In Florida, a plane crashed onto a car t Florida
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In Florida, an unidentified man hijacked a car carrying coronavirus vaccines.
The police said that the attacker was about 20 years old. He stole a gray 2018 Hyundai Accent with a license plate NPJJ58. There is a coronavirus vaccine inside the car. The number of doses was not disclosed.
Recall that a pharmacist from Wisconsin (USA), a former employee of the Aurora Medical Center, Stephen Brandenburg, pleaded guilty to intentionally spoiling about 500 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Now he faces up to 10 years in prison.
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Auction house Christieʼs sold the work "Everydays - The First 5000 Days" by American digital artist Mike Winkelmann (known as Beeple) for $ 69.3 million.
The lot was presented in the form of a non-fungible token (NFT) - a unique digital asset on the blockchain that guarantees ownership of a digital art work.
The amount of $ 69.3 million was a record for N FT (digital art).
Each NFT is unique and cannot be tampered with or replaced. This allows the owner to secure his rights to any unique object (for example, a work of art).
In San Francisco, a girl refused to wear a face shield at the request of an Uber taxi driver, and then sprayed pepper spray in his eyes and tried to steal a mobile phone
She was arrested.
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ANC MP contradicts party chief whip on Mkhwebane vote - News24
The rules for the removal of a Chapter 9 head from office were not created for the Public Protector and therefore the rules do not apply retrospectively, “unless [they were] specifically created for Busisiwe Mkhwebane”.
Politics The rules for the removal of a Chapter 9 head from office were not created for the Public Protector and therefore the rules do not apply retrospectively, “unless [they were] specifically created for Busisiwe Mkhwebane”. This is according to outspoken ANC MP Mervyn Dirks as Parliament is this week expected to discuss the process to set up an inquiry into Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office. A recent report by a three-member panel of experts found prima facie evidence supporting the investigation and, in terms of the rules, National Assembly had to either reject or endorse the panel’s findings. The panel report also dismissed the retrospective argument that the rules guiding the inquiry were only adopted after the DA had filed its complaint against Mkhwebane. The panel said “there could be little doubt that the new National Assembly rules were meant to apply to conduct which preceded their adoption”. Dirks, who is among the group in the governing party’s caucus that was objecting to the parliamentary process against Mkhwebane, disagreed with the panel’s views. Read: Battle to oust Busisiwe Mkhwebane In a letter on Sunday he also lashed out at ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina over “inaccuracies” in a media statement released on Saturday, in which Majodina said the party’s caucus had supported the process to hold an inquiry into Mkhwebane. Dirks said that “the caucus did not agree that the process to impeach the Public Protector should go ahead”. Instead, he said, there were two views expressed in the caucus. “I therefore find it unfair that you released a statement based on one view that was expressed in caucus.” He said there were “no extensive discussions in the caucus due to time constraints and many comrades who raised their hands did not get an opportunity, therefore it is not true that the matter was extensively discussed. In fact, towards the end, chaos erupted over the matter and the caucus chair brought the matter abruptly to an end.” He also said the media statement failed to mention the caucus agreement that Majodina should meet with the ANC top six on Monday [March 15] “to get a mandate from the ANC”. Read: Discipline others first, says Mbalula “Comrade, as a loyal member of the ANC and this caucus, I eagerly await the outcomes of the above-mentioned engagements with Luthuli House to give guidance in this respect,” Dirks said. Majodina had said in a statement on Saturday that the caucus had a lengthy discussion on whether the inquiry against Mkhwebane should be set up, which was not about the merits of the case or how the ANC would vote. “At this stage, the ANC caucus is very clear. It would be premature to conclude whether there will be voting for retention or against the removal of the Public Protector,” she said.
Nigeria unemployment rate rises to 33%, second highest on global list - News24
The oil producer surpassed South Africa on a list of 82 countries whose unemployment rates are tracked by Bloomberg. Namibia still leads the list with 33.4%
- Nigeria’s jobless rate has more than quadrupled over the last five years as the economy went through two recessions.
- More than 60% of Nigeria’s working-age population is younger than 34, and the country is expected to be the world's third most-populous by 2050, according to the UN.
- The jobless rate for women was 35.2% compared with 31.8% for men.
Eskom’s De Ruyter on performance: ‘We are not where we want to be’ - Daily Maverick
Eskom group chief executive André de Ruyter has admitted that the state-run power utility was ‘not where we want to be in terms of performance’ and that power supply shortfalls can be expected for another five years. Translation: Buy candles and kiss meaningf…
André de Ruyter, CEO of Eskom. (Photo: Gallo Images / Business Day / Freddy Mavunda) De Ruyter made the remarks during a virtual briefing on Monday delivered by himself and other top Eskom brass. As the briefing took place, load shedding was taking place in the area around Megawatt Park. While there is an improvement on some aspects of the generation plant due to concerted efforts by Eskom employees, we are not where we want to be in terms of performance. The ultimate aim is to improve performance to reduce the risk of load shedding. The enormity of this task cannot be overstated, De Ruyter said. Eskom has to reiterate, there will be a shortfall in supply of electricity of approximately 4,000 megawatts over the next five years as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa, De Ruyter said. That is half a decade that South Africa simply cannot afford, if meaningful economic growth and development are to be achieved. Its certainly no way to sell your economy as an investment destination. Eskom finds itself caught in many binds. The utility has to take generation units offline for maintenance, which combined with unforeseen outages often triggers the need for load shedding. But if maintenance is not done and done properly things will get worse down the road. The company also has to continually beg its customers not to use too much power, in effect telling them not to buy too much of its product. That is clearly a bad business model. Maintenance in itself will not be the panacea to solve load shedding. What we need is additional generation capacity, De Ruyter said. That makes sense and it is not in Eskoms hands the government needs to lead that charge. There has been a lot of talk on that front from the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, but little new generating capacity has been plugged in, to date. If bottlenecks can be reduced, the mining sector alone says it can bring two gigawatts in new renewable energy projects online. There is also a stated push announced in 2020 by the government to procure two gigawatts of additional emergency power, but with so many regulations and strings attached, one is left with the impression that there is no sense of urgency. So for now, while it may not be a panacea, maintenance is the best option South Africa has to keep the lights on. The unreliability of the ageing fleet, with an uncertainty of about 6,000 megawatts of capacity at any given time, will remain until the reliability maintenance programme is able to address the historical maintenance backlog. The power system remains vulnerable and volatile with the risk of load shedding significantly reduced after the completion of the reliability maintenance by September 2021, Eskom chief operating officer Jan Oberholzer said. It was also revealing to note that the presentation showed that since 1 April 2020 the start of the financial year load shedding has been triggered on at least 43 days compared with 46 days for the financial year which ended on 31 March 2020. This is in part because of the surge in maintenance, but the backdrop was also a 51% decline in gross domestic product (GDP) in the second quarter of 2020. Things would have been worse without the effective collapse of the economy. To return to no load shedding soon would require another economic meltdown. Then there is the small question of the climate crisis and Eskoms contribution to it via its dependence on coal. Eskom cannot afford the mitigation measures needed to reduce the carbon footprint of its ageing fleet. We think there is a confluence of opportunities here for South Africa to accelerate the decarbonisation of its generation fleet by accessing green financing… as part of a just energy transition, De Ruyter said. Our average cost to mitigate one ton of carbon is $7. In Europe, that cost is in excess of $400. So it pays the Europeans, because carbon knows no borders, to rather approach a country like South Africa and assist us to decarbonise our economy. For the moment, Eskom needs coal and there is enough of that at least. Coal stock levels continue to improve, with average coal stock at 52 days by the end of February, excluding Medupi and Kusile. There is no power station below the Grid Code minimum requirement of 20 days, Eskom said. BM