Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Experimental Ebola Vaccine Ready - Canada Offers 1000 Doses To WHO For Africa

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The Canadian Public Health Agency has offered to release 1000 dose of a made-in-Canada experimental Ebola vaccine to WHO for use in African countries battling Ebola.

The vaccine known as VSV-EBOV has never been tested on humans but has been shown to be effective in the treatment of the disease in animals.

In a statement released yesterday August 12th, the Canadian Health Minister Rona Ambrose said the World Health Organization's Director general, Margaret Chan, has approved of the donation.

"I was pleased to offer the experimental vaccine developed by Canadian researchers as a global resource to help fight this outbreak," she said, adding that between 800 and 1,000 doses would be donated to the WHO.

Nigeria To Receive Ebola Drug ZMapp And Approves Use In Sick Patients

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After it emerged yesterday that ZMapp has been sent to the two African countries that requested for it, Nigeria has just announced the approval to use the experimental Ebola drug in the country.

It should be remembered that President Jonathan had earlier requested the drug for the treatment of patients infected with the virus.

The decision by Nigeria is also coming on the heels of Tuesday’s approval by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the use of Zmapp for treatment of Ebola patients.

The National Health Research Ethics Committee, composed of research scientists under the Federal Ministry of Health, made the announcement. The endorsement is contained in a statement issued to newsmen by Prof. Clement Adebamowo, Chairman of the committee on Wednesday in Abuja.

Robin Williams Depressed By Serious Money Troubles From $30M Divorce And Failed TV Show

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Final photo of Robin Williams taken three weeks ago with an acting monkey

After police confirmed yesterday that Robin Williams died by hanging himself with a belt, new reports about the 63-year-old have revealed the true state of affairs for the well loved actor and comedian.

His wife Susan Schneider last saw him when she went to bed at 10pm Sunday. He went to a different bedroom and she believed he was still asleep when she left the house the next morning about 10.30am.

An assistant, worried when he couldn't be roused at 11.45am, and broke into the bedroom. The assistant called 911 at 11:55am, emergency personnel arrived at noon, and at 12:02 he was pronounced dead.

In addition to hanging himself, he had superficial cuts on his body and his wrists. Police found a pocketknife with what appeared to be dried blood nearby. Toxicology reports are pending and will take two to six weeks.

8-Year-Old Nigerian Boy Comes In Second Position For UK Child Genius Contest

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8 year old Tudor Mendel-Idowu has come 2nd in the UK Child Genius Competition that took place recently.

Tudor and his sister, 11 year old Hazelle Mendel-Idowu were the only Nigerians to take part in the Child Genius of the Year 2014 contest.

The competition consists of 20 highly gifted children between 7-12 in the UK who face two grueling rounds: Logic and Reasoning and Memory Recall - where they have just one hour to commit 104 randomly shuffled playing cards to memory.

Daughters Begin Woman's Obituary By Saying "The Witch Is Dead'

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The family of a 70-year-old woman who recently passed away started her obituary with a reference to a wicked witch before they mentioned that she was a loving mother and a devoted wife.

However, her daughters said Johanna Scarpitti — whose obituary in The News Journal began with “Ding dong the witch is dead” — wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

Scarpitti’s youngest daughter, who helped write the obituary, told the paper that her mother made her promise to include a tribute to the 1939 film, “The Wizard of Oz.

16-Year-Old Malia Obama Now As Tall As President Obama, Taller Than Her Mother

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President Barack Obama and the First lady Michelle Obama were photographed with their oldest daughter Malia Obama as the first family walked out of the White House before boarding Marine One, and also when they arrived at Martha's Vineyard where they'll spend their summer vacation.

All eyes are on how tall Malia Obama has grown, and how gorgeous! The 16-year-old is now 6' 1", the same height as her dad the president, and taller than her mother Michelle Obama, who is 5' 11". Malia attended the Lollapolooza music festival alone last week [see pics].

More pictures, and details of their 2 week summer vacation below...

Medical Doctor Describes How Woman Contracted Ebola From Patrick Sawyer

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A medical doctor has described how a nursing mother who is one of the confirmed cases of the Ebola virus in Lagos contracted the disease while pregnant and attending her antenatal care at First Consultant Hospital in Obalende, Lagos where the first victim of Ebola virus in Nigeria, Patrick Sawyerr, died.

The lady was confirmed to have the deadly disease after testing positive at the NNPC staff clinic on Muri Okunola street in the Victoria Island area of Lagos.

Speaking anonymously with Punch, the doctor said;

Acid Attack Survivors Remove Veils And Embrace Their Scars In New Fashion Photoshoot

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Young Indian women who are acid attack survivors have spent years hiding their faces but now, they have cast off their shame and pain to appear with smiling faces in a new photoshoot by Rahul Saharan.

Rupa, Rita, Laximi (right to left) have all been the victims of horrendous acid attacks. Rupa, who has just started her own clothing collection, called Rupa Designs, designed the clothes used for the photoshoot.

Rupa, 22, is trying to put the past behind her and look to a brighter future. She says;

'I always wanted to be a designer but after the attack there was a pause in my life. I was so insecure and embarrassed by my scars I used to cover my face with a scarf. I always hung onto my dream but I never knew that one day it would be possible and I would be launching my own label.'

Cliff Selfie Causes Polish Couple To Fall To Their Death

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A couple has died after falling from cliffs in Portugal while taking pictures of themselves on Sunday, according to investigators.

The man and woman reportedly went past a barrier set up to keep people off the cliff edge at Cabo de Roca, a popular coasta tourist destination near Lisbon.

They slipped while trying to take a selfie, Captain Dario Pinto Moreira told Portuguese news station CMTV. The couple's children, aged 5 and 6, were with them and are now in the custody of Polish diplomats.

Cabo de Roca is the most western point of Europe, looking out over the Atlantic Ocean.

Family Time - 2Face And Annie Idibia Take Daughter Isabella To The Amusement Park

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2Face and Annie Idibia are back in one location after sometime apart due to work, and the couple are packing in some quality time for each other and with their children too.

The celebrity couple dressed down yesterday for a day out with their older daughter Isabella, which for Annie meant no makeup.

She tagged the picture above; "And that's how our day started!!! #nomakeup #oremi #ufanmi #imami #buddies"