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South Africa

SA in line for first digital census

Today at 15:22 PM, via SAnews

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) is set to conduct a trial to the first digital census to be conducted in the country.

Business

New Covid-19 ‘passports’ – the future of travel?

Today at 16:00 PM, via BusinessTech

Thousands of summer holidays are now up in the air, following a series of Covid-19 flare-ups around the world, with trips cancelled and travellers forced to quarantine when they return home.

Politics

Calls for an investigation into awarding of PPE tenders in Free State

Today at 18:25 PM, via SABC News

Political and friendship ties have no bearing in the awarding of tenders. This is according to the Free State Treasury in response to reports that those close to ANC Secretary-General have benefitted from PPE tenders worth millions in the province.

Politics

Hanekom accepts Zuma’s apology

Today at 16:03 PM, via SABC News

Former President Jacob Zuma has fulfilled his promise to adhere to Constitutional and High Court rulings ordering him to publicly apologise to former ANC Disciplinary Committee Chairperson Derek Hanekom.

Politics

Legislation dealing with gender-based violence must be strengthened: Malema

Today at 14:46 PM, via SABC News

EFF leader Julius Malema says legislation dealing with gender-based violence must be strengthened. He was speaking at the party’s Women’s Day rally held at the graveside of the late ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in Fourways, Johannesburg, on Sunday.

Education

Ministers reject call for weekly Covid-19 testing in English schools

Today at 14:07 PM, via The Guardian

Children’s commissioner for England says regular tests needed when children return

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Ministers have rejected a call from the children’s commissioner for England to bring in routine coronavirus testing in English schools.

Nick Gibb, the schools minister, confirmed that teachers and pupils in England will not have access to routine...

Education

No hugs and one-way corridors: Scotland prepares for school in shadow of Covid-19

Today at 13:27 PM, via The Guardian

Phased return begins this week, but unions and parents’ groups are concerned by lack of clarity

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When 700,000 Scottish children start returning to school from Tuesday, they’ll have to find new ways to mark their excitement: teenagers will be asked to avoid hugs and high-fives.

Under a new normal to be watched closely by teachers and...

Science/Tech

1.5% of All Americans Have Been Infected With Coronavirus – 5 Million Cases

Today at 18:34 PM, via Slashdot

Confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. hit 5 million on Sunday, reports the Associated Press, “by far the highest of any country…” “The failure of the most powerful nation in the world to contain the scourge has been met with astonishment and alarm in Europe.”Perhaps nowhere outside the U.S. is America’s bungled virus response viewed with more consternation than in Italy, which was ground zero...

Science/Tech

Penguin Poop Seen From Space Leads To Discovery of New Colonies

Today at 17:34 PM, via Slashdot

Satellite-mapping technology “that detects stains on the ice from penguin droppings” has revealed there are more Emperor colonies than previously known in fast-warming Antarctica, reports Bloomberg: Eleven new colonies of the species were found, taking the census to 61 across the polar continent, according to a study by scientists at the British Antarctic Survey published Wednesday. The...

Science/Tech

Researcher Discovers New ‘HTTP Request Smuggling Attack’ Variants

Today at 16:34 PM, via Slashdot

Some scary new variants of “HTTP request smuggling” have been discovered by Amit Klein, VP of security research at SafeBreach, reports Security Week:Specifically, an HTTP request smuggling attack, which can be launched remotely over the internet, can allow a hacker to bypass security controls, gain access to sensitive data, and compromise other users of the targeted app. While the attack method...

Science/Tech

Katie Mack: ‘I didn’t anticipate being in a pop song when I went off to study physics’

Today at 16:00 PM, via The Guardian

The cosmologist, author and Twitter sensation on ‘heat death’, getting heckled by Stephen Hawking – and being name-checked on a No 1 album

Katie Mack achieves two improbable feats with her new book, The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking). First, she writes about the end of the universe with a jauntiness that makes it not actually that depressing. And second, she takes concepts in...

Health

Yet another study finds vaccines to be safe

Today at 15:00 PM, via Health24

A new review shows that ‘vaccines are remarkably safe, and that the current vaccine approval and post-marketing surveillance processes are robust and effective’.

Health

Coronavirus Live Updates: Latest News and Analysis

Yesterday at 17:51 PM, via New York Times

Talks on a new U.S. pandemic relief package are stalled and its crucial benefits are expiring. President Trump said he would use executive orders to provide aid, but it is unclear whether he has the power to do so.

Nature

CapeNature reserves now open for overnight bookings ahead of the long weekend

Wednesday at 21:31 PM, via CapeNature

Just in time to take advantage of the upcoming long weekend, CapeNature is pleased to announce the reopening of overnight stays for self-catering accommodation, camping, selected overnight hiking trails and eco-venues from Friday, 7 August 2020. This comes of the announcement by Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane’s that South Africans will be allowed to travel for leisure […]

Nature

Overnight stays at CapeNature reserves – What YOU need to know before packing your overnight bag

Tuesday at 09:30 AM, via CapeNature

We are very excited about the announcement made on the 30 July by Tourism Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane when she stated that “On accommodation for leisure, cabinet has agreed to ease the restrictions for leisure travel. Currently, individuals are not allowed to leave their homes for leisure purposes, but they now are allowed to do so […]