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TUESDAY, 19 JUNE 2018, 23:53

World

Chilean law enforcement question Vatican sex abuse envoy at airport

Today at 22:42 PM, via Reuters

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chilean prosecutors said on Tuesday they questioned the Vatican’s top sex abuse investigator as he prepared to fly out of the country following a fact-finding and reconciliation mission ordered by the Pope.

World

Violence flares up in Nicaragua after suspension of peace talks

Today at 22:35 PM, via Reuters

MASAYA, Nicaragua (Reuters) – Nicaraguan police and masked gunmen clashed with anti-government protesters on Tuesday, leaving at least two dead following the suspension of peace talks to quell two months of deadly demonstrations, a human rights group said.

Africa

Africa:Ft World Cup 2018 – Africa’s Winless Streak Perpetuated By a Set-Piece and 90th Minute ‘Curse.’

Today at 22:28 PM, via allAfrica

[FirstTouch] It began with the Pharaohs of Egypt. Matched up against the two-time world champions, Uruguay in a Group A clash, a match they had lost already on paper and in the eyes of many ‘pragmatic’ football enthusiasts. The lack of optimism originated more so because their talisman player, Mohamed Salah, was sitting this one out, working towards full recovery from his shoulder injury after...

Africa

Boko Haram kills nine soldiers in Nigeria

Today at 21:10 PM, via News24

Boko Haram fighters killed nine soldiers and wounded two others in northeast Nigeria, according to military sources, just days after 43 civilians died in deadly suicide bombings.

Africa

Residents accuse Mali army of killing at least 25 civilians

Today at 21:10 PM, via News24

Malian soldiers killed at least 25 civilians in the central Mopti region last week, a civic association and residents have said, as concerns rose over alleged abuses during counterterror operations in an area where extremists linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group have carried out attacks.

Business

SA retailers show growth despite digital disruption

Today at 22:12 PM, via Fin24

SA’s largest retailers saw stronger revenue and profit growth through the last quarter of 2017 and first quarter of 2018, despite lower retail sales growth during the first four months of this year.

Sport

World Cup 2018: Russia 3-1 Egypt highlights

Today at 22:57 PM, via BBC News

Watch highlights as Russia move to the brink of qualifying for the last 16 of the World Cup after defeating Mohamed Salah’s Egypt in St Petersburg.

Sport

Salah scores but Russia thumps Egypt

Today at 22:56 PM, via CNN

Mo Salah finally made his World Cup bow and scored a goal but the Egyptian could not save his country as the Pharaohs’ hopes of progressing to the knockout stages of football’s showpiece event were all but ended by a clinical Russia.

Education

Exam board ‘sorry’ for audio mix-up in French and Spanish A-levels

Today at 20:46 PM, via The Guardian

Students still have to apply for ‘special consideration’ to have mark adjusted, says Eduqas

An examination board has apologised to A-level students and their teachers after a mix-up in recordings made it difficult for candidates to answer questions in Spanish and French exams taken this month.

Students sitting the Eduqas French modern foreign languages exams on Monday complained that recordings...

Education

Miriam Griffin obituary

Today at 18:37 PM, via The Guardian

Oxford classical scholar and expert on Seneca who offered new insights into the torrid world of Roman imperial politics

The classical scholar and tutor Miriam Griffin, who has died aged 82, played a crucial role in getting readers to appreciate the philosophical writing of the ancient Romans in their historical context, in particular that of Seneca, the Stoic philosopher and tutor to the...

Education

Half of workers think Britain has a ‘class ceiling’

Today at 17:00 PM, via The Guardian

Study commissioned by Justine Greening reveals perception of bias against working class accents

Half of UK workers believe a regional accent and a working class background are barriers to success, according to a new study that revealed working class representation in leadership roles is as low as 17%.

The study was commissioned by the former education secretary Justine Greening, who said...

Science/Tech

Amazon Brings Alexa To Hotels

Today at 22:50 PM, via Slashdot

Amazon is finally bringing Alexa to the hotel room. The e-commerce giant announced Tuesday the launch of Alexa for Hospitality, a specialized version of the voice assistant that integrates into popular hotel software systems for guest services. From a report: Housed inside of an Echo device, Alexa for Hospitality is functionally identical to the Alexa used in homes, except tailored to a hotel’s...

Science/Tech

The surge in hay fever is rooted in our modern lifestyles

Today at 22:30 PM, via The Guardian

Obsessive hygiene, antibiotics and car exhausts are blamed for hay fever now affecting 20% of Britain’s population

This has been the worst month for hay fever for 12 years. Grasses had perfect growing conditions over late April and in May with warm sunshine and showers. That was followed in June by hot dry conditions when the grass flowers matured and shed clouds of pollen on light breezes and...

Health

Stress disorders tied to increased risk of autoimmune diseases

Today at 22:29 PM, via Reuters

(Reuters Health) – People who suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other stress-related psychiatric issues may be more likely to develop autoimmune diseases than individuals who don’t, a Swedish study suggests.

Nature

SAWS South African Weather Service PAIA Manual Information & Request Forms

13 June at 12:18 PM, via Environment.co.za

The post SAWS South African Weather Service PAIA Manual Information & Request Forms appeared first on Environment News South Africa.

A public document which was rather difficult for us to locate. This PAIA manual certainly was NOT found anywhere  on the South African Weather Services own web site which is required by law for any office of government. For anyone wishing to request information...

Nature

CapeNature uses drone technology to transform their seabird counts

11 June at 00:10 AM, via CapeNature

CapeNature manages conservation efforts on Dyer Island, where the manual counting of birds is an essential process which provides the baseline data that enables CapeNature to map the population fluctuations of all the bird species on the island. This is especially significant during breeding season as managing authorities are able to track the number of […]