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Who’s who in the Biden administration

Today at 21:35 PM, via Al Jazeera

Joe Biden’s team will include Obama veterans, longtime aides and allies, as well as women and people of colour.

South Africa

How Netcare is extending capacity amid Covid-19 pressure

Today at 20:24 PM, via News24

Hospital group Netcare has under 3 000 Covid-19 positive patients in its hospitals across the country – and it has now opened temporary Clinical Decision Units in three provinces.

World

Covid-19: The global plan to share Covid-19 vaccines

Today at 19:47 PM, via News24

The Covax programme, bolstered by the new US presidency on Thursday, aims to secure enough Covid-19 vaccines this year for the most vulnerable 20 percent in every country, rich or poor.

Politics

Power shift at Luthuli House

Today at 21:00 PM, via Mail & Guardian

Ace Magashule’s move to distance himself from Carl Niehaus signals a rebalancing of influence and authority at the top of the ANC

Politics

UN in SA sends condolences to Mthembu’s family, friends and colleagues

Today at 20:37 PM, via SABC News

The United Nations in South Africa has wishes to expressed its deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of the late Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, who passed away earlier today from complications related to COVID-19.

Education

Malware reportedly found on laptops given to children in England

Today at 18:01 PM, via The Guardian

Investigation launched after teachers warn of worm on devices handed out for home schooling

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An investigation has been launched into reports that some of the laptops handed out to vulnerable children for homeschooling in England are infected with malware.

According to an online forum, teachers from a school in Bradford noticed the...

Education

Treasury expected to balk at further education loan plans

Today at 17:07 PM, via The Guardian

Gavin Williamson hails plans for ‘lifelong loan entitlement’ but Treasury is hostile to expanding system

The government’s plans for a “lifelong loan entitlement” for further education study – a key part of its new skills white paper for England – are predicted to run into stiff opposition from the Treasury.

The white paper says the loan entitlement will be equivalent to “four years of...

Lifestyle

Pearls, purple and American designers mark a new US administration

Today at 19:09 PM, via SABC News

The United States’ peaceful transition of power included a spotlight on fashion on Wednesday, as President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn in at the US Capitol, both sporting American designers.

Entertainment

‘Walker’ gets a new look with Jared Padalecki as the Texas Ranger

Today at 17:20 PM, via CNN

Occasionally a reboot comes along that’s so different from the original you wonder why they bothered. “Walker” is one of those, dropping the “Texas Ranger” part of the title from the CBS series that signed off 20 years ago, and trading in Chuck Norris for “Supernatural’s” Jared Padalecki, in what feels more like a family drama than a butt-kicking crime show.

Science/Tech

New Intel CEO Making Waves: Rehiring Retired CPU Architects

Today at 21:25 PM, via Slashdot

We’re following the state of play with Intel’s new CEO, Pat Gelsinger, very closely. Even as an Intel employee for 30 years, rising to the rank of CTO, then taking 12 years away from the company, his arrival has been met with praise across the spectrum given his background and previous successes. He isn’t even set to take his new role until February 15th, however his return is already causing a...

Science/Tech

NSA Urges System Administrators To Replace Obsolete TLS Protocols

Today at 20:41 PM, via Slashdot

The US National Security Agency has issued a security advisory this month urging system administrators in federal agencies and beyond to stop using old and obsolete TLS protocols. From a report: “NSA recommends that only TLS 1.2 or TLS 1.3 be used; and that SSL 2.0, SSL 3.0, TLS 1.0, and TLS 1.1 not be used,” the agency said. “Using obsolete encryption provides a false sense of security because...

Science/Tech

Beijing’s New AI Academy is Aiming For Breakthroughs and Ethical Controls

Today at 20:01 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader writes: China produces as many artificial intelligence researchers as the US, but it lags in fundamental research. The government hopes to make up ground with a new AI lab in Beijing that brings together top researchers from AI and industry to focus on things like the mathematical foundations of machine learning and neuroscience-inspired AI. But as WIRED reports, it also...

Science/Tech

It’s a sweet relief to be vaccinated – but it’s not a return to normality | Polly Toynbee

Today at 19:40 PM, via The Guardian

As older people relish being vaccinated, the UK government’s messaging risks being confusing and contradictory

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Age brings few benefits, as far as I can see: not wisdom, not virtue, nor serenity. But what a bonus to find yourself among the ranks of septuagenarians lining up for the Covid-19 vaccine. This gift of life arrives via an...

Health

U.S. Vaccine Supply: What to Know

Today at 19:23 PM, via New York Times

Can President Biden really boost production? Why are governors trying to buy directly from Pfizer? And when will supply exceed demand?

Nature

Fish migrations: they would swim 500 miles and they would swim 500 more

Yesterday at 18:23 PM, via CapeNature

By Nicole Horn and Alexis Olds Migration is a widespread but highly complicated and diverse component to many fish species lives.  Migration can be strenuous and often consists of extremely long journeys. The life history stages of certain species rely heavily on migration. Fish will migrate for several reasons including escaping unfavourable conditions, moving to […]