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South Africa

EC COGTA plans to change the MAYCO government system in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

Yesterday at 20:52 PM, via SABC News

The Eastern Cape department of Cooperative governance says it will continue to implement the amendment of the section 12 notice of the Municipal Structures Act in the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, despite the majority of council rejecting the proposed changes. The COGTA MEC, Xolile Nqata, wants to change the current mayoral committee governance system in […]

South Africa

A resident in Potchefstroom takes initiative and repairs 250 potholes every year

Yesterday at 19:59 PM, via SABC News

A resident of Potchefstroom in the North West, Dirk Venter, has taken upon himself to repair two-thousand-five-hundred potholes in the town every year, at his own expense. Dirk Venter says he is motivated by the desire to keep the roads in a good condition. The ripple effects of Covid-19 have, caused support for Venter’s initiative […]

South Africa

The City of Cape Town plans to repair its water infrastructure

Yesterday at 19:25 PM, via SABC News

The City of Cape Town says it has various plans in place to repair and replace critical water infrastructure that will assist with retaining water. Authorities are calling for support from Western Cape residents to save as much water as possible, with the province having recorded below-average rainfall so far for this year’s rainy season. […]

Africa

A wary Kenya gears up for tense election

Yesterday at 01:00 AM, via The Citizen

Kenyans will also choose senators, governors, lawmakers, woman representatives and some 1,500 county officials.

Politics

SACP celebrates its 101 anniversary in Mpumalanga

Yesterday at 14:44 PM, via SABC News

The South African Communist Party (SACP) is celebrating its one hundred and first anniversary at the KaNyamazane Stadium east of Mbombela in Mpumalanga. The party’s general secretary Solly Mapaila is expected to deliver the main address. The SACP national organiser Mhlekwa Nxumalo says Mapila will outline the outcome of the party’s congress that was held […]

Politics

Opposition parties react to Sihle Zikalala’s resignation

Saturday at 19:56 PM, via SABC News

Opposition parties in KwaZulu-Natal have responded with concern to the news of outgoing premier Sihle Zikalala’s resignation. Yesterday, Zikalala addressed the media where he confirmed this and took stock of his time as Premier. IFP president Velenkosini Hlabisa says they hope Zikalala’s resignation will not cause further instability in the provincial government. Hlabisa says there […]

Sport

Former Man Utd star Giggs goes on trial for assault

Today at 01:52 AM, via Eyewitness News

The 48-year-old, who until recently served as coach of the Wales national team, has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which carry a maximum jail term of five years.

Sport

Ashleigh Buhai wins Women’s British Open

Yesterday at 22:56 PM, via The South African

South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai has claimed victory in a marathon playoff against Chun In-gee in the Women’s British Open at Muirfield.

Education

Universities will adjust to lower exam results in England, says minister

Today at 01:01 AM, via The Guardian

Government seeks to reassure pupils taking GCSEs and A-levels after sharp rises in grades during pandemic

The government has sought to allay pupils’ fears over GCSE and A-level results, which are expected to be lower in England this summer after two years of record increases, reassuring them that universities will “adjust accordingly”.

The schools minister Will Quince said it was important to...

Education

Could learning algebra in my 60s make me smarter?

Yesterday at 14:00 PM, via The Guardian

New Yorker writer Alec Wilkinson struggled with maths at school, finding inspiration in literature instead. But aged 65, in the hope of unlocking a new part of his brain, he decided to put the limits of his intelligence to the test

I don’t see how it can harm me now to reveal that I only passed math in high school because I cheated. I could add and subtract and multiply and divide, but I...

Education

An Oxford college is about to link itself to a bikini airline. Now that’s what I call classy | Catherine Bennett

Yesterday at 09:00 AM, via The Guardian

There’s a Faustian element to Linacre’s £155m deal with a Vietnamese billionaire

We are assured by officials at Oxford’s Linacre College that heaps of due diligence mean it’s fine for this proudly sustainable establishment to rename itself, in exchange for £155m, after a Russian-educated Vietnamese airline billionaire, Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao. The Department for Education is now similarly...

Science/Tech

Class Action Alleges Experian Didn’t Stop Identity Thieves from Hijacking Accounts

Today at 03:34 AM, via Slashdot

“A class action lawsuit has been filed against big-three consumer credit bureau Experian,” reports Krebs on Security, “over reports that the company did little to prevent identity thieves from hijacking consumer accounts. The legal filing cites liberally from an investigation KrebsOnSecurity published in July, which found that identity thieves were able to assume control over existing Experian...

Science/Tech

JavaScript Slows Progress, Should be Retired, Argues JSON Creator

Today at 01:20 AM, via Slashdot

JavaScript, the world’s most popular programming language according to most surveys, has become a barrier to progress, according to Douglas Crockford, creator of the JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) specification used everywhere for serializing data in web applications. Crockford made this assertion in an interview last month: “The best thing we can do today to JavaScript is to retire it....

Science/Tech

Research on ‘molecular drills’ of skin cancer cells offers hope for treatment

Today at 01:01 AM, via The Guardian

Institute of Cancer Research in London isolates gene that allows tumours to spread through the body

Skin cancer cells produce “molecular drills” to penetrate healthy tissues and spread around the body, according to research that raises the prospect of new therapies for the disease.

Researchers used robotic microscopy to capture the formation of the drills by melanoma cells that were being grown...

Motoring

Bagnaia wins British MotoGP, Brad Binder 11th

Yesterday at 16:22 PM, via The Citizen

Pole-sitter Johann Zarco was the big loser as the French rider crashed on the fifth lap while leading as he chased his first victory in the top category.