In this edition: Web users in the Philippines campaigning for an end to university hazing rituals; a teenage hunter sparks outrage with her online photos; and a video games fan invents the playable Tetris t-shirt …
ANTI-HAZING CAMPAIGN IN THE PHILIPPINES
Web users in the Philippines have been left shocked and saddened by the story of 18 year old Guillo Servando, who died on Saturday in a suspected fraternity initiation hazing at a Manila university. The tragedy has been met with widespread commentary across the Philippines where a growing number of web users are now calling for an end to this fraternity and sorority related violence.
Scores have taken to social networks since Saturday calling for the abolition of hazing which is tolerated by the authorities despite its potentially grave consequences. Many have been posting under the #EndFraternityRelatedViolence hashtag, and demonstrators have taken the same slogan to the streets of the capital over the past few days to voice their opposition to hazing and pay tribute to Guillo Servando.
Anti-hazing activists now hope the justice system will come down heavily on those responsible for Guillo Servando`s death and hope their campaigning will help raise public awareness of the dangers of hazing. Their hopes may soon become reality as several lawmakers in the Philippines have said they want to toughen legislation on these student initiation rituals in universities…
TEEN SPARKS OUTRAGE WITH PHOTOS OF DEAD AFRICAN ANIMALS
She`s just 19 years old but Kendall Jones is a keen hunter and wants everyone to know it … the US teen regularly updates her Facebook page with photos that show her smiling next to the wild animals she has shot in Africa … lions, leopards, buffalos, even elephants … pictures that have sparked outrage online.
Hundreds of web users have slammed the photos, condemning Kendall Jones and her cruelty towards these endangered species… some have even issued death threats… saying she will meet the same fate as the animals she hunts.
And the backlash doesn`t end there, many are calling for Kendall Jones` Facebook page to be taken down immediately. Over 112,000 people have signed this petition. It’s already had a certain impact because hundreds of her photos are no longer available on Facebook.
She has provoked considerable controversy and her story brings to mind similar affairs in the US. Actor Joe Rogan poses with a dead bear recently … and back in November last year TV personality Melissa Bachmann, who presented a show about hunting, shared a photo of herself on Twitter, posing next to a dead lion she apparently killed in South Africa … the picture was met with an avalanche of angry messages and she ended up removing …
STATS OF THE DAY
If France were Syria, then everyone in Cannes and Avignon, that’s around 160,000 people, would be dead… this grisly parallel was drawn up by journalists Shannon Gormley and Drew Gough who have produced this infographic to raise awareness about the harsh realities of civil war in Syria. if it was happening in France, 9 million 300,000 people would have been forced to flee and seek refuge in neighboring countries… the journalists have also put together comparisons for six other countries which are available to view on the purpose built website "If We Were Syrian".
NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS
Web users in Ghana have been posting under the #OccupyFlagstaffHouse hashtag, accusing the government of corruption and incompetence, and calling for greater equality and distribution of wealth. The movement was started by opponents of the president, John Dramani Mahama, who also took to the streets of the capital Accra, on Tuesday, to voice their frustrations, which I appears have reached the ears of the head of state; he has posted a message to Twitter assuring protesters that his government is committed to working in the best interests of all citizens…
CHALLENGING IDEAS ABOUT GLOBAL BEAUTY
With her "Before and After" project American journalist Esther Honig has explored global standards of beauty. She asked 40 freelancers from 25 countries, with varying degrees of photo shop skills, to edit the image to enhance the model`s beauty. The submissions show that the perception of beauty differs greatly from country to country, from Argentina, to Morocco to the Philippines for example…
VIDEO OF THE DAY
Marc Kerger came up with an original way of celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of classic video game Tetris released back in 1984 … he created a playable Tetris t-shirt! Head to his YouTube channel to see him having fun with his new invention.