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Québec, Ontario, California join forces against climate change

Québec Ontario California

Québec Premier Philippe Couillard, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and California Governor Edmund G. Brown on Friday, September 22, 2017 further strengthened their cooperation in the global fight against climate change. Premier Couillard hosted Premier Wynne and Governor Brown in Québec City to sign an agreement linking the carbon markets of Québec, Ontario and California. By signing ths agreement to integrate ...

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Firm charged over alleged explosives importation

Federal High Court

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday, September 25, 2017 adjourned till November 28, 2017, for the arraignment of a limited liability company, Elephant Group Limited, and its managing director, Tunji Owoeye, for allegedly importing into Nigeria, urea fertiliser component used in making Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) unlawfully. The matter is before Justice Cecilia Mojisola Olatoregun. The court fixed the date, ...

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Ghana wins maritime dispute case against Côte d’Ivoire

Ghana-Côte d’Ivoire

The Special Chamber of the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), has ruled in favour of Ghana in the three-year-long maritime dispute between the country and Côte d’Ivoire. The Chamber, in a unanimous decision on Saturda,y September 23, 2017, ruled that there has not been any violation on the part of Ghana on Côte d’Ivoire’s maritime boundary. ...

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World unites against mercury pollution

Minamata Convention

More than 150 countries are gathering in Geneva this week to mark a major milestone in their efforts to fight mercury pollution. Mercury is one of the most dangerous chemicals to human health and the environment. Mercury is a neurotoxin with a global reach. The heavy metal is released into the environment as a result of a number of human ...

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Minamata survivor, Sakamoto, attends mercury convention confab

Shinobu Sakamoto

A survivor of Minamata mercury poisoning, Shinobu Sakamoto, is attending the First meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1) which is ongoing in Geneva, Switzerland. Sakamoto, 61, who suffered mercury poisoning while still in her mother’s womb, graces official and related events of the global confab to speak about her life and issues ...

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Lawyers urged to be creative in litigating maternal health issues


With countless incidents around maternal health in the country and little or no justice achieved, lawyers have been urged to engage in creative lawyering, utilising the right-based aspects of the constitution to demand justice for victim. This will go a long way in reducing incidences of careless and needless maternal deaths and enhancing women’s rights. This was the focus at ...

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Lagos unveils Plea and Sentence Bargaining manual

Adeniji Kazeem

As part of its efforts to fasten criminal justice administration and decongestion of prisons in the state, Lagos State Government has unveiled a manual for “Plea and Sentence Bargaining”. While speaking at the event which held at the Conference Room of  state Ministry of Justice, Alausa, Ikeja, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem, disclosed that ...

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World Rhino Day: Building on political support for species’ survival


As the world marked the 2017 World Rhino Day on Friday, September 22, obsevers hoped that a landmark diplomatic achievement made about a year ago would be further built upon. At the 71st Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71) in September 2016, world leaders agreed on a resolution at the close of the global confab to save the animals. A couple of ...

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Indian journalist urges African colleagues to tell their agriculture story

Richard Mahapatra

If you’re an African adult of about 25 plus years, living on the continent, then you will need to pay close attention to the following information. From now on, you will need to be concerned about how you will sustainably feed your family – first, the nuclear  and then, the extended family, by the time you reach the jubilee period ...

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UN, World Bank unveil initiative to boost climate finance


United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, and World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim, have unveiled plans to accelerate the flow of finance for climate action through a new platform dedicated to identifying and facilitating transformational investments in developing countries. Following meetings with world and business leaders, state and city representatives, and civil society, the two leaders pointed to the ...

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