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World

Tonga’s ‘Aquaman’ survives 27 hours at sea after tsunami

Today at 09:00 AM, via CNN

A 57-year-old Tongan man being hailed a real-life Aquaman for surviving 27 hours at sea after Saturday’s devastating tsunami struck his island said he went under nine times before latching onto a log and making it to safety.

Africa

‘Second-class citizens’? Namibia rules against gay couples

Yesterday at 22:27 PM, via News24

Namibia’s High Court ruled against two gay couples fighting for recognition of their marriages, with the judge saying she agreed with them but was bound by the nation’s prohibition of same-sex relations.

Africa

Liberian stampede kills 29 people

Yesterday at 21:25 PM, via News24

At least 29 people, including 11 children and a pregnant woman, were killed when robbers triggered a stampede at a religious rally in Liberia’s capital, officials said.

Business

Expectations for crypto in 2022

Today at 09:48 AM, via Moneyweb

The fact that ‘governments and central banks around the world are … really worried about this new digital-currency asset class … [is] essentially validation in many respects’ Revix CEO and founder Sean Sanders.

Politics

Parliament fire report update, security issues under the spotlight

Today at 06:25 AM, via SABC News

The City of Cape Town’s Chief Fire Officer Ian Schnetler and Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole are expected to appear virtually before the Joint Standing Committee on the Financial Management of Parliament on Friday regarding the National Assembly fire.

Education

Gambia: STTC Graduates 400 Students

Today at 09:50 AM, via AllAfrica

[The Point] At least 400 students at Sterling Technical Training Centre (STTC) recently graduated after successfully completing skills training in various areas.

Education

Uganda: Covid-19, Poverty Widen Education Gap in Uganda

Today at 09:30 AM, via AllAfrica

[VOA] Kampala — Uganda reopened schools this month after a nearly two-year shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of students have returned, but many others have not, due to poverty and the need to earn income for their families.

Entertainment

Palesa Madisakwane makes comeback to the small screen

Today at 07:23 AM, via SowetanLIVE

Actor and businesswoman Palesa Madisakwane is an unforgettable face on SA TV. After two decades of roles in television drama productions and presenting stints, a career which started when she was 16, Madisakwane is plotting a major acting comeback.

Entertainment

Still hot and slaying with summer bodies after 40

Today at 06:56 AM, via SowetanLIVE

Staying fit, young and sexy at 40 or above is a challenge. It gets even harder once you hit the stage when your metabolism starts to slow down.

Science/Tech

Public asked to have say ahead of budget

Today at 09:27 AM, via ITWeb

Finance minister Enoch Godongwana requests citizens to share their suggestions ahead of the 2022 National Budget Speech.

Science/Tech

NASA’s Swift Observatory May Have Suffered An Attitude Control Failure

Today at 09:00 AM, via Slashdot

After 17 years of relatively smooth sailing, NASA’s Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory has entered safe mode after detecting a “possible failure” in one of the six reaction wheels used to change attitude. Engadget reports: While it’s not clear exactly what (if anything) went wrong, NASA has halted direction-based scientific observations until it can either give the all-clear or continue operations...

Science/Tech

Mixed messages? How end of Covid plan B rules could change behaviour

Today at 09:00 AM, via The Guardian

Analysis: Experts say when the rules are relaxed there tends to be a gradual erosion of protective behaviours

All plan B measures in England will be lifted next week, meaning an end to compulsory mask-wearing in shops, vaccine certificates for entering venues, and guidance to work from home. But are the public ready to embrace these freedoms just weeks after Covid cases in the UK hit a record...