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Massive Fires Sweep Through The Garden Route

Widespread blazes have ravaged most of the Garden Route in South Africa this past weekend. It took a fiery toll on firefighters and uprooted communities. At least 8 have been confirmed dead following the blaze. Officials stated on Saturday afternoon that residents from the surrounding areas in the Garden Route have been evacuated as a precaution as fires continue to rage. The evacuations took place in Jonkersberg, Bosdorp, Sonskyn Valley village, Rheenendal, Buffelsnek and Protea Valley in the Goudveld. A video posted by the Working on Fire revealed a horrifying scene. A massive, uncontrolled fire whipping through vegetation. The wind is causing the fire to behave chaotically, damaging and burning through both wild and residential area. Another 300 residents in surrounding areas are asked to be on standby in case evacuations are needed. “This is by far the country’s biggest fire in a populated area to have occurred. We have…

Largest Octopus Breeding Ground Discovered in the Ocean

Deep under the sea, scientists have discovered thousands of female octopuses brooding eggs. National Geographic team announced last week, in what appears to be the world’s largest, that a deep-sea octopus nursery had been discovered. Scientists piloting a remote-operated submersible noticed something that has never been seen before. Two miles below the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Monterey in California, hundreds of octopuses were found huddled at the base of an underwater mountain. It is extremely rare to find such a large number of octopuses together. They have typically been thought of as solitary or isolate creatures. The lead scientist, Chad King, said: “We went down the eastern flank of this small hill, and that’s when—boom—we just started seeing pockets of dozens here, dozens there, dozens everywhere.” The species, Muusoctopus robustus, numbering an estimated 1000 in total, were nestled among the rocks. The octopuses appear to be turned inside out, wrapping their…

PayPal Bans Social Network After Pittsburgh Shooter’s Profile Surfaces

Social network service Gab has been banned from using PayPal after the anti-Semitic profile of the man suspected of gunning down multiple people at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning gained attention. However, in a statement to The Verge, PayPal made its reasoning more clear: “The company is diligent in performing reviews and taking account actions. When a site is explicitly allowing the perpetuation of hate, violence or discriminatory intolerance, we take immediate and decisive action.” PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 27: Police rapid response team members respond to the site of a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood on October 27, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. According to reports, at least 12 people were shot, 4 dead and three police officers hurt during the incident. The shooter surrendered to authorities and was taken into custody. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) Gab brands itself as “The Home of…

Another Policeman Arrested for Rhino Poaching

Last week, information surfaced around another police officer being detained after allegedly being involved in rhino poaching. This news only became public a few days ago, on the day of his bail hearing. Constable Size Buthelezi, 36, a highly-trained policeman from an elite police unit, was found in possession of rhino horn. He is being charged with unlawful possession of ammunition, firearms and a protected endangered species ( rhino horn).  The culprit was caught red-handed at KwaZulu Natal’s popular game reserve, iMfolozi, on October 11. Details were initially blurry and nothing had been shared with the media. Finally, the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure released a statement about the case. During Constable Buthelezi’s bail application, on October 22, he was released from custody for a bail charge of R2000. The court, not the NPA, have failed to answer any questions regarding this ‘light brushing off’ of a serious incident.…

World's Oldest Ship Found in the Black Sea

Over a thousand-year-old Greek trading vessel was discovered at the bottom of the ocean after years of intense searching. The shipwreck appears to be the oldest and most intact ever found. Scientists carbon dated the ship back to around 400BC. At a depth of more than 2km’s underwater, organic material is preserved due to the lack of oxygen. The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project was thrilled by this key discovery. The team is also credited with the findings of 60 other vessels in the Black Sea. Jon Adams, an archaeology professor, had the following to say in a statement to the press: “A ship, surviving intact, from the Classical world, lying in over 2km of water, is something I would never have believed possible. This will change our understanding of shipbuilding and seafaring in the ancient world.” The Black Sea is a massive inland body of water connected to both…

Black Rhino Auction Permit Draws Widespread Criticism

An auction permit to hunt endangered African black rhino has ignited a deep tension between Dallas Safari Club and wildlife campaigners. Auction was done for the money of $350 000. Dallas Safari Club officials praised the move claiming that it will help raise money for conservation measures but wildlife advocates came hard on the auction policy. Before auction, around 50 protesters assembled outside the convention centre and staged protest demonstration by holding banners and chanted anti-hunting slogans. Some people from Atlanta joined the protest showing dismay against the auction of the endangered black rhino hunting permit in Dallas. Steve Wagner, a spokesperson for the Dallas Safari Club told The South Africa News that auction will be for a hunt in Namibia. Advocating the auction, he said all proceeds to be collected would be consumed to protect the rhino species. He also said auction had allowed only old male and nonbreeding…

Despite criticism, youth wage subsidy bill passed

Despite political outcry, Parliament led by ANC has finally okayed youth wage Subsidy, Bill or the Employment Tax Incentive. Cosatu vehemently objected the subsidy, claiming that it would egg on employers to dismiss experienced workers to replace younger ones to obtain the tax concession. The Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) leader, Julius Malema also bitterly opposed youth wage subsidy. The Democratic Alliance (DA) also disliked it due some of its structural pitfalls. Parliament accepted the Employment Tax Incentive Bill as the Treasury won its three-year battle with Cosatu over a youth wage subsidy. All opposition parties said “we have to pave the bill way in greater national interest but it led damaging job-seekers and inflicting the National Education Development and Labour Council (Nedlac).” Democratic Alliance finance spokesperson Tim Harris told The South Africa News that the cost of the fight in the ruling alliance was clear in the R1.3-billion tax break…

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