Rare Meteorite Recovery in Botswana Can Help Reveal Secrets of Outer Space

[The Conversation Africa] A meteorite has been recovered from a remote area of Botswana. The event is one of a kind as the meteor was identified before entering the atmosphere, and its fall and retrieval documented. It’s only the second time this has h…

[The Conversation Africa] A meteorite has been recovered from a remote area of Botswana. The event is one of a kind as the meteor was identified before entering the atmosphere, and its fall and retrieval documented. It's only the second time this has happened. The Conversation Africa's Moina Spooner spoke to Fulvio Franchi and Alexander Proyer about their mission to retrieve the meteorite and why it matters.

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Six Delicacies You Must Try in Mozambique

[Guardian] A few weeks back, I took a trip to Maputo, Mozambique. I was so excited and I spent a couple of days touring my new destination and getting to explore not just the culture, but also the food. I believe the best way to really immerse yourself…

[Guardian] A few weeks back, I took a trip to Maputo, Mozambique. I was so excited and I spent a couple of days touring my new destination and getting to explore not just the culture, but also the food. I believe the best way to really immerse yourself in a culture is not just to visit their attractions, or hear their history but also to eat their food; then you would have had a full experience.

source: AllAfrica News: Mozambique

Under-20 Battle with Burundi Today

The Zambia Under-20 national team take on Burundi this afternoon in a Niger 2019 first leg, final round qualifier at Nkoloma Stadium. Zambia who are the defending champions of the Africa Cup of Nations will be hoping to win with … Continued

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The Zambia Under-20 national team take on Burundi this afternoon in a Niger 2019 first leg, final round qualifier at Nkoloma Stadium. Zambia who are the defending champions of the Africa Cup of Nations will be hoping to win with an emphatic result to ease the task in the return leg in Ngozi that takes place seven days later. Skipper Prince Mumba is ruled out for this match due to injury but his namesake Prince Bwalya will take the lead from the goal mouth. Coach Charles Bwale and the technical bench will be looking to the potency of the attacking trio of Francisco Mwepu, Lameck Banda and Israel based Kings Kangwa. In midfield Thomas Zulu will anchor proceedings while there could be a role for Oliver Lumbiya in the middle of the pack. At the back Kingsley Hakwiya may be partnered with Kasonde Mulenga although Christopher Katongo could still be in line for that slot with Justin Mwanza and Benson Kolala completing the set up at the back. Zambia warmed up for this match with a 1-0 loss to Malawi before drawing 3-all with South Africa. Burundi got to this stage after beating Ethiopia and Sudan and will pose a serious challenge to Zambia’s aspirations to qualify for the Africa Cup. Tickets for the match have been pegged at K20 open wing and K100 VIP. Fans can purchase tickets from Shoprite outlets via computicket. Kickoff is at 15:00 hours. The post Under-20 Battle with Burundi Today appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Samfya Man Gets 8 Months for Drug Trafficking

The Samfya Magistrates Subordinate Court province has convicted a 20 year old man to eight months imprisonment with hard labour for trafficking in psychotropic substances. Before Magistrate Fabian Likulunga was Mwila Kapota of Kabanga Village in Chief Kasomabangweulu’s chiefdom in … Continued

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The Samfya Magistrates Subordinate Court province has convicted a 20 year old man to eight months imprisonment with hard labour for trafficking in psychotropic substances. Before Magistrate Fabian Likulunga was Mwila Kapota of Kabanga Village in Chief Kasomabangweulu’s chiefdom in Samfya District in Luapula Province. Kapota was charged with trafficking in psychotropic substances contrary to section 6 of the narcotic drugs act, chapter 96 of the laws of Zambia. Facts before the Court were that Kapota on 19th May 2018 did traffic in psychotropic substance namely 5. 28 grams of marijuana an herbal product of cannabis delta nine without lawful authority. In mitigation Kapota pleaded for lenience saying he is an orphan and that he was remorseful for the act. In passing judgment, Magistrate Likulunga said he was lenient on the accused by sentencing him to 8 months imprisonment with hard labour when the offence in question carries the maximum of 10 to 25 years for the first offender. The post Samfya Man Gets 8 Months for Drug Trafficking appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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RANDOM PICK: Kalu Gives Testimony to Upcoming Footballers

Football great Kalusha Bwalya has opened up on the hazards befalling emerging footballers. In a no holds barred conversation Kalu admits to his not so shrewd approach to matters of finances including the culture of saving for the future that … Continued

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Football great Kalusha Bwalya has opened up on the hazards befalling emerging footballers. In a no holds barred conversation Kalu admits to his not so shrewd approach to matters of finances including the culture of saving for the future that he was never exactly a perfect example. Below is his full write up: When the final whistle blows I remember the first thing I bought when I received my first professional pay cheque in Belgium – it was a shiny black Golf GTI (Big deal in those days!). I spent every cent I earned every month. The last of my worries was my tomorrow. In fact during the three and a half years I spent in Belgium, I did not save a cent and I did not study anything. I thought the school of life, was enough. As players we are used to instant results, we play a game; we win, draw or lose. The results are there for all to see after the game. Salaries are high, we live for the moment, and thinking of the future is for the future. Problem is that football careers do not last forever. Our window of earning opportunity is short. I knew that after football I wanted to still be involved in football and as such I made sure I took coaching to the highest possible level by achieving a UEFA ‘A’ license to enable me to understand the technical side of football. Because of my qualifications I went home to Zambia to be Technical Director of the Chipolopolo in September 2003, then won elections as Vice President in March 2004.Thereafter I became President of the Football Association of Zambia, FIFA coaching instructor, FIFA committees, FIFA task teams, understanding the administration side of football. My climb to football administration was gradual. But all the while my business ventures continued. If you want to go far in football administration, you best have other business interests, since administration is not a money making profession. One does this for the love of the game. Very few players continue to make a living from football after their final whistle blows, unless they become a ‘successful’ professional coach. But even coaching, requires study and qualification. A former player does not automatically make a good coach. Those days are gone. With today’s game, you need to be qualified to understand the technical elements of the game. It therefore becomes important to think about one’s future on the 1st day of professional football In Belgium retirement annuities are compulsory, the club paid for the full amount as part of your salary. In the Dutch Eredivisie, Retirement funds which are tax deductible are compulsory, and as such after 20years, I am still enjoying regular payments from my time in Holland. We hope that the clubs in Africa can follow the European model. There should be mandatory pension schemes for footballers in Africa. Clubs should seriously look into this for both the wellbeing of their players as well as their own good reputation. Today players have football agents who should be guiding them better. So many former players are faced with difficult times, you read and hear about this all the time, which makes me very sad and it is a question of lack of knowledge. Perhaps upbringing, education and lack of the culture of thinking about the future. When I was growing up you thought that you would play forever, the limitations were non-existent. Retirement is not even in your mind. You live a day at a time and you want to have the best gadgets the best car the best clothes (material things) and those become your key priorities. You have too much time on your hands, you’re too young and you’re earning way too much money. Temptations are all around you and you become greedy for the now and it is difficult to see an end in sight. The last thing on your mind is that one day your career will end. Medical insurance – it’s not easy to determine when one is going to stop playing because you can sustain a career-ending injury and without medical insurance your job is over. On our continent for example, in early 80’s , it was common to see a very good talent sustain a small injury like a meniscus problem, a ligament injury or ankle injury and end their career after a year. Instead of getting the appropriate medial attention which was hard to come by, you would find that their career would be short lived because the problem would persist for longer than it should and they ended up not being the potential player that they should’ve been. In my school team in the 70’s,when I was just trying to make the team, the important players would not come to class in the day but attend school in the afternoon just so they could play the match. Unfortunately today’s society tends to encourage the talent you have on the field rather than couple that with academic skills and qualifications. If you look at the American model with scholarships for top athletes, this is hugely successful. Education is encouraged and even in Zambia, you hear most of the professional parents discourage their kids to practice too much sport, saying that they want their kids to concentrate more on education. Unfortunately this is a double edged sword as this often deprives a talented player of much needed practice time. The key is a balance of the two. It is imperative for young players to ensure they attain there education goals whilst living their sporting dreams on the other. My advice to current professional players is two fold; career planning, and studying during your spare time. In Belgium I spent 3 and half years not knowing Flemish, and not doing anything about it, because you could get by as everyone tried to speak to me in English, so I just got by. Yet the first day I arrived in PSV Einhoven in Holland, they assigned a teacher to me to study Dutch twice a week. Within 6 months I was fluent. The day I arrived in Mexico as a player for one of the biggest team in Mexico, Club America, I made it a priority to find a tutor to teach me Spanish. By the end of the first year I was fluent in Spanish. These talents are of immense value to me today. Besides my mother tongue Bemba, I also studied French at high school for 4 years and can converse in the language comfortably. I used to be the official translator when the team travelled to West Africa during my National Team playing days. My Italian improves on a daily basis thanks to my wife and mom-in-law, so all in all I can say I am a poly- linguist. A talent which comes in handy in the International football environment. I did Technical Directorship badge in Mexico from 1996 – 1998, which effectively make me qualified Technical Director. By the time I ended my professional career I walked away from football with two professional qualifications and 4 extra languages. My advice to young career footballers is to be wise, and not to get caught up in self-importance of the ‘now, but rather to picture yourself where you want o be in the future. Don’t only train your body, but train the brain at the same time. Unfortunately you cannot be a player forever and when the final whistle blows you better have a new game plan. The post RANDOM PICK: Kalu Gives Testimony to Upcoming Footballers appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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NDC Chipangali Candidate Apologizes for G12 Certificate Hiccup

National Democratic Congress (NDC) Eastern Province chairperson Samuel Lugomo-Phiri has apologized to his party members in the region for his failure to file for the Chipangali council chairperson elections recently. Phiri who had announced that he was going to stand … Continued

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National Democratic Congress (NDC) Eastern Province chairperson Samuel Lugomo-Phiri has apologized to his party members in the region for his failure to file for the Chipangali council chairperson elections recently. Phiri who had announced that he was going to stand on the NDC ticket suffered a big setback on the nomination day because of the failure to produce a certified grade twelve certificate. He claimed he forgot his certified grade 12 certificate at the NDC secretariat in Lusaka. “I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to all those who know me that all is not lost, let us give them this chance our chance is coming,†Phiri said. He refuted allegations that he was bribed by the PF not to file so that they could have it easy. Only three candidates namely PF’s Million Tembo, UPND’s William Banda and UPPZ’s Davy Kapwata are contesting the Chipangali council chairperson’s elections slated for July 26. The post NDC Chipangali Candidate Apologizes for G12 Certificate Hiccup appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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ZDDM president Eyes PF Adoption for Kasenengwa

Zambia Direct Democracy Movement president Edwin Sakala is seeking PF adoption in Kasenengwa constituency which fell vacant after the demise of Victoria Kalima. Sakala told journalists in Chipata that he wants to contest the elections whose date had not been … Continued

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Zambia Direct Democracy Movement president Edwin Sakala is seeking PF adoption in Kasenengwa constituency which fell vacant after the demise of Victoria Kalima. Sakala told journalists in Chipata that he wants to contest the elections whose date had not been set but he has not yet been adopted. He said he had gone round the constituency and claimed he had a lot of support. “There is a lot of support and I know I am going to win. It will be a landslide support for PF,†he said. Sakala said he knew programmes of President Lungu and was in full support of the programmes although he belongs to another political party. During the funeral of Kalima Sakala told the media that he would contest the by-election and would ask for PF support because he had been working with the ruling party. The post ZDDM president Eyes PF Adoption for Kasenengwa appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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I Am Not Doing Enough Until the People of Palestine Are Free – World’s Youngest Journalist

[News24Wire] She’s the youngest registered journalist in the world and has travelled all the way from Palestine to South Africa to teach locals about her passionate fight for the freedom of her people.

[News24Wire] She's the youngest registered journalist in the world and has travelled all the way from Palestine to South Africa to teach locals about her passionate fight for the freedom of her people.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa