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Six killed in Limpopo crash
26 January 2020, 12:25 PM

At least six people have been killed in an accident involving a bus at Ga-Sekgopo outside Modjadjiskloof in Limpopo.

Details are still sketchy, but it is believed the bus was ferrying ANC supporters to the party’s provincial 108th birthday celebration.

The event is being held at the Lebaka sport ground at Mohlabaneng village outside Giyani.

ANC National Executive Member Thoko Didiza is expected to address the celebration.

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Coronavirus infections could continue to rise
26 January 2020, 11:46 AM

China‘s National Health Commission has warned that the ability of the coronavirus to spread is getting stronger and infections could continue to rise.

More than 2000 people globally have been infected and 56 people in China have died from the virus.

Speaking at a media briefing, China’s National Health Commission Minister Ma Xiaowei, said knowledge of the virus is limited.

Ma says the incubation period for the coronavirus can range from one to 14-days, and that the virus is infectious during incubation.

This was not the case with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS the coronavirus that originated in China and killed nearly 800-people globally in 2002 and 2003.

The new virus has spread to Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai, as well as the United States, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Australia, France and Canada.

Dozens pulled from rubble as Turkey quake toll hits 35
26 January 2020, 11:36 AM

Rescue teams working through the night pulled 45 people from collapsed buildings, Turkey’s disaster authority said on Sunday, as the death toll from a powerful earthquake in the country’s east rose to 35.

Rescuers operating in sub-zero temperatures used drills, mechanical diggers and their bare hands to continue the search for survivors at three sites in Elazig province, where the magnitude 6.8 quake struck on Friday evening.

It killed 31 people there and four in the neighboring province of Malatya, and was followed by more than 700 aftershocks, Disaster and Emergency Authority AFAD said on Sunday. More than 1,600 sustained injuries.

Broadcast footage showed a 35-year-old woman and her infant daughter emerging from rubble in the Mustafa Pasa district of Elazig, some 550 km (340 miles) east of the capital Ankara.

Rescuers who heard their screams took several hours to reach them in temperatures as low as -4 degrees Celsius (24.8°F), state media said. The woman’s husband was among those who died.

AFAD said search and rescue operations were still underway at three different sites in Elazig.

Other provinces sent thousands of emergency workers to support rescue efforts, which were also supplemented by hundreds of volunteers, officials said. Tents, beds and blankets were provided to shelter those displaced by the quake.

AFAD urged residents not to return to damaged buildings because of the potential risk of collapse. It said officials had identified 645 heavily damaged and 76 collapsed buildings in the two provinces.

President Tayyip Erdogan said steel-framed houses would be rapidly built in the region to provide housing for displaced residents. Speaking on Saturday during a visit to Elazig and Malatya, he called the quake a test for Turkey.

The country has a history of powerful earthquakes. More than 17,000 people were killed in August 1999 when a 7.6 magnitude quake struck Izmit, a city southeast of Istanbul.

In 2011 a quake in the eastern city of Van killed more than 500.

James passes Bryant for third on career scoring list
26 January 2020, 10:03 AM

LeBron James passed Kobe Bryant to become the third-highest career points scorer in the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Saturday, albeit in a losing cause as the Los Angeles Lakers were beaten by the Philadelphia 76ers.

James started the game needing 18 points to overtake Bryant, and he achieved the mark with a lay-up in the third quarter.

He received a warm ovation from the Philadelphia crowd, who were in a good mood as the 76ers prevailed 108-91.

James, who made six straight trips to the NBA finals with the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers, finished with 29 points.

He now has 36,655 career points, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928).

All of the leading four scorers played at least part of their careers for the Lakers.

James is in his second season with the Lakers after his move from the Cavaliers.

NBA records include only points in the regular season.

At his current clip, 35-year-old James would probably need to play another three seasons to challenge Abdul-Jabbar’s record.

Legendary musician Steve Fataar tribute concert to be held on Sunday
26 January 2020, 9:41 AM

A tribute concert for legendary musician Steve Fataar will be held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College in Durban on Sunday.

Fataar and his brother were members of the group, The Flames in the 1960s.

The 76-year-old passed away in Durban last week.

Fataar’s friend Danny Chetty says the concert was organised by Fatar’s family and friends to celebrate his life.

“He was a very spiritual person at heart. As a rock musician, he was very interested in working for peace in areas and being a peaceful person to everyone. That’s the Steve Fataar I know, who started the ban called The Flames in the early 60s. The tribute concert today is a way in which we can come together to celebrate the late Steve Fataar and it’s going to involve various musicians who played with Steve in his days and who walked a long journey with him. It’s free there are no charges.”

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