Christmas brings bad tidings for endangered Guatemalan fir | The Citizen

As Christmas approaches, Guatemalan authorities step up controls against poachers targeting an endangered fir tree that is a much sought-after festive decoration. The Guatemalan fir, known locally as the pinabete, is listed as “endangered” on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), due to its decreasing numbers.  It is also … Read more

NHS staff ‘petrified’ of how bad winter will be at hospitals in England

Doctors and nurses are “absolutely frightened and petrified” about how bad this winter will be for the NHS in England, hospital bosses have revealed. Staff fear services will not be able to cope with a combination of flu, resurgent Covid, winter and the cost of living crisis damaging people’s health, and also the wave of … Read more

Charlotte Lawrence on working with Ben Gibbard and branching out into acting with ‘Bad Monkey’

Early on in the pandemic, Charlotte Lawrence was sitting in her Los Angeles home, listening to music, when she had a revelation. Instead of continuing to make the sort of radio-friendly, pop-centric songs she’d earned a reputation for over the previous few years, her next tracks would be different. Deeper. More her.  “I was like, … Read more

If Things Feel Extra Bad Right Now, It’s Because They Are

We don’t have a lot of time before the 2022 midterms, so I want to tell you my real takeaway here up front: Things are not looking good. Regardless of who wins or loses on Tuesday, the right is at war with young people, and using that as an avenue to target marginalized communities across … Read more

The relationship between state and citizens is ‘like a marriage gone bad’ | The Citizen

With several attempts made and strategies sought by the government to save ailing municipalities, experts believe the ship is sinking. Experts unpack Three experts from the North West University School for Government Studies yesterday discussed virtually what SA’s municipal future holds, whether service delivery shortcomings were a salvageable problem and if the lack of capacity … Read more

Marko strike: Saccawu ‘has been negotiating in bad faith’ | The Citizen

Thousands of Makro employees embarked on a nationwide strike on Wednesday after ongoing wage disputes couldn’t be resolved. Employees affiliated with the South African Commercial, Catering, and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu) now demand results, after four months of wage negotiations. Makro strike update Wage negotiations The workers say they demand a 12% wage increase, and … Read more

Zwane blames bad mentality for Chiefs loss to Chippa | The Citizen

Arthur Zwane was left upset and believing that overconfidence led to Kaizer Chiefs’ 2-1 loss to Chippa United in a DStv Premiership match on Saturday.  ALSO READ: Richards Bay miss out on chance to go top Chiefs could not get into the rhythm that had seen them win three games on the trot prior to … Read more

John Petrucci Thinks Dream Theater Reunion Talk Could Get Weird—In a Bad Way

Dream Theater fans may be getting excited about the possibility of a band reunion on stage between John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy, since they worked together on Petrucci’s solo album. Well, Petrucci is here to tell you nope, not happening. Hard no. On an interview with SiriusXM, Petrucci says, “I’ve been very vocal about this and … Read more

Surprise! The Melvins Dropped a New Album Bad Mood Rising Out of Nowhere | MetalSucks

Leave it to the completely offbeat dudes in The Melvins to unexpectedly release their new album without any fanfare at all. Earlier today, the difficult-to-define band revealed on their website and the Amphetamine Reptile Records page that their new album Bad Mood Rising was now streaming and available at “all top tier local record stores.” … Read more