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South Africa

7 appear for murder of Cape Town police officer

Yesterday at 22:30 PM, via News24

Seven suspects made a brief appearance in the Blue Downs Magistrate’s Court in connection with the murder of Sergeant Thomas Ngobeni from the Mowbray Detective Unit.

Africa

Malawi to destroy 16 000 expired Covid-19 vaccines

Yesterday at 21:08 PM, via News24

Malawi will destroy over 16 000 expired coronavirus vaccines donated to the impoverished country by the African Union three weeks before their use-by-date, a health official said.

Africa

Egypt bus-truck crash kills 20, officials say

Yesterday at 17:48 PM, via News24

Twenty people were killed on Wednesday in Egypt when a bus collided with a truck carrying petroleum products, the health ministry, medical and security sources said.

Africa

DR Congo to launch Covid vaccination drive

Yesterday at 15:11 PM, via News24

The DR Congo will kick off a Covid vaccination drive next week, the government said on Wednesday, despite persistent public wariness over potential side effects from the drugs.

Politics

In emotive missive, Zuma says he will not provide answering affidavit to Mogoeng

Yesterday at 21:34 PM, via Mail & Guardian

Former president Jacob Zuma on Wednesday submitted a 21-page letter to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng out of “respect”, to let the head of the Constitutional Court know that he would not be deposing an affidavit about an appropriate sanction should he be found to be in contempt of court, as Mogoeng had directed. Mogoeng had […]

Education

London universities attack ‘levelling down’ plans to cut funding

Today at 01:01 AM, via The Guardian

Universities in capital say proposals could create more inequalities than it addresses

Universities in London have said the government’s “levelling up” agenda has resulted in a funding shortfall that risks pushing three institutions into the red.

The universities regulator, the Office for Students (OfS), is planning to remove a portion of the state teaching grant that was previously channelled...

Education

Pimlico academy parents told: future disobedience will be punished

Yesterday at 19:59 PM, via The Guardian

Lord Nash’s letter says pupils should be warned of consequences of further protests at London school

The chair of the trust which runs Pimlico Academy, the London secondary school at the centre of pupil protests over allegations of race discrimination, has written a letter to parents warning that any future disobedience by pupils will result in disciplinary action.

Hundreds of students took...

Entertainment

What to expect at the Oscars

Yesterday at 20:09 PM, via CNN

Amid a global pandemic, shuttered movie theaters and after a two-month delay, Sunday’s 93rd Academy Awards are already poised to feel very different than previous years.

Science/Tech

A 23-Year-Old Coder Kept QAnon Online When No One Else Would

Today at 05:30 AM, via Slashdot

Bloomberg’s William Turton and Joshua Brustein have published a profile of the 23-year-old proprietor of VanwaTech, an internet provider in Vancouver, Wash. that “provides tech support to the U.S. networks of White nationalists and conspiracy theorists banned by the likes of Amazon.” An anonymous Slashdot reader shares an excerpt from the report: Two and a half months before extremists invaded...

Science/Tech

Ford’s BlueCruise Self-Driving Tech Did a 110,000-Mile Road Trip

Today at 04:02 AM, via Slashdot

Ford has revealed that it spent last year conducting the “mother of all road trips” for its upcoming BlueCruise system, sending five Mustang Mach-E crossovers and five F-150 trucks on a collective 110,000-mile journey across the US and Canada. Engadget reports: The aim, to no one’s surprise, was to gauge how BlueCruise handled in a wide range of realistic road and traffic conditions. Ford had...

Science/Tech

Farming Startup Unveils Self-Driving Robot That Uses AI To Zap Weeds

Today at 03:25 AM, via Slashdot

Carbon Robotics, a Seattle company led by Isilon Systems co-founder Paul Mikesell, is unveiling its self-driving robot that uses artificial intelligence to identify weeds growing in fields of vegetables, then zaps them with precision thermal bursts from lasers. GeekWire reports: [W]hat farmers need is less a revolution in farming methods than a revolutionary tool that fits into their current...

Science/Tech

Dogecoin Price Surpasses 10 Cents To Reach An All-Time High

Today at 02:45 AM, via Slashdot

Dogecoin, the virtual currency that originally started as an internet meme more than seven years ago, has surged more than 85% in the last 24 hours and is trading at $0.13. Its market cap is now over $17 billion. CNN reports: The currency has soared more than 2,000% from the start of the year, and has a big fan in Tesla CEO Elon Musk, whose tweets about it have on occasion driven up Dogecoin’s...

Nature

Schools gifted with seedlings for food gardens this International Plant Appreciation Day

Tuesday at 12:05 PM, via CapeNature

  CapeNature and the Western Cape Government celebrate Plant Appreciation Day together by gifting 12 schools across the Western Cape with seedlings and seeds for their food gardens. The special calendar day falls on 13 April every year and is aimed at highlighting the importance of plants in our daily lives. With 52% of South […]