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Friday, 12 January 2018 00:00

Robbery at SASSA pay point

South Africa: Six heavily armed men allegedly robbed a South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) pay point of an undisclosed amount of cash in Seplan near Cala in the Eastern Cape.

Following the incident that happened on Tuesday when the robbers allegedly accosted the security guards, who were loading an ATM at the pay point and restrained them, SASSA Acting CEO Pearl Bengu has expressed concern.

The security guards were stripped off their semi-automatic rifles and pistol. The robbers took money and cell phones during the robbery.

SASSA said the incident came three days after an apparently different gang plundered cash about to be placed in an ATM in Cacadu (Lady Frere) that dispenses social grants money.

“We are comforted that no beneficiary was harmed during the robbery and everyone at the pay point was safe. However, we view such actions by criminals as hazardous to our beneficiaries and appeal to law enforcement agencies to act swiftly to arrest the criminals,” Bengu said.

She said after the robbery the payment process resumed without delay as CPS managed to replace the cash that was stolen by the robbers on time to ensure that no beneficiary left the pay point without receiving their grant payment.

Bengu further said that SASSA takes the safety and wellbeing of all beneficiaries as a priority at pay points and will work closely with the payment contractor to ensure that security details around these facilities are amplified so that beneficiaries are paid in secure environments at all times

Winnipeg: The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is deploying a team of investigators to the site of a Canadian National Railway (CN) derailment that occurred approximately 50 km east of Elma, Manitoba. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

SOURCE: Transportation Safety Board of Canada

A powerful storm will roll ashore in part of Atlantic Canada and produce blizzard conditions in much of New Brunswick and eastern Quebec and may seem like a hurricane in Nova Scotia.

The storm hit the southeastern coast of the United States with heavy snow and ice and has begun to produce blizzard conditions in parts of the northeastern U.S. on Thursday. An eye has developed in the storm.

Only the fast-moving nature of the storm will limit the worst direct effects to less than 24 hours in most locations. However, the magnitude of the wind may have some communities buried in snow with people in the dark and the cold for days in the wake of the storm.

"Rain and snow at the beginning of the storm will transition to all rain as winds increase from the Atlantic Ocean in much of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and southeastern New Brunswick," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson.

Windswept heavy rain may lead to flooding on the storm's warm, eastern side.

"A formidable blizzard is in store for central and northwestern New Brunswick and some of the Eastern Townships of Quebec," Anderson said.

The storm will bring near-zero visibility and rapidly accumulating snow.

Major cities likely to be hit hard by the blizzard include Rimouski and Murdochville, Quebec, and Fredericton and Edmundston, New Brunswick.

Seas will be too dangerous for small craft to be on open water. Waves will build and crash ashore along unprotected areas of the coastline.


Source: Accuweather

Arsene Wenger will break Sir Alex Ferguson's record when he eclipses the Manchester United great and takes charge of his 811th Premier League match on New Year's Eve.

Wenger's Arsenal side travel to West Bromwich Albion, the scene of Ferguson's 810th and final Premier League outing, a 5-5 draw as the Red Devils claimed the 2012/13 title.

The Frenchman admits he's not spoken to Ferguson ahead of his record-breaking moment, but he is proud of the achievement and has great respect for his old adversary.

“I have not been on the phone with [Sir Alex], we had other things to do!” Wenger told Arsenal's official website. “I saw that he was at the Manchester United game this week, but it is always a pleasure to meet each other now.

“We don’t compete anymore and it was always a big rivalry of course, but overall I believe that we tried to have a positive attitude towards the game and to get our teams to play in a positive way.

“We have a similar passion, different personalities of course, but I respect and admire Ferguson for what he has done and for his high desire to win. That is why is is an achievement to have lasted for such a long time, similar to what he has done.”

Those moments - from cup-winning headers and emotional comebacks to a three-goal burst in five minutes - are what football fans live off. And there’s no bigger fan than the boss.

“That’s why it’s never boring,” he told as he prepares to break Sir Alex Ferguson’s Premier League record at West Bromwich Albion on New Year’s Eve.

“No matter how long you are in this game you cannot predict what will happen and that’s why we come back for more. We try to dominate this animal, but we never manage to do it completely.”

Whether it’s your first game as a fan or your 811th as a Premier League manager, football has an enduring ability to thrill and surprise.

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