In this edition: the leader of ISIS is challenged over an expensive-looking wristwatch; Italian web users denounce the lack of disability access on public transport; and an incredible pencil drawing of Lionel Messi...
ISIS LEADER CHALLENGED OVER EXPENSIVE LOOKING WRISTWATCH
The leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has appeared in his first public address, with footage shared on Jihadi websites on Saturday. The video shows the self-anointed Caliph urging Muslims to obey him. The Iraqi authorities are currently analyzing the recording to verify its authenticity, and web users are also busy scrutinizing the content.
And they`ve spotted something rather surprising … al-Baghdadi is sporting an expensive looking wristwatch. Social networkers are trying to work out the brand the ISIS leader is boasting, and many are concluding it’s a model by a famous Swiss watchmaker. A theory shared on the online edition of British newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, which has estimated its value at several thousand euros.
A visible sign of wealth which, as blogger Nervana Mahmoud points out, runs counter to the content of al-Baghdadi`s sermon. She says the expensive accessory discredits the ISIS leader and shows he is not a true Caliph. These Twitter posts express a similar viewpoint, with web users poking fun at al-Baghdadi for wearing some “bling”, and voicing surprise that he would wear such a valuable piece whilst slamming the West.
His supporters are also confused and are wondering how he paid for such an expensive watch. Jean Pierre Filiu who is an expert in the jihadist movement says the money could have come from the city of Mosul in Iraq, ISIS terrorists reportedly made off with around half a billion dollars during their takeover …
ITALY: ONLINE DEBATE OVER DISABILITY ACCESS ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT
This is 22 year old Italian student Iacopo Melio speaking to local television saying "Not everyone can take the train". He has sparked lively debate in Italy after highlighting the difficulties disabled people face when trying to travel on public transport in Florence. He has described the challenges on his blog and says he hopes one day he will be able to get around without having to deal with so many obstacles.
Many have taken to social networks, posting under the “I would like to take the train” hashtag to show Iacopo Melio their support. Web users are saying that public transport should be accessible to all.
Other web users are denouncing the lack of disability access by posing for photos holding a sign reading the campaign hashtag. It’s not just regular citizens posting these selfies online … political figures have also joined the movement, MP David Sassoli for example and also Senator Alessia Petraglia.
The campaign also has backing from the president of Tuscany, Enrico Rossi, who has taken to Facebook to praise Iacopo Melio`s initiative and voice his support. And as the people who posted these messages are saying, these statements must now be followed with concrete action. They are urging the local authorities to start work on improving disability access immediately, a problem acknowledged by just 18 % of communes in Italy, according to a recent study by Italian volunteer group Cesvot.
NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS
Web users in Nigeria have been using the #SaveYakubuYusuf hashtag over the past week, calling for donations for 29 year old Yakubu Yusuf who has throat cancer. They are hoping to raise the 25,000 euros he needs to pay for potentially lifesaving treatment. The fundraising appeal was started by his friends and family and is drawing growing support online.
GOOGLE STREET VIEW CAMERAS ARE TAKING SELFIES
The Google Art Project has given the public access to high resolution images of artworks housed in museums the world over. But Spanish artist Mario Santamaria has been collecting the moments when the camera catches a glimpse of itself in a museum mirror. It makes for a fascinating collection, and suggests even robots are succumbing to the selfies phenomenon.
STATS OF THE DAY
This infographic looks at the dirtiest things we touch every day … did you know for example that 135,000 bacteria can be found on a bank note? That one computer keyboard in ten is considered to be a health hazard? Or that there are more germs on a supermarket trolley than on a toilet seat? Interesting stuff indeed which has been put together, surprisingly enough, by a UK based cleaning company.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
This time lapse video shows American artist Heather Rooney producing a photo realistic pencil drawing of football star Lionel Messi currently in Brazil hoping to bring Argentina to victory in the World Cup. The end portrait is incredible, and you can check out the entire artistic process on the artists YouTube channel.