Dubai firm breaks selfie stick world record

A Dubai-based media firm broke the Guinness World Record for the longest selfie stick on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy: @itpliveme)
Updated 13 April 2017

Dubai firm breaks selfie stick world record

DUBAI: A Dubai-based media firm broke the Guinness World Record for the longest selfie stick on Tuesday.
ITP Media Group broke the record at an event during which they revealed a selfie stick that measured 16.6 meters, a meter longer than the previous record holders – two Italian bloggers - who created a selfie stick measuring 15.57 meters.
According to ShortList Dubai, Samer Khallouf, the official adjudicator from Guinness World Records, said: “The Selfie stick adhered to the guidelines breaking the current record title. As the global authority on record-breaking we are always happy to see such great feats in the UAE and be a part of these astonishing events.”

The party was held to unveil the media firm’s new division “ITP Live,” which represents social media influencers in the region.
ITP Media Group’s CEO, Ali Akawi, was on hand at Tuesday night’s event to accept the award from the Guinness adjudicators while a spokesman for ITP Live said: “We spent several weeks building the selfie stick – and breaking the record was the perfect way to celebrate the rise of social influencers in this region.”


Sumatran tiger kills farmer in Indonesia

Updated 13 December 2019

Sumatran tiger kills farmer in Indonesia

  • Tigers mauled to death another coffee farmer and seriously injured two Indonesian tourists in separate incidents in the province last month
  • Human-animal conflicts are common in the vast Southeast Asian archipelago, especially in areas where the clearing of rainforest is destroying animal habitats

PALEMBANG, Indonesia: A Sumatran tiger has killed an Indonesian farmer, police said Friday, in the third fatal attack by the critically endangered species in less than a month.
The 55-year-old was set upon by the big cat at a coffee plantation in South Sumatra province on Thursday.
Authorities said the dead man’s companion screamed in vain to warn him about the approaching predator.
“All of sudden, the tiger pounced on the victim,” local police chief Ferry Harahap told AFP on Friday.
The deadly attack comes just a week after a tiger killed another farmer in nearby Pagaralam.
Tigers mauled to death another coffee farmer and seriously injured two Indonesian tourists in separate incidents in the province last month.
Local conservation agency official Martialis Puspito blamed human encroachment on the endangered animal’s habitat for the spate of attacks, adding that residents were being warned to steer clear of the wilderness.
“We cannot drive out the tigers because the jungles are their habitat so it’s people who have to stay out of there,” he said.
Human-animal conflicts are common in the vast Southeast Asian archipelago, especially in areas where the clearing of rainforest to make way for palm oil plantations is destroying animal habitats.
Sumatran tigers are considered critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, with fewer than 400 believed to remain in the wild.