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Happy Monday! Can you believe with all the men in the Nigerian government, they couldn’t come together to declare today a public holiday? SMH.

 

If you haven't already, you should probably call the men in your life to wish them a Happy International Men’s Day.

Climate Change. International participants in the U.N. COP27 climate talks have agreed to establish a climate compensation fund. The agreement resolves a heated debate that threatened to split developed and developing countries during the summit. The summit was dominated by developing nations calling for the establishment of a new fund that would compensate poorer nations for "loss and damage" stemming from natural disasters related to climate change.

Japan. The internal affairs minister has resigned in connection with a funding scandal, becoming the third cabinet member to leave in less than a month in a severe blow to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s already shaky support. Kishida’s approval ratings have sunk since the July assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe revealed deep and longstanding ties between ruling Liberal Democratic Party politicians and the Unification Church, a group that critics say is a cult.

Ghana. The finance minister said on Friday that he was “truly sorry” for the country’s economic hardship. Kenneth Ofori-Atta faced an inquiry from lawmakers for his financial management, as the government came under increasing pressure and President Nana Akufo-Addo faced growing criticism for what has become Ghana’s worst economic crisis in a generation. The Ghanaian cedi has plummeted more than 40 percent this year, straining importers of both raw and processed materials. Consumer inflation hit a 21-year high of 40.4 percent in October on the back of soaring import costs.

1877 Thomas Edison Invents the Phonograph

Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph, a way to record and play back sound. Edison stumbled on one of his great inventions—the phonograph—while working on a way to record telephone communication at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey. His work led him to experiment with a stylus on a tinfoil cylinder, which, to his surprise, played back the short song he had recorded, “MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB”. Public demonstrations of the phonograph made the Yankee inventor world famous, and he was dubbed the “Wizard of Menlo Park.”

NIGERIA

Mass Emigration: A Double-edged Sword

The Story
The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, who noted that the number of Nigerians applying for visas to the United Kingdom has increased in recent times, has indentified the reasons for the modern day exodus.

 

What are the reasons?
Laing made the disclosure on Sunday in Abuja during a feature at the News Agency of Nigeria. She highlighted the reasons for the mass emigration to include family connection, language factor, and education. “You know, there is obviously people of Nigerian origin in the UK. So, people like to go where they have family or where they have friends. Secondly, the English language obviously makes it a lot easier", she said. She noted, however, that the UK government was mindful of the situation and was in talks with the Nigerian government over the potential challenges the Exodus might cause.

 

What challenges?
While expressing her delight that the UK had become an attractive destination for Nigerians, especially students, adding that the UK was ready to welcome talents, Laing noted the potential impact of this on the Nigerian state, including brain-drain, especially in the health sector. "We have labour shortage in the UK at the moment. But we have to balance that because we do not also want to be responsible for a massive brain-drain from Nigeria because you also need talented people", she said.

 

On the side, Laing explained the UK government's latest refugee program, which involves sending asylum seekers to Rwanda, an initiative that has received widespread criticism. "Like you see in the news, each day, these boats are coming across the channel with migrants from many different countries, and it is a huge, huge problem", Laing explained. "We absolutely recognise there are many genuine refugees from countries like Syria; in Africa, it is mostly Eritrea, South Sudan – the people who are fleeing horrible persecution. SOURCE

WORLD CUP

Opening Day to Forget for Qatar

The Story
The FIFA World Cup, Qatar 2022, kicked off yesterday, with the hosts' World Cup dream turning into a nightmare after the first 90 minutes of the tournament.

 

What nightmare?
The opening match of the tournament did not go as anticipated by the hosts, as Qatar was easily defeated by Ecuador. Those first 90 minutes of the tournament were certainly not ones to remember for Qatari fans as the team failed to even record a single shot on target in the entire game. Qatar became the first host side in the tournament's history to lose their opening game. "Obviously this is not what we were hoping. Now it is our turn to analyse this match, focus and try to forget about today, said Qatar's coach Felix Sanchez after the match, before adding that, "There are no excuses. We did not play at our best level. Maybe the responsibility or nerves took the best of us".

 

Against all odds
The 2022 edition of the tournament has been trailed by controversies since Qatar won the hosting bid 12 years ago. Questions about the country's human rights record, treatment of construction workers who died in the build-up to the tournament, and treatment of LGBT people became pronounced in the days leading to the tournament, but there was excitement outside the stadium hours before the opening game on Sunday. Despite the controversies, the opening ceremony was as colourfull as anticipated.

 

Arab leaders dominated the list of world leaders present at the opening ceremony. Prominent among them was Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a close ally of Qatar, and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Others including Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the presidents of Egypt and Algeria, as well as the United Nations Secretary-General, among others. Later today, Senegal will face the Netherlands in the second match of group A, as England faces Iran in group B. SOURCE

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SOCIAL MEDIA

The People’s Business Decision

The Story
Where were you Friday night? Elon Musk was – you guessed it – on Twitter, preparing his next big move for the platform.

 

What did he come up with?
A day after running a poll on whether former president Donald Trump's suspended Twitter account should be reinstated on the platform, Twitter’s new CEO made a move guaranteed to keep his company in the headlines for at least another week, reinstating the former U.S. President's Twitter account. Elon’s attempt at democracy kicked off Friday night, but by Saturday night had amassed over 15 million votes.

 

How did the poll go?
The poll attracted quite a significant number of respondents. 51.8% of respondents were in favor of restating Trump’s account, while 48.2% were opposed to the move. “The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated,” Musk tweeted Saturday night after the poll closed. “Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” the tweet continued. The Latin part means “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”

 

How did Trump react to the development?
Largely indifferent. Trump has, for a while now, said that he would stick to using Truth Social, a social media company he owns, and has not returned to Twitter so far. When asked Saturday for his opinion on Musk’s acquisition of Twitter and Trump’s own future on the platform, the former president replied, “They have a lot of problems. You see what's going on. It may make it, it may not make it.” Truly deep business analysis from the former chief executive. SOURCE

LINGUISTICS

Why "double U" not "double V"?

Reddit Question: Why is W called "double U" when it is clearly "double V"?

 

kf97mopa:
When Old English was written, it used a mixture of Latin letters and older runes. One of these runes was Wynn, which was used to represent the wound that w gives today.

 

That runes was sometimes replaced by the combination uu - a double u - for the same sound.

 

In german, the letter v changed in sound to be pronounced as f in most cases (it still is). In a few cases the v-sound was retained. To distinguish these cases, scribes began to write vv for these.

 

When printing was developed in what is today Germany (and to some extent Italy, but that is less relevant here), the printing press manufacturers made types for the letters that they had. Since the combination vv was very common, they made a letter for it - w. In most languages letter is called "double-v".

 

These printing presses and the letters for them were exported everywhere, including to England. The English quickly realized that they didn't have types for all their letters, so they made do with what they had. Since English didn't have the w before printing, they simply reused that letter for the Wynn rune, which was missing. It is called "double-u" because it was also sometimes written as "uu"

NDLEA arrests Saudi-bound widow ‘with cocaine concealed in footwear’ at Lagos airport

 

PDP G5 governors form ‘Integrity Group’, insist on Ayu’s removal

 

FG gets another $20m Abacha loot from US

 

Naira redesign: CBN directs banks to begin Saturday operations

 

KWASU VC, Prof Akanbi, is dead

 

UN condemns killing of staff, others at Military Base in Borno

 

World Cup: Infantino defends Qatar’s alcohol ban, accuses Western nations of hypocrisy


N Korea warns of ‘all-out’ nuclear response to US ‘aggression’


World leaders who attended FIFA Qatar World Cup opening ceremony


Ukraine to begin voluntary evacuation from Kherson: Deputy PM

POLITICAL COMMENTARY

2023: How Long Can This Rock Stand

The Presidential Town Hall organized by Arise TV on Sunday, November 7, 2022, was another opportunity for Nigerians to assess the candidates seeking their vote to be president in the 2023 general elections. As many anticipated, the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu was absent. Tinubu's continuous absence from events such as this, where he should engage prospective voters on his plans, has been of concern to observers but that is not the purpose of this piece.

 

The event, like others, exposed Nigeria's unenviable fate in the 2023 general elections, as it was not better than previous ones in the area of candidates' responses to questions on the many challenges in the country and their ideas on how to address them. It is no wonder that in the following week, the Nigerian political discourse space hardly discussed the main issues of the town hall. Instead, discussions were about the needless spat between the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, and the spokesperson for the People's Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign, Dino Melaye. 

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Why Malaysia’s 2022 election is so difficult to predict. Al Jazeera

 

Nigerian-born footballers featuring at the world cup. The Cable


A collection of unsolved paranormal mysteries. Snopes

 

Gaming can be good for you. Freshly Pressed

BIOGRAPHY

Thomas Aquinas

Thomas Aquinas was an Italian priest who was an immensely influential philosopher, theologian and jurist in the tradition of scholasticism; he is known within the scholastic tradition as the Doctor Angelicus, the Doctor Communis, and the Doctor Universalis.
 
Among other things, he was a prominent proponent of natural theology and the father of a school of thought (encompassing both theology and philosophy) known as Thomism. He argued that God is the source of both the light of natural reason and the light of faith.
 
He has been described as "the most influential thinker of the medieval period" and "the greatest of the medieval philosopher-theologians". His influence on Western thought is considerable, and much of modern philosophy is derived from his ideas, particularly in the areas of ethics, natural law, metaphysics, and political theory.
 
The Catholic Church honors Thomas Aquinas as a saint and regards him as the model teacher for those studying for the priesthood, and indeed the highest expression of both natural reason and speculative theology.

TRIVIA

World Cup Quiz

World Cup 2022 began in Qatar yesterday and we are here for it. Only eight countries have ever won the World Cup. Can you name them?

Hint: They’re all in either Europe or South America.

INTERNET GIGGLES

ANSWER

Brazil, Germany (technically West Germany for three of the titles), Italy, Argentina, France, Uruguay, England, and Spain. 

How many did you get correctly?

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