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While you were sleeping: 20 July

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While you were sleeping: 20 July

Trump regrets attorney-general appointment, McCain diagnosed with cancer, and Dali to be exhumed.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

“I didn’t like having to explain to them, so I just shut up, smoked a cigarette, and looked at the sea.” 
Albert Camus


In April this year, ousted National Director of Public Prosecutions, Mxolisi Nxasana, deposed a damning affidavit accusing President Jacob Zuma’s legal adviser, Michael Hulley, of attempting to induce him to lie – under oath – that the President had not pressured him into leaving office. The capturing of the NPA by President Zuma is a matter of national public interest, as is the allegation that the President’s legal adviser might be guilty of defeating the ends of justice. The KZN Law Society, however, doesn’t think it’s worth investigating. 


Trump regrets attorney-general appointment

Another day and another Trump controversy. President Donald Trump said late on Wednesday that he regretted his choice of Jeff Sessions as attorney general. Sessions recused himself from overseeing an FBI probe into Trump collusion with Russia. The statement comes as the Senate announced that it will interrogate the Trump children and associates over their Russian connections.


McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

A procedure to remove a clot from John McCain’s eye resulted in a diagnosis of brain cancer. The senator and former presidential candidate has a glioblastoma: a brain tumour associated with his eye-based clot. It is the same cancer that killed Ted Kennedy. McCain, now 80, will be considering various treatment options.


Antidepressants during pregnancy autism risk – study

Children exposed to antidepressants during pregancy suffer an increased risk of autism, researchers revealed on Wednesday. The increase in risk was small, however, and in fact may not be linked to the drugs at all. Regardless, a 4% increase was measured, paving the way for a more in-depth study to evaluate the link.


Dali to be exhumed in paternity case

A fortune-teller in Catalonia has claimed to be surrealist Salvador Dali’s only known child. As a result of some nifty litigation, forensic teams will open the tomb of Dali and collect DNA samples to verify the claim. If true, Pilar Abel could be entitled to at least some of Dali’s substantial estate. 




The number of years it would take to read all the books in the British Library if you read five books a day.



Today is International Chess Day. In South Africa, all the pawns are kept in government.

Billionaire oil tycoon J Paul Getty had a pay phone in his home so he wouldn’t have to pay for guests’ calls.





Kerala – a place to make Blade happy

A column by MIKE WILLS


BFN: min: 1° max 18°, sunny
CPT: min: 8° max: 15°,  rainy
DBN: min: 12° max: 21°, cloudy
EL: min: 9° max: 22°, sunny
JHB: min: 5° max: 19°, sunny
KIM: min: 2° max: 21°, sunny
MHK: min: 2° max: 24°, sunny
PMB: min: 6° max: 22°, cloudy
PE: min: 6° max: 21°, sunny
PTA: min: 5° max: 24°, sunny

Financial Data
JSE All Share=54,091.11
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