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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 03/27/19--15:00: Hunting season announced
  • Hunting season announcedHunting season announcedOnly one kudu per hunter per season The hunting season opens on 1 May and ends on 31 August for farms and conservancies that are fenced with game-proof fencing. The environment ministry has announced this year's hunting season for huntable game.

    The season will be open from 1 May to 31 August on farms larger than 1 000 hectares that have game-proof fences, and in registered conservancies where quotas were allocated.

    The season for farms with a normal five-strand livestock fence stretches from 1 June to 31 July.

    Only three large game animals, or two large and four small, or one large and eight small, or 12 small game animals are allowed per hunter.

    Kudu, gemsbok and red hartebeest are considered large game species, while springbok and warthog are considered small.

    Hunters are only allowed one kudu during the season.

    Hunters may not import any automatic weapons. In the case of hunting rifles and shotguns for game birds, a letter of invitation from the landowner or conservancy committee is required to bring the weapons into the country.

    Hunting permits are issued to the landowner or conservancy committee and cost N$100 each.

    Reporting back to the ministry is of critical importance.

    “The farm owner or committee must provide the white copy of the permit to the hunter and report back to the permit office by returning the blue copy with the required information filled in,” the ministry statement reads.

    Failure to do so may result in the ministry refusing to issue further permits to the relevant party.

    Permits can be obtained directly from the ministry in Windhoek or at any of its regional offices.

    The ministry urged landowners and committees to ensure that their invitation letters contain their full name and address, along with those of the hunter, as well as the name, number and district of the farm or conservancy where the hunt is to take place.

    The type of fencing must also be listed.

    The letters must also state the total number of animals per species that the hunter is invited to hunt, as well as the period during which the hunt and transportation of the meat will take place.

    STAFF REPORTER

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    Sport museum on the fast trackSport museum on the fast trackFederations asked to endorse plan Sport authorities want to speed up the establishment of a hall of fame for Namibia's sport stars. The ministry of sport and the Namibia Sport Commission (NSC) have intensified their plans to open the country's first sport museum.

    Namibian Sun is in possession of a document that outlines the aims of the sport museum. In an attempt to fast-track the establishment of the museum, the sports commission has asked all its stakeholders to endorse the proposal, which is to be submitted to cabinet. The proposal was drafted by the National Sports Museum advisory committee.

    The main objective of the museum will be to collect, preserve and share the history of sport in Namibia.

    The ministry and the sport commission hope to inspire and educate young Namibians by means of the museum. “It is important that for Namibia to have a facility that will collect and display sport souvenirs... a facility that will be accessible to athletes, students, historians and visitors from around the world,” the proposal reads.

    “The National Sport Museum will especially be important to our nation, as it explains who we are and how we got here...” the document reads. The ministry feels that Namibian sportsmen and -women deserve a facility that would preserve their legacy and acknowledge their contribution towards the country's sport history.

    The museum will focus on the different sport codes represented in Namibia and their achievements.

    An important element of the museum will be to promote a physically fit nation. The role of the museum is further to provide a facility for preserving artefacts reflecting Namibian sport heritage.

    It will also contain resources to stimulate research and production of educational material in the field of sport. It will serve as a collecting museum with trained staff and facilities to manage collections.

    “I therefore request all inputs to be given to us latest 3 April, as your input will help...” NSC chief administrator Simataa Mwiya wrote.

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    Kean steps up in Ronaldo absenceKean steps up in Ronaldo absenceJuventus beat Empoli Argentina striker Paulo Dybala pulled up with a thigh problem during the warm-up before Saturday's game. Rising teenage star Moise Kean stepped up in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo to rescue a 1-0 win for Juventus against lowly Empoli on Saturday.

    The 19-year-old, who burst into the limelight during Italy's opening Euro 2020 qualifiers, came on as a substitute in Turin and three minutes later scored his third league goal of the season after his double against Udinese earlier this month.

    “I am neither (Lionel) Messi nor Cristiano but one day I hope to become like them,” said Kean after Juventus got back winning after their first league defeat of the season to Genoa before the international break.

    Ronaldo had been rested by Juventus against Genoa and the Portuguese star is now recovering from a right thigh injury picked up on international duty.

    Coach Massimiliano Allegri said he had wanted to ease the pressure on Kean by opting for Rodrigo Bentancur to replace the Argentine.

    “Scoring two goals for Italy in as many games, having all that attention, it uses up a lot of energy both physically and mentally,” said Allegri.

    “He (Kean) returned from international duty and looked like he barely knew where he was.

    “He's got the qualities to be a great player, but so did many who have lost their way over the years.”

    Kean's form, with goals for Italy against Finland and Liechtenstein, gives Allegri more options ahead of his side's Champions League quarter-final against Ajax.

    Kean became the second youngest player after Mario Balotelli, aged 18 years and 242 days in 2009, to score eight Serie A goals.

    “I'm ready to pursue new records,” he warned.“What Mister Allegri says is right: I hope to become like the greatest players in the world, through commitment and hard work.”

    Juventus are without wingers Douglas Costa and Juan Cuadrado, with centre-back Andrea Barzagli also out injured.

    The seven-time defending champions struggled to break down the Tuscans who were targeting a second straight win under new coach Aurelio Andreazzoli. Empoli dug deep, allowing the hosts few opportunities, with Polish goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski denying a Mario Mandzukic header to the frustration of the home crowd.

    Kean replaced Blaise Matuidi in the 68th minute and had an immediate impact, latching onto Mandzukic's knock-down.

    Ten minutes later, the teenager was denied a second, with a desperate one-handed save by Dragowski giving Empoli hope.

    The Tuscany side remain one point above the relegation zone.

    “It's never easy after the break for international duty and it was good that we won like this, 1-0 with a struggle to get the points,” said Allegri.

    “It's another step forward.

    “Now we have seven games in 20 days and fortunately we are recovering some players who can give us a big help.”

    AC Milan, however, suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season losing 1-0 at Sampdoria after their 3-2 derby defeat to Inter.

    Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma's blunder gifted the ball to Gregoire Defrel who turned in after 33 seconds in Genoa.

    Milan had dropped to fourth behind Inter after their derby defeat and remained two points adrift of their rivals who hosted Lazio on Sunday.

    Sampdoria move up to eighth place, equal on points with Lazio, who have a game in hand and occupy the final Europa League berth.

    NAMPA/AFP

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  • 03/31/19--15:00: Mbaeva dusts himself off
  • Mbaeva dusts himself offMbaeva dusts himself off



    Brave Warriors goalkeeper Maximilian Mbaeva says he has redeemed himself after conceding four goals about two weeks ago.

    The four goals Mbaeva conceded almost cost the national team a place in the Africa Cup of Nations, but the team eventually qualified after Guinea Bissau held Mozambique in the other match.

    Namibia lost the match 4-1 to Zambia but eventually qualified for the Egypt finals on head-to-head records.

    Mbaeva came under fire for the poor display on social media. Many people went to the extent of asking Mbaeva to quit the national team after what was described as a weak performance by the 'keeper.

    Mbaeva, who has the backing of coach Ricardo Mannetti, says he got over the terrible match and is looking forward to representing the country at the Afcon tournament in Egypt. “It is not easy being a goalkeeper because you always have to take the blame for the goals you concede. It was not one of my best matches, but I am ready to bounce back and do more for my club and country. It has always been my dream to play in the Africa Cup of Nations and now I believe I have that chance,” Mbaeva says.

    The goalkeeper says he aims to work hard to earn the trust of the fans and his teammates.

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  • 03/31/19--15:00: Cholera crisis in Moz
  • Cholera crisis in MozCholera crisis in MozBattered nation faces major risk Following the intense flooding and destruction caused by Cylcone Idai, Mozambique's health crisis has begun. Cholera cases among cyclone survivors in Mozambique have jumped to 271, authorities said, a figure that nearly doubled from the previous day.

    The Portuguese news agency Lusa cited national health director Ussein Isse, who declared the outbreak of the acute diarrhoeal disease on Wednesday with just five cases.

    So far no cholera deaths have been confirmed, the report said. Another Lusa report said the death toll in central Mozambique from the cyclone that hit on March 14 had inched up to 501. Authorities have warned the toll is highly preliminary as flood waters recede and reveal more bodies.

    The cholera cases have been discovered in the port city of Beira, whose half-million residents and especially those in crowded, poor neighborhoods are at particular risk.

    Dozens of fragile patients poured into a clinic in the wrecked Mozambican port city of Beira on Wednesday, as the government said it had confirmed the first cases of cholera in the wake of deadly Cyclone Idai.

    Doctors Without Borders has said it is seeing some 200 likely cholera cases per day in the city, where relief workers are hurrying to restore the damaged water system and bring in additional medical assistance.

    The World Health Organisation has said some 900 000 cholera vaccine doses are expected to arrive today with a vaccination campaign starting later in the week. Cholera is spread by contaminated food and water and can kill within hours if not treated. The disease is a major concern for the hundreds of thousands of cyclone survivors in the southern African nation now living in squalid conditions in camps, schools or damaged homes. Some drink from contaminated wells or filthy, stagnant water.

    As health responders stress the need for better disease surveillance, the United Nations' deputy humanitarian coordinator in Mozambique, Sebastian Rhodes Stampa, has said all cases of diarrhoea are being treated as though they are cholera.

    Cholera is endemic to the region, and “it breaks out fast and it travels extremely fast”, he told reporters on Friday.

    Doctors Without Borders has said other suspected cholera cases have been reported outside Beira in the badly hit areas of Buzi, Tica and Nhamathanda but the chance of spread in rural areas is smaller because people are more dispersed.

    Mozambican officials have said Cyclone Idai destroyed more than 50 health centres in the region, complicating response efforts.

    The cyclone also killed at least 259 people in Zimbabwe and 56 in Malawi.

    The United Nations has said some 1.8 million people need urgent help across the sodden, largely rural region.



    NAMPA/AP

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  • 03/31/19--15:00: Gvozdyk retains title
  • Gvozdyk retains titleGvozdyk retains title Unbeaten Oleksandr Gvozdyk retained his World Boxing Council light heavyweight title on Saturday with a fifth-round technical knockout of Doudou Ngumbu, who was halted by a right leg injury.

    Ukraine's Gvozdyk, making his first defence of a title he had won with a devastating knockout of Adonis Stevenson in December, improved to 17-0 with 14 knockouts.

    Although Gvozdyk had some trouble with Ngumbu's awkward style, he connected with a hard right in the first round and a left hook in the fourth.

    The champion was leading on the cards when the proceedings at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia came to an anti-climactic ending as Congolese-born French fighter Ngumbu suddenly pulled back in the fifth round and limped into a corner.

    The bout was paused for a few minutes before referee Eric Dali finally called a halt at 58 seconds of the fifth round.

    A distraught Ngumbu, his first world title challenge in ruins, wept in his corner after falling to 38-9 with 14 knockouts.

    “It definitely didn't happen what I expected and wasn't what he expected,” Gvozdyk said. “I just tried to do my best. I don't know what happened actually.”

    Gvozdyk's previous fight against Stevenson had near-tragic consequences as the 31-year-old Canadian, who was making his 10th title defence, suffered traumatic brain injury and was in a coma for several weeks.

    NAMPA/AFP

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    Solskjaer relieved to avoid Watford 'banana skin'Solskjaer relieved to avoid Watford 'banana skin' Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrated his first match as full-time Manchester United manager with a 2-1 win over Watford though he was happier to have avoided slipping up on what he termed a potential 'banana skin'.

    The 46-year-old Norwegian who was named permanent manager on Thursday after reviving the team following the sacking of Jose Mourinho professed himself happier with the result than the performance.

    Victory lifted United into fourth place and potentially a place in next season's Champions League, though, Arsenal can go back ahead of them if they beat Newcastle Today.

    “I'm happy with the result if not the performance,” said Solskjaer.

    “It was one of those first games back after the international break that you know could be a potential banana skin.

    “It didn't really feel any different for me because the focus is always the next game but we as a team felt it was a new start after the disappointment of Wolves (they lost in the FA Cup quarter-finals), it was almost like the first game of the league.”

    Solskjaer, who has also guided United into the Champions League quarter-finals, believes his side have built up the momentum to finish in the top four.

    They, third-placed Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea are effectively battling it out for the remaining two Champions League spots - the top two Manchester City and Liverpool look to be too far ahead to be caught.

    “We came away with a win, which is great but I think everyone knows we can perform better,” said Solskjaer.

    “There are four very good teams challenging for two places but we almost feel like we are in the driving seat.

    “We have given ourselves a good chance.”

    Solskjaer had been greeted with a huge banner from the Stretford End as he emerged from the tunnel, but he was soon sitting uncomfortably as Watford took control with David De Gea by far the busier goalkeeper.

    But United took the lead with one of those counter-attacks the club has become famous for down the years as Luke Shaw stopped a Watford move and sped forward from left-back.

    He then had the presence of mind to play a perfect through ball behind the defence for Marcus Rashford to run onto and finish coolly past the advancing Ben Foster.

    It was a ninth goal for Rashford since Solskjaer took over and further evidence he has become United's main man up front in the last three months with Romelu Lukaku only on the bench.

    Foster made a brilliant instinctive save to deny Anthony Martial a second before the home side were again forced backwards at the start of the second half with De Gea saving well from Roberto Pereyra in a period of sustained pressure.

    Solskjaer responded by making a double change and his two substitutes, Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard, combined to set up Martial, who scored at the second attempt from close range, as the defenders appealed for offside.

    Watford finally found the net in the 90th minute as a reward for their enterprising play after a sharp one-two and some excellent footwork from Abdoulaye Doucoure.

    Their manager Javi Gracia was frustrated with the result but happy with how his players performed at the start of an important week, as they gear up for their FA Cup semi-final with Wolves at Wembley next Sunday.

    “It is difficult to explain because I think we had a good performance,” said the Spaniard.

    “It wasn't enough to get points but I am happy with the performance.”

    NAMPA/AFP

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  • 03/31/19--15:00: Cheeky Messi shines
  • Cheeky Messi shinesCheeky Messi shinesBarcelona 10 points clear Messi has now netted eight times in his last four games for Barca, and leads the way in the La Liga scoring charts with 31 goals, 13 ahead of teammate Luis Suarez. Lionel Messi continued his remarkable run of form as his second-half double, including an impudent free-kick, helped Barcelona continue their march towards the La Liga title on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Espanyol.

    The visitors gave their city rivals a tough game at the Camp Nou, but Messi's chipped free-kick over the wall from 19 yards and a late second kept the reigning champions 10 points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid, who thrashed Alaves 4-0.

    “I had no idea he would hit (the free-kick) like that,” said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde.

    “I would love to say that we had planned it, but it's not true, it's up to him. He didn't need my opinion and he scored.”

    It was a fitting way for the Argentinian to mark his 675th Barcelona appearance, which moved him ahead of Andres Iniesta into second on the club's all-time list 102 adrift of Xavi Hernandez. He made a low-key return to international action in midweek as Argentina lost a friendly to Venezuela, but Valverde was delighted it did not affect Messi on Saturday.

    “Messi is the same player no matter what team he is playing in,” he said.

    “He would be the same if he played in Australia... We are delighted to have him, it's a luxury for me to coach him.”

    Barca struggled to break down Espanyol early on, with Messi, Suarez and Ivan Rakitic all wasting half-chances in the first period.

    Barcelona saw a penalty appeal waved away by both the referee and VAR on the stroke of half-time, and Malcom was denied just after the hour mark by away goalkeeper Diego Lopez as the Catalan giants grew frustrated. But Messi has been consistently unplayable this season, and he dinked in a wonderful effort from a set-piece despite Victor Sanchez's best efforts to clear off the line.

    The three points were sealed in the 89th minute as Malcom ran clear on the breakaway, before cutting the ball across for Messi to sweep a trademark finish low into the bottom corner. Barcelona next visit Villarreal on Tuesday with a second successive title looking even more like a mere formality after a sixth straight victory extended their unbeaten league run to 17 matches. Atletico at least did not give up further ground to Barcelona as Diego Costa scored for the first time since November in an impressive win at fifth-placed Alaves.

    The Spanish international has struggled for form and fitness this season, but grabbed his second league goal of the campaign with a magnificent 11th-minute strike from the edge of the area, six minutes after Saul Niguez had put Atletico in front.

    Costa was replaced by Thomas Lemar at half-time, but the Frenchman sent Alvaro Morata through on goal to put the game to bed just before the hour mark.

    The on-loan Chelsea striker has now scored four goals since joining Diego Simeone's men in January.

    Thomas Partey added extra gloss to the scoreline late on with a fine 20-yard strike into the top corner.

    Earlier on Saturday, fourth-placed Getafe missed the chance to solidify their spot in the Champions League places as they slumped to a 2-0 home defeat by Leganes. Uruguayan Michael Santos and Spaniard Juanfran scored in the second half for Leganes to leave Getafe just two points ahead of Alaves, with Valencia and Sevilla both also within six points with a game in hand.

    Celta Vigo gave their survival hopes a massive boost as Iago Aspas scored twice in a dramatic comeback from two goals down to beat fellow strugglers Villarreal 3-2 and move within a point of their 17th-placed opponents and safety.

    NAMPA/AFP

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  • 03/31/19--15:00: Chippa shock Wits
  • Chippa shock WitsChippa shock Wits Relegation-threatened Chippa United shocked title contenders Bidvest Wits in a South African FA Cup quarter-finals thriller on Saturday, winning on penalties after a 4-4 draw.

    Chippa, from southern coastal city Port Elizabeth, converted all five spot-kicks in the shootout to win it 5-3 in Johannesburg and secure a place in the April 20/21 semi-finals.

    Underdogs have taken over the South African Cup with Golden Arrows, a bottom-half league team, and second-division TS Galaxy also through to the penultimate stage.

    Pundits tipped Wits to beat Chippa with several goals to spare, but they fell behind after just three minutes when Andile Mbenyane's glancing header off a corner flew into the net. By halftime Wits had turned the tide and led 2-1 through goals from Gift Motupa and Zimbabwean Terrence Dzvukamanja.

    Boikango Komane equalised from a penalty, Dzvukamanja put Wits ahead again and Ruzaigh Gamildien levelled direct from a last-minute free-kick to force extra-time. Rhulani Manzini scored from close range to put Chippa 4-3 ahead only for a volley from Namibian Deon Hotto to bring the sides level again. Chippa were flawless in the shootout with Gamildien, Komane, Kurt Lentjies, Lerato Manzini and Rhulani Manzini beating national goalkeeper Darren Keet to secure victory.

    “What a nerve-wracking match,” said Chippa coach Clinton Larsen. “We counterattacked brilliantly but our defending has to improve.”

    Wits coach Gavin Hunt said: “Some of our missed scoring chances were unbelievable and the defence was really poor.”

    Earlier, a stoppage-time goal by Zimbabwean Knox Mutizwa off a free-kick gave Arrows a 2-1 win at Bloemfontein Celtic while mid-table second-tier side Galaxy qualified in midweek.

    NAMPA/AFP

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  • 03/31/19--15:00: Ompumbwe yiilonga moshilongo
  • Ompumbwe yiilonga moshilongoOmpumbwe yiilonga moshilongo Konyala aantu ya thika po 364 000 moNamibia okwa lopotwa kaye na iilonga omvula ya piti, na unene oyoomvula dhi li pokati ko 20 no 24.

    Iizemo yomapekaapeko ngoka ga ningwa koNamibia Statistics Agency (NSA) oya holola kutya ondjele yokwaahena iilonga moshilongo oya li ya thikama poopresenda 33.4 momvula yo 2018.

    Okwa dhidhilikwa eshuno pevi eshona okuyeleka nondjele yoopresenda 34, ndjoka ya lopotwa momvula yo 2016, omanga momvula yo 2014 ondjele yokwaahena iilonga moNamibia ya li poopresenda 27.9.

    Palopota yoNSA, eshuno pevi eshona ndyoka lya dhidhilikwa omvula ya piti, olya etithwa kaaniilonga mboka ya kanitha iilonga ya mono iilonga yiimwe nenge ya toto oongeshefa dhawo nokwiimonena iilonga yoyene. Nonando ondjele yoopresenda oya holola shuno pevi eshona, omuyalu gwogwene gwaamboka kaye na iilonga ogu li po 364 411 na ogu li e yo pombanda naantu ye li po 15 028 okuyeleka nomvula yo 2016.

    Kwiikwatelelwa natango komiyalu, oopresenda 34.3 dhaakiintu kadhi na iilonga omanga aalumentu mboka kaye na iilonga ye li popresenda 32.5. Moondoolopa omwa li aakiintu ye li po 107 691 kaye na iilonga omvula ya zi ko okuyeleka naakiintu 82 816 miitopolwa yomuushayi.

    Aalumentu ye li po 100 552 moondoolopa okwa lopotwa kaye na iilonga okuyeleka 73 352 miitopolwa yomuushayi.Iitopolwa ngaashi Kavango East oshowo Kunene oyo yimwe yomiitopolwa kwa lopotwa ya li nomwaalu omunene gwaantu kaye na iilonga, sho kwa lopotwa oopresenda 48.2 oshow 41.6%.

    Omusati, ogu na oopresenda 24%, omanga oshitopolwa shaKhomas shi na oopresenda 31.5.

    Pamayalulo ngoka ga ningwa aanyasha oyo unene ya dhengwa kodhimbo yokwaahena iilonga. Konyala aantu ye li po 265 770 yoomvula dhi li pokati ko 15 no 24 okwa lopotwa kutya kaya li ye na iilonga omvula ya zi ko, nomwaalu ngoka ogu li e yo pombanda naantu 19 508 okuyeleka nomvula yo 2016.

    Mokati kaanyasha mboka, o 140 564 aakiintu, mwakwatelwa aakiintu 79 992 yomoondoolopa. Ondjele yokwaahena iilonga maanyasha oya li po 30.3%, omvula ya piti.

    Aanyasha yeli po 305 981 kaye na iilonga, nenge aanaskola.Oopresenda 47.5 odha lopotwa moshitopolwa shaMaheke omanga moKhomas mwa lopotwa oopresenda 34.4.Oopresenda 37.5 dhaanyasha mboka kaye na iilonga odhi na owala elongo lyoondondo dhopetameko okuyeleka noopresenda 33.33 mboka ye na elongo lyoondondo dhoombanda. Mokati kaanyasha mboka ye na oodegree nenge oodiploma, ya kalela po oopresenda 18 kaye na iilonga.

    JO-MARÉ DUDDY

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  • 03/31/19--15:00: Iikunwa ya si po komutenya
  • Iikunwa ya si po komutenyaIikunwa ya si po komutenyaOshigwana otashi hupu mbela ngiini nuumvo Aanafaalama moshitopolwa shaKavango East, itaya ka mona iipalutha okuza momapaya gawo molwaashoka iikunwa mbyoka yi li momapya otayi vulu owala okulongithwa onga iikulya yiimuna. Momukunda Ncaute oshowo omidhongoloko dhopuushinda, oshifokundaneki shoNamibia Sun osha mono nkene iilya momapya ya lundulwa olwaala komutenya nokuninga iishunga, omolwa ompumbwe yomuloka.

    Aanafaalama oya popi kutya nonando omuloka ogu tameke ngashiingeyi itashi ka kwatha sha.

    Mwene gwomukunda Ncaute, Mukunga Kangora okwa popi kutya aanafaalama oyendji otaya ka sa ondjala nuumvo, unene mboka ihaya mono eyambidhidho lyopenzela okuza kepangelo.

    A popi e li kohi yomuti ta tala iikunwa mepya lye mbyoka ya mona iihuna komutenya, Kangora okwa popi kutya nuumvo otayi ka kala omvula odhigu kakele ongele epangelo tali idhopo mo. “Otayi ka kala omvula ya dhigupala nuumvo kutse. Tala owala mepya sho iikunwa ya sa,” Kangora a popi.

    “Tse yamwe out na elago molwaashoka ohatu mono openzela yokomwedhi okuza kepangelo, ihe kwaamboka ihaya mono sha otaya ka lya shike? Aantu yetu kaye na iilonga otwiikolelela owala momapya, ihe okutala konkalo yoshikukuta shonuumvo otashi ka kala oshidhigu okuhupa.”omaipulo gaKangora unene okutya aavali otaya ka palutha ngiini aanona yawo omanga inaya ya koskola oshowo uusiku sho ya galukile momagumbo, unene shoo ooskola dhili iinano iile. “Aanona kaye na ondjo na ondi na uumbanda kutya otaya ka hupa ngiini ngele aavali yawo itaya mono sha momapya nuumvo. Omukalo gumwe aguke aantu taya vulu okuhupa ngele epngelo olya gandja iikulya yoshikukuta.” Omunafaalama gwomomukunda Sapirama okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya, iikunwa mboka yi li mepya lye ngashiingeyi otayi vulu owala okuninga po iikulya yiimuna.

    Okabinete koshilongo oka tseyitha omasiku ga piti kutya oshimaliwa sha thika poomiliyona 572.7, osha nuninwa okukondjitha oshikukuta momvula yo 2019 sigo 2020.

    Iimaliwa mbyoka oya kwatelamo omayambidhidho giikulya, ootenga dhomeya, omayambidhidho guulithilo wiimuna, omalweendo okufala nokukutha iimuna komahala guulithilo oshowo okufala iikulya yiimuna komahala ngoka taga ka gumwa nayi noonkondo koshikukuta.

    Natango oshimaliwa shoka osha kwatelamo okuhiila omahala guulithilo gaanafaalama mboka itaya vulu okufuta.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    Australian bowlers deny boycott reportsAustralian bowlers deny boycott reports Australia's top bowlers yesterday lashed out at “false” and “inflammatory” claims that they were planning a Test boycott if David Warner had not been kicked off the team in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal.

    Warner was widely seen as the instigator of the plot to use sandpaper to alter the ball during the third Test in Cape Town last year, with rookie opener Cameron Bancroft carrying out the plan and then-captain Steve Smith turning a blind eye.

    The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Friday that Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon all intended to pull out of the fourth Test if Warner was not removed.

    The newspaper, citing multiple sources, said it “highlights the extent of the fracture within the dressing-room in the immediate aftermath”.

    But a statement from the quartet yesterday denied a boycott had been considered and, with Smith and Warner now free to play again after their one-year bans expired on Friday, the bowlers said they were focused on “moving forward”.

    “The article claims we intended to withdraw from the fourth Test during last year's tour of South Africa had David Warner been free to play,” the statement said.

    “This claim is disappointing on a number of fronts but most importantly because it is false.”

    It added that allegations “which question our relationship with David are inflammatory and misleading”.

    “As a team we are all focused on moving forward together and helping the Australian men's team prepare for the World Cup and the Ashes.”

    Smith and Warner's reintegration into the international fold has already begun with the pair meeting the one-day team in Dubai this month as they gear up for the World Cup in England. Lyon and Cummins were present, but the injured Starc and Hazlewood were not.

    Asked on Thursday whether Warner's return would be disruptive, Cricket Australia chief Kevin Roberts compared the situation to any other workplace.

    “What we're focused on is doing everything we can to support Dave, Steve, Cameron and all of the other support staff with this integration... to build harmony rather than to disrupt the harmony that is building,” he said.

    “At the same time, let's be open about it in any workplace you don't need to be best mates with everyone, but there needs to be a foundation of respect and I think there is growing respect there.”

    He added that Smith, Warner, and Bancroft had all “owned their mistakes, they've paid a price and have served their time”.

    The “sandpapergate” scandal triggered far-reaching consequences for Australian cricket.

    Then-coach Darren Lehmann quit and all the top brass from Cricket Australia left after a scathing review said their “arrogant and controlling” win-at-all-costs culture was partly to blame for players bending the rules.

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    Emery urges Suarez to take his chanceEmery urges Suarez to take his chanceArsenal chase top four Dennis Suarez has struggled since his January loan move from Barcelona and the Spanish midfielder is yet to make a competitive start for the Gunners. Unai Emery has challenged Denis Suarez to finally make an impact as Arsenal bid to climb back into the Premier League's top four against Newcastle tonight.

    But a series of impressive displays at Arsenal's recent training camp in Dubai could have earned the 25-year-old a chance to shine when Newcastle visit the Emirates Stadium.

    Suarez played the full 90 minutes and created a goal for Carl Jenkinson in Arsenal 3-2 friendly victory over Al Nasr.

    With Granit Xhaka facing a late fitness test and Lucas Torreira suspended, Arsenal boss Emery is encouraged by Suarez's timely improvement.

    “He is okay for starting in the first XI, to give us this impact,” Emery said.

    “We are going to need everybody, every player for the next matches.

    “We decided to go away to train for four days and play a match in Dubai. But it's the same idea, the same spirit.”

    Emery was keen to work with Suarez again after signing on loan at Sevilla in 2014-15.

    Asked about the time it had taken Suarez to settle in north London, Emery added: “It's normal. Now we have a lot of players ready, with a big mentality and with a big performance to play and help us.”

    Beating Newcastle would give Arsenal a 10th successive home league win, equalling a run they last enjoyed in the 1997-98 season in Arsene Wenger's first full campaign as manager.

    A victory is essential after Arsenal dropped to fifth place on Saturday as a result of Manchester United's 2-1 win over Watford.

    Emery's men are one point behind United and can't afford to drop points as they battle to qualify for next season's Champions League via a top four finish or winning the Europa League.

    With so much at stake, Emery is nervously monitoring Arsenal's fitness updates.

    “We trained on Friday morning and some players were rested to give them one day more before training with us on Saturday,” Emery said.

    “That's Aaron Ramsey, Dinos Mavropanos. But they can be okay and ready for Monday.”

    Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has warned his players not to ease up as the inch closer to guaranteeing their safety.

    The Magpies are seven points above the bottom three and their 35-point total is just three short of the number Benitez believes will be enough to stay up.

    Newcastle have lost only one of their last six league games, but Benitez is taking nothing for granted.

    “If you see what Arsenal are doing, they are doing really well, so we cannot expect that it will be an easy game,” he said.

    “If we can do what we have to do and can get three points, then it depends on the others. But some of the other teams have got some points, so it's not that you can say, 'Now 37 is guaranteed', it depends what they do.

    “We have now 35 and we are fine, but still we have to win. For me, one game could be enough, but you never know, it depends on the other teams.

    “The next game is the most important for us, it's like a final for us and don't think about what the others will do.”

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  • 03/31/19--15:00: Walk remembers genocide
  • Walk remembers genocideWalk remembers genocide A genocide walk was held on Saturday in Swakopmund by the Ovaherero and Nama communities residing at the coast to commemorate the 1904-1908 genocide.

    Over 300 people gathered at the mass graves at the Swakopmund Memorial Park to pay tribute to the thousands who were massacred by German forces.

    At the occasion Ovaherero paramount chief Vekuii Rukuro prayed to his ancestors asking for favour and blessings.

    The Swakopmund Memorial Park used to be a large concentration camp which German troops had constructed. The mass graves are in Riverside Street which was renamed to Dr Kauima Riruako Street on the same day.

    “This is a very important street as it is adjacent to where many of the Ovaherero people were buried. On behalf of all the Ovaherero and Nama communities who were brutalised in this concentration camp on the two extermination orders given by Lothar von Trotha, I am unveiling a newly renamed street, Dr Kuaima Riruako. I thank the Swakopmund municipality and street-naming committee for adhering to our request,” he said.

    The Ovaherero and Nama communities then walked through the central business district to the Vineta North Sports Field.

    The walk included members of the red, green and white flags who were dressed in their traditional attire. Some were marching and chanting towards the venue while others rode on horseback.

    Speaking at the same occasion the Ovambanderu paramount chief Aletha Nguvauva said that there must be persistence and unity if they are to prevail, adding they will not give up.

    “Let us leave the arguments please. This battle is for all of us. While we are arguing amongst ourselves we might all lose out as a third party will come to benefit,” said Nguvauva.



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    Windhoekers not saving enoughWindhoekers not saving enoughWater saving please fall of deaf ears Since August last year when mandatory 10% savings were implemented, Windhoek residents have not managed to achieve the target once. Windhoek residents continue to fail to stick to the mandatory 10% water savings implemented since August, despite pleas by the City that water supply is scarce and that Windhoek is heading towards another water crisis unless tough water savings are maintained.

    For the past three months Windhoekers have failed to achieve the 10% mandatory savings and over-consumed by 13% on average, City spokesperson Lydia Amutenya confirmed last week.

    She said the City is implementing a widespread water-savings campaign which they hope will create improved awareness and that “residents will start responding positively to the save water call”.

    At the start of March, the City noted that since the declaration of the water scarcity category C was announced in July 2018, which requires compulsory 10% water savings targets for all domestic water users, the target has not been achieved once, and instead residents have consumed 15% over the target and more.

    In August last year, Namibian Sun reported that the City had declared an official water scarcity rating, changing the rating at the time from category B (supply alert) to category C, water scarcity.

    The water savings target for Windhoek was therefore increased from 5% to 10%.

    In line with this, the City in effect implemented water scarcity tariffs, involving a step tariff structure which, through higher costs for higher usage, penalises residents who over-consume. Amutenya explained that the water scarcity tariffs “gives residents an option to minimise their water consumption and to remain within the allowable brackets. However, those who chose to over-consume are charged more for it. It should be noted that our aim is to get the residents to understand the importance of water savings for the benefit of all of us.”

    Amutenya underlined last week that Windhoek is the highest water consumer in the Central Area of Namibia (CAN), which is served from three dams, the Omatako, Swakoppoort and Von Bach dams, which means the city relies on NamWater to supply 70% of the water it consumes.

    “It is evident that there was not enough inflow into those three dams since the start of the rainy season, and while we remain optimistic, it is a well-known fact that we are approaching winter and the likelihood of receiving sufficient rain is minimal.”

    The latest NamWater dam bulletin, issued on 25 March, indicated that Swakoppoort Dam is currently at 16.9% of its capacity, compared to 36.8% capacity last year this time.

    Following transfers from the Swakoppoort and Omatako dams, the Von Bach Dam is currently at 45.7% while Omatako is essentially empty, at 0.2%.

    In total, the three central dams are at 21.1% of their total capacity, compared to last year's 34.1%.

    Following a public outcry at the end of February and the start of May, when many Windhoek residents complained about higher than normal water bills, the City of Windhoek explained that since the category C of water scarcity was announced in August last year, higher water usage tariffs should have been implemented.

    “Instead of charging these consumers the rate applicable at times of limited water supply, they were charged normal tariffs that are charged during normal water supply.”

    However, the decision to implement the correct charges this year backfired when instead of charging consumers as of January 2019, they were invoiced on usage backdated to 1 July 2018.

    The City confirmed in early March, that in order to rectify the backdated charges of the high single household consumers, the affected clients would be credited and only charged the tariffs for limited supply times as of 1 January.

    Amutenya confirmed last week that the revision has been completed, and the statement was due to be available as of 28 March last week.

    The City could not confirm at the time how much was credited to consumers for the months July to December.

    In March, the City again urged “to seriously consider water savings by keeping their consumption below 730 litres of water per day or less than 22 000 litres of water per month.

    If consumers exceed this threshold, they are automatically liable to be charged N$61.00 per kilolitre and when exceeding the 30 000 litre per month, they will be charged a rate of N$141.00 per 1 000 litres consumed.”

    The City warned that the alternative to the step tariffs is the rationing of water, but that this is a last resort which would be more inconvenient to all residents.

    Amutenya explained last week water rationing is an “extreme measure applied in water management and thus not advisable unless we are in extreme water crisis and we are not there yet”.

    She said rationing would affect all residents equally, regardless whether they are high or responsible water consumers.

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    April social grants slightly delayedApril social grants slightly delayed Pensioners and Namibians living with disabilities who receive their monthly grant payments through the bank or NamPost can expect a slight delay with payments this month.

    The ministry has assured grant recipients however that payment is expected this month still, once technical difficulties are resolved.

    Usually, payments to bank accounts and NamPost accounts are completed by the first Tuesday of every month, but a slight delay is now expected.

    Poverty eradication and social welfare spokesperson Lot Ndamanomhata stressed that there is a slight challenge affecting the bank transfers, but the ministry is hard at work to resolve the issue and it will be “just a brief delay. They will get their payment this month”.

    The ministry's executive director Esther Lusepani added cash payments are not impacted and those who receive their monthly social grants at pay points will receive them as usual.

    The ministry said they “deeply regret this delay and technical difficulties”.

    They also assured the public and social grant beneficiaries that May payments will proceed as normal.

    Yesterday, it was announced that government has increased the monthly Old Age Pension grant by N$50 to N$1 300 per month.

    This was announced by finance minister Calle Schlettwein during the tabling of the 2019/20 national budget.

    Schlettwein said the pension fund was increased given the high dependence ratio and challenging effects of the cost of living at household level.

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  • 03/31/19--15:00: Pollard sinks Sharks
  • Pollard sinks SharksPollard sinks Sharks Stormers captain Siya Kolisi blamed his side's lack of finishing and composure for their loss against the Blues in New Zealand, while the Bulls continued their dominance over the Sharks in the South African Super Rugby conference.

    The Bulls have flyhalf Handre Pollard to thank for their narrow 19-16 victory in the South African derby at Kings Park. Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett highlighted Pollard's goal-kicking as the reason for the Bulls emerging victorious from this match.

    “The difference today was Handre Pollard being successful with all his kicks, while the Sharks' Robert du Preez struggled with his shots at the target,” said Mallett. The TV analyst was not impressed with the rugby that was played by the SA sides, but had only good things to say about Pollard and his kicking abilities.

    Although the Bulls scored only one try against the two of the Sharks, the Pretoria-based team still emerged as the winners. Pollard scored 14 points with his boot, while Du Preez could only put over the two conversions.

    Sharks centre Lukhanyo Am produced another outstanding performance and was voted man of the match. Am said afterwards: “I am very disappointed with the result. It was not our day and conditions made things very difficult for the players.

    “We, however, made things hard for ourselves with unforced errors.”

    The 25-year-old Am said this year was an important one for all the players and he was just trying to do his best. With the World Cup in Japan later this year, Am could find himself in the Springbok squad if he continues with his outstanding performances.

    The Stormers produced yet another lacklustre attacking display and went down 24-9 to the Blues. The visitors made numerous handling errors and just could not get going on attack. A disappointed captain Siya Kolisi said too many mistakes cost his side valuable points in this match.

    Former Springbok Breyton Paulse said the Stormers created enough chances to win the match at Eden Park. He added that the Stormers showed great effort and commitment, but it was just not enough against a spirited Blues team. The home side ended the match with 14 players, but still managed to score a try in this period.

    The Cape outfit have now lost their first two matches on tour in New Zealand and will have to come up with a special performance on Friday when they take on the Reds in the Suncorp Stadium.

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    Sporting Kansas City embarrasses MontrealSporting Kansas City embarrasses MontrealNemeth scores hat-trick Krisztian Nemeth became the first Hungarian to score a Major League Soccer hat-trick. Sporting Kansas City crushed the Montreal Impact 7-1 on Saturday, Krisztian Nemeth scoring a hat trick in the romp that marked the 12th time in Major League Soccer history that a team won by six or more goals.

    Johnny Russell scored twice and Felipe Gutierrez and Gianluca Busio added a goal apiece.

    Nemeth and Russell were the beneficiaries of speedy Gerso Fernandes' work in the first half, when Sporting built a 3-0 led.

    Fernandes himself had connected 90 seconds into the game but the goal was ruled offside and it was Russell who opened the scoring in the 10th minute.

    Fernandez, harrying the Montreal defence, fed Nemeth and Gutierrez for open goals before the break.

    Sporting continued to dominate a Montreal side missing injured Ignacio Piatti and suspended Zakaria Diallo in the second half.

    Russell scored his second of the game in the 50th minute, dribbling past a defender before beating Evan Bush with a shot in the opposite corner.

    SKC scored its fifth of the game in the 68th minute, when Russell crossed for Nemeth, the latter having no trouble finding the back of the net.

    Substitute Busio, 16, scored a sixth goal for the hosts in the 78th minute when he found himself alone in front of Bush after having recovered the ball from a Montreal defender.

    Following a turnover in the 84th minute, Nemeth completed his hat trick to give SKC a 7-0 lead.

    Finally, in the 89th minute, Saphir Taider scored his fourth of the season preventing Kansas City from matching the largest margin of victory in MLS history.

    The match in Kansas City wasn't the only lopsided contest of the day.

    Carlos Vela completed his first MLS hat trick with a sensational curling second-half goal as Los Angeles FC beat the San Jose Earthquakes 5-0.

    San Jose keeper Daniel Vega's frightful clearance error paved the way for Vela's opener.

    Mexico's Vela added a goal in first-half stoppage time, then lofted in his stunning left-footed shot from outside the area in the 66th.

    Former Quake Steven Beitashour and Diego Rossi also scored for LAFC, who remained unbeaten atop the Western Conference standings.

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    Harden fuels Rockets over KingsHarden fuels Rockets over Kings James Harden's 50-point triple-double powered the Houston Rockets to a 119-108 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday that sent San Antonio and Oklahoma City into the NBA playoffs.

    Harden, the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player, scored 50 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and handed out 10 assists as the playoff-bound Rockets fended off a Kings squad that was officially eliminated from post-season contention with the defeat.

    Harden had his 42nd career triple-double reaching double digits in three key statistical categories - and his NBA record fifth with 50 or more points. “I just tried to be aggressive, whether it was making assists or into the basket,” said James. It was his third 50-point game in the last six and his seven three-pointers saw him become the ninth player in league history to reach 2 000 career three-pointers. The Rockets needed every bit of that output to put away a Kings team fighting for their playoff lives.

    Harden, who scored 31 points in the first half, got 12 in the final six minutes as the Rockets came back from a 93-91 deficit heading into the fourth quarter.

    A 7-2 spurt from Houston saw the Rockets take a 98-95 lead, and it was nip-and-tuck until Harden scored all 10 points in a 10-2 Rockets run that gave them a 111-102 lead with 3:13 remaining. From there the Kings wouldn't get the deficit below seven points, as the Rockets turned the defensive screws limiting Sacramento to 15 points in the final frame.

    James said the defensive effort was crucial and something the Rockets must cultivate for a deep playoff run.

    “Obviously, this is the NBA and teams are going to make shots,” he said. “But when it's time to get stops, we do a really good job of that. That's something we can hang our hat on.”

    Point guard Chris Paul added 22 points and Clint Capela chipped in 24 points with 15 rebounds for the Rockets, who improved to 49-28 and edged into third place in the Western Conference when the Portland Trail Blazers lost 99-90 to the Detroit Pistons to fall to 48-27.

    “This was a much-needed win,” Rockets guard Eric Gordon said. “You know we're trying to win the rest of these games for the rest of the year. Just try to build championship habits and just try to win every game.”

    With Sacramento's elimination all eight Western Conference playoff teams were confirmed, with the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder both idle Saturday the last two to clinch. In the East, the battle rages for the last three playoff berths.

    The sixth-placed Pistons helped their cause by ending Portland's six-game winning streak. Reggie Jackson scored 28 points and Andre Drummond added 22 with 19 rebounds as the Pistons overcame the absence of Blake Griffin, who was a late scratch with a sore left knee. The Pistons remained half a game ahead of the seventh placed Brooklyn Nets, who beat the playoff-bound Boston Celtics 110-96. D'Angelo Russell scored 20 of his 29 points in the third quarter as the Nets broke open a close game and ended a two-game skid.

    The Miami Heat kept their tenuous hold on the eighth and final Eastern berth with a 100-92 victory over the Knicks in New York.

    Dion Waiters led Miami with a season-high 28 points, while Goran Dragic added 10 points and 10 assists.

    “We understand, obviously, every game it means something in the standings of the playoff push,” Heat veteran Dwyane Wade said before the game. But the Heat trailed 33-29 after the first quarter and 61-55 at halftime.

    Tied at 79-79 heading into the fourth, the Heat opened the final frame with an 8-0 scoring run and finally pulled away from the last-placed Knicks.

    But the Orlando Magic are still snapping at the Heat's heels, downing the Indiana Pacers 121-116 to stay in touch. Aaron Gordon scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Nikola Vucevic added 19 points as the Magic rebounded from Thursday's loss to Detroit.

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  • 03/31/19--15:00: Art for ­humanity
  • Art for ­humanityArt for ­humanity ?



    German human rights group Pixelhelper has erected an eight-metre copy of the European Union's external border in Morocco to serve as a memorial for all migrants who die on the way to Europe.

    “People who die in the ocean, die in the desert, everywhere on the way. We have on this press picture a small concrete foundation ready for the museum for refugees,” says artist Oliver Bienkowski. Through this artwork, called Fencing4Humanity, the group calls on the German federal minister of economics, Peter Altmaier, to introduce a weapon tax in aid of refugees. Bienkowski says they want to draw attention to the fate of all those African migrants who had to leave their homeland for Europe because of armed conflict. “We are calling for a weapon tax that transfers the costs of refugees to the weapons companies. If a gun company can pay a dividend, then the company can also contribute to the German cost of refugees. If you cannot ban arms exports, you should at least alleviate the consequences of exporting weapons,” Bienkowski says. He adds that the group plans to construct a memorial museum for all the nameless migrants who have perished in pursuit of a better life.

    “It is like a multimedia walk-through and it is eight by nine metres; it is big enough,” he says.

    Last year Pixelhelper projected an image on the Bundestag (German parliament) and the office of Chancellor Angela Merkel to pressurise the government to apologise for the Nama and Ovaherero genocide.

    The two pictures were posted on the group's Facebook and Twitter pages and were captioned with a summary of what happened during the genocide. “During the German colonial period, it was estimated that some 100 000 members of the Ovaherero and Nama communities were killed. Their destruction was the first genocide of the 20th century. Men, women and children were pushed into the [Kalahari] Desert, and access to water was blocked. The Namibian government has worked hard to have the bones returned from several German universities, museums and private stock. They were collected by researchers during the colonial period and brought to Germany. Studies on them also served to support racist theories.”



    Humanitarian work

    The group has converted a small farm 40km from Marrakech in Morocco into an interactive live-stream studio.

    “Under the eyes of the cameras, we produce here, with the help of the spectators, humanitarian supplies, algae tablets for malnutrition, canned bread for refugee camps in a 4.6-metre wood oven, flood baskets against flash floods in North Africa, emergency cubes to survive in the event of loss of housing in natural disasters and motorcycle accidents and bicycle helmets for teenagers,” the group says.

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