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FRIDAY, 04 DECEMBER 2020, 12:50

South Africa

AmaXhosa Queen, Nozamile Sigcawu laid to rest

Today at 12:03 PM, via SABC News

The amaXhosa Queen Nozamile Sigcawu has been laid to rest alongside her husband the late Xolilizwe Sigcawu at Nqadu Great Place outside Willowvale in the Eastern Cape.

World

Ethiopians Flee To Sudan Amid Conflict

Today at 12:01 PM, via NPR

Thousands of Ethiopian refugees have poured into Sudan to escape the month-long fighting in Ethiopia. Eyder Peralta is at the makeshift camps.

Africa

Ghana: Five things to know

Today at 08:37 AM, via The Citizen

Seen as a beacon of hope and stability in a turbulent region, Ghana is a major producer and exporter of gold, cocoa and oil.

Business

Hong Kong stocks close higher

Today at 12:46 PM, via Fin24

Hong Kong stocks finished on a positive note Friday, boosted by vaccine hopes and signs of progress in US stimulus talks.

Business

Tokyo’s Nikkei closes lower over virus worries

Today at 12:33 PM, via Fin24

Tokyo’s key Nikkei index closed lower Friday, pushed down by worries over coronavirus vaccine distribution, as investors awaited a press conference by Japan’s prime minister later in the day.

Business

Asian markets mixed as virus cases cloud vaccine optimism

Today at 12:28 PM, via Fin24

Investors pushed Asian markets higher Friday on continued optimism over vaccines and on signs of progress on a new US stimulus, though surging infections and deaths highlighted the painful, immediate reality of the coronavirus crisis.

Politics

ANC NEC to discuss its step-aside resolution

Today at 06:01 AM, via SABC News

The African National Congress’ National Executive Committee meeting today is set to discuss the party’s much talked about step-aside resolution.

Politics

Western Cape High Court orders reinstatement of PAC’s Nyhontso

Yesterday at 22:56 PM, via SABC News

Western Cape High Court has ordered the reinstatement of Mzwanele Nyhontso to the position of PAC’s representative in the National Assembly, pending a decision of the Court regarding the challenge of his recent removal by his party.

Sport

England’s Hull grabs early lead at Texas LPGA event

Today at 11:53 AM, via News24

England’s Charley Hull shot a three-under 68 for her first 18 hole lead in four years and a one stroke cushion after the opening round of the Volunteers of America Classic tournament.

Education

Rwanda: Private Varsities Urged to Alter Funding Model

Today at 11:44 AM, via AllAfrica

[New Times] A combination of mismanagement and financial constraints characterized by overly relying on tuition fees for funding have been cited as the major cause of closure of local private universities.

Education

Zimbabwe: 20,000 New Teachers to Start Work

Today at 11:43 AM, via AllAfrica

[The Herald] Another 15 000 to 20 000 qualified but unemployed teachers are being recruited by the Primary and Secondary Education Ministry in line with a directive from President Mnangagwa, with 5 300 already in place, enabling schools to run smaller classes and minimise the risk of a spike in Covid-19 infections.

Education

Botswana: Mbongwe Joins UN Expert Group

Today at 10:45 AM, via AllAfrica

[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone — University of Botswana lecturer, Dr Bontle Mbongwe, has been appointed member of the United Nations Environmental Programme DDT Expert Group under the Stockholm Convention.

Science/Tech

Reversal of Biological Clock Restores Vision In Old Mice

Today at 12:00 PM, via Slashdot

John Trumpian shares a report from SciTechDaily: Harvard Medical School scientists have successfully restored vision in mice by turning back the clock on aged eye cells in the retina to recapture youthful gene function. The team’s work, described today in Nature, represents the first demonstration that it may be possible to safely reprogram complex tissues, such as the nerve cells of the eye,...

Science/Tech

COVID-19 alert app notches up 1m downloads

Today at 11:49 AM, via ITWeb

South Africa’s coronavirus alert app now counts a million downloads, as government tries to prevent a second wave of new infections.

Science/Tech

UK coronavirus live: Alok Sharma rejects criticism of Covid vaccine’s rapid approval

Today at 11:38 AM, via The Guardian

Latest updates: minister defends the UK regulator’s ‘absolutely meticulous’ approach to the Covid vaccine amid criticism of its swift approval

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A top public health expert has said the prime minister...

Nature

Feel the Summer Breeze with CapeNature!

Today at 10:36 AM, via CapeNature

Come and explore the vast open spaces across the Western Cape with your friends and family at record low prices. Despite the inflation rate increases and the current recession in South Africa, CapeNature wants to see more and more locals explore and experience the rich natural heritage exclusive to the province. We are all in […]

Nature

Beach Litter at Walker Bay – study results

Yesterday at 12:36 PM, via CapeNature

CapeNature staff facilitated entry into the Die Kelders section of the Walker Bay Reserve, where Peter Ryan and Coleen Moloney, senior researchers from UCT supervising the Conservation Biology Masters group, together with Grootbos Foundation representative as well as group co-ordinator, Paula Strauss participated in a beach clean-up. The area has been plagued by miniature plastic items […]