LONDON (Reuters) – A chat with Ian Anderson – flautist, multi-instrumentalist, founder and wild face of British rock group Jethro Tull – does not go quite as expected.
Yes, there is discussion of his music, the 40th anniversary world tour of the progressive rock classic “Thick As A Brick”, and of its 2012 follow up. But there is also a lot more about flutes in space, an unlikely link with the George W. Bush White House – and the importance of prostate examinations.
Following on from Nigeria’s rebasing of its GDP numbers, giving it a huge growth boost on paper, it is Israel’s turn to tinker with the numbers. This time, though, the end result was not positive.
The country’s Central Bureau of Statistics said on Monday that the first-quarter jobless rate was 6.7 percent. This a good 1.3 percentage points higher than the announced fourth-quarter figure.
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In a world of slowing growth (China), minimal growth (United States) and outright recession (Britain), it is startling to hear that Nigeria’s economy is likely to shoot up by 40 percent in the second quarter this year. Yep. Forty percent. Four – O.
An investigation by Reuters Lagos correspondent Chijioke Ohuocha came up with this staggering figure — which if borne out will lift Nigeria close to continental rival South Africa and raise it about 10 places on the IMF’s global list to around 3oth.