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WATCH | Facebook independent oversight board widens reach

Today at 07:14 AM, via News24

Facebook users will now be able to ask the company’s independent oversight board to rule on content that has been left up on the platform, not just content that has been taken down, in a key expansion of the panel’s scope.

South Africa

Two KZN prison officials dismissed after sex video goes viral

Today at 07:09 AM, via SABC News

Two officials from the Ncome Correctional Facility in KwaZulu-Natal have been summarily dismissed. This follows a sexual video involving a correctional services official and an inmate which went viral on social media last month.

South Africa

No blood clot reports from Sisonke vaccine trial study – Sahpra

Today at 05:49 AM, via Eyewitness News

Government announced earlier this week that it had put a temporary hold on the vaccine implementation study following six reported cases of rare blood clots in women who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the United States.

South Africa

ANC integrity committee recommended Zuma step down in 2013, Mantashe tells Zondo

Today at 05:40 AM, via Eyewitness News

ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe acknowledged that the party was destabilised by calls for Zuma to step down after the Guptas landed a plane at Waterkloof airbase but he maintained that whilst members of the party were captured by the Guptas, the ANC itself wasn’t.

Africa

Malawi to destroy 16 000 expired Covid-19 vaccines

Yesterday at 21:08 PM, via News24

Malawi will destroy over 16 000 expired coronavirus vaccines donated to the impoverished country by the African Union three weeks before their use-by-date, a health official said.

Africa

Egypt bus-truck crash kills 20, officials say

Yesterday at 17:48 PM, via News24

Twenty people were killed on Wednesday in Egypt when a bus collided with a truck carrying petroleum products, the health ministry, medical and security sources said.

Africa

DR Congo to launch Covid vaccination drive

Yesterday at 15:11 PM, via News24

The DR Congo will kick off a Covid vaccination drive next week, the government said on Wednesday, despite persistent public wariness over potential side effects from the drugs.

Politics

Zuma says he’s ready to become prisoner of the Constitutional Court

Today at 07:33 AM, via SABC News

Zuma has refused to say what he thinks an appropriate sentence would be for him should he be found guilty of contempt of court for violating an order of the Apex Court, which compelled him to appear before the commission investigating claims of state capture.

Politics

In emotive missive, Zuma says he will not provide answering affidavit to Mogoeng

Yesterday at 21:34 PM, via Mail & Guardian

Former president Jacob Zuma on Wednesday submitted a 21-page letter to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng out of “respect”, to let the head of the Constitutional Court know that he would not be deposing an affidavit about an appropriate sanction should he be found to be in contempt of court, as Mogoeng had directed. Mogoeng had […]

Education

Kenya: Decentralise Exam Marking Centres, Kuppet Tells KNEC

Today at 07:41 AM, via AllAfrica

[Nation] Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) now want the Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) to decentralise marking of national examination centres to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

Education

Rwanda: Boarding Schools Reopen for Students

Today at 07:34 AM, via AllAfrica

[New Times] Students in boarding schools will begin heading back to school on Thursday, April 15, the Ministry of Education announced on Wednesday.

Entertainment

What to expect at the Oscars

Yesterday at 20:09 PM, via CNN

Amid a global pandemic, shuttered movie theaters and after a two-month delay, Sunday’s 93rd Academy Awards are already poised to feel very different than previous years.

Science/Tech

Do humans respond differently to screams of pleasure and pain? – podcast

Today at 06:00 AM, via The Guardian

Why do we scream? Whilst past research has largely focused on using screams to signal danger and scare predators, humans scream in a much wider range of contexts – from crying out in pleasure to shrieking with grief. Madeleine Finlay speaks to Prof Sascha Frühholz about his new study identifying what emotions humans communicate through screams, and how our brains react differently to...

Science/Tech

Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine research ‘was 97% publicly funded’

Today at 06:00 AM, via The Guardian

Analysis rebuts claim by Boris Johnson that jab was developed ‘because of greed’

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At least 97% of the funding for the development of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine has been identified as coming from taxpayers or charitable trusts, according to the first attempt to reconstruct who paid for the decades of research that led to...

Science/Tech

A 23-Year-Old Coder Kept QAnon Online When No One Else Would

Today at 05:30 AM, via Slashdot

Bloomberg’s William Turton and Joshua Brustein have published a profile of the 23-year-old proprietor of VanwaTech, an internet provider in Vancouver, Wash. that “provides tech support to the U.S. networks of White nationalists and conspiracy theorists banned by the likes of Amazon.” An anonymous Slashdot reader shares an excerpt from the report: Two and a half months before extremists invaded...

Nature

Schools gifted with seedlings for food gardens this International Plant Appreciation Day

Tuesday at 12:05 PM, via CapeNature

  CapeNature and the Western Cape Government celebrate Plant Appreciation Day together by gifting 12 schools across the Western Cape with seedlings and seeds for their food gardens. The special calendar day falls on 13 April every year and is aimed at highlighting the importance of plants in our daily lives. With 52% of South […]