Japan to dump radioactive Fukushima water into Pacific, minister says

Tokyo Electric Power will have to dump radioactive water from its destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant directly into the Pacific Ocean, Japan’s environment minister said on Tuesday. After the plant was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011, Tokyo Electric, or Tepco, has collected in tanks at the wrecked sites more than 1 million tons of contaminated water from the cooling pipes used to keep fuel cores from melting. The utility says it will run out of space by 2022. “The only option will be to drain it into…

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Japan to dump radioactive Fukushima water into Pacific, minister says

Tokyo Electric Power will have to dump radioactive water from its destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant directly into the Pacific Ocean, Japan’s environment minister said on Tuesday. After the plant was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011, Tokyo Electric, or Tepco, has collected in tanks at the wrecked sites more than 1 million tons of contaminated water from the cooling pipes used to keep fuel cores from melting. The utility says it will run out of space by 2022. “The only option will be to drain it into…

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Japan to dump radioactive Fukushima water into Pacific, minister says

Tokyo Electric Power will have to dump radioactive water from its destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant directly into the Pacific Ocean, Japan’s environment minister said on Tuesday. After the plant was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011, Tokyo Electric, or Tepco, has collected in tanks at the wrecked sites more than 1 million tons of contaminated water from the cooling pipes used to keep fuel cores from melting. The utility says it will run out of space by 2022. “The only option will be to drain it into…

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Egypt won’t import rice this financial year – Minister

Egypt’s supply minister said on Sunday the country had enough strategic rice reserves to last until February 15 and there would be no need for imports in the current financial year. Egypt’s financial year 2019-2020 ends on June 30. Ali Moselhy told Reuters local rice production was sufficient to last until then and there would be no need for further imports. Once a rice exporter, Egypt reduced its rice cultivation in an effort to conserve Nile river resources as Ethiopia builds a $4 billion dam upstream that Cairo fears could…

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Egypt won’t import rice this financial year – Minister

Egypt’s supply minister said on Sunday the country had enough strategic rice reserves to last until February 15 and there would be no need for imports in the current financial year. Egypt’s financial year 2019-2020 ends on June 30. Ali Moselhy told Reuters local rice production was sufficient to last until then and there would be no need for further imports. Once a rice exporter, Egypt reduced its rice cultivation in an effort to conserve Nile river resources as Ethiopia builds a $4 billion dam upstream that Cairo fears could…

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FG spends N15bn on scholarships in four years

The Federal Government has spent a total of N15 billion on various scholarship programmes on students studying within and outside the country in the last four years of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who disclosed at the eighth edition of the ministerial press briefing of the ministry, said that in 2018 alone scholarships award to students at various levels gulped N10 billion. According to him, access to quality education has been a major challenge to many Nigerians over the years due to several factors especially…

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Over 70% published books not of international standards – Aina

Over 70 per cent of books published by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the country, failed to comply with international standards for publishing, as contained in the National Library Decree 1970, the National Library of Nigeria (NLN) has revealed. The National Librarian, Prof. Lenrie Aina, who disclosed this at a sensitisation workshop on “International Standards for Publishing and Legal Deposit Compliance in Nigeria,” organised for MDAs in Abuja, lamented that majority of books published in the country did not have the required International Standard Book Number (ISBN) or International…

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2030: Committee harps on adequate funding to achieve SDG 4

To achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education globally, and especially the developing nations, the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee has recommended adequate fund of education as a public good by various governments.   This is as the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) had reported that one in five children globally does not attend school, and that little progress was being made in improving school attendance over the past five years. The 38-member Steering Committee was constituted in 2016 as the coordination mechanism for education in the 2030 Agenda.  …

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Research institutes’ strike: Nigeria risks economic slump

STRIKE The indefinite nationwide strike of the three unions – ASURI, NASU and (SSAUTHRIAI – in the nation’s research institutes and other allied institutions, has entered its fourth month without any deliberate move or action by the Federal Government to address the crisis     Almost four months into the indefinite nationwide strike by the three workers’ unions in the country’s about 100 research institutes and allied institutions, there seems to be no concrete efforts by the Federal Government to address the crisis. The industrial action, which has since paralysed…

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Minister, Akande to mobilise support for book industry

As part of efforts towards boosting campaign to rebuild the nation’s sliding reading culture, the Nigerian Book Fair Trust (NBFT), organisers of the annual Nigerian International Book Fair (NIBF), has enlisted the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Nike Akande, and the Chairman, Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, Shehu Sanni, among others to participate actively in this year’s edition of the fair. At a media briefing organised to flag off the fair, the Chairman of the NBFT and…

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