By Wendell Roelf WINDHOEK (Reuters) - Namibians voted on Friday in Africa's first electronic election that is expected see the SWAPO party extend its 24-year rule with people in the mineral-rich country seeking stability in the face of a global commodities downturn. Namibia has one of Africa's healthiest economies and SWAPO, the former liberation movement that secured independence from South Africa, has maintained its popular support although dissent is growing over inequality and a lack of housing. Despite an 11th hour challenge from the opposition over the lack of a paper trail from electronic voting, the election commission was using about 4,000 voting machines for the presidential and parliamentary vote instead of paper ballots. In the booth, voters found a gray electronic device with pictures or logos of the candidates and a green button next to each one. Instead of marking a cross on paper, voters selected their choice by pressing the button. "It is way better and faster," said voter Sara Isaacs. While there is no history of electoral fraud in Namibia unlike in many of its neighbors, logistical problems meant the results from the vote in 2009 took a week to emerge. The election commission has this time promised them within 24 hours. Elections director Paul Isaak said that instead of spending N$20 million ($1.81 million) printing ballots, this year the commission had achieved an "enormous saving" by spending just N$2 million ($181,000) on such paper - one for each voting machine. More than 1.2 million people were eligible to vote. Namibia is aiming to become the world's second-largest uranium producer after Kazakhstan with the construction of its Chinese-backed Husab mine, expected to start production in 2015. The sparsely populated, southern African state has been one of the world's best performing economies and growth is forecast to rise to 5 percent in 2014 from 4.4 percent last year. But lower metal prices, especially for its key export uranium, poses a risk, according to Namibia's central bank. In signs of discontent, more than 100 protesters called for land distribution last week, and the opposition Democratic Turnhalle Alliance has been attracting more support. "We want a new president. We also want new changes for everything, more houses, more toilets and we are having a problem with jobs," said Johannes Gabriel, a security guard in the capital Windhoek. But analysts say any dissent is unlikely to be enough to threaten SWAPO's hold over the presidency and its two-thirds majority in parliament in Namibia where it has ruled since independence from apartheid South Africa in 1990. (Editing by Tiisetso Motsoeneng and Mark Heinrich)
Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting
For decades, short hair and motherhood have been synonymous for various reasons—ease, propriety, Kate Gosselin—but as women have children later and our visual identity is often one we're already comfortable with, the meaning of mom hair is starting to shift.
- KABC – Los Angeles
A lockdown that was placed on the U.S. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms has been lifted following reports of shots fired, officials said on Monday.
Karlyn Serane Ramirez wanted to make the world a better place and thought joining the Army was the best way to do that. Her greatest danger, however, was her relationship with another soldier. She grew up in Del Rio, Texas and came from a long line of military women. Both her mother and aunt had served and she followed in their path. “She went to college for a few years, got an associate’s degree, and then decided that the military would probably be a better fit for her,” sister Roxanna Ramirez
- The Daily Beast
via Facebook A church pastor in Indiana publicly confessed to his congregation this week that he’d committed “adultery” two decades ago—but he was quickly called out by a woman who took the stage to say she had only been 16 when he preyed on her.The public confrontation that played out Sunday at the New Life Christian Church and World Outreach in Warsaw has now sparked an investigation by local prosecutors in Kosciusko County, according to local reports.Video of the incident shot by an attendee
- Lexington Herald-Leader
Three Kentucky GOP House committee chairs took losses in Northern Kentucky this primary cycle. What was the driving force behind their defeat and what does it mean for the rest of the state?
- Ukrayinska Pravda
ALIONA MAZURENKO - TUESDAY, 24 MAY 2022, 16:19 A [Russian] fighter has been shot down in the skies over Ukraine, and Kanamat Botashev, a retired Major General of the Russian Air Force, was killed. Source: Russian edition of BBC with reference to Botashov's three former subordinates Details: Subordinates who had kept in touch with Botashev after leaving the service agreed to comment on condition of anonymity for reasons of personal safety.
Leah Remini and her husband, Angelo Pagan, will soon be empty nesters. Their daughter Sofia heads to college this fall.
Pictures of the Food From Kourtney and Travis's Wedding Have Been Released and People Have *Questions*
Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker held their lavish wedding over the weekend, but since pictures of the food have been released people have questions.
- Women's Health
Shakira's abs and legs look so toned in a new dance video on IG. To stay fit, the singer does 90-minute dance cardio sessions with her trainer Anna Kaiser.
Meghan Markle showcased her polo match style now that she isn't a working royal—and had one of her grandest PDA moments with Prince Harry while at it.
- NBC Sports BayArea
The Mavericks didn't appreciate Steph Curry's celebration after a no-look 3-pointer.
- IndyStar | The Indianapolis Star
Reggie Miller discusses Steph Curry's penchant for shimmying after scoring by recalling an opponent who vexed him for similar celebrations.
- E! News
Nearly two months after Bruce Willis’ family shared he was diagnosed with aphasia, his wife, Emma Heming, posted a video of him in good spirits playing basketball.
Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker Take a Lovers' Leap from a Superyacht One Day After Their Wedding
Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian tied the knot over the weekend during a romantic Italian ceremony attended by close friends and family
- Men's Health
"I wouldn’t recommend anyone do what I did to get ready for that job," said the 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3' star.
Ice-T and his wife, Coco Austin, are catching heat for pushing their 6-year-old daughter Chanel in a stroller while visiting Atlantis Bahamas in the Caribbean.
- In The Know by Yahoo
She said there was a "silent rule" about big diamonds.
- Kansas City Star
The Cardinals slugger’s production over the last 15 games likely has never been seen in Major League Baseball history.
- Business Insider
'So ashamed': Russian diplomat quits over Ukraine invasion, attacking Putin's circle as corrupt and obsessed with luxury
Boris Bondarev, who was Russia's diplomat to the UN in Geneva, slammed the war in Ukraine, as well as his former boss and oligarchs.
- NBC Sports BayArea
Steph Curry liked what he saw from Luka Doni after the Mavericks superstar hit a shimmy celebration after a buzzer-beater to end the first quarter of Game 3.