In this edition: Kenya`s opposition calls for more democracy; campaign for workers` rights in the Philippines; and the tallest waterslide in the world …
KENYA`S OPPOSITION CALLS FOR MORE DEMOCRACY
10,000 Kenyans took part in anti-government protests in Nairobi on July 7th, calling for greater transparency and security. The demonstration was organized by Kenya`s main opposition party, and has received widespread commentary on Twitter under the #sabasabarally et #sabasabafever hashtags.
Activists have been sharing the movement`s message on the social network, and have also been accusing the government of corruption. They want to see an end to the rampant insecurity in Kenya, where Islamist groups have carried out a series of bloody attacks in recent months. These web users wonder if the thousands of soldiers deployed to monitor the demonstrations would have been better utilized fighting terrorism.
There was concern there would be clashes between opposition demonstrators and police, a lot of shopkeepers left their stores closed that day, fearing violence and looting. But they were proved wrong and the protest was a peaceful one, and supporters of the movement want it to stay that way.
But many remain skeptical about the real worth of the rally, and some Kenyans used it as an excuse to stay at home. This web user sums it by saying, the poor go to the rally, the Middle Class talk about it on Twitter and the rich watch it on the television.
CAMPAIGN FOR WORKERS` RIGHTS IN THE PHILIPPINES
Factory workers in the Philippines who make the microchips used for iPhones have taken to social networks in recent weeks to denounce their working conditions and the dismissal of 24 union leaders.
Workers for electronics manufacturer NXP are currently in negotiations with their employer for a new collective bargaining agreement. They have organized a number of collective actions since April, with their main demand: an 8 % wage increase. NXP management however declared these rallies “illegal strikes” and dismissed 24 trade union leaders early May, as one of them describes in this video.
Their demands were relayed on Twitter with hundreds of web users from all over the world posting under the "bring back NXP24" hashtag. Some have even reached out to Apple CEO Tim Cook, directly, asking him to intervene.
And the Filipino workers have also turned to selfies to try and get their message across, posing for shots holdings signs reading their demands … many have followed their online campaigning , showing support for the movement, with their own selfies.
NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS
23 year old Bethany Townsend, a former model from the UK, suffers from Crohn`s disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease, and lives with a permanent colostomy bag. But she was brave enough to pose for a photo in her bikini and share it on Facebook. She has received overwhelming support, and praise for her courage; the photo has already garnered some 250,000 likes.
STATS OF THE DAY
Around six and a half million tons of litter enters the oceans each year … killing seabirds, and other marine animals like sea turtles. This infographic was put together by British NGO Travel Foundation, and also highlights how cigarettes butts are the most common litter found on beaches worldwide. It’s part of a campaign to encourage tourists and beach goers to respect coastal communities and help keep beaches and seas clean and healthy.
NEW MAP SHOWS AGE OF BUILDINGS IN VANCOUVER
With this interactive map of Vancouver, Canada, you can find out how old a particular building or neighborhood is in just a few clicks. The tool was developed by photographer and illustrator Ekaterina Aristova and is both artistic and informative. We learn for example that a large portion of the city`s buildings were constructed over one hundred years ago …
VIDEO OF THE DAY
This adrenaline packed clip takes us to the Schlitterbahn theme park in Kansas City, and showcases the tallest waterslide in the world ; the "Verrückt". Here we see the slide`s designer John Schooley, become the first person ever to take on the slide, shooting down in an inflatable dingy at a speed of around 100km per hour …