Surfer Bitten In Half By Shark In Australia – A surfer has been bitten in half in what has been described as a “savage” shark attack in Australia. The man, thought to be in his early 20s, was surfing at the popular holiday spot of Wedge Island, about 100 miles north of Perth on Australia’s west coast, on Saturday morning when he was attacked by a great white shark. [aol]
Egyptians Chant “Monica” As Hillary Clinton Visits Egypt – Egyptian protesters threw tomatoes and shoes at U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s motorcade Sunday and shouted, “Monica, Monica, Monica” as she left the newly reopened U.S. Consulate in Alexandria. Hilarious. [cnn]
Zuma’s Ex Wife Becomes African Union Chairman – Delegates from southern Africa applauded loudly in the foyer of the African Union summit venue here last night after news came in that South Africa’s Home Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, had trounced Jean Ping to become the new AU Commission chairman. [timeslive]
Hooligans Sabotage Tour de France – The 14th stage of the Tour de France was marred by a series of punctures, caused by tacks thrown on to the road, on the final climb of the day. Race leader Bradley Wiggins temporarily called a halt to competitive racing after defending champion Cadel Evans was among those to suffer a puncture. [bbc]
Lambie And Steyn Are Out For Sharks – Springbok duo Patrick Lambie and Frans Steyn were the two notable absentees from the Sharks squad named on Sunday that will travel to Australia for next week’s Super Rugby playoff against the Reds in Brisbane. [sport24]
Sylvester Stallone’s Son Found Dead – The 36-year-old son of Sylvester Stallone was found dead in his Los Angeles home on Friday, leaving the actor grief-stricken as authorities investigated the cause. [independent]
Apple’s In-App Purchases For Free: Courtesy Of Russian Hacker – A Russian developer has published a method of obtaining in-app purchases from iOS apps for free. The “in-app proxy” method does not require a jailbreak, can be completed by novices in three steps using just an iOS device, and allows users to install in-app content for free. [9to5mac]
Kim Jong Un Sends Cautious Signals of Reform – Young North Koreans are suddenly wearing chic outfits, men gel their hair like South Korean actors, and private markets have more flexible opening hours. Do these tiny differences signal a change in course by the country’s new leader, Kim Jong Un? [spiegel]
North Korean Army Chief Relieved Of Duty – Kim Jong Un’s top military official — a key mentor to North Korea’s young new leader who had served under his father — has been removed from all posts because of illness, state media said Monday in a surprise announcement that shakes the core of the authoritarian country’s power structure. [associated]
Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney Cut Off in London: Festival Organizers Pull the Plug as Legends Push Curfew – In London, rules are rules and curfews are curfews, even when Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney are together onstage in Hyde Park, bashing out Beatles classics and blowing the minds of thousands of people. [spinner]
Willards / Big Korn Bites Ignore Public Outcry – No statement has been released yet, in response to the public backlash against SA favourite ‘Big Korn Bite’ chips, following the outcry on social media platforms, including Twitter and YouTube last week. Former fans of the snack have complained that the brand is skimping on seasoning and the tomato flavour in particular is virtually plain. [morehere]
Eva Rausing Death: A World Of Drugs And Paranoia In A £70m Fortress – The tragic last months of Eva Rausing saw her caught in a spiral of paranoia and despair fuelled by her drug addiction, her friends have disclosed. [telegraph]
Elton John Regrets ‘Wasted,’ ‘Drug Addict’ Years in ‘Today’ Interview – The music icon and AIDS activist admits to having been “self-absorbed” during the early 1980s, a time he wishes he had spent fighting the worldwide epidemic. He is quoted as saying his friends were dying ‘left, right and centre’ as he carried on with drug use and unprotected sex. [hollyrep]
iPhone 5 Arriving In September? – If you’re on the market for a new phone — don’t buy the iPhone 4S just yet. The sixth-generation iPhone is on its way, according to Japanese tech blog Macotakara, a popular resource for pre-production news. [mashable]
J-Lo And Steve Tyler Leave Idols – Jennifer Lopez has joined Steven Tyler in exiting American Idol. Lopez announced on Friday she was leaving the talent competition after two years as a judge, a day after Tyler said he planned to return to rock ‘n’ roll. [cbc]
J-Lo Wanted A Raise – She tearfully told Ryan Seacrest on Friday that she had decided not to return to American Idol in order to concentrate on her music career and two young children. But it turns out Jennifer Lopez was actually ‘dumped by [U.S. network] Fox after asking for a $2 million raise in salary’, paying a total of $17 million. [dailymail]
10 Live TV Brawls (VIDEO) – A Jordanian M.P. pulls out a gun, a Romanian host knocks a guest down the stairs, an Argentine entrepreneur throws a punch, and more live on-air smackdowns. [dailybeast]
Prince Harry Jumps In A Rickshaw In Rain Soaked London – Prince Harry – who had been dining at Mexican restaurant La Bodega Negra in Soho with friends – eagerly jumped into the pedal-powered rickshaw, quickly followed by one of his surprised protection officer. In the rain. Quality. [dailymail]
Should Smoking Trigger An R Rating? A recent study suggests movies showing actors smoking tobacco should automatically earn R rating. PG-13 films account for nearly two-thirds of the smoking scenes adolescents see on the big screen, according to the two-year study, which surveyed roughly 5,000 children ages 10 to 14 about the movies they’d seen and whether they’d ever tried a cigarette. [cnn]
Alaskan Town Mayor Is A Cat – A part-Manx cat named Stubbs has been the honorary mayor of the small town of Talkeetna for over a decade. KTUU-TV reports that Stubbs was elected mayor as a write-in candidate nearly 15 years ago because residents weren’t enamored with their choices and told others to vote for the cat. [cbslocal]
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Girls & Football Contest – Girls & Football SA (where girls kick butt!) encourages the development of girls and young women in South Africa through sport, media and education. They chat to Richard and Dan at 10h30, calling on all designers to create a design that shows how femininity, passion and strength have the power to change the world by creating a better life for young women through football. [2ovfm]
The Bailey Schneider Show – Singer, freestyle vocalist, dancer, musician, Pixie Bennett joins Bailey from 14h00-15h00. [baileyschneider]
Tones Of Note – Hosted by Rus Nerwich, SA saxophonist, composer, writer and actor, this show will wire you into the the musical mainframe. Exploring Jazz and all its branches, exploring modern neo-soul and hip hop, and its roots in blues, reggae and folk music. Tune in from 20h00-22h00. [tonesofnote]
Man United Keeper Anders Lindegaard On 2ovfm – 28-year-old Denmark-born Lindegaard chatted to DJ Sox ahead of the Man United SA tour. [podcast]
Toya DeLazy On The IanF Show – This talented pianist, songwriter and composer joined The IanF Show for a quick interview and a game of darts. Find out what a day in the life of this afropolitan dive is like. [podcast]
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