Head Of Wimbledon Has A Go At Grunting Women – In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Ian Ritchie admitted tournament officials were becoming increasingly uneasy about the practice. As the Championships celebrate its 125th anniversary this year Mr Ritchie, the chief executive of the All England Lawn and Tennis Club (AELTC), said fans were also becoming frustrated with loud players who they believe are spoiling the game. [telegraph]
SA Government To Meet With Press To Discuss Relationship – Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane has agreed to meet the SA National Editors Forum this week to discuss the deteriorating relationship between the media and the government. The meeting, requested by Sanef, would take place on Friday, the Presidency said on Wednesday. Apparently Manyi will be there too. [mail&guardian]
Tobey Maguire Involved In Illegal Gambling Ring – Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire is among more than a dozen high-profile Hollywood people being sued in connection with a mega-millions illegal gambling ring that ran high-stakes underground poker games. Maguire, 35, won more than $300,000 from a Beverly Hills hedge fund manager who embezzled investor funds and orchestrated a Ponzi scheme in a desperate bid to pay off his monster debt to the star. [radar]
MTN Tops 150 Million Subscribers – MTN Group, Africa’s largest telecom group, said on Wednesday it has topped 150 million subscribers across 21 countries, as it continues to expand in fast-growing developing markets. The company also cautioned that revenue for the four months to end-April was only marginally higher, as a result of the stronger rand. [fin24]
Shivambu Confirms ANCYL Does Not Have An Economic Advisor – The African National Congress Youth League does not have an economic adviser, spokesman Floyd Shivambu said on Wednesday. When asked to whom I-Net Bridge/BusinessLIVE should direct questions on the ANCYL’s economic policy, Shivambu said: “You can speak to me. You can speak to us about anything. There’s no economic adviser in the youth league.” [bizlive]
Al Gore Has A Go At Obama – Former Vice President Al Gore sharply criticized President Obama as lacking leadership on climate change in a magazine essay published online Wednesday, saying his policies had been little more effective than those of President George W. Bush. Gore said Mr. Obama had failed to act decisively to alter the nation’s policies on climate change and energy. [nytimes]
Local Comedian Debate Flares Up – A recent column by SA journalist Sipho Hlongwane, citing his disappointment at the level of local comedy, and, in particular one Loyiso Gola, has resulted in a deluge of passionate debate regarding comedy in South Africa – as well as a fiery response from Loyiso himself. What are your thoughts? Check out the debate in the comments section here.. [2oceansvibe]
Lindsay Lohan Fails Booze Test – Ordered To Court – Lindsay Lohan tested positive for alcohol earlier this month … and has been ordered to appear in front of an L.A. County Superior Court judge today morning … and the Probation Dept. wants her in jail. The test was administered just after Lindsay had a rooftop barbecue party (under house arrest). L.A. County Probation Department will ask Judge Stephanie Sautner to yank her out of house arrest and throw her in L.A. County Jail. [tmz]
Michelle Obama Charms Soweto – We learnt only one new thing about Michelle Obama on Wednesday: her hugging technique is excellent. It is also a neat analogy for her message to young South Africans: get in close and personal, be warm and genuine, and change the world one interaction at a time. Is it just us, or is that the very antithesis of the approach of a certain local youth leader? [dailymaverick]
Obama Pulling 33,000 Troops Out Of Afghanistan – President Barack Obama has made a televised address announcing plans to pull out 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, followed by 23,000 in 2012. In a speech outlining a shift in US policy, the US President said after the initial reduction, more troops will be pulled out at a steady pace as Afghans take over their own security by 2014. [skynews]
Greek Faces Huge Pressure With Austerity Vote – European leaders breathed a sigh of relief but kept up the pressure on Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, who faces a vote June 28 to push though more spending cuts, tax hikes and asset sales. Still, fearing the financial chaos that any Greek default would ignite, EU leaders promised Papandreou additional funds to help the shrinking Greek economy to get back on its feet. [cpcm]
Largest Order Of Aircraft In Aviation History – Airbus piled up the orders at the Paris Air Show as it confirmed the largest single order of aircraft in aviation history. Indian budget airline IndiGo is buying 180 planes from Airbus worth about $15.6bn (£9.7bn) at list prices. The deal is for 150 of Airbus’ new fuel efficient A320neo jets and 30 A320s. [bbc]
Low Click-through Rates Not Stopping Banner Ads Success – There’s a great disconnect in the advertising world right now. On the one hand, everyone agrees that banner ads aren’t working. The click-through rate for banners is still one in 1,000. If you’re like most people, you’ve only clicked on a banner by accident and then cursed yourself for doing so. But then what about the obvious visual repetition? Brand affinity – advertisers are getting it.. [mashable]
Winklevoss Twins Finally Give It Up – Olympic rowing twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss have decided not to appeal to the Supreme Court a ruling upholding their $65 million settlement with Facebook Inc and its founder Mark Zuckerberg, signaling the possible end of the long-running dispute. [reuters]
George Clooney And Elisabetta Canalis Split – It’s over between George Clooney and Elisabetta Canalis. “We are not together anymore. It’s very difficult and very personal and we hope everyone can respect our privacy,” the couple said in a joint statement on Wednesday. The actor and the Italian actress/model were together for two years and made their public debut in September 2009 at the Venice Film Festival. [cbsnews]
Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger Arrested – James “Whitey” Bulger, a notorious Boston gangster on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list for his alleged role in 19 murders, was captured Wednesday near Los Angeles after living on the run for 16 years. Bulger, 81, was arrested in the early evening at a residence in Santa Monica. The arrest was based on a tip from the recent publicity campaign that federal authorities had regenerated. [boston]
Thursday Is “Vote For Table Mountain” Day – Table Mountain is at the bottom of the final 28, in the running to be one of the new seven wonders of nature. Table Mountain needs YOU to vote at least every Thursday. We need 30 million votes to make the final 7. You can vote on the website or by SMSing the word ‘table’ to 34874 (SMS cost R2). You can vote once on the website and as many times as you want on SMS. come on, gang, let’s do this thing! [votefortablemountain.com]
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