Tuna tatizo! Tanzania apologises to Zambia for accidents caused by its truck drivers


Director of Transport from Surface and Regulatory Authority of Tanzania Leo John Ngowi apologized to the Zambian government for the accidents caused by Tanzanian registered trucks and that there is need to find a lasting solution to the problem.

Zambia Police Service Traffic section in a report recorded about 227 road traffic accidents caused by Tanzanian truck drivers between January 1, 2015 and May 19, 2015.

Out of the 227 accidents 37 were fatal in which 42 lives were lost while 42 were serious with 51 slightly serious of which 59 persons were slightly injured and 133 involved damage to vehicle or property.

The report says the major causes of these accidents are excess speed, obstruction, fatigue which leads to wrong parking and that poses a danger to other motorists and that the worst is the running away of drivers after causing an accident.

And the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) says its government’s role to remove obstacles that cause congestion at border posts such as poor road infrastructure.

RTSA Chief Executive Director Zindaba Soko said this during the bilateral road transport meeting between Zambia and Tanzania in Ndola on Wednesday.

Mr. Soko said the state of the road infrastructure in any country plays a key role in promoting the smooth flow of trade and people.
“With regards to border processes, Zambia has made significant strides at implementing the One Stop Border Post (OSBP) at Nakonde/Tunduma border post. The OSBP infrastructure at Nakonde/Tunduma border on the Zambian side is complete and operational,” 
he said.

Mr. Soko urged Tanzania to expedite efforts to set up the like infrastructure on the Tanzanian side so that the OSBP could become fully operational.

He said it was Zambia’s hope that other countries both in the SADC and COMESA regions could adopt the concept on all corridors in order to enhance efficiency in the clearing of goods and passengers at border posts.
“There are obvious gains to be achieved by reducing the amount of time that vehicles (both freight and passengers) spend at the border, one of them being the reduction in the cost of doing business as operators will be able to make more trips than they are making at present,” 
he said.

Mr Soko stressed the need for operators to adhere to traffic rules so as to prevent needless losses of life due to reckless, careless or dangerous driving.

Chef shares how to best grill meat; Also best fruits to grill


- Bring the meat to room temperature before grilling. There's a "much longer thermal trip to done-ness" for the "insides of the meat" when you slap a piece of steak or burgers onto the grill directly from your fridge. Remember: The longer it's on the grill, the drier the meat. So take your meat out about an hour before grilling to minimize cooking time and maximize juiciness.

- Salt the meat before grilling. Sprinkle salt onto meat an hour before he grills. The salt helps pull out water-soluble proteins that produce a better sear and a "dark, golden delicious coating."

- Dry and lightly oil the meat before grilling. Make sure your meat is "bone dry," with little to no liquid on its surface, before cooking. Excess water acts as a heat barrier, prolonging the cooking time. So don't marinate a piece of meat and then immediately slap it on the grill. But a light coating of oil "helps to get heat in" and "lubricate the grill grates."

- Keep things moving.  Flip, turn and rotate average steak about four times. If it looks like it's overcooking, move it over. Always make sure I have one part of my grill hotter and another part not so hot.

Note: For fish, keep the skin on, to create a barrier between the grill's heat and the fish's tender flesh


Best Fruit To Grill

  • Peaches. Halve the fruit and lightly brush the cut flesh with oil before searing them. Then turn them upside down, brush with a mixture of honey and bourbon and let them "percolate" before serving with ice cream. 
Also recommended for grilling are: 
  • pineapples
  • under-ripe bananas
  • papayas 
  • mangoes

Tips shared by Food Network chef Alton Brown via The NPR

Waziri Nyalandu akagua madhara ya "mamba mla watu" Masasi



WAZIRI wa Maliasili na Utalii, Lazaro Nyalandu akimsikiliza diwani wa Nhavila, wilayani Masasi, Meja Ramadhan Chilumba, jana, katika sehemu ya mto, wakati waziri huyo alipotembelea mto Ruvuma katika kijiji cha Manyuli ambako alitembelea watu waliojeruhiwa na wengine kuuawa na
mamba, alipokwenda kutoa kifuta machozi kutoka wizarani kwake.



Katibu Tawala wilaya ya Masasi, Dunford Peter akimwonyesha ramani Waziri wa maliasili na Utalii, Lazaro Nyalandu ya sehemu ya mto huo, wakati waziri huyo alipotembelea mto Ruvuma katika kijiji cha Manyuli ambako alitembelea watu waliojeruhiwa na wengine kuuawa na mamba, alipokwenda kutoa kifuta machozi kutoka wizarani kwake.



Diwani wa Nhavila, wilayani Masasi Meja Ramadhan Chilumba akimsaidia Waziri wa maliasili na Utalii, Lazaro Nyalandu kupanda kingo za mto, alipotembelea mto Ruvuma mpakani na Msumbiji kutoa kifutajasho kwa watu waliojeruhiwa na kuuawa na mamba katika mto huo.



Diwani wa Nhavila, wilayani Masasi Meja Ramadhan Chilumba akimwongoza Waziri wa maliasili na Utalii, Lazaro Nyalandu alipotembelea mto Ruvuma katika kijiji cha Manyuli wilayani Masasi, mpakani na Msumbiji alikokwenda kutoa kifutajasho kwa watu waliojeruhiwa na kuuawa na mamba katika mto huo.




Waziri wa maliasili na Utalii, Lazaro Nyalandu akizungumza na wanakijiji wa Manyuli wilayani Masasi ambako alitembelea watu waliojeruhiwa na wengine kuuawa na mamba, alipokwenda kutoa kifuta machozi kutoka wizarani kwake.



Wanakijiji wa Manyuli, wilayani Masasi wakimsikiliza Waziri wa maliasili na Utalii, Lazaro Nyalandu alipozungumza nao jana, alitembelea watu waliojeruhiwa na wengine kuuawa na
mamba, alipokwenda kutoa kifuta machozi kutoka wizarani kwake.



Waziri wa maliasili na Utalii, Lazaro Nyalandu akikabidhi hundi ya fidia kwa Katibu Tawala wilaya ya Masasi Dunford Peter ili zigawiwe kwa watu walioathiriwa na mamba katika vijiji vilivyo kando ya mto Ruvuma jana, ikiwa ni mpango wa serikali kufidia watu waliojeruhiwa ama kuuawa na mamba nchini.
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65-y/o women give birth



A 65-year-old woman in Israel has just become a mother for the first time. The ultra-Orthodox woman gave birth to a healthy 5.9-pound baby boy this week, reports the Jerusalem Post. Haya Shahar did so thanks to IVF treatment she had outside the country, likely Russia, because Israel forbids the procedure for women older than 54.

“We do not recommend this,” says Dr. Tal Biron of Kfar Saba hospital. Nevertheless, he added that the baby is “very cute.” Shahar’s husband is 67, and they’d been trying unsuccessfully to have a baby throughout their 46-year marriage. The Post notes the sperm was either donated or bought, but the hospital won’t specify; Haaretz says the couple used a donor egg.

While the delivery (by C-section) makes Shahar the oldest woman to give birth in Israel, it’s not a world record. Among the older verified births are one in Spain and another in Romania, both with women who delivered at age 66 after IVF treatments, notes the Mommy Files blog at the San Francisco Chronicle. The oldest woman on record to conceive naturally is a woman in the UK who gave birth at 59, it adds.

Shahar and her husband credit a rabbi’s blessing for their new son. “The baby is a darling and there is no despair in the world, and the chapter never ends,” they said. 

Grandmother, 65, 'Gives Birth To Quadruplets'


A 65-year-old woman has given birth to quadruplets, German media has reported – making her a mother to 17 children.

Annegret Raunigk had been criticised by doctors for her decision to have fertilised eggs implanted abroad, amid concerns her body would be physically incapable of bearing the children.

However, the three boys and one girl were delivered by caesarean section in Berlin on Tuesday, according to RTL.

Although the quadruplets have a strong chance of survival, complications cannot be ruled out because they were born prematurely at 26 weeks.

Ms Raunigk is a teacher nearing retirement, and has seven grandchildren.

Her case has caused considerable controversy in her native Germany – with one politician branding her decision to pursue IVF abroad as "negligent".

Under German law, she was deemed too old to receive reproductive medicine.


Dutch cabinet approves partial Islamic burqa ban

Muslim women wearing various type of Islamic veils (closewise from top left): a hijab; a niqab; a burqa and a tchador (AFP Photo/)

The Hague (AFP) - The Dutch cabinet on Friday approved a partial ban on wearing the face-covering Islamic veil, including in schools, hospitals and on public transport.

"Face-covering clothing will in future not be accepted in education and healthcare institutions, government buildings and on public transport," the government said in a statement after the cabinet backed Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk's bill.

The ban does not apply to wearing the burqa on the street, but only "in specific situations where it is essential for people to be seen" or for security reasons, Prime Minister Mark Rutte told journalists after the cabinet meeting.

"The bill does not have any religious background," Rutte said.

The government said it had "tried to find a balance between people's freedom to wear the clothes they want and the importance of mutual and recognisable communication."

A previous bill banning the burqa even on the street and dating from Rutte's last government, which was supported by anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders, will be withdrawn.

The government said it "sees no reason for a general ban that would apply to all public places."

It was agreed that a new bill would be drawn up by the coalition partners of Rutte's Liberal VVD party and the Labour PvdA when they formed their coalition in 2012.

Those flouting the ban can be fined up to 405 euros (around $450).

State broadcaster NOS said that between 100 and 500 women in the Netherlands wear the burqa, most of them only occasionally.

Several European countries have introduced at least partial burqa bans despite accusations of restricting religious expression.

The Dutch government said it would send its draft law to the highest court in the Netherlands, the Council of State, for its opinion.

That opinion and the bill's text will be made public when parliament begins debating the law at a date yet to be decided.

France introduced a ban on women wearing the burqa in 2010, resulting in a handful of arrests since then.

The European Court of Human Rights last year backed the French ban, rejecting arguments that outlawing full-face veils breaches religious freedom.

Under the French ban, women wearing full-face veils in public spaces can be fined up to 150 euros.

Belgium and some parts of Switzerland have followed France's lead and similar bans have been considered in other European countries.

Attempts to enforce the legislation in France have however proved problematic and sometimes sparked confrontations.

Dem. Rep. of Congo bans Traditional Chinese Medicine


The Democratic Republic of Congo has banned Chinese hospitals and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine. While the ban has been made due to ‘non-compliance with local health regulations’ the move will certainly help endangered species across the world.

With China increasing its presence and influence in Africa there are increasing numbers of Chinese national operating on the continent and with that comes the support services including hospitals and doctors.

With 10,000 Chinese nationals in DR Congo the demand for traditional health workers was increasing.

When announcing the ban Health Minister Felix Kabange said, 
“I announce today the closure of all establishments practicing Chinese medicine since it is a non-conventional medicine,”
“The DRC is not a trash can…If they want to work, they must comply with the standards. We need everyone to develop, but we should take health issues seriously,”

The move took place after the health ministry was made aware of the use of magnetic analysers and unauthorised food supplements being used.

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