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South Africa’s Sibanye Q1 production hit by power cuts

For release with feature MINERALS SAFRICA DEEPMINESSouth African-focused Sibanye Gold said on Monday power shortages and a delayed start-up after the festive season cut its first quarter bullion output by 5 percent, sending its shares lower. Africa's no.3 gold producer said gold output for the three months to the end of March fell to 9,808 kgs (315,300 ounces) from 10,338 kg a year earlier. State owned utility Eskom has been struggling to keep the lights on in Africa's most advanced economy and mining companies, among some of the heaviest power users, have had to cut consumption by up to 20 percent. Sibanye said gold production fell due agreements to reduce their power consumption.

CCTV Shows Angry Man Throwing Chairs at Takeaway Staff, AlertSystems Reports

South Yorkshire Police have released CCTV footage of an angry, violent man hurling chairs and even a traffic cone at staff working at an Asian takeaway in the city centre. Police are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Police in Sheffield have released CCTV footage of the late night attack which occurred at Imran’s on The Wicker, Sheffield, close to the city centre. Owner of the takeaway, Imran Rafique, commented on the attack. “No one likes getting their shop smashed up – we’ve been established for over 20 years and this is one of the most extreme versions we’ve had,” Mr Rafique told the press. “You get a little bit of trouble every now and again but nothing like things being thrown over the counter.”

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police has also commented on the attack, confirming that officers were called to a takeaway in the Wicker at around 1.45am on Saturday April 18th following reports of a customer causing damage, though there were no reports of assault at the time. “It was reported to police that a man had thrown a chair and condiments around the shop,” the spokesperson added. “Officers attended immediately but the offender had left the scene. An investigation is underway and officers are carrying out a number of enquiries. No arrests have been made at this time.”

AlertSystems, a company providing CCTV surveillance solutions to businesses in the UK, takes great interest in news such as this. A spokesperson for the company commented on the footage, saying “Attacks of this kind beggar belief. You often hear of vandalism and theft, but when an attacker goes outside to collect a traffic cone and use it as a projectile weapon against your staff, you’re incredibly thankful for CCTV. It’s a good thing that Mr Rafique had CCTV installed to record the incident so that police can hunt the man more efficiently.”

AlertSystems manage and maintain thousands of commercial security installations throughout the UK and are specialists in providing business security solutions. Offering professional service and a complete range of security services such as monitored alarm systems, Automatic Number Plate Recognition and Avigilon CCTV security systems, AlertSystems provides effective and reliable solutions to security problems.


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China manufacturing index at one-year low: HSBC

Workers assemble watches at a factory in Shenzhen, southern China's Guangdong province, on April 22, 2015China's manufacturing activity recorded its worst contraction in a year in April, a survey by HSBC showed on Monday, as subdued domestic demand weighed on growth in the world's second-largest economy. The index, compiled by information services provider Markit, tracks activity in China's factories and workshops and is regarded as a barometer of the health of the Asian economic giant. "China's manufacturing sector had a weak start to Q2, with total new business declining at the quickest rate in a year while production stagnated," Markit economist Annabel Fiddes said in the statement. The reduction in new business was mainly due to weaker domestic demand as export orders showed "tentative signs of improvement" in April, she said, adding further layoffs and a cutback in purchasing activity suggested more near-term challenges for the sector.

Asia makes tentative start to event-full week

Pedestrians are reflected in the window of the Australian Securities Exchange next to a board displaying stock prices in central SydneyAsian share markets got off to a sluggish start on Monday in a packed week for global economic news that is book ended by the U.S. jobs report, a key input into the Federal Reserve's decision on when to start lifting rates. Australian stocks were a fraction lower on concerns over bank earnings while South Korea's main index inched up 0.2 percent. The HSBC/Markit PMI for South Korea set an ill omen, falling to a six-month trough of 48.8 in April.

Nothing Left to Hide

Nothing Left to Hide

God wants us to be sincere. He makes this point very clear. He wants us to have a “sincere heart” (Ephesians 6:5), a “sincere mind” (2 Peter 3:1), a “sincere faith” (1 Timothy 1:5), a “sincere wisdom” (James 3:17), a “sincere devotion to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3), and a “sincere brotherly love” for other Christians (1 Peter 1:22).

So what does “sincere” mean? The English word has its origin in Latin, though etymologists have a few different theories as to the root words. Here is the one I find most convincing:

The English word sincere comes from two Latin words: sine (without) and cera (wax). In the ancient world, dishonest merchants would use wax to hide defects, such as cracks, in their pottery so that they could sell their merchandise at a higher price. More reputable merchants would hang a sign over their pottery — sine cera (without wax) — to inform customers that their merchandise was genuine. (Taking Hold of God, 69–70)

It is a powerful illustration and, I think, gets closest to what the biblical authors meant: let your heart, mind, faith, wisdom, devotion and love be genuine, the real thing, “without wax.”

Hard to Live Without Wax

We all know insincerity when we see it. Most of really don’t like it when we see it in others. And we roundly condemn misleading marketing by mendacious merchants.

But most of us also find it hard to fully live “without wax” ourselves. I know this by observation and experience. I know it mainly because I know me. I am a clay jar (2 Corinthians 4:7) — and one that is quite flawed. And my sin-nature is a mendacious marketing merchant. It does not want you or anyone else to see my defects. It wants to hide the defects behind a deceptive wax and sell you a better version of me than is real.

Multiply me by about seven billion, and you get a real waxy mess of a world. The serpent gave Eve the “wax treatment” in the garden, and we’ve been “waxing” our wares for each other ever since.

The Gospel for Waxers

But Jesus came to transform selfish self-sellers like us into sincere lovers of others. He came to cleanse us dishonorable jars and transform us into honorable jars (2 Timothy 2:20–21). On the cross, as Jesus became sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21), all wax was removed and our sin was revealed for what it really is: death and destruction. And then he took these sins away (1 John 3:5).

This means that Christians have nothing left to hide. We have no reason to wax ourselves to impress others. No, the one we want others to be impressed with is Jesus. And Jesus, in all his glorious genuineness, covers our sins in such a way that we don’t wax them over (Romans 4:7) and our weaknesses serve to show how gloriously powerful he is (2 Corinthians 12:9–10). Our insincere wax would simply cover up his glory.

Isn’t that good news? We can put the wax away!

But our remaining, prideful sin-nature does not want to put the wax away. It wants to dress up the grace of Christ with the wax of self-exaltation and promotion. So we will be repeatedly tempted to rub a little wax on our Facebook post, or why we’re running late, or why the assignment didn’t get done, or why we lost our temper, or how old we are, or how much we know, or what’s really the condition of our heart. But let us not listen to our mendacious marketing merchant sin-nature.

Instead, let us seek to “do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit” (Philippians 2:3) and to love each other with a “sincere brotherly love” (1 Peter 1:22). Let us be real so that the reality of Jesus can be most clearly seen in us.

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