NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 4 January 11 am
In this bulletin:
# The DA is saddened by the re-emergence of the fire at Parliament
# Global warming caused 1.5-billion-rand’s damage to Israel’s agricultural sector last year
# And cricket: A former England captain defends his hapless countrymen Down Under
# The DA says they are saddened that the fire at Parliament flared up again yesterday but heartened that it was brought under control at around midnight. DA parliamentarian Samantha Graham-Maré says it is a total tragedy that the fourth and fifth floors of the New Assembly have now been completely gutted. She welcomed the multi-agency and multi-pronged team of engineers, which arrived at Parliament yesterday and was scheduled to begin with its investigative work:
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# The chairperson of the Witwatersrand African Taxi Association in Gauteng, Shandu Mbatha, is still recovering in hospital in KwaZulu-Natal after he was shot and his wife was killed in a shooting incident in Estcourt on Sunday. It was reported the couple and other passengers were travelling from a funeral when attackers in another vehicle opened fire on their vehicle. Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo condemned the incident:
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# Israeli authorities say global warming caused damage to the tune of 1.5-billion-rand to the country’s agricultural sector last year. The Israeli Insurance Fund for National Risks in Agriculture says in a report fruit was hit hardest, especially summer fruit such as peaches, nectarines and plums, because a warmer than usual winter prevented them from developing properly. The Times of Israel reports agricultural insurance surveyors received about 11-thousand claims of damage to crops last year.
# Cricket: Former England captain Nasser Hussain says although the current team made mistakes in the Ashes series, it is hard enough to win in Australia if everything goes according to plan. He was reacting to the England team’s woes Down Under, with the Aussies already having retained the Ashes with comprehensive victories in the first three Tests. Hussain writes in a column for Sky Sports his compatriots need a change of mentality for the penultimate Test that gets underway at the Sydney Cricket Ground tomorrow.
# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-87-cents and the euro at 17-rand-92-cents. One British pound costs 21-rand-38-cents and Bitcoin trades at 46-thousand-515-dollar-1-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-806-dollars-56-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 78-dollars-76-cents a barrel.
# And finally: The African Pangolin Working Group says they are thrilled to announce their Limpopo field manager, Francois Meyer, has been accepted as a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Pangolin Specialist Group. A spokesperson says this is an honour as membership is by invitation only at the discretion of the chairperson of the group. He says Meyer’s love of pangolins, his research and his dedication to their survival makes him an ideal member. Meyer says working with the species has been quite an experience and an honour.
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