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  • 11/21/17--08:11: Robert Mugabe resigns
  • Robert Mugabe resignsRobert Mugabe resigns Robert Mugabe resigned as president of Zimbabwe Tuesday, parliament speaker Jacob Mudenda told lawmakers, ending a 37-year rule defined by brutality and economic collapse.

    "I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation... with immediate effect," said speaker Mudenda, reading the letter.

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     Car horns and wild cheers in Harare Car horns and wild cheers in Harare Car horns blared and cheering crowds raced through the streets of the Zimbabwean capital Harare Tuesday as news spread that President Robert Mugabe, 93, had resigned after 37 years in power. "We are just so happy that things are finally going to change," Togo Ndhlalambi, 32, a hairdresser, told AFP. "We woke up every morning waiting for this day. This country has been through tough times.""We are just so happy that things are finally going to change," Togo Ndhlalambi, 32, a hairdresser, told AFP. Mugabe had ruled Zimbabwe almost unopposed since the country won independence from Britain but his efforts to position his wife Grace as his successor triggered fury in the military that had underpinned his regime. His grip on power was shattered last week when the armoured military vehicles took to the streets, blockaded parliament and soldiers placed the president under house arrest in an operation that had all the hallmarks of a coup. But instead his generals stressed they were simply "arresting" criminals around Mugabe - a reference to supporters of Grace - and even allowed the one-time liberation hero to appear at a public function and deliver a TV speech stressing that he retained control. It is expected that he will eventually be replaced by former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who had been Grace Mugabe's chief rival to succeed her husband and whose dismissal earlier this month triggered the army takeover.


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    Welwitschias work on clean tacklesWelwitschias work on clean tackles Senior national rugby team assistant coach Roger Thompson believes the team can do better in their second test match against Uruguay if they produce better tackles.

    The team will play Uruguay on Saturday after they lost their opening match 32-56 at the Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium over the weekend.

    The team conceded 14 penalties with a few sloppy tackles during the match.

    “There is a huge need to sort out our lineouts because we struggled to get things going in the first game.

    “Our tackling percentage was above 80%, but it also cost us some points during the match.

    “That is why it will be important for the team to produce clean one-on-one tackles in the second match,” Thompson said.

    The coaching staff is yet to announce who will be in action during the second test match.

    The team could be boosted by the return of UK-based Tjiue Uanivi, who missed out on the first game.

    “I think the team will only be announced later in the week because we are busy assessing players at the moment.

    “We are going to try all means possible to have a stronger squad against a very tough Uruguay team,” Thompson said.


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  • 11/21/17--14:00: Women's Super Cup launched
  • Women's Super Cup launchedWomen's Super Cup launchedFootball fans unite to kick-start tourney The first edition of the NFA Women Football Cup was launched yesterday at the NFA girls' centre. Eight teams will take part in the tournament, namely Tura Magic, V-Power Angels, Mighty Erongo, Oshana Queens, Khomas Nampol, Galz & Goals, Right Way and Western Angels.

    Matches are set to start this Saturday at the NFA Technical Centre in Katutura. Big names such as Nust and Unam Bokkies Football club will not take part in the cup tournament because of late payment.

    The tournament, which is the brainchild of Jacky Shipanga, collected money as well as equipment donations to kick-start the tournament which will be played on 25 to 26 November and 1 to 2 December, with finals being played at the same day at Legare Stadium in Gobabis as a curtain raiser to the DebMarine Cup.

    The prize-giving ceremony will take place on 3 December at the NFA Centre.

    The tournament will also aid preparations and talent scouting for the Women's African Championship qualifiers to be played early next year.

    Jacky Shipanga, who received the NSC Chairman's Excellence Award at the recent Namibia Sports Awards, said she was surprised to receive the recognition.

    “You want to receive such awards when you are still a player or a coach but the recognition is greatly appreciated,” she said.

    With the tournament she said it's important for the girls to play matches.

    “We can have the best facilities but it does not help if the women are not playing any matches. We missed out on the season but the year cannot end while the girls have not played,” she said.

    She promised that the cup would be bigger and better next year. She also said that she wanted to work on a national championship in which all regions of the county could take part.

    The sponsors are as follows:

    ThruPass Football Magazine through Isaack Hamata donated N$1 600. N$100 will be given to the Woman of the Match in 16 matches.

    Namibian musician Wambu Seun donated N$1 000. The player of the tournament will walk away with this prize.

    Namibia Football Association president Frans Mbidi contributed N$30 000, of which N$5 000 will go to Oshana FC to cover meals and transport costs.

    NFA secretary-general Barry Rukoro donated N$1 000, which will go to the goalkeeper of the tournament. The young player of the tournament will receive N$1 000 courtesy of Imms Hamutenya.

    Shipanga, general manager of the NFA women's desk, donated N$10 000. TN Mobile sponsored 16 mobile phones and GZ contributed sports equipment.

    The Namibian Football Players' Union's (NAFPU) secretary-general, Olsen Kahiriri, pledged N$5 000 towards the tournament and said that women's football was important in the country despite the challenges faced.

    “Namibia is challenged to get women in the board for FIFPRO as we are looking for capable women to have a spot on the board as well. However, with this donation let's move on the right path,” he said.

    “There are people who want football to take place for women in the country and because of this made various contributions towards this cup,” said Jacky Gertze from the NFA women's desk.


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    Football tourney to hit MarientalFootball tourney to hit MarientalClubs invited to register Football teams are encouraged to enter the B&R Football tournament from 8 to 11 December in Mariental. The tournament is sponsored by Southern Target Investment owned by Theo and Helena Nghilindua.

    B&R stands for Bernatus and Righteous. They are the children of the sponsors.

    The tournament was started in 2015 in Mariental and was known formerly as the Winter Soccer Bonanza. The first winners were Try Again FC from Keetmanshoop after they defeated Untouchables in the final by three goals to nil.

    Untouchables went on to win the tournament in 2016 in Rehoboth by defeating Airport Eagles 10-9 on penalties after a goalless draw.

    Tournament organiser Rhonie Rhuuksie //Garoeb said they will provide playing kit to each team that reaches the semi-finals.

    “Most teams struggle to get kit for their teams and this is an opportunity for them to receive a kit for their team.

    “Also, the tournament will provide a chance for football fans to enjoy the skills of the players.

    “We have teams from Upington that will also take part and probably one or two players might impress the guys and might help them get contracts with bigger teams.”

    //Garoeb encouraged other business people to come on board and support the tournament.

    “Only with their support can the southern teams reach great heights.”

    Registration fees for interested teams are N$2 500. Winners will walk away with N$30 000, gold metals and a floating trophy.

    Runners-up will take home N$15 000 and silver medals. Semi-final losers will take home N$7 500 each.

    Individual awards will go to best referee, best commentator, and golden boot, best player of the tournament, best goalkeeper and goal of the tournament. Closing date for registration is 5 December. Draw will take place on 6 December in Mariental. Games will start on Friday at 18:00. Teams interested in registering can call 081 208 1681.


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    Shangula heads Namibia's women refsShangula heads Namibia's women refs Vistoria Shangula leads the maiden Namibian female referees team for the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) 2018 Referees Panel with a record of 11 confirmations by the international body recently.

    Namibia Football Association (NFA) referees coordinator Absalom Goseb reveals the list of confirmation by FIFA and is satisfied with the response from the FIFA Referees Department.

    “Following their assessment and consideration, we have received a list of eight male officials including three referees, which we have been getting all these years, and for the female referees, we finally have a full team,” Goseb said.

    The Namibia Sports Awards Referee of the Year, Jackson Pavaza, again appears on the list together with Jonas Shongedi and new kid on the block, former footballer Nehemia Shovaleka from Ondangwa.

    In the assistant referees bracket, regulars Mathew Kanyanga, Dawid Shaanika, Isaskar Boois and Christof Vries are joined by a another new entrant, Sem Singeve from Grootfontein.

    Former Brave Gladiators player Vistoria Shangula is accepted by FIFA as the 2018 FIFA female referee and is joined for the first time by two assistants, Olivia Amukuu and Paulina Joel. They are expected to be on assignment as soon as the 2018 Women Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers kick off in February.

    “Vistoria is no longer very active with the national team but just trains with them and that has helped her a lot. Olivia has been around for some time now and Paulina has done her best.

    “It gives us great pleasure to have a team of female referees for the first time on the Fifa panel and it can only get better and encourage others to join the fray,” Goseb said.

    Goseb also announced that Pavaza is heading to Morocco for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals and assistant referee Boois is heading to Zambia in December for the COSAFA U/20 Championships.


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    Omahogololo gaaleli yaSwapo otaga tameke mEtineOmahogololo gaaleli yaSwapo otaga tameke mEtine Elelo lyaSwapo olya e ta polweela etopoko mongundu sho ongundu ndjoka kwa tegelelwa yi ninge omutumba gwomahogololo gwaaleli yongundu ndjoka mehuliloshiwike twa taalela.

    Iilyo yimwe mongundu ndjoka otayi yambidhidha ngoka e li pehala lyomupresidende gwongundu Hage Geingob pamwe nongundu ye ndjoka tayi iyithana Harambee, opo a vule okukutha ko elelo lyongundu omanga yalwe taya yambidhidha Nahas Angula oshowo Jerry Ekandjo pamwe nongundu yawo yoTeam Swapo. Oongundu ndhoka mbali odha kala dha taalelathana nokuninga omahwahwameko moshigwana opo dhi vule okuhogololwa. Pethimbo lyomahwahwameko ngoka ga ningwa mehuliloshiwike, Ominista yEgameno, Penda Ya Ndakolo okwa pula opo Geingob a kuthe miilonga oominista ndhoka dhi li ompinge nelelo lye. Okwa popi kutya ongundu yoTeam Swapo, ndjoka ya popi kutya elelo lyaGeingob oli na uulingilingi na kali na oonkondo oya pumbwa okuungaungiwa nayo.

    Gumwe gwomaanongononi yopolotika, Ndumba Kamwanyah okwa holola omaiyuvo ge kutya okuwete kutya omananathano mongundu yoSwapo, otaga ka tsikila nonando omutumba gwomahogololo ogwa manithwa.

    Okwa popi kutya okutala komahwahwameko ngoka taga ningwa koongundu ndhoka mbali adhihe dhili oshitopolwa shongundu yoSwapo, otaga yi kokule sho oongundu ndhoka itadhi vulathana, pakutala komapandja gomakwatathano gopainternet.

    Ongundu ndjoka tayi yambidhidha Geingob oyi wete kutya kashi li mondjila sho pe na aahogololwa yalwe, omanga ongundu yoTeam Swapo, tayi longitha omaiyuvo ngoka mokuninga omahwahwameko gawo.

    Ongundu yoTeam Swapo, oya thikama po muPendukeni Iivula-Ithana, Helmut Angula, Armas Amukwiyu, Petrina Haingura oshowo Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun, omanga ndjoka tayi yambidhidha Geingob ya thikama po muNetumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah , Sophia Shaningwa oshowo Marco Hausiku.

    Kamwanyah okwa popi kutya ongundu yoSwapo oya pumbwa okutula miilonga oompangela ndhoka tadhi ka longithwa konima yomahogololo gaaleli yongundu opo oongundu ndhoka mbali dhi vule okutaambako iizemo kehe mbyoka tayi ka za momahogoolo ngoka.

    Shika otashi ka kala oshikando shotango mondjokonona yongundu omupresidende gwongundu ndjoka ta hogololwa.. Omunonongoni gulwe gwopolotika, Uazuva Kaumbi, oku na einekelo kutya Swapo oye ta kala omusindani pehulilo. Okwa popi kutya omananathano ngoka otaga ulike kutya ongundu otayi logitha uundemokoli, nopehulilo mboka otaya ka ya kumwe. Omutumba gwomahogololo otagu tameke mEtine mOvenduka.


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    TUN ta popile elongo lyoshaliTUN ta popile elongo lyoshaliEpangelo tali ningi omalunduluko mompango yelongo Amushanga gwehangano lyoTeachers Union of Namibia (TUN) Mahongora Kavihuhua, okwa pandula oompangela dhepangelo okutula miilonga elongo lyoshali, ta popi kutya ethitiko lyomwaka ngoka gu li po mokugandja iifuta yelongo ndyoka okuza kepangelo, otagu vulu okuthitikwa ngele epangelo tali kwata nawa iimaliwa nokuhulitha po uulingilingi. “Elongo lyoshali olya nuninwa mboka itaya vulu okufuta elongo nepangelo oli na oshinakugwanithwa shokufutila aakwashigwana mboka. Epangelo inali mbangolota,” Kavihuhua a lombwele oNamibian Sun.

    Okwa popi kutya ngele epangelo olya tula nawa iinakugwanithwa yalyo pomahala nokuhulitha po uulingilingi, okushunitha pevi omwaalu gwiilyo yokabinete nena otali ka kala li na iimaliwa ya gwana elongo lyoshali.

    Pamaiyuvo ge, uunkundi wegwanithepo lyiilonga okuza kuyamwe yomaanambelewa moshikondo shelongo oshowo tashi etitha ompumbwe yiimaliwa omathimbo gamwe.

    Okwa popi kutya mboka yeli ompinge nelongo lyoshali na otaya popi kutya elongo lyoshali olya etitha omukundu mooskola, sho kwa kuthwa miilonga omukalo gweyambidhidho lyooskola okuza kaavali, oomboka taya hupu nawa na ohaya mono iiyemo yili nawa.

    Omunambelewa ngoka okwa nyana woo ooskola ndhoka natango hadhi pula iifuta okuza kaavali, ta popi kutya ooskola otadhi longitha omukalo gwokuthindila kongudhi aavali opo ya gandje iimaliwa kooskola, ta popi kutya pehala ooskola odha pumbwa okuthiminika epangelo opo dhi mone iimaliwa ya gwana.

    Okwa gwedha po kutya inashi puka ngele omuvali ta kwathele oskola, ihe inashi thiminikilwa aavali.

    Omathimbo ga piti, Ominista yElongo, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa okwa pula epangelo opo li ninge omalundululo mOmpango yElongo yomo2011, ndjoka yi na ontopolwa ndjoka tayi pula aavali opo ya yambidhidhe ooskola. Okwa pula woo ompango ndjoka yi lundululwe opo ku vule okukuthwa po iifuta yomakonaakono gopashigwana mondondo onti 10 no 12. Nonando ompango ndjoka natango oyi na oshitopolwa shoka tashi pula aavali opo ya yambidhidhe ooskola, epangelo olya tula miilonga elongo lyoshali moondondo dhopetameko mo 2013 oshowo moosekundoskola mo 2016.

    Gumwe gwomaakuluntuskola mooskola dhopevi mOvenduka, okwa popi kutya oya taalela ompumbwe yokumona iiyemo okuza kepangelo, naashoka oshi li omukundu omunene gwa taalela ooskola.

    Okwa popi kutya aavali oya uvako epuko omulandu gwelongo lyoshali na inaya hala okuyambidhidha ooskola, ta popi kutya shoka oshinima sha pumbwa okukundathanwa naavali.

    Omukuluntuskola gumwe natango moshitopolwa shaKhomas okwa pandula epangelo sho lya tula miilonga omulandu gwelongo lyoshali. Okwa popi kutya eshunitho pevi lyiiyemo mbyoka hayi pewa ooskola sha landula etulo miilonga lyelongo lyoshali oshinima sha kala sha tegelelwa na okwa popi kutya epangelo nali talulule oompangela dhalyo ndhoka lya hala okutula miilonga opo aavali ya kale itaya pulwa ya yambidhidhe ooskola pashimaliwa.

    Okwa gandja omayele opo aavali mboka ye na aanona mooskola dhopevi ya kale taya yambidhidha ooskola noshimaliwa shili pokati kooN$500 sigo N$700 komvula, omanga mboka ye na aanona moosekundoskola ya pumbwa okuyambidhidha noshimaliwa shili pokati koo N$700 oshowo N$1 000 komvula.

    Okwa popi kutya aavali oya pumbwa okudhimbulukithwa oshinakugwanithwa shawo.


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    DTA ta lundililwa uufudhi wedhinaDTA ta lundililwa uufudhi wedhina Omupresidende gwongundu yoPopular Democratic Movement (PDM), McHenry Venaani okwa yolo komapopyo gomupopiliko gwoNudo, Joseph Kauandenge ngoka a popi kutya ongundu ndjoka ya li nale hayi ithanwa DTA oya yaka edhina ndyoka okuza koNudo. Venaani okwa popi kutya Kauandenge ina shangitha ongundu ndjoka.

    Mo 2013 Kauandenge okwa totopo ongundu yoPeople's Democratic Movement (PDM), edhina ndyoka a popi kutya DTA olyo a yakapo. Kauandenge okwa koleke kutya ina shangitha ongundu ye ndjoka, ihe okwa popi kutya ina hala Venaani a piyaganeke aalanduli.

    Okwa popi kutya okwa fumbike edhilaadhilo lyoPDM sho a wayimine ongundu yoNudo mo 2014. Kauandenge okwa ningi omatilitho kutya ota futitha ongundu ompe yoPDM , ta popi kutya otaka longitha oonkatu dhopaveta opo ongundu ndjoka kayi tsikile nokulongitha edhina ndyoka.

    Venaani okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya,

    Kauandenge ina shangitha ongundu ndjoka onga ongundu yopolotika, nenge pamwe ongundu yilwe.

    Kauandenge, ngoka ngashiingeyi e li omupopiliko gwomupresidende gwoNudo okwa li omuleli gwaanyasha yoDTA.

    Okwa li a topopo ongundu ye yoNamibia Movement for Independent Candidates (NMIC), mo 1997, ndjoka inayi ninga ethimbo.

    Okwa shuna koDTA omanga ina wayimina Omuleli gwAaHerero, Chief Kuaima Riruako sho ongundu yoNudo ya topoka noDTA mo2003. Kauendenge okwa li woo a yi kongundu yoRepublican Party (RP) uule wethimbo efupi sho a wayimine ongundu ndjoka mo 2005, na okwa ningi omugandjimayele komuleli nale gwongundu ndjoka, Henk Mudge. Okwa thigi po ongundu yoRP na okwa yi kongundu yoNamibia Democratic Movement for Change (NDMC) mo 2009 hoka a li uulikwa nokuninga amushanga ndjai na okwa thigi po ongundu ndjoka mo 2010.


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  • 11/21/17--14:00: Working the fields
  • Working the fieldsWorking the fields The season for planting has officially arrived and farmers should be busy preparing the land for cultivation and planting.

    Establishing a crop means that seeds or seedlings are placed in the ground at a certain time.

    If the crop establishes itself poorly, the yield potential is immediately limited.

    Thus, a significant relationship exists between the time you plant and the crop yield you obtain. To ensure that the optimum yield is realised, crop producers need to take into consideration factors such as the correct time for planting, the plant spacing and the depth of seeding.

    For summer crops, such as maize, pearl millet and cow pea, early planting at the beginning of the rainy season is desirable as yields decrease with late planting. If planting commences late, the crop is likely to not reach its full physiological stage.

    The spacing of plants refers to the distance between rows and between plants in the row. The closer the spacing, the greater the number of crops that can be planted per hectare. However, too close spacing results in competition among crops and diseases and pests can spread quickly among the crop population. The ideal plant spacing depends on the type of crop, variety and the climatic conditions such as rainfall and water availability. In drier areas, wider spacing is preferable in order to provide more soil water to the individual crops. In high rainfall areas, or where there is irrigation, closer spacing is possible.

    The sowing depth of a crop depends on the size of the seed, the type of soil and the weather. Generally, smaller seeds are sown at a shallower depth. Seeds may be planted deeper into sandy soil or in the case of dry planting i.e. planting before the rainy season. An important point farmers should remember when planting is to ensure good seed-to-soil contact as this enables the necessary absorption of water by seeds.

    To achieve an optimum crop harvest, do not crowd seedlings. Give the plants sufficient time and space to reach their full potential and avoid deeper seeding in heavy soils.

    *This article forms part of AgriBank's series on tips and advice for farmers.


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    Rain brings challenges for farmersRain brings challenges for farmersNutrition and grazing management essential Farmers are urged to allow their grasses to grow to maturity and set seed before permitting grazing after the rain. While rain is always a welcome delight for both livestock and crop farmers, it also comes with challenges for farmers as the fresh fodder can cause several problems for animals.

    According to Meatco fodder is normally watery and does not have enough fibre, which leads to improper digestion. Therefore, the animal does not chew cud the required 55 to 70 times. According to Dr Axel Rothague, founder and consultant of AgriConsult Namibia and former agriculture lecturer at the University of Namibia (Neudamm campus), a degraded grass pasture offers less nutrition to animals in the form of quality, dependability and commonly also lower carrying capacity. Rothague says another general sign of grazing degradation is bush encroachment beating back the grasses.

    “In recent times, the most frequent cause of grazing degradation is the inability of farmers to control the selective grazing of their livestock.”

    He says all animals eat selectively. “Cattle and sheep in Namibia generally prefer only a handful of climax grass species. If poorly controlled, animals will graze these palatable grasses into oblivion.”

    He explains that thereafter they tackle the next-most palatable grass until it too is finished, then the next one and so on down the ladder of palatability until only the least palatable, least dependable and most variable grass species remain.

    “A perennial grass cannot survive being grazed all the time.”

    Meatco says after every grazing-down period, the pasture will need time to recover, grow new leaves and roots and recuperate its vigour.

    “Generally, a grass has recovered from a previous grazing when it has grown to the point of making seeds. It is now very leafy and can be grazed again with minimal danger to its survival. Obviously, such recovery can only happen in the rainy season. In winter, all grasses are dormant (do not re-grow) due to low soil moisture and night-time temperatures,” Rothauge says. Farmers are also advised to check their land for poisonous plants as young animals are particularly vulnerable to consuming these.

    Meanwhile, Meatco has advised farmers to refer to national rainfall forecasts which are more relevant to local circumstances. National Service Centres are expected to provide regular short-term forecasts, which should be simplified and packaged in languages comprehensible to local users, particularly farmers, according to Meatco.

    “While the regional outlook may inform national planning processes, the information provided thus far is not adequate for farm-level decision-making as the forecast is more probabilistic in nature and does not completely account for all the factors that influence regional and national climate variability, such as local and month-to-month variations.”

    The Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook indicates that the region is likely to receive normal to below-normal rainfall for most of November and December followed by normal to above-normal rainfall for January, February and March 2018.


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  • 11/21/17--14:00: Migrant slave trade in Libya
  • Migrant slave trade in LibyaMigrant slave trade in Libya Libya's eastern-based army on Monday accused the UN-backed government of migrant slave trade.

    “The army command detected activities of organised crime, transporting and selling illegal immigrants from one gang to another, depending on the area of control of each gang,” the army said in a statement.

    “These gangs transferred the slaves from the countries of their origin into Libya. They then worked together to smuggle the migrants into Europe,” said the statement.

    “Local gangs legitimised by the Government of National Accord in western Libya, and other international gangs, are actively involved in horrific crimes against humanity by attacking migrants, violating their safety and health, and even selling their organs,” the statement added.

    The army warned against the “continuation of such crimes,” calling on the international community to lift the ban on arming its forces to “increase their capabilities to confront international crime, which the army considers an anti-terrorism effort.”

    CNN recently published a report of auctions in different parts of Libya, where stranded African migrants were sold as slaves for as little as US$400.

    The Tripoli-based foreign ministry said that the government has launched an investigation into the report.

    In the meanwhile, Burkina Faso has recalled its ambassador to Libya following reports that African migrants were being auctioned as slaves there, Reuters reports.

    Burkina Faso's foreign minister Alpha Barry announced the decision by President Roch Marc Kabore in a Monday news conference.

    “The President of Burkina Faso has decided to recall the ambassador to Tripoli, General Abraham Traore, for a consultation,” Barry said during a news conference.

    He added that he had also “summoned the Libyan charge d'affairs in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou to express our indignation at these images that belong to other centuries, images of the slave trade”.

    Next week African and European leaders will meet in the Ivory Coast capital Abidjan to discuss migration and European efforts to deal with the matter in cooperation with Libya.

    The North African country has long been a point of departure for tens of thousands of desperate refugees trying to reach Europe in search of a better life.

    In a bid to stem the tide of refugees, the Italian and Libyan coast guards have joined efforts to prevent the refugees from reaching Europe.

    The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein explained last month that the European and African deal to stem the flow of migrants coming through Libya to Europe had failed to tackle the severe abuses they face, including rape, torture and beatings.

    A study of mixed refugee and migrant flows by the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, found that around half of those travelling to Libya do so believing they can find jobs there, but end up fleeing onwards to Europe to escape life-threatening insecurity, instability, difficult economic conditions plus widespread exploitation and abuse.


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  • 11/21/17--14:00: Odinga calls for help
  • Odinga calls for helpOdinga calls for helpSeeks international intervention Kenya Raila Odinga has said Kenya is in a crisis with his supporters being killed and called for assistance from the international community. Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga called on Sunday for “international intervention” in the country's election crisis, saying at least 31 supporters have been killed by police and militia since his return from an overseas trip on Friday.

    Odinga said Kenya “was being pushed to the precipice” after residents of a Nairobi slum protested the killing of at least 13 people in an overnight attack by unknown gunmen.

    “This is state-sponsored thuggery,” Odinga said. An area lawmaker was shot in the leg during protests that followed the killings, Odinga said.

    Police said four people were killed in the attack, but mortuary attendants told The Associated Press that 13 bodies, all with bullet wounds, had been brought in.

    Odinga said 18 people were shot dead on Friday when police tried to stop his supporters from lining the roads to welcome him after speaking engagements in the US and Britain. Mortuary records corroborate Odinga's death toll. Police said five people were killed by mobs.

    Tensions have risen since the Supreme Court nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election in August, citing irregularities, after Odinga challenged the results. The court ordered a fresh vote last month which Odinga boycotted, citing a lack of electoral reforms.

    Kenyatta won the repeat election in October, but his victory is again being challenged at the Supreme Court by civil society activists and a politician. The court will announce its decision on Monday.

    There have been concerns about intimidation of the justices, who failed to muster a quorum to decide on a last-minute petition that sought to postpone last month's election. One justice's bodyguard was shot and seriously wounded hours before the expected judgment.

    Odinga has rejected Kenyatta's victory.

    The nullification of Kenya's August election was the first time a court in Africa had overturned a presidential vote.

    With this weekend's death toll nearly 100 people have died in political unrest since then, the majority opposition demonstrators shot by police during protests.


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    Woman confesses to killing four babiesWoman confesses to killing four babies A Japanese woman was arrested yesterday after police say she confessed to putting four newborns in concrete-filled buckets two decades ago and having been filled with guilt over not caring for her babies.

    Human remains were identified in four buckets found in her condominium, an Osaka police official said, requesting anonymity due to department policy.

    Mayumi Saito, 53, was arrested on charges of abandoning bodies, a day after she turned herself in at the police station.

    Saito was quoted by police as saying she put the bodies into concrete from 1992 through 1997 because she had been too poor to raise them, but she had been filled with guilt over the years.

    Saito had a part-time job, but details of her work, family and comments were not available.

    The causes of the babies' deaths were unclear.

    It is fairly standard in Japan for criminal charges to be added later as an investigation progresses.

    Although Japan is the world's third-largest economy and has a reputation as being economically advanced, poverty remains a problem, especially among women.

    Social support such as affordable daycare is lacking for women to work while child-rearing, as well as to get counselling and other help to cope with parenting duties and mental stress.

    Japanese media reports quoted the woman as saying she had no one to talk to or turn to.


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    Volvo and Uber extend their partnershipVolvo and Uber extend their partnershipAutomaker to supply tens of thousands of autonomous drive compatible cars The partnerships marks a new chapter in the convergence of car makers and Silicon Valley-based technology companies. Volvo Cars has signed a framework agreement with Uber, the ride sharing company, to supply tens of thousands of autonomous driving compatible base vehicles between 2019 and 2021.

    The base vehicles are developed on Volvo Cars’ fully modular, in-house developed Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). SPA is one of the most advanced car architectures in the world and is currently used on Volvo Cars’ top-of-the-line 90 cluster cars as well as on the new XC60 medium SUV.

    The non-exclusive agreement enhances the strategic partnership between Volvo Cars and Uber announced in August 2016 and also marks a new chapter in the convergence of car makers and Silicon Valley-based technology companies.

    “The automotive industry is being disrupted by technology and Volvo Cars chooses to be an active part of that disruption,” says Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive.

    “Our aim is to be the supplier of choice for AD ride-sharing service providers globally. Today’s agreement with Uber is a primary example of that strategic direction.”

    Volvo Cars’ engineers have worked closely together with engineers from Uber to develop the XC90 premium SUVs that are to be supplied to Uber. The base vehicles incorporate all necessary safety, redundancy and core autonomous driving technologies that are required for Uber to add its own self-driving technology.

    “We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with Volvo,” says Jeff Miller, Head of Auto Alliances at Uber. “This new agreement puts us on a path towards mass produced self-driving vehicles at scale.”

    At the same time as providing Uber with AD-compatible cars, Volvo will use the same base vehicle in the development of its own independent autonomous car strategy, which is planned to culminate in the release of its first fully autonomous car in 2021.- QuickPic

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  • 11/21/17--14:00: F-Type line-up rounded out
  • F-Type line-up rounded outF-Type line-up rounded out221 kW, 400 Nm and tons of personality The Award-winning sportscar gains a turbocharged four-cylinder Ingenium engine. The award-winning Jaguar F-TYPE is now available with a new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder Ingenium engine.

    The most powerful four-cylinder engine ever fitted to a Jaguar boasts superb performance, with outputs of 221 kW and 400 Nm propelling the F-TYPE from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds – and on to a top speed of 250 km/h.

    The pairing of Jaguar’s all-aluminium two-seat sports car with the advanced 221kW 2.0-litre turbocharged powerplant delivers Jaguar sports car DNA with enhanced agility and improved efficiency and affordability.

    This is a true F-TYPE, with its own unique character.

    “F-TYPE has proven very popular, offering a combination of seductive styling, distinct character and sports car performance. This new 2.0-litre engine broadens the appeal of the F-TYPE range and makes it more accessible than ever before, while still offering buyers all the traits that have made F-TYPE a success,” Lisa Mallett, Marketing Director, Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and sub-Sahara Africa said

    Launched at the world-famous Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, the new entry point into the F-TYPE range had an opportunity to show off its sports car DNA.

    Fitted with Jaguar’s 2.0-litre Ingenium engine, the F-TYPE is 52 kg lighter. Combined with bespoke chassis tuning, it offers drivers enhanced dynamics and agility.

    The four-cylinder turbocharged F-TYPE completes the 2018 model year F-TYPE line-up, joining the 423 kW supercharged V8 F-TYPE SVR, 405 kW F-TYPE R, 294 kW F-TYPE 400 SPORT, 280 kW F-TYPE S and 250 kW F-TYPE – in both Coupé and Convertible body styles, as well as the R-Dynamic trim level.-MotorPress

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  • 11/21/17--14:00: Rise in crime unacceptable
  • Rise in crime unacceptableRise in crime unacceptable Namibia has extremely high levels of sexual assault and a growing fear of crime seems to pervade the nation.

    Daily police crime reports do not make for good reading as they are often dominated by shocking stories about violence and aggression, as well as the prevalence of sexual promiscuity in our beloved country.

    The sad truth is that Namibia has a rape problem and sexual assault of all kinds has been on the increase in the past years. Getting accurate statistics on rape in Namibia is difficult. However, a Namibian Sun investigation in July this year found that the Namibian police investigated over 1 660 cases of rape of minors below the age of 18 over a period of four years from 2013 to 2016. This is surely a horrible statistic considering that it only includes rape cases involving minors.

    Rape cases, especially those involving older women, are still under-reported in this country because of the shame associated with being a victim of sexual assault, while there are also the potential issues of family cover-ups and cultural practices. In other words there is a still a huge stigma attached to rape victims who remain at risk of being scorned and ostracised in society.

    Social workers have in the past warned that the problem of rape is a complex one that requires a multi-pronged approach. However, the disturbing trend also shows that we have failed to adopt fundamental and conservative principles that all peace-loving citizens should uphold for the preservation of morals.

    We have surely lost our focus as a moral-driven society and one wonders whether some parents still harbour any commitment to raising a moral child.

    It is not only parents who are left with the burden of instilling values, but teachers, neighbours, friends, the church and our leaders, must all step up efforts towards raising the consciousness of our countrymen and -women against this terrible scourge, which is a dark stain on our reputation as a nation.

    The fight against women and child abuse cannot be left to law-enforcement agents only.

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  • 11/21/17--14:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day GO: People carry placards during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Zimbabwe's president on 18 November 2017 in Harare. Zimbabwe was set for more political turmoil with protests planned as veterans of the independence war, activists and ruling party leaders called publicly for Zimbabwe's president to be forced from office. Photo: NAMPA/AFP

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  • 11/21/17--14:00: Company news in brief
  • Company news in briefCompany news in brief Netcare to restructure UK business

    South African private healthcare operator Netcare will restructure its operations in Britain after the group reported a drop in annual profit due in part to belt-tightening by the UK's National Health Service.

    Netcare, South Africa's second-largest private hospital firm, reported a 7% drop in profit for the financial year ended Sept. 30, flagging the effect of changes to non-urgent medical treatment by both the NHS, which outsources some services to private healthcare providers, and private medical insurers in the UK.

    Diluted headline earnings per share (EPS) declined to 108.6 cents from 117.1 cents the previous year. – Nampa/Reuters

    Goldman to have two EU hubs post-Brexit

    Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein said the bank would have hubs in Frankfurt and Paris after Brexit and that it would be up to the staff to decide where they want to move to from London.

    Blankfein has visited Frankfurt and Paris over the past few weeks as the Wall Street bank pushes ahead with its plans to cope with Britain's exit from the EU.

    Britain is currently home to most of Goldman Sachs's European operations, where it has around 6 000 employees. – Nampa/Reuters

    Glencore flags issues in accounting practices in DRC

    Glencore Plc said it had identified material weaknesses in the internal controls for financial reporting at Katanga Mining Ltd, in which the London-listed miner has a majority.

    Glencore nominated three new directors to the board of Katanga, which operates mines in Democratic Republic of Congo.

    It said the review did not have a material impact on Glencore's consolidated income or cash flow and said it would take steps in Katanga's copper department to strengthen accounting practices. – Nampa/Reuters

    More time to settle Samarco mine disaster claim

    Mining giant BHP has been given more time by a Brazilian court to negotiate the settlement of a massive claim over the fatal Samarco mine collapse.

    Samarco, co-owned by BHP and Brazil's Vale, is facing a 155 billion reals (US$47.6 billion) legal claim for clean-up costs and damages after the 2015 tragedy in which 19 people died in one of the South American nation's worst environmental disasters.

    "Samarco, Vale, BHP Brasil and the federal prosecutors have... requested, and the 12th Federal Court has approved, an additional 150 days, ending on 20 April 2018, for the parties to continue negotiations for the settlement of the public civil claims," BHP said in a statement. – Nampa/AFP

    BP seeks stake in Cairn Energy

    Oil exploration company Cairn Energy is in talks with BP to sell a 30% stake in its deepwater SNE field offshore Senegal, which could be valued at around US$600 million, banking sources and a Senegal oil ministry source said.

    Oil majors have been increasingly homing in on the waters off Senegal, as well as neighbours Mauritania and Gambia, where they suspect hundreds of millions of barrels lie.

    Senegal and Mauritania are two areas BP is targeting over the next decade and it plans to spend billions in the Tortue LNG project which is expected to produce its first gas in 2021. – Nampa/Reuters

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    Oshikoto's cc candidates confirmedOshikoto's cc candidates confirmed The Swapo extraordinary regional conference for Oshikoto finally took place on Monday after months of postponements.

    The conference elected deputy environment minister Tommy Nambahu, Quito Mulunga, Vauezua Kasiringua and Inge David as the region's candidates for the Swapo Central Committee.

    This week's Swapo congress will elect the top four leadership of the party as well as the members of the 70-strong Central Committee, which is the highest decision-making body between congresses. Swapo's regional coordinator for Oshikoto Armas Amukwiyu had complained about 'unfair' treatment of the region's candidates for the Central Committee election. The names of the five candidates were submitted to Swapo secretary-general Nangolo Mbumba's office on 18 August for vetting but the process took longer than expected.

    According to Amukwiyu, they were only recently informed by Mbumba's office that the delay was caused by questions raised over the nominations of Nambahu and Mulunga at branch level.

    Amukwiyu said the two branches yet again endorsed the two as their candidates to the CC paving the way for the holding of the extraordinary conference.

    The four candidates, however, have less time to campaign as the elective congress of the ruling party kicks off tomorrow in Windhoek. “All this blame must be attributed to the SG's office.

    He is the one who made it difficult for the comrades to exercise their constitutional right which is to campaign.

    “We, however, remain positive,” Amukwiyu said.


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