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A sea of plastic

Most seabirds have already eaten plastic in the oceans, and scientists projected this week that 99% will have done so by 2050.
Plastics are pervasive in the world’s waters due to pollution, and birds - including albatrosses, penguins and gulls - can mistake brightly coloured bottle tops or other fragments for food.
Birds can become sick and die if they ingest too much plastic.
Researchers reviewed studies on 135 bird species between 1962 and 2012 and then made projections based on the currently known level of plastics in the oceans.
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Peeing Swapo councillor apologises

More details have emerged about an incident at Okatope village in the Oshikoto Region two months ago when the councillor of the Onyaanya Constituency, Peter Kambala, was alleged to have peed in front of a shebeen following a heavy drinking bout that ended in the slight injury of one of his closest friends.
Although Kambala dismissed the allegations, the owner of the shebeen, Asser Nangolo, has now confirmed that Kambala did indeed pee in front of his business. He said Kambala apologised for what happened and he forgave him “as a comrade”.
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FlyAfrica will fly

The battle between Air Namibia and FlyAfrica Namibia yesterday continued with the national airline making a last-ditch attempt to stop the budget airline from making its first flights today by lodging an urgent High Court application.
FlyAfrica Namibia is a joint venture between Namibian-based Nomad Aviation and FlyAfrica Ltd; a Mauritius-based private equity aviation investment group. It is expected to make its first flight from Johannesburg to Windhoek today.
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Politburo stands by expulsions of SPYL youth

The Swapo Politburo has expressed confidence in its legal team to battle the legal challenge against the party’s decision to expel four of its youth league leaders.
The Conradie and Damaseb legal firm is representing the Swapo in the matter.
Addressing a press briefing yesterday Swapo Secretary-General Nangolo Mbumba urged party leaders and members to give the legal team their full cooperation.
“The (Politburo) expressed confidence in the ability and qualification of the team that is handling the case in its defence,” he said.
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Witnesses testify about abusive relationship in murder trial

A senior correctional officer has told the Windhoek High Court that convicted murderer Gerhard Komeya had abused his girlfriend before killing her.
Deputy Commissioner of Correctional Services Sam Ndeshipanda Franz testified in aggravation of sentence yesterday that the deceased, Kertu Maria Tunondjambi Sheehama, had phoned and told him about the life she had at home.
“She was not free. Could not even visit friends,” Franz said.
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Govt apologises for Oshivelo checkpoint chaos

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has apologised for the chaos that erupted at the Oshivelo Veterinary Checkpoint when hundreds of motorists were delayed for hours.
According to the ministry’s Acting Permanent Secretary, Abraham Nehemia, the delay was caused by the large number of travellers returning from the North after the school holidays, the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair and the Olufuko Festival.
“It was hell,” said Nehemia, describing the hectic situation at the checkpoint on Sunday.
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Zambezi woman blames nurses for newborn death

Siyemo Maseka from the Musanga area in the Zambezi Region told Nampa on Friday none of the four nurses on duty came to her aid when she went into labour on Sunday night.
Speaking to Nampa, she said the nurses refused to help her, leaving her to give birth on her own in the hospital’s Ward Two.
The 20-year-old Maseka says she was admitted at 22h00. The nurses apparently laughed at her while she was enduring labour pains, and left her alone. The young woman says she feels her baby daughter suffocated during delivery.
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Cash crunch for Paris climate conference

Key climate negotiations opened in Bonn yesterday with a top UN official warning there was not enough money to host a year-end Paris conference tasked with sealing a global carbon-curbing pact.
Addressing delegates, UN climate chief Christiana Figueres said there was insufficent "funding for participation for either the October session, which is already planned, or for the COP."
She was referring to the next scheduled negotiating round, and to the Conference of Parties, which takes place between November 30 and December 11.
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Shot of the day

ECSTATIC: Dortmund's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang makes a jump after scoring during the German first division Bundesliga football match Borussia Dortmund vs Hertha BSC in Dortmund, Germany, on Sunday. Photo: NAMPA/AFP Read more about Shot of the day

Agra weaner auctions at peak

With the late-winter veld conditions and looming drought, a high number of animals have been marketed at Agra’s weaner auctions as well as commercial auctions.
The auctions reached a peak volume with a total of 7 300 animals sold in the first week of August.
Weaner auctions that stood out were the Mariental auction that sold a record 1 397 weaners on August 6.
The Otjiwarongo weaner auction sold the most weaners for the season with a total of 2 454 cattle sold, followed by Grootfontein, where 2 019 weaners were sold.
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