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    'You strike a woman, you strike a rock''You strike a woman, you strike a rock' President Hage Geingob gave a moving yet succint eulogy to Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela today at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg today.
    "It is not surprising that one runs out of superlatives when describing this Rock of Soweto, this strong and fearless African woman. She exemplified the majesty of motherhood; on one hand, she was a staunch anti-apartheid
    activist and on the other hand, a solid rock of her family while her then husband, Comrade Nelson Mandela, was serving time on Robben Island. What distinguished her from her peers was that Comrade Winnie never
    elevated herself above the people. In her own words, she said “I am the
    product of the masses of my country and the product of my enemy”.
    He spoke at length of her fire and passion, and her determination to succeed in finding freedom for her people at all odds.
    And he reminded us all to honour our heroes while they are still alive.

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    'You strike a woman, you strike a rock''You strike a woman, you strike a rock' President Hage Geingob gave a moving yet succint eulogy to Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela today at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg today.
    "It is not surprising that one runs out of superlatives when describing this Rock of Soweto, this strong and fearless African woman. She exemplified the majesty of motherhood; on one hand, she was a staunch anti-apartheid
    activist and on the other hand, a solid rock of her family while her then husband, Comrade Nelson Mandela, was serving time on Robben Island. What distinguished her from her peers was that Comrade Winnie never
    elevated herself above the people. In her own words, she said “I am the
    product of the masses of my country and the product of my enemy”.
    He spoke at length of her fire and passion, and her determination to succeed in finding freedom for her people at all odds.
    And he reminded us all to honour our heroes while they are still alive.

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    'You strike a woman, you strike a rock''You strike a woman, you strike a rock' President Hage Geingob gave a moving yet succint eulogy to Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela today at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg today.
    "It is not surprising that one runs out of superlatives when describing this Rock of Soweto, this strong and fearless African woman. She exemplified the majesty of motherhood; on one hand, she was a staunch anti-apartheid
    activist and on the other hand, a solid rock of her family while her then husband, Comrade Nelson Mandela, was serving time on Robben Island. What distinguished her from her peers was that Comrade Winnie never
    elevated herself above the people. In her own words, she said “I am the
    product of the masses of my country and the product of my enemy”.
    He spoke at length of her fire and passion, and her determination to succeed in finding freedom for her people at all odds.
    And he reminded us all to honour our heroes while they are still alive.

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    'You strike a woman, you strike a rock''You strike a woman, you strike a rock' President Hage Geingob gave a moving yet succint eulogy to Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela today at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg today.
    "It is not surprising that one runs out of superlatives when describing this Rock of Soweto, this strong and fearless African woman. She exemplified the majesty of motherhood; on one hand, she was a staunch anti-apartheid
    activist and on the other hand, a solid rock of her family while her then husband, Comrade Nelson Mandela, was serving time on Robben Island. What distinguished her from her peers was that Comrade Winnie never
    elevated herself above the people. In her own words, she said “I am the
    product of the masses of my country and the product of my enemy”.
    He spoke at length of her fire and passion, and her determination to succeed in finding freedom for her people at all odds.
    And he reminded us all to honour our heroes while they are still alive.

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  • 04/15/18--16:00: Gymnasts off to Egypt
  • Gymnasts off to EgyptGymnasts off to Egypt Four junior Namibian gymnasts will be making their way to Cairo, Egypt, at the end of April.

    These gymnasts will be competing at the 14th African Gymnastics Championships for trampoline and rhythmic gymnastics. The championships also serve as the African qualification event for the upcoming Youth Olympic Games taking place in October in Argentina.

    Countries competing at the African championships are Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Cape Verde, South Africa and Namibia.

    The Namibian team will be accompanied by three officials playing their part as coaches and judges.

    The team members are Mea-Nine Olivier (Infinity RG), Shayna Schutte (Windhoek Rhythmic Club), Thalia Loviera (Walvis Bay Gymnastics Club) and Lance Potgieter (Walvis Bay Gymnastics Club.

    The accompanying officials are Vesselin Kostin (trampoline coach), Zlatka Todorova (rhythmic coach) and Britt Adonis (rhythmic judge).

    The Namibian Gymnastics Federation will be hosting the next leg of the African championships in Swakopmund during May. These championships will see men and women taking part in artistic gymnastics. The Namibian delegation that will take part in this event will be announced in due course.


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    Warriors improve FIFA rankingWarriors improve FIFA rankingMannetti delighted With many commotions happening in Namibian football, there is a glimpse of hope as the Warriors have improved their FIFA ranking. Namibia's senior football national team, the Brave Warriors, have moved up four places in the latest FIFA rankings.

    Namibia is now ranked 26th in Africa and 107th in the world after the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) released its rankings on Thursday.

    The improvement is based on the country's performances in the matches they have played this year.

    The team has played six games this year, winning three, drawing two and losing one.

    Namibia's last match was against Lesotho in Windhoek, with Mannetti's fielded youth squad defeating Lesotho 2-1.

    However, the Lesotho match was not on FIFA's calendar and did not influence the recent rankings.

    The Brave Warriors of Namibia exited the 2018 African Nations Championships (Chan) in the quarter-final after losing 2-0 to tournament host Morocco in January.

    The country however enjoyed a fair share of glory at the tournament after some fine football displays.

    Namibia entered the competition as underdogs and surprised football fans when they beat Group B favourites Ivory Coast 1-0 in their opening match.

    The local players, who have not enjoyed any active football for almost a year, went on to defeat Uganda in the second match with the same results and drew 1-1 with Zambia

    “It is a great thing for us to go up the rankings given the quality we displayed in Morocco.

    “I do believe that the team does deserve it and we have to push for more.

    “I am also happy with the commitment the boys have shown and I must say that is something wonderful for the team,” coach Ricardo Mannetti said.

    Namibia is scheduled to play Swaziland to celebrate the 50th birthday celebrations of King Mswati on 19 April.

    They will then resume their Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with a clash against Zambia at home in a match that was postponed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) from February to later this year or early next year.

    CAF postponed the matches to allow the five countries who qualified for the 2018 World Cup to prepare extensively.


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    NFA to request more information on Rukoro's suspensionNFA to request more information on Rukoro's suspension The Namibia Football Association (NFA) will seek more information on the suspension of its secretary-general, Barry Rukoro, by the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa).

    Cosafa suspended Rukoro for 90 days, pending an investigation into allegations of gross misconduct in relation to his reported attack on Cosafa president Philip Chiyangwa on 16 February in South Africa.

    NFA president Frans Mbidi said at a media conference at Football House on Thursday they would seek clarity on the nature of the charges levelled against Rukoro for the regional body.

    “An emergency committee meeting today [Thursday] we met and resolved to seek additional information on Rukoro's suspension from Cosafa as we feel that the information provided to us is insufficient,” he said.

    He added that they would seek a legal opinion on the issue before a full executive meeting on 28 April at Omuthiya to discuss the issue and decide on the way forward.

    Mbidi said the emergency committee met to discuss issues currently affecting the NFA, which included the non-renewal of Rukoro's contract and a motion of no confidence in him by the executive committee.

    At the same emergency committee meeting, Mbidi announced that Rukoro's employment contract was extended to 28 April by the emergency committee.

    A decision will be made by the full NFA executive committee meeting on 28 April.

    As recent as 6 April, Mbidi had been adamant that Rukoro's contract would not be renewed when it expired at the end of March, while the executive committee asked the secretary-general to stay put until the issue had been addressed by the full executive committee.

    The NFA president said they would also seek legal clarification on Rukoro's contract.

    Responding to rumours that he had played an active role in the suspension of Rukoro, Mbidi denied the accusations, saying he had no influence on the issue at Cosafa despite being vice-president of the regional body.

    “Rumours and rumourmongers will always be there. At no stage did I ever mention that I would use my position to influence decisions like this at Cosafa. I would never stoop that low,” he said. Mbidi said decisions made at the emergency committee meeting were collective and binding.

    The NFA emergency committee consists of Mbidi as chairperson, first vice-president Naftal Ngalangi and second vice-president Ludwig 'Crooks' Nunuheb.


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  • 04/15/18--16:00: Debmarine Cup week arrives
  • Debmarine Cup week arrivesDebmarine Cup week arrivesFootball fever in Windhoek and at the coast Football fans will be treated to a series of games this week as the NFA Debmarine Namibia Cup Round of 16 is set start this weekend. Walvis Bay's Kuisebmond Stadium and the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek will each host four 2018 Debmarine Namibia Cup Last 16 matches on Saturday.

    African Stars face Dynamos in Windhoek and Black Africa take on Khuse FC at the coast.

    After the draw for the Last 16 conducted last week, premiership giants Orlando Pirates will face Eleven Arrows and Blue Waters will take on Young Chiefs at the Kuisebmond Stadium in Walvis Bay.

    African Stars against Dynamos, and Once Again versus Civics FC, will form part of the festival at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

    The winners will advance to the quarterfinals set for 28-29 April. The 2018 Debmarine Namibia Cup semi-finals will be contested on 12-13 May and the final on 26 May.

    The overall winners will walk away with a cheque worth N$500 000 while the losing finalists receive N$250 000 and each losing semi-finalist will get N$150 000. All individual awards will amount to N$95 000. The tickets for the Debmarine Namibia Cup Last 16 will be available at Computicket for N$30 each.

    Here is the full draw for the 2018 Debmarine Namibia Cup Last 16 Round:

    Walvis Bay: Kuisebmond stadium

    Tura Magic vs Swakopmund (10:00)

    Khuse vs Black Africa (12:00)

    Blue Waters vs Young Chiefs (14:00)

    Eleven Arrows vs Orlando Pirates (16:00)

    Windhoek: Sam Nujoma stadium

    Khomas Nampol vs Golden Bees (12:00)

    Once Again vs Civics (14:00)

    African Stars vs Dynamos (16:00)

    Chiefs Santos vs Unam (18:00)


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    Trump claims victory in SyriaTrump claims victory in SyriaNot all 'chemical weapons' were hit Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticised the US for bombing Syria before the international team of experts had assessed the site of the so-called chemical weapons attack. US President Donald Trump on Saturday declared 'Mission Accomplished' for a US-led allied missile attack on Syria's chemical weapons programme, but the Pentagon said the pummelling of three chemical-related facilities left enough others intact to enable the Assad government to use banned weapons against civilians if it chooses.

    “A perfectly executed strike,” Trump tweeted after US, French and British warplanes and ships launched more than 100 missiles nearly unopposed by Syrian air defences. “Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!”

    His choice of words recalled a similar claim associated with President George W Bush following the US-led invasion of Iraq. Bush addressed sailors aboard a Navy ship in May 2003 alongside a “Mission Accomplished” banner, just weeks before it became apparent that Iraqis had organised an insurgency that tied down US forces for years.

    The night time Syria assault was carefully limited to minimise civilian casualties and avoid direct conflict with Syria's key ally, Russia, but confusion arose over the extent to which Washington warned Moscow in advance. The Pentagon said it gave no explicit warning. The US ambassador in Moscow, John Huntsman, said in a video, “Before we took action, the United States communicated with” Russia to “reduce the danger of any Russian or civilian casualties.”

    Dana White, the chief Pentagon spokesperson, said that to her knowledge no one in the defence department communicated with Moscow in advance, other than the acknowledged use of a military-to-military hotline that has routinely helped minimise the risk of US-Russian collisions or confrontations in Syrian airspace. Officials said this did not include giving Russian advance notice of where or when allied airstrikes would happen.

    Russia has military forces, including air defences, in several areas of Syria to support President Bashar Assad in his long war against anti-government rebels.

    'Act of aggression'

    Russia and Iran called the use of force by the United States and its allies a “military crime” and “act of aggression.” The UN Security Council met to debate the strikes, but rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the “aggression” by the three Western allies.

    Trump's UN ambassador, Nikki Haley, told the session that the president has made it clear that if Assad uses poison gas again, “the United States is locked and loaded”.

    Assad denies he has used chemical weapons, and the Trump administration has yet to present hard evidence of what it says precipitated the allied missiles attack: a chlorine gas attack on civilians in Douma on 7 April. The US says it suspects that sarin gas also was used.

    “Good souls will not be humiliated,” Assad tweeted, while hundreds of Syrians gathered in Damascus, the capital, where they flashed victory signs and waved flags in scenes of defiance after the early morning barrage. The strikes “successfully hit every target,” White told reporters at the Pentagon. The military said there were three targets: the Barzah chemical weapons research and development site in the Damascus area, a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs and a chemical weapons “bunker” a few miles from the second target.

    Although officials said the singular target was Assad's chemical weapons capability, his air force, including helicopters he allegedly has used to drop chemical weapons on civilians, were spared. In a US military action a year ago in response to a sarin gas attack, the Pentagon said missiles took out nearly 20% of the Syrian air force.

    As of Sunday, neither Syria nor its Russian or Iranian allies retaliated, Pentagon officials said.

    Western support

    The US-led operation won broad Western support. The NATO alliance gave its full backing; NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels that the attack was about ensuring that chemical weapons cannot be used with impunity.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the attack “necessary and appropriate”.

    In his televised address from the White House on Friday evening, Trump said the US was prepared to sustain economic, diplomatic and military pressure on Assad until the Syrian leader ends what Trump called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons. That did not mean military strikes would continue. In fact, General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no additional attacks were planned.

    Asked about Trump's “Mission Accomplished” assertion, White said it pointed to the successful targeting of three Syrian chemical weapons sites. What happens next, she said, is up to Assad and to his Russian and Iranian allies.

    Marine Lieutenant–General Kenneth F. McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, said the allied airstrikes “took out the heart” of Assad's chemical weapons arsenal. He said the missiles hit the “sweet spot,” doing the expected level of damage while minimising the unintentional release of toxic fumes that could be harmful to nearby civilians.

    When pressed, he acknowledged that some unspecified portion of Assad's chemical arms infrastructure was not targeted.

    “There is still a residual element of the Syrian programme that is out there,” McKenzie said, adding, “I'm not going to say they're going to be unable to continue to conduct a chemical attack in the future. I suspect, however they'll think long and hard about it.”

    Assad's Barzah research and development centre in Damascus was destroyed, McKenzie said. “It does not exist anymore.”

    A former officer in Syria's chemical programme, Adulsalam Abdulrazek, said Saturday the joint US, British, and French strikes hit “parts of but not the heart” of the programme. He said the strikes were unlikely to curb the government's ability to produce or launch new attacks. Speaking from rebel-held northern Syria, Abdulrazek told The Associated Press there were perhaps 50 warehouses in Syria that stored chemical weapons before the programme was dismantled in 2013.

    Vice-President Mike Pence, in Peru for a meeting of regional leaders, said “there will be a price to pay” involving military force if Syrian chemical weapons are used again.

    Syrian missiles fired after attack was over

    Disputing the Russian military's contention that Syrian air defence units downed 71 allied missiles, McKenzie said no US or allies missiles were stopped. He said Syria's air defences were ineffective and that many of the more than 40 surface-to-air missiles fired by the Syrians were launched after the allied attack was over. He said the US knew of no civilians killed by allied missiles.

    McKenzie said 105 US and allied missiles were fired, of which 66 were Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from aboard three US Navy ships and one Navy submarine. US, British and French attack aircraft, including two US Air Force B-1B strategic bombers, launched stealthy, long-range missiles from outside Syrian airspace, officials said.

    A global chemical warfare watchdog group, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said its fact-finding mission would go as planned in Douma.

    Russian leader Vladimir Putin reaffirmed the Kremlin's scepticism about the allies' Douma claim, saying Russian military experts had found no trace of the attack. He criticised the US and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for international inspectors to complete their visit to the area.

    But British Prime Minister Theresa May said there was little doubt the Syrian government used a barrel bomb - large containers packed with fuel, explosives and scraps of metal - to deliver the chemicals at Douma. “No other group” could have carried out that attack, May said, adding that the allies' use of force was “right and legal.”


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    Aalongi yamwe yeli omafudho  guuwehame omasiku 730Aalongi yamwe yeli omafudho guuwehame omasiku 730 Okwa dhidhililwa kutya aaniilonga yamwe muuministeli welongo otaya futwa oondjambi dhawo dhuudha nonando oye li momafudho guuwehame uule woomvula oombali, shoka osha monika mo, sha landula omakonaakono ngoka taga ningwa koshikondo shoka, onga oonkambadhala dhoku vudhamo uulingilingi moshikondo. Omakonaakono ngoka ga ningilwa oshikondo shokufuta oondjambi dhaaniilonga muuministeli welongo, ngoka ga ningwa miitopolwa 14 moshilongo, oga holola kutya kape na shoka hashi ningwa uuna aaniilonga yamwe ya yi momafudho omaleeleka.

    Iipotha yimwe ongaashi kutya omuniilonga okwa yi mefudho mo 2016, ihe oha futwa ondjambi ye yuudha sigo onena.

    Omupeha Minista gwelongo, Anna Nghipondoka okwa popi ngaaka pethimbo a ningi omutumba naakomeho yelongo, aakuluntuskola, aataleli yiikandjoyelongo oshowo akuthimbinga ayehe moshikondo shelongo ya yooloka.

    Nghipondoka okwa ningi omutumba ngoka pehala lyaMinista Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, mOngwediva mEtiyali.

    Hanse-Himarwa okwa tothamo omandopo giilonga ngoka ga dhidhilikwa pethimbo lyomakonaakono ngoka ga ningilwa oshikondo shoondjambi muuministeli moka.

    Minista okwa popi kutya okwa dhidhilikwa kutya ope na ompumbwe yokuninga omatokolo okuza kaakuthimbinga melongo ayehe, mwa kwatelwa aakomeho yooskola, aakomeho yelongo, aanambelewa yoonzo dhopantu ngele tashi kaaniilonga mboka ye li momafudho omaleeleka.

    “Otwa mona oshipotha shomuniilonga ngoka e li mefudho lyuuwehame okutameka mo 2016, na oha mono owala ondjambi ye yuutha sigo onena.”

    Okwa tsikile kutya omathimbo gamwe iipotha mbyoka ohayi lotwa komalelo gomondjila ihe kape na shoka hashi ningwa, omanga aakuluntuskola yamwe po ya ndopa okulopota iipotha mbyoka.

    Hanse-Himarwa okwa popi kutya onkalo ndjoka kayi li mondjila molwaashoka pehulilo lyesiku aanona oyo taya mono iihuna, nokweetitha endopo mooskola.

    Omakonaakono oga dhidhilike woo elongitho pambambo lyiimaliwa yoshigwana mokati kaaniilonga yamwe po miitopolwa itatu.

    “Onda hala oku mu tseyithila kutya otwa katukila oonkatu aaniilonga mboka, na otwa patulula woo iipotha yomiyonena.”

    Okwa tsu omukumo opo aaniilonga ya kale haya lopota kehe shoka taya konene tashi ningwa sha puka.

    Okwa popi kutya otaku tulwa omulandu gwekondololo lyiifuta, moka ombelewa yaakomeho yelongo tayi ka kala nokugandja olopota kaakuluntuskola kombinga yomafuto goondjambi dhaaniilonga pooskola, naakuluntuskola taya ka pumbwa okuudhitha olopota ndjoka nokuyi shunitha. Elalakano opo ku yandwe efuto lyoondjambi iikando yi vulithe pushimwe.

    Hanse-Himarwa natango okwa pula opo aakomeho yelongo naanambelelwa aakuluntu yelongo ya kale nokutalela po ooskola adhihe miitopolwa, nokukwashilipaleka kutya aaniilonga otaya gwanitha po iilonga yawo ngaashi tashi pumbiwa.

    Nonando omukalo ngoka otagu ka hwahwameka elongitho lyiimaliwa momalweendo, pethimbo mpoka uuministeli tawu kambadhala noonkondo na owa hala okushunitha pevi elongitho lyiimaliwa, naku kongwe omukalo gwomondjila ngoka tagu vulu okulongithwa pwaahena elongitho lyiimaliwa oyindji.

    Natango minista okwa pula aataleli yelongo ya hwahwameke ooprograma dhomayambulepo mooskola unene ooprograma dhopankatu yopashigwana , nokukwashilapaleka ekondololo lyiinyangadhalwa mbyoka kwa tegelelwa yi longwe mooskola.

    Aanambelelwa mboka naya kwashilipaleke woo kutya aaniilonga otaya longo shili.


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  • 04/15/18--16:00: Omilandu dhemino lyevi
  • Omilandu dhemino lyeviOmilandu dhemino lyevi Omukalo gwaatungi haya futu ooyene yomapya opo ya vule okumina omavi okuza momapya gawo kagu shi oshimbuluma, ihe uuminsteli womidhingoloko owa popi kutya omukalo ngoka ogwa pumbwa okutalika meendelelo.

    Omolwa omaipumo mumwe gomilandu pokati kuuministeli uwali, uuministeli womidhongoloko oshowo mboka wiilonga, oonkatu dhopaveta otadhi vulu okukatukilwa aantu mboka taya kutha omavi shaaheli paveta unene miitopolwa yomonooli yoshilongo.

    MuKotomba gwomvula ya piti, omahangano taga longo ondjila yeshina lyokolutenda monooli oga pewa elombwelo opo ga filepo omalambo ngoka ga fulu momapya gaantu nokuga thiga inaga filwa po konima sho ga mini evi momapya ngoka, pwaahena epitikilo.

    Shoka osha ningwa, sho omuhwahwameki gwiikumungu yevi, Job Amupanda a nyenyeta kombinga yoshikumungu shoka sha etitha uuminiteli womidhingoloko wu ninge omakonaakono, noshizemo osha etitha aatungi mboka yapewe elombwelo opo ya file omalambo ngoka. Aatungi oya pewa sigo omasiku 30 gaMaalitsa yiiyuthe kelombwelo ndyoka, nenge ya taalele oonkatu dhopaveta.

    Elombwelo ndyoka olya e ta woo pehulilo omukalo ngoka gwa kala tagu longithwa kaatungi unene monooli, opo ya fute ooyene yomapya yo taya mini evi pwaahena ezimino lyepangelo.

    Omunambelewa muuministeli womidhingoloko, Ipeinge Mundjulu okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya aatungi mboka ya li ya pewa elombwelo, oya yamukula netsokumwe ndyoka ye na nuuministeli wiilonga.

    Mundjulu okwa popi kutya patsokumwe ndyoka, ope na omikalo dhopaali.

    Omukalo ndhoka odha popiwa kutya omutungi ota file omalambo ngoka konima sho a mana emino lye, nenge otayi moonkundathana namwene gwepya opo omalambo ngoka ga kalepo.

    Mundjulu okwa popi kutya kwiikwatelelwa komatsokumwe ngoka, nena uuministeli itawu vulu okukatuka oonkatu dhopaveta.

    “Aatungi oye ya kombelewa yetu na otwa kundathana kombinga yonkalo ndjoka. Oye tu tseyithile kombinga yomulandu ngoka twa li inatu tseya,” Mundjulu a popi.

    Okwa tsikile kutya aatungi mboka oya popi kutya elongo lyomalambo ngoka kage shi oshitopolwa shomatsokumwe, na ke ye na iimaliwa yokulonga iilonga mbyoka uuna ya thigi po omalambo, nena okwa gandjwa omayele opo uuministeli wiilonga pamwe noRoads Authority ya gandje iimaliwa yokulonga omalambo ngoka.

    Okwa popi kutya otaya ningi oompangela dhokukandula po omukundu ngoka na oya yi mekwatathao nuuministeli wiilonga oshowo ehangano lyoRoads Authority.


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    Badminton great Lee eyes 2020Badminton great Lee eyes 2020 Malaysian badminton great Lee Chong Wei said he hopes to wring one more Olympics from his creaking body after signing off from the Commonwealth Games with a third singles gold on Sunday.

    The 35-year-old roared back from behind to beat India's new world number one Kidambi Srikanth a decade his junior 19-21, 21-14, 21-14, after Saina Nehwal saw off fellow Indian P.V. Sindhu in the women's final.

    Lee, approaching the end of one of badminton's great careers, remains without an Olympic gold, but he said he hoped to have one more shot at Tokyo 2020.

    He said he will not be back at another Commonwealths, and when asked by AFP if he would go for gold in 2020, Lee replied: “I don't know, year to year I will play first because now I'm very scared of injuries.

    “After this year finishes I will see in the second year and if I can keep fit, I will play in Tokyo 2020.

    “If not, I think I will stop.”

    An overcome Lee collapsed on his back with his hands over his face as he made it a Commonwealth hat-trick to add to a trophy haul that also includes three Olympic silvers.

    But he predicted a bright future for Srikanth, who only reached the top ranking on Thursday and beat Lee in the mixed-team final to seal gold for India.

    Srikanth went some way to justifying his lofty ranking as he raced ahead 21-19 in the first game of the final on Australia's Gold Coast.

    Lee, currently ranked seventh in the world, stormed back in the second to take it 21-14, then stepped up another gear to clinch the decider by the same emphatic score.

    In the tense, all-Indian women's final, Delhi 2010 winner Nehwal grabbed her second gold against the younger and higher-ranked Sindhu, the Rio 2016 silver medallist.

    Nehwal, 28, a poster girl of Indian sport, saw off her rival 21-18, 23-21 and said the gold was up there with her London 2012 Olympic bronze and her number one world ranking in 2015.

    “It was a very pressurised tournament, a lot of top competition from the Malaysians, it was a very challenging tournament,” said Nehwal, who had heavy strapping on her right shin and revealed afterwards she had been playing through pain throughout the competition.

    “Much more tough (than 2010) because the pressure is always there when you already have gold, so there is a lot more expectation.

    “It's a very emotional moment because I've been waiting for one good, big victory after that disappointing (second-round) loss at Rio where I had to retire because of my injury and had to go through surgery.”


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    Inter Milan miss chance to go thirdInter Milan miss chance to go thirdAtalanta move up to eighth Torino pushed for the late winner with an Adem Ljajic effort cleared, leaving the visitors 10th six points off the Europa League places with six games left this season. Inter Milan were held to a goalless draw at Atalanta on Saturday, missing the chance to move third and back into the Champions League places ahead of AS Roma and Lazio.

    Juventus and Napoli are on course for the first two Champions League places with three teams fighting for the two remaining with Inter, Roma and Lazio now all on 60 points.

    Inter have now gone three matches without a win and remain fifth with Lazio and Roma going head to head in the Roman derby at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

    Atalanta dominated the first half with Papu Gomez missing an early chance sending the ball wide after five minutes.

    Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic did well to clear a Musa Barrow header, with Ivan Perisic denied by Atalanta's Etrit Berisha after half an hour. Inter got more into their stride in the second half with Mauro Icardi setting up Perisic only for Hans Hateboer to slide in to block.

    Atalanta showed signs of fatigue late in the game but held off as Inter pushed for the winner with Perisic and Roberto Gagliardini both off target.

    Torino also suffered a setback in their push for European football next season with a goalless draw at 10-man Chievo to end their three-match winning streak.

    Defender Mattia Bani was sent off two minutes from time for a foul on Kevin Bonifazi, but the side from Verona held on to earn a precious point in their battle against relegation.

    A minute's silence was held before the game for Italian defender Sauro Toma, the only surviving member of the legendary Grande Torino football team, who died on Tuesday aged 92.

    He escaped the Superga air disaster due to a knee injury on May 4, 1949, when the flight returning from a friendly game in Lisbon crashed killing all his teammates.

    Both sides had chances to break the deadlock with Torino's Daniele Baselli's searing effort flying wide, while Chievo's Fabrizio Cacciatore missed when alone in front of an open goal after 75 minutes.

    Torino lost Nicolas Nkoulou to a muscular problem with Bani's header from a corner flying over the bar.

    Chievo are three points above the drop zone, with relegation rivals Cagliari jumping ahead after condemning Udinese to a ninth straight defeat.

    Kevin Lasagna had put Udinese ahead after 10 minutes in Sardinia but Leonardo Pavoletti pulled the hosts level on 21 minutes.

    Defender Luca Ceppitelli headed in the winner six minutes from time to secure a vital 2-1 win for Cagliari, who are a point behind Udinese, and push them five points clear of the bottom three.

    “It's a mental issue. This team is afraid of losing and when it goes in front gets afraid of an equaliser. It's afraid of everything,” said Udinese coach Massimo Oddo.

    A first-half Daniel Bessa header gave Genoa a 1-0 win at home which ended Crotone's revival after last week's victory over Bologna.

    Genoa midfielder Iuri Medeiros had seemingly earned an early penalty but was instead booked for simulation after his dive was seen by the video assistant referee.

    But Medeiros then set up Bessa for the only goal after 28 minutes, to all but assure Genoa of another season in the top flight.


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    China ita kolonyeke Afrika palikoChina ita kolonyeke Afrika palikoChina ota yambidhidha meyambukepo lyaAfrika Ombelewa yOmukalelipo gwaChina moNamibia, oya popi kutya ethimbo lyekolonyeko lyaAfrika olya pwa ko, niilongo yaAfrika ngashiingeyi otayi tokola yoyene kutya oshike tashi kala muuwanawa wawo. Pethimbo lyoonkundathana a ningi noshifokundaneki shoNamibian Sun, Li okwa popi kutya China ina hala okukwatako Afrika.

    “Iilongo yaAfrika oyi shi shoka oshiwanawa naashoka oshiwinayi.”

    Okwa tsikile kutya oshilongo shawo inashi kolonyeka Afrika na oya kala owala nokugandja omakwatho kuAfrika okuza moomvula dho 1960, oshowo pethimbo lyopaife sho ya yambukapo otaya vulu okuninga oshindji.

    Pahapu dhaLi, China oshilongo shawo otashi yambidhidha enkondopeko lyiilongo yaAfrika nokugandja eyambidhidho.

    Okwa popi kutya omalundilo taya ningilwa kutya otaya kwatako iilongo yaAfrika, inaga taambiwa ko kuNamibia.

    Li, okwa popi ngaaka ta yamukula koohapu dhamushanga nale gwaAmerika, Rex Tillerson, ngoka a kunkilile iilongo yaAfrika kombinga yetaambeko lyomikuli dhaChina.

    Okwa popi kutya kutya iilongo nayi kale ya kotoka uuna tayi taamba omikuli dhaChina, nokukonaakona omatsokumwe ngoka.

    “Omapungulo gaChina kage lilepo okuthitika omwaka gwiikwaniipangitho yaAfrika ihe omikuli dhoka odha etitha iilongo oyindji yi ye muupyakadhi woongunga, oshowo oompito dhiilonga oonshona miilongo mbyoka,” Tillerson a popi.

    Li okwa popi kutya ope na omalundilo ogendji taga ningilwa China kwaamboka ye li ompinge noshilongo shoka, ihe China ota ningi owala shoka shi li mondjila.

    Li okwa tsikile kutya: “Ito vulu okulundila oshilongo shimwe molwaashoka otashi kwathele yakwawo. Shoka kashi shi ombepo yuukumwe yoHarambee ngaashi tayi popiwa. Kashi shi wo ombepo yelongelokumwe lyopaigwana.”

    Pahapu dhaLi, muule woomvula 28 dha piti, China okwa gandja omayambidhidho gongushu yoobiliyona 6 kuNamibia.

    Okwa tsikile kutya omadhimbo gamwe omikuli ohadhi gandjwa kadhi na iishoshela, ihe nonando ongaaka shoka osha ngambekwa.


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    Itaku popilwa omadhengo gaakiintuItaku popilwa omadhengo gaakiintu Omanga Aanamibia oyendji taya popi kutya kape na shoka tashi gandja omatompelo opo aalumentu ya kale taya dhenge aakiintu, aalumentu yamwe po yomiitopolwa yokomikunda oye na eitaalo kutya edhengo lyaakiintu olya pumbiwa ethimbo limwe.

    Iizemo yomakonaakono goAfrobarometer mbyoka ya pitithwa koInstitute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) oya holola kutya oopreenda 84 dhAaNamibia itadhi popile edhengo lyaakiintu.

    “Nonando otaku lopotwa oolopota dhomamonitho giihuna gaakiintu moNamibia kehe esiku, oopresenda 71 dhAaNamibia odhi wete kutya epangelo otali kondjo mokuya moshipala iimbuluma mbyoka,” olopota yoIPPR ya holola.

    Nonando omwaalu omunene gwaakwashigwana itagu popile edhengo lyaakiintu, oopresenda 12 dhaalumentu unene aakalimo yomomikunda oya popi kutya edhengo lyaakiintu olya pumbiwa ethimbo limwe. Oopresenda 83 dhaalumentu mboka ya ningilwa omapulo odha popi kutya kape na omatompelo gasha ngoka taga popile edhengo lyaakiintu.

    Oopresenda omuyogi dhaakiintu mboka ya ningilwa omapulaapulo pethimbo lyomakonaakono ngoka oya popile edhengo lyaakiintu omathimbo gamwe, omanga oopresenda 84 itaya popile edhengo lyaakiintu.

    Oopresenda 71 odha holola kutya elongitho lyiikolitha olyo unene tali hwahwameke omamonitho giihuna niimbuluma yomadhengo mboka tayi ningilwa aakiintu.

    Natango oopresenda 67 odha popi kutya, iimbuluma yoludhi ndoka otayi hwahwamekwa woo konkalo yokwaahena iilonga.

    Oopresenda 6 odha popi kutya, oluhepo nalo otalu dhana onkandangala monkalo ndjoka, omanga okwaahathike pamwe momakwatathano gopaihole nako taku etitha onkalo ndjoka, pamaiyuvo goonakuningilwa omapulaapulo ya kalelapo oopresenda 49.

    Oopresenda 23 dha popi kutya euveko lyopamuthigululwakalo nalyo otali dhana onkandangala miimbuluma yomadhengo gaakiintu.


    Oopresenda 60 dhAaNamibia mboka ya ningilwa omapulaapulo koAfrobarometer oya popi kutya, egwedhelo lyomwaalu gwaanapaliamende aakiintu otashi kwathele mekondjitho lyiimbuluma mbyoka taya ningilwa aakiintu.

    Oopresenda 12 odha popi kutya aakiintu mboka yeli momutumba gwopaliamende otaya ningi omalunduluko omanga oopresenda 24 dha popi kutya itaya ningi omalunduluko gasha.

    Aantu yaheyali yomaantu omulongo mboka ya ningilwa omapulo oya popi kutya aanapolotika naya dhane onkandangala momutumba gwopashigwana nokukwashilipaleka kutya okwa ningwa ekuthombinga li thikepamwe pokati kaakiintu naalumentu pethimbo lyomahogololo gomutumba gwopashigwana oshowo omalelo giitopolwa.

    Oopresenda 68 dhAaNamibia odhi na omaiyuvo kutya aakiintu naya pewe oompito dhithike pamwe naandhoka tadhi pewa aalumentu ngele tashi ya komalelo gomoombelewa papolotika.

    Ongundu yoAfrobarometer oNamibia otayi kwatelwa komeho koIPPR omanga oSurvey Warehouse, yaningile omapulaapulo AaNamibia ya thika po-1 200 muNovemba gwomvula ya piti.

    Afrobarometer ehangano lyomapekaapeko lyopan-African research network, ndyoka hali ningi omapekaapeko miikumungu ya yooloka.


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    Fiala on target as Predators down AvalancheFiala on target as Predators down Avalanche Kevin Fiala scored a goal and an assist as the Nashville Predators took a grip on their Stanley Cup playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday with a 5-4 victory.

    The Predators last year's beaten Stanley Cup finalists now lead the best-of-seven Western Conference series 2-0 as they head to Colorado for game three on Monday.

    Nashville were made to work hard for Saturday's win, however, with Colorado taking a deserved lead in the first period through Gabriel Bourque.

    The Predators came roaring back in the second period however, with Fiala launching the fight back with the team's opening goal to make it 1-1.

    Viktor Arvidsson and Ryan Johansen then scored to put Nashville in control at 3-1, but Nathan MacKinnon reduced the deficit for Colorado with the final goal of the period.

    Austin Watson put Nashville 4-2 up early in the third period but Gabriel Landeskog finished from a MacKinnon assist to keep the Avalanche in the hunt.

    The decisive blow came when Ryan Hartman scored to put the Predators 5-3 ahead, and although Alexander Kerfoot scored a consolation with 36 seconds left, it was too little too late.

    Nashville forward Johansen said the Predators' failure to kill off Colorado decisively earlier in the game should be a wake-up call.

    “They've got a lot of young skill over there that can make you pay,” Johansen said. “We find a way to get a lead and they were resilient and ended up crawling back into the game. We've got to make sure we close out games better.”

    Colorado, meanwhile, were left ruing their failure to build on their early lead.

    “We were in the game and had a couple of great chances to extend the lead in the first or second,” forward Mikko Rantanen said. “It's disappointing.”

    Elsewhere Saturday, the Tampa Bay Lightning also took a 2-0 lead in their series with a 5-3 win over the New Jersey Devils.

    Alex Killorn scored twice for the Lightning, while Andrei Vasilevskiy made 41 saves in the Eastern Conference first-round clash.


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    Brazier seals debut rugby gold for NZBrazier seals debut rugby gold for NZ Kelly Brazier's sudden-death try from inside her own half sealed a thrilling victory for New Zealand over Australia in the inaugural Commonwealth Games women's rugby final on Sunday.

    In the first period of extra time, Brazier fended off an opponent and burst through a flagging defence to clinch it 17-12, sparking joyous celebrations as the Kiwis avenged their 2016 Olympic final defeat to the Australians.

    The Kiwis, who overcame a mumps scare before the competition, led 12-0 early but had to withstand a powerful comeback from the Australians, who took the final into extra time at 12-12.

    Portia Woodman outsprinted the Australian defence to open the scoring midway through the opening half to put New Zealand ahead.

    The Kiwis stretched the Olympic champions' defence and Gayle Broughton manoeuvred space for Michaela Blyde to cross on the hooter for a 12-0 half-time lead.

    Australia got back into the contest when Emilee Cherry scored near the posts to trail 12-7, before Ellia Green beat a last-ditch Blyde tackle to lock up the game.

    The final went into sudden-death and Brazier's winning try came near the end of first extra period.

    England hung on to beat Canada 24-19 in the bronze medal match after leading 19-5 at half-time.


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  • 04/15/18--16:00: Tough guy with a soft heart
  • Tough guy with a soft heartTough guy with a soft heartHorses on fire Russell at last cracked the world's greatest steeplechase at the 14th attempt. NAMPA/AFP

    Davy Russell's first thoughts after recording his greatest win in a thrilling Grand National were not for himself but for fellow jockey Pat Smullen, recently diagnosed with a tumour.

    "This one is for Pat Smullen," he said. "The man is tough as nails so this one's for Pat," said the 38-year-old.

    His tough-guy image earned him the wrong type of headlines when he was caught on camera last August punching a horse who was having trouble in lining up for a race - he earned a four-day ban for that offence.

    "There was no anger involved," he said at his hearing.

    "There was no malice. I had no anger towards the filly. It was a matter of trying to get her back under control and trying to get her to pay attention."

    However, such blows have only energised Russell to bounce back and it is ironic that Tiger Roll is owned by Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary, who delivered the biggest hit to his career five years ago.

    Over a cup of tea, O'Leary told Russell he was sacked as his retained jockey after a series of what he believed were below-par rides.

    Many a jockey in such a perilous sport, where serious injury can be just one fall away, would have walked away but Russell stuck in there.

    "When we parted he could have easily gone in a huff, given up," said O'Leary.

    "He went back, he had one or two tough years and built himself back up.

    "Davy's career has been up and down, characterised by periods of great talent and achievement but also fallow periods. And it's the way he keeps coming back and back again."

    Russell, though, is a sentimental soul as well -- his post-race celebration of stretching out his arms and his hands shaking is he says taken from a film about rodeo riders called "8 Seconds" which is the way one of the protagonists bids farewell to a rival who dies.

    Russell is never one to fete himself in victory.

    After a big win at Cheltenham last month, he sang the praises of his recently deceased mother and he paid tribute to her again on Saturday.

    "She was a marvellous woman, who got me up at six in the morning and would drive me round the country," he said.

    His father too got a mention as well though for his inadvertent role in stirring dreams of National glory in his son.

    "The only time I ever enjoyed scooping up the grass when my father cut it was in the spring and I would make it into National fences," said Russell.

    "I won the National a thousand times."

    On Saturday those dreams became reality but ever the realist he accepted what could have been the flip side had Pleasant Company got up to edge him out.

    "If I'd finished second, I'd be a long ways out of the racecourse by this stage, disappointed with myself.

    "But I didn't and I'm here and everybody wants to talk to me."

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  • 04/15/18--16:00: Paulus launches boxing gym
  • Paulus launches boxing gymPaulus launches boxing gym Immanuel 'Imms' Paulus launched his African Connection (AC) Boxing Sports and Entertainment Gymnasium in Windhoek on Thursday.

    Paulus, who has worked with former world champions Paulus 'The Hitman' Moses, Julius 'Blue Machine' Indongo and Paulus 'The Rock' Ambunda, said he opened the gym to empower boxers and improve their working conditions.

    “AC Boxing Gym is for all boxers and trainers to utilise at any time. We will put the boxers first, we are creating a platform for trainers and fighters to work in a conducive environment,” Paulus said.

    He said they already had four trainers and 20 registered young boxers, while several professional boxers were being accommodated on a contract basis. Boxers would also be allowed to bring their own trainers to use the facilities.

    The experienced boxing coach, who is also a matchmaker, added that members of the public were welcome to use the gym for fitness training.

    Furthermore, there will be a boxing management service run by Knowledge Ipinge.

    This division offers career development, preparing boxers for life after boxing, creating and marketing boxers' profiles, and sourcing endorsements and sponsorship opportunities for boxers.

    Speaking at the same occasion, the chairperson of the Namibia Professional Wrestling and Boxing Control Board, Ellison Hijarunguru, said Paulus's coming up with a facility of that quality was a welcome development.

    “It is good to have this kind of facility in our country to develop talents. We salute Paulus for this task. You have to have a quality boxing gym to develop talent before creating a world champion.”

    Hijarunguru added that as a controlling body, they would offer support to any individual willing to improve the sport in the country.

    Until last year, Paulus was working as a boxing trainer for the Nestor Tobias Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy.

    Paulus has been involved in boxing for the last 17 years and also has the only boxing show on radio in Africa, on a local private station.


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  • 04/15/18--16:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day IT IS OURS NOW: A miner carries a load of ore at Manzou Farm, owned by Grace Mugabe, wife of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, in Mazowe, Zimbabwe. Local media reported that illegal gold miners in Zimbabwe have seized a farm belonging to former first lady Grace Mugabe, just four months after former President Robert Mugabe was ousted from power. PHOTO: NAMPA/AFP

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