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OP-ED: Covid-19 grants are making a difference in this little Namaqualand town

Yesterday at 23:11 PM, via Daily Maverick

The little town of Loeriesfontein in Namaqualand, part of the western Karoo, is desperately poor and even before the Covid-19 pandemic, social grants made up close to half the town’s household income. The Covid-19 ‘social relief of distress’ grant has made a major difference in Loeriesfontein.

South Africa

Level 3 remains with tighter regulations

Yesterday at 21:50 PM, via SAnews

While the country will remain on lockdown level 3 amid a rapid rise in COVID-19 infections, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced drastic measures in an effort to preserve lives and limit the rise in infections.

Africa

Mali president tries to calm unrest with court dissolution

Yesterday at 10:22 AM, via News24

Mali’s embattled president announced the dissolution of the constitutional court in an attempt to calm the major civil unrest gripping the vulnerable African country, as more opposition leaders were arrested.

Politics

LIVE: President Ramaphosa addresses the nation

Yesterday at 19:58 PM, via SABC News

President Cyril Ramaphosa is addressing the nation. It is expected that the President will outline government’s strategy with regards to the coronavirus pandemic.

Education

Gender gap in children’s reading grew in UK lockdown – survey

Today at 01:01 AM, via The Guardian

Research finds more girls than boys have been reading books and say they are enjoying it

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Boys have fallen further behind girls at reading regularly and enjoying it during the UK lockdown, a study suggests.

The gender gap in the numbers of children who say they take pleasure in reading and who read daily appears to have widened,...

Education

Forgotten plays: No 7 – Skyvers (1963) by Barry Reckord

Today at 01:01 AM, via The Guardian

Reckord’s unflinchingly honest social document pinned down the flaws in a UK education system that consigned an underclass to a dead-end future

Why are there so few good plays about school life? A handful have achieved iconic status. Alan Bennett’s The History Boys (2004) was once voted the nation’s favourite play. Terence Rattigan’s The Browning Version (1948) is a moving study of...

Education

UK universities: no automatic tuition fee refunds, MPs say

Today at 01:01 AM, via The Guardian

Petitions committee concludes there should not be a universal reimbursement for coronavirus disruption

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Students at British universities should not expect automatic tuition fee refunds for disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak, according to MPs, despite complaints from thousands of those affected.

The MPs on parliament’s...

Education

Priti Patel to unveil details of post-Brexit immigration plans

Today at 01:00 AM, via The Guardian

Home secretary will announce the biggest overhaul of the UK system in decades

The home secretary is to unveil further detail on the future of immigration in the UK on Monday in an attempt to prepare businesses and organisations for the biggest overhaul of the system in decades.

The Home Office has previously revealed the core principles behind the forthcoming points-based system, which is meant...

Science/Tech

Cancer Patient Complains: My Facebook Feed Is Full of ‘Alternative Care’ Ads

Today at 00:44 AM, via Slashdot

The author of an opinion piece in the New York Times describes what happened after sharing their cancer diagnosis on Facebook:Since then, my Facebook feed has featured ads for “alternative cancer care.” The ads, which were new to my timeline, promote everything from cumin seeds to colloidal silver as cancer treatments. Some ads promise luxury clinics — or even “nontoxic cancer therapies” on a...

Science/Tech

WSJ: ‘Quit Chrome. Safari and Edge Are Just Better Browsers’

Yesterday at 23:43 PM, via Slashdot

The Wall Street Journal’s senior personal tech columnist just published an article urging readers to “quit Chrome. Safari and Edge are just better browsers.” It begins with the reporter pretending to break up with Chrome, adding “I’d say I’ll remember the good times — your speed, your superb handling of Gmail — but your RAM hoovering, battery draining and privacy disregarding make it easy...

Science/Tech

Starwatch: Jupiter at its brightest in opposition

Yesterday at 22:30 PM, via The Guardian

Jupiter is at its closest to Earth and directly opposite the sun – so will be conspicuous for its brightness

On 14 July at 09:00 BST, Jupiter will be directly opposite the sun in the sky. Known as opposition, it marks the middle of the weeks when the planet is at its best for observing because it is closest to Earth. From Jupiter’s perspective, our world will be at inferior conjunction,...

Health

Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Wears Mask Publicly for First Time

Yesterday at 17:44 PM, via New York Times

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pushes for U.S. schools to reopen. Louisiana’s governor orders bars to close. Pittsburgh and Corpus Christi offer cautionary tales. And India’s latest surge includes a top Bollywood star.

Nature

Everything you need to know about renewing or purchasing a Wild Card during lockdown

06 July at 20:20 PM, via CapeNature

What is a Wild Card? The Wild Card is a loyalty programme that makes tourism to national parks and nature reserves in southern Africa more accessible and rewarding than ever before. With a Wild Card membership you receive one year’s unlimited access to the most beautiful nature reserves and parks with superb picnic spots, natural […]