German Government, German Football Association, FIFA and Namibia kick off new cooperation programme: Sports fields for 14 000 young people

On Friday 31 March 2017, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the construction of 45sports fields for socially disadvantaged youth in Namibia. In future, nearly 14,000 young Namibians across the country will be able to use the sports fields for free to play football or other sports. The BMZ has teamed up with prominent partners for this project. They include partners from Namibia and the German Football Association (DFB), as well as the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
German Development Minister Gerd Müller said, “Football and sports do not only open people’s hearts, they also open doors. Sport teaches young people values such as fair play, discipline and respect – these are things they need in order to live their lives independently. People who know how to deal with victory and defeat in sports will find it easier to handle challenges in their real lives, too. Our initiative gives young people the opportunity to meet and interact.”
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There are many parts of Namibia where children and young people do not have any opportunity yet to play sports. By building or renovating sports fields, the BMZ and its partners create safe spaces for children and youth to meet and to play football, basketball, volleyball and other sports. Sports training teaches young people important social skills such as respect, fair play and team spirit. Playing sports together also builds young people’s self-esteem. Specially trained coaches will be available for the youth. They can act as role models and as counselors. As part of their work, they will make a point of discussing difficult issues such as HIV prevention, teenage pregnancies, alcohol abuse and violence against women. Women coaches in particular can act as important role models.
Namibian national women soccer coach Jacqui Shipanga said: “Our young women football players, especially in the U17 national team, now sit together and talk about the university they want to attend and the careers they want to pursue. A mere five years ago, most of my women players were school dropouts, and of course their conversations now are very different. And that is the kind of impact that programmes such as ‘Sport for Development’ are having in Namibia and in society.”
In order to make sure that the sports fields will still be used frequently a few years from now, the project also engages with schools, building knowledge there – on things such as good physical education curricula and technical maintenance of sports fields. The costs for these activities will be covered by the Namibian government.

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Sudan : Torture of Channel 4 journalists

The following report from Amnesty International about the abduction and torture of two Channel 4 journalists who were engaged by Amnesty International to investigate chemical attacks in the Darfur region is very concerning. A TV programme about this, Hunted in Sudan, Photo by shalomshalomjerusalem will be broadcast on Channel 4 News on 4th & 5th April 2017 at 7pm (GMT +1).

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Sudan: Torture of Channel4 journalists highlights need to investigate Darfur chemical attacks

The torture of two journalists abducted en route to Jebel Marra, in Sudan’s Darfur region, is not only a grave affront to press freedom, but also proof the Sudanese authorities have something to hide in the region, said Amnesty International today ahead of the airing of a film detailing their harrowing six-week ordeal.

Phil Cox, a British national, and Daoud Hari, a Darfuri translator and author, had been commissioned by the UK’s Channel4 TV to investigate reports by Amnesty International that Sudanese security forces had used chemical weapons against civilians in Jebel Marra between January and August 2016.

“For nearly two months, the two journalists were locked up in a prison and tortured, simply for doing their job. They were beaten, subjected to electric shocks, deliberately deprived of oxygen and subjected to mock executions,” said Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

“The lengths to which the Sudanese government went to keep the two journalists out of Jebel Marra, including acts of torture, only suggests one thing: that it has something to hide. If no chemical weapons were used, then why not let the journalists get on with their job?

“This is one more reason, if any were needed, why the alleged chemical attacks which killed an estimated 200 to 250 people, must be thoroughly and independently investigated.”

While in Darfur, the two filmmakers were abducted by members of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), who are part of the military and a central element in the Sudanese government efforts to stem the flow of refugees to Europe under the EU-Horn of Africa Migration Route Initiative, also known as the Khartoum Process. Amnesty International has expressed concern that EU funds to Sudan under the Khartoum Process maybe inadvertently financing the RSF, a group accused of egregious human rights violations.

After a week spent chained to a tree in North Darfur, the two filmmakers were transferred to other Sudanese government forces and moved to Kober Prison in the capital, Khartoum, where they were held for six weeks with other detainees, including human rights defenders, dozens of whom were being held without charge.

“Now that a pattern of arbitrary detention and torture at Kober has been exposed, the international community must take action. They must insist that all detainees still held there be either released, or charged with a recognized offence in an ordinary and civilian court of law,” said Muthoni Wanyeki.

Background

Sudanese government forces that participated in chemical attacks in Jebel Marra, committed numerous crimes under international law and human rights violations, including unlawful killings, indiscriminate aerial bombings, forced displacement, rape and pillage.

Over the last few years many opposition activists, students and human rights defenders have been arbitrarily arrested, tortured and forcibly disappeared by agents of the National Intelligence Security Service (NISS).

The NISS has also been used to gag the press by harassing and arresting journalists. Newspapers are also heavily censored and sometimes entire print runs confiscated if they criticize the government.

Although the majority of cases of arbitrary arrests have been by NISS agents, there have been multiple reports of such arrests carried out by Military Intelligence officers.

“Hunted in Sudan,” a documentary on the journalists’ ordeal, will be broadcast on Channel 4 News on 5 and 6 April 2017 at 7pm in the UK.

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The Nigerian Stock Exchange X-Gen News Alert – Prestige Assurance Plc

Company Name: Prestige Assurance Co. Plc. (www.PrestigeAssurancePlc.com)
Company Symbol: PRESTIGE
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Prestige Assurance Plc

Audited Financial Statements for the Year Ended December 31, 2016

Dec.2016 Dec.2015
N’000 N’000

Gross Premium Income 2,547,531 2,434,614
Profit before Tax 340,394 20,339
Taxation (118,402) (157,342)
Profit/(Loss) after Tax 221,992 (137,003)
Earnings per Share (K) 4.13 (2.94)

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The Nigerian Stock Exchange X-Gen News Alert – UnityKapital Assurance Plc

Company Name: UnityKapital Assurance Plc (https://UnityKapital.com)
Company Symbol: UNITYKAP
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UnityKapital Assurance Plc

Unaudited Financial Statements for the Year Ended 31 December 2016

Dec 2016 Dec 2015
N’000 N’000

Turnover 2,042,788 2,651,717
Underwriting/Reinsurance Cost (1,116,013) (1,237,212)
Profit before Tax 265,435 441,081
Taxation (73,285) (119,636)
Profit after Tax 192,150 321,981
Earnings per Share (K) 3.0 5
Proposed Dividend (K) 0.5 0

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