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Mystery of ‘staggering’ PPE error

Today at 07:43 AM, via SowetanLIVE

The Gauteng business owner linked to an R800m personal protective equipment (PPE) tender says he was shocked when he saw the figures in the health department’s commitment letter because his quotation had been for one-tenth of the “staggering” amount.


Trump’s Supreme Court push roils US election

Today at 07:04 AM, via News24

US President Donald Trump on Saturday urged Republican lawmakers to back his upcoming nomination for the Supreme Court “without delay” as the issue upended the election only a day after the death of liberal stalwart Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


Government to help fund SAA rescue

Today at 07:33 AM, via BusinessTech

South Africa’s government will provide initial funding to cover certain restructuring costs for the country’s insolvent airline, said minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan.


ANC provincial secretary laments COVID-19 corruption

Today at 04:08 AM, via SABC News

African National Congress (ANC) provincial secretary David Khawe says it’s disappointing that the corruption allegations have come during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “The ANC has to rise and be with the people and in this instance as the ANC we must lower our arrogance. We are saying to the people of South Africa, that this […]


Rory McIlroy likes his US Open chances after strong 68

Today at 09:16 AM, via News24

Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy likes his chances of capturing his first major title since 2014 after firing a two-under 68 Saturday to jump into contention at the US Open.


England’s Reid rolls to LPGA Portland lead

Today at 08:59 AM, via News24

Mel Reid fired seven birdies in a seven-under par 65 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over defending champion Hannah Green in the LPGA Portland Classic.


Students have been sold the lie they are able to have a full university experience. They can’t

Today at 09:30 AM, via The Guardian

The government and vice-chancellors have a duty of care, yet in too many colleges, Covid security is mere hygiene theatre

Read more: Town v gown tensions rise over threat of Covid infections

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With a new term already under way in many universities, the higher education sector has never felt more beleaguered – and most of the blame for...


David Hume was a complex man. Erasing his name is too simplistic a gesture | Kenan Malik

Today at 09:15 AM, via The Guardian

Taking the philosopher’s name off a tower ignores history and is no help to the present

“Learn, Mr Hume, to prize the blessings of Liberty and Education, for… had you been born and bred a slave, your Genius, whatever you may think of it, would never have been heard of.”

So wrote the members of the 18th-century Aberdeen Philosophical Society, one of the leading debating salons in Scotland, in...


A £35,000 in-school Covid testing machine? Only in the private sector

Today at 09:04 AM, via The Guardian

The equality gap widens in UK classrooms as state headteachers urge Boris Johnson to take action

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The schools divide between private and state is not just about the quality of education – now it’s about whether or not the students and staff can get a coronavirus test.

While those at state schools have been struggling to book a test...


Private and state schools bid to kill off GCSEs

Today at 09:00 AM, via The Guardian

A coalition of educators seeks alternative exams after summer algorithm chaos during Covid crisis

A coalition of private and state schools is expected to launch a campaign to end GCSEs, as growing numbers of schools look at alternatives to the exams following the summer algorithm debacle.

Eton, Bedales, St Paul’s girls’ school, Latymer upper school and several substantial academy chains...


Tsitsikamma National Park showcases SA’s natural heritage

Today at 03:19 AM, via SABC News

This month marks tourism month and a domestic travel campaign is underway. As South Africa moves to level one of the national lockdown, there is a big push to get the tourism industry up to speed. It’s also Tourism Month, and the Department of Tourism activated its domestic travel campaign in the Eastern Cape.


Newly-Released Trove of Recordings from the 1980s Includes Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak

Today at 09:34 AM, via Slashdot

“Steve Jobs is now known for revolutionizing just about every part of the tech world, but back in 1988, he was perhaps best known for getting fired,” remembers SFGate:In his first product reveal since his dismissal from Apple in 1985, Jobs unveiled a new project called NeXT at a meeting of the Boston Computer Society. An audio recording of the event was unearthed and released as part of a trove...


Trump gives nod to Oracle, TikTok tie-up

Today at 08:49 AM, via TechCentral

US President Donald Trump said he supported a deal in principle that would allow TikTok to continue to operate in the US, even as it appeared to conflict with his earlier order for China’s ByteDance to divest the video app.


EU seeks new powers to penalise tech giants

Today at 08:37 AM, via TechCentral

The European Union wants to arm itself with new powers to penalise big technology companies, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.


QAnon: A vast conspiracy theory fuelled by the Internet

Today at 08:33 AM, via TechCentral

QAnon is often described often as a rabbit hole, offering users an initially simple story that gradually becomes more complicated. But what is this conspiracy theory and why has it gained currency?