Monthly Archives: January 2013

Zuma mourns death of jazz legend

Pretoria: President Jacob Zuma has extended his deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jazz legend and prolific bassist, composer, singer and arranger, Victor Ntoni, who died on Monday.

“Our music industry has yet again been robbed of an icon that was instrumental in promoting and making jazz music popular in our country,” Zuma said.

The President said Ntoni gave his best to the industry and invested a lot in promoting South African music and empowering up and coming musicians.

“We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Mr Ntoni. They are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time of mourning. May his soul rest in peace,” he said.

Ntoni, who was born in Langa, Cape Town, had a career which spanned more than 40 years.

He started as a singer with a group known as the Dollar Brand and went on to study to be a bassist at the famous Berklee School of Music in Boston, US.

Stampriet woman stung to death by bees

The deceased, Anna Kraxus, was a cleaner in the Ministry of Education here, and was busy cleaning an office when she was attacked by bees.

Staff members from the office told Nampa on Thursday that the deceased passed away while waiting for an ambulance to take her to the hospital.

The ambulance travelled from Mariental, about 10km away.

Kraxus will be laid to rest next week.

The Commander of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in Hardap, Commissioner Kobus Meyer confirmed the incident.

He could, however, not provide further details.

Woman stung to death by bees in Stampriet village

STAMPRIET: A middle-aged woman was stung to death by a swarm of bees at the Stampriet village on Tuesday.

The deceased, Anna Kraxus, was a cleaner in the Ministry of Education here, and was busy cleaning an office when she was attacked by bees.

Staff members from the office told Nampa yesterday that the deceased passed away while waiting for an ambulance to take her to the hospital.

The ambulance travelled from Mariental, about 10km away.

Kraxus will be laid to rest next week.

Tunisia’s presidency extending emergency imposed after fall of dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali

TUNIS: Tunisia’s presidency said today it is extending for one month the state of emergency imposed after the fall two years ago of long-time dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

A presidency statement said President Moncef Marzouki has decided, after consulting the heads of government and Constituent Assembly, to extend the state of emergency from 1 February to 2 March 2013.

In October last year, the authorities prolonged the state of emergency by four months, whereas before it had been extended on a month-to-month basis.

The four-month extension from October 31, continuing special intervention powers for the police and army, came after a series of Islamist attacks.

Tunisia’s state of emergency was decreed in January 2011 after Ben Ali, the first despot to be toppled in an Arab Spring popular uprising, fled the country for exile in Saudi Arabia.

US help during Mali operation: Europe must do more to fill gaps in its defence: NATO

BRUSSELS: France’s need for U.S. help during the Mali operation shows Europe must do more to fill worrying gaps in its defence, NATO’s chief said today.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen also sounded the alarm about growing disparities between what the United States and Europe spend on defence and warned that NATO’s military power and global influence could be put at risk if allies continue to slash their defence budgets while emerging powers boost theirs.

France’s intervention in Mali has illustrated his point by again exposing European military deficiencies that were laid bare during the 2011 Libya campaign when European states relied heavily on the United States for air-to-air refuelling, intelligence and surveillance.

Paris intervened militarily in Mali in early January to halt the advance of al Qaeda-affiliated militants who launched an offensive that threatened the Malian capital Bamako.

While NATO is not involved in Mali, some European members of the alliance as well as the United States and Canada have supported France with transport aircraft and other help.