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World

Pandemic slashes international tourism by 70% – UN

Today at 17:59 PM, via News24

International tourists arrivals plunged by an annualised 70% during the first eight months of 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Tourism Organisation has said.

Politics

SCA rules in favour of DA over Tshwane Metro administration saga

Today at 15:12 PM, via SABC News

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein has dismissed with costs the Gauteng government’s appeal to suspend the implementation of the judgment which overturned its decision to dissolve the Tshwane Metro and place it under administration.

Politics

‘Tambo was proudly ANC’

Today at 13:03 PM, via SABC News

President Cyril Ramaphosa says Oliver Tambo was proudly ANC and therefore South Africans should not to be ashamed of associating him with the organisation.

Sport

Key to bonus point win for Irish is defence, says Sexton

Today at 17:59 PM, via News24

Ireland captain Johnny Sexton says his side will have to be resolute in defence against France this weekend if they are to give themselves a chance of securing the bonus point win to assure themselves of the Six Nations title.

Education

Indian child poverty charity offers free school meals in UK

Today at 17:48 PM, via The Guardian

Akshaya Patra, which feeds millions in India, opens first of three planned kitchens in England

A charity that feeds millions of poor children in India has joined the drive to end holiday hunger in the UK and distributed its first meals from a new kitchen in Watford.

Hot vegetarian dishes cooked for less than £2 each using a model developed to feed the hungry in cities such as Mumbai and...

Education

South Africa: Major Decline in Matric Stem Subject Enrollment

Today at 15:26 PM, via AllAfrica

[DA] The Democratic Alliance (DA) calls on the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to provide urgent plans on the work it is doing to reverse the alarming trend of decreases in Matric enrollment in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Education

Nigeria: Govt Feeding About 300,000 Pupils in Zamfara – Minister

Today at 14:27 PM, via AllAfrica

[Vanguard] A total of 282,529 pupils are currently being fed under the Home Grown School Feeding Programme in Zamfara, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruk, has said.

Education

Malawi: Teachers Blamed On Covid-19 Measures

Today at 14:20 PM, via AllAfrica

[Malawi News Agency] Mzuzu — Mzuzu City Council COVID-19 Security and Enforcement cluster has bemoaned the tendency by some teachers who teach without putting on face masks, saying they are not being exemplary and putting lives of learners at risk.

Entertainment

‘Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine’ gives the Trump satirist a bigger stage on Netflix

Today at 16:13 PM, via CNN

Sarah Cooper’s spot-on parodies of President Trump turned her into a social-media sensation, a promotional opportunity that didn’t present an obvious way to translate that into a more expansive version. Happily, her guest-star-studded Netflix variety special incorporates her most famous shtick — satirically lip-synching Trump speeches and interviews — while adding a few extremely clever sketches.

Science/Tech

‘Sleeping giant’ Arctic methane deposits starting to release, scientists find

Today at 17:40 PM, via The Guardian

Exclusive: expedition discovers new source of greenhouse gas off East Siberian coast has been triggered

Scientists have found evidence that frozen methane deposits in the Arctic Ocean – known as the “sleeping giants of the carbon cycle” – have started to be released over a large area of the continental slope off the East Siberian coast, the Guardian can reveal.

High levels of the potent...

Science/Tech

YouTube Will Warn Users That Election Day Results ‘May Not Be Final’

Today at 17:28 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader shares a report: Google knows that many people will be using YouTube to keep up with the US election on November 3rd. Many politicians use the platform to communicate with voters, and some news organizations will likely livestream round-the-clock coverage. Keeping up with Election Day can be difficult, though, so YouTube is preparing a small but useful information panel that...

Science/Tech

AMD Grabs Xilinx for $35 Billion as Chip Industry Consolidation Continues

Today at 16:55 PM, via Slashdot

The chip industry consolidation dance continued this morning as AMD has entered into an agreement to buy Xilinx for $35 billion, giving the company access to a broad set of specialized workloads. From a report: AMD sees this deal as combining two companies that complement each other’s strengths without cannibalizing its own markets. CEO Lisa Su believes the acquisition will help make her...

Health

This Addiction Treatment Works. Why Is It So Underused?

Today at 09:00 AM, via New York Times

An approach called contingency management rewards drug users with money and prizes for staying abstinent. But few programs offer it, in part because of moral objections to the concept.

Nature

A journey to Keurbooms Nature Reserve – by Scott Ramsay

Yesterday 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

Thursday 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 […]