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- 01/12/17--14:00: Okombahe man guilty of murder
- 01/12/17--14:00: Elephant poaching up, rhino down
- 01/12/17--14:00: SPYL talks succession
- 01/13/17--14:00: shot of the day
- 01/15/17--14:00: What can we learn from 2016?
- 01/15/17--14:00: Captains shine in opening Afcon game
- 01/15/17--14:00: Shalulile recovering well
- 01/15/17--14:00: Mannetti welcomes Afcon 2019 draw
- 01/15/17--14:00: SPYL taka hogolola aaleli ye
- 01/15/17--14:00: Ya pitililitha omwaalu gwaanaskola moongulu
- 01/15/17--14:00: TUN ina nyanyukilwa iizemo yomakonaakono
- 01/15/17--14:00: Secure banking online
- 01/15/17--14:00: Joblessness to grow
- 01/15/17--14:00: Beat the Janu-Worry blues
- 01/15/17--14:00: Smallest crop in 100 years
- 01/15/17--14:00: Food up by double digits
- 01/15/17--14:00: Murray takes aim at Aussie Open
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After a two-year trial the High Court in Windhoek yesterday ruled that a man from Okombahe had direct intent to kill his former girlfriend.
Judge Alfred Siboleka said in the summary of his judgement that Trougoth Nanub, chased after a fleeing Cheroline Dausas and stabbed her in the neck and chest.
“The accused is convicted of murder with direct intention to kill,” Siboleka ruled.
Nanub fatally stabled Dausas on 9 October 2012 at Okombahe in the Erongo Region.
Dr Sergie Strojev, who conducted the post-mortem examination, found the cause of death to be stab wounds to the left and right sides of her neck and a deep stab wound, penetrating her lung, on the right side of her chest.
“The deceased lost a lot of blood, Strojev stated in his report.
Prior to her death, Dausas had ended her relationship with Nanub and was in a relationship with Lazarus Nangombe.
During the evening of 9 October, she and Nangombe were walking to her mother’s home when Nanub called her and she went to him.
He started beating her and she ran away from him. He pursued her and stabbed her several times in the neck and chest, after which he ran to his father’s house.
Nangombe, assisted by a passer-by, rushed Dausas to a nearby clinic but she died of her wounds. She was declared dead at the clinic.
Nanub denied guilt at the start of the trial but did not furnish any plea explanation, putting the onus on the State to prove its case. He testified that he had been in a domestic relationship with Dausas up to the time of her death on 9 October.
The investigating officer, Simon Nghiteeka, testified that Nanub, after his arrest and interrogation, took the police to his father’s house to show them where he had hidden the knife.
Nurses Aletha Priscilla Gaes and Charlotte Khachus at the Okombahe Clinic testified that they saw milk flowing from Dausas’s breast and realised that she was breastfeeding.
According to them she told them that she had been stabbed by her ex-boyfriend.
Judge Siboleka said it the State had proved beyond reasonable doubt that Nanub had stabbed Dausas.
In total, 216 black and white rhinos have been killed over the past four years, while 266 elephants have been killed by poachers since 2013.
According to official figures released by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism this week, poachers killed 63 black and white rhinos in 2016, compared to 91 killed during the previous year and 61 slaughtered in 2014, in addition to one reported case in 2013.
No poaching figures from previous years were provided, although some reports indicate that the poaching epidemic has been continuing for longer than officially reported.
In contrast, the ministry's records show that elephant poaching skyrocketed in 2016, with 101 cases reported in 2016 compared to 49 in 2015, 78 in 2014, and 38 in 2013.
The locations of the poaching events were not released this week, though media reports from last year show that north-eastern Namibia is a primary elephant poaching area. The majority of rhinos are killed in Namibia's premier national park, Etosha, followed by the Kunene Region.
According to the ministry, the latest figures are based on the estimated date when the animal was killed, and not the year in which the carcass was discovered. That is why previously reported statistics differed from the latest figures.
“All [rhino] carcasses have been examined, except two old pending cases in Etosha,” ministry spokesperson Romeo Muyunda told Namibian Sun this week.
He said the rhino statistics from 2014 and 2015 appear to be different, but the latest results provided clearer timelines of the year in which they were killed.
The rise in elephant poaching in Namibia is in line with a survey conducted on the state of African elephants, which showed a decline of as much as 30% in savannah elephant populations in 15 of 18 countries surveyed.
Namibia declined to participate in the survey, the Great Elephant Census, although it cost nothing to participate.
Official records provided by Namibia to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) claim the country has a population of around 22 700 elephants, a number many say should have been verified during the recent elephant census.
International figures further show that Namibia remains home to the largest population of free-roaming rhino. The world population of black rhino is estimated at 5 000, with Namibia's population accounting for an estimated 40% of that number.
According to recent international reports, ivory can fetch up to N$15 000 per kilogram on the black market currently, while rhino horn is valued between N$900 000 and N$1.3 million per kilogram.
At that price, rhino horn is more valuable than gold and platinum, and on the black market, diamonds and cocaine.
Muyunda said a detailed report on poaching, including a list of the number of black and white rhino killed, arrests and poaching locations, was being compiled and would be submitted to Minister Pohamba Shifeta this month.
Newspaper reports from 2016 show that dozens of suspected poachers have been arrested in the past three years, many linked to poaching in the Etosha National Park and the Kunene Region.
Nonetheless, poaching convictions have been negligible and poaching suspects, including repeat offenders, have been routinely released on bail, often amid public protest.
One report stated that the ministry estimated that at least 100 rhino had been poached in Etosha. There were allegations that the official rhino poaching figures were significantly lower than the reported numbers, due to various reasons.
While poaching syndicates continue to thrive, and the money at stake attracts willing poachers, the risk taken by those doing the actual killing has risen. At least three poachers have been killed and one critically wounded in armed clashes with anti-poaching units in the Bwabwata National Park last month.
In December, Minister Shifeta and the police publicly announced intensified efforts to “eradicate” poaching in Namibia. These included increased anti-poaching units and patrols in poaching hotspots such as Bwabwata and Etosha.
The anti-poaching units have been strengthened by armed soldiers and police officers, and they have been instructed to defend themselves if they come under fire from poachers.
Various estimates exist of what the bottom-rung poachers earn, with prices allegedly ranging from N$15 000 to N$25 000 per rhino killed.
The middlemen earn up to four times more than that for supplying horns to buyers who ship the horns to China and elsewhere.
The poaching kingpins at the top receive millions of dollars per animal killed, reports have suggested.
Acting SPYL secretary Veikko Nekundi is reportedly interested in taking over as the head of the youth league, while another National Executive Committee (NEC) member, Sioni Iikela, is also harbouring ambitions to lead SPYL.
Some of the prospective candidates are reportedly playing their cards close to the chest.
Iikela, who serves as the secretary for health, environment and population, yesterday confirmed his interest in the SPYL top post. He said it was not news to him that fellow members wanted to nominate him for the secretary position.
“Actually I have been approached by a number of comrades to stand for the position. I am just 33 years old and I qualify to stand as the cut-off age is 45,” he said.
“I have been a Swapo pioneer and I graduated through the Swapo structures to be where I am today. I still have to give it my final consideration and announce it officially but I am ready to serve the party.”
Iikela is a close ally to former SPYL secretary Elijah Ngurare, who was replaced by Nekundi in 2015 following their expulsion from the party along with land activists Job Amupanda, Dimbulukeni Nauyoma and George Kambala.
The trio were expelled for their involvement in the Affirmative Repositioning movement. The High Court ruled in their favour and ordered that they be reinstated in the party.
Approached for comment, Nekundi, who is also a Swapo backbencher in the National Assembly, refused to confirm his candidacy for the secretary position. He said he was looking forward to a successful congress later in the year.
“Surely all my comrades and I are looking forward to a successful 2017 SPYL congress at which we shall deliberate on matters affecting our nation, especially the youth. Surely, as enshrined in our SPYL constitution, we shall advocate on matters of national importance,” he said.
The Job factor
The SPYL congress could also see the return of former spokesperson Amupanda, whose candidacy at the congress cannot be ruled out.
The popular Amupanda still considers himself part of the powerful SPYL central committee.
Namibian Sun has received mixed responses from youth leaders, with some saying Amupanda's resignation from the NEC before his expulsion in 2015 had not been endorsed and he was still part of the central committee.
Iikela is one of those maintaining that Amupanda is still a CC member. He explained that Amupanda only expressed his intention to resign to then SPYL secretary Ngurare, and it was never brought before the NEC to be endorsed.
Acting SPYL spokesperson Neville Andre Itope, on the other hand, claims that Amupanda is not part of the CC anymore.
“They might be older than me in age but they are younger than me, tell those boys we are still part of the show and as for Itope he must never be taken seriously. We are still part of the game,” Amupanda said.
Amupanda said it was likely that he would vie for a position at the congress.
It is not clear which female youth leaders will contest for the positions of secretary or deputy secretary.
The youth league is likely to reserve the deputy secretary position for a female candidate in line with the ruling party's 50/50 gender representation policy.
The date of the congress has not yet been determined.
The congress will be preceded by primary elections at district and regional level. The primaries will determine the delegates who will participate in the congress.
According to Itope, the Central Committee first has to meet to consider a date for the congress.
The SPYL congress usually precedes that of the Swapo Party.
The congress will also elect new Central Committee members, while the first CC meeting will elect the members of the NEC.
The president of the Basketball Association of Baden-Wuerttemberg (BBW), Joachim Spägele, has been assigned as a basketball commissioner to Namibia to engage NBF and other stakeholders in basketball development affairs.
Spägele touched down in Namibia on July 25 and is expected to leave tomorrow. Among other things, he will discuss the way forward with the NBF.
He will also be paying a courtesy visit to the Sports Commission and the Directorate of Sport to discuss cooperation to develop the game of basketball in Namibia.
Speaking to Nampa last Thursday, NBF president Andrew Masongo said Spägele’s visit would mean a lot to Namibian basketball, as they expected to learn a lot from him during his three-day visit.
“We had a memorandum of understanding with the German Basketball Federation (Deutscher Basketball Bund – DBB), which ended last year.
“They have now assigned someone to come and observe on what never worked between the two organisations and how we can improve on their support in going forward,” he said.
He added that the BBW would be engaging with the NBF from the grassroots level, which is the most important part of any sport development programme.
Soares headed home for the tournament debutants in the 90th minute to cancel out Gabonese poster boy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's opener in the Group A game at the Stade de l'Amitie in capital Libreville.
The final whistle was greeted with jeers from the home support but there was delight for Guinea-Bissau, for whom just being at the tournament is a remarkable achievement.
Four-time winners Cameroon, who have been hit by a raft of withdrawals, and 2013 runners-up Burkina Faso were set to meet at the same venue at 19:00 GMT knowing a victory would leave them on top of the section after the opening round of games. After an opening ceremony in which French rapper Booba was the star turn, Gabonese President Ali Bongo declared the tournament officially open.
Bongo was accompanied by his counterpart from Guinea-Bissau, Jose Mario Vaz, and Issa Hayatou, the veteran head of the Confederation of African Football, at the 40 000-capacity stadium.
There have been calls from opponents of Bongo to boycott the tournament amid a social and political crisis in the central African country of 1.8 million people, and the ground in Libreville was not completely full for the occasion.
Supporters of Jean Ping, who insists he should have won last year's contested presidential election rather than Bongo, had planned a protest in central Libreville to coincide with the opening game.
Those who wanted to see the host nation get off to a winning start in the 60th anniversary Cup of Nations were to be disappointed.
After a first half that failed to catch fire, Gabon came to life in the second half and opened the scoring in the 52nd minute.
The Guinea-Bissau defence failed to clear their lines and talented winger Denis Bouanga's low ball to the back post was converted by Borussia Dortmund star Aubameyang, to the delight of the home fans.
However, Gabon began to sit back and Guinea-Bissau had opportunities to equalise towards the end, with Rudinilson Silva and substitute Frederic Mendy both coming close. They looked to have blown their chance, but they drew level in the final minute, Soares getting in front of Bruno Ecuele Manga to head home Zezinho's free-kick and allow the 'wild dogs' to claim a point from their first ever match at the Cup of Nations finals.
The Cup of Nations features 32 matches and runs until February 5, when the final will be played in Libreville.
Games will also be played in Oyem, Port-Gentil and Franceville, where the Algeria of newly-crowned African player of the year Riyad Mahrez meet outsiders Zimbabwe and Tunisia take on Senegal in Group B on Sunday.
Senegal have never won the Cup of Nations but arrived in Gabon as the top African side in the FIFA rankings and are one of the favourites this time around.
A star-studded side notably containing Liverpool winger Sadio Mane is determined to make up for their poor showing at the last Cup of Nations two years ago in Equatorial Guinea, when they were eliminated in the group stage.
“We have an obligation to make up for what happened. What we did was not great given the expectation of the Senegalese people. We are here to do better than in 2015,” declared skipper Cheikhou Kouyate, of West Ham United, on Saturday.
Reigning champions Ivory Coast begin their defence of the trophy against Togo in Group C on Monday.
The Namibian was expected to play a key role this season after scoring seven goals in 12 starts during his first year with the club.
The classy 23-year-old was also instrumental in Highlands' promotion play-off game against Mbombela as they earned safe passage to the Absa Premiership but has since been missing in action.
“I had an ankle operation in August after I got injured during pre-season,” Shalulile tells KickOff.com.
“That was the worst time to be getting injured as I was obviously looking forward to getting a run in the PSL. However, all has gone well and I am getting there now so much that out of 10 I feel I am at seven now.
“I am doing my rehabilitation and I can now run again.
I think by the time the league resumes I should be ready to get going yet again,” he says.
Shalulile joined The Lions of the North at the beginning of last season after impressing at the Cosafa Castle Cup.
Reacting to the draw, Mannetti was very positive about the group given its recent form against Zambia and Mozambique, as well as the maturity of the players in the Brave Warriors set-up.
“Zambia are still a powerhouse in Africa but looking at our results in the past two years, we have done well and won more than twice which has never been the case before. This is a huge improvement for us and it gives me hope,” he said.
On Mozambique, Mannetti said the record reads well for his team against the Mambas and also fancied his charge's chances against them.
“We managed to beat them as well in recent times and of course for the big one, the Cosafa cup final in 2015 and so we can go in there with great optimism.”
Guinea-Bissau are the unknown to his team and Namibia fans and Mannetti will take them seriously.
“The fact that they are in Gabon this year for the Afcon speaks volumes and we have to be ready for them. It will be exciting indeed,” he said.
He said players have now many games under their belts and matured.
Group Stages Match-Day one is scheduled 5 to 13 June as Namibia travels to Guinea-Bissau before hosting Zambia on Match-Day two in March 2018.
Iikela, ngoka e li amushanga guundjolowele nomidhingoloko mewawa ndyoka okwa koleke ohokwe ye mokulela oSPYL.
“Ope na ookomrade oyendji mboka ya pula ndje opo ndi kuthe ombinga. Ngame ondi na owala oomvula 33 na otandi vulu okukutha ombinga sho oomvula dhekuthombinga dha ngambekwa poomvula 45,” Iikela ta ti.
Iikela okuli omupopepi gwaangoka a li nale omukomeho gwoSPYL, Elijah Ngurare, ngoka a pingenwa po kuNekundi sha landula sho ya tidhwa mongundu yoSwapo mo-2015 pamwe naJob Amupanda, Dimbulukeni Nauyoma naGeorge Kambala. Mboka oya tidhwa omolwa ekuthombinga lyawo mehwahwameko lyoAffirmative Repositioning movement ihe nonando ongaaka Ompangu yoPombanda oya ningi etokolo lyawo kutya etidho lyawo kali li pamulandu na oya pula ongudu yoSwapo opo yi ya shune mongundu. Sho a ningilwa omapulaapulo Nekundi ngoka e li oshilyo shopaliamende okwa tindi okukoleka ohokwe yekuthombinga lye methigathano lyuuleli woSPYL.
Omutumba gwomahogololo gomuleli gwoSPYL otagu ningwa nuumvo, na otashi vulika gu keete egaluko lyomupopiliko nale gwewawa ndyoka Amupanda ngoka inaku hololwa natango ngele oku na ohokwe ya sha moompito dhelelo lyewawa ndyoka.
Amupanda natango oku wete kutya okuli oshilyo shelelo lyopombanda mewawa ndyoka, ihe oNamibia Sun oya mono omauyelele ga yooloka okuza kiilyo yimwe mbyoka ya popi kutya Amupanda okwiikutha miilonga onga oshilyo shelelo lyopombanda shewawa ndyoka omanga ina tidhwa mongundu mo-2015.
Iikela ogumwe gomwaamboka taya popi kutya Amupanda natango okuli oshilyo shelelo lyoombanda lyewawa lyaanyasha yoSwapo. Okwa popi kutya Amupanda okwa holola owala ompangela ye yokwiikutha miilonga komukomeho nale gwewawa Ngurare, ihe inaku ningwa eikutho miilonga lyopambelelwa ngaashi shi na okuningwa.
Ngoka ta longo ngashiingeyi pehala lyaAmupanda, Neville Andre Itope, okwa popi kutya Amupanda keshi oshilyo shelelo lyopombanda mewawa moka.
“Otashi vulika aakuluntu kungame moomvula ihe aashona kungame, lombwela uumatyona mboka kutya tse natango otuli oshitopolwa, Itope inamu kutha ko iinima mbyoka ta popi,” Amupanda ta popi.
Inaku hololwa kutya iilyo yini po yaakiintu yi na ohokwe okukutha ombinga methigathano lyuuleli, nenge pompito yuupeha amushanga.
Esiku ndyoka taku ka ningwa omutumba ngoka inali tothwamo natango.
Omukundu ngoka ogwa holoka sha landula iizemo tayi shambula mbyoka ya ndulukwa koshitopolwa shoka, mekonaakono lyondondo onti-10 omvula ya piti, sho aanaskola ya thika po- 3 154 taya yi kondondo onti-11 ihe aanaskola owala 2 750 taya mono omahala ngele okwa longithwa omulandu gwaanaskola owala 40 mongulu yoskola.
Shoka otashi etitha aanaskola ya thika po-404 kaaye na omahala onkene onkalo ndjoka oya dhiminike oshitopolwa shi thinaneke aanaskola moongulu dhoskola.
Nonando aanaskola oya tulwa moongulu ya thika po 47 natango okwa hupu aanaskola 160 mboka ya tumwa koskola yaShituwa. Hamatwi okwa popi kutya Shituwa okuna omahala ga gwana, uupyakadhi owa etithwa owala kutya otaya longitha po oongulu dhoskola dhimwe onga omuhandjo. Okwa popi kutya oshitopolwa natango otashi kondjo opo shi kandulepo omukundu gwomuhandjo gwaanaskola 40 poskola Ondobe Senior Secondary School. Opo ku kandulwe po omukundu ngoka otaya ka kutha mo ondondo onti-8 mooskola dhimwe po ngaashi Eenhana Senior Secondary noHaimbili Haufiku Senior, dhoka tashi ka kala owala nondondo onti-10, 11 no-12.
Nonando ehangano ndyoka olya nyanyukilwa omusindalongo ngoka omupe, olya holola kutya oli na uumbanda ngele Uuminsteli wElongo otawu ka vula tuu okutula miilonga nawa omusindalongo ngoka.
Amushanga gwoTUN, Mahongora Kavihuha okwa holola kutya inaya shambulwa kiizemo yondondo onti-10 nondondo onti-12 yomvula ya piti, nonando iizemo mbyoka oya yambukapo ngaa kashona.
Kavihuha okwa popi kutya iizemo yondondo onti-10 oya yi pombanda okuza poopresenda 54 mo-2015 okuya poopresenda 55.7 mo-2016 omanga iizemo yondondo onti-12 ya yi pombanda okuza poopresenda 29.8 mo-2015 okuya poopresenda 36.8 mo-2016.
Okwa popi kutya oshilongo otashi tula miilonga omusindalongo ngoka gwa nuninwa oku yambulapo elongo moshilongo,ihe ngele itaku gandjwa omayambidhidho gwa gwana nena omalunduluko ngoka itaga e ta iizemo iiwanawa.
TUN okwa popi kutya okwa pumbwa okuningwa omalunduluko ngaashi okukutha po omahala giilonga gaataleli yelongo naanambelewa yomakonaakono nokunkondopeka iilonga yaagandjimayele miilongwa molwaashoka otashi ka etitha woo eshunitho pevi lyelongitho lyiimaliwa.
Kavihuha okwa popi kutya ehangano lyawo otali gandja woo omayele opoku kale haku ningwa omakonaakono gopokati komvula naashoka otashi ka gandja ompito kaanaskola mboka inaye shi enditha nawa nokumona iitsa tayi ya falitha kiiputudhilo yopombanda ya vule okushangulula ekonaakono pehala lyokutegelela omvula ayihe.
Ehangano olya popi kutya aalongiskola nayo inaya talika nawa. Kavihuha okwa popi kutya, aalongi kaye na omihandjo na otaya longithwa iilonga mbyoka ihaya futilwa. Okwa popi kutya aalongi otaya ningwa nayi uuna taya pula omafudho.
Okwa gandja oshiholelwa shomukomeho gwelongo mOshitopolwa shaZambezi ngoka a pula aalongi ya ye kombelewa ye uuna ya hala omafudho, pehala aalongi ya ninge omaindilo ngoka kaakomeho yao miilonga.
Omukundu gumwe ongaashi aalongi aniwa itaya pewa oondjambi dhawo pethimbo oshowo oombapila dhawo dhetamekitho lyiilonga.
As such, FNB Namibia has increased security technology to make sure that clients and their transactions are safe and secure.
Security in the online banking space has two points where enhanced security is needed that is at the hosted online site, and then at the end point where access is initiated from. The online site is the responsibility of the bank, and the end point is usually the responsibility of the client to secure.
“FNB has for many years offered products free of charge to clients to install on their computers as a proactive offering to ensure their computers are secure when transacting on the FNB Namibia online banking platform, these include, Web Root and currently Trend Micro”, said Garth Kleintjes, chief information officer at FNB Namibia.
Kleintjies added that “FNB online banking security is very good, particularly in comparison to the local market and internationally. We have maintained A+ Rating for web security for almost two years.”
In order for the client to secure his or her web-based computer, we now offer the new “Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security” product free of charge, and have discontinued the Web Root. Coupled together the client-side security offering of Trend Micro and our web security, we offer a fairly secure solution to our clients and this is indicative of how aware we are in proactively investing in protection and security on our platforms and extending security products to our client base.
Trend Micro allows clients to protect up to three devices, such as laptops, desktop computers, and mobile phones – and works on all platforms like Apple, Android, Windows, etc. It even has a function that scans privacy settings across all social media accounts to identify any identity theft risks
“We have run a security scan from a third party service provider who does web security scanning and can assure our clients that FNB is at the forefront of secure online banking sites - with our security rating at the highest possible level,” Kleintjies said.
FNB Namibia is also pleased to inform its clients that skimming, cloning and counterfeited card fraud incidents have drastically decreased since the inception of our Pin and Chip Cards. Few skimming/counterfeited incidents, with only a few incidents being perpetrated cross border.
Namibians are advised to always remain vigilant regarding their money matter, hard-earned incomes require careful management” said Ingrid Veueza Kahona-Katjiukua, forensics manager at FNB Namibia.
The number of unemployed persons globally in 2017 is forecast to stand at just over 201 million – with an additional rise of 2.7 million expected in 2018 – as the pace of labour force growth outstrips job creation, according to the ILO's World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2017 (WESO).
“We are facing the twin challenge of repairing the damage caused by the global economic and social crisis and creating quality jobs for the tens of millions of new labour market entrants every year,” said ILO director-general, Guy Ryder.
“Economic growth continues to disappoint and underperform – both in terms of levels and the degree of inclusion. This paints a worrisome picture for the global economy and its ability to generate enough jobs. Let alone quality jobs. Persistent high levels of vulnerable forms of employment combined with clear lack of progress in job quality – even in countries where aggregate figures are improving – are alarming. We need to ensure that the gains of growth are shared in an inclusive manner,” he added.
The report shows that vulnerable forms of employment for example, contributing family workers and own account workers, are expected to stay above 42% of total employment, accounting for 1.4 billion people worldwide in 2017.
“In fact, almost one in two workers in emerging countries are in vulnerable forms of employment, rising to more than four in five workers in developing countries,” said Steven Tobin, ILO senior economist and lead author of the report.
As a result, the number of workers in vulnerable employment is projected to grow by 11 million per year, with southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa being the most affected.
The authors also warn that unemployment challenges are particularly acute in Latin America and the Caribbean where the scars of the recent recession will have an important carry-over effect in 2017, as well as in sub-Saharan Africa which is also in the midst of its lowest level of growth in over two decades. Both regions are confronted with strong growth in the numbers of individuals entering working age.
By contrast, unemployment should fall in 2017 among developed countries bringing their rate down to 6.2% (from 6.3%). But the pace of improvement is slowing and there are signs of structural unemployment. In both Europe and North America, long-term unemployment remains stubbornly high compared to pre-crisis levels, and in the case of Europe, it continues to climb despite the receding unemployment rates.
Decent work deficits underpin social discontent and willingness to migrate
Another key trend highlighted in the report is that the reductions in working poverty are slowing which endangers the prospects of eradicating poverty as set out in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The number of workers earning less than US$3.10 per day is even expected to increase by more than five million over the next two years in developing countries.
At the same time, it warns that global uncertainty and the lack of decent jobs are, among other factors, underpinning social unrest and migration in many parts of the world.
Between 2009 and 2016, the share of the working age population willing to migrate abroad has increased in almost every region of the world, except for Southern Asia, South-Eastern Asia and the Pacific. The largest rise took place in Latin America, the Caribbean and the Arab States.
Turning to policy recommendations, the authors estimate that a coordinated effort to provide fiscal stimulus and an increase in public investment that takes into account each country's fiscal space, would provide an immediate jump-start to the global economy and reduce global unemployment in 2018 by close to two million compared to our baseline forecasts.
However, such efforts should be accompanied by international cooperation.
“Boosting economic growth in an equitable and inclusive manner requires a multi-facetted policy approach that addresses the underlying causes of secular stagnation, such as income inequality, while taking into account country specificities,” Tobin said.
Seemingly, January’s bills are to be settled with December’s already stretched out salary, and with new additions such as back-to-school bills, this can cause a financial strain, resulting in panic.
“Ideally, you need a plan for January beforehand, however if you haven’t, there is no need to worry because there are various steps you can take to salvage the situation,” said Standard Bank’s communications manager Surihe Gaomas-Guchu.
She advised that there are several fool-proof ways to address financial constraints without having to despair.
The first thing you need to do is to take stock. This means that you should have a realistic and honest assessment of your current financial situation. Look at how much you have, who you owe, how much you owe them and when you need to return it. It is only when you have taken stock of your debt and how much you have that you can begin parting with your money.
After you’ve taken stock, it’s time to begin prioritising. Look at which bills you urgently need to pay for and which can wait. The urgent bills would be your rent or mortgage, water, electricity and any other bills with the highest interest rates.
Reign in all your extravagant spending for the month, if you can live without it for the month, live without it. As opposed to signing up for the gym in January, begin working out at home until your finances are on track than you can sign up. Buy your groceries in bulk so they last long as opposed to having to go shopping every week.
If you can, try not to borrow more money in January because it only increases your debt. The more debt you have the less money you will have throughout the year because you will still be paying off those debts. Use this time to also begin planning on how you intend on spending later in the year. This allows you to know which major events to set-aside a little extra for.
If all else fails and you are stuck financially, then you can get a loan. It is advisable to visit your bank as opposed to turning to loan sharks who often have exorbitant repayment charges. You can visit your Standard Bank branch and talk to your personal banker on how to get a personal loan.
Growers sowed 32.383 million acres of the grain variety from September through November, down 10% from a revised acreage of 36.137 million the prior year, the US Department of Agriculture said in an annual report. It was the second-smallest planted area on record, the USDA said. Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg expected a drop to 34.361 million after prices fell to a 10-year low in August.
“Wheat acreage is low and that will tighten up US supplies this coming year,” Don Roose, the president of US Commodities in West Des Moines, Iowa, said after the report was released.
“However, global supplies are still at a record high and provide a buffer to the cut in US planting. This is not a game-changing report for wheat but probably puts a floor under the market.”
Sowing of hard red winter wheat, used to make bread, fell 12%, while soft red varieties dropped 5.6%. Nebraska and Utah both planted record low amounts of hard wheat.
In the east, Ohio, West Virginia, New Jersey and Louisiana planted all-time low acreage of soft wheat, the variety used in cakes and cookies. Total US spring and winter wheat plantings may fall to the lowest since 1970, Chicago-based Futures International said in a note.
Namibia is a nett importer of wheat and also secures the crop from the US market.
The estimate for US maize production in the 2010 to 2017 marketing year was lowered to 15.148 billion bushels from 15.226 billion forecast in December on cuts in both planted acreage and smaller yields, the agency said separately in its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (or WASDE) report.
Still, reserves before the 2017 harvest were estimated at a 29-year high of 2.355 billion bushels, lower than the December projection for 2.403 billion.
Soybean output in the US during the 2016 to 2017 marketing year was estimated at 4.307 billion, which compares with the prior forecast of 4.361 billion and 2015's crop of 3.926 billion.
Ending stocks were estimated at 420 million bushels, down from 480 million in last month's estimate and lower than the average analyst estimate for 473 million.
A separate report showed 2.073 billion bushels of wheat were in storage as of 1 December, more than the 2.056 billion analysts predicted and bigger than a year earlier. Supplies of maize on that date jumped to 12.384 billion from a year earlier, while soybean inventories increased from a year earlier to 2.895 billion, the USDA said. Total supplies of the three crops rose more than 10% to a record.
Food and non-alcoholic beverages, the second largest basket item, was the largest contributor to annual inflation. Food inflation is currently running at 12.5%, up from the 11.5% figure seen in November. The sub-categories of food generally showed strong monthly increases of between 0.7% and 1.0%, except for quick acceleration in the prices of meat, up 3.1% month on month, and fruit which increased 3.0% month on month. On an annual basis, fish prices have increased by 25.9% while confectionaries are 17.5% more expensive.
The sharp increases of food prices are mainly due to the drought in southern Africa which could ease as the rainy season reduces some the dependence on expensive foreign imports.
Housing and utilities was the second largest contributor to annual inflation, due to its large weighting in the basket. This category remained flat month on month but increased 7.6% y/y. This resulted in a contribution of 2.1% to the annual inflation figure. The high level of inflation in this category can be attributed to annual increases in rentals as well as increasing utility costs. Rental increases are normally a yearly adjustment in January. Rental costs increased 7.0% in January 2016 and have remained at a 7.0% annual level ever since. Given the current state of the housing market, it is possible rental escalations may be lower next year and, and as a result of the high base, we may see this category contribute less to inflation going forward. Most of the subcategories remained unchanged on a monthly basis, but water supply, sewerage service and refuse collection is still increasing by 12.4% per annum while electricity is 9.1% more expensive than last December (2015).
The Alcohol and tobacco category displayed increases of 5.6% annually. Tobacco prices increased by 0.9% while alcohol increased at a much quicker pace at 6.8%, both per annum. Transport prices increased by 3.9% year on year in December, the purchase of vehicles increased by 10.8% while public transport is 0.5% cheaper than one year ago.
Fuel prices increased early in January and global oil prices are on an upward trajectory. As a result transport inflation should increase in 2017. Hotels, cafes and restaurants dropped prices by 0.6% on a monthly basis and package holidays and accommodation were also 3.9% and 1.9% cheaper respectively on a monthly basis as the service industry competed for clientele over the festive season.
Currently, our inflation remains higher than in South Africa, and expectations are for high inflation rates to continue in both countries. South African inflation is expected to average 6.4% in 2016 and 5.8% in 2017, according to that country’s reserve bank’s forecast. These expectations are largely driven by a weaker real effective exchange rate and the pass-though effects of higher import prices. The effect of higher food inflation due to the drought, and the pass-through effect of South African food prices on Namibia will likely cause the double digit increases in food prices to continue in the short term, although likely to ease around April or May this year.
Due to SA inflation expectations which return to the target band in 2017 and the low level of growth we do not anticipate repo rate increases in response to inflationary pressures from the South African Reserve Bank. Annual inflation averaged 6.7% in 2016 and it is expected to moderate to 6.4% in 2017.
World number-one Murray is looking to avoid becoming the first man in the post-1968 Open era to lose six Grand Slam finals at the same major.
His coach Ivan Lendl lost five finals at the US Open before he broke through in New York in 1985.
Murray, who opens his campaign with a match against Ukraine's Illya Marchenko on Rod Laver Arena, says he's in a better position this time to finally breakthrough for his maiden Australian Open.
“I obviously feel pretty confident after the way the last season finished,” Murray said.
“I do love it here. I love the conditions. I have played really well here over the years, and I just haven't managed to get over the final hurdle.
“But I think I'm in a decent position to do it. I think I have a chance to win here.”
Murray is coming off a magnificent 2016 which included a second Wimbledon crown, a successful Olympic title defence and knocking Djokovic off the top spot to become world number one for the first time.
Murray is drawn to meet Japanese fifth seed Nishikori or Swiss legend Roger Federer in the quarters and 2014 winner Wawrinka in the semis.
He has Lendl back in his team and is conscious he has to keep improving to keep his rivals at bay to hold on to the world's top ranking.
“The reality is, in sport that things keep moving on, the game will get better. I'll obviously get older, the young guys will continue to improve, and also Novak and Roger (Federer) and Stan (Wawrinka) and Rafa (Nadal) and all the guys at the top are still going to be wanting to get there,” he said.
“So that's why having someone like Ivan on my team who has been in that position before and knows what that's like has been important.
“I need to continue to improve. I need to keep working hard.”
Murray knows that Djokovic will be gunning for him in the year's first Grand Slam where he has a fantastic record of six finals and six victories going back to 2008.
The 12-time Grand Slam champion can take outright ownership of the record for Australian titles if he wins for a seventh time in Melbourne.
The Serb is currently tied with Australia's Roy Emerson on six Australian titles.
“One of the reasons I'm here is to try to win every match that I play, and eventually the title,” Djokovic said.
Djokovic faces a potential banana-skin in the first round against experienced Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.
Verdasco, ranked 40, has beaten Djokovic four times in their 13 encounters and the Serb had to save five match points in beating him earlier this month in the semi-finals in Doha.
Last year, Verdasco knocked out compatriot Rafael Nadal in a five-setter first round thriller in Melbourne.
Should Djokovic get off to a winning start he is seeded to face Brisbane International winner Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round, powerful Austrian eighth seed Dominic Thiem in the quarters and Canada's big-serving third seed Milos Raonic in the semi-finals.
Outside the top two, the main hopes rest with reigning US Open champion Stan Wawrinka, who won in Melbourne in 2014, Raonic and Japanese hope Kei Nishikori.
Grand Slam warriors Federer and Nadal should also be in the mix, but they lack match time and their rankings have slipped.
Seventeen-time Grand Slam great Federer, who at 17 is out of the top 10 for the first time since late 2002, is easing his way back after six months out with a knee injury, while 14-time Grand Slam winner Nadal is coming off another injury-hit season.
The national football team, the Brave Warriors, dropped from 99th position which they occupied in December 2016, to the 100th spot.
After moving 20 places up the rankings (from 118 to 98) at the end of October 2016, the Brave Warriors have dropped two places in the last two months because of inactivity.
In Africa, the Brave Warriors are ranked 27th, down one place from 26th.
If they continue to be inactive, the Brave Warriors are likely to drop off the top 100 rankings when the next rankings are released by Fifa.
While other teams will be playing at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, the Brave Warriors will be out of action, with their next game likely to be the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers which will kick off in June 2017, while preliminary rounds are set for March.
The Brave Warriors' last game was in September 2016 when they were defeated 0-2 by Senegal in the African Nations Cup qualifiers.
Namibia's all-time highest ranking was 68th in 1998.
Meanwhile, local football continues to be in limbo following the Namibia Premier League (NPL)'s failure to secure sponsorship for the 2016/17 league competition.
The Namibia Football Association (NFA) has in the past also failed to organise matches for the country's national teams due to a shortage of funds.
The Lakers beat the undermanned Clippers 111-102 three weeks ago as injuries forced Chris Paul, JJ Redick and Blake Griffin to watch from the side-lines.
It was one of just two wins the Lakers had in the month of December and it halted the Clippers' 11-game win streak. The lowly Lakers have gone 3-4 in January after losing 14 of 16 games in December.
The Clippers dominated in every facet in the return engagement as Paul has returned to the line-up and JJ Redick is back at full strength after suffering a hamstring injury in the Laker contest.
"We came out today. We played and we won. It's not a big deal," said Paul. "We're just trying to pile up wins. That's our single focus."
Griffin is still out with another in a long list of injuries but the Clippers have shown they can have success without him in the line-up.
The Clippers, who improved to 28-14 on the season, got off to a quick start Saturday.
The Clippers re-asserted their dominance by going on an 11-0 run late in the first quarter and built a 19-point lead 58-39 at halftime.
Clippers centre DeAndre Jordan had a double-double by halftime (12 points and 10 rebounds) on his way to finishing with a game-high 24 points and 21 rebounds.
After a slow shooting start, Paul tallied 20 points and 13 assists for the Clippers. Austin Rivers and Raymond Felton finished with 15 points each for the Clippers who stretched their January win streak to six games.
Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to outscore all the starters and lead the Lakers with 21 points.
Elsewhere, P.J. Tucker hit two free throws with four seconds to play as the Phoenix Suns rallied to beat the San Antonio Spurs 108-105 at Mexico City Arena as part of the NBA Global Games series.
Danny Green missed a three-pointer with seven seconds remaining that would have given the Spurs the lead and Tucker calmly sank two free throws to push the Phoenix lead to 108-105.
Phoenix fouled Pau Gasol with three seconds left to keep San Antonio from shooting a three-pointer to have a chance to tie the game but Gasol missed both free throws and Dragan Bender grabbed the rebound for the Suns.
Devin Booker posted his second straight game with 39 points.
"We took a loss earlier in the week, and from that we knew we had things to work on to be able to stay with the Spurs," Booker said.
"I just wanted to give the people of Mexico City a show - they deserve that for all the support they give our team - and I think we did."
In Chicago, Jimmy Butler scored 28 points and Dwyane Wade had 17 of his 22 in the fourth quarter as Chicago snapped a three-game losing streak with a 107-99 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Taj Gibson added 15 points and 16 rebounds and Michael Carter-Williams had 11 points for the Bulls.
After a Harry Kane-inspired Tottenham Hotspur and a ruthless Arsenal side kept up the pressure at the top with 4-0 victories, Chelsea found an unlikely hero in wing back Marcos Alonso, who scored their first two goals at the King Power Stadium.
All the pre-match ballyhoo had been about Costa, the league's leading marksman, having been dropped from Antonio Conte's squad amid reports of a fall-out over his fitness.
Before the game, though, Chelsea released quotes from Conte on their official Twitter site saying that Costa had not trained since Tuesday because of "a pain in his back".
"We played without Diego against Bournemouth and we have had time to prepare for this. We've prepared very well," Conte said.
That preparation was shown swiftly as Spaniard Alonso struck early in both halves and Pedro completed a rout of the feeble champions as Chelsea moved to 52 points, seven clear of Spurs.
Liverpool, on 44 with third-placed Arsenal, could regain second spot and cut the gap at the top back to five points if they win at Manchester United, who are fifth, on Sunday.
Tottenham striker Kane had a special day with a brilliant hat-trick in the 4-0 demolition of West Bromwich Albion that saw Mauricio Pochettino's ever-improving contenders move into second with a seventh straight win in all competitions.
It was Kane's first match since he became a father last Sunday. "It's amazing. The week has been a whirlwind having a little daughter - to finish it off like this is the best way possible," he said, after taking his season's tally to 13 league goals.
Arsenal went up to third on goal difference after Olivier Giroud struck his fifth goal in as many games to set them on the way to a 4-0 trouncing of Swansea City, who are now bottom.
Between Giroud's opener and Alexis Sanchez's 73rd minute effort, Paul Clement, in his first league game in charge of the Swans, also had to watch miserably as Jack Cork and Kyle Naughton deflected Alex Iwobi shots past their own keeper.
Hull City recovered to beat Bournemouth 3-1 with a double from Abel Hernandez giving new manager Marco Silva the ideal league debut as they leapt from last place above Swansea and Sunderland, who were beaten 3-1 at home by Stoke City.
Peter Crouch scored his 99th league goal for the Potters - a header, naturally - while Marko Arnautovic netted twice, but the goal of the day came from West Ham's Andy Carroll who struck an astonishing mid-air volley in a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.
"It's been a while in the making. I've been trying for a couple of years. It's got to be the best goal I've scored," the striker, who has suffered from a string of injuries, said.
Joey Barton made a remarkable return for his old club Burnley, coming on as a substitute and scoring with a free-kick in the 1-0 win over Southampton.
"It was an incredible thing for him to bring me back with the circus that goes on around me," said Barton, paying tribute to Burnley boss Sean Dyche, who signed the midfielder after his stormy spell with Scottish club Rangers.
It was an emotional afternoon at Vicarage Road as Watford fans paid a lovely tribute to Graham Taylor, the former England manager who died on Thursday, before facing Middlesbrough.
At the club he took from the old fourth division into the top flight, the chant of "One Graham Taylor" rang around the ground, fans in the stand named after him held up cards that spelt out "Love G.T" and others were reduced to tears.
However, after a long round of applause for their old manager, the Hornets could not deliver the result the supporters craved as they missed chances and were held to a 0-0 draw.