“Oscar Pistorius: A Symbol Of South Africa’s Macho Culture” – Although Pistorius is rich and white, he, too, was immersed in the macho culture that is common across South Africa, including a love of guns. “Afrikaner men are very patriarchal, and within that culture gun ownership is seen as part of masculinity,” added Jewkes. [ibtimes]
Malema’s Moveable Assets Go On Auction – Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema’s moveable assets will go under the hammer on Friday, his lawyer confirmed. [news24]
Oscar Pistorius’ Bail Hearing Already Mirroring The Spectacle That Was The O.J. Simpson Trial – The Olympic sprinter was afraid of intruders, thought his girlfriend was in bed next to him and thought he fired on a burglar who was hiding in the bathroom. Pistorius’ defense escapes being rational — but he could also escape a murder rap. [nydaily]
Botha Removed, As Police Bring Out The Big Guns for Pistorius Case – A day of legal skirmishes between Oscar Pistorius’ defence and the State about whether he murdered his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has ended on Thursday with the news that the lead investigator in the case Hilton Botha has been removed, to be replaced by a team headed by the country’s top detective, Vinesh Moonoo. [news24]
Doubts In US Over Easy Money Spark Biggest Drop In JSE Shares For Months – South African stocks fell the most since April last year on Thursday as investors reacted to the US Federal Reserve’s doubts about its open-ended quantitative easing policy, which had supported a rally in global markets. [bdlive]
Pope-Hopeful Cardinal Says Gay Priests Are To Blame For Sex Abuse – Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, a frontrunner to succeed Pope Benedict XVI, has suggested that gay priests are, in part, to blame for the sex abuse scandal that rocked the Catholic Church. [huffers]
Las Vegas Hotel Fight Led to Attack on Maserati on Vegas Strip, Three Dead – An argument in the valet area of a Las Vegas hotel led to a deadly drive-by shooting on the occupants of a Maserati on Vegas’ glitzy strip, initiating a multi-state manhunt for the black Range Rover from which the shots were fired. [abc]
India To Launch Mars Mission This Year – President – India will launch its first space mission to Mars this year, President PranabMukherjee said on Thursday. Go India! [timoin]
Google Launches Touchscreen Chromebook Called Pixel – Google on Thursday introduced a Google-branded high-resolution Chrome OS portable computer with a touchscreen, a shift that blurs the boundaries between keyboard-oriented laptops and touch-oriented tablets and between the company’s mobile Android operating system and its Web-centric Chrome OS. [infoweek]
North Korea to Allow Mobile Internet for Foreigners – North Korea will soon allow foreigners to tweet, Skype and surf the Internet from their cellphones, iPads and other mobile devices in its second relaxation of controls on communications in recent weeks. However, North Korean citizens will not have access to the mobile Internet service. Obviously. [time]
Mugabe Turns 89, Says Ruling Zim Is His ‘Divine’ Mission – Robert Mugabe has said he had a “divine task” to lead Zimbabwe, shrugging off concerns about his health and fitness for office. [mail&guardian]
Paypal Launches ‘Chip-And-Pin’ Device – A new chip and pin device to make it easier for small traders such as ice cream sellers, market stall holders and taxi firms to accept card payments has been unveiled by PayPal. [yahoo]
People Are Lining Up To Buy Horse Meat In France – On a frosty morning at Richard Lenoir market near Bastille, Palmira Munio, a retired seamstress and cleaner, was trying to keep warm at the back of a long queue at the horse butcher stand. “A nice horse steak, quickly seared on both sides, and served rare: delicious,” she said. [businessinsider]
Prince Harry: A Skiing Holiday Hug With Girlfriend Cressida Bonas In Switzerland – Prince Harry made no attempt to disguise his affection for his girlfriend Cressida Bonas as he hugged her on the ski slopes of Verbier, Switzerland, this week. [telegraph]
The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day – If you are looking to advance your career into a leadership capacity and / or already assume leadership responsibilities – here are 15 things you must do automatically, every day, to be a successful leader in the workplace. [forbes]
Prince Philip Cracks Filipino Nurse Joke – The Duke of Edinburgh told a nurse from the Philippines that her country must be “half empty” – because so many of her compatriots have come to the UK to work for the NHS. [bbc]
Boy Calls 911 to Avoid Bedtime – Police in Massachusetts say a 10-year-old boy called 911 because he didn’t want to go to bed. According to the police log, an officer went to the boy’s home and explained to him when it was appropriate to call 911. No charges were issued. [associated]
Oscar Awards Predictions 2013: Harvard Stats Whiz Says ‘Sugarman’ Film Will Win Best Doc – Just in time to finalize your Oscar betting pools, a Harvard sophomore has cracked the code to predicting the 2013 Academy Award winners. Well, sort of. [ibtimes]
Kim Kardashian Tells Fans Kanye West Won’t Let Her Sign Autographs – In a new interview with DuJour magazine, the 32-year-old reality star not only flaunts her bikini baby bump but also reveals that her rapper beau and baby-daddy-to-be has changed her into a much more private person — even stopping her from signing too many autographs for her fans. [radar]
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