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State-paid wedding plan blows up

According to emails, a housing agency spin doctor allegedly attempted to use the cost of a bogus conference to help to pay for her big day

Ramaphosa passes KZN test

The ANC president addressed the party’s January 8 celebrations in Durban without a major incident

Political parties parlay people’s expectations to get to Parliament…pfft

From the good, the bad to the United Moral Movement for the Advancement for All, South African voters are spoiled for choice

Slice of life: Of durags and a rapping boost

The other day my business venture caught the attention of one of South Africa’s prominent up-and-coming rappers: Shane Eagle. I had seen him at the airport and decided I needed to take the opportunity to say what’s up.

Knives out at water and sanitation

Intrigue and accusations of blackmail fly amid the bid to clean up the troubled department

ANC is playing it safe in the Western Cape

The party in the province has been without a permanent provincial chairperson for two years now and has been mired in chaos since the suspension of former ANC chairperson Marius Fransman

Home ombud advised to lay charges

The forensic report by Knowles Husain Lindsay Attorneys, which was presented to the former CSOS board last month, said the payments were not authorised by the board

Education can cut initiate deaths

Work by a group of volunteers in the Lusikisiki and Flagstaff area of Pondoland has resulted in no deaths at initiation schools there

Contentious traditional leadership Bill passed

Supporters say it restores people’s dignity, but its detractors argue that it will subject 17-million people who live in the former apartheid homelands to the edict of unelected traditional leaders

Delayed supp exams raise red flag

Educator’s say the state’s Second Chance programme doesn’t provide enough support to pupils who failed matric

Eastern Cape intervention gets results

After years of underperformance, the province has shown that things can change for the better

Duterte throttles online site

The embattled Rappler news website in the Philippines is fighting state-backed intimidation

Our last gasp before we burn

The few who survive the disasters of our own making will not escape the day of reckoning

A lone gay man says ‘enough’ to hate rapes in Cape Wheatlands

After Marchillino Ambraal was gang raped a second time and a friend was killed, he wants to see justice done

HEALTH:

A changing birth: What is behind SA’s skyrocketing C-section rates?

The way we come into the world tells a story of rich and poor— and of promise and peril

AFRICA:

A Tshisekedi finally at DRC’s helm

But there are fears that Felix has been co-opted by Joseph Kabila, who controls the electoral commission’

Three reasons the Gabon coup failed

The tiny but resource-rich country has remained a pseudo state that is still run from Paris

Hijabis face fear and ignorance

The debate about what Muslim women in Nigeria can put on their heads is getting more heated

BUSINESS:

Giants cost SA billions in lost taxes

Alternative thinking suggests that countries could use different ways to tax errant multinationals

Woolies in baby sling boo-boo

After a blog accused the retailer of stealing the design, it apologised and stopped sales

Is the load-shedding holiday over?

In December, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and Eskom told the public that there would be no load-shedding during the holiday period

The exotic game market goes bang

Insane prices were paid for high-value species— then there was a lull, followed by a crash

Water stress sees tank sales soar

Market leader Jojo currently sells 1 000 tanks a day, and its annual turnover is more than R600-million

COMMENT & ANALYSIS:

Halt the capitalist crisis gripping the world

Today’s capitalism is a slide into authoritarianism, using Islamophobia, xenophobia, racism and anti-Semitism to keep the state in power

Editorial: Big-man politics again blots out the Congolese

The DRC is a complex, challenging political quagmire.
It is also, as the UN characterises it, one of the most complex and challenging humanitarian situations worldwide.

A lesson about facts and opinion for McKaiser

“The readers of the M&G should be given the facts about the Clifton case and not merely the many broad accusations and assumptions that have been flying around.”

The eagle doesn’t chicken out

Ramaphosa draws on divine support— and ruffles the Thekweni mayor’s feathers

Youth is Africa’s prime challenge— but it could be an asset

The continent’s population is expected to more than double to 2.6-billion by 2050

Aid fails to solve the DRC crisis

Instead, it masks the paucity of effective government and is not resulting in development

No holy cows in hate cases

Misogyny and hate speech cannot be left to institutions to deal with internally

EDUCATION:

UCT gives students with disabilities hope

These students are inspiring others with their stories of perseverance and resilience and have expressed gratitude for the way they have been assisted

Review school admissions policies

A child’s socioeconomic status, language and colour should not result in their exclusion

Pass rate says little about schooling

The metric is poorly understood and is an inadequate standard by which to rate our education system

No matter what, a matric remains within reach

There are steps that can be taken for people who have failed or underperformed in matric

FRIDAY:

Let’s mute the R.
Kelly’s in our lives

We would all do well to reflect on the many R. Kelly’s in our lives

Ads out of touch with audiences

Black people’s lived experiences need to be at the heart of campaigns

To know Jean-Michel Basquait, look at his art

The artist died when he was 27, but in that short period he produced an influential body of work reflecting on issues such as race in 1970s and 1980s North America

Cop killer or political prisoner?

Regarded as a hero by some and a criminal by others, the story of artist Leonard Peltier is one that goes deep into issues of identity, culture and freedom

NYC has a short memory

The city might be honouring its hip-hop icons, but it ignores their messages and what they represent

Translating Nyembezi no walk in the park

The challenge of translating ‘Inkinsela yaseMgungundlovu’ into English was to keep intact the novel’s tone

SPORT:

Mbappé and the City of the Fight

The ultras remain the heartbeat of the PSG fan base and they have a vexed and complex history

Federer, Djokovic aim for seven

Murray and Nadal’s fitness may be a problem in the Oz Open— but youngsters are waiting in the wings

Ertuğral has the courage to keep Maritzburg in top flight

Since taking over late in December, Ertuğral hasn’t held back from describing the shambles he’s inherited

New start for stop-start Chiefs

Their victory over Bidvest Wits suggests a new force, but we have been there before

Eden faces a hazardous force

For superstars who play the ruthless game, the question of legacy hinges on crucial contract decisions

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Riot police squads intervene as pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian protesters clash in Montreal

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People wave flags atop cars in traffic during a demonstration to voice support for the people of Palestine, at Toronto City Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on 15 May 2021.


People wave flags atop cars in traffic during a demonstration to voice support for the people of Palestine, at Toronto City Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on 15 May 2021.

  • Violence
    between pro-Israel and pro-Palestine protesters in Montreal was condemned by
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
  • Montreal’s
    city police force intervened and declared the protests illegal after tensions
    heightened and clashes broke out.
  • Israeli
    strikes killed 42 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, the worst daily
    toll in almost a week of clashes.

Montreal
– Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday condemned the violence and
“despicable rhetoric” that marked several weekend protests throughout
the country, after clashes between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian protesters in
Montreal.

The
worst violence in years, sparked by unrest in Jerusalem, is raging between the
Jewish state and Islamist militants.

Israeli
strikes killed 42 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, the worst daily
toll in almost a week of deadly clashes.

Speaking
after protests in Montreal, Trudeau condemned what he said was “despicable
rhetoric and violence we saw on display in some protests this weekend”.

While
insisting on the “right to assemble peacefully and express themselves
freely in Canada”, Trudeau stressed in a tweet that there was no tolerance
for “antisemitism, Islamophobia, or hate of any kind”.

Earlier
on Sunday, Montreal police used tear gas following clashes between pro-Israel
and pro-Palestinian protesters.

Several
hundred demonstrators, draped in Israeli flags, had gathered in a central
Montreal square to express solidarity with the Jewish state.

‘Protesting is a right’

Although
the protest started peacefully, tensions ratcheted up with the arrival of
pro-Palestinian demonstrators and clashes soon broke out.

The
SPVM, Montreal’s city police force, declared the protests illegal, and squads
of riot police intervened, using tear gas to separate and disperse the two
groups, according to an AFP journalist at the scene.

The
police spent much of the afternoon in pursuit of the pro-Palestinian
protesters, who spread out and regrouped in commercial streets in the city centre.

Following
the clashes, Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante said on Twitter that
“protesting is a right”, but that “intolerance, violence and
anti-Semitism have no place here”.

She said:

Montreal is a city of peace.

Several
thousand pro-Palestinian demonstrators had gathered on Saturday in central
Montreal to denounce what they said were Israeli repression and “war
crimes” in Gaza.

“Terrorist
Israel”, some protesters chanted, while others held up a banner that read,
“Stop the genocide of Palestinian children”.

Pro-Palestinian
protests happened the same day in multiple Canadian cities, including Toronto,
Ottawa and Vancouver.


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Peter Thiel Helps Fund an App That Tells You What to Do

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“How would you feel about being able to pay to control multiple aspects of another person’s life?” asks the BBC.

“A new app is offering you the chance to do just that.”

When writer Brandon Wong recently couldn’t decide what takeaway to order one evening, he asked his followers on social media app NewNew to choose for him. Those that wanted to get involved in the 24-year-old’s dinner dilemma paid $5 (£3.50) to vote in a poll, and the majority verdict was that he should go for Korean food, so that was what he bought…

NewNew is the brainchild of Los Angeles-based entrepreneur Courtne Smith. The app, which is still in its “beta” or pre-full release stage, describes itself as “a human stock market where you buy shares in the lives of real people, in order to control their decisions and watch the outcome”. For many of us that sounds a bit ominous, but the reality is actually far less alarming. It is aimed at what it calls “creators” — writers, painters, musicians, fashion designers, bloggers etc. It is designed as a way for them to connect far more closely with their fans or followers than on other social media services and, importantly, monetise that connection…

Whenever a vote is cast the creator gets the money minus NewNew’s undisclosed commission… In addition to voting, followers can also pay extra — from $20 — to ask a NewNew creator to do something of their choosing, such as naming a character in a book after them. But the creator can reject all of these “bids”, and if they do so then the follower doesn’t have to part with the money…

Co-founder and chief executive Ms Smith, a 33-year-old Canadian, has big plans for NewNew, and has some heavyweight backers. Investors include Peter Thiel, the billionaire co-founder of PayPal, and the first outside person to put money into Facebook. Others with a stake in the business include leading US tech investment fund Andreessen Horowitz, and Hollywood actor Will Smith (no relation to Courtne). Snapchat has also given technical support.

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Sandpapergate will haunt Australia cricket forever: ex-bowling coach

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Cameron Bancroft. (Photo by Brenton Geach - Gallo Images/Getty Images)


Cameron Bancroft. (Photo by Brenton Geach – Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The 2018 ball-tampering scandal will haunt Australian cricket forever, much like the infamous underarm delivery of 40 years ago, the team’s former bowling coach David Saker said on Monday.

Saker was responding to opening batsman Cameron Bancroft suggesting that Australia’s bowlers knew about the plan in Cape Town to alter the ball which earned him a nine-month ban and rocked the game.

Saker was Australia’s bowling coach when Bancroft was caught trying to rough up the ball with sandpaper during the third Test against South Africa.

While refusing to be drawn on who knew what, Saker said “the finger-pointing is going to go on and on and on”.

“It’s like the underarm, it’s never going to go away,” he told Fairfax Media, referring to a 1981 incident when Trevor Chappell bowled underarm to ensure New Zealand lost a one-day match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The notorious delivery is still cited in New Zealand and in cricketing circles as a prime example of unsporting conduct.

However, the ball-tampering scandal – dubbed “sandpapergate” – had a greater impact on Australian cricket, with the then-captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner suspended for a year from all cricket and stripped of their leadership roles.

Darren Lehmann also quit as coach and all the top brass from Cricket Australia left after a scathing review blasted their “arrogant and controlling” win-at-all-costs culture.

No one else among the team or coaching staff was held to account but Bancroft’s remarks in an interview with The Guardian newspaper hinted that the team’s bowlers at least knew about the plan.

“Obviously what I did benefits bowlers and the awareness around that, probably, is self-explanatory,” he said.

Saker added: “There was a lot of people to blame. It could have been me to blame, it could have been someone else. It could have been stopped and it wasn’t, which is unfortunate.

“Cameron’s a very nice guy. He’s just doing it to get something off his chest … He’s not going to be the last.”

In response, Cricket Australia said that if anyone had new information, they would look into it.

Saker said he was not opposed to a fresh investigation but added “I just don’t know what they’re going to find out.”

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Mexico’s Andrea Meza crowned Miss Universe

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Miss Universe Andrea Meza


Miss Universe Andrea Meza

UPDATE:

MISS UNIVERSE 2020/2021 IS ANDREA MEZA FROM MEXICO:


UPDATE:

THE MISS UNIVERSE 2020/2021 TOP 5:

1. Mexico

2. India

3. Brazil

4. Dominican Republic

5. Peru


UPDATE:

HERE ARE THE MISS UNIVERSE 2020/2021 TOP 10 CONTESTANTS:

1. Jamaica 

2. Dominican Republic 

3. India

4. Peru 

5. Australia 

6. Puerto Rico

7. Thailand

8. Costa Rica

9. Mexico

10. Brazil


UPDATE:

MISS UNIVERSE TOP 21 IN SWIMWEAR:


UPDATE:

MISS UNIVERSE TOP 21: 

1. Columbia

2. Peru 

3. Australia 

4. France

5. Myanmar

6. Jamaica 

7. Mexico 

8. Dominican Republic 

9. USA

10. Indonesia 

11. Argentina 

12. India

13. Curaçao

14. Puerto Rico

15. Phillipines 

16. Brazil

17. Great Britain

18. Nicaragua

19. Thailand 

20. Costa Rica

21. Vietnam


 UPDATE:

MISS UNIVERSE SOUTH AFRICA NATASHA JOUBERT WALKS THE STAGE AT MISS UNIVERSE 2020/2021:


74 contestants will compete for the title of Miss Universe on 16 May in Hollywood, Florida. 

The Miss Universe pageant takes place on 16 May in the US (02:00 to 05:00 on 17 May SA time). The show will be broadcast live on 1 Magic (DStv Channel 103) with a repeat at 21:30. 

Reigning Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa will crown her successor at the end of the event.

Representing South Africa is Natasha Joubert, and South Africans are hoping for the “magic double” – back-to-back consecutive wins, which has only happened once before in the pageant’s history.

Natasha wowed crowds at the national costume competition last week and on Friday impressed during the preliminary round

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Miss Mexico crowned Miss Universe 2021

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Washington – Miss Mexico was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday in Florida, after fellow contestant Miss Myanmar used her stage time to draw attention to the bloody military coup in her country.

Sunday night marked the Miss Universe competition’s return to television, after the pageant was cancelled in 2020 for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Andrea Meza, 26, finished first ahead of the Brazilian and Peruvian finalists in a flashy televised event, hosted by American actor Mario Lopez and television personality Olivia Culpo.

Former Miss Universe contestants Cheslie Kryst, Paulina Vega and Demi-Leigh Tebow (who won the title in 2017) served as competition analysts and commentators, and a panel of eight women determined the winner.

Dressed in a sparkling red evening gown, Meza tearfully walked the catwalk as Miss Universe for the first time, before rushing back for a group hug with the other competitors.

Meza beat more than 70 contestants from around the globe in the 69th installment of Miss Universe, which was held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

In the days leading up to the final competition, Miss Myanmar Thuzar Wint Lwin, who made the top 21, made waves when she used her time in the spotlight to bring attention to the coup in her country.

“Our people are dying and being shot by the military every day,” she said during her biographical video, which showed photos of her taking part in the anti-coup protests. “Therefore I would like to urge everyone to speak out about Myanmar.”

Natasha Joubert, Miss Universe South Africa 2020 competes on stage in Ema Savahl swimwear during the MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Competition.

She also won the award for best national costume: during that competition segment on Thursday, she wore an outfit beaded in traditional Burmese patterns and held up a sign that said, “Pray for Myanmar.”

Myanmar has been in uproar since February 1, when the army ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

At least 796 people have been killed by security forces since then, according to a local monitoring group, while nearly 4 000 people are behind bars.

Miss Singapore Bernadette Belle Ong – who did not make the top 21 – also used the national costume portion to make a political statement.

Dressed in a glittering red bodysuit and matching thigh-high boots, she turned around to reveal her cape – in the colours of the Singaporean flag – was painted with the words “Stop Asian Hate.”

“What is this platform for if I can’t use it to send a strong message of resistance against prejudice and violence?” she wrote on Instagram alongside pictures of her outfit.

The United States in particular has seen a surge in anti-Asian violence in the past year, which activists have blamed on former president Donald Trump’s rhetoric, especially his repeated description of Covid-19 as the “China virus.”

The pageant has also drawn criticism in the past for objectifying the contestants.

In recent years, the competition has shifted image, focusing more on female empowerment and activism.

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