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South Africa

SA’s COVID-19 infections rise by 4,400

Today at 03:31 AM, via Eyewitness News

As of Thursday, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 800,872 and the total number of recoveries is 739,367.

South Africa

Efforts to ensure access to COVID-19 vaccine on track

Yesterday at 21:44 PM, via SAnews

With many initiatives around the world to speed up the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, President Cyril Ramaphosa has assured South Africans that government is working with its partners to ensure all countries have access to the vaccine.

Politics

ANC NEC to discuss its step-aside resolution

Today at 06:01 AM, via SABC News

The African National Congress’ National Executive Committee meeting today is set to discuss the party’s much talked about step-aside resolution.

Politics

Western Cape High Court orders reinstatement of PAC’s Nyhontso

Yesterday at 22:56 PM, via SABC News

Western Cape High Court has ordered the reinstatement of Mzwanele Nyhontso to the position of PAC’s representative in the National Assembly, pending a decision of the Court regarding the challenge of his recent removal by his party.

Education

Experts call for end of rapid Covid tests in universities and care homes in England

Today at 00:35 AM, via The Guardian

Government figures from programme revealed tests missed 30% of those with high viral load

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Experts have called for an end to the use of rapid coronavirus tests in universities and care homes, after government figures from the mass testing programme in Liverpool revealed the tests missed 30% of those with a high viral load.

The figures...

Education

Gavin Williamson in Eton mess as he pitches into ‘no girls’ policy

Yesterday at 19:55 PM, via The Guardian

Education secretary’s nod to ending single-sex rule crosses college and adds to row over patriarchy lecture

The British education secretary, Gavin Williamson, has called for girls to be allowed in to Eton after reluctantly being drawn into an argument over the dismissal of a teacher at the exclusive Berkshire school.

Williamson was taking part in an interview about plans for next year’s...

Education

The IHRA antisemitism definition is a useful guide, not a legal tool | Letters

Yesterday at 19:42 PM, via The Guardian

Dave Rich of the Community Security Trust, Danny Stone of the Antisemitism Policy Trust, and Jennifer Hornsby respond to an article by David Feldman saying that the IHRA definition should not be imposed on universities

Prof David Feldman’s critique of the IHRA’s working definition of antisemitism (The government should not impose a faulty definition of antisemitism on universities, 2...

Science/Tech

Time magazine names teenage inventor its first ‘kid of the year’

Today at 05:58 AM, via The Guardian

Gitanjali Rao has used technology to address contaminated drinking water, opioid addiction and cyberbullying

A 15-year-old scientist and inventor has been named as Time magazine’s first “kid of the year”.

Gitanjali Rao, from Denver, Colorado, has invented new technologies across a range of fields, including a device that can identify lead in drinking water, and an app and Chrome extension that...

Science/Tech

More Than 500,000 Full Electric Cars Sold So Far This Year In Europe

Today at 05:30 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Carmakers have sold more than 500,000 battery electric cars in Europe during 2020, a milestone in the automotive industry’s move away from fossil fuels. Sales of all plug-in cars, including hybrids, have surpassed 1m during the year in the UK and the largest 17 European markets, according to data collated by Schmidt Automotive Research....

Science/Tech

After six years and 6bn km, Japan’s Hayabusa2 prepares to bring home cargo of asteroid dust

Today at 04:12 AM, via The Guardian

Japanese craft collected dust from the asteroid Ryugu that scientists hope could shed light on the origins of life

The last time Hayabusa2 was seen with the naked eye, Barack Obama was president of the United States and Brexit was a distant Europhobe fantasy.

Six years and three days after its groundbreaking mission began, the Japanese spacecraft will drop a capsule onto the Australian outback...

Nature

Beach Litter at Walker Bay – study results

Yesterday at 12:36 PM, via CapeNature

CapeNature staff facilitated entry into the Die Kelders section of the Walker Bay Reserve, where Peter Ryan and Coleen Moloney, senior researchers from UCT supervising the Conservation Biology Masters group, together with Grootbos Foundation representative as well as group co-ordinator, Paula Strauss participated in a beach clean-up. The area has been plagued by miniature plastic items […]