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Eid-el-Kabir: FRSC deploys personnel, patrol vehicles, ambulances, motorbikes, towtrucks

Boboye Oyeyemi

As part of activities lined up to improve vehicular movement and to mitigate against crashes during the Eid-El-Kabir celebration, the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, has approved the deployment of 33,000 personnel, both regular and special marshals, to address wrong road usage by motorists which results in high number of Road Traffic Crashes ...

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NAMA: Sri Lanka gets $1.79m GEF support for energy generation

Maithripala Sirisena

The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka has received $1,790,411 as financial support from Global Environment Facility (GEF) Trust Fund in order to develop a robust, transparent and functional nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMA) framework targeting energy generation and end use sectors. The support has been provided under the GEF Cycle 5. The GEF supported NAMA aims to reduce Sri ...

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GEF, investors launch fund to promote sustainable fisheries

Naoko Ishii

The Meloy Fund, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership, has been launched with a first close of $10 million. With the necessary threshold of money now raised, the Fund, which attracts private investments in community small-scale commercial fisheries in Indonesia and the Philippines in the form of debt and equity, can begin making investments ...

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‘Houston was a hurricane disaster waiting to happen’

Harvey Houston airport

For years, experts had been warning that Houston was a hurricane disaster waiting to happen. The city is built on a massive flood plain next to the Gulf of Mexico, which routinely sends big rainstorms its way. As the city has grown into the nation’s fourth largest, developments have gone up in areas that more strictly regulated states wouldn’t allow. And ...

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CTCN board meets, sets COP23 agenda

Samuel Adejuwon

The 10th meeting of the Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) commenced on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark, with the coming 23rd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) high on the agenda. The global climate summit will hold from November 6 to ...

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GOCOP leaders visit Presidential Villa, seek accreditation of more members

GOCOP Aso Villa

The recently elected executives of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) on Friday, August 25, 2017 visited Nigeria’s seat of power, Aso Rock, in Abuja. The GOCOP team, led by its new President, Dotun Oladipo, was received by the Special Adviser to the President on Media, Mr. Femi Adesina, as well as Mallam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant ...

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World Water Week: African ministers underline benefits of wastewater

Dr. Canisius Kanangire

African Water and Sanitation Ministers attending the 2017 World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, have underlined the importance of wastewater to the region’s aspirations for economic growth and sustainable development. Speaking before and during the opening plenary in Central Stockholm on Monday, August 28, 2017, water and sanitation minsters from the five sub-regions in Africa were unanimous in their resolve ...

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Benue Speaker urges residents to avoid flood-prone areas


Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly, Terkimbi Ikyange, has charged the people of the state to take early flood warnings seriously by avoiding flood-prone areas and desist from building in such areas. The Speaker, who gave the charge on Monday, August 28, 2017 while addressing newsmen after he led Principal Officers of the Assembly to inspect flooded areas in Makurdi, ...

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Water fundamental to achieving global goals, say leaders as Stockholm summit opens

Torgny Holmgren

World leaders, water experts, development professionals, policy-makers, and one astronaut, have gathered in Stockholm, the Swedish capital city, for a week-long meeting focused on finding ways to better use, and reuse, the world’s increasingly scarce fresh water. The term “water scarcity” is becoming increasingly common. As more countries, and cities, experience the effects of high population pressure and less available ...

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Death toll may rise as Harvey strike persists

Harvey storm

The death toll from Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to rise as Houston and a wide swath of Texas face record rains and catastrophic flooding. With deadly power, Tropical Storm Harvey has inundated Houston and southeastern Texas, bringing up to 2 feet of rain in 24 hours in the nation’s fourth largest city and triggering flooding that the National Weather Service ...

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