South Africa, World

While you were sleeping: 29 January 2018

By John Stupart 29 January 2018

Grammy Awards sees Kendrick Lamar dominate, Kabul attackers besiege academy, and Tiger Woods returns with a vengeance.

Monday, 29 January 2018

“Reality provides us with facts so romantic that imagination itself could add nothing to them.” 
Jules Verne

 
 

STORY OF THE DAY

Trainspotter: The Purge

By RICHARD POPLAK.

The purge must happen. But to whom must it happen? What must happen to those it happens to? (Drawing and quartering? Internet shaming? Life in jail?) And what happens if it doesn’t go all the way to the top?

 
 
 

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

Kendrick Lamar leads the Grammys

Kendrick Lamar has scooped up five Grammy awards this year. The glitzy music industry event was hosted in New York this year, the first time in 15 years it has not been in Los Angeles. The late Carrie Fisher won a Grammy as well for her spoken word album The Princess Diarist. The entire affair also saw another theme of protest against abuse, this time with white roses adorning the gowns and suits, coupled with the hashtag #TIMESUP. Oh, and South African band Ladysmith Black Mambazo won the Grammy for Best World Album.

 

Attackers besiege Kabul academy

A military academy in Afghanistan’s capital has been targeted by militants. A pre-dawn assault on the academy was still ongoing in the early hours of this morning, with Afghan security forces closing off roads nearby. An attack days earlier had killed at least 100 people, with the Taliban or Islamic State believed to be responsible.

 

Furore over Strava security snafu

A security analyst has discovered the locations of several military bases in Niger using the tracking data of Strava-linked devices. Soldiers unwittingly revealed their positions and the perimeter of their facilities with the path of their morning jogs. More worryingly, the app data also revealed movements outside the base, as soldiers forgot to turn off their devices, thereby showing routes of regular movement. Someone in uniform is about to get the bollocking of his or her life.

 

Woods ‘pleased’ with tour performance

Tiger Woods has managed 23rd place at the Farmers Insurance Open. Woods said that he was pleased with the performance, the toughest yet for his surgically fused spine. Considering Woods’ absence from the PGA Tour for years, his ability to return and manage 23rd place without much trouble is a positive signal for his 2018 career.

 
 — 

IN NUMBERS

5

The number of countries where the suicide rate for women is higher than for men. They are China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iraq and Indonesia.

 

FACTS OF THE DAY

Today in 1956 Elvis Presley appears on television for the first time.

A finger with nerve damage doesn’t wrinkle underwater.

 

FEATURED ARTICLES

Trainspotter: The Purge

BY RICHARD POPLAK

 

Analysis: Cyril vs the Zumaites

BY STEPHEN GROOTES

 

OPINIONISTAS

Dear Premier Ace Magashule…. Let’s Talk Frankly

A column by ONKGOPOTSE JJ TABANE

 
 — 

Weather
BFN: min: 16° max 28°, cloudy
CPT: min: 17° max: 31°,  sunny
DBN: min: 21° max: 25°, cloudy
EL: min: 21° max: 28°, cloudy
JHB: min: 13° max: 22°, cloudy
KIM: min: 18° max: 32°, cloudy
MHK: min: 17° max: 28°, sunny
PMB: min: 17° max: 24, cloudy
PE: min: 20° max: 34°, cloudy
PTA: min: 15° max: 24°, rainy

Financial Data
Oil=$70.52
Gold=$1,349.12
Platinum=$1,011.65
R/$=11.85
R/€=14.74
R/£=16.79
BTC/$=11,400
JSE All Share=61,595.86
DJIA=26,616.71
FTSE 100=7,665.54

123

Gallery

While we have your attention...

An increasingly rare commodity, quality independent journalism costs money - though not nearly as much as its absence.

Every article, every day, is our contribution to Defending Truth in South Africa. If you would like to join us on this mission, you could do much worse than support Daily Maverick's quest by becoming a Maverick Insider.

Click here to become a Maverick Insider and get a closer look at the Truth.


Stimulus Package

Ramaphosa steps up to economic realities with R50bn package

By Greg Nicolson

There are more skin cancer cases related to tanning beds than there are lung cancer cases to smoking.