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SATURDAY, 15 AUGUST 2020, 07:16

South Africa

No decision has been made yet about level 2: Mkhize

Today at 06:33 AM, via SABC News

Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize says consultations by the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) are ongoing regarding adjustments to the current lockdown regulations. The Minister says the President will only make an announcement on the matter once consultations are concluded.

South Africa

Sunday marks the 8th anniversary of Marikana Massacre

Yesterday at 20:34 PM, via SABC News

Sunday marks the 8th anniversary of the Marikana massacre where 34 mineworkers were gunned down by the police at a Lonmin Platinum Mine on the 16th of August 2012.

Africa

Malawi court orders arrest of police behind sexual abuse

Yesterday at 23:15 PM, via News24

A court in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe has ordered the arrest of police officers who raped and abused 18 women and girls during anti-government protests last year, as well as compensation payouts.

Education

A Georgia Parent’s Plea: Stop the Shaming

Yesterday at 20:09 PM, via New York Times

A Cherokee County mother urges “grace and unity … instead of judging and shaming one another” as the country wrestles with reopening schools.

Education

GCSEs: 2 million results set to be downgraded, researchers warn

Yesterday at 19:37 PM, via The Guardian

Exclusive: analysis suggests disadvantaged pupils will be even worse hit than in A-levels debacle

Two million GCSE grades recommended by teachers are set to be downgraded next week, with disadvantaged pupils even worse hit than in the A-levels debacle, according to analysis from leading researchers.

Thousands of headteachers have called for urgent action to avoid “serious injustices” that...

Science/Tech

Charter Can Charge Online Video Sites for Network Connections, Court Rules

Today at 07:02 AM, via Slashdot

Charter can charge Netflix and other online video streaming services for network interconnection despite a merger condition prohibiting the practice, a federal appeals court ruled today. From a report: The ruling [PDF] by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturns two merger conditions that the Obama administration imposed on Charter when it bought Time Warner Cable...

Science/Tech

TikTok owner ordered to sell US assets

Today at 06:52 AM, via MyBroadband

President Donald Trump on Friday ordered the Chinese owner of the popular music video app TikTok to sell its U.S. assets, citing national security concerns and delivering the latest salvo in his standoff with Beijing.

Science/Tech

Victorian aged care leak shows Melbourne home ‘begging’ for staff after coronavirus outbreak

Today at 06:50 AM, via The Guardian

Exclusive: letter sent by nurse says staffing situation ‘dire’ and 38 residents and staff have tested positive

‘Ants crawling from wounds’: horrifying scenes at coronavirus-hit aged care home in Melbourne

A distressed staff member at an aged care home in Victoria has described how the home struggled to provide staff as Covid-19 swept through the centre, leaving residents and caregivers...

Science/Tech

Coronavirus Australia: Victoria reports 303 new Covid-19 cases and four more deaths

Today at 06:29 AM, via The Guardian

Chief medical officer Brett Sutton says low number of deaths likely ‘a blip’ as Daniel Andrews announces 264 mystery cases

Follow today’s live blog: Coronavirus live news: Victoria in Australia adds 303 cases as restrictions tighten in Europe

Victoria has recorded another 303 cases of coronavirus and four deaths, including two connected to outbreaks in aged care facilities.

The state’s chief...

Nature

Sights unseen: finding the hidden secrets of the Grootvadersbos rivers

Yesterday at 11:49 AM, via CapeNature

Thanks to an ongoing project funded by the Table Mountain Fund, CapeNature’s aquatic biologists Dr Martine Jordaan and Ms Jeanne Gouws are collaborating with the Grootvadersbos Conservancy to unearth the fishy secrets from the rivers of the Tradouw and Duiwendhoks catchments. Grootvadersbos Conservancy borders the Grootvadersbos Nature reserve and the Langeberg Mountain Catchment Area...

Nature

CapeNature reserves now open for overnight bookings ahead of the long weekend

05 August at 21:31 PM, via CapeNature

Just in time to take advantage of the upcoming long weekend, CapeNature is pleased to announce the reopening of overnight stays for self-catering accommodation, camping, selected overnight hiking trails and eco-venues from Friday, 7 August 2020. This comes of the announcement by Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane’s that South Africans will be allowed to travel for leisure […]