Wonderful news, Genetics may be the key to new epilepsy therapies

An international study has discovered 11 new genes associated with epilepsy, which greatly advances knowledge of the underlying biological causes of epilepsy and may inform the development of new treatments for the condition.

Researchers compared the DNA of more than 15,000 people with epilepsy to the DNA of 30,000 people without epilepsy. This has created a better understanding of genetic factors that contribute to the most common forms of this condition, and the results tripled the number of known genetic associations for epilepsy and implicated 11 new genes.

The majority of current anti-epileptic drugs directly target one or more of the associated genes and identified an additional 166 drugs that do the same. These drugs are promising new candidates for epilepsy therapy as they directly target the genetic basis of the disease.

“This work illustrates the power of scientists collaborating across countries and continents. Discovering these new
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BREAKING NEWS:- Eskom’s application to increase electricity tariffs by 15% open to public debate, now is the time to take a stand!

It’s important to note that Eskom’s application for a 15% tariff increase is over and above the 4.41% raise already granted to the utility by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) earlier this year.

Eskom is looking to increase national electricity tariffs by at least 15% in 2019 – this application will be open to public comment in January.

The public hearing’s process marks the next step in Eskom’s crusade to amass more cash. Recent financial statements paint a grim picture for the power utility; losses eclipsing R10 billion with maturing debt set to reach R600 billion by 2022.

Eskom out to make The People pay
While mounting evidence points to the cause of Eskom’s economic woes being deep-seated corruption, nepotism and mismanagement – the state owned enterprise is placing the burden of its financial em-battlement solely on the shoulders of ordinary South African citizens.

It’s true
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Wake up SA and the rest of the world, farm attacks are real indeed! – Elderly couple and daughter attacked during farm invasion in Paarl, they were tied down and had to live through a horrific 1.5 hour ordeal

A farm attack took place on Lustigan road, Paarl in the Western Cape on 10 December 2018. Five masked attackers with machetes and knives attacked three victims of whom two were elderly, assaulted them and tied them up. Several firearms were robbed during the attack. Drakenstein Farm watch reacted swiftly with several other security firms and the SA Police Service.

Over the last week, several attempts of housebreakings on farms  were reported in Nieuwe Drift, Perdeberg and last night, the 10th of December 2018, the alleged same group of attackers were successful in attacking a secure farm on the Lustigan Road in Paarl.

Around 21:30, the group of at least five attackers wearing balaclavas, entered the main farmhouse. Inside an elderly couple and their daughter were enjoying the evening and were suddenly confronted by the attackers, they were tied down and an 1.5 hour ordeal began.

The entire house was ransacked and the efforts were focused on the
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Government wants to speed up the process to steel land to dune as a motivation for black voters to support the ANC in the coming elections

Rumours and reports is doing the rounds that ANC is intending to speed up the land theft project, and are already making a fuss so that the forthcoming election results will be beneficial to them.

According to the land claims plan, the regime wants to transfer 30% of the land to blacks within the next five years.

Farmers who made a thorough study of the outcome of such an act predict that it would adversely affect food provision in the country.

The Ramaphosa regime wants to see that the constitution amendment is made before the election in 2019, and there is suspicion that the first land will then be seized to dune as a motivation for black voters to support the ANC.

Political commentators say the action of the ANC does not differ from Mugabe’s actions, and is a portrayal of dictatorship and robbery.

Read the original article in Afrikaans on Die Vryburger
This report does not necessarily reflects the opinion of SA-news.
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The DA report BLF group to Human Rights Commission for “kill whites” comments

DA Spokesperson Solly Malatsi has filed an official complaint with the SA Human Rights commission, following comments made at a Black First Land First (BLF) rally in Potchefstroom on Sunday 9 December.

The group, known for harassing journalists and saying anything for attention, seem to have emulated the latter after leader Andile Mngxitama vowed to kill white citizens following Johann Rupert’s interview with eNCA.

How Johann Rupert sparked a BLF backlash
When the billionaire took part in the broadcast, he made some very uncomfortable points about race and upset many black South Africans, blaming many in the demographic for wanting to waste their money in nightclubs instead of deciding to save it up.

The conversation eventually swayed to his war of words with EFF leader Julius Malema. Rupert explained he had friends in the taxi business that could protect him from the threat of Juju and the red berets. Those comments inc
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New hijacking trick hits Gauteng – Police issued a warning after two motorists fell victim on the same day using the same method

Police have warned that ‘Good Samaritan’ criminals are tricking motorists into pulling off the road by telling them they might have a flat tyre – only to hijack them, Rekord East reports.

This comes after two hijackings were reported on the same day using this modus operandi, according to police spokesperson Captain Colette Weilbach.

On Wednesday 5 December, at about 11:30, a motorist was driving a Toyota Hilux along the N1 freeway between Atterbury and Lynnwood road.

While driving, another motorist indicated to him that there was something wrong with his rear left tyre.

The man pulled off the road to investigate, only to find that there was nothing wrong.

While he was checking a blue Volkswagen Polo with three men stopped beside him.

The three strangers pretended to want to help, but they instead forced him to get into the back of the VW Polo and lie down.

The hijackers took his cellphone and cash and dropped h
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Award-winning author Dianne stabbed 14 times in Wynberg

On Monday, 15 people gathered outside the Wynberg Magistrate Court to protest the bail hearing of the man accused of attacking 63-year-old Dianne Case.

On Monday, about 15 people gathered outside the Wynberg Magistrate Court to protest the bail hearing of the man accused of attacking 63-year-old Dianne Case. The award-winning children’s book author and community worker, was stabbed 14 times.

According to Case’s daughter, Maxine, on the afternoon of 28 November the doorbell rang. The man at the door was the nephew of a police officer. Dianne had previously paid him R1,200 to fix a property in Pelican Park, after which he was supposed to move in as a tenant. He had never finished the job and had never moved in. “I’ve come to pay you back,” he said.

Maxine said, “We got new tenants. We hadn’t heard from this guy again and life went on.” Dianne left with him to go to a Capitec ATM nearby, but outside Wynberg Park, he asked her to pul
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Farmers across SA are are currently experiencing huge losses due to Eskom’s unreliable service and continues load shedding

Farmers across the country, but especially in the soft fruit industry, are at wits end. All this because of the continues load shedding that is currently employed throughout South-Africa. Vessels that deliver water at a certain time of the day for a certain time are now affected by power failures.

The “cold chain”, namely cooling of export fruit is constantly interrupted by irregular power supply, and adversely affects the quality.

This will cause millions of Rand’s damage, and where fruit can no longer be exported due to power failures, the country can lose its status as a reliable supplier.

Dairy’s that works with sensitive and extremely perishable products are now forced to obtain a backup power generator because of the unreliability of Eskom’s service.

Read the original article in Afrikaans on Die Vryburger
This report does not necessarily reflects the opinion of SA-news.


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Shocking news, Eskom’s big coal whopper and they would like to point the finger to you the consumer for using too much electricity

There is no shortage of coal, as Eskom claims. Instead, the coal is piling up at the mines, uncollected by the utility, Anna Marth Ott, CEO of Middelburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said yesterday.

Middelburg is positioned between three large Eskom power stations, and there are 170 coal mines within a 200 km radius of the town.

Speaking to The Witness on Tuesday, she said that Eskom had ceased taking delivery of the coal for reasons unknown to her, for the past month, and that its “wording” to the public about the coal shortage was incorrect.

“How can Eskom tell us there is no coal?” she asked.

Spokespeople for Eskom did not respond to questions from The Witness about the coal supplies by the time of going to print.

Ott is one of many business chamber leaders, including Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business CEO Melanie Veness, who have met in Johannesburg this week to strategise on how they will oppose, in a united voi
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“Your time is up, white people” – South Africa sets date for white farmer land grabs – March 2019

SOUTH African Government has set a date for when its much-criticised land expropriations can begin after a politician declared: “Your time is up, white people”.

The country’s National Assembly approved a proposal to change the constitution to make the so-called reforms legal in a vote of 183 to 77.

This paves the way for land to be taken from farmers without giving any kind of compensation.

And now lawmakers have agreed to set up a committee that will write and introduce a new bill for land expropriations.

A deadline of the end of March next year for the committee to present its first report to parliament has also been agreed.

But there were heated scenes in the House when politicians clashed over the plans.

According to local reports, Economic Freedom Fighters MP Hlengiwe Mkhaliphi argued land grabs must go ahead as she declared: “Your time is up, white people”.

This came as the IFP MP Mkhuleko Hlengwa said
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Attacks on elderly getting more brutal each week – Elderly woman’s face crushed in after savage farm attack in Free State

A savage farm attack took place at Bloemspruit in the Free State Province. The attack was tweeted by Ian Cameron of AfriForum on 6 December 2018. An elderly female victim (70) was attacked on Tuesday afternoon, 4 December 2018. The SA Police Service detectives only started investigation on scene on the Wednesday morning.

The victim had her face crushed in by the attacker and she is currently in ICU in Bloemfontein. There is no other information available at this stage and there have been no arrests.

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Daily Rolling Blackouts in South Africa Because Treasonous ANC Regime Sells Best Coal To China and Uses Proceeds Elsewhere?

Despite, (or thanks to Billions in foreign investment in Eskom), 7.2 Million tons of SA’s best coal is destined for China from Richards Bay Harbor while South Africans suffer under rolling blackouts. 36 Chinese ships are waiting for coal to be loaded in Richards Bay Harbour. Each ship takes about 36 hours to be loaded with 200,000 tons of coal per ship average. The coal is Grade A anthracite.

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