Authorities offer relief as blizzards continue to ravage China

17 February 2019, 7:05 AM
Authorities offer relief to help local herdsmen as blizzards continue to ravage Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, northwest China's Qinghai Province.
Blizzard in China.
Swine flu outbreak kills 76 in India’s Rajasthan 2 February 2019, 9:25 AM

A swine flu outbreak in one of India's biggest tourist hubs, Rajasthan state in the west of the country, has killed 76 people this year, government officials said.

Over 70 health professionals killed on duty in 2018 1 February 2019, 8:36 PM

The rise of deaths of health care practitioners while on duty in the Mpumalanga healthcare centres, has urged authorities to find ways to maximize security measures in these facilities.

Whistleblowers urged to come forward on Eskom ‘corruption’ 1 February 2019, 3:14 PM

The Mining and Energy Advisor has called on whistleblowers to come forward with information on corrupt activities at Eskom.

Cattle grazing.
Foot and mouth outbreak could have been contained sooner: Expert 1 February 2019, 11:00 AM

Lecturer in Informatics at the University of Pretoria, Dr Tania Prinsloo says the foot and mouth outbreak could have been contained speedily if South Africa had a livestock identification and traceability system.

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin signs launch deal with Canada’s Telesat 1 February 2019, 8:15 AM

Jeff Bezos’ rocket company, Blue Origin, has signed a deal with Canada’s Telesat to launch part of a satellite constellation aimed at providing speedy internet access to governments and businesses globally.

Thousands of young Belgians protest for climate action 31 January 2019, 9:15 PM

 Thousands of young people rallied in Belgium to demand action on climate change Thursday as part of a wave of demonstrations led by high school students aimed at intensifying pressure on governments.

2018 ‘worst year ever’ for smartphone market: survey 31 January 2019, 5:41 PM

Global smartphone sales saw their worst contraction ever in 2018, and the outlook for 2019 isn't much better, new surveys show.

Celestial billboards spark debate about who owns the sky 31 January 2019, 4:30 PM

Someday soon, stargazers searching for answers in the night sky might see the logo of a soft drink company blazing past the Milky Way, or a promotional message from a fast food restaurant; that at least that is the hope of Start Rocket, a Russian start-up aiming to put billboards in space.

Deep Freeze
Deep freeze grips U.S. Midwest, blamed for at least 12 deaths 31 January 2019, 12:46 PM

A blast of icy polar air brought dangerously low temperatures to the U.S. Midwest on Wednesday, causing at least three more deaths while halting mail delivery and forcing residents who pride themselves on their winter hardiness to huddle indoors.

People trying to keep warm in the cold.
Three more deaths due to the polar vortex, US 31 January 2019, 12:37 PM

A blast of icy polar air brought dangerously low temperatures to the U.S. Midwest on Wednesday, causing at least three more deaths while halting mail delivery and forcing residents to huddle indoors.

social media apps
Firms that sold fake social media activity settle with New York state 31 January 2019, 7:06 AM

   Companies that sold fake social media activity have reached a settlement with the state of New York in a case that, for the first time, established such activity as illegal, the state's attorney general said Wednesday.

People use their phones outside an Apple store in Beijing, China.
Apple services business grows, China tensions ease 30 January 2019, 8:53 AM

Apple Inc reported sharp growth in its services business on Tuesday and Chief Executive Tim Cook said trade tensions between the United States and China were easing.

uShaka Marine World, a new home for rescued flamingo 30 January 2019, 7:22 AM

Durban's Ushaka Marine World has become part of one of the biggest rehabilitation operations to date after 250 rescued flamingo chicks arrived by plane from Kimberley in the Northern Cape.

Person holding a smartphone next to Hauwei banner
Huawei overtakes Apple to become second largest smartphone seller 29 January 2019, 3:11 PM

Chinese tech giant Huawei overtook Apple to become the second-largest smartphone seller in the world in 2018.

Apple phone
For bruised Apple, a need to go beyond the iPhone 29 January 2019, 6:45 AM

Apple is aiming to show it can do more than just make iPhones in a quarterly update on Tuesday for investors who are skeptical over whether the culture-changing company can regain the momentum from its glory days.

Two elephants walking in the bush
Project Ivory launched at the Kruger National Park 28 January 2019, 9:48 PM

SanParks has launched Project Ivory in Phalaborwa in Limpopo to combat elephant poaching in the Kruger National Park.

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Stats SA donates ICT equipment to PE schools 28 January 2019, 7:32 PM

Two schools in Port Elizabeth have become the beneficiaries of state of the art technology donated by Statistics South Africa.

US citizen leaks data on thousands in Singapore with HIV 28 January 2019, 3:27 PM

An HIV positive American has leaked online the names of 14 200 Singaporeans and foreigners also diagnosed in the city-state with the human immunodeficiency virus, the Health Ministry said on Monday.

AgriSA's Deputy Executive Director Christo van der Rheede
Drought still severe and widespread in SA: AgriSA 28 January 2019, 12:08 PM

Agriculture organisations are concerned about the impact on commodity prices and how farmers and consumers will be affected, due to the persistent drought and severe heat conditions in the country.

Lions Head and Signal Hill fire
Lion’s Head and Signal Hill fire contained 28 January 2019, 11:55 AM

Firefighters will continue to monitor the situation on Lion's Head and Signal Hill in Cape Town after containing a threatening mountain fire overnight.

Climate change pushing killer whales to migrate north 28 January 2019, 6:31 AM

Paying no attention to nearby divers, a killer whale and her calf hunting for food frolic in a snowy Norwegian fjord.

NMU collaborates on global ocean research programme 27 January 2019, 9:26 PM

The Nelson Mandela University (NMU) in the Eastern Cape has partnered with Stratchclyde University in the United Kingdom (UK) on a R358 million global ocean research programme.

Plastic dhow sails Kenya coast to highlight waste crisis 27 January 2019, 11:43 AM

A traditional dhow sailing boat made entirely of trash and flip-flops has set off on an expedition along the Kenyan coast to raise awareness about the harmful effects of plastic waste.

Germany should phase out coal mining by 2038: commission 27 January 2019, 8:23 AM

Germany should end all coal mining for electricity production by 2038, a government-appointed commission said Saturday, laying out a roadmap to phase out the polluting fuel.

Hundreds of baby flamingos rescued at Kamfers Dam 26 January 2019, 4:00 PM

Hundreds of baby Flamingos have been rescued at the Kamfers Dam by a group of Kimberley residents.

Facebook getting its messaging apps to be friends 26 January 2019, 6:24 AM

Facebook said Friday it is trying to get its messaging apps to be friends, allowing encrypted missives be exchanged no matter which of its services are used.

Motsoaledi discusses high cost of cancer treatment at WEF 25 January 2019, 9:19 PM

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has used the World Economic Forum in Davos to meet with various pharmaceutical companies to discuss the high cost of cancer treatment.

Ebola spreads to high-risk area of Congo 25 January 2019, 2:40 PM

Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola outbreak has spread southwards into an area with high security risks, the World Health Organization said.

Liberia wrestles with poverty and ecology in bid to protect sharks 25 January 2019, 6:22 AM

George Toe reflects on the good old days, when catching a couple of sharks helped fill a fisherman's pocket and fed a hungry family.

Digital connection
‘Digital transformation’ the buzzword at Davos 24 January 2019, 8:10 PM

The annual business rendezvous in Davos is a hothouse of insider tech jargon, but this year's buzzword of "digital transformation" could translate into profound and painful changes for companies and workers.