Zuma tries to interdict Protector probe

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Credit EWN     Article by Gia Nicolaides President Jacob Zuma and Co-operative Governance Minister Des van Rooyen have both approached the courts in a last minute attempt to prevent the release of the Public Protector’s report on state capture.It’s understood the High Court in Pretoria will today hear two urgent applications for an interdict against Thuli Madonsela to prevent the release of her report on state capture.The Gupta family is central in the case and Madonsela has been asked to investigate whether the controversial family had unduly influenced the president in terms of ministerial appointments. Zuma is demanding Madonsela give him access to witnesses and evidence she’s gathered in the probe, ahead of her departure from the Public Protector’s office today…

Svitla Systems CEO: Silicon Valley’s Bond with Guadalajara Only Growing Stronger As Silicon Valley continues to suffer from talent shortage, Mexico’s talent pool and attractive costs have made made it an ideal location to recruit. This is evident in the growing expansion of American firms into Mexico, including one development and quality assurance (QA) company with a global vision, Svitla Systems. Headquartered in North California, Svitla Systems opened its newest development center in Guadalajara, Mexico in November 2016. The new center joins five in Ukraine and one in Montenegro.  The company offers software development and testing services in all geos, and serves customers in Europe, Israel, Australia, as well as the United States. Svitla Systems was founded by CEO President Nataliya Anon, a Stanford Business School graduate with Ukrainian heritage. Anon has spent her career building hi-tech companies...

NYPD suspends cop who let prisoner escape while talking on cell A Manhattan cop was talking on his cellphone for four minutes while the prisoner he was supposed to be guarding escaped a medical exam room, police sources said Friday. Officer Albert Belcher was suspended for letting suspected thief Daniel Ortiz, 32, get away Thursday afternoon. Ortiz, an ex-con on parole for burglary, was last seen around 10:15 p.m. Thursday as he entered the subway station at W. 14th St. and 7th Ave. He was arrested earlier, at about 12:25 p.m., for shoplifting at Macy's in Herald Square. Suspect gives cops the slip while in custody at NYC health center While he was being processed at the Midtown South Precinct, police decided he needed medical treatment because his right index finger was bleeding and he had a cut...

Obama enrages Israel on way out the door (Video: Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz tells CNN: “Obama was wrong, Trump was right.”) WASHINGTON – Israeli officials are furious with President Obama for allowing the U.N. to pass a resolution Friday demanding the Jewish state “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.” With the U.S. taking the extraordinary move of abstaining, the Security Council unanimously passed the resolution, which also calls for the limiting of the Jewish state to the borders it had before the 1967 war. The resolution declares the Israeli settlement policy has “no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law.” Critics say the move effectively strips Israel of any bargaining power in any future peace negotiations by forcing ...

China commissions its 1st 7-tonne civil helicopter China commissioned the 7 tonne helicopter. (Reuters) China today commissioned its first seven-tonne helicopter, which can be used for operations like search and rescue and law enforcement, marking a new advancement in its aviation industry. The new Chinese civil helicopter made its maiden flight , marking a new development in the China’s helicopter industry, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) said. The AC352 civil helicopter is a multi-purpose twin-engine helicopter with a 7.5-tonne maximum take-off weight, and is capable of carrying up to 16 passengers, AVIC said. It will boost the development of the nation’s helicopter industry, Wu Ximing, chief designer of helicopters for AVIC was quoted as saying by state-run Xinhua news agency. You may also like to watch this video: Lu Weijian...

NIA court convicts five Indian Mujahideen cadre in blast case Hyderabad: The special court of National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Hyderabad today convicted six members of Indian Mujahideen in Dilsukhnagar bomb blast case of February 2013. The judge will announce the sentence on December 19. Five of the six accused of the case, including Mohammad Ahmad Siddibapa alias Yaseen Bhatkal, were produced before the judge amid heavy security yesterday morning. The bomb blast in the busy commercial area of Dilsukhnagar near Konark and Venkatadri theatres had claimed 18 lives and injured 138 others. While the five accused were arrested and charged by the NIA, the alleged brain behind the blast and the top leader of the shadowy terror outfit Riyaz Bhatkal was absconding. All the accused were found guilty under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), Arms Act and Indian Penal ...

AMD Zen Is Now Ryzen, Desktop CPUs Clocked at 3.4GHz+ Coming Q1 2017 Last week at the AMD Tech Summit in Sonoma, California, AMD provided an update on its upcoming Zen CPU architecture to select journalists. At the New Horizon event in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, AMD shared these details with the general public. Here’s everything we know so far about AMD’s upcoming CPUs. For starters, the Zen CPU architecture will come to market carrying the name Ryzen, with the first set of ‘Summit Ridge’ desktop CPUs now expected to ship in Q1 2017. Ryzen will be the culmination of a four-year effort by AMD to regain the market share and mindshare it has lost to Intel in the high-performance desktop market. Jim Anderson, Senior Vice President and GM, Computing and Graphics, believes that with PC gaming hardware sales...

‘Westworld’ Season 2 Spoilers: Ed Harris Confirmed To Return As Man In Black Out of all the characters found in the HBO show “Westworld,” the first one who has been confirmed to return in Season 2 is Ed Harris’ mysterious Man in Black. Harris confirmed his return during an interview with BBC Radio 4. “I was just talking to Jonah Nolan last night, who’s a creator of this thing with his wife Lisa Joy, and yeah, they’re doing another season,” Harris said. “They’re going to do 10 more episodes, and I will be involved.” Despite this revelation, this does not mean that the Man in Black will come out of the first season unscathed. According to Polygon, the Man in Black might bite the dust and return in the next season as a host. Earlier, Harris told Slash Film that ...