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  • 01/09/18--14:00: Pay up or stay home
  • Pay up or stay homePay up or stay home Long-distance bus drivers once again succeeded in hiking their prices over the festive season in a bid to maximise profits from travellers keen to reach family and friends over the holiday. This has been the norm for many years.

    The hiking of prices during the festive season is said to be attributed to the fact that the demand for public transport is high and the bus drivers take advantage of the situation. Some also allege that the vehicle owner never gets to see the income from the increased fares and that drivers themselves hike the rates and pocket the excess.

    Although a number of bus associations have been registered with the mandate to oversee issues pertaining to public transport, the issue of hiking prices remains a challenge and Namibians continue to suffer as a solution is long overdue. In December, 2014 the Namibia Bus and Taxi Association (Nabta) launched a tariff guide in order to address the situation. The guide consists of tariffs as per the Transport Act, Act 74 of 1977 Section 12 (a) and Section 12 (12) for long-distance passenger transport as authorised and approved by the works and transport ministry. At the time of the launch of this guide it was affirmed that the issue of upping tariffs over peak season will come to an end but, sadly, this has not been the case.

    At one point, the police became involved, questioning passengers at road blocks as to what they had paid for their journey. If they were overcharged, they were immediately refunded by the driver but this measure was however, short-lived.

    This has led to people questioning whether there is any government institution with the ability to change the status quo.

    This past week a number of people shared their experiences with Namibian Sun regarding the overcharging by public transport drivers, calling for the issue to be brought to an end.

    People who had travelled from the northern towns to Windhoek and also from the capital to the north, said they paid twice the normal fare as they had no alternative, or cheaper, means of transport available.

    The normal fare for the Windhoek-Oshakati route is N$250, however, during the festive season some people were forced to pay up to N$500 for a single seat. These travellers are held ransom by this behaviour as they are vulnerable to other drivers who may or may not take them on board.

    One of the people who complained said that he paid up to N$430 from Windhoek to Ondangwa saying that he was even lucky to have received a seat at that price.

    “I paid N$430 from Windhoek to Ondangwa and I was only lucky to get that seat because the other people who wanted a seat on that bus had less money,” the traveller said.

    He wanted to know why the government is quiet on the matter.

    “People have complained about this for many years but nothing has been done. It is the same situation every year. I just want to know what government's plan is in rectifying this issue. Our economy is already doing badly and the country does not have money to uplift its people from poverty,” he said.

    In an interview with Namibian Sun, Nabta acting president Jeffrey Platt said that the association condemns the hiking of prices, but there is nothing they can do to act as people do not lodge complaints at their offices.

    Platt said people can take down the registration number of the bus and forward their complaint to the Nabta office. Action can then be taken which could include the termination of the bus owner's permit.

    “To be honest with you, people are not coming to us to report these matters. We hear about the ripping off by drivers but as long as we do not have concrete evidence, we cannot act. We do not need a lot of complaints, one will do and can we make a good example of that offender,” Platt remarked.


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  • 01/09/18--14:00: Food bank rollout stalls
  • Food bank rollout stallsFood bank rollout stallsNo expansion of programme outside Khomas The ministry of poverty alleviation hopes to open six additional food banks across the country, starting this year. Tight budgets have led to delays in expanding the government's food bank programme to other regions since mid-2016 when it was launched in the Khomas Region.

    Figures provided by the poverty eradication and social welfare ministry this week showed that nearly N$34.5 million was spent on food parcels handed out in the Khomas Region between April and October 2017.

    Additional costs for street committee allowances added a further N$2.7 million to the bill over those seven months, plus nearly N$350 000 for consultants assisting the programme.

    While initial beneficiary numbers have dropped since March 2017, thousands have still benefitted from the monthly food parcels handed to households.

    In July and in August last year a total of 17 879 households, totalling 76 818 persons, received food parcels from the programme.

    In September and October, the number of households dropped to 17 107, benefitting a total of 73 903 persons.

    In March 2017, the number of households topped 22 354 households totalling 94 536 persons, the ministry confirmed.

    About 300 young people form part of the street committees.

    The food bank programme is currently operational in seven Khomas Region constituencies: Tobias Hainyeko Constituency, Moses Garoeb Constituency, Samora Machel Constituency, John Pandeni Constituency, Katutura East Constituency, Katutura Central Constituency, and Khomasdal.

    Lot Ndamanomhata, spokesperson for the poverty alleviation ministry, told Namibian Sun this week that “due to the economic downturn and financial constraints during 2016/2018 financial year, no food bank programme was rolled out to the other regions.”

    The ministry is however hoping to open six additional food banks across the country and in line with this initial stakeholder consultations were conducted in the //Karas Region at Keetmanshoop and Lüderitz in February 2017, he said.

    “The ministry anticipates starting with the process in 2018 by utilising the savings after the Khomas Region beneficiaries list have been reviewed,” he said.

    Ndamanomhata added that the University of Namibia was brought on board in August 2017 to conduct an assessment to determine the viability, sustainability and impact of the food bank programme.

    The final report is expected to be released early this year, and is hoped to provide insight into the challenges and successes of the programme to date.

    “The results of the assessment will provide the ministry with lessons and provide a valuable guide to the further expansion of the programme to other regions.”

    Ndamanomhata further explained that the “cost of food parcels also reduced due to the removal of some beneficiaries and the excess of food not distributed in the previous months because of non-collection by beneficiaries, who sent someone else to collect their parcels when the rules state they should come in person.”

    The current criteria for the identification of the poor and vulnerable persons during the pilot phase to benefit from the Food Bank are households whose total per capita monthly income is below N$400.

    The ministry emphasised that the food bank is one of many interventions in the war against poverty and should be seen as one of many initiatives aimed at empowering the most vulnerable in society.

    “The provision of food to the needy is not aimed to create dependency, but to assist the vulnerable and the needy. With the provision of these items, such persons would be empowered to actively participate in the life activities and be able to sustainably feed their families and send them to school.”


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  • 01/10/18--14:00: Jerry improves world rating
  • Jerry improves world ratingJerry improves world ratingHe is a top prospect MTC Nestor ‘Sunshine’ Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy boxer Jeremiah ‘Low Key’ Nakathila is making a name for himself. JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

    One of Namibia’s golden boxers, Jeremiah ‘Low Key’ Nakathila, has improved his World Boxing Organisation rankings.

    Nakathila, who was previously ranked ninth in the junior lightweight division, has now moved to sixth in the ratings.

    The MTC Nestor Sunshine Academy announced yesterday that the improvement was because of his last fight. The boxer defeated a highly rated South African Sibusiso Zingange at the end of last year.

    The boxer told the Sunshine communication department that he was happy with the way he was improving.

    Nakathila, who has big dreams of fighting for the world title one da,y felt that he was on the right track.

    “I am excited about my improved word rating. Joining the MTC Sunshine team has been the best decision of my boxing career and I know that 2018 will hold great things for me.

    “The junior lightweight division is very competitive with Lomanchenko being the current world champion, but I am not intimidated and will do my best to continue winning and winning till I get to the number one spot” Nakathila said.

    Nakathila, who was training with the Soweto boxing gym, joined Nestor Tobias last year.

    He said he joined the Sunshine Academy because he wanted to gain more exposure internationally.

    Tobias also spoke highly of the boxer, stating that he has a great future ahead of him.

    “This boy is the future of boxing. We are excited to have so much talent in our gym, we have the depth in so many weight classes and this talent is testimony that our future is bright.

    “We will continue to make a positive mark on the international boxing scene,” Tobias said.

    He added that Nakathila is a focused and hardworking boxer who is also disciplined.

    “The fact that he continues to fight tough opponents can only do his world ratings good.”

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  • 01/10/18--14:00: Carolissen leads Kudus
  • Carolissen leads KudusCarolissen leads Kudus OTIS FINCK

    Allister Carolissen has been afforded another opportunity to serve as Kudu Rugby Club chairperson.

    Carolissen served as the chairman of the coastal club on three previous occasions and was again elected at their AGM on Tuesday.

    The newly elected chairman thanked members of the club for their confidence in him and said it was an honour to lead the top club with the largest support base at the coast. He added that he was well aware of the challenges ahead.

    “Among our first priorities will be to secure a sponsorship of four sets of playing kit. Having players who journeyed with the club since 2009 is definitely a blessing. We however need more players to strengthen the competitive aspect. Our prize-giving will be on 29 September and the next AGM will take place on 2 October.”

    He also called on those who are not prepared to work hard to rather stay away and said the club was looking forward to once again competing in the Fishing Industries tournament in South Africa this year.

    “This excursion will cost the club approximately N$85 000. We want Kudu players to commit themselves to this cause and ensure our participation at this prestigious event at Velddrift in October.”

    The annual tournament, which features teams from the surrounding fish factories, was the brainchild of the late Dr Danie Craven, former Springbok centre Ian Kirkpatrick and former Proteas skipper Dougie Dyers, and was first held at Saldanha in 1987.

    Carolissen took over the reins from Chandler Plato and will be supported by Donald De Koker (deputy chairman), Gregory Swartz (secretary), Bernito Kearns (deputy secretary) and Felicity Muller (treasurer).

    James De Koker and Elrico Vires were elected as additional members and Graham Swartz will serve as match secretary. The players will nominate a representative to serve on the management committee.

    The names of the two coaches (premier and first league) will be announced in due course. Practice sessions are scheduled to start next week. Abraham Farmer, Graham Swartz and Elic De Wee are among the candidates that could step into the hot seats.

    The Kudu premier league team finished in fifth position and the first-league team finished sixth in the 2017 season.

    Desmond Frankfort, who facilitated the election process, called on all members to ensure that their membership ship fees are paid up.

    He also announced that the club was considering roping in the coaching expertise of Walvis Bay-born Sammy Paulse to complement the Kudu coaching staff.

    Paulse was the Paarl head coach in 2016 and led the club to the President's Cup SLC final against Rangers. He played for Riverstone in the Western Province league in South Africa and could possibly join the Kudu coaching staff for a month, three times per year, to share his skills.

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    Nedbank Cycle Challenge is onNedbank Cycle Challenge is on The popular Nedbank Cycling Challenge is back and is expected to set Windhoek alight in February.

    The event will begin with the road challenge on 11 February, followed by the ever-popular Kidz Challenge on 24 February, and ending with the Mountain Bike Challenge scheduled for 25 February. The Road Challenge will start at Windhoek's Independence Avenue with the friendly support of Windhoek Pedal Power.

    This family event will cater for elite professionals as well as first-time cyclists daring to take on the 20km, 30km, 60km or 100km routes.

    The Hollard Bike Park at Avis Dam will be the place to be for children aged between three and 13 years, for the Kidz Challenge.

    The Mountain Bike race will conclude the Cycle challenge at Avis Dam.

    This huge national mountain bike event held in conjunction with Rock & Rut Cycling club will allow mountain bikers to test their skills and ingenuity on the trails in the 15km, 30km and 60km stretches.

    Nedbank has been a host of the cycling series for 33 years and says the legacy continues to grow.

    “Promoting cycling in Namibia goes beyond the excitement of hosting high level competitions and events.

    “It goes hand in hand with developing and investing in teams and individuals from various backgrounds to nurture local talent. Contributing toward the development of the sport and cyclists in particular have been the reasons why the bank has backed the sport for so long,” says Selma Kaulinge, Nedbank's spokesperson.

    Cycling is not only a competitive sport but also a popular leisure activity, which bears the added advantage of offering an efficient means of transport. The sport attracts not only professional athletes, but amateur cyclists as well as seasoned cycling fans of all ages and backgrounds.

    Nedbank said the races are family friendly with large crowds of supporters flocking to the events each year. Coca-Cola, NHP and Windhoek Express, who have partnered with Nedbank, are said to be making valuable contributions in ensuring this renowned event is sustained year on year.

    The cycle challenge will be one of many cycling events to be hosted by Nedbank this year in the run-up to another major calendar event at the end of the year, the Desert Dash.

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    Djokovic 'very, very happy' Djokovic 'very, very happy' NAMPA/AFP

    Novak Djokovic made a resounding return yesterday after six months out with an elbow injury, declaring he felt "great" after beating world number five Dominic Thiem 6-1, 6-4 at the Kooyong Classic.

    The Serbian 12-time Grand Slam winner was in good form, and full of optimism, after his first competitive outing since losing a Wimbledon quarter-final to Tomas Berdych last July.

    "I feel great, I was eager to get onto the court," he said after playing with a flesh-coloured sleeve on his right arm.

    "I had a great opponent, it was a test for me to see where I am, how the work we did pays off on court. It worked pretty well."

    The former world number one, who will be chasing a record seventh Australian Open crown next week, had pulled out of a warm-up Abu Dhabi tournament, raising concerns over whether he would be fit enough to play at Melbourne Park.

    "There was a doubt, especially after I pulled out of the first week of the year," he admitted.

    "I personally didn't know what's going to happen. We did some treatment and obviously gave it a lot of thought. Luckily for me I'm here and so I'm hoping in the next four, five days everything will go well and I'll be ready for the Open."

    While pleased at his progress, Djokovic, who has dropped to 14 in the world, admitted he still had work to do ahead of the opening Grand Slam of the year.

    "I don't want to be over-confident, but I'm very, very happy with how it went today," added the 30-year-old.

    "I don't say I'm at 100 percent, I can only say that when I get the feel of a tournament. Ideally I would have had another tournament before the start of the Open, but it was not meant to be.

    "I'll take whatever I can one or two matches here will be good preparation."

    Thiem, who only arrived in Melbourne on Monday night from Doha after four days in bed with a virus, presented only a minimal challenge to the recharged Serb.

    "I'm free of fever and healthy again," the Austrian said. "I'm still jet-lagged and was slow at the beginning of the match. I'll sleep, eat and train and not do too much. I'll be fine for the Open."

    Australian Matthew Ebden, back on court after an injury-marred 2017, defeated Marin Cilic 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 7-5 in another match at the exhibition tournament.

    World number six Cilic won the opener but found his game not quite up to competitive level as Ebden sneaked out the second set and then won a tight third.

    Cilic, last year's losing Wimbledon finalist against Roger Federer, heads into his final practice days for the Australian Open content with his form.

    "The most important thing is to feel the conditions, to get comfortable," he said. "It's important to find a good rhythm.

    "Overall, I'm quite happy with my level. I was feeling the ball well and hitting cleanly from both sides."

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    Martin relishes return to Brave WarriorsMartin relishes return to Brave Warriors Hungry for success A few rough years for Black Africa star Emilio Martin ended after he impressed national team coach Ricardo Mannetti during training. Brave Warriors player Emilio Martin makes a return to the team after his last appearance in 2015 and his return will be at the continental tournament the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) to be held in Morocco from 12 January to 4 February.

    The captain of Black Africa FC, Emilio Martin has been fighting hard to get his team to the top of the league table and get back into the national team fold and finally got the call in December when the 31-man training squad was announced.

    Martin, who made his debut for the Warriors in 2013, is confident that the team will win their first match against Ivory Coast on Sunday.

    “I trust in our individual talents and I believe that the technical team has done its best to try and incorporate all the different skills and techniques that the players have in one team. Even though we are underdogs in the championship, I believe we will win our first game,” Martin says.

    Martin, who can play both in defence and midfield, adds depth to the Brave Warriors team and with his experience can play a major role in helping the team to succeed at their maiden CHAN finals.

    His last appearance for the Brave Warriors team was in 2015 against Zambia in an international friendly.

    The Brave Warriors have been in Tunisia since 28 December and will continue to prepare for the finals before they proceed to their base in Marrakesh today.

    They face Ivory Coast on 14 January, Uganda on 18 January in Marrakesh and finally play Zambia in Casablanca in the final group game on 22 January with the top two teams advancing to the quarterfinals.

    Here are the 23 Brave Warriors for the 2018 CHAN finals: Edward Maova, Charles Uirab, Lodyt Kazapua, Ferdinand Karongee, Tiberius Lombard, Charles Hambira, Edmund Kambanda, Dynamo Fredericks, Hendrick Somaeb, Petrus Shitembi, Benyamin Nenkavu, Ronald Ketjijere, Emilio Martin, Absalom Iimbondi, Roger Katjiteo, Kleopas Useb, Vitapi Ngaruka, Panduleni Nekundi, Junias Theophilus, Riaan Hanamub, Oswaldo Xamseb, Itamunua Keimuine and Himeezembi Hengombe.

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  • 01/10/18--14:00: Trump loses DACA battle
  • Trump loses DACA battleTrump loses DACA battleUS judge blocks a move to rescind immigrant programme An American court has instructed the Trump administration to reinstate the DACA programme with immediate effect. A US judge late Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump from ending an Obama-era programme that protected from deportation, migrants who entered America illegally as children.

    The ruling came hours after Trump presided over a high-profile White House meeting with lawmakers from both parties on the fate of so-called Dreamers.

    Judge William Alsup in San Francisco issued his 49-page ruling ordering the administration to reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme, known popularly as DACA.

    The government is "HEREBY ORDERED AND ENJOINED, pending final judgment herein or other order, to maintain the DACA programme on a nationwide basis on the same terms and conditions as were in effect before the rescission," he wrote.

    Alsup said the Department of Justice's view that the programme was illegal was based on a "flawed legal premise."

    Unless his order is overturned by a higher court, DACA recipients will now be eligible to submit renewal applications and the government will be required to "post reasonable public notice" that the programme is once again active.

    The so-called Dreamers were protected from deportation under the policy enacted in 2012 during Barack Obama's presidency.

    In September, Trump said he was scrapping the DACA programme but delayed enforcement to give Congress six months - until March - to craft a lasting solution.

    The government was sued on grounds that ending the programme was arbitrary and done without following proper legal procedures.

    Judge Alsup wrote Tuesday that he questioned the administration's argument that DACA had not been implemented legally.

    Alsup said DACA must be resurrected while the legal challenge to it proceeds.

    Earlier Tuesday, Trump had taken command of the White House meeting to coax Republican and Democratic lawmakers toward a compromise on the fate of Dreamers.

    He also signalled he was open to more comprehensive immigration reform to address millions of other undocumented people living in the shadows, as long as Democrats are willing to countenance greater border security, including a controversial wall along the Mexican border.

    "It should be a bill of love," Trump said of a measure under negotiation that would protect hundreds of thousands of Dreamers from deportation.

    "But it also has to be a bill where we're able to secure our border. Drugs are pouring into our country at a record pace. A lot of people are coming in that we can't have," Trump added, urging lawmakers to "put country before party" and strike a quick solution.

    The president said he would "take the heat" politically if lawmakers were to move toward broader action that would provide a pathway to citizenship for about 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

    "You are not that far away from comprehensive immigration reform," he told Senator Lindsey Graham, after the Republican lawmaker floated the idea of more sweeping legislation.

    "You created an opportunity here, Mr President, and you need to close the deal," Graham told him as TV cameras rolled.

    Trump's position appeared at odds with his 2016 campaign, when his platform focused largely on border security and immigration curtailment, and many of his core supporters raged at the prospect of legalising millions of undocumented immigrants.


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  • 01/10/18--14:00: Hague judges 'prejudiced'
  • Hague judges 'prejudiced'Hague judges 'prejudiced' Lawyers for former Congolese vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba on Tuesday slammed his conviction for war crimes, accusing judges of “prejudice” and calling for the judgement to be scrapped.

    Bemba, 55, is appealing an 18-year jail term handed down by the International Criminal Court in June 2016 after judges found him guilty on five charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in atrocities committed by his troops in the Central African Republic (CAR).

    Once the powerful leader of the Congolese Liberation Movement (MLC) and a wealthy businessman, the court said Bemba had failed to stop a series of rapes and murders by his soldiers in the Central African Republic in 2002 and 2003.

    But Bemba's lawyer Peter Haynes told a hearing at the Hague-based ICC that trial judges chose to ignore much of the evidence presented by the defence.

    “A hatchet was simply taken to the defence case,” Haynes told the five appeals judges.

    “The trial chamber's approach to evidence was unbalanced. For no articulated reason, the trial chamber ignored important evidence on central issues,” Haynes said.

    This included the testimony of a retired senior French military officer, Brigadier-General Jacques Seara, who told judges that Bemba was not in command of his troops when they carried out the crimes.

    Seara's evidence was totally dismissed by the judges “notwithstanding his wealth of experience which entitled him to give evidence,” Haynes said.

    “Simply put, the trial chamber deviated so substantially from the essential conditions of a fair trial that prejudice must be presumed,” he said.

    “No trial judgement can be allowed to stand in such circumstances.”

    Bemba's case which opened in November 2010 was the first before the ICC to focus on sexual violence as a weapon of war, and the first to underline a military commander's responsibility for the conduct of troops under his control.

    In an appeal filed before the court, Bemba's lawyers however said the judges' “findings on effective control fall far outside established military doctrine and practice”.

    Bemba's trial “invented a theory of command responsibility which is a military impossibility”, his defence team said.

    In a separate trial, Bemba was also sentenced in March last year to one year in jail and fined 300 000 euros for bribing witnesses during his main war crimes trial. Bemba is expected to address the hearing, due to last until Monday.

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    Israel under fire for African migrant expulsionIsrael under fire for African migrant expulsion The United Nations on Tuesday called on Israel to scrap a new programme forcing thousands of African migrants out of the country, condemning it as incoherent and unsafe.

    The programme is targeting an estimated 38 000 people, mainly from Eritrea and Sudan.

    Israel has offered them US$3 500 and a plane ticket if they leave by March, warning they may face arrest after the deadline.

    The plan was widely criticised when first unveiled last year, but the UN refugee agency sounded a fresh alarm after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement last week that the programme had begun.

    “UNHCR is again appealing to Israel to halt its policy of relocating Eritreans and Sudanese to sub-Saharan Africa”, the agency said in a statement.

    UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler told reporters in Geneva that the programme was not “coherent” and “has been implemented not in a very transparent manner.”

    Israel has not clearly said where the migrants will go, but tacitly recognises it is too dangerous to return the Sudanese and Eritreans home.

    As a result, according to activists in Israel, it has signed deals with Rwanda and Uganda, which agree to accept departing migrants on condition they consent to the arrangement.

    Uganda has publicly denied any such deal. Rwanda has also dismissed its involvement, according to the UN.

    Spindler said the fact that the purported host countries were denying their role made it impossible for the UN to follow up.

    UNHCR said it had spoken to 80 people who were flown with the US$3 500 to Rwanda before heading north, travelling to Rome through conflict zones in South Sudan, Sudan and Libya.

    “Along the way they suffered abuse, torture and extortion before risking their lives once again by crossing the Mediterranean to Italy”, UNHCR said in a statement, explaining that its staff interviewed the migrants in Rome. Spindler called on Israel to find alternative solutions to the problem, stressing that the UN was ready to help with formal resettlement through official channels.

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    Ooskola dhomOhangwena dhi na ompumbwe yomahalaOoskola dhomOhangwena dhi na ompumbwe yomahala Sho oshitopolwa shaHangwena tashi tsikile nokukala shimwe shomiitopolwa dhingi mekonaakono lyopashigwana lyondondo onti 10, oshitopolwa otashi kondjo nokumonena aalongwa yasho ayehe omahala mondondo onti 11.

    Omukomeho gwelongo moshitopolwa shoka, Isack Hamatwi, okwa popi kutya ooskola ndhoka otadhi kala natango dhi na omwaalu gwaanaskola guli pombanda.

    Hamatwi okwa popi kutya nuumvo oye na aanaskola 3 300 mboka taya yi mondondo onti 11, okuyeleka naanaskola 3 000 yomvula ya piti.

    Omunambelewa ngoka okwa popi kutya oya manitha nale okukongela aanona mboka omahala ihe ope na owala aanona aashona mboka taya ka ungaunga nayo mokuya kongela omahala.

    Okwa tsikile kutya aanona oyendji itaya ka kala momihandjo omolwa ompumbwe yomahala momihandjo dhooskola. Okwa popi kutya nuumvo omwaalu gwaanaskola ogwa londo pombanda naanskola 300.

    Hamatwi okwa popi kutya oye na ompumbwe yomihandjo ngaashi Ongha, Ondobe, Omungwelume, Endola, Eenhana oshowo Okongo.

    Omvula ya piti, oshitopolwa natango osha kala mompumbwe sho etungo limwe lyomuhandjo moskola Oshela Secodary School mOkongo lya kwata omulilo, sha etithwa koongodhi dhiikwamalusheno ndhoka dha kwatakanithwa noradio shaaheli pamulandu.

    Etungo ndyoka inali longwa natango molwaashoka uuministeli welongo owa ndopa okugandja iimaliwa yokuwapalekitha etungo ndyoka.

    Hamatwi okwa popi kutya oya gandja eindilo lyawo kuuministeli opo ku wapalekwe etungo ndyoka na oya tegelela iilonga yi tameke muFebruali na otayi ka manithwa omwedhi Mei.

    Omolwa iilonga mbyoka, otashi ulike kutya omwaalu omunene gwaanaskola mOshela itaya ka kala ye na omahala momuhandjo.


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    Ekondjitho lyoluhepo okupitila mombaanga yiikulyaEkondjitho lyoluhepo okupitila mombaanga yiikulyaYa tulwa owala miilonga moKhomas Uuministeli wokukondjitha oluhepo moshilongo owu na omukumo kutya otaku ka patululwa oombaanga dhiikulya hamano moshilongo nuumvo. Ompumbwe yiimaliwa oyo ya etitha ekaleko lyepatululo lyoombaanga dhiikulya miitopolwa yilwe moshilongo, mo2016 konima sho ombaanga ndjoka ya tulwa tango miilonga moshitopolwa shaKhomas.

    Pamuyalu ndhoka dha gandjwa kuuministeli oshiwike shika, odha ulike kutya konyala oomiliyona 34.5 odha longithwa mokulanda iikulya mbyoka ya topolelwa aakwashigwana mboka yeli mompumbwe okupitila moprogramma yombaanga yiikulya moshitopolwa shaKhomas, pokati komwedhi Apilili naKotomba 2017. Iimaliwa ya gwedhwa po yoomiliyona 2.7 oya longithwa onga oondjambi dhokomwefhi dhaaniilonga mokomitiye yokutopola oondya ndhoka uule woomwedhi heyali, kwagwedhwa oshimaliwa shooN$350 000 miifuta yaayakuli moprogramma ndjoka.

    Nonando omwaalu gwoonakumona ekwatho okupitila moprogramma ndjoka ogwa shuna pevi okutameka muMaalitsa gwomvula ya piti, aantu omayovi oya mono oondya okupitila moprogramma ndjoka.

    Pokati kaJuli naAguste, aanamagumbo 17 879, yomwaalu gwaantu yeli 76 818 oya mono oondya okuza moprogramma ndjoka. Mu Septemba sigo omwedhi Kotomba , omwaalu gwoonakumona oondya okupilitha moprograma ndjoka ogwa shuna pevi , naantu 17 107, naantu owala 73 903 oyo ya mono oondya.

    Momwedhi Malitsa gwo 2017, omwaalu gwaanamagumbo ogwa li 22 354 gwa kwatelamo aantu 94 536.

    Konyala aanyasha ya thika po 300, oye li oshitopolwa shokomitiye yoprograma ndjoka. Oprograma yombaanga yiikulya monena oyi li miikandjohogololo iheyali moshitopolwa shaKhomas ngaashi Tobias Hainyeko, Moses Garoeb Constituency, Samora Machel, John Pandeni, Katutura East, Katutura Central oshowo Khomasdal. Lot Ndamanomhata, omupopiliko guuministeli mboka okwa lombwele oshifokundaneki shoNamibia Sun oshiwike shika kutya omolwa onkalo yeliko lyoshilongo ndjoka ya gu pevi, inaya vula okutaandelitha oprograma ndjoka miitopolwa yilwe moshilongo. Nonando ongaaka okwa popi kutya otaya pangele opo ku patululwe oombaanga dhiikulya hamano dha gwedhwa po moshilongo nuumvo, tashi endele pamwe noonkundathana ndhoka dha li dha ningwa naakuthimbinga moprograma ndjoka moshitopolwa sha//Karas moKeetmanshoop oshowo Lüderitz muFebruali gwo 2017.

    Ndamanomhata okwa gwedha po kutya oshiputudhilo shoUniversity of Namibia osha pewa oshinakugwanithwa muAguste gwomvula ya piti, opo shi ninge omapekaapeko kombinga yoprogramma ndjoka. Olopota ya hugunina yomapekaapeko ngoka okwa tegelelwa yi ka tseyithwe nuumvo, na otayi ka kwatelamo shoka sha pondolwa nomashongo ngoka ga taalele oprograma ndjoka konima nkene ya tulwa miilonga.

    Olopota ndjoka otayi ka gandja uuyelele kuuministeli nkene wu na okupulitha komeho noprograma ndjoka. Omunambelewa ngoka okwa yelitha kutya ondando yiikulya mbyoka nayo oya shuna pevi sho aayakulwa yamwe po ya kuthwa mo momusholondondo gwoonakumona ekwatho, molwaashoka oya ndopa okukatala iikulya yawo yene ngaashi tashi uthwa pamilandu, ihe yo oya kala taya tumu ko aantu. Ombaanga ndjoka pauyelele wa gandjwa kuuministeli oyi li oshilwitho shokukondjila oluhepo, unene mokati kaakwashigwana mboka haya mono iiyemo yi li pevi lyoshimaliwa shooN$400.


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    SPYL e na omaipulo kombinga yelongoSPYL e na omaipulo kombinga yelongo Amushanga gwelongo mewawa lyoSwapo Party Youth League (SPYL), Hofni Iipinge, okwa hala epangelo opo li kandulepo omikundu dhoka dha taalela oshikondo shelongo moNamibia.

    Yimwe yomiinima mbyoka Iipinge a hala ya talika ongaashi aanaskola ya thika po 18 000 mboka ya ndopa ondondo onti 10 omvula ya piti, ompumbwe yomihandjo mooskola dhepangelo oshowo oshikumungu shoNamibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) saga.

    Iipinge okwa pula uuministei welongo opo wu pitike aanona mboka ya ndopa ondondo onti 10 niitsa yi li po 20 sigo 22 oshowo mboka aavali yawo itaya vulu iifuta yoNamibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) opo ya vule okupitikwa ya endulule ondondo onti 10.

    Omathimbo ga piti, Namcol okwa tseyitha kutya omwaalu gwiilongwa mbyoka aailongi taya vulu okukutha ogwa shuna pevi,omolwa ompumbwe yoonzo dhokwiilongitha moshiputudhilo shoka.

    Iipinge okwa tsikile kutya aakuthimbinga melongo naya ipule kutya aanona mboka ya thika po 18 000 otaya yi peni, nepangelo olya pumbwa okuninga sha opo ku yandwe aanona mboka kaya ye momapandanda.

    Iipinge natango okwa pula woo iiputudhilo yopaungomba yi kuthe po aanona mboka nokugandja omadheulo.

    “Atuhe otu na oshinakugwanitwa mendungiko lyokanona kaNamibia. Otandi pula omahangano gopaumwene ga tunge iiputudhilo yopaungomba miitopolwa opo ku vule okukandekwa oluhepo.”

    Omvula ya piti okwa lopotwa kutya epangelo olya hala okushuna oshiketha shoNSFAF momake guuministeli welongo lyopombanda, omolwa uulingilingi oshowo omukalo ngoka oshiketha shoka tashi kwatelwa komeho. Iipinge okwa popi kutya shoka kashi shi ekandulepo lyomukundu, ihe epangelo nali ningile omakonaakono oshiketha shoka.


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    Mutorwa yiipumu mumwe naGoeiemannMutorwa yiipumu mumwe naGoeiemann Ominista yUunamapya, oya popi kutya ngoka ta shunitha monima epatululo lyuutomeno uwali monooli yoshilongo, amushanga guuministeli wiilonga, Willem Goeiemann.

    Omalundilathano oga holoka pokati kaMinista John Mutorwa oshowo amushanga muuministeli wiilonga, Willem Goeiemann omolwa ekateko mepatululo lyuutomeno hoka komOshakati oshowo moKatima Mulilo.

    Mutorwa okwa popi kutya aanafaaalama omayovi monooli yoshilongo otaya mono iihuna omolwa Goeiemann, ngoka a kala nokweetitha ekaleko mepatulululo lyuutomeno mboka okutameka momwedhi Septemba gwomvula yo 2016. Kombinga ye Goeiemann okwa popi kutya kape na ekateko lyasha molwaashoka iilonga mbyoka otayi ningwa pamulandu. Sho a yamukula koshinyolwa shomoshifokundnaeki shoNamibia Sun , Mutorwa okwa popi kutya okuuviteko emono lyiihuna ndyoka lya taalela aaniimuna mboka, na okwa popi kutya ekateko ndyoka otali ningwa ku Goeiemann nomatompelo geshiwike owala kuyemwene. Minista okwa popi kutya ekateko ndyoka itali etithwa kompumbwe yiimaliwa molwaashoka uuministeli we owiitulile iimaliwa mbyoka wa pumbiwa melongitho lyuutomeno mboka.

    Minista okwa tsikile kutya onkalo ndjoka itayi etithwa kuupyakadhi wopashimaliwa ihe okomaihumbato gaanambelewa yalwe yepangelo mboka kaye na ko nasha nemono lyiihuna ndyoka lya taalela aanafaalama.

    Mutorwa okwa popi kutya konima ye shaino lyetsokumwe lyehiilitho lyuutomeno mboka muAguste gwo 2016, uumunisteli we owa ningi ekwatathano nehangano lyoBurmeister and Partners opo li ninge omakonaakono gopautekinima kombinga yuutomeno mboka uwali wepangelo. Okwa popi kutya mboka oya mana omakonaakono gawo pethimbo na oya gandja woo osshizemo shomakonaakono kuuministeli. Mutorwa okwa popi kutya yiikwatelela kolopota yomakonaakono, oya ulike okutungi meendelelo opo a wapalekwe uutomeno mboka meendelelo.

    Okwa tsikile kutya uuministeli wiilonga owiidhopomo nokutokola kutya iilonga itayi vulu okutameka kwiikwatelelwa owala kolopota ndjoka ya ningwa kehangano ndyoka, nooindjinia dhuuministeli wiilonga odha pumbwa okuninga omakonaakono gadho yene.

    Minista okwa pula kutya omolwashike Goeiemann ita endelelitha iilonga mbyoka.

    Goeiemann okwa tindi omapopyo gaMutorwa ta popi kutya ye kali e na ontseyo kombinga yiilonga mbyoka, na okwa nongele owala kombinga yetungo lyuutomeno mboka muSepetemba gwomvula ya piti. Okwa popi kutya oya kala taya longo neitulemo opo ya manithe iilonga mboka.

    “Mbyoka iilonga yopautekinika. Ohayi kutha ethimbo na itayi vulu okumanithwa owala mesiku limwe. Inatu ya momafudho opo tu vule okumana iilonga mbyoka,” Goeiemann ta ti. Goeiemann okwa tsikile kutya haye iidhopo miilonga mbyoka, ihe uuministeli owali wa tuminwa kuye okuza kombelewa yahahende ndaji gwepangelo.

    “Uuministeli owali wayi kombelewa yahahende ndjai omolwa omatsokumwe gehiilo lyuutomeno mboka, ihe oya li ya pewa omayele kutya onda pumbwa okushaina oombaapila dhoka. Oya etelendje oombaapila ndhoka ihe ngame itandi vulu owala okushaina iinima mbyoka ngame kandi shi, onkene onda tumu ooindjinia dhetu dhi ka ninge omapekaapeko.” MuAguste gwomvula ya piti, Minista Mutorwa okwali a tseyitha kutya uutomeno mboka otawu ka kwatelwa komeho kiiputudhilo yopaumwene sho hoka komOshakati ka pewa ehangano lyoKIAT Investment Holdings, omanga hoka kaKatima Mulilo ka pewa ehangano lyoZambezi Meat Corporation (ZAMCO). Pahapu dhomupresidende gwoNamibia National Farmers' Union (NNFU) Jason Emvula, omwaalu gwiimuna ogwa londo pombanda noonkondo, okuya poongombe dha thika pomiliyona 1.6, na kape na omahala guulithilo ga gwana miitopolwa mbyoka. Onkalo oya dhigupalela woo aanafaalama molwaashoka itaya mono iiyemo yasha okuya miimuna yawo, konima nkee Meatco a hulitha po elongelo lye muutomeno mboka.

    MuAguste gwomvula ya piti, Mutorwa okwa li a tseyitha kutya uutomeno mboka otawu ka tameka iilonga andola muNovemba gwomvula ya piti. Emvula okwa popi kutya aanafaalama oya li ya nyanyukwa sha landula etseyitho ndyoka na oya li ya pyakudhukwa okulanditha po iimuna yawwo ihe ngashiingeyi oye li muupyakadhi okukonga omalandithilo giimuna yawo.


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    FAW to roll out 17 models by 2025FAW to roll out 17 models by 2025 NAMPA/XINHUA

    Chinese carmaker FAW Group said it will introduce 17 car models, mostly electric, by 2025.

    At a press conference held in Beijing this week, FAW Group chairman Xu Liuping said that with the new Hongqi (Red Flag) models, the state-owned carmaker will make strides in new energy vehicles and intelligent connectivity.

    The Hongqi subsidiary will roll out its first electric car model this year and in the years leading up to 2025, it will introduce another 14 electric car models, Xu said.

    The new electric car models in 2020 are expected to have an endurance mileage of 600 kilometres, he said.

    The new models will be equipped with Level 3 automated driving in 2019, Level 4 automated driving in 2020 and Level 5 automated driving in 2025, Xu said.

    The Hongqi subsidiary set an annual sales target of 100 000 units in 2020, 300,000 units in 2025 and 500 000 units in 2035.

    Hongqi made its debut as a parade sedan at Tian'anmen Square in the center of Beijing during China's 10th National Day celebration in 1959.

    Since then, the Hongqi sedan has long been featured in parades during major national celebrations. But the brand has not sold well in the consumer market.

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  • 01/10/18--14:00: BMW 4 series arrives
  • BMW 4 series arrivesBMW 4 series arrives WHEELS24

    Following the launch of its new 5 Series, BMW's 4 Series has arrived in South Africa.

    Since its launch in 2013, BMW has sold nearly 400 000 units of its 4 Series with more than 5500 finding owners in SA.

    The new range comprises of a Coupe, Convertible, Gran Coupe and the monstrous M4.

    The 4 Series has a lower centre of gravity than the 3 Series (Coupe -40mm, Gran Coupe -30mm, Convertible -20mm), a wider track at the front (+14mm) and the rear (+22mm).


    Borrowing styling cues from the 3 and 5 Series, the automaker's latest 4 Series sports redesigned LEDs (replaces the xenons) and LED rear lights fitted to the model for the first time. It has modified air intakes, a new rear apron and minor styling tweaks throughout. The cabin has been enhanced with additional trim and technology.

    Why buy a 4 Series? Think of the new model as the 3 Series' sexier sibling, sporting fewer doors and available as a drop-top.

    The new 4 Series isn’t a sports car, at least not in the truest sense. Its leans towards practicality rather than performance, though it allows drivers to engage in occasional mischief on weekends. It’s not as traditional as a 3 Series nor as ostentatious as a 6 coupe, instead it has something unique in its segment - personality.


    The engine line-up is unchanged; the 4 Series coupe and gran coupe are available in three turbopetrol versions (420i, 430i, 440i) with outputs respectively of 135kW, 185kW and 240kW respectively. A single turbodiesel (420d) model is rated at 140kW. The Convertible is only offered in petrol guise. The 317kW M4 is available in Coupe and Convertible guise.

    Transmission choices remain the same with a six-speed manual or eight-speed Streptronic auto (440i is offered in auto only), and six-speed manual or seven-speed M Double Clutch for the M4 derivatives.


    The new Coupe and Gran Coupe have revised suspension for, says BMW, sportier handling. All new 4 Series models have improved steering. High-performance tyres are available as a factory-fitted option for all models from the BMW 430i upwards.

    Its design tweaks promises an exciting drive and the latest 4 delivers.

    It's well balanced through bends, instilling confidence to take on corners and equally at home stitching corners together as it is cruising along a highway. Steering is precise though its suspension is tuned to be on the firm side (to give it that sporty feel says BMW). Unfortunately, this comes across as harsh on typical SA roads.

    The M4 is expected to retail from just over R715 000 for the entry-level 420i convertible to R985 000 for the 440i.

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    Sunderland out of Dakar RallySunderland out of Dakar RallyBack pain ends champion’s run Cyclist and Dakar Rally title holder Sam Sunderland will not be mounting a defence after withdrawing from this year’s gruelling instalment. NAMPA/AFP

    British motorcyclist Sam Sunderland abandoned his Dakar Rally title defence Tuesday due to back pain, and Portuguese soccer coach Andre Villas-Boas was taken to a hospital after his car crashed against a sand dune.

    Rally organisers said Sunderland, the overall leader on a KTM, withdrew near the end of the 330-kilometre special around San Juan de Marcona when he was hurt after a jump.

    Adrien van Beveren of France won the fourth stage in about four hours. He also moved into the overall lead, taking a 1:55 advantage over Pablo Quintanilla of Chile.

    In the car race, the 40-year-old Villas-Boas was in 43rd position for team Toyota at the time of his accident. There was no word on whether the former Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham coach was staying in the competition.

    Another Frenchman, Sebastien Loeb, won the car stage after duelling with defending champion and Peugeot teammate Stephane Peterhansel.

    Loeb and Peterhansel swapped checkpoint leads. Loeb finally led through the fourth and last checkpoint while Peterhansel, whose overall lead wasn't in trouble, stopped to change a tire hanging off the rim.

    Loeb beat Carlos Sainz by 95 seconds, followed by Peterhansel for a Peugeot sweep of the podium.

    Peterhansel leads overall by 6:55 over Loeb.

    The former champions who started the day second and third overall dropped out of title contention.

    Cyril Despres, the five-time champion on a bike who was lying second in a car, had a broken rear wheel after hitting a rock at about 180 kilometres, and his rally appeared over.

    Nasser Al-Attiyah, the two-time champion who won stages one and three, became stuck in sand three times and fell almost an hour off the pace.

    Also, Nani Roma, a winner in the car and bike categories, didn't start the stage after crashing at the end of the third on Monday. He was airlifted to a Lima hospital with head and neck injuries. His X-Raid team said he suffered no fractures.

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  • 01/10/18--14:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day RARE: A picture shows a ‘supermoon’ rising over a mosque in the Dubai Marina. Supermoons happen when a full moon approximately coincides with the moon's perigee, or a point in its orbit at which it is closest to earth. This makes the moon appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than usual. Photo: NAMPA/AFP

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  • 01/10/18--14:00: Food for thought
  • Food for thoughtFood for thought The food bank initiative was launched amid much pomp and fanfare in 2016 by President Hage Geingob with the pilot study focusing on Windhoek households earning a self-declared income of less than N$400 per person per month. The programme was introduced as part of government’s anti-poverty initiatives and the expectation was that it will be rolled out to other towns in the near future. However after two years, the initiative finds itself beset by a number of challenges, which are threatening its expansion to other regions. The economic crisis, which is being experienced in the country, has put a serious strain on government spending and the food bank initiative is no exception. It will thus not be possible for government to have a central food bank, complemented by a network of regional food banks, in each of the country’s 14 regions given this financial crisis. The Windhoek pilot study has proven to be costly undertaking, already. According to the poverty eradication ministry, nearly N$34.5 million was spent on food parcels handed out in the Khomas Region between April and October 2017. Just like with other forms of poverty, there is a relentless rise of food poverty in our country and interventions such as the food banks may not prove to be the answer given the fact that it is unsustainable. Poverty is a real challenge in our country and perhaps we must start having honest discussions on whether food banks are going to make a difference and be the answer to this never-ending problem. We know that the ministry of poverty eradication is still awaiting a study from the University of Namibia regarding the pilot project and its impact. This is not to devalue or belittle the efforts made by government, but the authorities must be wary of not creating a dependency syndrome. It clearly looks like there was no comprehensive assessment done before embarking on the pilot project. The millions currently spent on food parcels would have been channelled towards sustainable programmes aimed at helping and supplementing the incomes of poor families and individuals to fight poverty. We must rethink this model to ensure a greater impact of growth on poverty reduction.

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  • 01/10/18--14:00: Company news in brief
  • Company news in briefCompany news in brief Boeing set to top Airbus in 2017

    Boeing Co said on Tuesday it delivered 763 jetliners in 2017, likely retaining the title of the world's biggest plane maker compared with European rival Airbus SE.

    Boeing also garnered 912 net new aircraft orders worth US$134.8 billion last year, compared with 668 worth about US$94 billion in 2016. Airbus was on track last month to rack up more than 1 000 gross new orders, excluding cancellations, compared with the 1 053 gross orders Boeing announced.

    The annual tallies confer more than just bragging rights; they show the companies' ability to run factories smoothly, make new sales and ultimately generate profits. Both companies report 2017 results in coming weeks. – Nampa/Reuters

    Car giants launch US$1 bln venture capital fund

    The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance said it is setting up a venture capital fund that plans to invest as much as US$1 billion over five years, the latest move by major carmakers as they seek to adapt to rapid industry change by investing in startups.

    It is set to be largest corporate venture capital fund in the auto industry over the period until 2022, the companies said in a statement.

    The fund expects to invest up to US$200 million in its first year and key potential areas of investment include vehicle electrification, autonomous systems and artificial intelligence, the statement said. – Nampa/Reuters

    Huawei's AT&T smartphone deal collapses

    Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's planned deal with US carrier AT&T Inc to sell its smartphones in the United States has collapsed at the eleventh hour, people with knowledge of the matter said, in a blow to the Chinese firm's global ambitions. A separate person familiar with the discussions said that security concerns had arisen, without elaborating further.

    Huawei said that its flagship premium smartphone Mate 10 Pro - Huawei's challenger to the iPhone - will be sold in the United States only through open channels. – Nampa/Reuters

    Areva signs China nuclear facility pact

    France's Areva signed a protocol agreement on Tuesday to build a nuclear fuel reprocessing facility in China worth 10 billion euros (US$12 billion), but has yet to secure a firm contract for a deal seen as vital to reviving the French nuclear industry.

    The French nuclear industry has struggled to secure new business since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident stunted orders worldwide. It has also suffered from growing competition from renewable energy and cheap natural gas.

    The initial target had been to commission the plant by 2030, meaning work would have to start by around 2020 latest. – Nampa/Reuters

    Shrinking balance sheet may protect Fed

    The Federal Reserve has begun shrinking its US$4.4-trillion balance sheet because the US economy's recovery from the 2008 financial crisis means less need for central bank support and the Fed wants to keep its powder dry for the next recession.

    But Fed research published on Monday says a smaller portfolio would also insulate the central bank from potential future losses on its bond holdings and any political criticism that might result from losses to the taxpayer.

    The research by five central bank economists and an independent professor finds there would be about a 30% chance that the Fed would log losses on its holdings in the years ahead were it to hang on to all of its current assets.

    In each year since 2012, the Fed has sent between US$79 billion and US$97 billion in remittances to the US Treasury. The payments are derived from profits on its bond holdings and, while they are projected to decline, they represent a quiet windfall for taxpayers thanks to the central bank's unprecedented crisis-era decisions to prop up the economy by buying bonds. – Nampa/Reuters

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