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Pneumonia kills one child every 35 seconds

More children die annually from lung infection pneumonia than from HIV/Aids, diarrhoea and malaria combined. In numbers, this translates to one million children under the age of five globally every year. That is one child every 35 seconds with 99% of all deaths occurring in the developing world.
Yet pneumonia, which is also the leading cause of flu-related hospitalisations in the US, is not only preventable but also treatable.
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N$500 000 offered for copper theft

A reward of half a million Namibian dollar is offered for information leading to the arrest of suspects in the theft of a truckload of copper
According to a statement issued by the Walvis Bay Corridor Group, the full truckload of copper was last seen in the vicinity of Walvis Bay on Sunday afternoon and on Monday before it disappeared.
The copper was destined for the international markets.
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RELIEF: Farmers in the Oshana Region are hopeful after good rains in the past few days. The picture shows one of the mahangu fields at Omayanga village in the Okatana Constituency. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED Read more about mahangu


Geingob says the role of laws must change

President Hage Geingob, speaking at the official opening of the 2016 legal year, said the role of the law in the country has to change.
The president stressed at the function held the Supreme Court building in Windhoek that Namibian laws that have the backing of the much acclaimed Constitution must be transformative, contributing to socio-economic development.
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Unam enrols 14-year-old Malawian

The University of Namibia has enrolled its youngest student yet, 14-year-old Brave Chibaka from Malawi.
The Malawian teen, who turns 15 on March 3, has already started attending his pre-engineering classes.
Chibaka was the centre of attraction on social media last week as some students took pictures with him with captions expressing their astonishment.
Junior, as he is also known, was born in Lilongwe in 2001. He started school at the age of four and completed standard 12 last year in June, just after turning 14 years old.
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'Swapo acted unlawfully'

The long-awaited case involving four expelled Swapo youth leaders and the ruling party’s top leadership kicked off yesterday with lawyer Vincent Maleka wasting no time in defending the young politicians. The highly regarded South African senior counsel has been roped in to represent former Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) secretary Elijah Ngurare, land activists Job Amupanda, Dimbulukeni Nauyoma and George Kambala.
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Benefits of fatty fish outweigh mercury risk

The study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) was based on the autopsies of 286 people who died at an average age of 90.
Participants in the study began reporting their food intake via questionnaire on average nearly five years before their death.
Those who ate more seafood also had higher levels of mercury in the brain. But the autopsies showed no increasing signs of brain disease in those who had more mercury in the brain.
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Shot of the day

COOL OFF: It was a hot afternoon yesterday in Oshakati and Ongwediva before heavy rain started pouring and motorists had to drive slowly and carefully because of the downpour.
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Lofty goals for Oshana results

An education stakeholders meeting was held in Oshakati yesterday where various stakeholders in the education fraternity met to discuss the way forward after the region’s utterly disappointing 2015 Grade 12 results.
Addressing the crowd, Governor of Oshana Region, Clemens Kashuupulwa said although the current Grade 12 results are disappointing it should be seen as a motivational tool and encourage the stakeholders to do better.
Kashuupulwa said poor performing schools should do research on how and why other schools, which are performing well, get it right, and imitate them. Read more about Lofty goals for Oshana results


Kupferberg murder trail runs cold

The trail in the Kupferberg murder investigation has gone cold and the victim’s family are concerned that the case is not receiving the same attention from the police as other cases.
There are still no suspects or leads in connection with the murder of Marius Christo Mostert (44) who was killed in the Kupferberg area on June 24 last year.
The family offered a N$20 000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.
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