Archive for November 29th, 2009

source: BOPA
27 November, 2009

GABORONE – The European Union has managed to set up institutions that have been able to deal with crises in the African continent.

Speaking during a public lecture titled European Foreign, Security and Defence Policy (ESDP): European interventions in Africa at the University of Botswana on Tuesday, Professor Fabien Terpan of the Institute of Political Studies at the University of Grenoble, France noted that while the setting up of institutions is necessary, the most important part is the institutional and human capability to perform their functions during interventions.

Professor Terpan maintained that the ESDPs strategic objectives include humanitarian and rescue tasks, peacekeeping, tasks of combat forces in crisis management missions including peace restoring missions, disarmament, military advice, conflict prevention and the fight against terrorism.

He highlighted that the European security strategy seeks to promote effective multilateralism by defending and developing international law in line with the UN Charter and conducting a policy of conflict prevention using a combination of civilian and military capabilities.

On other issues, he said the ESDP has been engaged in operations in [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-11-28 22:39

Johannesburg – Tons of highly infectious raw medical waste have been unearthed in the back yard of a brick factory in Welkom, Free State, the Sunday Times reported.

The 300 ton stash, which includes bloody swabs, body parts, filthy bandages, used needles vials and discarded pills was found buried, making it the Green Scorpions biggest medical waste discovery to date.

The dumping breaks waste management laws and poses serious health risks including ground water and bore-hole contamination, and the spread of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
27 November, 2009

GABORONE – The Simply Botswana CD-ROM is expected to take the country to greater heights through its creative concept to promote and market the country.

Speaking at the official launch of the CD-ROM this week, the Chief Executive Officer of Shell Oil Botswana, Mr Boitumelo Sekwababe noted that it was a great move that local people take advantage of new technologies to produce interesting products. He said even though Batswana were a small population, the new CD-ROM had a lot of investment opportunities for both the locals and the visitors.

This product should also encourage other young Batswana to follow suit, he said. He further noted that it was possible for local people to do a lot for their country through perseverance and determination.

The Chief Executive Officer for E-Tourism, Mr David Kepaletswe noted that they came up with the CD-ROM concept after realising that [continue reading]

Zim plane crashes in China

source: News24
2009-11-28 08:01

Beijing — A cargo plane carrying seven crew crashed during take-off in Shanghai on Saturday, killing three, state media reported.

The accident happened at 07:40 local time as the Zimbabwe-registered MD-11 aircraft was attempting to leave Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Xinhua news agency reported.

Four crew members were injured – one seriously – in the crash, state-run television reported, without providing details on their injuries.

All seven crew members were foreigners. The charter plane was heading to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Botswana’s biggest mobile phone operator, Mascom Wireless, has selected Russian firm Bercut to supply its Ring Back Tone solution.

According to results of a tender for the supply of a Ring Back Tone (RBT) solution announced by Mascom, Bercut’s X-tones was chosen as a solution to meet Mascom’s requirements and provide a service to ensure stable and increased revenues,”
Mascom CEO, Jose Vieira Couceiro, says in a statement.

“We have chosen Bercut X-tones for several reasons. We took into account the high service level promised by Bercut, which was proved by the references received from European telecommunications holding companies.”

The statement says Mascom also [continue reading]