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South Africa

Car crash in Mpumalanga claims 7 lives

Today at 09:00 AM, via SABC News

Seven people were killed in a crash on the R40 between Dwarsloop and Valetbank in Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga on Saturday night. It was earlier reported that only four people died.

South Africa

Will govt heed calls to give Mary Twala a state funeral?

Today at 06:48 AM, via Eyewitness News

Thousands of fans have acknowledged Twala’s immense contributions to the South African television and film industry following the announcement of her passing on Saturday.

Politics

Officers involved in Khayelitsha forced evitions will be dealt with: Cele

Yesterday at 15:16 PM, via SABC News

Police Minister Bheki Cele says the officers involved in the forceful evictions that took place in Khayelitsha will be dealt with as their conduct during the operation was unacceptable. Cele has visited the area to meet with the community and Bulelani Qhalani, the man who was evicted with no clothes on while his shack was being broken down.

Sport

De Kock, Wolvaardt Sweep CSA Awards

Today at 09:44 AM, via iAfrica

Proteas white-ball captain Quinton de Kock took the Men’s Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer,…

Sport

Canes Sink Chiefs

Today at 09:40 AM, via iAfrica

The Hurricanes recorded their first Super Rugby Aotearoa win with a 25-18 win over the…

Education

Our school systems are broken. Let’s grab this chance to remake them | Peter Hyman

Today at 09:15 AM, via The Guardian

Classrooms returning to normal is a priority. But why not create a ‘new normal’, fuelled by lessons learned in lockdown?

I don’t want schools to “get back to normal”.

It’s tempting to crave a return to life before this horrible pandemic struck. There’s no doubt that those of us who love the buzz of a school community, the thrill of teaching, the boundless energy of children, have missed...

Education

Gove and Johnson ‘sold as slaves’ at Oxford student charity event

Today at 09:01 AM, via The Guardian

After PM’s behaviour with the Bullingdon Club, evidence emerges of further antics at Union Society fundraiser

It may have only merited a few paragraphs in the student newspaper and have taken place 33 years ago, but an Oxford Union Society “slave auction” in which Boris Johnson and Michael Gove were involved is powerful proof of how politicians’ pasts can come back to haunt them.

“Union...

Education

Teachers urge suspension of English school league tables in 2021

Today at 06:32 AM, via The Guardian

Unions and headteachers say it would be unfair to compare performance next year because of lockdown’s effects on pupils

Teachers and headteachers are calling on the government to suspend league tables for schools in England next year, arguing they are unfair and will place too much pressure on staff and pupils whose routine has been disrupted by lockdown.

It would be meaningless and...

Education

Lib Dems accuse Tories of ‘stealing’ pupil premium policy

Yesterday at 14:30 PM, via The Guardian

Ex-education secretary Michael Gove said the reform was one of his proudest achievements while in coalition government

Michael Gove has reopened old wounds from the coalition government by claiming one of his proudest achievements is introducing the pupil premium – a policy the Liberal Democrats insist was their signature education reform, which has since been underfunded by the Tories.

In a...

Science/Tech

Risks, R numbers and raw data: how to interpret coronavirus statistics

Today at 09:11 AM, via The Guardian

Covid-related facts and definitions are confusing, and as lockdown is eased, clarity is more important than ever

Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage

We’re finally over the first peak of the epidemic, but the numbers relating to the virus keep on spreading. Sometimes, however, things get lost in translation from the spreadsheet to the article, broadcast or tweet.

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Science/Tech

‘It’s a tsunami’: Covid-19 plunges Latin America back into poverty and violence

Today at 08:16 AM, via The Guardian

Years of social progress have been reversed by the virus, amid accusations that politicians have been fatally inept

Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage

As coronavirus galloped through Latin America in late April, the mayor of Manaus was in despair. “The outlook is dismal,” Arthur Virgílio admitted as gravediggers in the Amazon’s largest city piled coffins into...

Science/Tech

Rocket Lab Loses Seven Satellites After ‘Something Went Wrong’

Today at 07:49 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:On Sunday morning, local time in New Zealand, Rocket Lab launched its 13th mission. The booster’s first stage performed normally, but just as the second stage neared an altitude of 200km, something went wrong and the vehicle was lost… “We lost the flight late into the mission,” said Peter Beck, the company’s founder and chief executive, on Twitter. “I am...

Motoring

F1 drivers may not all take knee at Austrian Grand Prix

Yesterday at 20:46 PM, via Wheels24

Formula One drivers will make a collective show of their opposition to racism before Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix but may not all take a knee to back the Black Lives Matter campaign.

Motoring

Leclerc admits Ferrari struggles ‘crazy’

Yesterday at 19:58 PM, via Wheels24

Twelve months after claiming a dramatic pole position at the Red Bull Ring, Charles Leclerc struggled to secure seventh on the grid for Ferrari – and admitted it was “crazy”.

Nature

Sinking of the MV Treasure – marking South Africa’s worst environmental disaster

23 June at 13:09 PM, via CapeNature

By Kevin Shaw, Team Leader: Ecology | Biodiversity Intelligence The 23rd of June 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the sinking of the MV Treasure between Robben and Dassen Island.  The Treasure was a bulk ore iron carrier that had suffered structural damage in storms and when it sank on the morning of the 23rd it leaked about […]