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New World Wealth has published its latest report, revealing the wealthiest cities in the world for 2021.

The report pulls figures from June 2021 and considers the private wealth of high net worth individuals (HNWIs) who have $1 million (R14,52 million) or more to their name.

Per the report, wealth refers to the net assets of a person and includes property, cash, equities, and business interests, less any liabilities.

Johannesburg, per TimesLIVE, is the wealthiest city on the continent, with Cape Town following close behind.

Jozi has a total wealth that amounts to $235 billion (around R3,4 trillion) and Cape Town’s total wealth amounts to $130 billion (around R1,9 trillion).

The report elaborates by mentioning that the wealth of Jozi’s HNWIs is concentrated in just a few select suburbs, including:

  • Sandhurst
  • Hyde Park
  • Houghton
  • Westcliff

The wealth is brought in via the major sectors in the city, which include financial services and professional services like law firms and consultancies.

Cape Town is also home to Africa’s most exclusive suburbs, including:

  • Clifton
  • Bantry Bay
  • Fresnaye
  • Llandudno
  • Camps Bay
  • Bishopscourt
  • Constantia

Plus, it is where quite a few top-end lifestyle estates like Steenberg, Atlantic Beach, and Silverhurst Estate are situated.

New World Wealth’s Andrew Amoils said that they put wealth as the measure of an economy’s financial health over GDP, for these reasons:

  • In many developing countries, a large portion of GDP flows to the government and therefore has little impact on private wealth creation.
  • GDP disregards income levels in a country.
  • GDP ignores the efficiency of the local banking sector and the local stock market at retaining wealth in a country.
  • GDP largely ignores the impact of property and stock market moves. These two factors have a huge impact on wealth.
  • GDP is generally quite a static measure – it tends to only move slightly year-on-year. As a result, it is not a great gauge of the performance of an economy.

What’s more, BusinessTech reported on research published in August by the South African Centre for Inequality Studies and the World Inequality Lab.

The research shows that the average wealth held in a personal capacity is R326 000 among South Africa’s adult population of approximately 35,4 million people:

However, among the top 10%, this average shoots up to R2,79 million per person.

This is concentrated even further in the top 1% at R17,8 million per person, and the top 0,01% at R486,2 million.

The research touches on the wealth threshold across the different population groups, indicating the lowest point at which one would enter into any given category.

For this, you would essentially need a personal wealth of R496 000 to enter into the top 10%, and just over R3,8 million to be one of the one-percenters in the country.

[sources:businesstech&timeslive]

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Binance Coin: The Ethereum Killer That Nobody Is Talking About https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/17/binance-coin-the-ethereum-killer-that-nobody-is-talking-about/ Fri, 17 Sep 2021 13:44:22 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589708 With all the focus on Solana and Cardano, it’s funny how no one is speaking about the fourth largest cryptocurrency in the world and a true challenger to the smart contract space, Binance. 

What is Binance?

Binance is a cryptocurrency trading exchange founded by Changpeng Zhao, known in the crypto community as ‘CZ’. A cryptocurrency trading exchange is similar to that of the JSE or the NYSE but for crypto-related products.

Due to its wide variety of cryptocurrencies and features offered to its clients, Binance has grown to superstardom. It has become a “go-to” exchange for many to buy cryptocurrencies with a 2020 crypto exchange volume of around $2 trillion. 

Believe it or not, this volume is growing at an alarming rate, with 2021’s total trading volumes ranging from roughly $60-$90 billion a day. This means Binance could be on track to do north of $20 trillion in trading volume this year. To put this into perspective, the second-largest exchange is only about a 5th of this volume. 

Besides being an exchange for trading cryptos, Binance also has its own blockchain, the Binance Smart Chain (BSC). The BSC offers similar features to Ethereum, Solana and Cardano, in that it seeks to develop an ecosystem of decentralised finance (DeFi) products and services by facilitating these financial transactions using smart contracts.

DeFi is a subsector of the cryptocurrency industry challenging traditional financial institutions, including banks, insurance companies and stockbrokers, where entrepreneurs build semi-automated trading and lending systems atop blockchain networks.

Like Solana, BSC offers faster transaction times, lower fees and a programming capability that makes it easy for developers to create complex smart contracts. 

But there is a catch… 

While the BSC might offer much faster transactions and lower costs, it does compromise to get it. 

The reason Ethereum is ‘slower’ is because a decentralised network operates across thousands of nodes or computers, and therefore it takes time for this network to reach a consensus’. 

By the way, ‘consensus’ is just a fancy way of saying ‘agree’. 

The reason the Binance network can operate at a much faster transaction speed is due to the fact that it only uses 21 validators. Therefore, much like Solana, it would appear that the BSC is giving up some decentralisation to bring about faster transactions. 

What is Binance coin’s (BNB) purpose?

Binance coin (BNB) is the native cryptocurrency of the Binance network. The Binance coin was originally created as an ERC-20 token on the Ethereum network but has since moved away from this and developed its own network, The Binance Smart Chain (BSC).

BNB was created as an easy way for Binance users to pay trading fees and furthermore as a utility token.

A utility token is a token that cannot be considered as money but rather gives users access to products and services on that specific platform. 

For example, Binance allows users to participate in multiple features. Such as trading, investing, earning interest, lend, borrow and much more. For all these features, Binance will charge a fee. 

Under trading – users would pay a lower fee if they paid in BNB. Furthermore, the more BNB you hold, the more of a discount you can get on these trading fees. 

Under use of the BSC – much like using Ethereum to pay fees when interacting with Ethereum protocols, users will need to use BNB to interact with the BSC and all the applications built on top of it. 

Binance coin’s performance?

We know Solana and Cardano have been grabbing all the limelight over the past few months as their returns have been nothing short of astonishing, but Binance coin’s returns haven’t exactly been that far off.

Below we can see the returns of the biggest and most trusted cryptocurrencies.

Binance is currently the 3rd top-performing cryptocurrency. It is also the best performing centralised exchange cryptocurrency (CEX). 

But returns don’t show you everything.

You need to follow the money…

Based on the total value locked (TVL) into smart contract platforms, Binance smart chain is the second-largest behind Ethereum, with 13% of all smart contract value locked. 

The total value locked (TVL) is simply the number of assets currently being held on specific smart contract platforms. TVL, therefore, shows exactly which smart contract platforms are attracting the most money and hence the most adoption.

Why would I invest in it?

There are many good reasons to own BNB.

Perhaps, first and foremost, BNB gives you exposure to the biggest crypto exchange in the world while also giving you exposure to the second biggest smart contract cryptocurrency. 

As stated above, the BSC offers faster transaction times, lower fees and a programming capability that makes it easy for developers to create complex smart contracts. This is clearly an attractive blockchain to developers as the TVL shows it to be the second biggest with regards to assets held in their smart contracts. 

Yes, Binance has had its regulatory scrutiny from different governments worldwide, but they are actively trying to fix these issues. 

Where do I buy Binance coin?

Cape Town-based crypto investment platform Revix (www.revix.com), which is backed by JSE listed Sabvest, will be one of the first platforms in South Africa to offer Binance coin as a standalone cryptocurrency investment option. Revix will be offering BNB Binance Coin from September 24 with an enticing fee-free promotion.

Revix Promotions

  • Revix will offer zero buying fees on Binance coin purchases when using ZAR and GBP for one week (September 24 to September 30, 2021).
  • ​​Revix will also be offering a refer a friend promotion: whereby if you refer one or multiple persons using your referral code, you will receive double the Revix rewards to the value of R600 per referral (Promotion valid from September 17 to September 30, 2021).

Revix also offers multiple standalone cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Solana, Uniswap, Polkadot and many others.

Through Revix, you can also gain access to their ready-made “Crypto Bundles”. Their Bundles enable you to effortlessly own an equally-weighted basket of the world’s largest and, by default, most successful cryptocurrencies without having to build and manage a crypto portfolio yourself. They’re like the JSE Top 40 or S&P 500 but for crypto.

Revix brings simplicity, trust and great customer service when investing in cryptocurrencies. Its easy-to-use online platform enables anyone to securely own the world’s top cryptocurrencies in just a few clicks. Revix guides new clients through the sign-up process to their first deposit and first investment. Once set up, most customers manage their own portfolio but can access support from the Revix team at any time.

Remember, cryptocurrencies are high-risk investments. You should not invest more than you can afford to lose, and before investing, please take into consideration your level of experience, investment objectives and seek independent financial advice if necessary.

This article is intended for informational purposes only. The views expressed are opinions, not facts, and should not be construed as investment advice or recommendations. This article is not an offer, nor the solicitation of an offer, to buy or sell any cryptocurrency. 

To learn more, visit www.revix.com.

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Three Trailers For Your Friday Perusal https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/17/three-trailers-for-your-friday-perusal-5/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/17/three-trailers-for-your-friday-perusal-5/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 13:00:01 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589746 [imagesource: Searchlight Pictures]

Fridays are for finishing work early.

My condolences to all of those forced to return to the office, where you must now pretend to be busy until 5PM.

We live in outdated times.

To help you pass the hours, here are three trailers worth a peruse.

We begin with a horror, if that’s your jam. There’s Someone Inside Your House is based on The New York Times bestselling book by Stephanie Perkins.

This one is primed to drop just in time for Halloween, according to Movieweb:

From the producers of Stranger Things and The Conjuring Universe, a high school senior (Sydney Park) and the rest of her new school’s graduating class are being targeted by a masked killer intent on exposing their darkest secrets to the world.

Sounds a bit Scream-like, right, or does the killer know what they did last summer?

The film debuts on Netflix on October 6:

Let’s lighten the mood a little with Ron’s Gone Wrong, aimed more at the kids and those of us who refuse to grow up.

The Verge below:

This is a story about Barney, an awkward kid, and Ron, his personal robot friend who’s a little off because he’s got some code missing from his programming (but I still love him look how cute he is).

Hijinks ensue, and I don’t think it’s going out on a limb to say some lessons about friendship are on the menu. Also this movie has an all-star voice cast, including Zach Galifianakis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Olivia Colman, Ed Helms, Justice Smith, and Rob Delaney.

Rob Delaney is one of the stars of Catastrophe, which is a superb series you should watch at once.

Sheesh, that really is an all-star voice cast:

Ron’s Gone Wrong hits theatres on October 22.

I don’t envision either of the two movies above challenging for Oscar glory.

Anything Guillermo del Toro touches is usually in the running, and fresh off winning Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director with The Shape of Water, he’s put together a stellar cast for Nightmare Alley.

This from Gizmodo:

There’s Bradley Cooper, Willem Dafoe, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Toni Collette, Richard Jenkins, Ron Perlman, David Strathairn, and others in what del Toro assures audiences is not a supernatural film, despite the trailer and title strongly suggesting otherwise…

The “man or beast” at the center of Nightmare Alley is Cooper’s character, Stanton Carlisle. He’s a former carnival worker who uses the tricks he learned there to con millionaires out of their money by pretending he’s a mind reader. This, of course, does not go over well and gets the shady character into lots of trouble.

The movie is based on a 1946 novel by William Lindsay Gresham.

Guillermo del Toro has said that despite what the trailer might convey, this is not a supernatural film and is “based completely in a reality world”.

Fox is opening Nightmare Alley in theatres on December 17, which is perfect timing for an awards season run.

That’s a wrap.

[sources:movieweb&verge&gizmodo]

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Cape Town’s ‘Lolly To Make You Jolly’ Ice Cream Legend Has Died https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/17/cape-towns-lolly-to-make-you-jolly-ice-cream-legend-has-died/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/17/cape-towns-lolly-to-make-you-jolly-ice-cream-legend-has-died/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 12:55:36 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589683 [imagesource: Twitter / The LeftBacks]

If you grew up spending a decent amount of time at Newlands Cricket Ground, you’ll instantly recognise Moegamat ‘Boeta’ Cassiem.

Just as recognisable were his catchphrases.

A lolly to make you jolly.

A wafer to make your boyfriend styfer.

A sucker to make you wakker.

Then there was the classic ‘keep the change, young man’ and a ‘what a day, what a day’ as he weaved his way between the crowd.

Sadly, news broke yesterday that Cassiem had passed away at the age of 67, having worked at both the cricket and rugby stadiums for more than 55 years.

His son, Mogammad, confirmed the news during an interview with CapeTalk yesterday:

Mogammad says he is at ease knowing that his father is no longer in pain…

“It was sad to see my dad the way he was. Everybody in Cape Town loved him for being a jolly guy, that happy guy.”

“His heart belongs on the field because that is what he was part of.”

You can listen to that interview below:

Tributes soon poured in from around the world, and #BoetaCassiem began trending on Twitter:

Before the start of a warmup T20 match at Newlands, players observed a moment’s silence in his honour:

According to IOL, Cassiem was born in Kensington and had lived in Mitchells Plain for the past 30 years.

The father of four and grandfather of 12 was celebrated with a ceremony at Newlands back in May, and a permanent plaque unveiled in the Oaks Grass Embankment in his honour.

Thankfully, some of his classic one-liners are preserved in this video, commemorating the occasion.

Rest in peace, Boeta.

[sources:capetalk&iol]

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Wow – Motorist Rage Against Cyclists Is Next Level In The UK [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/17/wow-motorist-rage-against-cyclists-is-next-level-in-the-uk-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/17/wow-motorist-rage-against-cyclists-is-next-level-in-the-uk-video/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 12:35:57 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589690 [imagesource: YouTube / Ady Short]

In South Africa, and especially in Cape Town, motorists express their road rage against cyclists all the time.

I’ve even seen some cars making a statement with their stance on the matter with stickers on the boot that are pro- and anti-cyclists.

People can make their choices, but pulling a cyclist into your car from the window to give him a few punches is most certainly a low blow.

That’s what happened in Swindon recently when a driver, impatient with a couple of cyclists riding two abreast, took his road rage to the extreme.

Footage shows him grabbing one of the cyclists from his car window to punch him, which makes the car drive into another cyclist in front, knocking him to the ground.

Per the Swindon Advertiser, the incident happened to Ady Short, his wife Mandi, and a group of fellow Swindon Wheelers riding along the winding roads between Swindon and Cricklade.

The whole incident was caught on a camera attached to Mandi’s bikes as she cycled ahead:

Ady was left with a black eye and Mandi sustained a cut on her knee.

Here’s Ady:

“We get people who are anti-cyclist and receive a bit of abuse, sometimes they pass us too close and too fast as a sort of punishment for us holding them up, but no-one’s assaulted us before, it’s an exceptional case.

…“It’s a strange situation to be in, seeing people so irate. I was trying to keep the peace with him because we try to de-escalate these situations and not react to the abuse, say sorry for the inconvenience and explain why we’re going two abreast. But before I could say much, he pulled me inside the car and hit me, then he couldn’t see where he was going.

He said that this kind of irritation with cyclists might have something to do with a lack of understanding about the Highway Code.

He explained that riding in single file condenses the group, which can make it easier for motorists to overtake but isn’t all that safe for a cyclist, especially around tight corners:

“He wouldn’t have been able to pass us on those twisty sections even if we had been single-file, we weren’t doing anything illegal.”

The group called the police to make a statement about the assault and shared the video with law enforcement.

The driver admitted fault and expressed remorse and was let off with just a warning.

[source:swindonadvertiser]

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Seven James Bond Moments That Would Be Banned Today [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/17/seven-james-bond-moments-that-would-be-banned-today-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/17/seven-james-bond-moments-that-would-be-banned-today-video/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 11:50:18 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589729 [imagesource:here]

Daniel Craig is about to wrap up his career as 007 with No Time to Die.

Following delay after delay after delay, the 25th film in the James Bond franchise is expected to hit theatres on October 8.

It’s Craig’s fifth time appearing as Bond, spanning all the way back to Casino Royale, which premiered in November 2006.

The franchise has spawned more iconic moments than we have time to discuss.

Some, though, wouldn’t stand a chance of making it past the cutting room, or even into the final script, if they were written today.

The Telegraph, which loves a good moan about ‘cancel culture’ and ‘wokeism’ and ‘snowflakes’, has picked seven that stand out.

To be fair, there’s solid reasoning behind the choices:

Thunderball (1965) – Sean Connery tells Nurse Patricia that keeping her job ‘has a price’. She cries, ‘Oh no.’ He advances lecherously, grinning, ‘Oh yes.’

You Only Live Twice (1967) – Connery paints his face and tapes his eyes into a squint to impersonate a Japanese villager.

Diamonds Are Forever (1971) – Connery meets Marie in a bikini, tears off her top and throttles her with it until she tells him Blofeld’s location.

Octopussy (1983) – Roger Moore is handed his casino winnings and tips a local, saying, ‘That should keep you in curry for a few weeks, eh?’

Imagine writing that line and thinking ‘yup, nailed it’?

Bond’s legacy has been the subject of debate for years, and critics might argue that seven moments is only scratching the surface.

Which reminds me, there are three more to cover:

Live and Let Die (1973) – In which all the villains are black, the complex doctrines of voodoo are portrayed as a death cult and women who lose their virginity are killed.

Goldfinger (1964) – Connery rapes a gay Pussy Galore in a hay barn and instantly persuades her to change sides. The scene is considered so alarming that it’s rated 18 on YouTube.

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) – In which Moore calls Hervé Villechaize’s Nick Nack a midget and stuffs him into a suitcase.

Digital Spy put this video together in 2018, highlighting those examples above:

They do not hold up.

A great deal has changed for the Bond franchise since Spectre came out in 2015.

In May, Amazon paid $8,45 billion to acquire the MGM studio, co-owners of the Bond franchise, and there’s been a huge cultural shift.

007 has really struggled to grab the attention of younger generations:

In 2018, when online men’s magazine LADbible showed Bond films to millennials and Generation Z viewers who weren’t familiar with the franchise, they were appalled by Bond passim, describing him as ‘a rapist who occasionally murders a Russian’, ‘extremely racist’ and taking particular offence at Skyfall’s Severine subplot, where Bond chats up a former sex slave, sneaks naked into her shower to seduce her, then abandons her to die…

Choosing the next actor to play 007, one which needs to satisfy both the incensed fanbase who initially rejected Daniel Craig because ‘Bond can’t be blond’ and the youngsters who find the character more than a little rapey, is not going to be easy.

There doesn’t appear to be a clear frontrunner to take over from Craig, although the bookies have the likes of Regé-Jean Page, Tom Holland, Tom Hardy, Robert Pattinson, John Boyega, Henry Cavill, and Idris Elba down as possible options.

I can’t say I’m much bothered, but there are millions around the world who will be watching very closely.

[source:telegraph]

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This Magic Performance Won Season 16 Of ‘America’s Got Talent’ [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/17/this-magic-performance-won-season-16-of-americas-got-talent-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/17/this-magic-performance-won-season-16-of-americas-got-talent-videos/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 10:05:51 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589728 [imagesource: Trae Patton / NBC]

We were holding thumbs for quick-change artist Léa Kyle to win this year’s America’s Got Talent finale, but alas, she came in fifth place.

That’s still an impressive achievement and she will definitely be reaping many of the benefits that come with the added exposure of starring in the smash hit show.

During Wednesday’s live, two-hour season finale, following “the closest vote ever,” host Terry Crews revealed the season 16 winner.

A massive congratulations to magician Dustin Tavella:

Tavella is the third magician to take the crown, following season nine winner Mat Franco and season 13 winner Shin Lim, per USA Today:

The 35-year-old captured America’s heart with his signature style of magic that centered his two adoptive sons: “Before ‘AGT,’ I just never could’ve imagined my two worlds colliding – My passion for my magic and my story about my family.”

The announcement left Tavella in tears as confetti cascaded around him:

Beating nine other finalists, including five Golden Buzzer winners, Tavella gets to go home with a $1 million prize plus headliner status for an AGT show in Las Vegas.

Simon Cowell said that it was the “most competitive final ever” with aerialist Aidan Bryant finishing in second place.

Comedian Josh Blue came third, singer Brooke Simpson fourth, and Kyle in at fifth.

Check out Tavella’s inspiring performance that won the heart of millions:

He also performed with season nine winner and magician Mat Franco:

Tavella is a Montgomery County native who grew up going to magic shows in Atlantic City with his grandparents, per Philly Voice.

Besides performing magic, he also works with organisations that help homeless people and women in crisis.

His magic shows usually include his passion for philanthropy, while also invoking stories from his personal life, including his childhood, parents, wedding day, and the adoption of his two sons.

[sources:usatoday&phillyvoice]

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Ever Call Someone ‘Bud’ When You Didn’t Know Their Name? Here’s Biden Blowing It With The Ozzie Prime Minster [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/17/ever-call-someone-bud-when-you-didnt-know-their-name-heres-biden-blowing-it-with-the-ozzie-prime-minster-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/17/ever-call-someone-bud-when-you-didnt-know-their-name-heres-biden-blowing-it-with-the-ozzie-prime-minster-video/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 08:55:44 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589653 [imagesource: AP]

Name the Australian prime minister.

Congrats if you said Scott Morrison, and minus points if you said Tony Abbott, because he was a terrible human.

It’s not your job to know these things, though, but it is part of Joe Biden’s.

Yesterday, the US president announced a trilateral security partnership with Britain and Australia, called Aukus, which will see the US share nuclear technology aimed at helping Australia create a multibillion-dollar fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.

During the announcement, reports The Guardian, Biden turned to Boris Johnson and thanked him by name.

He then swivelled, locked eyes with the TV screen where Morrison was displayed and must have gone blank.

So many options – do you go with ‘dude’, ‘my dude’, ‘champ’, ‘buddy’, or ‘broseph’?

He could have played it safe and said ‘my friend from down under’ but no, he went with ‘fella’.

He went with ‘fella’ and then followed it up with ‘pal’.

Bold tactic.

He did pull it back shortly after with “As prime minister Morrison and prime minister Johnson said” but the damage was done.

Cue the likes of Fox News frothing at the mouth, and social media churning out ‘Dementia Joe’ content.

He forgot a guy’s name. These things happen.

Just ask Tim Apple:

[source:guardian]

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Chess Legend Sues Netflix Over This Line From ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/17/chess-legend-sues-netflix-over-this-line-from-the-queens-gambit-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/17/chess-legend-sues-netflix-over-this-line-from-the-queens-gambit-video/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 08:20:11 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589663 [imagesource:here]

The Queen’s Gambit starring Anya Taylor-Joy has been a smash hit for Netflix since its release last year.

It will go into the upcoming 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards this weekend as a favourite, after winning a leading nine trophies at the Creative Emmys last weekend.

Based on Walter Tevi’s 1983 novel, The Queen’s Gambit chronicles the rise of a young orphan girl, as she forges her own path into the higher echelons of competitive chess, a predominantly male-dominated world.

To really drive home how groundbreaking the achievements of Taylor-Joy’s fictional character Beth Harmon were, the End Game finale of the show includes this line:

“The only unusual thing about her, really, is her sex, and even that’s not unique in Russia,” a commentator quips as Harmon plays in a white-knuckle match in Moscow.

“There’s Nona Gaprindashvili, but she’s the female world champion and has never faced men.”

With that, it is Nona Gaprindashvili’s move.

She is suing Netflix for $5 million in a defamation lawsuit over this “sexist” and incorrect line.

Image: en.chessbase.com

Per Deadline, the defamation suit filed in federal court by California lawyers for Gaprindashvili makes the truth clear:

“Gaprindashvili is a pioneer of women’s chess and a much-loved icon in her native country of Georgia. Throughout her extraordinary career, she won many championships, beat some of the best male chess players in the world, and was the first woman in history to achieve the status of international chess grandmaster among men.”

…“The allegation that Gaprindashvili ‘has never faced men’ is manifestly false, as well as being grossly sexist and belittling,” Gaprindashvili’s 25-page complaint adds.

The lawsuit argues that in 1968, the year in which the episode is set, she had competed against at least 59 male chess players.

10 of those were Grandmasters, and three had been world champions at various stages during their careers.

The real kicker comes in via a statement from attorneys with Rufus-Isaacs Acland & Grantham LLP:

“Netflix brazenly and deliberately lied about Gaprindashvili’s achievements for the cheap and cynical purpose of ‘heightening the drama’ by making it appear that its fictional hero had managed to do what no other woman, including Gaprindashvili, had done.”

“Thus, in a story that was supposed to inspire women by showing a young woman competing with men at the highest levels of world chess, Netflix humiliated the one real woman trail blazer who had actually faced and defeated men on the world stage in the same era.”

I don’t know much about chess, but that looks like an absolute checkmate.

In response, Netflix said it has respect for Gaprindashvili but will “vigorously defend the case”.

We’ll end off with Gaprindashvili herself, doing what she does best:

[source:deadline]

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Panic As Truck And Car Collide On Jozi Highway [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/17/panic-as-truck-and-car-collide-on-jozi-highway-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/17/panic-as-truck-and-car-collide-on-jozi-highway-video/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 07:45:12 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589641 [imagesource: Twitter / SA Trucker]

The helpless driver of what appears to be a white sedan had one hell of a ride on the N12 highway in Johannesburg.

There’s a frightening video doing the rounds on social media that shows a heavy truck pushing the sedan on its side for quite a distance.

While there’s very little information about how, when, and why the accident happened, it took place just before the N1 turnoff towards Roodepoort and N3 turnoff towards Germiston.

SA Trucker uploaded the video, which is from the vantage point of another vehicle, perhaps a bus, driving towards the truck.

The person filming then notices the sedan wedged into the front, unable to escape as it slides down the road.

The Citizen reports the driver of the truck “seems unaware that he is pushing a car along the highway”.

Being out of control because of the rainy weather that made the roads harder to navigate seems like a plausible explanation.

In the comments under the tweet, others speculate that the sedan was trying to hijack the truck:

Hopefully, everyone made it out alright.

[source:citizen]

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Prince Andrew Hopes Jeffrey Epstein Deal Will Cover Him https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/17/prince-andrew-hopes-jeffrey-epstein-deal-will-cover-him/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/17/prince-andrew-hopes-jeffrey-epstein-deal-will-cover-him/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 07:10:06 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589668 [imagesource: Jae Donnelly/News UK]

Shame, poor Prince Andrew.

The royal is currently scuttling from one of his mother’s properties to the next, doing his utmost to avoid taking any responsibility for his past actions.

Thank goodness his mother is the Queen, and her properties are sprawling castles and estates dotted across the UK.

Nobody wants to be 61 and hiding out in mom’s basement.

Ever since the Duke’s US lawyer, Andrew Brettler, has entered the picture, there’s been a slight change of approach with regards to the civil lawsuit brought against him in the US by Virginia Roberts Giuffre.

She alleges that Prince Andrew raped her on three occasions when she was 17.

So what’s the latest development? We head to The Telegraph:

[Prince Andrew] has suffered an early setback in his US sex assault case after a judge refused to unseal a document that could invalidate the damages claim.

[He] is said to be pinning his hopes on the settlement – signed by his long time accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre in 2009 – which allegedly prevents her from suing.

Image: Florida Southern District Court

It came as Ms Giuffre’s lawyer, David Boies, warned him to accept the lawsuit, saying: “Service is not intended to be a game of hide and seek behind palace walls.”

…Brettler, told a pre-trial hearing on Monday that he believed the agreement Ms Giuffe made with Jeffrey Epstein released the Duke and others from “any and all potential liability”.

The judge’s refusal to unseal that document is certainly bad news for Prince Andrew.

In order to request a copy, his legal team would now have to engage in their own court process, which would mean legally accepting that he has been served the lawsuit.

Part of the reason he has been hiding out has been to avoid being served. Giuffre’s lawyers argue they have already done that, by leaving a copy of the lawsuit with a police officer guarding the prince’s home in Windsor.

It was also posted to his lawyer’s office and sent by email.

His legal team is currently using every trick in the book:

In a move that risks exasperating New York federal judge Lewis Kaplan, his solicitor Gary Bloxsome claimed on Thursday that due process had still not been followed…

Mr Bloxsome said in order to comply with the Hague convention, a British court official had to deliver the paperwork.

What a coward.

Judge Preska did say that Prince Andrew may have “valid reasons” for trying to obtain the 2009 agreement Giuffre signed with Jeffrey Epstein, but added that he would have to do so through the discovery process in his own case.

[source:telegraph]

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Cape Town ‘Flasher’ Brawls With Mall Security [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/17/cape-town-flasher-brawls-with-mall-security-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/17/cape-town-flasher-brawls-with-mall-security-videos/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 06:35:04 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589642 [imagesource: Facebook / Ebrahim Barendse]

On September 8 at the N1 City Mall in Cape Town, a man was arrested for having allegedly “exposed himself to a female”.

Five days later, the 31-year-old appeared in the Goodwood magistrate’s court on a public indecency charge.

According to TimesLIVE, centre manager Mazel Matthews has confirmed that the incident took place at the mall, and police spokesperson Sgt Wesley Twigg confirmed the arrest.

He probably didn’t do himself any favours by brawling with mall security before his arrest, with onlookers capturing footage of the fight and posting to social media:

A Taser might have come in handy.

[source:timeslive]

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Friday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/17/friday-morning-spice-541/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/17/friday-morning-spice-541/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 04:33:26 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589601 Tobacco Firm Philip Morris Seals £1.1bn Takeover Of UK Inhaler Maker Vectura – Bid for British firm, which makes asthma inhalers, has caused outrage among health campaigners. [guardian]

Man Called Largest Child Porn Purveyor Gets 27-Year Sentence – A man described by U.S. authorities as the world’s most prolific purveyor of child pornography at the time of his arrest in Ireland was sentenced on Wednesday to 27 years in federal prison. [ap]

UAE Invests $14 Billion In Britain As It Tries To Look Beyond Oil – The United Arab Emirates will pour £10 billion ($13.8 billion) into the United Kingdom over the next five years, as the Gulf state seeks to diversify its economy beyond fossil fuels. [cnn]

Piers Morgan Hired To Launch Rupert Murdoch TV Station TalkTV – News UK TV station will be rival to floundering GB News and go on air early 2022. [guardian]

Prince William’s ‘Curt’ Message To Prince Harry On His Birthday – Showed their relationship is still ‘icy’ and they are no closer to making up, royal expert claims. [dm]

Prince Philip’s Will To Be Secret For 90 Years – The Duke of Edinburgh’s will is to remain secret for at least 90 years to protect the “dignity and standing” of the Queen, the High Court has ruled. [bbc]

Prince Andrew Accused Of ‘Playing Hide And Seek’ By Virginia Giuffre’s Lawyers – Lawyers for Virginia Giuffre accused Prince Andrew of playing “a game of hide and seek behind palace walls” as they seek to serve him with a lawsuit, in court papers filed with a New York court last night. [times]

1 In 3 COVID-19 Patients Suffer From Long COVID, A CDC Study Of Long Beach Residents Finds – One in three people who survived COVID-19 suffered from long COVID, according to a study of Long Beach residents published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday. [lat]

No Provinces Record More Than 1,000 New Covid-19 Cases As ‘Downward Trend’ Of Infections Continues: NICD – Just three provinces had more than 500 new cases in the past day. [tlive]

Smash Hit: Vogue Editors’ Secret Battle To Court Emma Raducanu – Rival USA and UK fashion magazines are desperate to be the first to put Britain’s newest national treasure on the cover. [tele]

France Suspends 3,000 Health Staff As Europe Targets Vaccine Refusal – Hospitals, care homes and health centres have suspended around 3,000 workers across France for failing to comply with mandatory COVID vaccination, the government said on Thursday, as countries around Europe weigh how far to go to combat the pandemic. [reuters]

Moroccan Cave Yields Oldest Clues About Advent Of Human Clothing – Scientists on Thursday said artifacts unearthed in a cave in Morocco dating back as far as 120,000 years ago indicate that humans were making specialized bone tools, skinning animals and then using tools to process these skins for fur and leather. [reuters]

F1 Bosses Looking To Bring Grand Prix To SA – Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali has reportedly earmarked South Africa as a potential new host for a Grand Prix. [iol]

Fugitive Hands Himself In After Nearly 30 Years On The Run – A fugitive who spent nearly 30 years on the run after allegedly using a hacksaw blade and bolt cutters to escape from prison has handed himself into police in Australia. [cnn]

Lawmakers Ask Zuckerberg To Drop ‘Instagram For Kids’ After Report Says App Made Kids Suicidal – A separate group of Senators is also launching an investigation into Instagram claiming it’s working with a whistleblower. [giz]

Petition Against UCT’s Mandatory Vaccination Proposal – A petition objecting to UCT’s senate motion of mandatory vaccinations has been started at the university. [iol]

New Van Gogh Drawing Of Old Man Discovered – A newly discovered Vincent van Gogh drawing that has been hidden in a private collection for more than a century went on display for the first time at an Amsterdam museum on Thursday. [f24]

Woolies Has Introduced Dermalogica As It Brings In More Guest Brands To Boost Beauty Business – Retailer Woolworths has just introduced professional skincare brand Dermologica to its stable, this as it tries to boost sales in its fashion, beauty, and home division which has consistently underperformed over the past several years. [busins]

There’s A Fine Line Between Tax Avoidance And Tax Evasion – Fail to pay your taxes, and SARS will come knocking, with a number of new initiatives targeting everyone from businesses through to wealthy South Africans. [here]

Hawaii Is Spending $1M To Destroy Dangerous, Famous ‘Stairway To Heaven’ Mountain Trail – Thousands of thrill seekers flock to the trail each year despite it being off limits to the public. [hill]

Princess Diana’s Niece Lady Amelia Spencer – Sports a low-key look in black leggings and bright pink trainers as she goes for a walk in London. [dm]

Marilyn Manson’s Sexual Abuse Lawsuit With Jane Doe Dismissed – A California judge has dismissed a woman’s sexual abuse case against Marilyn Manson because the claims have come past the statute of limitations, according to reports Thursday. [p6]

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The Lawyer / Hitman / Murder Case That Has America Obsessed https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/16/the-lawyer-hitman-murder-case-that-has-america-obsessed/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/16/the-lawyer-hitman-murder-case-that-has-america-obsessed/#respond Thu, 16 Sep 2021 14:31:49 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589527 [imagesource: Facebook / Margaret Murdaugh]

The Murdaughs have been one of the most powerful families in South Carolina for generations.

Alex Murdaugh, the head of the family at the centre of a case that has gripped America’s attention, comes from a long line of celebrated lawyers.

His great-grandfather, grandfather, and father all served as the top prosecutor for one of the state’s regions, but the 53-year-old’s world has come crashing down around him over the past few months.

In June, his wife and one of his sons, Margaret and Paul (with Alex above), were found murdered.

The BBC with the many twists and turns in this story:

At the time of his death, Paul [below] was also facing criminal charges stemming from a 2019 incident in which authorities say he drunkenly caused a boating accident that left a woman dead.

Mr Murdaugh was shot in early September. No arrests have been made in the incident, which came a day after Mr Murdaugh resigned from his law firm.

Image: Michael M. DeWitt, Jr./Augusta Chronicle-USA TODAY NETWORK

The law firm later claimed he misappropriated funds, which his lawyer says he primarily used to fund an opioid addiction. Mr Murdaugh entered rehab several days after the shooting.

If you’re a little confused, let me spell it out.

Alex Murdaugh is accused of ordering a hit on himself so that his other son could collect $10 million in life insurance.

He was shot in the head on the side of a road on September 4:

Originally, Mr Murdaugh’s attorneys had claimed that he was changing a tyre when an unidentified assailant shot him. He was released from hospital two days later.

Now, police allege – and Mr Murdaugh’s lawyers admit – that he arranged for a man to shoot him…

Murdaugh believed that if he took his own life, his remaining son wouldn’t be able to claim the sizeable insurance payout.

Curtis Edward Smith, the hitman he allegedly hired, has admitted his involvement.

Let’s zero in on the double murder of Margaret and Paul, who were found shot to death at their home in Islandton, about 105 kilometres west of Charleston.

Nobody has been charged for the killing, and police have yet to suggest that Murdaugh was involved.

Attorney Mr Harpootlian, speaking on behalf of Murdaugh, said his client had nothing to do with the double murder and doesn’t know who did it.

He added that he is investigating “an individual, or individuals, we believe have some culpability or have done it”.

During a recent TV appearance following the double murder, two of Paul’s uncles said their nephew had been getting threatening messages since being charged in the boat accident death.

The double murder also prompted authorities to reopen the investigation into the 2015 death of 19-year-old Stephen Smith, whose body was found along a road 15 kilometres from the Murdaugh property.

His death was originally classified as a hit and run, but that is now under scrutiny.

That’s a lot to digest, and already enough for a riveting true-crime series.

But wait, because there’s further intrigue, with The New York Times reporting that authorities in South Carolina have now opened an investigation into the 2018 death of a housekeeper at Murdaugh’s home:

The death of the housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield, 57, was attributed in court documents to a “trip and fall” accident, but Angela Topper, the coroner in Hampton County, S.C., said the death was never reported to her office and no autopsy was conducted…

Image: Michael M. DeWitt, via Imagn

The new investigation into Ms. Satterfield’s death came after lawyers representing her two sons said the children had not received any of the $505,000 settlement that their previous lawyer had reached with Mr. Murdaugh.

The coroner, Topper, said that the death was listed as “natural” on Satterfield’s death certificate, but that’s “inconsistent” with an accidental fall.

Aside from the real human tragedy and suffering, something at the centre of true-crime stories that often gets overlooked, you can see why this case has captivated America’s attention.

So many loose threads to pull on, and so much still to be investigated.

[sources:bbc&nytimes]

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There’s A Fine Line Between Tax Avoidance And Tax Evasion https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/16/theres-a-fine-line-between-tax-avoidance-and-tax-evasion/ Thu, 16 Sep 2021 14:22:41 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589558 [imagesource:here]

Seeing a chunk of every month’s salary head off to the taxman is painful.

It’s even more painful in this country, where it usually ends up being squandered or pilfered or both.

Fail to pay your taxes, and SARS will come knocking, with a number of new initiatives targeting everyone from businesses through to wealthy South Africans.

Congrats if you received that SARS ‘welcome letter’ sent to high wealth individual taxpayers earlier this year, I guess.

Choosing not to pay your taxes and legally minimising the amount of tax you have to pay are two very different things.

As regional wealth manager Mark Diuga pointed out to BusinessTech, understanding the gap between tax evasion and tax avoidance also requires a definition for tax planning:

Tax Evasion: using unlawful methods to pay less or no tax. Usually, this constitutes fraud, i.e., falsifying statements or presenting false information to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) with penalties including imprisonment.

Tax Planning: legally, you may arrange your financial affairs in such a way as to reduce your tax liability; a commonly used approach would be to make contributions into a retirement annuity to receive a tax refund and, by doing so, you can use the funds to build long-term wealth whilst deferring an income tax liability until the point of receiving a benefit.

Tax avoidance: is everything in between which constitutes you paying less tax than SARS would like.

Given that SARS has made it clear that it’s on the warpath, you want to steer clear of the first option.

When it comes to tax planning, that’s where advice from the likes of  Galbraith | Rushby comes in handy. Their team of experts is well versed in compliance matters, handling tax return submission for individuals, companies, trusts, non-profits, body corporates, and more.

While SARS states that it expects “every taxpayer to meet their obligations and pay their fair share of tax”, tax avoidance can still be lawful.

Diuga says General Anti-Avoidance Rules (GAAR) are constantly being updated, both locally and internationally, “to push the lawful, yet undesirable, tax avoidance practices into extinction”.

[source:bustech]

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Your Pfizer Double Jab Protection Wanes Over Time https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/16/your-pfizer-double-jab-protection-wanes-over-time/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/16/your-pfizer-double-jab-protection-wanes-over-time/#respond Thu, 16 Sep 2021 13:50:23 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589574 [imagesource: Reuters / Dado Ruvic / Illustration]

Unless you’re a healthcare worker in South Africa, chances are you have received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 jab, since dubbed Comirnaty.

According to Our World In Data, just north of 7,6 million South Africans are fully vaccinated, and more than 11 million have received at least one jab.

Talk around booster shots has heated up, with America’s Food and Drug Administration vaccines advisory committee meeting later this week to discuss Pfizer’s booster programme proposal.

Ahead of that meeting, Pfizer submitted a study by Kaiser Permanente Southern California, which found that “vaccine efficacy wanes over time naturally, “irrespective of variant”, rather than as a consequence of the Delta strain evading its jab”.

More from FT:

Pfizer presented data showing how the vaccine’s protection declined six to eight months after the second dose, becoming gradually less effective in two-month intervals. Vaccine efficacy fell about 6 per cent every two months after the second dose, down from 96.2 per cent a week after full vaccination to 83.7 per cent more than four months later.

The company also cited Israeli data showing that a third booster shot restored protection up to 95 per cent against Covid-19, documents filed to the FDA show.

Moderna, the company behind another vaccine used widely across the globe, also shared data showing that the protection afforded by its vaccine wanes over time.

Booster doses of vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna for people with weak immune systems have already been signed off on.

Those questioning the efficacy of vaccines often point to Israel as an example, with data coming out of the country between December 2020 and July of this year showing an increase in the numbers of vaccinated people who caught the virus that causes COVID-19.

These are known as “breakthrough infections” and were most frequent in people who had been vaccinated early on in the country’s vaccination drive.

However, all data comes with caveats, as News24 explains in this excellent look at waning immunity and booster shots:

Despite the surge in cases, data from Israel suggests that the vaccines are still effective at keeping people out of hospital, even with infections caused by the highly transmissible Delta variant.

According to the report, the rate of hospitalisation in Israel was double for unvaccinated people under 60, and nine times higher for unvaccinated over-60s, proving, yet again, that the vaccines are holding up for severe outcomes, including death.

This has led some experts to argue that there isn’t a strong case for booster shots just yet, as vaccines remain effective at preventing severe disease, hospitalisation, and death.

Speaking last month, Shabir Madhi, professor of vaccinology at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), stressed exactly this:

“The evidence is clear – that waning of protection is against mild disease, not severe disease. The effectiveness against severe disease, for all of the vaccines, is sustained beyond eight and nine months, and remains above 90% for Pfizer, as an example – even with the Delta variant,” he said.

According to Professor Thomas Scriba, deputy director of immunology and laboratory at the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative, the waning of vaccine efficacy will differ from person to person:

He also touched on booster shots:

Vaccines boosters are nothing new. There is a requirement for occasional vaccine boosters, about once every decade, for diseases such as tetanus and yellow fever, said Scriba. Boosters are also required for the influenza virus every year. But there are interesting exceptions to this.

“For example, immune memory to the measles vaccination is remarkably long-lasting and booster vaccines are typically not necessary. But given the types of vaccines being used for Covid, and evidence from up to about one-year follow-up for Covid vaccinations, it is likely that the antibody and T cell responses will be more like those to yellow fever vaccination,” he explained.

Scriba believes South Africa should focus first on ensuring more people are vaccinated before considering rolling out booster shots, although those may be needed further down the line.

The UK has already announced a booster shot plan for older, vulnerable groups.

[sources:ft&news24]

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Beyoncé And Jay-Z Living It Up On Superyacht That Might Be Owned By Jeff Bezos https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/16/beyonce-and-jay-z-living-it-up-on-superyacht-that-might-be-owned-by-jeff-bezos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/16/beyonce-and-jay-z-living-it-up-on-superyacht-that-might-be-owned-by-jeff-bezos/#respond Thu, 16 Sep 2021 13:20:07 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589621 [imagesource: Instagram / Beyoncé]

Beyoncé and Jay-Z have had better things to do than attend the MTV VMAs or Met Gala.

Not that they missed much besides Conor McGregor getting involved in a bizarre altercation with rapper Machine Gun Kelly, or not talking to Kim Kardashian who was tied up in a truly bizarre Met Gala look.

Instead, they’ve been bopping around on one of the world’s largest superyachts available to charter, the Flying Fox, which is costing them roughly $4 million (around R58 million) per week.

Beyoncé turned 40 on September 4, so it was only right that they took to the Mediterranean seas for a vacation.

Per House Beautiful, it’s rumoured that Jeff Bezos bought the palatial yacht, which cost a reported $400 million to build, although other sources say he’s not the owner.

Either way, Beyoncé and Jay-Z appear to be enjoying it for all it’s worth, travelling around Italy and France, having been spotted in Cannes earlier this week.

The couple’s three children, Blue Ivy and twins Rumi and Sir, are also aboard. Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles, joined them later in Cannes.

Here’s flex number one:

 

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The boat is equipped with everything the family would need for the ultimate getaway:

There are 55 crew members, many of whom are dual-trained to be chefs, housekeepers, medics, dive instructors, hairdressers, and more.

The ship has several decks—including a helipad on the roof—and the amenities feature a vast spa pool, cryosauna, gym, submarine, and water sports equipment (to name a few!).

Oh, and the yacht is so big that it even has its own support yacht.

Actually, it seems it comes with more than one helipad, per Forbes:

The exterior also is equipped two helicopter landing pads, one on the bridge deck and another on the sun deck aft, that makes it possible to for owners and guests to use multiple helicopters.

Here’s Observer, adding more:

The plush spa has oak paneling and heated limestone floors, and is equipped with a hammam, sauna and a massive pool, plus a cryosauna.

There’s also a fancy gym, movie theater, a formal living room as well as a dining room with an aquarium.

The owner’s suite has its own sitting room, beauty room and double dressing rooms, in addition to an ethanol fireplace.

Suffice to say, the couple has every reason to show off on the ‘Gram:

 

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Yeah, a $400 million yacht is a way better backdrop for all those looks than the famous Met steps.

[sources:forbes&housebeautiful&observer]

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2OV Throwback Thursday – The ‘SNL Great Day’ Viral Video https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/16/2ov-throwback-thursday-the-snl-great-day-viral-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/16/2ov-throwback-thursday-the-snl-great-day-viral-video/#respond Thu, 16 Sep 2021 12:50:03 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589606 [imagesource: YouTube / Saturday Night Live]

Happy Thursday.

Do you ever just wake up and think ‘yeah, this is going to be a great day’?

More power to you if you do.

The rest of us require a cup or two of coffee to get the wheels turning, and then there are those that just can’t be saved.

For today’s look back in time, we’re headed to May 15, 2010, and the Saturday Night Live classic ‘Great Day’ by The Lonely Island.

You’ll recognise Andy Samberg up top, with more powder in and around his face than you’ll find at Arcade on any given evening. Fellow members Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer helped write the sketch.

Let’s reminisce:

Thoroughly enjoyable, and a timely reminder that The Matrix Resurrections is headed our way in December.

As you were.

[source:snl]

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Heart-Stopping Moment Mother Chases Runaway Pram [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/16/heart-stopping-moment-mother-chases-runaway-pram-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/16/heart-stopping-moment-mother-chases-runaway-pram-video/#respond Thu, 16 Sep 2021 12:20:33 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589591 [imagesource: Sky News]

A pram is designed to protect a baby and help a mother, but it is no match for a busy road on a hill.

Video footage shows the moment a mother in Turkey ran after her 10-month-old baby, who was strapped into a pram, rolling steadily down a hill through a fairly busy intersection.

The mother walks the pram to the door of a building, alongside another child of hers, before stopping to go inside.

That is when the pram, which she left just near the curb, broke away and rolled down the busy road.

At that moment a white car was driving up but, fortunately, seemed to have spotted the pram in time to dodge it.

Sky News confirmed that the baby was unharmed as it was strapped in and landed in a garden.

Take a look:

Thank the powers that be that the family was reunited, unscathed.

That heart-stopping moment will definitely stay with the mother for quite some time.

[source:skynews]

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The Spectacular Rise And Fall Of LuLaRoe [Trailer] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/16/the-spectacular-rise-and-fall-of-lularoe-trailer/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/16/the-spectacular-rise-and-fall-of-lularoe-trailer/#respond Thu, 16 Sep 2021 11:15:48 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589563 [imagesource: Amazon Prime Video]

The rich are getting richer and the poor getting poorer.

So when stories about the carnage and chaos at the top get spotlit from those at the bottom, we tune in.

Amazon Prime has released a new four-part docuseries, LuLaRich, that unpacks the deterioration of a women’s online apparel company/pyramid scheme called LuLaRoe.

We’ve got the trailer towards the end.

Filmmakers Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason made Fyre Fraud so they know their fair share about quick-buck schemes going wrong.

Like other founders that have fallen – Adam Neumann (WeWork), Elizabeth Holmes (Theranos), and Billy McFarland (Fyre Festival) – DeAnne and Mark Stidham (pictured above) rose to the top by selling a dream and profiting off the backs of millions, instead of running a proper, easily scalable business.

Per Variety, at the company’s height in 2018, they were bringing in $1,8 billion in sales annually from over 80 000 consultants.

There was, potentially, great money to be made for others within the organisation, but this documentary unfussily lays out that it tended to come through the process of drawing in referrals, rather than through the retail operation.

For the Stidhams, this looks like evangelising and spreading the good word; for those beneath them, it’s a grind.

Former LuLaRoe retailer Roberta Blevins is featured in LuLaRich calling the garments “dead fart leggings” to describe the smell of rotten clothes that were being sent for retailers to sell.

When the true-con docuseries came out on September 10, consultants, still loyal to the brand, flooded Amazon with one-star ratings:

Using a Facebook group for retailers of LuLaRoe clothing, one LuLaRoe retailer posted, “If anyone wants to give it a one-star review to bring down the ratings …” and then pasted a link to the reviews area for “LuLaRich.”

According to screenshots, this retailer had succeeded in doing just that, and trashed “LuLaRich” for being badly made, while also slamming the whistleblowing consultants who participated in the documentary.

Trailer time:

Ignore those one-star reviews because LuLaRich is worth a watch.

[source:variety]

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Ryan Reynolds And Will Ferrell Nailed The ‘Grace Kelly’ Challenge [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/16/ryan-reynolds-and-will-ferrell-nailed-the-grace-kelly-challenge-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/16/ryan-reynolds-and-will-ferrell-nailed-the-grace-kelly-challenge-video/#respond Thu, 16 Sep 2021 10:09:42 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589536 [imagesource: TikTok / Ryan Reynolds]

With the #MilkCrateChallenge on its last legs, we welcome another viral social media challenge; the ‘Grace Kelly’ TikTok Challenge.

You can count on TikTok to keep things fresh in the world of internet challenges, with users always coming up with new ways to stay entertained.

It’s always a good time when unsuspecting celebs get on the bandwagon, too.

Like Ryan Reynolds And Will Ferrell in this instance, giving us a rather hilarious rendition of the challenge that so many others have tried already.

The challenge focuses on users sharing their renditions of 2007’s hit song ‘Grace Kelly’ by Mika.

The track is famous for its multiple vocal fluctuations and layering, making it perfect for duetting, a concept that has become popular on TikTok.

Those up for the challenge are tasked with singing harmonies from the song in different pitches that they overlap with higher notes.

Here’s a compilation of some great efforts, starting with the best of all – Reynolds and Ferrell:

The famous duo’s video has over 57 million views on TikTok already, putting them at the top of the page when you search for the ‘Grace Kelly’ Challenge.

They also inspired Twitter users to give it a bash:

Men’s Health reported that Mika himself saw the video and reposted it to his Instagram account:

 

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This is quite a different look for Reynolds from the last time we saw him, frighteningly beefed up for his role in Free Guy.

Not so much for Ferrell, though, who we know enjoys a good song and dance.

[source:menshealth]

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Rolling Stone Names A New Best Song Of All Time https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/16/rolling-stone-names-a-new-best-song-of-all-time/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/16/rolling-stone-names-a-new-best-song-of-all-time/#respond Thu, 16 Sep 2021 09:01:15 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589519 [imagesource: Photo Illustration by Sean McCabe]

Before there was Spotify, and curated playlists for every occasion, there was Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the top 500 songs in history.

You could download them all as a playlist, pop it on in the background, and take a trip down memory lane with classic after classic.

The ranking was released in 2004, and now it’s been given an overhaul.

In consultation with more than 250 artists, writers, and industry figures, the magazine chose a “brand-new list full of historic favourites, world-changing anthems, and new classics”.

Before we cover how the top 10 has changed, here’s more from Rolling Stone:

Nearly 4,000 songs received votes. Where the 2004 version of the list was dominated by early rock and soul, the new edition contains more hip-hop, modern country, indie rock, Latin pop, reggae, and R&B. More than half the songs here — 254 in all — weren’t present on the old list, including a third of the Top 100.

The result is a more expansive, inclusive vision of pop, music that keeps rewriting its history with every beat.

Despite the updated voting system, only one song from post-2004 cracked a spot in the top 20 – Robyn’s ‘Dancing On My Own’, in 20th:

Via NewsAU, here’s how the top 10 looked before the updated ranking:

1. Bob Dylan — Like A Rolling Stone (1965)

2. The Rolling Stone — (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (1965)

3. John Lennon — Imagine (1971)

4. Marvin Gaye — What’s Going On (1971)

5. Aretha Franklin — Respect (1967)

6. The Beach Boys — Good Vibrations (1966)

7. Chuck Berry — Johnny B. Goode (1958)

8. The Beatles — Hey Jude (1968)

9. Nirvana — Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991)

10. Ray Charles — What’d I Say (1959)

The big winner in the new top 10 is Aretha Franklin, who (sorry in advance) is getting the respect she deserves.

Yessir, ‘Respect’ now sits at number one:

1. Aretha Franklin — Respect (1967)

2. Public Enemy — Fight The Power (1989)

3. Sam Cooke — A Change Is Gonna Come (1964)

4. Bob Dylan — Like A Rolling Stone (1965)

5. Nirvana — Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991)

6. Marvin Gaye — What’s Going On (1971)

7. The Beatles — Strawberry Fields Forever (1967)

8. Missy Elliott — Get Ur Freak On (2001)

9. Fleetwood Mac — Dreams (1977)

10. OutKast — Hey Ya! (2003)

Let’s start with number 10.

I get it. ‘Hey Ya!’ is one of those songs that, despite hearing it thousands of times over the past 18 years, still gets the feet tapping.

As for the top spot – did you know ‘Respect’ was actually written and originally recorded by Otis Redding?

He released his version in 1965, before Aretha famously covered it two years later. Her version is significantly different in style, and also has some of the lyrics tweaked.

Go on, Aretha:

Otis’ original, if you’re after a comparison:

Regarding the update, here are all the post-2004 songs that cracked the top 50:

20. Robyn — Dancing On My Own (2010)

25. Kanye West ft Pusha T — Runaway (2010)

30. Lorde — Royals (2011)

45. Kendrick Lamar — Alright (2015)

46. M.I.A. — Paper Planes (2008)

50. Daddy Yankee ft Glory — Gasolina (2010)

And now I feel old again.

You can see the full list of all 500 songs here.

[sources:rollingstone&newsau]

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Woman’s Gynae Turned Out To Be Her Biological Father https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/16/womans-gynae-turned-out-to-be-her-biological-father/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/16/womans-gynae-turned-out-to-be-her-biological-father/#respond Thu, 16 Sep 2021 08:24:00 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589513 [imagesource: Facebook]

Yet another tale of a doctor surreptitiously impregnating his patients with his own sperm has come to light.

We know about Dr Barwin, a fertility doctor who had to cough up quite a bit of money for his former patients and children in a settlement agreement from a lawsuit filed by one of his daughters.

Now Dr Morris Wortman (pictured above), a prominent New York fertility specialist and gynaecologist turned “serial sperm donor’’, is in the spotlight.

Morgan Hellquist, 35, said she had been seeing him for regular vaginal and breast examinations for nine years before making the distressing discovery that he was actually her biological father, she claims.

She has subsequently filed a lawsuit against him, stating she only confirmed she was the daughter of married 70-year-old Wortman in May, with the first inkling coming during an appointment in April.

The Washington Post has more:

The complaint alleges that, in 1985, Wortman impregnated Hellquist’s mother, Jo Ann Levey, with his own sperm while telling her it was from a medical student — and that Wortman nevertheless began to treat the daughter he helped create, starting when she was 26…

During the April appointment, as Wortman conducted a vaginal ultrasound on Hellquist, the doctor had allegedly asked Hellquist to take off her mask because she looked better without one.

Wortman also invited his wife into the examination room to meet Hellquist so she could look at the woman’s features and discern a physical resemblance to Wortman, the lawsuit alleges.

Then Wortman allegedly said: “You’re really a good kid, such a good kid.”

That’s when Hellquist realised that he was probably her father, which was later confirmed by a DNA test.

Every year from 2017 up until now she has found out that Wortman had fathered more children, numbering six in total:

Hellquist feared that her father was a serial sperm donor and that “there were other half-siblings who would continue to show up in her life,” according to the lawsuit.

It is safe to say that Hellquist is mortified that Wortman could “knowingly treat his own biological daughter as a gynaecology patient for almost a decade”.

The lawsuit added that if she had known, “she would never consent to be a patient in his gynaecology practice”.

That is why Hellquist is suing Wortman, claiming medical malpractice, lack of informed consent, battery, fraud, negligence, and infliction of emotional distress.

The lawsuit also explains that the man Hellquist grew up calling dad was unable to have kids after having been left a paraplegic at age 20 when a drunk driver crashed into his motorcycle.

That’s a lot to deal with already, and finding out that your gynae is your real father, a “serial sperm donor”, definitely doesn’t make things easier.

[source:washingtonpost]

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Harry And Meghan Crack A Spot On TIME’s ‘Most Influential People’ List https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/16/harry-and-meghan-crack-a-spot-on-times-most-influential-people-list/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/16/harry-and-meghan-crack-a-spot-on-times-most-influential-people-list/#respond Thu, 16 Sep 2021 07:45:26 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589482 [imagesource: TIME]

The TIME has arrived.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been named as two of the world’s 100 most influential people by TIME magazine.

The couple, famously known for stepping away from their duties as senior members of the Royal Family last year, landed themselves a spot on one of the magazine’s seven worldwide covers.

It was actually Harry’s birthday yesterday (he turned 37), so the news couldn’t have come at a better time.

The piece about Harry and Meghan was written by José Andrés, a chef and the founder of World Central Kitchen, a non-profit devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters.

He praised the couple for “springing into action” and using their platform for good, calling Meghan an “active humanitarian and a powerful advocate for women and girls around the world,” after telling an inspiring story about Harry in Afghanistan.

The piece also recognises the work that they do via their Archewell Foundation, turning “compassion into boots on the ground”:

“In a world where everyone has an opinion about people they don’t know, the duke and duchess have compassion for the people they don’t know. They don’t just opine. They run toward the struggle.”

Check them out:

Image: Pari Dukovic for TIME

Those who make TIME’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people are divided into six categories: icons, pioneers, titans, artists, leaders, and innovators.

Harry and Meghan are listed as icons. Others gracing the cover include gymnast Simone Biles, actor Kate Winslet, singer-songwriter Billie Eilish, CEO of NVIDIA Jensen Huang, and writer Cathy Park Hong.

Also on the icon list is Britney Spears, who has embraced her likely newfound freedom (since her father let go of the conservatorship) by getting engaged and deleting her Instagram account, possibly as a way to show that she is now in a good place.

Paris Hilton wrote about Britney for TIME:

“Despite the darkness that has surrounded her life, Britney embodies joy and shares the light of her beautiful heart, forever the superstar. So we stand by her and root for her as she turns pain into purpose, her unwavering spirit stronger than ever.”

Biles made the cut on the list for titans as “the most decorated active gymnast in the world” according to USA Today.

She is also a survivor of sexual abuse by the former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.

Biles’ withdrawal from various events at this year’s Tokyo Olympics came after she said she had “to do what’s right for me and focus on my mental health”.

Serena Williams wrote for her in TIME, saying:

Biles “truly reflects the endless potential of Black women” and that she wishes she’d had Biles to look up to when she was young.

“Simone is a shining example of what success looks like when you let go of what the world thinks and gather your strength from yourself… from your soul,” Wiliams added.

For the rest, you can peruse the list here.

[sources:time&usatoday]

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Crazy Dashcam Footage Shows Cop Ambush Shootout In Florida [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/16/crazy-dashcam-footage-shows-cop-ambush-shootout-in-florida-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/16/crazy-dashcam-footage-shows-cop-ambush-shootout-in-florida-video/#respond Thu, 16 Sep 2021 07:10:17 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589500 [imagesource: YouTube / WKMG News]

In this day and age, we see so many video clips of violent crimes being carried out that it’s easy to become desensitised.

Oh, look, another cash-in-transit heist, or gangs driving through the streets with hostages strapped to the roof of their car.

Actually, that last one is pretty outlandish.

The dashcam footage from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, showing two Florida deputies being ambushed during a traffic stop, is also jarring to watch.

According to The Miami Herald, one man was killed during the ambush, which occurred at about 1PM on August 30:

“At one point during the traffic stop the passenger at the back seat of the car with a 2-month-old baby … was asked to exit the vehicle at which time he immediately exited and produced a short stock rifle when he began firing at the deputy closest to him,” Sheriff Wayne Ivey said…

That man was identified as Paris Wilder.

After his gun jammed, Wilder could be seen striking Deputy Brian Potters with the butt of his weapon, before Deputy Tyler Thoman fires his weapon multiple times and killed Wilder.

The dashcam footage shows just how quickly things go from a routine traffic stop to a life and death situation, with Wilder opening fire shortly after the 20-second mark:

Potters suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, as well as head lacerations and a concussion, but should make a full recovery.

Wilder was wanted on multiple warrants, with 23 felony arrests on such charges as assault and attempted murder.

Sheriff Ivey said both police deputies were in a battle for their lives, and have been placed on paid administrative leave while an investigation takes place.

[source:miamiherald]

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Dis-Chem Catches Staff Allegedly Selling Fake Vaccine Certificates https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/16/dis-chem-catches-staff-allegedly-selling-fake-vaccine-certificates/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/16/dis-chem-catches-staff-allegedly-selling-fake-vaccine-certificates/#respond Thu, 16 Sep 2021 06:35:26 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589493 [imagesource:here]

And so it begins…

Thankfully, it appears that the four Dis-Chem employees who have been arrested for allegedly selling fraudulent vaccine certificates were operating as part of an isolated incident.

The pharmacy retailer said that temporary staff were hired to assist at the pharmacy’s Krugersdorp President Square vaccination site.

Four people, two men and two women all aged between 19 and 36, were arrested last week and appeared in court on charges of fraud on Monday.

IOL reports:

[Spokesperson for the police in Krugersdorp, Captain Raymond] Sebonyane said Dis-Chem Pharmacies opened a criminal case against the four staffers after it noticed a discrepancy at the vaccine site after a member of the public was allegedly charged R100 for a vaccination card…

Dis-Chem CEO Ivan Saltzmam said they acted swiftly when they picked up a discrepancy during their routine daily balancing of vaccines doses to stock and the Electronic Vaccination Data System system.

“We did not hesitate to act as soon as this was brought to our attention as it is most upsetting to see that a small number of individuals felt they could take advantage of the vaccine roll-out drive.”

After the complaint came from Dis-Chem’s head office, police commissioned an investigation into discrepancies at the vaccination site.

According to an announcement last Friday by Dr Joe Phaahla, our minister of health, all vaccinated South Africans will be eligible for a digital vaccination certificate by the end of this week.

It’s unclear whether that timeline will be correct (it rarely is with our government), but this alleged fraud is an indicator that a better system of verification is needed.

This from Business Insider SA:

The seemingly imminent arrival of domestic vaccine passports in South Africa – which science advisors say could be used from early November – have raised fears that an industry will emerge to help create fake proof of vaccinations.

The government has not yet detailed its plans for electronic vaccine certificates, but those are likely to include online checking mechanisms and the ability to revoke certificates. Such electronic certificates would be linked to entries on the EVDS.

For those who do not have smartphones or internet access, Dr Phaahla said paper certificates would be available.

Sourcing and buying fake vaccine certificates? Amazing that people will go through all of this trouble, just to avoid getting a jab that could help save their lives.

[sources:iol&businsidersa]

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Thursday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/16/thursday-morning-spice-545/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/16/thursday-morning-spice-545/#respond Thu, 16 Sep 2021 06:01:41 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589461 [imagesource: Inspiration4 / John Kraus]

SpaceX: Amateur Astronauts Launch On Inspiration4 Mission – The Inspiration4 crew, comprising one billionaire and three “ordinary citizens”, rode out of the Kennedy Space Center in a Dragon capsule provided by the SpaceX rocket company. [bbc]

Zuma’s Medical Parole: Court Applications Mount – The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) and DA have filed urgent court applications to have former president Jacob Zuma’s medical parole reviewed and set aside. [news24]

‘Sustained Downward Trend’ In Covid-19, Says NICD, As 4,667 New Cases Recorded In 24 Hours – Of the new cases, the most were in the Western Cape (1,179), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (1,058). [timeslive]

Paris Attacks Suspect Salah Abdeslam Tells Court The Deaths Of 130 People Were ‘Nothing Personal’ – The 31-year-old Abdeslam, who was arrested months after the attacks, said the killings were a response to French airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. [sky]

Elizabeth Holmes Wrote Bad Love Poetry As Theranos Tanked – The Theranos founder wrote gooey notes to her business partner and paramour as they texted about the company’s woes. [dbeast]

These Are The Most In-Demand Job Skills In South Africa Right Now – The latest research shows that the following occupational fields are currently the most sought-after skill sets in the job market. [bustech]

High Court Will Serve US Court Papers On Prince Andrew If Necessary – Court initially rejected request from Virginia Giuffre’s lawyers in sexual assault civil case filed against royal. [guardian]

NASA Says ‘Super Eruption’ Volcanoes On Mars Would Have Blocked Out The Sun – Mars was having some serious volcanic temper tantrums about 4 billion years ago. [cnet]

Insider NFT Trading Is A Thing Now – OpenSea, an online crypto marketplace that has been dubbed the “eBay of NFTs,” has admitted that one of its top executives has been buying and selling the digital collectibles using insider information from its site. [gizmodo]

Instagram Says It’s Working On Body Image Issue After Report Details ‘Toxic’ Effect On Teen Girls –  Facebook researchers have repeatedly found that the photo-sharing platform is toxic for teen girls. [cnn]

UCT Academics Propose Mandatory Vaccination For Staff And Students – It says that the panel will also act as a body that will receive and adjudicate applications for exemption from the Covid-19 vaccination mandate. [citypress]

iPhone 13, Apple Watch, iPad Mini: Highlights From The Apple Launch Event – Apple’s ‘California Streaming’ event was loaded with major announcements and news about upcoming product launches. [here]

United Rugby Championship: Bulls And Sharks To Lead Charge For South Africa – The United Rugby Championship is a new cross-hemisphere tournament that will give SA teams the chance to qualify for the prestigious European Champions Cup. [dailymav]

Red Bull Adviser Accuses Lewis Hamilton Of Exaggerating Injury After Max Verstappen Crash – Helmut Marko cast apparent doubt on Hamilton’s claims that his ‘sore neck’ was getting worse following the incident. [tele]

The History Of OnlyFans: How The Controversial Platform Found Success And Changed Online Sex Work – OnlyFans, a membership-based platform, was founded in 2016 by British entrepreneur Timothy Stokely. [businsider]

Unvaccinated TikTokers Are Calling Themselves ‘Purebloods’ – “From now on, I refuse to be referred to as ‘unvaccinated,’ ” a conservative TikToker declared. “I want everyone to now call me Pureblood.” [vice]

Emmy Predictions 2021: Who Should Win, Who Will Win, And Dark Horse Picks – The only category where a real tooth-and-nail fight might go down is for miniseries, because that’s where television truly continues to shine. [paste]

Nicki Minaj Claim That Covid Vaccine Can Cause Impotence Dismissed By Trinidad And Tobago – Minister says health officials found no evidence that any patient reported such side effects: ‘We wasted so much time running down this false claim’. [guardian]

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Yet Another Reason Why You Shouldn’t Do Doughnuts On A Jozi Highway [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/yet-another-reason-why-you-shouldnt-do-doughnuts-on-a-jozi-highway-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/yet-another-reason-why-you-shouldnt-do-doughnuts-on-a-jozi-highway-video/#respond Wed, 15 Sep 2021 14:15:11 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589396 [imagesource: Twitter / Yusuf Abramjee]

It seems the days of doing doughnuts on South African roads without much hassle from the police are drawing to a close.

This week, a 26-year-old man was arrested for spinning in his dad’s blue BMW M3 on a busy highway in Johannesburg.

A video of him spinning on the N3 next to Linksfield Avenue was circulated far and wide, which invoked the Gauteng traffic department to get involved.

Check it out:

Spokesperson Sello Maremane told TimesLIVE that Gauteng traffic police conducted a “covert operation” to find out exactly who the illegal driver is, where he lives, and who the vehicle belongs to.

Maremane said that the investigation led them to Edenvale:

“Upon interacting with the owner, he admitted that his son was driving the vehicle recklessly on a public road on the day in question,” Maremane said.

Consequently, the driver was charged with reckless and negligent driving, as well as drag racing on a public road, and arrested for the misdeed.

A strict warning has also been put out by the Gauteng traffic police that using public roads for racing and spinning “will never be tolerated”.

[source:timeslive]

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iPhone 13, Apple Watch, iPad Mini: Highlights From Yesterday’s Apple Event [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/iphone-13-apple-watch-ipad-mini-highlights-from-yesterdays-apple-event-videos/ Wed, 15 Sep 2021 14:10:57 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589316 [imagesource: Apple / Screenshot by James Martin / CNET]

Apple’s ‘California Streaming’ event yesterday was loaded with major announcements and news about upcoming product launches.

That included the iPhone 13 range, Apple Watches, and new iPads.

The event kicked off at 7PM our time, but many would have missed it given that Manchester United was in the midst of a Champion’s League meltdown.

Deep breaths, Red Devils fans, and let’s focus on the event.

On the iPhone front, reports The Verge, we will start with the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini:

Apple’s new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini look very similar to the iPhone 12 but have a smaller notch and a diagonal camera array.

Image: Apple

They’re equipped with the new A15 Bionic chip and have an improved dual-camera system on the back. Apple is also promising longer battery life than the iPhone 12.

Each product announcement came with a slick Apple video.

Your iPhone 13, then:

Now we wait for Digicape, South Africa’s largest independent Apple retailer, to get these in stock and the fun begins.

But what about the…

Yes, there’s an iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max:

[Both] look similar to their predecessors, with a stainless steel band around the sides and a matte finish on the back. But the big upgrade is the screen: they support Apple’s ProMotion adaptive refresh rate technology that tops out at 120Hz.

They also have a new camera system and an A15 Bionic chip. Like the iPhone 13, Apple is also promising improved battery life from the iPhone 12 series.

The Pro range comes with a “photographic profiles” feature which will allow you to customise the look of your photos even further.

There’s also a new “cinematic mode” for video, which The Verge points out “will automatically transition focus while filming in real-time, intelligently shifting focus when people enter the frame or glance away from the camera”:

Damn, that’s pretty impressive going.

Next up, the iPad Mini, and an all-new design that is somewhat similar to 2020’s iPad Air:

The new Mini has an 8.3-inch screen, a Touch ID sensor on the power button, a USB-C port, a 12MP ultrawide front camera that supports Apple’s Center Stage technology, and the option of 5G connectivity.

It also supports the second-generation Apple Pencil, which can connect magnetically to the side of the tablet.

One day, when I’ve really made it, I’ll have an iPad exclusively for reading long-form articles and watching trailers.

The new A15 Bionic Chip will produce 40% faster CPU performance, 80% faster GPU performance, and all-day battery life.

Apple also announced a new ninth-generation iPad with an A13 Bionic chip, which supports the second-generation Apple Pencil.

Moving on to the new Apple Watch Series 7, which comes in two bigger screen sizes – 41mm and 45mm:

Some elements of the UI have been updated to better accommodate the bigger screen, including showing a full keyboard at times…

Image: Apple / Screenshot by Chris Pavey/ CNET

There’s a new set of watchfaces to take advantage of the larger screen, including a more modular watchface so you can really peer at all the micro details related to your active rings…

The Series 7 has up to 18 hours of battery life and comes with a charger that operates 33% faster than previous models:

The Apple Watch is fantastic for fitness fanatics, as are the updates to Apple’s Fitness Plus workout service:

Apple is adding Pilates workouts, guided meditations, and workouts inspired by winter sports to the service later this month. Group workouts, coming later this fall, will let you work out with your friends.

Namaste.

Thankfully, the service will extend to more countries in the coming months.

iOS 15, the next major software update, will be available from September 20.

The South African release date for the new Apple products has yet to be confirmed.

We’ll be keeping on Digicape for more on that front, as well as considering their trade-in options.

They accept most brands of smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches, as well as Apple TVs, laptops, and desktop computers, which can be used for store credit or to save money on upgrading.

Always remember that if you get the latest iPhone, you are required to leave it conspicuously on the table at any gathering so that others notice.

We’ll finish with a seven-minute wrap of everything from the ‘California Streaming’ event:

[sources:verge&verge]

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“Catastrophically Misjudged”: Schumacher Doccie Torn Apart In Scathing Reviews https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/catastrophically-misjudged-schumacher-doccie-torn-apart-in-scathing-reviews/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/catastrophically-misjudged-schumacher-doccie-torn-apart-in-scathing-reviews/#respond Wed, 15 Sep 2021 13:46:37 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589371 [imagesource:here]

Netflix’s SCHUMACHER has benefited from the buzz around a potential update on the condition of the German Formula One legend.

What we do know for certain is that in December 2013, Michael Schumacher suffered a near-fatal skiing accident in the French Alps after falling and striking his head on a rock.

He was airlifted to hospital, placed in a medically-induced coma for six months, and hasn’t been seen in public since.

The documentary is the first to be endorsed by the Schumacher family, and features never-seen-before archival footage and interviews with those closest to him.

That includes his wife, Corinna, who broke her eight-year public silence on Michael’s health when she said that he’s “different, but here”.

The long-awaited day is here, and you can now watch SCHUMACHER on Netflix.

Before you do that, let’s take a quick look at some of the reviews, which are less than favourable.

The Telegraph dished out one star and called it “catastrophically misjudged”:

It is only in the last 11 minutes of this near two-hour film, produced in collaboration with the Schumacher family, that the accident itself is even mentioned. And it is discussed in such evasive terms that viewers unfamiliar with the story may initially assume that Michael has been dead for years…

May we at least hear from a doctor, or see how he’s doing, even if it’s just a still image? No, the film says firmly: we may not…

If the officially sanctioned Michael Schumacher documentary refuses to shed even a sliver of light on the situation, it leaves the viewer mulling two uncomfortable questions. One: why on earth not? And two: with such a glaring, disingenuous omission, what purpose does the film’s existence serve?

The review says it serves one thing, the Schumacher brand, and is full of “platitudes and clichés”.

The Sydney Morning Herald was slightly kinder, giving the doccie two-and-a-half stars, calling it “a disappointing tribute to an extraordinary life”.

Writing for The Arts Desk, Adam Sweeting says SCHUMACHER doesn’t dig deep enough, and “lacks the raw, in-your-face gutsiness of Netflix’s hit F1 series Drive to Survive“:

You’re left with the sense that while you learn stuff about Schumacher, you still don’t really know him…

If [his family] felt able to lift the curtain just a fraction and allow the possibility that he had flaws and a dark side, it would surely have made for a more abrasive but more penetrating portrait.

Sweeting did give it three stars, so perhaps the one-star via The Telegraph is a tad harsh.

Michael’s family and friends have spoken often about how closely he guarded his privacy, and that’s clearly something they remained true to during SCHUMACHER, possibly to the documentary’s detriment.

Still, it’s one click away on Netflix, I will find 112 minutes to kill, and I will watch it.

[sources:telegraph&artsdesk]

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This Guy Is Living As An Actual Hobbit https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/this-guy-is-living-as-an-actual-hobbit/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/this-guy-is-living-as-an-actual-hobbit/#respond Wed, 15 Sep 2021 13:20:20 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589449 [imagesource: Giacomo Savini e Luciano Masiello, courtesy of Nicolas Gentile]

For most of us, escaping in the pages of a book is good enough.

But for 37-year-old Nicolas Gentile, he went a step further and has started living as an actual hobbit in the Italian countryside.

He’s pictured above, chilling as any other hobbit might.

The geologist-turned-pastry chef is living his dream on two hectares of land that he owns in Bucchianico, near the town of Chieti in Abruzzo, reports The Guardian.

There, he’s in the process of building a real-life Shire, inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional Middle-earth from The Lord of the Rings.

Before Gentile began his project, he was just a regular Tolkien fan, but then he took the plunge:

“Some time ago, I realised that books and films were no longer enough for me to satisfy my passion for the fantasy genre and, in particular, for the Lord of the Rings saga,” Gentile said.

“I was still reading about the lives of other people. I decided that I wanted to live my hobbit life to the fullest.”

Gentile already has his hobbit-esque house sorted, where he lives with his family in hobbit clothes:

 

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He has plans to extend his world by building Tolkien’s caravan of the dwarves, the green dragon inn, and a large version of Bilbo Baggins’ house.

It won’t stop there, as he hopes to house a whole community, hobbit style, eventually:

His goal is to transform this piece of Abruzzo into a hobbit village, with an adjoining farmhouse, where visitors will be able to live in a magical world, which, according to Gentile, is not too far from the way people live in Bucchianico.

Because of a copyright issue, the “country” will be called the Contea Gentile, and the houses will be built through crowdfunding.

 

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Gentile says the idea of this community isn’t too far-fetched, given how those around him have lived for generations:

“Over time, I realised that my friends, my relatives and the farmers of Bucchianico have always lived as hobbits. They work like hobbits, carrying out jobs that are all in close contact with nature. They celebrate like hobbits, by organising festivals and dances and even dress up as hobbits.”

He is referring to one of the oldest festivals in Europe, the yearly festival of the Banderesi.

It has been celebrated for almost 500 years with people coming together to sing, dance, and prepare typical local dishes while dressed in medieval clothing.

Gentile, as an environmentalist with a degree in geology, plans to power his hobbit village with solar energy to keep the community sustainable.

Nature is very important to him and this also sparked a recent journey (by foot, in hobbit fashion) to Naples to throw the “One Ring” into Mount Vesuvius:

 

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He used a piece of solidified lava rather than iron, because as Gentile put it, “pollution and the climate emergency . . . are enemies as fearsome as Sauron.”

If it is any consolation, Elijah Wood, who played Frodo Baggins in the movies, wholly approve of this project:

“I hope this finds you happy, healthy and well,” says Wood.

“I went to your Instagram page and it is incredible what you are doing. I love the costumes, the individual set photos that you have done, in front of fires, smoking a pipe. It’s so beautiful. Well done! I can’t wait to watch your progress and I will follow you on Instagram. That is so amazing. If I’m ever in your neck of the woods, in your shire, I would love to visit.’’

Gentile’s house is open to visitors even though the village isn’t complete yet.

Now you know what to do next time you find yourself in Bucchianico.

[source:guardian]

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Private Jet Pet Travel Is All The Rage https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/private-jet-pet-travel-is-all-the-rage/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/private-jet-pet-travel-is-all-the-rage/#respond Wed, 15 Sep 2021 12:50:03 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589359 [imagesource: VistaJet]

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has changed travelling across the world.

Not that this has fazed the world’s richest people, though.

Since 2019, there’s been a large shift in the private aviation industry, with a remarkable surge in bookings from people old and new to the private jet world.

Besides those taking to the skies in private planes, more travellers have also started taking their pets with them on board.

There’s been an incredible 86% increase in the number of animals flown over the last two years, according to global aviation company VistaJet.

And it’s not just cats and dogs, but many other furry friends who are getting the opportunity to travel in absolute comfort and luxury.

Here’s CNN:

According to Matteo Atti, executive vice president of marketing and innovation for the company, one in four of its members now flies with a four-legged companion, while the amount of birds being taken on board are also on the rise.

“Rabbits are a recent new breed of pet flown by VistaJet, and while dogs continue to make up the majority of animal passengers, the number of cats spiked 357% from 2019 to 2020,” says Atti.

US private jet company NetJets is showing off the trend with the hashtag #NetPets on Instagram:

 

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The reasons so many people are choosing to fly their animals via private jet lately comes down to a few simple things.

First of all, the adoption of pets has skyrocketed during the pandemic.

The trend also points to overall lifestyle shifts that many have experienced because of COVID-19.

Daniel Hirschhorn, the co-founder of boutique private jet charter company Luxury Aircraft Solutions, explains:

“We’re seeing an increase in the level of leisure trips versus business trips,” he tells CNN Travel. “You’re not going to take your dog into your meeting, but you’ll certainly take it to your other house, if that’s convenient for you.

“We’re also seeing people that have much more flexible work schedules, so they’re able to travel with their pets more often, or use that vacation home they might have only gone to for a weekend, and stay for a week or two weeks or a month.”

…”I don’t think it [the upsurge] is because more people have pets. I think they’re just finding more time to be with their pets.”

Moose, an Australian Labradoodle, has been getting the private jet treatment from Texan owner Katelynn Stege:

Image: Katelynn Stege

Stege has chosen to spend an average of $30 000 per flight with NetJets rather than deal with the stress and discomfort of a commercial flight:

“Flying privately allows your pet to be right next to you and people they are familiar with and comfortable with, whereas on a commercial flight you can’t always sit next to people you know,” Stege tells CNN Travel via email.

“They [the animals] have freedom to stretch their legs and roam around a little instead of being crated on a commercial flight.”

At present, only small animals can fly on some commercial flights in the US, but they have to be in a small bag placed under the front seat.

Larger pets have to go in a crate placed in cargo, which can be traumatic for both animal and owner.

A number of US commercial airlines have banned emotional support animals from flights in the past year.

All of this makes it much more attractive for people with pets to fly their darlings in comfort and style, provided they have the money, of course:

“It’s not like [many people are saying] ‘I’m not able to take my pet on a regular flight that’s $500, so let me spend $15 000,” [Hirschhorn] adds.

“It certainly comes into play, but it’s just such a huge jump in price that I don’t think that that’s a real key deciding factor for a lot of people.”

Those who can afford it haven’t held back, with one set of owners flying their cats on a private jet to Mykonos for the summer because they missed them too much.

Hirschhorn recognises that the pandemic has normalised the type of behaviour where more people are happy to get their pets flown to them and don’t necessarily think about the money that it involves:

“Once you really break it down, and you take away the dollars and cents, then it’s basically asking ‘is my family member going to be okay?'”

Must be nice.

I’ll just spend the rest of my day wishing I was Moose.

[source:cnn]

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SPL!NG Movie Review: Doin’ My Drugs https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/spling-movie-review-doin-my-drugs/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/spling-movie-review-doin-my-drugs/#respond Wed, 15 Sep 2021 12:20:59 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589258 Watch movies via Labia Home Screen*.

While Covid-19 has grabbed the world’s attention, we’re still faced with many other crippling diseases. As Richard Mulholland once pointed out, many of these continue to be widespread problems but slip into the background when they stop trending in the media. While HIV and AIDS have received extensive publicity in the media and across pop culture, misinformation and misconceptions are still preventing people from getting tested and treatment. This is especially true in Zambia, an African nation where an estimated 14% of the population is infected with many others too afraid to find out their status.

Zambian-born musician, Thomas Buttenschøn, was born HIV+ and relocated to Denmark to receive treatment in 1985 at a time when there was still much uncertainty about the virus. His mother returned home to Zambia where she died before Buttenschøn was 10 years old. His father succumbed not long after, leaving the youngster in the care of his foster parents. Having nurtured his musical talents, the singer, songwriter and guitarist made a success of himself in spite of his early setbacks. Taking antiretrovirals, he was able to lead a normal life – marrying his sweetheart and becoming father to two healthy kids.

Buttenschøn has a vague recollection of his parents but felt a calling to return to his birthplace on a mission to make peace with his past, visit his extended family and shatter the stigma around the virus and ARVs. Tyler Q. Rosen’s Doin’ My Drugs documents this expedition of healing, self-discovery and Buttenschøn’s desire to use his unique musical talents in a bid to educate and empower Zambians and by extension the people of Africa. His music has always been geared towards entertainment with a purpose. They say music has the power to heal and he took it one step further, launching a musical revolution with the help of local musical artists.

Wild misconceptions, ostracisation and fear have created a situation where citizens would rather live in ignorance than know their HIV status in Zambia. It’s not a localised issue, but Buttenschøn decided it would be his starting point in light of its personal significance. Having been born HIV+, Buttenschøn is a living example of someone who has made a success of their life into their 30s with the help of antiretroviral drugs.

thomas buttenschon

“We need to talk.”

The title Doin’ My Drugs starts to make more sense as this earnest and emotive film builds into something special. While it starts off slowly with a wide spectrum, the pieces quickly come together as the main thrust of this documentary is realised through Buttenschøn’s music and collaborations with local artists. Using old family photos and footage, we get honest and intimate insights into this character portrait, which serves as a launchpad into this important awareness and love-in-action initiative. Those unfamiliar with the musician get a quick overview of his music, which is extrapolated through solo and collaborative performances peppered throughout the documentary.

Doin’ My Drugs is self-funded and its modest guerilla shooting style feeds into its raw, honest and intimate mood. Capturing some priceless moments that have a spontaneity and genuine warmth, it’s a celebration of musical gifts that spills into a heartfelt and broader awareness campaign. Keeping an upbeat feel, the quick pacing supports this emotional resonance through Buttenschøn’s life story and his collaborations as the musician unfurls his big idea for Zambia. As a spiritual guide, the love-in-action is inspiring and it’s a joy to meet so many wonderful and committed music activists such as John Chiti and Maiko Zulu, who are on a similar mission.

The bottom line: Uplifting

Catch more movie reviews at SPL!NG

Stephen ‘Spling’ Aspeling is 2Oceansvibe’s Resident Film Critic, a “thought leader” (AFDA) and “our generation’s Barry Ronge” (Brothers Streep), who continues to review, write, present, promote and adjudicate film for a host of websites, radio stations, magazines, newspapers, TV shows, festivals and events.

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Labia Home Screen enables viewers to watch the theatre’s carefully curated content from the comfort of their home from anywhere in South Africa. As they open their box office in what will be a new normal, this convenient streaming service is helping the much-loved cinema continue to provide high quality, award-winning films to their loyal patrons.

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R. Kelly’s Former Employees Aren’t Holding Back https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/r-kellys-former-employees-arent-holding-back/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/r-kellys-former-employees-arent-holding-back/#respond Wed, 15 Sep 2021 11:50:29 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589404 [imagesource: Kamil Krzaczysnki / AFP via Getty Images]

Despite knowing what sort of atrocities R. Kelly stands accused of committing (thanks to Surviving R. Kelly and the follow-up, Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning), the singer’s ongoing trial in Brooklyn, New York, still manages to shock.

The 54-year-old is facing nine charges which include sexual abuse, racketeering, and bribery.

Already, we have heard allegations that he intentionally gave underage girls herpes, and forced them to perform demeaning acts on video so that he could later blackmail them.

Former employees have also started spilling the beans about what they saw over the years, including one of Kelly’s former assistants, Suzette Mayweather.

She says women needed his permission to use the bathroom, were sometimes forced to fight one another for his enjoyment, and had to call him “Daddy” at all times.

Last week it was the turn of another assistant, Diana Copeland.

Here’s The New York Times:

In her testimony, Ms. Copeland described the bizarre lengths Mr. Kelly went to control the women in his sphere — down to the Uber drivers he allowed them to ride with.

If a man pulled up, she said, “I would have to call another one” — until a female driver appeared.

Another woman testified that Ms. Copeland had accompanied her to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases and then withheld her test results.

Legal experts say there’s an element of a mob boss trial to Kelly’s proceedings, with prosecutors getting close associates to ‘flip’ and validate the accounts put forward by multiple women.

On one occasion, Copeland said that Kelly had docked her pay because she scheduled appointments for two of his ‘girlfriends’ at a nail salon where a man worked.

Mapping a landscape of Mr. Kelly’s workplace culture over decades, the seven employees who have testified so far have described working for the singer in terms that far surpass the ordinary demands of an eccentric artist — sometimes noting that they broke the law to help facilitate Mr. Kelly’s interactions with underage girls.

“It was almost like the Twilight Zone,” Anthony Navarro, a former runner who worked for the singer for some two years, told the jury on the third day of the trial. “You went into the gate, and it was like a different world, just a strange place.”

Earlier this week, a former backup performer for Kelly testified that she saw him engaging in a sex act with R&B singer Aaliyah around 1993.

At that time, she would have been 13 or 14 years old.

In 1994, Kelly illegally married Aaliyah, in what prosecutors allege was an attempt to prevent her from testifying against him.

Image: Lifetime Channel

She later died in 2001 after a plane crash in the Bahamas.

Prosecutors are also seeking to have a recording of the singer allegedly threatening to have one of his victims assaulted admitted as evidence.

This via Sky News:

According to papers filed at a federal court in Brooklyn, New York, the incident happened in 2008.

On the tape, Kelly is said to be heard saying: “If you lie to me, I’m going to f*** you up.”

There’s also a video recording where Kelly can be heard threatening a woman he accuses of stealing a watch from him, saying “You better not ever… take from me again or I will be in Florida and something will happen to you.”

Yesterday, the judge in the case indicated that she would likely allow the tapes to be used as evidence.

[sources:nytimes&sky]

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SA Author Cracks Booker Prize 2021 Shortlist https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/sa-author-cracks-booker-prize-2021-shortlist/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/sa-author-cracks-booker-prize-2021-shortlist/#respond Wed, 15 Sep 2021 10:05:09 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589347 [imagesource: Amazon]

The Booker Prize, according to its website, is the leading literary award in the English speaking world.

The prize goes to what the judges deem the best novel of the year written in English, and the winner receives a cool £50 000.

Being nominated also leads to a considerable spike in sales, so it’s a shortlist you want to make.

South African author Damon Galgut will be delighted to see his novel, The Promise, chosen as one of the six.

It’s his third time on the list, having been previously been nominated for 2003’s The Good Doctor and 2010’s In a Strange Room.

This via the Booker Prize write-up of The Promise:

The narrator’s eye shifts and blinks, deliciously lethal in its observation of the crash and burn of a white South African family. On their farm outside Pretoria, the Swarts are gathering for Ma’s funeral.

The younger generation detests everything the family stands for, not least the failed promise to the Black woman who has worked for them her whole life.

After years of service, Salome was promised her own house, her own land, yet somehow, as each decade passes, that promise remains unfulfilled.

As with last year, there is only one British author nominated, although Douglas Stuart did go on to win in 2020.

He saw sales of Shuggie Bain spike 1 900% in the week following his win.

Via the BBC, here’s a summary of the other five shortlisted novels:

Anuk Arudpragasam – A Passage North. In his second novel, the Sri Lankan author explores the lasting effects of the trauma and violence of his country’s civil war, and a past love affair.

Patricia Lockwood – No One Is Talking About This. This is the first novel by the American poet and memoirist. It follows a woman catapulted to social media fame, told using what Booker judge Rowan Williams described as the “unpromising medium of online prattle”.

Nadifa Mohamed – The Fortune Men. Mohamed was born in Somaliland and raised in Britain, and her book is set in the docks of post-war Cardiff Bay. It fictionalises the story of Mahmood Mattan, a real Somali sailor who was wrongly accused of murder.

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Richard Powers – Bewilderment. The US author won the Pulitzer for his last novel The Overstory. Here, a widowed astrobiologist turns to experimental treatments to help his nine-year-old son with additional needs – and take him to other planets.

Maggie Shipstead – Great Circle. Another American author, Shipstead’s third novel intertwines the stories of a daring post-war female pilot and a 21st century Hollywood actress who is trying to rescue her reputation by making a film about her.

There’s been some chatter about the surprising omission of Klara and the Sun, the dystopian novel by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Perhaps it’s because he’s already been nominated on four separate occasions, winning in 1989 for The Remains of the Day.

South African author Karen Jennings made this year’s Booker Prize longlist for her novel, An Island, but missed out on the shortlist.

The winner will be announced on November 3.

[sources:bookerprize&bbc]

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What We Know About Elon Musk’s Mysterious ‘Ad Astra’ School https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/what-we-know-about-elon-musks-mysterious-ad-astra-school/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/what-we-know-about-elon-musks-mysterious-ad-astra-school/#respond Wed, 15 Sep 2021 09:38:15 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589169 [imagesource:here]

Elon Musk let slip in 2014 that he had started his own private school, which he initiated mostly for his six children.

Musk went to school here in South Africa, where it’s reported that he was bullied so much he described the experience as “torture.

So he probably doesn’t want the same fate for his children, including twins Griffin and Xavier, and triplets Damian, Saxon, and Kai.

Don’t forget little X AE A-XII Musk (don’t ask me how to pronounce that), born in May 2020, and the result of his relationship with Grimes. The three of them are pictured above.

The bullying, along with his eccentric nature, unconventional ideas, and a deep loathing for the American education system, helped him decide to found his own school with his own methodology, reports Entrepreneur.

Thus, Ad Astra was born, meaning ‘towards the stars’ in Latin.

It is described as an “exclusive”, “mysterious”, “innovative”, and “disruptive” school that has its own system and is populated by a select few students besides Musk’s children.

Before the school, located at the SpaceX facility in California, launched, the logo and email address appeared on the website:

Image: Ad Astra School

But now when you visit the website all you see is a grey background with one line: “This site is currently private. If you’re the owner or contributor, log in.”

The educational model:

In 2015. Musk spoke about Ad Astra, explaining that the educational model would be skills-oriented and have goals like:

  • Be an alternative to the age segregation model. Musk says that separating children by age does not make sense for education, because students have different interests and abilities that are independent of how old they are.
  • Focus on problem-solving. Instead of giving children ‘tools’ in a vacuum, they should be taught how to solve problems.
  • Gamification. The tycoon pointed out that he does not have to “encourage his children to play” since education through games is something natural for children.

Unlike regular schools, these kids – aged seven to 14 –  aren’t put into grades, and instead learn in teams.

They do get marked for their work, but the lucky buggers don’t receive letter grades at the end of the semester.

This is because, as Musk explained back in the day, the school isn’t treated as an “assembly line”.

Instead, the educational model is based not on qualifying students but on looking for and honing their skills and abilities.

The curriculum:

So you’re probably thinking that Ad Astra’s curriculum isn’t like a traditional school, either.

You’re right – it’s definitely not:

“The philosophy of the school is experimental, it is not based on a curriculum. Musk decided that he wanted to educate his children and a small group of children that way. It is something that he developed, it is his idea, it is not a traditional school ,” Musk said…

At Ad Astra, students study subjects like Artificial Intelligence, applied science (AKA blowing shit up), coding, and design, mainly for robots.

Not included in the curriculum are subjects like sports, music, and foreign languages due to Musk’s personal philosophy that real-time translation software will soon make the latter obsolete.

The students:

According to the BBC, the school had 40 students in 2018:

“It was said at some point that Ad Astra was for the children of SpaceX employees , but it is not clear which workers are being offered the offer, or to how many or under what conditions,” [Author Christina] Simon said.

“It is not known exactly who these children are ,” he added.

Someone from the BBC visited in 2018, verifying that the place exists, but wasn’t allowed to reveal many details of the program:

Among the discoveries they were able to reveal is that children do not have to pass an IQ test to be admitted.

In reality, potential students visit the school and interact with the staff, who discuss whether the little ones will be able to enjoy and take advantage of the Ad Astra educational model.

As for the possibility of an Ad Astra university?

Well, Musk seems to consider a university education wholly unimportant:

“I think college is basically a place to have fun and show that you can do your homework, but that’s not for learning ,” Musk said in December 2020.

So no university, then.

I bet tuition isn’t cheap.

[source:entrepreneur]

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Actually, The Real Fun Goes Down At The Met Gala After-Parties [Images] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/actually-the-real-fun-goes-down-at-the-met-gala-after-parties-images/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/actually-the-real-fun-goes-down-at-the-met-gala-after-parties-images/#respond Wed, 15 Sep 2021 08:55:40 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589309 [imagesource: Nina Westervelt for The New York Times]

The Met Gala saw some interesting looks this year, to put it mildly, with celebs dressed to the nines for the theme “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”.

It looked like a riot, but the red carpet was really just a warm-up for the real shenanigans that were bound to happen later that evening.

So far I’ve been able to count six after-parties with star-studded attendees in multiple outfit changes.

Let’s dive right in because heck, all the celebs sure did.

There was designer LaQuan Smith’s carnivalesque party under the Kosciuszko Bridge, per The New York Times:

Smith channelled the bacchanal spirit of Alexander Wang and hosted a carnival-esque party under the Kosciuszko Bridge, complete with cupcake stations, a vegan burger food truck and THC-infused shrimp cocktails.

ASAP Ferg performed under one of the bridge’s soaring piers.

The image above shows some partygoers living their best life at this party.

Apparently, Smith (below left) arrived quite late to his own party, at around 1AM, as one does:

Image: Nina Westervelt for The New York Times

Somewhere else in Brooklyn, Pyer Moss hosted at Junior’s on Flatbush Avenue for his own after-party, which looked as though some wild-abandon was taking place.

Then there was Alicia Keys’ after-party, per E!Online, that had guests like Michael Jordan and his wife Yvette Prieto, as well as someone slightly unexpected:

Image: Sara Jaye Weiss/Shutterstock

Yeah, that’s Elon Musk, not partying with his partner Grimes who was probably elsewhere looking extraterrestrial.

But the hottest party of them all had to have been with Rihanna’s at Davide, nightlife mogul Rickie Akvia’s new spot.

Here’s Cara Delevingne, A$AP Rocky, Riri herself, and Akiva together at the shindig:

Image: Matteo Prandoni/BFA.com

Vogue below:

Between the buzzy crowd dressed to the nines, the mob of people eager to say the right name at the door, and lack of central air condition, it’s hard to pinpoint what exactly made Rihanna’s annual afterparty so hot this year.

The party came decked out with feathery pampas, a Fenty pink American flag, and so many big names:

Hot couples like Yasmin Wijnaldum and Thomas Doherty; Talita von Furstenberg and Rocco Brignone; Ella Emhoff and GQ’s Samuel Hine, mingled with bachelors like Brandon Lee Thomas and Victor Cruz.

Other celeb sightings include Mary J. Blige, Cara Delevingne, Hunter Schaeffer, Naomi Osaka, Alton Mason, Sza, Lili Reinhart, Teyana Taylor, Megan Rapinoe, Rosalía, Tommy Dorfman, and Vogue cover star, Lorde.

Lil Nas X also showed up at around 1AM, this time stripped down even more:

Image: Matteo Prandoni/BFA.com

Check out more from Riri’s party here.

Those who weren’t partying it up with Rihanna must have been at The Standard Hotel club’s Boom Boom Room.

Julia Garner is seen getting a side squeeze from Timothée Chalamet, who was one of the hosts at the main Met Gala event:

Image: Krista Schlueter for The New York Times

Billie Eilish made an appearance, adding to the number of notably young folks attending this year’s parties:

Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly, fresh out that tussle with UFC fighter Conor McGregor at the MTV Video Music Awards, came out looking as hot as ever:

Image: Diggzy_Jesal_Shutterstock

Oh look, Darth Vader came.

No, sorry, it’s just Kim Kardashian:

Image: T.JACKSON _ BACKGRID

Honestly, the look is so anti-social. How she is supposed to move around and talk to people looking like that is beyond me.

Kendall Jenner seems to have gotten it right throughout the night, changing from that gorgeous nude Givenchy gown to a ravishing red mini dress for the after-party:

Image: Diggzy_Jesal_Shutterstock

Seems like Kim Petras brought some friends:

Image: Krista Schlueter for The New York Times

Fun times.

For more, head over here, here, or here.

[sources:newyorktimes&e!online&vogue]

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Vaccine Rules For Ballito Rage 2021 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/vaccine-rules-for-ballito-rage-2021/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/vaccine-rules-for-ballito-rage-2021/#respond Wed, 15 Sep 2021 07:45:56 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589302 [imagesource: Gallo Images / The Times / Moeletsi Mabe]

Ballito, get ready to jol.

Only if you’ve got the jab, though.

When Plett Rage organisers announced rules for its event back in August, there was some pushback on the fact that attendees would need to show proof of being vaccinated.

In order to ensure the event went ahead, organisers have also split Plett festivities into two separate four-day events, with limited tickets sold for each.

The first party, ‘Weekend 1’, will be from December 3 to December 6, and the second, ‘Weekend 2’, will run from December 8 to December 11.

G&G Productions, the organiser of Ballito Rage, which will run from November 30 to December 5, has announced that it has also adopted a strict no vax, no entry policy.

Here’s TimesLIVE:

The production company said all attendees will be required to show proof of their government-approved Covid-19 vaccination certificate, which the organisers will verify through the department of health’s EVDS health passport.

Attendees will also have to undergo rapid antigen tests on the first, third and final day of the five-day festival.

After the super-spreader disaster that was Ballito Rage 2020, G&G Productions CEO Greg Walsh is well aware that in order to get the green light to go ahead, strict safety measures need to be put in place.

Walsh said on Tuesday the organisers intended to to use the festival as “a vehicle for positive mindset change and encourage young people to do the right thing and get vaccinated”.

“All staff and attendees will be required to be fully vaccinated, and everyone will be regularly tested. With these strict measures in place, we hope our young Rage fans will be able to enjoy an amazing, safe experience with us this December.”

I do feel for those who aren’t yet 18 by the end of the year but have finished schooling. Their biggest worry would usually be trying to sneak past the bouncers and into the party, but under-18s are still ineligible for the vaccine in South Africa.

For the rest – it’s your choice not to get the vaccine. If you make that choice, you then deal with the consequences.

In the event that the event is cancelled, a 90% refund will apply to all ticket holders.

The same goes for anybody who tests positive for COVID-19, explains Walsh:

“We want to send a clear message: if you have Covid-19, do not come. We will refund you. We’re going to pick it up when you arrive anyway so do the right thing and isolate.”

…“A report issued by the NICD found at least two people had come to the festival in 2020 having recently tested positive for Covid-19 and had given false information in their daily screening to the organisers. The 2021 testing strategy will ensure this is not possible.”

These Rage parties have come a long, long way from what they were back in the day.

We’re all out of touch, so here’s a look at the Ballito Rage 2019 ‘official aftermovie’:

[source:timeslive]

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Good News For South Africans Worried About UK’s ‘Red List’ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/good-news-for-south-africans-worried-about-uks-red-list/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/good-news-for-south-africans-worried-about-uks-red-list/#respond Wed, 15 Sep 2021 07:10:29 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589281 [imagesource: Getty Images]

There are some possible changes coming to the red, amber, and green lists on the UK’s “traffic light” system.

The red list, as you may well know, was introduced to help protect the UK people coming in and out of high COVID-19 risk countries, especially ones with virus variants.

Anyone wanting to touch down in the UK is currently being hit with a whopping quarantine hotel bill.

South Africa has been on the red list since the system was introduced in May and our tourism industry has suffered greatly. A loss of R26 million every day, to be exact.

Suffice to say, we have tried to knock our position on the red list off with a petition to the UK government, but that hasn’t worked out so well yet.

Nonetheless, there is still hope.

The Telegraph made a quick announcement that the UK government would be updating the rules for international travel soon:

COVID-19 data analyst, Tim White, has predicted that 12 countries popular with British travellers could be promoted to the amber list, removing the mandatory hotel quarantine requirement.

Among them are Turkey and the key winter sun destinations of South Africa and the Maldives.

All three countries are currently reporting COVID-19 rates significantly lower than the UK’s and are accepting British travellers.

Likewise, The Independent mentioned how the changes to the red list appear to be scheduled for tomorrow (September 16).

They also reference the expertise of White, who tweets as @TWMCLtd:

A dozen high-profile countries – all with either a big population or very popular with British travellers, or both – should be removed, thinks White.

These are: Argentina, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Kenya, Maldives, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Turkey.

Meanwhile, the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (Satsa), the advocacy body for inbound travel into the country, representing over 1 300 businesses in the sector, is hard at work.

The body is understandably keen to see South Africa moved to the amber list, per Moneyweb:

The association has heightened its call for SA to be removed from the UK’s red list amid declining COVID-19 numbers locally, which saw the country moving to the lower lockdown alert Level 2 on Monday.

Satsa CEO David Frost made the point that “long after the threat from the pandemic fades, memories of Britain’s duplicity will endure,” adding later that their response is not rooted in any form of science.

The tourism body asserts that South Africa has made huge strides in managing the virus.

That is echoed by some in the UK:

In a joint statement, British politicians Ben Bradshaw MP, Lord Oates, and Baroness Chalker said:

“The evidence clearly points to South Africa being removed from the red list.

If the UK Government wants to retain the integrity of its traffic light system, it must reward countries which empirically demonstrate they are safe by granting them amber status.”

Good to hear.

One more day to see how this will pan out, then.

[sources:independent&thetelegraph&moneyweb]

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DA Thought There Was Something Fishy About This Robbery At Cape Town Office [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/da-thought-there-was-something-fishy-about-this-robbery-at-cape-town-office-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/da-thought-there-was-something-fishy-about-this-robbery-at-cape-town-office-video/#respond Wed, 15 Sep 2021 06:35:06 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589291 [imagesource: YouTube / News24]

On Monday, at around 2:30PM, armed men robbed a courier truck parked outside the Democratic Alliance’s offices in Mill Street, Cape Town.

You know the one, close to Gardens Centre and just below the FNB.

Sadly, there’s nothing special about a daylight armed robbery in this country, but it’s what was taken that had the DA crying foul.

News24 reports that three men have now been arrested for allegedly stealing “sealed boxes initially believed to have contained confidential documents”.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi said the men fled the scene in a VW Polo, but were later caught by members of the Flying Squad in Heideveld:

DA MP Mat Cuthbert initially claimed the stolen boxes contained documents the party had been waiting for from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), relating to a service provider it had apparently contracted for advice on how to distribute Covid-19 relief.

When describing the robbery earlier in the day, Cuthbert likened it “to a James Bond movie scene” and stated that “four gunmen intercepted the delivery and made off with the USB drive’’.

Cuthbert subsequently retracted his statement, saying he had made a mistake and should have made certain of all the facts before issuing the statement.

He then clarified that the DA had the documents from the NLC. It’s not yet known what was in the stolen boxes.

At least Cuthbert didn’t make a joke about how the National Lotteries Commission’s name is too long and too difficult to pronounce.

This footage was shared:

It’s mad that people are just casually strolling past, blissfully unaware there’s a robbery going on.

Makes me wonder how many times I’ve walked past a live crime scene none the wiser.

DA Federal chairperson Helen Zille also weighed in:

“My understanding was that the robbery happened; Mat was expecting a memory stick to be delivered.

“There was a misunderstanding as to whether it had been or not, and the conclusion was reached by those involved that it had not been. Then very large boxes were delivered to the DA that had nothing to do with us. Finally, a person established that the memory stick had in fact been delivered, and transferred them to Mat Cuthbert.”

Sounds like people were very quick to jump to conclusions before they had all the facts.

[source:news24]

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Wednesday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/wednesday-morning-spice-543/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/wednesday-morning-spice-543/#respond Wed, 15 Sep 2021 05:48:30 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589173 [imagesource: Reuters / David Becker / Files]

Woodward/Costa Book: Worried Trump Could ‘Go Rogue,’ Milley Took Secret Action To Protect Nuclear Weapons – Milley, deeply shaken by the assault, ‘was certain that Trump had gone into a serious mental decline in the aftermath of the election, with Trump now all but manic, screaming at officials and constructing his own alternate reality.’ [cnn]

Wikipedia Group Appoints CEO Of South African Non-Profit As New Boss – Planned Parenthood veteran Maryana Iskander will become the new chief executive officer of the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit behind Wikipedia. [fin24]

Sahpra Finds No Link Between Reported Deaths And The Covid-19 Vaccine – The regulator and the National Immunisation Safety Expert Committee said 40 reports of deaths after receiving the vaccine have been investigated and 46 are still under investigation. [timeslive]

Jury Weighing Fate Of Robert Durst After Long Murder Trial –  A Los Angeles jury began deliberating Tuesday in the lengthy murder trial of New York real estate heir Robert Durst after a prosecutor described him as a “narcissistic psychopath”. [ap]

El Chapo: Safehouse Of Mexican Drug Kingpin To Be Given Away As Lottery Prize – Surveillance cameras that covered every angle of the modest home’s exterior have been removed as well as a hole under a bathtub that the drug lord slipped through. [sky]

Putin In Isolation After COVID Cracks His Elaborate Self-Preservation ‘Bunker’ – The Russian leader announced that he will self-isolate due to COVID infections within his inner circle, with his spokesman quickly reassuring that he is “absolutely healthy.” [dbeast]

Giuliani Denies Being Drunk In 9/11 Speech Where He Did Impression Of The Queen, Said He Had 1 Whisky – He insisted that the last time he was drunk was in college, and that now he drinks only “moderate amounts of scotch.” [businsider]

Here’s What The Reconstructed Face Of A 50-000-Year-Old Neanderthal Looks Like – It all started when a piece of his skull was dredged up from the North Sea. [mashable]

Prince Andrew’s Legal Strategy Turned On Its Head After Hollywood Lawyer Intervenes – Plan to ‘stonewall’ proceedings into sexual assault case would do Duke of York no favours, according to new lawyer Andrew Brettler. [telegraph]

Hushpuppi – The Instagram Influencer And International Fraudster – Ramon Abbas – known to his 2.5 million Instagram followers as Hushpuppi – is considered by the FBI to be one of the world’s most high-profile fraudsters. [bbc]

The Greatest Shoal On Earth: Scientists Discover Why Sardines Run – It’s sometimes called the ‘Greatest Shoal on Earth’, and for good reason with hundreds of millions of small fish moving around in giant bands causing a feeding frenzy wherever they go. [dailymav]

Nick Hudson And PANDA Are Wrong. Believing Them Is Deadly– Most people don’t have the time to understand the complex details of how Covid vaccines work and how we know they are safe. [groundup]

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Steph Gilmore Falls Short In Record Surf Title Bid As Shark Halts Men’s WSL Final – “A shark has breached the side of the line-up and it’s about six to eight foot so we’re going to search the line-up and make sure it’s gone,” WSL’s Jessie Miley-Dyer said. [guardian]

Scientists Want To Build Mars Bases Out Of Human Blood – Humans are a “significant, but chronically overlooked, source of natural resources” for Mars missions, according to a new study. [vice]

Norm Macdonald Dies: Influential Comedian & Former ‘SNL’ Weekend Update Anchor Was 61 – Macdonald had been battling cancer for nearly a decade but was determined to keep his health struggles private, away from family, friends and fans. [deadline]

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Dating Sites, Webcam Chats, Or Smartphone Applications – What To Choose? https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/dating-sites-webcam-chats-or-smartphone-applications-what-to-choose/ Wed, 15 Sep 2021 04:30:14 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589789 [imagesource: PM Images | Getty Images]

Many of you probably remember the times when the only way to make new friends or find a soulmate was to meet in person. Yes, this had its own romantic charm, no doubt about it. But still the chances of success often remained low. After all, people usually socialised either within a group, or in the company of old friends. Random acquaintances remained a rarity. And in fact, usually the person was part of a rather narrow circle of potential acquaintances, which was almost impossible to get away from.

We’re now living in the internet age. The World Wide Web has effectively erased borders between countries and reduced distances to nothing. We can meet and communicate with people from almost anywhere in the world. And there is absolutely no attachment to a friend base, city or wider social group anymore. You’re free! The main thing is to learn how to use this freedom correctly.

There are three main ways to find new friends or a soulmate through the Internet:

  1. Classic dating sites
  2. Mobile dating applications
  3. Random cam chats

If the first two types of platform are similar, then webcam chats differ significantly from them in many ways. So we’re going to take a closer look at all three types of dating platforms, and identify their advantages and capabilities for the average Internet user.

Dating websites

We believe there’s no great need to describe in detail what dating sites are, how they work and what opportunities they open to users. The first such sites began to appear in the mid-nineties. Today it’s difficult to find anyone who has never used a dating site in their life.

Among the leaders in this segment are POF, OcKupid, Match.com and a few other platforms. These are classic dating sites familiar to most. Some of them allow searching for potential partners by interest, others by location, and still others use unique algorithms developed exclusively for that specific site.

Overall, dating sites are proven classics. They’re suitable for more conservative people who are ready to devote a lot of time to finding a soulmate, and those who approach the process very seriously.

Dating apps for smartphones

It would seem that we’re talking about the same dating sites, only “packaged” into mobile applications. But that’s not so. With the development of mobile gadgets, the possibilities for Internet dating have expanded significantly. We can name several major benefits of using apps rather than websites:

  1. You’re not tied to a computer or laptop. It’s not always possible to devote a few hours a day to looking at a dating site on your computer. And your smartphone is always at hand — you can use the application almost anytime and anywhere.
  2. Apps give more privacy. There will be times when your computer remains unattended. Your smartphone is always with you. And even if you leave it for a while, others will not be able to use it if a password, fingerprint or face lock is set. Outsiders will not be able to go to your profile, read your messages, etc.
  3. Apps are just more convenient. Their functionality is usually completely identical to the desktop version, but it is easier and more convenient to use them. Perhaps the classic dating websites will soon be a thing of the past. Now everything is an app.

There are a lot of different dating apps on the web — Badoo, Tinder, Teamo and others. The principles of how they work, as in the case of dating sites, are different. Some focus on finding potential partners by location, while others are based on mutual attraction, some are based on common interests, and so on.

In general, dating sites and applications can be combined. For example, at home, use the web version to view user profiles and photos on the big screen. And the rest of the time, keep the app at hand so as not to miss messages, see updates in the accounts of users you’re interested in and always be able to go to your favorite platform.

Live cam chats

While the difference between dating sites and apps is usually not so large, cam chats are a completely different format. They take a different approach to communication, finding new friends and maybe meeting a potential mate. But how exactly do webcam chats differ from dating sites and what are their main advantages?

  1. Saving time. One of the main disadvantages of dating sites is that they take a lot of time to register, fill out a profile, find a potential match, etc. In live cam chats, everything is much simpler and faster. A few settings and you’re chatting with a random stranger.
  2. Anonymity and confidentiality. Almost all modern webcam chat services are completely anonymous and confidential. They do not collect or store any user data, or transfer it to third parties. And some random cam chats even offer a mode for increased anonymity, when your face is hidden from the interlocutor by an AR-mask.
  3. Huge selection of chat partners. There can be tens of thousands of people from different countries around the world in the popular cam to cam chats at the same time. And your next chat partner could be any of them. Believe me, you’ll definitely not have a lack of communication here. Video searches and connections are usually very fast. Even with specific search settings.
  4. Easy to learn and use. There are no complicated settings in cam to cam chats, so you do not need to spend an entire evening to understand all the intricacies and fill your profile with large amounts of data. Everything is as simple as possible. A few clicks — and you have an interesting new chat partner. Although it is worth noting that there are more complex cam chats with advanced settings. But even with those, there are usually no difficulties.
  5. The best alternative to live communication. When communicating in cam chat, you see the other person, hear their voice, evaluate their manner of communication, gestures and so on. No text messaging on a dating site can provide the same interaction. Of course, video communication is not 100% capable of replacing live communication with a person, but it is still the best alternative.

We have dozens of anonymous cam chat sites at our disposal with a huge number of interesting and useful functions. Among the most popular are chatrandom.com, coomeet.com/camchat, shagle.com and others. Here you can find new chat partners every day, chat on a variety of topics, arrange an offline meeting and take communication to a completely new level. So why not give it a try today?

Outcomes

We believe that any format of communication on the Internet has a right to exist. Even regular email correspondence can give rise to a romantic relationship. The question is — how convenient is it? 

If you don’t know which online dating format is right for you, try different options, evaluate all the advantages and disadvantages of different sites, choose the best ones and use them with pleasure. To increase your chances of success, we recommend combining dating sites, apps and web cam chats. You won’t regret it!

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How Bet365 Encourages Responsible Online Betting https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/15/how-bet365-encourages-responsible-online-betting/ Wed, 15 Sep 2021 03:47:55 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589793 Bet365 offers an incredible range of opportunities that bettors whether they are starting or seasoned can enjoy endless fun. Bet365 live stream, one of the most attractive interfaces allows players to get the best part of the action while mobile bet365 allows bettors to follow the action while on the move. Bet365 Hungary rates among the top 5 betting apps in the country for its comprehensive sports coverage and incentives. Check out for bet365 bónuszkód 2021 and experience superior betting where players are incentivized for their participation and selecting the bet365link.

Bet365 is not just known for the above-mentioned offers but also for the role they play in ensuring their players do not get into trouble with betting. Scrutiny of the bookmaker will reveal they have a dedicated page where they teach the website user how to bet responsibly. In the reviews which have been done by various experts, the site has been commended for this initiative and others have been asked to follow suit, not just as a fulfillment of a legal requirement but as a responsibility to the player. Here we explore the tools that Bet365 has provided in aiding its players to bet responsibly.

Gambling responsibly

Bet365 recognizes that betting is for everyone; however, those who may feel that they have a problem should seek assistance or do a self-evaluation to address the real issues. Given betting responsible, the betting site offers the following tips.

  • Players ought to view online betting as entertainment and not as a source of income
  • Given that betting is a game of chances, where one can win or lose, bet when you can afford to lose
  • A bettor should not at any time chase his or her losses as this is where most of the problems start
  • Check the amount that you spend playing, it should be set at a certain threshold based on your budget
  • Keep a balance; betting should only take a part of your time. Give other activities the attention they deserve
  • Never gamble continuously, take regular breaks as it is possible to lost track of time and perspective
  • Avoid betting when you are drunk, upset, or depressed, this can lead to poor decision making
  • Keep track of the amount of money that you are spending on bets 
  • Have a good understanding of how the betting products works
  • If you find yourself in a problem, talk to somebody or seek assistance from the betting problem support community

How do you recognize you have a betting problem?

In their advice to the players, Bet 365 challenges them to play responsibly and if anyone experiences a betting problem, they should seek assistance. The site has offered a set of questions that can help players know whether they have a betting problem. Some of the questions that one needs to ask to revolve around the following areas:

  • Feeling guilty about the amount spent on betting
  • Feeling of excitement when betting with large amounts
  • Difficulty in stopping after a loss
  • Whether gambling has put a player in a financial problem
  • Whether betting negatively affects the player relationships, health, and other personal matters
  • Or whether one generally feels he or she might be having a betting problem.

For those who answer the above questions in the affirmative, the betting site has a customer service team that is trained in dealing with problem betting issues. This is a sign that they are not about money, they also care for their players and would like to help them out of the betting problems.

Limiting betting

The site is not just dealing with those who have problems with betting, they have provided some useful tools that ensure that players do not reach levels where they are seeking assistance out of their excessive gambling. Players can use these tools to check their gambling.

Deposit limits

The amount deposited in a site should be in line with the set budget. Players can use this tool to manage how much they spend. Bet365 allows players to set their deposits based on time and they have made it in a way that any increase will have to wait for 24 hours to be implemented but decreases in the deposit limits apply immediately.

This means that a player who would like to decrease the amount he or she deposits in the site can change immediately but an increase that has been identified as a source of problems with betting cannot be instituted immediately. One has to wait for at least 24 hours. This is a cooling-off period where one is given a chance to re-think the increase. It protects the player from making hasty decisions.

Reality checks

This is a tool that Bet365 has provided to help those who may be spending long hours betting. Alerts can be set as a reminder of the duration that one has been gambling. Just like deposit limits, changes can be made to the number of alerts received. To get a few alerts the change is not effected immediately but for more signals application is immediate. This ensures that those who may have changed the reality check tool have time to rethink their activities and ensure it is in their best interest.

Other tools that players can use to ensure they bet responsibly include a budget calculator, time tracking, time-out, self-exclusion, and gambling blocks. By offering these tools bet365 have played their part in ensuring that users bet responsibly. Any bookmaker that is worth its name ought to have taken an initiative to encourage people to bet responsibly. It should not all be about making money, bookmakers also need to think about their customers.

They should be protected from engaging in excessive gambling as it can be detrimental to their health and financial positions. A warning on the dangers of excessive betting is not enough, bookmakers ought to go a step further, offer tips on how players can bet responsibly, and also guide those who may be experienced addiction. Bet365 scores highly on this end.

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Cape Town’s Illegal Nightclubs Under The Microscope https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/14/cape-towns-illegal-nightclubs-under-the-microscope/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/14/cape-towns-illegal-nightclubs-under-the-microscope/#respond Tue, 14 Sep 2021 13:45:08 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589208 [imagesource: Catalina Kulczar]

Last week, a young woman shared a harrowing story of an alleged rape on Instagram.

At the same time, she also revealed that there have been secret, illegal parties taking place in Cape Town during lockdown.

The post was made anonymously to an account seemingly set up exclusively for the story, @speakingoutforall.

The woman claims she was raped within 10 minutes of being alone in an underground nightclub in Woodstock.

The post reveals two locations with addresses, one of which is City Club, which she says has been hosting parties between 10PM and 4AM.

Before the lockdown level 2 announcement this past Sunday, these were the exact curfew hours, which meant that these parties were operating outside of the law.

This fact has made it quite difficult for the young woman to seek help, as she explains extensively in the Instagram post:

“Illegal parties will not phone the police if anything no happens. And illegal parties will attract a crowd that attend these events, premised on the rejection of laws, thinking that the nature of the party means they too can ignore the law.”

Read the full post by scrolling through the screenshots below:

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by @speakingoutforall

One of the comments on the post says:

“A rape victim does not choose to be raped and those that do think it is their fault are rape apologists that should be held accountable for their accusations. These situations happen way too often – the lack of protection and support there is for women to be safe is disgraceful.”

Now, per IOL, police are investigating the rape allegation, and also focusing attention on illegal clubs operating during curfew hours.

There is a special focus on the two addresses mentioned in the post.

This has been confirmed by Western Cape police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa, via CapeTalk:

A rape case has since been opened at Woodstock Police Station and it is currently under investigation.

A manager at one of the clubs has also been fined for transgressing the Disaster Management Act regulations:

He made an admission of guilt and alcohol was confiscated from the establishment.

CapeTalk’s Refilwe Moloto spoke with Potelwa yesterday regarding the case:

[sources:iol&capetalk]

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Why Vitamin D Is So Crucial To Keeping Us Happy https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/14/why-vitamin-d-is-so-crucial-to-keeping-us-happy/ Tue, 14 Sep 2021 13:35:20 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588686 [imagesource:here]

We’ve all felt sick, sluggish, or down, and had someone tell us to go outside and catch some rays.

Fair enough, because being exposed to the sun can give you that delicious dose of the “sunshine vitamin” which floods your system and helps your body fight infection.

But getting this essential Vitamin D3 is not that simple for those two who live their lives in front of the computer, or cooped in an office, or at home, giving us less quality time with the sun.

Then again, the sun’s ability to damage just as much as it can give is also off-putting.

Being more conscious about protective sunscreen application is why natural levels of this super nutrient can end up declining in our bodies.

Nobody is saying you should trade in sun protection for pure sun exposure, however, because it is crucial to keep sun-safe while also ensuring your Vitamin D3 is at an optimal level.

Vitamin D affects pretty much every system in the body as it is a hormone precursor, meaning it’s a signal to regulate a host of inner functions.

If you’re not getting enough and running on empty, you’ll feel tired, sluggish, struggle to sleep, and even start to gain weight.

This isn’t exactly a licence to lie in the sun for hours, but rather motivation to treat the issue from the inside out.

While Vitamin D3 gets produced in your skin in response to sunlight, it’s also equally attainable as a fat-soluble nutrient from food like egg yolks, oily fish, and red meat.

Either way, if you’re not getting all the Vitamin D3 that you need, then getting a blood diagnostic analysis can be the first step to getting things back on track.

Skin Renewal is just the place to do this. A medical aesthetic doctor can adequately determine imbalances not only in your vitamin levels but also in your hormones, minerals, and nutraceuticals, too.

Once the lab work is done, your doctor can investigate the results, and prescribe supplements if there’s anything, like Vitamin D3, that needs a top-up.

Taking oral high potency Vitamin D3 has many advantages, like the immune system and antioxidant support, keeping your bones strong, and making sure your heart and brain stay healthy.

There’s also the added benefit of reducing inflammation in the body and boosting your immune system.

Now more than ever, extra support is needed for our immunity.

That’s why thinking about supplementing with Vitamin D3 as part of your overall vitality is an advisable first step.

To check your Vitamin D3 levels, make an appointment with one of the doctors at Skin Renewal.

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What To Expect From South Africa’s COVID-19 Fourth Wave https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/14/what-to-expect-from-south-africas-covid-19-fourth-wave/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/14/what-to-expect-from-south-africas-covid-19-fourth-wave/#respond Tue, 14 Sep 2021 13:22:31 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589140 [imagesource: Matthias Balk/picture alliance via Getty Images]

Day 537 of living under some form of lockdown here in South Africa.

Pretty tiring, isn’t it?

Just be grateful you’re not one of the doctors battling to save lives inside a high care unit, while begging South Africans to get vaccinated so that you may be spared another day of harrowing trauma.

Perhaps take a moment to think about what they’re sacrificing every day before you forward on that unverified article because you think it’s ‘interesting’.

Our third wave is slowly subsiding, which means a drop to alert level 2, announced by President Ramaphosa on Sunday.

It would be nice to enjoy a reprieve from thinking about a fourth wave just yet, but experts have warned the threat is very real.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s professor Mosa Moshabela has stated that the upcoming election (November 1) could lead to a surge in cases.

In addition, reports BusinessTech, a team of medical experts at Wits University has been mapping out various scenarios.

They say it’s tough to pin down when the fourth wave will arrive:

“We are guessing any time from October/November, because it seems to be following a cyclical pattern in many places, every six months, here and elsewhere. But the surges in different places, even between South African provinces, vary widely, with the peaks differing by two to three months, as well as in severity…

“So, wait and see and be prepared. In highly vaccinated countries, almost all the deaths are in unvaccinated people, which is why South Africa should single-mindedly focus on this.”

If another variant emerges which proves to be as transmissible as the Delta variant, expect a far greater surge in case numbers.

The team of experts says it’s likely that we will see a noticeable wave before the virus continues to circulate indefinitely in a series of smaller waves.

The end game is simple:

The specialists said that in summary, it’s a race: you get the virus or you get the vaccine.

“If you gamble on the virus, as some anti-vaxxers will, you put yourself and others at risk of all the Covid-19 consequences, and if lucky, will survive and be immune.

“You will also put others at risk, even if your own infection remains without symptoms or runs a mild course. If you get the vaccine, you fast-track your immunity at a far lower risk of illness.”

It remains a choice not to get the vaccine.

You will have to live with the consequences of that choice, though, like being denied entrance to sporting events and other live shows, and restrictions being placed on your international travel.

Answering questions from The Conversation, Michelle Groome, Harry Moultrie, and Adrian Puren, all at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), also cast an eye forward to what we can expect next:

Differential vaccine coverage at a provincial, district, sub-district and ward level is also going to have an impact on the epidemiological patterns in the months to come. Communities with high vaccine coverage rates are likely to see lower case numbers, hospitalisations and deaths related to COVID-19 compared to those with poor vaccine coverage.

Even with slightly lower efficacy of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccines currently in use against the pervading variants of concern, there will be a dramatic reduction in severe COVID-19 disease as a result of the national vaccine rollout…

Moving forward, how we interpret the daily case numbers and deaths will change. Waves will likely be less distinct as a result of drivers acting on multiple timescales.

In that sense, the ‘fourth wave’ could be our final wave.

The NICD says that we will need to “accept that surges will occur, new variants will appear and booster shots will be needed”.

Much like how people get a flu jab each year, so too may we need booster shots to protect against COVID-19.

In essence, we should get used to living with this virus for some time to come, and take the necessary steps to mitigate the risks it brings.

[sources:bustech&conversation]

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Conor McGregor Lost The Plot At The MTV Video Music Awards [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/14/conor-mcgregor-lost-the-plot-at-the-mtv-video-music-awards-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/14/conor-mcgregor-lost-the-plot-at-the-mtv-video-music-awards-videos/#respond Tue, 14 Sep 2021 13:15:58 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589108 [imagesource: Shuttertstock]

Sunday night saw the MTV Video Music Awards taking place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Centre.

I really don’t care much for red carpet antics, whether it’s the VMAs or the Met Gala, but let’s take a quick look at Irish UFC fighter Conor McGregor throwing a hissy fit anyway.

Conor was in attendance with his fiancée Dee Devlin in order to give the ‘MTV Artist of the Year’ award to his pal, Justin Bieber.

As is his wont, the Irishman had to try and hog the limelight, becoming involved in a bizarre altercation with rapper Machine Gun Kelly (MGK).

Here’s Page Six:

A spy told Page Six they “got into a fight at the top of the carpet” and “had to be pulled apart.”

Photos show the UFC champ, 33, and “Bloody Valentine” singer, 31, being pulled apart by what looks like security after the scuffle broke out…

“They scuffled, then it settled down and Conor went for him again,” the source said, adding that the photographers “weren’t happy” and were “saying they were going to boycott Conor because they were worried MGK and Megan wouldn’t walk.”

A spy? Do you mean any one of the hundreds of people who were standing in close proximity?

Photographers wanted MGK to walk the red carpet with Megan Fox, as the two have a habit of putting on quite a show.

Video footage also showed Conor flinging a drink at the rapper:

It’s been claimed that Conor tried to approach MGK for a handshake and a photograph, but was denied by security, sparking the outburst:

When asked about the handbags, Conor called MGK a “vanilla boy rapper”:

The rapper chose to walk away from an interview when he was questioned:

Conor’s spokesperson has stated that he “did not ask anyone for a picture, nor did he instigate this incident”.

She also added that Conor “does not know Machine Gun Kelly, outside of the fact that he attended Conor’s fight this past July”.

We have now given this nonsense more time and respect than it deserves, and will end things here.

At least the Irishman has moved on from punching old men in bars.

[source:pagesix]

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Trevor Noah’s Stand-Up Comedy Tour Is Getting Great Reviews https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/14/trevor-noahs-stand-up-comedy-tour-is-getting-great-reviews/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/14/trevor-noahs-stand-up-comedy-tour-is-getting-great-reviews/#respond Tue, 14 Sep 2021 12:35:47 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589182 [imagesource: Twitter / Trevor Noah]

There was a time when Trevor Noah was immensely popular with South Africans.

His tours sold out, his DVDs were dished out for birthdays and Christmases, and people would rattle off jokes of his at braais to knowing nods of approval.

Since he headed to the US and started hosting The Daily Show, his popularity seems to have taken a knock, due in part to the fact that he offers political commentary that is unkind to Donald Trump, for example.

Now he’s off on a world tour, dubbed ‘Back to Abnormal’, and the early reviews from his UK dates are pretty damn good.

Some South Africans are also a little upset that his world tour doesn’t include a stop in South Africa, but that could still change.

The Guardian gave Noah four stars for his O2 Arena, London, show:

Noah uses his talent for accents to take us on a world tour, swapping his own South African inflection for English, American, Australian, French, German, Jamaican and more, as he fills the stage with characters…

A flawless performer, Noah skilfully speckles the set with sillier stuff too, including a nice bit about aliens deciding which areas of Earth to destroy, and acting out a T-rex attempting to don a mask….

He sometimes relies on cliche, but Noah is a master of classic stand-up and has mass appeal in the best possible way. Back to Abnormal squeezes much-needed laughs from a difficult 18 months.

That’s pretty glowing.

There have been questions regarding whether he should be touring during COVID-19. He would probably argue that in the UK, more than 48 million people have had a first vaccine dose (close to 90% of over-16s) and more than 43 million (80% of over-16s) have had both doses.

Even The Telegraph, which loves publishing think pieces decrying ‘woke culture’ and so on, was full of praise for his stand-up.

They also gave Trevor a four-star review, noting that he kept the crowd engaged throughout his entire two-hour set:

…on Friday the South African comic delivered a set palpably tailor-made for the occasion. A tight opening half-hour took in everything from his disappointment with punting in Cambridge to a peculiarly English strain of faux-pained apology, via more obvious big topics (the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, racist football fans)…

Image: Twitter / Trevor Noah

There are few comics who can hold a crowd this adeptly for a full two hours, not least in the O2 – a ghastly barn of a venue where even good jokes often fall flat.

He’s clearly doing something right.

South Africans were quick to pounce under this tweet, accusing Trevor of making jokes about former president Jacob Zuma, but not President Ramaphosa.

One really does offer far more material than the other, but perhaps in years to come, Trevor will expand and update his repertoire.

[sources:guardian&telegraph]

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Incredible Microscopic Photos From Nikon’s Small World Competition [Images] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/14/incredible-microscopic-photos-from-nikons-small-world-competition-images/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/14/incredible-microscopic-photos-from-nikons-small-world-competition-images/#respond Tue, 14 Sep 2021 11:50:37 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589119 [imagesource: Snowflake by Dr Joern N. Hopke]

Often when we talk about gaining perspective, we look outwards and upwards, to the stars, planets, and universe.

That viewpoint is important to help us realise how unimportant some things are in the greater scheme of things, making us step back and be in awe of the massive scale of life around us.

This perspective can also be found by looking downwards and inwards, in the small worlds of microscopic life that exists in every corner and on every surface around us.

Jupiter makes me feel tiny but seeing things smaller than me so close up, like that snowflake above, doesn’t necessarily make me feel big.

It just makes me feel like I am a part of so much more.

Anyway, I could ramble on all day with philosophies but we are actually here to see some incredible microscopic worlds from the 47th Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition.

The winning images have just been announced, and they could send you on a similar philosophical tangent.

The winner is Baylor College of Medicine’s Jason Kirk for this incredible photograph of trichomes and stomata on a southern live oak leaf, a universe on its own:

Image: Jason Kirk

Mashable has more about this winning image:

Stacking together 200 individual images of the leaf, Kirk used a custom-made microscope system and edited the colour temperature and hue in post-production. Those white tentacle looking things are trichomes (which protect the plant against extreme weather), the purple parts are the stomata (which regulate gases), and the bits in cyan are vessels (which guide water through the plant).

“The lighting side of it was complicated,” said Kirk in a press statement. “Microscope objectives are small and have a very shallow depth of focus. I couldn’t just stick a giant light next to the microscope and have the lighting be directional. It would be like trying to light the head of a pin with a light source that’s the size of your head. Nearly impossible.”

Second place was snaped up by Esmeralda Paric and Holly Stefen for their photograph of a microfluidic device filled with 300 000 networking neurons in two isolated populations.

It is beyond me what that means, but I am happy to just look:

Image: Esmeralda Paric And Holly Stefen

Frank Reiser won third place for his intimate portrait of a hog louse with its rear leg, claw, and respiratory trachea in full view:

Image: Frank Reiser

Then, in no particular order, are other images from the top 20.

Alison Pollack’s slime mould (Arcyria pomiformis) photograph is remarkable:

Image: Alison Pollack

Dr Amy Engevik captured a rather stunning cross-section of a mouse’s intestine:

Image: Dr Amy Engevik

Here we have Martin Kaae Kristiansen, whose photo of filamentous strands of Nostoc cyanobacteria inside a gelatinous matrix made heads turn:

Image: Martin Kaae Kristiansen

Jan van IJken spotted a water flea carrying embryos and peritrichs, which makes for an oddly cute subject if I don’t say so myself:

Image: Jan Van IJken

Lastly, we have a zoomed-in image of cotton fabric with pollen grains, captured by Dr Felice Placenti:

Image: Dr Felice Placenti

The competition also gave awards for videos of microscopic life in action, with first place going to Fabian J. Weston for his video of microfauna in a termite gut.

You can check that out here, among many more photographs and videos of minuscule worlds.

[source:mashable]

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Could Jake Gyllenhaal’s Latest Role Finally Land Him That Oscar? [Trailer] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/14/could-jake-gyllenhaals-latest-role-finally-land-him-that-oscar-trailer/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/14/could-jake-gyllenhaals-latest-role-finally-land-him-that-oscar-trailer/#respond Tue, 14 Sep 2021 10:40:14 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589157 [imagesource: Netflix]

Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal has been given the opportunity to command almost all the screentime in Netflix’s new thriller, The Guilty.

In the past, Gyllenhaal has more than proven his range by taking on roles that are challenging in different ways.

Think about his stellar performances in Brokeback MountainZodiac, and Nightcrawler, all of which reveal different facets of his acting ability.

So it is no surprise that his next performance is compelling and complex enough to take the audience on an emotional rollercoaster.

In fact, it could result in one of his best performances yet, reports Collider.

Antoine Fuqua is directing from a screenplay by True Detective series creator Nic Pizzolatto, with the film based on Gustav Moller’s acclaimed 2018 Danish drama, Den Skyldige.

Here’s the basic premise via Deadline:

The film takes place over the course of a single morning in a 911 dispatch call centre.

Call operator Joe Baylor (Gyllenhaal) tries to save a caller in grave danger—but he soon discovers that nothing is as it seems, and facing the truth is the only way out.

Acting alongside voices on the other end of the phone (by Ethan Hawke, Riley Keough, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph), Gyllenhaal is almost always the only face we see on screen, besides the other 911 operators in the building.

Take it away, Gyllenhaal:

The Guilty will be released on Netflix on September 24.

[source:deadline&collider]

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Quick-Change Artist Léa Kyle Does It Again On ‘America’s Got Talent’ [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/14/quick-change-artist-lea-kyle-does-it-again-on-americas-got-talent-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/14/quick-change-artist-lea-kyle-does-it-again-on-americas-got-talent-video/#respond Tue, 14 Sep 2021 09:03:57 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589086 [imagesource:here]

The semi-finals for America’s Got Talent is done and dusted and now the finalists are down to 10 amazing acts, one of which is our favourite, quick-change artist Léa Kyle.

The 25-year-old French magician landed Heidi Klum’s Golden Buzzer when she wowed everyone with her speedy outfit changes in July.

She then delivered the goods again in her quarter-final showpiece.

In the semi-finals, she won the praise of Simon Cowell, who said her latest act was a “million-dollar performance”.

This was even after having a small wardrobe malfunction that stalled the act, per Huff Post:

About 25 seconds in, her skirt briefly refused to come off. Kyle has seamlessly mades clothes appear to fly onto her and disintegrate, so the gaffe came as a surprise.

But with the swipe of an umbrella, the skirt vanished and she powered through to earn praise from judge Simon Cowell.

The technical difficulty landed her with an Instant Save, which is when voters can vote to save one of three acts.

Nine-year-old opera singer, Victory Brinker, as well as UniCircle Flow, a group of unicyclists, also scored Instant Saves.

We have high hopes for Kyle in the final, as her semi-final performance received nearly three times as many YouTube views as the next closest performer:

Kyle just needs production to step it up and make sure they do everything they can to ensure her routines go off without a hitch in the finals.

Holding thumbs for you, Léa!

[sources:huffpost&talentrecap]

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Real-Life Prison Break As Gunmen Free Mexican Cartel Boss [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/14/real-life-prison-break-as-gunmen-free-mexican-cartel-boss-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/14/real-life-prison-break-as-gunmen-free-mexican-cartel-boss-video/#respond Tue, 14 Sep 2021 08:20:40 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589061 [imagesource: YouTube / VICE News]

Remember Prison Break, Michael Schofield, Lincoln Burrows, and the rest of that motley crew?

Fun fact – it returned for a fifth season in 2017, but some things are better left in the past.

There was no need for maps tattooed on bodies during a jailbreak in Reynosa, Mexico, as gunmen in special forces uniforms broke a cartel boss out of a prison located just miles from the American border.

It almost appears too easy, but then you can’t exactly blame anyone for not standing up to the gunmen in a country where drug-fuelled violence is so commonplace.

What’s perhaps most worrying is the fact that the gunmen could be active members of the Mexican Navy special forces (UNOPES), which would be a damning indictment of state corruption.

The escape took place on July 13.

VICE below:

José Alfredo Hernández Campos, alias El Calamardo or Metro 27… was allegedly a high-ranking member of the Metros faction of the Gulf Cartel…

In the aftermath of the escape, members of the Gulf Cartel set up blockades throughout the city to stop police from recapturing Hernández Campos, leading to clashes with gunmen throughout Reynosa.

Before we get to all of that, here’s the footage from inside the prosecutor’s jail shortly after 6PM on July 13:

There are conflicting reports coming out of Mexico on whether or not the gunmen wearing uniforms are current or former members of Mexico’s armed forces.

Hernández Campos is alleged to have been one of the top lieutenants of the Metros faction of the Gulf Cartel controlled by César Morfín, alias El Primito, and his younger brother, Alvaro Noe Morfín, aka R8…

In recent years, the Gulf Cartel has been plagued by continued infighting between numerous groups like the Metros, the Rojos, and the Scorpions after the arrests and murders of numerous top leaders in the past decade. The city of Reynosa has been ground zero for much of the recent conflict.

Public shootouts between warring factions have become routine, with an attack in June leaving 18 dead.

Having been broken out of jail, the reprieve for Hernández Campos was shortlived:

His body was discovered on the side of the road in the nearby town of Díaz Ordaz earlier this month.

The underworld source claimed that Hernández Campos had turned on the Morfín brothers after his liberation, and was executed by the same UNOPES forces that had helped him escape.

Live by the sword, and die by the sword.

[source:vice]

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Massive Step Closer To Bringing The Woolly Mammoth Back To Life https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/14/massive-step-closer-to-bringing-the-woolly-mammoth-back-to-life/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/14/massive-step-closer-to-bringing-the-woolly-mammoth-back-to-life/#respond Tue, 14 Sep 2021 07:45:56 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589080 [imagesource: Leonello / Getty Images]

What could go wrong?

If you’ve seen Jurassic Park, or Jurassic World, or whatever comes next, you may be rather apprehensive about the idea of bringing extinct animals back from the dead.

It sounds far-fetched, but advancements in the field of genetics have already seen scientists clone endangered animals and sequence DNA extracted from the bones and carcasses of long-dead, extinct animals.

Now geneticists, led by Harvard Medical School’s George Church, are looking to bring the woolly mammoth, last seen roughly 10 000 years ago during the Ice Age, back to life.

Church has previously worked on projects like creating pigs whose organs are compatible with the human body, so that we may see organ transplants helping humans in the future.

The project has been given a massive boost thanks to a $15 million investment, reports CNN:

Proponents say bringing back the mammoth in an altered form could help restore the fragile Arctic tundra ecosystem, combat the climate crisis, and preserve the endangered Asian elephant, to whom the woolly mammoth is most closely related. However, it’s a bold plan fraught with ethical issues.

The goal isn’t to clone a mammoth — the DNA that scientists have managed to extract from woolly mammoth remains frozen in permafrost is far too fragmented and degraded — but to create, through genetic engineering, a living, walking elephant-mammoth hybrid that would be visually indistinguishable from its extinct forerunner.

The investment was put forward by Colossal, a bioscience and genetics engineering company, co-founded by tech entrepreneur Ben Lamm and Church.

Lamm says the company aims to have its first calves in the next four to six years, with Church adding that the investment “is going to change everything”.

The idea had previously “been kind of a backburner project” but this cash injection means they can now actively pursue it:

The research team has analyzed the genomes of 23 living elephant species and extinct mammoths, Church said. The scientists believe they will need to simultaneously program “upward of 50 changes” to the genetic code of the Asian elephant to give it the traits necessary to survive and thrive in the Arctic.

Image: Getty Images

These traits, Church said, include a 10-centimeter layer of insulating fat, five different kinds of shaggy hair including some that is up to a meter long, and smaller ears that will help the hybrid tolerate the cold.

There’s a rather obvious hindrance to the safe return of the mammoth in the form of its tusks.

Church says the plan is to engineer the animal to not have tusks, which will hopefully prevent it from becoming a target for poachers.

I don’t want to be a buzzkill, but the tusks are one of the mammoth’s best features.

Well done, humanity.

Before the mammoths can be returned to the Arctic, they will need to be rewilded. Colossal’s cofounders have a site in mind – Pleistocene Park.

CNET below:

This area of about 60 square miles in northern Russia, named after the geologic period that ended with the last ice age, is where researchers Sergey and Nikita Zimov are trying to test their theories about the ecological and climatic effects of rewilding.

One Zimov idea is that woolly mammoths will trample snow and knock down trees. That, in turn, will restore grasslands that reflect more of the sun’s warming rays and eliminate insulating snow and forests so the ground cools more. And that means the ground will stay frozen instead of releasing its current store of carbon dioxide and methane greenhouse gases.

Obviously, we are a long, long way off this becoming a reality.

Let’s dream big anyway, with this graphic breaking down the complicated process in very basic terms:

Image: The Guardian

There has also been some pushback against the idea.

Love Dalén, professor of evolutionary genetics at the Centre for Palaeogenetics in Stockholm, says you’re not really going to get a true woolly mammoth, but rather “a hairy elephant with some fat deposits”.

Whilst he isn’t against the project, he also argues that there is little evidence that putting mammoths back in the Arctic will have any effect on climate change whatsoever.

Am I a bad person for wanting this to succeed simply because I want to see a mammoth, and not for any justifiable scientific reason?

[sources:cnn&cnet]

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The Best, Most Confusing, And Meme-Inspiring Looks From The Met Gala [Images] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/14/the-best-most-confusing-and-meme-inspiring-looks-from-the-met-gala-images/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/14/the-best-most-confusing-and-meme-inspiring-looks-from-the-met-gala-images/#respond Tue, 14 Sep 2021 07:12:50 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589039 [imagesource:here]

The stakes for killer looks on the red carpet were particularly high for this year’s Met Gala.

The annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City is usually held on the first Monday in May.

This year, it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic (after being cancelled last year), meaning it fell slap bang in the middle of fashion month.

Well, the celebs brought the fashion, alright, although some probably shouldn’t have.

This year’s theme was “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”.

Co-chairs this year include pop star Billie Eilish, actor Timothée Chalamet, tennis player Naomi Osaka, and poet Amanda Gorman, but there were plenty of other Hollywood A-listers walking the famous Met steps.

Here’s a few picks of the best, the worst, the most confusing, and the ones who went on to become memes.

Gorman, the 23-year-old who read a heartfelt poem at President Biden’s inauguration, channelled “a re-imagined Statue of Liberty” with a Vera Wang dress:

Image: Getty Images

Timothée Chalamet wore what has been described as “formal sweatpants”:

Image: Getty Images

Billie Eilish did something in the classic Marilyn Monroe vein:

Image: Getty Images

Naomi Osaka mixed things up with a Louis Vuitton dress and an unexpected hairstyle, which is apparently a nod to her Haitian and Japanese heritage:

Image: Getty Images

Moving on to Lil Nas X, who had three transformations, going from wearing a regal robe to a suit of armour to a sequined bodysuit all in one night:

Image: Getty Images / Teen Vogue

On the topic of how things progress, flower dresses were all the rage this year, but they seemed to just get progressively worse.

Russian model Irina Shayk rocked the look with her short hair debut:

Image: Getty Images

And then came American model Natalie Bryant.

See? The flower dresses literally ballooned on the red carpet:

Image: Getty Images

The flower dress trend then morphed into something completely different when German singer Kim Petras rocked up wearing an actual horse:

Image: Getty Images

Then there were the STATEMENT pieces, especially the one etched into Cara Delevingne’s outfit:

Image: Getty Images

Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez brought a form of protest to the red carpet with a dress that read “Tax the Rich”:

There were also those who brought props with absolutely no explanation.

Grimes was holding a sword and a bible, while Frank Ocean carried a green robotic baby that matched his hair:

Image: Getty Images

But the person who really stood out, somehow while blending right in, was Kim Kardashian:

Image: Getty Images

As you can imagine, she also sparked the most memes.

Let’s dabble briefly:

That’s that for now. If you want more, you can head over to the BBC and the New York Daily News.

[sources:bbc&nydailynews&cnet]

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“Leave No Witnesses Behind” – SA Cop Bust ‘Ordering Hit’ On Own Sister [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/14/leave-no-witnesses-behind-sa-cop-bust-ordering-hit-on-own-sister-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/14/leave-no-witnesses-behind-sa-cop-bust-ordering-hit-on-own-sister-video/#respond Tue, 14 Sep 2021 06:35:09 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589045 [imagesource: YouTube / TimesLIVE]

Nomia Rosemary Ndlovu was once a police constable, entrusted with protecting citizens on Gauteng’s East Rand.

Now she stands accused of murdering family members in return for insurance payouts, with proceedings against her underway at the high court in Palm Ridge.

The prosecution appears to have a pretty strong case against Ndlovu, bolstered by footage allegedly captured by an undercover police officer.

According to TimesLIVE, the officer hid a recording device in the car he was travelling in, alongside Ndlovu and a hitman.

The trio was headed to Bushbuckridge, where Ndlovu was due to show them her sister’s house. She allegedly wanted the two men to burn her sister, Joyce, and her five children alive in the house.

In her own words, Ndlovu said they should “leave no witnesses behind”.

It’s every bit as chilling as it sounds.

In order to secure her alibi, Ndlovu had checked herself into a hospital, before securing a day pass that allowed her to leave.

Perhaps the most chilling part is how calm Ndlovu remains when she talks about killing her sister and the children, who must die because “sparing them will mean leaving behind witnesses”:

That’s going to be tough to argue against in court.

Whilst Ndlovu was arrested before a hit could be carried out on her sister, the state alleges that she has already profited to the tune of R1,4 million from the death of six people.

That includes her cousin (murdered, she received R131 000 from his death policies), her sister (strangled, she received more than R717 000 in insurance), and her niece (attacked and died, she received R120 000 from her death policies).

This week, Ndlovu’s defence will lay out its argument, with the accused having pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, attempted murder or conspiring to commit murder, defeating the ends of justice, and fraud.

[source:timeslive]

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Tuesday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/14/tuesday-morning-spice-546/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/14/tuesday-morning-spice-546/#respond Tue, 14 Sep 2021 05:50:24 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588969 [imagesource:here]

How We Proved A Rembrandt Painting Owned By The University Of Pretoria Was A Fake – The paintings of the Dutch master are displayed in prestigious art galleries in capital cities around the world. But one small painting, donated to Tuks, is a fake. [dailymav]

Another Blow For Magashule As Court Challenge To ANC Suspension Is Dismissed – In a strongly worded ruling, the High Court said “there are no political imperatives which influenced” the court’s decision, or any “prejudgment” of the issue before the court. [news24]

Melania Trump Said ‘No’ When Given Chance To Call For Peace On January 6, Sources Say – Trump was at the White House during the insurrection, overseeing a photo shoot of a carpet she had installed. [cnn]

Woman Set Alight In Car Outside Benoni Preschool In ‘Domestic Dispute’ – The woman had just dropped off her child when a man approached her vehicle and tried to pull her out. [timeslive]

No Need For A Vaccine Third Jab Booster: Study – Some countries have started offering extra doses over fears about the much more contagious Delta variant, causing the WHO to call for a moratorium on third jabs amid concerns about vaccine supplies to poorer nations. [ewn]

How Long Coffee Should Take To ‘Kick In’ – For some people, the caffeine kick comes quick and hard, giving a real ‘skop’. However, there are multiple factors that will affect this. [here]

Internet Sleuths Find Hidden Message In SpaceX Space Tourism Photo – The Morse code riddle was reminiscent of another recent Easter egg embedded in a Mars rover’s parachute. [vice]

Tucker Carlson Admits He Sometimes Lies On His Show – “I mean, I lie if I’m really cornered or something,” Carlson told conservative talk show host Dave Rubin. [huffpost]

What To Expect From Apple’s iPhone 13 Event – Apple’s first fall event is coming up on Tuesday, September 14th, right around the time when the company typically introduces its latest version of the iPhone. [verge]

Prince Andrew’s Lawyer Says NY Case Is Baseless And Non-Viable – Andrew Brettler told a pre-trial conference call in New York that a 2009 settlement between Virginia Giuffre and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein released the duke from “any and all liability”. [bbc]

SA May Be At Level 2, But Your Boss Is Still Supposed To Let You Work From Home – Where workers have to be present to do their jobs, the time they spend at work must be minimised. [businsidersa]

Facebook Has A VIP Program That Basically Allows Celebs To Avoid Moderation – The social media giant apparently has a secret program that allows America’s rich and famous to flout its rule system. [gizmodo]

This Bug Gun (With Laser) Is Real And They’re Selling In South Africa – Sharks with frickin’ laser beams are out, and bug guns with lasers are in. Laugh all you want, but the Bug-A-Salt has made Lorenzo Maggiore a very wealthy man. [here]

Ivermectin Frenzy: The Advocates, Anti-Vaxxers And Telehealth Companies Driving Demand – Health authorities have warned there’s no proof for Ivermectin’s value in treating Covid-19. Still groups are touting the drug as the way out of the pandemic. [guardian]

Good News About Load Shedding – Power utility Eskom says it does not expect the explosion at Medupi unit 4 in early August to impact its improved outlook for load-shedding in the coming months. [mybb]

How Silver Medallist Bianca Buitendag Overcame Trauma, Tragedy To Triumph In Tokyo – Buitendag’s father, a former Western Province provincial surfer, died tragically in 2015, aged 54. Buitendag’s mother, Yvette, “beat two cancers in one year”. [sport24]

R. Kelly Accuser Says She Saw Him Sexually Assault Aaliyah, Too – The witness gave some of the most disturbing testimony yet in the horrifying trial. [dbeast]

Irina Shayk Looks Pretty As A Petal In Flower-Trimmed Nude Moschino Dress And Debuts Pixie Hair At Met Gala – The 35-year-old Russian model beamed ear-to-ear as she hit the red carpet in Manhattan on Monday. [dmail]

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Mother And Baby Reunited After Observatory Hijacking Nightmare https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/mother-and-baby-reunited-after-observatory-hijacking-nightmare/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/mother-and-baby-reunited-after-observatory-hijacking-nightmare/#respond Mon, 13 Sep 2021 14:11:51 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588980 [imagesource:here]

One of the worst things that can happen to any parent happened to Alicia Lamprecht this morning when her seven-month-old son was taken after her car got hijacked.

The nightmare occurred this morning in Bishop Street, Observatory, shortly after 10AM.

The suspect fled with the victim’s VW Polo with her baby inside, according to SAPS spokesperson Andrè Traut, via IOL.

The car was first ditched in Mowbray, though, with the baby nowhere to be found.

Thankfully, after a few hours Lamprecht was reunited with baby Henco who was found unharmed in Maitland:

Image: Supplied to IOL

Woodstock police, working with various leads, managed to relocate the child:

“The immediate response by the members of the Flying Squad and the K9 Unit resulted in the vehicle being recovered in Voortrekker Road, Maitland.

Further investigation on the scene led the members to an address in Dellville Square in Maitland where the baby was found unharmed,” Traut said.

Lamprecht, in an interview with CapeTalk, confirmed that little Henco is now safe and sound, which allowed the whole family to breath a massive sigh of relief:

“I’m very emotional but I’m doing well. We found him!… Somewhere in Maitland. The police found him. They were doing an exceptional job.”

She mentioned that she was busy talking with a friend when someone hijacked the car, which was “literally not even two metres away”.

“They threw him out of the car apparently. Out of a moving vehicle with the car seat. A mom heard him cry and she went and picked him up.”

According to police spokesperson Colonel Alroy van der Berg, who spoke with News24, “a witness had phoned 10111 after seeing a baby being dropped in a “carry cot” next to a Maitland shop by a man, who then drove off.”

After a harrowing morning, Lamprecht’s relief must be immense.

Here’s her full CapeTalk interview:

Traut confirmed that a possible suspect has been identified, but that a formal arrest is yet to be made.

[sources:iol&capetalk&news24]

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How Long Coffee Should Take To ‘Kick In’ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/how-long-coffee-should-take-to-kick-in/ Mon, 13 Sep 2021 13:58:19 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588942 [imagesource:here]

For some people, the caffeine kick comes quick and hard, giving a real skop.

For others, it comes slow and steady.

Either way, we can all agree that after our beloved morning cuppa kicks in, we look and feel a little like that coffee above.

That is, with energy levels well and truly boosted, wide-eyed and bushy-tailed, and ready for the day.

There are many factors that contribute to the whys and hows of the sought-after caffeine kick.

Ultimately, caffeine usually takes about 45 minutes to become fully absorbed in your body. It can “peak” in your bloodstream at anywhere between 15 minutes and two hours, per Eat This.

That’s backed up by this Medium article reporting on a study that measures caffeine’s effects on the human body:

You might feel drowsy and incapable of functioning at a high level until the caffeine hits your bloodstream.

You may go from 0 to 60 in about 10 minutes, but you hit top speed after about 45 minutes, when 99 percent of the caffeine from your coffee, tea or energy drink has entered the bloodstream fully.

Then it takes many hours for the caffeine to dissipate.

This timing depends on a number of factors.

For those who drink coffee even before their eyes are fully open, or before they’ve had a moment to nosh down on brekkie, the effects of caffeine can be far more pronounced.

Not that it is totally advisable, but drinking coffee on an empty stomach will allow the caffeine to kick in much faster than if you had food in your system.

If there is food in your gut, especially anything with fibre, then the effects of caffeine will be slowed down quite substantially.

The effect of caffeine in your body can also be influenced by genetic variations:

…95% of the caffeine we metabolise is affected by something called the CYP1A2-gene, which is divided into two different variations.

Depending on your variation of this gene, you either fall under the “fast metabolisers,” who experience the effects of caffeine for a shorter amount of time, or the “slow metabolisers” who experience lingering alertness and energy from the caffeine they consume.

Another thing is concentration, which matters. Coffees brands, blends, and beans have different concentrations of caffeine that can affect your alertness differently.

Go with quality single-origin coffee, like Terbodore’s Uganda Sipi Falls Organic beans, and you’re guaranteed a good pick-me-up:

Even decaf coffee, which usually contains only about 2% of the caffeine of regular coffee, has still been shown to affect one’s alertness.

And of course, the more caffeine you drink, the more buzzed you’ll feel:

Caffeine’s stimulant effect on the central nervous system is dose-dependent; the more caffeine consumed, the stronger the stimulant effect.

It blocks a neurotransmitter called adenosine, which is a central nervous system depressant and has a calming, slowing effect on the brain. When adenosine is blocked, the adrenal glands begin secreting adrenaline, which is the chemical associated with the body’s “fight or flight” response.

This usually leads to an increase in heart rate and body temperature, as well as a spike in blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

Additionally, when caffeine blocks adenosine, there is a rise in dopamine levels, often leading to an elevation in mood.

That one’s for the ‘don’t talk to me until I’ve had my morning cup of coffee’ brigade.

Ultimately, drinking crummy coffee isn’t going to save you, or the people around you.

Stick with the quality stuff, like Terbodore’s wide selection of blends, single-origins, cold brews, and decafs to ensure you’re taken care of.

We all need a little energy boost, especially on a Monday, so we might as well do it right.

[sources:eatthis&medium]

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A Closer Look At Belarus’ Batshit Crazy President [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/a-closer-look-at-belarus-batshit-crazy-president-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/a-closer-look-at-belarus-batshit-crazy-president-video/#respond Mon, 13 Sep 2021 13:50:24 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588972 [imagesource:here]

There’s not a nation on earth that doesn’t moan about its president.

The difference is that in some countries you wouldn’t do so publicly, because you could end up ‘disappearing’, or dying in ‘mysterious circumstances’.

Belarus certainly falls under that umbrella, with President (or more accurately, Dictator) Alexander Lukashenko notoriously bad at accepting criticism.

There would be a great deal coming his way if he didn’t rule with an iron first, like last year’s recommendation that citizens drink vodka and take saunas to avoid contracting COVID-19.

Belarusians may not be able to take the piss, but John Oliver sure is.

On yesterday’s episode of Last Week Tonight, he went in hard, reports Huff Post:

Lukashenko… is so self-conscious about losing his hair that photographers are only allowed to take images of him from certain angles.

Since that appears to be his sorest of sore spots, Oliver spent part of the segment taunting him over his hair… or lack thereof, complete with photos from multiple angles.

Oliver also played a clip in which Lukashenko demanded that people stop insulting him, insisting that it’s not legal anywhere in the world.

Newsflash, it isn’t, and Oliver gets to work proving that.

The apple also doesn’t fall far from the tree, with critics labelling Nikolai Lukashenko, the heir to the dictatorship, the “Prince Joffrey of Belarus”.

Settle in and let John make being nasty look like good fun:

[source:huffpost]

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This Bug Gun (With Laser) Is Real And They’re Selling In South Africa [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/this-bug-gun-with-laser-is-real-and-theyre-selling-in-south-africa-video/ Mon, 13 Sep 2021 13:40:44 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588943 [imagesource: Mary Stevens]

Sharks with frickin’ laser beams are out.

Honestly, they’re entirely impractical and despite what Dr Evil will tell you, largely ineffective.

Bug guns with lasers are in, and the inventor of Bug-A-Salt, a toy gun designed to kill flies with a burst of salt, has the bank balance to prove it.

According to Forbes, Lorenzo Maggiore (pictured above with journalist Jane Wells) launched his business in 2012 and raised in excess of $600 000 via an Indiegogo campaign that same year.

He sold 50 000 units in 2012, and now business has really taken off.

So much so that in 2020, the company sold 750 000 units worldwide, bringing in more than $20 million in sales.

Bug-A-Salt has now arrived in South Africa, with this video rolled out in May to commemorate the occasion:

The camo shirt and gun combo is an interesting touch.

Props to whoever designed the South African website, with a fly scurrying around the screen as you scroll.

The site says that all stock is local, so your delivery time should be good.

Of course, it wouldn’t be the end of the world if you had to order it from overseas.

Even products that don’t ship to South Africa can be ordered via Postbox Courier, which provides you with a free overseas address.

Within three to five days of arrival at that address, they’ll be shipped over as a single delivery and touch down at your front door, and you can start putting them to use.

Back to your Bug-A-Salt, and the ‘how the gun works’ section comes with this write-up:

A miniaturized shotgun effect is generated through this ingenious design. Ordinary table salt is utilized as a lethal projectile with accuracy range of within 3 feet.

 

Bugs will remain whole for easy clean up.

Insect hunting as sport has entered the 21st century with this fun, new non-toxic device.

Insect hunting might not sound like a great sport, but how about these glowing testimonials?

Nah, Steven S., but it becomes a problem if people start using it to mow down schoolchildren and go on mass shooting sprees.

Maggiore wants to show you how that laser works:

Bug-Beam activated.

The ‘Support’ page states that the Bug-A-Salt is “extremely effective at killing mosquitoes”.

Always good to know.

People talk about that one simple idea changing your life. For Maggiore, that is certainly true.

[sources:forbes&bugasalt]

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In Case You Missed Rudy Giuliani’s Unhinged ‘Drunken’ 9/11 Dinner Speech [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/in-case-you-missed-rudy-giulianis-unhinged-drunken-9-11-dinner-speech-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/in-case-you-missed-rudy-giulianis-unhinged-drunken-9-11-dinner-speech-video/#respond Mon, 13 Sep 2021 13:33:48 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588895 [imagesource: Drew Angerer / Getty Images]

He came (or at least tried to), he sweated (including hair dye, as you can see in the image above), and he most certainly did not conquer, with some truly humiliating press conferences and court showdowns that ended in ridicule and defeat.

Rudy Giuliani’s 2020 in a nutshell, really.

The man once dubbed ‘America’s Mayor’ in the wake of 9/11 has completely lost the plot in recent years, culminating in him featuring on Forbes’ list of the biggest career crashes of 2020.

2021 hasn’t gone much better, and Giuliani’s speech at a 9/11 commemoration dinner on Saturday was a total trainwreck.

During the speech, where he appeared to be extremely intoxicated, Giuliani imitated the Queen, called a top US general an “idiot” and “asshole,” and went to great lengths to distance himself from Prince Andrew.

Here’s the part of his speech where he goes after General Mark Milley, although he calls him ‘Miley’:

Interesting tone to take at a dinner honouring those who died on 9/11.

I would also avoid impersonating the Queen and talking about Prince Andrew, but not dear Rudy:

Extreme ‘drunk uncle grabbing the microphone at a wedding’ energy.

Other people in attendance included Victoria Toensing and Joe diGenova, lawyers who Giuliani hired to help with the attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, and Steve Bannon.

Over on Twitter, Rudy also showed an amazing lack of self-awareness, decrying those who politicise 9/11 before retweeting somebody doing just that:

Ultimately, he’s performing for an audience of one, and lapping up the approval:

What a way to tarnish your legacy.

By the way, if you want to better understand how the events of 9/11 led to a 20-year ‘war on terror’ that has been a catastrophic failure from the start, watch this Netflix docuseries:

To understand the plight of Afghanistan’s women, and what happens now that American troops have exited and the Taliban has taken over, you might also want to take 20 minutes to read this superb New Yorker article by Anand Gopal.

[source:uproxx]

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Sweet Relief For Those Tired Of Listening To Long-Winded Voicenotes https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/sweet-relief-for-those-tired-of-listening-to-long-winded-voicenotes/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/sweet-relief-for-those-tired-of-listening-to-long-winded-voicenotes/#respond Mon, 13 Sep 2021 13:20:17 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589004 [imagesource:here]

We are spoilt for choice when it comes to how to send and receive a message.

Back in the day, it was just sending an SMS, but now we have a spectrum of options that cater to various different situations, and the options are only increasing.

For those of us who are in a situation where typing a message out is challenging or impossible, we can send a voicenote.

But if the receiver is in no position to listen to a voicenote out loud, has no earphones, or has no time, they could soon be able to make use of something that WhatsApp has been reportedly working on.

WhatsApp’s new feature, currently in development to be released on iOS devices, would let a user read the content quietly by transcribing the received voicenotes.

Not only will this help those of us who don’t particularly want to listen to a long-winded voicenote, but it will also allow us to reference important details later without having to rummage through the audio.

We can already speed up voicenotes by clicking on the 1x, 1,5x or 2x that is alongside the play/pause button on the voicenote.

The Verge reported on a screenshot shared by WABetaInfo, which explains more:

WABetaInfo reports that transcriptions are saved to the device after they’re created, and that a “Transcript” section makes it easy to skip to specific parts of a message.

That’s similar to other auto-transcription software like Google’s Recorder or Otter.ai, which let you click on a word to skip to the moment it’s said in a recording.

Transcribing WhatsApp voice messages is currently only possible using third-party software.

The new feature that could appear on the user’s device upon update would be optional.

Both WhatsApp and Facebook won’t be able to access your messages, apparently, as the speech data is sent to Apple “to process your requests”.

The disclaimer says that the data “will also help Apple improve its speech recognition technology”:

Image: WABetaInfo

Although, how the data “sent to Apple” will be secured is still not totally clear as the feature is yet to be officially announced.

At the moment we know that voicenotes are protected by WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption.

[source:theverge]

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Brilliant: Dog Steals Cricket Ball During Match [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/brilliant-dog-steals-cricket-ball-during-match-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/brilliant-dog-steals-cricket-ball-during-match-video/#respond Mon, 13 Sep 2021 11:15:52 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588918 [imagesource:here]

Losing your ball to the slobbery clutches of a dog is one of the many hazards of garden cricket.

It’s right up there with a neighbour who doesn’t allow you to retrieve any ‘six and out’ hits, or improper trimming of the surrounding hedges.

You wouldn’t really expect a hound to enter the field of play during the semi-finals round of the women’s Clear Currency All-Ireland T20 Cup, but that’s exactly what happened on Saturday during the match between the Civil Service North of Ireland (CSNI) Cricket Club and the Bready Cricket Club.

There’s also the added benefit of some lovely Irish commentary to go with it:

Reminds me of that superb Irish sailing commentary from a while back.

Also, 10 cricket knowledge points if you understand the ‘Spaniel Vettori’ pun.

That’s it.

That’s the entire story.

[source:mashable]

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Our Top Picks From This Year’s Drone Photo Awards https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/our-top-picks-from-this-years-drone-photo-awards/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/our-top-picks-from-this-years-drone-photo-awards/#respond Mon, 13 Sep 2021 09:35:09 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588903 [imagesource: Phil De Glanville]

Drones can get up to incredible things depending on whose hands they’re in.

While some have been out there making rainbeing accomplices in Brazilian bank heists, or tracking lava flow from active volcanoes, others were out and about trying to get the winning shot for this year’s Drone Photo Awards.

Australian photographer Phil De Glanville found gold at the end of that rainbow above, capturing surfer Ollie Henry escaping a monster wave off the coast of Western Australia.

The gold was winning first place in the sports category.

The Drone Awards 2021 crowned winners across eight categories: urban, wildlife, sports, people, nature, abstract, and wedding.

They had to choose from thousands of aerial images submitted by photographers from 102 countries worldwide, per ABC, with the winning images to be showcased in an exhibition held during the Siena Awards visual arts festival, in Siena, Italy late next month.

Taking home the overall top prize was Terje Kolaas for a shot of pink-footed geese flying above snow-covered central Norway.

It is titled ‘Pink-Footed Geese Meeting the Winter’:

Image: Terje Kolaas

More from the awards website:

Thousands of Pink-footed Geese roost in central Norway in spring, on their way to the breeding grounds on Svalbard in the Arctics. Probably because of climate change, they arrive earlier every year and often the ground and the fields where they feed are covered by snow when they arrive.

The geese tend to use the same paths, so when waiting for them in the air with a drone, photos like this one are possible.

The Urban drone photo of the year also captures a statement about the current climate crisis, titled ‘Metaphorical Statement About City and Winter’ by Sergei Poletaev:

Image: Sergei Poletaev

A 500-year-old monastery in the Moscow region and a large power plant in the background. The steam from the cooling towers is particularly dense due to severe frost.

Also in the Urban category, Time Out put Tanveer Hassan Rohan’s image ‘Bank Of Buriganga’ at the centre, showing an aerial shot of a colourful harbour in Bangladesh:

Image: Md Tanveer Hassan Rohan

During the pandemic, people used the boats to travel on the River Buriganga – creating a mismatched pattern of water and transport.

The Nature drone photo of the year is ‘Extragalactic’ by Martin Sanchez, capturing the interior of the crater from a volcano erupting in Iceland:

Image: Martin Sanchez

The Wildlife drone photo of the year is ‘Back to Adventure’ by Qasim Al Farsi.

It shows a lone green turtle heading back to the water after laying down eggs in her peaceful nest in Oman:

Image: Qasim Al Farsi

A Highly Commended photo in the Wildlife category was Talib Almarri’s ‘Hippopotamus group from above’ with one baby in the centre:

Image: Talib Almarri

For the Wedding category, Italian photographer Matteo Originale captures a cloudy sunset above a bride and groom on the coast of Tuscany.

It is titled ‘Verso l’Infinito Insieme a Te’ (‘To Infinity With You’):

Image: Matteo Originale

Vietnamese photographer Trung Pham Huy’s ‘Fishing in Mangrove Forest’ won the People drone photo of the year.

The wintry image captured a fisherman beginning his workday travelling through the mangrove forest of Tam Giang lagoon. During winter, mangroves lose all their leaves:

Image: Trung Pham Huy

For the Abstract photo of the year, Romanian photographer Gheorghe Popa shows small channels filled with poison, titled ‘Poisoned River’.

The abstract patterns are created after chemical waste from copper and gold mining enters the stream:

Image: Gheorghe Popa

To discover all the other incredible drone photography winners in each category, head here.

[sources:timeout&abcnet]

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Video Of Ben And Jen Hitting The Red Carpet For The First Time Since They Got Back Together https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/video-of-ben-and-jen-hitting-the-red-carpet-for-the-first-time-since-they-got-back-together/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/video-of-ben-and-jen-hitting-the-red-carpet-for-the-first-time-since-they-got-back-together/#respond Mon, 13 Sep 2021 08:55:37 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588865 [imagesource: EPA]

After 18 long years apart, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are back in action and were seen walking the red carpet together at the Venice Film Festival.

Bennifer sure did come back with a bang when they were seen canoodling on a yacht in July, giving us all a throwback moment to J-Lo’s 2002 music video Jenny From the Block.

Fun times.

Bennifer 2.0’s more recent spotting together on Friday evening marks the couple’s first public appearance since the news of their rekindled romance broke, per Page Six.

Cue the slow-motion shots and some romantic music:

 

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Their red carpet debut was for the premiere of The Last Duel, an upcoming historical drama in which Affleck plays the role of Count Pierre of Alençon.

Lopez was playing the supportive girlfriend role at the event but might have also stolen some limelight with that white Georges Hobeika gown and Cartier jewels:

We’re told her lavish bling consisted of an 18k white gold bracelet with 18k yellow gold, and heliodor stones and diamonds.

She definitely looked proud of her man:

Image: Getty

At their previous official red carpet moment, all the way back in February 2003 at the Daredevil premiere, the couple was still engaged.

In January 2004 they broke it off, but now the pair are back at it, giving the paparazzi photos packed with plenty of PDA.

More from the red carpet walk:

If news of Bennifer’s red carpet kiss does nothing for you, then perhaps you’ll be interested to know that they arrived in Venice via a water taxi.

[source:pagesix]

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SABC News Anchor’s Hilarious Monday Morning Blooper [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/sabc-news-anchors-hilarious-monday-morning-blooper-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/sabc-news-anchors-hilarious-monday-morning-blooper-video/#respond Mon, 13 Sep 2021 08:20:34 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588883 [imagesource:

Broadcasting live is neither an easy nor a forgiving task.

If you slip up, you can bet there’s someone recording your error for posterity and having a good chuckle while at it.

During SABC News’ Morning Live broadcast today, award-winning anchor Sakina Kamwendo became a little tongue-tied when reading out a tweet.

It’s a Monday morning, so all judgement is off the table because there isn’t enough coffee in the world to get everything firing before midday.

Following news that South Africa has dropped to alert level 2 (hello, Friday liquor store purchases), Kamwendo and Leanne Manas were going over tweets discussing the decision.

The first tweet, from ‘Pulseline ZA’, ended with Kamwendo in a bit of bother:

 

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All you can do is laugh.

Kamwendo took it in her stride like a champion:

Viewers also enjoyed a good chuckle:

All in all, a reminder to not take life too seriously.

Especially on a Monday morning.

Now, more coffee…

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Who Was Right? Verdict On Max Verstappen Versus Lewis Hamilton F1 Crash And Snub [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/who-was-right-verdict-on-max-verstappen-versus-lewis-hamilton-f1-crash-and-snub-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/who-was-right-verdict-on-max-verstappen-versus-lewis-hamilton-f1-crash-and-snub-videos/#respond Mon, 13 Sep 2021 07:45:46 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588851 [imagesource: AP]

Here we go again.

At the British Grand Prix in July, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were involved in a crash at the end of the first lap at Silverstone.

On that occasion, Hamilton remained in the race, went on to claim victory, and was criticised by Verstappen for his celebrations.

During yesterday’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza, the pair again collided, with both crashing out of the race.

Just like at Silverstone, opinion is divided on who is to blame, and the bad blood between the two drivers vying for the world championship has intensified.

Via F1, here are the basics before we see the crash:

As Hamilton exited the pits after his first stop, Verstappen was running down the main straight – having lost a lot of ground because of a slow pit stop – and they were side by side heading down to the first corner.

Verstappen hung his Red Bull around the outside after braking late – but was never fully alongside. As they went through the corner, the two collided, lifting Verstappen into the air and onto the Mercedes, with both ending up stuck in the gravel and out of the race.

Roll the tape:

You can see the crash and a slow-motion replay here:

One more time – Hamilton really can thank the Halo (a cockpit protection device made mandatory by the FIA in 2018) for walking away from this crash:

Following the crash, Verstappen was quick to check on Hamilton’s condition, to make sure his rival was alright.

No, sorry, it turns out he walked off without as much as a cursory check:

Hamilton has said he was “surprised” that Verstappen didn’t check on his condition.

Verstappen defended his actions by saying that if Hamilton was trying to reverse out the gravel, he was okay.

He added that “in the heat of the moment it’s better to walk away so everyone calms down.”

After the race, both men gave their views:

Stewards and race officials took their time, had conversations with both drivers, and finally made a ruling:

And after several hours of deliberating, it was deemed Verstappen was at fault as his pass was “attempted too late for him to have the right to racing room” – and he was handed a three-place grid penalty plus two penalty points – the first on his licence in this 12-month period.

“The Stewards heard from the driver of car 33 (Max Verstappen), the driver of car 44 (Lewis Hamilton) and team representatives, reviewed the video evidence and determined that the driver of Car 33 was predominantly to blame for the collision with Car 44 at Turn 2,” said the stewards in a statement…

While Car 44 could have steered further from the kerb to avoid the incident, the Stewards determined that his position was reasonable and therefore find that the driver of Car 33 was predominantly to blame for the incident.

Verstappen has now been handed a three-place grid penalty for the Russian Grand Prix.

I’m not going to run through what each driver said in great detail, but you can check these links if you want more.

  • Verstappen furious at Hamilton: ‘This is what you get without giving space’ – here.
  • Hamilton reacts to Verstappen’s grid penalty: ‘Proud of the stewards’ – here.
  • ‘Hamilton tried forcing Verstappen to cut the corner in vain’, says Alonso – here.

Hamilton didn’t comment on the crash on social media, but Verstappen was forthright on Instagram:

 

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In the end, Ozzie Daniel Ricciardo claimed McLaren’s first victory since 2012, and celebrated with a ‘shoey’:

Things are unchanged at the very top of the driver standings, and it remains a two-horse race for the world championship:

F1 fans will be very, very keen for the Russian Grand Prix to roll around on Sunday, September 26.

[source:f1]

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Designer Sweatpants With Built-In Boxers Showing Sparks Cultural Appropriation Row https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/designer-sweatpants-with-built-in-boxers-showing-sparks-cultural-appropriation-row/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/designer-sweatpants-with-built-in-boxers-showing-sparks-cultural-appropriation-row/#respond Mon, 13 Sep 2021 07:23:42 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588840 [imagesource:here]

In Shreveport, Louisiana, on February 5, 2019, police noticed a Black man running while trying to hold his baggy shorts up.

The police started following him and after noticing that he had a gun on him, shot at him eight times.

Three shots hit him when he was already lying on the ground.

31-year-old Anthony Childs was found to be in violation of the city’s “saggy pants” ordinance passed in 2007, which was supposed to be punishable with a fine of $100 and up to eight hours of community service

Childs was killed in the incident.

Only in 2019, after outrage over Childs’ death, did the “unconstitutional and discriminatory ordinance” get abolished, according to Katie Schwartzmann, the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, reports CNN.

In this context, one can understand the outrage being pitted against Balenciaga for designing a $1 190 pair of sweatpants with boxers sewn into the waistband.

Yes, that’s almost R17 000 for a pair of casual grey sweatpants with some boxer briefs peeking out, which is controversial in its own right.

But the deeper controversy started when a TikTok user posted a quick snippet of the pants in store:

@mr200m__You know when something feels racist @sxbwxyy I have questions #fypシ♬ original sound – Mr200m

Now fashion industry insiders and Black history experts are calling the big fashion brand out for cultural appropriation.

Marquita Gammage, an associate professor of Africana Studies at California State University, sees it as exploitation of “Black culture with the hopes of securing major profits”.

She wrote Cultural Appropriation as ‘Agency Reduction’, published in the International Journal of Africana Studies in 2018:

In it, she writes about the misappropriation of Black culture and how it undermines the ingenuity, functionality and beauty of Black cultural expressions while simultaneously delegitimising Blacks experiences of injustices for capital gain, she said.

Over the years, hip hop culture has popularised the style of lowered, baggy pants that expose underwear.

But the style has also been used to “criminalise Blacks, especially Black males as thugs and a threat to American society”:

“Balenciaga men’s Trompe-L’Oeil sweatpants in red triggers immediate concern given the grotesque similarity to the iconic African American hip hop aesthetic worn by Black Americans for decades that has resulted in the imprisonment and death of Black men,” Gammage told CNN over email.

“The trousers have commercial cultural appropriation written all over them; branded with the name Balenciaga.”

The chief marketing officer for Balenciaga defends the pants by pointing out that the brand often combines different wardrobe pieces into a single garment and that the Trompe L’Oeil trousers were a mere “extension of that vision”.

Others argue the brand has totally missed the deep historical and traumatic context that surrounds the specific style of their Trompe-L’Oeil sweats.

Image: Balenciaga

Stella Jean, the creative director and co-founder of We are Made in Italy, a fashion and social awareness initiative that puts designers of colour at the forefront, references how Black culture often gets appropriated for financial gain:

“Black culture is so often sampled, but rarely ever cited. And beyond giving credit where credit is overdue, the payout for those who have created and selflessly shared their genius, creativity, risk-taking, and innovation, rarely if ever comes,” Jean said.

“In Black culture, there’s a thing we refer to as the ‘Black tax.’ This refers to the extra amount of effort, sweat, and nonsense you’re going to have to put forth and put up with to get even half of the success that someone else with your talent and skills who happens to be white might attain.”

Something to think about this Monday morning.

[source:cnn]

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It’s Not Going Well For Ace Magashule’s Overseas Students https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/its-not-going-well-for-ace-magashules-overseas-students/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/its-not-going-well-for-ace-magashules-overseas-students/#respond Mon, 13 Sep 2021 06:35:26 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588841 [imagesource:  Gallo Images / Sunday Times / Alon Skuy]

Ace Magashule has proven, time and time again, that he is not to be trusted.

The Free State community left high and dry by the Vrede Dairy Farm scandal will vouch for that, and now at least 21 students in Turkey are facing the consequences of Magashule abandoning ship.

The students, studying at Istanbul’s Bahcesehir University, were evicted from the Bogazici student dorm after the suspended ANC secretary-general’s foundation failed to pay the rent.

Magashule’s foundation had promised to sponsor their studies, but now officials from the South African embassy in Ankara have been forced to pay out of their own pockets to cram the students into small two-bedroom apartments.

Some were left sleeping in a park, reports The Sunday Times:

A mission report from the embassy, dated September 5, states that Magashule’s promises to pay the owner of the private Bogazici Student Dormitories “were unfulfilled” and that it was “concerned that this matter will attract media attention and put South Africa in a bad light”.

“In May, the Mission warned of an impending costly and embarrassing consular situation … For the students to find themselves in the streets is due to the continued empty promises by the Magashule Foundation,” the report says. There were also “unconfirmed reports that some students were … now renting an apartment which they fund through prostitution”.

The students have already finished three years worth of study, meaning they’re just one year from completing their degrees and are desperate.

Being tossed out on the street is bad enough, but the idea of turning to prostitution to fund the rest of their studies is nightmarish.

One student spoke of park security guards showing them the warmest areas to sleep in. Even those fortunate enough to sleep in apartments are worried, as the bookings end today.

The students, who said they had been recruited during ANC campaigns, arrived in Turkey in 2017. One, who asked not to be named, said he had approached Magashule for help to study at university because he couldn’t afford to do so but had good marks.

Another said Magashule “met my parents on the campaign trail and promised them he would help me go to university”.

Magashule is particularly fond of Bahcesehir University. It handed him an honorary doctorate for being a “revolutionary leader” in 2017, saying at the time that he has “worked throughout his life to eradicate poverty through education in the South African province of the Free State”.

Again, you might want to ask those who suffered during his time as premier of the province about that.

Mehmet Kara, the owner of the Bogazici Student Dormitories, has clearly never Googled Ace’s name before:

“What kind of people are these? They make you feel like they are your friend, they laugh with you, and they delay and delay for three years,” said Kara. “I believed that he was a big guy in the government.”

It’s the same thing they do with voters, Mehmet.

Mehmet said that the last time he spoke with Ace, the latter said he was prioritising the university fees and paying the students’ stipends.

Unsurprisingly, Ace didn’t respond to multiple attempts to reach him for comment.

He doesn’t care about these students, in the exact same way the party which has now suspended him doesn’t care about its supporters.

[source:sundaytimes]

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Get Ready For Digital Vaccination Certificates https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/get-ready-for-digital-vaccination-certificates/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/get-ready-for-digital-vaccination-certificates/#respond Mon, 13 Sep 2021 05:10:54 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588759 [imagesource: Shutterstock]

If you’re a vegan and you’re vaccinated, which do you tell people first?

What if you also do CrossFit?

Those who have been vaccinated in South Africa would have received a vaccination certificate. Mine is a rather awkward size, and even if I folded it in half it would still jut out of my wallet.

With the government rolling out new incentives to encourage South Africans to get vaccinated, like entry to sporting events and live music performances, proving that you’re fully vaccinated will become more important.

In addition, a system needs to be developed that is fraud-proof.

Dr Joe Phaahla, our minister of health, said that by the end of next week, all vaccinated South Africans will be eligible for a digital vaccination certificate.

More from TimesLIVE on Phaahla’s statement this morning:

“We have commenced with the development of the digital vaccination certificate which will be protected from fraud.”

He said the new certificates will be uploadable on a smartphone and will be printable too.

“This is in line with the World Health Organisation’s initiative to attempt to standardise vaccination proof all over the world,” he said, “and in a matter of a week this should be available to those who are vaccinated in South Africa.”

Once the certificate is available it will be so for “anyone who has been fully vaccinated, as long as their details appear in the EVDS [Electronic Vaccination Data System’],” he explained.

Phaahla stressed that the certificate would not be used to deny unvaccinated citizens access to public services or healthcare.

If you want to go watch live sport, or your favourite band, or travel abroad, that’s where the certificate would come in.

In other words, before anybody makes the commonly used and utterly ridiculous comparison, this is not at all like Apartheid or Nazi Germany.

Vaccination cards have been used for decades to facilitate international travel, with certain countries requiring that you show proof of being vaccinated against yellow fever, for example.

During the media briefing, Phaahla noted that South Africa is “steadily getting out of the grip of this third wave”.

A drop to alert level 2 now seems imminent, with News24 reporting earlier in the week that President Ramaphosa met with the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC) on Tuesday.

Amendments may well include adjusted curfew hours from 11PM to 4AM, which means you now have to hang around an extra hour at dinners and braais:

Among the recommendations, News24 has reliably been informed, are that the number of people at gatherings be increased from 50 to 100 indoors and 250 outdoors, including sporting events.

Offsite alcohol sales would also be allowed from Monday to Friday until 18:00 and on-site until 22:00.

We are so close to kissing that panicked Thursday afternoon booze run goodbye.

Now we wait for the 8PM address.

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You Can’t Really Tell When Facebook’s Ray-Ban Wayfarer Camera Glasses Are Filming [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/you-cant-really-tell-when-facebooks-ray-ban-wayfarer-camera-glasses-are-filming-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/you-cant-really-tell-when-facebooks-ray-ban-wayfarer-camera-glasses-are-filming-video/#respond Mon, 13 Sep 2021 05:05:55 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588750 [imagesource: Jason Henry]

One of the more intense episodes of Black Mirror was The Entire History of You, where technology enables the character’s eyes to record everything that happens, to be rewatched as memories.

That terrifying level of technological sophistication feels close to home when you realise tech companies have tried something similar before, with glasses that record and capture everything you see.

If that freaks you out, you can be thankful that none of these companies have had much success with their attempts.

Remember Google trying out the failed Google Glasses? How about Snapchat’s version of high-tech glasses, which could record clips and take photos?

Yeah, no, not really.

But now Facebook is giving it a go, collaborating with Ray-Ban.

Facebook’s glasses are called Ray-Ban Stories and will allow users to take photos, record videos, listen to music or podcasts, and take phone calls through a Bluetooth connection and onboard microphone.

They are on sale in Ray-Ban shops and online for £299 (almost R6 000):

Early reviews have been largely unkind, with the glasses called “pointless” and just plain “silly”.

Here’s Mashable with their hot take:

Facebook’s newest bit of hardware comes with such a comically limited and shoddily executed feature set for the price that it’s hard to take it seriously as a product at all.

This is just an expensive toy for influencers seemingly designed to make Facebook look “cool” again, built for a world where “Stories” are now widely known as ephemeral and easily forgotten snippets of our social media lives.

Knowing that Facebook has long been under scrutiny for how it treats users’ personal data, having the glasses surreptitiously film people is obviously a massive concern.

The Telegraph has reported on this privacy problem, mentioning that people struggled to see the one, tiny white warning light that is supposed to inform people when they are being filmed:

Early reviewers discovered that a single white light designed to turn on when the glasses are recording 30-second video clips was difficult to detect, with many subjects unaware they were being filmed.

…One reviewer who was granted early access to the device at the Wall Street Journal said that she filmed more than 20 people with the glasses but none could detect the light, particularly in daylight.

The camera continues to function if a wearer applies tape over the warning light, although Facebook said this would breach its terms of service.

On the other hand, Facebook argues that because clips only last for 30 seconds, and wearers must press a button on the frame to begin recording, surreptitious filming won’t be so easy.

Image: Jason Henry for The New York Times

Facebook is ultimately trying to get people comfortable with high-tech headgear:

“We asked ourselves, how do we build a product that helps people actually be in the moment they’re in?” Andrew Bosworth, head of Facebook Reality Labs, said in an interview.

“Isn’t that better than having to take out your phone and hold it in front of your face every time you want to capture a moment?”

A reviewer over at The New York Times has a point about the audio activation feature, called Facebook Assistant, which allows the wearer to take hands-free photos and videos:

For me, that was a sticking point. What do the people around me think when they hear me utter, “Hey, Facebook, take a photo”? Can I still look cool doing that? Can anyone?

What’s more, to help Facebook improve the assistant, people are asked to allow the device to store transcripts of their voice interactions, which will later be reviewed by a mix of humans and machine-learning algorithms. I didn’t love that and imagine others won’t be too keen, either, no matter how benign their voice interactions might be.

Although, you can also take photos and record videos by pressing a button on the right temple of the glasses.

Image: Facebook

For Mark Zuckerberg, the ultimate goal is to eventually release a pair of smart glasses that fully augment reality, which puts a kind of virtual overlay onto the world in front of people.

Smart glasses?

Call me when they can tell me the name of the people I’m talking to, or even before I greet them.

That’s the sort of technology I can get behind.

[sources:thetelegraph&mashable&thenewyorktimes]

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The Guardian Dares To Rank The Best Mobster Movies Of All Time https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/the-guardian-dares-to-rank-the-best-mobster-movies-of-all-time/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/the-guardian-dares-to-rank-the-best-mobster-movies-of-all-time/#respond Mon, 13 Sep 2021 05:03:48 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588742 [imagesource: Cinetext Bildarchiv / Paramount Pictures / Allstar]

Is it just me, or has this felt like a really long week?

But here we are celebrating Friday, and trying our best to avoid the grimmer news stories doing the rounds.

You’re doing the same. That’s why you’re here.

Join us for a look at The Guardian’s 30 best mobster movies of all time. Ranked, nogal.

I can pinpoint one main reason for the timing of this list. The Many Saints of Newark is coming out soon, starring James Gandolfini’s son as a young Tony Soprano.

That drops on October 1 – take my money.

Aside from that, The Guardian never misses an excuse to rank things (Oasis songs, Bowie songs), so it’s been a long time coming.

We’ll skip the riffraff and go straight to the top five.

5. Infernal Affairs (2002)

Forget The Departed; accept no substitute for the brilliant original, starring Tony Leung as a cop in deep cover with the triads, and Andy Lau (no relation to co-director Andrew Lau) as a triad embedded in police HQ. Each is assigned by his respective boss to flush out the other mole, leading to escalating tension and identity crises all round.

Wait, you’re telling me that Hollywood basically redid a foreign language film and turned it into a cash cow? How unusual.

I found a trailer with an English voiceover, rather than the original trailer, to help you out.

4. Once Upon a Time In America (1984)

Sergio Leone’s final masterpiece is a Jewish gangster epic, spanning 50 years, with a Proustian approach to time and memory. De Niro plays a guilt-ridden thug seeking the truth about a botched heist that left his friends dead. A Lower East Side childhood gives way to prohibition-era violence and political corruption, set to one of Ennio Morricone’s most sublime scores.

That’s de Niro before he started cashing any old cheque, and James Woods before he turned into a conspiracy wackjob:

3. The Godfather (1972)

Francis Ford Coppola’s magisterial mobster epic is packed with dialogue and scene-settings that have since been enshrined in the gangster movie lexicon. But my favourites are the little things: Michael noticing his hand doesn’t shake when he lights a cigarette, or the bodyguard’s sidelong glance as Michael’s lovely Sicilian bride prepares to start the car. None of it ever gets old.

The trailer, however, is very old.

Compare that to the trailer for The Matrix Resurrections.

Will we still be talking about The Matrix Resurrections 50 years from now?

2. Goodfellas (1990)

Ray Liotta provides voiceover as the outsider inducted into an Italian-American crime syndicate in Scorsese’s everyday story of extortion, robbery and murder by guys who aren’t as smart as they think they are. Pesci gets the showy loose-cannon role, but it’s De Niro who is the really scary one as he sits at the bar, silently plotting to kill his friends.

I watched this a while ago for the first time. It’s bloody brilliant.

The customary drum roll request.

Your number one mobster movie according to The Guardian is…

1. The Godfather Part II (1974)

Part two of Coppola’s peerless gangster saga surpasses its predecessor as it takes the Corleone family in two directions: back into the past to trace Don Corleone’s rise from orphaned Sicilian immigrant to Little Italy crime lord, and forward into the 1950s with his son, who consolidates his power but, in a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions, destroys his family in his process.

It had to be.

Given that both The Godfather and The Godfather Part II make the top five, you might be wondering what went wrong with The Godfather Part III.

In short, it has been criticised to the point that director Francis Ford Coppola has been itching for a redo.

He’s since been given that chance, re-editing the final film in his epic Godfather trilogy, with The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone:

You can see the full list of 30 mobster movies ranked here.

[source:guardian]

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Monday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/monday-morning-spice-521/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/monday-morning-spice-521/#respond Mon, 13 Sep 2021 05:02:25 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588771 Regulator Approves Pfizer Vaccine For Children Over 12 In South Africa – South Africa approved Pfizer’s vaccine for use for children over the age of 12, a boost to the country’s immunisation program. [btech]

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North Korea Says It Successfully Tested Long-Range Missiles – North Korea says it successfully test fired what it described as newly developed long-range cruise missiles over the weekend, its first known testing activity in months, underscoring how it continues to expand its military capabilities amid a stalemate in nuclear negotiations with the United States. [npr]

Virgin Galactic Sees Delay To Space Mission With Italian Air Force – Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc on Friday flagged a delay to its first commercial research mission with the Italian Air Force to mid-October due to a potential manufacturing defect. [reuters]

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Could Formula 1 Return To South Africa? https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/could-formula-1-return-to-south-africa/ Mon, 13 Sep 2021 04:45:57 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589198 [imagesource: Unsplash]

Formula 1 is one of the most-watched sports competitions in the world. It enjoys a viewership of around 2 billion people each year and is one of just a few truly international competitions. However, despite its teams and drivers competing in the “World Championship”, Formula 1 doesn’t have a race on the continent of Africa. 

This could all change at some point in the future. The sport’s owners, who bought it in 2017, have been on a mission to make it appeal to a much wider audience. They’ve taken many steps to achieve this, such as rescheduling race weekends to make them more exciting, introduced more interactive elements, and provided more in-race data to fans. 

Betting on F1 has also become more popular in recent years too, with many fans taking advantage of free bet promotions to place wagers on the outcome of the races and championships. This has been helped by the sport providing more data to betting companies and the first iGaming sponsors appearing at the side of tracks. 

Another step has been to add new races to the calendar, including a second US Grand Prix in 2022, and the return of the Dutch Grand Prix in 2021. Formula 1’s management are still working hard to add even more races in potentially lucrative markets, one of which is South Africa. 

There’s good reason for this too. South Africa is a big sporting nation with almost every discipline played at some level in the country, though football, cricket, and rugby are by far the most popular. The country is a major venue on the international stage too, hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2010 and the South Africa national rugby union team being ranked number one in the world. 

However, for fans of motorsport, there aren’t many opportunities in the country. 

Motorsport in South Africa

Motorsport South Africa is the national governing body for motorsport in the country, and its website lists the many scheduled events that take place under its jurisdiction. However, most of these are fairly low-level competitions.

International-level competitions have been run in the country though, but most have ceased to operate. The Formula Volkswagen South Africa Championship only ran until 2013, while the other three championships all folded in the 1970s. 

The South African National Rally Championship is the only major tournament still running in the country. 

Hosting a round of the F1 World Championship would, therefore, be an exciting prospect for motorsport fans in the country and on the continent. 

Image: Unsplash

Once Upon a Time

This wasn’t always the case though. Throughout much of the second half of the 20th century, South Africa was a regular fixture on the Formula 1 World Championship calendar. In fact, during the years when non-championship races were commonplace, the country hosted a second race known as the Rand Grand Prix, though the results didn’t count towards the championship. 

The first official South African Grand Prix took place at the Prince George Circuit in Easton London on 29th December 1962, while the last took place in 1993 at the Kyalami circuit. Since then, Formula 1 hasn’t returned to the country or the African continent though there have been numerous attempts to bring it back

South Africa also produced a lot of Formula 1 drivers. There have been 23 in total who have competed in 190 races across 151 different Grands Prix. The first was Tony Maggs, who competed in his debut race at Great Britain in 1961, though the most famous and most successful driver from the country was Jody Scheckter, who raced between 1972 and 1980 and won 10 events. 

However, after Scheckter retired in 1980, there has been a 41-year drought on South African talent coming into the sport. Hosting a race in South Africa could potentially inspire a new generation of drivers. 

How Likely is it?

Establishing that a race in South Africa would be a great boon for the sport and the country isn’t enough. A lot of things need to fall into place for a Grand Prix to be held in the country. 

Firstly, South Africa needs to get an FIA Grade One circuit. At present, the Kyalami Circuit is only Grade Two and will require modifications to bring it up to standard. 

Secondly, there needs to be someone willing to fund the race, either private or public entities, and it’s unclear as to where that money would come from. And finally, Formula 1 needs to find space on its already busy schedule. This could be done, but would likely come at the expense of another race, something that is always controversial. 

Despite support at all levels of the sport, these are significant hurdles to overcome. So while a South African Grand Prix is possible, don’t expect to see one anytime soon.

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Why Do Women And Girls Struggle To Get An Autism Diagnosis? https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/why-do-women-and-girls-struggle-to-get-an-autism-diagnosis/ Mon, 13 Sep 2021 04:35:59 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589216 [imagesource: Alexander Dummer / Unsplash]

A late autism diagnosis can lead to life-altering consequences for the person. After all, boys who are diagnosed are more likely to get the educational and social support they need from an early age. This can be instrumental in the sort of person they grow up to become.

Of course, if you have found that you’ve waited years for your diagnosis, and the lack of support you’ve received due to this has affected your life, you may be able to sue your GP for misdiagnosis. That said, for young girls and women who want to get a head start on their diagnosis, this article could help.

Here, we want to describe the common autism symptoms in women and girls, and explain a little bit about why it’s more difficult to get the diagnosis than it is for men. We’ll then provide a bit of advice for getting the diagnosis you want, so take a look…

What Are the Signs of Autism in Adults?

Before we can understand how autism looks different in girls than in boys, let’s first dive into how autism presents itself in adults. Some common symptoms could include:

  • Not understanding what others are thinking or feeling
  • Having difficulty saying how you feel
  • Getting anxious about heading into social situations
  • Trouble making friends
  • Preferring to be on your own
  • Not understanding sarcasm, or taking things too literally
  • Liking routine, and getting anxious when this routine changes

How Does Autism Present Itself in Women and Girls?

For women with autism, it seems that a diagnosis is much trickier due to various reasons we will describe later. For women and girls with autism, it may present in more subtle forms, and these might consist of:

  • Noticing they have different interests to their peers, for example not caring about fashion trends.
  • Appearing to be immature or naïve due to this non-comformity.
  • Preferring solitude, and only keeping a small group of close friends.
  • Focusing on specific interests and ignoring or showing little interest in others.
  • Being sensitive to textures and preferring comfortable clothing.
  • Remaining in the peripheries of social situations.
  • Escaping into nature.
  • Demonstrating different parts of her personality in different social settings.
  • Meltdowns at home due to public attempts to fit in.
  • Exhaustion from trying to imitate social rules.
  • Anxiety in social situations.

Image: Sharon McCutcheon / Unsplash

5 Reasons Why Women and Girls May Not Get Their Autism Diagnosis

The Guardian released a report in 2018 that demonstrated how gender bias has even made its way into the diagnosis of autism. In fact, the diagnosis ratio of autism between men and women is three to one.

Traditionally, this led people to believe that simply more men have autism, but the truth is autism in girls simply looks different from the stereotype. This has made diagnosis for many women and girls difficult.

There are a number of reasons why girls with autism might not get their diagnosis until much later in life, if at all. These reasons might include:

Not Exhibiting the Same Behaviour as Males with Autism

Autism is characterised by certain symptoms that we’ve described above, however, it may present itself differently in women. For example, flapping hands is a common symptom recognised by doctors, but girls may not exhibit repetitive behaviours like this. Instead, they may be quieter about the repetitive behaviours they do have, rather than outwardly showing them.

Doctor Dismissal of Intense Interest in Things

A clear sign of autism is having an intense interest in something. However, for many girls with autism, this interest might manifest itself in stereotypically “girly” things, like makeup or horses. This might, therefore, be dismissed as normal by doctors.

Autistic Girls Are Better at Controlling Their Behaviours than Boys

For girls with autism, controlling their behaviour in public is something that becomes normal, unlike boys. For example, they might learn to hold eye contact, or be interested in making friends, which can appear “normal”.

This is known as “camouflaging”, and reports have shown that women are more able to mask their social differences perhaps due to increased social pressure to fit in. It might also be surrounded by gendered expectations of social behaviour, alongside their enhanced social skills.

Some classic signs of camouflaging might include:

  • Forcing eye contact during conversations, or faking it by looking between peoples’ eyes.
  • Preparing jokes or phrases ahead of time.
  • Feigning interest in a group’s topic of conversation.
  • Imitating social behaviours, facial expressions, and gestures.
  • Practicing smiling to initiate conversations.
  • Learning to speak more quietly.

Of course, there are men with autism who also camouflage to “fit in”. However, it’s shown that women and girls are more liekly to do so, based on the social pressures of women.

Girls May be Diagnosed with ADHD Instead

ADHD in girls can look similar to ASD on the surface. From struggling to fit into social situations, to trouble navigating friendships, the symptoms seem to reflect one another on the surface.

Image: Sam Manns / Unsplash

Why is This Delayed Diagnosis a Problem for Autistic Girls?

It’s clear to see that women and girls are not getting the autism diagnoses they deserve. Whether it be due to doctor ignorance, camouflaging, or gender bias, there’s lots behind it. What’s clear to see is that young girls aren’t getting the support they need in education and social life to thrive.

It could also be why many young girls are being bullied at school, leading to depression and anxiety, as well as low self-esteem. Clearly, it’s a problem that needs to be addressed.

Have you got autism and had trouble getting your diagnosis? Or, perhaps you think you might have ASD and are struggling to get the diagnosis you need. Whatever it may be, be sure to leave your experiences and thoughts in the comments down below.

Please be advised that this article is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for advice from a trained medical professional. Be sure to consult a medical professional or healthcare provider if you’re seeking medical advice, diagnoses, or treatment. We are not liable for risks or issues associated with using or acting upon the information on this site.

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What Are The Most Common Causes Of Sepsis? https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/what-are-the-most-common-causes-of-sepsis/ Mon, 13 Sep 2021 04:30:00 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589207 [imagesource:

Sepsis may not sound life-threatening or scary, after all, what could a mere infection possibly do to cause any harm? Well, the truth is that it is actually deemed to be a medical emergency, and anyone who spots the signs should seek medical attention immediately.

Whether you caught an infection in hospital or elsewhere, it can lead to sepsis. But what exactly is this, and why is it so scary?

In this article, we’ll be exploring the definition of sepsis, some sepsis-related worldwide statistics, the common causes, who is likely to get it, and what to do if you spot the signs. So, for all this, read on…

What is Sepsis?

Sepsis is a blood infection, which is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It happens when an infection in the body triggers a chain reaction. These initial infections usually start in the:

  • Lungs
  • Urinary tract
  • Skin
  • Gastrointestinal tracts

The weakening of the immune system and infectious matter coursing through the body can lead to infections in the blood. This can lead to rapid tissue damage and organ failure and, without rapid treatment, can lead to death.

Sepsis can be acquired in any setting, whether in a community setting, at home, or in hospital. This is why knowing the signs of sepsis in yourself and others is paramount.

Some Sepsis-Related Statistics

According to the World Health Organisation, sepsis is a response to infection, and is often the final cause of death for many infectious diseases. A recent study in 2017 estimated that there were 48.9 million cases and 11 million sepsis-related deaths worldwide. This accounts for around 20 percent of global deaths.

Half of these cases occurred among children, with approximately 85 percent of sepsis-related deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries. Infections in a healthcare environment are the leading cause of sepsis, leading to hundreds of millions of cases, and thousands of deaths each year.

Considering the fact that these infections are often antibiotic resistant and take affect rapidly, seeking medical attention early on is paramount.

Who Can Suffer from Sepsis?

Anybody can contract sepsis, but there are certain people who may be more likely to. These include:

  • People with weakened immune systems
  • Babies under one years old
  • People older than 65 years old
  • People who have recovered from sepsis in the past
  • Anyone with a chronic medical condition, like kidney disease, cancer, or diabetes
  • People who are severely ill
  • People who are currently hospitalised

Image: Kelly Sikkema / Unsplash

What Are the Main Causes of Sepsis?

Bacterial Infections

According to MedlinePlus, bacterial infections are the most common cause of sepsis. This is when infectious bacteria, which reproduces quickly in your body, gives off toxins which can damage tissue and make you ill. Some examples of bacteria that cause infections include

  • Streptococcus
  • Staphylococcus
  • E. Coli.
  • Pseudomonas Aeruginosa
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Carbapenemase Producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE)
  • Clostridium difficile (C. diff)

To treat these, antibiotics are used, but the infections may spread to the blood leading to sepsis, which isn’t so simple to counteract.

Viral Infections

Viral infections can have similar effects on the body, although they are caused by completely different pathogens. They are germs that live inside living cells, requiring these living cells to replicate. Some examples of viruses you may have heard of include:

  • Ebola
  • HIV
  • COVID-19
  • Influenza
  • HIV, which can lead to AIDS
  • Meningitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Herpes
  • Rotavirus

Viral infections may be minor, but the truth is that any virus can lead to sepsis if the right conditions are in place.

Hospital Acquired Infections

Both bacterial and viral infections can be acquired in a number of ways, but many are caused during a patient’s hospital stay. For starters, surgeries of all kinds can lead to sepsis if the wound site becomes infected. It can also manifest elsewhere in the body, and is known as post-operative sepsis; a rare complication of surgery.

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can occur if the patient is catheterized during and after surgery. What’s more, inactivity can cause pneumonia, which is not uncommon after surgery.

In order to avoid this, patient’s wound sites are monitored regularly for signs of redness, warmth, puss and fever. In addition, patients are encouraged to get up and about as quickly as possible, alongside partaking in deep breathing exercises to strengthen the airways.

How Has COVID-19 Caused Sepsis Rates to Increase?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, infections caught in hospital have increased. In fact, the first wave of the virus saw one in 10 covid sufferers catching the virus in hospital. It’s thought that this number increased as the virus took hold.

This has added a whole new layer to the problem of infections caught in hospitals. As we’ve seen, sepsis manifests itself through other infectious diseases, so it’s no wonder these rates have increased over the course of the past 18 months.

Image: Viktor Forgacs / Unsplash

Know What to Look For

Sepsis is a life-threatening medical emergency. If you or someone you know has a fever, high heart rate or blood pressure, is clammy, has trouble breathing, is confused or disoriented, or in extreme pain or discomfort, seek medical attention immediately.

Please be advised that this article is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for advice from a trained medical professional. Be sure to consult a medical professional or healthcare provider if you’re seeking medical advice, diagnoses, or treatment. We are not liable for risks or issues associated with using or acting upon the information on this site.

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How To Monetise News Applications In 2021 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/how-to-monetise-news-applications-in-2021/ Mon, 13 Sep 2021 04:25:02 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589226 Most people think that they have to set up paid applications before they can gain money from apps. But free apps bring in way more revenue than paid apps since customers would go for these free apps rather than paying to download. 

It might surprise you to know that news applications also earn money even if they are free apps. Although you think your users can do nothing but read the news, you can still earn money through these downloadable applications. You can set up free news apps through this service, then use different methods to monetize them. 

In this guide, we would cover the different ways you can monetize news applications in 2021.

Ways to Monetize Your News App

Monetizing your news app simply means that you can use the application to make money. With these methods, you can leverage your many users to make a profit while you earn money, especially if you don’t have a lot of funding to run your app on your own.

Monetizing your news application is an effective way to make money, since most people spend their time on mobile apps, especially checking the latest updates and news. 

  • In-App Advertisements

One way you can monetize your news app is through in-app advertisements. When you check out news apps, you might notice advertisements in corners of the app or whenever you click on headlines, ads can pop up and wait for five seconds before you can skip. You can get paid by these advertisers to place the ads.

  • In-App Purchases

You can also create in-app purchases on your news application, especially if you have videos. You can ask your readers to update the app so that they can see all the videos without any ads. You might also ask your readers to pay before they can get certain information.

  • Guest Writers and Bloggers

You can get paid by guest bloggers and writers on your news application. Writers can pay you so that they have a slot on your app to post information, articles and other write-ups. Bloggers can also need spots on your news app, so they can pay to get them. You can advertise your news app widely so that you get interested bloggers and writers who are interested. 

  • Create and Sell Subscriptions

Another thing you can do to monetize your news app is create e-papers and sell subscriptions to them. This would limit what your readers can do for free, but it would also encourage them to pay a small fee to get more information. Then, they can get daily emails once they pay for the subscription. Your news app can also include paid membership for those who want to get special services.

  • Sponsorships

You can get investors, advertisers and sponsors to fund your news application. Most investors do this in return for posting their products and services on your news app for free. But if you want to get sponsorships, you need to make your news app popular and credible so that they can be attracted to you.

  • Affiliate Programs

You can join affiliate programs and advertise popular apps with your news app. With major companies like Microsoft, Apple and Google, you get to join these affiliate programs, collect commissions and gain profit. You can also look for ways to get partnerships with other organizations too.

Monetize Your News App Today

It’s a great idea to invest in a free news app, as it would be highly profitable as long as you do it the right way. You can combine different kinds of monetization methods to gain high profit from your news app, but ensure that regardless of what you do, you maintain a high level of quality to your readers. You should also focus on marketing your app regularly.

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Video Roulette’s Advantages Over Table Roulette https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/video-roulettes-advantages-over-table-roulette/ Mon, 13 Sep 2021 04:22:04 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589234 Roulette is called the “queen of gambling”, which is indispensable for any casino, both land-based and online. At the moment, there are many variations of this game, although the basic principles remain unchanged – you need to guess the colour or number by placing bets before starting the spin of the wheel, the result of which will be determined by the ball stopped in a certain cell. An interesting feature is the ability to bet on a wide range of events, increasing the likelihood of at least one of them falling out and, accordingly, the chances of winning.

Despite the many modifications of the “Wheel of Fortune”, its design assumes the presence of two basic blocks – a table for betting on roulette and the wheel itself with a ball, which will determine the winning number or colour.

Players place bets with chips of different denominations, while taking into account the rules for placing tokens on the field. Bets are allowed on one number, a group of numbers, red or black, a field of zero and others. After that, the rotation of the wheel (spin) is started and the result is determined.

Like many other games, casinos are always looking for opportunities to expand their offerings and gain more customers. Here video roulette saves and gives players the opportunity to enjoy this classic slot machine. Of course, video roulette cannot replace the appeal of table roulette. But there are other benefits that deserve attention. In this article, we will describe how video roulette relates to the desktop version. We will also tell you why it’s worse than table roulette. But first, let’s look at how to play video roulette and how it differs from other electronic options.

Video roulette game algorithm

Video roulette is very similar to video poker and slot machines in that it is in the shape of a cupboard. This is because the loneliness of video roulette attracts slot machine fans. The cabinet has two partitions, one at the top and the other at the nearest damaged part. The top screen shows the rounds and results of the games created by the computer, and the bottom screen shows the roulette table and betting options.

Start playing this game by entering money as a card into the card controller. When you enter money, the balance appears in the lower right corner of the screen. Select the number as part of the table you want to insert. 

If you select a small name, such as $ 1 or $ 2, press the number / section repeatedly to insert more chips; you will also see a change in the value of the character on the right. This allows you to choose the size of the chips you are betting on. This is basically the same as placing chips on a regular roulette table.

Video roulette against electronic roulette and fast roulette

Video roulette slots are similar to the look of the box and the betting process. However, video roulette is often confused with two types of games, including electronic and fast roulette. In electronic roulette, you play a machine similar to the video version. In the middle of the bike you will see a collection of electronic roulette wheels. All slot machine members rely on the same roulette wheels, which are similar to the desktop version. The video is similar to roulette in that it uses an electronic screen to select the value of chips and bets. Fast roulette combines elements of video and electronic roulette. Everyone has their own car and video screen where you can bet, and the main difference is that the dealer does not control the bike. Instead, the trachea pushes the ball toward the ball. But fast roulette differs in that it has a dealer and the right roulette table. 

Video roulette vs table roulette

The main reason why casinos love video roulette is that it allows you to play less complicated free games.

You don’t have to pay merchants for every dish. Instead, the software processes bets and starts games.

But what are the advantages of a player? Below you can see all the benefits of video roulette.

You need a certain type of person to play board games. Board players especially love gaming games from a social standpoint. However, there are many other players who want to bet.

And video roulette is for these people. There is no need to communicate with anyone while playing video roulette. All you have to do is deposit the money and start playing.

Another plus is that you don’t have to worry about dependence on other players when building. This is a common problem with table roulette because everyone bets on the same table in a short amount of time. Roulette video is quieter because only you and the car. You can hurry up and really consider your bet.

The bullying factor has disappeared

Some people never play casinos for fear of etiquette and rules. Here are some basic rules of roulette etiquette.

  1. Colour-tagged IDs should be separated from other IDs.
  2. Never place bets after the dealer has said, “Betting is gone.
  3. Seller’s offer per hour (discussed later).
  4. Don’t worry about winning, as it can be boring.
  5. Ask the other player to place chips for a particular bet while sitting on the other side of the table.

No one wants to break the rules of standard stickers or roulette. It is unfortunate that the dealer and / or other players blame you for the error.

However, you don’t have to worry about using video roulette, as the device solves many important problems on its own. All you have to do is select a chip value and set your favourite bets. You can also enjoy 777 original gaming bonuses for comfortable gaming.

Great way to learn roulette

Video roulette is a great bridge if you want to play behind ordinary tables. Use the video version to learn more about betting and betting.

Once you are happy with the video roulette bets, you can easily place the bet on the live table.

This is also a great way to offer betting systems as another strategy that interests you. You can use the same methods when you start playing table roulette.

You can control the speed of the game

With video roulette you have more control over the game, you decide when the rounds will be played and how much time you will bet between rounds.

Unlike table roulette, where the dealer only gives players some time to bet. The seller is responsible for maintaining a reasonable pace of play. After all, casinos earn more when there are a few rounds per hour.

In general, experienced roulette players have no major problems with timely bets. It is busy, however, when there are several players at the table and everyone comes to the table to build. This leads to another thing: you can easily reach the entire field of car roulette. However, at regular tables, players cannot get to the end of the board.

More trends

Most roulette tables have an electronic control panel that displays the last 10 or 20 winning numbers. This is suitable for bookmakers who want to place additional bets using the previous results to determine the next bet. Some videos go further and offer more statistics.

An example is the latest percentage of wins per bet for red and black, high and low or equal and odd. Another example is a hot / cold number for a specific range of results (e.g. 50 or 100 rpm). These statistics are not available for all video roulettes. However, it will be interesting to read them when they become available. We will not use the above results to determine the next bet, as this will not change the interests of the house. But again, some gamers love betting on fashion and have added statistics along with camcorders.

There are no traders

There are no gaming rules that require advice from board game manufacturers. However, this is considered good etiquette because customers rely on advice when paying. By default, the seller’s advice is $ 5 for each hour of the meal. This can result in an additional profit of about $ 30, depending on how many players are sitting at the table per hour.

Playing roulette makes it easier to destroy a house. Sometimes, though, it’s good to save an extra $ 5 an hour with a video game.

The minimum

Any player with low stakes will estimate that the video game has the lowest minimum stakes. If you use an average camcorder, you only have to pay $ 1 for the bet. Compare this to table roulette, which often requires a minimum bet of $ 5 or $ 25 per round.

For some roulette players, it’s more than convenient to bet on each spin. But with the camera, you can add even more to your low budget.

Disadvantages of video roulette compared to table roulette

Video roulette has a number of benefits that players may not even notice when they get to the table. However, the video version also has drawbacks. Otherwise, the casino will just add all the machine tables.

We don’t see as many disadvantages as the advantages of video roulette. However, these shortcomings in roulette are well thought out.

There are no social problems

The main disadvantage of video roulette is that it completely eliminates the social side of the equation. It was mentioned earlier that some players don’t want to play only in casinos, especially if the rules and etiquette intimidate them. Fortunately, such players can find something interesting for themselves on the Internet. For example, many brand new online casinos can offer a game of online roulette. The player only needs to choose a brand casino, which he will play, having previously researched reviews from gambling experts about the work of such a casino. However, most roulette players need social beliefs, so they opt for this game.

With video roulette, you can see the device in many circles

Of course, you can talk to the player left or right. However, you will find that most slot machine players like to be alone. Many players wonder why they came to the casino to play video roulette. Finally, if you know simulated roulette, you can play it on your smartphone. The casino still has a certain vibe for video roulette players. However, not everyone seems to be happy with this atmosphere as video roulette is an activity.

Higher fees

Video roulette, however, allows you to control the speed of the game, but the downside is that most players play a lot more spins than at a regular table. Again, you have complete control over the speed of video roulette. The train, however, only takes a few seconds and offers plenty of alternative free time. No one is standing in front of the camcorder and waiting 10-20 seconds for the end of the tour. This means you can play faster or sit after each round.

The only advantage is that the losses are always smaller than on a regular table. Here is an example of the theoretical loss of a video roulette table:

  • bet $10 per roulette spin;
  • there are 50 shifts per hour at the table;
  • 50×10 = $500;
  • house – 5.26%;
  • 500×0.526 = nominal loss of $26.30;
  • bet $ 1 per game in roulette!;
  • do 150 laps per hour;
  • 150×1 = $150;
  • house – 5.26%;
  • 150×0.526 = $7.89 theoretical loss.

In the desktop version, you lose three times as much, even if you only play a third of the rounds.

Spins

One of the funniest things about table roulette is that you can take a closer look at the dealer spinning the ball and circling. Also, think carefully about how the ball bounces and eventually falls into your pocket.

Video roulette offers a similar experience when you see a ball and a circle on the top screen. But watching a computer program spinning a simulated circle and a simulated ball is quite different.

Some players also don’t like the Random Number Generator (RNG), which determines whether they win or lose.

RNG simulates the same odds as traditional roulette. Instead of physically controlling the circle where the ball lands, this spell remains in the hands of a computer program.

In the long run, it doesn’t matter if you play at a table or in a car; the probability is the same. However, many players physically want to see roulette scores on the right table.

European or French video roulette

The structure of the roulette wheel is somewhat different in the European and American versions – the latter assumes two “zero” fields and is considered a more difficult option in terms of getting winnings.

The domestic advantage is 2.70% in European roulette and 1.35% in French roulette. Both games are better than American roulette, which offers 5.26% house.

Of course, you want to play European or French roulette, as this will give you more chances to win. And he believes there are more and more French and European video roulettes in inland casinos because it saves a lot of money on retailers ’salaries. At least in American casinos, there are several European video roulette machines. But they are too far away and bad for my taste.

Conclusion

Video roulette also offers other benefits to players. However, this does not necessarily mean that video roulette is automatically better than table roulette. Whether you like the desktop version of a video depends on how much weight you give to its pros and cons.

Some roulette fans only play at tables because they see no reason to play if they don’t like it for social reasons. This ignores all the benefits of video roulette offered by these players. Others appreciate the various advantages of roulette, such as privacy, lower minimum bet, better control and no collisions with other players.

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Has Online Gaming Surpassed The Movie Experience? https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/has-online-gaming-surpassed-the-movie-experience/ Mon, 13 Sep 2021 03:57:20 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589443 In the modern world, especially with Millennials and Gen Z taking over, movies have lost the charm they once used to have. Today, people have countless options to spend their time on, from online games to social media; these options never end. 

There was a time when people didn’t have as many choices as they do today; everyone watched movies because there were no better options available. The movie industry boomed in the late 20th century with new inventions and breakthroughs; people were amazed at the marvels of the movie industry and rushed to the cinemas to watch the latest premiere. 

However, during the 21st century, with the advent of video games, this has changed. Countless people, especially the younger generation, are much more inclined towards the gaming experience than the cinematic one. There are myriad reasons for this; some have to do with the incomplete experience that movies provide in comparison to gaming, while others pertain to the wide range of options available in online gaming.

What Makes Online Gaming Better Than Movies?

There are countless factors that might explain why online gaming has become much more famous. The first and foremost is that unlike in the movies, you actually get to experience firsthand what it’s like to be the main character. 

With ever-improving graphics and gameplay, the gaming experience has become so surreal and breathtaking that it leaves the user in awe of what lies before their eyes. Games like Uncharted, Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, and many more have made the gaming experience special. These games provide an experience that no cinematic presentation could ever provide. 

Secondly, with ever-improving storylines and plot twists, video games have become more like interactive movies that allow you to play the main character and do anything you want. Video games provide an escape that you just can’t find with movies.

On top of this, video games are available for every set of audiences that you can imagine. From toddlers to 70-year-old grandpas and grandmas, there is a game for everyone. If you’re a sports fan, there is a game for you; from NBA 2k to FIFA to Madden, there is something for everyone. Now this new sector of online gaming, through PC’s, laptops or mobiles isn’t exclusive to just conventional video games, as if you’re someone who likes casino games, Casumo adds new casino games regularly on their website. This new area, commonly called “iGaming” is a new genre for gamers who perhaps aren’t familiar with regular casinos, but still enjoy games or poker or slots, but if you’re more of a traditionalist who is into first-person shooter games, you have an ocean of options to explore. 

Video games offer a much broader experience that many people prefer over movies. Mobile games like PUBG, Candy Crush, and other strategy-based games have played a major role in pushing the gaming industry ahead of showbiz.

Furthermore, millions of people have adopted gaming as a full-time profession and make a healthy living out of it, which is also a reason for the rise in popularity of online gaming.

Numbers That Show Why the Gaming Industry Is Bigger Than Showbiz

The gaming industry makes more than films and music combined. The money generated from the global gaming industry is estimated to be in excess of $150 billion, whereas the box office and the music industry amounted to less than $65 billion. These numbers are evidence of the fact that the gaming industry is much bigger than any other avenue you can find in entertainment.

Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic, which wrecked the box office and music industry, spelt gains for the gaming industry. IDC calculated the global gaming revenue for 2020 rose to $180 billion, a rise of 20%, more than the showbiz and North American Sports industry combined. All this proves that people are transitioning more towards the online gaming industry and letting go of movies; it isn’t like movies will not exist anymore; it’s just that they won’t be as big as they were.

For example, before movies became the primary source of entertainment, people used to go to the theatre to watch plays and operas and whatnot. But as soon as a better option came along, people moved on from theatre. The same can be said regarding online gaming and movies; although movies will always be there, online gaming is the future and is already much bigger than the showbiz industry.

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What’s The Latest On The Guntrader Data Breach? https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/whats-the-latest-on-the-guntrader-data-breach/ Mon, 13 Sep 2021 03:55:02 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589420 [imagesource: Sebastian Pociecha via Unsplash]

Unfortunately, data breaches are all too common in this day and age. Over the past few years, an untold number of organisations have failed to keep the personal details of their customers, partners, and employees secure, leading to high-profile cyber-security incidents and data breaches.

One such incident was the Guntrader data breach, which came to light in July 2021. Guntrader is a leading website for buying and selling shotguns and rifles in the UK, with thousands of customers using the site to trade their firearms.

In this post, we’ll be detailing the Guntrader data breach in full, as well as providing further insight into how the incident has continued to develop in the months since it first came to light.

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What Initially Happened in the Guntrader Data Breach?

In the Guntrader data breach, the firearm dealer’s internal database was accessed by an unauthorised third party. The database in question was said to contain the details of around 110,000 users who were registered between 2016 and 2021. The details of the database were then published to the dark web, compromising the privacy, and security, of the customers whose data was exposed.

Guntrader’s initial response to the breach was to send out an urgent notice to their users, as well as contacting various authorities, such as the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and National Crime Agency (NCA).

The database which was published on the dark web is said to have included names, mobile phone numbers, email addresses and geolocations. Payment logs were also included, but credit card information was not.

Of course, this particular data breach spawned several unique safety concerns for affected individuals. As gun ownership is tightly controlled in the UK, the point was quickly made that anyone whose data was exposed in the Guntrader data breach was at risk of being targeted by criminals.

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) recognised this and published a statement on its website in response to the breach which read: “The National Crime Agency is aware of the issue and BASC is working with them to ensure we can update members as quickly as possible as the situation develops.

“Our advice to members would be to check home security and be extra vigilant.  Make sure all firearms are appropriately locked away and make sure buildings are kept secure.  Follow normal good crime security advice and report anything suspicious to the police.”

What Has Happened Since the Guntrader Data Breach Originally Took Place?

There have been a number of worrying developments to the Guntrader data breach since the story originally broke in July. At the start of September, it was discovered that an animal rights activist, who accessed the database through the dark web, published home addresses, postcodes, phone numbers, email addresses and IP addresses of Guntrader users in a blog post. The activist also asked his readers to contact as many Guntrader users as possible to ‘ask if they are involved in shooting animals’.

The data in question was dumped online as a Google Earth-compatible CSV file that pinpointed the addresses as likely firearm storage locations.

In response to this recent development, BASC has reminded the shooting community to remain vigilant around security and to report any concerns to the police. Google has also removed the CSV file from Google Drive that was linked to the blog.

What Will Happen Next in the Guntrader Data Breach?

Investigations into the Guntrader data breach are still ongoing, so there is no confirmation as to what the next steps are likely to be. The South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit is leading the criminal investigation into the incident and is being supported by various authorities such as the NCA and ICO.

Any organisation that holds personal data and fails to keep it secure – as was the case here – will firstly face disciplinary action in the form of a hefty fine. 

As an example of how seriously the ICO treats data breaches, British Airways were fined £183.4 million for infringements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). While the Guntrader data breach is not on the same scale as this example, it does demonstrate just how big a fine can be under certain circumstances.

Under normal circumstances, the fine that is issued will normally be a maximum of £20 million or 4% of the company’s global turnover – whichever is higher.

Guntrader will also have to contend with the fact that they could face plenty of compensation claims from affected customers.

If an individual’s data is compromised due to an organisation’s failure to keep it secure, they will likely be in a position to make a claim. This is true even if that individual did not suffer any direct financial loss – the stress and uncertainty associated with losing data often evidence enough.

What Should Guntrader Users Do Next?

If you’re a Guntrader user and you have been contacted to inform you that your data was compromised – or you have strong reason to believe that this is the case – there are a number of simple steps to take to stay safe and to avoid your data being misused.

If you’re concerned about your physical safety, it’s important to get in touch with the police to voice your concerns. In addition to this, you can lockdown your accounts by changing your passwords, getting up to date security software and contacting your bank to ensure your financial details haven’t been compromised.

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Are you Concerned About the Guntrader Data Breach?

In this post, we’ve covered the latest updates on the Guntrader data breach, as well as looking ahead to what might happen in the future as the case develops.

Do you have any particular concerns about the Guntrader data breach moving forwards? Feel free to leave a comment below so we can keep the discussion going!

Please be advised that this article is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for advice from a trained legal professional. Be sure to consult a lawyer/solicitor if you’re seeking advice on the law. We are not liable for risks or issues associated with using or acting upon the information on this site.

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Eight Reasons To Emigrate From South Africa To The UK https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/13/eight-reasons-to-emigrate-from-south-africa-to-the-uk/ Mon, 13 Sep 2021 03:45:02 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=589436 [imagesource: Charles Postiaux / Unsplash]

Immigration to the UK from South Africa has increased in recent years and there are several reasons why people decide to make the move. Families often move for good employment prospects and better-quality schools, while single people might move to meet new people and embrace a different culture.

It’s important to thoroughly consider your reasons for moving as they can influence what type of visa you apply for. For example, single individuals hoping to pursue their careers should apply for work visas, whereas families may be better suited looking into UK family visas. No matter your reasons, it’s a good idea to start the visa application process early on to avoid disappointment.

Though the process of moving may seem complicated and you may have your doubts, immigrating to the UK can be an incredible opportunity for you and your family. Don’t believe us? Here are a few reasons why you should move to the UK from South Africa… 

Why Should South Africans Move to the UK?

High-Quality Public Schools 

The UK is known worldwide for its high-quality education, with half a million students studying in the UK from all across the world. With high rankings in both public and private schools, you needn’t worry about where your child is studying. Public funded schools perform well, but if you did want to pay for private education, there are a number of high standard private schools across the country. 

Government Funded National Health Service (NHS)

Private medical costs in South Africa can be extortionate and it’s sometimes the only route to go down, as state-funded care is often underfunded and under-resourced. 

You won’t have this problem in the UK. The NHS is a government-funded health care service available to all, whether you are a British citizen or a migrant. Recognised for its great quality service, the NHS is a free of charge service, so you won’t have to worry about the additional costs. 

Lower Crime Rates  

Unfortunately, the crime rate in South Africa is known to be one of the highest in the world, with horrific crimes like rape, murder, hijackings, and theft regularly reported. Though the UK’s crime rate isn’t the lowest in the world, it’s much lower than South Africa’s and is generally a very safe place to live. Be mindful that petty crimes do still exist, like they do in most countries. 

Low Unemployment Rates

The UK is a great place to be for employment opportunities, with many jobs available to both British citizens and migrants, in various career sectors. The covid pandemic has led to an increase in the number of businesses that are desperately in need of employees. Could this give you the perfect opportunity to find a career in the field you want? 

No Language Barrier

One thing that makes the move to the UK from South Africa an easy transition is that the countries share the same language. This makes things like employment, enrolling into schools, and everyday communication, a far simpler task. Nevertheless, don’t let the standard British accent on TV fool you, there are a variety of unusual accents up and down the country, some less easy to understand. 

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Pound Sterling Ranks Fifth Highest in the World

Unfortunately, the South African rand is a weakening currency. The pound sterling, on the other hand, is one of the strongest currencies, currently ranking as the fifth most valuable currency in the whole world!  With the pound being a strong currency, you’ll know that your money is of higher value, and be able to better support yourself and your family in the future. 

The Great British Hospitality 

The Brits are well known for being extremely friendly and welcoming, which is exactly what you want when you’re leaving your friends and family in South Africa behind. Supposedly, in the UK, the further north people live, the nicer and friendly they are.

Great Travel Routes 

The UK is perfectly positioned in the world, making it extremely easy to travel to a wide variety of destinations, especially those countries placed in Europe. With commercial airports up and down the country, and many airports having international travel routes, travel to and from South Africa should be a breeze.

Image: Timo Wielink / Unsplash

Don’t Let Your Fears Stop You From Immigrating to the UK

It can be a terrifying prospect to move away from your home country and leave your family and friends behind. But it is important to ensure you and your family are getting the best quality out of life. Take time to consider your options and talk to other people for guidance, without letting any fears hold you back. 

In this article, we’ve discussed the top eight reasons to move to the UK from South Africa, but there are so many other great reasons as to why the UK is a great place to relocate to. Endeavour to do some of your own research on its great culture and beautiful nature spots to find out more. We hope our ideas have inspired you to start a promising future in the UK!

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Solana Gains +6 900% To Become World’s Sixth Biggest Cryptocurrency https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/10/solana-gains-6-900-to-become-worlds-sixth-biggest-cryptocurrency/ Fri, 10 Sep 2021 13:33:26 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588688 We know cryptocurrencies have offered supernatural returns. But Solana’s supersonic climb has been a record-breaker.

Solana was launched in April 2020, and in just 18 months, it has rallied over 18 000%. The only even more impressive statistic is the rate of development on the Solana blockchain, which has overtaken rivals. 

SOL, the cryptocurrency linked to the Solana network, has jumped into the world’s top 10 largest cryptocurrencies amid optimism that its blockchain infrastructure could be a long term competitor to Ethereum, the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency.

But is this really the case? 

Or is it just going up because of the renewed crypto market hype? 

Let’s break it down.

What is Solana?

Solana is a blockchain network that seeks to develop an ecosystem of cryptocurrency-powered products and services. 

Solana is different to Bitcoin – in that it’s not trying to become digital money or a digital competitor to gold – but offers similar features to Ethereum. It differentiates itself from Ethereum’s network by providing far faster transaction times, lower fees and a programming capability that focuses on flexibility. 

For reference, Solana’s network for reference, Solana can do up to 1,000,000 transactions for under $10, whereas Ethereum and Bitcoin cost more than $7-8 per transaction. Solana can also handle over 50,000 transactions per second, more than Ethereum and Bitcoin combined. Developers can also write and launch customisable applications in multiple programming languages on the Solana blockchain.

Due to its speed – which Solana claims to be the fastest blockchain in the world – low cost and flexibility,  we have seen Solana become one of the fastest-growing ecosystems in crypto. Solana currently has over 180 projects and 400 in the pipeline. These projects span areas such as DeFi, NFTs, Web3 and more.

Solana’s native cryptocurrency, SOL, is used to pay for executing programs and sending transactions.

What has spurred this Solana rally?

After the hotly anticipated Ethereum upgrade last month, many were hoping that it would solve Ethereum’s high transaction fee issue, but all the evidence has pointed to the contrary. With Ethereum’s high fees and network congestion still not fixed, the month of August saw many Ethereum competitors or “Ethereum killers”, as they’re known, gain momentum.

Ethereum’s network is clearly feeling the pressure.

Over the last five months, we’ve seen Ethereum lose over 20% of its dominance in the smart contract crypto category. This means that, for the first time ever, developers are not only looking for alternatives to Ethereum to create their apps, but they are actively using them at an accelerating rate.

Built for speed and accompanied with ultra-low fees, Solana seemed to be the perfect fix to Ethereum’s shortcomings. Unlike other “Ethereum killers”, such as Cardano and Polkadot, Solana doesn’t just promise fast transaction throughput, but it’s delivering it (+ 50,000 transactions per second). 

Because of this, Solana has been amassing remarkable gains over the past few months. Therefore the rally has been underpinned by fundamentals and not just hype.

Yes, Solana’s run might be partly due to hype and a renewed NFT interest, but you have to ask yourself why? 

The reason is simple: Solana’s fundamentals (lower fees, transaction time and transaction throughput) are becoming increasingly favoured by NFT creators. 

What are NFTs?

Well, NFT stands for Non-Fungible Token. 

To understand what they are, you need to understand what “fungibility” means.

Fungibility is a simple concept that basically refers to items that are replaceable for the exact same item. Therefore, Non-fungible (the opposite of fungible) means that it’s unique and can’t be replaced with something else, like a one-of-a-kind trading card or the Mona Lisa painting. If you traded either the card or the painting, you’d receive something completely different in return. 

Thus, NFTs are “one-of-a-kind” assets in the digital world that can be bought and sold like any other piece of property. The digital tokens can be thought of as certificates of ownership for virtual assets (such as in-app items and digital art) or physical assets (such as real-life paintings and even houses). 

With the NFT market hitting new highs in 2021, with more than 30x the sales of 2020, you can understand why the blockchain networks facilitating these transactions have received increased attention.

Below we can see how Solana has outperformed Bitcoin over the past 12 months.

A R1 000 investment in Solana would have translated into +R70,356 over the past 12 months. This is a substantial return when compared to basically any alternative investment.

In fact, this return on investment is over 18x greater than if you had invested in Bitcoin over the same period (+R3,804).

Is Solana still a good investment?

With the recent pullback in the market, many may see this as an opportunity to get into Solana as it takes a much-needed break from its impressive run. 

You may see this as a generational buying moment in an emerging asset class or one speculative bubble. Either way, diversification is always the smart thing to do when it comes to investing. Without giving investment advice, do some research on smart contracts and Solana, and form your own view on what the future holds. If you see a big future for smart contracts and blockchain technology, then it would be worthwhile including some Solana in your crypto portfolio.

Where do I buy Solana?

Cape Town-based crypto investment platform Revix (www.revix.com), which is backed by JSE listed Sabvest, will be one of the first platforms in South Africa to offer Solana as a standalone cryptocurrency investment option. Revix will be offering Solana from September 10 with an enticing fee-free promotion.

Investment Promotion

Revix will offer zero buying fees on Solana purchases when using ZAR and GBP for one week, starting on September 10 and ending on September 16, 2021.

Revix also offers multiple standalone cryptocurrencies, from Bitcoin, Ethereum to Uniswap and Polkadot and many others.

 

Through Revix, you can also gain access to their ready-made “Crypto Bundles”. Their Bundles enable you to effortlessly own an equally-weighted basket of the world’s largest and, by default, most successful cryptocurrencies without having to build and manage a crypto portfolio yourself. They’re like the JSE Top 40 or S&P 500 but for crypto.

For more information, visit www.Revix.com.

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Party’s Over: App Sensation ‘Houseparty’ Is Done And Dusted https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/10/partys-over-app-sensation-houseparty-is-done-and-dusted/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/10/partys-over-app-sensation-houseparty-is-done-and-dusted/#respond Fri, 10 Sep 2021 11:50:12 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588784 [imagesource: Houseparty]

It’s the end of an app.

The Houseparty is over.

We are talking about the video chat app Houseparty that Epic Games bought in 2019, which later soared in popularity during various COVID-19 lockdowns.

The company announced yesterday that they are shutting the party down.

The curfew is October, when the app will formerly stop operations, per Mashable.

The announcement came via various channels, including Twitter:

In March 2020, when COVID-19 first caused global lockdowns, the app managed 17 million downloads.

In April of the same year, the app integrated with Fortnite, allowing players of the iconic battle royale game to chat while playing and also stream their sessions, Gizmodo reports:

However, the company now says that it’s time to put the party to bed, claiming that it can no longer “give the app or our community the attention that it deserves” because it’s saddled with other projects.

Image: Houseparty

These other projects seem to have something to do with the “metaverse”:

“The team behind Houseparty is working on creating new ways to have meaningful and authentic social interactions at metaverse scale across the Epic Games family,” reads the statement in part.

What exactly is the metaverse, you ask?

The metaverse, for those stuck in meatspace, is a loosely defined term coined by the science fiction author Neal Stephenson in his 1992 novel Snow Crash.

It is basically Silicon Valley’s new gimmick to stir up interest in virtual and augmented reality markets:

It’s become a bit of a cause célèbre among members of the tech set, like billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, who for some reason seem intent on advancing a fundamentally dystopian vision.

Although, what exactly the Epic team means by “metaverse scale” is open-ish to interpretation for now:

For game developers like Epic, VR and AR are clearly common sense investments, given their potential to totally transform user gaming experience.

On that front, Epic has apparently been aggressively prepping, raising $1 billion last year to invest in such new meta-projects, the Washington Post reports.

Anyway, thanks for the, um, memories, Houseparty.

[sources:mashable&gizmodo]

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Keen To Move To The KZN South Coast? Here’s What R12m Gets You https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/10/keen-to-move-to-the-kzn-south-coast-heres-what-r12m-gets-you/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/10/keen-to-move-to-the-kzn-south-coast-heres-what-r12m-gets-you/#respond Fri, 10 Sep 2021 11:15:24 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588794 [imagesource: Property24]

Over the past 18 months, the idea of ‘semigration’ has surged in popularity.

Capetonians are snapping up properties in areas like Paternoster, although the West Coast is also proving popular with buyers from Gauteng, North West, and Limpopo.

Arniston, Gansbaai, and Plettenberg Bay are also big hits, but let’s imagine you’re after a beach with warm water and venture to KwaZulu-Natal.

South Africa’s wealthiest buyers have taken a great liking to Umhlanga and Ballito, which are two of the country’s fastest-growing towns in terms of wealth growth.

There’s often more bang for your buck to be had along KZN’s South Coast, so we had a dig around on Property24 and zeroed in on Pennington.

In particular, Eden Rock Forest Estates, a luxury forest estate where private gardens blend in with the surrounding indigenous nature.

This four-bedroom “furnished villa” is listed for R12 million:

This Villa’s has ocean views, garden views and breath-taking views over the private designed infinity pool, bordering Selborne Golf Estate Hotel & Spa, who could ask for a better neighbor.

Several of the Villas has featured on Top Billing, International Décor Magazines and some have even raked in Awards from the Estates Excellence in Construction 1st Place 2015, Wood in Architecture 2016 to Best Luxury Bush Villa Globally and Best Private Villa of South Africa 2017, just to name a few.

Impressive list, but not too many details on the villa itself.

More pictures:

I’m a sucker for a good sauna.

Crank it up, sweat out my sins, and good to go again later that evening.

Don’t ever tell me off for pouring too much water over the heated coals.

We must sweat, and sweat properly.

Located about 100 kilometres from Durban’s King Shaka International Airport, Pennington offers great fishing, diving, and golfing, along with other outdoor activities.

There’s also the water temperature, so beachgoers don’t have to emulate Lewis Pugh every time they enjoy a plunge.

Great area, but a Capetonian will remind you that it’s lacking a bit in the mountain department.

[source:property24]

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From TikTok To Hollywood – Addison Rae’s Explosive Rise https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/10/from-tiktok-to-hollywood-addison-raes-explosive-rise/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/10/from-tiktok-to-hollywood-addison-raes-explosive-rise/#respond Fri, 10 Sep 2021 10:40:23 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588719 [imagesource: Amy Sussman / Getty Images]

Addison Rae has gained a huge following since her humble beginnings on TikTok.

Now she is grabbing more attention with multi-picture Netflix deals, and a rapid rise to superstardom.

The 20-year-old Louisiana native has seen her fame rise along with the increase in TikTok users and influence, and now she is taking on Hollywood with her millions of followers backing her all the way.

She currently has more than 84 million followers on TikTok, which Variety says makes her the third most popular person on the platform.

Here she is being TikTok famous:

@addisonreDc: @saucysantana♬ I WANNA GETCHA HOME – Vegas !! >:0)

This one is a touch older:

@addisonre♬ your love x streets – ʙᴀʀʙɪᴇ

And this is even older:

@addisonre@yodamnmomma♬ Tap In – Saweetie

She also has more than 39 million followers on Instagram and almost five million on Twitter.

Besides releasing her first single, ‘Obsessed,’ in March, Rae was also nominated for breakthrough social star at the 2021 MTV Movie and TV Awards.

But her biggest break has come from her acting debut as the star in Netflix’s He’s All That:

He’s All That reimagines the original plot of the 1999 teen classic She’s All That.

The contemporary story follows an influencer (Addison Rae) who accepts a challenge to turn the school’s biggest loser (Tanner Buchanan) into prom king.

Highbrow stuff:

He’s All That has already reached #1 on Netflix in 78 countries and more than 55 million households are expected to watch the film within its first month of release, according to the streaming giant.

Rae is understandably stoked with her career progression:

“Getting the opportunity to work with Netflix was such a pinch me moment and now to be able to continue the relationship is beyond my wildest dreams,” Rae said.

“I’m thrilled to be able to collaborate with this incredible team and am excited to develop projects while continuing to strengthen my skills as an actress.”

Regarding her multi-picture Netflix deals, Naketha Mattocks, Netflix’s director of family film, says:

“Addison’s Rae’s charm and promise is undeniable as evidenced by He’s All That and her already passionate fan base. We’re thrilled to be part of this next phase of her burgeoning career as an actress.”

Last year, Forbes listed Rae as the number one highest earning TikTok star, pulling in a lovely $5 million.

Her net worth is estimated to be around $8 million.

She’s clearly found a very profitable way to pivot from TikTok to wider celebrity fame.

[source:variety]

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Panic Rooms Are Out, And Serenity Rooms Are In https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/10/panic-rooms-are-out-and-serenity-rooms-are-in/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/10/panic-rooms-are-out-and-serenity-rooms-are-in/#respond Fri, 10 Sep 2021 09:36:11 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588674 [imagesource:here]

The more ostentatious your wealth, the more at risk you are.

I think I first realised this when, as a student staying in a tiny room in the back end of Mowbray, I was house-sitting at a fairly nice home in Bishopscourt and suddenly felt very paranoid.

I merely tapped into the anxiety that comes with having so much to look after.

It is probably true across the world, that if the super-rich are not worrying about getting more money, they’re definitely worried about how to hold on to what they’ve got.

Then again, if they’re Instabragging, then they are not doing themselves any favours.

The crime of using social media to track and target rich people, who show off their gains with little regard for the consequences, has really skyrocketed in recent years.

Generally, for all the 2 751 US Dollar billionaires in the world, and even those struggling along with only hundreds or tens of millions to their name, wealth brings not only luxury but also fear, per The Telegraph.

At least they have the money for high-end security systems and personal bodyguards, which costs anywhere between £500 (R10 000) and £1 500 (R30 000) a day.

And the bodyguards are not those massive balding blokes we imagine from the movies. Instead, they’re discreet and well-trained, with their main goal being to get you out of a situation in one piece.

The massive security industry is fueled by the super-rich’s paranoia, not that those in the security business have any complaints.

There’s even an International Security Expo held each year at Olympia in London, which gives you an idea of the kinds of things ultra-high-net-worth individuals will spend their money on to fortify their homes:

The International Security Expo brings together some 250 exhibitors and attracts security companies, architects looking for the latest technologies to design into buildings and public spaces, and representatives of government organisations who, as Ingram puts it, “won’t necessarily hand you a business card”.

Image: The Telegraph

But the exhibits on display – perimeter intruder-detection systems, technical-surveillance countermeasures, buried intrusion detectors – hold a particular interest for that mysterious group known as ultra-high-net-worth individuals.

Philip Dowds, the MD of Okto Technologies, which develops and instals smart systems in homes and businesses, has suggestions for a “360-degree shield” designed to keep any threat as far away as possible:

Firstly, there is perimeter defence, comprising three elements: radar, thermal cameras to pick up body heat, and underground pressure sensors detecting anyone jumping over the wall.

All of these would be integrated into a smart system that would eliminate the possibility of a false alarm being triggered by a fox or a badger.

Anyone attempting to smash through the main gate in a truck would be met with a reinforced steel door capable of withstanding an impact at 40mph.

Then, hopefully, the homeowners have security staff on the premises, ready to spot intruders on CCTV.

Additionally, an alarm system will be on hand to activate high-intensity security lights, which makes the house go from total darkness to the brightness of a football stadium flooded by lights in a few seconds.

There’s also the suggestion of getting loudspeakers set at 110 decibels, which is as loud as a riveting machine, apparently.

But most importantly is perhaps the serenity room, a highly updated version of the old-fashioned panic room:

A ‘serenity room’, on the other hand, will be the master bedroom, or a similarly familiar and comfortable area, specially customised – the walls lined with Kevlar, the doors made of reinforced steel, the windows bulletproof.

Just as important, he says, will be ‘fully diverse communication’: separate phone lines buried deep inside the building and running in different directions in case the burglars or kidnappers have cut the obvious lines, with Wi-Fi, 5G and satellite channels to the outside world.

Scented candles and piped new-age music to soothe jangled nerves are optional.

This kind of complete home-defence system can easily cost up to £1 million.

Yeah, include all of those scented candles, please.

Meanwhile, a more modest package is available, which “won’t blow the budget” according to Dowds, going for about £100 000.

It includes perimeter protection with thermal cameras and radar, the aforementioned lights and speakers, and a direct connection to the police.

Otherwise, there’s always something more customised:

[Dowds] is working on a security system costing £2 million for a London property worth more than £150 million, for a client who will be there for only five or six weeks a year.

Just watch out for the drones flying overhead, hackable fridges, and baby-monitors, and do well to keep your staff happy so that they’re not tempted to use knowledge of your security systems against you.

But at the end of the day, with all the perimeter fencing, the thermal cameras, and the personal protection, the one thing money can never buy is complete peace of mind.

[source:telegraph]

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Full Trailer For ‘Matrix 4’ Is Here [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/10/full-trailer-for-matrix-4-is-here-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/10/full-trailer-for-matrix-4-is-here-video/#respond Fri, 10 Sep 2021 08:10:48 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588706 [imagesource: YouTube / Warner Bros. Pictures]

Teaser trailer – tick.

An interactive website where you can choose the red pill or the blue pill – tick.

Now we have the first official full-length trailer for The Matrix Resurrections, 18 years after the third movie in the then-trilogy, The Matrix Revolutions, came out.

That should help contextualise the movie’s title. Perhaps they could have gone with The Matrix Remunerations because it feels like they’ve revisited this one for the money.

You’ll note that the trailer is labelled ‘Official Trailer 1’. We’re probably looking at three trailers in total before the movie actually drops.

A lifetime ago, the first time you would see a trailer would be in the cinema, while you waited for your movie to start.

Credit must be given for the choice of song, ‘White Rabbit’ by Jefferson Airplane, which seems very fitting:

Now the hard work of trying to remember how the last movie ended begins.

I’ll save you going back in time because you’ll find a nice summary here.

For help unpacking what we can learn from the trailer for The Matrix Resurrections, we turn to Digital Spy:

Along with other scenes in the trailer, such as Neo fighting ‘Morpheus’ in the dojo and a shoot-out in an office lobby, it really feels like The Matrix Resurrections is redoing The Matrix.

That’s not to say it’s a reboot/remake, but perhaps the replication is a key part of the plot..

The fact that Trinity is back suggests that we could be looking at the next iteration of the Matrix, with all the characters going through the same routine again…

It’s more likely that there’s some trippy meta angle to Neo and Trinity’s resurrections or some other major twist that, understandably, hasn’t been shown in the trailer.

The black cat appearing in the trailer definitely hints at a glitch in the Matrix.

In conclusion, everybody is speculating at this point and giving away too much in the first trailer would have been a rookie error.

Don’t worry, you’ll know when the next trailer comes along.

The Matrix Resurrections opens in US theatres and on HBO Max on December 22.

[source:digitalspy]

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Latest Messy Billionaire Divorce Features Highest Value Art Auction Collection (R8,5 Billion) https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/10/latest-messy-billionaire-divorce-features-highest-value-art-auction-collection-r85-billion/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/10/latest-messy-billionaire-divorce-features-highest-value-art-auction-collection-r85-billion/#respond Fri, 10 Sep 2021 07:35:32 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588691 [imagesource: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images for Dior]

The most sought-after trove of blue-chip art in recent memory, that of divorced mega-collectors Harry and Linda Macklowe, is about to hit the market.

It’s been around three years since the couple’s high-profile divorce proceedings were set in motion.

They married in 1959 and built their multi-billion dollar lifestyle together, with Harry doing the work of a New York real estate developer.

Besides a $72 million dollar apartment, a yacht, and multiple commercial properties, the couple also had a rather impressive art collection.

So impressive that it is estimated to fetch over $600 million (around R8,5 billion) in total, per CNN:

“[It is] the highest estimate ever placed on any collection to come to auction,” according to Sotheby’s — the collection of 65 artworks include those from Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Alberto Giacometti, Jeff Koons, Mark Rothko and Cy Twombly.

Back in 2018, there was a bit of a tussle over who would get the art collection in the divorce settlement, which may or may not have inspired Harry’s erection of a 42-foot-high photo of his new wife, Patricia Landeau, on the side of a New York building he owns.

That is clearly one way to say ‘up yours’ to an ex.

A New York State Supreme Court judge later intervened, ordering the Macklowes to sell the 65 artworks from their collection and split the profits.

The couple had hired a few experts who each provided contrasting appraisals of the worth of some of the artworks.

For example, Giacometti’s existential sculpture “La Nez” had valuations vary by a good $30 million.

Here it is on the left, with Warhol’s “Nine Marilyns” in the background:

Image: Sotheby’s

This is Rothko’s painting “No. 7” (left) and Picasso’s sculpture “Figure”:

Image: Sotheby’s

So it was only fair that auction houses like Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Phillips were pitted against one another to see who would be fit enough to bring the collection to market.

The decision was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it seems Sotheby’s got the green light.

Sotheby’s CEO Charles Stewart was stoked:

“[It is] one of the most significant and museum-quality collections of modern and contemporary art ever to come to market.”

He added: “This sale will…make history as the defining moments in the art market.”

The first sale will be held in New York this November, with some of the heralded pieces travelling to Taipei, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, London, and Paris.

The final sale will then take place next May.

[source:cnn]

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Is SA Ready For A New City? https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/10/is-sa-ready-for-a-new-city/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/10/is-sa-ready-for-a-new-city/#respond Fri, 10 Sep 2021 07:00:09 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588694 [imagesource:here]

According to Department of Public Works and Infrastructure minister Patricia de Lille, tentative plans are in place to build South Africa’s first new city since 1994.

Take a moment to consider all of those tenders up for grabs. Terrifying, isn’t it?

Responding to questions during a ministerial briefing on infrastructure in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) this week, de Lille said the project is still in the early planning stages.

Before any construction begins, further studies will need to be conducted.

BusinessTech reports:

“So far, we have set up the core project team and a reference group, and we have developed the terms of reference for the project. We will further set up a stakeholder, communications and research unit that will look at international best practices.”

This unit will look at other countries and the models used for building new cities and towns, with both local and international scholars tapped to research the project.

I dunno, hey.

Maybe we could focus on getting rid of pit toilets, and installing running water in places where people already live, before we talk about grand plans to build a new city?

Consider this, briefly, via The Daily Maverick:

Greater Giyani Local Municipality [in Limpopo] has been enduring chronic water shortages, stemming from a multi-billion rand waterworks project in the area that, after seven years, is not even halfway complete. Residents face a lengthy wait, as the water authority is requesting a further R1.1-billion to complete the project.

The same story can be told across the country.

Anyway, back to this new city noise:

De Lille said that an investigation into land ownership will also take place so that a decision can be made on the best place to build this new city, with no official decision made on the location as yet.

These processes are set to be completed by April 2022, after which a final report will be presented to the cabinet and the inter-ministerial committee.

After those boxes have been checked, proposals to build the city will go out “in an open and competitive procurement process”.

This new city is not to be confused with the Lanseria smart city (pictured up top) that President Ramaphosa has spoken about in the past.

De Lille made that clear when responding to a question from DA MP Sonja Boshoff.

IOL with more:

This was an attempt to make a distinction to what Ramaphosa dreamt in June 2019 of a South Africa “where the first entirely new city built in the democratic era rises, with skyscrapers, schools, universities, hospitals and factories”.

However, last year Ramaphosa said the Lanseria “smart city, the first new city to be built in a democratic South Africa, is now a reality in the making” would be home to between 350 000 to 500 000 people within the next decade.

That Lanseria project, built in the area surrounding the Lanseria International Airport, is expected to take around 25 years to finish.

I find a good rule of thumb is to double any time frame given and do the same with the proposed cost.

Will there be flying cars?

[sources:bustech&dailymav&iol]

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Friday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/10/friday-morning-spice-540/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/10/friday-morning-spice-540/#respond Fri, 10 Sep 2021 06:13:54 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588649 Like Discovery And Curro, Sanlam Will Also Require Staff To Be Vaccinated – Discovery and Curro are also making Covid-19 vaccinations for staff compulsory, while Sibanye-Stillwater is “seriously considering” it. [n24]

Qantas Says It Will Ban Unvaccinated Travellers From International Flights – Qantas has confirmed plans to bar unvaccinated passengers from international flights when Australian travel restrictions lift. [busins]

Unvaccinated United Airlines Employees To Be Put On Temporary Leave – In a move to further protect workers and customers from COVID-19, United Airlines has told employees who are seeking religious or medical exemptions to the company’s vaccine mandate that even if approved, they will be put on temporary leave starting Oct. 2 while the company works to institute safety measures for unvaccinated employees. [npr]

More Businesses Consider Mandatory Vaccines As Fourth Covid Wave Threatens South Africa’s Summer Holiday – The need for mandatory vaccination is gaining a wider appeal as businesses are pinning their hopes of getting back to normal once herd immunity is achieved, says the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber. [btech]

Biden Announces New US Vaccine Mandates To ‘Turn The Tide Of Covid-19’ – Joe Biden, striving to restore public confidence in his handling of the pandemic, announced new vaccination mandates on Thursday for 100 million workers, about two-thirds of the American labour force. [guardian]

Joe Rogan Rips CNN Over Coverage Of Ivermectin Regimen – Podcaster Joe Rogan slammed CNN for the network’s coverage of his recent coronavirus diagnosis and revelation that he’s taking ivermectin among a number of other drugs to treat the disease. [cnn]

Naspers Plunges Again On Growing China Fears – Tencent Holdings and NetEase shed more than US$60-billion (R850-billion) of value on Thursday as investor fears grow that Chinese regulators are preparing to tighten their grip dramatically on the world’s largest gaming industry. [tc]

North Korea Barred From Beijing Olympics Because Of Its Decision To Skip Tokyo Games – North Korea is banned from participating in the Winter Olympics in Beijing next year as punishment for skipping this summer’s Tokyo Games. [usat]

‘Rules Are For Other People’: Amazon Launches Blistering Attack On Elon Musk – Amazon.com has told US regulators that Elon Musk does not believe government regulations apply to the billionaire who heads Tesla and SpaceX as the companies spar over rival satellite-based Internet plans. [tc]

Jeremy Clarkson’s Farm Shop Is A Petrolhead Magnet That Must Close, Say Villagers – TV presenter attends town hall meeting to hear residents air concerns about influx of fans plaguing quiet corner of Oxfordshire. [tele]

Police, Clients And Partners Responsible For Most Rapes Of Sex Workers – Study – A study by MRC and Wits University researchers, with the assistance of sex workers, found that almost 60% of sex workers had been raped in the past year either by clients, police or other men. [tlive]

Emma Raducanu Through To The US Open Final In Straight Sets – Thursday night’s stunning 6-1 6-4 win means just one match stands between her and one of the most extraordinary achievements in tennis history. [sky]

Lewis Hamilton And George Russell Insist They’ll Be Equal Partners At Mercedes Next Season – New team-mate of seven-time world champion keen to avoid fractious relationship with compatriot. [tele]

Facebook And Ray-Ban Are Rolling Out Smart Glasses That Actually Look Cool. Will Anyone Buy Them? – On a sunny May day in 2012, Google cofounder Sergey Brin walked down King Street in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood with a pair of black, lens-free smart glasses on his face. [cnn]

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Africa’s Highest Bar Is In SA And Even Has A Champagne Vending Machine! – Trying to remain relevant and exciting in the restaurant and hospitality industry can prove to be quite difficult. [ecr]

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Poll Shows SA Election Results If Voting Was Held Right Now https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/09/poll-shows-sa-election-results-if-voting-was-held-right-now/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/09/poll-shows-sa-election-results-if-voting-was-held-right-now/#respond Thu, 09 Sep 2021 13:55:25 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588638 [imagesource: Gallo Images]

On November 1, South Africans take to the polls for our local government elections.

A sane society would totally rebuke the ANC for its brazen criminality, and the party’s ineptitude was once again laid bare as it failed to submit a full list of candidates to the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) on time.

No bother at all, because the IEC has simply given political parties more time to register candidates, handing a massive lifeline to the ANC in the process.

That’s being challenged in court by the DA, but as of yet, their efforts have been unsuccessful.

All that aside, let’s take a look at what voting trends can tell us via Ipsos’ latest report.

During the period between August 16 and August 20, Ipsos interviewed 1 501 randomly selected adults.

It’s a stretch to say the findings can be used to accurately predict the outcome of the November 1 elections, but it’s the best and most recent data we have to go on.

Not every voter who is eligible to vote will, but roughly seven out of 10 respondents said they would.

The data suggest they would also support a wide variety of parties…

Countrywide almost half (49.3%) will draw a cross next to the name of the ANC, while the support for both the DA (17.9%) and the EFF (14.5%) respectively, is also in double figures. South Africa has a plethora of registered political parties, but very few of them currently garner more than one percent of support.

Ipsos compiled the results into this graph:

In 2019’s national elections, the ANC received 57,5% of the votes, the DA 20,77%, and the EFF 10,8%.

Local government elections are a different beast, but that’s a sharp drop for the ANC and the DA.

To compare apples with apples, and Ipsos’ findings with the 2016 local government election results, here’s BusinessTech

Notably, this would represent a loss in support for the ANC and DA – who received 55.65% and 24.57% of the vote in 2016, respectively – and a large gain for the EFF, which received 8.31% in the prior elections.

I’m sure Juju is well chuffed.

A reminder that you can now register to vote online, while already registered voters can easily update and amend their details.

[sources:ipsos&bustech]

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We Found The Perfect Drink For Those Who Don’t Buy Into Spring Day https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/09/we-found-the-perfect-drink-for-those-who-dont-buy-into-spring-day/ Thu, 09 Sep 2021 13:53:51 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588600 [imagesource: Twitter / Storm Report SA]

In South Africa, September 1 is known as Spring Day.

That’s not to say everybody is in favour of that date being heralded as the beginning of spring.

It doesn’t help that for the past two years, there’s been snow on Table Mountain in late August, and the Matroosberg mountain range was totally blanketed at the same time.

Look at that tractor – intense.

Some would argue the wildflowers bursting into bloom up the West Coast offsets that, but I’m not buying it.

The long-winded point I’m making is that even though we are post-Spring Day, we are still due a cold snap or two before it is long days of beach weather.

In light of that, it pays to have a wintery cocktail recipe prepped and ready alongside the more summery ones.

Bust out the Henny (come on, you know that’s short for Hennessy) and add a little “skop” to your drink to go with the gas heater and the warm blanket.

Your ingredients:

  • Fitch & Leedes Ginger Ale
  • 50ml Hennessy
  • 60ml strong peach tea, cooled
  • Half a peach, sliced

To prepare, simply combine the Hennessy and the strongly brewed peach tea in a glass and stir.

Then fill the glass with ice and peach slices, and top up with Fitch & Leedes Ginger Ale.

How good does this look, as you settle in for the evening and scour Netflix for something to watch?

Rumour has it the recipe also works nicely with quality brandy.

Whichever quality spirit you choose to use, you’ll be doing it justice when using Fitch & Leedes’ range of bespoke mixers.

They’re made with quadruple filtered water for ultimate purity, and come delicately carbonated, superbly balanced, and infused with the world’s finest flavours.

A throwback to an era when things were still made with the utmost care and craftsmanship, it’s fitting that the mixers, inspired by the travels of Ralph Fitch and William Leedes, are now available on five different continents.

Proudly South African, and off exploring the world.

Spring or no spring, we’ll drink to that.

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Embarrassing Twist For America’s Most Expensive Home https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/09/embarrassing-twist-for-americas-most-expensive-home/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/09/embarrassing-twist-for-americas-most-expensive-home/#respond Thu, 09 Sep 2021 13:52:24 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588634 [imagesource: YouTube / Drone World]

In 2017, mega-mansions were out and giga-mansions were in.

Or at least that was the case according to Nile Niami, a rather ballsy 53-year-old property developer who at that point was building what he touted as America’s most expensive home.

He called it “The One” and was using up around 105 000 square feet of space, twice the size of the White House, on a hill in Bel Air, Los Angeles.

Niami has been marketing “The One” for years, hoping to sell the whopper for $500 million.

Interviews and photos released to the media made the house seem like a dream, including a special video tour in April with YouTube personality Michael Blakey.

He called it “the biggest and most expensive house in the world ” during the 35-minute tour:

The mega-mansion, as per CNBC, “stretches like an ultra-modern palace”:

[It] has nine bedrooms, multiple kitchens, a nightclub, four-lane bowling alley, salon, gym, 50-seat theatre, a running track, and an underground garage for 50 cars, with two auto turntables.

Its seven water features include multiple pools, a jacuzzi, and a moat that surrounds the house. The master bedroom suite is 4 000 square feet. Every door in the house is electric, along with all the toilets.

Niami had planned a “jellyfish room” and ice bar but both proved too costly.

Here’s a shorter video for those of us who can’t bother to spend 35 minutes looking inside:

A beaut of a property, but now things have taken an embarrassing turn.

“The One” has gone into receivership (basically property foreclosure) after Niami couldn’t pay more than $165 million in loans and debt back, according to court filings by the Los Angeles County Superior Court:

The largest lender is Hankey Capital, founded by Los Angeles billionaire Don Hankey, which has over $115 million in loans on the property.

Yogi Securities Holdings, led by doctor-turned-real-estate-investor Joseph Englanoff, has loaned “The One” over $36 million.

Two other entities, Inferno Realty and Maybach Corporation Holdings, have provided loans of $7 million each.

“The One” also has over $1 million in unpaid taxes and debts from concrete, air conditioning and tool companies.

It is expected to be relisted at a far lower price in the coming months so as to pay off all these debts, but nobody is sure that the sale will bring in nearly enough to cover all of it.

Niami, in his prime:

Image: The Wall Street Journal

Perhaps he should have stuck to the film industry, because the property business is hitting him hard:

Niami put his West Hollywood home in bankruptcy last year, and a spec mansion in Beverly Hills, which he had marketed for $100 million, wound up selling for $38 million to Englanoff, who was one of the lenders on the California property.

Once the court-appointed receiver, Ted Lanes of Lanes Management, gets the proper permits and certificate of occupancy for “The One” it will be listed for sale.

The price and timing have yet to be determined.

[source:cnbc]

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2OV Throwback Thursday – The ‘Avicii Inside Story’ Viral Video https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/09/2ov-throwback-thursday-the-avicii-inside-story-viral-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/09/2ov-throwback-thursday-the-avicii-inside-story-viral-video/#respond Thu, 09 Sep 2021 12:50:47 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588467 [imagesource: Rich Polk / Getty Images for Rolling Stone]

Yesterday was Tim Bergling’s birthday.

He would have been 32, but he tragically took his life in 2018.

Bergling was better known as the superstar DJ Avicii, and to pay tribute Google honoured him with yesterday’s Google Doodle.

If you clicked on the Doodle, you were redirected to this video, which forms part of the company’s push to raise awareness during National Suicide Prevention Week:

The Google Doodle was created by artists Alyssa Winans, Olivia When, and Sophie Diao, and got the stamp of approval from Avicii’s father, Klas Bergling.

He told NME:

“The Doodle is fantastic, my family and I feel honoured and Tim would have been very proud and love it.”

“It is a friendly and warm story of a young man fulfilling his dream to be a DJ and at the same time telling us that our journey in life is not always easy despite fame and fortune.”

Avicii’s struggles with the rigours of superstardom are perhaps best documented in the BBC documentary, Avicii: True Stories.

Made from extensive personal and family footage, and offering gut-wrenching behind-the-scenes footage, the film is an unparalleled insight into his life.

You can watch it online in full here, but this five-minute clip which has been viewed almost three million times offers a good summary:

Another reminder that the life of a jet-setter celebrity is often not as glamorous as it appears from the outside.

If you’re struggling with your mental health, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) has a full list of resources that can help, including a 24-hour helpline on 0800 567 567.

[source:nme]

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Brazil’s ‘Mad Max’ Bank Heists Are Out Of Control https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/09/brazils-mad-max-bank-heists-are-out-of-control/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/09/brazils-mad-max-bank-heists-are-out-of-control/#respond Thu, 09 Sep 2021 11:22:50 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588580 [imagesource:here]

It is hard to forget the insane bank heist from last week, where a group of about 20 heavily armed commandos using bombs, drones, and human shields seized control of the downtown financial block in Araçatuba, Brazil.

The robbery was incredibly well-planned and at such a large scale that the gang managed to attack three banks in the centre of the city, with only three suspects arrested shortly after.

To recap, three people were killed and many more were traumatised as the gang rounded them up to be used as human shields, bound to the top of the getaway vehicles so as to dissuade police from interfering with their escape.

To further distract authorities and cover their escape, the gang had also planted at least 20 explosives wired to motion detectors, which detonated around the city.

The footage is harrowing:

Dr Robert J. Bunker, the Director of Research and Analysis for a strategic consultancy Futures, LLC, spoke to The Daily Beast about the ordeal:

“It is surreal and seemed like something out of a Hollywood scriptwriter’s wildest imagination,”

“I can’t ever remember another bank heist incident anywhere in the world where bystanders were rounded up and tied to the fleeing vehicles of the robbers.”

This heist was next level, but it has become common enough that Brazilians are calling the phenomena the “Novo Cangaço”, (roughly translated to “New Struggle” in English) which refers to the violent banditry that spread across parts of Brazil in the 1920s and 1930s:

The original Cangaço sought to battle back against widespread poverty and inequality. It involved Robin-Hood like figures who plagued wealthy landowners, donated to the poor, and pushed the government to jumpstart economic reforms.

Dr José de Arimatéia da Cruz said that the new Cangaço’s tactics are similar but the strategies they employ are a little different:

“The difference today is that the traditional cangaceiros [peasant bandits] were fighting against politicians. The Novo Cangaço today are attacking banks and are most basically interested in money for different purposes.”

To add to the “new struggle”, a gang called the First Capital Command, known as PCC for its acronym in Portuguese, is taking over in a big way:

The PCC is responsible for several of the major bank assaults in Brazil, and has even struck banks over the border in Paraguay. Brazilian police have also long identified PCC as “the nation’s largest drug gang.”

Bunker estimated the gang has over 10 000 members and is “expanding its international reach.”

Image: InSight Crime

Another incident took place in Criciúma last year with notable similarities to the attack in Araçatuba:

During that heist about 30 armed thieves planted some 70 pounds of explosives and forced naked hostages to lie in the road, blocking traffic to thwart a police response.

They also flung stolen cash into the streets to aid their escape, as crowds rushed to gather up the bills.

They made off with about 125 million reais (more than R330 million), according to a report by InSight Crime, an investigative non-profit with a focus on organised crime in the Americas:

…“these attacks have grown beyond compare, seemingly becoming a competition between criminals about who can pull off the most dangerous heist, with utter disregard for human life.”

Bunker added that this degree of violence is approaching the “Mad Max level,” especially with people being tied to moving vehicles:

Bunker went on, saying that: “These bank assaults are sophisticated and suggest high levels of operational competence. The planners have paramilitary and/or military training with an understanding of tactical actions, raids, urban channeling, and escape and evasion.”

The Araçatuba heist isn’t even the most recent, with a September 6 attack also taking place in the coastal town of Salina das Margaridas.

Brazilian media outlet Metro1 reported that this attack marked the 38th such bank robbery for the year, adding that these “Mad Max level” attacks have risen by 170% since last year.

[source:dailybeast]

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Prince Albert Is Fuming About Those Marriage Rumours https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/09/prince-albert-is-fuming-about-those-marriage-rumours/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/09/prince-albert-is-fuming-about-those-marriage-rumours/#respond Thu, 09 Sep 2021 10:06:14 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588607 [imagesource: Instagram / @hshprincesscharlene]

A week on from reports of Prince Albert being pressured to divulge the truth of his marriage to Charlene Wittstock, he has finally said something.

Apparently, he is rather “appalled” at the rumours and is emphasising that “she didn’t go into exile” but that “it was absolutely just a medical problem which had to be treated”.

Princess Charlene came to South Africa on a conservation trip in March this year and has been staying in a lodge in KwaZulu-Natal.

She has been away from her husband and their children, six-year-old twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, missing big events like her and Prince Albert’s 10th wedding anniversary in July.

Rumours about her reasons for staying in South Africa have been flung far and wide, with headlines like “Albert and Charlene on the verge of splitting up?” adding to the noise.

The couple’s wedding photos have even been revisited, with many recalling how devastated Charlene looked on the big day.

Of course, there was also speculation that she might have left Monaco, seeking sanctuary in her home country, because of news about Prince Albert’s possible third love child.

Meanwhile, there are also numerous reports of her plight with a serious ear, nose, and throat infection that has kept her from flying home to her family in Europe.

PEOPLE has referred to it as “complications related to a sinus lift and bone graft procedure she’d undergone prior to her arrival in preparation for dental implants”:

As result, she has since had several corrective procedures, including one in late June that caused her to miss her 10th wedding anniversary on July 1, and a four-hour-long surgery on August 13.

Prince Albert hopes to sets the record straight:

“She didn’t leave Monaco in a huff!” Albert, 63, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue.

“She didn’t leave because she was mad at me or at anybody else. She was going down to South Africa to reassess her Foundation’s work down there and to take a little time off with her brother and some friends.”

He continues, “It was only supposed to be a weeklong, 10-day maximum stay, and [she is still there now] because she had this infection all these medical complications arose.”

Charlene also landed up in hospital for a “medical emergency” late last week, so her health does actually seem to be a contributing factor to her not returning to Monaco.

Albert acknowledges that he “probably should have addressed” the rumours earlier on, but said he was “concentrating on taking care of the kids”:

“And I thought it would just probably go [away]. You know if you try to answer everything that comes out then you’re constantly [responding], you’re wasting your time.”

If anything, he says the noise about their marriage has taken a toll:

“Of course it affects her, Of course, it affects me. Misreading events is always detrimental. … We’re an easy target, easily hit, because we’re in the public eye a lot.”

Albert added that she is definitely ready to come home, though, adding that she’s even “jokingly said that she’s ready to stow away on a ship to come back to Europe”.

I’m sure a private plane can be arranged.

[source:people]

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Leo, Jennifer, Meryl, Jonah Lead All-Star Cast For Satire Blockbuster [Trailer] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/09/leo-jennifer-meryl-jonah-lead-all-star-cast-for-satire-blockbuster-trailer/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/09/leo-jennifer-meryl-jonah-lead-all-star-cast-for-satire-blockbuster-trailer/#respond Thu, 09 Sep 2021 09:32:49 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588584 [imagesource: Niko Tavernise / Netflix / Entertainment Weekly]

This movie must have cost a fortune to make.

We’ll get to that in a bit, but for now, let’s focus our attention on the teaser trailer for Don’t Look Up.

Teaser trailers – because just releasing an actual trailer is no longer cool (and interactive websites are).

The first thing you’ll notice is probably the all-star cast as the familiar faces just keep on popping up.

Bang, there’s another famous person!

The basics via Engadget:

The movie stars Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio as a grad student and professor who try desperately to warn the public of a life-ending comet in an era where 24-hour news and social media lead to gnat-like attention spans. Those two are just the start of the headliners, though — seemingly everyone involved is a big name.

Meryl Streep is the President and counts Jonah Hill as her son, while Cate Blanchett and Tyler Perry host a relentlessly optimistic morning show. The flick also features Ron Perlman, Mark Rylance, Dune’s Timothée Chalamet and even two pop stars (Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi), among others.

Even the director, Adam McKay, is a name you should recognise. His past credits include Anchorman, Step Brothers, and The Big Short.

Unfortunately, McKay also directed Anchorman 2, which was a disaster, so he loses points there.

The movie will stream on Netflix from December 24, after premiering in select US theatres on December 10.

Right, let’s talk money.

According to Variety, DiCaprio and Lawrence are being paid a combined $55 million for appearing in Don’t Look Up.

Leo will take home $30 million, and Jennifer $25 million.

Throw in Meryl and Jonah and Cate and Tyler and Ron and Timothée and Ariana and you have yourself an expensive movie to make

Please let it be good because there is a serious dearth of quality comedy / satire movies these days.

[sources:engadget&variety]

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“Different, But Here”: Michael Schumacher’s Wife Breaks Her Silence https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/09/different-but-here-michael-schumachers-wife-breaks-her-silence/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/09/different-but-here-michael-schumachers-wife-breaks-her-silence/#respond Thu, 09 Sep 2021 08:55:19 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588570 [imagesource: Getty Images]

In December 2013, Michael Schumacher suffered a near-fatal skiing accident in the French Alps after falling and striking his head on a rock.

The German Formula One legend was airlifted to hospital, placed in a medically-induced coma for six months, and hasn’t been seen in public since.

Ahead of the release of the new Netflix doccie, SCHUMACHER, next week, Corinna has broken her eight-year silence on Michael’s health.

Here’s The Guardian:

“Of course, I miss Michael every day. But it’s not just me who misses him. I mean, everybody misses Michael, but Michael is here. Different, but he’s here and that gives us strength, I find.

“I think that he is simply very strong mentally. Extremely strong. He still shows me how strong he is every day.”

“We’re together. We live together at home. We do therapy. We do everything we can to make Michael better and to make sure he’s comfortable. And to simply make him feel our family, our bond. And no matter what, I will do everything I can. We all will. We’re trying to carry on as a family, the way Michael liked it and still does. And we are getting on with our lives.”

Corrina and Michael married in 1995, and the family live in Geneva, Switzerland, where he receives private care at his home.

She goes on to say that Michael always stressed ‘private is private’:

“It’s very important to me that he can continue to enjoy his private life as much as possible. Michael always protected us, now we are protecting Michael.”

According to The Telegraph, Michael was actually concerned about the skiing conditions in Meribel ahead of his accident:

“Shortly before it happened in Meribel, he said to me, ‘The snow isn’t optimal. We could fly to Dubai and go skydiving there,” [Corinna] recalls.

“We’d always made it through his races safely,’ she adds. ‘Which is why I was certain he had a few guardian angels that were keeping an eye out for him.

“I don’t know if it’s just a kind of protective wall that you put up yourself or if it’s because you’re in a way naive – but it simply never occurred to me that anything could ever happen to Michael.”

SCHUMACHER will be released on September 15, and features never-seen-before archival footage, as well as interviews with family members.

In case you somehow haven’t seen the trailer…

[sources:guardian&telegraph]

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Mexican Earthquake’s Mysterious ‘Light Show’ Had People Talking About UFOs [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/09/mexican-earthquakes-mysterious-light-show-had-people-talking-about-ufos-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/09/mexican-earthquakes-mysterious-light-show-had-people-talking-about-ufos-videos/#respond Thu, 09 Sep 2021 08:25:21 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588555 [imagesource: Twitter/orlaherrera]

Some days after Hurricane Ida raged through the US, bringing with it tornadoes and floods, a magnitude 7,1 earthquake rocked Mexico’s Pacific resort city of Acapulco.

Tuesday’s quake brought with it a wild series of mysterious lights that were set off into the night sky as the city shook.

Shortly after the earthquake, the hashtag #Apocalipsis (‘Apocalypse’ in Spanish) started to trend with videos of bright lights flashing over the shaking city.

Many labelled the mysterious light phenomena as “Earthquake Lights” or UFOs on social media, which Forbes reckons isn’t exactly the truth.

Earthquake Lights (or EQLs) are sheet lightning, balls of light, streamers, and a steady glow of light, even described sometimes as “flames coming from the ground,” which often come before, during, or after a big earthquake.

The phenomenon isn’t that uncommon, but it is rare enough that scientists haven’t reached a consensus on what causes earthquake lights.

The evidence seems to exist mainly in anecdotal tales, which makes it hard for scientists to study properly.

Anyone coming up with strange theories about what is causing the flashing lights can be excused for the confusion.

Footage shows terrifying scenes:

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) website has more via The Hill:

“Geophysicists differ on the extent to which they think that individual reports of unusual lighting near the time and epicenter of an earthquake actually represent EQL: some doubt that any of the reports constitute solid evidence for EQL, whereas others think that at least some reports plausibly correspond to EQL,” says the USGS website.

“Physics-based hypotheses have been proposed to explain specific classes of EQL reports, such as those in the immediate vicinity of the causative fault at the time of a major earthquake. On the other hand, some reports of EQL have turned out to be associated with electricity arcing from the power lines shaking.”

Forbes, too, concludes that there is no verified physical evidence of EQLs in existence today.

Their explanation, instead, is much simpler:

The bursts of light on the ground are electric shorts and exploding infrastructure in the city’s streets, and the strange glowing sky is caused by reflections on the clouds.

One person has been reported dead as a result of the earthquake so far.

[sources:forbes&thehill]

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Must-Read Account From Inside Groote Schuur High Care Unit https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/09/must-read-account-from-inside-groote-schuur-high-care-unit/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/09/09/must-read-account-from-inside-groote-schuur-high-care-unit/#respond Thu, 09 Sep 2021 07:45:29 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=588541 [imagestory:

As we go about our day to day lives, moaning that we can’t buy dops on a Friday afternoon and have to be home by 10PM, it’s easy to forget about those who are still battling the ugliest side of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Inside Groote Schuur Hospital, doctors and healthcare workers are faced with trauma each and every day and have been for the best part of 18 months.

It’s the same story at hospitals across the country, and the globe.

Dr Estie Meyer, an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) surgeon at Groote Schuur, has recounted the trauma and strain that they’re under in an article on The Daily Maverick.

While some people see fit to protest against vaccines outside the hospital’s walls, inside it’s day after day of harrowing experiences.

Some of what Meyer had to say:

In January 2021 I found myself in the high care unit — this unit provides the highest care before you get intubated in ICU. The patients there are sick, often too tired to talk. These patients do one of three things — die, go to ICU, or the moment they are better they are moved to another ward. There is a high turnover of patients, monitors beeping non-stop and at least five new folders a day waiting on the desk… put there for death certificates…

I cried every day during my time in this unit and for several months after this. I would just spontaneously start crying, sometimes even in mundane places, like the grocery aisle…

Things got better after the second wave subsided, but it wasn’t too long before the third wave arrived.

In order to give some respite to physicians who were overworked and under extreme strain, Meyer volunteered to return to a COVID-19 ward.

32 beds, and non-stop heartbreak:

The moment the ward opened I walked in to find a patient dying. For two months I had at least 1-2 deaths per day. I started dreading opening the doors to the ward… wondering which beds would be empty. There were moments it felt like all I did was move between beds to declare patients dead. The patients were not fat and old anymore. They were young and fit. My age… and the peak was not passing.

It just got longer and longer. Never in my life had I seen so many dead people in such a short time. Though it is not the deaths that nearly broke me… It was balancing the emotions of the patients and their families that sucked out a piece of my soul every single time.

People are out here moaning about having to wear a mask for half an hour while they go shopping.

People are saying the virus is a ‘hoax’.

How many more doctors need to write open letters, or speak up about the horrors they experience daily, before they listen?

Meyer said she eventually turned to a support group at work to cope, where everybody had similar stories to share.

To finish, she has a few lessons to share:

Let’s be kind to one another. That is what got me through this time. Small gestures like a biscuit from the medical consultant when I had my coffee, a doctor that is not even a close friend giving me a massage voucher as she saw what a bad state I was in, and a hug by a nurse when I had to do my third phone call of the day.

Image: Facebook / Heroes of Groote Schuur

I saw how one nurse helped another with a home school project as both of their kids were still only going to school every second day. A beautician listening to me for two hours after I just sobbed in her room when she asked how my day was.

So be kind. As that is the only way broken medical personnel can come to work the next day… and the next wave.

There will be another wave, as we are nowhere near any form of vaccine herd immunity.

These doctors, and nurses, and healthcare workers will have to go through this all again.

The trauma, the pain, the phone calls to families to tell them their loved one has passed away.

Meyer says she is not a hero, but she is, and all of those who work tirelessly to try and save lives are.

There’s a reason they’re encouraging South Africans to get vaccinated:

No, it’s not a fake news graphic, as confirmed by hospital spokesperson Alaric Jacobs.

If you don’t want to take the vaccine, that remains your choice.

Just don’t be one of those awful humans who dismisses the struggles faced by healthcare workers at this most trying of times, because you may well end up needing their help.

[source:dailymaverick]

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