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One World Award for organic agriculture decorates winners

Rapunzel Naturkost One World Festival

On the occasion of the Rapunzel Naturkost One World Festival, the five winners of the 5th One World Award (OWA) were presented in a festive gala on Legau in the Allgäu region of Germany on Friday, September 8, 2017 and which attracted nearly 700 guests from all parts of the world. This year, two outstanding projects shared the OWA Grand ...

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Nigerian nominated for prestigious Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa

Tusk Awards 2017

The fifth annual Tusk Conservation Awards were last week presented for the first time in Africa at a gala ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa and attended by three of the country’s most eminent public figures – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, former First Lady, Mrs Graça Machel, and former President FW de Klerk – who presented the awards on behalf ...

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Microsoft, GE sign agreement on Irish wind project


The Microsoft Corp. on Monday, October 9, 2017 announced a new wind energy agreement in Ireland. With the agreement, Microsoft will become one of the first multinational technology companies to support a new wind project in Ireland. Microsoft is entering into a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with GE to purchase 100 percent of the wind energy from its new, ...

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Government begins trial of suspected pirates

arms importation

The trial of suspected pirates who were caught with arms and ammunition resumed on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at the Federal High Court in Lagos. They were arrested on a vessel by men of the Nigerian Navy for alleged piracy and dealing in petroleum products without authorisation. The defendants were accused of violating laws on money laundering and firearms prohibition. ...

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Action to save vultures will protect human health, say experts


A multinational plan to thwart the sudden and severe decline in vultures across Africa, Asia and Europe will be presented at a major summit on migratory species this month. Experts estimate the majority of African-Eurasian Vultures are critically endangered and at “very high risk” of extinction in the wild, mainly due to poisoning. Unless effective conservation measures are implemented, there ...

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Formation of coal almost turned Earth into snowball, says study

Georg Feulner

While burning coal today causes Earth to overheat, about 300 million years ago the formation of that same coal brought our planet close to global glaciation. For the first time, scientists show the massive effect in a study published in the renowned Proceedings of the US Academy of Sciences. When trees in vast forests died during a time called the Carboniferous ...

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Funding state courts by governors is unconstitutional, lawyer says

Sebastine Hon (SAN)

A constitutional lawyer and author, Chief Sebastine Hon (SAN), has declared that the funding of State High Courts, Sharia Courts of Appeal and Customary Courts of Appeal by state governments are clearly unconstitutional. According to him, such funding exposes those courts to undue manipulation and near-asphyxiation by state governors, thereby compromising the rule of law and due process. He, therefore, ...

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Subpoenaed Oyo AG, director present documents in Ladoja’s trail

Rashidi Ladoja

The Attorney General (AG) of Oyo state, Oluwaseun Abimbola, and the Director of Investment, the Ministry of Finance, Yinka Fatoki, who were subpoenaed by Justice Muhammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, have appeared before the court to present vital documents in relation to the ongoing criminal trial of a former governor of the state, Chief Rasheedi ...

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High-level commission on noncommunicable diseases to be established

Dr Sania Nishtar

The Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced on Monday, October 9, 2017 the establishment of a new High-level global Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs). The announcement came at the 64th Session of WHO’s Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean being held in Islamabad, Pakistan from October 9 to 12. The commission’s aim is to ...

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Switzerland ratifies Paris Agreement

Doris Leuthard

The Swiss Confederation on Friday, October 6, 2017 deposited its instruments of ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, making the federal republic the 168th Party to the global treaty. According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Switzerland’s ratification will come into force on November 5, 2017. Previously, the Czech Republic (167th), Dominican Republic (166th) and Cape Verde (165th) had ...

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