Meryl Streep Wins Third Oscar - Meryl Streep won her third Oscar award this morning for her role as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the film The Iron Lady. As usual the night was a glittering affair with some obvious winners and some surprises. Follow the link for the full list of winners. [oscar-winners]
Commission To Quizz Auction Boss – Auction Alliance CEO Rael Levitt has been ordered to appear before investigators of the National Consumer Commission. Commissioner Mamodupi Mohlala served the auction company with a summons under the Consumer Protection Act. [timeslive]
Drama Surrounds MTN Radio Awards - Drama surrounds this year’s MTN Radio Awards after the SABC threatened to withdraw from the competition. This comes after the SABC, which runs 19 radio stations, raised concerns over how one of its stations was categorised in the awards by organisers. Speaking of categories, you left out ‘digital.’ [timeslive]
Mandela Health Scare 2.0 – Better Communication This Time – Former president Nelson Mandela went into hospital during the past weekend, prompting renewed media interest in his wellbeing. Unlike the last time this happened, the presidency and the ANC were better prepared this time around, and though the news did make headlines around the world, it wasn’t laced with as much panic as January 2011. [dailymaverick]
Malema Continues Rebellion Against Zuma – The ANC Youth League’s rebellion against President Jacob Zuma continued yesterday when suspended league president Julius Malema said that ANC leaders should earn their respect and stop banning the league from its rallies. [timeslive]
SA Ready To Roll Out R300 Billion Nuclear Power Stations – Government is going ahead with plans to build nuclear power stations — signalling a scrap by local and international companies to get a slice of the staggering R300-billion tender. This is going to make the arms deal look like child’s play. [sundaytimes]
Stephen Hawking Is A Strip Club Regular – Renown physicist Stephen Hawking is somewhat of a regular at a Devore, California sex club. According to a source who has been a member of Freedom Acres swingers club for nearly half a decade, Hawking, 70, shows up to the club with a bevy of nurses and assistants and has naked woman grind on him. [thesuperficial]
Old Durban Naval Base Could Be Used To Fight Pirates – The Durban naval base on Salisbury Island could be reopened as SA steps up its battle against pirates in the Indian Ocean. It is estimated that up to $16bn is lost annually to piracy and last year 17 acts of piracy had been reported off the Tanzanian coast alone. [businessday]
Sunbeds Banned In Australia – The concern over the safety of tanning salons has now reached the shores of Australia according to reports. In New South Wales, authorities have slapped a ban on businesses that use sunbeds. This will come into effect in three years time. [carefair]
Alleged Honeymoon Scuba Murderer Acquitted – Prosecutors encountered legal hurdles just getting Gabe Watson into an Alabama courtroom to face a murder charge in the death of his wife, who drowned during a honeymoon dive off Australia’s Great Barrier Reef eight years ago. In the end, a judge decided they didn’t have enough evidence for jurors to even bother deliberating. [boston]
Naked Pregnant Model Walks Runway At London Fashion Week – Sophia Cahill was among several nude models at Robyn Coles’ show at London Fashion Week, but one thing made her stand out: her pregnant belly. The model and former Miss Wales strutted down the catwalk eight months pregnant and wearing nothing but a green hat at the Feb. 21 show. [huffpo]
Liverpool Wins Carling Cup – Liverpool’s six-year trophy drought ended Sunday with a 3-2 victory over second-tier Cardiff 3-2 in a penalty-kick shootout in the League Cup final. Anthony Gerrard, the cousin of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, missed the final kick. [espn]
ZAR Nightclub Final Fling Fizzles – “There was something missing from the final fling. Known for its saucy celebrations with sushi feasts off scantily clad models, the party was subdued by ZAR’s standards. Crowds huddled together around the free alcohol and chatted, while the music blaring in the background seemed little more than noise.” [mail&guardian]
Dog Bite News Anchor Speaks Following Surgery [Video] – After a series of reconstructive surgeries, Kyle Dyer — the Denver news anchor who was attacked by a dog on live television earlier this month — talked to her 9NEWS co-anchor Gary Shapiro about the attack. [thedaily]
Entire French Village Goes Up For Sale – The French village of Courbefy, nestled in the Haute-Vienne in the Limousin countryside, has gone on sale for just 330,000 Euros. For this price, you get 19 buildings, a swimming pool, a village hall, tennis courts and a swimming pool – all of which have been abandoned. [luxuo]
Speeding Driver Rescued By Abu Dhabi Police – Police rescued an Emirati man from his four-wheel drive after he put it on cruise control at 160km an hour – and couldn’t turn it off. In scenes which could have come straight out of the Hollywood movie, Speed, the motorist called 999 and said he had activated the cruise control mechanism but lost control on the Abu Dhabi-Al Ain highway. [gulfnews]
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