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South Africa

Six arrested for murder of Msinga school principal

Today at 06:47 AM, via SABC News

KwaZulu-Natal police have arrested six suspects for the murder of a 46-year-old school principal from Somashi High School in Msinga, north of the province.

Africa

Lagos curfew eases after days of unrest in Nigeria

Yesterday at 16:46 PM, via News24

Shops lifted their shutters and market traders set out their stalls Saturday, as Nigeria’s biggest city Lagos cautiously reopened after a curfew was eased following days of unrest.

Business

Tax change for South Africans who work overseas

Today at 08:07 AM, via BusinessTech

Government recently announced that the foreign earnings exemption for South Africans working overseas will be relaxed to take into account the South African lockdown rules.

Business

Plans to expand Gautrain outside Johannesburg and Pretoria

Today at 07:11 AM, via BusinessTech

South Africa’s only high-speed rail network is drawing up a multibillion rand plan to expand outside Johannesburg and Pretoria, joining a potential bonanza of infrastructure projects the government says are key to reviving the economy.

Politics

Magashule believes ANC will always have special place in voters’ hearts

Today at 08:04 AM, via SABC News

African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General, Ace Magashule says he believes the party will always have a special place in the hearts of the voters across the country. Magashule was speaking in Ekurhuleni where he conducted a door-to-door campaign, urging potential voters to give the governing ANC a chance.

Politics

EFF holds Central Command Committee meeting

Yesterday at 18:42 PM, via SABC News

The Economic Freedom Fighters  (EFF) is this weekend holding a Central Command Committee meeting in Boksburg on Gauteng’s East Rand where the up-coming bi-elections are among the topics to be discussed.

Sport

Ally McDonald clings to 1-shot LPGA lead

Today at 08:51 AM, via News24

Ally McDonald, hoping to win her first LPGA title, fired a three-under par 69 for a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Drive On Championship.

Sport

SA’s Dean Burmester in the hunt at Italian Open

Today at 08:25 AM, via News24

English duo Laurie Canter and Ross McGowan both produced big finishes to share a three shot lead heading into the final round of the Italian Open, with South Africa’s Dean Burmester three shots adrift in second spot.

Education

We French love our history teachers – Samuel Paty made us remember why | Agnès Poirier

Today at 09:28 AM, via The Guardian

Religion struck another blow against freedom of thought with the vicious murder of a man whose mission was to civilise

Since that fateful morning of 7 January 2015, and the Charlie Hebdo massacre, it sometimes feels as if we French are living our lives between terrorist assaults, each as vile as the previous but each more poignant in its viciousness and symbolism. When we think this can’t get...

Education

The Observer view on the Commons vote to let poor children go hungry | Observer editorial

Today at 06:59 AM, via The Guardian

It is indicative of this government’s attitude to poverty that even the education secretary and the children’s minister approve of sending them into further hardship

It speaks volumes of the government that it has taken a 22-year-old footballer to step into the vacuum to provide moral and compassionate leadership during a pandemic. Perhaps Boris Johnson thought that giving Marcus Rashford an...

Education

UK academics: opening of universities was illegal

Yesterday at 21:00 PM, via The Guardian

Academic union seeks legal battle over government’s decision to ignore expert advice to move all non-essential teaching online

The government is facing a legal battle with academics over its “unlawful” decision to reopen universities for face-to-face teaching last month.

The UK’s largest academic union is seeking a judicial review of the government’s decision to ignore advice from its own...

Education

The government must support students stuck in Covid nightmare at universities

Yesterday at 21:00 PM, via The Guardian

The pandemic exposes why a higher education model built on fees is precarious and shows the urgent need for reform

We have now seen more than 27,000 cases of Covid at universities since the government told students it was safe to return to campus. We cannot let this disaster be repeated in January. That is why the University and College Union (UCU) has launched a legal challenge over...

Lifestyle

Vhangani community celebrates the crowning of one of their own as Miss SA

Today at 06:34 AM, via SABC News

There is jubilation at Vhangani Village, outside Vuwani in Limpopo, where Miss South Africa 2020 Shudufhadzo Musida was born and bred. One of the people who supported her campaign to be Miss South Africa, Khosi Livhiwani Matsila, says her hard work is inspiring many young villagers.

Science/Tech

Does Python Need to Change?

Today at 09:34 AM, via Slashdot

The Python programming language “is a big hit for machine learning,” read a headline this week at ZDNet, adding “But now it needs to change.” Python is the top language according to IEEE Spectrum’s electrical engineering audience, yet you can’t run Python in a browser and you can’t easily run it on a smartphone. Plus no one builds games in Python these days. To build browser applications,...

Science/Tech

Carry On Coronavirus: why a vaccine trial has saucy potential | Tim Adams

Today at 09:30 AM, via The Guardian

Their counterparts in the Common Cold Unit found ways to flirt despite the social distancing measures they lived under

The news that the government is to fund “human challenge studies” into Covid-19, in which young, healthy volunteers will be infected with the safest possible dose and paid to be quarantined to test the efficacy of vaccines, was a reminder that this country has a unique...

Science/Tech

Big fines coming if you don’t pay e-tolls

Today at 09:01 AM, via MyBroadband

Motorists who refuse to pay e-tolls won’t be able to renew their driver’s licence and will face fines, if proposed amendments to AARTO come into effect. 

Health

UnitedHealth Ships Flu Kits to Medicare Recipients

Yesterday at 11:00 AM, via New York Times

Under MedAdvantage plans, the major insurer is sending packages including Tamiflu and coronavirus tests to those considered especially vulnerable to Covid and the flu.

Nature

Communities and Conservation working together for sustainable oceans

Thursday at 15:57 PM, via CapeNature

Baited Underwater Videos (BRUVs) – Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean Marine protected areas (MPAs) aim to conserve marine life and promote the conservation and effective management of ecologically and biologically diverse marine areas. The social and economic context within which they exist also needs to be considered when planning and making management decisions. They are […]