From today’s world social media day to successful air strikes against ISIS and a presidential plea to Lionel Messi, we bring you this week’s best of the web. It’s here and it’s hot.
Social Media Day
Mashable launched Social Media Day in 2010 as a way to recognize and celebrate social media’s impact on global communication. While every day is essentially Social Media Day, June 30th, 2016 marks the seventh-annual official global celebration
Last year, meet-ups happened all over the world including those in Egypt, Spain, and San Diego. No matter where you live, you can celebrate! Learn how to make Social Media Day official in your city, and follow @MashableEvents on Twitter for #SMDay updates.
The curator of PROJECT X, Ogunbowale Olugbenga celebrated by granting an exclusive interview on the history, significance and future of social media at Nigeria’s first business radio (Impact business radio 92.5fm, Ibadan).
UFO sightings over the years suggest something different?
June 24 is the day of annual remembrance for the first sighting of UFO by Kenneth Arnold, most of the Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) has been realized to be the defense aircrafts of one country straying to the air territory of another country, whenever this things happens, the UFO alarms starts ringing already, that has been the story behind most UFOs in history; however, 5-20% of this sightings in history remains unexplained every year. The Roswell Incident (1947) remains the most popular of the UFO-lore, it is the first recorded ‘UFO crash’ outside a ranch in Roswell, New Mexico. The Speculations spread like wild fire in the harmattan even yet for a world without internet. Several of such incidents have recurred in different part of the world since that time
What does Brexit mean?
It is a word that has become used as a shorthand way of saying the UK leaving the EU – merging the words “Br” from Britain and exit to get Brexit, in a same way as a Greek exit from the EU was dubbed #Grexit in the past. A referendum vote (in which almost everyone of voting age can take part) was held was held on the 23rd of June to decide whether or not the UK should leave or remain in the union. Over 30 million people turned out for the election, highest turn-out since the UK-wide vote in during the 1992 general election
Break Down of the election across the UK
England voted strongly for Brexit, by 53.4% to 46.6%, as did Wales, with Leave getting 52.5% of the vote and Remain 47.5%.
Scotland and Northern Ireland both backed staying in the EU. Scotland backed Remain by 62% to 38%, while 55.8% in Northern Ireland voted Remain and 44.2% Leave.
For the UK to leave the EU it has to invoke an agreement called Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.
Cameron or his successor needs to decide when to invoke this – that will then set in motion the formal legal process of withdrawing from the EU, and give the UK two years to negotiate its withdrawal.
SERIES OF AMERICAN AIRSTRIKES KILLED AT LEAST 250 ISIS FIGHTERS
Series of American airstrikes killed at least 250 ISIS fighters driving in a convoy outside Fallujah on Wednesday; this was confirmed by a senior U.S. defense official. According to top U.S. officials, the U.S. airstrikes came roughly 24 hours after the triple suicide bombing at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport that killed at least 42 people and the ISIS was considered the prime suspect in the killings.
HOLOCAUST ESCAPE TUNNEL FOUND
The escape tunnel that Prisoners dug with spoons to escape Nazis, a tunnel in Lithuania which allowed Jewish prisoners to escape to freedom has been discovered at an unpopular location called Ponar, decades after they used it to flee the Nazis one night in April 1944. The escapees were part of a group tasked with the horrific job of burning bodies to cover up the Nazi’s crimes, they were tagged the burning brigade.
One of the people involved in the discovery was archeologist Jon Seligman, of the Israel Antiquities Authority. “As an Israeli whose family originated in Lithuania, I was reduced to tears on the discovery of the escape tunnel at Ponar,” he said in a statement. “This discovery is a heartwarming witness to the victory of hope over desperation.”
GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN SAYS HE IS NOT VALUED IN HIS COUNTRY
Former President Goodluck Jonathan says his decision to step down after losing the 2015 presidential election has earned him accolades on the continent, but not in Nigeria. The immediate past president said he had made sacrifices for Nigeria and was prepared to lay down his life for the country if the need arises. ‘I Am Praised All Over Africa But Nigeria Doesn’t Value Me’ – Jonathan
“I have done my best for this country and if I have to die for it, I will do so. However, I am taking it easy here (Cote d’Ivoire) and when I am ready, I will come back.”
By Sunday, it will be exactly one year that Jonathan handed over to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The former president has received so many awards on the account of the voluntary hand over of power, a rare feat on the continent.
“I have no reason to leave Nigeria. I have made sacrifices for Nigeria. I am praised all over Africa for averting bloodshed and for the peaceful transition from one government to another, but it seems Nigeria does not appreciate my efforts.
NIGERIAN COLONEL EMERGES BEST GRADUAND AT U.S WAR COLLEGE, BREAKS 38 YEARS RECORD
A Nigerian Army officer, Charles Nengite, a colonel, at the weekend, beat 380 other postgraduate students to the top position at the U.S. War College (USAWC), Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Nengite’s performance was the best by any foreigner in 38 years in the college, the information added.
The Commandant of the college, Maj.-Gen. William Rapp, described Mr. Nengite’s performance as “arguably one of the best in the international fellows programmes at the USAWC”.
Mr. Rapp also said at the graduation ceremony of the college that Nigeria should be proud of Mr. Nengite and his compatriot in the Masters of Strategic Studies class, Col. Timothy Shipi.
He said “Shipi performed brilliantly”.
Col. Nengite bagged six awards for outstanding performance in different courses.
LARGEST UNCUT DIAMOND UP FOR AUCTION IN LONDON
In London, an 1109-carat uncut diamond, the largest to be discovered in over a century, is now set to be auctioned in a stand-alone sale here, auctioners Sotheby’s have said.
The tennis ball sized gem quality diamond named ‘Lesedi La Rona’, meaning ‘Our Light’ in Botswana’s Tswana language was uncovered by Canadian mining firm Lucara Diamond Corp in November 2015 at their Karow mine in Botswana.
Lesedi La Rona, measuring approximately 66.4 x 55 x 42 mm, the colossal rough diamond, auctioneers said is of exceptional transparency and quality and is around 2.5 to over 3 billion years old.
Auctioneers have estimated the diamond to achieve a sale in excess of USD 70 million.
Diamonds have been mined continuously for centuries in multiple locations around the world and yet nothing of the size and quality of Lesedi La Rona has been found in over 100 years.
The US presidential battle is too close to call, but one element is clear — Americans have soured on candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, a poll released on Wednesday showed.
Respondents to the latest Quinnipiac University national poll put Clinton ahead of Trump just 42 percent to 40 percent, a narrowing from Clinton’s four-point margin in the organization’s June 1 survey.
It is also considerably closer than the 12-point Clinton advantage in an ABC News/Washington Post poll published on Sunday which highlighted Clinton capitalizing on Trump’s recent mis-steps.
The Quinnipiac survey of 1,610 registered voters notably showed that 61 percent believe the 2016 election “has increased the level of hatred and prejudice in the US.”
Of that group, two thirds blame the Trump campaign, with just 16 percent blaming Clinton’s team.
Argentina’s president calls Lionel Messi and begs him to reconsider his retirement
Argentina’s president Mauricio Macri has personally contacted Lionel Messi to try and persuade the Barcelona star to not quit the national team.
Argentina lost to Chile on penalties in Sunday’s Copa America final, while Messi missed a spot-kick and was in tears at the final whistle.After the match, the 29-year-old claimed that his international career was over. But a spokesman for Argentina’s president told AFP: “He [Macri] called him and told him how proud he feels of the national team’s performance and asked him not to listen to the criticism.”
Marci also posted his support for Messi via his official Twitter page.
“I never feel greater pride in our team,” he said.
“I hope the joy of seeing the best in the world will continue for many years more. #NoTeVayasLio.”