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South Africa

SA records 12 267 new COVID-19 cases amid downward trajectory in new infections

Yesterday at 22:39 PM, via SABC News

South Africa has recorded 12 267 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and 254 deaths in the last 24 hours. This follows an announcement by the CSIR Researcher, Dr Ridhwaan Suliman that the country seemed to be on a positive trajectory in new cases having recorded an 11% decline from a week ago. 

South Africa

Lesufi to visit Helpmekaar College amid reports of reopening on Monday

Yesterday at 20:42 PM, via SABC News

Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi will on Monday visit the Helpmekaar College in Braamfontein in Johannesburg amid reports that the institution had sent a newsletter to parents informing them that all 1200 learners should report to school on Monday.

South Africa

Archbishop Abel Gabuza passes away

Yesterday at 18:48 PM, via SABC News

Catholic Archbishop Abel Gabuza of Durban has died at Hillcrest Hospital after a week in ICU battling with COVID-19.

World

Brazil issues emergency authorization for two vaccines

Today at 02:22 AM, via CNN

Amid a devastating resurgence of the coronavirus in parts of Brazil, federal health officials have finally voted to authorize two vaccines for emergency use. Sunday, Brazilian regulatory agency Anvisa approved both the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and the Coronavac vaccine.

World

Covid-19: The road back to Wuhan

Today at 02:13 AM, via BBC News

The BBC’s Stephen McDonell visits Wuhan ahead of the anniversary of the world’s first Covid-19 lockdown.

Africa

Covid-19 on the rise in Zimbabwe

Yesterday at 21:00 PM, via Mail & Guardian

The South African variant of the virus is ‘clinically present’, while a lockdown tries to limit new infections

Business

2020 was the year of the scam

Today at 00:01 AM, via Moneyweb

FSCA head of enforcement Brandon Topham and Farzam Ehsani, co-founder of VALR, on MTI.

Politics

ANC express shock following death of Bheki Ntuli

Yesterday at 07:03 AM, via SABC News

The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal has expressed shock following the death of the provincial executive member and MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Bheki Ntuli.

Education

Free fast broadband offered in UK to support home schooling

Today at 02:01 AM, via The Guardian

Families in 37 local authority areas with poor or no connection can get service until end of summer term

Thousands of families struggling with home learning are being offered free high-speed broadband following a partnership between internet provider Hyperoptic and dozens of local authorities across the UK.

Families in 37 local authority areas, from Tower Hamlets in London to Newcastle and...

Education

The Guardian view on women and Covid: failed by bosses and ministers | Editorial

Yesterday at 20:41 PM, via The Guardian

Working parents, and particularly mothers, are in an impossible bind. As minister for women, Liz Truss must take a stand

The closure of schools across England, as well as a looming crisis in the early years sector, has placed working parents in an impossible situation. How to educate or care for children, while simultaneously doing their jobs, is the dilemma that millions of adults now face...

Education

‘Digital poverty’ could lead to lost generation of university students, vice-chancellors say

Yesterday at 19:18 PM, via The Guardian

Higher education bodies tell Gavin Williamson little has been done to help disadvantaged students access remote learning

Tens of thousands of university students in England need urgent help to stop “digital poverty” from hindering their studies during lockdown, according to a group of vice-chancellors and higher education bodies.

While the government has provided laptops and other devices to...

Education

Private entrants to GCSEs and A-levels face second year of delays

Yesterday at 18:37 PM, via The Guardian

Home education advocates call for urgent action to ensure independent students do not miss out on acquiring qualifications

Home education advocates have called on the government to act fast to ensure that private entrants to GCSEs, AS-levels and A-levels do not face a second year of delays to obtaining crucial qualifications after summer exams were cancelled again.

Home educators were dismayed...

Lifestyle

Media worker’s trauma of reporting and covering the pandemic

Yesterday at 19:14 PM, via SABC News

The great pandemic of the 21st is being told in the greatest detail and in the digital age, as it happens. The bulk of this story is told through the words, voices and pictures of thousands of journalists across the world.

Entertainment

‘Batwoman’ gets a new lead, but Season 2 looks like the same flawed show

Saturday at 17:49 PM, via CNN

After a first season that never quite got off the ground creatively, “Batwoman” announced that original star Ruby Rose would be leaving but that the series would hang around without her. The contortions necessary to arrange that baton (or Batarang) pass mostly fizzle in the opening episodes, fueling a sense that this CW drama might be flying on fumes.

Science/Tech

Report: US Halts Huawei’s Suppliers, Including Intel, in Last Blow to China’s 5G

Today at 01:59 AM, via Slashdot

“The Trump administration notified Huawei suppliers, including chipmaker Intel, that it is revoking certain licenses to sell to the Chinese company and intends to reject dozens of other applications,” Reuters reports, citing sources familiar with the matter:One of the sources said eight licenses were yanked from four companies. Japanese flash memory chip maker Kioxia Corp had at least one...

Science/Tech

Florida’s Whistleblower Covid-19 Data Manager Arrested Today

Today at 00:59 AM, via Slashdot

The state of Florida’s former Covid-19 data manager was apparently arrested today. After her firing in May of 2020, Rebekah Jones had become a critic of the state’s publicly-available information, even setting up her own online dashboard of Covid-19 case data. The state suspected her of being the person who’d illegally accessed the state’s emergency alert health system in December to urge...

Science/Tech

Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit reaches space eight months after first flight

Yesterday at 23:56 PM, via The Guardian

LauncherOne rocket carries very small satellites First demonstration launch failed in May last year

Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit reached space on Sunday, eight months after the first demonstration flight of its air-launched rocket system failed, the company said.

Related: Virgin Orbit looks into cause of LauncherOne test failure

Continue reading…

Science/Tech

Is There a Tech Worker ‘Exodus’ From the San Francisco Bay Area?

Yesterday at 23:35 PM, via Slashdot

The New York Times reports on an “exodus” of tech workers from the San Francisco Bay Area, where “Rent was astronomical. Taxes were high. Your neighbors didn’t like you” — and your commute could be over an hour.The biggest tech companies aren’t going anywhere, and tech stocks are still soaring… But the migration from the Bay Area appears real. Residential rents in San Francisco are down 27%...

Nature

World facing ‘catastrophic’ temperature rises: UN

Thursday at 20:28 PM, via News24

The world is on course for a “catastrophic” temperature rise this century, the United Nations said as it confirmed that 2020 rivalled 2016 as the hottest year on record.