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O’Sullivan suffers shock UK Championship loss

Today at 18:22 PM, via BBC News

World champion Ronnie O’Sullivan suffers a shock loss against world number 66 Alexander Ursenbacher in the second round of the UK Championship.

South Africa

KZN to crackdown on truck drivers without correct permits

Today at 15:51 PM, via Eyewitness News

Angry groups have torched more than 30 trucks across the country in recent weeks and attacked drivers because they’re allegedly disgruntled by the employment of foreign nationals.

South Africa

Cele promises to stem the rot in Osizweni

Today at 15:30 PM, via SABC News

Police Minister Bheki Cele has vowed to root out criminal activities and police officers believed to be working with criminals in Osizweni township in Newcastle, in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Cele led police raids at drug dens and roadblocks in the area.

South Africa

Family of Enock Mpianzi seeks R20 million settlement from GDE

Today at 15:27 PM, via Eyewitness News

It’s understood the family is at loggerheads with the Gauteng Department of Education after they refused an initial settlement of R10 million as compensation for the death of Enock Mpianzi during a school excursion.

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

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.

Sport

Super-sub Cavani inspires Man United fightback

Today at 18:39 PM, via News24

Edinson Cavani inspired Manchester United’s thrilling fightback from two goals down to snatch a dramatic 3-2 win against Southampton on Sunday.

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...

Education

Drug gangs prey on excluded truants, warns Ofsted chief

Today at 11:15 AM, via The Guardian

Amanda Spielman says pupil referral units in England, while playing a valuable role, must do more to raise attendance

Vulnerable children expelled from mainstream schools are at risk of being “preyed upon” because of worryingly poor attendance at the specialist institutions tasked with teaching them, the chief inspector of schools in England has warned.

Amanda Spielman, the head of Ofsted, said...

Education

Nigeria: Nans Must Engage ASUU to Rescue Varsities From Collapse, Says Student Leader

Today at 10:51 AM, via AllAfrica

[This Day] The immediate past President of Student Union Government, Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Olaseinde Adeyinka yesterday urged the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to dialogue with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to save public universities from collapse.

Lifestyle

Darth Vader actor David Prowse dies aged 85

Today at 13:37 PM, via SABC News

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.

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

What Hunting Bigfoot Taught a Republican Congressman about Misinformation, Political Extremists, and Grift

Today at 18:34 PM, via Slashdot

Republican congressman Denver Riggleman was once a defense contractor for America’s National Security Agency. But in 2004, he paid more than $5,000 to join an amateur expedition searching for Bigfoot. Not because he believed in the mythical ape-like creature said to live in the woods, according to the Washington Post, but “to indulge a lifelong fascination: Why do people — what kind of people...

Science/Tech

The best tech skills to have in South Africa

Today at 18:08 PM, via MyBroadband

South Africa’s new list of occupations in high demand reveals the tech skills which are the most likely to land you a good job.

Science/Tech

Will Tesla Update Bring Remote Access To Car Cameras?

Today at 17:34 PM, via Slashdot

“Tesla’s Sentry Mode is about to bring things to a whole new level by enabling Tesla owners to remotely see what their cars can see through Autopilot cameras,” claims Electrek — citing a Twitter user named green “who has been revealing new Tesla features found in software updates.” “It’s not certain when the live camera update would arrive, provided it’s not scrapped,” writes Engadget, adding...

Science/Tech

Researchers Calculate Earth is 2,000 Light-years Closer to the Milky Way’s Black Hole

Today at 16:34 PM, via Slashdot

“Earth just got 7 km/s faster and about 2000 light-years closer to the supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy,” reports Phys.org:But don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that our planet is plunging towards the black hole. Instead the changes are results of a better model of the Milky Way Galaxy based on new observation data, including a catalog of objects observed over the...

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.

Health

Ways to Get Your Kids Moving

Today at 06:22 AM, via New York Times

Teens and tweens need exercise, period. Many parents are finding informal, creative and encouraging ways to get their isolated offspring outside safely.

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 […]