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WATCH | Runaway fires destroy 100 000ha of Free State farmland

Today at 19:21 PM, via News24

Hundreds of head of game and livestock have been lost in the fire, according to an estimate from the Free State Agricultural Organisation. The fire is one of the worst seen in recent years, says its operations manager, Jack Armor.

South Africa

CWU accuses the SABC of corruption as retrenchment battle rages on

Today at 19:22 PM, via SABC News

The Communication Workers’ Union has accused some SABC management and executives of corruption, claiming that the retrenchment process is designed to enable them to benefit from contracts with the public broadcaster.

World

Pope wears mask for first time at public service

Today at 18:57 PM, via News24

Pope Francis wore a mask for the first time at a public function when he and other religious leaders attended a prayer service for peace around the world.

Business

WATCH | Intel agrees to sell memory unit for $9bn

Today at 18:24 PM, via Fin24

Intel has agreed to sell its NAND memory chip business to SK Hynix Inc for $9 billion in an all-cash deal that would propel the South Korean chipmaker to second in the global rankings.

Sport

Roglic wins explosive Vuelta a Espana opening stage

Today at 18:31 PM, via News24

Defending champion Primoz Roglic won stage one of the Vuelta a Espana on Tuesday after outsprinting an elite group that had survived the steep final 5km climb to Alto de Arrate.

Education

Larissa Wakefield obituary

Today at 19:20 PM, via The Guardian

My wife, Larissa Wakefield, who has died aged 61, after being diagnosed earlier this year with a brain tumour, was a naturalist, scientist and potter. She had a highly successful research career both before and after a 10-year break, during which she devoted herself to bringing up our children and running a pottery.

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Education

Coronavirus: 400,000 children in England off school in one week

Today at 18:27 PM, via The Guardian

Lost learning could create ‘unfairness’ in 2021 exam grades, schools minister says

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More than 400,000 children in England were off school last week for coronavirus-related reasons, as the government admitted that “unevenness” in lost learning could affect 2021 exam results.

Weekly attendance statistics from the Department for Education...

Education

Ethiopia: Feasible Training for Real Change

Today at 17:38 PM, via AllAfrica

[Ethiopian Herald] A friend of my friend informed me once that when they were 10th graders he was fond of framing sculptures and designing materials in the way he wishes as he is going to a woodwork expert after schooling.

Education

Zimbabwe: Africa University Holds Virtual Graduation

Today at 16:41 PM, via AllAfrica

[The Herald] A total of 523 Africa University (AU) students from different African countries graduated virtually on Friday last week, as the world continues to adjust to the Covid-19 induced regulations.

Lifestyle

Eating like the English? French curfew puts early dinner on menu

Today at 19:31 PM, via SABC News

Restaurateur Pascal Mousset has a new menu he hopes will persuade his patrons to change the habit of a lifetime in response to Paris’s coronavirus curfew, by – perish the thought – eating dinner as early as the English.

Science/Tech

Google Photos Revives Its Prints Subscription Service

Today at 19:25 PM, via Slashdot

Google Photos is reviving its photo printing subscription service and introducing same-day prints. The company earlier this year had briefly tested a new program that used A.I. to suggest the month’s 10 best photos, which were then shipped to your home automatically. But Google ended the test on June 30. From a report: During the trial, Google had offered users a $7.99 per month subscription...

Science/Tech

Impossible Foods Is Now Developing a Plant-Based Alternative To Cow’s Milk

Today at 18:52 PM, via Slashdot

From a report: There’s a myriad of reasons to replace cow’s milk with alternatives like nut milks, oat milk, or soy milk, but for those who enjoy the experience of consuming animal-sourced dairy products, the alternatives just aren’t the same. So Impossible Foods, makers of the Impossible Burger and other plant-based meat alternatives, are working on another food replacement that looks, tastes,...

Science/Tech

Intel Agrees To Sell Storage Unit To SK Hynix for $9 Billion

Today at 18:13 PM, via Slashdot

Intel has agreed to sell its Nand memory unit to South Korea’s SK Hynix for about $9 billion, a deal that allows the U.S. chipmaker to concentrate on its main business while shoring up the Asian company’s position in a booming market. From a report: The chipmaker will pay 10.3 trillion won for the Intel unit, which makes flash memory components for computers and other devices. The acquisition,...

Nature

Scott Ramsay’s Photo Tours – Robberg Nature Reserve

Today at 12:11 PM, via CapeNature

Words and photos by Scott Ramsay Take all the natural wonders of Robberg, and divide them by the number of square metres of this relatively tiny reserve…and you’ve got one of the most impressive reserves in the country. Few other small protected areas pack so much punch. Lying near the town of Plettenberg Bay (although […]

Nature

Essential Estuaries – Restoring an effective link between catchments and the ocean

Thursday at 15:44 PM, via CapeNature

The link between oceans and land, in most instances, is not well understood as people do not comprehend and understand the impact that their day to day life has on the ocean whether positive or negative. Freshwater, a critical life-giving resource, evaporates from the ocean surface and is largely responsible for much of the rain that reaches the land. […]