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South Africa

Mkhize welcomes SIU investigation into R82 mln health tender

Today at 21:20 PM, via SABC News

Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has responded to media reports that the Special Investigating Unit is investigating a complaint about a multi-million rand tender that allegedly benefitted two of his close associates.  

Business

World’s biggest wealth fund divests from tax dodgers

Today at 22:26 PM, via Fin24

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest with assets of $1.3 trillion, said Thursday it had last year, for the first time, divested from companies it believes had dubious tax reporting practices.

Business

Gauteng to prioritise development of SEZs

Today at 22:24 PM, via Moneyweb

Parks Tau, Gauteng MEC for Economic Development outlines how Gauteng is doing its bit to reignite its economy in terms of SA’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan.

Politics

Zuma tells ANC top six not to hold their breath

Today at 21:00 PM, via Mail & Guardian

Former president Jacob Zuma will only meet ANC leaders if deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo recuses himself from the state capture commission

Education

English school leaders despair at soft line on Covid tests and masks

Today at 22:18 PM, via The Guardian

Minister says neither tests nor masks will be compulsory and it will be up to parents to decide

Headteachers fear that the reopening of England’s schools could be undermined because parents will not consent to Covid testing for their children and because guidance on the wearing of face masks in classes is unenforceable.

The warnings came after a slew of education announcements from the...

Education

‘I’d 100% prefer to sit exams’: pupils on teacher-assessed grades

Today at 21:54 PM, via The Guardian

A-level and GCSE students give their verdict on the new system announced for results in England this year

How will teachers decide exam grades in England this summer?

The education secretary, Gavin Williamson, announced on Thursday that teachers would get sweeping powers to decide exam grades in England this year. The move, which covers A-level and GCSE students, has raised concerns about grade...

Education

How will teachers decide exam grades in England this summer?

Today at 19:52 PM, via The Guardian

What we know so far about the plan to replace in-person exams with teacher assessments

After cancelling this summer’s A-level, GCSE, BTec and vocation qualifications, the government in England has finally confirmed that teachers will award final grades.

Why has it taken so long?

Continue reading…

Education

Nigeria: Covid-19 – Lagos Starts Safe School Clearance Visit

Today at 17:06 PM, via AllAfrica

[Vanguard] The Office of Education Quality Assurance, OEQA, Ministry of Education, Lagos State has commenced safe school clearance visits to public and private schools below tertiary level in the state to ensure they are safe to remain open for academic activities.

Lifestyle

Lady Gaga offers $500 000 reward for two stolen dogs

Today at 20:30 PM, via SABC News

Pop superstar Lady Gaga is offering a$500 000 reward for the return of her French bulldogs Koji and Gustav that were stolen in Hollywood, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday, after reports that her dog walker was shot.

Entertainment

‘Cherry’ reunites Tom Holland and the Russo brothers on a not-so-super movie

Today at 23:31 PM, via CNN

The current Spider-Man and directors of “Avengers: Endgame” reunite on “Cherry,” but that’s the only conspicuously super thing about this grim adaptation of the bestselling book. Tom Holland’s kinetic performance is impressive, but it’s in the service of an uneven film that too self-consciously works at mirroring the form of a novel.

Science/Tech

Amazon Gives Code.org $15 Million To ‘Reimagine’ Advanced Placement CSA

Today at 22:57 PM, via Slashdot

theodp writes: Amazon on Wednesday announced it has lined up the support of Governors and State School Superintendents from five ‘key states’ for a pilot that aims to reimagine the Java-based Advanced Placement Computer Science A (AP CS A) course taken by high school students for college credit. By doing so, Amazon indicated it hopes to address “the diversity gaps in today’s technology...

Health

Vaccine Hesitancy in Cancer Patients

Today at 12:00 PM, via New York Times

“If I accept the vaccine,” one cancer patient says, “it will be with a strong feeling of guilt that at best I will be prolonging my life for a few months or years.”

Health

Learning to Listen to Patients’ Stories

Today at 12:00 PM, via New York Times

Narrative medicine programs teach doctors and other caregivers “sensitive interviewing skills” and the art of “radical listening” to improve patient care.

Nature

Water quality and quantity the key to healthy estuaries

Tuesday at 16:19 PM, via CapeNature

The health of on estuary is a description of the condition of an estuary and are driven by two key drivers, water quality and quantity. Rain falling on the land eventually makes its way to a lake, river, stream, estuary, or ocean. Some rainwater flows slowly, in a thin layer called sheet flow across the […]