The South African Special Olympics team has returned to South Africa from Abu Dhabi where they participated in the Special Olympics World games. And they didn’t come home empty handed.
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The Durban High Court has heard that Thabani Mzolo who allegedly killed his ex-girlfriend, Zolile Khumalo, at a Mangosuthu University of Technology student residence, was never searched by security before entering the premises.
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The cash-strapped Makhanda-based Makana Municipality in the Eastern Cape has promised to pay Eskom R12 million today to avert power supply interruptions.
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The big name players get into action at the Miami Open on Friday.
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Two suspects have appeared at the Esikhwawini Magistrate’s court on three separate charges of murder.
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Addis Ababa – A child’s foot. Fingers. A passport.
Body parts and personal effects were still strewn across the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on March 15, a witness told Reuters, five days after the disaster and the day before recovery efforts were halted.
With the site now fenced off, bereaved families are worried the remains of their loved ones may be left at the scene, compounding their anguish.
Citizens of 35 nations were aboard when the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet nosedived into a field on March 10 six minutes after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people onboard.
Families of those who perished complain of a lack of information about recovery efforts, which saw Ethiopian workers using metal parts of the aircraft to dig in the soil.
Religions such as Islam and Judaism require quick burials, but authorities said last week that identifying remains – many burned or in small pieces – might take six months.
"At the beginning, (the Ethiopian authorities) should have blocked off that place and sent an organised team to search, instead of just leaving it open. I’m unhappy about that. It’s supposed to be easier if it’s in the government’s hands," said Milka Yimam, a dual Ethiopia-Israeli citizen whose 26-year-old son Sidrak died.
Relatives of the victims who visited the site on Monday said it had been cordoned off and the ground levelled, apart from the impact crater. The dead included a grand-niece of consumer advocate and former U.S. presidential candidate Ralph Nader.
The excavation was halted last Saturday, ministry of transport spokesman Musie Yehyies told Reuters.
"Excavation has ended for the moment since we have got everything we think we need at the moment. The site has been enclosed and can be revisited," he said on Friday.
Global attention has mostly shifted to an investigation into the cause of the disaster, and similarities with the crash of a Lion Air 737 MAX plane in Indonesia last October that killed 189 people. Pilots of both aircraft reported control problems and crashed minutes after take-off.
The world’s entire 737 MAX fleet was grounded after the Ethiopia crash, with Boeing losing about 12 percent – or $28 billion – of its market value since the disaster.
But as headlines focus on the investigation and its financial fallout, families fear the spotlight has shifted from recovery efforts.
Israelis whose bodies are not recovered are officially listed at home as "disappeared" rather than "dead" – a status that can cause complications for relatives in matters ranging from inheritance to remarrying.
Some Jewish traditions also require a piece of the body be buried before mourning can begin, with the soul not able to rest until then, giving the families’ quest an agonising urgency.
So the Israeli embassy has been working hard to retrieve the remains of its two citizens who died in the crash, families told Reuters.
But it hasn’t been easy. After being bounced between various government ministries, the ambassador eventually wrote to the airline to get access to the crash site, a source familiar with the matter said. He got no reply – until the Israeli prime minister intervened by phoning his Ethiopian counterpart.
The ambassador and representatives of Israeli volunteer rescue and recovery organisation ZAKA were finally able to access the site last Friday. They have not been allowed back.
The embassy said on Thursday ZAKA had been told it could not return to retrieve remains due to a "procedural matter" and that Ethiopia did not want to grant access for other nations.
The Ethiopian ministries of transport and foreign affairs did not respond to a request for comment.
CONFUSION OVER PASSENGERS
An Interpol-led group of nations including Germany and Canada are supporting the DNA testing, three Addis Ababa-based diplomatic sources said. Ethiopia has also contracted British firm Blake Emergency Services to recover and return the remains. The firm did not respond to requests for comment.
Remains recovered so far have been bagged and stored in an out-of-the-way area of Addis Ababa’s Bole airport, in refrigeration units usually used to store roses destined for export, before being moved to the capital’s St. Paul’s Hospital, two sources told Reuters.
Halting excavations could complicate matters for many countries, some of which are still unsure how many of their citizens were lost.
Although 18 of the victims have been identified as Canadian, others had connections to Canada, meaning its embassy has been supporting more families, said Canada’s ambassador to Ethiopia, Antoine Chevrier. Some were also dual nationals.
Ethiopian Airlines has not published the full passenger list with names and dates of birth. It did not respond to questions over when the list might be published.
Until that is done, confusion remains over dual nationals, and the citizenship of seven people on board the flight is still not public, diplomats told Reuters.
Recent events, including the conviction and sentencing of George Pell for sexually abusing two children in the 1990s and the documentary airing allegations about Michael Jackson’s abuse of two young boys, have made prominent the topic of child sexual abuse. Many parents may be concerned about the safety of their child, and whether they are missing signs the child may be being groomed, or sexually abused.
Child sexual abuse is a global problem. Victimisation rates are estimated at 18% for girls and almost 8% for boys. But these rates don’t show the full picture as they only reflect cases that have been reported. Most cases of child sexual abuse are perpetrated by someone known to the child or related to the child.
Findings from the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse show victims can take up to 26 years to disclose sexual abuse. So, if the child isn’t disclosing their experience, what can a parent do? Here are some signs to look for to protect your child, as well as what to do if you suspect they are experiencing sexual abuse or are at risk of being abused.
Encourage open conversation
The best weapon any caregiver has for protecting their child is to proactively engage in open communication about personal safety with their child from a young age. Helping a child build their knowledge of personal safety is a form of primary prevention of child sexual abuse.
This might include parents teaching their children the correct names for their genitalia, creating a shared language around warning signs, and basic rules regarding personal safety. Having these open conversations early on will build the child’s knowledge and may encourage the child to be more open about uncomfortable experiences they may have.
Why children may not tell
There are many reasons why children might not disclose abuse immediately. These include feelings of self-blame, embarrassment, shame, powerlessness or fear of the perpetrator.
Some children may simply not know how to talk about the abuse. The likelihood of non-disclosure may be magnified when the perpetrator is a family member or known to the family. Here, the child might feel conflicted, as they want the abuse to stop but are concerned about the perpetrator’s well-being if they disclose, or fear the consequences of disclosure such as family separation or distress.
Grooming dynamics also shed light on why children may not disclose. Grooming is where a perpetrator manipulates a child using psychological pressure, tangible incentives (such as toys and money) and attention.
Once abuse occurs, the child’s silence may be maintained by the perpetrator suggesting the child will not be believed about the abuse, using threats and blame (“you will ruin the family if you tell anyone”) and distorting the abuse (such as suggesting it is part of a “game”).
Research suggests children are more likely to disclose sexual abuse if they feel they have at least one trusted adult they can turn to, who will listen and believe them.
Male victims are less likely to disclose than female victims. This may be due to it seeming un-masculine to seek help, being viewed as homosexual (if the perpetrator is male), and confusion about the experience due to the visible physiological responses they may have – such as an erection.
The severity of the abuse has also been linked to disclosure. Research has found the more severe the abuse, the more likely the child is to disclose it. Researchers have suggested in these instances, the child’s fear of being abused again may override any perceived negative consequences associated with disclosing the abuse.
What are some of the warning signs of sexual abuse?
significant changes in behaviour (such as reverting to soiling or bed wetting, a decline in school performance)
sexual behaviour or knowledge about sex that is beyond the child’s age
sudden fears or fear of being with a specific person
unexplained change in emotional state
becoming unusually secretive
pain in the genital or anal area.
But be alert not alarmed – these are possible indicators, not tell-tale signs. Just because an older child wets the bed does not mean they are (or have been) the victim of sexual abuse.
While children show curiosity and a range of behaviours while growing up, the take home message is to be alert to changes in emotions and behaviour that seem out of the ordinary for your child.
What do I do if I suspect my child is being sexually abused?
If you are concerned about a child, you can ask questions such as: “is anything worrying you?”, “are you OK?” and “is there anything you would like me to do to support you?”.
A child’s disclosure of sexual abuse may be intentional or non-intentional, complete or incomplete, verbal or non-verbal. The child may draw a picture or use toys to re-enact the situation. Importantly, how you respond to the child can impact on their recovery from such trauma.
If a child discloses to you that they are being sexually abused, give the child your undivided attention. Believing the child is critical to the child’s psychological well-being. Allow the child to use their own words and to take their time. Assure the child that they have done the right thing by telling you.
Attention cheese lovers and cannabis consumer, the fantasy of an cannabis-infused charcuterie plate will drive you to discover whether or not you could infuse cannabis into cheese.
The short answer is, yes. Yes, you can infuse cheese with cannabis, and we’re going to teach you how. This creamy, lactose-rich cheese requires very few ingredients and is perfect atop crackers and breads.
4 cups cannabis milk (grind the cannabis into a liter of milk – the finer you grind, the better it will infuse – and let it simmer for an hour)
7 L fresh, raw milk
1/4 tsp mesophilic culture
1/2 tsp liquid animal rennet dissolved in 1/2 cup (125 ml) cool, non-chlorinated water
2 tbsp fine sea salt
Long knife (curd knife; does not need to be sharp)
Pour both milks into your stockpot and heat it over medium heat until it reaches an even temperature of 30 degrees Celsius.
Sprinkle the mesophilic culture over the surface of the milk and whisk it in, making sure that it is thoroughly combined and dissolved.
Let the cultured milk ripen for 1 hour.
Slowly pour the diluted rennet into the milk, whisking continuously as you add it and for at least 5 minutes after all the rennet has been added.
Let the milk set for 1 to 2 hours until a curd develops firm enough for you to cut cleanly with a knife.
Use a long knife to cut the curds into 5 mm cubes. The cubes do not have to be perfectly even, but they should be approximately the same size.
Let the curds sit for an additional 15 minutes.
Gradually raise the temperature of the milk until it reaches 40 degrees Celsius.
Stir the curds with a long-handled spoon every few minutes to prevent them from matting or clumping. Do this for 30-45 minutes. And you will see the curds will begin to shrink considerably.
Pour the contents of the pot through your cheesecloth-lined colander. Rest the colander over a clean sink, basin, or the empty stockpot. Drain for 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
Turn the curds onto a chopping board and cut them in 5 evenly sizes. And put them back in the pot.
Fill a sink or basin with room temperature water and place the pot and curds into it. Keeping the temperature of the curds right around 30°C, turn the slices every 15 minutes for the next 2 hours. This is the process and will give your cheese its unique flavor and deliciousness.
After 2 hours, the curds will be shiny and very firm. Remove them from the pot and cut into 2 cm cubes. Place back in the pot, cover, and place in the sink filled with room temperature water.
In 10 minutes, stir gently with your fingers or a wooden spoon. Repeat twice more.
Remove the pot from the sink and add salt. Stir gently once more.
Line the cheese press with a piece of cheesecloth and carefully place the curds into the press. Wrap the cloth around the cheese and press at 10 pounds of pressure for 15 minutes.
Remove the cheese from the press, unwrap, and flip the cheese. Re-wrap using a fresh piece of cheesecloth, and apply pressure for 12 hours.
Remove the cheese from the press, unwrap, and flip the cheese. Re-wrap using a fresh piece of cheesecloth, and apply more pressure for 24 hours.
Remove the cheese from the press and air-dry for 2 to 3 days, until smooth and dry to the touch.
Wax the cheese and age at 12 degrees Celsius for at least 60 days.
Italy and China want to revive the spirit of the ancient Silk Road by deepening their trade and investment ties, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday during a trip to Rome that has raised eyebrows in Washington.
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Durban – Pupils as young as 12 are allegedly taking prescription drugs purchased on the black market, while others are sniffing fumes from burnt steel wool or drinking cough mixture diluted with cooldrink during school hours to get a quick high.
A Phoenix teenager recalled sweating profusely, feeling limp and experiencing intense stomach cramps after she had come off a high from drinking the cough mixture concoction.
The girl, 15, had mixed the highly addictive Lenazine cough mixture with a fizzy cooldrink before drinking it. Three of her school friends had joined her in the “experiment” during school hours.
“We heard about the effects of this mixture and decided to try it out. We didn’t know what to expect, but others who tried it said it gave them an amazing feeling. We were the only ones who hadn’t tried it.”
She said they chose to take this concoction rather than smoke cannabis as it had no telltale signs, like a smell.
“We met in the toilets before the lunch break and mixed about three spoonfuls of the cough mixture in the cool drink before drinking it.”
The feeling of euphoria, she said, was intense.
“Everything slowed down for a good couple of hours. But then the withdrawal started, while I was at home. I had this intense pain. I tossed on my bed. I did not know what to do. I called my friend but she said she was okay and that I should relax. She also begged me not to tell anyone anything.”
She said after about an hour, she had to tell her brother and that he “gave me tons of water to flush it out of my system”. He had then told their mother.
The teen said she had not experimented since, but her friends often did.
In Chatsworth, a teenage boy described how he discovered Xanax while with a group of friends.
“Getting the Xanax was easy. We went to a pharmacy in Pinetown and got the drug without a prescription. After having it, we realised it gave us a great high and we decided to make a business out of it.”
The boy, from Welbedacht, said he got together with friends and they pooled money to buy the Xanax.
“At first I sold it for R7.50 at school. The demand was huge, I reduced the price to R5 a pop. I generally sell-out before school is out.”
The teen, 17, said the pharmacy supplied him on demand and asked no questions.
He added they often smoked weed to supplement the “high”.
“The Xanax is an anti-depressant so it makes me happy, the weed makes me feel great while the cough mixture makes me feel numb.”
A 16-year-old from Mount Vernon, opposite Hillary, said she began taking the Xanax after her friends forced her to take it to be “cool.”
“Xanax is a tablet for stress and I was always stressed with school. My friends consume up to five tablets at once. I took it for six months until I got caught.
“When my parents found out they were very upset and told me I could have died. I took it because of the feelings of euphoria and sometimes I chased it with weed, which gave me an even more intense feeling.”
She said she and her friends would buy the Xanax from a drug peddler who lived nearby, but soon after she was caught, her parents moved, so she hasn’t interacted with any of her friends.
Anti-Drug Forum South Africa head Sam Pillay said tablets like Xanax and opioid-based cough mixtures which contain codeine were fast becoming drugs of choice among school children
He said the staff at his office in Chatsworth fielded several complaints a week.
“Over a dozen schools contacted us because they suspected the pupils were on drugs. During drug testing, some admitted taking Xanax. They said they could not do without it.”
Xanax is a Schedule 5 drug, commonly used in the short-term management of anxiety disorders. It requires a doctor’s script because it has a potential for abuse or dependence.
Tracy Williams, of Wentworth Angels, said during a raid last week, police confiscated Xanax tablets, cannabis and cough mixture from pupils at a secondary school.
“One child was high after taking a Xanax, then smoking a cigarette and cannabis. She was immediately suspended.”
Williams said that pharmacies in the area had been cautioned not to sell cough mixture to pupils.
Mohamed Shah, of the Drug Action Committee in Phoenix, claimed some pupils sniffed burnt steel wool for a high.
A Phoenix principal said: “Recently, a security guard noticed that a pupil, holding a purple concoction in a Sprite bottle, looked withdrawn. He notified me and, when I sniffed the bottle, I knew something was amiss. The child admitted he had mixed Halls cough drops with Dispirin in the cooldrink, which he drank.
“We notified his parents and asked them to a meeting but they refused. They would rather shield their kids.”
Holding out for last-minute deals often leads to missing out on them. “There’s a perception among travellers that they’ll travel more cheaply if they wait for last-minute specials," says Sue Garrett, Flight Centre Travel Group South Africa GM Product and Marketing. "While some may be lucky enough to benefit from waiting, you’ll get the best value by planning ahead and locking in your holidays for 2019 early in the year.”
Garrett highlights that travel suppliers tend to start the year off with value-for-money early bird deals. “In many cases, this is probably the best price you’re going to get for your holiday if you have a good idea of when you’re looking to travel.”
There’s also a tendency for South Africans to take shorter, more frequent holidays during the year, than the one annual holiday in December. “We see an increasing trend towards local mini-breaks over long weekends throughout the year,” says Garrett. "As life becomes more stressful, it simply isn’t possible to wait an entire year to kick back and relax.
“It’s never been easier or more affordable for South Africans to travel as the world becomes more accessible to us through improved airlift, improved visa regimes and travel technology. That said, the tried-and-tested destinations like Mauritius, Zanzibar and Thailand will continue to be firm favourites, with the Middle East, Italy and Sri Lanka also gaining in popularity."
Here are some tips from the travel experts to make 2019 travel a reality:
It’s all about timing
Have you plotted all the possible long weekend combinations in 2019? Take the 2nd and 3rd of May off, and you’ll have five days to spend somewhere fabulous. Start planning your schedule now and check with a professional travel advisor which destinations and experiences are best at that time of year. They’ll also be able to share if there are any early-bird deals available. Planning ahead could be the difference between you and an armchair-holiday filled with #fomo.
Gets your ducks in a row
Travelling with a minor? You’re going to need to have an Unabridged Birth Certificate on hand. Also, don’t forget to check the validity of your passport to ensure it has more than six months’ validity and that you have more than two blank pages in your passport. A handy tip from Garrett is to ensure that you’ve scanned all your documentation and uploaded it to the cloud or sent it to an email account you can access online.
Check with your travel advisor if you need a visa, if there are any additional expenses like departure taxes and vaccinations you need to be aware of. Always make sure you have travel insurance and take great care to safeguard, not only yourself but your bank account and online identity.
Compile a checklist
In anticipation of your holiday, start making a shared list with your travel companions and family. You can use collaborative tools like Google Docs or AirTable to create lists that anyone can access and add to as you think of things – what to pack, what needs to get done before you go, who’s going to water your plants while you’re away, etc. For groups travelling, it also makes sense to set up a WhatsApp group to coordinate travel plans, questions and comments. Developing a check-list over time ensures you’ve ticked all the boxes and can step out of the door with peace of mind that you haven’t forgotten a thing.
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The UN Human Rights Council has condemned the IAAF’s attempt to regulate the testosterone levels of female athletes, as nations unanimously backed the cause of South African runner Caster Semenya.
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The family of murdered Polokwane man Thorisho Themane says they are frustrated by continuous court delays.
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Sterling rose further Friday after Brussels gave Britain a Brexit deadline extension, but stocks dived as fresh economic gloom gripped trading floors.
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