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Goodbye DStv Premium and Discovery Health

South Africans are dumping their DStv Premium and top-tier Discovery Health products for cheaper alternatives. Moneyweb’s Hilton Tarrant recently showed that there has been a 22% decline in subscribers in Discovery Health Medical Scheme’s top three tiers. “The top plans – Executive, Comprehensive Series and Priority Series – account for 19% of the medical scheme’s

Lifestyle

Redux: A Vocabulary for the Almost-Lost

My dog died this week. It was entirely without warning; she was fine Saturday and on Sunday she collapsed, and then she was gone. I am shattered. I am in a state of constant saudade, a Portuguese word meaning the feeling of longing for something or someone you love that has been lost forever. I

The Internet Protection Agency, Content Moderation Division

A Facebook content moderator is suing the social network for psychological trauma after watching thousands of hours of toxic and disturbing content. “There is no long-term support plan when these content moderators leave. They are just expected to melt back into the fabric of society.” -“An online decency moderator’s advice: Blur your eyes”, Jane Wakefield, BBC

Canada Goose, American Dream

In the fall of 1969, somewhere in Ohio, scientists put a numbered plastic tag around the leg of a one year-old, female Canada goose, and released it into the wild. When it was eventually shot down in Ontario, in 2001, it was 33 years old — the oldest Canada goose to be recorded in the United States Geological Survey’s archive of bird longevity. 

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Business

Amazon deal for food delivery startup faces scrutiny from UK watchdog

The U.K. competition regulator has started a review into Amazon.com Inc.’s bid to buy a slice of fast-growing food delivery startup Deliveroo, adding to the e-tailing giant’s antitrust woes around the globe. The Competition and Markets Authority said on its website Wednesday it’s investigating the purchase of rights and a minority shareholding in Roofoods Ltd., which does

The most popular programming languages in South Africa

Wits University’s Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) and the Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) have launched a new study looking at South Africa’s IT industry. The report shows that conditions have improved considerably since the 2008 survey where all respondents indicated that they were facing an IT skills shortage. “Several factors can influence

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World News

Turkey to suspend Syria offensive, Mike Pence announces

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The US had been pushing Turkey and its allies to end the offensive in northern Syria Turkey has agreed to a ceasefire in northern Syria to let Kurdish-led forces withdraw, US Vice-President Mike Pence has announced. The development followed talks in Ankara between Mr Pence and Turkey’s President Recep

New Brexit deal agreed by EU and UK

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJohnson: This is a very good deal Boris Johnson and EU leaders have hailed the deal they have struck to take the UK out of the bloc on 31 October in an “orderly” fashion. The prime minister now faces a battle to get the deal through Parliament

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