30 April 2022

Russia withdraws from UN World Tourism Organization.

The Russian Federation has been suspended from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), losing with immediate effect its rights and privileges as part of the United Nations specialized agency.

Meeting for a first extraordinary UNWTO General Assembly, Members debated the suspension of Russia from the Organization, as decided by the UNWTO Executive Council at its emergency meeting last month. The Russian delegation declined to step up and defend its position, and instead announced its withdrawal from UNWTO before the debate took place.

The Assembly voted in favor of suspension, far exceeding the two-third majority required. The decision is effective immediately, while voluntary withdrawal is only effective one year after a Member submits an official communication through the appropriate channels.

Source: www.unwto.org

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World Veterinary Day - 30 April

Every year on the last Saturday in April, World Veterinary Day celebrates the veterinary profession. The day also honors the lifesaving work performed by veterinarians around the world.

Veterinarians practice medicine by diagnosing diseases and treating injuries and ailments in all kinds of animals. Some vets specialize in large animals, such as horses and cattle. Others work only with cats, dogs, and other small pets, such as rabbits, ferrets, and hamsters.

There are also veterinarians who specialize in treating zoo animals or animals in the wild. Instead of working directly with animals, some vets work in other areas. These areas include food safety and animal research.

Most countries across the globe employ veterinarians. Some of the highest-paid vets work in Denmark, Germany, Canada, Iceland, and Switzerland. The United States ranks number one on the list for highest-paid veterinarians. Vets in this country earn an average of $88,490.

The World Veterinary Association (WVA) created World Veterinary Day in 2000 to celebrate the veterinary profession. In recent years, the WVA has partnered with Health for Animals and the Global Animal Medicines Association. Together, these organizations sponsor the World Veterinary Day Award. This award, along with $2,500, is given to a member of the WVA whose activities contribute to the annual theme. Past themes for this day have included “Environmental Protection for Improving Animal and Human Health” and the “Value of Vaccination.”

The theme of 30 April 2022, World Veterinary Day is “Strengthening Veterinary Resilience”. 

Source: https://news.abplive.com

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Estonia hosts the world's largest cyber exercise.

The Tallinn, Estonia NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, abbreviated as CCDCOE, is organising the Locked Shields 2022, the largest and most complex annual international live-fire cyber defence exercise in the world. This year’s exercise has particular importance as it takes place amid the rising threat of cyber-attacks since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

At the exercise Cyber experts practise the protection of national civilian and military IT systems and critical infrastructure in a large-scale cyber-attack. It is conducted under conditions of intense pressure, with teams countering a series of sophisticated cyberattacks.

The exercise provides an opportunity to practice cooperation in a crisis situation between both civilian and military units, as well as public and private sectors, as in the event of a large-scale cyber-attack these tactical and strategic decision-makers must work together.

The exercise is organised by the CCDCOE in cooperation with NATO, Siemens, Microsoft, Tallinn University of Technology and other partners.

The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence is a NATO-accredited cyber defence hub that supports the alliance’s member nations and the alliance itself with cyber defence expertise.

Source: https://estonianworld.com

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29 April 2022

International Dance Day - April 29

International Dance Day on April 29th is an annual celebration of how dancing positively impacts our lives. The human body’s ability to move, groove, pop, and lock has captivated the way we interact with music and express ourselves artistically.

This day was created to allow the world to recognize dance as a professional art form. Dancing gives us the ability to communicate emotions frequently deeper than our own language. International Dance Day is a tribute to millions of people across generations who have dedicated their lives to this craft of enchantment.

Dancing is an action shared by both professionals and amateurs alike and is enjoyed in all parts of the world. This day is all about celebrating the history of dance and recognizing its monumental place across all cultures.

The Dance Committee of the International Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute chose April 29th as International Dance Day to honor Jean-Georges Noverre’s birthday. He is renowned as the creator of modern ballet. The day was officially recognized in 1982.

Each year, a guest speaker is chosen to deliver the message of the International Dance Council to the world. The speaker is involved with the world of dancing in some way, shape or form. Prior speakers have included names like Sasha Waltz, William Forsythe, Maguy Marin, Robin Howard, and Yuri Grigorovitch.

Source: https://nationaldaycalendar.com

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Robert Golob elected as Prime Minister of Slovenia.

Robert Golob has defeated three-time prime minister Janez Janša in the Slovenia Prime Minister election. 

State election authorities have confirmed that the Freedom Movement won nearly 34% of the votes as compared to around 24% for the governing conservative Slovenian Democratic Party. The New Slovenia party with 7%, followed by the Social Democrats with more than 6%, and the Left party with just 4%.

The 55-year-old former power company manager has promised to restore “normality”, having billed the elections as a “referendum on democracy”.

Source: www.wionews.com

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The John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award 2022.

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, for the first time ever, awarded the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award 2022 to five individuals. The award will be presented by Caroline Kennedy and her son, Jack Schlossberg on May 22, 2022, at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Boston, USA. 

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukrainian President is named for his valour to protect the Ukrainian people during the Russia-Ukraine Conflict.

These five individuals are:

  • Ukrainian President: Volodymyr Zelenskyy
  • United States (US) Representative: Liz Cheney
  • Michigan Secretary of State: Jocelyn Benson
  • Arizona Representative: Russell “Rusty” Bowers
  • Fulton County, Georgia, elections worker: Wandrea “Shaye” Moss

About the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award: 

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award was created by the family of the late president John Fitzgerald Kennedy to honour public figures who risk their careers by embracing unpopular positions for the greater good, and is named after Kennedy’s 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, ”Profiles in Courage”.

Source: www.jfklibrary.org

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28 April 2022

Elon Musk to acquire Twitter in $44 billion deal.

The social media giant confirmed Monday 25 April 2022 the Tesla CEO and billionaire will acquire the company in a deal worth $44 billion. Once the deal is complete, which is expected by this year, Twitter will become a privately held company.

Source: www.usatoday.com

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Guadalajara named World Book Capital 2022.

Guadalajara (Mexico) was named World Book Capital for the year 2022 by the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, on the recommendation of the World Book Capital Advisory Committee.

The city, already a UNESCO Creative City since 2017, was selected for its comprehensive plan for policies around the book to trigger social change, combat violence and build a culture of peace. 

Guadalajara’s proposed programme focuses on three strategic axes: regaining public spaces through reading activities in parks and other accessible places; social bonding and cohesion especially though reading and writing workshops for children; and strengthening of neighbourhood identity using intergenerational connections, story-telling and street poetry.

As a UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts Guadalajara has supported its local talents and advancing creative industries through initiatives that places media arts at the core of their programmes including in its world-famous International Book Fair. The city will further make use of its cultural assets such as libraries, reading rooms, bookstores, independent publishing houses, to improve violence-prevention policies. These resources will be leveraged to advance human rights, gender equality and the culture of peace among members of the public and harness the great potential of books to contribute to social transformation.

Activities will include literary events in collaboration with Latin-American writers, an artistic project on the Tower of Babel, events linking theatre and music to literature and the use of local radio for poetry readings.

The year of celebrations will start on 23 April, 2022, on World Book and Copyright Day.

Cities designated as UNESCO World Book Capital undertake to promote books and reading and to organize activities over the year. As the twenty-second city to bear the title since 2001, Guadalajara follows Tbilisi (2021) Kuala Lumpur (2020). Past winners include Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), Anvers (2004), Montreal (2005), Turin (2006), Bogota (2007), Amsterdam(2008), Beirut (2009), Ljubljana (2010), Buenos Aires (2011), Erevan (2012), Bangkok (2013), Port Harcourt (2014), Incheon (2015), Wroclaw (2016), Conakry (2017), Athens (2018), Sharjah, (2019).

The application of the city of Guadalajara was accepted by an Advisory Committee, comprising representatives of the International Publisher's Association (IPA), the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), the International Authors Forum (IAF) and UNESCO.

Source: https://en.unesco.org

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World Immunization Week 2022 - 24 to 30 April.

World Immunization Week, celebrated in the last week of April, aims to highlight the collective action needed and to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease.

WHO works with countries across the globe to raise awareness of the value of vaccines and immunization and ensures that governments obtain the necessary guidance and technical support to implement high-quality immunization programmes. The ultimate goal of World Immunization Week is for more people – and their communities – to be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.

This year 2022 WHO has decided the theme of this year's World Immunization Week as "Long Life for All".

Source: www.who.int

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Andrey Rublev Defeats Novak Djokovic to Win Serbia Open.

Andrey Rublev (Russian) has defeated world No. 1 Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-0 to win the Serbia Open for his third title of the season. 

Andrey Rublev has saved five set points in the second set to force a tie-break, but he was unable to prevent Djokovic from levelling the match. Rublev has now equalled Rafael Nadal (Spain) for the most tour-level titles in 2022 He also clinched crowns in Marseille and Dubai in February 2022.

Rublev has now equaled Rafael Nadal’s mark of three tour-level titles in 2022, after wins in Marseille and Dubai in February.

Source: www.si.com

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Fomula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix 2022 won by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

Formula One champion Max Verstappen (Red Bull-Netherlands) won the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix in Italy. It was Verstappen’s second win this season after Saudi Arabia, which has also included two retirements, and the 22nd of his career. 

Sergio Perez (Red Bull-Mexico) finished second and Lando Norris (McLaren-UK) finished third.

Source: www.planetf1.com

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Russia test-fired the “RS-28 SARMAT,” nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his military had successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a big nuclear payload, but the Pentagon said the missile did not pose a substantial danger to the US. Russia’s most powerful ICBM is the RS-28 Sarmat, dubbed “Satan 2” by NATO.

The Sarmat is a super-heavy, thermonuclear-armed intercontinental-range ballistic missile. It was supposed to take the place of the Soviet-built Voevoda, which had three warheads and was designed in 1962. It weighs 200 metric tonnes (220 tonnes) and has a longer range, allowing it to fly across the North and South poles and strike targets anywhere on the planet. The Sarmat, carries a greater number of more potent nuclear warheads.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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International Delegates Day - 25 April.

Every year on April 25th, the world celebrates International Delegates Day. This day is commemorated to increase awareness of the function of Member States‘ representatives and delegates at the United Nations.

The United Nations is brought to life by delegates. This organisation would not exist if it weren’t for them. They work with their home countries to establish agreements and cooperate. Some establish coalitions, while others try to reach a compromise. In this sense, they exemplify the UN’s commitment to multilateralism.

Delegates attend United Nations meetings to represent their countries. The delegates speak and vote on behalf of their country at the UN General Assembly and other fora, such as the UN Security Council, unless a higher-ranking politician is present. The delegates are chosen by their respective governments. As a result, they act in the best interests of the government they work for.

The first day of the San Francisco Conference, also known as the United Nations Conference on International Organization, is commemorated on International Delegates Day.

Delegates from fifty countries met in San Francisco for the first meeting on April 25, 1945.

Following the devastation of WWII, they came together to form an organisation that would restore world peace and enforce rules on the post-war world order.

The General Assembly, in resolution 73/286 dated 2 April 2019, recalls the accomplishments of the San Francisco Conference and declares 25 April as International Delegates Day.

Source: www.un.org

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International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace - 24 April.

International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace celibates annually on 24 April.

On December 12, 2018, the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace was established. To promote and maintain the UN’s three pillars of peace and security, development, and human rights, it is critical to preserve the values of multilateralism and international cooperation that underpin the UN Charter and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The UN General Assembly adopted the resolution “International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace” (A/RES/73/127) on December 12, 2018.

The General Assembly, through that text, invites all United Nations Member States, observers, and organisations to observe the International Day in a proper manner and to disseminate the benefits of multilateralism and diplomacy for peace, including through educational and public awareness-raising activities.

Source: www.un.org

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World Stationery Day - 27 April.

World Stationery Day is celebrated every year on the last Wednesday of April. This year World Stationery Day 2022 is observed on the 27th of April. The day is celebrated to mark the importance of stationery and writing on paper than using computers. It is celebrated around the world by enthusiasts to protect and encourage the use of Stationery.

World Stationery Day is celebrated every year since 2012 to honour the 800th anniversary of the creation of the Magna Carta which is one of the most important written documents in British history. It stands as an excellent example to show the longevity of handwritten documents. Magna Carta was created in 1215. This day was designed to encourage the art of writing all around the world. Writing is a fundamental aspect of communication that deserves to maintain an active presence in people’s lives around the world. Celebrating World Stationery Day will preserve a special artform while helping participants grow closer with loved ones.

Source: https://happydays365.org

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The World Day for Safety and Health at Work - 28 April.

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is April 28. 

The annual day promotes the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally.

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2022 focuses on enhancing social dialogue towards a culture of safety and health.

This year 2022’s theme of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work is "Participation And Social Dialogue In Creating A Positive Safety And Health Culture”

28 April is also the International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers organized worldwide by the trade union movement since 1996.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work was organized by the International Labor Organization in 2003. It coincides with the April 28 International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers.

Source: www.ilo.org

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Max Verstappen named Laureus Sportsman of the Year 2022

F1 champion Max Verstappen has been named the 2022 Laureus Sportsman of the Year while Jamaican Olympic sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah has been named Sportswoman of the Year. 

The awards recognise the greatest sporting achievements of 2021, one of the highlights of which was the European Championship victory by the Italian Men’s Football Team who won their second Laureus Team of the Year Award as a result.

Other awardees:

                            Category                                 Winner
Breakthrough of the Year prizeEmma Raducanu
Laureus Sporting Icon AwardValtentino Rossi
Laureus Lifetime Achievement AwardTom Brady
Exceptional Achievement AwardRobert Lewandowski
World Team of the Year AwardItaly Men’s Football Team
World Comeback of the Year AwardSky Brown (Skateboard)
Sportsperson of the Year with Disability Award
Marcel Hug
Laureus Sport For Good Society AwardReal Madrid
Action Sportsperson of the YearBethany Shriever
Source: www.motorsport.com
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International Girls in ICT Day - 28 April.

Every year on the fourth Thursday in April, International Girls in ICT Day draws attention to the critical need for more girls and women in the area of information communication technology (ICT). This year, International Girls in ICT Day will be celebrated on 28 April. It’s also a day to encourage girls to look into this field of study.

In 2010, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), adopted Resolution 70 at the Plenipotentiary Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico. The ITU is a specialized agency of the United Nations. The Resolution called for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women through international communication technologies. On April 8, 2011, as a direct result of this Resolution, the ITU established the International Girls in ICT Day. This day has been held every fourth Thursday of the month since 2011.

2022 Theme of International Girls in ICT Day: Access & Safety.

Source: www.itu.int

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27 April 2022

Taliban orders TikTok, PUBG ban due to 'misleading' youths.

The Taliban has ordered a ban on video-sharing app TikTok and online multi-player game PUBG, insisting they were leading Afghan youths "astray".

The militant group said it would also ban TV channels from airing what it deemed as "immoral material".

It comes after recent bans on music, movies and television soap operas.

The Taliban promised a softer approach to government when it took power last year, but has increasingly curtailed freedoms especially for women.

The group was known for their severe version of Islamist rule that characterised their first stint in government between 1996 and 2001.

Source: www.bbc.com

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Kane Tanaka, world’s oldest person dies.

Kane Tanaka, a Japanese woman believed to have been the world’s oldest person, has died aged 119.

Tanaka died of old age at a hospital in southwestern Fukuoka city on April 19.

She was born in the Fukuoka region on January 2, 1903 — the same year the Wright brothers flew for the first time and Marie Curie became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize.

She was confirmed as the world’s oldest living person by Guinness World Records in 2019.

With Tanaka’s death, Lucile Randon, a French nun better known as Sister Andre, becomes the world’s oldest known person.

Randon was born in southern France on February 11, 1904, and recently celebrated her 118th birthday with her favourite  port-and-chocolate cocktail.

Source: www.aljazeera.com

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26 April 2022

Israeli film crew in SL to shoot ‘Arugam Bay’.

Israeli film production house United Channel Movies (UCM) is currently in Sri Lanka to shoot its latest feature film ‘Arugam Bay’ in the eastern region of the island nation.  

The filming will start on May 3 and is expected to wrap up by May 22, the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau (SLTPB) said in a statement to the media.

The main filming will be taking place in Arugam Bay, Colombo as well as in Tel Aviv - Israel.  This film is expected to be screened in Israel and over 50 countries across Europe.

The statement highlighted that the project is a great opportunity for Sri Lankan international film industry as well as for the inbound film tourism industry. 

Sri Lanka-based international film production company Frames TV & Film Productions will be joining hands with UCM Productions, Israel Film Commission and Sri Lanka Tourism to produce the film.

Source: www.dailymirror.lk

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Emmanuel Macron wins France's presidential election.

French President Emmanuel Macron has won a second term in office, defeating his far-right rival Marine Le Pen by a comfortable margin in a runoff election.

His supporters erupted with joy on Sunday as the results appeared on a giant screen at the Champ de Mars park by the Eiffel tower. Leaders in Berlin, Brussels, London and beyond welcomed his defeat of the nationalist, eurosceptic Le Pen.

With nearly all votes counted, Macron was on course for a solid 58.6 percent of the vote, according to interior ministry figures. Le Pen, the candidate of the far-right National Rally party (Rassemblement National or RN), received 41.4 percent of the votes, the highest in her three unsuccessful presidential bids.

Source: www.aljazeera.com

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Former Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki dies.

Former Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki, who led the country from 2002 to 2013, has died at 90.

As leader, Kibaki, one of the country’s richest men, ushered in economic reforms and a new constitution but failed to deliver on promises to combat corruption. His tenure was marred by the disputed 2007 polls that led to deadly violence.

The son of a tobacco trader, Kibaki attended Kampala’s Makerere University before becoming the first African to earn a first-class degree from the London School of Economics.

He returned to Makerere as an economics lecturer in 1958. Following Kenya’s independence, he was selected to parliament and became an aide to founding President Jomo Kenyatta. Two years later, he was appointed commerce and industry minister.

Kibaki later served as Moi’s vice president, but a spat saw him moved to several less prominent posts before he switched to the opposition and won the election.

Source: www.aljazeera.com

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International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day - 26 April.

Every year on April 26th, International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of this historic nuclear accident. The day also focuses on the prevention of future nuclear disasters.

On April 26th, 1986, the worst nuclear accident in history took place. The horrific event occurred in Chernobyl, Ukraine. This disaster occurred during a safety test on one of the nuclear reactors at the power plant. A combination of human error and poor design caused the explosion, which resulted in a fire that burned for nine days. The radiation released into the air contaminated 150,000 square miles in three countries: Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus. The radioactive cloud also contaminated food sources throughout Europe.

Two workers died from the explosion. Twenty-eight firefighters and emergency responders died within the next three months from radiation exposure. A UN study points to the disaster as a possible cause of thyroid cancer in 20,000 children. Over 300,000 people that lived near the nuclear power plant had to relocate. An increase in suicide rates, depression, and post-traumatic stress is also correlated to the accident.

Throughout the years, the total cost for the disaster has reached $700 billion.

Unfortunately, the Soviet government took four years to realize the need for international assistance. In 1990, the UN made a resolution to help with the recovery process. In 1991, the UN created the Chernobyl Trust Fund. The fund’s primary purpose was to expedite financial contributions toward Chernobyl activities, which included financial relief for victims.

On December 8, 2016, the UN adopted a resolution to designate April 26th as International Chernobyl Remembrance Day.

Source: www.un.org

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World Intellectual Property Day - 26 April.

Every April 26, we mark World Intellectual Property Day to learn more about the role that intellectual property (IP) rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity. It’s the day the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) sponsors a celebration of World Intellectual Property Day on Capitol Hill.

Laws protecting creative intangible creative products give people and businesses property rights to the information and intellectual goods they create.

The event was established by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000 to “raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life” and “to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe.”

The concept of intellectual property rights goes back to 1883 and 1886 when the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property and the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works provided for the establishment of an “International Bureau.”

This year, the World Intellectual Property Day 2022’s theme focuses on "IP and Youth innovating for a Better Future".

Source: www.wipo.int

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25 April 2022

West Indies legend Kieron Pollard retires from international cricket.

The legendary West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard has announced his retirement from international cricket.

The 34-year-old Pollard announced on Wednesday 30 that he has called time on a 15-year international career in order to “make room for those who will carry the game forward in West Indian colours”.

Pollard was a West Indian trailblazer in white-ball cricket, becoming the first men's player to represent West Indies in over 100 T20I matches, and also pulling on the maroon shirt 123 times in ODIs.

The Trinidadian was a key member of the team that won the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup in 2012, and only missed West Indies’ triumph at the 2016 tournament due to injury.

Source: www.icc-cricket.com

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World Malaria Day - 25 April

“Malaria Awareness Day was designated to be April 25 by President George W. Bush in 2007.

World Malaria Day is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control. It was instituted by WHO Member States during the World Health Assembly of 2007.

Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease that continues to have a devastating impact on the health and livelihood of people around the world. More than two thirds of deaths were among children under the age of 5 living in the WHO African Region.

World Malaria Day 2022 will be marked under the theme “Harness innovation to reduce the malaria disease burden and save lives.” 

No single tool that is available today will solve the problem of malaria. WHO is calling for investments and innovation that bring new vector control approaches, diagnostics, antimalarial medicines and other tools to speed the pace of progress against malaria.

Source: www.who.int

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World Penguin Day - 25 April

Observed the world over on April 25th, World Penguin Day recognizes one of the unique birds on the planet.  There are 17 species of penguins, and all their natural habitats are in the Southern hemisphere.

Emperor Penguins are the tallest… about 4 feet tall. The smallest, Little Blue, stands about 16 inches. And Penguins are excellent swimmers with the fastest penguin swimmer getting up to about 22 mph.

National Penguin Day began in 1972 when Gerry Wallace wrote the event on his wife’s (Aleta’s) calendar in Alamogordo, California. They later brought the celebration to the Naval Weapons Center in Ridgecrest, California where the Penguin Patrol made the news. April 25th is also the date that the Adelie penguins begin their migration northward toward Antartica.


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24 April 2022

Patrick Achi re-appointed as Prime Minister of Ivory Coast.

Patrick Achi has been re-appointed as Prime Minister of Ivory Coast by President Alassane Ouattara. He was appointed prime minister in March 2021. He was the third prime minister in the West African state (Ivory Coast) in the last three years after Amadou Gon Coulibaly (who died in 2020) and Hamed Bakayoko (who died in 2021).

President has accepted Achi resignation ahead of a government reshuffle. Ivory Coast, also officially known as the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, is a country on the southwest coast of Africa.

Source: www.aljazeera.com

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Indian-American Navy Veteran appointed as Kamala Harris’s defence advisor.

Indian-American Navy Veteran Shanti Sethi has been appointed as USA Vice President Kamala Harris’s Defence Adviser. 

Shanti Sethi is the first Indian-American commander of a major US Navy combat ship. Shanti Sethi commanded the guided-missile destroyer, USS Decatur, from December 2010 to May 2012. 

She joined the Navy in 1993. When she joined the Navy in 1993, the combat exclusion law was still in effect so she was limited in what she could do. However, when she was an officer, the Exclusion Act was lifted.

Source: www.news18.com

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WTO slashes 2022 global trade growth forecast to 3%.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has revised down its forecast for global trade growth this year to 3% from 4.7% because of the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war and warned of a potential food crisis caused by surging prices.

The report from the global trade watchdog said the conflict, now in its seventh week, had damaged the world economy at a critical juncture as the coronavirus pandemic - and Chinese lockdowns specifically - continues to weigh on the recovery.

The Geneva-based body forecast global trade growth in 2023 would inch up to 3.4%, noting that both 2022 and 2023 estimates are less certain than usual due to uncertainty about the conflict.

Source: www.reuters.com

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23 April 2022

Spanish Language Day - 23 April

Every year on April 23rd, Spanish Language Day celebrates the second most spoken language in the world. It’s also a day to honor the most revered writer in the Spanish language, Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra.

The Spanish language originated in Spain. Currently, there are more than 450 million native Spanish speakers in the world. Only the Chinese language surpasses Spanish as the most spoken language in the world. Spanish is also the third most studied language in the world, behind English and French. About 75 million people in the world speak Spanish as their second language.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) founded Spanish Language Day in 2010. Their goal was to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity. They also sought to promote equal use of the organization’s six official working languages. They chose April 23rd to commemorate the death of Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra who died in 1616.

The six days recognized include French Language Day on March 20, Chinese Language Day on April 20, English Language Day on April 23, Spanish Language Day on April 23 Russian Language Day on June 6, and Arabic Language Day on December 18. The U.N. also celebrates International Mother Language Day on February 21 and International Translation Day on September 30.

Source: www.marstranslation.com

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English Language Day - 23 April

On April 23rd, English Language Day explores the development, history, and culture of the English tongue.

A Germanic language that began to develop during the 5th and 6th centuries when Anglo-Saxons settled in Britain, English is also influenced by French, Latin, and many other languages. While English is the most spoken language in the world, it is the native tongue for only one-quarter of those who speak it (Source: Statista 2017). Or more impressively, for three-quarters of those who speak English, it is at least their second language if not a third or fourth.

In 2010, the United Nations named six language days in recognition of the six official languages of the U.N. and to bring attention to the history, culture, and achievements of each of the languages. The U.N. selected April 23 for English Language Day commemorating the celebrated English playwright and poet, William Shakespeare, whose death is recorded on the same date in 1616.

The six days recognized include French Language Day on March 20, Chinese Language Day on April 20, English Language Day on April 23, Spanish Language Day on April 23 Russian Language Day on June 6, and Arabic Language Day on December 18. The U.N. also celebrates International Mother Language Day on February 21 and International Translation Day on September 30.

Source: www.un.org

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World Book and Copyright Day - 23 April

April 23 every year is celebrated as World Book and Copyright Day. Sometimes, it’s called World Book Day, or International Day of the Book. The focus of the day is to promote reading, publishing and copyrighting.

World Book and Copyright Day celebrates all things book-related: writing, reading, translating, and publishing.

World Book and Copyright Day is observed by millions of people in more than 100 countries, in hundreds of voluntary organizations, schools, public bodies, professional groups, and private businesses. Over the years, the day has won over a considerable number of people from every continent and all cultural backgrounds to the cause of books and copyright. Books are seen as windows into the diversity of cultures and are used to initiate dialogue.

World Book and Copyright Day is an annual event organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote reading, publishing, and copyright. World Book Day was first celebrated on April 23, 1995, and continues to be recognized on that day.

The original idea was a way to honor the author Miguel de Cervantes on 23 April, his death date. In 1995 UNESCO decided that the World Book and Copyright Day would be celebrated on 23 April, as the date is also the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, as well as that of the birth or death of several other prominent authors.

Source: https://en.unesco.org

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22 April 2022

David Attenborough has been named "Champion of the Earth".

Biologist, natural historian and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough has been awarded a "Champions of the Earth" Lifetime Achievement Award by the UN's Environment Programme (UNEP).

The award — the UN's highest environmental honor — is given to individuals, groups, and institutions that have made their mark in environmentalism. Attenborough, whose most recent efforts include the BBC's Green Planet, A Perfect Planet, and Apple TV's upcoming Prehistoric Planet was given the award for his "dedication to research, documentation, and advocacy for the protection of nature and its restoration".

Attenborough's career as a natural historian and broadcaster began in the 1950s. In recent years, he has become much more vocal in arguing for urgent action on the environment and the climate crisis, calling it "our greatest threat in thousands of years" in a speech to the UN. 

Source: www.iflscience.com

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International Mother Earth Day - 22 April

On April 22, people unite to celebrate International Mother Earth Day. The day is to focus on the responsibility to rebuild our troubled relationship with nature. It recognizes that “the Earth and its ecosystems are our home” and that “it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth.”

The term Mother Earth is used because it “reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit.”

The day is named International Mother Earth Day because Mother Earth, as it says in the resolution, is “a common expression for planet earth in a number of countries and regions, which reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit.”

International Mother Earth Day was established in 2009, by the United Nations General Assembly under Resolution A/RES/63/278. The Resolution was introduced by The Plurinational State of Bolivia and endorsed by over 50 member states.

This Day also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity.

Source: https://nationaldaycalendar.com

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21 April 2022

World Creativity and Innovation Day 2022 - 21 April.

World Creativity and Innovation Day is celebrated on April 21 every year. The day aims to raise awareness about the importance of creativity and innovation in problem-solving and encourage creative multidisciplinary thinking at the individual and group levels. The World Creativity and Innovation Week is also observed from April 15-21.

World Creativity and Innovation Day (WCID) was founded on 25 May 2001 in Toronto, Canada. The founder of the day was the Canadian Marci Segal. Segal was studying creativity in 1977 at the International Center for Studies in Creativity.

The United Nations on 27 April 2017 resolved to include World Creativity and Innovation Day on 21 April as a Day of observance to raise importance among people about the use of their creativity in problem-solving for all issues that may be related to achieving the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

The theme of World Creativity and Innovation Day 2022: Collaboration

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World Bank slashes global growth forecast.

The World Bank lowered its annual global growth forecast for 2022 on Monday by nearly a full percentage point, down from 4.1% to 3.2%, citing the impact that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is having on the world economy.

World Bank President David Malpass told reporters on a conference call that the largest single factor in the reduced growth forecast was a projected economic contraction of 4.1% across Europe and Central Asia, according to Reuters.

Other factors behind the slowdown in growth from January’s forecast include higher food and fuel costs being borne by consumers in developed economies across the world, said Malpass.

These are partly the result of Western sanctions on Russian energy, which have driven up the price of oil and gas worldwide. Supply disruptions to Ukrainian agricultural exports are also cited as contributing factors to pushing prices higher.

Russia has blockaded Ukraine’s major Black Sea ports, making it extremely dangerous for shipping vessels carrying grain and other products to travel the key maritime pathway connecting Ukraine to the rest of the world.

Source: www.cnbc.com

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New Zealand pacer Hamish Bennett set to retire after 2021/22 season.

Hamish Bennett, the 35-year-old New Zealand pacer, has announced his decision to retire from his playing career after the 2021/22 season, and is set to pursue coaching.

Bennett last represented New Zealand in a T20I against Bangladesh in Mirpur in September 2021. He made his debut in October 2010 and represented New Zealand in one Test, 19 ODIs and 11 T20Is. In all, he picked up 33 wickets in ODIs and 10 wickets in T20Is. 

Bennett was part of the 2011 Men's World Cup squad, where he took six wickets in four matches, including a career-best 4/16 against Kenya. 

Source: www.icc-cricket.com

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