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ol. 22 No. 112 Windhoek, Namibia Friday, January 13 2017 Inside Today Top performers attribute success to hard work Discipline, commitment, self-driven learners and teachers are just some of the key ingredients for academic excellence, the two top performing government schools in the Grade 12 national examinations revealed. Page 3 Economic inequality top trend to shape global development in next 10 years: report Economic inequality, societal polarisation and intensifying environmental dangers are the top three trends that will shape global developments over the next decade, according to a report released here on Wednesday. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Risks Report 2017, experts assessed 30 global risks, as well as 13 underlying trends that could amplify them or alter the interconnections between them. Page 21 We still busy reviewing Haseb’s report - Matheus Almost three months now since Walter Haseb resigned as Head of Finance and Administration of Namibia Sport Commission (NSC) after damning reports of maladministration surfaced, it still appears that Haseb is not entirely off the hook. Page 36 Nantu, TUN react to Grade 12 results Albertina Nakale Windhoek The Namibia National Teachers’ Union (Nantu) and the Teachers’ Union of Namibia (TUN) are concerned that the 2016 Grade 12 ordinary level results have not produced the desired outcome. Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa on Wednesday announced that out of 21 104 full-time students who “Yes, there is improvement looking at results from 54 percent to 55.7 percent for Grade 10 and moving the percentage of those who qualified for tertiary institution from 29.8 percent to 36.8 percent for Grade 12. –Mahongora Kavihuha WINDHOEK On December 2, 2016 Moody’s Investors Services downgraded Namibia’s economic outlook from stable to negative. But this does not signal the collapse of the domestic economy or an inability to finance debt, a local economist has said. In a report issued Tuesday, the investor company explained that the downgrade is due to various factors, including rising government debt and liquidity stress induced by reliance on registered for Grade 12 ordinary level in 2016, 93.3 percent were graded, compared to 92.9 percent in 2015, indicating an increase of 0.4 percent of the graded entries. However, Nantu secretary general Basilius Haingura says the nation cannot pride itself on having achieved a 0.4 percent increase. “In fact, when you’re talking about 0.4 percent, we can’t really say we’ve improved,” he observed. NANTU on page 2 Negative rating not a signal of economic collapse – economist external export. Another credit rating agency, Fitch Ratings, undertook a review mission to Namibia from August 3 to 4 2016 and on September 2 issued a downgrade, in which the country’s economic outlook was revised from stable to negative. In an interview yesterday, Claudia Boamah told Nampa the conclusions drawn by both ratings agencies show that Namibia’s rating is still of investment grade. RATING on page 2 Big problem… The Namibian police have arrested a Congolese suspect on charges of human trafficking, which the police say is of increasing concern. Pictured are children being transported in a truck for illustration only. Refugee arrested for human trafficking Maria Amakali Windhoek A 34-year-old Congolese male was arrested in December for attempting to smuggle three people. According to the Namibian police, the refugee - who resides at Osire Refugee Camp - went to Zambia and lured three Zambian nationals (two male and one female) with promises of finding them work in Namibia. The suspect was arrested at Kongola checkpoint in the Zambezi Region. When asked to provide a pass-out transit document for refugees, it was discovered his document had expired. Upon investigation, the police found that the suspect was trying to smuggle three people into the country with the intent of transporting them to South Africa. They were all due to be transported to South Africa via Windhoek. They were found in possession of a police clearance, but on further inquiry it was found that the group had such documents on the pretext that they were traveling to Katima Mullilo to attend a funeral of a police officer, who had at the time lost his life. This was all being done in pretence to ensure that they crossed the checkpoint without any difficulty. 2190 suicides recorded in last five years Maria Amakali Windhoek TRAFFICKING on page 2 Just 12 days into the new year and four people have already committed suicide. An alarming number of 2 190 people opted to end their own lives since 2012 and the Namibian police are increasingly concerned about the rate at which suicides are occurring. Namibia’s suicide rate with its sparse population is significantly higher than the world average of 16 suicides per 100 000 people. Nampol spokesperson Warrant Officer Immanuel Lazarus explained that suicide cases are on the rise and have become a huge concern. Last year 368 cases of suicide were reported, a slight reduction compared to the 464 incidents of suicide reported in 2015. “In most cases the victims do not leave behind suicide notes,” said Lazarus, adding that some of the common reasons that seem to contribute to suicide include debts, conflicts in relationships - particularly failed romantic relationships -, financial troubles, family crises and divorce. SUICIDE on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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