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South Africa

Efforts to ensure access to COVID-19 vaccine on track

Yesterday at 21:44 PM, via SAnews

With many initiatives around the world to speed up the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, President Cyril Ramaphosa has assured South Africans that government is working with its partners to ensure all countries have access to the vaccine.

South Africa

Nelson Mandela Bay declared a hotspot

Yesterday at 21:10 PM, via SAnews

Government will at midnight implement additional measures in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality in the Eastern Cape, in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.

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.

Education

Experts call for end of rapid Covid tests in universities and care homes in England

Today at 00:35 AM, via The Guardian

Government figures from programme revealed tests missed 30% of those with high viral load

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Experts have called for an end to the use of rapid coronavirus tests in universities and care homes, after government figures from the mass testing programme in Liverpool revealed the tests missed 30% of those with a high viral load.

The figures...

Education

Gavin Williamson in Eton mess as he pitches into ‘no girls’ policy

Yesterday at 19:55 PM, via The Guardian

Education secretary’s nod to ending single-sex rule crosses college and adds to row over patriarchy lecture

The British education secretary, Gavin Williamson, has called for girls to be allowed in to Eton after reluctantly being drawn into an argument over the dismissal of a teacher at the exclusive Berkshire school.

Williamson was taking part in an interview about plans for next year’s...

Education

The IHRA antisemitism definition is a useful guide, not a legal tool | Letters

Yesterday at 19:42 PM, via The Guardian

Dave Rich of the Community Security Trust, Danny Stone of the Antisemitism Policy Trust, and Jennifer Hornsby respond to an article by David Feldman saying that the IHRA definition should not be imposed on universities

Prof David Feldman’s critique of the IHRA’s working definition of antisemitism (The government should not impose a faulty definition of antisemitism on universities, 2...

Lifestyle

Snoop Dogg launches new boxing league

Yesterday at 18:45 PM, via The South African

Snoop Dogg has teamed up with the brains behind Mike Tyson’s recent comeback fight – to launch a new boxing league, The Fight Club.

Science/Tech

After six years and 6bn km, Japan’s Hayabusa2 prepares to bring home cargo of asteroid dust

Today at 04:12 AM, via The Guardian

Japanese craft collected dust from the asteroid Ryugu that scientists hope could shed light on the origins of life

The last time Hayabusa2 was seen with the naked eye, Barack Obama was president of the United States and Brexit was a distant Europhobe fantasy.

Six years and three days after its groundbreaking mission began, the Japanese spacecraft will drop a capsule onto the Australian outback...

Science/Tech

Pfizer Halves Covid-19 Vaccine Shipments For 2020 Due To Supply-Chain Problems

Today at 04:02 AM, via Slashdot

“The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Pfizer is planning to cut their shipment of Covid-19 vaccines for 2020 in half due to supply-chain problems,” writes Slashdot reader phalse phace. Axios (non-paywalled source) reports: The U.K. government has ordered 40 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine — enough to inoculate some 20 million people. The companies now expect to ship 50 million...

Science/Tech

New Zealand Covid minister urges patience in wait for vaccine approval

Today at 03:50 AM, via The Guardian

Chris Hipkins says it is understandable that other countries in much worse situations have fast-tracked approval

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New Zealand’s Covid-19 minister has called for patience in the country’s vaccine roll-out programme, saying he was unlikely to follow the UK in using emergency provisions to fast-track approval.

Covid-19 minister Chris...

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 […]