Obama Cancels Summit Meeting With Putin Over Snowden Case – President Obama canceled an upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, a rare, deliberate snub that reflects the fresh damage done by the Edward Snowden case to an important relationship already in decline. [washpo]
UCT Launches New ‘Blended’ Online Course – Online educational courses are a convenient fit for working professionals who want to continue their studies, a South African university has said. [news24]
Mandela: Winnie Slams ‘Cruel’ Reports Of Demise – The South African icon’s ex-wife says his long illness has been a strain on the whole family, especially reports of his demise. [sky]
Applications Are Open For The Next Minister Of Female Equality – The chosen applicant will need to ensure that there is always an even ratio of Messieurs to Mesdemoiselles. If you a sophisticated ladies man who can round up a chic bunch of party supporters this might just be for you. [here]
Walt Disney To Lose Millions On Lone Ranger Film – Walt Disney has warned that its Lone Ranger summer film will lose it between $160m-$190m (£104m-£124m) after heavy spending on promotion failed to bring returns. [bbc]
Ariel Castro Victim Attends Home Demolition – With several swipes from the arm of an excavator and a smattering of applause from spectators, demolition began on the Cleveland house where Ariel Castro held three women captive and raped them for more than a decade. [cbc]
Sea Point Land Claim Beneficiaries Lose Land Due To Debt – The City of Cape Town has given the go-ahead for a sought-after parcel of land in the upmarket Sea Point neighbourhood to be sold by a group of land claim beneficiaries – after they ran into debt trying to develop the land. [timeslive]
North Korean Comedian Taken Off Stage And Sent To Do Hard Labour – A North Korean comedian was sent to do hard labour in a coal mine midway through her performance after she made a ‘slip of the tongue’ about the country’s draconian regime. Silly. [dailymail]
Viral Marriage Proposal Is Fake – A YouTube video of a failed marriage proposal during a New Britain Rock Cats baseball game that went viral and was the subject of days of water cooler speculation was a hoax, a promotional skit, the minor league baseball team admitted this week. [courant]
Stephen Fry Calls For Boycott Of Winter Olympics Over Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws – Stephen Fry has urged prime minister David Cameron to support moves to strip Russia of the 2014 Winter Olympics over concerns about anti-gay laws passed in the country. [metro]
Two Rhino Killed Every Day – At least 553 rhino have been killed in the country so far this year, with 345 poached in the Kruger National Park (KNP) alone, the environmental affairs department said on Wednesday. [news24]
South Korea Now Has Roads That Recharge Electric Cars As You Drive – A city in South Korea just turned on its first network of roads that power electric vehicles as they drive. [busins]
Marilyn Told Jackie She Would Marry JFK – Marilyn Monroe, who notoriously had an affair with John F. Kennedy, apparently believed she was going to marry the president, even phoning the White House to tell his wife. [afp]
Simon Cowell’s Baby-Momma Will Probably Get This $10 Million Mansion – Simon Cowell is reported to be giving his pregnant lover Lauren Silverman a $10 million home in Beverly Hills. The generous music mogul will gift Lauren one of his mansions in order for the 36-year-old socialite to bring up their child in Los Angeles. [dailymail]
Dolphins Have Longest Social Memory Spanning 20 Years, Even More Than Elephants – A new study, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, showed that dolphins can remember the distinct whistle of another dolphin — that acts like a unique signature similar to a human’s name — even after more than 20 years of separation. [ibtimes]
Beyoncé Biked the Brooklyn Bridge to Get to Her Last Concert – The Instagram photos — there are four of them, collaged together — don’t exactly show Beyoncé on a bike, but they sort of show her with a bike. So if the Blue Ivy conspiracy theorists are looking for new fodder, here you go. [vulture]
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What You Need To Know About Advertising Networks, Biz Takeouts 9am – On this morning’s Biz Takeouts, we look at advertising networks, what you need to know and how it can benefit you; as well as the IM Learning workshop. In studio guests are Nicole Harding, country manager at BuzzCity and Leon Lategan from IM Learning. They’ll discuss how advertising networks work for advertisers and publishers and the upcoming IM Learning workshop, South Africa’s first email optimisation workshop. Tune in from 09h00-10h00. [biztakeouts]
Diner en Blanc On The Bailey Schneider Show, 2pm – Camilla Anderson from Off The Cuff & Events will be in to chat about catering and events company, Diner en Blanc, and what makes them so different that stand out from the rest. Tune in from 14h00-15h00. [baileyschneider]
New Show, Bompi Couture, 5pm On 2ovfm – Twenty something – pretty young things – schlurrping phat things. That’s bompi things! Show about fashion, arts, music – the melting pot of creation. That’s Bompi Couture. Served chilled by Olwetu Mtiya, MsRazzB & the lovely Sive Mvukuzo. The first show focuses on hair trends and fads. For only the best tips, tune in at 5pm! [bompicouture]
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