Fairy tale start for Eagles at T20 World Cup

The Eagles produced one of the shocks of the tournament at the opening match of the 2022 Twenty-Twenty (T20) World Cup match when they stunned Sri Lanka by 55 runs in Geelong, Australia on Sunday.

Freshly crowned Asian champions Sri Lanka, who are ranked eighth in the world T20 rankings, won the toss and elected to field first, with the Eagles (ranked 14th) posting 163 runs for seven wickets (163/7) in their allocated 20 overs.

Namibia got off to a poor start as they lost openers Michael van Lingen and Divan la Cock early in their innings before the duo of Jan Frylinck and Johannes Smit forged a 70-run stand to set a challenging 164-run target for Sri Lanka.

Frylinck scored 44 from 28 while Smit hit 31 from 16 not out. Jan Loftie-Eaton (20), Stephen Baard (26) and captain Gerard Erasmus (20) also contributed with crucial runs.

The bowlers then took over, with Ben Shikongo taking two wickets for a maiden in the fourth over, which proved to be the turning point of the game.

He removed Pathum Nissanka and Danushka Gunathilaka off consecutive deliveries, forcing the Sri Lankan batters to start playing mistimed shots and getting caught.

He was aided by David Wiese, Bernard Scholtz and Frylinck who collected two wickets apiece while Smit chipped in with one.

Sri Lanka were bundled out for 108 runs with 6 balls to spare.

Frylinck was named man of the match and paid tribute to his teammates, saying what they achieved is above what they thought they could do.

Captain Erasmus said it was a special and incredible journey for the team from last year which was a special experience topped up with a great win.

“Opening day has really been special for us and we want to kick it off from here and qualify for the next stage, where there is a bigger picture as well,” he said.

He paid tribute to Pierre De Bruyne, who he said has turned this whole ship around by installing a winning culture despite the limited resources in Namibia in terms of player pools.

The Eagles play The Netherlands on Tuesday, 18 October before facing United Arab Emirates on Thursday in a bid to qualify for the Super 12 Competition.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Wheelchair racers win medals at Outeniqua Chair Challenge

Five Namibian wheelchair racers on Saturday won four medals for the country at the Outeniqua Chair Challenge (OCC) held in George, South Africa.

The wheelchair challenge, a unique event for disabled athletes in South Africa, saw athletes from as far as Namibia and Zimbabwe challenging for silverware in the mountainous town.

The Namibia Paralympic Committee (NPC) sent five athletes to compete against other athletes racing in wheelchairs, adapted bicycles, hand cycles, basketball chairs and ordinary wheelchairs.

Gabriel Nghiishililwa, Modestu Simon and Lukas Ndahangwapo competed in the hand cycling event while Roodley Gowaseb and Nico Kharuxab competed in the wheelchair category.

Namibia’s medals came from Ndahangwapo who won a bronze in the 41km hand cycling and Gowaseb walking away with a silver medal in the 41km wheelchair race. Kharuxab and Simon won gold medals in the 21km wheelchair and hand cycling events respectively.

The only athlete who missed out on a medal was Ngiishililwa who finished fourth in the 41km hand cycling race.

For winning medals in their respective categories, the athletes walked away with prize monies ranging from N.dollars 7 000 to N.dollars 1 500.

In an interview with Nampa after the race, Gowaseb said his goal was to race a London marathon time but due to weather conditions that was not possible.

“The track we raced on suited me well but due to the rainy conditions I struggled with grip and could not race the time I had planned. I will try again as my goal is to qualify for one of those big marathons as well as represent my country at the Paralympics,” he said.

Meanwhile Michael Hamukwaya, the secretary general of the NPC said the OCC was good exposure for the racers.

“The NPC is still struggling with equipment. We also want to have female athletes representing the country at these races,” he said, adding that the federation needs wheelchairs and the one currently in use is in need of servicing.

Hamukwaya stated that the cycling team is growing and the NPC continues to struggle with transportation.

“The NPC needs a car that has a trailer. This will allow athletes to travel early for competitions and comfortably, not having chairs and athletes arranged in the same bus which we do most of the time,” said Hamukwaya.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Macron vows to follow up French energy giant Total’s oil exploration in Lebanon

French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday promised to follow up French energy giant Total’s oil and gas exploration in Lebanon to ensure its continuous work, a statement by Lebanon’s Presidency reported.

‘You can count on Total’s commitments; I will follow up on the matter,’ Macron said in a phone call with his Lebanese counterpart Michel Aoun.

The leaders of Lebanon and Israel announced Tuesday that the two countries had agreed to resolve a decades-long dispute over their maritime boundary in the eastern Mediterranean.

On Thursday, Aoun announced Lebanon’s approval of the final version of the agreement proposed by the US energy envoy Amos Hochstein to demarcate maritime borders with Israel.

The agreement, a copy of which was seen by Xinhua, grants Total exploration rights at the Qana gas field.

According to the agreement, Qana would be located mostly inside Lebanon, although Total will share some profits with Israel.

For his part, President Aoun emphasised the importance of signing the border demarcation agreement in order to begin drilling operations and then the extraction of oil and gas.

XINHUA

2 (TEHRAN, 16 OCT, XINHUA) – The spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) said yesterday that uranium enrichment constitutes only part of Iran’s nuclear activities, but ‘enemies’ seek to solely highlight it.

Making the remarks in an address to a meeting, Behrouz Kamalvandi added the country has done good work in the fields of producing radiopharmaceuticals and agriculture, according to the AEOI’s website.

He noted that the ‘enemies’ do not want Iran to enter the nuclear industry at all and as a result, they seek to make the world believe that Tehran is after other objectives through its nuclear activities.

The AEOI spokesman said the United States claim that foodstuff and medicine are not in the list of sanctions on Iran is a ‘lie’.

The radiopharmaceuticals and even an Iranian producer of radiopharmaceuticals are sanctioned, he said.

In September, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a report that it was ‘not in a position to provide assurance that Iran’s nuclear programme is exclusively peaceful’ and that ‘no progress’ has been made in resolving questions about the past traces of nuclear material in Iran’s ‘three undeclared sites’.

XINHUA

3 (BEIJING, 16 OCT, AFP) – Chinese President Xi Jinping today hailed his Communist Party’s zero Covid policies and graft crackdown as he opened a five-yearly Congress at which thousands of delegates were set to rubberstamp his bid to rule for a historic third term.

Xi walked onstage to thunderous applause from the roughly 2 300 hand-picked attendees who had gathered at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People for the event.

In an opening address lasting about 100 minutes, Xi promoted and defended a wide range of policies under his rule and said the Congress was taking place at a ‘critical moment’ for the country.

Xi celebrated the party’s continued efforts to eradicate Covid – which are placing heavy curbs on people’s lives and is hammering the nation’s economy – as a major achievement.

He said the approach had ‘protected people’s safety and health to the highest degree’.

Xi also highlighted as a success his graft crackdown, which has seen thousands of people jailed and critics have said has been used to crush dissent and opposition to his rule.

AFP

4 (GUANAJUATO, 16 OCT, AFP) – Twelve people were killed yesterday in a shooting attack in a bar in the city of Irapuato, in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato, the municipal government said.

Local authorities ‘confirmed the death of six men and six women’ as well as three injured people in a statement, which did not specify the identity of attackers or their motives.

AFP

5 (LONDON, 16 OCT, PA MEDIA/DPA) – British Home Secretary Suella Braverman has unveiled plans for a major crackdown on the kinds of protests favoured by climate activists – as she pledged to stop demonstrators holding the public ‘to ransom’.

The home secretary said she will give the police new powers to take a more ‘proactive’ approach to some protests, with some of the measures specifically targeted at the tactics used by some environmental groups.

Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion activists have staged various protests and demonstrations in recent months, causing disruption to commuters and traffic in central London.

Braverman had already voiced her opposition to the type of protest favoured by some environmental activists, telling the Tory conference earlier this month there is ‘not a human right to vandalise property’.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Kondjashili, Haitope continue Street Mile dominance

Kephas Kondjashili claimed his fifth consecutive Erongo Power Save Omaruru Street Mile title after beating a star-studded field in a time of four minutes, 32.4 seconds (04:32.04s) on Saturday.

The Namibian Police Force runner came first ahead of Navachab half marathon winner Paulus Daniel of Namibia Correctional Service (NCS), who clocked 04:34.03s ahead of third-placed teammate Thomas Reinhold, who clocked 04:34.05s.

This was the ninth edition of the Omaruru Street Mile race, which sees runners compete over 1.6 kilometres.

The race took place in cloudy, cool weather and saw a total of 1 296 athletes participate, including runners from Orapa Athletics Club from Botswana, whose top elite runner Matshiwa Raokgwatile came seventh.

Kondjashili led from start to finish, breaking away from the pack with 300 meters left to win the race comfortably.

In the women’s race, NamPol’s Lavinia Haitope claimed top honours as she eased home in a time of 04:51.40s ahead of Oshana’s Angela Tulika, who clocked 05:03.02s.

This was the third time in a row that Haitope has won this race following her victories in 2018 and 2019.

The race was making a return after being absent for two years due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Third place went to NCS’ Indileni Mweshamakenga who had a time of 05:52.30s.

Speaking to Nampa at the end of the race, Kondjashili said the race was competitive as the line-up was strong and everyone wanted to win.

“The guys made it difficult for me to win my fifth title. Next year, I might not participate because I have dominated this race a lot,” he said.

Haitope said the race was easy for her as she was comfortable from start to finish.

“It was training for me as I am preparing for the All Africa Games next year. The weather was good and made racing enjoyable. This was my last race of the season, I will take a break and start my fitness training next month,” she said.

There were prizes for the top seven in both the male and female categories. The winners walked away with N.dollars 5 000 each, with the runners-up pocketing N.dollars 3 000 and third place receiving N.dollars 1 500.

A total of 10 categories were up for grabs, with Larsen Kasibu winning the junior men’s race and Frans Nyangukweni winning the junior women’s race.

Beata Naigambo won the women’s veterans category and Sakaria Shifotoka won the men’s veterans category.

The masters and primary schools competitions also provided some entertaining competitions.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

FMD confirmed in Zambezi

The Directorate of Veterinary Services inthe Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform has warned farmers and the general public about a Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak that was confirmed on 13 October 2022 in the Kabbe South Constituency of the Zambezi Region.

Chief Veterinary Officer Albertina Musilika-Shilongo in a media statement on Sunday said a farmer notified the Katima Mulilo State Veterinary office about a few heads of cattle with indicative clinical signs of FMD on 09 October.

‘Following outbreak investigation by veterinary officials a total of 14 clinical cases out of 230 head of cattle were found with healing lesions consistent with FMD,’ she said.

In line with the Animal Health Act of 2011, the Kabbe South and Kabbe North constituencies have been declared FMD-infected areas and the entire Zambezi Region declared a disease management area.

Musilika-Shilongo said for the next 14 days intensified FMD surveillance aimed at establishing the extent of the outbreak is underway.

After 14 days the control measures will be reviewed and the public will be notified accordingly.

(NAMPA)

SH/AS

2 (NAIROBI, 16 OCT, AFP) – The African Union on Sunday called on the warring parties in Ethiopia’s conflict to ‘recommit’ to peace talks, as violence intensifies in the embattled Tigray region.

The city of Shire in northwest Tigray has been bombarded for several days in a joint offensive by Ethiopian and Eritrean troops, with civilian casualties reported in the push against rebels from the war-torn region.

The International Rescue Committee, an aid organisation delivering relief to stricken Tigray, announced on Saturday that one of its staff was among three civilians killed in an attack in Shire.

UN chief Antonio Guterres has joined the United States and other Western powers in expressing grave concern over the worsening violence and its impact on civilians, and called on both sides to negotiate peace.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government, and the Tigrayan authorities, have accepted an AU invitation to talk, but negotiations scheduled to start last weekend in South Africa failed to take place.

AU Commission chair Moussa Faki Mahamat said the escalating violence was of ‘grave concern’.

AFP

3 (TEHRAN, 16 OCT, AFP) – The fire that broke out in Iran’s Evin prison in Tehran overnight killed four inmates and left 61 others injured, the judicial authority said on its website Sunday.

‘Four prisoners died due to smoke inhalation caused by the fire and 61 were injured,’ Mizan Online reported, adding that four of the injured were in ‘serious condition’.

The four inmates who died in the fire ‘had been convicted of robbery and were serving their sentence in Evin prison,’ Mizan said.

Iran has been rocked by weeks of protests since 22-year-old Masha Amini’s death was announced on September 16, three days after she was arrested by morality police in Tehran for allegedly violating the country’s strict dress code for women.

Flames and a plume of smoke rose over the prison in Tehran’s north, where some of those detained during the demonstrations over Amini’s death in custody have reportedly been sent.

AFP

4 (VATICAN CITY, 16 OCT, AFP) – Pope Francis said the need to reform the United Nations was ‘more than obvious’ after the Covid-19 pandemic and the Ukraine war exposed its limits, in an extract of his new book published Sunday.

The Argentine pontiff said Russia’s February invasion of Ukraine highlighted the need to ensure the current multilateral structure — especially the UN Security Council — finds ‘more agile and effective ways of resolving conflicts’.

‘In wartime, it is essential to affirm that we need more multilateralism and a better multilateralism,’ but the UN is no longer fit for ‘new realities’, he added in an extract published by La Stampa daily.

The organisation was founded to prevent the horrors of two World Wars from happening again, but although the threat represented by those conflicts was still alive, ‘today’s world is no longer the same’, said Francis.

‘The necessity of these reforms became more than obvious after the pandemic’ when the current multilateral system ‘showed all its limits’, he added.

AFP

5 (WASHINGTON, 16 OCT, AFP) – President Joe Biden has ‘no plans’ to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at a November G20 summit in Indonesia, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Sunday.

Biden ‘has no plans to meet with the crown prince at the G20 summit,’ Sullivan told CNN, speaking as already stormy US-Saudi relations have been further strained by Riyadh’s support for oil production cuts.

The planned cuts have infuriated Washington, with Biden warning on Tuesday of unspecified ‘consequences.’

The move last week by OPEC+ — composed of the Riyadh-led OPEC cartel and an additional group of 10 exporters headed by Russia — would reduce global output by up to two million barrels per day from November.

It could send energy prices soaring amid an energy crisis triggered by the war in Ukraine, and as inflation-weary American voters prepare to cast ballots in midterm elections.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Adrian’s family appeals for justice

The family of the murdered six-year-old Adrian Myne Oswyn are appealing for justice following the gruesome murder and mutilation of their son.

Speaking to Nampa at their family home in Karibib’s Harambee informal settlement, family spokesperson Sydney Seibeb called on anyone with information related to Oswyn’s death to contact the police in order to bring the perpetrators to justice.

‘While we wait for the DNA results from the police, we are calling on anyone who knows anything to come forward. When the results come, we will announce the funeral arrangements, but definitely, the burial will be here in Karibib,’ Seibeb said.

Nampa visited the family on Friday when a group of mourners, mostly women, gathered at the family home, and were later joined by the mayor of the town Davey Van Wyk who shared similar sentiments.

‘As a town and community, we are shocked at what happened. We did not expect something as gruesome as this to happen here. We are keeping this family in our prayers to help them through these difficult times. To the perpetrators, you can run, but you cannot hide, the long arm of the law will catch up with you!’ he said.

He added that the council meeting held last week delegated him to assess the needs of the family, hence his visit to the family before reporting back to the council who will then decide what help they can render.

Van Wyk said Karibib is normally a quiet town hence the shock, but they are in the process of making some security improvements in informal settlements like Harambee.

‘We have allocated land to NamPol to build a satellite police station and increase their visibility in the informal settlement. We have also spoken to Navachab Gold Mine who have given us a high mast which we will use to bring electricity and provide lights at night. This will hopefully deter criminals,’ he said.

Meanwhile, Oswyn’s mother says she will remember her son as a very active and inquisitive boy who will be missed by his family and friends.

Oswyn went missing after his grandfather escorted him halfway to his mother’s house, after visiting the former the previous day.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Close to 700 000 Namibians food insure in late 2021: Schlettwein

The Namibia Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis report of 2021 revealed that about 658 588 people were at risk of food insecurity between October 2021 and December 2021.

The same report also highlighted that the Oshana Region had the lowest number of food insecure people which were estimated at 20 266 people.

Minister of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform Calle Schlettwein said this during the commemoration of World Food Day in the Uukwiyuushona Constituency of the Oshana Region on Saturday.

This year the day was commemorated under the theme ‘Leave no one behind. Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life for all.’

The minister stated that malnutrition remains a major development concern, affecting all regions of the country and impacting the most vulnerable segments of the population.

(NAMPA)

2 (NAIROBI,17 OCT, AFP) – Authorities in Ethiopia’s rebel-held Tigray region announced Sunday they would respect a ceasefire as fighting intensified in the country’s war-torn north, and the African Union called for an immediate truce.

International concern is growing around the fate of Shire, a city of 100,000 people in northwest Tigray, where Ethiopian and Eritrean troops have launched a joint offensive and civilian casualties have been reported.

UN chief Antonio Guterres has joined the United States and other Western powers in voicing alarm over the worsening violence and called for a peaceful settlement to ‘this catastrophic conflict’.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government and the Tigrayan authorities have accepted an AU invitation to talk, but negotiations set for last weekend in South Africa failed to materialise and no new date has been announced.

On Sunday, AU Commission chair Moussa Faki Mahamat urged the warring sides to ‘recommit to dialogue as per their agreement to direct talks to be convened in South Africa’.

AFP

3 (TEHRAN,17 OCT, AFP) – The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards accused the West of a cultural ‘invasion’ of Iranian schools, amid protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody.

Iran has been rocked by demonstrations since the death of 22-year-old Amini was announced on September 16, after her arrest for allegedly violating the country’s strict dress code for women.

The street violence has led to dozens of deaths, mostly of protesters but also members of the security forces, and gatherings have been reported in schools across the country.

‘The riots are a path that has come from strategic think tanks in America and England which has spread to our classrooms,’ Major General Hossein Salami was quoted as saying on the Guards’ Sepah News website.

‘Today the enemy has opened a new area of cultural, political and security invasion… this is the most complex and mysterious battlefield where the enemy has a serious presence,’ he said.

AFP

4 (ATHENS, 17 OCT, AFP) – Ninety-two migrants were found almost naked and bruised after allegedly being forced across the Evros river from Turkey into Greece, Athens said Sunday.

EU border agency Frontex confirmed to AFP the arrival of the group in circumstances which the Greek ministry for civil protection said sent out an ‘inhuman image.’

‘The Frontex officers reported that the migrants were found almost naked and some of them with visible injuries,’ said Paulina Bakula, spokeswoman for the organisation.

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said in a tweet that it was ‘deeply distressed by the shocking reports and images of 92 people, who were reported to have been found at the Greek-Turkish land border, stripped of their clothes’.

Bakula, speaking from Frontex’s Warsaw HQ, said Frontex officers worked with Greek authorities to provide the migrants — mainly Afghans and Syrians — with immediate assistance.

AFP

5 (DOHA, 17 OCT, AFP) – Qatar said Sunday that more than 1.5 million people have applied for the compulsory pass for the football World Cup, that begins on November 20.

Saad Al-Suwaidi, head of the Hayya pass service, said that between 1.5 million and 1.7 million people have so far applied for the card, that acts as a visa, match ticket, transport ticket and gives access to some fan zones.

All travellers to Qatar will need the pass to enter from November 1, whether they intend to watch a game or not.

Qatar has said it expects more than one million foreign visitors, as well as hundreds of thousands of domestic fans.

International supporters have to apply for the pass after buying tickets and securing accommodation.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency