2015 is coming to an end. Throughout the year, we’ve seen and heard of many events that have happened around the world. There’s no better way to conclude the year than to recap the news that has caught the world’s attention.
The arrival of a baby girl for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Princess Kate and Prince William celebrated the birth of a baby girl on May 2 at London’s St. Mary’s Hospital. There were many guesses on the name of their newborn baby. The hype was so impactful that even some radio stations and websites created a poll for the public to join in and vote for the best name for the baby! After all the speculation, the official announcement stated that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge named their baby Princess Charlotte. Charlotte is fourth in line of succession after Prince Charles, Prince William and her brother, Prince George.
Blue & Black, or White & Gold?
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) February 27, 2015
This dress became a viral phenomenon on February. It all started when Grace’s mother Cecilia took a photograph of the dress she planned to wear to the wedding and sent it to Grace, the bride. Some of her family members disagreed over the colour of the dress in the photograph. So when the bride posted the picture on Tumblr, her friends also disagreed over the colour; some saw it as black and blue while others, white and gold. Then the online sharing continued and the rest was history!
Ahmed Mohamed clock incident
GOT MY CLOCK BACK FINALLY!!😆😆 pic.twitter.com/7k9GXB7M4H
— Ahmed Mohamed (@IStandWithAhmed) October 23, 2015
On September 2015, there was widespread public reaction that included allegations of racial profiling when Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old boy was arrested for bringing an alleged hoax bomb to school. Truth be told, he only wanted to show his engineering teacher that he had built his own clock. The incident went so viral that U.S President Obama made a remark on the issue. On the bright side, Ahmed was invited to participate in a number of high-profile events related to encouraging youth interest in science and technology including invitations from Google, Facebook, and NASA!
The implementation of GST
The Malaysian government has implemented Good and Services Tax (GST) since the 1st of April. GST is a consumption tax based on the value-added concept. GST is also said to benefit the community. Based on the GST rate of 6%, it is expected that there will be a price reduction between 0.08% to 2.71% in respect of eight components of goods and services. Services such as private education and health, and residential properties are not subject to GST.
The unexpected mistake during the Miss Universe pageant
Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez was wrongly named Miss Universe in a dramatic mix-up in front of a global television audience of millions yesterday. After only 4 minutes of relishing the beautiful crown, the host, Steve Harvey had actually misread his cue card, apologised and announced the right winner, Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo who then was in shock for a couple of minutes.
It has certainly been a life-changing year for some people. Who knows what 2016 will bring? Either way, we hope it will be a much better year for all of us!
Happy New Year!