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With the detection of a new HIV strain in The Netherlands, health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula has urged Namibians to be cautious and to take extra care as a preventative measure. Each year, about 400 000 children and adolescents globally develop cancer, the World Health Organisation says. In Namibia, around four to five children arediagnosed every week. For many mothers giving birth is the greatest experience of their lives, and quite a few nowadays want that moment when their babies enter the world captured and documented for keepsake. “I am a big fan of music and when the music speaks to me, I respond,” says Atwell Neusu, professionally known as Slickartie. Namibia over the weekend surpassed the 4 000 Covid-19 death mark, showing an indication the pandemic is still claiming lives, even though numbers of fatalities have decreased and regulations have been relaxed. The Namibian College of Open Learning recently awarded 41 students with scholarships to improve their grades, including 10 inmates from the Windhoek Correctional Facility. Nollar Tjaimi, a crop farmer, has advised fellow and potential agriculturalists to be mindful of mixing vegetables that are not compatible as they can cause devastating effects to the growth of their production. Namibia produces about 40% of the food it consumes, and is highly dependent on imports. So, when the countries it imports from decide to close their borders to conserve the food they produce for their own citizens for whatever reason, including the ongoing Covid-19 threats, Namibia’s food security will be at terrible risk. Discussions around mental health can essentially be unfavourable if not done appropriately and as mental health issues continue to deeply affect societies, the role of churches has been questioned on the matter. Namibian students studying in Ukraine have expressed dismay and are calling on the government to evacuate them or communicate with Poland to allow them to seek refuge there. Ukraine hosts about 100 Namibians, including 92 students spread out across the country. When small businesses or start-ups team up with established retail supermarkets, it can only mean one thing – the goods are of high quality, characteristics that should never be compromised. Those who have become accustomed to the annual Kasi Vibe festival will be in for a treat when it rolls around again next week after a two-year absence. Many Namibians continue to show little interest in reading, but this blatant lack of interest has not stopped authors from penning books. Liberal Apparel, an online Namibian men’s apparel clothing brand, is collaborating with local influencers to market the business in return for remuneration. International relations minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has urged Namibians in Ukraine to flee to neighbouring countries such as Poland where they can seek refuge and be assisted by government. The Indian government has asked Namibia’s assistance to repopulate its extinct cheetah population. Namibians face various forms of judgement, ranging from direct discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other forms in their respective settings including their homes and at workplaces. Trade minister Lucia Iipumbu said lack of access to finance, training, mentorship and shelf space remains some of the major impediments to many Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)’ growth. The health ministry yesterday announced the end of the Hepatitis E outbreak in Namibia after it was declared a plague in 2017 by the health authorities. However, the ministry confirmed three cases of typhoid fever in Windhoek.