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Ebola: Late Port Harcourt doctor’s sister, others discharged – Minister

A victim of Ebola virus

 The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, has confirmed that the sister of the Port Harcourt doctor who died of Ebola has been discharged from the isolation ward in Rivers.   Chukwu, who briefed newsmen in Abuja on Monday on the current status of the virus in Nigeria, put the total number of successfully managed and discharged patients at nine. ...

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Nigeria escapes FIFA ban, Giwa on the run

NFF General Secretary Musa Amadu returned to the office on Monday after over two weeks out as Chris Giwa failed to report with a FIFA suspension looming.   “He is not here, and there is no indication that he will show up,” Amadu told ColinUdoh.com on Monday morning. “Right now, I am in the office meeting with management staff to ...

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Pilgrims commission won’t compromise standards – Official

The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Mr John-Kennedy Opara, on Monday said that the commission would not compromise standards in its preparations for the 2014 Oct./Dec. pilgrimage.   Opara said this at the opening of the 2014 retreat of the commission in Abuja.   He said the management of the commission would not breach its regulations in the ...

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EU citizens see air pollution as biggest environment concern

An EU survey on Monday showed Europeans’ concern about the environment has not diminished for the last three years and air pollution became the biggest issue among environment worries.   According to the survey which covered 28,000 EU citizens, 95 per cent of whom  said that protecting the environment is important to them personally and many think more can be ...

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Activists denounce planned ‘corporate takeover’ of New York climate summit

Nnimmo Bassey

On the 23rd of September, United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, will host a Climate Summit in New York, bringing political leaders, big business and select civil society representatives. The event appears to have been surrounded by lots of fanfare but proposes voluntary pledges for emission cuts, market-based and public-private partnership initiatives such as REDD+, Climate-Smart Agriculture and the Sustainable ...

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Odusolu: Its bad business buying OPIC land from omo-onile

Jide Odusolu, MD of OPIC

Special Adviser/Managing Director of the Ogun State Property & Investment Corporation (OPIC), Babajide Odusolu, has said that, due to the numerous reforms put in place by the present administration, aspiring land owners and subscribers to OPIC Estates have now realised that it is bad business to patronise the omo-onile (local land urchins). “People now know that we are business-like,” he ...

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How climate change, Ebola virus, others can worsen Nigeria’s security crisis

Ebola

Over two years ago, the United States listed climate change, use of biological and nuclear weapons, cyber-attacks and transnational crimes as five major events that could change the scope of global security for the worse in the coming decades. The 2012 prediction contained in a report by the US National Defence may have been confirmed by recent violent events that have ...

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Vultures in Africa, Europe face extinction, BirdLife warns

Conservation Partnership – BirdLife International – has announced that vultures have rapidly become one of the most threatened families of birds on the planet. In a bid to stop this important family of birds slipping towards extinction in Europe and Africa, they have launched a global campaign asking for public support to Stop Vulture Poisoning Now.   Following recent catastrophic declines ...

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Wildlife poaching linked to Boko Haram funding

Poached rhino

Illegal wildlife trade, including poaching has been identified as a major source of funding for the deadly terrorist organisation Boko Haram, a new report by the New Scientists has said. The illegal trade, it has also been found, rake an estimated $20 billion a year from sale of ivory, rhino horn and tiger penis, part of which the report said is ...

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GEF beefs-up support for Small Island Developing States

Naoko Ishii, CEO of GEF

CEO of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Naoko Ishii last week announced at a gathering of global leaders in Apia, Samoa, the largest amount of GEF resources ever provided for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in its new four-year funding cycle.  For the period 2014-18, the GEF will make available a total of $256 million for projects to improve the ...

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