Good morning. Peter, 56, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s three years ago, asked his wife to marry him again after forgetting the couple had wed 12 years prior. Lisa said that as they were watching TV, Peter pointed at the screen and said, “Let’s do it.”
“And I said, ‘Do what?’” she recalled. “And he pointed to the TV, to the scene of this wedding, and I said, ‘You want to get married?’ And he said ‘yes’ and had this huge grin on his face. He doesn’t know that I’m his wife, I’m just his favorite person.”
How is that for a dose of sweet for your morning?
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Euros. Italy won the European Championship for the first time since 1968 as goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saved two England penalties en route to a 3-2 shoot-out win. Both sides had fought out a 1-1 extra-time draw at a raucous Wembley on Sunday night.
South Africa. Violent rioting has erupted in two South African provinces following the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma, with supporters blocking roads and looting shops. At least 62 people were arrested, South African police said on Sunday.
Haiti. Police said a hit squad comprising 26 Colombians and two Haitian Americans is responsible for the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. Police said that 17 suspects have been arrested, including the two Haitian Americans, three have been killed, and eight remain at large. It's unclear who ordered the killing — some believe that drug criminal gangs may be behind, while others think that Moïse's security detail was involved.
No More Sounds From The Sultan
The Story Celebrated Nigerian singer Olanrewaju Fasasi, widely known as Sound Sultan, has passed away.
Oh! That's sad Yes, it is. Sound Sultan, widely known for the satire hit track, bushmeat, which he did with Tuface Idibia, died on Sunday after a battle with cancer. “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of multitalented veteran singer, rapper, songwriter Olanrewaju Fasasi a.k.a Soundsulatan. He passed away at the age of 44 following a hard fought battle with Angiommunoblastic T-cell lymphoma", Kayode Fasasi, a relative of the deceased said in a statement.
How long has his struggle with cancer been? There had been reports that the singer had travelled to the US for chemotherapy following his diagnosis, but not much was known about it as Sound Sultan had expressed gratitude to his well-wishers, insisting he would tell the story of his struggles himself. The Naija Ninjas singer, who was formerly with Kennis Music, worked with other legendary artists, including Tuface Idibia and Wyclef Jean. He is survived by his wife, three children and siblings. SOURCE
D’Tigers Bit the USA's Basketball Team
The Story Nigeria's men basketball team, D’Tigers, defeated the US team 90-87 in a preparatory tourney ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, making them the first African team ever to beat the Americans in a basketball game.
How did they do it? The trio of Precious Achiuwa, Gabe Vincent and Caleb Agada imposed themselves on the game with impressive displays throughout. Achiuwa led in the defensive play, particularly stoping Kelvin Durant’s slam dunk attempt in the first quarter. Vincent led the scoring with 21 points, four assists, and two rebounds. Agada was next with 17 points, three rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes. Ike Nwamu followed with 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 18 minutes.
Was there any special contributing factor? According to Vincent, the impressive performance was a result of the squad cohesion built by Mike Brown, the head coach. “Mike’s done a great job with us so far. We’ve had a great camp so far. We had to build a new culture, start from the ground up, new plays, new everything. We’ve got a lot of new guys in,” he said. “It’s just all the work we put in; It’s no mistake what happened here tonight", he added.
Are they going to face the US team in the Olympics? That will depend on the outcomes of the prelimiminary stage of the games. The D’Tigers, whose team kits for the Games are still trapped at the seaport in Lagos, will play in group B alongside Australia, Italy and Germany. The team's head coach, who spoke just before the USA match, was confident that the D’Tigers are going to the Olympics “to win”. The Olympics will take place from July 23 to August 8. SOURCE
Tokyo Not Going for Broke
There won't be fans at the Tokyo Olympics.
That doesn't sound good.
It's not. The pandemic has hit the Olympic Games hard. First, officials pushed the event back an entire year. Then, they put a cap on the number of spectators. But the Games are having trouble setting sail – just two weeks before the Olympic cauldron's lit. Now, Japan has declared a state of emergency because of a rise in COVID-19 cases. Olympic organizers are now banning fans from Tokyo-area stadiums and arenas. The move could cost the government hundreds of millions of dollars.
What about vaccines, though?
Athletes, journalists, and staff aren't required to be fully vaxxed to enter the country. Still, the International Olympic Committee estimated that about 80% of those sporting or reporting have gotten pricked. But only about 15% of Japan's population can say the same. Officials have blamed the slow rollout on a shortage of doctors and nurses. And because it needs to import all of its vaccines. Now, officials worry that letting fans attend could make things worse. Especially with delta (the more contagious variant) on the rise. Already, at least two members of the Ugandan team have tested positive for the delta variant upon arriving in Japan.
Is the Olympics in a hurry?
The Tokyo Games have had to jump several hurdles to get to this point. Now Japan's making changes two weeks before the opening ceremony. But it's got many wondering if we're jumping the gun on a return to normalcy. SOURCE
Eat, Pray, Tusk
The Story Solid evidence supports the claim that elephants are some of the most intelligent, social, and empathetic animals around.
Tell me about it Humans may not understand why a family of Asian elephants would leave southwest China and travel more than 300 miles north through fields, highways, villages, and towns, but one thing's certain: they have their reasons. The itinerant group of 15, which includes three calves, originally lived in a nature reserve near China’s border with Laos and Myanmar. They've ignored police sirens and trucks laden with food and attempts to lure them back to the Xishuangbanna National Nature Reserve in Yunnan.
How long have they been on this journey? Sometime in March 2020 they decided it was time to find new digs, and set off on what so far has been a 15-month sightseeing tour. And it’s been a sight alright. Along the way the monster mammals stole crops, rolled around in villagers’ courtyards looking for food, and broke into a car dealership where they drank buckets of water and left muddy footprints. One young elephant reportedly raided a villager’s stores of corn liquor and fell behind the rest of the herd.
Is this a normal elephants behavioral pattern? Chinese researchers describe the migration as "unprecedented" in China, and posit that the elephants may be on a quest for food and territory as a result of their shrinking habitat. The project manager for Asian Elephant Protection opined in an article on the group’s WeChat page that possible reasons could be shifts in their environment, drought or changes in food supply. “Some experts have also discussed whether it is a random choice in itself, which makes sense in my opinion,” he wrote.
“Inexperienced leadership” of the elephant in charge could be another reason for the long journey to nowhere. Since nobody knows exactly why or where they're going, people just call what they're doing "The Northbound Wild Elephant Eating and Walking Tour.” SOURCE
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QUESTION & ANSWER
Why do highways bend a lot instead of going in a nice complete straight line? Wouldn't this increase fuel efficiency and create less time for travel?
The first full length motorway in the UK, the M1 (surprise) was built as a straight line for as much of its length as possible, as you suggest. But it was found that drivers effectively dozed off, not having to move a muscle for hours on end, and ended up running off the road, still staring blindly into nothing. So subsequent motorways were built with curves. Big, sweeping curves. But humans, unlike computers, do not enjoy sitting locked in the same position for a long time. The M1 is still disliked for its monotony. SOURCE