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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.

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.

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.

Education

Mauritius: National Youth Council Donates School Materials to Some 3,000 Needy Children

Yesterday at 16:32 PM, via AllAfrica

[Government of Mauritius] The National Youth Council (NYC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Recreation, donated, this morning, in Port-Louis, school materials to some 12 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). These materials will be distributed to around 3,000 needy children from the vulnerable segment of the society in 12 different regions across the island.

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.

Lifestyle

COVID can infect brain cells: study

Yesterday at 17:31 PM, via Eyewitness News

Since the coronavirus pandemic started, patients around the world have reported neurological and psychiatric disorders such as memory problems, headaches, rare psychoses and in some cases encephalitis.

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

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...

Science/Tech

Windows 11 Requires an Internet Connection and Microsoft Account At Setup

Today at 01:30 AM, via Slashdot

Slashdot reader xack points out that Windows 11, Microsoft’s next version of its desktop operating system, will require a Microsoft account and internet connection for setup. They write: Based on Microsoft’s official requirements you need an internet connection to install Windows 11. This means people without internet access at home, especially in rural and poorer households, won’t be able to...