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🧵 #FirstNations cultures have special names for those who specialise in celestial knowledge. ☄️🪐⭐️🌙

They are the #astronomers and are regarded as highly skilled and important people.
In the western Torres Strait, the #astronomer is called a Zugubau Mabaig, literally meaning “Star Person”.

They go through an initial training period of seven years at the kwod – a place of law & learning.

Artwork: Zugubau Mabaig (2008) by Mualgal artist David Bosun / Mua Arts
#Meriam people of the eastern #TorresStrait tell about 'purut', a time for family to sleep on the beach under the clear skies where they tell star stories.

Artwork: 'Our Culture is Important' (2012) by Dauareb Elder Segar Passi / Gab Tutui
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THREAD: #China plans to revive strategic Pacific airstrip, #Kiribati lawmaker says

A base in Kiribati Islands, in the central area of the Pacific ocean, 3,000Km from Hawaii & in the rear of #Guam can be a game changer, disrupt #US efforts to contain China…
2) The plans, which have not been made public, involve construction on the tiny island of Kanton (also spelled Canton), a coral atoll strategically located midway between Asia and the Americas.
3) Despite being small, Kiribati, a nation of 120,000 residents, controls one of the biggest exclusive economic zones in the world, covering more than 3.5 million square kilometres of the Pacific.
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The #IMF says the "Great Lockdown" recession will likely be the worst since the Great Depression. Global economy projected to shrink by 3% in 2020. By contrast, in January, the IMF had forecast a global GDP expansion of 3.3% for this year. Details in chart below. Table: @IMFNews
IMF: Partial global rebound to 5.8% in 2021 “assumes the #pandemic fades in the 2nd half of 2020, & that policy actions taken by countries are effective in preventing widespread firm bankruptcies, extended job losses, & system-wide financial strains.” #WEO
How does your country fare in the latest #IMF projections for 2020 & 2021?… @IMFNews #economies #GDP #finance
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