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New Upcoming Facebook Live Video Shopping Features

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Facebook Is Working on A Live Video Shopping Feature
  • Facebook is currently testing a live video shopping feature for some Pages in Thailand.
  • The feature was first spotted by some users and was confirmed officially by the platform.
  • The new feature will allow merchants to accept payments via Facebook.
  • We have all seen home shopping network channels on TV, but with e-commerce taking over its place teleshopping’s popularity has declined over the years. Facebook is reported to be working on a new feature that will bring live video shopping directly on the social media platform. Just like live teleshopping, viewers can request the merchants to demo products and describe their wares in live video sessions.

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    Using the live video shopping feature seems pretty straightforward going by reports. Users do not need to call a phone number or email the merchant. All they need to do is take a screenshot of the product and send it to the seller on Facebook and payments can be requested directly from the chat app. The whole feature is designed around existing tools available on Facebook, and you do not need to leave the platform at all for ordering products.

    Currently, the new feature is limited to a few pages in Thailand and if it receives a positive response, it will be rolled out to all major markets over time. The feature was first spotted by Jeff Higgins and was later confirmed by Facebook officially.

    Facebook product manager for Marketplace Mayank Yadav revealed that sellers need to register for the service and there will be a waiting list for approval. Not everyone will get access to the feature, and there will be a verification process in place to prevent frauds. The platform will not charge transaction fees for payments, but it could generate revenue through video ads.

    Facebook seeks to compete against eBay, Craigslist, and Etsy and it might manage to break into the e-commerce market as it has its real-name policy and social graph which customers can rely on. Most other online shopping platforms do not let you in on the identity of the sellers, and you are always at risk of fraud.

    Mahesh is leading digital marketing initiatives at RecentlyHeard, a NewsFeed platform that covers news from all sectors. He develops, manages, and executes digital strategies to increase online visibility, better reach target audiences, and create engaging experience across channels. With 7+ years of experience, He is skilled in search engine optimization, content marketing, social media marketing, and advertising, and analytics.

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    Two people shot at a Walgreens in Broomfield

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    Two people were shot on Saturday at a Walgreens store in Broomfield, police said.

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    Parkway School District officials identify Central student who wrote racist graffiti

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    Parkway School District officials identify Central student who wrote racist graffiti

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A student responsible for the racist graffiti found at Parkway Central High School earlier this week has been identified.

    Parkway School District sent out a letter Friday afternoon saying that the student admitted to the offense.

    Parkway Central High School Principal Tim McCarthy told parents that the student will be held accountable according to the district’s discipline policy.

    On Thursday, hundreds of Parkway Central High School students walked out of class in protest of hate speech.

    It was also reported that racial slurs were found inside bathrooms at Parkway North High School.

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    Free COVID vaccines will be offered at The Rolling Stones concert Sunday

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    Free COVID vaccines will be offered at The Rolling Stones concert Sunday

    ST. LOUIS – If you’re going to The Rolling Stones concert in St. Louis Sunday night and you don’t have the COIVD-19 vaccination, you will be able to get the shot at the concert.

    As The Rolling Stones song says “it’s just a shot away.”

    BJC Healthcare has announced it will offer free COVID vaccination shots at the concert. The shots will be given at the first aid room at The Dome at America’s Center.  

    The Rolling Stones recently released an Instagram video for fans that strongly encourage COVID vaccines and testing.

    The band kick off their 13 dates No Filter tour in St. Louis Sunday night. Masks are required for those attending the concerts. Proof of vaccination or COVID tests are not required, but The Rolling Stones say they got the shot and you should too. 

    “We want to make it a great night and a safe one. We’ve all had the shot, and you better get one too. So, if you’re not vaccinated get tested,” members of The Rollings Stone say in the video.

    “If they want the masks on, put them on. It’s no big deal. And if you’re experiencing symptoms, like a high temperature or something don’t come to the show. Who knows when we’ll have the chance to spend the night together again.”

    The latest data from the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force shows the number of COVID cases in the St. Louis region is decreasing or leveling off. 

    New hospital admissions of COVID patients increased from 52 yesterday to 55 today. The number of COVID-positive patients in hospitals decreased from 418 yesterday to 393 today. 

    The concert starts at 7:30 Sunday night with an opening act. The Rolling Stones are expected to take the stage at about 8:45 p.m. Free COVID vaccinations will be available at the first aid room at the dome Sunday night 

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    Kickin’ It with Kiz: Ben Simmons in a Nuggets uniform? It’s an excellent idea, but …

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    Ben Simmons won’t report to 76ers’ training camp, AP source says

    The Nuggets should consider trading for Ben Simmons, but only depending on the cost. His shortcomings were magnified in the NBA playoffs. But he has length and is a very good defender. Coach Michael Malone and Nikola Jokic would make Simmons better. Again, it’s all about the cost.

    — Bobby, hoops dreamer

    Kiz: A decade down the road, we might well say Simmons had a more-stellar NBA career than Michael Porter Jr. But if Philadelphia wants to trade Simmons right now, it’s hard to envision how the financial machinations of a trade to Denver could work, unless injured guard Jamal Murray is involved. So I’m guessing we have a better chance of seeing Aaron Rodgers play quarterback for the Broncos today than we do of greeting Simmons as a Nuggets starter on opening night.

    Are the Broncos for real? The roster seems to have improved, even at quarterback. But improvement isn’t all that Broncos Country wants. We’re about winning and championships. We’re not there… yet.

    — A.R., keeping it real

    Kiz: While we’re all grooving to the Teddy B Experience, nobody expects this orange-and-blue bandwagon to roll all the way to a championship. But do I detect signs of vulnerability in the Kansas City Chiefs? I’m a believer in the hangover effect of a Super bowl loss. So I think the Broncos not only have a shot at sneaking into the playoffs, they also will end that 11-game losing streak to K.C. For real.

    You stupid fool, Teddy Bridgewater has won exactly two games against (crummy) teams. Can’t you save your obsequious toadying and butt-kissing until halfway through the NFL season?

    — Steve, has way with words

    Kiz: You nailed it. Obsequious toadying is my brand. They don’t call me Mr. Sunshine for nuthin’.

    Thanks for your column about the Rockies and franchise owner Dick Monfort. I gave up my tickets to the Rockies for the reasons you described. I would rather watch them on television. The Rockies are our home team, but let the transplants support the Dodgers and Monfort.

    — Sam, spends wisely

    Kiz: Well, at least the Rockies will be able to watch the playoffs on TV and root for former teammate Nolan Arenado.

    Kiz, would you write something about the lack of a salary cap in baseball?  I don’t see how smaller-market teams like the Rockies can hope to keep top players or consistently contend without a cap. I know there never has been one and probably never will, but …

    — Gordon, Longmont

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    Aurora officer on leave after video of violent traffic stop emerges

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    Aurora officer on leave after video of violent traffic stop emerges

    An Aurora police officer is on administrative leave and an internal investigation is underway after video of a violent encounter during a May traffic stop emerged.

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    CSU Rams vs. Iowa live blog: Real-time updates from the college football game at Kinnick Stadium

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    Joe Nguyen

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    Digital sports strategist for The Denver Post. Previously he was the online prep sports editor. Prior to that, he covered Adams County and Aurora in the YourHub section. He also writes about beer, professional wrestling and video games.

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    Taliban hang body in public; signal return to past tactics

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    Witness: Taliban hang dead body in Afghan city’s main square

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban hanged a dead body from a crane parked in a city square in Afghanistan on Saturday in a gruesome display that signaled the hard-line group’s return to some of its brutal tactics of the past.

    Taliban officials initially brought four bodies to the central square in the western city of Herat, then moved three of them to other parts of the city for public display, said Wazir Ahmad Seddiqi, who runs a pharmacy on the edge of the square.

    Taliban officials announced that the four were caught taking part in a kidnapping earlier Saturday and were killed by police, Seddiqi said. Ziaulhaq Jalali, a Taliban-appointed district police chief in Herat, said later that Taliban members rescued a father and son who had been abducted by four kidnappers after an exchange of gunfire. He said a Taliban fighter and a civilian were wounded by the kidnappers, and that the kidnappers were killed in crossfire.

    An Associated Press video showed crowds gathering around the crane and peering up at the body as some men chanted.

    “The aim of this action is to alert all criminals that they are not safe,” a Taliban commander who did not identify himself told the AP in an on-camera interview conducted in the square.

    Since the Taliban overran Kabul on Aug. 15 and seized control of the country, Afghans and the world have been watching to see whether they will re-create their harsh rule of the late 1990s, which included public stonings and limb amputations of alleged criminals, some of which took place in front of large crowds at a stadium.

    Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, one of the founders of the Taliban and the chief enforcer of its harsh interpretation of Islamic law when they last ruled Afghanistan, told The Associated Press this week that the militant movement will once again carry out executions and amputations of hands, though perhaps not in public.

    “Everyone criticized us for the punishments in the stadium, but we have never said anything about their laws and their punishments,” Turabi said. “No one will tell us what our laws should be. We will follow Islam and we will make our laws on the Quran.”

    The group’s leaders remain entrenched in a deeply conservative, hard-line worldview, even if they are embracing technological changes, such as video and mobile phones.

    President Joe Biden’s administration signaled on Friday that the U.S. would not tolerate the Taliban’s return to their past punishment methods.

    “We condemn in the strongest terms reports of reinstating amputations and executions of Afghans,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters. “The acts the Taliban are talking about here would constitute clear gross abuses of human rights, and we stand firm with the international community to hold perpetrators of these — of any such abuses — accountable.”

    Also Saturday, a roadside bomb hit a Taliban car in the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, wounding at least one person, a Taliban official said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing. The Islamic State group affiliate, which is headquartered in eastern Afghanistan, has said it was behind similar attacks in Jalalabad last week that killed 12 people.

    The person wounded in the attack is a municipal worker, Taliban spokesperson Mohammad Hanif said.

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    Xaverian blows out Brockton in 42-6 rout

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    Duxbury hangs on to defeat Scituate

    BROCKTON — Friday night was the type of game that Xaverian football coach Al Fornaro loves, and not just because it was a win in what he believes is the best nonleague rivalry in the state.

    His outstanding offensive line allowed the Hawks to do whatever they wanted offensively as junior Michael Oates ran for two touchdowns and senior Jake Gilbert threw for two more in a 42-6 rout of Brockton.

    “I don’t get to coach the position anymore, which I’m not happy about, but I went down when they were doing a little 1-on-1s and I stopped the drill and told them, as an offensive line there is nothing more satisfying than moving a human being against his will, and we did that a lot tonight,” said Fornaro.

    Xaverian (1-2) scored on five of its seven possessions with the first team offense — all TDs. The Hawks were essentially stopped just once as one series ended with a botched field goal attempt at the end of the half.

    Oates piled up 124 yards on just 14 carries and had scoring runs of 24 and 39, the second of which made it 28-0 just two plays into the second half. BC-bound senior left tackle Jack Funke led the way up front, along with juniors Cole Canty, Kastriot Panariti and Jon Mould, and sophomore Andrew Dufault.

    A sophomore cornerback with a name quite familiar to Hawks fans provided the highlight of the night when Charlie Comella, whose father Greg and uncles Matt and J.P. all starred for Xaverian, picked off a deep ball down the left sideline and zig-zagged his way 55 yards back to the end zone in the second quarter.

    “He’s good. He’s got good bloodlines and I’m glad he’s here,” said Fornaro of Comella. “He is playing because he’s the best guy. Greg played for me and I’m told he’s not going to play if he’s not the best guy. The school pays my salary, not the parents.”

    Comella also caught a 29-yard TD pass, running under a beautiful lofted toss from Gilbert, who finished 11-of-15 for 167 yards. Gilbert capped the scoring by hitting Brockton native Jonathan Monteiro for a 34-yard TD.

    Boxers QB Jason Wotondi accounted for nearly all of the Brockton offense, throwing for 130 yards and a touchdown and running for 39 more.

    Xaverian has now won nine of the last 10 contests between the teams and leads the rivalry 26-13 overall.

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    Salmonella outbreak from unidentified source expands to 29 states; CDC says strain found in takeout container

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    Salmonella outbreak from unidentified source expands to 29 states; CDC says strain found in takeout container

    The CDC said it was “not possible” to determine which component of the takeout meal was contaminated, as the container contained multiple food items. (Getty Images)

    (NEXSTAR) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recorded a “significant” number of new infections amid a multi-state outbreak of salmonella stemming from an unknown food source.

    At least 279 infections have been linked to the strain observed in the outbreak, 26 of which have required hospitalization, according to the latest CDC case count made public on Friday. Last week, the CDC had only confirmed 127 infections linked to the unidentified food source, including 18 hospitalizations.

    The outbreak has also expanded to a total of 29 states, or four more than when the CDC first reported the infections last week.

    No deaths have been linked to the outbreak.

    Salmonella Oranienburg, the strain observed in this outbreak, began sickening people on Aug. 3 and grew “rapidly” in the following weeks, according to the CDC. The agency estimates that the actual number of sick people is “likely much higher” than 279, as many infected individuals often recover without seeking treatment or getting tested.

    It can also take up to four weeks to determine if a sick person is indeed part of the outbreak, the agency says.

    Investigators have yet to determine a food source linked to the outbreak, though the strain has since been identified in a takeout container provided to a restaurant customer, per the CDC’s lab data.

    “State and local officials have collected food items from some of the restaurants where sick people ate,” the CDC wrote in Friday’s update. “The outbreak strain of Salmonella Oranienburg was found in a sample taken from a takeout condiment cup containing cilantro and lime. The sick person reported that the condiment container also contained onions, but none were left in the cup when it was tested.”

    The CDC says, however, that it is “not possible” to determine exactly which ingredient or component was contaminated, as the takeout container contained other foods.

    Health officials are currently gathering additional data, per the CDC.

    In a statement shared with Nexstar days before the CDC’s latest update, the agency said it was continuing to see “a significant number of new cases reported each day.”

    The statement, issued by Belsie González, MPH, the senior public affairs specialist for the CDC, added that “it remains important that people report symptoms to their healthcare provider and local health department.”  

    Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever, stomach cramps, and possible nausea, vomiting or headache. Those experiencing more severe symptoms — including dehydration, prolonged vomiting, prolonged diarrhea, or diarrhea with a fever of over 102 degrees F, among other symptoms — should contact a doctor immediately.

    A complete list of the number of infections and where they were reported can be found below.

    • Texas: 81
    • Oklahoma: 40
    • Illinois: 23
    • Virginia: 22
    • Minnesota: 19
    • Massachusetts: 10
    • Maryland: 9
    • Wisconsin: 8
    • Arkansas: 7
    • Kansas: 6
    • New Mexico: 6
    • California: 5
    • Connecticut: 5
    • South Dakota: 5
    • Michigan: 4
    • Nebraska: 4
    • New Jersey: 4
    • Pennsylvania: 4
    • Missouri: 3
    • Florida: 2
    • New York: 2
    • North Carolina: 2
    • Utah: 2
    • Indiana: 1
    • Iowa: 1
    • North Dakota: 1
    • Oregon: 1
    • South Carolina: 1
    • Tennessee: 1

    More information on this outbreak and salmonella infection can be found at the CDC’s website.

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    Motorcyclist dies in Thornton crash on Friday night

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    Pedestrian from Aurora hit, killed on interstate in Louisiana

    A motorcyclist died Friday night in a single-vehicle crash in Thornton, police said.

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