Top News Stories of 2016

Top News Stories of 2016

Top News Stories
of 2016

Quote of the Year


"The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn."

 Alvin Toffler

Estimated 2016
World Population

7.5 Billion nk,

John Tyner

In reference to the security pat downs taking place at US Airports


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Notable Passings


David Bowie - January
Glenn Frey - January

Nancy Reagan - March
Merle Haggart - April
Prince - April
Morley Safer - May
Muhammad Ali - June
Gordie Howe - June
Alvin Toffler - June
Elie Wiesel - July
Leonard Lee -  July
Gene Wilder - August
Normie Kwong - September
Arnold Palmer - September
Shimon Peres - September
Dave Broadfoot - November
Leonard Cohen - November
Florence Henderson - November
Fidel Castro - November
John Glenn - December
Alan Thicke - December
Carrie Fisher - December
Debbie Reynolds - December

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USA Politics


November 9, the American voting public elected Republican Donald Trump as their new President of the United States and the world shuttered as the media announced the decision. This decision was made despite Hilliary Clinton winning the popular vote by 2,200,000 votes.  In United States the electoral college vote over rides the popular vote. 


On November 8th, the whole world is holding its breath as the US go to the polls to elect a new president.  The polls have predicted a virtual tie between Donald Trump and Hilliary Clinton in what will be known as the worst name calling election in American history.


In August Donald Trump comes on the US political scene as the front runner in the Republican 2016 nomination Presidential race and the people in the US suddenly become very interested in federal politics with 23.3 million people watching the Republican debate on CNN in September.


In June it became clear that Donald Trump (Republican)  and Hilliary Clinton (Democrat) would be facing off in November to become the next President of the United States.  Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman who is elected by the Democratic Party to run for President of the United States.


During the first three months of 2016, United States has been obsessed with  the primary elections where the Republican and Democratic parties were trying to choose a leader.  Still in the race at the end of March are
for the Republicans - Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kaisich... for the Democrats - Hilliary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.


Iowa Caucuses Results for President - Democrats Clinton 700 Sanders 695 and Republicans Cruz 28% Trump 24% Rubio 23%


Dominated this year by the Presidential election were front runners Donald Trump, Hilliary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz.

A group of physicists led by Wolfgang Tittel in Calgary have successfully demonstrated teleportation of a photon, an elementary particle of light, over a straight-line distance of six kilometres.

US scientists say they have invented a tiny water purifying device, which is about the size of a person's fingertip and harnesses light to kill harmful bacteria quickly.

Scientists have developed a way to bind photons to individual electrons, allowing for a new type of light that has properties of both elementary particles.

Huge helium deposit found in Africa.

Scientists announce that they have created transparent solar cells which could power cell phones and also if installed as windows in builidings would create power for the buildings.



The US unemployment rate fell to a nine-year low in November.


David Cameron steps down as  Prime Minister of Britain as result of a Brexit vote to have Britian stay in the European Union.  Brits voted 51.9 % to 48.1 % in favour of leaving the EU on June 23, 2016.  As a result of several leaders deciding to remove themselves from governing, Theresa May became the new Prime Minister and Britain's second woman to lead Britain in July.


Late February, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced he wants a referendum held on June 23 on whether the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union.


Crude oil price continue at exception low levels with Brent Crude at $31.34 per barrel on January 25, 2016


Mid January, because of poor retail sailes Wal-Mart will close 269 stores, 154 of them in the US


Projected sales on Chinese manufactured goods have caused Chinese stock markets to tank sending other markets for commodity stocks lower.  Blame for low sales is that Chinese prices on manufactured goods has risen making manufactured goods viable for production in the USA.




The Canadian government announces its plan to virtually eliminate the use of traditional coal-fired electricity by 2030, but will offer some flexibility to the provinces.


US scientists say they have stumbled upon an economically practical and highly efficient way of converting a greenhouse gas largely blamed for global warming into an environmentally friendly fuel - a development that could boost the renewable energy industry. 


The world's first solar powered airport no longer pays for electricity at Cochin International Airport in southern India.


Chile now has so much solar energy it’s giving it away some of it for free. Solar capacity from the country’s central grid has increased four fold to 770 megawatts since 2013. Another 1.4 gigawatts will be added this year with many solar power projects under development. 


New solar, wind and hydropower sources were added in 2015 at the fastest rate the world has yet seen.


The average price of solar photovoltaic cells has plummeted 60 percent since 2010, thanks to lower production costs and more-efficient designs. Solar’s share of global energy production is climbing steadily, and a study by researchers from Cambridge University concluded that photovoltaics will soon be able to out-compete fossil fuels, even if oil prices drop to as low as $10 a barrel.

Olympic leaders stopped short of imposing a complete ban on Russia from the Rio de Janeiro Games, leaving individual global sports federations to decide which athletes should be cleared to compete.

Russian track and field athletes have been banned from participating in the Olympics held in Brazil because they have been caught using performance enhancing drugs and passing drug tests in Russia.

Denver Broncos win the Super Bowl .... Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber win the singles tennis titles at the Australian Open... California Journey, CJ for short, a German shorthaired pointer was winner of the Best in Show award at the Westminister Dog Show .... March Madness Basketball - North Carolina Tar Heels, Masters Golf Men's - Danny Willett...  Kevin Koe, Men's Worlds Curling Champion... Canadian Brooke Henderson  LPGA Champion...  PGA Champion Dustin Johnson... Stanley Cup - Pittsburgh Penquins... NBA - Cleveland Cavaliers... Wimbelton Tennis - Serena Williams and Andy Murray... Stan Wawrinka wins the US men's single tennis in US Open....and Angela Kerber wins the women's single title at the US Tennis Open... After 106 years. the Chicago Cubs win baseball's World Series...

Haifa-based scientist Jeff Steinhauer has simulated a black hole in his laboratory, and it might be the breakthrough that helps celebrated physicist Stephen Hawking win the Nobel Prize.

Scientists have discovered an earth-sized planet orbiting the star nearest our sun. This opens up the prospect of a habitable world that may one day be explored by robots.

South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope has proven its potential, releasing its first images, which reveal some 1,300 galaxies in a far-off corner of the universe where only 70 were known to exist before.

The Hubble Space Telescope has recorded an image that shows the Galaxy GN-z11, 13.4 billion years away and as it was just 400 million years after the Big Bang when the universe was only three percent of its current age

For the first time, a Zinnia flower has bloomed in space, aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Successfully growing flowers brings cosmic explorers closer to growing flowering food crops, like tomatoes, on longer space missions in the future.


The US Food and Drug Administration approved an immunotherapy drug called Keytruda, which stimulates the body's immune system, for the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer.


The World Health Organization says the USA is now free of measles.


Human life begins in bright flash of light as a sperm meets an egg, scientists have shown for the first time, after capturing the astonishing ‘fireworks’ on film.


The number of adults with diabetes has quadrupled worldwide in under four decades to 422 million.


Research suggests stress and anxiety can damage areas of brain involved in emotional responses, thinking and memory


2016 is set to become the hottest year on record after 2015


Governments are beginning to write laws banning gasoline piston engines in the future.


Around 312,000 plug-in electric cars were sold during the first half of 2016, according to analysts at EV Volumes. A nearly 50 percent increase over the first half of 2015


The entire planet's atmosphere is now hovering above 400 ppm of CO2.  This not only drives up vegetation production but causes drought conditions.


In September it was announced that the Earth smashed another heat record; 16th month in a row.


China and the United States ratified the Paris agreement to cut climate-warming emissions.


This year has already seen scorching heat around the world, with the average global temperature peaking at 1.38C above levels experienced in the 19th century, perilously close to the 1.5C limit agreed in the landmark Paris climate accord. July was the warmest month since modern record keeping began in 1880, with each month since October 2015 setting a new high mark for heat.


Scientists say that the Antarctic ozone layer is healing.


This year the Earth experienced the warmest April on record, keeping 2016 on track to be the hottest year yet and by the biggest margin ever. 


The North Pole suddenly changed direction and started drifting east around the year 2000. Now scientists have uncovered the reason — and found that humans are to blame.


20 to 30 inches of blizzard snow blanketed 85 million people living on the east coast of United States in late January.

2015 was by far the hottest year in 136 years of record keeping.

In late October, allied forces begin the fight to take Mosul and Allepo from the control of ISIS,

A suicide bombing which killed 51 people and wounded 67 others in the Turkish city of Gaziantep was carried out by a 12 to 14-year-old.

A deadly hostage-taking at a Catholic church in Normandy, in which a priest was killed and another person seriously wounded, was a terror attack committed in the name of ISIS

At least 19 people were killed and 26 injured in a stabbing spree at a facility for disabled people west of Tokyo.

Near the end of July, there was an ISIS attack in Kabul Afganistan which killed 80 people and wounded 260 others.

Mid July, in Munich 9 people were shot and 21 were injured in a MacDonalds by a teenage gunman who later committed suicide.  German authorities said that this incident was not an ISIS terrourist attack.

Mid July, 3 policemen were killed and 3 others injured in Baton Rouge by a black former Marine who was associated
with Islam.

Mid July, a transport truck in Nice France plowed into a crowd of people who a celebrating Bastille Day and kills 84 and injuried over 200 persons.  French authorities say it was the work of terrorists.

In early July two incidents in which black men were killed by police in the United States ignited protests by the Black Lives Matter movement.  Further riots were fueled by the fact that a black man killed 5 policemen in Dallas Texas and injuring 9 others.

Early July at least 83 people have been killed and 176 wounded in two separate bomb attacks in Baghdad.
Also 200 people were killed in Baghdad's Karrada neighborhood. Both attacks were attributed to ISIS.

Early in July, 20 people were killed during a raid in Bangladesh by terrorists who took 30 people hostage.

In late June, three ISIS members attack Turkey's main airport in Istambul killing  41 and wounding 239 people.

Early June, a gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States.

in late March, ISIS attacks targets in Brussels killing over 30 and wounding 270 persons.

European Union reaches deal with Turkey on migration crisis which will allow refugees to enter Turkey where there will be refugee camps set up and paid for by the EU where processing of Visas will take place.

Russia who have sent in their military to assist Syria against the rebels decided after 6 months to withdraw their assistance.

Mid February, North Korea launches their rocket which puts a satellite into orbit in space showing they have intercontinental rocket ability to bomb any city in the world.

The US believes that airstrikes in Iraq and Syria have destroyed more than $500 million in cash that ISIS used to pay its fighters and fund its terror and military operations.

The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling on Israel to join the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty and allow IAEA inspectors.

Early in January, North Korea says they have tested a hydrogen bomb but cannot prove its test.
Pope Francis extends Catholic priests' power to forgive abortion.

The Pope meets with the head of the Orthodox Church in an attempt to mend differences.
The world has become fascinated by "Pokemon Go," which involves smartphone cameras and GPS technology that can project cute and creepy "pocket monsters," or Pokemon, into the real world, at least as viewed through a phone's screen.

Pizzas can now be made using a 3D Printer fully baked in under 60 seconds..

Social media like Facebook and Twitter tools are empowering citizen journalism as more and more news reports are submitted using social media.


The time has come. Millennials are officially adults, sitting in the 21–36 age range. They’re establishing families and careers, and they’re entering leadership roles. To the surprise of baby boomers and Gen X, these tech-savvy goofballs could soon be their bosses, if they aren’t already. The eldest half of the millennial generation have about a decade of work experience and are already building their leadership experience, so there’s no better time to talk about effective communication for this new generation of leaders. After all, millennials will make up 75 percent of the global workforce by 2025,



Delphi Automotive Plc, the vehicle-electronics supplier that last year conducted the first coast-to-coast U.S. demonstration of a self-driving car, will begin testing autonomous autos in Singapore this year that may lead to robot taxis by the end of the decade. 


Uber's first self-driving car pulls out onto the streets of Pittsburgh USA  


Susannah Mushatt Jones, the world's oldest person, has died in New York, a Guinness World Records spokesman confirmed her age in May - She was 116. 


Forest fires destroy Canadian city Fort McMurray and displaces 90,000 people.


French MPs have passed a law that makes it illegal to pay for sex and imposes fines of up to €3,750 (£3,027, $4,274)

 for those buying sexual acts.

Denmark has been awarded the honour of being the happiest place on earth for 2015.

It is estimated generally that the driverless car will be in common use by the year 2020.


Hydroponic tomato growers are finding that using LED lighting at various wavelengths have different growth and taste effects on different varieties of tomato plants.


"Spotlight" wins the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2015.

Biggest Achievements
of the Year

The recognition by the press that the xenophobic behavior of the public is causing major disruption of the progress of peace in the world.

Brexit and the election of Donald Trump were the stupidist thing that the Western World have ever done to date.

It seems that order to survive today we need to have:
clean air, clean water, organically grown food, shelter, clothing, communications,
financial planners, entertainment, education, security, insurance
- what next?

Ask people living in 3rd world countries if they have any of these things
and why they keep smiling 

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