Good morning. We still have not gotten over the Olympics. A record 88 countries won a medal in Japan. Hat tip to 1st-time golds for Qatar, Bermuda, and the Philippines.
- - -
P.S. Rewards await you when you invite your friends to subscribe to Freshly Pressed. Try it:www.freshlypressed.ng/?r=. You currently have referrals.
Guinea. The country confirmed a case of Marburg virus disease, the World Health Organization has said, the first recorded in West Africa of the virus that is related to Ebola and, like COVID-19, passed from animal hosts to humans.
New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo has resigned after an inquiry found that he sexually harassed multiple women, prompting efforts to remove him. "The best way I can help now is if I step aside," he said, while continuing to deny the claims. The resignation will take effect in 14 days.
Football. Lionel Messi has agreed to join Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year contract. The six-time Ballon d'Or champ arrived in Paris on Tuesday afternoon to seal his move to the French club on a two-year deal - with an option for a third - worth £25m per year after tax, plus bonuses.
Remote Work Success Guide. This guy wants to show you how to get and earn from online jobs ranging from social media, content creation and article writing, graphics designs, digital marketing, video and animation, voice over and even virtual assistants. Be a remote worker; work from anywhere with only your PC and internet connection.
1984 During a radio voice test, US President Reagan jokes he "signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes."
1988 Al-Qaeda formed at a meeting between Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and Dr Fadl in Peshawar, Pakistan
2003 NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.
Indonesian Disrepect to Nigerian Diplomat
Indonesian officials assaulted a Nigerian diplomat.
The diplomatic agent, simply identified as Ibrahim, was reportedly accosted by the Indonesian police when he went to a supermarket. In a video that has since gone viral, the man can be heard shouting “I can’t breathe”, as he was being held down in a vehicle by several men.
How did the Nigerian Government React?
The federal government subsequently wrote a letter to the Indonesian government to protest the assault, after the video was circulated on social media. Usman Ogah, Nigerian ambassador to Indonesia, has been recalled. The government also summoned the Indonesian ambassador, Usra Harahap, over the incident, and he has apologised over the assault.
That should not be all.
Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, also said that there was absolutely no justification whatsoever for this treatment for this kind of behaviour against not only a diplomat, a Nigerian diplomat, but even if it had taken place against any Nigerian citizen, was totally unacceptable. The government has also requested the Indonesian government to take severe and appropriate sanctions against the immigration officials that were involved in this act of brazen criminality. SOURCE
Tokyo Olympics: By the Numbers
Just as we finally figured out how to watch the Olympics, they ended on Sunday. From the moving family watch party videos to the thrusting Australian swim coach, the Tokyo Olympics gave us all a desperately needed distraction while raising thorny questions about the future of the Games.
Here are the numbers that tell the story of the weirdest Olympics ever.
113: The number of total medals the US won at the Olympics, 25 more than second-place China. Team USA also made a last-second comeback to grab the most number of gold medals at the Games, 39 to China’s 38.
$15.4B: The official price tag for the Tokyo Olympics, making it the most expensive Games ever staged.
0.02%: The Covid-19 test positivity rate for people participating in the Olympics. Organizers found 430 Olympics-related infections since July 1 out of 624,000 tests, and no serious cases. Overall, the bubble created for more than 50,000 people held up really well.
16 million: Instagram interactions for Simone Biles’s account during the Olympics, per Axios. The famed US gymnast, who withdrew from most competitions over mental health concerns, had the top eight Instagram posts among all American athletes.
42%: The decrease in viewership from the 2016 Rio Olympics to the Tokyo Games through Tuesday. NBCUniversal, which paid more than $1B to air the Olympics, struggled with a whacky time zone difference, lower enthusiasm, and its own confusing menu of viewing options.
179: Days until the Winter Olympics kick off in Beijing, which is already facing a number of coronavirus and geopolitical questions. More than 180 human rights groups have called for a boycott over China’s treatment of the Uighurs, officially considered a “genocide” by the US government. Major corporate sponsors, like Visa and Coca-Cola, remain on board for now despite pressure.
Looking beyond this winter, Paris will host the 2024 Summer Games, followed by LA in 2028. SOURCE
Health Pass Not Passing With the French
Image Source: DW
Hundreds of thousands of people in France have taken to the streets.
The country's new health pass. Starting today, French citizens will have to show proof of vaccination, immunity, or negative COVID-19 test for things like riding on trains, dining in restaurants, and going to venues. French President Emmanuel Macron announced the pass last month amid a surge in new cases due to the delta variant. And it worked. At least 7 million people have received their first vaccine dose since Macron broke the news. But not everyone's on board.
Over the weekend, more than 230,000 people across France protested the health pass – the fourth straight weekend of demonstrations. Anarchists, far-right activists, and anti-vaxxers have taken to the streets. Many have decried the health pass as a violation of liberty and government overreach. Some even compared the French government's policy to the Nazi regime. And have vandalized vaccination centers in anger. But Macron has said vaccinations are what "our liberty depends on."
Playing into anti-vax hands...
Protests against health requirements aren't unique to France. Germany and Italy have seen them too. And while health experts worry about getting the virus under control, some experts worry that far-right groups could be using the anti-vax movement to their advantage. SOURCE
A Greece Fire
The Story Greece is experiencing its worst heat wave since 1987, when more than 1,000 people died.
How serious is it? Earlier this week, temperatures soared to 115.3 degrees Fahrenheit, the country's hottest day on record. Wildfires swept through the northern part of Athens, burning houses, severing electricity supplies, sending plumes of thick smoke into the air, and causing thousands to flee their homes. Emergency services sent planes to drop water from the sky.
Are there casualties? Greek officials confirmed Wednesday that at least 77 people had been hospitalized. Residents and tourists in Rhodes and Crete have been warned of "extreme fire danger." Rescue services in nearby Turkey have battled over 100 blazes in the last week. At least eight people were killed in the city of Antalya and parts of the country’s Turquoise Coast, and livestock across affected areas perished before help could arrive.
What's the cause? Climate experts blamed rising temperatures for the widespread devastation, which was also seen in Italy, where residents in Sicily were evacuated, and in Finland, which saw its worst forest fire in half a century. George Patoulis, regional governor of greater Athens, described the fire as “large” and said the heat had dried out the landscape, worsening the conditions. “It will take a lot of work to get this under control,” he added. SOURCE
WHAT ELSE IS FRESH...
Dangote, only Nigerian on 500 billionaires list, with $17.8bn
World Bank lists Nigeria, nine others high-debt risk nations
Islamic New Year: Imbibe peace, compassion, Buhari tells Nigerians
States warn against violation as 30-day cases hit 10,066, 70 deaths
Nigeria’s major airports not designed for international operations –FG