Business Day Owners Seek To Retrench 200 Staff – BDFM Publishers, the owner of Business Day and Financial Mail, on Monday offered voluntary retrenchment packages to its more than 200 employees in a bid to cut costs. [bdlive]
Secrecy Bill One Step Closer To Becoming Law – The parliamentary committee processing the Protection of Information Bill has finalised its work and adopted the final report. [mail&guardian]
Police Commander Bust In Weapons Sting – Police officers who sold weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition to criminals were arrested in a high-risk operation in Pretoria yesterday. Wait ’til you see this guy’s moustache.. [timeslive]
All Those Facebook Friends Are Stressing You Out, Says Science – Feeling a bit run down recently? Is your hair falling out or turning gray? Can’t sleep? It could be from all those Facebook friends you’ve been hoarding. [gawker]
A Fizzy Drink A Day Increases Prostate Cancer Risk By 40% – A 15-year study found those who drank 300ml of a fizzy drink a day – slightly less than a standard can – were 40 per cent more likely to develop the disease than those who never consumed the drinks. [dailymail]
Dubai Plans To Build World’s Largest Shopping Mall – Bigger Than Hyde Park – Dubai’s ruler announced plans for a development boasting the world’s biggest shopping mall and gardens larger than London’s Hyde Park, as the emirate revives property projects on hold since the global financial crisis. [businessweek]
Putin Injured Spine In Judo Bout: Belarus President – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s back troubles stem from a recent bout of judo, according to the leader of the neighbouring state of Belarus. [reuters]
Judge Orders Tobacco Companies To Admit Deception – Major tobacco companies that spent decades denying they lied to the U.S. public about the dangers of cigarettes must spend their own money on a public advertising campaign saying they did lie. [reuters]
Apple And GM Bring Siri To Cars – Siri, Apple’s ever-improving personal assistant, is to be integrated into three of GM’s new car models. Two versions of the Chevrolet Spark and the Sonic LTZ and RS will use Bluetooth to hook an iPhone running iOS 6. [fastcompany]
Ticket-Buying Frenzy Swells Powerball Jackpot To $500-Million (R4.4 Billion) – Powerball officials say they’ve boosted the jackpot for Wednesday’s record drawing to $500 million from the previously posted $425 million, with huge ticket sales pushing the payout higher. [latimes / buy tickets]
China Unveils New Killer Drones, Aims Them at Russia – Watch out, Vladimir Putin: China’s drone fleet is getting real. And judging from how Beijing is promoting its robots to the outside world, they’re aimed straight at Russia. [wired]
Caviar Vending Machine Debuts In LA – A caviar vending machine has opened in California for the deep-pocketed who prefer to indulge their snack cravings with caviar and blinis rather than candy bars. [luxuo]
Another Guy Gets Fired For Apple Maps Drama – Apple Inc. (AAPL) has fired the manager responsible for its troubled mapping software, seeking to win back the trust of users disappointed after the program debuted in September, according to people familiar with the move. [bloomberg]
Arafat’s Body Exhumed, Tested For Poison – Did Yasser Arafat die eight years ago of natural causes or was the 75-year-old Palestinian leader poisoned, as his widow believes? [cnn]
Microsoft Reckons They’ve Sold 40 Million Windows 8 Licenses – Microsoft has sold 40 million licenses of the Windows 8 operating system since its launch a month ago. [pcworld]
Chris Brown Returns to Twitter – That didn’t last long enough. Chris Brown quit the social-media site on Sunday after getting into a Twitter war with comedian Jenny Johnson, only to return by late Monday, saying he won the battle with Johnson. [dailybeast]
[Photos] Halle Berry’s Ex Got Beaten By Her Fiancé – This Is The Result – As we talked about yesterday, Halle Berry’s fiance and former golden glove, Olivier Martinez, beat the crap out of Gabriel Aubry after Aubry took a swing at Martinez and missed. Here’s what his face looks like now. Yu, yu, yu! [idlyitw]
Man Who Sued Facebook and Zuckerberg Indicted For Fraud – Paul Ceglia, the man who in 2010 sued Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg for 84% of the company, has been indicted on federal charges of wire and mail fraud for allegedly faking evidence in the case. [mashable]
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Tipped To Play Batman In Justice League – The Inception actor may play Batman in a new ensemble blockbuster, with a teaser appearance at the end of Man of Steel. [guardian]
Not All Ponzi Schemes Are Actually Fraudulent – Ponzi schemes are news again. But what are they and how should they be regulated, if at all? What about network marketing, pyramid schemes, multilevel marketing, referral selling, scams and chain letters? What’s illegal, what’s not, and what should be? [bdlive]
COMING UP TODAY
Tanya Van Graan With Bailey Schneider – Tanya van Graan is a model, FHM Calender Girl and actress.She studied at AFDA in Johannesburg, majoring in acting for stage and musicals.She featured in the band Prime Circle’s video As Long As I Am Here and starred in the movie Starship Troopers 3. In 2007 Tanya was named FHM magazine’s Sexiest Woman in South Africa. Bailey chats to the gorgeous Tanya from 14h00-15h00 today about her upcoming movie with the steamy Orlando Bloom. Tanya plays the role of Tara, Brian Epkeen’s (Bloom’s) girlfriend in Jérôme Salle’s 2013 film Zulu. [2ovfm]
Mike Rhodes With Tank Lanning – Born 19 December 1987 in Durban, Rhodes has joined WP/ Stormers for the 2013 Super Rugby season, after playing for the Lions in the Currie Cup and Super Rugby. He is a lock cum flank who signed up for the Lions with Sharks teammate Patric Cilliers at the end of the 2010 season, after playing junior and senior rugby for the Sharks. They’ll be discussing life at the Sharks and Lions, why the move to WP, life under John Mitchell, the Kings and how that went down as a player at the Lions. Tune in to Front Row Grunt from 17h00-18h00. [frontrowgrunt]
Too Much Of A Good Thing Is Bad, But Can You Overdose On Supplements? – Is there a need for taking supplements in this modern day lifestyle? Because we are exposed to more pesticides and oxidants, we should be preventing diseases rather than treating them. Part of this prevention process, is taking supplements and vitamins. The misconception most people have is that they need to get health supplements to balance it out their bad eating. When deciding which supplements are right for you, first look at what you are eating – from there, top up with supplements where you feel you are lacking. There are certain vitamins which one has to be very careful of. One is Vitamin E. Included in all moisturizers and tissue oils, supplements too, you can’t really monitor the intake of this as it absorbs through your skin as well. Too much is Vitamin E is bad because it is a fat soluble vitamin which sits in your fat deposits and becomes immunosuppresive. This down regulates your immune system. There is one other simple, but dangerous one to look out for. Find out in the podcast. [podcast]
Jill Of All Trades, Liezel v/d Westhuizen On 2ovfm – Many others who are half as accomplished as Lizel vd Westhuizen seem to take on an inflated sense of self. Somehow this Pretoria-born lady has moved to Cape Town and won our hearts over with her relaxed sensibility and positive attitude. Kamini and Liezel had some good ol’ girl talk about workouts, eating out, the Tale of The Giraffe Sisters and the lengthy list of things Liezel is currently doing, including jetting off to NYC to interview Bon Jovi and Cirque Du Soleil. [podcast]
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