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At least 20 dead in Ukraine military plane crash

Today at 21:43 PM, via News24

Ukraine’s interior ministry on Friday said at least 20 people were killed when a military plane crash landed in the Kharkiv region in the east of the country.

South Africa

Nehawu and government agree to engage further on issues

Today at 21:10 PM, via SABC News

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) and government have agreed that both parties will continue to engage on a number of issues that affect frontline workers in the public sector, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

South Africa

SA records 1 480 new COVID-19 cases

Today at 21:09 PM, via SABC News

South Africa has recorded 1 480 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of reported cases in the country to 668 529. According to the Department of Health, the cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 117 079 with 14 917 new tests conducted since the last report. […]

Business

WATCH | Facebook Oversight Board to launch in October

Today at 19:56 PM, via Fin24

Facebook’s long-delayed independent Oversight Board plans to launch in mid-late October, just before the November US presidential election, although a board member said he did not know whether it would hear cases related to the contest.

Politics

MKMVA accuses ANC of failing in its duty to effectively run the country

Today at 16:15 PM, via SABC News

Durban Metro Police say various roads leading to the African National Congress provincial offices in Stanger Street in the city are still closed to traffic as more than 200 disgruntled members of the MKMVA are protesting outside the offices.

Politics

President Ramaphosa meets Nehawu leaders

Today at 14:55 PM, via SABC News

President Cyril Ramaphosa is currently meeting with the leaders of the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu).

Education

Bizarre virtual kidnapping in Australia highlights risk to Chinese students

Today at 22:00 PM, via The Guardian

Virtual kidnappings targeting young Chinese adults are estimated to have netted billions of dollars worldwide

When someone falls victim to fraud, the common lament is that the con sounded too good to be true. But for the victims of so-called ‘virtual kidnappings’, it is the opposite; it sounds so terrible that it couldn’t be real.

In the latest case revealed by police in New South Wales this...

Education

Halt in-person university teaching until test and trace fixed, union urges

Today at 19:00 PM, via The Guardian

Exclusive: UCU general secretary Jo Grady speaks out after rapid rise in Covid cases on campuses

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Face-to-face teaching at universities should be halted until the government fixes test-and-trace failures and curbs the spread of Covid-19, the union representing academics and staff has said.

The warning from Jo Grady, general secretary...

Education

Dorm snitches and party bans: how universities around the world are tackling Covid

Today at 18:47 PM, via The Guardian

From asking students to report illicit gatherings to expanded online teaching, educational institutions continue to adapt

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From overcrowded lecture halls in France to a ban on sleepovers in Ireland, special coronavirus apps in the UK, snitching on dorm parties in the US and shuttered campus gates in India, students face a range of...

Entertainment

‘The Comey Rule’ shows off a sensational cast in a slightly uneven miniseries

Today at 17:46 PM, via CNN

“The Comey Rule” employs a clunky framing device, turning Rod Rosenstein into the awkward narrator of the story. Brilliant casting from top to bottom, however, elevates this two-part Showtime adaptation of former FBI director James Comey’s book, which adopts a sympathetic stance toward the no-win scenario the bureau faced with its twin investigations into presidential candidates Hillary Clinton...

Science/Tech

Swift System is Now Open Source and Supports Linux

Today at 22:05 PM, via Slashdot

Michael Ilseman, an engineer on the Swift Standard Library team at Apple, writes: In June, Apple introduced Swift System, a new library for Apple platforms that provides idiomatic interfaces to system calls and low-level currency types. Today, I’m excited to announce that we’re open-sourcing System and adding Linux support! Our vision is for System to eventually act as the single home for...

Science/Tech

What Australia needs to do to avoid a third Covid wave

Today at 22:00 PM, via The Guardian

Lessons from other parts of the world show we should lock down early, rely on evidence – and get used to wearing masks

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As Victoria reaches the end of its second wave of the coronavirus, the focus is now on...

Science/Tech

What Went Viral This Week

Today at 21:36 PM, via New York Times

Ruth Bader Ginsburg obituaries, reports of missing children and stories from a right-wing satire site made up the week’s most highly engaged stories on social media.

Science/Tech

Facebook Critics Take on Its Oversight Board

Today at 21:25 PM, via Slashdot

A group of high-profile Facebook critics on Friday announced the launch of what they are calling the “Real Facebook Oversight Board,” an effort that aims to counter an independent board established by Facebook last year to oversee its decisions on content moderation. From a report: The opposing effort represents how political the fight between Facebook and its critics has become in the lead-up...

Nature

International Coastal Cleanup Day 2020 – Trashy seas made clean

Today at 11:47 AM, via CapeNature

By Marx-Lenin Nagan, Stakeholder Engagement Officer, Cederberg Landscape Unit International Coastal Cleanup Day was marked on 19 September 2020 and CapeNature staff rolled up their sleeves to support local initiatives on the day. Three coastal cleanups took place on the 19th September in the Cederberg Landscape at Velddrif, Elands – and Lamberts Bay respectively. These […]