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THURSDAY, 21 OCTOBER 2021, 03:12


West Africa: A growing drug-trafficking hub

Yesterday at 22:11 PM, via The Citizen

Although flows of both cocaine and heroin have increased, the UNODC also points to rising cannabis and tramadol seizures. 


Where did you get my telephone number?

Today at 00:01 AM, via Moneyweb

SA companies seem to be struggling with the new Protection of Personal Information Act and the management of customer data.


Schools should stay open as greatest risk of Covid transmission is in households, research finds

Yesterday at 21:33 PM, via The Guardian

Family vaccination is key to preventing symptoms in children, an analysis of the Delta variant spread in education settings shows

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Despite Delta being more transmissible than earlier Covid-19 variants, in Australia few children and adolescents who get the virus have severe symptoms, and schools should only be closed under exceptional...


Social mobility tsar wants campaign against toddlers having mobile phones

Yesterday at 20:33 PM, via The Guardian

Katharine Birbalsingh says she wants to educate parents that the devices will make reading harder for children

The government’s new social mobility commissioner has told MPs she wants to launch a nationwide campaign telling parents not to give their toddlers a mobile phone to play with because it will make reading harder for them later on.

Katharine Birbalsingh told MPs there was “a lack of...


Dave Chappelle insulted another audience no one mentions

Yesterday at 22:49 PM, via CNN

Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix special may have attracted a barrage of criticism from the LGBTQ community, but there is another group that he has offended that no one mentions:


‘Dune’ captures the book’s epic scale while telling only half of the story

Yesterday at 21:24 PM, via CNN

To anyone who remembers seeing David Lynch’s 1984 version of “Dune” and thinking, “OK, so that happened,” director Denis Villeneuve has conjured a far more coherent narrative filled with stunning images and massive machinery. He has also split the book into two films, leaving audiences to consume the less compelling first half before ending somewhat abruptly in the middle.


Raspberry Pi Suffers First Ever Price Increase

Today at 02:45 AM, via Slashdot

For the first time, the price of a Raspberry Pi single-board computer is increasing and we have the global supply chain shortages to thank for it. PCMag reports: Eben Upton, chief executive of Raspberry Pi Trading, made the announcement today, but also made it clear the price increase is only temporary and only impacts one model of the Raspberry Pi 4. In February last year, the price of the...


WHO Asks South African Startup To Replicate Moderna’s mRNA Vaccine

Today at 02:02 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: The World Health Organization has hired the company, called Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines, as part of a $100 million plan to figure out how to make an mRNA vaccine against COVID that is as close as possible to the version produced by Moderna. Until recently, Afrigen specialized in developing veterinary vaccines using fairly traditional methods....


A Drone Will Rescue Three Dogs Trapped By La Palma Volcanic Eruption

Today at 01:20 AM, via Slashdot

Three dogs that are trapped near the erupting Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Canary Islands may soon be saved by a drone. Gizmodo reports: The poor, emaciated pups have been stuck in a yard surrounded by lava for a month. The volcano began erupting in September for the first time in 50 years, forcing thousands of people to evacuate, and the eruption is still ongoing. Spanish drone operator...


Investors Use AI To Analyze CEOs’ Language Patterns and Tone

Today at 00:40 AM, via Slashdot

CEOs and other managers are increasingly under the microscope as some investors use artificial intelligence to learn and analyze their language patterns and tone, opening up a new frontier of opportunities to slip up. Reuters reports: In late 2020, according to language pattern software specialist Evan Schnidman, some executives in the IT industry were playing down the possibility of...