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Does Shakib deserve sympathy or scorn?

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As protests break out in Bangladesh following Shakib Al Hasan's corruption ban, we'll ask whether the game should have any sympathy for the star all-rounder who failed to report illegal approaches from a bookmaker. It's party time in Papua New Guinea and Namibia as both teams reach the men's Twenty20 World Cup for the first time. And meet the Pakistani women's star breaking new ground in Australia. Photo: Shakib Al Hasan (Getty Images)
          

11/3/2019: Places: Lose yourself in delightfully desolate deserts

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TRAVEL in Africa and it seeps into your bones. It’s special. Namibia is definitely special. Quintessentially African yet wholly unique, Namibia gets into your soul. Namibia is north of South Africa (from whom it gained independence only in 1991) and...
          

11/3/2019: Places: Top attractions

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Tasty braii Carnivores have hit the jackpot in Namibia. The typical ‘braii’ is the way to go, where delicious meats and veggies are barbecued over hot coals. Springbok, kudu and buffalo steaks are the order of the day. This is sometimes a bit...
          

11/3/2019: Places: GETTING THERE

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Obeo Travel organises trips to Namibia. Headed by Rannveig Snorradottir and her local team, Johann van Niekerk and David Botha, they bring love of Namibia, experience and expertise and lead you every step of the way. Obeo are represented in Ireland by...
          

Namibia: More Women Needed in Maritime Sector - Mutorwa

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[New Era] Swakopmund -Minister of Works and Transport John Mutorwa says that female inclusion in the maritime sector can accelerate inclusive and sustainable development.
          

Namibia: Women Teachers Advised On Mental Transformation

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[New Era] Tsumeb -Female teachers in Oshikoto region were over the weekend advised on mental transformation as a support mechanism to improve on their leadership, management and administrative skills.
          

World: More than 52 million people across Africa going hungry as weather extremes hit the continent [EN/AR]

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Source: Oxfam
Country: World, Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Millions displaced; women, girls hit hardest; crises compounded by conflicts, poverty and inequality; $700m average climate-related losses; urgent action needed now

More than 52 million people in 18 countries across southern, eastern and central Africa are facing up to crisis levels of hunger as a result of weather extremes, compounded by poverty and conflict.

Some areas are facing a second extreme drought in four years and worse than that sparked by El Nino in 1981.

In the South, parts of Zimbabwe have had their lowest rainfall since 1981 which has helped push more than 5.5m people into extreme food insecurity. Zambia’s rich maize-growing area has been decimated and exports are now banned; 2.3m people there are food insecure. The situation is worsening including in Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar, Namibia and Zimbabwe. There are reports of farmer suicides in South Africa.

Drought has also hit the East and Horn of Africa particularly Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. At the same time, record-breaking temperatures in the Indian Ocean have dumped ultra-heavy rainfalls into Kenya and South Sudan, causing flash-flooding especially along major river arteries. South Sudan has declared a state of emergency with more than 900,000 people hit by floods.

In Africa extreme weather events have hit many countries already suffering from ongoing conflict. Across the continent, 7.6 million people were displaced by conflict in the first six months of 2019, and another 2.6 million by extreme weather. In the Horn, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan have simultaneously faced over 750 000 people displaced by conflict and 350 000 displaced by extreme weather.

Scientists have demonstrated how climate change is increasing the frequency or severity of many extreme weather events. Over the last decade, these 18 African countries have collectively suffered average annual losses of $700m from climate-related disasters– and this is without counting the cost of these latest crises, says Oxfam. However, there has been minimal progress globally in raising funds specifically to address loss and damage from climate change. Africa contributes less than 5% of total global emissions but is suffering some of the most severe impacts of the climate crisis.

Officials will meet at the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) in Durban Nov 11-15 to discuss the future of Africa’s “environmental sustainability and prosperity”. Oxfam urges ministers to demand that industrial nations honor their promises to avoid escalating human and financial costs and to pay for damages.

“We are witnessing millions of already poor people facing extreme food insecurity and exhausting their reserves because of compounding climate shocks that hit already vulnerable communities hardest. They need help urgently. The scale of the drought devastation across southern Africa is staggering,” said Oxfam’s Southern Africa Regional Director Nellie Nyang'wa.

“In western Kenya, the crop harvest is 25% down and in parts of Somalia up to 60%. Livestock in many rural areas are emaciated and milk production is down. Cereal prices in some areas have rocketed up to five-year highs, pricing out poorer people. Nearly 7m people in the region are living just below the catastrophic hunger line,” said Oxfam’s Horn, East and Central Africa regional director Lydia Zigomo. “It is a vicious cycle where poor and marginalized communities, mostly women and girls, are more exposed to the climate crisis and less able to cope and recover from its harm.”.

Mithika Mwenda, chief executive of Oxfam’s partner PACJA, said “communities at the frontline of this climate crisis are overstretched and may be facing potential annihilation. But local people are doing everything that can to overcome the challenge. There are unprecedented levels of organization happening where governments have let local people down.”

“We’re seeing people trying to cope with shifting seasons and erratic rainfall by finding new ways to make a living off-farm. Women are coming together to pool their resources through small internal lending communities, buying food together, growing sweet potatoes instead of maize – all without outside support. Local people have the solutions but what they lack is resources, especially funding.

“Our leaders should look to support these community solutions to build up people’s resilience to climate change. For 35 years AMCEN has been a very important platform with impactful policies that have helped to create awareness of environmental sustainability. It needs to move away now from policy making to policy implementation.”

Oxfam is currently reaching more than 7 million people in ten of the hardest hit countries with food and water support, and long-term development projects to help people cope better with climate-related shocks. Oxfam plans to reach 10% of those most in need in these ten countries and is trying to raise $65m to do so.

Oxfam is calling on African ministers at the AMCEN meeting to:
• Insist rich industrialised countries decrease their CO2 emissions in line with the Paris Agreement's goal of limiting global heating to below 1.5C, and honour their commitment to mobilise $100bn a year by 2020 to fund climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts in developing countries;
• Demand governments agree to develop a new funding mechanism for “loss and damage” from climate change at the upcoming UN climate conference (COP25);
• Invest more into universal, high-quality and gender-responsive public services and strengthen tax systems in African countries to close the gap between rich and poor;
• Improve their disaster warning and management systems, and commit to re-greening and agricultural policies that target women and men small-scale farmers;
• Invest in “social accountability” projects that ensures climate finance can reach the communities that need it most, and empowering them in their own decision-making
• Engage women and girls in the planning, design and implementation of early warning systems and climate mitigation and adaptation programs
• Protect people who are forced to move so that they are able to do so in safety, dignity and on their own terms.

CONTACTS
• Spokespersons available. To arrange for interviews contact:
• At the AMCEN event in Durban: Asanda Ngoasheng; Oxfam South Africa Media Lead: Asanda.Ngoasheng@oxfam.org.za +27826109374
• Nesrine Aly; Global Media Lead: nesrine.aly@oxfam.org +447503989838; +201222486964

Note to editors
The 18 African countries analysed are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Oxfam’s estimate of economic damages from climate-related disasters is based on figures from EM-DAT: The Emergency Events Database: www.emdat.be. Oxfam's estimate of displacement from extreme weather events and from conflict if based on figure from IDMC : Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre: http://www.internal-displacement.org/

In 2013, CoP agreed to establish the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage which outlines the responsibility of rich developed nations to help communities overcome the loss and damage from climate disasters. Since then, zero progress has been made in ensuring financial support for loss and damage to these communities.

Oxfam is responding to the humanitarian needs in Ethiopia, DRC, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. For more details please check Oxfam.org


          

World: Knowledge for Children in Africa: 2019 Publications Catalogue

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Source: UN Children's Fund
Country: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Foreword

Every year, UNICEF and partners generate a wealth of evidence on the situation of children in Africa. Knowledge and evidence are essential to informing the development, implementation, and monitoring of relevant policies and programmes for the realization of children’s rights. To this end, UNICEF Regional Directors in Africa are pleased to present the 2019 edition of the Knowledge for Children in Africa Publications Catalogue.

The 2019 edition of the catalogue features 107 reports and studies on the situation of children, young people, and women in Africa. These publications represent the collective knowledge generated by UNICEF Country and Regional Offices during the year, and capture the work of UNICEF and partners to support the rights and well-being of children across the continent.
The publications cover a wide range of topics. Publications are listed under the following categories:

  • Child Poverty
  • Child Protection
  • Child-Sensitive Social Protection
  • Education and Early Childhood Development
  • Financing for Development: Public Finance for Children
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Humanitarian Action, Resilience and Peacebuilding
  • Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
  • Nutrition
  • Situation Analysis and Socioeconomic Development
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Many of the publications are, or will be, available online. The entry for each study or report includes a short description, as well as information on the authors and contributors, planned publication date, and contact details for obtaining additional information.
Evidence plays a critical role in shaping successful initiatives in support of children and women.
We sincerely hope that you will find the publications listed in this catalogue to be a helpful resource for evidence-based decision making and programming.

Ted Chaiban Regional Director UNICEF Middle East and North Africa

Mohamed Malick Fall Regional Director UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa

Marie-Pierre Poirier Regional Director UNICEF West and Central Africa


          

Mali: WHO AFRO Outbreaks and Other Emergencies, Week 44: 28 October - 3 November 2019 Data as reported by: 17:00; 3 November 2019

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Source: World Health Organization
Country: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia

Overview

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 68 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Measles in Lesotho

  • Hepatitis E in Namibia

  • Humanitarian crisis in Mali

  • Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

For each of these events, a brief description, followed by public health measures implemented and an interpretation of the situation is provided.

A table is provided at the end of the bulletin with information on all new and ongoing public health events currently being monitored in the region, as well as recent events that have largely been controlled and thus closed.

Major issues and challenges include:

  • The hepatitis E outbreak first identified in Namibia in December 2017 continues, despite response efforts made to date to halt ongoing transmission of the virus. The major drivers of the outbreak remain the same, limited access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor personal and food safety practices. Novel initiatives are therefore needed to address the outbreak such as finalising the review of the relevance and feasibility of a vaccination intervention. There is also a need to sustain conventional control activities, particularly in the informal settlements, and strengthen surveillance and coordination mechanisms in all the affected areas.

  • The humanitarian situation in Mali remains complex and volatile. The number of IDPs has continued to rise as a result of the deteriorating security context and the impact of floods experienced earlier in the year. As well as supporting the immediate needs of the population, the resilience of the health system to epidemics and public health emergencies needs to be reinforced.
    Furthermore, local and international authorities and partners must continue to advocate for peace in the region in order to relieve the suffering of this vulnerable population.


          

Angola: Chevron donates over 22 tons of food

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Source: Government of Angola
Country: Angola

The goods include sugar, beans, corn meal, salt, pasta, used clothing, shoes and materials for agriculture.

The drought affects more than 35.000 people, who make up more than 75.000 families spread in nine municipalities, with greater incidence in the regions of Cuangar, Dirico and Calai, bordering Namibia.

Chevron Chief Operating Officer, Dele Nani, told reporters that the act of solidarity is part of the program to support drought victims in the southern provinces of Angola.

The aim is to minimize problems of access to drinking water and food shortages.

The official announced that the oil company foresees, in its portfolio for the current year, the construction of three drinking water systems to benefit the community and the animals.

Cuando Cubango Governor Júlio Bessa stressed the company's willingness to sympathize with drought victims as well as to support social projects, helping the Government achieve economic growth to reduce poverty within families.

At the end of the activity, Chevron hosted a celebration lunch with 39 children from the Padre João Bosco reception center, where they also delivered food.

The center can accommodate 100 vulnerable people, but due to the high degree of difficulties it faces, especially in the lack of food, it only serves 39 children and adults.

The Mbembwa Center is an institution designed to accommodate orphans, abandoned and in conflict with the law.


          

Comment on LGBTQ Sickness In America! by Ghanaian Homosexual

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Brother just answer me these questions. 1) Many straight people on youtube don't want children. (Far outnumbering gays) 2) Many straight people practice sodomy heterosexually. (Far outnumbering gays) 3) Who you are attracted to is NOT a choice...are you attracted to men? 4) Nobody has the the right to "disagree" with someone..that's call a BIGOT 5) We are making inroads in many African Countries, you know nothing of Africa. (Ghana, South Africa, Namibia) 6) LGBT's ultimate agenda is to be accepted just like Adultery is. We will not fail, no matter how hard you try. Maybe the fact you are arguing so hard is you are "questioning" your sexuality too. I feel sorry for you.
          

Thoughts on Biodiversity Next

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted on iPhylo. Since returning from a fun and productive time in Australia there have been a bunch of professional and personal things that have needed attending too. In amongst all this I attended Biodiversity Next in Leiden, a large (by biodiversity informatics standards) conference with the tag line "Building a global infrastructure for biodiversity data. Together." In this post I try and bring together a few random thoughts on the conference (the Twitter hashtag #biodiversitynext gives a much broader sense of the conference).

Spectacle


The venue for the keynotes was delightful, and guest speakers were ushered on stage with a rock-star soundtrack (which, frankly, grated at bit). Some of the keynotes were essentially TED talks, such as Theo Jansen on his wonderful Strandbeest and Jalila Essaidi on bulletproof skin and other biotechnology. Interesting, polished, hopeful.



Some keynotes were pitches, such as Paul Hebert’s BIOSCAN where we divide the planet into a grid (of squares, really?) and sequence barcodes for everything within each grid. The theme was moving from “artisanal to industrial” scale. BIOSCAN has a rival, the Earth BioGenome Project (EBP) (see https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1720115115) which aims to sequence the whole genome of every eukaryote in 10 years (at a cost of $US 4.7 billion). BIOSCAN is a rather cheaper, although Herbert sees it as the precursor to a larger initiative. But what makes BioSCAN more appealing to me is that it includes and explicit geographical and ecological context. BIOSCAN is interested in what species occur where, and who they are interacting with (the “symbiome”). But not everyone is convinced that mega-genomics projects are a good idea, see for example Proposals to “sequence the DNA of all life on Earth” suffer from the same issues as “naming all the species” by @JeffOllerton.

Other keynotes that resonated with me were Maxwell Gomera’s where he points out that for many people biodiversity is a risk (including an anecdote about people in Namibia seeing biodiversity as attracting the unwanted attention of outside interests, and hence something to be actively minimised), and Jorge Soberon on just how much of biodiversity informatics is data driven and theory-free. The presentation by Ana María Hernández Salgar on IPBES was perhaps the least exciting keynote, arguably because she’s tackling a probably intractable problem. We have some spectacular technology for documenting and understanding biodiversity, but no obvious way to change or significantly influence human impacts on that biodiversity.

Optics


The conference managed to score a pretty spectacular own goal by having an all-white, all male panel (“manel”) for one session (moderated by Ely Wallis @elyw).



There was a pointed response to this later in the conference (again moderated by Ely).



Personally I felt that neither panel contributed much beyond platitudes. I don’t think panel discussions like these do much to explore ideas, they are much more about appearances and positions (which makes the manel even more unfortunate).

There were other comments that were tone deaf. One senior figure argued that “money wasn’t a problem”, the implication being that there’s lots of it around, we just have to figure out how to access it. Yet, one of the sessions I attended featured a young researcher from Brazil who had to crowdfund his attendance at the conference. Money (or rather its uneven distribution) is very much a problem.

Infrastructure


The conference had its own app, and it worked well. It certainly made it easier to plan the day, which sadly was mostly realising that the two topics that you were out interested in hearing about were on at the same time. Big conferences have this fundamental problem that there are too many people and too many talks for people to see everything. This makes the event more a statement about community being large enough to stage such an event, than actually being a place to learn what is going on. But I guess the combination of breaks between sessions, social events, and the pre-conference workshops mean there are times and spaces where things can actually get done.

Substance


There was a lot going on at the conference, I am going to pick out just a few highlights for me. These are obviously very biased, and I missed a lot of the talks.

Cordra

The thing I was most interested to learn about was the technology underpinning DISSCO’s approach to putting specimen records online. Alex Hardisty (@AlexHardisty) gave a nice demo of DISSCO’s approach, which uses Cordra. From Cordra’s website:
Cordra is a highly configurable open source software offered to software developers for managing digital objects with resolvable identifiers at scale.
Cordra is from the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), the people behind the Handle system which underpins DOIs. It's a NoSQL data store that can generate and manage persistent identifiers (e.g., Handles). I’ve not been following DISSCO closely, but this approach makes a lot of sense, and it will be interesting to see how it develops. Alex demoed a “digital specimen repository”, for example the record for specimen BMNH:2006.12.6.40-41 is here: http://nsidr.org/#objects/20.5000.1025/486a7e883f14f88bba37. Early days, but digitial identifiers for specimens are going to be crucial to efforts to interlink biodiversity data.

Knowledge graphs

I did my best to spread the knowledge graph meme, and Wikidata is attracting growing interest. Unfortunately I couldn’t see Franck Michel’s (@franck_michel2) talk on Bioschemas, but the idea of having light-weight markup for life science data is very attractive. It seems that long-standing dreams of linking things together are starting to slowly take shape.


Traits

This is an area that I have not thought much about. The Encyclopaedia of Life tried to carve out a niche in this area (TraitBank) but their latest iteration abandons the JSON-LD they developed in version 2.0, which seems a strategic blunder given the growth of interest in knowledge graphs, Bioschemas, and Wikidata. It seems that people working on traits are in a sort of pre-GBIF phase looking for ways to integrate diverse data into one or more places where people can play with it. There’s a lot of excitement here, but lots of data wrangling issues to deal with.

Credit and identity

The hashtag #citetheDOI became something of a rallying cry for those interested in GBIF data. Citing data downloaded from GBIF enables GBIF to pass information on usage along to data providers. Yet another example of the most compelling use case for identifiers not being scientific but cultural.

“Get yourself an ORCID” was another rallying cry. The challenge here is that the most obvious beneficiary of you getting an ORCID is not (yet) you, which makes the sales pitch a bit tricky.


People

It may be partly an age thing, but an increasingly important aspect of conference alike this is the chance to catchup with people you know, as well as develop new contacts and (hopefully) have your preconceptions challenged by people smarter than yourself. I spent quite a bit of time with the BHL crowd, which meant teasing them about their obsession with old books, which did not end well:

It was also fun to see Roger Hyam (@RogerHyam) in action again. Roger has a knack for cutting through the noise to make tools that are useful. He gave a nice demo of using the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) to display herbarium images. Under the hood IIIF is JSON-LD and models everything as an annotation, so I think this framework is going to see a lot more use across a range of biodiversity projects. It certainly inspired me to add IIIF to my newly relaunched BioStor.


Agency


It's more a kind of pragmatic Archimedean sense that you might be able to move some subset of the world connected to any system on which you have root access or any project for which you're building a key component—from the leverage point of the command line. (The Emergence of Digital Humanities by Steven E. Jones, emphasis added)
One final thought which struck me is the notion of "agency", in the sense of a person being able to do things. For me one of the joys of biodiversity informatics is that I can make stuff that seems useful (if only to me). If, say, BHL ignores articles, well, you can grab their data and build something that finds those articles. If the data is available, and you can code, then there are few limits to what you can do. Even if you can't code, limits to what people can do are being removed. You have citizen scientists like @SiobhanLeachman (who presented at Biodiversity Next) revelling in the wealth of tools such as Wikipedia, Wikidata, etc. that enable her to add to biodiversity knowledge.

Do that at scale, as demonstrated by Carrie Seltzer's keynote on iNaturalist, and you can get millions of data points added by a passionate, empowered community.

Yet, I would find myself talking to biodiversity professionals working at some of the world's leading museums and herbaria, and they had far less agency than someone like Siobhan. They have no influence over the databases and software they use, even trivial changes aren't made because... reasons. Seemingly obvious suggestions of things that could be done, or offers of additional data are met with responses along the lines of "even if you gave us that data, we couldn't do anything with it because there's not a field in our database."

As a somewhat cranky, independent-minded academic, I greatly value the freedom to create things, and I'm extremely lucky that I can do that. But it is interesting to see that people fascinated by science but who are not employed as scientists often have more agency than the professional scientists. And maybe that's why I'm resistant to large conferences such as Biodiversity Next (and processors such as e-Biosphere 09). They represent the increasing professionalisation of the field, and with that often comes decreasing agency. When I grow up, I want to be a citizen scientist.
          

And Education In Namibia And Beyond A Critical Appraisal

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And Education In Namibia And Beyond A Critical Appraisal
          

Chameleon Modular Synthesizer

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Published on Nov 6, 2019 Johan Bilén "CHAMELEON - MODULAR SYNTHESIZER specifications: This synth is made up of four individual Chameleon modules. Software files used: Slot 1: NAMIBIA Slot 2: NAMAQUA Slot 3: TIGRIS Slot 4: JACKSON MIDI IO with channel select and MIDI clock out. Note, velocity, pitchbend and modulation wheel output. Arpeggiator with external or internal sync. Up, down, up/down

          

A Memory, A Relic

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The very elements that made Jackie Sibblies Drury’s We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884–1915 (henceforth referred to as We are Proud to Present…) amusing also made it troubling. The play, a play about the making of a […]
          

Science and Technology - Latest SKA developments in astronomy

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SAfm — The MeerKat telescope - a precursor to the Square Kilometre Array or SKA, continues to make new discoveries. Scientists say it's just a fraction of what is yet to come. The SKA and the African Very Long Baseline Interferometry Network or AVN, as well as other initiatives, aim to develop astronomy in the nine African SKA partner countries, which are Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia. Guest: Takalani Nemaungani - Director of Multi-wavelength Astronomy at the Department of Science and Technology.
          

Recibe Esteban Lazo Hernández a diputados de Namibia (+Fotos)

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Esteban Lazo Hernández, presidente de la Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular (ANPP) y del Consejo de Estado, saludó este miércoles a Evelyn Nawases-Taeyele y Lebbius Tangeni Tobias, líderes  de las bancadas de la SWAPO (partido de gobierno) en la Asamblea Nacional y en el Consejo Nacional del Parlamento de la República de Namibia, respectivamente, quienes realizan una visita oficial de trabajo a Cuba.


          

The list of Africa nations in ascending order, by population VS new video of Michael Kiwanuka ‘You Ain’t The Problem’

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Djibouti Eswatini Equatorial Guinea Mauritius Guinea- Bissau Gabon Gambia Lesotho Botswana Namibia Mauritania Liberia Central African Republic Republic of The Congo Libya Sierra Leone Eritrea Togo (that’s 18 of 46 — it ends with Nigeria) South Sudan Burundi Benin (10,008,749) … Continue reading
          

Chobe-Nationalpark & Okavango Delta: unsere Botswana Safari Highlights

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Elefanten Sonnenuntergang

Dieser Beitrag enthält Werbung für meinen Partner Swarovski Optik 3 Wochen Safari quer durch Namibia, Simbabwe und Botswana – unser diesjähriges Reisehighlight liegt nun auch schon wieder einige Monate zurück.

Dieser Artikel Chobe-Nationalpark & Okavango Delta: unsere Botswana Safari Highlights erschien zuerst auf Travelita - Reiseblog.


          

The European Union Delegation to Namibia is looking for a: Project Officer in the Cooperation Section

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We are
The European Union (EU) is an economic and political partnership between 28 European countries. It plays
an important role in international affairs through diplomacy, trade, development aid and working with global
organisations. Abroad, the EU is represented through more than 140 diplomatic representations, known also
as EU Delegations, which have a similar function to those of an embassy. The EU Delegation to Namibia
ensures the representation of the European Union in Namibia.


          

Botsuana, el primer hogar de los humanos modernos

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Un estudio reconstruye los primeros pasos de los 'sapiens' anatómicamente modernos y los sitúa en la región que hoy ocupan Botsuana, Namibia y Zimbabue...



          

Eduardo Garrigues habla en Nueva York sobre las hazañas de Bernardo de Gálvez

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Nueva York, 6 nov (EFE).- El embajador español Eduardo Garrigues habló este miércoles en el Instituto Cervantes de Nueva York sobre su novela 'I Alone, Bernardo Gálvez's American Revolution', que se centra en un desconocido héroe de la Guerra de Independencia estadounidense.

Garrigues, que ha representado al gobierno español en Namibia, Botsuana, Noruega o Islandia, conversó sobre su obra con el director ejecutivo y presidente del Museo y Biblioteca de la Sociedad Hispánica, Mitchell Codding, doctor en Filosofía por la Universidad de Kentucky.

Ambos analizaron el libro, que rinde homenaje a una de las figuras destacadas del conflicto con el que EE.UU. ganó su autonomía frente a los británicos, Bernardo de Gálvez, gobernador de la Louisiana española y líder de una de las armadas.

Tras intensos combates contra los fuertes enemigos, Gálvez consiguió derrotar los supuestos puestos impenetrables de los británicos en Pensacola (Florida), y estableció Nueva Orleans como el puerto para enviar armas y provisiones al Ejército Continental, que defendía la causa independentista.

Sobre su papel en la toma de la fortaleza en Pensacola, en cuya bahía entró en solitario bajo el fuego de las baterías inglesas, las investigaciones hechas por Garrigues indican que al parecer antes de ese gesto, Gálvez supo por un espía que había enviado que las balas de los cañones no podían alcanzarlo.

Su inteligencia y calor facilitó la autonomía de las 13 colonias de la potencia europea, que más tarde pasaron a convertirse en los Estados Unidos.

Irónicamente, fue otra potencia europea, la corona española, la que reconoció su valor y le transfirió de un puesto a otro, hasta que murió siendo virrey de Nueva España en Ciudad de México.

En su libro, Garrigues da vida a Gálvez, y revela los aspectos poco conocidos de su personalidad, así como sus conflictos psicológicos, sus dudas y sus miedos.

Asimismo, además de proveer de un contexto geopolítico de la vida de Gálvez, habla en detalle sobre la cercana relación con su mujer criolla francesa, Felicitas de St Maxent, que se consideraba estaba por debajo del escalafón social del militar. EFE


          

Esteban Lazo sostiene encuentro con diputados de Namibia

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Esteban Lazo Hernández, presidente de la Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular (ANPP) y del Consejo de Estado, saludó este miércoles a Evelyn Nawases-Taeyele y Lebbius Tangeni Tobias, líderes  de las bancadas de la SWAPO en la Asamblea Nacional y en el Consejo Nacional del Parlamento de la República de Namibia.
          

55 gm Brochantite on Calcite, Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia. by Nharo

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Dimensions
Length : 2.15 inches / 5.6 cms
Width : 1.20 inches / 3.0 cms
Depth : 0.80 inches / 2.4 cms

This rare piece of Brochantite on Calcite from the Tsumeb mine, Namibia, is from the late Colin Corser / Exotic Stone collection, Johannesburg, South Africa. Nharo was able to buy this extensive collection in late 2018. Colin was a regular in Tucson and had built up minerals from years of geological passion procuring hard to get African specimens.

Brochantite is a sulfate mineral, one of a number of cupric sulfates and formed in arid climates or in rapidly oxidizing copper sulfide deposits.

Crystals of brochantite can range from emerald green to black-green to blue-green, and can be acicular or prismatic. Brochantite is often associated with minerals such as malachite, azurite, and chrysocolla, and may form pseudomorphs with these minerals.

Brochantite is a common corrosion product on bronze sculptures located in urban areas, where atmospheric sulfur dioxide (a common pollutant) is present. Brochantitie forms mainly in exposed areas where weathering prevents accumulation copper ions and enhancement in the acidity of water films.


          

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Bloodhound land speed record car tops 500mph

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British record contender joins top 10 list of fastest cars in history, with aim of beating the 763mph record

The Bloodhound Land Speed Record rocket car has passed the 500mph mark as it continues to gather pace in the Kalahari desert in South Africa.

Pilot Andy Green logged a speed this week of 501mph on the 12.4-mile Hakskeen Pan track near the Namibian border. But the run was not without drama.

During the engine shutdown procedure, a fire warning alert sounded in the cockpit. Green called “Fire, fire, fire over the radio and quickly evacuated the cockpit. Rescue trucks attended the scene, but it turned out to be a false alarm.

The alert was triggered by a fire wire that's designed to burn and break at 160 deg C. The afternoon temperature of 36 deg C, combined with heat soak from the Eurofighter Typhoon jet engine, was put down as the cause. But the team took positives from the incident, claiming it “validated that both the fire detection system and fire response processes the team has set up work successfully”.

 

The Bloodhound team has also reported minor bodywork damage to the rear deltas, which are aerodynamic panels that cover the rear suspension. Sand and grit kicked up by the car’s airflow hammered a small area of the bodywork, crumpling the titanium skin like tissue paper. The first repair failed to survive a previous run at 491mph, but the new patches held up unscathed in the latest, faster attempt.

The 501mph speed means Bloodhound LSR has entered the record books within the list of the top 10 fastest cars in history. The team is now preparing for the next challenge, to hit 550 mph, within the next few days as the work towards their target of breaking the ultimate record of 763.035mph.

Bloodhound - the testing phase explained:

The long-promised testing runs are taking place on a specially prepared 20km (12.4-mile) track at Hakskeen Pan in the Kalahari Desert, near the Namibian border.

To test the installation of its Rolls-Royce EJ200 gas turbine engine (as used by the Eurofighter Typhoon), the car was late last month successfully given a “dry crank” at its Gloucestershire HQ, which involved having the exhaust output of a smaller jet engine blown into its intake to rotate the moving parts of the main motor.

“It involves turning the engine without activating the ignition,” says engineering director Mark Chapman. “It’s like a last look under the hood.”

In South Africa, the Bloodhound team plans a series of 13 runs to test high-speed aerodynamics and stability, especially during the 400mph-plus transition phase when steering authority delivered by the front wheels’ grip on the track surface changes and the front wheels become rudder-like aero devices.

Engineering director Mark Chapman says high speed is not the biggest issue this time, however.

“The 200mph testing we did at Newquay Airport in October 2017 was all about accelerating the car, about checking that we could generate thrust from standstill," he says. "The car was only at full power for about two seconds.”

“In South Africa this time our EJ200 engine will develop its full 54,000 horsepower for nearly a minute, but the main emphasis will be on stopping. The biggest engineering challenge of all is stopping a car as fast as this without running out of desert.

“We’ll be testing a two-parachute braking system, and of course we have friction brakes that work best below about 200mph. On top of that, we’ll do handling tests and investigate stability changes. And we have to see how well the team can perform under pressure in heat that might hit 40deg C."

Engineering millionaire Ian Warhurst, whose “seven-figure” investment rescued the project from receivership early this year at the last minute, says the project will seek financial and technical backers in earnest once the first South African testing is successful.

“I’m very optimistic about the future,” he says. “We have a great deal of interest from potential backers, once the car has run. It was always clear, given the history of this project, that first of all we needed to show we can make things happen.”

Bloodhound will be driven by former RAF jet pilot and current record holder Wing Commander Andy Green, who, back in 1997, became the only person ever to drive a car at supersonic speed on land when he took his Thrust SSC to a new mark of 763.035mph. The team members believe they can achieve 800mph as a first step. 

The record attempt is scheduled to take place late in 2020, but the team has set no timetable for their other, much tougher objective of achieving 1000mph on land.

“We’ve divided our aims into two separate phases,” says Warhurst, owner and CEO of the project’s supporting company, Grafton LSR. “We’ll concentrate on the record first, and when we’ve achieved that, we’ll use the data and knowledge gained to make a judgement about whether to go for the second phase.”

The test track at Hakskeen Pan been specially prepared on a dry lake bed by 317 members of the local Mier community. Working by hand, they have removed more than 16,500 tonnes of stone in preparation for Bloodhound’s runs. 

Thirteen parallel tracks have been laid out, because the car’s unique aluminium wheels – which don’t have tyres because the rotational speed would throw them off the rims – penetrate the track’s hard surface as they run, and “up to 13” runs are planned for this first trip to South Africa.

The new Bloodhound ownership team is maintaining its role as an attraction to STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects for school-age students, by making its results and research findings publicly available. “This is the first land speed record attempt of the digital era,” says Warhurst. “Digital platforms can share data in real time from hundreds of sensors on the car, allowing budding engineers to see exactly how the car is behaving as it dices with physics.”

Warhurst is funding the current preparations himself but is depending on the upcoming tests to attract new backers, especially title and livery sponsors. For now, the car is painted all white, but Warhurst believes when it “does something”, interested corporate and technical partners, currently waiting in the wings, will come forward.

The project moved from its old base near Bristol and is now based in new premises in the SGS Berkeley Green University Technical College, in Berkeley, Gloucestershire.

The car’s new livery – a red fin with a white body – is intended to encourage new investors in the project, which for the first time will offer both title and livery sponsorships. Bloodhound’s original yellow and blue livery, from what they’re now calling the R&D phase, will still be used in photographs and videos, the new owners say. 

Bloodhound project's dramatic 2019 rescue detailed

Warhurst established a new company, Grafton LSR Ltd, to run the project. The name is taken from an 1839 painting by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, which now hangs in the Tate Gallery, of a bloodhound called Grafton.

Warhurst is joined in the new company by familiar faces such as Green and Chapman, along with many others from the original team “to provide continuity”. The team also now includes commercial director and ex-Formula 1 money man Ewen Honeyman, whose job is to find new backers for the project. 

For the time being, Warhurst, who was eight days into his retirement when he heard last December of Bloodhound’s demise by text from his son, will provide “the cashflow to keep the project on track” until extra backers are found. Warhurst recently sold Melett, a turbocharger parts and equipment supplier of which he was the owner and managing director. 

“I have been overwhelmed by the passion and enthusiasm the public has shown for the project,” said Warhurst. “Over the past decade, an incredible amount of hard graft has been invested in this project. It would be a tragedy to see it go to waste. It’s my ambition to let Bloodhound off the leash and see just how fast it can go.”

The former boss of Bloodhound SSC, Richard Noble, will not participate on Bloodhound’s engineering side but will continue to work on its educational aspects.

“It was a hard fight to create the Bloodhound car, the largest STEM programme in the UK, the public engagement programme and the 1000-man-year desert preparation. Our weakness was always finance but now, with Ian Warhurst, the team has the support it needs to drive forward.”

Q&A: Ian Warhurst (July 2019)

Why did you buy Bloodhound?

“I had to. They were on the point of cutting it up and sending it away for scrap. In fact, they put it off so I could come and see the car. I knew I couldn’t leave without doing some kind of deal.”

Did you know immediately that you’d go for the record?

“We had to decide whether to put it in a museum or run it as intended. It took about two months to decide it could be a commercial proposition.”

How’s sponsorship going? Wasn’t that the problem last time?

“So far, we’ve had some good indicators, calls from big corporates talking the right numbers, broadly speaking. The problem for projects like this is cashflow, which is what I’m providing. When you get close to running, you have something to sell to sponsors. We believe this can run on a proper commercial basis.”

Have you been to Hakskeen Pan yet?

“Yes, I was there earlier this month, doing 100mph on it in a Toyota Land Cruiser. If you want to see flat, boy, that’s it. I couldn’t believe we’d need to go eight times as fast to break the [current 763mph] record.”

Read more

Bloodhound SSC saved as investor buys 1000mph project

Bloodhound SSC: inside the factory building a 1000mph car

Land speed records: a history of British obsession


          

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, World, Zambia

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↗ In East Africa, in the Sudan, the strong upward surge in prices of coarse grains faltered in March but they remained at record or near-record highs, reflecting the removal of the wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the local currency.

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World: FPMA Bulletin #11, 11 December 2017

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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↗ In East Africa, prices of cereals in November continued to decline in most countries with the ongoing 2017 harvests and were at levels around or below those a year earlier with a few exceptions. By contrast, in the Sudan, prices surged and reached record highs in some markets, mainly underpinned by the sharp depreciation of the Sudanese Pound in the parallel market.

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World: FPMA Bulletin #10, 10 November 2017

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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  • In East and West Africa, cereal prices declined in October with the 2017 ongoing or recently-started harvests. However, concerns over crop outputs and civil insecurity kept prices at high levels in some countries, particularly in Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Sudan.

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World: FPMA Bulletin #9, 10 October 2017

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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  • In East Africa, prices of cereals remained at levels above those of a year earlier in most countries, particularly in Ethiopia reflecting seasonal tightness amid concerns over the impact of the Fall Armyworm infestation on the main harvest and in South Sudan mainly due to the ongoing conflict.

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Schädel eines Opfers des Völkermords in Namibia (imago stock&people)In deutschen Museen lagern tausende Exponate, die auf fragwürdige Weise dorthin gelangten. Dazu zählen auch Schädel, die während der deutschen Kolonialzeit unter anderem im heutigen Namibia gesammelt wurden. Über die Frage, was Provenienzforschung in solchen Fällen leisten sollte, ist nun ein Streit entbrannt.

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Comment on Namibia – când și cum vizitezi? by KorinaMS: Namibia – visul îndeplinit _1

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Chinese Adjunk Eerste Minister besoek Namibië

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Kosmos 94.1 — Die Namibiese Adjunk Eerste Minister, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah vergesel vandag haar Chinese ampsgenoot, Sun Chunlan wat ‘n rukkie gelede in Windhoek aangekom het op ‘n ampsbesoek aan Namibië. Lu Hairong, woordvoerder van die Chinese ambassade in Windhoek
          

President Hage Geingob ontvang vanoggend vyf geloofsbriewe van ambassadeurs en missiehoofde

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Kosmos 94.1 — President Hage Geingob ontvang vanoggend vyf geloofsbriewe van ambassadeurs en missiehoofde wat by die Republiek van Namibië geakkrediteer is. Die oorahandeging sal by Staathuis in die hoofstad plaasvind. Die woordvoerder van staatshuis dr Alfredo Hengari.
          

Krieket Namibië sal vanaf 13 November verskillende skole en klubs besoek

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Kosmos 94.1 — Krieket Namibië sal vanaf 13 November verskillende skole en klubs besoek. Beide die nasionale mans en vroue krieketspanne sal deel uitmaak van afrigtingskursusse, afrigtingsklinieke en FNB kwotaprogramme. Natalia Nauyoma, die bemarkingsbestuurder van Krieket Namibië.
          

Kweekhuisgasse het met 6,3% in Indië gestyg en met 3,4% in die VSA

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Kosmos 94.1 — Kweekhuisgasse het met 6,3% in Indië gestyg en met 3,4% in die VSA. Lande soos Namibië is uitgelewer en kwesbaar vir die skokke van klimaatsverandering. Dr Chris Brown van die Namibiese Omgewingskamer het met Kosmos 94.1 nuus gesels oor wat ons kan doen om die impak van klimaatsverandering te versag.
          

Geldwassery bly ‘n probleem regoor die wêreld en Namibië is geen uitsondering nie

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Kosmos 94.1 — Geldwassery bly ‘n probleem regoor die wêreld en Namibië is geen uitsondering nie. Fondse wat onwettig in die buiteland belê word kan gewoonlik nie terggevind word nie. Verder, sommige finansiële toevlugte verwelkom die tipe fondse vir dekades. Die SME Bank is ‘n goeie voorbeeld nadat ongeveer 200 miljoen dollar verloor is deur omstrede beleggings in Suid-Afrika. Njeri Siska, die Hoof van teen-geldwassery by die Capricorn Groep en ‘n gesertifiseerde teen-geldwassery spesialis, sê daar is nog baie uitdagings.
          

Namibiese Verkiesingskommissie sal Donderdag ‘n tegniese inligtingsessie in Windhoek hou

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Kosmos 94.1 — Die Namibiese Verkiesingskommissie sal Donderdag ‘n tegniese inligtingsessie in Windhoek hou oor die Namibiese verkiesingsproses. Die kommissie is steeds besig met voorbereidings vir die presidensiële en nasionale vergadering verkiesing wat op 27 November gehou sal word. Die sessie is daarop gemik om inligting aan die media bekend te maak. Vikitoria Hango, die Kommunikasiebeampte by die Verkiesingskommissie van Namibië, het met Kosmos 94.1-nuus gepraat.
          

Comment on The best of the Garden Route by gabriellesoria

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Excellent post—how cool to know that there are easier ways of doing the Garden Route than having to rent a car! When we did our South Africa road trip, we skipped the Garden Route and took the interior route instead (where there are some epic national parks—check them out here: https://upandgoneblog.com/south-africa-and-namibia-road-trip/). But this post makes me want to reconsider. :)
          

Drought parches southern Africa, millions faced with hunger

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An estimated 45 million people are threatened with hunger by a severe drought strangling wide stretches of southern Africa.

Emergency food deliveries are planned for parts of South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and other countries hard hit by a combination of low rainfall and high temperatures.

"We are witnessing millions of already poor people facing extreme food insecurity and exhausting their reserves because of compounding climate shocks that hit already vulnerable communities hardest. They need help urgently," said Nellie Nyang'wa, southern Africa director for the international aid agency, Oxfam.

"The scale of the drought devastation across southern Africa is staggering."

Parts of Zimbabwe have had the lowest rainfall since 1981, contributing to making more than 5.5 million at risk of extreme food insecurity, Oxfam said in a report released Thursday.

Zambia's rich maize-growing area has been hit hard and exports are now banned; 2.3 million people there are food-insecure, according to Oxfam and the Zambia Red Cross. The drought is also worsening food availability in Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar and Namibia, Oxfam said.

Southern Africa has received normal rainfall in just one of the past five growing seasons, which particularly hits the small-scale farmers who depend on rain for their crops, the U.N. World Food Program said last week. The U.N. food agencies plan to distribute emergency food aid to 11 million people in the coming months.

Two cataclysmic cyclones hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe and other southern African countries early this year, wiping out crops of maize and other staple crops. Without normal rainfall, subsistence farmers are hard-pressed to recover from the destruction caused by the tropical storms.

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Elephant kills tourist

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An Australian tourist has been killed by an elephant in Namibia, according to the country’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) on Thursday.
          

Hace años que trabajo en digital desde municipios de 1000 habitantes: coworking rural, teletrabajo y nómadas digitales

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Hace años que trabajo en digital desde municipios de 1000 habitantes: coworking rural, teletrabajo y nómadas digitales

Como un gran círculo sin fin, la implementación de internet a nuestras vidas supuso una revolución en el mundo laboral que originó una serie de ventajas y otros tantos peajes. La comodidad y la libertad de poder realizar millones de tareas desde cualquier punto del mundo dialogan día a día con el estrés y la ansiedad que supone eso de estar conectado 24/7. Pero si situamos el foco en lo más dulce de lo digital encontramos a ciertos freelances y trabajadores que sí hallaron el Santo Grial.

La conciliación laboral busca el equilibrio perfecto entre una carrera profesional plena y el desarrollo y disfrute personal, así que aquellos que convirtieron el teletrabajo en una vida rural, obtuvieron un win-win de manual. Ahí, alejados de los ruidos y atascos de los lunes, existen periodistas, copywriters, diseñadores, ilustradores o communitys que desempeñan sus profesiones desde entornos pequeños que chocan frontalmente con sus quehaceres 2.0. ¿Un trabajador de Spotify que realiza playlists para hoteles trabajando desde una aldea gallega? ¿Cubrir el Gran Premio de Singapur desde un municipio de Extremadura? Doble check.

De nómadas digitales y expertos en teletrabajo rural

Con un modelo de negocio basado en parte en la deslocalización y la flexibilidad para sus periodistas, Webedia y sus publicaciones están plagadas de redactores que trabajan desde sus propias casas. Y aunque el cliché facilón nos puede hacer pensar en algún barbudo que golpea el teclado desde el Paseo de Gracia en Barcelona, también los hay que curran desde entornos más pequeños e incluso rurales.

En Montijo, Badajoz, encontramos a Roberto Rodríguez. Desde el pasado mes de febrero que comenzó a escribir en Motorpasión, este periodista extremeño cubre los Mundiales de Fórmula 1, Moto GP o Superbikes desde su propia vivienda. La flexibilidad del teletrabajo alcanza sus cotas máximas de posmodernidad ya que hablamos de unas competiciones que abarcan todo el planeta y cuyos horarios no entienden de oficinas, fichar y el de 8 a 3 de la tarde.

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Roberto, que antes estuvo escribiendo para La Voz de Asturias o Vozpopulí, no echa de menos la vida en Madrid y Oviedo. Y mucho menos el trabajo presencial: “Nací aquí y es donde se hallan mis familiares y amigos. Estoy muy a gusto porque es donde quiero vivir. Me permite organizarme bien y no encuentro diferencias con Madrid”. Con 15 mil habitantes “una zona rural con mucho campo” gran parte de la población activa de Montijo está dedicada a la agricultura. Una localización que no impide el desempeño periodístico de Roberto Rodríguez, el cual tan solo necesita “una buena conexión WiFi”.

Poder ejercer la profesión que escogiste desde el lugar que deseas y que además coincide con tu lugar de nacimiento y la ubicación de amigos y familiares es un happy ending que no consiguen todos los nómadas digitales. Inma Mora es otra periodista cuyo curriculum vitae ofrece ubicaciones tan dispares como Uruguay, Valencia, Madrid, Italia... o Escurial de la Sierra. Con “menos de 300 habitantes” (aunque en Wikipedia dictaminan que son 900), este municipio salmantino de la Sierra Quilamas “carece de colegio, tiene un pequeño consultorio médico y hay un par de bares”, ha sido testigo en diversas ocasiones del desempeño laboral de Inma.

“Es muy distinto trabajar para el pueblo que trabajar desde el pueblo”

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Actualmente copywriter en Moskito Design, Inma se escapa de su domicilio actual en Bolonia siempre que puede para trabajar desde el pueblo familiar donde ha veraneado toda la vida. El sentimiento de pertenencia y las raíces la convierten en una defensora de este tipo de ubicaciones, pero con un gran mantra: “alguien que se va como nómada digital a un pueblo debería relacionarse con su gente”.

En tres períodos diferentes de cuatro meses (desde 2009 a 2010), Inma trabajó en una asociación de desarrollo rural donde creaban proyectos de índole social. Cuando la ocasión lo requería, convertían el bar, junto a la biblioteca el único lugar con WiFi, en una especie de oficina improvisada y distendida. Una precuela que le serviría posteriormente, ya como trabajadora en remoto.

Escurial de la Sierra Escurial de la Sierra (Foto: Inma Mora Sánchez)

“Las últimas veces que he trabajado desde el pueblo he estado más en casa porque la biblioteca está cerrada y desde el bar no se trabaja muy bien. Aunque en casos de emergencia acabo yendo al bar para aprovechar su conexión Wifi. Por las mañanas te encuentras los trabajadores de campo que acuden a comer un pincho de tortilla y al mediodía todos aquellos que están de vacaciones y se acercan a tomar una cerveza”

Más habitantes y mejores servicios son los que disfruta José Manuel Gallego en Ordes, localidad gallega de 12 mil habitantes. Sin tener nada que ver con el rollo más nómada de Inma, pero sí con la celebración de lo rural, el coordinador de Compradiccion.com trabaja exactamente en el lugar en el que quiere estar: “Siempre intenté trabajar desde casa. Tengo un niño y es más fácil adaptar los horarios que desde una oficina. Y siempre desde entornos rurales y ciudades más pequeñas. Puedes ir andando a todos los sitios. El coche lo saco para ir a Santiago o al pueblo de mis padres”.

“Es un entorno bastante rural. Básicamente hay explotaciones ganaderas (vacas). La zona está a caballo entre Santiago y A Coruña. Hay edificios y tiene núcleo urbano pero es un sitio más normal. Muchas veces trabajo en Bergondo, el pueblo de mis padres. Es una aldea más pequeñita pero está al lado de A Coruña y no la veo tan rural. Aquí tengo fibra pero allí solo hay en el polígono industrial, por lo que trabajo conectando los datos del movil al portátil”.

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Aunque Ordes tiene mucho de pueblo (“cuando apagas el televisor por la noche y te acuestas, el silencio es absoluto”, según señala Gallego), es en las localidades donde viven sus padres y sus suegros donde lo digital y lo rural se abrazan hasta convertirse en siameses: “En compradiccion tienes que estar atentos los fines de semana, noches y festivos. A veces me puede pillar en casa de mis suegros, una granja que está en una aldea de dos mil habitantes”.

El don de la ubicuidad y la ventaja del espacio abierto y campestre de la que disfrutan los empleados digitales en zona rural, despierta diferentes sensaciones en sus propios entornos y no se limitan al cliché esperado. Mientras uno espera escuchar un qué suerte, odio tener que enfrentarme al tráfico del lunes y fichar a las ocho de la mañana en mi oficina, el propio José Manuel niega la mayor. Quizás motivados por sus propios empleos, mayoritariamente funcionarios, preguntado por la cuestión, el coordinador de Compradiccion explica que su propia hermana no disfrutó de la libertad del teletrabajo cuando tuvo opción: “Mi hermana estuvo una época trabajando en remoto pero ella lo dejó rápido porque no le encajaba. Prefería trabajar en la oficina”.

En lo que sí emparentan más es en el choque cultural que a veces se halla en la imagen de una persona con un portátil sentado en un lugar público. Si a los lugareños de Escurial de la Sierra aún “no entienden muy bien qué es lo que estás haciendo”, José Manuel improvisa su propia fórmula para explicarlo: “A día de hoy aún no sé cómo explicar a mis suegros que son ganaderos en qué consiste mi trabajo. Al final digo que en internet”.

Coworking Sende Trabajador digital en Sende (Foto: Sende)

“Coworking está asociado al hipster y lo urbano, así que nosotros lo creamos en una aldea rural de 20 habitantes en Ourense”

Coworking. El lugar de trabajo que llegó en 2010 de las profesiones digitales la asociamos a las camisas de cuadros de los hipsters y el barrio de Malasaña (de los 900 que existen en España, el 50% se concentran en Madrid y Barcelona). Sin embargo, la tendencia natural al contraste y la asociación de conceptos opuestos han devenido en que estas oficinas abiertas, democráticas y colaborativas comiencen a situarse en entornos rurales hasta el punto de transformarse en una secuela de sí mismo: los colivings.

Natural de Serbia y con una dilatada experiencia laboral organizando “eventos educativos por pueblos sobre derechos humanos, resolución de conflictos o emprendimiento social”, Edo montó junto a su pareja María un coworking en la aldea deshabitada de Xurés, en Ourense.

“Yo organizaba todo en una aldea de apenas una veintena de habitantes y entendimos que se aprendía más en siete días en una aldea que en una ciudad. Si estas cosas se hacen en una ciudad, después la gente prefiere irse a una discoteca con los de su país. Y uno no se conoce igual en una discoteca que alrededor de una hoguera. Tras siete días, la gente se despedía llorando. Se hacían amistades muy grandes y así surgió la idea de crear algo, aunque no existía el concepto de coliving”.

Sende Hasta trabajadores de 56 nacionalidades han pasado por Sende (Foto: Sende)

Edo y María compraron unas casas de “aspecto abandonado pero que tenían su dueño” y abrieron Sende en 2014, el cual se ha convertido en todo un referente a nivel internacional. Desde este espacio rural que ocupa todo Xurés se divisa Portugal y ha sido testigo del trabajo de personas de hasta 56 nacionalidades distintas (Argentina, Sudáfrica, Estados Unidos…). Entre sus últimos huéspedes se encontró una trabajadora originaria de Namibia que pertenece a 350.org, la ONG que fomentó la manifestación por el clima del pasado viernes 27 de septiembre: “Una huelga que impactó a millones, pero ella lo hizo trabajando debajo de un árbol”, explica Edo.

El concepto de Sende orbita en torno al emprendimiento, la innovación y el trabajo en equipo. De ahí la proliferación de actividades (“cada día comemos o cenamos juntos”) o eventos paralelos como el Bosquexo, una reunión de dibujantes rurales que aúna ilustradores profesionales y aficionados para dibujar en la naturaleza (las entradas para la última edición se agotaron en “tres minutos”).

“Ahora empiezan a venir clientes españoles porque cada vez se permite más que trabajen en remoto”

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Con solo un 5% de asistentes españoles, una estancia media de entre dos semanas a un mes y una profesión predominante (“programadores”), por Sende han pasado trabajadores de Google (“no dejan trabajar a gente fuera de sus oficinas, pero permitieron a un ingeniero de mapas estar un mes con nosotros”), Disney, Marvel, Cartoon Network, Unicef o Netflix.* “Ahora tenemos a un trabajador de Spotify que trabaja haciendo playlists para hoteles. Hace unas pizzas increíbles. Incluso está organizando un taller para enseñarnos”*, nos cuenta Edo.

El objetivo de Sende está fijado en convertir este coliving en un espacio gratuito. Para ello, Edo y María se encuentran “investigando cómo montar negocios online” basándose en sus propias experiencias y en las de sus clientes.

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Chemonics: Human Resources Consultant

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Chemonics International Inc
Opportunity closing date: 
Wednesday, 4 December, 2019
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

1. PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVE OF ASSIGNMENT

Chemonics International seeks a Human Resources Consultant for one of its key beneficiary partners, The Permanent Okavango River Basin Commission (OKACOM) to conduct a comprehensive review of the Human Resources Policies and Procedures (HRPP) Manual. OKACOM is a River Basin Organization (RBO) that was established by the Republics of Angola, Namibia and Botswana in 1994. The Commission serves as technical advisor to the Contracting Parties on matters relating to the conservation, development and utilization of water resources of the Cubango-Okavango River Basin. This involves promoting coordinated and sustainable water resources management of the basin, while addressing the legitimate social and economic needs of the Riparian States. In 2013, as part of the strengthening of the OKACOM Structures, several governance and institutional documents were developed to support the efficient functioning of the OKACOM institutional organs. One such document was the HRPP Manual. Its purpose is to set the human resources policies and procedures within OKACOM’s Secretariat (OKASEC).
 
In addition, for OKACOM to effectively implement its Strategic Action Plan (SAP), OKACOM must strengthen its capacity to deliver its strategic mandate. The review and amendment of critical institutional instruments of OKACOM forms the basis of enhancing its institutional governance capacity. One of the critical institutional governance instruments due for review and amendment is the HRPP Manual. The current HRPP has glaring gaps as well as inconsistencies that have made it difficult to implement and hence the need for a review to ensure that it is fit for purpose. 

2. PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The HR Consultant will conduct the following activities:

  • Conduct a comprehensive review of the HRPP Manual to ensure its fit for purpose.  
  • Identify gaps and inconsistencies of the existing HRPP Manual. The consultant shall identify gaps and inconsistencies of the existing HRPP Manual through a consultative process as well as documents review.
  • Recommendations for key areas of the HRPP Manual for review and alignment.

3. SPECIFIC DELIVERABLES

The HR Consultant will deliver the following outputs:

  • HRPP Manual review report
  • Recommendations for key areas of the HRPP Manual for review and alignment.
  • Revised HRPP Manual benchmarked against international best practice

4. QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • A Master’s degree in either Human Resources Management (HRM), Management, Organizational psychology, Business administration or any other relevant social sciences.
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in Human Resource Management, International Development or Public Administration. 
  • Demonstrated experience in developing HRPP Manuals for International NGOs
  • Knowledge of strategic Human Resource Management and an understanding of organizational theory and practice regarding International NGOs
  • Understanding of employment legislation of Angola, Namibia and Botswana
  • Experience in international best practices on HR policies, procedures and practices.
  • Excellent skills in project management
  • Computer proficiency in standard office applications (Spread sheets, word processing, Internet Explorer);
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Fluency in English

 5. Duration of Assignment

The assignment will be undertaken within 22 working days.

  • Terms of payment

The proposed delivery-based payment schedule is as follows:

  • 20% upon submission of detailed inception report
  • 40% upon submission of the draft consolidated HRPP Manual incorporating comments/inputs from OKASEC and or one of its relevant task teams.
  • 40% upon submission of the final consolidated HRPP Manual incorporating comments/inputs from OKASEC and or one of its relevant task teams.

6. APPLICATIONS

Send your curriculum vitae/profile and a list of similar traceable projects/assignments to procurement@resilientwaters.com




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