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Haiti. A fuel shortage brought about by gangs blocking the access roads to distribution terminals of pipe-borne and bottled water is throwing Haiti into further chaos. "We pray every day that it rains," one woman told Reuters news agency.
Peru. The new left-wing president, Pedro Castillo, says he will sell the presidential plane and use the funds to fund health and education. In a speech to mark his first 100 days, he also said he would ban public officials from flying first class.
South Africa. The government has said it is distancing itself from a decision by the Miss South Africa pageant organisers to participate in the annual Miss Universe contest, due to be held next month in Israel. South Africa says this is due to atrocities committed by Israel against Palestinians.
Austria. About two million people who have not been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 have been placed in lockdown as the country faces a surge in cases. Unvaccinated people will only be permitted to leave home for limited reasons, like working or buying food. About 65% of Austria's population is fully vaccinated - one of the lowest rates in western Europe.
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Nigeria Loses Another General to ISWAP
The Story The Nigerian army has again lost officers to the ravaging insecurity crisis in the country, after an attack by fighters of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed a brigadier-general and three soldiers.
How did it happen? From a report by TheCable, ISWAP fighters on Saturday invaded Askira town in Askira Uba LGA of Borno state. Following the attack, troops were said to have been mobilised to the area to tackle the terrorists. The brigadier-general, Dzarma Zirkusu, and the soldiers were said to have been ambushed while heading to Askira to provide support for the troops on the ground.
How about the attack they were going to stop? The army spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu, confirmed the incident in a statement. According to him, troops supported by the Air Component of OPHK destroyed five A – Jet combat trucks, two A-29 artillery weapons, two dragon combat vehicles and nine gun trucks. “Sadly, a gallant senior officer, brigadier-general Dzarma Zirkusu, and three soldiers paid the supreme sacrifice in a very rare display of gallantry as they provided reinforcement in a counteroffensive against the terrorists, and successfully defended the location. SOURCE
Ngige floats ‘national service’ for doctors
The Story To address the challenge of brain drain in the health services sector, Nigerian-trained medical doctors and other health workers must be bonded to a nine-year post-training service to the country.
Must? This proposal was advanced by labour minister, Chris Ngige, while lamenting how healthcare providers “just carry their bags and walk out of their country at will when they were trained at no charge.” Dr Ngige while defending his ministry’s 2022 budget before the House of Representatives, decried how the government utilises its resources to train medical practitioners who soon relocate abroad for jobs.
How will the government justify such move? “Medical education in Nigeria is almost at no charge. Where else in the world is it at no charge?", Ngige argued. Reiterating the difference in cost of medical education in Nigeria and abroad, the minister said: “In London, it is £45,000 a session for medical education in cheap universities. If you go to Edinburgh or Oxford, you pay $80,000. If you go to the USA you pay $45,000 but if you go to the Ivy leagues, you pay $90,000 for only tuition, excluding lodging. You do it for six years”.
Is the government working on this already? Not yet. "The Presidential Committee on Health should come with a proposal for bonding doctors, nurses, medical laboratory scientists, and other health workers so that they don’t just carry their bags and walk out of their country at will when they were trained at no charge,” Ngige stated. Nigeria in recent years has seen a flux of its medical doctors emigrating from the country to practice elsewhere due to poor conditions of service.
Recent statistics released by the General Medical Council had indicated that the United Kingdom employed about 353 Nigerian doctors between June 10, 2020 and September 20, 2021. In August, Nigeria’s secret police scuttled a recruitment process for hordes of medical doctors seeking to undertake interviews for job placements in Saudi Arabia. SOURCE
The Story General Electric has been one of the biggest manufacturers of American products for nearly 130 years.
What does the company manufacture? A symbol of American ingenuity, the industrial powerhouse put its stamp on everything from jet engines to lightbulbs, kitchen appliances to X-ray machines. The conglomerate traces its lineage back to Thomas Edison and was once the pinnacle of business success, synonymous with innovation and corporate exceptionalism.
Was once? Yes, was once. It was renowned for steady returns and relentless pursuit of growth, and in 2007, before the financial crisis, GE was the second-most valuable company in the world. But in recent years it's struggled to slim its business operations and pay down massive owings; it's fallen out of favor with investors as it struggled to evolve, and hasn't been part of the Dow Jones index since 2018.
What are they doing to halt the decline? Now, the company has concluded it can unlock the most value by breaking itself apart - into three arms, with focus on energy, aviation and health care. GE Healthcare is slated to be spun off in early 2023, while the renewables and power units will be formed into new energy business in early 2024. The remaining business, GE, will focus on aviation. “The world demands — and deserves — we bring our best to solve the biggest challenges in flight, health care, and energy,” chairman and chief executive Larry Culp said in a statement.
Giving an insight into why the company is taking this route, Culp explained that “by creating three industry-leading, global public companies, each can benefit from greater focus, tailored capital allocation, and strategic flexibility to drive long-term growth and value for customers, investors, and employees”. SOURCE
Game, Owings, Match
The Story In 2018, Mozambique's finance minister, Manuel Chang, was detained in South Africa after being accused of playing a role in a massive owing scandal in his home country.
What owing scandal? During his 2005-2015 tenure as finance minister, Chang signed off on $2b in state-backed borrowing, ostensibly for projects spanning tuna fishing, shipyard development, and maritime security. But hundreds of millions of dollars went missing, allegedly in kickbacks, and many promised benefits never materialized. The Mozambican government didn't disclose all of the loans to parliament or donors, including the International Monetary Fund.
Was the detained minister found guilty of any wrong? There's been no trial yet, and he's still being held. Debate over where Chang should face charges has been ongoing ever since his arrest. In August, South Africa's justice minister decided to send Chang to Mozambique. The decision was challenged by civil society groups who argued proper justice would only be done in the United States. On Wednesday, a South African court overruled the justice minister and directed that Chang be extradited to the U.S.
Why the United States? Both the United States and Mozambique requested Chang's extradition over his alleged role in the scandal. When the full extent of the borrowing was revealed, donors cut off support to Mozambique and its currency collapsed. While Chang denies wrongdoing, his lawyer and the South African Justice Ministry said they would comment on the court's decision once they had seen the written judgement. SOURCE
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Large increase in the number of fast-food restaurants in a community is most likely to result in: A. Lower prices and higher quality. B. Lower prices and lower quality. C. Higher prices and higher quality
QUESTION & ANSWER
Which thing can destroy your life in a moment?
Hard Substance, but not immediately.
I had a friend who was a party animal in his 20’s and 30’s. He cleaned up, got married, had a family and behaved himself. He went to a party and someone offered him a line of cocaine “for old times’ sake”. He did it and felt great. He went home, sat on the couch to watch TV with his wife, and quietly died of a heart attack. He didn’t have the tolerance anymore and wasted his life, left his wife a widow, and left his children dad-less, just because he wanted to prove he wasn’t a coward or something. I don’t know what his motive was.
I was a party animal back in the day myself, but if there’s a chance I would leave my family without a husband/father, I would avoid it at all costs. I miss cocaine. It makes you feel WONDERFUL! I just won’t go near it anymore.
Nothing stronger than alcohol for me. I just learned how to make Moscow Mules (in copper mugs) and they’re wonderful! They are a good addition to my mixological repertoire.
Someone once posted on Quora what cocaine feels like. I said, “scrub your nostrils with sandpaper, chug a huge pot of coffee, and light $300 on fire.” SOURCE
Large increase in the number of fast-food restaurants in a community is most likely to result in: A. Lower prices and higher quality.