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Politics

IEC in KZN ready for weekend’s voter registration

Today at 15:02 PM, via SABC News

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) says it is ready for the two-day voter registration ahead of the local government elections (LGE) on the 1st of November. 

Education

Liberia: Arcelormittal Liberia Provides Scholarships for Eight Liberians

Today at 17:19 PM, via AllAfrica

[Observer] ArcelorMittal Liberia has awarded full payment scholarship to eight Liberians to pursue Master’s degree in various disciplines as part of the entity’s commitments enshrined in the Mineral Development Agreement under the Liberia advanced studies scholarship.

Education

South Africa: Court Orders Limpopo Education Dept to Devise Workable Plan for Abolition of School Pit Toilets

Today at 17:08 PM, via AllAfrica

[Daily Maverick] On Friday 17 September Judge Gerrit Muller ruled that the minister of basic education and MEC of the Limpopo Department of Education have 90 days to come up with a revised and detailed plan for the eradication of pit toilets in Limpopo schools. In a scathing judgment, Muller said that the department’s projection that it would only be able to do this over 14 years was...

Education

Nigeria: Adeyemi College of Education Matriculates 4,608 Students

Today at 14:12 PM, via AllAfrica

[This Day] As directed by the Federal Government, the Provost of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo State, Dr. Samuel Akintunde, has charged students of the institution to take COVID-19 vaccine jabs, make use of nose mask always and avoid crowded places.

Entertainment

9/11 made spy dramas like ’24’ and ‘Alias’ scramble. But not for long

Today at 16:14 PM, via CNN

The Sept. 11 terror attacks that rippled through US society and culture 20 years ago also disrupted the fall TV season that was about to begin. While all of television pondered how to respond, those events particularly impacted a trio of new dramas with anti-terrorism and espionage themes: “24,” “Alias” and “The Agency,” resulting in last-minute scrambling and changes.

Entertainment

‘Muhammad Ali’ lets Ken Burns go four fascinating rounds with the champ’s life and legacy

Today at 16:14 PM, via CNN

Floating and stinging as it explores the boxing icon’s life inside the ring and out, “Muhammad Ali” is another epic Ken Burns-produced dive into the life of an influential 20th-century figure, coming on the heels of “Hemingway.” Much has said about Ali, but going the distance with this four-part PBS documentary makes it feel like, well, the greatest.

Science/Tech

Over 60 South Korean Crypto Exchanges Set To Suspend Services Next Week

Today at 17:21 PM, via Slashdot

More than 60 cryptocurrency exchanges in South Korea must notify customers of a partial or full suspension of trading by Friday midnight, a week before a new regulation comes into effect. An anonymous reader writes: To continue operating, exchanges must register with the Financial Intelligence Unit by Sept. 24, providing a security certificate from the internet security agency. They must also...

Science/Tech

Best smartphone deals in South Africa

Today at 17:02 PM, via MyBroadband

Takealot and Incredible Connection are advertising impressive deals on Samsung smartphones including the Galaxy S20 and S21+.

Science/Tech

Tencent Opens WeChat To Rivals’ Links as App Walls Crumble

Today at 16:41 PM, via Slashdot

Tencent allowed users of its main WeChat social media service to link to rivals’ content for the first time in years, taking initial steps to comply with Beijing’s call to dismantle walls around platforms run by the country’s online giants. From a report: From Friday, users who upgrade to the latest version of the messaging service can access external services such as Alibaba’s Taobao online...

Health

Research on Covid Booster Shots is Conflicting

Today at 14:16 PM, via New York Times

An advisory committee faces a range of bewildering scientific questions surrounding whether to authorize additional coronavirus vaccine doses, and for whom.

Health

Where Did It All Go So Wrong for Juul?

Today at 13:00 PM, via New York Times

A new documentary by The New York Times traces the e-cigarette maker on its path from fledgling start-up to Silicon Valley juggernaut and, eventually, public health villain.