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SATURDAY, 23 JANUARY 2021, 01:18

South Africa

Ramaphosa signs off 2020 tax acts

Yesterday at 20:13 PM, via News24

The tax acts were published in the government gazette this week and give effect to tax proposals outlined in the February 2020 budget.

World

Twitter Bans Account Linked To Iran’s Supreme Leader

Today at 01:05 AM, via NPR

An image that seems to threaten former President Donald Trump has prompted Twitter to deactivate an account linked to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The image also appears on Khameini’s website.

World

Canada working with the US to close travel ‘loophole’

Today at 00:35 AM, via CNN

Canadian officials said Friday they are working with the Biden administration to close what they describe as a travel “loophole” and to get more symmetry with Covid-19 safety protocols between the two countries.

Africa

Another big storm, growing stronger, set to hit central Mozambique

Yesterday at 21:51 PM, via News24

A powerful storm nearing Mozambique is expected to intensify into a tropical cyclone on Friday, according to forecasts, dumping rain onto already swollen rivers in an area devastated by Cyclone Idai less than two years ago.

Africa

Three Malian troops killed by roadside bomb

Yesterday at 17:44 PM, via News24

Three Malian troops were killed and five wounded by a roadside bomb in the centre of the country on Thursday, military sources said, in the latest attack in the Sahel state.

Politics

Family mourns death of Minister Mthembu

Yesterday at 20:09 PM, via SABC News

Michael Mthembu, a brother to the late Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu, has described as “tough” the passing of his brother.

Sport

Mourinho says injury behind Alli’s absence

Today at 00:20 AM, via News24

Tottenham Hotspur coach Jose Mourinho said Dele Alli missed last weekend’s win at Sheffield United through injury rather than an impending transfer.

Education

A Report Card for U.S. Schools

Yesterday at 20:21 PM, via New York Times

Seven districts, seven very different experiences of pandemic learning.

Education

Jewish students are protected by the IHRA definition of antisemitism | Letter

Yesterday at 19:28 PM, via The Guardian

Discussion of the definition’s adoption by British universities should reflect the lived realities of Jewish students, say 94 leaders, officers and members of university Jewish societies

The commentariat’s analysis of the adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism by British universities (Letters, 7 January) does not resemble the reality we have...

Education

Old bathrooms were better than freezers

Yesterday at 19:24 PM, via The Guardian

University education | NHS test and trace | Lost voices | Winter freezes | QAnon

The ending of the letter from Dr Tim Bradshaw, chief executive of the Russell Group (Letters, 20 January), tells you all you need to know about the marketisation of UK universities. He claims that universities remain focused on “delivering high-quality learning outcomes for their students”. Why not focus on...

Lifestyle

R980k Aston Martin-inspired Scotch… Aye, connoisseurs only

Yesterday at 20:58 PM, via The South African

With only 25 bottles for sale, the significance of the year 1964 is paramount in this exceptionally rare 31-Year-Old Black Bowmore DB5 1964 as it represents a truly defining era of evolution for both Bowmore and Aston Martin in that year.

Science/Tech

Australian drug shortage sparks calls to loosen prescription rules

Today at 00:54 AM, via The Guardian

Australia hit by shortages of contraceptive pills and antidepressants

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has called on the federal government to allow pharmacists to be able to substitute medicines for same drugs of a different brand to address shortages of government-subsidised drugs.

The move comes amid significant shortages of the most widely prescribed antidepressant.

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Science/Tech

Apple Plans Thinner MacBook Air With Magnetic Charger In Mac Lineup Reboot

Today at 00:40 AM, via Slashdot

According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on a thinner and lighter version of the MacBook Air, the company’s mass-market laptop. From the report: The new computer is planned to be released during the second half of this year at the earliest or in 2022. It will include Apple’s MagSafe charging technology and a next-generation version of the company’s in-house Mac processors. Apple has discussed...

Science/Tech

Coronavirus live news: UK variant fears while Western Australia to relax border rules

Today at 00:08 AM, via The Guardian

New UK Covid variant may be 30% more deadly, says Johnson; World’s poor need action, not Covid ‘vaccine nationalism’, say experts; Germany’s Covid death toll exceeds 50,000

Home Affairs visa letter forces Australian couple on ‘nightmare’ trip to Covid-hit BritainIsraeli Covid chief’s claim single vaccine dose less effective ‘inaccurate’Covid vaccines: what are the implications of new...

Science/Tech

A Home Security Worker Hacked Into Surveillance Systems To Watch People Have Sex

Today at 00:02 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: A former employee of prominent home security company ADT has admitted that he hacked into the surveillance feeds of dozens of customer homes, doing so primarily to spy on naked women or to leer at unsuspecting couples while they had sex. Telesforo Aviles, 35, pleaded guilty to a count of computer fraud in federal court this week, confessing that...

Nature

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

Wednesday 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 […]