Posts Tagged ‘wrote’

Xiaomi mocked online after spending 3 years on new logo that looks almost identical to the original

Posted by RT on April 2, 2021  |   Comments Off on Xiaomi mocked online after spending 3 years on new logo that looks almost identical to the original

Chinese smartphone-maker Xiaomi was ridiculed online after it unveiled a new version of its company logo, which surprisingly looks almost identical to the old one.

The revamped logo that was unveiled this week looks like a slightly rounded version of the previous logo. The colors have remained the same – orange and white.

Chinese social media users were baffled at how little was changed, considering that the redesign took three years to develop and reportedly cost two million yuan ($305,000). Many joked that the company’s co-founder and CEO Lei Jun “got scammed” and should “call the police.” Others claimed that they could have come up with a new logo for a much cheaper price.

The South China Morning Post (SCMP) quoted a person writing online as saying “I can do this for 20,000 yuan,” and another adding “Or 2,000.”

English-speakers did not seem impressed either, arguing on social media that the old and the new logos were almost identical. “Haha spot the difference,” one person wrote, while others called the redesign “a joke” and poked fun at the hashtag #InnovationForEveryone, which Xiaomi used to promote the new logo.

“I could have made that for half the price the designer did[,] it’s nothing new,” one user wrote in English.

Japanese graphic designer Kenya Hara, who created the new logo, called it “a perfect balance between a square and a circle,” that captures Xiaomi’s “inner spirit.” He said the design was inspired by geometry and mathematics.

Lei acknowledged that some might be “disappointed” by the change. “I suppose many people would say, ‘That’s it? That took three years?’” he wrote in a post on Chinese social media platform Weibo, according to SCMP. He argued that the redesign represents an upgrade of the company’s “internal spirit and qualities.”

"To be honest, I didn't get it at the first sight, but I've grown to like it a lot. It's the best representation of today's Xiaomi," Lei wrote on Twitter.

Also on rt.com
FILE PHOTO. A man walks past a Xiaomi store in Beijing, China.
US judge temporarily removes China’s Xiaomi from Trump-era blacklist

Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!

Macarena past curfew! Probe launched after Paris police caught throwing farewell party in violation of Covid-19 rules

Posted by RT on January 28, 2021  |   Comments Off on Macarena past curfew! Probe launched after Paris police caught throwing farewell party in violation of Covid-19 rules

The Paris police authority has promised sanctions after a viral video showed several officers throwing a dance party at a station way past the city’s strict nighttime curfew. They did not follow social-distancing rules either.

“The send-off party was organized at the Aubervilliers police station while the curfew was in effect, and without any respect for social distancing rules,” the French capital’s regional police tweeted.

“An administrative investigation is being carried out, and administrative sanctions will be taken against the participants.”

The video, published by the new website Loopsider on Wednesday, shows maskless officers doing the Macarena, dancing to other popular tunes, and hanging out close to each other.

According to the outlet, the farewell party for a lieutenant who was being transferred, took place on the evening of January 22 and lasted until around 3am. Under the existing curfew, everyone must stay at home from 6pm to 6am, unless they are out for work or essential trips like picking up groceries or medicine. Rule-breakers face being fined.

The local police chief reportedly told subordinates they could have a few drinks as long as they do it “in a small group and with respect for distancing.”

The party was held in a recreation room, where only a maximum of six people could be at once, as per Covid-19 restrictions. But around 30 people had gathered there, Loopsider said.

Also on rt.com
French Prime Minister Jean Castex exits the Elysee Palace in Paris, France following the weekly cabinet meeting, January 27, 2021. © Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters
Third lockdown looms in France as Senate extends government’s ‘stay-at-home’ powers until early May

The video quickly sparked backlash on social media. Twitter users accused the police of double standards, since they are entrusted with enforcing the curfew. “The culture of impunity! The rules are for the commoners, not for the sheriffs,” one wrote.

“Scandalous. They issue warnings and fines for the noise at nighttime, and, on the other hand, they are above the law. As usual!” another vented.

Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!

‘Who would do that?’ Austrians shocked after seeing VIDEOS of vandal trashing memorial to victims of Vienna terrorist attack

Posted by RT on December 7, 2020  |   Comments Off on ‘Who would do that?’ Austrians shocked after seeing VIDEOS of vandal trashing memorial to victims of Vienna terrorist attack

People in Austria have been left shocked and outraged after an unidentified vandal destroyed a memorial in honor of the victims of November’s deadly Islamist attack in Vienna. The incident was captured on camera.

Videos first published by local media show a masked person in a blue hat stepping on memorial candles and repeatedly kicking them around while holding something resembling a grocery bag.

Police spokesperson Markus Dittrich said they were studying the security camera footage.

The impromptu memorial with flowers and candles spang up outside the city’s main synagogue, at the place where an Islamist gunman began his deadly rampage last month.

https://www.facebook.com/alexander.augustin/posts/10159131401886096

People were shocked to find the candles scattered across the cobbled street on Sunday. “Who would do something like this? As a society, we must stand together,” Beate Meinl-Reisinger, the chairwoman of the NEOS – The New Austria and Liberal Forum party, wrote on Twitter before the video was leaked.

Many were even more outraged after seeing the vandal in action. According to the newspaper Heute, Dietmar Schwingenschrot, a local politician from the right-wing Freedom Party of Austria (FPO), has offered 1,000 euros ($1,212) to anyone “catching” the perpetrator.

The vandal, meanwhile, was called a “pig” and an “a***ole” online, with people saying the attack against the memorial was “stupid” and “disrespectful.” Some suggested the vandal may have been mentally ill. Some people online claimed the vandal was a woman.

“Incidentally, I cannot express what I wish for this person without committing a criminal offense,” a politician from the Austrian People’s Party (OVP), Matthias Arth, tweeted.

On November 2, a terrorist killed four people and wounded 23 others in central Vienna before being shot dead by police. The perpetrator was an Austrian man of Albanian descent who pledged allegiance to ISIS. The terrorist group later claimed responsibility for the attack.

Also on rt.com
FILE PHOTO: Armed police officers patrol near the site of a gun attack in Vienna, Austria, November 4, 2020. © Reuters / Leonhard Foeger
Austrian government steps up protection of churches after Vienna attack in run-up to Christmas

Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!

‘Star Wars’ actor Boyega drops Jo Malone perfume brand for ‘trading one’s culture’ after being swapped for Asian man in Chinese ad

Posted by RT on September 15, 2020  |   Comments Off on ‘Star Wars’ actor Boyega drops Jo Malone perfume brand for ‘trading one’s culture’ after being swapped for Asian man in Chinese ad

British actor John Boyega is quitting as global ambassador for the UK perfume and scented candles giant Jo Malone after the company replaced him with a local actor in a commercial made for the Chinese market.

Boyega said that the original ad, which he created and directed, celebrated his “personal story,” featuring his hometown, friends and family members.

The company also shot an ad tailored for the Chinese market, keeping most themes and elements from the original concept, but replacing Boyega with popular actor Liu Haoran. Boyega said that it was “wrong” to do so without his consent.

“While many brands understandably use a variety of global and local ambassadors, dismissively trading out one’s culture this way is not something I can condone,” the actor wrote on Twitter.

The company had earlier apologized to both Boyega and Haoran, saying that “the concept for the film was based on John’s personal experiences and should not have been replicated.”

Commenters online largely supported Boyega’s decision to step down as ambassador for Jo Malone.

“They wanted to appear as trailblazers but weren’t brave enough to take the fight where it was needed, let alone the fact they stole your artistic direction & thought they could repurpose without permission,” a ‘heritage consultancy’ firm, Past Future, wrote.

Some were quick to allege that racism was in play and brought up the Chinese promotional poster for the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where Boyega’s character was featured far less prominently than in the US version.

Others mentioned the Chinese laundry detergent ad from 2016, where a woman puts a black man in the washing machine to turn him Asian. The campaign was accused of being racist as the time.

Some, however, pointed out that Jo Malone, whose main office is based in London, was likely responsible for shooting a different version of Boyega’s ad. “This isn't about the Chinese government, it's about the company he was working for,” on person wrote.

Boyega made headlines earlier this month, when he accused Disney, the current owner of the Star Wars franchise, of sidelining his character in the movies, while giving “all the nuance” to his white castmates. 

Also on rt.com
John Boyega poses for photographers as he arrives for the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' in London
‘Star Wars’ actor who joined protests doesn’t care if it DESTROYS his career. But he forgot Hollywood only punishes the OTHER side

Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!

Rahul Gandhi slams Indian PM Modi for being ‘busy with peacocks’ amid alarming Covid-19 numbers

Posted by RT on September 14, 2020  |   Comments Off on Rahul Gandhi slams Indian PM Modi for being ‘busy with peacocks’ amid alarming Covid-19 numbers

High-profile Indian opposition politician Rahul Gandhi has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of telling people to "save themselves" while failing to tackle the Covid-19 outbreak.

"India's coronavirus cases will cross [five million] this week and active cases will cross [one million]," the lawmaker from the opposition Indian National Congress party wrote on Twitter.

"The Modi government said 'be self-reliant,' which meant 'save your own lives' because the prime minister is busy with peacocks," Gandhi added.

He was referring to a video that Modi shared on social media last month, in which he was sitting and walking with peacocks, as well as feeding the birds at his residence.

Gandhi was been a vocal critic of the government's response to coronavirus since the start of the outbreak. Officials have pushed back against his attacks in the past, with Information Minister Prakash Javadekar saying in July that "the Congress will become a party of tweets as they are doing no work among the people."

India imposed a nationwide lockdown on March 25 and has since been gradually easing the quarantine restrictions. Meanwhile, the infection continued to spread as 92,701 new Covid-19 cases were reported on Monday, with 1,136 more deaths.

Also on rt.com
Medical workers treat patients infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a hospital in New Delhi ©  REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
‘Instead of ending Covid-19, he ended the jobs’: Indian opposition figure Rahul Gandhi slams PM Modi for epidemic response

Overall, India has had 4.8 million cases since the start of the outbreak, according to government data. Almost 80,000 people have died.

In May, Modi rolled out a stimulus package dubbed the 'Self-Reliant India Scheme,' which is aimed at aiding and boosting the economy during the Covid-19 crisis.

Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!

Police chief hits back at Swedish scholars who suggest ‘racist’ force should be dismantled or reduced

Posted by RT on July 20, 2020  |   Comments Off on Police chief hits back at Swedish scholars who suggest ‘racist’ force should be dismantled or reduced

A police chief in Sweden rejected as "political activism" the view of two university scholars who claimed that law enforcers are driving criminality up with alleged "racism," instead of solving the problem.

Lund University's Ida Nafstad and Amin Parsa wrote an opinion piece in a local newspaper Sydsvenskan, claiming that the police was "an outdated power based on structural racism". 

The scholars accused law enforcement of using minority groups "as a laboratory to test new and non-certified tools," such as face recognition technology. They cited IBM, which have previously said that such technology may promote "racial profiling."

The scholars added that by checking certain neighborhoods (the police's National Operations Department labels them "especially vulnerable areas"), the police produce crime statistics that legitimize more control of poor neighborhoods, while well-to-do areas are not controlled in the same way at all.

Also on rt.com
© Flickr / brian.ch
Would you like bullets with that? Swedish gangsters unload on McDonald’s with AK-47 in drive-by shooting (VIDEO)

Some districts in Swedish cities have effectively become no-go zones where, as some media report, even the police are instructed not to patrol. The police deny that such zones exist. 

In 2019, UPS postal service announced it had stopped delivering mail to some areas of Malmo due to the high risk posed to their drivers. 

Concluding their opinion article, Nafstad and Parsa suggested the police must be dismantled or, at least, reduced. That, according to the scientists, could be an alternative to the alleged racist tactics as people need more jobs, not police officers and drone surveillance.

Firing back, head of Gothenburg Police Erik Nord dismissed the article via his Twitter account on Monday. 

Nord said that "it is not uncommon for political activism, helpfully disguised as science," to flourish at universities and colleges. The officer insisted that most people would rather see more police on the streets than tax-funded activism in academia.

Nord has been rather a controversial person himself. In 2017, the country's attorney general vowed to launch an investigation over Nord's suggestions of deporting Islamic extremists from the country. The case was never opened, however, as the officer apologized for his remarks. 

Also on rt.com
a crowd of refugees arrives in Malmo © Reuters / TT News Agency
Civil war or bright future? Sweden beckons more migrants with ‘land of benefits’ website as ex-Scania CEO predicts grave conflict

According to a study conducted for the Global Village Foundation, 53 percent of respondents in Sweden said that police development had moved in the right direction over the past five years. 

Official statistics show that the crime rate in Sweden has been more or less flat. In 2019, it was 15,064 crimes per 100,000 residents, down from 15,239 the previous year, and from 15,342 in 2015, the highest point during a 10-year period.   

Meanwhile, calls to defund the police have gained momentum in the US, where the Black Lives Matter movement believes Americans can survive without law enforcement as it is now.

This is a response to brutality and racial inequalities in policing. Defunding the force does not necessarily mean getting rid of the police altogether. Rather, it would mean reducing police budgets and reallocating those funds to education, public health, housing, and youth services.

Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!

Coronavirus to burn out ‘naturally’ BEFORE vaccine? Former WHO oncologist says there’s ‘REAL chance’ of that

Posted by RT on May 17, 2020  |   Comments Off on Coronavirus to burn out ‘naturally’ BEFORE vaccine? Former WHO oncologist says there’s ‘REAL chance’ of that

Covid-19 could be “petering out by itself” before the world comes up with any vaccine, a leading academic, formerly the World Health Organization’s (WHO) top oncologist has said.

“There’s a real chance that the virus will burn out naturally before any vaccine is developed,” Karol Sikora, the dean of the University of Buckingham’s medical school, wrote on Twitter.

We’re seeing a roughly similar pattern everywhere – I suspect we have more immunity than estimated. We need to keep slowing the virus, but it could be petering out by itself.

The statement triggered quite a response, making Sikora later clarify that it was hi personal opinion and he was positing a “feasible scenario” that might be possible in the current “unknown situation.” The scientist went on to say that no one knows “what will happen for sure” and urged the public to stick to social distancing rules.

Countries and companies across the world have been racing to develop a vaccine against Covid-19, which has claimed more than 312,000 lives thus far, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Earlier this week, the WHO revealed that eight vaccine candidates are currently undergoing clinical trials, while another 110 candidates are now under pre-clinical evaluation. Nations including Britain and China have begun testing vaccines on humans.

Also on rt.com
Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the White House, accompanied by Dr. Debbie Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci, May 15, 2020 © Reuters / Kevin Lamarque
Trump says govt will work at ‘WARP SPEED’ to deliver vaccine BEFORE year’s end

However, it is still unclear when an effective cure will be ready, given that successful development is projected to take months or even years.

Moreover, the head of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, warns there is “no guarantee that the vaccine is actually going to be effective.”

Despite years of research and testing, there is still no vaccine for the severe acute respiratory syndrome, known as SARS, which had its first outbreak in 2002, or for the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), which started its rapid spread in 2012.

Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!

‘2020 is like Hunger Games’: Italians shocked as EARTHQUAKE hits Rome week after Covid-19 lockdown relaxed

Posted by RT on May 11, 2020  |   Comments Off on ‘2020 is like Hunger Games’: Italians shocked as EARTHQUAKE hits Rome week after Covid-19 lockdown relaxed

Many Italians were awakened in the middle of the night as the capital was shaken by an earthquake. This came several days after the government began easing quarantine rules, following nearly two months of a nationwide lockdown.

A 3.3-magnitude earthquake struck shortly after 5am local time. Its epicenter was located near the town of Fonte Nuova, around 15km (9.3 miles) from Rome. However, the tremors were felt by many in the capital.

A 3.3-magnitude earthquake struck shortly after 5am local time. Its epicenter was located near the town of Fonte Nuova, around 15km (9.3 miles) from Rome. However, the tremors were felt by many in the capital.

Although emergency response officials did not record any casualties or damage, frightened residents flocked to social media to describe how they were awakened by the sudden quakes, which were “brief, but intense” one person said.

Others responded with a bit of dark humor, alluding to the fact that the earthquake appeared amid the raging Covid-19 pandemic, with Italy being among the hardest-hit nations.

“2020 is like the Hunger Games: whoever makes it out alive on December 31 wins,” a Twitter user joked.

Also on rt.com
File photo © REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello
Milan branded a ticking Covid-19 time 'BOMB' by Italian virologist as people flout precautions after lockdown eased

“When 2020 thinks you are relaxing too much and occasionally reminds you that the world is destroying itself,” another person wrote.

“We missed the earthquake, but when will 2020 end?” one commenter quipped.

Italy began gradually relaxing its quarantine restrictions last week after nearly two months of a nationwide lockdown, as more businesses were allowed to resume work, while maintaining safety protocols and distancing rules.

Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!

Ankara claims reports of faulty PPE shipment to UK are part of campaign to ‘defame’ Turkey

Posted by RT on May 8, 2020  |   Comments Off on Ankara claims reports of faulty PPE shipment to UK are part of campaign to ‘defame’ Turkey

Media reports about a large shipment of Turkish-made personal protective equipment (PPE) failing quality standards upon arrival in the UK are baseless smears, Ankara has claimed. The story has caused headaches for Downing Street.

A report first published by the Telegraph and later picked up by other outlets alleged that 400,000 items of PPE sent to the United Kingdom to help battle coronavirus were deemed unusable. 

However, Turkey’s communications director, Fahrettin Altun, wrote on Twitter on Friday that allegations suggesting the medical garments were substandard are part of a campaign to “defame” the country.

He claimed that the media were caught in a “vortex of lies” and that the reports have been “refuted.”

Dominick Chilcott, the UK’s ambassador to Turkey, also pushed back against the “untrue” claims.

“A small number of gowns from a private supplier have failed tests. But more gowns from that supplier have passed tests and are suitable for use in the NHS,” the British diplomat insisted.

Also on rt.com
Personal protective equipment (PPE) delivered from Turkey into a Royal Air Force base in Carterton, Britain, April 10, 2020.
‘When clowns purchase gowns’: UK govt skewered after ALL 400,000 items of PPE bought from Turkey fail inspection

His assessment seems to be at odds with Downing Street, however. According to the BBC, the prime minister’s spokesman said the NHS was in talks with the supplier to get a replacement order. Adding more confusion, however, a spokesman for the Turkish company which supplied the goods told the news outlet that they had not received any complaints and that all items had been certified.

Issues with the shipment of Turkish PPE was originally highlighted by the Tory government as proof of its pro-active approach to combating Covid-19. Reports that the medical garments turned out to be of no use sparked outrage across the UK, with politicians and citizens alike lambasting Downing Street for its purported carelessness.

Like this story? Share it with a friend!

Beware #AprilFoolsDay! Social media users rally against Covid-19 jokes and falsehoods

Posted by RT on April 1, 2020  |   Comments Off on Beware #AprilFoolsDay! Social media users rally against Covid-19 jokes and falsehoods

The coronavirus has put a damper on April Fools’ Day this year, with calls not to spread fake news about the pandemic, and people on social media urging others not to joke about Covid-19 or its possible cures.

On Wednesday, the Indian government used the hashtag #AprilFools to urge everyone not to “make #Coronavirus a joke” and stay vigilant against false rumors about the rapidly-spreading disease.

Earlier, acting in a similar vein, the Delhi police sent out a tweet asking people not to use April Fools’ Day to disseminate falsehoods (but at least did so in a humorous manner).

Not only in India, but all over the world, Twitter users say April Fools’ Day should be “cancelled” this year because it’s “not a time to joke” in the middle of a pandemic.

“Keep your jokes to yourself because this whole year has been one already. Many of us just wanna survive,” one person wrote. “No #AprilFools jokes. People are going through enough. It won’t go over well,” another said.

“April Fools Day is CANCELLED this year,” Jamaican politician Chris Tufton wrote, adding that the spread of false information “leads to public panic and unnecessary anxiety.”

Some commenters specifically asked everyone to refrain from joking about being diagnosed with Covid-19 or potential cures.

Overall, around 860,800 people have tested positive for Covid-19 worldwide, and more than 42,300 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Also on rt.com
Hearses leave an ice rink used as a morgue in Madrid. ©REUTERS / Susana Vera
Covid-19 deaths in Europe spike past 30,000 – AFP tally

Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!

  • Head Office

    AfriSat Investments Ltd Office 113, 2nd Floor, Medine Mews, Chaussee Street, Port Louis, Mauritius
    Telephone : +230 212 99840
    Email : info@afrisatinvestments.com
    Mobile : +27 79 100 4087
    Website : www. afrisatinvestments.com
  • Map

    Click to open larger map