Murder In The ANC – North West local government MEC China Dodovu has been arrested in connection with the murder of ANC regional secretary Obuti Chika, the provincial government said on Monday. [timeslive]
Goodluck Jonathan Blew $1Million Poverty Fund Cash To Get Jay-Z And Beyonce To Visit – SaharaReporters has uncovered a document indicating that a million dollars of Bayelsa State’s poverty alleviation fund was spent by then Governor Goodluck Jonathan on bringing American entertainers Beyonce and Jay Z to Nigeria in 2006. [sahara]
Iranian Media Criticize Oscar Win For ‘Argo’ – Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” which recounts the successful rescue mission of several American diplomats during the 1979 hostage crisis in Tehran, won best picture Sunday night, and Iranian media was quick to react on Monday. [washpo]
52 Other Americans Held In Iran Hope ‘Argo’ Win Spurs Justice – Amid celebrations for “Argo” winning best picture, spare a thought for the 52 hostages who were not rescued by Canada and the CIA. They endured 444 days as prisoners and have no clear option for recompense. [msn]
Smoking To Be Banned In Public In Russia – Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that will ban smoking in most public places and restrict cigarette sales in the world’s second-largest tobacco market after China. [reuters]
Italy Election: Deadlock After Protest Vote – Italy’s parliamentary elections have ended in stalemate and the possibility of a hung parliament. With all domestic votes counted, Pier Luigi Bersani’s centre-left bloc has narrowly beaten ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi in the lower house but has failed to secure a majority in the Senate. [bbc]
Cardinal Keith O’Brien Resigns As Archbishop – Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, is stepping down as leader of the Scottish Catholic Church. He had been accused of inappropriate behaviour towards priests dating back to the 1980s – claims he contests. [bbc]
International Herald Tribune Changing Its Name – The New York Times Company said on Monday that it was planning to rename The International Herald Tribune, its 125-year-old newspaper based in Paris, and would also unveil a redesigned Web site for international audiences. [nytimes]
Man Who Had Wrong Testicle Removed To Sue Hospital – A man who had the wrong testicle removed after undergoing cancer surgery is to sue the hospital in Salisbury where the incident occurred. [metro]
Future Of Mobile Is Virtual Reality, According To Android – In the future we will have screens not just in the palm of our hands, but all around us, according to Matias Duarte, Google’s Director of Android User Experience. [cnn]
Pippa Middleton Signs Supermarket Magazine Deal – Banned from working for American network TV channels, Pippa has been allowed to write for a British supermarket’s in-house magazine. Wow – that’s quite a fall. [dailybeast]
Nicole Kidman As Grace Kelly In Grace Of Monaco: First Look – The first images of Nicole Kidman playing Grace Kelly in the upcoming film, Grace of Monaco, have been released. [telegraph]
Trent Reznor Confirms New Nine Inch Nails Lineup, Tour – Trent Reznor has stayed busy in the four years since Nine Inch Nails’ farewell tour. In November, Trent Reznor broke the news to Rolling Stone that the band is working on new material. “All signs point to yes,” he said. “There are some things in the works.” [rollingstone]
New Everest Record: Woman Reaches Summit Twice in a Week – It involves clambering over fathomless crevasses, battling temps that can dip to -40°F, winds that can rage upwards of 100 m.p.h., breathing oxygen-deprived air at stratospheric heights — and this woman did it twice in the space of seven days, clinching a new world record. [time]
Janet Jackson Secretly Married a Qatari Businessman Last Year – Tired of all the rumors that were not flying around regarding her wedding, Janet Jackson surprised the world today by announcing (apropos of nothing?) that she and obscenely wealthy Qatari businessman Wissam Al Mana have been married since last year. [gawker]
LA Times Punishes The Oscars – Despite the valiant efforts of Adele, Barbra Streisand and a surprisingly witty Daniel Day-Lewis, not to mention a last-minute surprise appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama as co-presenter of the best picture award, touted as the first Oscar telecast with a theme — a tribute to musical Hollywood — was long, self-indulgent and dull even by the show’s time-honored dull-defining standards. [latimes]
For Sale: Nobel Prize – The Nobel prize awarded to Francis Crick in 1962 for discovering the structure of DNA has been put up for auction by his family along with one of his lab coats, his books and other memorabilia. [news24]
Stunning Lava Fountains From Italy’s Etna – Much of last week, we were focused on the activity at Italy’s Etna. The week ended with some lava flows creeping down the volcano and, for a day, things had settled down. Well, little did we know that Etna was actually just warming up. [wired]
Hey Photographer People: Luxi Turns Your iPhone Into a Light Meter – One essential piece of equipment for any photographer is a light meter. While many of today’s SLRs have light meters built in, their readings are often not as accurate as having your own separate incident light meter on hand. [mashable]
COMING UP TODAY
Jess And Her Newborn On Mommy Matters – Jess joins us back in studio this week with her two week old daughter who popped out a week ahead of schedule on 8 Feb. Jess will be talking about being a mommy of two and how she is coping with the demands of a new born coupled with that of a busy toddler – also find out about some of the products that she is using with Hana that weren’t around when she had Hamza. PLUS: Stand a chance to win some of these fab products simply by tuning in and being a part of the show. T’s & C’s apply! [2ovfm]
Kyle Abbott On Silly Point – Kyle is the bowler making all the headlines this week for his incredible debut for the Proteas. Bruce Kay will be chatting to him on this week’s edition of Silly point, about what it’s like excelling on debut for the best ever South African test side. It will only be fitting to reflect on the monumental summer that Graeme Smith and his band of brothers have put together as well. Tune in from 17h00-19h00! [sillypoint]
‘TV Is Surprisingly Shit’ Louw Venter on 2ovfm – Kyk Net star, writer and comedian Louw Venter is on air with Paul Snodgrass! He speaks about his TV series, which has recently been aired, and about the ‘deceptively attractive’ and ‘surprisingly shit’ industry that is television. He fills Snoddy in on his adventures at local music festivals (‘you are my favourite festival, with that little forest on your face’ says Louw to Snoddy) and the boys discuss their favourite music; with some painful renditions of Bloc Party by Paul. The hilarious Mr Venter also gives us his tale to success which is both surprising and inspiring- if you missed out on all the nonsense, be sure to check out the podcast. [podcast]
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