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South Africa

Efforts to ensure access to COVID-19 vaccine on track

Today at 21:44 PM, via SAnews

With many initiatives around the world to speed up the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, President Cyril Ramaphosa has assured South Africans that government is working with its partners to ensure all countries have access to the vaccine.

South Africa

Nelson Mandela Bay declared a hotspot

Today at 21:10 PM, via SAnews

Government will at midnight implement additional measures in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality in the Eastern Cape, in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.


WATCH | Salesforce to buy Slack in $27.7 billion deal

Today at 21:31 PM, via Fin24 has agreed to buy workplace messaging app Slack in a $27.7 billion deal, the biggest by the cloud-computing pioneer as it bets on an extended run for remote working and sharpens its rivalry with Microsoft.


Gavin Williamson in Eton mess as he pitches into ‘no girls’ policy

Today at 19:55 PM, via The Guardian

Education secretary’s nod to ending single-sex rule crosses college and adds to row over patriarchy lecture

The British education secretary, Gavin Williamson, has called for girls to be allowed in to Eton after reluctantly being drawn into an argument over the dismissal of a teacher at the exclusive Berkshire school.

Williamson was taking part in an interview about plans for next year’s...


The IHRA antisemitism definition is a useful guide, not a legal tool | Letters

Today at 19:42 PM, via The Guardian

Dave Rich of the Community Security Trust, Danny Stone of the Antisemitism Policy Trust, and Jennifer Hornsby respond to an article by David Feldman saying that the IHRA definition should not be imposed on universities

Prof David Feldman’s critique of the IHRA’s working definition of antisemitism (The government should not impose a faulty definition of antisemitism on universities, 2...


Uganda: Covid – Makerere Adjusts Academic Calendar, Teaching Methods

Today at 18:53 PM, via AllAfrica

[Observer] Uganda’s biggest and oldest university, Makerere University has revised its academic calendar, adjusting major events including semester period and duration, graduation dates, holidays and recess term. The move follows the unprecedented nationwide closure of academic institutions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which affected the academic calendar.


Snoop Dogg launches new boxing league

Today at 18:45 PM, via The South African

Snoop Dogg has teamed up with the brains behind Mike Tyson’s recent comeback fight – to launch a new boxing league, The Fight Club.


Trump Administration Claims Facebook Improperly Reserved Jobs for H-1B Workers

Today at 22:09 PM, via Slashdot

The Trump administration has sued Facebook, accusing the social-media company of illegally reserving high-paying jobs for immigrant workers it was sponsoring for permanent residence, rather than searching adequately for available U.S. workers who could fill the positions. From a report: In a 17-page complaint filed Thursday, the Justice Department’s civil-rights division said Facebook...


Warner Bros. To Debut Entire 2021 Film Slate, Including ‘Dune’ and ‘Matrix 4,’ Both on HBO Max and In Theaters

Today at 21:26 PM, via Slashdot

When Warner Bros. announced that “Wonder Woman 1984” would land on the streaming service HBO Max on Christmas, the same time it debuts in theaters, many expected it to be an isolated case in response to an unprecedented pandemic. From a report: Instead, the studio will deploy a similar release strategy for the next twelve months. In a surprising break from industry standards, Warner Bros.’...


China Stakes Its Claim to Quantum Supremacy

Today at 21:00 PM, via Wired

Google trumpeted its quantum computer that outperformed a conventional supercomputer. A Chinese group says it’s done the same, with different technology.


Beach Litter at Walker Bay – study results

Today at 12:36 PM, via CapeNature

CapeNature staff facilitated entry into the Die Kelders section of the Walker Bay Reserve, where Peter Ryan and Coleen Moloney, senior researchers from UCT supervising the Conservation Biology Masters group, together with Grootbos Foundation representative as well as group co-ordinator, Paula Strauss participated in a beach clean-up. The area has been plagued by miniature plastic items […]