Monthly Archives:December 2017

Beachgoers asked to be cautious

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The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has made an urgent plea to all beachgoers to be extremely cautious over the next week. This is as the first full moon of the New Year will result in a spring tide and stronger than normal rip currents.

Nine people have drowned across the country since the start of the festive season – five of them in the Western Cape.

The NSRI’s Craig Lambinon says rip-currents are powerful, narrow channels of fast-moving water which can occur near beaches with breaking waves.

“They form at different places constantly throughout the day and that river of water if you find yourself caught in that river of water you’re going to be swept out to sea faster than you can swim back to shore. They can reach up to 5 miles per hour. So, it’s extremely dangerous. It’s definitely the greatest cause of drowning around the coastline in South Africa.”

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Illuminated HKZM Bridge and firework show help construction workers ring in new year

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The main parts of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao(HKZM) Bridge were illuminated with colorful lights, helping construction workers ring in the new year on Sunday.

The signature project looked like a futuristic light show, and the evening’s festivities culminated with a brilliant fireworks display witnessed by thousands of construction workers.

The bridge’s night-view light system has two different modes: daily and holiday. The daily mode provides basic illumination and shows the bridge’s true colors; while the holiday mode can reveal color-changing effects using LED lighting. Designers introduced the state-of-the-art technology to make the lights more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.

The project will soon enter a trial phase before opening to traffic. Then authorities will deliberate and make regulations on management, fees and customs clearance before the bridge becomes fully operational.

The project consists of a 22.9-kilometer-long sea-crossing bridge, an undersea tunnel 6.7 kilometers long –the world’s longest and deepest submarine tunnel– and two artificial islands to help connect the bridge and tunnel.

The entire HKZM Bridge is scheduled to officially open to traffic in 2018, when the driving time from Zhuhai to Hong Kong, and Macao will be cut from three hours to just around 30 minutes.

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Manchester United’s Young charged with violent conduct – FA

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Manchester United’s Ashley Young was charged with violent conduct by the English Football Association (FA) on Sunday after his altercation with Southampton midfielder Dusan Tadic in the Premier League the previous day.

Young appeared to strike Tadic with an elbow during Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Old Trafford.

“Young’s charge follows an incident during Saturday’s game against Southampton which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video,” the FA said in a statement.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino said after the match: “I haven’t seen the replay but it is difficult for the referee to see in one second what happened in all different places — but I have to respect the decision.”

Swansea defender Kyle Naughton has also been charged with violent conduct by the FA for allegedly stamping on Watford’s Stefano Okaka during the Welsh side’s 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Young and Naughton have until 1700 GMT on Sunday to respond to the charges.

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200 protesters march in Tehran: media

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Around 200 protesters marched through downtown Tehran on Sunday, according to the conservative-linked Fars news agency, as authorities braced for a possible fourth night of unrest. Several hundred more were shown gathering in the western city of Kermanshah, according to footage shared online by a group linked to the Revolutionary Guards. “Contrary to rumours from
Source: The New Age

Jay-Z ‘confesses’ to Beyonce in ‘Family Feud’ music video

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Jay-Z released a music video on Friday that features the rapper addressing the pain of infidelity as he appears in a confessional booth opposite his wife Beyonce.

Set partly in a church and also featuring the couple’s 5-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, the “Family Feud” video pays tribute to family ties and female empowerment.

“We all lose when the family feuds,” Jay-Z sings. “A man that don’t take care of his family can’t be rich.”

The video is the latest from Jay-Z’s hit album “4:44,” in which he responds to allegations of cheating revealed by Beyonce in her 2016 Grammy-winning album “Lemonade.”

It briefly shows an unidentified couple having sex, until the woman stabs the man in the back. Within an hour of its release, the video was the top trending item on Twitter.

Jay-Z, 48, confirmed in a New York Times interview in November that he had been unfaithful to Beyonce earlier in their nine-year marriage.

The rapper’s soul-baring “4:44” album on love, life and social issues was widely seen as an apology to his wife.

The couple, one of the richest and most influential in the music industry, have reconciled and Beyonce gave birth to their twins in June.

Heavy on symbolism, the eight-minute-long “Family Feud” video shows the musician walking into a church holding the hand of a white-clad Blue Ivy and taking a seat in the confessional booth.

Beyonce, dressed in a black, priestess-like robe, watches silently from a pulpit and later sits listening on the other side of the confessional screen.

Directed by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, the video also envisions a future in which a grown-up Blue Ivy and other women of color, portrayed by actresses Mindy Kaling, Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera, Thandie Newton and Niecy Nash, appear to rule the world.

Jay-Z has a leading eight nominations for the Grammy Awards in January, including the top prizes of best album, song and record of the year.

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Venezuela’s Maduro is destructive King Herod, warns ex-oil czar

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A former oil minister excoriated Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in a newspaper column on Sunday, accusing the leftist leader of behaving like biblical King Herod and plunging the oil-rich nation into economic devastation. Rafael Ramirez, who was the all-powerful head of the oil ministry and state energy company PDVSA for a decade, has long been
Source: The New Age

36 dead in central Kenya bus crash

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Thirty-six people were killed and 11 injured early Sunday morning in a head-on collision between a bus and a lorry on a road in central Kenya, police said. “The death toll is now 36,” said Rift Valley traffic police chief Zero Arome, explaining the initial toll of 30 had risen, “after six passengers succumbed to
Source: The New Age

Female suicide bomber kills one, wounds 28 in Cameroon

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A female suicide bomber blew herself up in a cafe in Cameroon’s far north region Sunday, killing at least one person and wounding 28 others, witnesses told AFP. Witnesses said the woman entered the cafe at around 7:00 am (0600 GMT) before detonating her explosive vest in Bia, a village close to the border with
Source: The New Age

Sanco saddened after 6 killed in KZN truck crash

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The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) has conveyed its condolences to the families of six people who lost their lives when a truck ploughed into three cars in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday. The accident took place on the R61 near Palm Beach between Margate and Port Edward where six people, including a traffic officer, were killed.
Source: The New Age

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