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FRIDAY, 15 JANUARY 2021, 23:42

South Africa

Airlines cull South Africa routes as virus flares

Today at 23:00 PM, via News24

Several international airlines have streamlined flights to SA following travel restrictions meant to limit the spread of a new Covid-19 variant fuelling an infection resurge.

Politics

Western Cape government to go it alone on vaccine procurement

Yesterday at 21:52 PM, via SABC News

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen has confirmed that the Western Cape government is in talks with manufacturers of vaccines to combat the coronavirus and is seeking to procure them independently of government.

Education

Tanzania: Paul Luziga , the Boy Who Emerged Top in Form Four Exams 2020

Today at 17:32 PM, via AllAfrica

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam — The National Examination Council of Tanzania today announced the results of 2020 Form Four exams with Paul Luziga from Panda Hill in Mbeya emerging the overall winner in an exam that was sat by over 400,000 students.

Lifestyle

Thailand serves up cannabis cuisine to happy customers

Today at 20:37 PM, via SABC News

“Giggling bread” and “joyfully dancing salad” aren’t the usual dishes on a menu in Thailand, but one eatery is hoping its cannabis-infused cuisine can lure foreign tourists and take the taboo out of the recently legalised leaf.

Lifestyle

Tyler Perry to receive honorary statuette at Oscars

Today at 18:15 PM, via Eyewitness News

The 51-year-old Perry — a producer, actor, writer and director — first achieved mainstream US success with his outspoken grandmother character Madea in the 2005 movie ‘Diary of a Mad Black Woman’.

Entertainment

‘MLK/FBI’ probes ‘the darkest part’ of the bureau’s history

Today at 19:47 PM, via CNN

The government-sanctioned harassment of Martin Luther King Jr. provides the chilling spine of “MLK/FBI,” a documentary timed to the annual holiday for the civil rights icon. Director Sam Pollard’s film also raises an interesting question — namely, what historians and journalists owe King’s legacy in terms of releasing material amassed specifically in an effort to sully his name.

Entertainment

‘Home Alone 2’ star tweets support for removing Trump’s cameo

Today at 19:05 PM, via CNN

As President Donald Trump prepares to make his exit from the White House, fans of “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” want him to make a permanent, on-screen exit from the movie — and its star Macaulay Culkin seems to be on board with the idea.

Science/Tech

Google Removing Inadvertent Ability for Chromium Browsers To Access Chrome Bookmarks, Sync

Today at 23:25 PM, via Slashdot

Besides the intended differences, web browsers based on Chromium offer an underlying experience that’s mostly identical to Chrome. Google recently discovered that users of third-party Chromium browsers have inadvertently been able to access data and other sync features reserved for Chrome. From a report: “Some” Chromium browsers today can leverage features and APIs that are “only intended for...

Science/Tech

Apple Fails To Overturn VirnetX Patent Verdict, Could Owe Over $1.1 Billion

Today at 22:45 PM, via Slashdot

A federal judge denied Apple’s bid to set aside or reduce a $502.8 million patent infringement verdict favoring VirnetX, and awarded interest and royalties that could boost Apple’s total payout in two lawsuits above $1.1 billion. From a report: In a decision issued on Friday, U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder in Tyler, Texas rejected Apple’s request for a new trial and several other claims....

Science/Tech

WhatsApp Delays Enforcement of Privacy Terms by 3 Months, Following Backlash

Today at 22:08 PM, via Slashdot

WhatsApp said on Friday that it won’t enforce the planned update to its data-sharing policy until May 15, weeks after news about the new terms created confusion among its users, exposed the Facebook-app to a potential lawsuit, triggered a nationwide investigation, and drove tens of millions of its loyal fans to explore alternative messaging apps. From a report: “We’re now moving back the date...

Health

How to Reimagine Your Relationship to Alcohol

Today at 21:47 PM, via New York Times

For many, January is a month to rethink how much they imbibe, whether they’re worried about heavy drinking or just looking for a reset.

Nature

World facing ‘catastrophic’ temperature rises: UN

Yesterday at 20:28 PM, via News24

The world is on course for a “catastrophic” temperature rise this century, the United Nations said as it confirmed that 2020 rivalled 2016 as the hottest year on record.