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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    NBF northern committee selects regional playersNBF northern committee selects regional players The Namibian Basketball Federation's northern committee held trials for an under-20 regional basketball team at Ongwediva.

    Northern committee president and development officer Pondo Nailenge said some 40 boys and girls were invited to participate in the trials and demonstrate their basketball skills.

    Fourteen boys and eight girls were selected during the trials. They will train weekly to prepare for the Namibia Sports Commission National Youth Games to be held in Windhoek in May this year. The National Youth Games, Nailenge said, will be used to select the players who will represent Namibia in the Region Five Games in Botswana in December this year.

    Two teams (boys and girls) of 12 are needed for the National Youth Games, meaning more players are needed for the girls' team and the number of players in the boys' team will have to be reduced.

    The boys selected during the trials are: Kay Joel; Frans Friedrick; Shafuda Wolfsheim; Tishique Dina; Mathew Iyambo; Pius Nehale; Justus Kamenge; Tangi Erickson; Johannes Lukas; Saidu Ibrahim; Oscar Kadhikwa; Mike Onassis; Simon Nghilishililwa and Dave Iihuhwa.

    The girls selected are: Rosalia Mulokoshi; Natalia Rafael; Emilie Shidiwe; Hilka Iwata; Rebekka Halupe; Helena Iipumbu, and two more girls, listed only as Johanna from Eheke Secondary School and Blen from Gabriel Taapopi Senior Secondary School.

    NAMPA

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    Uutoni calls for corporate supportUutoni calls for corporate supportWants federations closer The minister of sport, Erastus Uutoni, has called on corporate Namibia to support sport at all cost. Minister of sport Erastus Uutoni says that he has an idea where all corporate companies will be involved in supporting sport codes.

    “I want us to draw a pool whereby corporate companies can put money in.

    “This money will then be used to support all the sport codes together.

    “The money will be handed out to this individual federations based on their needs,” Uutoni said.

    The minister also warned federations and sport stakeholders not to try to operate without consultation with the line ministry.

    He assured the public that he will be visiting federations in order to see how they operate.

    “These things of federations saying that they do not want the government to interfere must stop.

    “Yes, it is interference, but we have to be informed about what is going on in these federations, if we are to do things properly.”

    The minister said that the budget cuts have heavily affected sport and that is why they need corporate Namibia to be more involved in funding the sector.

    “Our budget has been reduced by more than N$100 million and we are now currently standing at N$288 million which is really not enough.

    “However, it is for that reason that we have to join hands and work together with the little money that we have.”

    Uutoni was appointed as the minister of sport, replacing Jerry Ekandjo who was relieved of his duties last month.

    Uutoni has served in the cabinet since March 2010. He was deputy minister of safety and security from 2010 until 2015, when he started serving as deputy minister of home affairs and immigration.

    JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

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    Netball teams ready for Newspaper CupNetball teams ready for Newspaper CupSquads finalised The 18th edition of the Namibian Newspaper Cup, which will include netball for the first time, is slated for Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi Region from 30 March to 2 April. All regions have finalised their squads for the 2018 Namibian Newspaper Cup and it is all systems go, Netball Namibia (NN) public relations officer Rebekka Goagoses has said.

    Speaking to Nampa, Goagoses said it was not an easy journey selecting the 12 players per team, but they are happy with the work done by the regional selectors.

    “Each regional delegation will consist of 12 players, a team manager, a coach, an assistant coach, secretary general and the regional chairperson, who will be head of delegation, so there will be 17 people per delegation,” she said.

    Goagoses said it is all systems go for the teams that will be competing in Zambezi.

    “As a federation we are hopeful that our maiden appearance at this competition will be a successful one,” she said.

    She added that despite experiencing glitches here and there during the selection process, they are confident that the best players were selected during the trials.

    Goagoses said only the best players at the regional trials made the cut to the final squads, but NN is looking at ways to reach out to all disadvantaged young players for inclusion in future competitions.

    “If you look at a region like Otjozondjupa or Kunene, they are very big and not everyone is reached for selection but in the future, we want to host these trials early, so we have teams going out to places Tsumkwe and Opuwo to host trials and we can include everyone in this national event,” she said.

    The eligibility for the netball tournament is limited to players born on or after 31 December 1999.

    Goagoses stated that the tournament will have four group stages, followed by knockout rounds in the quarter and semi-finals.

    This will then be followed by play-offs for third and fourth place, and the final.

    NAMPA

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    Nghimtina a kunkilile kombinga yokwaahena iilongaNghimtina a kunkilile kombinga yokwaahena iilonga Ominista yaaniilonga, Erkki Nghimtina oya holola okutya okwaahena iilonga mokati kaanyasha oshi li omboma ndjoka kwa tegelelwa yi tope kehe ethimbo, ngele kape na shoka tashi ningwa po.

    Minista okwa popi ngaaka pethimbo kwa tulwa miilonga oGlobal Apprenticeship Network mOvenduka, mEtitatu lyoshiwike sha piti.

    Ondjele yokwaahena iilonga mokati kaanyasha yoomvula o15 sigo 34 oya thikama poopreenda 43.4, palopota yo 2016 Namibia Labour Force Survey.

    Minista okwa popi kutya kakele konkalo yeliko ndjoka yanayipala noonkondo, na itayi vulu okutota po oompito dhiilonga dha gwana aanyasha, onkalo natango otayi nayipalekwa kompumbwe yelongekumwe ewanawa pokati kiiputudhilo yelongo mokutota po ooprograma dhelongo.

    Okwa tsikile kutya, okwa dhidhilie kutya muule woomvula dha piti, oshikumungu shokwaahena iilonga, oluhepo netopolo lyeliko kali thike pamwe osha dhigwa owala momake gepangelo na ota pula oshikondo shopaumwene shi dhane onkandangala onene moshikumungu shoka, nokuyambidhidha epangelo.

    Omunambelewa gwoInternational Labour Organisation (ILO) , Maria Machailo-Ellis, okwa popi kutya onkalo yeliko lyaNamibia oya taalela oshiponga naashoka oshi li konyala miilongo oyindji mbyoka opo tayi putuka.

    Omunambelewa ngoka okwa pula egandjo lyuunongo mokati kaanyasha opo ku vule okugandjwa omauwanawa koongeshefa, aaniilonga ye na uunongo poondondo dha yooloka.



    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    Etukuko lyo listeriosis tali kandekwaEtukuko lyo listeriosis tali kandekwa Oondoolopa dhimwe po oya yamukula mendelelelo ketukulo lyombakitelia yolisteriosis moshishiindalongo South Africa oshowo moshilongo.

    Omukithi ngoka guuzigo wiikulya, okwa dhidhilikwa tagu adhika moonyama dha kwewa na ogwa lopotwa tango moSouth Afrika muJanuari na ogwa dhipaga aantu yeli 180.

    MoNamibia, omulumentu gwomoTsumeb okwa kwatelwa moombete konima sho a monika omukithi ngoka oshiwike sha piti. Oshipotha shoka moshilongo osha lopotwa konima sho uuministeli wuundjolowele oshowo uuministeli wuunamapya wa gandja elombwelo opo oostola moNamibia dhi kuthe momalanditho gadho iilongomwa yoonyama yehangano lyoEnterprise Foods.

    Omunambelewa omukomeho guundjolowele melelo lyondoolopa yaSwakopomund, Clive Lawrence, okwa popi kutya aanambelewa aakonaakoni yuundjolowele oye mu tseyithila kutya konyala iilongomwa ayihe yehangano ndyoka oya kuthwa mo moostola.

    Kornelius Kapolo, omunambelewa omukomeho guundjolowele melelo lyondoolopa yaShakati, okwa popi kutya oya tameke taya kutha mo moostola, oonyama ndhoka taku fekelwa dhi na ombakitelia ndjoka omanga elombwelo ndyoka inali gandjwa.

    Okwa popi kutya oostola dhimwe odha tameke nale okukutha mo iilandithomwa mbyoka konima sho omukithi ngoka gwa lopotwa moSouth Afrika nonando okwa holoka engwangwano kombinga yoonyama dhomoondooha ndhoka taku popiwa kutya osha gamenwa.

    Omunambelewa guundjolowele melelo lyaKaiti, Rudo-whan Benade, okwa popi kutya oostola adhihe ndhoka hadhi kutha iilandithomwa yadho moSouth Afrika odha tseyithilwa.

    Ominista yuundjolowele, Dr Bernard Haufiku oya lombwele omutumba gwopashigwana oshiwike sha piti kutya oshilongo osha pyakudhukwa okukondjitha omukithi ngoka, sho kwa tulwa nale pomahala omilandu dhekondjitho lyomukithi ngoka, muJanurai.





    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    Namdeb a pulwa alandithe po omagumbo geNamdeb a pulwa alandithe po omagumbo ge Kansela gwoshikandjohogololo Orange, Lazarus Nangolo okwa popi kutya, okwa pula omina yaNamdeb opo yi landithepo omagumbo gawo kaakalimo yomondoolopa naashoka otashi ka kala muuwanawa waakalimo mboka itaya vulu ohiila ndjoka tayi pulwa kuNamdeb.

    Nangolo okwa popi kutya opo ku endelelithe eyambulepo lyondoolopa, ongele owala aantu ye na omagumbo mondoolopa ndjoka.

    Kombinga yoondando dhohiila ndhoka dhili pombanda noonkondo mondoolopa, Nangolo okwa popi kutya egwedhelo lyoondando nalikalekwe manga, opo elelo lyondoolopa pamwe naNamdeb ya kundathane oshikumungu shelanditho lyomagumbo kaakalimo.

    Aaniilonga yepangelo oshowo yalwe oya taalela oshiponga shokufuta oondando dhohiila dhi li pombanda noonkondo oshowo onkalo kutya ondoolopa ndjoka kayi na oskola yepangelo yopombanda.

    “Otatu pangele okuninga omutumba naaniilonga yepangelo. Yamwe po iimaliwa mbyoka haya pewa yomauwanawa goohiila nenge omagumbo inayi gwana okufuta omagumbo nenge iifuta yooskola dhopaumwene. Omauwanawa gokulanda omagumbo kage li pamuthika gwaNamdeb,” Nangolo a popi.

    Nangolo okwa indile woo Namdeb opo ka gwedhele oohiila sigo kwa monika e yo komeho ewanawa melanditho lyomagumbo.

    Namdeb okwa popi kutya omulandu gwelanditho lyomaliko ge mondoolopa ndjoka omupu. Omupopiliko gwaNamdeb, Pauline Thomas, okwa popi kutya Namdeb ota tala woo konkalo yokukwashilipaleka kutya aakalimo mondoolopa otaya vulu okulandako omagumbo ngoka.

    Aakalimo yomondolopa ndjoka oya nyenyeta kombinga yegwedhelo noopresenda 384 iifuta yohiila.

    Thomas okwa popi kutya Namdeb okwa li a tseyithile iikondo yepangelo pamushangwa mo 2010 kutya itaka gandja we oohiila dhowina kaaniilonga yiikondo mbyoka. Uuministeli owa yamukula kutya otawu ka gandja omahala gokukala kaaniilonga yawo naaniilonga natango oyali ya pewa ehogololo ngele oya hala okukala momagumbo gehangano ndyoka. Thomas okwa popi kutya aaniilonga yamwe yepangelo oya tokola okukala momagumbo gaNamdeb ihe oya ndopa okufuta ohiila ndjoka yatulwa po.

    OGONE TLHAGE

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    Omulumentu a tomeke omulilo egumbo lyamumwayinaOmulumentu a tomeke omulilo egumbo lyamumwayina Aanona yatano oya thigwa kaaye na ehala lyokuza mEtiyali lyoshiwike sha piti, sho hekulu gwoomvula 24 a tomeke omulilo egumbo nokuhanagula po omaliko agehe. Oshiningwanima shoka osha shaningilwa momukunda Engela moshitopolwa shaHangwena, lwopotundi onti 15:00, sho omufekelwa a tomeke oondunda ntano egumbo, omolwa aniwa oshimaliwa she shooN$400 shoka shi niwe kumumwayinamati.

    Okwa teya woo ondunda yamumwayina nokutomeka iinima ayihe yi li mo omulilo.

    Omufekelwa ngoka okwa tulwa miipandeko na okwa li a tegelelwa a holoke mompangulilo yamangestrata mEtitano.

    Egumbo ndyoka lya tomekwa omulilo olya Kelvin Kapolo ngoka ha longo momina moSwakopmund.

    Pahapu dhomunambelewa omupopiliko gwopolisi yaHangwena, Warrant Officer Abner Itumba, okwa popi kutya omufekelwa aniwa okwa longo iilonga mbyoka yuuhwapindi, molwaashoka mumwayina inemu futa omolwa oondhopi ndhoka e mu tholomene. Oonkambadhala okumona Kapolo odha hulile muunyengwi molwaashoka ina kutha po ongodhi ye sho a li ta dhengelwa omanga onkundana ndjika inayi nyanyangithwa. Omumwayinakadhona gwaKapolo, Lina okwa tulamo oshipotha pehala lye.

    Pahapu dhoonzo ndhoka dha ningwa nadho oonkundathana koshifokundaneki shoNamibian Sun, Kapolo okwa li a pula Lina opo a lombwele okamatyona kopuushiinda wawo ke mu tholomene oondhopi, nooshako dhoosamende dhili o 10.

    Pehala Lina okwa pula omufekelwa ngoka a tholoma oondhopi dhili 370 meyambidhidho lyokamati kopuushiinda. Kapolo okwa li nduno a tseyithilwa kuLina kutya mumwayina ota pula iimaliwa ye. Konima sho a lombwelwa kutya Kapolo ote mu futu owala ngele omwedhi gwa si, omufekelwa okwa geye noonkondo na okwa tokola okutomeka egumbo omulilo. Sho aashiinda ya tondoka opo andola ya dhime omulilo inaya vulu okuhupitha oshindji.

    “Andola okwa kuthilemo iinima megumbo e te yi landitha po a monemo iimaliwa ye pehala lyokutomeka egumbo omulilo. Itatu popi aashiinda nenge aantu kaye shiwike ihe aantu ya za muyina nahe gumwe. Kape na ondjahi tayi vulu okweetitha uuhwapindi wu li ngaaka,” omukokele gumwe a popi.

    Mwene gwomukunda Engela, Djemo Popyeinawa, okwa popi kutya okwa uvithwa nayi kiinima yoludhi ndoka mbyoka tayi ningwa momukunda gwe, na otayi shunitha pevi omukunda.

    Mwene gwomukunda okwa pula elongelokumwe mokati kaanamukunda ye.

    Okwa pula woo oshigwana shi yambidhidhe aanona mboka ya thigwa moluhepo olunene sho iinima yawo ayihe ya hanagulwa po nomulilo.



    KENYA KAMBOWE

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  • 03/18/18--15:00: Ramirez beats Imam
  • Ramirez beats ImamRamirez beats ImamClaims WBC super lightweight belt Ramirez, a 2012 Olympian, remains unbeaten, taking his record to 22-0 with 16 wins inside the distance as he captured the title vacated by Terence Crawford when he moved up to welterweight. Jose Ramirez claimed the vacant World Boxing Council super lightweight world title Saturday with a 12-round unanimous decision over fellow American Amir Imam.

    “Man, it's a dream come true,” said California's Ramirez, who gained the decision by scores of 115-113, 117-111 and 120-108 - the last not reflecting the back and forth action on display at the Hulu theatre inside Madison Square Garden.

    But Ramirez was clearly in control in the latter rounds, hurting Imam with a right in the 10th. Imam's right eye was swelling shut in the 11th, and Ramirez came out firing in the 12th, although the knockout eluded him.

    “You can tell in the last championship rounds that I was having a great time,” Ramirez said. “Amir Imam is a great fighter and he came well prepared and he made a great fight.”

    The bout saw Hall of Fame 86-year-old promoters Don King and Bob Arum renew their decades-old rivalry.

    Top Rank boss Arum promotes Ramirez while King promotes Imam, a 27-year-old New Yorker who fell to 21-2 and saw a run of three straight victories end.

    It was the first fight in which Arum and King fighters faced each other since March 2011, when Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto kept his World Boxing Association super welterweight world title with a 12th-round stoppage of Nicaragua's Ricardo Mayorga.

    -NAMPA/AFP

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    Snooker queen Ng wins third world titleSnooker queen Ng wins third world title Dominant Ng On-yee won her third women's world snooker championship in Malta on Saturday, without dropping a frame, and now has her eyes on another crack at the men.

    The 27-year-old world number one from Hong Kong swept to a 5-0 win against England's world number four Maria Catalano, who earlier in the day had stunned 11-time world champion Reanne Evans 4-3.

    It completed a perfect title defence for the bespectacled Ng who remarkably whitewashed her opponents in all six of her matches in the tournament.

    The success sees Ng become only the fifth player to win the title on three or more occasions she first triumphed in 2015 and she will also extend her world ranking lead after deposing decade-long number one Evans last month. Ng was surprised at the manner of her victory.

    “I did not have great expectations coming into the tournament as I was coughing and sick so just tried to play every game, every ball,” she told www.womenssnooker.com.

    “But looking back now I think that this took a lot of pressure off me.”

    The win gives Ng a third chance to go for a place in the men's professional world championship in the qualifying tournament at the Sheffield Institute of Sport in England next month.

    “As well as the title, the most important thing for me is that I have now qualified to play at the professional World Championship in Sheffield which I am really looking forward to,” said Ng.

    She lost in the first qualifying round on both her previous attempts to reach the showpiece, which will take place this year from April 21 to May 7 at the world-famous Crucible Theatre.

    “The first time there (in 2016) when I played Peter Lines I was so nervous about the atmosphere that I did not play well.

    “Last year against Nigel Bond I had more expectations, but I still didn't play well, so hopefully this year I can just enjoy the match.”

    -NAMPA/AFP

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  • 03/18/18--15:00: USA win sledge hockey gold
  • USA win sledge hockey goldUSA win sledge hockey gold The United States beat Canada with a dramatic overtime goal to win sledge hockey gold in Pyeongchang yesterday, a fitting finale to high-octane sporting action at the Winter Paralympics.

    The curtain was due to fall on the Paralympics at a closing ceremony in the evening, capping the nine-day Games that have featured sports ranging from vision-impaired skiing to wheelchair curling.

    Team USA topped the medals table, with a total of 36 medals including 13 golds.

    The Winter Paralympics broke records with ticket sales topping 340 000. Its other standout moments ranged from North Korea's debut to the many tales of disabled athletes fighting against the odds for sporting glory.

    The sledge hockey final was the most hotly anticipated showdown of the Games, as defending Paralympic champions the United States took on reigning world champions Canada.

    In the fast and furious sport, athletes with leg impairments are strapped into sledges and use two sticks to get around the rink and shoot.

    Canada dominated in the early stages of the game. Billy Bridges scored in the first period and it looked like the Canadians were heading for gold as USA were unable to break through their defences.

    But with just 37 seconds left on the clock, the USA's Declan Farmer scored to send the match into overtime. Three minutes into extra time, Farmer scored again to carry the USA to a 2-1 victory.

    It was the USA's third straight ice hockey gold at a Paralympics.

    “It was crazy... it was so close,” said Farmer after his side's victory.

    North Korea was also in focus at the Paralympics, with Pyongyang sending two sit-skiers to the Games in the South part of a major rapprochement that started at last month's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

    The athletes, Mu Yu Chol and Kim Jong Hyon, only began skiing three months ago and finished at or near the back of their two events, but were nevertheless welcomed by cheering South Korean fans.

    But the North's presence at the Paralympics was low-key compared to February's Games the two Koreas did not march together at the opening ceremony, as they did at the Olympics, and the North's athletes and their delegation left before the end of the Paralympics Sunday.

    Russia also loomed large at the Paralympics. Thirty Russians were allowed to compete but under a neutral flag as the country remains banned by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) due to a mass doping scandal.

    It echoes the situation at last month's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, where 168 Russian athletes passed as “clean” took part as neutrals only for two of them to fail doping tests.

    With 567 athletes competing at the Paralympics across six sports, there were numerous tales of triumph over adversity.

    Dutch snowboarder Bibian Mentel-Spee won two gold medals despite having had cancer surgery twice in recent months. American skier Oksana Masters born with multiple birth defects due to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster also won double gold.

    -NAMPA/AFP

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    Salah can pass Messi, insists KloppSalah can pass Messi, insists Klopp Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes comparisons between Mohamed Salah and Barcelona's five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi are premature, but that the Egyptian is on his way to one day becoming the best player in the world.

    Salah's stunning season continued with a four-goal haul in a 5-0 thrashing of Watford at Anfield to take his tally for the season to 36 on Saturday the most goals ever scored by a Liverpool player in their debut year at the club.

    Messi showed why he is still widely considered the world's best by scoring his 100th Champions League goal in tearing Chelsea apart in a 3-0 win on Wednesday.

    But Klopp believes Salah, 25, has time on his side to succeed Messi and Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo, both now in their thirties, as the world's best player.

    “I think Mo is on the way (to being the best in the world),” said Klopp.

    “I don't think Mo or anybody else wants to be compared with Lionel Messi. He is the one who is doing what he's doing for what feels like 20 years or so.”

    And Klopp challenged Salah to maintain the standards he has set this season in the manner Messi and Ronaldo have for the past decade.

    “As it always is in life, if you have the skills, you have to show that constantly, and consistently he is very good and he helps us a lot.”

    Salah even defied the slippery conditions of a snow storm as he weaved his way past Jose Holebas to slot home the opener after just four minutes.

    “Conditions were difficult. It was obviously slippery and everybody suffered, but not Mo in that situation. It was really special,” added Klopp. Liverpool had to wait until two minutes before half-time to double their advantage, but there was no surprise who was on the end of a sweeping team move as Salah got his second of the evening from Andy Robertson's inch-perfect cross.

    Watford have now lost nine and drawn one of their last 10 away games.

    And manager Javi Gracia admitted his side had been completely outclassed.

    “We know we play against one of the best teams in Europe at this moment and they were much better than us,” said the Spaniard.

    “We need to compete with the best 11 we can and it was not the best performance for us today.”

    Salah turned provider immediately after the break when his cross was wonderfully backheeled past Karnezis by Roberto Firmino.

    The Egyptian made it 4-0 with 13 minutes remaining as, despite falling over, he managed to slide the ball past Karnezis.

    And he then capped off a brilliant personal performance in the dying seconds, thrashing into the roof of the net after Karnezis had fumbled Danny Ings's shot.

    -NAMPA/AFP

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    Beaten England can bounce backBeaten England can bounce backJones insists team is still good Ireland have deposed England as Six Nations champions and are in second place in the global rankings behind world champions New Zealand. Eddie Jones said England's losing streak was a necessary part of their development ahead of the World Cup after a third straight defeat saw Ireland clinch a Grand Slam at Twickenham on Saturday.

    Already assured of the Six Nations title, Ireland stormed to just their third Championship clean sweep of all time with a 24-15 victory.

    England, the Six Nations kings in both 2016 and 2017, could have regained second spot with a victory but instead suffered a third successive defeat following away losses to Scotland and France as they were beaten at Twickenham for the first time under Australian coach Jones.

    And with Wales edging France 14-13 later Saturday, it meant England ended the Championship in a lowly fifth place their worst finish since they ended bottom of the old Five Nations in 1983.

    Following last week's 22-16 loss to France in Paris, Jones made seven changes in personnel the most radical shake-up of his reign as England coach. But they couldn't stop the losing streak.

    Jones, who has made no secret of wanting to win next year's World Cup with England, said it was better the setbacks happened now than at Japan 2019.

    “It is, unfortunately, something that you have to have because you never find out about yourself unless you have these runs,” he told reporters.

    “Every team I have had that has been a champion team has had these runs which have been instrumental in how you re-make a team,” added Jones, Australia's coach when they lost the 2003 World Cup final to England.

    The former Wallaby and Japan boss was appointed to his current post after tournament hosts England suffered the embarrassment of a first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup.

    England then set off on a winning run that only ended when Ireland denied them a Grand Slam in Dublin last year. Until last month, that was the only blot on Jones's England record, which now stands at 24 wins from 27 Tests with three defeats.

    “When you take over it is reasonably easy, like I did with England, it is quite easy to improve them quickly because you get fix certain things that need fixing quickly,” he said.

    “But internal mechanisms take time to fix and that is the slow burner. Unless you fix them they catch up with you when you get to the big tournaments such as the World Cup.

    “So for us it has been an enormously beneficial tournament if disappointing because we are finding out about how to be a better team.”

    Three converted tries from Garry Ringrose, CJ Stander and Jacob Stockdale put Ireland 21-5 up at the break and on the verge of a St Patrick's Day triumph.

    Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray added a penalty and while England's Elliot Daly scored an unconverted try in each half, with fellow wing Jonny May crossed in stoppage time, the visitors never looked like losing their grip in front of a capacity Twickenham crowd of more than 82 000.

    England were without injured powerhouse No 8 Billy Vunipola for the entire Six Nations and fellow back-row forwards Nathan Hughes, Courtney Lawes, Sam Underhill and Tom Curry were missing from the Ireland match.

    “We're playing without five top back-rowers and other injuries,” said Jones. “We have to get a greater depth to our squad that can play Test rugby.”

    Jones praised Ireland by saying: “They played exceptionally well and we just weren't good enough. They play to their strengths, with good resolve and are an excellent team.”

    -NAMPA/AFP

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  • 03/18/18--15:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day STEP INTO THE LIGHT: Lin Xiwei, a 36-year-old shoemaker from Putian, is dressed as a local deity as he performs the “eating flowers” ritual in Xiaohu, Baitang, in Fujian province, China. Working themselves into a trance, bare-chested men in eastern China lean into incandescent fountains of sparks to cleanse themselves of evil spirits and ensure a fortuitous new year. The spectacular scene takes place annually. PHOTO: NAMPA/AFP

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    Minister Schlettwein is wrongMinister Schlettwein is wrong We laud finance minister Calle Schlettwein for reducing taxes on lower income earns and increasing those for the higher income earners. This is fair and certainly equitable. The minister has described this a part of solidarity tax but has provided no details on how this money with contribute to reducing the gap between the rich and poor in this country, or how, if at all, it will reach the poorest of the poor.

    However, let us put that aside for now.

    Minister Schlettwein also indicated to the media that the increased sin tax is a “step in the right direction in achieving maximum yields from the affluent section of the society”.

    “We have also taxed consumables that are mostly used by the affluent… that is luxury goods, alcohol, tobacco and fuels,” he said. Prices of malt beer, ciders and alcoholic fruit beverages and sparkling wine were increased by 10% while on spirits, cigars, pipe tobacco, cigarette tobacco, cigarettes and unfortified wine, the increase is 8.5%, amongst others.

    The minister is wrong.

    Research from all over the world, including various publications by the World Health Organisation, indicate that there is a direct link between the use of tobacco and liquor, and poverty.

    In one study in Canada on the relationship between boozing and joblessness, researchers found that “increased poverty causes increased alcohol use and alcohol problems, and recent unemployment decreases alcohol use while longer unemployment increases it”.

    According to the WHO, “tobacco and poverty are inextricably linked. Many studies have shown that in the poorest households in many low-income countries, spending on tobacco products often represent more than 10% of total household expenditure.”

    In Namibia, these three products are weighted quite highly in the consumer basket as well.

    In terms of fuel – its inclusion is not understood at all. The poor are at the mercy of public transport and taxi and bus bosses while the affluent can choose which vehicle to purchase. If it is in terms of household fuels, the very same rule applies.

    In our humble view, the minister will find that even less money will go to food and children's needs as more of the poor's very little income, will be spent on alcohol and cigarettes. The link between the two, is a given.

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    Komphela left frustrated after stalemateKomphela left frustrated after stalemate KICKOFF



    Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela was left frustrated after dropping points against AmaZulu on Saturday.

    The Amakhosi recorded their 12th draw of the season after their 0-0 stalemate with Usuthu at the FNB Stadium.

    Komphela admitted that they found it tough to break down Cavin Johnson's charges.

    “The first 45 minutes, I thought they [AmaZulu] resisted quite well. They mirrored our game. We found it difficult to break them down. But the second half was completely different. We created a number of chances,” Komphela told SuperSport TV.

    “I thought if you can't win it in the run of play at least we could have got one in set-plays. We had more than enough chances.

    “In terms of how the game should be covered centrally, we had enough creativity on the wings we had depth, deep we had enough.

    “We had a game that had all the elements but nothing came through.

    “We're just unlucky that we didn't get a goal today.

    “We're tired of draws. It was a draw that was supposed not to happen. But it happens, what can you do you just have to take it and move on. It does dent your chances and gives hope to the ones above you. But we'll keep pushing on. It's very frustrating.”

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  • 03/18/18--15:00: Shikongo shines
  • Shikongo shinesShikongo shines JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA



    Ananias Shikongo proved why he is one of the world's Paralympics sprinting greats after scooping several medals at the International Athletics Championships in Dubai.

    Shikongo, alongside his guide Even Tjiviju, cruised to a gold medal in the final of the 100m T 11.

    Namibia Paralympics Committee secretary-general Michael Hamukwaya said: “Our aim was achieved for the race and we would like to thank the Namibian nation for the continued support.

    “It has been an amazing championship and looking forward to more competitions.”

    Shikongo and his guide also took on the 400m T11/12 race, where they won a bronze medal with a season's best time of 53.84s.

    Shikongo competed in the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. He won three medals, placing third in both the T11 100m and 400m sprints and coming first in the T11 200m.

    He won the 200m with a Paralympic record time of 22.44 seconds, making him the third Namibian athlete to win a medal at a Paralympic competition.

    The athlete and his team returned to Namibia over the weekend.

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    Omaheke NamPol through to Round of 32Omaheke NamPol through to Round of 32Prepare for Reds The Omaheke police football team will now have to battle Premier League outfit African Stars for a place in the last 16 of the NFA Debmarine Namibia Cup. Omaheke NamPol Football Club are through to the Round of 32 of the Debmarine Namibia Cup after defeating Swallows from Windhoek 5-4 on penalties after the game ended one-all in regular time.

    The game played at Gobabis's Legare Stadium saw the Omaheke regional winners pitted against Khomas regional winners to determine who proceed to the Round of 32.

    Omaheke NamPol will now face Namibia Premier League outfit African Stars.

    Speaking to Nampa on Saturday after the match, the public relations officer of Omaheke NamPol, Hiskia Mweshitumba said Swallows came prepared for the game and made it difficult for them.

    “Swallows had a good game plan and pressed us hard, but our defence stood firm and our fitness levels also carried us through a difficult match,” Mweshitumba said.

    He said this will not be the first time they play African Stars.

    “We will go out there and play our normal game. The boys need no motivation as the magnitude of the game define itself,” said Mweshitumba.

    NamPol scored the first goal in the second half off the boot of Henry 'Baba' Muvangua and Swallows equalised via a penalty by Pistsi Amseb to take the game to penalties.

    Omaheke NamPol showed nerves of steel and converted all five penalties. Swallows scored only four penalties as Amseb's penalty kick went wide.

    Meanwhile, the North-East First Division winner will be determined on Sunday through elimination matches which started on Friday at the Rundu Sports Stadium. The winner will face UNAM in the next round.



    Below the fixtures for Round 32 thus far:

    Dynamos vs Onathinge

    Real Fighters vs Eleven Arrows

    Khuse vs Tigers

    Tura Magic vs Mighty Gunners

    Space Age vs Khomas NamPol

    Chief Santos vs Reho Madrid

    Citizens vs Young Chiefs

    Once Again vs Rhino

    Omaheke NamPol vs African Stars

    Blue Waters vs Fresh United

    Golden Bees vs Life Fighters

    Orlando Pirates vs Once Again Football Academy

    Swakopmund vs Ohangwena NamPol

    Rundu Chiefs vs Civics

    Black Africa vs Young African (defending champions)

    The times, venues and order of the Round of 32 matches will be confirmed in due course.

    Teams competing will each receive N$20 000 to prepare for their matches.

    The two teams that reach the final will each receive N$30 000 to prepare for the title-deciding match on 26 May.

    -NAMPA

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  • 03/18/18--15:00: Homestead torched over N$400
  • Homestead torched over N$400Homestead torched over N$400Five huts destroyed in arson attack A squabble over N$400 caused a man to leave his five nieces and nephews homeless after he burned his brother's homestead to the ground. Five children were left homeless on Tuesday when their 24-year-old uncle allegedly torched all the huts in their homestead, destroying food and other belongings, because he was owed N$400 by his brother.

    The incident took place at Engela in the Ohangwena Region at around 15:00 when the suspect allegedly set alight five huts that burnt to the ground.

    He also broke into his brother's one-bedroom main house and set the assets in it alight.

    The suspect, Naftal Kapolo was arrested later and appeared on Friday in the Ohangwena Magistrate's Court on arson charges.

    Bail was denied and his matter postponed to 8 May.

    The homestead belongs to Kelvin Kapolo, who works for a mine in Swakopmund.

    According to Ohangwena police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Abner Itumba, Naftal said he carried out his dastardly act because his brother had not paid him for brick-making job he had completed.

    Attempts to get comment from Kelvin proved futile as his cellphone remain unanswered at the going to print.

    His sister, Lina, opened a criminal case on his behalf.

    According to a number of sources who spoke to Namibian Sun, Kelvin had instructed Lina to ask a boy in the neighbourhood to make bricks for him from ten bags of cement that were stored in his house.

    Lina instead asked Naftal, who made about 370 bricks with the assistance of a boy from the village.

    Kelvin was then informed by his sister that his brother was demanding his money.

    After Naftal was informed that Kelvin would only be paying him at the end of the month, he allegedly became frustrated and decided to burn down the huts and break into the main house and set alight its contents.

    When the community responded to the fire, there was nothing they could do apart from removing certain items from the house, which had not caught fire.

    “At least he could have taken things and sold them to get his money; he was not supposed to set the homestead alight.

    “We are not talking about village neighbours or strangers, but about people who share the same mother and father. No amount of anger should lead you to such acts,” an elderly villager said.

    Engela headman, Djemo Popyeinawa, said he is disappointed as things of this nature were putting his village in a bad light.

    Popyeinawa called for unity among his people and said there is no place for evil deeds in the country.

    He said that no Namibian should live in fear of his life or his assets being destroyed by a fellow citizen.

    “Blood was spilled for this country to be free and with freedom comes development.

    We need to invest our energy in things that are developing our country and not destroying it,” Popyeinawa said.

    He added that the village council will intervene in the matter to restore peace in the community and to ensure that everyone lives in harmony.

    He called on Namibians to assist the affected family.

    “The kids were left with nothing; their beds were destroyed as well as their clothes.



    KENYA KAMBOWE

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  • 03/18/18--15:00: /Gaseb feels the heat
  • /Gaseb feels the heat/Gaseb feels the heat Chief Immanuel /Gaseb of the !Oe-#Gan community in Okombahe has refused to comment on calls for him to step down, while also confirming his appeals to traditional councillors to urgently meet with him have fallen on deaf ears.

    “In fact, I tried to call them maybe ten times but I did not receive a reply. Maybe they do not want a meeting with me,” he said last week.

    A section of the traditional Damara community, over which the chief rules, handed over a letter to him on 9 March in which they said they have lost confidence in his leadership.

    They gave him until the end of the month to step down.

    The disgruntled community members lamented there are no prospects of economic advancement under /Gaseb's leadership and are calling on the traditional community to hold a general meeting to elect new leaders.

    They said the chief, who is also the acting chairperson of the Council of Traditional Leaders, has for 17 years failed to comply with the Traditional Authorities Act and customary law, including by not holding council and annual general meetings. Further allegations include that the chief failed to establish legislative authority structures, operated in vacuum and allegedly sold, donated and alienated communal land for private investors, without the consent of community. He is also accused of protracted absences from the community, while remote-controlling the traditional authority from a distance.

    /Gaseb refused to comment.

    “They mentioned lot of things but I cannot go down to their level in my position and therefore, I will not comment,” he emphatically said.

    He promised that the traditional authority council will meet as soon as possible - most likely over the weekend - and deliberate, after which he will give an appropriate response to the allegations.



    FRED GOEIEMAN

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  • 03/18/18--15:00: Botswana exporting power
  • Botswana exporting powerBotswana exporting powerNamibia, SA are buyers Botswana has been selling power to Namibia and South Africa Botswana is exporting power for the first time in 10 years, a far cry from the days when Africa’s biggest miner of diamonds was forced to import as much as 75% of its needs.

    State-owned Botswana Power started “limited” sales to the Southern African Power Pool’s auction platform, where regional utilities buy and sell electricity, CEO Stefan Schwarzfischer said in an interview on Thursday.

    Sales have been made possible by improved plant availability at the flagship 600MW Morupule B plant, which is now producing 450 megawatts and is expected to reach full capacity next month, Schwarzfischer said. Exports will rise to a targeted 100 megawatts once the 120MW Morupule A plant is put back online in July, following a six-year refurbishment programme, he said.

    Botswana’s problems started in 2008 when its main provider, South Africa’s Eskom, cut supplies citing a lack of power in its home market.

    Botswana fast-tracked the Morupule B plant in response, but it was beset with construction problems and machine failures.

    “Namibia and South Africa have been the buyers thus far through the SAPP platform,” Schwarzfischer said.

    “While we would want bilateral supply contracts, the countries we know could pay us don’t need it and those that need the power have problems paying.”

    -Fin24

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