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Death toll rises to six at South Africa coal mine gas explosion


MIDDELBURG, South Africa (Reuters) – The number of people killed by a gas explosion in an unused coal mine in South Africa’s eastern province of Mpumalanga has risen to six, and several others remain trapped, an official at the mine said on Thursday.

Officials stand next to the gate leading to the unused mine shaft where people have been killed by a gas explosion in Gloria colliery Mine at South Africa’s eastern province of Mpumalanga, South Africa February 7, 2019. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

The representative of the creditor protection team at the mine, Michael Elliot, said more than 20 people were still stuck underground at the mine in Middelburg and are presumed dead.

“As I’ve been informed, there are six deceased people in this point in time that have been taken to the mortuary,”…

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Dubai trade with Caribbean nations rises



Dubai trade with Caribbean nations rises. Gulf News – 2018-11-21 – News -. The value of non-oil trade between Dubai and Caribbean countries …
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CAR clashes death toll rises to 48



At least 48 people were killed in clashes between Christian and Muslim-dominated militias in a restive Central African Republic town last week, …
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S. African unemployment rate rises to 27.5 percent – Xinhua


CAPE TOWN, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) — South Africa’s unemployment rate increased to 27.5 percent in the third quarter of 2018, an increase of 0.3 percentage point over the second quarter, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) announced on Tuesday.

Unemployment among South Africans between the ages of 15 and 24 was even higher, standing at 52.8 percent in the third quarter of this year, compared with 52.4 percent in the second quarter, Stats SA said in its Quarterly Labor Force Survey.

While there were 446,000 people employed in the mining industry in the third quarter of 2017, this had fallen to 406,000 in the most recent data, a decrease of 8.9 percent.

On an annual quarter-on-quarter basis, jobs in the construction industry increased by over 10 percent, from 1.36 million, to 1.5 million.

The survey…

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Threat of African Swine Fever rises as outbreak spreads internationall


African swine fever (ASF) is a major threat to pork production worldwide. Once the virus that causes the disease is passed to a member of the even-toed ungulate family (Suidae, or swine), to Sus Scrofa (Eurasian wild boar), or to related animals outside the genus including warthogs, rapid spread of the fever is common and likely, often targeting large numbers of susceptible animals, creating an outbreak that can quickly devastate domestic swine and feral swine populations across a large area.

“This virus is complex and much harder to deal with than simple viruses,” says Dr. Waithaka Mwangi, Associate Professor at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and an animal disease specialist. “Some isolates, such as the currently causing…

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Carrie Austin rises to defense of African-American fire commissioner


The chairman of the City Council’s Budget Committee lashed out at a powerful colleague on Thursday for daring to ask newly-appointed Fire Cmsr. Richard Ford II to explain his qualifications for the job.

Public Safety Committee Chairman Ariel Reboyras (30th) was long gone when Budget Committee Chairman Carrie Austin (34th) unleashed her tirade against him.

But his ears must have been burning. Austin was so protective of Ford, who is African-American, and so furious about a line of questioning never directed at his newly-retired Hispanic predecessor Jose Santiago, she had to play a game of solitaire to, as she put it, “stay calm.”

Ald. Carrie Austin | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times

“When Commissioner Santiago sat in the seat, nobody asked about his qualifications. That was a disservice and a…

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