Good morning. Over the weekend, there was the 50th running of the NYC Marathon, drawing over 30,000 athletes from across the globe. Molly Seidel set the American course record, shattering the previous record by more than a minute. It was later revealed that she did so with two broken ribs.
A champ and a half!
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EU. The Commission has accused the Belarusian government of tricking migrants and refugees with false promises of easy access to the European Union in what it called a “gangster-style” approach to a long-running migrant crisis.
Niger. At least 18 people died when an artisanal gold mine collapsed in southern Niger near the border with Nigeria, the local mayor has said. The accident on Sunday was sparked when artisanal wells collapsed at the Garin-Liman mine site in Maradi region, he said.
United Nations. The body has said 16 of its Ethiopian staff have been detained in the country’s capital, Addis Ababa, with six others having been released. The UN says it was “actively working” with the Ethiopian government to secure the immediate release of those who were still in detention.
China. The US state department has urged China to release citizen journalist Zhang Zhan, expressing deep concerns over her deteriorating health. She was given a four-year jail term over her reporting of the Covid-19 outbreak in Wuhan when the pandemic began. Zhang has been on an intermittent hunger strike since she was detained in May last year.
1674 Dutch formally cede New Netherlands (New York) to the English
1871 Henry Morton Stanley encounters David Livingstone at Ujiji, near Lake Tanganyika in Central Africa, with the immortal words 'Dr Livingstone, I presume?'
1940 Walt Disney begins serving as an informer for the Los Angeles office of the FBI; his job is to report back information on Hollywood subversives
Malaming Your Own Business
The Story The Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF) has accused Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami of being involved in the disputed $418 million Paris Club return request by consultants.
What did they say he did this time? Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, a spokesman for the NGF, said the AGF's decision to support the consultants who have been battling for $418 million from state and local government accounts "raises questions of propriety and the spirit of justice." The $418 million payment to consultants had become a point of contention between the three levels of government. The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday blocked the Federal Government from withdrawing $418 million from the 36 states' bank accounts.
What was Malami's defence? Malami's assertion that he intervened to pay the contractors to avoid execution of the judgements against federal government resources was condemned by Bello-Barkindo as incorrect. He also refuted assertions that the NGF and LGAs are attempting to transfer their liabilities to the federal government, claiming that there is none to transfer in the first place. According to him, the NGF has not given the federal government any assurance or indemnification that it will act on its behalf as represented by the AGF. Malami was also instructed by Bello-Barkindo to remain impartial and conserve scarce public resources. SOURCE
Maina (Barely) Got His Punishment
The Story Abdulrasheed Maina, the former head of the now-defunct Pension Reform Task Team, was sentenced to eight years in prison by the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday. In a verdict handed out by Justice Okon Abang, Maina was found guilty of laundering. The prosecution, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has established sufficient evidence through witnesses to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Maina is guilty of laundering to the tune of $171,099,000, according to the court.
How did he plead? Maina only summoned one witness to his defense when he had the ability to call as many as he wanted, according to the court. Maina was found guilty of disguising his genuine name as a signatory to accounts opened with UBA and Fidelity in two banks. According to the court, he utilized his family members' identities without their knowledge. The bank accounts included deposits of $300 million, $500 million, and $1.5B, according to the court. The court accused Maina of stealing funds designated for retirees since he couldn't prove where he received it. Maina's salary and emoluments as a civil worker, according to Justice Abang, will not amount to the funds in these accounts.
More evidences? The court also found Maina guilty of purchasing a property in Abuja for $1.4 million, exceeding the statutory barrier of $5 million and without going through a financial institution, which the court described as a criminal offense. SOURCE
A Gas-tly Statistic
The Story Global Witness, an environmental campaign group, reviewed the United Nations' provisional list of recognized corporate attendees at the COP26 climate meeting and discovered at least 503 lobbyists from over 100 coal, oil, and gas firms. People directly linked with firms like Shell, Gazprom, and BP, as well as members of delegations and groups representing the fossil fuel industry, are on the list.
They lobbying for stuff like this too? The lobbyists outnumber any one country's representatives. They also outweigh the event's designated Indigenous constituency by a factor of two, as well as delegates from the eight nations most affected by climate change in the last two decades: Puerto Rico, Myanmar, Haiti, the Philippines, Mozambique, the Bahamas, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.
How does lobbying affect anyone? "The presence of hundreds of those paid to promote the toxic interests of polluting fossil fuel companies will further enhance the mistrust of climate activists who regard these talks as more proof of global leaders' dithering and delaying," said a spokesman for Global Witness. The meeting is scheduled to end on November 12th. SOURCE
The Great Recession—the most recent world-wide economic downturn—started in: A. 2007 B. 2001 C. 2020
QUESTION & ANSWER
QUORA QUESTION: What mindset changed your life?
It’s early in the morning for me, so I’m going to share a few secrets.
No matter who you are, you probably know in your heart that you should have a better life than the one you are living.
Maybe you are stuck in a dead end job you hate, struggle with an illness or addiction you never asked for, or in a relationship with someone who doesn’t truly appreciate you.
You might even truly believe that maybe you deserve these things, that you somehow brought these on yourself, or that being happy or healthy “just isn’t meant for me.”
But if you look carefully…in that pain or sadness, there is something inside you that knows better…that is frustrated. It fuels some of that pain.
This isn’t how life is supposed to be for you, and you know it.
You know that you don’t deserve to be stuck in some dead end job, you know that whatever illness you might struggle with *has* to have a way to be better managed than this, or that you are a *quality* person with a big heart who deserves to be treated with respect…and maybe even adored.
The mindset that can change your life? Possibility.
It has changed my life too. I went from a girl living on a farm, with no one in my family even having a college education - to being the go-to consultant for some of the most well-known people in business, entertainment, and sports.
What is “possible” for you? What if you allowed yourself to believe?
To do this is massively dangerous.
People will laugh at you, they’ll question you, and they’ll wonder “who you think you are.”
It doesn’t have to be a massive leap to start. It can be starting to question the basics.
Is it “possible” to have a better job than the one you have today? Get your resume together and start applying for one step up in your career.
Is it “possible” to feel better than you do right now if you have been struggling with your health or mental health? Look for a specialist and get a second opinion.
Is it “possible” for your relationship to improve, for you both to take the initiative to work on things, or even for you to leave if you are being mistreated? Form a plan.
There is possibility for everyone. I truly believe that. And if you are sitting somewhere in your home right now, just know that I believe that for you too. I know it’s true.
Possibility doesn’t mean everyone needs to be driving a Ferrari…it means that everyone can be cloer to what they want for themselves.
For some, it may be that Ferrari…but you know, for many people, it just might be feeling loved for once in their life.
There is possibility in me, and there is possibility in you.
The Great Recession—the most recent world-wide economic downturn—started in: A. 2007
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