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SATURDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 2017, 04:08

South Africa

Zuma: I doubt South Africans are xenophobic

Yesterday at 20:19 PM, via Eyewitness News

President Jacob Zuma says South Africa has a leading economy on the continent and that’s why many people migrate here.

World

China’s Panchen Lama says to uphold ‘glorious tradition’ of patriotism

Today at 03:47 AM, via Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) – A youth named by China as the second-highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism, but reviled as a fake by many Tibetans, has pledged to uphold the “glorious tradition” of patriotism that holders of his position have followed, state news agency Xinhua said.

World

U.S. Aid to Syrian Militia Strains Turkish Ties

Today at 03:19 AM, via New York Times

An alliance aimed at rolling back the Islamic State has drawn the United States deeper into the complex politics of northern Syria and prompted furious objections from Turkish officials.

Africa

At least 9 hurt as heavy fire paralyses Libya capital

Yesterday at 22:07 PM, via News24

Armed groups traded fire with heavy weapons in the centre of Tripoli, injuring at least nine people and paralysing the Libyan capital, residents and the Red Crescent have said.

Business

‘The pips are squeaking!’

Yesterday at 23:44 PM, via BBC News

A selection of independent shopkeepers with distinctive shops explain how they will be hit by business rate revaluation in England.

Education

False economies of curbing net migration | Letters

Yesterday at 20:35 PM, via The Guardian

The supreme court has erred in backing the unfair government ruling on the £18,600 minimum annual income requirements for entry to the UK of non-EU spouses (Report, 22 February). This ruling has always been morally wrong and unjustified. Contrary to Home Office assertions, it has had negligible impact on the drive to reduce net migration and it has not worked in the national interest. Non-EU...

Education

Revealed: thousands of children at London schools breathe toxic air

Yesterday at 17:01 PM, via The Guardian

Exclusive: 802 schools, nurseries and colleges are in areas where levels of nitrogen dioxide breach EU legal limits

Tens of thousands of children at more than 800 schools, nurseries and colleges in London are being exposed to illegal levels of air pollution that risk causing lifelong health problems, the Guardian can disclose.

A study identifies 802 educational institutions where pupils as...

Entertainment

Oscar Best Picture winners, through the years

Today at 01:49 AM, via CNN

For more than 80 years, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been designating one film the best motion picture of the year. Some of the winners have become classics, while others have been forgotten by all but trivia diehards.

Entertainment

‘When We Rise’ chronicles gay-rights movement in ABC miniseries

Today at 00:50 AM, via CNN

Nobler for its ambitions than execution, “When We Rise” is a sweeping, decades-spinning miniseries that seeks to chart the evolution of the gay-rights movement. Yet while the project offers a timely window into history, a surplus of characters and shifting perspectives tend to dilute its focus.

Science/Tech

ZeniMax Files Injunction To Stop Oculus From Selling VR Headsets

Today at 03:25 AM, via Slashdot

ZeniMax, the parent company of Fallout and Skyrim developer Bethesda, has filed for an injunction against virtual-reality company Oculus over the recent stolen technology case. The company had accused Oculus of stealing VR-related code, and was subsequently awarded $500 million by a Dallas court earlier this month. ZeniMax has now filed additional papers against Oculus, requesting that Oculus’...

Science/Tech

Slashdot Asks: Are Curved TVs Worth It?

Today at 02:45 AM, via Slashdot

New submitter cherishjoo shares a report written by David Katzmaier via CNET: When the first curved TVs appeared more than three years ago I asked whether they were a gimmick. As a TV reviewer I had to give the curve a fighting chance, however, so I took a curved Samsung home to live with my family for awhile, in addition to subjecting it to a full CNET review. In the end, I answered my own...

Health

Pfizer subpoenaed in U.S. over patient assistance plans

Today at 01:43 AM, via Reuters

(Reuters) – Pfizer Inc on Thursday said it received subpoenas from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts related to the drugmaker’s support for organizations that provide financial help to Medicare patients.

Health

Flu virus shifting east, hitting older adults hardest

Today at 00:15 AM, via CNN

Flu activity decreased slightly but remained at high levels across the United States during the week ending February 18, according to a report based on preliminary data issued Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nature

A Sense of Wander at Grootvadersbosch

14 February at 12:13 PM, via CapeNature

Experience what we call a sense of wander and be captivated by the escape when you visit Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve.  Nestled in the Langeberg mountains between Swellendam and Heidelberg, Grootvadersbosch is a small, quiet hideaway that will inspire you to get lost in timelessness. The land, originally owned by Roelof Oelofse, has a long and storied history, […]

Nature

Wildfires in the Western Cape of South Africa – Prevention is Crucial

14 February at 09:15 AM, via Environment.co.za

The post Wildfires in the Western Cape of South Africa – Prevention is Crucial appeared first on Environment News South Africa.

Every 2nd year the Western Cape battles with wildfires across the province especially in the urban areas. This has had devastating impacts on property, human lives as well as the vegetation. This situation is now exacerbated by the fact that various landowners are...

Nature

The largest Solar Farm in the Southern hemisphere is located in Central South Africa

13 February at 17:48 PM, via Environment.co.za

The post The largest Solar Farm in the Southern hemisphere is located in Central South Africa appeared first on Environment News South Africa.

The largest solar farm located in the very sunny town of De Aar (Central South Africa) is actually the largest solar power plant located in the Southern hemisphere and the Middle East. The solar farm was inaugurated a year ago (early 2016), and has an …