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Space. A SpaceX shipment of ants, avocados and a human-sized robotic arm rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday. The delivery — due to arrive Monday — is the company’s 23rd for NASA in just under a decade.
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China. The government said the "996" work culture popular among the country's tech firms is a "serious violation" of labor law. 996 entails working 12-hour shifts, six days per week. Chinese labor law calls for maximum work overtime of 36 hours per month.
Afghanistan: The death toll from a bombing outside the Kabul airport climbed to 169 people. But the US pressed on with its evacuation efforts ahead of President Biden’s Tuesday deadline. It also carried out a drone strike against a member of the Islamic State affiliate which claimed responsibility for the attack in Kabul.
1963 Hotline communication link between the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and the Kremlin in Moscow installed. Often known as the "red telephone" no phones were ever used, relying instead on Teletype equipment, fax machines and most recently secure email.
1979 1st recorded occurrence of a comet hitting the sun, releases energy equal to one million hydrogen bombs
The Story At least five Nigerian states – Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu, Kogi and Ogun – have moved to evacuate their citizens from Jos, the Plateau State capital, following the escalation of violence in the area and the closure of the University of Jos.
Isn't that serious? The Enugu State government said it had safely evacuated 135 indigenes – students of the University of Jos (UNIJOS) from the school to their respective homes and destinations following the crisis. According to Special Adviser to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Students Affairs, Chidi Ilogebe, 37 evacuated students returned safely to Enugu on Tuesday, 28 others were conveyed to Abuja to join their loved ones while others were taken to their various homes within Plateau and surrounding areas based on their requests, amid tight security.
Are students the only ones being evacuated? According to the Abia state information commissioner, John Okeiyi Kalu, he's been in contact with the evacuation delegation from the state and Abia 'indigenes' in the crisis area had been evacuated. In Ogun, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Students’ Matters, Azeez Adeyemi, said military escort was provided to five executive buses “as well as welfare packages, to not only see to their safe return to the state capital but also ensure their comfort.” “Initially, plans were made for just students, but we had to incorporate corps members who are of Ogun State origin as well.”
What's the plateau state government doing about the crisis? According to New Telegraph, Anambra and Imo are expediting plans to evacuate their own indigenes. In reaction, Plateau Governor, Simon Lalong called the evacuations “rushed” and insisted that the state is safe for all Nigerians. He told State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday that the state has enjoyed peace in his last six years. He did note, however, that those who insisted on returning to their states were provided security to escort them out of Jos. SOURCE
States Creation Palava
The Story Nigeria’s Senate has listed conditions for the creation of additional states.
Are they considering additional states? The National Assembly Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution had received dozens of requests seeking the creation of new states across the federation. The Red Chamber said any proposal for the creation of any state must comply with the provisions of section 8 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic as amended. The Senate spokesperson, Senator Ajibola Basiru, stated this in a statement on Sunday while dismissing reports that the Senate Committee had proposed the creation of additional 20 states.
What are the provisions in the said section of the constitution? Senator Basiru, while speaking on the subject, said “For ease of reference, Section 8 of the Constitution provides: ‘An Act of the National Assembly for the purpose of creating a new state shall only be passed if – (a) a request, supported by at least two-thirds majority of members (representing the area demanding the creation of the new State) in each of the following, namely (i) the Senate and the House of Representatives, (ii) the House of Assembly in respect of the area, and (iii) the local government councils in respect of the area, is received by the National Assembly;
'‘(b) a proposal for the creation of the state is thereafter approved in a referendum by at least two-thirds majority of the people of the area where the demand for creation of the state originated; “‘(c) the result of the referendum is then approved by a simple majority of all the states of the Federation supported by a simple majority of members of the Houses of Assembly; and “‘(d) the proposal is approved by a resolution passed by two-thirds majority of members of each House of the National Assembly.’
Is that an indirect dismissal of the demands? Not according to the lawmaker. “In view of the above, the Senate Committee is not in a position to propose the creation of any state as reported. Rather, the committee decided to refer the requests received to Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure compliance with section 8 of the Constitution by conducting a referendum in the areas if the requests supported by at least two-thirds majority of members (representing the area demanding the creation of the new State) in the Senate, the House of Representatives and the House of Assembly in the area", Basiru explained. SOURCE
The Cost Of War
The Story Hamas and Israel have engaged in four wars in Gaza in thirteen years.
That's much Yes, it is. The pattern is always the same: Palestinian rocket fire, devastating Israeli airstrikes, a mounting loss of life and property, and appeals for the "senseless cycle" to stop. According to the U.N., there has been more than $5b (in 2021 dollars) in damage to Gaza's homes, agriculture, industry, electricity, and water infrastructure.
Human casualties More than 4,000 Palestinians have been killed, half of them civilians. The death toll in Israel is 106, including civilians, soldiers, and foreign residents. The property damage is estimated to reach $193m. U.N. economist Rami Alazzeh says Gaza's economy is caught in a "vicious" cycle of destruction, reconstruction, and infusions of aid "just to get it back to before this military operation. If this cycle keeps going on, Gaza can never recover."
How are people still able to live there? Well, it's not like many have a choice. Palestinian officials say 70% of Gaza's two million residents are under age 30. The median age is 19, compared to 30 in Israel. Gaza's young adults have spent their childhood and adolescent years in an active war zone, and symptoms of PTSD are common. And under Hamas, unemployment among young people has worsened, standing at 62% in June. "This is a lost generation," Alazzeh said.
Polls have shown that Gaza residents are dissatisfied with their living conditions and 40% would leave if they could. “This war? It destroyed us,” said Khaldiya Nassir, who lost her husband to Israeli gunfire and has seen her home damaged twice by war. “Everything is gone. We used to have a home but now it’s gone. Every time there are problems, every time we have wars", she lamented. SOURCE
What’s Going On With China?
The Story In the nine years since coming to power, President Xi Jinping has worked to strengthen the ruling Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) role in all areas of society, including its businesses, schools, and cultural institutions.
What's the news? From internet screening and censorship to ubiquitous surveillance and repetitive delivery of the official narrative, Xi's message to the people has been clear: "Listen to the party, appreciate the party, follow the party." To ensure the narrative is ingrained from childhood, China's ministry of education published new guidelines on Tuesday that include an addition to the national curriculum for all Chinese students: "Xi Jinping Thought."
What's that, and what's to be achieved with it? The education ministry said the addition was to help "establish Marxist belief" in the country's youth. Xi's "thought on socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era" will be taught from primary school all the way to university. The aim is to solidify the "resolve to listen to and follow the Party." New teaching materials must "cultivate patriotic feelings." Xi's message to the world last month was equally clear: the days of pushing China around are over.
He that has ears, let him hear! In his July 1 speech celebrating the CCP's 100th anniversary, Xi said foreign powers will "get their heads bashed" if they attempt to bully or influence the country. "The Communist Party of China and the Chinese people do solemnly declare to the world that the Chinese people are not only good at destroying an old world, but also good at building a new one. [We have] built a well-off society in an all-round way on the land of China ...[and are] marching towards the goal of the second century of building a strong socialist modern country in an all-round way." Then, there was this hubristic boast: "No one should underestimate the resolve, the will and ability of the Chinese people to defend their national sovereignty and territorial integrity."
Shouldn't every country defend its sovereignty and territory? Absolutely, but for China, "territorial integrity" also means claiming sovereignty in disputed territories, like those in the South China Sea. Vietnam, also a single-party Communist state, shares its northern border and trade with China. But Beijing has become a geopolitical rival to Hanoi's interests. And despite Vietnam's adversarial past history with the U.S., today it's considered a potential U.S. ally. Vice President Kamala Harris is on an international trip to Southeast Asia, and was scheduled to fly into Hanoi Wednesday. One of the things she planned to announce was a donation to the pandemic-plagued country of one million coronavirus vaccine doses.
However, a three-hour delay in Harris' schedule gave China an chance to crash the party. Beijing quickly sent its envoy in Hanoi to meet with Vietnam’s Prime Minister and pledge a donation of two million vaccine doses before Harris could make her announcement. A senior analyst with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute noted: "Beijing likes to remind Hanoi who of the two giants is closer to it." China has also seized on the turmoil in Afghanistan to embarrass the U.S. and label it an unreliable partner. For 21st century relevance, President Roosevelt's pithy quote might need tweaking: "There is nothing to fear but fear itself -- and China." SOURCE
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QUESTION & ANSWER
What overly simplistic life advice is deceptively effective if used correctly?
A man sitting in the hotel said to his friend; "Look at that kid waiting tables, he’s so dumb that if I put 500 and 50 notes in front of him, he will pick up the fifty note…. let me show you.
He hollered at the kid, put both 500 and 50 notes at the table and said; "Take a note of greater value out of these two". When the child picked up the fifty note, they both laughed out loud and left, the child went back to his work.
Another person who sat besides and witnessed this called the child afterwards and asked; "You're a grown kid who still doesn't know the difference between fifty and five hundred notes. How come? That's a loss".
The child smiled and said; "This man often comes here and demonstrates the same thing to his buddies for kicks and giggles, to amuse over my stupidity as I pick up the note of fifty each time, they have a momentary laugh over this, and I get fifty rupees. The day I picked 500 would be the day this game will be over and… my extra money too”.
There is no need to be wise everywhere… especially when being wise affects one's own peace, interests and happiness, then it is wise to become a fool. SOURCE
What do bees collect and use to create honey? C. Nectar