• Iconic 9/11 'Dust Lady' dies of cancer

    The family of Marcy Borders announced her death on Monday on Facebook. Borders, who was 28 at the time of the attacks, was just one month into a job for Bank of America in one of the Twin Towers. As one of the World Trade Centre towers collapsed, she took refuge in a nearby office building, where photographer Stan Honda took a haunting photo of her completely covered in a thick layer of ash, which earned her the moniker the "Dust Lady". The air appeared heavy and a distraught Borders was shrouded in a cloud of dust and backlit by an eerie yellow luminescence.

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  • Charity must begin at home for graft-riddled Department of Home Affairs

    THE Department of Home Affairs has never been particularly efficient. Recent events have confirmed that its traditional weaknesses have not been addressed, while showing that new problems have developed, particularly in relation to how foreigners and, above all, migrants are being treated. With a view to resolving the impasse, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is now leading an interministerial committee, comprising Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, his tourism counterpart, Derek Hanekom, and their colleagues from the security cluster. Last year, the department announced new rules for foreign travellers and migrants.

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Ranked 5th Worst African Leader but the Most Educated

    PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has been judged the most educated African leader by a popular African website which however places him an ignominious third among the continent's worst leaders. According to the latest rankings published by AnswersAfrica.com, which focuses on African affairs, Zimbabwe's founding leader outshines his younger peers with seven degrees to his name. Among Mugabe's academic credentials are degrees in economics and law obtained with South African and London universities. The veteran President, who leads Africa's most literate nation, also holds 14 honorary degrees from both local and international universities.

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  • Nigeria-Bound Terrorist Leader Coming On Invitation

    The ISIS leader, Ahmed Al-Assir, who was arrested in Lebanon on his to Nigeria lately, was coming on the invitation of a foreign company operating in the country, Daily Trust has gathered. Sources in Nigeria's security circles, who spoke to Daily Trust on condition of anonymity, said the visa was issued by a Foreign Service official (name withheld) in Beirut based on that invitation.

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  • Miley Cyrus hits out at Nicki Minaj rant

    Miley Cyrus doesn't think Nicki Minaj came from a ''place of love'' when she ranted about not being nominated for Video of the Year at the MTV VMAs. The MTV Video Music Awards host has hit out at the 'Anaconda' rapper's rant last month about being overlooked for the prestigious Video of the Year prize. At the time Nicki claimed she would have been nominated if she was a ''different kind of artist'' and said: ''Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it (sic)''. The comments sparked a response from Taylor, who is nominated in the Video of the Year category, and felt Nicki was taking aim at her.

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  • ‘It’d be unlawful & irregular for Mandela to be treated at 1 Military Hospital’

    The South African National Defence Force Union (SANDF) says it would be “highly irregular and unlawful” if the rape accused grandson of Nelson Mandela is being treated at the 1 Military hospital in Pretoria. The Star newspaper says it received confirmation from the NPA stating the 24-year-old is being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder at the military facility. “He should not be receiving treatment at 1 Military Hospital.

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  • Nigeria: Buhari Approves 65 Licences for Private Refineries

    President Muhammadu Buhari has granted licences to 65 Nigerian companies to construct modular refineries. The decision to award Licence to Establish, LTE, which was taken within 10 days of his assuming office in June, may not be unconnected with his desire to see the increase in domestic refining capacity to meet local demand, thereby reducing huge import bills for subsidy. Although the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, the industry regulator, feigned ignorance of the development, one of the beneficiary companies confirmed to Vanguard that the measure is also meant to cushion the impact of crashing oil prices at the international market. The refinery is operated by Niger Delta Petroleum Resources, NDPR, which produces only automotive gas oil, AGO, popularly called diesel.

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  • Cops seize cocaine valued at R50m at JHB airport

    Authorities discovered the drugs on Friday in the cargo section hidden in 147 hair product bottles.

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  • Palace stun Chelsea as slick City set club record

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho suffered only his second Premier League defeat at Stamford Bridge as Crystal Palace clinched a shock 2-1 win over the spluttering champions on Saturday. Mourinho was taking charge of his 100th home fixture in England’s top-flight, but Palace ensured that milestone won’t be remembered with any fondness by the Portuguese coach as they inflicted his first league loss on home soil since Sunderland’s victory in April 2014. It was the latest setback for Mourinho’s side, winners only once in their first four matches and already languishing eight points behind leaders Manchester City, who extended the last 100 percent record in the top tier with a 2-0 win against Watford at Eastlands. Just seconds after clearing a Gary Cahill header off the line, Mali forward Bakary Sako struck at the other end, sweeping high into the net from Yannick Bolasie’s cross to give Palace a 65th minute lead.

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  • Microsoft learns R95 billion math lesson in its Nokia blunder

    Considering that the deal included $1.5 billion in cash, the write-off means Microsoft now values a business that once controlled 41 percent of the global handset market at just a small fraction of the purchase price. Thanks in large part to the huge accounting charge, Microsoft reported its largest quarterly loss ever last week ($3.2 billion). “If you were talking about any other industry, this would be considered a catastrophe that’s the equivalent to a natural disaster,” said Horace Dediu, who spent eight years at Nokia during its heyday and is now at the San Francisco research firm Clayton Christensen Institute, which studies disruptive technologies. This being the technology business, Microsoft’s still relatively new chief executive, Satya Nadella, gets credit for swiftly confronting reality and taking the hit to earnings.

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  • Learn from the Zimbabwe land mess

    It is rather late in the day for Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to acknowledge that he has so thoroughly screwed up land restitution in his country. To propose making amends for past sins by compensating farmers for the loss of their farms through land grabs sounds pathetic, relative to the brutal way farmers were smashed, often through violent means. One of the additional motives, it seems, is to conduct a land audit of who owns farms so they can extract rentals from them to pay former farmers, who are now poor and destitute. How Mugabe hopes to do that when many of the “new” farmers are already in debt, owing thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes, is a mystery.

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  • Zuma and ministers salaries increase

    The Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers has made its recommendation on public sector salaries. Public office bearers earning more than R1m will receive a five percent increase and officer bearers earning less than R1m will receive six percent from April 1, 2014. This meant that Zuma would receive about R100,000 in back payments as his salary increased from R2.62m to R2.75m. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's salary would increase from R2.47m to R2.6m, while ministers would receive R2.21m from R2.1m and the salaries of deputy ministers would increase from R1.73m to R1.82m.

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  • Nigeria: Igbo Group Condemns Suspension of Work On Second Niger Bridge

    An Igbo group, Aka Ikenga, has expressed displeasure over the suspension of work on the second Niger Bridge, describing it as an unpleasant development which does not promote the economic interest of the people in the region. The group, which disclosed this in a statement made available to THISDAY by its President, Goddy Uwazurike, said the suspension of the private public partnership project would greatly affect economic activities in the South-south and South-east regions respectively, noting that the nascent industries in these regions will suffer from the suspension due to heavy reliance on the bridge to ease transportation problems. The Igbo group also berated President Muhammadu Buhari over his appointments of key officials, describing them as "frightening." It urged the president to ensure that this irreparable exclusion of Ndigbo is revised. On the second Nigeria Bridge, Uwazurike said: "We have received the news of the suspension of work on the second Niger Bridge with incredulity.

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  • Will proactive political citizens please stand up?

    FOR the smug and insulated African National Congress (ANC) elite, few things are more satisfying than hearing white South Africans complain. Accusing the president of rape, or corruption, or declaring John Block guilty before judgment, is not just inaccurate, it reinforces the ANC’s position that public opinion is influenced by the media — from its perspective, one demographic’s obsession with fragmented aspersions is just another kind of prejudice.

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  • White shirts called in after EFF member ignores Black Rod

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  • Zimbabwe: Bhasera Says Bidvest Wits Will Face Anyone

    DEFENDER Onismor Bhasera says Bidvest Wits are not fussy who they face in the MTN8 Final - so long they just get there. The Students face Ajax Cape Town in the semi-final second-leg this weekend, having drawn the first match 1-1 in Stellenbosch. Bhasera says all they can do is their job and concentrate on getting to the deciding match. "We will focus on ourselves; whatever happens in the other semi-final we will see in the Final," the Zimbabwean defender says.

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  • US Open men's draw

    Men's draw for the US Open, the year's final Grand Slam tournament that begins Monday on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts (x denotes seed):

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  • Michael Jackson's kids cost R29 million a year

    Michael Jackson's children cost about R29 million to care for in a single year, new court papers have revealed.

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  • Demeaning ethos of universities

    The chaos at the Tshwane University of Technology campus in Pretoria this week is the latest in a string of disappointing episodes at institutions of higher learning. There can be no justification of an order to attack fellow human beings; it is nothing short of an incitement to violence. The SA Students’ Congress (Sasco) and EFF will blame each other for starting the fight, but that is besides the point. Higher learning institutions are places of contested ideas, ideological differences and a long, hard battle of wits.

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  • Surprise omissions in Springbok rugby World Cup squad

    The scrumhalf and the fullback have not been in Heyneke Meyer's plans but with the transformation cloud hanging menacingly over the Springboks, they could be termed as quota selections. Paige was one of the better scrumhalves during the Bulls' underwhelming Super Rugby campaign while Kirchner, who started for the Springboks in their previous test match against Argentina in Buenos Aires, seems to have improved his attacking game while in Ireland with Leinster. There were casualties with Sharks players Marcell Coetzee and Cobus Reinach missing the selection boat. Cornal Hendricks was also a surprise omission even though he faced stiff competition at wing.

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