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A search party on Tuesday morning stumbled upon the lifeless body of the British national who was reported as missing since Saturday. There is no doubt that trade unions play an important role in the country’s body politic in their efforts to be a voice for the growing numbers of unorganised and marginalised workers in Namibia. But are our local trade unions relevant given the fast-changing union politics? One of the toughest aspects to deal with, as a practising heart surgeon, is the emotional and psychological toll experienced when a patient dies. This is according to Namibia’s first black heart surgeon, Dr Jones Nghaamwa, who says even as a professional he has not yet learnt how to deal with the devastation and anguish of the grieving process. Despite misses, there have been improvements in the public health sector from where the country was 30 years back. A spelling mistake on a suspicious proof of payment document recently led to the arrest of a 55-year-old man who wanted to swindle eight tyres from a local dealership. Government has started rolling out increased measures to contain the growing coronavirus outbreak by quarantining 35 Namibian citizens who were trapped in Europe. The 35 arrived in the country on Saturday morning and were immediately whisked away to the Greiters conference centre on the outskirts of Windhoek for a mandatory quarantine of 14 days. Emma Theofelus was having a lazy Sunday afternoon at home when she received a surprising rare phone call from State House. The call led to a chain of events that would change her life forever as it was indeed to confirm her appointment as one of the eight presidential nominees for the National Assembly as well as to serve her nation in a deputy minister capacity. In light of Covid-19, the Namibian Police will not hesitate to use strong-arm tactics and introduce coercive measures to enforce the dispersal of crowds at overcrowded public places. The National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) says the party leadership was consulted before the appointment of its president, Esther Muinjangue, as deputy health minister. Muinjangue was on Sunday named as deputy health minister by President Hage Geingob. A 23-year-old man who borrowed his neighbour’s shotgun to kill his dog allegedly shot himself on Saturday afternoon at Ombugayamunyoko village in Oshana region. “It is alleged that Naftal Junias Shukifeni (23) shot himself with the neighbour’s shotgun after he allegedly borrowed the gun to go kill his dog,’’ stated the weekly crime report issued this week. In light of the 21-day lockdown starting on Friday in Khomas and Erongo regions when only essential services will be operating, New Era Publication Corporation (NEPC) CEO Christof Maletsky said whether the media are regarded as essential services or not, they should regard themselves as essential. Chairperson of the Editors’ Forum of Namibia (EFN) Frank Steffen has welcomed the media being classified as an essential service by health advisor in the presidency Dr Bernard Haufiku – during the 21-day lockdown starting midnight today. Previously media was not regarded as an essential service.