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Africa

Lagos curfew eases after days of unrest in Nigeria

Yesterday at 16:46 PM, via News24

Shops lifted their shutters and market traders set out their stalls Saturday, as Nigeria’s biggest city Lagos cautiously reopened after a curfew was eased following days of unrest.

Business

Positioning SA for a green recovery

Today at 00:55 AM, via Moneyweb

Sustainable finance may not yet be as mainstream locally as it is globally, but it is gathering momentum.

Business

The show must go on …

Today at 00:49 AM, via Moneyweb

The need for decisive, urgent action has never been more critical.

Politics

EFF holds Central Command Committee meeting

Yesterday at 18:42 PM, via SABC News

The Economic Freedom Fighters  (EFF) is this weekend holding a Central Command Committee meeting in Boksburg on Gauteng’s East Rand where the up-coming bi-elections are among the topics to be discussed.

Education

UK academics: opening of universities was illegal

Yesterday at 21:00 PM, via The Guardian

Academic union seeks legal battle over government’s decision to ignore expert advice to move all non-essential teaching online

The government is facing a legal battle with academics over its “unlawful” decision to reopen universities for face-to-face teaching last month.

The UK’s largest academic union is seeking a judicial review of the government’s decision to ignore advice from its own...

Education

The government must support students stuck in Covid nightmare at universities

Yesterday at 21:00 PM, via The Guardian

The pandemic exposes why a higher education model built on fees is precarious and shows the urgent need for reform

We have now seen more than 27,000 cases of Covid at universities since the government told students it was safe to return to campus. We cannot let this disaster be repeated in January. That is why the University and College Union (UCU) has launched a legal challenge over...

Education

After Marcus Rashford, cafes step in where Tories refuse to tread | Barbara Ellen

Yesterday at 19:00 PM, via The Guardian

It has been heartening to see small businesses rush to offer help to poor children

Oh dear, Boris Johnson, not another massive public spanking from 22-year-old Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford? Last time, as part of his food poverty activism alongside the charity network FareShare, Rashford, the child of a single mother, forced the government into a climbdown over feeding vulnerable...

Education

Penguin launches project to boost diversity in GCSE reading lists

Yesterday at 18:11 PM, via The Guardian

Lit in Colour, the publisher’s partnership with the Runnymede Trust, hopes to redress imbalances in English literature courses

The book publisher Penguin Random House has teamed up with the thinktank the Runnymede Trust to boost diversity in reading lists in schools.

The partnership – Lit in Colour – follows a recent report by Teach First which found that pupils could leave school in England...

Lifestyle

Your daily Horoscope for 25 October 2020

Today at 01:00 AM, via The South African

Wondering what the day has in store for your star sign? Here’s a quick glance at horoscopes and more for today – completely free!

Entertainment

Shudufhadzo Musida crowned Miss SA 2020

Yesterday at 17:19 PM, via SowetanLIVE

It’s official: Shudufhadzo Musida has inherited the Miss SA crown from reigning queen Sasha-Lee Olivier

Science/Tech

Slashdot Asks: How Do You Feel About Btrfs?

Today at 01:34 AM, via Slashdot

emil (Slashdot reader #695) shares an article from Linux Journal re-visiting the saga of the btrfs file system (initially designed at Oracle in 2007):The btrfs filesystem has taunted the Linux community for years, offering a stunning array of features and capability, but never earning universal acclaim. Btrfs is perhaps more deserving of patience, as its promised capabilities dwarf all peers,...

Science/Tech

Greenpeace Claims Fukushima Water Release Could Change Human DNA

Today at 00:34 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes CNN:Contaminated water that could soon be released into the sea from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant contains radioactive carbon with the potential to damage human DNA, environmental rights organization Greenpeace has warned. The environmental group claims that the 1.23 million metric tons of water stored at the plant — scene of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi...

Science/Tech

Ministers ‘still hiding’ full details of 2016 pandemic simulation

Today at 00:17 AM, via The Guardian

Health secretary announces publication of Cygnus study but activists point to missing data

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The government has been accused of withholding the full findings of a simulation exercise that warned ministers that the UK would not cope in the event of a pandemic.

Campaigners have questioned what the government is hiding by choosing not to...

Science/Tech

Researchers Discover Second ‘Key’ Used By Coronavirus To Enter Human Cells

Yesterday at 23:34 PM, via Slashdot

Kiuas writes: Researchers from the Technical University of Munich and the University of Helsinki have discovered a second receptor (called neuropilin-1) which is used by the SARS-CoV-2 virus to enter into human cells via the nasal cavity. The discovery is important as it helps explain the rapid spread of the virus, and also helps define a potential target for antirviral intervention… The study...

Health

UnitedHealth Ships Flu Kits to Medicare Recipients

Yesterday at 11:00 AM, via New York Times

Under MedAdvantage plans, the major insurer is sending packages including Tamiflu and coronavirus tests to those considered especially vulnerable to Covid and the flu.

Nature

Communities and Conservation working together for sustainable oceans

Thursday at 15:57 PM, via CapeNature

Baited Underwater Videos (BRUVs) – Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean Marine protected areas (MPAs) aim to conserve marine life and promote the conservation and effective management of ecologically and biologically diverse marine areas. The social and economic context within which they exist also needs to be considered when planning and making management decisions. They are […]