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Age barrier: JAMB advises candidates “strictly follow instructions in brochure”. before registration

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has advised candidates of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to always read and strictly adhere to instructions contained in the examination brochure before registering for the examinations.

The board’s Head of Media and Publicity, Mr Fabian Benjamin, gave the advice in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Saturday in Abuja.

Benjamin spoke to NAN against the backdrop of concerns being raised by the public on the fate of some candidates who sat and passed the UTME with high scores, but were not sure of their plight as they did not meet the age requirement.

NAN reports that one Ekele Franklin, a 15-year-old candidate, who reportedly scored the highest at the 2019 UTME, but who may not be offered admissions into University of Lagos (UNILAG), his choice of institution, because of his age, is one of such examples.

According to Benjamin, the board, in its examination brochure, states the age limit for admissions into tertiary institutions in the country,but because candidates hardly read the item, fall victims to the unfortunate circumstance.

” Although universities have different requirements for entries into their institutions, where some may be stern with the age limit, others may be flexible.

” Some schools will never admit one who is not up to the required age into their institutions, even after scoring high marks in the UTME and other examinations.

“It is not peculiar to Nigeria alone, it happens in other countries too,” he said.

Benjamin therefore urged prospective UTME candidates to be cautious and become acquainted with, as well as follow all the instructions stated in the procedure so as not to fall into problems.

He also said that admissions process for the 2019/20 would commence on Wednesday, Aug. 21, as the board was working tirelessly to ensure a smooth process.

Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa

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Thailand’s rubber agency to push for construction of riverside rubber embankments

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A large volume of rubber might be used in the construction of riverside rubber embankments throughout Thailand in an effort to promote its domestic use instead of export.

Uthai Sonlaksap, chairperson of the Rubber Network Council and Rubber Farmers Institute of Thailand, said on Thursday that his agency is yet to submit a proposal to the National Rubber Policy Committee chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

The proposal is made for the planned use of some 500,000 tons of rubber in the construction of the anti-flooding rubber embankments along the banks of 25 rivers in all regions of the country.

If initially approved by the committee and finally by the government, an estimated 100-billion-baht (about 3.16 billion U.S. dollars) budget will be provided for rubber embankment projects to be carried out nationwide, according to the rubber agency’s chairperson.

That sum of money to finance the planned rubber levee scheme might be secured from a 500-billion-baht (about 15.81 billion U.S. dollars) government budget, which have no been allocated under an executive decree for postpandemic social and economic restoration measures.

Instead of exporting a large volume of rubber at lowered prices to the world markets, Uthai said, Thailand might look to use more of it within the country to create jobs and raise more incomes for local villagers, who might be hired in such rubber levee project.

Some 360,000 tons of rubber might be used in the planned making of rubber fender barriers along 12,000 km of roads throughout the country, according to Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob.

Rubber farmers will earn more income by directly providing their product to road-building agencies, namely the Department of Highways and the Department of Rural Roads.

Such rubber fender barrier project is primarily designed to make a substantial domestic use of rubber, which would be otherwise bound for export, according to the minister.

As the world‘s biggest producer and exporter of natural rubber, Thailand’s total rubber production increased for 2.43 percent from 13.54 million tons in 2017 to 13.87 billion tons in 2018, according to Rubber Statistical Bulletin.

Thai rubber accounts for up to 40 percent of global supply but Thai rubber farmers have struggled with low prices in recent years due to decline in global demand.

(XINHUA)

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Tourism authority plans to provide free domestic tour packages for Thais

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) plans to provide free domestic tour packages for a number of Thai people during a four-month time, beginning next month.

TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn confirmed on Thursday his agency has consulted the Finance Ministry’s Fiscal Policy Office over such tour promotion campaign for the Thais to visit varied tourist destinations within the country between July and October. The move was aimed at stimulating domestic consumption and boost the economy, which has been considerably damaged by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The planned tour packages will provide free vouchers to registered recipients to cover their expenses during a domestic trip, provided for three days and two nights in a row, according to the TAT governor.

The free tour packages, which are yet to be proposed to the cabinet of ministers next week, will be provided to some 1.2 million village-based public health volunteers and subdistrict-based health promotion officials, Yuthasak said.

Besides, another 4 million Thais, aged 18 years or above, will also be provided such domestic tour packages for free, he said.

Each recipient may be given free vouchers worth about 2,000 to 3,000 baht (about 63.25 to 94.87 U.S. dollars) to cover their tour-related costs.

(XINHUA)

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Germany unveils 130-billion-euro stimulus package to boost virus-hit economy

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Germany has agreed on an economic stimulus package worth 130 billion euros (146 billion U.S. dollars) to mitigate the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chancellor Angela Merkel said late Wednesday.

“The size of the package will amount to 130 billion euros for the years 2020/2021, 120 billion of which will be spent by the federal government,” Merkel said during a news conference after coalition meetings over stimulus measures to boost the severely-hit economy.

“We have an economic stimulus package, a package for the future, and in addition, we’re now dealing with our responsibility for Europe and the international dimension,” she noted.

The comprehensive economic stimulus measures include billions in aid for struggling industries, additional funding to deal with unemployment and lost tax revenue, and a one-time 300-euro per child bonus.

Merkel said the main value-added tax (VAT) rate will be temporarily reduced from 19 percent to 16 percent for six months, starting from July 1. The usual VAT rate for hospitality of 7 percent will be reduced to 5 percent over the same period.

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said that an additional supplementary budget will need to be passed for the stimulus, without naming any figures.

The stimulus programme follows a 750-billion-euro rescue package agreed by the German government in late March to mitigate the damage of the pandemic.

(XINHUA)

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Man holding children hostage surrenders in United States city Oakland

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A man who fired gunshots at police officers and held children hostage from home surrendered on Wednesday after a 12-hour standoff in the United States city of Oakland, Northern California.

“The incident … was peacefully resolved. The subject was in communications with our Tactical Negotiators and agreed to let the children exit the home. Shortly after the subject exited the home and surrendered to police,” the Oakland Police Department said in a tweet Wednesday evening.

Police officers saw the man shooting a rifle from inside a residence on the 5700 block of Harmon Avenue early Wednesday morning. No one was injured in the incident, according to the police.

The man was holding two children, aged 6 and 8, hostage inside the residence. A woman believed to be his wife then escaped from home, the reports said.

A SWAT team responded to the situation and police had been in contact with the man after the first shots were fired, the police said.

Oakland police spokeswoman Felicia Aisthorpe said in a Twitter video post earlier that a tactical negotiation team had been sent to deal with the situation.

(XINHUA)

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Edinburgh Castle offers virtual tour of secret passages

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One of Scotland‘s biggest tourism attractions, Edinburgh Castle, though currently closed to visitors, threw open its doors Wednesday to its secret passages via a new 3-dimensional model.

By the wonders of modern technology, virtual visitors can use the 3-D model to take an immersive digital tour of the castle.

The 3-D model, created by Historic Environment Scotland (HES), even gives virtual visitors a rare chance to explore the hidden parts of Scotland’s most iconic fortress.

“These digital innovations are crucial in helping to understand, conserve and tell the stories of our historic sites,” said HES, the lead public body charged with caring for, protecting and promoting the historic environment of Scotland.

Edinburgh Castle has stood on the high rock overlooking the Scottish capital city since the 12th century. It is the most visited attraction in Scotland, drawing about 2 million visitors a year. Currently, it is closed to visitors because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

(XINHUA)

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Computer Village: Community seeks LASG intervention over looming crisis

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The Ogunbiyi Community Development Association (CDA) in Ikeja Local Government Area of Lagos State has urged the state government to intervene over an alleged constant harassment by hoodlums at Ikeja Computer Village market.

Mr Timi Davies, Vice Chairman, Ogunbiyi CDA, who also doubled as the chairman of coalition of associations in Computer Village, told newsmen on Wednesday that his people were tired of constant harassment on residents by thugs.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the traders shutdown the biggest ICT market on Saturday in protest against constant assault on the people by some hoodlums.

Trouble started on Saturday when the CDA erected a gate at Idowu Lane in the market which was allegedly removed and carted away on the order of the Iyaloja who also ordered the arrest of t two men, including the CDA Chairman.

Davis urged the state government to come to their aid and intervene before the matter degenerated into major crisis in the community.

He said, “This is an ICT business hub, this is not a market where they sell pepper and tomatoes, therefore, installing Babaloja and Iyaloja here is a misnomer. Computer Village do not belong to the market women association for Christ’s sake.

“We have made our position clear that we do not want these people, they do not represent us because we have our own different associations to which we belong.

“Moreover, they have continued to harass and assault people here to the extent that customers are already running away from the business environment for fear of being harassed.

What happened Saturday is that the CDA erected a gate at Idowu lane to protect the market from burglars which was witnessed during the lockdown.

“We approached the local government, being our supervising body, and we were given the approval, but in the evening, Iyaloja sent hoodlums to remove the gate while she also ordered the arrest of the CDA chairman and others.

“Their offence for being arrested was that they didn’t take permission from Iyaloja and Babaloja before erecting the  gate to protect their goods from being stolen.”

Davis said that the traditional title of Iyaloja or Babaloja did not give them the permission to govern the community which was under the CDA created by law of the state.

He called on the state government to intervene to prevent a breakdown of law and order in the area.

Reacting, the Iyaoloja of Computer Village market, Mrs Abimbola Azeez-Isokpehi said “the Idowu Lane where the gate was erected had always been part of Computer Village.”

Azeez-Isokpehi said there were archs built by TECNO mobile with sign boards of Iyaloja which was erected at all the entrances of Computer Village.

“Suddenly, some people just thought they can cordon off Idowu Lane, claiming it is not part of Computer Village and they want to be alone.

“These unscrupulous elements wanted to try my authority by removing Idowu Lane as part of Computer Village.

“That was why they went to erect the gate there without my knowledge and I cannot be looking for people who hold the keys to the market when I am in charge,” she said.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

 

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No damage or victims reported after 6.9-magnitude earthquake in Chile

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Chilean authorities said there have been no victims nor damage to any infrastructure reported after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake occurred early on Wednesday in the north of the country, according to the National Seismological Center of the University of Chile.

The earthquake occurred at 03:35 local time (0735 GMT), with the epicenter located 50 kilometers southwest of the town of San Pedro de Atacama.

The quake was felt in provinces and regions near the epicenter, and a series of minor aftershocks followed later in the morning.

The Chilean Navy’s Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service (SHOA) reported that the earthquake did not meet the necessary conditions to generate a tsunami on the Chilean Pacific coast, and the National Emergency Office described the event as “medium intensity.”

Sitting on the Pacific Ring of Fire, Chile is one of the most seismically active countries on the planet.

(XINHUA)

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Oyo Govt inaugurates committee on management of dead persons

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Oyo State Government on Wednesday inaugurated a twenty-man committee saddled with the responsibility of ensuring proper management of deceased persons in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the committee was made up of professionals and stakeholders from various sectors and was drawn across geopolitical zones of the state.

The committee inauguration ceremony was held at the conference room, Ministry of Health, Secretariat, Ibadan.

The committee is expected to look into issues that could affect the dignity of deceased citizens and to ensure that communities in the state are safe from hazards relating to improper disposition of dead bodies in the society.

In her remarks during the inauguration, the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun, said the committee would articulate necessary policies, processes, which were in line with international practices to the management of deceased citizens of the state.

Adeosun stressed that the initiative would embrace appropriate management of the dead and assist in achieving harmony between the bereaved family and the community at large.

She further said that the state Corona law 2018 would become operational while government would pay attention to “public education on death management, contemporary burial methods and all other aspects of management of dead persons.

In this COVID-19 era and beyond, the committee will ensure that utmost dignity and proper respect are accorded to victims of disease outbreaks.

“The families and communities will be treated in a professional approach to avoid any type or kind of stigmatisation,” the SSG said.

Adeosun also said the state government would not deviate from the path of progressive and innovative policies that would address the need of the people of the state.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Bashir Bello, while speaking at the event, said that the arrangement would enable the family of the departed souls have access to whatever the deceased left behind through the support of the state government.

Oyo State is the first to officially inaugurate dead management committee in the whole Federation and this is a signal of advancement level of our dear state.

“The dead will have their full honour, value and their relatives will equally have legal access to their inheritances, if everything is properly documented,” Bello said.

The Chairman of the 20-Man Committee, Dr Uwom Eze, said the committee would work together with relevant agencies, ministries and stakeholders to ensure best dead management practices in the state.

Eze is a Consultant, Forensic Pathologist, University College Hospital, Ibadan.

NAN also reports that the state government equally inaugurated 10 new standard ambulances as part of measures to strengthen health sector and eliminate all form of hindrances that could arise while dealing with emergency cases in the state.


Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

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Oyo govt. to establish agency for PLWDs

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says his administration will soon establish an agency that will cater for the needs and wellbeing of people living with disabilities (PLWDs).
Makinde
stated this on Wednesday in Ibadan, while flagging off the distribution of palliatives to selected 200 people living with one form of disability or the other.
He said that the plan to establish the agency was to fulfill the promises made during his electioneering that such an agency would be set up.
During electioneering, I made a promise to the people living with disabilities that when I become the governor of the state, I would set up an agency for PLWDs.
“I
want to assure you that before the second anniversary of this government, it will be done,” he stated.
The governor said that the era of impostors taking the benefits of what belonged to the people with disabilities had become a thing of the past, stressing that his administration would continue to identify with the vulnerable in the state.
Earlier, Mr Bimbo Adekanbi, the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Persons with Disabilities, appreciated Makinde for identifying with people having various forms of disabilities and making them beneficiaries of palliatives in the state.
Speaking on behalf of the Association of PWDs in the state, Mr James Olukayode expressed gratitude to the state government for the palliatives, describing the gesture as “another feather to the cap of the Oyo State government.”
Olukayode noted that the policies and programmes of the present administration in the state were friendly to people with disabilities.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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