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South Africa

2 more Tshwane Metro cops nabbed over corruption claims

Today at 19:32 PM, via News24

Eleven others were arrested on Friday for allegedly demanding and receiving bribes from the drivers of unroadworthy vehicles and people committing other traffic-related transgressions.

Business

New Covid-19 ‘passports’ – the future of travel?

Today at 16:00 PM, via BusinessTech

Thousands of summer holidays are now up in the air, following a series of Covid-19 flare-ups around the world, with trips cancelled and travellers forced to quarantine when they return home.

Politics

Calls for an investigation into awarding of PPE tenders in Free State

Today at 18:25 PM, via SABC News

Political and friendship ties have no bearing in the awarding of tenders. This is according to the Free State Treasury in response to reports that those close to ANC Secretary-General have benefitted from PPE tenders worth millions in the province.

Politics

Hanekom accepts Zuma’s apology

Today at 16:03 PM, via SABC News

Former President Jacob Zuma has fulfilled his promise to adhere to Constitutional and High Court rulings ordering him to publicly apologise to former ANC Disciplinary Committee Chairperson Derek Hanekom.

Politics

Legislation dealing with gender-based violence must be strengthened: Malema

Today at 14:46 PM, via SABC News

EFF leader Julius Malema says legislation dealing with gender-based violence must be strengthened. He was speaking at the party’s Women’s Day rally held at the graveside of the late ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in Fourways, Johannesburg, on Sunday.

Sport

Willian Confirms Chelsea Exit

Today at 19:01 PM, via iAfrica

Brazilian midfielder Willian has confirmed he will leave Chelsea after seven ‘wonderful’ years at Stamford…

Education

Ministers reject call for weekly Covid-19 testing in English schools

Today at 14:07 PM, via The Guardian

Children’s commissioner for England says regular tests needed when children return

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Ministers have rejected a call from the children’s commissioner for England to bring in routine coronavirus testing in English schools.

Nick Gibb, the schools minister, confirmed that teachers and pupils in England will not have access to routine...

Education

No hugs and one-way corridors: Scotland prepares for school in shadow of Covid-19

Today at 13:27 PM, via The Guardian

Phased return begins this week, but unions and parents’ groups are concerned by lack of clarity

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When 700,000 Scottish children start returning to school from Tuesday, they’ll have to find new ways to mark their excitement: teenagers will be asked to avoid hugs and high-fives.

Under a new normal to be watched closely by teachers and...

Science/Tech

Settlement for Google+ Breach Offers Class Members Up to $12 Each

Today at 19:34 PM, via Slashdot

“Anyone in the United States who held a Google Plus account between January 1, 2015 and April 2, 2019, and believes they were impacted by a security flaw that Google disclosed in 2018 can now register for a payout from a class action settlement…” reports the Verge. “Each class action member is eligible for a payout of up to $12 after attorney fees and other costs are accounted for, although...

Science/Tech

The Guardian view on Brexit bureaucracy: tied up in red tape | Editorial

Today at 19:30 PM, via The Guardian

Businesses already struggling with the fallout from Covid-19 will be forced to deal with a mountain of new bureaucracy in the middle of a deep recession

The government did not quite achieve the Brexit breakthrough it was seeking on Friday, when there was hope that a fast-tracked trade agreement with Japan might be reached. But it seems likely that a deal, essentially replicating one signed by...

Science/Tech

New Zealand Marks 100 Days of No Covid-19 Community Spread

Today at 19:04 PM, via Slashdot

Axios reports:New Zealand has now gone 100 days with no detected community spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health confirmed in an emailed statement Sunday afternoon local time… Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been widely praised for her leadership that saw New Zealand lock down hard for several weeks before all domestic restrictions were lifted in June… New Zealand has 23 active...

Science/Tech

1.5% of All Americans Have Been Infected With Coronavirus – 5 Million Cases

Today at 18:34 PM, via Slashdot

Confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. hit 5 million on Sunday, reports the Associated Press, “by far the highest of any country…” “The failure of the most powerful nation in the world to contain the scourge has been met with astonishment and alarm in Europe.”Perhaps nowhere outside the U.S. is America’s bungled virus response viewed with more consternation than in Italy, which was ground zero...

Health

Yet another study finds vaccines to be safe

Today at 15:00 PM, via Health24

A new review shows that ‘vaccines are remarkably safe, and that the current vaccine approval and post-marketing surveillance processes are robust and effective’.

Health

Coronavirus Live Updates: Latest News and Analysis

Yesterday at 17:51 PM, via New York Times

Talks on a new U.S. pandemic relief package are stalled and its crucial benefits are expiring. President Trump said he would use executive orders to provide aid, but it is unclear whether he has the power to do so.

Nature

CapeNature reserves now open for overnight bookings ahead of the long weekend

Wednesday at 21:31 PM, via CapeNature

Just in time to take advantage of the upcoming long weekend, CapeNature is pleased to announce the reopening of overnight stays for self-catering accommodation, camping, selected overnight hiking trails and eco-venues from Friday, 7 August 2020. This comes of the announcement by Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane’s that South Africans will be allowed to travel for leisure […]

Nature

Overnight stays at CapeNature reserves – What YOU need to know before packing your overnight bag

Tuesday at 09:30 AM, via CapeNature

We are very excited about the announcement made on the 30 July by Tourism Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane when she stated that “On accommodation for leisure, cabinet has agreed to ease the restrictions for leisure travel. Currently, individuals are not allowed to leave their homes for leisure purposes, but they now are allowed to do so […]