NEWS DIGEST 09.01.2021: Troublesome leaders need samosa pies!

Today’s news digest comes directly from this morning’s events posted via Twitter. Twitter itself has moved to permanently ban the current US President Donald Trump from using its platform over fears he could use the website to incite further acts of violence, days after he instigated supporters to mass at the US Capitol building in Washington DC to overturn the final counting of votes for future president Joe Biden. Trump gained notoriety for using Trump to sound off against opponents in politics and the media, and for making often poorly-written and outlandish pronouncements. Twitter said, “Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open. However, we made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules and cannot use Twitter to incite violence. We will continue to be transparent around our policies and their enforcement.”Twitter permanently bans Donald Trump from its platform, citing ‘risk of further incitement of violence’ (Twitter US news)

Online magazine Far Out looks at the illustrious career of English singer David Bowie, who died in 2016. While known for his incredible musical talent, it is less well-known that he was also an accomplished actor, appearing in over thirty movies, television shows and theatrical productions. The magazine looks at twelve roles that Bowie made his own, including stints in Zoolander and Just a GigoloFrom Martin Scorsese to Nicolas Roeg: 12 David Bowie film roles ranked (Far Out)

The Consumer Electronics Show, the worldwide showcase of the latest gamechanging technologies will leave its Las Vegas home this year to go virtual due to the current world situation, but is still aiming to be a place for connections, it was reported. The annual and influential event, which this year takes place from 11-14 January, will showcase new ways of delivering health care along with innovations in artificial intelligence, robotics, smart homes and cities, and other segments. However due to its new format, CES will forego the usual glitzy show-stopping product reveals, and staged spectacles previous years became known for. “We’ve been forced to adapt and we have,” said Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumer Technology Association, which produces the show, adding that the new format “will illustrate how innovation paves the way for a brighter tomorrow.”Big Tech Show, Now Virtual, Aims For Digital Connections (International Business Times World)

Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has been accused of hampering his country’s efforts to contain the Covid virus after saying he had no need to ‘seek out shots or needles’ as his country grapples with the highest rate of infections in Latin America. Brazil currently has eight million cases, with 200,000 dead. Bolsonaro has long treated the pandemic as a joke, it was reported, comparing it to the influenza virus, and refuses to be vaccinated himself or immediately authorise the mass purchase of current vaccines on the market until prices for them fall. “It’s nonsensical, these are experimental vaccines with no scientific evidence. You can’t impose this on people,” Bolsonaro said. “We have to be responsible, we can’t go with the crowd saying we need to rush.”Bolsonaro Mistrusts Covid Vaccines and Brazil Is Falling Behind (Bloomberg)

Marketing strategy consultation and data analysis firm Flying V Group released an article on how digital marketers can stay on top of the latest news in the industry and keep their businesses on the cutting edge of innovation and make sure they remain competitive. Advice dispensed includes continuous education, learning about the latest developments in SEO ( search engine optimisation), developing their sales funnels and making the most of landing pages for different services and products – How to Stay Updated on the Latest in the World of Digital Marketing (Flying V Group)

Cooking blog The Practical Kitchen introduces us to a new concept of fusion cooking combining snack items from the East and West: the samosa pot pie with puff pastry. Samosas are south Asian and Somalian snacks consisting of meat or vegetables enrobed in puff pastry sheets and fried. The pot pie recipe, contributed by guest blogger Jimmy, comes lightly spiced with a filling of peas and potato, a common filling of Indian samosas, wrapped up in a traditional Anglo-American pie crust. The recipe is also suitable for vegans and vegetarians and was an instant hit at The Practical Kitchensamosa pot pie with puff pastry top (The Practical Kitchen)

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