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South Korea. It is in the final stages of developing a surface-to-surface ballistic missile as powerful as a tactical nuclear warhead, Yonhap news agency reported, as the country unveiled budget proposals aimed at bolstering its defences against North Korea.
Afghanistan. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has said that the group will rely primarily on financing from China following the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan and its takeover of the country. Mujahid said the Taliban will fight for an economic comeback with the help of China.
Japan. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has announced that he will not run in a ruling Liberal Democratic Party leadership race later this month, setting the stage for his replacement after just one year in office. His support ratings has sank below 30% as the nation struggles with its worst wave of COVID-19 infections.
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Get Vaccinated or Be Sanctioned
The Story The FG has hinted that it might sanction anybody who refused to take COVID-19 vaccines after they had been made available to all Nigerians.
Seriously? The Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, gave the hint of possible sanctions at a press briefing in Abuja. This came as a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt on the same day barred Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki from enforcing compulsory COVID-19 vaccination in the state. Obaseki had last week said any resident who refused to take the vaccine would be barred from public places and large gatherings.
With the court ruling above, can the FG go ahead with such sanction? On Monday, the Ondo State Government also said it would bar those without proof of vaccination from churches, mosques and other public places. Shuaib said the government might “apply the basic rule of law” against such people because they would be endangering the lives of others. "If some individuals refuse to take the vaccine, hence endangering those who have or those who could not due to medical exemptions, then we have to apply the basic rule of law, which stipulates that your human right stops where mine begins", he said.
Does the government have enough vaccines to go round everyone? According to Shuaib, the Presidential Steering Committee and the Federal Ministry of Health are exploring ways of making vaccines more available to all Nigerians, including federal civil servants and corporate entities. “Once these vaccines are made equitably available to all Nigerians, then we will need to have a frank discussion about justice, fairness and liberty that exist around vaccine hesitancy. So, you have a right to refuse vaccines, but you do not have the right to endanger the health of others", he stated.
In a reaction, the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) said the policy to compel all eligible citizens to get vaccinated did not make sense. The union spokesman, Olumide Akintayo, in a Punch interview said the policy would only be sensible if there were enough vaccines to inoculate eligible citizens. “If you are thinking of it in terms of responsibility, it makes sense; but practically, we all know it is an impossible task. If all the doses that have been sent to Nigeria since this outbreak are less than 10 million, how do you enforce that kind of policy in a country of over 200 million people?", he asked. SOURCE
Zamfara's Children Head Home
The Story Zamfara has shut down schools across the state following Wednesday’s abduction of 73 students from a public school in the state.
All schools? The state government also imposed a 6 p.m to 6 a.m. curfew on 13 local government areas and 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. in Gusau, the state capital. The state police commissioner, Ayuba Elkana, made the disclosure while briefing journalists after a security meeting chaired by Governor Bello Matawalle, which was convened after the kidnap of students of Government Day Secondary School, Kaya in Maradun on Wednesday.
What steps have been taken to rescue the students? The police commissioner said he has deployed a search and rescue team to work with the military to rescue the abducted students. Premium Times cited an unnamed source in Maradun confirming that the Vice Principal of the school, Zayyanu Tsaba, was among those kidnapped. A former councillor in the area told a Zamfara news publication that four of his children were among the students kidnapped.
Aren't schools on vacation? The chairman of a local civil society organisation, Shehu Abdullahi, said that the students were abducted while some of them were writing their mock examination. The police have confirmed that 73 students were abducted but did not specify whether the figure includes the vice principal of the school. Some were said to have taken to their heels the moment the bandits started gathering the students and they were chased. While many of them escaped into nearby farmlands, others were captured by the bandits. SOURCE
Algeria No Longer Friends with Neighbor
The Story Algeria announced that it was officially severing ties with neighbouring Morocco “starting today”, after months of tensions between the two countries.
What's the issue between them? Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra made the announcement during a press conference on Tuesday evening. “It has been proven that the (Moroccan) kingdom has not ceased its unfriendly, low and hostile manoeuvres against Algeria for a day since independence,” Lamamra said, accusing Moroccan leaders of bearing “responsibility for the successive crises that have drawn us into a tunnel without an exit”. The two countries have long been at odds over a host of issues, notably the fate of Western Sahara.
What's happening there? The border between Algeria and Morocco has been closed since 1994. Morocco claims full sovereignty over the territory, while Algeria backs the Polisario Front’s demands for a referendum on self-determination under the auspices of the United Nations. In July, Algiers recalled its ambassador to Morocco after the Moroccan envoy to the United Nations called at a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement for “the right of self-determination for the people living in the Kabylia region”, in reference to Algeria’s Tamazight-speaking minority, suggesting Algeria should not deny such a move while backing self-determination for Western Sahara.
Taking sides on the Israel-Palestine conflict Rabat’s re-establishment of ties with Israel late last year – as part of then-US President Donald Trump’s push for normalisation in the region – was accompanied by US recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara, reigniting tensions with Algiers. Algeria has long been one of the most outspoken countries in North Africa in support of Palestinians, and news that Morocco had formalised diplomatic relations with Israel sparked anger from Algerian officials and citizens alike. “Moroccans have touched on the two biggest taboos of Algeria: national unity and the politics vis-a-vis Israel,” MEE quoted an unnamed diplomatic source.
“They’ve hit where it hurts, multiple times.” Last week, Algeria’s High Security Council, headed by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, decided to “review” relations with Morocco in the wake of the Morrocan’s comments on Kabylia. “One feels that as long as the Western Sahara issue isn’t resolved, it will remain a factor of instability for the region,” an Algerian analyst told the news site Middle East Eye on condition of anonymity. SOURCE
Indigenous Fight Back In Brazil
The Story In the 19th century, almost all indigenous sub-tribes of Xokleng Indians living in the highlands of the state of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil were exterminated by colonists.
Profit over humanity By the early 20th century, Xokleng Indians of the sub-group Laklano were the only survivors, and by the 1950s, government officials in Santa Catarina were pushing the Xokleng Indians into a degraded corner of their ancestral grounds, in order to sell the bulk of the fertile land to tobacco farmers. In the Brazilian Constitution, ratified in 1988, indigenous groups have "original rights over the lands that they have traditionally occupied."
Have they reclaimed their lands? The Xokleng now number some 3,000 people; they are crowded into about 35,000 acres of hilly territory, where landslides threaten homes and most land is too steep for agriculture. They began a push to reclaim an additional 59,300 acres of rich tobacco country they say belonged to them for centuries before settlers moved in. But the Santa Catarina government had applied an overly narrow legal interpretation of Indigenous rights, which only recognizes tribal lands occupied by native communities at the time the constitution was ratified.
Long-drawn Legal Battle The government used this narrow interpretation to expel a group of Xokleng from a nature reserve in their ancestral lands. A subsequent lawsuit meandered its way through Brazil's legal system, and wound up at the Supreme Court, whose decision was delayed by the pandemic, but it's now time for the court to make its decision known. The ruling will affect hundreds of Indigenous land claims, many of which offer a bulwark against deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.
A defeat in court for the Xokleng could set a precedent for the dramatic rollback of Indigenous rights, which far-right President Jair Bolsonaro advocates. He says too few Indigenous people live on too much land in Brazil, blocking agricultural expansion. In anticipation of a decision, some 6,000 indigenous people from 176 tribes have been protesting at the capital. The supreme court's decision will be the final word on the Indegenous people's fate, if the government's interpretation will be nullified or remain valid. SOURCE
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Diabetes develops as the result of a problem with which specific organ in the body? A. Liver B. Bladder C. Pancreas
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What are some examples of the past and present becoming interconnected?
Sir Joseph Guillotin is the name origin of the, “The Guillotin”
Interestingly, he was actually against the death penalty in general, which was a very extreme view at that time (18th century).
Specifically, he was against torture. He’d actually been born prematurely because his mother heard the sounds of a man being tortured.
He was the one who proposed the idea of the guillotine, saying that if we are going to kill someone, let’s use an actual guillotine for a swift death.
Prior to this, they reserved the most quick and classy deaths for the upper class, while lower class peasants were being tortured and killed with no dignity.
It was actually not his desire to have the guillotine named after him, he was rather horrified when it stuck. Particularly because the guillotine was used in huge numbers throughout France, with heads rolling right and left. SOURCE
Diabetes develops as the result of a problem with which specific organ in the body? C. Pancreas