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While you were sleeping: 7 September 2016

While you were sleeping: 7 September 2016

Syrian regime allegedly uses chemical bombs, Mexican police helicopter shot down, and 12 year old starts university.

“I haven’t met a cake I didn’t like.”

–  Amy Clipston

Story of the Day

SARS Wars: Purge has left SARS criminal investigative capacity vulnerable 

Several highly trained SARS investigators who for years have exposed criminal syndicates, individuals and networks in the illicit economy, raking in billions in unpaid VAT and taxes, have been effectively kneecapped by commissioner Tom Moyane’s ongoing “restructuring” of the country’s revenue service. This is part of the fallout from the still untested “rogue unit” allegations that have also driven the deep rift between the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane, the Hawks, the NPA and ultimately President Jacob Zuma. By MARIANNE THAMM.
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While you were sleeping

Chemical attacks in Syria

The Syrian regime has been accused of using chlorine barrel bombs in a recent attack. Dozens of civilians in Aleppo had to be treated for breathing problems following the assault by al-Assad’s helicopters. Read More

Criminals down police helicopter

A police helicopter in Mexico has been downed by criminals in Michoacan state. A pilot and three police officers were killed in the crash. Authorities are not saying, however, how the chopper was brought down. Read More

Rousseff leaves palace

Brazil’s newly-impeached president Dilma Rousseff has officially left the presidential palace. Stepping out of Alvorada Palace and marking the end of 13 years of rule by her party, Rousseff is effectively out of the political picture.Read More

Twelve-year-old heads to university

A 12 year old Indonesian child has begun university at Waterloo, Ontario. While the rest of us were licking glue sticks and smoking behind the bike shed, Cendikiawan (Diki) Suryaatmadja was rapidly advancing through his schooling. He will study physics and mathematics, among other subjects. Read More

In Numbers

201 miles

The difference in diameter between Earth and Venus (Earth is larger).

Facts of the Day

Today in 1895 the first game of rugby was played (in England).

Michael Jackson used to regularly prank call Russell Crowe.


Financial Data

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JSE All Share=53,680.43
DJIA= 18,518.70
FTSE 100=6,826.05

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By Marianne Thamm
Photo:  David Douglas “Des” van Rooyen, a frame grab form
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By Richard Poplak
Photo: Robert McBride is seen at the Constitutional Court in
Johannesburg on Thursday, 30 September 2010 during an appeal by the Citizen
newspaper against an award of damages and defamation granted to him.
Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA. McBride wins the battle as the war rages on 
By Greg Nicolson
Main photo: Star Trek, the original crew. Resistance was futile: Star Trek has lived for 50 long years – and boy has it prospered 
By J Brooks Spector
Main photo: Ndifuna Ukwazi’s demarcation of the inner city and
surrounds where there is a need to use publicly owned land for affordable
housing. GroundUp Op-Ed: City land sale will deepen class and race divide in Cape Town 
By GroundUp
Photo by Michael via Flickr. Gimme Shelter: The system is failing abused women who are desperate for safety 
Main photo: Students protested on both days of the Fees Commission
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National Aquatic Championship Olympic at Kings Park Pool, Durban Kwa-Zulu
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A sculpture of 17th Century London set on barges in the Thames River
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central London, Britain, 04 September 2016. The sculpture is a
120-meter-long, designed by US artist David Best and its lighting marks the
end of festivities marking the Great Fire of London for four days in
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By Ivo Vegter
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By Judith February

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