Social media connects world to conclave

first_imgAlthough 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”.last_img read more

Lakers’ Luke Walton singles out Larry Nance Jr. as ‘great example’ of putting team first

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I just think that’s how it should be,” he said. “You know what I mean? Obviously I want to go back in, everybody wanted to go back in. At the same time, when they were making their run, had they tried to put me back in I probably would have told him to let the team roll.”Nance’s 18 points tied a career-high and marked his best offensive game of the season. He chalked that up to being aggressive and rebounding.“I knew they couldn’t keep me off of (the glass),” he said, “and Zo was making some great passes.”After starting just 29 games his first two seasons in the league, Nance has emerged as Walton’s choice at power forward with the first unit.In four appearances as the full-time starter, the 24-year-old said he had noticed matchups being a bigger challenge with the starting lineup. Three of his first five opponents were Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis and, on Friday, Serge Ibaka. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Those are three of probably the top 10 power forwards in the league,” Nance said. “So I’m looking forward to more of it, but it’s definitely been a challenge – a challenge that I enjoy.”center_img LOS ANGELES — In his speech to the team after the Lakers stormed back to beat Washington on Wednesday, Luke Walton singled out one of his players for his role in the victory.It wasn’t any of the five players who were on the floor for the comeback – although those players received their share of praise, too – but instead Larry Nance Jr., who did not get back in the game after scoring 18 points through three quarters.“He was up on the bench cheering on Julius (Randle),” Walton said. “In a league that a lot of times can be about ‘me, me, me’ he was a great example of the team being the most important and that’s the type of culture we want around here.”Nance, for his part, didn’t think he did anything special.last_img read more

WARNING TO MOTORISTS AFTER SERIES OF CAR CRASHES

first_imgCOUNCIL officials and road safety advisers have warned motorists to take extra care on the roads today after a series of road traffic accidents.The latest smash happened on the N56 at lunchtime when a car left the road.The incident took place 2kms on the Letterkenny side of the entrance to Glenveagh National Park. The BMW car spun off the road and into a ditch. The motorist was left shaken by the incident but was otherwise unhurt.The Road Safety Authority is advising all road users especially drivers to exercise caution on roads following a break in the dry weather.Rainfall this week will bring to an end a long dry spell which poses added dangers to road users.The N56 is particularly slippy, especially on the bends between Termon and Dunlewey. There have been several other incidents reported this morning in Gaoth Dobhair, Inishowen and Lifford. According to Met Éireann, scattered rain showers are set to become widespread as the week progresses, turning heavy and possibly thundery at times.RSA boss Noel Brett said: “Roads are at their most slippery when the weather breaks after a long dry spell. This is because the fine grit on roads tends to polish the road surface and roads also see the build up of a film of tar, rubber and oil deposit. The sudden change in driving conditions can also catch drivers off guard.“The expected rainfall and the condition of roads will make driving particularly hazardous as road surfaces become slippery reducing skid resistance.“For their own safety and the safety of other road users drivers should adjust their driving behaviour to suit these changing conditions especially after driving for a period in good dry conditions. My advice to drivers is, slow down, keep your distance and expect the unexpected.”Drivers are being advised to: • Slow down. Drive at an appropriate speed to the conditions.• Don’t tailgate – Allow extra distance to the vehicle in front especially when driving behind heavy goods vehicles.• Use dipped headlights at all times of poor visibility• Check tyres to ensure minimum tread depth of 1.6mm and ensure correct tyre pressures. • Drive with care and caution – expect the unexpectedWARNING TO MOTORISTS AFTER SERIES OF CAR CRASHES was last modified: July 25th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:WARNING TO MOTORISTS AFTER SERIES OF CAR CRASHESlast_img read more