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South Africa

OR Tambo official arrested for COVID-19 fraud

Today at 17:15 PM, via SABC News

An OR Tambo Municipal official in the Eastern Cape has been arrested in connection with the R4 million tender fraud from the COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Africa

African envoys due to meet Ethiopian PM as war ultimatum expires

Today at 11:23 AM, via News24

African peace envoys were due to meet Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Friday, a day after he said the military was beginning the “final phase” of an offensive in the northern Tigray region that rights groups fear.

Business

Petrol prices to decrease 13 c/l

Today at 17:01 PM, via Fin24

While petrol prices will decrease, partly because of reduced international prices of the fuel, the prices of diesel and illuminating paraffin and gas will increase.

Politics

EFF in Limpopo marches to ZZ2 for better working conditions  

Today at 17:45 PM, via SABC News

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Limpopo has given tomato producer, ZZ2, 21 days to respond to its memorandum that demands improved working and living conditions for the company’s farm workers.  

Politics

Makhubo says it is not unusual for Black-owned companies to donate money to ANC

Today at 16:30 PM, via SABC News

Johannesburg Mayor and former African National Congress (ANC) treasurer in the Greater Johannesburg region, Geoffrey Makhubo, has told the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture that it is not unusual for a Black-owned company to donate money to the ANC from funds made from government tenders.

Politics

DA to protest outside State Capture Inquiry

Today at 09:25 AM, via SABC News

The DA is expected to stage a protest outside the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in Johannesburg, where former ANC treasurer of the Greater Johannesburg region Geoffrey Makhubo is expected to testify on Friday morning.

Sport

SABC signs Proteas deal ahead of bumper season

Today at 18:19 PM, via News24

Cricket South Africa and the South African Broadcasting Corporation have announced a broadcasting deal for the busy cricket summer in South Africa.

Education

Climate ‘apocalypse’ fears stopping people having children – study

Today at 13:00 PM, via The Guardian

Survey of 600 people finds some parents regret having offspring for same reason

People worried about the climate crisis are deciding not to have children because of fears that their offspring would have to struggle through a climate apocalypse, according to the first academic study of the issue.

The researchers surveyed 600 people aged 27 to 45 who were already factoring climate concerns into...

Education

Overseas aid budget for education cut by a quarter this year, data shows

Today at 12:00 PM, via The Guardian

Reduction came before this week’s move to slash UK spending on poorer nations to 0.5% of national income, with girls worst affected

The overseas aid budget for education was slashed by more than a quarter by the government this year, even before this week’s further axing of a third of aid spending, according to analysis seen by the Guardian.

As anger met the government’s announcement this...

Education

First-year EU students face £800 Brexit bill if not in UK before 2021

Today at 08:00 AM, via The Guardian

Visa and health fees likely to be levied on those who started UK courses overseas due to Covid

First-year EU students who enrolled in UK universities this autumn but have been unable to move to the country due to the pandemic face an £800 Brexit bill shock if they don’t set foot on British soil before 31 December, campaigners have warned.

The Home Office said they will not qualify for EU...

Lifestyle

Biker dog Bogie thrills fans as he cruises Philippine highways

Today at 16:49 PM, via SABC News

With his black sports jacket, reflective aviator sunglasses and bespoke orange helmet with holes so his ears can stick out, Bogie the dog sure is one suave-looking canine, with an Easy Rider look that would earn him a place in any motorcycle gang.

Science/Tech

India Enters Recession as Virus Pummels No. 3 Asian Economy

Today at 18:02 PM, via Slashdot

India entered an unprecedented recession with the economy contracting in the three months through September due to the lingering effects of lockdowns to contain the Covid-19 outbreak. From a report: Gross domestic product declined 7.5% last quarter from a year ago, the Statistics Ministry said Friday. That was milder than an 8.2% drop forecast by economists in a Bloomberg survey, and and a...

Science/Tech

Icasa will now charge operators to use Covid relief spectrum

Today at 17:44 PM, via TechCentral

Icasa’s recent decision to extend the allocation of emergency spectrum under the Covid-19 disaster regulations to operators to the end of March 2021 now has an added proviso: The companies will have to cough up for it.

Science/Tech

‘The buck stops with her’: June Raine to make call on UK’s Covid vaccines

Today at 17:32 PM, via The Guardian

Head of MHRA has ‘devoted whole life to public health’, says former colleague

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In the summer of 2019, Dr June Raine seemed close to finally putting her feet up. At 67, she was director of the vigilance and risk management of medicines at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, a role that is roughly as important and...

Science/Tech

Leaf-Cutter Ants Have Rocky Crystal Armor, Never Before Seen in Insects

Today at 17:09 PM, via Slashdot

Leaf-cutter ants are named for their Herculean feats: they chomp foliage and carry unwieldy pieces, like green flags many times their size, long distances to their colonies. There they chew up the leaves to feed underground fungus farms. Along the way, the insects brave all manner of predators — and regularly engage in wars with other ants. But these insects are even tougher than previously...

Health

Ghost Ships

Today at 17:50 PM, via New York Times

My sister was my other half until we tacked in different directions, making our own life choices.

Nature

Escape to Marloth Nature Reserve

Tuesday at 17:01 PM, via CapeNature

Words and photos by Scott Ramsay Lying just off the national N2 road, about two and a half hours from Cape Town, Swellendam is South Africa’s third oldest town and owes much of its attractiveness to the mountains lying a few kilometres to the north. I’ve always slowed down on the road here, mostly because […]

Nature

Responsible fishing encouraged this World Fisheries Day

21 November at 13:09 PM, via CapeNature

World Fisheries Day is an Environmental Calendar Day celebrated every year on the 21st of November to highlight the importance of a sustainable means to maintain fish stocks. It highlights the critical importance of fish and the role it plays in job creation and economic impact. Fishing is central to the livelihoods and food security […]