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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

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....

Science/Tech

Homeland Security Puts Its ‘Disinformation Governance Board’ on Ice

Yesterday at 23:22 PM, via Slashdot

Department of Homeland Security said it will pause on the agency’s weeks-old Disinformation Governance Board. From a report: The board — which had stated it’s intended goal was to “coordinate countering misinformation related to homeland security.” — was widely criticized by Republicans and right-wing media outlets. A DHS spokesperson said in a statement to Axios that the board was “grossly and...

Science/Tech

CDC Expresses Concern About Possibility of Undetected Monkeypox Spread in UK

Yesterday at 22:40 PM, via Slashdot

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expressed concern about an unusual outbreak of monkeypox in the United Kingdom, suggesting there appears to be at least some undetected transmission of the virus there and warning of the possibility that the outbreak could spread beyond U.K. borders. From a report: “We do have a level of concern that this is very different than what we...

Science/Tech

Who Owns Einstein? The Battle For the World’s Most Famous Face

Yesterday at 22:00 PM, via Slashdot

During his lifetime, Einstein resisted the attempts to commercialise his identity. Now someone makes more than $12 million a year on image licensing. Even the law that allows this profiteering is contentious. Can an heir inherit rights that did not yet exist during the originator’s lifetime? More on this on a long read from The Guardian.

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