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16 AFRICA Wednesday, March 7 2018 | NEW ERA Lassa fever deaths rise to 110 in Nigeria: official LAGOS Lassa fever has claimed 110 lives in Nigeria since the beginning of the year, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said Tuesday, in one of the worst outbreaks since Description: Tender briefing: BID NO: SC/RP/COW/06/2017 NEW PARKING METER SYSTEM(S) FOR THE CITY OF WINDHOEK (CBD) A compulsory pre-tender meeting will be held on Thursday, 15th March 2018, at 09:00 sharp in the 5th floor Boardroom, Room 504, Town House, no.80 Independence Avenue, City of Windhoek. Bid Documents: Bid Documents will be available as from Tuesday the 06th March 2018, from 09h30 at the Customer Care Centre, Counter no 3 at City of Windhoek head office. Closing Date: Levy: Enquiries Technical: Description: Tender briefing: Bid Documents: Closing Date: Levy: Enquiries Technical: 2016. T h e Wo r l d H e a t h Organisation last week said the epidemic had reached record highs with 317 laboratory dead. “Since the onset of the 2018 outbreak, there have been 110 deaths: 78 in positive- cases and 24 in negative cases,” the NCDC said in its latest report. A total of 1,121 suspected cases were reported, “353 probable, 723 are negative (not a case) and 37 are awaiting laboratory results.” The NCDC said cases have been reported in 18 of Nigeria’s 36 states while 16 health workers had been affected in six states. Health Minister Isaac Adewole told local media on Tuesday that the government would soon take delivery of PUBLIC NOTICE INVITATION FOR BIDS (IFB) Private Bag 12009 - Patterson Street, Southern Industrial Area, Windhoek, NAMIBIA Tel:Fax E-mail: Procurement Management Unit Portal / Website: Friday 06th April 2018 at 11H00 N$ 500.00 (Non-refundable) Mary Shiimi BID NO: SC/RP/COW 07/2017 DESIGN AND SUPERVISION OF VARIOUS INTERSECTIONS FOR THE CITY OF WINDHOEK A Compulsory Bid Briefing session will be held on Friday, 16th March 2018 at 09:00 at the in the Main Building, Fourth Floor Room 404, Rev. Michael Scott Street, at City of Windhoek head office. Bid Documents will be available as from Tuesday the 06th March 2018, from 09h30 at the Customer Care Centre, Counter no 3 at City of Windhoek head office Friday 06th April 2018 at 11H00 N$ 500.00 (Non-refundable) CJ Van der Merwe Tel: 061 290 3045 PMU Enquiries: Email: Delivery Address: City of Windhoek, WINDHOEK - NAMIBIA, Rev Michael Scott Street, Customer Care Centre, In The Bid Box. Bid information - Visit our Procurement Management Unit Portal./ Website: - Notice No. 11/2018 Issued by: Office of the Chief Executive Officer Corporate Communications, Marketing and Public Participation Tel: Fax: E-mail: vaccines to tame the virus. “We are doing everything the outbreak of lassa fever on all fronts,” he said. Lassa fever belongs to the same family as Marburg and Ebola, two deadly viruses that lead to infections with fever, vomiting and in worstcase scenarios, haemorrhagic bleeding. The name comes from the town of Lassa in northern Nigeria where it was first More than 100 people were killed in 2016 in one of the nation’s worst outbreaks of the disease, affecting 14 of the 36 states, including Lagos and the capital Abuja. The virus is spread through contact with food or household items contaminated with rats’ urine or faeces or after coming into direct contact with the person. – Nampa/AFP ICC to rule as Congo warlord appeals m damages THE HAGUE International judges will Thursday rule in an appeal brought by ex- Congolese warlord Germain Katanga, who has protested an order that he pay one million dollars in damages to his victims. the International Criminal Court in March 2017 awarded a symbolic 0 each to almost 300 people caught up in a vicious 2003 attack by Katanga’s militia on their village. It also awarded collective compensation for projects to help victims with housing, education and “incomegenerating activities” as well as counselling. Katanga is now back in jail in the Democratic Republic of Congo completing a 12- year sentence handed down charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. He was convicted of supplying weapons to his militia, which went on a rampage in Bogoro, a village in troubled Ituri province, shooting and hacking to death with machetes some 200 people. The court in The Hague found that the total damage caused by the attack was some .7 million. But Katanga is appealing against the judges’ ruling, which found that even though he was penniless, he is liable for million in compensation. His defence have contested Katanga’s personal liability, saying the court “erred ... because it is not proportionate the part played by the accused in the crimes”. The court also “has given too broad an interpretation of a parent whose death warrants reparations to the remaining children,” said defence lawyer David Hooper in the written appeal. Calling for Katanga’s liability “to be reduced,” Hooper argued that “compensation for the loss of a relative (should) be limited to close relatives” and that the amount of reparations should “not exceed” the victims’ claims. At the time of the ruling, presiding judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut acknowledged the amount of 0 to each “does not make up for the totality of the crimes”. But he said he hoped the reparations would bring some “measure of relief” and help victims rebuild their lives. Katanga’s case will be one of three that judges at the ICC -- set up in 2002 to prosecute the world’s worst crimes -- will wrap up on Thursday. The separate appeals of former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba and a Malian jihadist, who ravaged the famous Timbuktu shrines, will also conclude at the fortress-like tribunal. B e m b a a n d f o u r accomplices are appealing convictions for bribing witnesses in the former vice president’s main war crimes trial. Bemba was sentenced to one year in jail to run consecutive to an 18-year sentence imposed earlier for war crimes carried out by his marauding troops in the Central African Republic in 2002 to 2003. Bemba’s four accomplices, lawyer Aime Kilolo, his legal case manager Jean- Jacques Mangenda, Narcisse Arido, a defence witness, and Congolese lawmaker Fidele Babala were sentenced to between six months and twoand-half years in jail. All have also appealed the March 2017 corruption judgement. In the case of jihadist Ahmad Al-Faqi Al-Mahdi, sentenced to nine years for destroying the fabled shrines at Timbuktu, lawyers for the victims are seeking a tweak to the reparations order. The ICC judges found in August that Mahdi was liable for 2.7 million euros in personal damages for the destruction of the site as jihadists swept across northern Mali in 2012. But the victims’ lawyers say the wording of the order risks excluding some people from compensation, and are asking for a slight amendment. stages of cases before the ICC, and so far only three such compensation awards have been made. Apart from the Katanga and Mahdi cases, ICC judges in December awarded million to the child soldier victims of another Congolese warlord -- Thomas Lubanga. He was jailed for 14 years in 2012, convicted of abducting hundreds of boys and girls and press-ganging them into his Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) militia in eastern Ituri. - Nampa/AFP

Wednesday, March 7 2018| NEW ERA WORLD 17 Trump ‘may’ attend Jerusalem embassy opening WASHINGTON Donald Trump floated a fraught trip to open the new American embassy in Jerusalem, as the US president hosted Israel’s equally embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House Monday. The two leaders -- both under career-threatening legal investigations -- tried to cast their domestic problems aside, putting on a show of bonhomie and mutual appreciation in sunny Washington. waxed lyrical, painting Trump as the heir to a pantheon of historical “bold” decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem. Netanyahu likened the US leader to the ancient Persian king Cyrus the Great, who freed the Jews from captivity in Babylon; to Lord Balfour, who a century ago people in Palestine; and president Harry Truman, who recognised the Jewish state. “I want to thank you for your extraordinary friendship,” said the Israeli premier. The 71-year-old president responded with some lyrical waxing of his own, saying he would consider a trip to open the controversial embassy this May, when Israel celebrates 70 years since its declaration of independence. “We’re looking at coming. If I US President Donald Trump poses for a photo with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Donald Trump said he may attend the opening of a controversial new US embassy in Jerusalem, a fraught prospect designed to underscore close ties with Benjamin Netanyahu, as he hosted the Israeli leader at the White House on Monday.The embattled US president warmly welcomed the embattled Israeli prime minister, claiming ties between their two countries had security and diplomatic challenge. - Nampa/AFP can, I will,” Trump said. “I may. We will be talking about that and other things. “Israel is very special to me. Special country, special people, and I look forward to being there, and I’m very proud of that decision,” he added. The trip would be political catnip for Trump and Netanyahu, appealing to supporters who see good US-Israel ties as a strategic and even religious imperative. But the trip would also be a major security and diplomatic challenge, one that risks further infuriating Arab allies and scuttling US claims to be an independent broker for peace. Both Israel and the Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital. The embassy move prompted deadly protests and 128 states condemned it in a United Nations General Assembly vote in December. Only seven smaller countries aligned themselves with the United States and Israel. Nikky Haley, the US envoy to the UN, got sustained applause at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) lobby group, when she announced she would attend the inauguration. “At the UN and throughout the UN agencies, Israel does get bullied,” she said, vowing to end such treatment. The Jerusalem decision has complicated Trump’s already ambitious promise to reach the “ultimate deal” between Israelis and Palestinians. US peace proposals are said to be close to conclusion, but have suffered amid Palestinian anger and as Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and pointman for peace, lost his top-secret security clearance. Despite Trump and Netanyahu’s warmth, their domestic problems were never far away from the surface. Hours before Netanyahu arrived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, agreed to become a state witness in a corruption probe that has imperiled his premiership. The Israeli leader has embraced the Trumpian tactic of denouncing corruption allegations as “fake news,” the same term Trump has used to describe his campaign team’s alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 US elections. Several of Trump’s campaign aides are already facing charges or have pled guilty to lying to FBI investigators. “I think they are partners in ideology, and the ideology is a populist, conservative ideology which says that the old liberal elites are against us,” said Gayil Talshir, a political scientist at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University. Netanyahu during an appearance at AIPAC on Tuesday was expected to focus mainly on Iran as Israel’s greatest enemy, and one he says seeks a permanent military presence in neighboring Syria. The prime minister is also expected to call again for changes to, or the cancellation of, the nuclear accord between world powers and Iran, said Zalman Shoval, a former Israeli ambassador to Washington. “Iran has not given up its nuclear ambitions. It came out of this nuclear deal emboldened, enriched,” Netanyahu said at the White House. At AIPAC, Vice President Mike Pence noted that Washington has vowed to pull out of the nuclear deal if European countries can’t come up with an accord to make it tougher. “The United States of America will never allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons,” he added. Calling Trump “the most pro- Israel president in American history,” Pence added: “I stand before you today on his behalf to convey a simple message: America stands with Israel today tomorrow and always.” - Nampa/AFP

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