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Truck crash outside Indonesia school kills 10, including students

At least ten people, including four young children, were killed and more than 20 injured on Wednesday when a truck ploughed into a bus stop outside a school in a city adjacent to Indonesia’s capital, police said. 

The truck was transporting iron bars in Bekasi, West Java, at around 10:00 am (0300 GMT) when the driver lost control and the vehicle crashed into a bus shelter where a group of students were gathering.

“Ten people died in the accident, four of them were children and six others were adults,” Latif Usman, the head of Jakarta’s police traffic unit, told AFP.

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At least 23 others, including 14 primary school students, were injured and taken to two nearby hospitals for treatment, Usman said. 

Images from the scene of the crash showed twisted metal and debris as rescuers helped the victims.

Police said they were still investigating the cause of the crash. 

“So far we didn’t see any indication of brake failure but we are still investigating the accident,” said Usman. 

The driver had been detained but had not been questioned because he was “still in shock”, he added.

Fatal traffic accidents are common in the Southeast Asian nation of 270 million people, where road rules are routinely ignored and vehicles are often poorly maintained.

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In April, 16 people, including a child, were killed and more than a dozen others injured when a truck descending a remote mountain in Indonesia’s West Papua careened into a cliff and crashed. 

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US life expectancy drops for 2nd straight year, due to Covid

Life expectancy for Americans dropped in 2021 for the second straight year — the biggest two-year decline in a century — notably due to the Covid-19 pandemic, US health officials announced Wednesday.

US life expectancy at birth dipped by nearly a full year from 2020 to 2021, to 76.1 years, the lowest average since 1996, according to provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

By comparison, Americans in 2020 were expected to live 77 years, a sharp drop from the 78.8 years in 2019.

“The declines in life expectancy since 2019 are largely driven by the pandemic,” said the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.

Coronavirus-related deaths accounted for three quarters of the drop in 2020, and about half of the decline in 2021, it said.

Some 15 percent of the 2021 slide could be attributed to deaths from accidents or unintentional injuries, notably drug overdoses.

The sharpest decline in life expectancy last year occurred among Native Americans and Alaska Natives, at 1.9 years, followed by white Americans (1.0) and Black Americans (0.7), according to the CDC.

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Life expectancy for Native Americans was estimated at a mere 65.2 years in 2021, compared to 70.8 years for Black Americans and 76.4 years for white Americans.

Health officials also noted the growing gap in life expectancy between men and women, a difference which widened from 5.7 years in 2020 to 5.9 in 2021 — the largest gap since 1996. 

American women in 2021 had a life expectancy of 79.1 years, compared to 73.2 years for men.

Covid-19 was the third-leading cause of death in the United States last year, just as it was in 2020, after heart disease and cancer, according to a previous CDC report.

More than 1.04 million people with Covid-19 have died in the United States since early 2020.

After a peak in early 2022, Covid-related US deaths have dropped, although the country still records about 400 such deaths per day. 

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Tributes paid to princess Diana, 25 years after her death

Flowers and other tributes were laid on Wednesday at princess Diana’s former London home and above the Paris road tunnel where she lost her life, to mark the 25th anniversary of her death.

The former Lady Diana Spencer, whose fairytale marriage to Prince Charles captivated the world until it publicly unravelled with infidelity and divorce, died in a car crash in the French capital on August 31, 1997.

A trickle of well-wishers left flowers, flags and photographs for the self-styled “queen of people’s hearts” at the gates of Kensington Palace, and at the Place Diana, above the Pont de l’Alma tunnel.

At the Spencer family home, Althorp House, where Diana is buried in a lead-lined coffin on a secluded island on the estate, her brother Charles Spencer lowered the Union Jack to half mast.

“She was a global celebrity,” retired camera operator Claude Gautier, 79, who came to pay his respects at the makeshift memorial in Paris, told AFP.

“She was classy, sporty, elegant. Everyone’s sad today. My flowers for her are on the inside,” he said, touching the badge of his England football shirt.

“The flowers here will wilt but mine will never die.”

“It makes the hairs on my skin stand on end to think that she died underneath us,” added German tourist Ulrike Plank, 64, from Munich.

“We’re really missing someone like her today. If you look around the world, there’s no one like her.”

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– Legacy –

Diana, who was just 36 when she died, remains widely revered as a fashion icon and for having cut through stuffy royal convention, particularly after her very public divorce.

She was also praised for charity work highlighting the scourge of landmines and encouraging a change in attitudes to people with HIV/AIDS.

In a sign of the enduring fascination with the royal, last weekend a sporty Ford Escort she once owned was sold for £737,000 ($864,000) at auction.

Her marital troubles will also feature in the latest series of the hit Netflix drama “The Crown” later this year.

Joe Little, managing editor at Majesty Magazine, said Diana had influenced her sons, princes William and Harry, to be less formal than traditional royals.

“They are much more ‘touchy feely’ than they ever would have been,” he said, pointing to William’s hugs for England’s women footballers after their Euro 2022 victory this month.

“William can see there is no need for much of the formality in royal life that existed when his father was of a similar age.”

Last week, Harry, who has admitted to mental health struggles because of his mother’s death, said he would “share the spirit of my mum with my family, with my children, who I wished could have met her”.

“Every day I hope to do her proud,” he told a fundraising dinner in the United States for his Sentebale charity, which supports young people in Africa with HIV.

“I want it to be a day filled with memories of her incredible work and love for the way she did it,” he added.

– Rift – 

Last year, the brothers unveiled a statue of her at Kensington Palace on what would have been her 60th birthday, remembering “her love, strength and character” and as a “force for good” around the world.

This year, the brothers will not take part in any official commemorations, preferring instead to mark the occasion in private with their own families.

William, 40, recently announced a move from London to the Windsor estate west of London with his wife, Catherine, and their three young children.

Harry, 37, now lives in California with his wife, Meghan, and their two children, after the couple quit the royal family in early 2020.

The Daily Telegraph said on Saturday that the brothers had “agreed to draw a line under their public commemorations” at the 20th anniversary five years ago.

But the brothers, who at the age of just 15 and 12 walked, heads bowed, behind Diana’s coffin at her funeral, are also reportedly on non-speaking terms.

William has angrily hit back at claims in a television interview from Harry and Meghan of racism in the royal family.

The couple are due at a series of charity events in Britain next week, staying near William and Kate on the sprawling Windsor estate.

There are reportedly no plans for the brothers to meet, nor for Harry to visit his ailing 96-year-old grandmother at her Balmoral retreat in Scotland. 

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Ndimeni stars for Banyana as they ease past Angola in Cosafa Cup

A sterling individual performance by Busisiwe Ndimeni and an overall great display by Banyana Banyana earned the team a deserving 3-0 victory over Angola in a Group A encounter of their opening game at the Cosafa Women’s Championship at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

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Ndimeni was involved in both goals for Banyana, with the 30-year old striker just unfortunate not to have registered her name in the scoresheet.

Banyana could have easily taken the lead in the opening 10 minutes of the match. A goal-mouth scramble ensued in the Angola box, but the South Africans could not utilise on the chance, with Nondumiso Manengela’s attempt going wide.

It was chance after chance for the home side with Angola finding themselves under pressure.

The goal would eventually come for the hosts, with the experienced Ndimeni spotting Refilwe Maseko inside the Angolan box. Maseko made no mistake as she gave the ball just a touch to beat Domingas Kananga and put Banyana in the lead.

In the 33rd minute, Banyana went on to extend their lead through Sphumelele Shamase with a well taken shot after some great work from Ndimeni from the right side of attack.

Banyana went into the break with a comfortable lead, while Angola struggled to unlock the South African defence and barely made any threats at goals.

In the second half, it was still Banyana who were dominant and the team could have extended their goal tally early on in the half with goal scoring opportunities presenting themselves.

Meanwhile, Angola tried to make some attacks with Matondo Matuvova trying a long range shot just a minute before the hour-mark, but it was not powerful enough to trouble Dineo Magagula at Banyana’s goal-poles.

The visitors got another chance eight minutes later through Cristina Makua, but her header was dealt with.

Banyana would seal their victory with a few minutes to the end after some great foot-work by Lithemba Sam-Sam, who gave Banyana their third goal of the match.

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Airborne law enforcement officer with 29 years’ service among five who died in plane crash

The management of the South African Police Service (SAPS) has conveyed its condolences to the families, colleagues and loved ones of the SAPS member and to those who lost their lives following Tuesday’s light aircraft crash at the Rand Airport in Germiston.

On board the Pilatus Porter PC 6 were six people: two of them SAPS members and technicians from a company contracted to service and maintain SAPS helicopters.

According to a preliminary report, the aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from the Rand Airport just after 2:30pm on Tuesday, 30 August 2022.

Warrant Officer Willem Erasmus, a SAPS airborne law enforcement officer with 29 years’ service was among the five people that sadly succumbed to their injuries on scene.

“As an airborne law enforcement officer (ALEO) the member was responsible for providing air support during crime prevention as well as Search and Rescue (SAR) operations. The sole survivor of the crash, a senior pilot with 16 years of service, Captain Casper Swanepoel sustained serious injuries and is currently receiving medical care in hospital,” said the SAPS in a statement.

Today, the management of the SAPS met with the families of the two SAPS members and the representatives of the company that employed the four deceased technicians.

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The acting National Commissioner, Lieutenant General Tebello Mosikili, has on behalf of the SAPS, sent her condolences to all affected families and wished the pilot, a speedy recovery.

“This tragedy happens on the eve of the SAPS annual National Commemoration Day as we prepare to honour 33 police officers and reservists who died in the line of duty in the 2021/2022 financial year. Let’s allow investigations to unfold to be able to get to the bottom of what led to this tragedy. Our sincerest condolences to the affected families and we are wishing the pilot a speedy recovery,” said Mosikili.

The SAPS has established a Board of Inquiry to investigate the cause of the accident. An inquest docket has also been registered to determine the cause of death of the five deceased.

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Four men sentenced to life imprisonment for murder and robbery

Four men were sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder and robbery of two victims in Bloemfontein.

According to the South African Police Service (SAPS) the men: Mpumelelo Isaac, 25, Thabang Komane, 26, Thabiso Komane, 27, and Mahlomola Zapeze, 30, were sentenced on Monday at the Bloemfontein High Court.

Seven years later:

The accused made several court appearances before being convicted and sentenced as their crimes date back to 2016.

“It is alleged that in the early hours Monday 24 October 2016 the police received two complaints of murder near the local petrol garage at Phase 9, Bloemspruit area in Bloemfontein. Upon following up the information, the police made the gruesome discovery of two lifeless bodies that had been stabbed to death,” said SAPS in a statement.

According to police, the first victim – Daniel Mmokwa, 32, was found dead at his front door and had been stabbed on the neck and head.

The second victim Lillo Sesing, 35, was also stabbed several times and was robbed of his belongings, including phones and some clothes which were taken by the suspects.

“All accused each got life imprisonment for each murder of the deceased and for attempted robbery with aggravating circumstance, each received 15 years and lastly five years imprisonment for being part of a gang. The sentence will run concurrently.”

Proud superior:

Meanwhile, the Station Commander of Bloemspruit Brigadier Dingiliswe Fothoane has commended the members for executing their duties in a fruitful manner to bring about a successful conviction.

“The harsh sentence and conviction is all thanks to the efforts and professionalism displayed during investigation and the presentation of evidence to the court of law by the investigating officers Detective Constables Sechaba Tsholo and Portia Maina.”

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Daily Lotto results: Wednesday, 31 August 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 Wednesday, 31 August 2022:

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For more details and to verify the Daily Lotto results, visit the National Lottery website.

How to play Daily Lotto in South Africa? 

If you are buying a ticket in-store: 

  • 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.
  • Take your betslip to the teller to pay for your ticket.
  • Write your details on the back of your ticket in case you need to claim a prize. If you do not sign your ticket and you lose it, anyone will be able to use it to claim the prize.

If you are playing online: 

  • Set up a lottery account here and make a deposit so you can pay for tickets.
  • Choose five numbers from 1 to 36 or select ‘Quick Pick’ to generate a random set. Repeat this on as many boards as you want to play.
  • Decide whether to enter a single draw or multiple draws.
  • Confirm and pay for your entry.

What time does the Daily Lotto draw take place? 

The Daily Lotto draws take place at 21:00 every evening and you can buy tickets up to 20:30.READ MOREDaily Lotto results: Tuesday, 23 August 2022READ MOREDaily Lotto results: Tuesday, 30 August 2022

Is there a winner everyday? 

Yes. The jackpot prize money is guaranteed to be given away even if no one matches all five numbers. When this happens the jackpot is split between everyone who matches two or more numbers.

Visit www.nationallottery.co.za and go to the How to Play Daily Lotto section to find out more.