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Disasters lead to drop in visitors to Japan for first time since 2013

Japan flooding

The number of monthly overseas tourists to Japan declined for the first time in more than five years as the country suffered powerful typhoon and a major earthquake, the government said on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. According to the Japan National Tourist Organisation (JNTO), the country received 2.16 million visitors in September, down 5.3 per cent, marking the first year-on-year ...

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Don flays charcoal use, urges provision of alternatives


Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Management Services, University of Ilorin, Prof. Albert Olayemi, on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 called for provision of alternative to charcoal fuel to discourage deforestation. Olayemi made the call at the sensitisation programme organised by the Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI) in conjunction with the Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development for farmers ...

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Lagos to improve officers’ capacities in processing building plan permit

Funmi Osifuye

The Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 restated its commitment to train and improve the capacities of district officers that process planning permits across the state. Mr Funmi Osifuye, the General Manager, LASPPA, made the disclosure while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. Osifuye said the training was necessary to ...

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IITA launches global initiative to boost cocoa production


The Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN), and Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IITA), Ibadan on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 launched a five-year “Cocoasoil Project’’ to improve cocoa production in Nigeria. The programme is themed: “Sustainable intensification of cocoa production through the development and dissemination of integrated soil fertility management”. Speaking at the occasion in Ibadan, the Oyo State ...

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NASRDA seeks patenting of Automated Irrigation System for improved farming

Prof. Seidu Mohammed

The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 said patenting of its Automated Irrigation System (AIS) would enable mass production and improve mechanised farming in the country. Dr Bonaventure Okere, the Acting Director of the agency’s Centre for Basic Space Sciences (CBSS) in Nsukka, Enugu State, made this known in an interview with the News ...

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Marketers advocate increased cooking gas usage for cleaner environment

Gas cylinders

The Nigeria Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers (NALPGAM) on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 urged the Federal Government to intensify campaign among Nigerians on the need to use cooking gas for cleaner and safer environment. The association’s Executive Secretary, Mr Bassey Essein, who gave the charge in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, urged the country ...

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Ebonyi signs $4m solar power agreement with Chinese firm

David Umahi

The Ebonyi State Government on Monday, October 15, 2018 signed a $4 million solar system production agreement with the Foshan Sunchees Energy Company of China. Gov. David Umahi, represented by his Deputy, Dr Kelechi Igwe, said in Abakaliki, the state capital, that the agreement included the establishment of a solar power factory in the state. The governor said that the ...

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Britain tasks experts over net zero emissions climate target

Claire Perry

Britain has asked its climate change experts to advise on whether it should set a date to meet a net zero emissions target, the government said on Monday, October 15, 2018. Britain has a target to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent compared with 1990 levels by 2050. However, campaigners have warned this does not go far ...

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Namibia champions water reclamation to sustain growing population

Hage Geingob

Namibia has made significant strides in wastewater management by converting sewage water to tap water over the years, the Windhoek Municipality said on Monday, October 15, 2018. It said that the country would celebrate the 50th anniversary of Direct Potable Reuse (DPR) on Oct. 18 and 19, and global experts from Australia, Europe and the U.S. will be in attendance. ...

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Nigeria got it right at tobacco treaty talks, says ERA/FoEN

Nigeria tobacco

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has eulogised the Nigerian delegation that attended the Eighth Conference of the Parties (COP8) to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) that held recently in Geneva, Switzerland. The ERA/FoEN in a statement issued in Lagos on Monday, October 15, 2018 said that, with the strong stance of ...

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