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While you were sleeping: 21 September 2017

By John Stupart 21 September 2017

Mexican earthquake claims school, and Champions League 2019 final location decided.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

“Smart people sometimes get stupid, but stupid people never get smart.” 
Don Winslow

 
 
 

STORY OF THE DAY

TRAINSPOTTER: The End of Law, The End of Democracy

By RICHARD POPLAK

President Jacob Zuma, hounded by 783 corruption charges and saved by the immunity conferred on him by his office, will do anything to stay out of jail. South Africa’s fate depends on how this existential nightmare is resolved. This country is always five minutes to midnight. Another minute is about to tick by. RICHARD POPLAK watches the clock.

 
 
 

Mexico quake claims primary school

At least 21 children at the Enrique Rebsamen school in Mexico City have died in the country’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake. adding to the misery, at least 30 additional children are believed missing, with many possibly still alive. Trapped under the rubble of the schools’ three-story wing, the race against time is now on.

 

‘Raging Bull’ LaMotta dead at 95

Former world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta has died at 95 years of age. Immortalised in the Martin Scorcese film ‘Raging Bull’, LaMotta was already renowned for his famous rivalry with Sugar Ray Robinson. LaMotta died in a nursing home after struggling with pneumonia.

 

Tanzania to build a wall around mines

If Tanzanite was an immigrant, then President Magufuli is doing better than Trump in building a wall around them. Magufuli ordered the army on Wednesday to begin construction of walls around its tanzanite mines. The measure was ordered as an attempt to curb smuggling and undervaluation of the gems. Authorities believed that at least $90bn had been lost to corruption in the mining sector since 1998.

 

Atletico Madrid to host 2019 Champions League final

Atletico Madrid’s new stadium will be the venue of the 2019 Champions League final. UEFA announced the location, a brand new 68,000-seater stadium, late on Wednesday. Costing $370 million, the stadium had better live up to some very high expectations.

 
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IN NUMBERS

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The average height of trees on Earth 350 million years ago.

 

FACTS OF THE DAY

Today in 1937 The Hobbit is published.

Presbyterians is an anagram of Britney Spears.

 

 

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