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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    May Day media attack ruffles feathersMay Day media attack ruffles feathersMbumba accused of being 'over the top' An analyst says the government has become less tolerant towards the media lately. Vice-president Nangolo Mbumba's speech, delivered on his behalf at a Worker's Day event in Khorixas, has raised eyebrows, specifically with regard to comments he made about the media.

    Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) executive director Graham Hopwood expressed concern that Mbumba's speech, delivered by agriculture minister Alpheus !Naruseb, will set the tone for the government's approach in the run-up to next year's general elections.

    “The vice-president's reaction to criticism appears to be over the top and is worrying. He should welcome and participate in debates around policy. False arguments put forward by his critics can always be rebutted and government has many platforms through which to do this, including the state-owned media and social networks.”

    Hopwood said critical commentary and analysis of government policies are both necessary and normal in a democracy. He said serious critical engagement and debate was vital if Namibia was to have well-honed and effective policies.

    According to him no sector of Namibian society should be expected to be automatically loyal or supportive of government.

    “At the same time criticisms that are based on falsehoods or that are essentially just insults can be easily dismissed.”

    Hopwood said government has become less tolerant towards the media these days.

    “To use a favourite phrase of the President Hage Geingob, 'government should play the ball and not the man'. So government should dismiss and disprove questionable claims and arguments and not issue blanket condemnations of the media or label whole sectors of the Namibian society.”

    Referring to the recent legal battle between the Namibia Central Intelligence Service and The Patriot newspaper, Hopwood said it was surprising that nobody senior in government attempted to stop the case from going ahead.

    “It is bound to be embarrassing for Namibia internationally and lower the country's standings on the press freedom rankings.”

    Mbumba said in his speech a classic example of side-tracking from the core mandate of pursuing economic freedom in Namibia is the current fruitless discourse of heaping the blame for all that's economically wrong on the government.

    He said this has been advanced by a “small yet media-connected coterie of politically opportunistic people”, who seemed to have vowed to target the government and denounce it as everything but good and competent, “until it is brought down”.

    “Together with some media houses, and on Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter forums, this group has been chronically painting the sitting president in very dark colours. Under the disguise of the freedom of speech, they daily and weekly harangue, ridicule and character assassinate the character and the integrity of the sitting president, government and the ruling party, by misleadingly rehashing old stories or contriving fake news, to foster widespread hatred and discontent among the general Namibian populace.

    “Through their actions they openly display their rejection of government's agenda for an inclusive, poverty free, transparent and prosperous peaceful Namibian House in which all Namibians have a stake,” Mbumba said.

    Editors' Forum of Namibia (EFN) chairperson Joseph Ailonga told Namibian Sun the sentiments expressed towards the media by Mbumba were very unfortunate.

    He pointed out that Namibia had already slipped to second place in Africa on the global press freedom index compiled Reporters Without Borders, after being number one on the continent for five years.

    “It is bad when we take a position on the media or some media, without naming them, as this does creates an impression that all media is bad. Take issue with those media houses instead of labelling the media in such a light which makes it look like an attack on Namibian media without any facts.”

    Ailonga said everyone is entitled to freedom of speech, however, just like the press notes the consequences of unethical freedom of speech and that it can be abused, politicians should do the same.

    He said the fact that Namibia has dropped in the press freedom rankings means that there might be threats to freedom of speech in the country.

    “We ask that the vice-president engage us to highlight the media houses that are degrading the president's name or are being political.”

    Ailonga said Mbumba can also engage with the Media Ombudsman on the matter.

    He said the statements made by Mbumba towards the media are accusations that require proof and only then can it be dealt with.

    “We can all disagree on modalities, but provide the facts or evidence such as names of those media houses, the articles being referred to and so forth.”

    Asked whether there is any truth in the statements made by Mbumba, he said he is aware of one media house which stems from political affiliates and that does not agree with Geingob on certain matters.

    He however said many other media houses, “especially our members”, adhere to the code of ethics “and have not displayed any signs of playing the political card”.


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  • 05/02/18--16:00: Grisly crash kills driver
  • Grisly crash kills driverGrisly crash kills driverSedan swerves in front of truck A 30-year-old man was killed on impact when his car crashed head-on into a truck between Otavi and Otjiwarongo yesterday. Drivers travelling between Otavi and Otjiwarongo yesterday morning were met with the grisly sight of a head-on collision between a sedan and a truck around 06:35.

    The 30-year-old male driver of the sedan died instantly when the crash occurred roughly 14km north of Otjiwarongo.

    The police's Otjozondjupa crime investigations coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Naukalemo Andreas, said the sedan was travelling south while the truck, carrying two Angolan citizens, aged 50 and 52, was travelling north towards Otavi.

    Witnesses at the scene reported the sedan moving out of its lane and into the oncoming truck.

    Andreas said the sedan allegedly swerved from its lane to the right side, causing the collision with the oncoming truck. The two Angolan nationals were transported to the state hospital at Otjiwarongo.

    On Tuesday, a 54-year-old man reportedly committed suicide in the Rehoboth police station holding cells after being detained for domestic violence and crimen injuria on May Day. According to Chief Inspector Simon Hauwanga of the Hardap Region police, the deceased, identified as Karel Stumpfe, hanged himself with the drawstring from his trousers.

    “It was a tracksuit pair of pants with a drawstring. I do not know what happened,” Hauwanga said when asked why the police failed to remove the tracksuit string before detaining the deceased.

    Also on Tuesday, in the early hours of the morning at around 03:00, four men armed with pistols held a security guard at gunpoint at the FNB ATM at MultiChoice Namibia's head office in Eros, Windhoek. The presence of other security guards on patrol foiled the robbery and the men fled on foot. Residents of Eros reported automatic gunfire in the Klein Windhoek riverbed shortly after 04:00 as the police chased the suspects, but to no avail.

    At the coast, the body of a young man was discovered at Long Beach yesterday morning.

    The Erongo police's Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu confirmed a member of the community made the discovery at Extension no. 2 at about 07:30.

    “The deceased who has a tattoo inscription “LOYALTY” on the right side of the chest, is believed to be between 20-25 years old. It is suspected that he drowned recently since the body had not yet started to decompose and possibly washed out from the sea. There are small bruises visible on the body. The next of kin have not been informed as the identity of the deceased is still unknown.”

    The body was taken to the police mortuary at Walvis Bay for a postmortem examination to determine the cause of death.

    Home alone

    On Sunday at roughly 22:00 a house in Richard Tjiremba Street, Katutura caught fire. A three-year-old toddler escaped, while a one-year-old baby succumbed to third-degree burns. The children were home alone. The deceased was identified as Matjiua Kanguatjivi and the next of kin was informed. The cause of the fire is unknown.

    In the north, a murder and suicide case is being investigated by the police in the Omusati Region after an Angolan man allegedly stabbed his girlfriend to death.

    The murder took place at Amaupa village in the Tsandi constituency.

    The unidentified victim, also an Angolan according to the police, is estimated to between 30 and 40 years old.

    After the killing, the suspect jumped into a well and drowned. Both were employed as domestic workers.

    The police last week launched an investigation into another baby-dumping case after the body of a baby girl was found in a dumpster.

    The body was discovered on Wednesday morning, 26 April, by a man looking for empty bottles in a bin located at the corner of Independence Avenue and Tugela Street in Wanaheda.

    A case of concealment of birth was opened.

    The police are also investigating a fatal domestic violence incident that took place at Katima Mulilo last week. Arina Lifasi, 47, from Nongozi village, was severely beaten by her husband.

    She was transferred to the nearest hospital but died from her injuries. The man has not yet been arrested and the police investigation continues.


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  • 05/02/18--16:00: Rolling out the big guns
  • Rolling out the big gunsRolling out the big guns Namibia remains among the world's highest spenders on the military as a percentage of its GDP, with the country spending N$5.7 billion in 2017 or N$2 054 per person in the country on its armed forces.

    Figures indicate that Namibia is the second highest spender on its military as a percentage of GDP in sub-Saharan Africa, at 3.4%, with only Congo, at 6.2%, spending more.

    Namibia has however made spending cutbacks and has this year been highlighted as one of the top ten countries globally with the biggest decreases when it came to its military spending from 2016 to 2017.

    This is according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute's (Sipri) military expenditure project, which aims to study issues relating to transparency and accountability in military budgeting, spending and procurement.

    In its 2017 analysis, it said Namibia decreased its spending on military by 11% from 2016. Spending was decreased with about N$400 million to N$5.7 billion in 2017.

    Data shows that military spending in Namibia has over time increased from N$2.8 billion in 2007 to about N$6.1 billion in 2016, accounting for 3.9% of the country's GDP at that time.

    Namibia's military spending as a percentage of GDP came under Sipri's attention in 2015 when the country was highlighted as having the eighth highest increase in spending geared towards its military.

    “Namibia's military expenditure spiked by 200%,” Sipri said at that stage.

    It uses the American dollar in its analysis and an average exchange rate for the specific year being measured. In its estimations, 2014 was selected as the base year.

    Namibia's military spending amounted to 4.4% of its GDP in 2015 and 4.1% in 2014.

    The fact that Namibia was one of 20 countries that had a big military, relative to its size, was highlighted by the institution, while it also pointed out the country is also unique because it is not involved in any wars.

    It found that in 2007 military spending in Namibia stood at US$203 million and this increased to U$312 million by 2013, while it was the highest in 2015 at US$540 million and slightly dropped in 2016 to US$500.

    Namibia's defence budget shows similar trends, with an allocation of N$1.3 billion in 2007 that skyrocketed to N$6.6 billion in 2016.

    Sipri said military expenditure in Africa decreased by 0.5% in 2017, the third consecutive annual decrease since it peaked in 2014.

    “Despite three consecutive years of decreases, military expenditure in Africa was still 28% higher in 2017 than in 2008.”

    Furthermore, military expenditure in sub-Saharan Africa was U$$21.6 billion in 2017, up 0.9% from 2016, but 6.8% lower than in 2008.

    Comparing military spending in Namibia to other African countries in 2017, indicates that South Africa spent US$3.618 billion, Angola US$3.062 billion Botswana US$531.2 million, Zimbabwe US$340.5 million and Zambia only US$339.7 million.

    World military expenditure was estimated to have reached US$1739 billion in 2017, the highest level since the end of the Cold War, Sipri said.

    The United States, China and Saudi Arabia are the biggest military spenders in the world, while China made the largest absolute increase in spending (US$12 billion) in 2017.

    Seven of the ten countries with the highest military burden are in the Middle East: Oman (12% of GDP), Saudi Arabia (10% of GDP), Kuwait (5.8% of GDP), Jordan (4.8% of GDP), Israel (4.7% of GDP), Lebanon (4.5% of GDP) and Bahrain (4.1% GDP).

    Where possible, Sipri military expenditure includes all current and capital expenditure on a country's armed forces, including peacekeeping forces, by its defence ministry and other government agencies engaged in defence projects. Spending on paramilitary forces, when judged to be trained, equipped and available for military operations, is also included.

    Excluded military-related expenditures include civil defence, current expenditure for previous military activities, veterans' benefits, demobilisation, the conversion of arms production facilities and destruction of weapons.


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  • 05/02/18--16:00: Trapped in sex trade
  • Trapped in sex tradeTrapped in sex trade10-year-olds sell themselves to truckers Girls as young as 10 are selling themselves to truckers along the Zambia/Botswana border, who are being urged to at least use condoms. Impoverished village girls as young as 10 are trapped in the flourishing sex trade along the Zambia/Botswana border.

    Sex workers from Namibia, South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe are plying their trade in the area where the Kazangula Bridge is being constructed.

    The young sex workers are using the opportunity presented by massive delays being experienced at the border post, where snaking lines of trucks, up to 6km long, are parked for up to 12 days at a time.

    Local headman Morgan Makanga said his biggest concern is that young girls are being introduced to the sex trade by older women.

    “Some parents are reporting this to my office and I can personally see for myself. When it is evening I can see some of these young girls coming from the villages making their way to the trucks; some are as young as 12, sometimes 10,” he said.

    Asked what he has done as traditional leader to address the issue, he said he has called meetings with truck drivers.

    “I have told them that if you need a female, at least use a condom,” he said. He added that girls come from very far to sell themselves at the border post that that crosses into the Zambezi Region.

    “They are flocking here. There is nothing we can do, they are literally hunting and when I talk to them they tell me they come for business,” he said.

    Makanga hopes that once the much-anticipated Kazangula Bridge between Botswana and Zambia is complete, the sex trade will dissipate.

    “Obviously it will not be killed, but the situation will improve because truckers do not have to wait for a ferry once their paperwork is done,” he said.

    A trucker from the Zambian Copperbelt Province, Alfred Chimpende, said sex workers are not easily spotted, because they “do not come with make-up but are dressed like normal people” and loiter around the long line of trucks.

    “If you come here at around 19:00 you will find some sitting and walking around like ants.”

    Chimpende had already been delayed for over three days when Namibian Sun met up with him at Kazangula Bridge.

    According Steve Mhungu, another trucker, sex workers announced themselves with a distinctive knock on their truck doors.

    “They come and knock on the door and we know that knock is not a knock for help but for something else,” he said.

    The Kazangula Bridge that costs US$161 million is co-funded by the Botswana and Zambian governments, but promises very good spinoffs for other Southern African countries, including Namibia.

    *Namibian Sun journalist Jemima Beukes was in Kasane, Botswana at the invitation of the Sothern African Development Community, in partnership with Namibia's information ministry. She joined journalists from Namibia, Botswana and Zambia on a tour of the Kazangula Bridge construction area between Botswana and Zambia.


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    Angola's Lourenço visits NamibiaAngola's Lourenço visits Namibia Angolan president João Lourenço made a courtesy call to President Hage Geingob yesterday. He at the same time came to attend the 40th commemoration of Cassinga Day. The Heads of State are at the Heroes Acre since early this morning where they will deliver statements.

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  • 05/06/18--16:00: Local federations asleep
  • Local federations asleepLocal federations asleepFail to submit athletes for African Youth Games Despite entry forms being provided to local sport federations to register their athletes for the upcoming African Youth Games, no names have been forthcoming and currently only automatic qualifiers are set to participate. Preparations for the African Youth Games (AYG) slated for 19 to 28 July in Algiers, Algeria are in full swing but Namibian sports federations are yet to come on board with their complement of athletes to take part in the games.

    Seven sports codes will be part of the under-18 games with athletes from Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Congo-Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tunisia Zambia and Zimbabwe, who will be vying to walk away with the top accolades.

    The games are important for the athletes as they serve as qualification for the Youth Olympic Games slated for Buenos Aires, Argentina in October.

    However, Namibia is slow in preparation for the spectacle, with sports federations failing to make use of the opportunity to submit the names of possible athletes for selection, even though the due date for accreditation is 15 May, and the final entry date for those athletes who have qualified is 10 June.

    There will be no late entries accepted, according to the Association of National Olympic Committees for Africa (ANOCA), which stated it will not accept sport entries after this date.

    Also, athletes must be ranked within the top five in Africa, and the team sports competitors will be selected by international federations.

    Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) president Abner Xoagub could not be reached for comment, but according to a local weekly newspaper he expressed dissatisfaction with the approach of the local sports federations.

    He said they provided forms to sport federations to register athletes, but no names have been forthcoming, with only a few months to prepare.

    Xoagub also stressed at a welcoming ceremony for 2018 Commonwealth Games athletes recently that many federations complained when announcements were made that the qualification criteria was raised for international competitions.

    He said this was done in order to produce quality athletes who will compete and not only participate.

    Xoagub said it's important to prepare athletes well mentally, physically and psychologically, by providing them with enough time to prepare and availing the proper resources.

    He further stressed the qualification criteria will not change, as Namibia is gearing for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

    At present, athletes aspiring to form part of the Africa Youth Games in Algeria are required to participate in regional, continental and international competitions, sanctioned by the international federations by June 10.

    Currently nine athletes on Olympic Solidarity Scholarships have already secured their positions at the Youth Olympic Games, as this forms part of their contractual obligations to Olympic Solidarity.

    The athletes are Adrian Grobler (archery), Ivan Geldenhuys Sade de Sousa (athletics), Alexander Miller (cycling), Nadine Fleming (equestrian), Lance Potgieter (gymnastics), Heleni Stergiadis (swimming) Ronan Wantenaar (swimming) and Hafeni Asino (wrestling).

    The sport codes involved in the competition are athletics, archery, rowing, rugby sevens, hockey, karate and beach volleyball.

    Namibian athletes will form part of 4 000 competitors from across the African continent.


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    SA juniors dominate ITF tourneySA juniors dominate ITF tourney The International Tennis Federation (ITF) under-18 tournament hosted by the Namibia Tennis Association (NTA) in Windhoek came to an end on Saturday, with South Africa dominating the youth tournament.

    The grade four tennis competition started on Monday and saw players from over 14 countries participating.

    South African juniors Pierre Malan and Megan Basson won the singles for boys and girls respectively after defeating fellow South Africans in the finals.

    Malan beat Joubert Klopper 6-3 7-6 (3) in the boys' final, while in the girls' final Basson fought it out with Marne Dercksen over three sets, which saw her winning 6-3 4-6 6-0 to be crowned champion in that division.

    In the doubles, Klopper and Gerhardt Becker beat their fellow South Africans Malan and Charl Morgan in the final. They won their sets 6-7 (5) 7-6 (5) (11-9).

    In the girls' doubles final, Alexandra Anttila from Finland and Delien Kleinhans from South Africa were crowned champions, after beating Basson and Dercksen 6-4 6-4.

    Speaking during the award ceremony on Saturday, NTA president Sam Kaulinge said the tournament produced a lot of excitement and he hopes these young players will keep on giving their best in future competitions.

    “I'm wishing you all well when you travel back to your respective countries and thank you for making this tournament a success,” he said.

    Kaulinge said credit should be given to the ITF for trusting Namibia to host this junior competition, where players fought for international ranking points.

    Basson said she enjoyed every moment of the competition and will now turn her attention to other competitions, where she hopes to gain more ranking points.

    Malan said he will still be in Namibia for the grade five junior tournament, which starts on Monday at the same courts, and his goal is to continue winning more silverware.

    “Last year I lost out in the final of this competition here, but I am glad that this time around I won it. This tennis court brings out the best in me, but I'm now thinking, if I should continue playing, to turn professional or go to college and study,” said Malan.


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  • 05/06/18--16:00: Horn shows she's world-class
  • Horn shows she's world-classHorn shows she's world-classSA juniors dominate ITF under 18 tourney The South African sprinter's rise comes as no surprise, as she has been spending up to eight hours on the track per day during her training routines. Carina Horn showed she is a real international contender after she became the first South African woman 100m sprinter to break the 11-second barrier at the Diamond League meeting in Doha, Qatar, on Friday night.

    There seems to be no stopping the University of Pretoria (Tuks) athlete at the moment as she is on a record-breaking spree of note.

    So far she has already improved twice on the 100m record. At the national championships at Tuks, she ran 11.03.

    Earlier in France she twice set South African indoor records clocking times of 7.10, followed by 7.09.

    What is exciting about Horn's 10.98 performance is that she now becomes a world-class athlete. If she can become a consistent sub-11 seconds runner, she ought to qualify for all the major finals.

    Her time would have placed her fifth in the final at last year's world champs in London.

    Since 2015 the only other African female sprinters who have been running sub-11s races are Murielle Ahoure (Ivory Coast), Marie-Josee Ta Lou (Ivory Coast) and Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor (Nigeria).

    Horn's breakthrough is no surprise. For the last few years, she has undoubtedly been one of the most dedicated athletes often spending up to eight hours at the Tuks track.

    During an interview on Tuesday, it became clear that something significant was going to happen. Horn was not saying much, but her whole demeanour was that of someone who is confident in her abilities.

    Horn's dedication to becoming South Africa's fastest woman can perhaps be best explained by the following quote from Arnold Schwarzenegger: “The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else. I hate that.”

    Where others might have wondered, Horn always believed that sub-11 seconds is doable. Pointing out that all it will take is for her to run that one perfect race and now she did so in Doha.

    When Simon Magakwe became the first South African male sprinter to dip under 10 seconds in 2014, it was the breakthrough which led to Akani Simbine, Henricho Bruintjies, Wayde van Niekerk and Thando Roto starting to do so.

    The question now is whether Horn's 10.98 will have the same impact on South African women's sprinting?

    Tebogoa Mamathu (Tuks) who was a silver medallist in the 100m at the last two South African champs believes Horn has proved to the local sprinters that anything is possible if you are prepared to put your mind to it.

    “I was so inspired seeing Carina run 10.98. While she was racing, I said to myself this has to be '10 seconds'. To be honest, I am really proud of her and so happy to have a South African female sprinter going under 11. At the moment it is unbelievable.

    “I think Carina's performance is going to be the stepping stone of great things to come. The rest of us female sprinters are now under pressure as we need to lift our game if we want to keep up with Carina,” said Mamathu, who improved her best time this season to 11.27 in the 100 metres.

    “What is interesting to me is the coincidence between Simon Magakwe and Carina's breakthrough performances in the 100m. Simon ran 9.98 and Carina 10.98.”


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  • 05/06/18--16:00: Patience pays off for Nadal
  • Patience pays off for NadalPatience pays off for Nadal It was Rafael Nadal's mental resilience, not his intimidating topspin forehand that helped the top-ranked Spaniard overcome a difficult injury layoff and get off to an impressive start to his season on clay.

    Nadal will be playing in the Madrid Open this week trying to add to his titles in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, and stay on track for yet another French Open title.

    “I was patient and had the right attitude to try to get to the clay season as fit as possible,” Nadal said. “Coming into the clay season having played only four matches is not the ideal preparation, but to be honest, I feel that I've been playing well.”

    Nadal was out of action earlier for a couple of months earlier this year because of a lingering right hip injury that forced him to retire in the Australian Open quarterfinals and kept him from playing in Indian Wells, Miami and Acapulco.

    “They were difficult times. I feel like I've missed a lot of important opportunities in my career (because of injuries). I counted all the majors in which I was not able to compete in normal conditions and there were a lot,” Nadal said. “They are unpleasant times. To make it through it, you have to be patient.”

    Nadal returned to action in the Davis Cup quarterfinals to help Spain defeat Germany, then went on to win in his 11th Monte Carlo title and 11th Barcelona title.

    “If my body keeps responding well and I win matches, I think I'm ready,” he said. Nadal has been winning with ease since returning to the courts.

    He was never really challenged in Monte Carlo or Barcelona, and arrives in Madrid carrying a winning streak of 46 straight sets on clay. The 16-time Grand Slam champion has won 36 of his last 37 matches on the surface, including 19 straight. His last loss on the dirt came against Dominic Thiem in Rome last year.

    Nadal, who will be trying to win his 11th French Open title in a few weeks, won his 400th clay-court match in the semi-finals at Barcelona.

    He has won 16 of his 17 matches this year in all surfaces, including two on clay in the Davis Cup.

    His biggest challengers in Madrid will be third-ranked Alexander Zverev, fifth-ranked Grigor Dimitrov and seventh-ranked Thiem, who lost to Nadal in last year's final in the Spanish capital. Nadal defeated Dimitrov in the semi-finals in Monte Carlo and beat Zverev in straight sets in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.

    Novak Djokovic, last year's semi-finalist in Madrid, will be trying to get his season going after nursing a lingering right elbow injury.

    The 12th-ranked Serb hasn't made it past the last 16 in five tournaments this year.

    He lost in the third round in Monte Carlo and in the second round in both Miami and Indian Wells. He failed to advance past the last 16 at the Australian Open.

    Djokovic didn't catch a break with the draw in Madrid, and is having to face Kei Nishikori, the Monte Carlo finalist.


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    Blade casts doubt on SACP contesting electionsBlade casts doubt on SACP contesting elections South African Communist Party (SACP) boss Blade Nzimande has for the first time admitted that contesting elections separately from the ANC will wreak havoc for the party, and may even cause a split.

    Nzimande used the SACP Gauteng congress on Friday to also throw a curve ball to delegates, saying that another important factor that had to be considered was that the party could not forge ahead leaving the workers under Cosatu behind.

    Cosatu does not support the SACP resolution to contest elections independently from the ANC.

    “Let's face it, were we to contest elections separately outside of the alliance, we must know we are not going to move with everybody who is inside the party, okay. What would that mean? I don't know.

    “This doesn't change our resolution, but [Russian communist revolutionary] Lenin said the most stupid thing that the communist party will do is to throw the vanguard into a battlefield alone without the rest of the working class. You are heading for a slaughter house,” he said to thunderous applause from the more than 500 delegates attending the congress in Benoni, east of Johannesburg.

    “I don't want comrades to say Nzimande is reinterpreting our resolution, I'm not. But also as [general-secretary] I have a duty to engage you as a party to say this.”

    Cosatu is set to sit for its congress in September, where the matter will be considered.

    The SACP leadership has been under fire over the past few months for what appears to be its reluctant posture in implementing the resolution to contest independently.

    Nzimande said at the same time the SACP needs to fight for the reconfiguration of the alliance and explained that engagements will take place with its allies.

    He said the ANC had been spoilt in the past years, when the SACP campaigned for the ANC, but was never party to critical decisions – including those on deployment.

    “That's unacceptable, it can't continue and is not viable.”

    Nzimande said the party was not a nongovernmental organisation (NGO) and as such should be engaged in deployments.

    “People must not treat deployment as if it's unimportant. We are not an NGO, we are a political party and we are interested in who wields state power. We can't try and be revolutionary, [but] say we are not interested as to who the ANC deploys. We are interested because wrong people get deployed and they cause us problems [by] not advancing the roles we want to advance.”

    Nzimande said he did not know how to describe the outcome of last year's elective conference, saying it needed a “very deep Marxist and Leninist” analysis.

    While the SACP accepted the exclusion of communists from the ANC national executive committee, he hoped that it was not a sign that the ANC was degenerating into an anticommunist bloc.

    Nzimande pleaded for unity inside the SACP, saying there were people in the movement with an agenda to cause divisions inside the party.

    This was in reference to a rebellion that was said to be simmering inside the party over his long stay in office, reluctance about contesting elections and that a group wanting his deputy Solly Mapaila to take over when the party sits for its delayed special congress.


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  • 05/06/18--16:00: Tunisians head to the polls
  • Tunisians head to the pollsTunisians head to the polls Tunisia's first free municipal elections got under way Sunday as voters expressed frustration at the slow pace of change since the 2011 revolution in the cradle of the Arab Spring.

    The election has been touted as another milestone on the road to democracy in the North African country, which has been praised for its transition from decades of dictatorship.

    But Tunisia has struggled with persistent political, security and economic problems as well as corruption since the revolution, and observers expected a low turnout for Sunday's poll.

    Ridha Kouki, 58, acknowledged that voting is “a right and a duty” but said Tunisians “have little hope” of any change.

    Chokri Halaoui, 45, said he wanted to send a “message to politicians to tell them 'we have voted now show us what you can do'.”

    Tunisians have already voted in parliamentary and presidential elections since the 2011 fall of dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, but municipal polls had been delayed four times due to logistic, administrative and political deadlocks.

    President Beji Caid Essebsi has called for a “massive turnout”.

    “For the first time (since the revolution) the Tunisian people are called to participate in municipal elections, something that seems simple but it is very important,” he said on Friday.

    Tunisia is grappling with economic challenges including an inflation rate which stands at around eight percent and an unemployment rate of more than 15%.

    The country was hit by a wave of protest at the start of the year over a new austerity budget introduced by the government.

    “These municipal elections won't change anything for us. We will always be on the same cart without wheels or a horse,” 34-year-old housewife Hilma told AFP ahead of the vote. More than 57 000 candidates, half of them women and young people, are running for office in Tunisia's 350 municipalities.

    Around 60 000 police and military personnel have been mobilised for the polls, while Tunisia remains under a state of emergency, imposed in 2015 after a string of deadly jihadist attacks.

    But in Kasserine in central Tunisia, a hot bed of protests during the revolt that toppled Ben Ali, polling stations will open later and close earlier for “security reasons”, organisers said.

    The municipal elections, enshrined in the new constitution and one of the demands of the revolution, mark the first tangible step of decentralisation since the end of Ben Ali's rule.

    Voters will elect municipal counsellors who in turn will elect mayors by mid-June.

    Experts predict Tunisia's two political heavyweights -- the Islamist Ennahda movement and the secular Nidaa Tounes party -- will come out on top in nearly every district.

    But there remain some hopes that the polls, the first in four years, will see a new generation elected into office. The municipal polls will be followed by legislative and presidential votes in 2019.


    SIGNIFICANT: Voters queue at a polling station during the municipal elections in Tunis, Tunisia.


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    North Korea denuclearisation not Trump inspiredNorth Korea denuclearisation not Trump inspiredWarns U.S. of false rhetoric North Korea has said its denuclearisation pledge is not as result of U.S.-led sanctions North Korea said last week its intention to denuclearise, unveiled at a historic inter-Korean summit, was not the result of U.S.-led sanctions and pressure, warning the United States not to mislead public opinion.

    Impoverished North Korea has been hit by a series of United Nations and U.S. sanctions in recent years in a bid to rein in its nuclear and missile programmes.

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean peninsula in the first inter-Korean summit in more than a decade on April 27, but the declaration did not include concrete steps to reach that goal.

    The North's official KCNA news agency said Washington was “misleading public opinion” by claiming the denuclearisation pledge was the result of sanctions and other pressure.

    The United States should not “deliberately provoke” the North by moving to deploy strategic assets in South Korea and raising human rights issues, KCNA said, citing a foreign ministry spokesman.

    “This act cannot be construed otherwise than a dangerous attempt to ruin the hardly-won atmosphere of dialogue and bring the situation back to square one,” the spokesman was quoted as saying.

    It would not be conducive to resolving the issue of denuclearisation if Washington miscalculated North Korea's “peace-loving intention” as a sign of weakness and continued to pursue its pressure and military threats, KCNA said. U.S. President Donald Trump, who plans to meet Kim over the next few weeks, has said he will maintain sanctions and pressure on the North and “not repeat the mistakes of past administrations” and has said his tough stance had led to the breakthrough. Trump told the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Dallas on Friday that he had toned down his rhetoric in anticipation of the talks after labelling Kim “Little Rocket Man” last year and threatening him with “fire and fury”.

    Moon said Trump deserved a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the standoff with the North.

    The White House said that Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, met his South Korean counterpart, Chung Eui-yong, on Friday and both said there were no plans to change the U.S. and South Korea bilateral defence posture.

    North and South Korea are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. South Korea said U.S. troops need to stay in the area even after a peace treaty is concluded to replace the armistice.

    The United States stations 28 500 troops in South Korea, a legacy of the war.


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    Kamu na etumba muukwamuhoko – IipumbuKamu na etumba muukwamuhoko – IipumbuIta popile uukwamuhoko Pethimbo kwa dhimbulukiwa Esiku lyaCassinga, gumwe gwomaaleli okwa kunkilile oshigwana kutya kamu na etumba lya sha mokuhwahwameka uukwamohoko mokati koshigwana, ta pula woo esimaneko lyaamboka ya kanithila oomwenyo dhawo mekondjelomanguluko lyaNamibia. Omupeha minista muuministeli wiipindi, iikwafabulika neyambulepo lyoongeshefa ooshona naadhoka dhopokati okwa popi kutya kape na omuhoko ngoka gu li nawa gu vule omihoko omikwawo.

    Lucia Iipumbu okwa popi ngaaka, mEtitatno lya piti omanga ta popitha engungo lyaantu ya thika po 200 momukunda Oikokola moshitopolwa shaMusati, moka a li omupopi a simana pethimbo kwa dhimbulukiwa Esiku lyaCassinga.

    Iipumbu okwa popi kutya muukwamuhoko kamu na etumba lyasha nAaNamibia omayovi mboka ya kanitha oomwenyo dhawo mekondjolomanguluko lyoshilongo, oyali taya kondjo ye na uukumwe omolwa emanguluko lyoshilongo.

    “Natu yandeni uukwamuhoko, nonkalo yokudhilaadhila kutya omuhoko gumwe ogu li li nawa gu vule omihoko dhilwe, kamu na etumba lyasha mwaashoka,” Iipumbu a popi.

    Iipumbu okwa longitha ompito ndjoka, opo a indile AaNamibia ya tale kiinima mbyoka tayi tungu oshigwana neliko lyoshilongo.

    Okwa longitha natango ompito ndjoka, mokutseyithila oshigwana kombinga yomayambulepo ngoka ga ningwa kepangelo, konima nkene oshilongo sha mono emanguluko okuza muukoloni.

    Iipumbu okwa holola woo omaiyuvo ge gonayi omolwa aakwashigwana yamwe po mboka taya popi kutya epangelo inali ninga omalunduluko ga sha moonkalamwenyo dhaakwashigwana, na kape na eyooloko lya sha okutala ngashiingeyi nokuyeleka nonkalo sho oshilongo sha li inashi manguluka.

    Okwa popi kutya omapopyo ngoka kage na oshili na inaga pumbwa okupulakenwa.

    “YaNamibia yakwetu, ohandi uvu nayi noonkondo ngele nduuvite oohandimwe taya popi kutya kaye wete eyooloko lya sha kombinga yomayambukepo... Epangelo olya e ta omayambulepo nomayakulo popepi noshigwana ngaashi AaNamibia ya thika po 195 000 mboka ngashiingeyi taya mono omayambidhidho okuza kepangelo giiyemo ngaashi openzela, aantu mboka taya lumbu nomaulema oshowo aanona mboka ye li moluhepo,” Iipumbu a popi omusholondondo gwomayambulepo ngoka ga ningwa kepangelo.

    Pehulilo lyoshipopiwa she, Iipumbu okwa dhimbulukitha aakali pedhimbuluko ndyoka, opo ya simaneke oomwenyo dhaamboka ya kanithile oomwenyo dhawo mekondjelomanguluko lyoshilongo, molwashoka oyiilongela okusimanekwa.


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    Taku konaakonwa edhipago lyonkoshi moMbakondjaTaku konaakonwa edhipago lyonkoshi moMbakondja Uuministeli wOmidhingoloko nOmatalelepo owa koleke kutya otawu konaakona oshipotha she dhipago lyonkoshi ndjoka ya yahwa petameko lyomvula ndjika moMbakondja moshitopolwa shaKunene.

    Onkoshi ndjoka yi na onomola HPL 3 oya yahwa muFebruali onga oshitopolwa shedhigathano lyuukongo, komukandapitiko ngoka gwa gandjwa koAnabeb Conservancy.

    Uuministeli owa popi kutya owu na ontseyo kombinga yoshikumungu shoka nomaiyuvo ga holoka po sha landula edhipago lyonkoshi ndjoka.

    Uuministeli owa popi kutya ekalepo lyawo, okugamenena po iiyamakuti nokugandja uuwanawa kAaNamibia ayehe.

    Uuministeli owa tsikile kutya ekwato nawa lyiiyamakuti okupitila muukongo wa pitika otawu ningwa kwiikwatelelwa komapekaapeko oshowo uunongononi. Uuyelele itawu kolekwa mboka wa monika po owa holola kutya onkoshi ndjoka ya dhipagwa oya kulupa na oya adhika tayi enda enda pomudhingoloko gwomulonga gwaBarrab moPalmwag, na okwa lopotwa kutya oya kutha ombinga medhipago lyiimuna momudhingoloko gwaMbakondja.

    Oolopota odha tsikile kutya muFebruali, oonkoshi ndatu odha yonagula momudhingoloko gwaMbakondja, nonkoshi yimwe yondumentu oya gandjwa po medhigathano lyuukongo. Iimaliwa mbyoka ya likolwa methigathano ndyoka, oya nuninwa okufuta aanafaalama omolwa ekanitho lyawo. Oonkoshi dhilwe mbali pethimbo ndyoka inadhi monika, na odha kambadhala natango okukwata iimuna.

    Nonando ongaaka okwa holoka ishewe uuyelele wulye mboka wa holola kutya onkoshi ndjoka ya dhipagwa moMbakondja onshona na oya dhipagwa nonando kaya li yi na uupyakadhi washa nenge inayi yonagulasha .

    “Osha yela kutya onkoshi yonomola HPL 3 ya tseyika onga Gaob Hampton, yoomvula dhi li pokati ka 6 na 8 ndjoka ya dhipagwa moMbakondja muFebruali nuumvo oya ningi oshihololwa shelongitho pambambo lyomulandu gwoHuman-Wildlife Company Policy.”

    Ehangano lyaNamibia tali ungaunga niikolokosha pokati kaantu niiyamakuti olya nyana edhipago lyonkoshi ndjoka, tali popi kutya onkoshi ndjoka oya dhipagwa methigathano lyuukongo nonando kayi na shoka yayono, pakutala koomvula dhawo oshowo pankalo yawo kutya natango oyi li methimbo lyokukoka nokweeta po sha.


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    Omiyonena dha vuka moshitopolwa shaShanaOmiyonena dha vuka moshitopolwa shaShana Oshitopolwa shaShana osha lopota iipotha yomiyonena dhopaukashike koonkatu yili pombanda noonkondo, sho iipotha 652 ya lopotwa moshitopolwa shoka momvula yo 2017/8 okuyeleka niipotha 598 ya lopotwa momvula ya piti, pauyelele mboka wa gandjwa kungoloneya gwoshitopolwa shoka, Clemens Kashuupulwa.

    Pethimbo a gandja oshipopiwa she shopashitopolwa ano State of the Region Address (SORA) oshiwike sha piti, Kashuupulwa okwa popi kutya mo2016/17 okwa lopotwa iipotha yomakwatonkonga yi li 101 moshitopolwa shaShana.

    Kashuupulwa okwa popi kutya iiimbluma mbyoka oya pumbwa okukondjithwa kaakuthimbinga ayehe.

    Ngoloneya okwa popi kutya okwaahena iilonga moshitopolwa okwa thikama poopresenda 32 unene mokati kaanyasha naakiintu, naashoka osha pumbwa okutalika meendelelo.

    Kakele kokwaahena iilonga, Kashuupulwa okwa popi kutya omwaka pokati kaathigona naakengeli natango ogu li pombanda noonkondo. “Ngoka ogo omikundu dha taalela oshitopolwa ngaashi okwaahena iilonga oluhepo oshowo ompumbwe yiiyemo. Okwaahena iilonga okwa lopotwa unene mokati kaanyasha.”

    Nonando ongaaka, ngoloneya okwa popi woo kombinga yoompito dhiilonga ndhoka dha holoka po moshikakomvula sho 2017/18.

    Moompito dhoka okwa kwatelamo aanona mboka ya valelwa mekondjelomanguluko ye li 113 oshowo oompito dhiilonga tadhi kalelele dhi li 436 noompito dhopakathimbo dhi li 324 ndhoka dhi li oshizemo shetungo newapaleko lyomatungo muuministeli welongo.

    Kashuupulwa okwa popi kutya oompito dhopakathimbo 15 ndhoka dha holoka po sho kwa tungwa ombelewa yoshikandjohogololo shaShakati, oshowo oompito tadhi kalelele hi li 11 oshowo dhopokathimbo dhi li 22 dhoka dha holoka po sho kwa tungwa nokuwapalekwa oondjila kehangano lyoRoads Authority (RA).

    Okwa gwedha po kutya oompito dhiilonga tadhi kalele dhi li 1 184 odha totwapo pethimbo kwa tulwa miilonga oprograma yorural development programme.

    Pethimbo lyoshipopiwa she, Kashuupulwa okwa popi woo kombinga yiinyangadhalwa, mbyoka ya ningwa moshitopolwa momukokomoko gwo 2017/18, na okwa gandja woo omiyalu nkene iimaliwa yoshigwana ya longihwa moshitopolwa.


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    JB: Presidende Hage Geingob okwa ningi etseyitho kutya oompata kombinga yevi lyuuthiga otadhi vulu okukwatelwa mo moonkundathana dhomutumba gwevi omutiyali moshilongo, ngoka tagu ningwa nuumvo. Oompangela dhashike oshowo omayamukulo geni ehwahwameko JB: Presidende Hage Geingob okwa ningi etseyitho kutya oompata kombinga yevi lyuuthiga otadhi vulu okukwatelwa mo moonkundathana dhomutumba gwevi omutiyali moshilongo, ngoka tagu ningwa nuumvo. Oompangela dhashike oshowo omayamukulo geni ehwahwameko JB: Presidende Hage Geingob okwa ningi etseyitho kutya oompata kombinga yevi lyuuthiga otadhi vulu okukwatelwa mo moonkundathana dhomutumba gwevi omutiyali moshilongo, ngoka tagu ningwa nuumvo. Oompangela dhashike oshowo omayamukulo geni ehwahwameko lyoLandless People's Movement (LPM) li na, kombinga yoshikumungu shevi lyuuthiga?

    BS: Shoka twa popi okuza pamaiyuvo getu goompangela, ooshoka kutya etseyitho lyaGeingo kutya oonkundathana dhevi lyuuthiga nadhi kwatelwe mo momutumba ngoka, otashi ulike kutya epangelo olya zimina kutya evi lyuuthiga nali tambulweko nokutalika ko. Omutumba ngoka itagu ka longitha onga oonkundathana ngele oshikumungu shoka nashi talikeko nenge ahowe, ihe otagu ka longithwa onga oonkundathana dhomayele kutya evi ndyoka otali shunithwa ngiini kooyene.

    JB: Otamu ka ungaunga ngiini niikolokosha mbyoka tayi vulu okuholoka, sho aakwashigwana yamwe yomihoko dha yooloka taya popi kutya oya kala pomahala gontumba?

    BS: Okutameka omvula ya piti otwa ningi omutumba gwetu moka tatu kundathana nkene tu na okuungaunga nonkalo ndjoka. Shoka twa ninga po naashoka tatu tsikile nokuninga okuya mekwatathano nokukundathana naakuthimbinga ayehe opo tu longele kumwe, tse katu ka kondjithathane pethimbo lyomutumba unene omalelo gopamuthigululwakalo ngoka omavi gawo ga hulila mpoka pwa tamekela omavi ga yakwawo. Otwa tula po kutya omalelo gopamuthigululwakalo gamwe po ngoka tashi vulika gaka kale methigathano na ga tameke okukundathana. Inandi hala okutumbula omadhina ngashiingeyi. Otwa tameka nale iilonga opo aakwashigwana yAaherero nAadamara ya tameke oonkundathana.

    JB: Otamu ningi ngiini omahwahwameko kombinga yevi lyuuthiga oshowo kutya evi ndyoka otali shunithwa ngiini?

    BS: Otatu popi nomalelo gopamuthigulwakalo oshowo okomitiye yopautekinika noongeleka. Otatu kongo woo eyambidhidho lyoLegal Assistance Centre. Shimwe shomiiputudhilo mbyoka tatu ka tameka okuya moonkundathana nayo mbala, oshiputudhio shoNamibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) molwaashoka osho shi na unene ekondololo lyevi lyepangelo momahala gamwe po. Ngele owa tala nkene evi ndyoka lya topolwa miitopolwa ya yooloka ngaashi mOndonga, omudhingoloko gwoHaikom Damara momudhingoloko dhonooli ngaashi uumbugantu wOmusati nonooli uuzilo moka muna Ovahimba. Otatu dhilaadhila opo tuye moonkundathana nelelo lyoNWR, opo ku twe miilonga okatokolitho hoka taka utha opo evi ndyoka li topolwe kwiikwatelewa kaakwashigwana mboka kaye na evi ngaashi aakwashigwana yomuhoko gwaaSan Haikom. Oonzo dhoNWR ngaashi omagumbo gaayenda ngoka geli momahala gamwe po nooyene yawo oye li epangelo oshowo omaleli gopamuthigululwakalo oga pumbwa okukala taga gandja woo uuwanawa nokutopola iiyemo noshigwana.

    JB: Momakuziwa otwa uvu aakwashigwana taya nyenyeta kutya itaya vulu we okuthika koombila dhaakwanezimo yawo molwaashoka ngashiingeyi omahala ngoka oge na oofaalama dhopaumwene. LPM otati ngiini koshikumungu shoka?

    BS: Oshiponokela shotango osha ningwa moHoornkranz. (12 April 1893, Aandowishi oya ponokele olukalwa lwaWitbooi moHoornkranz). Ope na omahala ge na omayendo gAaherero ngaashi eyendo lyaShark Island. Tala koWaterberg plateau, ito vulu okupopya ondjokonona yAaherero e to thigiko omudhingoloko ngoka. Omahala gamwe ngoka omo mwa ningilwa omalugodhi omanene.

    JB: Pamaiyuvo goye,epangelo olya pumbwa ngiini okuungaunga nevi ndyoka ngashiingeyi li li eliko lyepangelo, ihe olya kuthwa aakwashigwana pethimbo lyuukoloni.

    SB: Kape na uuyuki kwaa shoka sha holoka po. Sho Aandowishi ye ya moshilongo oya kutha ko evi, inaye li futila.

    Sho AaSouth Afrika ye ya oya kutha ko evi ngaashi yakwawo ya ningi. Nghiingeyi epangelo lyaSwapo otali ti evi ndyoka olyepangelo. Monena epangelo ndika ngele otali kutha ko oondjo ndhoka dha longwa komapangelo gaa piti, nena nali futile omavi gaantu ngoka ga kuthwa aakwashigwana.

    Ngele epangelo otali popi kutya Etosha evi lyepangelo nena nali fute aakwashigwana mboka ya kuthwa evi lyawo ndyoka pethimbo lyuukoloni. Ngele NWR ota longele pevi ndyoka, nena natu pule kutya evi ndyoka olya kuthwa aakwashigwana ngiini kAandowishi oshowo kepangelo lyAfrikaner.

    Ngele inaya hala okulongela kumwe nena AaNdonga naya futwe, AaHaikom naya futwe molwaashoka kashi li pauyuuki wukuthe omuntu evi lye ihe ito mu futu sha.

    Epangelo ndika olya kuutumba mevi lya kuthwa aantu kashi li pauyuuki na otali popi kutya evi lyepangelo. Aaluudhe oye ninwe oongunga dhawo, ngaashi owala taku futwa aatiligane sho aantu taya landa evi okuza kuyo ngele aaluudhe itaya futwa nena naku tulwe miilonga omalongelo kumwe.

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  • 05/06/18--16:00: Lions pounce on Welwitschias
  • Lions pounce on WelwitschiasLions pounce on WelwitschiasUnlucky streak continues for home side Despite a valiant showing, the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias suffered their third defeat in a row in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge at the weekend. SUPERSPORT

    The Windhoek Draught Welwitschias put on a great showing, but were defeated by the Xerox Golden Lions on Saturday in their third encounter of the season in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge.

    The Lions were made to work hard for their 45-35 (halftime 26-21) win against the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday.

    The visitors outscored their opponents seven tries to five, with the home team recording a flawless effort kicking off the tee. The Golden Lions opened the afternoon's scoring as wing Ronald Brown crossed the white wash in the 9th minute.

    His effort was followed by inside centre Wayne van der Bank and a brace by scrumhalf Bradley Thain. Flyhalf Shaun Reynolds converted three of the four tries. The Namibians first half points came courtesy of inside centre Darryl de la Harpe, wing Johan Tromp and flyhalf Pieter Steenkamp.

    Steenkamp was dead accurate with his boot, as he landed all three conversions to ensure that his team stayed within striking distance at the break.

    Replacement hooker Pieter Jansen scored a brace in the second half, while a Reynolds five-pointer in the 65th minute helped keep the score just out of reach of the Welwitschias.

    The home team did have the final say of the match, as blindside flank Leneve Damens scored a converted try, but it was merely a consolation as the Golden Lions held on to win 45-35.


    Windhoek Draught Welwitschias

    Tries: Darryl de la Harpe (2), Johan Tromp, Pieter Steenkamp, Leneve Damens

    Conversions: Steenkamp (4), Helarius Kisting.

    Xerox Golden Lions XV

    Tries: Ronald Brown, Wayne van der Bank, Bradley Thain (2), Pieter Jansen (2), Shaun Reynolds

    Conversions: Reynolds (5).

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  • 05/06/18--16:00: FFA admit final video glitch
  • FFA admit final video glitchFFA admit final video glitch Football Federation Australia admitted on Sunday that a technical glitch meant the video assistant referee (VAR) was unable to view footage and rule out the goal that decided the A-League final in Newcastle.

    Kosta Barbarouses scored the only goal of the match in the ninth minute on Saturday to give Melbourne Victory a 1-0 victory over the Newcastle Jets and a record fourth Australian title.

    The New Zealand winger's teammate James Donachie appeared to be in an offside position when he headed the ball back across the box from Leroy George's free-kick but, the FFA said, a 30 second blackout meant the VAR was unable to review the play.

    “The technology itself failed and the broadcast angles required were unavailable,” A-League chief Greg O'Rourke said in a statement.

    “We are working with Hawkeye to thoroughly understand why it did and what can be done to prevent this happening again. “We are extremely disappointed at this failure of the VAR technology and we understand the disappointment and frustration of the Newcastle Jets, their fans and indeed all football fans.”

    The Jets finished bottom of the league last season and were looking to complete a fairytale turnaround in front of a capacity crowd of 29 410 at their own stadium.

    The early goal was a major blow to that ambition and Jets manager Ernie Merrick questioned the value of the VAR system if such decisions were not reviewed.

    “It looked to me like there were three players offside,” Merrick said.

    “I don't want to be a sore loser but if that goal was offside I just wonder what the point of the VAR is.”

    The A-League was the first professional football league to adopt VAR last year and the technology will be used at the World Cup finals for the first time in Russia later this year.

    “VAR was introduced here and in other parts of the world as a technology based solution to correct the human errors that inevitably are made from time to time when officials are making judgements in split seconds,” O'Rourke added.

    “Whilst we understand that this happened only once this season, it was at a most critical time. All parties desire the technology to be failure proof and that is what we will be striving for.”

    It is not the first time the VAR has been found wanting with a giant flag at a Portuguese Primeira Liga match between Aves and Boavista in February obscuring the view of the camera which would have helped the official decide on an offside.

    As in the A-League final, the lack of footage meant the goal stood. (Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Peter Rutherford)


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    Golovkin destroys MartirosyanGolovkin destroys MartirosyanRetains WBA, WBC world title belts The champion ended the fight with a vicious series of right and left combinations that floored the heavy underdog. Middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin annihilated voluntary challenger Vanes Martirosyan, by knocking him out in the second round on Saturday.

    At the StubHub Center in Carson, California Golovkin equalled the record of 20 straight world middleweight title defences with a devastating second-round knockout of Martirosyan to retain his WBA and WBC belts.

    Golovkin ended the fight with a vicious series of right and left combinations that floored the heavy underdog Martirosyan, who appeared doomed from the outset of the hastily arranged fight at the StubHub Center.

    “The first round I was just looking, because I know he is a good fighter,” the 36-year-old Golovkin said.

    “The second round it was true business.” Martirosyan was in big trouble from the beginning of the second round, as Golovkin rendered the challenger helpless by landing a right uppercut on the chin.

    He followed with a few stinging jabs and then a full throttle left hook and straight right on the ropes that put Martirosyan down for good at 1:53 of the round.

    The American tried to get up before the 10 count but slumped forward, ending up face down on the canvas. Golovkin, who is boxing's longest-reigning current world titleholder, is now unbeaten in 39 fights, including 34 by knockout.

    Martirosyan was a last-minute replacement following the cancellation of the Kazakh's much anticipated rematch with Canelo Alvarez of Mexico.

    The rematch was cancelled because of Alvarez's two failed drug tests in February, followed by his suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on April 18.

    Alvarez will be free to fight once his suspension ends in August.

    Saturday's event was moved from Las Vegas to south central Los Angeles and Golovkin fought for a fraction of the money he would have received for a fight against Alvarez.

    With the victory he now joins Bernard Hopkins for the division record of 20 successful title defences. Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) is now in line to surpass Hopkins in the fall when he hopes to finally get that rematch with Alvarez.

    “I want everybody,” said Golovkin. “It doesn't matter to me. I'm still the champion; guys come and take my belts.”

    The 31-year-old Martirosyan, who normally fights at light middleweight, was completely outclassed as he stepped up a division to face the hard-hitting Golovkin.

    “It was like being hit by a train,” Martirosyan said. “That is the hardest puncher I have ever faced. He surprised me with his power. He is a hell of a fighter.”


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  • 05/06/18--16:00: West Brom stun Spurs
  • West Brom stun SpursWest Brom stun Spurs Jake Livermore's dramatic goal in stoppage time gave West Bromwich Albion a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday that kept alive their faint hopes of a miraculous escape from Premier League relegation and dented the visitors' bid for a top-three finish.

    Livermore prodded the ball home in the 92nd minute at The Hawthorns to leave Mauricio Pochettino's men trailing Liverpool in the race to qualify automatically for next season's Champions' League group stages.

    In fact, an unlikely defeat kept open the possibility of Spurs missing out on the top four in the Premier League, with Chelsea in with a hope of catching their London rivals.

    But for West Brom, victory meant they could yet beat the drop as they made it five games unbeaten, including three wins, under caretaker manager Darren Moore.

    They still, however, need a fortunate combination of results elsewhere to take their fight into the final day at Crystal Palace.

    A sluggish opening 20 minutes created a clear impression that neither side had the intensity of clubs with lots to play for.

    There was more focus on off-field events in the opening stages, with Tottenham fans singing their support for Toby Alderweireld and Pochettino.

    Defender Alderweireld was making just his second appearance since February as his contract dispute with the club rumbles on while cryptic comments from Pochettino in recent weeks have called his own future into question. Meanwhile, the sound of an aeroplane chartered by Wolves fans circling overhead to poke fun at Midlands rivals West Brom with a banner reading 'Boing Boing Bye Bye' was the cue for a show of defiance from home supporters.

    The first serious chance arrived in the 24th minute when Spurs moved the ball to the edge of the Albion area, from where Victor Wanyama struck a bending shot that drew a smart save from home goalkeeper Ben Foster.

    After Danny Rose had fired wide from the resulting corner, Harry Kane had two chances to open the scoring for Tottenham.

    First he collected a neat pass from Kieran Trippier but was thwarted by Foster, although the keeper knew little about the save as the ball cannoned off his forehead.

    Then Kane met a Christian Eriksen cross from the left but headed wide under pressure from Ahmed Hegazi.

    Yet just before half-time Spurs' were forced to deal with some unexpected pressure, first when Alderweireld was forced to head a Jay Rodriguez cross over the bar and then when Hegazi headed over from a Matt Phillips corner. West Brom should have led early in the second half when Phillips burst down the right and crossed for Salomon Rondon, but his low shot was blocked by Davinson Sanchez.

    But it was Spurs' turn next as they produced a sweeping move that presented a chance to Erik Lamela.

    He collected a neat flick from Dele Alli but was blocked bravely by Foster as he bore down on goal.

    Both Tottenham's Danny Rose and Albion's Allan Nyom received yellow cards for an incident that reflected badly on both players.

    Rose was fortunate to escape sterner punishment for putting a hand in Nyom's face, but the Albion defender's over-the-top reaction also left a sour taste.

    With results elsewhere going their way, West Brom began to scent the goal that would give them hope of taking their survival fight into the final week of the season.

    Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal had to make a fine save to spare Kane the embarrassment of an own-goal before Alderweireld made an important clearance from a Hegazi cross-shot.


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