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Sixteen clubs in pursuit of checkmate

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The 2019 Debswana Chess league promises to be an exciting season full of surprises. This was evident during the first games of the 2019 edition held in Gaborone this past weekend.

The 2019 Chess league will be played by 16 clubs; Block 8 Club is a new entrant in the league. The next games will be played on the 31st of March 2019 in Gaborone. The defending champions, Enpassent chess club are leading the pack with 12 points after two games, however, Staunch Megastars club is close on their heels, with nine points.

It might be too early to tell if Megastars poses a serious threat, however, consistency in terms of play might move mountains for them. The team that finished on second position last year, Black Bishops, has eight points and on position four while Chess Motifs, which was third placed, is now on position seven.

Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) spokesperson, Kutlwano Tatolo observed that the 2019 edition threatens to be fiercer than the 2018 games. Tatolo told Sun Sports that most clubs that tasted victory are coming out more re-energized. “They all want the 1st position prize and take the games very seriously,” she said.

Captain of Poisonous Snakes Club, Phemelo Khetho said that his club is focused on winning the league and so far, he is satisfied with the performance of the club. This past weekend he saw some of the club’s key players fail o participate due to personal reasons but promises to fire from all cylinders, going forward.

Khetho, who is a national team player, noted that his club boasts of big brains such as Candidate Master (CM), Barileng Gaealafshwe and Ivon Makabe who is one of the top trainers and international Chess Arbiter.

There is also former national team player, Kenneth Boikhutshwane and not forgetting youngsters and sensational Atlang Mosweu, among others.

Poisonous Snakes is one of the oldest chess clubs and Khetho revealed that some of their challenges is competing with aging players who have other life commitments and not always available.
He, however, noted that they are focusing in talent acquisition.

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BUSHIRI HELPED US

Yvonne Mooka

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The torment that Keloneilwe family in Goo Kodisa had been subjected to for over a year is now a thing of the past.This is thanks to the intervention of Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, if what Kgosi Moalakwena Keloneilwe says is anything to go by.

He told The Midweek Sun that he went to see Prophet Shepherd Bushiri in Pretoria on April 12 and was told by Major One, as Bushiri is known, that all is well. “When I arrived at his church, I met him and showed him The Midweek Sun article about the incident and he laid hands on it and said ‘It is done.’ “He didn’t say much,” said Keloneilwe. He said that the Enlightened Christian Gathering leader also gave him anointing oil.

“He also preached that when we pray in tongues, the anointing oil changes into the Holy Spirit and that it can do anything that we ask it to do. “He warned that if we don’t use it properly, it can be dangerous. But again, the prophet taught us that anybody can perform miracles,” said the tribal leader, who is also a cousin to the family that was tormented by the evil creature.

Kgosi Keloneilwe said that he was speechless when he arrived back home to find that government through social workers had instructed that the family move to Moshupa into a Village Development Committee house. “That same Monday, they moved to Moshupa which makes sense concerning what the prophet was saying that it is done.

The children have even gone back to school,” he said. He said that he did not tell his cousins that he was going to see Bushiri and only told them when he came back. The family has been tormented by an unknown creature, believed to appear in the form of a snake, a monkey the next minute and also a dirty doll.

In a previous interview with this reporter, the headman revealed that the children had been away from school for a year because the creature has torn their school uniforms into pieces. He also said that efforts to take them to school were made difficult by the fact that the creature throws stones at any car that takes them to school. It was also said that it threw stones at the children and slapped them if they dared go to school.

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World telecoms day commemoration in Sefhare

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President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi will join the ministry of transport and communications to commemorate the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD) in Sefhare this coming Friday.

The event will be held at Sefhare Primary School grounds starting at 0900hrs. This year the commemorations will be celebrated under the theme ‘Bridging the Standardization gap’. Bridging the Standardization gap is one of the strategic goals of the International and Communication Union’s (ITU) standardisation sector. The purpose of WTISD is help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of internet and other Information and Communication Technologies (ITCs) can bring to societies and economies as well as ways to bridge the digital divide.

The day marks the founding of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).On the 17th May 1865 when the first International telegraph Convention was signed in Paris. This year we celebrate 50th Anniversary of World Telecommunications and Information Society Day which has been celebrated annually since 1969.

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