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- Ondo state seals malls, supermarkets over violation of enviromental laws.
- Health minister laments delta variant covid as dominant strain in the country.
- Biden to address united nation’s general assembly in weyork.
- Norway opposition wins in a general election.
Ondo state waste management authority wielded the big stick by sealing off a shopping mall, supermarkets and others building for unhygienic practices.
The general manager of the authority ayo adeyemo while speaking with newsmen said the owners of the stores violated environmental laws and failed to comply with the laid down hygienic practices.
According to her the buildings were sealed off by the order of the court in the ongoing aggressive sensitisation and enforcement campaign of the authority to ensure total compliance with environmental hygiene and prevent possible outbreak of any form of disease, pointed out that her officials had earlier visited the affected buildings and told the owners to do the needful but failed to do so.
Adeyemo while insisting that the affected buildings would not be unsealed until the owners do the needful and comply with environmental sanitation law,therefore advised all residents to desist from indiscriminate dumping of waste in unauthorised places but procure prescribed waste-bins or risk being arrested and prosecuted.
The minister of health, dr. Osagie ehanire has stated that the delta variant of the covid-19 virus as the dominant strain in the country, requiring nigerians to keep all the prescribed protective measures in place and increase testing.
Speaking at the presidential steering committee psc on covid-19 in abuja, the minister explained that the dreaded 3rdwave of covid-19 may appear to be levelling out, because there had been no catastrophic increases in infections and fatalities, but noted that it is not wise to assume that the threat is gone, especially as cases are fluctuating and have to be identified by genomic sequencing.
Adding that the evidence so far, is that the delta strain is already the dominant one in nigeria, hence the need to keep protective measures in place and increase testing to determine our situation.
Ehanire, while speaking on vaccine noted that all states have received doses of astrazeneca, moderna and j&j vaccines for the ongoing second phase of the vaccination exercise in all states, while the federal government had done due diligence to ensure vaccine quality and safety.
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Sri lanka is turning to a veteran central banker as it seeks to bolster depleted foreign exchange reserves and service debt without seeking an international bailout.
While confirming his appointment on phone,ajith nivard cabraal who resigned from parliament earlier on monday, a former junior minister overseeing capital markets who led the central bank of sri lanka from 2006 until early 2015, will return as governor, and will be concentrating on stability first, then growth.
The country’s forex reserves had dropped to 2.8 billion dollar in july after it used a part to repay 1 billion dollar of debt that dragged the import cover to 1.8 months, compared with the desired minimum of three months.
Meanwhile, the central bank in august unexpectedly raised its policy rate, citing the role of low credit cost in a sustained increase in imports, which led to a widening trade deficit. The rate action was also to preempt the buildup of any excessive inflationary pressures.
Top nuclear envoys from japan, the united states and south korea talks will in tokyo to discuss north korea’s missile and nuclear programmes, a day after pyongyang said it tested a new long-range cruise missile.
In meeting with his japanese counterpart takehiro funakoshi and south korean counterpart noh kyu-duk, kim said washington remained open to diplomacy to deal with north korea issues.
According to the united states special envoy for north korea, sung kim said the recent developments in the democratic people’s republic of korea dprk is a reminder of the importance of close communication and cooperation from the three countries.
In the meantime, us president joe biden’s administration had announced a new approach to north korea in may, saying it was still pursuing denuclearisation but not prepared to offer any grand bargain to pyongyang.
United states president joe biden will address the united nations general assembly in new york next week for first the time as u.s president.
The white house disclosed this to newsmen that bien would travel to new york to speak at the assembly’s general debate.
Biden, the democrat who had been in office since jan. 20, on the other hand, relied increasingly on multilateralism and working together with other countries
Leaders from more than 80 countries are expected to speak in person in new york, in contrast to 2020, when the general assembly was largely conducted in a virtual format.
Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic, including the issue of vaccinations, and climate change are among the key topics expected to be discussed at this year’s general assembly.
The 76th session of the united nations general assembly unga will officially open with the general debate, an opportunity for representatives from all 193 member states to address the chamber.
According to the un charter, the body is charged with addressing matters of international peace and security not currently being addressed by the un security council unsc and will also debates matters of human rights, international law, and cooperation in economic, social, cultural, educational, and health fields.
The unga which is the only body in the organisation where all members have representation serves as the main deliberative and policy-making body of the un, addressing complex world issues as well as the challenges facing individual members
The general debate remains the un’s most prominent annual event, with world leaders and heads of government typically converging on the organisation’s new york city headquarters for nine days of speeches and meetings.
As democrats in the united states scramble to defend the biden administration against growing criticism for the country’s chaotic withdrawal from afghanistan, a new tactic is emerging highlighting former president donald trump’s role.
At a congressional hearing on monday, us secretary of state antony blinken stressed that president joe biden inherited a trump agreement with the taliban that stipulated that all us troops would leave afghanistan by may of this year.
It woud be recalled that in february 2020, the trump administration signed a deal with the taliban that would ensure the withdrawal of all foreign forces from afghanistan and guarantee that afghan soil which will not be used against the security of the united states and its allies, but biden who took office in january, later pushed the withdrawal deadline to the end of august.
According to us secretary of state antony blinken maintaining that when president biden took office in january, he inherited an agreement that his predecessor had reached with the taliban to remove all remaining us troops by may 1 of this year.
As part of that agreement, the previous administration pressed the afghan government to release 5,000 taliban prisoners including some top war commanders. Meanwhile, it reduced our own force presence to 2,500 troops.
Adding that biden had no choice but to finalise the withdrawal or escalate the war and risk attacks against us forces,as republicans have been furious with the us president, accusing him of abandoning washington’s allies and allowing afghanistan to become a haven for
Meanwhile another republican chris smith, had called on blinken to step down, while his colleague brian mast accused the administration of manipulating the intelligence about the prospect of a taliban takeover after the us withdrawal.
Norway’s left-wing opposition headed by labour party leader jonas gahr store has had a landslide win in a general election after a campaign dominated by the future of the country’s oil industry.
Report says store unseated a centre-right coalition on monday headed by conservative prime minister erna solberg, which had been in power since 2013 with 97.5 percent of the votes counted, labour and four other centre-left parties could swing to a combined majority of 100 seats, up from 81 currently, as minimum of 85 seats is required to win a majority in the 169-seat parliament.
According to report, norway has sent a clear signal as the election shows that the norwegian people want a fairer society.
Meanwhile, norwegian prime minister erna solberg, leader of the conservative party had conceded defeat on monday night after eight years in power .