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Rangers one point from title after beating St Mirren

Today at 18:52 PM, via BBC News

Rangers sweep aside St Mirren to move within a point of the Scottish Premiership title – and will be crowned champions if Celtic fail to win at Dundee United on Sunday.

World

Images from the Pope’s historic Iraq visit

Today at 19:13 PM, via CNN

Pope Francis landed in Iraq on Friday for a historic tour of the war-ravaged nation, where he is meeting with members of the country’s dwindling Christian community and aiming to draw attention to their plight.

Politics

What is EFF’s party funding quest?

Yesterday at 21:00 PM, via Mail & Guardian

Its court application to force disclosure of donations to Cyril Ramaphosa may mask a bid to portray him as a capitalist puppet

Politics

Mixed reactions to JCC order that CJ Mogoeng apologise

Yesterday at 18:19 PM, via SABC News

The JCC has ordered that the Chief Justice apologise unconditionally and retract statements relating to South Africa’s stance on Israel that he made during a webinar hosted by the Jerusalem Post in June 2020.

Sport

WRAP | English Premier League

Today at 18:56 PM, via News24

A comprehensive wrap of all the kick-off times, results and match reports for the midweek English Premier League fixtures:

Education

New contract for firm behind school meals voucher fiasco

Today at 17:03 PM, via The Guardian

Gavin Williamson’s department will have paid a total of £615m to the French company despite warnings about its capacity to deliver

Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, is facing criticism for awarding another £190m contract to a company blamed for the problems with a school meals voucher system that left families without food during the first lockdown.

The French company Edenred’s new...

Education

Nigeria: WAEC Sets New Date for Cancelled Papers

Today at 14:34 PM, via AllAfrica

[Vanguard] Sequel to the West African Examination Council, WAEC, cancellation of Literature -in-English, papers 2, 1 &3 nationwide, taken by private candidates in 2021- First Series West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE, the body has announced a new date for the examination.

Education

Nigeria: Hijab Controversy – Return Our Schools, Baptist, ECWA Tell Kwara Govt

Today at 14:27 PM, via AllAfrica

[Vanguard] Ilorin — There is tension in Kwara State, as Baptist Conference and Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA, have told the state government that they would resist the wearing of the hijab (veil) in their schools by all legitimate means and also demanded the immediate return of their schools.

Lifestyle

Disneyland, other California theme parks, stadiums could reopen April 1

Today at 18:23 PM, via SABC News

California health officials set new rules on Friday that would allow Disneyland and other theme parks, stadiums and outdoor entertainment venues to reopen as early as April 1, after a closure of nearly a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Science/Tech

The epic battle with cancer’s ‘Death Star’

Today at 19:00 PM, via The Guardian

Forty years after the mutant genes that cause the deadliest cancers were discovered, drugs that target them could be approved

In the early 1980s, Channing Der was just beginning his career as a scientist at Harvard Medical School when he happened upon a discovery that would change the course of cancer research. At the time, the holy grail of cancer biology was discovering so-called oncogenes...

Science/Tech

Can Users Poison the Data Big Tech Uses to Surveil Them?

Today at 18:34 PM, via Slashdot

“Algorithms are meaningless without good data. The public can exploit that to demand change,” argues a new article in MIT’s Technology Review (shared by long-time Slashdot reader mspohr):Data is fed into machine-learning algorithms to target you with ads and recommendations. Google cashes your data in for over $120 billion a year of ad revenue. Increasingly, we can no longer opt out of this...

Science/Tech

We read books to my daughter from birth, which enriched all our lives

Today at 18:00 PM, via The Guardian

A difficult pregnancy meant the only item I dared buy for my unborn child was a book. When she arrived we read it to her every day

Nine years ago, I gave birth to a little girl. And now that little girl has grown into a bookworm. It began, as all stories about books should really begin, in a bookshop. I was several months pregnant and I picked up an American picture book I had never come across...

Science/Tech

Why the ‘Small Internet’ Movement Wants to Revive Gopher

Today at 17:34 PM, via Slashdot

Long-time Slashdot reader lee1 shares a new article from Linux magazine:The danger and irritations of the modern web have unleashed a movement dedicated to creating a safer and simpler alternative. The old Gopher network and the new Gemini protocol have emerged as building blocks for this new “small Internet.” Anyone who has used the World Wide Web (WWW) lately knows that something bad is...

Nature

Celebrating World Wildlife Day at the Potberg Cape Vulture colony

Wednesday at 13:15 PM, via CapeNature

By Lusanda Gqaza and Yanga Mbatana (Environmental Education Officers, De Hoop Nature Reserve) On 20 December 2013, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), proclaimed 03 March (the day of adopting the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, CITES, in 1973), as World Wildlife Day. This is a day that […]

Nature

World Wildlife Day 2021

Wednesday at 12:12 PM, via CapeNature

World Wildlife Day is celebrated on 3 March every year as an opportunity to highlight the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. The Western Cape is a very special place with an abundance of unique and irreplaceable […]

Nature

The ‘LitterCam’ that’s watching you

Wednesday at 02:03 AM, via BBC News

AI software can now match footage of motorists throwing rubbish with their car’s number plate and issue an automatic fine .

Nature

Matrics in De Hoop – In their own words

27 February at 23:05 PM, via CapeNature

On the weekend of 19-21 five 2020 Matric learners were hosted by CapeNature and world-renowned adventurer Riaan Manser at the De Hoop Nature Reserve. These five matriculants; Jama Paliso, Hannah Chetty, Abdullah Seedat, Silondukhule Nquma and Lucy can der Meulen were the runners up in a campaign that saw five other students join Manser on […]