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While you were sleeping: 29 November 2016

Ohio shooter identified, Aleppo siege seizes the north, and self-driving cars hit Canada.

Tuesday, 29th November

“Nature does not tell stories, we do. We find ourselves in them, make ourselves in them, choose ourselves in them.”
James Orbinski

 
 
Elections aftermath: Why did the ANC ignore its own research?

Mark Lifman, a Cape Town businessman with alleged links to the underworld and who is also closely aligned to the ANC, lodged an application in the Western Cape High Court on Monday to have his tax audit of R388-million reviewed. Lifman has advanced the “rogue unit defence”, as did alleged drug smugger and shareholder in the tobacco company Carnilinx, Martin Wingate-Pearse, in an attempt to have his tax bill reviewed. In December 2014 former Deputy Commissioner Ivan Pillay warned Commissioner Tom Moyane that SARS stood to lose millions if taxpayers in litigation attached value to speculation about the “rogue unit” narrative. Moyane paid no attention. And so it has come to pass. By MARIANNE THAMM.

 
 
 

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

Ohio attacker identified

The attacker at Ohio State University has been identified as a Somali man. Abdul Razak Ali Artan rammed students with his vehicle, before getting out and injuring 11 with a butcher’s knife. He was fatally wounded by police thereafter. Officials have cautioned against jumping to conclusions about Artan’s motives.

 

Samsung considers splitting in two

Embattled electronics giant Samsung has announced it is considering splitting the company into two. Shareholders have placed increasing pressure on the organisation to create a holding company to drive up dividends. Having an exploding device in their catalogue has clearly thrown the business into a panic.

 

Rebels lose ground in Aleppo

Syrian regime forces, backed by Russia, have taken control of all northern neighbourhoods in Aleppo. If they lose the area they’ve held since 2012, the defeat would signal a major setback for the rebels, who have steadily lost ground since Russia entered the fray. Aleppo, meanwhile, has been reduced to rubble.

 

Autonomoose car hits Canada’s roads

Autonomoose, Canada’s first self-driving car, has arrived on its roads. The Lincoln sedan is test-driving itself using technology created by the University of Waterloo, auto manufacturer Erwin Hymer Group and software developer BlackBerry QNX. Here’s hoping the car does not get hacked by Anonymoose.

 
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IN NUMBERS

4

The percentage of Normandy’s beach that consists of metal particles from the landings.

 

FACT OF THE DAY

Today in 1890 saw the beginning of the Meiji Constitution in Japan, and the formation of the first Diet (parliament).

Because the Catholic Church classified them as a type of fish, beavers are allowed to be eaten on Good Friday and through Lent.

 

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