Author Archives: Ekata Patel

Nicola Sturgeon Announces the Date for the Second Scottish Referendum on Independence in 2023

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Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, has revealed plans for a second referendum on Scottish independence to be held in October of next year. Following Brexit, the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), declared that it was finally time to bring Scotland back into the EU as a sovereign state. If the British…

Air New Zealand to Install First-of-their-Kind Economy Bunk Beds on Long-Haul Flights

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Long-haul travelers will be able to reserve four-hour sessions in flat sleeping pods starting in 2024. To entice passengers on its more than 17-hour ultra-long-haul flights, Air New Zealand will soon permit economy travelers to lie down and rest in bunk bed-style sleeping pods aboard its aircraft.   When the airline’s new cabins are implemented…

22 People Were Discovered Dead In A South African “Tavern” Nightclub.

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The deaths of 22 young people at a bar and nightclub in the southern coastal town of East London are being investigated by police forensic teams in South Africa.   On Sunday morning, the Enyobeni Tavern in Scenery Park received a request for emergency assistance. The tragedy, which happened as teenagers celebrated the end of…

The Oslo Pride March Has Been Canceled After Two People Were Killed.

Following fatal overnight shootings, including at a gay pub in the Norwegian capital, Oslo’s Pride march was cancelled on Saturday.   Following “clear” police advice, the march’s organisers announced on Facebook that “all events linked to Oslo Pride have been cancelled.”   Police confirmed that they were looking into the shootings as a “terrorist attack,”…

International Yoga Day 2022: “Yoga for humanity”

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  The United Nations General Assembly established the International Day of Yoga in 2015 as an annual event.     The theme for 2022 is “yoga for humanity,” in recognition of the coronavirus pandemic’s enduring considerable mental, physical, and emotional suffering.   The UN says on their website that the “essence of yoga is balance…

Telegram Introduces a New Premium Plan with New Features and Pricing

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Telegram has launched a new premium tier for its users, following the announcement that it had reached 700 million active users and had become one of the most downloaded apps in the world in 2022.   Telegram has introduced a new monthly subscription plan that provides more functionality for its users as its user base…

Sofou Hosts a Virtual Fashion Runway for Refugees’ Charitable Donations

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  A new virtual fashion runway will be featured at Sofou’s fundraising event, encouraging the public, businesses, companies, and brands to participate in the runway.   Sofia-Chezene Theophilou, the co-founder of Sofou, created a digital fashion event called “Sofou People and Pets Wear Fashion,” which will take place on a pre-recorded YouTube channel from June…

Network Rail Warns Passengers to Avoid Travelling by Train During the Rail Strike

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Passengers are being cautioned not to travel by rail unless necessary during next week’s strikes when barely a fifth of services are expected to operate.   When thousands of workers walk out throughout the UK on June 21, 23, and 25, Network Rail estimates that half of all rail lines will be closed.   The…

First Exhibition of Zaha Hadid Foundation Depicts Futuristic Vision of London in 2066.

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  The exhibition’s centerpiece is London 2066, a large-scale painting from 1991 that depicts a future London “extended eastwards” with “arteries flowing in new directions.”   The late architect’s magnificent designs for London have been transformed into an enthralling, powerful performance.   A 14-story bridge, a waterfall-cooled underground skyscraper, and a building that crumbles as…

TFL Opens New Transport Links to Barking Riverside Station via London Overground

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This summer, Transport for London (TFL) will expand its transportation network by opening a London Overground station in east London.   A rail connection to Barking Riverside, a subdivision with 10,000 new houses, will be made possible by an extension of the Gospel Oak to Barking line.   There will be four trains each hour…

“The Quiet Girl” Movie Smashes Box Office Records in Ireland and the UK

In Ireland and the United Kingdom, an Irish-language movie has broken box office records and established itself as a benchmark for a language that is rarely shown on the big screen.     Since its premiere in mid-May, The Quiet Girl has stunned the industry by tripling the previous record for an Irish language picture…

A Google Engineer Was Fired After Claiming That An AI Chatbot Had Become Sentient.

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  A Google employee claims that an artificial intelligence software he was working on for the company has evolved into a “sweet kid” and has become sentient.   Blake Lemoine, who has been suspended by Google, claims he came to his decision after speaking with LaMDA (language model for dialogue applications), the company’s artificial intelligence…

Theaster Gates Launches “Black Chapel,” The 21st Serpentine Pavilion. 

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  The Black Chapel, the 21st Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates, will open on Friday.   Adjaye Associates provided the architectural support for Black Chapel, while Goldman Sachs sponsored the annual initiative for the ninth year in a row.   The Black Chapel, designed as a location for gathering, meditation, and involvement…

An EU Agreement Will Replace The iPhone’s Lightning Port With USB-C In 2024.

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  By 2024, Apple may be forced to release an iPhone with USB-C connectivity, as the European Parliament has agreed that USB-C will become the standard charging port across Europe.   The European parliament said this will compel electronics and phone manufacturers to use USB-C as their common charging cable if they wish to conduct…

Boris Johnson Wins Vote But Faces Massive Tory Backlash

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For the next 12 months, the prime minister is exempt from any leadership challenge, but a vote of no confidence in him by over 140 of his own MPs will gravely weaken his position.   The prime minister received 211 votes for and 148 votes against, for a 63 vote majority. To stay in office,…

TfL Advises Passengers To Avoid Travelling As The Tube Strike Begins

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  A London Underground strike caused severe disruption on Monday, causing mayhem for commuters.   On the first working day after the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday, 4,000 members of the Rail, Maritime, and Transport union who operate at Tube stations staged a 24-hour walkout, causing considerable disruption across the network.   The 24-hour strike will…

Passengers Experience Delays In The Run-Up To The Bank Holiday Weekend

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Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, said airlines and operators have “seriously oversold flights and holidays” in comparison to their capacity to deliver.   Mr Shapps said the increased delays at airports as “very distressing” and “holidays cancelled and plans left in disarray”.   Several airlines have cancelled flights, causing travel problems for passengers ahead of the…

Frasers Group Acquires Missguided for £20 Million

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Mike Ashley’s shopping empire, Frasers Group, which owns House of Fraser and Sports Direct, has stepped in to save Missguided from bankruptcy.     The company paid £20 million for the struggling online retailer.   Michael Murray, the boss of Frasers Group said, “We are delighted to secure a long-term future for Missguided, which will…