The Daily Populous

Tuesday January 5th, 2021 evening edition

image for Billionaire Jack Ma, who hasn't been seen in 2 months, is reportedly 'laying low.' But other Chinese businessmen who have disappeared from the public after sparring with regulators have faced differen

CNBC's David Faber reported Tuesday morning Ma is being "less visible, purposefully," but that the businessman hasn't gone missing.

Late last year, Chinese regulators launched an antitrust investigation into Alibaba and introduced regulations that halted Ant Group's initial public offering.

The Chinese billionaire and Alibaba founder Jack Ma has been noticeably absent from public life.

Yahoo Finance reported on Sunday that Ma hadn't been seen publicly in more than two months.

Another Alibaba executive replaced Ma, and the show's website removed Ma's picture, The Telegraph reported.

CNBC's David Faber reported Tuesday morning Ma is being "less visible, purposefully," but hasn't gone missing.

Meng Hongwei, the former head of Interpol, disappeared in September 2018 during a trip to China from France, the BBC reported. »

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Is Prioritizing COVID-19 Vaccines for Those Who Speak Native Languages

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(FORT YATES, N.D.) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota is prioritizing the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to those who speak Dakota and Lakota languages.

Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Mike Faith tells KXMB-TV it’s about keeping customs alive.

The Standing Rock reservation straddles the North Dakota and South Dakota border and is home to about 8,000 people, more than half of whom live in North Dakota. »

Subscriptions to satellite alerts linked to decreased deforestation in Africa

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Deforestation dropped by 18 percent in two years in African countries where organizations subscribed to receive warnings from a new service using satellites to detect decreases in forest cover in the tropics.

Governments and others interested in halting deforestation can subscribe to the alerts on Global Forest Watch and then intervene to limit forest loss.

Only those African countries in which organizations had actually subscribed to receive alerts saw a decrease in deforestation. »

Trump Gave The Top Civilian Honor To Devin Nunes For Undermining The Russia Investigation

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Devin Nunes, the California Republican who helped undermine the Trump impeachment proceedings and Russia inquiry by spreading unfounded conspiracies, was rewarded for his actions by the president on Monday with the nation's top civilian honor.

President Donald Trump announced he would bestow the Presidential Medal of Freedom on the member of Congress, thanking him for his work exposing what Trump called the "Russia Hoax.".

"Congressman Devin Nunes is a public servant of unmatched talent, unassailable integrity, and unwavering resolve," Trump said in a statement. »

It Is Time, Yet Again, to Beg for the Right to Repair

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Or they would, if not for the every-three-years ritual in which digital rights activists beg the Librarian of Congress for exemptions to the law.

Six years ago, we called this rulemaking process an “unsustainable garbage train” and that remains the case today.

“Section 1201 of the DMCA is the law that says you do not have the right to fix certain kinds of things. »