A guide to the Biden inauguration: Main events and
A guide to the Biden inauguration: Main events and SA times - IOL
Joe Biden will be sworn in Wednesday as the 46th president of the United States, during a day steeped in tradition and ceremony. Here’s a rundown of all the highlights and the times South Africans can catch the proceedings on television.
By AFP9h ago Washington, United States - Joe Biden will be sworn in Wednesday as the 46th president of the United States, during a day steeped in tradition and ceremony that nonetheless has been altered due to the pandemic and tight security after the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Night at Blair House Biden and his wife Jill will spend Tuesday night in the lavish Blair House, located opposite the White House on Lafayette Square, that the US government uses to host special guests and visiting dignitaries. Religious services On Wednesday morning Biden, a devout Catholic, will attend Mass at St Matthews church in Washington, and has invited Congressional leaders from both political parties. Senator Mitch McConnell and Congressman Kevin McCarthy will represent the Republicans, while Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi will also attend, sources have told AFP. A member of the secret service monitors as preparations are made ahead of US. President-elect Joe Biden's Presidential Inauguration in front of the White House, in Washington, US. Picture: Callaghan O'Hare/Reuters Taking the oath Biden will then travel in a motorcade to the Capitol, the site of the January 6 riot by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump, where the inauguration ceremony gets underway at 11 am (6 pm SA time). He will be sworn in after Vice President-elect Kamala Harris takes her vow at noon (7 pm SA time), then will give his inaugural speech, during which he is expected to outline his vision to tackle America's multiple crises and his plan to "build back better." The National Mall that runs from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial will be closed due to Covid-19 fears and because of tight security stemming from the January 6 attack. A view of the National Mall ahead of the 59th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, DC. Picture: Susan Walsh/Pool via Reuters Lady Gaga is due to sing the national anthem, while Jennifer Lopez is also set to give a musical performance. As is custom, the newly inaugurated 46th US president will then dine with members of Congress in the Capitol building. Arlington National Cemetery In the afternoon, Biden will head to Arlington National Cemetery just outside Washington to place a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, accompanied by former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Trump, who is shunning the day's events, will not be there. White House From Arlington, Biden will travel by motorcade to the White House and is expected make the last part of the journey on foot and enter his new home surrounded by a military cordon. Biden is due to sign his first executive orders shortly after arriving. Honouring the Covid-19 pandemic's victims At 8:25 pm (SA time - 6.25 am Wednesday), Biden and Harris will give a speech at the Lincoln Memorial, honouring the 400 000 people that have died from Covid-19 in America. Shortly after, actor Tom Hanks will host a show called "Celebrating America" that will be broadcast on all major US networks. Jon Bon Jovi, the Foo Fighters, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake and Luis Fonsi are among the guests expected to perform.
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Interim report finds race bias in medical aid scheme fraud investigations - IOL
An investigation into allegations that non-white healthcare professionals were unfairly treated by medical aid schemes has found that found that black providers are discriminated against on the grounds of race.
By Zelda Venter10h ago Pretoria - The council for Medical Schemes' investigation into allegations of racial profiling against black and Indian private medical practitioners found that black providers are unfairly discriminated against on the grounds of race. This is according to a preliminary report issued Tuesday by a panel headed by Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, who chaired the investigation. The panel found that some of the current procedures followed by schemes to enforce their rights in terms of the law are unfair. These findings are both serious and far-reaching. But we believe that it is important to stress that we have not found evidence of deliberate unfair treatment. The evidence shows the unfair discrimination is in the outcomes (of claims). The investigation - known as the Section 59 Investigation Panel - followed allegations by members of the National Health Care Professionals Association that they were being unfairly treated and their claims were withheld by medical schemes because of the colour of their skin and their ethnicity. Advocate Ngcukaitobi along with advocates Adila Hassim and Kerry Williams probed these allegations over several months which resulted in their interim report. The issuing of the preliminary report was meanwhile challenged by the Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems) which rushed to the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, over the weekend to stop the report from being released and made public. Gems argued that they should first be given the opportunity to comment on it, before scathing allegations against them and other schemes are made public. The issuing of the interim report has been postponed on two previous occasions, but the panel said it was ready to divulge its preliminary report on Sunday. Gems, however, rushed to the urgent court two hours before the report was due to be made public. Judge Colleen Collis delivered her judgment on Tuesday in which she struck the matter from the roll due to a lack of urgency. The judge said Gems had created the urgency, as the report was due to be released on December 16. The panel since then postponed the release date twice but indicated that it would be released on ( this past) Sunday. The judge questioned by Gems did not in December already turn to the court, but now opted to run to court two hours before the due release time on Sunday to try and block the release. Gems, one of the biggest medical aid schemes in the country, said in its court application that it was told that the interim report contained findings that black healthcare providers are unfairly discriminated against on grounds of race. They said that they should first be able to see the report and comment on it, as these allegations would seriously impact on their good name and reputation. Judge Collis, however, did not comment on these submissions in her judgment, as she simply removed the matter from the roll due to the urgency technicality. The report was meanwhile released less than an hour following her ruling. It was, among others, found that between 2012 and 2019 Discovery, Medscheme and Gems were more likely to find that black practitioners have committed fraud, waste and abuse of the system than their white counterparts. The investigation further found that Discovery was 35% more inclined to identify black healthcare providers guilty of abusing the system, while Gems was 80% more likely and Medscheme 330% more likely. This means that there was unfair racial discrimination, the panel concluded. The panel said it had no power to find anyone guilty. Nor were we appointed to investigate the veracity of each claim of unfair treatment and unfair discrimination. But we would be failing in our duty, if we ignored the degrading, humiliating and distressing impact of racism against the individuals who testified before us. The panel concluded that their findings will hopefully provide a basis for the necessary reconstructive work which must be undertaken by the role-players in the medical schemes industry. [email protected] Pretoria News
Twitter erupts after learning that Apartheid regime's 'Dr Death' is still treating patients - IOL
Social media users are furious after it emerged that Dr Wouter Basson, aka Dr Death, has been practising at two Mediclinic facilities in the Western Cape
By Se-Anne Rall2h ago Durban - Twitter erupted today after it emerged that Dr Wouter Basson has been employed as a cardiologist at at least two Mediclinic facilities in the Western Cape. According to reports, Basson, dubbed Dr Death, has been working at the facilities for the last 15 years. According to the Mediclinic website, Basson practises at Mediclinic in Panorama and Durbanville. Basson was the mastermind behind a chemical weapons project between 1980 and 1990 that manufactured suicide pills and poisonous gases for the apartheid government. His research extended to anti-fertility drugs for ethnic cleansing. In response to the backlash on Twitter, Mediclinic said "by law doctors are independent practitioners and cannot be employed by Mediclinic Southern Africa. We cannot prohibit HPCSA registered doctors, including Dr Basson, from practising unless they are prevented by law from doing so". Good day, by law doctors are independent practitioners & cannot be employed by Mediclinic Southern Africa. We cannot prohibit HPCSA registered doctors, including Dr Basson, from practising unless they are prevented by law from doing so. Kind regards, the Mediclinic SA team. — Mediclinic SA (@Mediclinic) January 18, 2021 But tweeps were having none of it. Dear @MediclinicIn which Universe do you think it is ok to employ a Doctor who was the former head of the Apartheid Government's chemical and biological warfare project, Project Coast where Black and Brown folk were murdered? pic.twitter.com/hsOBpriIzV — Carla De Bouchet (@CarlaDeBouchet) January 18, 2021 #MediClinic must do the right thing, before it's too late. Just brotherly advice https://t.co/BPUysntTe5 — Tiego Tjale (@TiegoTjale) January 19, 2021 On #WouterBasson & #[email protected] perhaps you need some reminding as to who is Wouter Basson. Basson led Project Coast which was aimed at targeting & killing black leaders & suppressing the Black Population! pic.twitter.com/aX7GRZKnUu — Tumi Sole (@tumisole) January 18, 2021 #dredeath#wouterbasson On ethnic cleansing - a project where black women were made infertile to control the population. The most fun Ive had in my life. @Mediclinicpic.twitter.com/aIyAri8VjO — Romantha (@FromRomeWithLov) January 19, 2021 Basson was charged with 67 charges, included drug possession, drug trafficking, fraud and embezzlement, murder, conspiracy to commit murder and theft. His trial kicked off in 1999 and later that same year, six important charges, including charges of murder and possible involvement in 200 deaths in Namibia, were dropped by the presiding judge. After 18 months of the trial, the number of charges were reduced to 46. In 2006, the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) started its own process of investigating Bassons conduct. A charge sheet was drawn up and the inquiry began in November 2007. Out of the seven charges levelled against Basson, four full indictments remain after the HPCSA discharged two charges and part of a third charge against him. According to Wikipedia:
- On May 10, 2010, the application by Basson to the South African High Court was rejected. The application to the High Court attempted to have the charges set aside as unlawful, unreasonable and unfair. The judge found that there was no evidence to suggest that the council was in any way biased or prejudiced against the doctor.
- On December 18, 2013, the HPCSA found Basson guilty of unprofessional conduct on four charges. On June 4, 2014, sentencing procedure was postponed due to unavailability of counsel.
- On March 27, 2019, six years after Basson was found guilty of unethical conduct by an HPCSA committee, the Gauteng High Court ruled that there was bias on the part of the committee members who presided over the disciplinary hearing. The judge ruled that the proceedings (instituted by the HPCSA against Basson) were irregular and unfair and illustrated a total disregard for the rights of Basson. The hearing (and, therefore, the finding of unethical conduct by the committee) was accordingly set aside.
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Be passionate, but not violent - First Lady Melania Trump bids farewell - News24
First Lady Melania Trump released a farewell message on Monday as she prepares to leave the White House, saying that "violence is never the answer," weeks after the president's supporters stormed the US Capitol.
- First Lady Melania Trump released a farewell message on Monday.
- "The past four years have been unforgettable," she said in a six-minute speech.
- The Trumps' departure from the White House has been very dramatic, with various established inauguration traditions abrogated.
India stun Australia in historic fightback to clinch Test series - Daily Maverick
Bowled out for 36 in the first Test, without half-a-dozen frontline players, missing their talismanic skipper and leading batsman and competing away from home against a team with a formidable home record, India were supposed to roll over against Australia. Bu…
The Indian team celebrates victory after day five of the 4th Test Match in the series between Australia and India at The Gabba on January 19, 2021 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images) It seems years ago now, but when a Josh Hazlewood-inspired Australia bowling attack ripped Indias batting apart in the third innings of the first Test in Adelaide in December, it appeared the four-Test series was already over. India were skittled for 36 in their second innings after being well-positioned for a win after holding a 53-run first-innings lead. But Hazlewoods five for eight in five overs, with Pat Cummins adding four for 21, not only won the day, but to almost everyone outside Indias camp, had inflicted irreparable mental damage on Indias batting unit. Not so fast. Despite the fact that Australia knocked off the 90 needed to win with eight wickets remaining, there was a sense of calm in the Indian camp. On Tuesday, after nearly three months down under, they completed one of the most remarkable turnarounds in cricket history to win the fourth Test at the Gabba in Brisbane by three wickets and take a 2-1 series win. Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant led the way with a brilliant 89 not out while Cheteshwar Pujara provided heroic support with 56 off 211 balls and 10 severe blows to the arms, head and body. Pujara was the embodiment of Indias fighting spirit from the second Test onwards. The contest at the Gabba went down to the last hour, of the last day, of the last Test. Australia ultimately lost, but great contests require two actors to elevate them to legendary status. And no doubt, this series will go down as legendary. This team has tremendous character and self-belief. Even after being bowled out for 36, the team had the belief that they could come back, India coach Ravi Shastri said after the match. Virat [Kohli] also left the team, but he will always be with us. Thats because this team wasnt built during this series. This team has been built over the past five or six years. And Virat Kohlis character has rubbed off on the team. Ajinkya Rahane led in Virat’s absence, and while hes a cool customer, hes a real fighter from inside. He handled the troops really well in Virats absence. Fittingly Pant hit the winning runs at 17:37 (local time), just 23 minutes from the scheduled end of play, as India scored 328 for seven a record run chase at the Gabba. It also ended Australias 31-match unbeaten run at the Gabba. India only needed a draw to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy, which they have held since 2017, after winning the second Test in Melbourne and stubbornly forcing a draw in Sydney. But this India team wanted to win to underline they were the better team over four compelling encounters. In a series that had everything, including sadly, an incident of some of the Sydney crowd hurling racial abuse at fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj, fortunately, it was the compelling cricket that will be remembered. We were here to win the series, but we have just been outplayed by a disciplined and tough Indian side who fully deserve the series win. We have to look back over a lot of things, and well go through it as a group, and we have been outplayed by a better side this series, Australia captain Tim Paine said after the match. If Pujura embodied the physical courage to deny Australia, it was Pant who embodied the mental pluck to take the attack back to Australias much-vaunted bowling attack. Fortune favours the brave they say, and India were brave in every sense physically, mentally and tactically. I think this is one of the biggest things in my life right now, Pant said after his heroics at the Gabba. I wasnt playing in the starting matches, but it has been a dream series I can say that. After not playing the first match, I have been practising hard and everything paid off because we won the series. The team management always backs me and tells me that you are matchwinner and you always have to go and win the match for the team. That’s the only thing I keep on thinking every day that I want to win matches for India and I am happy that I did it today. It was a fifth-day pitch and the ball was turning a bit and I thought I had to be a bit disciplined with my shot selection. And it was all held together by the understated, but brilliant stand-in skipper Rahane, who steered his side to a first win in Brisbane and a first-ever back-to-back series win in Australia. India show mettle Not only did India fall apart in the first Test, they then had to deal with the loss of captain and leading batsman Virat Kohli, who returned home to be at the birth of his daughter. With 14-day quarantine periods required to come into Australia, it just wasnt feasible for the skipper to return for the fourth Test. With Kohli gone, India suffered injuries throughout the series. Opener Rohit Sharma missed the first two Tests through a hamstring injury while top order batter Mayank Agarwal missed the third Test. Fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah (abdominal strain), Mohammed Shami (arm fracture) and Umesh Yadav (torn calf) all succumbed at various stages. Star spinner Ravi Ashwin (back strain) also missed the fourth Test. Spinner Ravindra Jadeja missed the first and the fourth Tests through concussion and a thumb injury. All-rounder Hanuma Vihari, who frustrated Australias bowling attack in the drawn third Test in Sydney, missed the Brisbane decider through a hamstring injury. Pant wasnt even the first choice wicketkeeper going into the series but took his chance when called into the side, as did all the others who had to step up in hostile conditions. Seamers Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini all contributed heavily at the Gabba. Saini took a five-for in the second innings, which Australia dismissed for 294. Shardul weighed-in with four wickets on a pitch that was supposed to favour Australias barrage of seamers. The comeback After the lows of Adelaide, India regrouped and immediately, and stunningly, put Australia on the backfoot at the MCG in Melbourne. The home team won the toss and batted, but were dismissed for 195. Bumrah took four of the wickets as no Australian batsman reached a half century. In reply, India turned the screw, scoring 326 with Rahane contributing 112 in a classic skippers innings that showed Australia the series was far from over. Australia again struggled with the bat and only managed 200 in their second innings, as no batsman reached a half century again. It left India needing a modest 70 to win, but after what happened in Adelaide, there were some butterflies. With India at 19 for two, Australia had their tails up so soon after dismissing the tourists for 36, but Rahane (27 not out) and opener Shubman Gill (35 not out) saw them home by eight wickets. The series was level halfway through, and in the context of the Adelaide collapse, it was perhaps the most remarkable comeback by a touring team in Australia. The third Test in Sydney ended in a draw but it was a moral victory for India, who stubbornly batted through a deteriorating fifth-day pitch to force the stalemate. Australia posted 338 after winning the toss and batting. Steve Smith finally found some form on his way to 131. India could only respond with 244, giving the Aussies a handy 94-run first innings advantage. The home side piled on 312 for six before declaring their second innings with Cameron Green (84) and Smith (81) setting the platform. From there Hazlewood, Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon were supposed to finish off India with more than a day to bowl at them. But Indias resilience was otherworldly with Ashwin and Vihari surviving for 42.1 overs while adding only 62 runs, it forced a draw and sent the series into the Gabba decider. And the rest is history. DM