Travellers, take note: Here are the top five South Australian wildlife experiences to try

If you’re a wildlife lover, then here are five of the best experiences that you can explore around this time of the year in South Australia: * Whale watching:There is nothing like watching these beauties sway. South Australia has a mighty coastline and there are some spectacular sights one can witness along it from time to time. Yet, nothing compares to the annual southern right whale migration. The majestic whales can be spotted along the coastline of Kangaroo Island, the Fleurieu Peninsula’s Victor Harbor and on the far west coast…

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ACT closes test centres across South Korea

The closures mark the end of a torrid year for the ACT in South Korea. In June, ACT cancelled its entrance exam for South Korea and Hong Kong in the face of leaked answers, affecting an estimated 5,500 students. This was “the first known cancellation of the high-stakes exam for an entire country”, according to ACT spokesman Ed Colby. “South Koreans are among the most highly represented international students at US Ivy League universities” Colby was quoted in one of many reports news agency Reuters has carried on cheating in Asia on the…

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Rio 2016: ‘Hands off Caster’ trends in South Africa

More than 17,000 tweets made the hashtag #HandsOffCaster South Africa’s top trend over the past weekend. It sent a clear message – South Africans were ready to defend their middle-distance runner Caster Semenya from persistent questions over whether she should be excluded from racing in Rio. Semenya was made to undergo gender testing after winning gold at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin. She was cleared to compete in 2010 after being sidelined for 11 months while the tests were carried out. The tag #HandsOffCaster appears to date back to…

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Analysts: Militarization of South China Sea is fraught with risk of major war

Further militarization of the South China Sea, which Vietnam has now joined in thereby following in China’s footsteps, may cause skirmishes and fire exchanges, as well as internationalization of the conflict involving the United States’ Pacific Fleet, polled experts have told TASS. OPINION Reuters quotes US intelligence sources as saying Vietnam is moving its missile complexes to Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, disputed by China and three other countries. These weapons are capable of hitting China’s facilities on neighboring reefs. The Chinese Foreign Ministry has expressed a strong…

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The Convent, South Woodchester, Cotswolds: hotel review

Where nuns once lived a simple life, music lovers can now eat, catch an intimate gig and stay the night. But has the new multi-tasking hotel fully found its groove? Praise be! … The Chapel venue at The Convent, Stroud. Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to pay worshipful respect … to food, music and a good, long relax. It may not be an order of service that the enclosed order of nuns who once called the Convent home would have recognised, but secular pleasure at former religious institutions…

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ANC supporters killed as bus overturns in South Africa

At least 11 people were killed and 59 more injured when a bus transporting African National Congress (ANC) supporters from an election rally in Port Elizabeth overturned on Sunday, South African emergency services said. The bus rolled off the N1 highway between Ventersburg and Winsburg in the Free State, trapping passengers underneath the vehicle, ER24 paramedics said in a statement. The cause of the accident, after which 21 passengers were in a critical condition, is not yet known, ER24 said. President Jacob Zuma launched the ANC’s manifesto in Port Elizabeth…

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U.S. plans third patrol near disputed South China Sea islands – source

The U.S. Navy plans to conduct another passage near disputed islands in the South ChinaSea in early April, a source familiar with the plan said on Friday, the third in series of challenges that have drawn sharps rebukes from China. The exact timing of the exercise and which ship would travel inside a 12-nautical mile limit around a disputed island was not immediately clear. The United States has conducted what it calls “freedom of navigation” exercises in recent months, sailing near disputed islands to underscore its right to navigate the…

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Islamic State truck bomb kills at least 60 people south of Baghdad

People gather at the site of a bomb attack at a checkpoint in the city of Hilla, south of Baghdad, March 6, 2016. A truck bomb at an Iraqi checkpoint south of Baghdad killed at least 60 people and wounded more than 70 on Sunday, medical and security officials said, and Islamic State claimed responsibility for the blast. The suicide attack, involving an explosive-laden fuel tanker, is the second deadliest this year after one on Feb. 28 that killed 78 people in Sadr City, a Shi’ite district of Baghdad. This…

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South Africa: No proper consultation on technology in the classroom

An ambitious government plan to flood classrooms with technology was met with many questions and strong criticism during the national congress of the country’s second largest teachers’ union. Basil Manuel, President of the South African Education Union (NAPTOSA)   In its plan, which was developed without proper consultation with the teaching profession, the government intends to provide tablets to all learners, but seems to overlook the necessary professional development programs needed to help teachers use the new technology. “How far removed from the classroom are those so called experts and…

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South Africa: Support grows for status change for temporary educators

The Congress of South African Trade Unions has voiced its support for the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union’s demand that educators employed on temporary contracts become permanent employees. This is a significant vote of support as the Congress of South African Trade Unions is that country’s national trade union confederation. High School in South Africa. © UNESCO/Darryl Evans   The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU), affiliated to Education International (EI), had urged national public authorities to change their treatment of temporary educators. It said that temporary educators have been…

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