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World

Iranian Nuclear Scientist Assassinated, State Media Says

Today at 19:14 PM, via NPR

The man who apparently heads Iran’s nuclear program, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, has been assassinated in an attack of some kind, just outside the capital Tehran. Iran’s Defense Minister confirmed his death.

Business

Petrol prices to decrease 13 c/l

Today at 17:01 PM, via Fin24

While petrol prices will decrease, partly because of reduced international prices of the fuel, the prices of diesel and illuminating paraffin and gas will increase.

Politics

EFF in Limpopo marches to ZZ2 for better working conditions  

Today at 17:45 PM, via SABC News

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Limpopo has given tomato producer, ZZ2, 21 days to respond to its memorandum that demands improved working and living conditions for the company’s farm workers.  

Politics

Makhubo says it is not unusual for Black-owned companies to donate money to ANC

Today at 16:30 PM, via SABC News

Johannesburg Mayor and former African National Congress (ANC) treasurer in the Greater Johannesburg region, Geoffrey Makhubo, has told the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture that it is not unusual for a Black-owned company to donate money to the ANC from funds made from government tenders.

Education

Erik Fudge obituary

Today at 19:35 PM, via The Guardian

My father, Erik Fudge, a professor of linguistics and non-stipendiary priest, has died at the age of 86, having tested positive for Covid-19.

Following a PhD in linguistics at Cambridge University, a Fulbright scholarship took Erik to Indiana University in the US from 1963 to 1965, after which he was appointed lecturer in linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. In 1968 he took up a...

Education

Climate ‘apocalypse’ fears stopping people having children – study

Today at 13:00 PM, via The Guardian

Survey of 600 people finds some parents regret having offspring for same reason

People worried about the climate crisis are deciding not to have children because of fears that their offspring would have to struggle through a climate apocalypse, according to the first academic study of the issue.

The researchers surveyed 600 people aged 27 to 45 who were already factoring climate concerns into...

Education

Overseas aid budget for education cut by a quarter this year, data shows

Today at 12:00 PM, via The Guardian

Reduction came before this week’s move to slash UK spending on poorer nations to 0.5% of national income, with girls worst affected

The overseas aid budget for education was slashed by more than a quarter by the government this year, even before this week’s further axing of a third of aid spending, according to analysis seen by the Guardian.

As anger met the government’s announcement this...

Lifestyle

Biker dog Bogie thrills fans as he cruises Philippine highways

Today at 16:49 PM, via SABC News

With his black sports jacket, reflective aviator sunglasses and bespoke orange helmet with holes so his ears can stick out, Bogie the dog sure is one suave-looking canine, with an Easy Rider look that would earn him a place in any motorcycle gang.

Entertainment

‘The Mandalorian’ brings a major fan favorite into the ‘Star Wars’ live-action universe

Today at 18:21 PM, via CNN

The worst-kept secret in the “Star Wars” universe brought a huge fan favorite to “The Mandalorian” — moving the show further into the orbit of the animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars Rebels,” while adding details about the merchandising bonanza alternately known until now as “Baby Yoda” and “The Child.”

Science/Tech

China Rises as World’s Data Superpower as Internet Fractures

Today at 20:05 PM, via Slashdot

Back in 2001, the U.S. was the dominant country when it came to cross-border data flows. It was the early days of the internet boom, and America was where tech companies and tech-savvy consumers were. But the global data order is changing rapidly. From a report: China now accounts for 23% of cross-border data flows, nearly twice the share of the U.S., which ranks a distant second with 12%. And...

Science/Tech

Johnson defends Covid tier system in England as Tory backlash grows

Today at 19:48 PM, via The Guardian

PM to publish analysis into approach amid row over data used to justify restrictions

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Boris Johnson has made clear he has no intention of ripping up the stringent new tier system of coronavirus restrictions for England to placate angry Tory MPs, as a row continues to rage about the data underlying the government’s decisions.

The prime...

Science/Tech

Denmark could dig up and cremate mink killed in Covid cull

Today at 19:28 PM, via The Guardian

Fears nitrogen and phosphorus could be released in large quantities into soil at grave sites

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Denmark’s government is was considering digging up and cremating the remains of millions of culled mink after decaying carcasses started to emerge from a hastily dug grave.

After a mutated version of the novel coronavirus was found in the...

Health

Covid Overload: U.S. Hospitals Are on the Brink

Today at 20:16 PM, via New York Times

As the coronavirus pandemic surges across the country, hospitals are facing a crisis-level shortage of beds and staff to provide adequate care for patients.

Health

Ghost Ships

Today at 17:50 PM, via New York Times

My sister was my other half until we tacked in different directions, making our own life choices.

Nature

Escape to Marloth Nature Reserve

Tuesday at 17:01 PM, via CapeNature

Words and photos by Scott Ramsay Lying just off the national N2 road, about two and a half hours from Cape Town, Swellendam is South Africa’s third oldest town and owes much of its attractiveness to the mountains lying a few kilometres to the north. I’ve always slowed down on the road here, mostly because […]

Nature

Responsible fishing encouraged this World Fisheries Day

21 November at 13:09 PM, via CapeNature

World Fisheries Day is an Environmental Calendar Day celebrated every year on the 21st of November to highlight the importance of a sustainable means to maintain fish stocks. It highlights the critical importance of fish and the role it plays in job creation and economic impact. Fishing is central to the livelihoods and food security […]