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Hammer blow for the Guptas as New York court grants IDC access to bank records

Today at 05:43 AM, via News24

Evidence showing how Gupta family businesses round-tripped and laundered state funds from the Estina dairy project as well as Transnet locomotive deal kickbacks, may lie in the electronic vaults of more than a dozen New York banks. Now, the IDC has been given the keys.

South Africa

SA moves to Alert Level 1

Today at 06:04 AM, via SABC News

South Africa has officially entered alert level-one of the nationwide lockdown.

South Africa

Suspect in murder of KZN farming couple to appear in court

Today at 05:47 AM, via SABC News

A 29-year-old man will appear in the Newcastle Magistrate’s Court in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday in connection with the murder of farming couple Glenn and Vida Rafferty three weeks ago.

World

Who will succeed Ginsburg on the US Supreme Court?

Today at 06:17 AM, via News24

The death of Ginsburg will offer Trump an opportunity to nominate a third jurist to the Supreme Court. Earlier this month, the US President announced a list of 20 potential contenders he would tap into, should a vacancy on the nine-justice court emerged. This is an insight into some names that are being considered.

World

Briton and Australian mapping unexploded bombs killed

Today at 05:28 AM, via CNN

A British man and his Australian colleague who worked for an non-governmental organization that mapped unexploded ordnance have been killed in an explosion in the Solomon Islands.

World

China prepares to count 1.3B people

Today at 04:36 AM, via CNN

How do you count 1.3 billion people amid a pandemic? China will be finding out as the world’s most populous country launches its seventh national census on November 1.

Africa

Fire ravages Uganda’s top university

Yesterday at 13:37 PM, via The Citizen

Makerere University was established in 1922 as a humble technical school, but today is one of Africa’s oldest and most prestigious English universities.

Sport

DeChambeau wins US Open to capture first major victory

Today at 03:39 AM, via Eyewitness News

The 27-year-old American, who bulked up during the coronavirus lockdown in a bid to add power to his game, eagled the par-5 ninth from just inside 40 feet and rolled to a six-stroke victory over 21-year-old countryman Matthew Wolff.

Education

Support for mental health is vital | Letters

Yesterday at 18:16 PM, via The Guardian

The effect of lockdown on disabled people and the need for suitable housing is highlighted by Celia Thomas, while Barbara Davey points to the help available for students from university chaplains

Your article (Stress, anxiety and depression levels soar under UK Covid-19 restrictions, 16 September) is right to highlight the impact of lockdown measures on people’s mental health. The effect on...

Education

Kenya: Learners to Be Back in Class On October 19

Yesterday at 12:19 PM, via AllAfrica

[Nation] Schools will open on October 19 while Standard Eight and Form Four learners will sit their national exams in April 2021 if the government adopts proposals by a committee appointed by Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha.

Lifestyle

Race superhero series ‘Watchmen’ wins big at ‘remote’ Emmys

Today at 04:24 AM, via Eyewitness News

With four victories in major categories, ‘Watchmen’ ended up with a total of 11 Emmys – television’s equivalent of the Oscars. Its creators dedicated their win for best limited series to African-American victims of the 1921 Tulsa massacre.

Entertainment

Emmys style: gowns, pyjamas and… hazmat tuxedos

Today at 06:44 AM, via The Citizen

Cult favourite “Schitt’s Creek” cleaned up in the comedy awards, taking home a total of nine prizes, including four for creator and star Daniel Levy.

Entertainment

Duo behind Room Rater Twitter account rates the rooms at the Emmys

Today at 06:32 AM, via CNN

Sunday night marked the first time the Emmy Awards went virtual and until red carpets make a comeback, all eyes are on backgrounds. That’s why CNN enlisted the help of Claude Taylor and Jessie Bahrey, the duo behind the popular and endlessly entertaining Twitter account @ratemyskyperoom, to share their thoughts on celebrity set-ups during the Emmys.

Science/Tech

With New Security and Free Internet Issues, What Did the TikTok Deal Really Achieve?

Today at 04:19 AM, via Slashdot

Though the U.S. government averted a shutdown of TikTok through a new Oracle/Walmart partnership, that leaves much bigger questions unresolved. The biggest issue may be that banning apps “defeats the original intent of the internet,” argues the New York TImes. “And that was to create a global communications network, unrestrained by national borders.””The vision for a single, interconnected...

Science/Tech

Could Open Source Licensing Stop Big Pharma Profiteering On Taxpayer-Funded Covid-19 Vaccines?

Today at 02:05 AM, via Slashdot

Two professors at the University of Massachusetts have co-authored a new essay explaining how open source licensing “could keep Big Pharma from making huge profits off taxpayer-funded research” in the international, multi-billion-dollar race for a Covid-19 vaccine:The invention of the “General Public License,” sometimes referred to as a viral or reciprocal license, meant that should an...

Science/Tech

Coronavirus live news: UK at ‘critical point’ in pandemic as US nears 200,000 deaths

Today at 00:58 AM, via The Guardian

England’s chief medical officer to warns of a ‘very challenging winter’; more than one in five Covid-19 deaths globally is in US; Lebanon sees record case rise. Follow the latest updates

Trump health official says ‘biology independent of politics’ as US nears 200,000 deathsUK at ‘critical point’ over Covid-19, top scientists to tell publicMarathon man: Victorian premier briefs media for...

Science/Tech

Bill Gates vs. Steve Jobs: the Books They Recommended

Today at 00:52 AM, via Slashdot

Slashdot has featured “the 61 books Elon Musk has recommended on Twitter” as well as the 41 books Mark Zuckerberg recommended on Facebook. Both lists were compiled by a slick web site (with Amazon referrer codes) called “Most Recommended Books.” But they’ve also created pages showing books recommended by over 400 other public figures — incuding Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs — which...