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Politics

Former Joburg Mayor Mpho Moerane passes on

Yesterday at 18:59 PM, via SABC News

Former Joburg Mayor Mpho Moerane has passed away. His family has confirmed this at the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.

Education

Black students frustrated at lack of action on university racism, MPs told

Yesterday at 20:24 PM, via The Guardian

Academics and student leaders tell committee black students and staff face ‘ingrained institutional racism’

Academics and student leaders have told MPs of their frustration at the denial of and the lack of practical action to tackle the “ingrained institutional racism” experienced by black students and staff on university campuses.

Nicola Rollock, a professor of social policy and race at...

Education

Rebranding maths as numeracy? It doesn’t add up

Yesterday at 16:54 PM, via The Guardian

Two government advisers claim the subject seems ‘scary’ and ‘hard’, while academics warn of ‘mathematics anxiety’. Would changing a few names really help?

Name: Good question. Let’s go with “the discipline formerly known as maths”.

Age: About 2,500 years old.

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Education

‘My spelling isn’t that great’: Michael Morpurgo on why teaching kids to love writing is more important than grammar

Yesterday at 16:00 PM, via The Guardian

The author, poet and playwright on why we should move away from Michael Gove-mandated lessons on fronted adverbials and back to unleashing the creative potential of children

I didn’t love reading at all when I was young. As a teacher, I loved it, and now as a reader, I love it. But I was put off the whole idea of words very early on.

Some years ago, I was made to do a key stage 2 (seven to 11...

Entertainment

The Ringling Bros. circus is returning next year — without elephants

Yesterday at 16:48 PM, via CNN

If you’ve missed gawking at human cannonballs and unicycling clowns under a figurative big top while the smell of popcorn wafts through the air, you’re in luck: The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus is being revived less than a decade after it shuttered.

Science/Tech

Google Messages RCS Is Being Abused For Ads In India

Today at 00:40 AM, via Slashdot

Over the past few weeks, Google Messages users in India have been reporting more and more ads showing up through RCS messaging. 9to5Google reports: While many brands — even in the US and other countries — have used messaging apps and SMS texts to advertise new products to former customers, these ads going on in India are not necessarily the result of a user’s buying activity. Business messaging...

Science/Tech

A Panel to Combat Disinformation Becomes a Victim of It

Today at 00:37 AM, via New York Times

The Department of Homeland Security suspended the work of a panel focused on the subject of disinformation. The group had provoked accusations of government overreach.

Science/Tech

Injured women face discrimination over life-saving drugs, say researchers

Today at 00:30 AM, via The Guardian

Female patients in England and Wales half as likely to receive TXA, which cuts risk of bleeding to death by 30%, as injured men

Injured women are experiencing sex discrimination in the administration of a life-saving drug that cuts the risk of bleeding to death by 30%, researchers have warned.

They found that female trauma victims were half as likely to receive tranexamic acid (TXA) as injured...

Science/Tech

Why Tesla Was Kicked Out of the S&P 500’s ESG Index

Today at 00:00 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: The S&P 500 booted electric vehicle maker Tesla from its ESG Index as part of an annual update to the list. Meanwhile, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and even oil and gas multinational Exxon Mobil were still included on the list. The S&P 500 ESG Index uses environmental, social and governance data to rank and effectively recommend companies to investors....