Chioma Onyekwere has won a gold medal for Nigeria in Women’s discus, throwing a season’s best of 61.70m at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Compatriot Obiageri Ameachi clinched the bronze medal after throwing 56.99m in the same event while Jade Lilly of England emerged second with her 58.42m throw.
These bring Nigeria’s medal haul at Birmingham 2022 to eight.
Athletics events at the Games continue on Wednesday.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has challenged Course 30 participants of the National Defence College (NDC) to be relentlessly innovative in developing national security and defence strategy to address security challenges.
Osinbajo made the call at the college’s 30th Year Anniversary and Course 30 Graduation Dinner and Award on Tuesday in Abuja.
He was represented by the Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters, Amb. Adeyemi Dipeolu.
The vice-president noted that security was an entire societal responsibility that could only be achieved in unison with a diverse range of state and civil society actors.
He urged the military and other security agencies to recognise the regional, continental and international ramifications of the threats facing nations in developing security and defence strategies.
“You must embrace smart ways of managing society in a pervasively digital universe as contemporary technologies have introduced new levels of complexity to an already challenging security environment.
“Technological revolution in the present era also avails you of a broad range of tools with which you can protect our vital interests and safeguard our people.
“You must be relentlessly innovative in exploiting these options.
“Overall you must be sensitive to the needs and demands of the people who are the primary reference of national security as the spear and shield of our nation,’’ he said.
Osinbajo observed that the world had moved from the erstwhile exclusive approach to security management wherein the military and security agencies were thought to be the exclusive custodians of security.
He said the whole of society approach to security management had become the primary governing principle of national security governance, noting that the approach was the theme for Course 30. The vice-president also urged international participants to be proud alumni of the college and to maintain the bonds they had made and continue to support Nigeria’s efforts at maintaining peace and security.
“I have no doubt that you have come to fully appreciate this activity and security management in furtherance of the whole of society doctrine.
“It is clear that you must also embrace the role that women play in contemporary security management and give meaning to it in your future engagements.
“In this regard, I am glad that this institution has consistently given female participants equal opportunity to participate in this highly rewarding strategic leadership training.
“Our defence cooperation with friendly nations in Africa and the world has been mutually beneficial.
“I specially recognise all the foreign dignitaries and international participants here and convey our appreciation for your association with Nigeria and the NDC,’’ he said.
In his remarks, NDC Commandant, Rear Adm. Murtala Bashir, said the celebration of the 30th set of graduates since establishment in 1992 was a milestone in the college’s history.
Bashir commended the participants for their commitment and resilience throughout the duration of the course.
He said the participants would have understood and appreciated the fact that the course was designed to test their resilience and ability to take difficult and complex decisions in terms of uncertainty, stress and strain.
He observed that the security environment had been volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, and said the ability to pull through the complexity and uncertainty was what made the participants strategic leaders.
Bashir expressed the hope that the knowledge and experience gained at the college would distinguish participants in leadership wherever they went.
“We are doing everything possible to reduce the workload of the course without compromising standards.
“Permit me to emphasise to you two training philosophies of the college which I would encourage you to always carry along.
“First, you must remember that military training and operations are anchored on teamwork.
You must have been told repeatedly that you are as strong as your weakest link.
“This philosophy is reflected in the group exercises you conducted during your training in the college.
“For a long time, however, team work had been narrowly understood to mean intra-service solidarity, but we know today that the era of single service operations is gone.
“You must leave here thinking of cooperation; you must be prepared to think, act, plan and operate jointly,’’ he stressed.
The commandant also reminded participants to always remember that security management was no longer the exclusive domain of the armed forces, intelligence and other security forces.
He said civilian populations were crucial to military operations, adding that there was hardly any operation these days that did not involve the civil populace directly or indirectly.
According to him, it is for these reasons that the participation of the police, other security agencies, as well as civilians from strategic ministries, departments and agencies on the course has become inevitable.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor and other services chiefs as well as the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Usman Baba attended the dinner.
The OPEC+ group of major oil exporters meets Wednesday to discuss its output strategy after US President Joe Biden lobbied Saudi Arabia to boost production to tame energy-fuelled inflation.
The cartel led by Saudi Arabia and Russia has resisted US pressure to ramp up production significantly so far after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine sent oil prices soaring.
After cutting production in 2020 in response to falling prices during the Covid pandemic, OPEC+ began to modestly raise production last year and has renewed the policy every month.
Its output is supposed to have returned to pre-Covid levels — but only on paper as members of the 23-nation group have struggled to meet their quotas.
Craig Erlam, analyst at OANDA trading platform, said the OPEC+ meeting will show whether “President Biden has any influence in the cartel at all”.
Biden made a controversial trip to Saudi Arabia in July in part to convince the kingdom to loosen the production taps to stabilise the market and curb rampant inflation.
The US president met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman despite his promise to make the kingdom a “pariah” in the wake of the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Biden said after his meetings with Saudi officials that he was “doing all I can” to increase the oil supply.
“Saudi Arabia and its allies will have to decide whether to heed Joe Biden’s request and raise production or show solidarity towards Russia by staying put,” said Tamas Varga, analyst at oil broker PVM.
Stephen Innes, managing partner at SPI Asset Management, said OPEC+ is “unlikely to announce a significant production increase given growing recession fears” and a drop in oil prices since early June.More cautious?
After reaching close to $140 per barrel in early March, crude prices have slid further this week following weak economic data from China, the world’s biggest importer of oil.
The main contracts, Brent and WTI, are now trading below $100 per barrel.
“The noticeable price slide since yesterday (Monday) could make OPEC+ more cautious,” Commerzbank said in a note.
The German bank said news that Libyan production has returned to normal levels for the first time in nearly four months could also serve as an argument against a bigger expansion in output.
OPEC+ began to add around 400,000 barrels per day to the market last year, renewing the policy every month until June, when it upped production by almost 650,000 barrels per day.
Analysts say the group has now reversed cuts totalling 9.
7 million barrels per day that had been agreed in 2020, though only in theory.
S. imposes sanctions on Russian oligarchs, purported Putin girlfriend U.
S. imposes sanctions on Russian oligarchs, purported Putin girlfriend SanctionsWashington, Aug. 3, 2022 The Biden administration has imposed fresh economic sanctions on pro-Kremlin oligarchs and on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s purported girlfriend.
“As innocent people suffer from Russia’s illegal war of aggression, Putin’s allies have enriched themselves and funded opulent lifestyles,” said Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Tuesday.
“The Treasury Department will use every tool at our disposal to make sure that Russian elites and the Kremlin’s enablers are held accountable for their complicity in a war that has cost countless lives.
“Together with our allies, the United States will also continue to choke off revenue and equipment underpinning Russia’s unprovoked war in Ukraine,” she added.
Sanctions set by the U.
S. State Department in tandem with the Treasury “impose severe costs for those who support President Vladimir Putin’s war,” the Department of the Treasury said in a statement.
Following a similar move by the European Union (EU) and the U.
S. sanctioned former gymnast Alina Kabaeva.
The 2004 Olympic champion now runs the large Russian media company NMG.
The EU said the company was “in close contact” with President Vladimir Putin.
Press reports have linked Kabaeva with Putin.
In April, the U.
S. sanctioned Putin’s two adult daughters.
Putin’s confidant Andrey Guryev and his son are also affected by the latest sanctions.
The luxury yacht Alfa Nero, which Guryev is said to have bought in 2014 for 120 million dollars, was mentioned by name.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the Horn of Africa is experiencing one of the worst hunger crises of the last 70 years.
The Horn of Africa includes Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya.
According to UN health agency, more than 37 million people are facing acute hunger, with approximately seven million children under the age of five years in the region.
WHO identified food and safe water as major priorities and called for a strong health emergency response is to avert preventable diseases and deaths.
“The situation is already catastrophic, and we need to act now,” Ibrahima Soce Fall, WHO Assistant Director General for Emergencies Response, said in a statement on Tuesday.
“We cannot continue in this underfunding crisis”.
The UN agency is calling for 123.7 million dollars to respond to rising health needs and prevent a food crisis from turning into a health crisis.
According to WHO, climate change, conflict, rising food prices, and the Coronavirus pandemic have compounded one of the worst droughts in the region in recent decades.
WHO Incident Manager Sophie Maes said there were now four seasons when the rain did not come as predicted and that a fifth one is estimated to follow.
“Places where there is drought the problem keeps worsening, “In other places like South Sudan, there have been three years of consecutive flooding with almost 40 per cent of the country being flooded.
“And we are looking at something that is going to get worse in the near future,” Maes said.
Over 37 million people in the region are projected to reach the third level of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification scale (IPC3) and higher in the coming months.
This means that the population is in crisis, and only marginally able to meet minimum food needs by depleting essential livelihood assets or through crisis-coping strategies.
The effects of drought are particularly severe in eastern and southern Ethiopia, eastern and northern Kenya, and southern and central Somalia.
Food insecurity in South Sudan has reached the most extreme levels since independence in 2011, with 8.3 million people comprising 75 per cent of the population facing severe food insecurity.
Acute malnutrition leads to increased migration as populations move in search of food and pasture, according to WHO.
In addition, it stated that disruptions often result in deteriorating hygiene and sanitation as outbreaks of infectious diseases, like cholera, measles, and malaria, are already on the rise.
Moreover, weak vaccination coverage and health services with insufficient resources could see a widespread increase in the number of disease outbreaks in country and across borders.
Care for severely malnourished children with medical complications will be severely impacted and result in high child mortality rates.
Disruptions in access to health care can further increase morbidity and mortality, as emergency conditions force populations to modify their health-seeking behaviour and prioritise access to life-saving resources such as food and water.
The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment toward ensuring greenhouse gas emission reduction to net-zero in the country.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Mr Hassan Musa, expressed the commitment at the 16th meeting of the National Council on Environment, organised by the ministry in Abuja on Tuesday.
Musa said that the theme of the meeting, “Pursuit of Zero Emission; a New Trajectory Toward Global Environment Renaissance”, was chosen to reflect the reality of what seemed to be an unnecessary hype by a lay man, yet with fundamental consequences already routing the communities.
According to him, this has necessitated a wakeup call for action and a conscientious efforts toward pursuing a systematic and continuous reduction of greenhouse gas emission.
“This pursuit will continue until a possible achievement of a net zero emission in the world is achieved.
“Evidenced by the extreme weather conditions which has increase natural disasters such as heat wave, flooding, desert encroachment loss of forest, among others.
“This pursuit is a noble choice and the government is not only fully committed to the ideals of good governance but very mindful of achieving the goals of environmental sustainability,” he said.
Musa said that there was a global consensus that climate change increased frequently and intensity of the extreme weather and climate affected habitants.
He said that reliance on climate-sensitive natural resources and development gaps were at the greatest risk of climate hazards.
“It is well established that if left unattended, climate hazards will increase poverty, exacerbate food insecurity, cause health problems, amongst others,” he said.
The permanent secretary said that 2030 agenda for sustainable development was a testimony to the global commitment to building climate change resilience.
He said that efforts had been made to ensure that the environment was preserved and resilient resources were built for sustainable development.
“It is for this purpose that this gathering is of immense significance.
“We are poised to expand the landscape of reasoning and generated policy frameworks capable of confronting these emerging menace frontally,” he said.
He urged all the stakeholders to use the opportunity to jointly address the issues through the submitted memoranda and other matters that may arise in the course of the meeting.
He said the meeting would offer a healthy strategy to protect the environment for economic development.