Half-year earnings at South Africa’s Woolworths could drop by as much as 20%, the retailer warned on Monday, sending its shares down more than 4%.
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Tributes continue to pour in after the shock death of retired basketball legend Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles (LA) County on Sunday.
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Police Minister Bheki Cele says he will not tolerate femicide and abuse of women even in the police force.
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Afghanistan (AP) — An American military aircraft crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, the U.S. military said, adding that there were no indications so far it’d been brought down by enemy fire.
The spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Col. Sonny Leggett, said that the military plane, a Bombardier E-11A, crashed in the Ghazni province and an investigation of its causes was ongoing.
Monday’s plane crash is not expected to derail U.S.-Taliban peace talks if it turns out to have been an accident.
The Bombardier E-11A is a U.S. Air Force electronic surveillance plane. Video from the crash site circulating on social media appeared to show its charred ruins.
A Taliban spokesman and Afghan journalist affiliated with the militant group had earlier said the mystery crash was a U.S. military plane.
Tariq Ghazniwal, a journalist in the area, said that he saw the burning aircraft. In an exchange on Twitter, he told The Associated Press that he saw two bodies and the front of the aircraft was badly burned. He added that the aircraft’s body and tail were hardly damaged. His information could not be independently verified.
Ghazniwal said the crash site was about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from a U.S. military base. Local Taliban have been deployed to protect the crash site, he said, and several other militants were combing the nearby village for two people they suspect may have survived the crash.
The Taliban hold much of Ghazni province and have total control over the local area of the crash.
Ghazniwal said the site was near a village called Sado Khelo, in the Deh Yak district. He also said the crash occurred soon after 1 p.m. local time, but residents in the area did not report a loud crashing noise. He couldn’t say whether the aircraft had been shot down but “the crash was not loud.”
Images on social media purportedly of the crashed plane showed an aircraft bearing U.S. Air Force markings similar to other E-11A surveillance aircraft photographed by aviation enthusiasts. Visible registration numbers on the plane also appeared to match those aircraft.
The so-called Battlefield Airborne Communications Node can be carried on unmanned or crewed aircraft like the E-11A. It is used by the military to extend the range of radio signals and can be used to convert the output of one device to another, such as connecting a radio to a telephone.
Colloquially referred to by the U.S. military as “Wi-Fi in the sky,” the BACN system is used in areas where communications are otherwise difficult, elevating signals above obstacles like mountains. The system is in regular use in Afghanistan.
The U.S. and Taliban are negotiating a reduction in hostilities or a cease-fire to allow a peace agreement to be signed that could bring home an estimated 13,000 American troops and open the way to a broader post-war deal for Afghans. The Taliban currently control or hold sway over around half the country.
Local Afghan officials had said earlier on Monday that a passenger plane from Afghanistan’s Ariana Airlines had crashed in the Taliban-held area of the eastern Ghazni province. However, Ariana Airlines told The Associated Press that none of its planes had crashed in Afghanistan.
The conflicting accounts could not immediately be reconciled.
Arif Noori, spokesman for the provincial governor, said the plane went down around 1:10 p.m. local time (8:40 a.m. GMT) in Deh Yak district, some 130 kilometers (80 miles) southwest of the capital Kabul. He said the crash site is in territory controlled by the Taliban. Two provincial council members also confirmed the crash.
But the acting director for Ariana Airlines, Mirwais Mirzakwal, dismissed reports that one the company’s aircraft had crashed. The state-owned airline also released a statement on its website saying all its aircraft were operational and safe.
The mountainous Ghazni province sits in the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountains and is bitterly cold in winter.
At least eight people were killed early Monday in an explosive fire that consumed at least 35 vessels docked along the Tennessee River.
Scottsboro Fire Chief Gene Necklaus said all eight people who were known to be missing have been confirmed dead, and “that number could go up, because we don’t know how many were on boats" that sank.
The fire began just after midnight and quickly consumed the dock as people were sleeping. The wooden dock went up in flames and an aluminum roof that covered many of the vessels melted and collapsed, cutting off escape routes and raining debris over the area as boaters leaped into the river. At least seven people were sent to hospitals suffering from exposure to the flames or the frigid water.
Necklaus said about 35 boats were destroyed, some of them sinking at the dock and others floating away before going under. He said divers need to locate each one and search them individually to be sure there were no other victims.
"We woke up hearing screams and popping noises," Mandy Durham, who was with her boyfriend in a nearby boat, told The Associated Press. “When we woke up, we could see red through the window.”
"Within 15 to 20 minutes, the whole dock was in flames," she added. "All these boats have propane tanks and gas tanks, and that’s a lot of fire.”
The blaze destroyed the B dock, about 50 yards (46 meters) from the A dock where the boat of Durham’s boyfriend was moored.
"There were numerous people rescued from the water who had escaped by going into the water," Jackson County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Rocky Harnen told The Associated Press shortly after dawn. “We’re trying to get divers down here to search for possible victims.”
People were jumping onto a boat at the end of the dock because fire had consumed the middle portion and that was their only escape. But then the flames spread to that boat, leaving water as their only way out, Durham said.
"Water was the only place they had to go," Durham said. “It’s just extremely sad. It’s horrible.”
Reaching the victims proved challenging for rescue crews.
"The damage from the dock has fallen on top of the boats, and some of the boats have drifted off," Harnen said.
Hours after sunrise, smoke was still rising from the remains of a wooden dock, and pieces of metal that once formed the roof were partially submerged. Police and fire boats with flashing lights were positioned near the charred remains, and a yellow floating boom was being deployed around the marina to contain spilled fuel.
Most of the boats that were destroyed had people living on them permanently, but some mainly spent weekends on them, Durham said. The park includes a boat ramp, a dock and a restaurant, and offers boat rentals, according to Jackson County’s government website.
"Everybody is just hoping to find the ones they knew on that dock. There were families there. It’s devastating," Durham said.
The journey to destigmatising the public perception of people who live with HIV and Aids has been a hot bed topic on social media.
Media personality K Naomi landed in hot water on Monday after posted her thoughts about her perceived public perception of HIV and Aids.
Taking to her Twitter account in a now deleted tweet, K Naomi posted "HIV AIDS is becoming a norm. This is scary…"
This comment quickly circled around the Twitter streets and divided tweeps with some saying they understood what she meant to say.
People are really going out of their way to twist K Naomi’s tweet about HIV by trying to make it better, she meant what she said. People who are living with HIV are scared of disclosing their status to their loves ones because of the stigma and fear of being judged
— AK (@Akhona_PQ) January 27, 2020
I think people misinterpreted K Naomi’s tweet pic.twitter.com/qLxw7hEN4Q
— 🎉8 January🎉 (@KBee_Kay) January 27, 2020
K Naomi is right people aren’t scared of HIV anymore, we joke about it and even at local Clinics the employees throw banter at the patients. Yall just want to troll her, you get what she was tryin to say.
— . (@__Katli) January 27, 2020
Tweeps are always ready to catch feelings and attack in these streets K Naomi said nothing wrong. But hey English akusiyo yethu. pic.twitter.com/ZxvHseytOV
— Fanny-ZN (@fanny_miz) January 27, 2020
What K Naomi said is the absolute truth. Inkinga poeple kuleApp nifuna kubonwe ngendlela yenu.I know too many poeple living with the virus and akukaze kungithuse.
— Mumbo omhlophe (@_Sconez) January 27, 2020
While others called her out for her misinformed comment and accusing her of further stigmatizing people live with HIV and Aids.
HIV and AIDS has always been scary and having people like you who are ignorant is making it even more scarier. Please equip yourself with knowledge and understand that it does not matter how popular or rich you are but you don’t know what the future holds. pic.twitter.com/oB37tZgVWS
— #LongLiveWithHIV ™️🇿🇦 (@_MamaKaNone) January 27, 2020
I think I understand what ausi K Naomi was trying to say. That tweet was poorly worded. I mean We still have people who don’t understand that with time and more awareness, certain things will eventually be distigmatized. 🤷♀️
— Ketso🌼 (@Ketso28) January 27, 2020
We have to normalise HIV in order to kill the stigma around it…It will make it easy for people to talk about it like it’s nothing…
— Karabo Denotion🇿🇦 (@KaraboDNyalungu) January 27, 2020
In this day and age where we have information at the tip of our hands, there’s no need to be ignorant about HIV or still using the word “prostitute” instead of “sex worker.”
— Tata We #PrEP 🏳️🌈🏳️🌈 (@phumlani_prep) January 27, 2020
HIV prevalence in South Africa is higher now than its ever been before. However, HIV Treatment and Prevention methods are at their best now than ever before!
Important things to work on right now are
1) To break the stigma 2) Encouraging people to know their status https://t.co/JdYGAgifRK
— Youth Health Africa (@YHA_Africa) January 27, 2020
K Naomi never learns. First it was mental health, now HIV/AIDS.
she needs to stay away from such subjects. She can’t engage well and offends people.
— Ntombi ya MuTsonga (@itsmissBonnie) January 27, 2020
K Naomi has yet to respond to the backlash and support she received from her tweet.
Police fired stun grenades to disperse a group of disgruntled protesting students outside the University of South Africa (UNISA).
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Inmates held at the notorious John Vorster Square were under police watch most of the time.
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Drinking hot tea on a hot summer’s day might not sound like the most refreshing thing to do but experts believe it is one of the healthiest ways to cool down.
Research Director for the SA Rooibos Council, Joe Swart says that sweating is the body’s way of cooling us down.
“As sweat evaporates from the surface of the skin, it cools and removes excess heat to keep our body temperature in check. It’s interesting to note that during one of the studies, researchers also tested the effect of a warm drink on those participating in the exercise for 75 minutes at a relatively low intensity, in 24 ºC at 23% relative humidity, while consuming water at different temperatures.
"It was only after participants had consumed the warm drink when their overall body temperature dropped."
“However, it is important to keep in mind that because conditions, such as airflow and humidity were controlled during the trials, the results could be different in an environment where sweat evaporation is limited, such as in hot, humid weather where one is dripping with sweat.
"In these circumstances, the cooling effect of hot drinks is likely to be less effective, in which case colder drinks should be taken,” says Swart.
He adds that tea contains no caffeine, it is low in tannins and you can drink as much of it as you want, unlike other hot beverages that may have a diuretic effect.
“Rooibos tea can also be enjoyed hot or cold and comes in a variety of fruit and spiced-infused flavours.
"On a hot, dry summer day, cool down with a warm cup, while in hot, humid weather, it can be turned into a delicious iced tea, to help regulate your body temperature in a healthy, natural way. It also won’t add any additional calories as it contains no fats or carbohydrates and is naturally sweet, which eliminates the need for sugar,” says Swart.
Here are some Rooibos iced tea recipes to help quench your thirst.
Rooibos, Lemon and Mint Iced Tea
6 bags of Rooibos tea
1 lemon, sliced
20 mint leaves
Place tea bags, lemon and mint leaves in a large pot pour boiling water onto it and leave to steep for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. Remove tea bags when the tea is cold and refrigerate. Add honey for a sweeter taste.
Rooibos and Berry Iced Tea
3 Rooibos tea bags
3 cups water, 1 boiling, 2 cold
1.5 cups raspberries
3-4 tbsp sugar (or to taste)
1 tsp vanilla bean paste or use a Rooibos-Vanilla tea infusion instead
8 mint leaves
Ice cubes, fresh raspberries and lemon wedges for serving.
Make the tea using 1 cup of boiling water and three tea bags. Set aside for a few minutes to steep. Then remove the tea bags and add the remaining cold water. Set aside to cool. Heat the raspberries, sugar, and vanilla in a saucepan for 2-3 minutes, stirring often. Put the mixture through a sieve by squashing the fruit to help separate the pulp and juice from the seeds. Once the tea has cooled completely, add the raspberry mixture, lemon juice, and mint leaves. Drop-in fresh raspberries and a couple of lemon wedges and serve with ice cubes. Keep refrigerated.
INTERNATIONAL – Swiss food giant Nestle on Monday bulked up its medical nutrition business by buying Allergan’s Zenpep, a product for people whose pancreases do not provide enough enzymes to properly digest fats, proteins and sugars.
The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Zenpep had sales of $237 million in 2018.
Allergan’s sale of Zenpep, for people with Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI), comes in conjunction with the ongoing regulatory approval process of AbbVie’s $63 billion takeover of the Irish-domiciled drugmaker, AbbVie said in a separate statement.
Nestle Chief Executive Mark Schneider, who also gets Allergan product Viokace, another pancreatic enzyme preparation, in the deal, is bulking up on nutrition products that combine properties of medicine and food as the Swiss company expands in areas where growth may outpace its mainstream food business.
“This is a significant opportunity for our business in the United States to add a complementary product to our existing range of nutrition products that support food ingestion, digestion and absorption,” said Greg Behar, head of Nestle Health Science in a statement.
"Nestle’s acquisition of Zenpep is a strategic decision that will enhance our growing medical nutrition portfolio," said Behar.
Nestle said its purchase would be finalized in tandem with the AbbVie-Allergan deal’s completion, which regulators have made contingent on the divestment of some products.
South Africa’s energy regulator Nersa is battling it out in court with power utility Eskom over the price of electricity.
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Representatives of five families whose members died in a bus accident on the R81 at the Sekgopo hill near Modjadjiskloof have identified their bodies at Kgapane hospital in Limpopo.
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The South African Union of Students (SAUS) has raised questions over the Department of Higher Education’s refusal to pay for post-graduate studies.
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A local shoemaker from the small village of Ga-Nchabeleng in Limpopo, Ike Majadihlogo Lekgoro, 33, is aiming to make his mark on an international platform.
Lekgoro, the founder and director of Tlotlego Handcrafts is a self-taught cobbler who manufactures genuine leather shoes, leather belts, earrings, and wooden leather bags.
Tlotlego Handcrafts was established in 2016 for the purpose of alleviating poverty through job creation and skills development.
“Shoes are a necessity. Everyone needs shoes and I realised that in South Africa, there are a few people who make formal shoes. I saw the gap in the market and seized the opportunity,” said Lekgoro.
Formal shoes by Ike Majadihlogo Lekgoro. Picture: Supplied
“I also realised that starting a shoe-making business would have a positive impact on job creation as unemployment is still a major issue in our country, especially among the youth.” He caters to both men and women but still experiences challenges when it comes to manufacturing women’s shoes.
Tlotlego Handcrafts also makes handbags. Picture: Supplied
“Due to the challenges faced, we’re only making shoes for men but our primary goal is to cater to both. What’s hindering us from making ladies’ shoes is that we don’t have all the necessary equipment. However, we do make unisex sandals, belts, handbags and wallets,” he explained.
His ultimate goal is to take his craft to big retailers.
“The challenge that we have is that we need machinery and then we’ll be able to make at least 10 pairs a day since there’s only two of us working on the brand,” said Lekgoro. From humble beginnings, Lekgoro has gone on to showcase his craft at different exhibitions that include Sanlam, Sarcda Trade Exhibitions, as well as Decorex.
“I have exhibited at Decorex twice already and it was such an amazing experience because I met other cobblers from Italy who inspired me a lot. I learnt a lot from them because seeing how good their craft is also motivated me to up my game and work harder,” added Lekgoro.
Stylish sandals by Tlotlego Handcrafts. Picture: Supplied
Speaking of Italy, the talented Lekgoro has been granted an opportunity to study for a year at one of the leading shoemaking schools in Milano called Arsutoria but he needs financial assistance to pay fees.
Lekgoro also wants to open a warehouse where he’ll employ young people and produce shoes, including school shoes.
“Our long-term goal is to expand to a manufacturing factory which will be fractioned into two main enterprises. One enterprise will be mainly for hand-crafted shoes, the other one will deal with manufacturing of school shoes using industrial machinery.
“Our aim is to manufacture affordable quality school shoes that will fit and match the pockets of all individuals regardless of their class,” he said.
Kenya’s central bank monetary policy committee cut its benchmark lending rate to 8.25% on Monday from 8.50%, saying the economy was operating below potential and there was room for a more accommodative monetary policy.
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England bowled South Africa out for 274 runs on Monday to win the fourth test at The Wanderers by 191 runs and ensure an emphatic 3-1 series victory.
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World renowned South African choreographer, dance teacher and artistic director Pinto Ferreira’s latest production "I See You" shines the spotlight on a mental condition, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), formerly known as multiple personality disorder.
"I See You" follows the compelling story of Woman, a damsel in distress. Woman endured “unimaginable cruelty” as a child.
Her father molested her. He also abused her physically and psychologically. And now, in order to shield herself from her painful past, Woman embodies a number of diverse personalities.
The personalities include a middle aged cabaret star, a 4-year-old German girl and a rabbit.
As the story unfolds, audiences journey into Woman’s world as she meets Dr Bernstein, the psychiatrist who is treating her at a mental institution. He had been trying traditional methods of treatment for a while and nothing seems to work.
Bernstein realised that the key to healing Woman would not necessarily be therapy, but love, which he then expresses towards her – something Woman has never experienced before. She was never loved as a child. And then the story takes a “very twisted turn”.
Ferreira, who wrote and directed the play, says: “When a person suffers from dissociative identity disorder, it is very difficult to understand their own sense of identity. Within the play, the main character Woman, with the help of psychiatry, tries to make sense of her identity while attempting to escape her terrible past.
“Eventually Woman recognises herself as being a singular person. At that point, she says to herself ‘I see you…’ So she sees herself for who she really is, but it is also in a much broader sense of how we see each other. Do I see you for who you are?
"Do I see myself who I am? So it’s very much a matter of introspection about who we are and how we see ourselves.”
He adds: Although the play is extremely confrontational and disturbing, there is a sense of hope in the storyline. It’s a journey that the two of them (Woman and Dr Bernstein) go through, which is terrifying, and quite exhilarating at the same time, but also very beautiful.”
"I See You". Picture: Supplied
Ferreira says his goal for this production is to spark necessary conversations about mental health in our society. “There are so many people in our modern-age that are living with varying degrees of mental disorders, be it anxiety, depression or bipolar… and these conditions are real and they can influence people’s lives really badly.
“This play is a call to recognise our fellow beings’ anguish in terms of trying to make sense of this world and encouraging support to make each other’s lives better,” says Ferreira.
The play is, at its heart, a love story, which makes for compelling viewing with burning themes such as mental illness, sexual abuse and identity.
“The message of the play is clear: don’t turn a blind eye. Reach out to your fellow travellers that happen to be vulnerable in their journey. Love them. Encourage them. Support them,” adds Ferreira.
The production features Teri Scott as Woman and Johan Verwey as Dr Bernstein, alongside two flamboyant dancers, Jason Lee Fredericks and Matthew Winter.
Seasoned performer Scott, expanding on her role, says: “This associative identity disorder – you have the core person or original person and due to trauma and extreme events in their lives as their saving grace, different personalities manifest so that the original person is able to take a back seat and is able to survive the traumatic events. In some cases, people develop up to 92 personalities as coping mechanisms to protect the core person.”
Woman and Dr Bernstein in "I See You". Picture: Supplied
Scott says playing Woman is a very challenging yet very beautiful experience.
“It’s very challenging because every single character or personality that comes to light is a full-fledged person not just a persona. And each of those people have very specific purposes as a protective mechanism for the core personality. It was quite challenging but exciting too to be part of this amazing project.”
"I See You" presents a unique and refreshing performance medium that borrows from diverse genres such as cabaret, the dramatic arts, dance and performance art.
“My goal with this production is to tell a vitally important story with the boundless compassion it necessitates”, says Ferreira.
I See You makes its debut at the Lesedi Theatre, Joburg Theatre, on Friday, February 7. Tickets are available at Webtickets from R120.
For more information on the play visit Joburg Theatre.