Torture Tourism – the dark side of wildlife tourism In May 2019, National Geographic Magazine wrote an expansive article exposing the very dark and often unseen side of wildlife tourism across the world. Posing with a big cat like a tiger, playing with lion cubs, riding an elephant or having a monkey sit on your shoulder for a photo are just a few examples of wildlife tourism and have become increasingly popular, especially in the pursuit of social-media worthy content and a sizeable ‘like’ count. However, the pictures that make it onto social media of tourists with these animals, paint [...]
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A Colourful History: 50 Years of LQBTQ+ The Stonewell Inn is a name that has become synonymous with the inception of Pride and Pride Parades. The catalyst occurred at 1:20am on the 28th of June 1969 when New York City’s ‘finest’ raided the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan. The raid in itself was not unheard of, as the Stonewall Inn was operating without a valid liquor license. However, the New York State Liquor Authority was largely discriminatory in its issuing of liquor licences in the state, and refused to issue licences to establishments known to serve or cater to gay patrons. [...]
Behind the burnout & how to beat it As of the 28th of May 2019, burn-out has officially been included in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) and has been defined as an “occupational phenomenon”; it is not however considered or classified as a ‘medical condition’. According to the World Health Organisation and the ICD-11, burn-out can be defined as “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” It can be further characterised by three ‘dimensions’ including depleted energy levels and feelings of exhaustion; “increased mental distance from one’s [...]
1 Million Species Facing Extinction The world is currently facing the largest possible extinction across species to date. According to a new United Nations report on ecosystems and biodiversity, the rate at which these species are likely to become extinct is ‘unprecedented’ and is accelerating rapidly. The latest extinction statistics were recently released in a “landmark” new report compiled by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The report contains extensive research and data and was a collaborative compilation done by 145 expert authors from fifty countries with further input from another 310 contributing authors across the [...]
The Cash in Cannabis Cannabis, once one of the most “cultivated, trafficked and widely abused illicit drug[s]” (WHO) in the world, is now no longer viewed as just that, but rather as a potentially lucrative and high-yielding agricultural industry on its own. The expected worldwide trajectory of legal marijuana and cannabis growth could be worth approximately $194 billion in seven years according to 2018’s BMO report. The projected industry worth is largely dependent on the legalisation of marijuana in both the United States as well as all 28 countries in the European Union – and would have to include the [...]
Militant MammalsThe use of animals in service based industries such as the military, the navy, police forces, airport security and many more is a relatively common practice. However the animals employed in the militia are a far cry from the furry compatriots we associate with the police force or airport security – both of which predominantly use dogs. The military in particular has an interesting history of animal use and employment for a multitude of services – most of which predated the introduction of modern technology and machinery. Over the course of history, these have included dogs, cats, pigeons, pigs, horses, [...]
Sharks and the ‘Big C’ Sharks and cancer are not two words that would generally ever be associated with one another, or thought to have any significant links. Recently however, scientists have done just that and have taken their exploration of the ‘big C’ (aka cancer to you and me) to new levels, or should we say new depths rather. The chosen shark for the study was the great white shark, a species that is common in South African waters. Scientists have now successfully mapped the great white shark genome, which according to the Oxford Dictionary is “the complete set [...]
What do eggs have to do with Easter? Easter Sunday takes place on the 21st of April this year. Depending on the hemisphere, Easter either occurs towards the beginning of spring in the Northern hemisphere, or the beginning of autumn for those who reside in the Southern hemisphere. Easter, as most know it, is a Christian holiday which celebrates the ‘belief’ that Jesus Christ was resurrected on that day. If the New Testament of the Bible is followed, Easter Sunday has become a day of celebration as it is seen as the day that Jesus Christ ‘rose from the dead’ [...]
The Stages of Darkness (According to Eskom) ‘Load shedding’ has become a term that sends shivers down most South African’s spines as it inevitably entails hours of darkness, unproductivity – economic and other, unprecedented traffic and an endless domino effect of more far reaching and negative repercussions for us all. Load shedding is a term that is continuously thrown around by the media – for good reason, however what does it actually mean and why are we experiencing it now, and so frequently? Eskom, is South Africa’s state owned primary ‘electricity supplier’ which means that they are principally responsible for [...]
Celebrating and reflecting on 30 years of the World Wide Web March 2019 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the invention of the World Wide Web by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist. The invention of the World Wide Web revolutionised the way in which we access, process and utilise the information available worldwide. The World Wide Web is deemed the ultimate global ‘information medium’ through which users are able to connect via the internet. Surprisingly to most, the internet and the World Wide Web are not in fact the same thing. The Web is in essence a service provider [...]