Sunday 22 October 2017
(AFP (eng) 10/21/17)
The killing of four American special operations soldiers in Niger has highlighted the increasing role elite units are playing across Africa, which is rapidly becoming a major center of US military action. Their mission is to counter the advances of a slew of jihadist movements across the continent, including Al-Shabaab in Somalia, affiliates of the Islamic State group in the Sahel region and Boko Haram in Nigeria. Of the 8,000 special forces "operators" deployed globally this year, more than 1,300 are in Africa, according to officials from the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), which is based in Tampa, Florida. Another 5,000 or so are in the Middle East. In five years, the number of US...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/20/17)
WINDHOEK (Reuters) - Namibia said on Friday that local home owners listed with U.S. short-term rental service Airbnb Inc risk imprisonment if they fail to register with the tourism regulatory body before the end of this year. The southern African nation is a long-haul destination for European, American and Asian tourists and the sector contributes around 15 percent to its gross domestic product. Under Namibian laws, any accommodation establishment with two or more bedrooms is required to register with the tourism board, or face a fine, a two-year jail term or both. “We need to guarantee the health and safety of guests, but we cannot do that if the accommodation is not registered or regulated,” Namibia Tourism Board Chief Executive...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/20/17)
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The #MeToo social media campaign to raise awareness about sexual harassment and abuse has sparked conversation in parts of Africa where domestic violence is rampant but strong cultural and religious taboos prevent women from admitting it. Prompted by sexual abuse allegations against American film mogul Harvey Weinstein, millions of women around the world have been sharing their experiences of harassment and abuse on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #MeToo. The movement has reached only...
(APA 10/12/17)
APA-Windhoek (Namibia) - Namibia’s Ministry of Tourism and Environment and the Department of Veterinary Services on Thursday commenced the process of destroying bodies of hippos and buffaloes that have succumbed to an anthrax outbreak in the Bwabwata National Park along the Kavango River in the east of the country. The ministry said on Thursday that over 100 hippos and several buffaloes have died of anthrax in the Mahango Core Area in the western part of the 6,274 square kilometre long...
(APA 10/11/17)
APA-Gaborone (Botswana) - Authorities in Botswana warned on Wednesday that scores of carcasses of dead hippos suspected to have succumbed to an outbreak in neighbouring Namibia are posing a health hazard in areas along the Okavango River after floating into the country through the river. The river, which flows in the northern part of the country, is shared between Botswana, Namibia and Angola. Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism spokesperson Daniel Moatshe said in an interview that veterinarians have confirmed the cause of death...
(AFP (eng) 10/09/17)
Over 100 hippos have died in Namibia in a remote national park in the past week, the country's environment minister said on Monday, warning that anthrax could be to blame. Images from the Bwabwata national park in northeast Namibia showed dozens of lifeless hippos, some flat on their backs, others with just their heads visible above murky water. "Over 100 hippos died in the past week. The cause of death is unknown but the signs so far show that it...
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) - The African Union (AU) will on Thursday endorse reports and recommendations on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (ARWE) made by experts and senior officials in a meeting held on Monday and Tuesday. The endorsement will take place during the ministerial session of the AU’s Specialized Technical Committee on ARWE that opened on Thursday in Addis Ababa under the theme “Improve environmental sustainability and transform agriculture to ensure food and nutrition security.” These include policy papers...
(Washington Post 09/22/17)
As President Trump spoke to African leaders at the United Nations on Wednesday, he made not one but two references to a country called Nambia. “Nambia’s health system is increasingly self-sufficient,” Trump said approvingly at one point. Unfortunately, there's a problem — good health care or not, Nambia doesn't exist. And so the U.S. president's laudatory comments about a nonexistent country swiftly invited ridicule online, with many suggesting that Trump had created an entirely new nation by combining two existing...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say. Mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help address two looming problems in the HIV epidemic - the rising threat of resistance developing to standard AIDS drugs, and the need for more investment in manufacturing capacity. Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will...
(Bloomberg 09/11/17)
The South African companies that dominate the U.K.’s growing private hospital industry are counting on more people like Katie Corrie. A children’s party entertainer, Corrie opted to use 13,000 pounds ($17,000) of her savings and inheritance to get a hip replacement rather than spend months on a National Health Service waiting list. Britons like her are forking out almost 1 billion pounds a year to cover their own medical expenses, a trend that’s giving at least one industry the scope...
(APA 09/08/17)
Deprivation and marginalization, underpinned by weak governance, are primary forces driving young Africans into violent extremism, according to a comprehensive new study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first study of its kind. Based on interviews with 495 voluntary recruits to extremist organizations such as Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, the new study also found that it is often perceived state violence or abuse of power that provides the final tipping point for the decision to join an extremist...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/29/17)
Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African states agreed a plan on Monday to tackle illegal human trafficking and support nations struggling to contain the flow of people across the desert and Mediterranean sea. The 28-nation European Union has long struggled to reach a coherent answer to the influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty and political upheaval in the Middle East and Africa, and the crisis is testing cooperation between member states. After hosting the leaders of Germany, Italy,...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/28/17)
Getting Europe’s migrant crisis under control will be in focus at a summit of Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African nations in Paris on Monday, with French President Emmanuel Macron seeking concrete action. The 28-nation European Union has struggled to agree on a coherent answer to the influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty and political upheaval in the Middle East and Africa, and the crisis is testing cooperation between member states. Over the summer, Macron sought to take...
(New Era 08/25/17)
Namibia has been ranked among the countries with a high participation in higher education through open and distance learning (tertiary level entrants) on the African continent. This was revealed by Professor Mpine Makoe who is the Head of the institute for Open Distance Learning at the University of South Africa (Unisa). Makoe was the guest of honour at the Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) graduation ceremony, where 481 students who pursued open distance learning courses in various fields were...
(Xinhuanet 08/24/17)
Namibia's Air Force together with Southern African Development Community (SADC) Air Forces, Air Arms and Air Wings will conduct a military exercise code named 'Blue Kunene' in the northern parts of Namibia which will officially commence from Aug. 24 to Sept. 7. Namibia Defence Ministry in a statement said the aim of the exercise is to sharpen the rapid deployment of the SADC Air Forces as part of the SADC Standby Force, for rapid deployment in case of humanitarian crises...
(The Namibian 08/24/17)
KUNENE region has the lowest proportion of pregnant women delivering in health facilities, according to the Demographic and Health Survey 2013. In this region, 72% of pregnant women deliver in the health facilities, compared to the national average of 88,7%, and 97,6% in the Erongo region, which has the highest coverage of facility deliveries. WHO Representative Dr Charles Sagoe-Moses said the construction of the maternity waiting home in Opuwo will provide the opportunity for more women, living in the region...
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
Chinese ambassador to Namibia Zhang Yiming said the two governments are working to launch a joint law enforcement action to eliminate transnational crimes related to poaching. He was speaking at a media briefing at the Chinese Embassy in Windhoek on Tuesday. The joint law enforcement action will be between the Namibian Police and China's Ministry of Public Security. Zhang said that the Chinese government is strongly against any illegal poaching, thus the reports of Chinese individuals involved in poaching are...
(New Era 08/23/17)
The unavailability of slaughter-ready sheep (16kg and above) is one of the factors that contributed towards the 4.7% reduction in sheep slaughtered at the export abattoirs between January and May this year. The quality of the sheep desired by export facilities in terms of their weight and conformation had been greatly affected by the continuous drought in some of the predominantly sheep producing areas. In total, 31,110 sheep were slaughtered at the B&C class abattoirs translating into a 9% share...
(Xinhuanet 08/16/17)
As Namibia seeks to improve citizens' livelihoods through education, a China-funded school in the national capital Windhoek is contributing to the realization of the goal. Chairman Mao Zedong High School, named after the Chinese communist revolutionary leader, has become a beam of hope for students, who had to receive lessons in makeshift temporary structures. According to George Louw, the principal, the school in Otjomuise 7de Laan informal settlement in Windhoek is bridging gaps of education provision in the community. "The...

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