Khoisan Demand Recognition And Land – The Khoisan demanded recognition and that their land claims be addressed in a protest outside the department of rural development and land reform in Pretoria on Tuesday. In the memorandum the group demanded that the Khoisan be recognised as the first indigenous nation in South Africa. They want land and AfriForum are supporting them. [timeslive]
Quick Historical Recap – “By the early 1700s many Khoisan started working for the Dutch as herders and labourers on farms.But they did not accept the loss of their land and they were determined not to give up their struggle against the Dutch settlers. The Khoisan fought very bravely against the Dutch, but grew tired.” [history]
White Afrikaners Claiming Asylum In US – A South African family is desperate to remain in the US, its members claiming they cannot return home because, as Afrikaners, they will be subject to racial discrimination. The family’s legal representative has been contacting US academics in a bid to get a scholarly opinion that would bolster the asylum application. [timeslive]
UK Courts Say It’s Cool To Serve Legal Claims Via Facebook – Legal authorities said Tuesday that a High Court judge in England has approved the use of Facebook to serve legal claims. Lawyers in a commercial dispute were last week granted permission to serve a suit against a defendant via the popular social networking site. [associated]
Adele Pulls Middle Finger At Brit Awards [Video] – British singing sensation Adele won two key gongs at the Brit Awards last night just a week after dominating the Grammys. She then ensured even more attention by flipping the bird when she was cut off during an emotional acceptance speech. [heraldsun]
Shark Attacks Inflatable Fishing Boat – A great white shark attacked an inflatable fishing boat off Strandfontein in the Western Cape. The damaged boat, with a gash of about half-a-metre long, drew much attention at Kalk Bay harbour on Monday. A number of the shark’s teeth were found in the hull. The shark was estimated to be about 7m long and its teeth between 5cm and 6cm long. [news24]
Mugabe Compares Himself To Christ – On his 88th birthday, he told state radio: “I am fit as a fiddle”. Making light of numerous media reports of his sickness, the Roman Catholic Mr Mugabe said: “I have died many times – that’s where I have beaten Christ. Christ died once and resurrected once.” [bbc]
Shoprite’s Profits Up 20% – Africa’s biggest food retailer Shoprite reported an 18.6% rise in first-half profits on Tuesday. This was helped by higher prices, a favourable exchange rate and above-inflation wage increases for consumers in its main South African market. [mail&guardian]
Microsoft Office For iPad On The Way – Sources now say that the app will soon be submitted to Apple for approval. The app’s user interface is similar to the current OneNote app, but it has hints of Metro, the new design language that can be seen in Windows Phone and in the as-yet-released Windows 8 desktop operating system. Word, Excel and PowerPoint files can be created and edited locally and online. [thedaily]
Did Auction Alliance Skew The Bidding? – The scandal around Auction Alliance’s business dealings could unleash a slew of investigations into a wide network of banks, liquidators, property companies and finance houses. Auction Alliance paid kickbacks, with founder and chairman Rael Levitt insisting that “they will be in cash”, according to an explosive e-mail trail. [iol]
Priceless ‘The Scream’ Artwork Goes On Auction – The only privately owned version of Edvard Munch’s masterpiece “The Scream” will go on the block at Sotheby’s in New York in May, valued at more than $80 million. Munch created four versions of “The Scream” between 1893 and 1944, each showing a figure holding its head and mouth ajar in a moment of existential anguish set against a vividly colored landscape. [dawn]
Antonio Banderas To Play Picasso – Antonio Banderas will play legendary artist Pablo Picasso for the upcoming film 33 dias (33 days). The 51-year-old Spanish actor will star in the biopic about the famous artist and his emotional struggle while working on his masterpiece ‘Guernica’, according to Variety. [justjared]
Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom Out On Bail – A New Zealand court has granted bail to Kim Dotcom, the founder of file-sharing site Megaupload. Dotcom, born Kim Schmitz, was arrested last month on many charges stemming from the operation of Megaupload, which was shut down by legal authorities (including the FBI) for encouraging piracy. [mashable]
Over-Exercising When Pregnant Might Not Be A Good Idea – Female fitness nuts are toting a new accessory to their marathon training runs and rigorous spin classes: a baby bump. Doctors, however, are warning that such overzealous sweat sessions could put mom and baby at risk. [thedaily]
Top Jo’Burg School Kids Mock Rape Chairs – Yup, you read that correctly. An investigation into several “mock rape” incidents has been completed, St David’s Marist Inanda confirmed on Tuesday. Eyewitness News was alerted to one of the incidents after a grade eight learner’s parent contacted Lead SA. She complained that senior pupils forced grade eight boys to “mock rape” bus chairs. Interesting. [ewn]
Australian Scientists Shrink Transistor To Size Of An Atom – Scientists in Australia claim to have created a transistor the size of a single atom, opening the way for the next generation of nano technology. Transistors, which switch or amplify electrical flow, form the basis of all computer chip technology. [skynews]
Sperm Count Home Testing Kits Launch In US – The First FDA-Approved Home Sperm Count Test Is Now Available Have you ever wondered about your sperm count? I know I have, but not enough to go to a doctor’s office and subject myself to an awkward and expensive test. But for a $30 at-home test? I’m in. [gizmodo]
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