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South Africa

Basic Education commits to paying assistants’ stipends

Today at 12:19 PM, via SAnews

The Department of Basic Education says it is working with Provincial Education Departments (PEDs) to ensure that all qualifying education assistants and general school assistants — who were employed in December and have submitted all the required documents — are paid this month.

Africa

Africa’s make-or-break moment

Today at 12:43 PM, via Mail & Guardian

The African Continental Free Trade Area could transform Africa’s economic prospects and end its dependence on commodity exports

Africa

Egypt, Seychelles get first jabs

Yesterday at 21:00 PM, via Mail & Guardian

The two countries have rolled out China’s Sinopharm vaccine, but data issues are likely to keep some countries from doing the same

Business

Most Asian markets rise with eyes on US stimulus push

Today at 12:04 PM, via Fin24

Asian markets mostly rose Monday, rebounding from a sell-off at the end of last week as investors keep tabs on the progress of Joe Biden’s new US economic rescue package.

Politics

Mthembu remembered as a humble servant of the people

Today at 13:11 PM, via SABC News

The late Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu has been remembered as a humble servant of the people by media practitioners and his subordinates in government.

Politics

LIVE: State Capture Inquiry

Today at 10:00 AM, via SABC News

Former Chairperson of the High-Level Review Panel into the State Security Agency (SSA), Sydney Mufamadi will testify at the State Capture Commission on Monday.

Education

Tory MPs and children’s tsar urge clarity over English schools’ reopening

Today at 11:56 AM, via The Guardian

Urgent question on issue to be heard in Commons after complaint of ‘slight sense of defeatism’

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Boris Johnson is facing increased pressure to set out a plan for the return to schools in England, amid worries from MPs and children’s advocates about the government’s refusal to commit to them reopening even after Easter.

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Education

Drexciya: how Afrofuturism is inspiring a memorial to slavery at sea

Today at 11:14 AM, via The Guardian

The alternative Black history of a deep-sea civilisation has planted the seed for proposals to memorialise the 1.8 million Africans who died in the Atlantic

Somewhere in the dark, vast abyss of the Atlantic Ocean, deep beneath the waves, lies a civilisation. For centuries the Drexciyans have lived in peaceful isolation on the seabed, occupying their bubble metropolis, unaware of the land-based...

Science/Tech

Monitoring the Weather at the Edge of the World

Today at 12:00 PM, via New York Times

Marsibil Erlendsdottir runs a farm and provides weather reports from a remote outpost in eastern Iceland. The job requires vigilance and an unfailing resolve.

Science/Tech

Amazon Union Drive Takes Hold in Unlikely Place

Today at 12:00 PM, via New York Times

Workers at a warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., are to vote next month on whether to unionize, the largest and most viable effort of its kind involving the technology giant.

Health

Yes, You Still Need to Wear a Mask

Today at 12:00 PM, via New York Times

Short of a total lockdown, universal mask-wearing is the most effective way to slow the relentless rise in hospitalizations and deaths from Covid-19.

Health

Fauci on What Working for Trump Was Really Like

Yesterday at 20:35 PM, via New York Times

From denialism to death threats, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci describes a fraught year as an adviser to President Donald J. Trump on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nature

Fish migrations: they would swim 500 miles and they would swim 500 more

Wednesday at 18:23 PM, via CapeNature

By Nicole Horn and Alexis Olds Migration is a widespread but highly complicated and diverse component to many fish species lives.  Migration can be strenuous and often consists of extremely long journeys. The life history stages of certain species rely heavily on migration. Fish will migrate for several reasons including escaping unfavourable conditions, moving to […]