Good morning.The longtime head of spine surgery at Boston Medical Center has been reprimanded by state regulators and fined $5,000 for leaving an operating room before the start of an emergency ankle surgery to go eat in his parked car, where he fell asleep and missed the procedure.
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Ethiopia. The cabinet has declared a nationwide state of emergency effective immediately and authorities in Addis Ababa told citizens to prepare to defend the capital, as fighters from the northern region of Tigray threatened to march towards the city.
United States. Former police captain Eric Adams cruised to victory to become the second Black mayor of the nation’s largest city, New York, as voters across the country picked new city leaders from candidates defined mainly by their stances on police and crime.
United States. President Joe Biden has accused China and Russia of failing to show leadership on addressing climate change, saying he believes it was a “big mistake” for his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to not attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).
Afghanistan. The Taliban has announced a complete ban on the use of foreign currency, a move certain to cause further disruption to an economy pushed to the brink of collapse by the abrupt withdrawal of international support in the wake of the group’s takeover of the country.
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1957 Soviet Union launches Sputnik 2 with space dog Laika aboard, a mostly-Siberian husky, the 1st animal in space. The launch was designed to show that a living passenger could survive being thrust into orbit and endure micro-gravity, paving the way for space travel by humans.
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Scores trapped in Lagos highrise collapse
The Story A luxury residential highrise under construction in Ikoyi, Lagos, collapsed on Monday, trapping several workers under a heap of rubble.
Have they been rescued? Workers at the site in the affluent neighbourhood in Nigeria’s commercial capital, where many blocks of flats are under construction, told newsmen that possibly 100 people were at work when the building came crashing down. Fourteen dead bodies were recovered as at the time of reporting, with no fewer than nine persons reportedly rescued alive from the rubble at the 21-storey building collapse on Gerard Road, Ikoyi.
What caused the collapse? It was not immediately clear what caused the collapse, but there are reports of the building of 21 storeys when only 15 storeys was approved. The building was part of three towers being built by private developer, Fourscore Homes. In a brochure for potential clients, the company promises to offer “a stressless lifestyle, complete with a hotel flair”. The cheapest unit was selling for $1.2m. Building collapses are frequent in Africa’s most populous country where regulations are poorly enforced and construction materials often substandard.
What are the stakeholders saying? Reuters reported that calls to the numbers listed for Fourscore Homes and the main building contractor did not go through when contacted. Lagos state Governor, as a first step, has directed that the General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency be suspended from work immediately. An independent panel to probe the collapse has also been set up with members drawn from the Nigeria Institute of Architects, Nigerian Institute of Town Planners Nigeria Society of Engineers, and other professional bodies. SOURCE
Who wants Zulum dead?
The Story A convoy carrying Borno state governor, Babagana Zulum, came under fire from militants last week, forcing him to cut short a trip to the northern town of Malam Fatori.
Who wants Zulum dead? The attack, which raises questions about the governor’s pledge to close displaced persons camps and send those in them back to their villages, took place on Thursday, Reuters reported, citing unnamed military and security sources. “Troops battled for nearly an hour,” one military source said, adding that all those in the convoy laid on the ground during the fighting.
Why is he closing the IDP camps? Malam Fatori sits near the border with neighbouring Niger. The spokesperson for Zulum and that of the military did not respond to requests for comment. Zulum had said last month that he would shut the camps that hold thousands of internally displaced persons in the state capital, Maiduguri, by the end of the year, citing improved security.
Improved security? After a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja last month, governor Zulum said security had improved in the state so much that those living in camps in the state capital, Maiduguri, could return home. But the governor's opinion is not supported by these displaced persons, as humanitarian groups say most families are unwilling to return to their ancestral lands, especially in the northern parts of Borno, which they deem unsafe.
Borno is the centre of Nigeria’s 12-year battle against Islamist fighters, including Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province. The fighting has killed nearly 350,000 people and displaced millions more, according to United Nations Development Programme estimates. SOURCE
Red Light on Memecoins
The Story A digital currency based off the popular Netflix series "Squid Game" crashed to $0 after its creators stole an estimated $2.1m from investors.
What was its price before the crash? The digital currency, appropriately called SQUID, surged as high as $2,861 before falling to $0 on Monday, according to CoinMarketCap. The scam, which was reported by Gizmodo, is called a "rug pull." That means the digital currency's creators made out with the their coins in exchange for real funds, quickly devaluing the coin. Its market cap was a little more than $2m before the "rug pull", according to CoinMarketCap.
Why pull the rug when you could earn much more in future? Well, it appears the creators' original intent was scam. SQUID was declared as a token that can be used for a new online game inspired by the popular Korean language series, which is based on a deadly tournament of children's games. GIzmodo pointed out numerous signs it was a scam, including its (now disappeared) website being filled with spelling errors. Another red flag: Investors could buy -- but not sell.
Was there any link to the TV series? There were no known links to the TV series, other than the name. According to CNN Business, Netflix has said that it was not affiliated with the digital currency , and declined to comment further. CoinMarketCap also warned potential investors that SQUID was probably a scam, displaying a warning to "exercise extreme caution" if they bought the digital currency. SOURCE
We Can’t Stress This Enough...
The Story Neuroscientists are interested in studying how exposure to stress leads to changes in the brain that result in depression.
How much is known about this currently? One theory is that deterioration of certain regions of the brain, caused by physical or psychological stress, may lead to depression. To explore this theory, a group of researchers at the Tokyo University of Science conducted a study to examine how psychological stress might lead to deterioration of the hippocampus region of the brain in mice.
What did they find? The researchers ran experiments in which mice were exposed to "chronic vicarious social defeat stress," meaning the mice repeatedly experienced another mouse’s defeat. They then studied the brains of the mice to see if the hippocampus regions had undergone any changes when experiencing this "second-hand" psychological stress. The researchers found that in the stressed mice, new neurons had decreased survival rate in the regions of the hippocampus that are related to sensory perception and memory.
Were there changes in the mice after the experiment? The good news is that the mice that got stressed were able to recover their cell survival rate after being given the antidepressant fluoxetine. Compared to non-stressed mice, other factors in the stressed mice were similar, such as cell growth, differentiation and maturation. One of the researchers explained: "We have found out that chronic mental stress affects the neurogenesis of the hippocampal dentate gyrus." The experiment is published in the journal Behavioural Brain Research. SOURCE
The African leader who fought for independence for 14 years against the French was: A. Kofi Annan B. Samory Toure C. Nelson Mandela
QUESTION & ANSWER
What is the perfect thing to say when someone is being rude to you?
I had a boss once, who was a great mentor for a number of us. He was an ex-Navy guy, very smart, and very calm. One of his qualities was not getting wound up. Instead of biting back, he would let liars continue until they trapped themselves in their own lies. He had the patience of a saint.
Anyway, he had a favourite saying that we would often hear when things got heated. He would sit in meetings and cop abuse from people ranting and carrying on, without fighting back. He’d simply say, very calmly, “I’ll take that on board.”
It was a quick diffuser, that worked 99% of the time. Sometimes it needed “I see your point, I’ll take that on board” to win over a tough situation.
One day we had a much more friendly meeting, and he trotted out the same old line. The vendor we were meeting with knew us all quite well, and he said “you must have a hell of a lot on that boat, you take so much on board.”
His reply “and it’s a great feeling when I dump them at sea.”
I have tried to be as calm as him, but it’s difficult. One thing I do when things get heated is let the person continue on, and when they take a break, calmly state, in a “library” voice “are you finished?” Not in a smart-alec way, just like a normal question with no malice. It works for many, but for some it lights another fuse - often exposing their weaknesses to others in the room who weren’t already convinced. SOURCE
The African leader who fought for independence for 14 years against the French was: B. Samory Toure