Velvet Sky In “Pay Now – Fly Later” Scheme – Velvet Sky, the troubled low-cost airline, has been accused by BP Southern Africa, to which it owes R29-million of resorting to “desperate cash-raising measures to stave off bankruptcy”. [mail&guardian]
2ov Flights Does Not Include Velvet Sky – Online flight comparison website, 2ov Flights have confirmed that Velvet Sky is not included in the booking system. 2ov Flights compares a multitude of airlines both locally and internationally, allowing passengers to choose the airline and price that suits them. [2ovflights]
Unions Move Into Vacuum Left By Malema – Cosatu moved into sleek new headquarters on Tuesday, and Julius Malema was ejected from the ANC’s revolutionary house on Wednesday. You could not ask for a crisper illustration of the shift that is under way in the battle for the commanding heights of the governing party. [mail&guardian]
Lost NASA Laptop Had Codes To Space Station – A laptop stolen from NASA last year was unencrypted and contained command and control codes for the International Space Station on it, the agency’s inspector general told a House subcommittee Wednesday. The notebook computer stolen in March 2011 “resulted in the loss of the algorithms” used to control the space station. [msnbc]
Thousands Paid Cash To Vote For Putin – A Sky News investigation has revealed claims that thousands of government workers are being promised payment to fraudulently cast multiple votes for Vladimir Putin in Russia’s presidential election. Russia is only two days away from deciding who will become the country’s next president. [skynews]
Sarkozy Hides In Bar – Pelted With Eggs – Hundreds of angry protesters have booed French President Nicolas Sarkozy, forcing him to take shelter in a bar as he campaigned in the Basque country ahead of April’s presidential election. Some in the crowd then threw eggs. [bbc]
The Queen, Camilla And Kate Enjoy First Outing Together – Queen, Camilla and Kate go blue for first joint engagement The Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall seemed to have colour-coordinated their outfits today for a visit to Fortnum & Mason. [telegraph]
Inside The Cult Of Zuckerberg – In the soon-to-be-released feature, “Inside Facebook,” Fortune’s Miguel Helft and Jessi Hempel give an in-depth look at what makes Facebook tick. From the social network’s bootcamps instructing engineers how to “think like Zuck” to its famed “hackathons,” Facebook has always worked in a unique way, writing its own rulebook on how a company should be run. [huffpo]
Eagle Cam Update: Three Eggs In The Nest – The stars of the live-streaming eagle cam have made the first step in raising this year’s brood of bald eagle chicks in Decorah, Iowa. Three eggs have appeared in the nest, being kept warm in turn by mother and father. Check it out. [wired]
Peeing Gardener Sues Google Over Street View Image – A Frenchman who was caught by Google Street View cameras while peeing in his own garden is suing the search behemoth for violating his privacy and making him the much deserved point of ridicule in his village. [inquisitr]
George Clooney Doesn’t “Give A Shit” If You Think He’s Gay – “I’m not going to let anyone make it seem like being gay is a bad thing. My private life is private, and I’m very happy in it. Who does it hurt if someone thinks I’m gay? I’ll be long dead and there will still be people who say I was gay. I don’t give a shit.” [dlisted]
Arnold And Maria Try Couples Therapy – California’s former first couple may not be terminating their relationship after all. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver have been going to couples therapy in a once-unthinkable bid to end their divorce proceedings and work things out, sources told The Post. [nypost]
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