By Voice of America (VOA) January 06, 2020 An analysis of the tweets posted during the recent protests in Chile, reflecting that most foreign accounts supported the demonstrations and a change of government, could bolster allegations that Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua may be behind much of the unrest in Latin America.The statistical analysis of more than 4 million tweets, conducted by the Chilean company ConnectaLabs, doesn’t focus on the content of the tweets, but indicates that the polarization of messages mainly favored protests and political change or expressed disapproval of the current Chilean government.ConnectaLabs clearly indicates that most foreign accounts were Venezuelan, Nicaraguan, or Cuban, and its findings coincide with a previous investigation from the Atlantic Council think tank, which showed intense activity on Venezuelan accounts, some of them identified as being sympathetic to the disputed government.The Atlantic Council study, which studied fewer messages than ConnectaLabs, as it only covered the period from October 16-25, indicated that 20 percent of the Venezuelan profiles that tweeted messages about the protests in Chile defined themselves as Chavista or Bolivarian.According to the Spanish newspaper ABC, several accounts that actively tweeted pro-Chavista messages in recent weeks made extensive use of hashtags to talk about the main ongoing crises on the continent, such as #ChileResiste (Resist, Chile), #EcuadorEnResistencia (Ecuador in Resistance), or #BoliviaDecide (Decide, Bolivia).The Cuban digital newspaper 14yMedio, referring to a study on social media, said that Venezuela’s disputed President Nicolás Maduro, the Venezuelan minister of Culture, and TV network Telesur and its journalists use the hashtags #chiledesperto (Chile Awakens), #chilesecanso (Chile got tired), and #lamarchamasgrandedechile (Chile’s biggest demonstration).One of the most active Cuban accounts encouraging the protests and criticizing the Chilean government is @YanetDCuba, which has also retweeted hundreds of messages from Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, as well as from officials and supporters of the Cuban government, said 14yMedio. According to the online news portal América Digital Noticias, during the protests, the Chilean government identified other hashtags, such as: #ChileViolaLosDerechosHumanos (Chile violates human rights), #LosMilicosNoSonTusAmigos (Security forces are not your friends), #ChileNoQuiereMigajas (Chile doesn’t want leftovers), #RenunciaPiñera (Resign, Piñera), and #ChileQuiereCambios (Chile wants changes).
Lawn bowlers from the Pattaya based Coco Club were pleased to be invited to the inaugural Chiang Mai Challenge at Don Bishop’s Non Kai Lawn Bowling Green following the installation of a 1 million plus baht new carpet from New Zealand.Coco Club lawn bowlers pose for a photo with their counterparts in Chiang Mai.The 11 strong members landed at Chiang Mai and could not get to the green quick enough for the initial practice session. A very sociable group welcomed the players and it was game on.The triples proved it was going to be a tough competition, with scores of 22-6, 19-6 and 11-13 to give Coco a 2-1 lead in the afternoon session. The evening singles were shared at 2-2 to give Coco a 4-3 lead but on the points system adopted by Chiang Mai the visitors had an 8-5 lead at the end of day one.Day two pairs were all square at half way until an amazing comeback by Peter and Lita, from 12-6 down to win 21-18, gave Coco an 8-7 lead on matches but on the points system an unassailable 14-7 lead. After a super meal break the second string singles all went Chiang Mai’s way to finish the match at 14-11 for Pattaya’s Coco Club.
Richard Anderson wears the Green Jacket and holds his trophy after winning the 23rd annual T.Q. Masters golf classic.Phoenix Gold was the venue on Friday, October 19 for the 23rd annual T.Q. Masters golf classic, presented by The Tahitian Queen rock n’ roll bar. For those who don’t know, T.Q. is Pattaya’s oldest go-go bar that opened its doors in 1978 and has been at the same address on Beach Road all these years.The coveted and traditional Green Jacket in this tournament always goes to the player with the best individual stableford score and this year’s contest was the closest it has ever been.B Flight winner Daniel Tobler accepts his trophy from Mama-san Ead.It had been two years since the T.Q. Masters had been held, out of respect to the passing of His Majesty the late King, and the resumption this year was much anticipated. There were 70 contestants in 3 divisions playing the Ocean and Mountain courses. This even included 18 who make the trip down from Bangkok, with a big thanks to Mark Guthrie and the crew.There was a very organized send off in the morning and the weather was brilliant. For all the rain and lightning around, the players only had to endure a mere splash for just five minutes. The golf course was in excellent condition and the new putting greens with the white picket fencing looked all pro. There were loads of volunteers for the day, with Bill, Bernie and Queeny passing out the on-course beers helped by Pom, Bee, Su and Nam who doled out the tournament shirts at check-in with Phil and Woody. They also did a great job churning out those legendary Bloody Caesars at the starting gate.After the round, everyone headed back to the Tahitian Queen for the BBQ buffet dinner provided by The Golf Club on Soi L.K. Metro. Pork mega-ribs, chicken satay, sliders, chili con carne and the best Buffalo chicken wings in town were happily washed down with happy hour beers from the bar.TGC’s own Capt. Phil gave the best kind of presentation (short) aided by Mama-san Ead passing out the trophies. As mentioned earlier, this was a very closely contested tournament and amazingly, we had all three division winners turn in cards of 43 stableford points.Richard Anderson (H/cap 9) won the A Flight on 43 and was five clear of Graham Rudd (9) in second on 38 while Trevor Harvey (10) placed third with 35.Daniel Tobler (19) topped the B Flight with his 43-pointer, David Dawson (12) was close behind in second on 41 and Ross Schiffren (20) had another fine round for third place with 40 points.Pierre Zbinden (23) was the third player to notch 43 points and won the C Flight ahead of Brian Reid (28) in second on 40 and Dale Drader (28) third with 35.C Flight winner Pierre Zbinden.The Mountain track was used as the count-back decider and Richard Anderson took the Green Jacket courtesy of his better score on that nine.Near pins were taken by (A Flight) Steve Snelgrove, Trevor Harvey, Richard Anderson; (B Flight) David Dawson, Daniel Tobler, Paul Ovens; (C Flight) Brian Reid, Nigel Henry, Dale Drader, while the Long-Putt (9th on the Ocean course) sponsored by Jack Levy was measured at 20-foot 8 inches and tagged by our Aussie mate Butch Furneaux.This drinking tournament with a golfing problem was once again a great success and thanks go out to all who participated and to all sponsors and helpers. You are all invited to the T.Q. Masters 24th edition next year. Can it top 70 players? Let’s give it a try!The long wait is over – all set for another T.Q. Masters.Putting for glory at the T.Q. Masters.Russell tees off on the first.Dark clouds can’t dampen the fun for this group.
Facebook1Tweet0Pin0Most of us have heard about Tai Chi, a branch of martial arts that originated in China hundreds of years ago, but how many of us have actually tried it? If you can’t make it down to your local dojo any time soon, try visiting the Yelm Timberland Library (210 Prairie Park Street 98597). This Wednesday, March 23rd, at 6:30PM, seasoned instructor Rick Stillwagon will be teaching an hour-long Tai Chi class free of charge. Tai Chi is not only relaxing, but it is also great for those who want a satisfying, but not overly taxing, workout. The movements are slow and encourage flexibility and balance. This class is open to adults and teens of all experience levels, just make sure to bring comfortable clothes that you can move around in.CREDIT: www.dcondamine.com