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THURSDAY, 28 JANUARY 2021, 09:30

South Africa

SA COVID-19 deaths surpass the 42 000 mark

Today at 08:52 AM, via SAnews

South Africa has recorded a further 753 deaths due to complications related to the Coronavirus, which takes the death toll to 42 550 since the outbreak.

South Africa

Dr Fikeni appointed as Commissioner of PSC

Today at 08:35 AM, via SAnews

President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Dr Somadoda Fikeni for a five-year term of office as Commissioner of the Public Service Commission.

World

Ex-Russian oil tycoon: I was one of the lucky ones

Today at 02:34 AM, via CNN

CNN’s Matthew Chance speaks exclusively with Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia’s richest man, who — after falling out with Russian President Vladimir Putin himself — spent more than 10 years in a Russian jail. He says the US should impose tough sanctions on Putin to save Alexey Navalny from a similar fate.

Africa

Hopewell Chin’ono freed on bail after latest arrest

Yesterday at 17:01 PM, via News24

Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono, who has been jailed three times in six months for anti-government tweets, was granted bail Wednesday by the country’s High Court after nearly three weeks in pre-trial detention.

Business

A warning to South Africa from the IMF

Today at 09:10 AM, via BusinessTech

A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) held virtual meetings with the South African government this week to discuss recent economic developments and the outlook of the economy.

Business

Musica closes down

Today at 08:58 AM, via BusinessTech

Retail group Clicks says that it will be shutting down Musica in South Africa, after several years of decline.

Sport

Tuchel admits Chelsea face top four fight

Today at 08:35 AM, via News24

Thomas Tuchel admits Chelsea face a fight to finish in the Premier League’s top four after his first match ended in a frustrating 0-0 draw against Wolves on Wednesday.

Education

Beverley Bryan: the British Black Panther who inspired a generation of women

Today at 08:00 AM, via The Guardian

After her friend Olive Morris was assaulted by police in 1969, Bryan joined her in the civil rights group. Then she decolonised her classroom – and contributed to a groundbreaking book

In the mid-60s, Beverley Bryan was a prefect at Lavender Hill secondary modern in south London. One of her responsibilities was to stand at the school gates and scribble down the name of any student who was late....

Education

Kenya: USIU to Lay Off 70 Staff Amid Declining Enrolment Numbers

Today at 07:38 AM, via AllAfrica

[Nation] About 70 members of staff at the United States International University – Africa (USIU-Africa) are set to lose their jobs in what the management terms a “staff rationalisation exercise”. This comes at a time when the institution is grappling with lower student enrolment and tough economic conditions.

Education

Kenya: Keep Off KNUT’s Dispute With TSC, Sossion Tells Kuppet

Today at 07:37 AM, via AllAfrica

[Nation] The two giant teachers unions, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) and the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Teachers (Kuppet), are at loggerheads over teachers’ membership, which could intensify the rift between the two.

Lifestyle

The empire writes back: tackling Britain’s colonial past

Today at 04:50 AM, via Eyewitness News

Sathnam Sanghera’s new book, ‘Empireland’ explores Britain’s uneasy relationship with its past, which was thrown into sharp relief by the Black Lives Matter protests last year.

Entertainment

Cloris Leachman, award-winning sitcom star, dead at 94

Today at 01:54 AM, via CNN

Cloris Leachman, the acclaimed actress whose one-of-a-kind comedic flare made her a legendary figure in film and television for seven decades, has died, according to a statement from her longtime manager and representatives. She was 94.

Entertainment

‘Resident Alien’ casts Alan Tudyk as an E.T. who can’t go home

Yesterday at 21:21 PM, via CNN

Turning a concept as old as “My Favorite Martian” into something fresh and funny isn’t easy, but “Resident Alien” somehow manages that, fueled by its dark, offbeat tone and Alan Tudyk’s otherworldly skill playing the title character as a stranger in his own skin. Regular twists also help, in a serialized dramedy that turns the Dark Horse comic into a wonderfully addictive series.

Science/Tech

Retailer Musica to cease trading

Today at 09:02 AM, via TechCentral

Musica will soon be no more. Clicks Group announced on Thursday that it will close the music retailer’s stores countrywide.

Science/Tech

Puzzling Six-Exoplanet System With Rhythmic Movement Challenges Theories of How Planets Form

Today at 09:00 AM, via Slashdot

Astronomers have used a combination of telescopes to reveal a system consisting of six exoplanets, five of which are locked in a rare rhythm around their central star. “The researchers believe the system could provide important clues about how planets, including those in the Solar System, form and evolve,” reports Phys.Org. From the report: The first time the team observed TOI-178, a star some...

Science/Tech

At Davos, the global elite should ensure the whole world can access Covid vaccines | Larry Elliott

Today at 09:00 AM, via The Guardian

We risk creating healthcare apartheid, where the virus still rages in poorer nations. Ultimately, this will harm all of us

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In different times, the president of South Africa would have been one of the world leaders in Switzerland this week for the annual gathering of the global elite in Davos. But the January talkfest has been...

Nature

The bontebok – a species saved from the brink of extinction

Monday at 14:07 PM, via CapeNature

By Nicole Horn, Biodiversity Capabilities The bontebok – a likable, medium sized antelope with a multi-coloured coat and endemic to the Western Cape, is listed as Vulnerable in the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species.  It was once on the brink of extinction due to hunting, human settlement and incorrect […]

Nature

Fish migrations: they would swim 500 miles and they would swim 500 more

20 January at 18:23 PM, via CapeNature

By Nicole Horn and Alexis Olds Migration is a widespread but highly complicated and diverse component to many fish species lives.  Migration can be strenuous and often consists of extremely long journeys. The life history stages of certain species rely heavily on migration. Fish will migrate for several reasons including escaping unfavourable conditions, moving to […]