Floods ravage France, and US

Violent storms and flooding have hit south-eastern France, killing at least 16 people with three more missing, officials say. Three elderly people drowned when their retirement home near the city of Antibes was inundated with floodwater.

Others died trapped in their cars in tunnels and underground car parks as the waters rose.

French President Francois Hollande announced a state of “natural disaster” in the affected region.

He thanked rescuers and expressed the “solidarity of the nation”.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34437228

President Barack Obama earlier declared a state of emergency in South Carolina.

The US state of South Carolina remains on high alert amid widespread flooding that has cut power to thousands and forced road and water rescues.

Emergency officials urged residents to stay indoors unless their homes were in danger of flooding and not to drive.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34439896

Are we in for more load shedding?

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) have called for a strike starting tomorrow  and it is possible that we could again see load shedding being re-introduced in spite of assurances that Eskom have sufficient coal to keep the lights on for 30 days. But what if the strike continues for longer than 30 days or, as so often seems to happen with Eskom, resources are mismanaged.

Over 30 000 members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in the coal sector will down tools on Sunday at 18:00, Peter Bailey, NUM’s chief negotiator for the sector, told Fin24 on Sunday.

30 000 NUM members to down tools

http://www.fin24.com/Economy/Labour/News/30-000-NUM-members-to-down-tools-20151004

NUM: COAL MINE BOSSES ARE ARROGANT

http://ewn.co.za/2015/10/04/NUM-Coal-mine-bosses-are-arrogant

Freedom Cup off to Cape Town

Two local surfers won their respective age groups at the Billabong SA Junior Champs held in Jeffreys Bay from 30 September to 4th October.  Local lass Chrystal Hulett  clinched the Under 17 title with Kirsty McGillivray of Jeffreys Bay taking the Under 15 title. McGillivray excelled with a perfect 10 in an earlier heat. Both girls have been awarded Protea colours for their continued good performances.

Cape Town surfers walked off with the Freedom Cup with two of the individual titles and eight of the 24 finalists Cape Town ended with 32576 points beating the hosts, Nelson Mandela Bay into second with 27956 points and eThekweni into third.

Full report and results on Surfing South Africa Website

http://www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za/cape-town-clinches-coveted-freedom-cup-at-billabong-sa-junior-champs-in-jeffreys-bay/

Also a nice article at

http://stfrancischronicle.com/2015/10/04/kougas-crystal-and-kirsty-are-junior-surfing-champs-and-spingboks/

Loligos Seafood & Grill

October dining specials at Loligos Seafood & Grill

Fresh Hake, Fries and a glass of Wine = R58.00

Build your own combo

Fresh Hake (Fried or Grilled) -R39.00

Local Calamari = R40.00

Chicken Schnitzel= R38.00

Baby Back Pork Ribs = R44.00

Pan Fried Prawns = R89.00

Sides

French Fries = R15.00

Greek Salad = R32.00

Potato Mash = R14.00

Seasonal Vegetable = R16.00