Belgravia 60th

first_img Former Belgravia High pupil, and student activist, Peter Williams, right, leads Abduragmaan Davids to the Trojan Horse Memorial where he laid down a wreath on behalf of the student activists and in honour of those who died that day. Former Belgravia High pupil, and student activist, Peter Williams, right, leads Abduragmaan Davids to the Trojan Horse Memorial where he laid down a wreath on behalf of the student activists and in honour of those who died that day. On Friday October 14, current and past pupils, staff and former staff gathered at Belgravia High, which celebrates 60 years of existence, to mark the 31st anniversary of the Trojan Horse Massacre in Thornton Road, Athlone, and the role of high school student activists in the struggle against apartheid (“Bellies rings in 60 years”, Athlone News, October 12). On October 15, 1985, student protesters were ambushed by security police hiding in crates on the back of a Railways truck. They opened fire, killing Jonathan Claasen, 21, Shaun Magmoed, 15, Michael Miranda, aged 11, and injuring many others. The incident was filmed by an international television crew and aired across the world, putting the spotlight on apartheid era atrocities in South Africa. The families of Shaun Magmoed and Michael Miranda also attended Friday’s event. 1 of 2center_img Former Belgravia High pupil, and student activist, Peter Williams, right, leads Abduragmaan Davids to the Trojan Horse Memorial where he laid down a wreath on behalf of the student activists and in honour of those who died that day.last_img read more

Fire victims need help

first_imgFires ripped through one house and one shack in Bonteheuwel last week. A house and three wendy houses were damaged in two fires in Bonteheuwel, one of which was caused by children playing with matches.The families are now in need of help to get their lives back on track. The first fire, which occurred on Wednesday November 28, displaced five children and five adults in Prunus Street where three wendy houses burnt down at about 5.30pm. Constance September, whose mother lives in the main house, said when the family returned from the mall they saw the flames. “No one knows what happened; everything burnt to the ground. We have nothing,” she said. Ms September said all of the windows in the front house were also shattered by the heat. Thirty minutes later, a fire ripped through a house in Firethorn Street owned by an elderly couple. The City of Cape Town’s fire and rescue services spokesman, Theo Layne, said this fire had been caused by children playing with matches while the cause of the first fire, which had taken nearly two hours to extinguish, was unknown. He said that in Prunus Street one man had suffered smoke inhalation and was treated by the fire and rescue services but refused transportation to hospital while in the second fire no injuries were reported. Two fire engines, one water tanker and one rescue vehicle with 14 firefighters were dispatched to both incidents separately. Bonteheuwel ward councillor, Angus Mckenzie, said neighbouring residents from Syringa Street had provided the families with food for the evening. “Our appeal is for the people of Bonteheuwel and beyond to assist these five families in which ever way you can. “Donations can directly be dropped with the families or at my office in Kiaat Avenue, Bonteheuwel,” he said. He added that relief and support from the City of Cape Town would be provided for the families.last_img read more

Comedy festival

first_imgLindy Johnson. The first Mother City Comedy Festival takes place at the Baxter Studio Theatre from Tuesday March 19 to Sunday March 31. The line-up includes Yaseen Barnes, Dalin Oliver, Kurt Langeveld, Liam Bento, Siya Seya, Phil de Lange, Mel Jones, Riaad Moosa, Kagiso “KG” Mokgadi, Carl Weber, Jem Atkins, Lazola Gola and Lindy Johnson. Tickets cost from R120 to R150 and are available at Webtickets or Pick n Pay stores. For discounted school or group block bookings, fundraisers or charities contact Sharon Ward on 021 680 3962 or email

Balloons, floats and police at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

first_img Author: AP Published: November 24, 2016 8:17 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) – A giant Charlie Brown balloon will join 1,000 clowns and a dozen marching bands along a parade route lined with spectators and police in plainclothes for the 90th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.The Charlie Brown balloon is one of three new giant character inflatables in this year’s parade, and joins returning favorites including Thomas the Tank Engine, Hello Kitty and SpongeBob SquarePants. The popular event draws millions of spectators as it makes its way through the streets of Manhattan before finishing up at Macy’s flagship store.Among the celebrities expected to attend are Tony Bennett, Aloe Blacc, Sarah McLachlan and Olympic gold medalists Laurie Hernandez, Claressa Shields and Michelle Carter. Organizers say the opening number will include Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and other Muppets.But attendees also will see some somber sights, like the more than 80 sanitation trucks filled with sand that will be placed at intersections and other places as barriers against any kind of attack. There also will be a heavy police presence, including bomb-sniffing dogs and officers in uniform with assault weapons and portable radiation detectors. Officers in plainclothes will be among the crowds of people.Authorities say there is no confirmation of any credible threat and have urged spectators to come out for the parade.One prominent person who won’t be in New York City is President-elect Donald Trump, who is spending the holiday at his home in Palm Beach, Florida. Balloons, floats and police at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade center_img SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.last_img read more

Survey: US businesses add 216,000 jobs, most in 5 months

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. companies added a solid 216,000 jobs in November, the most since June and evidence that the incoming Trump administration is inheriting a solid economy.Payroll provider ADP said Wednesday that nearly all the gains occurred in service sectors such as retail, hotels and restaurants, as well as higher-paying professional services. Construction firms added 2,000 jobs, while manufacturing shed 10,000.The figures add to other recent signs that the economy is expanding at a decent pace. Growth reached 3.2 percent at an annual pace in the July-September quarter, the government said Tuesday, much higher than the 1.1 percent rate in the first half of the year. Americans bought homes at the fastest pace in a decade in October and consumer confidence is at a nine-year high.By one measure, home prices nationwide have finally surpassed their bubble-era peaks, boosting household wealth. And there are signs wages are picking up after years of sluggish growth.“Overall, consumers are feeling confident and are driving the strong performance we currently see in the job market,” Ahu Yildirmaz, head of the ADP Research Institute, said.Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, said that retail hiring for the winter holiday shopping season was especially strong, even after seasonal adjustments intended to offset those effects. That suggests retailers may be ramping up their temporary hiring efforts earlier to ensure they can find enough workers, he said.Americans’ incomes increased at their fastest pace in six months in October, according to a separate report from the Commerce Department Wednesday. That report showed spending slowed last month after a sharp increase in September.Those trends make it increasingly likely that the Federal Reserve will raise short-term interest rates at its next meeting in two weeks. Investors see a 94 percent probability of a hike at that time, according to futures trading on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.The ADP data cover only private businesses and often diverge from official figures. Economists forecast that the government’s jobs report, to be released Friday, will show a gain of 174,000 jobs, according to data provider FactSet. Published: November 30, 2016 9:38 AM EST Survey: US businesses add 216,000 jobs, most in 5 months center_img SHARE Author: AP last_img read more

White House mulls asking foreigners for social, phone contacts

first_img Published: January 29, 2017 4:03 PM EST Updated: January 29, 2017 4:42 PM EST White House mulls asking foreigners for social, phone contacts SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Washington (CNN) — Trump administration officials are discussing the possibility of asking foreign visitors to disclose all websites and social media sites they visit, and to share the contacts in their cellphones, sources tell CNN.If the foreign visitor declines to share such information, he or she could be denied entry.White House policy director Stephen Miller spoke with officials of the State Department, Customs and Border Patrol, Department of Homeland Security and others about the idea, which is just in the preliminary discussion level, according to the sources.Amid the chaos and confusion of President Donald Trump’s new executive order on immigration and refugees, Miller also spoke with officials to tell them President Trump is deeply committed to the executive order and the public is firmly behind it — urging them not to get distracted by what he described as hysterical voices on TV.The social media posts calling for jihad by San Bernardino terrorist Tashfeen Malik — made under a pseudonym and with strict privacy settings — are part of this discussion. How such a policy would be implemented remains under discussion.Miller praised the State Department on Saturday, sources tell CNN, but argued that the government needs to do better job of making sure the people who come into the US embrace American values.White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not respond to a request for comment.Already, Politico reported in December, the US government had quietly begun asking that foreign visitors provide their social media accounts voluntarily. The Obama administration had previously approved asking for much more information from people on terror watch lists, The Intercept reported in 2014.Trump’s executive order bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days and suspends the admission of all refugees for 120 days.Trump’s unilateral moves, which have drawn the ire of human rights groups and prompted protests at US airports, reflect the President’s desire to quickly make good on his campaign promises. But they also encapsulate the pitfalls of an administration largely operated by officials with scant federal experience.It wasn’t until Friday — the day Trump signed the order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and suspending all refugee admission for 120 days — that career homeland security staff were allowed to see the final details of the order, a person familiar with the matter said.The result was widespread confusion across the country on Saturday as airports struggled to adjust to the new directives. In New York, two Iraqi nationals sued the federal government after they were detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport, and 10 others were detained as well. Related Articles:Trump orders strict new refugee screening, citing terroristsUS judge bars deportations under Trump travel banProtests erupt at airports following Trump travel ban Author: CNN last_img read more

No dump here: Posh public bathroom pops up, with music, art

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE NEW YORK (AP) In a park amid skyscrapers, a gem has emerged: a posh public bathroom that cost nearly $300,000, complete with freshly delivered flowers, imported tiles, classical music and artwork.The free-of-charge, air-conditioned splendor, inspired by visits to the city’s priciest hotels, is open to everyone. More than 1 million people a year are expected to use the facility, park officials said.On Thursday, two bathroom attendants held toilet tissue that a park official cut as the inaugural ribbon for the high-tech facility housed in a landmarked beaux-arts building behind the New York Public Library in Manhattan. The toilets, in 310 square feet divided between the women’s and men’s sides, are reopening after a three-month renovation.The eye-popping, LED-illuminated elegance is unusual in a city where public toilets are scarce and generally grungy.“It’s very clean, and the flowers are alive,” said Irena Marentic, a tourist from Slovenia, as she left the space, whose walls and floors are lined with tiles from Spain and Italy and adorned with art created by Bryant Park’s painters-in-residence.The women’s side has three toilet stalls, while the men’s side has two stalls and three urinals, the same number as before the renovation. The facility can’t be expanded because the space surrounding it is considered a scenic landmark.The public luxury was funded privately by the Bryant Park Corp., a not-for-profit that manages the city-owned park and works to improve business in the neighborhood, which includes Fifth Avenue.“We strive for perfection and only settle for excellence,” declared Dan Biederman, the executive director of the Bryant Park Corp.The team behind the new posh public bathroom visited The Waldorf Astoria and other luxury hotels for inspiration.A few out-of-town companies provided donations not included in the facility’s $280,000 cost. The Japanese luxury brand Toto contributed self-flushing, energy-saving toilets and hands-free faucets and wash basins. Brill Hygienic Products Inc., of Delray, Florida, supplied sanitary, electronic seat covers that rotate with each use.During warm months, attendants armed with mops keep everything clean from 7 a.m. until midnight, when the bathroom closes along with the park. By park rules, no tips are allowed.The bathroom is most often used by visitors to the leafy, grassy refuge of Bryant Park, which draws them with its seasonal attractions including a skating rink in winter, holiday shops, outdoor movies on summer nights and free-for-all tables and chairs.The park went through a makeover some years ago after decades of urban decay and crime that spilled into the bathroom, which was closed for years and reopened only in the 1990s.With the improvement of the park, the number of visitors has increased. So, too, has the daily use of the toilets, from an average of about 1,800 in 2013 to about 3,300 last year, or 1.2 million a year, park officials said. On the women’s side, the wait could be as long as 20 minutes.On Thursday, with the line growing, park workers directed people to the massive library building and more public toilets, though not quite as fancy. No dump here: Posh public bathroom pops up, with music, art Published: April 27, 2017 8:06 PM EDT last_img read more

Tech stocks and bitcoin go wild – in opposite directions

first_img Collier County opens CARES Act applications on Monday SHARE Demand for commercial real estate could change due to pandemic Tech stocks and bitcoin go wild – in opposite directions Published: November 30, 2017 10:13 AM EST Updated: November 30, 2017 10:18 AM EST NEW YORK (CBS) – Wall Street saw fireworks on Wednesday, as technology stocks got hammered in what looks like “rotation” selling run amok. The FAANG stocks and semiconductors (leading issues for the market in 2017) suffered as wild selling on Nasdaq led to their worst falls in months. But bitcoin also went wild, rising above $11,000, dropping to $8,000, then closing with a modest recovery.Volatility has returned, with major moves in both directions. Tech names such as Nvidia (NVDA) were obviously losers (chart below), but others such as transportation stocks enjoyed a lift. It’s possible that end-of-year position squaring is underway, similar to the rotation from winners to losers seen in late 2015 and early 2016. In fact, Wednesday was the best day for the Dow transports since November 2011.The calm, easy gains the bulls have enjoyed since last year’s election seem to be ending. This is put-up-or-shut-up time for President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress. They have no major legislative accomplishments, but the market is inflated on expectations for tax cuts, infrastructure spending and more with just a few weeks to go before year-end.Moreover, with GDP surprising to the upside, the Federal Reserve is on track for another rate hike in December and more tightening in 2018.The most likely outcome in Washington at this point: A narrow defeat for the GOP tax bill, based on prediction market odds, combined with a Fed hike and a possible government shutdown heading into the holiday break. All this, plus the stock market not suffering a major pullback in more than a year, means prices are fragile, and investor sentiment is ripe for a bout of panic and fear.What about the move in bitcoin? With some 300,000 Coinbase trading accounts set up during the week of Thanksgiving — with the total now more than at stock brokerage Schwab (SCHW) — it’s clear that cryptocurrencies are sucking some of the speculative juice out of FAANG stocks like Amazon (AMZN) and Apple (AAPL). And that ongoing weakness could spill from one market to the next.Consider that a California federal court has ordered Coinbase to turn over identifying records of its largest customers. Why? While the exchange has nearly 6 million users, only 1,000 US citizens have reported cryptocurrency holdings on their taxes. Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Author: Anthony Mirhaydari | CBS MONEYWATCH Recommendedlast_img read more

No pain, no gain

first_img Chris Barlow, Bryan & Armstrong, Mansfield I write in relation to the letter from Max Hill QC concerning a unified approach by solicitors and barristers to tackling the threats posed to the criminal justice system by funding reforms and cuts. I agree entirely with his argument, but I am not sure just how it can be achieved. As a clerk working equally with solicitors and barristers, it is obvious to me that even if the Law Society and Criminal Bar Association presented a united front and threatened strike action, they would also need to agree how to deal with those who will inevitably break ranks. The action would need to be sold to members on the basis of ‘a month’s pain for long-term gain’. ‘Gain’ not only for the professions, but also for the public through a properly funded and managed criminal justice system. Once 100% of your members are on board, you then need to sell it to the public. Make no mistake, the popular press will have a field day, citing the ‘greedy lawyers’ line. But I wish you well – though only a humble clerk, I do have a vested interest and, more importantly, so do the public.last_img read more

Investment drive hits profits at Co-op Legal

first_imgOperating profits for Co-operative Legal Services (CLS) fell year-on-year by 63% during the first half of 2012, the organisation revealed today. In its half-year financial report, the Co-operative Group says its legal services arm made a profit of £700,000 as it spent heavily on recruitment and expansion. In a statement, CLS said the decrease in profit is ‘in line with expectation and reflects investment for future growth’. Legal services recorded sales of £17.1m, up 18.9% on the same period in 2011. During the first six months of 2011, operating profits year-on-year at CLS rose by 3%, with sales rising by 22%. In April, the Co-op became one of the first entities to be granted an alternative business structure licence by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The successful application prompted a recruitment drive that will lead to the creation of 3,000 new roles at CLS. The fall in profits and rise in sales of the legal division is repeated in the Co-op group’s overall financial performance. Operating profit fell year-on-year from £264m to £174m, with net borrowing also rising from £1.4bn to £1.516bn. Gross sales rose from £6.546bn to £6.559bn in the first six months of 2012. Profits went up by 19.3% in the pharmacy and funerals business, but profits in the banking and food divisions fell by 68% and 16% respectively. Peter Marks, chief executive of the Co-operative Group, said: ‘We have been able to continue to invest for the long-term development of all our businesses and to protect our customers even though we, like all businesses, have felt the impact of the tough headwinds of the unrelenting consumer downturn. ‘A year ago I warned that we were operating in the worst conditions that I have seen in more than 40 years in business. The results we are announcing today show the full impact of that with the profitability of our two biggest businesses affected.’last_img read more