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Business

Joburg beats Cape Town in global best cities report

Today at 13:27 PM, via BusinessTech

Global management consultancy Kearney has published the findings of its 2021 Global Cities Report, analysing the performance of 156 cities across the globe, and how they have been impacted by the pandemic and by containment measures.

Politics

Fort Calata Foundation says NPA missed deadline in Cradock Four murder prosecution decision

Yesterday at 16:22 PM, via SABC News

The Fort Calata Foundation says it’s is deeply disappointed by National Director of Public Prosecutions, advocate Shamila Batohi, who they say missed the deadline set by her own office to provide the families of Fort Calata, Matthew Goniwe, Sparro Mkonto and Sicelo Mhauli with a prosecutorial decision in relation to their murder

Education

Revealed: how grammar schools are expanding – by taking pupils who fail the 11-plus

Today at 10:45 AM, via The Guardian

Critics say disadvantaged children are losing out in England as selective schools find creative ways to poach students

It’s a glorious late autumn day at Herne Bay high school in Kent, and boys and girls in red tops are playing sport on neat artificial pitches, but the principal, Jon Boyes, is looking into the distance, pointing out a piece of land on the other side of the road. If the local...

Education

Dear Nadhim Zahawi, please sort out Ofsted’s lack of humanity. There’s no excuse | Michael Rosen

Today at 10:30 AM, via The Guardian

Schools need support, not trials led by unsympathetic inspectors who don’t take Covid into account

As you preside over the bewildering and nonsensical inconsistency of mask-wearing in schools, I thought I might distract you with another matter of great importance: the behaviour of Ofsted inspectors.

As all of us involved in schools in England know, we work in a territory policed by a...

Education

A decade of marketisation has left lecturers with no choice but to strike | Jacob Mukherjee

Today at 10:00 AM, via The Guardian

The shake-up of universities has led to lower pensions, job insecurity and cuts to courses

Along with tens of thousands of university workers at 58 institutions across the UK, I have been on strike for three days this week over pensions, pay and conditions. For workers at Goldsmiths this national strike has fallen in the middle of an epic, local three-week strike of our own – over management...

Science/Tech

I was told the 12 steps would cure my addiction. Why did I end up feeling more broken?

Today at 14:00 PM, via The Guardian

In this quasi-religious programme, ‘working the steps’ is the remedy for any problem, but for me the cracks soon started to show

Eight of us sat together in a circle in a wooden shed, an outbuilding at a large country house, somewhere in the south of England. The door was ajar, and spring light flooded the room. “Can anyone name any treatment methods for addiction, other than the 12 steps?”...

Science/Tech

A New Humanoid Robot Has the Most Advanced and Realistic Facial Expressions Yet

Today at 12:00 PM, via Slashdot

A U.K.-based company Engineered Arts has developed a humanoid robot that can display human-like expressions with ease. Interesting Engineering reports: In a short video released on YouTube, the company shows off its most advanced humanoid, dubbed Ameca, which is initially a platform for testing robotic technologies. As is seen in the video […], the humanoid appears to have woken up in a robotic...

Health

Omicron and Travel: So, Now Do I Need Trip Insurance?

Yesterday at 20:35 PM, via New York Times

In light of the new variant, is extra protection warranted for things like flight and lodging cancellations and quarantine hotels? It depends. Here’s what you need to know.