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South Africa

Two teenagers shot dead in Mitchells Plain

Today at 15:17 PM, via SABC News

A 13-year-old boy has been gunned down and three other youths wounded during a drive-by shooting at Beacon Valley in Mitchells Plain in Cape Town.

Business

MTN to appeal Syrian court’s ruling

Today at 16:47 PM, via Moneyweb

To place the company’s Syrian business under judicial guardianship and is also considering other steps.

Business

Skeptical Moody’s sees SA debt burden rising

Today at 15:56 PM, via Fin24

Ratings agency Moody’s says while government lowered deficit forecasts due to higher than expected revenues and a milder GDP contraction, higher spending may drive rising debt.

Politics

Cabinet concerned over high rate of unemployment in SA

Today at 12:47 PM, via SABC News

Cabinet remains concerned over the high rate of unemployment in the country. According to data from Stats SA’s 4th Quarter Labour Force Survey, over 700 000 job losses were recorded between Quarters 3 and 4 of 2020.

Politics

Hlophe throws out Bongo corruption case

Today at 12:37 PM, via Mail & Guardian

Former state security minister walks free after judge finds there is not sufficient evidence of attempted bribery to scupper Eskom probe

Sport

India’s 2-day win is bad for Test cricket, pundits say

Today at 16:50 PM, via News24

Victorious India and dejected England players took a rest on what should have been the third day of a key five-day clash, with warnings that the speed of the result had tarnished the Test format.

Education

England’s teachers will feel the pressure over student grades this summer | Anonymous

Today at 16:46 PM, via The Guardian

I’ve seen firsthand how damaging exams can be. But they may be fairer than teacher-assessed grades

The author is a maths teacher at a state school in Nottinghamshire

After working as a maths and physics teacher for four years, I decided I wanted a change of career. I spent four years in cancer screening and diagnosis before returning to teaching in 2019. Much of that time was spent discussing...

Education

Namibia: On the Spot – Nust Is a Reputable Brand – Naomab

Today at 15:56 PM, via AllAfrica

[New Era] In this interview with New Era’s Paheja Siririka, the Namibia University of Science and Technology new vice chancellor Dr Erold Naomab shares his academic path and challenges faced by institutions of higher learning. He also addressed ways to tackle them, as well as what he envisions in terms of the future of the university in the next five years. The 44-year-old academic is the...

Education

Namibia: Covid-19 Stress Takes Toll On Pupils

Today at 15:55 PM, via AllAfrica

[New Era] Omuthiya — Being isolated in hostel facilities for long periods has seemingly caused mental and anxiety issues for Oshikoto learners who have contracted Covid-19. Learners at Uukule Secondary School say they become mentally exhausted and anxious while in isolation. The Oshikoto region has seen over 400 learners testing positive for Covid-19, leading to the suspension of classes at...

Entertainment

‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ lets Andra Day deliver its high notes

Today at 16:16 PM, via CNN

Almost 50 years after “Lady Sings the Blues,” “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” revisits the singer’s career, through the lens of the feds hounding her. The result is a disjointed, oddly structured movie, which derives its high notes from Andra Day’s showstopping performance in the title role.

Entertainment

‘The Father’ showcases Anthony Hopkins as a man in the throes of dementia

Today at 16:14 PM, via CNN

“The Father” will affect people in different ways, and the movie remains a somewhat claustrophobic adaptation of the stage play. Yet there have been few better attempts on screen to capture dementia — both for those trapped within it, and those grappling with how to handle them — punctuated by a staggering performance from Anthony Hopkins, a brilliant cherry on top of the 83-year-old actor’s...

Entertainment

‘Crisis’ tries giving the opioid epidemic the ‘Traffic’ treatment

Today at 16:09 PM, via CNN

It’s either a bad time or (cynically) a good one to release a relatively small movie starring Armie Hammer, whose personal life has been very much in the headlines. Setting those marketing considerations aside, the film is “Crisis,” a weak attempt to chronicle the opioid epidemic “Traffic” style, through a trio of stories that wind up feeling like three mediocre movies in one.

Science/Tech

Pride festivals in Manchester and London to go ahead

Today at 16:24 PM, via The Guardian

Organisers say vaccine rollout and lockdown easing mean celebrations will take place in some form

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Pride festivals in Manchester and London will be going ahead this year, organisers have confirmed, with Manchester Pride being an in-person event as long as the UK government’s roadmap out of lockdown for England remains on track.

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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 […]