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A father and son – driving a Maserati and a Ferrari – were caught for illegal street racing, joining 150 other suspects behind bars this past weekend.

The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Services arrested 116 suspects during operations this past weekend. Most of the arrests were for drunk driving, but officers also collared 24 motorists for reckless and negligent driving. This included a father and son who were caught engaging in an illegal street race along Klipfontein Road in a Maserati and a Ferrari.

Officers also had to intervene in a road rage incident in Blue Downs involving a group of tow truck drivers and members of the public. The driver of a VW Polo sustained serious injuries after allegedly being assaulted by three tow truckers.

The Metro Police Department had its fair share of public commotion when officers apprehended two suspects for the possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition in Macassar on Friday, 15 July 2016. While officers were making the arrests, members of the public helped one of the suspects to escape. They also stoned the officers’ vehicles. Officers managed to arrest one suspect and confiscated a 9 mm firearm and 33 rounds of ammunition (eight x 9 mm rounds and 25 x .38 special revolver rounds). Continue reading

This from mashable.com:

One restaurant on the Hibiscus Coast near Auckland, New Zealand, is going to have to find a new bartender.

This is because their previous barista and bartender, a fellow named Tom Currie, has quit his job in order to catch Pokémon full time.

Talking to BBC Newsbeat, Currie said his manager was supportive, while his parents are “a little bit baffled.”

“My dad sent through a text message saying he always knew I would be famous,” said Currie.

So far, Currie has been enjoying his decision, especially the traveling part. So far, he’s caught 91 out of 151 possible Pokémon in the game, met a bunch of friends and visited a lot of interesting places.

“I get to walk around and explore towns I’ve never been to,” he said.

Full story here:

http://mashable.com/2016/07/18/man-quits-job-pokemon-go/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-main-link#dMRhQ7LH0SqP

This from theguardian.com:

This is how the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addressed the nation amid a military coup this evening:

The Foreign office has advised British citizens in Turkey to avoid public places and remain vigilant until the situation there becomes clearer. A statement read: “we are concerned by events unfolding in Ankara and Istanbul.”

Full story and updates here:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2016/jul/15/turkey-coup-attempt-military-gunfire-ankara

Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, will resurface the Ottery Road off-ramp onto the M5 southbound carriageway on Sunday 17 July 2016, weather permitting.

In order to accommodate the roadworks, the off-ramp onto the M5 southbound will be closed to traffic between 07:00 and 18:00. Road users are advised to please make use of alternative routes to get access to the M5 southbound.

TCT apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Road users are advised to contact the Transport Information Centre for more information on 0800 65 64 63 or to follow @Transport4CT on Twitter.

This from dailymaverick.co.za:

US President Barack Obama on Thursday strongly condemned what he said appeared to be a “horrific terrorist attack” in Nice.

Offering assistance to investigate the attack which left at least 80 people dead, Obama vowed to help France “bring those responsible to justice.”

“On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians,” Obama said in a statement.

A truck ploughed into a crowd in the French Riviera resort town after a Bastille Day fireworks display, sending hundreds fleeing in terror and leaving the area strewn with bodies, including those of children, authorities said.

The driver of the truck was shot dead after traveling more than a mile (two kilometers) through the crowd on the palm-lined Promenade des Anglais.

“We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack,” Obama said.

“We know that the character of the French Republic will endure long after this devastating and tragic loss of life,” Obama added.

“On this Bastille Day, we are reminded of the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France an inspiration to the entire world.”

Full story here:

http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2016-07-15-obama-condemns-what-appears-to-be-horrific-terrorist-attack-in-nice#.V4ie0fl95pg

At 11h00 this morning, three teenage boys suffered gun shot injuries outside 80 Netreg Road in Bonteheuwel. Two were taken to Groote Schuur Hospital in critical conditions while the third boy fled the scene having sustained less severe injuries.

DA Press Release:

14 July 2016
Release: immediate

This afternoon close to a hundred metered taxi cars, allegedly from the Western Cape Metered Taxi Council, blocked several streets in Cape Town CBD. This was an illegal protest action, where an Uber driver had to escape from attacks and had to abandon his vehicle badly damaged.

I call for all relevant parties to remain calm as violence will not satisfy any concerns, and refrain from illegal protest action. The right to protest is enshrined in our constitution, but it must remain within the law, with permission, and not turn violent.

Metered taxi drivers are facing tough competition, but they must meet this competition with innovation not violence. We are also very supportive of the Uber innovation, they must however work within legislation and regulations and we must apply the law equally to all operators.

The DA are supportive of all on-demand transport services, to supplement public transport, creating jobs and growing our economy.

The City of Cape Town has noticed how frequently its residents turn to its website for information on convenient recycling options and has taken steps to support and enable this interest. With its new recycling web portal, the City is now making it that much easier for residents to practise responsible waste management. Read more below:

When members of the public search the City’s website for information on recycling, the most popular information requested includes:

· whether the City will collect recyclables, in other words, whether they are part of a City-sponsored kerbside recyclable collection programme

· the location of their closest drop-off site or buy-back centre for my recyclables

· the particulars of the recycling collectors in their area

The City has therefore developed the recycling web portal which pre-empts the most common questions asked and information requested and guides residents to the information that they seek.

Residents are advised to follow these steps when using the web portal:

Step 1: Upon visiting the following link, users will be guided on how to navigate the portal. Users will be invited to check to see whether their home falls within one of the areas serviced by the City-sponsored kerbside recycling collection service Think Twice by typing in their address. Continue reading

Image by: Handout via timeslive.co.za

Image by: Handout via timeslive.co.za

This from timeslive.co.za:

A prototype battery-electrical car designed by students from the University of Johannesburg finished 15th in the recent Shell Eco-Marathon on a custom-built track in London.

Driven by female UJ engineering student Shalaka Thomas‚ the vehicle – dubbed “Nightfury” and which achieved a best racing result of 309 km/kWh – finished ahead of teams from France‚ the Netherlands‚ Ireland‚ Turkey and Spain.

The UJ team‚ the only African one to race officially and which consisted of eight engineering students‚ was one of 50 teams that registered in the category Prototype. Of those‚ 45 teams passed technical inspection and 30 teams registered valid racing results in London. Teams from Tunisia‚ Morocca and Nigeria registered for the Eco marathon. These teams did not post valid racing results or did not pass technical inspection by Shell. Continue reading

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