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While you were sleeping: 29 August 2017

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    John Stupart

    John Stupart is the editor of the African Defence Review. He has completed his masters in War Studies at Kings College and has blathered endlessly on several mediums on all things pertaining to African defence policy, strategic, operational and tactical challenges. Most importantly, he brings you DailyMaverick's First Thing daily newsletter each morning.

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By EPA-EFE/DARREN ABATE
Dominic Dominguez searches for his boat in a boat storage facility that was heavily damaged by Hurricane Harvey near Rockport, Texas, USA, 27 August 2017. Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the south coast of Texas as a major hurricane category 4, and was the worst storm to hit the city of Rockport in 47 years. The last time a major hurricane of this size hit the United States was in 2005.

North Korea fires missile over Japan, Sea Shepherd calls it quits, and Houston rescue services rush into overdrive.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

“Have you ever noticed how ‘What the hell’ is always the right decision to make?” 
Terry Johnson

 
 

STORY OF THE DAY

Scorpio: How Sars’ Gupta investigations bit the dust

By REBECCA DAVIS for SCORPIO.

Last week, Scorpio & amaBhungane revealed just how little the Gupta brothers were paying in personal income tax – and questioned how their high-flying lifestyle did not raise red flags at Sars. We have since learnt that a specialised unit within Sars did attempt to investigate the Gupta family in what was described as a “massive preliminary investigation”. What shut it down appears to have been the fall-out at the revenue service following the fake Sars “rogue unit” allegations in 2014, yet another significant casualty of the conveniently timed black ops targeted at Sars.

 
 
 

North Korea fires missile over Japan

North Korea has sharply escalated matters by launching a missile straight over Hokkaido, Japan. The launch saw Japanese authorities trigger prefecture-wide alarms, advising locals to find a bunker and stay there. In what sounds a bit like the Cold War gone hot, Japan had ordered an emergency meeting of the Security Council. Nothing quite says "enough is enough" like an enemy missile over your airspace.

 

Small window for rescue opens in Houston

Rescue teams rushed on Monday to evacuate hundreds of Texans stranded in the streets before Hurricane Harvey returns. At least 8,000 people have now been evacuated, with the storm threatening to make another return over the city some time today. So far six people have been killed in the hurricane, with emergency call operators receiving a "staggering" volume of help requests.

 

Sharapova shines in US Open

Maria Sharapova has made her first mark at the US Open, defeating Simona Halep 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in her first Grand Slam since the end of a doping ban. After despatching Halep Sharapova fell to her knees in tears, saying afterwards that it was "so much more" than just another normal day on the court.

 

Sea Shepherd abandons anti-whaling hunt

Eco-militant Sea Shepherd announced on Tuesday that it was abandoning its attempts to disrupt Japanese whaling. SS argued that the Japanese military and economic power was overwhelming. Founder Paul Watson explained that they were being monitored with real-time satellite imagery, making it impossible to intercept whalers. It's almost as if the Japanese military doesn't have a volatile Korean neighbour that could use that satellite imagery better.

 
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IN NUMBERS

1,000

The factor by which the number of man hours to produce a ton of steel was reduced from 1920 to 2000.

 

FACTS OF THE DAY

Today is the International Day Against Nuclear Tests.

Selfie sticks are banned in all Disney Theme parks.

 

 

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  • John Stupart
    John Stupart
    John Stupart

    John Stupart is the editor of the African Defence Review. He has completed his masters in War Studies at Kings College and has blathered endlessly on several mediums on all things pertaining to African defence policy, strategic, operational and tactical challenges. Most importantly, he brings you DailyMaverick's First Thing daily newsletter each morning.

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