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CODE holds govt to transparency standards amid coronavirus pandemic donations

Hamzat Lawal  CODE holds govt to transparency standards amid coronavirus pandemic donations MG 0073

Following the spate of donations and interventions to tackle the current pandemic threatening the Nigerian healthcare system and other aspects of the nation’s wellbeing, Abuja-based non-governmental organsation, Connected Development (CODE), says it is holding the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Health and the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to transparency standards. Hamzat Lawal, head of CODE According to ...

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Reactions trail TC Energy’s decision to proceed with Keystone XL pipeline

keystone-xl-pipeline  Reactions trail TC Energy’s decision to proceed with Keystone XL pipeline keystone xl pipeline

TC Energy Corp. gave the go-ahead on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 for construction of its $8-billion US Keystone XL pipeline project, with help from the Alberta government. The Keystone XL Pipeline The company said Alberta has agreed to invest approximately $1.1 billion as equity in the project, which substantially covers planned construction costs through the end of 2020. The remaining $6.9 ...

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COVID-19: UNODC makes case for protecting people in prisons

Ghada Fathi Waly  COVID-19: UNODC makes case for protecting people in prisons Ghada Fathi Waly

The world is amidst an unprecedented pandemic. With 203 countries and territories affected, the coronavirus infection (COVID-19) is taking a toll on the world’s population with close to 700,000 cases and over 33,000 associated deaths as of Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Ghada Fathi Waly, Director-General/Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) According to figures from ...

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Smokers risk fatal complications from COVID-19, ERA/FoEN warns

tobacco smoking  Smokers risk fatal complications from COVID-19, ERA/FoEN warns Cigarette smoking e1484239572817

As Nigeria battles to contain the raging COVID-19 pandemic, the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), has warned that smokers are at higher risk of developing fatal complications from contracting the virus. According to scientists, tobacco smoking is dangerous to health The group in a statement issued by its head, Media and Campaigns, Philip Jakpor, on Tuesday, March ...

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New film explores cultural, ecological revival in Uganda’s Great Lakes region

The Albertine Rift  New film explores cultural, ecological revival in Uganda’s Great Lakes region The Albertine Rift

Amid climate emergency and a global coronavirus pandemic caused by ecological destruction, a Ugandan Indigenous community is demonstrating the vital contributions African indigenous people can make to planetary health. The Albertine Rift “Custodians of Life- Reviving Culture and Nature in Uganda’s Great Lakes”, a new film from The Gaia Foundation, ANARDE, NAPE and AFRICE, explores how the Bagungu Indigenous People are ...

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Amidst COVID-19 pandemic, govt locks SA into deadly air pollution

Barbara Creecy  Amidst COVID-19 pandemic, govt locks SA into deadly air pollution Barbara Creecy

With South Africa under a three-week coronavirus lockdown, the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Barbara Creecy, has gazetted sulphur dioxide (S02) air pollution standards (called minimum emission standards, or MES) considered to be twice as weak as the previous standards. Barbara Creecy Instead of Eskom, Sasol, and other facilities with coal boilers having to meet the original SO2 standard of 500 mg/Nm3, ...

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Nigeria confirms 20 new cases of COVID-19

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu  Nigeria confirms 20 new cases of COVID-19 Chikwe Ihekweazu

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday, March 30, 2020 confirmed 20 new cases of the of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Chief Executive Officer, NCDC The NCDC, through its verified Twitter account, said that, as at 9 p.m., there were 131 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria with two deaths. The centre said out of ...

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Water critical in fight against climate change, coronavirus, personalities agree

Handwashing  Water critical in fight against climate change, coronavirus, personalities agree Handwash

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the international community celebrated the 2020 World Water Day (WWD) on Sunday March 22, 2020, which was a reminder to the world that climate change is real and impacting water resources, and that addressing water related issues is key in the fight against climate change and in that current battle against the coronavirus. ...

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Activists term Japan’s revised climate plans ‘empty words and collective failure’

Shinzo Abe  Activists term Japan’s revised climate plans ‘empty words and collective failure’ ShinzoAbe 2449154b e1433700136362

Japan on Monday, March 30, 2020 laid out its revised plans to tackle greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris agreement in the run-up to UN climate talks this year, becoming the first large economy to do so. Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe. Photo credit: telegraph.co.uk But its proposals were criticised by campaigners as grossly inadequate, amid fears the Covid-19 crisis could prompt countries ...

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NAFDAC endorses Chloroquine for clinical trial, treatment of COVID-19

Mojisola Adeyeye  NAFDAC endorses Chloroquine for clinical trial, treatment of COVID-19 Mojisola Adeyeye

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has ordered for the manufacturing of the anti-malarial drug, Chloroquine, for emergency stock for possible clinical treatment of COVID-19 patients. Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, said in a statement on Monday, March 30, 2020 that the agency had approached a local manufacturing pharmaceutical company, May and Baker, to produce ...

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