April 19, 2009

Featured TwitPic: Sea fishing off Gold Coast

"Sea fishing off Gold Coast for Easter. Chillax to the max!" (Posted by @jsetoh, of Brisbane, Australia)


Holocaust Museum opens in United States

Per the Chicago Tribune, thousands attended the grand opening of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center today in Skokie, Ill. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton gave the keynote address. "Night" author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel also spoke, and video addresses from U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli President Shimon Peres were played.

The museum emphasizes local stories, built around voices and artifacts of immigrants who settled in the Midwestern U.S., per The New York Times.

Many tweeted live from the event, providing commentary and general observations.

  1. Caitlin Otte
    cxottizzo At the holocaust remebrance museum grand opening. All these Poland memories are coming back to meee! I wana be back in Krakow right now.
  2. Veronica
    veronicapasia Wow. Amazing story of survival by holocaust survivor and museum president Sam Harris.
  3. Jonathan Lehrer
    JonathanLehrer #holocaustmuseum Scharioth: German youth who volunteer at museum have become friends with local Holocaust survivors.
  4. karen mothkovich
    karenmothkovich Just left the opening ceremonies at the Illinois Holocaust Museum. The weather is crappy but it was worth it. Toes still frozen.
  5. Emily Polet
    epolet Just got back from the Holocaust Museum... intense.

Breaking Tweets Entertainment Editor @sizzlemaker also tweeted from the event.

  1. Shari Weiss
    sizzlemaker In the biggest tent I've ever seen. Elie Wiesel and Gov. Quinn also speaking. Video msgs from Obama and Hillary. Spielberg too.
  2. Shari Weiss
    sizzlemaker I should not be able to see my breath but, alas, I can. Sigh.
  3. Shari Weiss
    sizzlemaker Wiesel insists even w this museum we can't say we know. We'll never know. Never know why.
  4. Shari Weiss
    sizzlemaker Clinton: life is short enough as it is. Identity conflicts don't need to make it shorter. Never again let politicians push us to hate.


Train crash injures 50 outside Mexico City

Per CNN International, at least 50 people were injured Saturday night when two trains collided near Mexico City. No deaths have been reported, according to the article.

The incident became a hot topic for Twitterers in Mexico, who provided both emotions and statements about the suburban rail system.

  1. Carlos_Alberto
    Carlos_Alberto (Mexico City, Mexico) Falla el tren suburbano, las personas estan varadas y el personal no sabe que hacer (The suburban train crashes, people are stranded and the staff does not know what to do) from Twitea.me
  2. Jonathan Mtz Roqueñi
    MetaJonas (Mexico) http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/notas/591956.html liga correcta me preocupa pues yo uso ese tren #mexico #df (correct league worries me because I use that train #mexico #df)
  3. Carlos Adrián
    caMorales (Mexico) Ah no ya no, chocó el tren Suburbano con otro entre San Rafael y Lechería. Con razón suspendieron el servicio. (Oh no no, Suburban collided with another train between San Rafael and Dairy. Rightly suspended the service.)
  4. Luis Archundia
    luisarch (Cuautitlan, Mexico) Creo que aqui la responsabilidad se la pondrán al conductor del tren que se detuvo, pero CAF no pagará por los platos rotos como deberia ser (I think the responsibility here is to go to the driver of the train that was stopped, but CAF will not pay for the damage as it should) from twhirl
  5. doctor_marmota
    doctor_marmota (Mexico City, Mexico) Está del [interjección] lo del tren suburbano. Ya quiero ver cómo politizan la tragedia. (What the [expletive] is the suburban train. Ya want to see how politicized the tragedy.) from twhirl


South Africa gears up for general elections

Per News 24 in South Africa, Johannesburg Metro Police expects 120,000 to attend an African National Congress (ANC) rally on Sunday in which ANC President Jacob Zuma will give his final public address before the nation's general elections on April 22.

Zuma has been a controversial figure in recent years due to corruption charges, yet he is expected to become South Africa's next president, per the Los Angeles Times.

Twitter users in Johannesburg have been sharing their opinions on Zuma and the upcoming South Africa electons:

  1. Gary Meyer
    garymeyerza RT @jasdonwar: @ANC_Debate How can Zuma have integrity after his court battles? Does RSA and the ANC not need integrity?
  2. Nikki
    nikzaz @ANC_Debate Why Zuma, is there no other person more qualified with less stigmas' attached, surely there is another option?
  3. Paul Jacobson
    pauljacobson the opposition parties base their campaigns on our fear of a Zuma led govt. What else do they offer?
  4. Scott Baldauf
    baldaufji @MauriYambo Joburg is energetic, can-do. But big frustration from the urban poor. Disparity between rich/poor is HUGE. Enter Jacob Zuma.
  5. Benjamin Bradlow
    ifilose Vaguely terrified of the 90,000 strong Jacob Zuma rally tomorrow. Press accreditation organization woes do not bode well. Will Madiba show?