Woolworths claims the mouse ‘was not baked into the pie’

Woolworths has admitted that it was a mouse that had been found in one of its pies. However, they claim it was put in after baking.

The retailer believes the rodent was placed in the pie was already baked.

Woolworths said in a statement: “Following an investigation, we can confirm that the mouse was not baked into the pie at our store but was rather put in it post production.”

“We are continuing our investigation to establish the source of the foreign object.”

Manenberg resident Carmelita Pienaar, found the mouse in a steak and kidney pie she had bought from Woolies in Adderley Street, Cape Town, on Monday. Pienaar says after she bit into her pie, she could tell it felt and tasted different.

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Europe floods: Natural disaster to be declared in France

France is to declare a state of natural disaster in areas worst hit by flooding in recent days, President Francois Hollande says.

The measure frees up funds, with some towns in central France suffering their severest floods in decades.

In Paris the Seine continues to rise, prompting the closure of a metro line running through the city centre.

Heavy rains across Europe have left at least 10 people dead, most of them in Germany.

More downpours are forecast right through the weekend across a band of central Europe from France to Ukraine, with as much as 50mm (2in) of rain falling in some parts in just a few hours.

'Totally under water'

After a day of respite on Wednesday in central France, the region is braced for a further rise in already exceptionally high river levels.

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Eddie Keizan: The Tale of a Motorsport Tiger

GREG MILLS SOUTH AFRICA > 02 JUN 2016 01:20

Eddie Keizan, South African motorsport legend, industrialist, entrepreneur, family man, conservationist and philanthropist, died in Johannesburg on 21 May 2016 at the age of 71. GREG MILLS pays tribute.

There are two ways to remember someone and determine the mark they have made and left.

The first way is through figures – what academics might describe as “quantitative aspects”: principally, the honours and awards you accumulate, and the wealth and possessions you acquire.

Eddie did (more than) well in terms of this measurement.

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Panama's indigenous tribes launch drones to fight deforestation

TECHNOLOGY > Thursday 2 June 2016 - 6:52am

BOGOTA - Indigenous people in Panama are using drones as a new weapon to monitor deforestation on their lands as thousands of hectares disappear every year in one of the world's most biodiverse rainforests, the United Nations said.

More than half of Panama is covered with tropical rainforest, home to various indigenous groups who rely on the forests to survive.

"The main objective of monitoring with drones is to identify changes in specific points of the forest cover," the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in a statement on Wednesday.

"The monitoring is carried out in areas under deforestation and degradation pressure, which are only observable with high resolution spatial images."

Indigenous people make up nearly 13 percent of Panama's population of 4 million, with about 200,000 living on autonomous tribal lands, known as comarcas.

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EU CAUTIONS GOVERNMENTS AGAINST BANNING UBER, AIRBNB

Reuters | 16 minutes ago

BRUSSELS/LONDON – European Union governments should not ban services like home-rental site Airbnb or ride-hailing app Uber except as a last resort, the EU says in new guidelines, seeking to rein in a crackdown on the “sharing economy”.

In guidelines seen by Reuters, the European Commission said any restrictions by EU member states on these new online services should be justified and proportionate to the public interest at stake.

“Total bans of an activity constitute a measure of last resort that should be applied only if and where no less restrictive requirements to attain a public interest can be used,” the draft document says.

In the case of room-renting sites like Airbnb, the Commission said banning short-term lets of apartments “appears difficult to justify” when limits on the maximum number of days apartments can be rented out would be more appropriate.

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EXCLUSIVE: Huge treasure trove of fossils unearthed by roadworks

2016-06-01 07:25

Ahmed Areff, News24

 

Grahamstown - A huge treasure trove of fossils, including of some species that have not been documented by scientists before, has been discovered during construction work on the N2 highway near Grahamstown.

"A number of new invertebrates, as well as excellently preserved plant fossils of the Devonian era, have been excavated and discovered in rock debris of the Witpoort Formation along the N2 between Grahamstown and Fish River," SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) environmental manager Mpati Makoa announced on Wednesday.

The trove was discovered during "controlled rock cutting explosions".

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Radical steps needed to save Edcon

SUNDAY TIMES BUSINESS BY PALESA VUYOLWETHU TSHANDU, 2016-05-29

 

On her way through an Edgars store, Shelly Gould eyes a dress on the express merchandise of international brands. "Buy one, get one free" reads the signage , but even that doesn' t tempt her .

"I don't browse. I only come here if I really need something," said Gould.

The mother of two, who started shopping at Edgars 10 years ago, said the only reason she still bought at the store was its new diversified offering - "they've got more products, like Forever New. But I don't shop here for my daughter at all. There's nothing for her."

Gould said some of the clothes on offer for young girls were in fact inappropriate, and better suited to women.

But Gould's son could be the ideal customer for the Edcon group's flagship stores. "I've got a 15-year-old son who only wears name brands." Edgars stocks a variety of international, local and private-label brands in its 203 stores.

In 2012, when then-CEO Jürgen Schreiber introduced international brands such as Mango, Topshop and Forever New, he anticipated that the youth-oriented labels would increase sales by 50% to make up for the previous year's R2.8-billion loss.

In the years since then, they have become perhaps the only reason the retailer is surviving.

The Edcon group employs more than 40,000 people, most of them full-time employees, according to CEO Bernie Brookes.

Brookes said last week that "over the past few months we have accelerated and advanced our operational change process ... this included an enhanced focus on the store look and feel, better service levels, improving the product offering, as well as better overall cost management, and these are all starting to resonate well with customers".

But on the shop floor the conversation is very different.

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6.1 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE STRIKES TAIWAN

According to witnesses, no casualties have been reported as yet.

Reuters | 16 minutes ago

TAIWAN – An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 shook parts of Taiwan on Tuesday and was felt in the capital, Taipei, residents and officials said, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

The US Geological Survey originally recorded the quake, centred about 110 km northeast of Taipei, with a magnitude of 6.4. Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau put the magnitude at 7.2.

Witnesses reported that tremors could be felt in buildings in Taipei, including the national parliament, as well as at the international airport in Taoyuan south of the capital.

The world’s largest contract chipmaker, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Inc., said there was no impact to its operations.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or significant damage.

Child Protection Week to focus on issues faced by SA's children

2016-05-29 15:34

Jenni Evans, News24

Cape Town – Child Protection Week started on Sunday with government and civil society planning to spend the next seven days paying attention to some of the difficult issues faced by South Africa's young people.

The Gauteng government is focusing on drug rehabilitation for youths in the province battling with addiction to the point of being a danger to themselves.

Social Development MEC, Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, would to spend the time educating families and children about children's rights, with the help of the National Prosecuting Authority and the justice department.

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Gatebe shatters Comrades 'down' record

2016-05-29 11:28

Cape Town - South Africa's David Gatebe has broken the 'down' record in this year's Comrades Marathon.

Gatebe, running for the TomTom Athletics Club, stopped the clock in a time of 5:18.19, breaking Russian Leonid Shvetsov's 2007 record of 5:20.49.

Shvetsov has since been implicated in a doping scandal.

Gatebe, who won the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in 2013, pocketed R1.14 million for his efforts - R400 000 for the victory, R400 000 for the new record, R190 000 for being the first South African home - and a bonus of R150 000* for being a South African winner put up by the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa.

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START GUN FIRED, 2016 COMRADES MARATHON OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY

Rafiq Wagiet | about an hour ago

DURBAN – The 2016 Comrades Marathon is officially underway. 

The start gun was fired outside the Pietermaritzburg City Hall a short while ago.

Close to 22,000 runners are now making their way from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, to run exactly 89 kilometres and 208 metres.

They'll run over the popular shorts and through the Valley of a Thousand Hills before ending at Kingsmead Cricket Stadium in the Durban CBD.

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Olympics should move due to Zika concerns, say 150 experts

An open letter signed by 150 international doctors, scientists and researchers Friday called for the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro to be moved or delayed due to the Zika virus.

Published: May 28, 2016, 7:41 a.m. by AFP

To press on with the Games in Rio, the second most affected city in Brazil by the Zika crisis, would be "irresponsible" and "unethical," the letter argued.

"Our greater concern is for global health. The Brazilian strain of Zika virus harms health in ways that science has not observed before," said the letter, signed by experts in the United States, Britain, Canada, Norway, the Philippines, Japan, Brazil, South Africa, Turkey, and Lebanon, among others.

"An unnecessary risk is posed when 500,000 foreign tourists from all countries attend the Games, potentially acquire that strain, and return home to places where it can become endemic," it said.

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Korean Air passengers recall near-disaster at Tokyo airport

WORLD Saturday 28 May 2016 - 6:13am

SEOUL - Passengers of a Korean Air plane recalled the terrifying moment one of the aircraft's twin engines caught fire as it was gaining speed for take-off at Tokyo's Haneda airport.

All 302 passengers and 17 crew members were evacuated safely from the Korean Air Boeing 777 on Friday, escaping down the plane's inflatable emergency evacuation slides onto the runway.

"As the plane was picking up speed to take off, there was a bang and I saw a plume of black smoke rising from the wing," Keum Min-Woo told journalists after the passengers arrived in Seoul on an alternative flight late Friday.

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Vintage plane crashes in New York's Hudson River

A World War Two-era plane crashed in New York City's Hudson River off Manhattan on Friday and authorities said the pilot was unaccounted for.

New Jersey State Police Sergeant Jeff Flynn said the aircraft went down off Manhattan's West 79th Street, a few miles (kms) south of the George Washington Bridge, at around 7:30 p.m.

Flynn initially said the plane's sole occupant, a male pilot, was rescued from the river and transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

 

The agency later said on its Twitter account however that there were conflicting reports from the scene and they could no longer confirm the swimmer in the water was the plane's pilot.

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Judgment reserved on media's bid to access Nkandla hearings

2016-05-27 13:42

Jeff Wicks, News24

Pietermaritzburg - Judgment was reserved in a high court bid by the media to access the disciplinary hearings of Department of Public Works officials fingered by the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) over their role in the building of President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead.

Media24, along with Times Media Group and M&G Media, brought an application to allow reporters to be present at the disciplinary hearings of the officials, widely painted as scapegoats for the Nkandla saga.

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SA COACHING LEGEND TED DUMITRU DIES AT 76

The 76-year-old, nicknamed ‘The Professor’, led Kaizer Chiefs to back-to-back PSL titles in 2004 & 2005.

 

JOHANNESBURG - Former Bafana Bafana coach Ted Dumitru has died after collapsing at the Eastgate Shoping Centre, east of Johannesburg, this morning.

He was treated by paramedics on the scene.

There are no further details available at this stage but centre management is expected to release a statement related to an incident in the mall later today.

The 76-year-old, nicknamed ‘The Professor’, led Kaizer Chiefs to back-to-back PSL titles in 2004 and 2005.

He also coached Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates coach.

The Romanian-born coach was one of few coaches to have managed South Africa’s so-called ‘Big Three’.

More details to follow on this developing story.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

New York shooting: Gunfire at Irving Plaza leaves one person dead

One person has been killed and three others wounded in a shooting at a music venue in New York.

Police said the shooting happened at Irving Plaza, near Union Square, Manhattan, where hip-hop artist TI was due to perform on Wednesday evening.

No-one has been arrested and the motive for the shooting is unclear.

Witnesses reported panic inside the concert hall when the shots rang out. Police have sealed off the area around the venue.

The victims were three men, one of whom died, and a woman, the New York Times reported.

TI, whose real name is Clifford Joseph Harris Jr, was not on stage at the time. His representatives have not yet commented on the incident.

SA braces for verdict from ratings agencies

BUSINESS/NEWS / 

25 May 2016 at 07:30am

By: Wiseman Khuzwayo

Johannesburg - A team from S&P Global Ratings visited South Africa last week for meetings, the Treasury said, ahead of a review due to be published on June 3, which could see the country’s debt rating cut to junk.

South African officials also spoke to Fitch Ratings by phone, National Treasury spokeswoman Phumza Macanda said.

Read: S&P, Fitch meet SA over review

Fitch has not given a date for its next rating decision.

S&P rates the debt of Africa’s most industrialised country at BBB-, one notch above speculative grade and with a negative outlook, while Fitch assigns a similar rating after a downgrade in December.

Seen by numerous analysts as the most likely to push South Africa to “junk” status, S&P said earlier this month that the weak economy posed an immediate risk to the rating.

“S&P was here last week and concluded all their meetings… They met with government, labour representatives, some political leaders and some business leaders as well,” Macanda said this week.

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The History of Africa Day - 25 May

After World War II, the process of decolonization of the African continent gathered momentum as Africans increasingly agitated for more political rights and independence. While in some parts of the continent colonial powers reluctantly and grudgingly relinquished power, in other parts African people launched protracted struggles against the recalcitrant colonial regimes. Thus, between 1945 and 1965 a significant number of African countries gained independence from European colonial powers. Ghana became the first African country south of the Sahara to gain independence on 6 March 1957. Its independence served an inspiration to other African countries struggling against colonial rule and as a result Ghana occupied a central role in the struggle against colonial rule.

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Remains retrieved from EgyptAir wreckage suggest blast on board: Egypt forensics official

The human remains so far retrieved from the wreckage of the crashed EgyptAir plane suggest that there was an explosion aboard, an Egyptian forensics official and investigation sources said on Tuesday.

The official based his assessment on the small size of body parts so far recovered from the site in the Mediterranean sea. Investigators had not so far found any traces of explosives that would suggest it was caused by a bomb, the sources said.

“The size of the remains points towards an explosion, the biggest part was the size of a palm. Some of the remains started arriving on Sunday in about 23 bags,” the forensics official said.

However, another forensics official said only a tiny number of remains had arrived so far and it was too early to specify whether there had been an explosion aboard.

(Reporting by Haitham Ahmed and Abdelnasser Aboelfadl; Writing Lin Noueihed,; Editing by Dominic Evans)