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The war between Kurds and Islamists in Syria has rekindled a decades-old vendetta in southeast Turkey, where a sequence of lynchings and assassinations is reminiscent of a bloody past.

In the early 1990s, Kurdish nationalists accused Turkey’s authorities of using local Islamist groups to conduct a campaign of extra-judicial killings, a charge that successive governments denied. Street battles between the Islamists and supporters of the separatist PKK group were widespread at the time.

There have been similar scenes this month, as Kurds rioted in protest at Islamic State’s attack on the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, and Turkey’s failure to stop it. About 40 people were killed, and the violence subsided only after the army was sent onto the streets and curfews imposed on major Kurdish cities.

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The South African Institute of Civil Engineering (SAICE) last week presented the Regional Transport Engineering Divisional Project Award to the the Blaauwberg and Potsdam Roads Integrated Rapid Transit (IRT) Project. This achievement follows a string of other awards recognising the excellence of the MyCiTi service.

The MyCiTi infrastructure along Blaauwberg and Potsdam Roads was last Thursday presented with the 2014 SAICE Regional Award for Technical Excellence in Civil Engineering, against strong competition from a number of worthy projects in the Western Cape.

This section of the MyCiTi network links the areas of Dunoon, Killarney and Table View with the city bowl, Camps Bay and Sea Point, and involved upgrading the existing Potsdam and Blaauwberg Roads, construction of a new carriageway and bus lane, signalising all of the intersections along the road to facilitate bus operations, and upgrading the footway network along the road.

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The Sea Point swimming pool has always been a very popular public amenity. The extensive use and enjoyment of the pool by all communities is a point of pride for the City. The facility’s main pool and splash pool are open once again, after undergoing major repairs and upgrades.

The Sea Point swimming pool is a flagship facility that has never failed to attract crowds of users. Whether it is to simply cool off or spend time training and improving one’s stroke, the pool is a constant lure. The main pool and splash pool were officially reopened today, 23 October 2014, with the diving pool due to open this weekend. The baby pool will remain closed until construction has been fully completed and it is rated as being safe for the young swimmers.

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Coach Nazeem Adams will field an unchanged DHL Western Province Under-19 line-up for Saturday’s Absa Provincial Under-19 Final against the Blue Bulls at DHL Newlands (kick-off 12h15).

The DHL WP U19s have rallied back strongly during the latter stages of the Absa Provincial Under-19 competition to put themselves in contention to once again lift the trophy in this age-group – having also triumphed in the final in Durban in 2012.

After finishing third in the league phase this season, with nine wins from 12 starts, the team recorded a brilliant 29-22 semifinal win away from home last weekend and coach Adams was a proud man after their victory in Bloemfontein.

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EW Viljoen will line up in the No.14 jersey for the DHL Western Province Under-21 team in Saturday’s Absa Provincial Under-21 Final against the Blue Bulls at DHL Newlands (kick-off 14h00).

Viljoen, who played off the bench for DHL WP’s senior Absa Currie Cup team last weekend, will start on the right wing, with Justin Geduld (fullback) and JP Lewis (left wing) joining him in an exciting back three for the defending champions.

DHL WP Under-21 coach John Dobson told “We are fortunate that we are able to choose a relatively unchanged team that did a good job (in the semifinals) last week without playing particularly well.

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