Sabinews Midday News Update for July 2, 2015
Liberia confirms third Ebola case in new outbreak
Liberia confirmed a third new case of the deadly Ebola virus on Thursday, as the disease re-emerges nearly two months after the outbreak was declared over in the West African nation, a senior health official said.
Liberia, where 4,800 people have died out of the 11,200 killed in the West African Ebola outbreak, was declared Ebola-free on May 9 even as the disease has continued to infect new victims in neighbouring Sierra Leone and Guinea. But Liberia’s success story has been undermined this week by the discovery of new cases. Read more
Six Children Drown In Lagos Boat Crash
Six children reportedly drowned when a canoe conveying 14 school children capsized on Wednesday July 1, 2015 morning at Irawe area of Ojo in Lagos State. Eight others, including the boat driver, were rescued.
The incident occurred after a fibre canoe reportedly ran into the passenger boat at about 9 a.m.
The rescued children, some of whom were said to be primary school pupils and secondary school students, were rushed to Igando General Hospital for treatment. Read more
Rivers APC: Wike plans to borrow N100b from banks
The Rivers State All Progressives Congress (APC) has said Governor Nyesom Wike is planning to borrow N100 billion.
The governor has borrowed N30 billion – in two tranches of N10 billion and N20 billion – within three weeks. Read more
Four ‘killed in Berom, Fulani clash
Four people have been allegedly killed in a clash between the Berom and Fulani herdsmen at Foron village in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Three soldiers were injured and several people are missing. Read more
Reps to be subjected to stricter ethical rules
House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara has inuaguarated a panel to prepare a document to deter and sanction unethical behaviours by members .
According to him, the move became more expedient as the lawmakers were expected to contribute to wider efforts in promoting good governance and preventing corruption. Read more
Relocation to Maiduguri on course, says Army
The authorities of the Nigerian Army have said the directive given by President Muhammadu Buhari for the military’s relocation of Command and Control Centre to Maiduguri was being strictly adhered to.
At a briefing in Abuja on Wednesday, the Army said the grand finale of this year’s edition of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration would take place in Maiduguri. Read more
PDP rejects INEC acting boss, says she too close to the Presidency
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has rejected the appointment of Mrs. Amina Zakari as the Acting National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Zakari on Tuesday after the expiration of the tenure of former INEC boss, Professor Ahahiru Jega. Read more
Robbers loot Minna bank ATM machine
At least, 20 armed robbers attacked First City Monument Bank, FCMB, near Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Minna, and carted away undisclosed sums of money.
The incident occurred in the early hours of Monday. Read more
Tunisia: 8 Suspected In Hotel Attack Probe
Eight people are in custody on suspicion of direct links to a deadly attack on a Tunisian beach resort, while police have released four others detained earlier in the investigation, a government minister said Thursday.
Meanwhile, the British Foreign Office raised the death toll of British tourists killed in the attack from 27 to 30. Other European tourists were among the 38 dead. Read more
Gold falls to three-month low
Gold fell to the lowest since March on speculation that US jobs data will support prospects for higher interest rates. Silver rose for the first time in six days.
American employers probably added more than 200 000 jobs for the 15th time in 16 months and the jobless rate fell, according to a Bloomberg survey before the data is released on Thursday. Higher interest rates and a strong dollar tend to curb the appeal of gold, which generally offers returns only through price gains. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index advanced to the highest level in three weeks. Read more
Oshaniwa excited at move to Hearts
Super Eagles Brazil 2014 world cup defender and AFCON 2013 winner Juwon Oshaniwa will be playing in the Scottish Premier League with Hearts of Edinburgh in the 2015/16 season.
“I am looking forward to this fresh challenge of playing in the Scottish Premier League now” Oshaniwa says to supersport.com exclusively on the phone from Abuja, Nigeria. Read more
TRIP TO COTE D’ IVOIRE: NFF deny paying out $8,000
NFF General Secretary Sanusi Mohammed has watered down the recent rumours that the Disciplinary Committee of the NFF has requested the sum of $8,000.00 (N1,760,000) to enable it travel to Abidjan, Cote d’iviore to continue its further investigation on whether Coach Stephen Keshi applied for the job of the Head Coach of the Elephant of Cote divoire.
Sanusi, who spoke in Abuja said that he was not aware of such request, and would never be a party to such because, the world is now a global village. Read more
28 Countries for Lagos Badminton Classics
At least, 28 countries have sent in their entries for the 2nd Lagos International Badminton Classics to be hosted by Nigeria.
The championship in its second edition will take place in Lagos from July 15 to 18, 2015 at the Mobolaji Johnson Indoor Sports Hall, Rowe Park, Lagos. Read more
Nigeria urged to ease abortion laws for girls raped by terrorists
The UN has urged Nigeria to ease anti-abortion laws for women and girls who became pregnant after being raped by Boko Haram terrorists.
It is estimated that Boko Haram, renowned for kidnapping women and girls and forcing them to participate in attacks and marry their abductors, has raped at least 12,000 women and girls in recent times. Read more
Nigeria loses N59.6bn to pipeline vandalism — NNPC
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, yesterday, stated that the country lost crude oil and other petroleum products valued at N59.597 billion to pipeline vandalism in 2014.
The NNPC, in its Annual Statistical Bulletin for 2014 released yesterday, disclosed that pipeline vandalism increased by 4.54 per cent compared to the situation in 2013. Read more
Gbajabiamilia leads 29 other lawmakers to meet with Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday evening had a closed-door meeting with some members of the House of Representatives led by the All Progressives Congress, APC, preferred candidate for Speakership, Femi Gbajabiamila.
He led 29 other lawmakers loyal to him to the meeting which held inside the Conference Hall of the First Lady’s Office inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The parley started at about 9.55pm with the arrival of the President and the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. Read more
WHO urges Nigerian investors to explore opportunities in providing healthcare for elderly
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday urged Nigerian investors to explore the opportunities that abound in catering for the elderly by establishing homes and clinics for the aged.
The WHO Representative in Nigeria, Dr Rui Vaz, gave the advice in Abuja while answering questions from newsmen on the sideline of a two-day consultative meeting on Capacity Building for Masters Programme in Geriatrics Medicine in Selected Nigerian Universities. Read more
FG won’t pay salaries of staff schools in tertiary institutions – Official
The National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC) on Wednesday declared that the Federal Government would not pay salaries of staff schools in the nation’s tertiary institutions.
The Executive Chairman of the Commission, Chief Richard Egbule, made this known at a news briefing in Abuja. Read more
U.S Lifts Ban On Pictures Of White House
After 40 years of surreptitiously snapping pictures of the White House during public tours, people can now do it out in the open.
The White House has lifted its ban on taking photos during tours of the Presidential mansion. Read more
PDP cancels Kogi ad-hoc ward congresses
The National Working Committee ( NWC), of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has cancelled the three-man adhoc delegates ward congresses in Kogi State.
The congresses were conducted in Kogi State on June 27. Read more
Ethiopia scrambles to meet property demand in booming capital
A property boom in Ethiopia’s capital is putting pressure on the government to keep homes affordable for some of Africa’s poorest people who also live in one of its fastest-growing economies.
Smart flats and hotels in mirror-glass buildings rise up in areas of Addis Ababa where shacks once stood. A new metro snakes through a city where an emerging middle class is snapping up new homes, but waiting lists for cheap state-built apartments grow. Read more
UK prepares for the worst as Greek debt crisis deepens
The Chancellor insisted the Government will do “whatever is necessary” to protect the economy as Greece was left teetering on the brink of financial meltdown after failing to make the £1.1 billion loan repayment.
Last night Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (below) vowed to push on with his plan for a referendum this Sunday on the recent proposals from the country’s creditors. Read more
Greek EasyJet owner hands out free meals in Athens to those who can’t afford to eat
As eurozone chiefs battle over Greek bailout requests and looming referendums, one billionaire businessman is taking to the streets to play his part in easing the country’s financial crisis.
Stelios Haji-loannou, the Athens-born founder and owner of EasyJet, has been giving away free meals to people in the Greek capital, as banks remain closed in the country and cash withdrawals are capped at €60 a day. Read more
Spain’s New Security Law Meets Fierce Criticism From Rights Groups
A new law that went into effect in Spain on July 1 has much of the country, as well as many human rights organizations, in an uproar. While proponents say the new public security law will reinforce civil liberties, opponents call it the “gag law,” saying it will do just the opposite and take the country a step backward toward dictatorship.
The law covers everything from internet surfing to drug trafficking, but opponents point specifically to portions targeting illegal downloading, habitual access of websites that allegedly promote terrorism, and violent protest, as problematic, saying they include too-loose language that could be abused for political purposes and will limit freedom of speech or even prevent reports of police brutality. Read more
Higher Education in Africa: Our continent needs science, not aid
The continent of Africa suffers a crippling disease burden, which continues to choke economic growth in addition to causing high morbidity and mortality. It is therefore vital for Africans to contribute to finding solutions to their health problems. The discovery and development of new medicines in Africa led by Africans is essential to that.
Long-term sustainable provision of new affordable medicines in Africa can only be ensured through committed investments in research and development (R&D) through African-led local and international public-private partnerships so that risks, and not just benefits, are shared. Africa needs science, not aid. Read more
Greek minister will quit over vote
Asked whether, come Monday – if there is a yes vote – he will not be finance minister, Mr Varoufakis said: “I will not.”
Mr Varoufakis also said he would not sign any deal with creditors without any reference to a restructuring of Greece’s debt burden. Read more
Freak play sends Japan to Women’s World Cup final
England defender Laura Bassett was inconsolable as she lay face down on the field, sobbing.
Japanese players gathered at the other end of the field in celebration – and relief – in realizing how close they came to squandering a chance to defend their Women’s World Cup title. Read more
Dozens Killed as Ferry Sinks Off Philippines
A ferry carrying 173 people capsized in strong waves off the coast of the central Philippines on Thursday, killing at least 34, officials said.
By Thursday afternoon, 118 passengers had been rescued, said Geraldine Galleposo of the Philippine Coast Guard’s public affairs office. Government and private vessels were searching for 21 others. Read more
Russian City Bans Yoga, Calling It a Cult
Is yoga a spiritual practice or physical exercise? Depends on who you ask. But some Russians believe it’s a cult and, taking the lead of Vladimir Putin’s revanchist movement, have outlawed it.
The history of yoga is more tangled than the lotus position. This week, it’s taken yet another bizarre twist, as one Russian city has just banned the practice because it has “an occult character.” Read more
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