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Communities boosting water monitoring systems using the Internet

By Ihuoma Atanga Imagine a world where your spice cabinet reminds you to buy salt, or your cell phone sends a text message about the amount of water left in your water tank. These are the wonders of the Internet of things (IoT). It has been over a decade since Kevin Ashton, co–founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Auto-ID Center (now Auto-ID Labs), coined the term Internet of Things to describe the network and communication of physical objects that have an IP address for the Internet. Since then the world has transitioned into a digital age, one in...

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Improve your game from your inbox – Get into the Flow

Coen Welsh on the Psychology of Golf – The best place to be on the golf course is to be in “flow”. Daniel Berger won the Fed-Ex St. Jude classic for the second time in two years. He managed to defend the title he won in 2016 and did so with a final round of 66. Charley Hull finished second at last year’s ANA Inspiration and at the time she said: “You really want to do well but you are not thinking about it. And you make some birdies coming in and then you are thinking I never got...

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Simultaneous Windhoek-Harare workshops held to curb illegal wildlife trade

More than 160 local Chinese nationals this week, from State-owned enterprises, businesses and communities attended a Ministerial workshop held in Windhoek and Harare to raise awareness against wildlife trafficking amongst Chinese nationals living and working in Namibia and Zimbabwe. The Ministerial level workshop was jointly hosted by China’s State Forest Administration, China’s CITES Management Authority, TRAFFIC and WWF last weekend, supported by the various Chinese Embassies. Namibia’s Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism, Tommy Nambahu, and Zimbabwe’s Director of Environment and Natural Resources Department, Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate Mandoga presented their case on how illegal wildlife trade...

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Africa rising depends on Africans rising – Africa Development Bank

The 16th edition of the African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2017 released in Berlin Germany on Monday at the African Development Bank Group’s 52nd Annual Meetings highlights that Africa’s economic performance is reflecting the perils of the global economy. President of the African Development Bank Group, Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, speaking from Abidjan said the continent’s average growth is expected to rebound to 3.4% in 2017, assuming that the recovery in commodity prices is sustained, the world economy is strengthened and domestic macroeconomic reforms are entrenched. To bolster this momentum, this year’s African Economic Outlook proposes several concrete steps for action....

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ILO Director’s perspective of child labour in Namibia

Hopolang Phororo, Director of the International Labour Organization (ILO), for Namibia and Zimbabwe answered some questions related to child labour globally and in Namibia this week following celebrations of World Day Against Child Labour celebrated on 12 June. What is the status of child labour in Namibia? Studies undertaken by the ILO international Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) in 2010 and 2012 confirmed high prevalence of child labour in Namibia. The child labourers are in the agricultural sector and in private homes, as domestic workers working for long hours, meagre wages with no contract of employment....

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A life lived in excellence is a life lived with intention

Remarks by Sepo Lamaswala Haihambo at the Economist Businesswomen Club hosted at Avani Hotel on 8th June, 2017. Sponsored by Telecom Namibia & Jaguar Windhoek Good Morning Ladies- It brings me great joy to be here with you today. It really is an honour and a privilege to have been invited to speak at the Namibia Economist Businesswomen’s Breakfast. These events have come to be a big social event marked in diaries as the one not to miss because of the tools these sessions provide women in this country by simply creating a space to network, learn, share knowledge...

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Improve your game from your inbox – Focus like a sniper

Coen Welsh on the Psychology of Golf: – Jason Dufner won the Memorial after a memorable tournament. He led by 5, he trailed by 4 and won by 3. With all the ups and downs in that tournament he had to keep focussed to win. This week’s tip is right up my alley as we have been using this technique to allow participants in our leadership training course to focus on their jobs. Fast Company posted this article on a simple breathing technique to allow you to focus: See According to, Jason Dufner started using a breathing...

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Unpacking social engineering and its pitfalls

By Johnny Truter Bank Windhoek’s Manager of Forensic Services Social engineering is the act of attempting to manipulate an individual to perform certain actions or divulging sensitive information. It is a common technique among cyber attackers and identity thieves to get people to divulge information that should be safeguarded by pretending to be a trusted source such as a bank employee. “It is successfully used because it can be easier to trick someone to divulge confidential personal information than to get through protective technological controls and fire-walls. Attackers have been known to “name drop” important figures in an attempt...

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