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Wikipedia article of the day for July 15, 2019 Noronhomys

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 15, 2019 is Noronhomys. Noronhomys vespuccii, Vespucci’s rodent, was a rat from the islands of Fernando de Noronha off northeastern Brazil. Numerous but fragmentary fossil remains of the extinct species, of uncertain but probably Holocene age, were discovered in 1973 and described in 1999. N. vespuccii was larger than the black rat (Rattus rattus), with high-crowned molars and several ridges on the skull that anchored the chewing muscles. A member of the family Cricetidae and subfamily Sigmodontinae, it shared several distinctive charactersRead More


Treasury Secretary Confirms US Risks Defaulting On Its $22 Trillion Debt in as Little as 2 Months

By SPUTNIK Last week, a Washington-based think tank warned of “potentially devastating economic consequences” for the US and global economies if Congress didn’t pass a debt limit extension in the weeks to come. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has confirmed that the US could default on its obligations in as little as two months if emergency measures are not taken. “Based on updated projections, there is a scenario in which we run out of cash in early September, before Congress reconvenes,” Mnuchin warned, in a letter addressed to Democratic House SpeakerRead More


KENYA #HandShake group drafts constitution amended, Uhuru to get 7yr term

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga with members of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) at State House, Nairobi. [File, Standard] Uhuru-Raila team seeks powerful premier, seven-year presidency By STANDARD MEDIA A single seven-year term president, a powerful prime minister and introduction of 14 regional governments are among constitutional amendments proposed by a team named by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga. The country could be headed for a parliamentary system of government with the Premier being head of government, if proposals by the Building Bridges InitiativeRead More


Fitch rates Uganda’s debt B+ stable

The governor of the Bank of Uganda Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile. File Photo Uganda’s sovereign outlook rated B+ stable By NEW VISION The Fitch Rating believes that real GDP growth would pick up to about 6.3% in 2019 Uganda’s sovereign rating has improved to B+ stable outlook from single B-, Fitch Ratings indicates. The Fitch Ratings has maintained a stable outlook for Uganda B+ sovereign credit rating with a stable outlook for Uganda. In May 2019, the Standard & Poor’s Rating Agency’s credit assessment of Uganda was maintained at B withRead More


U.S. proposes barring big tech companies from offering financial services, digital currencies

(Reuters) – A proposal to prevent big technology companies from functioning as financial institutions or issuing digital currencies has been circulated for discussion by the Democratic majority that leads the House Financial Services Committee, according to a copy of the draft legislation seen by Reuters. In a sign of widening scrutiny after Facebook Inc’s (FB.O) proposed Libra digital coin aroused widespread objection, the bill proposes a fine of $1 million per day for violation of such rules. Such a sweeping proposal would likely spark opposition from Republican members of theRead More


ENTERTAINMENT: The Moral Judgments of Henry David Thoreau

Why, given his hypocrisy, sanctimony, and misanthropy, has Thoreau been so cherished?Illustration by Eric Nyquist Why, given its fabrications, inconsistencies, and myopia, do we continue to cherish “Walden”? By Kathryn Schulz, THE NEW YORKER, October 12, 2015 On the evening of October 6, 1849, the hundred and twenty people aboard the brig St. John threw a party. The St. John was a so-called famine ship: Boston-bound from Galway, it was filled with passengers fleeing the mass starvation then devastating Ireland. They had been at sea for a month; now, with less thanRead More


ENTERTAINMENT: The Moral Judgments of Henry David Thoreau

Why, given his hypocrisy, sanctimony, and misanthropy, has Thoreau been so cherished?Illustration by Eric Nyquist Why, given its fabrications, inconsistencies, and myopia, do we continue to cherish “Walden”? By Kathryn Schulz, THE NEW YORKER, October 12, 2015 On the evening of October 6, 1849, the hundred and twenty people aboard the brig St. John threw a party. The St. John was a so-called famine ship: Boston-bound from Galway, it was filled with passengers fleeing the mass starvation then devastating Ireland. They had been at sea for a month; now, with less thanRead More


ENTERTAINMENT: The Moral Judgments of Henry David Thoreau

Why, given his hypocrisy, sanctimony, and misanthropy, has Thoreau been so cherished?Illustration by Eric Nyquist Why, given its fabrications, inconsistencies, and myopia, do we continue to cherish “Walden”? By Kathryn Schulz, THE NEW YORKER, October 12, 2015 On the evening of October 6, 1849, the hundred and twenty people aboard the brig St. John threw a party. The St. John was a so-called famine ship: Boston-bound from Galway, it was filled with passengers fleeing the mass starvation then devastating Ireland. They had been at sea for a month; now, with less thanRead More


Africa Cup of Nations: Senegal reach final with victory over Tunisia

Senegal have never won the Africa Cup of Nations By BBC Senegal reached the Africa Cup of Nations final for the second time as Tunisia defender Dylan Bronn’s extra-time own goal gave them victory. Both sides had penalties saved in normal time before Bronn inadvertently headed the only goal of the game. Mouez Hassen tipped Sadio Mane’s free-kick on to Bronn’s head as Senegal – who next face Algeria or Nigeria – moved closer to a first Afcon title. Tunisia had a late penalty award overturned by VAR. After SalifRead More


Africa Cup of Nations: Algeria beat Nigeria to reach final

By BBC Riyad Mahrez scored a stunning free-kick with virtually the last kick of the game as Algeria beat Nigeria to reach the Africa Cup of Nations final. With the tie heading for extra time, Manchester City forward Mahrez whipped a fierce set-piece into the top corner. A William Troost-Ekong own goal had given Algeria the lead before Odion Ighalo’s penalty levelled the scores. Algeria will face Senegal, who earlier beat Tunisia thanks to an extra-time own goal, in the final on Friday. —— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax CanadaRead More