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This from mirror.co.uk:

The former chief of France’s air accident investigation unit said the airbus A320’s disappearance suggested a ‘brutal event’.

What we know so far:

  • Egyptair flight MS804 with 66 people on board including one Brit crashed according Egyptian aviation officials
  • But Egyptair say reason for disappearance hasn’t been yet confirmed
  • Jean-Paul Troadec, the former chief of France’s air accident investigation unit, the BEA, said the disappearance suggested a “brutal event” and was “almost certainly” caused by “an attack
  • The plane took off from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 11.09pm and went missing at 2.45am on route to Cairo International
  • The Greek Merchant Navy has reported seeing a “flame in the sky” in the south Mediterranean
  • The airline has also provided free contact numbers for families concerned for relatives. From outside of Egypt, anyone concerned should call+ 202 25989320

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/egyptair-flight-ms804-missing-live-8003059

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This from mtv.co.za:

If you were looking for a reason to attend this year’s Durban July, then you should look no further than the massive announcement that was made by Mabala Noise Entertainment and Back to the Old Skool.

The two concert promoters revealed that American R&B sensation, Chris Brown, will be performing in Durban for one night only on the second of July (right in the heart of Durban July Weekend). The singer’s concert will be held at the Kings Park Stadium in Durban and with tickets starting at R450 you can be sure he’ll be playing to a sold out crowd.

Chris Brown has a very affectionate relationship with the city of Durban. Who can forget how he lit up the Moses Mabhida Stadium with Wizkid last year? If this is what we can expect to see from him in 6 weeks’ time, we might actually consider buying our own tickets.
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This from thevox.com:

This weekend Antwerp, Belgium, hosted the third annual Muslim Expo, a festival celebrating Muslim culture.

Unfortunately, not everybody in Belgium is interested in celebrating Islam. Belgium has become a hot spot for jihadist radicalization, and the March ISIS terror attacks in Brussels are still a sore spot for many who don’t understand that most Muslims oppose ISIS just as much as anyone.

About 40 members of Vlaams Belang, a far-right Belgian political party, showed up to protest the event. They held signs that said things like “No headscarves,” “No mosques,” and “Stop Islam.”

But Zakia Belkhiri, a young Muslim woman, wasn’t having any of it. She decided to take some cheerfully defiant selfies in front of the protesters — and was captured doing so by photographer Jurgen Augusteyns. His photos of Belkhiri’s selfies went viral after being published by Vice.

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http://www.vox.com/2016/5/17/11692306/muslim-selfies-islamophobia-protest-antwerp-belgium

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The City of Cape Town is hoping that its ambitious ceiling retrofit project will help to warm up the homes of beneficiaries of old State-subsidised housing projects this winter. Already the ceilings of more than 3 600 units have been insulated and weatherproofed. Read more below:

Between 1994 and 2005, the majority of State-subsidised housing units were constructed without insulated ceilings and weatherproofing. This was because the then subsidy which was provided by the National Government did not make provision for the installation of ceilings. After 2005, the standard for subsidised housing was improved and the housing subsidy was increased to provide ceilings, weatherproofing and partitioned bedrooms. Continue reading

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Note to editors: Please find audio files of Springbok Sevens captain at the HSBC London Sevens, Philip Snyman, available for download. The files are in Afrikaans and English.

The Springbok Sevens captain, Philip Snyman, on Wednesday said the Blitzboks are determined to end the season on a positive note at the HSBC London Sevens tournament to be played at Twickenham this weekend.

South Africa is second on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series log, 14 points behind Fiji and according to Snyman, will offer a determined effort in London on Saturday and Sunday when the 2015/16 series conclude. Continue reading

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Described as tough yet beautiful, the Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon will take place on Saturday 9 Julyas part of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival which runs from 1 to 10 July 2016. With the Half Marathon entries already sold out, you have the opportunity to challenge yourself and take on the full marathon! Visitors can also look forward to more than 100 activities during the 10-day Festival, with a mixture of sporting and lifestyle events. With something for everyone, it is a week you won’t want to miss.

The Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon, known as one of South Africa’s most sought-after running events, offers exceptional highlights found in no other race anywhere in the world – particularly the scenery as most of the run takes place deep in the forest. Whether you compete in the half (21km) or the full (42km) marathon  , runners can expect breath-taking views over the Knysna lagoon towards the Knysna Heads, the perfect inspiration towards the finish. Continue reading

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The Terracotta Army and the First Emperor of China: The Exhibition 15 June to 20 August 2016

Come aboard this extraordinary voyage as it takes you through the Ancient China of 2,200 years ago and discover the mystery and secrets it holds. Taking place at Silverstar, The Globe, the incredible staging of the exhibition, recreates the Terracotta Army, the necropolis and life of the First Emperor like they’ve never been seen before. The more than 300 life-size reproductions of statues, chariots, weapons and objects from the daily life of the First Emperor of China, as discovered in the more than 100 pits of the necropolis, completes this exhibition giving it a life of its own. Continue reading

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Following the arrest of an apparent habitual cable thief in Manenberg, the City’s ‘Copperheads’ are hoping for a successful conviction and meaningful sentence in terms of the Criminal Matters Amendment Act.

The City of Cape Town’s Metals Theft Unit, commonly known as the ‘Copperheads’, is working closely with the South African Police Service and National Prosecuting Authority to secure a conviction against a suspected habitual cable thief.

The 43-year-old man was arrested on Friday 6 May 2016 after members of the public in Manenberg informed the Metals Theft Unit of an incident of cable theft. The suspect had left his loot at one of the houses in the area and a member of the unit, assisted by a detective from the local police station, found him threatening the residents to release his stolen goods. The two officers arrested the suspect on charges of theft, malicious damage to property, and intimidation. They also retrieved 23 metres of insulated electrical copper cable and a wire cutter. Continue reading

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Of the more than 7 500 service requests dealt with by City Health over a nine-month period, 67% were for pest control and unhygienic conditions.

The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate logged 7 616 service requests and complaints in the first nine months of the current financial year (July 2015 – March 2016). Of these, 99,2% were resolved. However, the bulk of the complaints revolved around vector control (limiting or eradicating animals that transmit disease pathogens) and unhygienic conditions like illegal dumping and waste spillages, as outlined below:

Category Total
Vector control 2 648
Unhygienic conditions 2 428
Noise pollution 417
Clinic services 381
Overgrown erven 374
Air pollution 299
Water 206
Food 79
Smoking 76

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