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Prince William reveals Earthshot Prize winners in global bid to tackle climate crisis


Prince William reveals Earthshot Prize winners in global bid to tackle climate crisis

Celebrities have joined Prince William in London for the inaugural awards ceremony of his Earthshot Prize, an ambitious environmental program aimed at finding new ideas and technologies around the world to tackle the climate crisis and Earth’s most pressing challenges.

Actors and activists strode down a green carpet at Alexandra Palace in north London. Emma Watson, Emma Thompson and David Oyelowo joined Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in handing out the awards, with a £1m going to each winner.

Guests were asked to “consider the environment when choosing their outfit,” so Watson arrived wearing a gown made of 10 dresses from the charity Oxfam.

British actress Emma Watson wore a white gown made from 10 dresses from the charity Oxfam at the Earthshot Prize awards ceremony in London.
William launched the Earthshot Prize through his charity, the Royal Foundation, last year with plans to name five winners every year until 2030.

In a video pre-recorded for the ceremony, William said: “We are alive in the most consequential time in human history. The actions we choose or choose not to take in the next 10 years will determine the fate of the planet for the next thousand.

“A decade doesn’t seem long, but humankind has an outstanding record of being able to solve the unsolvable … The future is ours to determine. And if we set our minds to it, nothing is impossible.”

I want to say something to all the young people watching tonight:

For too long, we haven’t done enough to protect the planet for your future.

But Earthshot is for you.

In the next ten years we are going to act. We are going to find the solutions to repair our planet.

— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) October 17, 2021
The Republic of Costa Rica picked up the “protect and restore nature” award for its efforts to protect forests, plant trees and restore ecosystems. The policy pays citizens to protect the rainforests and restore local ecosystems, reversing decades of deforestation and leading to a boom in ecotourism.

Costa Rica’s president, Carlos Alvarado, said the award was received “with pride but humility”, adding that “what we have achieved in this small country in Central America can be done anywhere.”

Indian company Takachar won the “clean our air” prize for developing pioneering technology to help end the burning of agricultural waste. Their cheap, small-scale, portable device attaches to tractors and converts crop residues into sellable products such as fuel and fertiliser, further helping to reduce smoke emissions by up to 98%.

Other winners included Coral Vita, a land-based coral farm in the Bahamas with a project to restore dying coral reefs by growing coral in tanks at a rate 50 times quicker than traditional methods.

The northern Italian city of Milan won the “food waste hubs” award as the first major city to enforce a city-wide food waste policy to recover food from local supermarkets and restaurants and distribute it to citizens in need, recovering about 130 tonnes of food a year, or an estimated 260,000 meals.

The “fix our climate” award went to a joint Thai-German-Italian team for the AEM Electrolyzer, which uses renewable energy to make clean hydrogen by splitting water into its constituent elements.

Each of the finalists – chosen by experts from more than 750 nominations – will be given help from companies to develop their projects.

Sir David Attenborough, Christiana Figueres, Dani Alves and a host of stars and performers including Ed Sheeran and Yemi Alade also attended the event.

The ceremony comes just days ahead of the Cop26 UN climate change summit in Glasgow, which begins on 31 October.

Earlier this week William took a swipe at billionaires embroiled in a space tourism race, saying in an interview with the BBC that the world’s greatest minds should be focused on repairing Earth instead of “trying to find the next place to go and live”.

The Queen was also recently overheard criticising world leaders who “talk” but “don’t do” enough about the planetary crisis.

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Shari’ah court sends Kano TikToker, Murja Kunya, to psychiatric hospital

A Shari’ah Court in Kano State has sent TikToker, Murja Ibrahim Kunya, to a psychiatric hospital to undergo mental evaluation.

The presiding judge, Nura Yusuf Ahmad, gave the order on Tuesday.

According to the Judge, during Murja’s previous appearance in the court, she was allegedly not in a sound state of mind due to suspected drug influence.

The court ordered her to be remanded at Hisba Board custody pending her psychiatric evaluation and adjourned the matter to May 20th, 2024 for more hearing.

Recall that Tiktoker Murja Kunya was arrested last week by the Hisbah Board and arraigned before an Upper Shari’ah Court at Kwanar Hudu in Nassarawa local government area of the State on allegation of sharing vulgar video content on a social media platform. She was remanded in a correctional center and the court adjourned the matter to Tuesday, February 20, 2024.

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Yul Edochie’s daughter removes father’s name from social media profile

Nollywood actor Yul Edochie’s daughter, Danielle, has made a change to her social media profile, removing her father’s name.

Previously known as Danielle Yul Edochie, she has now updated her profile to read Danielle Diana Dubem.

A quick check on Danielle’s Instagram page confirmed the change.

The decision garnered praise from many, applauding Danielle for her courage.

Sandypreneur commented, “If na you nko? Do you know what it means to watch your parent embarrass you daily? Smh.”

Mr. Azeez commended her bold move, stating,  “SHE JUST TOOK A BOLD STEP TO DISOWN HER DAD! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.”

Phelle shared her own experience, highlighting the emotional toll such actions can have on children, particularly daughters.
“Men do not know the damages this things do to their kids mostly on their daughters. This same act of yul my dad did. Till today I. Ve trust issues with men . It’s externally damaging to daughter . Tomorrow them go come beg and expect you to forgive and forget the past that they hurt . Mine even asked me what abomination did I commit ? . Like this man is a joke . You threw away your family for decades over a strange woman. Then turn around when you think you can benefit from us to be asking me what abomination did u commit? Haaaa ! Men! I have trust issues on them “

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Burna Boy slams Eedris Abdulkareem

Grammy-winning singer, Damini Ogulu, widely known as Burna Boy has fired back at Eedris Abdulkareem over his recent statement about him.

Burna Boy had made a statement in 2020, where he garnered attention by asserting that none of his senior colleagues had paved the way for his success.

Eedris Abdulkareem, in a snippet of an unreleased episode of the Honest Bunch podcast, addressed the controversial statement.

The veteran artist condemned Burna Boy’s comments as “stupid talk,” expressing disbelief at the notion that the Nigerian music industry had not provided any assistance to the acclaimed singer

You hear someone like Burna Boy say nobody helped him in Nigeria. That is a stupid talk,” he said.

Responding to Eedris Abdulkareem’s remark, Burna Boy took his X page to hit back at the ace singer.

The 32-year-old said he did not blame Eedris for his comment but the people who donated money to settle his hospital bills when he underwent a kidney transplant in 2022.

He added that he wished his colleague has the audacity to step his foot where he normally hangout so they would settle their scores physically.

“Abdul Kareem abi wetin dem call your papa, I no blame you, I blame people wey pay for your hospital bills. And I wish say you be person wey fit dey enter the kind places where I dey dey. Make we use mistake jam,” he said in a now deleted-tweet.

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