WhatsApp, an avalanche of news arriving on the messaging app

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WhatsApp is the most used messaging app in the world with over two billion people who actively converse and exchange multimedia content with friends, relatives, colleagues and simple contacts. The company, for years now, continuously improves improvements to keep up with the times and, above all, to contrast the increasingly fierce competition from different fronts.

Among the media that can be shared on WhatsApp there are stickers, or adhesives, which represent a way to explicitly express your mood in a creative way. Unlike other apps, WhatsApp allows you to officially share only static stickers, while animated ones can be downloaded directly from the app only after the installation of official updates in the past few hours. Unfortunately, however, WhatsApp did not give precise timing.

The stickers are therefore not new on WhatsApp, beacuse the app allows you to send and receive them for a long time, and also manage them from third-party sources. With the novelty, however, it becomes possible to download animated stickers directly from the application store, through a more reliable procedure than that possible today. The feature has already appeared for the first users on the latest client beta for iOS and Android.

According to rumors not yet officially confirmed, the company would also be working on the implementation of stickers with loop playback, even if the functionality has not yet been introduced on the clients of the service, even in the experimental variants.

The company has made official in the past few hours also several other news, including the arrival of QR codes (which have also appeared on beta versions for some time) to share their account, the dark mode also on WhatsApp Web and WhatsApp Desktop, and also other minor changes:

  • animated stickers: stickers are increasingly used to communicate on WhatsApp, and our users send billions of them every day. We are implementing new packages of animated stickers that are increasingly fun and expressive
  • QR codes: with new functions, adding a new contact will be even easier. To add a new contact, just frame its QR code. You no longer have to enter the number manually
  • dark mode for WhatsApp Web and Desktop: the beloved dark mode now also arrives on the computer
  • improvements to group video calls: now that you can start a video call with 8 participants, we’ve made it easier to focus on one participant at a time. Just hold down his video to view it in full screen. We have also added a video icon in chats with up to 8 participants, so you can start a group video call with one touch
  • the status also arrives on KaiOS: KaiOS users now have the function that allows you to share updates to the status for 24 hours

    As we have already written, unfortunately, the WhatsApp team has not been precise on the timing within which the news will arrive. The blog says that they are scheduled for the “next few weeks”, for users who will update the client to the latest versions available for download.

3rd july: Saint Thomas the Apostle

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Thomas the Apostle (Biblical Hebrew: תוֹמָאס הקדוש‎; Ancient Greek: Θωμᾶς; also called Didymus (“twin”), was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus according to the New Testament. Thomas is commonly known as “Doubting Thomas” because he doubted Jesus’ resurrection when first told of it (as related in the Gospel of John alone); later, he confessed his faith, “My Lord and my God,” on seeing Jesus’ crucifixion wounds.

According to traditional accounts of the Saint Thomas Christians of modern-day Kerala in India, Thomas is believed to have travelled outside the Roman Empire to preach the Gospel, travelling as far as the Malabar Coast which is in modern-day Kerala. According to their tradition, Thomas reached Muziris (modern-day North Paravur and Kodungalloor in the state of Kerala, India) in AD 52. In 1258, some of the relics were brought to Ortona, in Abruzzo, Italy, where they have been held in the Church of Saint Thomas the Apostle. He is often regarded as the patron saint of India, and the name Thomas remains quite popular among Saint Thomas Christians of India.

1° July – Day of foundation of the Special Administrative Region HONG KONG

Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War, and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under a principle of “one country, two systems“.

Originally a sparsely populated area of farming and fishing villages, the territory has become one of the world’s most significant financial centres and commercial ports. It is the world’s tenth-largest exporter and ninth-largest importer. Hong Kong has a major capitalist service economy characterised by low taxation and free trade, and its currency, the Hong Kong dollar, is the eighth most traded currency in the world. Hong Kong is home to the second-highest number of billionaires of any city in the world, the highest number of billionaires of any city in Asia, and the largest concentration of ultra high-net-worth individuals of any city in the world. Although the city has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world, severe income inequality exists among its residents.[28]

Hong Kong is a highly developed territory and ranks fourth on the UN Human Development Index. The city also has the largest number of skyscrapers of any city in the world, and its residents have some of the highest life expectancies in the world.The dense space also led to a developed transportation network with public transport rates exceeding 90 percent. Hong Kong is ranked sixth in the Global Financial Centres Index and is ranked fourth in Asia after Tokyo, Shanghai and Singapore.

Due to China’s large population and area, the administrative divisions of China have consisted of several levels since ancient times. The constitution of China provides for three de jure levels of government. Currently, however, there are five practical (de facto) levels of local government: the provincial (province, autonomous region, municipality, and special administrative region), prefecture, county, township, and village.Since the 17th century, provincial boundaries in China have remained largely static. Major changes since then have been the reorganization of provinces in the northeast after the establishment of the People’s Republic of China and the formation of autonomous regions, based on Soviet ethnic policies. The provinces serve an important cultural role in China, as people tend to identify with their native province.

The Secret of Life: keep looking up…

secretlifeSometimes looking up is the only way to get away from the horizon that often grips the mind because it is the eternal destination of our paths .. Looking at the sky is often dreamy but also reflective, because looking purely at clouds and sky has a way of being distracted but you focus on your soul. The horizon is fundamental but sometimes looking up is beautifully divine.

Fly headless (or out of your mind)

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It is now known and certain that social networks decrease our concentration and therefore also the strength towards our study or the concentration on something that requires prolonged attention. So often our smartphones are the maximum expression of escape and sometimes the illusion of being able to fly, but without a head, that is, without the awareness that we often live in a virtual world
Doing without our smartphones is difficult because they have become an integral part of ourselves: google maps, facebook, photos, audio, etc … the best thing would be to make moderate use of them, but it is always difficult to do something by restoring their balance and far from the temptations of excess and above all from the freedom to browse ..

DUA LIPA – Break My Heart

 

LYRIC
I’ve always been the one to say the first goodbye
Had to love and lose a hundred million times
Had to get it wrong to know just what I like
Now I’m fallin’
You say my name like I have never heard before
I’m indecisive but this time I know for sure
I hope I’m not the only one that feels it all
Are you fallin’?
Center of attention
You know you can get whatever you want from me
Whenever you want it, baby
It’s you in my reflection
Now I’m afraid of all the things it could do to me
If I would’ve known it, baby
I would’ve stayed at home
‘Cause I was doin’ better alone
But when you said, “Hello”
I know that was the end of it all
I should’ve stayed at home
‘Cause now there ain’t no letting you go
Am I falling in love
With the one that could break my heart?
Oh no, I was doin’ better alone
But when you said, “Hello”
I know that was the end of it all
I should’ve stayed at home
‘Cause now there ain’t no letting you go
Am I falling in love
With the one that could break my heart?
I wonder when you go, if I stay on your mind
Two can play that game, but you win me every time
Everyone before you was a waste of time
Yeah, you got me
Center of attention
You know you can get whatever you want from me
Whenever you want it, baby
It’s you in my reflection
Now I’m afraid of all the things it could do to me
If I would’ve known it, baby
I would’ve stayed at home
‘Cause I was doin’ better alone
But when you said, “Hello”
I know that was the end of it all
I should’ve stayed at home
‘Cause now there ain’t no letting you go
Am I falling in love
With the one that could break my heart?
Oh no, I was doin’ better alone
But when you said, “Hello”
I know that was the end of it all
I should’ve stayed at home
‘Cause now there ain’t no letting you go
Am I falling in love
With the one that could break my heart?
Ooh, break my heart
Ooh, break my heart
Ooh
Am I falling in love
With the one that could break my heart?
I would’ve stayed at home
‘Cause I was doin’ better alone
But when you said, “Hello”
I know that was the end of it all
I should’ve stayed at home
‘Cause now there ain’t no letting you go
Am I falling in love
With the one that could break my heart?
Oh no, I was doin’ better alone
But when you said, “Hello”
I know that was the end of it all
I should’ve stayed at home
‘Cause now there ain’t no letting you go
Am I falling in love
With the one that could break my heart?

FEDEZ, Robert Miles – Bimbi per strada (Children)

 

TESTO (Lyric)

Tre mesi steso in sala
Con la testa per aria
Quanto è bella l’Italia
Ma che ne sa la Germania
La tolleranza ruffiana
L’umanità disumana
Aspetto l’alba per strada
Emicrania zanzara
L’auto passa, fa “nino-nino”
Cerco un socio per nascondino
Prendo mezzo sonnifero
E mi manca l’ossigeno
Neanche in sogno mi libero
Maledetto Lucifero
Staccati dal mio biberon
No, no, no, no, no, questa notte ci cambia
No, no, no, no, no, ho le chiavi dell’alba
Non è perfetta, ma ci porta a casa
Barche di carta, bimbi per strada
No, no, no, no, no, se chiudi bene gli occhi non ci prenderanno
Baciamoci e facciamo l’errore dell’anno
Non c’è Nirvana, i grandi a casa
Bimbi per strada
Bimbi per strada
Gira intorno con lo sguardo
Sono in fase che non parlo
Volevo starmene al mare sciallo
Ma è arrivato il maresciallo
Polvere dentro al salvadanaio
Questi bambini che cosa han visto?
È la “T” di tabbaccaio o la “T” di crocifisso?
Hai una rosa come orecchino
Perdo i sogni dentro a ‘sto vino
T’innamori, non sono il tipo
Quante cose si dicono
E mi rendo ridicolo
Sei più bella di Mykonos
Prendi il mare allo svincolo
No, no, no, no, no, questa notte ci cambia
No, no, no, no, no, ho le chiavi dell’alba
Non è perfetta, ma ci porta a casa
Barche di carta, bimbi per strada
No, no, no, no, no, se chiudi bene gli occhi non ci prenderanno
Baciamoci e facciamo l’errore dell’anno
Non c’è Nirvana, i grandi a casa
Bimbi per strada
Bimbi per strada
Bimbi per strada
Bimbi per strada
No, no, no, no, no, questa notte ci cambia
No, no, no, no, no, ho le chiavi dell’alba
Non è perfetta, ma ci porta a casa
Barche di carta, bimbi per strada
No, no, no, no, no, se chiudi bene gli occhi non ci prenderanno
Baciamoci e facciamo l’errore dell’anno
Non c’è Nirvana, i grandi a casa
Bimbi per strada

8th June 2020: Word Ocean Day

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World Oceans Day is an international day that takes place annually on the 8th of June. The concept was originally proposed in 1992 by Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) and the Ocean Institute of Canada (OIC) at the Earth Summit – UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. World Oceans Day was officially recognised by the United Nations in 2008. The International day supports the implementation of worldwide Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and fosters public interest in the management of the ocean and its resources.

The day in 2020 is dedicated to “Innovation for a sustainable ocean”. There are many initiatives all or almost via the web for the known restrictions worldwide due to Covid-19. The conference “Conference on the Ocean” scheduled in Lisbon from 2 to 6 June will not take place for this reason the United Nations has decided to do a virtual event in the presence of different personalities linked to the seas and oceans. And the instructions from the Secretary General Antonio Guterres which will end with a concert dedicated to the oceans with the involvement of musicians from all over the world.

 

7 June ’20: World Food Safety Day

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June 7 is the World Food Safety Day proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly. It is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of healthy and safe food and an opportunity for everyone to reflect on something we often take for granted: food safety.

Following the success of the first celebration in 2019, this year again WFSD reinforces the call to strengthen commitment to scale up food safety made by the Addis Ababa Conference and the Geneva Forum in 2019 under the umbrella of “The Future of Food Safety”. WHO, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is pleased to facilitate Member States efforts to celebrate the World Food Safety Day.

Under the theme “Food safety, everyone’s business”, the action oriented campaign will promote global food safety awareness and call upon countries and decision makers, the private sector, civil society, UN organizations and the general public to take action.

Food safety is a shared responsibility between governments, producers and consumers. Everybody has a role to play from farm to table to ensure the food we consume is safe and will not cause damages to our health. Through the World Food Safety Day, WHO pursues its efforts to mainstream food safety in the public agenda and reduce the burden of foodborne diseases globally.