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South Africa

Eskom power grid under severe pressure

Yesterday at 23:00 PM, via SABC News

Eskom has warned that the power grid is under severe pressure and has urged people to turn off all unnecessary appliances.

Africa

Senegal opposition leader charged with rape

Yesterday at 19:37 PM, via News24

A Senegalese judge charged opposition leader Ousmane Sonko with rape and freed him from detention pending an investigation on Monday, after his arrest last week sparked the West African state’s worst unrest in years.

Politics

No intention by Zuma to undermine SA’s constitution: ANC

Yesterday at 22:09 PM, via SABC News

The ANC Top Six has maintained that there was no intention by former President Jacob Zuma to undermine the Constitution of the country by not appearing at the State Capture Commission.

Politics

LIVE | ANC media briefing

Yesterday at 20:26 PM, via SABC News

The African National Congress (ANC) is holding a media briefing on the latest developments regarding the party.

Education

UK universities’ closeness to China poses risks, says Jo Johnson

Today at 02:01 AM, via The Guardian

Study led by former minister concludes dangers of closer collaboration are poorly understood

The former universities minister Jo Johnson has warned of the “poorly understood” risks of increasingly close collaboration between UK universities and China.

A study led by Johnson identified a significant increase in funding from China and collaboration with Chinese researchers over the past two...

Education

Biden Will Revisit Trump Rules on Campus Sexual Assault

Today at 01:40 AM, via New York Times

The Biden administration will examine regulations by Betsy DeVos that gave the force of law to rules that granted more due-process rights to students accused of sexual assault.

Entertainment

The role of an unexpected savior is not new to Tyler Perry

Yesterday at 20:52 PM, via CNN

In an interview filled with one bombshell after another, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry revealed their fears and struggles with racism in the royal family. But one unlikely hero emerged in the saga: Tyler Perry.

Science/Tech

Cellebrite Hacking Tools Sold To Bangladesh Police Unit Known For Human Rights Abuses

Today at 05:30 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Al Jazeera: Documents obtained by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit (I-Unit) and Israeli newspaper Haaretz reveal how the Bangladesh government spent at least $330,000 on phone-hacking equipment made by an Israeli company, even though the two countries do not have diplomatic relations. Developed by the Cellebrite security firm, UFED is a product that is...

Science/Tech

‘The New Google Pay Repeats All the Same Mistakes of Google Allo’

Today at 04:10 AM, via Slashdot

In regard to the new Google Pay app, “Google is killing one perfectly fine service and replacing it with a worse, less functional service,” writes Ars Technica’s Ron Amadeo. “The fun, confusing wrinkle here is that the new and old services are both called ‘Google Pay.'” From the report: The old Google Pay service that has been around for years is dying. The app will be shut down in the US on...

Science/Tech

Mind your head: scientists discover incredible self-decapitating sea slug – video

Today at 03:35 AM, via The Guardian

Researchers at Japan’s Nara Women’s University have discovered a new trait exhibited by the sacoglossan sea slug – it has the ability to decapitate itself, then regrow its body. The process, from shedding all of itself below the neck to regrowing a new body, takes less than a month, in an extreme example of a process known as autotomy

Keep your head: the self-decapitating sea slugs that regrow...

Nature

Escaped crocodiles at Bonnievale

Friday at 16:38 PM, via CapeNature

Following the escape of an unknown number of subadult Nile crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus) from a breeding facility outside of Bonnievale on Wednesday morning, CapeNature can report that in addition to the 27 already recaptured, a further seven crocodiles had to be euthanized last night and six more were spotted, but could not be recaptured as […]

Nature

Celebrating World Wildlife Day at the Potberg Cape Vulture colony

03 March at 13:15 PM, via CapeNature

By Lusanda Gqaza and Yanga Mbatana (Environmental Education Officers, De Hoop Nature Reserve) On 20 December 2013, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), proclaimed 03 March (the day of adopting the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, CITES, in 1973), as World Wildlife Day. This is a day that […]

Nature

World Wildlife Day 2021

03 March at 12:12 PM, via CapeNature

World Wildlife Day is celebrated on 3 March every year as an opportunity to highlight the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. The Western Cape is a very special place with an abundance of unique and irreplaceable […]