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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    China sets stage for Xi to stay in office indefinitelyChina sets stage for Xi to stay in office indefinitelyCommunist Party proposes ending two-term president limit There has been persistent speculation that Xi wants to stay on in office past the customary two five-year terms. China's ruling Communist Party on yesterday set the stage for President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely, with a proposal to remove a constitutional clause limiting presidential service to just two terms in office.

    Xi, 64, is currently required by the country's constitution to step down as president after two five-year terms. Nearing the end of his first term, he will be formally elected to a second at the annual meeting of China's largely rubber-stamp parliament opening on 5 March.

    There is no limit on his tenure as the party and military chief, though a maximum 10-year term is the norm. He began his second term as head of the party and military in October at the end of a once-every-five-years party congress.

    The announcement, carried by state news agency Xinhua, gave few details. It said the proposal had been made by the party's Central Committee, the largest of its elite ruling bodies. The proposal also covers the vice president position.

    “The Communist Party of China Central Committee proposed to remove the expression that the President and Vice-President of the People's Republic of China 'shall serve no more than two consecutive terms' from the country's Constitution,” Xinhua said.

    The Central Committee also proposed inserting “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” into the constitution, Xinhua said in a separate report, referring to Xi's guiding political thought that is already in the arguably more important Communist Party constitution.

    Constitutional reform needs to be approved by parliament. That is stacked with members chosen for their loyalty to the party, meaning the reform will not be blocked.

    One of the president's closest political allies, former top graft buster Wang Qishan, stepped down from the party's Standing Committee - the seven-man body that runs China - in October.

    Aged 69, Wang had reached the age at which top officials tend to retire. But he has been chosen as a parliament delegate this year and is likely to become vice president, sources with ties to the leadership and diplomats say.

    The move is significant because if Wang does not retire, that could set a precedent for Xi to stay on in power after he completes the traditional two terms in office.

    However, the role of party chief is more senior than that of president. At some point Xi could be given a party position that also enables him to stay on as long as he likes.

    NAMPA / REUTERS

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  • 02/25/18--14:00: Zuma to face 18 charges
  • Zuma to face 18 chargesZuma to face 18 charges Prosecutors analysing former president Jacob Zuma's representations to avoid his day in court have recommended that all charges against him be reinstated.

    City Press has reliably learnt that a team of five senior prosecutors unanimously recommended on Friday that Zuma face all charges that were previously withdrawn against him. They are believed to have signed a memorandum which was handed to National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams on Friday, informing him of their recommendations.

    Zuma is expected to face 18 charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering, originating from 783 questionable payments he received.

    This could be the first of several legal battles faced by Zuma who was recently forced by the ANC to resign. He is expected to be the central focus of an upcoming commission of inquiry into state capture.

    Since Wednesday the team of prosecutors has been working around the clock, putting together an indictment detailing the charges that Zuma and his co-accused will finally face after years of protracted legal wrangling.

    Sources within the security cluster said although there were several disagreements and squabbles over who should remain part of the team that would prosecute Zuma, they all agreed he failed to make a compelling argument to have his charges dropped.

    “There is no turning back. Zuma has to have his day in court. I cannot imagine Abrahams ignoring the recommendations of five prosecutors he appointed to guide him with this decision,” said an NPA insider.

    “In fact, KwaZulu-Natal prosecutions boss Moipone Noko insisted in December that Zuma should have appeared in court 14 days after the court ruled the decision to drop the charges was irrational.

    “She [Noko] was overruled by her boss Shaun Abrahams who wanted to give Zuma another chance to make representations,” said a prosecutor privy to the details.

    Noko could not be reached for comment.

    Sources said Zuma and other parties involved in the matter will be informed first, after which a public announcement will be made of the decision.

    Security cluster sources told City Press that Zuma will be joined by two co-accused, including representatives of Thint holdings (Southern Africa) Pty Ltd and Thint (Pty) Ltd, from whom he allegedly received bribes.

    Zuma's first court appearance and a trial date have yet to be determined.

    City Press has learnt that Zuma will be accused number one in the case, followed by the companies, when he appears before the High Court in Pietermaritzburg.

    His co-accused will each face one count of racketeering, two counts of corruption and one of money laundering for allegedly paying the former president bribes in return for protection from investigations into contracts relating to the multimillion-rand arms deal.

    City Press reported three weeks ago that Thint – now Thales – was approached by lead arms deal investigator Colonel Johan du Plooy who informed Thales' South African chief executive Bijou Kanje that the company in Midrand had to nominate someone to join Zuma in the dock.

    Sources said Zuma's voluminous submissions had failed to convince prosecutors that the charges should be withdrawn.

    “There was nothing new in the representations but just a repeat of what he has already said before.

    “It looks as if he will cry foul about the NPA being used to fight political battles,” said a source familiar with the representations.

    The official said: “The summary of his representations was that he was innocent and he questioned the timing of the charges saying the NPA failed to prosecute him a long time ago.”

    City Press has learnt that the prosecution team will be led by Noko and advocates Lungi Mahlati SC, Billy Downer SC (who was his original prosecutor), Raymond Mathenjwa and Alnicia Coetzee.

    Hawks head Yolisa Matakata told City Press this week that all evidence for the case remained intact and had been handed to the NPA.

    “We have located witnesses and have done our part,” she said.

    However, Abrahams must still attend to his own case after the Pretoria High Court declared his post vacant in December.

    The court found that he sided with Zuma and showed bias.

    The Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution requested that Abrahams make an undertaking to the Constitutional Court that he would not take a decision regarding Zuma's future before the court ruled on the position Abrahams occupied after former prosecutions head Mxolisi Nxasana left office.

    The Constitutional Court is set to hear the confirmation application on Wednesday. Until then, Abrahams may not decide Zuma's fate. The original case against Zuma was withdrawn in April 2009 before he became president.

    The state intends calling at least 218 witnesses.

    NEWS24/CITY PRESS

    LEGAL PROBLEMS: Former South African president Jacob Zuma. Photo: THE TIMES

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    UN withdraws 46 police officers from South Sudan's Wau over sexual abuse allegationsUN withdraws 46 police officers from South Sudan's Wau over sexual abuse allegations The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said Saturday it has recalled a unit of Ghanaian police officers from Wau and confined them to base after a preliminary investigation into allegations of sexual exploitation.

    The UNMISS said an immediate decision was made to remove the 46-member Ghanaian Formed Police Unit (FPU) from their duty stations inside a UN Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in northwestern South Sudan on 8 February, when a complaint was made.

    “The unit was fully withdrawn from the Wau base to Juba over the next two days,” it said in a statement issued in Juba, the capital of South Sudan.

    “UNMISS has a zero tolerance, no excuses, and no second chances approach to sexual exploitation and abuse,” the statement said.

    “Our priority is to put the victims' rights and dignity first and ensure that there is transparency and accountability for such actions,” the statement added.

    According to UNMISS, a complaint was received on 8 February alleging that members of the Ghanaian police officers engaged in sexual activity with women living at the PoC site in Wau.

    An investigation was immediately launched by the Office of Internal Oversight Services, an independent office within the UN.

    Mission leaders were briefed on the preliminary investigation on the morning of 22 February.

    “It is very disappointing that the behaviour of some police officers risks staining the record of service as well as the Mission's reputation,” it said.

    The UN mission said information received indicates that some members of the FPU allegedly engaged in transactional sex.

    “This is a clear breach of the UN and UNMISS Code of Conduct, which prohibits sexual relationships with vulnerable individuals, including all beneficiaries of assistance,” it said. UNMISS has some 17,000 peacekeeping personnel, including 13,000 soldiers and 1500 police, who carry out the Mission's mandate to build durable peace and protect civilians in South Sudan.

    It said any act of sexual exploitation and abuse undermines the critical work of the Mission and compromises its credibility with the people of South Sudan.

    “It cannot and will not be tolerated,” the UNMISS statement said.

    NAMPA/XINHUA

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    AaTsumeb yeli monkalo inayi yogokaAaTsumeb yeli monkalo inayi yogokaMuni ta ndopa okugandja omayakulo kaakwashigwana Aakwashigwana momudhingoloko gwaTsumeb otaya lumbu monkalo ya nayipala noonkondo naanambelewa yelelo mondoolopa ndjoka otaku popiwa kutya ohaya sile owala oshisho omahala ngoka hamu zi aanenentu. Etalelepo lya ningilwa ondoolopa yaTsumeb koshifokundaneki shoNamibia Sun omasiku ga piti, olya holola polweela onkalo ya nayipala noonkondo moka mu na aakalimo mboka.

    Ondoolopa ndjoka ya kala ya tseyika kutya oyimwe yomoondolopa dha yela moshilongo, monena otayi monika yi na omahala gomalukalwa ka giivule nomalukanda. Ondoolopa ndjoka otayi adhika niiyagaya yiihanena unene omalukalwa ngaashi Soweto oshowo Nomtsoub.

    Aakwashigwana otaya gandja uusama kelelo lyondoolopa kutya itali tala konkalo ndjoka, nokukandula po omukundu gokwaahena uuyogoki ngoka gwa taalela aakalimo mboka. Olukanda lwaSoweto olu na omwaalu omunene gwaakwashigwana na olu na iiyagaya yiihanena kehe pamwe.

    Omeya gonyata otaga tondoka kehe pamwe molukanda ndoka, omanga oopomba dhomeya dhili kohi yonyata.

    Aakwashigwana oya popi kutya oyiigilila okukala monkalo ndjoka, na oye wete kutya elelo lyondoolopa kali na shoka tali ningi po.

    Ondoolopa moka hamu piti aatalelipo oya yela naashoka osho sha etitha omapopyo kutya elelo ohali sile owala oshisho omahala ngoka hapu zi aakengeli.

    “Onda valelwa nokuputukila moTsumeb. Katwa li hatu mono mo oombashu nale, onyata ndjoka wu wete kehe pamwe, iinima twa kala owala hatu yi mono kooTiivi,” omukalimo gumwe a popi.

    Omukwashigwana ngoka okwa popi kutya otaya gandja uusama kelelo lyondoolopa molwaashoka olyo li na oshinakugwanithwa shokukutha po omukundu ngoka, ihe elelo otali tala owala komahala hoka haku zi aanashimaliwa.

    Omukwashigwana gumwe okwa popi kutya elelo lyondoolopa itali wapaleke ooplota dhomahala gomagumbo gaakwashigwana, naashoka osho tashi etitha etungo lyoombashu nomalukanda moSoweto. Onzo ndjoka oya popi kutya ngele elelo lyondoolopa olya kambadhala okunana aapunguli mondoolopa ndjoka, nena aaniilonga kaye na mpoka taya ka za.

    . “Ngele omu wete kutya otandi popi iifundja, nena indeni owala kolukanda lwaKuvukiland.

    Oku na aantu ye vulithe po 10 000 naantu mboka ohaya longele mondoolopa ihe otaya mono iihuna nongele omwa pulandje kutya omolwashike, omolwaashoka elelo lyamuni olya ndopa okugandja evi kaakwashigwana yaTsumeb.”

    Omupopiliko gwondoolopa ndjoka, Stella Imalwa-Nangolo okwa popi kutya muni oku na ontseyo yonkalo moka mu na aakwashigwana yaSoweto.

    Okwa popi kutya nonando elelo lyondoolopa olya hala okukandula po omukundu ngoka gwa taalela aakwashigwana, endumbakano lyaakwashigwana molukanda ndoka otali shi ningitha oshidhigu.

    Okwa popi kutya omwaalu gwoombashu dha tungwa molukanda ndoka ogundji noonkondo.

    Okwa gwedha po kutya natango uuna elelo lya kutha po iiyagaya mbyoka yili molukanda ndoka, konima owala yethimbo natango aakwashigwana otaya ekelehi nale iiyagaya pehala ndyoka opo lya wapalekwa.

    Omunambelewa ngoka okwa popi kutya omandoloma goku ekelahi iiyagaya ohaga gandjwa kaakwashigwana pakuninga eindilo. Omandoloma ngoka ohaga landwa koshimaliwa shooN$990.

    Sho a pulwa kutya aakwashigwana oye wete kutya muni oha gandja owala omakwatho kaakwashigwana mboka yeli mondoolopa, okwa yamukula kutya elalakano lyamuni gwaTsumeb okukandulapo oompumbwe dhaakalimo ye ayehe.



    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    Oompangela dhokutunga okatomeno koondoongi mOutjo dha kalekwaOompangela dhokutunga okatomeno koondoongi mOutjo dha kalekwa Ehangano lyoFu-Hai Trading Enterprises, okwa lopotwa lya kaleke oompangela okutunga okatomeno koondoongi mondoolopa ya Outjo.

    Ehangano lyoFu Hai Trading olya gandja elombwelo kehangano lyQuivertree Consulting, ndyoka lya li lya pewa oshinakugwanithwa okuninga omakonaakono gwopamudhingoloko omvula ya piti kutya itaya tsikile we noompangela dhokutunga okatomeno hoka, sha landula olopota yoenvironmental impact assessment. Onzo yimwe ya notheleko oshikundaneki shoNamibian Sun.

    Svenja Garrard gwo Quivertree okwa koleke onkundana ndjika koshifokundaneki shika.

    Garrard okwa tindi okupopya sha ketokolo ndyoka, a popi kutya uuyelele awuhe otawu ka tseyithwa mbala.

    Uuministeli wOmidhingoloko, koshikondo shiipambele yomidhingoloko owa zimine kutya Fu Hai Trading Enterprises okwa ningi eindilo lyonzapo yoenvironmental clearance omvula ya piti.

    Ihe oshikondo shoka okupitila momunambelewa omupopiko gwoshikondo okwa popi kutya mboka oya holola kutya oya hala okukutha mo eindio lyawo.

    Namibian Sun okwa nongele woo kutya mwene gwehangano ndyoka, ngoka a tseyika owala nedhina 'Mr Chengdabiek' okwa gandja elombwelo opo iikwaniipangitho ayihe opo yi landithwe po.

    Sho oshikundnaeki sha ningi oonkambadhala okuninga ekwatathano na gumwe gooyene yehangano ndyoka, Shane Quinton Hangula, okwa holola kutya omakwatathano ge gongodhi yopeke ka geli nawa na kuuvite omapulo ngoka ta pulwa. Oonkambadhala dhokuninga ekwathano ishewe naye odha ndopa.

    Inashi yelamo kutya omolwashike oompangela dhoka dha kalekwa.

    Ehangano lyoFu Hai Trading Enterprises olya li tali pangele okukala tali tomo ondoongi 120 mesiku, palopota yondokumende ndjoka ya pewa elelo lyondoolopa yaOutjo nondjodhi ndjoka okwa monika kutya itayi vulu okutsa.

    Oya lundulula oompangela dhawo okuya koondoongi 25 mesiku.

    Kape na aanambelewa yondoolopa yaOutjo ya monika opo ya vule okutya sha ketokolo ndyoka.

    Nonando ongaaka elelo lyondoolopa ndjoka, olya kala tali popile etungo lyokatomeno hoka, tali popi kutya tali ka kala epungulo ewanawa ondoolopa ndjoka, na otaka ka gandja woo oompito dhiilonga kaakalimo yomondoolopa. Aakalimo yomondoolopa oshowo omahangano guuwanawa waakwashigwana gopauyuni oga kala geli ompinge netokolo okutunga okatomeno hoka, taya popi kutya otaka ka kala noshilanduli oshiwinayi kuNamibia. Omakonaakono gamwe ngoka ga ningwa omvula ya piti koAgrinature Investment and Trade, oga holola kutya oompangela dholudhi ndoka odhi li metifa mondoolopa yaKahandja.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    Omukokele a dhipagwa komutekuluOmukokele a dhipagwa komutekulu Opolisi moshitopolwa shaMusati oya tula miipandeko omulumentu gwoomvula 44, a za momukunda Oshikulufitu omolwa oshipotha shedhipago lya hekulu.

    Palopota yopolisi, oshiningwanima shoka osha ningwa ongulohi yokupendukila Etine lyoshiwike sha piti, sho omufekelwa a yi mondunda yokulala yomunamimvo 72, a tumbulwa kedhina kutya, Daniel Kleopas Shiikwa.

    “Okwa lopotwa kutya omufekelwa okwa yi maandjawo okuzilila puundingosho wedhina Okakango, na okwa yi mondunda yanakusa. Okwa pendula nakusa na okwa tameke te mu ningile omatilitho. Okwe mu nana kombete na okwa tameke te mu dhenge iikando yontumba nodhopi momuste nomontulo. Omukokele okwa hulithile pehala mpoka,” olopota ya holola.

    Omufekelwa okwa yi ontuku okuza pehala lyoshiningwanima na okwa ka tulwa owala miipandeko esiku lya landula, a tulilwa miipandeko momukunda Onawa moshikandjo sha Anamulenge.

    Aakwanezimo yanakusa oya tseyithilwa nomakonaakono gopolisi otaga tsikile.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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  • 02/25/18--14:00: Mwoombola ta kondjo
  • Mwoombola ta kondjoMwoombola ta kondjo Amushanga nale guuministeli mboka, Andreas Mwoombola okwa ningi endilo mOmpangulilo yoPombanda yaVenduka opo omutumba gwomautho gwiipotha mbyoka ta tamanekelwa gu kalekwe nenge oonakumutulila mo iipotha ya holole uuyelele wa gwedha po kombinga yiipotha mbyoka ta tamanekelwa.

    Mwoombola okwa hala etokolo ndyoka lya ningwa kuamushanga gwokabinete George Simaata opo ku totwepo okomitiye yi tale kiipotha ye mbyoka ta tamanekelwa, oshowo ka pewe uuyelele awuhe kombinga yiipotha mbyoka ta tamanekelwa opo li talululwe.

    Amushanga nale ngoka okwa li a kuthwa miilonga na okwa shunwa miilonga, omanga ina lundululilwa kOmbelewa yOmuprima Minista omvula ya piti.

    Simataa okwa toto po okomitiye yomutumba gwomautho palongitho lyOmpango yAaniilonga yEpangelo.

    Okomitiye ndjoka oya thikama po muShivute Indongo onga omunashipundi oshowo Ono Angula naRector Finyeho.

    Mwoombola okwa hala ompangu opo yi kaleke etokolo lyomukuningila omutumba gwomautho ndyoka lya ningwa momasiku 12 gaSepetemba omvula ya piti.

    Mwoombola okwa popi kutya okomitiye ndjoka oya tindi woo oku mu pa uuyelele wa gwana kombinga yiipotha mbyoka ta tamanekelwa momutumba ngoka gwomautho.

    Mwoombola okwa hala woo opo ompangu yi ninge etokolo kutya kehe ngoka taka pataneka eindilo lye opo a fute iifuta ayihe yopaveta tayi holoka po.

    Okwa hala woo Simataa a gandje omatompelo kutya omolwashike uulike Indongo onga omunashipundi gwokomitiye ndjoka na okwa hala woo oku pewa ookacurriculum vitae, ke pamwe niilyo yokomitiye ndjoka, Angula naFinyeho.

    Mwoombola okwa hala woo Ominista yUundjolowele, Dr Bernard Haufiku oshowo Omuprima Saara Kuugongelwa yi mu pe ookopi dhiikundathanwa yoshigongi shoka sha ningwa naSimaata.

    Okwa hala woo okopi dheindilo lyaHaufiku sho a pula omuprima opo ku ulikwe ooamushanga yaali kuuministeli mboka, oshowo eyamukulo ndyoka lya gandjwa komuprima.

    Okwa hala natango Indongo po e mu pe omusholondondo gwiikundathanwa yomutumba gwokomitiye ndjoka, ngoka gwa ningwa momasiku 12 gaSeptemba oshowo 9 gaKotomba omvula ya piti.

    Mwoombola okwa popi kutya onkalo yondjokonona yuulingilingi nuukombunda muuministeli mboka a li inayi holama, nangashiingeyi oku li ta talika omeho kutya oshikondo shoka osha taalela onkalo ndjoka omolwa ekuthombinga lye muulingilingi nonando onkalo ndjoka oya kala nale moshikondo shoka, omanga ina ninga amushanga.

    Okwa popi kutya onkalo ndjoka oya etitha minista e mu lombwele kutya okwa kanitha einekelo muye, nonando inaku ningwa oonkundathana dha sha naye.

    FRED GOEIEMAN

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  • 02/25/18--14:00: Omitara gears up for tourney
  • Omitara gears up for tourneyOmitara gears up for tourney The settlement of Omitara in the Omaheke Region will host the fourth annual #Nosob Floating Trophy Tournament for football teams from 4 to 6 May.

    Tournament organiser Absalom Kuti |Hoxobeb told Nampa on Monday the tournament creates an opportunity for village teams to compete on bigger platforms and get chance to play against top players from the Namibia Premier League (NPL).

    “Rural players get the chance to prove themselves against players who play in the organised football structures of the country and possibly get seen by the scouts of those teams,” |Hoxobeb said.

    In addition |Hoxobeb said people from Omitara and the surrounding areas make use of this opportunity to generate an income, by amongst others, selling traditional food.

    “Many people are unemployed and it is a good opportunity for them to generate funds for household usage and for school needs like buying stationery.

    Stalls are free, since the induction of the tournament,” he said.

    |Hoxobeb said the organisers of the tournament have decided that as from this year, they will partly make it a charity event, to help feed the elderly and assist community members who are in need of a helping hand.

    The winners of the tournament will receive N$17 000 and a floating trophy, while the runners-up get N$7 000. The semi-final losers will each get N$3 000.

    The registration fee per team is N$1 500, with a deposit of N$1 000 payable by 31 March, which is also the draw date.

    Tura Cosmos from Omitara won the tournament in 2015, while #Nossob Dream Team, also from Omitara, won in 2016 and Leonardville Kom Haal Hulle FC won last year.

    A total of 30 teams participated in last year's tournament.

    |Hoxobeb thanked tournament sponsor Marina Lamprecht, a commercial farmer, for sponsoring the tournament over the years and called on other individuals and businesses to follow suit.

    -NAMPA

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    Visser wins SA heavyweight titleVisser wins SA heavyweight title SUPERSPORT



    In one of the poorest South African heavyweight title fights in recent years Ruann Visser knocked out defending champion Osborne Machimana at 2:59 in the seventh round at the Emerald Casino in Vanderbijlpark on Friday night.

    The 39-year-old Machimana, weighing in at his heaviest ever (143.5 kg), came into the ring with a massive roll of flesh over his trunks and managed to survive into the seventh round behind a cross-armed defence and his years of experience in the ring.

    In the opening round Visser (116 kg) scored with his jab and rights to the body against the slow-moving champion.

    This was the same pattern in the second round with the lumbering Machimana able to roll with the clubbing punches from Visser.

    In round three Visser, 27, continued to score with lefts and rights to the head, before dumping Machimana on his side in the neutral corner with a left to the body, for a count.

    The champion made a bit of comeback in the fifth round as he took the fight to Visser, but this was his last stand.

    In round seven the challenger continued to score with his left jab and then dropped Machimana with a right hand to the head in the neutral corner just before the bell, where he was counted out by referee Jaap van Nieuwenhuizen.

    The unused judges were Pumeza Zinakile, Simon Mokadi and Ben Ncapi.

    Visser improved his record to 13-1-1, with 12 knockouts, and Machimana's record dropped to 23-11-2, with 17 knockouts.

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    Insatiable Salah greedy for moreInsatiable Salah greedy for moreEgyptian unstoppable in front of goal The Egyptian has scored 31 times for Liverpool in all competitions this season. SUPERSPORT



    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed Mohamed Salah's insatiable appetite for goals after the Egyptian continued his hot streak in a 4-1 victory over West Ham at Anfield.

    After scoring for the sixth straight game, Salah has scored 31 times in all competitions this season – already equalling Luis Suarez's best haul for the Reds in the 2013-14 campaign.

    “I like Mo's desire for goals,” Klopp said.

    “Mo is a boy who is full of greed to score goals.” Salah also provided the assist for Emre Can to open the scoring from a corner before Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane also got on the scoresheet on another prolific day for Klopp's front three as Liverpool broke through the 100-goal mark for the season.

    “When I woke up this morning I didn't expect a game like this, it was a joy to watch for everybody,” added Klopp.

    “It was intense, it was aggressive, it was angry, it was full of desire.

    I saw everything I wish to see in a game of football and it's not often you see that.

    “We scored from a set-piece too. You only ever talk to me about set-pieces when we suffer from them so it's nice to score one too.” Victory moved Liverpool a point above Manchester United into second in the Premier League to crank up pressure on United and Chelsea, who face each other at Old Trafford on Sunday.

    “To get the points is important. We all put pressure on each other with results. That is how it is,” Klopp added. “We have no time to rest, no time to waste one point. It is really intense for all the teams involved, for all the players involved.

    “I don't think United and Chelsea think too much about us but they know before the match day that we are around.

    We play United in two weeks. We don't have points to waste.

    “I would have taken a 1-0, (they) hit the post four times, Loris Karius makes 20 saves, whatever because we need the points.” West Ham manager David Moyes felt his side struggled to deal with Liverpool's attacking prowess as Klopp's men put four past the Hammers for the second time this season. “It is really difficult to deal with them,” Moyes said.

    “We were never going to get loads of chances here; we knew that, and the quality of the players they have caused us big problems.

    “We always thought we had a chance of scoring today but we couldn't keep their front players quiet.”

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    Ronaldo praised for selfless gesture Ronaldo praised for selfless gesture Coach applauds player over Benzema Instead of scoring a hat-trick, Cristiano Ronaldo showed true team spirit by allowing an embattled team-mate to score a penalty. NAMPA/REUTERS



    Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane praised Cristiano Ronaldo for his double show of solidarity with Karim Benzema after the Portuguese allowed the Frenchman to take a penalty in the 4-0 win over Alaves on Saturday and asked fans to show him respect.

    Benzema has been one of the main scapegoats for Real's inconsistent campaign and has felt the wrath of the highly critical Santiago Bernabeu faithful on several occasions this season for his wastefulness in front of goal.

    Benzema set up Ronaldo's opening goal against Alaves with a stylish back-heel and the first thing Real's all-time top scorer did after finding the net was to point towards Benzema, appearing to ask the supporters to show him more respect.

    Ronaldo scored Real's third goal after Gareth Bale had struck the second also created by a pass from Benzema and the Portuguese had a chance to bag a hat-trick when his side were awarded a late penalty.

    Instead Ronaldo presented the spot-kick to Benzema, who rounded off the scoring.

    "I'm very happy with Ronaldo's gesture. This is a team game and it was a wonderful gesture. Karim played very well and he deserved to score as he contributed so much in our build-up play," Zidane told a news conference.

    "Benzema plays under a lot of pressure but he handles it very well, and I'm delighted with how he played and that he scored. You should always count on Benzema and in the biggest games he always demonstrated what a great player he is."

    Benzema had snapped a run of nearly three months without a league goal by scoring against Real Betis last weekend and although he squandered a couple of chances he was one of Real's best performers in what was a fifth consecutive win in all competitions for Zidane's side.

    "Cristiano showed true team spirit with Karim, who really deserved a goal. I'm delighted for Karim because he's a phenomenal player," added Real winger Lucas Vazquez.

    Ronaldo, who is a five-time world player of the year, has not always had a reputation for humility but goalkeeper Keylor Navas said the Portuguese's treatment of Benzema was befitting of his character.

    "None of us were surprised by Cristiano's gesture because we know what type of person he is," Navas said.

    "At times like this everyone needs the support of the group and Cristiano has shown everyone what we are like in the dressing room."

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    Gutsy Bulls edge Hurricanes Gutsy Bulls edge Hurricanes NAMPA/ANA

    The Bulls opened their 2018 Super Rugby account with a 21-19 victory over the Hurricanes in Pretoria on Saturday evening.

    New coach John Mitchell has clearly had a significant influence on the Pretoria team, who played with passion throughout and looked wherever possible to offload to a supporting player - while on defence they showed total commitment.

    After a patient build-up over the opening four minutes, Bulls wing Johnny Kotze was put away by a slick pass by Jesse Kriel. It was a real confidence-building try. Handre Pollard was unsuccessful with the conversion, but soon after nailed a penalty awarded because of a shoulder charge tackle by a Hurricanes player.

    The Wellington team consolidated their play and after multiple phases they had worked themselves into an attacking position on the Bulls line, which saw hooker Ricky Riccitelli burrow over for a try after a lineout maul.

    As the final quarter came to an end, the Hurricanes took the lead when wing Wes Goosen chipped over his opposite number, gathered and sprinted to the posts. The Ihaia West conversion made it 10-8 to the Hurricanes.

    The momentum was shifting to the Hurricanes, especially when in the 25th minute prop Pierre Schoeman was carded for a swinging arm tackle.

    The Bulls fought back, and a try by rampaging lock RG Snyman was disallowed because of a knock-on in the build-up, but ten minutes later Man of the Match Snyman broke through the midfield defence and set up a try-scoring pass for fellow lock Lood de Jager.

    Pollard missed the conversion but the Bulls were in front heading into half-time, and a Pollard penalty on the hooter put them 16-12 in the lead.

    The visitors seemed to have regained the lead minutes into the second half when a lunging TJ Perenara stretched the ball over the line, but the TMO ruled that the scrumhalf was not in control of the ball when it was grounded. It was a huge let-off for the Bulls.

    The reprieve, however, was momentary as Perenara nudged a grubber into the Bulls' in-goal area for substitute fullback Beaudon Barrett to gather and score, with the West conversion nudging his team three points clear at 19-16.

    But eight minutes from time, a Bulls counter attack from their half resulted in a try for Schoeman, back from his sin-binning which would prove to be the winning score.

    Scorers

    Bulls 21 (16): Tries - Johnny Kotze, Lood de Jager and Pierre Schoeman. Penalties - Handre Pollard (2).

    Hurricanes 19 (12): Tries - Ricky Riccitelli, Wes Goosen and Beaudon Barrett. Conversions - Ihaia West (2).

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    Russian doping 'an absolute disgrace' Russian doping 'an absolute disgrace' NAMPA/AFP

    The doping plot which allowed Russia to cheat its way to Olympic gold in 2014 was "an absolute disgrace", Australia's chef de mission said on Sunday, warning that "we should not forget".

    Ian Chesterman's outspoken reaction came soon after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it would not lift a ban on the Russian team for yesterday’s closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

    The IOC could, however, welcome Russia's Olympic committee back into the fold after the Games even though two Russian athletes tested positive for doping during the Olympics.

    A contingent of 168 Russians was allowed to compete in South Korea as neutrals who had been heavily vetted.

    A widespread and highly orchestrated drug-cheating programme propelled Russia as hosts to the top of the medals table at Sochi 2014 and Chesterman said the scars of that would not heal fast.

    Moscow has denied any involvement, but Chesterman said: "I think the actions of the Sochi organisers and of the Russian authorities during the Sochi Games were a disgrace.

    "I think it's appropriate that the world remembers for a long time what they did to the Olympic movement.

    "I think it's appropriate that even if we forgive them, we should not forget the actions that they did during those Games.

    "Whatever or how long this ban will last for, people will remember that they committed some serious offences against sport."

    Chesterman backed the IOC decision to keep the formal ban on Russia in place, but said "clean" Russian athletes should be allowed to take part.

    "My comments were very much based on the system that allowed cheating to be implemented at the highest level and infiltrated into Games operations. They were an absolute disgrace.

    "In terms of Russian athletes, I believe clean Russian athletes should be allowed to compete because I believe they shouldn't pay for the sins of their fathers," Chesterman said.

    Separately, a lawyer for the Russian whistleblower who helped to blow open the Russian doping programme accused IOC president Thomas Bach of being a "drowning man" over the fate of Russia at the Olympics.

    "But finally cooler heads within the IOC threw him a life preserver," Jim Walden, representing Grigory Rodchenkov, said in a statement.

    Walden railed against "Russia's continued retaliation" against Rodchenkov, the former head of Moscow's anti-doping laboratory, who is in hiding in fear for his life.

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    //Karas second division to kick off in March//Karas second division to kick off in March The //Karas Second Division Inland Stream will start its 2018 league next month, with the first two rounds scheduled to be played at the J. Stephanus Stadium in Keetmanshoop.

    The league is divided into two streams, with the other being the coastal stream.

    The inland stream has 10 teams for the new season.

    Round one and two will be played on 10 and 11 March, with Lovely Superstars Football Club (FC) and Dates Eleven FC opening the proceedings.

    Young Beauties will face their rivals Brazilie FC in the second game of the day, while former Hardap second division outfit Spiders, who seceded their affiliation from the Hardap Region Football Association last year, will face a stern test against Real Fighters FC.

    Forever Thistles FC will face defending champions from Noordoewer, Orange Rangers FC.



    Round one (10 March)

    Lovely Superstars vs Dates Eleven (10:00)

    Young Beauties vs Brazilie (12:00)

    Thistles vs Orange Rangers (14:00)

    Real Fighters vs Spiders (16:00)

    King Pele Santos vs Tornado (18:00)



    Round two (11 March)

    Lovely Superstars vs Tornado (09:00)

    Real Fighters vs Orange Rangers (11:00)

    Thistles vs Spiders (13:00)

    Young Beauties vs Dates Eleven (15:00)

    King Pele Santos vs Brazilie (17:00)

    -NAMPA

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  • 02/25/18--14:00: Coaching course a success
  • Coaching course a successCoaching course a success NFA



    The Galz & Goals basic coaching course that started this past Friday at the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Girls Centre with 30 participants, ended on a successful note yesterday.

    Former Brave Gladiators coach and now general manager of women football at the NFA, Jacqueline Shipanga, was the instructor of the course and covered basics such as coaching methodologies, as well as coordinated, dynamic, technical and static skills.

    Speaking at the opening of the course, NFA secretary-general Barry Rukoro welcomed and congratulated the participants for what he called “opening the door” to football.

    “Brave Gladiators of tomorrow should be better than the Brave Gladiators of today, and that can only be done if we educate and equip you with enough knowledge to groom our future football legends,” Rukoro said.

    He said football is about making life-changing decisions, and participants are now a step closer. However, their determination and quality of work will determine how far they go. He further thanked Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) chief administrator Freddy Mwiya for his endless contributions and support towards various sports codes.

    Mwiya was delighted by the number of participants who registered for the course, while expressing the joy it brings to see the interest in women football, in the quest to develop and improve the game in Namibia.

    “We need to look at two pillars in life - getting certified and acquiring knowledge and skills, and that when we come to the realisation that the latter is more important, we'll understand that obtaining a qualification isn't the biggest thing, but rather what we do with the knowledge we acquired.

    “I see a great initiative in having the girl child benefit from various sports projects. With these basic skills, don't stop here, plough back into the community and uplift football.” NFA technical director Timothy Tjongarero emphasised that humility is the backbone of a successful career, while saying that most people want to be at the top too early and end up burning out.

    “Make your mistakes, learn from them, work on them to improve and move on,” Tjongarero said.

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  • 02/25/18--14:00: Freedom
  • FreedomFreedom When African liberation movements came to power, as eminent South African journalist and Associate Professor William Gumede wrote over a decade ago, their supporters were keen to overlook shortcomings.

    The feeling was that new, popularly elected democratic governments needed to be given an extended chance, as they were essentially the embodiment of the nations they had fought to liberate.

    There has always been a fear that criticising a former liberation turned government gives ammunition to powerful opposing forces, even on a global stage.

    Succinctly put, the African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa, Swapo in Namibia, and the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU, which later became ZANU-PF) all have in common independence settlement agreements sharing two of the same fundamental characteristics.

    These are essentially white settler populations that lost political power in exchange for guarantees of rights of minorities and property; and national liberation movements that gained control of the state in an exchange for accommodation with domestic and international capital.

    It is unsurprising when these former liberation movements employ public relations exercises invoking the past, especially when they are challenged with why things are not running smoothly in their countries and why an elite predator class continues to thrive.

    This must be seen in the context of the Cold War which reinforced the siege mentality of “them against us” among African liberation movements.

    The lesson for Swapo, which has managed to retain its overwhelming support levels in successive national and local elections, from both the ANC and ZANU-PF, is that blaming the past does not have unlimited currency.

    In South Africa and Zimbabwe, which has both been through tumultuous periods recently, with presidents being removed and replaced, the excuse of apartheid, race, and other external factors for rampant corruption and state capture by the political elite does not wash anymore.

    Taking responsibility, even as former liberation movements, goes together with freedom.

    The days of playing the blame-game are over. And as the national budget statement approaches, now is the time that every dollar of public money should be spent on making a tangible impact on the development and the upliftment of ordinary Namibians.

    It is time for solutions.

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  • 02/25/18--14:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day FROSTY: This picture taken on 22 February shows frost on a window of a house in Godewaersvelde, as a wave of cold weather hits France. Photo: NAMPA/AFP

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    Tigers aim to retain winning spiritTigers aim to retain winning spiritDefending champs grow in confidence Defending NPL champions Tigers FC are reaching a vein of form that will see them rise in the 2017/18 log standings. Tigers coach Woody Jacobs says his team is regaining their winning spirit after they beat Young African 1-0 on Friday night at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

    A well-oiled Tigers team, who dominated possession and were the better side on the night, temporarily moved to seventh on the Namibia Premier League (NPL) log, from 11th position, after their win.

    In one of the most exciting games of the week, Tigers dominated possession from as early as the 25th minute of the game.

    The Gobabis-based Young African side, who have shown this season that they are not an easy outfit to beat, also managed to create a number of scoring chances in the first half despite being under attack for most of the half.

    The first half ended goalless.

    In the second half, Tigers came out motivated and started attacking from the resumption of play, which later paid off when Young Africa conceded a corner.

    Tigers substitute Gustav Isaak's brilliantly taken corner found the head of Mapenzi Muwanei, who slotted the home goal in the 54th minute to give his team the win.

    The defending league champions are now on 21 points, with Mighty Gunners and Eleven Arrows, who still had games to play on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Despite the defeat against Tigers, Young African are third on the log with 32 points from 18 games played thus far.

    Speaking to Nampa after the game, Jacobs said his team is growing in confidence and he hopes they can keep that spirit throughout their remaining fixtures.

    “One of the biggest diseases that you can have in your team is when your players don't believe and morale is down, because of the defeats you encounter. I'm happy that after the bad first leg (of the season), we have now found a winning formula which allowed us to collect 10 points out of a possible 12,” he said.

    Tigers were to face Black Africa yesterday, at the time of going to print.

    -NAMPA

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  • 02/25/18--14:00: Company news in brief
  • Company news in briefCompany news in brief Truworths posts flat H1 retail sales growth

    South African clothes retailer Truworths on Thursday reported flat retail sales growth in the first-half, which it blamed on a challenging trading period marred by political uncertainty in its home market.

    The company, which also runs the British footwear chain Office, said retail sales for the 26-week period ended Dec. 31 rose to R10.3 billion, from R10.2 billion a year ago.

    Retailers in South Africa are facing tough trading conditions as consumer sentiment hits multi-year lows and high unemployment and inflation erode disposable incomes in the country's first recession in eight years.

    Diluted headline earnings per share, a widely watched profit measure in South Africa, strips out certain one-off, non-trading items, fell 3% to 379.3 cents. – Nampa/Reuters

    Optimum starts business rescue proceedings

    South African power producer Eskom said on Thursday the Optimum coal mine, which is owned by the Gupta family and supplies one of the utility's power stations, had started business rescue proceedings.

    Ajay Gupta, one of the three Gupta brothers accused of corrupt links to former president Jacob Zuma, was declared a "fugitive from justice" by South Africa’s chief prosecutor, while India's Bank of Baroda, which counts the family's operations as clients, has pulled the plug on its South African business.

    South Africa's main commercial banks have cut all ties with the Guptas, citing reputational risk. Zuma and the Guptas have consistently denied any wrong-doing.

    Eskom, the sole power provider in Africa's most industrialised economy, said it was informed by Optimum, which supplies its Hendrina Power Station, that Optimum had started business rescue proceedings on Monday.

    Coal had been diverted from other mines to supply the power station after workers at Optimum downed tools and coal was not delivered. – Nampa/Reuters

    Snap chief earns US$638 mln in 2017

    Snap Inc Chief Executive Evan Spiegel received US$637.8 million as total compensation last year after the company went public, the third-highest annual payout ever received by a company's CEO.

    Spiegel's payout trails the 2007 and 2008 compensations of Daniel Och, CEO of hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Group, according to ISS Analytics, the data arm of Institutional Shareholder Services Inc.

    Och received an annual compensation of US$918.9 million in fiscal year 2007 and US$1.19 billion in 2008.

    Spiegel's pay package is based on stock-based awards worth US$636.6 million and salary and other compensation worth about US$1.2 million, according to a security filing by Snap on Thursday.

    Spiegel earned US$98 078 as salary in 2017, according to a security filing by the company. – Nampa/Reuters

    Rio Tinto says changing structure

    Rio Tinto is moving some of its support staff as it creates three global hubs, but is not changing its operating model, it said on Thursday.

    Rio Tinto, the second biggest miner by market capitalisation, has listings in London and Australia, a headquarters in London and an Australian office.

    In addition, it has created a commercial and marketing hub in Singapore and three global hubs.

    Rio Tinto said in an emailed statement its operating model was not changing, but it was "adjusting where work is done by creating three global hubs" and it was starting a consultation with British employees as some roles would be moved to one of the three hubs. It did not specify where the hubs would be.

    Rio CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques said he regularly reviews Rio's structure and is comfortable with it. – Nampa/Reuters

    Barclays women earn less than men

    Barclays pays women in its international division on average half of what men earn, the British bank said on Thursday, underscoring how major financial firms still have far fewer female employees in senior roles.

    The mean gender pay gap in Barclays International, which houses the bank's investment banking unit, was 48%, Barclays said, meaning the average hourly wage for a woman was just under half that of a man.

    Barclays joins a handful of major financial institutions that have disclosed gender pay gaps. The British government last year said it would require all companies with more than 250 employees to publish their gender pay data by April 2018.

    At Barclays, the difference was largely the result of the proportion of women working in more junior roles, rather than a breach of pay equality rules that require people working at the same rank to be paid the same regardless of gender, the bank said.

    The bank reported a gender pay gap in its other main unit, Barclays UK, of 26%. – Nampa/Reuters

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    Large vessels are fishing 55% of world's oceansLarge vessels are fishing 55% of world's oceansChina biggest culprit Global fishing is a US$160 billion industry, and experts estimate that almost one third of the world's stocks are overfished. I believe the ocean can be fished much more sustainably. - David Kroodsma, author Kerry Sheridan – More than half the world's oceans are being fished by large commercial vessels, particularly from China, according to the first view from space of global fishing practices published Thursday.

    The report in the journal Science used satellite data to track industrial fishing, and found that 55% of the world's oceans – and possibly more – are being exploited by big fishing operations.

    Some parts of the world with poor satellite coverage were not visible.

    "The total area fished is likely higher," possibly up to 73%, said the report.

    Five countries

    Fleets from five countries – China, Spain, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea –account for more than 85% of observed fishing efforts on the high seas. Half of the vessels are from China.

    Global fishing is a US$160 billion industry, and experts estimate that almost one third of the world's stocks are taken from the waters at an unsustainable rate, meaning they are overfished.

    "Humans have been fishing the world's oceans for 42 000 years, but until now we have had really no good picture of where and when people are fishing," lead author David Kroodsma told AFP.

    "What we have created is a picture of fishing across the world which is in much clearer focus than we have had before."

    The report does not point to illegal actors, or say whether the amount of fishing being done is too much.

    Global Fishing Watch

    However, Kroodsma said this paper is the first of many in the pipeline using the software by Global Fishing Watch, and aims to help policy makers answer those questions.

    "I believe the ocean can be fished much more sustainably than it is being fished, and this information can help that," he said.

    The data comes from only big ships that have an automatic identification system (AIS) signal that can be received by satellites.

    The technology tracks a ship's identity, position, speed, and turning angle every few seconds.

    It was originally meant to help avoid collisions.

    Four times bigger

    But compiling billions of AIS messages from industrial fishing vessels between 2012 and 2016 has shown that the area of the planet that is fished is four times bigger than the area of land that is farmed for agriculture.

    Global hotspots for fishing "were seen in the northeast Atlantic and northwest Pacific, as well as in nutrient-rich regions off South America and West Africa," said the report.

    Researchers could also see clear signs of cultural influence on fishing, such as a drop in activity on certain holidays like Christmas in Europe and North America, and the annual fishery moratoria in China.

    According to Daniel Pauly, professor at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries of the University of British Columbia, the data did not show more fishing than was expected.

    "The small vessels that catch most of the world's catch fish, in coastal waters, do not show up because they have no satellite transmitters," said Pauly, who was not involved in the research.

    In years past, the data has been used to detect illegal activities off West Africa and in the Pacific.

    In the future, Pauly said the data could help shape international laws in order to reduce instances of illegal fishing. – Nampa/AFP

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