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Raphinha’s first Leeds goal sinks Everton

Yesterday at 21:55 PM, via BBC News

Raphinha scores his first goal for Leeds to sink Everton and earn his side a fourth win since promotion to the Premier League.

Africa

DRC: Tshisekedi and Kabila fall out

Yesterday at 21:00 PM, via Mail & Guardian

The country’s governing coalition is under strain, which could lead to even more acrimony ahead

Politics

Holomisa says COVID-19 has taken its toll on him

Yesterday at 16:22 PM, via SABC News

 United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader, General Bantu Holomisa, says the past few months are the most devastating the party has ever endured.

Politics

Nyhontso to challenge Speaker’s decision in court

Yesterday at 15:56 PM, via SABC News

The sole Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) MP who had his membership revoked by Parliament, Mzwanele Nyhontso says he will urgently challenge the Speaker’s decision in court.

Politics

PAC loses its sole MP seat in National Assembly

Yesterday at 14:06 PM, via SABC News

The Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) has lost its sole seat in the National Assembly after its President Mzwanele Nyhontso has been suspended with immediate effect.

Sport

Honours even for AmaZulu, CT City

Yesterday at 22:45 PM, via News24

AmaZulu survived a late red card as they held on to claim a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Cape Town City at Kings Park Stadium on Saturday night.

Education

SNP pledges free breakfast and lunch for primary pupils all year round

Yesterday at 19:01 PM, via The Guardian

Scotland’s education secretary, John Swinney, vows to dramatically extend free school meals policy

Scotland could become the first UK nation to provide free breakfasts and lunches to every primary school child all year round, after the SNP pledged to do so if re-elected next May.

Speaking at the party’s conference, the Scottish education secretary, John Swinney, made the policy commitment as...

Education

Christmas Covid testing for UK students a ‘recipe for chaos’, says union

Yesterday at 18:45 PM, via The Guardian

There are fears that inaccurate test results could help the virus to spread from campuses to homes

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The government’s plan to test all students before they leave university was thrown into question on Sunday after the UK’s largest academic union raised “grave concerns” about the accuracy of the Covid-19 tests being used and...

Education

New pupils barred from top UK Catholic school after abuse scandal

Yesterday at 17:01 PM, via The Guardian

Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire says it will appeal education secretary’s decision

England’s most prestigious Catholic boarding school, Ampleforth college, has been ordered by the government to stop admitting new pupils as a result of “very serious” failings.

Scandal has shrouded the private school in recent years and an independent inquiry into child sexual abuse published a highly...

Education

University of Surrey to lower entry grades in recognition of Covid disruption

Yesterday at 13:51 PM, via The Guardian

Move will help those who have had their learning significantly affected across two academic years

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The University of Surrey has become the latest higher education institution to lower its entry requirements for next year in recognition of the disruption to education caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Entry grades will be reduced by one...

Science/Tech

The ESA Starts a New Commercial Sector in Space: Removing Space Debris

Today at 00:24 AM, via Slashdot

Long-time Slashdot reader SonicSpike brings some big news from outer space. European Space Agency announced this week that they’re signing “a €86 million ($102 million USD) contract with an industrial team led by the Swiss start-up ClearSpace SA to purchase a unique service: the first removal of an item of space debris from orbit” in the year 2025. “With this contract signature, a critical...

Science/Tech

Python’s Steering Council Assesses the After-Guido Era

Yesterday at 23:19 PM, via Slashdot

47 of Python’s core developers participated in this year’s Core Development Sprint, according to this report — “but what’s more important is the very real and necessary community building that seemed to have taken place…”It’s an especially critical time for Python, which switched to a steering council model in February of 2019, after Guido van Rossum had stepped down as the language’s...

Science/Tech

Facebook Removes Temporary Algorithm Change That Had Blocked Misinformation

Yesterday at 21:49 PM, via Slashdot

Facebook’s employees and executives “are battling over how to reduce misinformation and hate speech without hurting the company’s bottom line,” reports the New York Times, after employees had spotted false and misleading election-related misinformation going viral on the site. The solution? Make temporary changes to the controversial algorithm “which helps determine what more than two billion...

Science/Tech

PHP 8.0 Brings Major (And Breaking) Changes to a 25-Year-Old Language

Yesterday at 19:34 PM, via Slashdot

“PHP version 8.0 has arrived, bringing with it a major update to the 25-year-old programming language…” writes Tech Republic. New language features include the nullsafe operator and attributes (commonly known as annotations in other languages) to add metadata to classes — and more:The JIT compiler is designed to bring performance improvements to web applications by turning code into...

Health

A.A. to Zoom, Substance Abuse Treatment Goes Online

Yesterday at 12:00 PM, via New York Times

It began as a stopgap way to get through the pandemic, but both participants and providers say virtual sessions have some clear advantages and will likely become a permanent part of recovery.

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 […]