The past week has been quite eventful; Trump took his first foreign trip as the ruler of the free world, ISIS had attacked UK soil, Chelsea lifted the highly coveted Premier League trophy, and Tesla confirming its plans of creating a Hyperloop transit system. However, this particular piece doesn’t talk about events one would see frequently on the news or read on their Facebook feed. We try to bring a couple of these stories to your attention here:
On Wednesday this week, internet giant Google Inc. launched ‘Areo’ – an app for aggregating food delivery and household services in India, currently operational only in Bengaluru, Mumbai, and parts of Delhi. Google has partnered with companies such as Box8, Freshmenu and Faasos for food delivery and UrbanClap and Zimmber for home services. By introducing this app, Google is in direct competition with companies like FoodPanda, Zomato, Mr.Right and many other established services. A few features of this app include an umbrella-type food ordering service enabling the user to avail a single platform to order from all food delivery applications, thereby reducing the burden of downloading many apps. This also makes grocery shopping a lot easier, with a simplified checkout system in place.
The popular ice-cream chain, Ben and Jerry’s has banned two scoops of the same flavor of ice cream in its twenty six Australian stores in protest over gay rights. “It is time to stand up for fair and equal rights for all by letting our leaders know that we demand Marriage Equality!”- It said on Thursday.
On the 25th of May, a pigeon was reportedly nabbed by the Kuwaiti police as they were tracking the bent bird from Iraq. The pigeon was found to be carrying a small sack of approximately 170 ecstasy pills. Apparently, this is not the first instance of smuggling drugs through pigeons; inmates of Costa Rica prison tried to sneak in illegal drugs through pigeons too.
Former Tottenham and QPR full back and Cameroon national, Benoit Assou Ekotto has been in the eyes of Harry Redknapp for quite some time now. The Birmingham manager is known for his persuasive techniques but his arguments seem to be entirely futile as Assou Ekotto is looking to further his career in pornography. He considered football, not as his passion but ‘just as a job’. In Spain, the Brazilian centre-back Anderson Conceicao made headlines when he revealed that former Real Mallorca manager Joaquin Caparros used pornography to try and motivate his players before a La Liga game against Athletic Bilbao. Caparros showed them images from an adult film and pointed at the screen saying, ‘on the pitch you need to play as hard as this guy’. If anything, Mourinho and Wenger must take lessons from Joaquin Caparros.
Dailymail.co.uk and Independent.co.uk
Techcrunch.com and Huffington Post Canada
– Adityan Suresh