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South Africa. Jailed former President Jacob Zuma has been granted medical parole. The 79-year-old is serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court at Estcourt Correctional Centre. The nature of his illness was not specified, but a statement said he would complete the rest of his sentence in the community under special conditions.
Libya. Authorities on Sunday released one of Muammar Gadhafi’s sons after more than seven years of detention in the capital of Tripoli following his extradition from neighboring Niger, the country's interim leader said. Prime Minister-designate Abdul Hamid Dbeibah said in a tweet early Monday that al-Saadi Gadhafi had been released in compliance with a previous court order.
Guinea. Soldiers who staged an uprising in Guinea’s capital have announced a nationwide curfew “until further notice” and the replacement of regional governors by the military, just hours after they said they had dissolved the constitution and the government. The Guinean defence ministry said an attack by mutinous special forces on the presidential palace had been repelled, but it was not fully clear by Sunday evening who held power in the West African nation.
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When Chief Justices are Summoned
The Story Nigeria’s Chief Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad has summoned six chief judges over conflicting orders issued in their courts.
Are the orders on related cases? Yes, they are. The CJN issued the summons on Monday, requesting that the judges explain their recent court orders. In recent weeks, the chief judges had issued conflicting orders on issues bordering on the chairmanship tussle of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the gubernatorial logjam of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra. Those summoned by the CJN are the chief judges of Anambra, Cross River, Imo, Jigawa, Kebbi and Rivers.
Is this a question mark on their competence? The CJN complained about the “huge embarrassment” caused by those who issued conflicting orders upon ex-parte applications by some political parties. The affected judges are to first appear before the CJN, after which they will face the NJC to explain what informed the issuance of the conflicting orders by courts of coordinate jurisdiction. “My attention has been drawn to media reports to the effect that some courts of coordinate jurisdiction were granting conflicting ex-parte Orders on the same subject matter,” the summon reads. “It has become expedient for me to invite you for a detailed briefing on the development."
NBA decries lawyers' role The Nigeria Bar Association says it's “worried about this prevailing trend, its ridiculing effect on the profession and the attendant repercussions to Nigeria’s democracy.” NBA National President, Olumide Akpata, in a statement added that senior lawyers were perpetuating conduct which was “responsible for the unrelenting embarrassment of our judiciary in political matters.” The umbrella association of Nigerian lawyers said it will be considering deterrence options against its members involved in such conduct. SOURCE
Food Crisis Looms In Nigeria
The Story The United Nations has warned of an impending food crisis in Nigeria, calling for global support to avert the potential catastrophe.
What kind of support? According to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Nigeria’s Humanitarian Response Plan, which seeks over $1B, is only one-third funded. Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for UN Secretary-General said this while briefing correspondents at UN headquarters in New York on Friday on the humanitarian situation in North-East Nigeria. He said sustained funding would be needed to avert food crises in the zone.
Isn't this a result of the insecurity crisis in the region? While insecurity has played a significant role, there are other factors that have contributed to this. “Our humanitarian colleagues warned that without sustained funding, millions of people in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states, North-East Nigeria will struggle to feed themselves,” said Haq. He said millions of people in the three states would struggle to feed themselves during the lean season due to conflict, COVID-19, high food prices, and climate change effects.
What measures are being taken presently to address this? An estimated 4.4 million people, including internally displaced people, are expected to face critical food shortages, with 775,000 people being at extreme danger of catastrophic food insecurity. According to Haq, the humanitarian community is working with the Government and local authorities to scale up the distribution of food in highly dangerous areas, but a surge in violence targeting aid workers and assets has made this difficult. “Our colleagues tell us that 8.7 million people in Nigeria need immediate assistance, including 2.2 million displaced people,” he said. SOURCE
No Need(le) For Vaccines
The Story North Korea is saying “thanks, but no thanks” to repeated offers of coronavirus vaccines.
Why? The country has expressed doubt over the efficacy of Covid-19 vaccinations, citing incidents in the US and Europe where individuals have had adverse reactions to the shots. In July, the secretive nation rejected shipments of around two million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Russia's Foreign Minister told reporters that it had offered to supply North Korea with its own Sputnik vaccine on multiple occasions without success.
How has the pandemic been there? Last month Pyongyang said the almost three million doses of Sinovac shots the Chinese offered should be sent to harder hit nations. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that as of August 19, North Korea had recorded no cases of COVID-19. The WHO also said some 37,291 people, including health care workers and those with flu-like illnesses, had been tested and all were found to be negative.
How did they do that? North Korea had imposed strict anti-virus measures from the beginning of the pandemic, and was one of the first countries to close its borders in January 2020. But the closed borders have also had negative impact. Coupled with international sanctions, the closure has led to severe food shortages and a worsening economy. In June, North Korean media reported that Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un had berated top officials over "lapses" that caused a "grave incident" related to Covid-19, whatever that means. SOURCE
Heist Movie Or Real Life?
The Story In a bid to distract law enforcement early Monday, a gang of criminals positioned bombs all over the city of Aracatuba, in the southeastern state of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Distract! How? One man lost both his feet when the devices were detonated. Over 20 heavily armed robbers then used the confusion to target three of the city's banks, taking hostages in the process. The hostages were tied to the roofs and hoods of 10 cars to act as human shields. Police say the robbers had inside information about a large sum of funds in one bank, and used drones to monitor the streets as they entered and left the city.
They weren't caught? Three people died in the incidents, two of them victims and one a suspected robber. Five others were injured; two suspects were apprehended and sent to jail. Almost 400 police officers are now looking for over a dozen suspects who remain at large. Two similar bank heists occurred on consecutive days last December in the cities of Cametá and Criciúma.
In July, eight armed robbers drove two trucks resembling those used by Brazilian federal police into a cargo terminal at Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport. They took two airport workers hostage and got away with about $30m in gold and other precious metals due for shipment to Zurich and New York. The hostages were subsequently released unharmed. SOURCE
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In what country can you find the Suez Canal? A.Egypt B. Morocco C. Isreal
QUESTION & ANSWER
Why did humans evolve such lousy fighting/defence abilities and speed compared to other wild animals? We wouldn’t last a day in the wild without a weapon.
Because humans evolved to use weapons.
This boy has to solo kill a lion to become a man
Defang a venomous snake and it’ll die of hunger. Break the wings of an eagle and it’s hardly a great predator. Remove a trunk from an elephant and it won’t last a week.
But when humans evolve around a particular trait it’s “cheating” or something?
The genus homo used fire and tools to great effect well before there was a “homo sapiens”. We evolved alongside our tools, because that was the best use of our big brains. If the lion is allowed to use the claws and teeth then a human should be allowed to use tools and all the rest too. SOURCE
In what country can you find the Suez Canal? A.Egypt