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Part of broken-up ship that caused Mauritius oil spill to be sunk

Mauritius spill

The Mauritian government is preparing to sink the largest part of the Japanese vessel that caused a massive oil spill in the island’s waters, after it broke in two at the weekend. The Mauritius oil spill Government adviser, Ken Arian, said this on Monday, August 17, 2020. “The front part, which is the longest and biggest part will be sunk,’’ ...

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Overfishing puts local livelihoods, shark populations at risk in Congo

Silky sharks

Congolese artisanal fishers are increasingly turning to shark fishing because of increased scarcity of other stocks overfished by industrial fisheries, a recent study has revealed. The silky shark The study, undertaken by TRAFFIC, finds that urgent legislative and management improvements are needed to prevent a collapse of shark fishing and protect local livelihoods. Artisanal shark fishing by migrant fishers using ...

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Biosecurity Policy Drafting Committee presents draft document to biosafety agency

Biosecurity Policy

The drafting committee for the National Biosecurity Policy has presented the preliminary draft of the National Biosecurity Policy to the Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr Rufus Ebegba. Chairman of the Committee and Director of the Biosecurity Department in the NBMA, Miss Chinyere Nzeduru (left), presents the draft policy document to Dr Rufus Ebegba ...

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Newly inducted town planners tasked on professionalism, capacity development

Isyaku Kura

The Town Planners Registration Council of Nigeria (TOPREC) has tasked its 14 newly inducted professional members to improve on the existing town planning regulations and practices in the country. Isyaku Kura, President of the Town Planners Registration Council of Nigeria (TOPREC) The Council’s President, Mr Isyaku Kura, gave the charge on Monday, August 17, 2020 in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State, at ...

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Over 100,000 people volunteer for COVID-19 vaccine trials in UK

Boris Johnson

More than 100,000 people have volunteered to take part in COVID-19 vaccine trials in Britain, the British government said on Monday, August 17, 2020 encouraging more to sign up for the National Health Service (NHS) COVID-19 Vaccine Research Registry. Britain’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. Photo credit: AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali Researchers want volunteers from all parts of society, especially those who ...

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China’s first patent granted for COVID-19 vaccine, South Africa begins second trial


China’s first patent for a COVID-19 vaccine has been granted by the country’s National Intellectual Property Administration. Coronavirus The patent was jointly applied for by a research team with the Academy of Military Sciences and CanSino Biologics Inc., a Chinese high-tech biopharmaceutical company, said a report in People’s Daily. The team led by Chen Wei, a Researcher at the Institute ...

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Tomato hybrid with long shelf life to be available in 12 months, says NABDA


Director-General, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Prof. Alex Akpa, says within a period of one year, Nigerians should expect high yielding tomato hybrid with long shelf life in the markets. Baskets of tomatoes . Photo credit: Akpa, who gave the assurance in an interview in Abuja on Monday, August 17, 2020, disclosed that the losses incurred by farmers, traders, ...

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21 countries volunteer to present national SDG progress in 2021

Sustainable Development Goals

The President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) informed countries of the maximum number of Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) that can be presented during the July 2021 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Writing to UN Member States on July 30, 2020, President Munir Akram indicated that only 42 countries ...

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NiMet predictions: Akwa Ibom directs residents in flood prone areas to relocate upland

Governor Udom Emmanuel

The Akwa Ibom State Government has directed people living in low-lying coastal areas to relocate upland for safety to ensure adequate preparation against impending heavy rainfall predicted by the Nigeria Metrological Agency (NiMet). Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State The Deputy Governor, Mr Moses Ekpo, said this during the sensitisation of 948 villages in the flood prone local government ...

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Argentine group flays children’s campaign on nuclear heroes

Atucha Nuclear Power Plant

The Antinuclear Movement of the Argentine Republic (MARA) has described as “unusual and unethical” the children’s campaign on nuclear heroes promoted by Nucleoeléctrica Argentina Sociedad Anónima (NASA).  It did so through a document in which the Foundation for the Defense of the Environment (FUNAM), an NGO member of MARA, participated technically. Atucha Nuclear Power Plant, Argentina NASA reportedly called on ...

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