World Bank to intervene over Nigeria bird flu outbreak
The World Bank is to intervene to checkmate the Bird Flu disease, which has resurfaced causing the death of many birds in some farms in Nigeria.Mr Obadiah Tohomdet, the Senor Communication Specialist of the bank disclosed this in Bauchi in an interview indicating that the intervention would give confidence to poultry farmers.
“The World Bank is now looking at how we can checkmate it, because we did it before and there were structures put in place to checkmate the disease, but you see the Bird Flu is sometimes like an epidemic and it can occur anytime he was quoted saying on Wednesday. Read more
War, Ebola, elections top African Union summit
While the official theme of the African Union meeting will be women’s empowerment, leaders from the 54-member bloc will once again be beset by a string of crises across the continent when they meet at the AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital on Friday and Saturday.
AU chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who has said she is “deeply horrified” at the rise of Boko Haram, has said she will use the summit to drum up “renewed collective African efforts” to tackle the Islamists. Read more
Jonathan has done well for sports –Fashanu
ABUJA Former board member of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) and United Nations (UN) Sports Ambassador, John Fashanu, has thrown his weight behind President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid, hinging his decision on what he described as Jonathan’s laudable achievements in sports and football in particular. Read more
Premier League clubs drive record global transfer fees
Football clubs around the world spent a record $4.1bn (£2.7bn) on international player transfers during 2014, according to global governing body Fifa.
It is the first time spending has risen above $4bn and a 2.1% increase on 2013. England was the world’s biggest spender, with its clubs paying $1.2bn (£795m) during the year. Read more
Israel warns Hezbollah: look what we did to Gaza
Hezbollah claimed responsibility for the attack in an announcement issued shortly after 1:00 p.m. , stating that a squad named after “the Martyrs of Quneitra” fired at an Israeli convoy at 11:35 this morning, local time.
This incident comes amid heightened tension following an Israeli strike against a Hezbollah convoy in Syria last week. The strike killed six Hezbollah operatives and six Iranians, including a senior Revolutionary Guards general. Both Iran and Hezbollah vowed revenge in the aftermath of the attack. Read more
First results from Ebola vaccine trial show acceptable safety profile
The first results from a trial of a candidate Ebola vaccine at Oxford University suggest the vaccine has an acceptable safety profile at the doses tested, and is able to generate an immune response.
‘The vaccine was well tolerated. Its safety profile is pretty much as we had hoped,’ said Professor Adrian Hill of the Jenner Institute at Oxford University, who led the trial. Read more
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