Bahrain Police Deploy Teargas At Anti-Kim Kardashian Protest – Hardline Islamic demonstrators clash with police as reality TV star visits Middle East kingdom and tweets its praises. [guardian]
Sunday Times Busts Zuma: As Brother Is Enriched By Taxpayers – AN electrical company has revealed that taxpayers’ money allocated for the R248-million upgrade of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home has been used to pay for renovations to the homes of his two brothers, which are not even on the estate. [timeslive]
Guptas Have Been Bankrolling Mrs. Zuma’s Bond – There is evidence that the Gupta family is helping first lady number four, Bongi Ngema-Zuma, pay off her R3.8-million home loan. [mail&guardian]
Brett Easton Ellis Accidentally Tried to Score Some Coke on Twitter – Bret Easton Elis, the American Psycho writer and professional crazy person, is a pretty notorious tweeter. So it came as no surprise that he’d use Twitter to get some blow at four in the morning. [gawker]
Mark Zuckerberg Made $3.5 Billion Last Month – Facebook‘s stock shot up from $21.08 a share on the first day of trading in November to $28 a share at the end of the day Friday, its highest price since July. Zuckerberg, who owns about 504 million shares of Facebook stock, gained about $3.48 billion as a result. [mashable]
Russians Are Panicky About World Ending December 21 – For those not schooled in New Age prophecy, there are rumors the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012, when a 5,125-year cycle known as the Long Count in the Mayan calendar supposedly comes to a close. Russia, a nation with a penchant for mystical thinking, has taken notice. [newyorktimes]
Several Feared Dead After Japan Tunnel Collapse – Video footage from cameras inside the tunnel, after the fire was extinguished, showed firefighters picking their way through cement roof panels that collapsed onto vehicles. [independent]
News International CEO Resigns – Tom Mockridge, the CEO of News International, the U.K. newspaper unit of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., has resigned, the Financial Times reported Sunday night. [hollyrep]
Apple’s Wireless-Charging Patent Might Actually Free Us From Wires – Wireless charging is designed to set us free from the jungle of wires littering our desks and bedside tables. We’ll live in a world where we never again have to think about plugging in to power up. Our beloved gadgets will always be charged, always on, always ready to use. [wired]
North Korea Defies Sanctions, Plans Rocket Launch This Month – North Korea said it will test a long- range rocket this month in defiance of international sanctions and as South Koreans hold an election for a new president. [bizweek]
Crocodile Snatches 9-Year-Old Boy in Australia – Police are searching for a 9-year-old boy who was snatched by a crocodile as he was swimming in the mouth of a river in northern Australia. Northern Territory police say the boy was swimming with a group of people at Port Bradshaw on Saturday when he was grabbed by the crocodile. [abcnews]
Table Mountain Named New Wonder Of Nature – Table Mountain has been inaugurated as one of the new seven wonders of nature at a ceremony held at the foot of the mountain. [mail&guardian]
The First Text Message Was Sent 20 Years Ago – The first SMS was sent on December 3, 1992, when a 22-year-old British engineer called Neil Papworth – an employee of the technology company Sema – used his computer to send the message “Merry Christmas” to an Orbitel 901 mobile phone. [skynews]
City Of Cape Town Leads Groundbreaking Campaign For Street Renaming Process – As part of a highly successful campaign that launched in Cape Town’s City Bowl in July last year, Gugulethu has begun its own interactive, public campaign to unearth creative and significant new street and neighbourhood names for itself. Gugulethu will finally lose their “Native Yard” names. [2ov]
NicSocks Is A Radical Local Online Sock Shop – At NicSocks they believe that socks are the foundations of style, so their socks are made 100% from the finest South African Bamboo fibers. Manufactured in Cape Town, NicSocks designs are all limited editions and when they’re sold out, they’re sold out. But they love creating socks, so there is always a new design on the way. [NicSocks]
Kremlin Plays Down New Bout Of Putin Health Worries – The Kremlin on Friday insisted President Vladimir Putin was in good physical shape and able to work normally, after reports that he had put off a visit by the Japanese premier raised new concerns about his health. [afp]
American NFL Players Kills Girlfriend Then Himself – The argument apparently started about 1 a.m. Saturday, when Kasandra Perkins returned to her Kansas City home from the Trey Songz concert at The Midland and drinks afterward with friends. [kancit]
Anna Nicole Smith’s Daughter Is a Guess Kids Model – Dannielynn Birkhead, the 6-year-old daughter of the late Anna Nicole Smith, is following in her model mom’s footsteps, becoming the new face of Guess Kids. [luxuo]
David Beckham’s Glorious Final Game With LA Galaxy – David Beckham crowned five and a half years at LA Galaxy by retaining the MLS Cup with a 3-1 win over Houston Dynamo in his final game. [bbc]
Multi-Million Gold Heist From Boat In Caribbean – Armed men dressed as police boarded a fishing boat Friday in Curaçao and stole about 70 gold bars worth an estimated $11.5 million (£7.2 million), police in the southern Caribbean island said. [telegraph]
Brad Pitt’s New Movie Fizzles, As Bond + Bella Keep Shining – The “Twilight” finale and “Skyfall” continued to dominate the box office on a typically slow post-Thanksgiving weekend that brought big business for holdover films but a poor start for Brad Pitt’s new crime story. [hitflix]
John Travolta Reckons He Can Cure People – John Travolta has claimed he helped a car crash survivor who was suffering “constant pain” from a broken ankle by using a mysterious Scientology procedure called “an assist” — leaving the victim “noticeably better” afterwards. [celebuzz]
COMING UP TODAY
Jeremy De Tolly and Laudo Liebenberg In Studio – They chat to Just Josie at 13h40 about local musicians to join the Ray-Ban 75th Anniversary celebrations by inviting them to reignite the spirit of iconic songs from the seven decades of their legacy. The creation of the first Ray-Ban Aviators in 1937 marked the beginning of an iconic journey that has always been closely linked to music. Local musicians Inge Beckmann, Arno Carstens, AKA, Jack Parow, Van Coke Kartel, Beatenberg, Jeremy de Tolly (The Dirty Skirts), The Gugulethu Tenors, Laudo Liebenberg (aKING) and The Plastics collaborated to record live their own versions of symbolic tracks from the 30’s through to the 90’s. [2ovfm]
Koula With Bailey Schneider – Bailey chats to radio and TV presenter, Koula about her 12 years in broadcasting, her love for ultra marathons and cupcakes. Koula has BIG news that will be revealed on the show today. Tuning in is a must! 14h00-15h00 today on 2oceansvibe Radio. [baileyschneider]
GoPro HD Hero 3 And Kogeto Review – GoPro has dominated the personal HD camera market for action sports in the last 3 years or so and is only gaining more momentum with version 3 of this uber popular little box of fun. This hardy little tool gives you huge amount of dynamic opportunities to play with amazing specs. The 170 degree fisheye lens, makes it a lot more forgiving, grabbing most of your peripherals in one frame with just a simple point and shoot. Clip on to your surfboard, bicycle, helmet or even your shoulder and see how the creation of the GoPro changed lives in the action sport scene, by allowing you to shoot stills and video at the same time, with an option to burst up to 30 images per second! Remarkable. Pi the Gadget Guy chats about the differences between the White, Silver and the top class Black Edition, covering all you need to know when deciding which one to get. [podcast]
First Of It’s Kind, Cycle Chic On 36 Boutiques – 36 boutiques are the first of the online stores in the country to offer lifestyle fashion accessories. Taking inspiration from international designers, branded bicycles have become part of lifestyles and all over the world, due to us all needing to be more environmentally friendly. This being said, there’s nothing wrong with keeping it stylish while keeping fit. In the podcast below, find out how you can up your cycle chic with accessories or a full fashionable outfit. 36 boutiques have teamed up with Fairlady and have a Fairlady Boutique where Fashion and Beauty Director, Candce-Lee Kannemeyer gives a list of her top picks for the month. With her keen eye for fashion and beauty, we cannot wait to see which products meet her approval. Got to love these kind of connections, you know! [podcast]
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