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30th June 2020

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Barcelona Opera Reopens With An Audience Of Plants

When Barcelona's Liceu opera opened on Monday for its first concert since mid-March, it did so to a full house — of plants. The Gran Teatre del Liceu filled its 2,292 seats with plants for a performance by the UceLi Quartet, which it called a prelude to its 2020-2021 season. The string quartet serenaded its leafy audience with Giacomo Puccini's "Crisantemi" in a performance that was also made available to human listeners via livestream. The plants came from local nurseries and will be donated along with a certificate from the artist to 2,292 health care professionals, specifically at the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona. Organizers wrote that they wanted to recognize the work of health care providers, who have served "on the toughest front in a battle unprecedented for our generations."

Barcelona Opera Reopens With An Audience Of Plants

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CAPTCHA, is an acronym for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart

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The Queen is the only person in the U.K. who is allowed to drive without a license.

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First Covid-19 vaccine to receive nod for human trials in India
First Covid-19 vaccine to receive nod for human trials in India.

Bharat Biotech India Ltd’s covid-19 vaccine ‘Covaxin’ has become the first candidate developed in India to receive the Drug Controller General of India’s approval to enter human trials. The DGCI has approved the company’s application to conduct a phase I and II clinical trial of its vaccine candidate ‘Covaxin’, which it developed in in collaboration with the ICMR’s National Institute of Virology (NIV). While there are multiple vaccine trials ongoing in India, including those of candidates by Zydus Cadila, Serum Institute of India and Panacea Biotec, all of them are in pre-clinical stage as of now. Experts have said that there need to be at least half a dozen successful vaccines against covid-19 to successfully meet the global demand.
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Time it took the world’s richest to make their first billion
Time it took the world’s richest to make their first billion

A multi-billion dollar empire isn’t built in a day – but some people seem to manage it faster than others. Some of the world’s wealthiest people were able to make their first billion in a matter of years, while for others it took nearly six decades. According to OLBG analysis of Forbes’ 100 billionaires list, the person who made their first billion the fastest is French-American entrepreneur, software engineer and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, taking just three years to join the ‘three comma club’. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg is third on the list, taking four years with Jeff Bezos hot on his heels at fourth place, taking five years to earn his first billion. The billionaire with the second-highest net worth (US$98 billion) is Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who took 12 years to earn his first billion. Investment veteran Warren Buffett took 23 years to earn his first billion, but has since amassed a US$67.5 billion fortune. One thing is for sure: it’s not easy for youngsters to hit seven figures. The youngest billionaire is Zuckerberg, at 36 years of age, but with US$54.7 billion to his name. He’s only one of three other billionaires under the age of 47: the founder of Tiktok’s parent company, Zhang Yiming, is the same age as Zuckerberg and is worth an estimated US$16.2 billion, while Chinese e-commerce chief Colin Huang is 40 years old. Huang was also the second-fastest after Omidyar (alongside Zuckerberg) to earn his first billion, beginning in 2015 and taking four years to reach seven figures in 2019. The only Australian on the list is mining magnate Gina Rinehart, who took 15 years to earn her first billion. American media mogul Rupert Murdoch took 35 years to earn his first billion.
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