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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Honeymoon over for parastatalsHoneymoon over for parastatals The Ministry of Public Enterprises says the honeymoon is over for corruption perpetrators and government will not relent in the fight at the country’s parastatals.

    In a statement regarding the suspension of the Namibia Airports Company CEO and an IT executive, the ministry read the riot act, saying the “honeymoon was over once and for all”.

    It added: “The ministry will not condone any form of corruption within any of the Namibian public enterprises.” The statement said irregularities at the NAC were brought to their attention.

    “A special investigation was authorised. The outcome convinced the ministry to hand the preliminary report to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for further investigation which is still ongoing. The new NAC board was appointed in August 2016 and was duly informed.”

    The board also investigated and appointed an auditing firm to complement the efforts of the ACC. The chairperson of the board submitted their request and motivation for permission to suspend both the CEO Tamer El-Kallawi and the strategic executive for engineering, IT and special projects, Courage Silombela. The works minister Alpheus !Naruseb was also procedurally consulted on the matter.

    The public enterprise ministry said this was in line with the directive issued on 10 February last year which prohibits the suspension of any CEO/MD or member of the senior management of public enterprises unless the board has sought and received formal written approval from the Ministry of Public Enterprises to do so.

    “The Ministry of Public Enterprises wants to honour the board of the NAC for their perseverance and professionalism in their approach. The board members have displayed courage, perseverance and above all integrity which is the most important quality required from all board members of our public enterprises.”

    Investigations into irregularities are ongoing, while the ministry said the suspensions were needed to ensure that the probe and continue “unhindered and without any potential interference. The final outcome of this investigation will dictate whether any further action is required and the extent of such required action.”

    The ministry cautioned staff at public enterprises, saying corruption in any form will not be tolerated.

    “We shall as we have been doing, utilize each and every process, method, person and resource at our disposal to entirely eradicate this phenomenon from the face of our precious public enterprises and we shall restore and maintain integrity.”



    STAFF REPORTER

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    Selling sex to feed her familySelling sex to feed her family Caught between a hard rock and a hard place, a Windhoek woman in her late 40s has been forced to work the streets for 17 years to fend for her children.

    The children's father does not support them or her, and left Windhoek years ago.

    Her pension from a previous domestic job falls far short of her financial obligations that include rent and education fees for her two very intelligent children.

    In a room she rents in Katutura, she shares a bed with her youngest, who is in Grade 10 while the elder child, currently at university, sleeps on a makeshift bed.

    Narrating her ordeal, and breaking down repeatedly throughout the interview, the woman loathes what she does, but her determination, will and love for her children, and her commitment to educate them has forced her to be out on the street as late as 03:00 and at times 05:00.

    “I pray and cry every day before I go out asking God to forgive me but I tell God that I have no choice because I must look after my children in high school and at university? One of them is an award-winning student from primary school right up to secondary,” she said showing the numerous awards won by the undergraduate, before breaking down again.

    The mother of four boys, two of them now grown men, said ever since she developed a medical condition that requires her to go for almost daily treatment, her body has become too weak to take up cleaning jobs like she used to do in the past.

    After she lost her job, she was forced to take her children to their father, unable to care for them.

    “I did not have an option because I did not have a place to stay. I was staying with my sister but her husband kept complaining that he could not feed the enlarged family and I decided to take the children to their father,” she said adding that she later regretted having done so.

    But parting with her children was a torturous decision, “and every day I was thinking about my children”. She went to see them.



    “When I got there, my children cried and begged me not to leave them behind especially the undergraduate.”

    Most heartbreaking she says, was discovering that her children then aged 10 and eight were the ones washing and cooking for the uncle's three toddlers.

    She said she blamed herself for subjecting her children to the abuse they suffered.

    She said she bundled her children up, put their clothes in a plastic bag and brought them to Windhoek after they told her about their suffering.

    “For four years I never heard from the father of my children after we separated. I was left with the boys who needed food and education but with no job and little education. I only went up to Grade 6 but the streets have taught me to speak English. I had to learn in order to 'work',” she said.”

    Life on the street has been a gruelling experience for her and she sobbed as she narrated her suffering.

    In a situation where the streets are full of young girls, she is always the last one to be hired, she said.

    “I only get work when the young ones are gone and that means going home as late as 03:00 or 05:00. My children depend only on me,” she said amid sobs.

    The streets are dangerous at night and often the women are beaten up by their clients or street kids, robbing them of their cash.

    “Because of my age, they run after me and trip me before grabbing the night's earnings. When that happens, it means I must continue working until the early hours of the morning.

    Often, she said, the clients do not want to use their vehicles, if they have a vehicle, and they are forced into the veld, which compounds the danger.

    She point to the pepper spray canister and taps on her chest, saying “this is where I keep it”.

    Her case is one of the hundreds of Namibian women who are forced onto the streets to fend for their families while the fathers of these children live stress-free lives.

    There is no police protection for these women if they are subjected to crime as they are arrested when they report incidences to the police.



    DORCAS MHUNGU

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  • 06/22/17--16:00: Our child rape shame
  • Our child rape shameOur child rape shame'Time to stop turning a blind eye' The incessant rape of children in Namibia is becoming an epidemic of horror. Police investigated more than 3 800 rapes of children and adolescents between 2003 and 2012 and experts worry that although child rape has become the norm in Namibia, the lack of public and political outcry around the issue inevitably endorses the attitudes that lead to rape.

    Police statistics show that 3 656 rapes of female children and teenagers were reported between 2003 and 2012, and 207 of boys.

    Overall, the statistics show that close to 40% of rapes during those 10 years were of children, more than one-third of all rapes reported to police.

    “Namibian society is silent about the issue of rape. We do not hold each other accountable and we do not speak out against such acts. Men also do not hold each other accountable and we have made it acceptable for men to sexually harass women,” Lifeline/Childline counsellors Charlemaine Husselmann and James Itana said.

    The Legal Assistance Centre's (LAC) Dianne Hubbard said she worries “that the nation is no longer shocked about child sexual abuse” despite evidence it remains a “widespread problem that is not abating.”

    Although the topic has not spurred a lot of vocal outcry, last week did show a minor shift when the police chief Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga slammed the high rate of child rape and called for more vigilance from communities, and stricter sentences.





    Deputy agriculture minister Anna Shiweda meanwhile decried the high rate of child rape and called it “barbaric”.

    And despite Namibia's progressive legal and policy environment on the issue, girls remain “the most vulnerable members of our society,” Husselmann and Itana emphasised.

    Even pregnant teenagers carry the brunt of society's scorn and blame “yet nothing is done to hold men or boys accountable”.

    Moreover, the dominance of patriarchy in Namibia, as well as general acceptance of sexual harassment by men against women, adds to the problem.

    “The mere fact that Namibia has such high incidences of rape is an indication that we still live in a society entrenched in harmful cultural beliefs, norms and practices, which are further fuelled by pervasive, harmful gender norms and inequalities between men and women.”

    The social workers warned that “men can say and do almost anything towards women, without there being repercussions, and as long as this is the case rape will continue to soar in our country.”



    Rape a symptom

    Thirty-one new cases of rape of children and teenagers were opened by the police since May 2017, as per daily crime reports issued, a figure experts say does not accurately reflect the actual number of cases, since rape remains widely underreported due to numerous factors.

    One of those factors is the relationship between rapist and victim.

    “Several local studies indicated that children are at risk of sexual abuse from their own parents, care-givers or family members. This should be shocking to us all,” Hubbard, who is the coordinator of the Gender Research & Advocacy Project at the LAC, explained.

    More than 10 suspects being investigated by police since May are related to their alleged victims, including a case where a close relative allegedly impregnated a 12-year-old girl.

    In another case, a 16-year-old pregnant girl was beaten to death by her 34-year-old boyfriend, who then hanged himself.

    A 73-year-old father was arrested after he allegedly sexually molested his 10-year-old daughter.

    A four-year-old girl was reportedly raped and beaten by her 19-year-old uncle in June.



    When is rape, rape?



    “Despite the lack of statistics, we are aware that many more cases of rape go unreported. The issue of statutory rape in Namibia is for instance one issue that requires a lot of attention, given the high incidence of teen pregnancies,” Lifeline's Husselmann and Itana said.

    They explained that many teenage girls engage in sexual activities with older men “without knowing that it is rape”. Often these relationships make them more vulnerable to abuse, especially if they refuse to continue such relationships.

    “When these men are accused of rape, they blame the girls. This shows the strong patriarchal hold we have in our society and that these girls do not realise they are being groomed by these men.”

    They warned that parents and guardians contribute to the problem, when they shield alleged rapists, “especially in instances where the victim is an adolescent and the rape resulted in pregnancy”.

    Broader community awareness on rape and GBV could play a crucial role in addressing the problem, they said.

    The health ministry could “assist in efforts to identify fathers of children born to adolescent girls. If we do not hold men accountable, the issue of statutory rape will continue unabated.”



    The fix



    There is no quick-fix for the long-term problem.

    Hubbard said while the child welfare ministry is addressing the issue with some positive initiatives, “the problem is bigger than one ministry can handle on its own”.

    Politicians are rarely heard “talking about the need to protect children from abuse and life skills continue to be a neglected subject in many schools,” she said.

    Corporal punishment, which is illegal, is still applied at many schools, and “children are often beaten at home, sometimes severely”.

    “There is no consistent message about the need to respect the dignity of children and in my view this contributes to children growing up to be adults who use violence against others. Abuse breeds more abuse. We will never be able to reduce gender-based violence or violence in Namibia in general if we don't start with the children,” Hubbard said.

    Husselmann and Itana agreed that the Life Skills curriculum needs to be strengthened and implemented at all Namibian schools.

    They added that tackling the issue of rape and gender-based violence requires all stakeholders, including parents, teachers, government and the private sector, to work together to curb the high incidences of rape.



    JANA-MARI SMITH

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     Ya Toivo’s life celebrated Ya Toivo’s life celebrated Namibians from all walks of life gathered at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek to pay homage and bid farewell to liberation struggle icon Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo. He died on 9 June at his Windhoek house. He was 92. Speaker after speaker described Ya Toivo as a selfless, fearless and humble son of the soil. In his tribute, President Hage Geingob said Ya Toivo’s selfless service to the Namibian people should be a constant reminder to make the country a better place. “Fellow mourners, only a man of exceptional character can spearhead the genesis of a mass movement with a mandate to unite Namibians to fight a common enemy,” Geingob said. “As Namibians, and mourners we shall draw from his power of forgiveness and unity. It was this straight heart that made him espouse the principles of unity and pulling in one direction. It was also this straight heart that would lead him to find his soulmate, the love of his life, Comrade Vicki Ya Toivo. Vicky and Andimba were kindred spirits who were united by their activism.” Founding President Sam Nujoma eulogised Ya Toivo as a principled man. “We are bidding farewell to an exceptionally dedicated and principled compatriot and freedom fighter. His statement during their treason trial in Pretoria in 1967 was of great inspiration for the Namibian struggle in defiance of the illegal occupation of Namibia by racist South Africa,” said Nujoma. Ya Toivo will be laid to rest tomorrow at the Heroes Acre. He is survived by his children, siblings and wife Vicki.

    STAFF REPORTER





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     Name Ondangwa airport after Ya Toivo – Pohamba Name Ondangwa airport after Ya Toivo – Pohamba Former President Hifikepunye Pohamba said he supports calls for the Ondangwa Airport to be renamed after the late struggle hero Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo. Pohamba was speaking at the official memorial service in honour of Ya Toivo at the Independence Stadium this evening. In the past week, Ondangwa residents have also called for the renaming of the town’s airport after Ya Toivo as a way to honour his rich legacy. “I support those calling for the airport to be named after Herman Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo,” Pohamba said to applause. President Hage Geingob also said his office was supporting the idea. The Swapo Party Youth League had also proposed that the airport be renamed after the struggle icon back in 2014. Ya Toivo died in Windhoek on 9 June at the age of 92. Ya Toivo is a revered national hero not only in Namibia, but also many other parts of the world, including South Africa where he served for 16 years on Robben Island. Before his imprisonment, Ya Toivo used to run businesses in Ondangwa. He is also one of the founders of Swapo and its predecessor the Ovamboland People's Organisation. He will be laid tomorrow at the Heroes Acre.

    STAFF REPORTER




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  • 06/25/17--16:00: Leaving the past behind
  • Leaving the past behindLeaving the past behindJonas wants to move forward The Rio 2016 boxing Olympian Jonas Junias wants to focus on his boxing after spending months in Brazil. Namibian boxer Jonas Junias recently returned from Brazil where he was kept after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman.

    Junias is accused of grabbing and kissing a house cleaner employed at the Olympic village where he was residing during the Olympic Games. It was reported last year that she also said he offered her money in exchange for sex.

    The 23-year-old, who won bronze at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games now wants to focus on his boxing and wants to put the ordeal behind.

    However, ghost from his back keeps haunting him with many asking what the way forward is and if he is allowed to take part in fights while his case is pending.

    Namibia National Olympic president Abner Xoagub said the case of Jonas is still pending and that he is innocent until proven guilty. “He cannot stop competing just because he has a pending criminal case. So let us wait till the case is settled and then ask questions. Instead, let's give the boxer a break and support him to do well in his career,” he said.

    Xoagub also said that the boxer is not taking judgement from some members of the public well and phoned him a while back upset. “He said he wants to give up on his career because wherever he goes people keep bombarding him with questions about what happened in Brazil.

    “I gave him words of encouragement because he has a lot to prove and achieve in his career. We should be happy he is doing what he loves and is competing again instead of asking about his case,” said Xoagub.

    The boxer listened to advise given by Xoagub and with two boxing compatriots travelled to the African Boxing Championships in Congo-Brazzaville.

    The championship is the sole African qualifying event for the 2017 World Championships in Hamburg and was expected to finish yesterday.

    According to international media, insidethegames.biz on Thursday Junias advanced to the semi-final stage of the boxing championships and was to fight yesterday in the final.

    Before going to print it was not known if he had won the fight. His boxing compatriot Mateus Kasolo who took part in the 60kg did not progress to any medal contention spots. However, Mattias Hamunyela (49kg) made it to the quarter finals in his respective weight class; the outcome of his fight was also unknown before going to print.



    Limba Mupetami

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    Jamaica perfects art of developing sprintersJamaica perfects art of developing sprinters When Usain Bolt hangs up his running spikes after the World Championships in August, the athletics world will bid farewell to arguably the greatest sprinter the sport has ever seen.

    But while athletics contemplates life without its biggest superstar, Anthony Davis will already be working hard to unearth the next young Jamaican sprinter capable of following in Bolt's blisteringly fast footsteps.

    Davis is the director of sport at Kingston's University of Technology, or UTech, the de facto sprint factory which produced Bolt and virtually every other major Jamaican sprinter of significance.

    The modest facility's alumni reads like a who's who of Jamaican sprinting, including Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Asafa Powell, Nesta Carter and Elaine Thompson, the 100m & 200m 2016 Olympic champion.

    “Everybody wants to be the next Usain Bolt because he is a superstar,” Davis told AFP.

    Jamaica is considered the sprint capital of the world following a decade of dominance at successive Olympics and World Championships, a success which belies the Caribbean nation's population of just 2.7 million.

    Sprinter Tyquendo Tracey attributes Jamaica's success to national character.

    “Most of us are born with sheer determination. It is hard to beat a Jamaican,” Tracey said.

    “The determination comes from the high level of competition including high school. We always have this level of competitiveness.”

    In fact Jamaica's success can be traced back several decades, from the moment that Herb McKenley won gold and three silver at the 1948 London and 1952 Helsinki Olympics.

    McKenley served as coach of the Jamaican national team from 1954 to 1973 and was awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit in 2004, three years before his death.

    However it was through the work of Dennis Johnson that the seeds of Jamaica's sprinting dynasty were sown. Johnson, who equalled the 100-yard world record three times over a six-week stretch in 1961, had been schooled in the fundamentals by legendary US coach Bud Winter at San Jose State in California.

    Upon his return to Jamaica, Johnson set out to create a US-style collegiate programme in his homeland, helping found the University of Technology in Kingston.

    It was a historic move that would earn him the title the Godfather of Jamaican track.

    “We have tried to import the NCAA model to Jamaica,” said Davis who was hired in 1971 by Johnson.

    “Before Dennis, the students would play all different sports because it was primarily recreational.

    “Now the athletes focus on specific sports and he designed a programme that would last for 10-11 months per year.”

    The programme's breakthrough came at the 1975 Pan-American Games in Mexico as Jamaica won one silver and three bronze.

    Davis said in the past Jamaican athletes heading directly to US colleges from high school would often struggle to adjust to life in America.



    NAMPA/AFP

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  • 06/25/17--16:00: Cricket players win pay bid
  • Cricket players win pay bidCricket players win pay bidAussie cricketers offered new deal Australian cricket players, male and female won the bid for increase pay in the future. Cricket Australia on Friday revised its offer to players in a bid to resolve a bitter pay dispute that threatens to disrupt upcoming tours.

    The governing body said it has offered a number of concessions, including a greater share of surpluses for both international and domestic players. The offer, outlined in a letter from CA executive general manager Kevin Roberts to Australian Cricketers' Association chief Alistair Nicholson, comes just a week before the current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) expires on June 30.

    The players' union has been staunchly opposed to CA's plan to modify the existing MOU that provides a flat share of revenue for the players. CA had instead offered international men's and women's players a share of surpluses up to Aus$20 million (US$15 million), while increases in domestic players' payments would be capped at 18 percent (men) and 150 percent (women).

    The letter did not say how much more CA was prepared to offer.

    But it did confirm that new contracts have been distributed to all Australian men's and women's players that are conditional upon a new MOU being finalised.

    “Meetings between CA and the ACA over the last fortnight have been encouraging and we remain optimistic that continued momentum will result in a new MOU being agreed by June 30,” Roberts said in the letter.

    “CA has listened to feedback from players and has also invited the ACA to explore the flexibility we are prepared to offer in order to conclude a new MOU.

    “Player feedback suggests that the sharing of international cricket surpluses with male and female domestic players and the level of pay increases for male state players are critical issues for them.

    “We are therefore writing to indicate that CA is prepared to address these issues to help achieve a new MOU.” The players' union had earlier Friday called for “emergency mediation” with CA chief James Sutherland to rescue the protracted talks. It has not commented on the new deal.

    Australian vice-captain David Warner has insisted players will not back down, placing at risk upcoming tours to Bangladesh and India along with the showpiece home Ashes series with England later this year.

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    Luus could star at Women's World CupLuus could star at Women's World Cup Many success stories in sports originate in backyard gardens where young children try to emulate the success of their heroes. Sometimes these unofficial “tests” are the beginnings of great things to come.

    Sune Luus' exploits on cricket pitches around the world are a testimony to it. This year she received Cricket South Africa's women's player of the year award.

    Last year the Tuks cricketer was named in the ICC Women's Team of the Year, the only South African in the team. She was the leading ODI wicket-taker in 2016 with 37 scalps in 22 matches.

    She is also a more than capable batsman herself; in fact, she relishes challenging opposing bowlers. In May's Quadrangular Series in Potchefstroom opening the innings for South Africa she scored 83 runs against Ireland and 55 runs against India. Taking all of this into account, it will be safe it is safe to predict that she could be one of the stars of the ICC's Women's World Cup in England. South Africa's first game was yesterday against Pakistan.

    Luus makes no secret to what the team's goal is: “We are aiming to qualify for the final. It would be defeatist to say that we just want to play in the semi-finals. I honestly believe we got the capabilities to go all the way.” Luus has been playing cricket since she was four. “My dad was a mini cricket coach – I'm still a daddy's girl! – I always played with him and my older brother as well.”

    In primary school, she joined the boys. She still likes to test her cricketing skills against the opposite sex. Last year she regularly played for the Tuks Third Team.

    Just before the World Cup, she took time off to train with the players at the Titans Academy.

    “I honestly believe the best way for me to improve my cricketing skills is to train against men as it forces you to lift your game.”

    Luus was selected to play for South Africa when she was only 16. Taking her first wicket in international cricket was something she won't forget. “It was an amazing feeling to take a wicket. I did not hold back on my emotions when celebrating. I guess I looked like a female version of Imram Tahir. I am quite an emotional player who likes to express myself on the field.”

    The Tuks cricketer regards the former Protea batsman, Jacques Rudolph, as a role model. He is the one who taught her the finer intricacies of leg spin bowling.

    “We still have contact. When I struggle a bit and lose sight of what I have to do, I will ask Jacques for help.” Luus's philosophy as a bowler is that it's never just about getting wickets. “I believe in getting dots and build pressure on the opposition. If you can manage to do that the wickets just come,” she explains.

    SuperSport

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    Oshitopolwa shaKhomas otashi longo,ngoloneya ta tiOshitopolwa shaKhomas otashi longo,ngoloneya ta tiOndholongo yaVenduka, tayi lundululilwa pondje yoshilandopangelo Omapulaapulo kombinga yegameno neyo lyoshigwana mondholongo onene yaVenduka, itashi pula ondjila onde oyimwe ya etitha opo ku ningwe oompangela opo ku tungwe ondholongo ompe pondje yaVenduka, omanga elelo lyaVenduka,lya pulwa opo lyeendelele mokugandje evi mopoloyeka ndjoka. Shoka osha hololwa kungoloneya gwoshitopolwa shaKhomas, pethimbo a ningi oshipopiwa she shopapangelo oshiwike sha piti.

    “Otandi indile elelo lyoshilando opo li endelelithe egandjo lyevi kuuministeli wUuhepelo nEgameno opo ku lundululilwe Endiki lyondholongo yaVenduka, opondje yoshilando,” Ngoloneya Laura Mcleod-Katjirua a popi oshiwike sha piti.

    Ngoloneya okwa popi kutya ondholongo ndjoka oyi li monkalo ya nayipala na oya pumbwa okulundululwa pamwe naanandholongo ya thika po-900 mboka yeli mondholongo ndjoka monena opo ku yandwe omikundu odhindji ndhoka dha taalela ondholongo ndjoka monena.

    “Omolwa pehala mpoka yili osha ninga oshipu okuya mehala ndyoka na otashi etithwa omaipulo kombinga yegameno ngaashi eyakelo modholongo lyiingangamithi, iilwitho ya nika oshiponga oshowo iinima yilwe mbyoka itayi pitikwa.”

    Pethimbo lyoshipopiwa she shoState of the Region (SORA) oshiwike sha piti, ngoloneya okwa popi kutya etungo lyondholongo yaakiintu oyi li pokumanithwa, na okwa tegelelwa etungo ndyoka li kapwe muAguste gwonuumvo.

    Opoloyeka ndjoka oya tamekelwe okutungwa omimvo 8 dha piti, mo-2009, na oya li ya kalekwa kuuministeli wiilonga mo-2014 omolwa ompumbwe yiimaliwa. Iilonga oya tamekele ishewe muApilili gwonuumvo.

    Opoloyeka yimwe ya nuninwa Uuministeli wUuhepelo nEgameno, etungo lyomukunda gwaanambelewa yopolisi moshilando. Elelo lyoshilando olya gandja oshitopolwa shevi shoohecta 26.67 mpoka tapu ka tungwa ehala lyomagumbo ganambelewa mboka.

    Oshitopolwa shimwe natango otashi adhika poplota yonomola 3270 mOkuryangava moka tamu ka tungwa natango omahala gaapolisi gokuza.

    Elelo lyaVenduka natango olya zimine oplota yonomola 7152 yuunene woohecra 1.5 ndjoka ya nuninwa kutungwa omagumbo gaanambelelwa aashona yopolisi.

    Evi lyuunene woohecta 41.9 olya pewa uuministeli wegameno kelelo lyoshilando opo ku tungwe omagumbo gaanambelewa yopevi, ihe inaku gandjwa natango uuyelele owundji mwaashoka. Omolwa oompangela dhokukandulapo ompumbwe yomagumbo, elelo lyoshilando otali tula omayakulo galyo poshitopolwa shevi shuunene woohecta 65.5.

    Ehala tali ithanwa Greenfield ndyoka li li oshiyetwapo shUuministeli wEyambulepo lyOondoolopa nOmikunda, melongelo kumwe nelelo lyoshilandopangelo otali ka gandja omahala gomagumbo ga thika po-314.

    Nonando opoloyeka ndjoka yoomiliyona 64 oya tulwa miilonga muMaalitsa gwo-2016, ehangano lyoRoads Contractor Company, ndyoka lya ulikwa onga omutungi gwopoloyeka ndjoka, olya holola kutya opoloyeka itayi vulu okumanithwa muJuli ngaashi shali sha tseyithwa na oya tula kuDesemba.

    Oshilando natango osha zimine opo onomola 1037 moHavana, opo yi pewe uuministeli welongo, uuyelele owundji kombinga yaashoka inawu gandjwa.

    Ngoloneya owa popi kutya monena otaku tungwa oongulu dhoskola dha thika po-38 moshilando, omanga ooskola dhopevi mbali noosekundoskola ndatu dha tungwa.

    Ooskola dhopevi otashi adhika moMoses Garoëb noTobias Hainyeko, omanga oosekundoskola tadhi adhika moSamora Machel noKhomasdal.

    Otaku tungwa woo oombelewa dhuuministeli woohi noonzo dhomomeya , oshowo oombelewa noompungulilo dhuuministeli wuunamapya.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    Okwa tulwa miilonga ototwaveta yegameno lyiiyamakutiOkwa tulwa miilonga ototwaveta yegameno lyiiyamakuti Omutumba gwopashigwana ogwa tula miilonga ontotwaveta tayi ithanwa

    Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Amendment Bill.

    Uuna ya ningwa oveta nena kehe omuzaizai taka monika ondjo kwiikwatelelwa koveta ndjoka, otaka indikwa okuya moshilongo.

    Uuna ontotwaveta ndjoka ya kundathwana otayi kashainwa yi ninge oveta komupresidende Hage Geingob nokutulwa pamushangwa gwopapangelo.

    Ontotwaveta ndjoka oya tulwa miilonga momutumba gwopashigwana oshiwike sha piti, pamwe noontotwaveta dhilwe. Ontotwaveta ndjoka otayi pula opo omuzaizai kehe taka monika ondjo miimbuluma yiinasha niiyamakuti opo a indikwe okuya moNamibia. Shoka otashi ka kwatelamo aazaizai ayehe taya ka adhika ye na iinima ya indikwa okuza kiiyamakuti.

    Ontotwaveta otayi pula opo egeelo lyaamboka taya ka a dhika ye na iinima ya za kiiyamakuti ngaashi andola omayego goondjamba nooniga dhoompanda okutumbulapo owala yimwe, yapewe egeelo lyoshimaliwa shoomiliyona 15, na kayi shi we oshimaliwa shooN$20 000 ngaashi shili po ngashiingeyi.

    Egeelo lyodholongo otali kala okuza poomvula ntano okuza poomvula 15.

    Egeelo lyokulanditha iinima ya za kiiyamakuti ya gamenwa otali gwedhelwa okuza pooN$200 000 okuya poomiliyona 25, nenge oomvula 20 sigo 25 mondholongo.

    Ontotwaveta ndjoka oya pula woo ekondopeko lyoonkondo opo epangelo li vule okukala tali kwatako omaliko ngoka ga monika okuza miimbuluma yalongekidhwa, nokukondjitha iimbuluma ya longekidha ano

    Prevention of Organised Crime Act of 2004.

    Ominista yomidhongoloko Pohamba Shifeta oya koleke etulo miilonga lyontotwaveta ndjoka.

    Pahapu dhe ontotwaveta yoNature Conservation Amendment Bill otayi ka tulwa pamushangwa gwopapangelo nokushainwa komuleli gwoshilongo.

    Minista okwa popi kutya ooveta ndhoka odha nuninwa uukongo waali paveta mboka wuli walundalala noonkondo moshilongo.

    Okwa tsikile kutya uuministeli otawu longo nuudhiginini mokukondjitha uukongo mboka, niilonga yawo otayi e ta iiyimati iiwanawa sho inaku lopotwa nuumvo uukongo waali paveta woompanda mEtosha.

    Shifeta ota pula opo ku tulwe miilonga oompangu dhokukwatela komeho iimbuluma yiiyamakuti moNamibia, opo ku vule okweendelelithwa iipotha yoludhi ndoka, mbyoka tayi pangulilwa moompangulilo dhoshilongo ndhoka tadhi ungaunga nale niipotha oyindji.

    Okwa popi kutya uuministeli we otawu pataneke egandjo lyoomboloha kwaamboka taya tamanekelwa iipotha yiimbuluma yiiyamakuti. Nonando ongaaka okwa pula aapanguli ya longele kumwe nuuministeli uuna taku gandjwa oomboloha.



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  • Omuthiya captionOmuthiya caption OHOLE ONENE: Etsiliko lyomapandela gongundu yoSwapo komiti olya ninga omukalondjiigilile moondoolopa nomikunda odhindji monooli yoshilongo. Omapandela ngoka olundji ohaga tsilikwa komiti dhili pooha noondjila onga edhimbulukitho lyaayambidhidhi yongundu. Ethano ndika olya thanekwa pongeshefa tayi adhika mOmuthiya mOshitopolwa shaShikoto.

    ETHANO: KENYA KAMBOWE

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    Oshipangelo shaShakati oshi na omashina gopaunongononiOshipangelo shaShakati oshi na omashina gopaunongononiOshipangelo shaShakati ohashi panga aantu ya thika po-950 000 Omukomeho gOshipangelo shaShakati, okwa popi kutya oshipangelo shoka otashi longo onga oshipangelo oshinene monooli yoshilongo, sho konyala aapangwa ayehe haya ukithwa koshipangelo hoka, oshowo omandiki guundjolowele gaAngola ngoka haga ukithwa koshipangelo shoka aapangwa yawo. Omundohotola , Korbinian Vizcaya Amutenya, okwa popi kutya oshipangelo shoka oshi na iikwaniipangitho yopaunamiti mbyoka tayi pumbiwa na kayi li miipangelo oyindji monooli yoshilongo.

    Amutenya ngoka a li nale superintende guunamiti moshipangelo shoka okwa popi ngaaka, pethimbo kwa ningwa omahwahwameko getando lyomeho moshipangelo shaShakati ngoka gwa ningwa oshiwike sha piti.

    Okwa popi kutya oshipangelo shoka tashi adhika moshitopolwa shaShakati ihashi gandja owala omakwatho kaakwashigwana yomoshitopolwa shoka ihe ohashi gandja omakwatho kaapangwa okuzilila miipangelo yopaitopolwa ya yooloka monooli.

    “Ohatu yakula aapangwa okuzilila kiitopolwa ngaashi onooli yaKunene, Omusati, Ohangwena, Oshikoto oshowo Kavango East. Iipangelo yomuumbugantu waAngola nayo ohayi tumu aapangwa yawo kutse, omolwa iikwaniipangitho yopamuthika gwopombanda nuunongononi mbyoka tu na,” Amutenya ta ti.

    Amutenya okwa popi ngaaka pethimbo a yamukula komapulo guunamiti moshitandelo shomeho mOshakati, shoka hashi gandja owala omakwatho kaapangwa yomoshitopolwa shaShana. Okwa lopotwa kutya oshipangelo shoka ohashi gandja omakwatho gopaunamiti kaapangwa ya thika po-950 000. Amutenya okwa popi kutya omwaalu gwaapangwa oshipangelo shoka ogwa londo pombanda konima sho epangelo lyaNamibia lya tseyitha kutya aakwashigwana yaAngola nayo otaya vulu okumona omakwatho gopaunamiti ngaashi owala aakwashigwana yaNamibia.

    Uuministeli wUundjolowele nOnkalonawa otawu pangele okutunga oshipangelo oshinene shoka tashi vulu okukala tashi tuminwa aapangwa okuza miitopolwa ngaashi Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshikoto, Kavango East, Kavango West, Kunene, Zambezi nuumbugantu wAngola.

    Omalelo giitopolwa yomonooli oga tsu kumwe pethimbo lyomutumba ngoka gwa ningilwa mOngwediva, na ogwa kalwa kuMinista Bernard Haufiku muMei, kutya oshipangelo shoka otashi tungwa moshitopolwa shaShana.

    Oshipangelo shoka tashi tungwa otashi ka kala sha tungwa ngaashi oshipangelo shaWindhoek Central Hospital, opo ku yandwe okutumina aapangwa mbyoka haya ende iinano iile ya thika pookilometa 700 okuya mOvenduka.

    Etokolo ndyoka olya etitha etopoko lyopapoplitika mOshitopolwa shaShana. Uuministeli owali wa tseyitha kuyele kutya otaku tungwa oshipangelo shopashitopolwa mondoolopa yaNdangwa, ihe okwa tokolwa oompangela ndhoka dhi kalekwe ko kutungwe oshipangelo oshinene mOngwediva.

    Aanyasha mondoolopa yaNdangwa oya li ya ningi ehololomadhilaadhilo yeli ompinge netokolo okukaleka etungo lyoshipangelo shoka , nokupopya kutya ngoloneya gwaShana, Clemens Kashuupulwa oye a kwatele komeho etokolo ndyoka ngaashi ha ningi shito mokuya moshipala oopoloyeka dhepangelo dhoka dha nuninwa okuyambulapo ondoolopa ndjoka yaNdangwa, omanga elelo lyopapolotika mondoolopa ndjoka lya yi kEgumbo lyEpangelo opo li ka gandje omakemo gawo kOmupresidende Hage Geingob.

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    Omuleli  okwiitulamo tuu mokukondjitha uulingilingi?-VenaaniOmuleli okwiitulamo tuu mokukondjitha uulingilingi?-VenaaniPahapu dhaVenaani, Geingob okwa hala owala okwiikutha ondjo Ominista yIipambele yOmupresidede Frans Kapofi okwa gamene nomudhindo omuhona gwe, Presidende Hage Geingob ngoka a gana kutya otaku ka kondjithwa uulingilingi unene megandjo lyotendela yopoloyeka yoompungulilo dhomahooli. Geingob okwa hololwa a popi kutya aaniilonga yepangelo mboka taya kwatakanithwa notendela ndjoka yobiliyona, otaya ka ungaungiwa nayo.

    Omuleli gwongundu yoDTA, McHenry Venaani, okwa pula kutya Geingob okwiitulamo ngiini nomapopyo ge ngoka, nenge okwa popi owala opo iigamene nokwiikanyuna ondjo.

    Kapofi okwa tindi nomuthindo omapopyo gaVenaani.

    “Omanga omupresidende iitulamo noonkondo okukondjitha uulingilingi, omatumbulo “otaya ka geelwa' itaga adhika mo moshipopiwa she shopapangelo shomvula yo-2017, naashoka itashi ulike kutya ina itulamo mokukondjitha iilonga yuulingilingi. Omapopyo goshilyo shopaliamende shoka ogeli oonkundana dhiifundja,” Kapofi ta ti.

    Kapofi okwa pula Venaani a lundulule omikalo dhe.

    “Omapopyo goludhi ndoka kutya oga ningwa pamupya nenge oshiningilawina oga pumbwa okutindwa. Shoka sha tegelelwa okuza komuleli gongundu yompilameno osha pumbwa okukala oshili.”

    Pahapu dhe,Kapofi okwa popi kutya okwa tamekithwa nale omakonaakono miilonga yuulingilingi mbyoka na otaku ka patululilwa iipotha aaniilonga mboka taya ka monika ye na mo olunyala muulingilingi mboka.

    “Omakonaakono oga tamekithwa nale na otaga pula nawa komeho. Okwa patululwa nale iipotha omolwa aaniilonga yepangelo mboka taya feekelelwa uulingilingi.”

    Omapopyo gaVenaani kutya omuleli ina ituamo shili na ota popi owala opo iigamene nokwiikutha ondjo, oga nyanwa ku Kapofi ngoka a pula Venaani opo a gandje ombili.

    Amushanga takalele mUuministeli wEmona, Ericah Shafudah oye owala gumwe gwomaaniilonga yepangelo aapombanda, mboka taya talika omeho mopoloyeka ndjoka.

    Amushanga gwoKabinete George Simataa okwa li omathimbo ga piti, a gandja ekunkililo kuShafudah opo a kale ta gongala kiigongi yokomitiye ndjoka tayi kundathana etungo lyoompungulilo dhomahooli.

    OGONE TLHAGE

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  • Brexit vote one year onBrexit vote one year onTrue meaning remains elusive Before last year's Brexit vote, there were warnings from many economists that the UK would suffer a catastrophic economic shock. A year to the day after Britain voted to quit the European Union, the divorce proceedings are only just starting and European leaders are hoping that the decree absolute never comes through.

    On June 23 last year, Britons voted by the narrow majority of 52-48 to end the unhappy cross-Channel marriage of four decades.

    The referendum result toppled the government of David Cameron but now his successor, Theresa May, is also wobbling after a disastrous showing in an election two weeks ago.

    May had called the election in the expectation of improving her party's grip on parliament and so strengthening her hand in the Brexit negotiations with the European Union.

    But voters had other ideas, wiping out her Conservatives' majority and plunging the Brexit process into new doubt.

    In truth, doubts were apparent as soon as the referendum result came through. Britons had voted to leave the EU, but in what way exactly?

    Pollsters said the decision was motivated to a large degree by frustration at uncontrolled immigration from the rest of the EU among austerity-weary Britons and by a desire for greater national sovereignty.

    May took that to mean a “hard Brexit” - stopping free movement of people from the EU, at the cost of depriving Britain of membership of the bloc's common trading market.

    In March she filed the annulment papers by invoking Article 50 of the EU treaty, which sets a two-year deadline for the break-up to take effect.

    But the formal negotiations only began on Monday, so the timeframe is tight to clinch agreement on the dizzying range of issues confronting both sides.

    The resurgent Labour opposition and May's own finance minister, Philip Hammond, insist that Britons did not vote to become poorer, so divining the country's true intentions is fully exercising eurocrats in Brussels.

    EU president Donald Tusk last week channelled John Lennon when he noted that British friends were asking him if their country could end up staying part of the EU.

    “I told them that in fact, the European Union was built on dreams that seemed impossible to achieve,” he told reporters.

    “So who knows? You may say that I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.” Tusk's reverie followed comments in a similar vein by the new French president, Emmanuel Macron, and Germany's finance minister. But a year on from the referendum, the debate in Britain is less about stopping Brexit entirely and more about what form it should take - whether a clean break, or a “soft” option that retains membership of the common market.

    Hammond called this week for years-long transitional arrangements to cushion the blow for British businesses once they lose unfettered access to their biggest export market.

    “We are leaving the European Union but when you buy a house you don't necessarily move all your furniture in on the first day you buy it. This is a process,” he said.

    Opinion polls show a majority in favour of respecting the referendum result - including among those who voted a year ago to remain in the EU.

    The Labour party, confounding the pollsters, came out strengthened by the recent election but it too supports pushing on with the process, albeit in a way that emphasises jobs and livings standards.

    And then there is the constitutional quagmire thrown up by Brexit.

    May this week indicated that Scotland's separate parliament would have to be consulted on the shape of the final deal, and Scotland - unlike England and Wales - voted a year ago to remain.

    So much remains unclear as the estrangement takes formal shape in the coming months, including even whether May's government can last to see the process through.

    Before the election, the rest of the EU at least had some certainty that Britain's proposed terms of divorce encompassed a “hard Brexit”.

    But the election threw up new alliances among voters that could confound the ardent Brexiteers' plans for a clean break.

    “Profound and fundamental political changes have occurred since the referendum and it remains to be seen how durable they prove to be,” professor Anand Menon, director of think-tank The UK in a Changing Europe, wrote in a new study.

    “It is hard, if not impossible, following the snap election to know how the Brexit negotiations will go. The attitude our fundamentally divided - between and within parties - parliament will take is crucial and impossible to predict,” he said.



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  • 06/25/17--16:00: Be wary of deposit fraud
  • Be wary of deposit fraudBe wary of deposit fraudDon't just accept payment receipts as proof of payment Bank clients are urged not to release goods on the basis of receipts because these invoices are often used for fraudulent activities. Clients should be wary of accepting deposit slips, electronic transfer slips or proof of internet banking transfer transactions as these documents can be forged, says Bank Windhoek manager for forensic services, Johnny Truter.

    He urged bank clients not to release goods on the basis of an invoice or proof thereof and said that they should verify that the funds have in fact been deposited into their accounts.

    “Just as more and more businesses do not accept cheques as proof of payment, because of the high risk of fraud associated with them, we advise businesses and individual clients not to accept deposit slips as a confirmation of payment without further verification and confirmation,” said Truter.

    Truter advised bank clients to always ask for identification documents and verify against the physical person.

    “Be aware that identification theft usually accompanies fraud in the form of stolen or forged documents to create positive identification and trust,” he said.

    “Always verify the alleged deposit with your bank. Do not call a phone number provided by the client, but rather find it in the directory. Verify even where an SMS or e-mail notification of the deposit from your bank was received.”

    He said fraudsters may change the information on the bank stamped deposit slip provided as proof of payment to indicate that cash was deposited while in fact it was a cheque.

    “When a cheque deposit was made, be aware of clearance periods. It may take five days for the cheque to be cleared. Do not release goods before the cheque is cleared. To do so, is at your own risk,” he advised.

    “Be very cautious where the client is absent and wants to do the transaction over the telephone or email and immediately after supplying a deposit slip, sends a courier to collect the goods. A big order just before closing time should be handled as suspicious. Fraudsters may do it to avoid the identification verification process,” he concluded.



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  • 06/25/17--16:00: Zambia limits maize tax
  • Zambia limits maize taxZambia limits maize tax Zambia has limited its 10% tax on maize exports in order to encourage production of the nation's main food crop, its finance minister said on Friday.

    “We agreed on a threshold in order to encourage production. The 10% export tax will only apply when maize production does not exceed 2 million tonnes,” Felix Mutati said on state radio.

    The Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU), an industry group of commercial farmers, said in a statement the move would enhance maize exports at economically acceptable prices.

    “We have to find alternative markets for the 1.4 million excess crop and this development will make it known that Zambia is open for trade in maize,” ZNFU President Javis Zimba said.

    Zambia introduced the tax on maize exports in the 2017 budget in an attempt to discourage maize exports following a regional shortage.



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  • Economy contracts 2.7%Economy contracts 2.7%Poor performance seen across many sectors Economic growth contracted in the first quarter of 2017, with the construction and manufacturing sectors hit hard. Economic growth contracted in the first quarter by 2.7% according to the Namibia Statistics Agency, which released trade data last week.

    Weaknesses were more noticeable in the construction and manufacturing sectors the NSA said, while some strengths were found in the banking, fisheries and communication sectors.

    “The poor performance can mainly attributed to the construction, manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade and hotels and restaurants sectors that contracted by 44.9%, 10.7%, 7.4% and 9.3% in real value added, respectively,” the NSA said.

    “Slower growths were observed in sectors such as financial intermediation, transport and communications and fishing sectors that registered 0.1%, 0.7% and 4.6% in real value added, respectively.”

    In contrast to the slow growth, sectors such as agriculture, mining and quarrying recorded double digit growth of 10.5% and 16.8% compared to the contractions recorded in the corresponding period, the NSA has found.

    “The water and electricity sector also posted strong growths of 6.1% compared a marginal growth of 0.3% in real value added registered in the same quarter of 2016,” the NSA said.

    Namibia Equity Brokers analyst Ngoni Bopoto said the trade data reflected an extremely challenging fiscal year.

    “The data is broadly in line with our expectation and reflects the sentiment on the ground given that the period under review was the last of an extremely challenging fiscal year.”

    Bopoto also said that recoveries in diamond mining and agriculture would bolster growth, in the face of threats to economic growth.

    “We remain of the opinion that while the outlook is precarious for the second quarter of 2017 numbers will most likely show an improvement aided by renewed focus in the new fiscal year, continued recovery in diamond mining and agriculture, prospects of improved Southern African Customs Union receipt,” said Bopoto.

    PSG Konsult analyst Michele Arnold expected an improvement in trade conditions, mostly on account of stronger commodity prices.

    We expect the trade deficit will narrow slightly during the rest of 2017 as commodity prices recover somewhat thanks to a moderate uptick in global demand, while local demand for imports related to infrastructure spending,” said Arnold.



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  • 06/25/17--16:00: No ease of doing business
  • No ease of doing businessNo ease of doing business A local business delegation led by Shipanga Holdings' executive director, Martin Shipanga, has said the 'red tape' at local authorities is a concern to the business community.

    In a meeting with President Hage Geingob last week, Shipanga stated that some businesspeople had to go through a process that takes up to four years because of the bureaucratic regulations of local authorities.

    “In that period, a few jobs could have been created and some value added to the economy,” he stressed.

    Shipanga also said they want government to encourage foreign investors to focus on manufacturing and value addition rather than trade.

    “If foreign direct investors can come in with the know-how, the machinery and sometimes the capital, we are prepared to learn and we want to work with them,” he said.

    In response to the trade and retail protection concerns, Geingob said an investment protection law that will reserve the trade and retail business confined to Namibians only, will be enacted but, however, mentioned that “implementation is a little bit slow.”

    Geingob agreed that bureaucracy is a problem and it must come to one or two days to register a business.

    “The reason it takes that long is because it is not a one-stop centre, there are many aspects involved. So we need to make it a one-stop centre to reduce bureaucratic delays,” Geingob said.

    At the same meeting, Minister of Economic Planning and Director-General of the National Planning Commission, Tom Alweendo told the delegation that economic development and society building is the function of all and not just government.

    “Of course government has the responsibility, but we need the businesspeople to be part of the social and economic progression,” he said.

    Alweendo also commended the business delegation, saying it is good that they have made the effort to have such discussions to establish a relationship of moving forward together.

    Namibia fell four places following the compilation of the Ease of Doing Business report prepared by the World Bank. It is currently ranked 108th in the world.

    * Additional reporting by own reporter



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    IMPROVE ENVIRONMENT: The ease of doing business was lambasted by a local businessman this week.

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    McLeod sets Jamaican 110m hurdle recordMcLeod sets Jamaican 110m hurdle record Olympic gold medallist Omar McLeod set a Jamaican national record of in the 110 meter hurdles Saturday with a blistering time of 12.90 seconds during the 2017 Jamaican track and field championships.

    McLeod says he is dedicating the next few weeks to setting his sight on Aries Merritt's world record of 12.80 seconds which he hopes to break before the London World Championships in August.

    “I did not get it, so I am going after it next time,” said McLeod, who has races in Paris and Budapest meets before travelling to London.

    McLeod's time on Saturday eclipsed the previous Jamaican record of 12.94 seconds set by Hansle Parchment in 2014 in Paris.

    McLeod has been having a fantastic last two seasons where he won the World Indoors 60m and Olympic games gold medals five months apart. He also shaved .07 seconds off his previous personal best time.

    “It was a great race,” said McLeod, who credits his new coach Edrick Floreal with rekindling his enthusiasm for the sport.

    “The coach wanted a 12.8 and I know he will be a little upset. But I can tell him I set a national record of 12.90 and I am now the fifth fastest man in history.”

    Indeed, McLeod now has the top four times in the world so far this year and lowered his previous career best of 13.01 seconds.

    He is tied for fifth best all time with American Dominique Arnold and trails only Merritt, Cuba's Dayron Robles, China's Liu Xiang and American David Oliver.

    The sky is the limit for McLeod who will be seeking to make up for his disappointing 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China where he finished sixth.

    “I am just really excited about what is to come. A new coach made me fall in love with hurdles again so it is a good thing,” he said.

    Ronald Levy, the second fastest in the world so far, was second in 13.13 seconds while Parchment, running with an injury, took third place in 13.19 seconds.





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