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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Anafaalama yomEtunda taya fundjuAnafaalama yomEtunda taya fundju Ngoloneya gwoshitopolwa shaMusati, okwa popi kutya aaniikunino mEtunda inaya gumwa konkalo yompumbwe yomeya moshitopolwa shoka, inaya fa mbyoka ye na iikunino mOlushandja.

    Anafaalama yiikunino mushimwe shomiikunino inene mbyoka yi li oshitopolwa shoGreen Scheme projects moshilongo shoEtunda Irrigation Project moshitopolwa shaMusati, oya popi kutya oya taalela uupyakadhi womeya miikunino yawo okutameka omwedhi Novemba naDesemba.

    Omunashipundi gwEtunda Irrigation Project's small-scale farmers' committee, Johannes Kalenga, okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya oya kanitha oshindji omolwa omukundu ngoka.

    Menindjera gwofaalama ndjoka, Albertus Viljoen, okwa tindi omapopyo ngoka, ta popi kutya aanafaalama otaya fundju. Okwa popi kutya Etunda inali tsakaneka nando uupyakadhi wompumbwe yomeya.

    Kalenga okwa popi kutya oye wete ya kengelelwa kelelo, ta gwedha po kutya sho ya tameke okukuna iikunwa yawo muSepetemba ngaashi shito aantu oyendji kaya li ya tameke. Sha landula omukundu gompumbwe yomeya muNovemba naDesemba okwa popi kutya oya dhidhilike omatompelo kutya omolwashike oopoloyeka odhindji dhepangelo dhiikunino inadhi tameka.

    Okwa tsikile kutya ompumbwe yomeya oya gumu noonkondo iimeno yawo sho omathimbo gamwe ya kala itaya vulu okutekela iimeno yawo uule woshiwike omolwa ompumbwe ymeya.

    “Shoka sha ningwa kuNamWater oshowo elelo lyEtunda kashi li pauyuuki. Ngele oye shi shi kutya oya li taya pangele okupangela Ondama yaCalueque nena oya li ye na okukala ye tu tseyithila petameko opo katu kune. Ompumbwe yomeya oya yonagula po iimeno yetu, na katu na shoka tatu vulu okuninga ihe okuhanagulapo owala iimeno mbyoka twa li twa kunu, tse tatu kununina,” Kalenga apopi. Okwa popi kutya anafaala oyendji oya li ya kutha omikuli kombaanga yo AgriBank opo ya vule okulanda oombuto nuuhoho oshowo iilongitho yomiikunino yawo noomikuli dhoka odha pumbwa okufutwa uuna ya landitha iilikolomwa yawo yomomapya, ihe onkalo yangashiingeyi otayi ya falitha moondjo.

    Okwa popi kutya oya nyenyeta kelelo lyEtunda, ihe oya li ya yamukulwa kutya uusama otawu pewa NamWater.

    Viljoen okwa popi kutya aanafaalama mboka otaya fundju na oya hala owala okufutwa iimaliwa momukalo gwaaneha uuyuki.

    Okwa koleke kutya aanafaalama mboka oya nyenyeta kuye ihe sho kwa ningwa omakonaakono okwa monika kutya omanyenyeto gawo kage na uukwashili washa.

    “Onga menindjela gwofaalama itandi popile nokuyambidhidha omanyenyeto ngoka. Otwa uvu kutya NamWater oku na uupyakadhi meyandjakaneko lyomeya, ihe uupyakadhi mboka inawu tu guma tse mEtunda. Otwa nongele kutya iimeno yimwe po mbyoka taku popiwa kutya oya si po oya tewa nale, omanga yimwe ya si omolwa ompumbwe yuuhoho,” Viljoen ta ti.

    Metitatu lyoshiwike sha piti, Ngoloneya gwoshitopolwa shaMusati, Erginus Endjala, okwa talele po oshikunino shEtunda oshowo shaanafaaama mOlushandja opo a tale onkalo ndjoka yemwene.

    Endjala okwa popi kutya mEtunda iinima ayihe oyi li pomahala ngaashi sha kala, na itashi ulike kutya oshikunino shoka oshi naompumbwe yomeya.

    Okwa tsikile kutya uupyakadhi uunene owa taalela aanafaalama mOlushandja, moka aanafaalama ya thika po 68 ya thigi po iikunino yawo konima sho NamWater a Pombo mo omeya okuza mondama ndjoka iiwike itatu ya piti, opo ku vule okutulwa omeya mondama yokuwapaleka omeya mOutapi, Ogongo nOshakati, omolwa ompumbwe ndjoka ya ndhindhilikwa omolwa ompumbwe yomeya okuza mOndama yaCalueque.

    Ondama ndjoka yoshinano shookilometa 17 yOlushandja omo aanafaalama haya kutha omeya mokutekela iimeno yawo miikunino, na ohayi longithwa onga oompungulilo dhomeya ngoka ga pumbwa okulongithwa uuna ope na ompumbwe yomeya yopaulumomhumbwe.

    Omathimbo ngaka, NamWater ina vula okupombela omeya mondama ndjoka, omolwa ompumbwe yomeya ndjoka ya taalela ehangano ndyoka, okuza mOndama yaCalueque.

    Endjala okwa popi kutya onkalo ndjoka oya gumu noonkondo oonkalamwenyo dhaanafaalama mboka ya kala owala yiikololela miilikolomwa yawo yomiikunino yawo. Ngoloneya okwa popi kutya okwa tegelela elelo lyoshitopolwa li tameke iilonga opo ya vule okutala kutya omukundu ngoka otagu kandulwa po ngiini.

    Etunda olya topolwa miitopolwa iyali yoohecta 450, moka mu na oofaalama dhopangeshefa moosenda 15, dhi na uunene woohecta 30 kehe. Open a wo aanafaalama sshona ye li 71 mboka ye na oohecta ndatu kehe oshowo ­aanafaalaa yopokati ye li 10 mboka nayo ye na oohecta ndatu kehe.

    NamWater okwa popi kutya omunino omunene gwoMota-Engil ngoka hagu e ta omeya moNamibia okuza mOndama yaCalueque moAngola, otagu pangelwa.

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    RA a tseyitha oompangela dhe monooliRA a tseyitha oompangela dhe monooliTaku kandekwa iiponga Ehangano lyoRoads Authority olya kaleke oompangela dhokunenepeka ondjila yopokati kaNgwediva-Ondangwa, yi kale yi na omalila gopaali nonena otaku pangelwa opo ku tungwe ondjila ompe yomalila gaali pokati kOnethindi nOshakati, opo ku vule okuhwepopalekwa omukundu gwondjele yili pombanda yiihauto mondjila ndjoka. Omukundu gumwe ngoka gwa yi moshipala opoloyeka ndjoka, ooyene yomatungo mboka ya tungu omatungo gawo popepi nondjila , sho tashi ka pula ehangano ndyoka omwaalu guli pombanda noonkondo gwiimaliwa opo ya vule okufuta ooyene yomatungo ngoka. Oshiwike sha piti, omupopiliko gwehangano ndyoka Hileni Fillemon okwa koleke koNamibian Sun kutya ompangela yopoloyeka ndjoka oyi li nale pokumanithwa. Fillemon okwa gwedha po kutya otaya tala woo kutya aantu ya ngapi taya ka gumwa kopoloyeka yawo ndjoka, sho ondjila kwa tegelwa yi ka pite momapya.

    Opoloyeka ndjoka oya nuninwa okushunitha pevi iiponga yiihauto mbyoka tayi ningilwa mondjila ndjoka, netungo lyopoloyeka otali ka tameka uuna kwa monika iiyemo yokutunga opoloyeka ndjoka.

    RA oku na woo oompangela dhokutamununa mo ondjila yaMuthiya -Ongwediva, nokuyi ninga omalila gaali ihe omolwa omatungo ngoka ga tungwa popepi nondjila, ehangano olya tokola okutunga ondjila yimwe ompe tayi piti oondoolopa ndhoka mUumbugantu.

    “Otatu ka tunga owala ondjila yaMuthiya -Onethindi nokuyi ninga omalila gaali. Opoloyeka otayi ka tameka oshinano shookilometa 15 okuya mOmuthiya okuza mOshivelo. Okuza mOnethindi otayi piti muumbugantu waNdangwa, Ongwediva nOshakati, na otayi ka tsikila owala nondjila onkwawo okuza mOshakati. Shoka osha hala okutya otatu ka tunga ondjila ompe okuza mOndangwa sigo Oshakati.”

    RA okwa ningulula oopangela dhe konima sho ina vula okuuvitha ko ooyene yomatungo ngoka geli popepi nondjila opo ya kalele oompangela dhawo dhomatungo molwaashoka osha indikwa okutunga omatungo popepi noondjila oonene.

    Oonzo odha tseyithila oNamibian Sun kutya shoka oshikando oshititatu oompangela tadhi kalekwa, sho oompangela dhilwe dha kalelwa omolwa ondilo.

    RA naye andola natango okwa ka longitha iimaliwa oyindji mokufuta ooyene yevi mpoka tapu tungwa ondjila. Shoka osha kolekwa kuyamwe po yomaaleli yopamuthigululwakalo kutya aakwashigwana mboka ya li ya gumwa kompangela yopoloyeka ndjoka oya tseyithilwa kutya opoloyeka itayi pula we komeho.

    Fillemon okwa tindi omapopyo ngoka ta popi kutya, kapwa li oompangela dhimwe, nehangano lyawo itali ka longitha iimaliwa oyindji mokufuta ooyene yomahala. Omathimbo ga piti oshifokundaneki shika osha lopota kombinga yokwaahauvathana pokati kehangano lyoRA oshowo aaleli yopamuthigululwakalo naalelwa yawo mboka ya tungu unene omatungo gawo popepi nondjila onene yaNgwediva –Ondangwa.

    Yamwe yomaatungi mboka oya li ya pewa oombapiila opo ya kuthe po omatungo gawo ihe oya tindi nokulundila RA kutya okwa ndopa mokundungika oshigwana opo ku yandwe onkalo ndjoka.

    “Omolwa okwaahauvathana hoka, oko kwa etitha RA a kaleke oompangela dhe dhokunenepeka ondjila yaNgwediva- Ondangwa, molwaashoka aatungi oyendji oya tunga omatungo gawo popepi nondjila, shoka shi li epogolo lyompango yoRA,” Onzo yimwe ya popi.

    Momutumba ngoka gwa ningwa naaleli yipamuthigululwakalo mOmuthiya omwedhi gwa piti, Omwiindjinia gwoRA, Silas Titus Temba, okwa popi kutya oshigwana osha li sha tseyithilwa pokati ko 1993 no 1995 kutya inashi tunga omatungo gawo meni lyoshinano shoometa 100 popepi nondjila. Temba okwa tseyithile oshigongi shoka kutya oondingosho ndhoka dhi li popepi nondjila yaNethindi -Oshivelo otadhi ka kuthwa po, opo ku vule okunenepekwa ondjila.

    Onzo yimwe oya popi kutya ethimbo ndyoka lya popiwa kuTemba onale noonkondo, noyendji mboka ya li ya lombwelwa hayo we taya tungu. Okwa popi kutya elongo ndyoka oli li oshinima sha simana, na tashi pumbwa okutsikila.

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  • 01/14/18--14:00: Fornals goal stuns Madrid
  • Fornals goal stuns MadridFornals goal stuns MadridBernabeu silenced Cristiano Ronaldo was guilty of some poor finishing as his disappointing season continues. Real Madrid's problems got deeper on Saturday when Zinedine Zidane's side were beaten 1-0 at home to Villarreal.

    It is the first time in 18 attempts that Villarreal have won away to Real Madrid and the side from the east coast move to within one point of Madrid in the Liga Santander table.

    On a wet afternoon in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, Real Madrid had chances to take the points, but in the first half they were denied by a magnificent display from visiting goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo, who stopped everything Madrid could throw at him.

    Villarreal won the game with under four minutes remaining.

    A Real Madrid corner was cleared and the visitors launched a counter attack and although Keylor Navas was able to save from Enes Unal, Pablo Fornals was in the right place to beat Navas with a chip which hung agonizingly over the keeper before nestling in the net.

    Madrid had hardly any time to react and Zidane had to listen to boos and whistles as his side left the pitch after failing to win at home for the eighth time this campaign.

    Kenyan striker Michael Olunga was the hero as Girona crushed bottom of the table, Las Palmas 6-0 in Saturday's opening game.

    Girona were leading 1-0 thanks to a Christian Stauni's penalty when the young striker replaced the Uruguayan at the start of the second half.

    He then destroyed a weak Las Palmas with a 35-minute hat-trick and an assist for Portu to score Girona's firth of the game. Borja Garcia netted the other goal for Girona who ended the first half of the campaign with 26 points.

    Friday saw Getafe beat Malaga 1-0, a result which cost Malaga coach Michel Gonzalez his job as he was sacked on Saturday morning.

    -NAMPA/XINHUA

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    Southampton hard done byRefereeSouthampton hard done byReferee VAR would have ruled out equaliser Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucore sealed a 2-2 draw in the Premier League clash with what most observers regarded as a clear handball in the final minute against Southampton. Troy Deeney had no qualms in saying Watford's controversial last-gasp equaliser against Southampton would have been ruled out had a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) been in place at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

    The French midfielder stooped to nod Deeney's header back into the net, only for the ball to miss his head and be swept home with his hand.

    It was possible to make a case for saying Doucore's action had been inadvertent rather than deliberate but not as far as Martin Keown was concerned, with the BBC pundit saying the Watford man had “done a Maradona” a reference to the football great's blatant handball that helped Argentina knock England out of the 1986 World Cup on the South Americans' way to lifting the trophy.

    However, referee Roger East and linesman Derek Eaton either missed Doucore's action completely or were happy to let the goal stand as scored.

    This past week saw VAR introduced into English football, with Monday's debut in the FA Cup third round clash between Brighton and Crystal Palace followed by a second apperarance in Wednesday's League Cup semi-final first leg match between Chelsea and Arsenal.

    However, it is still some way off from appearing in the Premier League.

    “If VAR had come in we probably wouldn't get that but today we got it. It's the luck of the draw,” Deeney told Sky Sports.

    Had Southampton preserved their one-goal lead it would have been their first Premier League win in 10 matches.

    Yet Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino was still able to express his disappointment in measured terms.

    “My feeling is like the players, we are a little bit sad,” he said.

    “The last goal is something that surprised me because in the Premier League the level of referees is good. It's clear (handball).”

    “Everybody makes mistakes but the problem is at this level you have a lot to play for so we are disappointed.

    “From the bench it is more difficult to see but the referee and the linesmen are closer. I imagine the referee is not happy now.”

    The south coast side were not the only Premier League club left regretting the absence of a VAR on Saturday.

    Swansea felt they should have been awarded a first-half penalty in a 1-1 draw at Newcastle that left the Welsh club rooted to the foot of the table.

    Again the issue was an 'unseen' handball, with Newcastle's Mohamed Diame appearing to block the ball illegally after Swansea's Mike van der Hoorn had flicked it towards goal.

    “My assistant says it's a very clear penalty and a red card also, so it's another decision that creates something important but what can we do? Nothing, only talk about this,” Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal told the BBC.

    “This is one of the situations VAR will in the future say 'clear penalty' it will be clear.”

    While the two matches in England to have so far featured a VAR have largely passed off without incident, the same is not in true in France where the system in place for goal-line reviews was suspended Thursday following “serious dysfunctions”.

    Amid speculation some sort of VAR could be in place at this year's World Cup in Russia, the problems in France included both a failure to make a referee's watch vibrate to confirm a goal had been scored and the reverse issue, when the match official's watch vibrated when the ball was held by a goalkeeper well before it had crossed the line.

    NAMPA/AFP

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    Zandberg swimming camp hailed a successZandberg swimming camp hailed a successOver 30 get training A former world record holder transferred his swimming skills to the Namibian people. About 35 swimmers from Namibia and South Africa attended this year's Gerhard Zandberg training camp which was held in the coastal town of Swakopmund from 3 to 7 January.

    Zandberg, a former world record holder in the 50-metre backstroke, a feat he achieved at the 2007 world championships, and a revered 100m backstroke swimmer from South Africa, hosts the annual training camp to help Namibian swimmers for the long-course season.

    This year's training camp was conducted by Dantie Louw, the coach of the Swakopmund Swimming Club.

    Namibian swimming clubs that participated at this year's training camp included Aqua Swimming & Fitness, Dolphins Swimming and Swakopmund Swimming Club.

    Some of the notable Namibian swimmers who attended the four-day training camp included Eliphas Nakaleke, who broke a couple of records in the boys' under-9 division.

    Nakaleke broke the 50m butterfly record in a time of 39.85 seconds, bettering the record time he had set at 41.33 seconds in 2017.

    Jose Conjulo, Mikah Burger and Ariana Naukushu were also notable athletes who graced the event.

    Sports commissioner Peter Wilson told Nampa recently that such training camps and initiatives were needed as they were a great way of improving swimmers' skills as well as allowing swimmers from various clubs to socialise rather than compete.

    “Experienced swimmers took profit from the training camp and shared a lot of knowledge and expertise with the young swimmers, which is really a good thing when it comes to the development of the sport,” he said.

    -NAMPA

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    Mosimane claims Pirates were fresherMosimane claims Pirates were fresher KICK OFF



    Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes Orlando Pirates were 'fresher' for the encounter as they had seven days to rest.

    The Brazilians went down 3-1 to the Buccaneers in an Absa Premiership encounter at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday afternoon.

    Mosimane accepted the defeat but took issue with the Man of the Match award, which was awarded to Jackson Mabokgwane.

    “Today I'm happy that they [the players] can sing with the supporters. The last time I was not happy because we had lost but today they tried. They gave everything. This is good for football,” Mosimane said to SuperSport TV.

    “I'm not happy with the Man of the Match. I don't know who chooses Man of the Match. My Man of the Match is Memela. The guy [Jackson Mabokgwane] sleeps on the floor all the time. He stopped the game for about five times and then he wins Man of the Match? I don't know who chooses the Man of the Match at SuperSport. It's disappointing. That's my opinion. But I'm happy to be wrong.

    “Coming to the game very good game it came out as expected. A lot of transitions. We dealt well with that to be honest. We knew they were going to catch us on breaks but we dealt with them. We should have scored, had [Anthony] Laffor scored it could have been different. But football is not about the ifs and had-you. We showed who we are. We play at home the integrity was there. So we have to accept.

    “I think the refereeing was good. On Percy [Tau] I think they gave a yellow card because somebody was maybe covering but I think it's a red [card] because Percy was going straight at the goals. So I don't know we'll see.

    “We played well. The second goal you have to accept we are a team that plays from the back like all these other big teams you have to start the ball from the back. So you're going to pay a heavy price when you do that so you can't change and kick the ball forward because of that goal. It's in the budget.

    “Pirates were fresher. They rested for seven days to come play us.

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    What is it that we don't seem to understand?What is it that we don't seem to understand? According to newly released figures, the world economy had a record year in 2017. Following on that, stock markets around the world had their best start to a year for a long time at the beginning of 2018.

    Even allowing for a time lag of six to 12 months, what is the difference between the economies in the rest of the world and Namibia's economy, for instance? What is it that makes some economies highly successful and others barely able to rub together two dollar pieces? A good indication might come from how ratings agencies perceive this:

    Even though our government and ministers enjoy criticising ratings agencies and their outlook and projections for Namibia's economy, as a favourite way to pass the time and deflect attention from the fundamental issues, these agencies are just doing a job and fulfilling a vital function - doing clinical analysis and evaluation of neutral data and information and then making recommendations (mainly for investors) - this is hardly a crime against humanity.

    The biggest issue the ratings agencies seem to have with Namibia is its government's handling of the economy and the impact this has on its ability to pay back debt in the future. Chief among these is the way that the state coffers are being perceived and treated as a private cash machine with unlimited funds for selected members to use if, when and how they seem fit. The ratings agencies know this is unsustainable in the long run and adjust their ratings accordingly, thereby enhancing and accelerating this vicious cycle of decreasing access to credit facilities and higher interest rates.

    This essentially means that the state as the biggest employer can at the same time also be the biggest destroyer of wealth, economic activity and welfare.

    So what's the overriding message in all of this? Quite simple: Stop wasting money and stop stealing. The more you steal now, the less there will be to steal in the future. It has gone far beyond the point of thinking about your own stomach and not caring about anything else. This is about the very survival of a country and its people!

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  • 01/14/18--14:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day ENTERPRISING: Small-scale tomato farmers in Macheke, Zimbabwe angle for customers on the side of the road last week. The farmers, mostly women, say marketing rather than production of tomatoes is the challenge in their area. Photo: MOSES MAGADZA

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    Europe fights back to defeat AsiaEurope fights back to defeat Asia Europe came from behind to convincingly defeat Asia and clinch their second straight EurAsia Cup with a string of victories in Sunday's singles matches.

    Skipper Thomas Bjorn's side had entered the final day of the Ryder Cup-style match play tournament in Malaysia trailing Asia by one point.

    But the European golfers put on a masterclass in the singles, winning eight of the 12 matches, and securing a 14 to 10 overall victory against Indian captain Arjun Atwal's men.

    It was a disappointing result for Team Asia, who had ended the first two days of the three-day EurAsia Cup with a slim lead and stood a good chance of winning for the first time.

    Europe thrashed Asia by 13 points the last time it was held in 2016 while the inaugural 2014 edition ended in a tie.

    The win in the $4.8 million tournament will come as a relief for Bjorn, who is also Europe's Ryder Cup captain and is gearing up for the showdown against the USA in September.

    The Europeans dominated from the start Sunday at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club near Kuala Lumpur, wining seven of their first eight matches.

    Belgium's Thomas Pieters scored Team Europe's winning point with a victory over South Korea's An Byeong-Hun.

    Sweden's Alex Noren earlier got the Europeans off to a good start by beating Malaysia's Nicholas Fung 4-2 to level the tournament.

    Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello then defeated Malaysia's Gavin Green 4-3.

    Raced to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood beat India's S.S.P Chawrasia 2-1, and Sweden's Henrik Stenson then defeated Japan's Hideto Tanihara 2-1.

    Other European winners included Austria's Bernd Wiesberger, France's Alexander Levy and England's Tyrrell Hatton.

    Asia salvaged some pride with three points from victories by Thailand's Poom Saksansin, Japan's Yuta Ikeda and China's Li Haotong.

    South Korea's Kang Sung-Hoon halved his match with England's Matthew Fitzpatrick.

    -NAMPA/AFP

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    Kane breaks Sheringham's recordKane breaks Sheringham's recordSpurs thrash Everton South Korean Son Heung-Min had got Spurs off and running with the first to equal former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe's record of scoring in five successive home matches. England striker Harry Kane reached another landmark on Saturday with his two strikes in the 4-0 rout of Everton.

    The goals saw him overtake Teddy Sheringham to become Tottenham Hotspur's all-time leading Premier League scorer with 98 goals. The 24-year-old also reached the 20-goal mark for the fourth successive season in the Premier League but still lags way behind Spurs legend Jimmy Greaves, who scored 220 goals in 321 First Division appearances. Sheringham's previous record of 97 goals came over two spells at Spurs and has stood since 2003.

    “Harry Kane is such a talented player, so professional and I am very happy,” Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino told BT Sport.

    “He deserves all the credit and a lot of praise. In this way he will break all the records in the Premier League.

    “The good thing is Jimmy Greaves's record (all-time top Tottenham league scorer with 220 goals) is far so not every week he is going to break something.”However, the 25-year-old was keener to pay tribute to Kane.

    “He's one of the best strikers in the world. I'm a big fan of Harry,” Son told the BBC.

    “I may be older than Harry but I am learning from him the whole time.”

    The latest record comes after a stellar year in 2017 for Kane.

    His 39 goals saw him top Alan Shearer's record for Premier League goals scored in a calendar year, beating the 36 Shearer managed back in 1995.

    -NAMPA/AFP

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    No pedal to the metal in GM's planned self-driving Cruise AV carNo pedal to the metal in GM's planned self-driving Cruise AV carTarget date 2019 This will be one of the first self-driving vehicles in commercial passenger servicet to do away with manual controls for steering, brakes and throttle. Nick Carey and Paul Lienert - General Motors Co is seeking US government approval for a fully autonomous car - one without a steering wheel, brake pedal or accelerator pedal - to enter the automaker's first commercial ride sharing fleet in 2019, executives said.

    For passengers who cannot open doors, the Cruise AV – a rebranded version of GM's Chevrolet Bolt EV - has even been designed to perform that task. It will have other accommodations for hearing and visually impaired customers.

    This will be one of the first self-driving vehicles in commercial passenger service and among the first to do away with manual controls for steering, brakes and throttle. What is the driver's seat in the Bolt EV will become the front left passenger seat in the Cruise AV, GM said.

    Company President Dan Ammann told reporters GM had filed on Thursday for government approval to deploy the "first production-ready vehicle designed from the start without a steering wheel, pedals or other unnecessary manual controls".

    Robo-taxis

    GM is part of a growing throng of vehicle manufacturers, technology companies and tech startups seeking to develop so-called robo-taxis over the next three years in North America, Europe and Asia. Most of those companies have one or more partners.

    Ford Motor Co said on Tuesday it will partner with delivery service Postmates Inc as the automaker starts testing ways to transport people, food and packages this spring in its self-driving cars, which are being developed by Ford's Argo unit.

    Other companies, from Uber Technologies Inc to Alphabet Inc's Waymo, have been testing self-driving vehicle prototypes in limited ride sharing applications, but have been less explicit than GM in announcing plans for commercial robo-taxi services.

    16 alterations

    GM executives said the automaker has asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to allow 16 alterations to existing vehicle safety rules - such as having an airbag in what would normally be the driver's seat, but without a steering wheel - to enable the deployment of the Cruise AV.

    The automaker would then need to obtain similar approval from individual US states. GM executives said seven US states already allow the alterations sought by the automaker. In other states - including those that stipulate a car must have a licensed human driver - GM will work with regulators to change or get a waiver from existing rules.

    The company declined to identify the first states in which it plans to launch the vehicle or say when it would begin testing.

    Control

    GM wants to control its own self-driving fleet partly because of the tremendous revenue potential it sees in selling related services, from e commerce to infotainment, to consumers riding in those vehicles.

    At a Nov. 30 briefing in San Francisco, GM's Ammann told investors the lifetime revenue generation of one of its self-driving cars could eventually be "several hundred thousands of dollars." That compares with the US$30 000 on average that GM collects today for one of its vehicles, mostly derived from the initial sale.

    GM's Cruise AV is equipped with the automaker's fourth-generation self driving software and hardware, including 21 radars, 16 cameras and five lidars - sensing devices that use laser light to help autonomous cars "see" nearby objects and obstacles.

    The Cruise AV will be able to operate in hands-free mode only in premapped urban areas.

    GM's prototype self-driving vehicles have been developed in San Francisco by Cruise Automation, the onetime startup that GM acquired in March 2016 for a reported US$1 billion. – Nampa/Reuters

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    Chiefs' fixtures for Jan and FebChiefs' fixtures for Jan and Feb The outstanding fixtures for Rundu-based Namibia Premier League (NPL) outfit Rundu Chiefs will be played at the end of January and beginning of February.

    Chiefs were scheduled to play Chief Santos and Young Chiefs during round 11 and 12 of the MTC NPL, but due to some of their players being ill, the club did not turn up for either of the matches.

    Their round 13 fixture against Mighty Gunners was postponed because their opponents, Mighty Gunners, competed in the final of the Debmarine Namibia Cup on 02 December.

    Chiefs' remaining games will be played on 27 January against Mighty Gunners at the Rundu Sport Stadium, 3 February in Tsumeb against Chief Santos and 4 February against Young Chiefs in Oshakati.

    Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, Tovey Hoebeb, NPL league administrator, said the dates were communicated to the teams and he believed they still had enough time to prepare for their fixtures after the festive season.

    He said the league was working hard on improving the game of football in 2018.

    “Last year was a really good year because we managed to start with the league after a year of absence,” he said.

    Hoebeb added that in 2018 clubs should come up with strategies on how to interact with their supporters so they can start filling up the stands at the stadiums.

    “We are now hoping to see an end to all the empty stands we experienced last year at the stadiums.

    We are calling on teams to start marketing their games to their fans instead, as they know them better,” Hoebeb said.

    At the end of the first leg of the 2017/18 NPL season, Rundu Chiefs were bottom of the log on 10 points from 12 games while their opponents Young Chiefs were second last on the log in 15th position with 11 points from 14 games.

    Mighty Gunners ended eighth on the log with 17 points while Santos is 14th on the log with 13 points. Santos and Gunners have also played 14 games each.

    -NAMPA

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  • 01/14/18--14:00: Low-Key goes home
  • Low-Key goes homeLow-Key goes home'Never forget where you came from' Villagers at Onesi in the north were delighted when a local hero returned home to show off his boxing champion's belt. JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA



    Some people tend to forget where they come from after becoming successful in whatever they do in life.

    However, it is a different story for boxer Jeremiah 'Low-Key' Nakathila, who went back home to the north to show the people in his village his WBO junior lightweight title.

    In December, the boxer took the title to the chief of Uukolonkadhi, Daniel Shooya, at Onesi.

    “It was a wonderful time to be back home and showing the people what I have achieved in Windhoek.

    “The children of the village all wanted to see the famous belt and they got to touch Jeremiah Nakathila,” Nakathila said.

    The boxer said the villagers were so excited that some gave him goats and money.

    The people of the village also hosted for him a huge party and the chief was greatly flattered to have the local boy back at Onesi.

    “I could tell from the chief's face that he was very happy about me being there.

    “It is something which I believe will inspire the young and upcoming children in the village to consider taking boxing as a profession.

    “I would also like to thank a crop farmer named TNT for giving me a goat and some money so I can enjoy with my friends.”

    Jeremiah 'Low Key' Nakathila recently 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.

    In his last fight of the year, the boxer defeated a highly rated South African Sibusiso Zingange at the end of last year.

    “I want to encourage all the boxers to remain disciplined and to never forget where they come from.

    “Our roots are what made us who we are now and that is an amazing thing for a person to have,” he said.

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    Namibia resumes poultry imports from BelgiumNamibia resumes poultry imports from Belgium Namibia has lifted a ban on poultry imports from Belgium after an outbreak of the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu in that country caused trade to be suspended in June last year.

    The chief veterinary officer in the agriculture ministry, Adrianatus Maseke, said the lifting of the ban followed the submission of a comprehensive report on the outbreak from Belgium.

    “The resumption of imports and in transit movement is for products after 29 September 2017.”

    Masheke said Belgium indicated that all affected areas had been depopulated of poultry while properties were also disinfected.

    “Surveillance conducted in that country has not detected any evidence of infection in poultry for at least three months as required by the World Health Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to declare freedom.”

    While Namibians consume an estimated 2 500 tons of chicken each month, the country has only one commercial supplier that is able to supply between 1 800 and 1 900 tons and therefore it relies on imports to meet the demand.

    Namibia imports the bulk of its poultry from South Africa, but also gets some of its supply from Belgium, Argentina, Brazil and the Netherlands.

    Namibia banned poultry products from South Africa last year after an outbreak of bird flu in the neighbouring country. This ban remains in place.

    The total number of poultry farms infected with bird flu in South Africa now stands at 107‚ of which 75 are in the Western Cape Province.

    Since 31 October no new cases of bird flu have been recorded on poultry farms in the Western Cape, but at least 12 more outbreaks began on commercial ostrich farms between 2 August and 4 December, according to a notification from the OIE. All of the farms were in Western Cape Province.

    Masheke urged importers to contact the veterinary import/export office for office for information on countries currently free from bird flu.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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  • 01/14/18--14:00: Company briefs
  • Company briefsCompany briefs Sinopec: SA gives conditional approval for Chevron

    South Africa will stick with China's Sinopec Corp as the preferred contender to buy Chevron's assets in South Africa and Botswana after it made a fresh commitment to future investments in the country, the Chinese oil major said.

    State-owned Sinopec is competing for the assets with commodities trader and miner Glencore, which swooped in last October with a US$973 million bid.

    Asia's largest refiner said South Africa's Competition Commission had recommended transaction with Sinopec be approved with certain conditions.

    Chevron has a 75% stake in the assets, which include a 100 000 barrel-per-day oil refinery in Cape Town, a lubricants plant in Durban and 820 petrol stations and other oil storage facilities. It also includes 220 convenience stores across South Africa and Botswana. – Nampa/Reuters

    Bidvest Group acquires Cannon Asset Managers

    A financial services subsidiary of South Africa's Bidvest Group has acquired Cannon Asset Managers as part of an acquisition drive to expand into investment management.

    Bidvest Financial Services, whose parent spun off food division Bidcorp in a US$5 billion listing in 2016, said it will take a controlling stake of the South African based asset management firm from Citadel Holdings.

    The acquisition of Cannon comes hot on the heels of announcements of Bidvest Bank's acquisition of First Data's South African unit, and the purchase of a majority shareholding in FinGlobal by Bidvest Financial Services. – Nampa/Reuters

    Kenya Airways expects revenue bump from direct US flights

    Kenya Airways expects its daily direct flights to the United States that it launches for the first time in October to boost annual revenue by 10% from 2019, its CEO has said.

    The carrier, which is 7.8% owned by Air France KLM, has started taking bookings for the flights to and from New York that will carry 234 passengers each way on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane.

    The new long haul route is part of an effort to revive the airline's fortunes after it came close to collapse, leading to a US$2 billion financial restructuring in November that included a government bailout which shrank Air France KLM's stake. - Nampa/Reuters

    IBM to reassign 30% of staff in 2018

    International Business Machines Corp plans to reassign up to 30% of staff in its 103 000 computer service delivery business this year with job losses through attrition of around 10 000, technology website The Register reported.

    IBM, one of the world's original PC producers but now a broad-based producer, integrator and software maker, beat expectations for revenue in its last quarterly results in October after 22 straight quarters of declines.

    The news site published a slide it said was from an IBM internal presentation, which showed 10 100 jobs classified as "attrition w/o backfill". Spokesmen for IBM declined to make any immediate comment. – Nampa/Reuters

    Lufthansa calls for 'significant' Alitalia cuts

    Lufthansa sees a need for "significant" restructuring at Italy's Alitalia before the German airline can make a deal to buy the carrier, according to a letter by Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr.

    He said restructured "NewAlitalia" would be smaller in terms of both staff and its fleet.

    Alitalia, which has made a profit only a few times in its 70-year history, was put under special administration last year after staff rejected a plan to cut jobs and salaries. – Nampa/Reuters

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    Cycling must be more than a resolutionCycling must be more than a resolutionIt should become a lifestyle The bank that sponsors several major cycling competitions urges Namibians to make cycling more than a New Year's resolution. JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA



    Nedbank Namibia has encouraged more people to take part in cycling events in order to improve their health.

    In a statement issued on Thursday, the bank felt that people's lives will be improved if they start cycling regularly.

    “Resolutions present opportunities to make the New Year seemingly better than the previous one. Many would claim that resolutions are a cliché, however, the power of positive intention cannot be denied.

    “Health has taken front and centre stage over the past few years, with millennials leading the change to eating healthier.

    “Hand in hand with a healthy diet should be a good dose of exercise. And while the gym is a lucrative offer, there are many alternatives including jogging, hiking, swimming and cycling,” the statement reads.

    The bank says the affinity Namibians have for the outdoors may be one of the reasons for the compelling love affair ordinary men and women have with cycling.

    It believes that cycling, along with fresh air and sunshine, makes for the perfect recipe for a healthy lifestyle.

    “Most diehard cyclists would agree, it is not a conventional love affair, and at times may even seem to be more of a love-hate relationship.

    “However, all cycling fans will agree, once the cycling bug bites, you are pulled into the sport hook, line and sinker.”

    According to Nedbank, cycling offers the perfect opportunity to get fit and lose weight.

    People are advised to start easy by taking short rides a few times per week to help you get used to your bicycle.



    Here are the other tips

    Choose your routes wisely.

    Join other cyclists or ask friends to join you.

    Recovery is as important as riding, be sure to stretch.

    Track your progress using apps (Strava is a popular one), it is a fun way to see how far you have come.

    There will be good days and bad days, ride at your own pace.

    Research and get some tips from the cycling community.

    Embrace the scenery.



    The health benefits of cycling are far reaching - they include increased cardiovascular fitness, increased muscle strength and flexibility, improved joint mobility, decreased stress levels and improved coordination as well as decreased body fat levels.

    In addition to the great health benefits the camaraderie and the thrill of the ride continue to draw more and more Namibian men, women and children to this addictive healthy new lifestyle.

    Nedbank Namibia's upcoming Cycle Challenge will be a great opportunity to participate in a race.

    Running for more than three decades, the Nedbank Cycle Challenge will set the scene for all newbie and seasoned cyclists. starting off with the Road Challenge on 11 February, followed by the Kidz Challenge on the 24th and finishing the series with the Mountain-bike Challenge on the 25th.

    - Additional information by Nedbank

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    Jamaican capital to twin with WindhoekJamaican capital to twin with Windhoek The City of Windhoek and the City of Kingston in Jamaica are to enter into a twinning agreement following the adoption of a resolution to that effect by the Jamaicans.

    The Jamaica Information Service reported on Thursday on its website that the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) this week voted to support a resolution for the twinning of Kingston and Windhoek, which is expected to cement and develop the historic and cultural ties between the Jamaican and Namibian capital cities.

    According to the resolution, the City of Windhoek used diplomatic channels to develop the initiative for the twinning of the cities.

    One of these channels was a visit to Jamaica by Namibia's deputy minister of international relations and cooperation, Maureen Hinda, in July 2015.

    During that visit, Hinda and her counterparts discussed various initiatives in the areas of technical and economic cooperation, sports and education.

    The twinning resolution states that Windhoek and Kingston “have agreed to pursue and solidify the relationship through various initiatives such as, but not limited to, trade in goods and services, youth participation in governance, community empowerment and local economic development.”

    One of the Jamaican local authority councillors was quoted as saying in support of the motion that she was impressed by the adherence to the City of Windhoek's zoning laws and building code which is evident in the execution of development plans and configuration of sites and buildings throughout the city.

    The Jamaicans are also hoping that the City of Windhoek will benefit greatly from Kingston's experience in developing and benefiting from its tourism industry.

    NAMPA

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    Namibia is closing the gender gapNamibia is closing the gender gap13th out of 144 countries Namibia has made a massive improvement in gender equality since 2006, according to a new report. Namibia has continued its streak of scoring a top-20 ranking on a global gender gap index, coming in at 13th place out of 144 countries.

    This is the third year in the row that Namibia has maintained its place in the global top-20, previously being ranked 14th in 2016 and 16th in 2015. This is a massive improvement considering in 2006 Namibia achieved a ranking of 38 on the index. Namibia was also ranked second in the sub-Saharan African region with only Rwanda that obtained a better score.

    According to the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report Namibia's score also makes it one of the few countries that have been able to close 80% of the gender gap when it comes to economic participation and opportunity between men and women. The report quantifies the magnitude of gender disparities and tracks their progress over time, with a specific focus on the relative gaps between women and men across four key areas: health, education, economy and politics.

    “Namibia (13) overtakes Burundi (22) to place second in the region, due to its progress on women's share of estimated earned income and political empowerment, as well as the latter's significant widening of the gender gap on educational attainment and women in ministerial positions,” says the report. Overall, Namibia ranked ninth in the economic participation and opportunity category, 41st in the overall educational attainment category and 26th in the political empowerment category. Namibia's ranking in the wage equality for similar work achieved ranked the lowest score overall for the country this year, at 64th place, while labour force participation also did not rank that well at 38th. Data shows that unemployment is higher among women than among men. The overall unemployment rate in Namibia was 28% in 2014 and 36% in 2016 (reflecting persons of working age who were not in paid employment or self-employment despite being available for work).

    The female unemployment rate was 31.7% in 2014, rising to 38.3% in 2016 (a difference over time of 6.6%), while the male unemployment rate was 24.1% in 2014, rising to 29.8% in 2016 (a difference over time of 5.6%); the gender gap in unemployment rates in 2016 was 8.5%. Looking at the figures from a positive angle, 62% of women in the female labour force were employed in 2016, compared to 70% of men in the male labour force, for a difference in respective employment rates of about 8%.

    The report indicates that Namibia has improved in both its literacy rate ranking and women in ministerial positions. In 2016 Namibia was ranked 61st for literacy and 56th for women in ministerial positions, this has improved to 58th and 44th respectively.

    Top rankings were achieved in the gender gap measure of women participation in the economy as legislators, senior officials and managers, where Namibia ranked 13th, and women in parliament, where the country achieved the 11th spot.

    In the education and health and survival sub-indexes, Namibia's rankings for enrolment in primary, secondary and tertiary education, sex ratio at birth, as well as healthy life expectancy received a number a one ranking. The top-ranked countries globally were Iceland, Norway, Finland, Rwanda and Sweden.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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    PDM calls for urgent action at NSFAFPDM calls for urgent action at NSFAF The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) has lashed out at the management of the Namibia Students' Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) for considering it feasible for a university to register students without any guarantee of funding.

    The party also called on the minister of higher education, training and innovation, Itah Kandjii-Murangi, and President Hage Geingob to rectify the situation immediately.

    “The PDM finds this abhorrent and highly irresponsible, and considering the magnitude of this looming disaster the party again calls for immediate intervention from the highest levels of leadership not only in the concerned ministry, but in the entire country.”

    It was reported last week that although NASFAF was issuing acknowledgement letters, there was no guarantee of loan application approval. This will leave students at the mercy of tertiary institutions, which will have to choose to either register them without the security of a loan, or face losses.

    The PDM said in a statement issued yesterday that it was incomprehensible and entirely irrational that NSFAF would even consider it feasible for a university to register students in the absence of any guarantee of funding.

    “It is not rocket science to understand that it would be economically ruinous for any university, local or foreign, to admit, much less register, students who have no proof that they have the means to pay for their studies.” The PDM said it believed that NSFAF had decided not to issue those who applied for public funding for their studies with any form of guarantee because it simply did not have the money to grant these loans and ultimately pay tertiary education institutions.

    “The mismanagement and financial chaos that characterises NSFAF is public knowledge, and this institution is simply looking to transfer responsibility for the crisis that will erupt when it informs applicants that they do not qualify for funding, which the PDM fully expects to happen.”

    According to PDM the mismanagement and incompetence of the NSFAF leadership is not only jeopardising the future of young Namibians by effectively restricting access to higher education through its failure to guarantee funding for their university studies, but is also jeopardising the financial viability of local tertiary education institutions.

    “Consider the consequences if local universities are forced to register students, in the absence of funding guarantees, by their political masters and halfway through the first semester of this year these students are informed that they do not qualify for funding. Consider the consequences if local universities refuse to register prospective students who have no guarantee of funding for those individuals and for those institutions of higher learning,” the PDM said.

    The party said the recklessness and nonchalance with which the NSFAF management discharged the role and duty of the institution threatened not only the educational progression of thousands of young Namibians, but the financial viability of public institutions of higher learning and the employment of those working for those institutions.

    It continued to say that NSFAF had proven itself wholly incompetent to discharge the fiduciary duty entrusted to it, and it was obvious that this experiment had failed dismally.

    “The PDM therefore calls for urgent amendment to the relevant legislation to allow for the disbandment of the NSFAF, the summary dismissal of its leadership, and the establishment of departments within local public universities to administer public loans and grants for tertiary study.”

    ELLANIE SMIT

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    NSFAF bosses must account, says NudoNSFAF bosses must account, says Nudo National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) leader Asser Mbai feels that it is only fair that the executive management of the embattled Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund give a full account of what has happened to money allocated to the state-owned enterprise before it is reintegrated into the ministry of higher education.

    Mbai, who serves on the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Accounts, recalled that it had been difficult to get meaningful responses from NSFAF when irregularities came to light.

    “We have to investigate and see what happened to the funds, we want the full background, what did they do?” said Mbai of the NSFAF debacle.

    “We are not happy,” Mbai said of the developments at NSFAF, before calling it “an absolute mess”.

    Academic Andrew Niikondo, on the other hand, said he did not foresee any problems with changing the fund's status.

    “I don't think it is a problem for NSFAF to be reintegrated back into the ministry as long as it is managed properly,” said Niikondo.

    “The only issue is that of staff members. The NSFAF is comprised of generic functions like finance, human resources, logistics and so forth. When you go back into the ministry, how are you going to fit all these people back into the ministry that are carrying out these functions? What are you going to do with all these people?”

    The Namibia National Students Organisation's secretary-general for the Khomas Region, Shoki Kandjimi, believes the reintegration of NSFAF into the ministry of higher education, technology and innovation will result in faster transfer of money to students.

    Kandjimi added that he did not believe the change would greatly affect students but said they were still trying to gain clarity.

    “It is really not an issue for us although we are generally still trying to understand the issue. Overall I think this will be a good thing.”

    Kandjimi said NSFAF's wage bill would also shrink, leaving more money for students.

    NSFAF's payment of tuition fees to institutions of higher learning was often bogged down because of administrative red tape.

    “We expect the process to be much faster. Since treasury allocations had to go to the ministry before being allocated to NSFAF, we believe the process will be sped up. It will fast-track funding to students,” Kandjimi said.

    At the State House year-end media briefing in December, higher education minister Itah Kandjii-Murangi said although the institution had yielded some benefits, its existence had become questionable.

    “The negative publicity in the last few months called for introspection on how we needed to function better and it eventually came out that it is better to revert to the ministry,” she said.

    NSFAF was established in January 1997 to provide financial assistance to students at approved institutions of higher education.

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