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South Africa

Nehawu and government agree to engage further on issues

Today at 21:10 PM, via SABC News

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) and government have agreed that both parties will continue to engage on a number of issues that affect frontline workers in the public sector, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

South Africa

SA records 1 480 new COVID-19 cases

Today at 21:09 PM, via SABC News

South Africa has recorded 1 480 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of reported cases in the country to 668 529. According to the Department of Health, the cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 117 079 with 14 917 new tests conducted since the last report. […]

South Africa

126 more deaths bring SA’s total COVID-19 fatalities to 16,118

Today at 18:52 PM, via Eyewitness News

The highest number of deaths was recorded in KwaZulu-Natal, at 54 fatalities; it was followed by Gauteng with 45 deaths, 17 from the Western Cape, five from Eastern Cape and another five from the North West.

Business

WATCH | Facebook Oversight Board to launch in October

Today at 19:56 PM, via Fin24

Facebook’s long-delayed independent Oversight Board plans to launch in mid-late October, just before the November US presidential election, although a board member said he did not know whether it would hear cases related to the contest.

Politics

MKMVA accuses ANC of failing in its duty to effectively run the country

Today at 16:15 PM, via SABC News

Durban Metro Police say various roads leading to the African National Congress provincial offices in Stanger Street in the city are still closed to traffic as more than 200 disgruntled members of the MKMVA are protesting outside the offices.

Politics

President Ramaphosa meets Nehawu leaders

Today at 14:55 PM, via SABC News

President Cyril Ramaphosa is currently meeting with the leaders of the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu).

Education

Halt in-person university teaching until test and trace fixed, union urges

Today at 19:00 PM, via The Guardian

Exclusive: UCU general secretary Jo Grady speaks out after rapid rise in Covid cases on campuses

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Face-to-face teaching at universities should be halted until the government fixes test-and-trace failures and curbs the spread of Covid-19, the union representing academics and staff has said.

The warning from Jo Grady, general secretary...

Education

Dorm snitches and party bans: how universities around the world are tackling Covid

Today at 18:47 PM, via The Guardian

From asking students to report illicit gatherings to expanded online teaching, educational institutions continue to adapt

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From overcrowded lecture halls in France to a ban on sleepovers in Ireland, special coronavirus apps in the UK, snitching on dorm parties in the US and shuttered campus gates in India, students face a range of...

Education

‘I had a little sob’: freshers face up to strict new covid rules

Today at 17:54 PM, via The Guardian

UK students are feeling anxious following Scottish ban on parties, campus lockdowns and a warning against travelling home for Christmas

As freshers week drew to a close at the Parker House hall of residence at Abertay University in Dundee last week, one flat invited 30 or so fellow students to a party. Unknown to any of the attendees, one was experiencing early symptoms of coronavirus. When...

Entertainment

‘The Comey Rule’ shows off a sensational cast in a slightly uneven miniseries

Today at 17:46 PM, via CNN

“The Comey Rule” employs a clunky framing device, turning Rod Rosenstein into the awkward narrator of the story. Brilliant casting from top to bottom, however, elevates this two-part Showtime adaptation of former FBI director James Comey’s book, which adopts a sympathetic stance toward the no-win scenario the bureau faced with its twin investigations into presidential candidates Hillary Clinton...

Science/Tech

Twitter Warns of Possible API Keys Leak

Today at 20:44 PM, via Slashdot

Twitter is notifying developers today about a possible security incident that may have impacted their accounts. From a report: The incident was caused by incorrect instructions that the developer.twitter.com website sent to users’ browsers. The developer.twitter.com website is the portal where developers manage their Twitter apps and attached API keys, but also the access token and secret key...

Science/Tech

Facebook Opens New Fight With Apple Over Messaging

Today at 20:06 PM, via Slashdot

Facebook executives have sharply ramped up their criticism of Apple in recent months, contesting the iPhone maker’s restrictions on gaming apps and ad targeting, as well as its cut of in-app purchases. Now, emboldened by Apple software changes that suggest it is starting to bend, Facebook wants something else: the option to make its Messenger app the default messaging tool on iPhones [Editor’s...

Health

Novavax Enters Final Stage of Coronavirus Vaccine Trials

Yesterday at 22:53 PM, via New York Times

The Maryland company, which has never brought a vaccine to market, has started its Phase 3 trial in the United Kingdom, with plans to begin in the United States in October.

Nature

International Coastal Cleanup Day 2020 – Trashy seas made clean

Today at 11:47 AM, via CapeNature

By Marx-Lenin Nagan, Stakeholder Engagement Officer, Cederberg Landscape Unit International Coastal Cleanup Day was marked on 19 September 2020 and CapeNature staff rolled up their sleeves to support local initiatives on the day. Three coastal cleanups took place on the 19th September in the Cederberg Landscape at Velddrif, Elands – and Lamberts Bay respectively. These […]