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South Africa

SA records 12 271 new COVID-19 cases, 498 deaths

Yesterday at 22:30 PM, via SABC News

South Africa has recorded 12 271 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country’s total cases to 12 271. The death toll has climbed to 40 574 after 498 new deaths were reported.

World

More than 20 injured by blast in Gaza home

Yesterday at 23:35 PM, via News24

More than 20 people were injured and several homes destroyed by a large explosion Saturday in a residential area of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, Palestinian officials said.

World

Afghan officials welcome Biden plan to review US-Taliban deal

Yesterday at 19:50 PM, via News24

Top Afghan officials on Saturday welcomed the Biden administration’s decision to review a landmark US deal with the Taliban and focus on whether the insurgents have reduced attacks in Afghanistan in keeping with the agreement.

Africa

Cyclone hits Mozambique port city, brings property damage, flooding

Yesterday at 19:10 PM, via News24

The coastal city of Beira in Mozambique, which houses one of the country’s most important ports, has seen mild damage to property and flooding after tropical cyclone Eloise made landfall early on Saturday, an official said in a television report.

Africa

Another big storm, growing stronger, set to hit central Mozambique

Friday at 21:51 PM, via News24

A powerful storm nearing Mozambique is expected to intensify into a tropical cyclone on Friday, according to forecasts, dumping rain onto already swollen rivers in an area devastated by Cyclone Idai less than two years ago.

Politics

Mthembu was an anti-corruption proponent: Bongo

Yesterday at 17:05 PM, via SABC News

ANC MP and Parliament’s Home Affairs Portfolio Committee Chairperson, Bongani Bongo, says the late Presidency Minister Jackson Mthembu was very vocal against corruption.

Politics

Mthembu’s COVID-19 related death unites friends and rivals in tribute

Yesterday at 12:10 PM, via SABC News

The death of Jackson Mphikwa Mthembu, Minister in the Office of the President of South Africa, has been met with sorrow across the country. Tributes have come from across the political spectrum for the country’s first government minister to succumb to COVID-19.

Politics

Malema accuses former EFF MP Rawula of tarnishing his political image

Yesterday at 10:34 AM, via SABC News

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has accused former party MP Thembinkosi Rawula of being set on tarnishing his political image. Malema has escalated his legal battle with Rawula to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

Sport

Deon Hotto gets Pirates back to winning ways

Today at 00:55 AM, via News24

Deon Hotto’s first-half goal proved the difference as Orlando Pirates returned to winning ways with a triumph over Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium.

Education

After Covid, will digital learning be the new normal?

Yesterday at 19:00 PM, via The Guardian

Schools have embraced apps and remote classes in the past year. Some see benefits in virtual learning but others fear the impact on disadvantaged children and privatisation by stealth

History is likely to record that Britain’s teachers were better prepared for Covid-19 than government ministers. With cases rising in Europe, 14 schools in England had already closed their gates by the end of...

Education

‘I feel like I’m failing’: Parents’ stress rises over home schooling in Covid lockdown

Yesterday at 18:24 PM, via The Guardian

Primary pupils and parents find higher workload is leading to anxiety, survey finds

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Teachers are expecting parents to do more home schooling with their primary-age children this lockdown, compared with the first one, leaving parents feeling stressed and anxious about their children’s mental health.

Nearly half of parents say primary...

Lifestyle

Gwangwa’s top songs

Today at 00:00 AM, via SABC News

South African is mourning one of its artistic giants, Jonas Gwangwa. The creative genius passed away on Saturday at the age of 83.

Science/Tech

Why AWS Is Forking Elasticsearch and Kibana

Today at 00:34 AM, via Slashdot

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes at ZDNet:When Elastic, makers of the open-source search and analytic engine Elasticsearch, went after Amazon Web Services (AWS) by changing its license from the open-source Apache 2.0-license ALv2) to the non-open-source friendly Server Side Public License, I predicted “we’d soon see AWS-sponsored Elasticsearch and Kibana forks.” The next day, AWS tweeted it...

Science/Tech

Vaccine experts defend UK decision to delay second Pfizer Covid jab

Today at 00:30 AM, via The Guardian

Medics told they risk undermining public confidence by querying policy of three-month gap between doses

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Leading vaccine experts have backed the government’s decision to delay the second dose for up to three months, after doctors warned that the strategy was proving “ever-more difficult to justify”.

The British Medical Association...

Science/Tech

SpaceX Re-Schedules Record-Breaking Launch With 143 Satellites to Sunday

Yesterday at 23:34 PM, via Slashdot

Ars Technica reported Saturday that “The Falcon 9 rocket was ready. Its payload of 143 satellites were ready. But Mother Nature was not ready.” Although SpaceX pressed ahead with fueling of the Falcon 9 booster on Saturday morning, the company scrubbed the launch attempt of the Transporter-1 mission a few minutes before the window opened due to weather. Conditions at Cape Canaveral violated the...

Science/Tech

Chrome 88 Released, Removing Adobe Flash — and FTP

Yesterday at 22:34 PM, via Slashdot

Google released Chrome 88 this week — and besides improving its dark mode support, they removed support for both Adobe Flash and FTP. PC World calls it “the end of two eras.”The most noteworthy change in this update is what’s not included. Chrome 88 lays Adobe Flash and the FTP protocol to rest. RIP circa-2000 Internet. Neither comes as a surprise, though it’s poetic that they’re being buried...

Motoring

The VW Golf GTI for nerds

Yesterday at 07:35 AM, via The Citizen

Don’t believe all the rubbish you read about electric mobility.

Health

U.S. Virus Cases Top 25 Million

Yesterday at 23:51 PM, via New York Times

Experts say that as staggering as that figure is, it significantly understates the true number of people in the country who have been infected and the scope of the nation’s failure to contain the spread of the virus.

Health

Do Curfews Slow the Coronavirus?

Yesterday at 12:00 PM, via New York Times

A restriction more often used in natural disasters, or to quell unrest, has never been tested against a pathogen like the virus.

Nature

Fish migrations: they would swim 500 miles and they would swim 500 more

Wednesday at 18:23 PM, via CapeNature

By Nicole Horn and Alexis Olds Migration is a widespread but highly complicated and diverse component to many fish species lives.  Migration can be strenuous and often consists of extremely long journeys. The life history stages of certain species rely heavily on migration. Fish will migrate for several reasons including escaping unfavourable conditions, moving to […]