Some weeks back, Nigerians were all over the social media speculating that Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh would be representing the country at this year’s Big Brother 8 which the actress went on twitter to deny.
Well, it is a clear fact that Kenya will be represented by the vivacious model and socialite Huddah ‘Empress’ Monroe and various nude pictures of hers which has splashed all over the internet is an indication of something to look forward to for avid watchers of the Big Brother episodes.
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Under pressure to ramp up the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis, President Barack Obama is ordering 3,000 U.S. military personnel to West Africa amid worries that the financial and human cost of the outbreak is growing exponentially in a region overwhelmed by the deadly virus.
The influx is part of a heightened U.S. role that will include erecting new treatment and isolation facilities, training health care workers and boosting communications and transportation support, U.S. officials said.
Obama was announcing the stepped-up effort Tuesday during a visit to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta following appeals for a greater U.S. effort to confront the crisis and alarm that the Ebola virus could spread and even mutate into a more easily transmitted disease.
The new U.S. response came as the World Health Organization warned that the number of Ebola cases in West Africa could start doubling every three weeks and that the crisis could end up costing nearly $1 billion to contain. Joanne Liu, president of Doctors Without Borders, said the global response was falling short.
"The window of opportunity to contain this outbreak is closing," Liu told a meeting Tuesday at the United Nations in Geneva.
Nearly 5,000 people have become ill from Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and Senegal since it was first recognized in March. WHO says it anticipates that figure could rise to more than 20,000. At least 2,400 people have died, with Liberia bearing the brunt.
According to President Jacob Zuma, the South African president in a statement on Tuesday, sixty-seven South Africans lost their lives in the building collapse that occurred at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Nigeria,
Also, many were said to have sustained injuries when the six-storey building belonging to the church collapsed on Friday.
Zuma stated” This is a particularly difficult time for South Africa. Not in the recent history of our country have we had this large number of our people die in one incident outside the country.”
“Our thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues that have lost their loved ones in this heart-breaking tragedy”.
“The whole nation shares the pain of the mothers, fathers, daughters and sons who have lost their loved ones. We are all in grief.”
“I am greatly saddened to announce that 67 South Africans died and scores of others sustained injuries, after a building at the Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed on Friday,” Zuma said in statement.
However, Zuma, according to timeslive.co.za, said he had directed various government departments to ensure that relatives of the deceased were taken to Nigeria to identify their loved ones’ bodies.
He added that the government wanted to ensure that the bodies were repatriated as soon as possible.
He also extended his condolences to Nigeria and all other nations affected by this tragedy.
Two of the biggest stars in music are teaming up for one epic project. Beyoncé and Jay Z are reportedly working on a joint album.
Yes, you heard right. According to Dash Radio’s DJ Skee (via Just Jared), the superstar couple is in the studio recording all-new music.
While no official announcement has been made, sources close to the Carters tell Skee that the album is set for release in late 2014 or early 2015.
The power duo have collaborated numerous times in the past, but this would mark their first full-length project. Most recently, they scored a hit with “Drunk in Love” for Beyoncé’s self-titled album, while Mrs. Carter appears on “Part II (On the Run)” off Jay’s Magna Carta…Holy Grail.
The news comes after the Carters wrapped their co-headlining “On the Run Tour” in Paris over the weekend. The concert will air this Saturday on HBO.
According to UN officials, more than $1bn which is approximately N165bn, is needed to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
The UN’s Ebola co-ordinator stated that the increase in funds needed reflects the spread of the disease which has increased ten-fold in the past month.
Also the World Health Organisation said Ebola has killed half of those infected and has resulted in the deaths of 2,461 people this year.
However, there has been criticism of the slow international response to the epidemic.
The outbreak began in Guinea before spreading to its neighbours Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Nigeria and Senegal have reported some cases, but seem to have contained the transmission of the virus.
“We requested about $100m a month ago and now it is $1bn, so our ask has gone up 10 times in a month,” the UN’s Ebola co-ordinator, David Nabarro, told a briefing in Geneva.
“Because of the way the outbreak is advancing, the level of surge we need to do is unprecedented, it is massive.”
Igbo leaders have given the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) a condition if the party wants their support in the 2015 general elections.
The condition is that they should be given the deputy governorship slot in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Lagos, reports Vanguard.
The leaders, who met under the aegis of the Goodluck Gaa Niru 2015, said the PDP should utilize its proposal in order to unseat the All progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state.
Also read: Igbo youths want Jonathan to fulfil 2011 promises
They also demanded the prompt dismissal of Attahiru Jega, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the 30 000 extra polling units allocated across the country.
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