Curia Collaborates with Corning to Advance Biopharmaceutical Continuous-Flow Development and Manufacturing Programs

Collaboration marks the first global installation of Corning’s G1 production system to support higher-quality API-chemical production using inherently safer flow-chemistry technology

ALBANY, N.Y., March 23, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Curia, a leading contract research, development and manufacturing organization, today announced a collaboration with Corning Incorporated to expand and accelerate continuous-flow development and manufacturing programs for the chemical and biopharmaceutical industries globally. The collaboration with Corning’s Advanced-Flow™ Reactor (AFR) team includes the first installation of Corning’s G1 production system, designed for the continuous industrial production of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API).

Continuous flow chemistry is critical for the development and manufacture of pharmaceutical intermediates and APIs, and provides advantages compared with traditional batch processing. It is an inherently safer technology that delivers faster and more robust material production with a higher selectivity of desired products.

“Innovation in drug development and production calls for safety at high speed,” said Christopher Conway, president, Research & Development, Curia. “The implementation of Corning’s G1 Production Reactor at our Albany facility expands our capability to provide scalable solutions that address complex development and manufacturing requirements facing the pharmaceutical industry. Using advanced technology and standardized workflows, Curia offers continuous flow chemistry from targeted development to commercial scale globally.”

The G1 production reactor includes an updated set of dosing lines and controls that enable continuous operations and compliance to cGMP standards.

“Collaborating with an innovation-focused company like Curia will help drive advancements in the chemical-processing industry,” said Alessandra Vizza, business director, Corning Advanced-Flow Reactors. “The implementation of Corning’s G1 production system can deliver a host of benefits. The system is an inherently safer technology that will help Curia reduce time to market with higher-quality chemical and API processing, increased efficiency of chemical and API synthesis, and lower production costs.”

“Additionally, the space-saving, energy-conserving, and waste-reducing benefits of Corning’s AFR Technology may help customers reduce the environmental impact of their manufacturing business – a key attribute as the field continues to gain momentum in the U.S. and around the world,” said Vizza.

Curia’s expertise and global network of facilities, combined with Corning’s continuous flow technology, can help drive business efficiencies and, ultimately, improve patients’ lives.

About Curia
Curia is a leading contract research, development, and manufacturing organization providing products and services from R&D through commercial manufacturing to pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical customers. Curia’s nearly 4,000 employees at 29 locations across the U.S., Europe, and Asia help its customers advance from curiosity to cure. Learn more at CuriaGlobal.com.

About Corning Incorporated
Corning (www.corning.com) is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science, with a 170-year track record of life-changing inventions. Corning applies its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramic science, and optical physics along with its deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities to develop category-defining products that transform industries and enhance people’s lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in RD&E, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and deep, trust-based relationships with customers who are global leaders in their industries. Corning’s capabilities are versatile and synergistic, which allows the company to evolve to meet changing market needs, while also helping its customers capture new opportunities in dynamic industries. Today, Corning’s markets include optical communications, mobile consumer electronics, display, automotive, solar, semiconductors, and life sciences.

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GMAC Task Force Revamps Business Education Admissions Reporting Standards

Revision aims to support business schools in today’s ranking efforts and help prospective candidates compare programs on leveled playing field

RESTON, Va., March 23, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a global association representing leading business schools, today released an updated version of the Graduate Management Education Admissions Reporting Standards. The revision, led by a task force of 14 GMAC member schools, aimed to ensure the standards align with the shifting landscape of graduate business education and today’s best practices of identifying gender, race and ethnicity, and undergraduate majors, among other criteria commonly used in the admissions process.

According to GMAC’s annual survey on prospective students worldwide, candidates rely heavily on school websites and rankings in their program selection process. The 2023 survey of thousands of business school aspirants – to be published early next month – shows that school websites and published program rankings were the top two factors in the decision making of individuals considering applying for graduate business degrees. Informed by this finding, GMAC believes it is vitally important that the information presented to prospective students is anchored in a common definition of the terms used by schools and various publications in collecting the data for reporting.

“This work, initiated in response to a strong desire for consistency and transparency from the business school community we serve, is being done to create trust with and among business school admissions professionals, especially those who are new to the field. Without a doubt, adopting the standardized reporting criteria at a large scale would allow prospective students and rankings organizations alike to compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges across the wide spectrum of program options available in the market today,” said Joy Jones, CEO of GMAC. “On behalf of the Council, I extend our sincerest gratitude to the task force for the time, effort, and care dedicated to revising and promoting the standards.”

“The task force invested many hours reviewing survey questionnaires and collecting data, as well as discussing proposed revisions over calls and with stakeholders at conferences, to address the tough questions from the business school community on how we can better reflect the many changes in the industry – and the society – we encounter today. For example, there is a growing acknowledgement and respect for identity preferences and an interest in segments like first generation and military students,” said Marci Armstrong, professor of practice, marketing at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business and co-chair of the task force revising the standards. “Rest assured, we were fully aware of the stakes at hand and did not just rubber-stamp the new standards.”

In 2019, GMAC formed a task force to revise the MBA Reporting Criteria – first published by GMAC in 2000 and adopted by approximately 200 business schools – into Graduate Management Education Admissions Reporting Standards. The standards, subsequently endorsed by GMAC members in the summer of 2020, were meant to be revisited every two years to ensure they continue to guide business schools in distributing reliable, accurate, useful, and comparable admissions data for prospective students and rankings organizations. A new task force was organized at the beginning of 2022 to tackle the review and revision of the standards in three sections – school and program information, application process, and admissions reporting and class profile, supplemented by region and areas of study classifications.

“In the past three years – particularly in response to the global pandemic – our industry has innovated and grown tremendously. A prime example is the delivery of online programs,” said Nita Swinsick, associate dean of graduate & executive degree programs admissions at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and co-chair of the task force. “While the traditional on-campus, two-year MBA remains the most sought-after graduate management degree, there are a great number of programs offering a wide range of flexibility and length and still lead to successful business careers.”

“GMAC will continue to be a steward of the standards and will publish a list of schools and corresponding programs that decide to adopt and remain in compliance with the standards. Adopting and complying schools can also receive a badge from GMAC for use in their outreach materials to signal to candidates, ranking publishers and other stakeholders their compliance with the standards,” said Sabrina White, vice president of school and industry engagement at GMAC. “It is our hope that more members of the business school community – as well as ranking publishers – will begin leveraging these standards to benefit the people aspiring to better themselves and the world through graduate management education.”

Business schools, ranking agencies and other stakeholders worldwide that wish to obtain a copy of or start adopting the latest reporting standards may reach out to GMAC at datastandards@gmac.com.

About GMAC

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is a mission-driven association of leading graduate business schools worldwide. GMAC provides world-class research, industry conferences, recruiting tools, and assessments for the graduate management education industry as well as resources, events, and services that help guide candidates through their higher education journey. Owned and administered by GMAC, the Graduate Management Admission Test™ (GMAT™) exam is the most widely used graduate business school assessment.

More than 12 million prospective students a year trust GMAC’s websites, including mba.com, to learn about MBA and business master’s programs, connect with schools around the world, prepare and register for exams and get advice on successfully applying to MBA and business master’s programs. BusinessBecause and The MBA Tour are subsidiaries of GMAC, a global organization with offices in China, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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Tensões Geopolíticas Permitiram o Aumento das Ameaças Cibernéticas Hacktivistas em 2022

Novo relatório do FS-ISAC destaca oportunidade de ataques cibernéticos contra instituições públicas e privadas

RESTON, Va, March 23, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A FS-ISAC, organização sem fins lucrativos orientada por membros que promove a segurança cibernética e a resiliência do sistema financeiro global, anunciou hoje os resultados do seu relatório anual do Global Intelligence Office, Navigating Cyber 2023.

O relatório mais recente mostrou o efeito que a invasão da Ucrânia pela Rússia teve no cenário global com as ameaças cibernéticas, provocando uma enxurrada de “hacktivismo” impulsionado pela ideologia e que continua até hoje. Impulsionadas por ambos os lados do conflito, as ameaças aumentaram substancialmente no setor de serviços financeiros, particularmente em instituições em países que a Rússia considera hostis. Essas ameaças podem vir de grupos hacktivistas ou diretamente dos próprios estados-nação.

“Infelizmente, o crescente envolvimento de atores não estatais nos ataques ideológicos e a manipulação de informações por atores maliciosos continuarão a semear a incerteza em todo o cenário com ameaças de segurança reais e observadas”, disse Steven Silberstein, CEO da FS-ISAC. “A melhor ferramenta disponível para as instituições financeiras combaterem isso é o compartilhamento de inteligência para a colaboração em toda a indústria global e garantia de uma melhor preparação cibernética. As ameaças cibernéticas geralmente evoluem mais rapidamente do que as ferramentas que usamos para combatê-las, mas nossa força está na nossa comunidade.”

O relatório também destaca que algumas das ameaças cibernéticas mais tradicionais, como ataques DDoS e ransomware, estão se tornando mais sofisticadas e o conjunto de ferramentas à disposição de um ator mal-intencionado continua a se desenvolver.

Olhando para o futuro em 2023, alguns dos principais impulsionadores da mudança no cenário de ameaças incluem:

  • Um mercado crescente de malware como serviço: Com os agentes de ameaças se especializando cada vez mais em aspectos específicos da cadeia de eliminação e oferecendo seus serviços de habilidades e código para venda, os ataques cibernéticos se tornam mais fáceis de orquestrar, menos atribuíveis e de menor risco. As ameaças da cadeia de suprimentos proliferam à medida que os principais provedores de software, autenticação, tecnologia e serviços em nuvem ficam cada vez mais direcionados.
  • A acessibilidade da IA ajudando invasores e defensores: O surgimento de uma nova tecnologia de IA reduz a barreira para hackers, permitindo que agentes de ameaças usem ferramentas como o ChatGPT para criar iscas de phishing cada vez mais convincentes. No entanto, essas mesmas ferramentas também serão aproveitadas para fortalecer as defesas.
  • A criptomoeda oferece um alvo principal para criminosos cibernéticos: A criptomoeda e os ativos digitais estão se tornando mais integrados à infraestrutura financeira global, gerando um ambiente regulatório complexo para as empresas multinacionais. Além disso, os grupos de ameaças continuarão a financiar suas operações usando criptomoedas, destacando a necessidade de melhor supervisão e proteção da classe de ativos.

“Os cibercriminosos são infinitamente inventivos e auxiliados por avanços tecnológicos”, disse Teresa Walsh, chefe global de inteligência da FS-ISAC. “O surgimento de novas tecnologias e táticas de entrega de malware exigirá que as instituições acompanhem de perto a evolução das ameaças cibernéticas e se concentrem na resiliência para que possam dar continuidade a suas operações diante de qualquer circunstância.”

O cenário de ameaças está mudando rapidamente e as organizações enfrentam os principais desafios do aumento da regulamentação em todo o mundo, mudanças sísmicas no mercado de seguro cibernético, e escassez de talentos em segurança cibernética. Enfrentando mudanças maciças no seu ambiente operacional, o setor de serviços financeiros deve enfrentar a pressão de reduzir os custos sem comprometer a capacidade de evoluir continuamente as defesas e aumentar a resiliência operacional.

Metodologia

O relatório Navigating Cyber 2023 é proveniente de milhares de firmas financeiras membros da FS-ISAC em 75 países e ampliado por análise do Global Intelligence Office. Vários fluxos de inteligência foram usados na curadoria do round-up, que examinou os dados de janeiro de 2022 a janeiro de 2023. A versão de acesso público do relatório pode ser encontrada aqui. O relatório completo está disponível apenas para instituições financeiras membros.

Sobre a FS-ISAC

A FS-ISAC é uma organização sem fins lucrativos que promove a segurança cibernética e a resiliência do sistema financeiro em todo o mundo, protegendo as instituições financeiras e as pessoas a quem elas servem. Fundada em 1999, a rede de compartilhamento de informações em tempo real da organização amplifica a inteligência, o conhecimento e as práticas dos seus membros, para a segurança e as defesas coletivas do setor financeiro. As empresas financeiras membros têm o valor de US$ 100 trilhões em ativos em 75 países.

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Les tensions géopolitiques ont engendré une augmentation des cybermenaces hacktivistes en 2022

Un nouveau rapport du FS-ISAC attire l’attention sur la possibilité de cyberattaques contre des institutions publiques et privées

RESTON, Virginie, 23 mars 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FS-ISAC, l’organisation à but non lucratif dirigée par ses membres qui fait progresser la cybersécurité et la résilience dans le système financier mondial, a annoncé aujourd’hui les conclusions de son rapport annuel du Global Intelligence Office, Navigating Cyber 2023.

Le dernier rapport a mis en évidence l’effet que l’invasion de l’Ukraine par la Russie avait eu sur le paysage mondial des cybermenaces, déclenchant un flot d’« hacktivisme » idéologiquement motivé, toujours présent à ce jour. Émanant des deux côtés du conflit, les menaces ont augmenté de manière substantielle au sein du secteur des services financiers, particulièrement pour les institutions situées dans des pays que la Russie considère comme hostiles. Ces menaces peuvent provenir de groupes hacktivistes ou directement des États-nations eux-mêmes.

« Malheureusement, l’implication croissante d’acteurs non étatistes qui attaquent sur une base idéologique et la manipulation des informations par des acteurs malveillants continueront de semer l’incertitude dans le paysage des menaces de sécurité réelles et perçues », a déclaré Steven Silberstein, PDG du FS-ISAC. « Le meilleur outil à la disposition des institutions financières pour combattre cela est le partage de renseignements, qui permet une collaboration au sein de l’industrie mondiale et assure une meilleure cyberpréparation. Les cybermenaces évoluent souvent plus vite que les outils que nous utilisons pour les combattre, néanmoins notre force réside dans notre communauté. »

Le rapport souligne aussi que certaines des cybermenaces les plus courantes, comme les attaques DDoS et les ransomwares, deviennent plus sophistiquées, et l’éventail des outils dont dispose un acteur malveillant continue de s’étendre.

Dans la perspective de 2023, certains des principaux facteurs de changement dans le paysage des menaces comprennent :

  • Un marché en croissance pour le malware-as-a-service : À mesure que les acteurs de la menace se spécialisent dans des aspects spécifiques de la chaîne de destruction et proposent leurs services dans les compétences et le code à vendre, les cyberattaques deviennent plus faciles à orchestrer, moins imputables et moins risquées. Les menaces sur les chaînes d’approvisionnement prolifèrent tandis que les principaux fournisseurs de logiciels, d’authentification, de technologie et de services cloud sont de plus en plus ciblés.
  • L’accessibilité de l’IA qui aide les pirates et les défenseurs : L’émergence d’une nouvelle technologie d’intelligence artificielle abaisse la barrière du piratage, permettant aux acteurs de menaces d’utiliser des outils comme ChatGPT pour concevoir des leurres de phishing toujours plus convaincants. Toutefois, ces mêmes outils seront également mis à profit pour renforcer les défenses.
  • Les cryptomonnaies offrent une cible de choix aux cybercriminels : Les cryptomonnaies et les actifs financiers numériques sont de plus en plus intégrés dans l’infrastructure financière mondiale, avec la génération d’un environnement réglementaire complexe pour les sociétés multinationales. Par ailleurs, les groupes de menace vont continuer de financer leurs activités à l’aide de cryptomonnaies, soulignant la nécessité d’une meilleure surveillance et de meilleures protections des classes d’actifs.

« L’inventivité des cybercriminels est sans fin, et ils sont aidés par les avancées technologiques », a commenté Teresa Walsh, directrice mondiale du renseignement au sein du FS-ISAC. « L’émergence des nouvelles technologies et des tactiques de diffusion des logiciels malveillants obligera les institutions à s’assurer qu’elles suivent en permanence et de manière continue l’évolution des cybermenaces et qu’elles se concentrent sur la résilience afin d’être en mesure de poursuivre leurs activités, quoi qu’il arrive. »

Le paysage des menaces change rapidement et les organisations sont confrontées à des défis majeurs liés à l’augmentation des réglementations dans le monde, aux changements sismiques sur le marché de la cyberassurance et au manque de talents en cybersécurité. Confronté à des changements massifs dans son environnement opérationnel, le secteur des services financiers doit se frayer un chemin parmi les pressions visant à réduire les coûts sans compromettre la capacité de faire continuer d’évoluer les défenses et d’améliorer la résilience opérationnelle.

Méthodologie

Le rapport Navigating Cyber 2023 est alimenté par des milliers de sociétés financières membres du FS-ISAC dans 75 pays et renforcé par des analyses du Global Intelligence Office. Plusieurs flux de renseignements ont été exploités pour la curation de ce tour d’horizon, qui a examiné des données allant de janvier 2022 à janvier 2023. La version accessible au public du rapport peut être trouvée ici. L’intégralité du rapport est uniquement disponible pour les institutions financières membres.

À propos du FS-ISAC

Le FS-ISAC est l’organisation à but non lucratif dirigée par ses membres qui fait progresser la cybersécurité et la résilience du système financier mondial, en protégeant les institutions financières et les personnes qu’elles servent. Fondé en 1999, le réseau de partage d’informations en temps réel de l’organisation amplifie les renseignements, les connaissances et les pratiques de ses membres pour la sécurité et les défenses collectives du secteur financier. Les sociétés financières membres représentent 100 billions de dollars d’actifs dans 75 pays.

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Germany adheres to contested Namibia genocide deal

At the end of January, an explosive lawsuit came before Namibia’s highest court: the judges were asked to stop a planned ‘reconciliation agreement’ with Germany.

The case was brought by opposition leader Bernadus Swartbooi and prominent representatives of the Herero and Nama peoples — who were victims of genocide under Germany’s colonial-era rule.

A court decision is still pending. But if the plaintiffs were hoping to put pressure on the German government with the lawsuit alone, their plan may not work.

Government talks are ongoing

“The federal government and the Namibian government stand by the joint declaration and are of the opinion that outstanding issues are to be clarified by way of renegotiations,” the German lawmaker Sevim Dagdelen from the Left party was told in a letter by the German Foreign Office after she made an inquiry to the Bundestag.

The letter did not explicitly mention the lawsuit. The reason given was that it does not comment on domestic legal proceedings. It said representatives of both governments had met four times in November and December to discuss open issues.

Dagdelen criticized the response. “The German government is cowardly stealing from its responsibility by referring to the Namibian government, which is the defendant, instead of at least making it clear out of respect for the judiciary that it will refrain from implementing the Joint Declaration until the court has reached a decision,” the lawmaker told DW.

On other issues in dispute, the German government is putting up stop signs: The renegotiations are to continue, only at government level. There will be no giving in to the demand by the Herero and Nama for direct talks.

The German government “is only interested in buying its way out of history with the Namibian government,” says lawmaker Dagdelen.

Herero, Nama and their allies see it the same way. “We are talking about a crime here. And whoever commits a crime must pay a penalty,” Nandiuasora Mazeingo, Chairman of the Ovaherero Genocide Foundation (OGF), told DW.

The so-called “reconciliation agreement”, Mazeingo says, is an agreement on bilateral cooperation and development aid — the kind that Germany has with many countries.

“This is different from reparations.”

No ‘agreements’ with Herero and Nama

Since independence in 1990, Namibia has had a democratic government that represents its entire people, the letter to Dagdelen states. “In this respect, intergovernmental arrangements with individuals or with individual groups within Namibia are prohibited.”

This stance infuriates Herero and Nama and many others in Namibia. “Relevant stakeholders were not consulted,” says Lifalaza Simataa of Namibia’s opposition Landless People’s Movement party, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

“No elected representatives of the Namibian people participated in the drafting of the Joint Declaration and important representatives of the Herero and Nama people were excluded from the conclusion of the declaration,” Simataa told DW.

The German and Namibian governments regularly point out that other representatives of the two ethnic groups took part in the negotiations. It is unclear, however, how many Herero and Nama they represent.

Tough stance on reparations

The German government also remains tough on the contentious issue of reparations. Germany is offering Namibia €1.1 billion over 30 years. The money is expected to be used for development projects that benefit the Herero and Nama. Some Herero and Nama are however demanding official reparations.

“For lack of a legal basis, there are neither individual nor collective claims for reparations by individual descendants of victims or their associations against the German government,” the Foreign Office wrote to Dagdelen.

Source: Deutsche Welle

Oil production falls in February

The oil production in Angola in February this year was set at 29.7 million barrels, meaning 4.5 million less compared to the results of January.

According to the monthly report published by the National Concessionaire, the National Agency of Oil, Gas and Biofuels (ANPG), which ANGOP has had access to, Angola produced a daily average of 1.06 million barrels per day (BOPD) against the 1.14 million previously forecast.

In January this year, Angola´s oil production was 34.29 million barrels, with a daily average of 1.106 million against the 1.197 million barrels forecast.

In the document, the National Concessionaire does not advance the causes of the fall of production, but may be related to the entry into preventive maintenance of Block 17, operated by TotalEnergies.

According to this publication week from the national consultant company PetroAngola, to which ANGOP has 0had access, the country is producing less than 1 million barrels of oil daily for the first time since 2003, when it reached this milestone in oil production.

The current production of Angola, a member of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), is around 975.000 barrels of oil per day, according to the consultancy, which points out as one of the causes, the planned shutdown recorded in Block 17, which is expected to last 35 days.

At the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between the General Tax Authority (AGT), ExxonMobil and Sonangol, which took place on March 14, the ANPG CEO Paulino Jerónimo, said that work was continuing with the oil companies in order to increase production.

The work is focused on recovering production levels, and the bidding process for oil blocks located in the Namibe basin, Benguela basin, Kwanza basin and Lower Congo basin has already been launched, with the aim of replacing reserves and promoting exploration activity.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

President praises bravery of Cuito Cuanavale combatants

Angolan President, João Lourenço, on Thursday praised the bravery of Angolans and Cubans who fought against the invasion of the South African segregationist regime, in the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale.

The salute is expressed in a statement made on the President’s Facebook official page, as part of the Southern Africa Liberation Day marked on March 23.

In the statement, the Angolan Head of State encourages young people to follow the heroic example of the brave fighters and to never give in to any attempt that threatens the peace and territorial integrity of the country.

“Hail the heroes of Cuito Cuanavale! hail the defenders of freedom, peace and territorial integrity!”, reads the statement.

Southern Africa Liberation Day is celebrated on March 23 throughout the SADC region, a date dedicated to the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale, which took place in this Municipality of Angola’s south-eastern Province of Cuando Cubango, which was decisive for the independence of Namibia and the end of the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

UNHCR highlights social inclusion of refugees in Angola

The representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Angola, Vito Trani, on Wednesday praised the Angolan government’s support, through its public policies towards the socio-economic inclusion and protection of refugees.

Speaking to the press on the sidelines of the visit of the Norwegian and United Kingdom ambassadors to Angola, Hotvddt Dahl and Roger Stringer , respectively, Trani reiterated that the inclusive policies of the Angolan government have contributed to the socialisation and guarantee of human rights of the refugees.

The UNHCR highlighted that the UN institution has been present in Angola since 1976 and will continue to work with the Angolan government to support refugees through projects linked to education, health and economic reintegration of refugees.

The UN official also said the ambassadors’ visit aims to identify some of the difficulties faced by refugees and find funding to overcome them through a financial inclusion programme.

He said that the UNHCR manages 56,000 refugees, of which 30,000 are asylum seekers.

Lunda Norte accommodates 11 percent of the total number of refugees, 6,700 of whom are in the Lóvua reception centre.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

LASG, engineers task students as 7 schools shine in WASH essay competition

The Lagos State Government has advised secondary school students to come up with innovations to address water, sanitation and hygiene issues.

The Managing Director, Lagos Water Corporation (LWC), Mr Muminu Badmus, made the call on Wednesday at the Grand Finale and Maiden Annual Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Essay Competition.

The event, which was part of activities to mark World Water Day, was organised by the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (NIMechE) in collaboration with LWC and held at Victoria Island.

It had over 80 schools and representatives from six education districts in Lagos in attendance.

Badmus commended participants in the essay competition, saying the students must go beyond classroom knowledge to providing solutions.

The managing director said analytical skills would help the students to become game changers and pledged continuous support for the essay competition.

He urged secondary school students to keep participating in the competition to boost their knowledge, exposure and get important research skills to become solution providers.

Badmus cited example of Ansar-udeen Grammar School, ‘ADGS’ Surulere which invented a water Filtration and Purification system a few years ago, which won them the Nigerian Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

He said that the winners went on to represent Nigeria later that year in Sweden and were commended for their innovation.

“By asking the right questions, you can develop analytical skills and Investigate effects by digging deep into their causes.

“When you know the cause of a problem, the solution would easily fall on our laps,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Miss Chioma Joseph, SS2 student of Keke Senior High School, Ifako Ijaye, clinched the overall best position in the senior category.

Vetland Senior Grammar School’s Olaoluwa Olaniyn came second while Oyewole Egunjobi of Ayangburen Senior High School and Josephine Hunpe of Lagos State Senior Model College, Kankon Badagry both came third place.

In the Junior Secondary category, Miss Chisom Ezeanya, Lagos State Junior Model College Ojo came first; Esther Ajileye, Eva Adelaja Junior Girls Secondary School came second while Blessing Nwabueze of District Junior College Agege, came third.

NAN reports that winners were given laptops and other educational gift items while some schools also received cash donations.

The National Chairman, NIMechE, Dr Funmilade Akingbagbohun, said over 80 schools from six education districts participated in the essay writing on topics related to water, sanitation and hygiene.

Akingbagbohun said the competition was organised to address a lacuna in the space of water sanitation and hygiene in Nigeria and engineering is about problem solving.

She thanked the Lagos State Water Corporation for supporting the programme, and commended all the six education districts that participated.

The chairman said 20 out of 80 schools qualified for the grand finale, with seven emerging as winners.

She said all hands must be on deck for effective collaboration towards achieving a clean environment.

The Chairman said everyone had a role to play in ensuring improved water and sanitation facilities, to promote hand washing and prevent diseases.

Akingbagbohun said that every aspect of life required water.

She said the use of polluted drinking water and poor sanitary conditions in Nigeria had increased water-borne diseases including diarrhea and cholera.

The chairman gave statistics on the consequences of poor sanitation and water and the need to target the youth as game changers to provide solutions.

The guest speaker, Ms Cherish Jefferson, said the problems of water required multi-sectoral solution because its impact affected every sector and segment of life.

Jefferson, a 500 level student of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Lagos, called for collective action, saying SDG 6 was the most important which must be pursued to solve societal problems.

She said SDG 6 stated that everyone should have safely managed water, good hygiene and sanitation and focused on ending open defecation by 2030.

Jefferson called for deliberate efforts towards conserving water to mitigate the impact of climate change.

“Simple action like turning off a tap is important,” she said.

She also called for recycling of water, volunteering to support community-led initiatives for change and increased awareness campaigns.

Dr Adetola Salau, Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on STEM Education said 1,000 children die daily from bad water, sanitation and hygiene, hence the need for creative ways for water conservation.

Salau promised to join the Lagos Water Corporation in the partnership, while urging the students to create prototypes on ideas they have toward solving problems in their communities.

She enumerated various aspects of engineering the students could explore while reeling out examples of teenagers providing solutions in some countries.

Other speakers, including the representative of the United Nations and the Commissioner for the Environment, explained measures and solutions being provided for flooding, and how STEM education was aiding creativity.

They enumerated challenges of COVID-19, hand washing, scarcity of drinking water, poor sanitation, among others.(NAN)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Army chief announces scholarships for 2 barracks youths trained by NAOWA

Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, on Thursday announced scholarship for the best male and best female trainees who graduated from the Nigerian Army Officers Wives’ Association (NAOWA) training institute.

Yahaya made the announcement at the graduation of the third batch of 264 barrack youths in the NAOWA Youth Development Project in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NAOWA graduated 232 youths in the first batch of trainees and 231 youths in the second batch.

Mr Sanusi Abubakar was announced as the best male trainee in the third batch that graduated on Thursday, while Miss Jennifer Okechukwu was announced as the best in the female category.

Gen. Yahaya said the scholarship offer would cover academic expenses in any institution of higher learning of the choice of the beneficiary.

The Nigerian Army, he said, would fund the scholarship as a way of encouraging barrack youths to fulfil their dreams and aspirations.

He said the Nigerian army had always emphasised the need to guide youths towards realising their dreams and ambitions, adding that the report of their conduct from the first batch to the present was encouraging.

“What you have just done was to graduate another batch of youths from our barracks trained in various skills in four areas of computer and Information Technology management.

“Then there are those who have acquired skills in tailoring and fashion designing. There are 32 of them in fashion designing and they have all been given starter packs.

“So, as they leave now, they are already established to start businesses and have been empowered in various skills of their interests.

“We have also given scholarships to the best two. That is the best male and best female to further their education anywhere they want and we will support them.

“Youth development is of importance for the Nigerian army and we will continue to support it.

“We have abundance of youths in the barracks with a lot of skills and competencies that we will continue to harness so that we can make them better people,’’ he said.

Yahaya said the army remained committed to supporting and giving back to the society, adding that NAOWA had continued to ensure that barrack children and indeed the society was empowered.

He said that efforts would be made to extend the youth project to all army formations and units across the country to support the youths.

He commended NAOWA for the initiative and challenged the association to explore more areas of need that would be of great support for the future development of youths.

Yahaya advised the trainees to put in more efforts and tenacity to ensure that the skills acquired did not go to waste, urging them to make the skills the good currency that they could leverage on.

In her remarks, President of NAOWA and wife of the Chief of Army Staff, Mrs Salamatu Yahaya, said the project was initiated to positively engage youths within the barracks community.

This, she explained was done by committing the youths to learning in the fields of ICT and vocational and entrepreneurial skills that would enhance their academic and career pursuits and their productivity.

Mrs Yahaya said the third batch had 32 youths that participated in a three-month intensive training in fashion designing and tailoring in addition to the ICT trainees.

She said the introduction of fashion designing and tailoring expanded the earlier training module which was limited to ICT.

According to her, the ICT segment of the training is conducted by Unites Cisco Networking Academy, technical facilitators of the programme.

The fashion designing and tailoring trainings were carried out by instructors at the NAOWA Institute of Management and Technology, she added.

“In continuation of what we did during the first and second graduation ceremonies, we shall present brand new laptop computers to the best three graduating trainees in each of the five ICT courses.

“Additionally, we shall be presenting starter packs, comprising of brand new industrial sewing and weaving machines to all the 32 graduating trainees of fashion designing and tailoring

“The laptops would be issued to 17 ICT trainees, who distinguished themselves by their conduct and outstanding performance as a mark of recognition of excellence and encouragement for continuous learning for the recipients.

“The sewing and weaving machines that would be issued to the graduating trainees of fashion designing and tailoring are our way of actualising their wants and zeal for learning and self-empowerment.

“It is our hope that these machines would enable the beneficiaries to begin work immediately with their acquired skills, and would enable them to generate funds to cater to their needs,” she said.

In her intervention, a former president of NAOWA, Mrs Hadiza Dambazzau, commended the association for upholding and improving on the objectives of NAOWA.

She urged the current leadership to continue to build on the legacy of the founding mothers of the association and urged barracks youths to take advantage of the opportunities to better their future.

The best graduating trainee, Miss Jennifer Okechukwu, thanked the NAOWA president for her thoughtfulness towards barracks youths to bring out the best in them.

Okechukwu said the training had exposed her to a lot of skills in ICT and pledged to make use of the skills to actualise her dreams and aspirations. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

CSHEEH, Unilever partner to integrate oral hygiene into school curricula – Founder

Centre for School Health Education and Environmental Hygiene (CSHEEH), an NGO, says it is working closely with Unilever to integrate oral hygiene into creche, nursery, and primary school curricula in the FCT.

Executive Director/Founder of the centre, Dr Folashade Momoh said this during an enlightenment campaign on the maintenance of good oral hygiene organised for pupils of Dayspring Creche, Nursery and Primary School, Kubwa FCT, Abuja.

Momoh said the essence of the campaign with the theme, “Be proud of your mouth for a lifestyle of smiles”, was to create more awareness among young children.

She noted that oral health hygiene affects every aspect of “our lives as individuals”.

According to her, integrating it into the school curriculum of young ones will help them practice good hygiene every day of their lives.

“We need to catch them young. We should not restrict this sensitisation to only the day of commemoration.

“It should be a continuous thing. We should be good role models to the children because whatever you tell them to do, they want to see you do it.

“If possible, it should be part of the school curriculum. It should not be just about theory. We should make it more practical by encouraging them to practice it at home.

“Let it be part and parcel of their lifestyle so that they will do it on their own.

“We came with 270 oral hygiene packages for the pupils and Unilever has also had health talks with them on steps to oral health hygiene,” she said.

Dr Olatunji Abdulkazeem, a Consultant Orthodontist at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), spoke of the need to bridge the gap left by many doctors who have accepted offers for better opportunities outside the country.

Abdulkazeem, who is also the Chairman, of the Nigerian Dental Association, FCT Chapter, observed that one thing standing out about the mouth is that if it is unable to function well as the only entrance to the body, it will tell on the entire body.

“One of the problems with an unhealthy tissue is the loss of function. If your mouth cannot function well, it will tell on your body.

“One of the challenges we are facing is manpower – doctors and dentists alike.

“Almost every week you hear of someone who has left or is about to leave the country,” he said.

He called for policies that will include oral care in primary health services.

“I think that there is one in the pipeline but it has not been implemented.

“If it is implemented, the dentist can visit and attend to the people even if it is twice a day,” he added.

The Proprietress of the school, Mrs Foluke Babade, applauded the team from the centre for its commitment to achieving a pro-oral hygiene society, through the oral health talks and the oral health products made available to the school.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019 disclosed that oral diseases affect close to 3.5 billion people worldwide. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Our government will unite Abia – Otti

The Abia Governor-elect, Dr Alex Otti of the Labour Party (LP), has assured the citizens that his administration will unite rather than divide the state.

Otti gave the assurance in his acceptance speech on Wednesday after he was declared the winner of Saturday’s governorship election.

He spoke at his Campaign Office, near the Government House on the Bank Road, Umuahia, which overflowed with supporters.

The teeming crowd blocked the thoroughfare for several hours, dancing and jubilating over the LP’s landslide in Saturday’s poll.

Otti said: “With deep humility and a profound sense of responsibility, I wholeheartedly accept your mandate to be your chief servant for the next four years.

“Before I go on, I must first dedicate this victory to God the Father Almighty, who makes everything beautiful in His own time.

“I also dedicate it to the millions of Abia citizens who have been the unfortunate victims of bad governance these past decades.”

Otti expressed gratitude to every resident, including indigenes and non-indigenes, that took part in his election.

He said: “As you are all aware, this was my third attempt at contesting for this office, in my quest to implement my long-held vision of rebuilding Abia as truly God’s own state.

“At this third attempt, it pleased God to give us victory.

“In the words of one Labour Party stalwart, ‘The siege is over’!

“With our votes and the collective will of the people, we have ‘broken the gates of hell and cast its bars of iron asunder.

“As recorded in the Holy book, the kingdom of hell shall not prevail against us.”

Otti described his victory as “a call to service.

“Even as I come out of a bruising and long drawn out campaign, I know that this is just the beginning of the journey.

“There is a lot of work to be done and we must get all hands on deck to ensure that we take back our state and bring the much sought-after dividend of democracy.

“You voted us to serve you and not to be served.

“You voted us to alleviate your sufferings and not to compound and multiply them.

“This is a service that comes with unusually high sense of devotion and commitment given our checkered history as a people.”

Speaking further, he said: I promised you that I will serve you as the governor of all Abia people and all citizens living in Abia, irrespective of clan, religious persuasion or political leaning.

“I see my mandate as cutting across all strata of our people and I once more promise to use the resources accruing to all Abia people for the benefit of all the residents.

“I will like to assure us that we hold no bitterness against anyone and will not go on any revenge mission against anyone.

“If in the process of getting here, we have wronged anyone, kindly find a space in your heart to forgive.

“We have equally forgiven anyone that wronged us.

“This will be a government that would unite everyone in this state as we are all brothers and sisters.”

According to him, there shall be no discrimination whatsoever in the amenities that each person is able to access in our government.

“I made a firm promise to all civil servants and pensioners owed salaries, pensions and emoluments that an immediate payments plan would be put in place to ensure that this gets the priority it deserves.”

The governor-elect said that he was very much aware and prepared to deal with the issues of infrastructure decay, “which have continued to militate against our growth and development as a state.

“This will be tackled head-on,” he said, adding that amenities would be evenly spread amongst the citizenry.

“I made a firm promise to all civil servants and pensioners owed salaries, pensions and emoluments that an immediate payment plan would be put in place to ensure that this gets the priority it deserves.

“Nevertheless, I caution that we all will need to put in our best and row together in one direction.

“There is no magic wand that can fix all the rot and decay noticed in virtually all segments of the system since the past years.

“For us to have sustainable development, it would require very painstaking and elaborate layout of master plans to enable us tackle the menace of flooding and re-engineer our cities, especially Aba, Umuahia and other cities that would be developed in order to support our urban renewal projects.

“We therefore plead for patience and understanding as we first tackle the immediate challenges and work on the major ones.

“We remain resolute in our drive to eliminate poverty and create sustainable wealth for our people.”

“We trust God for His enablement to offer our services to Abia people in such a way that we would not disappoint you.

“We shall implement our manifesto, which is a revered pact between our administration and the good people of Abia state,” he said.

Otti reassured the people that he would run an open, transparent and accountable government devoid of waste and profligacy.

“Our doors will remain wide open and our channels of communication will remain unfettered so that your worthy contributions and suggestions will be a guiding light,” he said.

He thanked his wife, Priscilla, children and friends, who offered him immeasurable support throughout his struggle for the governorship position.

He also complimented the candidates of other political parties that ran the race with him, with particular reference to Chief Okey Ahiwe (PDP), Prof. Gregory Ibe (APGA) and Bishop Sunday Onuoha (ADC), amongst others.

Otti also expressed gratitude to Ibe, Onuoha and others that openly conceded defeat and congratulated him at a time the battle of Obingwa “fictitious votes” still raged on. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Buhari lauds phenomenal sports achievement under Minister Dare

President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the medal-winning efforts of several Nigerian athletes and their counterparts in other sports, saying that their dedication and commitment is awe-inspiring.

Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s spokesman in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, said the president stated this when he received the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare.

Dare had recently received “Special Recognition Award for Contributions to Sports Development in Nigeria and the Africa Region” from President Mohammed Solih of Maldives.

Speaking after receiving the trophy from the Minister, the president thanked him for the honour to the country.

He recounted the exploits of Nigeria’s national football team, Super Eagles, at national and international stages, noting he still hasn’t forgotten Nigeria’s absence at the Qatar World Cup 2022.

While commending Dare’s enormous contribution to sports development, the president expressed delight that he had been recognized and applauded outside the shores of the country.

Buhari noted that under Dare, Nigeria’s sports sector had developed from recreation to business.

He added that with revamping of infrastructure, laurels had been harvested at international events by our athletes while harmony and unity of purpose had prevailed in several sporting associations.

The president also applauded the Minister’s commitment, dedication and service to the nation ”in a sector that brings young and old together, as well as athletes and fans.”

He extended his best wishes to the Sports Minister, urging him to continue to give his best for God and country.

In his remarks, the minister thanked the president for his tireless support towards sports matters in the country.

He cited the generous and timely funding from the government to all sporting organisations and their many local and international engagements.

Dare described the recent donation of N200 million to Team Nigeria at the last Commonwealth Games as deeply inspiring. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Naija Ratels ready for Federation Cup, NWFL Super-6 competitions

FCT FA Cup champions, Naija Ratels, have intensified preparations in readiness for National Federation Cup and remaining part of Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) 2022/23 season.

A statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by the team’s management, quoted the proprietor of the club, Paul Edeh, as saying that the outcome of the FA Cup final was a pointer to how prepared the club is ahead of the competitions.

“I’m very happy that we won, the girls gave their very best which is a clear testament of how ready they are when the season resumes.”

Naija Ratels thrashed lowly Paul E side 6-0 last weekend at Area 3 playground to lift the FCT FA Cup trophy.

In that encounter, Nwachukwu Adanna, who put up player of the match performance, scored four goals, while Folounsho Amina and Animashaun Aisha completed the rout.

Edeh said the high scoreline in the FCT FA Cup final showed his team was prepared than ever to play in the Federation Cup when it starts in May.

Edeh, who heaped praises on the girls, added “that match is an assessment before the rigorous NWPL games that lies ahead of us.

“We will shape up and ensure we get better by the day.”

“The absence of Nwachukwu Adanna, due to injury, was felt, but now that she is back, it is a good news and booster for our quest, playing in the NWFL Super-six and final of the 2023 Federation Cup.

“This time, unlike last season when we were booted out by Nasarawa Amazons, we are more focused on the FA Cup title.” (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Team Namibia wins 45 medals at the 2023 SASAPD nationals

Namibian athletes with a disability won 42 medals at the just-ended 2023 Toyota South African Sports Association for the Physically Disabled (SASAPD) National Championships in Cape Town, South Africa.

The 2023 edition of the annual championships, which bring together athletes from nine South African provinces and other Southern African countries was held from 17 to 22 March at the Green Point Stadium.

Team Namibia competed in five sports codes which are; swimming, powerlifting, hand-cycling, goalball and athletics.

Namibian powerlifters won the country’s first two medals on the opening day of the championships. At the same time, swimmers, hand-cyclists and track and field athletes raked in 26 more medals on day two of the event.

The last two days of the championship on Monday and Tuesday saw the track and field athletes winning 17 more medals to bring the total tally to 45 medals after four days of competition.

On Monday and Tuesday at the track and field events T12 athlete Lahja Ipinge, won gold in 200 metres (m) sprint and a silver in the 400m of the Under-20 category. Ipinge finished the 400m race in first position with a time of one minute, and two seconds but based on the Raza scoring system she could only be awarded gold in that event.

Other athletes that walked away with gold medals in the 200m category are T46 sprinter Lize Meyer, T11 Ananias Shikongo, T13 Johannes Nambala, T37 Petrus Karuli, and T11 Lahja Ishitile.

T11 sprinter Alfredo Bernado, and T12 Christopher Marungu all won silver medals in their respective categories in the 200m sprint.

In the 400m events, Namibia’s gold came from Shikongo, Ishitile, Nambala and Karuli while Marungu and Chris Kinda won silver.

In the long jump mixed categories of the T42 and T37 athletes, Namibia’s T42 athlete Martha Nengola won gold while T37 Natascha Kakololo took bronze.

T44 athlete Denzel Namene finished fourth in the 200m sprints while T46 Lize Meyer ran a time of 01:06 seconds in the 400m race which did not qualify her for a medal based on the Raza point system. Her time was ranked fourth overall.

Namibia won 27 gold, 12 silver and six bronze.

Team Namibia travelled with 40 athletes for the championships. Track and field athletes used this championship as part of their preparation for the upcoming International Paralympic Committee World Athletics Championships scheduled for Paris, France in July.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency