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New Era Newspaper - 26/06/2017 - Vol22 No222

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16 entertainment NOW! Monday, June 26 2017 | NEW ERA NAMAs winners smiling to the bank at last Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek The Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) organizing committee hosted its cash prize-giving ceremony last Thursday at Maerua Mall roof top, which saw winners in various categories smiling all the way to the bank. The payments of the cash prizes started on Thursday night. Although some artists didn’t receive their money by Sunday morning, organisers said the money was likely to be deposited in their bank accounts by this morning. The ceremony, broadcast live on Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) 1, was well attended by media practitioners, celebrities and producers. The event also saw some dazzling performances from various artists such as Maestro, Dyna and Bradley Anthon, the latter stealing the show by performing his hit song Forever. Categories with the most cash prizes were the best male and best female artist of the year, won by Gazza and Monique English respectively. The two categories are worth N0,000 each. For all other music genre categories the winning amount was N,000 per category, while the special awards and public vote categories were N,500 per category. Song of the year and radio song of the year were at N,500 per category, while best producer won N,500 and winner of the best album walked away with N,000. Best newcomer and best group or duo won N,000 per category. NAMAs executive chairman Tim Ekandjo highlighted that next year the NAMAs will be looking at how it can reward nominees as well. “The NAMAs is ours, thus the artistes together with the organisers must always work together to make it great,” said Ekandjo. Monday, 26 June 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Lubbe’s Auto Centre (Show Room) 09:00-14:30 Swakopmund Town (Ferdinand Stich Str 4) 13:00-18:00 ___________________________ Tuesday, 27 June 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Eros Airport (caravan) 10:00-15:00 Walvis Bay NAMBTS (Behind Welwitschia Medi-park) 13:00-18:00 ___________________________ Wednesday, 28 June 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Ohorongo Cement (Tsumeb) 10:00-15:00 One Africa TV (caravan) 09:00-14:30 ____________________________ Thursday, 29 June 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-18:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Woermann Brock (Mariental) 10:00-15:00 Safari Hotel (caravan) 11:00-16:00 ____________________________ Give Caesar what belongs to Caesar… MTC PR practitioner John Ekongo awarding the songstress Sally last Thursday at the NAMAs cash prize-giving ceremony. MultiChoice Namibia hosts producers at content information session Staff Reporter Windhoek MultiChoice Namibia is celebrating 25 years of bringing great entertainment to Namibians and is taking local television producers along for the ride. The company continued its celebrations by recently hosting an information session at its office in Windhoek with the aim of encouraging Namibian producers to submit their content to channels on the DStv and GOtv platforms. The session was aimed at television and radio producers looking for opportunities to extend the distribution of their content and brands. Cheryl Uys-Allie, regional head of content for MultiChoice, led the session and shared her own experiences as a producer trying to sell her ideas and programming to TV channels, and trying to sell channels to DStv. “It all comes down to whether the market has an appetite for your channel or your programme,” she explained. Studies have shown that local content is key to local viewers and MultiChoice’s content provider, M-Net, has been at the forefront of commissioning localized versions of popular shows like ‘Our Perfect Wedding’, with such shows produced in Kenya, Angola and Zambia, as well as localizing international formats like Big Brother and The Voice across the continent. M-Net has also successfully produced hundreds of hours of films and series for the Africa Magic channels, which are available on both the DStv and GOtv platforms. In Namibia, MultiChoice Namibia announced the launch of the Namibian drama The Third Will on Zambezi Magic as of June 5. International channels are also moving towards localising some of their shows by co-producing with local filmmakers, as well as licensing more local content. Producers who attended the session were taken through the business of television, particularly the ‘how to’s’ of pitching a programme to a TV channel, as well as pitching a channel to a platform. “There are plenty of great untold Namibian stories and talented filmmakers. The main challenge for local producers is access to funding,” Uys- Allie said. “One way to stimulate the local film industry is to encourage advertiser funded programmes (AFPs), where local business can gain exposure not only in Namibia, but across the region, by partnering with local filmmakers.” Uys-Allie also encouraged the attendants to submit their films and proposals directly to the channels, adding: “Growing a local film industry is about coming together as a nation, to encourage, support and fund the industry by partnering with various stakeholders and not leaving it only up to the filmmakers. Namibian filmmakers have the talent and great stories to tell, and MultiChoice wants to tell your stories.” Friday, 30 June 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30- 16:00 Mariental Town (Anandi Guesthouse) 11:00-18:00 Neo Paints (caravan) 10:00-15:00 ____________________________

Monday, June 26 2017| NEW ERA INTERNATIONAL NEWS 17 123 dead, more than 100 wounded in Pakistan oil tanker fire: official ISLAMABAD At least 123 people have died and scores more were injured in a fire that broke out after an oil tanker flipped over in central Pakistan early Sunday, an official said. “At least 123 people have been killed and more than 100 wounded in a fire which erupted after an oil tanker turned over and victims rushed to collect spilt fuel,” senior local government official Rana Mohammad Saleem Afzal told state television. There was no immediate confirmation from officials on the cause of the accident or the fire after the tragic incident occurred early Sunday near the town of Ahmedpur East, some 670 kilometres (416 miles) south of the capital Islamabad. The Pakistani military said it was sending army helicopters to evacuate the wounded, with hospitals placed on high alert. Pakistan has an appalling record of fatal traffic accidents due to poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving. At least 62 people including women and children were killed in southern Pakistan in 2015 when their bus collided with an oil tanker, starting a fierce blaze that left victims burnt beyond recognition. –Nampa/AFP Rescue mission… Pakistani paramedics bring a burns victim, injured after an oil tanker caught fire following an accident on a highway in central Pakistan, to a hospital in Multan on Sunday. The prizewinning tech helping Ghana’s farmers to grow Stacey Knott ACCRA Agyei Douglas is a farmer who grows vegetables near Kumasi in Ghana’s central Ashanti region. He used to struggle to access markets and capital. The information he needed was broadcast on the radio but often it wasn’t specific enough to improve his yield of lettuce, spring onions, cabbage and chilli pepper. Two years ago, the 43-year-old began using Farmerline, which delivers weather updates, the latest market prices and other details to his second generation mobile phone. “It has helped us improve on our productions through the information we get from them, it has made things easier for us as compared to our previous system,” he told AFP. The Ghanaian tech company behind Farmerline is one of a number of startups in the West African country working to bolster food security through better access to information. The initiative was established in 2012 and has so far helped connect some 200,000 farmers in 10 countries using the mobile technology. According to 2014 Ghana government figures, almost half of the working population are involved in agriculture, and just over half of Ghana’s land is used for farming. World Bank figures indicate some 80 per cent of agricultural output came from smallholders on family-operated farms with average landholdings of less than two hectares (4.9 acres). A lack of more in-depth and accurate data have been seen as a stumbling block for Ghana’s farmers, preventing them from better production or accessing financial loans. Farmerline offers a range of services for both farmers and those who want to connect to them, including nongovernment organisations, global food companies and local businesses. Businesses can access data and farm auditing services as well as farmer profiling, and farm mapping. For farmers, there are also weather forecasts, market prices and agricultural tips all offered as voice messages in local languages such as the Akan dialect Twi. A point of pride for Farmerline’s chief executive and co-founder Alloysius Attah is its business model. It puts people in direct touch with farmers, breaking the cycle of poverty and dependency on aid. “The business of agriculture has always been about aid, a feel-good project,” said Attah. “But we are working really hard to show you can create a business around it that provides value to farmers and... you can get paid for those values you create.” Farmerline this week won the King Baudouin African Development Prize, which rewards “exceptional contributions to development work in Africa”. The two other winners were an online legal services firm from Uganda, BarefootLaw, and Kytabu, which provides school reading content for students across Kenya. All three received 75,000 euros (,750) each. The prize, announced on June 20 in Brussels, aims to highlight work in driving social change across the continent – and with funds attached, to help them advance. Organisers say the prize is based on the idea that “entrepreneurship and local leadership, rather than traditional aid, is the key to sustainable change”. Attah isn’t alone in his quest to use technology to make agriculture more sustainable and productive in Ghana. The country’s government says it wants to modernise agriculture, including mapping cocoa farms and collecting data on them. In the private sector, agri-tech firm Ghalani, set up in late 2016, also has data-collection as a key focus, digitising any manual records farmers may have. It also gives farmers access to software to keep better records, and make reports that could put them in a better position to get financing. CowTribe uses mobile technology to connect livestock farmers in northern Ghana with vets, while the start-up Hovver uses drones to help farmers map out their land. Attah says the prize has been “lifechanging” for him but also the farmers he wants to help with the and especially the farmers he wants to help with the funds. His next project is an app that helps connect banks to farmers in need of loans, and is able to use data to predict how much can be borrowed and when it will be paid back, without having to put up collateral. – Nampa/AFP Dutch slam ‘unnecessary’ extradition row with Morocco THE HAGUE The Netherlands reacted coolly yesterday after Morocco summoned its ambassador home in a row about the extradition of an alleged drug trafficker, saying comments by Rabat were “incomprehensible and unnecessary”. Morocco said late Saturday it has been in talks with Dutch officials in the past two days urging them to extradite “a notorious drug trafficker” who allegedly funds “some groups in northern Morocco”. It had demanded “concrete and urgent measures,” and had decided to immediately recall its ambassador for consultations, stressing his return would depend on how the case develops. But the Dutch foreign and justice ministries voiced bafflement about the situation. “The Netherlands is committed now and in the future to an effective collaboration with Morocco based on international legal frameworks and the protection of the rule of law,” they said in a joint statement. “In that light, the Moroccan statement is incomprehensible and unnecessary.” While the man at the centre of the row was not BEIJING A droopy-eyed white dog apparently looking for its owner has been found in the rubble of a landslide that buried a village in southwest China, a state broadcaster said Sunday. A rescuer was seen on Englishlanguage channel CGTN trying to coax the downcast canine away from the mound of rocks and earth that has left more than 100 people missing in Xinmo, Sichuan province, but the animal refused to leave. “Anyone here? Little doggie, where is your owner?” a rescuer could be heard saying off camera as the dog sits with its ears dropped down. “Dog waiting for its owner refuses to leave rubble, capturing the hearts of a nation after #Sichuan #landslide,” CGTN said on its Twitter account. Hundreds of people on China’s Twitter-like Weibo social media website expressed concern for the dog, with at least one person offering to adopt it. “So this shows dogs really do have love,” one commenter said. Others took the opportunity to criticise people who eat dog in the wake of a notorious Chinese dog meat festival held in the southern city of Yulin this week. “Refuse dog meat! This is so heartbreaking. He is staying at home guarding his owner!” another person wrote. officially named, a senior Moroccan government source and Dutch media named him as former Moroccan lawmaker, Said Chaou. Chaou backs independence for Morocco’s Rif region, hit by weeks of protests and has reportedly posted messages online in support of demonstrators demanding an end to corruption and jobs for the mainly Berber area. Moroccan officials said two international arrest warrants had been issued against him, including one in 2010. According to a second 2015 warrant, Chaou was living in The Netherlands and was accused of corruption and drug trafficking. Moroccan authorities allege he trafficked several tonnes of cannabis into Europe. He was reportedly arrested in 2015 in the southern Dutch town of Roosendaal as part of a crackdown on a drug network, the Dutch broadcaster NOS said Sunday. But his current whereabouts remain unclear, and the Dutch justice ministry said it “could not discuss individual cases”. According to the Moroccan embassy website in The Hague, Abdelouahab Bellouki has been his country’s envoy in The Netherlands since 2013. – Nampa/AFP Dog in forlorn search for owner after China landslide: state media Crisis… Rescue workers search for survivors at the site of a landslide in Xinmo village, Diexi town of Maoxian county, Sichuan province on Saturday. The dog’s appearance was a bright spot in an increasingly bleak search for people who have been missing since heavy rain brought down the side of a mountain on Saturday, crushing more than 60 homes. At least 15 bodies have been pulled from the rubble while only three survivors have been found. – Nampa/AFP

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