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Watch Live: National Performing Arts Imbizo
18 October 2019, 12:32 PM

SAfm’s Phemelo Motene is hosting the National performing arts Imbizo on Life Happens this Friday from 13:00-15:00.

 

Watch: Dros rapist sentencing Part 2
16 October 2019, 2:34 PM

A psychologist has told the High Court in Pretoria that the self-confessed child rapist, Nicholas Ninow, is not a paedophile.

The psychologist, who asked not to be named, testified in mitigation of sentencing in Ninow’s rape trial.

Ninow was found guilty of raping the then six-year old girl in September last year at a Dros Restaurant. He also pleaded guilty to the possession of drugs and defeating the ends of justice.

The psychologist told the court that Ninow was emotionally, physically and sexually abused until he was 8 years old and has been abusing drugs since he was 13 years old.

In conversation with Police Minister on police corruption
14 October 2019, 3:20 PM

According to Corruption Watch, police corruption is not only a threat to the country’s stability, it also leaves the public exposed and feeling that they can’t trust law enforcement.

The report revealed an increasing trend of attempts to extort money; as well as more soliciting of sexual favours from women. Also reported by Corruption Watch recently, corruption in the police force has overtaken other sectors and now tops the list. Police Minister Bheki Cele joins Morning Live from SABC studios in Pretoria.

China’s foreign trade up 2.8 pct in first 9 months
14 October 2019, 6:51 AM

China’s foreign trade volume rose 2.8 percent year on year in the first nine months of 2019 to 22.91 trillion yuan (about 3.24 trillion US dollars), the General Administration of Customs released Monday.

China’s export volume rose 5.2 percent year on year in the first three quarters to 12.48 trillion yuan (about 1.76 trillion US dollars), while import fell 0.1 percent to stand at 10.43 trillion yuan (about 1.47 trillion US dollars).

“China’s development of foreign trade has entered a new stage. Its foreign trade volume in 2018 reached 4.6 trillion US dollars, which accounted for 11.8 percent of global trade volume. With such a huge base, every percentage point China adds to its trade volume will bring impressive trade increment,” said Yan Min, director of the Forecast Department of the State Information Centre.

Behind the smooth foreign trade figures, China’s shifting engines of economic growth are well told, Yan said.

Export and import of products under the general trade category, which has a higher added-value than processing trade, surged 4.8 percent year-on-year to 13.64 trillion yuan, accounting for 59.5 percent of total foreign trade, 1.1 percentage points higher than 2018.

“The proportion of general trade has increased continually, signaling the improvement of the quality of our country’s foreign trade development.

Meanwhile, China is getting a good result from its economic transition,” said Yan.

China’s steady and positive growth momentum would lay a solid foundation for the development of foreign trade this year, experts said, despite the challenges such as the severe and complicated external environment, rising protectionism and unilateralism, and slowed global economic growth that will drag down multinational trade and investment.

Germans Frodeno and Haug thrilled to be Ironman champs
14 October 2019, 6:30 AM

Jan Frodeno won his third Ironman World Championship triathlon in a course record time in Hawaii on Saturday to continue German dominance of the men’s event.

Anne Haug won the women’s race to complete a German double.

Frodeno, the 2008 Olympic champion, produced a good swim and then scorched the bike course to open a lead of more than two minutes starting the marathon run under a fierce sun on the Big Island.

The 38-year-old set a cracking pace from his very first step and inexorably extended his advantage, being able to savor his achievement by walking across the finish line to add to his previous victories in 2015 and 2016.

Frodeno won in a record time of seven hours, 51 minutes and 13 seconds but said it was insignificant compared to the victory.

American Tim O’Donnell also broke eight hours for a distant second place, more than eight minutes behind in 7:59.41, while German Sebastian Kienle claimed third.

German men have won the past six years, with Patrick Lange (2017 and 2018) and Kienle (2014) also notching victories.

Lange pulled out during the bike leg on Saturday, reportedly suffering from a fever.

In the women’s race, Haug overcame an eight-minute deficit in the run to triumph in 8:40.10, well ahead of Briton Lucy Charles-Barclay, while Australian Sarah Crowley claimed third.

Charles-Barclay led for more than seven hours and started the run with a big lead, but was overtaken by Haug with more than 16 km remaining.

While German men have dominated recently, Haug is the first German woman to triumph.

The Ironman comprises a 3.8 km swim, 180 km bike ride and 42.2 km run.

The race was first held in 1978 to settle a friendly argument among Hawaiian endurance athletes about who was the fittest.

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