World remembers Diana, Harvey damage mounts, and Sharapova advances at US Open
Thursday, 31 August 2017
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ANC Treasurer General Dr Zweli Mkhize has given senior officials from the Central Energy Fund 48 hours to explain why his name was dropped into discussions over an alleged plot to swing a R4.6-billion PetroSA deal. By JESSICA BEZUIDENHOUT.
World mourns Diana 20 years on
The world’s fans of Princess Diana have marked 20 years since her death. Well-wishers paid tribute to the Princess of Wales at the scene of her fatal car crash, the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris. Princes William and Harry received a constant throng of tributes at Kensington Palace on Wednesday. The “People’s Princess”, it seems, is as popular today as she ever was.
Harvey to cost Texas $58-billion
Preliminary estimates on the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey has reached a staggering $58-billion. A German organisation, the Centre for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology, made the finding on Thursday, citing it as the world’s most expensive natural disaster since 1990.
Chemical plant explosion fears in Houston
Staying with Harvey, new fears have emerged of a possible explosion at a plant near Houston. As flood waters begin to recede, authorities believe the Arkema plant, a refrigerated facility for chemical compounds, could well erupt in an unavoidable fire. With high water remaining at the plant, and no power to turn refrigeration back on, a fire may well be a question of when, not if.
Sharapova continues frightening momentum
Maria Sharapova’s comeback story is real. The former world number one defeated Hungary’s 59th-ranked Timea Babos 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-1. While not on her best form, Sharapova now appears set to make a concerted stab at the title. Were that to happen, you can expect Hollywood to leap on her movie rights within seconds.
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FACTS OF THE DAY
Today in 1997 Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a tragic car accident.
“The First World War” was a phrase coined by a journalist in 1918 because they felt that it would not be the final world war.
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