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Mali. The government says that it has asked the country’s main Islamic body to open peace talks with leaders of al-Qaeda’s local affiliate in an effort to end a decade of conflict.
Germany. A 96-year-old former Nazi concentration camp secretary appeared before a German court on Tuesday on charges of committing war crimes during World War II, weeks after she fled from an earlier hearing.
North Korea. The country has confirmed it test-fired a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), a day after South Korea reported the launch of what it said appeared to be an SLBM from North Korea’s east coast.
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FG's Social Media Conditions
The Story Nigeria's minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, says the recommendations to lift the ban on Twitter in Nigeria will be applicable to other social media platforms in the country.
What are the recommendations? The minister, who said this on Monday, when he featured on ‘This Morning’, a programme by Television Continental (TVC), did not disclose what the recommendations are. “All I can say is that the recommendations we are going to make will not only be applicable to Twitter, but they will be applicable to all OTTs and other social media platforms in Nigeria,” he said.
Is there a date for when the Twitter ban would be lifted? Apparently there's no date yet, as Mohammed recalled that "the president said Twitter will return to Nigeria as soon as they meet the conditions of government." Concerning the government's relations with Twitter, the minister, who said "things are looking very positive and rosy", asked that Nigerians wait for the committee to officially give its reports to the president. “After submitting our reports and recommendations to the president, I will be disposed to say what we agreed and what has been met and what has not been met", he said. SOURCE
Terror In Norway
The Story Norway is in the news after an unusual attack, in which five people were killed, has left many wondering if the country is a target of terror.
What happened? A lone individual armed with a bow and arrows killed five people and wounded two others Wednesday in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg, about 53 miles west of Oslo. The attack occurred a day before a new government assumed office, after last month's parliamentary elections unseated the long-ruling Conservative party. Labor leader Jonas Gahr Støre, who assumed the role of Prime Minister on Thursday, described the attack as a "cruel and brutal act."
What do the authorities know? The suspect, a Danish citizen who lives in the town, has been arrested. The Kongsberg police chief told reporters that authorities had not ruled out the possibility of a terror attack. Police did say, however, "the apprehended person has not been questioned, and it is therefore too early to say anything about this and what was the person's motivation."
In showing how serious authorities take this, the Police directorate said officers will now temporarily be armed as a precaution. "This is an additional emergency measure," the statement read, but added that "the police currently have no concrete indications that there is a change in the threat level in the country." SOURCE
Snap Back To Reality
The Story They're singing, they're naked (and afraid), they're finding love with strangers and voting each other off the island. Now, they're clamoring for their cause, pitted against other wide-eyed activists in an X-Factor-style competition complete with celebrity judges. It's just the latest offering from Reality TV land.
I don't understand "The Activist'' was due to air in the U.S. in late October on CBS. The plan was for six activists to champion their causes, and singer Usher, actor Priyanka Chopra, and dancer Julianne Hough would judge them. But after the show's format was revealed last week, incredulous campaigners and others labeled it a "tone-deaf" distortion of true activists' values. There was so much backlash that Hough joined in on the criticism and admitted she was "not qualified" to judge.
And? After that, the producers agreed they needed to rethink the whole thing. A joint statement from the CBS network and its production partners, Global Citizen and Live Nation read: "The Activist was designed to show a wide audience the passion, long hours and ingenuity that activists put into changing the world, hopefully inspiring others to do the same. However, it has become apparent that the format of the show...distracts from the vital work these incredible activists do in their communities every day."
Are they cancelling the project? No, they are not. In addition the statement reads; "The push for global change is not a competition and requires a global effort." The concept has now morphed into a primetime documentary that “showcases the tireless work of six activists and the impact they have on advocating for causes they deeply believe in.” Each activist will be awarded a grant for the organization of their choice. Somewhere, Oprah is thinking, “You get a grant, and you get a grant, and…” SOURCE
The Story Global Witness is an international NGO that has worked for nearly 30 years to break the links between natural resource exploitation, conflict, poverty, corruption, and human rights abuses worldwide.
How well has it done that? GW has a global network of allies and partnerships with land and environmental defenders. Their investigations -- such as 2020's Beef, Banks and the Brazilian Amazon -- are known for meticulous attention to detail, usage of an ever-evolving variety of techniques like undercover filming, and scraping and analyzing open-source and leaked data sets. In 2019, GW went undercover to investigate the growing threat facing Papua New Guinea (PNG) communities and tropical forests from palm oil companies driving widespread deforestation and human rights abuses.
What did they find? Investigators exposed corruption, labor violations, and destructive environmental practices in an industry that is rapidly clearing carbon-rich rainforests, and emitting greenhouse gases at a rate that deeply concerns climate scientists. "The True Price of Palm Oil" reveals recordings of managers detailing corruption and labor abuses to investigators posing as commodity traders. Palm oil executives and senior employees speak almost proudly about bribing officials (including a PNG government minister), paying police to brutalize villagers, using child labor, and participating in an apparent tax evasion scheme.
How's this being addressed? Tainted palm oil and its derivatives from PNG plantations were sold to well-known big brands including Kellogg’s, Nestlé, Colgate-Palmolive, Danone, and Hershey. Many of the buyers have so-called No Deforestation, No Peat, and No Exploitation policies, but were still being supplied by palm oil companies with documented violations. The investigation has already provoked a response from 17 corporations, some of which have pledged to remove the palm oil companies GW identified as their suppliers.
Impoverished PNG sees its economic future in palm oil. By 2030, it plans to increase the size of its palm plantation tracts tenfold from the 2016 level of about 360,000 acres. Incongruously, the country has also pledged a sharp reduction in carbon emissions from deforestation by the same year in a national commitment to the U.N. SOURCE
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QUESTION & ANSWER
What human habits have bizarre iterations in other animals?
The sneeze is like a reset button in our body.
We have tiny hairs that line our nostrils and sinus. Once those get tickled, your body pulls the lever and fires away, clearing the hatch. (Source: Why do we sneeze. National Geographic Magazine. Dell’amore, Christine)
Here’s where it gets fun.
Most mammals sneeze. It isn’t just humans. There are similar tripwires set up in their bodies in the form of special skin or hairs that activate the sneeze cannon.
Elephants can sneeze quite well and it almost entirely comes out of the nose.
Don’t be near them when they do it because more than a gallon of liquid can spray out of their nose and they likely haven’t been sent to school on manners.
The whole idea of the sneeze is to clear out potential pathogens or blocking agents that are in airways. It’s a basic and necessary function in the series of boobie traps our body sets up for germs.
And it isn’t just mammals either.
Fish can and do sneeze. It is caused by some particle or object catching in their gills, itching at them. They perform a similar, yet different act: SOURCE
Who said this: I came, I saw, I conquered. B. Julius Ceaser