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New Era Newspaper Friday July 28, 2017

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36 SPORT Friday, July 28 2017 | NEW ERA FNB gives Paralympians pat on the back Pride of the nation…Paralympian athletes display their medals during their visit to their main sponsor FNB Namibia earlier this week. Staff Reporter Windhoek FNB Namibia warmly welcomed the Namibian Paralympics team back Nerys Henry Windhoek Incumbent Welwitschias coach Phil Jones is home at the bank’s headquarters in Windhoek. A delighted manager of corporate social investment at FNB Namibia, Revonia Kahivere, expressed satisfaction with the rumoured to be heading back to familiar territory as head coach of his former club Llanelli in his native Wales. Jones has reportedly athletes’ achievements. “We are so proud and delighted to greet our Paralympians on this magnificent Namibian day while sharing with you the warmth, good humour and NCRST and AMTA JOINT FUNDING CALL: FOR A RESEARCH STUDY ON POST-HARVEST LOSSES AT NATIONAL STRATEGIC FOOD RESERVE-SILOS Background The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) and the Agro- Marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA) intend to fund a research study aimed at evaluating post-harvest losses of grain during storage at the government silos within the study period (2018-2019). This study is to be carried out at the grain storage facilities managed by AMTA. accepted a tempting offer to become head coach of Llanelli where he will link up with his newlook coaching group who Eligibility • The preferred candidate to conduct this research should be registered for a Master’s degree in agriculture or related field and admitted at an accredited academic institution. • Additionally, two Bachelor Degree Final Year students in agriculture or a related field of study will be supported to be data collectors/capturers. • All candidates must be Namibian citizens. best wishes of thousands of Namibians. “More importantly, to reinforce the best and most positive aspects of our national character including our admiration for your supreme sporting ability.” Johannes Nambala won two medals, finishing second in the men’s T13 400m final and replicated the feat in the T13 200m final at the recently concluded International Paralympic World Athletics Championships. Ananias Shikongo and his guide, Even Tjiviju, claimed Namibia’s third medal when the pair clinched a silver medal in the men’s T11 100m final. Kahivere applauded the entire Namibian team and Jones develops itchy feet ... Namibian rugby caught between a rock and a hard place have collectively set out their vision for the club’s immediate future. A former stalwart of Llanelli, himself playing over 300 games for the club during the 1980s and 1990s, Jones returned to his rugby roots to lead the town side in the Principality Premiership. The new-look coaching group of defence coach Dai Flanagan and attack coach Paul Fisher under Davies’ leadership will look to build a legacy for the town’s next generation of young players built on the solid foundations of the club’s proud history. Davies will bring with him vast coaching knowledge with ten years’ experience coaching at Leeds Tykes, Scarlets, Worcester Warriors thanked them for their hard work, dedication, courage, focus and competitive spirit while conducting themselves in accordance with the highest traditions of the Olympic ideals. “FNB Namibia and the whole country are extremely proud of you and we support you wholeheartedly now – and going forward.” Shivute Katamba, director of sport, thanked FNB Namibia on behalf of the portfolio ministry. He also singled out Coca Cola, Seaflower and NamPower for assisting the Paralympians in achieving their dreams. “As a government we do not have adequate funds for all sports codes and this is where we need the private sector to come on board, just as the and Cardiff Blues and will continue to work with Namibia’s national side alongside his Llanelli role. Looking forward to the season ahead, Davies said: “Having spent my near 15-year playing career with Llanelli RFC it’s an honour to be returning to the club as head coach. “As a former player I know how special the club is. As well as developing a clear and aligned game plan for the immediate future, ensuring that Llanelli is competitive in the new-look Principality Premiership, I also believe it’s vitally important that we create an environment that nurtures pride in the shirt. “We have a very proud history that gives us a solid foundation to build on and develop our own legacy going forward. We have a lot of potential within the group as players, coaches and backroom staff alike and I’m looking forward to seeing the fruits of our combined labour.” Llanelli will get their competitive season underway at Parc y Scarlets against fellow Scarlets feeder club Carmarthen Quins on August 26. Davies is likely to be appear in the dugout FNB Foundation did. “We as government appreciate this gesture since the current economic conditions are not favourable but sport must continue.” He added that the government – in its National Development Plan 5 – would advocate the professionalization of sport so that athletes can make a living out of sport. “With the current high unemployment rate, especially among the youth, sport can be taken up as development catalyst for the country.” On behalf of the Namibian people and the government he welcomed the heroes and heroines and thanked them for representing the Land of the Brave with honour and pride. for the last time as head coach of the Welwitschias when they confront Kenya at the Hage Geingob stadium tomorrow in their last Africa Gold Cup match. Now the fundamental question that needs to be answered is: who will be the next national team coach? Another appointee by World Rugby or will NRU appoint a coach of its own choice or should it again be a foreigner – taking into consideration that Namibian coaches were in charge of various national teams that qualified for all five consecutive Rugby World Cup finals with coaches of note such as Johan Venter, Johan Diergaardt and Danie Vermeulen? These coaches have won the Africa Cup with Johan Diergaardt the only coach ever to win the Nations Cup. An achievement the highly rated Davies could not match with all the assistance of the NRU and World Rugby. The only achievement to his credit is the first ever one point at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, which is far different to the achievements of the previously mentioned coaches. For more information on what the funding will cover, visit: www.ncrst.na Ambitious candidates who meet the requirements are invited to apply by submitting their application (Profile and certified copies of supporting documents) to: Electronic Submission: amta@ncrst.na. File size to be less than 2MB. Defacing national colours… The NSC Sports Act clearly stipulates who should qualify for national colours. Only Namibian citizens can wear national colours, so can the NRU please explain to the nation why this particular clause is being violated? Submission Address: Closing Date and Time: Hand delivered to - National Commission on Research, Science & Technology (NCRST); 490, Platinum Street, Prosperita, Windhoek, Namibia. Friday 25 August 2017 at 17:00 p.m. No late applications will be accepted. For more information contact: Mrs. L. Kambonde – Immanuel Ms. W. Handunge Tel: 061 431 7020 Tel: 061-202 3300 Email: amta@ncrst.na Email: handungew@amta.na

Friday, July 28 2017 | NEW ERA SPORT 37 PUBLIC NOTICE Proposed Closure of Street Accesses from the Western Bypass in Windhoek The general public is herewith advised that the following changes are proposed to be effected in the near future along the Western Bypass in Windhoek between the Auas Road traffic circle and Pionierspark Extension 1; Any person who has an objection to the above proposal is requested to lodge his or her objection in writing, with the grounds on which such objection is based clearly stated therein, with the Roads Authority, Private Bag 12030, Ausspannplatz, Windhoek, for attention Ms. Jacky Mukuka within 30 days from the date of publication of this notice. Locality Map: Kudos to Debmarine for rescuing the ladies game As human beings, we were primarily created to live in groups and there are some very important ways in which we depend on each other for our ultimate survival. Nonetheless, inter-dependence becomes destructive when people become hopelessly too dependent on others. Experience teaches that as long a person has sufficient moolah in their pocket, they can purchase any goods or just about any service or condition of living – and when money talks, everything else walks my broer. One of the most important principles that human beings should apply in their lives is what most religions express as follows: “Whatever you sow you shall reap”, which is easily the most powerful rule that determines our circumstances and the consequence of our actions. It should be noted that there is neither good nor bad luck, because every condition that we are currently in - whether adverse or positive - was quite likely brought into our life by ourselves and nobody else. Every event has its period of unfolding - similar to pregnancy - there is a beginning, a gestation or transitional period and finally, delivery. Namibia was once ranked amongst the world’s best netball playing nations, positioned at number 14 during world championships in Birmingham, England in the United Kingdom, in 1995. Needless to remind my readers that we were comfortably ranked number two on the entire African continent behind global heavyweight, the Proteas of South Africa. So, what went wrong that Namibia is nowadays the whipping girls of the ladies’ game on the African continent that has seen us taking a slippery slope journey to the extent that we cannot even get the better of countries that have only started rattling the hoops in recent years? A quick glimpse at the entire netball structures and astonishing talent amongst our netballers, one is obliged to conclude that administration has been our Achilles heel in recent years. Fair enough, let me doff my korrie for the executive of Netball Namibia (ANNA) for her courageous effort in bringing on board a substantial sponsorship from Debmarine. It’s by now a well-documented secret that despite its popularity and mass appeal, the ladies’ game has been treated like the stepdaughter of Namibian sports when it comes to funding. Without an iota of doubt, Namibia has massive talent in this particular sporting discipline if nurtured properly and under conducive conditions. Firstly, the netball presiding body should set up competitive regional leagues across the country. Secondly, re-introduce the annual regional tournament that used to attract the crème de la crème of Namibia’s finest basket rattlers. Thirdly, integrate schools netball into the system by leveling the playing field in allowing all schools, irrespective of location, to compete on equal footing across all age groups. In conclusion, let us minimise – or better still – do away with foreign/ international participation until such time that we are able to assemble a decent competitive team that will not embarrass the nation at august event, as has become the norm in recent years. League fixtures should be drawn up in such a way that it should not disadvantage certain teams. Stop the nauseating exercise of walkovers whenever teams fail to honour their league fixtures. Introduce hard and fast rules that would deter would-be offenders in that regard. I rest my case. Roads Authority, Private Bag 12030, Ausspannplatz, Windhoek, Namibia, www.ra.org.na

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