Zika virus threatens the Americas, Twitter loses four executives, and Democrats on the elections warpath.
“Sometimes it’s better to light a flamethrower than to curse the darkness.”
– Terry Pratchett
|WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING|
The deadly Zika virus is set to spread throughout the Americas. With the exception of Canada and Chile, the mosquito-borne virus is likely to spread to virtually every other country, including the United States. The virus has been linked to thousands of infected babies in Brazil.
Two anti-abortion activists have been indicted by a grand jury in the United States. The two individuals had filmed foetal tissue procurement at Planned Parenthood, while claiming the organisation was “harvesting baby body parts”. The two are now charged with tampering with government records, which could see them in prison for up to 20 years if found guilty.
The departure of four Twitter executives has sent the social media giant’s shares tumbling. Falling 5.3 percent overnight, the departure of media head Katie Jacobs Stanton, product head Kevin Weil, the head of the engineering division, Alex Roetter and HR head Brian ‘Skip’ Schipper has had a clear reverberation on perceptions of the company’s growth struggles. Twitter, it seems, is suffering from an inability to grow beyond its staple of dog selfies and food pics.
The number of beers Australian cricketer David Boon drank on a flight to England, just before an Ashes tour.
|FACTS OF THE DAY|
Fact of the day: Bagpipes, haggis, kilts, whisky and tartan all originated from outside Scotland. Chicken Tikka Masala, however, comes from the exotic city of Glasgow.
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