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Experts predict Trump’s promise to bring back coal jobs ‘will not be kept’

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Lifting a moratorium against leases for coal mining on public lands will not create demand for coal as power companies continue to shift to natural gas and other energy sources, experts say President Trump lifted a moratorium on federal coal leases on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 paving the way for excavation of a fossil fuel on public land in the ...

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Federal varsity partners group on food security


As a means of supporting the call for economic diversification through agriculture in order to ensure food security, generate employment and increase foreign exchange earnings for the nation, the Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi State on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with an Abuja-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), Food for All Initiative (FFAI), for the ...

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GM cotton: Burkina Faso settles dispute with Monsanto


Burkina Faso’s cotton companies and growers seem to have settled their long dispute with Monsanto Seed Company over their revenue losses allegedly caused by the introduction of genetically modified (GM) cotton. Among the world’s poorest countries, Burkina Faso, which began the nationwide introduction of cotton containing Monsanto’s Bollgard II trait in 2008 to fight against pests, is Africa’s top cotton ...

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Dalung reads riot act over Federations’ elections


Minster of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, wants Sports Federations in the country to strive towards changes in their votes ahead of the forthcoming Federation elections. Dalung said that the ministry would only work with board members elected from acceptable congresses. The minister, who was in Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom State for the state’s Youth Sports Festival, advised individuals ...

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Rivers United suspends manager, Eguma, for lateness


For failing to arrive at match venue on time, the Technical Manager of Rivers United, Stanley Eguma, has received a one-match ban. In a letter signed by the management of the team, Eguma’s suspension is coming after he was reported to have arrived at Wednesday’s match venue 18 minutes into the game between Rivers United and Plateau United, which ended ...

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Why Trump’s climate reversal action wasn’t a surprise

Fossil fuel pollution

President Donald Trump’s action on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 to cancel the Clean Power Plan wasn’t a surprise. It had been promised for weeks, part of Trump’s effort to roll back former President Barack Obama’s efforts aimed at combating climate change. Still, it marks a major milestone in the national and international debate. The former mandate for electricity providers to reduce greenhouse gas ...

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Waterfronts demolition: Lagos withdraws from court-ordered mediation process

makoko lagos

The Nigerian Slum/Informal Settlement Federation (Federation) – comprising dozens of waterfront communities and scores of other informal settlements across Lagos – on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 expressed regret at the decision of the Lagos State Government to withdraw from the court-ordered mediation process that had presented a small glimmer hope of finding a win-win alternative solution to the threat of ...

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‎GMOs: Senegal supports adoption of agric biotech

Macky Sall

President Macky Sall of Senegal has thrown his weight behind the adoption of agricultural biotechnology in the country. He made the declaration during the 2017 Annual Session of the Senegal National Scientific and Technical Academy (ANSTS‎) on the situation, implications and perspectives of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in the country. At a session chaired by him, President Sall made it clear that ...

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India bans sale of inefficient, highly polluting vehicles

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The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 banned the sale and registration of Bharat Stage (BS)-III emission norm-complaint vehicles from Saturday, April 1, saying the health of millions was more important than commercial interests. The decision could deal a Rs 12,000-crore blow to auto manufactures as about 820,000 vehicles, most of them two-wheelers, are lying unsold. India ...

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We’ll represent 7.5bn people at COP23 – Fiji

Inia Seruiratu

Speaking on the occasion of Earth Hour on 25 March, Fiji’s Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu, said: “The future of Fiji is at stake. The future of our planet is at stake. And we are taking on these responsibilities not only for every Fijian and every Pacific islander but for all 7.5 billion ...

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