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Kim Jong Un makes first public appearance in 22 days amid virus outbreak
17 February 2020, 4:00 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his first public appearance in 22 days amid an outbreak of coronavirus, state media reported on Saturday, to visit a national mausoleum and mark the anniversary of the late leader Kim Jong Il’s birth.

Kim Jong Un paid tribute to the statue of former leader Kim at Pyongyang’s Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, his first public appearance since he attended Lunar New Year celebrations on January. 25, state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

North Korea has not confirmed any cases of the new coronavirus, but state media said the government was extending to 30 days the quarantine period for people showing symptoms, and all government institutions and foreigners living in the country were expected to comply “unconditionally.”

Late leader Kim’s birthday, Feb. 16, is a national holiday celebrated as the Day of the Shining Star.

Accompanying Kim to the mausoleum were high ranking party officials including Choe Ryong Hae, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly and Pak Pong Ju, vice chairman of the State Affairs Commission.

Taiwan confirms first coronavirus death on island, cases at 20
17 February 2020, 3:00 AM

A taxi driver has died from the coronavirus in Taiwan, marking the first such death on the island and the fifth fatality outside mainland China from an epidemic that has curbed travel and disrupted global supply chains.

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said during a news conference on Sunday that the deceased person was a 61-year-old man who had diabetes and hepatitis B. Taiwan has to date accumulated 20 confirmed cases.

The deceased person had not traveled abroad recently and was a taxi driver whose clients were mainly from Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China, the minister said. One of his family members was also confirmed to have the virus.

The pair constituted Taiwan’s first local transmission cases, the minister said, adding that authorities were trying to find out as soon as possible the source of contraction.

“So far, we are not able to gather his contact history, so we are actively making investigations, hoping to find out the source of the contraction,” Chen said.

The island will on Monday start testing all patients who show symptoms associated with coronavirus and had traveled abroad recently, the health ministry said.

The coronavirus, thought to have emerged at a wildlife market in the central Chinese province of Hubei, has killed 1,665 people in China with latest figures showing 68,500 cases of the illness.

Taiwan has banned entry to Chinese visitors and foreigners with a recent history of travel to China and suspended most flights to its giant neighbor. Many schools have also extended their Lunar New Year holiday to late February to curb the spread of the virus.

Burundi opposition picks presidential contender as UN warns of rights abuses
17 February 2020, 3:00 AM

Burundi’s opposition National Freedom Council (CNL) on Sunday picked the current chairperson of the National Assembly as its candidate in the presidential election in May which the United Nations says is likely to be marred by violence.

A former rebel leader, Agathon Rwasa, 56, fought in Burundi’s civil war, as did current President Pierre Nkurunziza, who will not seek re-election in the May poll. Like the president, he also comes from the northern Burundi province of Ngozi and the same ethnic group, the Hutu.

Burundi is one of the poorest countries in the world and lost donor funding in 2015 after political violence that followed the elections.

The tiny East African nation is struggling to come to terms with a violent past, characterized by colonial occupation, civil war and decades of intermittent massacres.

The population is divided between the Tutsi and Hutu ethnic groups. Some 300 000 people were killed in the civil war which ended in 2005.

Rwasa denounced what he said were plans by the ruling party to rig the election.

“As we are approaching elections, it’s surprising to hear that there are people thinking about rigging elections… Burundians will not let them do it,” he told delegates of his party after his appointment was announced.

In January the ruling party, the National Council for the Defense of Democracy–Forces for the Defense of Democracy is (CNDD-FDD), chose as its candidate its secretary general, Evariste Ndayishimiye, a retired army general who also heads the department of military affairs in the president’s office and has served as minister of the interior and security.

Pirates fans
Orlando Pirates beat Black Leopards 1-0
17 February 2020, 2:00 AM

Orlando Pirates have moved to second position ahead of Mamelodi Sundowns on the ABSA Premiership log.

They beat Black Leopards by a solitary goal in a tough encounter played at the Thohoyandou Stadium.

Pirates have now registered six successive Premiership victories. And Polokwane City has eased their relegation worries after they beat Cape Town City.

They were bottom of the log and now they are 15th with 20 points.

Pirates were looking for a record eight matches without a loss.

Since head coach Josef Zinnbauer was roped in at the end of last year, he has won six and drew one match.

That performance has made Pirates to be strong contenders for the league title.

Much credit should go to their player, Gabadinho Mhango who came to this match leading the top goal scorer charts with 14 goals.

Black Leopards on the other hand have been slowly on the mend since new coach Alan Clark was roped in as a caretaker coach.

He took over the reins from Cavin Johnson who suffered a heart attack.

In his first match Clark beat Stellenbosch FC and later beat North West University FC in the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup.

It was nil all at half time. Leopards came into this match 13th on the log with 21 points after 21 matches.

Pirates pounced at the death and made a smash and grab with a screamer from Vincent Pule with a shot that deflected from a Leopards defender.

The final score one nil to Pirates.


Yolanda Nongemane’s bail application to be heard on Monday
17 February 2020, 1:00 AM

The Alice Magistrate Court in the Eastern Cape is expected to hear the bail application of 24 year-old University of Fort Hare student, Yolanda Nogemane, who is facing a charge of murder.

She allegedly stabbed her 24 year-old boyfriend, Yonela Bolo, on campus last week.

Nongemane appeared in court last week.

During the appearance students were divided whether she should receive bail or not.

The case has brought the institution’s psychological services under the spotlight with students accusing it of failing to provide psychological support when in need.

Fort Hare management says it is providing the necessary support.

A large crowd of students is expected to picket at court.

The SRC pledged its support to the deceased’s family in this matter.



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