A FRENCH town called Bitche has been cancelled by Facebook – because it sounds like a sexist insult. Now other French places with names including Arse, Anus, Condom, and Pussy also risk being cancelled by the Facebook algorithms. Officials in the small community on the River Horn, on the German border, on Tuesday confirmed that the page "has been censored" since last month. “We’ve appealed but this can take a long while,” said a town hall spokesman in Bitche, which has a population of just 5000." In the meantime, they have renamed their Facebook page ‘Mairie 57230’ – a combination of the word for ‘town hall’ and their postcode. Valérie Degouy, a spokesperson for Bitche, told local radio: “I appealed on 19 March but [the page] hasn’t reappeared again. I have tried every way to contact Facebook, through the different forms, but there is nothing more to do. "I tried to send a private message on the Facebook France page, I left about 10 messages every day. "I was … [Read more...] about French town of BITCHE cancelled by Facebook for its ‘offensive’ name… so will Orgy, Condom and Pussy be next?
The race to succeed Angela Merkel as the 2021 chancellor candidate for Germany's biggest political bloc has come down to the two men who also happen to be the two most powerful state premiers in Germany: North Rhine-Westphalia's Armin Laschet and Bavaria's Markus Söder . The stakes could not be higher. Whoever wins this week would likely become the favorite to be Germany's next chancellor after September. Both are the current leaders of the two parts of the conservative alliance that has dominated German politics since the foundation of the Federal Republic in 1949: Laschet heads the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), while Söder runs its Bavaria-only sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU). A week of tense negotiations is now underway, with observers wondering who will break rank first. Watch video 02:10 Share Who will succeed Merkel? Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram … [Read more...] about German conservatives split by search for Merkel’s successor
Video Player Close Photo taken on April 12, 2021 shows a screen displaying a website page of Hanover Messe 2021 Digital Edition in Berlin, capital of Germany. This year's Hanover Messe under the headline "Industrial Transformation" would showcase what factories, energy systems and supply chains of the future would look like, according to the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fair kicked off on Monday digitally and will run until Friday. (Xinhua/Shan Yuqi) BERLIN, April 12 (Xinhua) -- The German industry entered the Hanover Messe with an optimistic forecast and is expecting industrial production in 2021 to increase by 8 percent compared to the previous year, the Federation of German Industries (BDI) announced on Monday. "Foreign trade is becoming a key growth lever -- particularly with the economic locomotives the United States and China," said BDI President Siegfried Russwurm on Monday at the start of the Hanover Messe, one … [Read more...] about German industry opens Hanover Messe with optimism for future
On Tuesday morning, the US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a release acknowledging an extremely rare clotting disorder was associated with the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine. The problem is actually less than a one-in-a-million issue; in data from the US, where 6.8 million doses of this vaccine have been used, there have only been six instances of the clotting problem detected. Because the clots call for an unusual treatment, however, the organizations are calling for a pause in administering the shot. This will provide them with time to ensure the medical community is aware of the appropriate treatment. This is not the first vaccine to create extremely rare clotting issues. They've also been seen following use of the AstraZeneca vaccine . The problem appears to be caused by the harmless virus (an Adenovirus) that carries a single gene from SARS-CoV-2 in order to elicit an immune response. The leading … [Read more...] about J&J COVID vaccine use paused due to one-in-a-million complication
Do Van Chien named President of VFF Central Committee Do Van Chien, President of the VFF Central Committee for the ninth tenure, speaks at the meeting in Hanoi on April 12 Do Van Chien, Secretary of the Party Central Committee and Secretary of the Party Delegation of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF), has been assigned as President of the VFF Central Committee for the ninth tenure (2019-2024). The VFF Central Committee held a meeting in Hanoi on April 12 to discuss the appointment of its President and additional members to its Presidium. All in attendance agreed to assign Chien as a member of the VFF Central Committee and its Presidium, and President of the VFF Central Committee for the ninth tenure. His predecessor, Politburo member Tran Thanh Man, was recently elected Vice Chairman of the 14th National Assembly (NA). In his inauguration address, Chien said the VFF should push ahead with performing its duties in the election of deputies to the 15th NA and all-level … [Read more...] about VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES APRIL 13