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Electricity is a scarce commodity in Nigeria. With just over 4,000 megawatts supplying nearly 220 million people, the electricity access deficit stands at about 40% nationwide. The picture looks even darker in rural areas. There, 73% of the population is off the power grid. Rural electrification is crucial to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7: “access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.” Enter mini grids: community-scale electricity generation and distribution systems, typically under 100 kilowatts in size. Mini grids have emerged in the last decade as a cost-effective solution for many rural parts of Africa. According to one…

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As exclusively revealed by Love Rugby League, senior officials are considering bringing back the Great Britain brand for a tour of Australia in 2025.  Great Britain last took to the pitch in 2019 with a tour of the Southern Hemisphere, but it didn’t go to plan. Wayne Bennett’s squad lost all four of their tour matches – New Zealand (twice), Tonga and Papua New Guinea. But in the five years since, there have been some new names enter the Test arena, who could help Great Britain to their first victory since 2007. There’s plenty of British-eligible talent across both Super League…

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Tool makes program use more efficient; effective in distributing plan assets to participants WASHINGTON – The Department of Labor today announced its Employee Benefits Security Administration has launched an online system to help qualified termination administrators more efficiently submit information required by the department’s Abandoned Plan Program.Since 2006, the program has enabled benefit distributions to be made to participants and beneficiaries of individual account retirement plans, such as 401(k) plans, that have been abandoned by their sponsoring companies. It allows qualified termination administrators to wind up a plan’s affairs and provides them with streamlined procedures for distributing benefits.The new system offers these administrators…

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A number of “military targets” were hit in the port city of Hodeidah in western Yemen, a Houthi stronghold, the Israeli army said, adding that its military operation was in response to “hundreds of attacks” against Israel in recent months. The “extensive operational strike” on Saturday was carried out “in order to stop and repel the Houthi’s terror attacks after nine months of continuous aerial attacks toward Israeli territory,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a posting on X. “The Houthis attacked us over 200 times. The first time that they harmed an Israeli citizen, we struck them,” Israeli Defense…

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised this article contains an image of deceased people, which is used with permission from the Traditional Owners. In May 2020, as part of a legally permitted expansion of an iron ore mine, Rio Tinto destroyed an ancient rockshelter at Juukan Gorge in Puutu Kunti Kurrama Country in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Working with the Traditional Owners, we had excavated the shelter – known as Juukan 2 – in 2014, six years before its destruction. We found evidence Aboriginal people first used Juukan 2 around 47,000 years ago, likely throughout the…

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Chancellor launches landmark review to boost investment, increase pension pots and tackle waste in the pensions system. New Pensions Bill confirmed in King’s Speech could boost pension pots by over £11,000, with further consolidation and broader investment strategies to potentially deliver higher returns for pensions. An investment shift in defined contribution schemes could deliver £8 billion of new productive investment into the UK economy. Action will be taken to unleash the full investment might of the £360 billion Local Government Pension Scheme to make it an engine for UK growth. The Chancellor Rachel Reeves has announced a landmark pensions review…

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Geneva/Athens, 19 July – Following a two-day visit to Athens, Greece, Amy Pope, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), welcomed a landmark agreement to further protect migrants in the country.  The new Host Country Agreement signed with the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs will allow IOM to continue providing services including life-saving protection and health, mental health support, and pathways for regular migration, integration, relocation, and voluntary returns.     This reinforces IOM’s close partnership with the Greek Government, supporting migrants in need and working to achieve safe and regular migration in order to protect the dignity of people…

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Tens of thousands of years ago, during a period of Egyptian history known as the Old Kingdom (around 2649–2130 BC), it was rare for people to be able to read and write. From an estimated population of between 1 million and 1.5 million, only about 1% were literate and able to write in hieroglyphics. Their rare skills meant that scribes were highly valued by society and the state, and were members of the privileged classes. This can be seen in examples from the ancient Egyptian literary genre now called teaching. In Duakheti’s Teaching (known as The Satire of the Trades),…

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The UK’s new government has promised to take action to “promote a positive work-life balance for all workers”, and to prevent homes “turning into 24/7 offices”. The risk of “always on” working has grown since the pandemic, with technology meaning that work is often within easy reach. Legislation allowing workers to disconnect from work has been increasingly adopted around Europe, in recognition of the damaging effect that endless work demands can have on wellbeing and family life. A review of data from 183 countries found significantly raised levels of heart disease and stroke for those working long hours. And there…

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Camogie: Limerick land inaugural U16 ‘A’ All-Ireland after dramatic O’Grady winner July 20, 2024 Limerick’s Amber O’Sullivan Hunt, Isabelle O’Brien, Tara Hynes, Kate O’Donnell, Hazel Horgan and Rachel O’Grady celebrate the victory over Galway ©INPHO/Tom Maher by Kevin Egan A new name has been written onto the All-Ireland U-16 A Camogie roll of honour for the first time since Wexford’s win in 1995, after Limerick edged out Galway in a tense and titanic battle at Nowlan Park today, with Rachel O’Grady firing over the winning point in the second minute of stoppage time. Elsewhere around the country, Derry were crowned U-16…

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