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World

Four die as storm sweeps across Spain

Today at 22:36 PM, via Reuters

Four people have died in strong winds, heavy snowfall and low temperatures as Storm Gloria swept across Spain on Sunday and Monday, officials said.

Africa

Africa: World’s Billionaires Have More Wealth Than 4.6 billion People

Today at 21:10 PM, via AllAfrica

[Oxfam] Davos -The world’s 2,153 billionaires have more wealth than the 4.6 billion people who make up 60 percent of the planet’s population, reveals a new report from Oxfam today ahead of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland

Sport

Nadal begins Australian Open campaign against Dellien on Tuesday

Today at 22:15 PM, via SABC Sport

 Spain’s Rafa Nadal will begin his quest for a 20th Grand Slam title against Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien at the Australian Open on Tuesday, while organisers are confident a rain-hit opening day will not hold up the tournament. World No. 1 Nadal, the reigning French and US Open champion, has not lifted the trophy at Melbourne […]

Education

Uganda: Bwesigye Bent On Educating Disadvantaged Children

Today at 18:33 PM, via AllAfrica

[Monitor] Elinorah Bwesigye is an 85-year-old farmer from Ruganda Nakinengo Parish, in the hilly areas bordering Kanungu and Rukungiri districts. Even though she was not lucky enough to go to school, she is passionate about education and is working towards ensuring that as many children as she can support get a chance to go to school.

Science/Tech

People Can Be Identified By the Way They Dance

Today at 22:50 PM, via Slashdot

Might it be possible that someday in the near future, an official might get you to dance around a bit, in order to confirm that you’re really you? Perhaps not, but nonetheless, a recent study has determined that people’s identities can be matched to their unique style of dancing. From a report: Scientists at Finland’s University of Jyvaskyla started out by using motion capture technology to see...

Science/Tech

China To Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags and Straws

Today at 22:10 PM, via Slashdot

China, one of the world’s biggest producers of plastic waste, is set to introduce a ban on all non-degradable plastic bags and single-use straws in major cities. From a report: As part of a plan to drastically reduce plastic pollution, China’s government said the production and sale of disposable foam and plastic tableware, often used for takeout, and single-use plastic straws used in the...

Science/Tech

The Official Kubuntu ‘Focus’ Linux Laptop Goes on Sale

Today at 21:30 PM, via Slashdot

You can buy an official Kubuntu laptop. Called “Focus”. It is an absolutely powerhouse with top specs. From a report: Here’s the specs list:
CPU: Core i7-9750H 6c/12t 4.5GHz Turbo
GPU: 6GB GTX-2060
RAM: 32GB Dual Channel DDR4 2666 RAM
Storage: 1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe
Display: 16.1″ matte 1080p IPS
Keyboard: LED backlit, 3-4mm travel
User expandable SDD, NVMe, and RAM
Superior cooling The...

Nature

Threatened species hit hard by Australia’s bushfires

Today at 15:32 PM, via News24

Australia’s bushfires have burned more than half the known habitat of 100 threatened plants and animals, including 32 critically endangered species, the government said Monday.

Nature

Pope praises fishermen who clean up polluted seas

Yesterday at 15:00 PM, via News24

Pope Francis on Saturday praised fishermen cleaning up polluted seas by collecting the rubbish caught in their nets and bringing it back to land to dispose of it.