5-year-old hero saves family from fire in Georgia

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 14, 2020   •   673

A 5-year-old boy in Georgia, United States, was able to save his family when their home caught fire.

In a Facebook post of the Bartow County Fire Department (BCFD), 5-year-old Noah Woods woke up to find his bedroom on fire and the only way out was through a window.

Noah was able to save his 2-year-old sister and their dog through the window and woke his uncle up next door to alert the rest of the family.

“Noah and 4 other family members were treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation. Noah is credited for saving himself and 7 other family members,” the post reads.

BCFD Chief Dwayne Jamison will recognize him as an Honorary Bartow County Firefighter and present him with a Lifesaving Award.—AAC

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Detroit bus driver dies of COVID-19 days after posting rant vs coughing passenger

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 6, 2020

A bus driver in the United States (US) died 11 days after he posted a video on Facebook complaining about a coughing passenger.

50-year-old Detroit bus driver Jason Hargrove posted a video on March 21 recounting an incident where an woman in her late fifties coughed several times without covering her mouth.

“I feel violated, I feel violated for those folks that was on the bus when this happened,” he said on his video.

He also advised everyone watching the video to take the pandemic seriously.

He reiterated his anger to the old woman who coughed without covering her mouth saying it was those kinds of people who are not taking the situation seriously.

“This is real, I’m out here. We are all here. We are moving in this city back and forth, trying to do our jobs and be professional about what we do,” he said.

“We’re out here as public workers, doing our job, trying to make an honest living to take care of our families. But for you to get on the bus, and stand on the bus, and cough several times without covering up your mouth, and you know that we’re in the middle of a pandemic, that lets me know that some folks don’t care.”

A week after his Facebook rant, Hangrove, a father of six, died on April 1 due to complications from COVID-19.

His video has already been viewed more than half a million times. Netizens are also rallying for the frontliners amid the COVID-19 pandemic. AAC

Zoom video conferencing app addresses privacy issues amid FBI scrutiny

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 3, 2020

The video conferencing app, Zoom, has announced they are already addressing the privacy and security issues raised by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) due to ‘Zoombombing’ reports.

In a statement, Zoom Founder and CEO Eric Yuan said the company acknowledges the reports of users regarding privacy issues, saying these reports would help make the company better for its customers.

“Dedicated journalists and security researchers have also helped to identify pre-existing ones. We appreciate the scrutiny and questions we have been getting – about how the service works, about our infrastructure and capacity, and about our privacy and security policies,” he said.

The FBI said they received several reports in the United States that there has been an incident of ‘Zoombombing’ or video conferences being disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language.

Yuan said they already began implementing changes to address their privacy issues. These include training sessions, adding protective features and updating their privacy policy.

“Our chief concern, now and always, is making users happy and ensuring that the safety, privacy, and security of our platform is worthy of the trust you all have put in us,” Yuan said. AAC

Students put spoilers on Netflix ads to discourage people from going out

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 1, 2020

Two students in Germany launched a clever campaign to keep people, especially movie geeks, from going outdoors amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Art director Seine Kongruangkit and copywriter Matithorn Prachuabmoh Chaimoungkalo, from the Miami Ad School Europe, used people’s aversion to spoilers as inspiration in creating fake ads of popular Netflix shows.

Insight: People try hard to stay away from spoilers to their favourite show.

Idea: We discourage people from going out by putting up billboards filled with spoilers from Netflix Originals in gathering spaces.

“If the virus doesn’t stop you from going out, these spoilers will,” according to the description of the campaign ad.

The said campaign immediately went viral on social media with some thinking it is a good idea to keep people safe inside their home.

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