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Massive CCMA budget cut will hurt workers, say unions

Today at 23:01 PM, via News24

Workers are going to suffer the most from the overwhelming caseloads at the CCMA over the next few years, and part-time commissioners are no longer resolving disputes.

South Africa

Ramaphosa signs off 2020 tax acts

Today at 20:13 PM, via News24

The tax acts were published in the government gazette this week and give effect to tax proposals outlined in the February 2020 budget.

Africa

Three Malian troops killed by roadside bomb

Today at 17:44 PM, via News24

Three Malian troops were killed and five wounded by a roadside bomb in the centre of the country on Thursday, military sources said, in the latest attack in the Sahel state.

Politics

Family mourns death of Minister Mthembu

Today at 20:09 PM, via SABC News

Michael Mthembu, a brother to the late Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu, has described as “tough” the passing of his brother.

Education

A Report Card for U.S. Schools

Today at 20:21 PM, via New York Times

Seven districts, seven very different experiences of pandemic learning.

Education

Jewish students are protected by the IHRA definition of antisemitism | Letter

Today at 19:28 PM, via The Guardian

Discussion of the definition’s adoption by British universities should reflect the lived realities of Jewish students, say 94 leaders, officers and members of university Jewish societies

The commentariat’s analysis of the adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism by British universities (Letters, 7 January) does not resemble the reality we have...

Education

Old bathrooms were better than freezers

Today at 19:24 PM, via The Guardian

University education | NHS test and trace | Lost voices | Winter freezes | QAnon

The ending of the letter from Dr Tim Bradshaw, chief executive of the Russell Group (Letters, 20 January), tells you all you need to know about the marketisation of UK universities. He claims that universities remain focused on “delivering high-quality learning outcomes for their students”. Why not focus on...

Education

Burkina Faso: Q&A – Why We Must Invest in Educating Children in Crisis-Hit Burkina Faso

Today at 16:11 PM, via AllAfrica

[IPS] Accra — Education Cannot Wait (ECW) – the first global fund dedicated to education in emergencies and protracted crises – was on the ground in Burkina Faso last week with its Director, Yasmine Sherif, to launch a new multi-year programme that aims to provide an education to over 800,000 children and adolescents in crisis-affected areas.

Lifestyle

R980k Aston Martin-inspired Scotch… Aye, connoisseurs only

Today at 20:58 PM, via The South African

With only 25 bottles for sale, the significance of the year 1964 is paramount in this exceptionally rare 31-Year-Old Black Bowmore DB5 1964 as it represents a truly defining era of evolution for both Bowmore and Aston Martin in that year.

Entertainment

‘In & Of Itself’ brings Derek DelGaudio’s unique magic act into your living room

Today at 17:05 PM, via CNN

Magic and monologues turn out to be a potent streaming combination, conjuring a taste of the theatrical experience that many sorely miss. The latest example, “In & Of Itself,” transforms Derek DelGaudio’s long-running stage show into an absorbing Hulu special, one that actually builds on the in-person experience by mashing together numerous shows as opposed to filming just one.

Science/Tech

As Bitcoin Price Surges, DDoS Extortion Gangs Return in Force

Today at 22:42 PM, via Slashdot

Extortion groups that send emails threatening companies with DDoS attacks unless paid a certain fee are making a comeback, security firm Radware warned today. From a report: In a security alert sent to its customers and shared with ZDNet this week, Radware said that during the last week of 2020 and the first week of 2021, its customers received a new wave of DDoS extortion emails. Extortionists...

Science/Tech

EU Lawmakers Want Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google CEOs at Feb. 1 Hearing

Today at 22:02 PM, via Slashdot

EU lawmakers have invited the chief executives of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Alphabet to a Feb. 1 hearing in Brussels as they try to crack down on the powers of U.S. tech giants. From a report: The European Parliament will in the coming months provide input into proposals by the European Commission to force the companies to play fairly with rivals and to do more to tackle online fake news and...

Science/Tech

No Cases? No Chance. The Truth About North Korea and Covid-19

Today at 21:22 PM, via Slashdot

The real impact of Covid-19 on North Korea — and its citizens — remains a mystery. Faced with a global health crisis, the country has turned inwards more than ever. From a report: “North Korea, in general, is more difficult to know this year or last year than at almost any point in the last two decades,” says Sokeel Park, the director of research at Liberty in North Korea, a group that works...

Health

Filing Suit for ‘Wrongful Life’

Today at 17:31 PM, via New York Times

More Americans are writing end-of-life instructions as the pandemic renders such decisions less abstract. But are medical providers listening?

Nature

Fish migrations: they would swim 500 miles and they would swim 500 more

Wednesday at 18:23 PM, via CapeNature

By Nicole Horn and Alexis Olds Migration is a widespread but highly complicated and diverse component to many fish species lives.  Migration can be strenuous and often consists of extremely long journeys. The life history stages of certain species rely heavily on migration. Fish will migrate for several reasons including escaping unfavourable conditions, moving to […]