Week in Review – 6 October 2017

Category: News Blog
Published on Saturday, 07 October 2017 08:00
The week started off on a shocking note when a gunman, Stephan Paddock killed at least 58 people at a Las Vegas country music festival in an early Monday morning shooting. More than 520 others were hurt in the massacre, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Las Vegas Police were able to find Paddock’s room at Mandalay Bay when the smoke detectors went off due to the amount of gun smoke, according to the Washington Post. When they arrived, Paddock was dead following an apparent suicide.  Police are sill investigating Paddocks motive. 
Locally, President Hage Geingob has accorded late Kunene Governor, Angelika Muharukua, a hero’s funeral and on Friday Morning, the President signed three bills into the law: The Whistleblower Protection Act; Witness Protection Bill of 2017; and the Namibian Time Act. Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa on Monday inaugurated a five person appeal board as per the annual Animal Health Act 01 of 2011; and the Ministry of Health and Social Services released the recently completed report of Namibia’s Fifth Round of Health Accounts for the 2014/2015 financial year. According to the report, Government’s allocation of resources increased considerably over the last 13 years. The increase was from N$2.2 Billion in the 2001/2002 financial year to over N$12 billion in 2014/2015 financial year.
Cape Towns World of Birds, the largest sanctuary of it kind in Africa, has been hit by avian influenza. Since the outbreak, Namibia reintroduced a complete ban on poultry products from South Africa; while Fin24 reports that petrol prices in South Africa will increase by between 25 and 29 cents per litre and diesel by 42 cents per litre, with the central Energy Fund explaining that the increases were caused by the rising global prices for petrol and diesel. 
Elsewhere in Africa, rape and sexual slavery are being used as weapons of war by armed groups in the Central African Republic, according to the New Humans rights report. Administrators have closed Kenya’s oldest university indefinitely, citing fears for students’ safety in a planned protest over police beatings at a campus demonstration while a Botswana transgender man has won a 10-year-battle to be legally recognized as male in a landmark ruling that could boost minority rights in the conservative nation.
Internationally, Health officials met on Wednesday in France to commit to ways in preventing cholera deaths by 2030. This comes as Yemen continues to fight one of the worst cholera outbreaks on record. Australia will soon be able to instantly access a national database of faces to cross-reference with CCTV images of suspected terrorists and other criminals. The two woman accused of killing the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un pleaded not guilty to murder charges in Malaysian court on Monday; US President Donald trump told Puerto Rican officials they should be very proud that hundreds of people haven’t died after Hurricane Maria as they did in what he describes as ‘a real catastrophe’ like 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.