Friday Morning Edition

Good morning all,


MY VIEW

Local news still very slow.  Where is the Knysna Primary School Std class of 1962?  George Arts Theatre begins auditions for the year.  NSRI rescues the barf brigade.

This may sound overly dramatic, but the USA is fighting for its life – and for the continued existence of western civilization as we know it.  The UK is falling, but the French want their country back.  At least the dirty cardinal seems to be getting what should have come to him a long time ago.

SA going into election mode – with all its intrigue and other bs.

Tourism Department under fire.  Gold firms and oil drops as the world breathes easier – but for how long.  Gniel de Villiers falls back in the Dakar.  Elgar lays down the law.  Markram passed fit.  Will Jurie Roux’s past finally catch up with him.


Latest Local News 

Where are they now?

Knysna Primary School Standard 2 – 1962

Auditions: George Arts Theatre

The George Arts Theatre is turning 50 this year and we have many wonderful things planned for 2019! 

Assistance with tourists experiencing motion sickness

Andre Fraser, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, said: At 08h40, Wednesday, 09th January, NSRI Station 15 Mossel Bay duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from a commercial fishing boat to collect 4 tourists off the boat who were suffering motion sickness.


Latest Local Sports News

George Golf Club Newsletter

Fancourt Golf Club Newsletter

Pinnacle Point Golf Club Newsletter


International News

Obama’s border patrol chief destroys left’s border rhetoric: ‘It’s a national security and humanitarian crisis’

The chief of U.S. Border Patrol during Barack Obama’s presidency, Mark Morgan, joined Glenn Beck on Thursday’s show to refute the leftist rhetoric that walls are “ineffective” and that President Donald Trump manufactured the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Former Trump ‘fixer’ Michael Cohen agrees to testify publicly before Congress January 10, 2019

US President Donald Trump’s former lawyer will appear before the House in early February

Trump says he’ll probably declare national emergency over wall deadlock January 10, 2019

A quarter of the federal government has shut down for the 20th day in the standoff

UK minister breaks ranks with no-deal Brexit warning January 11, 2019

Greg Clark’s comments contradicted official government policy of not ruling out a no-deal Brexit

French cardinal to go on trial over child abuse cover-up January 11, 2019

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon, is to stand trial over allegations he helped cover up abuse in one of the parishes in the area

Britain’s battle over Brexit resumes ahead of big vote January 11, 2019

The accord took nearly two years to negotiate but has managed to upset just about everyone in British politics

‘Yellow vests’ storm French ministry as protests turn violent January 11, 2019

The yellow vest movement began in rural France over plans to increase fuel taxes

21 bodies found on US-Mexico border as Trump visits January 10, 2019

The bodies, some of them badly burned, were found Wednesday in the border town of Miguel Aleman, about 270 kilometres from McAllen, Texas.


National News

We did not pay Zuma rape accuser, says NPA

Zuma’s application is his last hope of stopping the arms deal-related trial on charges of fraud, racketeering, corruption, money laundering and tax evasion

The history of politics shows ANC is a lost cause

The cyclical nature of governments shows why the governing party is bringing mediocrity, confusion and destitution

Political parties set to be banned from using public funds for election campaigns

A bill that seeks to ban political parties from using public funds for election campaigns is a step closer to becoming law after the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) adopted the proposed legislation at a special sitting on Thursday.


Business News

Poor planning stifles SA tourism

Lack of a comprehensive approach to tourism planning is holding back the development of SA’s tourism industry, says Unathi Henama a tourism expert and lecturer at the Tshwane University of Technology.

Débâcle might prompt Home Affairs to finally engage with industry

Even before the Department of Home Affairs confused everyone by nullifying its own law which it had amended the day before, the larger tour operators were expressing disappointment that the Immigration Act Amendment of November 30 had, in any case, not gone far enough to allow them to market South Africa as a family-friendly destination.

MARKET WRAP: JSE flat as global equity rally cools slightly January 10, 2019

Optimism over an imminent US-China trade deal fades, but local banks and retailers find support following dovish US Federal Reserve minutes

Gold steadies as firmer dollar offsets growth concerns January 10, 2019

SPDR Gold Trust holdings are the highest since July, but investors are waiting for more concrete news out of the US-China trade talks

Oil drops on vague US-China trade talks and US supply surge January 10, 2019

US fuel supply swells to nearly 12-million bpd, as  Opec and its partners cut supply to rein in the emerging glut 


Sports News

Al-Attiyah stretches Dakar lead in pursuit of third title January 10, 2019

Two-time champion Nasser al-Attiyah extended his lead in the Dakar Rally, winning the fourth stage between Arequipa and Tacna.

Elgar delivers “blunt message” to Proteas January 10, 2019

Stand-in South African captain Dean Elgar says he had given a “blunt message” to his players ahead of the third and final Test against Pakistan.

Rugby chief Jurie Roux’s court D-Day in May January 10, 2019

Erasmus said that pre-trial issues would be sorted out between Roux and Stellenbosch University in February.

Markram passed fit to play third Test January 10, 2019

Proteas opening batsman Aiden Markram has been passed fit to play in the third and final Test match against Pakistan at the Wanderers on Friday.


Press Releases

New Year, new chef, new menu!

Elevate your senses with our new menu in 2019. Situated in central main road Somerset West, Nom Nom has undergone…

Jägermeister presents Up the Creek 7-10 February 2019

It is almost time for the annual Jägermeister presents Up the Creek, one of the most fabulous festivals for music…

Nortje’s varsity career key to his development

Former Madibaz cricketer Anrich Nortje, who is fast emerging as one of South Africa’s brightest bowling prospects, says a broader…


Regular Columns & Opinion Pieces

Cartoon – Department of Transport greatest hits

Toyota signs off 2018 sales with 24.2% market share

Brian Joss – Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) ended 2018 with 6 159 more vehicle sales compared to 2017. Last…

Four Wheeler names JeepR Wrangler Rubicon “2019 SUV of the Year”

Brian Joss – The 2019 JeepR Wrangler Rubicon – the most capable SUV yet – has been named Four Wheeler …

Car seat initiative will help to save children’s lives

Brian Joss – Research carried out by the American Automobile Association shows that safety belts and child car seats are…


Until next time…

Bruce

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