Daily Archives: May 23, 2013

Ministry of Mines and Energy continues to invest in geosciences through surveys and mapping to discover mineral potential of Namibia

WINDHOEK: The Ministry of Mines and Energy continues to invest in geosciences through surveys and mapping to discover the mineral potential of Namibia.

Mines and Energy Minister Isak Katali said this when he officially opened the two-day Mining Expo and Conference in the capital yesterday.

He said the Geological Survey of Namibia has embarked upon a joint mapping exercise with the South African Council for Geosciences, and is currently interpreting the airborne geophysical data flow between 1992 and 2010.

It is also generating new electromagnetic and hyper spectral data, he added.

Katali said Namibia’s earth database continues to grow, and a new module on environmental geology was recently added and notable parts of the database are now accessible online.

The minister said the mining industry is busy expanding with three mining licences awarded to Auryx Gold (Pty) Limited (Ltd) for the development of the Oshikoto Gold (B2Gold) project in the Otjozondjupa Region; Shiyela Iron (Pty) Ltd for the iron project; and Zhonghe Resources (Pty) Ltd for the uranium project, both in the Erongo Region.

Japan accuses South Korean newspaper of ‘dishonourable’ behaviour for publishing editorial suggesting atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were ‘divine punishment’

TOKYO: Japan today accused a South Korean newspaper of ‘dishonourable’ behaviour for publishing an editorial suggesting the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were ‘divine punishment’.

The editorial in the Korean and English versions of the Joongang Ilbo daily on Monday said the 1945 nuclear bombs dropped by US planes, which together killed more than 200,000 people, were justified.

The signed editorial said the carpet-bombing of the German city of Dresden and the atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima were acts of ‘divine punishment and human retaliation’.

In Dresden’s case it marked retribution for the Nazi Holocaust and in Japan’s case revenge for ‘the Asians steamrollered by Japan’s militaristic nationalism’, it said.

At a news conference in Tokyo, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga denounced the remarks as ‘quite dishonourable’.

Five people killed and more than 50 wounded in clashes in Tripoli between Lebanese gunmen backing rival factions in Syria’s civil war

TRIPOLI: Five people were killed and more than 50 wounded in overnight clashes in Tripoli between Lebanese gunmen backing rival factions in Syria’s civil war, doctors and security sources said today.

Tripoli has suffered sporadic sectarian violence since the Sunni Muslim-led uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad broke out in March 2011, but after a night of mortar, grenade and machinegun fire, residents said this was the fiercest so far.

At least 18 people have been killed and more than 170 wounded in the Lebanese port city since the latest bout of fighting started on Sunday.

The use of heavy weapons stopped as the sun rose today and only the sound of sniper fire could be heard.

The militant groups tend to fight through the night and rest by day.

Rebels in eastern Congo announce ceasefire in fighting with government troops hours before a visit to the conflict-plagued zone by UN Secretary General and World Bank President

GOMA: Rebels in eastern Congo announced a ceasefire today in fighting with government troops hours before a visit to the conflict-plagued zone by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.

Amani Kabasha, political spokesman for the M23 rebel group, told Reuters following several days of clashes in the east near Goma on the Democratic Republic of Congo’s border with Rwanda that they have decided to announce this ceasefire to allow His Excellency Ban Ki-moon to visit Goma as he promised.

At least 20 people have been killed this week in three successive days of fighting between the Congolese army and M23, a Tutsi-dominated insurgency that has demanded political concessions from President Joseph Kabila’s government.

The renewed combat after six months of relative calm underlines the challenges facing one of Africa’s most conflict-ridden regions, which will receive $1 billion in fresh development funds pledged by the World Bank.

Ban and Kim, who will spend a few hours in Goma today meeting local and U.N. officials, say the World Bank funding will contribute to peace in the volatile Great Lakes region.

20 Namibian boxers will square up against their Angolan counterparts in Ongwediva this weekend

WINDHOEK: Close to 20 Namibian amateur boxers will square up against their Angolan counterparts in Ongwediva this weekend.

This tournament will take place at Bennie’s Entertainment Park on Friday and Saturday.

The Namibia Boxing Federation (NBF) Secretary-General Joe Kaperu announced this during a media briefing here on Wednesday, saying the boxing federation is preparing Namibia’s amateur boxers for international competitions.

Among the boxers who will be in action is 2008 and 2012 Olympian Mejandjae Kasuto will fight in the Light Heavyweight category (81kg).

Kaperu said several of the Namibian boxers in action this weekend are earmarked for the national team, and this tournament will benefit their skills in view of international competitions, such as the 2016 Olympic Games scheduled for Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.