Sony ‘unveils’ social-focused PS4

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Sony is sharing its PlayStation 4 with the world, but there was no word on price or availability, other than a fl ash on the screen saying “Coming holiday 2013”.
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The Japanese electronics giant unveiled their new gaming system this week, hyping the machine as a “supercharged PC” with the ability to effortlessly share interactive experiences, by instantly broadcasting video of gaming action or virtually handing out health potions to friends online.

“Today marks a moment of truth and a bold step forward for PlayStation,” said Andrew House, Chief Executive Officer of Sony Computer Entertainment. Read more about Sony ‘unveils’ social-focused PS4

More teams express dissatisfaction

The chorus of discontent with the Namibian Rugby Union’s (NRU) decision to shift the quarterfinal-round matches to Windhoek has grown. Lüderitz-based Ocean Swallows coach Niel Andrews expressed his club’s unhappiness and said that the NRU’s decision has affected the club adversely. “We have sent numerous emails to the NRU voicing our dissatisfaction with the decision but to no avail,” he said yesterday. “Our players are demoralised by the decision because they have worked hard to finish at the top of their respective leagues in order to secure a home quarterfinal-round playoff match. Read more about More teams express dissatisfaction

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'Massive' Paresis Cup battle this weekend

Teams will be going all out to claim the N$50 000 available to the winners of the Paresis Cup, which is taking place in Otjiwarongo this weekend. Football and netball teams from all 13 regions will be competing in this thrilling tournament. The tournament is sponsored by the Paresis Consortium, which donated N$100 000 for the football event and N$10 000 for the netball. This is the fourth time the tournament is taking place. According to tournament organiser, Marshall Gomeb, the tournament was borne out of a need to give aspiring stars a platform to shine. Read more about 'Massive' Paresis Cup battle this weekend

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WG claim netball honours

For the second consecutive year Windhoek Gymnasium (WG) were crowned the champions of the Under-19 Bank Windhoek Schools’ Netball Super League. The team beat Elnatan Private School in a final match filled with super netball action last weekend. The school’s Under-17 team also won their league two weekends ago. The girls beat Windhoek High School in the A Division semi-final match to proceed to the finals, where they faced the strong team of Elnatan Private School, who had beaten Tsumeb Gymnasium in the semi-finals in a closely contested match. Read more about WG claim netball honours

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Nkhatha will be fined - Baxter

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter confirmed after Tuesday’s win over Bloemfontein Celtic in South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) that striker Kingston Nkhatha will be fined by the club for faking an injury. Nkhatha was sent through on goal midway through Tuesday’s opening half but preferred to fall clumsily to the ground inside the area and pleaded for a penalty. The performance was feeble at best and Nkhatha failed to persuade referee Thabo Nkosi of an infringement, prompting Baxter to launch a scathing attack from the sideline on his striker. Read more about Nkhatha will be fined - Baxter

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365 Ebola deaths traced back to one healer

It has laid waste to the tribal chiefdoms of Sierra Leone, leaving hundreds dead, but the Ebola crisis began with just one healer's claims to special powers.
The outbreak need never have spread from Guinea, health officials revealed to AFP, except for a herbalist in the remote eastern border village of Sokoma.
"She was claiming to have powers to heal Ebola. Cases from Guinea were crossing into Sierra Leone for treatment," Mohamed Vandi, the top medical official in the hard-hit district of Kenema, told AFP.
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Pakistan army urges talks

Pakistan's powerful military called yesterday for talks to resolve a week-long political drama as tens of thousands of protesters marched on parliament in a bid to depose the prime minister.
Men, women and children of all ages staged a sit-in outside the parliament building after defying a government ban on entering Islamabad's "red zone", which houses key buildings including the official residences of the prime minister and the president and foreign embassies.
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Sub-Saharan Africa middle class growing

Sub-Saharan Africa has experienced substantial growth in its middle class over the past 14 years, according to a Standard Bank report released yesterday.
The report, 'Understanding Africa's Middle Class', found there were 15 million middle-class households in 11 of sub-Saharan Africa's top economies in 2014, up from 4.6 million in 2000 and 2.4 million in 1990.
This was an increase of 230% over 14 years.
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SA's banking sector is healthy - Sarb

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) on Tuesday it did not agree with the reasons given by Moody’s Investor Service (Moody's) to downgrade four of the country’s major commercial banks.
"The South African banking sector remains healthy and robust," SARB said in a statement disputing Moody's action.
Moody's downgraded Standard Bank, FirstRand, Absa and Nedbank and put them on review for further cuts, saying there was a lower likelihood of support from the reserve bank to protect creditors after African Bank's debt crisis.
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