Prince Charles’ Car Attacked
Prince Charles’ Car Attacked During Protest – A car containing Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall has been attacked amid violence after MPs voted to raise university tuition fees in England. A window was cracked and their car hit by paint, but the couple were unharmed. In angry scenes, protesters battled with police in Parliament Square. Hundreds were contained on Westminster Bridge for a time by officers. [bbc]
Russia Reckons Wikileaks Guy Should Get Nobel Prize – Russia has suggested that Julian Assange should be awarded the Nobel peace prize, in an unexpected show of support from Moscow for the jailed WikiLeaks founder.In what appears to be a calculated dig at the US, the Kremlin urged non-governmental organisations to think seriously about “nominating Assange as a Nobel Prize laureate”. Russia cracks me up. Anything to slap the US in the face. [guardian]
Zuckerberg Joins Tycoons Giving Away Their Fortunes – The billionaire founder of social network Facebook Inc. has agreed to give the majority of his wealth to charity, part of a broader group of rich entrepreneurs committing to philanthropy earlier in their lives. The Giving Pledge is an effort organized by software mogul Bill Gates and investor Warren Buffett to persuade the world’s rich to boost their giving. As Mel Gibson once said, “Once you’re over the $100 million point, it’s just a lot of paper piling up.” [wallstreetjournal]
First SA Driver To Have His License Suspended – A KwaZulu-Natal man was the first speedster to have his licence suspended on Thursday after an amendment to the National Road Traffic Act came into force, the transport department said.Spokesperson Logan Maistry said that Nkosinathi Gumede, 51, was caught travelling at 202km/hr in a 120 km/h zone in his Mercedes Benz SLK last month. Shame. [news24]
Beyonce Buys Jay-Z The Fastest Car In The World – Music duo Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z were the Hollywood’s highest-earning couple in 2009 and the same shows as the 29-year-old singer has gifted her husband a £1.3 million (R14 Million) Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport for his 41st birthday. The supercar can do 255mph and goes from 0-60 in 2.5 seconds. She had to wait for a year after she placed the order. [bornrich]
Salma Hayek Was An Illegal Immigrant – Academy Award-nominated actress Salma Hayek has revealed a new way of describing herself: former illegal immigrant. The “Frida” actress made the surprising admission in an interview with V Magazine Spain, in their winter 2010-2011 issue. According to E! Online, Hayek, who was born in Mexico, told the mag, “I was an illegal immigrant in the United States. It was for a small period of time, but I still did it.” [nydailynews]
Facebook And Twitter Stuck In The Middle Of Wikileaks Hacker War – A hacking free-for-all has exploded on the Web, and Facebook and Twitter are stuck in the middle. To organize their efforts, the hackers have turned to sites like Facebook and Twitter. Both Facebook and Twitter have corporate aspirations that hinge on their ability to serve as ad platforms for other companies. This leaves them with tough public relations and business decisions around how they should handle situations as politically charged as the WikiLeaks developments. [nytimes]
Telkom’s Future On The Line – Telkom has been thrown into crisis by allegations of widespread corruption at the fixed-line operator’s most senior levels. The allegations have been sent to Cabinet ministers, Parliament and state and industry watchdog bodies. A 35-page dossier compiled by members of the Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) alleges that 16 current and former senior Telkom executives have engaged in corruption and bribery, nepotism and fraudulent procurement. [mail&guardian]
The World’s Coolest Superyacht For $1 Million A Month – For $1 million per month you can now charter the world’s coolest superyacht, the 164-ft. Exuma built by Perini Navi, in the South Pacific. The Exuma, the first motor yacht from the world-famous builder of the Maltese Falcon, and can accommodate ten guests in five luxurious staterooms. You NEED to see this thing! [luxuo]
Kagiso And Tiso To Merge – Kagiso Trust Investments and TisoGroup are planning to merge, the two companies said on Thursday. “Shareholders of the companies are working towards putting together a proposed merger of equals,” they said. If approved, the black-owned merged company – to be called Kagiso Tiso Holdings – will have a gross asset value of over R12bn. [fin24]
Florida To Pardon Jim Morrison – The Doors singer Jim Morrison will get a posthumous pardon for an indecent exposure conviction in Florida. Charlie Crist, the state’s governor, got a commitment for enough votes from other members of the state’s Board of Executive Clemency to approve it. Morrison was appealing the conviction when he was found dead in a Paris bathtub in 1971. [associated]
Yes It’s Official, Cape Town Is On Holiday – and that means there is only one place to head for a great entertainment line up at the Cape Quarter for you to sit back and take it all in with your Peroni in hand. Check out their line up here and take your place on The Square and let the sophisticated tunes and environment engulf you! [capequarter]
Christina Aguilera – confirmed and released a statement about her naked sexy picture scandal (NSFW here) which just happens to coincide with her sexy naked moving picture Burlesque, descent from the A-list, and post-divorce rumspringa. Aguilera’s publicist says a nefarious computer hacker stole the pictures, which were “taken in the privacy of Ms. Aguilera’s home and were used only in a personal exchange between the star and her stylist.” [gawker]
New Breast Cancer Info – Women scared away from hormone replacement therapy with estrogen because of a possible breast cancer link, take note: A startling study, released today, says certain women who take estrogen alone actually have a reduced risk of breast cancer. [dailybeast]
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