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The rains continue in Hawaii
Due to the amount of precipitation, dams burst on the islands, landslides occurred, and began to flood the houses of local residents, roads and infrastructure.
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In the United States, the anti-epidemic rules have been somewhat relaxed for citizens fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 coronavirus
The CDC clarified that a person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the last dose of the vaccine.
Citizens who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to:
gather without protective masks in a room with other fully vaccinated people (in small groups);
being in a room without masks with unvaccinated members of the same family (for example, visiting relatives who all live together), if they are not at risk;
do not do tests and do not go through quarantine after communicating with patients with coronavirus (unless there are obvious symptoms of the disease).
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American singer Miley Cyrus in a new video called for vaccination against COVID-19.
The music video for the song "Angels Like You" was filmed while Cyrus performed at a special concert as part of the Super Bowl pre-party.
American brand Bratz has released a new doll inspired by Scottish singer Sophie Xeon (SOPHIE).
The doll dedicated to SOPHIE was the first created within the framework of the project about people who inspire.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said sanctions were imposed on two Iranian officials in connection with human rights violations.
We are talking about sanctions against Ali Hemmatian and Massoud Sardari. They are followers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. They are accused of involvement in arbitrary detention, torture and "other forms of inhuman treatment of political prisoners and persons detained during the protests that took place in Iran in 2019 and 2020."
The sanctions stipulate that these officials and their family members are now barred from entering the United States.
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We can't wait to shop Meghan Markle's Simone Rocha earrings from the designer's H&M collab - News24
The Simone Rocha x H&M collection lands in select SA stores tomorrow and we can't wait to shop it.
- Continuing a long tradition of acclaimed designer collaborations, H&M announced a new collaboration with fashion designer Simone Rocha earlier this year.
- The London-based designer is internationally renowned for her intricate and beautifully crafted collections, always with a nod to her own heritage: Ireland and Hong Kong.
- The collection launches 11 March 2021 and will be available to shop at the V&A Waterfront and Sandton City H&M stores.
Kaizer Chiefs score dramatic equaliser to salvage point away to Maritzburg United - News24
Lebogang Manyama scored a dramatic equaliser in the dying stages as Kaizer Chiefs salvaged a draw away to Maritzburg United after Thabiso Kutumela opened the scoring at the Harry Gwala Stadium.
Attacker Lebogang Manyama scored a dramatic equaliser in the dying minutes as Kaizer Chiefs salvaged a 1-1 PSL draw away to Maritzburg United after Thabiso Kutumela had opened the scoring at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday. The stalemate means that Gavin Hunt's side, who remain in 11th place in the Premiership standings, have now gone five league games without a win as the pressure continues to mount on the coach. Maritzburg, meanwhile, who were within touching distance of victory, remain in 15th position on the log. By the end, their coach Ernst Middendorp was left visibly and audibly frustrated, unable to get one over the club who he came so close to winning the league with last season. Maritzburg United took the lead somewhat against the run of play in the 14th minute through Kutumela after some impressive work by Ali Meza, who grabbed the assist after a sweeping counter-attack. The home side had their tails up after breaking the deadlock with Meza especially looking dangerous, popping up in different attacking positions as he posed a threat to a disorientated Chiefs defence. Maritzburg United should have doubled their lead in the 19th minute after Bongokuhle Hlongwane somehow put the ball over the crossbar from an uncontested header from just five yards out. Meza was again proving a handful to the Chiefs defence as he cut in, this time from the right side, and blasted a powerful shot straight down the throat of a grateful Daniel Akpeyi. Hlongwane was next to have a shot saved by Akpeyi in the 36th minute after cutting inside Reeve Frosler. Maritzburg up until that point had registered nine shots at goal to zero for Chiefs. That's how the two teams went into the half-time break with Maritzburg holding a narrow lead. The half-time stats showed the home side enjoying the majority of the ball with 55% possession. Hunt looked to turn things around at the interval by making three changes as Siyabonga Ngezana replaced Philani Zulu at left-back, Samir Nurkovic replaced Lazarous Kambole and Willard Katsande made way for Njabulo Blom. Chiefs nearly found an equaliser early in the second-half in the 46th minute as a Frosler free-kick was narrowly deflected behind for a corner. Maritzburg almost killed the game off as a contest in the 77th minute as substitute Judas Moseamedi beat two Chiefs defenders before thumping a shot against the crossbar. Chiefs finally grabbed their equaliser in the closing stages of the match in the 87th minute as Manyama got on the end of a Bernard Parker near-post flick to head home from close range. That's how the match ended as Chiefs maintained some daylight between them and the bottom of the table. Maritzburg will feel disappointed with one that got away.
A dismissive Brian Molefe maintains innocence despite allegations of a litany of failures - Daily Maverick
Former Transnet and Eskom chief executive Brian Molefe continued to claim innocence at the State Capture Commission on Wednesday, but he was presented with a litany of failures he found hard to deny.
Brian Molefe testifies before the State Capture Commission on 10 March 2021 in Johannesburg. (Photo: Gallo Images / Papi Morake) Returning to the State Capture Commission on Thursday, former Transnet chief executive Brian Molefe asked to cut to the chase. He quickly dismissed allegations that in 2014 he misled the Transnet board and inflated the cost for the logistics companys 1,064 locomotive acquisition programme, which isalleged to have led to billions being paid to Gupta front companies. Transnets initial estimated total cost (ETC) for the 1,064 locomotives was R38.6-billion. Molefe and his chief financial officer, Anoj Singh, awarded contracts to General Electric, Bombardier Transportation, China South Rail (CSR) and China North Rail (CNR) worth R54-billion. Experts have called the increase unjustified and estimated the deal was worth around a maximum of R45-billion. Molefe was testifying on Transnet-related evidence for the third day running after appearing on Eskom issues last week. He has consistently denied allegations of wrongdoing, claimed theres no evidence linking him to corruption, said he acted on memos prepared by his colleagues and at times declined to comment. Molefe maintains no serious evidence of corruption has emerged, but the last three days have highlighted his serious failings as a CEO, how at times he made unilateral decisions without regard to procedure and at other times blindly signed memos given to him by staffers. This number, the R38.6-billion, was a desktop estimate and it was not even arrived at by phoning suppliers around and saying, How much do you think you will sell us a locomotive for? Molefe explained on the 1,064 deal. It had to be a conservative desktop estimate, he said, claiming that Transnet had to set a low base for negotiations with bidders. We went out on tender with an ETC of 38-billion. The tenders came back, when they came back they were nowhere near R38-billion. Molefe described the cost increase as part of doing business. There is no one, Chairperson, who sat in a room and just, he clicked his fingers, increased the price from R38-billion to R54-billion, costing the taxpayer R15-billion. Nothing like that happened. It is a fundamental misunderstanding of the process and what happened. Molefe said suppliers quotes to Transnet averaged around R43-billion to R44-billion. Transnet wanted to lock in a fixed price, which took the costs to R49-billion. Then it added 10% for contingencies, unforeseen things, like acts of God, said Molefe, taking the total cost to R54-billion. The former chief executive appeared frustrated with what he seemed to view as the commissions lack of understanding of the business world, but evidence leader Anton Myburgh, SC, walked him through various steps of the deals, irregularity by irregularity. The first issue was whether Molefe misled the Transnet board on the R38.6-billion ETC. His submission for approval to the board specifically said hedging and foreign exchange costs were not included. He admitted on Wednesday that the ETC submitted to the board had included hedging and foreign exchange costs. My understanding, to put it crudely, is it didnt really matter, he said, maintaining that the ETC was aimed at starting negotiations at a low price with bidders. What were trying to determine here is whether the R38-billion was a perfect number, whether it was a number that reflected reality, thats what were trying to determine. Im saying, it didnt and it didnt have to. It was a number that wed go out to market with. The number that reflects reality is the number that the bidders come back with, said Molefe. Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo was surprised surely estimated costs matter for budgeting and approval purposes? Myburgh added, The allegation, as you know, is that you misrepresented the ETC to the board when saying it excluded hedging and escalation when it in fact included it. Molefe admitted he may have misled the board but he maintained that it was not intentional and of no consequence. When Molefe went back to the board to approve the increase to R54-billion, his report said those hedging and foreign exchange costs accounted for 59% of the increases. In other words, whats presented to the board is that this massive change in the ETC is attributable, by and large, 59%, to the fact that we initially excluded these costs and now theyre being included, which you accept is wrong. Your own case is they were included initially, said Myburgh. I would be at pains to explain that there was a failure in our system, in the sense that during the assurance process, the assurance process, these things should have been prevented. Molefe remained dismissive. Myburgh presented two opinions that found the total contract cost should have come to a maximum of around R45-billion. Molefe dismissed the experts evaluations and highlighted that their estimates differed, albeit slightly. He suggested the difference between R45-billion and R54-billion was a matter of subjective analysis. The Transnet executive was required to get the public enterprises ministers approval for the deal and it was given, at least for the R38.6-billion ETC. Molefe participated in getting that approval but did not get approval for the increased R54-billion, as required. I cant recall what my state of mind was at the time, he explained, noting his legal and compliance teams role. Myburgh responded, I take it that if you accept that legal and compliance failed to obtain ministerial approval, you as the group chief executive must carry that can. Its not something that you can just palm off to legal and compliance. You bear the ultimate responsibility. Asked how he could make such a blunder, Molefe responded, Because Im human, Chairperson. I would be at pains to explain that there was a failure in our system, in the sense that during the assurance process, the assurance process, these things should have been prevented. Transnet and the Special Investigating Unit went to court this week to setaside the logistics companys 1,064 locomotive contracts. Their court papers say, that the laws, government instructions and Transnet policy were deliberately ignored to make the tender awards, conclude the contracts and effect payment to some of the [manufacturers]. AmaBhungane hasreported that the two Chinese companies involved, CSR and CNR, agreed to pay R9-billion in kickbacks to Gupta shelf companies. The commission has heard evidence that Regiments was advising Transnet at the time and half of the money it was paid was laundered through Gupta lieutenant Salim Essas shelf companies. Myburgh presented Molefe with evidence that CSR, which was awarded a contract to provide 359 of the 1,064 locomotives, had agreed to pay Essas firm Tequesta 21% of the contract price to secure its contract with Transnet. Molefe said he couldnt comment on the claim or whether Regiments had advised Transnet on the 1,064 bids. Molefe has denied or declined to comment on testimony that Tony Gupta and Essa had said he was in their pocket. While confirming much of the evidence from Witness One, Molefes former driver at Transnet who has remained anonymous due to threats on his life, Molefe denied the witnesss testimony that he saw Molefes bag half-full of rolls of R200 notes. Molefe emphasised that the driver never said that cash, which supposedly was never in his bag, came from the Guptas. The former CEO said he might have asked the driver to deposit cash, which the driversaid ranged between R5,000 and R20,000, in bank accounts, but he said those transactions were linked to his role as treasurer of the Mmaphala Burial Society and other personal matters. Molefe also faced questions on other puzzling decisions he made as Transnet CEO. He agreed to pay his former Transnet colleague Siyabonga Gama R17-million in legal fees, despite Gama losing the case against his dismissal. Molefe agreed it was odd and suggested it had been recommended to him by his team. Then there was the settlement Molefe signed with General Siphiwe Nyandas security company Abalozi. Abalozi wanted R95-million for being unjustifiably blacklisted by Transnet. Molefe said hed seen evidence that Transnet officials had hidden evidence of the companys work with Transnet that led to its blacklisting, which justified the settlement. But then Molefe signed an agreement to pay Abalozis stakeholders, including the companys founders who had nothing to do with the dispute, an extra R20-million above the settlement agreement. Zondo said he was shocked that Molefe, the former PIC boss, could sign either the Gama or Abalozi agreements. I can tell you, Mr Molefe, I wouldnt be candid with you if I didnt tell you that when I read just the settlement agreement, I was shocked. Its just shocking, those terms of the settlement agreement are shocking. In all the years that I was in practice before I came on to the Bench, Id never seen a settlement agreement like this. Id never seen a settlement agreement like the one that Mr Gama and Transnet concluded, said Zondo. Molefe once again dithered, suggesting he signed what was put in front of him. He concluded his Transnet-related testimony on Wednesday afternoon. Gama is expected to testify on Thursday. Singh and former minister Malusi Gigaba are expected to follow. DM