South African beauty queen Zozibini Tunzi was crowned the 2019 Miss Universe on Sunday night, according to BBC.
Ms Tunzi emerged top in the contest after impressing the judges and fans through the different rounds with different outfits.
Miss Puerto Rico, Madison Anderson and Miss Mexico, Sofía Aragón emerged as runner-ups.
During question time Ms Tunzi said that the most important thing that girls needed to learn was leadership.
"It's something that has been lacking in young girls and women for a very long time not because we don’t want to but because of what society has labelled women to be. I think we are the most powerful beings in the world," she said.
Ms Tunzi had been running a campaign online where she urged South African men to write what she described as love letters to the country's women.
She went on to incorporate the letters in her national costume outfit that also featured the South African flag colours.
An ancient stone tablet dating back 265 years ago was found in north China's Hebei Province, local authorities said.
Archaeologists believe the stone tablet was erected in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) during the reign of Emperor Qianlong, according to the cultural relics protection department of Nanhe County.
The tablet, which is 245 cm tall, 92 cm wide and 26 cm thick, was found in Dongguan Village of the county. With a 416-character inscription, the tablet recorded the scale and renovation of the "Kuixing" building, which provided a place for ancient intellectuals to pray for blessings.
"The Kuixing building is no longer in existence," said Xiao Lina with the department.
Xiao also noted that the discovery of the stone tablet will provide valuable materials for the study of the culture, architectural style and folk customs of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing dynasties.
3D-printed cocktails, a traffic jam sculpture made of hundreds of tons of sand and more celebrity sightings than a Kardashian Christmas party were all part of over-the-top festivities during the week of Art Basel Miami, but it was a banana that stole the show.
The most talked-about artwork of the week was titled "Comedian" — a spotty banana duct-taped to a wall by artist Maurizio Cattelan.
According to artnet News, two pieces quickly sold for $120,000. The Paris-based Perrotin gallery raised the price to $150,000 for the third piece, which will be sold to a museum. The bananas were bought at a local grocery store. No instructions were given on what to do as the banana ages.
The gallery did not respond to several emails from The Associated Press seeking comment.
On Saturday, David Datuna removed the banana from the wall, unpeeled it and took a bite as a large crowd documented it with their phones.
"I respect Maurizio but it's art performance. Hungry artist," he said.
"You have more? $150,000," he joked.
On Friday night, art collector Wayne Boich hosted a lavish dinner at his home that included Dan Marino, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The after-party crowd, including Floyd Mayweather, Hannah Bronfman, and Alesso, watched a performance by Wyclef Jean, who did a throwback to the Fugees with "Ready or Not," and later brought dozens of girls onstage to dance with him before passing the mic to "Country Grammar" singer Nelly. Rapper 2 Chainz closed out the night.
Across town, rapper Travis Scott didn't take the stage until 3:30 a.m. at a sold-out performance at 24-hour nightclub E11even. Scott stood on top of the DJ booth tossing dollar bills into the crowd and yelling at partygoers to put away their phones and enjoy the moment.
The city of Miami Beach commissioned a million-dollar traffic jam by artist Leandro Erlich. It took 330 tons (300 metric tons) of sand to construct 66 life-sized sculptures of cars and trucks stuck in an imaginary traffic jam on the oceanfront of popular Lincoln Road. The installation alludes to Florida's fragile position in the large universal canvas, touching on climate crisis and rising sea levels.
The Shore Club South Beach also focused on global warming where a 36-foot-long (11-meter-long) floating ice sculpture inside the pool spelled out the words "HOW DARE YOU." The piece, titled "Climate Meltdown" by artist Rubem Robierb, lasted approximately eight hours.
Photographer David Yarrow's picture of real-life "Wolf of Wall Street" Jordan Belfort sold for $200,000. The piece was signed by director Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Bulleit's novel 3D-printed bar also drew a curious crowd, where guests watched a robotic arm disperse microscopic drops of liquid into drinks in a pre-set pattern. The whiskey maker has printed more than 7,800 cocktails since partnering with a robotics engineer.
On Saturday, G-Eazy performed poolside at the Maxim magazine party, surprising guests when he brought rapper Wale onstage to perform their song, "Fashion Week," together.
Haute Living hosted a party for Fat Joe's new album "Family Ties." Wearing a baby blue track suit, the rapper entertained guests including DJ Khaled, Fabolous, Jeezy and Too Short.
"We grew up in the projects and now we in a 100 million dollar house rapping about our history," he told the crowd before pulling Swizz Beatz onstage to perform.
At various clubs over the weekend, Lil Wayne, A$AP Rocky, Rick Ross and 2 Chainz performed. Sean Penn and DiCaprio partied late night at Rockwell x 1 Oak, where Gucci Mane took the stage. Brody Jenner, Meek Mill and Too Short hung out at LIV to hear Alesso play.
And "Cats" actor Idris Elba, who performs under the name DJ Big Driis, spun tracks along with Diplo at an extremely packed club Basement on Saturday night.
Nobel Literature Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk says she thinks a new sort of fiction may be needed to counteract the modern era's tendency to isolate and divide people.
In her Saturday lecture in Stockholm ahead of receiving the prize next week, the Polish author complained of the "exhausting white noise of oceans of information" in the internet era.
'"It has turned out that we are not capable of bearing this enormity of information, which instead of uniting, generalizing and freeing, has differentiated, divided and enclosed us in individual little bubbles," she said.
Tokarczuk suggested this discourages people from understanding how actions are interconnected, thus contributing to climate crisis and political tensions.
She said she dreams of a new kind of "fourth-person" narrator in fiction who could encompass the views of each character in a novel.
"We can regard this figure of a mysterious, tender narrator as miraculous and significant. This is a point of view, a perspective, from which everything can be seen. Seeing everything means recognizing the ultimate fact that all things that exist are mutually connected into a single whole, even if the connections between them are not yet known to us," she said.
Tokarczuk is the 2018 literature laureate. Her prize was announced only two months ago because the Swedish Academy postponed naming a winner last year due to internal turmoil connected with a sex abuse scandal.
The 2019 Nobel Literature winner, Peter Handke, has also brought controversy to the body because of widespread criticism of him as an apologist for Serbian war crimes during the 1990s. One Swedish Academy member said he is boycotting Nobel ceremonies this year in protest of Handke's selection and a member of the literature nominating committee has announced his resignation.
Handke jousted with journalists who were questioning his views at a Friday news conference, saying he preferred receiving soiled toilet paper to answering their questions. But his lecture on Saturday was contemplative, telling how his writing was first inspired by religious litanies he heard from a village church. He concluded by reciting a poem by the late Swedish Nobel laureate Tomas Transtomer in which an angel whispers "do not be afraid of being human."
The Nobel prizes in physics, chemistry, medicine, economic and literature are being presented Tuesday in the Swedish capital.
Earlier Saturday, several Nobel laureates in science spoke about climate change at their news conferences in Stockholm.
Didier Queloz, an astronomer who shares this year's Nobel physics prize for discovering a planet outside the Earth's solar system, said people who shrug off climate change on the grounds that humans will eventually leave for distant planets are wrong.
"The stars are so far away I think we should not have any serious hope to escape the Earth," Queloz said. "We're not built to survive on any other planet than this one ... we'd better spend our time and energy trying to fix it."
Edward M Kennedy (EMK) Center arranged the inaugural session of their new venture The Cinemates on Saturday, as a brand new platform for the movie lovers in the capital.
The inaugural session of this venture saw the screening of The Shawshank Redemption, which is widely considered as one of the best movies ever made and the number-one film on IMDb's user-generated Top 250 list since 2008.
After the screening of the film based directed by Frank Darabont based on a novella by Stephen King, film reviewer, writer, and actor Syed Nazmus Sakib, the session’s guest speaker, explained some interesting viewpoints from the analysis of the movie to the audiences. The engaged audiences also shared their individual stories of struggle, inspired from the film.
Convenor of the event and EMK’s Education USA Advisor Md Razoun Siddiky Tohin exclusively talked to UNB explaining the initiative, and informed that the upcoming editions of The Cinemates will screen more films and offer discussion platform for the audiences.
“A lot of cinema enthusiasts in our Dhaka city are engaged in film discussions on social media platforms or in personal gatherings, but we do not have sufficient number of needed platforms for common people to talk about films, books and music in public. That lacking eventually inspired us, the EMK Center- and we are happy to start this platform with this wonderful movie for the enthusiasts.”
The monthly event will also arrange similar discussions on books and music in its following sessions, he further informed UNB.