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SATURDAY, 15 MAY 2021, 23:00


Russia Cracks Down On U.S. Broadcaster RFE/RL

Today at 22:56 PM, via NPR

Russia is ratcheting up the pressure on a U.S. funded media organization that had its roots in the Cold War. RFE/RL is facing huge fines and had its bank accounts in Moscow frozen.


AFP photographer among those detained at Algeria protest

Today at 17:02 PM, via News24

Algerian police prevented a pro-democracy protest rally from taking place in the capital Algiers on Friday and detained several people including journalists, among them an AFP photographer, AFP correspondents said.


6 awesome SUVs you can buy for R300,000 in South Africa right now

Today at 17:30 PM, via BusinessTech

South Korea carmaker Kia has launched the Sonet SUV in South Africa, priced from R265,000, and marking the brand’s entry into the ‘burgeoning B-SUV segment’. BusinessTech looks at five potential competitors within this price range.


Political parties react to National State of Disaster extension

Today at 10:52 AM, via SABC News

Today marks 14 months since the government declared the National State of Disaster. The move was in response to the outbreak of the coronavirus in March last year. It’s been extended for another month. It will officially kick in from May 15 until June 15. The new one-month extension was approved by Cabinet and gazetted […]


Councils in England facing funding gaps plan to cut special needs support

Today at 18:08 PM, via The Guardian

Cash-strapped local authorities, dealing with years of accumulated shortfalls, are having to reduce education and care packages

Councils in England, facing a funding shortfall of more than half a billion pounds for educating children with special needs, are planning spending cuts and service reviews, according to figures compiled by the Observer.

Campaigners fear children could lose some of...


Zimbabwe: Ministry Hails Govt Financial Support Towards Exams

Today at 12:15 PM, via AllAfrica

[New Zimbabwe] The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Friday hailed Treasury for financial support towards the successfully running of Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (ZIMSEC) public examinations.


Hip-hop to hoops: J. Cole joins Rwanda basketball team

Today at 11:15 AM, via Eyewitness News

J. Cole’s name featured on the roster of 13 players released Friday night by Patriots head coach Alan Major. He will play in jersey number 15 for the team representing Rwanda in the BAL.


Pipeline Attacked by Ransomware Has Now Resumed Normal Operations

Today at 22:34 PM, via Slashdot

Though halted last week by ransomware, America’s largest gasoline pipeline announced Saturday that it’s resumed normal operations, reports the Associated Press, “delivering fuel to its markets, including a large swath of the East Coast.”Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline had begun the process of restarting the pipeline’s operations on Wednesday evening, warning it could take several days for the...


Report: 65% of Social Media Anti-vax Propaganda Comes From Just 12 People

Today at 21:34 PM, via Slashdot

Long-time Slashdot reader jhylkema writes:Just 12 people account for the lion’s share of anti-vaccination propaganda posted to three of the leading social media outlets, according to a study from a London-based group opposed to online hate and disinformation. A study (PDF file) conducted by the Centre for the Countering of Digital Hate identified the “Disinformation Dozen” people, including RFK...


University Cancels $700,000 in Student Debt for 220 Graduates Affected by the Pandemic

Today at 20:34 PM, via Slashdot

Delaware State University — also known as DSU — “is cancelling more than $700,000 in student loans for recent graduates hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic,” reports CNN:DSU will cancel $730,655 for more than 220 people, the school announced this week… “Too many graduates across the country will leave their schools burdened by debt, making it difficult for them to rent an apartment, cover moving...


Is Computer History Also a History of Physical Pains?

Today at 19:34 PM, via Slashdot

“Decades before “Zoom fatigue” broke our spirits, the so-called computer revolution brought with it a world of pain previously unknown to humankind,” argues Laine Nooney (in a condensed version of a chapter in the 2022 book Abstractions and Embodiments: New Histories of Computing and Society.) Slashdot reader em1ly shares its observation that “There was really no precedent in our history of...


Una revolución psicodélica llega a la psiquiatría

Today at 11:00 AM, via New York Times

La psilocibina y el MDMA están a punto de convertirse en las nuevas terapias de moda, algo que no se veía desde el Prozac. Las universidades quieren participar, al igual que Wall Street. Algunas personas están preocupadas por la posibilidad de que la presión para liberalizar el acceso pueda tener consecuencias no deseadas.