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MONDAY, 25 JANUARY 2021, 03:03

South Africa

SA records 8 147 new cases, 40 874 deaths

Today at 00:01 AM, via SABC News

As of Sunday, cumulative number of COVID-19 cases identified in South Africa at 1 412 986 with 8 147 new cases identified since the last report.

South Africa

Mpumalanga premier in hot water for not wearing mask

Yesterday at 20:23 PM, via SABC News

Mpumalanga premier, Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane, has come under fire after she was seen without a mask during the funeral of Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, at Emalahleni in Mpumalanga, on Sunday afternoon.

South Africa

North West funeral homes buckling under coronavirus strain

Yesterday at 18:40 PM, via SABC News

Some funeral undertakers in the North West say they can no longer cope with the high number of funerals they are handling daily. They say the pre-COVID weekly number of three to four, has jumped to over five.

World

Covid-19: Vaccine divides in the Middle East

Today at 02:01 AM, via BBC News

Israel is vaccinating its population against Covid-19 at a faster rate than anywhere else in the world, while most Palestinians are still waiting.

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

Politics

SA needs to invest in its own vaccination programme: Ramaphosa

Yesterday at 21:15 PM, via SABC News

African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa says the party’s National Executive Committee along with its alliance partners have agreed on a massive social mobilisation campaign to help roll out the coronavirus vaccine across the country.

Politics

Bheki Cele orders top cop probe into Mpumalanga premier mask slip

Yesterday at 18:59 PM, via Times Live

Police minister Bheki Cele has ordered an investigation into the circumstances around Mpumalanga premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane not wearing a mask at the funeral of late minister in the presidency Jackson Mthembu.

Education

Ministers won’t commit to reopening schools in England after Easter holidays

Yesterday at 21:27 PM, via The Guardian

Stubbornly high Covid infection rate means no end in sight for home schooling for most pupils

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The government has refused to commit to schools being open even after the Easter holidays, raising the prospect that parents will have many more weeks of homeschooling before even a phased return of most pupils to the classroom in England.

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Education

Welsh language centre partners with Duolingo in million speaker goal

Yesterday at 16:41 PM, via The Guardian

Online course being used to help reach government target was created after letter to the Guardian

An online language course created five years ago following a letter published in the Guardian is to be used to help reach a government target of a million Welsh speakers by 2050.

Duolingo launched its Welsh language course in January 2016 and so far more than 1.5 million people around the world...

Education

Does true grit just belong in movies? Or can we teach it to our children? | Yvonne Roberts

Yesterday at 10:45 AM, via The Guardian

Crises may harden the resilience of some young people. But it won’t happen without a dedicated plan

Sir John Bell, who is at the centre of Britain’s Covid vaccination programme, spent a year in hospital with polio as a child. That setback, he said last week, helped him to become successful: “If stuff comes at you, you just have to get on and do what’s best.” Bell thinks that, similarly,...

Science/Tech

Zuckerberg’s Biden problem

Today at 02:08 AM, via BBC News

President Biden’s open dislike of Facebook could spell problems for the social network.

Science/Tech

Andrew Yang Proposes a Local Currency, Sees Growing Support for Universal Basic Income

Today at 01:48 AM, via Slashdot

In March Andrew Yang’s nonprofit gave $1,000 one-time grants to a thousand residents in the Bronx. This week a new article in the New Yorker asks one of those grant recipients how they feel about Yang’s newest proposal as he runs to be New York’s mayor: to give the city’s public-housing residents billions of dollars in a “Borough Bucks” currency that would hopefully recirculate in the...

Science/Tech

Despite SolarWinds Cyberattack, Microsoft’s Azure Business Predicted to Benefit

Today at 00:48 AM, via Slashdot

“Microsoft Corp. was wrapped into a massive cybersecurity attack late last year,” reports MarketWatch, “but the unprecedented intrusion may actually end up being a positive for the company’s bottom line.” UBS analyst Karl Keirstead, who has a buy rating and a $243 price target, said while Microsoft products were leveraged by hackers in the attack on SolarWinds Corp.’s Orion IT management...

Motoring

The VW Golf GTI for nerds

Saturday at 07:35 AM, via The Citizen

Don’t believe all the rubbish you read about electric mobility.

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 […]