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TUESDAY, 19 OCTOBER 2021, 20:03

South Africa

453 new COVID-19 cases identified in SA

Today at 19:25 PM, via SABC News

South Africa has recorded 453 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 917 255.

World

Trump attacks Colin Powell, a day after his death

Today at 20:00 PM, via News24

As much of the world remembered Colin Powell with respect and affection, Donald Trump on Tuesday attacked the late US statesman, calling him a disloyal Republican who made the case for war in Iraq.

Politics

Defenders of the People party campaigns in Limpopo

Today at 18:17 PM, via SABC News

The newly-formed political party, Defenders of the People (DOP), is confident that the lives of poor communities will improve should they win in the municipal elections.

Sport

Instant England recall for George after Cowan-Dickie injury

Today at 19:23 PM, via News24

England hooker Jamie George was recalled by coach Eddie Jones on Tuesday just a day after being left out of the original squad for the November internationals following an injury to Luke Cowan-Dickie.

Education

Texas schools are being told to teach ‘opposing views’ of the Holocaust. Why? | Francine Prose

Today at 17:03 PM, via The Guardian

The question of what specific books and topics can and can’t be taught is linked to a disturbing new law in Texas

I’ve been trying to imagine what Gina Peddy could have been thinking when, on 8 October, she informed a group of Southlake, Texas, elementary school teachers that, if their classroom libraries included books about the Holocaust, students should also be steered toward books with...

Entertainment

‘Queens’ gets the band back together for a soapy ABC drama

Today at 19:09 PM, via CNN

“Queens” is an extremely familiar idea, elevated not quite to the level of royalty by being slickly cast, packaged and produced. Like Peacock’s “Girls5eva,” the concept hinges on an all-girl group reunited and again pursuing stardom 20 years later, rediscovering the spotlight and its perils after years spent braiding hair and burning breakfast.

Science/Tech

We Won’t Forget WeWork’s Meltdown

Today at 19:52 PM, via New York Times

Start-up implosions don’t matter to most people. But the feelings of unfairness affect us all.

Science/Tech

Hacker Steals Government ID Database for Argentina’s Entire Population

Today at 19:31 PM, via Slashdot

A hacker has breached the Argentinian government’s IT network and stolen ID card details for the country’s entire population, data that is now being sold in private circles. The hack, which took place last month, targeted RENAPER, which stands for Registro Nacional de las Personas, translated as National Registry of Persons. From a report: The agency is a crucial cog inside the Argentinian...

Science/Tech

99.9% of Scientists Agree Climate Emergency Caused by Humans

Today at 19:26 PM, via Slashdot

knaapie writes: It may still be fuel for hot debate on social media, but 99.9% of scientist actually agree on the fact that humans are altering the climate. The Guardian reports that the degree of scientific certainty about the impact of greenhouse gases is now similar to the level of agreement on evolution and plate tectonics, the authors say, based on a survey by Cornell University of nearly...

Health

Sirens: Loud, Ineffective and Risky, Experts Say

Today at 11:30 AM, via New York Times

The overuse of lights and sirens, combined with speeding, pose heightened risks to emergency responders and civilians. One expert called it a “public health dilemma.”