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Health

Worrying rise of ‘totally drug-resistant’ TB

Tuberculosis patients in an isolation ward. Scientists warn that antibiotics could lose their efficacy against drug-resistant superbugs. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Funds are finally trickling into tuberculosis vaccine research, but the investment is still insufficient, writes Amy Kazmin

Arts & Entertainment

Soul great Billy Paul dead at 81

US singer Billy Paul speaking during a Pre-GRAMMY Party at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. 
US soul singer Billy Paul died April 24, 2016 at his home in Blackwood, New Jersey, according to his website. He was 81 and had recently been diagnosed with cancer. His greatest success came in 1972 with the single

Billy Paul, who won fame with Me and Mrs Jones before drawing controversy with his racially charged politics, has died

Life

Wits architect receives prestigious Indian award

Peter Rich decided to preserve African architectural heritage from apartheid’s ravages. File picture: SYDNEY SESHIBEDI / SUNDAY TIMES

Peter Rich was also the keynote speaker at the awards in Kolkata, which was the first time a South African had judged at an Indian architecture awards ceremony

This file photo taken in February shows a general view of the stage of the John Kani theatre at the historic Market Theatre in Johannesburg. Picture: AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Market Theatre remains a symbol of hope

Four decades after the curtain first rose, the Market Theatre is determined to survive in an era of internet entertainment and social media activism

Gadgets & Gear

How Facebook is putting more products on shelves

Facebook is using new features to lure advertisers in India, where revenue per user lags far behind the US. Picture: REUTERS/RICK WILKING

The dual power of the social media platform — word of mouth and finely targeted paid ads — gives new products unprecedented exposure, writes Christopher Mims


Cars, motorcycles & driving


Almost every panel of the Boxster has been changed in the new one.  Picture: PORSCHE MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

INTERNATIONAL LAUNCH: Porsche still boxing above its weight

We took to the track in the latest generation Porsche Boxster

Motoring

LAUNCH NEWS: Opel Astra better in every way

The styling of the new Astra is a little conservative.  Picture: QUICKPIC

Opel’s latest Volkswagen Golf challenger, the Astra looks more intent to take on the establishment, writes Lerato Matebese

Motoring

LAUNCH NEWS: Renault Kadjar — French flair and more

The Kadjar features Renault’s latest good-looking styling.  Picture: NEWSPRESS UK

Renault has entered the medium SUV market with its stylish and well-equipped Kadjar, writes Lerato Matebese

Opinion

EDITOR’S NOTE: UN calls for vehicle safety improvements

The United Nations has adopted a resolution calling for an end to vehicles that achieve a zero safety rating

Motoring

RUMOUR HAS IT... Jaguar’s ‘straight-six switch’, doing the Kuga

A teaser picture of a VW's new luxury SUV concept.  Picture: NEWSPRESS USA

Jaguar plans to develop its own straight-six engines to replace V6 units, while VW SA expands its Up range with the addition of the five-door derivative

Motoring

INTERNATIONAL LAUNCH: Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet — glamorous and high class

Like the coupe, the design of the cabriolet is superb.  Picture: DAIMLER AG

Michael Taylor took to the roads of the Cote d’Azur in the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet


Travel, food and restaurant news & reviews


Itai Gutman works in his Herzl Brewery, which produced a craft beer from wheat that Tel Aviv University geneticists identified as the strain used for beer in the Holy Land two millennia ago. Picture: REUTERS

‘Biblical’ craft beer no match for holy wine

No plans to make more of the experimental beer, which is "not the kind of flavour that has a market"

Travel & Food

SA’s Michelin man will never again mistake ‘fowl’ for ‘breast’ in French

Chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen. Picture: SUPPLIED

World-class restaurateur and chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen is in SA promoting his second book, having been awarded a Michelin star in January

Travel & Food

Walter Sisulu square in Soweto lacks the pulling power of Vilakazi Street

The Mandela Restaurant at the Vilakazi street next to Mandela's house at Orlando West in Soweto. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA/©BUSINESS DAY

Kliptown’s Walter Sisulu square, 4.5km from Vilakazi Street, is where the Freedom Charter was officially adopted and signed on June 26 1955

Land & Agriculture

Winery in Wellington goes solar

Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Douglas Green Bellingham investigates renewable energy opportunities and commissions vast rooftop solar plant

Travel & Food

Focusing in on a little bit of paradise

The reserve caters to the photographic safari market, and some of the vehicles are fitted with custom-made dual camera mounts.  Picture: CHRISTOPHER CLARK

Madikwe Game Reserve is lauded around the world as a great conservation success, writes at Christopher Clark

Opinion

LIQUID INVESTMENTS: Not only the show-stoppers deliver pleasure

Wines are produced to be drunk, not to win awards by clubbing wine judges to death


Music, theatre, art, dance & design


US singer Billy Paul speaking during a Pre-GRAMMY Party at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. 
US soul singer Billy Paul died April 24, 2016 at his home in Blackwood, New Jersey, according to his website. He was 81 and had recently been diagnosed with cancer. His greatest success came in 1972 with the single

Soul great Billy Paul dead at 81

Billy Paul, who won fame with Me and Mrs Jones before drawing controversy with his racially charged politics, has died

Arts & Entertainment

Director Almodovar delivers raw drama in Cannes-selected film

The poster for the 69th Cannes Film Festival. Picture: REUTERS

Spain’s Pedro Almodovar has ditched the humour and quirkiness that marks much of his work to tell a dramatic mother-daughter story

Arts & Entertainment

Congolese music legend Papa Wemba dies

Papa Wemba performs on stage in Lebanon. Picture: REUTERS

One of Africa’s greatest music stars dies after collapsing on stage during a festival in Côte d’Ivoire

Arts & Entertainment

A day after Prince’s death, it is unclear who will control his music

This file photo taken on June 30 2011 shows US singer and musician Prince performing on stage at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, outside Paris. Picture: AFP PHOTO/BERTRAND GUAY

The musician is one of relatively few recording artists believed to have owned his master recordings and much of his own music publishing

Arts & Entertainment

US singer Prince found dead at Minnesota home, media reports say

This file photo taken on June 30 2011 shows US singer and musician Prince performing on stage at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, outside Paris. Picture: AFP PHOTO/BERTRAND GUAY

Pop star Prince found unresponsive at his Minnesota home and later declared dead


Personal technology news & reviews


Facebook is using new features to lure advertisers in India, where revenue per user lags far behind the US. Picture: REUTERS/RICK WILKING

How Facebook is putting more products on shelves

The dual power of the social media platform — word of mouth and finely targeted paid ads — gives new products unprecedented exposure, writes Christopher Mims

Gadgets & Gear

GoPro teams with developers to spur camera sales

GoPro. Picture: ISTOCK

Worse than expected quarterly earnings added to a year long slide in revenue following investor concerns about growth prospects

Gadgets & Gear

Samsung fixes the TV remote

Showgoers watch a display of Samsung Smart TVs during the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in this file photo. Picture: REUTERS

Samsung has fixed the most annoying thing about TVs — and it only took 30 years

Americas

YouTube funds programme to develop new musical talent, videos

YouTube is in the process of negotiating new licensing deals with record labels

Gadgets & Gear

HTC 10 review: Price is not right

HTC 10, an Android-based smartphone, is displayed during its launch event in Taitung, Taiwan. Picture: REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

On paper, it has almost everything you could ask for in a modern smartphone, but it still cannot match what its competition has to offer


Books news & reviews


BOOK REVIEW: Continental Shift

Cast yourself adrift in the dazzling writing of these two literary friends, Kevin Bloom and Richard Poplak, suggests Rehana Rossouw

Books

BOOK REVIEW: The Dot Spot: Adventures In Love and Sex

Dorothy Black. Picture: SUPPLIED

Frank exploration of love, sex and why there is no ‘normal’, writes Sue Grant-Marshall

Books

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Permanent Removal

Author and New York Times journalist Alan Cowell, who has had postings to numerous countries, says the South African story is the one that has stuck with him. Picture: SUPPLIED

New York Times journalist and author Alan S Cowell journey from carrier pigeon posts to blogging, writes Sue Blaine

National

First came the e-letters, now the Mbeki book

Former president Thabo Mbeki. Picture: TYRONE ARTHUR

Thabo Mbeki’s life story is a collection of contributions from close political friends and associates, and could be the next best thing to a political autobiography

Books

Winners of 100th year of Pulitzer awards to be announced

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Pulitzer Prizes mark their 100th year with announcement of winners of what are regarded as most prestigious awards in American journalism


Health & lifestyle news


Both the UK and SA plan to tax sugary drinks, but Britain’s finance minister has provided far more details. Picture: REUTERS/SUZANNE PLUNKETT

Let’s hope cooldrink tax isn’t just a sugar rush

The lack of detail about the proposed sugar tax is profoundly worrying — there should be thorough consultation and no secret ingredients, write Virusha Subban and Yonatan Sher

Health

New hope for the paralysed

This handout picture obtained from the journal

The tiny device acts as a ‘neural bypass’, picking up brain signals and sending them to a computer that decodes them

Opinion & Analysis

Whose view will dominate in SA’s dagga debate?

Medicinal dagga at a dispensary in Tel Aviv, Israel. SA’s Medical Innovation Bill would legalise dagga for medical purposes if the bill were passed into law in its current form. Picture: REUTERS/RONEN ZVULUN

Stalled Medical Innovation Bill will need significant surgery if it is to become law as both sides of cannabis debate focus on safety and regulation, writes Tom Nevin

Health

Micro-workouts mean no more excuses not to exercise

Experts remain divided on the importance of stretching for general fitness and for preventing injury. Picture: THINKSTOCK

People are embracing micro-workouts throughout the day rather than delaying exercise until they have time for a gym session

Health

Are you too stressed to be productive?

Picture: THINKSTOCK

When stress becomes too high, performance decreases

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