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Hakeem Jeffries says he met with president; big Democratic donors reportedly freeze money in objection to Biden candidacy – live
  • How difficult to do think it would be for a Russian influence operation

    That is the biggest worry rn, esp after The Guardian just reported today there was massive "coordinated networks of accounts spreading disinformation (that) 'flooded' social media in France, Germany and Italy before the elections to the European parliament."

  • thenarwhal.ca Other provinces have ramped up pipeline oversight. Not in Manitoba | The Narwhal

    A major Manitoba pipeline shutdown has government reckoning with gaps in oversight. Auditors across Canada have pushed for change — but not here

    Other provinces have ramped up pipeline oversight. Not in Manitoba | The Narwhal

    Manitoba has fallen behind neighbouring provinces in taking steps to safeguard against environmental risks relating to the oil and gas industry, despite numerous calls at both the national and provincial levels for better oversight practices.

    Those provinces previously relied heavily on the industry regulating itself, a practice that is still followed in Manitoba, and one that raises alarm bells among experts.

    “Effective regulatory oversight … is important to reducing the risk of company non-compliance, and to protecting the safety of Canadians and the environment,” Canada’s auditor general wrote in a 2015 review of federal pipeline management.

    In the wake of a major Imperial Oil fuel pipeline shutdown for preventative repairs in March — coupled with dwindling staffing numbers and inspections — Manitoba’s government said it’s aware of gaps in how it monitors provincially regulated oil and gas pipelines.

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    www.theguardian.com Hakeem Jeffries says he met with president; big Democratic donors reportedly freeze money in objection to Biden candidacy – live

    House leader shared Democrats’ ‘insight, heartfelt perspectives and conclusions about the path forward’ with Biden; about $90 million of Biden’s campaign funds reportedly frozen

    Hakeem Jeffries says he met with president; big Democratic donors reportedly freeze money in objection to Biden candidacy – live

    The House minority leader Hakeem Jeffries said he shared lawmakers’ “insight, heartfelt perspectives and conclusions about the path forward” in a private meeting with Joe Biden yesterday.

    The meeting came after more than a dozen House Democrats publicly called on the president to end his bid for re-election after his stumbling performance against Donald Trump in their first debate.

    Jeffries had promised that he would talk to Biden after speaking with all of the 213 Democrats in the House of Representatives, and, in a letter to lawmakers today, he indicated that he has done so, without elaborating on Biden’s response.

    Deep-pocketed Democratic donors are putting multimillion-dollar pledges on hold and saying they won’t hand over the money until Joe Biden abandons his re-election campaign, the New York Times reports.

    Others are holding off on giving any more money to Future Forward, the largest Super Pac supporting the president’s campaign.

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    Musk's X charged with deceiving users, risks fine, EU says

    Elon Musk's social media company X breached EU online content rules, EU tech regulators ruled on Friday in a finding that could lead to a fine and significant changes in how it operates.

    The charges by the European Commission, the first issued under the Digital Services Act (DSA), follow a seven-month long investigation. The new rules require very large online platforms and search engines to do more to tackle illegal content and risks to public security.

    The EU executive's preliminary findings or charges sent to X targeted the company's dark patterns, advertising transparency and data access for researchers.

    It said X's verified accounts which carry a blue checkmark do not correspond to industry practice and negatively affect users' ability to make free and informed decisions about the authenticity of the accounts they interact with.

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    Amazon must comply with US agency's pregnancy bias probe, judge rules

    A New York federal judge has ordered Amazon to comply with a subpoena from a U.S. civil rights agency investigating claims that the online retailer discriminated against pregnant warehouse workers.

    U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield in Manhattan late Thursday rejected Amazon's claims that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) subpoena was too broad and sought irrelevant information.

    The EEOC is seeking data on requests that pregnant workers at five U.S. warehouses made for accommodations such as limits on heavy lifting and additional breaks, and whether Amazon granted or denied them.

    The commission's probe was prompted by complaints from five women who say they faced pregnancy discrimination while working at Amazon warehouses in New Jersey, Connecticut, North Carolina, and California.

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    Israel ordered thousands to ‘safe’ areas in Gaza City — then bombed them
  • That's the exact same thing Israel did when it told Palestinians to move to Rafah.

    It's a feature, not a bug, and they've used it the whole time.

  • Biden stands firm on critical night - but gaffes mar fightback
  • You asked for proof, got it, and don't come back with anything except whataboutism?

    Gtfo with that shit.

    Where is your proof that much of that info was only stuff Biden vetoed?

  • Where do Canada’s soaring corporate profits go? Not ‘back into the country’

    Loblaw chairman Galen Weston Jr, the creaseless face of inherited Canadian wealth, smiled serenely at parliamentarians as he explained why, when it came to rising food prices, his company was blameless.

    Speaking to an agri-food committee in the spring of 2023, he told them that Loblaw’s profit “goes back into the country.”

    While Weston didn’t back up his claims with any numbers, nor did his critics have any with which to dispute him.

    Now we do.

    Two new reports, one by Canadians for Tax Fairness and the other by CLC economist D.T. Cochrane, reveal that Loblaw—and many of Canada’s major corporations—are primarily using their profits to enrich their already wealthy owners, instead of using them to the benefit of Canadians.

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    Biden introduces Zelenskiy as ‘President Putin’ at Nato summit
  • And he was already suffering from dementia during his last term. It was just easier to hide back then.

  • The sperm whale 'phonetic alphabet' revealed by AI
  • I'd be blaming the BBC and journalists/editors for that mess then.

    Glad you got the info you wanted tho. 👍

  • www.theregister.com 'Gay furry hackers' disband after Project 2025 data theft

    Ultra-conservative org funnily enough not ready to turn the other cheek

    'Gay furry hackers' disband after Project 2025 data theft

    After claiming to break into a database belonging to The Heritage Foundation, and then leaking 2GB of files belonging to the ultra-conservative think tank, the hacktivist crew SiegedSec claims to have disbanded.

    According to a message on the group's Telegram channel, they had already planned to exit the scene this week.

    We'd like to point out Howell retweeted parts of the purported conversation without denying he said the things he's quoted as saying.

    The Signal exchange, according to SiegedSec, started with Howell asking what the hacktivists were "seeking or threatening."

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    BP-owned company is selling carbon credits on trees that aren’t in danger, analysis finds
  • Some people shit on trees as a method of carbon sequestration but a healthy, diverse forest can really pack it in ...

    That a probelm tho, esp when it's companies doing the planting ... because they plant harvestible, money-making trees (ie: jackpine) only. No spruce, other pine, poplar, oak or whatever else is indigenous to the area.

  • Biden introduces Zelenskiy as ‘President Putin’ at Nato summit
  • Clooney said Biden isn't the same man from 2020. Whatever is going on ... never mind his age ... is getting worse/more difficult to handle.

    It's time for him to recognise that.

  • The sperm whale 'phonetic alphabet' revealed by AI
  • Here is the paper ... https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-024-47221-8

    I skimmed it and it seems Methodology (near the bottom of the paper) has some info. They also have 2 links to github for the data and custom scripts used.

    Sorry, this is way out of my range of understanding. Hoping it helps.

  • apnews.com US Coast Guard patrol spots Chinese naval ships off Alaska island

    Officials say a U.S. Coast Guard cutter on routine patrol in the Bering Sea came across several Chinese military ships in international waters but within the U.S. exclusive economic zone.

    US Coast Guard patrol spots Chinese naval ships off Alaska island

    A U.S. Coast Guard cutter on routine patrol in the Bering Sea came across several Chinese military ships in international waters but within the U.S. exclusive economic zone, officials said.

    The crew detected three vessels approximately 124 miles (200 kilometers) north of the Amchitka Pass in the Aleutian Islands, the Coast Guard said in a statement Wednesday. A short time later, a helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak spotted a fourth ship approximately 84 miles (135 kilometers) north of the Amukta Pass.

    All four of the People’s Republic of China vessels were “transiting in international waters but still inside the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone,” which extends 200 nautical miles (370 kilometers) from the U.S. shoreline, the statement said.

    “The Chinese naval presence operated in accordance with international rules and norms,” said Rear Adm. Megan Dean, Seventeenth Coast Guard District commander. “We met presence with presence to ensure there were no disruptions to U.S. interests in the maritime environment around Alaska.”

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    apnews.com Two 80-something journalists tried ChatGPT. Then, they sued to protect the 'written word'

    When two octogenarian buddies named Nick discovered that ChatGPT might be stealing and repurposing a lifetime of their work, they tapped a son-in-law to sue the companies behind the artificial intelligence chatbot.

    Two 80-something journalists tried ChatGPT. Then, they sued to protect the 'written word'

    Veteran journalists Nicholas Gage, 84, and Nicholas Basbanes, 81, who live near each other in the same Massachusetts town, each devoted decades to reporting, writing and book authorship.

    Gage poured his tragic family story and search for the truth about his mother’s death into a bestselling memoir that led John Malkovich to play him in the 1985 film “Eleni.” Basbanes transitioned his skills as a daily newspaper reporter into writing widely-read books about literary culture.

    Basbanes was the first of the duo to try fiddling with AI chatbots, finding them impressive but prone to falsehoods and lack of attribution. The friends commiserated and filed their lawsuit earlier this year, seeking to represent a class of writers whose copyrighted work they allege “has been systematically pilfered by” OpenAI and its business partner Microsoft.

    “It’s highway robbery,” Gage said in an interview in his office next to the 18th-century farmhouse where he lives in central Massachusetts.

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    Ukraine seizes cargo ship, detains captain for exporting 'looted' grain
  • Russia has regularly gone after grain infrastructure in Odessa, they’re already trying to use hunger for leverage

    That's exactly what Putin's doing.

    I recently watched 'The Grab', a documentary about "money, influence, and alarming rationale behind covert efforts to control the most vital resource on the planet (land to grow food)"

    It's a really well done doc.

  • Hungary’s Viktor Orbán to meet with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago
  • When has 'illegal' ever stopped him before?

  • www.theguardian.com BP-owned company is selling carbon credits on trees that aren’t in danger, analysis finds

    Satellite analysis looked at credits sold by Finite Carbon, which runs some of North America’s largest offset projects

    BP-owned company is selling carbon credits on trees that aren’t in danger, analysis finds

    Finite Carbon, created in 2009 and bought by British multinational oil and gas giant BP in 2020, is responsible for more than a quarter of the US’s total carbon credits, which it says it generates from protecting more than 60 “high credibility, high integrity projects” across 1.6m hectares (4m acres).

    However, experts at the offsets ratings agency Renoster and the non-profit CarbonPlan analyzed three projects accounting for almost half of Finite Carbon’s total credits, with an estimated market value of $334m, according to analysis by market intelligence company AlliedOffsets. Renoster found issues, including trees in a project in the Alaska Panhandle that were probably never in danger of being cut down in an already extensively logged area. Of the credits Renoster looked at, they found that about 79% should not have been issued.

    Renoster, a company mostly used by prospective buyers of carbon credits to help them avoid those without real climate benefits, was commissioned by the non-profit newsroom SourceMaterial to examine Finite’s projects. CarbonPlan provided additional analysis.

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    www.theguardian.com Hungary’s Viktor Orbán to meet with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago

    Also snubbing Biden, the prime minister has enraged Nato allies as he tries to broker a Russia-Ukraine ceasefire

    Hungary’s Viktor Orbán to meet with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago

    Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, will fly to Mar-a-Lago on Thursday to meet with Donald Trump, according to two sources with knowledge of the meeting.

    Orbán has enraged his Nato allies by meeting with Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping en route to the alliance’s summit in Washington DC. He has also met with Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kyiv, and is said to be quietly negotiating his own ceasefire plan without consulting either the Biden administration or other EU countries.

    The two men will meet at Mar-a-Lago at 7pm, a source close to Trump said. Orban’s 606 Dassault Falcon jet was one of the several international planes that flew into Joint Base Andrews on Tuesday to attend the 2024 Nato summit. As of 10.30am eastern time on Thursday, the Hungarian military plane was still parked in Maryland.

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    Ukraine seizes cargo ship, detains captain for exporting 'looted' grain

    Ukraine seized a foreign cargo ship on the Danube River and detained the captain on suspicion of helping Moscow export Ukrainian grain from Russian-occupied Crimea, officials said on Thursday.

    Kyiv has accused Russia of trading stolen Ukrainian grain since the 2022 war began. Ship seizures, however, have been rare and shipping sources said they were concerned about possible retaliation at a critical time in the year as Ukraine grain exports reach a peak.

    The Cameroon-flagged USKO MFU was presented with an arrest order and detained along with its Azeri captain after entering the waters of Reni, a Ukrainian port on the Danube where the river forms the border with Romania, prosecutors said.

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    Inside Goldman Sachs' expanding but risky financing engine
  • If these fuckers cause another economic meltdown because of their greed, there will be war on Wall St.

  • Inside Goldman Sachs' expanding but risky financing engine

    A Goldman Sachs bet put in place in 2021 on lending to private funds has helped drive record revenues in fixed-income financing. Now, the Wall Street bank is pushing even deeper into the growing but risky market.

    The fund finance unit, housed in the bank's global banking and markets division, lends money secured by different types of assets to private equity and other funds. Such assets, however, can be hard to value and trade, and some loan products are yet to be tested in a downturn, making lending against them risky.

    Goldman has revealed few details about the business, but interviews with bank executives and industry experts provide a window into the unit and its operations.

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    The sperm whale 'phonetic alphabet' revealed by AI
  • I've blocked that useless bot.

  • The UAW’s federal monitor twice pressured the union to back off its call for Gaza ceasefire, then launched an investigation
  • Not really. We just want Israel to stop genociding Palestinians who, btw, have lived on that piece of land for 2000 years (since the Romans kicked out Jewish people at the beginning of the Diaspora).

  • The UAW’s federal monitor twice pressured the union to back off its call for Gaza ceasefire, then launched an investigation
  • Because unions fight for the people and that includes people of the world.

    Who is your neighbor btw?

  • Anger mounts in southeast Texas as crippling power outages and heat turn deadly
  • And if Texas demanded interconnections between individual Texan providers Houston might not be facing almost a week-long electical shutdown.

    Sharing is caring, buddy.

  • www.bbc.com The sperm whale 'phonetic alphabet' revealed by AI

    Researchers studying sperm whale communication say they've uncovered sophisticated structures similar to those found in human language.

    The sperm whale 'phonetic alphabet' revealed by AI

    Sperm whales communicate with each other using rhythmic sequences of clicks, called codas. It was previously thought that sperm whales had just 21 coda types. However, after studying almost 9,000 recordings, the Ceti researchers identified 156 distinct codas. They also noticed the basic building blocks of these codas which they describe as a "sperm whale phonetic alphabet" – much like phonemes, the units of sound in human language which combine to form words.

    Pratyusha Sharma, a PhD student at MIT and lead author of the study, describes the "fine-grain changes" in vocalisations the AI identified. Each coda consists of between three and 40 rapid-fire clicks. The sperm whales were found to vary the overall speed, or the "tempo", of the codas, as well as to speed up and slow down during the delivery of a coda, in other words, making it "rubato". Sometimes they added an extra click at the end of a coda, akin, says Sharma, to "ornamentation" in music. These subtle variations, she says, suggest sperm whale vocalisations could carry a much richer amount of information than previously thought.

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    www.bbc.com Louisiana 'miracle baby' 'Miracle baby' survives days alone on a roadside

    US police say baby's older brother had been found dead on 8 July and it's a "miracle" the one-year-old survived.

    Louisiana 'miracle baby' 'Miracle baby' survives days alone on a roadside

    A days-long search for a missing baby boy in Louisiana has ended after a truck driver spotted the one-year-old crawling through the grass alongside a busy highway.

    Sheriff Gary Guillory told the BBC that the child's discovery "was a miracle", after he survived alone outdoors for "two days with no water and no food".

    Calcasieu police had been searching for the baby since 8 July, the day they found his four-year-old brother deceased in a nearby pond.

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    Canada's purchase of Inuvik hangar applauded by northerners and Arctic security experts

    The Canadian government has purchased a strategically located aircraft hangar in Inuvik, N.W.T., for $8.6 million — a move that's being met with relief by northerners and experts on Arctic security who were alarmed by foreign interest in the facility.

    "I think it's the best idea the government of Canada has had in a long time," said Clarence Wood, Inuvik's mayor.

    The 21,000-square-foot hangar, which went up for sale two years ago, was previously leased by the Department of National Defence, a long-standing arrangement that ended in 2021 when the department cancelled its lease. The government reportedly came under pressure from the U.S. to buy the facility after it went up for sale, because of apparent Russian and Chinese interest in the site.

    Former Nunavut senator Dennis Patterson, long an advocate for better Arctic security, told CBC that during his time on the Senate, he was frustrated by the lack of attention paid to the issue. He pointed to a study of it by a Senate committee that involved a visit to Inuvik, crediting that as something that helped Canada "wake up" to the strategic significance of the hangar.

    "I've been shouting into the wilderness on this issue," he said.

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    The federally appointed monitor tasked with overseeing the United Auto Workers, Neil Barofsky, is ratcheting up his conflict with UAW President Shawn Fain, announcing another investigation into the union leader who rose to national prominence amid the successful “Stand Up Strike” against the Big Three automakers.

    Yet newly unveiled documents suggest Barofsky’s pursuit of Fain has less to do with concerns over union self-dealing and more to do with the politics of Israel-Palestine.

    Barofsky was appointed in 2021 as the result of the Department of Justice-led consent decree put in place in lieu of prosecution of the union itself for rampant corruption, following prison sentences for two consecutive UAW presidents.

    Yet it’s what the UAW did amid Israel’s war on Gaza that drew the attention of its federal monitor, according to records obtained by Drop Site and confirmed by recent court filings.

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    Treasury, IRS announce 'major milestone' of $1 billion in past-due taxes collected from millionaires
  • The only cure for billionaires (that helps everyone else) is to raise their flat tax rate to 70% ... like it used to be.

  • theintercept.com “Gay Furry Hackers” Claim Credit for Hacking Heritage Foundation Over Project 2025

    The hacker collective SiegedSec says it infiltrated the conservative think tank to oppose its campaign against trans rights.

    “Gay Furry Hackers” Claim Credit for Hacking Heritage Foundation Over Project 2025

    SiegedSec, a collective of self-proclaimed “gay furry hackers,” has claimed credit for breaching online databases of the Heritage Foundation, the conservative think tank that spearheaded the rightwing Project 2025 playbook. On Wednesday, as part of string of hacks aimed at organizations that oppose trans rights, SiegedSec released a cache of Heritage Foundation material.

    In a post to Telegram announcing the hack, SiegedSec called Project 2025 “an authoritarian Christian nationalist plan to reform the United States government.” The attack was part of the group’s #OpTransRights campaign, which recently targeted rightwing media outlet Real America’s Voice, the Hillsong megachurch, and a Minnesota pastor.

    In his foreword to the Project 2025 manifesto, the Heritage Foundation’s president, Kevin Roberts, rails against “the toxic normalization of transgenderism” and “the omnipresent propagation of transgender ideology.” The playbook’s other contributors call on “the next conservative administration” to roll back certain policies, including allowing trans people to serve in the military.

    “We’re strongly against Project 2025 and everything the Heritage Foundation stands for,” one of SiegedSec’s leaders, who goes by the handle vio, told The Intercept.

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    theintercept.com The World War on Asylum

    From Mexico to the Mediterranean, rich countries would rather see refugees die than recognize their legal asylum rights.

    The World War on Asylum

    Reports and rumors about black ops by Greek authorities have floated around for years, but the idea of state-sanctioned thugs running around beating migrants, throwing them in the trunks of cars, and forcing them back onto boats was too much for Mulla to believe. “It’s a European Union country,” he told an interviewer from the BBC, explaining his skepticism. That changed when he caught it on tape.

    The BBC interviewed (aid worker Fayad Mulla) as part of its new documentary, “Dead Calm: Killing in the Med?” which starts with the question and ends with the facts: The Hellenic Coast Guard has turned the internationally recognized right of refugees to apply for asylum into a sick game, chasing down every man, woman, and child who lands unbidden in the country’s archipelago as part of a coordinated effort to deny them asylum rights.

    Rather than an exception, the Greek strategy has become a signature model in the global war on asylum-seekers. From Venezuela to Mexico to Libya to Hungary to Japan, we’re seeing a semi-coordinated effort among wealthy countries to abolish one of the few legal responsibilities the world’s rich and comfortable have toward the poor and afflicted.

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    www.theguardian.com ‘I was handed to a complete stranger’: the survivors fighting to end child marriage in 37 US states — and the people who want to keep it legal

    The country has seen hundreds of thousands of child marriages since 2000. As activists push for new laws, an unlikely cohort stands in their way

    ‘I was handed to a complete stranger’: the survivors fighting to end child marriage in 37 US states — and the people who want to keep it legal

    Child marriage, which activists describe as one or both parties entering a union while under age 18, remains legal in 37 US states. There are no federal laws against it, meaning minors can marry, with parental consent, before they can vote, drink, or buy lottery tickets in the majority of the country. Some states have a minimum marriage age on the books, which ranges from 15 to 18. Four states – California, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Mississippi – do not specify any minimum age at all.

    Many survivors say they felt trapped in their marriages. Some, like Kosnik, must rely on their spouses for financial support. Others are up against complicit parents, who sign off on forced unions. In many states, statuatory rape is not a crime within marriage, creating a legal loophole that entices predators and increases the likelihood of sexual abuse. “Child marriage can be seen as a workaround for child rape,” said Fraidy Reiss, founder of Unchained at Last.

    The US government calls child marriage a human rights abuse and has committed up to $5.3m to prevent it “in regions, countries, and communities where interventions are most needed and most likely to achieve results”. American exceptionalism would lead people to associate these regions with the global south, not the US, Gupta says. “Of course it’s prevalent here, too.”

    Close to 300,000 minors were married between 2000 and 2018 in the US, according to a study conducted by Unchained at Last; a small number of them were as young as 10. Because 78% of minors who wed in that timespan were girls with adult husbands, advocates frame their cause around saving underage girls from older men.

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    www.theguardian.com Spanish tourist trampled to death by elephants in South Africa

    Officials say 43-year-old man left his vehicle to take pictures of a breeding herd at Pilanesberg national park

    Spanish tourist trampled to death by elephants in South Africa

    A Spanish tourist has been trampled to death by elephants in a South African national park after apparently trying to take pictures of a breeding herd that included three calves.

    The 43-year-old man was killed on Sunday morning at Pilanesberg national park about 130 miles (210km) north-west of Johannesburg.

    According to park officials, the man, who was with three friends, climbed out of his vehicle and walked towards the animals to take photos.

    “Despite warnings from his fellow passengers, and occupants from two other vehicles that were at the sighting, he unfortunately did not heed their warnings,” the North West province’s parks and tourism board said in a statement.

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