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While you were sleeping: 28 August 2017

Houston hit hard by flooding, Trump talks wall talk, and Kendrick Lamar award MTV prize.

Monday, 28 August 2017

“I feel like we should stop calling feminists ‘feminists’ and just start calling people who aren’t feminist ‘sexist’ – and then everyone else is just human.” 
Maisie Williams

 
 

Divisions in the ANC have surfaced this weekend with the ANC Women’s League reprimanding its former president, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, for being ill-disciplined after she apparently addressed meetings under the gender banner. In this, the year of Oliver Reginald Tambo with the ANC website proudly displaying the slogan: “Let’s deepen unity!”, the ANC seems to be significantly more divided than it has been in recent times. 

 
 
 

Houston struck by massive flooding

Unprecedented flooding has struck Houston, shutting down all airports and killing at least three people so far. A category 4 hurricane has hit Houston dead on. The fourth largest city in the United States, it appeared that at least 2,000 people had been rescued in its wake so far.

 

Trump talks about his wall

While Houston remained underwater, President Trump insisted on Sunday that Congress or Mexico must find a way to pay for his precious wall. Tweeting on the wall and a possible NAFTA treaty pull out, Trump has set himself on a collision course with his own party, making an “or else” deadline. What could possibly go wrong?

 

Australia’s largest bank under the microscrope

Australia’s Commonwealth Bank (CBA) became the focus of an independent inquiry on Monday. The CBA has been accused of breaching anti-money laundering legislation, more than 50,000 times. The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority will now be taking a long hard investigatory look at CBA.

 

Kendrick Lamar awarded MTV award

Rapper Kendrick Lamar has won MTV’s Video of the Year on Sunday. Lamar won the award for his video “HUMBLE”, a sarcastic interpretation on fame and fortune. Performing HUMBLE at the awards, the subtle Lamar used dancers dressed as ninja to climb a burning fence. There clearly is no end to Lamar’s artistic boundaries.

 
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More likely to be bitten by a human in New York City than by a shark.

 

FACTS OF THE DAY

Today in 1933 the first Afrikaans Bible was introduced. It was unveiled at a Bible Festival in Bloemfontein. Next to a Bok van Blerk concert, this was possibly one of Bloemfontein’s most exciting moments.

Bern, Switzerland, has an old statue of a person eating babies.Nobody understands exactly why it’s there.

 

 

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