Submitted by Sun Reporter2 on Thu, 2012-06-28 10:40
WINDHOEK - CORRY IHUHUA
Outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Namibia Wei Ruixing praised the Namibian Government and the country’s people for firmly committing to national development, scoring remarkable achievements in maintaining political stability and promoting economic growth.
“The government has also improved people’s livelihood, while it had constantly pursued an independent foreign policy, worked actively to uphold the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries and made a significant contribution to promoting peace and development in Africa,” he said. Read more about China praises Namibia on its progress
Submitted by Sun Reporter2 on Thu, 2012-06-28 10:35
WINDHOEK - FRED GOEIEMAN
Alleged rapist Mathias Aibeb, who is said to be suffering from a mental condition called chronic schizophrenia, was yesterday directed by Judge Nate Ndauendapo to be detained in a psychiatric hospital as a State President's patient.
The referral was made at a pre-trial conference in the Windhoek High Court. Earlier, the defence counsel’s psychiatric assessment conducted in April this year found that Aibeb committed four counts of rape under a diseased state of mind and that he had no appreciation of the wrongfulness of his actions.
Submitted by Sun Reporter2 on Thu, 2012-06-28 10:33
WINDHOEK - FAITH SANKWASA
The SWAPO Party Women’s Council (SPWC) that was dragged before the Labour Commissioner for the alleged unfair suspension of their office administer, Josephina Jonas, has appealed for the postponement of the case.
SPWC Secretary Petrina Haingura, who is also the Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, launched an appeal when the matter was set to be heard before Arbitrator Fabiola Katjivene at the Labour Commission offices yesterday.
Haingura requested a postponement until July 11, saying she needed time to read through and familiarise herself with some documents relating to the matter between the SPWC and Jonas, in which she claims she was suspended over unfounded claims and is yet to appear before a disciplinary committee. Read more about SPWC in endless labour dispute
Submitted by Sun Reporter2 on Thu, 2012-06-28 10:10
WINDHOEK - FAITH SANKWASA
During his visit to Windhoek, the Botswana president this week showed an interest in how Namibia handles its diamond sales and processing based on his knowledge of Botswana’s approach to its own diamond industry.
Botswana President Ian Khama yesterday visited the Namibia Diamond Trading Company (NDTC) with the aim of comparing the way Namibia sorts, values and sells its rough diamonds compared to the Diamond Trading Company of Botswana (DTCB).
The NDTC, which was formed in 2007, is a joint venture between the Government of Namibia (GRN) and De Beers that is part of a sorting, valuing and marketing agreement. The key focus of the NDTC is to develop a sustainable national downstream diamond industry in Namibia. Read more about Botswana President looks at Nam diamonds
Submitted by Sun Reporter2 on Thu, 2012-06-28 10:07
BRUSSELS - NAMPA/AFP
The European Union's executive arm yesterday approved a Euro 4,5-billion package of Spanish state aid and a Euro 19-billion guarantee from Madrid for troubled Bankia.
"The European Commission has temporarily approved, under EU state aid rules, a conversion of existing state-owned preference shares of 4,465 billion Euros into equity and a liquidity guarantee amounting to Euros 19 billion in favour of the Spanish BFA group and its subsidiary Bankia," said a statement.
"Spain has committed to provide a restructuring plan for BFA and Bankia within six months.
"The approved aid does not include announced capital injections sought by BFA and which are currently under assessment by the Spanish authorities," it added. Read more about EU approves Spanish state aid
Submitted by Sun Reporter2 on Thu, 2012-06-28 09:05
TRIPOLI - NAMPA/AFP
Libyan medics and officials on Tuesday denied claims by the lawyer of Al Baghdadi al-Mahmudi, Muammar Gaddafi's last premier, that he was beaten and hospitalised after his extradition from neighbouring Tunisia.