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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.


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


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.


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...


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...


‘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...


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.


‘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.


Virgin Orbit Just Successfully Launched a 70-Foot Rocket From Its 747

Today at 04:59 AM, via Slashdot

CNN reports:A 70-foot rocket, riding beneath the wing of a retrofitted Boeing 747 aircraft, detached from the plane and fired itself into Earth’s orbit on Sunday — marking the first successful launch for the California-based rocket startup Virgin Orbit. Virgin Orbit’s 747, nicknamed Cosmic Girl, took off from California around 10:30 am PT with the rocket, called LauncherOne, nestled beneath...


Amazon Begins Removing QAnon Goods For Sale

Today at 03:59 AM, via Slashdot

Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo quotes the Washington Post:Amazon said it will remove merchandise related to QAnon, a discredited conspiracy theory that the FBI has identified as a potential domestic terrorist threat, just a day after the e-commerce giant suspended the pro-Trump social media site Parler from using its cloud computing technology. Amazon is beginning to remove QAnon products...


Twitter Temporarily Suspends Account of US Representative

Today at 02:59 AM, via Slashdot

CNN reports:Twitter on Sunday temporarily suspended the account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for repeated violations of new rules the social media platform put in place following the violent U.S. Capitol riot earlier this month, a company spokesperson told CNN. “The account referenced has been temporarily locked out for multiple violations of our civic integrity policy,” the spokesperson...


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...


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.