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OP-ED: Covid-19 grants are making a difference in this little Namaqualand town

Yesterday at 23:11 PM, via Daily Maverick

The little town of Loeriesfontein in Namaqualand, part of the western Karoo, is desperately poor and even before the Covid-19 pandemic, social grants made up close to half the town’s household income. The Covid-19 ‘social relief of distress’ grant has made a major difference in Loeriesfontein.

South Africa

Level 3 remains with tighter regulations

Yesterday at 21:50 PM, via SAnews

While the country will remain on lockdown level 3 amid a rapid rise in COVID-19 infections, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced drastic measures in an effort to preserve lives and limit the rise in infections.


Mali president tries to calm unrest with court dissolution

Yesterday at 10:22 AM, via News24

Mali’s embattled president announced the dissolution of the constitutional court in an attempt to calm the major civil unrest gripping the vulnerable African country, as more opposition leaders were arrested.


LIVE: President Ramaphosa addresses the nation

Yesterday at 19:58 PM, via SABC News

President Cyril Ramaphosa is addressing the nation. It is expected that the President will outline government’s strategy with regards to the coronavirus pandemic.


Florida wrestles with impossible question: when can schools reopen safely?

Yesterday at 12:00 PM, via The Guardian

Broward county, the nation’s sixth-largest school district, is trying to work out a reopening plan – but no one is quite sure how, and when, it will happen

Broward county, Florida, is America’s sixth largest school district, where more than 10,000 teachers are tasked with educating more than 270,000 students. Now, it is also a Covid-19 hotbed.

Related: Disney World set to reopen at weekend...


For years we have failed those going to university. We have to get it right this time | Will Hutton

Yesterday at 08:45 AM, via The Guardian

A promised revolution in further education and apprenticeships is an admirable goal

Britain has been lauding Germany’s approach to education and training ever since a Royal Commission report in 1888. Illiteracy and innumeracy were far too widespread here, it mourned, and there was no German-style national framework to ensure high-level skills and apprenticeships in the industries of today and...


Cancer Patient Complains: My Facebook Feed Is Full of ‘Alternative Care’ Ads

Today at 00:44 AM, via Slashdot

The author of an opinion piece in the New York Times describes what happened after sharing their cancer diagnosis on Facebook:Since then, my Facebook feed has featured ads for “alternative cancer care.” The ads, which were new to my timeline, promote everything from cumin seeds to colloidal silver as cancer treatments. Some ads promise luxury clinics — or even “nontoxic cancer therapies” on a...


WSJ: ‘Quit Chrome. Safari and Edge Are Just Better Browsers’

Yesterday at 23:43 PM, via Slashdot

The Wall Street Journal’s senior personal tech columnist just published an article urging readers to “quit Chrome. Safari and Edge are just better browsers.” It begins with the reporter pretending to break up with Chrome, adding “I’d say I’ll remember the good times — your speed, your superb handling of Gmail — but your RAM hoovering, battery draining and privacy disregarding make it easy...


Starwatch: Jupiter at its brightest in opposition

Yesterday at 22:30 PM, via The Guardian

Jupiter is at its closest to Earth and directly opposite the sun – so will be conspicuous for its brightness

On 14 July at 09:00 BST, Jupiter will be directly opposite the sun in the sky. Known as opposition, it marks the middle of the weeks when the planet is at its best for observing because it is closest to Earth. From Jupiter’s perspective, our world will be at inferior conjunction,...


Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Wears Mask Publicly for First Time

Yesterday at 17:44 PM, via New York Times

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pushes for U.S. schools to reopen. Louisiana’s governor orders bars to close. Pittsburgh and Corpus Christi offer cautionary tales. And India’s latest surge includes a top Bollywood star.


Everything you need to know about renewing or purchasing a Wild Card during lockdown

06 July at 20:20 PM, via CapeNature

What is a Wild Card? The Wild Card is a loyalty programme that makes tourism to national parks and nature reserves in southern Africa more accessible and rewarding than ever before. With a Wild Card membership you receive one year’s unlimited access to the most beautiful nature reserves and parks with superb picnic spots, natural […]