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South Africa

SA records 2 055 new coronavirus cases, 85 related deaths

Yesterday at 22:00 PM, via SABC News

South Africa has recorded  2055 new coronavirus cases bringing the total number to 708 359. The Gauteng province accounts for  31% of the total number of cases, followed by  KwaZulu-Natal at 17.2%.

South Africa

Bushiri’s bail application drags on

Yesterday at 21:10 PM, via SABC News

The leader of the Enlightened Christian Gatherings (ECG), Shepherd Bushiri, his wife Mary, and the co-accused, Landiwe Ntlokwana, spent another night behind bars as their bail proceedings drag on. The three were arrested on Tuesday on charges of fraud, money laundering, and contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act to the tune of R102 million.

South Africa

Eastern Cape needs over R120 billion to address water problems

Yesterday at 21:10 PM, via SABC News

South Africa currently has a R900 billion water infrastructure backlog. The Eastern Cape is said to be the worst affected province as it will require over a R120 billion to address water infrastructure and bulk water supply to its total populace.

Sport

Mickelson worries about risk of fans at last Masters tuneup

Yesterday at 22:33 PM, via News24

Five-time major winner Phil Mickelson said Wednesday he worries about the US PGA Tour allowing spectators at an event the week before the Masters and might skip it for a 50-and-over tournament.

Sport

Improving Tiger defends Zozo title with Masters in mind

Yesterday at 22:27 PM, via News24

Tiger Woods has improved his game since missing the cut at last month’s US Open, but defends his title at this week’s Zozo Championship with an eye toward next month’s Masters.

Education

Marcus Rashford in ‘despair’ as MPs reject free school meal plan

Yesterday at 21:27 PM, via The Guardian

Footballer and campaigner expresses disappointment as plea for free meals to be extended is voted down

Marcus Rashford, the England and Manchester United striker, vented his “despair” on Wednesday night as Labour’s plea for free school meals to be extended over the holidays to stop children going hungry fell on closed ears in government.

In an impassioned Commons debate, many MPs paid tribute...

Education

Universities accused of pressuring staff to work on campus

Yesterday at 19:25 PM, via The Guardian

One university says failure to offer ‘full campus experience’ could lead to students seeking tuition fee refunds

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Universities have come under fire for pressuring staff to work on campus to create a “vibrant” atmosphere, with one saying it was important students were deterred from seeking tuition fee refunds.

Employees working in...

Education

A Crackdown in Ann Arbor

Yesterday at 18:07 PM, via New York Times

The University of Michigan’s reopening hasn’t gone well, forcing the local government to step in.

Entertainment

‘Borat’ sequel somehow still manages to serve up audacious surprises

Yesterday at 20:02 PM, via CNN

Like any sequel, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” faces the challenge of what to do for an encore, 14 years and a big box-office haul later. Somehow, though, Sacha Baron Cohen hasn’t lost the power to deliver audacious surprises, with enough explosive, not-suitable-for-anywhere laughs to power through the flatter patches this sort of exercise inevitably yields.

Entertainment

‘Rebecca’ offers a pretty but uninspired remake of the Hitchcock classic

Yesterday at 15:50 PM, via CNN

The scenery is spectacular in “Rebecca,” and that’s not even counting stars Lily James and Armie Hammer. Yet this faithful, pretty-but-uninspired adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s novel doesn’t breathe fresh life into the classic, much less eclipse the 1940 Laurence Olivier-Joan Fontaine version that garnered Alfred Hitchcock’s lone best-picture Oscar.

Science/Tech

How This Uncrushable Beetle Can Survive Being Run Over By a Car

Today at 03:30 AM, via Slashdot

fahrbot-bot shares a report from Gizmodo: The diabolical ironclad beetle, in addition to having one of the coolest names in the animal kingdom, boasts one of the toughest natural exoskeletons. A team of scientists has finally figured out the secret behind this extra durable armor and how these insects can survive getting run over by a car. As wise people often say, a reed that bends in the wind...

Science/Tech

Airbnb Hires Jony Ive To Design Next-Gen Products and Services

Today at 02:50 AM, via Slashdot

Online vacation rental giant Airbnb on Wednesday said it has hired former Apple CDO Jony Ive and his company LoveFrom to assist in the design of future products and services. AppleInsider reports: Announced in a blog post from Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky, Ive will work on next-generation “products and services” as a design consultant. It appears that he will report directly to...

Science/Tech

James Randi, Magician and Stage Artist Devoted To Debunking the Paranormal, Dies At 92

Today at 02:10 AM, via Slashdot

James Randi, a Canadian-American stage magician and scientific skeptic who extensively challenged paranormal and pseudoscientific claims, has passed away Tuesday “due to age-related causes.” He was 92. Slashdot reader trinarybit first shared the news. The Washington Post reports: An inveterate skeptic and bristly contrarian in his profession, Mr. Randi insisted that magic is based solely on...

Science/Tech

FCC Defends Helping Trump, Claims Authority Over Social Media Law

Today at 01:30 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission’s top lawyer today explained the FCC’s theory of why it can grant President Donald Trump’s request for a new interpretation of a law that provides legal protection to social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Critics of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan from both the left and right say the FCC has no...

Nature

Scott Ramsay’s Photo Tours – Robberg Nature Reserve

Tuesday at 12:11 PM, via CapeNature

Words and photos by Scott Ramsay Take all the natural wonders of Robberg, and divide them by the number of square metres of this relatively tiny reserve…and you’ve got one of the most impressive reserves in the country. Few other small protected areas pack so much punch. Lying near the town of Plettenberg Bay (although […]