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TUESDAY, 19 OCTOBER 2021, 21:27

South Africa

453 new COVID-19 cases identified in SA

Today at 19:25 PM, via SABC News

South Africa has recorded 453 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 917 255.

World

Trump attacks Colin Powell, a day after his death

Today at 20:00 PM, via News24

As much of the world remembered Colin Powell with respect and affection, Donald Trump on Tuesday attacked the late US statesman, calling him a disloyal Republican who made the case for war in Iraq.

Politics

Defenders of the People party campaigns in Limpopo

Today at 18:17 PM, via SABC News

The newly-formed political party, Defenders of the People (DOP), is confident that the lives of poor communities will improve should they win in the municipal elections.

Sport

Raducanu is new ambassador for fashion house Dior

Today at 20:05 PM, via News24

US Open champion Emma Raducanu has been announced as a new ambassador for French luxury fashion house Dior in the latest sign of her rapid elevation to A-list celebrity.

Education

Texas schools are being told to teach ‘opposing views’ of the Holocaust. Why? | Francine Prose

Today at 17:03 PM, via The Guardian

The question of what specific books and topics can and can’t be taught is linked to a disturbing new law in Texas

I’ve been trying to imagine what Gina Peddy could have been thinking when, on 8 October, she informed a group of Southlake, Texas, elementary school teachers that, if their classroom libraries included books about the Holocaust, students should also be steered toward books with...

Entertainment

‘Four Hours at the Capitol’ grimly recounts the events of Jan. 6 in a taut HBO documentary

Today at 20:32 PM, via CNN

As the Jan. 6 Committee continues its work, “Four Hours at the Capitol” presents a methodical, up-close-and-personal tick-tock of the insurrection, exposing what a chaotic, strange and yes, violent day that was. Interviewing members of Congress, police and protestors/rioters, it’s a visceral account of what transpired through the eyes — and cameras — of those swept up in the moment.

Entertainment

‘Queens’ gets the band back together for a soapy ABC drama

Today at 19:09 PM, via CNN

“Queens” is an extremely familiar idea, elevated not quite to the level of royalty by being slickly cast, packaged and produced. Like Peacock’s “Girls5eva,” the concept hinges on an all-girl group reunited and again pursuing stardom 20 years later, rediscovering the spotlight and its perils after years spent braiding hair and burning breakfast.

Science/Tech

The FDA Wants You To Be Able To Buy a Hearing Aid Without a Prescription

Today at 20:52 PM, via Slashdot

People with mild or moderate hearing loss could soon be able to buy hearing aids without a medical exam or special fitting, under a new rule being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. The agency says 37.5 million American adults have difficulties hearing. From a report: “Today’s move by FDA takes us one step closer to the goal of making hearing aids more accessible and affordable for...

Science/Tech

Without Covid-19 jab ‘reinfection may occur every 16 months’ say scientists

Today at 20:21 PM, via The Guardian

Reports grow of repeat SARS-CoV-2 infection as experts warn prevalence among schoolchildren risks health of older people as vaccines wane

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As Covid-19 infections surge in England people are increasingly reporting catching SARS-CoV-2 for a second or even third time. New analysis has suggested that unvaccinated individuals should expect...

Health

Sirens: Loud, Ineffective and Risky, Experts Say

Today at 11:30 AM, via New York Times

The overuse of lights and sirens, combined with speeding, pose heightened risks to emergency responders and civilians. One expert called it a “public health dilemma.”