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Adriaan Basson | Why I chose to be vaccinated

Today at 05:50 AM, via News24

Although it remains a personal decision for every adult whether to vaccinate or not, it is not a decision without consequences, writes Adriaan Basson.

South Africa

eThekwini municipality issues harmful smoke warning

Yesterday at 21:00 PM, via SABC News

The eThekwini municipality has issued a harmful smoke warning to Hammersdale and surrounding communities west of Durban. This follows a fire on the 13th of July at a logistics warehouse in the area.

South Africa

Lindiwe Sisulu accuses SSA of spying on her staff in the Eastern Cape

Yesterday at 19:25 PM, via News24

Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has written a formal complaint to Parliament’s Joint Committee on Intelligence about the alleged illegal monitoring of the Amatola Water Board and surveillance of some of her staff members.

World

Giant panda twins born in French zoo

Today at 06:05 AM, via BBC News

The event is described as “exceptional” by experts, as panda reproduction is notoriously difficult.

Africa

Malawi moves to Maggie Mkandawire’s beat

Yesterday at 14:54 PM, via Mail & Guardian

Empowering her people through music and education, Maggie Mkandawire fights the Covid-19 pandemic in her own unique way

Politics

Embrace RET as a formula to change lives of citizens: Mantashe

Today at 06:00 AM, via SABC News

African National Congress (ANC) chairperson Gwede Mantashe has urged alliance partners not to sloganise the idea of radical economic transformation (RET) but to embrace it as a formula to change the lives of ordinary South Africans.

Education

Durham University keeps college head in post despite alleged intimidating conduct

Yesterday at 11:58 AM, via The Guardian

Prof Adekunle Adeyeye of Trevelyan College is alleged to have reduced colleagues to tears and made sexist remarks

A leading British university has been accused of turning a blind eye to bullying after a college principal was allowed to remain in post despite complaints of intimidating behaviour towards colleagues.

Prof Adekunle Adeyeye, who was responsible for helping to reform Durham...

Education

Nurseries in England feeling the pressure as ‘pingdemic’ hits children and staff

Yesterday at 09:00 AM, via The Guardian

Calls to extend exemptions to self-isolation in support of critical workers’ children

More than half the nurseries in the north-west of England have been forced into a partial or full closure since the start of the summer, according to figures that highlight a Covid childcare crisis in parts of the country.

As many as 58% of providers surveyed in the region said that they had to close or...

Lifestyle

Your daily Horoscope for 02 August 2021

Today at 01:00 AM, via The South African

Wondering what the day has in store for your star sign? Here’s a quick glance at horoscopes and more for today – completely free!

Entertainment

Actor Saginaw Grant dies at 85

Yesterday at 20:47 PM, via CNN

Actor Saginaw Grant, known for his roles in “Breaking Bad” and “The Lone Ranger,” has died, according to his publicist Lani Carmichael. He was 85 years old.

Entertainment

Kabza De Small’s star shines bright at Samas

Yesterday at 10:35 AM, via SowetanLIVE

Amapiano singer Kabza De Small scooped four awards at the 27th South African Music Awards (Samas) that took place last night virtually.

Science/Tech

Evolutionary ‘trap’ leading young sea turtles to ingest plastic, study says

Today at 06:15 AM, via The Guardian

Researchers find fragments in innards of species that have adapted to develop in open ocean, which has highly polluted areas

Young marine turtles are swallowing large quantities of plastic, with ocean pollution changing habitats that were once ideal for their development into a risk, researchers have found.

The impact of plastic on wildlife is a growing area of research, and studies have...

Science/Tech

The Case for Another Antitrust Action Against Microsoft

Today at 03:34 AM, via Slashdot

“Since its own brush with antitrust regulation decades ago, Microsoft has slipped past significant scrutiny,” argues a new article from The Atlantic. But it also asks if there’s now a case for another antitrust action — or if we’re convinced instead that “The company is reluctantly guilty of the sin of bigness, yes, but it is benevolent, don’t you see? Reformed, even! No need to cast your pen...

Science/Tech

Zoom Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Over ‘Zoombombing’

Today at 01:51 AM, via New York Times

The videoconferencing company said it would pay $85 million to settle the suit, which claimed that it violated users’ privacy, in part by allowing hackers to interrupt online meetings.

Science/Tech

Zoom Agrees to $85M Settlement in Possible Class Action Over Data-Sharing, Zoombombing

Today at 01:20 AM, via Slashdot

Zoom has agreed to pay $85 million — and to bolster its security practices — to settle a lawsuit that had claimed Zoom violated users’ privacy rights by sharing their personal data with Facebook, Google and LinkedIn, and by failing to stop Zoombombing. Engadget reports:The preliminary settlement also requires tougher security measures, such as warning about participants with third-party...