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Hepatitis: A silent killer

Yesterday was World Hepatitis Day, a viral condition that describes various infections of the liver. Viral hepatitis infection affects 400 million people worldwide – more than ten times the number of people affected by HIV. Yet at present, just one in 20 people with viral hepatitis know they are infected, and only one in 100 with the disease is being treated.
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Hippos in dire straits

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism yesterday started a week-long assessment in the Zambezi Region to investigate the condition of hippos and crocodiles in the drying rivers for possible relocation.
The ministry is especially looking at the condition of the hippos in a tributary of the already-dry Linyanti River in the Bamunu Conservancy where more than a 100 hippos are stranded.
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Total truck ban at night opposed

Trucks will not be banned from driving at night due to the economic impact it will have on the country, but it has been decided that the industry should implement a self-regulatory system.
This was decided at the National Dialogue on the Regulation of Heavy Motor Vehicles and Conditions of Employment of Truck Drivers in Namibia that took place this week.
The chairperson of the Namibia Road Safety Council (NRSC), Eliphas !Owos-ôab, said a lengthy discussion took place to reach a compromise on how to regulate these issues.
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State spent N$60m on Caprivi trial

Government has already forked out over N$60 million in legal aid for the Caprivi treason trial which finally ended last year after a marathon 16 years.
This was revealed by Attorney-General Sacky Shanghala this week during a discussion on human rights as part the country’s foreign-policy review conference in Windhoek.
According to Shanghala, a quarter of a billion dollars in “hard cash” were spent on just the Caprivi treason trial.
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Mennonite Brothers absolve Moussongela

An apparent internal investigation has exonerated self-styled pastor Pedro Marcelino Moussongela, the founder of the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Church in Namibia, from allegedly impregnating at least six female members of his church and another gullible woman.
Two members of the mission, the Namibian Petrus Titus Shimbango and Zimbabwean Ordious Chibalala, said in a media statement that the church was “highly surprised” by the allegations made in an article in the Namibian Sun of 31 March and decided to do “a thorough internal investigation”.
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Racist slurs should be hate speech

The latest annual report of the Office of the Ombudsman says racial name-calling that undermines equality in Namibia should be labelled as hate speech.
According to the report the Ombudsman will research the possibility of additional legalisation that will address behaviour that undermines equal dignity and hinders achieving equality in Namibia.
The report says that racial name-calling like ‘kaffir’, ‘boesman’, ‘hotnot’, ‘boer’, ‘monkey’ and ‘baboon’ is not prosecuted as racial discrimination but as crimen injuria.
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Brutal rapist Namiseb still free

The violent rapist Charles Namiseb is believed to still be walking the streets and posing a danger to the public, after he escaped from custody earlier in March.
On the day he was convicted of brutally attacking an elderly couple and violently raping the woman, Namiseb, 34, simply walked out of the Windhoek police station holding cells.
Rumours have been circulating that Namiseb has been arrested, but police spokesperson Slogan Matheus said yesterday that the police were still hunting for the convicted rapist.
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Shot of the day

HOT HOT SUMMER: A boy walks through a waterfall on 25 July 2016 while playing in the water at The Yards Park in Washington, DC, as a heat wave rolls across the area. Photo: NAMPA/AFP Read more about Shot of the day

Shot of the day

HOT HOT SUMMER: A boy walks through a waterfall on 25 July 2016 while playing in the water at The Yards Park in Washington, DC, as a heat wave rolls across the area. Photo: NAMPA/AFP Read more about Shot of the day

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