THE GAME: Musician apologises for fight at basketball match

Los Angeles – VIJAY SHAH via NICK MOJICA and XXL

American rapper The Game, famous for his 2005 release “Hate It or Love It” has found himself at a tricky level in the controversy game after he was made to apologise for fighting a teammate while participating in a basketball match recently, reported online magazine XXL.

The musician, real name Jayceon Terrell Taylor, was playing at a Drew League match in the Californian city of Los Angeles when he got into a confrontation with Jarion Henry, a fellow player. In video footage released on the Twitter social network this past Sunday, The Game squares up to Henry, who is then felled by a punch to his body from another teammate from behind as the atmosphere at the game began to sour quickly and security personnel rushed in to quell the sudden feud.

 

The Game quickly attempted to make amends, writing out a public apology on photo-sharing platform Instagram. He was quoted as saying: “I’m writing this sincere apology 1st & foremost to my teammate & lil brother @j_hennn for my role in our disagreement that went a lot further than it should’ve”. The post was later deleted.

“I acted out of character & although as brothers for the last 7 years & one of my teammates I definitely consider family…. there are always heated moments on the court & in our locker room but it should never get to where it got to today… so again, this is my apology fam,” he added.

The Game also extended his apology to the Drew League’s commissioner, Dino Smiley, the commissioner’s daughter Chanel Smiley and his fans. He said: “Secondly, I apologize to the @drewleague commissioner ‘Dino Smiley’ as well as his daughter Chanel Smiley for how things spiraled out of control today as you know my character as of late is far better than what was demonstrated today,”

After the fight on the basketball court, The Game also admitted he had a talk with Henry to try and smooth over the dispute and express regret at his actions. “I’ve talked to @j_hennn & we both voiced our opinions & as well our apologies to one another,” the rhymer added. “I just felt the only way for my feelings to reach to all of you at once was to bring here….so here I am.”.

There was no word as to the consequences of the unidentified player who struck Henry, causing him to fall.

The Drew League is a special tournament first begun in 1973, to encourage youngsters from different parts of Los Angeles’ tough South Central area to cooperate in the context of sport and draw them away from gang violence and street crime.

SOURCES:

HEM Businesses, HEM News Agency, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/halfeatenmind/lists/hem-businesses

iGotBeatsForU, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/iGotBeatsForU

XXL Magazine, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/XXL

“The Game Apologizes Following Fight With Teammate at Drew League” – Nick Mojica, XXL http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2018/08/the-game-apologizes-after-fighting-teammate-basketball-game-in-los-angeles/

TWEET CREDIT:

T & T, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/Terelle

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STRATFORD POLICE SELFIE: London police apologise for taking photos at murder scene

London – VIJAY SHAH via ANTHONY JORDAN and Newham Recorder

 

Officers with the Metropolitan Police Service, the police body that keeps law and order over most of the city of London, have apologised after a police account on social media network Twitter shared a smiling selfie of two cops at the scene of a fatal stabbing in Stratford, east London.

Two police officers attached to Forest Gate police station were attending the scene of the attack on Beniamin Pieknyi, 21 years old from Romania, who was ambushed by a group of youths following an argument and murdered this past Tuesday. They took a selfie outside the old Stratford Shopping Centre and shared it on the Forest Gate North MPS Twitter account.

Twitter users slammed the tasteless photo and the Forest Gate police were heavily criticised. The tweet was subsequently deleted and police later offered their apologies, stating We apologise for any offence caused by the ‘selfie’ picture that was posted from the scene of a serious crime this morning. The officers showed a lack of judgement and sensitivity in posting this and they will be spoken to and reminded of how to use social media responsibly.”

Police have urged potential witnesses to the attack on Mr. Pieknyi to get in touch with them on +44 (0) 20 8721 4005 quoting CAD 7391/20 March or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

SOURCES:

Newham Recorder, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/Newham.Recorder/

“Stratford murder: Met Police apologise for officers’ selfie at the scene” – Anthony Jordan, Newham Recorder/Archant (23 March 2018) http://www.newhamrecorder.co.uk/news/crime-court/stratford-centre-stabbing-met-police-apologise-for-officer-s-selfie-at-murder-scene-1-5447546

IMAGE CREDIT:

“MLK Parade 2015 Anacostia, Washington, DC USA 51617” – Ted Eytan, Flickr (19 January 2015) https://www.flickr.com/photos/taedc/16133616298

PHOTO MOMENT: Paw-sing for a water break

 

A fold-eared kitten takes a break out from playing to drink water from the bathroom tap, but using an unusual method to hydrate!

SOURCES:

HEM Businesses, HEM News Agency, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/halfeatenmind/lists/hem-businesses

Love quotes, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/LoveFactsReal

Omg Facts, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/OmgFacts_life

🐈, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/catsu

PHOTO MOMENT: Sarvajanik Ganeshutsav Mandal

 

A photo taken of the murti of Lord Ganesh at the Sarvajanik Ganesh Utsav Mandal festival located in Love Lane, Mazgaon, Mumbai. Devotees of God as Ganesh are getting ready for the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival which commences on the 24th August 2017. 

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SOURCES/IMAGE CREDITS:

Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984

@lovelanecharaja

Mumbai Ganpati‏, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/Mum_Ganpati

HIV ORPHANS: Beauty contest winner sparks controversy after meeting children wearing protective gloves

Johannesburg – VIJAY SHAH via CHRIS BAYNES and The Independent

A winner of the Miss South Africa beauty pageant has sparked controversy after visiting a home for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS while wearing protective gloves, the Independent newspaper of Britain reported today.

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters visited a soup kitchen in the major city of Johannesburg to meet with the orphans. She was seen wearing gloves, which have led observers to accuse her of being racist. She was handing out hot meals to the orphans as part of the Winter Soup Drive charity event at the Ikageng community centre in Johannesburg, organised by the city’s Maslow Hotel. The Miss South Africa, aged 22 and of mixed heritage, however insisted the gloves were worn for hygienic reasons as she was working with food. On Twitter, Nel-Peters showed herself sitting down on steps with some of the Ikageng orphans, eating soup and bread rolls with them.

 

The picture shows Nel-Peters wearing what appears to be white latex surgical gloves as she eats a roll. It sparked a backlash from other Twitter users who claimed Nel-Peters was being racist or that she was afraid of being ‘contaminated’ by the children, many of whom had lost parents to HIV/AIDS or suffered from the virus themselves. South Africa has one of the world’s highest numbers of infected people. The 2007 UNAIDS report estimated that 5,700,000 South Africans had HIV/AIDS, or just under 12% of South Africa’s population of 48 million.

One Twitter user wrote: “I want to know why she would put on latex gloves to touch black children.” Another said: “I really can’t believe ‘our’ Miss SA is wearing latex so that she can touch these kids!” A third suggested she wore gloves “to protect herself from black kids” because she feared they would “contaminate her”. The backlash soon grew into a Twitter hashtag competition, #MissSAChallenge, which went viral this past Thursday, where users began posting pictures of themselves wearing white latex gloves, making fun of the beauty queen’s decision.

Some posted photos of themselves wearing gloves to type at a desk, make a drink, and read a book.

The Ikageng centre has spoken out against the challenge. Its programme director, Carol Dyanti, said All volunteers, including our staff members, wore gloves during the food preparation. It was mandatory.

“It was such successful day and I am sorry that the focus is now on the glovs (sic) rather than the positive impact it had.”

Nel-Peters also spoke out against the controversy, stating in the Independent story via an uploaded video on Twitter: “We were handing out food to young kids and that was the only intention with wearing the gloves.

“It was purely to be as hygienic as possible. I really feel like my intention were really misunderstood but I would like to apologise if I offended anyone.”

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who was born in Sedgefield in the Western Cape province in 1995, is a model who was crowned Miss South Africa this year and will go on to represent the country at the Miss World and Miss Universe pageants this year. Latex gloves are often worn by people working in catering and hospitality, as well as in the medical field, for reasons of hygiene and safety.

SOURCES:

The Independent, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/TheIndependentOnline/

“Miss South Africa sparks uproar by wearing gloves to meet orphans with HIV” – Chris Baynes, The Independent (8 July 2017) http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/miss-south-africa-wears-gloves-to-meet-hiv-orphans-uproar-demi-leigh-nel-peters-a7829581.html?cmpid=facebook-post

GRENFELL TRAGEDY: Police confirm 58 residents missing, possibly dead

London – VIJAY SHAH via Twitter

This week, a devastating fire tore through the Grenfell Tower, a residential block located in Kensington, London, causing major loss of life and homelessness in the early hours of June 14, 2017. A fire believed to have originated from an exploding fridge in a fourth-floor flat then spread rapidly through the 1970s tenement, housing mainly poorer Londoners. Aluminium cladding fixed to the outside of Grenfell Tower, which sits on the Lancaster West housing estate, and which was intended to smarten the structure’s appearance, may have contributed to the rapid spread of the fire, trapping families and others behind thick smoke and burning debris.

According to the latest reports coming off of Twitter, London’s police authority, the Metropolitan Police service, believe that 58 Grenfell Tower residents are still missing, presumed deceased. The police force’s commander, Stuart Cundy, announced the figures via the social media website in the past hour. So far around 30 people are known to have died, but Cundy has warned that the figure is expected to rise, as firefighters comb through the gutted tower block.

Searches for the missing and dead were taking place yesterday, but were halted temporarily for safety reasons, but are resuming today. The Met have also promised families of the missing that “…. as soon as we can, we will locate and recover their loved ones”, according to tweeter Molly Hunter.

The government of British prime minister Theresa May has found itself under increasing pressure over its regulations governing safety provisions for the country’s, 4,000 or so tower blocks. Protests have taken place in Kensington itself and in central London demanding answers and justice for the victims.

SOURCES:

Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984

Rupert Rivett‏, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/rupephoto

“Police confirm 58 missing and presumed dead in Grenfell Tower tragedy” – Twitter Moments, Twitter Inc. (17 June 2017) https://twitter.com/i/moments/876088325739757568

IMAGE CREDIT:

“File:Grenfell Tower fire (wider view).jpg” – Natalie Oxford,  Twitter, Twitter Inc. via Wikipedia (14 June 2017) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Grenfell_Tower_fire_(wider_view).jpg

 

LIAM GIBBONS: The funky light show experiment

 

The above video is of a GIF posted on Twitter by Liam Gibbons, a game maker and writer currently living in Melbourne, Australia. This special ‘funky light show’ as he calls it, features an assortment of differently-sized cubes and cuboids, five of which give off coloured light in a strictly defined pattern. The show responds to both mouse clicks and its own internal environment. Gibbons shared this as part of Twitter’s ‘Screenshot Saturday’ event, where game developers and CGI designers tweet snippets of their latest projects.

It is an interesting video, and not just in terms of the technology. From a perspective of aesthetics, the experiment is very calming and ordered and the flashes of different colours add a fun and funky vibe to Gibbons’ work.

Liam Gibbons has a background in game design and carries out both 2D and 3D projects with ease. His focus is on  level design, environment design and virtual architecture. As a writer, Gibbons had been published by several games and CGI design publications including Unwinnable, Kill Screen, and Overland. Previous projects he has worked include ‘Take That Ya Lousy Dimension’, ‘Looking Back’, ‘Broken Space’, ‘Sais Quest’, ‘Metaheroes’ and ‘Shades Desending’.

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www.liamgibbons.com

SOURCES:
interactive storytelling, ICIDS, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/icids/lists/interactive-storytelling
GameDevBRbot, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/GameDevBRbot
Liam Gibbons, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/Liam__Gibbons
“About” – Liam Gibbons http://www.liamgibbons.com/
“Projects” – Liam Gibbons http://www.liamgibbons.com/projects/

IS FIGHTER RECRUITMENT: Sorry, we’re watching Netflix

London, UNITED KINGDOM
VIJAY SHAH

When Iyad Al-Baghdadi, an author and Arab democracy activist, recently tweeted about leaders of Daesh (so-called Islamic State) putting out an audio release calling for more fighters to join them in Iraq and Syria, as you would probably would not expect, the response from the Twittersphere was quite hilarious and served to ridicule the very nature of that organisation. Daesh, which has taken over large parts of the two Middle Eastern states have become notorious for their violence, sadism and religious and racial discrimination. This fightback by ordinary tweeters of the Muslim faith is especially relevant considering the strong presence of Daesh and other terrorist groups of all persuasions on Twitter, where accounts are used to disseminate propaganda and appeal for finances and fighters. The actions of Daesh and their supporters have led to a backlash against the everyday Muslim, many whom are resolutely against IS. A small victory against both Islamic State and Islamophobes by the wits of Twitter.

(c) @BestOfPugs

The following are the original comment from Al-Baghdadi and the amusing responses that followed:

Iyad Al-Baghdadi – ISIS leaders: We urgently call upon every Muslim to join the fight, especially those in the land of the two shrines (Saudi Arabia), rise.

Saladin Ahmed – Sorry, busy eating pie and playing video games with my kids.

Mohamed Djingo – Sorry, I am busy watching Netflix.

Idris – Sorry bruh it’s leg day tomorrow and I’ll be sore.

Tayyib ‘T’ Nawaz – Is ISIS going to help me with my assignments due in next week ?

Subhi – I’m behind in college credits as it is and I would rather drink bleach tbh  (to be honest)

Ismail – Sorry lads, got a decent Football Manager save going atm (at the moment)

Saadat Ali Zia – I’ve got Star Wars on Sunday. Maybe later.

Sychlops – Sorry gotta see Twitter react to LVG (Louis van Gaal – Manchester United FC manager’s) sacking and Mourinho’s appointment. 

RasheedAB – gotta do the dishes bruv

Mohamed Martell – Mate Chelsea are currently 3 pts above relegation and I have grad school applications due soon. Maybe next time? 

SOURCES:
Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984
“Fight for IS? Sorry bruv, I’m watching Netflix” – Moments, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/i/moments/681047889490096129
Iyad Al-Baghdadi and contributors.
IMAGE CREDIT:
PUGS ღ, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/BestOfPugs

 

 

 

PHOTO MOMENT: Hold that pose!!

 

“Hold that pose!”

“That’s the trouble about being a squirrel photographer….all my subjects seem a bit nuts!”

 

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Two red squirrels frolic about in the snow, while one realises her dream of being an ace photographer. The pages of Squirrel Vogue and National Geographic await.

This photo comes from the wildlife and travel collection of Zoraida Palacios, who describes herself as a defender and protector of animals. She is also an art lover with a degree in administration. The tweet was created by Britannia PR, known fully as Britannia Communications Partnership Digital Communications Agency. This public relations agency was ranked number one in a list of 500 agencies in March 2015 on Klout, Peer Index, Kred and Social Authority. Their Twitter account often shares amazing example of scenic and natural photography, as well as images from around the British Isles. They are based in London.

SOURCES:
Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984
Britannia PR, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/Britanniacomms
IMAGE CREDIT:
Zoraida Palacios, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/ZoraidaPalacios

PHOTO MOMENT: The lady and the clouds – Katerina Plotnikova

Photography by Katerina Plotnikova 

A woman in a dark blue dress attempts to liberate the sky from the clouds, summoning strength amidst the drab. She battles on, beyond the unforgiving and featureless landscape.

A photograph made by Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova  – another tale of wonderland – born in 1987, she specialises in graceful landscapes and people and animals embracing, uniting as one in friendship. She operates from Moscow.

This picture was shared by Traceyanne McCartney via Judy Adamson.

SOURCE/IMAGE CREDITS:
“HEM Bloggers List” – The Half-Eaten Mind, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/halfeatenmind/lists/hem-bloggers-list
Judy Adamson, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/JudyAdamson
Traceyanne McCartney, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/jasmoonbutterfl
“About” – Katerina Plotnikova Photography, Facebook, Facebook Inc https://www.facebook.com/KaterinaPlotnikovaPhotography/info?tab=page_info