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South Africa

Mkhize welcomes SIU investigation into R82 mln health tender

Today at 21:20 PM, via SABC News

Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has responded to media reports that the Special Investigating Unit is investigating a complaint about a multi-million rand tender that allegedly benefitted two of his close associates.  

South Africa

North West 13-year-old girl raped on her way from school

Today at 20:53 PM, via SABC News

Learners from three schools  in Mmukubyane village in Moretele in the North West, have not been attending school for the past three days, after a 13-year-old learner was attacked and raped on her way home from school.

World

French investigators probe massive hack of medical records

Today at 21:35 PM, via News24

French cybercrime investigators said Thursday they were investigating the leak of the medical data of nearly half a million people, including such highly confidential information as their HIV and fertility status.

Business

Gold Fields granted go-ahead to generate solar power

Today at 20:43 PM, via Fin24

Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland hailed the move as a positive message to miners and investors. Companies have been exploring self-generation amid load shedding and rising tariffs.

Politics

Zuma tells ANC top six not to hold their breath

Today at 21:00 PM, via Mail & Guardian

Former president Jacob Zuma will only meet ANC leaders if deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo recuses himself from the state capture commission

Politics

Uproar over eNCA political reporter’s perceived racism

Today at 18:30 PM, via SABC News

In a series of videos that have gone viral on social media, Lindsey Dentlinger can be seeninterviewing ignoring the fact that the White parliamentarians she was interviewing weren’t wearing masks, while reminding their Black counterparts to wear theirs before they can respond to questions posed to them.

Education

How will teachers decide exam grades in England this summer?

Today at 19:52 PM, via The Guardian

What we know so far about the plan to replace in-person exams with teacher assessments

After cancelling this summer’s A-level, GCSE, BTec and vocation qualifications, the government in England has finally confirmed that teachers will award final grades.

Why has it taken so long?

Continue reading…

Education

Nigeria: Covid-19 – Lagos Starts Safe School Clearance Visit

Today at 17:06 PM, via AllAfrica

[Vanguard] The Office of Education Quality Assurance, OEQA, Ministry of Education, Lagos State has commenced safe school clearance visits to public and private schools below tertiary level in the state to ensure they are safe to remain open for academic activities.

Education

Nigeria: Why Yobe Govt Promoted 2,800 Teachers

Today at 17:00 PM, via AllAfrica

[Vanguard] Alhaji Baba Maidala, Executive Chairman, Yobe Teaching Service Board, on Thursday said over 2,800 secondary school teachers in the state were promoted to the next grade levels from January 2020 to February 2021.

Lifestyle

Lady Gaga offers $500 000 reward for two stolen dogs

Today at 20:30 PM, via SABC News

Pop superstar Lady Gaga is offering a$500 000 reward for the return of her French bulldogs Koji and Gustav that were stolen in Hollywood, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday, after reports that her dog walker was shot.

Science/Tech

Twitter Announces Paid Super Follows To Let You Charge For Tweets

Today at 21:05 PM, via Slashdot

Twitter announced a pair of big upcoming features today: the ability for users to charge their followers for access to additional content, and the ability to create and join groups based around specific interests. From a report: They’re two of the more substantial changes to Twitter in a while, but they also fit snugly into models that have been popular and successful on other social platforms....

Science/Tech

Answer to fossil record puzzle may lie with teenage T rexes, study finds

Today at 21:00 PM, via The Guardian

Absence of smaller dinosaurs may be result of adolescent megatheropods crowding them out

Teenage T rexes and other carnivorous dinosaurs the size of lions or bears may have crowded out smaller species, explaining why there are so few of them preserved in the fossil record, research suggests.

Despite dominating the land for more than 150 million years, dinosaurs were not particularly diverse,...

Science/Tech

Lawmaker Proposing ‘Grand Theft Auto’ Ban Says Video Game Contributes To Carjackings

Today at 20:00 PM, via Slashdot

Koreantoast writes: With the number of carjackings more than doubling in the city of Chicago during 2020, one lawmaker knows who to blame: the video game “Grand Theft Auto.” According to Chicago ABC 7, Democratic State Representative Marcus Williams believes the video game is causing the rise in carjackings, stating that “Grand Theft Auto’ and other violent video games are getting in the minds...

Health

Vaccine Hesitancy in Cancer Patients

Today at 12:00 PM, via New York Times

“If I accept the vaccine,” one cancer patient says, “it will be with a strong feeling of guilt that at best I will be prolonging my life for a few months or years.”

Health

Learning to Listen to Patients’ Stories

Today at 12:00 PM, via New York Times

Narrative medicine programs teach doctors and other caregivers “sensitive interviewing skills” and the art of “radical listening” to improve patient care.

Nature

Water quality and quantity the key to healthy estuaries

Tuesday at 16:19 PM, via CapeNature

The health of on estuary is a description of the condition of an estuary and are driven by two key drivers, water quality and quantity. Rain falling on the land eventually makes its way to a lake, river, stream, estuary, or ocean. Some rainwater flows slowly, in a thin layer called sheet flow across the […]