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While you were sleeping: 28 February 2018

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South Africa, World

While you were sleeping: 28 February 2018

11 sick after envelope opening on base, Kushner loses his clearance, and if you hate body odour, you likely love Trump.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

“History is a Rorschach test, people. What you see when you look at it tells you as much about yourself as it does about the past.” 
Jennifer Donnelly

 
 

One of the spin-offs of the relationship between Sassa, Net1 and its subsidiary, Cash Paymaster Services, has been the easy and lucrative access the US-listed company has had to some 17-million South Africans who receive social grants. Net1 subsidiary, Moneyline, offers grant recipients loans, often without requesting proof of income and on condition they surrender Sassa cards and open an EasyPay Everywhere Account. A shocking survey among grant recipients last year highlighted several problematic practices. 

 
 
 

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

Possible chemical attack on US base

At least 11 people have become ill after an envelope was opened on a US military base. The Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall received the letter which contained an “unknown” substance, which after being opened prompted several personnel to complain of burning extremities. Although a deliberate chemical attack has not yet been confirmed, the signs seem to point towards it.

 

Kushner loses clearance

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has lost his top-level security clearance. White House formal clearance procedures were never followed by Kushner, leading to his loss of his access to secret intelligence. Kushner now has to negotiate peace in the middle east without all information tools at his disposal, and he is in an entirely weakened position ahead of Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit in the coming days.

 

Hate BO? You probably love Trump

A bizarre new study has released its findings relating to haters of body odour and authoritarianism. Marco Liuzza from Italy’s Magna Graecia University conducted two large-scale surveys to evaluate people’s dislike of body odour. The link lies within a deep-rooted instinct to avoid disease and pestilence, something which can translate into avoiding both the sick and smelly and the “foreign” or othered individual. The study indicated that BO haters also preferred authoritarian leaders.

 

Barcelona launches eSports team

Barcelona announced late on Tuesday that it would be launching a professional eSports team. Barca will compete against other European clubs’ eSports teams in Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 (PES2018). A statement made by La Liga indicated that it expected the global eSports market to exceed $1-billion by 2020. If you shout at your kids for playing too much FIFA, perhaps let them game on for a bit more if they show some skill.

 
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IN NUMBERS

$2 million

The bounty set for Tupac’s mother. She is currently living as a fugitive in Cuba after killing a policeman and robbing a bank.

 

FACTS OF THE DAY

Today in 1900 the siege of Ladysmith is lifted.

In a pinch, mayonnaise can be used as a thermal paste.

 

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