In commemoration of the International Women’s Day (IWD), the Young Innovators of Nigeria (YIN) is advancing its advocacy to ensure gender parity in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) field.
Mr Andrew Abu, the President of the group, disclosed this on Thursday in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
The IWD usually celebrated on March 8 annually is a day when women are recognised for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political affiliation.
This year’s celebration has “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” as its theme, and focuses on innovative ways to advance gender equality, empower women in social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.
Abu said that YIN would be spreading the advocacy through its TechX Innovation Hub in Enugu and discuss issues on gender balancing, the role of stakeholders, among other topics.
He added that “recently the parameters for determining the growth of any nation’s economy focused on conducive environment, education of citizens, manufacturing, innovation and
Information Communication Technology.
He said “women constitute half of the world’s population but more than 40 per cent of the workforce and less than 30 per cent of the IT workforce and customer base are females.
“Majority of the Information Technology industry products are designed and built by men.
“TechX innovation hub will celebrate the IWD by advancing advocacy and inspire young girls and women to consider a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).
Abu stressed that bridging gender gap and celebrating IWD belongs to all groups, adding that it provides useful opportunity to reinforce the role of stakeholders in building a gender-balanced world.
Myanmar’s airport extends restriction on operation of international air services to mid-June
The restriction of operating international air services at the Yangon International Airport was further extended to June 15, according to a notice from the Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL), operator of the airport on Friday.
Aiming to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country, the suspension of international air services was first set from March 30 to April 13 and later the effective period was extended thrice, to April 30, to May 15 and to May 31, respectively.
Meanwhile, domestic air travel remains operational at the airport, the notice said.
The Yangon International Airport handled 1.46 million passengers in the first quarter of 2020, down by 17.14 percent compared to the corresponding period of last year, due to the travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Angola extends deadline of Port of Luanda terminal international tender
Angola has extended to June 30 the deadline for the submission of bids for the concession and operation of the multipurpose terminal of Port of Luanda, the Concession Evaluation Commission said on Friday.
Launched on Dec. 16, 2019, the international tender had previously set March 30 this year as the deadline for the opening of the bids.
The terminal has an annual handling capacity of about 2.6 million tons per year. The company to win the international tender will manage the terminal for 20-25 years.
The main aim of the tender is to promote development and improve efficiency of the port activity through the participation of seasoned private firms in this sector.
Local and international companies with experience in port management are invited to take part in the international tender, the commission said.
Luanda port terminal handles both general cargo and containers. It has an annual handling capacity of 2.6 million tons.
UN declares Sept. 9 International Day to Protect Education from Attack
The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday proclaimed Sept. 9 as the International Day to Protect Education from Attack.
President of the Assembly, Amb. Tijani Muhammad-Bande, said in a statement that the proclamation came through Resolution 74/275 adopted by member states under the “silence procedure”.
In the resolution, the member states reaffirmed the right to education for all and the importance of ensuring safe and enabling learning environments in humanitarian emergencies.
The resolution strongly condemned such attacks, which it said impede the “full realisation of the right to education, in particular of women and girls”.
According to the resolution, military abuse of schools might also affect the safety of children and teachers and the right of the child to education
The document also conveyed the “deep concerns” of member states about “school-related violence against girls, including sexual violence and harassment on the way to and from, and at school”.
The resolution said those risks might influence parents’ decision to allow girls to attend school.
The document called for efforts to promote safe and protective school environments in humanitarian emergencies.
It urged all Member States, the UN and other international and regional organisations, civil society and all other stakeholders to observe the day.
The cost of all activities that may arise from the implementation of the resolution should be met from voluntary contributions, the resolution stressed.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
Suing China over COVID-19 against international law: expert
According to media reports, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit against China in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, demanding that the Chinese government take responsibility and make compensations for the global pandemic.
It was a gross violation of China‘s national sovereignty and the principle of sovereign equality which is widely acknowledged by the international community and the UN Charter, according to the article under the byline of Huang Jin, president of the Chinese Society of International Law.
Huang criticized the move as an illegal act which is totally against international law.
“These accusations have no factual or legal basis in international law,” he said.
The origin of the coronavirus is a matter for scientists to study and answer and shall not be politicized, said Huang, noting that according to international law, the question on the virus’ origin has nothing to do with state responsibility.
Huang pointed out that the Chinese government’s efforts in releasing information and epidemic prevention and control have complied with the International Health Regulations.
Kenya’s ex-rugby international Allan Makaka dies in road accident
Kenya’s rugby fraternity is in mourning following the sudden death of former Kenya Sevens international Allan Makaka in a road accident.
Makaka, who was working for Royal Media Services, was killed when his vehicle rammed into a stationary trailer from behind on a deserted highway in the capital Nairobi on Friday. He was 37.
The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) confirmed his death on Saturday while leading tributes to the former international, who was hailed as one of the fastest wingers to ever wear the national team shirt.
“A warm individual off the pitch, Allan’s death is indeed a huge loss to his family, friends, colleagues and the rugby fraternity,” the KRU wrote in a statement.
Born on June 28, 1982, Makaka was a former Kenya Sevens international and was part of the squad that played at the 2005 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Hong Kong and the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.
He made a total of 57 appearances in the Sevens World Series, scoring 28 tries to rank 21st overall amongst Kenya’s all-time try scorers in the World Series.
Fiji’s sevens legend Waisale Serevi once described Makaka as one of the fastest players that he had ever come across.
“The Royal Media Services (RMS) family mourns the death of our colleague Allan Makaka following a tragic road accident on May 22, 2020. His family has lost a loving husband, father and son, while RMS and the world have lost a vibrant creative genius,” his employers posted on Twitter as Kenyans took to social media to pay tribute to Makaka.
Ethiopian Jewish immigrants arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport amid COVID-19 pandemic
Fumigation of Port Harcourt International Airport concludes ahead re-opening
An official of the Port Harcourt International Airport says fumigation, following operational approval by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has been concluded ahead of its re-opening.
Mr Kunle Akinbode, Assistant Manager, Operations disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , on Wednesday in Port Harcourt.
Akinbode said exercise was in line with the directive from NCAA over the planned re-opening of three major airports in the country, namely Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.
“The plan ahead of airport re-opening is still with the NCAA, and as soon as it is approved, it will be made public.
“Even the Public Relations boss of FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, has confirmed receiving several calls from the press, demanding information on the authority’s preparedness for re-opening of the airports; and she has told them NCAA’s approval is what is being awaited.
“As we know, NCAA is the regulator of flight operations, so our entire operations depend largely on its decision,” he said.
Akinbode, however, revealed that some innovative operational measures were being put in place to help check the spread of COVID-19 and others, as well as to improve hygiene at the airports.
“Right now, the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, the Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with the NCAA, would make public guidelines towards airport re-opening because our mode of operations may no longer be what it used to be,” he added.
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)
Fiji launches week-long program to celebrate International Biodiversity Day
Fiji launched on Tuesday a week-long program to celebrate this year’s International Biodiversity Day, which will be marked on Friday.
While launching the program, Fiji’s Minister for Agriculture, Waterways and Environment Mahendra Reddy said that the program aimed to create more awareness in communities on the importance of protecting the natural environment through nature-based solutions.
This year’s theme is “Our Solutions are in Nature,” which meant biodiversity remains the answer to several sustainable development challenges that we all face. From nature-based solutions to climate, to food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity remains the basis for a sustainable future.
“Biodiversity loss is also closely impacted by activities undertaken by humans which also affects our growth and economic development. The exploitation of renewable and non-renewable resources, energy and industrial activity, and the expansion of urbanization and agriculture are all sectors of the economy that have a mutual impact on biodiversity,” he said.
The week-long program included activities and a symposium for non-government organizations and other stakeholders which recognize their contribution and support in implementing Fiji’s biodiversity and wildlife policies.
The International Biodiversity Day is a United Nations-sanctioned international day for the promotion of biodiversity issues.
International Museum Day marked in Berlin, Germany
Two women are seen at the reception of the German Historical Museum in Berlin, capital of Germany, May 18, 2020, which marks the International Museum Day. According to the agreement of Germany’s federal and state governments on April 30, museums and galleries in Germany are accessible again but hygiene and distance rules must continue to be observed. (Photo by Binh Truong/Xinhua)
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