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South Africa

SANDF medics arrive in the Eastern Cape for COVID-19 combat

Yesterday at 18:42 PM, via SABC News

The South African National Defense Force (SANDF) says the members deployed to the Eastern Cape come with a variety of skill sets that will assist the province in stemming the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Politics

Officers involved in Khayelitsha forced evitions will be dealt with: Cele

Saturday at 15:16 PM, via SABC News

Police Minister Bheki Cele says the officers involved in the forceful evictions that took place in Khayelitsha will be dealt with as their conduct during the operation was unacceptable. Cele has visited the area to meet with the community and Bulelani Qhalani, the man who was evicted with no clothes on while his shack was being broken down.

Education

UK universities facing possible financial disaster, research says

Today at 01:01 AM, via The Guardian

After-effects of coronavirus outbreak could affect one in 20 students and cause steep job cuts

As many as 13 British universities could face financial disaster from the after-effects of the coronavirus outbreak, affecting one in 20 students in the UK and causing steep job cuts, according to research.

Estimates by the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that the UK higher education sector will...

Education

Scottish politicians call for urgent action to stop Gaelic dying out

Yesterday at 17:20 PM, via The Guardian

Justice secretary, Kate Forbes, among those asking for language to be prioritised

Senior politicians in Scotland’s Gaelic-speaking areas have called for the language to be given much greater priority in civil and public life to stop it dying out.

Kate Forbes, the Scottish justice secretary, and Alasdair Allan, a former minister, said Gaelic had to be given precedence or parity in all areas of...

Education

PE sport premium finally gets confirmation for the coming school year

Yesterday at 14:40 PM, via The Guardian

£320m funding gets thumbs-up after campaigners’ callsFarah, Cockcroft and Tuilagi signed letter to the government

The government has responded to calls from campaigners and confirmed the primary physical education and sport premium for the next school year. The PE premium is a ring-fenced top-up to school funding which helps ensure every primary school-age child gets 60 minutes of physical...

Science/Tech

Why Apple Stopped Updating Over 15,000 Games in China’s App Store

Today at 03:34 AM, via Slashdot

Apple “has faced mounting pressure from the Chinese government in recent weeks to comply with local regulations, including that all games show proof of a government granted license,” writes Engadget. And now it’s finally come to a head, CNBC reports:Apple has blocked updates on tens of thousands of revenue-generating iPhone games on its App Store in China amid rising tensions between Washington...

Science/Tech

Coronavirus live news: India sees record new cases as Texas warns of overwhelmed hospitals

Today at 01:33 AM, via The Guardian

Iran sees highest daily deaths; UK government injects £1.57bn into arts and heritage; Spain puts part of Galicia back into lockdown. Follow the latest updates

India confirms record new casesTexas mayors warn of ‘serious trouble’ as cases surge across USWHO reports record 200,000 cases in one day, amid surging outbreaksAustralia sends 500 police to contain virus in public housing high...

Science/Tech

Amazon Stops Selling ‘Active Content’ Games in Kindle Reader’s Store

Today at 01:30 AM, via Slashdot

Once upon a time, you could play Scrabble on your black-and-white Kindle readers. Or chess or sudoko, or even solve New York Times Crossword Puzzles. Amazon’s Kindle Store had included 500 slick Java-based “Active Content” downloads… Electronic Arts even produced Kindle-specific versions of Monopoly, Yahtzee, and Battleship, while Amazon created original games with titles like Every Word and...

Health

Assessing the Real Coronavirus Death Rate: Live Updates

Yesterday at 22:42 PM, via New York Times

Assessing the pandemic’s real death rate could offer clues on what to expect next. And thousands of residents of public housing towers in Melbourne, Australia, are subjected to a five-day lockdown.

Nature

Sinking of the MV Treasure – marking South Africa’s worst environmental disaster

23 June at 13:09 PM, via CapeNature

By Kevin Shaw, Team Leader: Ecology | Biodiversity Intelligence The 23rd of June 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the sinking of the MV Treasure between Robben and Dassen Island.  The Treasure was a bulk ore iron carrier that had suffered structural damage in storms and when it sank on the morning of the 23rd it leaked about […]