Clubhouse is an invite-only audio app that is surging in popularity in Thailand as a youthful protest movement continues to demand reforms of the government and monarchy. Launched in April 2020, Clubhouse recently gained traction among Thai protest circles after Pavin Chachavalpongpun, a self-exiled academic and prominent long-time critic of the Thai monarchy, joined the platform on February 12. Pavin told DW that the police crackdown on political protests in Thailand has contributed to Clubhouse's sudden popularity. "There are no open discussions … so when a new venue is introduced, people jump in to discuss politics," Pavin said. Pavin has already added nearly 300,000 followers in less than two weeks, and he said he noticed that people in many of the chat rooms on the voice-based app discuss the royal family. The app allows anonymous conversation about taboo topics "It's as if the app were created for conversations about the monarchy," Pavin joked. Thaksin … [Read more...] about Clubhouse app lets Thailand pro-democracy protesters speak freely
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One-way arrows on the floors of the corridors, calls over the intercom to maintain distance, smaller class groups: That's the new normal in the corona pandemic for students of the Friedrich-Ebert-Gymnasium in the western German city of Bonn. Those back at school belong to the classes doing state exams this year. They've been back at school for real since Monday, preparing for their graduation or intermediate exams. "We have made quite a few preparations," school principal Frank Langner told DW. Each year has been split up into two groups called cohorts, each with 70 to 75 students. The individual courses have also been spread over two classrooms. There are never more than 15 students in one room. "That way, we can ensure that any infections that happen are limited to one cohort. So we have adapted in-school lessons." Langer said that thanks to the smaller class sizes, distancing and masks, the risk of infection during class was quite low anyway. Watch video 02:24 … [Read more...] about COVID: Was it premature to open German schools?
Tiger Woods almost crashed his car as he was leaving a parking lot just moments before his horror smash , according to reports. The PGA golfer was said to be 'agitated and impatient' as he attempted to leave the grounds of the hotel where he has been staying. A major production show called 'Grown-ish' has been filming at the hotel, and TMZ report Woods' SUV was blocked in by another car as it was loading. Their report then alleges Woods drove 'very fast' on his way out of the car park, almost having an accident, involving the director of the production company. The director was so 'shaken up' by the incident that he mentioned it to production crew, with one witness claiming Woods "took off fast." Oliver Konteh, who works on the crew, told TMZ : "A little bit after 6:40am our director has come in and he was like 'you know what, I almost got in an accident with f***ing Tiger Woods. He almost hit me.'" According to Golf Digest , Woods was running late for a meeting … [Read more...] about Tiger Woods ‘agitated and impatient’ as he ‘almost had accident’ before horror crash
Tiger Woods did not appear to be "aware of how gravely he was injured" after his car crash in California, the first officer on the scene has said. The 45-year-old golf star suffered serious leg injuries when his car hit a kerb and then a tree before rolling several times on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning. No other cars were involved. Carlos Gonzalez, a deputy from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, told NBC News he arrived within minutes of a 911 call from a member of the public. Asked if Woods was aware of his injuries, the officer said: "He didn't mention anything. I don't think he was aware of how gravely he was injured at the time. Advertisement "It could be a mixture of adrenaline. It could have been shock. "Again, it was very quick - the moment I arrived from the moment he rolled over - so I don't know if he had time to fully assess his injuries." More from Tiger … [Read more...] about Tiger Woods was unaware of how ‘gravely’ he was injured after car crash, says first officer on scene