Emoji have come a long way since the early days of smiley faces and fax machine icons. Along with the range of skin tones that have been part of the standard set of emoji for years now, Unicode’s most recent emoji drop also included icons for hearing aids, canes used by the blind and visually impaired, motorized and manual wheelchairs, prosthetic legs and arms, service and guide dogs, and even menstrual blood. All of these emoji are in service of “filling in the gaps in the original encoding set,” says Mark Davis, president and cofounder of Unicode and the chair of the standards organization’s emoji subcommittee in an interview. That original encoding set came from Japan and evolved to contain a lot of gender-based stereotypes as well as skin-tone uniformity, and Davis says these glaring gaps “were clearly not presenting a uniform view of human beings.” Despite Unicode’s recent progress, one notable group still hasn’t been granted … [Read more...] about Emoji keep getting more inclusive. So why is there no trans pride flag?
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Follow recent figures showing a rise in anti-semitic attacks in France, Euronews' Hassan Refaei asked Pascale Alhadeff, director of the Jewish Museum in Brussels what she made of the current situation. Her answers were sent on email. Four years ago, four people were killed when a gunman opened fire at the museum. Question Hassan Refaei: French government statistics published last week that nearly 500 anti-Semitic attacks happened in the country last year, an increase of 74 percent in comparison with 2017. In your opinion, is this escalation in anti-Semitism intensifying in France in particular, or perhaps you find that it is a wave moving throughout Europe, and what is the specificity of France in this context? Pascale Alhadeff: Anti-Semitism remains pervasive across the EU and has become disturbingly normalized. The phenomenon is not limited to France. The escalation and specificity of France is that it is taking place within a context of social protests. Anti-Semitic acts happened … [Read more...] about What is anti-semitism and why is it spreading in Europe?
The Al-Ula governorate in Saudi Arabia is an area packed with prehistoric sites and landmarks. Located in the northwestern part of the kingdom, around 325km northeast of the city of Medina, traces found in Al-Ula date back to the Bronze Age. Amongst the many relics stands Madain Saleh, a UNESCO World Heritage site which known to be the second largest Nabatean capital (behind only Petra). A set of well-preserved 1st century BC tombs and structures was once a thriving metropolis, setting the scene for the Silk Road and a vast trading empire. The area also contains evidence of even earlier civilizations such as the Manaen’s of Yemen and Lihyanite of Arabia. A 20-minute drive away from Madain Saleh, the Ikmah mountain is another of Al Ula’s cultural treasures. Rock inscriptions dating as far back as 2,000 years ago reveal the names of tribes and the laws of the Liaynaite inhabitants. AL-ULA PLAYS ITS PART IN SAUDI ARABIA’S 2030 VISION Being a hidden treasure from Saudi … [Read more...] about Why is Al-Ula paving the way towards tourism in Saudi Arabia?
MANILA - Philippine journalists planned to hold a rally on Friday in support of media freedom after the arrest of an award-winning head of a news website sparked condemnation of the government. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, who is free on bail, is charged with cyber libel in the latest case against the website filed by agencies of the government, which denies stifling the press. WHAT IS RAPPLER? Ressa and associates started Rappler on Facebook in 2011 and it became a news website in 2012. "Rappler" comes from combining "rap" and "ripple", meaning to discuss and to make a wave. It covers everything from business to politics. WHO OWNS AND FUNDS IT? Parent firm Rappler Holdings has four major shareholders with combined stakes of nearly 91 percent. They include Ressa (23.8 percent), media firm Dolphin Fire Group (31 percent), business incubator Hatchd Group (17.9 percent) and angel investor Benjamin So (17.9 percent). Rappler is funded by advertising, has a premium membership and has engaged in … [Read more...] about EXPLAINER: Why is the Philippine government accused of going after media?
The two images in the post purportedly show the southern city of Davao, where Duterte served as mayor for over two decades before he was elected president in May 2016. Below is a screenshot of the post: The text above the photos in the post, when translated to English, says: “Here is how disciplined the people of Davao city are. The surroundings are so clean and there is no garbage.” The top photo shows a yellow bridge with a man on a bike, while the photo below it shows a building with a logo above the entrance. Using reverse search, AFP traced the top photo to this 2014 blog about bikeways in Marikina city. Marikina city is part of Metro Manila, about 1,500 kilometers (950 miles) from Davao. Here is the city’s official website. Below is a screenshot of that blog. This search using Google maps in street view further proves that bikeway existed in Marikina city in 2014. The image from the Google maps and the false Facebook post contains these three same … [Read more...] about FACT CHECK: No, these pictures do not show the ‘clean’ hometown of Duterte