Capetowners is Officially Launched!

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Geeks and Emo’s, Teachers and Pets!

Come listen one and all, out of the dark parts of the faeces, thrown by the inhabitant primates, arises a FTO production in association with Cape Town Entertainment and brokenbox productions, presenting for your entertainment: Cape Towners!!


An entertainment news, story’s and events miracle, that shines a light on the dark continent of Southern Africa to reveal to the World nothing short than simplistic divine Wonder, to entice, entertain, and leave you in soft paralysing awe! 

That’s right, we’ve officially launched and have hit the road running!  We’re are so jam packed with event invites, new business meetings and social media networking that we can barely see straight anymore, but this is all part of the fun of business and bringing the news and articles to you our faithful fromtheold news blog readers as well as our many new comers.

This is what we live for, to provide the hard hitting info, events and stories straight to your internet café’s, offices, home pc’s and cellphones, if it’s happening in Cape Town, you’ll be sure to find it here :)

Welcome to the new entertainment news empire!  …because you really have to try hard not to have any fun ;)

 

 

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Pacific Tsunami warning center issues “local tsunami” warning for Andaman Islands

The earthquake that happened moments ago has a tsunami warning, no major tsunami’s are expected but as the Pacific Tsunami warning center says there might be "local" tsunamis. 

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 001
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 2006Z 31 MAY 2010

THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC
OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS...EXCEPT ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...
WASHINGTON...OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.

... TSUNAMI INFORMATION BULLETIN ...

THIS BULLETIN IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY.

THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.  ONLY
NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE
DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND
ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

 ORIGIN TIME -  1952Z 31 MAY 2010
 COORDINATES -  11.1 NORTH   93.5 EAST
 DEPTH       -   33 KM
 LOCATION    -  ANDAMAN ISLANDS  INDIA REGION
 MAGNITUDE   -  6.6

EVALUATION

 THIS EARTHQUAKE IS LOCATED OUTSIDE THE PACIFIC. NO TSUNAMI THREAT
 EXISTS TO COASTLINES IN THE PACIFIC.

 HOWEVER - EARTHQUAKES OF THIS SIZE SOMETIMES GENERATE LOCAL
 TSUNAMIS THAT CAN BE DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS LOCATED WITHIN
 A FEW HUNDRED KILOMETERS OF THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. AUTHORITIES
 IN THE REGION OF THE EPICENTER SHOULD BE AWARE OF THIS
 POSSIBILITY AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION.

 THIS CENTER MONITORS ONLY A LIMITED NUMBER OF SEA LEVEL GAUGES
 OUTSIDE THE PACIFIC SO IT MAY NOT BE ABLE TO QUICKLY DETECT OR
 MEASURE A TSUNAMI IF ONE WAS GENERATED. AUTHORITIES CAN ASSUME
 THE DANGER HAS PASSED IF NO TSUNAMI WAVES ARE OBSERVED NEAR THE
 EPICENTER WITHIN AN HOUR OF THE EARTHQUAKE.

THIS WILL BE THE ONLY BULLETIN ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.

THE WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS 

FOR ALASKA…BRITISH COLUMBIA…WASHINGTON…OREGON…CALIFORNIA. 

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Video – Anti Israel protesters in front of Israeli embassy in London: Close the embassy

 London, UK – Anti Israel demonstrators marched at the Israel embassy in London calling for the embassy to shut down. Their main chant was "Free Palestine".

Israel has been condemned by many governments around the world for the flotilla clash at the Gaza barrier, protests were sparked in Turkey and other places in the world.

Israel sticks to their story that they were first attacked, they also gave videos to back their side of the story. 

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United States soccer team arrives in South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa – The United States soccer team arrived in South Africa today after a long flight from the United States. The soccer team and their coach Bob Bradley had like the other teams so much security that the teams could almost not be physically seen.

The United States soccer team is ranked 14th in the world and they will face England in their first game in South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Their second game will be against Slovenia.

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Video footage from the IDF shows protesters throwing Israeli soldier over board – Gaza flotilla clash

 Jerusalem, Israel – The Israeli Defense force made two videos they just released to show that they were attacked by people carrying chairs and metal objects. The videos also showed that they were outnumbered and some of their members were being thrown overboard.

The video is a bit hard to make out but you can see various projectiles being launched at the IDF. A lot of confusion, at one point a group of people get their hands on one of the IDF soldiers.

The video speaks for itself. 

 

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Toronto Community Mobilization Network: Police will use weapons that can permanently damage hearing

 

 Toronto, Canada – The Toronto Community Mobilization Network raised their concerns that the police will use weapons that are not safe and can permanently damage hearing during next month’s G20 meeting in Toronto Canada.

"Sound guns, a ‘protest pen,’ and a $900 million security budget makes it clear that security forces and the Harper government are trying to silence the growing opposition to G8 and G20 policies,” states Farrah Miranda of the Toronto Community Mobilization Network

There is a massive opposition against the G8 and G20 policies and the people believe they have the right to make their voices heard.

“People have the right to have their voices heard about the injustices they face every day. Purchasing sound guns is a method to scare people from joining protests and organizing in their communities,” says Adonis El-Jamal, member of the network.  

“Sound guns can permanently damage hearing. These weapons that blast loud noises, are being used to silence protesters and civil society,” says El-Jamal. “The police are not justified in buying or using sound guns.  These pain-inflicting weapons will no doubt impose indiscriminate harm on Torontonians and all people in their vicinity."

 

 

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No Weed for Capetowners During this World Cup

Yep, so it looks like Cape Towns really relaxed state of mind will be forced to speed up and concentrate for a change during the 2010 World Cup next month as Provincial traffic authorities and police are homing in on drug smugglers transporting dagga (marijuana) or weed if you like, between the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape ahead of the World Cup.

This month already, arrests were made involving up to 72kg’s of weed being transported between the two provinces. The arrests have apparently prompted authorities to be on the lookout for an expected influx of dagga being transported by road. 

 

Getting quotes from officials revealed the usual:

Police provincial communications officer Captain Frederick van Wyk said police would always be involved in roadblocks and VCPs, not only because of the World Cup.

Van Wyk said dagga was a common contraband substance and that it was therefore not possible to single out a specific route for its transportation.

"Drug smugglers use various routes to reach their market. However, we are aware of these routes and initiatives, and often our intelligence in this regard results in arrests."

The Police are asking anyone with information about any crime can call their nearest police station in South Africa on 08600 10111 anonymously, or to send an SMS to Crime Line on 32211. Please note that SMS’s are charged at R1 each.

 

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108 Years since the Second boer war ended in South Africa

 Cape Town, South Africa – Today marks 108 years since the end of the second Boer war ( Tweede boere oorlog or Vryheidsoorlog), it ended on 31 May 1902. There were no major celebrations or memorials held in South Africa as in previous years.

More 24000 Boer woman and children died in British concentration camps in the Second Boer war but in Britain the news was had a twist

 

"During the later stages of the war, the relations, women and

children, of those Boers still in the field, were fed and cared

for at the expense of Great Britain, a method of procedure which,

though humane, postponed the end of the war, at the expense of

many valuable lives and much money." 

READ THE FULL STORY OF WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

 

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STARBUCKS ARRIVES IN CAPETOWN!

That’s right caffeine junkies! Starbucks brand has arrived today in South Africa in time for the 2010 World Cup.

They said you will be able to find them in select Southern Sun Hotels and Tsogo Sun Casinos in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.

Starbucks have had a long history of purchasing coffee from Africa as African farmers produce some of the most extraordinary coffees in the world, so it only makes sense to bring it here and why not use the World Cup as a nice excuse to do so?

Graham Wood, MD of Southern Sun, comments, “As a brand with over 40 years of experience in servicing the local and international business and leisure traveller, and with our focus on building our portfolio of successful brands, we are excited about the association between our brand and the global leader in high quality coffee. We look forward to being able to offer our guests the large variety of coffee options that will be available to them in select hotels“.

Rob Collins, MD of Tsogo Sun Gaming says, “We are delighted to be partnering with Starbucks to bring the world’s foremost coffee brand to visitors at our entertainment destinations.  This partnership is an example of an ongoing strategy that has seen Tsogo Sun Gaming developing relationships with like-minded brands such as Disney to bring The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast to SA, in addition to some leading local entertainment and media brands.

You can soon get your Starbucks at the Southern Sun Cullinan Hotel in Cape Town and will be also available at Johannesburg’s SunSquare Montecasino Hotel and InterContinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers, and not forgetting the Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel in Durban.

See you all there!

 

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Go MAD and Make A Difference

I think one of the main concerns in my life today is ecology.  Our Planet is being ripped apart by corporate giants that could care less about anything other than their next Dollar and it’s killing us slowly but surely.

Im not going to go on and on about what’s happening or how bad it is, I think we all already know how bad it is, or at least have a very good idea.  No, instead I’m going to spend my time giving solutions and building awareness, as well as helping others that can actually make a difference.  At the very least I hope I’m able to connect those that are wanting and willing to help and have the resources or financials to do so, with the people that know what to do and how to do it, but are lacking in public awareness and capitol.

And one really good team I’ve found is, Earth Water Foundation

The EWF is a Non Profit organisation and was founded after several partners from the Water Industry wanted to MAKE A DIFFERENCE, knowing that EVERY DROP COUNTS.

I’m not sure if everyone is aware of this in the Cape, but we’re running out of fresh water to drink in the Western Cape, Plans have already been talked about to convert the sea water into drinking water…which isn’t exactly the kind of Fresh Water Drinking I had in mind.

EWF have decided to establish the Earth Water Foundation to:

Find solutions for polluted water, particularly where water is scarce
Bring clean water to underprivileged settlements
Restore the water of rivers and dams to their natural unpolluted state
Deliver green environmental technology to underprivileged and disaster areas
Educate people, communities and governments on the management of water as a life-giving resource
Mobilise and create Water-Awareness Programs for Schools and other Educational Facilities
Implement National School and Community driven River Bank Clean-up Days

 

If you would like to find out more about EWF or get intouch with them, you can go to their website: www.earthwater-foundation.org  or contact them at:

Head Office Address 
PO Box 596 
Swellendam 
6740
Fax: 086 621 2452 

General Email Address:
info@earthwater-foundation.org


Media Contact Information:
Media Email Address -
media@earthwater-foundation.org
PR Team Information:
PR Email Address -
press@earthwater-foundation.org
Job Vacancies Information: 
Vacancy Enquiries -
payitfwd@earthwater-foundation.org
Get Involved:
Participate in Our M.A.D Campaigns 
Mad Initiative Email Address -
mad@earthwater-foundation.org
Change for Change: 
To enquire about getting Change money boxes
change@earthwater-foundation.org
Earth Water Foundation News Letter: 
News Letter Email Address -
madnews@earthwater-foundation.org

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Xenophobic attacks consequence of tribalism

If people cannot see the connection the xenophobic attacks and what the ANC leaders has been saying lately they have not been paying attention. There has been many times since 2008 that government officials have declared xenophobia under control or not a problem at all, this is just a smoke screen to a very serious problem. That is the problem with a country with such a high crime rate, when a couple of people die in attacks it is easy to just claim robbery by grabbing a wallet or cellphone but unfortunately there are many who know the truth and those are the people in the townships. They are the ones who are surrounded by this violence on such a scale it has become part of their lives. It is how things are dealt with. Someone steals and is caught the community will beat that person then they would not dare show their faces again or they could be killed.

And so 17 Somalians have been murdered in 2010 so far, it is easy to say they where robbed. But there are those who know the truth. They sit in their shacks and hear the threats, they walk in the streets and are told go or be killed, they live knowing when the last whistle blows and the last plane leaves and the worlds eyes have turned they will be chased out of South Africa or killed. These are the people who have come here hearing of this ‘better life’ where the government gives houses and they can find work easily from the rich white people. When they come here life is a very different story but for some it is to late to turn back. Most are highly educated some are just crooks but all is being seen as intruders. South African natives go on strikes if they don’t get what they want, most are illiterate and refuse to learn another language and most do not like to work hard. There are those who are the exceptions but this is according to the people employing the foreigners. That is their some of their reasons for employing them. They can pay them less, they are intelligent but desperate for work, they are illegal so no union and extra cost like UIF.

This time it is reported no mercy will be shown to ‘Cockroaches’, it is troubling to think the very word that filled the world with horror from the Rwanda genocide is what the foreign Africans are being called in South Africa. People seem to forget the South Africa is still part of Africa the people still live by Africa’s laws. In Africa if a someone from one tribe go hunt in another tribes territory they will kill him. No questions asked, he was there stealing their food. That is the law of Africa western policy will not work here.

There are those white liberals cheering them on saying ‘the foreigners have stolen their(black south Africans) jobs, bring drugs and crime. Chase them away!’ But have they noticed the tenor of the ANC politicians toward them? Here is a example Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti who said in parliament, no less, people should not take black peoples forgiveness for granted. He stated the solution that South Africa doesn’t turn into Zimbabwe is that people should give their property to the previously disadvantage. Do you understand what he was implying? That the forgiveness for Apartheid must be bought by giving land to the people. That in the essence is tribalism. If one person wrongs another in Zulu and Xhosa culture they have to pay in some manner. Remember Zuma had a baby with a women he was not intending to marry earlier this year? He had to pay compensation to her father.

What they are planning will very much be the end of South Africa because in this new clause all private property would be able to be taken as long as it does not interfere with productivity. If a person has land that is not utilised properly according the them, then they can demand the person hand it over.

Now you may ask what does this have to do with Xenophobic violence? Everything. It shows to what level in government tribalism is going. Democracy becomes useless in the face of tribalism, anything western they scorn and they truly believe this is the only way. There is also no reasoning behind tribalism. Everything is black and white, no grey areas and no mercy. Zuma is a self acclaimed Zulu, one of their beliefs is if a women wears a short skirt, it’s a sexual invitation and she can be taken or punished. Tribalism is very different from democracy or western culture and the sooner people will acknowledge the shift in power the sooner South Africa can start to help itself, until then chaos will rule.  Botswana is a example of a country functioning under tribalism because they have all the laws in place. We have our useless, backlogged, poor excuse for justice system and mob justice, at the moment mob justice is running the show.

Warning the following video contains highly disturbing footage and information. They have used scenes from a movie made about tribal conflict in Nigeria to illustrate the fact that Africans was violent before Apartheid. The African mentality has not changed and the sooner the world faces that fact, South Africa can deal with the real problem. Apartheid might not have been the answer but something has to be done.

African Tribal Wars & The end of Apartheid

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Xenophobia not waiting for World Cup

Jacob Zuma has appealed to the general public to behave for four weeks until the Soccer World Cup is finished. If the newest reports are to be believed then it has fallen on deaf ears. Somalians and Bangladeshi shopkeepers all over South Africa are being threatened, robbed, attacked and killed. The robbers see no worth in their lives because most of them are her illegally making them soft targets. They also tend to believe these people have money and no one cares about the foreigners.

Over the past weeks we have heard a alarming increase of threats of violence when the World Cup is finished. Many people have reported of foreign nationals resigning saying they where told to be out or they will be killed. As stated by CoRMSA (Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa) that the threats are increasing but it has become to late already.  Seventeen Somalians have been killed this year alone, there is no one to cry out for them so it goes unnoticed, while the thugs go on thinking they have the support of the government for their actions.  The police minister called for a embargo in 2009 prohibiting the use of police reports by the press, that means if a shop was robbed and two people are killed the details in the police report is not allowed to be used.  This was done so that South Africa will not look to bad and visitors will not be afraid to visit here.

Foreigners are blamed for crime, stealing benefits from South African citizens, taking up jobs and taking ‘our women’ as some have been heard saying. While the politicians do not correct these assumptions or explain why some emigrants are allowed in the country. There have been very little done to curb the violence and disquiet of the people causing the hatred to grow.

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Vanuatu volcano causes ash cloud over pacific

The Wellington (Australia) Volcanic Ash Advisory centre warned of a ash cloud that covers 100 nautical square miles and 1.8km’s high that is in the vicinity of the volcano.

Tourists are also banned from visiting the volcano the government warned.  “We saw very large explosions and important explosions outside the crater rim. All these bombs could reach all the villages around the volcano. We have a new kind of activity with a lot of ash falls, very large ash plumes and very important gas.”

 

VA ADVISORY

DTG: 20100531/1156Z
VAAC: WELLINGTON
VOLCANO: YASUR 507-10
PSN: S1931 E16926
AREA: VANUATU
SUMMIT ELEV: 361M
ADVISORY NR: 2010/9
INFO SOURCE: VANUATU GEOHAZARD OBSERVATORY
ERUPTION DETAILS: VA PLUME OBS TO 6000FT
COLOUR CODE: NIL
OBS VA DTG: 29/1300Z
OBS VA CLD: VA CLOUD OBS ON MODIS IMAGE.
FCST VA CLD+6H: 31/1800Z: SFC/6000FT S1900 E17000 - S2100 E17000 - S2100 E16750 - S1900 E16750 - S1900 E17000. ABV 6000FT NO VA EXP.
FCST VA CLD+12H: 01/0000Z: SFC/6000FT S1900 E17000 - S2100 E17000 - S2100 E16750 - S1900 E16750 - S1900 E17000. ABV 6000FT NO VA EXP.
FCST VA CLD+18H: 01/0600Z: SFC/6000FT S1900 E17000 - S2100 E17000 - S2100 E16750 - S1900 E16750 - S1900 E17000. ABV 6000FT NO VA EXP.
RMK: SFC/6000FT WINDS NE 10-15KT.
NXT ADVISORY: NO LATER THAN 20100531/1756Z=

 

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