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FRIDAY, 15 DECEMBER 2017, 06:08

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Cyril and NDZ: Here Is How Their Plans Converge And Differ

Today at 04:23 AM, via Huffington Post

If the economy were a person, it would be looking nervously at the two leading candidates, Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Depending on who triumphs this weekend, the economy will travel in very different directions.

Dlamini-Zuma’s final campaign slogan is “Radical economic transformation. Now”. Ramaphosa, on the other hand, is going for a U.S.-inspired “New Deal”, named after...

South Africa

DA suspends De Lille from party activities

Today at 05:24 AM, via Eyewitness News

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has been asked to provide reasons to the Democratic Alliance (DA) why she should not resign as mayor.

South Africa

DA suspends Patricia de Lille

Today at 05:22 AM, via eNCA

City of Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille has been suspended from the DA.

South Africa

Steinhoff chair Christo Wiese resigns

Today at 05:15 AM, via eNCA

In a statement, Christo Wiese said he’d offered to step down in order to reinforce independent governance of the company.

World

EU leaders clash over refugees

Today at 03:44 AM, via Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Two years after the Mediterranean migrant crisis blew a hole in the European Union, a tentative effort to patch up differences over what to do with refugees underlined continuing rifts among the bloc’s leaders.

Africa

Anti-apartheid heroes slam Zuma as ANC elects new chief

Today at 04:30 AM, via The Citizen

The African National Congress was lauded for its moral authority in the fight against apartheid in South Africa, but many veterans of that era are deeply disillusioned by the party’s actions today.

Education

‘Youthquake’ named 2017 word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries

Today at 02:01 AM, via The Guardian

A year of political change effected by young people tipped the balance of power in a shortlist including such buzzwords as Antifa, kompromat and Milkshake Duck

“Youthquake”, defined as “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people”, has been selected by Oxford Dictionaries as the 2017 word of the year.

The term saw a 401% increase in...

Entertainment

Music producer Russell Simmons denies newspaper reports of sexual misconduct

Today at 02:37 AM, via Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Music and film producer Russell Simmons faced new accusations of sexual misconduct from nine woman dating back to 1983, including four who alleged he raped them, and New York police have opened an investigation, police and U.S. newspapers said on Thursday.

Science/Tech

A Cryptocurrency Without a Blockchain Has Been Built To Outperform Bitcoin

Today at 05:30 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Bitcoin isn’t the only cryptocurrency on a hot streak — plenty of alternative currencies have enjoyed rallies alongside the Epic Bitcoin Bull Run of 2017. One of the most intriguing examples is also among the most obscure in the cryptocurrency world. Called IOTA, it has jumped in total value from just over $4 billion to more than...

Science/Tech

Noninvasive Radiation Therapy Halts Deadly Heart Rhythm

Today at 03:50 AM, via Slashdot

schwit1 shares a report from The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): The patients were gravely ill, their hearts scarred by infections or heart attacks. In each, the electrical system that maintains a regular heartbeat had been short-circuited. They suffered frequent bursts of rapid heartbeats, which can end in sudden death. The condition kills an estimated...

Health

Merck’s Keytruda fails pivotal gastric cancer trial

Today at 00:08 AM, via Reuters

(Reuters) – Merck & Co Inc said on Thursday a key late-stage trial testing Keytruda failed to meet its main goal of extending the lives of patients with a type of gastric cancer.

Nature

10 ways that Woolies is walking the water talk

Tuesday at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Retailer Woolworths was one of the first companies to put up its hand up when WWF South Africa launched its #WatershedWednesday campaign. Here are 10 innovations the retailer has made to cut back on water use.1. Real-time meteringWoolworths has installed real-time water metering at 77% of its stores across South Africa and in Africa – and is thus able to monitor 95% of its total water...

Nature

Western Cape Biodiversity Spatial Plan – a roadmap to a sustainable and inclusive living environment

Monday at 10:00 AM, via CapeNature

The Western Cape Nature Conservation Board (CapeNature) is mandated to conserve the unique natural heritage resources of the Western Cape for the benefit of all. The responsibility for conserving the Western Cape’s biodiversity, however, also lies with many other state agencies within national, provincial and local spheres of government, supported by organisations in the private […]

Nature

Khetha – supporting communities' right to choose

Monday at 02:00 AM, via WWF

CAPE TOWN (11th December 2017). The illegal trade of wildlife products – including rhino horn and elephant ivory – is the world's fourth largest transnational crime. These crimes represent not just a threat to Africa's endangered animals, but also affect the safety and well-being of communities who live near these protected areas.  WWF South Africa and the United States Agency for...