52 million people use Reddit every day
How popular is the online forum Reddit? For the first time, the platform has revealed the number of its active users. Some 52 million users go on Reddit everyday. That's less than social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat, but Reddit is claiming growth of 44% compared to 2019."We're sharing [daily active users] for the first time as a more accurate reflection of our user growth and to be more in-line with industry reporting," said Jen Wong, chief operating officer of Reddit, to the Wall Street Journal. She added that her firm claimed an average of 52 million daily usersIt is far less...
Man City boss Pep Guardiola: I feel so good signing new contract
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is delighted with his new contract.Guardiola penned terms to 2023 last week.He wrote in today's match programme notes: "This is the first time I have written to you since signing my new contract."I am delighted to be here, with so many great people supporting me. Khaldoon, Txiki, Ferran, all my backroom staff, my players and our fans – there were so many reasons for me to stay longer and continue trying to win more trophies for this great football club."I have seen many times the support I have received during difficult periods here."For a manager, there is n...
Gaza exports olive oil to Gulf states for the first time
The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture in Gaza announced on Thursday that it will be importing Palestinian olive oil for the first time from the besieged enclave, to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).Speaking to the press, the ministry's Spokesman Adham Al-Basyouni disclosed: "44 tones of olive oil were exported to Arab countries after achieving self-sufficiency for the first time."He stated that his ministry exerted efforts to export the surplus of Gaza's olive oil as part of its support for farmers.Hamdi Al-Jerjawi, a food and agriculture merchant from Gaza, revealed that the ...
The Middle East Monitor
Trudy Rubin: As new White House leadership takes shape, much to give thanks for
Like many Americans, I didn’t fly to a family gathering at Thanksgiving this year – the first time I’d missed it in decades.That got me thinking about the origins of the holiday — beyond the set piece of Mayflower pilgrims and Indians, and beyond the annual turkey gorge fest and Black Friday sales.Rereading a little history I learned that it wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November. In his proclamation Lincoln urged all Americans to ask God to “heal the wounds of the nation.”I thought of Lin...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
SportPesa reveals secret revenues of Sh150 billion
SportPesa has for the first time disclosed its annual sales of Sh149.7 billion, underlining the extent of online sports gambling craze in Kenya and outsized payouts available to wealthy and influential investors behind the betting firm.The firm averaged daily bets worth Sh408 million or Sh149.7 billion in 2018, according to disclosures in court papers.It paid out Sh129.6 billion as winnings, leaving it with Sh20.1 billion that analysts reckon is enough to generate a profit in excess of Sh10 billion to firm with a thin operating expenses, mainly staff.The juicy revenues are enough to pay the sa...
Once upon a time, America had 2 Thanksgivings. It did not go well
SAN DIEGO — Think America is divided now? Eighty years ago, the country couldn’t even agree on when to hold Thanksgiving.The controversy in 1939 split the nation in half, with some states following decades-old tradition and sitting down for turkey on the last Thursday in November, while the others heeded a [directive](In hindsight, the furor may seem overblown — in San Diego, the Union newspaper editorialized against it three times — and its details quaintly humorous. The governor of Maine was so upset he refused to eat turkey at a public event and opened a can of sardines instead.But then, li...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
When was the last time you had a conversation that did not involve COVID-19 in UAE
Dubai: When was the last time you had a conversation that did not involve the novel coronavirus? Trust it was a long time ago when a virus was just a flu and did not involve the deadly five-letter word — COVID! It is hard to blame anyone if they have not spent an evening with friends without uttering the words COVID-19, virus, flu, pandemic or for that matter economy. Especially, given the fact that we are all living a ‘new normal’, one where you cannot step out without wearing a mask, or grapple with reduced salaries and dwindling incomes. Most dinner-table conversations these days are centre...
An exceptional year, an exceptional response
It is not the first time that the youth of my country have excelled. They proudly earn our trust on all occasions, but this year the challenge facing them was exceptional because of the pandemic and the widespread disruption caused to people’s priorities around the world.In the face of a pandemic that no one knows precisely how to confront, Saudi Arabia found itself faced with the responsibility of leading the world’s 20 most powerful economies at the G20 leaders summit.At a time when countries and societies retreated into lockdown in the face of the pandemic, the leadership of my country real...
In appointing John Kerry to top role, Biden shows he’s serious about climate
By appointing former senator and secretary of state John Kerry as the first ever US climate leader, President-elect Joe Biden is sending a clear message. He's not only reversing President Donald Trump’s reversal of America’s commitments to fighting climate change – he also plans to push these commitments much further.“For the first time ever, the United States will have a full-time climate leader who will participate in ministerial level meetings,” Biden said Tuesday, announcing Kerry's appointment as the US’s top climate official.“He will have a seat at every table around the world. For the f...
Pope Francis refers to China's Uighur Muslims as a 'persecuted' for first time
Pope Francis has for the first time called China's Muslim Uighurs a "persecuted" people, breaking his long-time silence on human rights violation allegations in China's Xinjiang region."I think often of persecuted peoples: the Rohingya, the poor Uyghurs, the Yazidi – what ISIS did to them was truly cruel – or Christians in Egypt and Pakistan killed by bombs that went off while they prayed in church," Francis says in his new book, according to CNN.The book, a 150-page collaberation with Austen Ivereigh, "Let Us Dream: The Path to A Better Future," was published on Monday and will go on sale on ...