Facebook Activates Safety Checks For Nigeria

facebookPopular social media platform, Facebook Inc, has activated its “safety check” feature after deadly blasts in Nigeria on Tuesday, following criticism from users that the social media network was being selective about deploying it.

Facebook usually activates the feature, which allows users to mark themselves as safe, after natural disasters, but not bombings or attacks.

The social network, however, activated it after Friday’s gun and bomb attacks in Paris, drawing criticism from some users, because the feature was not activated for suicide bombings in Beirut, a day earlier.

In a post on his Facebook page, Chief Executive, Mark Zuckerberg, said the feature would now be used more frequently.

Moses May Be Back For Eagles Second Match

Faced with an open group with equal points after the first set of match ended 1-1 between Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Zambia on Monday, Chelsea player Victor Moses is hoping to be back for Nigeria’s Second Match.

After the Burkina Faso match in an interview with Channel Television Sports correspondent Joe Ighile, coach Keshi said he hopes that Victor Moses will be fit for Nigeria’s second match which will be against the last edition champions Zambia on Friday.

Moses who via his social media network; Twitter lamented his not being involved in the Burkina Faso match.

The Super Eagles couldn’t keep their one -nil lead as they conceded to the Burkinabe in the 94th minute.

Moses sustained a minor injury during the last practice game in Portugal where he had an hamstring and was said to be back again fit for game as he joined the rest of the team in training but two days ago, the injury recurred which prompted coach Keshi to leave him on the bench.

Victor Moses hopes that he will be back on the field when Nigeria will clash with Zambia.

Coach Erin Is Dead

A Nigerian athletics coach, Samuel Akinyemi a.k.a Coach Erin is dead.

Damola Osayomi was discovered by ‘Coach Erin’

The late Coach died in a Hospital at Ado Ekiti State on Monday after he was admitted for an undisclosed illness.

Coach Erin as he is fondly called was a respected track and field coach who discovered and nurtured the country’s athletic stars such as Fatimah Yusuf, Seun Ogunkoya and Damola Osayomi into becoming international stars.

Fatimah Yusuf won a gold medal in the 400m sprint at the Commonwealth Games in 1990 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Seun Ogunkoya, regarded as one of the finest sprinters in Africa, held an excellent record as one of the fastest men in the continent.

And the third Nigerian woman to run in the 100m finals at the IAAF World Championships, Damola Osayomi is also the reigning All Africa Games 100m queen.

Commenting on the death of Coach Erin on her Facebook wall, Osayemi said she has always taken coach Erin as her ‘father’ because he helped her in nurturing her talent which brought stardom.

“I woke up this morning (yesterday) with very sad news to my soul that my grassroots coach, the man that brought me up in track and field, a coach like a father to me whom a lot of athletes think is my father, is no more.

“Coach Samuel Akinyemi a.k.a (Erin) is gone. May your gentle soul Rest in Peace, Coach Erin. You contributed a lot to my life. I will forever miss you my coach,”

Other Nigerian athletes who knew Coach Erin also took on the Social Media Network to pay their last respects to the renowned track and field coach.

Iran Launches Mehr, Own Version Of YouTube

Ahmadinejad’s government of Iran has launched a social network website whereby government approved contents only can be allowed to be uploaded unto the website, this has been said to be Iran’s version of YouTube but it is mainly to promote culture and values of Iran.

It will be recalled that the widely known YouTube was blocked by President Ahmadinejad along with other social media networks like Facebook and Twitter have also been blocked.

This move we hear is to block any kind of western influence on the people of Iran in everyway, to curb future uprising against the Ahmadinejad government.

Ahmadinejad decided on the blockage of YouTube when his election was contested after he was declared winner and was followed by a wave of protest which ended up forcing the state to take tough actions against dissidents.

The government has in its pipeline an internet provision outfit which it would be launching to take care of citizens’ connection to the wider web which allows them access to some Western media outlets, Blogs, pornography and social networks like Facebook and Twitter which are already banned in the country.

The move has been widely criticised by the western world as trying to minimise the freedom of the citizens of Iran in web access. http://ir.mehr.ir

Defender David Luiz ruled out of Chelsea-Reading clash

David Luiz Chelsea defender revealed today that he will not be kitting up for Chelsea against Reading in a Premier League clash taking place on tonight as he has picked up a knee injury.

The 25-year-old who partnered John Terry in the centre of the west London outfit’s defence at the DW Stadium during their 2-0 win over Wigan on Sunday passed this information via the social media network Twitter explaining why he had to pull out of Chelsea’s second league game of the season.

David Luiz said in his message that he is a bit sad today, because he will not be playing tonight, revealing that he has a pain in his knee and there is every possibility that Gary Cahill will take up his position in his absence.

He moved to Benfica at the age of 19, remaining with the club five seasons (three complete). He joined Chelsea in January 2011, winning the Champions League and the FA Cup in the following season.

On 31 January 2011, Luiz completed a move to Chelsea for an undisclosed fee, which Benfica confirmed to be €25 million [£20m], on a five-and-a-half-year contract, with Nemanja Matić joining Benfica at the end of the season after his transfer spell away at Vitesse in the Netherlands.

He made his official Premier League debut on 6 February, replacing José Bosingwa in a 1–0 home loss against Liverpool. He made his first start for Chelsea, in a 0–0 draw against Fulham at Craven Cottage, eight days later.

Instantly becoming a cult hero amongst the Chelsea fans, David Luiz was awarded the Barclays Man of the Match award for his performance, despite giving away a penalty in the 93rd minute of the game, which was saved by Petr Čech.

On 1 March, David Luiz scored his first goal for Chelsea, firing in a half volley to help the Blues come from behind to win 2–1 against Manchester United, at Stamford Bridge, with Frank Lampard scoring a late penalty winner.

On 20 March, he scored his second goal for the Blues, heading in from a free kick against Manchester City (2–0 home win), and again receiving the Man of the match award, as well as the Player of the Month for March.

Jakarta, most active Twitter City-Study

The most active tweeting city in the world has been known and this is according to a study conducted by France-based social media monitor Semiocast.

According to Semiocast, Indonesia had the two most active cities one making number one on the list which is Jakarta while Bandung a second Indonesian city came 6th on the same list. The study was made public on Monday on the website of the social media monitor, semiocast.com

On the survey details, for the month of June about 10.6 billion tweets were posted and more than 2% of those came in from Jakarta.

Jakarta was followed closely by Tokyo while London, Manchester, New York, Bandung, Paris, Los Angeles, Chicago and Riyadh followed each other on the table.

It means with this ranking the mentioned cities according to standings show that users from these locations boost the activity of the social media network in their respective cities.

English remains the most used language on Twitter, followed by Japanese, Semiocast said, pointing out that the US is the most active Twitter country, with US-based users posting 25.8 per cent of all public tweets, followed by Japan-based users who posted 10.6 per cent.

Although, Jakarta came in fifth in terms of accounts creation on the social media network after the United States of America, Brazil, Japan and Britain while India, Mexico, Canada, Spain and the Philippines occupied 6th to 10th positions.

Indonesia boasted 29.4 million Twitter user profiles as at the end of June, lower than Britain’s 32.2 million Twitter user profiles, Semiocast said.

Semiocast said up to 517 million Twitter user profiles had been created before July 1, including more than 140 million in the US alone.