Wednesday, 27 August 2014

FG Postpones Schools’ Resumption To October

The outbreak of Ebola has led to a delay in the resumption of primary and secondary schools in the country. The Federal Government has announced that secondary and primary schools around the country will be allowed to resume from October 13th. The schools were closed indefinitely due to the outbreak of Ebola in the country in a bid to curb the spread of the disease. The summer holidays were due to end in September and the students were expected to resume on the 22 of that month. Ebola came into Nigeria in July after Liberian- American, Patrick Sawyer died of the disease in Lagos. @LastßornNews(07060428346)

Former Enugu state coal officer ICHE OZOR is Dead

Iche ozorwachi of amoka community(okpatu) in udi local govt area in Enugu state,just lead to rest in early hour today @3:00am,,Iche is among the first staff that worked as a coal officer before the war in Enugu state,,,he lost his wife years back,,,,,he survive with two children,grand children and great-grand children...............R.I.P ICHE OZOR. @LastßornNews(07060428346)

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Jose Mourinho takes a swipe at Arsene Wenger and says Chelsea are contenders for Premier League title

The self-styled 'Special One' appeared to question the credentials of his rivals as he prepares to take his title favourites to newly-promoted Burnley on Monday Jose Mourinho began the new season by taking aim at the managerial records of some old rivals, including Arsène Wenger, on Friday as part of an impassioned defence of his own recent performance. The self-styled ‘Special One’ has not won a trophy for two years and, although two Champions League semi-finals and top three finishes in both the Premier League and La Liga are respectable seasons, there has still been a dip in the spectacular results he achieved from 2002 until 2012. RELATED ARTICLES Jose Mourinho vows to be 'cold' when he reveals whether Petr Cech or Thibaut Courtois will be Chelsea goalkeeper Victor Moses to join Stoke on loan from Chelsea for season Burnley v Chelsea: team news and match preview Chelsea are favourites to win the Premier League but, asked if he himself felt under pressure, Mourinho said: “Why? Some, they have 10 years to win something. I have only two?” Wenger’s name was not mentioned but the point of reference appeared obvious enough. Mourinho won league titles in seven out of nine completed seasons with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid until 2012 but has seen his teams finish behind Barcelona, Manchester City and Liverpool over the past two years. Had it caused him to question or challenge himself? The response was similarly bullish. “I’m not a very intelligent guy to choose teams,” he said. “I like to work. I like to build. I don’t like easy jobs. I don’t like to get clubs worked by other managers before me. I don’t like to arrive on time to collect the fruits off their trees. “I came to Chelsea at a moment when one team was over and another needed to be born. At the same time I came to the only league where four, five, six teams can compete for the title. So I’m not good in choosing my jobs – or I’m good because I choose jobs I really love.” When he spoke of managers collecting “fruits” off established trees, he again did not mention names but you had to wonder whether he was referring to the fabulous situation that Manuel Pellegrini has inherited at Manchester City or Pep Guardiola at Barcelona and then Bayern Munich. Mourinho was similarly uncompromising when asked if he would try to avoid last season’s controversies with referees. “They had a run-in with me not me with them – ask them,” he said. Mourinho, though, is certainly making no attempt to minimise expectations on Chelsea and was happy to declare that his team are “title contenders”. Such confidence rests heavily on the additions of Thibaut Courtois, Filipe Luis, Cesc Fabregas, Didier Drogba and Diego Costa. “At the end of the season you, the supporters and the players will judge my work,” said Mourinho. “And most important, my boss, my owner, my board will judge my work. During my career, the years with more success were the years where I had exactly this feeling. When I like my players, I work well.” Chelsea begin their season on Monday against Burnley and the big decision for Mourinho is whether he starts with Courtois or Petr Cech as his goalkeeper. The expectation is that it will be Courtois and, with Chelsea still needing to limit their number of non-homegrown players by one, Cech could conceivably also still leave. Mourinho will announce his team to the players on Sunday and there will be no personal explanation to either Courtois or Cech. “All I can say, with all my respect, I think Chelsea have two of three best goalkeepers in the world,” said Mourinho. “This is something unique. The best way for me to work is to think pragmatically in a cold way. Try to hide the emotions around these situations and decide what I think is the best for the team.” Mourinho is also adamant that there would be no question of favouring Courtois because he has only two years remaining on his contract and Chelsea might like to tie him down to a new deal. “Team selection is my responsibility and the club is completely correct with that,” he said. “So my decision will be a lonely decision. I’m not going to say ‘the goalkeeper will be…’ I’m going to tell them ‘the team will be…’ I always tell the group. And when I tell 25 guys, it’s also 25 agents, 25 journalist friends and very soon it becomes 100 and more. So, by Monday morning, everybody knows.” Mourinho stressed that, once his decision was made, there would be no question of rotating his two goalkeepers in an attempt to keep them both happy. “My No 1 will be my No 1,” he said. “Not forever obviously because I cannot kill competition. I cannot give any player a guarantee. Obviously you don’t change a keeper if he makes a mistake but you can change him if he makes five.” Mourinho also suggested that either man would contemplate their future if they were dropped on Monday. Asked if Cech could leave if he was not selected, Mourinho said: "Or visa versa? If Petr plays Courtois can think about leaving? In this moment they are working well and hard and we are so happy to have them both. I prefer to analyse this in that perspective. During the season if one is definitely my first choice I have to support and stimulate the other one." @LastßornNews(07060428346)

Thursday, 14 August 2014

CBN re-introduces ATM charges, bank customers to now pay N65

The Central Bank of Nigeria has re- introduced ATM charges for cash withdrawals made on other banks’ Automated Teller Machines. In a circular dated August 13rd 2014 and signed by the Director, Banking and Payment Systems Department, CBN, Mr. Dipo Fatokun , the re- introduced ATM deduction pegged at N65 per withdraw would take effect from September 1st 2014. The circular states that the first three withdrawals in the month of September on other banks ATM would be free but the charges would start counting from the fourth withdrawal. Read parts of the circular after the cut... "The CBN hereby issues the following directives: The re-introduction of ‘Remote-on-us’ ATM cash withdrawal transaction fee, which will now be N65 per transaction, to cover the remuneration of switches, ATM monitoring and fit-notes processing by acquiring banks; the new charge shall apply as from the fourth ‘Remote-on-us’ withdrawal (in a month) by a cardholder, thereby making the first three ‘Remote on us’ transaction free for the cardholder, but to the paid by the issuing bank. September 1, 2014 shall be the effective date for the implementation of the new charge; banks are expected to conduct adequate sensitisation to the customers on the introduction of the new fee; all ATM cash withdrawals on the ATM of issuing banks shall be at no cost to the cardholder.” it read This reintroduction of ATM withdrawal charges comes almost 2 years after the CBN and the Deposit Money Banks cancelled the N100 ATM charges in December 2012. @LastßornNews(07060428346)
The Central Bank of Nigeria has re- introduced ATM charges for cash withdrawals made on other banks’ Automated Teller Machines. In a circular dated August 13rd 2014 and signed by the Director, Banking and Payment Systems Department, CBN, Mr. Dipo Fatokun , the re- introduced ATM deduction pegged at N65 per withdraw would take effect from September 1st 2014. The circular states that the first three withdrawals in the month of September on other banks ATM would be free but the charges would start counting from the fourth withdrawal. Read parts of the circular after the cut... "The CBN hereby issues the following directives: The re-introduction of ‘Remote-on-us’ ATM cash withdrawal transaction fee, which will now be N65 per transaction, to cover the remuneration of switches, ATM monitoring and fit-notes processing by acquiring banks; the new charge shall apply as from the fourth ‘Remote-on-us’ withdrawal (in a month) by a cardholder, thereby making the first three ‘Remote on us’ transaction free for the cardholder, but to the paid by the issuing bank. September 1, 2014 shall be the effective date for the implementation of the new charge; banks are expected to conduct adequate sensitisation to the customers on the introduction of the new fee; all ATM cash withdrawals on the ATM of issuing banks shall be at no cost to the cardholder.” it read This reintroduction of ATM withdrawal charges comes almost 2 years after the CBN and the Deposit Money Banks cancelled the N100 ATM charges in December 2012. @LastßornNews(07060428346)

"I don't owe you any explanation' - says Minister who approved Sawyer's trip to Nigeria

The Liberian Minister who approved late Patrick Sawyer's trip to Nigeria has angrily reacted after he was criticized for letting Sawyer, a staff of the Liberian government, leave Liberia for Nigeria despite Liberian health officials placing him on Ebola danger list. Deputy Finance Minister Sebastian Muah Omar told a Facebook user who asked him why he made such a decision that he does not owe him any explanation. He also said he wasn't late Sawyer's doctor to stop him from traveling. One of the minister's followers queried him, saying, “As his superior, if a man tells you his sister died from Ebola and he could have been exposed do you not think it is your duty to ask the hard questions or maybe you could have reported this to the health officials?... See the minister's reply after the cut... The Minister said... "A friend is dead, I do not owe you any explanation. POS (Patrick Sawyer) was a public health practitioner if you must know. The Ugandan doctor was a medical doctor if you again must know. They are no longer. So the freaking issue is not why he lied or didn’t lie to travel. But how we address the freaking disease. If you don’t have jack to say in that direction then frankly shut up on the subject. Sebastian Muah doesn’t have time today frankly for your rants." The minister said...continue... The Facebook follower said; "Stop making silly excuses as to not being his doctor. This does not excuse you from asking the questions as a government official that would safeguard the lives of our citizens and your international partners. It is your duty, again as a Government official not wanting to go above and beyond his duty to safe guard our population. Oh hell yes you do owe Liberians and the international community an explanation You have through your negligence of not asking the proper questions exposed others to such a horrible Virus and you on here talking bull. The minister replied "The old people say empty drum can’t make noise. So you will be talking by yourself as I see you don’t know what you are talking about and as a matter of finding solution you do not have any but trying to find blame. Someone must have frustrated the hell out of you in Liberia O…. Take me to the international court since I am guilty of approving a travel." 'You are guilty of causing two more deaths, you silly man!' Oh...this is from Linda. @LastßornNews(07060428346)
The Liberian Minister who approved late Patrick Sawyer's trip to Nigeria has angrily reacted after he was criticized for letting Sawyer, a staff of the Liberian government, leave Liberia for Nigeria despite Liberian health officials placing him on Ebola danger list. Deputy Finance Minister Sebastian Muah Omar told a Facebook user who asked him why he made such a decision that he does not owe him any explanation. He also said he wasn't late Sawyer's doctor to stop him from traveling. One of the minister's followers queried him, saying, “As his superior, if a man tells you his sister died from Ebola and he could have been exposed do you not think it is your duty to ask the hard questions or maybe you could have reported this to the health officials?... See the minister's reply after the cut... The Minister said... "A friend is dead, I do not owe you any explanation. POS (Patrick Sawyer) was a public health practitioner if you must know. The Ugandan doctor was a medical doctor if you again must know. They are no longer. So the freaking issue is not why he lied or didn’t lie to travel. But how we address the freaking disease. If you don’t have jack to say in that direction then frankly shut up on the subject. Sebastian Muah doesn’t have time today frankly for your rants." The minister said...continue... The Facebook follower said; "Stop making silly excuses as to not being his doctor. This does not excuse you from asking the questions as a government official that would safeguard the lives of our citizens and your international partners. It is your duty, again as a Government official not wanting to go above and beyond his duty to safe guard our population. Oh hell yes you do owe Liberians and the international community an explanation You have through your negligence of not asking the proper questions exposed others to such a horrible Virus and you on here talking bull. The minister replied "The old people say empty drum can’t make noise. So you will be talking by yourself as I see you don’t know what you are talking about and as a matter of finding solution you do not have any but trying to find blame. Someone must have frustrated the hell out of you in Liberia O…. Take me to the international court since I am guilty of approving a travel." 'You are guilty of causing two more deaths, you silly man!' Oh...this is from Linda. @LastßornNews(07060428346)

Lagos doctor confirmed to have Ebola as nurse who escaped from quarantine is returned back to Lagos

A doctor who attended to late Patrick Sawyer at the First Consultant Hospital has been confirmed positive with the Ebola virus. Speaking at a news conference today, the Nigerian Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu said the doctor is currently undergoing treatment at the quarantine centre in Lagos. Prof Onyebuchi revealed that some of the 169 secondary contacts of Sawyer were no longer under surveillance and had been released, having completed the 21 days of incubation period. The Minister also said the nurse who had escaped the quarantine center in Lagos and traveled to Enugu state has been returned back to Lagos with her husband in a special traveling ambulance. 'In Enugu yesterday, there were 21 secondary contacts with the nurse. But after investigations, there are only 6 secondary contacts now. The nurse who is newly wedded had no symptoms of the disease when she traveled to Enugu. She was transported back to Lagos in a special ambulance with her husband. Her husband is under quarantine now” the minister said @LastßornNews(07060428346)
A doctor who attended to late Patrick Sawyer at the First Consultant Hospital has been confirmed positive with the Ebola virus. Speaking at a news conference today, the Nigerian Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu said the doctor is currently undergoing treatment at the quarantine centre in Lagos. Prof Onyebuchi revealed that some of the 169 secondary contacts of Sawyer were no longer under surveillance and had been released, having completed the 21 days of incubation period. The Minister also said the nurse who had escaped the quarantine center in Lagos and traveled to Enugu state has been returned back to Lagos with her husband in a special traveling ambulance. 'In Enugu yesterday, there were 21 secondary contacts with the nurse. But after investigations, there are only 6 secondary contacts now. The nurse who is newly wedded had no symptoms of the disease when she traveled to Enugu. She was transported back to Lagos in a special ambulance with her husband. Her husband is under quarantine now” the minister said @LastßornNews(07060428346)

Enugu Dep Gov, Onyebuchi, slumps before Impeachment Panel

The deputy Governor of Enugu state, Sunday Onyebuchi this morning August 13th slumped before the impeachment panel set up to investigate allegations of gross misconduct and unlawful rearing of chickens in his official residence leveled against him by the State House of Assembly. According to Vanguard, the Deputy governor arrived the panel sitting at about 9am in company of his wife Mrs Nneka Onyebuchi, his children as well as his legal team. He began his testimony in front of the panel around 9.30am but three hours later, around 11.35am, he slumped and was immediately rushed out of the premises to the hospital where he is receiving treatment. @LastßornNews(07060428346)

Ebola: ‘Nigerian nurse fled quarantine centre’

One of the nurses who had previously had contact with the Liberian Ebola patient Patrick Sawyer, fled her quarantine center in Lagos and returned to her home in Enugu, exposing about 20 people who she came in contact with to the deadly virus. Information Minister Labaran Makuwho disclosed this said the nurse and the 20 others people who she came in contact with are all under surveillance in Enugu. Continue... 189 people are now being monitored in Nigeria. Three have died from the disease: Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American businessman who collapsed in Lagos, an attending nurse, and an ECOWAS staffer who worked with Sawyer. Source: Sahara Reporters@LastßornNews(07060428346)

‘Why my husband came to Nigeria’- Late Patrick Sawyer's wife writes

In defense of her late husband, Mrs Decontee Sawyerr, widow of Late Patrick Sawyerr, the Liberian man who came into Nigeria with the deadly Ebola virus, has said her sick husband risked all to come to Nigeria because he believed so much in the health system here & wanted to be properly diagnosed and treated. She explained her thoughts on her facebook wall and also took a swipe at the Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who called out her late husband recently in a CNN interview. What she wrote below... "Good day my Facebook friends and FAM. I hope all is well with you. Thank you for all of your kind words and support for me and my family. You strengthen me more than you realize. According to an article written on Ava's birthday (August 10) by Sabrina Tavernise of the New York Times, "...in another Liberian newspaper, The New Dawn, which cited footage from a security camera in the airport in Monrovia, Mr. Sawyer behaved strangely as he waited for his flight out of Liberia. He sat alone, avoiding physical contact with people, including an immigration agent who tried to shake his hand, and even lay flat on his stomach on the floor of a corridor of the airport, the paper reported. Continue... "I’ve read other reports in other papers about Patrick’s ‘recklessness’. I get where they’re coming from, and they certainly have the right to feel the way they do. However, as Patrick’s widow, I would like to shed some light on this from another perspective. One that only I, his wife, would know,” she wrote. I knew Patrick better than anybody else (including himself). He had told me many times in the past how much he didn’t trust the Liberian healthcare system. He would tell me about how a person would get checked in for one thing, and get misdiagnosed and get the wrong treatment as a result. On top of that, Patrick was a clean freak, and told me how filthy a lot of the hospitals were. He didn’t tell me this, but I know in my heart of hearts that Patrick was determined to get to Nigeria by all means because he felt that Nigeria would be a place of refuge. He has expressed to me many times in the past that he felt passionately about helping to be a part of strengthening Liberia’s healthcare system, but he knew it wasn’t there yet, and he wouldn’t want to take a chance with his life because a lot of people depended on him… Patrick had a passion for life, and he wouldn’t have wanted his to end. So, I bet anything that he was thinking, if I could only get to Nigeria, a way more developed country than Liberia, I would be able to get some help. How ironic. It has been reported that Patrick avoided physical contact with everyone he came across during his trip from Liberia to Nigeria. When he got to Nigeria, he turned himself in letting them know that he had just flown in from Liberia. Patrick went to Nigeria for help so that he can get properly diagnosed, and not misdiagnosed in Liberia. And if it came back that he did have Ebola, he trusted the Nigerian healthcare system a lot more than he trusted the Liberian’s. His action, as off as it was, was a desperate plea for help. Patrick didn’t want to die, and he thought his life would be saved in Nigeria. I write today, not simply because of Patrick, but because of the broken healthcare system in the Liberia, and the government’s inability under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (and other past Presidents) to fix it. Good doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers aren’t given the support they need to save lives. President Sirleaf went on CNN News throwing stones at Patrick, a man who can no longer defend himself, a man who worked tirelessly for Liberia. She should be ashamed of herself. I use to admire this woman, and was excited and proud of her accomplishment as the first woman President in the entire continent of Africa. She will always own that. We will always own that. It can’t be taken away from her. It’s something to be proud of. But this woman has failed her country,” she wrote. @LastßornNews(07060428346)

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Kola Nut Cure Ebola – Prof. Iwu

Professor Maurice Iwu said a plant commonly eaten in West Africa, popularly known as kola nut can cure the deadly Ebola virus as shown in its tracks during a laboratory tests. The Professor, who made the revelation while speaking at the 16th International Botanical Congress in St Louis in the United States of America, also disclosed that a compound taken from kola nut plant have also proved effective against some strains of flu. He stated that if the anti-Ebola compound proves successful in animal and human trials, it will be the first medicine to successfully treat the virus that causes Ebola haemorrhagic fever which is usually a fatal condition. Iwu, who set up and heads the Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme, led the research that reportedly started 10 years ago, after researchers were led to the plant by traditional native healers who said they have used the plant for the treatment of infectious diseases for centuries. Prof. Iwu who also came from a family of traditional healers after the tour said: “This is a very exciting discovery. The same forest that yields the dreaded Ebola virus could be a source of the cure.” He, however, noted that tests are still in the early stages, adding that researchers hope that if the compound continue to prove successful the US Food and Drug Administration will put it on a fast track and produce drugs for humans within a matter of years. “The discovery of these important properties in a simple compound, flavonoids was very surprising. The structure of this compound lends itself to modification, so it provides a template for future work. Even if this particular drug does not succeed through the whole drug approval process, we can use it to construct a new drug for this deadly disease,” Dr. Iwu said. He said the Garcinia kola compound has been shown to halt multiplication of the virus in the laboratory, noting that if repeated in humans, it would give the body a chance to fight off the virus. Meanwhile, Ebola virus was first recorded in 1976 after an outbreak in Zaire now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where 88 per cent of the 318 people that were infected died. Another outbreak in 1995 also claimed the lives of 81% of the 315 infected people. There are four types of the virus: Ebola-Zaire, Ebola- Sudan and Ebola-Ivory Coast all affect humans, while Ebola-Reston has so far only affected monkeys and chimpanzees. The virus multiplies rapidly in the human body and quickly overwhelms it, and in advanced cases the patient develops high fever and severe bleeding. It is reported that doctors are unable to curtail the virus once infection has taken over the victim, giving the disease a terrifying reputation. Maurice Iwu, who is a Professor of Pharmacognosy, was appointed Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in June 2005, and was later removed from office in April 2010. He wrote this article when he was still a Doctor, and the article was first published by the British Broadcasting Corporation on August 5, 1999. He studied at the University of Bradford, England, where got a Master of Pharmacy degree in 1976 and a Ph.D in 1978. The Professor is believed to have since returned to researching after ceding office to the current INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega. @LastßornNews(07060428346)

Ghana bans flights from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia over Ebola concerns

Ghana has officially banned flights from 4 West African countries; Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria, citing concerns about the rapid spread of the Ebola virus, which has claimed several lives. Charles Asare, Managing Director of the Ghana Airport Company, said the measure was part of a set of emergency management plans officials are rolling out to combat the spread of the virus. Continue.. The government there has also implemented strict restrictions on the movement and management of Liberian refugees in camps in the country. Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Mensah, urged Ghanaians to bear with the government as they work to contain the virus. "Preparedness is not an event but a process," he said. Source: Sahara Reporters @LastßornNews(07060428346)