Los Angeles, March 24, 2017: Singer Beyonce Knowles used video calling app FaceTime to connect with young cancer patient Ebony Banks, after a social media campaign under the hashtag #EbobmeetsBeyonce grabbed her attention.
Beyonce surprised the teenager, who has been battling with a rare form of the disease, with a video call on Wednesday, because it has always been her lifelong dream to meet her “idol”, reports usmagazine.com.
Speaking to KHOU channel about her last wish, Banks, who is also known as Ebob, said: “She’s (Beyonce) like my everything and my idol. And if I ever met her, I would probably pass out.”
Knowles, who has five-year-old daughter Blue Ivy with her husband Jay Z and is pregnant with twins, learnt about Banks’s dream to meet her through her school friends, who started the campaign on social media. (IANS)
Executives at Google’s Silicon Valley headquarters are discussing ways to protect themselves and their families from measles after one of them was found working at the office despite being infected by the highly contagious virus.
On Google’s internal forums, employees expressed shock because they were not told sooner about their sick colleague who had been spending time in its Mountain View office building — including a campus restaurant, BuzzFeed News reported on Thursday.
The employee was present in the office on April 4.
A select group of employees learned about the incident more than a week later, on April 13, when a company doctor emailed them about the infected the employee, the report said.
Later, however, the staff doctor sent a message to multiple internal groups at Google, reassuring a that they were safe while acknowledging that his communication had been “slow”.
The reported case is part of a historic resurgence of measles in the US.
Public health experts blame the uptick partially on the spread of anti-vaccine falsehoods on social media platforms, including Google’s YouTube, which, under public pressure, recently removed ads from known anti-vaccine video channels, the report said. (IANS)