1. London has held the world’s first ever “No Makeup” beauty pageant
London has held the world’s first ever “no makeup” beauty pageant.
The 2023 Miss London pageant judged women on their natural beauty, work, studies and values.
The organizers said they wanted women to feel “empowered in their own skin and boost confidence”.
26-year-old dental nurse Natasha Beresford took home the title of Miss London on Sep. 29 and will go on to compete at Miss England 2023.
Beresford often volunteers with dental charities and has provided care to more than 1,300 patients.
2. Canada’s lawmakers have elected the country’s first Black parliament speaker
In a historic moment for Canada, the country’s House of Commons has elected its first Black Speaker, Greg Fergus.
The 54-year-old Quebec Liberal MP was named as the 38th Speaker of the House of Commons on Tuesday, Oct. 3.
Fergus is known for chairing the Black Caucus in Parliament and holding senior advisory roles in various ministries.
As House speaker, Fergus, will preserve order and decorum at the lower house and will only vote to break a tie.
In his inaugural address, Fergus emphasized his commitment to leading with respect and urged fellow lawmakers to uphold the same values.
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau praised Fergus’s election, calling it “an inspiration to all Canadians, especially younger generations who want to get involved in politics.”
3. This indigenous journalist and rapper has become Canada’s first nations province leader
Wab Kinew made history on Tuesday, Oct. 3, as he was elected to become Canada’s Manitoba province’s first-ever First Nations premier.
41-year-old Kinew, who is the son of an Anishinaabe chief in Ontario, has led the left-wing New Democratic Party since 2017. Before that, he was a former rapper, broadcast journalist and university administrator.
According to unofficial results, his party won 34 seats out of 57 in the elections, securing a majority government in Manitoba, which is Canada’s fifth most populous province and has the highest proportion of Indigenous people in the country.
Canada’s three Indigenous groups, including The First Nations, represent around 5% of the national population and were only granted the right to vote in 1960.
4. These three good dogs performed a symphony with an orchestra in Denmark and they were pawfect
As the classical music festival, Haydn Festival, opened in Copenhagen, the Danish Chamber Orchestra brought a twist, with three furry performers barking along to the beat on stage.
In the rarely performed work “Hunting Symphony” by Leopold Mozart, the father of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, dogs have a prominent and important soloist role.
However, it was usually performed with recorded sounds instead of live dogs.
To honor Mozart’s wish of having a part of the symphony be accompanied by “baying hounds”, the chief conductor of the Danish Chamber Orchestra auditioned dozens of dogs for the role.
After a fierce competition, three dogs named Cookie, Sophus and Sica were chosen for their outstanding barking skills.
Their hard work paid off and they deserve a round of a paws!
5. Ireland’s rugby captain’s son comforted him after Ireland lost the World Cup and it’s so heartwarming
A heartwarming moment between the captain of Ireland’s rugby team, Johnny Sexton, and his son after Ireland was knocked out of the Rugby World Cup by New Zealand has melted people’s hearts.
In the match on Sunday Oct. 15, New Zealand won 28-24 over Ireland, breaking Ireland’s hope of gaining its first world title.
This was Sexton’s final match playing for Ireland, which he has captained for since 2019, and he kicked an amazing seven points.
But despite Ireland’s heartbreaking loss, Sexton shared a wholesome moment with his son after the game.
“You’re still the best dad,” Sexton’s son seemed to say, as he walked off the field with his father.
The clip has gone viral after being posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.