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South Africa

Former SABC GCEO Peter Matlare passes on

Today at 18:27 PM, via SABC News

At the time of his passing, Matlare had been working as the Deputy CEO and Executive Director at Absa Group, tasked with overseeing the company’s business on the continent.

South Africa

Free State to hold SGB elections

Today at 17:26 PM, via SABC News

The call comes as the province prepares to hold School Governing Body (SGB) elections.

Education

Oxford University uses lockdown loophole to allow in-person MBA teaching

Today at 18:30 PM, via The Guardian

Students on prestigious course will be back on campus at least a month before others are permitted to return

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The University of Oxford is exploiting a loophole in the government’s lockdown guidance to allow MBA students to receive face-to-face teaching at least a month before other students are allowed back on campus.

Students on...

Education

French senior citizens link up with language students in lockdown

Today at 17:48 PM, via The Guardian

ShareAmi scheme aims to combat the isolation felt by many older people during the pandemic

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After spending a third of his placement in France stuck in lockdown, modern languages student Elliot Bellman was worried his conversation skills might suffer. But his weekly chats with Mme Tolu, a Parisian care home resident in her 80s, have...

Education

Gavin Williamson urges transformation as English schools return

Today at 12:27 PM, via The Guardian

Ofsted head calls for caution about change, as minister considers longer days in class and five-term years

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Ministers need to be cautious about lengthening the school day or changing holidays as a means for pupils to catch up after Covid, the head of Ofsted has said, as Gavin Williamson called for a “transformative” reform to the...

Lifestyle

Twitter founder’s auction of a tweet draws $2 million bid

Today at 15:17 PM, via Eyewitness News

The top bid on Saturday for Dorsey’s tweet — $2 million — came from Justin Sun, the founder of TRON, a platform for blockchain, the technology underlying cryptocurrencies. He also heads the BitTorrent streaming platform.

Science/Tech

UK needs to prepare for ‘hard winter’ of flu and respiratory viruses, says top medic

Today at 19:03 PM, via The Guardian

Population immunity to non-Covid viruses could be lower owing to lack of exposure, says PHE official

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The UK should steel itself for a “difficult autumn” and “hard winter” of illnesses because people have lived for an unusually long period without exposure to respiratory viruses, one of country’s top medics has warned.

Dr Susan...

Science/Tech

iCloud Allegedly Locked Out User Whose Last Name is a Boolean Value

Today at 18:34 PM, via Slashdot

“iCloud has had the occasional service issue, but its latest problem appears to be highly… specific,” writes Engadget: Actor and author Rachel True claims iCloud has effectively locked her out of her account due to the way her last name was written. Reportedly, her Mac thought lower-case “true” was a Boolean (true or false) flag, leading the iCloud software on the computer to seize up. The...

Science/Tech

How a Malicious Actor Targeted a Go Package On GitHub

Today at 17:34 PM, via Slashdot

ArghBlarg (Slashdot reader #79,067) shares some research from a senior application security engineer at GitLab:Michael Henrikson describes his investigations into Go package manager “supply chain” attacks and found at least one very suspicious package, typosquatting on one of the most popular logging libraries. The imposter package phones home to an IP he alleges belongs to the Chinese company...

Health

How to Play RPGs Online

Today at 06:41 AM, via New York Times

Let the good times roll, as old-school tabletop R.P.G.s have taken off online.

Health

Make Ice Ornaments At Home

Today at 06:22 AM, via New York Times

Ice ornaments reflect winter’s light, like momentary, sun-catching crystals.

Health

Things To Do At Home

Today at 05:42 AM, via New York Times

This week, attend an art lecture, listen to a conversation with the novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen or celebrate Deaf History Month.

Nature

Celebrating World Wildlife Day at the Potberg Cape Vulture colony

Wednesday at 13:15 PM, via CapeNature

By Lusanda Gqaza and Yanga Mbatana (Environmental Education Officers, De Hoop Nature Reserve) On 20 December 2013, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), proclaimed 03 March (the day of adopting the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, CITES, in 1973), as World Wildlife Day. This is a day that […]

Nature

World Wildlife Day 2021

Wednesday at 12:12 PM, via CapeNature

World Wildlife Day is celebrated on 3 March every year as an opportunity to highlight the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. The Western Cape is a very special place with an abundance of unique and irreplaceable […]

Nature

The ‘LitterCam’ that’s watching you

Wednesday at 02:03 AM, via BBC News

AI software can now match footage of motorists throwing rubbish with their car’s number plate and issue an automatic fine .

Nature

Matrics in De Hoop – In their own words

27 February at 23:05 PM, via CapeNature

On the weekend of 19-21 five 2020 Matric learners were hosted by CapeNature and world-renowned adventurer Riaan Manser at the De Hoop Nature Reserve. These five matriculants; Jama Paliso, Hannah Chetty, Abdullah Seedat, Silondukhule Nquma and Lucy can der Meulen were the runners up in a campaign that saw five other students join Manser on […]