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Olympics. Canada's Andre de Grasse wins gold in men's 200 meters as Americans Kenneth Bednarek and Noah Lyles take silver and bronze. American Ryan Crouser breaks Olympic record to take gold in shot put
India. This week, hundreds of people have protested in Delhi over the alleged rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl. On Sunday, the girl – who was from India's lowest caste – reportedly went to get water at a crematorium but never came home.
Mexico. The country sued a group of US gun manufacturers, accusing them of negligent marketing, sale, and distribution of guns to Mexican drug cartels. Mexico said that the "deadly flood of military-style" weapo has victimized Mexican citizens and the government.
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1964 Prometheus, the world's oldest tree aged at least 4,862 years old, is accidentally cut down in Nevada, USA
1991 Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the World Wide Web. WWW debuts as a publicly available service on the Internet
1996 NASA announces that life may have existed on Mars after examining meteorite ALH84001, thought to be from Mars
Train Here, Calabar!
The Story The federal executive council (FEC) has approved the Lagos-Calabar coastal rail project to link all coastal cities in the country by rail in six years.
How much will it cost? The Minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, announced this while briefing state house correspondents after the virtual FEC meeting on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The project, which is expected to cost $11.17b, was approved as Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, presented two memos which had to do with the federal government’s commitment to expanding and consolidating on the rail project.
Is there a particular reason for the transport minister's focus on rail projects? Well, this Lagos-Calabar project, like some others, is an old project that was inherited by the current administration. According to Mohammed, under the former administration, approval was given but nothing was done. “Today, the council has given approval to commence the Lagos-Calabar coastal rail,” Mohammed said.
What parts of the country would be covered in it? According to Mohammed, the proposed route alignment is as follows; it will go from Lagos to Sagamu, Sagamu to Ijebu-Ode, Ijebu-Ode to Ore, Ore to Benin City, Benin-City to Sapele, Sapele to Warri, Warri to Yenogoa, Yenegoa to Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt to Aba, Aba to Uyo, Uyo to Calabar, Calabar to Akamkpa to Ikom, Obudu Ranch with branch lines from Benin-City to Agbo, Ogwashi-ukwu, Asaba, Onitsha and Onitsha Bridge and then Port Harcourt to Onne Deep Sea Port. SOURCE
Nigeria's Olympics Drama Continues
The Story The last has not been seen of the unpleasant controversies rocking Nigeria's participation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as German sportswear manufacturing company, Puma, has terminated the 4-year kits sponsorship contract with the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).
Why? The contract, signed on July 24, 2019, in Doha by the AFN board under Ibrahim Gusau and expected to expire in 2022, has been at the center of a major crisis that the athletics body is battling to date. Puma, in a letter addressed to the AFN, announcing the sudden termination of contract, noted that the premature ending of the deal is due to Nigerian athletes’ inability to wear the brand at the ongoing Olympics.
Why are the athletes not wearing the brand? A section of the deal stated that Puma will supply kits to all age categories in Nigeria’s athletics team for four years. The contract also includes monetary rewards for Nigerian athletes who wear the sportswear during medal presentations at the Olympic games; gold medalists - $15,000, silver medalists -$5,000 and bronze medalists - $3,000. However, the contract has led to an ongoing legal battle between the sports ministry and the factional board of AFN.
What legal battle? Gusau, alongside Sunday Adeleye, technical director of the body, was dragged to court by the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) for the alleged diversion of over $75,000. Consequently, the ministry did not allow the Nigerian athletics team to don the Puma branded apparel at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics, arguing that it’s “a subject of a criminal investigation”. Reacting to this, Puma terminated the contract with immediate effect, discharging itself from "any or all obligations towards all stakeholders involved”. SOURCE
The Story New York Governor Andrew Cuomo received rave reviews for his daily televised coronavirus briefings in the early weeks of the pandemic. But after that, it was all downhill.
What changed? Coumo, the son of three-term New York Governor Mario Cuomo, brother of CNN host Chris Cuomo, member of former President Bill Clinton's cabinet, and leading figure in the Democratic Party, was found to have misreported the number of nursing home deaths. Then, he was accused by 11 women of having sexually harassed them, claims he vehemently denies.
Did any of them prove the claim? An independent investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James found that Cuomo had harassed the women, created a "climate of fear" in a "toxic workplace," and violated federal and state laws. James released an explosive 165-page report that delivers a mountain of damning and often graphic evidence. Some incidents "involved intentional touching and grabbing of private parts, including the butt and the breast."
What's he saying now? While top elected Democratic officials have demanded that Cuomo resign, the three-term governor, in a video statement Tuesday from his office in Albany, claimed his actions had been misinterpreted and insisted that he's never touched anyone inappropriately. The report concluded that he violated civil laws against workplace harassment, but left the accusers to make their own decision about whether to bring civil lawsuits. SOURCE
Delta Causing Problems
Delta has a lot of people worried – and asking questions.
I'm vaxxed. How worried should I be?
No shot is 100% effective. But the chances of infection when vaccinated are much lower (think: potentially 50-60% less likely). That still means breakthrough infections happen, with an estimated 35,000 symptomatic cases in the US each week.
How serious are those cases?
Only about 0.004% of vaccinated people got a breakthrough case that required hospitalization. An even smaller percentage ended in death. Most infections for those who've been vaccinated are mild or asymptomatic – but some can be flu-like.
What about "long COVID"?
It is reportedly warning: it's still possible to get it. One study found about 19% of breakthrough cases experienced long-haul symptoms.
What if I've had COVID-19 before?
Good news: in one study, less than 1% of those who've had a severe case got it again. So far, it looks like those who do test positive again may have milder symptoms.
What about people who are unvaccinated?
We're not going to sugarcoat it: they can be extremely in danger. The vaccines overwhelmingly prevent severe illness, hospitalizations, and death – including for the delta variant.
It is Not Unbeatable
The delta variant is raising concerns. But thankfully, this variant continues to be vulnerable to vaccines – something people across the globe wish they could have access to. Stay safe. SOURCE
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Which region of the world is the most expensive to send and receive funds? A. Western Europe B. Sub-Saharan Africa C. Asia D. North America
QUESTION & ANSWER
What scientific facts are too terrifying to know about nature?
Umbrella cloud over the mountain. Beautiful but can be deadly.
This phenomenon is called lenticular clouds, these clouds indicate the temperature on the mountain to be very cold. Hypothermia, hypothermia is a drastic drop in body temperature that is potentially dangerous. The most common cause is being in a very cold environment.
This umbrella cloud or lenticular cloud is very dangerous if an airplane is passing through it, it is very dangerous because it can potentially cause turbulence in sunny weather or it is called Clear Air Turbulence (CAT) which can be fatal to passing aircraft. Examples of cases that have occurred in a Boeing 707 aircraft near Mount Fuji, Japan, in 1966.
According to experts, the presence of a cloud such as an umbrella or cloud with a hat can indicate a mountain wave system that is forming on it and continues to spread and has components that can trigger extreme and dangerous weather conditions.
This is also very dangerous for climbers, because the temperature changes are very extreme, small or moderate storms also hit. Storms on the mountain and very cold weather can instantly cause climbers hypothermia and death. SOURCE
Which region of the world is the most expensive to send and receive money? B. Sub-Saharan Africa.
In the first quarter of 2020, people spent an average of 8.9% to send money to the Sub-Saharan region of Africa, much higher than the global average of 6.8%.