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Business

Big increase in retrenchments across South Africa

Today at 16:04 PM, via BusinessTech

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) says it has noticed significantly higher activity with regard to retrenchments in May and June this year.

Education

England A-level downgrades hit pupils from disadvantaged areas hardest

Today at 15:30 PM, via The Guardian

Analysis also shows pupils at independent schools benefited most from algorithm

A-level results – live updates

Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds have been worst hit by the controversial standardisation process used to award A-level grades in England this year, while pupils at independent schools benefited the most.

Private schools increased the proportion of students achieving top grades...

Education

South Africa: Northern Cape Education MEC Passes Away

Today at 15:30 PM, via AllAfrica

[SAnews.gov.za] North West Premier, Professor Job Mokgoro, has extended his heartfelt condolences to Northern Cape Premier, Zamani Saul, and the entire executive council on the passing of Education MEC, Ntsikelelo MacCollen Jack.

Education

‘I feel cheated’: Rotherham students struggle to make sense of exam grades

Today at 14:45 PM, via The Guardian

At Wales high school, 84% of pupils have had at least one grade moderated down

In the small sports hall of Wales high school in Rotherham, confusion turned to frustration and anger as students and staff, many in tears, struggled to make sense of grades produced by an obscure computer model for exams that never took place.

“In years to come we’re always going to be the year that didn’t...

Lifestyle

LIVE: Memorial Service for Bob Mabena

Today at 15:30 PM, via SABC News

Veteran broadcaster and media personality, Bob Mabena is being remembered at a memorial service held at Power House, in Houghton, Johannesburg.

Entertainment

‘Project Power’ features Jamie Foxx in a fast-paced mashup

Today at 16:18 PM, via CNN

One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you burst into flames like the Human Torch in “Project Power,” one of those Netflix action movies that probably would make some money if released into theaters. The undercooked plot works just well enough to fuel this vehicle for Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, mashing up old movies in a fast-paced package.

Entertainment

‘Boys State’ captures political division through the lens of future leaders

Today at 16:11 PM, via CNN

One of the year’s best documentaries, “Boys State” presents a fascinating look at teenagers brought together for an exercise in government, which somehow manages to unerringly encapsulate partisan divisions in the US right now. An opening medley of past participants — including Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney, Cory Booker, Rush Limbaugh and Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito — only stokes curiosity...

Science/Tech

Apple Readies Subscription Bundles To Boost Digital Services

Today at 16:14 PM, via Slashdot

Apple is readying a series of bundles that will let customers subscribe to several of the company’s digital services at a lower monthly price, Bloomberg reported Thursday, citing people with knowledge of the effort. From the report: The bundles, dubbed “Apple One” inside the Cupertino, California-based technology giant, are planned to launch as early as October alongside the next iPhone line,...

Science/Tech

What’s Next in Finance – In conversation with Pieter Bensch

Today at 15:59 PM, via MyBroadband

Sage’s executive Vice President in Africa and Middle East, Pieter Bensch, discusses the impact of the lockdown on businesses, the importance of cloud services, and how AI is improving financial services.

Science/Tech

Man connected to African IP address heist sues AFRINIC

Today at 15:59 PM, via MyBroadband

The African Network Information Centre is being taken to court by one of the men whose name and company has been linked to the alleged misappropriation of African Internet resources.

Science/Tech

Intel promises 20% performance boost with new chip technology

Today at 15:54 PM, via TechCentral

Intel on Thursday disclosed a new method for making transistors on semiconductors that its chief architect said could boost the performance Intel’s next round of processors by as much as 20%.

Health

New Jersey Gym Owners Are Desperate to Reopen

Today at 11:00 AM, via New York Times

New Jersey is one of seven states where health clubs have been barred from reopening. The governor says it’s too soon, but some gym owners are rebelling.

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 […]