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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    City continue quadruple questCity continue quadruple questWolves' fightback avoids shock The English champions are still in contention for a clean sweep of all trophies this season. Manchester City's quest for four trophies continued with a 5-0 thrashing of Burnley to march into the FA Cup fifth round as League One's Shrewsbury narrowly missed out on shocking Wolves in a 2-2 draw on Saturday.

    City boss Pep Guardiola labelled talk of a quadruple as “fantasy” earlier in the week, but after cruising into the League Cup final in midweek, the English champions are in contention for a clean sweep of trophies as they challenge Liverpool in the Premier League and face Schalke in the last 16 of the Champions League.

    The defeat left Burnley to concentrate on their bid for survival in the top-flight.

    Guardiola named a strong side with just four changes from last weekend's Premier League win at Huddersfield.

    Gabriel Jesus continued his hot streak with a fine individual run and powerful finish past Nick Pope to open the scoring with his eighth goal in five games.

    Burnley wasted a great chance to level when Matej Vydra fired wide with just Ederson to beat, and within seconds Bernardo Silva's deflected effort gave City breathing space.

    Kevin de Bruyne's brilliant free-kick then made it 3-0 and another wicked delivery from the Belgian forced Kevin Long to turn into his own net for the fourth before Sergio Aguero rounded off the scoring from the penalty spot.

    Wolves knocked out Premier League leaders Liverpool in the last round, but needed a late fightback from 2-0 down to avoid the shock of the day at New Meadow.

    Rangers' loanee Greg Docherty smashed the third-tier side into the lead just two minutes into the second-half.

    Luke Waterfall gave the Shrews a two-goal lead 19 minutes from time with a towering header from a corner.

    They needed that cushion as Raul Jimenez came off the bench to give the visitors a lifeline and Matt Doherty levelled three minutes into stoppage time to save Wolves' blushes.

    One side will be in the next round after a late Ben Whiteman penalty earned Doncaster a 2-1 win over Oldham.

    Watford edged an all-Premier League tie despite Javi Gracia making 11 changes, as Andre Grey and Isaac Success scored in a 2-0 win at Newcastle.

    Newport County's fairytale continues as the League Two side, who beat Leicester in round three, equalised in stoppage time to earn a 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough.

    Frank Lampard's Derby County moved into the last 16 with a hard-fought 1-0 win at League One's Accrington Stanley, thanks to Martyn Waghorn's winner 12 minutes from time as both sides ended with 10 men. Swansea also booked their place in Monday's draw by easing past Gillingham 4-1.

    Two other ties will need a replay to find a winner as Brighton and West Brom played out a 0-0 draw, while QPR's visit to Portsmouth ended in a 1-1 draw.

    NAMPA/AFP

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    Onkalo yaalongi yomoofaalama otayi hwepopalaOnkalo yaalongi yomoofaalama otayi hwepopalaOkwa lopotwa woo eshuno pevi miiponga hayi holoka pomahala giilonga mokati kaaniilonga moka Muule woomvula 14 dha piti, kwiikwatelelwa komapekaapeko ngoka ga ningwa moNamibia, okwa dhimbululwa kutya onkalo yiilonga mokati kaaniilonga yomoofalama moshilongo oya lunduluka noondjambi dhawo odha londo pombanda. Nonando ongaaka okwa lopotwa kutya iikolitha, iingangamithi oshowo uulunga oyo unene yimwe yomwaambyoka tayi etitha omatidho miilonga mokati kaaniilonga mboka, kwiikwatelelwa kuuyelele mboka wa gandjwa kaagandji yiilonga.

    Momvula yo 2018 aaniilonga oyendji moofaalama otaya mono ondjambi yoshimaliwa shooN$3 418, okuyeleka noondjambi yooN$1 454 ndhoka ya li taya futwa momvula yo 2004.

    Olopota tayi ithanwa Wage Survey Report, ndjoka ya nyanyangithwa koAgricultural Employers' Association, oya holola kutya aaniilonga yomoofaalama ye li po 3 288, yomwaalu gwo 2 918 oye li aaniilonga taya kalelele.

    Kombinga yoondjambi, omapekaapeko ngoka ga ningwa mo 2018 oga holola kutya ondjambi yopetameka maaniilonga mboka oya tameka pooN$2138.17, omanga ondjambi yopombanda yi li pooN$3 413.51.

    Omapekaapeko oga holola kutya aaniilonga mboka inaya pyokoka ohaya mono ondjambi yooN$8.20 mowili, sha landula omapekaapeko ngoka ga ningwa momvula yo2017/2018.

    Olopota oya holola kutya oopresenda 36.25 dhaanafaalama, odha lopota iipotha yelongitho nayi lyiikolitha mokati kaaniilonga yawo muule wethimbo ndyoka, ano momvula yo 2017/2018.

    Oopresenda dhaaniilonga yomoofaalama mboka ya tithwa miilonga omolwa elongitho nayi lyiikolitha okuza momvula yo 20006, odhi li poo 3.81 okuya po 4.91%.

    Omatompelo gamwe gomatitho miilonga oga etithwa kuulunga, okwaahena oshili, okufaula kiilonga oshowo okwaaha gwanitha po iilonga.

    Nonando ongaaka okwa dhidhilikwa kutya uulunga mokati kaaniilonga yomoofaalama owa shuna pevi okuza poopresenda 19.05 okuya poopresenda 4.65 momvula yo 2016.

    Olopota ndjoka oya tsikile kutya aaniilonga yomoofaalama ye li po 385 oya thigi po omahala gawo giilonga nomwaalu ngoka ogwa kalela po oopresenda 11.71., okuyeleka noopreeda 12.47 momvula yo 2016.

    Aanafaalama oya holola woo kutya moofaalama dhawo omu na omagumbo gaaniilonga yomoofaalama ge li po 2 448, moka oopresenda 43.71 ye na uundjugo wawo oshowo omahala gokwiiyogela, omanga oopresenda dha hupako otaya longitha uundjugo wumwe oshowo omahala gokwiiyogela.

    Oopresenda 69.91 dhaaniilonga mboka oye na omalusheno momagumbo gawo omanga oopresenda 25.87 taya longitha olusheno lwoonkondo dhetango.

    Olopota oya tsikile kutya konyala aaniilonga taya kalelele ye li poopresenda 23.02 ohaya mono omayambidhidho giimaliwa komwedhi ya kalela po ooN$466, omanga oopresenda 12.84 haya mono omayambidhidho gokulanda moostola niinima yongushu yooN$278.77, kwiikwatelelwa komayalulo gomvula yo 2016.

    Iinima mbyoka haya landa oya kwatelamo uusila wepungu, osuuka, okofi, otee oshowo oohi.

    Natango aaniilonga taya kalele yoopresenda 67.92 ohaya pewa onyama yongushu yooN$433.29 komwedhi , omanga oopresenda 43.38 haya pewa omahini gongushu yooN$169.98 onga oshitopolwa shiifuta yawo yokomwedhi nomayambidhidho okuza kaagandji yawo yiilonga.

    Kwiikwatelelwa kolopota, aagandji yiilonga ya kalela po oopresenda 93.75 oya holola kutya aaniilonga yawo ohaya pewa oobonusa komvula omanga oopresenda 87 haya pewa omagwedhelo goondjambi kehe komvula.

    Okwa lopotwa woo eshuno pevi miiponga hayi holoka pomahala giilonga mokati kaaniilonga moka.

    Aagandji yiilonga ya kalela po oopresenda 9.5 oya lopota iiponga ya holoka miilonga mokati kaaniilonga moka,okuyeleka naaniilonga 38 ya mono iiponga momvula yo 2018 omanga 79 yamono iiponga omanga yeli miilonga momvula yo 2016.

    Omapekaapeko oga holola natango kutya oopresenda 62.25 ohadhi gandja omalweendo goshali kaanona yaaniilonga yomoofaalama dhawo, okuya kooskola omanga oopresenda 88.50, haya gandja omalweendo goshali kaaniilonga yawo okuya kiipangelo nokomandiki guundjolowele.

    Oopresenda 89.84 dhaaniionga oye na iikuni pomahala gawo giilonga, naaniilonga owala 64 yomaaniilonga 2 918 taya kalelele ye li ya shangithwa nomahangano omakalelipo gaaniilonga, naashoka osha e ta aaniilonga mbyoka ya kalelwapo komahangano gaaniilonga ya kale poopresedma 2.18.

    Omapekaapeko ngaka gotango oga li ga ningwa momvula yo 1998, na oga nuninwa okugandja uuyelele womondjila kombinga yonkalo yoondjambi dhaaniilonga moshikondo shuunafaalama.



    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Omuprima minista a limbililwa konkalo yompumbwe yomihandjoOmuprima minista a limbililwa konkalo yompumbwe yomihandjo Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila okwa tumu omupeha minista gwelongo Anna Nghipondoka, opo a ye nooskola moshilongo ashihe a tale nkene onkalo yili mooskola sha landula elundululo lyomusindalongo gwondondo onti 10.

    Ooskola otadhi popi kutya aanaskola yondondo onti 10 oyo ye na okutalwa tango ngele tagu gandjwa omihandjo mooskola unene dhepangelo, onkene omalelo gooskola otaga kunkililwa opo gaye pondje omilandu dhelongo nokukwashilipaleka kutya aanona oya tulwa mumwe moondunda dhokulala opo ku vule okutaambelwa momihandjo omwaalu omunene gwaanaskola.

    Shoka osha hololwa kuNghipondoka sho a talelepo oskola yedhina Andimba Toivo ya Toivo Senior Secondary School mOndangwa.

    Etalelepo lyaNghipondoka olya tameke konima owala yomasiku omashona sho oshifokundaneki shoNamibian Sun sha lopota kutya aavali yamwe otaya lundile oskola yAndimba Toivo ya Toivo Senior Secondary School mOndangwa kutya otayi tindile aanona yondondo onti 12 momihandjo, nokugandja oompito dhomihandjo kaanaskola yondondo onti 10 oshowo 11.

    Nonando ongaaka omupeha minista okwa popi kutya okwa nyanyukwa noonkondo mokumona kutya oskola ndjoka oya longa oshilonga oshiwanawa sho ya kwashilipaleke kutya konyala aanona ayehe mondondo onti 10 oya mona omihandjo.

    Omukuluntuskola poskola ndjoka, Walde Shapaka okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya omanga omulandu ngoka inagu tulwa miilonga, oskola ndjoka oya li owala hayi kala naanaskola ya thika po 60 mondondo onti 10 ihe konima sho kwa tulwa miilonga omulandu ngoka omwaalu ngoka ogwa londo pombanda sigo opaanaskola 215.

    Okwa popi kutya oskola oyi na aanaskola ya thika pe 1 000 ihe omihandjo dhawo otadhi pumbwa owala okukala naantu ya thika po 650.

    Mokati kaanaskola 215, 158 oye li momuhandjo omanga ondondo onti 11 yi na aanaskoka 262 moka ye li 170 ye li momuhandjo. Mondondo onti 12 mu na aanaskola 371, no 210 oye li momuhandjo.

    Nghipondoka okwa popi kutya elalakano lye lyokutalela po oskola ndjoka okutala kutya otaya humu ngiini komeho nomusindalongo ngoka omupe gwondondo onti 10, unene kaanaskola mboka haya zi pondje naamboka haya zi momihandjo.

    Okwa holola kutya onkalo yaanona taya hiila yoomvula 16 no 17 kayi shi onkalo ombwaanawa, na oyi li omaipulo omanene ku yo molwaashoka aanona mboka aashona.

    Okwa popi kutya onkalo ndjoka oyi li omukundu omunene kuyo oshowo komuprima gwoshilongo Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.

    Nghipondoka okwa popi kutya okwa kala ta talele po ooskola moshilongo ashihe opo a tale kutya onkalo tayi ende ngiini, unene okutala konkalo yomahala gokuza aanaskola. Okwa popi kutya nonando oye na oomvula ooshona aanona oyendji ngashiingeyi otaya hiila nale yo yamwe ohaya zi pamwe momahala omashona momalukanda ihe omolwa onkalo yompumbwe yomahala momihandjo dhooskola.

    “Aanona 57 yondondo onti 10 kaye li momuhandjo naanona mboka otaya vulu okuninga iihakanwa yomiyonena ngaashi omakwatonkonga. Esiku limwe mombashu kokanona koomvula 16 oshi li sha nika oshiponga noonkondo na inatu hala iinima yoludhi ndoka yi holoke,” Nghipondoka a popi.

    Sho omupeha minista sho a talelepo oskola yaAndimba okwa pula natango moondunda dhokulala mu gwedhwe oombete opo aanaskola oyendji ya vule okumona omahala gokuza nonando moondunda moka omuudha nale.

    Nonando oskola oyi na oombete itadhi longithwa, oya popi kutya kaye na omatalashe, naNghipondoka okwa pula aavali ya gandje ekwatho lyomatalashe koskola.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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  • 01/27/19--14:00: Fantastic Fiji take gold
  • Fantastic Fiji take goldFantastic Fiji take goldStirring, exhibition-style performance against US The winners walked away from Hamilton with back-to-back titles in both New Zealand and the world circuit. Fiji whipped the United States 38-0 in a six-try rout on Sunday to take the New Zealand Sevens crown and draw level at the top of the World Series rankings.

    The winners walked away from Hamilton with back-to-back titles in both New Zealand and the world circuit, once again depriving the US of a tournament win despite making the finals of all three dates in the 2018-19 series so far. Fiji was never seriously challenged from the time Jerry Tuwai opened the scoring from a lineout steal in the second minute.

    Waisea Nacuqu and Aminiasi Tuimaba also scored in the first half for the defending New Zealand champions to lead 17-0 at the turn.

    Alosio Naduva notched two tries in the second half and Tuwai bagged his second while the US was left scoreless.

    Fiji came through Sunday's knockout matches with a 31-7 win over Canada in the quarterfinals before beating South Africa 29-7 in the semis.

    The US team, which is shaping up as an emerging power in Sevens rugby, had a 19-14 win over Scotland in the quarters.

    They then came from behind to beat hosts New Zealand 17-7 on the back of a one-man advantage after Regan Ware was yellow-carded for a dangerous tackle.

    Fiji and the US now lead the overall standings with 57 points - one ahead of hosts New Zealand, who beat South Africa 29-7 in the bronze medal match.

    Sunday's runners-up lost to New Zealand in the season-opener final in Dubai and went down to Fiji 29-15 in Cape Town.

    England started the weekend on fourth in the series standings but failed to qualify for the playoffs.

    They later recovered to beat Kenya 36-7 in the Challenger Trophy final to be fifth overall in the series, six points behind fourth-placed South Africa.

    NAMPA/AFP

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  • 01/27/19--14:00: Kamworor scoops sixth title
  • Kamworor scoops sixth titleKamworor scoops sixth title World cross-country champion Geoffrey Kamworor showed his pedigree by winning the Kenya Police Service Cross Country Championship men's 10 kilometre race for a sixth time.

    On a busy weekend of cross-country action for Kenya's leading distance runners, Kamworor showed that he is rounding into shape ahead of his title defence at the 2019 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark.

    Kamworor was making his first cross-country outing of the year at the police champs at the Ngong Race Course in Nairobi on Saturday.

    Instead of front-running his way to victory as he has done in the past, the two-time world cross-country champion bided his time and ran in the lead pack of four alongside Josphat Boit, Isaac Kwemoi and Mathew Kisorio.

    Just Kamworor and Boit remained at the front on the last lap of the 10km race, but Kamworor began to edge ahead in the final kilometre before going on to win in 29:37. Boit was a distant second, crossing the line 17 seconds later, while Kwemoi was third in 29:59.

    African cross-country silver medallist Margaret Chelimo was an even more emphatic winner in the women's race. The Commonwealth 5 000m silver medallist covered the 10km course in 33:10 to finish 34 seconds ahead of 2015 world steeplechase champion Hyvin Kiyeng. Pascalia Jepkorir was third in 33:56.

    About 35 kilometres north-east of Ngong Race Course, Kahawa Garrison played host to the Kenya Defence Forces Cross Country Championships on Friday, attracting a similarly high-quality line-up.

    World 5 000m champion Hellen Obiri successfully defended her title in the senior women's 10km event. She had opened up a significant lead just two laps into the race before going on to win in 32:20. Irene Kimais took second place in 33:02 from Deborah Sum (33:35).

    The men's 10km race was much closer and was only decided in the final metres. Kibiwot Kandie held off a strong challenge from 2015 world under-18 1 500m bronze medallist Lawi Kosgei Komen and 2013 world u-18 3000m silver medallist Vedic Cheruiyot to win in 28:56. Komen clocked 29:02 with Cheruiyot taking third place in 29:04.

    Two-time world u-20 steeplechase champion Celliphine Chespol was the standout performer at the Kenya Prisons Cross Country Championships in Ruiru on Saturday.

    Chespol, one of the IAAF's Gen 10 stars for 2019, was tucked in behind world cross-country silver medallist Alice Aprot for the first three laps of the 10km race. The African cross-country champion then forged ahead of Aprot on the final lap to win in 33:15.

    Aprot, who has won this title for the past three years, finished second in 33:32 with Loise Chemunung taking third place in 34:22.

    After a two-year hiatus, 2016 African cross-country bronze medallist Charles Muneria returned to form to win the senior men's 10km.

    Muneria, who represented Kenya in the 5 000m at the 2016 Olympics, pulled away on the third lap and went on to win in 29:13.

    Joshua Nakeri was a distant second in 29:53, holding off Emmanuel Ngatuny by just one second. 2011 world 1 500m silver medallist Silas Kiplagat was fourth in 30:16.

    The Kenyan Cross Country Championships, which doubles as the country's selection event for the world champs, will be held in Eldoret on 23 February.

    NAMPA/ANA

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  • 01/27/19--14:00: 081Every1 making waves
  • 081Every1 making waves 081Every1 making waves A total of 111 new cell towers are scheduled to go live by the end of March, when phase one MTC's 081Every1 project is expected to be completed.

    MTC executive Tim Ekandjo announced this week that 41 sites had been commissioned since December, while civil works for 64 other sites had been completed.

    He added that 47 sites must still be completed to meet the deadline for phase one.

    According to Ekandjo the main challenges included securing land occupation certificates from the regional land boards, as well as the provision of power to the sites.

    This at the same time allowed the regional electricity suppliers to bring power to some villages.

    “Under this project, necessary upgrades of the transmission network were conducted and have enabled MTC to introduce 3G network in remote settlements, unlocking the technological avenue for 2G to 3G migration for our customers in rural areas,” Ekandjo said.

    The objective of the project is to achieve 100% mobile network coverage by rolling out 524 new cell towers between August 2017 and 2020.

    The project is wholly Namibian, with more than 17 Namibian companies responsible for the construction of the towers at a cost of N$1 billion.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    New lease of life for Trans-Kalahari railNew lease of life for Trans-Kalahari rail The Trans-Kalahari railway line project has been given a new lease of life after TransNamib and Botswana Railways signed a new agreement.

    The publication Construction Review quotes TransNamib spokesperson Ailly Angula-Paulino as saying the railway line will complement the existing Trans-Kalahari Highway, which links Botswana to the port of Walvis Bay.

    An earlier agreement on the planned Trans-Kalahari railway line, signed in 2015, entailed adding a coal terminal and associated loading facilities.

    TransNamib CEO Johny Smith previously told the Botswana publication Sunday Standard that construction was expected to start this year. “Early next year, 2019, the two governments are expected to meet in Namibia to discuss the project further,” he said.

    According to him, TransNamib had assigned a team of professionals to make sure that the project did not stall, but Botswana did not send anybody to be part of the team.

    “I am optimistic that the project will start; it will take about five years to be completed,” said Smith.

    The governments of Namibia and Botswana signed an agreement in March 2014 to start the joint venture, which was to see the successful construction of the Trans-Kalahari railway at a cost of N$100 billion.

    The 1 500-kilometre railway was expected be completed in five years and would initially depend on exporting 90 million tonnes of coal each year from Botswana to India and China.

    The line is expected to start at the Mmamabula coal fields connecting to the existing railway line up to Rasesa where it turns west, passing north of Molepolole and east of Letlhakeng, joining the Molepolole-Kang road around Maboane, thereafter aligning to the Molepolole-Kang road up to Maramosu.

    TransNamib did not respond to a request for comment on the report.





    OGONE TLHAGE

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    AR declares 2019 year of activismAR declares 2019 year of activism The Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement has declared 2019 as the year they will double their efforts through programmatic and other activities to restore the dignity of the oppressed masses.

    In a media statement released at the close of last week, the movement outlined their plans for the year that include a march to the City of Windhoek head office on 18 March to demand various services.

    The march is planned for the same day as when AR co-founder Dimbulukweni Nauyoma is set to make a second court appearance.

    Nauyoma allegedly obstructed the course of justice when he recently interfered while City Police officers were dismantling a shack belonging to Wilhelmina Shipingana, a 33-year-old single mother of two in Okuryangava. The statement said they are planning to hand over a memorandum of demands to the City management and they want their demands to be taken as a matter of urgency. Part of those demands is for the City to look at the challenges people in informal settlements are facing such as “the brutality of the political police”, and the lack of urgency on the housing question. Then they will proceed to the National Assembly, where they will hand over a complete 'Citizens Bill on Indigenisation of Land'.

    “This Land Indigenisation Bill will detail and outline immaculately, the stoppage of selling and ownership of our land by foreigners who are currently the priority and darlings of the regime,” reads the statement.

    It further said “AR must endorse and support its activists and other credible individuals who are under the age of 40 in general and under 35 in particular, who are participating in the Regional Council Elections as independent candidates”.

    NAMPA

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  • 01/27/19--14:00: 'Booys faction harassing us'
  • 'Booys faction harassing us''Booys faction harassing us'Okahandja residents still want councillor gone A group of residents of Okahandja are persisting in their drive to oust regional councillor Steve 'Biko' Booys and say they are being threatened and harassed because of it. Disgruntled Okahandja residents who protested on Friday, 11 January for the removal of regional councillor Steve 'Biko' Booys, say they are not giving up and say that matters have become worse since residents were threatened by town council staff, a matter which is now before court.

    At the time, they demanded President Hage Geingob immediately remove Booys from office, adding that if he fails to do so, they will do it themselves. They had given President Geingob three days to do so.

    The group now alleges that members of the Booys “faction” have threatened “to harm public members who visit the constituency office. Threats including pouring boiling water on them or stabbing them”.

    They say on 21 January, three residents “were not spared the harassment, threats and intimidation and were chased with a knife by one individual while in the constituency office”. A criminal case has been opened and the matter is before court.

    “Booys on Wednesday, 23 January, testified under oath that he recruited this person as a receptionist and that all public members who visit his office must go through the person, albeit that the said person is harassing and threatening to kill people who come at the office.”

    This follows a meeting which was held on Saturday, 18 January, when a group of more than 200 residents came toegther at the Aurora Primary School.

    The group, according to Basie Tjikune, one of the convenors, met to discuss “an update regarding communications sent to President Hage Geingob on 7 December, calling for his intervention in the growing unrest in Okahandja and the subsequent petition sent to his office on 11 January” to remove Booys.

    According to a statement released by Tjikune to Namibian Sun, the group resolved that they will persevere in their drive to oust Booys.

    They said they “continue to express profound disappointment and shock at the actions of Booys, particularly due to his role as the mastermind behind the group which has caused a lot of disruption, confusion, uproar and which is counter-productive in the town of Okahandja.”

    They further maintain that Booys is yet to provide any evidence on progress made at the town since he took office eight years ago, adding that he failed “to come up with capital projects initiated and implemented by his office in Vyfrandkamp, Veddersdal, Oshetu 1 to 3 and Nau-Aib”.

    They accuse him of causing division in the town council, allowing “private individuals to masquerade as officials at the constituency office, putting at risk the confidentiality of sensitive documents in the constituency office”. They said their petition to President Hage Geingob to have Booys removed from office remains intact and added that the president be afforded more time to act.

    The “community remains ready and steady for any secondary action resulting from this cause”, they said.



    YANNA SMITH

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  • 01/27/19--14:00: Be careful - Goraseb
  • Be careful - GorasebBe careful - GorasebUnion boss urges players to invest with caution The former Brave Warriors stalwart and current players' union president says footballers should be careful of “mafia gangs” who try to hijack players financially. Namibia Football Players' Union (Nafpu) president and former Brave Warriors striker Sylvester 'Lolo' Goraseb has advised local footballers plying their trade outside the country to make carefully thought-out investments and to be wary of bogus ones.

    Goraseb spoke exclusively to Namibian Sun amid a rise in footballers losing money and becoming paupers after they hang up their boots.

    He made reference to South African footballer Phil Masinga who passed away on 13 January without anything to show for his talent.

    “Masinga was one of those guys who made investments in a certain mine when he was earning big. After he retired he wanted to claim his investments only to be told that there was no money.

    “These things happen when agents lure players into making bad financial decisions when they see the player has millions. I urge our Namibian players who are fortunate enough to play abroad to be careful.”

    Goraseb explained that the players' union has structures to help players and call in financial experts, but the battle they have with the Namibia Premier League (NPL), as well as the Namibia Football Association (NFA), has put a dent in their plans to help the players.

    “For the last 10 years we have been fighting with these administrators so that we can join hands and sign a memorandum of understanding for the better of Namibian footballers, but to no avail.

    “It is our mandate to prepare players for life before and after professional football,” Goraseb stressed.

    He said further that once administrators recognise the fundamental rights of players, only then call the ball start rolling to create awareness campaigns and programmes to better educate local players.

    “We have been in communication with the world football union, as well as the South African Football Union, and they want to help us.

    “Look at some of our legendary players. See the conditions they live in now; it's a shame and society isn't kind to them. We need to give players basic financial education, even if it's really challenging to tell someone how to spend their money,” Goraseb added.

    The outspoken Goraseb also advised players to make investments in the country where they ply their trade in, instead of trying to transfer the money back home, as they lose a large chunk in terms of fees. He added they should be careful of “mafia gangs” who try to hijack players financially when they find out that their contracts have ended.

    “This might sound funny, but it's the reality of football; there are guys out there stealing from players.”

    Goraseb said the union has sat down with the Social Security Commission (SSC) in order to offer players benefits. “We are working on our side, we however need to join hands and help the players because we cannot approach them with the knowledge that we don't have the right to do so. The players also need to trust us to help them,” he added.

    Goraseb is speaking from experience as he played for the Brave Warriors from 1996 to 2001, including at the 1998 African Cup of Nations.

    He is now is fighting tooth and nail for local players' voices to be heard.

    A player who spend a considerable amount of time in the South African premier league with AmaZulu and Platinum Stars and has Brave Warriors caps, Willem Mwedihanga, said that only certain clubs provide financial advice to players, but that it is up to the player to decide what they want.

    “Some coaches will encourage you to spend wisely, while others won't. I know clubs like Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates as well as Bidvest are known to do that, as they pay players well.”

    Mwedihanga added that finance is a tricky issue for players who don't play for big clubs and who are not educated.

    “Sometimes players move around as they don't get paid well enough and their salary is not fixed like individuals who have day-to-day jobs,” he said.

    Virgil Vries, who plays for Kaizer Chiefs, said that investing should be a priority for players.

    Vries said footballers are associated with glamour lifestyles and that spoiling oneself once in a while is fine, as long as your family is well taken care of.

    Another local player who plies his trade in South Africa for Jomo Cosmos in the first division, Riaan Hanamub, advised local footballers to learn to stick to a budget.

    “It doesn't matter how much you earn; learn to budget and use the money on needs, not wants,” he said.

    “Protect and cover your family and be aware of whom you associate with. People are sometimes out to use you, but one should know when to say no. Surround yourself with people who have your interests at heart,” he said.

    Namibia has a number of players lucky enough to be playing abroad.

    Players like Vries, Deon Hotto (Bidvest Wits), Peter Shalulile and Denzil Haoseb (Highlands Park), Benson Shilongo (Ismaily SC in Egypt), Riaan Hanamub (Jomo Cosmos) and Tiberius Lombard and Awillo 'Willy' Stephanus (Lusaka Dynamos in Zambia) are playing their trade outside the country.

    Many more may soon join them, if they stick to hard work and professionalism.

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    Keith Thurman returned from a near two-year layoff to retain his World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight world title with a 12-round majority decision over Josesito Lopez on Saturday.

    America's Thurman, showing no sign of rust, knocked down Lopez with a massive left hook to the chin in the second as he controlled the early rounds.

    He weathered a storm in the middle rounds, with Lopez unleashing a fierce barrage in the seventh that had the champion in trouble.

    Thurman was deemed the winner by two judges by scores of 115-111 and 117-109 with the third seeing it a 113-113 draw.

    "The champ is back!" said Thurman, who was forced to surrender his World Boxing Council (WBC) belt as he was idled by injury, but retained his WBA "super" world title, one rung above the "regular" WBA belt held by Manny Pacquiao.

    Thurman, who improved to 29-0 with 22 wins inside the distance, said he'd be ready to take on the Filipino ring icon before the year is out.

    "Maybe Brooklyn, maybe Vegas, wherever Manny Pacquiao wants it," Thurman said. "I'd even fight him in the Philippines if I have to."

    Thurman was fighting for the first time since edging Danny Garcia by split decision in March of 2017 to unify two 147-pound titles.

    The next month he had surgery to remove calcium deposits from his right elbow, and as he was readying to return to the ring he suffered a left hand injury in March of 2018 that forced him to take more time off.

    Nevertheless, he quickly took control against Lopez, moving well against the aggressive challenger and landing solid punches.

    But Lopez had him on the run in the seventh, connecting with a huge left hook to Thurman's jaw and backing up the champion.

    "He had me buzzed, he had me shaken up," Thurman admitted.

    "I was trying to stay on the outside. I just was a little off in my prediction of his long arms and the way that he was lunging in, willing to really swing and commit for the knockout. He was coming for me."

    After another solid performance from Lopez in the eighth, Thurman regained control and said he'll only get better from here.

    "I told everybody, you're not going to see the best Keith ‘One-time’ Thurman after 22 months, but you will see a world title performance."

    On the undercard, Polish-born, Brooklyn-based heavyweight Adam Kownacki remained unbeaten with a spectacular second-round technical knockout of former world title challenger Gerald Washington.

    Kownacki improved to 19-0 with 15 wins inside the distance. He sent Washington to the canvas with a massive right hand in the second round. Washington beat the count, but the referee called a halt to proceedings moments later at 1:09 of the second round as he failed to put up any defence under a barrage from Kownacki.

    In a WBA featherweight eliminator, Mongolia's unbeaten Tugstsogt Nyambayar improved to 11-0 with nine knockouts after a unanimous 12-round decision over Claudio Marrero.

    Nyambayar won by scores of 114-113, 115-112 and 116-111 as Marrero, who had a point deducted for a low blow, fell to 23-3 with 17 wins inside the distance.

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    Supporters urged to travel to ZambiaSupporters urged to travel to Zambia Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) chief administrator, Freddy Mwiya, says plans to transport local fans to Zambia for the upcoming Brave Warriors' African Nations Cup qualifier (Afcon) are in full swing.

    The Brave Warriors will clash with Zambia on 22 March in a do-or-die away match, which Namibia must win in order to qualify for the 2019 Afcon finals. Mwiya was responding to questions by Namibian Sun on whether local fans will be required to pay in order to travel to Zambia.

    “We arranged with the government to avail three buses so that fans can travel and support the players. We are busy engaging the Namibia Football Association for the supporters' club. We however don't want to only pick people from Windhoek but from all over the country.

    “They will be tasked to pay a minimal fee for accommodation and to source their own food, as transport is free, but the costs won't be much,” Mwiya said. He added an announcement will be made soon about where the interested fans can pen down their names for the trip to Lusaka.

    Mwiya emphasised that space will be limited and that fans should keep their ears and eyes glued for more information. Local Warriors fan Timo Ganeb said he is definitely interested in joining the team in Lusaka. “I'm behind the team. We really need to destroy Zambia this time,” he said.

    Namibia is in Group K with Guinea-Bissau, who leads the group with eight points, followed by Namibia who also have eight points, but are behind on goal difference. Mozambique occupies third spot with seven points and Zambia sits on four points at the bottom. Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti says he will not be calling a training camp anytime soon ahead of their important clash against Zambia. The coach is, however, confident that the players are fit, given that the leagues in which they ply their trade are currently active.

    “I do not believe that I will call for training anytime soon, because we still have a long way to go before 22 March.

    “Most of the players are currently active at their respective clubs and that is just to our advantage as a team.

    “I will, however, announce to the media when I decide to call up the boys for their final preparations,” Mannetti added.

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    Osaka embraces pressure, eyes 'Naomi Slam'Osaka embraces pressure, eyes 'Naomi Slam' Newly-minted Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka says she is not satisfied with back-to-back majors and hopes to complete a “Naomi Slam” after her success at Melbourne Park.

    The bubbly 21-year-old laughed off suggestions her meteoric rise had put her under pressure, saying she was relishing the big time after rising from 72 in the world to number one in the past 12 months.

    Japan's Osaka becomes the first Asian to hold the top ranking after downing Kvitova in a tight final on Saturday night and adding the Australian crown to the US Open title she won last year.

    “This feels more like I'm used to it now,” she told reporters as she posed with the trophy at a Melbourne beach on Sunday,

    “I know that sounds a bit strange because this is only the second one, but the first time I won it definitely felt a bit more unreal.”

    While her maiden Grand Slam was marred by losing finalist Serena Williams' umpire-baiting histrionics and boos from the Flushing Meadows crowd, Osaka is now allowing her follow-up success in Melbourne to soak in.

    “It means a lot. I think moments like these are what you train for as a little kid, to play the Grand Slams,” she said. “To win another one is definitely a dream come true.”

    The rising star said she was hungry for more Slam titles.

    “The way the tennis world is, there's always the next tournament, the next Slam, and we all just want to keep training hard and winning more,” she said.

    “So, I'm not really sure if I'm satisfied.”

    Osaka became the first woman to win successive majors since Williams in 2015 and the youngest since Martina Hingis in 1998.

    Williams went on to complete her second “Serena Slam” - holding all four majors in the same 12 month period and Osaka was excited about the prospect of claiming the French Open and Wimbledon for a “Naomi Slam”.

    “I'm not going to lie and say that thought hasn't crossed my mind,” Osaka said.

    “But I don't know. For me, I just have to take it one tournament at a time, especially Indian Wells is coming up and I won that tournament last year. I feel like I have to think about that.”

    Osaka was unfazed by the attention she was receiving, saying she was in the spotlight even when her ranking was languishing in the 70s. She said it was misleading to view her rise as an overnight success.

    “I guess looking from the outside, from your guys' view, it does,” Osaka said.

    “For me, every practice and every match that I've played, it feels like the year is short and long at the same time.

    “I'm aware of all the work that I put in. I know all the sacrifices that every player does to stay at this level.

    “In my opinion, it didn't feel fast. It felt kind of long,” she added.

    Osaka said she had learned about resilience at the Australian Open after completing three three-setters on her way to the title, likening herself to “a robot” in the final set against Kvitova.

    Quizzed about off-court pressure that accompanies life as a tennis superstar, Osaka said she preferred to concentrate on her game.

    “I feel like I'm going with the flow. That's sort of been my motto my whole life,” she said.

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    PSEMAS fraudsters in Schlettwein's sightsPSEMAS fraudsters in Schlettwein's sights Finance minister Calle Schlettwein says no stone will be left unturned in efforts to bring those who have defrauded the Public Service Employees Medical Aid Scheme (PSEMAS) to book.

    “The forensic audit into the operations of PSEMAS is progressing to finality and we will leave no stone unturned to bring to book any identified fraudsters,” said Schlettwein during a staff engagement last week.

    The findings of the audit will be revealed in due course, he added.

    “There are issues that we need to look at. It is not just one or two practices, but tens of practices where serious issues have been unearthed,” said Schlettwein.

    In its financial risk report, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said PSEMAS faced significant challenges related to fraud.

    “Estimations suggest that dishonesty cost the fund up to N$900 million per year due to fraud, abuse, waste and collusion,” the IMF said.

    PSEMAS has more than 290 000 members, and has received about N$7 billion from government since 2016.

    Schlettwein also implored ministry staff members to act with integrity.

    “We are responsible for collecting public revenue and managing public resources. We have to maintain a high level of integrity at all times.” He revealed that the number of staff misconduct cases increased from six reported in the 2017/18 fiscal year to 15 in the current financial year.

    The 15 cases include seven involving Inland Revenue staff and five cases in respect of customs and excise staff, as well as a case of petrol theft at Hosea Kutako International Airport and the theft of a power generator.

    “The law will not spare anyone found wanting on this score. Corruption, bribery and all forms of inducements must not be tolerated or entertained,” Schlettwein warned.

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  • 01/27/19--14:00: PM concerned about squatting
  • PM concerned about squattingPM concerned about squattingSchoolchildren live alone in shacks The prime minister is concerned about a lack of hostel facilities, which leads to rural children living on their own in towns. Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has instructed deputy education minister Anna Nghipondoka to visit schools countrywide to see how they are coping with the revised grade 10 curriculum.

    Schools have been urged to give grade 10 learners priority when it comes to hostel placements at all government schools.

    They were also urged to squeeze more learners into hostel rooms to make sure that more learners are accommodated.

    Nghipondoka visited Andimba Toivo ya Toivo Senior Secondary School at Ondangwa on Wednesday.

    Nghipondoka's visit came a few days after Namibian Sun had reported that some parents were accusing the school of denying grade 12 learners hostel accommodation in order to accommodate more grade 10 and 11 pupils.

    The deputy minister said she was happy to learn that the school was ensuring that the majority of grade 10 learners were accommodated in the hostel.

    Andimba School principal Walde Shapaka told Namibian Sun that the school used to have 60 grade 10 learners, but this year it has enrolled 215 learners.

    He said the school has over 1 000 learners but the hostel capacity is only 560. Out of the 215 grade 10 learners, 158 are in the hostel.

    In grade 11 the school has 262 learners, of whom 170 are in the hostel; while in grade 12 there are 371 learners of whom 210 are in the hostel.

    “The purpose of my visit to this school was mainly to look at how they are coping with the grade 10 curriculum reform, especially with the issue of learners staying outside and those staying in hostel.

    “Learners renting or squatting at the age of 16 or 17 is a great concern for us because they are too young,” Nghipondoka said.

    “This is a concern for the education ministry and it is also a concern to the prime minister.”

    Nghipondoka said during her school visits she had observed many problems relating to accommodation for learners.

    Some are living on their own, either in rented accommodation or squatting in informal settlements, which is dangerous for young children.

    “At your school 57 of your grade 10 learners are not in hostel. These learners can fall victim to evil acts such as rape.

    “One day in a shack for a 16-year-old girl is a risky day for her and we do not want such things to happen,” she said.

    When Nghipondoka visited the hostel she found out that it is underutilised.

    Shapaka said he was following the ministry's guidelines on room occupancy.

    “Your hostel capacity is full, but there is still space in the rooms, add more beds,” Nghipondoka urged him. “Nowadays in Namibia we don't talk about capacity any longer. If you say your hostel capacity is only so much, we are talking about space. Many of the rooms can still add more learners,” she said.

    There are many unused beds at Andimba School, but according to Shapaka there are no mattresses.

    Nghipondoka advised that parents be asked to provide mattresses for their children.



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    Fraser-Pryce eyes return to peak formFraser-Pryce eyes return to peak form Three-time world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce exuded confidence of returning to her peak form following an easy 7.21 second clocking over 60m at the Queens Grace Jackson Invitational meet in Kingston on Saturday. “This year I'm just looking forward to putting the pieces together and trying to get back to where I was and so far (coach) Stephen Francis and I have been working and I'm just excited about the outcome (of today's race),” the Jamaican told reporters moments after crossing the finishing line.

    The 32-year-old Jamaican's career-best 10.70 seconds in 2012 is the joint fourth fastest time ever over 100m along with compatriot Elaine Thompson.

    Fraser-Pryce, who ran in lane two exploded from the blocks and pulled away for an easy win ahead of training partner and Rio Olympics 100m and 200m gold medallist Thompson, who came second in her season debut in 7.24 seconds.

    Fraser-Pryce, who will be attempting to become to first athlete, male or female, to win four world 100m titles after victories in 2009, 2013 and 2015, said her preparation had been progressing well.

    “To be honest, it's still a work in progress, last year was a bit choppy but nonetheless it was a success coming back from having my son, the two-time Olympic 100m champion added.

    “I'm feeling good and I'm excited about the upcoming season and I'm putting in the work and trusting the process,” added Fraser-Pryce, who returned to competition in 2018 with a season best 10.98 after taking 2017 off to have her first child.

    Fraser-Pryce's 7.21 ranks as the joint third-fastest over 60m under any condition this season.

    “It's my first race so I can't complain. There are many more to come so I'm just praying that I can stay injury-free, and also I just wish all the best to all the athletes that will be representing Jamaica this year,” she added.

    Doha will host the 2019 World Championships between September 27 and October 6.

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    Kings record sensational victoryKings record sensational victorySA side unstoppable on attack in Pro14 clash Edinburgh missed a chance to go second in Conference B of the Pro14 after being floored by two late Southern Kings' tries in two incredible minutes. The Southern Kings produced an outstanding display of defensive rugby at the Madiba Stadium to record a sensational 25-21 victory over Edinburgh in a Pro14 match at the Madiba Stadium on Saturday.

    Two tries late in the match gave the home side victory after they had struggled to get their hands on the ball for the majority of the encounter.

    It was the Kings that drew first blood when leftwing Bjorn Basson went over for the first try. Fullback Masixole Banda converted (7-0). The visitors hit back almost immediately when centre Chris Dean crossed the try line. Flyhalf Jaco van der Walt succeeded with the conversion (7-7).

    The Kings went back into the lead when Banda slotted a penalty (10-7).

    The home side used every opportunity that they had and Banda increased his side's lead when he put another penalty over (13-7).

    In the first 22 minutes of the second half Edinburgh piled on the pressure and stayed within five metres of the Kings' tryline. At one stage the visitors crossed and appeared to have scored after forcing 33 phases of play, but the try was not awarded as the ball was not grounded.

    The pressure eventually got too much for the Kings and flank CJ Vellleman was yellow-carded. Edinburgh was awarded a penalty try to take the lead (14-13). The Scottish side then increased their lead when replacement Ross Ford dotted down. Van der Walt converted (21-13).

    Matters changed drastically with less than eight minutes left. The visitors had a player sent off and this gave the Kings hope. Replacement Baden Pretorius scored and Banda converted (21-20).

    Rightwing Yaw Penxe then outsprinted the Edinburgh defence to score the match-winning try. The conversion was missed but the score was enough to give the Kings their second victory of the tournament (25-21).

    Scorers: Kings 25 (13): Tries: Bjorn Basson, Yaw Penxe, Baden Pretorius, Conversions: Banda (2). Penalties: Banda (2).

    Edinburgh 21 (7): Tries: Chris Dean, Ross Ford, penalty try. Conversions: Jaco van der Walt (2).

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    City book last-16 spot in Nedbank CupCity book last-16 spot in Nedbank Cup Cape Town City extended their unbeaten run against SuperSport United to six games after they ran out comfortable 2-0 winners in a Nedbank Cup last-32 clash at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday night. A first-half header by Thato Mokeke against his former employers and a second half strike by Thamsanqa Mkhize saw the Citizens through to victory in a game in which they were in command for most of the night. While SuperSport struggled to get going and barely threatened on attack, City looked dangerous in the first half and had good chances to score through Gift Links and Matthew Rusike, before an unmarked Mokeke headed home a well-taken goal from an Ayanda Patosi corner on 36 minutes.

    Benni McCarthy's team had played some excellent football and were deservedly 1-0 up at the break.

    This continued after the restart and the Cape side were almost further ahead on 50 minutes, when a brilliant through ball from Teko Modise put Craig Martin in, but visiting keeper Ronwen Williams did well to make the save. The second goal, however, arrived soon, with Mkhize slotting home from 15-yards out in the 56th minute after a deft backheel from Patosi had set up the strike perfectly.

    For a while it looked as though the Tshwane outfit might muster a fightback as Bradley Grobler had a couple of half-chances. But although they put in a succession of crosses into the box, City's defence was always in control as they played out the final minutes without looking likely to concede.

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  • 01/27/19--14:00: Lying is also an insult
  • Lying is also an insultLying is also an insult Information minister Stanley Simataa has urged members of the public to refrain from insulting President Hage Geingob and his government

    Simataa said such derogatory and insulting language directed at the head of state, cabinet members and the entire government “is not only contrary to the letter and spirit of the constitution, but also goes against our cultural values and norms as human beings and as Africans”.

    He said while the constitution makes provision for citizens to express their opinions, this should be conducted in a manner that is not insulting to leaders.

    There has already been a backlash on social media, with many remarking that instead of releasing statements about how government will improve the lives of citizens, it has chosen to protect leaders from being insulted.

    Of course, one should never condone shocking insults being hurled around at anybody, and where there is defamation and crimen injuria, for example, the law should take its course.

    What is leaving a bad taste in the mouth is the belief that somehow differing from each other on public platforms, especially on how the country should be taken forward, is insulting to the leaders of the current administration.

    What also leaves a bad taste in the mouth is how politicians manage to play loose and fast with the truth time and time again, without being censored by Simaata, who seems to have taken on the role anti-insult crusader in Namibia. Lying is also an insult.

    As much as he would see the need to defend the hand that feeds him, can he then also pronounce himself on the politicians, still occupying high offices, who have in the past insulted and humiliated members of the public with their utterances? In terms of the unfolding social media battle between pro and anti-Harambee elements, both sides are giving as good as they get, and who is to say who is pulling the strings on both sides? Further, it is now more critical than ever that we focus on joblessness, poverty and other social evils.

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    Government to take interns, laterGovernment to take interns, laterMoratorium due to technical issues At the moment, government is not taking in any interns saying this is due to a technical issue. Government has said a decision not to take in new trainees and interns is only a temporary measure that will not be in place forever.

    This follows a 15 January circular issued to executive directors of ministries, offices and agencies instructing them to suspend the placement of interns and trainees by Secretary to Cabinet, George Simataa.

    “The purpose of this circular is to request offices, ministries and agencies to suspend the placement of pupils/under training/interns ... until further notice with effect from 1 January 2019,” the statement said.

    However in a statement issued last week, the Office of the Prime Minister clarified the matter and said that trainees and interns cannot be placed now but only at a date to be determined in future. The moratorium, the office said, was imposed to address technical issues. “The halting is a temporary measure while the Office of the Prime Minister is engaging offices, ministries, agencies and other stakeholders to resolve some technical issues,” it said.

    The temporary measure only applies to graded interns, pupils and assistant ranks (under training) as defined in the Personnel Administrative Measures directive, the statement added.

    “The measure contained in this circular is not applicable to other students who are seeking placement for job attachment for a period not longer than three months,” the statement said. The consultation process is expected to be completed next month and the internship programme is then expected to resume. No mention was made as to how long the moratorium will last.

    -additional reporting by Nampa



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