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South Africa

Social distancing a concern at Post Offices: Mkhize

Yesterday at 21:31 PM, via SABC News

Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Hlengiwe Mkhize has expressed concerns with images circulating on social media of queues at the Post Offices where people are not practicing social distancing.

South Africa

Parents, guardians preparing for the possibility of another year of homeschooling

Yesterday at 20:21 PM, via SABC News

Parents and guardians are preparing themselves for the possibility that they might, once again, have to provide home schooling for their children. The Basic Education Department has postponed the re-opening of schools by a further two weeks as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to escalate putting a strain on health care facilities.

Africa

Jihadists seize military base in northeast Nigeria

Yesterday at 20:48 PM, via The Citizen

Machine-gun wielding fighters from Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) attacked the base in the town of Marte in the Lake Chad area overnight Friday into Saturday, two sources said.

Politics

The politics of the Zuma-Zondo showdown

Yesterday at 21:30 PM, via Mail & Guardian

Any move made by the Zondo commission head or by former president Jacob Zuma must be calculated, because one mistake from either side could lead to a political fallout

Education

Tanzania: Deputy PS Wary of School Rehabilitation Project

Yesterday at 22:49 PM, via AllAfrica

[Daily News] DEPUTY Permanent Secretary in the President Office (Regional Administration and Local Government) Gelard Mwela has decried a rehabilitation project involving Kahororo Secondary School in Kagera Region.

Education

Tanzania: Necta Trashes Fake Results On Mtwara Schools

Yesterday at 22:23 PM, via AllAfrica

[Daily News] THE National Examinations Council of Tanzania (NECTA) has disowned reports trended on social media showing that nine schools in the list of ten worst performing schools in the 2020 Form IV examination results are in his region.

Education

UK Children’s welfare becoming ‘national emergency’, health experts warn

Yesterday at 21:00 PM, via The Guardian

A letter to the Observer calls for an urgent review of the long-term impact of lockdowns and school closures on a generation

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Boris Johnson is facing demands from doctors, senior politicians and charities for a wide-ranging commission to examine the pandemic’s “devastating effect” on children, amid growing concerns about its...

Lifestyle

Your daily Horoscope for 17 January 2021

Today at 01:00 AM, via The South African

Wondering what the day has in store for your star sign? Here’s a quick glance at horoscopes and more for today – completely free!

Entertainment

‘Batwoman’ gets a new lead, but Season 2 looks like the same flawed show

Yesterday at 17:49 PM, via CNN

After a first season that never quite got off the ground creatively, “Batwoman” announced that original star Ruby Rose would be leaving but that the series would hang around without her. The contortions necessary to arrange that baton (or Batarang) pass mostly fizzle in the opening episodes, fueling a sense that this CW drama might be flying on fumes.

Science/Tech

‘Major Component Malfunction’ Ends SLS Rocket Test Early. NASA Considers New Timeline

Today at 04:05 AM, via Slashdot

“NASA’s rocket charged with taking the agency back to the moon fired its four main engines Saturday afternoon, but the test in Mississippi was cut short after a malfunction caused an automatic abort,” reports Florida Today… “We did get an MCF on engine four,” a control room member said less than a minute into the test fire, using an initialism that stands for “major component malfunction….” The...

Science/Tech

Robert Cringley Predicted ‘The Death of IT’ in 2020. Was He Right?

Today at 02:34 AM, via Slashdot

Yesterday long-time tech pundit Robert Cringley reviewed the predictions he’d made at the beginning of last year. “Having done this for over 20 years, historically I’m correct abut 70 percent of the time, but this year could be a disappointment given that I’m pretty sure I didn’t predict 370,000 deaths and an economy in free-fall. “We’ll just have to see whether I was vague enough to get a...

Science/Tech

Online Far-Right Movements Fracture, as ‘Gullible’ QAnon Supporters Criticized

Today at 01:34 AM, via Slashdot

“Online far-right movements are splintering,” argues NBC News: Users on forums that openly helped coordinate the Jan. 6 riot and called for insurrection…have become increasingly agitated with QAnon supporters, who are largely still in denial that President Donald Trump will no longer be in the Oval Office after Jan. 20… [QAnon adherents] have identified Inauguration Day as a last stand, and...

Nature

World facing ‘catastrophic’ temperature rises: UN

Thursday at 20:28 PM, via News24

The world is on course for a “catastrophic” temperature rise this century, the United Nations said as it confirmed that 2020 rivalled 2016 as the hottest year on record.