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WEDNESDAY, 20 OCTOBER 2021, 08:09

South Africa

Nathaniel Julies’ murder trial continues

Today at 07:48 AM, via SABC News

The trial of the three police officers accused of killing 16- year-old Nathaniel Julies in Eldorado Park last year is expected to continue on Wednesday.

Politics

Mkhize demands Digital Vibes SIU findings against him be set aside

Today at 06:50 AM, via SABC News

The Special Investigating Unit has confirmed that former Health Minister Doctor Zweli Mkhize has served it with court papers, as Mkhize demands that its findings on his involvement in the Digital Vibes contract be set aside as well as declared unlawful and unconstitutional.

Politics

ANC councillor candidates sign pledge to end corruption

Yesterday at 21:31 PM, via SABC News

African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa has led a roll-out call event for councillors in which nearly 10 000 candidates have signed a pledge ahead of the November local government elections.

Sport

WATCH LIVE | Cape Epic Stage 3 result: Saronsberg to Saronsberg

Today at 07:41 AM, via The South African

Wednesday’s Stage 3 of the delayed Cape Epic will see the riders start and finish at Saronsberg some 91km later (with 2 100m of climbing) featuring Fanties Pass, arguably the toughest climb of the 2021 route.

Education

Nigeria: U.S. Strengthens Capacity of 50 Lagos Teachers in Teaching Methods

Today at 06:40 AM, via AllAfrica

[This Day] Fifty teachers from the Lagos State Education District One have completed a five-day STEM training workshop tagged “Global Air Drone Challenge for Teachers,” which was organised by the United States of America’s government as part of its contribution to strengthen the capacity of teachers in Lagos State in STEM teaching methods.

Education

Texas schools are being told to teach ‘opposing views’ of the Holocaust. Why? | Francine Prose

Yesterday at 17:03 PM, via The Guardian

The question of what specific books and topics can and can’t be taught is linked to a disturbing new law in Texas

I’ve been trying to imagine what Gina Peddy could have been thinking when, on 8 October, she informed a group of Southlake, Texas, elementary school teachers that, if their classroom libraries included books about the Holocaust, students should also be steered toward books with...

Entertainment

‘Four Hours at the Capitol’ grimly recounts the events of Jan. 6 in a taut HBO documentary

Yesterday at 20:32 PM, via CNN

As the Jan. 6 Committee continues its work, “Four Hours at the Capitol” presents a methodical, up-close-and-personal tick-tock of the insurrection, exposing what a chaotic, strange and yes, violent day that was. Interviewing members of Congress, police and protestors/rioters, it’s a visceral account of what transpired through the eyes — and cameras — of those swept up in the moment.

Entertainment

‘Queens’ gets the band back together for a soapy ABC drama

Yesterday at 19:09 PM, via CNN

“Queens” is an extremely familiar idea, elevated not quite to the level of royalty by being slickly cast, packaged and produced. Like Peacock’s “Girls5eva,” the concept hinges on an all-girl group reunited and again pursuing stardom 20 years later, rediscovering the spotlight and its perils after years spent braiding hair and burning breakfast.

Science/Tech

Facebook is changing its name — Report

Today at 07:23 AM, via MyBroadband

Facebook Inc., facing intense scrutiny over its business practices, is planning to rebrand the company with a new name that focuses on the metaverse, according to The Verge.

Science/Tech

US Surgeons Successfully Test Pig Kidney Transplant In Human Patient

Today at 07:00 AM, via Slashdot

For the first time, a pig kidney has been transplanted into a human without triggering immediate rejection by the recipient’s immune system, a potentially major advance that could eventually help alleviate a dire shortage of human organs for transplant. Reuters reports: The procedure done at NYU Langone Health in New York City involved use of a pig whose genes had been altered so that its...

Science/Tech

Boris Johnson Strikes Deal With Bill Gates To Boost Green Technology

Today at 05:30 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The UK government has announced plans to launch a $551 million (400 million pounds) package of investment alongside the US billionaire Bill Gates to boost the development of new green technologies. Boris Johnson said the deal would help power a “green industrial revolution” and develop emerging technologies that were currently too expensive...