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China. Astronaut Wang Yaping has become the first Chinese woman to walk in space as part of a six-month mission to the country’s space station.
Iran. The army is holding a large-scale sea, land and air military drill, which comes shortly after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and United States Navy had a confrontation in the Sea of Oman over a seized oil tanker.
Iraq. Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has survived an assassination attempt after drones laden with explosives targeted his residence in the capital, Baghdad, in an incident that raises tensions in the country weeks after a general election disputed by Iran-backed militia groups.
Anambra. INEC declares Anambra gubernatorial election inconclusive. Citing the Constitution, the Returning officer, Prof. Obi noted that election has to take place in 362 polling units in Ihiala Local Government Area on November 13 for the election to be concluded. Charles Soludo of APGA leads as at the time of this report with wins in 18 out of 20 LGAs declared.
1895 German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen produces and detects electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range today known as X-rays or Röntgen rays
2005 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is elected president of Liberia, the first woman to lead an African country
2020 Former Vice-President Joe Biden declared victorious in the US Presidential race, four days after the US election, defeating sitting President Donald Trump
Weeding Out the Legislation
The Story A legislation to legalise the medical use of cannabis suffered a setback at the House of Representatives as the committee charged with navigating the legislation to fruition expressed open opposition to it.
Shouldn't the committee be neutral? The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Hard Substance and Narcotics, Francis Agbor, said the committee will not support the legislation . Agbor stated this at the budget defence of the National Hard Substance Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), where the agency's Chairman, Buba Marwa, was present. The committee also assured Marwa that the amendment to the NDLEA Act will ensure that the agency is added to the beneficiaries list of the Police Trust Fund.
Who sponsored the legislation? Miriam Onuoha (APC, Imo) had sponsored a legislation to legalise the cultivation and medical use of cannabis in Nigeria. House spokesperson Ben Kalu (APC, Abia), has also been advocating for the use of recreational and medical cannabis. In May, while speaking in Akure, Ondo state, Kalu made a case for cannabis on economic grounds. In contrast, House Majority Leader, Ado Dogwa (APC, Kano), sponsored another legislation prescribing tougher sanctions on traders, dealers and users of cannabis.
What's the argument of the committee? According to the committee chairman, cannabis contributes to insecurity in Nigeria, and legalising the substance will lead to more crises. “We are not supporting the so-called legitimisation of cannabis,” he said, adding that “If there is so much madness, killings and so in the country now, if we legitimise cannabis, the madness would quadruple.” On the proposed inclusion of the NDLEA in the Police Trust Fund, Agbor said a legislation to that effect has passed the first reading. SOURCE
Cattle Tax in Niger
The Story The Niger state government has commenced the process towards the collection of cattle tax, also known as dogali, to fight banditry and cattle rustling in the state.
How will it help to fight these crimes? Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, who stated this while speaking with journalists in Minna on Thursday, explained that the measure will enable the government to have requisite information on the number of cows and their movements within the state. According to him, the government has "devised new strategies to check the activities of bandits and cattle rustlers in the state". While he did not divulge the strategies, he said the decision to introduce the cattle tax was reached during an expanded security meeting recently.
What's their plan on implementation? He said traditional institutions in the state would be strengthened while a committee of royal fathers headed by the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, would ensure the successful implementation of the new policy. He said the activities of Boko Haram, armed gangs and other criminal elements had greatly reduced in the state due to synergy amongst security agencies. "Attacks by criminals are no more frequent, except in isolated cases. Generally, I can confirm that the security situation is calm", he said. SOURCE
Made (Faster) In China
The Story Last week, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, called China's latest test of a hypersonic weapon system "very concerning."
What's the concern? General John Hyten, the No. 2-ranking U.S. military officer, said: "The pace at which China is moving is stunning." The entire U.S. defense establishment seems unnerved by China's growing military muscle and its aggressive drive to end American predominance in the Asia-Pacific. Officials see trouble quickly accumulating on several fronts -- with Beijing's nuclear arsenal, its advances in space, cyber and missile technologies, and threats to Taiwan.
What are they doing about these concerns? It remains to be seen how the Pentagon intends to deal with the China challenge in the future. For now, officials just marvel at how Beijing is marshalling the resources, technology, and political will to make such rapid gains. China's hypersonic weapon, which is designed to evade U.S. missile defenses, is capable of partially orbiting the earth before reentering the atmosphere and gliding on a maneuverable path to its target. SOURCE
An Ambering Man
The Story Tardigrades are microscopic organisms better known as "water bears" or "moss piglets" because of their shape and the fact that they commonly live in the water.
What about them? These eight-legged micro-animals have been around forever, most likely due to their ability to survive in conditions that would be fatal for other animals. They're so indestructible, in fact, that NASA has launched them into space, along with bobtail squids. Yet despite their long evolutionary history and ability to survive extreme conditions, tardigrades are also almost completely missing from the fossil record.
What's the objective of sending them to space? Researchers are attempting to learn more about how the conditions of spaceflight can affect biological organisms and, by extension, future astronauts. Scientists were so elated about the discovery of a microscopic tardigrade suspended in 16 million-year-old amber. The amber with the fossilized tardigrade was mined from La Cumbre, a region of the Dominican Republic. It's only the third clear tardigrade fossil ever found, and the first one found from the Cenozoic era, the era beginning 66 million years ago.
Can you make this clearer? Fossils are the preserved remains of plants and animals whose bodies were buried in sediments, such as sand and mud, under ancient seas, lakes and rivers. Fossils also include any preserved trace of life that is typically more than 10 000 years old. Scientists are very excited about the new discovery, as it would add to our knowledge of the planet. The researchers at New Jersey Institute of Technology and Harvard University who discovered the fossil published their findings in Proceedings of the Royal Society B on Wednesday.
The senior author of the study called the discovery a "once-in-a-generation" event. "What is so remarkable is that tardigrades are a ubiquitous ancient lineage that has seen it all on Earth, from the fall of the dinosaurs to the rise of terrestrial colonization of plants ... they are like a ghost lineage for paleontologists with almost no fossil record." SOURCE
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Merriam-Webster just added 455 new words to its dictionary to reflect how the English language is constantly changing. We’ll give you the definitions of some of the new terms; you have to identify the words.
Ex. A commercial cooking facility used for the preparation of food consumed off-premises = ghost kitchen
1. A physique regarded as typical of an average father 2. Someone who performs their occupation entirely over the internet while traveling 3. Used to describe political efforts, campaigns, or organizations that appear to be funded and run by ordinary people but are in fact backed by powerful groups 4. A cold sweetened beverage made from ground rice or almonds and usually flavorings such as cinnamon or vanilla
QUESTION & ANSWER
What's the best opening line ever written?
“Apparently I am what is known as an Unreliable Narrator, though of course if you believe everything you’re told you deserve whatever you get.”
The opening line to the novel Transition, by Iain Banks, and possibly the most cheeky way to start a story that’s ever been written in the entirety of human history. SOURCE
1. Dad bod 2. Digital nomad 3. Astroturf 4. Horchata