Rafael Nadal and Kevin Spacey have a knock at the Laureus World Sport Awards
Nadal Wins Top Honours At Laureus Awards – The Spanish armada triumphed at the Laureus World Sports Awards last night, with tennis superstar Rafael Nadal leading the charge. As some consolation for his quarter-final exit from the Australian Open, Nadal was named World Sportsman of the Year at a glitzy ceremony in the United Arab Emirates capital Abu Dhabi. And Spain’s World Cup winning footballers were named Team of the Year. An emotional Nadal described the award as the “most important award in world sport.” [theaustralian]
Egypt Leader Mubarak Is Richest Man In The World – last week RepublicReport broke the news that embattled 82-year-old Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak stole between 20 to 40 billion dollars from Egypt’s national tresuries this past 30-years of authoritarian rule. But alas, new emerging reports ridiculously puts the figure higher. The New York POST today, reported a whopping $70Billion making him the richest man in the world. [republicreport]
ANC Chaplain Comes To Zuma’s Defence – The ruling party’s chaplain general has jumped to JZ’s defence. “We are taking a view that people are taking that statement out of context,” said Reverend Dr Vukile Mehana. “The president was using a figure of speech, he did not mean it in a literal sense,” he said. To recap, Zuma said: “When you vote for the ANC, you are also choosing to go to heaven. When you don’t vote for the ANC you should know that you are choosing that man who carries a fork … who cooks people.” [mail&guardian]
Zim Finance Minister’s Llandudno Homes Goes On Auction – Two Llandudno homes believed to be worth millions of rands are to go on auction this week because the owner, former Zimbabwe Finance Minister, Christopher Kuruneri needs to raise money. Kuruneri was relieved of his cabinet and ministerial positions after it was revealed that he had spent millions buying the properties almost ten years ago. The tenants in the Apostle Road home complained that the house is mouldy and damp and have actually left the premises. Nice. [property24]
Pregnant Woman Should Not Use Cellphones – Further bolstering our ongoing argument that random phone calls should be banned, it seems one’s health is also at risk – not just our sanity. Pregnant women should not use cellphones because electromagnetic radiation from them could harm their unborn babies. This was the warning issued last week by an international panel of scientists studying the health risks associated with the radiation emitted by wireless electronic devices. Read on. [timeslive]
The Queen Is Looking For A Green Gardener – Nearly all of the plant waste in Buckingham Palace’s gardens are already recycled on site. However, the Queen has recently advertised for a gardener to encourage wildlife here. If she has her way, the Rose Garden will host everything from beetles and spiders to a family of the oft-endangered woodpeckers. [ecorazzi]
Zuckerberg Gets Restraining Order Against Stalker – Mark Zuckerberg claims he’s being stalked by a man who’s been sending him creepy messages through Facebook and threatening his safety. Zuckerberg has obtained a restraining order against 31-year-old Pradeep Manukonda — after Mark filed legal papers claiming the guy has tried to “follow, surveil and contact Mr. Zuckerberg using language threatening his personal safety.” Law enforcement sources confirm Pradeep had gone to several Facebook offices in Palo Alto attempting to contact Mark to ask for money for his financially-strapped family. [tmz]
Man Runs 365 Marathons In A Year – A Belgian runner has set a new world record after completing an astonishing 365 marathons in as many days.Stefaan Engels, 49, crossed the finish line on his final race in Barcelona, Spain, after pounding the roads in several countries across Europe and North America in the last year. Dubbed the ‘Marathon Man’ (fair enough), Mr Engels was diagnosed with asthma as a child and told not to sports. [dailymail]
Win Some Hearts This Valentine’s Day At The Cape Quarter – The Cape Quarter Lifestyle seems to be the the only destination to shop, eat and treat your loved ones this Valentine’s Day. Check out the website for romantic specials at Cru Cafe, Alexandra Del Lago, Think! Shoes, Aqua and Lindt Chocolate Studio. There will also be regular updates on their Facebook fan page or follow them on twitter. More info on their website. [capequarter]
Einstein Was Right – Honey Bee Collapse Threatens Global Food Security – The bee crisis has been treated as a niche concern until now, but as the UN’s index of food prices hits an all time-high, it is becoming urgent to know whether the plight of the honey bee risks further exhausting our food security. Almost a third of global farm output depends on animal pollination, largely by honey bees. These foods provide 35pc of our calories, most of our minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants, and the foundations of gastronomy. Yet the bees are dying – or being killed – at a disturbing pace. [telegraph]
WikiLeaks Founder Threatens To Sue ‘The Guardian’ For Libel – The Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is threatening to sue The Guardian for libel after claims in a book published by the newspaper about its collaboration with him. The prospect of the defamation action comes as the 39-year-old Australian was due to appear in court in south-east London yesterday morning to fight extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning about allegations of sexual assault against two women. [independent]
Facebook Users To Decide Ken And Barbie’s Fate – Facebook users are being asked to vote on whether one of the most iconic US couples ever should be reunited after a seven-year split. Barbie and Ken, two half-century-old dolls marketed by the world’s biggest toy company, Mattel, split on Valentine’s Day 2004 after 43 years together, and now the public is being asked to weigh in on their future. After the big break-up, Barbie began a dalliance with an Australian surfer dude-doll called Blaine. [news24]
Cockfighting Rooster Stabs And Kills Man – The tables were turned at a California cockfight after a man was fatally stabbed in the leg by a sharp blade attached to one of the fighting birds, The Bakersfield Californian reported. Jose Luis Ochoa, 35, was taken to a local hospital shortly after police responded to a reported cockfight last Sunday in Lamont, Calif., a town nine miles south-southeast of Bakersfield. An autopsy revealed Wednesday that Ochoa’s death was accidental and caused by an injury to his right calf. [nypost]
Louis Vuitton Launch New Range In Cape Town – The who’s who of fine fashion gathered on Thursday last week for the Louis Vuitton summer accessories launch at Ellerman House in Bantry Bay. The boutique hotel’s art gallery was converted into a mock Louis Vuitton store especially for the event. PopYaCollar was there and she managed to get you a whole bunch of pics. Check it out. [popyacollar]
Health Nation & Wellness Warehouse present the Know Your Body Workshop Series – Six two – hour workshops that illuminate the inner processes of the human body, and empower the attendee to recognise and manage the subtle changes that precede disease. Check it out at Wellness Warehouse. [wellnesswarehouse]
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