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South Africa

NCOP approves COVID-19 Tax Bills

Today at 08:34 AM, via SAnews

The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) has passed the Disaster Management Tax Relief Administration Bill, the Disaster Management Tax Relief Bill and the Prescription in Civil and Criminal Matters (Sexual Offences) Amendment Bill.

South Africa

SA records 2 128 new COVID-19 cases

Today at 08:31 AM, via SAnews

South Africa now has 655 572 confirmed COVID-19 cases after 2 128 infections were reported on Thursday.

South Africa

CGE, SAHRC fight against discrimination in sport

Today at 08:29 AM, via SAnews

The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) and the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) are planning to embark on a global and national advocacy to fight against the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) discriminatory regulations.

Africa

‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero denied bail in terrorism trial

Yesterday at 17:40 PM, via News24

A Kigali court on Thursday denied bail to Paul Rusesabagina, whose actions during the 1994 Rwandan genocide inspired the Oscar-nominated film “Hotel Rwanda”, ahead of his trial on numerous charges including terrorism.

Business

South Africa’s latest alcohol rules a ‘punch in the gut’

Today at 09:12 AM, via BusinessTech

Agricultural industry association Agri SA has welcomed the country’s move to a level 1 lockdown, but has queried the continued restrictions around the sale of alcohol in the county which it describes as a ‘punch in the gut’.

Politics

More North West mayors face recall

Yesterday at 21:00 PM, via Mail & Guardian

The ANC is wielding its axe to clear out ineffective councillors and those facing criminal charges

Education

Student finance: everything you need to know about managing your money

Today at 08:00 AM, via The Guardian

Our student finance expert answers your most commonly asked questions about money and university

Is it too late to apply for student finance?

No – but you’d better get a move on! You can apply for student finance up to nine months after you start your course but your application could take up to six weeks to process.

Continue reading…

Education

Disadvantaged students narrow GCSE attainment gap in England

Today at 01:01 AM, via The Guardian

Analysis shows improved results despite fears of bias in teacher assessments

Disadvantaged students in England improved their results at GCSE this summer, narrowing the attainment gap with their peers, according to an analysis.

After summer exams were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there were fears that disadvantaged students could lose out from results based on teacher assessments...

Lifestyle

Level 1 will help arts, entertainment sectors to recover: Winde

Today at 08:34 AM, via SABC News

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde says President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that South Africa will be moving to level one of the lockdown with effect from Sunday at midnight will help arts, entertainment and tourism sectors to recover.

Entertainment

Lunathi Mampofu touches people’s hearts

Today at 06:58 AM, via SowetanLIVE

Lunathi Mampofu has emerged on top of the Covid-19 lockdown as one of the most sought-after actors in local showbiz.

Science/Tech

RIP Nintendo 3DS

Today at 09:07 AM, via MyBroadband

Nintendo has discontinued the 3DS console after a lifespan of nearly 10 years, according to its Japanese website.

Science/Tech

Hubble Captures Crisp New Image of Jupiter and Europa

Today at 09:00 AM, via Slashdot

A unique and exciting detail of Hubble’s new snapshot appears at mid-northern latitudes as a bright, white, stretched-out storm moving at 560 kilometres per hour. This single plume erupted on 18 August 2020 and another has since appeared. From a report: While it’s common for storms to pop up in this region, often several at once, this particular disturbance appears to have more structure behind...

Science/Tech

Australia’s stinging trees: if the snakes and spiders don’t get you, the plants might | Irina Vetter, Edward Kalani Gilding and Thomas Durek

Today at 08:58 AM, via The Guardian

Noxious nettles with venom similar to that of scorpions are helping scientists understand pain and how to control it

Australia is home to some of the world’s most dangerous wildlife. Anyone who spends time outdoors in eastern Australia is wise to keep an eye out for snakes, spiders, swooping birds, crocodiles, deadly cone snails and tiny toxic jellyfish.

But what not everybody knows is that...

Motoring

WATCH | Why is the world so obsessed with SUVs?

Today at 07:30 AM, via Wheels24

What is the reason behind the huge popularity of SUVs? Deutsche Welle investigates why carmakers won’t stop manufacturing them and why a part of our brain may be the reason we like them.