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National Park Service establishes indigenous knowledge desk – Conservator-General



The National Park Service has established Indigenous Knowledge Desk in its seven national parks and headquarters to generate and document relevant indigenous knowledge useful for biodiversity conservation in their respective unit parks.

Alhaji Ibrahim Goni, the Conservator-General (C-G), said this in a statement signed by his Media Assistant, Mr Yakubu Zull, in Abuja on Friday.

Goni inaugurated the officers during a two-day forum held at the Akoto Base Camp, Sepeteri, Old Oyo National Park.

The Conservator-General stated that the desk officers were selected based on merit and their ability to work effectively on any task given to them.

“You are expected to generate and document relevant indigenous knowledge that will be useful for biodiversity conservation in your respective unit parks.

“We are taking measures to re-position the National Park to meet world standards, so we must capture the indigenous challenges to be able to apply indigenous solutions to them as well,” he said.

Goni enumerated the problems that necessitated the creation of indigenous desks in the parks to include population growth and unsustainable resource consumption.

Others are, climate change and global warming, invasive alien species, over exploitation of natural resources and environmental degradation.

“ To curb the menace of these environmental challenges, the management must integrate indigenous knowledge as a means to complement conservation efforts already established,’’ he said.

Henry Ndoma, the Conservator of Old Oyo National Park, thanked the C-G for selecting his park for the hosting of the first meeting of indigenous knowledge desk officers.

Highlight of the event was the inspection of quarter guard mounted by officers of the Park by the Conservator-General.


Edited by Dorcas Jonah/Ifeyinwa Omowole


Leader of Mongolia’s ruling party calls for synergy to promote national development, interests




Ukhnaa Khurelsukh, leader of Mongolia’s ruling Mongolian People’s Party (MPP), on Tuesday called on voters to promote synergy and unity for the country’s development and interests.

Khurelsukh made the remarks during the launching ceremony of the party’s election campaign for the forthcoming parliamentary elections.

“There are no party interests that go beyond the interests of the country. I am calling on all people or voters to synergize their efforts to promote the interests of Mongolia, support the economic growth, strengthen justice in the country, and to improve people’s livelihood,” said Khurelsukh.

“I am confident that the next four years will be the years for Mongolians to consolidate their achievements, increase economic growth, reduce unemployment and poverty, create new jobs, and strengthen freedom and justice,” he said, calling for a resounding support from voters.

A total of 76 candidates from the MPP are running in the upcoming parliamentary elections under the slogan “Let’s synergize.”

According to the country’s General Election Commission, 485 candidates from 13 political parties and four coalitions as well as 121 independent candidates are running for the parliamentary elections scheduled for June 24.

Mongolia’s opposition Democratic Party is participating in this year’s elections under the slogan “Let’s allot the benefits of economic growth to every household and protect citizens by laws.”

The Asian country’s parliament, the State Great Khural, is unicameral, consisting of 76 lawmakers with a four-year term.

The previous parliamentary elections in Mongolia were held in 2016.


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VC harps on national re-orientation to tackle rape cases



Prof. Charles Ayo, the Vice-Chancellor of Trinity University, Ota, on Tuesday called on government at all levels to embark on national re-orientation in order to tackle the incessant rape cases in the country.

Ayo made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota, Ogun.

He spoke against the backdrop of the gang rape of an undergraduate student of the University of Benin last week.

Ayo, a former Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Ota, noted that the incessant rape cases in the country were unfortunate, saying this called for action.

The National Orientation Agency needs to redouble its efforts in addressing this menace as the nation is fast eroding its values,” he said.

Ayo attributed the causes  of rape in the country to moral decadence, lack of fear of God and respect for mankind.

He implored government at all levels to intensify efforts in addressing the rape challenge in the country.

“In the primary, secondary and tertiary level, the nation has witnessed rape cases due to absolute moral decadence.

“Something must be done urgently to serve as deterrent to others who have the motive or intention of committing a similar crime, ” he said.

The don noted that most of the criminals who engaged in such acts had an evil minds.

Ayo also called for effective community policing across the country to check the incessant rape cases.

He noted that kidnapping and others social vices could be addressed through effective community policing in the country.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Mufutau Ojo (NAN)

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Don seeks national re-orienation to stop incessant rape



Prof. Charles Ayo, a former Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Ota, on Tuesday, called on government at all levels to embark on national re-orienation in order to stop incessant incidents of rape in the country.

Ayo, who is also the Vice-Chancellor, Trinity University, Yaba, gave the advice while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota.

He spoke on the background of incessant rape cases and particularly the raping of an undergraduate student of the University of Benin on May 27.

According to him, the increasing rape cases in the country are really unfortunate and there is the need for caution to avoid damaging the image of the country.

The National Re-Orienatation Agency should redouble its efforts in addressing this problem, as the menace is fast eroding the nation’s values,” the don said.

Ayo attributed the cause of rape in the country to moral decadence, lack of the fear of God, and respect for mankind.

“In the primary, secondary and tertiary levels, the nation has recorded a lot of rape cases due to moral decadence.

“Something must be done urgently to bring culprits to book to serve as a deterrant to others, who have the intention of committing similar crimes,” he said.

Ayo also called for effective community policing across the country to check the menace, as those engaged in such acts were evil minded.

He noted that kidnapping and other social vices could be better addressed through effective community policing in the country.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Yemi Idris-Aduloju (NAN)

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Admiral Ekwe lauds Navy for successes in National economy



Rear Admiral Obono Ekwe (Rtd), has commended the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) of the Nigerian Navy for maintaining a steady presence at sea thereby ensuring maritime security and economic prosperity.

Ekwe said the command under the leadership of the Flag Officer Commanding ENC, Rear Adm. David Adeniran, had recorded successes in the reduction of illegal bunkers and refinery operations, oil theft, pipeline vandalism, smuggling and piracy.

Ekwe, who was the special guest of honour, gave the commendation in Calabar during the Ceremonial Sunset as part of the activities to mark the 64th anniversary of the Nigerian Navy.

According to Ekwe, the efforts of the ENC had led to the arrest of numerous vessels and the seizure of petroleum products as well as metric tons of crude oil.

He added that the command had also destroyed illegal refineries to dissuade illegalities in the maritime sector.

The ENC has performed excellently well. Therefore, I encourage all personnel to keep it up and have an operational reflection and ponder on the operational antecedents recorded so far as well as challenges faced by the command in the past in order to proffer the way forward,” he said.

He explained that the “Ceremonial Sunset”, also known as the “Retreat Call”, is a solemn ceremony which involves the bugle call as well as hoisting and lowering of flags which signal the end of a day and beginning of a new day.

Retired Admiral Ekwe noted that series of activities were lined up to celebrate the Navy week which include distribution of palliatives and personnel protective equipment as well as commissioning of sickbay at the Headquarters of ENC.

“I am also aware that other activities that marked the Navy week were the commissioning of the remodeled Otiko and Saidu Girls’ Hostel at Nigerian Navy secondary school, Borokiri, and 20 capacity Boys’ hostel in Nigerian Navy secondary school Akpabuyo.

“Over the years, I have closely monitored the activities of the ENC under Rear Adm. Adeniran and I discovered that the command has conducted various operations and administrative functions.

Ceremonial Sunset is usually elaborate, but this year’s celebration is distinct and low keyed due to the global pandemic.

“I have observed with joy, the number of attendees as well as the number of Guard of Honour and Navy band that participated in the skeletal parade. All these are in conformity with the Federal Government directives on measures to curb Covid-19 pandemic”, he said.

In his goodwill message, Real Adm. Taiye Imam, the Chief Staff Officer of ENC, said the ceremony was part of the activities marking the 64th anniversary of the Nigerian Navy

Imam commended the FOC for keeping the flag flying and for making the ENC the most operational command in the Nigerian Navy.

“I want to specially thank the FOC for all the support he has given us the officers, the ratings and civilian staff of the ENC”, he said.

The News Agency of reports that Service Commanders at the event include, Commandant of Nigerian Army Amphibious Training School, Brig.-Gen. Joshua Nimmyel, Commander of 305 Special Mobility Group of the Nigerian Airforce Calabar, Group Capt. Ibraham Sule and the Commander 13 Brigade Nigerian Army Calabar, Brig.Gen Thomas Olatoye.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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China’s Guangzhou to host international anti-epidemic supplies expo




The southern Chinese city of Guangzhou will host an international expo featuring anti-epidemic supplies on June 10, the municipal government said on Tuesday.

The expo has attracted more than 400 enterprises, as well as 65 consulates and 30 foreign commerce groups based in Guangzhou, said Yang Yong, director of the Guangzhou branch of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.

Photo taken on March 21, 2020 shows packed medical supplies at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, capital of south China’s Guangdong Province. (Xinhua/Tian Jianchuan)

Photo taken on March 21, 2020 shows packed medical supplies at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, capital of south China’s Guangdong Province. (Xinhua/Tian Jianchuan)

So far, more than 5,000 visitors, most of them potential buyers, have signed up for the event, the first off-line exhibition to be hosted in Guangzhou since the onset of the COVID-19 epidemic.

The expo will set up 850 booths in four exhibition halls, with a total exhibition area of about 36,000 square meters.

Organizers will assist foreign buyers with customs clearance and delivery of anti-epidemic supplies, taking advantage of an international distribution center located in Guangzhou’s Nansha free-trade zone.

The expo will also feature live streaming events in which participants of the expo will share their experiences of fighting the epidemic.


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Australian government launches national domestic abuse inquiry




The Australian government has announced a national domestic violence inquiry, giving survivors a chance to “have their voices heard.”

Marise Payne, the Minister for Women and Minister for Foreign Affairs, recently tasked the parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs to produce a report on measures to prevent violence against women and their children.

The Inquiry into Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence will also examine the impact of the coronavirus lockdown on the prevalence of domestic abuse, with several frontline services having reported a surge in demand for help.

“We must listen to the experiences of the sector during this unprecedented time and learn how governments, services and the community can better support women and their children, particularly when home is not a safe place to be,” Payne said in a statement.

On average one Australian woman is killed by her current or former partner every week.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), about 25 percent of Australian women have been subjected to emotional abuse by a current or former partner since the age of 15 and about 20 percent have experienced sexual violence.

The inquiry was announced despite a Senate inquiry in May finding that “another lengthy, public inquiry” into domestic violence was not necessary “at this time” and would be of “limited benefit.”

Anne Ruston, the Minster for Families and Social Services, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that the new inquiry was referred to the committee to “ensure there was broad scope to canvas all the relevant issues.”

“It’s been clear from the public feedback to the recent Senate inquiry that there is a real desire from survivors, friends and family of victims, sector leaders and the community to have their voices heard on this issue,” she said.

“This parliamentary inquiry process will provide that opportunity.”


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Over 2,800 Myanmar nationals arrive home by relief flights




A total of 2,830 Myanmar nationals have arrived back home by relief flights as of Monday, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday.

So far, Myanmar authorities have repatriated its citizens who were stranded in 22 foreign countries and region due to the suspension of international commercial flight during the COVID-19 pandemic, an official from the Consular and Legal Affairs Department under the ministry told Xinhua.

Recently, 83 Myanmar citizens from Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea arrived back home by a relief flight on Monday.

“About 80 to 100 Myanmar nationals from Germany will arrive in Yangon on June 4,” the official said.

It was learnt that the returnees will be put under quarantine at designated facilities or hotels in Yangon region for 21 days on their arrivals.

According to the Health and Sports Ministry, Myanmar has reported 228 COVID-19 cases and six deaths as of early Tuesday.


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National Museum and National Gallery of Australia reopen after COVID-19 closure




The National Museum of Australia and the National Gallery of Australia reopened on Tuesday, more than two months after they closed amid concern of COVID-19.

The move followed a further ease of coronavirus restrictions by the Australian Capital Territory government last Friday.

“We are excited to be able to lift the covers off the art and once again share our collection and exhibitions with everyone,” said National Gallery Director Nick Mitzevich.

“Art has been a salvation for many people in these uncertain times and we know immersion in art and culture will play an important role in bringing our local and national community back together,” he said. “I am delighted the National Gallery will again be open to the Australian public to provide inspiration, joy and the opportunity for reflection.”

Safety measures are taken which include timed entry, a 20-person limit in galleries, sanitizer stations throughout the building, additional cleaning and the closure of small exhibition spaces.

Visitors to the National Gallery will be asked to pre-register and provide their contact number, which will be used should contact tracing be required.

Similar social-distancing restrictions are imposed by the National Museum as well.

With the COVID-19 pandemic still amongst us, the health and safety of our visitors and staff remain a priority,” said National Museum director Mathew Trinca in a statement.

“The power of ideas, objects and history to nourish our lives and help us make sense of our experiences underlies the work of the Museum and we look forward to re-connecting with you in person and sharing our collection and exhibitions,” he said.

The National Museum of Australia will showcase an exhibition about the landing of research vessel, the Endeavor, at east coast of Australia by Captain James Cook 250 years ago. It was scheduled to open in April, before lockdown was announced.

The exhibition was originally supposed to finish on October 11, but according to the Canberra Times, the museum might extend it.

The National Library of Australia will open on Wednesday for pre-booked ticketed access. Access is limited to 20 readers per session, and there are two sessions per day between Monday and Friday.


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Sri Lanka friendship organizations support China’s decision on national security legislation for HK




Five Sri Lanka friendship organizations on Monday slammed foreign interventions in China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), and voiced support for China‘s efforts to introduce national security legislation for the HKSAR.

“We are pleased and encouraged to see the National People’s Congress of China has adopted (the) decision to make Hong Kong national security laws, which will definitely enhance peace, stability, and prosperity of Hong Kong and the whole region,” the five organizations said in a joint statement.

“We believe the new national security law for Hong Kong will not only abide by but also enhance ‘one country, two systems’ and guarantee the legitimate rights of (the) people of Hong Kong,” the statement added.

The statement was signed by the Sri Lanka-China Friendship Association (SLCFA), Sri Lanka-China Society, Association for Sri Lanka-China Social and Cultural Cooperation, Sri Lanka-China Journalists’ Forum and the Sri Lanka-China Buddhist Friendship Association.

Meanwhile, SLCFA President Ananda Goonatilleke was quoted by local daily The Island as saying that some Western countries were trying to “intimidate China when it is trying to address increasingly notable national security risks in

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‘s threat to alter a “full range of agreements” that the country has with Hong Kong was “ominous” and followed a trend of Western interventions in the internal affairs of other countries, including Sri Lanka, Goonatilleke added.


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