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South Africa

Vaccination programme gains pace

Today at 21:37 PM, via SAnews

With the country due to mark one year since the first case of COVID-19 was reported, the vaccination programme continues to edge forward, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday.

South Africa

SA moves to lockdown Alert Level 1

Today at 21:04 PM, via SAnews

With a fall in new COVID-19 cases, South Africa will move from Level 3 to Level 1 of the Risk Adjusted Strategy tonight.

Africa

The many faces of Idi Amin

Yesterday at 19:41 PM, via Mail & Guardian

Was he a joke, an oaf, a hero, or the evil dictator the West loved to hate? Decades after his death, his legacy is still a puzzle.

Politics

Political parties react to SA moving to COVID-19 lockdown Level 1

Today at 23:02 PM, via SABC News

Political parties have reacted to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that the country will move to Level 1 of the coronavirus lockdown following the first leg of the vaccinations on healthcare workers across the country.

Politics

LIVE: President Ramaphosa addresses the nation on COVID-19 response

Today at 18:05 PM, via SABC News

President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation on Sunday at 8pm on developments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The address comes as the country continues the rollout of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine against COVID 19.

Politics

President Cyril Ramaphosa to address the nation at 20h00

Today at 16:15 PM, via SABC News

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation Sunday evening at 20h00.  The address will be broadcast live on the SABC television News channel and digital platforms.  

Education

Top UK universities ‘use secret waiting lists’ due to Covid uncertainty

Today at 20:52 PM, via The Guardian

Exclusive: universities accused of telling applicants privately they have places to ensure their courses are full

British universities are taking extreme measures to ensure a supply of recruits for the coming academic year, with some accused of operating secret waiting lists to encourage school leavers to accept their offers amid uncertainty over A-level results.

With many admissions offices...

Education

University of Tasmania clears scientists accused of research misconduct by logging industry

Today at 18:30 PM, via The Guardian

Investigation followed researchers’ decision to retract paper that found logging made forests more flammable

Two conservation scientists have been cleared of research misconduct by the University of Tasmania after a review sparked by complaints from logging industry representatives.

The Institute of Foresters of Australia and the Australian Forest Products Association wrote to the university in...

Education

Pupils’ families in England to be tested for Covid twice a week

Today at 16:31 PM, via The Guardian

Free rapid tests to be provided to households under plans to reopen schools from 8 March

Families with children in school or college will be able to test themselves for coronavirus twice a week from home under plans for schools to safely reopen in England from 8 March.

Free tests will be provided to pupils’ households, as well as those in their childcare or support bubbles, regardless of...

Education

Ireland 1921: how republicans used their whiteness to win freedom

Today at 12:15 PM, via The Guardian

Nationalist leaders tried to exploit what they had in common with their racist oppressors: the colour of their skin

In February 1921, newspapers in London began to publish stories about how military lorries in Ireland were carrying prisoners as hostages in the hope of deterring attacks by the IRA, the guerrilla army fighting British rule since 1919. Within a year, negotiations would lead to...

Lifestyle

Golden Globes to launch pandemic-era Hollywood awards season

Today at 16:09 PM, via Eyewitness News

Usually, a star-packed, laid-back party that draws Tinseltown’s biggest names to a Beverly Hills hotel ballroom, this pandemic edition will be broadcast from two scaled-down venues in California and New York.

Lifestyle

Chadwick Boseman, Netflix up for honours at virtual Golden Globes

Today at 14:36 PM, via SABC News

The Golden Globes will be handed out under pandemic conditions on Sunday on a night that could see big wins for streaming service Netflix, honours for late actor Chadwick Boseman, and a smattering of celebrities in pajamas.

Entertainment

Your Golden Globes viewing guide

Today at 17:18 PM, via CNN

The Golden Globes will unofficially kickoff Hollywood’s award season on Sunday, but the event will look a little different this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Science/Tech

Exploring the Open Source That Really Goes Into a RISC-V Chip

Today at 22:34 PM, via Slashdot

“Maker Andreas Spiess talks about the Open Source that really goes into a RISC-V chip and the ESP32-C3,” writesSlashdot reader nickwinlund77 — sharing a link to this article from Hackaday: It’s an exciting time in the world of microprocessors, as the long-held promise of devices with open-source RISC-V cores is coming to fruition. Finally we might be about to see open-source from the silicon...

Science/Tech

The First AI-written Play Isn’t Shakespeare – but It Has Its Moments

Today at 21:34 PM, via Slashdot

Science magazine describes what happens when a robot writes a play:The 60-minute production — AI: When a Robot Writes a Play — tells the journey of a character (this time a robot), who goes out into the world to learn about society, human emotions, and even death. The script was created by a widely available artificial intelligence (AI) system called GPT-2. Created by Elon Musk’s company...

Science/Tech

The Dream of Sending a Submarine Through the Methane Seas of Saturn’s Moon Titan

Today at 20:34 PM, via Slashdot

“Mars, Shmars; this voyager is looking forward to a submarine ride under the icebergs on Saturn’s strange moon,” says the New York Times, introducing a piece by cosmic affairs correspondent Dennis Overbye:What could be more exciting than flying a helicopter over the deserts of Mars? How about playing Captain Nemo on Saturn’s large, foggy moon Titan — plumbing the depths of a methane ocean,...

Science/Tech

Ramaphosa announces move to level 1 lockdown

Today at 20:20 PM, via MyBroadband

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced changes to national lockdown restrictions implemented to combat COVID-19 in South Africa.

Health

How To Ritualize Tea Time

Today at 06:58 AM, via New York Times

Tea might be the perfect drink for the pandemic winter malaise. Here’s how to start your own ritual.

Nature

Matrics in De Hoop – In their own words

Yesterday at 23:05 PM, via CapeNature

On the weekend of 19-21 five 2020 Matric learners were hosted by CapeNature and world-renowned adventurer Riaan Manser at the De Hoop Nature Reserve. These five matriculants; Jama Paliso, Hannah Chetty, Abdullah Seedat, Silondukhule Nquma and Lucy can der Meulen were the runners up in a campaign that saw five other students join Manser on […]