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South Africa

Parents, guardians preparing for the possibility of another year of homeschooling

Today at 20:21 PM, via SABC News

Parents and guardians are preparing themselves for the possibility that they might, once again, have to provide home schooling for their children. The Basic Education Department has postponed the re-opening of schools by a further two weeks as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to escalate putting a strain on health care facilities.

Africa

Uganda’s Museveni on track for sixth term as president

Today at 14:02 PM, via The Citizen

The country’s election commission announced that with 91.1 percent of polling stations reporting results, Museveni had 58.8 percent of votes, while former popstar Bobi Wine had 34.5 percent.

Education

‘Cruelly cast aside’: A-level victims say summer debacle must never happen again

Today at 10:15 AM, via The Guardian

Thousands of 2020 students are still campaigning for justice after losing university offers and apprenticeships when their grades were wrongly reduced

The flawed advice to schools last May on how to grade students when exams were cancelled because of the pandemic has been withdrawn from the government’s website and the damage it did consigned to history. But out in the real world there is no...

Education

Parents find all-day Zoom less captivating than they expected | Laura McInerney

Today at 10:00 AM, via The Guardian

Scrambling for devices and dashing naked from the shower: lockdown 2 has created new hurdles for families – and schools

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In lockdown 1 last year, social media was alive with parents complaining that they were being forced to homeschool with little more than an unfathomable worksheet and the occasional email from school. “British...

Education

Jack Monroe on food poverty and fury: ‘I just wake up, look at the news, and get angry’

Today at 08:00 AM, via The Guardian

The cook and campaigner barely slept last week as the row raged over inadequate food parcels for kids. She discusses austerity, cronyism and why she’ll never stop fighting

I speak to Jack Monroe, cook, author and campaigner, towards the end of a tumultuous week in food poverty. On Monday, a Twitter user, @roadsidemum, posted a photo of a “hamper” she said was intended to replace her...

Lifestyle

Veteran actor Sam Phillips has passed away

Today at 17:09 PM, via SABC News

The agent of veteran actor, Sam Phillips, who died in the early hours of Saturday morning, says the arts industry has lost an icon.

Lifestyle

Australian winemaker hits her stride in heart of Burgundy

Today at 15:17 PM, via Eyewitness News

“There’s nothing like making your own wine,” Eyre says while inspecting a glass of Savigny-les-Beaune premier cru aux Vergelesses, one of a half-dozen of her recent reds.

Entertainment

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

Today 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

Superconducting Microprocessors? Turns Out They’re Ultra-Efficient

Today at 20:08 PM, via Slashdot

Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo quotes IEEE Spectrum:Computers use a staggering amount of energy today. According to one recent estimate, data centers alone consume two percent of the world’s electricity, a figure that’s expected to climb to eight percent by the end of the decade. To buck that trend, though, perhaps the microprocessor, at the center of the computer universe, could be...

Science/Tech

Joe Biden names scientific advisers and seeks to bring Eric Lander into cabinet

Today at 20:01 PM, via The Guardian

Human Genome Project co-leader to be chief science voiceBiden must find words for a wounded nation

Joe Biden has named the geneticist Eric Lander as his top scientific adviser and will elevate the position to the cabinet for the first time, a move meant to indicate a decisive break from Donald Trump’s treatment of science.

Related: History-maker Kamala Harris will wield real power as...

Science/Tech

Carbon capture is vital to meeting climate goals, scientists tell green critics

Today at 19:36 PM, via The Guardian

Supporters insist that storage technology is not a costly mistake but the best way for UK to cut emissions from heavy industry

Engineers and geologists have strongly criticised green groups who last week claimed that carbon capture and storage schemes – for reducing fossil fuel emissions – are costly mistakes.

The scientists insisted that such schemes are vital weapons in the battle against...

Science/Tech

Joe Biden Promotes ‘Science Advisor’ to US Cabinet-Level Position

Today at 19:19 PM, via Slashdot

“President-elect Joe Biden announced Friday that he has chosen a pioneer in mapping the human genome — the so-called ‘book of life’ — to be his chief science adviser,” reports the Associated Press, “and is elevating the top science job to a Cabinet position.”Biden nominated Eric Lander, founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, who was the lead author of the first paper...

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.