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South Africa

Frustration over closure of about 50 ECD centres in Ga-Rankuwa

Today at 17:45 PM, via SABC News

The majority of early development learning centres in Ga-Rankuwa, north of Pretoria, remain shut. The closure of the learning facilities has led to job losses for about 300 workers. Three thousand children are also affected as they no longer attend classes.

South Africa

Butterworth residents decry water shortage

Today at 16:08 PM, via SABC News

Butterworth residents in the Eastern Cape threaten to boycott the upcoming local government elections due to lack of water in the area.

World

U.S. To Bar Downloads Of TikTok, WeChat

Today at 15:48 PM, via NPR

As of Sunday, no mobile app store in the U.S. will be allowed to distribute or maintain the popular Chinese-owned apps, the Commerce Department says.

Business

Telkom gets an unexpected boost thanks to lockdown

Today at 17:28 PM, via Fin24

Communication companies were declared essential servicea during the Covid-19 lockdown, with ICASA In April releasing temporary high-demand spectrum in a bid to ease congestion.

Politics

COPE lambasts ANC members for supporting Andile Lungisa

Today at 13:16 PM, via SABC News

Congress of the People (COPE) has criticised the African National Congress (ANC) members who supported former Nelson Mandela Bay councillor Andile Lungisa when he was handing himself over to the North End Prison on Thursday to begin his two year prison sentence.

Sport

Djokovic advances to Rome quarter-finals

Today at 18:56 PM, via News24

World number one Novak Djokovic won a battle with fellow Serb Filip Krajinovic to advance to the quarter-finals of the Italian Open on Friday.

Education

South Africa: Future of Universities Bound to Their Social Compact

Today at 17:16 PM, via AllAfrica

[UCT] COVID-19 has shown that the future and relevance of universities worldwide is bound to their social compact – research and knowledge that serves society – and their resilience. Their adaptability and agility in the face of the pandemic and lockdown saw many changing in ways unimaginable just months ago, said Professor Stephen Toope.

Education

Third of Pearson’s shareholders vote against CEO’s £7.2m pay package

Today at 16:02 PM, via The Guardian

Former Disney chairman Andy Bird is to take up job at education publishing group in October

Pearson has suffered a significant shareholder revolt against controversial changes to its remuneration policy, which will grant its new chief executive a multimillion dollar pay package.

Almost a third of investors in the FTSE 100 educational publishing group voted against the plans, which will award a...

Education

Uganda: Reopening Schools – Naming a Date Is Not All We Need

Today at 15:22 PM, via AllAfrica

[Monitor] I read with disbelief, that Shs11billion teachers’ Sacco money, had been embezzled. I was struck by the reality, considering the fact that a number of teachers reportedly committed suicide and majority are struggling, due to unpleasant effects of the closure of schools.

Entertainment

TIFF 2020 kicks off a strange start to the Oscars race

Today at 18:28 PM, via CNN

The Toronto International Film Festival, of seemingly endless sprawl, had its wings clipped this year. Instead of the thousands of titles bulging at the program’s seams, there was a svelte 50 or so. Blame the pandemic. Release schedules have been rejigged, some films will wait for 2021; Netflix bolted when award bodies overhauled qualification rules. Still, Toronto’s trim selection brought...

Entertainment

Could this be the end for ‘Dinner at Somizi’s’?

Today at 16:37 PM, via The Citizen

The television host, reality TV star and celebrity choreographer was accused of stealing the entire concept of his show from a pitch presented to him years ago. Watch as the Citizen Lifestyle Entertainment Round-Up unpacks all the tea. 

Science/Tech

Explaining Trump Ban on TikTok, WeChat

Today at 18:55 PM, via New York Times

The Commerce Department announced that it was prohibiting downloads of WeChat and TikTok in U.S. app stores. Here’s what you need to know.

Science/Tech

Canada unveils ‘swirl, gargle and spit’ Covid test for school-aged children

Today at 18:28 PM, via The Guardian

Test, which is only offered to children in British Columbia, involves gargling saline solution and spitting it into a tube

Authorities in Canada have unveiled a new non-invasive coronavirus test which avoids the need for intrusive nasal swabs, in a development which they hope will making testing easier and more accessible for students as they return to schools.

The new testing method, unveiled...

Science/Tech

NBC Threatens To Black Out Apps on Roku in Dispute Over Peacock

Today at 18:12 PM, via Slashdot

NBCUniversal plans to black out more than 11 channels on Roku’s streaming platform Saturday morning, escalating a standoff with the company over its refusal to carry a new video app, Peacock. From a report: NBC’s Peacock and AT&T’s HBO Max have been unable to secure spots on Roku and Amazon.com’s Fire TV since launching their streaming services earlier this year. Roku is demanding, among other...

Health

Smoking ups your risk of a fatal brain bleed

Today at 18:30 PM, via Health24

Compared to nonsmokers, the risk of fatal bleeding in the brain was three times higher among heavy and moderate smokers, according to a new study.