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Week in Review – 13 October 2017

Namibia’s hippo population declined in numbers this week. According to the Deputy Chief of Animal Dieses Control in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Forestry, John Shooplala, the death of more than 100 hippopotami and 20 buffalos in the Bwabwata National Park was due to anthrax. Anthrax is a controlled disease by law which means that if it occurs, it is the responsibility of the State to direct the actions which need to be taken.  The hippo population was estimated at 1300 before the latest deaths. In other news, principles at some schools expressed their concern regarding the new national passing requirement of 40% for Grade 8 pupils that Government implemented this year. The Ministry of Health and Social Services on Tuesday observed World Mental Health Day Under the theme, ‘Mental Health in the workplace’, while on Thursday, the world celebrated international Sight Day under the theme, ‘Make Vision Count’. 
There was sad news for South Africa as Kwa-Zulu Natal faced severe storms killing at least seven people. While on Thursday, the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Ministry warned disaster teams to stay alert in all provinces as thunderstorms are expected to return over the weekend. The charges against an Eastern Cape mother accused of stabbing a man to death and injuring two others after finding them raping her 27-year-old daughter have been withdrawn. According to the National Prosecuting Authority, the senior public prosecutor took a decision not to prosecute the mother, based on the evidence provided. And Friday Morning the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein dismissed an application for leave to appeal the North Gauteng High Courts decision reinstating corruption charges against South African President Jacob Zuma. Newsflash reports that around 800 corruption charges are all related to a 1990s arms deal. 
Kenya’s re-election took an interesting turn when opposition leader, Raila Odinga on Wednesday pulled out of the rerun of the August presidential elections. Odinga says his withdrawal would hopefully give the electoral commission enough time to introduce reforms that will help deliver a more credible election. While is Cameroon, prominent lawyer from Cameroon’s English Speaking minority will stand in next year’s presidential election. This comes days after deadly clashes involving the Anglophone community. 
Speaking during an event that marked the 15th World Day Against the Death Penalty, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an end to the death penalty, insisting it has no place in the 21st, century. British lawmakers joined medical marijuana advocates for a tea party outside parliament on Tuesday, amid renews efforts in parliament to legalize the drug for medical purposes. Organizers served tea and cakes containing cannabis to stimulate crucial public debate on the need to allow access to the drug for patients suffering chronic pain conditions.  And a volcano in southwestern Japan erupted for the first time in six years on Thursday morning.
In other News, Hollywood was shaken by news of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who was accused of sexually harassing women for nearly three decades Weinstein was on Monday fired by the board of his company. This has lead to both the United States and the United Kingdom police investigating Weinstein; starting with allegation assaults as far back as the 1980s. 
And finally, Thailand introduced a smoking ban on beaches across the country. Those caught violating the law face up to a year in prison. The measure will also apply at the popular tourist destination of Phuket. 

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.