The IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) has warned that new swarms of the desert locust are forming in the Eastern Africa region. The organization says locust swarms have been reported in the last 6-weeks in northwestern Kenya, southern, northern and northeastern Ethiopia, northwest and northeastern Somalia.Adult locusts are also in large numbers in the areas where hoppers and bands were spotted in June which is in the trajectories of migrating swarms.Also Read COVID-19: Kenya records 139 new cases, 198 recoveries and 9 fatalities ICPAC in a statement says, climatic conditions suitable for desert locust development are forecasted to be highly suitable in eastern Uganda, southern to eastern Sudan, northern Ethiopia, northeastern Somalia and northwestern Kenya.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 Ecological conditions including the presence of green vegetation are some of the factors encouraging the growth of swarms.Wind direction and speeds, which greatly determine swarm movement is forecasted to be southerly and southwesterly in most parts of the region.Also Read Uhuru calls for rebuilding of the UN to better address emerging challenges“According to our recent seasonal forecast, a drier than usual season can be expected in most parts of Eastern Africa. This could reduce available vegetation for locusts, thereby reducing the number of swarms. Shifting wind directions later in the October, November and December season is likely to change the swarm’s movement southwards yet again, but against a backdrop of lesser vegetation available for multiplication” reads the statement.Also Read Kalonzo applauds Senate for ending revenue stalemateDesert locusts are projected to move from Samburu to Turkana and Marsabit, and West Pokot areas of Kenya to Eastern Uganda areas of Moroto, Kotido, Pader and Kigum.Highest risk areas for Desert Locust swarms and adult locust invasion based on forecasted climate conditions and existing vegetation conditions suitable for an invasion are outlined below:The risk of significant impact to both crops and rangelands is very high due to the sustained multiplying swarms and likelihood of swarms migrating
The registration for the Lagos Media Marathon is still ongoing on its official website lagosmediamarathon.com.Also, physical forms are being collected at the various designated centres including the Teslim Balogun Stadium and the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Lagos branch Office inside the National Stadium in Surulere.Tony Ubani, the chairman of the Organising committee for the Media race thumbed up the enthusiasm being showed towards the Lagos Media Marathon.While commending the passion from the public, Ubani however reiterated that those to be recognised and accorded free registration as media practitioners are card carrying members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ or its affiliate bodies.He also added that students of Mass Communication and journalism related courses are the only ones qualified for the free registration and consolation prizes set aside in the Students category“I will want appeal again to all journalists who intend to participate in the Media Marathon who are not card-carrying members of NUJ and its affiliate to regularize their membership before the race in May,” said UbaniOver six million Naira will be won by various winners in the maiden Lagos Media Marathon.According to the initial breakdown of cash prizes released by the organizers, the male and female journalists who emerge top in their respective 10km races will be taking home N1m each while the runners-up in the media category will be picking up N.5m each.Already, N300, 000, N200,000 and N100,00 have been set aside for the 3rd, 4th and 5th placed finishers respectively in the media category.For those that would be competing outside the media category, they are also going to be handsomely rewarded as the top male and female finishers will be getting N500,000 each.While the runners up in the general category are to get N300,000 each, the 3rd, 4th and 5th placed finishers respectively in this category will get N200, 000, N100, 000 and N50,000 respectively.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The first edition of the Lagos Media Marathon is already taking a global. outlook as foreign nationals from at least seven countries have already entered for the race.Athletes from South Korea, Ghana, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, China and South Africa have thrown in their hat to be part of the historic race fixed for May 1.