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South Africa

Court wrong to declare Agrizzi a flight risk: Lawyers

Today at 16:26 PM, via SABC News

Angelo Agrizzi’s lawyers say the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court was wrong to declare him a flight risk. They were in the High Court in Johannesburg for another bail bid of which judgment is now set down for Friday.

Africa

Jihadists kill eight in northeast Nigeria

Today at 14:22 PM, via The Citizen

Boko Haram militants slaughtered 14 farmers earlier this month as they worked on fields in Ngwom village near Maiduguri.

Business

Bayer spends up to $4bn on US biotech firm AskBio

Today at 16:54 PM, via Fin24

German pharmaceutical giant Bayer said it will buy the US-based biotech firm for as much as $4 billion as it aims to get a foothold in the rapidly growing gene-therapy market.

Politics

Race to lead DA gathers momentum

Today at 14:57 PM, via SABC News

After almost a year since the resignation of Mmusi Maimane as leader of the official opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA), the party now gears itself elect a new leader. Since Maimane’s exit, the party has been rocked by numerous shock resignations and developments.

Politics

LIVE: Julius Malema leads EFF media briefing

Today at 12:09 PM, via SABC News

Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema leads a media briefing on a range of issues, including elections, recent incidents of public violence and gender-based violence.

Education

Colleges Are Slashing Budgets

Today at 18:05 PM, via New York Times

The pandemic has pushed higher education institutions to the brink.

Education

Why is the government being so pig-headed about free school meals? | Gaby Hinsliff

Today at 17:49 PM, via The Guardian

Perhaps No 10 is worried that deeply awkward questions will be asked as to why so many families need help in the first place

When in a hole, it helps to stop digging. This government has now so categorically lost the argument over extending free school meals through the holidays that the only way of escaping with any dignity is to give in. When every other small cafe owner in the country seems...

Science/Tech

Zoom Deleted Events Discussing Zoom ‘Censorship’

Today at 18:05 PM, via Slashdot

Zoom shut down a series of events meant to discuss what organizers called “censorship” by the company. From a report: The events were planned for Oct. 23 and were organized in response to a previous cancellation by Zoom of a San Francisco State University talk by Leila Khaled, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a designated terror organization in the US. Khaled is...

Science/Tech

Water exists on the moon, scientists confirm

Today at 18:00 PM, via The Guardian

Proof of significant amounts of H2O has implications for future lunar missions

Scientists have gathered some of the most compelling evidence yet for the existence of water on the moon – and it may be relatively accessible. The discovery has implications for future missions to the moon and deeper space exploration.

With no significant atmosphere insulating it from the sun’s rays, it had been...

Science/Tech

Schools Clamored for Seesaw’s App. That Was Good News, and Bad News.

Today at 17:22 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader shares a report: The first requests that upended Seesaw, a popular classroom app, came in January from teachers and education officials abroad. Their schools were shutting down because of the coronavirus, and they urgently wanted the app adjusted for remote learning. The company figured it could do that with a single short hackathon project. “We were so naive,” said Emily...

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.

Nature

A journey to Keurbooms Nature Reserve – by Scott Ramsay

Today at 14:41 PM, via CapeNature

Words and photos by Scott Ramsay Keurbooms River Nature Reserve is a small reserve near Plettenberg Bay, and despite its proximity to the busy town, once you’ve paddled up the river away from the national road, it soon becomes clear that this reserve is another tiny patch of paradise in the Western Cape. Ancient yellow-wood […]

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 […]