NEWS BY NUMBERS – 20 years passed since Cobain died; cell phone galore in Nigeria; Mickey Rooney – not Andy Rooney – dies.


Paula Munteanu
News Writer
News by Numbers


100 million cell phone users in Nigeria are even though 70 percent of the population lives in poverty.  

Nigeria’s 510 billion GDP is the biggest one in Africa today. To the already existing and developing industries, such as tourism and agriculture, the new branches, telecommunications, music, airlines, and information technology, helped Nigeria increase its economy from 1990, when the last GDP count was done, until nowadays.

Previously, South Africa, the only African member of the G20, had the highest GDP, of $353 billion.  Today, even if 70 percent of the population lives in poverty, Nigeria has over 100 million cell phone users and 300,000 landlines.


10 billion dollars Ukraine has to pay for losing Crimea.

Kiev lost natural resources worth $10.8 billion (127 billion hryvnias) when Russia annexed Crimea, Ukraine’s ecology and natural resources minister estimated. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said that the annexation of the Crimea region could cost Kiev hundreds of billions of dollars in Ukraine filled compensation claims with international courts. “Ministry staff has assessed the market value of the resource base for Crimea. According to preliminary estimates, it was 127 billion hryvnias,” he said at a news conference.


20 years ago Kurt Cobain died on April 5, 1994.

Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of the American rock band Nirvana, was found dead at his house in Seattle, Washington, on April 8, 1994. Forensic analysis determined that he shout himself three days prior, on April 5.   The Seattle, WA City Police Department incident report states that “Kurt Cobain was found with a shotgun across his body, had a visible head wound and there was a suicide note discovered nearby.”

Nirvana, during its active years between 1987 and 1994, sold about 70 million albums worldwide.


2 new signals that are believed to be from the missing Malaysian Airline plane have been picked by an Australian vessel.

 The Ocean Shield ship detected twice the signals that are similar to those from the black box flight recorders, in one case for more than two hours on Monday, April 7, said Angus Houston, a retired air chief marshal who is leading the search.

“We haven’t found the aircraft yet and we need further confirmation,” he said. Another pulse signal was detected by a Chinese ship on Sunday, April 6.  British naval ship HMS Echo is expected to arrive in the same area on Monday to continue the investigations.


10 decades of acting in Hollywood ends for Mickey Rooney

93 year-old Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney died on Sunday, April 6.  Born in New York on September 23, 1920, he became America’s biggest movie star as a teenager in 1930 and his career lasted for 10 decades. He began his career at 18 months of age.  He died at this home in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said, citing information from the Los Angeles Police Department.

He was known as a hard-partying man who was married eight times and has five sons and five daughters. Recently, he told a U.S. Senate committee that his family members had financially and emotionally abused him.  Many news outlets mistakenly reported that Andy Rooney, not Mickey Rooney, had died.  Andy Rooney was the “60 Minutes” news journalist who died in 2011.


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