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South Africa

City of Johannesburg health MMC contracts Covid-19

Yesterday at 23:25 PM, via News24

The City of Johannesburg’s health and social development MMC, Eunice Mgcina, has urged people who came into contact with her in the past few days to isolate themselves after she contracted Covid-19.

Africa

EU may help quell Mozambique attacks

Today at 05:15 AM, via The Citizen

‘While this is quite historic within the SADC, the funding of the operation, as well as who takes charge of command and control of the forces, is quite crucial.’

Business

Kumba appoints Terence Goodlace as board chair

Yesterday at 22:30 PM, via Fin24

The veteran mining executive has an extensive experience in leading underground and open-pit mining operations in Africa, South America and Australia.

Politics

Ace Magashule’s court case resumes on Friday

Today at 05:00 AM, via SABC News

The case in which Ace Magashule is seeking to have his suspension from the African National Congress (ANC) set aside will continue on Friday at the High Court in Johannesburg.  

Sport

SA’s Ritchie in contention at BMW Open

Today at 00:28 AM, via News24

Leading first round scores in the European Tour’s BMW International Open at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried, Munich, Germany, on Thursday (GBR/IRL unless stated, Par 72):

Education

Ofsted boss warns ‘militant’ activism in schools is a threat to education

Yesterday at 19:44 PM, via The Guardian

Amanda Spielman, head of schools watchdog in England, says disputes over issues are leading to abuse of children and teachers

The head of the schools watchdog in England has denounced a “militant” new brand of activism in school communities, which she warned was leading to confrontation within and outside the school gates and having a potentially limiting effect on education.

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Education

Nigeria: People Plan ‘Robbery Attack’ to Access JAMB Questions – Registrar

Yesterday at 16:36 PM, via AllAfrica

[Daily Trust] The challenge of examination malpractices in Nigeria seems to have taken a new dimension as the Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, has said that desperate ad-hoc staff connive with people to “plan armed robbery attack” in order to access its questions.

Lifestyle

Google delays plan to phase out browser-tracking ‘cookies’

Yesterday at 18:23 PM, via Eyewitness News

The phasing out of third-party cookies — bits of software that keep track of sites visited by users — will be pushed back into mid-2023 instead of late 2022 for the Chrome browser, Google said in a blog post.

Entertainment

‘F9’ adds John Cena, but ‘The Fast Saga’ feels like it’s just spinning its wheels

Yesterday at 23:31 PM, via CNN

Marking the ninth movie in 20 years, “F9: The Fast Saga” finally speeds into theaters, with its bloated mayhem serving as an invitation to return to — mindless fun! Come share with others! Even allowing for the goofy nature of the franchise, the latest edition tries too hard to up the ante, which won’t stop Universal from revving up “F:X” (or some equally clever title) as soon as possible.

Science/Tech

New album, Celestial Incantations, captures the ‘sounds’ of space – video

Today at 05:34 AM, via The Guardian

It’s true that sound wavescan’t travel in space. However electromagnetic and gravitational waves can. Now, a new album, Celestial Incantations, hasturned these signals such as the oscillations of a comet, radiation from a galactic pulsar and the merger of two black holes intomusical tracks. The album is a collaboration between Kim Cunio, an associate professor and convenor of musicology at the...

Science/Tech

Large-Scale CO2 Removal Facility Set For Scotland

Today at 05:30 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: A large facility capable of extracting significant amounts of carbon dioxide from the air is being planned for north east Scotland. The proposed plant would remove up to one million tonnes of CO2 every year — the same amount taken up by around 40 million trees. The extracted gas could be stored permanently deep under the seabed off the Scottish...

Science/Tech

Windows 11 Drops Skype As a Default App

Today at 03:30 AM, via Slashdot

Microsoft is shoving Skype out of sight in favor of Microsoft Teams, which gets a highlight spot in the new center-aligned taskbar and deep integration into Windows. The Verge reports: Today’s Windows 11 news is all about where Microsoft sees computing going over the next few years, but it’s just as much the story of how Skype has flourished and ebbed since its $8.5 billion acquisition a decade...

Science/Tech

All-Night Antitrust Debate Moves Big Tech Bills Forward

Today at 02:10 AM, via Slashdot

The House Judiciary Committee advanced a bill to prevent companies like Amazon.com, Apple, Facebook and Alphabet’s Google from favoring their own products, a measure that critics warned could complicate the use of Apple’s own apps on its iPhone or shopping on Amazon. From a report: The legislation was the fifth bill out of six being taken up by the committee in a session that ran for nearly 20...