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Second week of school online applications under way in Gauteng

As the second week of the Gauteng online school applications gets underway, the numbers have shown that some schools are more equal than others.

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Kuruman learner to be sentenced on Monday

A 15-year-old boy who was found guilty of stabbing his teacher to death in Manyeding village near Kuruman in 2018 is expected to be sentenced on Monday.

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Hamilton wins the Monaco Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Monaco Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday, nursing his car’s worn tyres to the finish in a nail-biting victory worthy of the team’s late non-executive chairman Niki Lauda.

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Blitzboks come up short against Australia in London Sevens

Siviwe Soyizwaphi

The South African Sevens rugby team has crashed out of the London Sevens tournament after losing 29-22 against Australia in the quarter-finals. The Blitzboks scored two tries in the final minute of the match, but it was not enough to claw back the lead of the Australian team. The loss also dents the chances of the Blitzboks […]

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Madonsela refutes claims she might be part of Ramaphosa’s new cabinet

Thuli Madonsela

Former Public Protector, advocate Thuli Madonsela has refuted claims that she might be part of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s new cabinet.

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Rocky star Stallone says he never expected to make it in movies

Sylvester Stallone

Action movie superstar Sylvester Stallone told cinemagoers in Cannes on Friday that he never expected to make it in the film industry due to an accident at birth that caused him to slur his words – now one of his more celebrated trademarks.

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Using your smartphone at the supermarket can add 41% to your shopping bill

Are you constantly checking your phone when you’re out and about? Do you have trouble resisting the lure of ever more screen time? If so, be careful when you go grocery shopping – as your phone may be costing you more than you think.

A recent study suggests that grocery shoppers who use their phones in the supermarket end up spending, on average, 41% more than those who don’t.

This may sound counter intuitive. Previously, many bricks-and-mortar retailers have regarded shoppers’ smartphones as a distraction – or worse. They worried that customers who paid attention to their phones spent less time looking at enticing product displays in the store, or might use their phones to search for better deals online.

To find out if these fears were justified (specifically when people go grocery shopping) a team of researchers conducted an experiment. We placed special eye-tracking glasses on more than 400 shoppers, who then went about their shopping as usual.

The glasses allowed us to see precisely what the shoppers were doing when they were shopping – and what they looked at. Some of the participants were encouraged to use their mobile phones, while some were asked to put them away for the duration of their shopping trip.

It turned out that the effect is ultimately the opposite of what we might have thought. Shoppers who checked their phone while shopping spent on average 41% more at the till – and those people who used their phones the most also tended to spend the most money.

Inside a shoppers’ mind

The reason for this lies in the way the human brain works when we are shopping – and the vast amount of choices on offer.

Even a small grocery store may keep 10,000 unique products in stock, while large supermarkets stock many times that. It is impossible for the human mind to consciously process and choose between all these available items. We simply cannot cope with all these decisions, which means our brains are trying to simplify the complexity of a grocery store in different ways.

One way is to activate a kind of internal autopilot, which acts as a kind of shopping script, prescribing what we do and see in the store. Essentially, this means that most shoppers usually go to the shelves and sections they always go to, and buy the same products repeatedly.

Say, for example, that you regularly buy milk, chicken and bananas. Your inner autopilot will lead you between the points in the store where you know these items belong.

Similarly, if you are cooking food for a weekday dinner, you may have an inner script of what products should be in that. Products that are not part of that script are most often filtered away by your brain as irrelevant information.

After all, why would you be interested in looking at baking products when you are planning a quick shop for a stir fry, before getting home after a long day at work? All these products we do not consciously see do not stand a chance of getting into the shopping basket. The harsh fact is that shoppers are very habitual creatures – most of us vary our grocery purchases between fewer than 150 products a year.

Smartphone distractions

But something different happens when we pick up our phones. Whether it’s to make a call, send a text message, check social media or browse holiday destinations, our minds are forced to switch our very limited attention capacity from the shopping task to the phone.

As attention is distracted, the way shoppers behave in the store drastically changes. They suddenly walk more slowly and in unpredictable patterns, wandering along the aisles.

They find themselves spending more time in the store, and becoming more receptive to looking at a wider assortment of products as the autopilot has been interrupted. This means they (you) are less likely to filter off information regarding products outside the normal script and more like to be inspired to buy more of them.

In essence, shoppers who look at their phones spend more time in the store, look at more products, and buy more things. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as you may be reminded to buy products that are needed at home that were not on your mental shopping list – or you may be inspired to try a new ingredient.

But if you are conscious of sticking to your shopping plan and budget, then it may be best to keep your phone in your bag or pocket. Remember that an online friendly store – with free wi-fi or smartphone docking stations on trolley handles – may simply be landing you with a bigger shopping bill.

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Kolisi to undergo scans on injured knee

Siya Kolisi

Stormers captain Siya Kolisi will undergo a scan on his injured knee on Sunday, with coach Robbie Fleck saying he has a feeling that the flanker will be fit for next Saturday’s Super Rugby clash with the Lions.

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The flexitarian diet: What you need to know

The flexitarian diet has been on the rise gaining traction in many parts of the U.S in recent years, but what is this diet all about and how can one adopt it? 

Scientists believe that if you adopt a flexitarian diet you will be combating climate change, reducing pollution and promoting food sustainability.

Speaking to health expert, Vanessa Ascencao she said the flexitarian diet is a lifestyle change aimed at people who want to eat healthier.

Ascencao said a flexitarian diet limits meat and animal products and increases the intake of nutritious plant-based foods and that it is more flexible than vegetarian or vegan diets and does not focus on calories. 

She also added that it also promotes eating more fruits, vegetables and legumes, while limiting processed and sugary foods. 

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Below is a breakdown by Ascencao on how you can go about becoming a flexitarian, its health benefits and which foods to eat.

How to become a flexitarian.

  • Instead of heavy breakfasts, consider a bowl of oatmeal topped with nuts or avocado toast with a sprinkle of chia seeds.
  • Find foods that can replace meat in dishes such as beans, chickpeas or lentils and consider swapping half of your meat or chicken in your meal with it.
  • If you love burgers, consider swapping from beef to quinoa or make your stir fry with more vegetables than chicken.
  • Try a potent green tea extract like Origine 8 to help control your appetite and keep you healthy while changing your diet or lifestyle. Studies have shown that green tea helps promote anti-aging, fight disease and boost vitality.

Health benefits of a flexitarian diet.

  • Eating healthy will help maintain a healthy weight.
  • A diet rich in fibre and healthy fats has been proven to help improve heart health.
  • Eating a predominantly plant-based diet is high in fibre and may help prevent and manage diabetes.
  • Fruits, vegetables and healthy fats all contain nutrients and antioxidants that may help counter chronic disease and infections including cancer.

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Foods to eat.

  • Fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, green leafy vegetables, brussel sprouts, carrots, squash, peas, sweet potatoes, apples, oranges, berries and grapes.
  • Proteins such as beans, chickpeas, legumes and lentils.
  • Healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, almonds, flaxseed, chia seeds, walnuts, cashews, pistachios, avocados and consider supplementing with the purest omega 3.
  • Limited animal protein such as free range eggs, organic poultry or meat and wild-caught, sustainable fish.
  • Herbs and spices such as basil, turmeric (try the potent extract Bio-Curcumin), oregano, thyme, mint, garlic or ginger.

For more info visit Ascencao website www.coyne-healthcare.com.

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Huawei shipments could fall by up to a quarter in 2019

China’s Huawei, hit by crippling United States sanctions, could see shipments decline by as much as a quarter this year and faces the possibility that its smartphones will disappear from international markets, analysts said.

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Russian teenager stuns World No 5 Kerber on day one of French Open

Angelique Kerber in action

Reigning Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber of Germany was knocked out of Roland Garros in the first round on Sunday by Russian world number 81 Anastasia Potapova. Kerber, bidding to complete a career Grand Slam, slumped to a 6-4, 6-2 defeat to the 18-year-old who was making her Paris debut. Kerber had come into Roland Garros […]

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Helalia Johannes makes it two from two with SPAR Women’s 10km challenge win

It was two out of two for Warrant Officer Helalia Johannes, as the Namibian solidier raced with military precision to her second SPAR Women’s 10km Challenge Grand Prix title at Greenpoint this morning (Sunday) in one of the fastest times run in South Africa.

Twenty thousand took part in the annual celebration of women’s running and walking over 5 km and 10 km in surprisingly warm winter’s weather.

The 38-year-old Johannes is the reigning Cape Town Marathon champion, but her improvement as an athlete in the last 6 months has been particularly impressive. She bettered her previous marathon best by seven minutes to clock 2 hr 22 min in Nagoya, Japan, in March and shattered the Two Oceans Half Marathon record last month.

Johannes appears to set Namibian national records whenever she runs, and her 31 min 45 sec performance this morning improves her own record, set just two weeks ago in the first leg of the series in Port Elizabeth, but just five seconds.  Her time is the fastest ever for the Cape Town leg of the SPAR series – 42 seconds quicker than Elana Van Zyl Meyer’s 32:27 in 1996 – and is the 8th fastest 10 km ever run in South Africa, 31 seconds off Ugandan Stella Chesang’s all time record, set last year.

“I’m really happy to have set another Nambian record,” Johannes confessed. “The conditions were not perfect for running – there was a warm wind out there and the paving along the promenade is not as quick as a tar road – so I think I can still go a bit faster!

“I’ll race the third leg in Durban, but I’m not sure after that. Hopefully I’ll be running the marathon at the world championships in Doha in September.”

It was a bitter-sweet ending for young Ethiopians Sofia Chege and Birho Gidey Adhena. The two came to Cape Town to compete in last week’s ONERUN over 12km, where Chege placed a close third and Adhena won the junior’s competition. They placed second and fifth respectively in this morning’s race, but face five year bans from returning to South Africa after over-staying their five-day visa allocation.

The top three finishers in the Cape Town leg of the SPAR Women’s 10km Challenge this morning – winner Helalia Johannes is flanked by runner-up Sophia Chege (Left) and Tadu Nare. Photo: Stephen Granger

Another Ethiopian, 17-year-old Tadu Nare, who dropped a position from second in Port Elizabeth to third this morning, clocking 32:56 – 47 seconds behind Chege, had visa challenges of a different kind. 

Already set on a career as a full-time athlete and top business women, Nare is studying for an accountancy diploma in Addis Abebe, but had to contend with long queues and interviews in Ethiopia to obtain her second short-term visa in just three weeks. “I was happy with my run under the circumstances,” Nare explained. “But my training preparation was badly affected by the time taken to secure the visa.”

Kenyan, Sarah Naibei, set the pace through 3km, closely followed by Johannes, Chege and Nare.  These four stayed together until the Nambian took control with an acceleration shortly after the turn onto the Sea Point Promenade at the halfway mark. Chege was forced to give up the unequal struggle, leaving Johannes to power to another impressive victory.

Defending champion, Kesa Molotsane, was denied a hat trick of wins, but was first South African home in 6th place in 33:40, just three seconds clear of Irvette van Zyl.

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Promotion playoffs race slightly open after TTM’s victory over Royal Eagles

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) defeated Royal Eagles 2-1 in a Premier Soccer League promotion/relegation playoffs match in Thohoyandou on Saturday. 

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Former manager of Marvel creator Stan Lee arrested for elder abuse

Stan Lee

Late Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee’s former manager was arrested in Arizona on Saturday in connection with allegations of elder abuse, fraud, theft and false imprisonment, Los Angeles police said.

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Worcester prison warden arrested for corruption

Cape Town – On Saturday, May 25, at approximately 13:05 an intelligence undercover operation was conducted by members attached to Anti-Gang Unit (Visible and Detective Component). 

Information was received with regard to a possible corrupt official attached to Worcester Correctional Service.

The operation was conducted at a fast food outlet in Worcester. R3000 in cash as well as 295 grams of TIK were taken by the suspect from the SAPS agent, which led to his arrest.

The 29-year-old male suspect is a warden at Worcester Correctional Service. He was arrested inside a fast food outlet and in his possession he had a black backpack.

The suspect is due to appear in the Worcester Magistrates Court on Monday, 27 May, on charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

In unrelated incident, on Saturday morning, two murder cases were reported at Kensington SAPS.

An intelligence driven operation by members attached to Anti-Gang Unit received and followed up on information from sources within the community who gave details on the above murders. 

Details were also obtained on where the firearms and ammunition were kept at a premises in Waarnemer Street, Factreton, Kensington. 

At the mentioned address members confiscated one silencer, one .45 barrel, fifty 9mm rounds, eighteen 7,65 rounds, one.22 round and one .38 special round.

In an unrelated incident, details were also obtained on where the firearms and ammunition being kept at premises in Kensington. Picture: SAPS/Supplied

Three 9mm rounds were found in front of the house in the garden by SAPS member who also confiscated twenty-seven 9mm rounds and two 7.65 rounds.

After further investigation, the suspects pointed out where a CZ 75 firearm with a magazine, containing fifteen 9mm rounds with serial number intact and one empty magazine were buried.

The members dug up and  found the firearm where-after the 28 year old suspect was arrested on a charge of possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

The suspect will appear in the Cape Town Magistrates Court on Monday, on the mentioned charges.

In an unrelated incident, details were also obtained on where the firearms and ammunition being kept at premises in Kensington. Picture: SAPS/Supplied

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Renault in team-up talks with Fiat Chrysler: reports

Fiat

French carmaker Renault is in talks with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles with the long-term prize a world-leading alliance including Japan’s Nissan and Mitsubishi, reports say.

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Good win for the Stormers keeps their hopes alive

The Stormers picked up a good 34-22 win against the Highlanders at Newlands Rugby Stadium on Saturday, to keep their hopes of reaching the Super Rugby knockout stages alive.

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Nike to end financial penalties for pregnant athletes – report

Allyson Felix

US sporting goods giant Nike, under fire for financially penalizing sponsored athletes who become pregnant, is changing its maternity policy, the New York Times reported.

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10 Died on the Western Cape roads this weekend

accident

10 people have died on the Western Cape’s roads so far this weekend. Western Cape Traffic Chief, Kenny Africa, says two pedestrians and three passengers died in separate incidents in the Cape Metro. A 76-year old female driver died in a crash at Robertson.

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Federer returns on opening day at Roland Garros

Roger Federer tops the bill at the French Open on opening Sunday when he makes his long-awaited return to the Parisian clay with a first-round match against Italian Lorenzo Sonego.

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‘Don’t be too optimistic’: Huawei employees fret at US ban

Huawei

While Huawei’s founder brushes aside a US ban against his company, the telecom giant’s employees have been less sanguine, confessing fears for their future in online chat rooms.

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South Africans celebrate President Ramaphosa’s inauguration

Citizens seated together

Many South Africans have celebrated the inauguration of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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Eastern Cape community ask for govt intervention in ‘witchcraft’ killings

The Community of Ntsimbini near Mbizana, in the Eastern Cape, wants government to intervene to stop the spate of witchcraft related murders in their area.

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Durban elderly give President Ramaphosa the thumbs up

President Cyril Ramaphosa being sworn in

Elderly residents in Durban have given the Ramaphosa Presidency a thumbs up.Topping their wish list is safety of the elderly, elimination of drugs and other social ills.

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Over 1000 children participate in walk for peace

Walk for Peace placards

Over 1000 children and young people participated in the sixth annual Peace Walk as part of global efforts to end raging wars and promote world peace.

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Western Cape police investigating wrongful arrest of woman

Police handcuffs

Western Cape police have launched an investigation into the alleged wrongful arrest of a 23-year-old woman in Sea Point in Cape Town last week.

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Jaguares defeat Waratahs to extend lead against Bulls

Rugby players

Argentina’s Jaguares have opened up a four-point lead over the Bulls at the top of the South African Super Rugby conference.

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Gallery | Africa Day celebrated at the Presidential inauguration

In celebration of Africa Day, distinguished guests at the Presidential inauguration came in large numbers wearing traditional clothes to commemorate the day.

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Marikana residents call on President Ramaphosa to visit the area

From deputy president of the country and now to the highest office in the land; President Cyril Ramaphosa’s political career hasn’t been an easy one, but certainly on an upward trajectory.

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Leclerc fastest inFP3 as Vettel hits the wall

Charles Leclerc

Local hero Charles Leclerc was fastest for Ferrari in final practice for the Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday while team mate Sebastian Vettel crashed, with mechanics hurrying to repair the car for qualifying.

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Ramaphosa faces immense pressure as he begins his new term: Expert

Leadership expert Mazwe Majola says President Cyril Ramaphosa faces immense pressure as he begins his new term as leader of the country.

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