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Olympics. The US women's soccer team fell to Canada yesterday in the Olympic semifinals, relegating the Americans to a match for the bronze medal. Canada will face Sweden, who blanked the US 3-0 in the opening round-robin matches, for the gold medal. The US didn't register its first shot on goal until minute 65.
India. At least six nationals of African countries have been injured during a scuffle with police in southern city of Bengaluru over an alleged custodial death of a Congolese student, an official says. Joel Shindani Malu, 27, was detained by police over charges of possessing banned ecstasy pills but died in custody early on Monday after suffering cardiac arrest, an officer said.
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Zambia. It deployed the military to curb escalating political violence ahead of elections on August 12. Pockets of violence have been reported in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, as well as northern, southern and Muchinga provinces where supporters of the governing Patriotic Front (PF) and the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) have clashed using machetes, axes, slashers, catapults and other objects.
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Shell Flees Nigeria
The Story Royal Dutch Shell has launched a major divestment of its Nigerian assets, especially those in the shallow water and onshore, Thisday reports citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter.
Is there an official statement from the company on this? When contacted, a Shell spokesman, who confirmed the talks, told the Lagos daily that although consultations were ongoing about the planned sale, they were still at its early stages. Sources close to the company said the oil giant had already hired Standard Chartered Bank to sell its Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) subsidiary, in a deal which could be one of the biggest ever in African oil and gas.
Why's the company doing this? Sources close to the transaction said that sale documents were issued recently and Expressions of Interest (EoI) are due by 10 September, with the vendor asking for non-binding offers in the subsequent second phase. The source said: “Shell is selling the business because it no longer views its activities in the Niger Delta as core to its ongoing strategy, which is driven by pressure from its investors, as confirmed by its CEO earlier this year." “Also, several of the Oil Mining Leases (OMLs) have upcoming development costs, which Shell does not intend to fund, one of the sources added but noted that the company will still retain its deepwater assets in the country.
Reducing Exposure To Risk In May, Royal Dutch Shell’s Chief Executive Officer, Ben van Beurden, while speaking at the company’s annual general meeting, said that Shell could no longer afford to be exposed to the risk of theft and sabotage. Shell, the operator of onshore oil and gas joint venture SPDC, has struggled for years with spills in the Niger Delta as a result of vandalism, as well as operational issues, leading to costly repair operations and high-profile lawsuits.
On the other hand, many people blame the company for the degradation in its operating areas in the region. In February, a Dutch court held the SPDC responsible for multiple oil pipeline leaks in the Niger Delta and ordered it to pay damages to farmers, leading van Beurden to call its Nigerian onshore assets a “headache”. SOURCE
From ROC With Love
The Story For a country officially barred from the Olympics, Russia is very much a presence at this summer’s Tokyo Games.
Is there a ban on Russia? Yes, there is. The ban has roots in one of the worst doping scandals in sports history: a years-long campaign to swap dirty doping samples for clean ones — and then cover it up — that eventually touched dozens of sports and involved more than 1,000 athletes, dozens of coaches and sports officials and even members of the country’s state security services.
So why are their athletes in Tokyo? Among other reasons, sporting authorities do not want to punish clean athletes. There's a twist to it, though. Take Friday’s opening ceremony. A significant Russian delegation marched in the parade of nations — right behind San Marino and just ahead of Sierra Leone — under the banner of R.O.C., the acronym for the Russian Olympic Committee. That is the official label under which more than 330 Russian athletes are competing in Tokyo.
How has their performance been? In the days since marching proudly into the Olympic Stadium in central Tokyo, Russian athletes in Russia’s national colors have competed in dozens of sports, from archery to diving, fencing to gymnastics, tennis to taekwondo. On Sunday, Russia even collected its first gold. Twenty-four hours later, it picked up more, and is currently in the top 5 on the medal table. “Actually,” one Russian journalist admitted this week, “it does not feel like we are banned.” SOURCE
A Soft Place To (Po)Land
The Story From United States athletes taking a knee, to Nigerian athletes staging a protest among other controversies, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has offered more to spectators than just sporting talents.
What is it now? Belarusian Olympic sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya refused to fly back to her country after she criticized her coaches at the Tokyo Games. Late Sunday, Tsimanouskaya asked Japanese police for protection and issued a plea to the International Olympic Committee after Belarusian Olympic officials pulled her from future competitions, forced her to pack her things, and took her to the airport against her wishes.
Why did she refuse to go home? Although the 24-year-old athlete hadn't directly criticized Belarus' authoritarian president Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarusian National Olympic Committee is run by Lukashenko’s eldest son, Viktor, whose election the IOC has refused to recognize. Lukashenko has been in power for 27 years and his brutal crackdown on any dissent has prompted many to leave the country and seek refuge from its Baltic neighbors.
Is the sprinter staying permanently in Japan? On Monday, Poland gave Tsimanouskaya a humanitarian visa; she will fly to Warsaw this week to seek asylum. Poland's deputy foreign minister said his country "will do whatever is necessary to help her to continue her sporting career." Unfortunately, the official campaign in Belarus to criticize and humiliate Tsimanouskaya is in full force, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport has denied the sprinter's appeal to overturn the decision blocking her from participating in the women’s 200-meter qualifying event. SOURCE
Northern Ireland Protocol Causing Trouble
The Story Brexit was a widely-disputed idea from day one, but the repercussions of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union are still being dealt with over 18 months later.
Tell me! The latest thorn in the U.K.’s side is called the Northern Ireland protocol. The protocol is an attempt to reconcile what should be done about the border between Northern Ireland, which is part of the U.K., and the European Union-allied Republic of Ireland. The area has been a point of contention for years, and some of the area was fortified during The Troubles, but a peace deal at the end of the century allowed those divisions to come down.
What's the issue now? When Brexit happened, Boris Johnson insisted upon leaving Europe’s single market and customs union, which means goods cannot flow unrestricted across European borders without checkpoints or tariffs. On Wednesday, Britain said that the Northern Ireland protocol that was negotiated by Johnson could cause so many problems that, if it cannot be rewritten, it might need to be abandoned entirely. The issue is threatening to become a major confrontation between the E.U. and the U.K.
What's in the protocol? The plan will create a border down the Irish Sea and divide the United Kingdom as more checks are placed on goods entering Northern Ireland. Companies have already begun to end their partnerships with businesses in Northern Ireland, choosing to avoid the extra paperwork required. Critics of Johnson say that he is refusing to accept the consequences of his Brexit deal, while fans of Johnson say the E.U. is being vindictive and petty. The issue threatens the already-tenuous peace between the two parts of Ireland.
The E.U. is insistent upon carrying through with the Northern Ireland protocol, mainly because it was Johnson’s brainchild. Some feel that the E.U. is being hyperfocused on the details of the protocol and too enthusiastic about implementing the checks. E.U. leaders feel that their interests, and the very fundamentals of European integration, are in danger. Britain is capable of backing out of the treaty, but the fallout could be cataclysmic, sparking a trade war between Britain and the E.U. SOURCE
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QUESTION & ANSWER
Is time travel possible?
Time is the 4th dimension.
Time is also the only dimension that has 1 direction. It only can move forward, not backwards.
According to quantum physics, time does not exist in a quantum level.
Time is affected by gravity. Gravity bends the very fabric of spacetime and time runs slower where gravity is strongest.
Of course, there is so MUCH more to time travel that we don’t know yet. However, one thing is certain: it most definitely will not be like how it’s shown in tv shows and movies, such as Back to the Future or Doctor Who.
Also, it is highly unlikely that we will ever be able to ‘time travel’ due to technological problems as we do not have the ability to travel nearly the speed of light yet, which is something that is needed in order to travel forward in time. SOURCE
What animal is closest living relative to the dinosaur, T-Rex? B. Chicken