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WEDNESDAY, 21 OCTOBER 2020, 12:41

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.

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.

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

Nigeria: Dan’azumi – New Teachers’ Salary Structure Is Implementable

Today at 12:17 PM, via AllAfrica

[This Day] Mohammed Dan’azumi is the Chairman, Nasarawa State Universal Basic Education Board. In this interview with Igbawase Ukumba, he speaks on the state’s preparedness before reopening schools in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic, the new Teachers’ Salary Structure, among other issues. Excerpts:

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.

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. […]