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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 01/09/19--14:00: Stay focused - Hamata
  • Stay focused - HamataStay focused - HamataFootball analyst warns of Afcon host 'distraction' The Brave Warriors are one match away from knowing if they will travel to Egypt for Afcon 2019 or not. Local football analyst Isack Hamata says Namibians must shy away from focusing on the fact that Egypt has been granted the hosting rights for the 2019 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

    Hamata believes that focusing on where Africa's biggest football showpiece will be held, while the Brave Warriors are yet to qualify, could be a major distraction.

    It was announced on Tuesday that Afcon 2019 will be held in Egypt after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) stripped Cameroon of its hosting rights late last year.

    At the time many Namibians had hoped that South Africa would get the nod to host Afcon 2019, given the short distance between Namibia and its neighbour.

    South Africa had in fact thrown its hat into the ring, but were soundly beaten by Egypt in the bidding war.

    Hamata said where the tournament will be held is not important at this stage, given that the Brave Warriors have not qualified as yet.

    “At this stage, we should not be bothered with where Afcon will take place.

    “It would definitely have been in the favour of the Brave Warriors and their supporters if the finals were to be held in South Africa, but CAF has decided otherwise.

    “Our focus should be on preparing very well to beat Zambia on 22 March and qualify for the Afcon finals. Everything else will just be an unnecessary distraction,” Hamata said.

    Namibia's northern neighbours, Zambia, stand in the way of Afcon qualification glory.

    The fact that Mozambique are lurking just one point behind the Brave Warriors makes the scenario a very tricky one for the Namibian team and their supporters.

    A win for Mozambique against Guinea-Bissau and a defeat for Namibia against Zambia will certainly end the country's hopes of reaching Afcon 2019.

    A draw for Mozambique and a defeat for the Brave Warriors will also guarantee Namibia a spot at the African football spectacle.

    Guinea-Bissau are currently leading Group K with eight points, with Namibia on the same total.

    Mozambique are in third place on seven points, while Zambia are out of the race after securing only four points so far.

    The group winners and runners-up will qualify for the 32nd edition of the Total African Cup of Nations, which will be hosted by Egypt from 15 June to 13 July 2019.

    Namibia are seeking to make their third appearance at the tournament, after qualifying for the 1998 and 2008 editions.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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    More NPL teams to join African safariMore NPL teams to join African safari Namibia Premier League (NPL) chairman Patrick Kauta has revealed that plans are afoot to ensure that more topflight teams are able to compete in African competitions.

    Kauta said Namibian teams have been absent from participating in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League and the CAF Confederations Cup because of the qualifying criteria set by the NPL.

    The only Namibian teams that are currently allowed to participate in CAF competitions are the NPL champions, who compete in the CAF Champions League, and the NFA Cup winners, who compete in CAF Confederations Cup.

    There is a different scenario in other countries, because even teams that finish fourth are able to compete in the CAF Confederations Cup.

    “I do believe that it is time we do consider changing the qualification format for the Confederations Cup, in order to have more Namibian teams representing us on the African level.

    “This is one of the only ways that can help Namibian teams to turn professional because they do gain exposure if they compete in such tournaments.

    “There are so many plans we have with the league and we are currently trying to schedule something with the ministry of sport to discuss matters of this nature,” Kauta said.

    African Stars are currently the only Namibian team competing in the CAF Confederations Cup this year.

    Stars are due to play Morocco's Raja Casablanca at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday at 16:00 in a first-leg clash.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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    Pochettino unhappy with VAR winPochettino unhappy with VAR winSpurs beat Chelsea in first leg of English League Cup semi-final Harry Kane scored the only goal of the all-London tie at Wembley after 26 minutes with a spot-kick given when referee Michael Oliver called on video technology. Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino said he was “unhappy” to see his side beat Chelsea 1-0 in the first leg of their English League Cup semi-final via a disputed penalty awarded by the video assistant referee (VAR).

    Chelsea were convinced Kane had been offside before racing into the box, where he was brought down by Kepa Arrizabalaga as the Blues goalkeeper came hurtling off his line.

    It took more than 90 seconds for the VAR to confirm Kane had indeed been onside before match referee Oliver awarded a penalty.

    “I don't like the VAR,” Pochettino told Sky Sports. “Today we get the benefit of it but after watching the World Cup and another league like La Liga I see that nobody is happy from day one that they started to use it.” “To get the benefit is nice but I am unhappy to win the game like this,” the Argentinian said.

    “I prefer the technology but in a different way. Being clear, I am pro technology because you cannot stop evolution but we are waiting so long, it is not clear what the rules are.

    “We all have to agree, the players, the coaching staff, I watch every week La Liga and nobody is happy, the big clubs and the small clubs.

    “That is a good example for us. We have six months to improve the system and there is a lot of work to do.”

    Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri insisted a Blues video showed Kane in an offside position and also questioned why the VAR was now being used in League Cup ties but not in the Premier League.

    “A few minutes ago I watched the video from our camera. It was offside. Our camera was in line with Harry Kane,” Sarri said.

    “Offside with the head, the knee. Offside. It was really important that the linesman carried on running, he had a big impact on our defenders.

    “I don't think English referees are able to use the system. If you are not sure with the system, you have to follow the ball and at the end of the action decide... “I think they (football officials) have to study the system. It's very strange in the Premier League there isn't a VAR and in the Carabao (League) Cup there is the system. It's very strange for us, the players and referees.”

    Kane, however, had no such qualms over the penalty award.

    “I played to the whistle and nicked it round the keeper, it was a clear penalty. The VAR is there for a reason and they got it right,” said the England forward.

    NAMPA/AFP

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  • 01/09/19--14:00: Murray's talent undimmed
  • Murray's talent undimmedMurray's talent undimmed Former world number one Andy Murray's ranking dropped as low as 839 during 2018 as he played only six tournaments, with the Scot arriving in Melbourne looking to prove he can compete again at the top level.

    The three-time major winner and double Olympic champion pulled out of last year's Australian Open to have hip surgery and only returned in June on grass at Queen's Club in London and then played on the same surface at Eastbourne.

    He sat out Wimbledon in July and made just four more tournament appearances, including a Grand Slam return at the US Open, before ending his season after Shenzhen in September to concentrate on working his way back to full fitness.

    Despite his truncated season Murray showed glimpses of his best, most notably in his third comeback event in Washington in August.

    Murray won three gruelling three-set matches in his first hard-court event after surgery to reach the quarterfinals, including an impressive victory against British number one Kyle Edmund who was a semi-finalist in Melbourne a year ago.

    Murray's fierce will to win was amply demonstrated as he survived a final set tiebreak in a last-16 epic victory against Marius Copil that ended at 03:02, with the Scot bursting into tears. In his final event of 2018 in Shenzhen, Murray showed his talent was undimmed, recording his first comeback victory over a top 10 player against David Goffin before closing down his season to finish with a year-end ranking of 240. He enters the Australian Open at 230.

    He was upbeat after winning his first match of the season at Brisbane last week but was easily beaten in the next round in straight sets by Russia's world number 15 Daniil Medvedev.

    “In the second set I made a few too many mistakes,” Murray said. “I think when you obviously play better players, I mean he's 15 in the world or so, they will expose any errors that you make in your game.”

    But it is his body's ability to withstand five-set matches over two weeks in energy-sapping heat that will be the unknown factor for a man searching for a first Australian Open title at the age of 31.

    “There are still things that I want to achieve,” said Murray.

    “I have been so close so many times that the Australian Open is the one I would pick to win if I could,” added the Scot who has lost in five previous Melbourne finals.

    “I missed playing here and I'm going to go out and compete as hard as I can. Whether I am capable of that I don't really know.”

    Murray confirmed he still has some pain from his hip, but said he was “in a better place than I was a few months ago”.

    “I owed it to myself to give myself the best possible shot to get back to a level I was happy with.”

    NAMPA/AFP

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    Aakwiita ya kutha ko ehala lyaantu koonkondo moRehobothAakwiita ya kutha ko ehala lyaantu koonkondo moRehoboth Iilyo yoRehoboth shooting club oya ka konga ekwatho kOmpangu yoPombanda yi li ompinge nekuthoko lyehala lyawo shaaheli paveta kaakwiita. Moondokumende ndhoka dha pewa ompangu mOmaandaha kuJohn Henry Eiman, omunashipundi gwoRehoboth Shooters Club, odha holola kutya aakwiita yetanga lyegameno lyaNamibia oya kutha ko ehala lyawo lyokuumbila oondjembo momasiku 18 gaDesemba omvula ya piti, konima sho ya kala taya longitha ehala ndyoka uule woomvula 14.

    Konima sho aakwiita ya utha ko ehala ndyoka otaya indike aantu ya ye mehala moka mwa kwatelwa niilyo yoRehoboth Shooters Club. Oshipotha shomuyonena oshowo okuya pehala lyaantu shaaheli pa zimino lyamwene gwehala osha patululilwa Etanga lyEgameno lyaNamibia muDesemba. Eiman okwa popi kutya sho ya tseyithilwa kombinga yoshinima shoka momasiku 18 gaDesemba ye pamwe nomupeha omunashipundi Dawid George van Wyk oya yi meendeelelo kehapa hoka, ihe oya adha omakumba gawo ga tewa po nopomweelo opwa tulwa ekumba epe.

    Enyolo ndyoka lya li lya shangwa (Rehoboth Shooters Club) olya kuthwa po na opwa tulwa omanyolo omape: “Ekunkililo. Oto yi momudhingoloko gwomilitali. Okuthaneka omathano inashi pitikwa, osha indikwa.” Ondokumende dhompangu odha holola kutya ehala ndyoka olya kala tali longithwa okuza mo 2004, konima sho eindilo lyokulongela mehala moka lya ziminwa kelelo lyondoolopa ndjoka.

    Iilyo yongundu ndjoka oya longitha iimaliwa yawo yopaumwene mokutula ko ondhalate kehala ndyoka lyuunene woohecta 5, oshowo omanyolo nomakumba gokupata omiyelo.



    Inaya mona ekwatho

    Eiman okwa popi konima sho ya dhidhilike ehala lyawo lya kuthwa kaakwiita, oya ka konga ekwatho mokamba yaakwiita opo ya gandje omanyenyeto gawo.

    Oya pewa omayele po ya ninge ekwatathano nUuministeli wEtanga lyEgameno na oya pewa onomola yongodhi yaNdjai Kashopola ngoka ongodhi ye ya kala kayili mombepo konyala ikando yontumba sho ya dhengelwa. ho ya yi kelelo lyondoolopa inaya mona ekwatho lyasha oshowo okuza kopolisi.

    Oya popi kutya opolisi kaya li yahala okuya yambidhidha na oya pewa omayele komukalelipo gwawo gwopaveta Norman Tjombe, opo ya tule mo oshipotha shomuyonena nopolisi.

    Ongundu ndjoka oya tula mo nduno oshipotha shokuya mehala lyaantu shaaheli papitiko lyamwene gwehala ihe lwanima oya lombwelwa kutya oshipotha shoka itashi vulu okukonakonwa molwaashoka omunambelewa ngoka teshi konaakona andola okuli mefudho. Okwa shangelwa ombaapila amushanga guuministeli wegameno ta tseyithilwa kutya otaku ka katukwa oonkantu dhopaveta ngele aakwiita inaya thiga po ehala ndyoka, okuya momasiku ga 4 gaJanuari ihe kape na shoka sha ningwa po okuza kombinga yaakwiita. Mboka otaya pula ompangu opo yi pulakene meendelelo eindilo lyawo molwaashoka ongundu ndjoka yoRehoboth Shooters Club oya kuthwa uuthemba wawo na otaya pula po iifuta yompangu yi vutwe kuuministeli wetanga lyegameno.

    Ongundu ndjoka oya popi kutya sho ngashiingeyi aakwiita ya kutha ko ehala lyawo otashi yi pondje nokuya indika ya longithe ehala lyawo okwiidheula unene sho ya taalela omadhigathano gokuumba oondjembo.

    Aaningi yeindilo otaya ya mbidhidhwa komukalelipo gwopaveta Norman Tjombe, naayamukuli meindilo ndyoka lya ningwa Ominista yEgameno, Uuministeli wEgameno oshowo elelo lyondoolopa yaRehoboth.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    Tourists robbed in SwakopmundTourists robbed in Swakopmund A tourist couple were robbed of nearly N$34 000 worth of belongings in Swakopmund on Monday.

    Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu said on Tuesday a 44-year-old German tourist and his wife were walking back to their residence from a restaurant when the incident occurred.

    “A silver VW Polo with registration number N38291W stopped next to the victims and four suspects allegedly jumped out of the vehicle and grabbed their belongings before driving away,” Iikuyu said.

    The stolen property consisted of one Canon camera, a lens, an SD card, a blue backpack, a pair of Gucci sunglasses and a necklace and silver bracelet.

    No arrests have been made and none of the items have been recovered yet and police investigations continue.

    In an unrelated matter, a 21-year-old man was arrested in Walvis Bay's Narraville residential area on Sunday after he was allegedly found in possession of 41 packets of cannabis, 36 halved mandrax tablets and two full mandrax tablets with a combined value of N$2 870. A 28-year-old man was also arrested for allegedly being in possession 150 grams of cannabis valued at N$1 500 last week.

    According to Iikuyu, the drugs were discovered during a police operation.

    NAMPA

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  • 01/09/19--14:00: Winning the war on HIV/Aids
  • Winning the war on HIV/AidsWinning the war on HIV/AidsNamibia reduces its incidence rate by over 40% Namibia has made tremendous progress in the battle against HIV/Aids. Namibia is making inroads in the fight against HIV/Aids, according to findings published by the University of Columbia's Mailman School of Medical Health.

    The results of the Namibia Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (NAMPHIA) show that 77% of all HIV-positive adults in Namibia have achieved viral load suppression - a widely used measure of effective HIV treatment in a population - surpassing the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAIDS) target of 73% by 2020.

    Compared with the UNAIDS 2015 estimates, Namibia has reduced its HIV incidence rate by over 40% in the past two years, the report published on Medical Express said.

    “Namibia has made this tremendous progress by either reaching or exceeding the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets among women and, nationally, by attaining 86-96-91 among adults.

    “Namibia accomplished this through the strategic expansion of HIV prevention and treatment services, with a focus on viral load suppression at the individual and community level, and the swift implementation of forward-leading HIV policies,” the report said.

    According to the report, the Namibia Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (Namphia) results also suggested that women aged 15-24 have a far higher HIV incidence rate (0.99%) than same-aged young men (0.03%) in the country.

    This highlights the continued need for expanded primary HIV prevention in young women, including through the PEPFAR-led DREAMS Partnership, and ensuring that all men between 25 and 35 are virally suppressed, such as through the new MenStar Coalition.

    “These exciting new data demonstrate that a community-centred approach results in high community viral suppression, which decreases the rates of new HIV infections.

    “Several African countries are now on track to reach HIV epidemic control by 2020, accelerated progress that was only possible because of partner country political leadership and their rapid adoption of policies focusing primary prevention and treatment resources for maximum impact,” said ambassador Deborah Birx, global AIDS coordinator and special representative for Global Health Diplomacy.



    OGONE TLHAGE

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  • 01/09/19--14:00: Company news in brief
  • Company news in brief Company news in brief Congo miner leaves responsible-sourcing scheme

    The Democratic Republic of Congo's biggest miner of coltan, an ore containing metals used in mobile phones, is leaving the ITSCI certification scheme relied on as a guarantee that minerals are free from human rights abuses.

    Societe Miniere de Bisunzu (SMB) has given 30 days' notice to end its contract with the ITSCI supply chain initiative, its communications director Philippe Stuyck told Reuters, citing the scheme's rising costs.

    In emailed statements, SMB later announced it was instead joining another scheme, the Better Sourcing programme, which was implemented by responsible-sourcing group RCS Global.

    "The transparency of our supply chain remains our main priority, which is why we are doing everything we can to improve and modernise it," Stuyck said.

    Many others in the industry have complained about ITSCI for several reasons, including cost, but have been reluctant to pull out because of concerns they will not be able to sell their minerals without ITSCI certification. ITSCI did not respond to requests for comment. - Nampa/Reuters

    Deutsche Bank to cut 2018 bonus pool

    Deutsche Bank's management board has decided to cut the lender's 2018 bonus pool by around 10% in an effort to cut costs while retaining talent, Bloomberg reported.

    Bloomberg, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter, also reported on Tuesday that bonuses would be paid more selectively. The pool could change, depending on fourth-quarter earnings figures, the report said. A spokesman for Deutsche Bank declined to comment.

    Germany's largest lender paid bonuses worth 2.3 billion euro (US$2.63 billion) for 2017, four times higher than the previous year, the bank said in its annual report.

    Its top managers went without bonus payments for 2017 after the bank lost 735 million euro, the third annual loss in a row.

    Deutsche Bank, which is expected to turn a profit for 2018, has vowed to pay competitive bonuses in an effort to keep staff from moving to rival firms. - Nampa/Reuters



    Boeing delivers record 806 aircraft in 2018

    Boeing Co delivered a record 806 aircraft in 2018 to retain the title of the world's biggest aeroplane maker for the seventh straight year, but missed its full-year target of 810-815 due to supplier woes that delayed shipments.

    European rival Airbus SE, which will report its numbers later this week, met its own 800-jet target pending a final audit, but is certain to lag behind Boeing due to engine delays, industry sources said earlier.

    Investors and analysts closely watch the number of planes Boeing turns over to airlines and leasing firms for hints on the company's cash flow and revenue.

    Boeing also looked set to beat Airbus for aircraft orders on a like-for-like basis in 2018 after booking 893 net orders, excluding cancellations in the year.

    Meanwhile, Airbus ended November with 380 net orders, to which it has since added confirmed deals for another 220 aircraft. - Nampa/Reuters



    BP unlocks a billion oil barrels in Gulf of Mexico

    BP said it has discovered two new oilfields in the Gulf of Mexico and has identified an additional billion barrels of oil at an existing field thanks to new seismic technology.

    The British company, which has only recently turned the corner following the deadly 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, also announced on Tuesday plans to expand production at its Atlantis oilfield in the Gulf of Mexico, consolidating its status as the largest oil producer in that region.

    The company has put a heavy emphasis on technology and data processing capabilities in recent years in order to unlock new resources and cut costs.

    The US$1.3 billion Atlantis Phase 3 development will include drilling eight wells and a new sub-sea production system that will boost BP's production by 38 000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed). It is scheduled to start production in 2020.

    Together with the new discoveries, BP aims to grow its Gulf of Mexico production from over 300 000 boed at present to 400 000 boed by the mid-2020s. – Nampa/Reuters



    Samsung Electronics flags first profit drop in two years

    South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Tuesday estimated a 29% drop in quarterly operating profit, its first decline in two years, as it flagged tough memory chip and mobile phone markets in a rare commentary.

    Weaker earnings at the world's biggest maker of smartphones and semiconductors adds to worries for investors already on edge after Apple Inc last week took the rare move of lowering its quarterly sales forecast, citing poor iPhone sales in China.

    Samsung, in a regulatory filing, estimated profit at 10.8 trillion won (US$9.67 billion) for October-December last year, down 29% from the same period a year earlier. That compared with the 13.2 trillion won average of 26 analyst estimates in an I/B/E/S Refinitiv poll.

    It also estimated an 11% on-year revenue decline at 59 trillion won.

    The company does not usually explain the details behind its estimates, but on Tuesday issued a background statement along with its fourth-quarter earnings guidance to "ease confusion" among investors as its estimate was far below market forecasts. -Nampa/Reuters

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  • 01/09/19--14:00: Namibia remembers Gu
  • Namibia remembers GuNamibia remembers GuWindhoek memorial service for coercive conversion victim All over the world there are people at risk of persecution for their faith. This past Saturday, the Human Rights Association for Victims of Coercive Conversion Programmes hosted a special memorial service in Windhoek to commemorate the murder of 27-year-old Ji-in Gu.

    Gu, a coercive conversion victim, was kidnapped and killed in South Korea on 29 December 2017.

    The organisers of the Windhoek event hosted this special service with the aim of creating awareness and educating the public about the devastating effects that human rights abuses have on families and individuals.

    Gu was killed while being held captive at a secluded recreational lodge in Hwasun, South Korea.

    She was bound and gagged by her parents, an act which led to her suffocating to death.

    Her parents were held responsible for her death but the real culprits behind the murder were allegedly the pastors from the Christian Council of Korea (CCK).

    The CCK pastors allegedly use brutal methods to indoctrinate victims - mostly young women - through abduction and confinement. The pastors receive money from parents in exchange for their conversion strategies, after promising to convert children back to the desired denomination. Gu, who had in July 2016 escaped confinement at a Catholic abbey in the city of Jangseong after being held captive for 40 days, had been living in constant fear of being kidnapped again and could no longer trust her family who had colluded with CCK pastors to kidnap her.

    This is just one example of the atrocities of this nature happening all over Korea and in many parts of the world.

    Gu's death escalated from a family matter to a national issue, with more than 120 000 people gathering in Seoul and other major cities outside of South Korea, in January and February 2018 to protest against coercive conversion and fight for religious freedom and the protection of the universal human right to choose one's religious beliefs without being persecuted.

    In Windhoek, the Human Rights Association for Victims of Coercive Conversion Programmes paid tribute to those who lost their lives and whose human rights had been violated by powerful organisations and people who abuse their authority for monetary gain.

    All over the world there are people at risk of persecution for their faith. By hosting the Windhoek memorial, the human rights association aimed to create awareness and unite people from all religions, denominations and backgrounds to stand up against these human rights violations.

    Memorial services were also held in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

    STAFF REPORTER

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    Apple boss got big 2018 pay bumpApple boss got big 2018 pay bump Apple gave its chief executive Tim Cook a hefty 22% pay raise in 2018, bringing his total compensation for the year to almost US$15.7 million, according to a filing submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    The figure comprised a base salary of US$3 million, a US$12 million bonus and US$680 000 in what it called "other compensation" that includes private air travel and security expenses.

    Apple's compensation committee cited the company's strong sales performance over the year in justifying the bonus.

    "For 2018... we achieved net sales of US$265.6 billion and operating income of US$70.9 billion, each representing a year-over-year increase of 16%, and exceeding the 2018 maximum annual cash incentive programme goals for both of those performance measures," the document said.

    "The compensation committee determined that no downward adjustments to the payouts would be made based on Apple's 2018 performance and the individual contributions of our named executive officers and approved the maximum total payout at 400% of annual base salary."

    It was the second year running that the 58-year-old successor to the late Steve Jobs got a major pay raise. In 2017 he received US$12.8 million while in 2016 he made US$8.7 million.

    The news came a week after Apple cut its revenue outlook for the latest quarter, citing steeper-than-expected "economic deceleration" in China and emerging markets.

    The disclosure rattled investors, some of whom viewed the weakened forecast as a sign that the company lacks a major new gadget after the iPhone, a device that critics say has been priced too high.

    Shares of Apple sank 10% in the first session after the announcement, its worst day since 2013, contributing to a big pullback in the tech giant's stock market performance over the last three months.

    Long the biggest company by market capitalisation, Apple is now fourth behind Amazon, Microsoft and Google parent company Alphabet. - NAMPA/AFP

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    Borders closed due to FMD outbreak in SABorders closed due to FMD outbreak in SA Namibia's borders with South Africa have been closed to all imports and in-transit movements of cloven-hoofed animals and products from the neighbouring country with immediate effect.

    The agriculture ministry announced yesterday that following an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in South Africa, the border closures were necessary.

    The disease was detected in the Vhembe district of the Limpopo province in the FMD-free zone and reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on 7 January.

    As a result the official OIE-recognised FMD-free status of South Africa is temporarily suspended.

    The agriculture ministry said due to this any exports where FMD-free zone attestation is required cannot be certified.

    FMD is one of the most contagious diseases of cloven-hoofed animals, which include cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and antelopes, among others. It has a devastating economic impact.

    Common clinical signs of the disease include salivation, not grazing, limping, reluctance to move, blisters and ulcers on the tongue, gums, nares, udder and feet.

    The suspension of the border movements of cloven-hoofed animals has led the ministry to cancel and recall all previously issued import and in transit permits.

    Importers are urged to contact the veterinary import and export office for further information.

    STAFF REPORTER

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    Hit-and-run suspect on the runHit-and-run suspect on the run The Ongwediva police are calling on members of public to assist them with information that could lead to the arrest of an unknown motorist who was involved in a hit-and-run incident near the Oshiko roadblock on Christmas Eve.

    Cyclist Paulus Namalambo Kaushiwetu Katonyala (17) died instantly when he was hit by an unidentified vehicle on 24 December last year at the Sunny Auto Repair premises in Ohakweenyanga village.

    According to Sergeant Frieda Shikole-Ashiyana from the Oshana police's public relations office, the incident took place at about 20:35 while Katonyala was riding his bicycle.

    “Katonyala was riding his bicycle in the road when he was bumped by unknown motorist who was travelling from Ongwediva to Ondangwa,” Shikole-Ashiyana said.

    Katonyala, who was a student at the Marco Mpollo Vocational Training Centre, died on the spot.

    “The Ongwediva police have opened a docket and are investigating four charges in this case.

    They are investigating counts of culpable homicide, defeating the course of justice by failing to stop, failing to ascertain injuries and failing to report an accident,” Shikole-Ashiyana said.

    She said Katonyala was a resident of Ohakwenyanga village. He was laid to rest at the Ongwediva Elcin cemetery on 29 December.

    Shikole-Ashiyana said whoever has information about the incident should come forward to assist the police.

    “People must not be afraid to come forward because all information will be treated with confidentiality. In cases like this the police can only complete its work when members of the public are willing to assist.”

    Shikole-Ashiyana said those with information can contact Constable Muyamba on 081 222 8070 or report to their nearest police station.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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  • 01/09/19--14:00: Anxious wait for results
  • Anxious wait for resultsAnxious wait for resultsGrade 12s on tenterhooks The education minister is set to announce the top ten learners this morning and give statistical overview of how last year's crop of ordinary level matric pupils performed. As grade 12 learners await their ordinary level results with bated breath, education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa has expressed positivity ahead of today's official announcement.

    Hanse-Himarwa is set to announce the top ten learners this morning and give statistical overview of how last year's crop of ordinary level matric pupils performed during their examinations.

    “Obviously I am positive about this year's results. We are always expecting positive results,” Hanse-Himarwa said yesterday.

    The ministry will release the results of last year's 56 534 ordinary level candidates, of which 23 594 were registered fulltime and 32 940 part-time.

    They wrote the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) examinations.

    Nudo Windhoek councillor Joseph Kauandenge said he anticipated a slump in the results, compared to 2017.

    “I expect our grade 12 results to be worse than they were. We have lost the moral high ground when it comes to our children,” said Kauandenge.

    According to him the education system needs a complete overhaul. He called on parents to become more involved in their children's education.

    Kauandenge also feels that the new curriculum that was being introduced at secondary school level will not be sufficient to address the shortcomings in the education system.

    “The new curriculum is a total disaster… does it respond to our needs and the aspirations of our people? Was there consultation?” Kauandenge added.

    Trade Union Congress of Namibia (Tucna) secretary-general Mahongora Kavihuha said: “I am not expecting an improvement in the results, just a marginal back-and-forth in terms of performance. There has been stagnation.”

    According to him, it seems that the education ministry does not know what to do to correct the situation.

    “From the union's side, we have been observing that this is attributed to a lack of ideas; we are making the same mistakes. We are not serious about addressing problems head-on; those in the ministry have been living in a comfort zone,” he said.

    Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) secretary for education Elma Dienda also does not think the results will show any improvement.

    “These results will be even worse. I don't have any hope that anything will improve. The grade 10 results were disappointing and now there is this situation of the new curriculum,” Dienda said.

    “This Swapo government is confused.”

    Dienda also expected the curriculum changes to wreak havoc in the coming years, as grade 11 and 12 learners adjust to a new reality.

    The Namibia College of Open Learning (Namcol), Dienda felt, should also start warning members of the public in advance when it intends to completely phase in the new curriculum.

    Dienda also wished the anxious grade 12 learners well. “I hope the children will be successful,” she said.

    OGONE TLHAGE

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    Former Zim minister granted bail Former Zim minister granted bail Zimbabwean opposition politician and former energy and power development minister Elton Mangoma, who was arrested on charges of criminal abuse of office, appeared in court in Harare on Tuesday.

    Mangoma was arrested on Monday together with two other ZESA Holdings officials by the country's anti-corruption unit, the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC). They spent the night in the Malbereign police cells.

    Former MDC-T member, ZESA CEO Josh Chifamba and Zesa Enterprise managing director Tererai Mutasa appeared before Magistrate Ruramai Chitumbura, who released them on US$1 000 bail each. They were ordered to surrender their passports and report to the police once a week.

    They must also continue to reside at the addresses given to the court until the finalisation of the matter.

    The case was postponed to 29 January.

    Mangoma, Chifamba and Mutasa are accused of awarding a contract to a South Korean company in October 2011 without a tender process. As a result, the State contends, the power utility was prejudiced to the tune of US$850 000.

    The State alleges that Mangoma connived with Chifamba to "unlawfully and intentionally do that which was contrary to or inconsistent with his duties as a public officer by approving a business plan on the proposed switchgear technology transfer agreement between Techpro Company of South Korea and ZESA Enterprises, a subsidiary of ZESA Holdings, without going through the tender procedures for the purpose of avoiding a competitive bidding process, thereby showing favour to Techpro Company of South Korea". - NAMPA/ANA

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    US, China extend trade talks US, China extend trade talks Markets respond with hopeful upswing American president Donald Trump has fired off some positive tweets, while the world holds it breath. Vishnu VarathanMizuho Bank Economics Head"Even if a deal is cobbled together, the more strident trade hawks in the White House and Trump may not sign off." United States and Chinese envoys extended trade talks into a third day yesterday, after President Donald Trump said negotiations aimed at ending a tariff war were "going very well!"

    "Talks with China are going very well!" Trump said late Tuesday on Twitter.

    The two sides announced no details, but Asian stock markets rose on news of the decision to extend negotiations that originally were planned for two days. Hong Kong's main market index rose 2.3% while Tokyo was up 1.3%.

    Envoys are meeting face-to-face for the first time since Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, agreed on 1 December to suspend further punitive actions against each other's imports for 90 days. The fight was sparked by American complaints that Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology.

    Washington is pressing Beijing for changes including rolling back plans for a government-led creation of Chinese global champions in robotics and other fields. Europe, Japan and other trading partners echo Washington's complaints that those violate Beijing's market-opening obligations.

    Chinese officials have suggested Beijing might alter its industrial plans but reject pressure to abandon what they consider a path to prosperity and global influence. They have tried to defuse pressure for more sweeping changes by offering concessions including purchasing more American soybeans, natural gas and other exports.

    Neither side has given any indication that their basic position has changed. Economists say the 90-day window is too short to resolve all the conflicts in trade relations between the biggest and second-biggest global economies.

    Trump's "cheerleading tweet" feeds hopes for a settlement, Mizuho Bank's Vishnu Varathan said in a report. However, he cautioned, "Even if a deal is cobbled together, the more strident trade hawks in the White House and Trump may not sign off."

    On Tuesday, an official Chinese newspaper warned Washington "cannot push China too far" and must avoid a situation that "spins out of control".

    The talks went ahead despite tension over the arrest of a Chinese tech executive in Canada on US charges related to possible violations of trade sanctions against Iran.

    Trump has imposed tariff increases of up to 25% on US$250 billion of Chinese imports. China responded by imposing penalties on US$110 billion of American goods, slowing customs clearance for US companies and suspending issuing licenses in finance and other businesses.

    Cooling economic growth in both countries is increasing pressure to reach a settlement.

    For its part, Beijing is unhappy with US export and investment curbs, suggesting it might demand concessions. Chinese officials complain about controls on "dual use" technology with possible military applications. They say China's companies are treated unfairly in national security reviews of proposed corporate acquisitions, though almost all deals are approved unchanged.

    Yesterday a Reuters report said the US trade delegation in Beijing was "wrapping up" meetings with Chinese officials and would return to the United States later on Wednesday after a "good few days", quoting US Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, Ted McKinney.

    "I think they went just fine," McKinney said of the talks. "It's been a good one for us," he said without elaborating.

    However, people familiar with the talks said that the two sides were further apart on Chinese structural reforms that the Trump administration is demanding. If no deal is reached by 2 March, Trump has said he will proceed with raising tariffs further.

    In what is widely seen as a goodwill gesture, China on Tuesday issued long-awaited approvals for the import of five genetically modified crops, which could boost its purchases of US grains as farmers decide which crops to plant in the spring. -Nampa/ AP/Reuters

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  • 01/09/19--14:00: Old brands display new tech
  • Old brands display new techOld brands display new tech The companies founded by blacksmith John Deere and candle and soap making duo Procter & Gamble may not be the hip purveyors of new technology they were in 1837, but they are first-time exhibitors at this year's CES gadget show. Other unlikely newcomers include missile maker Raytheon, outdoorsy retailer The North Face and 115-year-old motorcycling icon Harley-Davidson.

    The four-day consumer-electronics show opened on Tuesday with some 4 500 companies exhibiting products and services and more than 180 000 people expected to attend. It's the place start-ups and established tech giants alike go to unveil everything from utilitarian apps to splashy devices.

    "Every company today is a technology company," said Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, which organises CES. Shapiro said many companies already send executives to Las Vegas each January to gauge trends, so it's not surprising that they eventually unveil their own new technology as well.

    It's also part of a more fundamental economic shift as consumers increasingly expect to buy not just goods and services, but a personal experience, which often skews towards digital, said Dipanjan Chatterjee, a brand analyst at Forrester Research. "We're still doing old-fashioned things: Ordering clothes, buying detergent, getting a cup of coffee, but there are new-fangled ways of doing it," he said. "Brands have no choice but to play a role in this new technology space."

    That's one reason Harley-Davidson is using the show to announce the commercial launch of its first electric motorcycle LiveWire. The motorcycle will have a cellular connection, as many cars do these days, so people can keep track of their motorcycle's charge or check where they parked it through an app.

    Consumer goods giant P&G, best known for Pampers diapers and Tide detergent, is showcasing heated razors, a toothbrush with artificial intelligence and a wand-like device that scans the skin and releases serum to cover up age spots and other discoloration. P&G is also showing off an internet-connected scalp adviser: The Head & Shoulders-branded device uses ultraviolet light and other techniques to uncover scalp issues and recommend products. The device is available only in Europe and Asia, for now.

    Expect these gizmos to cost more than the plain-old "dumb" versions. P&G's Oral-B toothbrush, for example, is expected to cost US$279, while a regular Oral-B electric toothbrush can be bought for less than US$30.

    And every new connected device means more data collection about people's personal habits - a gold mine for advertisers and hackers alike.

    The North Face is using virtual reality to provide a fine-grained look at its waterproof fabrics.

    Raytheon is demonstrating the everyday applications of GPS anti-jam technology, which was originally designed to protect military forces.

    John Deere has hauled in self-driving tractors and a 20-ton combine harvester aided by artificial intelligence. The combine has cameras with computer-vision technology to track the quality of grain coming into the machine so that its kernel-separating settings can be adjusted automatically. Farmers can monitor it remotely using a smartphone app.

    It's hard to imagine what 19th century Illinois blacksmith John Deere might think if he were plopped into his company's 2019 booth at the flashy Vegas convention centre, but Deanna Kovar believes he'd be "amazed and astonished".

    "His innovation was making a self-powering steel plough that could cut through the heavy, rich soils of the Midwest," said Kovar, the company's director of production and precision agriculture marketing. "We've been a technology company since the start." Kovar said American farmers have been using self-driving tractors for decades - and that CES is a chance to let everyone else know. -Nampa/AP

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  • 01/09/19--14:00: Enough empty talk
  • Enough empty talkEnough empty talk For far too long Namibia has grappled with the problem of the sheer absence of accountability and responsibility in both the public and private sectors.

    As a nation, we have been complacent with most of our dealings and this has cost us dearly over the years.

    The high levels of corruption that have become so pervasive among the political elite and their handlers serve to underline all that is wrong about our state of affairs as a nation.

    The lack of accountable leadership within the public service, specifically, has been frustrating to say the least. It is sickening.

    We can preach as much as we want but the current public accountability mechanisms are not as efficient and effective as claimed by the powers that be.

    There is a great fear that the lack of accountability has corroded public respect for political leaders as well as their counterparts in the corporate world. Whilst public office-bearers are answerable to the appointing authority there is a growing culture within government that sees certain officials wield so much influence, to such an extent that they seem to be accountable to no one.

    Now that President Hage Geingob has declared 2019 as the year of accountability, it is our sincere hope that government will promote greater accountability and transparency in order to encourage public participation in policymaking and a culture of holding our leaders accountable. One of the best ways to deepen our hard-won democracy is to foster a culture of transparency and accountability.

    With 2019 also being an election year, it would be the perfect opportunity to appraise the progress made by politicians as far as their 2014 electoral promises are concerned.

    Only less talk and more action can fix the mess we find ourselves in, especially the state of our economy, which is currently languishing in the doldrums.

    Namibians deserve better in 2019 and beyond. We say an unequivocal and resounding “no” to any more empty words.

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    ‘Yellow vests’ cost France dearly‘Yellow vests’ cost France dearly Mediation attempts suffer a blow The continued protests have already cost France US$36 million. Muriel PenicaudFrench Labour Minister "There are already 58 000 workers who are threatened to be laid off. If we continue like this, it would be 80 000, it would be 100 000.” European media has reported that the anti-government "yellow vest" protests will affect the French job market and risk the income of up to 100 000 workers, while quoting the country’s labour minister Muriel Penicaud’s warning on Tuesday.

    "It's about 10 000 employees that are under the threat (to lose their jobs) per week," Penicaud told France's CNews television. "There are already 58 000 workers who are threatened to be laid off. If we continue like this, it would be 80 000, it would be 100 000," she added.

    Penicaud said the government has already allocated 32 million euros (about US$36.6 million) to help pay "those who cannot go to work because of the violence".

    "We are quite concerned about that because it is not a short-term problem. There are some unemployment risks due to the violence, which is unacceptable," she stressed.

    Since November 2018, people who are angry at the high fuel tax and unfair economic reforms have blocked roads, occupied highway toll booths and staged nationwide protests. Past Saturdays have been marked by violent demonstrations in which protestors burned vehicles and barricades, and clashed with police in cities across France. Paris, the country's top tourist destination, has been put on lockdown over weekends, forcing shops and restaurants to shut down amid riot fears.

    Statistics from the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (Insee) show the "yellow vest" movement will take a toll on the French domestic economy, forecasting slower growth of 1.5% for 2018, down by 2% points from a previous estimate. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced plans on Monday for tough new laws to deal with the "yellow vest" protests that have caused turmoil in Paris.

    Meanwhile Reuters reports that the official appointed by the French government to lead a national debate over the grievances raised by “yellow vest” protesters quit on Tuesday following a controversy over her salary. Former sports minister Chantal Jouanno said she could not guarantee conditions for a calm debate as she had become a focus of attention after a news magazine revealed she was paid 14 700 euros (US$16 800) per month to head France's National Commission for Public Debate. The commission is a consultative body on environmental issues.

    The “yellow vests” debate is due to be launched next week, giving President Emmanuel Macron little time to appoint a successor. The debate, whose precise mechanisms remain unclear, is one of the key proposals he made last month in response to the wave of violent protests that has spread across the country.

    Driving the unrest is anger, particularly among low-paid workers, over a squeeze on household incomes and a perception that Macron is indifferent to ordinary citizens' needs as he enacts reforms seen as pro-business and favouring the wealthy. In reaction to Jouanno's withdrawal, the government will propose "a way of steering the... debate that will... preserve (its) guarantees of independence and neutrality," an official at the prime minister's office said. - Nampa/Reuters

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    SA sculptor for N$20m Mandela, Tambo statuesSA sculptor for N$20m Mandela, Tambo statues A young sculptor who won the tender to craft the N$20 million statues of South Africa's liberation struggle icons Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo will be officially unveiled on Thursday, the eThekwini Municipality has said.

    Durban-based sculptor Lungelo Gumede has produced many statues of leading political and non-political figures and has bagged the multi-million rand tender.

    In 2016, the then unknown Gumede unveiled a life-size wax statue of the late gospel musician Sfiso Ncwane during his funeral at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

    In a statement on Tuesday, the municipality confirmed that the two giant statues of the world icons are to be erected in Durban.

    The statues are expected to be one of the city's "quintessential tourist attractions" once unveiled later this year in July and September respectively. The municipality also said that possible designs for the statues will also be unveiled and eThekwini will also shed light on their location within the city. Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa is expected to attend the unveiling of the sculptor.

    Thembinkosi Ngcobo, head of parks in eThekwini, in an interview with eNCA dismissed criticism against the price tag of the statues, saying they represented cultural identity.

    "In politics there is nothing more important that the politics of identity. Whoever that will oppose this is someone who is going to be benefiting if black people were to be less united than they are now because they will have some benefit out of those divisions," Ngcobo said. "All black people should know that the more they talk about their struggles and preserve the narrative of their struggles, they are more likely to remain united." - NAMPA/ANA

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  • 01/09/19--14:00: Parents on the warpath
  • Parents on the warpathParents on the warpathAnger simmers over school placements far from home Parents say they will not be able to afford transport money for their children who will now be forced to take taxis to and from school. Parents have expressed their unhappiness over the rollout of the revised curriculum at secondary school level, which they say has now resulted in their children being placed far from home so they can complete grade 10.

    They expressed their unhappiness about the removal of grade 10 classes from community schools, saying this will make it extremely difficult for parents and learners.

    Last year the education ministry abolished external grade 10 examinations and grade 9 learners will now write a semi-external exams.

    Grade 10 now forms part of the senior secondary phase.

    Secondary school is now divided into three phases, the junior secondary phase comprised of grade 8 and 9, the senior secondary phase comprised of grade 10 and 11 and the grade 12 advanced subsidiary level.

    More than 100 junior secondary schools across the country will be upgraded to senior secondary level, which means they will have to take in grade 11 learners in 2020.

    Some combined schools that had grade 10 learners will now accommodate learners up to grade 9 only, while grades 8 and 9 were removed from some secondary schools.

    Eino Shonena said his daughter completed grade 9 at the Oikango Combined School in Oshana last year and has now been admitted at the Ongwediva Junior Secondary School.

    According to Shonena, the new school does not have a hostel and is located about 15 kilometres from his house.

    “I just do not understand this situation at all. My child used to walk to school and now I don’t know how she will be getting to school. The distance from the house to the main road where she can get a taxi is already long and on top of that getting taxi money every day is also going to be a challenge for me. I am not employed,” Shonena said.

    “My child is very small and I don’t know anybody who lives near the school. This has raised my blood pressure.”

    Gideon Sheepo said his child applied to be admitted at Gabriel Taapopi Senior Secondary School, but was instead placed at Kapolo Junior Secondary School.

    “I don’t even know where that school is. How will the child be getting to that school? I don’t think the government knows what it’s doing. This system has frustrated us, the parents, and the learners,” Sheepo said.

    Oshana education director Hileni Amukana said not all rural schools had grade 10 upgraded to senior secondary level.

    “What we did is that we took schools in the vicinity and clustered them so that we could reduce the distance to be travelled by learners. We informed parents and learners early enough about this arrangement so that when they are applying they will at least choose schools near their homes,” Amukana said.

    “Unfortunately many learners only applied to schools with hostels. As a region, we had to place those learners ourselves and that is what led to such a situation.”

    Amukana said if parents and learners are unhappy they are free to negotiate with principals to see if there are spaces available at their schools of choice.

    Last year Namibian Sun reported that teenage learners are being subjected to hunger, sexual temptation and other social evils due to them having to make do with makeshift accommodation in areas far from home, where they are able to access secondary education in Oshana.

    The lack of formalised accommodation was blamed for the drastic difference between grade 10 and 12 examination results in the region, because many matric learners are left to their own devices, without the supervision and discipline found in a school hostel environment.

    Most of the non-boarding schools are situated in towns and settlements that have dismal grade 12 results.

    ‘Valley of pain’

    The grade 10 results released in December last year indicated that 20 000 learners will not be promoted to grade 11, but in 2020 these learners could, based on the results of internal examinations, be promoted.

    According to available documents on the new curriculum, the pass mark for grade 10 will be 40% or an E in five subjects, including English. This is higher than the current requirements. Learners will potentially be held back in both grades 8 and 9, and once more in grade 10. Pressure in those classes will increase greatly if large numbers of learners are held back in grade 10.

    In an earlier interview with Namibian Sun, Patrick Simalumba of the National Institute for Educational Development (NIED admitted there are challenges.

    “It is an inevitable valley of pain we must walk through hand; we must take hands for a better future.”

    According to him, the transition period will take some time, but the lack of classroom space, staff and resources are worrisome.

    Currently, the available figures for the 100 junior secondary schools that will have to take in grade 11 learners next year, per region, are as follows: Erongo five, Hardap five, Kavango East four, Kavango West seven, //Karas four, Khomas three, Kunene seven, Omaheke two, Omusati 19, Oshana 15, Oshikoto 31, Otjozondjupa six and Zambezi seven.

    This implies that extra classrooms and teachers will be needed.

    According to a principal some construction and preparation has begun at certain schools, but the scope of this work is still unknown.

    Simalumba said that in areas where schools are near each other, they will work together to fill the gaps and meet the needs of the learners.

    “To secure qualified teachers for the fields of study is a challenge,” he said, adding that it was one that could last for several years.

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