‘Hateful film’ stays – A California judge denied a request yesterday to remove an anti-Islam film from YouTube that has spawned violent protests across the Muslim world. Actress Cindy Lee Garcia had sought to have the film removed in a suit against YouTube parent company Google and a California man linked to the film, saying she was duped into taking part and had since received death threats. [timeslive]
ANC can’t be hijacked by ‘tenderpreneurs’- Cosatu has a framework for the ANC leadership it wants elected at Mangaung in December, general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Thursday. “We must not allow the ANC to be hijacked by a class of ‘tenderpreneurs’,” Vavi told reporters at the conclusion of Cosatu’s national congress in Midrand. [news24]
Blurring the line between fact and fiction – The Citizen newspaper has been accused of breaching ethical codes after it doctored an image on its front page on Wednesday. The image in question, which was supplied by Agence France-Presse, shows the burnt out husk of the minibus destroyed in a suicide bomb attack that killed eight South Africans in Kabul this week. The original image shows the bodies of two men lying among the wreckage. But the image on the cover of the Citizen on Wednesday did not show any bodies. [m&g]
Two children murdered daily in SA – The latest crime statistics on Thursday revealed that children are increasingly targeted by criminals nationwide. Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced the 2011/2012 figures in Parliament, Cape Town. At least two children are killed in South Africa every day. [ewn]
Crime stats a mixed bag with only 2% overall fall – Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced a mixed bag of marginal downward trends in the incidence of serious crime, with an overall national decrease of less than 2% on Thursday. A number of crime categories increased and the most notable of these was business robberies, which went up by 7.5% when measured as the number of incidents per 100,000 of the population. [businessday]
Apple Maps service loses train stations, shrinks tower and creates new airport – Significant glitches reported in service that replaces Google Maps on Apple’s iOS6 for iPhones and iPads. Apple is facing its first significant failure in years with anger over the mapping service introduced this week for iPhone users. Within minutes of the launch of the iOS6 operating system, which comes preloaded with Apple Maps, users were reporting that London had been relocated to Ontario, Paddington station had vanished, the Sears Tower in Chicago had shrunk, and Helsinki railway station had been turned into a park. [guardian]
Somalia: Blasts Kill at Least 14 – Two suicide bombers set off explosives on Thursday in a Mogadishu cafe frequented by Somali journalists and civil servants, killing at least 14 people and wounding 20, according to news reports. [nytimes]
Obama TV Ad Aims To Calm Prophet Protests – The United States has paid for adverts on Pakistani television which show President Obama and Hillary Clinton denouncing an anti-Muslim film. The government has spent $70,000 (£43,000) for airtime across seven channels as it tries to stem outrage over the American-made movie. Protests surrounding the film have led to 30 deaths in at least 20 countries, including one attack where the US ambassador to Libya was killed. [sky]
Ofcom attack on James Murdoch throws his future into doubt – James Murdoch is under renewed pressure to resign from the News Corporation and BSkyB boards, after Ofcom savaged his “character and conduct”. The broadcasting regulator on Thursday declared that BSkyB, the satellite television business, was “fit and proper” to hold a broadcasting licence, but it was unsparing in its assessment of Mr Murdoch, its former chairman. [telegraph]
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Mitt Romney campaign rocked as key player walks – Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, one of Mitt Romney’s most reliable surrogates, is stepping down as national co-chair of the GOP presidential nominee’s campaign and taking a lucrative job on K Street. On Thursday, the Financial Services Roundtable announced that Pawlenty would be coming on as the Wall Street lobbying group’s CEO. [huffpo]
In Line For The iPhone 5: #OccupyApple Is Occupying The Line To Sell Their Spots – Unexpected buyers showed up in the line for the iPhone 5. Occupy Wall Street demonstrators planned a strategy to hijack the event. They are currently standing in line and plan to sell their spots tomorrow morning to rich business people. [techcrunch]
Kallis set to be another Rice? – Perhaps it is time to start cheekily speculating whether Jacques Kallis is going to be another all-rounder like compatriot Clive Rice … playing at first-class level for quarter of a century. Kallis’s competitive juices, things that also came naturally and unrelentingly to former national captain and Transvaal “Mean Machine” icon Rice, simply show no signs of dimming. [sport24]
Amish Hair Attackers Guilty Of Hate Crimes – Members of an Amish breakaway group have been found guilty of hate crimes for forcibly cutting the beards and hair of community members. The leader of the group, Samuel Mullet, has also been convicted of planning the five attacks last year in eastern Ohio. The 16 face 10 years or more in jail over the incidents, prompted by a dispute over religious differences. [bbc]
Mercedes-Benz Style to debut the Silver Arrow Motor Yacht in Monaco – More than 125 years after Gottlieb Daimler built the first motorised boat and cruised up the River Neckar, Mercedes-Benz Style and Silver Arrows Marine are presenting designs for a luxury motor yacht against the backdrop of the 2012 Monaco Yacht Show. The 14-metre-long seagoing Granturismo combines design elements typical of Mercedes-Benz automobiles with innovations hitherto unknown in the boat industry. [bornrich]
Tour The Ritzy Seoul District That Inspired Viral Hit ‘Gangnam Style’ – Korean pop sensation Psy has exploded in the US thanks to his viral hit, “Gangnam Style.” The music video has so far garnered over 221.5 million hits on YouTube, and Psy has been featured on a number of American television programs, including “Today,” “Good Morning America,” and “Ellen.” [businsider]
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2012 – Fireflies dancing beneath the stars, the last transit of Venus for 105 years and giant swirling galaxies deep in space. The 2012 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition has produced some awe-inspiring images. Take a journey through the night sky with two of the nine judges – Chris Lintott who is best known as co-presenter of the BBC’s The Sky at Night, and Olivia Johnson from the Royal Observatory Greenwich. [bbc]
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Kwesta on 2 Girls 1 Mic – It’s a strange phenomenon how SA celebs seem to have a mind of their own in Jozi. Kwesta one of SA hottest new rappers descends upon Cape Town to film his latest video. Catch him on air at 14h30. [2girls1mic]
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What Is Your Fashion Heritage? – Whether you prefer pairing African-inspired accessories with your classic white shirts, or wearing tribal print pants and Kente printed detachable collars, 36Boutiques makes it easier than ever to shop local, and online. Thanks to its formidable team, the site will feature a specially curated ‘Heritage Boutique’ which launched on Monday, 17 September in honour of Heritage Day on 24 September. Listen to the podcast from the Just Josie show, where they chat about South Africans choosing to shop local, African inspired prints in western silhouettes and what our fashion heritage is. [podcast]
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