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New Seven Wonders of the World (2016)

​In 2007, more than 100 million people voted to declare the New Seven Wonders of the World. The following list of seven winners is presented without ranking, and aims to represent global heritage.

Great Wall of China (China)

Built between the 5th century B.C. and the 16th century, the Great Wall of China is a stone-and-earth fortification created to protect the borders of the Chinese Empire from invading Mongols. The Great Wall is actually a succession of multiple walls spanning approximately 4,000 miles, making it the world’s longest manmade structure.

Christ the Redeemer Statue (Rio de Janeiro)

The Art Deco-style Christ the Redeemer statue has been looming over the Brazilians from upon Corcovado mountain in an awe-inspiring state of eternal blessing since 1931. The 130-foot reinforced concrete-and-soapstone statue was designed by Heitor da Silva Costa and cost approximately $250,000 to build – much of the money was raised through donations. The statue has become an easily recognized icon for Rio and Brazil.

Machu Picchu (Peru) 

Machu Picchu, an Incan city of sparkling granite precariously perched between 2 towering Andean peaks, is thought by scholars to have been a sacred archaeological center for the nearby Incan capital of Cusco. Built at the peak of the Incan Empire in the mid-1400s, this mountain citadel was later abandoned by the Incas. The site remained unknown except to locals until 1911, when it was rediscovered by archaeologist Hiram Bingham. The site can only be reached by foot, train or helicopter; most visitors visit by train from nearby Cusco.

Chichen Itza (Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico)

The genius and adaptability of Mayan culture can be seen in the splendid ruins of Chichen Itza. This powerful city, a trading center for cloth, slaves, honey and salt, flourished from approximately 800 to 1200, and acted as the political and economic hub of the Mayan civilization. The most familiar ruin at the site is El Caracol, a sophisticated astronomical observatory.

The Roman Colosseum (Rome)

Rome’s, if not Italy’s, most enduring icon is undoubtedly its Colosseum. Built between A.D. 70 and 80 A.D., it was in use for some 500 years. The elliptical structure sat nearly 50,000 spectators, who gathered to watch the gladiatorial events as well as other public spectacles, including battle reenactments, animal hunts and executions. Earthquakes and stone-robbers have left the Colosseum in a state of ruin, but portions of the structure remain open to tourists, and its design still influences the construction of modern-day amphitheaters, some 2,000 years later.

Taj Majal (Agra, India)

A mausoleum commissioned for the wife of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, the Taj Majal was built between 1632 and 1648. Considered the most perfect specimen of Muslim art in India, the white-marble Taj Majal actually represents a number of architectural styles, including Persian, Islamic, Turkish and Indian. The Taj Majal also encompasses formal gardens of raised pathways, sunken flower beds and a linear reflecting pool.

Petra (Jordan)

Declared a World Heritage Site in 1985, Petra was the capital of the Nabataean empire of King Aretas IV, and likely existed in its prime from 9 B.C. to A.D. 40. The members of this civilization proved to be early experts in manipulating water technology, constructing intricate tunnels and water chambers, which helped create an pseudo-oasis. A number of incredible structures carved into stone, a 4,000-seat amphitheater and the El-Deir monastery have also helped the site earn its fame.

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Nigerian girl breaks record in India

A 17 years old 200 level student in Amity University, India, Esther Ruby Daniel has won various medals in different sporting events in the University, The Nation reports.

Miss Daniel who is from Akwa Ibom state won silver medal during All Indian Law Student University Game during her first month in the school.

For this year alone, she won gold medal in February, Gold medal in 200 meters, Silver medal in long jump and Gold medal in 100 meters all within this month.

While she won golden cup in her final game on Tuesday, October 18, she won bronze medal for the university on Friday, October 21 in 100 meters during a competition with other universities.
In a statement issued in Abuja, Miss Daniel’s father, Reverend Daniel Thomas said: “Esther Ruby Daniel is now a pride to Amity University, pride to Nigeria and a pride to Africa.

“Indian National newspapers published her performance on 28th October, 2016. She is now the best track haven won 1 bronze, 2 silvers, 2 golds and a golden cup and many sports certificates in one month.

“She has promised to make Nigeria proud before her graduation.”
Miss Daniel’s achievements is coming barely another Nigerian from Akwa Ibom state, Ufot Ekong succeeded in breaking a 50-year-record in Japan.

Ekong received his masters’ degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Tokai University in Tokyo, Japan where he achieved the feat recording the university’s highest score in the past 50 years.

In his first semester, the Nigerian genius solved a maths puzzle that has been unsolvable in the last 30 years. 

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