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While you were sleeping: 21 January 2016

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    John Stupart

    John Stupart is the editor of the African Defence Review. He has completed his masters in War Studies at Kings College and has blathered endlessly on several mediums on all things pertaining to African defence policy, strategic, operational and tactical challenges. Most importantly, he brings you DailyMaverick's First Thing daily newsletter each morning.

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Revellers throw turnips at the Jarramplas, a character who wears a devil-like mask and a colourful costume, as he makes his way through the streets while beating his drum during the Jarramplas traditional festival in Piornal, southwestern Spain, January 20, 2016. Even though the exact origins of the festival are not known, various theories exist linking it to the mythological punishment of Caco by Hercules; a relation to ceremonies celebrated by the American Indians that were seen by the first conquerors; or to a cattle thief being ridiculed and expelled by his village neighbours. The Jarramplas festival takes place annually to mark Saint Sebastian's Day. REUTERS/Susana Vera TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Attacks in Pakistan kill 20, a new planet on the cards for our solar system, and the NFL gets its first female coach.

"Mr Trump, you’re right, look back there in the press box. Heads are spinning, media heads are spinning. This is going to be so much fun.”

 Sarah Palin

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

Armed militants have stormed a university in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 20. Pakistani Taliban had originally claimed responsibility for the attack, only to disassociate themselves from it later on. Nonetheless, reports of teachers fighting back to allow students time to flee only added to the sense of desperation during the attack.

Despite the ongoing gloom surrounding the world's financial markets, experts at Davos 2016 are confident this is not a repeat of 2008. John Veihmeyer, global chairman of accounting group, KPMG, cautioned that significant risks remain, but the pessimism may be largely related to China's economic slump. This same downturn has also been termed by one former Barclays executive as a "healthy correction", however. The palatial ski resort environment may have something to do with this cloud of optimism in a financial world gone awfully bad.

Researchers may have discovered a ninth planet in our solar system. While not observed directly, it is believed the planet orbits Neptune and is roughly 10 times the size of Earth. A computer simulation model indicated the possibility of this planet by detecting possible gravitational effects in the area, which strongly suggests another planet.

The light sabres have only just been sheathed, but don't expect 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' anytime soon. Disney has postponed the next instalment of the now-restored series to December 2017. This is a full seven months later than previously announced. With no explanation yet for the delay, the force is not going to be with anyone anytime soon.

The NFL's Buffalo Bills have made history by hiring the first ever female coach. Kathryn Smith has just been appointed as their new head of quality control-special teams. While this is not at all close to a head coach position, Smith's appointment is historical in that she is at least the first female head anything to make it in the NFL. Transformation may be glacial in the league, but it appears to be shifting at the Bills.


IN NUMBERS


18

The percentage of Davos 2016's attendees who are women.

FACTS OF THE DAY

Today is National Hug Day in the United States. Don't forget to hug your local American today in celebration.

Fact of the day: When Mikhail Gorbachev enacted the 'Glasnost' reforms, so many secrets and outright lies about the Soviet Union were uncovered that school history exams for 1988 were cancelled.

WEATHER


Bloemfontein: min: 22° max: 30°, rainy
Cape Town: min: 21° max: 35°, cloudy
Durban: min: 22° max: 35°, cloudy
East London: min: 22° max: 33°, cloudy
Johannesburg: min: 16° max: 26°, rainy
Kimberley: min: 22° max: 28°, rainy
Nelspruit: min: 16° max: 30°, cloudy
Pietermaritzburg: min: 13° max: 28°, rainy
Polokwane: min: 14° max: 31°, cloudy
Port Elizabeth: min: 14° max: 30°, cloudy
Pretoria: min: 21° max: 30°, cloudy

FINANCIAL DATA

Oil=$28.08 Gold=$1,101.89 Platinum=$820.10
R/$=16.81 R/€=18.34 R/£=23.87 $/€=1.09
JSE All Share=46,394.01 DJIA=15,727.91 FTSE 100=5,710.84: Source
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  • John Stupart
    John Stupart
    John Stupart

    John Stupart is the editor of the African Defence Review. He has completed his masters in War Studies at Kings College and has blathered endlessly on several mediums on all things pertaining to African defence policy, strategic, operational and tactical challenges. Most importantly, he brings you DailyMaverick's First Thing daily newsletter each morning.

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