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38 AFRICA Friday, February 24 2017 | NEW ERA EL-GAMALEYA Hundreds of mourners gathered Wednesday in Cairo for the funeral of Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind sheikh linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing who died in a US jail. The Egyptian-born sheikh died of natural causes Saturday at the age of 78 at a federal medical centre in North Carolina, where he was serving a life sentence on several terrorism-related charges. More than 2,000 people attended his funeral in Abdel Rahman’s home town of El-Gamaleya in the province of Dakhalia northeast of Cairo, an AFP photographer said. The mosque was bursting with mourners, and some were forced to pray outside. The sheikh was seen as a jihadist spiritual leader even after his conviction in 1995 for conspiring to bomb New York landmarks, including the United Nations, and assassinate former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. Abdel Rahman led the militant Gamaa Islamiya group in the North African country before emigrating to the United States. He preached a radical brand of Islam and was seen as having inspired the 1993 bombing of New Blind sheikh buried in Egypt after dying in US jail Photo: Nampa/AFP Relatives of Omar Abdel Rahman, an Egyptian-born cleric linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing who died of natural causes in a US prison, gather around the car carrying his coffin at Cairo’s international airport on February 22, 2017. York’s World Trade Center, which killed six people and wounded around 1,000. “We never met you but we’re your students,” read one banner at the funeral held up by women wearing the niqab face veil. Aida Abdel Azim, a woman in her 50s from El- Gamaleya, said she wished the sheikh had returned to Egypt alive. “We would have loved him to come back while he was still alive so we could kiss his head and feet. But he has returned dead,” she said. “I attended his lectures. He never encouraged violence or terrorism,” she added. His death came after a long battle with diabetes and coronary artery disease, said the US Bureau of Prisons. In 2012, Egypt’s then Islamist president Mohamed Morsi called for Abdel Rahman’s transfer to his homeland for “humanitarian reasons,” asking for a “prisoner exchange” with the United States. President Abdel Fattah al- Sisi’s government has led a brutal crackdown on Morsi’s Islamist supporters since he ousted him from power as army chief in 2013. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood has bid farewell to Abdel Rahman on Facebook, while Mussa Abu Marzuk, a top official in the Palestinian Hamas Islamist movement, mourned the sheikh on Twitter. Al-Qaeda’s branches in the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa have called for “the most violent of revenges” against “those who oppressed and jailed him” in a joint statement. - Nampa/AFP lamini-Zuma alarmed y deteriorating security n South Sudan JOHANNESBURG The outgoing chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has expressed deep concern over the deterioration of the security situation in the Republic of South Sudan in recent weeks. Dlamini-Zuma, who will be replaced by Chadian diplomat Moussa Faki Mahamat, this week said she was alarmed by reports regarding the rising violations of the ceasefire and heightened hostilities in the Greater Upper Nile and Greater Equatoria regions. The hostilities have caused more refugees to flee into neighbouring states, as well as the increase in internally displaced persons in the country. Dlamini-Zuma called on the various parties to the Peace Agreement to refrain from further hostile activities. She also appealed to the parties to uphold the ceasefire to the letter and spirit, in the context of the various agreements they had all signed, and in the framework of the joint African Union (AU), Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), United Nations (UN) statement in Addis Ababa on 29 January. The outgoing AU chairperson further reiterated that violence was not the solution to the challenges facing the government and people of South Sudan. Meanwhile, the US State Department on Tuesday said it was gravely concerned by the February 20 declaration of famine in parts of South Sudan and by the significant scale of humanitarian need throughout the country. “This crisis is man-made, the direct consequence of a conflict prolonged by South Sudanese leaders who are unwilling to put aside political ambitions for the good of their people,” the state department said in a press release. “We call on President [Salva] Kiir to expeditiously make good on his promise that humanitarian and developmental organisations will have unimpeded access to populations in need across the country.” The outgoing chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has expressed deep concern over the deterioration of the security situation in the Republic of South Sudan in recent weeks. An estimated 5.5 million people - nearly half of South Sudan’s population - faces life-threatening hunger this year. Humanitarian actors are working tirelessly to reach those in need. The state department said all parties to the conflict must stop impeding relief efforts and allow food and other essential assistance to reach those who need it the most. The US remains the single largest donor of humanitarian assistance to South Sudan, having provided more than .1 billion since 2014. “Our assistance, including more than 600,000 metric tonnes of urgently needed food assistance, has saved lives and helped avert famine for three consecutive years,” said the state department. South Sudan’s ambassador to South Africa, Philip Jada Netana told the African News Agency (ANA) that the famine was a result of a combination of factors, including the civil war, erratic rainfall which was also effecting neighbouring countries, and a decimated economy which had seen an 800 percent rise in inflation. - Nampa/ANA N R S C WALK THE ROAD WITH CAUTION After consuming alcohol, make sure you stay on the safe side of the road and avoid walking on highways. Do not cross at non-designated areas, or run under bridges, as these actions may lead to loss of life. You might not reach your destination. Be responsible and take caution. Find us on facebook Twitter

Friday, February 24 2017 | NEW ERA WORLD 39 rump to unveil first udget ‘mid-March’ WASHINGTON US President Donald Trump in mid-March will unveil his first government budget, a keystone statement of his priorities for the coming years, the White House said Wednesday. The nearly four trillion dollar annual federal budget is a declaration of intent that puts the president’s policy goals down in black and white. It also separates affordable campaign promises from the fanciful and is the final arbitrator after turf wars between departments and powerful interest groups. “We’ll have something in mid-March,” said White House spokesman Sean Spicer. Trump huddled with budget advisors early Wednesday to rake through the proposals. At the meeting Trump repeated his campaign rhetoric about cutting waste and renegotiating federal contracts. “The finances of this country are a mess but we’re going to clean US President Donald Trump PROPERTY FOR SALE: N.9 MILLION NEG. 5.5 ha Smallholding with spacious house and outbuildings 10 km from Okahandja on Otjiwarongo road, on tar road. Very safe and neat property. Two boreholes. Fully fenched. PRICE REDUCED BELOW VALUATION. Only pre-approved/cash buyers. No agents. PLEASE CONTACT: Ruds 081 654 7660 or Thea 081 271 9255 that up,” he said. US president after US president has made similar promises on coming to office, before delving into a text that runs in the thousands of pages and tossing the plan into the thicket of Congress. Trump has oodles of campaign promises to pay for, but faces a national debt set to hit trillion on his watch and a deficit at 3.1 percent of GDP and rising. Trump’s promises -- from building a wall on the Mexican border to deporting undocumented immigrants -- carry an estimated price tag of .3 trillion, according to the non-partisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Trump tried to give himself some cover for criticism of the upcoming plan. “We’re going to take this budget, which is in all fairness I’ve only been here for four weeks, so I can’t take too much of the blame for what’s happened but it is absolutely out of control,” Trump said. - Nampa/AFP Photo: Nampa/AFP French presidential election candidate for the “En Marche” movement Emmanuel Macron (R) and his wife Brigitte Trogneux pose prior to the 32nd annual dinner of the Jewish Institutions Representative Council (Conseil Representatif des Institutions juives de France - CRIF) in Paris, on February 22, 2017. Enigmatic Macron aims for French presidency PARIS Emmanuel Macron is a former investment banker and economy minister who hopes his meteoric rise will propel him to the French presidency aged just 39. The reform-minded pro-EU candidate got a potential boost Wednesday when the veteran Francois Bayrou joined him in a centrist alliance that Macron hailed as a “turning point” in the campaign. Macron’s campaign events have been packed out for weeks and his pledge that he is “neither of the right nor the left” has gained currency in an election being watched around the world after the Brexit vote in Britain and Donald Trump’s victory in the United States. Polls show he is one of the three frontrunners, vying with far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and conservative representative Francois Fillon. But Macron, who has never won elected office, has faced accusations that his candidacy carries little substance. His personal life has also come under scrutiny. Earlier this month, he poked VACANCY Transport Officer (C-Upper) Department: Commercial Business Unit Go-getters and passionate individuals are invited to join the National Oil Company. Make your unique contribution towards our cause of fuelling and exploring Namibia. Please apply online at: Closing date: 03 March 2017 fun at rumours he is gay despite being married to a woman he met when she was teaching at his high school. His wife Brigitte, who is 24 years older than him, is a highly visible presence in his campaign. After a lucrative career as a banker for Rothschild, Macron served Socialist President Francois Hollande as an economic advisor before he was plucked from obscurity to join his cabinet. In his two years in the government, he confronted Socialist orthodoxy head-on, questioning the 35-hour work week -- a totem of the French left. Described as academically “brilliant” by his supporters, his business-friendly policies riled many leftist colleagues and activists. During a public appearance in June last year, trade unionists pelted him with eggs. But the swipes at the man dismissed by one veteran Socialist as a “start-up” politician have For the Swakopmund Municipality INFORMAL TENDER INVITATION TENDER NO. : T01/2017 DESCRIPTION : Resurfacing of Netball, Volleyball, Basketball and Tennis Courts SCOPE Supply of all materials and resurfacing of 2 Netball, 2 Volleyball, 2 Basketball and 3 Tennis Courts at the Vineta Central Sport Stadium, 2 Netball Courts at the Tamariskia Stadium and 1 Netball Court at the Mondesa Sport Stadium PREREQUISITION : Tenderer shall demonstrate to have completed construction/renovation works of similar specifications in the past. COMPULSORY Wednesday, 10 March 2017, at 10:00 CLARIFICATION MEETING SITE INSPECTION : failed to dent his ambitions. “If approval was a criterion in this country, nothing would ever get done,” Macron said last year. After week upon week of rising ratings, polls Tuesday showed Macron starting to slide -- on the very day he was granted an audience with British Prime Minister Theresa May in London. The surveys showed him falling back to third in the first round of the election on April 23, behind Le Pen and Fillon, with the latter tipped to beat Le Pen in May’s second-round runoff despite facing allegations he paid his wife hundreds of thousands of euros for parliamentary work she may not have done. - Nampa/AFP Board Room of the Community Development Services Department, Swakopmund Municipal Building, c/o Rakotoka Street & Daniel Kamho Avenue, Swakopmund. Site inspection compulsory after Clarification meeting. CLOSING DATE : Friday, 24 March 2017 at 11:00 DOCUMENTS : Available at the Cashier at the Swakopmund Municipal Building, c/o Rakotoka Street & Daniel Kamho Avenue, Swakopmund. LEVY : N$ 300.00 (Non-refundable, VAT Incl) ENQUIRIES : E. B. 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