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Brian Burns / December 03,2022

Factbox-What is happening in Sudan?


(Reuters) - Sudan's military leaders and a coalition of civilian parties signed a framework deal on Monday that could launch a new political transition in the country.

Here is some background to the events.


Sudan began a transition to democracy after a popular uprising and the ouster in April 2019 of President Omar al-Bashir, an Islamist shunned by the West who had presided over the country for nearly three decades.

Under an August 2019 agreement, the military agreed to share power with officials appointed by civilian political groups ahead of elections. But that arrangement was abruptly halted by a military coup in October 2021, which triggered a campaign of frequent pro-democracy mass rallies across Sudan.


The military has been a dominant force in Sudan since independence in 1956, waging protracted internal wars, staging repeated coups, and amassing extensive economic holdings.

During the transition that began with Bashir's ouster and ended with the 2021 coup, distrust between the military and civilian parties ran deep.

The civilian side has drawn on backing from a resilient protest movement and parts of the international community, though key regional powers have close ties to Sudan's military leadership.

Some former rebel factions aligned themselves with the military, while veterans of Bashir's regime returned to the civil service following the coup.


Brian Burns / November 22,2022

How New Doctors Feel; Bacterial Deaths; and Youth Sexuality

How New Doctors Feel; Bacterial Deaths; and Youth Sexuality

How New Doctors Feel; Bacterial Deaths; and Youth Sexuality


How New Doctors Feel; Bacterial Deaths; and Youth Sexuality

New Doctors Find Fulfillment and Frustration

New doctors say patient care is their biggest joy but add that they are frustrated by social factors. Some 27% of new doctors say that working with patients, helping people, and making the world a better place are the most rewarding parts of their job, according to Medscape’s Young Physician Compensation Report 2022.

But nearly all doctors who spoke to Medscape say they are concerned about care disparities and a lack of diversity, equity, and inclusion in medicine; addressing those issues is a central part of some doctors’ careers.

Next generation: Many of the doctors surveyed came of age professionally during the pandemic, as medicine changed rapidly and dramatically. In addition, more women entered the field, but gender pay disparities remain substantial, Medscape’s report finds.

Priorities: New doctors say that dealing with burnout, work-life balance, and an identity outside of work are non-negotiable priorities.


Brian Burns / November 22,2022

SEO Copywriting – How To Optimize Your Website

SEO Copywriting – How To Optimize Your Website
Brian Burns / October 30,2022

7 Tips for Staying Physically and Mentally Healthy

  • 1. Be Aware of Your Surroundings
  • 2. Eat A Balanced Diet
  • 3. Stay Hydrated
  • 4. Engage In Some Form of Physical Activity
  • 5. Connect With Nature
  • 6. Maintain A Healthy Sleep-Wake Cycle
  • 7. Take Time Out For Yourself
  • Bottom Line
  • Are you tired of making unhealthy choices in your life, and they have affected your health badly? If that is the case, you have come to the right place. In this article, we will discuss some important ways you can adopt to stay physically and mentally healthy.

    Making healthier choices and dedication are required to stay physically and mentally fit. Follow the below-mentioned tips to stay physically and mentally healthy.

    So, without further ado, let us get straight to the topic.

    1. Be Aware of Your Surroundings

    While this might seem unnecessary to many people, it is the most crucial factor that plays a key role in your health. Being surrounded by an unhealthy and unsafe environment can physically and mentally impact your health.

    Corporations ignore the importance of regulating their employees’ emotional and mental well-being. Many organizations have an unhealthy corporate culture. It causes feelings of anxiety and stress to heighten in their employees. This results in them compromising their physical health by overworking themselves and ultimately ignoring their mental well-being.

Brian Burns / September 27,2022

Opinion of China in advanced economies sours ‘precipitously’ under Xi – Pew


BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Public opinion towards China in the United States and other advanced economies has turned "precipitously more negative" under President Xi Jinping, according to a global survey by the Pew Research Center.

Xi, 69, is widely expected to win a precedent-breaking third five-year term as leader at a Communist Party congress that begins in Beijing on Oct. 16, securing his status as China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong.

While China's economic rise and its investments were seen as a positive for some Latin American, Middle Eastern and African countries, economic competition with China was seen as a "serious problem" in advanced economies like Japan, South Korea, the United States and Australia, according to Pew.

The survey, published on Wednesday, found that unfavourable views of China in developed economies had hovered in a relatively narrow band between 2002-2017, before worsening amid concerns including human rights and military power, with some of the sharpest changes between 2019 and 2020, Washington-based Pew said.

The shift in opinion was triggered partly by perceptions of China's handling of COVID-19, which emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019, as well as a trade war with the United States, aggressive foreign policy and a military buildup in the South China Sea.

In the United States, 82% of respondents this year expressed an "unfavourable opinion" of China, up from 79% in 2020.

The percentage of those who said they had "no confidence" in Xi to do the "right thing regarding world affairs" was 87% in South Korea in 2022, up from 29% in 2015. In Britain, the figure increased to 70% in 2022 from 44% in 2014.

Brian Burns / September 24,2022

Sanwo-Olu At Chatham House, Charges World Leaders On Sustainable Health Care System


…says LASG has consistently increased budgetary allocation, efficiency in healthcare

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has appealed to world leaders, global think-tank and public office holders to work towards building a sustainable health care system for all and facilitate access for the poor and under-served.

Speaking on “Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria: Optimizing Institutional Opportunities and Partnerships for Success” at the weekend at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, Governor Sanwo-Olu charged global think-tank to optimise institutional opportunities and partnerships for the achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

“To achieve UHC, developing countries must first focus on offering their residents a basic minimum set of healthcare services, provided free at the point of care using subsidy, controlled premiums or at a pre-set tariff system, within government-regulated facilities either public or affiliated private,” he said.

Governor Sanwo-Olu said Lagos State as the most populous city in Africa, a financial hub and Africa’s 5th Largest Economy on the continent, has strategically strengthened the health system in pursuit of Universal Health Coverage.

He said Lagos State has been using policies to strengthen its health systems, pushing toward the achievement of UHC, which the State considers a journey and not a destination.

Brian Burns / April 18,2022

for 4th day in row to make room for settlers


Occupied Jerusalem (In Palestine Today)- Well-armed Israeli occupation forces raided the Al-Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem and attacked worshipers, earlier on Wednesday, to make room for settler intrusion.
For the fourth day in a row, at around 7am, local s reported, dozens of Israeli forces raided the holy site.
They attacked, beat, and chased the worshipers in the courtyards of the mosque, including women and children, in an attempt to empty the mosque of its worshipers in order to secure the entry of the colonial settlers to the holy site to mark the fourth day of the so-called Passover holiday.
The forces intensively fired rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at the worshipers.
The Israeli forces also blockaded hundreds of Muslim and Palestinian worshipers inside prayer halls.
They also surrounded women in front of the Dome of the Rock, and forcibly removed Palestinians and journalists from the mosque’s courtyard to clear the way for the settlers.
Local s said three Palestinian worshipers were injured in the Israeli assault, including two were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets in the hand and chest.
During the raid and in the aftermath of the atack, around 1180 Israeli settlers stormed the holy site and performed provocative Talmudic rituals, under heavy protection from the armed forces, according to Al-Qastal. They entered the mosque through the Al-Mughrabi Gate which is under full-Israeli control.
This is the fifth raid and aggressive assault to be launched by the Israeli occupation forces since last Friday and for the fourth day in a row.

Brian Burns / April 09,2022

War could destroy nearly half of Ukraine’s economy this year

War could destroy nearly half of Ukraine’s economy this year

War could destroy nearly half of Ukraine’s economy this year
By Michelle Toh, CNN Business
Ukraine could lose almost half of its economy this year as a result of Russia’s invasion, according to the World Bank.
In a report published Sunday, the bank estimated that the country’s GDP could decline by 45.1% this year, although it noted that “the magnitude of the contraction will depend on the duration and intensity of the war.”
Since the incursion began, vast swathes of Ukraine’s infrastructure have been devastated, with many bridges and neighborhoods damaged or destroyed. Some areas, including ports, have been hit by blockades, while farmland around the country has been turned into battlefields.
Ukraine was a major exporter of wheat and sunflower oil before the war, and this year’s planting season is being disrupted by fighting. Farmers also face difficulty accessing machinery and other essential products that would typically arrive through Black Sea ports.
Russia’s economy has already fallen into recession, with economic output expected to drop by 11.2% this year, the World Bank estimates.
Emerging markets in eastern Europe and central Asia are also expected to be hit hard, with countries including Belarus, Moldova and Tajikistan expected to plunge into recession this year.

Brian Burns / January 14,2022

Tajik IS Widows Say They’re Paying For Their Husbands’ Actions, But Courts Aren’t Convinced

Tajik IS Widows Say They’re Paying For Their Husbands’ Actions, But Courts Aren’t Convinced

The widow of an Islamic State fighter, Olima Kamolova had pleaded with the Tajik government for months to help get her out of Afghanistan, where she was imprisoned as the wife of a foreign militant.
Tajik authorities eventually repatriated Kamolova and her four children last summer, just before the Taliban took power in Kabul.
The 31-year-old housewife, who had left Tajikistan with her husband in 2015, is now serving a 12-year sentence for “fighting as a mercenary in a foreign military conflict.”
She has rejected the charges and told the court she had merely followed her husband.
But Khairullo Habibullozoda, the judge at the city court in Vahdat — a small town outside of Dushanbe where Kamolova grew up — said he wasn’t convinced by the defendant’s argument that she was an innocent bystander. Her relatives said Kamolova lost her final appeal at the Supreme Court on January 7.

Tajik IS Widows Say They’re Paying For Their Husbands’ Actions, But Courts Aren’t Convinced

Vahdat city court in Tajikistan.

Brian Burns / January 24,2021

Milk and more: China, New Zealand sign upgraded free trade deal | International Trade News

Milk and more: China, New Zealand sign upgraded free trade deal | International Trade News

Following US trade war, China has signed several trade and investment deals to bolster its multilateral credentials.


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