Although the College of Cardinals used a smoke signal Wednesday to signal its election of a new pope, the rest of the world relied on social media to stay updated on the conclave. Junior Austin Lagomarsino said he first heard the news on Facebook when a friend posted “Habemus Papam” as his status. “I followed [the conclave] on Facebook, but the best one to follow was Fr. Edward Sorin on Twitter,” Lagomarsino said. The fake Fr. Edward Sorin account tweeted Wednesday at 9:02 a.m. EST, “If the tailgating in Saint Peter’s Square gets out of hand, no more night-popes for a while.” Social media outlets such as Twitter and Instagram did not exist when Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was elected in 2005. But since the conclave began Tuesday, thousands of mobile devices tweeted photos each time the smoke appeared, whether it was black or white. Senior Catherine Flatley said she found out about the new pope through social media and then turned to news media sources like the New York Times. “I didn’t realize so many of my peers followed [the conclave] closely,” she said. “I saw posts on Facebook and Tweets, but I went and actually read about it via the news.” Mobile applications created for the conclave were available within 48 hours of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s resignation, according to a report from CNN. One application, Conclave, by Logos Bible Software, provided free updates, live video from Saint Peter’s Square and historical information about the election process. PopeAlarm.com, developed by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, promised to update users whenever the smoke appeared via SMS and the website’s Twitter handle, @popealarm. FantasyConclave.com, a website based on sports brackets, allowed users to select a cardinal and enter a pool with the chance to win prizes, some valued more than $300. Some of the cardinals joined the Twitter community as they discussed the conclave, including Archbishop of Los Angeles Roger Mahoney, who tweeted at 7:07 p.m. March 11, “Last tweet before moving to Casa Santa Martha, and Mass to Elect a Pope. First Conclave meeting late Tuesday afternoon. Prayers needed.” Crews installed mobile device jammers in the Sistine Chapel and the residences at the Santa Marta hotel to prevent the news from leaking out preemptively, according to a report by NBC. Sr. Mary Ann Walsh, spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, told The Telegraph of London, “In this electronic age, I worry some cardinals may go into iPad and Twitter withdrawal.” Any cardinal or Vatican worker who breached the security code would face excommunication, according to The Telegraph. When the newly-elected Pope Francis finally stepped onto the balcony, the Twitter sphere exploded with exclamations of “Habemus Papam” and “Francisco Primo”. Twitter users started using the handle @JMBergoglio, which existed long before the new pontiff’s candidacy for the papacy, to congratulate him, according to a report from NBC. Twitter had to suspend the account when it nearly doubled in followers within a few hours of the announcement. The account was allegedly a fake account, according to Slate Magazine. Pope Francis will inherit not only Saint Peter’s throne but also @Pontifex, the pope’s official Twitter account. The account has 1,819,926 followers and counting, and has produced one tweet at 7:33 CET on March 13. The tweet reads, “HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM”.
On the pitch, Kyle Walker’s commitment to the cause is in no doubt. A star of the England team, he became the world’s most expensive defender when he swapped Tottenham for Manchester City to the tune of £50million in July 2017. Off it, though, the heavily-tattooed ladies’ man has caused his fair share of controversy, from leaked hippy crack videos to this week’s £2,000 prostitute sex party shame. With the whole of the United Kingdom on lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, you would think high-profile footballers might try and stay out of the limelight. Then the Jack Grealish scandal happened and that became even more paramount as clubs urged their stars to stay at home and avoid causing themselves any trouble. For Walker, though, that didn’t matter. In the latest episode of his long-running drama of a private life, the Manchester City defender ignored coronavirus social distancing measures to host a £2,200 sex party with two prostitutes last week. Manchester City have since opened an internal investigation following the gathering at his rented Cheshire mansion, with Walker likely to be hit with a hefty fine upwards of £200,000. On top of that, his England career has been left in tatters, with boss Gareth Southgate said to be ‘livid’ at Walker’s actions. There is a chance, it has been reported, that he will never again pull on the Three Lions shirt after his reckless and unnecessary actions amid the worldwide pandemic. On a more positive note, Walker has regularly been hailed for his hilarity on Twitter, with a number of his tweets going viral over the years. He was even awarded the ‘Golden Tweet’ award for the most popular tweet of the 2018 World Cup, with his effort picking up a massive 67,000 retweets. It included a now-infamous picture of Harry Maguire leaning on a railing, in which he appeared to be patronising his girlfriend Fern Hawkins. Alongside the picture, Walker wrote: ‘Yeah so a good header doesn’t hurt. I mean the moment you head it proper, you feel it’s a good one. Know what I mean love?’ Another tweet from the same tournament garnered a further 44,000 retweets and even spawned its own meme – ‘Kyling’ – after a hilarious picture of his team-mates celebrating while he laid on the floor with cramp. Next to the picture, Walker wrote: ‘Dad, can you show me that photo of you guys running after reaching the quarter final? -“Nah son’ Elsewhere, he also bailed out his Three Lions team-mate Dele Alli when he was in hot water with FIFA after appearing to put his middle finger up at a referee. In the aftermath, both Alli and boss Southgate claimed he was just greeting Walker, with the latter noting: ‘They have strange way of communicating!’ Loading… Promoted Content8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet27 Animals That Don’t Need Color To Be Cool18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way With speculation swirling about a potential ban for Alli, Walker took to Twitter to post a hilarious clip of Mr Bean swearing, which earned him another 50,000 retweets. Back in 2013, Walker courted yet more controversy when he became the first high-profile footballer to be pictured inhaling ‘hippy crack’. He was, of course, not the last and plenty more top-level stars have had to apologise since, but Walker’s actions at the time earned him an FA investigation and a severe ticking off from his own mum. He was recovering from injury at the time and on a night out in his home city of Sheffield, where he was reported to have ‘sucked in the potentially deadly nitrous oxide several times’ by the Sunday Mirror. Users of the dangerous nitrous oxide have previously died of suffocation, and have suffered strokes, seizures and blackouts. Responding to all the newspaper reports and criticism a few days later, Walker fronted up and said: ‘I have now been made aware of the health risks associated with this practice and accept that my actions were of poor judgement. ‘I hope this will in no way influence or encourage others into putting their own health at risk.’ It wasn’t just the media and pundits who criticised the right back, but his own family got involved too and Walker admits that it was comments from his own mum that hit home the hardest. ‘My mum said “Kyle, what have you been doing. Are you sure you are hanging around with the right people?”,’ he told The Times. ‘For my mum to say that… For my mum and dad, I don’t want people to remember that it was their son doing that, or as they said in inverted commas, “hippy crack” in a nightclub. ‘I understand the risks now. It was a stupid thing to do. In the same breath it is legal. I was not doing anything that was illegal. But it is about being a role model for young kids. I would not want my son going to do that. I would not want my son growing up and thinking “I remember my dad doing a balloon in a club”.’ Walker was the talk of world football back in July 2017 when he swapped Spurs for Man City in a deal worth an eyewatering £50m. At the time, Spurs fans quickly fell out of love with the defender, and that was made even more apparent with later comments made by then-manager Mauricio Pochettino in his autobiography. The Argentine claimed that Walker instigated the move north to City, showing an ‘alarming lack of respect for his team-mates and a slap in the face for the club’. Well, at least he would be universally loved at his new club, right? Wrong. Unfortunately, Walker had also put his foot in it there too, as an old tweet emerged in which he called his new supporters ‘glory fans’. read also:Sex party: England boss furious with Man City fullback Walker The 2012 post which came back to bite him read: ‘All u Man City fans u can talk now we will just see at the end of the season.. Was u all there when City were no where to be seen [sic] #gloryfans.’ Oops. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Fourteen miles of Minneapolis suburbs are all that separated ice hockey players Allie LaCombe and Cara Johnson growing up.Now as teammates at Syracuse, they couldn’t be any closer.LaCombe and Johnson became friends one summer as high school underclassmen playing for the Minnesota Whitecaps. Little did they realize they would share the same ice for nearly a decade.“It’s almost hard to explain sometimes,” Johnson said. “That we’re all the way out here in Syracuse and we have that Minnesota connection.“It’s a real thing, there’s just things we’ve both experienced from back home that we can share together.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLaCombe, a junior, and Johnson, a senior, both play contributing roles for Syracuse (16-11-3, 7-6-3 College Hockey America). LaCombe is one of SU’s leading offensive forces with eight goals on the season, while Johnson is viewed as an unspoken leader on the team and is highly regarded by her peers and coaches.Part of their fondest memories competing on the ice goes back to high school, when they competed as players on rival high schools.“I’ve known Cara for so long that it was almost hard to think of those games as rivalry games,” LaCombe said.While Johnson reveled in the opportunity to play a close companion in high-intensity games, she didn’t mirror LaCombe’s exact thoughts.“Allie’s team was known as the powerhouse hockey school in the area and I watched them win two state championships,” Johnson said. “Then when all of the seniors left Allie’s team, it was nice to finally beat up on those guys and we went to (the state championship).”No hard feelings were ever instilled in one another. If anything, the matchups were just another way to heighten the competitive edge between them.As both players have watched each other mature and develop, their mutual respect for one another is palpable.“I’ve watched Cara become faster and stronger,” LaCombe said. “Once most girls reach college hockey, they begin to blossom as a player. And that’s definitely the case for Cara.”Johnson echoed much of the same sentiments toward LaCombe and said that her teammate has one of the best shots on the team.In terms of eventually arriving together at Syracuse, LaCombe insisted familiarity was a big factor for her selection in a school. Johnson provided the glimpse of home that LaCombe desired on what would be her future team.“It was important to me to have some connection and comfortably with whatever school I was going to choose,” LaCombe said. “So knowing I would have Cara from back home definitely was a big factor in leading me here.”Head coach Paul Flanagan believes the connection for the two transcends just the Syracuse hockey team, as well.“It happens quite a lot — where the best athletes in smaller areas get to know each other quite well,” Flanagan said. “And I’m sure they got to know each other real well and may have had some sort of direct or indirect affect on Allie’s decision.”Since LaCombe’s cousin used to play for Syracuse, Johnson doesn’t take responsibility for LaCombe choosing SU. Yet she did remember the jubilance both of them shared when LaCombe broke the news that she had been accepted into the school.Now Johnson’s inclination reflects a microcosm of their relationship.The modest and mild-mannered Johnson doesn’t look upon herself as a leader or captain, but her closest peers — especially LaCombe — would like to convince her that she is.“She’s a senior this year and has been a phenomenal leader for us on and off the ice,” LaCombe said. “But really, being so close to her for so long, I’ve looked up to her almost my entire life.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 12, 2014 at 1:26 am Contact Connor: email@example.com | @connorgrossman