this video on its YouTube channel.


By Electron Libre



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