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Naomi Osaka is the new Louis Vuitton House Ambassador

She made the announcement on Instagram, saying that she has bought her mother a LV bag every year since the age of 16.

Naomi Osaka has recently announced on her Instagram account that she is the latest Louis Vuitton House Ambassador. This comes after the postponement of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics where Osaka was set to play. She is ranked No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association, and is the first Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles.

Osaka has already completed her first photoshoot for the brand. She was shot by Louis Vuitton’s photographer and Women’s Fashion Director, Nicolas Ghesquière. The material from this shoot will form part of the luxury brand’s spring-summer 2021 campaign.

Judging from her announcement post, it seems that the tennis player has a personal connection with Louis Vuitton.

 “Wow this is actually crazy,” she wrote. “Honored to be @louisvuitton newest House Ambassador. Funny story: I first bought my mom a LV bag when I was 16 as a birthday present and it’s kinda been a tradition since. Do I call this a full circle moment? Yes.”

Osaka also said that apart from tennis, her biggest passion in life is fashion. According to her, Louis Vuitton is one of the most established brands in the fashion industry and she is honoured to represent them this year.

In a statement she released on the partnership, she said that she is also very excited to work with legends like Ghesquière, who photographed her during her first shoot for the brand.

“It is such an honor to work with Nicolas— he’s a designer I admire so much and we share a mutual love of Japanese culture and style. To become a global brand ambassador is truly a dream come true for me,” the statement read.

Louis Vuitton has expressed their excitement for their partnership with Osaka too, stating that her convictions, hard work and values are among the qualities that they admire most about her.

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Is WhatsApp really unsafe?

Some argue that WhatsApp’s encryption is more robust than that of Telegram

WhatsApp recently introduced users with a notice of a change to their privacy policy. This has led to outrage among users, many who are opting to now switch to apps like Telegram and Signal.

The change in their privacy policy mainly concerns business messaging, not personal messaging. Under their new terms, WhatsApp will collect and share information with other companies in the Facebook Group for advertising purposes. The information that will be collected is mainly phone numbers of WhatsApp contacts, profile pictures, statuses and diagnostic data.

WhatsApp uses a very high-end, sophisticated end-to-end encryption. End-to-end encryption ensures only you and the person you’re communicating with can read or listen to what is sent, and nobody in between, not even WhatsApp. This means that WhatsApp cannot track or store the contents of users’ chats. This type of encryption is enabled by default on WhatsApp. 

On alternative messaging apps, like Telegram, end-to-end encryption is not enabled by default. The only way to use secure encryption on Telegram is to use its “secret chats” feature. This function is only available for “chats” between two users. In theory, therefore, Telegram has access to your messages which are not set to be marked as “secret chats” and they store this for 12 months.

Based on this comparison, one can say that WhatsApp is more secure than Telegram, seeing as end-to-end encryption is available by default on WhatsApp. In Telegram’s privacy policy, they explicitly state that they track users’ messages in cloud chats such as messages, photos, videos and documents, which goes beyond what WhatsApp tracks under their latest privacy terms. 

WhatsApp has been pushing to turn its messaging platform into a modern eCommerce portal, where users can easily do business with companies and brands. The new privacy policy is part of its efforts to add these new features. 

If users do not accept the messaging app’s new privacy policy, they will be unable to use WhatsApp from 8 February 2021.


President Cyril Ramaphosa to address the nation this week

Here is what we know so far.

The state of disaster is set to expire on Friday, 15 January. Naturally, as South Africa is approaching the peak of the second wave of infections, the government is sure to extend the disaster period again.

The question on most South Africans’ minds is, however, what will the new regulations look like? During the past week, the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) has met and had discussions about the way forward. Although no official word has surfaced from these meetings yet, various reports about what the country is to expect has emerged.

Move to level 4 possible

Mixed reports have come out regarding a possible move to level 4 of the national lockdown. According to an unknown source who spoke to Bloomberg, Ministers Bheki Cele and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma have asked the NCCC to move the country to level 4 of the lockdown.

Earlier this week, though, the ANC NEC resolved not to move the country into another hard lockdown. Although they did not specifically mention exact levels in their statement on the matter, it seems that a hard lockdown might exclusively refer to level 5.

The SA Medical Association has also released a statement stating that a harder lockdown would not serve any real purpose. They asked the NCCC to keep the country on level 3, with certain additional restrictions. According to the Association, level 3 of the lockdown is sufficient in alleviating some of the pressure on hospitals.

Other news outlets have suggested that certain parts of the country might be pushed to level 4, while others will remain on an adjusted level 3.

Travel bans

Many people are returning home from their holiday destinations. This is causing a spike in infections in provinces like Gauteng. The President might introduce a ban on inter-provincial travel when he addresses the nation soon.

If the country does indeed move to level 4 of the lockdown, provincial borders will indeed be closed with certain exceptions for the transportation of goods and those going to funerals.

It is unclear whether international borders will be closed, but South Africa is banned from travelling to and from many countries due to the new variant in the country. SA travellers are banned from going to the UK, Denmark, Vietnam, Turkey and Germany, to name but a few.

Prohibition on alcohol

South Africa is facing its third outright ban on alcohol. Although it is effective, seeing as trauma cases have gone down significantly since the ban was introduced, it is crippling the alcohol industry. Associations in the sector have said that billions of rands are being lost in sales and countless jobs are being lost too.

Organisations like The Liquor Traders Formation have called on the government to allow at-home consumption of alcohol. They have suggested that restrictions to the amount of alcohol people may purchase and the days on which they must do so should be implemented.

The Beer Association of South Africa has also suggested to the government that they be allowed to use a “click-and-collect” platform to allow for the safe, responsible sale of alcohol.

These matters were discussed by the NCCC on Wednesday, 6 January. At the ANC’s 109th Anniversary which was held virtually this year on 8 January, President Ramaphosa again confirmed that the ban on alcohol is effective. He also called for a review of liquor legislation.

Liquor traders have called for the ban to be lifted as well, saying that many businesses will be forced to close if they cannot trade.

The Presidency has not yet announced when the President will address the nation.


The Weeknd reveals his new face

It seems that the artist is making a social comment with his prosthetic “botched plastic surgery” music video.

The Weeknd has recently released a new music video for his track “Save your tears”. The contents of the video have left many fans and viewers very disturbed. In the video, one sees The Weeknd with what appears to be augmentation through plastic surgery on his face.

As soon as he starts singing the opening line, viewers get a look at a thinned (and crooked) nose, bloated cheeks, puffed-up lips, surgery scars and other horrific new features.

“Why does The Weeknd look like that in the Save Your Tears music video!?! I don’t like it,” one Twitter user said. Other fans have compared The Weeknd and The Joker from the Batman franchise. One user also jokingly pondered on the similarities between him and his ex, Bella Hadid. 

It seems that the music video is actually meant to be a social commentary on the music industry. The entire music video plays off in an awards ceremony venue. The guests at this event are all hiding their faces with masks with certain descriptions. The possible deeper meaning of this is that The Weeknd is trying to say that nobody really shows their true selves. Just as the audience members in the video have covered faces, so do people today use social media as a means to present an augmented version of themselves. 

The final moments of the video show The Weeknd brandishing a gun and pretending to commit suicide. The guests can be seen seemingly unphased by the horrific events that just took place. Obviously, this showcases that something is deeply wrong with the human interactions and society as a whole. 

The main reason for the prosthetics in the music video is to show that The Weeknd is trying to reach the same level as the audience members. However, this fails miserably and his internal struggles ultimately lead to tragic results. 

At the 2020 American Music Awards, The Weeknd wore bandages across his entire face. In a previous music video for “Blinding Lights”, the artist can be seen in a state of despair with a bloody and beaten face. This all seems part of a timeline that ultimately leads to the events in “Save Your Tears”.


Pro-Trump protesters storm US Capitol

They locked down the Capitol while lawmakers were busy certifying Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.

On Wednesday, protesters who refused to accept Donald Trump’s defeat in the 2020 US Elections stormed the Capitol building in Washington. The protesters locked down the Capitol while the Senate was busy certifying that Joe Biden had indeed won the race to the Presidency.

The large crowd chanted “Make America Great Again” while displaying flags in support of Trump. Some demonstrators even made it onto the Senate floor, where they looted desks. 

Senators were locked inside the second floor of the Capitol building as protesters broke windows and tried to gain entry to confront the politicians. In some video clips from inside the chaos, personal security officers can be seen with guns drawn on rioters.

One person was shot amid the chaos, and a woman was seen being treated for an unknown injury as paramedics moved her on a stretcher out of the Capitol. She was transported to the hospital and later died.

Vice-president Mike Pence was presiding over the joint session of Congress. As the sounds of disruptions started to become audible in the chamber, he was hastily escorted out of the building to a secure location.

Leaning on debunked theories of a rigged vote, Trump addressed supporters at the White House, urging them to “stop the steal” and make a stand for his presidency.

“All of us here today do not want to see our election victory stolen by emboldened, radical-left Democrats,” Trump said during his speech. “We will never give up; we will never concede.”

After his speech, a crowd began marching up Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Capitol. Among the leaders of the march was Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist who has openly supported Trump on his InfoWars YouTube show and podcast.

Washington was placed on a curfew as more protests are expected during the night.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/videos-show-pro-trump-protesters-storming-u-s-capitol-n1253083


Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are getting a divorce

In an interview, she said “I’m done” and that a divorce is “imminent”.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are officially getting a divorce. This comes after a Page Six interview in which Kim said “I’m done” and confirmed that a divorce “is imminent”.

Kim has hired renowned divorce attorney Laura Wasser to represent her in the case. West reportedly spent the holidays separate from Kardashian and her family, at his lavish Wyoming ranch, though he did appear at her infamous private island 40th birthday party in October.

For the last half of 2020, TMZ has been reporting that Kanye and Kim’s marriage was in “deep trouble” and that they have been unhappy for some time. According to TMZ, Kim has had Wasser on retainer for a long time, even though she only decided to file for divorce now.

New reports suggest that their marriage has reached breaking point after Kanye’s failed run at winning the US presidential election last year. After West sent a series of manic tweets in September, a source claimed, “It’s the same thing over and over and over again. He’s on very thin ice with her right now, and she’s truly trying to decide what to do to protect the kids, but also her own sanity.”

Divorce rumours first surfaced in 2016 after Kanye was admitted to hospital for exhaustion. His doctor said he suffered from “temporary psychosis due to sleep deprivation and dehydration.” It turned out that if there were issues indeed, the couple was able to overcome this.

Kim and Kanye married in 2014 and have been one of the most famous couples in the world. However, their relationship has been plagued with issues. Kanye has also been battling several mental health problems, which he has been vocal about in several interviews. Kim has always been an advocate for family unity, declining to give negative comments on rumours of struggles between her and her husband.


New period drama, “Bridgerton” lands on Netflix

It’s on track to become the most successful series on Netflix in history.

Netflix recently dropped a brand-new period drama, “Bridgerton”. The series is produced by industry stalwart Shonda Rhimes and is quickly becoming the most popular series Netflix has ever seen.

The show plays off during the Regency era in England. The story is based on eight close-knit siblings of the powerful Bridgerton family attempting to find love. It’s based on the novels by Julia Quinn. The show features a wide range of characters, each with their own backstory and plot, which makes for very interesting viewing.

Bridgerton has been viewed by more than 63 million households since its launch on Christmas Day. Currently, it is the fifth-biggest debut show on Netflix. According to Netflix, however, if the show’s popularity continues on this trajectory, it will soon trump “The Queen’s Gambit” as the most-viewed series in Netflix history.

Netflix is probably very pleased with the success of the show, seeing as they offered more than $100 million to get Shonda Rhimes to join their company. Rhimes has been working at Walt Disney Co for years before her most recent move. She created shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal”.

Apparently, Rhimes and her team, which includes her long-time colleague Chris van Dusen as director, have been working on this production for more than three years.

Some critics have argued that viewership statistics the streaming service publishes is not to be trusted. Netflix counts anyone who watches two minutes of a program as a viewer. While this inflates its figures, the approach still offers more transparency than what most other streaming services providers, who count each click on a video as a view.

Although not yet confirmed, reports are starting to emerge that indicate that Bridgerton will most likely receive a second season. It’s raging success justifies continuing with the story and there is still a lot of the plot to tell, if one takes the books as the blueprint for the show.


New period drama, “Bridgerton” lands on Netflix

It’s on track to become the most successful series on Netflix in history.

Netflix recently dropped a brand-new period drama, “Bridgerton”. The series is produced by industry stalwart Shonda Rhimes and is quickly becoming the most popular series Netflix has ever seen.

The show plays off during the Regency era in England. The story is based on eight close-knit siblings of the powerful Bridgerton family attempting to find love. It’s based on the novels by Julia Quinn. The show features a wide range of characters, each with their own backstory and plot, which makes for very interesting viewing. Bridgerton has been viewed by more than 63 million households since its launch on Christmas Day. Currently, it is the fifth-biggest debut show on Netflix. According to Netflix, however, if the show’s popularity continues on this trajectory, it will soon trump “The Queen’s Gambit” as the most-viewed series in Netflix history.

Netflix is probably very pleased with the success of the show, seeing as they offered more than $100 million to get Shonda Rhimes to join their company. Rhimes has been working at Walt Disney Co for years before her most recent move. She created shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal”. Apparently, Rhimes and her team, which includes her long-time colleague Chris van Dusen as director, have been working on this production for more than three years. Some critics have argued that viewership statistics the streaming service publishes is not to be trusted. Netflix counts anyone who watches two minutes of a program as a viewer. While this inflates its figures, the approach still offers more transparency than what most other streaming services providers, who count each click on a video as a view. Although not yet confirmed, reports are starting to emerge that indicate that Bridgerton will most likely receive a second season. It’s raging success justifies continuing with the story and there is still a lot of the plot to tell, if one takes the books as the blueprint for the show.


South Africa aims to develop herd immunity against COVID-19

This will be done by vaccinating 67% of the population.

On Sunday, Minister of Health, dr. Zweli Mkhize unveiled the government’s vaccination plan. According to the minister, their goal is to secure herd immunity in the country against COVID-19. This will be done by vaccinating 67% of the population. There is a phased plan in place which will determine who will be the first to receive vaccines once they arrive in South Africa. Healthcare workers will be the first people to get their jabs. In the second phase, essential workers, like police officers and miners, will be vaccinated. Only in the first phase will an additional 40 million citizens be receiving the medication. South Africa hopes to receive vaccines by the second quarter of the year.


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