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  • 12/10/18--14:00: Giving back
  • Giving back Giving back Young Miss Otavi Primary, Devonishia Vicky Utale, teamed up with Otavi town council to support the Otavi Health Centre’s Soup Kitchen, by providing them with food packages. The soup kitchen caters for underprivileged residents who take strong medication, so they can eat before taking their tablets. Devonishia (8) requested the town council’s help to run her ‘Help me to help the needy campaign’ and Otavi Agra, Otavi Sentra and town council staff come to her aid and staunchly supported her campaign. Devonishia was delighted and expressed her gratitude towards Otavi Agra, Otavi Spar and the town council for their contributions and called on others to follow their good example.

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  • 12/10/18--14:00: Take them out to play
  • Take them out to playTake them out to play Vinoliah Mangaba

    For a number of children from orphanages in Windhoek, the world outside is not quite well-known.

    Schedules are super-strict. Schools are not far from their orphanages and playgrounds are close. Basically all essentials are at their doorsteps.

    The Noble Foundation decided to take the children out to have some fun.

    The foundation is a youth organisation that aims for sustainable development.

    It believes that this kind of development can only take place if we nurture each other. Three orphanages were invited: the SOS Children's Village, Orlindi Orphanage and Dolam Children's Home.

    The children were delighted to have a day well-spent at the Academia Secondary School’s sports field, where they indulged in different sport codes and fun activities.

    The majority of the sport codes were miniature games, so the younger children could also be included.

    The turnout was splendid. There was also a football tournament for older youth, which was used as a way to raise funds.

    Miss Outapi, Tracy Kayofa, made an appearance. She said the fun day was an amazing experience and that she had lots of fun, as she felt so comfortable with the children. Kayofa spent a number of years in an orphanage and was able to relate to the children's joy. She says she was honoured to be part of the event and wishes to be a part of many others.

    The fun day had many sponsors. Some of the sponsors were private individuals and the rest were large companies.

    The companies were Red Bull, OTB Sport, Mpact Packaging, The Spot, Shoprite/Checkers, the Confab and SVG Multi Civil Engineers. A special thanks also went to Herman Rust, the principal of Academia Secondary School for availing the sports field for the day.

    Patricia Doeses, the head of the Noble Foundation and her team were indeed glad that the day was a great success.

    Doeses wishes to bring a harmonious relationship between all welfare organisations and societies.

    One of the Orlindi Orphanage home mothers said she was grateful for the day, as the children are kept within the facility immediately after they get home from school. Their friends are also in the orphanage, so they never really go out to socialise and have fun. Many of the children said they were really happy to just get away from their usual daily routine. The 10th of November will surely remain in the memories of all who participated and contributed in one way or another.

    * Vinoliah Mangaba is a grade 12 learner at Academia Secondary School in Windhoek.

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    Spurs face make-or-break Barcelona clashSpurs face make-or-break Barcelona clash Tottenham are sitting pretty in the Premier League but face a potentially season-defining match against Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday.

    Mauricio Pochettino's men have amassed 36 points from 16 Premier League matches, with 12 wins, leaving them in third place behind Liverpool and Manchester City. That they have managed that despite playing in their temporary home of Wembley and after a World Cup in which so many of their players featured until the final weekend, makes their achievement all the more impressive. However, with City and Liverpool in such rampant form, few expect Spurs to win the Premier League, putting increased emphasis on their match against the Spanish league leaders in Group B. Pochettino must somehow find a way past Lionel Messi's Barcelona to reach the knockout stages but he remains positive ahead of the daunting trip to the Camp Nou to face the five-time European champions.

    “It will be a massive game. They have qualified for the next stage but in the Champions League no one is going to give a present,” said the Argentine, who left Harry Kane out of the starting line-up for the 2-0 win away to Leicester on Saturday.

    “We need to win and deserve to win. The mentality is going to be 200% to try to win. We are going to arrive in the best condition, Barcelona are one of the best teams in Europe.”

    Spurs took just one point from their first three games in Group B, losing to Inter Milan and Barcelona and drawing with PSV.

    But they beat PSV at home and then scored late through Christian Eriksen to beat Inter 1-0 at Wembley, leaving them in second place on seven points, the same as the Italians.

    With Barcelona already guaranteed to top the group, Spurs must match Inter's result to guarantee progress.

    Pochettino has in the past talked about how only the Premier League or Champions League title will take the club to the “next level”, even though the trophy cabinet has been empty since 2008.

    Spurs have played in the Champions League for the past three seasons but they cannot boast the pedigree or history of Manchester United or Liverpool in Europe's top club competition. They have only progressed beyond the Champions League group stage twice, reaching the quarter-finals in 2011. Barcelona, who beat Spurs 4-2 at Wembley, have already made sure of winning their Champions League group for a record 12th successive season.

    Dauntingly for Spurs, Barca are unbeaten in 28 Champions League home matches and the Londoners will not be encouraged by the fact that the Spaniards have only lost two home matches in 33 against English opponents. But Spurs themselves, with a vibrant collection of attacking players including Kane, Eriksen, Dele Alli and Son Heung-min, have won eight out of their past nine fixtures in all competitions and will be hoping that Ernesto Valverde's side take their foot off the gas. Beating the Catalan club would be particularly sweet for Pochettino, a former player and coach at Barcelona's city rivals Espanyol.

    The Argentine earned his first win as a manager in a derby at the Camp Nou in 2009. “Espanyol were bottom and Barcelona were top,” he recalled. “All the people were saying Espanyol were dead and had no chance. It was a special victory and an unbelievable memory.”


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    Mbidi remains mum about Fifa visitMbidi remains mum about Fifa visitNFA president hopes for the best Fifa's latest mission to Namibia is expected to finally sort out the mess that Namibian football finds itself in. Under-fire Namibia Football Association president Frans Mbidi says he will not speak about the upcoming Fifa visit but hopes everything will be sorted out for the sake of football.

    The dismissed president acknowledges that football has suffered because of personal clashes between administrators.

    “It is hard to say something at the moment because it can be used against you, but I am just happy that things might probably settle when the world governing body comes.

    “It has been a very difficult year for Namibian football but the country has still managed to pick up results.

    “The league has continued and other football projects are still going on, which is something positive,” Mbidi says.

    Fifa has announced that it intends to send a delegation to Namibia on 19 December to sort out the squabbles in Namibian football.

    The chaos started in 2016 when Mbidi suspended NFA secretary-general Barry Rukoro for alleged insubordination.

    Rukoro, who has been in his post for over a decade, has survived the chop on several occasions and was reinstated, given his strong influence over the NFA executive committee.

    Mbidi, on the other hand, wanted to make his presence felt and to fix things he believed were not being done correctly at the association when he became president in 2014.

    Many people, including Mbidi, feel that Rukoro has overstayed his welcome and that he should make space for someone else.

    Rukoro, who knows he has a strong hold on the NFA executive, vowed to take Mbidi out before relinquishing his position.

    The SG felt that Mbidi wanted to breach the NFA constitution by standing for another term.

    Rukoro further accused Mbidi of tarnishing his name and the name of the NFA in front of Fifa, Cosafa and CAF officials.

    This year, attempts to oust Mbidi began after he attempted to remove Rukoro once again.

    In February, Mbidi announced that the football association would not renew Rukoro's contract.

    Mbidi cited article 38 (d) (3) of the NFA constitution, which reads: “Only the president may propose the appointment or dismissal of the secretary-general.”

    This resulted in the majority of the NFA executive committee challenging Mbidi's decision.

    The executive disputed his move by citing article (35) (i) of the NFA constitution, which says that “the executive committee shall appoint or dismiss the secretary-general”.

    In April, the NFA emergency committee, consisting of the first and second vice-presidents, resolved to keep Rukoro in office despite his term having expired.

    The SG had argued that leaving the NFA in the hands of Mbidi would not be in the best interests of local football.


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    Jets cruise to 7-1 win over FlyersJets cruise to 7-1 win over Flyers Connor Hellebuyck made 36 saves, and Mark Scheifele collected three assists in the second period as the Winnipeg Jets cruised to a 7-1 victory over the visiting Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday afternoon.

    Hellebuyck became the fourth goaltender to reach 13 wins and did his best work during a scoreless game in the opening minutes. Hellebuyck made 10 saves before Winnipeg scored and 16 overall in the opening 20 minutes.

    Kyle Connor and Josh Morrissey scored in a span of 2:57 in the first period after Philadelphia registered 10 of the game's first 11 shots.

    The Jets took a one-goal lead into the second and broke it open with three goals in a span of 8:28.

    After Jakub Voracek scored on a rebound late in the first, Scheifele recorded secondary assists on Brandon Tanev's fifth goal 7:31 into the second and Dustin Byfuglien's power-play tally seven minutes later.

    After Byfuglien scored his first goal in 17 games, Scheifele assisted on Blake Wheeler's shorthanded goal on a breakaway.

    Wheeler scored after the puck hopped over Philadelphia defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere's stick near the blue line by centre ice.

    Bryan Little and Tyler Myers added third-period goals as the Jets scored seven goals for the second time this season and third time in franchise history against Philadelphia (also 2011 and 2003).

    Winnipeg star Patrik Laine did not score a goal for the season-high fifth straight game but contributed two assists.

    Scheifele recorded his fifth three-point game of the season and 29th career game with at least three points as the Jets won for the fourth time in five games and bounced back from Friday's 1-0 loss to St Louis.

    The Flyers gave up the first two goals of the game for the 11th time and dropped to 1-10 when doing so. Their only comeback from a 2-0 deficit this season was Saturday's 6-2 win at Buffalo.

    Philadelphia also allowed seven goals for the second time this season.

    Michal Neuvirth allowed three goals on ten shots before exiting as the Flyers dropped to 3-6-2 in their last 11 games. Anthony Stolarz allowed four goals on 25 shots.


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  • 12/10/18--14:00: Strong Bucks edge Raptors
  • Strong Bucks edge RaptorsStrong Bucks edge RaptorsBattle of top Eastern teams thrills The Raptors still own the best record in the league at 21-7, but they suffered a second straight defeat after falling 106-105 to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday. The Milwaukee Bucks bounced back from a disappointing defeat with a big win in Toronto on Sunday, edging the Raptors 104-99 in a battle of the NBA's top Eastern Conference teams.

    Malcolm Brogdon's back-to-back three-pointers with 1:07 remaining first tied the score then put the Bucks up 100-97, a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

    Brogdon scored 18 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 19 and matched his season-high with 19 rebounds for Milwaukee, who fell to the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors on Friday.

    Brook Lopez also scored 19 for Milwaukee, who became the first team to beat the Raptors twice this season.

    “We came off a tough loss to the Warriors, we knew we needed this one going into this back-to-back,” Brogdon said.

    The Bucks, who improved to 17-8, host Cleveland on Monday. He said shaking off the loss to Golden State wasn't difficult.

    “We're a really good team this year,” he said. “We have a lot of confidence in ourselves. We're resilient. We've got a coach that has confidence in us every night win or lose.”

    Toronto have dropped two straight for the second time this season and have lost three of their last four.

    Serge Ibaka scored 22 points and Kawhi Leonard had 20 for the Raptors. But Kyle Lowry went scoreless for the first time this season, missing all five of his shots.

    He did produce seven assists, and Toronto coach Nick Nurse said the Raptors didn't play badly offensively.

    “We did a lot of things well enough to win the game, but we just didn't score,” said Nurse, who admitted to concern over missed shots at the rim and missed open looks from the perimeter.

    “That's more the question,” he said of solving those shooting woes. “Can we get a little confidence back, get a little pep in our step?”

    Jrue Holiday and Julius Randle combined for 65 points to lead the New Orleans Pelicans past the Detroit Pistons 116-108.

    Holiday and Randle rose to the occasion after star teammate Anthony Davis was hobbled by a sore hip after a clash with Detroit's Blake Griffin in the first quarter.

    Davis returned to the game in the third period but finished with just six points on two-of-seven shooting with nine rebounds, four assists and five blocks.

    “He was probably 50%,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “But just having him out there - defensively I thought he did a great job for us.

    Holiday filled the void with 37 points, one shy of his career high. He tied a career-best with six three-pointers. He pulled down five rebounds, handed out five assists and came up with three steals.

    Randle added 28 points with six rebounds and five assists.

    “Everybody stepped up and played well when we needed them to,” Gentry said. “Obviously, Jrue did a fantastic job controlling the game.”

    Elsewhere, the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Utah Jazz 110-97, avenging a 34-point loss to the Jazz on December 4.

    DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points and Rudy Gay had 23 points and 15 rebounds as the Spurs put together two straight wins for the first time since they won four straight from October 27-November 3.

    The victory was the 1 210th of coach Gregg Popovich's career, moving him into a tie with Pat Riley for fourth place in NBA history.


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  • 12/10/18--14:00: Brokering peace for Syria
  • Brokering peace for SyriaBrokering peace for SyriaToo many different boots on the ground A political resolution is the most important step to stabilising Syria. Following eight years of civil war with more than 400 000 dead in Syria, the ninth round of Astana talks between Turkey, Russia, Iran and the Syrian government and opposition members have yielded tangible results in pushing for a political solution. Undertaking to hold the next meeting in February 2019, Russia, Iran, and Turkey said the meeting, which included representatives of the Syrian government and opposition, made great strides in realising a political solution for the country.

    In a joint statement, the countries said they “rejected all attempts to create new realities on the ground under the pretext of combating terrorism and expressed their determination to stand against separatist agendas aimed at undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria.”

    Furthermore, they “underlined their firm conviction that there could be no military solution to the Syrian conflict and that the conflict could be resolved only through the Syrian-led and Syrian-owned, UN-facilitated political process in line with the UN Security Council resolution 2254.”

    Simply put, Syria is a mess and there are far too many boots from too many countries, official or otherwise, on the ground. Russia, thus far, has been very effective in creating some form of stability by getting rid of terror groups and insurgents and restoring order in a bid to create the correct atmosphere for political change, at the will of the Syrian people.

    It is chaos on the ground. Turkey is fighting the Kurds in Syria, Israel is bombing Lebanon, also in Syria, and the origin and pay-cheque master of the so-called White Helmets remains an open mystery.

    That the West has had an interest in Syria is an open secret. Declassified Central Intelligence Agency documents indicate that as far back as 1986, there was an interest in overthrowing the Syrian government by provoking sectarian tensions. The conclusion drawn is that American needs would be “best served by a Sunni government controlled by business-oriented moderates” and furthermore, that such “a government structure would precipitate a strong need to Western aid and investment”.

    The CIA continued by saying that while Sunni “dissidence” had been at a minimum since Assad's crackdown in the 1980s, “tensions lingered, keeping alive the potential for minor incidents to grow into major flare-ups of communal violence” and moreover, “excessive government force in response to these disturbances would serve to facilitate even larger protests by Sunni groups”.

    The events of 9/11 gave further impetus to Western military involvement in the Middle East and elsewhere. According to the former NATO Supreme Allied Commander General Wesley Clark, Donald Rumsfeld, the defence secretary of the United States in 2001, had a plan which was laid out in a memo. Clark told media that “this is a memo which describes how we are going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran”.

    The US is in a bit of a pickle now. Russian military intervention has all but downed Islamic militants and the US has no real reason to remain behind, save to assist its long-term ally Israel in maintaining control of the Golan Heights, or, fresh water.

    Russian intervention in Syria had one goal: Restoring order for the country's legitimate government to pave the way for a political resolution and elections that reflect the will of the people.

    There was another chemical attack, this time with chlorine shells, on 25 November in Aleppo. The scale of the injuries, anywhere between 70 and 107 civilians, indicates that terror groups in Syria have secured chemical weapons.

    According to Syrian expert Salah al Hashawati, the chemical attacks in Aleppo indicate the US intention of continuing to achieve its goals in Syria. Syria has an extremely advantageous geopolitical position, so Washington won't retreat so easily, he said.

    “The Americans want to make Syria a headache for Russia,” Salah al-Hashawati told Sputnik, “according to this scenario, the crisis there should be permanent, like an open wound”.

    Moreover, Tehran's role in stabilising Syria will add impetus to Western interests and may cause US allies to deploy their troops to Syria.

    In the meanwhile, Russia has been providing military, political and humanitarian support to Syria with the country receiving more than 80% of Russia's total humanitarian aid.

    Its total share of aid reached 84% of the total volume of Russian humanitarian aid, which in value terms amounts to US$19.6 million, just over twice that granted in 2016.

    The Kremlin says it will continue to broker a tangible and long-lasting solution to the Syrian crisis, working now on a political solution with conflict on the ground relatively under control.


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    Lions knock off lowly CardinalsLions knock off lowly CardinalsStafford stars in big match Matthew Stafford completed 15 of 23 passes for 101 yards to lead the Lions to a 17-3 win at Arizona on Sunday in a matchup of two struggling teams. The Detroit Lions won the game on the field, but the Arizona Cardinals might have been the biggest winners off of it.

    The loss wasn't all bad for the Cardinals, however, at least when it comes to draft positioning.

    Arizona (3-10) shares the worst record in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders with three games to play as teams look ahead to 2019 and what assets they can get in next spring's draft.

    The game was the predictable struggle between two of the league's worst offensive teams.

    Arizona entered last in the league in scoring offense behind a patchwork offensive line, while the Lions were 23rd.

    After a scoreless first quarter, Detroit got on the board with 9:35 left in the second quarter, taking a 3-0 lead on a 47-yard field goal by Matt Prater.

    The score capped off a 13-play drive that took 7:56 off of the clock despite only spanning 55 yards.

    With 3:03 left in the third quarter, the Lions scored the first touchdown of the game, but it wasn't provided by the offense.

    Detroit cornerback Darius Slay picked off a pass from Arizona quarterback Josh Rosen and scampered 67 yards down the sideline for a touchdown that made it 10-0. It was the first interception return for a touchdown in Slay's career.

    Arizona finally got on the scoreboard with 8:14 left on a 22-yard field goal by Zane Gonzalez, which was the last play in a nine-play, 62-yard drive that took 5:17 off of the clock.

    But the Lions put the game away on their ensuing possession when they drove 75 yards in seven plays and took a 17-3 lead on a one-yard touchdown run by Zach Zenner with 4:05 remaining.

    Zenner rushed for 42 yards on seven carries during the drive.

    Rosen went 26 of 41 for 240 yards in defeat.


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    Zlatan sticks with LA Galaxy, AC Milan 'evaluate' FabregasZlatan sticks with LA Galaxy, AC Milan 'evaluate' Fabregas Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be leaving LA Galaxy to return to AC Milan, the Italian club's sporting director Leonardo said on Sunday, although they are studying the possibility of signing Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

    “Ibrahimovic will not return to Milan,” Leonardo told Sky Sport Italia. “He gave his word to the LA Galaxy that he would renew his contract. We thought about his return and he thought about it too, but he's keeping his word and will remain in MLS.

    “He always said from the start that if the LA Galaxy satisfied his conditions, then he would remain. They are doing that and he will stay there.

    “It would have been a marvellous story and a strong signal, but it will not be possible.”

    Ibrahimovic played for AC Milan from 2010 to 2012, winning a Serie A title with the club, before moving to Paris Saint-Germain and then Manchester United. The 37-year-old joined LA Galaxy this season and has a contract through the 2019 season with the Major League Soccer side.

    He was recently named the league's Newcomer of the Year, defeating record England goalscorer Wayne Rooney among others for the award.

    Leonardo said Milan were “evaluating the conditions” to sign 31-year-old Spaniard Fabregas, a former Arsenal and Barcelona player.

    “Unfortunately, with the Financial Fair Play issue it has become a puzzle and a difficult one to work out.

    “The owners want to invest, but there are parameters to be respected.”

    Meanwhile, Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta arrived in Milan on Sunday ahead of his 35-million-euro ($40.4 million) signing and will have his medical on Monday.

    “He'll be a reinforcement, is young and can certainly give us a hand,” added Leonardo of the 21-year-old Flamengo player.


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    Kizzire and Harman win golf QBE ShootoutKizzire and Harman win golf QBE Shootout Patton Kizzire and Brian Harman eagled the par-five 17th on Sunday to seize victory in the QBE Shootout in Naples, Florida, ahead of Graeme McDowell and Emiliano Grillo.

    Harman and Kizzire were one behind McDowell and Grillo when they arrived at Tiburon Golf Club's 17th in the fourball final round of the unofficial team event founded by Greg Norman.

    Both hit iron shots close and when Kizzire holed his eagle putt they leapfrogged McDowell and Grillo, who had pulled one ahead with their seventh straight birdie at 17.

    “We knew we needed at least birdie and eagle was a bonus,” Kizzire said.

    “He had a great iron shot in there close and freed me up, and I hit a good one, too. We both had looks at it. I putted first and made it.”

    Kizzire and Harman carded an 11-under final round of 61 for a 30-under total of 186.

    McDowell and Grillo had a total of 10 birdies - three on the front nine before their streak of seven from the 11th through the 17th - in a 10-under 62 for 187.

    It was McDowell's second straight runner-up finish in the event, after finishing tied for second with partner Shane Lowry last year.


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    Oontamanana pokati kehangano lyaNamib Mills naBokomoOontamanana pokati kehangano lyaNamib Mills naBokomoNamib Mills a fala Bokomo kompangu Ehangano lyokulonga omausila lyoNamib Mills olya hala Ompangu yoPombanda opo yi indike ehangano natango lyokulonga omausila lyedhina Bokomo kali landithile we uusila walyo yokuteleka uukuki moombaapila dha fa ndhoka tadhi longithwa kehangano lyoNamib Mills lyoshilimbo shawo shoBakpro. Mondukumende dhawo dhompangu, menindjela gwomalanditho moNamib Mills, Pieter van Niekerk, okwa popi kutya kashi li mondjila pamulandu gwomathigathano mongeshefa Bokomo Namibia a longithe oombaapila dhokupakela uusila wokuteleka uukuki dha fa ndhoka tadhi longithwa kehangano lyawo.

    Okwa popi kutya Bokomo ota longitha owina oombaapila dha fa dhawo opo naye a likole sha okuza kelanditho lyuusila mboka okupitila komapepe goNamib Mills.

    Gumwe gwomaaniipambuliko aanene mehangano lyoBokomo, ehangano lyaSouth Afrika lyoPioneer Foods, okwa hololwa lya mono iiyemo yi li poobiliyona 10 momvula yo 2017.

    Okwa lombwele ompangu kutya Namib Mills ehangano enene moNamibia tali landitha omausila ga yooloka, omakoloni, olwishi oshowo osuuka.

    “Ohali landitha iilongomwa mbyoka kohi yoshilimbo shedhina Bakpro. Oshilimbo shoka osha longa okutameka omvula yo 1982, nomutholomeno gwoombaapila moka hamu landithilwa iilandomwa mbyoka otagu dhana onkandangala onene.”

    Omunambelewa ngoka okwa popi kutya oshilimbo shawo oshiikalekwelwa nomathano ngoka taga adhika kombanda yoombaapila dhuusila wawo oshowo omalwaala.

    Okwa popi kutya konima nkene ya tula momalanditho uusila mboka wu li moombaapila ndhoka ehangano lyaBokomo inali kala we tali landitha nawa.

    Sha landula sho ya tula momalanditho uusila mboka wuli moombaapila oompe muJanuari gwonuumvo, oya landitha ootona 42 dhuusila mboka nokuya muAguste oya landitha ootona dhi li po880.

    Aaniilonga yoNamib Mills oya popi kutya omolwa onkalo ndjoka, Bokomo okwa li a dhiminikwa opo a landithe po omausila ge ngoka ge li pokuninga nayi kondando yi li pevi noonkondo.

    Okwa popi kutya ehangano lyawo olya longitha woo omwaalu omunene gwiimaliwa mokuninga omapekaapeko gopangeshefa opo ya vule okutula momalanditho uusila mbyoka, ta popi kutya oya longitha oshimaliwa shi li poomiliyona 1.7 lwaampoka.

    Van Niekerk okwa popi kutya Bokomo okwa tokola owina okuholela ehangano lyawo ngele tashi ya koombaapila moka mwa pakelwa uusila mboka, ta popi kutya shoka oshili oshiningilawina molwaashoka iilandithomwa yawo yilwe oyi li moombapila dha yooloka noonkondo kwaadhoka tadhi adhika iilandithomwa yehangano lyaNamib Mills.

    Okwa popi kutya ota pula Bokomo opo a pataneke oomapopyo ge nokugandja omaumbangi nkene eshi enditha melundululo lyoombaapila moka ta landithile ngashiingeyi uusila we mboka wuukuki dha faathana naadhoka tadhi landithilwa uusila mboka kehangano lyoNamib Mills.

    Okwa tsikile kutya opo Bokomo a tule uusila we mboka moombaapila dha fa dhawo ote shi ningi opo a vule okulikola iiyemo melanditho lyuusila mboka tawu ithanwa 'vetkoek flour' nenge a ngwangwaneke aalandi nenge ayihe.

    Sho a yamukula komapopyo gaVan Niekerk, Hubertus Hamm, Omunambelewa Omukuluntuwiliki gwoBokomo Namibia, okwa popi kombinga yokwaaha endelelitha eindilo ndoka lyompangu, ta popi kutya Namib Mills oye ta etitha ekateko ndyoka.

    Hamm natango okwa popi kutya, osha kutha uule woomwedhi mbali Namib Mills opo a ngongepo oondokumende dhe dhoka dheindilo lyompangu a ningi ihe ope na ethano kutya ngoka ta pataneke eindilo ndyoka ita pumbwa okupewa ethimbo lya gwana opo iilongekidhe nomayamukulo ge.

    Epwaakeno lyeindio ndyoka olya undulilwa komasiku 13 gaFebruali omvula twa taalela.

    Tobias Louw gwoTheunissen, Louw and Partners okwa kalelepo ehangano lyoNamib Mills omanga Daneale Beukes gwoEngling, Stritter and Partners a kalelepo Bokomo Namibia.


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  • 12/10/18--14:00: Racing down Leicester
  • Racing down LeicesterRacing down LeicesterSaracens cruise in Champions Cup Saracens joined France's Racing in making it three wins from three with an astonishing second-half revival to thrash Cardiff Blues 51-25. Racing 92 took a big step towards the Champions Cup quarter-finals with a 36-26 win over Leicester Tigers on Sunday, while two-time winners Munster hammered French champions Castres.

    Racing claimed a bonus point within 35 minutes as international backs Virimi Vakatawa, Juan Imhoff and Simon Zebo crossed as well as inexperienced back-rower Baptiste Chouzenoux.

    Scotland fly-half Finn Russell was instrumental as his side played an expansive brand of rugby which produced a fifth and final try to secure victory ten minutes from time.

    France prop Eddy Ben Arous left the field on a stretcher with a neck injury and went to a nearby hospital for further assessments.

    Coach Laurent Travers was impressed by his team's ability with ball in hand but expected more from his side.

    “Our attack was very good so we're not going to be fussy but we left three tries out there,” he said.

    “Sometimes we have to be more clear in our thinking to know when to play and when to keep it tight,” he added.

    Tigers left the French capital with their own bonus point, which pleased coach Geordan Murphy.

    “Tough place to come and always good to get a bonus point on the road. Disappointed we couldn't get more from the game but you'll take a point,” the former Ireland winger said.

    Racing top Pool 4 with 14 points from a possible 15 and are in a strong position to qualify for the quarter-finals, while Tigers are eight behind and need to gain their revenge at Welford Road next Sunday to hold any hope of a last eight spot.

    At Thomond Park, two JJ Hanrahan penalties was all Munster had to show from the first half but they stepped up a gear in the second half of a 30-5 rout with tries from Rory Scannell, CJ Stander and Hanrahan.

    Muster lead Pool Two with 11 points, three more than Gloucester.

    Another former two-time champion, Saracens, survived an early scare from Welsh side Cardiff Blues in north London.

    Tries from Blaine Scully and Matthew Morgan gave the Welsh side a deserved 18-13 lead at the break.

    Saracens hit back in the second half with Ben Earls crossing twice to put them ahead.

    Sean Maitland also scored two tries and there were touchdowns for Ben Spencer and Christian Judge as Saracens added 38 points in the second half, picking up a bonus point in the process.

    They top Pool Three with three wins from three.


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  • 12/10/18--14:00: Swimmers win silver
  • Swimmers win silverSwimmers win silver Namibia won a silver medal yesterday morning at the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region Five Under-20 Youth Games in Gaborone, Botswana.

    The swimmers, Heleni Stergiadis, Tiana Esslinger, Ju-Ane Oberholzer and Zune Weber won the silver medal in the 4x100 metre freestyle relay, with South Africa, who dominated the swimming events since Saturday, finishing first while Zimbabwe came third.

    Namibia now has two medals at the competition.

    Their first medal at the competition came on Saturday from Juan Johnson, who won a bronze in the 91+ kilogramme men's judo event.

    Swimming coach Daniel Louw says it has been a tough competition but he is happy that his athletes made it to the finals in most of their events.

    “We don't have a lot of swimmers at the competition and this is making it difficult for our athletes as they have no time to rest before going for another event. I am glad to see that most of our athletes made it to the finals that we will be swimming later in the afternoon,” he said.

    Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe are also taking part in the AUSC Region Five U20 Youth Games, which end on 16 December.

    The Namibian team is competing in football (men and women), track and field, boxing, netball, swimming, basketball, judo, volleyball (men and women) and tennis.


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    The gearbox that shaped a new generation The gearbox that shaped a new generation VW celebrates 15 years of their famed transmission More economical and sporty than any automatic gearbox before, the DSG changed the way gears are shifted. Volkswagen - “To date, more than 26 million drivers of a Volkswagen and the Group models have opted for a dual-clutch gearbox.” NEWSPRESS

    Exactly 15 years ago, Volkswagen introduced the first dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) for large-scale production, an automatic transmission for the modern age.

    More economical and sporty than any automatic gearbox before, the DSG changed the way gears are shifted, particularly in the compact class.

    People want to drive automatic

    Gears were almost always shifted manually before the DSG came along in 2003 and shifted gears faster than any driver could manage manually.

    “To date, more than 26 million drivers of a Volkswagen and the Group models have opted for a dual-clutch gearbox,” Volkswagen previously stated.

    The USA and Europe were two separate gearbox worlds until a few years ago. Automatic transmission has always been preferred in North America. At the turn of the millennium, 88% of all motorists there opted for an automatic transmission.

    Western Europe, which is dominated by compact vehicles, presented a completely different picture in 2000: Here, only 14% of cars – predominantly premium models – had automatic transmission.

    Economy and performance

    And this was not only due to the higher price of automatic transmission: A manual gearbox was usually more economical and sporty.

    And so more than 90% of Golfs - the most successful of all Volkswagen cars - came off the production line with a manual transmission. The triumph of the automatic transmission was introduced in 2003 by the Golf R32 with 177kW.

    As the first Volkswagen, it was on sale with an optional six-speed DSG. This new type of automatic gearbox shifted extremely athletically and was up to 20% more economical than the automatic gearbox with hydraulic torque converter. And that changed everything.

    In 2018, the DSG installation rate for the Golf is over 40%. It is even almost 30% for the smaller Polo. The Golf Sportsvan has an installation rate of 50%.

    The DSG figures for the T-Roc and Tiguan have settled at a similarly high level. For the large Tiguan Allspace, the DSG installation rate is even around 90%.

    In the Passat, the average is between 60% and 70%. The Arteon constantly breaks the 80% mark.

    Depending on the model, engine and type of drive, today Volkswagen offers various 6-speed and 7-speed DSGs. They are currently designed for torques up to 250, 400, 420 and 550Nm.

    In addition, there is a 6-speed hybrid DSG as a module with an integrated electric motor for plug-in hybrid models such as the Golf GTE1 and Passat GTE2.

    The gearboxes are constantly being further developed. A coasting function, where the DSG decouples the engine from the drive train in order to use the kinetic energy of the vehicle and thus further reduce fuel consumption, is becoming increasingly standard.

    All dual-clutch gearboxes are united by an extraordinarily good shifting performance without tractive effort interruption. The shifting process takes place within a few hundredths of a second.

    During cruising, the DSG shifts up a gear very early – this saves fuel. It is also a fact that the dual clutch gearboxes are a perfect match for the hybrid systems of tomorrow. This is another reason why the future belongs to the DSG.

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  • 12/10/18--14:00: Fuel smuggling grows
  • Fuel smuggling growsFuel smuggling growsImpact on local jobs, businesses disastrous Not only is illegal fuel damaging to vehicles, its impact on the local economy is worrisome with legal service stations in Oshikango already closing down. The smuggling of fuel from Angola does not only raise concerns about the illegality and the quality of the product, the impact on local, legal businesses is of great concern. In fact, several businesses in Oshikango have had to shut doors due to this practice.

    The mines and energy ministry launched an information campaign from 3 to 6 December in the north of Namibia to create awareness amongst consumers about the illegal importation and sales of Angolan fuel in Namibia.

    The deputy mines and energy minister, Kornelia Shilunga, delivered several speeches at Oshakati and in the broader Omusati Region saying it is illegal for unlicensed individuals to trade in petroleum products and furthermore, to bring these products into Namibia without customs' approval.

    The evasion of tax and fuel levies is also a great concern, she added.

    “The smuggling of fuel from Angola harms local, registered traders who now have to compete with the high volume of illegal, cheaper fuel. Moreover, our investigations have shown that this fuel is stored in illegal and unsafe containers which does not only pose a risk to the environment but is also a health risk to those dealing with the product.”


    Shilunga added that there are serious challenges with the quality of the illegal fuel.

    “Our Namibian vehicles can travel for a short while on Angolan fuel but, the sulphur content is so high that it does not meet our local specifications and standards. Not only is it damaging to the engine of the vehicle, its emissions are unacceptably high,” she said.

    The use of this illegal fuel is worrisome for the environment, especially in light of the fact that Namibia is a signatory to several international conventions against pollution and carbon emissions.

    “Furthermore, SADC has set a target that all its member countries will move towards a lower suphur content and 'cleaner' fuel by 2030.”

    In terms of this goal, Shilunga says Namibia has taken steps to phase out 93 petrol while 50 ppm diesel has already been introduced. By the end of the year, the phasing out of 500 ppm diesel will begin and the introduction of 10ppm diesel will also take place.

    “We are working hard to ensure that we, together with the world, are moving towards cleaner fuel.”

    Identifying illegal fuel

    Shilunga said she is often asked what is wrong with Angolan fuel and furthermore, how the average Joe can differentiate between legal and illegal fuel.

    “There is nothing wrong with Angolan fuel, as long as it is used within Angola's borders. Every country has its own regulations and laws and Angolan fuel does not meet our required specifications. This is why it cannot be sold, in its current form, within Namibia's borders.”

    She said it is easy to identify illegal fuel by the way it is sold.

    “It is not sold at fully-fledged service stations … it is sold behind closed doors and in small, dangerous and unsafe cannisters.

    “If this matter is not tackled, it can potentially destroy legal petrol stations, causing more job losses and chaos in these difficult economic times.”

    Several service stations at Oshikango have either experienced losses or have closed and illegal fuel traders can now be found as far as Engela, Ongenga, Eenhana, Outapi and even Oshakati.


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  • 12/10/18--14:00: Company news in brief
  • Company news in briefCompany news in brief Eskom: Plan to restructure debt due in 2019

    South Africa's government is discussing restructuring the debt of ailing power utility Eskom but will only give details of what it plans to do next year, public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan said.

    The cash-strapped firm said last week it wants the government to take on R100 billion of its debts, about a quarter of its total borrowings. It is also eyeing a steep hike in tariffs in 2019 from the energy regulator.

    "That's an issue that is being discussed in government and sometime in the new year government as a whole will give you some idea of where we are going," Gordhan told reporters referring to the firm's debt of over R400 billion.

    The idea of moving Eskom's debt on to government's balance sheet has unnerved investors as it puts even more pressure on South Africa's sovereign credit ratings, already rated subinvestment by two of the top three agencies.

    Gordhan said there was "no possibility of haircuts on Eskom debt”. – Nampa/Reuters

    Shell reviews deals involving ex-executive

    Royal Dutch Shell has concluded that a Nigerian oilfield sale where it suspects an executive took bribes was not linked to a separate court case in which he and Shell face corruption charges over a US$1.1 billion offshore acquisition.

    The Anglo-Dutch company filed a criminal complaint in March against Peter Robinson, a former vice president for Sub-Saharan Africa, saying he took bribes in the US$390 million sale of onshore Oil Mining Lease (OML) 42 to a Nigerian firm.

    Robinson is also one of several former Shell employees involved in a trial in Milan, in which Shell and Italy's Eni are accused of corruption related to the US$1.1 billion purchase of a giant Nigerian offshore field, Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL) 245. Both the OML 42 and OPL 245 deals were signed in 2011.

    Shell, the largest foreign investor in Nigeria, said that it had completed an internal review of the OML 42 sale process and other deals Robinson was involved in, and it concluded his only violation was related to OML 42.

    Shell, Eni and Robinson deny any wrongdoing in the OPL 245 case. Robinson also denies any wrongdoing in the OML 42 sale. – Nampa/Reuters

    Juventus shares to be added to FTSE-Mib

    Italian soccer champions Juventus, challenging for an eighth consecutive title with superstar Cristiano Ronaldo onboard, will be included in the benchmark FTSE-Mib stock index later this month, the Milan stock exchange said.

    Rumours about the move pushed Serie A champions Juventus up by around 10% on Wednesday before the bourse announcement was made in the late evening.

    The stock will be included in the index, which groups 40 top shares in all, from December 27, it said.

    Juventus first listed in December 2001 and remained little traded until the arrival of Ronaldo from Real Madrid for this season.

    The shares were around 0.64 euro mid-year and jumped as high as 1.80 in September only to fall back. – Nampa/AFP

    Deutsche Bank hit by new laundering report

    Deutsche Bank defended its record in fighting money laundering on Thursday after the Financial Times reported it had processed 31 billion euro (US$35 billion) more in questionable funds for Danske Bank than previously thought.

    A Deutsche Bank spokesman declined to comment on the FT article. He said, however, that it was not Deutsche's responsibility to vet Danske Bank's customers and that business ties with the Danish bank had been cut in 2015.

    The sum came on top of US$150 billion Deutsche cleared for Danske's Estonian branch from 2007-15, meaning it handled four-fifths of the flows from the Danish bank's clients in Russia and the former Soviet Union, the FT reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

    "We have continuously intensified our efforts over the past years against money laundering and tax evasion," Deutsche's chief financial o fficer, James von Moltke, said in a statement.

    The bank is also under investigation in a separate German case linked to the so-called Panama Papers, a trove of documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca that was leaked to the media in April 2016. – Nampa/Reuters

    Oil margin put pressure on Trafigura's annual profits

    Global commodity trader Trafigura Group reported its lowest annual net profit in eight years on Monday as a drop in oil trading margins offset a strong performance by its metals and minerals division.

    Traded volumes at its metals division increased by 37% in the financial year that ended on Sept. 30, mainly in coal, which had a "surprisingly strong" year, the company said.

    Trafigura's total earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) for the financial year rose 8% to US$1.7 billion, from 1.6 billion. Gross profit increased to US$2.4 billion, from US$2.2 billion a year earlier.

    Net profit fell slightly to US$873 million from a lacklustre US$887 million in 2017 due to low oil volatility, already its lowest since 2010.

    Revenues rose to US$180.7 billion, from US$136.7 billion in its 2017 financial year. – Nampa/Reuters

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  • 12/10/18--14:00: More villages get toilets
  • More villages get toiletsMore villages get toiletsRemains a challenge in rural Namibia Access to sanitation is elusive for many in Namibia but a new programme has helped four villages solve this problem. Although two northern villages were declared open-defecation-free (ODF) this week, an estimated 1.15 million Namibians, or half the population, still don't have access to proper toilets.

    Lack of safe sanitation, water and hygiene can be deadly, especially to children. About half of the deaths of Namibian children under five years old are attributed to preventable diseases caused by poor hygiene.

    This was part of the message delivered by Anna Shiweda, deputy minister of agriculture, at an event celebrating the ODF status of Eenyama and Okakango Konduda villages in the Eenhana constituency of the Ohangwena Region.

    At Eenyama, 33 households consisting of 270 people now have access to proper toilets. At Okakango Konduda the same goes for 26 households consisting of 268 people. Another village, Ondilinawa, achieved ODF status earlier this year.

    Ondingwanyama village was declared free of open defecation last year.

    Shiweda said another consequence of poor sanitation, hygiene and water supply is the fact that 24% of Namibian children under five are stunted.

    “Namibia faces a sanitation challenge,” Shiweda said, pointing out that an estimated 76% of rural people relieve themselves in the veld.

    Open defecation varies between different regions, she said, with 35% of rural Hardap residents and 80% of Ohangwena residents living without access to toilets.

    In urban areas, open defecation is estimated at 20%, mostly in informal settlements.

    The villages that have attained ODF status did so by means of the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach, a behaviour change approach recommended in the National Sanitation Strategy of 2008 which was first introduced to Namibia in 2014.

    The programme is being rolled out by the agriculture ministry and its implementing partners - the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) and the Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS).

    It is also supported by the health and urban and rural development ministries and the Ohangwena regional council.

    Through CLTS, communities are empowered to conduct their own sanitation appraisal, make their own conclusions and take action, such as building toilets by using locally available materials and other resources.

    In August, Namibian Sun reported that according to a State of Hygiene in Southern Africa report, only 15% of Namibians have access to a basic latrine, while 3% have limited access to shared toilets and 7% live in unimproved hygienic conditions.

    It said 75% of residents still practised open defecation, contrary to the 50% number cited this week by the deputy minister.


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    NTF consults on broiler protectionNTF consults on broiler protection The chicken industry in Namibia has major room for growth when one considers that Namibians consume 13 kg of chicken per year while in South Africans eat 38 kg per person per year.

    Currently, the monthly requirement for chicken is roughly 2 500 tonnes and of this, 1 900 tonnes are locally produced, the bulk of which is from Namib Poultry Industries which was established in 2012. Last year, South Africa produced 1.726 billion tonnes of chicken which implies that the Namibian market represents a meagre 2% of that of South Africa.

    These figures were announced by Robert McGregor, an economist of Cirrus Capital, at a workshop held last week by the Namibia Trade Forum (NTF) and other relevant stakeholders.

    The workshop was held with the view of preparing a white paper for the sustainable protection of the local broiler industry.

    “Namibia's consumption of chicken is far lower than that of South Africa which means there is a lot of room for the market to grow,” McGregor said.

    In 2017, the poultry industry contributed roughly N$201 million to the economy, 0.12% of the gross domestic product (GDP).

    If the multiplier effect is taken into account, which includes labour, packaging, transport, utilities and other costs, the total stands at 4.42 which means for each dollar spent on raising the chickens, N$4.42 is pushed into the economy. This increases the industry's contribution to the GDP to 0.7%.

    NPI currently employs 660 of which the majority is blue-collar labour. Moreover, according to McGregor, the costs of production in Namibia are far higher than that of South Africa.

    However, uncertainty over policy is preventing further growth in the industry.

    “Nobody wants to create a monopoly but, measures are required to protect the local industry against dumping,” he said.

    In 2013, import quotas were imposed limiting imports of chicken to 900 tonnes in a bid to protect the local industry. Following this, the South African Poultry Association launched a bid in the High Court to have the import limitations set aside. The application failed but, the South Africans were given permission to appeal and the matter is currently bogged down.

    The uncertainty of this outcome is currently the greatest limiting factor to the development of the local industry.

    Ronelle Rademeyer

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    Fuzile takes IBF Intercontinental titleFuzile takes IBF Intercontinental title South Africa's Azinga Fuzile produced another outstanding performance as he threw a flurry of punches to win the vacant IBF Intercontinental junior-lightweight title when Tanzanian Ibrahim Class quit at the end of round six at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday.

    Fuzile has had an outstanding 2018, winning all four fights inside the distance against Immanuel Andeleki (KO 1), Waidi Uman (TKO 8), Malcolm Klassen (TKO 4) and now Class.

    Fuzile was in control from the opening bell but the dreadlocked Class showed courage as he tried to counter the classy South African who scored with stinging right and left southpaw shots to the head and body.

    Class was sent down with a big left hand in the sixth round, but he beat the count and held to the bell as Fuzile punished him with rights and lefts to the end of the round, and it was a completely beaten fighter whose corner decided not to let him come out for the seventh round.

    Fuzile improves his record 13-0; 8 and Class's reported record dropped to 22-5; 10.

    Fuzile is ranked at No. 10 by the IBO and Class at No.38, with the South African listed at No. 9 by the IBF and at No 17 by the WBC.

    In the main supporting bout the South African minimum weight champion, southpaw Xolisa Magusha, retained his title on a majority points decision over Siphamandla Baleni.

    The scores were 116-113 and 115-113 for Magusha and Baleni 116-114.

    Other results: Luyanda Ntwanambi, won pts 10, Adam Mbega (WBO Youth flyweight title); Junior featherweight: Ayabonga Sonjica , won tko 5, Luthando Mbumbulwana.


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    Former Man Utd star Park offers to quit Korea youth roleFormer Man Utd star Park offers to quit Korea youth role Former Manchester United star midfielder Park Ji-sung has offered to step down from his youth administrative role at South Korea's football association, officials said yesterday.

    Park, who also played for Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven, was the biggest name to emerge from South Korean football before Tottenham striker Son Heung-min.

    The 37-year-old has pursued a career in football administration since retiring from playing in 2014, and became head of the Korea Football Association's youth strategy department last year.

    But he has submitted his resignation, an official told AFP, adding that the offer was being considered.

    The exact reason for Park's decision was unclear, but he currently lives in England and the official said that he may have been feeling uneasy about the distance from his duties.

    “He wasn't working full time so he faced limitations,” the KFA official said.

    The official added the resignation may also be aimed at creating a bigger role for Michael Muller, a veteran German expert scouted by Park this year as the KFA's chief instructor and youth policy director.

    South Korean football has failed to build on the national side's run to the World Cup semi-finals in 2002 in which Park played a key role.

    At the time of Park's appointment in November 2017, he vowed to develop South Korea's youth football using his abundant experience in Europe.


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