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BOPPSA, BISA welcome teachers overtime allowance

The Botswana Primary School Sports Association (BOPSSA), and its sister Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) have expressed relief over the government’s releasing of P7 million to be paid towards teacher’s overtime allowances.

Last month, the government announced that overtime allowances for teachers in sports would be paid, temporarily putting to bed, and allowing for sports in schools to proceed with minimal hiccups.  

Already, government schools have missed out on athletics competitions which take place during the first term, from January to March.

Previously, teachers’ unions had advised teachers to abstain from extra-curricular activities until they are paid overtime allowances for their participation.

According to the BOPSSA President Busani Segweni, they are very delighted with the development as they will polish future medalists of this country at the international arena. “The dust has finally settled and we at BOPSSA are very happy with this as our teachers are rearing to go to the grounds and to what they love – identifying and polishing future athletes that will go on to put Botswana on the sporting map.”

Segweni however could not hide the fact that the first term break had cost them as they lost out in training future athletes. He further noted that this could have de-motivated teachers as they may drag their feet to train the kids.

“You see, the rest we had could have broken the momentum and teachers may not be as active as one would like them to be,” he explained. Thus far the preparations for the zonal competitions are in full swing while the national competitions are scheduled for the 12-18 of July in Serowe.

BISA President, Joshua Gaotlhobogwe also expressed his delight over the commencement of the games but added that they are facing challenges with regards to logisticals like transport. “Everything is on point but we have glitches like shortage of transport but we shall overcome,” he said.

BISA has two categories; junior and senior schools, junior school finals that are billed for the 11-14 while the senior finals will be hosted on the 15-18 of July. Even though the games faced much uncertainty, Gaotlhobogwe promised exciting games as usual and also highlighted that teachers and students have been thirsty for the competitions.

According to the associations, some teachers are yet to be given their overtime dues, while in other schools teachers have already started getting their balances.

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6th February 2023

After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.

According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

The alleged breaches include ,  breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018

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Mason Greenwood attempted rape charges dropped

2nd February 2023

Charges of attempted rape and assault have been dropped against Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood who was arrested in January 2022 after the allegations emerged.

The 21-year-old was arrested in January last year amid allegations surrounding images and videos that emerged online.

He was later charged with attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the charges were discontinued after a key witness withdrew their involvement.

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Raphael Varane announces retirement from international football after 10 years of service.

2nd February 2023

The Manchester United defender will now focus on his club career having made 93 caps for France, appearing at three world cups and on European championship. The Les Bleus won the World cup in 2018 and Raphael Varane started all but one of France’s matches in Qatar as they finished as runners up to Argentina

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