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Miriam Mannak

Citizen based in Cape Town, South Africa. Joined on Sep 12, 2009
Expertise in Ethnic cultures, Health, LGBT community & lifestyle, Sexual health, Politics,   see all» Small business, Travel, Men's health, Women's health, Government, Unemployment, Environment & green living, Education



Pistorius trial: Gender-based violence South Africa in spotlights Special

Cape Town - The trial against paralympian Oscar Pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend, is expected to put violence against women in South Africa back in the spotlight. Stats show that in the Rainbow Nation a woman is killed by her partner every eight hours.

South Africa prepares itself for Oscar Pistorius trial

Cape Town - From tomorrow onwards and for the next few weeks, the news from South Africa will most likely be dominated by the court case against Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius.

Poaching South Africa: 146 Rhinos killed since start of the year

Cape Town - South Africa has lost 146 Rhinos to poachers between 1 January and 26 February this year, equalling 2,6 animals per day. This is substantially more than 7 years ago, when 13 Rhinos were illegally killed in the course of the entire year.

Female genital mutilation a Western problem too Special

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) might not form part of the cultural spectrum of Europe or North America; it doesn't mean the phenomenon doesn't exist there. Both continents are home to hundreds of thousands of victims and potential victims.

LA porn industry told to rubber on, or bugger off

Los Angeles - In an attempt to prevent HIV infections and the transmission of other STDs, Los Angeles - one of America's porn hot spots - has ruled that he will only allow adult film shoots if its stars agree to condomize.

French camera man killed, Dutch journalist wounded in Syria

A French journalist has been killed and a Dutch journalist wounded whilst reporting on the ongoing uprising violence in Syria.

Mushy Puddle of Goo: The Power of the Koala Special

Exploring Australia without taking the time to see what koalas are all about, is like going to Paris and skipping the Eiffel Tower.

Gay marriage threat to humanity, says Pope

The marriage between two people of the same sex undermines the family unit and therefore forms an imminent threat to humanity, Pope Benedict XVI said on Monday.

Australian family stumbles upon crocodile 'burglar'

Darwin - When their dog started to bark early Saturday morning, the Dodd's from Darwin, Australia, crept out of their bedrooms to investigate what was going on. Downstairs, they stumbled upon a very peculiar intruder - one of the leathery kind.

Japanese whalers capture 3 eco-activists

Japanese whalers have captured three Australian environmental activists who illegally boarded the Shonan Maru 2 whaling support vessel over the weekend.

Australians, New Zealanders the world's biggest dope heads

Research by The Lancet revealed that 200 million people worldwide are using illicit drugs. Australians and New Zealanders top the list of cannabis, speed and crystal meth users.

Super Size Me: British city builds morgue for the obese

Gloucester - Gloucester in the United Kingdom has built a new morgue that can hold bodies op to 318 kg. The reason? The city's existing facility can't cope with the increasing number of obese corpses.

Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party given official go-ahead

Patience pays off, and Aung San Suu Kyi is an expert in that department. Twenty-two years after Myanmar's democracy leader was detained for participating in the presidential elections, she is to hit the election stage once again.

Who's the strongest of them all? The battle of Aussie's fittest Special

Gold Coast - While the Northern Hemisphere has submerged itself in thick winter jackets, life in the Southern Hemisphere is revolving around bikinis and sunscreen. And if you live in Australia and are a sports fanatic: The Iron Man / Woman Series.

December road death toll South Africa climbs to 1232

South Africa's total holiday road death toll is expected to be much higher than previously reported. The last week of December 2011 alone added over 200 road fatalities to the list.

Nelson Mandela to miss ANC's 100th birthday celebrations

Nelson Mandela is expected to give the 100th anniversary celebrations of the African National Congress (ANC) as miss due to his fragile health.

Syrian journalist dies after being shot in the head

Damascus - As violence in Syria intensifies, the country's media community is mourning the death of yet another member: veteran journalist Shukri Ahmad Ratib Abu Burghul died shortly after being shot in the face on Monday.

Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour to run for president

Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour, who collaborated with international musicians like Peter Gabriel, Sting, and Neneh Cherry, will run for president in his home country.

Doctors roast Jamie Oliver's latest cook book

A team of physicians has slammed Jamie Oliver's latest cook book, claiming the notorious Big Mac is a healthier option than some of the Naked Chef's creations.

Sudan continues raid on media freedom

Khartoum - In an attempt to further paralyse its media industry and gag government critics, Sudan has shut down a newspaper linked to the country's main opposition party.
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