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South Africa

Cape Town tourism fears the worst as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

Today at 20:00 PM, via SABC News

Tourism bodies in Cape Town fear that rising COVID-19 infections in the city may have a devastating impact on the industry this festive season. Although no decision has been made on the possibility of restricting the movement of people, concern abounds.

World

Police kill inmate in Sri Lanka Covid-19 prison riot

Today at 18:01 PM, via News24

Guards opened fire to contain a prison riot near Sri Lanka’s capital where an inmate was killed and three wounded while protesting a surge of coronavirus infections, police said.

Africa

Sudan inflation soars, raising spectre of hyperinflation

Today at 12:13 PM, via News24

Inflation in Sudan has risen to one of the highest levels in the world, and the country risks slipping into hyperinflation unless it gets its budget deficit and money supply under control, economists say.

Africa

Greek ship crew held hostage after Nigeria kidnapping

Today at 11:16 AM, via News24

A ship management company is in talks to free three Greek sailors kidnapped earlier this month by pirates off the Nigerian coast, Athens’ Merchant Navy Ministry said Sunday.

Politics

Moyane to grill Gordhan at the State Capture Commission on Monday

Today at 21:17 PM, via SABC News

On Monday, former SARS boss Tom Moyane will cross-examine Minister Pravin Gordhan when the inquiry into state capture resumes in Johannesburg. Moyane will be allowed to question the Public Enterprises Minister on a few issues regarding his 2018 testimony at the commission. 

Politics

Call for Ramaphosa to appear before the Zondo commission

Today at 16:50 PM, via SABC News

Former chairperson of the General Council of the Bar of South Africa, Vuyani Ngalwana SC, wants President Cyril Ramaphosa to testify before the State Capture Commission. He has written to commission chairperson, Justice Raymond Zondo, regarding this.

Politics

Holomisa says COVID-19 has taken its toll on him

Yesterday at 16:22 PM, via SABC News

 United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader, General Bantu Holomisa, says the past few months are the most devastating the party has ever endured.

Politics

Nyhontso to challenge Speaker’s decision in court

Yesterday at 15:56 PM, via SABC News

The sole Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) MP who had his membership revoked by Parliament, Mzwanele Nyhontso says he will urgently challenge the Speaker’s decision in court.

Education

Tom Winnifrith obituary

Today at 19:54 PM, via The Guardian

My father, Tom Winnifrith, who has died aged 82, was an academic who was instrumental in founding the department of classics at Warwick University and inspired generations of students in their love of classics and English literature.

Born in London to John Winnifrith, a civil servant at the Ministry of Agriculture who became director general of the National Trust, and his wife, Lesbia (nee...

Education

New York City public schools to reopen for in-person learning

Today at 19:24 PM, via The Guardian

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday that schools will reopen on 7 December, starting with elementary schools

New York City’s public schools will begin to reopen for in-person learning on 7 December , starting with elementary schools, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday.

The schools were closed less than two weeks ago after the citywide rate of coronavirus tests coming back positive...

Education

UK students fined more than £170,000 over Covid rule breaches

Today at 14:55 PM, via The Guardian

Exclusive: 28 institutions issued fines, with Nottingham University making up one-third of total

Universities fined students more than £170,000 for breaching coronavirus safety rules in the first weeks of the new academic year, a Guardian analysis has found, as students told of struggling to make friends without flouting restrictions.

Twenty-eight institutions fined students for breaking...

Entertainment

Darth Vader actor David Prowse, 85, dies

Today at 10:00 AM, via Channel24

British actor, David Prowse, best known for playing Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died at the age of 85.

Science/Tech

Microsoft Also Patented Tech to Score Meetings Using Filmed Body Language, Facial Expressions

Today at 21:48 PM, via Slashdot

Remember when Microsoft was criticized for enabling “workplace surveillance” over “productivity scores” in its Microsoft 365 office software which gave managers highly detailed profiles of each individual employee’s activity. Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes:The Microsoft 365 Productivity Score apparently has roots in another Microsoft patent application for Systems, Methods, and...

Science/Tech

That Mysterious Silver Monolith In the Utah Desert Has Disappeared

Today at 20:47 PM, via Slashdot

Slashdot reader Iwastheone quotes CNN:A tall, silver, shining metal monolith discovered in the desert in southeastern Utah — which prompted theories of alien placement and drew determined hikers to its secret location — has now disappeared, the state’s Bureau of Land Management said Saturday. The monolith was removed by an “unknown party” sometime Friday night, the agency said in a Facebook...

Science/Tech

Darth Vader Actor From Original ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy Dies at Age 85

Today at 19:39 PM, via Slashdot

Reuters reports:David Prowse, the English actor who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars films, has died aged 85, his management company said on Sunday… The champion weightlifter-turned-actor starred as the body, but not the voice, of one of cinema’s best-known villains. Director George Lucas opted to dub another voice onto Prowse’s portrayal of the towering, masked antagonist Darth...

Science/Tech

Eskom faces criminal prosecution

Today at 19:28 PM, via MyBroadband

Summons was served on Eskom on 27 November 2020 notifying it of the decision by the Senior Public Prosecutor to pursue a criminal prosecution.

Health

Make a Poem From Newspaper

Today at 06:58 AM, via New York Times

A cento is a poem written using borrowed lines, like ones from this publication. Don’t forget to give credit.

Health

Making Bar Trivia Virtual

Today at 06:37 AM, via New York Times

Though many bars are under lockdown restrictions, pub quiz companies still operate online. You provide the booze, they provide the brainteasers.

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 […]