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December 1, 2013

All plane occupants die in Namibia crash

All plane occupants die in Namibia crash

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The wreckage of a crashed plane carrying by various reports 33 or 34 occupants has been found in Namibia but none of its passengers or crew survived, police in the country said yesterday. LAM Mozambique Airlines Flight 470 took off from the Mozambique capital‘s airport at 11:26 CAT (0926 UTC) Friday and was scheduled to reach an airport in Luanda, the capital of Angola, at 14:10 WAT (1310 UTC).

The remains of the plane were discovered at Bwabwata National Park in Namibia, close to the borders between Angola and Botswana. Kavango Region police coordinator Willie Bampton reportedly said yesterday: “My team on the ground have found the wreckage. No survivors. The plane is totally burned”. A nearby game ranger with the surname Shinonge described bodies being “scattered all over the place”, adding, “It’s a horrible sight”. Shinonge also said investigators managed to find and recover the aircraft’s black boxes.

In the immediate aftermath of the incident, when the aircraft’s exact location was unknown, LAM Mozambique Airlines stated: “Information obtained indicates that the flight has landed in a location in Northern Namibia, bordering Angola and Botswana near a place called Rundu.” However, the airline later confirmed the plane had in fact crashed. “At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew who were on board the aircraft. LAM has established family assistance centres at Maputo and Luanda airports to support the families who are naturally distressed”, a further statement from the company said. Authorities from Namibia, Angola, Botswana, and South Africa were thanked by the airline for their assistance in the search for the plane.

The plane reportedly had a crew of six and 27 or 28 passengers. Ten of the passengers were Mozambique nationals, while nine were from Angola and five were from Portugal. One passenger from each of France, Brazil and China were also onboard.

The exact cause of the crash is unknown, although officials in Mozambique said weather and visibility were poor on Friday. In a statement, LAM Mozambique Airlines said: “We do not have any information on the circumstances of the accident and we cannot speculate on possible causes as the investigators must be given the time and space to do their work without interference or prejudice.”



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January 21, 2013

AFCON 2013: Hosts South Africa draw 0-0 with Cape Verde Islands

AFCON 2013: Hosts South Africa draw 0-0 with Cape Verde Islands

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Hosts South Africa played the Cape Verde Islands Saturday in the first game of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations football tournament in Group A. The game ended 0–0 in front of 50,000 fans at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. The South African national team, known as Bafana Bafana, failed to score despite the home advantage.

Cape Verde, who made their Africa Cup of Nations debut, had one of the best chances of the game when Platini broke through on goal but fired wide. With the 0–0 score, the Cape Verde Islands, who have a population of only about 500,000, took their first point of the tournament.

After a long period of heavy rain in Johannesburg the conditions were wet, causing problems for play. Cape Verde goalkeeper Vozhina spilled a save from a free kick before eventually gathering the ball. With both teams failing to string together a series of passes, they resorted to long balls to advance up the pitch.

Towards the end of the game, South Africa had a penalty appeal rejected. The South African bench had called for a penalty after Bernard Parker appeared to have been brought down in the box by Toni Varela, but the referee carried on play.

South Africa nearly took the game in injury time but Bongani Khumalo‘s header floated over the crossbar from close range.

Both managers spoke to the media after the match, with differing reactions to the draw. South African coach Gordon Igesund said, “The first half was a complete waste of 45 minutes. We got a point. I don’t think we deserve too much more than that, to be honest.” Cape Verde manager Luico Antunes expressed joy with the result. He said, “I’m happy with the performance of the team. It’ll make Cape Verde’s 500,000 people happy. Today, I can hold my head up high. It means that our team has been well organised. Not conceding goals makes the team more confident.”

South Africa and Cape Verde are in Group A along with Angola and Morocco.



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August 26, 2012

2012 Paralympic Village occupied by competitors as nations ready for the Games

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The Paralympic Village officially opened on Wednesday in London, with many nations having moved in as of Saturday in preparation for the start of the games. Press access has been limited, as Paralympic Games organisers are trying to give competitors as much privacy in the village as possible.

A Ukranian Paralympian
Image: Laura Hale.

A pair of Canadian Paralympians
Image: Laura Hale.

The Irish section of the village is decorated with signs bearing pictures
Image: Laura Hale.

A member of Team Great Britain uses a mobile phone while in the Village
Image: Laura Hale.

A member of the Cuban delegation
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Members of the Brazilian delegation
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Team Canada moves in a large group around the Village
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Two members of Team USA (right) pass an Angolan competitor (left).
Image: Laura Hale.

An Aremenian SB5 swimmer
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A Cuban Paralympian in the village
Image: Laura Hale.

A sign outside the Spanish part of the Paralympic Village
Image: Laura Hale.

Two members of the Iranian delegation
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An Iraqi competitor and an unnamed member of the United States delegation chat
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McDonalds is located inside the Paralympic Dining Hall; athletes receive meals free of charge.
Image: Laura Hale.

A Team Great Britain football player
Image: Laura Hale.

A pair of women from Uzbekistan
Image: Laura Hale.

Members of the Croatian delegation took out their umbrellas after it started to rain
Image: Laura Hale.

Senegal and Palestinian delegation members wait outside the gate to be officially welcomed to the Village
Image: Laura Hale.

A pair of Australians walk past the Hungarian part of the Paralympic Village
Image: Laura Hale.

A pair of Colombian Paralympians are guided around the Village by two Paralympic volunteers
Image: Laura Hale.



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August 25, 2012

2012 Paralympic Village open as competitors ready for the Games

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

London, England —

The Paralympic Village officially opened on Wednesday in London, with many nations having moved in as of today in preparation for the start of the games. Press access has been limited, as Paralympic Games organisers are trying to give competitors as much privacy in the village as possible.

A Ukranian Paralympian
Image: Laura Hale.

A pair of Canadian Paralympians
Image: Laura Hale.

The Irish section of the village is decorated with signs bearing pictures
Image: Laura Hale.

A member of Team Great Britain uses a mobile phone while in the Village
Image: Laura Hale.

A member of the Cuban delegation
Image: Laura Hale.

Members of the Brazilian delegation
Image: Laura Hale.

Team Canada moves in a large group around the Village
Image: Laura Hale.

Two members of Team USA walk toward the left, while an Angolan walks in the opposite direction
Image: Laura Hale.

An Aremenian SB5 swimmer
Image: Laura Hale.

Image: Laura Hale.

A sign outside the Spanish part of the Paralympic Village
Image: Laura Hale.

Two members of the Iranian delegation
Image: Laura Hale.

An Iraqi competitor and an unnamed member of the United States delegation chat
Image: Laura Hale.

McDonalds is located inside the Paralympic Dining Hall; athletes receive meals free of charge.
Image: Laura Hale.

A Team Great Britain football player
Image: Laura Hale.

A pair of women from Uzbekistan
Image: Laura Hale.

Members of the Croatian delegation took out their umbrellas after it started to rain
Image: Laura Hale.

Senegal and Palestinian delegation members wait outside the gate to be officially welcomed to the Village
Image: Laura Hale.

A pair of Australians walk past the Hungarian part of the Paralympic Village
Image: Laura Hale.

A pair of Colombian Paralympians are guided around the Village by two Paralympic volunteers
Image: Laura Hale.



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June 29, 2012

African Olympians and Paralympians prepare for their London odyssey

African Olympians and Paralympians prepare for their London odyssey

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Friday, June 29, 2012

With only a few days before final nominations for spots to compete at the London Olympic Games and little less than a month until the start of them, African Olympians are trying to finalize their selections while preparing for their moment on the Olympic stage. Meanwhile, with two months before their own event, African Paralympians continue their own preparations this week including qualification competitions and tournaments that aid in team selection.

With a £25,000 grant on offer to any Olympic team willing to base themselves in the United Kingdom ahead of the Games, several national delegations took advantage of the opportunity to arrive early to train, acclimate and get the full Olympic experience. Gambia, Lesotho, and Egypt are a few countries that took advantage of the grant program. Egypt’s athletes will spend two weeks at the Forum sports complex in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Gambia’s Olympians will prepare for the Games at the University of York’s Huntington Athletics Stadium.

Eight Algerian boxers are making the trip to London, with Abdelhafid Benchebla leading his country’s Olympic delegation. La Tribune is optimistic about the opportunity for the country to capture its first Olympic boxing gold medal since the 2000 Sydney Games but worries that the country does not invest in its sports representatives until it is too late to improve their performance. Olympic judo medalist Ammar Benyekhlef will miss the London Games because of passport problems.

Algeria’s Paralympians are also preparing for London. Earlier this week, the national goalball team participated in a Lithuanian hosted tournament featuring teams from Lithuania, Finland, Sweden, Turkey, Brazil, Belgium, the United States of America, and England. The team coach Mohamed Bettahrat talked about the tournament, saying to the French language Algerian papaer La Tribune, “A new opportunity to work with the great nations offered to us to optimize our preparation for the upcoming Paralympic Games. This is a great tournament that brings together renowned this time, the selections that will be present in London, one of our group.” tournament performance played a role in final team selection.

150 of Angola’s Paralympic hopefuls were in Luanda this week competing in the national athletics championship hoping to earn a trip to the London Paralympics. For those qualified, they will then participate in a training camp starting on July 7 in Huíla before traveling to Portugal on July 14 ahead of the Games. They then leave for London on August 4.

Past Kenyan Paralympians Joseph Kibunja and Henry Wanyoike in Hong Kong a few years ago
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Mandatory Bristol based training has been arranged by the National Olympic Committee of Kenya for nation’s runners ahead of the Games but Kenya’s runners have implied this will disrupt their preparations. Middle-distance runner Silas Kiplagat is quoted in The Star of Nairobi in response to this mandate, “I’m not for the idea because all along, we have been training in high altitude and switching to the low altitude in Bristol is likely to be counter productive.” The Bristol idea is also opposed by Athletics Kenya, with the organization’s chairman Isaiah Kiplaga saying “The athletes have put in hard work for the last couple of months for the Olympic Games and Bristol being a low altitude area, it will hurt our medal hopes.” Kenya’s runners are expected to leave for London in two waves, with the first group leaving early next week and the second wave, which includes long distance runners, leaving closer to the start of the Games.

This past Saturday, Kenya’s Ezekiel Kemboi qualified for the London Games at the country’s national championships but his trip to the Games may be in jeopardy as two days ago, he was accused of stabbing a woman in Eldoret. According to Capital FM, Team Kenya has yet to issue a formal response to the allegations.

For two weeks, seven to nine Lesotho Olympians will prepare for the Games in north Wales, in Wrexham. Local Welshmen have been recruited to assist Lesotho competitors in their preparations for the Games, with local organizers looking for potential sparring partners if Lesotho qualifies a boxer. Two Lesotho marathon runners have already qualified. Swimmer Masempe Theko needs alternative arrangements because the Wrexham pool is only 25 meters, half the distance of the Olympic course pool. What strokes Theko will compete in at the Games is still to be determined.

At least two of Liberia’s Olympians go into the Games having competed in their sports at universities in the United States. One attended University of Texas. Another, Jangy Addy, attended the University of Tennessee and will represent the country in the decathlon after having qualified for the event.

Malawi Olympians will be headed to London with their national Olympic committee under a cloud, with the Nyasa Times alleging corruption in the contractor bidding process for facilities and other monetary handouts. The Malawi delegation only manage to qualify its athletes through the Olympic solidarity movement, which allows athletes to compete by invitation after they failed to meet qualifying standards. Fourteen year old Joyce Tafatatha and twenty-three-year old Charlton Nyirenda will represent the country in swimming. Neither swimmer has swum in a 50 meter pool before, practicing in a 25 meter unheated pool at home in Malawi. Charlton goes into the game with a goal of breaking the Malawi record of 25.46 in the 50 meter freestyle swim. Rounding out the Malawi competitors are marathoners John Kayange and Mike Tebulo, and Ambwene Simukonda who will compete in the 400 meter track event. Arriving in London earlier this week, the team is training at University of Gloucestershire’s Oxstalls campus.

According to Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC) President Sani Ndanusa, Nigeria’s athletics competitors go into the Games with medal expectations. In the lead up to London, the country’s Olympic hopefuls participated in most of the major track competitions. The national Olympic Committee has until next week to finalize the list of track and field competitors they will send to London, but they have already made the decision to only send competitors who have made Olympic A qualifying times and scores. The Committee wants to avoid the embarassment of Olympic B qualifying competitors doing poorly at the Games in front of a large population of Nigerians who live in the United Kingdom. One of the Nigerian Olympians has been able to prepare for the world stage by competing at University of Texas as an athlete. Nigeria’s national football team does not have to worry about Olympic preparations as they failed to qualify for the Games in what is seen as a major blow to football in the country.

Rwanda T46 Paralympic competitor Theoneste Nsengimana qualified for the Paralympic Games in the 1500 meter event this past Saturday following a 4.06.05 finish at the Belfort Championship in France. In the process, he set a new national record for the distance in what was only his second international competition, with his first occurring last year at the All Africa Games held in Maputo, Mozambique. Other Rwandan competitors who will join him in London include the national sitting volleyball team, power lifter Théogène Hakizimana and runner Hermas Cliff Muvunyi.

Oscar Pistorius during 2011 World championships Athletics in Daegu
Image: Erik van Leeuwen.

South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius‘s Olympic 400 metre qualifying time efforts have yet to meet with success. At a qualifying race in Benin two days ago, he finished second in a qualifying heat with a time of 46.32 seconds, 1.2 seconds slower than than the required time. He missed the qualifying time again in yesterday’s semi-final when he posted a time of 46.14 in another second place finish. He has one more opportunity to qualify for the Games before Sunday, when the qualification window closes. The double amputee’s efforts to make the Olympic Games has made international news following a 2011 ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport that deemed him able to compete against able bodied athletes.

South African triathlete Kate Roberts will be based in Davos until four days before the start of the Games. She will then travel to London, where she will familiarize herself with the Olympic course ahead of the start of her event. She asked The South African to ask South African fans to chant “Hou Bene Hou”, “Go Kate Go” and “Go Vrystaat!” when she is on the Olympic course.

London bound Ugandan Janet Achola, who qualified for the London Olympics earlier this week in the 1500 meter event during the seminfinals at the African Senior Athletics Championships in Benin, made the event final to be run later today. Fellow countryman Viola Chemos is also competing. She needs to set an Olympic qualifying time in the final in order to book her own trip in the 5000 meter event.

With thirty days to go, the British ambassador assisted Zimbabwe Olympians and Paralympians with the biometric requirements for their passports and visas. When they arrive in London, their entry will be expedited. Rower Micheen Thornycroft‘s was one of the first of the Zimbawe Olympic athlete delegation to have her biometric data collected. Competitors will leave for London on July 15 with swimmer Kirsty Coventry, marathon runners Wirimayi Juwawo, Cutbert Nyasango and Sharon Tavengwa, triathlete Chris Felgate and rowers Jamie Fraser-Mackenzie and Thornycroft having already qualified but some spots for London still available at the African Senior Athletics Championships in Benin happening this week.

The 2012 London Olympic Games get underway on July 27 and will run until August 13. The Paralympics get underway on August 29 and will run until 9 September.



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January 8, 2010

Togo footballers ambushed in Angola

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A bus carrying the football team of the African country of Togo was ambushed by gunmen earlier today, wounding at least two players, as it crossed the border into Angola. Some reports suggested that the driver was killed.

The attackers reportedly opened fire on the bus with machine guns as it was travelling though Cabinda. The Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda, a separatist group, soon claimed responsibility for the ambush.

Central defender Serge Akakpo and the back-up goalkeeper, Obilale Kossi, was hurt as well, according to Gabriel Ameyi, the Togo Football Federation vice-president.

“We had just crossed the border […] everything was fine. Then there was a powerful burst of gunfire. Everyone dived under the seats and the police fired back. It felt like war had broken out. It’s shocking,” said Thomas Dossevi, a Togo striker, to the RMC radio station.

The incident occurs two days before the start of the largest football competition in Africa, the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. The contest’s organisers said that Togo’s team will still participate in the event despite the ambush; however, midfielder Alaixys Romao commented that his team might have to withdraw.

“No-one wants to play. We’re not capable of it. We’re thinking first of all about the health of our injured because there was a lot of blood on the ground,” he said to RMC radio.

“If we are still not sure [about security] then we will be leaving,” captain Emmanuel Adebayor, of Manchester City, commented. “It’s a football game, it’s one of the biggest tournaments in Africa and a lot of people would love to be in our position but I don’t think anybody would be prepared to give their life,” he said to BBC Afrique.

“So I will talk with the team and we will discuss between us and take a group decision that we think is good for our careers, good for our lives and good for our families because at the end of the day it is only football.”



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October 21, 2009

UNHCR: Thousands of Angolans expelled from DRC in \”dire\” need of aid

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) agency has said that thousands of Angolans that were recently expelled from the Democratic Republic of Congo are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. The agency said that the Angolans are living in sites around the town of Mbanza Congo in northern Angola.

A UNHCR assessment team visited Mbanza Congo in northern Angola over the weekend. It reported that close to 30,000 people are living in and around three overcrowded reception centres near the Congolese border.

The UNHCR said that a “significant number” of Angolan refugees that had been “forcibly returned” to their country were among those in the reception centres.

“You have the compounding factors of not having latrines and people drinking possibly contaminated water and with the rain coming, this is a recipe for disaster,” said a UNHCR protection officer, Yolande Ditewig. She told the Agence France-Presse news agency that “there is a lack of everything you can imagine, especially food and many people say they’ve not eaten for days.”

UN refugee agency spokesman Andrej Mahecic said that initial assessments found that people at those centres are in critical need of shelter, food, medicine and sanitation facilities.

The supply of clean water is insufficient, according to Mahecic, and some of the Angolans were drinking from nearby contaminated rivers. As a consequence, many of the expelled families are reporting cases of diarrhea and vomiting.

“There are significant numbers of Angolan refugees among the forcibly returned. And, this is for us the most worrying aspect of this situation. Some of them say they had been rounded up and taken to the border despite the fact they carried documents certifying their refugee status. Others said they were forced back without having had a chance to take their identification documents or any of their belongings. Most of them were deported from the Bas Congo Province in southern DRC,” Mahecic said.

He added that these forced returns are in response to the expulsion of large numbers of Congolese from Angola since December 2008. He says an official agreement between the DRC and Angola may finally end these tit-for-tat expulsions.

This, however, does not mean that the exodus will end in the near term. According to Mahetic, Angolan authorities expect further large scale returns of their nationals who no longer feel welcome in the DRC. At the request of the Angolan government, he said the UNHCR will provide assistance to those who have been expelled and are waiting to go home.



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March 17, 2009

Namibia struck by floods, declares state of emergency

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Hifikepunye Pohamba, the president of the southern African country of Namibia, declare a state of emergency in in the country on Tuesday after heavy flooding killed 92 and displaced 5,032 since January.

“It is with a heavy heart that I declare an emergency for the north-central and north-eastern parts of Namibia,” the president said to reporters. “Crop fields are submerged in water and I send out an urgent appeal to the international community for assistance […] as the current flood is worse than a year ago and could be one of the worst in recent memory.”

100,000 children were unable to attend classes due to the disaster, which closed 218 schools.

Severe flooding occurred in Namibia about the same time last year, when 42 people were killed by the disaster.

This year’s floods appear to be worse, as President Pohamba stated that the Zambezi River had reached 7.1 metres, compared to last year’s peak of 5.37 metres.

Flooding has also reached neighbouring Angola, where nineteen people have died, according to the Red Cross.


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Hifikepunye Pohamba, the president of the southern African country of Namibia, declared a state of emergency in in the country on Tuesday after heavy flooding killed 92 and displaced 5,032 since January.

“It is with a heavy heart that I declare an emergency for the north-central and north-eastern parts of Namibia,” the president said to reporters. “Crop fields are submerged in water and I send out an urgent appeal to the international community for assistance […] as the current flood is worse than a year ago and could be one of the worst in recent memory.”

100,000 children were unable to attend classes due to the disaster, which closed 218 schools.

Severe flooding occurred in Namibia about the same time last year, when 42 people were killed by the disaster.

This year’s floods appear to be worse, as President Pohamba stated that the Zambezi River had reached 7.1 metres, compared to last year’s peak of 5.37 metres.

Flooding has also reached neighbouring Angola, where nineteen people have died, according to the Red Cross.



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April 19, 2008

Zimbabwe bound Chinese arms ship heads for Angola

Zimbabwe bound Chinese arms ship heads for Angola

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The An Yue Jiang has been rejected by South Africa and Mozambique; it is now expected to anchor in Luanda, Angola

The Chinese arms ship An Yue Jiang, bound for Zimbabwe, which was expelled from Durban Port in South Africa yesterday evening by the city’s high court, is now said to be heading for Angola.

Paulo Zucula, Mozambique’s Transport and Communications Minister, who has been following the ship’s controversial journey, believes that the An Yue Jiang is now heading for Luanda, capital city of Angola. “We know that it registered its next destination as Luanda because here we wouldn’t allow it into Mozambican waters without prior arrangements”, he told Reuters earlier today.



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