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South Africa

Calls to declare areas raged by fires in Free State, Northern Cape as disaster areas

Yesterday at 22:14 PM, via SABC News

The Portfolio Committee on Agriculture has called on Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, to declare the areas in the Free State and Northern Cape affected by huge and widespread veld fires disaster areas. The committee says, in a statement, that many farms in areas such as Hertzogville, Hoopstad, Bultfontein and […]

South Africa

Omotoso bail hearing set down for closing arguments on Thursday

Yesterday at 21:11 PM, via SABC News

The state and defence have closed their cases in the lengthy bail application of Timothy Omotoso. The bail hearing which started three weeks ago has been postponed to Thursday for closing arguments. 

Education

Teaching white privilege is a fact breaks the law, minister says

Today at 00:23 AM, via The Guardian

Kemi Badenoch tells Commons debate on Black History Month that schools must offer opposing views

Schools which teach pupils that “white privilege” is a fact rather than a contested viewpoint are breaking the law, the women and equalities minister has said.

Addressing MPs during a Commons debate on Black History Month, Kemi Badenoch said the government does not want children being taught about...

Entertainment

Broadway comes to TV with ‘American Utopia’ and ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’

Yesterday at 21:38 PM, via CNN

With Broadway marquees dark, this weekend brings a welcome double dose of the New York stage to TV screens: “American Utopia,” David Byrne’s free-spirited concert, directed by Spike Lee for HBO; and “What the Constitution Means to Me,” Heidi Schreck’s not-quite one-woman show, a searing political commentary that finds an at-home forum via Amazon.

Science/Tech

Nasa Osiris-Rex spacecraft lands on asteroid Bennu in mission to collect dust

Today at 02:45 AM, via The Guardian

Spacecraft ‘kissed the surface’ in brief landing on asteroid 200m miles away from Earth in US-first mission

A Nasa spacecraft has successfully landed on an asteroid, dodging boulders the size of buildings, in order to collect a handful of cosmic rubble for analysis back on Earth.

The space agency team behind the Osiris-Rex project said preliminary data showed the sample collection went as...

Science/Tech

Microsoft Releases Chromium-Based Edge Preview For Linux

Today at 02:45 AM, via Slashdot

Last month, Microsoft officials said they’d release a preview of the new Chromium-based Edge browser for Linux some time in October. On October 20, Microsoft made good on the promise, making available the Edge Dev Channel build for Linux. ZDNet reports: The new release supports Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora and openSUSE Linux distributions. Microsoft is planning to release weekly builds, like it does...

Science/Tech

FCC To Delay $9 Billion Rural Broadband Push To Fix Data Flaws

Today at 02:02 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg Law: The Federal Communications Commission is poised to delay $9 billion in rural 5G subsidies for 18 to 24 months so it can fix mapping flaws that bar the agency from determining which areas need the service. The holdup is the most recent delay in the FCC’s nine-year effort to pay wireless carriers to expand service to remote areas that...

Science/Tech

NASA’s OSIRIS-REX Makes Historic Touchdown On Asteroid Bennu To Collect Rock Samples

Today at 01:20 AM, via Slashdot

NASA’s Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) sample return spacecraft has successfully touched the asteroid Bennu and collected a 2-oz sample of its surface. New Atlas reports: Launched atop an Atlas/Centaur booster from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on September 8, 2016 at 7:05 pm EDT, the...

Health

How the F.D.A. Stood Up to the President

Today at 00:39 AM, via New York Times

After months of caving to pressures from the White House, Commissioner Stephen Hahn and a band of agency scientists have eked out a few victories.

Nature

Scott Ramsay’s Photo Tours – Robberg Nature Reserve

Yesterday at 12:11 PM, via CapeNature

Words and photos by Scott Ramsay Take all the natural wonders of Robberg, and divide them by the number of square metres of this relatively tiny reserve…and you’ve got one of the most impressive reserves in the country. Few other small protected areas pack so much punch. Lying near the town of Plettenberg Bay (although […]

Nature

Essential Estuaries – Restoring an effective link between catchments and the ocean

15 October at 15:44 PM, via CapeNature

The link between oceans and land, in most instances, is not well understood as people do not comprehend and understand the impact that their day to day life has on the ocean whether positive or negative. Freshwater, a critical life-giving resource, evaporates from the ocean surface and is largely responsible for much of the rain that reaches the land. […]