Black Sabbath perform triumphant final gig in Birmingham.
On 3 February 2017, nearly half a century since their first gigs, the Birmingham Metal Pioneers returned to their home town with frontman Ozzy Osbourne for their swansong set. Thousands of fans from around the world visited Birmingham’s Genting Arena to see the Prince of Darkness, Osbourne, father of riffs, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler blast out their hits together one last time. Credited with creating the Heavy metal genre, Black Sabbath signed off with the classic, Paranoid, amid showers of balloons and confetti. Black Sabbath have 19 studio albums and 31 singles to their name. While the other members plan on retiring, Osbourne will continue performing solo.
Trudeau breaks promise on Electoral Reforms.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is abandoning his long-held promise to change the way Canadians vote in federal elections. In a mandate letter for newly appointed Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, Trudeau makes it clear that electoral reform—once the primary campaign promise for the Liberal government—is no longer on the agenda. This has sparked massive outcry among his rivals and the youth, with NDP MP Nathan Cullen going as far as to call him a liar. A more reserved Green Party Leader Elizabeth May said she felt betrayed, noting that many members of her party had urged people to vote strategically, based on the Liberals’ promise to bring in electoral reform. In his defense Trudeau has stated that with the current crises of relations with Trump, NATO involvement with Russia, and refugee immigration, electoral reforms can hardly be considered top priority anymore. Instead, he has directed Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to ensure a safer election.
Football fans gather to observe the 59th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster.
Manchester United fans gathered at Old Trafford to pay tribute to those lost during the Munich Air Disaster. Almost 60 years later, fans continue to remember the victims of the plane crash on 6 February 1958. Supporters stood outside the memorial and counted down to 3:04 pm, the time of the disaster, to mark the death of the 23 who lost their lives; among the 23 were 8 Manchester United players, coaches, and journalists. A number of famous soccer clubs tweeted their tributes to the victims as well.
Donald Trump confirms close ties with Japan.
Donald Trump, the US President, claimed that the nation will maintain its relations with Japan during his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Hours before, Trump had reaffirmed the “one China” policy after a call with Xi Jinping, the President of China. Commenting on the dispute between China and Japan, Trump said the United States would ensure the security of Japan. Trump’s criticism against the Japanese not buying American cars was refuted by Abe who claimed that Japanese businesses provide thousands of jobs for American workers.
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New Zealand citizens save 100 whales.
The local citizens at Farewell Spit, New Zealand were able to save 100 whales by making a human chain to push them back to sea. Despite being warned of a potential risk of sharks and stingrays, many people participated in the initiative. Having one of the highest stranding rates, New Zealand has almost 300 dolphins and whales found on the beaches every year. Two years ago, almost half of the 200 whales found at Farewell Spit died due to similar reasons.
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