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South Africa

9 320 new COVID-19 cases in SA

Today at 19:32 PM, via SABC News

South Africa has recorded a further 9 320 COVID-19 infections in the last 24-hour cycle. This brings the accumulative number of cases to 1739 425.

Africa

Gunmen kill 53 villagers in northern Nigeria

Today at 17:17 PM, via News24

Armed cattle thieves have killed 53 people in northwest Nigeria’s Zamfara state, police and local residents said, the latest violence to hit the restive region.

Business

Karpowership environment approval process suspended in Saldanha

Today at 18:20 PM, via Fin24

Plans to tap emergency power from vessel-based plants faces another hurdle after Turkey’s Karpowership had the environmental approval process for one of three projects it is planning in South Africa suspended.

Business

Top 10 best and worst cities to live in

Today at 15:00 PM, via BusinessTech

Covid-19 is shattering Europe’s claims to have some of the world’s most liveable cities, according to a new ranking.

Business

J&J vaccine delivery to South Africa in limbo after US ruling

Today at 13:04 PM, via BusinessTech

Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines intended for South Africa remain suspended following a US ruling that ingredients for the country’s doses may have been contaminated during production in a plant in Baltimore.

Politics

Limpopo ANC regional elective conference postponed

Today at 10:00 AM, via SABC News

The 8th regional elective conference of the African National Congress in the Mopani region in Limpopo has been postponed from this weekend to next weekend.

Education

‘Tutors change daily’: headteachers call for control of Covid catchup money | Fiona Millar

Today at 09:00 AM, via The Guardian

Criticism that government’s tutoring programme is patchy and overlooks pandemic’s impact on resilience and social skills

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When the government announced its first tranche of Covid recovery funding for schools, Anna Grice, a headteacher at Thameside primary in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, immediately knew where to go, as she had an existing...

Education

Public sector workers on Covid and prisons lauded in Queen’s birthday honours

Yesterday at 23:30 PM, via The Guardian

Teacher and nurse feted for roles during pandemic, and prison officer for supporting women in custody

A prison officer behind a widely copied scheme to support women in custody and a nurse at the forefront of developing one of the NHS Nightingale hospitals are among public sector workers recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

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Lifestyle

Cape Town’s Table Bay Hotel gets two global accolades

Today at 16:05 PM, via SABC News

The Table Bay Hotel at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town has won two additional global accolades. The five-star hotel’s COVID-19 video on safety protocols has received Gold and Silver prizes at the annual International Tourism Film Festival Africa Awards. The establishment, which hosted the Miss South Africa Pageant last year, also recently ranked in […]

Entertainment

‘The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ reloads the silliness with a bigger role for Salma Hayek

Yesterday at 18:47 PM, via CNN

The mere existence of “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” — a sequel to the 2017 movie, adding “Wife’s” to the title — suggests that action-comedy enjoyed a long shelf-life, which is clearly the hope for its equally disposable sequel. An expanded role for Salma Hayek is the newish wrinkle here, although that’s hardly cause for an encore, or even an extra apostrophe.

Science/Tech

Sold! Bidder pays $28m for spare seat on space flight with Jeff Bezos

Today at 21:24 PM, via The Guardian

Bids in 10-minute auction started at $4.8m for 20 July trip on Blue Origin spacecraft with Bezos and his brother.

Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin has sold the spare seat of the company’s 20 July New Shepard space rocket blast-off for $28m, the company announced on Saturday.

Related: Rocket men: Bezos, Musk and Branson scramble for space supremacy

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Science/Tech

Bitcoin Taproot upgrade gets mining support

Today at 21:23 PM, via MyBroadband

Bitcoin’s Taproot upgrade, the most anticipated upgrade for the largest cryptocurrency since 2017, has enough mining support to lock in activation.

Science/Tech

Nearly $1 Billion in Funding Restored for California Bullet Train

Today at 20:34 PM, via Slashdot

Back in 2009, then-governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger requested $4.7 billion in federal stimulus money to help build an 800-mile bullet train system from San Diego to San Francisco. “We’re traveling on our trains at the same speed as 100 years ago,” the governor said. “That is inexcusable. America must catch up.” Nearly 12 years later, “a $929-million federal grant for the California...

Science/Tech

Microsoft’s GitHub Releases ‘Visual Studio Code’ Extension Allowing Editing Without Cloning Repositories

Today at 19:34 PM, via Slashdot

A new extension for Microsoft’s code-editing tool, Visual Studio Code, “allows you to open, edit, and commit back to source-control repos without having to clone them on your local machine,” explains a new video. A Microsoft blog post calls it “a new experience that we’ve been building in partnership with our friends at GitHub to enable working with source code repositories quickly and safely...

Health

F.D.A. Still Lacks a Permanent Commissioner

Today at 16:34 PM, via New York Times

With the pandemic easing, the federal agency’s long-term agenda for drug approvals or new issues is languishing without a permanent commissioner.

Health

Covid-Sniffin

Today at 11:00 AM, via New York Times

Logistics, cost and official standards are needed for the dogs to fulfill their potential in medical fields.