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South Africa

SA records 6 381 new COVID-19 cases

Today at 19:25 PM, via SABC News

South Africa has identified 6 381 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24-hours, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed infections to 3 038 075. This increase represents a 26.4% positivity rate. 

World

Olaf Scholz to take charge of Germany as Merkel era ends

Today at 19:44 PM, via News24

Germany’s parliament will elect Olaf Scholz on Wednesday as the country’s next chancellor, bringing the curtain down on Angela Merkel’s 16-year reign, ushering in a new political era with the centre-left in charge.

World

3 more hostages released in Haiti, aid group says

Today at 18:22 PM, via CNN

Three more members of a group of 17 hostages kidnapped in Haiti in October were released Sunday night, according to a statement from the US-based Christian Aid Ministries.

Politics

Malema and Ndlozi’s assault case postponed to 2022

Today at 10:53 AM, via SABC News

The assault case of EFF leader Julius Malema and MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has been postponed to April 7 next year in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court, north of Johannesburg.

Education

Last Edward Colston school in Bristol to change its name

Today at 18:45 PM, via The Guardian

Fee-paying Colston’s school to follow Colston primary and Colston’s girls’ school in ditching slave trader’s name

A fee-paying school in Bristol named after the slave trader Edward Colston is to change its name after a consultation attracted thousands of responses from the school and wider community.

Colston’s school was set up by the Bristol-born merchant in 1710 as Colston’s hospital and...

Education

Hundreds of calls made to UK helpline about sexual abuse in schools

Today at 17:10 PM, via The Guardian

Demand for the Report Abuse in Education helpline means it will stay open, says NSPCC children’s charity

More than 850 calls, many alleging sexual abuse and harassment in schools, have been made to a national helpline set up after the Everyone’s Invited website revealed widespread sexism, misogyny and abuse in education.

A total of 150 were so serious that they have been referred to police and...

Education

Tanzania: Govt Vows to Educate All Children

Today at 12:59 PM, via AllAfrica

[Daily News] MINISTER for Education, Science and technology, Prof Joyce Ndalichako has reiterated the government’s commitment to ensure that every child accesses secondary education.

Science/Tech

Earth is Getting a Black Box To Record Events that Lead To the Downfall of Civilization

Today at 20:05 PM, via Slashdot

An indestructible “black box” is set to be built upon a granite plain on the west coast of Tasmania, Australia, in early 2022. Its mission: Record “every step we take” toward climate catastrophe, providing a record for future civilizations to understand what caused our demise, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. From a report: The project, led by marketing communications...

Science/Tech

Sir Martin Wood obituary

Today at 19:28 PM, via The Guardian

Engineer and entrepreneur who founded Oxford Instruments and made the UK’s first MRI body scanner

In 1959 Martin Wood asked his boss at the Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford University, if he could to start a company making specialist magnets for research. At that time the concept of a spinout was unheard of in that university, but the easy-going Hungarian physicist Nicholas Kurti offered every...

Science/Tech

900 People Fired Via Zoom Call

Today at 19:22 PM, via Slashdot

quonset writes: If you’re on this call, you are part of the unlucky group that is being laid off,” Garg said on the call, a recording of which was viewed by CNN Business. “Your employment here is terminated effective immediately.” Thus spoke Vishal Garg, CEO of Better.com during a Zoom call on Wednesday. Roughly 9% of the company’s workforce was let go in fell swoop. Garg cited market...