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First Thing: Tuesday, 8 May 2018

By John Stupart 8 May 2018
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Lava from a robust fissure eruption on Kilauea's east rift zone consumes a home, then threatens another, near Pahoa, Hawaii, USA, 06 May 2018. The total number of homes lost within the Leilani Estates subdivision thus far is 21, and geologists from the Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory do not expect the eruption to cease any time soon. A local state of emergency has been declared after Mount Kilauea erupted near residential areas, forcing mandatory evacuation of about 1,700 citizens from their nearby homes. The crater's floor collapsed on 01 May and is since then continuing to erode its walls and generating huge explosions of ashes. Several earthquakes have been recorded in the area where the volcanic eruptions continue, including a 6.9 magnitue earthquake which struck the area on 04 May. EPA-EFE/BRUCE OMORI / PARADISE HELICOPTERS

"There's something deranged about you... the excessive concern you have for ferrets is something you should examine with a therapist... this excessive concern with little weasels is a sickness." - Rudy Giuliani to a constituent

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Suspended tax boss Tom Moyane will have a torrid time explaining away his “misconduct” at SARS to former Constitutional Court judge Kate O’Regan, who now chairs his disciplinary hearing. Served with four devastating charges last week, Moyane is gearing up for what he hopes will be an epic fight with President Cyril Ramaphosa. He seems to have no intention of fighting against the merits of the case against him just yet, but is about to challenge the process of his suspension and the way his disciplinary will be conducted.

While You Were Sleeping

New York Attorney General resigns amid assault claims

New York’s most senior state prosecutor and a self-proclaimed champion of the #MeToo movement, Eric Schneiderman has resigned after being accused of physically assaulting four women. Schneiderman strongly denied the claims made by the women to the New Yorker magazine, stating that the allegations were “unrelated” to his professional conduct. If true, however, these claims would absolutely be related to his entire conduct as a human being.

Nine soldiers killed in Somalia

Nine Kenyan soldiers on patrol in Somalia have been killed by a roadside bomb. The attack on Sunday was claimed by al-Shabaab. Security officials announced the attack late on Monday, stating that the improvised explosive device had destroyed the soldiers’ vehicle in the Jubaland region.

Trump warns against electing his doppleganger

President Donald Trump has taken a break from threatening nuclear brinkmanship with Iran to voice his concern over a West Virginia primary candidate. The candidate is a rogue senator who is running on the brand “Tr,umpier than Trump”. Don Blankenship, an ex-convict coal lord, has been running on a campaign of stereotypically far-right racism and conspiracy theories. Even Trump, it seems, has his limits in political company.

Avengers continues box office domination

Avengers: Infinity War has maintained its lead at the box office in its second weekend, raking in $114.8-million, joining fewer than 10 movies that did so. Overall, the latest Avengers movie has smashed through the $1-billion mark in 11 days, the fastest in history. All this and the movie has yet to be released in China.

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$14.83

The price of the first item ever sold on eBay. It was a broken laser pointer, purchased by a man who professed to be a broken laser pointer collector.

Facts of the Day

Today is World Red Cross Day. It is also Enrique Iglesias’ birthday.

Eating a polar bear’s liver can be fatal. This is due to the toxic levels of Vitamin A contained within it.

 

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SARS & Gartner – global advisory giant’s mysterious deal with Moyane’s friend follows a pattern of tender corruption

By Pauli Van Wyk

"We spend the first year of a child's life teaching it to walk and talk and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down. There's something wrong there." ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson