Chaos in Hong Kong – West blamed

riot police in hong kong

Violence in the Chinese-ruled city had reached a “very dangerous and even deadly level” according to global media. Demonstrators, (mostly university students), had since June been protesting about what they see as meddling by Beijing in the freedoms guaranteed under the “one country-two systems” formula. This arrangement was put in place when the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997. China denied interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs and had blamed Western countries, especially Britain and the United States. Roads had been blocked, university entrances barricaded, luxury flagship stores…

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Almost all SAA flights cancelled due to “mother of all strikes”

South African Airways (SAA) had cancelled nearly all its domestic, regional and international flights scheduled for Friday, 15 November and Saturday, 16 November 2019. While outbound flights from South Africa had been cancelled, certain flights would operate from selected out stations to OR Tambo International Airport. Flights  on partner airlines SA Express, Mango, SA Airlink and all code share partners, including flights operated by its Star Alliance partner airlines would operate as normal. This what is called “the mother of all strikes follow”s an announcement by SAA that jobs would…

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Chad wins 145th gold medal

Chad le Clos

South African swimmer Chad le Clos scooped another Gold at the FINA Swimming World Cup (SWC) in Doha, Qatar, on Friday. While we were all celebrating Le Clos’ 144th world cup gold for the 100m Men’s Fly on Thursday evening, he swam his way to another victory, this time in the 200m Men’s Fly… taking his world cup gold tally to 145! For the first gold in Doha, which Chad said he wasn’t expecting to win at all, he had posted a few excited tweets about it. But for the…

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When Nelspruit was having a heatwave, this is what happened in the world


President Donald Trump said Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead after a U.S. military raid in northwest Syria. The Islamic State had already become a more scattered movement, but al-Baghdadi’s death could become a rallying cry for his supporters to show the U.S. and others that it remains a force to be reckoned with. Louis Vuittons $14.5 billion bid for U.S. jeweler Tiffany & Co.  sees Europe’s richest man, Bernard Arnault, making his biggest bet ever. The luxury group approached New York-based Tiffany with a takeover proposal earlier this month áccording to Bloomberg. Tiffany is currently evaluating…

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SA ref out of WRC

SA referree, Jaco Peyper

Jaco Peyper had not been considered for the Rugby World Cup semi-finals after posing with fans mimicking a key red-card incident in a quarter-final he refereed, World Rugby said. Nigel Owens would officiate Saturday’s England-New Zealand match. Frenchman Jerome Garces will take charge of the second semi-final between the Welsh and South Africa at Yokohama on Sunday. “World Rugby can confirm that the match officials selection committee did not consider Jaco Peyper for selection this weekend,” World Rugby said in a statement. Wales beat France 20-19 on Sunday after Peyper…

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A global shortage of healthcare professionals and doctors exist, no only in SA

Global shortage of doctors and healthcare workers

Felicity Duncan No matter where you go, people are certain that their country is falling apart. SA is facing a shortage of doctors and nurses. So says health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize. There are not enough doctors to go around in SA, particularly outside big metropolitan areas. However, the world is facing a doctor and nurse shortage. In Ireland and the UK, the papers are full of warnings about the medical professional shortage.  Governments are blamed for the lack of healthcare workers in small, rural towns. Most blame the governments.…

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As Hagibib hits land, the Japanese prove why their country is such a success

One of the worst typhoons to hit Japan in recent history had killed at least 18 people so far. Images showed rescue workers wading through hip-high muddy water. And elderly woman fell to her death when a rescue helicopter tried to hoist her on board. Swathes of land had been inundated and almost half a million homes were without power after Hagibis made landfall. Internet Images showed mangled vehicles and wrecked homes. Watching news casts and You Tube, one issue  stood out. The Japanese are an incredibly resilient and disciplined…

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Global road deaths on increase – no good news for Christmas holidays in SA

PHOTO FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES ONLY   The Christmas holidays are around the corner and already the death toll on South African roads is rising. Seven people were killed and multiple others injured following a three-vehicle collision in Mpumalanga. The accident occurred on the N4 highway between Van Dyksdrift and Samora Machel street in the town last week. In Gauteng, two were killed and eight more people injured in a taxi crash in Midrand. KwaZulu-Natal has lately seen a spate of horrific car accidents. Even in the Cape Province, shocking photos…

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Latest on typhoon Hagibis: Japan prepares for lock down as storm approaches

Flights grounded, trains halted and supermarkets shut. Rugby and F1 Grand Prix also affected. Hagibis is threatening to batter Tokyo. The heaviest rain and winds in 60 years on the way, are shutting down stores, factories and subway systems. The first time ever a World Rugby Cup was cancelled.  The Formula One Grand Prix would also not take place. Typhoon Hagibis, meaning “speed” in the Philippine language Tagalog, would make landfall on Honshu on Saturday. This is a month after one of the strongest typhoons hit Japan in recent years…

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