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ISIS on the Roll – Paris Soft Targets Hit By ISIS Storm

Upon claiming responsibility on Saturday for the no less than seven terror attacks of Friday the thirteenth on soft targets in the French capital, Islamic State (also known by different acronyms IS / ISIS / ISIL) warned this to be the first of the storms: “Let France and those who walk in its path know that they will remain on the top of the list of targets of the Islamic State”. The attacks were the latest of numerous ISIS attacks in several other countries, mostly in the Middle East, since the onset of the group’s global strategy in 2014.

Two bomb attacks were launched in a four mile radius around the Stade de France soccer stadium simultaneously with when gunmen killed 15 customers at both a restaurant and a close by bar in Rue Bichat. Five others were killed straight after at Casa Nostra Pizzeria and 19 at La Belle Equipe bar. The Bataclan concert hall in Boulevard Voltaire where 1500 (what they called “idolators at a festival of perversity”) attended a rock concert of The Eagles of Death Metal was the next target. For two hours and forty minutes, young attendees were mowed down by AK47 rifles and two suicide bombings, resulting in a death toll of 89. The last explosion took place at a McDonalds restaurant outside the Stade de France. This reign of terror across Paris resulted in 129 deaths and 329 injuries. According to French police, seven of the eight attackers who died were suicide bombers.

France first fell out of favour with Al Qaeda (who usually rather focus on military and political target) when cartoonists of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo according to them, dishonoured Prophet Muhammad and lampooned Islam. Three masked gunmen stormed the offices in January this year, killing 17 people in the massacre. As part of the American coalition striking ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria, France remains their priority target. Another problem seems to be the ISIS franchises popping up like mushrooms, while operating in their own manner separate from main ISIS guidelines.

Paris: “City of Love”

Beautiful Paris is known as the city of love and romance, the place where magic happens. ISIS on the other hand called it the “capital of prostitution and obscenity” in one of their encrypted messaging accounts. They also refer to President François Hollande as the “Fool of France” while blaming him for the attacks. The devastating violations of last weekend’s explosions shocked the world in it’s foundations, provoking sharp reaction from world leaders.

An Eye for an Eye

That is just the thing with war; there can never really be a winner. Even though one party came out on top, so to speak, the so called victory comes at a price and many times a significant high price. The wounds left by war sometimes can take a lifetime to heal, if at all. Unfortunately, such terrorist activities cannot be left and certainly needs to be stopped. The only way we know is to fight back. You slap me; I slap you, as easy as that, right? France declared war with counter attacks on ISIS training camps in Syria, contributing to this vicious circle with no end.

Paris Victim’s Oscar Winning Performance

Reading her Facebook post, one soon realizes that this special young lady is no victim, despite the deep emotional scars imprinted on her soul, but victorious survivor. Isobel Bowsery, 22 year old South African student miraculously survived the massacre by “playing dead” for about an hour amongst all the dead bodies scattered around her. Her moving Facebook post reached more than 1.3 million shares. It is the story of heartbreak, but also of gratitude, compassion and hope, with a lesson for all of us.

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I Love South Africa’s Diversity

South Africa is known the world over for its diversity of peoples, languages, and cultures. While everyone has their favourite local dish, the delicious rooibos tea is exported worldwide, and we focus on the small things that make us love South Africa, we must also remember that the country boasts with eight UNESCO World Heritage sites.

UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) strives not only to identify, but also protect and preserve heritage both cultural and natural, which are considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. These Heritage Sites include the Pyramids of Egypt, the Serengeti, and the Great Barrier Reef. South Africa’s own UNESCO Heritage Sites attests to the rich cultural and archaeological diversity and biodiversity of South Africa. Through these Heritage Sites I am reminded why I love South Africa and its diversity, and shows a part of the positive side of South Africa when you feel that crime and politics are getting you down.

South Africa’s UNESCO Heritage Sites include sites that are considered to be of great cultural value. This value is not simply cultural, but also archaeological and historical. These four sites are: the Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, and Environs (the Cradle of Human Kind), the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape, Robben Island, and the Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape. One of the heritage sites, the UmKhahlamba/Drakensberg Park, is considered to be of both cultural and natural value. South Africa also boasts with three Natural Heritage Sites. These sites are: the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas, the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park and the Vredefort Dome.

Through remembering the great amount of diversity, history, and beauty of South Africa, I am reminded that I love South Africa; that those problems, which South Africa faces, can be overcome with hard work, and that diversity should be something that is embraced. The diversity is also something we should strive to understand. The rich fabric of the country – of its peoples, landscapes, cultures, and even ancient history – actually makes South Africa very easy to love.

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From Dreams to Goals

Approaching goals must be done in a positive and optimistic manner.  For me I believe that I need to think about my goals, write them down and see what and where it is I want to be in 6 months’ time, 12 months, and 3 years’ time.  The list can be longer but for me that is enough.

My sister uses this mnemonic SMART system.

S = be specific
M = can you measure it
A = is it attainable
R = is it rewarding
T = can I track it

Specific:

Just as an example I will use my “cake business”.  I want to increase my sales going forward and I also want to measure the costs against my profit.  I also want to make sure that I am growing in my business so I decided to create for myself a “cake diary”.  It’s not too complicated, I have checked my sales say for December 2014 and now want to measure them against my sales for January 2015.  Based on this I want to make an estimate as to the growth in my business.

Measureable:

My goal is to become an excellent baker and an excellent cake designer.  I am still learning so I need to make sure to attain new skills moving forward.  I make it my goal to check out new designs and see how it’s done on the internet.  So I am developing my skills in designing and creating my cakes.

Attainable / Reward able

What I think I also need to work on is the marketing of my cakes, although I have seen ‘word of mouth’ is working for me right now.  I still am working on my cake list, the cakes design, size, and prices.  I will use this as my marketing tool and send to clients as a catalog.  Grow my business with new clients.

Track it:

Looking at my diary entries I can see how many cakes I have sold in each month, the amounts and the sizes.  How to make it more and profitable for myself?

This is my practical way of using my goal setting, I hope you learned something I certainly did and I do feel positive about this matter going forward.

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AUTHOR  :               van Niekerk, Yvette

Bio:               I am an enthusiastic Freelance writer; I have been afforded the opportunity to showcase my writing on Auto and Generals Blog pages; Budget Insurance blog.  Which to me is truly wonderful I also have my own blog space which is Spiritual motivated and I draw my inspirations from the Word of God

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