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South Africa

Two Soweto teenagers drown after swimming in stream

Yesterday at 17:54 PM, via SABC News

The city of Johannesburg has reacted to the deaths of two teenagers by calling on the public not to swim in streams but to rather use the designated municipal swimming pools.

South Africa

UN praises countries that have ratified the treaty on nuclear weapons

Yesterday at 16:06 PM, via SABC News

The United Nations Secretary-General has praised countries that have ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons after the 50th instrument for ratification was received from Honduras which now brings the framework into force.  

Africa

Inside the illicit trade in West Africa’s oldest artworks

Yesterday at 21:00 PM, via Mail & Guardian

Nok terracottas are proof that an ancient civilisation once existed in Nigeria. Now they are at the centre of a multimillion-dollar, globe-spanning underground industry — and once again, Nigeria is losing out

Politics

Madikizela describes his campaign launch a success

Yesterday at 17:49 PM, via SABC News

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader in the Western Cape, Bonginkosi Madikizela, says support at the launch of his campaign to serve a second term has been overwhelming.

Politics

Masuku wants his name cleared: Lawyer

Yesterday at 11:20 AM, via SABC News

The lawyer for former Gauteng Health MEC, Dr Bandile Masuku, says his client wants to have his name cleared following a damning report by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) regarding a multi-million rand Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) tender scandal.

Education

Minority ethnic economists under-represented at top UK universities

Today at 02:01 AM, via The Guardian

Backgrounds still lagging behind include African-Caribbean, Bangladeshi and Pakistani

An increasing number of academic economists in UK universities come from non-white backgrounds but ethnic minorities remain under-represented in the most prestigious institutions, new research has shown.

A study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found that of the economists doing research at...

Education

A Voting Rights Battle in a School Board ‘Coup’

Yesterday at 23:36 PM, via New York Times

For Black residents of Sumter County, the fight for representation echoed the civil rights era. For white residents, it reflected the anxiety, made manifest by the Trump era, of maintaining power over institutions even without the votes to do so.

Education

We French love our history teachers – Samuel Paty made us remember why | Agnès Poirier

Yesterday at 09:28 AM, via The Guardian

Religion struck another blow against freedom of thought with the vicious murder of a man whose mission was to civilise

Since that fateful morning of 7 January 2015, and the Charlie Hebdo massacre, it sometimes feels as if we French are living our lives between terrorist assaults, each as vile as the previous but each more poignant in its viciousness and symbolism. When we think this can’t get...

Lifestyle

Newly crowned Miss SA speaks to media about her goals

Yesterday at 17:24 PM, via SABC News

Newly crowned Miss South Africa, Shudufhadzo Musida, says the country needs to develop an army of empowered women as just one more step to fight gender-based violence.

Lifestyle

South Africa’s top 10 most valuable brands

Yesterday at 13:00 PM, via BusinessTech

South African brands dominate in Africa, making up the 10 most valuable brands according to the inaugural Africa 150 ranking by brand valuation consultants, Brand Finance.

Entertainment

Kalawa Jazmee lands Idols SA deal

Yesterday at 17:30 PM, via SowetanLIVE

Veteran musician and DJ Oskido’s Kalawa Jazmee Records has signed a deal with Idols SA.

Science/Tech

Coronavirus live news: US sees new case highs as Spain curfew begins

Today at 02:19 AM, via The Guardian

Five aides to US Vice President Mike Pence test positive; WHO warns against ‘vaccine nationalism’; 137 new cases in Xinjiang, China. Follow the latest updates

US comes close to new daily case recordDread of history repeating itself grows in Italy as infections rise againWhich European nations are getting it right on Covid?See all our coronavirus coverage

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A day after the US set a...

Science/Tech

In World First, 100% of South Australia’s Power Supplied By Solar Panels

Today at 01:34 AM, via Slashdot

1.76 million people live in the 983,482 square kilometer (379,725 square mile) state of South Australia. This weekend Australia’s national broadcaster made a big announcement:South Australia’s renewable energy boom has achieved a global milestone. The state once known for not having enough power has become the first major jurisdiction in the world to be powered entirely by solar energy. For...

Science/Tech

NASA’s Probe Sampled Too Much From Asteroid Bennu and Now It’s Leaking

Today at 00:34 AM, via Slashdot

Iwastheone shares some space news from OPB:A NASA spacecraft sent out to collect a sample of rock and dust from an asteroid has nabbed so much that it’s created an unexpected problem. Rocks are jammed in the device in a way that’s keeping a Mylar flap open, creating a gap that’s letting some of the collected pebbles and dust drift out into space. “We had a successful sample collection attempt...

Science/Tech

Can We Replace YAML With an Easier Markup Language?

Yesterday at 23:34 PM, via Slashdot

On his personal blog, Red Hat’s Chris Short (also a CNCF Cloud Native Ambassador) told his readers that “We kinda went down a rabbit hole the other day when I suggested folks check out yq. (“The aim of the project is to be the jq or sed of yaml files.”) “First, there’s nothing wrong with this project. I like it, I find the tool useful, and that’s that. But the great debate started over our lord...

Health

Why False Positives Matter, Too

Yesterday at 11:00 AM, via New York Times

False negatives are not the only troublesome outcome of a faulty coronavirus test.

Health

UnitedHealth Ships Flu Kits to Medicare Recipients

Saturday at 11:00 AM, via New York Times

Under MedAdvantage plans, the major insurer is sending packages including Tamiflu and coronavirus tests to those considered especially vulnerable to Covid and the flu.

Nature

Communities and Conservation working together for sustainable oceans

Thursday at 15:57 PM, via CapeNature

Baited Underwater Videos (BRUVs) – Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean Marine protected areas (MPAs) aim to conserve marine life and promote the conservation and effective management of ecologically and biologically diverse marine areas. The social and economic context within which they exist also needs to be considered when planning and making management decisions. They are […]