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Good Morning. "I had no idea you were considered sexy,” said Kelly Ripa on finding out that her son was featured in People’s Sexiest Man Alive issue.

 

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United States. President Joe Biden said that Elon Musk's ties to foreign countries are "worthy of being looked at." Musk closed a deal to acquire social media and microblogging platform Twitter for $44B last month. Musk's partners included Saudi Arabian prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz, prompting calls for the acquisition to be investigated.

China. The richest 100 Chinese people lost 39% of the wealth they had last year. The combined wealth of China's 100 richest people fell from $1.48T in 2021 to $907.1B in 2022. Alibaba founder Jack Ma lost almost half his wealth over the last year while Pony Ma, founder of tech giant Tencent, lost more than half. The World Bank forecasts that China's economy will expand by only 2.8% this year and grow slower than the rest of the East Asia and Pacific region for the first time since 1990.

Britain. Tens of thousands of British nurses will go on strike for the first time over demands for better pay, their trade union said on Wednesday, adding to pressure on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak during an economic crisis. The RCN, which has more than 300,000 members, said industrial action would begin before the end of the year following the first ever strike vote in its 106-year-old history. NHS nurses have seen their salaries cut by up to 20% in real terms over the last ten years, the RCN has said. The union is asking for a pay hike of 5% over inflation.

1918 Armistice Day: World War I ends

At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ends. At 5 a.m. that morning, Germany, bereft of manpower and supplies and faced with imminent invasion, signed an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car outside Compiégne, France. The First World War left nine million soldiers dead and 21 million wounded, with Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, France and Great Britain each losing nearly a million or more lives. In addition, at least five million civilians died from disease, starvation, or exposure.

NIGERIA

HND/Degree Disparity Solution

The Story
The long decried prejudicial dichotomy between holders of the Higher National Diploma (HND) and Bachelors Degree has again been brought to the fore.

 

What about it?
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) is proposing a new solution to the disparity between the two academic qualifications, which over time has seen holders of the HND endure various kinds of career limitations. The subject was raised during the award presentation and farewell ceremony organised by the Makarfi Chapter of ASUP, to mark the transition of the Shehu Idris College of Health Sciences and Technology, Makarfi (SICHSTM) into Kaduna State University (KASU).

 

What solution are they proposing?
The president of ASUP, Anderson Ezeibe, urged the federal government to accredit Polytechnics in the country to become degree awarding institutions, awarding Bachelors of Technology degree. According to Ezeibe, in addition to helping to end the HND/Degree disparity, the measure would help to address the under-utilisation of technical equipment in workshops, laboratories and other facilities in public polytechnics, as it would make Polytechnics more appealing to prospective higher institution students.

 

Decrying the unfair treatment of HND holders in various industries, including the public sector, the ASUP president argued that there's no justification for the continued existence of Polytechnics as Diploma awarding institutions, since their products are subjected to all kinds of career limitations. "Policy makers have made it a rule that once an individual has an HND, he cannot attain the peak of his/her career, then why are they continueing to force it on people, why don’t they phase it out and replace it with Bachelor of Technology, “he said. SOURCE

AFRICA

Not Yet Uhuru

The Story

Uhuru is a Swahili word for freedom, but for the people of the war ravaged Tigray region of Ethiopia, it is not yet Uhuru from the effects of the war.

 

Didn't both sides of the conflict reach a truce last week?
Yes, they did. But a little more than a week after the agreement to cease fighting, access to desperately-needed aid is still out of the reach of Tigray residents. The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for a massive influx of food and medicines into Tigray, where the residents have endured severe humanitarian crisis in the two years of the conflict with the Ethiopian government. While commending the ceasefire agreement, the WHO Director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said "nothing is moving in terms of food aid or medicines".

 

What were the terms of the agreement?
Stakeholders and observers had expressed relief when nine days of talks resulted in a peace agreement between the Ethiopian government and the rebel Tigray Defense Forces last week in Pretoria, South Africa. In the agreement, both conflicting sides had indicated that they will cease hostilities immediately, disarm the rebels, allow the resumption of aid deliveries, and restore basic services. But a week after the agreement, WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan said "we still remain on standby to take advantage of any opportunity to provide life-saving assistance to the people there right now".

 

Calling for the restoration of basic services such as banking and telecoms, Tedros urged that journalists be allowed into the region which he says has been in the dark in the last two years, with six million people "completely separated, shut off from the rest of the world as if they don't exist". "Many people are dying from treatable diseases. Many people are dying from starvation", the WHO DG said at a news conference on Wednesday, adding that, "Especially after the ceasefire agreement, I was expecting that food and medicine would just flow immediately. That's not happening". SOURCE

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EUROPE

Unwelcomed Visitors

The Story

A feud between France and Italy has left the fate of asylum seekers in the European continent hanging in the balance.

 

What's the fued about?
France has shown displeasure over Italy's recent refusal to take in migrants seeking entry into the country through unconventional means. The issue came to a head when Italy's new right-wing government refused to take in asylum seekers aboard a ship (Ocean Viking) that has been trying to dock since last month. The feud between the neighbours is now threatening a European Union deal targeted at how the European nations collectively deal with asylum seekers.

 

What's in the deal?
The European Union deal seeks to distribute asylum seekers more evenly among European nations. In reaction to Italy's refusal to allow entry to migrants on the Ocean Viking ship, France said Thursday that it will take them in but withdraw from a general European Union plan. "France will take measures in coming hours to tighten border security with Italy and adjust bilateral relations accordingly", French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said, adding that “France deeply regrets that Italy did not accept to behave like a responsible European state".

 

On his part, Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi denounced the French decision as “totally incomprehensible.” According to Piantedosi, about 90,000 migrants had arrived in Italy this year alone, and in contrast, 13 European countries had agreed to take 8,000. Emphasizing the strain on Italy, Piantedosi said only 117 of the migrants have been resettled, 38 in France - a figure he described as “absolutely inadequate". “European solidarity is being heralded, but Italy has so far faced this problem alone and our system of receiving is in very serious difficulty", he said. SOURCE

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LIFE EXPERIENCES

What Nobody Tells You About Having Children

Quora Question: What is it that nobody tells you about having children?


Michelle Paul:
You will never feel completely relaxed again because you develop super senses.


Elizabeth Stone wrote, "To have a child is to accept that a piece of your heart will forever walk about outside your body."


I have an internal alarm clock set for, "what was that?"
I don't sleep without some magical part of my subconscious staying completely alert, listening for the tiniest whimper from a bad dream or footsteps on their way to the kitchen, sneaking cookies in the night.


I have supersonic hearing
I can hear my child cry three houses away. I can also hear one daughter whispering to the other, "Let's cut your hair into bangs," through two closed doors and a sound machine.


I have future-vision
I can spot "an accident waiting to happen" three steps before my child grabs the scissors from her sister. I see potential road hazards most people wouldn't notice when my girls are riding scooters. Like "dangerous" twigs that will catch the scooter wheels and make my babies fall.


I have a sense of life-balance which will forever tip in my daughters' favor
Since becoming a mother, I consider everything I do, every decision I make though the filter of "how will this affect my daughters?" It's a different type of stress I took on, like an unofficial contract I signed with my girls that reads, "I will put your needs and wants ahead of my own." It is this intuition I cherish most because it ensures I am being the best mother I can be.

Again, kidnappers strike on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, commuters shot

 

Obi’s investment for Anambra now worth next to nothing, says Soludo

 

Hoodlums’ raze INEC office in Ogun

 

Take responsibility for the climate mess in Africa, Buhari tackles West

 

I didn’t mean that’ — Ortom apologises over ‘to hell with Fulani’ comment

 

Ogoni Nine: Nigerian widows end case against Shell in Netherlands

 

50 Cent to produce series on Hushpuppi

 

Tanzanian fisherman rewarded for rescuing plane crash victims

 

Rivalry spills open as Trump lashes out at DeSantis

 

Bitcoin hits two-year low as Binance abandons FTX acquisition

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The Awkward Life of the Female Hyena. Medium

 

Esther Agbaje, Gabe Okoye… Americans of Nigerian descent shine at US mid-term elections. The Cable

 

Celebrities who've left Twitter since Elon Musk took over. MSN

 

England World Cup squad revealed. Football365

FOOTBALL KNOWLEDGE

Remembering Fabian Barthez

Fabian Barthez made 87 appearances for France, winning the world cup in 1998, the Euro in 2000 and the Confederations Cup in 2003. He also reached the final of the 2006 world cup.
 
Nicknamed Le Divin Chauve ("The Divine Bald One"), due to his trademark shaved head, he is France's most capped player at the World Cup with 17 appearances and alongside England's Peter Shilton, holds the record for the most world cup clean sheets (10).
 
At club level, he played for Toulouse, Marseille, Monaco, Manchester United and Nantes, winning the UCL with Marseille in 1992/93, the Premier League with Manchester United in 2000/01 and 2002/03 and the Ligue 1 with Monaco in 1996-97 and 1999-00.
 
He won the FIFA Yashin Award in 1998 and made the World Cup All-star Team. He was named Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year in 1998 and IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper in 2000.
 
Barthez retired from professional football in 2007 and began a career in motorsport the following year.
 
Known for his eccentric and superstitious personality, Barthez often wore red briefs underneath his goalkeeping shorts, and usually cut off the sleeves of his goalkeeping jersey. Although most starting goalkeepers are usually assigned the number 1 shirt, he instead chose to wear the number 16 shirt.

FEATURE

Time Out With Yohanna

Yohanna, an ardent reader of Freshly Pressed jumped on this random question-and-answer session with us. A young entrepreneur from Fadan Kamantan in Southern Kaduna. You can catch him on Facebook talking about his quirks and creativity

What's the best advice you've ever received? And from whom? “If you'll be a sweeper, sweep so well that when you leave everyone will know there was once a sweeper here cause everything worth doing is worth doing well.” It came from a father figure.

What do you think is the silliest song but you like singing it anyway? “Face Me, I Face You" by Sunny Nneji

TRIVIA

What's this country former name?

Yugoslavia is no more. Prussia, Babylon? Vanished from the face of the Earth. From war to political unrest to simple re-branding, there are all sorts of reasons that leaders rename their nations. Can you get, at least, 70% filling the former names of these countries?

Take the quiz

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