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Twenty-five more players in Australian Open quarantine

Today at 19:28 PM, via News24

An additional 25 players will have to spend two weeks in quarantine before the Australian Open, organisers said Sunday, as Covid-19 continues to disrupt preparations for the Grand Slam tournament.

South Africa

Archbishop Abel Gabuza passes away

Today at 18:48 PM, via SABC News

Catholic Archbishop Abel Gabuza of Durban has died at Hillcrest Hospital after a week in ICU battling with COVID-19.

South Africa

Eskom to implement Stage 1 loadshedding on Sunday

Today at 18:01 PM, via SABC News

Eskom says it will implement Stage 1 loadshedding from 11pm on Sunday until 5am on Monday morning. It says from 5am on Monday, Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented.

South Africa

North West finalising plans to rollout COVID-19 vaccine

Today at 17:08 PM, via SABC News

The North West government says they are busy finalizing its plans to roll out COVID-19 vaccine to residents. Health workers and the vulnerable in society will be among the first to get vaccinated.

World

Obituary: Phil Spector

Today at 18:11 PM, via BBC News

The troubled genius who transformed pop music and died while serving a jail sentence for murder.

Business

Big Biden stimulus no balm for US stocks, Dow loses 0.6%

Today at 18:22 PM, via Fin24

President-elect Joe Biden’s massive plan to help the US economy didn’t shake Wall Street’s downbeat sentiment on Friday, with major indices losing ground in the last full trading week of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Politics

ANC express shock following death of Bheki Ntuli

Today at 07:03 AM, via SABC News

The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal has expressed shock following the death of the provincial executive member and MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Bheki Ntuli.

Sport

WSL highlights: Chelsea knock Man Utd off top spot

Today at 19:43 PM, via BBC News

Watch highlights as Chelsea knock Manchester United off the top of the Women’s Super League with a 2-1 win thanks to England forward Fran Kirby’s winner at Kingsmeadow.

Sport

Arsenal outcast Ozil poised for Fenerbahce move

Today at 19:34 PM, via News24

Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil was due in Istanbul to finalise his move to Fenerbahce and end his troubled stay in the English Premier League, Turkish media reported.

Education

‘Digital poverty’ could lead to lost generation of university students, vice-chancellors say

Today at 19:18 PM, via The Guardian

Higher education bodies tell Gavin Williamson little has been done to help disadvantaged students access remote learning

Tens of thousands of university students in England need urgent help to stop “digital poverty” from hindering their studies during lockdown, according to a group of vice-chancellors and higher education bodies.

While the government has provided laptops and other devices to...

Education

Private entrants to GCSEs and A-levels face second year of delays

Today at 18:37 PM, via The Guardian

Home education advocates call for urgent action to ensure independent students do not miss out on acquiring qualifications

Home education advocates have called on the government to act fast to ensure that private entrants to GCSEs, AS-levels and A-levels do not face a second year of delays to obtaining crucial qualifications after summer exams were cancelled again.

Home educators were dismayed...

Education

The government must listen to the voices of food poverty

Today at 11:45 AM, via The Guardian

We’ve had endless reviews of policy. Now those who live each day in real hardship should be put at the heart of reform

The photo of two blackening bananas, a tomato, two potatoes, three apples, a loaf of bread, about 200g of pasta, two carrots, slices of cheese, two mini-malt loaves, a can of baked beans and three Frubes is one of the defining images of our times. Posted on Twitter by...

Education

A brutal Covid legacy awaits our children. We need the will and ambition to tackle it | Frank Cottrell Boyce

Today at 11:15 AM, via The Guardian

Only an event such as wartime evacuation can compare to lockdown. Plans for the young need to meet the challenge

During the war, my mum, like tens of thousands of other children, was evacuated. She left the terrace house she shared with 10 siblings and her parents and wound up in a beautiful convent perched on a headland near Conwy, north Wales, looking out to sea. It was heaven.

I sometimes...

Lifestyle

Media worker’s trauma of reporting and covering the pandemic

Today at 19:14 PM, via SABC News

The great pandemic of the 21st is being told in the greatest detail and in the digital age, as it happens. The bulk of this story is told through the words, voices and pictures of thousands of journalists across the world.

Entertainment

‘Batwoman’ gets a new lead, but Season 2 looks like the same flawed show

Yesterday at 17:49 PM, via CNN

After a first season that never quite got off the ground creatively, “Batwoman” announced that original star Ruby Rose would be leaving but that the series would hang around without her. The contortions necessary to arrange that baton (or Batarang) pass mostly fizzle in the opening episodes, fueling a sense that this CW drama might be flying on fumes.

Science/Tech

Estimated Cost of Poor Software Quality in the U.S. in 2020: $2.1 Trillion

Today at 19:40 PM, via Slashdot

TechRepublic shares a remarkable calculation by the not-for-profit IT leadership group the Consortium for Information and Software Security:CISQ’s 2020 report, The Cost of Poor Software Quality in the U.S., looked at the financial impact of software projects that went awry or otherwise ended up leaving companies with a larger bill by creating additional headaches for them. According to the...

Science/Tech

Online Misinformation Dropped Dramatically After Twitter Banned Trump

Today at 19:04 PM, via Slashdot

The Washington Post reports:Online misinformation about election fraud plunged 73 percent after several social media sites suspended President Trump and key allies last week, research firm Zignal Labs has found, underscoring the power of tech companies to limit the falsehoods poisoning public debate when they act aggressively. The new research by the San Francisco-based analytics firm reported...

Science/Tech

Are Tech Companies Ducking Responsibility For The Need to De-Platform?

Today at 18:34 PM, via Slashdot

Long-time technology reporter/commentator Kara Swisher weighs in on the de-platforming of U.S. president Trump, arguing Trump “was only following the rules set for him and it was entirely the fault of the tech companies for giving him the kind of latitude that allowed him to go that far.”Like a parent who gives a child endless bowls of sugar and then wonders why their kid is batshit crazy, tech...

Nature

World facing ‘catastrophic’ temperature rises: UN

Thursday at 20:28 PM, via News24

The world is on course for a “catastrophic” temperature rise this century, the United Nations said as it confirmed that 2020 rivalled 2016 as the hottest year on record.