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Dorian strengthens, heads toward Florida as dangerous category 4 hurricane
31 August 2019, 8:55 PM

Hurricane Dorian spun west across the Atlantic ocean toward Florida on Saturday after growing into a dangerous Category 4 storm as residents and visitors hunkered down in one of America’s most popular tourist destinations.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Center said there had been a “notable change” since Friday night, with the latest forecasts showing the eye of the storm could veer north and stay out at sea.

But it warned that its course remained unpredictable. Dorian still poses a threat to millions of people, as well as holiday attractions such as Walt Disney World, the NASA launch pads along the Space Coast, and even President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach.

The NHC said Dorian was packing maximum sustained winds of 240 kph and was expected to pass north of the southeastern and central Bahamas on Saturday and be near Florida’s east coast late Monday or early Tuesday.

“Some fluctuations in intensity are likely, but Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next few days,” the NHC said in a statement on Saturday.

On Florida’s east coast, residents bought bottled water, plywood and other supplies as fast as they could be restocked on Friday. Some gas stations ran out of fuel.

“They’re buying everything and anything that applies to a hurricane, flashlights, batteries, generators,” said Amber Hunter, 30, assistant manager at Cape Canaveral’s ACE Handiman hardware store.

Tourists scrambled to leave the Bahamas on Friday as Dorian approached its northwestern islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco, eager to take off before the international airport shut down at 10pm.

‘ONE OF THE BIGGEST AND STRONGEST’

The NHC urged Florida residents to remain on alert.

“It should be noted that the new forecast track does not preclude Dorian making landfall on the Florida coast, as largeportions of the coast remain in the track cone of uncertainty,”the center cautioned on Saturday.

The storm is expected to turn toward the north, but there was “large uncertainty in the exact location and timing” of themove, it said.

Trump said South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia could all be hit harder by the storm than had been previously expected.

“It’s moving around and very hard to predict, except that itis one of the biggest and strongest (and really wide) that wehave seen in decades. Be safe!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Cocoa Beach Mayor Ben Malik was taking no chances, putting up storm shutters on his Florida home on Friday afternoon and worrying about the flooding Dorian could unleash on his barrier island town.

“It’s slowed down, we’re looking at a multiple-day event, we were hoping it would just barrel through and leave,” Malik said of forecasts that Dorian could sit over Florida for up to two days, dumping up to 46 cm of water.

“I’m really worried about the amount of rain we’ll begetting.”

Florida Governor Ron De Santis urged residents to have inreserve at least a week’s worth of food, water and medicine.

Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson on Friday urged its 46 000 residents who planned to evacuate not to delay.

“It’s decision time now. Don’t wait until I-95 north and I-75 north and the turnpike are parking lots,” said Hudson.

Two thousand National Guard troops were mobilized on Friday and 2 000 more were due to be joining them on Saturday.

Florida officials also were making sure that all nursing homes and assisted living facilities had generators.

Women should own land: Ramaphosa
9 August 2019, 2:46 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says government is working on the liberation and economic emancipation of women.

Speaking at the Women’s Day celebration at the Vryburg showgrounds, President Ramaphosa says women should own and have access to land.

Women’s Day is celebrated annually to remember the 1956 women’s march against pass laws.

Ramaphosa has recognised what he referred to as the determination of the women who participated in the march.”As we pay tribute, as we fondly remember what these women did for us in 1956. Today we also pay tribute to the women who have taken the baton to ensure patriarchy is eradicated. ”

He has recognised Dr Ruth Mompati as one of South Africa’s greatest heroes and visionary leader.  “She served without expectation of any form of recognition. ”

The President also acknowledged Banyana Banyana as one of the shining examples of women doing well in South Africa. “Banyana Banyana must go coach Bafana Bafana.”

South Africa has made progress in ensuring that women have access to education, says Ramaphosa. “We have managed to make a difference in the lives of women. Fifty-eight percent of those who are enrolled in tertiary are women.”

The President has condemned violence against women.

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Petrol price to decrease by almost R1 in July
28 June 2019, 9:06 PM

Semenya to compete in IAAF Diamond League meeting in Morocco
14 June 2019, 6:58 PM

Organisers of Sunday’s IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rabat in Morocco, have made a u-turn and extended an invitation to South Africa’s 800 metres Olympic Games gold medalist and World Champion, Caster Semenya.

Organisers refused her entry on Tuesday, but on Wednesday, the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland rejected an urgent request by the IAAF to have its controversial new ruling reinstated pending the outcome of Semenya’s appeal hearing before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.

The ruling the federation wants to introduce, will prevent female athletes with high testosterone levels from competing internationally in events between 400 metres and a mile.

After a meeting earlier Friday, the organisers said they were happy to confirm that Semenya had been invited to take part in the 800 metres race.

Significant fuel price drop forecast for July
13 June 2019, 8:00 PM

Crude oil prices are plummeting raising hopes of a significant fuel price drop.

Oil prices have decreased by 4%. This is the highest drop since January this year, on fears of slow global growth and escalating trade conflict between the US and China.

The drop in crude oil prices, spells good news for local motorists.

Motorists have experiencing petrol increases since the beginning of the year totaling nearly R2.

According to the Central Energy Fund, if the oil price stays this low, the price of petrol could drop by an estimated R1 per litre come July.

The price of diesel could decrease by over 70 cents a litre.

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