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South Africa

SA records 2 055 new coronavirus cases, 85 related deaths

Yesterday at 22:00 PM, via SABC News

South Africa has recorded  2055 new coronavirus cases bringing the total number to 708 359. The Gauteng province accounts for  31% of the total number of cases, followed by  KwaZulu-Natal at 17.2%.

South Africa

Bushiri’s bail application drags on

Yesterday at 21:10 PM, via SABC News

The leader of the Enlightened Christian Gatherings (ECG), Shepherd Bushiri, his wife Mary, and the co-accused, Landiwe Ntlokwana, spent another night behind bars as their bail proceedings drag on. The three were arrested on Tuesday on charges of fraud, money laundering, and contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act to the tune of R102 million.

South Africa

Eastern Cape needs over R120 billion to address water problems

Yesterday at 21:10 PM, via SABC News

South Africa currently has a R900 billion water infrastructure backlog. The Eastern Cape is said to be the worst affected province as it will require over a R120 billion to address water infrastructure and bulk water supply to its total populace.

Education

Marcus Rashford in ‘despair’ as MPs reject free school meal plan

Yesterday at 21:27 PM, via The Guardian

Footballer and campaigner expresses disappointment as plea for free meals to be extended is voted down

Marcus Rashford, the England and Manchester United striker, vented his “despair” on Wednesday night as Labour’s plea for free school meals to be extended over the holidays to stop children going hungry fell on closed ears in government.

In an impassioned Commons debate, many MPs paid tribute...

Education

Universities accused of pressuring staff to work on campus

Yesterday at 19:25 PM, via The Guardian

One university says failure to offer ‘full campus experience’ could lead to students seeking tuition fee refunds

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Universities have come under fire for pressuring staff to work on campus to create a “vibrant” atmosphere, with one saying it was important students were deterred from seeking tuition fee refunds.

Employees working in...

Education

A Crackdown in Ann Arbor

Yesterday at 18:07 PM, via New York Times

The University of Michigan’s reopening hasn’t gone well, forcing the local government to step in.

Entertainment

‘Borat’ sequel somehow still manages to serve up audacious surprises

Yesterday at 20:02 PM, via CNN

Like any sequel, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” faces the challenge of what to do for an encore, 14 years and a big box-office haul later. Somehow, though, Sacha Baron Cohen hasn’t lost the power to deliver audacious surprises, with enough explosive, not-suitable-for-anywhere laughs to power through the flatter patches this sort of exercise inevitably yields.

Entertainment

‘Rebecca’ offers a pretty but uninspired remake of the Hitchcock classic

Yesterday at 15:50 PM, via CNN

The scenery is spectacular in “Rebecca,” and that’s not even counting stars Lily James and Armie Hammer. Yet this faithful, pretty-but-uninspired adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s novel doesn’t breathe fresh life into the classic, much less eclipse the 1940 Laurence Olivier-Joan Fontaine version that garnered Alfred Hitchcock’s lone best-picture Oscar.

Science/Tech

From the archives: How do we save society? – podcast

Today at 06:00 AM, via The Guardian

With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to highlight health and economic inequalities, and the US election fast approaching, this week we return to the archive to explore how divisions in society arise and what we can do about them. In this episode from 2017, Ian Sample investigates where group splits come from, how we can connect to those we disagree with, and what could happen if we fail

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Science/Tech

Google AI Tech Will Be Used For Virtual Border Wall, CBP Contract Shows

Today at 05:30 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Intercept: After years of backlash over controversial government work, Google technology will be used to aid the Trump administration’s efforts to fortify the U.S.-Mexico border, according to documents related to a federal contract. In August, Customs and Border Protection accepted a proposal to use Google Cloud technology to facilitate the use of...

Science/Tech

How This Uncrushable Beetle Can Survive Being Run Over By a Car

Today at 03:30 AM, via Slashdot

fahrbot-bot shares a report from Gizmodo: The diabolical ironclad beetle, in addition to having one of the coolest names in the animal kingdom, boasts one of the toughest natural exoskeletons. A team of scientists has finally figured out the secret behind this extra durable armor and how these insects can survive getting run over by a car. As wise people often say, a reed that bends in the wind...

Science/Tech

Airbnb Hires Jony Ive To Design Next-Gen Products and Services

Today at 02:50 AM, via Slashdot

Online vacation rental giant Airbnb on Wednesday said it has hired former Apple CDO Jony Ive and his company LoveFrom to assist in the design of future products and services. AppleInsider reports: Announced in a blog post from Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky, Ive will work on next-generation “products and services” as a design consultant. It appears that he will report directly to...

Nature

Scott Ramsay’s Photo Tours – Robberg Nature Reserve

Tuesday at 12:11 PM, via CapeNature

Words and photos by Scott Ramsay Take all the natural wonders of Robberg, and divide them by the number of square metres of this relatively tiny reserve…and you’ve got one of the most impressive reserves in the country. Few other small protected areas pack so much punch. Lying near the town of Plettenberg Bay (although […]