Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Benin to invest in one of West Africa’s last wildlife havens

Benin to invest in one of West Africa’s last wildlife havens 

Benin on Wednesday announced a 10-year plan to rehabilitate Pendjari National Park, one of the last viable wildlife reserves in west Africa.

Like other west African countries, Benin is struggling to preserve its natural ecosystems in the face of rapid population growth, poaching and resource extraction, including mining and logging.

Pendjari — in Benin’s far northwest on the border with Burkina Faso — is one of only a handful of parks in the region that still boasts elephants, lions, buffalo, cheetah and antelope. The goal is to double the park’s wildlife populations within a decade, Benin’s government said in a statement.

“The action plan for the park aims to develop responsible tourism and to ensure the economic and social development of the region,” it said. One of the first priorities of the plan, a $26-million (23-million-euro) partnership between Benin and conservation non-governmental organisation African Parks, is to secure Pendjari’s borders and protect the wildlife from poachers.

A special brigade including 10 officers and 90 guards will be set up, tasked with patrolling a 190-kilometre (120-mile) perimeter fence and 150 kilometres of roads.

The plan will also see scientific monitoring of key species and the development of the region’s tourism industry, the government said. Wildlife watching constitutes 80 per cent of trips to Africa, where visits by international tourists generate $36 billion, according to an October 2015 report published by the African Development Bank Group.

But most of that money goes to South Africa and Kenya, countries that have promoted a thriving wildlife tourism industry.

Years of mismanagement in west Africa have left the region’s parks in desperate need of investment and visitors.

Wenger signs new two-year contract with Arsenal

Wenger signs new two-year contract with Arsenal 





















Arsene Wenger has ended speculation over his future by signing a two-year contract extension with Arsenal, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.

Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger Wenger had sparked by fears he might end his 21-year reign by delaying his decision over whether he would accept Arsenal’s offer of a new deal until the end of the season.

But after winning the FA Cup for a record seventh time on Saturday, the 67-year-old Frenchman hinted he would stay and the decision has now been made official following meetings with the Gunners’ board earlier this week.

“I love this club and I am looking forward to the future with optimism and excitement. We are looking at what we do well and how we can be stronger everywhere,” Wenger told Arsenal’s website.

I caught my husband making love in our bedroom, woman tells court

I caught my husband making love in our bedroom, woman tells court 






















A 40-year-old trader, Mrs Folake Alimi, on Wednesday told an Igando Customary Court in Lagos that she caught her husband making love to a girl on their matrimonial bed.

The woman said this while responding to a divorce suit filed by her husband whom she accused of cheating on her. “I came home unannounced and I caught my husband making love to a girl; he jumped up when he noticed my presence.

“I also saw him with a woman in a hotel near our house when I went to buy food. “He begged me not to expose him because of his position in the church and I kept it a secret,” she said. The respondent said her husband was always jealous and had often accused her of dating every man he saw her with.

“My husband stopped me from working claiming men are dating me,” she said. The mother of four said that what used to cause their frequent fights was his penchant for buying things for the children of his first wife and ignoring her own.

She begged the court not to grant her husband’s wish for the dissolution of the marriage, claiming that she was still in love with him. Her husband, Joseph, had approached the court seeking to end his 11-year-old marriage over his wife’s alleged infidelity.

“My wife is cheating on me, she receives calls from men at odd hours,” he said. The petitioner accused his wife of going out and returning at will.

“My wife abandoned me and the children for one year for an unknown destination; she came back and left for another seven months.

“She was always going to parties and spending days before coming back,” the estranged husband said. The 47-year-old businessman said that his wife’s son from another father, in company with a gang, attacked him in his church with cutlass, rods and other dangerous weapons.

“My step-son that I trained came to my church with his gang in order to beat me up because I beat his mother,” he said. He urged the court to terminate the marriage, saying he was no longer in love with his wife. The President of the court, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, adjourned the case till June 28 for further hearing.

Police hunt for perpetrators of violence at Oshodi LG primaries

Police hunt for perpetrators of violence at Oshodi LG primaries

The Police say they are on the hunt for perpetrators of the violence at Shogunle during the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) primaries for councillors in Oshodi, Lagos State.

The fracas which occurred on May 29 led to the death of the Chairman of the Motorcycle Riders Union in Lagos State, Mr Rasak Bello popularly known as Hamburger.

Police spokesperson, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, said normalcy had since returned to the place and that investigation was on to arrest the perpetrators.

“Normalcy has returned to the place, no more violence, the place is now calm. We are working with those that have useful information on what led to the violence.

“Definitely, there will be eye witnesses; it is just that most of them don’t want to come out as they belong to same party.

“The police have commenced investigation to hunt down the perpetrators of the violence as the command will continue to maintain law and order in the state. “One life was however lost while another person was injured”, Famous – Cole said. NAN learnt that Hamburger had gone to observe the primaries at the venue for Ladipo Sogunle ward when he was attacked.

After the winner was declared, some hoodlums invaded the venue in a bus filled with guns and broken bottles.

They shot sporadically and went straight to where Hamburger and his friends were staying and shot into their midst.. NAN learnt that many other persons were injured following the violence which marred primaries at Ilupeju, Mushin, and Ogudu among other places.
Life returns to Imo after IPOB’s site-at-home directive 




















The Director-General, Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Prof. Sani Mashi, says the agency is prepared to partner ABIMET, an Austrian based meteorological services provider, to improve weather forecast services in Nigeria.

 Mashi disclosed this when the company’s team led by its Executive Assistant, Mr Christoph Neudhart, visited him in Abuja.

ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads He said that NiMet was currently faced with a number of challenges, ranging from capacity deficit to inadequacy of density of network stations.

He said that NiMet currently had only 54 weather stations across the country to service the huge population and land mass, which he said were in inadequate.

According to NiMet boss, Nigeria is supposed to have not less than 9,000 weather stations but we currently have only 54 because of technical and capacity challenges.

“ABUMET is a leading provider of precise meteorological services and severe weather warning globally and we are ready to partner them especially in the area of technical support and capacity building. “We can leverage on their experience to raise the capacity of our personnel so as to be able to make good use of weather information to address weather challenges in the country.

“Like I have always said, we are very much in deficit in terms of the requirement of the density of network station because we need thousands of them but we have less than a hundred now.

“There is need to provide thousands of them and then the challenges of providing them are enormous.

“Parts of the challenges are technical and this is related to capacity and ABIMET can help us in tackling some of these challenges.

“NiMet is currently in partnership with other international agencies like the UK Met Office in the area of capacity building but ABIMET may have other areas we can benefit from,” he said. Mashi said that the agency had achieved a milestone in its forecast services over the years, adding that the recent downscaling of Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) for states was as another feat.

He said that Katsina State being the first to buy into the initiative had acknowledged the efficiency and accuracy of NiMet’s SRP.

He said that the state government has produced its report for 2016 with 100 per cent accuracy. The leader of the team, Christoph Neudhart, said they were in NiMet to seek collaboration on how to broaden and enhance its capacity to provide more precise meteorological services.

Neudhart said that ABIMET, which is based in Vienna, Austria, had entered into partnership with many organisations and international agencies to help provide useful meteorological data.

He said that the company was in agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), on agriculture and other areas.

Among the areas highlighted by Neudhart was what he called, “Weather cockpit” which includes rain rader and lighting detection as well as risk assessment and calculation. “Actually, we want to collaborate because what we strongly believe is that you need to be the one who is on the ground to know what is happening in the climate services.

“What we want to do is to engage in a partnership in areas where we can discuss the possibilities of addressing what they are currently facing challenges or they want to improve. “Also, how we can help them to increase their capacity to provide this alert system that can help complement their services and also increase the market for their services,’’ he said.

NiMet to partner Austrian Meteorological Coy on forecast services

NiMet to partner Austrian Meteorological Coy on forecast services




































The Director-General, Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Prof. Sani Mashi, says the agency is prepared to partner ABIMET, an Austrian based meteorological services provider, to improve weather forecast services in Nigeria.

 Mashi disclosed this when the company’s team led by its Executive Assistant, Mr Christoph Neudhart, visited him in Abuja.

ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads He said that NiMet was currently faced with a number of challenges, ranging from capacity deficit to inadequacy of density of network stations.

He said that NiMet currently had only 54 weather stations across the country to service the huge population and land mass, which he said were in inadequate.

According to NiMet boss, Nigeria is supposed to have not less than 9,000 weather stations but we currently have only 54 because of technical and capacity challenges.

“ABUMET is a leading provider of precise meteorological services and severe weather warning globally and we are ready to partner them especially in the area of technical support and capacity building. “We can leverage on their experience to raise the capacity of our personnel so as to be able to make good use of weather information to address weather challenges in the country.

“Like I have always said, we are very much in deficit in terms of the requirement of the density of network station because we need thousands of them but we have less than a hundred now.

“There is need to provide thousands of them and then the challenges of providing them are enormous.

“Parts of the challenges are technical and this is related to capacity and ABIMET can help us in tackling some of these challenges.

“NiMet is currently in partnership with other international agencies like the UK Met Office in the area of capacity building but ABIMET may have other areas we can benefit from,” he said. Mashi said that the agency had achieved a milestone in its forecast services over the years, adding that the recent downscaling of Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) for states was as another feat.

He said that Katsina State being the first to buy into the initiative had acknowledged the efficiency and accuracy of NiMet’s SRP.

He said that the state government has produced its report for 2016 with 100 per cent accuracy. The leader of the team, Christoph Neudhart, said they were in NiMet to seek collaboration on how to broaden and enhance its capacity to provide more precise meteorological services.

Neudhart said that ABIMET, which is based in Vienna, Austria, had entered into partnership with many organisations and international agencies to help provide useful meteorological data.

He said that the company was in agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), on agriculture and other areas.

Among the areas highlighted by Neudhart was what he called, “Weather cockpit” which includes rain rader and lighting detection as well as risk assessment and calculation. “Actually, we want to collaborate because what we strongly believe is that you need to be the one who is on the ground to know what is happening in the climate services.

“What we want to do is to engage in a partnership in areas where we can discuss the possibilities of addressing what they are currently facing challenges or they want to improve. “Also, how we can help them to increase their capacity to provide this alert system that can help complement their services and also increase the market for their services,’’ he said.

Yudala cautions smartphone users on free public Wi-Fi

Yudala cautions smartphone users on free public Wi-Fi 

Yudala, an e-commerce company has cautioned smartphone users on the use of free public Wi-Fi, due to the risk of information hacking. Yudala’s Head of Corporate Communications, Gideon Ayogu gave the warning in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos.

Ayogu said that the free connections were accessible in public locations such as parks, banks, hotels, restaurants, among others.

He said that the benefits of free Wi-Fi access, such as the ease of connectivity and opportunity to conserve cellular data made it a common occurrence for most users to seek out these free connections.

“Findings by the Research and Development Unit of Yudala shows that caution must however be exercised when accessing sensitive personal information.

“Caution must be exercised when carrying out online shopping or mobile banking activities over a free public Wi-Fi connection, as this could predispose one to grave losses from hackers. “Armed with routers, remote spying software and other tools of their nefarious trade, these hackers, whose increasing level of sophistication is a source of global alarm, are capable of setting up fake hot spots.

“These fake hot spots trap users into thinking they are connecting to the Wi-Fi of a hotel they are staying in, while in actuality, they have fallen prey,” he said. Ayogu said that one of the tips from Yudala’s Research and Development Unit to help keep Wi-Fi users to be protected was for them to always remember that they were vulnerable on public Wi-Fi. He said that such knowledge was essential as it would keep users o be wary when using public Wi-Fi networks.

He however noted that data connection rates were still high, hence people would always make use of public networks. Ayogu said that with data connection rates still comparatively pricey in Nigeria, Wi-Fi hotspots were often a source of joy for most smart phone and device users in need of some free web browsing or social media time.

According to him, due to their often unsecured connections, chances are that the Wi-Fi hot spot you have so gleefully connected to is also occupied by a potential hacker. “Phone users should disable automatic connection to Wi-Fi networks as most smart phones are capable of automatically connecting to available Wi-Fi networks, a development that may expose you to lurking hackers.

“While this feature is often disabled by default, you can do yourself a world of good by double-checking to make sure your device’s setting is on manual connection to Wi-Fi hot spots. “This way, you are protected from unwittingly connecting to a rogue network which may compromise your privacy and other sensitive information,” he said. Ayogu said that users should endeavour to verify the network’s name before connecting.

He said that research showed that most hackers label their fake hot spots with generic names that might fool their preys into thinking they were on the right network.

According to him, a public institution such as the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), may not have its public Wi-Fi network named “Free NCC Wi-Fi.” “Same goes for that hotel you may be staying in or the fast food outlet on the street corner.

“Obvious generic names such as these can be a well-sprung trap by a hacker to snare unsuspecting users.

“If you are not certain of that generic name being the official Wi-Fi network you are about to access, you will do yourself a world of good by asking,” he said. Ayogu said that Wi-Fi users should stick to Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS), websites to avoid exposing themselves to the risks of being hacked over a public Wi-Fi network.

He said that while regular websites transfer contents in plain text, websites that use HTTPS encrypt activity, thus offering an extra layer of security. “In order to be sure you are on an HTTPS website, simply look for a padlock in the address bar or check the URL for “https://…” “In addition, you can download and use software such as `HTTPS Everywhere’ to protect your data.

“HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox, Chrome and Opera extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure,” Ayogu said. He said that there was the need to turn off file sharing when using a Personal Computer (PC). According to him, users should keep all financial transactions off public Wi-Fi and this applies to mobile banking, online shopping or any other activity that involves exposing sensitive personal or financial information.

“Every public Wi-Fi network should be regarded as a major security risk, as you may be sharing these connections with an eagle-eyed hacker. “Where the transactions cannot wait until you get to a secure network, it is best you rely on your cellular data for these purposes,” he said.

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