Pick n Pay’s Profits Fail To Meet Expectations - South Africa’s number two food retailer Pick n Pay missed expectations after it reported a 15% fall in full-year profit on Wednesday, hit by costs related to its shopper loyalty programme and investments in its supply chain. [mail&guardian]
Gang-Rape Video Asks Questions Of Media - The media’s use of screen shots and audio clips from the video of a Soweto teenager being gang raped was “highly problematic”, a media analyst said on Wednesday. [news24]
BP Announces Settlement In 2010 Gulf Oil Disaster - BP announced Wednesday it has reached a class-action settlement with attorneys representing thousands of businesses and individuals who made claims after the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A federal judge must give preliminary approval of the pact, which BP estimates will total about $7.8 billion, including associated costs and expenses. [cnn]
SA Football Gets R450 Million From FIFA - South Africans will now start to reap the benefits of hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the South African Football Association (Safa) said on Wednesday when it received R450-million from global football body Fifa. [mail&guardian]
Woman Recounts Argument Which Led To Secret Agent Prostitute Scandal – A Secret Service agent preparing for President Obama’s arrival at an international summit meeting and a single mother from Colombia who makes a living as a high-priced escort faced off in a room at the Hotel Caribe a week ago over how much he owed her for the previous night’s intercourse. [nytimes]
Facebook Board Was Not Consulted Ahead Of Instagram Deal – On the morning of Sunday, April 8, Facebook Inc.’s youthful chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, alerted his board of directors that he intended to buy Instagram, the hot photo-sharing service. It was the first the board heard of what, later that day, would become Facebook’s largest acquisition ever,. [wallstreetjournal]
Rihanna Rolls Joint On Bald Man’s Head – She’s certainly no stranger to causing controversy. And last night was no different for world-famous singer Rihanna, who found herself at the centre of a new scandal after posting a picture of herself working with a certain substance on the top of a man’s head. [dailymail]
US Troops Bust Posing Next To Afghan Bomber Body Parts - Army officials are conducting a criminal investigation into newly revealed photographs showing U.S. troops posing with body parts of dead Afghan suicide bombers. [msnbc]
Austrian Village ‘Fucking’ To Vote On Name Change – The 104 residents of the village will cast their votes later this week on whether to alter the name.
“People are now willing to discuss changes to the spelling of the name,” Franz Meindl, the village’s mayor, said in a television interview. “But first all Fuckingers have to agree on whether want to change it or not.” [telegraph]
Mercedes Yet To Sign F1 Agreement – Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone said he has met with Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche to discuss the new Concorde Agreement, which the Mercedes team still has not agreed to sign. The Concorde Agreement is a confidential arrangement between F1 management, teams and other stakeholders that outlines the commercial terms for participation. [metro]
What Will Brad And Angelina Get Paid For Wedding Photos? – Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie already hold the record for the most expensive baby pictures ever sold — $14 million from People magazine for the 2008 images of their twins, Vivienne and Knox. Now, could they nab the same title with their wedding photos? [huffpo]
Behind-The-Scenes With The Queen – Even the queen of England needs a little prep time. - These never-before-seen behind-the-scenes photos show Elizabeth II getting ready for a 2004 portrait session with photographer Chris Levine — who created the first holographic portrait of her highness. [thedaily]
Demi Moore Asks Fans To Help With New Twitter Name – Moore — @mrskutcher — is asking her nearly 5 million followers to suggest a new Twitter name. Some suggestions she has gotten: SheWhoLaughsLast, QueenMoore and HotExWife. [usatoday]
Powerball Lottery Hits Magic R1 Billion Number – Saturday’s Powerball Lottery (tickets available online) has just rolled over to $131 million, which in Rands comes to just over R1 billion. That’s a lot of tom. Make sure you get a ticket. We have. [tickets]
Living Together Before Marriage – The Case for Cohabiting - A popular New York Times op-ed on the risks of shacking up before marriage has sparked unnecessary fear among some cohabitors, says Hannah Seligson. A closer look at the research reveals sunnier outcomes. [dailybeast]
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Ruby Wax Live On 2ov Radio - Rhys and Stacey from The Rhys Woods Show interviewed the reigning queen of no-bull-sh*t comedy. US-born comedian and TV presenter Ruby Wax will be performing her one woman show ‘Lost It!’ at Theatre On The Bay from Wednesday April 11 to Saturday April 28. Listen to the podcast of the interview. [podcast]
Rolling Stone Chart Show - Tune in to the Just Josie show every Wednesday at 12h45 to listen to the only rock, hip-hop, kwaito and house hits you have to hear each month. This week, Editor and Chief, Miles Keylock along with Anton Marshall, hosted the Rolling Stone Rock Chart with Josie. Yesterday was the Rolling Stone chart features the Kwaito chart. [podcast]
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Wine, Harry & Song - Join SA’s favourite wino, Harry Haddon, on the Hard Willi show today at 10h30. Harry is famous for both his radio show and his highly entertaining weekly column on 2oceansvibe. Tune in at 10h30 to see what the fuss is about. [2ov.fm]
Just Josie Show From 12h00 to 14h00 – Dale Imerman and his team drive through 7 cities in South Africa in 7 days, finishing off in Cape Town! Check out the website blacktoplive.co.za for all the info on the team and tune in at 12h15 for the interview. [2ov.fm]
Balls ‘n All hosts Ex-Springbok Robbie Kempson from 17h00 – 18h00 where they will discus the latest developments in the ongoing saga with the Kings’ guaranteed inclusion in next seasons Super Rugby competition. We’ll be throwing a few questions at him about the ever-increasing issues with refereeing standards in rugby and it’s net result – the #Refstress, affecting both fans and players. [2ov.fm]
The Rock Dimension - Gary Cool gets the scoop from Mr Cat and the Jackal in a live interview, followed by an acoustic performance at 20h30. A live interview with Sabretooth follows at 21h30. [2ov.fm]
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