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SARS refers enquiries about ‘hostage drama’ to Hawks

Today at 20:00 PM, via Times Live

The South African Revenue Service has referred any enquiries regarding reports that a senior SARS official was held hostage in a boardroom for several hours by the Hawks to the law enforcement agency itself.

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Tambo put ANC first – Zuma

Today at 19:58 PM, via News24

The ANC comes first whether people like it or not and that is a fact, says President Jacob Zuma.


French judge to investigate disappearance of Franco-Syrians in Syria

Today at 20:17 PM, via Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) – A French judge will investigate the disappearance in Syria of a father and son of dual French and Syrian citizenship, a judicial source said, in the first French probe into crimes for which rights groups blame the government of President Bashar al-Assad.


How many Africans live in the US?

Today at 18:24 PM, via BBC News

Many people, from all over Africa, have emigrated to the United States and now live across the country.


How Joburg compares to the best cities in the world

Today at 19:15 PM, via BusinessTech

South Africa’s biggest city has gained a reputation for many things: congestion, crime and pollution, among others – but the reality isn’t always what it seems.


Confirmed: TKO quarter-finals

Today at 20:15 PM, via News24

Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns will get a home game advantage in the Telkom Knockout quarter-finals.


Smith to help with Boks’ kicking

Today at 20:14 PM, via News24

Franco Smith has been tasked with helping the Springboks with their kicking skills on their year-end European tour.


Arthur Whitehead obituary

Today at 19:38 PM, via The Guardian

The death of my father, Arthur Whitehead, aged 91, breaks one of the few remaining links with the era of family-run woollen mills, which were once so conspicuous in West Yorkshire. He was the last Whitehead living to have worked at Whiteheads’ worsted mill at Gildersome, a village between Leeds and Morley.

His grandfather, Willie Whitehead, a loom tuner, established the mill. According to...


Washington nurseries warned off scary stories for children

Today at 18:30 PM, via The Guardian

State guidelines say books for infants that ‘show frightening images are not considered to be appropriate’ – raising cultural censorship fears

It could be goodbye, Roald Dahl and farewell, fairytales for children in daycare centres in the state of Washington, following the issue of new regulations suggesting: “Books that glorify violence in any way or show frightening images are not...


Government drops education bill after series of reversals

Today at 18:24 PM, via The Guardian

Most controversial clauses of bill introduced in March were quickly removed but DfE will press ahead with grammar schools plan

The government has said it is dropping the education bill unveiled in this year’s Queen’s speech, abandoning a raft of proposals that had already proved unpopular but vowing to press ahead with plans for more grammar schools.

The bill was introduced by Nicky Morgan,...


Apple Unveils New MacBook Pro Featuring OLED Touch Bar Key, Touch ID – Powered By Intel Skylake Processor

Today at 20:15 PM, via Slashdot

At an event on Thursday, Apple unveiled the new 2016 MacBook Pro. The redesigned MacBook Pro comes with “incredible extreme” all-metal body. The main attraction of the new MacBook Pro is an OLED touch strip at the top that Apple is calling the Touch Bar. The Touch Bar comes with a fingerprint scanner Touch ID that users can tap to log-in quickly to their computer as well as make online...


Male contraceptive jab as effective as female pill, trial shows

Today at 20:00 PM, via The Guardian

Results could pave the way for men and women to share equal responsibility for birth control, despite unpleasant side-effects that halted the study early

A male contraceptive jab has been shown to be as effective as the female pill in a trial that could pave the way for men and women being able to share equal responsibility for birth control.

In the study, 350 men were given injections of...


Can nasal tissue be used to repair a damaged knee joint?

Today at 19:57 PM, via Reuters

(Reuters Health) – Doctors might one day be able to harvest cells from patients’ noses to produce cartilage that can be transplanted into damaged knee joints, a small experiment suggests.


Sanofi says blame over epilepsy drug should be shared

Today at 18:33 PM, via Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) – Sanofi wants any blame for the harmful effects of its epilepsy treatment Depakine on unborn babies to be shared with health authorities, doctors and pharmacists, according to the French drug company’s scientific affairs director.


CapeNature Promotes Snake Protection During Summer

Today at 10:26 AM, via CapeNature

With summer in full swing, the Western Cape, as always, experiences a flood of warm weather visitors – both human and reptile. During the summer season we are faced with a number of wild snakes found occasionally in residential areas. Most people are terrified of these reptiles, largely due to a lack of information and understanding of […]


As global biodiversity declines, world's food and energy systems hold solutions

Today at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Global wildlife could plunge to a 67 per cent level of decline in just the fiftyyear period ending this decade as a result of human activities, according to WWF's Living Planet Report 2016. The report shows how people are overpowering the planet for the first time in Earth's history and highlights the changes needed in the way society is fed and fuelled.According to the report, global...


#LivingPlanet: Can we continue living life-as-usual?

Today at 02:00 AM, via WWF

While we might be new to the concept of the Anthropocene, we have actually – unknowingly, and possibly unintentionally – been a part of this era for a while now.Anthropocene refers to the “human age”, a period in the planet's history when the changes brought about by humanity are so profound that they will be evident long after we are gone.For decades, scientists have been warning that human...