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Court requests medical report of suspects charged with illicit arms importation

arms importation

Justice Ayokunle Faji of the Federal High Court in Lagos has called for medical reports detailing the health status of four out of the five men charged with illegal firearms importation by the Federal Government. The judge on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 directed authorities of the prison where the accused persons were remanded to make the medical report available to ...

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Adesina, Peterside, Eresia-Eke, Uwazurike, to grace News Express 5th Anniversary Lecture


An array of distinguished personalities have confirmed their attendance at the News Express 5th Anniversary Lecture, holding on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Ikeja, Lagos. A statement issued on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 in Lagos by the News Express Management listed dignitaries who have confirmed their attendance at the lecture to include Presidential Spokesman, Femi Adesina; ...

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Despite international outcry, Japan kills more whales


One hundred and seventy-seven whales have been killed by Japanese whalers in the north-west Pacific Ocean as part of an annual hunt, Japan’s Fisheries Ministry said on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. The number of whales killed had been previously stipulated for the hunt, which Japan says is carried out in the name of scientific research. This year, 43 minke whales ...

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World Environmental Health Day: Global mercury production skyrocketing, says report

Elena Lymberdi-Settimo

As 156 countries convened for the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP1) to the Minamata Convention in Geneva, a new UN report shows mercury mining skyrocketing in the last five years. Moreover, much of that mercury is used in artisanal and small scale gold mining (ASGM), the largest source of global mercury pollution. Currently, countries do not ...

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Court dismisses Fani-Kayode’s application to transfer his trial to Abuja

Federal High Court

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 dismissed an application by a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-kayode, seeking transfer of a money laundering case against him. Fani-Kayode, who was also Chairman, Media and Publicity, of the 2015 PDP Campaign Organisation, is charged alongside a former Minister of State for Finance, Nenadi Usman. Also charged is a former ...

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Mercury-Free Dentistry: Towards making dental amalgam history

Charlie Brown

In a statement delivered on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the First meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP1) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury holding in Geneva, Switzerland, Charlie Brown, President of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, salutes Nigeria, the EU and other nations across the world for their pioneering work to end the use of mercury ...

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Economic growth plan at variance with climate blueprint, says don


The Economic Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP) and Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) are said to be operating miles apart. While the ERGP was designed as the roadmap to drive Nigeria out of recession, the NDC is meant as the pillar of sustainable development in the country. In the lead up to the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) ...

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Agricultural resilience in Morocco gets a boost

Howard Bamsey

Climate change is threatening Morocco’s Souss Valley, a fertile plain located in the country’s  southwest region and an important agricultural zone that employs about 30,000 farmers in a combination of traditional and high-tech farming operations. Indeed, climate change is threatening the valley’s key resource – its water, and subsequently, its vast irrigated area; a lifeline for food production. With changing ...

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World is running out of antibiotics, WHO warns

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

A report, “Antibacterial agents in clinical development – an analysis of the antibacterial clinical development pipeline, including tuberculosis”, launched on Wednesday, September 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland by the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows a serious lack of new antibiotics under development to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance. Most of the drugs currently in the clinical pipeline are modifications of ...

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Ahead COP23, young leaders sail for peace, climate action

Selina Leem

A group of young leaders from Small Island Developing States has embarked on a three-week boat trip to build momentum for climate action in the lead up to the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in November in Bonn, starting in Barcelona and visiting cities from Reykjavik to New York. The international NGO Peace Boat launched the Ocean and Climate ...

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