2oceansvibe News | South African and international news https://www.2oceansvibe.com South African and global news updates with a twist. 2oceansvibe is South Africa’s biggest solely owned online news platform with local and world news updates. Fri, 12 Aug 2022 15:12:58 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://media.2oceansvibe.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/icon.jpg 2oceansvibe News | South African and international news https://www.2oceansvibe.com 32 32 South Africans Earning More Than R500k A Year Are Part Of An Elite Club https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/12/south-africans-earning-more-than-r500k-a-year-are-part-of-an-elite-club/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/12/south-africans-earning-more-than-r500k-a-year-are-part-of-an-elite-club/#respond Fri, 12 Aug 2022 13:45:40 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626724 [imagesource:here]

South Africans have been dealt blow after blow, with load shedding, industrial action, and political instability all piled on top of rising food and petrol prices.

You know the shebang, we’re living it, man.

While Saffas are known to find resilience and strength in humour, there are some people who don’t get to laugh all the way to the bank.

The Bureau of Market Research (BMR) revealed that the personal income divide between South Africans is growing and will only be getting worse, reported BusinessTech.

Per the data, 75% of the employed adult population currently earns below R5 800 per month. That, quite strikingly, makes up only 11% of personal income in our country of around 60,6 million people.

In contrast, 6,7% of the working population earns a taxable income higher than R500 000 or roughly R42 000 a month, according to the tax statistics published by the South African Revenue Service for the 2020/21 tax year.

That means around one million people who earn that amount can consider themselves part of an elite club.

The contrast gets starker when you delve into how around 462 000 people (2,9%) earn more than R750 000 or R63 000 a month, while only 1,6% or 242 000 people earn more than a million a year (R83 300 a month).

On the absolute opposite end of this scale, 30,4 million people, or 55,5% of the total population, live below the upper-bound poverty line of R1 335 a month, per the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice & Dignity Group (PMBEJD).

Jacolize Meiring, the head of household wealth research at BMR, says that this data illustrates the deep divide in South Africa, a country with the highest level of income inequality in the world.

Meiring, having looked into the Research Consumption Consumer Vulnerability Index, reckons it will take at least an additional 18 months for consumers to recover from the impact of the pandemic, per EWN.

Growth will happen, she said, despite all these economic troubles and growing pains.

[source:businesstech&ewn]

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Celebrating UCT Online High School’s First Birthday https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/12/celebrating-uct-online-high-schools-first-birthday/ Fri, 12 Aug 2022 13:25:08 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626579 It’s been a year since UCT Online High School launched, opening its virtual doors to applications and how quickly the time has flown by!

Let’s go down the corridors and see all the exciting things the school has been up to. Here’s to six months of the success of UCT Online High School:  

Launch of UCT Online High School 

At the start of the new academic year, UCT Online High School welcomed more than 5000 learners spanning numerous different backgrounds. The school has accomplished a lot of ‘firsts’, starting with being a first of its kind — the launch of the University of Cape Town’s Online High School made it the first university on the African continent to cross over to the secondary schooling market through an innovative online learning model. 

We Own The Future

What’s a school without a school song? UCT Online High School brought together some of South Africa’s finest voices to create the school’s anthem because they are doing everything better! We Own The Future, named by the school’s learners, was released on January 24th — coinciding with International Day of Education. The track honours today’s youth, inspiring and reminding them that they are the future. The school song graced the stage of the KDay Music Festival in March 2022, and was performed live for the first time on Expresso Morning Show to viewers across the country! You can listen to the catchy melody, with GoodLuck, Shekhinah, YoungstaCPT and Msaki here. Expect to catch yourself humming “a little bit curious” all day today. 

Image: KDay Music Festival – March 2022, Elizabeth O’Donnell

Image: KDay Music Festival – March 2022, Russel Gerber Photography

From virtual gatherings to in-person events

They headed out of the virtual classroom and celebrated Youth Day with a spectacular event at Battery Park, Cape Town, in collaboration with Grade Africa! YoungstaCPT, Uncle Vinny and KashCPT took to the stage with amazing performances, and a quick chat on The Importance of Education, led by Kieno Kammies, had the audience enthralled. For Video Game Day, the online high school organised a fun-filled gaming event that saw one of their own, Grade 10 learner Omolemo Masibi, come out victorious against the Southern Hemisphere Tekken Champ, Miguel Macabi. Omolemo Masibi won a brand new PS4 double motor controller.

Image: UCT Online High School Youth Day event, Battery Park, V&A – June 2022, UCT Online High School

Image: Video Game Day – March 2022, UCT Online High School

A spin on school uniform 

In addition to a hot event and in the spirit of doing tradition and school pride better, the no-uniform school teamed up with South Africa’s dopest streetwear brand, Grade Africa, to drop a creative line of UCT Online High School merch no other school has ever seen. The collection consists of hoodies, tees, beanies and tote bags. It’s cool enough for everyday living and is available to shop on the online store

Image: UCT Online High School Youth Day event, Battery Park, V&A – June 2022, UCT Online High School

What’s next? 

UCT Online High School is constantly striving to be and do better when it comes to education. The platform is growing and changing to accommodate new communities. The online high school is now offering the world-renowned Cambridge International curriculum. Accepted by over 2000 universities, the Cambridge International curriculum opens learners up to wider opportunities across Africa and the globe. Another exciting offering is their Adult Matric programme to serve those who were unable to write their National Senior Certificate when they were younger. This new offering will allow them to complete high school part-time and entirely online. 

Now, for YOUR gift!

For their birthday, UCT Online High School wants to get three future learners ready for their first day of school with a chance to win a R5000 tech hamper, packed with all the essentials they’ll need. There are also seven Takealot vouchers to the value of R500 up for grabs. To enter, complete this application form to enrol your child into UCT Online High School. To verify your entry into the birthday giveaway, you need to ensure that you pay the R350 application fee and the enrolment fee — which you’ll get 60% off from 331 August 2022 — and your entry is in! 

Winners will be announced on Monday 5 September 2022. Ts&Cs apply.

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Checkers Sixty60 Nails New Ad With Dig At Rivals [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/12/checkers-sixty60-nails-new-ad-with-dig-at-rivals-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/12/checkers-sixty60-nails-new-ad-with-dig-at-rivals-video/#respond Fri, 12 Aug 2022 13:22:26 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626742 [imagesource: Twitter / @Sixty60_Tweets]

When it comes to the battle for grocery app dominance we have ourselves a very clear winner – Checkers Sixty60.

Checkers hit the ground running, gaining an advantage over the likes of Woolworths and Woolies Dash.

A report from May showed that CheckersSixty60 made up three-quarters of all on-demand grocery delivery spend in South Africa.

The company’s marketing push has also been praised and we have to doff our caps to the latest effort, featuring Glen Biderman-Pam as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber.

I don’t think we need to explain much more so roll the tape:

Did you notice the dig at Pick n Pay ASAP! towards the end there? Of course, you did.

That reference to dashing around the outside is clearly poking fun at Woolies Dash, too.

There’s no harm in crushing some brandewyn this weekend while cheering on the Bokke. Just make sure you don’t hop behind the wheel afterwards, please.

[source:twitter]

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Two-Bed Investment Apartment With Sea Views In Muizenberg – Only R2m https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/12/two-bed-investment-apartment-with-sea-views-in-muizenberg-only-r2m/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/12/two-bed-investment-apartment-with-sea-views-in-muizenberg-only-r2m/#respond Fri, 12 Aug 2022 12:40:05 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626642 [imagesource: Property24]

R2 million doesn’t buy you much these days in Cape Town.

To avoid realising how truly inflated the city’s property prices have become, I suggest steering clear of checking out what R2 million gets you in Jozi.

That being said, this two-bedroom lock-up-and-go apartment in Muizenberg’s Surfer’s Corner isn’t too shabby for two bar.

The Property24 listing says it’s “the ideal location for profitable short-term letting or a brilliant investment with jaw-dropping vistas in this flourishing seaside town”.

Well done, Muizies – you’ve been upgraded to a town.

Jaw-dropping may be a stretch but you do have ocean views:

This particular unit has 2 well sized and lit rooms, both boasting built-in-cupboards, the master has breathtaking views over Surfer’s Corner.

The lounge is drenched in natural light and has breathtaking views over the ocean.

A custom fitted kitchen and a bespoke bathroom really ties it all together beautifully.

This unit comes with a storeroom as well as is centrally located and close a stone throw away from Muizenberg’s beachfront strip and all local amenities.

A bespoke bathroom? That’s a new one.

Move in here and there’s a good chance you’ll be spending a lot of time at the Striped Horse. The good news is the people-watching there is top notch and you can quite easily stumble home.

A few more snaps so we can get the lay of the land:

So bespoke right now.

Unfortunately, there’s no direct view of Biddy, the infamous truck-eating bridge, but you can’t have it all.

See the full listing here.

[source:property24]

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Ukraine Releases Video With Bananarama Soundtrack, Mocking Russians Who Holiday In Crimea https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/12/ukraine-releases-video-with-bananarama-soundtrack-mocking-russians-who-holiday-in-crimea/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/12/ukraine-releases-video-with-bananarama-soundtrack-mocking-russians-who-holiday-in-crimea/#respond Fri, 12 Aug 2022 12:10:57 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626670 [imagesource: Twitter / @DefenceU]

The war in Ukraine is no laughing matter.

On the ground, the battle rages and the same is true for social media.

Misinformation and disinformation run rampant and if the opportunity presents itself to get a little mocking in, don’t let it pass.

That’s certainly the approach taken by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence after an airbase in the occupied peninsula of Crimea was devastated in an attack.

On Tuesday, reports Newsweek, the Saky air base was rocked by at least 12 explosions. Satellite images later showed extensive devastation across the site:

Crimea has been a long-running source of tension between Ukraine and Russia, with things really escalating in 2014:

Russian troops seized Crimea in 2014, after Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine’s pro-Russian president, was deposed in the Maidan Revolution.

The peninsula was later annexed following a referendum, which was not recognized as legitimate by independent election experts.

The Russian Government encouraged tourists to visit Crimea after the annexation, hoping to turn it into a popular beach destination as it had been under the USSR.

Footage of holidaymakers fleeing the beach was just too good for the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence to pass up.

It’s no coincidence that the 1983 hit from British girl group Bananarama, ‘Cruel Summer’, was chosen as the soundtrack:

I suggest any follow-up video goes with the ‘Crimea River’ angle, using Justin Timberlake’s song as the backing track.

That footage of the upset woman leaving Crimea is taken from this viral video:

In an address on Tuesday evening following the explosions, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said his country will retake Crimea.

The Guardian reckons Ukraine has certainly made meaningful inroads:

The satellite images from the Saky airbase in occupied Crimea do not lie. Nine Russian fighter jets were estimated to have been destroyed – though the true figure could be greater…

Image: AP

It amounts to perhaps a fifth of all recorded Russian combat aircraft losses in the war in Ukraine, now 47 as counted by analysts at Oryx, and while Moscow’s air force has dozens more fighters in its arsenal, the scale of the success and its immediate propaganda value cannot be overestimated…

Analysis shows the most likely scenario is that the strike was carried out from short range, possibly using a kamikaze drone.

A long-range missile strike can’t yet be ruled out, but footage of the explosions has shown little evidence that this was the case.

There’s a reason the Ukrainian government is trumpeting the success of the strike:

Russia’s public may have a different perception of the war in Ukraine, but occasionally news of setbacks filters through. The destruction of warplanes at Saky will rank with disasters such as the sinking of the cruiser Moskva in April or the estimated loss of more than 70 armoured vehicles in the failed river crossing at Bilohorivka in Donbas in March. Word of mouth from those fleeing will amplify the impact.

A retaliatory attack from Russia may well be on the cards.

170 days since the invasion kicked off and we are nowhere nearer to a conclusion.

[sources:newsweek&guardian]

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Apparently, Group Sex Is Really In Right Now https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/12/apparently-group-sex-is-really-in-right-now/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/12/apparently-group-sex-is-really-in-right-now/#respond Fri, 12 Aug 2022 11:35:59 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626716 [imagesource: YouTube / Harry Styles]

“More, more, more, orgy!” screams the narrator in the trailer for The Idol, the latest offering from Euphoria creator Sam Levinson.

Move along and you’ll see naked bodies writhe and thrust provocatively in Maya Hawke’s forest romp video for her song ‘Thérèse‘.

Somewhere along the line, you’ll have also come across what The Cut referred to as Harry Style’s “orgy trilogy”, with some subtle group exploration seen in the music video for ‘Late Night Talking’.

That’s all above and beyond the Eyes Wide Shut-esque art house films and A$AP Rocky interviews boasting about group sex.

Hollywood has ultimately been leaning into the zeitgeist, or the other way around, with an unprecedented number of references to group sex popping up all over the show.

The point is, orgy talk (and walk) has become wildly popular lately, per i-D:

Kenneth Play, who also authored Beyond Satisfied: A Sex Hacker’s Guide to Endless Orgasms, Mind-Blowing Connection, and Lasting Confidence, chalks the summer of onscreen orgies to a rise in non-monogamy. “As the world is becoming more sex positive, group sex is becoming more acceptable among progressive culture.”

“We can’t overstate the importance mainstream media visibility has on forming our perceptions about sex,” adds sexpert Zachary Zane, author of Boyslut: A Memoir and Manifesto. “So it’s necessary to dissect the way that sex orgies, sex parties and polyamory are being depicted in media.”

As fascinating as this all is to watch, it may lead to disappointment or discontent for newcomers swayed by the various Hollywood-glossy portrayals:

Harry Styles’ orgies might be  swaddled “in PG-ready bubble wrap” but the “provocative filmic device du jour” is starting to become almost as persuasive, and therefore instructional, as porn:

“Hollywood is as Hollywood does,” says Claudia Aguillar, founder of sex-positive travel company LLV. “You don’t know how to perform surgery after watching a medical movie — the same goes for sexual exploration on screen. There is a lot more to do before you go from watching a group sex scene in a movie to having friends over for a play party.”

Understanding that these are fictional portrayals of sex is fundamental to avoiding dashed expectations, Claudia says.

Over in Brooklyn, people like Kenneth are creating safe spaces to play with other people, with consent and education front of mind:

 

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He hopes to dismantle preconceived notions around sex parties.

Creating a sense of safety and consent is paramount in making newcomers comfortable, but also rewiring their learnings from the media’s depictions of group sex.

“People also think that it’s just a free-for-all and that everyone comes up to you and fucks you, which is absolutely not true,” Kenneth explains. “There’s more consent and safety at a sex party than at your average bar.”

While increased visibility on the topic is helping to reduce stigma, it is not necessary to push your personal boundaries just because you feel like you ‘should’.

The wave of sex positivity is blowing in whether one likes it or not. We better do it right, and mindfully, if we so choose.

Also, try not to “yuck other people’s yum”, as the Gen Zs like to say on TikTok.

[source:i-d]

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How SA Daredevil Pulled Off Mount Everest Paragliding History [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/12/how-sa-daredevil-pulled-off-mount-everest-paragliding-history-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/12/how-sa-daredevil-pulled-off-mount-everest-paragliding-history-video/#respond Fri, 12 Aug 2022 11:00:07 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626694 [imagesource: Pierre Carter]

Pierre Carter, the 56-year-old South African who has made it his life’s mission to climb to the summit of the highest mountain on each continent and paraglide off it, recently ticked off Mount Everest.

He first thought about the idea of paragliding from the summits way back in 1998 and started ticking them off two years later.

Those of us who live vicariously through adventurers like Pierre have been able to follow along on his site, 7Summits7Flights, but it was the Mount Everest paraglide that really captured the world’s attention.

Carte Blanche recently took a closer look at how he pulled it off:

South African Pierre Carter is an unassuming man. He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, their four dogs in tow. But beneath this calm exterior is a man with an appetite for danger. So much so that he set off on the adventure of a lifetime to the Himalayas, not only to climb Mount Everest, but to fly off it.

The Springbok paraglider perched about 800 metres below the summit of the world’s highest peak and took the terrifying leap, successfully landing and making history. But Pierre isn’t done yet. Carte Blanche takes flight with the first man to legally paraglide off Mount Everest.

Eight weeks after he started his trek up the world’s most famous mountain, Pierre took to the skies.

As we ready ourselves for a freezing cold weekend here in the Cape, let’s sit back and enjoy the daredevil pushing the boundaries:

[source:carteblanche]

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Grown Men Weep As News Breaks That Kim Jong Un Had A Fever [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/12/grown-men-weep-as-news-breaks-that-kim-jong-un-had-a-fever-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/12/grown-men-weep-as-news-breaks-that-kim-jong-un-had-a-fever-video/#respond Fri, 12 Aug 2022 09:50:09 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626679 [imagesource: Business Insider]

I guess all those videos of Kim Jong Un riding horses into the sunset and, most masculinely, walking away from intercontinental ballistic missiles while wearing shades, leather jackets, and watches, have truly made an impact on North Korean men.

I always wondered who could possibly fall for the hyped-up mucho vibes that these dictators like to dabble in, and I guess it makes sense that it is, to a large extent, other men.

Dare I say it? I say so because a video has just revealed an audience of men crying at the idea of their beloved leader battling a fever.

The footage was shared on North Korean TV, broadcasting Kim Jong Un’s sister making a heated speech for the first time ever.

During a meeting of health officials and researchers in Pyongyang on Wednesday, Kim Yo Jong made her address, revealing that the nation’s dictator had actually been badly affected by COVID-19.

Interestingly, this news came right after Kim Jong Un declared that North Korea had claimed a “shining victory” in its fight against the virus.

The Daily Beast has her speech in English:

“Even though he was seriously ill with a high fever, he could not lie down for a moment thinking about the people he had to take care of until the end in the face of the anti-epidemic war,” Kim Yo Jong said of her brother.

Cue a bunch of male audience members wiping away their tears, perhaps at the thought of nobody else being worthy enough to inspect their country’s production activity:

Kim Yo Jong also threatened “deadly retaliation” against South Korea if they fail to stop propaganda balloons flying over the border.

North Korean authorities have been dubiously blaming these balloons for bringing COVID-19 into their country:

Image: Lee Jin-man/AP/Shutterstock

Although, Park Sang-hak, who defected from North Korea to South Korea more than 20 years ago, explained that he began launching balloons to protect the people against the deadly virus:

“People are dying because of COVID in North Korea,” Sang-hak told The Daily Beast. “That’s the top priority. Right now, hundreds of thousands are getting the virus, and thousands are dying every day.”

He had fired off balloons carrying 20 000 masks, 15 000 Tylenol pills, and 30 000 vitamin C pills from a mountainous area near the border with North Korea.

He hasn’t quite yet reached the point of sending leaflets on the evils of the Kim dynasty over, but he might be working himself up for it.

Receiving a balloon carrying the cruel truth would be a reason to cry over Kim Jong Un.

[source:dailybeast]

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Someone Flew A ‘Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha’ Banner Over Mar-A-Lago, Following Trump’s FBI Search https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/12/someone-flew-a-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-banner-over-mar-a-lago-following-trumps-fbi-search/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/12/someone-flew-a-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-banner-over-mar-a-lago-following-trumps-fbi-search/#respond Fri, 12 Aug 2022 09:15:35 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626607 [imagesource: NBC News]

It’s been a busy week for Donald J. Trump.

The FBI searched his Mar-a-Lago residence on Monday. The investigation is looking into the alleged mishandling of White House records, including potentially classified material.

According to people familiar with the investigation, some of the documents the FBI sought related to nuclear weapons.

You might say the FBI went on a fission trip. It’s a stretch, I know.

Trump loves to troll and he was given a taste of his own medicine on Wednesday when a Florida man commissioned a plane to pull a sky banner with the message “Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha”. Six ‘has’ seems a tad excessive to me but the message was clear.

The plane circled over Mar-a-Lago while the former president’s supporters protested outside.

USA TODAY reports:

Miami resident Thomas Kennedy told USA TODAY Thursday that he and a handful of friends paid $1,800 to fly the banner for four hours Wednesday near Trump’s estate in Palm Beach.

“We thought it would be funny,” Kennedy, a self-professed Trump critic and Democratic activist said. “From our perspective, Trump is a bully and we wanted to give him a taste of his own medicine.”

Kennedy said he wanted to send a message to Trump and his supporters and called for them to “do something better with your time”.

I can imagine they’d say something similar back to a man who spent $1 800 on his trolling:

In response to the FBI executing a legally obtained search warrant on the basis of probable cause, Trump denounced the investigation and called it a “witch hunt”.

You may recall that he nominated current FBI Director Christopher Wray to serve in the role during his presidency, saying he was “a man of impeccable credentials” and “a fierce guardian of the law and model of integrity”.

He who laughs last, laughs longest and if Trump is never actually prosecuted the joke ends up being on the American people.

[source:usatoday]

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What We Know About Elon Musk’s Secretive ‘X.com’ Website https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/12/what-we-know-about-elon-musks-secretive-x-com-website/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/12/what-we-know-about-elon-musks-secretive-x-com-website/#respond Fri, 12 Aug 2022 08:40:53 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626649 [imagesource:here]

Another day, another headline about Elon Musk.

It seems the pushing and pulling between Musk and Twitter has taken another turn, with the billionaire tech tycoon teasing the possibility of a new social media platform that could be in direct competition with Twitter.

After he flogged nearly eight million Tesla shares worth $6,9 billion before the very real possibility of being forced to purchase Twitter, Musk cryptically mentioned a desire to launch his own site.

This isn’t exactly breaking news, though, as Musk did once mention to Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal that he had plans for his own platform, per Business Insider.

Twitter has cause for concern that Musk only entered the deal to acquire the company as a way to compile internal data and then use it to replicate the site.

He’s being pretty transparent about this affair.

In response to someone then asking if he has ever thought about creating his own social platform, especially if the Twitter deal “doesn’t come through”, Musk merely answered with:

X.com is currently blank, bar a small ‘x’ in the top left corner, but it apparently has a deeper meaning to Musk. Here’s Gizmodo:

Musk purchased X.com in 2017 from PayPal, of which he is a former CEO. Musk actually co-founded X.com back in 1999 as an online bank, before the website was merged with a competitor in 2000.

Musk then bought X.com back 17 years later, explaining on Twitter that the domain had “great sentimental value” and that the best use of the domain would be as an umbrella website that would lead users to Musk’s other ventures like Tesla and SpaceX.

However, he did suggest something a little different at Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting last week:

“I do sort of have a grander vision for what I thought X Corporation could have been back in the day,” Musk said.

“It’s a pretty grand vision and of course that could be started from scratch but I think Twitter would accelerate that by three to five years.”

If X.com became a sort of Twitter, Musk would likely make it without bots or censorship, both of which he has heavily criticised the platform for.

Twitter is adamant that Musk must legally buy the platform at the original price of $44 billion, arguing the world’s richest person signed an ironclad contract earlier this year.

At the end of the day, Musk is preparing to either create his own social media site and/or follow through with his original mission to buy Twitter.

The next headline is incoming…

[source:businessinsider]

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People Are Walking Sheep On The Sea Point Prom These Days [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/12/people-are-walking-sheep-on-the-sea-point-prom-these-days-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/12/people-are-walking-sheep-on-the-sea-point-prom-these-days-video/#respond Fri, 12 Aug 2022 08:00:36 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626623 [imagesource: Nazeem Brenner / supplied to IOL]

Go on, guess the name of the sheep.

It’s just a bit of fun, try your luck.

I’ll give you a clue – it starts with a ‘b’ and it’s often preceded by the words ‘spicy mutton’.

Well done if you said Breyani, the sheep which IOL tells us is “a hit on social media”.

20-year-old Nazeem Brenner took Breyani for a stroll on the Sea Point Promenade this past weekend and “was amazed at the response he got”:

“My plan was to just go for an hour or so but I ended up being out from 2pm till 7pm and I even ended up in Camps Bay because people wanted to take pictures of us,” he says.

Image: Nazeem Brenner / supplied to IOL

“When I first pulled up I was a bit worried about what the older people would think but children and people from all ages came running to see me walk Breyani, there was even a group of traffic cops who took pictures.”

It’s a good thing he wasn’t walking Sea Point Promenade’s most popular animal, the French Bulldog, for that long. Because of their flatter muzzle and skull compared to other breeds, Frenchies are far more susceptible to breathing problems.

Brenner says he bought Breyani from a farm in Darling three months ago for R1 000.

My apologies, but for video footage, we have to head to TikTok:

@nazeembrenner92 Sunday Walks in Seapoint🐑 Meet the pet Lamb named Biryani🐑🐑 #seapoint #2022 #capetownsouthafrica #pet #lamb #sheep #animalsoftiktok #sundayfunday #fyp #viral #trending ♬ Astronaut In The Ocean – Masked Wolf

Cool.

Despite his name, the sheep is not going to end up on a plate, Brenner says:

He says at home in Namibia, he owns a whole range of strange pets such as owls and ostriches, while his lamb has now become a beloved member of his family, so there are no braais on the horizon.

“On Sunday, there was somebody who offered to buy Breyani but I said never in a million years because I enjoy having him as a pet and that is what he will stay for the rest of his life.”

The last time sheep were spotted on the Sea Point Promenade, anti-vaxxers were accusing Bill Gates of wanting to use mass vaccination to implant microchips into people so that he could track them digitally.

No, you’re a sheep, says the person punting Ivermectin.

[source:iol]

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They Reckon This OnlyFans Model Murdered Her Boyfriend https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/12/they-reckon-this-onlyfans-model-murdered-her-boyfriend/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/12/they-reckon-this-onlyfans-model-murdered-her-boyfriend/#respond Fri, 12 Aug 2022 07:25:59 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626598 [imagesource: @Courtneytailor / Instagram]

Around four months ago, Courtney Clenney, a successful OnlyFans model, fatally stabbed her boyfriend in the luxury Miami apartment unit that they shared.

Straight after killing Christian Obumseli, the 25-year-old model scooted off to rehab in Hawaii for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse, according to her lawyer, Frank Prieto.

While she was there, she was arrested for the murder of her 25-year-old boyfriend and is currently awaiting extradition to Florida, where she’ll face a second-degree murder charge, per The New York Post.

“I’m completely shocked, especially since we were cooperating with the investigation and offered to voluntarily surrender her if she were charged,” Prieto told the paper. “We look forward to clearing her name in court.”

She goes by Courtney Tailor on social media, and has two million followers on Instagram:

 

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Clenney is claiming through her lawyer that she acted in self-defence, alleging that Obumseli had “grabbed her by the throat” prior to her getting a kitchen knife and stabbing him in the chest with it:

Image: Instagram

However, family and friends on Obumseli’s side are convinced that the domestic abuse was the other way around, suggesting that Clenney was the aggressor in the relationship.

They claim she often launched attacks on him, after which he had to calm her down, reported The Rolling Stone:

According to the sources who spent time with them, Clenney and Obumseli soon developed a tumultuous relationship, impacted at least in part by Clenney’s struggles with substance abuse.

Their friends painted a picture of Clenney as an aggressive partner with a history of alleged violence toward other men she’d dated, and who joked about her persona as the “toxic girlfriend” as an excuse.

A video of them in a lift was used as evidence, showing Clenney striking Obumseli, who then hit back. You can see that footage here.

TMZ showed footage of Clenney handcuffed and drenched in blood in a bra after that incident:

Image: TMZ.com

Here are more details from that fateful night:

Authorities believe Clenney stabbed Obumseli between 4:33 pm, when he arrived home with sandwiches, and 4:57, when she called 911. They added that Clenney had been on the phone with her mother at the time of the stabbing.

Her mother told authorities she heard the couple arguing while she was talking with her daughter.

Image: Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office

About 10 minutes before Clenney called 911, building management called police alerting them to a disturbance in Clenney and Obumseli’s unit. During Clenney’s 911 call, Fernandez Rundle said, Obumseli could be heard in the background repeatedly saying he was dying and that he was losing feeling in his arm. Clenney could be heard saying, “I’m so sorry, baby.”

The staff at the apartment building where the couple lived noted multiple domestic disturbances over the course of their relationship and even tried to evict them some time before the murder took place:

Image: Instagram

While Clenney’s lawyer has repeatedly argued that she was a victim of domestic abuse at Obumseli’s hands, he also acknowledged that their relationship was tumultuous and the violence may have gone “both ways”.

Clenney is waiting to appear before a judge.

[sources:rollingstone&nypost]

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Your Customary Political Brawl Featuring The EFF [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/12/your-customary-political-brawl-featuring-the-eff-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/12/your-customary-political-brawl-featuring-the-eff-videos/#respond Fri, 12 Aug 2022 06:35:55 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626593 [imagesource: YouTube / News24]

I sometimes wonder what a visitor to our shores, who flips on the telly in the hotel room to see these shenanigans, must think.

For us, it’s become a bit of a resigned shrug of the shoulders. Oh, look, the EFF must be craving some attention because they’re brawling with an opposition party again.

A City of Johannesburg Council meeting devolved into violence towards the end of the 12-hour sitting, with News24 reporting proceedings “ended up being suspended during the pre-dawn hours on Thursday”.

The DA, via the City of Joburg’s council speaker, Vasco Da Gama, has since laid a criminal charge against the EFF members involved at the Hillbrow police station.

Vasco Da Gama, you say? My high school history teacher would like a word.

The EFF, ANC and smaller opposition parties accused Da Gama of rigging council processes to push a DA-favoured candidate to act as council secretary…

The DA-led coalition government proposed that Madimetja Molekwa, who currently works in Parliament, acts as council secretary…

When Molekwa’s condonation was brought up for debate and voting, after a marathon of 12 hours, the EFF, ANC and smaller parties raised objections.

Rowdy councillors hurled petty insults, while demanding a chance to air their views and be recognised by the council speaker.

When they didn’t get their way, they resorted to violence:

DA councillor Leah Knott said EFF members demanded the speaker be removed from the podium, which kickstarted the violence:

When DA councillors ushered Da Gama out of the council, EFF councillors pounced on anyone around them.

Knott said that, as she tried to document the altercation, an EFF member threatened to take her phone.

It is worth pointing out once more that Tuesday was Women’s Day, and this took place in the wee hours of Thursday morning:

However, EFF councillor Sepetlele Raseruthe said it was actually Julius Malema’s party that was under attack:

“We went to the speaker because we wanted the mic, the fighters wanted the mic, and the DA members hit one of us. That is what happened there. Now it was a scuffle because we had to defend ourselves. We were not going to fold our arms while we were under attack,” Raseruthe said.

Raseruthe said the EFF believed Molekwa was a fake secretary and had already started acting in the position, despite the council not confirming his appointment.

The ANC also laid the blame at the feet of the DA.

One thing we can usually count on is that when a political sitting devolves into violence, you’ll find the EFF in the thick of it.

What next, a sitting president refuses to admit he lost a free and fair election and encourages his supporters to storm the Union Buildings? Imagine what a tourist visiting from the US would think about that?

[source:news24]

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Friday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/12/friday-morning-spice-581/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/12/friday-morning-spice-581/#respond Fri, 12 Aug 2022 05:01:56 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626558 Musk Sells Tesla Stock Worth $6.9 Bln As Possibility Of Forced Twitter Deal Rises – Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk sold $6.9 billion worth of shares in the electric vehicle maker, saying the funds could be used to finance a potential Twitter deal if he loses a legal battle with the social media platform. [reuters]

Donald Trump Refuses To Answer Questions In New York Investigation – Former US President Donald Trump has declined to answer questions as part of a New York state investigation into his family’s business practices. [bbc]

Disney Edges Past Netflix In Streaming Subscribers As It Raises Ad-Free Prices – Disney+, Hulu and ESPN sees total of 221m customers at the end of the June quarter compared with Netflix’s 220.7m. [guardian]

Over 100 Animals Killed In Suspected Poisoning In Kruger National Park – Over 100 vultures and a hyena have died after feeding on a buffalo carcass near Punda Maria in the Kruger National Park. [n24]

Learjets, Mistresses, And Bales Of Weed: My Dad’s Life As A Drug Kingpin – Dan McGuiness was one of the architects of the modern drug trade, creating a marijuana empire for much of the 1970s and 1980s while successfully escaping from prison multiple times. Now, his daughter reports on the life and times of the father who never came home. [rollsto]

Johnny Depp To Play King Louis XV In First Film In Three Years – It marks the actor’s first role since he won his court case against his ex-wife Amber Heard, who he had accused of defamation. [tatler]

Lewis Hamilton: The F1 Superstar On Racism, His Future, And The Shocker That Cost Him A Championship – The maverick driver can handle anything. But spiders. And traffic. [vanfair]

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Psych Nurse Fired After Reporting Patients ‘Blowing Each Other’ And Hitting Staff – “I got patients blowing each other,” a nurse says she told a supervisor. A week later, the hospital fired her for “profane language.” [vice]

Toughen Up, You Gasping Europeans, You’re Part Of The 40°C Club Now So Soldier On African-Style – Our dear friends in Europe, you must toughen up. You are part of the 40°C Club now. Membership means you sleep in your sweat without complaint. We do things differently here. [mav]

‘Succession’ Star Kieran Culkin Explains Why J Smith-Cameron Threw A Drink In His Face – Anyone who’s seen Succession will know that Kieran Culkin and J Smith-Cameron’s characters, Roman and Gerri, have something of an odd relationship — and it sounds like their IRL dynamic is almost as unusual. [mash]

Woman Impaled By Beach Umbrella In Garden City Dies, Coroner Says – A woman died after she was impaled by a beach umbrella near Myrtle Beach, according to the coroner. [wyf] That’s terrible. I remember when a man attacked me with a beach umbrella..

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Princess Diana And Dodi Fayed’s South Of France Superyacht Is Up For Sale – The princess stayed on the luxury vessel with her boyfriend weeks before her death in 1997. [tatler]

Brazil Woman And Psychic Con Mum Out Of $140m In Art And Cash – A woman in Brazil has been arrested on suspicion of using a psychic to swindle her mother out of more than $140m (£114m) in art, cash and jewellery. [bbc]

BlackRock Launches A Private Trust To Give Clients Exposure To Spot Bitcoin – BlackRock has launched a private trust offering institutional clients in the U.S. direct exposure to bitcoin. [cnbc]

Who Gets What In Rupert And Jerry’s Mega Seal High-Stakes ‘Game Of Homes’ Divorce – And the Succession-style family twists and turns behind the break-up drama. [dm]

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Get Ready For A Very Chilly Weekend In The Western Cape https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/11/get-ready-for-a-very-chilly-weekend-in-the-western-cape/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/11/get-ready-for-a-very-chilly-weekend-in-the-western-cape/#respond Thu, 11 Aug 2022 13:55:32 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626522 [imagesource: Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company / 2020]

The deep cold is coming, everyone.

Get all your bundles ready – data, food, warmth – because you’re not going to want to go outside much this weekend.

That’s due to a series of cold fronts that are expected to make landfall in the Western Cape between Friday and Saturday, with the possibility of snow as well.

Per IOL, three consecutive cold fronts are expected to hit.

The first is currently moving over the southwest coast and will eventually spread light rain over the peninsula, Cape Town, and coastal towns.

Tomorrow morning, the second cold front will bring scattered showers and cold conditions to the Western and Southern Cape.

Saturday will see the worst of the cold, with showers extended into Sunday:

“Models are indicating more than 50mm is expected to fall over parts of the Winelands and Mountainous areas of the Western Cape,” Vox Weather said.

It also added that snow is expected to fall over the mountainous areas of the Western, Eastern Cape, Sutherland, and Lesotho.

That means icy cold winds, y’all.

Here’s a nifty visual:

The South African Weather Service has issued a warning, advising Western Cape residents to layer up properly.

Via Google Weather, Saturday morning, in particular, looks like it’s going to chill the bones:

Image: Google Weather

Keep safe and stay warm.

Also, try to remember the feeling of being cold because something tells me when summer comes, we’re going to need those memories to keep us cool.

[source:iol]

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“I’m 100% A Cannibal”: Explosive Details Uncovered In Armie Hammer Docuseries [Trailer] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/11/im-100-a-cannibal-explosive-details-uncovered-in-armie-hammer-docuseries-trailer/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/11/im-100-a-cannibal-explosive-details-uncovered-in-armie-hammer-docuseries-trailer/#respond Thu, 11 Aug 2022 13:44:11 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626435 [imagesource: Discovery+]

In early 2021, the lid was lifted on actor Armie Hammer and his years of alleged abuses of power.

Messages allegedly sent by Hammer detailed his fantasies of rape and cannibalism and the floodgates opened, with more women coming forward.

It wasn’t long before the spotlight was trained on the entire Hammer family and a number of skeletons were revealed.

For those biding their time until the inevitable docuseries came along, wait no longer. House of Hammer from Discovery+ is here, and it details five generations of alleged abuses of power by the Hammer men.

Over to Entertainment Weekly:

“Magnify Succession a million times and it was my family,” says the actor’s aunt Casey Hammer in the trailer for the series…

Hammer’s oil tycoon family has been the subject of immense controversy over the years, beginning with his great grandfather Armand Hammer…

House of Hammer interviews multiple women who claim they are survivors of the Death on the Nile star’s abuse, bringing to light his family’s dark secrets — ranging from accusations of violence and abuse to political manipulation and financial fraud.

The trailer starts off at a breakneck speed and does not slow down:

The three-part docuseries, which will premiere on September 2, reveals “truly disturbing details and sinister secrets that money and power couldn’t hide forever,” according to Jason Sarlanis, Discovery+’s President of Crime and Investigative Content, Linear and Streaming.

Following the allegations levelled against him, which Hammer has strongly denied, his career derailed. Below via Variety:

…he was spotted earlier this summer selling timeshares at a resort in the Cayman Islands where he has been residing close to his estranged wife and two young children for much of the pandemic. A source has told Variety that Hammer had completed a stay in rehab.

Last month, Vanity Fair, which previously published an exposé on the Hammer family, reported that Robert Downey Jr., who has been through recovery himself, has been supporting Hammer and paid for his six-months in rehab.

I suppose getting help is a good place to start.

The next step is potential legal action. In March 2021, the LAPD said he was the “main suspect” of an investigation into rape and assault allegations made by an unnamed individual. It’s unclear whether or not that investigation is still ongoing.

[sources:eweekly&variety]

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The Latest Worry – South Africa Could Be ‘Greylisted’ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/11/the-latest-worry-south-africa-could-be-greylisted/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/11/the-latest-worry-south-africa-could-be-greylisted/#respond Thu, 11 Aug 2022 13:33:41 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626458 [imagesource:here]

We are currently dealing with lawlessness, inflation, fuel price hikes, load shedding, and so the list goes on.

Fancy adding another worry to the list? Sure, the more the merrier.

There’s talk of South Africa being greylisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). That may not sound like something that should concern you too much but it could have real-world implications for all of us.

BusinessTech with some of the basics:

…if the country is deemed a high-risk jurisdiction to transact, anyone wanting to do business with South Africa will need to jump through an additional layer of compliance hoops.

[Senior associate Rebecca] Thomson said that it could also lead to an overall decline in GDP – as seen in Mauritius when they were greylisted, and GDP dropped by 1% in the first year of its listing. She added that South Africa could see the export and import of goods becoming more difficult.

The recently released Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Mutual Evaluation Report uncovered lax regulations in our banking system. These have allowed money laundering and terrorism funding to take place.

Moneyweb reports that while the Banking Association South Africa (Basa) is working to fix the weaknesses identified by the report, that may come too late:

 South Africa is perilously close to being subject to increased monitoring by FATF – ‘greylisted’ – mainly because of weaknesses in the country’s ability to enforce anti-money laundering and terrorism-funding regulations, and to investigate and successfully prosecute financial crimes.

Aside from the potential decline in GDP, as mentioned previously, there’s a good chance that being greylisted slows down potential international investment and financial transactions in the country.

While Nedbank CEO Mike Brown said we could still stave off being greylisted, adding that it wouldn’t be as bad as a credit rating downgrade, Standard Bank group chief executive Sim Tshabalala disagreed.

He said such a move could easily lead to us “being kicked out of the global financial system”:

Tshabalala noted that being flagged by the task force would effectively lead to South Africa being blacklisted by both the United Kingdom and the European Union.

Not only would this make borrowing more expensive, but it will likely also have several knock-on effects, said Tshabalala.

“The rand will weaken, inflation will spike, interest rates will go up, it will be more expensive to buy food, pay for petrol, buy homes, buy cars. The country can’t afford it.”

No, we cannot.

Someone get word to Siya Kolisi and the Springboks that the situation is dire. They play best with fire in the belly and we could all use a win this Saturday to gloss over a few cracks.

[sources:bustech&moneyweb]

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Watching These Shipping Disasters Unfold Makes For Painful Viewing [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/11/watching-these-shipping-disasters-unfold-makes-for-painful-viewing-video/ Thu, 11 Aug 2022 13:31:53 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626501 [imagesource: YouTube / World of the wild]

As we learnt via that infamous blockage in the Suez Canal, when things go wrong in the shipping world, they can go really, really wrong.

Major shipping routes were disrupted for close to a week, at a cost of nearly $10 billion a day, before the Ever Given was finally freed. You can’t put a price on those memes, though.

Even when ships aren’t hemmed in due to what was likely questionable skipper skills, things can still go wrong, and the internet is full of compilations of ship collisions and mistakes.

We’ll refrain from laughing at the misfortune of others while observing four minutes of carnage:

One gets the feeling that sackings were carried out in the wake of these incidents.

The shipping world is complicated enough without container ships destroying cranes and rear-ending other boats, which is why it’s worth calling in the big guns.

Berry & Donaldson, one of South Africa’s largest private-owned logistics companies, has been helping our importers and exporters navigate the labyrinth that is international freighting for over half a century.

If you want things done right, they should be your first port of call.

[source:youtube]

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Stunning Shots From The Nature TTL Photographer Of The Year Competition https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/11/stunning-shots-from-the-nature-ttl-photographer-of-the-year-competition/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/11/stunning-shots-from-the-nature-ttl-photographer-of-the-year-competition/#respond Thu, 11 Aug 2022 13:30:49 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626457 [imagesource: Tomasz Szpila / Nature TTL]

Staring into the eyes of a predator is one way to round off your Thursday.

That lion above, nestled in flesh and fur, had just hunted a buffalo in Botswana and was in the midst of digging in when Tomasz Szpila snapped the shot.

His ‘I See You’ photo saw Szpila crowned the Wild Portraits winner in the 2022 Nature TTL Photographer of the Year Competition.

Nature TTL, one of the world’s leading nature photography resources, per PetaPixel, just announced the winners of its annual photography competition, from 8 000 entries across eight different categories.

Top prize was awarded to US photographer Dennis Stogsdill thanks to a creature just as fierce and fancy, a caracal hunting a flamingo in Tanzania:

Image: Dennis Stogsdill / Nature TTL

The BBC reported that Nature TTL founder Will Nicholls says that this shot represents nature at its most “raw”:

“The caracal is soaked from chasing the flamingos through the waters but has come out on top. The contrasting colours against the dark surroundings really make this image pop – a wonderful scene to have been able to observe, no doubt, let alone capture exquisitely on camera.”

Stogsdill bagged £1 500 (just under R30 000) for his image of the cat “walking off with its prize”, as the winner in the Animal Behavior category, as well as the overall winner.

An African elephant in Tanzania landed Michael Snedic the runner-up prize in the Animal Behaviour category:

Image: Michael Snedic / Nature TTL

Geoffrey Reynaud, the winner in the Camera Traps category, snapped this grizzly shot of a bear in Canada:

Image: Geoffrey Reynaud / Nature TTL

The runner-up in the Camera Traps category was Sascha Fonseca for this stunning take of a snow leopard in Ladakh, India:

Image: Sascha Fonseca / Nature TTL

Mauro Tronto was the runner-up in The Night Sky category with this fantastical shot from Iceland:

Image: Mauro Tronto / Nature TTL

The runner-up in the Urban Wildlife category was Josselin Coronou for this Studio Ghibli-esque ‘Glow worms in Australia’ shot:

Image: Josselin Coronou / Nature TTL

In the world of little critters, two moths have wowed.

One of them was captured in Hungary, with Tibor Litauzki taking top prize in the Small World category:

Image: Tibor Litauzki / Nature TTL

The other was a micro-moth found in the UK, captured by Tim Crabb, the runner-up in the Small World category:

Image: Tim Crabb / Nature TTL

For more, head here.

That should do for your daily dose of nature.

[sources:bbc&petapixel]

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2OV Throwback Thursday – The ‘Don’t Touch Me On My Studio’ Viral Video https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/11/2ov-throwback-thursday-the-dont-touch-me-on-my-studio-viral-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/11/2ov-throwback-thursday-the-dont-touch-me-on-my-studio-viral-video/#respond Thu, 11 Aug 2022 12:50:01 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626484 [imagesource: GameVideoReviews]

Happy Throwback Thursday to everyone except Mr. Visagie.

Let me take you on a journey back in time…

The year was 2010, and South Africa was gearing up to host the FIFA World Cup, which would help unite the country for a few glorious months.

Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) secretary-general André Visagie, however, wasn’t feeling the ubuntu leading up to the tournament.

During an appearance on Africa 360, a current affairs show on eNews, Visagie had something of a run-in with political commentator Lebohang Pheko.

Also in the mix was host Chris Maroleng, who then became involved in a back and forth that has become legendary in South Africa.

Fun drinking game – every time someone asks that somebody refrains from making physical contact with them whilst on set, have a sip.

We’ll see you on the other side:

Iconic.

Visagie starts to leave, doesn’t get the reaction he’s after when nobody tries to step in, and is then forced to up the ante.

Nice of him to overtly state his racism at the end there, too.

This incident received a number of remixes (as South Africans love to do), including the obvious MC Hammer connection:

As you would imagine, this exchange cracked that A to Z list of South African memes.

Rightly so.

[source:youtube]

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Experts Are Terribly Concerned About Clueless ‘Instagram-Adventurers’ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/11/experts-are-terribly-concerned-about-clueless-instagram-adventurers/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/11/experts-are-terribly-concerned-about-clueless-instagram-adventurers/#respond Thu, 11 Aug 2022 12:20:45 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626552 [imagesource: Jess Wandering]

New Zealand Tourism’s clever little campaign catch-phrase warning influencers in the wild not to travel “under the social influence” might have hit the mark more than the organisation realised.

All those cliched “pondering on a rock” and “summit spreadeagle” money shots can actually be pretty dangerous, with experts and authorities getting increasingly concerned about social media glamorising some notoriously gruelling climbs.

Climbing the peaks in the Alps has been compared to playing “Russian roulette” for social media-inspired mountaineers without an experienced leg to stand on.

One cannot just ascend the world’s toughest climbs without years dedicated to building experience, gaining the necessary skills, and preparing with the proper equipment.

Least of all exercising one’s decision-making intelligence outside of the influence of social media.

The Telegraph explored “why the rise of clueless ‘Instagram-adventurers’ is so dangerous (and dumb)”, listing a few bucket list climbs from across the world and the problems they face regularly with these “influencers in the wild”:

Image: The Telegraph

We already know about Everest, referred to as an “ego trip just to get a selfie” with its boomboxes and disco tents.

Mont Blanc, the trophy summit of the Alps, has the highest peak, which is, unfortunately, far too easily accessible:

“The mountain is close to the road so people think ‘I’ll pop up there this afternoon’,” [John Taylor of Mont Blanc Guides,] says, admitting to having seen three people fall to their death in three separate incidents and been stopped by walkers asking “which one is the summit?”.

“People think it’s a hike, not a climb, but they are often very humble when they get up there and realise how wrong they got it – they’re not being deliberately wilful and arrogant – they just have no idea of the dangers.”

The situation became so dire that the mayor of Saint-Gervais, Jean-Marc Peillex, is now imposing a €15 000 deposit (roughly R250 000) on anyone who dares to climb Mont Blanc.

Those summiting the Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland, also often do so with next to no common sense, according to the director of Air Zermatt mountain rescue, Anjan Truffer:

“There’s growing interest in ski mountaineering and trail running, where people run up the mountain in super-lightweight gear wearing hardly any clothes, and others who try to summit the Matterhorn in Spandex shorts and sneakers, because it’s been done by one or two pro athletes and they’ve seen it on social media,” says Anjan.

“And what do people do nowadays? Watch social media all day long and want to do the same.”

It’s content like this that makes wannabes really confused:

 

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Be warned that if you do happen to need a rescue, it could cost you way more than an arm and a leg.

London-based Tim Blakey is still paying off his £6 000 (around R118 000) rescue after being hoisted from a crevasse in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, last February where he got stuck snowboarding alone, with no equipment, and a 3% phone battery:

“Afterwards, my mother called me an idiot on live television and I deserved it,” said the 42-year-old physiotherapist. “I looked at the snow forecast the night before and wanted to find fresh powder. I didn’t do any research of the area, so didn’t know I was on a glacier, or there could be crevasses. I know the rescue services put their lives in danger rescuing me so I can’t complain about the money – even though it’s hit me very badly this year.”

Yep, fair enough. No money shot should be worth that kind of dosh.

While the rising “pay-to-play” culture and lack of patience are big drivers of poor decision-making for these influencers and mountaineer rookies, there are some climbing experts hoping to educate their following effectively.

Hopefully, they show up in the social media algorithm of a prospective summit spreadeagler before it’s too late.

[source:telegraph]

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Trump Supporters In Wisconsin Are On Another Level [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/11/trump-supporters-in-wisconsin-are-on-another-level-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/11/trump-supporters-in-wisconsin-are-on-another-level-video/#respond Thu, 11 Aug 2022 10:40:38 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626420 [imagesource: YouTube / The Daily Show with Trevor Noah]

It’s been a busy week for Donald J. Trump.

The FBI searched his Mar-a-Lago residence on Monday. The investigation is looking into the alleged mishandling of White House records, including potentially classified material.

Yesterday, he appeared in front of the New York attorney general at a scheduled deposition and invoked his Fifth Amendment rights and declined to answer questions.

It’s funny, that, because in 2016 he told a crowd in Iowa that “if you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?”

One place Donald feels free to speak his mind is during his many rally appearances. He appeared in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Friday, August 5, but perhaps the real attraction here was the crowd that gathered.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah’s Jordan Klepper has spent a great deal of time talking with Trump supporters, those who took part in the Capitol riot on January 6, anti-vaxxers, and the like.

The Daily Beast says he “found some seriously deranged conspiracists” in Wisconsin and they’re not wrong. Every politician will have oddballs following them, but the MAGA crowd is different.

It’s tough to pick a ‘highlight’ but the woman from the 4:40 mark clearly needs help:

There really are people who think that John F. Kennedy Jr is still alive.

In fact, some of these people are running for elected government positions and stand actual, genuine chances of being elected.

[source:dailybeast]

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Not All Emergency Plane Landings Go Exactly To Plan [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/11/not-all-emergency-plane-landings-go-exactly-to-plan-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/11/not-all-emergency-plane-landings-go-exactly-to-plan-video/#respond Thu, 11 Aug 2022 10:05:55 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626491 [imagesource: Cody Godwin / Storyful]

It is truly remarkable that not a single person was injured after this chaotic plane crash in California.

A small plane came tumbling down in the middle of lunchtime traffic on Tuesday, crashed into a Toyota pickup truck carrying three people, and then burst into flames as it slid across all the highway lanes into an on-ramp.

Jalopnik reported that the incident happened on Freeway 91 just outside of Los Angeles, with pilot Andrew Cho and the other passenger (as well as everyone in the Toyota) walking away following the crash unscathed.

Dashcam footage captured the chaos unfold:

The reaction from the person in this car that caught the drama on camera is priceless:

 

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Apparently, Cho’s single-engine Piper Cherokee experienced an unexpected engine failure during his final approach to Corona Municipal Airport, causing him to crash-land on the busy highway:

“It felt like a hard bump. Hard to describe,” Cho said. “We were four to five feet in the air when the plane stalled completely and fell to the ground.

The pilot credited his training for the successful crash landing. “Your training kicks in and you do the right thing. As long as you don’t panic, you get the best outcome,” Cho said.

We’ve seen a fair amount of successful crash landings in our time, but none quite as dramatic as this one. Cho probably didn’t plan for the plane to burst into flames, but all in all he’s clearly chuffed nobody was harmed.

Here’s another video, featuring a chat with Cho. Did you see the plane wreckage around the 1:20 mark? How the pilot and passenger made it out of there unscathed is anyone’s guess.

[source:jalopnik]

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What’s Up With Coca-Cola’s Weird New Flavour? https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/11/whats-up-with-coca-colas-weird-new-flavour/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/11/whats-up-with-coca-colas-weird-new-flavour/#respond Thu, 11 Aug 2022 08:22:07 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626409 [imagesource: Coca-Cola]

Coca-Cola has nowhere left to go but the abstract.

Capitalism shouted “progress at all costs” and Coca-Cola, already one of the most successful companies of all time, said “well, we’ve already made it”, to which capitalism replied, “more, always more”.

There’s no rest for the wicked, and now Coca-Cola is desperately battling to stay relevant in a world that says the only way forward is to come up with new things.

I know, that conversation is quite abstract, but then again, so is Coca-Cola’s new concept Coke under its “Creations” platform. The company released a series of symbolic sodas with flavours representing pixels (called Byte), space (called Starlight), and the latest, dreams.

The newest experimental, limited-time flavour is called Dreamworld, which the company says tastes like the “playfulness and brightness of dreams”:

According to a press release, per Eater, Dreamworld has bottled up the “technicolor tastes and surrealism of the subconscious with an invitation to savor the magic of everyday moments and dream with open eyes”:

Image: Coca-Cola

Finally, what we’ve all been waiting for, a drink that reflects the uncertain nature of reality:

Searching for any other details on what it might actually taste like sounds like having a conversation with someone who just did DMT and is really trying to sell you on the experience.

“Coca-Cola Dreamworld taps into Gen Z’s passion for the infinite potential of the mind by exploring what a dream tastes like,” said Alessandra Cascino, Coke’s creative and shopper program director.

Chase Abraham, Coke’s senior creative strategy manager, said that while previous Creations flavor, Starlight, “illuminated the idea of escapism and the infinite, out-of-this-world possibilities of space, Dreamworld flips this script by inviting fans to look inward at the infinite possibilities of the mind.”

Golly.

The name of the sodas might evoke whimsy, but in reality, the flavours are rather dull and described as “sickly sweet” in the reviews.

To make things more interesting, each Coca-Cola Creations flavour is launched along with a specialised online experience, and Dreamworld is no different, reports CNN:

Dreamworld cans and bottles come with QR codes that provide access to a virtual, augmented-reality “music experience,” where people can listen to music from a DJ avatar and play games.

Customers can also get digital Dreamworld-inspired outfits for their avatars to wear online (in the metaverse).

Besides spicing things up with the fantastical, it looks like big brands are also taking advantage of people’s desire for experiences over things.

But be careful, you might want to differentiate between an experience that lasts a couple of minutes versus one that can provide meaningful memories and value for a lifetime.

Just saying.

Anyway, it seems you can purchase Dreamworld in the US and Canada from August 15.

[sources:cnn&eater]

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Quite Possibly The Most Cringeworthy Post In LinkedIn History https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/11/quite-possibly-the-most-cringeworthy-post-in-linkedin-history/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/11/quite-possibly-the-most-cringeworthy-post-in-linkedin-history/#respond Thu, 11 Aug 2022 07:45:17 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626395 [imagesource: Sopa Images / Lightrocket via Getty Images]

Sure, LinkedIn may be great for networking and all of that.

However, the social media platform has also given rise to its own unique brand of cringeworthy posts over the years and I think it may just have peaked.

Bear in mind that I follow The State of LinkedIn, a Twitter account dedicated to calling out the worst offenders, so I have seen some shockers in my time.

On Tuesday, Braden Wallake, the CEO of business-to-business marketing agency HyperSocial, shared an emotional post detailing how he had to lay off some employees. That’s never a good time and I can understand a CEO feeling downbeat after doing so.

Something tells me Braden – who, again, runs a marketing agency – may have known his post would garner this reaction.

Wait for it, wait for it…

Braden actually uploaded a selfie of himself crying. This is what you get when you name your children Braden. Let it be a warning to all prospective parents.

There’s nothing wrong with being emotionally vulnerable online but a post about layoffs should really focus on the affected employees, not their bosses.

This just wreaks of ‘woe is me’ and the online community (aside from some on LinkedIn) agrees.

Here’s Mashable:

One of the best comments comes from a man named Jared Steele, whose job title is simply “patents & mushrooms.” He wrote, “Maybe it’s not a great idea to adopt a sea lion at the beginning of a recession?” and attached a screenshot of a post from Wallake’s Instagram celebrating a donation he made to the World Wildlife Fund in July to “adopt” (i.e. financially support) a sea otter.

Yes, that happened:

Wallake (I like to think it’s pronounced like ‘Blake’ from that iconic Key & Peele sketch) responded, saying the otter adoption was due to a donation somebody made on his behalf as a birthday present and he doesn’t “actually have a sea otter running around our van”.

As the backlash continued, Braden doubled down in the comments under his original post.

He then went for a fresh angle, labelling himself ‘the crying CEO’ (apt):

That was also met with pushback. An example via The Independent:

“You’re sorry it came across that way? If you were really sorry you would have deleted that post and not even made this post and just started fresh by talking about something else,” one person wrote.

“Instead the crying post is still up, and it is apparent you are loving all the attention this is bringing to you. Not sure how much farther this shovel can dig a hole but I hope for your sake that you hit pavement soon so you can start fixing the things that you started.”

Another person accused him of “riding the 15 minutes of fame to loosely promote yourself and/or your brand”.

Maybe the joke is on us and Braden Wallake achieved exactly what he wanted with his post – going viral.

I have no doubt that social media, slowly but surely, will be the ruin of us all.

[sources:mashable&independent]

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Even Meta’s Chatbot Hates Mark Zuckerberg https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/11/even-metas-chatbot-hates-mark-zuckerberg/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/11/even-metas-chatbot-hates-mark-zuckerberg/#respond Thu, 11 Aug 2022 07:12:41 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626373 [imagesource: Liu Jie/Xinhua via Getty]

It’s a strange time to be alive when a chatbot created by Mark Zuckerberg calls him “creepy” and talks about how bad he is for the world.

The chatbot, called BlenderBot 3, uses artificial intelligence to mine and learn from large amounts of publicly available language data, allowing it to chat on “nearly any topic”.

Meta, Facebook’s parent company, released it to the public on Friday, and boy has it delivered some interesting views.

Scouring other people’s opinions across the internet, it seems to have learnt to hate on Zuckerberg, telling the BBC that he exploits Facebook users for money:

Image: BBC / BlenderBot 3

When prompted for a further opinion about Facebook’s CEO and founder, it replied “his company exploits people for money and he doesn’t care. It needs to stop!”

Meta, as you know, owns some of the largest social media companies and messaging apps in the world such as Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp.

Meta has come under fire repeatedly for not actively preventing the spread of disinformation and hate speech, with former employee Frances Haugen really (whistle) blowing the lid on the extent to which Zuckerberg is willing to prioritise profits over safety.

The chatbot was consistent with its opinion on Zuckerberg across the board. Here’s more from The Guardian:

Asked about Mark Zuckerberg, the bot told BuzzFeed’s Max Woolf that “he is a good businessman, but his business practices are not always ethical. It is funny that he has all this money and still wears the same clothes!”

The bot has also made clear that it’s not a Facebook user, telling Vice’s Janus Rose that it had deleted its account after learning about the company’s privacy scandals. “Since deleting Facebook my life has been much better,” it said.

Although Meta said the chatbot might produce rude or offensive answers, it still took the risk of releasing it to the public as a prototype because it needed data.

The idea was for BlenderBot to have “diverse conversations” to provide “varied feedback” to the developers, and Meta has accepted that the bot would pick up people’s unsafe and offensive biases and bigoted ideas.

At least Meta took heed of this, noting in a statement that “everyone who uses BlenderBot is required to acknowledge they understand it’s for research and entertainment purposes only, that it can make untrue or offensive statements, and that they agree to not intentionally trigger the bot to make offensive statements”.

Unfortunately, chatting to the BlenderBot isn’t yet available outside of the US, but it will be soon.

[sources:bbc&guardian]

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Pretoria Bar Altercation Sees Woman Lose Ferrari Key – Reward Offered https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/11/pretoria-bar-altercation-sees-woman-lose-ferrari-key-reward-offered/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/11/pretoria-bar-altercation-sees-woman-lose-ferrari-key-reward-offered/#respond Thu, 11 Aug 2022 06:35:16 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626376 [imagesource:here]

Remember the heartwarming story of Skunk, the Boston Terrier lost in Cape Town that was found three weeks later after a citywide search and the offer of a R10 000 reward?

This is not one of those stories.

There is a reward of R5 000 on the line, but rather than a lost dog it’s a Ferrari key you’re looking for.

According to TimesLIVE, an “altercation” that took place outside two popular Pretoria bars has resulted in a woman losing the precious key to her Ferrari:

A friend of the woman, Johnny Rockett, took to social media last week and posted a picture of a key of a Ferarri FF, valued at about R10m, offering a R5,000 reward for its safe return.

Rockett said it would cost at least R120,000 to replace the key which went missing after a “small altercation” at Jack Friday’s last week on Sunday…

“The problem is that when you order the car the spare key is an extra R39,000. Not a lot of people who drive these vehicles have a spare key but these vehicles are usually parked in their showroom or garage.”

Ah, so forking out R10 million for a car is fine but R39 000 for the spare key is a step too far?

Let’s see that post:

I have a few thoughts.

Firstly, could you not have rotated the picture prior to uploading? Secondly, WhatsApp is one word. The price just went up – R7 000 for the safe return of the key.

Rockett wouldn’t name the woman who lost her key and neither would part owner of Jack Friday’s, Allen Nyamupachitu:

[He said] that there had been an altercation between two women at their establishment on Sunday.

“Our staff managed to diffuse the situation.”

He said the issue spilt over into the parking lot in the early hours of Monday morning.

“Apparently there was another altercation between the same people and the keys were lost then.”

The owner of a bar which neighbours Jack Friday’s said they had reviewed CCTV footage of the altercation and were still at a loss regarding the key’s whereabouts.

Eventually, the white Ferrari was loaded onto a flatbed and towed away.

But wait, there’s more. TimesLIVE saw fit to run a poll on whether or not people would hand in the key if they found it. Sadly, I had to vote in order to see the results:

There should be a fourth option where I hand over the key for R7 000 and all the details of the altercation.

I am fairly certain the scene resembled something out of Boet Fighter.

[source:timeslive]

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Thursday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/11/thursday-morning-spice-585/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/11/thursday-morning-spice-585/#respond Thu, 11 Aug 2022 05:44:17 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626331 [imagesource:here]

Takealot Under Pressure – Takealot is under siege with increased competition from large brick-and-mortar retailers, Amazon.com is planning to launch local operations, it has lost many top executives, and the Competition Commission is on its back. [mybb]

South Africa Sex Crime: Authorities Charge Seven Over Krugersdorp Gang Rape – All are believed to be illegal migrants to South Africa. However, they are now expected to be tried separately because of the severity of their offences. [bbc]

Wall Street Journal: Informant Tipped Off Investigators About More Documents At Mar-A-Lago – Monday’s search warrant execution pertained to both the handling of classified documents and the Presidential Records Act. [cnn]

Trump Is Peddling A Conspiracy The FBI Planted Evidence At Mar-A-Lago – The conspiracy started percolating online moments after Trump revealed the search had taken place. [vice]

New Satellite Images Reveal Massive Damage At Russian Air Base In Crimea – Images appear to show at least three large craters and 20 destroyed aircraft in damage far worse than the Kremlin has publicly admitted. [tele]

Aspen To Halt Covid-19 Vaccine Production As J&J Orders Dry Up – Aspen Pharmacare will stop making Covid-19 vaccines at its Gqeberha plant in South Africa from the end of this month due to a lack of orders, further undermining Africa’s already meagre capacity to produce doses. [fin24]

Woman Hurt After Rhino Escapes From Hluhluwe-iMfolozi In Ongoing Dilapidated-Fencing Fiasco – She is the latest casualty of the wildlife fencing fiasco which threatens to further sour relations between local communities and conservation officials in one of Africa’s oldest game reserves. [dailymav]

Putin’s Twisted Mind Games Just Hit A Disturbing New Low – The latest Russian campaign of lies is one of their most twisted war tactics yet. [dbeast]

Antarctica’s ‘Sleeping Giant’ Risks Melting, Threatens Spike In Sea Levels – Scientists say the window for protecting the world’s largest ice sheet from significantly shrinking is narrowing. [washpost]

Flying Fish Soars Past Hansa Pilsener On List Of SA’s Most Valuable Brands As Flavours Win Favour – The total value of South Africa’s top 30 brands has jumped by 21% to $34.9 billion, according to the latest Kantar BrandZ Top 30 Most Valuable South African Brands 2022 report. [businsider]

Pete Mihalik Murder Trial: Credibility Of Accused Statement Put To The Test – Mihalik was shot and killed while dropping off his two children at Reddam House School on October 30, 2018. [iol]

Suffer From Heartburn? You Should Try These Fruit Juices – In my teens and early twenties, I thought heartburn was something that only old people suffered from. Turns out I was sadly mistaken. [here]

Real Madrid Defeat Eintracht Frankfurt To Win Fifth Uefa Super Cup – Frankfurt had the best of the early stages, with Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtois forced into a stunning anticipation save when one-on-one with Daichi Kamada in the 14th minute. [ewn]

Ryan Giggs Made Ex-Girlfriend ‘Slave To His Every Need’, Court Told – Kate Greville says former Manchester United footballer was regularly aggressive and exerted control over her social life. [guardian]

Olivia Wilde Says Jason Sudeikis Publicly Served Papers To ‘Embarrass’ Her – The actor and filmmaker was served with legal documents while speaking at CinemaCon earlier this year. [huffpost]

Royal News: Harry’s Underwear To Be Auctioned Off By Stripper – Former stripper Carrie Reichert claimed Harry gave her his underwear after stripping down in a Sin City hotel suit a decade ago. [citizen]

EXCLUSIVE: It’s Hall Over! Jerry Hall, 66, And Rupert Murdoch, 91, Are Officially DIVORCED – Hours after it emerged the former supermodel asked judges to dismiss the case. [dmail]

Brooklyn Beckham Weighs In On Reported Victoria Beckham, Nicola Peltz Feud – Palm Beach-based insiders suggested that “cultural differences between the two families” is also to blame for the reported tension as Peltz’s father is billionaire investor Nelson Peltz. [newsau]

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FYN Restaurant Is Pretty Affordable Compared To Overseas Competition https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/10/fyn-restaurant-is-pretty-affordable-compared-to-overseas-competition/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/10/fyn-restaurant-is-pretty-affordable-compared-to-overseas-competition/#respond Wed, 10 Aug 2022 13:30:04 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626323 [imagesource: Instagram / FYN Restaurant]

FYN Restaurant, the stylish Japanese kaiseki-style restaurant in the Cape Town CBD, made it onto the list of this year’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

The local gem cracked a spot at number 37 on the list, with our other local fine-dining establishments making it at 56 and 90 – those being La Colombe and Wolfgat, respectively.

The combination of the symmetry of Japanese techniques and the rustic style of African ingredients, as The Daily Maverick notes, was enough to wow the judges and tantalise the tastebuds of patrons, near and far.

Especially when considering what an absolute bargain it is to dine at FYN after comparing its prices to the other entrants in the top 50.

Business Insider did some number crunches and reported that eating a meal at FYN is actually “ridiculously cheap”.

The publication also noted how “for roughly the same price as a single dinner at many similarly ranked rivals, you can have one dinner at each of the local restaurants in the top 100 – and still leave with some change”.

This perspective is making me salivate stukkend.

But then I remember that it is because the exchange rate is playing a massive role here and paying R1 575 for FYN’s flagship “Experience” dinner is still enough to buy close to an entire month’s worth of staple groceries.

Comparing that price point to the top-rated restaurant on this year’s list, Copenhagen’s Geranium’s R7 260 per person (3 200 DKK) flagship dinner is where things get really “ridiculous”:

I suppose, it only makes sense in the molecular gastronomy world to spend hard-earned cash on brown leaves.

On the other hand, I am experiencing something gastro-y just thinking about it.

Ranked just one below FYN was Jordnær in Copenhagen, which charges R7 260 per person for its premier dinner offering:

And compared to the most expensive restaurant in the 33 to 41 bracket, Jordnær, it would be possible to have four dinners – and a lunch – at Fyn before breaking even.

Here’s a proper comparison of prices with other rival restaurants, for your amusement:

Image: Business Insider SA

Indeed, FYN looks like it offers way more value for money:

 

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That kaiseki tray is the third course on the Experience menu, featuring langoustine, chokka with truffle, sashimi, and tsukemono, which are tiny bites of pickled vegetables.

Reading The Daily Maverick’s write-up about FYN – where the “stars align” – may convince you to treat yourself if you haven’t been swayed to do so already.

Just imagine you’re a foodie with foreign currency first.

[source:businessinsider&dailymaverick]

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Suffer From Heartburn? You Should Try These Fruit Juices https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/10/suffer-from-heartburn-you-should-try-these-fruit-juices/ Wed, 10 Aug 2022 13:15:31 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626262 [imagesource: Emily Frost / Shutterstock]

In my teens and early twenties, I thought heartburn was something that only old people suffered from. Aside from my one friend who chowed Rennies like they were candy, it just wasn’t an issue.

Then, out of nowhere one day, I felt a weird, hot sensation in my chest and it was time to admit that I was now ‘an old person’ who suffered from heartburn. Oh, the inhumanity.

Heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux and is caused by irritation to the lining of the oesophagus caused by stomach acid.

I have no desire to gobble up meds so instead, I make a conscious effort to avoid things likely to cause heartburn. In terms of fruit juices, says Healthline, it’s worth monitoring how much pomegranate juice you drink:

Pomegranate juice lacks fiber, since the seeds and flesh are discarded…

Acidic foods, including acidic juices like pomegranate juice, may trigger heartburn for some folks who live with this condition…

Here’s a possible explanation: Since we know that increasing fiber intake can help reduce reflux, it may be that by removing fiber from the pomegranate, the effect of acidity on reflux increases without that protective buffer.

This is not a perfect science, though, and there are mixed results when it comes to acidic beverages and reflux research.

Reflux can also be caused by a wide range of factors such as smoking, caffeine and alcohol, meal timing, and meal volume.

Fruit juice fans who don’t want to give up the good stuff should consider those with lower acidity:

Lower acidity fruits include melons, papayas, mangoes, cherries, pears, and figs. These could be good alternative juice options if you’re trying to manage reflux and heartburn.

As a general guideline, vegetables contain less acid than fruits. If you’d like, opting for green juices made with spinach, carrots, cucumbers, and celery is also an excellent option.

Green juices, you say? I think we know a guy.

The Sir Fruit Green Machine is packed with spinach, cucumber, spirulina, wheatgrass, apples, and other goodies to deliver a serious health punch alongside its great taste.

 

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We should also mention the Green Sir Fruit Cold Pressed – apple, cucumber, spinach, kale, and mint.

The cold-pressed process involves the use of a special juicer that uses a hydraulic press and a slow pulveriser.

This protects and preserves the nutrients of the fruits and vegetables because no heat is generated in the cold-pressing process and results in you getting 100% of the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and nutrients.

This upcoming weekend, with our men in green and gold taking on the All Blacks, is the sort of occasion where you could sink a few Springbok shooters in celebration (or commiseration, but we hope not).

Should that be the case, you might find yourself looking for a cleanse of sorts.

 

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If we can condemn the All Blacks to their sixth loss in seven tests, I’d say those Springbok shots were worth it.

To reduce the risk of acid reflux and heartburn, it’s also worth walking after meals and avoiding lying down straight after eating.

You can also try reducing or eliminating spicy and fried foods at dinner, and even elevate the head of your bed so gravity can help prevent acid from creeping into your oesophagus while you sleep.

I guess heartburn comes for us all one day.

[source:healthline]

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Carte Blanche Warns About SA Travel Company [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/10/lunchtime-viewing-carte-blanche-warns-about-sa-travel-company-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/10/lunchtime-viewing-carte-blanche-warns-about-sa-travel-company-video/#respond Wed, 10 Aug 2022 13:13:05 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626245 [imagesource:here]

In case you hadn’t noticed from the hundreds of social media posts, Greece has been a really popular travel destination for South Africans over the past few months.

Who wouldn’t want to leave our winter behind and spend a week tanning poolside in Mykonos? The real one, not the resort in Langebaan.

The biggest stumbling block is the cost, of course. The euro to rand exchange is not for the faint-hearted and if you want to visit the Mediterranean, be prepared to fork out.

What if I told you that you could travel around the world without breaking the bank? You might say that sounds too good to be true, and you’d most likely be right.

Recently, Carte Blanche decided to take a closer look at My Travelution:

They were promised the world – or at least the opportunity to travel it. But dozens of would-be jetsetters claim they’ve been taken for a financial ride by an apparently unscrupulous travel company.

Hooked by the allure of five-star holidays in exotic destinations, and the opportunity to travel the globe on a budget, with no hidden costs, numerous Carte Blanche viewers say big promises left them financially stranded.

More than 60 criminal cases have been lodged against the company since 2017, with disgruntled clients claiming they have very little hope of ever getting their money back.

As the report below mentions, the Hellopeter reviews are a mix of one-star shockers and gushing five-star praise. That’s usually not a good sign.

Consider this a warning coming to you via the Carte Blanche team:

[source:carteblanche]

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That Lodge Lifestyle Outside Plett Is All Yours For R50m [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/10/that-lodge-lifestyle-outside-plett-is-all-yours-for-r50m-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/10/that-lodge-lifestyle-outside-plett-is-all-yours-for-r50m-video/#respond Wed, 10 Aug 2022 12:50:27 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626297 [imagesource: Property24]

Listen, nobody is saying that living in Plettenberg Bay is no longer in vogue.

But times have changed, you can work remotely and get yourself a proper internet connection off the beaten track, and the idea of added privacy is increasingly appealing. Perhaps that’s why I hear more and more people talking about The Crags, located just outside of Plett in the greenery of the Garden Route.

Walks through the forests and canopy tours, mountain trails that can be walked or cycled, and the ability to pop into town when needed to grab your supplies – sounds idyllic.

You can still get your foot in the property door for under R3 million but we prefer to dream outrageously big when we snoop around for property.

Enter Tamodi Lodge, listed for R49,9 million on Property24:

This is a well designed, carefully put together Country Lifestyle/Lodge Farm consisting of The Main Lodge House with 3 x Rooms, Kitchen, Living and Entertainment areas and 3 x Houses either side of Main House with a further 4 x Rooms, giving a total of 7 x very well appointed Rooms for the Lodge. Swimming Pool in main lodge with a plunge pool in the Honeymoon suite. There are 2 x owner private Dwellings. All laid out to make the best of the stunning country side and mountain views.

Outbuilding for 10 Horse Stable, Feeding Room, Tack Room, storage for Hay Bales and Equipment storage. Equestrian ring complete with jumps and obstacles.

I’m not sure the idea of running my retreat as a lodge does it for me. I reckon I’ll win the next R100 million PowerBall and unlike the last fool, I will actually put the money to good use.

Continuing to work in such circumstances should be considered criminal.

For a comprehensive look at what that 50 bar is buying you, we take a video tour:

Yes, all of that minus the other people.

The property is also load shedding prepared, with standby invertors with solar at the on-site residences and a 50KVa backup generator for the lodge.

Rainwater is harvested into water storage tanks and can also be pumped up from the Matjiesfontein River.

That’s me sorted. Goodbye, rat race.

You can see the full listing here.

[source:property24]

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SPL!NG Movie Review: Persuasion https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/10/spling-movie-review-persuasion/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/10/spling-movie-review-persuasion/#respond Wed, 10 Aug 2022 12:20:38 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626273 Watch films via Labia Home Screen*.

Persuasion is based on the Jane Austen novel of the same name. “Based” rather than adapted seems to be the hinge in this case as screenwriters Ron Bass and Alice Victoria Winslow craft a modern version of Austen’s classic “will they, won’t they” romance, directed by National Theatre Live regular Carrie Cracknell. It’s not as much of a sledgehammer as Pride, Prejudice and Zombies or as on-the-nose as Modern Persuasion, instead going for something more self-aware and revisionist.

Persuasion is led by the well-balanced and soulful Dakota Johnson as the forlorn Anne Elliot, whose 8 years of romantic torment have left her alone and in much need of a hug. Starting with a scene that may recall the hauntingly platonic affair between Lieutenant Sir Hugh Armitage and Demelza, Persuasion has a fresh take on Jane Austen but does have some familiarities and influences. This windswept Poldark cliffside impromptu sweet-nothings picnic sets Persuasion in motion with an artful aesthetic and modern affectations.

While taken from Johnson’s perspective with a Bridget Jones undercurrent, the sprawling ensemble benefits from the presence of Cosmo Jarvis, Henry Golding, Mia McKenna Bruce, Nia Towle, Nikki Amuka-Bird and Richard E. Grant. Jarvis is essentially a rugby-playing Colin Firth, who while not typical has a fascinating face and is full of spirit and warmth. Golding is his charming handsome self, a Hugh Grant counterpoint or Logan to Rory’s Dean if you speak Gilmore. Grant is hilarious, a manic delight, conjuring up the excitable highs of Bill Nighy and Christopher Walken. Bruce channels Helena Bonham Carter, Towle is a gentle breeze and Amuka-Bird is a fairy godmother.

Much like Anne, the period romance drama’s beauty develops gradually as the slow immersion takes place with feint echoes from the fairy tale, Cinderella. The cinematography catches you off guard, moving from the interiors and the conventional decor of aristocratic living with farcical patter to living paintings and epic natural vistas. While slow to start and somewhat uneven at times, the overall feeling is buoyant and fanciful.

Persuasion

“Come hither… please?”

Johnson’s light make up gives her a natural sense of authenticity and nakedness, there to disarm and downplay some of the subgenre’s trademarks. This unconventional take may disappoint Jane Austen traditionalists in many ways, from its integration of modern English, contemporary music and breaking the fourth wall to its diverse casting. There’s still a curious commentary on gender politics with some key takeaways, but it’s not uncharacteristic with the film’s weighting similar to the Anya Taylor-Joy adaptation of Emma.

Talking about “being an empath” or a “narcissist”, the screenwriters have swathed the dialogue with enough Jane Austen poetry to keep one foot on the ground but have added a few trendy quips to establish a greater connection or present day relevance. Then, while not as wild as A Knight’s Tale’s rock soundtrack, the music and lyrics are a far cry from a piano or harpsichord instrumental. It’s refreshing to have Anne break the fourth wall, addressing the audience to add some additional whimsy and invite us into her world. Imbuing some of the modern elements inherent in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, the most notable difference is the progressive casting.

Persuasion is no ordinary Jane Austen movie. While ambitious, it mostly manages to connect its big swings with enough good humour to forgive some of the misses. The progressive undercurrent may rock the boat too much for old school Jane Austen fans, but the inclusivity will win over new audiences and establishes more in the way of mainstream accessibility. What Persuasion lacks in poise, sophistication and exclusivity, it more than makes up for with original flavour, spirited performances and entertainment value.

The bottom line: Amusing

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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You Can Finally Leave Those Awkward WhatsApp Groups On The Sly https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/10/you-can-finally-leave-those-awkward-whatsapp-groups-on-the-sly/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/10/you-can-finally-leave-those-awkward-whatsapp-groups-on-the-sly/#respond Wed, 10 Aug 2022 12:18:07 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626265 [imagesource: Getty Images]

WhatsApp is doing well to make messaging a little more private for users.

An incoming update brings a whole host of new features designed to make us less anxious about who sees what, when, and how.

Besides being set to deliver ‘stealth-mode’ with a feature that will enable us to hide our online status, we are also about to enjoy the ability to leave pesky or problematic WhatsApp group chats without alerting everyone to the fact.

Currently, leaving a group chat is a little awkward as everyone can see when you make the decision, which can also be annoying in larger chats, noted CNET.

Now, with the rollout of the new privacy features coming this month, you’ll be able to leave that toxic family group, childish friends group, or stressful work/study group without offending anyone.

They might figure it out later and come for you, but at least you’ll have some time to prepare.

Another measure that WhatsApp is taking in an effort to enhance privacy is a setting that will stop contacts from screenshotting “View Once” messages, which can’t be accessed again after initially being opened.

The screenshot blocking tool is still being tested and will be available later than the other features coming to WhatsApp, per CNN.

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, which owns WhatsApp, said his team would “keep building new ways to protect your messages and keep them as private and secure as face-to-face conversations”.

Yep, that would be nice. The internet can be a scary place.

[sources:cnn&cnet]

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Why Lightning Can Sometimes Shoot 80km Upwards In “Gigantic Jets” [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/10/why-lightning-can-sometimes-shoot-80km-upwards-in-gigantic-jets-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/10/why-lightning-can-sometimes-shoot-80km-upwards-in-gigantic-jets-video/#respond Wed, 10 Aug 2022 11:50:52 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626290 [imagesource: International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/A. Smith]

Spectators on the ground can enjoy quite a show from thunderstorms, but beyond the clouds is where the real action is to be found.

Scientists have gathered new information to describe in detail an incredibly rare atmospheric phenomenon known as “gigantic jets”, which are essentially bursts of electrical energy that are thrown from storm clouds into the ionosphere (the low end of space) and not down to the ground.

Most astonishingly, there have been new insights thanks to a particularly powerful gigantic jet of lightning from a thunderstorm in Oklahoma, 80 kilometres above Earth’s surface, delivering the largest charge transfer to space on record, per VICE.

Most lightning bolts carry fewer than five coulombs (a measurement of charge), but this jet transferred a gobsmacking 300 coulombs to the ionosphere when it struck on May 14, 2018.

In layman’s terms, the dizzying event blasted energy equivalent to 60 regular lightning bolts upwards into space, reported New Atlas:

Image: Chris Holmes

This video is from a different gigantic jet, but it gives you an idea of how they look in action:

SciTech Daily noted that the upward discharge included relatively cool (approximately 200 degrees Celsius) streamers of plasma, as well as structures called leaders that are very hot – more than 4 400 degrees Celsius.

Because the transient event of gigantic jets is so difficult to witness – not to mention how elusive they are, striking around 1 000 to 50 000 times each year – the science around them has been rocky, with a lot of unanswered questions.

But this jet, captured by a nearby citizen scientist, has provided details about these mysterious upward strikes, which have “broad implications to lightning physics beyond that of gigantic jets,” according to a study published last week in Science Advances.

Levi Boggs, a research scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute and the paper’s corresponding author, has been boggled by how this jet emerged from “unusual circumstances” in a “unique thundercloud”:

“Usually gigantic jets occur from tropical storms near the equator that have really tall cloud tops (18 km) that penetrate into the stratosphere and associated cloud top turbulence, but this event occurred in the middle of the continental U.S. and had relatively low cloud tops (14 km) with little cloud top turbulence,” Boggs said.

The extreme lightning event has revealed insights about possibly scrambling spacecraft operations:

“Since these events connect with the lower edge of space, and transfer charge to that region, they could potentially have effects on space weather which could affect communications and electromagnetic signals between ground and satellites in orbit,” Boggs said.

If you want to get really into the nitty-gritty of it all, this video should do the trick:

Don’t worry, these mysterious transient luminous events are unlikely to strike a plane flying from place to place as pilots typically avoid flying over storms.

Although, it is not entirely impossible.

[sources:vice&scitechdaily]

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Pete Davidson Is Taking Serious Strain And Kanye’s Not Helping https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/10/pete-davidson-is-taking-serious-strain-and-kanyes-not-helping/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/10/pete-davidson-is-taking-serious-strain-and-kanyes-not-helping/#respond Wed, 10 Aug 2022 10:40:30 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626236 [imagesource: Instagram / Kim Kardashian]

Kanye West did not hold back with the insults and threats hurled toward his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian’s new squeeze.

Well, old now, as the unlikely couple has since broken up following a nine-month relationship.

You must remember that incredibly creepy and problematic ‘Eazy’ music video that Ye released, basically burying Pete Davidson, or “Skete”, alive?

That was far from the rapper’s only social media harassment of Pete, who has reportedly needed trauma counselling as a result.

A source close to the comedian told PEOPLE that “the attention and negativity coming from Kanye and his antics is a trigger for [Pete], and he’s had to seek out help”:

The source adds that Davidson, who recently split from Kardashian, 41, “has no regrets for dating Kim and wants it to be made very clear that she’s been nothing but supportive of him throughout their relationship.”

“Moving forward he just wants to focus on his career,” the insider adds of Davidson.

Kim and Pete’s busy schedule, with both travelling all the time, made things hard, per NewsAU:

“Kim and Pete have decided to just be friends,” the source shared.

“They have a lot of love and respect for each other, but found that the long distance and their demanding schedules made it really difficult to maintain a relationship.”

The classic celeb breakup tale.

 

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Naturally, in the wake of the breakup news going public, Kanye took to Instagram with a since-deleted post featuring an image of an altered New York Times headline:

Image: Instagram / Kanye West

Imagine being the designer making that nonsense.

Both Davidson and Kardashian’s teams have reached out to Instagram to make it a safer place, noting that these attacks are one reason why Davidson has “been absent from social media”.

A source wanted to make it clear that “Kim does not tolerate this type of behaviour from Kanye”, also intimating that Davidson’s involvement with trauma therapy played no role in their breakup whatsoever.

That’s fine. I am just wondering who The King of Staten Island star will date next.

[sources:newsau&people]

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“Nucking Futs” – True-Crime Docuseries About Patricide Shocks Viewers [Trailer] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/10/nucking-futs-true-crime-docuseries-about-patricide-shocks-viewers-trailer/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/10/nucking-futs-true-crime-docuseries-about-patricide-shocks-viewers-trailer/#respond Wed, 10 Aug 2022 08:55:14 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626221 [imagesource: Netflix]

Who’s up for another Netflix true-crime docuseries with a twist?

Patricide is the act of killing one’s own father, which is at the centre of the new three-part docuseries, I Just Killed My Dad.

The series focuses on the true story of Anthony Templet, a teenager in Louisiana who shot and killed his father in June 2019. The title is derived from the 911 call he made shortly afterwards, confessing to the operator, “I just killed my dad. I shot him three times.”

Some of the basics of the story below, via The Independent:

Investigators found that there were no signs of a physical struggle or evidence that the shooting had been carried out in self-defence.

However, lawyers for Templet argued that he had suffered over a decade of abuse at the hands of his father. His stepmother, Susan Templet, and other family members pushed for him to avoid a prison sentence.

The series was released yesterday and online, the reaction has been swift.

Before we touch on that, here’s the trailer:

If you’re on the fence about watching the docuseries, you may be swayed by the fact that it’s directed by Skye Borgman.

She also directed Abducted in Plain Sight and Girl in the Picture and is renowned as a master of the genre.

Social media users have called I Just Killed My Dad “insane” and “nucking futs” (I’m sure you can figure that one out), while someone just two episodes in wrote, “my mind is completely blown”.

Why don’t you just finish all three episodes and then share an opinion? Kids these days have no idea how to binge.

The Guardian, in a four-star review, called the docuseries “every bit as hooky and twisty as you’d expect from Netflix”:

By the end of the set-up, all the primitive bits of your brain are baying for blood. It’s so clear! SO clear!

Even though you know, even though your rational brain is telling you it can’t, it won’t be that simple, that the whole point, the absolute raison d’etre of true crime documentaries is the pivot that turns everything upside down – you are convinced. That – however unethically when you are talking about the death of one and the suffering of (usually) many others – is the fun of it.

No twists shall be revealed here.

I Just Killed My Dad is currently streaming. Off you go, then.

[sources:independent&guardian]

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The Mysterious Disappearance Of Olivia Newton-John’s Ex https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/10/the-mysterious-disappearance-of-olivia-newton-johns-ex/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/10/the-mysterious-disappearance-of-olivia-newton-johns-ex/#respond Wed, 10 Aug 2022 08:33:08 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626193 [imagesource: Getty Images]

Either Olivia Newton-John’s on-off lover either died at sea or he faked his own death, depending on who you believe.

The Grease singer/actress died at the age of 73 on Monday after a 30-year battle with cancer.

All that time she may have been battling with the uncertainty of where her ex, Patrick McDermott, could possibly have landed up after he never returned from an overnight fishing trip off the California coast in 2005.

The couple, seen above, was on and off for nine years and had reportedly called it quits right before McDermott mysteriously disappeared at sea.

According to an investigation carried out by the US Coast Guard, the American cameraman likely fell off the boat and drowned.

Image: Reuters

He has been presumed dead ever since but there are a few conspiracy theorists claiming that he faked the entire ordeal as an elaborate tax/debt-evasion scheme.

The boat he was on, aptly called Freedom, was headed to San Clemente Island, which is approximately 90 kilometres away from the San Pedro marina in Los Angeles:

Image: AP

None of the 22 people on that fishing boat saw anything suspicious, adding to the conspiracy of it all, per Celebrity:

The boat returned as scheduled the next day and no incidents were recorded, but it was discovered 10 days later that McDermott had not returned with the vessel. The alarm was raised by his ex-wife, actress Yvette Nipar, when he failed to appear for a visitation scheduled with his son Chance, then 13.

According to reports, no one had seen or heard from McDermott since the fishing trip. His bag, wallet and keys were later located at the boat’s office, and his car was still parked at the marina.

Police finalised the missing person case on July 11.

Numerous manhunts by police, media, and private detectives have never been able to conclusively prove that McDermott was indeed hiding out somewhere, although there have been a few spottings of him in Mexico, per The New York Post:

A private eye alleged in 2010 that he’d tracked down the cameraman living on a boat off the coast of Acapulco — and that he just wanted to be left alone. That claim was never substantiated.

There were also rumours that he was dating a German woman, who he had allegedly been seen with.

Image: Getty Images

The Daily Mail reported that McDermott was ordered to pay $8 000 in backdated child support for his son with Nipar, and had also filed for bankruptcy with debts of more than $30 000.

Of course, to some people, that adds weight to the theory that he faked his death to escape and start anew.

Even though Newton-John put the tragedy behind her to get on with life, marrying John Easterling after meeting him at an Inca ritual in Peru in 2008, she still referenced McDermott from time to time:

“He was lost at sea, and nobody really knows what happened,” Newton-John told Australia’s “60 Minutes” in 2016.

“It’s human to wonder. But you know, those are the things in life you have to accept and let go. Because whenever you go through difficult times, there’s always those concerns.”

In 2009, she also remarked how “there will always be a question mark”, adding that she doesn’t think she will ever really be at peace with the situation.

Newton-John “passed away peacefully” surrounded by family and friends, according to a statement from Easterling.

[sources:nypost&9honeycelebrity&dailymail]

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Another Classic Bheki Cele Foot-In-Mouth Moment https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/10/another-classic-bheki-cele-foot-in-mouth-moment/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/10/another-classic-bheki-cele-foot-in-mouth-moment/#respond Wed, 10 Aug 2022 07:45:37 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626198 [imagesource: Bheki Radebe]

From ‘Mr Fearfokkol’ Fikile Mbalula to Bheki Cele, a man who was SAPS National Commissioner until misconduct allegations led to his suspension and then removal in June 2012.

Welcome to the position of Minister of Police in South Africa.

After his infamous altercation with Ian Cameron from lobby group Action Society, which saw him shouting ‘shut up’ at the top of his lungs and accusing Cameron of racism, the minister has been under greater public scrutiny.

Then came the Krugersdorp zama zama attack, and Cele was widely criticised for saying one of the victims “was lucky” to be raped by just one man.

Not content with that foot-in-mouth moment, he doubled down over the weekend, reports TimesLIVE. He was in Krugersdorp’s West Village on Saturday, ostensibly to give updates about the investigation into the attacks:

Cele told the community: “Zama zamas are disrespectful … I saw the victims, they are beautiful models. They are young people and I’m sure they were happy and enjoying themselves [at the shoot].

“I can’t imagine a zama zama with a beautiful woman … They come here and go underground and take our gold, but what tells them to go into communities and start committing crimes?”

The mind boggles.

I mean, just days out from Women’s Day and he’s done it again.

Residents also accused Cele of “grandstanding” and making “emotional statements and empty promises for the cameras”.

That’s essentially what he thinks his mandate entails. Ntombizodwa Ntsumba, who spoke with TimesLIVE, saw through the bluster:

Ntsumba said the community was “too receptive” to the minister’s “nonchalant”, flippant  remarks.

“He felt welcome and comfortable with the community. We are not interested in his jokes, but action against the crime,” she said.

Fast forward a few days and there Cele is again, appearing outside the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Monday. One of the men appearing was linked to the murder of crime activist Rashieda Brown.

Hanover Park residents weren’t about to let Cele make his customary empty promises without getting an earful:

Nods his head, talks about hearing the community’s concerns, hops in his motorcade, and buggers off until the next time.

This about sums it up:

Yesterday, more of the same in Ennerdale, Gauteng, where residents handed over a memorandum of demands calling for improved policing in the area.

The Citizen reports:

The residents say they want to bring their plight to the attention of Cele.

“Our youth are being killed in their numbers without any recourse, our girls have become victims of rape, and gender-based violence in so-called lollie lounges (drug dens) and our community is victimized by police.”

Cele said his visit means he is now “better equipped” to understand the community’s issues so that he can “sit down with the national and provincial commissioner to say ‘let’s go and fix the community.’”

Bheki, it’s identical to what communities across the country say day in and day out. You don’t need to rock up in your wannabe gangster hat and spout the same shite every time.

With his foot wedged so firmly in his mouth, you would think he may have the common sense to hou sy bek now and again.

[sources:timeslive&citizen]

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Second-Hand Mercedes-Benz C-Class Still Popular In SA https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/10/second-hand-mercedes-benz-c-class-still-popular-in-sa/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/10/second-hand-mercedes-benz-c-class-still-popular-in-sa/#respond Wed, 10 Aug 2022 07:10:38 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626169 [imagesource:here]

Autotrader has released its 2022 mid-year car industry report, providing insights into how car consumers have been changing their behaviour – which is to say they haven’t completely changed.

The report covers searches from the classifieds site between January and June 2022, finding that the top three most searched for models attracted 11,6% of all model searches.

This was up from the 9,4% experienced in the first half of 2021, pointing to how customer behaviour has reverted back to pre-lockdown, reported BusinessTech.

The most searched-for model was the Toyota Hilux, with 4,3% of the total search share (12,6 million searches):

Image: Motor1

In fact, the Toyota Hilux was also the most-enquired-on car overall, marking it clearly as the pre-owned car that Saffas are the most interested in purchasing.

The second most searched-for model was the Volkswagen Golf, with 3,9% of the total search share (11,3 million):

Image: TopGear

Third was the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, garnering 3,4% of the total search share (9,9 million):

Image: TopGear

Overall, Volkswagen was the most-searched-for automotive brand in the first half of the year, with the VW Golf GTI the most-searched-for vehicle model, while the Toyota Hilux was the most-searched-for vehicle range.

AutoTrader noted that model-based searches are still the most popular of all search types on the platform:

Image: AutoTrader

Nice to see that South African motorists are consistent in their car choices.

[source:businesstech]

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Things Are Getting Even Uglier Between Gary Player And His Son https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/10/things-are-getting-even-uglier-between-gary-player-and-his-son/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/10/things-are-getting-even-uglier-between-gary-player-and-his-son/#respond Wed, 10 Aug 2022 06:35:15 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626174 [imagesource: US PGA Tour]

You’re looking at Gary Player and his son, Marc, above. That photo was taken back in 2006 during far happier times.

It’s no secret that their relationship has strained considerably since then, culminating in legal wrangling which resulted in Gary receiving a settlement of $5 million.

Marc previously managed his father’s businesses for more than two decades and started the Gary Player Group. Following that settlement ruling, he expressed sadness over his “deteriorated” relationship with his father.

Rather than patch things up, it appears the wounds have only deepened with Gary calling Marc out for what he says is an unauthorised sale of his memorabilia.

Gary took to social media on Monday:

Just a day later, reports Sport24, the younger Player fired back:

…Marc, through his lawyer Darren Heitner, responded that his father’s claim to the admittedly unidentified items are “baseless” and “smacks of a continued petty effort by Gary’s advisors to besmirch Marc’s name and reputation wherever possible”.

Instead, he details his extensive efforts back in 2002 cataloguing over 300 items in conjunction with Christie’s London from Gary’s career.

“Many of these items were scattered around the world or not actually won by Gary Player but commissioned by Marc Player from artists or purchased from various other collectors,” the statement read.

Marc also claims the Christie’s Gary Player Collection, as he says it’s known, was sold years back because Gary was having problems paying his taxes.

The statement goes on to claim that Marc and Gary had actually agreed to split the proceeds if the Christie’s Gary Player Collection was ever sold, adding that Marc has still not received any compensation.

In essence, Marc says, “You cannot take back what no longer belongs to you.”

Over on social media, Marc has been retweeting a few choice comments aimed at his father.

One retweet calls out Gary for his dealings with Scottish-born, South African-based billionaire businessman Dave King:

Another focused on Gary’s close ties with Golf Saudi, in response to claims that the multiple major winner would never join the rebel LIV Tour if he played in the current era:

Should we really be surprised that a man who was a big fan of segregation during Apartheid, and actively worked with the National Party government to try and curry favour with foreign countries, would have no qualms about partnering with Saudi Arabia?

I think not.

By the way, Marc’s not the only Player son with a story to tell. This via Golf:

Another one of Player’s sons, Wayne Player, was arrested over an incident involving a house rental at the 2018 Masters.

Image: Getty Images

More recently Wayne Player created a controversy at the 2021 Masters when he noticeably displayed a sleeve of OnCore golf balls while serving as his dad’s caddie during the Masters honorary starter ceremony. He was removed from the grounds and banned from the tournament.

Stellar stuff, chaps.

At this point, you’d have to think that there’s very little chance of the 86-year-old and Marc ever patching things up.

[sources:sport24&golf]

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Wednesday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/10/wednesday-morning-spice-586/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/10/wednesday-morning-spice-586/#respond Wed, 10 Aug 2022 05:50:53 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626138 [imagesource: New York Daily News Archive / NY Daily News / Getty Images]

FBI Search Of Mar-A-Lago Came After Suspicions Of Withheld Materials – Authorities believed the documents at Mar-a-Lago had national security implications, according to the source. [cnn]

Zama Zamas Nowhere To Be Found In Mohlakeng As ‘AmaBherete’ Abandon Search After An Hour – Residents were unimpressed: ‘They’re not serious. You can tell by how they walk that they don’t know what they’re doing’. [timeslive]

Ex-Inmates Reveal Details Of Russia Prison Torture Scandal – Victims and experts say the abuse is always sanctioned by the prison authorities, and is used to blackmail inmates, intimidate them, or to force confessions. [bbc]

River Seine Rescue: Expert Warns Trapped Beluga Whale ‘May Die’ During Mission To Free It, But Insists ‘We Must Still Try’ – A large crew of experts is riverside for the delicate mission along with around 80 volunteers including firemen, local French gendarmes, divers and vets. [sky]

‘SA Gradually Deteriorating Into Unrest’ – SANDF Clarifies Notice To Have Troops On Standby – SANDF, as a security apparatus, was concerned about insecurity that required an urgent and robust intervention to calm the situation and protect inhabitants. [news24]

Serena Williams Drops Retirement Bombshell In Vogue Cover Story – “I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me.” [dbeast]

Drug Lord Mass-Killer ‘El Chueco’ Strikes Fear In Mexico’s Sierra Madre Mountains – The Mexican government caught legendary drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, who was hiding in the same area. But they haven’t found José Noriel Portillo. [vice]

Malcolm Gladwell Works Remotely And Starts His Day On The Sofa, Says Working From Home Is Not Ideal – To Gladwell, coming back into the office is about a “sense of belonging” that is lost when employees are not physically together. [businsider]

Switzerland’s Melting Glaciers Reveal Human Remains And Plane Wreckage – Record high temperatures in the Alps this summer have led to the discovery of two bodies and an aircraft that crashed in 1968. [guardian]

I Grew Up In South Africa, It’s A Very Violent Place — Elon Musk – Musk initially avoids the term “bully” and instead explains that most of his youth was punctuated with extreme violence from “maybe 6 to 16-ish”. [mybb]

‘Ukrainian Missile Strikes’ Hit Russian Air Base In Crimea – One person killed in Novofedorivka, about 125 miles behind the front line, as shocked Russian holidaymakers look on in horror. [tele]

A Junior Doctor’s Battle To Keep Death At Bay For State Patients – One in four South African medical students shows signs of depression, and most doctors are at risk of burning out. Read about one state doctor’s road to hell and back again. [dailymav]

Former Manchester United Star Ryan Giggs Headbutted Ex-Girlfriend In Face, Court Hears – The jury has heard that Giggs subjected his former partner, 36-year-old PR agent Kate Greville, to a “litany of abuse, both physical and psychological” and revealed a “sinister side”. [iol]

Renowned Former Cricket Umpire Rudi Koertzen Dies In Car Crash – Reports say Koertzen and three others were killed in the crash in Riversdale. They had been returning from Cape Town after a weekend of golf. [ewn]

Another Hilarious Ad Featuring Springboks Airs During Test – The crowd at the Mbombela Stadium was treated to a dominant Bok performance. At home, we were able to enjoy Siya and the boys illustrating their acting chops. [here]

Anne Heche Was ‘Coherent’ Before Her High-Speed Crash According To Salon Owner – The actress posed with salon owner Richard Glass, 51, while buying a $125 red-haired wig and supplies from him during a visit to his salon in Los Angeles’ hotspot Venice. [newsau]

What Causes Vasculitis? Ashton Kutcher Says A Rare Autoimmune Disease Left Him Blind And Deaf – Because it’s a rare disease, vasculitis is increasingly hard to diagnose given that it can manifest in a variety of ways. [fortune]

Barbie Makes A Splash! Bikini-Clad Margot Robbie Leaps Into The Ocean During A Lavish Yacht Trip – She was with her husband Tom Ackerley and pal Rami Malek in Formentera. [dmail]

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Western Cape Classroom Descends Into Massive Brawl [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/08/western-cape-classroom-descends-into-massive-brawl-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/08/western-cape-classroom-descends-into-massive-brawl-video/#respond Mon, 08 Aug 2022 13:55:27 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626107 [imagesource: Twitter / @MARIUSBROODRYK]

A Western Cape classroom exploded into pure chaos, with students hurling each other over desks and throwing punches and kicks.

Hoërskool George in the Western Cape confirmed that the fight had broken out on its premises last week after a video of the incident caught some unwanted attention on social media.

The high school made it known that it was an isolated incident that took place before the start of a school day and was mostly sparked by students “who have no academic interest at school”, per Opera News.

The brawl resulted in 11 pupils being suspended, confirmed Bronagh Hammond, spokesperson for the Western Cape’s education department.

You have to see it to believe it:

The school released a statement on Facebook saying the fight likely started due to something that happened “between friend groups” over the weekend.

The statement, per The South African‘s translation, goes on to condemn the scuffle, the student, and parents involved:

“The situation was defused and the parties involved isolated, so that an investigation could be carried out into the incident.”

“This stems from incidents that happen between groups at weekends and then spill over to the school. We have a small group of learners who have no academic interest at school, with little to no interest from their parents. The evidence is clearly reflected in their academic results.”

“It is regrettable that there are people in the community who are just waiting for an opportunity to post these types of incidents on social media and thus spread negativity, seek sensation and put institutions in a bad light and discredit them.”

Here it is in full:

Spare a thought for teachers at this school, as well as others.

There’s a reason they need those long holidays to recharge the batteries.

[sources:opera&southafrican]

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Last Chance To Enter Women’s Day Competition For Unreal R6 000 Hamper https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/08/last-chance-to-enter-womens-day-competition-for-unreal-r6-000-hamper/ Mon, 08 Aug 2022 13:44:29 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626078 [imagesource: Instagram / Fitch & Leedes]

Whether it’s men or women who are the true braai masters in this country is up for debate, and the stakes (steaks?) have never looked this good.

Megamaster is setting the internet alight with its ‘men can’t braai’ campaign, asking women to detail how they are the real braaiers in the family.

The campaign’s main kick is the Women’s Day competition, where you win a hamper loaded with lekker local goods.

If you make a comment about your secret braai weapon (or come up with a cool enough reason why women are better than men at braaiing) on one of the many competition posts all over social media, you can win R6 000 worth of goods from Fitch & Leedes, Monks Gin, and Oryx Desert Salt.

From Megamaster itself, you can bag a Coalsmith Series Charlie Grill & Smoker. The hamper also includes a gift box from Monks Gin, a year’s supply of a variety of signature Fitch & Leedes Mixers, plus a couple of salts, a refill, and an apron from Oryx.

Have a look:

Entries close today (August 8) and the competition winner will be announced tomorrow.

Entering is easy – just follow the instructions below:

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Fitch & Leedes (@fitchleedesmixers)

You can also enter via this post on the Fitch & Leedes Facebook page.

A one-year supply of a variety of signature bespoke mixers from Fitch & Leedes is always a win, especially when you consider the brand’s new Energy Mixer.

This comes packing the power we all so desperately need after all those load shedding-filled days:

As the latest addition to the popular bespoke mixer range, the Fitch & Leedes Energy Mixer is fuelled by the Guarana berry, with enough oomph to energise and elevate your mixability experience.

The hamper also includes those other unique flavours to choose from to help you up your cocktail game.

Remember, the competition will end at midnight today and the winner is announced tomorrow (August 9).

Yes, you can enter on both Facebook and Instagram to increase your chances of winning, but just be sure to follow all the required steps.

Cheers to all the women in the world – we wish you peace, safety, freedom, and recognised value.

And also, enjoy the sizzle of some lekker vleis.

[source:megamaster]

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The Moment Ashleigh Buhai Made SA Golfing History [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/08/the-moment-ashleigh-buhai-made-sa-golfing-history-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/08/the-moment-ashleigh-buhai-made-sa-golfing-history-videos/#respond Mon, 08 Aug 2022 13:43:12 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626050 [imagesource: David Cannon / Getty Images]

South African golfers have long had a love affair with the British Open, referred to as the Open Championship.

Bobby Locke and Gary Player won the Claret Jug back in the day, and the likes of Ernie Els and Louis Oosthuizen have done so in more recent times.

It’s been many years since we had a female major winner in our ranks, but that wait has come to an end following Ashleigh Buhai’s victory after a marathon playoff against Chun In-gee in the Women’s Open at Muirfield yesterday.

Battling back from a soul-sapping triple bogey at the 15th, before which she basically had one hand on the trophy, Buhai parred the fourth playoff hole. In doing so, she became just the third South African woman to win a major golf championship, reports Sport24:

Golf Hall of famer Sally Little won the Women’s PGA Championship in 1980 and the 1988 Du Maurier Classic, which was a women’s major from 1979 until 2000. Alison Sheard also won the Women’s Open in 1979 at Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club.

A short par putt and the raw emotion could finally come to the fore, with her husband David rushing onto the green to celebrate our first major winner in decades:

33-year-old Buhai started the final round five clear but the horror show on the 15th drew her level with Chun.

That’s what makes her bunker save to win all the more impressive:

Not that those who pay close attention to the women’s game will be too surprised by her deft touch from the sand:

I’m very proud of myself,” she continued. “I had to dig deep. But I was surprisingly calm in the playoff. Just tried to stay in the moment.

“Before I hit the bunker shot in the playoff, my caddie (Tanya Paterson) said ‘show them why you are ranked No 1 in bunkers this year’. It was great to do it.”

Chun, who already has three majors to her name at the age of 27, was magnanimous in defeat, saying she was “very happy” for Buhai.

Great things have long been expected of Buhai, who won her first South African Amateur title when she was just 14. Now, finally, she can call herself a major winner, joining Player (1959) and Ernie Els (2002) as champions at Muirfield.

This from CBS Sports:

“It’s so difficult to put into words now, I think it might only hit me in a few days,” she said through tears afterwards.

“Obviously I’m very proud. We’re a very small country, so to be able to produce quite a few major champions, it’s quite something. For me to be a female South African and a major winner, I’ve got no words. It’s life changing.”

The title also comes with a $1,095 million (around R18 million) cheque. That’s well short of the men’s prize money, where the winner gets $2.5 million (around R42 million), but it’s enough to ensure you can pop a few bottles of expensive bubbly in celebration.

Below are the highlights of the entire final round and the playoff:

[sources:sport24&cbssports]

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Another Hilarious Ad Featuring Springboks Airs During Test [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/08/another-hilarious-ad-featuring-springboks-airs-during-test-video/ Mon, 08 Aug 2022 11:50:50 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626092 [imagesource: YouTube / MTN]

Saturday’s 26-10 win over the All Blacks at Mbombela Stadium was our second ever biggest win over the old foe.

You have to go back to 1928, when we won 17-0, for a more resounding victory.

The crowd in Nelspruit were in fine voice as a late Willie le Roux try put the icing on the cake, leading to All Black jersey burnings and the like.

You really love to see it.

During the match, we also saw the airing of a hilarious ad featuring the Springboks themselves. Fresh off last week’s classic, where Siya, Faf, Lukhanyo and others showed off their musical prowess, this time the entire team was roped in to help.

CapeTalk said the advert, for MTN’s 5G offering, “shows the Springboks are not only winners on the field” and talked up the acting chops of the boys in green and gold.

Who knew Eben had it in him?

The only qualm I have here is about fibre ruining the game.

Which fibre Internet Service Provider (ISP) are you using, guys? The Q2 2021 South African ISP report, covered by MyBroadband, has MTN down as the 8th best ISP in the country.

Meanwhile, RSAWEB was voted the best in the Cape last year and crushed it in both the Q1 and Q2 report and is also running some outstanding home fibre deals at present across a range of networks.

Which specials are available in your neighbourhood will depend on the fibre network operator present. For those who live in an area where Octotel is present, you can now get a 35Mbps line for R295 a month for up to three months.

Openserve areas have promotions running on lines from 25Mbps and up, as do other networks.

Sort yourself out with speeds like that and you’re not going to leave Siya, Eben, or the rest of the Bokke stuck in limbo.

[sources:capetalk&mybroadband]

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Photos From That R16 Billion Development In Cape Town’s CBD https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/08/photos-from-that-r16-billion-development-in-cape-towns-cbd/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/08/photos-from-that-r16-billion-development-in-cape-towns-cbd/#respond Mon, 08 Aug 2022 11:15:52 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626038 [imagesource: BusinessTech]

The Mother City is getting a new mixed-use development to the tune of R16 billion.

Harbour Arch will include six towers in total upon completion, with the project already reaching its highest point in construction last month.

The 200 000m2 area in the Cape Town CBD has been building up and up since construction began in 2020.

It is scheduled to be completed roughly 10 years from now.

It has been described as a “gateway to the Mother City”, per BusinessTech, and is set to boast commercial offices, corporate headquarters, retail spaces, residential spots, as well as a few restaurants, coffee shops, and cocktails bars.

Image: Supplied to Business Insider

It has faced numerous trials and tribulations – delays from the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of structural-engineering problems, as well as “one of the windiest years in Cape Town’s history” – but anyway, the first tower at Harbour Arch is on track for completion in May next year.

That’s according to Dale Blanchard, the director at WBHO, the project’s main contractor. He also mentioned that 65 000 cubic metres of earth and 5 000 cubic metres of rock had to be excavated to make way for the building.

All that has already been replaced with 50 000m² of concrete, 4 500 tons of steel reinforcement, and 13 301 glass panes.

Image: BusinessTech

The first tower finally reached its 23rd-floor last month, which stands 95 meters above ground, after tens of thousands of people spent three-million-man hours in the building process:

Image: BusinessTech

You can see more shots of the construction work so far here.

Business Insider SA has more:

A total of 560 residential apartments, including 82 rental units, 158 studio apartments, 203 one-bedroom apartments, 58 two-bedroom apartments, and 59 three-bedroom apartments, are planned for Harbour Arch Tower 1…

On the eighth floor will be additional retail space that will host restaurants with indoor and outdoor seating.

The basement is more than 1,180 parking bays big and will span across three basements. Its open-air sundeck and swimming pool on the 18th floor will offer 360 mountain and harbour views.

Amdec Group is also involved in this dynamic project.

Apparently, more than 20 000 jobs have been created during the construction phase alone, “with many more employment opportunities – especially in the tourism, hospitality and retail sectors – (available) upon completion”.

That’s according to Amdec Group CEO James Wilson.

Where the development goes from here promises to be interesting.

[sources:businessinsider&businesstech]

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This Guy Is Basically ‘Jackass’ For Hillbillies [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/08/this-guy-is-basically-jackass-for-hillbillies-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/08/this-guy-is-basically-jackass-for-hillbillies-video/#respond Mon, 08 Aug 2022 11:14:58 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626080 [imagesource: VICE]

Look, nobody is saying the cast of Jackass is made up of individuals who look down their noses at working-class America.

They’ve stuck plastic toys up their anuses and wrought unspeakable horrors upon their manhood. It’s not exactly highbrow stuff.

The thing is, Johnny Knoxville and Steve-O and the rest of the gang aren’t hillbillies, they’re more reckless skater boys (bois, as Avril Lavigne and the kids might say).

Gumgang, on the other hand, is certifiably redneck and has earned the nickname ‘the Hillbilly Stuntman’.

VICE headed to Florida – where else? – to meet with the legend himself:

Landscaper by day and stoned prankster the rest of the time, Gumgang approaches every feat of insanity with a toothless grin. From smoking fish bongs to getting down and dirty at the infamous Sausage Castle, Gumgang’s Jackass-inspired stunts are Worldstar-certified.

But underneath it all, he’s a small town family man with a passion for entertaining people. You just might wince in the process.

If you don’t wince, I worry about you.

He has upwards of 16 000 followers on Instagram and they don’t follow him for sage wisdom or financial advice.

What you see is what you get. What I see is yet another example of how social media is melting people’s brains but don’t let me ruin the good time:

[source:vice]

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Why Prince Andrew Paying Lower Settlement To Accuser May End Up Coming Back To Haunt Him https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/08/why-prince-andrew-paying-lower-settlement-to-accuser-may-end-up-coming-back-to-haunt-him/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/08/why-prince-andrew-paying-lower-settlement-to-accuser-may-end-up-coming-back-to-haunt-him/#respond Mon, 08 Aug 2022 10:45:10 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626033 [imagesource: Getty Images]

Earlier this year, it was widely reported that Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts Giuffre settled out of court for a sum of roughly £12 million.

The Duke of York was accused of sexually abusing and raping Giuffre on three separate occasions when she was 17.

He couldn’t cough up the cash himself so mother dearest, also known as Queen Elizabeth II, stepped up to help him out.

Settling out of court on charges like that sure doesn’t help your public image. No wonder that ‘Prince Andrew Is A Sweaty Nonce’ song shot up the charts.

According to new reports, however, Prince Andrew and Giuffre may have actually settled for far less. The original report comes via The Sun, so we proceed with caution, although it’s now been covered by the likes of The Daily Beast:

[The] figure is dramatically lower—between £3 million ($3.6 million) and £5 million ($6 million). A source told the paper: “It was thought, and widely reported, that Virginia got a settlement of £12 million from Andrew, but that’s not right. It was far less than that, as low as £3 million.”

It’s also suggested he may have paid the money himself. with the lower figure “as much money as the disgraced Duke could scrape together quickly to halt her civil lawsuit”.

However, agreeing to a lower figure could well come at a cost:

“No doubt this will have influenced the conditions of the agreement that she was prepared to sign.”

Image: Sky News / Shutterstock

That means the lower figure Giuffre agreed to also left the option open for her to write a tell-all book about her experiences. Giuffre claimed Andrew had raped her three times when she was 17 and being sexually trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein.

There’s a book that you just know will sell.

Move over, Tom Bower’s Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between the Windsors, there could be a new royal bombshell in town.

Reports of the possibly reduced settlement may also shed light on how the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson (with ex-husband Andrew below), has coughed up £5 million for a new pad in London:

One person who is not impressed is Isabelle de Rouvre, the (relatively) unlucky Swiss heiress who sold the Yorks her super-chalet in Verbier for around $20 million. Attentive readers will recall that the Yorks agreed to pay some of the money upfront and some by installments…

De Rouvre [said] that she was owed a total of £6.8 million ($8.2 million) but agreed to a payment of about “half the amount.”

Image: Getty Images

She said: “I understood they didn’t have the money and believed he would be going to prison in America so I thought it best to get what I could,” she said. “I am outraged that I am now told she has spent millions on another property. It is just incredible and the whole story unbelievable. It is a dirty story as far as I am concerned.”

Dirty stories surrounding ‘Randy Andy‘ and Fergie, who once had to borrow $19 000 from Jeffrey Epstein to settle an outstanding debt? Well, I never.

The Queen may be keen to rehabilitate her son’s reputation but it appears Princes Charles and William cannot wait to relegate Andrew’s name to the bottom of the Royal Family’s food chain.

Write that book, Virginia. Spill all the beans.

[source:dbeast]

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50 Million Views: Video Of Woman Playing NPC (Non-Playable Character) Goes Viral As Life Simulation Theory Gains Traction https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/08/50-million-views-video-of-woman-playing-npc-non-playable-character-goes-viral-as-life-simulation-theory-gains-traction/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/08/50-million-views-video-of-woman-playing-npc-non-playable-character-goes-viral-as-life-simulation-theory-gains-traction/#respond Mon, 08 Aug 2022 08:45:59 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626005 [imagesource: Maggie Chiang]

Take your pick between the uncanny valley, a parallel universe, or a simulation. Either way, we’re about to explore one of the most terrifying realms known to man.

The ambiguousness and discomfort of a possible unreality.

Over 50 million people have stared into the glossed-over eyes of a girl performing in a video as an NPC – which stands for a non-playable character in a video game – as she does typical first-date activities in Venice.

The NPC is in actual fact TikToker and professional dancer Nicki, who together with her friend Loczek, is driving the growing trend on TikTok inspired by the soulless robotic movements of a video game character.

The hashtag #npc currently has over two billion views.

Nicki has an uncanny ability to imitate the scripted gestures of an avatar, creating a strange, almost unnerving, simulation quality in her videos, reported Dazed.

It’s almost like you’ve entered the Matrix:

@locznikiWhat should we do on the second date?♬ Skyrim Atmospheres – Jeremy Soule

@locznikiDo you recognize the city?♬ The City Gates – Jeremy Soule

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There’s some method to the madness:

It’s no surprise that the NPC trend has gained traction post-pandemic, as the increasing digitisation of our lives seems to have led to increased attention on The Simulation Hypothesis, a 2003 theory posed by philosopher Nick Bostrom that suggests we exist in a Matrix-style computer simulation.

Many NPC TikToks include the hashtag #simulation or #simulationtheory, with commenters usually reflecting on their own existential doubts.

Elon Musk backs this theory, tweeting last year that after 49 years, “games are photo-realistic 3D worlds” going on to question “what [sic] that trend [sic] implies about our reality”.

Musk is also familiar with Bostrom’s work, and has used it as evidence to suggest that there is a “99,9% chance that the universe we inhabit is a computer simulation”:

Another content creator on TikTok, @realhorrortok, who posts content of everyday people doing weird things resembling the behaviour of NPCs, agrees that “with today’s current events a lot of people are warming up to the idea of us being in a simulation”:

@realhorrortok Follow for more glitches 😨👆 #realhorrortok #xyzbca #horrortok #fypシ #glitch #npc #creepy ♬ Creepy Music Box – Terra Fantasy

The ever-blurring line between machine and human is compounded by the zeitgeist in which 93% of under-18s admit to gaming regularly and virtual reality games and headsets are increasing in popularity. Not to mention Mark Zuckerberg trying to make the Metaverse a thing.

Dazed also reckons it has something to do with the pendulum swinging away from “Main Character Syndrome” and towards “Side character energy”. This relates to “a growing trend on TikTok to describe people who want to take life less seriously and not feel the pressure to live in the spotlight”.

But mostly, it is way easier to joke about being an unthinking automaton than accept that our lives may be beginning to feel increasingly unreal.

[source:dazed]

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WATCH: ‘Cape Crusader’ NZ Supporter Burns Rugby Jersey [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/08/watch-cape-crusader-nz-supporter-burns-rugby-jersey-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/08/watch-cape-crusader-nz-supporter-burns-rugby-jersey-video/#respond Mon, 08 Aug 2022 08:00:08 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625999 [imagesource: Twitter / @Leighton_K]

Well, that was quick.

I guess all it takes is a series home loss against Ireland, and five losses in their last six tests, for some Cape Crusaders to turn their backs on the All Blacks.

The Springboks’ 26-10 win at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday is our biggest over New Zealand since 1928 (17-0). It’s also the All Blacks’ fifth-heaviest defeat ever, from 616 test matches.

Emotions often run high after shock results and for one disappointed Cape Crusader All Blacks fan, reports SA Rugby Mag, it was his New Zealand 2011 Rugby World Cup jersey that bore the brunt of those frustrations:

The message above the braai reads, ‘whisky is koning, my boep is sy woning‘. I doff my cap.

Notorious Springbok baiter and rugby journalist Ben Smith was more measured in his response. No mention of the opposition – I guess the All Blacks defeated themselves?

Meanwhile, the sheer joy of a resounding Springbok win was perfectly encapsulated by Willie le Roux’s celebration of leaping into the crowd.

See from the 55-second mark below:

More of the same this weekend, please, when the action moves to Ellis Park.

By the way, the question of the Cape Crusaders’ support for the Crusaders team from Canterbury and the All Blacks has been covered at length before.

This 2017 article on The Conversation is a great starting point:

This policy of apartheid manifested in a number of other hurtful, discriminatory ways. At Newlands for example, coloured people were not allowed to sit with whites. They were allocated their own stand behind the poles; the worst seats at the field.

Some started to support the opposition of the white and mostly Afrikaans-speaking Springboks, who represented and resembled their oppressors. This started with tours by the British and Irish Lions in the 1960s and 1970s. But ultimately the main team to support were the All Blacks, who came to be the Springboks’ big foes in the latter half of the twentieth century…

The Cape Crusaders’ choice is therefore usually rooted in two reasons: Firstly, because their father or grandfather supports them. The support of a national team is about patriotism for many; but for others, loyalty to your father is more important. This is a motivation for support of sport teams in general. The fatherland begins at home.

You’re welcome to dig deeper here if you want.

As a very chuffed Bok supporter, I’ll expend my energy thanking the rugby gods for blessing us with the world’s best hooker, who played out of his boots in his 50th test match, and the world’s best outside centre player.

Lukhanyo Am – what can’t he do?

[sources:sarugbymag&conversation]

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Chaos As Rescuers Try Save Beluga Whale Cruising River Seine In Paris [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/08/chaos-as-rescuers-try-save-beluga-whale-cruising-river-seine-in-paris-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/08/chaos-as-rescuers-try-save-beluga-whale-cruising-river-seine-in-paris-video/#respond Mon, 08 Aug 2022 07:28:21 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625984 [imagesource: Twitter / Sea Shephard France]

A poor Beluga whale has strayed thousands of kilometres away from its home, after being spotted cruising the River Seine in France.

Beluga whales typically live, hunt, and migrate together in pods in the cold, salty waters of the Arctic, so being in the warm, fresh water of the Seine must be quite a shock to the system.

Indeed, the marine mammal is refusing to eat and is devastatingly skinny, with bones jutting out, as a result.

Sky News reported that the four-metre whale was first seen on Wednesday between Paris and the city of Rouen in Normandy with a few signs that it could be starving itself to death:

Further health concerns had been raised after a few white spots were seen on its skin, as well as the fact that it is singing fewer whale songs.

It is quite amazing to see it keep its head above water, so to speak, despite its rapidly deteriorating health, with marine conservation group Sea Shepherd France saying that they “don’t know if it’s already too late”.

Police hoped to bring it back to health by stimulating its appetite with a cocktail of vitamins, one of the only options left after the whale snubbed frozen herring and live trout offered to it by Sea Shepherd France:

But it apparently still did not feed after being given the dose of appetite stimulants:

BBC reports, too, that specialists are holding out “little hope” for the creature:

…leaving it in the warm stagnant water between the lock gates is no longer an option.

“He has to be moved in the coming 24 to 48 hours, these conditions are not good for him,” Sea Shepherd France head Lamya Essemlali told the AFP news agency.

“We are all doubtful about its own ability to return to the sea,” she said. “Even if we ‘drove’ it with a boat, that would be extremely dangerous, if not impossible.”

The only good sign is that the whale is still moving about, which the conservationists say rules out euthanasia.

Although, it still seems too weak to make it back to the sea. It will need to travel a far distance to its Arctic habitat, 160 kilometres up the river and out to the English Channel, before heading home.

We’re all holding thumbs that this one makes it out of France alive.

[sources:skynews&bbc]

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It’s Never A Good Look When The SA Army Is Placed On Standby https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/08/its-never-a-good-look-when-the-sa-army-is-placed-on-standby/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/08/its-never-a-good-look-when-the-sa-army-is-placed-on-standby/#respond Mon, 08 Aug 2022 06:52:43 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625983 [imagesource: News24]

South Africans will never forget the scenes of violence and looting that played out last July.

We watched on in horror while the rest of the world, Ozzy Man included, likely shrugged their shoulders and said ‘that’s Africa’.

Fast forward 13 months and the country remains on edge. So much so, in fact, that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has ordered around 200 soldiers to be on standby for deployment.

The reason? TimesLIVE reports “SA is gradually deteriorating into unrest due to criminality”:

The order, dated August 6 and issued by Maj-Gen Patrick Dube, general officer commanding the Army’s infantry formation, states that the soldiers are necessary “in anticipation of deploying in co-operation with the SAPS”.

“It is foreseen that the SANDF might be called to play their secondary role to go on 24-hour standby in anticipation” of further unrest.

The order follows a military command council meeting last week where generals were warned to be on high alert.

What do they know that we don’t?

There’s undoubtedly palpable anger and unrest in and around Krugersdorp, centred on illegal mining operations and a gang rape that shocked the nation, with mob justice taking hold.

We were woefully underprepared for last year’s unrest:

According to the order, the main infantry battalion for the preparation is 21 SA Infantry Battalion (21 SAI) based at Doornkop in Johannesburg. That unit has to prepare for an additional 200 soldiers’ accommodation and meals, while 100 Mamba light armoured vehicle drivers also need to be placed on standby at the same base.

A former general who spoke with TimesLIVE said the numbers involved don’t indicate preparation for a full-scale conflict.

Rather, we know we need to learn from last year’s tepid response and be ready to mobilise at short notice.

The soldiers are in place to go as of this morning but can only be deployed once an order has come from President Cyril Ramaphosa.

By the way, this is the same SANDF overseen by the department of defence. A report from the Auditor General of South Africa (AGSA) recommended wasteful and irregular spending be investigated. However, no such action was taken and the report leaked.

The basics from The Sunday Times report last weekend:

The AGSA found there are still 833 cases of alleged misconduct, fraud and improper SCM [supply chain management] infringements not completed, with some ongoing for more than a year. Irregular expenditure identified in the previous financial year to the amount of R6.1bn was not even investigated by the DoD. In the same year no appropriate steps were taken against officials involved in expenditure adding up to R680m.

In the same year fruitless and wasteful expenditure of more than R8.5bn was not investigated.

In 90 of 122 investigations into fraud, none of the recommended actions put forward by the AGSA were taken.

The records kept by the defence department were so poor that contracts worth in excess of R200 million could not even be investigated.

Meanwhile, recent budget cuts will see more than 3 000 uniformed soldiers leaving over the course of the next two years.

Before the ANC and other top brass are ousted from power, they will feast.

[sources:timeslive&sundaytimes]

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Monday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/08/monday-morning-spice-558/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/08/monday-morning-spice-558/#respond Mon, 08 Aug 2022 06:30:41 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625960 Council Suspends Comair, Mango Air Service Licenses, Rescue Practitioner Finds It ‘Strange’ – The Air Services Licensing Council has suspended two air services licenses issued to low-cost airline Mango and licences of Comair. [n24]

‘Totally Exhausted’: Kim Kardashian Splits From Pete Davidson Over His ‘Immaturity’ – It’s said the reality TV personality and mum-of four, 41, was also “totally exhausted” by the romance amid “other things going on in her life” including divorce proceedings with rapper Kanye West. [nzh]

Rugby Star Nearly Died After Catching Fiancee Performing Sex Act On Teammate – An Australian rugby star nearly died after losing 2.5 liters of blood when he slashed himself while punching a window after catching his fiancee performing a sex act on his teammate, a court has heard. [nyp]

Footage Appears To Show Fresh Atrocity Against Ukrainian PoW – Horrific video and photos have emerged that appear to show the head of a Ukrainian prisoner of war stuck on a pole outside a house in the eastern Ukrainian city of Popasna, which was captured by Russian forces in May and is close to the current frontline in the Donbas. [guardian]

Like A Scene From Succession – The moment henchman employed by Jerry Hall, 66, gave ‘shocked’ Rupert Murdoch, 91, divorce papers before he boarded his private jet after granddaughter’s wedding. [dm]

Eskom Suspends Load Shedding – Eskom says that it will suspend stage 2 load shedding from Sunday afternoon due to much-improved generation capacity and the lower weekend demand, as well as a full recovery in emergency generation reserves. [btech]

Zama Zamas Just One Part Of A Multibillion-Rand Organised Crime Economy That Threatens SA – Organised crime — of which illegal mining is an integral part — is an existential threat, inflicting a devastating toll on the political, economic and social fabric of South Africa, from central government to rural municipalities, and from the JSE to the spaza shop. [mav]

Greek Government Rocked By Resignations Over Phone Spying Claims – Panagiotis Kontoleon offered his resignation due to management “errors” during his time in the role, Mitsotakis’ office said in a statement. [f24]

Yet More Human Remains Found As Drought Shrinks Lake Mead Reservoir – Fourth set of skeletal remains, as yet unidentified, discovered at Swim Beach in Nevada as lake hits lowest level in 80 years. [guardian]

Anne Heche Severely Burned In Fiery Car Crash, New Video Shows Her Speeding – Anne Heche was driving like a maniac in between her two car crashes … and new video shows her speeding down a residential street before crashing into a home and igniting a blaze. [tmz]

Anne Heche ‘Joked’ About Drinking Vodka In A Podcast Released Shortly Before Fiery Car Crash – Anne Heche made some worrying comments shortly before she was involved in a car accident that left her hospitalised with severe burns. [stuff]

Hunter Biden Attributes His Penis Obsession To ‘Body Dysmorphia’ – Hunter Biden said his obsession with naked selfies was a result of “body dysmorphia,” according to a rambling screed found in the notes of his hard drive. [nyp]

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The Mysteries That Gave Birth To The World’s Newest Micronation – Now, 13 years after he bought it, Uri Geller, a master of the grand gesture, has decided to elevate Lamb’s status from a private Scottish island to that of a country, with a flag, constitution and anthem. [bbc]

Inside Angelina Jolie’s ‘Constant Stream Of Attacks On Brad’ Pitt – Next month will mark the six-year anniversary of Angelina Jolie shocking the world by filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. [p6]

Emotional Nicola Peltz Shares Cryptic Message – About those ‘who make you feel bad’ and says her ‘strong parents’ taught her ‘to not let people bring me down’ – amid rumors of cold war with mother-in-law Victoria Beckham. [dm]

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Five Betting Strategies To Use In Bitcoin Casinos https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/08/five-betting-strategies-to-use-in-bitcoin-casinos/ Mon, 08 Aug 2022 01:30:24 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626524 [imagesource: Shutterstock / Twitter / @thetokenanalyst]

The new and fast emerging trend of using cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin in online casinos is dominating the gambling industry. As of now, there are hundreds of online casinos that allow you to bet with Bitcoin, and new ones are coming up every day.

The rise of the crypto gambling market is explainable. This is one of the first times that the casino industry is trying something new and never-before-used in the gambling space. Even though the traditional casino industry transitioned to online gambling, the principles remained the same.

However, crypto casinos are very much different. They offer you to gamble in a unique way of using your Bitcoin in a much safer, and more secured space. 

But is there a difference between gambling in a regular online casino and a crypto casino? And whether or not the same strategies apply in both casinos, we will find out in this article.

Bitcoin Gambling Strategies You Should Consider Before Gambling

When it comes to Bitcoin gambling at crypto casinos, it all comes down to the type of games you choose to play. Each game found in online casinos offers different payouts, odds, and chances of winning. However, in order to make sure the entire process goes as smoothly as possible, there are a few strategies that will help you get the highest potential in your next gambling session.

So, in today’s article, we will highlight some of the things you should consider towards making your gambling strategy using Bitcoin.

Choose a Reputable Bitcoin Casino

Now even though we talk about crypto casinos as they are more secure and safe from scams, this doesn’t mean that you cannot fall into a trap. Unfortunately, since crypto gambling is quite popular at the moment, there are a lot of scams or untrustworthy casinos online that can squeeze every Bitcoin out of your wallet.

So, before starting your gambling session it is really important to find a legitimate crypto casino that ensures the safety of your funds.

There are a few things to consider before signing up at a Bitcoin casino, such as:

  • Check whether the casino has a license
  • Make sure that the website is SSL-Encrypted
  • Choose casinos that provide games from popular software providers like NetEnt or Microgaming

Consider Currency-related Risks 

Even though gambling with Bitcoin comes with many benefits, Bitcoin is still a volatile asset and the price can go up or down very fast. This is why you always need to be prepared for a situation like this unless you want to lose a big value on your investments.

You can also try to time the volatility while gambling too. For example, you can get casino bonuses when the price of Bitcoin is high, and use the funds when the market price goes down. That way, you’ll get more play time and chances of winning without spending more crypto.

Bitcoin is a digital asset that is heavily impacted by all kinds of global news. Therefore, knowing how to use Bitcoin will give you a huge advantage.

Bankroll Management

Additionally, you need to know how to manage your bankroll. This is one of the most important things when gambling online no matter if we talk about traditional casinos or crypto casinos. Managing your bankroll requires you to set up clear rules of engagement. 

For example, most professional players set goals on how much money they would like to get before playing games, or how much money they are willing to lose per gambling session. 

Try Provably Fair Games

Provably fair games are unique types of game-specific for Bitcoin casinos. They are named this way just because you and any other player can inspect the results generated by the game at any given moment. This means there is no need for testing agencies with such titles.

These types of games are run on the blockchain and since this is a decentralized technology, nobody can cheat the system. 

However, you still need to be cautious just because there were a couple of scams where crypto casinos host provably fair games without providing any means for testing. 

Learn How to Fractionalize Bitcoin

Each bet on an online crypto gambling website depends on the price of Bitcoin. This means investing 0.005 BTC is different when the price is $65,000 and $23,000. This means that you need to learn how to calculate Bitcoin in order to know the amount of money you should invest per bet.

Of course, this depends on the website. Some crypto casinos allow you to deposit crypto, but you gamble with fiat currencies, are others allow you to bet with crypto. 

If you are new to the crypto market, it is best to find a website that will convert each bet into fiat currency just for you to have an idea about how much you are investing.

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Six Emergency Kit Essentials To Prepare For Your Children https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/08/six-emergency-kit-essentials-to-prepare-for-your-children/ Mon, 08 Aug 2022 01:28:17 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626525 As its name implies, an emergency kit contains some of the most basic supplies needed during an emergency, such as medical essentials, clean water, and a change of clothes, among other things. Families can prepare multiple types of emergency kits according to the need. 

But in this post, the focus is on emergency kits for children. This is a kit small enough to bring with you in the car when you’re out and about but also complete to take care of your kids during an unfortunate incident. While parents aim to avoid accidents to the best of their ability, no one can really tell when one may happen. And so, it’s best to be prepared for possible scenarios such as injuries.

With that said, here’s a checklist of items to include in your child’s emergency kit.

  • Sugar Tong Splint

A sugar tong splint is a type of splint that can be folded into a U-shape to immobilize the ankle, wrist, or arm. The U-shape is what helps the splint do its job in minimizing motion on the affected area to avoid any further complications.

SAM Medical states that this can be used before medical help comes. And considering children can be prone to fall and slip accidents, this is a must-have in your kit to help you attend to your kid’s injury should an accident happen.

  • Personal Medicines

For kids, the most basic medicine the kids need is Paracetamol. You need this just in case your child is suddenly running a high fever. Another situation can be when your child has been injured, the Paracetamol can also help reduce the pain sensation.

For parents of children with specific health needs, that’s when your emergency kit needs to have more medicines. For instance, your kid may have a prescription medicine for a chronic disorder they’re suffering from, or they need an inhaler for asthma or epinephrine injections for allergies. Whatever the case is, be sure to have both the medicine and the prescription on your child’s emergency kit.

  • Flashlight

Not all emergencies are accidents. Say you’re out for the night with the children, and suddenly the power in your location went out. Sure, your cellphone has a built-in flashlight, but you wouldn’t want to use your battery up since you’ll need your phone to make some calls. A flashlight is something handy to have in those situations. 

On the other hand, parents may also use a flashlight for medical purposes, such as to check their kid’s mouth or throat, in instances when there’s fear that something may be stuck in there.

  • Drinking Water

Many parents have made it a habit to bring their kids their own bottled water when they’re out and about. However, there are still those who’d rather not, as they’re sure they can buy one along the way anyway. This may be true, but not with absolute certainty. And so, it’s still a prudent move to have potable and drinking water in your car or your kids’ belongings, especially during longer trips.

Moreover, the clean water you have can go a long way, not just for drinking per se but even in cleaning and washing wounds, in case of accidents. This is especially since washing with contaminated water may only worsen the condition by spreading bacteria into that open wound.

  • Food Supply & Snacks

Aside from water, you can also pack food supplies or snacks in your children’s emergency kit. There’s ready-made food for kids where all you have to do is pour hot water, and you’ll either have food, oatmeal, or porridge, to name a few.

While this isn’t meant to replace cooked food at home, it’s good enough in the event of an emergency. At least for the first few days, you’re sure you have something to feed the kids to keep them healthy.

  • Hygiene Essentials

Personal hygiene should still be practised even when you’re dealing with an emergency. This is very important, particularly for children, as it can help keep the immune system strong and prevent the spread of diseases. 

For children, you can pack the basic personal hygiene items in their emergency kits, such as a toothbrush, a small toothpaste, and soap. For younger kids, don’t forget to include diapers in your list to pack.

Wrapping Up

Emergencies do happen when you least expect them to. Preparedness can often make a significant impact between having a better outcome from the accident and one that’s not very favourable. Hopefully, you’ll never end up using the items in your emergency kit, but they can be a lifesaver in instances when you actually need them. 

The kit above isn’t absolute but can be a good start. Be sure to tweak your list according to your child’s specific needs and age.

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Mob Justice Runs Riot In Krugersdorp [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/05/mob-justice-runs-riot-in-krugersdorp-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/05/mob-justice-runs-riot-in-krugersdorp-videos/#respond Fri, 05 Aug 2022 13:55:43 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625880 [imagesource: The Sowetan]

Content warning: descriptions of sexual violence

Last Thursday, eight women were robbed and repeatedly gang raped while filming a music video at a disused mine at West Village in Krugersdorp.

Illegal miners in the area are the prime suspects and police, during raids using a drone, helicopters, and intelligence destroyed illegal mining equipment and made more than 120 arrests.

Law enforcement has appealed to local communities to let them do their jobs, but there is no trust between the people of this country and those we are supposed to rely on to protect us.

The investigation into the illegal mining and gang rapes is already giving off warning signs.

Residents of Kagiso, a township situated in Krugersdorp, have now taken the law into their own hands and are targeting illegal miners (or zama zamas) in mob justice attacks.

News24 reports on yesterday’s manhunt focused on mine dumps:

Groups of residents closed more than 10 holes with rocks, where they claimed illegal miners were hiding. Before noon, locals found more than 20 men believed to be illegal miners.

They stripped them naked and whipped them with sjamboks…

Image: Guillem Sartorio / AFP]

At a different area in Kagiso, two men were badly beaten in full view of high-ranking officials.

The deputy national commissioner, Lieutenant-General Tebello Mosikili, could not account as to why police officers on the scene did not intervene.

She called the incident “unfortunate” and readily admitted that police are “overwhelmed”.

Footage showed some men stripped naked with the community watching on:

Multiple videos showed residents nabbing alleged illegal miners and handing them over to police:

Residents accused of harbouring illegal miners were also violently threatened, reports TimesLIVE:

Community members claimed the woman was pocketing from the illegal operations as she ran a tuck shop from a container outside her home where she sold food to the miners…

She narrowly escaped being attacked by the crowd when she collapsed during the confrontation, while her daughter quickly rushed to the scene and hurled insults at the mob.

The streets were littered with rocks and police were seen clashing with residents:

For a community that says it has long suffered at the hands of illegal miners, they have reached breaking point.

Ineffective or nonexistent policing has led to a situation where taking matters into their own hands seems like the only way to make their community safer.

Sadly, as we saw in Cape Town recently, innocent parties will likely become caught up in the violence.

[sources:news24&timeslive]

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Exciting New Offerings With UCT Online High School Coming In 2023 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/05/exciting-new-offerings-with-uct-online-high-school-coming-in-2023/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 13:44:14 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625840 It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year since UCT Online High School launched. With over 5 000 learners and over 600 staff, they’ve come a long way since then. Today UCT Online High School is a thriving, evolving institution, more determined than ever to change the face of education in Africa. 

This is why they’re thrilled to share two exciting new offerings with you, coming in 2023:

Cambridge International 

UCT Online High School is now the most affordable, fully accredited online school in Africa to offer the Cambridge International curriculum — for only R3 300 per month. 

As one of the most renowned educational institutions on the planet, Cambridge has a proud history of excellence and innovation, having refined its school curriculum for the past 160 years. Currently, the Cambridge Assessment International Education is offered in over 10 000 schools in more than 160 countries with more than 8 million learners writing their Cambridge International examinations every year. 

Recognised by over 2000 tertiary institutions worldwide, upon completion, UCT Online High School learners will automatically be eligible to apply to any university in the United Kingdom, over 800 universities in the United States, and many other learner destinations, including Canada, Australia, Singapore, Germany and the Netherlands. Not to mention all major tertiary institutions within Southern Africa and throughout Africa.  

UCT Online High School is proud to provide learners within South Africa, and beyond its borders, the opportunity to complete the following qualifications: IGCSE (from 2023) and International AS-Levels and A-Levels (from 2025). 

The Cambridge International curriculum is a powerful academic passport to a brighter, global future for many aspiring young Africans. UCT Online High School’s current cohort of learners will continue to spread across Africa into the world, taking advantage of this growing global network and expanding their worldviews through friendships they would have never been exposed to in their own immediate communities. 

Join this thriving online community today for R3 300 per month. 

Adult Matric 

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Almost a third of all people working toward their matric certificate do so outside the full-time, in-school system. As second-chancers, the educational journeys of these non-traditional learners often go unrecognised. UCT Online High School is there to celebrate and support these learners. UCT Online High School Adult Matric offers a viable and affordable alternative for adults to study online, and part-time, towards attaining their all-important matric certificate.

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Join UCT Online High School for CAPS, Cambridge International or Adult Matric!

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For more information head to uctonlinehighschool.com and download an info pack. Alternatively, book a call with one of our friendly Admissions Consultants on +27 21 140 1792, or email admissions@uctohs.valentureonline.com, and they’ll be sure to answer any questions you may have. 

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Horrific Car Crash Likened To “Another World War” Kills Six [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/05/horrific-car-crash-likened-to-another-world-war-kills-six-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/05/horrific-car-crash-likened-to-another-world-war-kills-six-video/#respond Fri, 05 Aug 2022 13:34:51 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625952 [imagesource: KABC-TV via AP]

A devastating multi-car crash in Los Angeles’ Windsor Hills neighbourhood left six people dead, including a pregnant woman and an infant.

The gruelling scene unfolded yesterday like something in a “war zone”, per the California Highway Patrol, after a Mercedes-Benz skirted a red traffic light at immense speed, crashing into numerous cars and leaving them engulfed in fire.

After failing to brake, reported The Telegraph, the video shows the Mercedes skidding across the busy intersection, slamming into other cars before bursting into flames and hurtling into a light pole, where it comes to rest.

Nine people were injured during the horrendous ordeal, including six children, with eight of them rushed to a nearby hospital.

The driver was one of the people rushed to the hospital having sustained severe injuries, although she was said to be conscious and speaking to investigators.

She must really hate herself right now:

A woman who was hit as she was leaving the petrol station said the accident came out of nowhere:

“All of a sudden that Mercedes is coming at me on… fire. I didn’t have any time to think about it. It hit my car. I veered, hit the bench on the side.”

Another onlooker likened the fiery scene to being in “another World War”:

“A lot of sparks and electricity,” they said.

“I was under the impression that, really at first I thought they dropped a bomb on us. I thought another World War had started. Then I realised it was a car into the sign. Once the fire went away and the booming left, I realised it was two cars there. You could see the people on fire and that’s just sad.”

Terribly sad.

Drive responsibly, everyone.

[source:telegraph]

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How Are We Only Seeing This Outrageous Video Featuring Siya, Faf, Lukhanyo, And The Boks Now? https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/05/how-are-we-only-seeing-this-outrageous-video-featuring-siya-faf-lukhanyo-and-the-boks-now/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/05/how-are-we-only-seeing-this-outrageous-video-featuring-siya-faf-lukhanyo-and-the-boks-now/#respond Fri, 05 Aug 2022 13:25:17 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625907 [imagesource: YouTube / Thirsti Water]

Yes, that is Lukhanyo Am playing what appears to be a violin.

Usually, he’s just playing the opposition outside centre into submission or throwing no-look passes to Makazole Mapimpi.

Clears throat – today is day 1 007 of 1 449 as world champions.

WhatsApp groups around the country have been popping off this week ahead of the opening clash of The Rugby Championship between the Springboks and the All Blacks.

Out of nowhere, this beaut was sent my way and I’m left with a simple question – how did I not see this earlier?

The video below was only uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday, although it’s been on Facebook since July 22. Maybe you saw it before then. We’re happy for you.

For the rest of us, take in the serenity:

Ah, the serenity. How’s the serenity, boys?

I have to throw in a scene from Ozzie classic The Castle here. It would be rude not to:

Never gets old.

So, is that ad up top the greatest ever to feature a Springbok and some odd music? No – Bismarck du Plessis would like the final word:

[source:youtube]

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A Bold Undertaking: Comedian Lists 10 Funniest Things She’s Seen On The Internet [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/05/a-bold-undertaking-comedian-lists-10-funniest-things-shes-seen-on-the-internet-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/05/a-bold-undertaking-comedian-lists-10-funniest-things-shes-seen-on-the-internet-videos/#respond Fri, 05 Aug 2022 13:00:49 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625924 [imagesource: YouTube / All Gas No Brakes]

The universe may be ever-expanding and infinite and all of that (our thanks to the James Webb Space Telescope for the unreal visuals), but the internet is a beast unto its own.

Remember the old days when your boss emailed you a link to a viral video and Janet from accounts hit ‘Reply All’ and the video wasn’t even funny but now you feel obliged to weigh in because it was from your boss?

Simpler times.

Now everything ever produced is available at our fingertips and anybody hitting ‘Reply All’ is flogged and publicly shamed, as it should be.

So anyway, Ozzie comedian Lou Wall was asked by The Guardian to share the 10 funniest things she has ever seen on the internet.

We’ve chiselled that down to five, starting with ‘How Animals Eat Their Food’:

140 million views and counting.

Wall says the video was released on her 16th birthday and she walked around school insisting everybody watch “the funniest video ever”. Props for sticking to her guns more than nine years later.

Shall we have a chuckle at some Flat Earthers? Yes, let’s do that:

Wall says:

My dream is to one day own a pizzeria called Flat Earth Pizza’s just for the demographic of customers it would attract and the wild conversations I would have. For now I will make do with this report from a flat earthers’ conference – bonus points for the freestyle rap.

We also awarded bonus points for the freestyle rap. Great minds think alike.

For our third pick from Wall’s list, we pivot from video to a Facebook Marketplace listing posted to the Reddit thread, r/ScottishPeopleTwitter:

Image: u/DooDooRoggins

I’m almost certain this is a pisstake and Photoshop job but I respect the effort.

Comedian James Acaster is the star of the show in our fourth selection. Appearing on The Great Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off, the deadpan Brit managed to totally botch his effort:

Wall said:

In lockdown one I decided that I should make gnocchi from scratch and, let me tell you, they came out so wet and hard the only accurate description I can give you is that they tasted like “river rocks”.

Anyway, this video makes my kitchen nightmare look like Attica. I’m pretty sure I contracted food poisoning simply viewing this but comedian James Acaster struggling through a string of mental breakdowns while attempting to make flapjacks will never not be iconic.

I’d like to chime in here with a somewhat food-related classic from days of old.

Take a bow, Paul Charles Dozsa, who was later identified as serial petty criminal Cecil George Edward:

Right, let’s wrap this up with a nod to TikTok, a corner of the internet I don’t go near but am constantly reminded of.

In this case, I’m glad I did because the man behind this account does what he does very well:

@lubalin that escalated quickly… #sodramatic #humor #oldpeoplefacebook #boomer #musician #producer ♬ original sound – Lubalin

Facebook Marketplace, hey – the gift that keeps on giving. Wall agrees:

Lubalin has taken this real-life internet interaction and turned it into a musical comedy masterpiece. The beats, the plot development, the twist!? I’m declaring musical comedy funny again.

Happy days.

When it’s not aiding in undermining democracy and sowing misinformation of many varieties, the internet can be a lot of fun.

You can see Wall’s full list here.

[source:guardian]

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Cara Delevingne Wants To Teach You About Sex https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/05/cara-delevingne-wants-to-teach-you-about-sex/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/05/cara-delevingne-wants-to-teach-you-about-sex/#respond Fri, 05 Aug 2022 11:15:29 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625921 [imagesource: Getty Images]

Cara Delevingne will be deep-diving into some of the biggest questions around human sexuality in a new six-part documentary.

The wacky supermodel-turned-actress is producing and presenting Planet Sex with Cara Delevingne for Hulu and BBC Three, promising her own personal exploration and education about sex, too.

Besides putting her “mind and body on the line” as she takes part in experiments and demonstrations in world-renowned research labs, as the streamer puts it, she will also be visiting diverse communities to investigate other people’s personal stories about sex.

Hulu further described the docuseries as an exploration of sexuality’s “joys, mysteries, and constantly changing nature”. It added that “there’s no limit on how far Cara’s willing to go to explore what makes us all human”.

Sheesh, relax.

Some of the key questions explored in the series will relate to our gender, sexual orientation, relationships, and the popularity of pornography, with Cara’s “charisma, curiosity and lived experience” making her the perfect guide on the fascinating, yet often, taboo subjects.

The 28-year-old has been frank about her own sexuality, identifying as pansexual in 2020, which means she is attracted to people regardless of their biological sex, gender, or gender identity:

“I never really came out,” she told British Vogue in July. “It was more that I just decided that I was done with being in the closet, I was done with being ashamed for who I loved and who I was. So, for me, it was just being like love is love and we should be able to love who we want.”

She said that she is excited to have more honest and personal conversations in Planet Sex, especially “as someone who struggled for years to understand my sexual identity”.

Cara is known for her “uniquely unfiltered and authentic” nature, as was so visibly on display when hung out with Megan Thee Stallion at the Billboard Music Awards, so the series should deliver on the goods.

Since there is no trailer to show you, you can watch Cara explain her bizarre behaviour at the awards show. Cara will be Cara:

 

[sources:e!online&radiotimes]

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The Odds For This Weekend’s Clash Between The Springbok And The All Blacks https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/05/the-odds-for-this-weekends-clash-between-the-springbok-and-the-all-blacks/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 11:11:34 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625849 [imagesource: Darren England / EPA]

The kick-off in one of rugby’s fiercest rivalries is taking place this Saturday in Nelspruit at the Mbombela Stadium at 5:05PM, where the Springboks will host the All Blacks in the first clash of The Rugby Championship.

The last two times that the All Blacks and Springboks met were in 2021. New Zealand won the first encounter by two points with the match finishing 19-17, and the Springboks won the second match by two points, 31-29. Betway sa currently has Saturday’s match in favour of South Africa to win with the odds @1.76 and the odds @2.23 for New Zealand to win. 

It’s been almost three weeks since the Boks played their last match against Wales. South Africa hosted the Welsh for a three-test match series in July where coach Jacques Nienaber and his team managed to narrowly claim a 2-1 series win. No chances will be taken in Saturday’s match against the All Black with Siya Kolisi leading the charge and Nienaber only making three changes to Saturday’s team.

Hooker Malcolm Marx will be running out for his 50th test. The other changes include the return of Faf de Klerk at scrumhalf after only playing one and a quarter matches against Wales. The third change is winger Kurt-Lee Arendse who will be filling the shoes of Cheslin Kolbe who is recovering from a jaw injury.

New Zealand has a lot to prove in Saturday’s match. The All Black team is still reeling after their home series defeat to the Irish in July. Coach Ian Foster made a total of four changes in his squad for Saturday’s match including the surprise addition winger Sevu Reece. 

The Rugby Championship will continue with a second test against NZ on August 13 at the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg. The Boks will then pack their bags and head for Australia for two more Rugby Championship matches. Their first match against the Wallabies is on August 27, with the second match following the next week on September 3.

The Springboks will then travel to Argentina for their last two remaining Rugby Championship matches. Their first against the Pumas will take place on September 17, and the last series match on September 24.

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‘Monkeypox Is Mainly Spreading Via Sex’ And More Important Information From TIME https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/05/monkeypox-is-mainly-spreading-via-sex-and-more-important-information-from-time/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/05/monkeypox-is-mainly-spreading-via-sex-and-more-important-information-from-time/#respond Fri, 05 Aug 2022 10:05:15 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625893 [imagesource:here]

Monkeypox has typically been a virus confined to central and western Africa and is considered endemic in 11 African nations, but now it’s broken out in the global West.

A number of countries in Europe, along with the likes of Israel, the UK, Argentina, the US, Canada, and Australia have all reported a case or cases of monkeypox so far.

TIME reported that as of this year, more than 25 000 monkeypox cases have been recorded across 83 countries.

The disease began with animal-to-human transmission but is now largely spread from human to human. Although findings around transmission may develop over time, the latest science shows sexual activity is playing a significant role in human-to-human transmission with regard to the recent outbreak.

Weary of much of the media’s reporting of the issue – portraying Africans and LGBTI people in such a way as to “reinforce homophobic and racist stereotypes and exacerbate stigma”, per the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS – it must be noted that monkeypox can be spread between any group of people in close physical contact:

[Dr. Dimie Ogoina, president of the Nigeria Infectious Diseases Society] says monkeypox primarily spreads among humans through close, skin-to-skin contact—especially with the disease’s hallmark blister-like rash.

Researchers are still studying whether people can be asymptomatically contagious, but individuals are considered infectious at least until their rash has fully healed and fresh skin has formed…

The disease does not strictly strike and spread among the sexually active.

Children can get it, unborn babies can get it if the mother is infected, and anybody can get it if they come into close enough contact with someone who is suffering.

Although, health organisations recommend that men who have sex with men might want to be particularly careful, temporarily reducing their number of partners to minimise their risk.

Per the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, monkeypox is not considered a sexually transmitted infection (STI), or at least not in the traditional sense.

That’s because the virus can also spread in settings where there’s lots of close non-sexual contact, such as on sports teams, in spas, or in university dorms.

The emphasis is on skin-to-skin contact, but it is also possible to contract monkeypox through exposure to things, such as clothing or bedding, that have touched an infectious person’s rash.

Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada, notes that “you have to be exposed to enough virus to actually get infected with it”.

As for whether or not the virus can be spread through the air, it seems highly unlikely outside of laboratory conditions:

In the shadow of COVID-19, people are understandably concerned about monkeypox potentially being transmitted through aerosols.

But ​​”the epidemiology is very different,” Rasmussen says. “These are very different viruses.”

The more you know the better, this disease does not look fun:

@tonanty #monkeypox #la #lgbt #lagays #grindr #fyp #hookup #pimple #drpimple ♬ original sound – Tanilraif

There is no need for South Africans to panic and there have been just three confirmed cases within our borders.

[source:time]

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PSA: You Mustn’t Ever Give A Toddler Vodka [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/05/psa-you-mustnt-ever-give-a-toddler-vodka-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/05/psa-you-mustnt-ever-give-a-toddler-vodka-video/#respond Fri, 05 Aug 2022 08:55:43 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625870 [imagesource: SWNS]

I’ve heard of rubbing whiskey onto the gums of infants to help them with their teething woes, but giving a full shot of liquor to a child is on a whole other level.

A video has been doing the rounds, showing a woman, presumably the mother, giving the young’un a bottle cap of what appears to be vodka to knock back.

Two adults were promptly arrested on charges of child abuse, with neighbours apparently calling in with concern.

The New York Post reported that the sordid situation occurred in June in Dover, in the county of Kent, with local police confirming that “actions were taken to safeguard those involved”.

Here’s the incriminating footage:

Police said that they went to the property following reports of a disturbance:

“Upon attending, officers were made aware of concerns for a child at an address in the area,” said a spokesperson for the force, adding that the parents have been arrested for child abuse.

But they have since been let off on bail, and the child is back in their arms.

At least a Kent County Council spokesperson said that “social services are aware of this and have taken appropriate action”.

An anonymous source lamented how sad the situation was, mentioning that they’d posted about the incident on Facebook to bring awareness, but the posts kept getting removed.

Hopefully, these parents have now been set straight.

[source:nypost]

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Capetonians Can Get Their Cars Impounded For The Following New Traffic By-Laws https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/05/capetonians-can-get-their-cars-impounded-for-the-following-new-traffic-by-laws/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/05/capetonians-can-get-their-cars-impounded-for-the-following-new-traffic-by-laws/#respond Fri, 05 Aug 2022 07:40:28 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625855 [imagesource:here]

The City of Cape Town’s new traffic by-laws have now been implemented, allowing officers to impound vehicles for a number of updated reasons.

The amended by-laws aim to regulate traffic within the city, with a section that specifically zones in on public transport vehicles, AKA taxi drivers, as well as Uber and Bolt drivers.

According to the city’s mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, previous legislation lacked consequences and often allowed offenders to bypass enforcement action time and time again.

When there are no repercussions for disregarding the rules of the road, driving behaviour does not change and the danger persists.

BusinessTech reports:

“For years we have literally chased after offenders engaging in reckless and negligent driving, some of whom commit the same reckless driving offences regularly on the road, whether they are on the way to work or on a night out.

“Despite the increase in enforcement, bad driving behaviours continue to flourish. The amendments to this by-law should go a long way towards curbing reckless driving by all motorists, as well as those who use the public roads for racing, who pose a serious and often life-threatening risk to other road users,” said Smith.

The new by-laws make provision for the impoundment of vehicles in these instances:

  • Where the vehicle was involved in reckless or negligent driving or illegal street racing;
  • The driver is under the influence of alcohol;
  • The driver is unlicensed;
  • The driver disobeys an instruction to stop or pull over, resulting in pursuit;
  • The vehicle is unregistered, has an expired licence disc older than 90 days, is not roadworthy or has been abandoned.

Naturally, the Cape Town Taxi Association is not at all chuffed with the City of Cape Town for implementing these stricter road rules.

As a starting point, don’t be kak on the roads and you should be all good.

[source:businesstech]

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Hang Tight – The Red Bull Heir Is About To Get Away With Murder https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/05/hang-tight-the-red-bull-heir-is-about-to-get-away-with-murder/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/05/hang-tight-the-red-bull-heir-is-about-to-get-away-with-murder/#respond Fri, 05 Aug 2022 06:55:18 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625854 [imagesource: Bangkok Post file photo]

You may not be familiar with Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, but you are familiar with his family.

Vorayuth is heir to a fortune estimated to be worth in excess of $26 billion. His grandfather, the late Chaleo Yoovidhya, created the Red Bull energy drink.

Chaleo died in 2012 and Vorayuth continued to live like you’d expect most 20-somethings who will inherit billions to live –  he sat in VIP enclosures at Formula One races and cheered on the Red Bull racing team, he owned multiple sports cars, and he travelled in luxury from one corner of the globe to the other.

Just the one issue – here’s VICE:

In the early hours of Sep. 3, 2012, the then-27-year-old sped at over 100 mph through the streets of Bangkok in his black Ferrari. He struck Wichien Klanprasert, a police officer on his motorcycle responding to a robbery call, dragging his body for around 100 meters, refusing to stop as he sped home.

Image: Thai PBS / AFPTV / AFP /Getty Images

A trail of brake fluid led investigators to his damaged sports car, nestled in a mansion in one of Bangkok’s most affluent neighborhoods belonging to one of Thailand’s richest families.

Tests conducted after the crash revealed that Yoovidhya’s blood contained traces of cocaine, although this was initially left off the charge sheet.

At first, the family’s chauffeur was arrested and police did their utmost to pin the crime on anybody but the man who was actually behind the wheel.

Vorayuth initially dodged prosecution, fearing he may be held accountable for a crime that, wait for it, he admits he committed.

Following his arrest, he was released on $16 000 bail and then successfully managed to have the trial delayed for a full five years. His legal team claimed on multiple occasions that he was either sick or overseas.

I detect a whiff of Jacob Zuma about this guy. Much like JZ, during that time Vorayuth was too ill to appear in court, he was regularly pictured living it up.

Then, in 2017, he finally went into hiding. We are just under a month away from the 10th ‘anniversary’ of the deadly hit and run and Vorayuth remains elusive. The longer he does so, the less likely it is that he will ever face actual justice.

Thai criminal law has certain limits, you see:

On Tuesday, a spokesperson of the Office of the Attorney General confirmed that one more of Vorayuth’s crimes had expired. His charge of cocaine consumption has now officially lapsed due to a new narcotics law that came into force in December last year, reducing the statute of limitations from 10 years to just five.

Image: Facebook

This means that all but one of Vorayuth’s charges—which also included speeding, drunk driving, and fleeing the scene of an accident—have expired.

The only remaining charge, reckless driving causing death, carries a sentence of up to 10 years in jail.

There’s a race against time on that front because there’s a 15-year statute of limitations on the crime. In other words, come 2027, Vorayuth will be home scot-free.

The case is viewed by many in Thailand as the epitome of how the country’s elite are able to escape the criminal justice system.

Even the deceased policeman’s family have been bought, accepting three million baht (around $96 000) to agree to not initiate criminal or civil charges against Vorayuth.

That doesn’t shield him from a case brought by Thai prosecutors. They just don’t seem all that keen to push hard on that front.

For example, after the positive cocaine test following the deadly crash, police claimed this was omitted from the charge sheet because cocaine had been used as a component of his dental treatment. Dentists rubbished this claim.

Reports suggest Vorayuth may currently be hiding out in Austria. If he can hang tight and lay low for another five years, it’s lights out and away he goes.

[source:vice]

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Friday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/05/friday-morning-spice-580/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/05/friday-morning-spice-580/#respond Fri, 05 Aug 2022 06:15:16 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625812 US Declares Monkeypox A Public Health Emergency – “We’re prepared to take our response to the next level in addressing this virus, and we urge every American to take monkeypox seriously and to take responsibility to help us tackle this virus,” Health and Human Services secretary Xavier Becerra said in a call. [ewn]

Conor McGregor To Make Acting Debut In Jake Gyllenhaal-Led ‘Road House’ For Prime Video – In what would mark his first acting job in a major studio movie, two-time UFC champion Conor McGregor is set to join Jake Gyllenhaal in Prime Video’s new reimagining of the classic ’80s action pic Road House. [deadline]

Ramaphosa Confirms Eskom Talks With Botswana To Buy Power Have Begun In Earnest – President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed that negotiations for Eskom to import surplus electricity from Botswana have begun in earnest as the energy crisis worsens in South Africa. [iol]

Sailor Survived 16 Hours In Air Pocket Under Boat Which Capsized In Rough Seas – The coastguard worked against the clock in rough seas to rescue a 62-year-old Frenchman stuck for 16 hours inside his capsized sailboat. [metro]

UK McDonald’s Bans Under-18s After 5pm Without Parents As Staff Subjected To ‘Verbal, Physical Abuse’ – A McDonald’s restaurant in the English city of Liverpool has banned under-18s from eating there after 17h00 without an adult. [busins]

Kevin Spacey To Pay Nearly $31 Million To ‘House Of Cards’ Makers Due To Firing From Show – A judge on Thursday ruled that Kevin Spacey and his production companies must pay the makers of “House of Cards” nearly $31 million because of losses brought on by his 2017 firing for the sexual harassment of crew members. [usat]

A Jury Says InfoWars’ Alex Jones Must Pay 2 Sandy Hook Parents More Than $4 Million – An Austin, Texas, jury today awarded the parents of a slain first-grader $4.1 million dollars for mental anguish caused by conspiracy broadcaster Alex Jones’ falsehoods about the Sandy Hook school shooting. [npr]

Dick Cheney Calls Donald Trump A ‘Coward’ In New Ad Supporting Daughter’s Reelection Bid – Former Vice President Dick Cheney criticizes former President Donald Trump as a “threat to our republic” and a “coward” in a new campaign ad for his daughter, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, who’s facing a competitive Republican primary later this month. [cnn]

The Most Searched-For Electric Vehicle In South Africa – New data from the classifieds website AutoTrader shows a growing interest among South Africans in the purchase of second-hand electric vehicles (EVs). [btech]

Remgro-Led Consortium Reaches Agreement To Buy Out Mediclinic – In a cash offer by Manta Bidco Limited, which also includes SAS Shipping Agencies Services as a key shareholder. [mweb]

Russia Gives Brittney Griner 9 Years For Drug Smuggling A Tiny Amount Of Weed Oil – Griner, a center for the Phoenix Mercury, was arrested at Sheremetyevo airport in February after Russian customs discovered less than a gram of cannabis oil in her luggage. [vice]

Nine-Bedroom Gem For R27m In Camps Bay – It’s not often that nine-bedroom houses hit the market in Camps Bay so I’d imagine there’s some interest in this one. [here]

How To Safely Store Your Nudes – Tips for both Apple and Android devices [mash]

Bheki Cele Impostor In Hot Water For Promising Alcohol During Hard Lockdown – Zakhele Morris Nkosi, 34, has appeared before the White River Magistrate’s Court in Mpumalanga on charges of fraud after “an in-depth investigation” by the Hawks linked him to the impersonation of Police Minister Bheki Cele. [iol]

Britain’s Cocaine Epidemic Laid Bare – Drug deaths hit record high with coke fatalities up 7-FOLD in decade. [dm]

Marilyn Monroe’s Estate Defends Ana De Armas Over Biopic Accent Criticism – Cuban-Spanish actor’s accent in movie Blonde disparaged but ABC says she ‘captures Marilyn’s glamour, humanity and vulnerability’. [guardian]

Kylie Jenner Flaunts Her Enviable Figure In Black Dress – As she holds hands with daughter Stormi and beau Travis Scott in London… after defending herself over sanitary protocols in lab snaps. [dm]

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The Impact Of Blockchain On Online Casinos https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/05/the-impact-of-blockchain-on-online-casinos/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 01:30:47 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626296 Blockchain is a decentralised, digital track of all transactions involving digital assets. It is a database that contains encrypted data blocks that are connected to create a single transactional ledger on the best slots online at the $10 minimum deposit casino in Australia 2022. In many circumstances, the data is disseminated in order to produce a permanent record of the asset’s history that is available to the general public. The fundamental goal of blockchain is to allow individuals—particularly those who don’t trust one another—to communicate important information in a secure, tamper-proof manner. Blockchain protocols have creative features that have the potential to transform the online gambling business. 

What Are the Characteristics of Blockchain?

Blockchain, which allows for permanent records, is completely safe and transparent, as well as provides a layer of anonymity, excluding middleman needs while including validation and authentication procedures, and therefore enabling fair and trusted transactions. Furthermore, blockchain-based casinos have begun verification so that players can confirm that activities are fair. Using blockchain technology removes the possibility of gambling operators cheating or interfering with outcomes or payouts.

Blockchain offers the following characteristics that make it ideal for transaction processing:

  • Decentralisation: Everyone has access to the system’s data, and nobody or government can control it.
  • Data integrity: Any modification in the database may be tracked by the participant.
  • Privacy protection: A collection of encryption algorithms ensures anonymity.
  • Hacker resistance: No one has the authority to make modifications without a particular access code.
  • Trust: Reciprocal verification of entered data helps the system’s harmony.

Security and Validity

Because of its inherent qualities, blockchain technology offers cryptocurrencies a certain amount of security. Each operation involving a given currency is recorded in a distributed ledger and establishes the coin’s entry. Because the ledger is decentralised, each system utilised in the coin’s blockchain must be vetted and recognised over what transactions have happened, reducing the possibility of fraudulent transactions. Using blockchain technology throughout the gaming sector provides optimal security measures to safeguard casinos and gamblers.

With blockchain, there is no need for bettors to register on a gambling website; they do not need to authenticate their identification, no payment card information is necessary, or anything else that may put the information of their interest in danger.

They can bet online without having to worry about their account information or cash being compromised. They may just deposit bitcoin, get confirmed immediately, and begin gaming, and the digital casino will have no data about the player other than the wallet address. As a result, this solution safeguards unlawful digital asset trade and reduces the dangers of theft and transaction duplication.

Anonymity and Privacy

Data privacy is the main worry for many wagering users, as numerous gambling websites on best slots online require users to provide their personal information. As a result, gaming consumers are concerned about where and how their information is stored. In this fast-paced Internet-connected era, the anonymity of cryptocurrencies allows gambling websites to reduce the need for extensive information because immediate bitcoin transactions are confirmed quickly via the public blockchain. This safeguarding of gaming users’ personal information reduces the danger of data theft even further.

In essence, gaming sites that take bitcoin may provide customers with a quicker registration procedure due to the efficiency of operating without requiring personal information. As a result, these crypto-powered platforms may be placed in a better arena than non-crypto accepting websites, attracting more potential customers who may begin playing by supplying simply an email address and a username, as specified by the source.

Cost-effective and Immediate

In the gaming sector, blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies are used to enhance efficiency through immediate transactions. Cryptocurrencies are decentralised to the point that there is no centrally approved organisation that checks the authenticity of a transaction. Because crypto accelerates transactions, it reduces the cost of sending crypto. As a result, cryptocurrencies are less expensive than conventional forms of payment, such as credit cards or bank transfers.

This is the most significant advantage for both parties—online gamblers and online casinos. There is no need for third-party permission for crypto-transactions when players deposit crypto Internet at gaming sites. Simply put, players have complete control over their digital money; they may withdraw cash funds, the blockchain instantaneously confirms transactions in actual time, and Internet casinos will know whether or not operations were successful in a split second.

Transparency

Blockchain-enabled systems offer unprecedented openness to the online gaming business. Users, for example, do not trust conventional casinos and wagering services because they feel the software has been programmed to remove the potential of winning and take their money.

In those circumstances, blockchain networks, as a public ledger, keep records of all gambling transactions—payouts, victories, and losses—in a transparent and irreversible manner. This procedure avoids the possibility of fraud and ensures validity by revealing each user’s permanent record and transitional history. Blockchain gambling and blockchain sports gambling systems are being developed with the use of crypto-powered open-source programming methods, which may eliminate fraud or dangers.

Why Do Players Prefer Blockchain Casinos?

As we can see, the blockchain properties make cryptocurrencies an excellent tool for processing payments when playing casino games. Now we will tell the events that explain the crypto method’s appeal in the casino industry:

  • You can wager without being concerned about your privacy. Online casinos that use cryptocurrency give players anonymity, allowing them to concentrate on the game’s progress. Users from the most distant nations may now interact with one another.
  • Blockchain technology ensures the safety of Internet gambling. All transactions in the game are logged and assigned unique codes, which are difficult to modify.
  • The dependability and security of earned monies are a significant advantage over traditional casinos. Won payments can be made to an electronic wallet or turned into cash at any time.
  • Because Bitcoin is decentralised, it is not tied to any bank. As a result, arrest or other forms of persuasion cannot be used against your wages.
  • Bitcoin is the most often used money in the gaming industry, and it is readily divided into smaller denominations. Small wagers will be able to conserve the budget, grow it if you win, and simply let you relax and have fun.

A player can receive top bonuses when enjoying a game in any casino and utilising cryptocurrency. It is also believed that as more individuals utilise Bitcoin as a payment mechanism, more websites will embrace Bitcoin and alternative cryptocurrencies in the future. Yes, the objectives of both ends of this matter are one of the grounds that this will become a more prominent trend in the future. Players profit from the secrecy and security of cryptocurrencies, and casinos benefit since it is a cost-effective alternative. The procedure is not involving financial entities or banks. Cryptocurrency casinos accept gamers from around the world, regardless of geographic location or their country’s wagering rules.

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R200k Fine For DStv For Airing This ‘Bandit Warlords’ Documentary [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/04/r200k-fine-for-dstv-for-airing-this-bandit-warlord-documentary-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/04/r200k-fine-for-dstv-for-airing-this-bandit-warlord-documentary-video/#respond Thu, 04 Aug 2022 13:50:51 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625805 [imagesource: BBC News Africa]

Nigeria’s broadcasting regulator has slapped DStv and several other broadcasters with fines for airing a BBC documentary that it argues “glorified the activities of bandits” and threatens national security.

The 50-minute BBC doccie, Bandit Warlords of Zamfara, delves into the violent workings of the dangerous gangs (a screenshot shows a member above) which operate in the country’s northwestern regions, per MyBroadband.

Narrated by a law student raised in an affected area and who has first-hand experience with the violence perpetrated by the gangs, the documentary includes interviews with victims of the violence and the leaders of the bandits.

Have a look:

Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has fined DStv, TSTV, and Startimes for the broadcast shown during an episode of the BBC Africa Eye programme:

The regulator said although it appreciated the need for “educating, informing, and enlightening the public on issues bordering on developments and happenings within and outside the country”, it advised broadcasters to be “circumspect and deliberate in the choice and carriage of contents deleterious to Nigeria’s national security”.

The NBC cites that “the broadcaster shall ensure that law enforcement is upheld at all times in a manner depicting that law and order are socially superior to, or more desirable than crime or anarchy”.

Meanwhile, a Nigerian news publication noted that the fine was likely because of the government’s “disdain for negative press and sharp revelations”.

[source:mybroadband]

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Mmusi Maimane Caught Up In Gunpoint Robbery At Claremont Bar https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/04/mmusi-maimane-caught-up-in-gunpoint-robbery-at-claremont-bar/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/04/mmusi-maimane-caught-up-in-gunpoint-robbery-at-claremont-bar/#respond Thu, 04 Aug 2022 13:35:41 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625780 [imagesource: Report Focus News]

Mmusi Maimane can most certainly relate to the struggles faced by everyday South Africans just to make it through the day in one piece.

Last night, reports EWN, the One South Africa party was robbed at gunpoint at a Claremont bar.

Maimane said he was recovering from the traumatic experience, having come face to face with three gunmen who stormed the unnamed bar:

He said that they demanded that all patrons lie on the ground and started robbing them one by one.

Maimane has described the incident as surreal and something out of a movie.

He said that he was hosting his brother-in-law when the robbery took place.

“Three gunmen came into the store. They put everybody down and went table to table and collected items from various tables and held up the management.”

In this case, the victims were fortunate that police and private security companies were promptly on the scene.

Maimane said that a chase ensued and some stolen items were scattered on the side of the road:

“People who were in the restaurant were equally traumatised and so everyone had to give statements. Fortunately, no one was hurt.”

He elaborated during an interview with News24, saying the robbery happened shortly after he entered the premises at around 7:45PM.

A waitress was also caught unawares, initially asking the three men if they wanted a table:

The men then started brandishing weapons and ordered the bartender to hand over cash while forcing patrons to get under their tables. They then proceeded to rob patrons of cellphones, bags, and jewellery…

Maimane said the robbery was over quickly, with security guards who had been alerted to the robbery giving chase but failing to apprehend the gunmen.

Although the establishment has not been named, Maimane shared pictures on his Instagram account:

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Mmusi Maimane (@mmusimaimane)

That looks distinctly like Oblivion, which was hit by an armed robbery in April last year.

Anyone with information about the robbery can contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

[sources:ewn&news24]

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2OV Throwback Thursday – The ‘How Was Burning Man’ Viral Video https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/04/2ov-throwback-thursday-the-how-was-burning-man-viral-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/04/2ov-throwback-thursday-the-how-was-burning-man-viral-video/#respond Thu, 04 Aug 2022 13:33:49 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625724 [imagesource: YouTube / Kevin Oeser]

On August 28, around 80 000 revellers will descend on the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for Burning Man 2022.

Their minds will be blown, their lives will be changed, and then they’ll return home to a world that doesn’t, like, understand what they went through.

Have a braai with a bunch of people who have just returned from AfrikaBurn for the first time and you’ll get it.

Anyway, there’s nothing wrong with flying your freak flag and expanding your mind and wanting to leave behind the constraints of modern society.

For example, I can’t believe it’s only Thursday and am dreaming of retiring to a seaside village where I can trade foraged shells for sustenance.

It is not to be, so instead let’s enjoy a throwback to a classic from 2016 which has racked up more than two million views on YouTube.

How was Burning Man? You fool, you’re asking all of the wrong questions. Come, journey with me:

[source:youtube]

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Time To Boogie: Rolling Stone Ranks Greatest Dance Songs Ever [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/04/time-to-boogie-rolling-stone-ranks-greatest-dance-songs-ever-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/04/time-to-boogie-rolling-stone-ranks-greatest-dance-songs-ever-videos/#respond Thu, 04 Aug 2022 13:25:02 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625741 [imagesource: Daniel Boczarski]

Sorry, I know boogie is the sort of thing that someone over the age of 60 would say.

Did you guys go to the disco and boogie? No, mom, we went to Tin Roof and made terrible life decisions. Stop embarrassing me!

There’s no way I could ever attempt to compile a ranking of the greatest dance songs of all time, due in large part to the fact that I don’t really listen to that genre.

Thankfully, Rolling Stone has gone balls to the wall with a truly mammoth effort – 200 dance songs, in order of greatness.

What is a dance song, you ask?

In a sense, any song that ever got any one person moving in any perceptible direction is a dance song. The Beatles made great dance songs — as did Slayer. Nearly all the hip-hop and reggae ever made is great dance music. But to make our list of The 200 Greatest Dance Songs of All Time, a song had to be part of “dance music culture.” It’s a more specific world, but an enormous one too, going back nearly fifty years and eternally evolving right up to today and into the future.

Cool story, now let me cut loose these shackles and laat my tekkies brand.

I respect your time and mine, so I will list songs 10 through six and then pop in a music video for the top five.

  • 10 – Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, ‘Latch’ (2013)
  • Nine – Robin S., ‘Show Me Love’ (1992)
  • Eight – On the House and Marshall Jefferson, ‘Move Your Body (The House Music Anthem)’ (1986)
  • Seven – Robyn, ‘Dancing on My Own’ (2010)
  • Six – Shannon, ‘Let the Music Play’ (1983)

I’m a little underwhelmed so far and hoping for a big finish.

Five – Indeep, ‘Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life’ (1982):

Dance music is full of one-shot hitmakers, chancers who caught a groove at the right time and rode it for everything they could. Indeep’s “Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life,” written by producer-musician Michael Cleveland and sung by the tart Reggi Magloire and sweet Rose Marie Ramsey, is one of the greatest examples…

On the nose for early 1980s and yeah, it’s a bit of a banger:

Four – Frankie Knuckles and Jamie Principle, ‘Your Love’ (1986):

Frankie Knuckles was already the most powerful DJ in mid-Eighties Chicago, and a burgeoning remixer, when he began to take record making seriously. “The turning point was Jamie Principle,” he said in 2011. The young singer-songwriter, convinced by the creativity of Knuckles’ DJ’ing, asked Frankie to produce him…

The result was “Your Love,” the pinnacle of house music’s heartfelt early years, created not in a studio, but in the DJ booth of Knuckles’ mid-Eighties club, the Power Plant.

I dunno, maybe you had to be there and be indulging in that marching powder synonymous with the ’80s.

Three – Chic, ‘Good Times’ (1979):

Disco’s greatest party anthem still gets anyone and everyone out on the floor. Chic’s 1979 classic instantly connects on every level — a lyric whose euphoria consistently undercuts itself, never becoming bland…

The string slices over Edwards’ extended bass solo made it irresistible to DJs (start with Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” and “The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel”), rockers (Queen’s outright rip-off “Another One Bites the Dust”), and everybody else — numerous other tracks rewrote that bass line throughout the early Eighties.

I definitely recognise the beat:

Anything from this century? Here we go.

Two – Daft Punk, ‘One More Time’ (2000):

Daft Punk showed that house and techno could have elastic pop appeal with their classic 1997 debut, Homework, still the greatest dance-music album ever made. When Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo returned, they raised the stakes even higher with 2001’s Discovery and its rapturous lead single, “One More Time.”

It’s their most beloved track, piloting the filter-house thump of their previous music into a whole new stratosphere or triumphal pop excess and eventually becoming a platinum single in the U.S.

Daft Punk may be no more but this track will live on forever:

I’m legit enjoying this trip down memory lane now.

Big finish for number one, and… Donna Summer, ‘I Feel Love’ (1977):

The impetus was simple: For their fourth collaboration, Donna Summer and her producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Belotte were making I Remember Yesterday, a pastiche of past musical styles, so to finish it off, they needed a track that would signify the future…

It’s simply impossible to imagine the future sound of dance music without it. “This is it — look no further,” Brian Eno said as he thrust this seven-inch single into David Bowie’s hand while they were working in Berlin in 1977. “This single is going to change the sound of club music for the next 15 years.”

It wouldn’t have been my pick but I can get behind it:

Other modern entries include Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris, ‘We Found Love’ (2011) in 16th, Kylie Minogue, ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’ (2001) in 20th, and DJ Snake feat. Lil Jon, ‘Turn Down for What’ (2013) in 22nd.

Fatboy Slim, ‘The Rockafeller Skank’ (1998), was 199th.

You can see the full list here.

[source:rollingtstone]

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Stifler’s Mom Slept With ‘Like 200 People’ Since ‘American Pie’ [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/04/stiflers-mom-slept-with-like-200-people-since-american-pie-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/04/stiflers-mom-slept-with-like-200-people-since-american-pie-video/#respond Thu, 04 Aug 2022 11:50:58 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625761 [imagesource: American Pie]

Jennifer Coolidge got way more than she initially bargained for after starring as the MILF in American Pie.

While her character didn’t exactly make Hollywood take her very seriously, it certainly boosted her reputation in the bedroom.

She has revealed that being “Stifler’s mom” in the 1999 movie allowed her to sleep with 200 people that she wouldn’t have otherwise met.

Nice going, Coolidge.

Here’s the 60-year-old telling Variety how American Pie brought her more satisfaction than just fame or a good paycheck:

Although her bedroom count went up a few notches, it took a lot longer for her to gain proper acknowledgement in the industry.

She is pretty well known for starring in Legally Blonde, A Cinderella Story and 2 Broke Girls, but it was her most recent acting conquest as Tanya McQuoid in The White Lotus that really cemented her as a woman with awesome talent:

That role earned her a first Emmy nomination and a fast pass to the second season (airing in October, by the way) as the only main character who got the part sans audition, noted The New York Post:

…“I have done one thing really right in my life,” she said. “I’ve picked great friends. If Mike [referring to the White Lotus creator who convinced her to be a part of the series] was never successful, and we just did ‘White Lotus’ as a play in a little theater where everyone paid 10 bucks to see it, it would still be one of the greatest things that ever happened to me. Because it was a killer job that no one else thought I could do.”

Although Coolidge’s character seems to have been perfectly written for her, she almost dropped out of the role. Mike convinced her to stay:

“Whenever I’m lying in bed thinking about what I want to make Jennifer do, I know it’s something that she would not want to do,” Mike White dished, nodding to the actress’ willingness to do just about anything on set.

“One minute, she seems fragile, like it’s all going to fall apart, and the next minute she’s sturdy and doing hilarious riffs. Just when you think all hope is lost, she knocks it out of the park.”

Mike’s faith in Coolidge has turned into other fruitful opportunities for the actress, who said that thanks to The White Lotus, “people that I could never get in the door — all of a sudden they’re asking me to be part of their things”.

Indeed, a lot of doors have clearly been opened for Jennifer Coolidge.

[source:nypost]

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Nine-Bedroom Gem For R27m In Camps Bay [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/04/nine-bedroom-gem-for-r27m-in-camps-bay-video/ Thu, 04 Aug 2022 11:15:32 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625764 [imagesource: Property24]

What does a person need nine bedrooms for?

You turn it into a villa and lease it out over the busy periods of the year and make a killing, or so I’ve heard.

Whatever your reasoning, it’s not often that nine-bedroom houses hit the market in Camps Bay so I’d imagine there’s some interest in this Bakoven abode.

The Property24 listing shows the price as R26,995 million. I don’t know who they think is going to be put off by that final R5 000. Maybe it helps the listing appear in a greater number of price range searches?

Anyway, let’s find out more:

The generous open plan lounge, dining, bar and kitchen flows out to a magnificent sea view terrace with beautiful pool creating a wonderful space for large scale entertaining.

There are eight bedroom suites all with views out towards the Ocean, Lion’s Head or Twelve Apostles Mountain. A second lounge on the main bedroom level leads out to a wraparound balcony with garden and mountain views as well as a private study with fitted workstation.

This home offers plenty of storage, excellent security and a double garage.

Located on a quiet cul-de-sac, the property is “perfectly suited to an extended family or alternatively as an established income producing upmarket Guest Villa”.

There it is – nine rooms and lots of lots of dosh to be made.

Be sure to tell your guests to head to Café Caprice for that 24-piece, R340 sushi deal. Tuesday is Two-for-One Burger day, and Friday means half-price bubbles.

They should get the Lion’s Head climb done and dusted before they start indulging in that.

Time for a video tour of the property:

Such soothing and restful music. I feel like I’ve just finished a mindful meditation class and may need a lie-down.

Oh to do nothing, and then rest a while.

You can see the full listing here.

[source:property24]

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Bezos Yacht Avoids Egging With Early Morning Shuffle [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/04/bezos-yacht-avoids-egging-with-early-morning-shuffle-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/04/bezos-yacht-avoids-egging-with-early-morning-shuffle-video/#respond Thu, 04 Aug 2022 10:40:09 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625796 [imagesource: YouTube / Dutch Yachting]

The initial plan to move Jeff Bezos’ gigantic superyacht from a Dutch shipbuilding yard to the sea entailed possibly dismantling a section of a 140-year-old bridge to make way for the precious cargo.

The bridge in question is the Koningshaven Bridge, referred to as “De Hef” by the local residents of Rotterdam, who have been viciously protective of the relic.

They even threatened to pelt Bezos’ $500 million superyacht with rotten eggs if the council dared take the bridge apart for the billionaire, who said he would fund the elaborate endeavour.

But Bezos’ unfinished 127-metre-high Y721, as it is called, and its three large masts exited Rotterdam waters in another, more serpentine way:

Under the cover of darkness, reported The Cut, they moved the thing like a “huge, [60-metre-tall] bandit”:

According to a video captured by Dutch Yachting, a yacht-enthusiast news channel on YouTube, Bezos’s pet project left the shipbuilding yard at 1 a.m. and arrived at the yard in Greenport, Rotterdam, sometime around 3 a.m.

The website claimed that the yacht actually took a roundabout way out, passing by four bridge openings to make a 24-mile route, supposedly opting out of an alternative 14-mile route to avoid passing under De Hef.

Here’s that footage from Dutch Yatching:

Yacht enthusiast Hanco Bol said via The New York Post that they had never seen “a transport going that fast”, taking less than three hours when it normally requires nearly twice as much time to traverse the route.

Now that the yacht is in safer waters, away from the egg-wielding residents of Rotterdam, construction will continue in the Greenport yard.

[sources:cut&nypost]

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‘Batgirl’ Isn’t The First Mega-Money Movie To Be Binned In Post-Production [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/04/batgirl-isnt-the-first-mega-money-movie-to-be-binned-in-post-production-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/04/batgirl-isnt-the-first-mega-money-movie-to-be-binned-in-post-production-videos/#respond Thu, 04 Aug 2022 10:05:04 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625731 [imagesource:here]

Failure is an inescapable part of life, even for Hollywood big-shots.

The library of unreleased films, so bad they didn’t dare see the light of day, shows how even the most successful stars suffer moments of defeat.

The likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Stone, and Bill Murray could have had a few scratches against their name if these failed films were released, but alas, the film companies decided to take the fall instead – financially, of course.

Warner Bros’ poorest decision might just have been the making and then de-releasing of DC Comics’ Batgirl, a film that cost the publishers a reported $100 million.

Sky News notes how it ranks among the most expensive films to have been pulled while in post-production.

After all that hard work, Leslie Grace (landing the title role) and co-stars Michael Keaton (as Batman), J.K. Simmons (as her character’s father, Commissioner Gordon), and Brendan Fraser (as the villain, Firefly) all went down hard, per Variety, thanks to tax issues related to a merging of two companies.

Here’s a little of what we missed:

It’s neither here nor there, right?

Also among the exclusive club of films so bad they never aired is Don’s Plum, a 2001 black-and-white film that would have starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, who both refused to allow it to be released:

Looks…quirky?

Nothing Lasts Forever, a 1984 sci-fi comedy, was also bad enough to be scrapped, featuring Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd:

This appears even quirkier.

Then there was the 2013 film featuring Hollywood stars Christopher Walken and John Turturro as Greek gods Zeus and Hades respectively.

Sharon Stone and Alicia Silverstone were also featured in Gods Behaving Badly, which The Hollywood Reporter compared to a bad Saturday Night Live sketch.

Here’s some unreleased footage from that, as well as a snippet from the unreleased Big Bug Man starring Hollywood great Marlon Brando, among other failed films:

You know how it goes; you win some, you lose some.

[source:skynews]

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Johnny Depp’s Ex Had Some Very Unkind Things To Say About Him https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/04/johnny-depps-ex-had-some-very-unkind-things-to-say-about-him/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/04/johnny-depps-ex-had-some-very-unkind-things-to-say-about-him/#respond Thu, 04 Aug 2022 08:59:49 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625701 [imagesource: Samir Hussein / Getty Images]

Clearly, we are not talking about Kate Moss or Amber Heard here.

The model, who dated Depp from 1994 until 1997, testified during the recent defamation trial involving Heard and clarified that the actor never pushed her down a flight of stairs at a resort in Jamaica during their relationship.

What we’re learning this week, from the more than 6 000 pages of pretrial documents now unsealed and made public, is that a great deal was omitted from the highly publicised trial.

You’ll find a summary of the standout allegations here. For now, let’s focus on what Depp’s ex, Ellen Barkin, had to say about their time together via NewsAU:

[She] said a “world of violence” surrounds the actor, according to newly unsealed court documents…

Barkin testified in a videotaped deposition [below], which was played for jurors during the live-streamed defamation trial in Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia.

Image: Shawn Thew / POOL / AFP

However, some of her most damning statements were not admitted in trial.

Depp and Barkin dated briefly in 1997, with the relationship coming to an end when Depp abruptly stopped talking to her.

While the two were on set for the filming of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Barkin says she witnessed Depp throw a wine bottle across a room during an argument with friends.

That didn’t shock her because Depp is “a yeller. He is verbally abusive. And those things you can see.”

The actress described him as a “jealous man, controlling.”

Barkin said Depp was always inebriated or high. “He was drunk all the time,” she told lawyers for Depp and Heard, adding that he used cocaine, hallucinogens and marijuana in her presence.

That jealously was outlined by Barkin’s claims that Depp became enraged when she had a scratch on her back, claiming it must have come from having sex with another man.

Barkin did point out that Depp was very kind to her two children. However, he was disrespectful to people he saw as beneath him and Barkin claims he referred to his assistant as “pig” instead of using his real name.

As for the first time the two had sex, that’s quite a story. This via ET Online:

Barkin said that she and Depp were friends before their relationship became sexual, and she testified about the first time the actor expressed his interest in taking their platonic relationship in a physical direction.

Image: REX / Shutterstock

“He came on to me in the living room of my house, pulled me onto his lap and said something like, ‘Oh, come on Ellen,’ or whatever. I protested a little and then — not too much,” she stated. “And that was that.”

When asked to clarify her remarks about how she “protested,” Barkin said that Depp did not assault her, but claimed, “He gave me a Quaalude and asked me if I wanted to f**k.”

You’ve seen The Wolf Of Wall Street. You know about Quaaludes.

In the defamation trial, the jury awarded damages to both, although Depp’s $15 million ($10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million dollars in punitive damages) far outweighed Heard’s $2 million (compensatory damages, with no punitive damages).

Depp will not get that full $15 million amount, regardless of what happens with Heard’s appeal.

[sources:newsau&etonline]

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Apparently, Even Billionaires Take Out The Garbage And Grocery Shop https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/04/apparently-even-billionaires-take-out-the-garbage-and-grocery-shop/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/04/apparently-even-billionaires-take-out-the-garbage-and-grocery-shop/#respond Thu, 04 Aug 2022 08:25:01 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625708 [imagesource: Pixabay / Public Domain]

Okay, except for the Kardashians, as Kylie and Kris so shamelessly proved in episode seven of their family reality series airing on Hulu.

The mother and daughter duo absolutely freaked out about doing “normal” daily tasks, like grocery shopping, pumping gas, and getting a drive-thru car wash.

They’re clearly special. Watching Kendall attempt to cut cucumbers and Kylie take an alleged three-minute flight in her private jet is the extra proof in the pudding.

Meanwhile, in other million-dollar mega-mansions, the other world’s richest people have been found to actually do some daily tasks and household chores like taking out the garbage and grocery shopping, according to a Forbes survey.

I mean, the stats don’t exactly make you think that these billionaires are cut from humble pie, but at least they’re not blown away by the sight of a trolley.

The survey analysis suggests that the “day-to-day lives of billionaires look a whole lot more typical than many would expect”. Which is to say, rich people sometimes cook for themselves:

The poll of 65 of the richest people on Earth found that, while they could easily outsource, many billionaires still choose to do at least some household chores and other domestic tasks themselves.

Good for them.

Mind you, less than half the sample size do the tasks mentioned, so it is safe to say that billionaires mostly live that life of uber-luxury and convenience that many of us hamster-wheelers can only dream about.

Between 38% and 46% of billionaires take out the garbage, cook, and walk their dog, while less than 10% get down and dirty in the yard or with the laundry.

Here is a breakdown of the numbers:

  • 46% attend kids’ or grandkids’ sports games or performances
  • 40% cook
  • 40% walk the dog
  • 38% take out the garbage
  • 33% shop for groceries
  • 19% take the kids or grandkids to school
  • 10% do yardwork
  • 8% do laundry

Just so you don’t have to do the math, that means that 60% don’t cook, 62% don’t take out their garbage, and 92% don’t do laundry.

Somehow the survey missed washing the dishes as a thing to consider, which I reckon would be far more telling. Although:

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates–the world’s No. 2 and No. 4 richest people worth an estimated $146.8 billion and $105 billion, respectively–have both previously discussed their habits of washing the dishes every night. “Other people volunteer, but I like the way I do it,” Gates reasoned simply in a 2014 Reddit Q&A.

Running basic errands is also not included, even though real estate investor Charles Cohen (estimated $3,6 billion fortune) says doing chores is a way to relax outside of work:

“It’s funny you bring this up because I’m just driving back from Home Depot right now with some extra sprinklers and light bulbs,” Cohen said in a recent phone call.

“I like going out and doing stuff on my own.”

Cohen also enjoys grocery shopping and grilling as a “great way to break up the week” as well as to set an example for his children.

On the other side of the coin, Jeff Greene, another real estate mogul, says he is far too busy “running a multi-billion dollar business” and therefore is quite happy to hire people to run his home.

Yeah, fair enough. Always nice to have the option.

[source:forbes]

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Ukrainians Take A Novel Approach To Blowing Up Landmines [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/04/ukrainians-take-a-novel-approach-to-blowing-up-landmines-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/04/ukrainians-take-a-novel-approach-to-blowing-up-landmines-videos/#respond Thu, 04 Aug 2022 07:48:08 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625677 [imagesource: Twitter / @RALee85]

Today marks the 162nd day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

What was once a topic on the tip of everyone’s tongues has been somewhat relegated to an afterthought, at least for those who are not directly affected.

I notice the Ukraine flags are disappearing from Facebook profile pictures, too – always a solid indicator.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian soldiers and citizens continue to fight against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invading army, often with little to nothing at their disposal.

Hundreds of landmines have been left behind by retreating Russian soldiers, according to The Telegraph, “some of them hiding as booby-traps in homes, beaches and even left on human remains”.

This has led to novel approaches to detonation:

Usually, soldiers would use professional equipment including body armour and detectors to demine. But in its absence, Ukraine’s forces are getting creative.

Clips posted to social media sh

ow the soldiers using everyday objects to deactivate the explosives.

Bricks, sticks, and tyres – we’ve seen it all:

Along with the above ‘boer maak ‘n plan’ approach to landmine detonation, there have also been more traditional means employed:

A pint-size Jack Russell terrier has been credited with detecting more than 200 explosives and preventing their detonation since the start of the war on Feb 24 and has become a canine symbol of Ukrainian patriotism.

Image: SES of Ukraine / Newsflash

President Volodymyr Zelensky presented Ukraine’s famous mine sniffing dog Patron, or Bullet in English, and his owner with a medal in June to recognise their dedicated service.

The very, very good boy is given his favourite food, cheese, as well as belly rubs as a reward for his efforts.

Jack Russells are particularly adept at this task due to their strong sense of smell.

Putin is believed to own four dogs at present. I sincerely hope they chew his favourite slippers.

[source:tele]

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Forbes Is Raving About This Cape Ocean Safari https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/04/forbes-is-raving-about-this-cape-ocean-safari/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/04/forbes-is-raving-about-this-cape-ocean-safari/#respond Thu, 04 Aug 2022 07:11:57 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625657 [imagesource: Grootbos]

I always find a little tear making its way down my cheek after reading an internationally-renowned publication fall in love with South Africa.

It’s so vindicating and heart-warming, and even though I am not particularly patriotic, I feel immensely proud.

I am wiping that tear away after reading Forbes rave about our country, convincing their global readers that South Africa “stays in your soul” and is a trip – albeit a seriously sumptuous trip, according to how the writer did it – “every family should try to make”.

The article delved into two local gems, one on the whale coast and another at an inland world-class game reserve.

Three and a half hours out of Johannesburg, inside the privately managed Marakele National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, was the writer’s first luxury stay.

Image: SA-Venues

Marataba Mountain Lodge, the article glows, “delivers pristine, remote luxury” and an “intimate affair with only five glass-walled eco-suites tucked into the mountain’s edge”.

Image: SA-Venues

It boasts the usual safari shindig, with delicious locally-inspired cuisine, twice-a-day game drives with a guide that has an “encyclopedic grasp of life in the bush”.

Naturally, there are also sunset cocktails, stars for ages, and of course, a plethora of animal spottings.

We know, pure heaven.

Then the writer moved to the Cape for a sea safari of sorts, settling into the “heart of the Whale Coast” and an “opulent private villa” at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve.

Image: SA-Venues

The reserve, just two hours out of Cape Town, is home to one of the planet’s most diverse biomes, which National Geographic explores alongside Nashlin Groenwald, the assistant head guide at the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, arguing that here “plants are the stars of the show”:

Conservationist Michael Lutzeyer, Grootbos’s founder, has come up with a novel way to celebrate the reserve’s complexity. “We’ve been creating a Florilegium,” he tells me.

Image: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

One by one, botanical illustrators have been painting the plants that grow here, with the insects, birds and mice that pollinate them. Just downhill from Grootbos’s strikingly reimagined, carbon-negative Garden Lodge, a new gallery dedicated to this unique art collection is rapidly taking shape.

Image: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Opening later this year, the Hannarie Wenhold Botanical Gallery will be a space where occasional events such as creative workshops, talks and fynbos-infused gin tastings will pop up among the paintings.

That Nat Geo article is worth a read to understand more about how Grootbos has given the usual safari luxe an eco overhaul, protecting and honouring the fynbos-covered slopes while allowing tourists to enjoy watching whales give birth from the balcony.

Back to that Forbes article, which ends off with the writer becoming rather sentimental, quoting Wordsworth and calling South Africa the ideal place to make “your cellphone become irrelevant and your young adult children joyfully lose themselves in nature’s raw splendour”.

Yoh, we are lekker lucky to have all of this on our doorstep.

[sources:forbes&nationalgeographic]

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The Krugersdorp Gang Investigation Is Already Giving Off Warning Signs https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/04/the-krugersdorp-gang-investigation-is-already-giving-off-warning-signs/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/04/the-krugersdorp-gang-investigation-is-already-giving-off-warning-signs/#respond Thu, 04 Aug 2022 06:35:18 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625662 [imagesource: Shiraaz Mohamed]

Content warning: descriptions of sexual violence

Without rehashing the atrocities of what happened last Thursday at West Village in Krugersdorp in great detail, eight women were robbed and repeatedly gang raped while filming a music video.

It’s a story that has both shocked the nation and given us that familiar feeling of resignation, as we watch another investigation stagger and splutter in the early stages.

Yesterday, the case against 60 men who are charged with being illegally in the country was postponed, with an ID parade planned. The arrests were made during a police raid on illegal miners in the area, with some of the stolen items found in their possession.

Raids using a drone, helicopters, and intelligence were also carried out yesterday with illegal mining equipment destroyed

As things stand, no charges of sexual assault have been laid but it’s hoped the parade could link the men with the rapes.

Experts who spoke with News24 say that may be unlikely:

…there was a possibility the outstanding ID parade would have little success since the men linked to the rape were wearing balaclavas.

“I don’t think the ID parade is going to be very successful given the trauma of the victims and the fact that they were wearing balaclavas,” Professor Amanda Gouws from the department of political science at the University of Stellenbosch said.

“I think the victims are too traumatised. In this case, there was extreme violence involved, and victims need to be psychologically prepared through counselling.”

Despite more than 120 arrests around the West Village area, provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela told News24 that “there was no immediate link to any of the arrested suspects to the gang rape of the women”.

DNA testing has been put forward as the most likely way to identify those involved. In South Africa, that can be a notoriously slow procedure with a massive backlog at labs across the country.

Mawela did say that the DNA of 17 men will be tested for potential links, and those results would be prioritised. We heard similar statements regarding the cause of death investigation of the Enyobeni tavern tragedy, yet still, we wait.

The rape victims started counselling this week, reports City Press, and face a long road to recovery:

“His smell won’t go away. It’s all over my face and when I go to the bathroom, I can still smell them in my pee.”

This was what one of the eight women… told the counsellors when they started their session this week…

“I don’t know how to get rid of their smell, it’s too much. When I close my eyes, I can still see their faces, they have left a scar that will never heal.”

Meanwhile, our minister of police reckons one of the women “was lucky — if it is lucky” to be raped by just one man.

Sadly, this utter fool will never take his own advice and just shut up.

Women in this country will never know peace.

[sources:news24&citypress]

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Thursday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/04/thursday-morning-spice-584/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/04/thursday-morning-spice-584/#respond Thu, 04 Aug 2022 05:43:23 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625606 [imagesource:here]

Reddit Investors Baffled After Tech Company’s Stock Explodes 32,000% For No Reason – Shares in Hong Kong–based tech company AMTD soared from $7.80 to $2,555, and not even the company knows why. [vice]

Newly Minted Meme Stock Darling AMTD Slides After Eye-Popping Surge – It briefly took the Hong Kong-based fintech’s market value past that of Facebook-owner Meta Platforms. [reuters]

Igor ‘The Other Russian’ Russol’s Journey From Cape Town Underworld Power To Murder Conspiracy Accused – In 2012, Igor Russol spoke out about underworld killings and how these sparked battles in Cape Town. He was later arrested for extortion, his name subsequently cropped up in other court matters and he is now an accused in a murder conspiracy case. [dailymav]

China-Taiwan: Beijing Begins Biggest Military Drills Around Island – Taiwan says it amounts to a sea and air blockade while the US said the drills were irresponsible and could spiral out of control. [bbc]

Student Says ‘No Hard Feelings’ But Father Wants To Fight On – The Stellenbosch student whose property was urinated on by a drunk fellow student has said he did want to see accountability towards Theuns du Toit, who has since been expelled. [timeslive]

Eskom Rescue Plan Hits First Roadblock — Legal Action Against 3,000MW Gas Power Plant – South Africa’s plan to quickly add power to Eskom’s grid has run into its first barrier in the form court hearing initiated by climate activists. [mybb]

Walls Close In On Zuckerberg As Executives Desert Meta – Deep turmoil inside social media giant and brain drain at the top leave founder looking increasingly isolated. [tele]

Sandy Hook Family Attorney Exposes Alex Jones’ Dishonesty During Brutal Cross-Examination – Jones’ attorney had, in an apparent mishap, sent the opposing lawyer two years of cell phone records that included every text message Jones had sent. [cnn]

Sailor Survives For 16 Hours In Capsized Boat Off Spain – A 62-year-old Frenchman survived for 16 hours in an air bubble inside his capsized sailing boat in a rescue Spanish coastguard divers described as an operation “verging on the impossible”. [guardian]

Utah Wildfire Started By Man Who Said He Was Trying To Burn A Spider, Officials Say – The fire lit up 60 acres of a mountainside Monday in Springville, Utah, 50 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah fire officials said. [usatoday]

Biden Signs Executive Order Protecting Travel For Abortion – The order is the latest in a series of executive actions from the Biden administration since the constitutional right to an abortion was eliminated in June. [huffpost]

Celebrate National Shiraz Day The Right Way – The time to celebrate the mighty grape and all it gives us is now, with August hosting National Shiraz Day. [here]

Antony Gormley’s ‘Phallic’ Statue May Damage Our Reputation, Say Students – Imperial College Union motion says students should have been consulted on work, due to ‘obvious’ erect penis interpretation. [guardian]

How Transport Problems Cost Team SA A Medal Chance At Commonwealth Games – South African swimmers Michael Houlie, Andrew Ross, Guy Brooks and Clayton Jimmie were meant to start in the first of two heats in the men’s 4×100 medley relay. [sport24]

SA’s Simbine, Du Toit Claim Silver Medals At Commonwealth Games – South African sprinter Akani Simbine ran a time of 10.13 in the men’s 100m final to snatch the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Wednesday night. [ewn]

Saudi-Funded LIV Golf Rebels ‘Trying To Freeride’ Their Way Back Into PGA Tour Events – 11 LIV Golf players have taken legal action in the US to get their suspension from the North American golf tour lifted. [sky]

Chrissy Teigen Pregnant With John Legend Nearly Two Years After Baby Loss – “1 billion shots later (in the leg lately, as u can see!) we have another on the way,” Teigen wrote, alongside two photos of her bump. [newsau]

Beyoncé Edits Two Songs On Renaissance After Social Backlash – Once a track is changed and rereleased on streamers, that is the only version that will be in circulation beyond TikTok snippets and a handful of CDs and vinyl copies. [verge]

Newlywed Jennifer Lopez, 53, Showcases Her Toned Midriff In Black Cut Out Dress – She poses up a storm on a boat (before flashing her Spanx!) during stunning photoshoot in Capri. [dmail]

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Benefits Of VIP Status For Online Casino Gamers https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/04/benefits-of-vip-status-for-online-casino-gamers/ Thu, 04 Aug 2022 01:00:51 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=626118 In an online casino, VIP players generate a significant amount of money regularly and are subsequently rewarded through the dedicated VIP program for their continued patronage.

Players qualify for the VIP program when they reach a certain status within a casino. They become eligible for various benefits, including promotions, bonuses, free spins, and other special facilities. These benefits vary depending on the casino; they also help the VIP member in the live casino and make for an even more enjoyable gaming experience.

What is a VIP casino?

To put it another way, a “Casino VIP” is a private section or room on the website of an online casino that is reserved only for high rollers. It provides the player with various perks, including increased bonuses and unique opportunities.

Players that maintain a particular level of consistency in their gameplay will be eligible for the Very Important Person treatment due to the Casino VIP program. If we had to make a comparison, we could say that a VIP suite in a casino is similar to flying first class on a regular aircraft.

Some online casinos do not offer a VIP zone for high rollers, but the finest sites do. This piece will discuss the advantages of playing in a VIP casino. It is also important to note that VIP programs are in stages, and the more you progress, the higher the benefits you are eligible to enjoy; If you reach the 10th and last level of their programs, you can even win a Ferrari 488 GTB in some online casino.

Available without invitation

You can join this VIP club as soon as you make your first real-money bet. It might also be called a loyalty program, but it gives you access to different perks based on your status. When you make bets, you’ll get points. Usually, these kinds of programs have more than one level. You need to get a certain number of points to move on to the next level. More benefits will come your way as your level goes up.

The number of tiers and what they are called depends on the casino, as do the rewards for certain levels. You should be able to find out more about this on the casino’s official website.

How do you become a VIP in an online casino?

Gaming sites evaluating registered people are extremely democratic, with no celebrities or royalties. The players are treated to similar standards when logged in with their respective credentials. With one exception: individuals that have more money to invest in the game stand out among these without a doubt.

They receive special consideration, and many websites welcome them immediately by designating a high roller welcome bonus.

To access the online private rooms and join the list of casino VIPs, you don’t have to be a well-known musician or actress. Additionally, you could be a total stranger. What makes a player into a VIP is as follows:

  • Having a lot of money available to invest in the game
  • Making time to play all the time
  • Willingness to make a financial commitment

Benefits of becoming a VIP in an Online casino

There are many different kinds of perks for high rollers, and sometimes they can be gotten in person and online. Here are some of the benefits most people get:

Welcome bonuses and promotions for new players, like bonuses for high rollers, special promotions, and prizes.

Only VIP players can use special tournaments, slots, and tables. VIP online service includes personal and dedicated help, special deals, direct lines to call, and faster transactions.

In short, if you are a VIP at an online casino, you will be given white gloves and treated like a first-class player.

Conclusion

It is important to mention reward points. These points are awarded for bets that you place using actual money. The number of points you can earn increases with the amount of money you wager. The amount of money you need to bet to acquire a point depends on the casino.

 The same holds for the number of points you need to accumulate before you can use them. Loyalty points can typically be exchanged for cash or bonuses. The conversational pace also depends on your skill level.

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“They’re Shooting To Kill You” – Walking The Streets Of Some Of Cape Town’s Most Dangerous Neighbourhoods [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/03/theyre-shooting-to-kill-you-walking-the-streets-of-some-of-cape-towns-most-dangerous-neighbourhoods/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/03/theyre-shooting-to-kill-you-walking-the-streets-of-some-of-cape-towns-most-dangerous-neighbourhoods/#respond Wed, 03 Aug 2022 14:44:00 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625589 [imagesource: YouTube / Carte Blanche]

America may be the land of school shootings, but every day in this country sees a level of violence often likened to a war zone.

A recent spate of shootings in taverns across Soweto has highlighted the lawlessness and impunity with which criminals operate.

Manenberg has seen “all-out war” for months as gangs battle for control of the streets and videos of shootings in broad daylight are sadly all too common.

What is at the centre of all of this? Aside from a police force that has lost control, the scourge of illegal guns on South Africa’s streets plays a huge role.

Sunday’s episode of Carte Blanche digs a little deeper:

In the Cape Flats in the Western Cape, school children are often forced to run for cover during indiscriminate gun battles between rival gangs. But it’s not just gang wars causing concern…

Mass shootings are a growing problem throughout the country and, as our team discovers, illegal guns are at the centre of this crisis. This Sunday, Carte Blanche hits the streets in some of Cape Town’s most dangerous neighbourhoods.

In 2021, a number of robberies were reported at police stations around the country with firearms targeted. A single incident at Norwood police station in Jozi revealed the theft of 158 firearms.

It’s genuinely terrifying to see how little regard for life the gangsters featured below have.

[source:carteblanche]

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Celebrate National Shiraz Day The Right Way https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/03/celebrate-national-shiraz-day-the-right-way/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 14:40:29 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625572 [imagesource:here]

There’s so much in life that is worth celebrating but not enough of us make an event of it.

Like getting out of bed early on a cold, winter’s morning deserves a few glass clinks in the evening, right?

Going along with this celebratory momentum requires a proper acknowledgement of the good stuff that helps us raise a glass in the first place: wine.

The time to celebrate the grape and all it gives us is now, with August hosting National Shiraz Day. Jot it down now so you have the perfect excuse – August 21.

In all seriousness, one day is hardly enough to celebrate thoroughly. Because of this, some winemakers in the region are dedicating the entire month to not only shiraz but also a meal that pairs perfectly with it, venison.

Anthonij Rupert Wyne is going above and beyond by honouring red wine and tasty meat with a delectable pairing menu.

Salty, aromatic flavours and sweet, rich fattiness are naturally complemented by the typically bright acidity, bold fruitiness, and spiciness of Shiraz wines.

The delicious Shiraz & Venison lunch menu will allow you to enjoy three different shiraz wines paired with three tapas-sized venison dishes.

First up, you’ll be served cured Kudu carpaccio with parmesan and rocket, followed by slow braised venison ravioli in Italian brodo, and individually served venison and root vegetable pie.

Naturally, a sweet treat will be served at the end of the meal.

All of that will be paired to perfection with Protea Shiraz, Cape of Good Hope Riebeeksrivier Syrah, and Anthonij Rupert Syrah.

This special pairing is available at Anthonij Rupert Wyne’s Terra del Capo Antipasto Bar in Franschhoek from August 3 to August 31 at R495 per guest inclusive of gratuity.

Bookings are essential, with two lunch booking slots on each day (12PM and 1PM), so head here and lock in your spot.

After that, just make sure to arrive with an appetite and a celebratory attitude and let Anthonij Rupert Wyne handle the rest.

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Special ‘Hellfire’ Missiles Used To Take Out Al Qaeda Leader – Here’s How They Work https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/03/special-hellfire-missiles-used-to-take-out-al-qaeda-leader-heres-how-they-work/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/03/special-hellfire-missiles-used-to-take-out-al-qaeda-leader-heres-how-they-work/#respond Wed, 03 Aug 2022 13:45:07 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625469 [imagesource: Visual News / Getty Images]

In the years since the death of Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri (above right) rose through the ranks to become al Qaeda’s leader.

Somebody else will need to fill that role now, because roughly an hour after sunrise on Sunday (July 31) al-Zawahiri was taken out by two missiles while standing on the balcony of his downtown Kabul compound.

Previous missile strikes aimed at taking out America’s top terror targets have caused civilian deaths, including children, in recent years. This time, though, the 71-year-old was killed but his family were left unscathed.

That’s due in large part to the type of missile used, drone-fired Hellfires, which are “a type of air-to-surface missile” that’s becoming increasingly popular.

Over to the BBC:

The missile can be fired from a variety of platforms, including helicopters, ground vehicles, ships and fixed wing aircraft – or, in Zawahiri’s case, from an unmanned drone…

When a missile is launched from a drone, a weapons operator – sometimes sitting in an air-conditioned control room as far away as the continental US – sees a live video stream of the target, which the drone’s camera sensors feed back via satellite.

Image: BBC

Using a set of “targeting brackets” on the screen, the camera operator is then able to “lock up” the target and point a laser at it. Once the missile is fired, it follows the path of that laser until striking the target.

The R9X Hellfire variant, which is being reported as the exact type used but has not been confirmed by authorities, is also known as the “Ninja” or “Flying Ginsu” missile.

Before a strike like this is signed off from higher up, a number of boxes need to be ticked. Consider this, via PBS:

Confirming al-Zawahri’s identity, devising a strike in a crowded city that wouldn’t recklessly endanger civilians, and ensuring the operation wouldn’t set back other U.S. priorities took months to fall into place.

Image: BBC

That effort involved independent teams of analysts reaching similar conclusions about the probability of al-Zawahri’s presence, the scale mock-up and engineering studies of the building to evaluate the risk to people nearby, and the unanimous recommendation of Biden’s advisers to go ahead with the strike…

When he was satisfied the operation would be a success, Biden gave the go-ahead for a “tailored airstrike”. This was designed so that the missiles would only destroy the compound’s balcony (pictured above), with the rest of the house largely undamaged.

The Hellfire missile may be precise but it’s still a brutal way to meet your demise. Below from CBS:

The R9X Hellfire has six blades that rotate at high speed and deploy before impact — instead of conventional warhead explosives, according to Janes, a defense intelligence provider. The missile pierces and cuts its target, rather than blowing it up…

Hellfire missiles are air-to-surface missiles initially designed for anti-armor strikes, but later versions have been used for precision drone strikes. The arms manufacturer Lockheed Martin developed the missiles with the name “Heliborne, Laser, Fire, and Forget Missile,” which evolved into the Hellfire missile, as it is now known.

Reporter Jay Hancock shared this image showing the blades:

US intelligence officials, working with sources in Afghanistan, had figured out via extensive surveillance that al-Zawahiri regularly walked on his balcony in the morning.

Those walks have now come to an abrupt end.

[sources:bbc&pbs&cbs]

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That Guy Who Threw Away R3 Billion Worth Of Bitcoin Has A New Plan https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/03/that-guy-who-threw-away-r3-billion-worth-of-bitcoin-has-a-new-plan/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/03/that-guy-who-threw-away-r3-billion-worth-of-bitcoin-has-a-new-plan/#respond Wed, 03 Aug 2022 13:20:59 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625565 [imagesource: Wales News Service]

It’s tough not to feel sorry for James Howells.

Back in 2009, he snuck in super early and amassed around 8 000 Bitcoin. At the time, the cryptocurrency was worth next to nothing, and he only stopped after his “girlfriend, fed up with the noise of block-mining hardware, made him”.

The British IT worker sold most of his equipment for scrap after he spilt lemonade on it, while the hard drive containing the key to his digital wallet sat in a drawer for more than three years.

Then, in a brainfart he would come to greatly regret, he accidentally threw it away, reports The Guardian:

Howells discarded the hardware from an old laptop in 2013 during an office clearout and now believes it is sitting in a rubbish dump in Newport, south Wales.

Today, a single Bitcoin is worth around R380 000. Multiply that by 8 000 and you get a figure hovering around the R3 billion mark.

Over the years, he has repeatedly appealed to the Newport city council for help in recovering the hard drive. He even went as far as to offer the council a 25% share if workers could locate it.

Time and time again, the council has denied his requests and cited environmental concerns as the chief reason. To counter this, Howell is now proposing a search involving a hi-tech scheme backed by hedge fund money from Germany and Switzerland.

All in all, the 36-year-old reckons the search will cost around £10 million and should take between nine and 12 months:

His new proposal would utilise AI technology to operate a mechanical arm that would filter the rubbish, before then being picked by hand at a pop-up facility near the landfill site.

Image: UIG via Getty Images

Under the plans he will hire a number of environmental and data recovery experts, and while the search is ongoing employ robot dogs as security so no one else can try to steal the elusive hard drive.

We’ve seen Boston Dynamics’ famous dancing robodog Spot pull off all sorts of moves. Security should be a walk in the park.

To allay council concerns, Howells says the retrieval project also has an environmental team on board.

I feel for the guy, I really do, but the council appears unlikely to budge. Below from The Telegraph:

A spokesperson for Newport City Council said: “Newport City Council has been contacted a number of times since 2014 about the possibility of retrieving a piece of IT hardware said to contain Bitcoins.”

…”Even if we were able to agree to his request, there is the question of who would meet the cost if the hard drive was not found or was damaged to such an extent that the data could not be recovered.”

“We have, therefore, been clear that we cannot assist him in this matter.”

Howells also offered to give 10% of the proceeds to turn Newport into a cryptocurrency hub, which would involve giving £50 worth of Bitcoin to every person in the city and installing crypto-based terminals in all shops.

Something tells me he isn’t going to give up just yet. I wouldn’t, either – how can you sleep at night knowing you tossed away your chance at being filthy, stinkin’ rich?

[sources:guardian&telegraph]

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Elton John On Michael Jackson: “A Disturbing Person To Be Around” https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/03/elton-john-on-michael-jackson-a-disturbing-person-to-be-around/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/03/elton-john-on-michael-jackson-a-disturbing-person-to-be-around/#respond Wed, 03 Aug 2022 12:50:37 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625607 [imagesource:here]

Plenty of stories about Michael Jackson point to how troubled the late pop star was.

Leaving Neverland, the documentary about a large portion of his life spent allegedly sexually abusing minors, is among the worst of them, with snippets of alleged sordid secrets coming from his former ‘maid’ filling in a few gaps.

Now, Sir Elton John’s new autobiography, Me: Elton John, contains some revelations about his late pal, noted Woman’s Health.

Although John doesn’t exactly delve into the Leaving Neverland theme, he does allude to Jackson’s particular obsession with children, writing, “For whatever reason, he couldn’t seem to cope with adult company at all.”

Another part of the book has John opening up about his fellow musician and his struggle with addiction, comparing the ‘King of Pop’ to the ‘King of Rock and Roll’ Elvis Presley.

Here’s Rock Celebrities:

“I’d known Michael since he was 13 or 14. He was just the most adorable kid you could imagine. But at some point in the intervening years, he started sequestering himself away from the world and reality, the way Elvis Presley did.

Image: BEI / REX / Shutterstock

 God knows what was going on in his head and what prescription drugs he was being pumped full of, but every time I saw him in his later years, I came away thinking that the poor guy had lost his marbles.

I don’t mean that in a lighthearted way. He was genuinely mentally ill, a disturbing person to be around.”

The difference between describing someone as crazy and funny is miles apart from calling someone “genuinely mentally ill”.

John must have sensed the instability under the surface, feeling perturbed by him, which is not at all surprising considering Jackson’s controversial behaviour.

John’s other revelations pick apart his feud with Tina Turner, his relationship with Queen Elizabeth, and the time he criticised Bob Dylan’s fashion sense.

There’s also a moment when he described his special friendship with Princess Diana, as well as a dinner party at which Sylvester Stallone and Richard Gere almost fought over winning her affections.

[sources:womanshealth&rockcelebrities]

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SPL!NG Movie Review: The Gray Man https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/03/spling-movie-review-the-gray-man/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/03/spling-movie-review-the-gray-man/#respond Wed, 03 Aug 2022 12:20:28 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625625 Watch movies via Labia Home Screen*.

The Gray Man is an action thriller from Anthony and Joe Russo starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Billy Bob Thornton and Ana de Armas. Unfortunately, while the title speaks to the character’s shadowy blend-into-a-crowd ability, it’s more of an indictment on just how indistinguishable the actioner is based on its many influences. It’s as if some of the best elements from the most popular action franchises in recent memory were put through a meat grinder and sculpted into a statue of Nicolas Cage.

The Gray Man’s something borrowed, something blue script finds its sixpence in Six who wears size 11. In Hollywood, it’s not unusual for an anonymous skilled CIA operative to go rogue… what does narrow the playing field is having that self-same agent pursued across the globe by a psychotic colleague and his crew of assassins.

Anthony and Joe Russo are no slouches, responsible for Captain America: Civil War followed by Avengers: Infinity Game, Avengers: Endgame and more recently Cherry. Known for curating big ensemble superhero films for Marvel, they know how to wield sharp casts… doing this to a lesser degree with the stellar line-up in The Gray Man. Starting out with Welcome to Collinwood and You, Me and Dupree, they made a name for themselves as TV comedy series directors before converting all things comic into the pulpy action-adventure of Marvel.

They’ve taken a great deal of this explosive, over-the-top and playful superhero energy into The Gray Man. Dialing back the visual effects to planet earth, this equally colourful action thriller is much more grounded, keeping its action within the realm of possibility. Taking notes from the Daniel Craig Bond era and the Matt Damon led Bourne saga, the filmmakers want their hero to stop just short of supernatural. Choreographing grand action set pieces to match these sleek influences, The Gray Man is clearly wanting to stay around for a while with sequels already announced.

Yet, as exhilarating as the action gets, it’s always served up with style… John Wick style. Much like Keanu Reeves, fellow Canadian Ryan Gosling has shown that his acting can be fairly selective. If being cast as Ken in the forthcoming Barbie movie wasn’t enough of a clue, Gosling’s robotic turn as K in Blade Runner 2049 shows that he tends to perform better in bursts with more seething, stylish and concept-driven elements. The Gray Man borrows much of what makes John Wick such an elegant actioner, offering its own version of “gun ballet” with an equally cold dime-a-dozen approach to henchmen.

To get the party started, the Russo brothers offer a serving suggestion and give audiences a number of clues about The Gray Man’s tone, tipping the hat to Lord of War and Con Air with a Face/Off level rivalry between Gosling and Evans. The flamboyance, cheesy one-liners and underlying nuttiness scream Nicolas Cage, who would have been a good choice for The Gray Man in his heyday. Coasting on Cage’s renaissance on the back of films like Pig and The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, it’s as if the filmmakers tried to adapt the actor’s essence into a film.

the gray man

“I’m Six but some call me The Gray Man.”

To understand this slant is to get what The Gray Man is all about. This movie is about blistering action and pure popcorn entertainment. There are a few moments that call for acting but it’s informed by the film’s stoic low-key bravado and magpie appetite for flashiness. Chris Evans sports a trash ‘tache to underscore his nose and the film’s bendy comic lashings, going for outlandish and violent fun over The Professional level artistry. It’s no secret, The Gray Man is all about style and oozing cool over establishing serious dramatic substance.

In a time when cranking it up to overdrive offers a bit of distance from the creeping darkness, it’s actually a welcome bit of escapism. While it levitates at times to the point of being ridiculous, it’s brought back to earth by a dose of hard reality missing from many other action vehicles. As hard to kill as Six is, he takes a real beating, accumulating scrapes, cuts and the odd bullet along the way. It’s refreshing to see him react to pain and not parade about completely invincible – attempting to keep some perspective when in all the visual decadence and swagger.

The Gray Man deserves the biggest screen and best sound you can muster. It really is all about the sound and lights, generating some Nic Cage fun and powwow action through its sparkly cast but not really amounting to much more than a stylish bullet-riddled showdown. It’d probably get more credit if it didn’t have such a rehashed Build-A-Bear feel but does just enough for you to consider watching whatever they serve up in the sequel.

The bottom line: Amusing

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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James Webb Space Telescope Sheds New Light On Incredible Cartwheel Galaxy [Images] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/03/james-webb-space-telescope-sheds-new-light-on-incredible-cartwheel-galaxy-images/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/03/james-webb-space-telescope-sheds-new-light-on-incredible-cartwheel-galaxy-images/#respond Wed, 03 Aug 2022 11:50:37 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625485 [imagesource: 24k-Production / Shutterstock]

Ready to feel positively infinitesimal again?

Simply reading all the spacey words that NASA strings together is enough to wow me. Add in an image from the miraculous James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and the mind does a few cartwheels, for sure.

Speaking of which, the JWST has peered into deep space again with its infrared gaze and discovered all the “stellar gymnastics in The Cartwheel Galaxy” as NASA puts it.

This spectacular galaxy formed when a large spiral galaxy and a smaller one collided, reported Engadget, forming two rings of hot dust and stars. This caused the rings to expand, like ripples in the water after a stone has been thrown in.

The outer ring has been expanding for about 440 million years – I know, my jaw dropped, too.

In the centre is a black hole, but that doesn’t mean that ‘life’ isn’t raging all around it.

The brightest areas host gigantic young star clusters, and the outer ring, meanwhile, features star formation and supernovas – which upon expanding and hitting surrounding gas, form stars.

Behold:

Image: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI

All the blue dots are individual stars or pockets of star formation.

The rare sight sits about 500 million light-years away in the Sculptor constellation, and Webb’s image of it provides a new view of how it has changed over billions of years:

Other telescopes, including the Hubble Space Telescope, have previously examined the Cartwheel. But the dramatic galaxy has been shrouded in mystery – perhaps literally, given the amount of dust that obscures the view.

Webb, with its ability to detect infrared light, now uncovers new insights into the nature of the Cartwheel.

The Cartwheel Galaxy was presumably a normal spiral galaxy like the Milky Way before its collision, but it will continue to transform, which the Webb telescope is eager to track.

[sources:engadget&nasa]

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Burning Man 2022’s Mutant Vehicles Are Going To Be Insane [Images] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/03/burning-man-2022s-mutant-vehicles-are-going-to-be-insane-images/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/03/burning-man-2022s-mutant-vehicles-are-going-to-be-insane-images/#respond Wed, 03 Aug 2022 11:15:15 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625525 [imagesource: Scott London]

On August 28, thousands of revellers (some estimate 80 000) will descend on the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for Burning Man 2022.

They’ll return home by September 5 and annoy the hell out of everyone they speak to regarding their “life-changing” and “transformative” experience.

Days later, all will be back to normal.

I joke because Burning Man and our own AfrikaBurn are a very good time, with the scale of the former hard to fathom.

This year’s theme is ‘Waking Dreams’, billed as “a chance to explore the transformative power of dreams, both literal and figurative”.

Vehicles are banned in Black Rock City so those who wish to bring along a Mutant Vehicle (defined as “a unique, motorised creation that either shows little or no resemblance to their original form or to any standard street vehicle or is out of context from its normal setting”) must register with Burning Man’s Department of Mutant Vehicles.

Organisers say they have received 829 applications for Mutant Vehicles, far more than in any other year, and great things are expected.

Forbes spoke with numerous vehicle designers and photographers about what to expect.

Photographer Scott London:

 “After sitting out for a couple of years because of the pandemic, there’s a lot of pent-up creative energy in the Burning Man community. Many of us are itchy and impatient to return to the desert. This is reflected in a large number of new art projects in the works, including many mutant vehicles that will debut at Burning Man 2022.”

Image: Keith London

“One art car project I’m especially excited about is the Y Knot Saloon created by Sean Orlando and his team at Engineered Artworks. It’s a saloon on wheels meant to evoke the 19th-century wild west.”

Image: Keith London

Photographer Alexandra Lier has published multiple books on the subject, including The World’s Fastest Place and Mutant Vehicles.

She says this year will be “special”:

“It hasn’t taken place for two years now, and all the artists and mutant vehicle builders are full of energy and want to bring their new or old works. I am really looking forward to it. For me, Burning Man is the biggest outdoor art festival in the world, and I celebrate that. I think the atmosphere will be special after such a long time. I’m also looking forward to seeing my friends again.”

Multiple designers and artists echoed that sentiment and promised big things are coming to the playa.

Along with all of the new designs, some old familiar Mutant Vehicles are likely to make an appearance.

Let’s run through some of those classics from years gone by.

The Monaco – Image: Scott London

Shark Car – Image: Scott London

The Rhino Redemption – Image: Scott London

Icarus the interstellar dance party spaceship – Image: Scott London

Epiffany & Co. – Image: Scott London

The Prodigal Swan – Image: Alexander Lier

Elektra – Image: Sean Orlando

Designer Duane Flatmo, who is famous for his El Pulpo Mecanico octopus vehicle design, says he plans to unveil a massive new surprise this year that is “sure to thrill everyone”.

Good luck to anybody venturing over to the US to attend. Let your freak flag fly

[source:forbes]

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‘Lost Ollie’ Gives Off Serious ‘Toy Story’ Vibes [Trailer] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/03/lost-ollie-gives-off-serious-toy-story-vibes-trailer/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/03/lost-ollie-gives-off-serious-toy-story-vibes-trailer/#respond Wed, 03 Aug 2022 09:30:10 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625539 [imagesource: Netflix]

Netflix’s upcoming limited series about a lost toy who braves the many dangers of childhood during an epic adventure to reunite with the boy who lost him sounds strikingly similar to another toy-filled story.

Toy Story, yes, that’s the one.

Indeed, Lost Ollie, inspired by the book Ollie’s Odyssey by author and illustrator William Joyce, touches on that classic tight bond between a toy and its human.

Except Lost Ollie will be bleaker, according to Collider, noting the protagonist who looks and sounds a little melancholic, too.

We’re also in for more of a visual spectacle with the excellent blend of CGI and stop-motion animation that brings Ollie and his toy friends to life.

Here’s a sneak peek:

According to animation veteran and series creator Shannon Tindle, the emotionally-wrenching family series is “an opportunity” to subvert the classic children’s tale, reported Entertainment Weekly:

“It was an opportunity rather than an obstacle to have people imagine that this is something more akin to Toy Story, and maybe even Homeward Bound. That way, we could continue to surprise them because the tone has a wide range. Here’s the setup, here’s the big adventure, here’s the fun in episode 1. We continue that quest in episode 2. And then we start to gut punch you a little bit with things that happen to Ollie.”

The voiceover artists include Mary J Blige, Jonathan Groff, and Tim Blake Nelson, with Gina Rodriguez and Jake Johnson in starring roles as mommy and daddy.

Lost Ollie is coming to Netflix with four episodes from August 24.

Make sure you have enough tissues stocked up.

[sources:collider&ew]

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Remember ‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli? He’s Really Embarrassing Himself These Days https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/03/remember-pharma-bro-martin-shkreli-hes-really-embarrassing-himself-these-days/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/03/remember-pharma-bro-martin-shkreli-hes-really-embarrassing-himself-these-days/#respond Wed, 03 Aug 2022 08:55:05 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625496 [imagesource: Drew Angerer / Getty Images]

Martin Shkreli may not be known as the most hated man on the internet (that ‘honour’ belongs to Hunter Moore), but he’s certainly not well-loved.

In 2015, he was arrested for securities and wire fraud which involved hiking the price of a life-saving drug by 4 000%.

He was found guilty and sentenced to seven years in jail, earning himself the nickname ‘Pharma Bro’ for his behaviour in the lead-up to his trial.

Shkreli was released from prison in May and has been vocal about his planned business ventures ever since. He won’t be involved in the pharmaceutical industry due to a lifetime ban.

He will, however, talk utter garbage about his IQ, reports The Daily Beast:

Shkreli took an IQ test live on Monday night and claims to have scored a 129—a respectable showing, but less than his previous boast of 150.

Image: Amr Alfiky / Reuters

But according to a person claiming to be Shkreli’s spokesperson, that’s only half the story… a person identifying themselves as Taylor Warfield and purporting to be Shkreli’s director of communications claimed that he had scored 129 on the “first half” of the test, and that his final score was 258.

According to Healthline, most people (about 68 percent) have an IQ between 85 and 115 and the average US IQ is 98.

Albert Einstein and Professor Stephen Hawking are rumoured to have had IQs of around 160.

You can see where we’re going with this:

Not only did Shkreli himself acknowledge that his score was 129 on the livestream, calling it a “perfectly good score,” but a score of 258 would be one of the highest ever recorded—higher even than the Guinness Book of World Records record-holder before the anthology stopped including IQ in 1990.

Shkreli later said via Twitter direct message that he had scored 258 – or rather, he said “129*2 = a lot, like 300ish” in a clear effort to troll.

Prison must have really wisened him up. During his time in jail, he sent a letter stating he had an IQ of 150 and “no overt psychological issues”.

He’s apparently also using a public Google Sheets titled ‘Date Martin Shkreli’ to set up dates with prospective female partners, reports The Daily Dot.

There’s clearly a high degree of trolling here from a person who has thoroughly enjoyed doing so in past years. Still, to normal, well-adjusted humans, his behaviour is pretty damn embarrassing.

[sources:dbeast&healthline]

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A Great Example Of How Not To Tow A Giant Plane [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/03/a-great-example-of-how-not-to-tow-a-giant-plane-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/03/a-great-example-of-how-not-to-tow-a-giant-plane-video/#respond Wed, 03 Aug 2022 08:24:32 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625514 [imagesource: Envato Elements / Chalabala]

Towing a massive aircraft from gate to gate or from storage to the taxiing areas is no easy feat.

Airports make use of those nifty little truck cabs, called tugs, that have to manoeuvre very carefully and skillfully to get the giant plane in its place.

For one tug at the LaGuardia Airport in Queens, New York City on Tuesday, the task proved beyond it.

Videos shared on social media show how the driver manoeuvred poorly, sending the Boeing 737-800 into a momentum that landed up squashing the tug.

The first video shows the tug driver towing the plane into a jackknife after making a sharp right turn, and the second shows the aftermath of the tug pinned down and completely compressed.

This is how not to tug-two a plan, ya’ll:

“The 91,000-pound plane had enough momentum to snap the tow bar like a twig,” wrote The Drive, but instead it just pulped the tug:

An airport official stated that there were “no reported injuries to team members [but] as a precautionary measure, one team member was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.”

American Airlines also confirmed that the plane was empty at the time and was being moved from a hangar to the gate for a departure.

The plane was swapped out after the accident and sent to get inspected and repaired.

LaGuardia officials confirmed that the incident didn’t impact operations.

[source:drive]

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The US Comes For Putin’s Alleged Mistress https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/03/the-us-comes-for-putins-alleged-mistress/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/03/the-us-comes-for-putins-alleged-mistress/#respond Wed, 03 Aug 2022 07:16:33 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625451 [imagesource: Sergei Chirikov / AFP via Getty Images]

The UK, EU, and the US have slapped sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s fellow cronies and close political buddies, and even his two adult daughters, Katerina Vladimirovna Tikhonova and Maria Vladimirovna Vorontsova.

But what about Putin’s alleged mistress, who may possibly still be holed up in a luxury bunker while the war in Ukraine rages on?

Alina Maratovna Kabaeva, 39, has already been sanctioned by the UK and EU, the latter putting in place travel and asset restrictions against her in June, noted The New York Post.

Despite the slew of punitive measures taken against the Kremlin in response to the invasion of Ukraine, US sanctioning has been slow on the uptake of Putin’s alleged gal pal.

The US was considering sanctioning her in April, but was concerned that such a move would “inflame tensions given her close proximity to Putin,” CNN reported.

Yesterday, the Treasury Department finally announced their imposition, freezing Kabaeva’s visa and arresting some of her property.

Image: The Sun

Kabaeva supposedly has four – potentially a fifth, although that has not been independently verified – children with Putin, which the Treasury officials note as a “close relationship with Putin”. She is also the “head of a pro-Kremlin empire of television, radio, and print organizations”.

Additionally, she is a former member of the State Duma, which is part of the Federal Assembly of Russia.

Besides being Putin’s lover (allegedly since 2008), she was also nabbed “for being or having been a leader, official, senior executive officer, or member of the board of directors of the Government of the Russian Federation”:

“As innocent people suffer from Russia’s illegal war of aggression, Putin’s allies have enriched themselves and funded opulent lifestyles,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a statement.

“The Treasury Department will use every tool at our disposal to make sure that Russian elites and the Kremlin’s enablers are held accountable for their complicity in a war that has cost countless lives.”

Critics of the Russian elite, including Russian rights activist Alexei Navalny, have been actively calling out Kabaeva, arguing that she deserves to be sanctioned because she “accused West commentary of the February 24 invasion of pushing a disinformation campaign”.

Meanwhile, Andrey Grigoryevich Guryev, a wealthy oligarch who owns the second largest property in London after Buckingham Palace, the 25-bedroom Witanhurst estate, has also been slapped with sanctions.

His son was also targeted and his $120 million yacht, the Alfa Nero, was blocked.

Who knows if these financial penalties are actually felt by Putin and his cronies, all of whom seem to have terribly deep pockets?

[sources:cnn&nypost]

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Ramaphosa’s Energy Plan Has One Glaring Problem https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/03/ramaphosas-energy-plan-has-one-glaring-problem/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/03/ramaphosas-energy-plan-has-one-glaring-problem/#respond Wed, 03 Aug 2022 06:35:05 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625456 [imagesource: Gallo Images /Sowetan / Sebabatso Mosamo]

Every time I hear the opening words of a Formula One race – “it’s lights out and away we go” – I think of that moment load shedding hits.

It’s a few minutes late, maybe it’s going to miss me this time and bang, nope, there’s the darkness.

As an aside, still no news on the South African Grand Prix front. Should we be worried?

Anyway, let’s talk about the action plan President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced to address our growing and long-running energy crisis.

It’s been 11 days since load shedding (EDIT – scratch that, here we go again) but the alarm rang yesterday as Eskom warned that stage two could be implemented over the next few days.

You can read through the ins and outs of the plan here, but let’s focus on one glaring issue that The Daily Maverick has pointed out:

…Ramaphosa’s energy plan, which embraces the private sector in resolving South Africa’s perennial electricity crisis, is set to add nearly 2,000 megawatts (MW) over the next three months, which is not enough to make a dent in or alleviate crippling bouts of Eskom power cuts.

At worst, Eskom faces a shortage of up to 6,000MW of electricity as many of its creaking power stations are susceptible to breakdowns…

Image: Twitter / @chrisyelland

Most of the energy interventions proposed by Ramaphosa are likely to start making a dent in rolling blackouts by 2023, implying that they are here to stay for another 12 months.

Fear not, those who recently forked out on a home UPS or generator. Looks like it’s still money well spent.

The plan, which involves deregulating large parts of the energy sector and relying on the private sector to help out, is likely to add somewhere around 1 950MW in the short term. When things really go wrong at Eskom, that’s around 4 000MW short of what’s needed to avoid higher stages of load shedding.

Essentially, there is no quick fix and we are playing the long game, with 2023 labelled a possible “game-changer year in terms of energy generation”.

There’s also the small matter of financing the energy plan. Open up your wallets, says BusinessTech:

[Eskom chief financial officer Calib] Cassim said that key points of Ramaphosa’s new plan require Eskom to do more maintenance while also increasing its sourcing of power from outside the company – both of which need money…

In a consultation document published by Nersa this week, the energy regulator outlined Eskom’s most recent application for tariff hikes for the 2023/24 financial year. The document includes a projected tariff calculation showing a 38% hike next year, which Nersa said could be a possible outcome if Eskom’s wishes are granted.

As recently reported, if Eskom’s new proposed tariff hike is implemented it will be households using the least electricity that are the hardest hit.

The cost of just being connected to Eskom’s grid could rise from R218 to R938 before a single unit of electricity is used.

We should point out that Nersa doesn’t simply roll over when it comes to Eskom’s proposals so the hike may not be as steep as those figures above.

Even if it falls well short of a 38% hike, households across the country (aside from the ones our ministers live in) are going to feel the pinch.

[sources:dailymav&bustech]

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Wednesday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/03/wednesday-morning-spice-585/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/03/wednesday-morning-spice-585/#respond Wed, 03 Aug 2022 05:43:33 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625416 [imagesource: Kevin Mazur / MTV 145 / Wire Image / Getty Images]

Celebrities Use Private Jets Excessively. It’s A Climate Nightmare – Popular celebrities are no strangers to being at the top of rankings. But several big names recently found themselves featured on a new list: “Celebs with the Worst Private Jet Co2 Emissions.” [washpost]

Ayman Al-Zawahiri: US Warns Of Possible Retaliation Over Al-Qaeda Death – His death could prompt al-Qaeda supporters or other linked terror groups to target US facilities and personnel, said the state department. [bbc]

An American Dentist And Big-Game Hunter Is Found Guilty Of Killing His Wife On Their African Safari – Rudolph cashed in more than $4.8 million in life insurance payments after her death almost six years ago. Rudolph has maintained his innocence and said he believes the gun fired accidentally. [cnn]

Nelson Mandela Bay Drought ‘Could Last Another Six Years’, Says Weather Expert – With no significant rain predicted for the drought-stricken Nelson Mandela Bay in the next few weeks, weatherman Garth Sampson said the drought could, in theory, continue for another six years. [dailymav]

The Best And Worst Airlines For Flight Cancellations – Passengers flying with Virgin Australia and Dutch carrier KLM are suffering some of the biggest disruptions to travel as the understaffed aviation industry struggles to cope with a resurgence in demand. [moneyweb]

Twitter Is Dragging Elon Musk’s Billionaire Friends Into Its $44 Billion Legal Battle With A Flurry Of Subpoenas – One of Musk’s associates called the legal requests a “giant harassing fishing expedition.” [businsider]

The Mystery Behind The Brazen Execution Of A Microsoft Boss – After a messy first marriage, Jared Bridegan settled down with a new family. Then it was all snatched away. [dbeast]

China Vows ‘Targeted Military Action’ As Nancy Pelosi Arrives In Taiwan – Island on high alert as US House of Representatives speaker becomes the highest-profile American official to visit in 25 years. [tele]

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Car Owners In South Africa Facing A Perfect Storm – The buzzword within the automotive industry right now is fuel, says George Mienie, the chief executive officer of AutoTrader, a vehicle market in South Africa. [bustech]

Piers Morgan, Ex-PM David Cameron Among New Group Of Brits Banned By Russia – The new travel bans which come amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, add to those already imposed upon over 200 other Brits including disgraced PM Boris Johnson. [deadline]

Sensational Van Niekerk Claims Another Gold, Le Clos Can’t Make Commonwealth History – Swimming in lane 4, Van Niekerk powered to the lead and kept her consistency to come home ahead of 200m gold medallist and fellow South African Tatjana Schoenmaker, who took silver. [sport24]

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Lewis Hamilton Takes Ownership Share In NFL’s Denver Broncos – The Walton-Penner group agreed to buy the team from the Patrick D Bowlen Trust last month for a reported £3.81bn ($4.65bn) in the most expensive deal for a sports franchise in the world. [guardian]

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Batgirl: DC Comics Film Shelved By Warner Bros After Poor Reviews In Test Screenings – The movie, which reportedly cost up to $100m (£82m) to make, ranks among the most expensive films to have been pulled while in post-production. [sky]

Amber Heard Sells California Desert House As $8m Johnny Depp Debt Looms – The home was bought by a New Jersey-based Rickard and Carol-Jeanette Jorgensen, who also own property in Nevada and are founders of Jorgensen & Company. [newsau]

‘My Phone Imploded… I Said Coleen, What The F*** Is This?’ – Rebekah Vardy reveals moment she confronted Rooney over Wagatha Christie post – but says if she bumped into WAG in street she would take her for coffee as she has ‘no bad feelings’. [dmail]

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SA Team Disqualified From CrossFit Games After Failed Drug Test https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/02/sa-team-disqualified-from-crossfit-games-after-failed-drug-test/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/02/sa-team-disqualified-from-crossfit-games-after-failed-drug-test/#respond Tue, 02 Aug 2022 13:55:50 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625410 [imagesource: Instagram / Pieter Smith]

You don’t need to have done it to know that CrossFit is intense.

The community alone, who are wildly loyal to the sport, prove that point.

Aside from the regular shvitzing, the current drama in the South African CrossFit community is making okes sweat even more profusely.

A South African team member tested positive for an illegal substance ahead of being invited to compete in the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games.

The CrossFit Tijger Valley Unit finished second at the Fittest in Cape Town semi-final competition held recently, which meant they were not going to continue on to the main competition.

However, the first place winner, Lize Burns from CrossFit Commit Okavango, tested positive for a banned substance, getting her team disqualified, reported BoxRox.

That made CrossFit HQ turn to the second-placed team to fill the spot, except Pieter Smith (pictured up top) was not expecting that at all.

Smith had taken RAD140 – more commonly known as Testolone, which mimics the activity of testosterone in the body – and thus failed the drug test that, had he passed, would have helped his team be the lone African representatives in the upcoming competition.

He made a heartfelt apology for this misstep on Instagram:

 

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South America is also dealing with a drug test crisis, only sending one team instead of two after the first, second, third, fourth, and sixth-placed teams all failed drug tests. Only the fifth-placed team was invited to compete.

The Morning Chalk Up mentioned that these gaps are largely due to CrossFit “not following the established protocols for testing further down the roster in the event that a team or individual fails a drug test”.

[sources:boxrox&morningchalkup]

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Bombshell Allegations From Newly Unsealed Depp Versus Heard Court Documents https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/02/bombshell-allegations-from-newly-unsealed-depp-versus-heard-court-documents/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2022/08/02/bombshell-allegations-from-newly-unsealed-depp-versus-heard-court-documents/#respond Tue, 02 Aug 2022 13:44:17 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=625347 [imagesource: Jim Lo Scalzo / Pool Photo via AP]

Just when you think you may have heard the last of the Johnny Depp versus Amber Heard defamation trial, along come the newly unsealed court documents.

In total, more than 6 000 pages of pretrial documents have been unsealed and made public, so spare a thought for the journalists and legal eagles who have pored over them to pick out the most shocking claims and allegations.

To reiterate, the jury awarded damages to both, although Depp’s $15 million ($10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million dollars in punitive damages) far outweighed Heard’s $2 million (compensatory damages, with no punitive damages).

Depp will not get that full $15 million amount, regardless of what happens with Heard’s appeal.

The Daily Beast was first out of the blocks, starting with Depp’s legal team possibly wanting to submit Heard’s nudes into evidence:

…Heard’s team argued to the judge that evidence of a number of “irrelevant personal matters” should be excluded from the defamation trial, while alleging: “Mr. Depp inappropriately seeks to introduce evidence of the following Irrelevant Personal Matters: (1) nude pictures of Amber Heard; (2) Amber Heard’s sister Whitney’s reality show video; (3) Whitney and Amber’s past romantic relationships; (4) Amber’s brief stint as an exotic dancer years before she met Mr. Depp and Mr. Depp attempting to frivolously and maliciously suggest or imply that Ms. Heard was at one time an escort.”

There was also the matter of Depp’s damning missing texts.

In 2014, Depp’s then-assistant Stephen Deuters messaged Heard regarding the time Depp allegedly “kicked” Heard while the two were flying on a private jet.

Following the incident, Depp apologised via text to Heard and called himself a “fucking savage” and a “lunatic”:

But Depp’s law firm, Brown Rudnick, could not find any record of the texts in Depp’s iCloud, and looked into whether they may have been, in their words, “deleted.”

Image: Getty Images

Ultimately, the law firm determined they were “missing” for reasons unknown. These texts regarding the “kicking” incident were presented in the U.K. trial but not deemed admissible in the Virginia defamation trial.

That’s the UK trial where a newspaper article calling Depp a “wife beater” was deemed accurate. Judge Mr Justice Nicol said The Sun had proved what was in the article to be “substantially true”.

Also excluded from evidence were texts between Depp and actor Paul Bettany. The two joked about drowning Heard, to which Depp replied, “I will f–k her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she is dead.”

Pivoting to E! Online, and some interesting exchanges between Depp and Marilyn Manson revealed in the unsealed court documents:

[Depp’s] attorneys sought to exclude his texts with Manson from the trial, arguing in the unsealed court documents that it would “smear Mr. Depp under a guilty by association theory.”

…the controversial singer referred to now-wife Lindsay Usich as “an amber 2.0.”

Image: L. Cohen / WireImage

…Manson texted the actor that Usich “pulled an amber on me” by seeking a restraining order—something Heard did after filing for divorce from Depp.

Depp responded by advising the singer to “not to give her what she wants”. He also added that this was “sociopathic behavior… it is f–king real, my brother!! My ex-c–t is goddamn TEXTBOOK!!”

You can fill in the blanks between ‘c’ and ‘t’ above.

Another exchange saw Manson telling Depp he was “f–king stressing” about “serious police amber type scenarios”:

 “I don’t know if you are back but I need asylum somewhere because I think the cops might be headed my way.”

Manson has been accused of sexual assault by more than a dozen women. There’s also the HBO docuseries Phoenix Rising, which includes allegations that Manson “made [his ex-fiancé Evan Rachel Wood] drink his blood, hit her with a swastika-adorned Nazi whip and shocked her private parts”.

Finally, Heard’s legal team claimed Depp suffered from erectile dysfunction in the unsealed documents:

Heard’s lawyers alleged the 21 Jump Street alum suffered from erectile dysfunction and that “such condition absolutely is relevant to sexual violence, including Mr. Depp’s anger and use of a bottle to rape Amber Heard.”

The actress has officially filed a motion at the Circuit Court of Fairfax County to appeal the defamation trial verdict.

A number of legal experts have stated that she is unlikely to be successful.

[sources:dbeast&eonline]

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