Friday, 25 September 2020

Namibia cricket has joined efforts with the "Eagles" brand to help revive the country's ailing tourism sector with the launch of the #EaglesChallenge on Thursday.

The initiative will see Namibia's national men and female cricket teams challenge other teams worldwide to a 5km run that would take place at a venue and time that suits every team, said Cricket Namibia CEO Johan Muller at the launch event in Windhoek.

"The race times are submitted as a screenshot of your running app on the Cricket Namibia website. The #EaglesChallenge race consists of various participation groups and is open to all entities including national teams, corporates, school teams and club teams," he added.

Muller said the aim of the challenge is to create awareness of a specific tourism entity in the country to hopefully increase their income when COVID-19 has passed.

"Any donations made through the challenge must be made directly into the account of the supported tourism entity," he said.

Muller further said the campaign will open an avenue for financial support to the specific and identified tourist organization of every team's choice.

"To challenge a team, download our changeable electronic flyer to use on social media platforms that will show the team you are challenging, and will also show which tourism organization you are supporting," he explained.

Tourism has been one of the hardest impacted industries by the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide and Namibia has not been spared.

Namibia as of Sept.1 opened its flagship international airport to leisure travelers and tourists under the country's tourism revival initiative.



Published in Travel & Tourism

MOZAMBIQUE has formally asked the European Union (EU) for support to battle Islamist militants in its gas-rich northern province of Cabo Delgado.

It has requested support in logistics and specialised training for its soldiers.

The southern African nation has been fighting the insurgents for three years with little success. At least 1,500 people have been killed and an estimated 250,000 have fled their homes.

The government has allegedly lost control of three coastal districts.

Foreign Affairs Minister Veronica Macamo has written to Brussels requesting the support after the EU expressed its willingness to assist.

In the letter, Ms Macamo also asked for assistance in development programmes as a way of reducing the vulnerability of the locals, mainly young people, to the allure of joining the insurgents.



Published in Economy

Ecowas might lift painful economic sanctions against Mali once an interim president is inaugurated on Friday, the bloc’s envoy said on Thursday.

Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Jonathan, said this after landing in Bamako for talks as head of a delegation from the bloc.

Recall that the military in Mali had staged a coup in the country on Aug. 18, a development which ousted President Boubacar Keita.

Comments suggest the 15-member ECOWAS could accept the candidates picked this week to lead the transition of power, although they do not have the fully civilian background the bloc had demanded.

The easing of sanctions would be a relief for Mali, whose imports have slumped 30 per cent since its neighbours closed borders and halted financial flows after the ouster of Keita.

“I am very happy with what is happening now in Mali.

“The young soldiers who have taken power are doing a job in line with what the (ECOWAS) leaders wanted,” said Jonathan.

It had not previously been clear if ECOWAS would agree with Monday’s nomination of former defence minister and Retired Col. Bah Ndaw as interim president, particularly as the leader of the junta that seized power, Col. Assimi Goita, is set to be vice president.

But Jonathan told journalists: “I hope that after the inauguration of the president on Friday the sanctions will be lifted.”

International powers feared the coup could further destabilise the country and undermine a joint fight against insurgents there and in the wider Sahel region.

Underscoring the insecurity, three Malian soldiers were killed on Wednesday when militants ambushed their patrol in Mopti region near the border with Burkina Faso, the defence ministry said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Malian Council of Shippers has said that the country could face economic crisis if the ECOWAS sanctions were not eased.

“In the coming days stocks will be exhausted, and we will see supply disruptions, production stoppages, layoffs, a paralysis of economic activity,” the group’s president, Ousmane Babalaye Daou, said.

Mali imports 5 million tons of goods annually, from woven cotton to cement, some of which arrive at ports across West Africa and are trucked hundreds of miles inland.

Stockpiles have cushioned the blow so far, but new orders from Asia or Europe take up to two months to arrive, Daou said.

Essential imports, including petrol, food and medicine, are exempt.


Source: African Examiner

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