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WEDNESDAY, 21 OCTOBER 2020, 12:28

South Africa

Bemawu ready to approach CCMA over recent SABC dismissals

Today at 11:17 AM, via SABC News

The Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union (Bemawu) says it is ready to approach the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) over the SABC’s decision to dismiss employees who are believed to have been irregularly appointed.

South Africa

ECG members gather outside court ahead of Bushiri’s appearance

Today at 10:22 AM, via SABC News

Congregation members of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church (ECG) have started to gather outside the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court whether their pastor Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary Bushiri are due to appear on Wednesday morning.

World

Air pollution killed 500k newborns in 2019: global study

Today at 11:24 AM, via News24

Air pollution killed 476,000 newborns in 2019, with the biggest hotspots in India and Sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new global study which said that nearly two-thirds of the deaths came from noxious fumes from cooking fuels.

Africa

Clashes over presidential vote at Ivory Coast university

Today at 10:13 AM, via News24

Two people were hurt in Ivory Coast Tuesday in clashes involving opposition-aligned students from the powerful Fesci union, an AFP journalist said, as violence persists with two weeks to go before a contentious presidential election.

Business

Encouraging signs for South African businesses

Today at 11:38 AM, via BusinessTech

While the lockdown has had dire financial consequences for many, it has also stimulated the growth of new business registrations as entrepreneurs changed their strategies and business plans to survive, says FNB.

Business

South Africa faces oil clean up after attempted theft from pipeline

Today at 11:31 AM, via BusinessTech

South Africa’s state-owned pipeline operator said it’s cleaning up a crude oil spill in the eastern city of Durban that was caused by attempted fuel theft, a practice that’s been ongoing despite measures taken by the company.

Sport

Chennai’s Bravo out of IPL with groin injury

Today at 11:47 AM, via News24

West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has been ruled out of the rest of the Indian Premier League with a groin injury, his Chennai Super Kings team said Wednesday.

Education

West Africa: Covid-19, Conflict Drove 12 Million Children From School

Today at 12:05 PM, via AllAfrica

[Norwegian Refugee Council] A staggering 12 million children missed up to four months of school across Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger due to Covid-19 restrictions. Meanwhile, 776,000 children were prevented from attending school the entire year due to insecurity, new figures by the Norwegian Refugee Council have revealed.

Education

Figures lay bare toll of pandemic on UK children’s mental health

Today at 12:02 PM, via The Guardian

Investigation finds rises in school safeguarding reports, eating disorder treatment and sleeping pill prescriptions

The children’s commissioner for England and leading psychiatrists have raised the alarm about young people’s mental health during the pandemic, as figures suggest a sharp rise in reports of sleep problems, eating disorders and self-harm.

A Guardian investigation into the impact of...

Education

South Africa: Motshekga Wishes Matrics Good Luck

Today at 12:01 PM, via AllAfrica

[SAnews.gov.za] Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has wished the matric class of 2020 the best of luck as they prepare to sit for their final exams next month.

Education

Nigeria: Edo to Hand Over Public Schools to Missions, Others

Today at 11:27 AM, via AllAfrica

[This Day] The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has diclosed plans by his administration to handover some public schools to the missions and other private persons with interest to develop such institution.

Science/Tech

Employers Warn of Rising Political Tensions At Work

Today at 12:00 PM, via Slashdot

dcblogs writes: A significant number of employees are avoiding co-workers because of political views, says one research group. “Not only are employees avoiding one another, but they’re also having a tougher time staying focused,” said Brent Cassell, a Gartner analyst. The firm, which has surveyed workers, say the office tensions over politics are at their highest level. Firms are also on guard...

Science/Tech

If you’re pinning your hopes on a Covid vaccine, here’s a dose of realism | David Salisbury

Today at 11:53 AM, via The Guardian

A targeted immunisation programme may offer some protection, but it will not deliver ‘life as normal’ • David Salisbury is a former director of immunisation at the Department of Health

For those holding on to hope of an imminent Covid-19 vaccine, the news this weekend that the first could be rolled out as early as “just after Christmas” will have likely lifted the spirits.

The UK’s deputy...

Health

Vitamin D won’t reduce risk of depression

Today at 11:00 AM, via Health24

According to researchers, there was no significant benefit from the supplementation of vitamin D for the purpose of alleviating depression.

Nature

Scott Ramsay’s Photo Tours – Robberg Nature Reserve

Yesterday 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

15 October 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. […]