23 May 2022

Kenton Cool reaches record-breaking 16th Everest summit.

British mountaineer Kenton Cool has successfully completed his record-breaking 16th summit of Mount Everest.

The climber became the first non-Nepali person to complete the 8,849m (29,032ft) peak 16 times.

In his previous 15 trips up Everest, he has been a guide to other well-known mountaineers, including Sir Ranulph Fiennes and broadcaster Ben Fogle.

Mr Fogle said for the 48-year-old "to climb Everest once was a trial - to climb it 16 times is heroic."

Kami Rita Sherpa and Lhakpa Sherpa are credited as the people who have climbed the mountain the most times.

Source: www.bbc.com

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Yupun Abeykoon sets new national and South Asian record.

Sri Lanka’s Yupun Abeykoon has set a new national record and a South Asian record in the men’s 200 meters during an athletic meet held in Italy. 

The Italy-based Sri Lankan sprinter shattered the existing South Asian and Sri Lanka records in the 200 meters event by clocking a time of 20.37 seconds at the 12th Castiglione International Meeting in Grosseto, Italy. 

Accordingly, he broke the Sri Lanka record of 20.68 seconds set by Vinoj Suranjaya de Silva in 2018 and the South Asian record of 20.52 seconds set by India’s Amlan Borgohain just last month.

Abeykoon already owns South Asia record in 100 meters with a time of 10.15 seconds and fastest time at any condition (10.04 seconds).

Last month, he also set a new Asian record in the 150 meters men’s event during another athletic meet held in Italy.

The sprinter clocked a time of 15.16 seconds to finish first place in the race and in the process surpassed the existing Asian record in the event. 

The previous record of 15.35 seconds had been set by Japan’s Yoshihide Kiryu in 2017.

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Sri Lanka-born Cassandra Fernando elected to Australian Parliament.

Sri Lankan-born Cassandra Fernando has been elected to the Australian Parliament following the federal election.

She was the Federal Labor Candidate for Holt, Victoria. 

Fernando is the first Sri Lankan-born woman to enter the Australian Parliament.

Labor’s Cassandra Fernando has succeeded retiring Labor MP Anthony Byrne in Holt, Victoria

She beat another candidate of Sri Lankan origin, Ranj Perera.

Cassandra is a proud migrant, a pastry chef, an advocate for essential workers who came to Australia with her family when she was 11.

She has called Melbourne’s South-East home ever since. 

Source: www.lankaxpress.com

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World Aids Vaccine Day - 18.

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, or World Aids Day is held every year on May 18. As well as raising awareness of the need for a vaccine it also celebrates those that work towards this goal. All those who help victims of the infection also receive praise on this poignant day.

In 1997, during a speech made at Morgan State University, president of the day Bill Clinton asked for experts and scientists around the world to work towards creating a vaccine for AIDS. He said that this would be the only way to limit its spread and eventually wipe it out.

World Aids Vaccine Day takes place on May 18th. The first was observed on May 18 in 1998. One year exactly after Clinton’s speech. Every year since then the commemoration has take place. Activities are organised around the globe.

The aim of the activities is to raise awareness of the need for AIDS vaccines and to educate people about how HIV can be prevented. Ordinary people are reminded that they can also play a part in ending the pandemic.

Source: www.awarenessdays.com

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2021 Summer Deaflympics.

The 2021 Summer Deaflympics, officially known as the XXIV Summer Deaflympic Games, and commonly known as Caxias 2021, is the international multi-sport event that was held in Caxias do Sul, Brazil, as the main host city from 1 May to 15 May 2022. 

In addition to Caxias, there were events scheduled for the neighboring cities of Farroupilha and Flores da Cunha. On April 12, 2022, CISS has announced that due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russian and Belarussian athletes were barred from competing in Caxias do Sul, and in the same press release it was also announced that the bowling tournament was scheduled to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, during October 20–30, 2022.

This is the first time the Games are being held in a Latin American country, in a South American country, and not during the summer of the host city (as it is autumn in May in the south of Brazil). This is also the first time since the 2007 Winter Deaflympics, held in Salt Lake City, for the event to be held in the CISS Americas Region, and the third time for the Games to be held in the Southern Hemisphere as the 1989 games were held in Christchurch in New Zealand and 2005 games Melbourne in Australia.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org

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Wesley Morgan wins the 2022 William E. Colby Award.

Author and journalist, Wesley Morgan has won the William E. Colby Award 2022 for his military and intelligence writing. 

He was cited for his book “The Hardest Place: The American Military Adrift in Afghanistan’s Pech Valley.” The Colby Award, a $5,000 prize named for the former ambassador and CIA director William E. Colby, is given for “a major contribution to the understanding of military history, intelligence operations or international affairs.” The Colby Award is presented by Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. The Colby award was established in 1999.

Source: www.libraryjournal.com

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Somalia elects Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as new president.

Somali legislators have elected former leader Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the country’s next president, following a long-overdue election in the troubled Horn of Africa nation. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who served as Somalia’s president between 2012 and 2017, won the contest in the capital, Mogadishu, amid a security lockdown imposed by authorities to prevent deadly rebel attacks. He defeated Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (also known as Farmajo).

The presidential elections committee said in a statement that Mohamud collected 214 votes against 110 casts in favour of incumbent president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo in a final third round. The 66-year-old Mohamud is the leader of the Union for Peace and Development Party, which commands a majority of seats in both legislative chambers.

Source: www.aljazeera.com

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Intersolar Europe 2022

Intersolar Europe is the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and takes place annually at the Messe München exhibition center. Intersolar 2022 has taken place in Munich, Germany from 11-13 May. 

The event’s exhibition and conference both focus on the areas of photovoltaics, solar thermal technologies, solar plants, as well as grid infrastructure and solutions for the integration of renewable energy. Since being founded more than 30 years ago, Intersolar has become the most important industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners of the solar industry.

Intersolar Europe is part of The smarter E Europe, which in total comprises four exhibitions, an extensive accompanying program as well as parallel conferences and claims the title of Europe's largest platform for the energy industry with more than 1,450 exhibitors and 132,000m2 exhibition space.

Source: https://www.ises.org

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22 May 2022

Global Remittance Flows in 2021

In 2021, the top five remittance recipients in current US dollar terms were India, China, Mexico, the Philippines, and the Arab Republic of Egypt. 

As a share of gross domestic product, the top five remittance recipients in 2021 were smaller economies: Tonga, Lebanon, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Honduras. 

The United States was the most significant source country for remittances in 2020, followed by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Switzerland.

Source: https://blogs.worldbank.org

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World Largest Car Markets 2021.

In 2021 almost 84 million vehicles have been sold in the world, gaining 4.1% compared to the almost 81 million sales reported the previous year.

China remains the leading global market, with 24.9 million sales, and rose only 0.5% compared to the sales reported the previous year. This huge market accounts for 29.6% of all sales at a global level.

The USA are in the second position, with almost 15 million sales registered they report a growth of 2% and hold 17.8% share of the world’s sales.

In third position we have Japan with 4.4 million units sold and falling 3.3% (5.3% market share), followed by India which registered 4.4 million units sold (+31.6%).

In 5th place we have Germany,  with sales at almost 3 million units and fell 8.5% and reported the worst performance on the leaderboard, followed by the UK with 2.9 million units sold (+10.2%).

France -down 1 spot- registered 2.1 million sales and rose 2.1%, followed by Mexico which rose 1 spot with 2 million sales rising 6.9%.

At the edge of the top 10 rankings, we find Brazil -down 1 spot-, with sales at  2 million (+1%) and finally South Korea, down 7.9% with 1.7 million units sold.

Source: www.focus2move.com

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Watch incredible NASA video of a total lunar eclipse from space.

Some 64 million miles from the planet, NASA's Lucy probe got a deep space view of the recent total lunar eclipse.

From her vantage point, it didn't look much like a "blood moon," one of the many nicknames for the rare astronomical event. In a brief two-second time-lapse video, Lucy captured the Earth, on the left, and the moon, on the right. The tiny moon can be seen as a bright pinpoint of light that vanishes out of sight as it passes into the planet's shadow.

Source: https://mashable.com

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21 May 2022

French President Macron appoints Labor Minister Elisabeth Borne as his prime minister.

French President Emmanuel Macron has chosen Elisabeth Borne, a left-leaning technocrat, to lead his new government, putting an end to weeks of speculation after the presidential election in April.

Borne, 61, was named the new prime minister of France following the resignation of Jean Castex, the Elysée said Monday.

Borne, the country’s second female prime minister after Socialist Edith Cresson in 1991-1992, will be in charge of steering through Macron’s controversial pension reform.

Source: www.politico.eu

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Scientists Grow Plants in Moon Soil for the First Time.

The seeds grew in lunar soil collected during Apollo 11, 12 and 17 missions decades ago.

For the first time, scientists have successfully grown plants using lunar soil—known as lunar regolith—collected from past moon expeditions.

Scientists at the University of Florida conducted the experiment using a well-studied plant known as Arabidopsis thaliana, a crop native to Eurasia and Africa and a relative of the mustard green and other vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower. They didn’t even know if the seeds would germinate.

In a paper published May 12 in the journal Communications Biology, researchers explained how they conducted the experiment using teaspoon-sized samples of regolith— collected from Apollo 11, 12 and 17 missions—alongside control earth soil and a lunar soil simulant made from volcanic ash. Each plant was allotted only a gram of the lunar soil for the study. 

Source: https://modernfarmer.com

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Finland and Sweden submit applications to join NATO.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says that Finland and Sweden have officially applied to join the world’s biggest military alliance, a move driven by security concerns over Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Neutral throughout the Cold War, the two countries’ decision to join the alliance is one of the most significant changes in Europe’s security architecture in decades.

The applications must now be weighed by the 30 member countries. That process is expected to take about two weeks, although Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed reservations about Finland and Sweden joining.

Public opinion in Finland and Sweden has shifted massively in favour of membership since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.

Source: www.aljazeera.com

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World Bank, ADB & AIIB announce joint plan to aid Sri Lanka.

The World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) have jointly decided to support Sri Lanka’s response to the ongoing economic crisis.

The three institutions announced their decision in a statement issued after the first joint coordinated meeting on the 19th of May.

“All three institutions are adopting a coordinated approach to sustain basic services and livelihoods and to mitigate the impact of the economic crisis on the people of Sri Lanka.”

This includes access to essential items such as medicines, cash assistance, gas and fertilizer through the reallocation of resources from existing projects, the statement read further.

Source: www.adaderana.lk

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World’s longest suspension bridge, been opened in Czech Republic.

The world’s largest suspension bridge has opened to travellers in the Czech Republic. The bridge, which had been under construction for nearly two years, was officially opened. Sky Bridge 721 is the name given to it. The promenade promises both beautiful views of the cloud-shrouded Jesenky mountains and an exhilarating, but slightly dangerous experience.

The cable car can take you to the bridge, which crosses two mountain ranges and hovers 95 metres (312 feet) above a valley. It measures 721 metres (2,365 feet) in length. Tourists will enter at a height of 1,125 metres and depart at a height of 10 metres.

The suspension bridge cost 200 million crowns, or $8.4 million, according to local media sources.

The Czech Republic Sky Bridge is 154 metres longer than Nepal’s Baglung Parbat Footbridge, which is the world’s longest suspension footbridge.

Prague, the Czech capital, is about a 2.5-hour journey from Sky Bridge 721.

Source: https://edition.cnn.com

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The Global 2000.

Despite challenges brought on by the pandemic, ongoing war and unpredictable markets, the world’s largest public companies managed to boost sales and profits in the last year. Healthy income statements, however, mask a new economic reality which is devoid of government stimulus and features much lower stock values as inflation and a bearish market turn have put a damper on economic recovery.

Forbes Global 2000 ranks the largest companies in the world using four metrics: sales, profits, assets, and market value. Market turbulence has pushed down the minimum market value to be considered for the 2022 list to $7.6 billion compared to $8.26 billion in 2021, but the minimum for all other metrics is up over last year.

Berkshire Hathaway took the No. 1 spot for the first time since Forbes started publishing the Global 2000 in 2003, dethroning the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, which dropped to No. 2 after nine consecutive years at the top of the list. ​​Big oil rebounded rapidly from last year’s low ranks, boosted by rising oil prices. ExxonMobil is No. 15 this year, up from No. 317 in 2021 and Shell is No. 16, up from No. 324. Both companies saw profits swing back into positive territory after last year’s losses.

As a group, the companies on the 2022 Global 2000 account for $47.6 trillion in revenues, $5.0 trillion in profits, $233.7 trillion in assets and $76.5 trillion in market cap. There are 58 countries represented on the 2022 list. The United States has the most with 590 companies, followed by China/Hong Kong (351) and Japan (196).

Source: www.forbes.com

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Kenyan nurse Anna Qabale Duba crowned as world’s best nurse.

Anna Qabale Duba, a Kenyan nurse stationed at the Marsabit County Referral Hospital, won the inaugural Aster Guardian Global Nursing Award for endorsing education and campaigning against outdated cultural practices like Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in her community. Duba, who took home USD 250,000 (approx. Ksh.29 million) in prize money, was feted by Emirates CEO Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum at an award ceremony held in Dubai, which commemorated the International Nurses Day.

While receiving the award, Duba, the only female graduate in her village, revealed that she, through her Qabale Duba Foundation, had built a school in Marsabit which offers classes to young pupils and adults looking to get a decent education during the day and evening respectively.

Source: www.bbc.com

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World Bee Day - 20 May.

World Bee Day is celebrated on May 20 each year. The purpose of the international day is to acknowledge the role of bees and other pollinators for the ecosystem.

Every year on this day, the global public will focus on the importance of preserving honey bees and all other pollinators. People will be reminded of the significance of bees in providing for the needs of humanity.

On this day Slovenian Anton Janša, the pioneer of beekeeping, was born in 1734. Beekeeping is taken so seriously in Slovenia that the nation’s unofficial motto is “Land of the Good Beekeepers“. The country produces gourmet honey, offers beekeeping tourism, and likes to point out that the Slovenes – the wealthiest Slavic nation in the world – takes its work ethic from the honey bee.

May was the chosen month for World Bee Day because in the northern hemisphere the need for pollination is greatest during that period, while in the southern hemisphere it is a time for harvesting honey and bee products.

The idea for a World Bee Day was conceived on September 15th, 2014. Slovenian beekeeper Bostjan Noc was driving to work at The Slovenian Beekeeper’s Association where he is president, listening to a radio program about World Days and their meaning and he wondered why bees didn’t have their own day. Considering that every third spoonful of the world’s food relies on bees and other pollinators and that bees are increasingly endangered and almost no longer able to survive without human interventions and support, it seemed only right that the global public should be made aware.

World Bee Day 2022 Theme: Bee Engaged: Celebrating the diversity of bees and beekeeping systems. 

Source: www.un.org

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World Metrology Day - 20 May.

World Metrology Day is about how our scientific measurement system is capable of stretching beyond the bounds of language. Math & science both share the commonality of being necessary in the development and maintenance of foreign relations.

World Metrology Day pays tribute to the signature at the Metre Convention that occurred on the 20th of May, 1875. The convention featured a coalition of seventeen nations who came together to establish the framework for global collaboration in the field of scientific measurement.

The goal of this convention was realized when participants successfully established a worldwide measurement that allowed for cohesion among the scientific community. The impact of what was achieved at this event can be experienced in science laboratories to this day.

The theme for World Metrology Day 2022 is "Metrology in the Digital Era".

Source: www.worldmetrologyday

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International Red Sneakers Day - 20 May.

Each year on May 20th, International Red Sneakers Day marks a growing movement with a mission to save the lives of those with food allergies while also sharing the story and memory of a boy who loved red sneakers.

Red Sneakers for Oakley™, a nonprofit 501c3, founded International Red Sneakers Day in 2018, after Oakley Debb’s November 2016 fatal reaction to nuts. Oakley’s parents, Merrill and Robert Debbs, launched Red Sneakers for Oakley to prevent other families from facing the same tragedy. Central to the organization’s theme are Oakley’s red sneakers, carrying food allergy awareness messages all over the world and in multiple languages.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed International Red Sneakers Day to be observed annually in 2021.

Source: www.redsneakers.org

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World Day for Cultural Diversity - 21 May.

Every year on May 21st, the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development urges everyone to do their part to bridge the gap between cultures. The day is often referred to as Diversity Day.

According to the UN, bridging this gap is essential for peace, development, and stability. 

UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity in December 2001. In December 2002, the UN General Assembly declared May 21st as the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

Source: www.un.org

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International Tea Day - 21 May.

Every year on May 21st, International Tea Day promotes ways to sustain the production and consumption of tea. It’s also a day to spread awareness of the importance of tea in fighting hunger and poverty.

You might be surprised to know that tea (not coffee) is the preferred beverage of choice for millions of people in the world. The global per capita consumption of tea is 35.2 liters. Every second, people consume 25,000 cups of tea. This equals 2.16 billion cups of tea per day.

As the world population increases, so will the number of tea drinkers. Tea is especially popular in India and China. These two countries account for 37% of the world’s total population. Tea has a rich history in the world. According to legend, Emperor Shen Hung discovered tea when leaves from a tree blew into his pot of boiling water. This event happened in ancient China nearly 5,000 years ago. People in China and around the world have been drinking tea ever since.

Ever since 2005, tea-producing countries banded together to celebrate an International Tea Day. These countries included Sri Lanka, Nepal, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, and Uganda. In 2019, the Intergovernmental Group on Tea proposed to celebrate International Tea Day on May 21st. The UN approved the proposal on December 21, 2019. The first official UN-sanctioned International Tea Day was held on May 21st, 2020.

Tea production and processing contributes to the reduction of extreme poverty (Goal 1), the fight against hunger (Goal 2), the empowerment of women (Goal 5) and the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems (Goal 15).

Moreover, there is an urgent need to raise public awareness of the importance of tea for rural development and sustainable livelihoods and to improve the tea value chain to contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Source: https://nationaldaycalendar.com

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Starliner Launches to Space Station on Uncrewed Flight Test for NASA.

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner is in orbit, heading for the International Space Station following launch Thursday of the next-generation spacecraft on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket on a mission designed to test the end-to-end capabilities of the crew-capable system as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

Starliner lifted off on NASA’s Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) at 6:54 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Following an orbital insertion burn 31 minutes later, Starliner was on its way for a rendezvous and docking with the space station.

Launch and orbital insertion are major milestones for the company’s second uncrewed flight, bringing the U.S. closer to having two independent crew systems flying missions to and from the space station.

Starliner is scheduled to dock to the forward port of the station’s Harmony module about 7:10 p.m. Friday, May 20. After a successful docking, the crew of Expedition 67 will open Starliner’s hatch about 11:45 a.m. Saturday, May 21. Coverage of docking and hatch opening will air live on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website.

Source: www.nasa.gov

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20 May 2022

Elon Musk Allegedly Exposed His Erect Penis to SpaceX Employee.

Elon Musk exposed his erect penis to a flight attendant employed by SpaceX in 2016 and offered to buy her a horse in exchange for sex, according to allegations in a new report from Insider. The report cites a settlement for $250,000 between SpaceX and the unnamed woman.

The unnamed woman apparently saw her shifts cut back after the incident with Musk and felt that she was being “pushed out” of the company.

The cash settlement between SpaceX and the unnamed woman was entered into in the state of California in 2018, which passed a law that same year making non-disclosure agreements illegal in these types of arrangements.

Source: https://gizmodo.com

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18 May 2022

International Museum Day - 18 May.

Every year on May 18th, International Museum Day provides an opportunity for museum professionals to alert the general public about the importance of museums and the challenges they face.

The objective of International Museum Day (IMD) is to raise awareness about the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.” Organised on 18 May each year or around this date, the events and activities planned to celebrate International Museum Day can last a day, a weekend or an entire week. IMD was celebrated for the first time 40 years ago. All around the world, more and more museums participate in International Museum Day. Last year, more than 37,000 museums participated in the event in about 158 countries and territories.

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) has organized an International Museum Day since 1977. During the most recent event, 37,000 museums in 158 countries and territories participated. Each year ICOM comes up with a theme for this special day.

International Museum Day 2022 “The Power of Museums”

Source: https://icom.museum

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Vesak, or Buddha Day - 18 May.

Vesak, or Buddha Day, is celebrated worldwide every year on the day of the full moon in May. The festival commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha in the Theravada or southern tradition

Buddhists request governments everywhere that Buddhists live, to take steps to make the day of the May full-moon a Public Holiday in honor of the Buddha.

To celebrate, devout Buddhists and followers assemble in temples before dawn for the ceremonial and honorable hoisting of the Buddhist flag. They sing hymns in praise of the holy triple gem: The Buddha, The Dharma (his teachings), and The Sangha (his disciples).

Devotees may bring simple offerings of flowers, candles to lay at the feet of their teacher and to make a concerted effort to refrain from killing of any kind.

Another way they mark the day is by taking special efforts to bring happiness to the unfortunate like the aged, the handicapped and the sick. So, on this day, Buddhists will distribute gifts in cash and kind to various charitable homes.

The birth of Buddha has been celebrated for centuries. In 1950, the World Fellowship of Buddhists agreed to formalized and unify the day.

In 1999, the United Nations resolved to internationally observe the day of Vesak.

The name of the observance is derived from the Pali term vesākha or Sanskrit vaiśākha, which is the name of the lunar month used in ancient India falling in April–May.

Source: www.officeholidays.com


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17 May 2022

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day - 17 May.

May 17 is World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. The purpose is to help raise awareness of the possibilities the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies.

May 17 marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union.

The long name for this day marks the merger of two nearly-identical official days in 2006 by the United Nations. One of the two days, World Telecommunication Day, was celebrated every May 17 since 1969. It marked the founding of the International Telecommunication Union on May 17, 1865.

The second day merged into this day was World Information Society Day was also celebrated on May 17 since its inception in 2006. Its purpose was to focus on the importance of many issues in the area of information and communication technologies.

Source: www.un.org
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World Hypertension Day - 17 May.

Observed on May 17, World Hypertension Day is marked as a day focused on creating awareness about Hypertension and its symptoms. Hypertension or high blood pressure occurs when the blood pressure rises to an unhealthy level of 140/90. It is considered to have touched a dangerous level when the blood pressure measurement goes over 180/120.

Over a billion people around the globe live with hypertension which is a major cause of cardiovascular disease and premature death worldwide. While hypertension was usually seen as a health condition found in older people, it has now become quite common in the younger population.

High-stress levels, obesity, poor dietary habits, and a sedentary lifestyle are some of the major causes of hypertension in young people. Prolonged hypertension also puts a person at a higher risk of several medical conditions like chronic kidney disease, stroke, heart failure and others.

The theme for World Hypertension Day 2022 is ‘Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control it, Live Longer. The theme focuses to combat low awareness rates worldwide, especially in low to middle-income areas with accurate blood pressure measurement methods.

The first World Hypertension Day was observed on May 14, 2005, by the World Hypertension League, an umbrella organization of 85 national hypertension societies, with an aim to increase awareness about the condition. The following year the day was observed on May 17 and has been an annual practice since then. World Hypertension League aims not only to raise awareness about hypertension but also of its factors and prevention methods since it affects more than a billion people.

Source: https://www.paho.org

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South Korea Wins Uber Cup 2022

After a thrilling final at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, Korea stunned defending champions China to capture their second Uber Cup title. Korea fought back from behind twice to deny China a record-extending 16th title in the famous team tournament in a tie that lasted close to 90 minutes apiece.

In the deciding singles match, Korea’s 46th-ranked Sim Yu-jin faced China’s 15th-ranked Wang Zhiyi, with the final knotted at 2-2. Sim, who turned 23, beat Wang 28-26, 18-21, 21-8 in an hour and 28-minute match.

After a surprising run in Bangkok, Korea won the Uber Cup for the first time in 12 years. The Asian giants beat India 5-0 to win their group, then defeated Denmark and Japan 3-0 in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, respectively.

World No. 3 In the first game, Chen was defeated by fourth-ranked An by 21-17. The Korean had a five-point lead early in the second game, but Chen came back to win that game 21-15 and the decider 22-20, despite an ankle injury concern.

In the second doubles match of the final, Korea’s Km Hye Jeong and Kong Heeyong defeated Ping Huang and Li Wen Mei in straight games, forcing the final to a decider.

Source: https://voi.id

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5000-year-old jewellery factory rooted out in Haryana’s Indus Valley site Rakhi Garhi.

With the excavation of a 5000-year-old jewellery-making factory, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which has been working in Rakhi Garhi, Haryana, for the past 32 years, has produced one of its most significant findings yet. Rakhi Garhi is a village in Haryana’s Hisar district and one of the oldest Indus Valley Civilisation archaeological sites.

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The discovery of the structure of some dwellings, a kitchen complex, and a 5000-year-old jewellery-making factory indicates that the site was once a very major commercial centre.

Copper and gold jewellery that had been concealed for thousands of years were also discovered.

Graveyards have been discovered in the excavation sites at Sinauli in Uttar Pradesh, which gained attention for its Bronze Age solid-disk wheel carts discovered in 2018, which were interpreted by some as horse-pulled “chariots.”

Archaeologists say the graveyards show that the civilisation believed in life after death.

In the previous two months, ASI has made many findings in Rakhi Garhi, indicating that the civilisation is slowly heading toward maturity.

There were also thousands of earthen jars, royal seals, and children’s toys discovered.

Source: www.dnaindia.com

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"The Rock", the largest white diamond ever auctioned.

The largest white diamond to ever come up for auction has been sold for 21,681,000 CHF ($21.9 million) at Christie's in Geneva.

The 228.31-carat, pear-shaped gemstone -- dubbed "The Rock" -- originated from South Africa, where some of the largest diamonds in the world have been found, including the pear-shaped "Star of Africa" and rose cushion cut "Golden Jubilee."

"The Rock" is about the size of a golf ball and was previously worn as a lavish Cartier necklace by its former owner. Along with the pear-shaped stone, the new owner will also receive a round diamond and platinum pendant mounting from the French luxury brand.

Ahead of the sale, the head of Christie's jewelry department in Geneva, Max Fawcett, explained why "The Rock" is a particularly unique stone.

Source: https://edition.cnn.com

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World’s oldest chess grandmaster Yuri Averbakh passes away.

Russian chess grandmaster, Yuri Averbakh who was among the world’s best players for a decade, trained world champions and was the last surviving participant in one of the greatest competitions in history, has died in Moscow at 100. 

He won the Moscow Championship in 1949 and earned the Grandmaster title in 1952. 

In 1954, he became the champion of the USSR. He also chaired the Chess Federation of the USSR from 1972 to 1977.

Source: www.chess.com

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UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan dies.

United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has died, Emirati state news agency WAM reported. He was 73.

Sheikh Khalifa had rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2014, with his brother, Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed (known as MBZ) seen as the de facto ruler and the decision-maker of major foreign policy decisions, such as joining a Saudi-led war in Yemen and spearheading an embargo on neighbouring Qatar in recent years.

Under the constitution, Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, would act as president until the federal council which groups the rulers of the seven emirates meets within 30 days to elect a new president.

Sheikh Khalifa came to power in 2004 in the richest emirate Abu Dhabi and became the head of state. He is expected to be succeeded as ruler of Abu Dhabi by Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed.

Abu Dhabi, which holds most of the Gulf state’s oil wealth, has held the presidency since the founding of the UAE federation by Sheikh Khalifa’s father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in 1971.

Source: www.aljazeera.com

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Saudi Aramco overtakes Apple as world’s most valuable company.

Apple has lost its crown as the world’s most valuable company to the oil giant Saudi Aramco, as soaring commodity prices swell profits at energy companies and technology stocks continue to slide.

In a sign that the old economy is reasserting itself over the new this year, Aramco eclipsed Apple on Wednesday night amid the ongoing rout on Wall Street.

Share in Apple, which had become the world’s first $3tn company in early January, sank another 5% on Wednesday 11 May 2022, knocking its value down to $2.37tn (£1.94tn) – an 18% drop this year.

This pulled the iPhone maker’s valuation below Aramco, whose market capitalisation has climbed by a quarter this year to hit $2.43tn, stoked by the surge in oil prices since the Ukraine war began.

Source: www.theguardian.com

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Dr. Frank Wilczek receives the 2022 Templeton Prize.

Frank Wilczek, a Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist and author, and professor at four universities among them Stockholm University, is awarded the 2022 Templeton Prize. 

He was awarded to  honour his extraordinary depth and breadth of knowledge which is contributing to the Physics research community.

The Templeton Prize, valued at more than $1.3 million, is one of the world's largest annual individual awards. Established by the late global investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton, it is given to honor those who harness the power of the sciences to explore the deepest questions of the universe and humankind’s place and purpose within it.

Source: www.su.se

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16 May 2022

International Day of Light - 16 May.

Every year on May 16th, the International Day of Light promotes awareness for the appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, art, education, and sustainable development. The day also recognizes the natural benefits of light, as well as its many technological applications.

Even though everyone knows what light is, it can be hard to define. Light is not just the opposite of darkness. It is electromagnetic radiation within the electromagnetic spectrum that is perceived by the human eye. Visible light has wavelengths between 400 and 700 nanometers. Another way to define light is a stream of photons that travel with wavelike properties at the speed of light.

While we perceive the world in many ways, light is one of the most significant ways we comprehend the world around us. Additionally, light energy comes in many forms including visible light, infrared waves, ultraviolet light, gamma rays, and radio waves. According to Audrey Azoulay, the director-general of UNESCO, the understanding of light allows us to achieve the greatest of scientific and technological progress.

Due to the success of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015, UNESCO decided to organize a day dedicated to light. The first official International Day of Light was held on May 16th, 2018. The date May 16th marks the anniversary of the first successful operation of the laser. American physicist and engineer, Theodore Maiman is credited for inventing the laser. He fired the first laser in 1960.

Source: https://en.unesco.org

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International Day of Living Together in Peace - 16 May.

Every year on May 16th, the International Day of Living Together in Peace urges people to live in a united and peaceful way by listening to, respecting, and appreciating others.

They say that variety is the spice of life. Unfortunately, many people feel threatened by those who are different than them. While it seems like our nation and our world are more polarized than ever, the universe has a long history of racism, prejudice, and war.

Following WWII, the United Nations (UN) began doing its part to build a sustainable world of peace instead of division. To do this, the UN has encouraged countries around the world to promote reconciliation and unity. Countries can achieve this goal by working with communities and faith leaders to foster forgiveness and compassion toward one another.

Since the end of WWII, the UN has been working toward world peace. In their endeavors, the UN recognized the year 2000 as the “International Year for a Culture of Peace.” The years 2001 through 2010 were called the “International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for Children of the World.” Both of these events led to a new resolution which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 8, 2017. The resolution declared May 16th as the International Day of Living Together in Peace.

Source: www.un.org

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Inter Milan clinch Italian Cup with 4-2 victory over Juventus in final.

Inter Milan were crowned the 2022 Italian Cup champions after beating Juventus 4-2 in the final late Wednesday 11th. 

Nicolo Barella scored an early opener for Inter Milan before Juventus took a 2-1 lead with goals scored by Alex Sandro and Dusan Vlahovic.

With 10 minutes to go before the end of the match, Hakan Calhanoglu scored from the penalty spot, sending the game into extra time at the Stadio Olimpico.

During extra time, Ivan Perisic was impressive by scoring twice and giving his team a 4-2 win.

Inter lifted their first Coppa Italia since 2011.

Source: www.aa.com.tr

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The World's 10 Forbes Highest-Paid Athletes 2022.

Lionel Messi has topped the list of Forbes Highest-Paid Athletes 2022 with a reported income of $130 million, followed by Basketball player, Lebron James with $121.2 million while Cristiano Ronaldo was third with $115 million. 

Messi had moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in August 2021 and Cristiano Ronaldo rejoined Manchester United from Juventus in the same month. Forbes calculates the estimates based on prize money, salaries and bonuses, and sponsorship deals.

The top 05 highest earners are given below.



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The Super Flower Blood Moon lunar eclipse of 2022 occurs tonight.

The event, known as a lunar eclipse, will see the full Flower Moon temporarily turn red overnight on Sunday (May 15) and Monday (May 16), depending on where you are standing. You can watch the Flower Blood Moon eclipse in webcasts, starting at 9:30 p.m. EDT (0130 GMT).

While timing depends on your location, here's when to look for the total eclipse. TimeandDate.com says the partial eclipse phase of the moon begins May 15 at 10:28 p.m. EDT (0228 GMT on May 16). The Blood Moon peak starts May 16 at 12:11 a.m. EDT (0411 GMT). Then the event ends at 1:55 a.m. EDT (0555 GMT). 

Source: www.space.com

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15 May 2022

The International Day of Families - 15 May

The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year. The International Day of Families provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting them. It has inspired a series of awareness-raising events, including national family days. In many countries, this day is an opportunity to highlight different areas of interest and importance to families.

2022 Theme: Families and Urbanization.

History

Beginning in the 1980s, the United Nations started to focus attention on the issues related to the family.

1983 – Secretary-General moved to enhance awareness among decision-makers and the public of the problems and needs of the family.

1989 – The General Assembly proclaimed The International Year of the Family.

1993 – The U.N. General Assembly declared May 15 of every year should be observed as the International Day of Families

Source: www.un.org

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