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South Africa

Lesufi to visit Helpmekaar College amid reports of reopening on Monday

Today at 20:42 PM, via SABC News

Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi will on Monday visit the Helpmekaar College in Braamfontein in Johannesburg amid reports that the institution had sent a newsletter to parents informing them that all 1200 learners should report to school on Monday.

South Africa

Archbishop Abel Gabuza passes away

Today at 18:48 PM, via SABC News

Catholic Archbishop Abel Gabuza of Durban has died at Hillcrest Hospital after a week in ICU battling with COVID-19.

South Africa

Eskom to implement Stage 1 loadshedding on Sunday

Today at 18:01 PM, via SABC News

Eskom says it will implement Stage 1 loadshedding from 11pm on Sunday until 5am on Monday morning. It says from 5am on Monday, Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented.

World

Obituary: Phil Spector

Today at 18:11 PM, via BBC News

The troubled genius who transformed pop music and died while serving a jail sentence for murder.

Politics

ANC express shock following death of Bheki Ntuli

Today at 07:03 AM, via SABC News

The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal has expressed shock following the death of the provincial executive member and MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Bheki Ntuli.

Sport

WSL highlights: Chelsea knock Man Utd off top spot

Today at 19:43 PM, via BBC News

Watch highlights as Chelsea knock Manchester United off the top of the Women’s Super League with a 2-1 win thanks to England forward Fran Kirby’s winner at Kingsmeadow.

Education

The Guardian view on women and Covid: failed by bosses and ministers | Editorial

Today at 20:41 PM, via The Guardian

Working parents, and particularly mothers, are in an impossible bind. As minister for women, Liz Truss must take a stand

The closure of schools across England, as well as a looming crisis in the early years sector, has placed working parents in an impossible situation. How to educate or care for children, while simultaneously doing their jobs, is the dilemma that millions of adults now face...

Education

‘Digital poverty’ could lead to lost generation of university students, vice-chancellors say

Today at 19:18 PM, via The Guardian

Higher education bodies tell Gavin Williamson little has been done to help disadvantaged students access remote learning

Tens of thousands of university students in England need urgent help to stop “digital poverty” from hindering their studies during lockdown, according to a group of vice-chancellors and higher education bodies.

While the government has provided laptops and other devices to...

Education

Private entrants to GCSEs and A-levels face second year of delays

Today at 18:37 PM, via The Guardian

Home education advocates call for urgent action to ensure independent students do not miss out on acquiring qualifications

Home education advocates have called on the government to act fast to ensure that private entrants to GCSEs, AS-levels and A-levels do not face a second year of delays to obtaining crucial qualifications after summer exams were cancelled again.

Home educators were dismayed...

Education

The government must listen to the voices of food poverty

Today at 11:45 AM, via The Guardian

We’ve had endless reviews of policy. Now those who live each day in real hardship should be put at the heart of reform

The photo of two blackening bananas, a tomato, two potatoes, three apples, a loaf of bread, about 200g of pasta, two carrots, slices of cheese, two mini-malt loaves, a can of baked beans and three Frubes is one of the defining images of our times. Posted on Twitter by...

Lifestyle

Media worker’s trauma of reporting and covering the pandemic

Today at 19:14 PM, via SABC News

The great pandemic of the 21st is being told in the greatest detail and in the digital age, as it happens. The bulk of this story is told through the words, voices and pictures of thousands of journalists across the world.

Entertainment

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

Yesterday 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

Signal Back After 24 Hours of Outages Caused by Surging Traffic

Today at 20:34 PM, via Slashdot

“After experiencing technical difficulties Friday, the Signal messaging app appears to be back up and running,” reports the Verge:The company tweeted Saturday night that it was “back,” although added that some users may still see error messages in their chats. The company didn’t explain what caused the outage. For users still seeing error messages in their chats — which the company said was a...

Science/Tech

Estimated Cost of Poor Software Quality in the U.S. in 2020: $2.1 Trillion

Today at 19:40 PM, via Slashdot

TechRepublic shares a remarkable calculation by the not-for-profit IT leadership group the Consortium for Information and Software Security:CISQ’s 2020 report, The Cost of Poor Software Quality in the U.S., looked at the financial impact of software projects that went awry or otherwise ended up leaving companies with a larger bill by creating additional headaches for them. According to the...

Science/Tech

Online Misinformation Dropped Dramatically After Twitter Banned Trump

Today at 19:04 PM, via Slashdot

The Washington Post reports:Online misinformation about election fraud plunged 73 percent after several social media sites suspended President Trump and key allies last week, research firm Zignal Labs has found, underscoring the power of tech companies to limit the falsehoods poisoning public debate when they act aggressively. The new research by the San Francisco-based analytics firm reported...

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.