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Two dead as UN peacekeepers open fire in east DR Congo

Two people have been killed and several others injured after UN peacekeepers opened fire during an incident in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on the Uganda border on Sunday, the UN said.

Video of the incident, shared on social media showed men, at least one in police uniform and another in army uniform, advancing towards the immobilised UN convoy behind a closed barrier in Kasindi.

The town is in eastern DR Congo’s Beni territory on the border with Uganda. 

After a verbal exchange, the peacekeepers appeared to open fire before opening the gate, driving on and continuing to shoot while people scattered or hid.

“During this incident, soldiers from the intervention brigade of the MONUSCO force returning from leave opened fire at the border post for unexplained reasons and forced their way through,” the UN mission in Kasindi said in a statement.

“This serious incident caused loss of life and serious injuries.” 

Barthelemy Kambale Siva, the North Kivu governor’s representative in Kasindi, earlier said that “eight people, including two policemen who were working at the barrier, were seriously injured” in the incident.

Deadly region

Kambale Siva, interviewed by AFP, did not give a reason for why the UN convoy was prevented from crossing the barrier.

There are more than 120 militias operating in the DRC’s troubled east. The UN first deployed an observer mission to the region in 1999. 

In 2010, it became the peacekeeping mission MONUSCO – the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – with a mandate to conduct offensive operations.

There have been 230 fatalities among them, according to the UN.

Last week, deadly demonstrations demanding the departure of the United Nations took place in several towns in eastern DRC. 

A total of 19 people, including three peacekeepers, were killed.

Anger has been fuelled by perceptions that MONUSCO is failing to do enough to stop attacks by the armed groups.

UN under-secretary-general for peace operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix was in the central African country on Saturday to “talk to the Congolese authorities”, he said.

“(They would) examine ways in which we can both avoid a recurrence of these tragic incidents and, above all, work better together to achieve our objectives,” he said.

“We hope that the conditions will be met, in particular the return of state authority, so that MONUSCO can complete its mission as soon as possible. And to leave room for other forms of international support.”

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Under 40? Even moderate alcohol consumption could be dangerous

A recent US study sounds the alarm over the health risks of alcohol. Even when consumed in small quantities, alcohol reportedly increases the risk of disease, particularly among people aged 15 to 39 years.

Drinking among young people is often a cause for concern due to the perils of excess. Now, a study, published in mid-July in the journal The Lancet and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, reveals that under the age of 40, there are no benefits — only risks — associated with drinking alcohol. However, past the age of 40, drinking a small amount of alcohol may have modest health benefits.

The research, which was conducted in more than 204 countries, estimates that 1.34 billion people drank unhealthy amounts of alcohol in 2020. Of these, nearly 60% were between 15 and 39 years old, and more than 76% were men (that’s one billion men).

According to the study authors, people under 40 appear not to benefit from drinking alcohol, with its consumption only causing health risks. Some 60% of alcohol-related injuries occur in the 15-39 age group (suicides, homicides, road accidents, etc.), and that’s without considering addiction issues, high blood pressure, heart disease, liver problems and certain types of cancer.

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After the age of 40, drinking alcohol is thought to have small benefits, provided the person does not have underlying health problems. Drinking alcohol in moderation may reduce the risk of diabetes, stroke and ischemic heart disease, for example.

The recommended daily amount of alcohol for young people aged 15 to 39 before risking health loss should be about 10 ml for a glass of red wine (13% alcohol by volume) and less than 50 ml for beer (3.5%) for men. Women could drink up to 25 ml of red wine and less than 100 ml of beer.

For people aged 40 to 64, the recommendations would range from half a standard drink to two standard drinks per day (one standard drink is 100 ml of red wine and 375 ml of beer).

“Our message is simple: young people should not drink, but older people may benefit from drinking small amounts. While it may not be realistic to think young adults will abstain from drinking, we do think it’s important to communicate the latest evidence so that everyone can make informed decisions about their health,” says senior author Dr. Emmanuela Gakidou, Professor of Health Metrics Sciences at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine.

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Iran border guards clash with Afghanistan’s Taliban

Clashes broke out on Sunday between Iranian border guards and Taliban forces, officials said, with the Afghan side confirming one of their border officers was killed and another wounded.

Both sides accused the other of opening fire first.

“There was a clash between the border guards of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Taliban forces”, Meysam Barazandeh, governor of Iran’s Hirmand county, was quoted as saying by the Fars news agency. 

He added that “the conflict was brief and has ended.”

Fars reported that clashes took place on the Iranian side of the border, in the Shaghalak area of Hirmand country, in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan.

“A border violation by the Taliban took place today,” Barazandeh said, adding that “our forces gave the necessary response”, and that there “were no casualties” on the Iranian side.

Iran’s Tasnim news agency said Taliban forces shot at some houses in the town of Dust Mohammad, which was followed by an exchange of fire “for several minutes.”

A statement issued by Afghanistan’s Nimroz provincial information centre blamed Iranian border guards for the incident.

“Iranian border forces fired at a patrol of our border forces in Kang district of Nimroz province,” the statement said.

“After that they (Iranian forces) fired in the area with light and heavy weapons. In this shooting, one of our border force personnel was martyred and another injured,” it added.

Last month, Iran’s foreign ministry reported the death of an Iranian border guard in an “incident” at a border crossing with Afghanistan, also in Sistan-Baluchestan.

Iran, like many other nations, has so far not recognised the new government formed by the Taliban after it took power amid a hasty withdrawal by US-led foreign forces in August 2021.

While Iran insists that the Taliban form an inclusive administration, the Islamist movement has formed an all-male cabinet made up entirely of members of the group, and almost exclusively of ethnic Pashtuns.

Water rights issues have also increased tensions between the neighbours.

In January, demonstrators in Sistan-Baluchestan rallied at a border crossing for a protest over water from the Helmand River.

Tehran has hosted millions of Afghan refugees for decades, but fresh arrivals have entered the country since the Taliban’s return to power.

Iran has long had testy relations with the Taliban, who raided Tehran’s consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif in 1998, killing 10 diplomats and a journalist.

The Taliban said the raid was carried out by a renegade force acting against orders.

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Blitzboks thump Fiji to claim Commonwealth Games gold

The Blitzboks put in a near perfect performance to thrash favourites Fiji 31-7 to pick up their second ever Commonwealth Games Sevens gold medal, in an action packed final at Coventry Stadium in Birmingham on Sunday night.

The Blitzboks had to weather a fast start from the Fijians, but after finally getting some possession, worked their way up the pitch into the Fiji 22m, where Selvyn Davids sent a kick pass to Muller du Plessis to go over near the right hand corner, with a top conversion from Shaun Williams giving them a 7-0 lead.

They then dominated the rest of the half, running Fiji ragged as JC Pretorius first went over in the right hand corner, before Pretorius won the ball at a ruck and put Shaun Williams away in the left hand corner for a 17-0 lead at the break.

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The Blitzboks then got the second half off to the perfect start as they attacked from a scrum in midfield, spreading the ball quickly to du Plessis on the wing to sprint around and score his second, with Williams extras putting them up 24-0.

Fiji captain Waisea Nacuqu then gave his side a chance of a comeback with a converted score with a few minutes left, only for Mfundo Ndlovu to seal the win with a late try to end a perfect tournament for the Blitzboks.

Serene progress

Earlier in the tournament the Blitzboks made serene progress to the quarterfinals as they breezed through the pool stage.

They kicked off their Games without getting out of second gear in their opening two games, brushing aside Malaysia 46-0 and Tonga 36-5.

They then expected a stiffer challenge in their final pool match against Scotland, but ended up thumping them 34-0 to finish top of the pool, setting up a quarterfinal against Canada, who were also expected to test the Blitzboks, only for them to claim a comprehensive 33-0 win.

Finally the Blitzboks received a proper challenge in their semifinal against Australia, having to battle back from behind twice in the first half, before pulling away in the second for a 24-12 win to set up their final against Fiji.

The South African Women’s Sevens team then ended their Commonwealth Games on a high with a thumping 54-0 win over Sri Lanka to finish seventh overall.

They had battled over the first two days, suffering heavy defeats against eventual gold medallists Australia, runners-up Fiji, Scotland and England to enter the final day without a win, but managed to turn on the style in their final match.

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Schoenmaker and Corbett lift SA medal haul with podium double

Olympic champion Tatjana Schoenmaker returned to the top of the podium on Sunday night, leading compatriot Kaylene Corbett to a podium double as South African swimmers continued to rake in medals on the third day of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Schoenmaker, who had settled for fourth place in the women’s 50m breaststroke final the night before, coasted to a convincing victory over the 200m distance in 2:21.92, with Corbett grabbing bronze in 2:23.67.

The two South Africans were separated by Australia’s Jenna Strauch, who took the runner-up spot in 2:23.65.

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Tatjana Schoenmaker in action at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Picture: Getty Images

Earlier, Chad le Clos made history by earning silver in the men’s 200m butterfly final.

He touched the wall in 1:55.89, just 0.29 off the pace of New Zealand’s Lewis Clareburt (1:55.60).

With his latest podium result, 30-year-old Le Clos lifted his career tally to 18 medals, equalling the all-time record Commonwealth Games haul held by shooters Phillip Adams of Australia and Mick Gault of England.

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In other swimming finals, Emma Chelius narrowly missed out on a medal in the women’s 50m freestyle, finishing fourth in 24.78, with compatriot Erin Gallagher ending eighth in 25.39.

The SA women’s 4x200m freestyle relay team finished fourth in 8:02.25, Christian Sadie took fifth place in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB8 event in 1:22.14, Rebecca Meder was eighth in the women’s 100m backstroke in 1:01.71, and Brenden Crawford also settled for eighth spot in the men’s 100m breaststroke in 1:01.98.

Teenager Pieter Coetze, who secured gold in the 100m backstroke on day two of the Games, dominated the men’s 50m backstroke semifinals, qualifying fastest for Monday night’s final in 24.81.

Erin Gallagher was also set to line among the medal contenders on Monday after qualifying second quickest (26.17) in the women’s 50m butterfly semifinals.

Other codes

Elsewhere at the multi-sport Games on Sunday, the Blitzboks earned gold in the men’s rugby sevens tournament with a 31-7 win over Fiji, lifting the nation’s tally to six medals (four gold, one silver and one bronze) as Team SA climbed to fourth place in the overall standings after three days of action.

In their last match of the tournament, the SA women’s rugby sevens team picked up their first win, romping to a consolation 52-0 victory over Sri Lanka to take seventh position.

Weightlifter Anneke Spies placed fourth in the women’s 59kg division, lifting a total of 190kg, while gymnast Nareen Davies was the best of the South Africans in the all-round artistic finals, ending sixth in the women’s competition.

In the mixed triathlon relay, Jamie Riddle, Simone Ackerman, Henri Schoeman and Shanae Williams settled for eighth place in 1:21:17.

Earlier, in the para triathlon races, Linsay Engelbrecht finished fifth in the women’s event in 1:23:27 and Gavin Kilpatrick was seventh in the men’s contest in 1:10:07.

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‘I’ll laugh tomorrow’ – Mihlali seemingly responds to marriage rumours 

Influencer Mihlali Ndamase and her new boyfriend Leeroy Sidambe were once again the talk of the town when they were pictured wearing matching traditional attire on Saturday. 

Because traditional attire is often worn to/for weddings, many assumed that some sort of union between the two had occurred. 

However, the images were preceded by additional whispers that Leeroy’s wife, Mary Jane, had not yet signed divorce papers, meaning that they were still legally married.

Keen-eyed followers of the people involved also pointed out how Leeroy had once worn the shirt for a similar matching look with his estranged wife. 

The pictures and unconfirmed rumours sparked a conversation about Mihlali, her actions and what this means about her character. Some highlighted how this was not the first time she had been outed for being involved with a man who was already in a committed relationship with someone else. 

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Pictures from a function hosted by couple Leeroy Sidambe and Mihlali Ndamase | Pictures: Screenshots/ Instagram/ Twitter
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Somizi with Leeroy Sidambe and each of his partners, his estranged wife Mary Jane Sidambe and new girlfriend Mihlali Ndamase | Pictures: Screenshots/ Instagram

Additionally, many questioned why Leeroy, who had mostly kept his life private was being so open about his relationship with Mihlali knowing that he was still married. 

Others theorised about how the pictures could not possibly be from a union given how guests like Kefilwe Mabote and Somizi Mhlongo were dressed. 

The event at which the pictures were taken is said to have been a housewarming for the love nest that the couple will now occupy. 

The pictures come just days after they went “Facebook official” by posting a picture of them kissing to their respective social media accounts. 

Those images were also met miss mass speculation and rumours about why they would step out in matching traditional attire given the idea attached to such outfits and they occasions they are usually worn on. 

Mihlali responds

While she did not directly address the situation over the weekend, she posted a quote from fellow headline news-maker Sithelo Shozi which reads as follows: “NgisaBusy, ngizohleka kusasa,” [I’m busy, I’ll laugh tomorrow].

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Mihlali seemingly responds to rumours that she married her boyfriend Leeroy Sidambe | Pictures: Screenshots/ Instagram

The post comes after a meme posted to her Instagram stories with no context featuring the face of a woman looking less-than-impressed. 

She spent her Sunday afternoon celebrating her mother, Pumla’s birthday along with other members of her family. 

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Rising prices are turning homemade butter into the latest kitchen trend

Remember when everyone started making their own bread during the first Covid-19 lockdown? Well, now it’s butter — that long-time sidekick of loaves everywhere — that we’re all learning how to make at home. The trend is being driven by the current economic climate. On social networks, butter-making video tutorials are scoring several million views!

Remember March 2020? In those early days of the Covid-19 epidemic and the first lockdown, recipes for home-made bread were the talk of the internet, sourdough leading the way as a food now synonymous with this unique period in recent history.

Now, as inflation soars and food prices rise, the recipe for another essential foodstuff is all the rage on social networks: butter. Admittedly, it’s surprising, because this is an everyday staple that we usually just buy outright rather than making ourselves. 

On TikTok, the butter-making process can score several million views with just one video. The British chef Thomas Straker’s video has garnered more than 7.1 million views since it was posted in late April, for example.

Meanwhile, a cook by the name of Sassbakes has earned 1.5 million views with an amazing trick that puts butter-making within the reach of those without a food processor. The TikToker uses a plastic shaker instead — plus a lot of elbow grease — to eventually separate the butter from the buttermilk.

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A very British trend

This trend around homemade butter appears to be driven by a community of British social media users, in response to the challenges of the current economic climate. Since the end of January, the price of a 500g pack of Lurpak-brand butter has soared by 30% in Morissons stores, reports Bloomberg. Indeed, inflation has never been so high in the United Kingdom in the last 40 years. In UK supermarkets, security tags are now even appearing on packs of butter. And the UK media, including the infamous tabloid, The Sun have taken to publishing comparisons of butter tubs to show readers where to get the best deals.

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In France too, homemade butter could become a trendy recipe due to potential shortages expected in the fall. In addition to the decrease in milk production and the lower number of farmers working in this sector, production costs have also increased.

It costs more to feed cows, just as the soaring price of oil makes the use of tractors more costly. The war in Ukraine has added to this situation. The conflict has led some manufacturers to replace the lacking rapeseed and sunflower oils with butter. Global demand for butter has therefore become very strong.

Homemade butter, a simple spread? 

The demo videos on TikTok are mesmerizing! And you have to admit that the recipe doesn’t seem all that complicated. It just takes a little time. First, it’s better to choose a high-quality cream that’s very rich in fat.

So don’t try it with a low-fat alternative! You then whip up the cream (cold!), letting the food processor do the work. Depending on the type of cream and the mixer, this process will require more or less time.

Then, at some point, you get a sort of yellow grainy substance that you can clump together to form a ball. Press it together hard and squeeze all the liquid, known as buttermilk, that you can save to use in pancake batter or to make homemade yogurt. Finally, rinse the butter ball in a large container of ice-cold water, then finish off by molding it into the shape of your choice and wrapping it in paper food wrap. 

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Chad le Clos storms to record 18th Commonwealth Games medal

More than a decade after he first made an explosive impact on the international circuit. Chad le Clos further established his place as one of South Africa’s greatest all-time sport stars on Sunday night by joining a short list of the most decorated athletes of all-time at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Le Clos grabbed the silver medal in the men’s 200m butterfly final in 1:55.89, with Lewis Clareburt of New Zealand winning gold in 1:55.60. James Guy, competing for hosts England, took bronze in 1:56.77.

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With his latest podium result, 30-year-old Le Clos lifted his career tally to 18 medals, equalling the record haul held by shooters Phillip Adams of Australia and Mick Gault of England.

The South African earned five medals at the 2010 Games in Delhi, at the age of 18, and he went on to bag seven medals at Glasgow 2014 and another five at Gold Coast 2018.

His tally now includes seven gold, four silver and seven bronze medals.

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Le Clos is also South Africa’s most decorated Olympian, as the only SA athlete to earn four medals at the Games, and his impressive career haul includes seven medals at the World Aquatics Championships and 18 medals at the Short-Course World Championships.

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Daily Lotto results: Sunday, 31 July 2022

Get the Daily Lotto results as soon as they are drawn on The Citizen.

While great care has been taken to ensure accuracy, The Citizen cannot take responsibility for any error in the Daily Lotto results. We suggest verifying the numbers on the National Lottery website.

The winning Daily Lotto numbers will appear below after the draw. Usually within 10 minutes of the draw. You might need to refresh the page to see the updated results.

Here are the winning Daily Lotto results for Sunday, 31 July 2022:

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Winners: 

  • Division 1 – Match 5: 0 winners (R0.00 per person)
  • Division 2 – Match 4: 0 winners (R0.00 per person)
  • Division 3 – Match 3: 0 winners (R0.00 per person)
  • Division 4 – Match 2: 0 winners (R0.00 per person)

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  • Pick up a betslip in any lottery store.
  • Choose five numbers between 1 and 36 or ask for a Quick Pick.
  • Entries cost R3 each. You can play a max of R150, but you are allowed to play multiple boards.
  • Select how many consecutive draws you wish to enter, up to a maximum of 10. Leave blank for a single draw.
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The Daily Lotto draws take place at 21:00 every evening and you can buy tickets up to 20:30.

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