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Medium-term budget 2020: Share your thoughts

Today at 17:55 PM, via News24

What do you think about the financial priorities and challenges laid out in the medium-term budget? Do you agree with the finance minister’s budget?

Politics

ANC MP Bongani Bhongo and brother granted R10 000 bail

Today at 15:04 PM, via SABC News

Former Minister of State Security and African National Congress MP Bongani Bhongo and his brother Sipho are facing charges of fraud and corruption together with 14 co-accused.

Sport

Manchester United executive bemused by social distancing rules

Today at 17:24 PM, via News24

Manchester United chief operating officer Collette Roche says it is “bemusing” people can gather indoors in restaurants and hotels and watch football and yet the club cannot host spectators in an outdoor setting.

Education

Black activism can’t be effective if we aren’t taught black history| Olivette Otele

Today at 17:46 PM, via The Guardian

To avoid repeating mistakes and move towards a more equal future, children need to be given a fuller picture of the past

“But Olivette, my darling, we’ve been there. We’ve done that already. It doesn’t work,” said an exasperated Bonnie Greer during one of our online, caring but also heated conversations.

The playwright, novelist and broadcaster was referring to the long history of activism to...

Education

Namibia: Students Fight for Equal Funding

Today at 16:56 PM, via AllAfrica

[New Era] Students from different institutions around Windhoek held a rally yesterday marching from Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) to the ministry of higher education to advocate for equal funding.

Science/Tech

Apple is Stepping Up Efforts To Build Google Search Alternative

Today at 18:05 PM, via Slashdot

Apple is stepping up efforts to develop its own search technology as US antitrust authorities threaten multibillion-dollar payments that Google makes to secure prime placement of its engine on the iPhone, Financial Times reported Wednesday [Editor’s note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source]. From the report: In a little-noticed change to the latest version of the iPhone operating...

Science/Tech

First winged reptiles were clumsy flyers, research suggests

Today at 18:00 PM, via The Guardian

Analysis of early Pterosaurs fossils shows they are likely to have been ungainly in flight

Pterosaurs, such as pterodactyl, are some of the largest animals ever to have taken to the skies, but the first reptile aviators were clumsy flyers, only capable of travelling short distances, a study suggests. The research may also shed new light on the evolution of flight more generally.

Pterosaurs...

Science/Tech

White House Science Office Says Trump Ended COVID-19 Pandemic as US Hits Record Cases

Today at 17:25 PM, via Slashdot

The White House science office listed “ending the COVID-19 pandemic” as the top accomplishment of President Trump’s first term, even as the U.S. has set records for new daily infections and numerous hospitals across the country are stretched to their breaking points. From a report: According to a press release intended to highlight the administration’s science accomplishments, the Trump...

Health

More evidence masks slow Covid spread

Today at 15:01 PM, via Health24

A new study found clear benefits to universal masking for preventing infectious spread within the work environment.

Nature

The iconic Whale Trail has reopened after an extensive revamp

Today at 12:26 PM, via CapeNature

The iconic and world class Whale trail hike in the De Hoop Nature Reserve will reopen on Wednesday, 28 October 2020. CapeNature prides itself on leading the way in sustainable tourism as demonstrated by a continued commitment to nature-based recreational and tourism facilities for local and international visitors to enjoy and explore. Situated on 34 000 […]

Nature

A journey to Keurbooms Nature Reserve – by Scott Ramsay

Monday at 14:41 PM, via CapeNature

Words and photos by Scott Ramsay Keurbooms River Nature Reserve is a small reserve near Plettenberg Bay, and despite its proximity to the busy town, once you’ve paddled up the river away from the national road, it soon becomes clear that this reserve is another tiny patch of paradise in the Western Cape. Ancient yellow-wood […]

Nature

Communities and Conservation working together for sustainable oceans

22 October at 15:57 PM, via CapeNature

Baited Underwater Videos (BRUVs) – Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean Marine protected areas (MPAs) aim to conserve marine life and promote the conservation and effective management of ecologically and biologically diverse marine areas. The social and economic context within which they exist also needs to be considered when planning and making management decisions. They are […]