In this edition: online reactions to Brazil`s World Cup semi-final defeat; soup kitchens facing closure in Malaysia; and a whirlwind trip around Barcelona …
WORLD CUP 2014: GERMANY-BRAZIL INSPIRES THE WEB
The Tumblr blog “sadbrazilians” illustrates this woe … it’s a collection of shots of fans taken during the match and after the final whistle. We see the same heartache on Twitter, with web users posting under the “shame on you Brazil” hashtag, sharing their sorrow, and anger.
German web users on the other hand have been voicing entirely different sentiments. With some well-known faces also taking to the net: Former model Heidi Klum for example, or ex-tennis champ Steffi Graff. And the players, well they opted for a post-match selfie, which has since been posted to Twitter and retweeted over 2,000 times.
And the match has also inspired all manner of photomontages and parodies, which are doing the rounds on social networks. Creations that mock Brazil`s disastrous performance, like this picture that shows the Brazilian flag as a goal full of balls, or this one where there the German chancellor stands in the place of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue.
SOUP KITCHENS FACE CLOSURE IN KUALA LUMPUR
The Malaysian authorities are cracking down on homelessness in the streets of Kuala Lumpur, and have turned to drastic measures. They are looking to close all soup kitchens within a 2 km radius of the capital`s city center.
The Minister of federal territories and urban wellbeing, Tengku Adnan, who is behind the initiative, has threatened to fine any NGOs that continue to operate soup kitchens. He has said the kitchens are hubs for spreading disease in the city and the measures are necessary for creating a disciplined society ; he believes the homeless are less inclined to find work if they are given free food.
The move has angered many on social media … some are calling on the Minister to come and visit the homeless and witness the hardship. Others have criticized him for suggesting the ban during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, saying it goes against the spirit of compassion.
The Minister does have some support however ; this man for example says he feels sorry for the homeless but suggests they leave Kuala Lumpur if they can`t afford to live there. Others have praised Tengku Adnan, saying he has drawn attention to the issue of homelessness.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim has also come to the Minister`s defense, saying Malaysians have misunderstood the reasoning behind the move. She says it’s not about stopping aid to those living on the streets; it’s about directing charity through the proper channels to ensure it reaches those in need.
NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS
Ramadan is underway and Muslims around the world are fasting from dawn to sunset. Thousands of people of people have been sharing their experiences on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, using the RamadanProblems hashtag… now many of the posts are jokey in tone, and many discuss feeling hungry! This web user for example is drooling over a pot of paint …
HOAX OF THE DAY
An amateur film maker has posted this video to YouTube, claiming it is leaked footage of Star Wars vehicles at Frankfurt airport … It has been viewed millions of times, with fans very excited over the exclusive preview … but it turns out the Star wars film set footage is in fact a hoax …
AN AUTONOMOUS DRONE FOR FILMING EXTREME SPORTS
A French startup is looking to develop an autonomous drone for filming extreme sports, so athletes won`t have to rely on anyone else if they want to immortalize their exploits… still at the prototype stage, the Hexo+ follows you while maintaining a fixed distance, height and angle. There`s a crowdfunding campaign underway on Kickstarter to literally get the Hexo+ off the ground and its already raised over one million dollars.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
This time lapse video was put together by photographer Rob Whitworth, and takes us on a whirlwind trip around Barcelona, from spectacular location to spectacular location, including some of the most famous landmarks like the Liceu Opera house. The artist spent 70 hours shooting to make the video which is available to view in its entirety on his Vimeo page.