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French ambassador ordered out of Belarus

Today at 10:05 AM, via Al Jazeera

No official reason given but media reports say diplomat expelled as he handed credentials to FM and not the president.

South Africa

Home Affairs operating hours extended

Today at 09:52 AM, via SAnews

Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has approved a temporary extension of operating times by two and a half hours at front offices from 08:00 to 17:30 starting from today.

South Africa

SA records 414 new COVID-19 cases

Today at 09:39 AM, via SAnews

South Africa has recorded 414 new COVID-19 cases, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 916 593 since the outbreak.

World

China’s economic growth weakens amid construction slowdown

Today at 07:25 AM, via NPR

The world’s second-largest economy grew by a weaker-than-expected 4.9% over a year ago in the three months ending in September, down from the previous quarter’s 7.9%, government data showed on Monday.

Africa

Tunisian lawmaker detained over suspected tax fraud, money laundering

Yesterday at 20:31 PM, via News24

A Tunisian court on Sunday ordered a lawmaker to be detained over suspected tax fraud and money laundering – the fourth parliamentarian to be taken into custody since President Kais Saied seized near total control of the country in July.

Africa

Cape Verde, eyeing economic recovery, votes for new president

Yesterday at 16:31 PM, via News24

The West African archipelago nation of Cape Verde, one of the continent’s most stable democracies, voted on Sunday for a new president who will be tasked with righting its tourism-driven economy after the Covid-19 pandemic sent growth cratering.

Education

Can you solve it? Hamiltonian ingenuity on the grid

Today at 08:38 AM, via The Guardian

Mental chicanery

No, not that Hamilton. I meant William Rowan Hamilton, the nineteenth century Irish mathematician.

And not that sort of grid. I meant a square grid, like a chessboard or a Sudoku.

Continue reading…

Education

‘You have to go where the work is’: why young people are leaving Wales

Today at 07:00 AM, via The Guardian

Wales is asking its young people to stay and work. Many want to, but there are concerns about lack of opportunity

Students Kyle Davies and Timothy Bird were to be found working on a jet engine in the aerospace centre at the University of South Wales’ Treforest campus, just south of Pontypridd.

Both agreed they loved the area – the green hills, the sense of community, the culture and history....

Education

Wales launches drive to keep young people in their homeland

Today at 07:00 AM, via The Guardian

Economy minister tells of ‘significant challenge’ of retaining and attracting talent to support country’s economy

The Welsh government is launching a drive to persuade more young people to remain in their homeland amid growing concerns that the percentage of working-age citizens is dropping to worryingly low levels.

Ministers fear that unless the “brain drain” is stopped – and more...

Science/Tech

£1M Inaugural ‘Earthshot’ Prize Recognizes Creative Solutions to Climate Problems

Today at 09:34 AM, via Slashdot

“Five innovators on Sunday won 1 million pounds each at the inaugural awards ceremony for Prince Williams’s Earthshot Prize,” reports the Washington Post, calling the award “a kind of Oscars for green projects that the British royal hopes will highlight creative solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.”William founded the environmental prize — self-styled as the “most...

Health

Bill Clinton Is Released From Hospital

Yesterday at 18:33 PM, via New York Times

The former president had been admitted to a California hospital on Tuesday for treatment of an infection that developed into sepsis, officials said.