While you were sleeping: 22 August 2017

Total eclipse pushes through United States, Trump outlines Afghanistan strategy, and Rooney scores 200th goal.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

“What’s the sense in having an eclipse if you can’t look at it? Somebody in production sure slipped up this time!” 
Charles M. Schulz


What happens when you multiply ‘fake news’ by ‘fake news’? We’re about to find out. 


Crowds, parties, weddings in eclipse path

A rare total eclipse spanning 14 American states saw sky-gazers revel in the pseudo-twilight. Weddings, roof-top parties, and a horde of US West Coast visitors ushered in the eclipse. NASA, meanwhile, followed the path of totality in two aircraft, otherwise known as the “best day ever” for some lucky scientists.


Barcelona attackers “nicely integrated”

The Barcelona terrorists responsible for the deaths of 15 included individuals who were considered “nicely integrated” in their hometowns. After a four-day manhunt for Younes Abouyaaqoub, a 22-year-old Moroccan, the van-driving lead attacker was shot and killed by police in northeastern Spain. Thus far a cell of at least 12 individuals has been uncovered, with eight killed by authorities or themselves and four in custody.


More troops likely under Trump Afghan strategy

After announcing that a decision had been made on how to proceed with Afghanistan, President Trump unveiled his strategy on Monday. 3,900 extra troops to be exact, and the possibility of opening negotiations between the Taliban and Afghan government. It’s not quite an admittance of defeat, but it isn’t exactly a victory wave either.


Rooney hits 200 goal milestone

Everton veteran forward Wayne Rooney managed to become just the second player to score 200 goals in the Premier League. Rooney netted his landmark goal in a 1-1 draw with Manchester City. In Rooney’s characteristic eloquence, he described the achievement as “it was nice.” 




The general height in centimetres to which a startled armadillo can jump.



Today in 1862 12 countries signed the first Geneva Convention.

Fewer children in Seattle are vaccinated against polio than in Rwanda.





An appeal to ANC structures by an ANCYL NEC member



Greenpeace breaks the law, again

A column by IVO VEGTER


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