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16 adoptions so far this month

first_imgA male Poodle was recently found in Daffodil Crescent by the Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL). If this cute dog belongs to you, please collect him from the league.Sausage-cross puppies are looking for loving homes. They are ideal for any household, as they are loving and playful and especially love children. Two males and two females are up for adoption.A special thank you to Pierre Massyn for the dog food and to Mr and Mrs Fisher for the dog food and blankets.Adoptions for this month so far: 13 puppies and 3 kittens.The league desperately needs cat and dog food and blankets. If you are interested in contributing, please contact the league or pay them a visit. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

Engineering Department workers go on strike

first_imgThe workers were given a 1-year contract which only lasted about 6 months before it was terminated, which seems to be the reason for the strike. The workers blocked the entrance at the back of Public Safety with a bulldozer so that nobody could enter or get out of the premises.Many of the striking workers gathered at the roadside to demand their contract back, with employees from the Hygiene and Electrical departments also joining the protest.The outcome of the strike is that the contractor carrying out land excavation around town has been fired, resulting in many workers now sitting without a job.Police and Public Safety officers were at the scene to make sure the strike didn’t get out of hand. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A group of Engineering Department workers staged a strike at the back of the Public Safety offices today (Tuesday) after they say their contract was terminated earlier than it should have been.last_img read more

Bush snake caught in Hyde ParkBush snake caught in Hyde Park

first_imgA Spotted Bush Snake was caught on Sunday in the Hyde Park area by Eugene Jonck and Rina van Vuuren, who received a phone call from a resident who was too scared to go near it.This snake is an excellent climber. It can be found in bushes, trees, on walls, or even gliding between cracks in bricks. It is also sometimes found on the ground. According to Eugene, this is a beautiful snake that will often be found in and around homes, especially in KZN. The main reason for this is that it’s looking for geckos to eat. This snake can easily climb trees and even brick walls, and is quite a fast-moving reptile. When disturbed, it will move away fast and in short bursts to the nearest cover.If it is cornered or when it becomes defensive, it will inflate its neck (like some other snakes) and the blue skin in between the scales will be visible. This makes it look more dangerous, almost like a Boomslang.A Spotted Bush Snake will bite if cornered.Eugene and Rina found the snake slithering between the branches and leaves of a tree.“Many people mistake this snake for a venomous Boomslang,” says Eugene. The duo captured the non-venomous snake and relocated it 60km from town. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

first_img The difference between men and women when it comes to pain He also said she has played an important role in improving ecumenical and interreligious relations. Elizabeth is the head of the Church of England.The four-day celebration marking Elizabeth’s diamond jubilee ended Tuesday.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Benedict XVI has praised Queen Elizabeth II’s “noble vision of the role of a Christian monarch” in a note congratulating her on her diamond jubilee.In a message released Wednesday by the Vatican, Benedict said the British monarch has over the past 60 years been an “inspiring example of dedication to duty and a commitment to maintaining the principles of freedom, justice and democracy.” More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family ErrorOK ErrorOKlast_img read more

first_imgKenyan troops moved into Somalia in late 2011, prompting al-Shabab militants in Somalia to vow revenge attacks inside Kenya. And over the past year, Kenya has seen a series of small-scale explosions, many from grenades and other small improvised explosive devices. Al-Shabab sympathizers are suspected in many of the attacks, although authorities have not definitively linked all the attacks to the Islamist group or its sympathizers.Friday’s targeting of a mosque, however, could suggest a retaliatory attack by a non-Somali Kenyan against the country’s Somali community.An angry crowd quickly gathered after the 7:30 p.m. explosion in the neighborhood, which is known as Little Mogadishu, only to disperse when police fired shots into the air. Abandoned shoes lay outside the mosque and pools of blood were visible on the mosque’s steps.A blast Wednesday near a military base in the same neighborhood wounded eight people.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top Stories Comments   Share   Associated PressNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – A grenade thrown at worshippers leaving a mosque in a Somali neighborhood in the Kenyan capital killed three people and wounded 15 on Friday evening, the city’s police chief said. The explosion was the second in the same Nairobi neighborhood in three days.Kenyan media reported that a Muslim member of parliament was among the wounded, but police Chief Moses Ombati did not confirm that. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Amnesty said the other four adolescents were grabbed by the military and accused of links to the armed groups.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likecenter_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories DAKAR, Senegal (AP) – Amnesty International is calling on the Malian government to release five adolescents held by the military for up to seven months. An Amnesty delegation met the five teenagers, aged between 15 and 17, at a military camp in Mali’s capital.One of the five was a child soldier conscripted by the Movement for Oneness and Jihad, an Islamic extremist group linked to al-Qaida which ruled part of northern Mali last year. Amnesty said the 15-year-old joined because his family was desperately poor and the jihadists were paying salaries. The group said he deserted after not being paid and was arrested by Malian soldiers, who burned his arms with a cigarette. How men can have a healthy 2019 Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Carter has had a number of senior level vacancies to fill. Gen. Joe Dunford has been nominated as the next chairman of the joint chiefs, which opens up his current job as commandant of the Marine Corps.___AP National Security Writer Robert Burns contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Last year, Richardson ordered a broad investigation into allegations that a cheating ring had operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site. Nearly three dozen sailors were kicked out of the program after the Navy discovered they were cheating on qualification exams. They were seeking to become qualified as instructors at the nuclear training unit in Charleston, South Carolina.Students there are trained in nuclear reactor operations to prepare for service on any of the Navy’s 83 nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers.In an interview with The Associated Press last August, Richardson said he was “loaded for bear” early on in the investigation, because he wasn’t convinced the cheating was confined to a single training unit. But he later came to believe it hadn’t spread, which helped the cheating go undetected for so long.During the probe, Richardson met with each of the accused and said he heard at least two common themes: a belief that there was little risk of getting caught, and a work environment at the nuclear training site that created stresses and pressures on the instructors. He said he was taking steps to ease the pressures and to strengthen ethics training. Comments   Share   5 treatments for adult scoliosis Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories center_img WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is recommending that Adm. John Richardson, head of the Navy’s nuclear program, be named the next chief of naval operations, U.S. officials said Tuesday.If confirmed by the Senate, Richardson would be the second submariner in a row to serve as the Navy’s top officer. Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the current Navy chief, also spent much of his career serving as a submarine officer. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is expected to make the announcement Wednesday, and will also disclose who he is recommending as the next chief of staff of the Army. A number of senior officers have been discussed as leading candidates for the Army job, including Gen. John Campbell, the top commander in Afghanistan; Gen. Lloyd Austin, the top commander for the Middle East; Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. forces in Korea; and Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of Army forces in the Pacific. Other names include Gen. Dan Allyn, the vice chief of the Army and Gen. David Perkins, who heads U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.The officials were not authorized to publicly discuss the nomination ahead of the announcement so spoke on condition of anonymity.Richardson is a 1982 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in physics, and he also holds a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has served as director of the Navy’s nuclear reactors program since November 2012, and his choice signals the military’s continued emphasis on undersea warfare and nuclear deterrence.One official said Richardson has a reputation in the Navy as an analytical strategic thinker, and that he is expected to continue to make the planned nuclear submarine replacement program a top priority. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

first_img Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Parents, stop beating yourself up Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies In April last year, Maoist rebels ambushed a police vehicle in the same region in Jharkhand state and killed six police officers during voting in India’s national elections.The rebels, who have been fighting for more than three decades demanding land and jobs for tenant farmers and the poor, say they are inspired by Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong.They are considered India’s biggest internal security threat, operate in 20 of India’s 28 states and have thousands of fighters.__This story has been corrected to show the name of the police officer is S.N. Pradhan.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img PATNA, India (AP) — Police killed at least 12 Maoist rebels in a clash early Tuesday in one of their strongholds in eastern India.The police attacked the rebels as they were on their way to extort money from several mining contractors in Palamau district in Jharkhand state, said police Inspector-General S.N. Pradhan.Pradhan said the police recovered 12 bodies and eight automatic guns in a forested area, nearly 300 kilometers (200 miles) south of Patna, the capital of neighboring Bihar state. He said there were no police casualties. The vital role family plays in society 0 Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Northrop Grumman to build its OmegA rocket at NASAs VAB as first

first_imgNASA is celebrating alongside Northrop Grumman at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, as the latter becomes the first commercial partner to make use of the Vehicle Assembly Building on-site at the base. The VAB, as it’s more commonly known, is a cavernous building that’s used to build and test rockets ahead of rolling them out to nearby launch pads, which was originally constructed by NASA to support the Apollo program.Northrop Grumman will be using the VAB to build and prep its OmegA launch vehicle, a new rocket the company is building to transport intermediate and heavy payloads to orbit. It’s a fully expendable rocket, which Northrop is positioning as a lower-risk alternative to reusable models flown by competitors (cough SpaceX cough), and it’s also billed as an “affordable” option for those seeking launch services. OmegA is designed to help Northrop Grumman compete for future national security launch contracts, as well as support commercial customer missions.NASA will also continue to use the VAB for the assembly of its own Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, which will be supporting missions in the Artemis program and transporting the Lockheed Martin-built Orion crew craft to space, and eventually to the Moon.Kennedy Space Center also already plays host to rocket assembly and launch facilities for both SpaceX and Blue Origin, making it a hot spot for public-private space business activity.last_img read more

EMRS staff march for higher salaries

first_imgEmergency Medical Rescue Services (EMRS) paramedics staged a march on Friday morning to demand a salary increase and protest about their overtime allegedly not being paid on time.The medics say they are frustrated because they only receive their overtime money months after it’s supposed to be paid in. They are also adamant that their salaries are not up to scratch considering the important jobs they do.The march started at the Kandahar Avenue sports ground and ended at the EMRS base. Banners were raised high to highlight their anger and frustration regarding these issues, and loud music and singing filled the air as they marched along.Police and Public Safety were on hand to ensure that the protest did not get out of hand. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

Lightning strike near Colenso kills three

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite In a second incident, separate to the one in the Vryheid area, another three people have been killed by lightning… This time in the Colenso area on the Weenen road.Lightning apparently struck the house the victims were in. Sadly, a mother (46), her daughter of 9 years old, and her 10-year-old niece were killed. The lady’s husband amazingly survived the incident.Paramedics treated one of the neighbours for stress and shock after they came to assist just after the incident, and was overwhelmed.This brings the number of people killed by lightning in the province over the weekend to six.On Saturday afternoon, typical of KwaZulu-Natal summer weather, there have been several thunderstorms, especially over Northern KZN. In Madulini, in eDumbe near Vryheid in the Zululand district of KZN, three people were killed, apparently when lightning struck the house they were in. Two elderly ladies, aged between 70 and 80 years old, and a man of about 60 years old had already passed away when paramedics arrived at the scene. The paramedics treated three female patients (two were aged 52 and the other 49) who had survived the strike. The ladies who survived the strike were all in a serious condition and KZN Emergency Medical Services paramedics stabilised them on scene before transporting them to the local eDumbe Community Health Centre.EMRS flight crews reported that the satellite weather report showed multiple storms over the Northern KZN area.This story will be updated.last_img read more

Driver loses control and hits barrier

first_imgA vehicle crashed into the barrier railings at the side of Poort Road last night (January 15).The vehicle was travelling from town up towards Pick ‘n Pay when the driver allegedly lost control on water that was in the road.The driver was not licensed. He was slightly injured in the accident.Public Safety, SAPS and Sharaj Ambulance Services responded. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img

Worlds most popular weird failed and unusual New Years resolutions

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Let’s look at some of the most popular, failed, weirdest and even unusual New Year’s resolutions from around the world.Top 10 most broken resolutions:According to Time, these are the top 10 most commonly broken New Year’s resolutions…1 Lose weight and get fit2 Quit smoking3 Learn something new4 Eat healthier and diet5 Lower debt and save6 Spend more time with family7 Travel8 Be less stressed9 Volunteer10 Drink less New Year’s resolution statistics:According to Statistic Brain, these were 2014’s most popular resolutions:11 Lose weight12 Get organised13 Spend less, save more14 Enjoy life15 Stay fit and healthy16 Learn something exciting17 Quit smoking18 Help others19 Fall in love20 Spend more time with family Top weirdest Twitter New Year’s resolutions:21 “New Year’s Resolution- Stop using my cat as an excuse for a boyfriend” – Laura Leigh Gedeon.22 “New Year’s Resolution – Stop fancying a slice of buttered bread with every meal” – Freya.23 “My New Year’s resolution is to never by accident walk in on my dad cleaning the shower naked ever again” – Lauren Brady.24 “My 2013 New Year’s resolution? Have less hairy nipples and more hairy armpits”- jimzwall.Unusual new year’s resolutions:Thanks to Real Buzz, here are some unusual resolutions.25 Take your photo in five interesting places26 Learn a decent party trick27 Break a record28 Make a new friend each month29 Develop a good relationship with your body30 Learn something you didn’t learn as a child31 Try new food each week32 Make the usual unusual33 Sort out financial worries34 Do something nice for someone else every daylast_img read more

No loadshedding for today so far

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Eskom has not asked the municipality to load-shed so far today (Tuesday, December 9).This comes as scant relief to many, as the uncertainty remains after the erratic load-shedding experienced yesterday and last week.All residents are again reminded to conserve electricity where possible, especially during peak hours (late afternoon and evening).last_img

SA girls design is todays Google Doodle

first_imgGoogle SA recently launched a competition open to all South African children, asking them to depict the South Africa of their dreams through the means of art.Katya Ludick, a Grade 8 pupil from Noordheuwel High School in Krugersdorp, took first place with her design depicting a South Africa free of poaching. Katya said many animal species become extinct due to a change in their habitat, but it’s completely unacceptable for them to suffer because of human interference.In  her design, Google’s letters depict the South African flag as a symbol of  being “Proudly South African” she said.The reflection on the water reflects on 20 years of democratic freedom, while the sun represents hope.To read more on Katya’s achievements, and to view more photos and videos, click here. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

How to create your own food or herb garden

first_imgIt’s all about the soil: Typically, the soil you plan to grow your vegetable or herb garden in should be high in organic matter, which can be easily obtained using the appropriate fertilizer at various supermarkets, and outdoor and garden retailers.Starting your own compost bin can be a quick and easy way to keep nourishing your garden as well as recycle. Kitchen scraps such as egg shells, coffee grounds, maize cobs and tea leaves can go a long way in keeping your garden naturally healthy and at a low cost. You can buy the ready-made bin container, or build one yourself.Location, location, location: Your garden should be in a location facing direct sunlight every day and as far away from trees as possible to prevent your crops from competing for water with the trees.Trowels and other tools: some essential garden tools you’ll need to invest in include a small spade, shovel, hoe, rake and garden fork. You can add more tools according to your preference. Vegetables that grow best in spring include kale spinach, beetroot and artichoke, while chives, red onions and maize thrive best in summer. Knowing what seasons are most favourable for certain vegetables is crucial to their growth.Similarly, herbs also have a seasonal preference. Herbs are however a lot more versatile than vegetables, and can grow in a sunny spot in pots near the kitchen window. Basil, rosemary, thyme and oregano are some of the most popular herbs that don’t need much fussing over to plant and sow.If you’re planning on adding fruit to the mix, make sure that you have enough garden space, as fruit require more space than vegetables usually do. Vegetables that also need larger gardens include cucumber and squash, among others.Building healthy and organic soil is one step to growing a healthy garden of crops, but keeping your veggies pest free can be a challenge. Apple cider vinegar, vegetable oil and even crushing garlic into a liquid mix can come in handy and keep your garden organic and pest free from top soil to the roots. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

first_imgFor those looking to escape the Royal Wedding, best read the fine print as the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has taken action against Ryanair for misleading consumers, banning a recent ad campaign.With a tag ‘Book to the sun now’, the ad, which features a woman in a bikini lying on the beach, was part of Ryanair’s campaign to promote its spring deals, reported The Independent.However, according to the ASA, none of the spruiked destinations were warm.”We considered that the average consumer would infer from the claim ‘Book to the sun now’ and the image of the woman sunbathing, in a bikini, with a cocktail, that the promotion included fares to destinations warm enough to sunbathe in swimwear during the promotional period,” the ASA said. “Because we understood this was not the case, we concluded that the ad was misleading.”Meanwhile, Ryanair complained to the ASA that budget rival easyJet was misleading consumers with a claim of ‘we charge you less’, given that Ryanair offered cheaper prices.The ASA was ordered not to run the advert again. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

first_imgA local tourism department has downgraded its visitor numbers for the year after recent flooding deterred travellers planned to arrive in Thailand over the past month.The country’s tourism leaders reduced its foreign visitor target to 18.8 million, a drop from the 19.5 million previously targeted, the Bangkok Post reported. According to Tourism Department, arrivals for the first eight months of the year increased by up to 28.6 percent over the same period last year, but the number of international figures began to drop from September, over October and this month.The Kasikorn Research Centre said the tourism industry could see losses of up to 15-25 billion baht during the fourth quarter this year with a further dip of 15 billion baht expected if floods continue to affect travel during the month of December. The receding tourism comes despite Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) stressing that tourism areas remain unaffected by flooding and “is expected to remain dry”.“Flood water is receding in many districts of Bangkok.  “This includes the Chatuchak District, where Chatuchak Weekend Market is located. “The market itself is not flooded.  “Central Plaza Lad Phrao, which is also in the Chatuchak District, has reopened.”TAT added Bangkok remains open for business with hotels, shops and tourist attractions open as per normal.Click here for more updates on TAT’s Thailand Flood Updates. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

first_imgThe Jetset Travelworld Group (JTG) has been advised by NSW Fair Trading to discontinue many of its contract’s terms and conditions, following heavy scrutiny in the recent CHOICE Shonky awards.Consumer advocacy group CHOICE has revealed that four of the eight recipients of 2012 Shonky Awards are now under investigation by NSW Fair Trading in light of their questionable business tactics.The JTG clause being questioned requires consumers to waive their chargeback rights for payments made via credit and debit cards.JTG made amendments to their terms and conditions, removing any mention of the word “chargeback”.Despite these changes, CHOICE believes JTG is still asking clients to renounce critical consumer protection. The other three groups under investigation are Liquipel, Nature’s Way and Samsung. The Jetset Travelworld Group has altered its conditions to satisfy NSW Fair Trading. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

AIME awards showcase creativity

first_imgThe 2014 AIME Awards have been announced.The Industry Person of the Year Award was awarded to Joyce DiMascio, Chief Executive of the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA).“Joyce’s determination to see the business events industry evolve, and the way in which she works closely with events such as AIME to highlight the vital contribution exhibitions and events make to our sector, means she is a fitting recipient of this year’s prize,” Reed Travel exhibitions director for AIME, Jacqui Timms said.The Best Environmental Stand went to Townsville Convention Bureau, due to their attention to energy efficiency, maintaining a low carbon footprint and use of environmentally friendly products.In addition, EXPOnet took out the Best Innovative Stand Award while American Express receieved the AFTA Best Business Travel Award Stand.Source = ETB News: L.B.last_img read more