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ol. 22 No. 182 Windhoek, Namibia Wednesday, April 26 2017 Inside Today High Court rules against urgency in SME Bank case High Court Judge Shafimana Ueitele yesterday struck from the roll the urgent application by SME Bank executives, and board members, who were summarily removed from their posts in March by the Bank of Namibia. Page 3 Rössing records profit during uranium market’s ‘worst year’ Rio Tinto’s Rössing Uranium has reported better financials for 2016, compared to the previous year, despite the fact the uranium spot price fell 50 percent between January and November 2016, even hitting below US per pound at one point. As a result the market referred to 2016 as the worst year in the last decade for the global uranium industry. Page 9 Tobias hits back at Russians, Indongo still eyeing Crawford unification Namibia’s Julius Indongo’s name has been in central position in the boxing fraternity since April 15 when the IBF/IBO champion dethroned WBA junior welterweight titlist Ricky Burns in a unification bout with an impressive 12-round unanimous decision. Page 24 Guard killed allegedly after backtracking on robbery plan Selma Ikela Windhoek An on-duty security guard was found dead in his work vehicle in the early hours of Sunday morning but the suspicion is that he was killed after he backtracked on an agreement to conspire to steal money. The deceased was identified as 34-year-old Andreas Sharemo, who was employed by a local security company. His killer(s) is/are are unknown. Nampol Khomas regional commander Silvanus Nghishidimbwa said more than Staff Reporter Windhoek In an extraordinary step the Ondonga Traditional Authority (OTA) has approached the High Court to have its five bullets were fired. He said the police are investigating a case of murder and are looking for the suspect(s) in the matter. The incident happened in the Northern Industrial Area in the early hours of Sunday between 01:00 and 02:00. The deceased was approached by a man who fired shots at him and then drove off. New Era learnt that a man walked from a red Toyota Hilux bakkie at the junction of Simmentaler and Hosea Kutako streets towards the security vehicle where the victim was seated and fired the shots. KILLED on page 2 Photo: Nampa Hard stance… Senior Ondonga headman John Walenga, who wants King Elifas’ mental state independently tested. New court bid for King Kauluma mental test king, Immanuel Kauluma Elifas, mentally tested by medical professionals to determine if he is still of sound mind and fit to discharge his traditional responsibilities. In court documents filed and undersigned by suspended KING on page 2 Giving input… Terence Makari, NEF board member, with NEF secretary-general Tim Parkhouse Employers not in favour of winter time Albertina Nakale Windhoek The Namibian Employers’ Federation (NEF) has revealed that about 80 percent of the companies it engaged indicated that their workers were in favour of returning to the GMT +2 hours all-year-round system, in line with South Africa and other countries in the region. NEF recommends that Namibia keeps time with South African year-round GMT +2 hours and that the education ministry allows individual schools to elect to change their starting and closing hours according to local circumstances, but only after consultation with parents. NEF secretary-general Tim Parkhouse revealed this yesterday during a public hearing organised by the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security Parliamentary Committee to hear people’s views on the Namibian Time Change Bill, 2017. The Namibian Time Change Bill 2017 was tabled in the National Assembly by the Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, on February 22 this year. The Bill seeks to provide for the standard time of Namibia and repeal the Namibian Time Act of 1994. During the debates on the Bill, the House could not reach consensus and subsequently referred the Bill to the committee for further scrutiny and public consultation. Parkhouse said NEF conducted a survey wherein its members and organisations were requested to express their preference either to remain with the current system of winter time, or revert to the previous system, GMT +2 hours, in line with South Africa and other countries all year round. He told the committee, which was chaired by its deputy, TIME on page 2 Enchenberry Hamata Crane Operator Crane Operators have to be properly trained, including in-depth health and safety training and certified on the type of machinery they will be using before they are able to work offshore. Meet Echenberry Hamata, a seasoned Crane Operator employed by the Namibia Ports Authority. Read his story in today’s Youth Corner. QUEEN on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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