Power supply restored to Rivers communities after days of protest
Power supply has been restored to the host Communities of the Afam Power Plant in Oyigbo local government area of Rivers State by the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) after about a week of protests by the residentsReports from the communities indicated that PHED on Wednesday succumbed to the demand of the people of Ndoki and other host communities who had laid siege at the entrance to the power plant since last week demanding for restoration of power supply to their area.Our correspondent gathered that power was restored to the communities after a meeting between officials...
What We Are Reading Today: The Theory of Ecological Communities (MPB-57) by Mark Vellend
A plethora of different theories, models, and concepts make up the field of community ecology. Amid this vast body of work, is it possible to build one general theory of ecological communities? What other scientific areas might serve as a guiding framework? As it turns out, the core focus of community ecology—understanding patterns of diversity and composition of biological variants across space and time—is shared by evolutionary biology and its very coherent conceptual framework, population genetics theory. The Theory of Ecological Communities takes this as a starting point to pull together c...
Bagre Dam Spillage Kills 4 Year Old Girl In Daboya
A flooded house in DaboyaA four year-old girl has died in Daboya due to the spillage of the Bagre dam from Burkina Faso.The Bagre Dam spillage overflowed to Daboya in the North Gonja district of the Savannah region.The spillage has affected about nine communities in the Daboya-Mankarigu district with over 750 households displaced.The affected communities are Daboya, Danbolto, Wanato, Lingbisi, Disa, Mankarigu, Yagbon, Sekpala and Sekpage.Communities have been cut off due to blockage of roads which link them from the various communities to the Daboya township.The Savannah Regional Director of t...
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Ready, set, go! Matrics write prelims
Johannesburg - Matric candidates across the country have begun writing their preliminary exams.In Gauteng, preparations are still ongoing, and candidates will sit from Friday, according to provincial department spokesperson Steve Mabona.In North West, exams started on Monday, and 38 310 pupils sat for them.“The 2020 academic year was engulfed by long school breaks posed by Covid-19. That reduced the contact time between pupils and teachers. The long school breaks couldn’t discourage pupils from attending school, and many schools have completed their syllabus,” said North West MEC Mmaphefo Mats...
Bill Gates: Pandemic has stalled progress on tackling poverty
The coronavirus pandemic had stalled 20 years of progress in fighting poverty and disease, according to Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.A report by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, published on Tuesday, shows that, by nearly every indicator, the world has regressed in attempts to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty and reduce inequality.Extreme poverty has increased by 7 per cent due to the outbreak, according to the foundation's annual "Goalkeepers" report.Vaccine coverage - a proxy measure for how health systems are functioning - has plummeted to levels...
Ogun Warns 40 Flood-Prone Communities To Relocate
The government in Ogun has advised residents in 40 communities across 10 local government areas to relocate after prediction of impending flooding in the affected areas.The 40 communities are spread across 10 local government areas: Abeokuta North, Abeokuta South, Ifo, Obafemi Owode, Sagamu, Ijebu-Ode, Ado-Odo/Ota, Yewa South, Ogun Waterside and Ogun East.Mitigate effects of flood on NigeriansFlood: FG places, FCT, 28 states on red alertThe 2020 seasonal rainfall prediction by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency lists Ogun among states prone to flooding.In total, it puts 28 states and the FCT o...
How skin-lightening products make money from racism around the world
Throughout her working life, Yvonne Okwara, a TV presenter, was always told that she was too dark-skinned."I was always being told that I'm too dark for television and that I need more make-up," she says, recalling comments from bosses and colleagues. It was made clear to her early in her career that "my looks and my skin colour wouldn't get me far, because they aren't what society wants," says Okwara, who's now a household name in Kenya thanks to her work as a senior news anchor for Citizen Television."Even among Africans, there's a stigma against people with darker skin colour, there are dif...
New Age communities are driving QAnon conspiracies in Brazil
A popular image of Ashtar Sheran, an alien according to some New Age beliefs. Image by www.angels-light.org. The owners of the website encourage the dissemination of their library of illustrations.Some two dozen people dressed in yellow and green gathered at Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach on August 23, in what seemed like yet another pro-Bolsonaro protest, commonly held to praise Brazil’s president since the COVID-19 pandemic began.But when a young man wearing a T-shirt with a skull-shaped image of the US flag began to speak, it became clear that there was something different — and slightly...
Oil palm plantations in Sumatran wetland worsen flooding in communities
JAKARTA — Newly published research has linked the spread of oil palm and rubber plantations across a wetland area of Indonesia’s Sumatra Island to worsening floods in the region.The analysis, published in August in the journal Ecology and Society, shows that “the observed and measured increase in flood frequency and intensity within the Tembesi River catchment area is most likely driven by land use change from forests to monoculture plantations.”“The large-scale land-use change leads to a compaction of the soil, so that less rain is absorbed by the soil and the water quickly runs off at the su...
Survey: Germans scared of Trump but not panicking in pandemic
Donald Trump maintains bogeyman status in Germany, according to the results of an annual study on people's fears released on Thursday.More than half of the 2,400 people surveyed in the representative poll - or 53 per cent - said the US president's policies make the world a more dangerous place.The economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic was also a widely shared fear, at 48 per cent, while 51 per cent of respondents worried about rising food prices, said the R+V insurance group, which conducted the survey during the months of June and July.Fear of actually catching the coronavirus wa...