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BRAZIL – Many high-profile figures seeking to denounce the fires in the Amazon – from Madonna (picture) and Cristiano Ronaldo to Leonardo DiCaprio and Emmanuel Macron – have unwittingly ended up misleading millions on social media, either sharing photographs of the region that are years old or images taken in other parts of the world.
Official figures show nearly 73,000 forest fires were recorded in Brazil in the first eight months of the year, the highest number for any year since 2013. Most were in the Amazon.
– Leaders -“Our house is on fire. Literally. The Amazon, the lung of our planet which produces 20 percent of our oxygen is burning,” France’s President Emmanuel Macron said on Twitter, posting a photograph of a burning forest (1) accompanied by the hashtag #ActForTheAmazon.
“It is an international crisis. Members of the G7, let’s talk in two days about this emergency,” Macron said ahead of a planned summit this weekend in Biarritz.
But the photograph used by the French leader does not show this year’s fires. A reverse image search showed that it was taken by the American photojournalist Loren McIntyre, known for his work for National Geographic.
Although the image search tool does not reveal when exactly the photograph was taken, McIntyre died in 2003, meaning the image is at least 16 years old.
Chile’s president, Sebastian Pinera, also ended up tweeting a misleading image to issue a warning about the fires, using a photograph (2) by Reuters journalist Nacho Doce from 2013.
– Actors -Leonardo DiCaprio shared two pictures that proved to be inaccurate — the first (3) was the same one shared by Macron while the second (4) was shot in the Peruvian city of Puerto Maldonado in 2016.
Peru is not currently affected by the fires, though authorities are “on alert”.
Actor and rapper Jaden Smith, son of superstar Will Smith, posted a dramatic image (5) on Instagram that shows a vast forest on fire as huge columns of smoke rise from it. But the photo, which has garnered more than 1.5 million likes, dates back to 1989.
Argentine actress and singer Martina Stoessel also shared an old photo (6) with a Twitter post saying, “How sad to see this…”. That picture was shot by Getty Images photographer Mario Toma in 2014.
– Sports stars -F1 driver Lewis Hamilton (7) and Brazil soccer captain Dani Alves (8) also posted one of the most widely shared misleading images – the picture taken by photographer McIntyre before 2003.
Meanwhile tennis star Novak Djokovic (9) shared the 1989 photo posted by Smith.
Portuguese soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo sounded the alarm on Instagram, alerting his 180 million followers that “the Amazon Rainforest produces more than 20% of the world’s oxygen and its been burning for the past 3 weeks.” But the photo (10) accompanying his message was taken on March 29, 2013 by Lauro Alves, from the Brazilian agency RBS, in the non-Amazonian state of Rio Grande do Sul.
Barca striker Luis Suarez also posted an old photo (11) dating back to 2015 and shot by journalist Nacho Doce.
– Singers -Puerto Rican pop star Ricky Martin (13) and Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello (14) also shared the McIntyre photo tweeted by Macron, DiCaprio and Alves.
US superstar Madonna posted the same 1989 image (15) shared by Smith and Djokovic, writing on Instagram: “President Bolsonaro please change your policies and help not only your country but the entire planet. No economic development is more important than protecting this land.”
“We need to WAKE -UP!!” she wrote.
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Apple published a page outlining how to clean the Apple Card. — Picture by Apple via AFP
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 22 — Yesterday, MacRumors spotted a new support page published by Apple instructing Apple Card owners on how to care for their new plastic. As a rule of thumb, users shouldn’t put it in their pocket... or wallet.True to its aesthetic, Apple designed their first credit card to be pearly white, a stylistic choice that works on a phone but unfortunately less so on plastic money.Yesterday, MacRumors saw that Apple has just published a support page titled “How to clean your Apple Card,” and it turns out, the signature white finish is incredibly fragile.Owners should avoid bringing the card in contact with hard surfaces, all household cleaners, and even leather and denim. Only a “soft, slightly damp, lint-free microfiber cloth” should be used to clean the card.When storing it, you shouldn’t put it in the pocket of your jeans or in your leather wallet due to potentially permanent discolouration. Furthermore, it should not share a slot with another card, or the multi-layer white coating could be damaged.Magnets should be avoided, as well as loose change, keys, and other abrasive objects.The Apple Card first began rolling out earlier this month to select users. By the end of this month, it is expected to roll out to the entire US. — AFP-Relaxnews [...]
The Pakatan Harapan state government bought 15 black Toyota Camry back in October 2013 at a total cost of RM1.7 million to replace six Mercedes Benz and nine Proton Perdana V6 executive cars that were between 12 and 21 years old. — Reuters pic
GEORGE TOWN, Aug 23 — The Penang government has bought 15 new Toyota Camry as official cars for its state executive councillors, legislative assembly speaker and deputy, and other state officials to replace the existing cars of a similar model bought in 2013. State finance officer Datuk Sarul Bahiyah Abu said the executive council approved the purchase on March 13.“Each car costs RM184,912.50 after discount by the supplier but there was no tax exemption for the cars,” she said in a statement.She said the existing official cars have to be replaced as the maintenance costs of the newer cars will be lower while the safety features will be better.She said the existing cars have been in use for six years and were no longer under the warranty period.“The maintenance and repair costs for each car are on average RM11,030 per year,” she said.The total maintenance costs for the 15 cars between 2013 and 2018 totalled an estimated RM992,7000.Saul Bahiyah said 10 of the 15 old cars will be sold through tender while the remaining five units will still be in use by the state government.“All 15 cars have been surrendered to the state government on August 15,” she said.The chief minister’s official car will also be replaced and the state government is still awaiting response from the supplier on the stock availability of an appropriate model. She said the maintenance costs of the current Mercedes Benz used by the chief minister have increased since 2013.Maintenance costs for the car was about RM36,169 each year which brings the total maintenance costs to about RM217,014 between 2013 and 2017.The Pakatan Harapan state government bought 15 black Toyota Camry back in October 2013 at a total cost of RM1.7 million to replace six Mercedes Benz and nine Proton Perdana V6 executive cars that were between 12 and 21 years old. The then Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng switched his Toyota Camry to a Mercedes Benz S300L at a cost of RM298,263.75 in late 2013. [...]
PETALING JAYA: Five elephants which were trapped in a mining pond in a forest reserve in Pahang were rescued by wildlife department officers.
The elephants were believed to have been stuck in an abandoned illegal gold mining pond located in the Bukit Ibam forest reserve in Pekan, Pahang.
The animals were rescued on Tuesday.
Pahang Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) director Rozidan Md Yasin said the height of the pond was about 4.5m and filled with muddy water about a metre deep.
He said his officers managed to coax the five elephants out of the pool by digging a slope with the help of an excavator borrowed from a company in the area.
Rozidan said they believed that the elephants had been stuck in the pond for two to three days before they were rescued. One of the elephants was a newborn infant.
"We think the infant had fallen into the pond. Its mother and the other three elephants then probably tried to rescue it, but they got stuck as well," he said in an interview yesterday. [...]
Transport Minister Anthony Loke speaks during the launch of the Mutiara Pass in George Town August 23, 2019. ― Picture by Sayuti Zainudin
GEORGE TOWN, Aug 23 — Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook confirmed that the departure levy will be collected from outbound travellers from September 1 onwards.He said the Cabinet had decided to proceed with the levy which will be imposed on travellers going out of the country.“This is not under my ministry but the Cabinet has recently decided on this,” he told a press conference at the Rapid bus terminal at Weld Quay here.Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, last week, said the government would review its decision on the departure levy and the passenger service charge (PSC).With this recent decision to implement it, travellers flying out of the country will have to pay a levy of between RM8 and RM150.Those flying on economy class to Asean countries will have to fork out RM20 while those in business and first class will have to fork out RM150.Those flying to non-Asean countries will have to fork out RM40.The Dewan Rakyat approved the Departure Levy Bill 2019 in April this year and the rollout was initially planned for June but it was postponed to September.The PSC was imposed by the Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) and have been in force since July last year. [...]
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Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the public has a choice whether or not to utilise the motorcycle ridesharing service.
"If you don't feel safe, don't use (the service). You have a choice. We are not forcing you to take motorcycle rides," he told reporters in Putrajaya this evening.
Mahathir was responding to those who have opposed the proposal on safety grounds.
Entrepreneur Development Minister Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof had said the cabinet agreed in principle to support the ridesharing service proposed by Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman. [...]
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