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You CAN die of a broken heart

You really can die of a broken heart, scientists have announced. New research showed the risk of having heart failure or a stroke doubles in the first month after losing a loved one.
The findings add to growing evidence that bereavement doesn’t just increase the risk of depression and anxiety, but can weaken the body’s defences against all types of disease – from the common cold to cancer.
Doctors even call it broken heart syndrome, not least because you are six times more likely to die in the year after losing a loved one than at any other time.
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RDP slams new Health Bill's immunity clause

The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) has described an immunity clause in the new National Health Bill as permission “to legally slaughter Namibian citizens”.
Health and Social Services Minister Dr Richard Kamwi last week introduced the Bill in parliament, along with a clause which seeks to give the minister, the permanent secretary and all State medical staff immunity from being sued for negligence.
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Martin Heita resigns from RDP

Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) Central Committee member Martin Heita has resigned as a member of the country’s official opposition. It is not clear if Heita will join any other political organisation, but there have been unconfirmed reports that he might be considering rejoining the ruling Swapo Party, which he resigned from when the RDP was formed some eight years ago. Heita is believed to be one of the RDP’s main strategists and a strong supporter of party president Hidipo Hamutenya. He was ranked fifth on the list of RDP Central Committee members in November last year. Read more about Martin Heita resigns from RDP

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Christian party defends quake prophetess

Christian Democratic Voice Party (CDVP) leader Gotthardt Kandume has come out is support of so-called earthquake prophetess Elizabeth Sacharias.
Sacharias predicted that the country would be struck by an earthquake of high magnitude this past Monday, which never happened.
Kandume, who says he is also a man of the cloth, said yesterday: “She was totally right. When she received the message from God, the nation prayed to God.”
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Where Easter eggs can be found year round

The celebration of Easter has different meanings to each and everyone of us. We are a nation of diverse cultures, and our religions and beliefs are very different.
Around the world Easter is celebrated in different ways. If you are visiting the south of France, you can indulge in a humongous omelette, a tradition dating back to the time of Napoleon. It is cooked up in the town square using a total of 4 500 eggs and feeds about 1 000 people.
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Govt defends Aupa Indongo’s veteran status

The Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs has defended its conferment of war veteran status on multi-millionaire businessman Dr Frans Aupa Indongo, despite him having worked as a minister in the Owambo administration of the apartheid regime. The news of Indongo getting recognition as a war veteran comes hot on the heels of claims that Presidential Affairs Minister Albert Kawana this week refused to meet former Koevoet and SWATF soldiers who wanted to hand over a petition demanding veteran status and benefits. Read more about Govt defends Aupa Indongo’s veteran status

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Chopper pilot succumbs to crash injuries

The chief pilot who flew the ill-fated helicopter that crashed at Grootfontein on Friday has died.
This was confirmed by Defence Minister Nahas Angula yesterday. He said the pilot, Elifas Angala, died on Tuesday afternoon in the Windhoek Central Hospital.
The military helicopter crashed on the runaway shortly after lift-off at 05:05 on Friday morning.
It was flying to Windhoek to pick up Angula, who was scheduled to officiate at a graduation ceremony in Grootfontein on Friday.
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Insatiable sexual appetite leads to rape

A man whose sexual urges are seemingly insatiable was nabbed by the police to face charges of statutory rape after he allegedly impregnated his stepdaughter, who is a Grade 6 learner at the Omeyantalala Combined School in the Onkumbula Circuit, Oshikoto Region.
The man was arrested by police officers from the Onyuulaye precinct. It is reported that the police were tipped off by the child’s mother, who was unhappy about the fact that her lover – who is the father of her last-born child - was having an affair with her underage daughter.
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Electricity in every school by 2016

Minister of Mines and Energy Isak Katali says the government plans to electrify every public school in the country in the next three years.
Speaking recently at the Omusati Annual Regional Literacy Day event at Odimbwa, Katali said the government is taking urgent steps to ensure that all public schools will have electricity by the year 2016.
On the issue of literacy, Katali said the government had undertaken to take care of all its citizens and to ensure that they are on par with other nations.
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