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SATURDAY, 16 JANUARY 2021, 19:57

Africa

Uganda’s Museveni on track for sixth term as president

Today at 14:02 PM, via The Citizen

The country’s election commission announced that with 91.1 percent of polling stations reporting results, Museveni had 58.8 percent of votes, while former popstar Bobi Wine had 34.5 percent.

Africa

Uganda’s Museveni on track for sixth term as president

Today at 12:50 PM, via News24

Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni looked headed for a sixth term as president with election results Saturday placing him firmly ahead of his main rival, who has cried fraud and whose home has been put under heavy guard.

Education

‘Cruelly cast aside’: A-level victims say summer debacle must never happen again

Today at 10:15 AM, via The Guardian

Thousands of 2020 students are still campaigning for justice after losing university offers and apprenticeships when their grades were wrongly reduced

The flawed advice to schools last May on how to grade students when exams were cancelled because of the pandemic has been withdrawn from the government’s website and the damage it did consigned to history. But out in the real world there is no...

Education

Parents find all-day Zoom less captivating than they expected | Laura McInerney

Today at 10:00 AM, via The Guardian

Scrambling for devices and dashing naked from the shower: lockdown 2 has created new hurdles for families – and schools

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In lockdown 1 last year, social media was alive with parents complaining that they were being forced to homeschool with little more than an unfathomable worksheet and the occasional email from school. “British...

Education

Jack Monroe on food poverty and fury: ‘I just wake up, look at the news, and get angry’

Today at 08:00 AM, via The Guardian

The cook and campaigner barely slept last week as the row raged over inadequate food parcels for kids. She discusses austerity, cronyism and why she’ll never stop fighting

I speak to Jack Monroe, cook, author and campaigner, towards the end of a tumultuous week in food poverty. On Monday, a Twitter user, @roadsidemum, posted a photo of a “hamper” she said was intended to replace her...

Lifestyle

Veteran actor Sam Phillips has passed away

Today at 17:09 PM, via SABC News

The agent of veteran actor, Sam Phillips, who died in the early hours of Saturday morning, says the arts industry has lost an icon.

Lifestyle

Australian winemaker hits her stride in heart of Burgundy

Today at 15:17 PM, via Eyewitness News

“There’s nothing like making your own wine,” Eyre says while inspecting a glass of Savigny-les-Beaune premier cru aux Vergelesses, one of a half-dozen of her recent reds.

Entertainment

‘Batwoman’ gets a new lead, but Season 2 looks like the same flawed show

Today at 17:49 PM, via CNN

After a first season that never quite got off the ground creatively, “Batwoman” announced that original star Ruby Rose would be leaving but that the series would hang around without her. The contortions necessary to arrange that baton (or Batarang) pass mostly fizzle in the opening episodes, fueling a sense that this CW drama might be flying on fumes.

Science/Tech

Joe Biden Promotes ‘Science Advisor’ to US Cabinet-Level Position

Today at 19:19 PM, via Slashdot

“President-elect Joe Biden announced Friday that he has chosen a pioneer in mapping the human genome — the so-called ‘book of life’ — to be his chief science adviser,” reports the Associated Press, “and is elevating the top science job to a Cabinet position.”Biden nominated Eric Lander, founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, who was the lead author of the first paper...

Science/Tech

US President-Elect Biden Starts New Twitter Account, Criticizes Policy on POTUS Account

Today at 18:34 PM, via Slashdot

“This will be the account for my official duties as President,” tweeted U.S. president-elect Joe Biden on Thursday — but from a new account at @PresElectBiden (which will transition to @POTUS after Wednesday’s inauguration). But Bloomberg reports Biden is still “clashing with the social media company over its decision to deny the incoming administration millions of existing White House...

Science/Tech

Turn it down: how to silence your inner voice

Today at 18:00 PM, via The Guardian

Your internal monologue shapes mental wellbeing, says psychologist Ethan Kross. He has the tools to improve your mind’s backchat

As Ethan Kross, an American experimental psychologist and neuroscientist, will cheerfully testify, the person who doesn’t sometimes find themselves listening to an unhelpful voice in their head probably doesn’t exist. Ten years ago, Kross found himself sitting up...

Science/Tech

EFF, Cory Doctorow Warn About the Dangers of De-Platforming and Censorship

Today at 17:34 PM, via Slashdot

Last week Cory Doctorow shared his own answer for what Apple and Google should’ve done about Parler:They should remove it, and tell users, “We removed Parler because we think it is a politically odious attempt to foment violence. Our judgment is subjective and may be wielded against others in future. If you don’t like our judgment, you shouldn’t use our app store.” I’m 100% OK with that: first,...

Nature

World facing ‘catastrophic’ temperature rises: UN

Thursday at 20:28 PM, via News24

The world is on course for a “catastrophic” temperature rise this century, the United Nations said as it confirmed that 2020 rivalled 2016 as the hottest year on record.