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Nominate: Event/Person of the Year 2010
by Asa Butcher
2010-12-08 07:48:41
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And the winner is... you decide! Yes, it is that time of year when Ovi Magazine offers you the chance to nominate your choices for our Event or Person of the Year. There can be only one winner, so make your choice count.

Past winners of the prestigious Ovi Award:

2009: President Barack Obama
2008: Financial Crisis
2007: Alan Johnston

We try to remain upbeat, positive and optimistic with our choice but if you can argue for a pessimistic choice then we will take it under consideration. I know the past year has flown by and you may not recall all of the major events or people, so here is a recap of a few events and people that could be in the running for Ovi's Event/Person of 2010.

When volcanic ash from Eyjafjallajokull began to disrupt air traffic across Northern and Western Europe we were reminded of the power of nature, our reliance on air travel and of the good nature of those who assisted some travellers stuck where they were.

The Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded in the Gulf of Mexico and resulted in one of the largest oil spills in history. The oil spread for several months, damaged the United States coastline, cost BP billions and brought us a new word in the form of Top Kill. I guess we could also include former CEO of BP Tony Hayward as a nominee for Person of the Year.

The 2010 Euro Crisis that developed in some European states, such as Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal Spain and Belgium, is among the more startling events of the year.

The first 24-hour flight by a solar powered plane is a worthy inclusion on this list and the mind boggles as to where this technology will go in the next decade.

Wikileaks, the online publisher of anonymous, covert, and classified material, first leaked over 90,000 internal reports about the United States-led involvement in the War in Afghanistan and then released a collection of more than 250,000 American diplomatic cables, including 100,000 marked "secret" or "confidential". They have a set of steel WikiBalls!

When 33 miners near Copiapo, Chile, became trapped 700 metres underground in a mining accident in San Jose Mine nobody could envisage the drama and emotion that would ensue of the next 69 days. It was a story worthy of Hollywood and it managed to bring the world together.

Burmese opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi is finally released from her house arrest.

Researchers at CERN trapped 38 antihydrogen atoms for a sixth of a second, marking the first time in history that humans have trapped antimatter. I don't fully understand what this means but it seems pretty incredible, plus I am just relieved CERN didn't blow up the planet - we all thought the same!

There you have eight choices with which to begin your considerations. If you feel something or someone else deserves the award, then write in the comments or email info@ovimagazine.com.

The winner will be revealed in the first week of 2011.

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David Barger2010-12-08 10:13:44
Wikileaks gets my vote.

Steve2010-12-08 10:21:36
The miners

Eva2010-12-08 17:46:47

Joe2010-12-09 09:38:08
What about Warren buffett or bill gates for their continuing charity work?

Alan2010-12-10 01:03:01

marianne2010-12-10 11:56:15
the Euroland

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