Botswana’s Alcohol Industry Cautious as Night Spots Prepare to Open

Botswana is set to emerge this week from an 18-month state of emergency that will remove the president’s emergency powers and end pandemic restrictions on trade and gatherings. While many shops, bars, and restaurants want to get back to normal, some in…

Botswana is set to emerge this week from an 18-month state of emergency that will remove the president’s emergency powers and end pandemic restrictions on trade and gatherings. While many shops, bars, and restaurants want to get back to normal, some in Botswana’s alcohol industry say it’s too soon to lift restrictions on night spots.

The minister of trade and industry, Kgafela Mmusi, says the end of the edict, set for this Thursday, means businesses can revert to normal trading hours. This includes the reopening of nightspots.

That should be welcome news to Botswana’s alcohol industry, which employs around 50,000 people, including those who work at bars, breweries and distributors.

But Botswana Beverages Association president Peter Noke warns some establishments might not be ready to reopen.

Those that do will likely have restrictions, including a ban on dancing.

He said they have requested that dance floors be converted into seating areas.

“There should be sufficient spacing between the tables and there will be no dancing,” he said. “If one wishes to dance, they can only do so while seated.”

Music promoter Zain Aftermath says the decision to eliminate the dance floor is ill-advised.

“How are you going to open clubs and then say people should not dance? It doesn’t make sense. I wouldn’t leave my house to go to a nightclub, pay and buy alcohol so that I can sit on a chair. It is going to affect attendance in a huge way,” he said.

Workers’ union leader Johannes Tshukudu welcomes the reopening as entertainment industry workers have been mostly out of work since March of last year. But he too, urges caution.

“We don’t expect full capacity at the beginning, we may decide to have half capacity at the venues so that at least so that we use that as an observation element. We don’t want to see this thing [opening of night clubs] as a trap by the government to justify reintroducing the state of emergency,” he said.

Minister Kgafela says the government will keep an eye on nightspots to ensure compliance with the rules.

Source: Voice of America

Rwanda Massacre Mastermind Dies

Theoneste Bagosora, a former Rwandan army colonel regarded as the architect of the 1994 genocide in which more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and Hutus who tried to protect them were killed, died in a hospital in Mali on Saturday.The 80-year-old Bagosora wa…

Theoneste Bagosora, a former Rwandan army colonel regarded as the architect of the 1994 genocide in which more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and Hutus who tried to protect them were killed, died in a hospital in Mali on Saturday.

The 80-year-old Bagosora was serving a 35-year sentence after being found guilty of crimes against humanity by the then-International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Known as a hardliner within the party of Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, Bagosora was appointed cabinet director in the defense ministry in 1993 and took control of military and political affairs in the country.

Bagosora was accused of taking over the affairs of state after Habyarimana was killed when his plane was shot down in 1994 and ordering the massacre of Tutsi.

After the genocide, Bagosora fled into exile in Cameroon. He was arrested there in 1996 and flown to face trial in Tanzania in 1997.

His trial began in 2002 and lasted until 2007.

Bagosora was sentenced to life in prison in 2008 but that sentence was reduced on appeal.

Source: Voice of America

Pfizer Starts Clinical Trial of COVID Prevention Drug

WASHINGTON — Drugmaker Pfizer said it has started a large-scale clinical trial of a drug to ward off COVID-19 in those who are exposed to the virus.The trial for the oral antibiotic will involve 2,660 healthy adult participants who live in the same hou…

WASHINGTON — Drugmaker Pfizer said it has started a large-scale clinical trial of a drug to ward off COVID-19 in those who are exposed to the virus.

The trial for the oral antibiotic will involve 2,660 healthy adult participants who live in the same household as someone who is infected with COVID-19.

Pfizer is also studying the drug in people who have already been infected with COVID-19 but have yet to develop serious symptoms.

“If successful, we believe this therapy could help stop the virus early, before it has had a chance to replicate extensively,” Pfizer chief scientific officer Dr. Mikael Dolsten said in a statement.

The pill aims to block a key enzyme that the virus needs to replicate. If it works, scientists believe it will be effective only in the early stages of infection. Once COVID-19 becomes severe, the virus has largely stopped replicating and patients are mostly affected by an overactive immune response.

Also on Monday, U.S. President Joe Biden received a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, days after his administration approved a third shot of Pfizer’s vaccine for certain populations.

Biden told reporters at the White House before receiving his shot on camera that “boosters are important, but the most important thing we need to do is get more people vaccinated” with their initial shots.

He said 77% of the U.S. adult population has received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved the boosters last week for three categories of Americans: those 65 or older; front-line workers such as teachers, health care workers and others whose jobs place them at risk of contracting COVID-19; and those ages 50 to 64 with underlying conditions.

In New York

Monday is also the COVID-19 vaccination deadline for all hospital and nursing home health care workers in the state of New York. Health care staff at other facilities, including home care and hospice facilities, are required to be inoculated by October 7.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has said she will call up medically trained National Guard members to deal with any staffing shortages that may arise if health care workers refuse to adhere to the mandatory vaccination deadlines.

Workers who refuse vaccination without a valid doctor-approved request for a medical exemption, the governor’s office said, will be terminated and not be eligible to receive unemployment benefits.

Around the globe

Elsewhere, South Korea announced Monday that in October, it will begin vaccinating youngsters ages 12 to 17 and give boosters to people ages 75 and older, according to the Reuters news agency.

The booster program is prompted by a jump in COVID-19 cases following the recent Korean holiday, Chuseok, a three-day fall harvest festival. In recent weeks, people who had not been fully vaccinated accounted for more than 85% of new cases, the prime minister said, according to The New York Times.

Britain’s government said Monday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will meet on Tuesday with the COVID-19 Bereaved Families for Justice campaigning group, who have sharply criticized his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The group said family members would tell their stories to the prime minister of how their loved ones caught the virus.

In Cuba, officials said they have begun exporting a homegrown COVID-19 vaccine, sending shipments of it to Vietnam and Venezuela. Cuban scientists have said the three-dose Abdala vaccine is more than 90% effective against COVID-19.

Jordan’s royal palace said Monday that Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II has tested positive for COVID-19 with “mild symptoms.” The palace said the prince had been vaccinated.

A fourth member of the Brazilian delegation to the U.N. General Assembly also tested positive for the disease caused by the coronavirus. Pedro Guimaraes said Sunday he is fully vaccinated, asymptomatic and has been in quarantine since Wednesday.

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center said Monday there are currently more than 232 million COVID-19 cases globally and nearly 4.8 million deaths. More than 6 billion vaccine doses have been administered, the center said.

Source: Voice of America

37 Killed in Latest Violence in Nigeria’s North, Witnesses Say

At least 37 villagers were killed in Nigeria’s north during an attack on a remote village on Sunday, according to witnesses.The attack in the Kaura council area in the restive Kaduna state was blamed on a prolonged religious crisis between Hausa-Fulani…

At least 37 villagers were killed in Nigeria’s north during an attack on a remote village on Sunday, according to witnesses.

The attack in the Kaura council area in the restive Kaduna state was blamed on a prolonged religious crisis between Hausa-Fulani residents, who mostly reside in the northern part of the state, and the Christians who are concentrated in the south.

Residents and health workers at the hospitals where corpses and the injured were taken told The Associated Press that assailants arrived at the Madamai village in large numbers with guns and machetes on Sunday evening.

A police spokesman in Kaduna said he has not been briefed about the incident in the area known as a violence hotspot. In August, five people were killed and some houses were burned down during a similar violence outbreak in Kaura.

On Sunday, “37 people were killed; 35 dead bodies (were) discovered in the village, two (died) in the hospital,” said Derek Christopher, a local nurse at the General Hospital Kafanchan. He said the initial death toll was 30 as of Sunday night.

Those injured were given urgent medical attention before being referred to the Bingham University Teaching Hospital in Plateau state, which is about 115 kilometers (70 miles) away from the village.

At the hospital in Plateau, Sunday Eze said he narrowly escaped after being shot by the assailants.

“They shot me on my hand,” he said, and, when asked how many the gunmen were, added ruefully: “They were plenty; these people.”

Another resident who is overseeing care for those injured said that the attackers were Fulani herdsmen, referring to herders from the Fulani tribe who have been clashing with the predominantly Christian communities in southern Kaduna for many years.

“We have gunshots and we have machete cuts,” said Cecilia Simon, a resident doctor. “In the hospital here, we are six (that arrived from the village). This thing is not our fault; maybe it is the fault of the government.”

In Nigeria’s middle belt and central regions, deadly clashes between local communities and Fulani herdsmen continue in a cycle of violence that has defied measures introduced by authorities including the deployment of thousands of security operatives to restore peace.

Security operatives deployed to violence hotspots usually leave those areas once their special security operation is over, leaving the remote communities yet again with an inadequate security presence.

Arrests are rarely carried out, and in Kaduna state, authorities have been accused of failing to act on the reports of government panels set up to investigate the crisis.

Source: Voice of America

Emporio Armani marks 40 years with soft, fluid spring collection

Milan, Italian designer Giorgio Armani presented a light and fluid Emporio Armani collection for women and men at Milan Fashion Week on Thursday, as he marks 40 years of the label.The spring/summer 2022 catwalk show featured an array of chiffon dresse…

Milan, Italian designer Giorgio Armani presented a light and fluid Emporio Armani collection for women and men at Milan Fashion Week on Thursday, as he marks 40 years of the label.

The spring/summer 2022 catwalk show featured an array of chiffon dresses, jumpsuits, light blazers and pyjama-like suits in soft materials. Emporio Armani is seen as a more youthful brand than the veteran designer’s main Giorgio Armani line.

For women, parka jackets were adorned with zips, trousers were light and at times see-through, while chiffon tops were paired with chiffon skirts or shorts.

Armani, 87, started the catwalk show in soft hues of camel, grey, beige, pink that turned into bolder blues, greens and reds. Evening Wear consisted of shimmering sequined gowns and sparkling top and skirt outfits. Some designs had floral prints and decorations.

“This season, the journey begins in an imaginary desert, crossing its oasis and ending in vibrant colourways,” show notes said. “Everything blends together, quite freely,” according to Reuters.

For men, there were tailored blazers, tunic tops and pyjama pants. Trousers also bore prints while Bermuda shorts were matched with silky shirts.

In an interview with Women’s Wear Daily, Armani said Emporio Armani, whose logo is an eagle, had “very much evolved” over the decades.

“(It has found) an expanded design offer and larger public. Emporio Armani today is extremely varied, in accordance with the times, which have changed,” he said.

“Youth today is not a question of age, as much as a sensation, a way of being. So Emporio continues to be a container brand, in which everyone can find something. The spirit is free, metropolitan and dynamic.”

The designer will present his Giorgio Armani collection on Saturday.

Milan Fashion Week, which is a mix of in-person shows and digital presentations this season following a virtual edition in February due to the COVID-19 pandemic, runs until Monday.

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MLB roundup: Rays clinch American League East title with victory

St. Petersburg, Florida, Sept. 27 (BNA): Mike Zunino popped a tiebreaking two-run homer as the Tampa Bay Rays claimed the American League East crown with a 7-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla. Coupled with the New York Yan…

St. Petersburg, Florida, Sept. 27 (BNA): Mike Zunino popped a tiebreaking two-run homer as the Tampa Bay Rays claimed the American League East crown with a 7-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Coupled with the New York Yankees’ 5-3 comeback win over the Boston Red Sox, the victory gave the Rays their second consecutive division title and fourth overall in organizational history, Reuters reports.

Zunino had two hits and two runs, and Brandon Lowe went 4-for-5 with three doubles and two RBIs. Joey Wendle and Yandy Diaz each had two hits, a run and an RBI.

Rookie Shane McClanahan (10-6) exited after five innings that required 84 pitches but matched the club high with his 10th win, sharing the lead with Josh Fleming. The left-hander yielded six hits and struck out three while walking one.

Cardinals 8, Cubs 5

Paul DeJong hit a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly as visiting St. Louis rallied past Chicago for its team-record 15th straight victory.

Harrison Bader added a solo homer and RBI single as the Cardinals reduced their magic number for reaching the National League wild-card game to three. Cardinals starting pitcher Jon Lester allowed four runs, three earned, on eight hits and three walks. Kwang Hyun Kim (7-7) earned the victory with a scoreless inning in relief.

Ian Happ drove in three runs for the Cubs, who lost for the 12th time in their last 14 games.

Yankees 5, Red Sox 3

Giancarlo Stanton crushed a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning, and the New York Yankees tied host Boston for the top American League wild-card spot.

Stanton’s first-pitch blast gave the Yankees their first lead of the contest. The slugger homered and had four RBIs in a New York win Friday to kick off the pivotal three-game series.

The visitors extended their winning streak to five. Bobby Dalbec homered in the ninth for the Red Sox, who had won seven in a row entering the series.

Phillies 3, Pirates 0

Left-hander Ranger Suarez tossed a four-hit shutout to lift host Philadelphia past Pittsburgh and remain just 1 1/2 games back of NL East-leading Atlanta.

Suarez (7-5) struck out seven and walked none for the Phillies, who won their fifth in a row. Suarez, a former closer, threw only 97 pitches while recording his first career shutout.

Matt Vierling homered and singled and Bryce Harper added a home run. J.T. Realmuto provided two hits for the Phillies. Pirates right-hander Wil Crowe (4-8) lasted only 4 2/3 innings and gave up eight hits and three runs with four walks and two strikeouts.

Athletics 2, Astros 1

Starling Marte scorched a walk-off double with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving host Oakland its second straight win over AL West-leading Houston.

The A’s overcame yet another home run by the Astros’ Kyle Tucker off Sean Manaea to stay alive in the AL West, where they now sit in third place, trailing Houston by seven games with seven remaining.

Oakland also remained four games behind wild-card co-leaders New York and Boston, with Toronto two games out and Seattle three back. Andrew Chafin (2-3), who worked a 1-2-3 top of the ninth, was credited with the win, and Astros closer Ryan Pressly (5-3) took the loss.

Indians 6, White Sox 0

Rookie right-hander Eli Morgan allowed one hit over six shutout innings to lead host Cleveland past Chicago in the fourth game of their five-game series.

Morgan struck out six and walked one in his 17th major league start. Jose Ramirez and Andres Gimenez homered, and Myles Straw had two hits and scored two runs for the Indians.

White Sox starter Lance Lynn (10-6) allowed six runs and seven hits in six innings. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter for the White Sox, who clinched the AL Central with a win in the series opener on Thursday.

Tigers 5, Royals 1

Miguel Cabrera had a two-run double and two-run single and the host Detroit collected their fifth win in six games by defeating Kansas City.

Jonathan Schoop had two hits and scored two runs, while Jeimer Candelario added two hits and an RBI. Drew Hutchison (3-1) only allowed an unearned run in 2 2/3 innings of relief. Michael Fulmer got the last four outs for his 12th save.

Detroit starter Tarik Skubal gave up one hit in four scoreless innings. Making his second career start, Kansas City starter Jon Heasley held the Tigers scoreless on three hits in 5 1/3 innings. Hunter Dozier had two extra-base hits and an RBI for the Royals.

Blue Jays 6, Twins 1

Marcus Semien tied the single-season home run record for second basemen with his 43rd as Toronto snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Minnesota in Minneapolis.

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Jays starter Robbie Ray allowed three hits over six innings while picking up his 13th win. Teoscar Hernandez and George Springer also homered for Toronto, which remained two games behind the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox in the race for the American League’s two wild-card spots.

Minnesota, which had a four-game winning streak snapped, took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Jorge Polanco singled, advanced to second on a walk to Josh Donaldson, stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Mitch Garver, whose potential extra-base liner to center was backhanded by Springer before crashing into the fence.

Angels 14, Mariners 1

Shohei Ohtani hit two run-scoring triples and walked with the bases loaded as Los Angeles put a crimp in Seattle’s postseason hopes with a blowout in Anaheim, Calif.

Luis Rengifo homered and Phil Gosselin and Jared Walsh each drove in four runs for the Angels, who won for just the second time in their past nine games. Left-hander Jhonathan Diaz (1-0) pitched seven innings of relief, allowing just one run on three hits, to earn his first major league victory. Angels starter Jaime Barria, a right-hander, left after two scoreless innings with arm fatigue.

The Mariners had their season-high six-game winning streak snapped and fell three games behind both Boston and the New York Yankees in the chase for the American League’s two wild-card playoff berths.

Braves 10, Padres 8 (10 innings)

Jorge Soler drove in four runs, including one on a double in the 10th, to help visiting Atlanta beat San Diego in 10 innings.

Soler, who went 3-for-5, hit a line-drive double that scored Travis d’Arnaud, who began the inning at second base, and sent Orlando Arcia, who had walked, to third. Arcia then scored on a long sacrifice fly by Ozzie Albies. The winning pitcher was Richard Rodriguez (5-4) and Will Smith earned his 34th save. The losing pitcher was Daniel Hudson (5-3).

San Diego starter Vince Velasquez pitched three innings and allowed two runs on three hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Atlanta starter Huascar Ynoa allowed a season-high seven runs on seven hits and six strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.

Giants 7, Rockies 2

Brandon Belt hit a pair of home runs as San Francisco won for the fourth time in the past five games by beating Colorado in Denver.

The Giants came into the night one home run away from tying the franchise record of 235 in a single season, set in 2001. Belt’s first homer came in the first inning and tied the record; his second, a three-run shot in the fifth, set it.

Colorado starter Jon Gray (8-12) went 4 2/3 innings, giving up four runs off five hits with five strikeouts. Prior to Saturday night’s game, the Rockies held a ceremony in which they retired Larry Walker’s No. 33 as the team celebrated his Hall of Fame induction.

Orioles 3, Rangers 2

Kelvin Gutierrez capped a three-run seventh inning with a two-run home run and Baltimore defeated visiting Texas.

The seventh-inning rally broke up a scoreless game and gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead in the four-game series.

Jose Trevino and Nathaniel Lowe had solo home runs for the Rangers. Texas right-hander Jordan Lyles (9-13) allowed all three runs on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.

Brewers 2, Mets 1

Corbin Burnes bolstered his National League Cy Young candidacy by tossing seven strong innings, earning the victory as Milwaukee cut its magic number for winning the NL Central to one by edging the visiting New York Mets.

Eduardo Escobar delivered a two-run single in the third inning for the Brewers, who can clinch the fourth full-season division title in franchise history with a win in Sunday’s series finale or a loss by the St. Louis Cardinals, who have won 15 in a row.

The loss was the fourth straight and 12th in 15 games for New York, eliminated from playoff contention prior to first pitch due to the Philadelphia Phillies’ 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. New York was in first place in the NL East for 114 days.

Reds 7, Nationals 6

Nick Castellanos hit a walk-off solo homer with one out in the ninth inning and Cincinnati defeated visiting Washington.

Castellanos, who went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, hit an 0-1 fastball from Patrick Murphy (0-3) to center field for his 31st home run.

The Reds, who won on a walk-off for the second night in a row, remain six games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second NL wild card. Mychal Givens (4-3) pitched one inning for the win.

Diamondbacks 7, Dodgers 2

Zac Gallen got the better of a duel with Clayton Kershaw and Arizona earned a rare victory against playoff-bound Los Angeles.

Gallen (3-10) gave up one run on just three hits over six innings, while Ketel Marte and Carson Kelly hit home runs as the Diamondbacks won for just the third time in 18 games against the Dodgers this season.

Trea Turner hit two home runs for the Dodgers, who lost for just the third time in their last 14 games. Los Angeles fell to 5-2 on their nine-game road trip.

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