#5Things: Drunk bus drivers, single-use plastic ban, Quintin the robot, and more

#5Things: Drunk bus drivers, single-use plastic ban, Quintin the robot, and more

Darren, Keri, and Sky want you to start your day with these five things.

Robot Quintin
Robot Quintin - twitter/SAbreakingnews

1. Stampede kills 12 people

At least 12 people were killed, the majority of them women, in a stampede in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar as tens of thousands of people rushed in a stadium while applying for visas. Demand for a Pakistani visa has always been high in neighbouring Afghanistan, as thousands of Afghans annually travel to the country for purposes such as medical treatment and business.

Afghanistan citizens

2. Drunk bus driver takes pupils to McDonald's

A New York school bus driver is facing multiple charges after taking students on a fast-food run while she was drunk. Lashonda Griffin was arrested last week. She reportedly passed out after dropping the children off at school, following an unauthorised trip to McDonald’s so she could get breakfast.

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3. Bus driver lets pupil drive while he drinks

An Eastern Cape bus driver has been suspended — and the company he worked for has lost its government transport contract — after he let a Grade 10 pupil drive the bus while he stood behind her and allegedly drank a beer. Another pupil filmed the unidentified Grade 10 pupil driving the bus, and then posted the video on social media, where it went viral.

4. Canada to ban single-use plastic

In a bid to reduce environmental pollution, Canada is set to ban single-use plastic as early as 2021. Canadians will no longer see any plastic checkout bags, straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings, cutlery, and hard-to-recycle food ware thrown around.

5. Robot Quintin helps COVID-19 patients get in touch with families

A Robot named Quintin is helping families get in touch virtually with their loved ones who have been isolated at Tygerberg Hospital’s COVID-19 intensive care unit. Quintin is a Double Robotics robot that looks like a computer tablet on wheels and is controlled via an app. It is equipped to do video and voice calls using the WhatsApp service, or regular phone calls, allowing family members to dial in to “visit” patients in the ICU.

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