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United States. The House of Representatives has approved $1bn in additional funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system after days of controversy around the push. Legislators passed the legislation in a 420 to nine vote on Thursday, paving the way for a significant increase in US support for the system.
South Africa. Embattled national airline has flown its first plane since March 2020 after emerging from liquidation proceedings. Once Africa’s second largest airline after Ethiopian Airlines, SAA had survived for decades on government bailouts and was shedding routes even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck.
Myanmar. A judge in the United States has ordered Facebook to release records of now-closed accounts connected to anti-Rohingya violence in Myanmar. The judge criticised Facebook for failing to hand over information to investigators seeking to prosecute the country for international crimes against the Muslim minority Rohingya.
Football. European football’s governing body UEFA has urged FIFA to stop pushing its plan for a two-year World Cup and instead to engage in “genuine consultation” about reform of the international match calendar. FIFA, the governing body of world football, is conducting a feasibility study into holding the tournament on a biennial basis, a change from the current four-yearly cycle, but has made no secret of its desire to switch to such a format.
Akeredolu Tackles El-Rufai
The Story The governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, has accused his counterpart in Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, of struggling to export banditory to the south of Nigeria.
Is that so? The governor was reacting to comments made by el-Rufai, criticising the ban on open grazing of cattle by the southern governors. In a statement issued by Donald Ojogo, Ondo state's commissioner for information and orientation, Akeredolu said el-Rufai’s opinion is “laced with mischief”.
What did El-Rufai say? While speaking with journalists on Tuesday in Abuja, el-Rufai said the governors in the region are passing “legislation that you know that you cannot implement”. However, Akeredolu denounced El-Rufai, saying; “In these days and times, anyone who makes statements such as that allegedly made by the [Kaduna] governor belongs to a class of an unenviable ilk masquerading as leaders".
“In order words, it is a cleverly crafted path towards replicating in the South, the most despicable situation in the North, that Nigerians of goodwill daily pray to overcome. It’s a ploy beyond the ordinary", the statement read. “The Anti-Grazing Law, especially in Ondo State, has come to stay." SOURCE
China's Grande Real Estate Problems
The Story Memories of the 2008 financial crisis that originated in the United States and spread across the world are not ones that many would like to relive, but if the signs are right, the world might be seeing another of those episodes, and soon.
What is happening? China's Evergrande Group investors, employees and vendors camped outside the firm’s headquarters in Shenzhen in recent weeks as the firm struggles with its loans repayment, reminding observers of the early pictures of the 2008 crisis. The real estate firm is in serious trouble. On Monday, it failed to make interest payments to at least two of its largest bank creditors, Bloomberg News reported. It has about $83.5m dollar-bond interest payment due this week and faces another $47.5m dollar bond interest payment next week.
How bad is the situation? The company has $300b in liabilities and its leadership has made it clear it doesn’t have the means to pay its various creditors on time. Investors are worried an Evergrande debt default could send shock waves through the Chinese and global economies, much as Lehman Brothers did to the United States and the world in 2008. Fears over a possible debt default affecting broader markets calmed partially after Evergrande said in a filing on Wednesday that it had “resolved via negotiations” an interest payment on one of its bonds that is due this week.
Any efforts by the authorities to remedy the situation? It is not clear, yet, what lengths the Chinese government is willing to go to stave off the potential social and financial upheaval of a messy Evergrande collapse. The People’s Bank of China recently lubricated credit conditions in China’s banking system by pumping additional short-term funds into it. However, the Wall Street Journal reported (paywall) that authorities in China had asked local government officials to get “ready for the possible storm” that could follow a potential Evergrande collapse.
Founded in 1996 by Hui Ka Yan, Evergrande has grown into one of the biggest firms in China. It currently has 1,300 real estate projects in 280 cities in China, according to its website, and is also involved in electric vehicle production, property management, film and TV production, theme park construction, life, healthcare, football, food and baby products. The company’s fate – and whether it could yet prove to be China’s Lehman Brothers – remains to be seen. SOURCE
A Vast Trump Family Conspiracy
The Story Donald Trump filed suit in a New York state court Tuesday against his niece, Mary and three NYT journalists claiming they were "engaged in an insidious plot" to obtain confidential tax documents.
Whose tax documents? The suit alleges Mary breached a decades-old settlement agreement barring her from disclosing the documents. Mary revealed in a 2020 tell-all memoir that she supplied the documents to the journalists who were investigating Trump's dubious tax schemes in the 1990s.
Vendetta? Perhaps this suit will be consolidated with Mary's 2020 lawsuit filed against her uncle and two family members for defrauding her out of a sizable inheritance. Mary said her uncle's lawsuit filed Tuesday was a sign of "desperation", adding that "the walls are closing in ... and as always with Donald, he'll try and change the subject." One of the reporters named in the lawsuit, Ms Craig, tweeted in response to the allegations: "I knocked on Mary Trump's door. She opened it. I think they call that journalism." SOURCE
Definitely Atypical for the UN
The Story Before Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky could speak at the General Assembly meeting in New York on Wednesday, an assassination attempt was made on his top adviser and closest confidant, Serhiy Shedir, who was being driven in his car outside Kyiv.
How did it go? Shedir escaped injury, but the driver was shot three times. A visibly upset Zelensky began by saying his speech would be "atypical for the U.N." but definitely useful. "It's time to wake up," the 57-year-old told assembled diplomats. "Here is the price of change in the state, here is the price of reforms."
Did he know those behind it? While not specifically accusing Moscow, he denounced the attack and Russian military aggression in eastern Ukraine. Zelensky assailed his pugilistic neighbor for supporting the separatists and seizing the Crimean peninsula, aggression that has cost thousands of lives over the past eight years.He ruefully reminded his audience how the allied victors in WWII, who would help create the United Nations, met in the Crimean peninsula.
All Nations Are Equal Now, he said, "the very cradle of the place the U.N. was born remains occupied by a permanent member of the Security Council." Reiterating the need for unity and mutual respect among members, especially in the face of emergencies like COVID-19, he said; "this was the price for humanity to realize that all nations, all countries are equal, and all conflicts must be resolved through dialogues and only through dialogues, not tanks". Zelensky said Shedir's driver was recovering, then ended his speech and flew home. SOURCE
True or false: Chloroplasts can be found in animal cells.
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Myrtle Corbin was an American girl born in 1868 she was born as a healthy and strong baby well-formed from top to her navel but, she had four legs and two pelvis and two different fully formed genital organs, she had a disorder called dipygus. She started working in circus from her teenage and earned lots of funds roundabout, 450 dollars. Later she got married to a man named James Bicknell.first time when she got pregnant, the doctor said, that she was pregnant at her left side. but unfortunately, she got really ill and abortion was done. Later after some time, she gave birth to 5 children, three from one side and 2 from the other side. She died due to a skin infection called streptococcus this Infection did not have treatment at that time .so unfortunately, she died within the week. after her death many people offered funds for her, her family filled her grave with concrete so that, no one steals her body.
Besides everything imagine having periods two times a month 😵.
Not every person can go through this she was a strong woman the way she lived her life… SOURCE