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SUNDAY, 17 JANUARY 2021, 13:34

Africa

Jihadists seize military base in northeast Nigeria

Yesterday at 20:48 PM, via The Citizen

Machine-gun wielding fighters from Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) attacked the base in the town of Marte in the Lake Chad area overnight Friday into Saturday, two sources said.

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.

Politics

The politics of the Zuma-Zondo showdown

Yesterday at 21:30 PM, via Mail & Guardian

Any move made by the Zondo commission head or by former president Jacob Zuma must be calculated, because one mistake from either side could lead to a political fallout

Sport

Johan Goosen signs for Bulls – report

Today at 13:13 PM, via News24

French-based Springbok flyhalf Johan Goosen has signed a three-year deal to join Jake White’s Bulls, according to Afrikaans weekly newspaper Rapport.

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...

Education

A brutal Covid legacy awaits our children. We need the will and ambition to tackle it | Frank Cottrell Boyce

Today at 11:15 AM, via The Guardian

Only an event such as wartime evacuation can compare to lockdown. Plans for the young need to meet the challenge

During the war, my mum, like tens of thousands of other children, was evacuated. She left the terrace house she shared with 10 siblings and her parents and wound up in a beautiful convent perched on a headland near Conwy, north Wales, looking out to sea. It was heaven.

I sometimes...

Education

The free-market gamble: has Covid broken UK universities?

Today at 09:00 AM, via The Guardian

The pandemic has exposed the impact of 20 years of turning higher education into a marketplace and students into increasingly dissatisfied customers

In 2018-19 Manchester City FC had revenues of £535.2m. Manchester United had £627m. The University of Manchester made more than £1bn – not far short, in other words, of the combined income of the city’s two global sporting brands. This is in...

Education

The Observer view on the food parcels scandal | Observer editorial

Today at 08:30 AM, via The Guardian

The endless fights over child hunger expose the Tories’ contempt for the poor

Nobody with a heart wants to see children go hungry during this pandemic. There is a simple and effective way to help prevent this: adding an extra £15 per week to tax credit payments for children eligible for free school meals while schools are closed. This gives parents certainty; it allows them to buy food that...

Lifestyle

Your daily Horoscope for 17 January 2021

Today at 01:00 AM, via The South African

Wondering what the day has in store for your star sign? Here’s a quick glance at horoscopes and more for today – completely free!

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

41% of IT Leaders Believe AI Will Take Their Jobs By 2030

Today at 10:34 AM, via Slashdot

Dallas, TX-based cloud security firm Trend Micro interviewed 500 IT directors and managers, CIOs and CTOs — and discovered that over two-fifths of them believe they’ll be replaced by AI by 2030. ZDNet reports:Only 9% of respondents were confident that AI would definitely not replace their job within the next decade. In fact, nearly a third (32%) said they thought the technology would...

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.