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TUESDAY, 19 OCTOBER 2021, 20:31

South Africa

453 new COVID-19 cases identified in SA

Today at 19:25 PM, via SABC News

South Africa has recorded 453 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 917 255.

World

Trump attacks Colin Powell, a day after his death

Today at 20:00 PM, via News24

As much of the world remembered Colin Powell with respect and affection, Donald Trump on Tuesday attacked the late US statesman, calling him a disloyal Republican who made the case for war in Iraq.

Politics

Defenders of the People party campaigns in Limpopo

Today at 18:17 PM, via SABC News

The newly-formed political party, Defenders of the People (DOP), is confident that the lives of poor communities will improve should they win in the municipal elections.

Sport

Raducanu is new ambassador for fashion house Dior

Today at 20:05 PM, via News24

US Open champion Emma Raducanu has been announced as a new ambassador for French luxury fashion house Dior in the latest sign of her rapid elevation to A-list celebrity.

Education

Texas schools are being told to teach ‘opposing views’ of the Holocaust. Why? | Francine Prose

Today at 17:03 PM, via The Guardian

The question of what specific books and topics can and can’t be taught is linked to a disturbing new law in Texas

I’ve been trying to imagine what Gina Peddy could have been thinking when, on 8 October, she informed a group of Southlake, Texas, elementary school teachers that, if their classroom libraries included books about the Holocaust, students should also be steered toward books with...

Entertainment

‘Queens’ gets the band back together for a soapy ABC drama

Today at 19:09 PM, via CNN

“Queens” is an extremely familiar idea, elevated not quite to the level of royalty by being slickly cast, packaged and produced. Like Peacock’s “Girls5eva,” the concept hinges on an all-girl group reunited and again pursuing stardom 20 years later, rediscovering the spotlight and its perils after years spent braiding hair and burning breakfast.

Science/Tech

Google Revamps Its Smartphone Line With the Pixel 6

Today at 20:03 PM, via Slashdot

This morning, at the company’s virtual hardware event, Google is finally showing us what it means to pick up and start over again. From a report: In many ways, the Pixel 6 marks the most radical departure in the history of Google’s flagship devices — and its most serious attempt to take the fight to Samsung and Apple. The company gave us our first glimpse of the device back in August. It was a...

Science/Tech

We Won’t Forget WeWork’s Meltdown

Today at 19:52 PM, via New York Times

Start-up implosions don’t matter to most people. But the feelings of unfairness affect us all.

Science/Tech

Hacker Steals Government ID Database for Argentina’s Entire Population

Today at 19:31 PM, via Slashdot

A hacker has breached the Argentinian government’s IT network and stolen ID card details for the country’s entire population, data that is now being sold in private circles. The hack, which took place last month, targeted RENAPER, which stands for Registro Nacional de las Personas, translated as National Registry of Persons. From a report: The agency is a crucial cog inside the Argentinian...

Health

Sirens: Loud, Ineffective and Risky, Experts Say

Today at 11:30 AM, via New York Times

The overuse of lights and sirens, combined with speeding, pose heightened risks to emergency responders and civilians. One expert called it a “public health dilemma.”