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10 dead after boat capsizes off Sri Lanka’s coast

Today at 18:56 PM, via News24

Sri Lankan police say at least 10 people were killed and seven others rescued after the boat they were traveling in capsized off the country’s southwestern coast.

World

Sweden asks the U.S. to explain Trump comment on Sweden

Today at 19:31 PM, via Reuters

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – The Swedish embassy in Washington has asked the U.S. State Department for an explanation of a comment made by President Donald Trump that suggested there had been some sort of security incident in Sweden on Friday.

World

Explosion near Bogota bullring injures at least 31 people

Today at 19:26 PM, via Reuters

BOGOTA (Reuters) – An explosion near Bogota’s bullring injured at least 31 people, most of them police officers as they prepared for protests in Colombia’s capital on Sunday, the mayor’s office said.

Africa

Africa: Somalia a Great Example to Rest of Africa

Today at 17:46 PM, via allAfrica

[Nation] As Somalia’s president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, popularly known as “Farmajo”, prepares to be sworn into office on Wednesday, his ascent to power evokes positive events in Africa in the last two years.

Politics

Zuma urges departments to cough up R390m owing to SIU

Yesterday at 12:21 PM, via Times Live

President Jacob Zuma has called on government departments and entities that owe the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to pay their debts without delay to enable the SIU to continue functioning optimally.

Politics

Brian ‘Saxonwold Shebeen’ Molefe unfit for Parliament: DA

Yesterday at 11:35 AM, via Times Live

The Democratic Alliance says that former Eskom chief executive Brian Molefe is unfit to be a Member of Parliament‚ referring to him as an “ethically compromised Zupta buddy with corruption clouds hanging over his head”.

Sport

All Black boost for Blues, Crusaders

Today at 20:01 PM, via News24

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has said that the Crusaders and Blues will have their All Blacks available when they take on the Lions.

Sport

Kekana: The star intimidated TP Mazembe

Today at 20:00 PM, via News24

Mamelodi Sundowns star midfielder Hlompho Kekana believes the club’s success in winning the CAF Champions League intimidated TP Mazembe.

Sport

Black Caps need to adapt faster

Today at 19:59 PM, via News24

Kane Williamson would like to see his team go back to basics and improve their skills as the series against the Proteas progresses

Education

Campaigners hail school decision to let pupils choose gender identity

Today at 18:01 PM, via The Guardian

Private school St Paul’s Girls’ new protocol allows students to use boys’ names and wear boys’ clothes

Campaigners have welcomed a decision by a private girls’ school to allow students to use boys’ names and wear boys’ clothes should they wish under a new “gender identity protocol”.

St Paul’s girls’ school in west London, whose former pupils include the MP Harriet Harman and the actor...

Education

Kenya: Amherst College Humbled Uhuru in Spite of High Life Back At Home

Today at 18:01 PM, via All Africa

[Nation] A quiet, reserved but attentive student. That is how classmates and professors of Uhuru Kenyatta remember him during his time as a university student in the United States more than three decades ago, multiple interviews with his classmates and lecturers show.

Education

South Africa: NSFAS Receives 161 938 Student Applications

Today at 16:58 PM, via All Africa

[SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has received a total 161 938 applications from students seeking funding for 2017 in universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges across the country.

Entertainment

Pearl Thusi back to Lip Sync Battle, D’banj out

Today at 14:13 PM, via SundayWorld

Quantico actress Pearl Thusi is set to reprise her role as host of Lip Sync Battle Africa when it returns for its much-anticipated second season in April.

Science/Tech

New Free O’Reilly Ebook: ‘Open Source In Brazil’

Today at 19:34 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader writes: Andy Oram, who’s been an editor at O’Reilly since 1992, has written a new free report about how open source software is everywhere in Brazil. The country’s IT industry is booming in Brazil — still Latin America’s most vibrant economy — with open source software popular in both startups and in cloud infrastructure. Oram attributes this partly to the government’s...

Science/Tech

Used Cars Can Still Be Controlled By Their Previous Owners’ Apps

Today at 18:34 PM, via Slashdot

An IBM security researcher recently discovered something interesting about smart cars. An anonymous reader quotes CNN:
Charles Henderson sold his car several years ago, but he still knows exactly where it is, and can control it from his phone… “The car is really smart, but it’s not smart enough to know who its owner is, so it’s not smart enough to know it’s been resold,” Henderson told CNNTech....

Health

Universities Face Pressure to Hold the Line on Title IX

Yesterday at 19:51 PM, via New York Times

The main goal of those involved in the effort is to convince college presidents that the Obama-era policies have positively transformed the lives of women on college campuses.

Health

China Fights Spread of Deadly Avian Virus

Yesterday at 18:51 PM, via New York Times

As of Friday, health officials confirmed eight deaths and 77 diagnosed cases just in February, according to Xinhua, the state news agency.

Nature

A Sense of Wander at Grootvadersbosch

Tuesday 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

Tuesday 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 …