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Latest update : 2014-07-16

US: basketball star criticised for pro-Palestine tweet

In this edition: an American basketball star criticized for a pro-Palestine tweet; selfies posing a problem at the Tour de France; and surfing a wave in Namibia …

USA: BASKETBALL STAR CRITICIZED FOR PRO-PALESTINE TWEET

"I apologize if I offended anyone with my previous tweet, it was a mistake. I have never commented on international politics and never will." American basketball player Dwight Howard posted these tweets shortly after tweeting and then deleting a message about the conflict between Israel and Palestine. The NBA star had tweeted #FreePalestine, and the story has sparked lively debate among web users in the U.S. 

Many have taken to social networks criticizing the Houston Rockets player for his pro-Palestine tweet. His critics, mainly pro-Israel, say he should have kept his thoughts to himself instead of commenting on an issue he knows nothing about…

An opinion challenged by some, like the people who posted these tweets. Dozens of web users say Dwight Howard was right to voice his point of view about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and say it’s a shame he did not have the courage of his convictions. They have blasted the player for deleting the offending tweet; some are even calling him a coward. 

But although the basketball champ has been on the end of harsh criticism, some are wondering if Howard was perhaps pressurized into removing his pro-Palestine comment. A number of Twitter users are suggesting the US National Basketball Association forced him to withdraw the tweet and post an apology. The NBA has yet to respond to these claims and is remaining tightlipped for now … 

TOUR DE FRANCE: RIDERS FRUSTRATED OVER SELFIES

The selfies craze has reached the Tour de France. A growing number of spectators are lining the tour`s route, to catch a glimpse of riders that often lasts for seconds, and then turning their backs on the riders to take a selfie … something that`s receiving strong criticism online. 

The problem is that it adds danger to an already somewhat precarious sport. Some self-portrait enthusiasts are actually standing on the course to get as close to the riders as possible …this young lady for example who posted this photo to Twitter last week said she nearly died whilst taking the shot … the snap has been widely condemned by web users, who say she is showing a great lack of respect for the competitors. 

And some of the riders, including Tejay van Garderen, have taken to social networks to comment on the controversial craze… the American rider has posted to his Twitter page, saying the selfies are a “dangerous mix of vanity and stupidity” and that it is not a good idea to stand in the middle of the road with your back turned while 200 cyclists come at you … an opinion shared by Olympic champion Fabian Cancellara. 

And so the Tour organizers have been promoting a code of good conduct on social networks, under the #TDFrespect hashtag, advising fans on safety when coming to support the riders. And although selfies are not forbidden, there are a number of rules to respect so as to avoid disrupting the riders. Spectators must not stand on the course for example, or try to run alongside the cyclists. 

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

Web users in Singapore have been posting under the #Freemylibrary hashtag following the National Library Board decision to withdraw three children`s books from sale as they feature same sex parents. Social networkers have slammed the move and hope their campaigning will prompt the authorities to revoke the controversial measure. 

ARTIST USES DISNEY PRINCESSES TO FIGHT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

What would the Disney heroines, like Cinderella, or the Little Mermaid or Sleeping Beauty look like if they were victims of domestic violence? This collection, called “Happy Never After” was created by Saint Hoax, an artist from the Middle East. The aim of the poster series is to raise awareness of the problem and spread the message that domestic violence is never ok. It also hopes to encourage victims to report their cases to the authorities.

STATS OF THE DAY

Over 138 million emails are sent across the world in one minute and around 3 million searches are carried out on Google. Those are just a couple of the staggering stats revealed in this infographic put together by communications agency NoLimit which has done some number crunching on Internet activity within a sixty second time frame. 571 web sites are created for example, 15,000 music tracks are downloaded and 433,000 tweets are posted. 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

In this video South African surf champ Dale Staples takes us along for a spectacular ride … the adrenaline packed clip was filmed in Namibia and is available to view in its entirety on the GoPro YouTube channel.

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