South Africa

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    South Africans walk for media opportunities

    The walk agreed with what is referred to in South Africa as the “Dark Wednesday”, a day, in 1977, on which the politically-sanctioned racial segregation government banned a few daily papers Around 200 South Africans on Saturday arranged a walk in their nation’s biggest city, Johannesburg, to call for media opportunities. The walk agreed with what is referred to in South Africa as the “Dark Wednesday”, a day, in 1977, on which the politically-sanctioned racial segregation government banned a few daily papers. A few nonconformists conveyed notices and banners of the Right2know Campaign. They accumulated outside the home office of the general population telecaster, where they listened to discourses conveyed by different speakers. photo by bdlive.co.za

  • Graca Machel speaks of her loss for the first time – Mail & Guardian Online

    Nelson Mandela’s widow talks of their love, her grief and how she censored the media so he would not read bad news about his beloved ANC. Graça Machel said there hadn’t ‘been any moment where we were together we wouldn’t hold each other’s hand’, as in this photo from 1998. (Reuters) As Nelson Mandela’s coffin was slowly lowered into the ground in the hills close to where he grew up, his widow, Graça Machel, crumpled with grief. There would, as is customary, be six more months of mourning. But on Friday, Machel broke her silence to describe the pain of losing her “soul mate” and “best friend”. In her first interview since Mandela’s death in…

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    ‘Looted’ Nigerian art returned to traditional ruler

    Two statues from among thousands of works of art looted by British soldiers in the 19th century have been returned to Nigeria, prompting calls for other “stolen” treasures to be repatriated. For more than a century, the artefacts from the “Benin Bronzes” collection had been in the family of retired medical consultant Mark Walker, whose grandfather was involved in a 1897 British raid in which they were taken. But on Friday, the statues — depicting a fabled ibis bird and the traditional monarch’s bell — were given back to the Oba (King) of Benin, Uku Akpolokpolo Erediauwa I, at a ceremony attended by royal officials and local dignitaries. Walker said he decided to return the…

  • Marikana: Widows distraught as Mr X describes murders – Mail & Guardian Online

    Family members of the Lonmin security guards who were killed by striking miners cried inconsolably as a witness described the details of the murders. Graphic photos were shown of the two murdered security personnel and the burnt frame of the car, eliciting more crying from family members in the gallery. (Madelene Cronje, M&G) Family members of the two Lonmin security guards who were murdered by striking miners on August 12 2012, cried inconsolably as a witness known only as “Mr X” described the details of their murder on the day. His testimony prompted commissioner, retired judge Ian Farlam, to grant an early tea break.  The widows clung onto each other during the break, trying to comfort one another. Mr…

  • Lwandle: Sisulu hits out at Zille – iAfrica.com

    Tue, 10 Jun 2014 9:55 AM Residents of Nomzamo informal settlement. Credit: Aletta Gardner/EWN Western Cape Premier Helen Zille should have taken responsibility for the evicted Lwandle residents from the start, Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said. The comment comes almost a week after nearly 800 families were evicted from the Sanral-owned land they had illegally been living on near Strand. The families were evicted after Sanral was granted an eviction order earlier this year. “The premier and the mayor (Patricia de Lille) stood and watched for three days. She told everyone that it is not her problem. The mayor also said it was not her problem. We as the ANC government came in to…

Technology

Could Microsoft’s Surface become the ‘Lumia’? – CNET

A rumor emerges that Microsoft will integrate certain elements of Nokia branding into its product names. Would this be madness? facebook linkedin googleplus more more + email tumblr stumble delicious reddit pinterest digg Technology – Google News

W Cape widens broadband lead – ITWeb

Redirect Notice  The previous page is sending you to http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content .  If you do not want to visit that page, you can return to the previous page. Technology – Google News

PlayStation TV set for launch by year end – Times LIVE

PlayStation TV set for launch by year end AFP | 2014-06-10 12:24:55.0 Sony’s PlayStation 4. File photo. Its PlayStation TV box will launch at the end of 2014.Image by: Sunday Times Extra Sony Computer Entertainment on Monday said a PlayStation TV home entertainment system will debut in North America and Europe by the end of this year. The small, stand-alone PS TV box will be priced at $ 99 here and 99 euros in Europe. A bundle containing a wireless video game style controller, a memory card, and a “LEGO: The Movie” video game from Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment will sell for $ 140. PS TV is designed as a platform for games, films, television…

Why Subaru has the longest-lasting midsize sedan on the road – Torque News

The all-new 2015 Subaru Legacy sedan is about to make its dealer debut. Why are its roots important? With the 2015 Subaru Legacy sedan about to make its dealer launch here in the U.S, we can go back to its roots and learn what makes it a good car for sedan buyers. Subaru has been long criticized for their cheaper interiors and boxy styling, but they have been known to last longer than many brands. Based on findings from Polk, who is an automotive data information gathering organization, they have found that 96 percent of Subaru Legacy sedans are still on the road today. In fact they say that 96 percent of all Subaru cars…

MTN to launch fastest high speed fibre broadband in Africa – DestinyMan

The race to control the fibre broadband industry in SA is on as MTN strikes the first blow with the launch of fibre broadband connections to the residential market. Mobile network giant MTN is just weeks away from launching the first high-speed fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections to high-density urban areas, including affluent gated communities and high rise buildings. The FTTH commercial offering is set to be piloted at Monaghan Farm, an eco-friendly, off-the-grid gated estate near Lanseria from 1 June, where 60% of residents have already signed up to the connection. The fibre broadband connection is capable of delivering speeds of up to 100Mb per second – faster even than Telkom’s newly upgraded offering. “We are…

Internet Explorer 11 Gets Makeover for Windows 8.1 Update – PC Magazine

The new browser will run on Windows 7, too, while Redmond is also debuting IE11 for Windows Phone 8.1. Though its Build conference primarily focused on Windows 8.1 Update and Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft on Wednesday also rolled out an updated version of Internet Explorer 11. The new browser will run on the updated Windows 8 as well as Windows 7, while Redmond is also debuting IE11 for Windows Phone 8.1. The update means a better browsing experience, no matter what gadget you’re using: Be it an 8-inch tablet or a 24-inch desktop, IE11 adapts for the device, changing the number of on-screen tabs and the size of fonts and menus to match the machine….

Science

SA astronomers discover black hole system – Eyewitness News

Sending failed. It’s possible that the address you are trying to mail is unsubscribed from EWN mailers. SA astronomers discover black hole system Email Share Print Keep for later Keep for later FILE: A team of South African astronomers, led by Roger Daene has discovered a triple massive black hole system. Multimedia Previous line Next line one day ago Eyewitness News | CAPE TOWN – A team of South African astronomers has discovered a triple super massive black hole system. The research team, funded by the South African Square Kilometre Array, was led by Cape Town astronomer Roger Daene. He says many more black holes are expected to be discovered. “The way in which we…

CMS event showing characteristics expected from the decay of the Higgs boson

Higgs boson is even MORE likely to actually be Higgs boson – boffins – Register

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation Boffins have found fresh support for the idea that the particle discovered in 2012 and lauded as the Higgs boson is, in fact, the Higgs boson. Researchers have discovered that the bosons decay into fermions, which are a group of particles that include ones like leptons and quarks. That’s a good thing because it’s exactly what the Standard Model of particle physics predicts the Higgs boson should do. “This is an enormous breakthrough,” said Markus Klute, an assistant professor of physics at MIT and leader of the international group of boffins. “Now we know that particles like electrons get their mass by coupling to the Higgs field, which is…

Gloomy picture for great whites – Independent Online

Related Stories Durban – A new study into South Africa’s great white sharks suggests there are now less than 600 of these fearsome predators left along the country’s southwest coastline. Presenting the results of a five-year study at the Sharks International conference in Durban last week, Italian-born marine biologist Sara Andreotti said there was an urgent need to protect this apex group of predators from further decline – even though South Africa became the first country in the world to pass laws, in 1991, to protect them legally and outlaw their killing. Andreotti said the study suggested there were now between 480 and 580 great whites left between Port Nolloth, near the Namibian border, and…

B-29 Superfortress Wreckage from Cold War Captured in Recent Photo – Flying Magazine

B-29 Superfortress Kee Bird Photo: NASA A recent photo captured by NASA’s P-3 Orion shows the remains of Kee Bird, a B-29 Superfortress that crash landed on a Greenland ice sheet in February 1947 during a Cold War spy mission gone awry. The new image was taken during a flight for Operation IceBridge, a program that records changes in the Earth’s ice over time. NASA researcher John Sonntag says Kee Bird’s resting place between Humboldt and Petermann Glaciers, two key study locations, makes it a common sight during scientific aerial missions in the area. Today the wreckage of Kee Bird lies partially submerged beneath snow and ice after an attempt to recover the airplane in…

Apollo lunar landing joystick fetches astronomical sum of $610k at auction – Tech Times

A joystick from the Apollo 15 million fetched more than $ 610,000 at an auction.(Photo : RR Auction) The joystick used to land the crew of Apollo 15 on the moon in 1971 has sold for $ 610,000 at an auction. This is believed to be the highest price ever paid for a piece of NASA memorabilia.  The sale took place during the 7th Space and Aviation Autograph and Artifact Auction, held in Massachusetts.  Commander David R. Scott operated the controller to guide the lunar module Falcon to a same landing on the surface of our planetary companion. The joystick was also the navigational control for the lander’s journey back from the lunar surface, to…

China Sets Heavier Punishments for Polluters – Wall Street Journal

By Brian Spegele BEIJING–China’s parliament on Thursday amended the country’s environmental-protection law for the first time in a quarter century, approving new requirements that provide greater leeway for nongovernmental activist groups and require harsher punishments for heavy polluters. Passage of the amendments closes the curtain on what has been an unusually vigorous debate among policy makers, academics and activists that has dragged on for two years. Participants said the amendments enshrined in law the promises made last year during a high-profile gathering of top Communist Party leaders. The amendments set the stage for new regulations that are expected to require greater protection of China’s air, water and soil. The law will take effect Jan. 1,…