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Africa

Mali president tries to calm unrest with court dissolution

Today at 10:22 AM, via News24

Mali’s embattled president announced the dissolution of the constitutional court in an attempt to calm the major civil unrest gripping the vulnerable African country, as more opposition leaders were arrested.

Africa

US prosecutors go after son of Congo president for alleged embezzlement

Yesterday at 20:44 PM, via News24

Prosecutors in the US are investigating the son of the president of the Republic of Congo for the alleged embezzlement of several million dollars from the coffers of the publicly-owned National Society of Petroleum of Congo (SNPC), according to the N

Africa

DRC justice minister resigns after judicial reform dispute

Yesterday at 17:52 PM, via News24

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Justice Minister Celestin Tunda tendered his resignation on Saturday in the wake of a dispute with the president over proposed laws that would give politicians more control over criminal prosecu

Business

Covid-19 and other things that happen to other people  

Today at 12:00 PM, via BusinessTech

The fashionable view, now held by various experts, pundits and the chattersphere, is that the Covid-19 pandemic does not warrant the lock-down, notes Mica Townsend, business development manager at 10X Investments.

Politics

Mkhize pays tribute to Ricardo Mthembu

Yesterday at 18:01 PM, via SABC News

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says he learned with shock and sadness about the passing of ANC KwaZulu-Natal Spokesperson Ricardo Mthembu.

Education

For years we have failed those going to university. We have to get it right this time | Will Hutton

Today at 08:45 AM, via The Guardian

A promised revolution in further education and apprenticeships is an admirable goal

Britain has been lauding Germany’s approach to education and training ever since a Royal Commission report in 1888. Illiteracy and innumeracy were far too widespread here, it mourned, and there was no German-style national framework to ensure high-level skills and apprenticeships in the industries of today and...

Education

Africa: COVID-19 – Africa’s Education Dilemma

Yesterday at 15:05 PM, via AllAfrica

[DW] Schools in parts of sub-Saharan Africa will remain closed because of a hike in coronavirus cases, further crippling already-fragile education systems on the continent. Those that have opened risk new viral infections.

Education

Covid-hit UK further education colleges need cash injection or face closure

Yesterday at 14:56 PM, via The Guardian

Without government catch-up funding, the sector fears many institutions will not survive

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Dr Paul Phillips is in what he calls “a very difficult situation”. Weston College, the further education college he runs in Weston-super-Mare, is facing a big coronavirus-shaped hole in its budget. He needs to spend at least an extra...

Lifestyle

Three common vegan myths debunked

Today at 10:00 AM, via The South African

As more of us transition to vegan lifestyles, the inundation of information, opinion and myth can be quite confusing.

Science/Tech

Newly-Discovered Comet Neowise: Now Visible at Dawn and Dusk

Today at 11:04 AM, via Slashdot

“A newly-discovered comet is giving skywatchers quite the show during the month of July,” reports CBS News:Astronomers discovered the comet, known as Comet C2020 F3 NEOWISE, back in March. It was named for the NASA mission that spotted it, for the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer… But astronomers knew they found something unique when they spotted Neowise. On July 3, Neowise...

Science/Tech

Are breathing techniques good for your health?

Today at 10:00 AM, via The Guardian

The market is flooded with books and classes claiming ‘breathwork’ can help with mental health, sleep and even Covid-19. But experts are not convinced

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Alan Dolan couldn’t afford market research when he started out as a breathing instructor in 2005. Instead, he took soundings from London taxi drivers. “I’d tell them I taught...

Science/Tech

Is Our Solar System’s Ninth Planet Actually a Primordial Black Hole?

Today at 09:54 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes Forbes:Conventional theory has it that Planet 9 — our outer solar system’s hypothetical 9th planet — is merely a heretofore undetected planet, likely captured by our solar system at some point over its 4.6 billion year history. But Harvard University astronomers now raise the possibility that orbital evidence for Planet 9 could possibly be the result of a missing...

Nature

Everything you need to know about renewing or purchasing a Wild Card during lockdown

06 July at 20:20 PM, via CapeNature

What is a Wild Card? The Wild Card is a loyalty programme that makes tourism to national parks and nature reserves in southern Africa more accessible and rewarding than ever before. With a Wild Card membership you receive one year’s unlimited access to the most beautiful nature reserves and parks with superb picnic spots, natural […]