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Panto is back. Oh yes it is!

Today at 17:57 PM, via BBC News

Cinderella can finally go to the ball, as venues in tiers 1 and 2 are allowed to hold productions.

World

Hong Kong’s prominent democracy activists face agonising choice

Today at 18:00 PM, via News24

Hong Kong’s high-profile activists and legislators increasingly find themselves having to choose between whether to stay in the Chinese territory and face arrest, or leave – possibly for good – as the government continues to step up political prosecutions.

Africa

Ghana heads for two-horse presidential vote

Today at 16:02 PM, via News24

Ghanaians will go to the polls on Monday in a heated contest that will revive old rivalries between incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo and his predecessor John Mahama.

Business

Hackers targeting Covid-19 vaccine supply chain, IBM warns

Today at 18:25 PM, via Fin24

With multiple vaccines close to becoming available in a world gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, manufacturers have become the target of hackers trying to steal trade secrets or disrupt supply chains.

Business

Facebook changing ‘race-blind’ hate speech policy

Today at 18:24 PM, via Fin24

Facebook on Thursday said it is revising its systems to prioritise blocking slurs against Black people, gays and other groups historically targeted by vitriol, no longer automatically filtering out barbs aimed broadly at whites, men or Americans.

Business

Government Employees Pension Fund backs scandal-ridden PIC

Today at 18:23 PM, via Fin24

The new head of Africa’s biggest pension fund is retreating from his predecessor’s threat to withdraw money from the Public Investment Corp, as he backs a turnaround at the scandal-plagued asset manager.

Business

Stock markets mostly higher on vaccine, stimulus optimism

Today at 18:19 PM, via Fin24

Investors pushed stock markets higher Friday on continued optimism over vaccines and on signs of progress on a new US stimulus, though surging infections and deaths highlighted the painful, immediate reality of the coronavirus crisis.

Education

Samuel Paty: French security services failed to act over incendiary social media campaign

Today at 17:31 PM, via The Guardian

Headteacher raised concerns before beheading of teacher who discussed Charlie Hebdo cartoons, school inspectors find

French security services failed to appreciate the gravity of the defamatory campaign on social media against the teacher Samuel Paty before his murder, an inspectors’ report has found.

Despite the school’s headteacher reporting concerns about increasingly incendiary posts...

Education

South Africa: UCT Scholar’s Research Expedites Historic Citizenship Grant

Today at 17:07 PM, via AllAfrica

[UCT] It was an emotional celebration for many Ottoman descendants in South Africa when they were granted Turkish citizenship at a city function on 24 November 2020. The first Ottomans came to South Africa 158 years ago. Turkish-born Dr Halim Gençoğlu of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Centre for African Studies was instrumental in the development.

Education

Teacher’s dismissal exposes fissures over Eton College modernisation

Today at 17:04 PM, via The Guardian

Head trying to fight off revolt from those who say school is heading in ‘aggressively woke’ direction

It was always going to be a big ask to shift an institution such as Eton College – with its 580-year history, its wealth, power, privilege and funereal tailcoats – into the 21st century. But that was Simon Henderson’s pitch when he applied to be headmaster.

The pitch must have gone down well...

Lifestyle

Sol Plaatjie lauded as game changer in field of journalism

Today at 17:20 PM, via SABC News

Anti-apartheid activist and journalist Tshekisho Solomon Plaatje has been lauded as a game-changer in the field of journalism, especially for promoting news writing in vernacular languages.

Entertainment

‘Your Honor’ stars Bryan Cranston as a judge forced to deal with a bad break

Today at 17:57 PM, via CNN

The consequences of one bad act pile up in “Your Honor,” a solid but unspectacular miniseries produced by and starring Bryan Cranston. The casting is generally superior to the material, which sets up the moral dilemma of just how many rules one judge will bend and break to protect his son.

Science/Tech

iPhones Can Now Automatically Recognize and Label Buttons and UI Features for Blind Users

Today at 18:06 PM, via Slashdot

Apple has always gone out of its way to build features for users with disabilities, and VoiceOver on iOS is an invaluable tool for anyone with a vision impairment — assuming every element of the interface has been manually labeled. But the company just unveiled a brand new feature that uses machine learning to identify and label every button, slider and tab automatically. From a report: Screen...

Science/Tech

Telkom Group CFO Molefe resigns to join MTN

Today at 17:53 PM, via MyBroadband

MTN has announced the appointment of Tsholofelo Molefe as its new Group Chief Financial Officer, in addition to a raft of changes in its Group’s regional structure and the composition of the Group Executive Committee.

Science/Tech

EU Pushes for ‘Right To Disconnect’ From Work at Home

Today at 17:25 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader shares a report: The coronavirus pandemic has not only upended social life across Europe but dramatically changed the way people work. With ever more people working from home — roughly a third of all employees within the bloc according to the Associated Press (AP) — and needing to be constantly reachable, the boundaries between work and private life have become increasingly...

Nature

Feel the Summer Breeze with CapeNature!

Today at 10:36 AM, via CapeNature

Come and explore the vast open spaces across the Western Cape with your friends and family at record low prices. Despite the inflation rate increases and the current recession in South Africa, CapeNature wants to see more and more locals explore and experience the rich natural heritage exclusive to the province. We are all in […]