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Week in Review – 6 October 2017

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. 

Week in Review - 29 September 2017

Namibia is now ranked the seventh most competitive country in Africa. This places Namibia in the 90th position out of 137 economies. Meanwhile, Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein says that Namibia will establish an Infrastructure Fund by the end of October to finance current and future infrastructure and The City of Windhoek has established a Mayoral Relief fund to support vulnerable Windhoek communities to redress increased poverty levels. The Swakopmund Community on Tuesday, held a silent protest in-front of the Magistrate’s Court to show their disapproval regarding recent murders in town. And in Walvis Bay, the Namibian Police force will be tightening the screws on drunken driving has they prepare for the festive season.  
This week saw South Africa’s performance in the 2017/2018 World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index drop down 14 positions. According to the African News Agency, corruption, crime and theft, as well as government instability were cited as the primary reasons for the country’s drop. In light of the country’s economic decline; South Africans all round the country added their voice to the growing call for President Jacob Zuma to step down, The Congress of South African Trade Unions protested against corruption in the ANC as they went on strike; and for the first time, university and college students in South Africa will be able to access HIV prevention medication called Truvada. Truvada is an anti-ret-tro-viral pill that reduces the risk of contracting HIV by at least 90% if taken daily.  
Elsewhere in Africa, Angola’s new President, Joao Lourenco on Tuesday said that in the next five years his government will seek to set the inflation rate within acceptable and controllable limits. Ghana’ Economy on Wednesday began to show signs of recovery with higher petroleum production and better industry performance as the economy recorded a 9 percent growth in the second quarter. A government based in eastern Libya said today it would bar entry to U.S. citizens after President Donald Trump’s administration included the African County in a new travel ban and Ethiopia has granted amnesty for thousands of prisoners in celebration for the Ethiopian New Year.  
It was  historic week for woman in Saudi Arabia, as the long-standing driving ban was finally lifted, allowing Saudi Arabian women the right to drive from June 2018. China warned on Tuesday that any conflict on the Korean pe-nin-sula would have ‘no winners’ after North Korea accused US president Donald Trump of declaring war on it. US Republicans have fallen short yet again in their seven year drive to repeal Obamcare and Interpol has approved the Palestinian Authority’s membership.  
And finally, Hugh Hefner dies at age 91.   

Week in Review - 22 September 2017

The biggest news story of the week, at least according to the internet, happened when US President Donald Trump mispronounced Namibia, twice! Nambia was trending with talkshow hosts and everyday Joes alike mocking the man, while some very entertaining memes were created and the old mystery of Covfefe also re-emerged.
In real news, hopes of some interest rate relief being given to us by the Bank of Namibia became a lot slimmer after the South African Reserve Bank decided to maintain their rate unchanged at 6.75%, meanwhile at a presentation by Economic Association of Namibia Executive Klaus Schade it was revealed that a total of 129 644 Namibians have lost their jobs since 2014 due to the drought and global financial recession. In other local news it was revealed that government wants Namwater to pay the N$ 600 million outstanding for the construction of the Neckertal Dam as the dam will eventually be on their books, Swakopmund is considering passing a by-law to compel shops to only stock re-usable shopping bags, the Benguela Wind Power Demonstration Plant was inaugurated in Luderitz and will supply a total rated power of 10.5 kW to the Benguela shanty housing area of !Nami#nus, and wage negotiations between the Construction Industries Federation of Namibia and the Metal and Allied Namibian Workers Union have deadlocked.
In South Africa, outspoken member of parliament Makhosi Khoza announced that she was revoking her ANC membership but denied that she was joining the opposition Democratic Alliance or planning to start her own party, Kwazulu Natal is being faced with a measles outbreak, fewer than 50% of Capetonians are sticking to the level 5 water restrictions that requires them to use no more than 87 litres of water a day, the right to die is back in the news as a Joburg doctor and one of her patients filed a joint application to the South Gauteng High Court, and former African Union Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was sworn in as a member of parliament – a step many see as making it easier for her to successfully bid to become the country's next president in two years time.
There was really good news for Africa as it was announced that makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills containing state of the art medicine following a deal that will see prices being capped at just $75 (or about N$1000) per patient a year. Still in Africa, Libya's coast guard rescued over 3000 people from the Mediterranean, there are increased fears over the health of veteran Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, demonstrations are mounting in Uganda over a move to change the constitution to allow President Yoweri Museveni to serve another term, and it is reported that international traffickers have changed their tactics and are now processing rhino horns into powder and trinkets prior to export – making it harder to detect.
Internationally weather remained in the news as Hurricane Maria pummelled Dominica and Peurto Rico while Hurrican Jose continued to move north over the Atlantic, there was tragedy in Mexico as the second earthquake struck within a two week period, this time killing over 270 people, including at least 20 children in a school that collapsed due to the quake. 
The United Nations 72nd General Assembly was also in the news quite a bit this week, from Donald Trump's firebrand speech that was criticized by many, including Iran, North Korea, and even Sweden, to the fact that Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe appeared to sleep through it. 
It was also reported that the annual cost of bribery alone is between 1.5 and 2 trillion US Dollars, 40 million people around the world, mostly women and girls, were the victims of modern slavery last year, and if you have debt you may want to get rid of it as it has been found that financial woes can negatively affect your physical health.