By Emeka Mamah The Federal Government, yesterday, said that it would commence the clean up of oil spills in the Niger Delta region starting from Ogoni land within the next three weeks. Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig- General Paul Boroh (retd), made this known in Enugu, yesterday. Boroh spoke at the commissioning of the Skills Acquisition and Training in Automobile Technology and Manufacturing of Plastics by about 200 former Niger Delta agitators under the sustainable reintegration programme in the Presidential Amnesty initiative. The skill acquisition programme was in partnership with the Innoson Group, manufactures of Innoson Vehicles and Plastics Manufacturing Assembly Plant, Emene, Enugu. "The clean up exercise will begin at Ogoni in three weeks time and progress to other parts of the Niger Delta region. We have gone to visit the area to assess the level of damage and a lot of people from the region will be involved in the exercise," he said, while describing the facilities at Innoson Kiara Academy as "fantastic." On the Amnesty Programme, Boroh said: "It has substantially achieved its core mandate of restoring peace and stabilizing the security in the Niger Delta region. "Ex-militants have now been trained and graduated from formal and informal trainings. The programme is now at its critical stage of sustainable reintegration of beneficiaries who have been trained. "Though conceived as a national response to security conditions in the Niger Delta between 2009 and 2011, it has been able to substantially meet its mandate and has been able, through its formal vocational programmes, trained approximately 17,000 beneficiaries in various skills and set up or employed more than 3,583 beneficiaries. The process is ongoing and 1,040 will conclude their refreshers and set up their own business by the end of this quarter."
I looked outside toward the ocean through a window and I saw something like smoke rolling over the trees planted along the coast to stop sand coming from the beach. I wondered if it was fire. But it was spray of the tsunami wave.
WITH NEARLY ALL OF THE 2015-2016 WINTER SEASON BEHIND US ... IT SEEMS THAT THE COMPLACENCY OF A RATHER 'MILD' EL NINO WINTER... HAS SET IN. BUT THE 'WILD' TEMPERATURE AND SENSIBLE WEATHER VOLATILITY THAT SPRING TYPICALLY CAN DELIVER DOES MAKE ANOTHER APPEARANCE ACROSS THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF THE LOWER 48.
On December 16, 2015, North Korea sentenced a Canadian pastor on a humanitarian mission to hard labor for life for "crimes against the state." Hyeon Soo Lim, a Korean-Canadian pastor from Toronto in his early sixties, was given the sentence after a swift 90-minute trial. Lim has been in detention since February 2015. Rev. Lim traveled to North Korea on January 31, 2015 on a regular humanitarian mission. Since 1997, Rev. Lim has been supporting where help is most needed, including an orphanage, public schools, and a nursing home in North Korea. He's made more than 100 trips to North Korea during the last 20 years, supplying food, textbooks, and agricultural tools to civilians . His trips were not political in nature. He was charged with "crimes" including harming the dignity of the supreme leadership, trying to use religion to destroy the North Korean system, and helping U.S./South Korean authorities abduct North Korean citizens, along with assisting North Korean refugees escape the authoritarian regime. Rev. Lim admitted to these charges, which were most likely forced (other foreigners detained in North Korea and then released have said they were coerced into making similar statements and confessing guilt). North Korea has very strict rules against any missionary or religious activities, as they are threatening to the supremacy of totalitarian leadership. Merely leaving a Bible in a public place can lead to arrest and severe punishment. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed "tremendous" concern with the sentence and noted that Canadian consular officials have not been allowed access to Lim while he's been in custody. "We certainly hope to be able to engage with this individual and stand up for his rights," Trudeau said. Diana Khaddaj, a spokeswoman for Canada's Global Affairs Department, said Canada is "dismayed at the unduly harsh sentence [...] particularly given his age and fragile health." But the Canadian government needs to express more than mere hope and dismay. Until recently, Canada neglected for years Omar Khadr, a Canadian child in Guantanamo. Will Prime Minister Trudeau be different in his response to another Canadian in unlawful detention, this time in the world's most atrocious regime? What we are asking for is more than possible. Last year, North Korea released Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American missionary who was convicted of anti-state crimes and had been serving a 15-year sentence.He was freed along with another American detainee after a secret visit by James Clapper, a top U.S. intelligence official. The Canadian government needs to take strong, affirmative action NOW. If there is political will, Rev. Lim can be rescued. Please help us bring him home! The petition is available in these languages on separate pages as well: French/français https://goo.gl/3GXp58 Korean/한국어 https://goo.gl/Lg5HrD Chinese/中文 https://goo.gl/hczw65 Japanese/日本语 https://goo.gl/oQckOO This petition is created by Ji-Soo An (U of Alberta Law School) and Hyun-Soo Lim (Yale Law School). We are Canadian students with no affiliation to the church or the Lim family. We started the petition after reading this disheartening story on the news. For inquiries or comments, please contact us at email@example.com
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