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Ask Georgie: Woolies gives most store satisfaction

Last month, Standard Bank economists Siphamandla Mkhwanazi and Kim Silberman released their own report, Consumer Trends: SA Consumer Chart Book Q4:16 - Q1:17 . They expected food inflation to average at 6.9 percent this year, down from 10.8 percent from last year.
 

Brazen Taliban attack eclipses Trump's "mother of all bombs"

"The biggest threat to the security and stability of this country is the Taliban insurgents, not Daesh forces," said Mirwais Yasini, an influential Afghan member of parliament from Nangarhar province, using an Arabic term for Islamic State. "You drop your biggest bomb on Daesh, but what about the....

At least 35 dead as drug violence spreads across Mexico

Battles between gangs have increased in the area following the arrest last year of Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who was extradited in January to the United States. Nine people were killed in what prosecutors said on Sunday was a gun battle between rival drug gangs in the mountains of Mexico's west coast state of Michoacan.

Cyclone Debbie likely to cost Queensland budget $1.5 billion

Queensland's upcoming budget is expected to take a $1.5 billion hit from Cyclone Debbie, Treasurer Curtis Pitt says, with the overall damage bill to private and public infrastructure predicted to reach $2 billion. Queensland's upcoming budget is expected to take a $1.

East Timor, war, coffee and Australia's 'debt of honour'

Australian soldiers have long relied on an East Timorese hospitality epitomised by its coffee. The fond appreciation for the nation's beans traces back to World War II, where Dutch and Australian commandos — known collectively as Sparrow Force — engaged in guerrilla warfare against the Japanese in what was then known as Portuguese Timor.

Al Qaeda chief urges jihadists to use guerrilla tactics in Syria

Reuters - Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has called on Syrian Sunni jihadists to wage guerrilla war against enemies ranging from Syrian President Bashar al Assad and his Iranian-backed allies to Western powers. In an audio recording posted online on Sunday, Zawahri called for the rebels to be....

Andrews announces 'sweeping' changes to combat MP allowance rorts

Victorian Government announces sweeping changes to MP entitlements to tackle 'crisis of confidence' Posted April 24, 2017 16:52:22. Victorian MPs who have been wrongly paid perks will be forced to repay the money under "sweeping" changes to the system governing their entitlements, Premier Daniel Andrews says.

Armenians worldwide commemorate genocide victims

Today is the 102nd anniversary of the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, also known as Medz Yeghern (Մեծ Եղեռն.) Every year, hundreds of thousands visit Tsitsernakaberd, Armenian Genocide Victims Memorial in Yerevan, to pay tribute to the victims of the genocide.

APNewsBreak: New Orleans to take down Confederate statues

New Orleans planned to begin removing the first of four prominent Confederate monuments early Monday, the latest Southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation racism and white supremacy. Workers were to begin removing the first memorial, one that commemorates....

President Trump to hold rally in Harrisburg

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 21: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump signs a financial services Executive Order during a ceremony in the US Treasury Department building on April 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump is making his first visit to the Treasury Department for a memorandum signing ceremony with Secretary Mnuchin.

Citizenship changes disappointing: NZ PM

New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English has taken aim at Australia's "disappointing" proposed citizenship changes, flagging concerns the crackdown could affect Kiwis living abroad. Mr English said there had been no formal contact between the Turnbull government and himself or his ministers before....

Qld govt to look at croc plan after attack

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has opened up the possibility of revisiting her government's crocodile management plan, after a man was attacked in the state's far north. The man was bitten on the head by a crocodile, believed to be around two metres long, while snorkelling off Lizard Island on Sunday, and was treated for minor cuts.

Jewish war veterans bemoan stalling of Israel’s WWII museum

LATRUN, Israel Two years after Israel’s prime minister vowed to complete the establishment of a museum honoring Jewish World War II veterans, funds have dried up and an abandoned construction site is all that remains of the grand project. The story of the 1.

Giving a new start

“It would be a new beginning to his life,” Raker said. “He and his whole family had been waiting for this the whole time. It’s weird to think that if I had never joined the registry, what would have happened?” Nearly one year after signing up for the bone marrow registry, Raker was able to provide a....

Guatemalan land activist wins prestigious Goldman prize

GUATEMALA CITY Rodrigo Tot, a 60-year-old farmer and activist, was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize on Monday for work in his Guatemala homeland, an honor that comes after two previous Latin American winners were murdered in the last year.

Summit to focus on international visitors to New England

A tourism organization promoting New England to overseas visitors is hosting a three-day summit in New Hampshire. The Discover New England Summit is a travel trade event where New England hospitality businesses meet directly with international tour operators and others who arrange trips for international visitors.

Even young, hip Americans don’t want to use mobile payment apps

Despite their reputation for being tech-savvy, it’s still unlikely you’ll see a millennial use their phone to make a payment any time soon. Only 14% of millennials said they use their bank’s mobile payment app often and 35% said they don’t use a mobile payment app at all, according to a new survey....

Public forum on facility to replace Barrett Centre

IPSWICH families directly affected by the controversial closure of Queensland's only long-term youth mental health facility will soon have a chance to air their concerns in public. As the State Government prepares to launch a new dedicated centre for adolescents, public forums are being held around the state.

Medical college holds health camp for rural residents

As many as 1,026 people attended a mega health camp titled ‘Swasth Jeevan’ organised by the Government Medical College, Kozhikode, at Anayamkunnu near Mukkam on Sunday. It was held in association with the Karassery grama panchayat to mark the diamond jubilee of the college. There was a special counter for migrant labourers.

The undying love for comics

In his small one-bedroom house located in a corner of Angalamman Nagar, barely lit by sunlight, Kaleel. A, a slim man of average height, opens the door of the cupboard in the corner of the hall. Kaleel, who drives autorickshaw in Puducherry, has stacked up comic books, some old and some new.

‘Books make life better’

Cultivating the habit of reading would make life better, said A. Chellaperumal, Principal of Community College, Pondicherry University. He was speaking at a special lecture organised by the Field Publicity Wing of the Government of India to mark the World Book Day on Sunday. “Once we inculcate the habit of reading, books will lead us.

Stone sculpture displayed at museum

A stone sculpture belonging to the 20th century that was found in the Thiruparkadal riverbed near Kaveripakkam has been brought to the Government Museum, Vellore and kept for public display on Sunday. K. Saravanan, curator of the museum, said villagers, who were fishing in a pool of water, found a stone sculpture of a dog in the net on Saturday.

Welfare assistance given

As many as 1,209 beneficiaries were provided with gold coins worth ₹1.28 crore under the State government's 'gold for thaali' scheme at a programme organised here on Sunday. Minister for Adi Dravida Welfare V.M. Rajalakshmi inaugurated the programme and extended the benefits in the presence of Collector M.

NH widening: locals up in arms against asset valuation survey

Even after several rounds of conciliatory talks initiated by the Revenue Department, local action committees constituted in the rural areas of Kozhikode against the proposed national highway widening plan are yet to cooperate with the asset valuation survey work.

At least 35 killed in drug violence across Mexico: officials

At least 35 people were killed over the weekend in Mexico, according to local officials, amidst a widespread surge in drug gang violence that has driven murders to a level not seen since 2011. In Sinaloa state, 12 people were killed in different incidents since the early hours of Sunday, according to local officials.

Summit to focus on international visitors to New England

A tourism organization promoting New England to overseas visitors is hosting a three-day summit in New Hampshire. The Discover New England Summit is a travel trade event where New England hospitality businesses meet directly with international tour operators and others who arrange trips for international visitors.

German conservatives urge end to EU-Turkey talks after pro-Erdogan vote

BERLIN (Reuters) - Two senior German conservative politicians have called for the European Union to end discussions with Turkey about EU membership after a vote that handed new powers to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. Norbert Roettgen, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats....

CBN reverses self on cashless rules 14 mins ago Money

• Asks banks to make refunds immediately. Less than one month after the take-off of the nationwide cashless initiative, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has directed Deposit Money Banks to suspend charges on over-the-counter and Automated Teller Machine withdrawals worth more than N500,000 or deposit of same amount.

Group, others condemn El-Rufai’s demolition of Inuwa’s house

A Pro-Democracy and non-governmental organisation- Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has criticised the Kaduna State Governor Mr. Nassir El-Rufai for demolishing the house of the National Vice Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) (North West) Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir because of political differences.

Hunters seek govt nod to end Southern Kaduna killings 53 mins ago

The Peace Hunters ’Association of Kaduna State has said it could end the killings in Southern Kaduna if given adequate recognition by the state government, warning that the attacks on innocent lives by suspected terrorists in the area need to be checked.

Nigeria may benefit from multi-million dollar Africa initiatives 15 mins ago Money

• IMF, Germany, IFC dangle over $2.4 billion investments Nigeria is in line to benefit from series of multilateral initiatives brokered by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Germany, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and leaders of the top Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs).
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