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France. President Macron says that the leader of ISIL (ISIS)-affiliated Islamic State in Greater Sahara (ISGS) group, known for its deadly attacks in the so-called tri-border region of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, has been killed by French forces.
United States. The US Soccer Federation this week offered the same contracts (with identical pay structures) to the men’s and women’s teams. It comes years after two dozen players on the women’s national team sued for equal pay. Way to kick some balls.
Russia. Russians in the Far East have begun voting in a three-day parliamentary election in which most vocal Kremlin critics have been barred from running following a historic crackdown on the opposition. Parliamentary and local polls in the world’s largest country spread across 11 time zones began today.
Space. SpaceX made history after its all-civilian mission launched from Florida. This mission (dubbed Inspiration4) sent four ‘regular’ people into orbit. Including a physician assistant (and cancer survivor), a geoscientist, and a US Air Force veteran. They will be flying higher than the International Space Station – the farthest any human has gone from Earth since 2009. The crew will carry out experiments on human health during their three days circling the Earth. And are expected to splash down in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday.
1683 Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek is the first to report the existence of bacteria
1859 Joshua Abraham Norton, English-born resident of San Francisco, proclaims himself his Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I, Emperor of the United States of America
1964 Beatles are paid a then record $150,000 for a concert (Kansas)
More states Say No to Open Grazing
The Story Akwa Ibom Governor Udom Emmanuel has signed into law the anti-grazing legislation which was earlier passed by the state House of Assembly.
What's in the law? Governor Emmanuel assented to the legislation on Wednesday at the Exco Chambers, Government House, Uyo. The new law prescribes a N10m fine against offenders. The Act prohibits the open rearing of livestock and provides for the establishment of ranches in the oil-producing state that would prevent the destruction of farms, crops, ponds, settlements, and properties caused by open rearing and grazing of livestock. It also promotes the production of healthy breeds of livestock, boosting job and investment chances in livestock farming.
How many states have now made this law? In addition to promoting modern techniques of animal husbandry and international best practices in the dairy and beef industry, the law provides for the establishment of the Akwa Ibom State Livestock and Ranch Administration and Control Committee, which would develop an integrated modern livestock development and production plan for the state. A day earlier, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu in the southeast signed the state’s anti-open grazing legislation into law. This brings the number of Nigerian states that have formally banned open grazing to 14.
Osun Prohibits Minor Herders On the same day Akwa Ibom signed the legislation, Osun state Governor Gboyega Oyetola also signed the state’s anti-open grazing legislation into law. The Osun State House of Assembly passed the legislation on 12 August. The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ismail Omipidan, disclosed this in a statement in Osogbo. The governor said the legislation would prevent killings and environmental degradation caused by the open rearing and grazing of livestock in the state. The legislation also prohibits minors from grazing and rearing livestock except with the supervision of adults. SOURCE
Two Are Fighting
The Story The Libyan National Army (LNA) of eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar clashed with Chadian rebel forces in the south of Libya on Tuesday and Wednesday, both sides said.
What's the issue between them? Statements from the LNA, which holds most of eastern and southern Libya, said it was engaged in military operations against what it called terrorist groups and the Chadian opposition. The fighting underscores the risk of further instability in the Sahel region, where an array of groups operate across borders and where fighting has created space for militant organisations. The rebel group, Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT) said via social media that its positions on the frontier had been attacked by Haftar’s forces, fighting alongside what it said were Sudanese mercenaries and French troops.
Why was the clash on Libya's territory? FACT had been based in Libya and fought alongside the LNA during periods of Libya’s civil war, receiving heavy arms from Haftar, researchers say. The LNA said it had carried out airstrikes and was conducting aerial patrols. FACT said French airstrikes had hit its positions. The French army said it had no forces on the ground or in the air in that area. In April, FACT advanced into northern Chad, battling the army there. Chadian authorities said president Idriss Deby, who had ruled for 30 years, was killed in the clashes. His son has taken over as transitional president.
Libya's Uneasy Peace Major fighting in Libya’s civil war has been paused since the LNA offensive ended last year and both sides have accepted a ceasefire, an interim unity government and the idea of elections, although mercenaries remain dug in on both sides. The LNA, which was backed in the Libyan conflict by the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Egypt, also used fighters from Sudan and Syria, as well as those provided by the Russian Wagner Group, a U.N. panel of experts, has said. The UAE deployed drone strikes in support of the LNA during its foiled 14-month offensive to capture Tripoli, which ended last year. SOURCE
Kim Jong Uninviting
The Story The last time North Korean leader Kim Jong Un engaged with foreign media was 2019.
Is that significant in any way? The country is historically closed-off, but in the 18 or so months since the pandemic began in earnest, that level of secrecy has reached a new level. The country sealed its borders, even to China, a major trade partner. The closures have led to worsening food and medical supply shortages. But on the dimmest of bright sides, the lockdown also led to a mass exodus of diplomats, aid workers, and other foreigners that have provided key insight into the inner workings of the country.
Don't cross that line Analysts say that the country has taken the virus so seriously that it borders on paranoia. It’s been reported that anything crossing the border -- human or animal -- is to be treated as a trespasser and shot. An official from South Korea went missing in September of 2020, and his body was found burned, in what North Korea called an anti-coronavirus measure. North Korea’s growing interest in nuclear warfare has long been a concern, but with these new accounts from insiders, policymakers were able to adjust how they negotiate with the country, and in particular, its leader.
What do the people think of their government? Journalists have traveled to the country to try to get an inside look at it, but have been barred from entering. “It’s a police state where no one will openly criticize the supreme leader, but expert observers can pick up subtle clues about popular sentiment", said Sue Mi Terry, senior fellow at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies and a former CIA analyst on East Asia. A military parade that was broadcast on Thursday showed people dressed in protective anti-virus gear that was bright orange.
Kim Joon-hyung, a professor of international relations at Handong University in South Korea, said that “this covid issue, in addition to the sanctions” placed upon them have caused the country to retreat into itself even more so than it had in the past. Without even the slightest inkling as to how citizens feel about the country’s isolation, policymakers are essentially having to go at it with a blindfold on. SOURCE
21 Feet Under
The Story The Salish Sea is an inland sea that encompasses Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, and the waters off of Vancouver, B.C. The area spans from Olympia, Washington in the south to the Campbell River, British Columbia in the north, and includes the large cities of Seattle and Vancouver. It's a biologically rich body of water with an abundance of marine wildlife species. It also appears to be a great place to dump a body.
Dump a body? You read that right. Just imagine you're a beachgoer in Everett, Washington --- out celebrating New Year's Day 2019 -- when you happen upon a human foot inside a shoe that had washed ashore. You wouldn't be alone. Since 2007, on the coasts of the Salish Sea in the U.S. and Canada, 21 human feet have been found in sneakers, completely unattached to bodies. It would be easy to assume there was another Green River Killer on the loose.
Are they victims of a serial killer? In many cases, authorities have been able to link the body parts to people involved in accidents or suicides. So why are these particular body parts still wearing their shoes, emerging from the ocean depths? It has to do with how sea scavengers break down bodies, and modern sneaker design. "It was actually because of the footwear industry," explained Dr. Karan Raj, a surgeon with the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom. "When a human corpse sinks to the bottom of the ocean it’s quickly set upon by scavengers."
What's the link to footwear? "These scavengers are lazy feeders, they prefer to tackle the softer parts of our body than the tough grisly bits. Some of the softest parts of us are the soft tissues and ligaments around our ankles," Raj continued. And scavengers can take the feet off the rest of the body fairly quickly. "The reason it’s happened more since 2007 is due to the change in sneaker design. Over the last few decades shoes have become more buoyant, as a result we could be seeing more severed feet wash up on our shores." Bottom Line: When you're at the beach, watch where you step. SOURCE
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This is the phenomenon that explains why people will tend to refuse to offer help when there are other people present during an emergency. A. I Don't Care Attitude B. The Bystander Effect C. Laissez-faire
QUESTION & ANSWER
Who suffered the greatest fall from grace in the history of all Nobel Prize Laureates?
When you fall from the heights of two Nobel prizes, you fall hard.
Linus Pauling is considered a key pioneer of quantum chemistry and molecular biology. His discovery of the roots of sickle cell anemia, a disease caused by a mutation in the β-globin gene which creates a structural abnormality in the hemoglobin protein, still stands as one of the central examples of genotype-phenotype connection and the impact of molecular structure on biochemical processes.
Pauling was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1954, “for his research into the nature of the chemical bond and its application to the elucidation of the structure of complex substances".
Subsequent to that, Pauling became deeply involved in anti-nuclear and peace activism. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1963 (retroactively for the year 1962), with the citation
Linus Carl Pauling, who ever since 1946 has campaigned ceaselessly, not only against nuclear weapons tests, not only against the spread of these armaments, not only against their very use, but against all warfare as a means of solving international conflicts.
Pauling acknowledged the deep contribution of his wife Ava to these efforts, and regretted that she did not share that prize.
Unfortunately, in his later years Pauling became what can only be described as a medicinal crank, promoting quack theories about vitamin C and other unfounded, bizarre forms of alternative medicine.
Despite studies showing that vitamin C has no effect on cancer, Pauling tirelessly promoted its use for that purpose, as well as a cure for the common cold and as a cure for brain-injured children. He coined the term Orthomolecular medicine which is broadly regarded as a form of quackery.
Pauling is often ranked among the most influential scientists in history, but his later work falls at the other end of the spectrum in terms of validity and importance. SOURCE
This is the phenomenon that explains why people will tend to refuse to offer help when there are other people present during an emergency. B. The Bystander Effect