Twitter launches new reply feature
Twitter has launched a new feature, which lets users control who can reply to them.The company began testing the initiative in May and on Tuesday (11.08.20) launched the settings, which will allow users to choose whether to allow everyone to reply to tweets, only people they follow or only people they mention.Suzanne Xie, Director of Product Management at Twitter, said in a blog post: "Since your Tweet = your space, we've been testing new settings to give people more control over the conversations they start. Sometimes people are more comfortable talking about what's happening when they can ch...
A COVID 'silver lining': You can start drug treatment over the phone — and more people are starting to
SEATTLE — Denny Bos’s ministry is the foothills of Mt. Baker, in east Whatcom County, Wash., a vast forest home to hundreds of people without addresses. Some live in ramshackle RVs, some in tents, some under tarps.People go there when they lose their jobs or homes, when their addictions get too serious, or to get away from society, Bos said.“They just disappear into the woods,” said Bos, who’s had to build trust to be accepted into the camps.When Bos, a former pastor who runs Seeds of Hope Ministries, finds someone who’s ready for drug treatment, it used to be hard to get them to go see a doct...
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Billie Eilish: Social media can be a motor for change
Be it TikTok, Snapchat or Whatsapp - a normal part of most teenagers' day can seem strange to older people. Stereotypes abound, such as young people being disinterested and rebellious, and wasting all their time on meaningless content on their devices.But singer-songwriter Billie Eilish defends her generation and their virtual habits. The popstar has won five Grammy awards, and her debut album "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" reached number one in the US and British charts, among other countries.In a Zoom interview with dpa, the 18-year-old, who has over 70 million followers on socia...
The Weeknd has donated $300,000 to people in Beirut
The Weeknd has donated $300,000 to victims of the devastating explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.The 'Starboy' hitmaker made the whopping donation to citizens of Lebanon's capital city who were affected by the shocking blast in a warehouse in the city last week, which killed over 200 people, and left more than 6,000 people injured.According to TMZ, The Weeknd's funds will go to help people who were injured, people whose loved ones died, and people who were left homeless by the tragic explosion, and will be split between the World Food Programme, the Lebanese Red Cross and the country's Children's Ce...
Peru reimposes Sunday curfews to stop virus spike
Lima (AFP) - Peru will re-impose a ban on people leaving their homes on Sundays and outlaw family parties, authorities said Wednesday as the nation reported a record number of new coronavirus cases.Since the government started lifting containment measures on July 1, the number of new cases per day has more than doubled.On Wednesday the government reported 8,875 infections, which surpassed the previous record set at the end of May."We have to take a step back in the measures we were relaxing," President Martin Vizcarra said. "From this Sunday the mandatory curfew will return on a national level...
Three dead in Scottish train crash
Stonehaven (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Three people died when a passenger train derailed in northeast Scotland on Wednesday, police said, following heavy rains and severe flooding across parts of the region overnight.The crash occurred in the morning close to the town of Stonehaven, around 25 kilometres (15 miles) south of Aberdeen. Smoke could be seen rising from the scene in pictures broadcast on television news channels."Very sadly despite the best efforts of paramedics, we can confirm that three people have been pronounced dead at the scene," British Transport Police said in a statement.The d...
Virgin Galactic Unveils Design Of Spaceship’s Cabin [Photos]
Virgin Galactic unveiled the cabin design for their new plane that promises to bring tourists to space in the near future.“This cabin has been designed specifically to allow thousands of people like you and me to achieve the dream of spaceflight safely – and that is incredibly exciting,” said Virgin Galactic’s founder Richard Branson in the reveal video.Although the company originally planned for the cabin reveal to happen in real life, due to the pandemic they pivoted to a virtual reveal that allowed journalists, fans and potential investors to see the inside of the new spacecraft from home.“...
Florida's hospitals show signs that coronavirus may be waning. For now, at least
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Hospitalization rates, the most timely indicator for how severe the COVID pandemic is in Florida, are showing signs that the state finally may have the virus more under control.While people still are arriving at Florida hospitals struggling for breath, they are coming in fewer numbers than just three weeks ago, when new hospitalizations for the coronavirus hit a high in the state.“Hospitalizations are the real measure, and we are seeing declining admissions and increasing discharges,” said Dr. Zoran Bursac, chair of the Department of Biostatistics at Florida Internation...
More than 170 dead in Yemen floods
Flash floodstriggered by torrential rains have killed at least 172 people acrossYemenover the past month, damaging homes and UNESCO-listed world heritage sites, officials said.The destruction has dealt a new blow to a country already in the grips of what the United Nations describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis after years of war between a Saudi-backed government and Iran-allied rebels.In the mainly government-held province of Maarib east of the capital, 19 children were among 30 people killed by the floods, a government official said.In the province's displaced persons camps, 1,34...