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SATURDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER 2020, 04:57

South Africa

Western Cape top cop gunned down, Hawks investigating

Yesterday at 21:50 PM, via SABC News

Western Cape police say the Hawks will investigate circumstances, which led to the fatal shooting of senior detective in the Anti Gang Unit Lt Colonel  Charl Kinnear.

Africa

Inside Zim’s illicit gold mine trade

Yesterday at 21:00 PM, via Mail & Guardian

Desperate people mine the mineral, but it is ‘untouchable big people’, including top state officials, who reap the real benefits

Politics

Clicks-bait: EFF MP’s new parole probe

Yesterday at 21:00 PM, via Mail & Guardian

Kenny Motsamai, a parolee who is also an EFF MP, could be sent back to jail if correctional services finds he violated his parole conditions

Politics

State Security Agency pours cold water on Lana Marks ‘assassination plot’

Yesterday at 20:24 PM, via SABC News

South Africa’s State Security Agency has poured cold water on allegations that Iran was plotting to assassinate the United States Ambassador to South Africa. In a statement, the intelligence agency says the information provided is not sufficient to sustain the allegation.

Politics

COPE lambasts ANC members for supporting Andile Lungisa

Yesterday at 13:16 PM, via SABC News

Congress of the People (COPE) has criticised the African National Congress (ANC) members who supported former Nelson Mandela Bay councillor Andile Lungisa when he was handing himself over to the North End Prison on Thursday to begin his two year prison sentence.

Education

South Africa: Future of Universities Bound to Their Social Compact

Yesterday at 17:16 PM, via AllAfrica

[UCT] COVID-19 has shown that the future and relevance of universities worldwide is bound to their social compact – research and knowledge that serves society – and their resilience. Their adaptability and agility in the face of the pandemic and lockdown saw many changing in ways unimaginable just months ago, said Professor Stephen Toope.

Education

What’s Your Advice for Virtual Learning?

Yesterday at 17:15 PM, via New York Times

Teachers, we’d love to hear from you. How are you keeping your classroom up and running — even over video chat?

Lifestyle

Defying protests and poverty, Haitians get creative to wed in style

Yesterday at 19:58 PM, via SABC News

As anti-government protesters in Haiti’s capital blocked principal roads and clashed with police last year, Stanley Joseph and Daphne Gerard used the city’s winding and potholed backroads to make it to church for their wedding, decked out in all their finery.

Entertainment

Donovan Goliath takes on the news

Yesterday at 19:22 PM, via The Citizen

Goliath chats to the Citizen about his new role on The Lite Show; a show focused on wrapping up the weekly headlines in a witty way, giving South Africans the opportunity to stay abreast of the latest news while enjoying a good laugh.

Entertainment

TIFF 2020 kicks off a strange start to the Oscars race

Yesterday at 18:28 PM, via CNN

The Toronto International Film Festival, of seemingly endless sprawl, had its wings clipped this year. Instead of the thousands of titles bulging at the program’s seams, there was a svelte 50 or so. Blame the pandemic. Release schedules have been rejigged, some films will wait for 2021; Netflix bolted when award bodies overhauled qualification rules. Still, Toronto’s trim selection brought...

Science/Tech

Bill Gates On the Difference Between Elon Musk and Steve Jobs

Today at 01:40 AM, via Slashdot

In an interview with Bloomberg, Bill Gates was asked whether his contemporary Elon Musk could be considered the “next Steve Jobs,” due to the advancements his companies Tesla and SpaceX have made in electric cars and reusable rockets, respectively. CNBC reports: “If you know people personally, that kind of gross oversimplification seems strange,” Gates told Bloomberg in the interview published...

Science/Tech

Coronavirus live news: Trump pledges vaccine for all by April as Melbourne faces more protests

Today at 01:29 AM, via The Guardian

Number of cases worldwide passes 30 million; Victoria announces 21 new Covid-19 cases and seven more deaths; UK faces possible second national lockdown. Follow all the developments

Mutant virus: should we be worried that Sars-CoV-2 is changing ?UK entering second wave of virus, Johnson warns‘Shocking’: Trump under fire from ex-adviser for Covid failures

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Science/Tech

Fortnite: Save the World For Mac Is Shutting Down Because of Epic’s Battle With Apple

Today at 01:00 AM, via Slashdot

Epic Games says Fortnite: Save the World will no longer be playable on macOS beginning on September 23rd because Apple is preventing the game from receiving new updates. The Verge reports: The co-op action shooter was initially released as a paid early access title in 2017. Epic’s far more popular free-to-play battle royale will still be playable on Mac, the company says. Epic says Apple is...

Science/Tech

Tesla Wins Lawsuit Against Whistleblower Accused of Hacks

Today at 00:20 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader writes: The US District Court of Nevada awarded Tesla a win in its lawsuit against a former employee, filed two years ago. You may recall CEO Elon Musk referred to this incident in a previously leaked email calling on employees to be “extremely vigilant.” Martin Tripp, who worked at the company’s Nevada Gigafactory, was accused of hacking the automaker and supplying...

Health

Tracking Covid-19 Live Updates: Global Coverage

Yesterday at 20:29 PM, via New York Times

Israel becomes one of the few countries to impose a second nationwide lockdown. In the U.S., Joe Biden tries to focus the campaign on President Trump’s virus performance.