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TUESDAY, 22 JUNE 2021, 04:26


Palm Jumeirah, Dubai’s iconic man-made islands, turns 20

Today at 02:46 AM, via CNN

From a vantage point more than 50 stories high, Ali Mansour looks down on the islands he helped build nearly two decades ago. “It was a great challenge,” he says. “A (once-in-a) lifetime experience.”


St. Croix refinery that rained oil on neighborhoods is shutting down indefinitely

Yesterday at 23:22 PM, via CNN

The Limetree Bay oil refinery in St. Croix said it would close indefinitely, citing “severe financial constraints” a month after the Environmental Protection Agency ordered an emergency shutdown of the plant, calling it an “imminent and substantial endangerment” to public health on the island.


Chad accuses CAR of killing six of its soldiers

Yesterday at 16:00 PM, via News24

The Chad government has accused the Central African Republic of killing six of its soldiers in an attack on an outpost in the south of the country.


EU data watchdogs want ban on AI facial recognition

Today at 00:20 AM, via Fin24

The EU’s data protection agencies on Monday called for an outright ban on using artificial intelligence to identify people in public places, pointing to the “extremely high” risks to privacy.


DA calls on Motsoaledi to update Parliament on Bushiris

Yesterday at 16:51 PM, via SABC News

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and law enforcement agencies to update Parliament on the progress of investigations into how the Bushiris escaped from South Africa.


LIVE | State Capture Inquiry, Malusi Gigaba testimony, part 2

Yesterday at 14:05 PM, via SABC News

Former Public Enterprises Minister, Malusi Gigaba, has denied that during his tenure he had an “informal way” of appointing board members for state-owned entities. Gigaba continues with his testimony at the State Capture Commission of Inquiry on Monday afternoon.


Euro 2020: Fairytale comes true as Denmark grabs place in knockout stages

Today at 00:34 AM, via CNN

In a campaign overshadowed by the health of Chrisian Eriksen, who suffered a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s opening Euro 2020 game, the Danish national team delivered a pulsating performance against Russia to secure an unlikely place in the tournament’s knockout stages.


Terms like ‘white privilege’ may alienate people facing hardship, report says

Yesterday at 23:19 PM, via The Guardian

Commons committee says term ‘fails to acknowledge damaged caused by other forms of discrimination’

In one of the most provocative sections of the Government’s landmark report on racial disparity this year, it argued that education has been the single most emphatic success story of the British ethnic minority experience.

The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (CRED) report stated that...


Tory MPs accused of adding fuel to ‘culture war’ in education report

Yesterday at 23:00 PM, via The Guardian

Conservative-dominated committee warns schools could be breaking the law by promoting terms like ‘white privilege’

White working-class pupils have been let down by decades of neglect in the English education system, according to a controversial MPs’ report which warns that schools could be breaking the law by promoting “divisive” terminology like “white privilege”.

MPs on the...


Infected blood scandal: Ex-pupil tells inquiry he did not know he was in a trial

Yesterday at 19:26 PM, via The Guardian

Gary Webster, who went to Treloar College, was part of a cohort of 89 children, less than a quarter of whom are still alive

A man who was one of scores of pupils infected with contaminated blood products at a specialist boarding school has told a public inquiry neither he nor his parents were told that he was taking part in medical trials.

Out of 89 haemophiliac children who attended Treloar...


Your daily Horoscope for 22 June 2021

Today at 01:00 AM, via The South African

Wondering what the day has in store for your star sign? Here’s a quick glance at horoscopes and more for today – completely free!


Steven Spielberg’s studio to make films for Netflix

Today at 00:50 AM, via SABC News

Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) added acclaimed filmmaker Steven Spielberg to its roster with a joint announcement on Monday of a deal for his Amblin Partners production company to supply multiple movies a year for several years.


Apple Developing a Whole New Kind of MacBook Air

Today at 04:02 AM, via Slashdot

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, and leaker Jon Prosser say Apple is working on a completely new, high-end version of the MacBook Air. MacRumors reports: The high-end MacBook Air will feature two USB-C ports and a more powerful Apple silicon chip, according to Gurman. The chip will apparently be a direct successor to Apple’s M1 chip, featuring the same number of computing...


Engineer Builds Self-Balancing Autonomous Bicycle In Spare Time

Today at 03:25 AM, via Slashdot

Hardware engineer Zhi Hui Jun built a bicycle that avoids obstacles and self-balances. Interesting Engineering reports: The engineer, who worked on the bicycle project in his spare time over the course of four months, crafted a self-balancing bicycle using an accelerometer and gyroscope sensors that allow the bike’s front wheel to compensate and quickly change direction if it’s going to fall....


Hyundai Acquires Boston Dynamics, Company Most Famous For Robot Police Dogs

Today at 02:45 AM, via Slashdot

Boston Dynamics has been purchased by Hyundai in a deal valued at $1.1 billion. According to Motherboard, the deal “sees Hyundai assume an 80 percent controlling stake in the robot company. Softbank will retain a 20 percent stake.” From the report: It is hard to tell what Hyundai wants out of Boston Dynamics from the press release, which is laden with technobabble. Robots in car manufacturing...


Scientists Might Have Spotted Tectonic Activity Inside Venus

Today at 02:03 AM, via Slashdot

Venus might be hell, but don’t call it a dead planet. Amid surface temperatures of up to 471C and surface pressures 100 times greater than those on Earth, new research suggests the planet might still be geologically active. That’s encouraging news to people who think it could once have hosted life (or that it might still be able to). From a report: Earth’s lithosphere (its crust and upper...


The Secrets of ‘Cognitive Super-Agers’

Yesterday at 11:00 AM, via New York Times

By studying centenarians, researchers hope to develop strategies to ward off Alzheimer’s disease and slow brain aging for all of us.