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. Mon, 30 Nov 2020 14:50:26 +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 Look At The Absolute State Of This ‘Drunk’ SAPS Constable [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/30/look-at-the-absolute-state-of-this-drunk-saps-constable-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/30/look-at-the-absolute-state-of-this-drunk-saps-constable-video/#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2020 14:30:58 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553837 Sadly, videos of on-duty cops under the influence of alcohol are commonplace in South Africa.

Back in February, we saw two in the space of less than a week, and as we near the festive season it looks like it’s full steam ahead once more.

The latest video to do the rounds comes via Wolmaransstad in the North West, where a constable is expected to appear in court today.

In the footage, we see the aftermath of the constable having driven a police vehicle into a fence.

At one stage, towards the end of the video, you can see him clasping plastic bags that one might assume contain beer bottles, given the clinking.

News24 has shared the footage, taken by a community member:

Police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said police management was appalled by his “unprofessional and unbecoming conduct”.

Cases of driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless and negligent driving have been opened.

Mokgwabone said preliminary investigations also revealed that the constable was not authorised to drive a state vehicle. He faces an additional charge of using a vehicle without the owner’s consent. A departmental investigation will also be instituted.

This sort of behaviour needs to have serious consequences, because the videos are all too frequent, and you can only imagine how many similar incidents go unrecorded.

Our roads are already dangerous enough, especially heading into the festive season.

[source:news24]

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Free Ice Lollies For Everyone As 2oceansvibe Declares Summer Open https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/30/free-ice-lollies-for-everyone-as-2oceansvibe-declares-summer-open/ Mon, 30 Nov 2020 14:22:33 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553893 [imagesource:here]

If you thought we had experienced everything ‘unprecedented’ that could be experienced in a year, this may well push you over the edge. For the first time ever, 2oceansvibe is declaring summer open by default.

Anyone familiar with 2oceansvibe’s ‘Summer Declaration’ policies will be aware that we declare summer open every year, as soon as the WeatherPro app shows a full week of sun icons (no clouds whatsoever) for Cape Town.

This usually happens in October or November. Bizarrely (or not, given 2020), this has not occurred this year. The 2oceansvibe Summer Declaration by-laws do allow for this rare anomaly, by way of a forced Summer Declaration, no later than November 30.

It is Seth’s wont to call upon the summer Gods to make it so. It’s also a day before the official meteorological season start date, to ensure we’re ahead.

On that note, we hereby declare summer open!

Now, about those FREE ice lollies! They’re serving a dual purpose this year. Not only are they perfect to cool you down on those hot summer days, but they’re also a fantastic palate cleanser, as the world changes course once again.

Whether that is to do with an imminent COVID vaccine, or a new leader of the free world, I think we all have a desire to cleanse our palates!

Everyone is eligible to claim their ice lollies, and it’s rather easy.

Simply mention the promo code ‘2OVsummer’ when placing your order with Butler’s Pizza, and you’re good to go.

A free lolly with every pizza ordered – lovely.

The free ice lolly sensation will run until there are no ice lollies left, and will run alongside any existing Butler’s Pizza deals.

You’re welcome. Enjoy the summer!

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If You Care – There’s A New Mr South Africa [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/30/if-you-care-theres-a-new-mr-south-africa-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/30/if-you-care-theres-a-new-mr-south-africa-videos/#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2020 14:11:26 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553913 [imagesource: Mr South Africa]

When the top 10 Mr South Africa contestants were announced, it was met with the sort of social media backlash that we’ve come to expect since JP Robberts took over in 2018.

It didn’t help that the photos of the finalists looked like they’d been taken on a cheap smartphone.

Robberts clapped back by saying that it’s not a beauty competition, organisers are looking for brand ambassadors, the competition needs time to grow, and so on.

Anyway, it’s over now, and one of them walked away with the crown, or rather, the sash.

Your new Mr South Africa is Hannes Van Der Walt.

Per eNCA, he hopes to be a role model for his community.

“The Mr South Africa brand is one I admired and Henrich Gabler’s year of reigning inspired me to go out and inspire others as well,” Van Der Walt said.

Ah, so that’s who won last year.

Due to the pandemic, the event was live-streamed on Saturday, November 28. You had to buy tickets at R99 a pop, and the event was judged by Aretha Bauwens, Saskia Riley, and Storm Johnson.

Before we move on to the moment that Van Der Walt was ‘crowned’ let’s revisit the top 10, in a video showcasing the production value and class that we’ve come to expect from the competition.

A full minute of it is dedicated to sponsors, so skip ahead to the one minute mark:

The flames, though…

Anyway, here’s your new Mr SA, standing around, while he waits to have his name called:

You can also check out that anticlimatic moment on Instagram.

During his formal interview, Van Der Walt said:

“I have an great passion for families, I grew up with an awesome dad, as a result I am able to be a good father to my own children. We are all mind, body and soul and I believe if we keep track of all three of those, we will have healthy families. I would love to use this platform to raise better men, to raise better dads and in doing so, create a better South Africa.”

He also spoke to eNCA:

You can see him reading the statement that the organisers made about the competition, at the 56-second mark.

Here it is for comparison:

“Mr South Africa is a platform to find the best male ambassador for our country. Somebody that younger generations look up to. A man that inspires.”

The organisers added, “we won’t look for a male model, we are looking for a real-life everyday hero.”

Verbatim.

While we’re at it we might as well give the runners up a mention.

First runner up: De Villier Koster

Second runner up: Lee Jordan Jacobs

Peak awkward.

Look, Hannes, we’ve got nothing against you.

Congrats, and may your reign be… whatever it is.

We’re not really sure what Mr South Africa does.

[source:enca]

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SA Videographer’s Timely Reminder Of How Beautiful Our Wild Coast Is [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/30/sa-videographers-timely-reminder-of-how-beautiful-our-wild-coast-is-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/30/sa-videographers-timely-reminder-of-how-beautiful-our-wild-coast-is-video/#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2020 14:00:16 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553853 Like billions of others around the world, Bryn North spent a large part of this year confined to his home under lockdown measures.

Thankfully, for those of us keen to enjoy one of South Africa’s most beautiful stretches of coastline, the South African videographer and filmmaker did eventually hit the road once more.

Having documented life in Cape Town in the past, Bryn and his mates, Naude and Gustav, headed up the Garden Route and to the Transkei.

Here’s more from the video’s write-up:

It felt amazing to explore an area within South Africa I’d never been before and of course I had to take my camera with to remind myself how to use it again haha. We had our mate Ozzy’s Land Rover Defender to get us to some incredible locations by car, we hiked the coast lines and went up the Mthatha river by boat (probably my favourite part of the trip) while camping and staying at backpackers along the way.

It was a road trip to remember and I hope this video can show just a hint of what the experience was like.

Given that the Garden Route is now considered a COVID-19 hotspot, along with other areas in the Eastern Cape, this may be the closest many of us come to enjoying the stunning scenery for the time being.

Take it away, Bryn:

That’s a very decent road trip, gents.

You can follow Bryn on YouTube here, and Instagram here.

[source:youtube]

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Have You Seen The New R5 Coin? https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/30/have-you-seen-the-new-r5-coin/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/30/have-you-seen-the-new-r5-coin/#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2020 13:30:14 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553860 [imagesource:here]

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has announced that from January 1, 2021, you should look out for a new R5 coin.

Hey, it’s not the most exciting news, but we have to hold on to the little things right now. Think of it as the currency version of Pokémon GO – gotta catch ’em all.

The new coins will celebrate the bank’s centenary and will feature some of the historic coins previously issued by the SARB in miniature.

This, says Cape Town ETC, will include a tiny laughing Mandela R5, an old one-cent coin featuring two sparrows, as well as old 10-cent and 20-cent coins.

These will be linked to each other showing the SARB’s 100 years in business from 1921 to 2021.

The reverse of the coin will feature South Africa’s traditional coat of arms and the country’s name in two official languages, “uMzantsi Afrika” and “Suid-Afrika”.

Image: South African Reserve Bank

There will be one coin for general circulation, and another collector’s edition in sterling silver with gold plating.

Image: South African Reserve Bank

The collector’s edition will be half the size of the regular coin and its obverse will feature the country’s name in 10 languages.

You might need a magnifying glass to truly appreciate it.

Last year, we were treated to a number of new circulation coins, celebrating South Africa’s 25 years of Constitutional democracy, which were pretty cool.

Most of us aren’t carrying cash at the moment.

We’ve been living that tap-and-go life, but it might be worth breaking a R20 next year to see if your change has changed.

[source:capetownetc]

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They’re Calling This Series The Danish Version Of ‘Dark’ [Trailer] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/30/theyre-calling-this-series-the-danish-version-of-dark-trailer/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/30/theyre-calling-this-series-the-danish-version-of-dark-trailer/#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2020 12:55:33 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553924 [imagesource: Netflix/Tine Harden]

Can you handle subtitles?

I know that for some people, it’s a deal-breaker.

You’ve been staring at a screen all day for work, and now that you’re doing it in your free time, you’re not exactly keen to concentrate.

Plus it’s tough to aimlessly scroll through Instagram whilst watching a series with subtitles. Yup, we know you’re guilty.

If you don’t mind subtitles, you should first make sure you’ve watched Parasite, the 2020 Oscar winner for Best Picture.

Once you’re done with that, there’s Equinox, a new Danish series coming soon to Netflix.

A quick synopsis via The Verge:

A radio host whose sister disappeared in a bus accident 20 years earlier gets a call on-air from someone who claims he knows what happened. Alternate realities, ya’ll! Equinox is based on the hit Danish podcast Equinox 1985, and both the podcast and the series were created and written by Danish director Tea Lindeburg. Danica Cucic stars in Equinox, a six-part series which hits Netflix December 30th.

The teaser trailer doesn’t give too much away, but it’s enough for some parallels to be drawn:

According to Forbes, the voice on the phone is one of the three survivors from the 1999 bus accident disappearance:

For fans of the German series Dark—which concluded this summer with one of the most satisfying endings ever created in a series—this opening of a storyline will sound extremely familiar.

Dark also began with the mysterious disappearance of young children…

Dark wraps up in season three, but we’ll pop the trailer for the first season below for those playing catch-up:

Dark has an 8,8 rating on IMDb, so the praise seems justified.

You may as well start with Dark, binge through three seasons by year-end, and then pick things up again with Equinox come December 30.

I back you.

[sources:verge&forbes]

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That Bizarre Metal Monolith They Found In The Desert Has Now Disappeared https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/30/that-bizarre-metal-monolith-they-found-in-the-desert-has-now-disappeared/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/30/that-bizarre-metal-monolith-they-found-in-the-desert-has-now-disappeared/#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2020 11:14:02 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553889 [imagesource: David Surbers / Reuters]

Public safety workers in southeastern Utah, who were helping to count sheep from a helicopter, found their day significantly improved when they spotted something out of place in the red-rock region.

Upon closer inspection, they realised that it was a metal monolith, not unlike the monolith in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The world caught wind of this, and everyone was pretty amped, with the exception of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), who pointed out that installing unauthorised structures on state-owned public land is illegal, “no matter what planet you’re from”.

Killjoys.

Theories ran wild with some attributing it to an artist, while others believed it to be the work of a Kubrick fan.

Artist John McCracken, who died in 2011, was singled out, with a spokesperson for his gallerist, David Zwirner, saying that it could definitely be his work, perhaps installed by someone else.

A few people pinned it on aliens, but we won’t go into that.

Now, adding to the mystery says NPR, the structure has vanished.

An agency statement [from the BLR] says credible reports point to “an unknown party” removing the illegally installed structure on the evening of Nov. 27.

The agency also asserts its own lack of involvement in the object’s removal or intention to investigate, noting it does “not investigate crimes involving private property which are handled by the local sheriff’s office.”

Despite attempts to keep the location of the monolith a secret, a few people did manage to track it down, including this guy, who tried to stick a magnet to it:

 

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A subreddit dedicated to the monolith claims that Google Earth images indicate that it has been in that location since at least 2016.

The most likely explanation is that it is the work of McCracken.

And McCracken had an affinity for science fiction, according to The New York Times. McCracken’s son, Patrick, told the newspaper that his father once said “he would like to leave his artwork in remote places to be discovered later.”

Considering that his work typically fetches between $300 000 and $400 000 at auction, that’s a pretty pricey thing to leave exposed to the elements.

On the other hand, it could have nothing to do with McCracken and the person who made it could have retrieved it to avoid being discovered and prosecuted by the BLM.

We may never know.

[source:npr]

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Five Pearls Of Wisdom From Marie Kondo’s New Online Course https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/30/five-pearls-of-wisdom-from-marie-kondos-new-online-course/ Mon, 30 Nov 2020 11:11:26 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553834 [imagesource:here]

For those of you who somehow don’t know, Marie Kondo is famous for her 2014 book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which encouraged people to purge their overcluttered houses of anything that didn’t bring them joy.

Last year, she also starred in her own Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, which inspired a new wave of ‘Kondoites’ to adopt the KonMari way of life.

People have a tendency to collect stuff. Over the years we accumulate trinkets, mementos, appliances, and furniture that take up valuable cupboard and living space.

While watching the show or reading the book was enough for some to start hugging their stuff and thanking it for its service, before tossing it on the donate or throw-away pile, others needed a little more guidance.

That’s why Kondo has put together an online tutorial, Fundamentals of Tidying, comprising 10 videos, that will take you through the process step-by-step:

If you’re keen to try it, but want to know a bit more about what you’re getting yourself into, Mindbodygreen pulled five tips from the series to give you a taste of things to come.

Imagine a new way of being at home

We’ve all spent a lot of time at home over the course of the last year, so we’re pretty familiar with, and honestly a little sick of, our surroundings at this point.

Change is good, but before you start tossing things in a trash bag, Kondo recommends that you sit down and envision what you’d like your home to look and feel like. Break out a magazine, make a mood board, or just meditate on the idea.

Reconnect with your books

One of the things that initially put me off the KonMari method was the suggestion that one should purge one’s home of all books.

That’s a hard pass from me – I’m happily surrounded by piles of them, spilling out of the bookshelves.

Now, Kondo recommends that you take all of the books off the shelf and “tap them to wake them up”. Once you’ve awakened the books, you can decide which ones to keep and which ones to store or donate. This, she says will help you to “rediscover your interests and values”.

Organise your papers into key categories

If you enjoy organising paperwork, I’m sorry, but you’re in the minority.

Kondo has a simple method, though, that will make the task easier on the rest of us.

You need to imagine that someone is set on burning all of your papers and you have to decide which ones to save. Organise the ones that remain into papers that need immediate attention, important files that you need to keep, and joy-sparking papers like old letters or cards.

Thank your stuff

Take things and thank them for whatever it is that they’ve done.

I ventured off to the toolbox to thank the measuring tape for helping to determine where the dining table should live. In the series, Kondo thanks a screwdriver.

While I still don’t feel any sense of kinship with the tape, this apparently helps the cleaning process. If you can’t find something to thank an object for then you probably don’t need it anymore.

Designate a power spot

Kondo says that you should take one part of the house, whether it’s a room, a shelf, or an unused corner, for yourself.

“Creating a power spot—and spending time in it—is one of my favourite ways to live joyfully,” she says.

Once you’ve thanked, sorted and thrown away some stuff, you might still find yourself with a number of items that you can’t part with, but that are taking up unnecessary space. Or, even worse, space that could be dedicated to a ‘power spot’.

The solution is simple – toss them into storage.

Stor-Age, South Africa’s leading self-storage brand, provides clean, dry, and secure self-storage units tailored to your needs for as long as you need them.

Sign up now, and you’ll get 50% off of your first month of storage, which you can then renew on a month-by-month basis.

Take that sweet deal as the sign you need to get going on tidying.

[source:mindbodygreen]

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Beyond Bond: Assassins Used A Remote-Controlled Machine Gun To Kill A Nuclear Scientist https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/30/beyond-bond-assassins-used-a-remote-controlled-machine-gun-to-kill-a-nuclear-scientist/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/30/beyond-bond-assassins-used-a-remote-controlled-machine-gun-to-kill-a-nuclear-scientist/#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2020 10:00:34 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553799 [imagesource:here]

On Friday, November 27, Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed after his car was apparently ambushed in a district east of Tehran.

Photos from the scene showed his bulletproof car, with the windshield shattered. There was blood on the road beside it.

Iranian state media reported that his death was an assassination, with his vehicle targeted by gunfire and a car explosion before a gunfight ensued.

Per CNN, Foreign Minister Zarif called the death “cowardice – with serious indications of Israeli role”.

This has not been confirmed, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office has refused to comment on the allegations.

Fakhrizadeh was head of the Research Centre of New Technology in the elite Revolutionary Guards, where he had been working on Iran’s nuclear program for a number of years.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and others have promised revenge, reports CNN.

Since Friday’s attack, new details have come to light surrounding the manner in which he was killed.

Fakhrizadeh was travelling with his wife, alongside three security vehicles. He exited the car when bullets struck it to see what was going on.

Upon exiting the vehicle, and in a scene reminiscent of a Bond film, he was fired upon by a remote-controlled machine gun attached to a Nissan vehicle nearby.

Image: Getty

According to Defense Minister Amir Hatami:

“Based on reports received from members of his security detail, Mr. Fakhrizadeh’s vehicle was initially targeted by gunfire, after which a Nissan vehicle laden with explosives was set off in close proximity to them as gunfire, targeting their vehicle, was continuing,” Hatami said, according to ISNA.

Supreme Leader Khameini wrote Saturday on a Twitter:

“Mr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed by the oppressive enemies. This rare scientific mind lost his life for his everlasting great scientific work. He lost his life for God and the supreme leader.”

President Hassan Rouhani has said that the killing was carried out by “the filthy hands of oppressors, in concert with the illegitimate Zionist regime”.

Note, again, that these statements reflect the unverified opinions of Iranian leaders and Iranian-run news agencies.

The killing has prompted protests in Tehran, and could impact already tense relations with America which have deteriorated during Donald Trump’s presidency.

Protesters burned Israeli flags and images of Trump and President-elect Joe Biden.

Many of the facts surrounding the killing have not been confirmed, and investigations are still ongoing.

[sources:cnn&cnn]

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The Killers Have Ramped Up Their Trump-Trolling Game https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/30/the-killers-have-ramped-up-their-trump-trolling-game/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/30/the-killers-have-ramped-up-their-trump-trolling-game/#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2020 08:30:09 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553810 [imagesource:here]

On Tuesday, November 24, the 53rd annual Grammy Awards nominations were announced.

There was some controversy, with three artists in particular – Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd, and Justin Bieber – taking to social media to voice their discontent.

Their anger and disappointment was genuine, which is somewhat different from the approach taken by The Killers.

That’s right, the guys behind ‘Mr. Brightside‘, who are giving off some serious Bee Gees vibes in that picture up top.

The band has previously taken aim at Donald Trump, the current US president, most notably with their 2019 protest song, ‘Land of the Free’.

This time around, an unmistakeably whiny all-caps tweet was all that was needed:

SAD!

One response, featuring Rudy ‘the Sweatbox’ Giuliani, is worth a quick look:

Shem.

Imagine the Four Seasons Total Landscaping fiasco being topped in the embarrassment stakes within the same month?

Trump was also trolled on social media for his tiny desk Thanksgiving press conference last week. You can see those memes here.

[source:huffpost]

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There’s Much You Didn’t Know About David Prowse, Who Played Darth Vader https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/30/theres-much-you-didnt-know-about-david-prowse-who-played-darth-vader/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/30/theres-much-you-didnt-know-about-david-prowse-who-played-darth-vader/#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2020 08:05:07 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553766 [imagesource: SWNS]

Calm down, Star Wars fans, I’m going to clarify how Darth Vader was played in the original trilogy – Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi (1983).

Darth Vader was voiced by James Earl Jones, but the man in the suit was bodybuilder David Charles Prowse.

Prowse, who was born on July 1, 1935, sadly passed away on November 28, 2020.

While many actors hate being defined by one iconic role, Prowse was proud to be Vader, says Mashable.

“I created Darth Vader,” Prowse insisted to a London reporter after the release of the original Star Wars in 1977.

“His movement, his mannerisms are what I and no one else put into the character.” Stung by what he saw as Lucasfilm’s lack of recognition for his contribution, Prowse would spend the rest of his life pointedly signing photographs to fans: “David Prowse IS Darth Vader.”

While the voice is what most fams remember, Vader would have been nothing without his menacing presence.

Image: Alamy

Lucasfilm wasn’t always happy about his opinions, especially because Vader was very much a composite character created by George Lucas, imagined by Ralph McQuarrie who created the mask, and costumed by John Mollo, with his scuba-like breathing added by sound designer Ben Burtt.

They also suspected him of leaking plot details.

“Sometimes you get in trouble just for speculating,” Prowse said in 2013. He’d guessed that Luke would find out about his father, in what would later be an iconic scene and a line that is still firmly cemented in pop culture (“Luke, I am your father”).

It was the closest he’d come to explaining it. Years of bad blood with Lucasfilm had flowed from that moment; he’d supposedly been given fake dialogue to read on the set of Empire (“Obi-Wan is your father”), and partly replaced by his fencing coach in Return of the Jedi, over paranoid fears that he would leak plot points to newspapers.

He was later banned from official Lucasfilm and Disney events.

During filming, Prowse read Vader’s lines, which were later dubbed over by Jones. He retained his Bristol accent which led to the cast calling him “Darth Farmer”.

Before he landed the iconic role, he was the British Heavyweight Weightlifting Champion from 1962 through 1964 and toured Europe. He competed against an up-and-coming Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“The one thing I had going for me was my physical presence,” Prowse wrote in his 2011 autobiography From the Force’s Mouth.

He started a magazine called Power, founded his own gym, and signed up with a stunt performer agency called Tough Guys, which brought in his first acting gigs.

Apart from Darth Vader, he has also played Frankenstein’s monster in three separate movies. He was a minotaur in Doctor Who and a bodyguard for the writer whose home is invaded by the droogs in A Clockwork Orange.

He appeared in Terry Gilliam’s first film, Jabberwocky. He played a bodyguard, again, in the BBC TV adaptation of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

He also played Green Cross Code Man – Britain’s best-known homegrown superhero:

He beat back multiple bouts of severe arthritis and prostate cancer, and denied suffering from dementia.

He succumbed to what is being described as a “short illness”.

Whatever happened with Lucasfilm, he will always be the man who made Darth Vader the imposing character that he was.

[source:mashable]

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Footage From Sunday’s Horror F1 Inferno – And How ‘The Halo’ Saved Grosjean’s Life [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/30/footage-from-sundays-horror-f1-inferno-and-how-the-halo-saved-grosjeans-life-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/30/footage-from-sundays-horror-f1-inferno-and-how-the-halo-saved-grosjeans-life-videos/#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2020 07:30:34 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553778 [imagesource: F1 TV]

High-speed Formula One crashes are par for the course, but even hardened fans of the motorsport would have feared the worst after seeing Romain Grosjean’s crash during yesterday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

The 34-year-old Frenchman slid off the track on the first lap of the race, with his vehicle ripping in two and catching alight.

According to an FIA spokesperson, reports Sky News, the impact of Grosjean’s crash was measured at 53G:

Replays showed the driver leaping over the barriers and away from the flaming wreckage of his car before he was helped to a waiting ambulance.

The accident was triggered when Grosjean swerved across the front of Daniil Kvyat, making contact with his AlphaTauri.

The official F1 channel has put this video together, showing the crash and aftermath from various angles, but you’ll have to click ‘Watch this video on YouTube’ below to be redirected:

Here’s another video compilation, showing the moment of the crash, and the swift rescue actions that followed:

Grosjean escaped with second-degree burns to his hands, and relatively minor injuries (we’ll hear from him in a moment), which is testimony to the increased safety measures implemented in recent years.

This from the Guardian:

…his head was protected by the halo cockpit protection device made mandatory by the FIA in 2018…

Ross Brawn, F1’s director of motorsport, was unequivocal that the halo, which had been criticised when first imposed, had been instrumental in saving Grosjean’s life. “The positive was the safety of the car and that is what got us through today,” said Brawn. “The barrier splitting was a problem many years ago and it normally resulted in a fatality; there is no doubt that the halo saved the day. The team behind it deserve credit for forcing it through. After today no one can doubt the validity of that, it was a life saver.”

The video below takes a closer look at how the halo works. Again, you’ll have to be redirected:

Thankfully, Grosjean was also well enough to record a video, posted to his Instagram account:

You can see his full Instagram post below:

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Romain Grosjean (@grosjeanromain)

Whilst the halo certainly earned his stripes, it wasn’t the only factor that played a role in Grosjean’s survival.

His fireproof suit, as well as the cockpit survival cell, proved important, and then there were the swift actions of those who arrived on the scene first.

One of those first on the scene was South African race car driver Alan van der Merwe, who currently drives the Formula One medical car, often referred to as the fastest ambulance in the world.

During the first lap of each race, van der Merwe and Dr Ian Roberts drive behind the field, with crashes and incidents often occurring soon after the race begins.

He was singled out by the Haas F1 team, which Grosjean drives for:

More on van der Merwe via The Sportsrush:

van der Merve is a Formula Ford Festival and British Formula 3 champion and has been a test driver for the BAR-Honda’s test driver team. He has also raced in the A1 series for South Africa, finishing seventh in New Zealand.

After saving Romain Grosjean’s life, he was asked for his reactions. He seemed shocked, despite the insanely difficult task he has undertaken for over a decade now.

“It was a big surprise. I have never seen that much fire in 12 years. Romain got out of the car himself, which is pretty amazing after an accident like that. All the systems we have worked to develop, everything worked hand-in-hand: the halo, the barriers, the seat-belt. Everything worked. Without just one of those things working, it could have been a very different outcome.”

Thankfully, the worst-case scenario was avoided.

The fact that Lewis Hamilton won, again, was relegated to secondary billing, but his domination this year is quite something to behold.

He leads the driver standings with 332 points, with fellow Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas in second on 201 points.

[sources:skynews&guardian&sportsrush]

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Meteor Fireball Spotted In Japan Is Quite Something [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/30/meteor-fireball-spotted-in-japan-is-quite-something-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/30/meteor-fireball-spotted-in-japan-is-quite-something-video/#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2020 07:07:26 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553755 [imagesource: NHK News / Twitter]

Earlier this year, a 2018 fireball that lit up the skies over Michigan was back in the news after scientists revealed that it took the meteorite 12 million years to make the journey to our planet.

That journey began after it separated from its parent asteroid, which was formed around 4,5 billion years ago, which is only about 20 million years after the formation of our solar system.

Some of the meteorite remained intact, allowing scientists to study it, and they reckon it’s proof that much of Earth’s organic material was delivered here from space.

On Sunday, another “dazzling fireball” was seen lighting up the skies across large areas of western Japan.

Per Japan Today, the meteor is believed to be a bolide, which is a type of shooting star.

The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan says it’s common for a number of meteors to fall every month, but that it’s rare for people to see them and even rarer to see one this bright. It apparently made a loud rumbling noise.

Within hours, 90 sightings were reported.

The ‘fireball’ lasted roughly seven seconds:

In July, a similarly bright shooting star was observed moving from southwest to northeast in the sky above Tokyo.

It was later identified as a meteor after fragments were found in neighbouring Chiba Prefecture.

Let’s see what science uncovers this time.

[source:japantoday]

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They’re Talking About A Western Cape ‘Mini-Lockdown’ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/30/theyre-talking-about-a-western-cape-mini-lockdown/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/30/theyre-talking-about-a-western-cape-mini-lockdown/#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2020 06:43:34 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553756 [imagesource: Nardus Engelbrecht/AP]

COVID-19 never went away, but other than wearing a face mask in public, for many South Africans it seemed to become something that bubbled away in the background.

Alas, we’re back to hearing murmurs about alert levels and lockdowns, and the stats paint a pretty grim picture.

Last week, Western Cape Health Department’s chief of operations, Dr. Saadiq Kariem called the province’s COVID-19 numbers a “potentially explosive situation”.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde then released a statement outlining the strain on our hospitals, adding that “every single resident should assume that COVID-19 is everywhere they go”.

Also, happy Monday morning. The end of the year is in sight. We go again.

This via IOL:

A hard, short-term lockdown is potentially on the cards for the Western Cape amid increasing Covid-19 infections in the Cape metro and Garden Route which could affect festive season activities and holiday plans for many residents and visitors…

Premier Alan Winde chaired a meeting on Friday to hash out a plan to try to clamp down on the increase of cases…

In that Friday meeting, Winde said a strategy centred around a five-point plan was tabled, which will be presented to the Provincial Cabinet on Tuesday.

He added that one of the measures discussed was a “mini-lockdown” which would be a last resort which the province would consider if the health system came under strain.

“What is happening in other parts of the world, such as Australia and Singapore, is what they call a circuit breaker. The easiest way to explain it would be a mini-lockdown,” he said.

“They put certain regulations in a municipality or district for six days … no weddings, no funerals, no superspreader events, so no permits would be issued.”

That ‘mini-lockdown’ is a last resort, however, and Winde acknowledged that even a short, days-long ‘circuit breaker’ would lead to job losses and businesses incurring further financial strain.

The Cape Chamber of Commerce released a statement saying that “we need to do everything to prevent further restrictions at all costs… [and] the economy can hardly survive an additional lockdown”.

Gatherings such as Matric Rage parties taking place across the country have come under fire by health experts, who fear they’ll be super-spreader events.

In the Eastern Cape, and Nelson Mandela Bay, in particular, the situation is dire, reports the Sunday Times:

Officials in the Eastern Cape city have gone into emergency mode, with proposals to halt the on-site consumption of alcohol at taverns and pubs, extend the curfew and reduce the permitted size of social gatherings…

Widespread disregard for safety protocols has been blamed for the outbreak in Nelson Mandela Bay, which now accounts for more than 50% of SA’s daily infections.

Ahead of the festive season, the province is a particular worry, given that people from across the country return home to an area considered a hotspot.

Then, when the holidays are over, they return to work and spread the virus across the country.

Head of the COVID-19 ministerial advisory committee, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, said “the way to effectively stop a national outbreak is to get the Eastern Cape situation under control now”.

This was mirrored by Professor Mosa Moshabela, chief medical specialist of rural health and dean of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s School of Nursing and Public Health:

“We are witnessing a second surge localised to the Eastern Cape currently, and spreading throughout the province.

“This will likely trigger a surge in the Western Cape and Gauteng. Gauteng will trigger all other provinces after the holidays, towards the end of January, and through February and March.”

Whilst Health minister Zweli Mkhize denied that there had been talks about placing the metro under heavier lockdown restrictions, a senior ANC source told the Sunday Times that Mkhize, in conjunction with the business community, “had agreed that the area should move back to level 3 of lockdown regulations”.

A return to alert level 3 would mean restrictions around on-site consumption of alcohol, leisure travel, and restrictions on large gatherings, among other measures, but alert levels are subject to change as and where necessary.

A decision on that front is expected to be taken by the end of the week.

You can read the rest of the Sunday Times report here.

South Africa currently has 787 702 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 21 477 deaths. 35 592 cases are considered active.

Not to bang the same drum over and over, but be safe out there, good people.

[sources:iol&sundaytimes]

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Monday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/30/monday-morning-spice-486/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/30/monday-morning-spice-486/#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2020 05:25:47 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553728 Maradona Doctor Has ‘Nothing To Hide’ After Police Raid His Home And Clinic After World Cup Winner’s Death – Police in Buenos Aires are investigating the treatment received by the Argentine superstar in the weeks before his passing on Wednesday aged 60. [goal]

Supreme Court Overturns Convictions Of Two Farmers In Coligny ‘Sunflower’ Murder – Phillip Schutte and Pieter Doorewaard were sentenced to lengthy jail terms in 2019 for the murder of Matlhomola Mosweu. [tlive]

Completed Wisconsin Recount Confirms Biden’s Win Over Trump – In Milwaukee County, Biden’s lead increased by 132 votes after county election officials recounted the more than 450,000 votes that were cast there. [huff]

Trump Says It Will Be ‘Hard To Get’ His Election Claims To Supreme Court – President Trump, even while repeating his groundless claim that “we won the race,” appeared Sunday to acknowledge dwindling chances of success in his legal battle to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 election won by President-elect Joe Biden. [lat]

Trump Accuses His Own FBI And DOJ Of ‘Helping Rig The Vote’ In His First TV Interview Since Losing To Biden – Claims even Democrats think he won and warns ‘ballot fraud’ could spell the end of GOP. [dm]

In Japan, More People Died From Suicide Last Month Than From Covid In All Of 2020 – The monthly number of Japanese suicides rose to 2,153 in October, according to Japan’s National Police Agency. As of Friday, Japan’s total Covid-19 toll was 2,087, the health ministry said. [cnn]

Dozens Of Farm Workers Killed In ‘Insane’ Nigeria Attack – More than 43 people have been killed in what the Nigerian president has described as an “insane” attack in north-east Nigeria on Saturday. [bbc]

Mike Tyson Vs Roy Jones Result: Legends’ Exhibition Fight Ends In Draw – The two former world champions met in an exhibition fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. [ind]

‘No-One Wears A Mask And Social Distancing Is A Joke’: PE Sees Covid Infection Rate Rise – Motherwell didn’t look like a Covid-19 hotspot on Friday night as throngs of revellers — most of them without masks — packed taverns and bars. [tlive]

Anything But The Virus: Roman Bar Calls Time On All Covid Chat – Locals welcome chance to meet up and gossip about the weather and football in a more convivial atmosphere. [guardian]

Charles Manson Follower Leslie Van Houten Again Denied Parole – A woman who was part of arguably the most notorious murder spree in California history has been denied parole again. [dline]

In An Era Of Political Polarization, ‘Trump TV’ Makes Perfect Sense – If Trump really did run for president in 2015 primarily to bolster his brand and generate publicity—if he truly did think his long-shot candidacy would, if nothing else, lead to future media opportunities, or at the very least provide the upcoming season of The Apprentice with a ratings bump—then, all in all, the entire affair was a raging, unmitigated success. [fortune]

Culture Secretary To Ask Netflix To Play ‘Health Warning’ That The Crown Is Fictional – Oliver Dowden says younger viewers might take historical drama’s portrayal as fact. [guardian]

A 70-Year-Old Photographic Mystery – Today, the idea of taking a photograph and never seeing the result is hard to comprehend. For one roll of film, at least, the wait has been about 70 years. [bbc]

Wrinkles And Sagging? Let’s Talk About ‘Thread Lifts’ – With new groundbreaking technological advances behind it, the ‘thread lift’ has become a highly effective option for those looking to tighten up loose skin. [here]

Experts Reveal 13 Things You Should Never Do To Your Cat – Cat owners know that every feline has its own distinct personality, but there are certain guidelines that pet owners should be aware of. [busins]

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Worker Woke To Find Word ‘Nonce’ Tattooed On Forehead As Two Arrested For GBH – Edward Murray got a shock when he looked in the mirror the morning after a drinking session – while police say the damage ‘is so severe it will require extensive surgery to repair’ [mirror]

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Man On The Run: Video Plots The Timeline Of SA Fugitive’s Escape And Capture https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/27/man-on-the-run-video-plots-the-timeline-of-sa-fugitives-escape-and-capture/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/27/man-on-the-run-video-plots-the-timeline-of-sa-fugitives-escape-and-capture/#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2020 13:45:51 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553708 [imagesource:enca]

Occasionally, justice is swift, but for the most part, it’s a slow-moving process.

In the case of murder accused Gerhard Jansen van Vuuren, the process all but stalled after he fled to Brazil before he could face trial for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, 25-year-old Andrea Venter.

If the story sounds familiar, that might be because Carte Blanche recently covered how Jansen van Vuuren, one of South Africa’s most wanted fugitives, was finally brought back home to stand trial.

Now TimesLIVE has compiled a timeline of how this case developed, with Janse van Vuuren’s trial continuing today.

It may have taken far longer than those grieving would have hoped, but hopefully justice can finally be served:

[source:timeslive]

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Wrinkles And Sagging? Let’s Talk About ‘Thread Lifts’ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/27/wrinkles-and-sagging-lets-talk-about-thread-lifts/ Fri, 27 Nov 2020 13:30:25 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553544 [imagesource:here]

In 2015, Gwyneth Paltrow made headlines for endorsing what was then seen as a somewhat controversial facial cosmetic procedure: the ‘thread lift’.

Years later and with new groundbreaking technological advances behind it, the thread lift has become a viable and highly effective option for those looking to tighten up loose skin.

The thread lift is a minimally invasive procedure for the face, neck, or jowls in which threads, which have small graspers on them, are passed under the skin via a large needle.

While it might, at first, be a touch unnerving to think about needles and threads, if you take a closer look at the procedure it’s actually not as scary as it sounds.

There are four types of threads:

1. Suspension Sutures

These include threads such as Silhouettes (Genop) and Anchor DX (Tasosol), used for lifting, tightening, and re-draping the skin. Think of it as a subtle facelift, but without going under the knife.

As they dissolve in the skin, the cones have a bio-stimulatory effect on the skin, producing long-term natural collagen production and gradual skin tightening benefits.

These threads last between 12 and 18 months before they dissolve, and the effects will last at least six to 12 months after that.

2. Barbed Threads and Anchor Threads

Anchor MAX is a newly developed long-lasting PDO and PCL thread which is produced without any heat treatment. These threads are nearly three times the strength of a regular anchor thread and they last nearly three times as long (between 12 and 18 months).

Barbed Threads last approximately three to six months (the threads dissolve), and the effects will last roughly three to six months after that. These threads are also used for lifting and tightening the skin in particular areas such as the jowls.

Anchor threads are much thicker and stronger than barbed threads, with more grip and lift than barbed threads.

3. Monofilament Threads

These threads do not lift or tighten. Rather, they are used for strengthening the skin.

They target particular areas where the skin is thinning and weakening. They can also be used to stimulate circulation and collagen production in areas where the skin has started showing signs of ageing.

4. Speciality Threads

These threads can be used to target very specific areas of concern.

Broom Threads and Peako Threads are commonly used for ‘non-surgical nose jobs’.

Spring Threads, Screw Threads, and Spiral Threads are commonly inserted into areas where the skin needs strengthening, but the area is quite active in terms of movement, so a straight monofilament may not be the best choice.

Most importantly, remember that it is vital to choose the correct type of thread for the condition/concern you are trying to treat.

Using the wrong thread could do more harm than good.

The best way to approach a procedure like this is to sit down with a doctor and discuss your options.

If you need a referral, you can’t go wrong with the doctors at Skin Renewal.

They’ll talk you through everything that you need to know and will recommend a treatment that will ensure the best possible results.

Head here to make an appointment.

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Settle In: The Most Viewed Maradona Highlights Reel On YouTube [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/27/settle-in-the-most-viewed-maradona-highlights-reel-on-youtube-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/27/settle-in-the-most-viewed-maradona-highlights-reel-on-youtube-video/#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2020 13:25:24 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553644 [imagesource:here]

Diego Armando Maradona passed away in his home at the age of 60 this week, after suffering heart failure.

More technically, “acute secondary lung oedema to exacerbated chronic heart failure”, according to CNN’s source.

His life of excess, and the demons that followed him throughout his playing career and into retirement, have been well documented.

Liam Gallagher has a classic story to tell, involving an Oasis concert in Buenos Aires, a chance meeting with the legend, and some firm instructions to leave Maradona’s posse of women alone.

Then there is Maradona’s connection to Naples, Italy, both with the people and the local Mafia, best documented in this documentary.

Fun fact – if you start searching ‘Maradona highlights’ on YouTube, halfway through the second word you’re greeted with some interesting auto-complete options:

His 2014 World Cup sideline antics are clearly trending.

Putting all of that aside, the real reason he rose to superstardom is his on-field ability, and he features in any serious conversation around who is the greatest footballer of all time.

I won’t have a poke at that debate, but to get a little snapshot of what he was capable of, let’s settle in and watch his most popular highlights reel.

This is nearing 20 million views

Maradona guided Argentina to World Cup victory in 1986, scoring twice versus England in the quarter-final.

The first goal will always be remembered as ‘the hand of God’, superbly unpacked in this blow-by-blow account, which also delves into the Falklands War and why there was so much animosity between the countries.

The second goal will be remembered for its breathtaking audacity, and if you want to understand the joy Maradona brought to the nation, listen to the commentary of Víctor Hugo Morales:

A cosmic kite from another planet is about as accurate a description as you’ll ever hear.

[source:youtube]

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Woman Slowly Smashes Hundreds Of Bottles Of Booze Inside Store [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/27/woman-slowly-smashes-hundreds-of-bottles-of-booze-inside-store-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/27/woman-slowly-smashes-hundreds-of-bottles-of-booze-inside-store-video/#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2020 13:00:17 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553684 Check out tourism sites on Hertfordshire, and you’ll find that the town is pretty low-key.

Activities include stargazing, winter walks, and “Instagrammable Autumn locations”.

There are a couple of pubs, too, but that’s standard in England.

Things livened up a bit in Aldi, a bottle store in the region on Wednesday, November 25, when a woman took to the stock like a bull in a china shop.

Footage taken by shoppers, per Metro, shows her slowly dragging what looks like hundreds of bottles of wine, beer, and spirits from the shelves.

When a witness told her to calm down, she lobbed a bottle of gin at him.

Watch:

From another angle:

The five-minute outburst came to an end when a security guard managed to remove her from the situation and take her outside.

TV presenter Lee Clark, 50, was in the Stevenage store and said she must have smashed at least 500 bottles during the ‘incredibly dangerous’ incident.

He told Sun Online: ‘It was extraordinary – I’ve never seen anything like that before in my life.

“She didn’t say a word the whole time and had a very vacant look in her face.”

She was then taken to the hospital to treat the hand that she cut when she slipped and fell before police took her into custody.

She was clearly having some sort of episode.

Let’s hope she gets the help she needs.

[source:metro]

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Fears That Matric Rage Will Be COVID-19 Super-Spreader Event https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/27/fears-that-matric-rage-will-be-covid-19-super-spreader-event/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/27/fears-that-matric-rage-will-be-covid-19-super-spreader-event/#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2020 12:45:20 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553608 [imagesource:here]

My first thought related to Matric Rage is hangovers.

Days of them, one after the other, becoming increasingly painful as the week wears on.

Then I remember that most participants are 17 or 18, and hangovers can be knocked on the head with a swim and a few toots.

Those were the days.

Then there’s the other, far more threatening danger – the spread of COVID-19, and the hosting of ‘super-spreader’ events.

Claremont club/bar Tin Roof hit the headlines back in October for such a jol, although owner James Truter was quick to hit back, saying his venue was “being used as a scapegoat for all the events that have been going on over that same period”.

In the above instance, you’re dealing with numbers in the hundreds, but Matric Rage is an altogether different beast.

Here’s TimesLIVE:

In spite of Covid-19 and pleas from medical experts, pupils from private schools will descend on Umhlanga and Ballito in KZN to begin celebrations to mark the end of the schooling on Friday.

A Durban pupil, who bought his ticket three months ago, said he wasn’t worried about the Covid-19 risk.

“I decided to attend Rage because it’s something that matriculants do every year and I want to party and have fun after my schooling career. I am not concerned about the crowds. I obviously know that it will be a spreader event, but I am just not worried. There is a no valid reason why I am not worried, but I am just not worried.

“I don’t think it will be safe. I think there will be upfront precautions, but once you get in, it will be like any other party. Safety is just a front to allow the parties to carry on,” he said.

At least he was honest.

He knows COVID-19 is likely to run rampant at the party, which starts today and extends through to December 5, but he’s going in anyway.

Aside from Umhlanga and Ballito, there are also Matric Rage parties in Jeffreys Bay and Plett. Given that the Garden Route is considered a hotspot (as is the Cape Town metro), the threat is obvious.

Due to this, and due to the fact that half of the matrics attend government schools and will be finishing their exams on December 15, the Plett party has been pushed back to January 29 through to February 6, with the Jeffreys Bay event slated for December 15 to December 22.

There’s also a two-day event planned in Jozi on December 12 and 13.

Greg Walsh, CEO of G&G Productions that puts on the Matric Rage Festivals, said “no stone has been left unturned” to ensure a safe festival.

Image: Shelley Christians

“Obviously all of our event sites are 100% compliant with the current legislations permitting events under the National State of Disaster Management Act. Outdoor gatherings are each limited to less than 500 and indoor gatherings limited to less than 250 or 50% of the venue capacity size, whichever is the greater. All other protocols concerning social distancing, spacing of tables, removal of dance floors, sanitisation measures and much more have been fully complied with.”

He went on to say that organisers work in collaboration with the police department, Liquor Board, fire department, waste management, medical department, department of health and others.

All of which is great, but we’re talking about plastered teenagers here. Safety protocol isn’t going to be first and foremost in their minds.

Walsh said this year, organisers are expecting between 50% and 70% of the normal turnout.

Shabir Madhi, a professor of vaccinology at Wits University, certainly didn’t mince his words when talking about the dangers posed.

Again from TimesLIVE:

[Madhi] has called for the banning of this season’s matric rage parties, saying he would consider it “criminal and utterly irresponsible” if the government allowed them to continue…

[He] said in the context of Covid-19 the organisers should be held accountable for the resurgence of infections he predicted within three to four weeks of the events.

In response, Rage Festival Group spokesperson Marina Oreb stressed the lower attendance figures expected this year, adding that the wearing of masks will be mandatory at all venues and on the shuttles.

Venues with “high airflow” have also been specifically chosen.

[sources:timeslive&timeslive]

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Watch Out For Scams While Shopping Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals Online https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/27/watch-out-for-scams-while-shopping-black-friday-cyber-monday-deals-online/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/27/watch-out-for-scams-while-shopping-black-friday-cyber-monday-deals-online/#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2020 12:30:46 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553707 [imagesource:here]

So far, Black Friday is working out pretty well for me.

Before 7AM, I’d already snapped up my nephews’ Christmas gifts at 50% off and clicked ‘add to cart’ on my dad’s gift at a decent discount, online, with minimal fuss.

Winning.

The upside of the sale, if you’ve done your research, is that you can score some great deals.

The downside is that there are always some crooks out there looking to cash in and ruin everyone’s fun.

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday taking place in the middle of a pandemic, online shopping is significantly more popular this year, which is why you need to be aware of some of the scams doing the rounds.

According to IOL, the Ombudsman for Banking Services has warned that “cybercriminals are becoming very inventive in the way they commit their crimes”.

“During this period, fraud is likely to occur when transacting online or with bank cards at the ATM and other point-of-sale devices.”

“Consumers will also receive calls from criminals pretending to be representatives from their bank.”

“Even though the caller may know your identity number, name, and card number, consumers are urged to never disclose any confidential information such as the CVV number on the back of their cards or the one-time pin (OTP) sent to their phones by the bank.”

That applies to every day of the year. If your bank supposedly calls you asking for personal or account information (which they won’t do), the best course of action is to hang up and call your bank to verify and/or alert them to the situation.

Your bank will also never ask you for your access code, password, VPN, or other personal information via email.

Neil Thompson, head of product and customer value proposition at African Bank, says that cybercrime increases as much as 336% at around this time of year.

“If you are shopping online, be especially cautious of phishing scams. Internet banking fraud now makes up 55% of all fraud occurring through banks. If an offer looks too good to be true, it is probably fake.

“You need to watch out for emails promising these amazing bargains. Rather than click on a link in an email or SMS, go to the site itself. Hackers can even spoof websites, so make sure you’re shopping on the actual site.”

The Citizen reports that consumers should also avoid using instant EFT payments – a version of the traditional EFT made through a third-party platform – as cybercriminals have been making use of a practice called “screen-scraping”.

Screen scraping makes it possible for third parties to gain access to the consumer’s bank data and make purchases, using their online banking credentials.

 Using these services will also make them vulnerable to possible fraud, as criminals might pretend to be a third party offering instant EFT services on fake e-commerce sites, so they can capture consumers’ access credentials for their bank’s internet banking websites.

The best way forward is to shop on reputable sites that you’re familiar with, avoid clicking links in emails or SMSes, and treat all calls, messages, or emails that claim to be from your bank with suspicion.

Instead of instant EFT, rather make use of other bank-backed forms of electronic payment methods.

Stick to those rules, and happy shopping.

[sources:iol&citizen]

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Dinosaurs, Drive-Ins, And Virtual Reality In Weekend Watch Party https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/27/dinosaurs-drive-ins-and-virtual-reality-in-weekend-watch-party/ Fri, 27 Nov 2020 12:00:21 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553319 Did you feel that tremor? Well, we’ve got some answers.

Spling is hosting a watch party turned movie night festival for Jurassic Park on Saturday, November 28, at Go Drive In in Cape Town and online via Showmax from 6:30PM.

You can follow /SplingMovies on social media or use the Live Event Tracker to stay tuned as links drop on the night.

Social distancing inspired South African movie critic, Stephen “Spling” Aspeling, to launch and host Bingeing with Spling. The watch party series may have been born in the stay-at-home age, but Spling doesn’t see it as a lockdown or once-off thing… now onto the sixth Bingeing with Spling event.

Described as the “best movie night in… ever” by one fan, he’s hoping to make it a regular and much-anticipated on-going monthly thing.

Join from Anywhere

The Bingeing with Spling watch party series is similar to what the Academy is doing, where they invite a few special guests to join a Twitter live commentary style screening on a select streaming platform. The difference is that Spling is curating a much broader event that includes: music performances, a curtain-raiser short film, special features and interviews with esteemed guests.

While the watch party is based in South Africa, there’s nothing stopping anyone from just about anywhere from joining in. All you need is an internet connection, a screen, access to the main feature and a smartphone to tweet along! The biggest new feature is that the watch party will also take place at Go Drive In in Cape Town, where you can also enjoy their VR arcade or grab a bite to eat from a wide selection of food trucks.

The Main Feature

Jurassic Park is a film that conjures up a lot of nostalgia for people who first witnessed Steven Spielberg’s brilliant sci-fi adventure. The visual effects have aged well and this modern classic has spawned a reboot series in Jurassic World starring Chris Pratt. It’s also interesting to note just how well the original cast have fared with Laura Dern going from strength-to-strength, Sam Neill doing some of his best work and Jeff Goldblum becoming more Goldblummy. The original Jurassic Park is still worth watching and what better way to go back to the future than at the drive-in theatre!

Check out the classic trailer:

Special Guests

Beyond the main feature, Spling has several special guests lined up. Joining in the watch party and going behind-the-scenes with exclusive interviews, you’ll be able to get the story from Jurassic Park megafan turned gaming kingpin, Grant Hinds, and hear from a real-life Indiana Jones in paleobiologist, Prof. Jonah Choiniere!

The watch party opens with John Bartmann’s creative rendition of the Jurassic Park theme and will be followed by Colin Trevorrow’s short film, Battle at Big Rock.

How to Get Involved

Beyond the jam-packed movie line-up, special features and exclusive interviews, Spling will introduce the event, serve up cool movie trivia and get people chatting on Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp with live commentary and movie games.

You’ll be able to win prizes, engage with special guests and enjoy movie banter with other attendees. The best comments of the night will make the round-up on Monday and you can stand a chance of winning a prize by simply using the hashtag #BingeingWithSpling on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram on the night!

To stay tuned for updates or more information, use the Live Event Tracker, follow @SplingMovies or /SplingMovies.

Bingeing with Spling is all about movies and fun, so invite your friends to join you online or at the drive-in if you’re in Cape Town, dress up for the occasion, get the popcorn popping and make it a brilliant night, whether you’re watching from the couch or a car seat!

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The Hilton Family Estate In California Is Quite Something [Video Tour] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/27/the-hilton-family-estate-in-california-is-quite-something-video-tour/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/27/the-hilton-family-estate-in-california-is-quite-something-video-tour/#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2020 11:30:04 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553619 [imagesource:here]

During the Great Depression in America, architects and builders across the board were having a tough time finding work, with the exception of Paul R. Williams.

In 1934, he was commissioned to design businessman Jay Paley’s Bel-Air residence, having already completed 26 other large Hollywood homes.

At first glance, Williams’ design for the Paley House appears traditional but his treatment was decidedly modern.

Per the Paul Williams Project, a 1935 article in Southwest Builder and Contractor described William’s vision for the home as:

Carrara marble and glass in the kitchen, bathrooms and showers, rubber tile work, and a mix of oak and linoleum floors. Hardwoods and pine trim were to be installed throughout along with closets lined with cedar.

A state-of-the-art gas-fired heating/hot water system and air conditioning were also to be installed.

The builders, O’Neal & Sons, reckoned it would cost in the region of $100 000 which was a huge sum for the time.

The 13-bedroom, 15 100 sqft house rests on a six-acre estate.

After Paley’s death in 1961, the furnishings were sold at auction and the estate subdivided and developed. The house, retaining the pool and tennis court, sold for $475 000 to Barron Hilton. The businessman and hotelier lived at the house until his death in 2019.

I’ll leave you to take a guided tour with his son Rick Hilton, the father of Paris and Nicky, and Rick’s son, Barron Hilton II:

[sources:paulwilliams]

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Trailer For Meryl Streep’s New Flick, ‘The Prom’ [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/27/trailer-for-meryl-streeps-new-flick-the-prom-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/27/trailer-for-meryl-streeps-new-flick-the-prom-video/#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2020 09:30:42 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553665 [imagesource: Melinda Sue Gordon/Netflix]

Prepare yourself – this is another musical.

The Prom, starring Meryl Streep alongside a star-studded cast that includes James Corden, Kerry Washington, and Nicole Kidman, is based on a Tony-nominated  Broadway musical of the same name.

With music and lyrics by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, the movie’s screenplay was penned by book writers Beguelin and Bob Martin.

Here’s the synopsis from Netflix, via ELLE:

Dee Dee Allen (Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (James Corden) are New York City stage stars with a crisis on their hands: their expensive new Broadway show is a major flop that has suddenly flatlined their careers.

Meanwhile, in small-town Indiana, high school student Emma Nolan (Jo Ellen Pellman) is experiencing a very different kind of heartbreak: despite the support of the high school principal (Keegan-Michael Key), the head of the PTA (Kerry Washington) has banned her from attending the prom with her girlfriend, Alyssa (Ariana DeBose).

Image: Netflix

When Dee Dee and Barry decide that Emma’s predicament is the perfect cause to help resurrect their public images, they hit the road with Angie (Nicole Kidman) and Trent (Andrew Rannells), another pair of cynical actors looking for a professional lift.

But when their self-absorbed celebrity activism unexpectedly backfires, the foursome find their own lives upended as they rally to give Emma a night where she can truly celebrate who she is.

Check out the trailer:

I’m not really a fan of modern musicals, and I’m still recovering from the nightmare fuel that was the film adaptation of Cats, but I might give this one a shot.

You can catch it from December 11 on Netflix.

While you wait, try out these Netflix codes that will unlock hidden content.

You’re welcome.

[source:elle]

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They Reckon Trump Is About To Pardon Joe Exotic, The Tiger King https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/27/they-reckon-trump-is-about-to-pardon-joe-exotic-the-tiger-king/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/27/they-reckon-trump-is-about-to-pardon-joe-exotic-the-tiger-king/#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2020 09:06:51 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553670 [imagesource:here]

As January 20 edges ever closer, expect President Donald Trump to stir up controversy with some contentious announcements, largely aimed at ‘owning the libs’.

It’s finally dawned on him that he lost the election, although he’ll never publicly admit that, and it’s eating him up inside.

Republicans are slowly backing away, congratulating president-elect Joe Biden and encouraging Trump to allow for a smooth transition, his legal team is an embarrassment, and he’s even been fooled by a fake Twitter account pretending to be his sister.

How about this exchange, which took place yesterday inside the White House, when Reuters correspondent Jeff Mason pressed him on his baseless widespread voter fraud conspiracies.

Toys out the cot from the 25-second mark:

That is a man taking strain.

Anyway, let’s deal with this Joe Exotic, Tiger King, nonsense.

First up, Trump retweeted this video from Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, a staunch ally, where the latter mentions that Trump could pardon himself, and even Joe Exotic:

More context, via VICE:

The mention of Joe Exotic, the star of the hit Netflix show Tiger King, is a reference to a New York Times report this week that says Trump is being lobbied for a pardon by attorneys for the 57-year-old, who was given a 22-year jail sentence for plotting a murder-for-hire and various wildlife-related crime.

Just the sort of pardon you should be focusing on in your final two months, right?

Whoever handles Joe Exotic’s social media accounts has been gunning for a pardon, and gunning hard.

A few examples:

Of course, the quickest way into Trump’s good books is money, which Joe’s team also has covered.

This from the New York Post:

Advocates for Joe Exotic — the ex-Oklahoma zookeeper convicted of trying to hire a hit man to kill rival Carole Baskin — have spent $10,000 at President Trump’s hotel in a desperate bid to get the commander in chief to pardon him, according to a new report.

The eye-popping bill at Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC was reported by the New York Times on Wednesday.

You can read that full report here.

It’s not hard to see the similarities between Trump and Joe Exotic – Trevor Noah has pointed them out – so let’s finish with a rather frightening image:

Image: @mistermorris55

[sources:vice&nypost]

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Italian TV Station Under Fire For Teaching Women How To Be Sexy When Shopping [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/27/italian-tv-station-under-fire-for-teaching-women-how-to-be-sexy-when-shopping-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/27/italian-tv-station-under-fire-for-teaching-women-how-to-be-sexy-when-shopping-video/#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2020 08:30:02 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553580 Wednesday, November 25, was International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

It’s an initiative that aims to raise awareness surrounding the physical and psychological violence that millions of women, all over the world, suffer in and outside of their homes.

In Italy, approximately one in three women has been a victim of gender-based violence.

On the eve of this day of activism and awareness drives, Detto Fatto, a program on the state broadcaster’s Rai 2 channel, decided that it would be a good idea to air a segment on how to look sexy while you shop.

According to The Guardian, the ‘tutorial’ was run by ballerina and pole dance teacher Emily Angelillo.

Unfortunately, there are no subtitles, but we’ll give you the gist of the show in a second.

The visuals at the 7:10 mark speak for themselves:

Right, on to what just happened there.

The segment began with Angelillo, dressed in leather mini-shorts and high heels, doing a dance before advising a young woman on how to wear heels.

She then demonstrated how high heels could be worn in places where they wouldn’t ordinarily be worn, such as at the supermarket.

Tips also included how to walk in an ‘alluring’ way while pushing a shopping trolley, how to reach for a bag of chips while suggestively raising a leg, and looking ‘sexy’ while picking something up from the floor.

Not only is this violently sexist, but it would also extend your shopping trip unnecessarily while you stand at a shelf in uncomfortable heels, picking things up and then dropping them on the floor so that you can retrieve them.

Predictably, women in Italy were outraged.

Some viewers were so shocked they initially thought the guide was a parody. Government ministers have demanded to know why it was shown on public television.

“For how long must we continue talking about women in a false, stereotypical way, with stiletto heels, sexy moves, always perfect, mermaids or witches?” Italy’s agricultural minister, Teresa Bellanova, wrote on Twitter.

Rai has cancelled Detto Fatto, and chief executive Fabrizio Salini has launched an investigation into the episode, saying that it had “nothing to do with the spirit of the public service and with the editorial line of Rai”.

The host, Bianca Guaccero, apologised.

It’s a little late for that.

[source:guardian]

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The Austrian Village Of F*cking Is Finally Changing Its Name https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/27/the-austrian-village-of-fcking-is-finally-changing-its-name/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/27/the-austrian-village-of-fcking-is-finally-changing-its-name/#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2020 07:30:35 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553589 [imagesource: iStockphoto]

The small Austrian village of Fucking, located in the municipality of Tarsdorf, in the Innviertel region of western Upper Austria, will be changing its name to Fugging after 1 000 years, following a big local push.

That local push, by the way, comes from the village’s 106 residents, known as Fuckingers.

It would be largely unremarkable was it not for its name, which has no meaning in German, but has made the town a target for British tourists and sign-stealers for decades, causing the local municipality to replace the signs with a theft-resistant variety.

According to News18, Andrea Holzner, the mayor of Tarsdorf, has confirmed the name change, but refused to comment on why they’ve made the decision.

I think it’s rather obvious.

Image: Reddit

The community, which dates back to at least 1070, was named after a man called Focko in the sixth century, long before the word became an expletive.

In 2018, Pornhub was offering free premium access to residents of Fucking and towns with other suggestive names like Titz in Germany or Big Beaver in America. It’s unclear whether residents of Fucking took the site up on its offer.

Nearby towns Oberfucking and Unterfucking may also follow suit.

With the pending name change set to happen from January 1, 2021, maybe the locals can finally enjoy some fugging peace.

[source:news18]

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Hit On Former 28s Boss Ernie “Lastig” Solomon Now A Double Murder https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/27/hit-on-former-28s-boss-ernie-lastig-solomon-now-a-double-murder/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/27/hit-on-former-28s-boss-ernie-lastig-solomon-now-a-double-murder/#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2020 07:07:48 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553587 [imagesource: Esa Alexander]

Last week, Ernie “Lastig” Solomon was gunned down in a hail of bullets in Boksburg, after two men opened fire on his BMW.

Sources say his murder was inevitable, with gunmen in a Ford Ranger cutting off his vehicle before unleashing a volley of bullets.

Shots were even fired through the roof, in case the rest of the vehicle had been bulletproofed.

Prior to his death, and probably knowing that the walls were closing in around him, Solomon recorded a video message. He finished by saying “be careful, you are going to kill your family and your own community and after that your own brothers are going to kill you”.

At the time of the shooting, there were three other occupants in the car with Solomon, all of whom were wounded, including his five-year-old granddaughter.

Now one of the other occupants, a man, has died in hospital, meaning the case is now a double murder. According to the Daily Maverick, “sources said the incident appeared to be planned with precision and that an AK-47 assault rifle may have been used in the ambush”.

Image: Daily Maverick

The same report goes on to say that Solomon’s murder could mean that two infamous hits – the 2013 murder of Sexy Boys gangster and suspected hitman Leon “Leontjie” David and the 2011 murder of underworld figure and state operative Cyril Beeka – may never be truly be solved:

Solomon was pointed to as being the mastermind behind Davids’ murder in retaliation for Beeka’s killing.

The suspected and claimed links connecting these three assassinations – spanning nearly a decade – create a triangle of fatal crimes, two of which have for years been open-ended and the latest still under intense investigation…

Details about Solomon’s claimed involvement in the killing of Davids are contained in a judgment against his nephew, Horatio “Voudie” Solomon, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Western Cape High Court in October.

During Horatio’s trial, various claims were made about his uncle’s involvement in the judgment itself, but Ernie was never called on as a witness.

Finally, as proof of the power Ernie wielded and the fear he instilled, consider this:

The judgment also included details about how CF [a Terrible Josters member who turned state witness] believed the Terrible Josters gang got its name: “The ‘Josters’, on his understanding, came from Johannesburg in the 1990s.

“The name ‘Terrible’ was added because the ultimate leader of the gang was… Ernest Solomon… whose nickname was ‘Lastig’.”

The word “Lastig” can be translated as “terrible”.

Insiders are now fearful that power struggles, both within the Terrible Josters themselves and between rival gangs, could lead to increased violence.

[source:dailymaverick]

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Friday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/27/friday-morning-spice-503/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/27/friday-morning-spice-503/#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2020 05:59:42 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553499 Donald Trump Says He Will Leave White House If Electoral College Votes For Joe Biden – President’s comments are the closest he has come to admitting defeat in election and set stage for college vote on 14 December. [guardian] OMG this is turning into a three act play.

‘He Never Apologised’: Peter Shilton Refuses To Forgive Diego Maradona For ‘Hand Of God’ Goal After His Death – Former England captain accuses Argentina great of having ‘no sportsmanship’ and reveals they never spoke again in the 34 years since the famous 1986 World Cup quarter-final. [ind]

Salesforce Is In Talks To Buy Slack, Deal Could Be Announced Next Week – Salesforce is in talks to acquire Slack, and a deal could be announced as soon as next week, according to a person familiar with the matter. [cnbc]

U.S. Supreme Court Backs Religious Groups Over New York Virus Curbs – The U.S. Supreme Court late on Wednesday backed Christian and Jewish houses of worship challenging New York state’s latest restrictions in novel coronavirus hot spots. [dmav]

A Battle Over Right-Wing Media Bookings Is Playing Out – As Fox News reportedly tells guests to not appear on Newsmax. [busins]

Peak Nostalgia – Range Of Retro Soft Drinks Launching In SA – Take a trip down memory lane with time-honoured bespoke classic soft drinks, which hark back to days of old. [here]

Disney Increases Number Of Planned Layoffs To 32,000 Employees – Walt Disney Co. is planning to shed 32,000 employees by the end of March — 4,000 more than previously announced — as the coronavirus pandemic continues to hammer its parks and resorts business. [cnn]

ATM’s Motion Of No Confidence In Ramaphosa Will Be Voted Next Week By An Open Ballot – The African Transformation Movement’s (ATM) motion of no confidence in President Cyril Ramaphosa will be voted on by open ballot next week, Speaker of the National Assembly Thandi Modise decided. [n24]

Everything You Already Forgot About 2020 – Aliens, coronavirus porn, 5G conspiracies, “Imagine,” and other stuff you immediately wiped from your brain. [vice]

British-Only Passport Holders Barred From Playing Prince William In New Film – Casting notice for a biopic starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana stipulates that British-European passport holders need not apply for the role of her son. [guardian]

Take A Look – This is what the iconic Newlands cricket ground will look like R800 million later. [busins]

Kate Middleton Makes Surprise Appearance Before Important Day – The Duchess of Cambridge made a surprise appearance on Thursday night ahead of one of the biggest speeches of her royal career. [hello] THIS.IS.HUGE!

Coconut Kelz And Schalk Bezuidenhout Tackle The News – Coconut Kelz is the host of a new digi-series, called ‘Who Got Chowed on Twitter?’, and her first guest is funnyman Schalk Bezuidenhout. [here]

Friends Actor Matthew Perry Confirms Engagement To Girlfriend Molly Hurwitz – The Friends actor – who played Chandler Bing in the beloved sitcom – made his relationship official earlier this year. [metro]

Why France May Ban Discrimination Against Accents – Politician Laetitia Avia came up with the idea of a new law, while Prime Minister Jean Castex has been mocked for his south-western accent. [bbc]

3-Metre Crocodile Takes A Chunk Out Of Bakkie In Richards Bay [Video] – It was a close call for a group of Richards Bay fishermen who stumbled upon a three-metre saltwater crocodile in the northern KwaZulu-Natal coastal town. [tlive]

‘I’m The President Of The United States!’: Trump Flips Out On Reporter – President Trump condemned a reporter after being asked if he would concede the election if the Electoral College votes for Joe Biden. [cnn]

Mads Mikkelsen To Replace Johnny Depp As Gellert Grindelwald In Fantastic Beasts 3 – Mikkelsen has made his name playing villains such as Le Chiffre in Casino Royale and Kaecilius in Doctor Strange. [sky]

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US DJ Accused Of Stealing SA DJ’s Beat – You Decide [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/us-dj-accused-of-stealing-sa-djs-beat-you-decide-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/us-dj-accused-of-stealing-sa-djs-beat-you-decide-videos/#respond Thu, 26 Nov 2020 14:00:22 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553430 [imagesource:here]

I can’t say I had ever heard of DJ Megan Ryte before, and my life was none the poorer for it, but it’s hard not to feel a little miffed after listening to her latest track.

Also, irony is clearly dead, because imagine opening a music video with a definition of ‘culture vulture’ – “a person or an organization making profit using honorable practices from a culture they do not care for” – when you’ve nicked the bloody beat.

Allegedly.

I did say I’d let you decide.

Let’s get the basics via DJ Mag:

DJ and radio host Megan Ryte dropped a new track and video, titled ‘Culture’, at the beginning of this week. Featuring will.i.am and A$AP Ferg, Ryte called the track a “statement record”, and said the song, alongside her debut album, “represents me as a DJ but also as a label owner, executive, A&R, producer, and all-around creative.”

That last word is interesting, given that the beat is remarkably similar to South African gqom pioneer DJ Lag’s ‘Ice Drop’, which was originally released in 2016.

Have a listen to the first minute or so of Ryte’s beat, which dropped on November 20:

Comments have been disabled on that video, following the backlash, but the dislike count is mounting.

Bottom right – 15 000 and mounting:

Now for DJ Lag’s ‘Ice Drop’, and some remarkable similarities:

I don’t think we’re going to need a long, protracted legal battle, like ‘Stairway to Heaven’, to sort this one out.

Even the visuals mirror each other.

In addition to disabling comments on the YouTube video, Ryte has also limited comments on her Instagram posts.

Ryte has yet to issue a public statement, but DJ Lag has responded via Twitter:

No need to read between the lines with that one.

[source:djmag]

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Peak Nostalgia – Range Of Retro Soft Drinks Launching In SA https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/peak-nostalgia-range-of-retro-soft-drinks-launching-in-sa/ Thu, 26 Nov 2020 13:55:03 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553401 [imagesource: Getty]

If you or your parents were listening to music any time before 1990, chances are a pile of LP records somewhere in your home or garage was recently dusted off and brought to life again on a new record player.

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a return to vinyl, polaroid cameras, and vintage fashion.

In a world of smartphones, social media, and music streaming platforms, there’s something lovely about the tactile experience of putting on a record or holding a Polaroid, capturing a moment that won’t live on your phone.

Has the nostalgia kicked in yet?

With that in mind, we’re excited to see that Fitch & Leedes has created something to sip while you listen to those songs of old, or flip through the snaps you took on your travels back in the day.

A new range, Fitch & Leedes Classics, will take you down memory lane with time-honoured bespoke and expertly crafted retro soft drinks.

Here’s TimesLIVE chatting with Chill Beverages’ marketing manager, James Shaw:

“We wanted to turn back the clock and serve the classics. A simple, classic drink, crafted with simple ingredients and natural flavours, allows us to appreciate its true taste and quality. We took the classics and refreshed them to appeal to the modern-day consumer who is looking for convenience and a healthier, tastier option.”

There are four for you to choose from:

LIME TWIST

The timeless zingy taste of lime and soda with Fitch & Leedes Classics Lime Twist is a delicately sparkling sweet and sour refresher.

PASSIONADE

Fitch & Leedes Classics Passionade is a zesty, modern twist on the familiar tropical favourite – passionfruit, and lemonade.

GINGER BEER

Enjoy the authentic taste of home-brewed ginger beer that refreshes with a fiery kick of ginger spice. Ginger beer was a favourite during the soda fountain era.

Pop a scoop of ice-cream on top to get the full experience.

ROCK SHANDY

Get a taste of the ‘luck of the Irish’ with Fitch & Leedes Classics Rock Shandy, a new take on this timeless bittersweet mix of soda, lemonade, and bitters.

The original is said to have originated in a pub in Blackrock, Ireland.

These timeless soft drinks will be available soon on the Fitch & Leedes website, and in stores across the country, so keep an eye out for them.

[source:timeslive]

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Cape Town Metro Now A COVID-19 Hotspot – Here’s Why https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/cape-town-metro-now-a-covid-19-hotspot-heres-why/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/cape-town-metro-now-a-covid-19-hotspot-heres-why/#respond Thu, 26 Nov 2020 13:45:47 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553333 [imagesource:here]

Over the past few weeks, there has been an alarming resurgence in COVID-19 cases in various parts of the country.

The Western Cape is front and centre, with cluster outbreaks occurring along the Garden Route, leading to George, Knysna, and Bitou being declared hotspots.

Yesterday, we covered the concerns of Western Cape Health Department’s chief of operations, Dr. Saadiq Kariem, who called it a “potentially explosive situation”, but that interview was done before the latest round of figures came out.

Now Alan Winde has sounded the alarm, releasing an official statement, titled ‘COVID-19 resurgence in the Western Cape; urgent public response required’.

Some of the standout stats from that release:

The Western Cape Government is deeply concerned about the growing number of COVID-19 infections and hospitalisations in the province, which can now be considered as an established resurgence.

A resurgence is when the number of active cases increase, week-on-week, by more than 20%. Over the last week alone, the province has witnessed a 52.1% jump in new cases, with an established pattern over time.

There is also now established community transmission of the virus again in this province, which means that it is spreading within communities at a faster rate.

There are two districts that are of concern, the Garden Route, and the Cape Metro (which encompasses all of these areas):

The City of Cape Town is following a similar trajectory to this region [Garden Route] and looks to be about 10-14 days behind. We are therefore also issuing a hotspot alert for the Metro.

It is important to highlight that the growth in cases in the City is being recorded in every sub-district and is not being driven by any one area. This is verified by waste-water treatment testing…

This established COVID-19 resurgence in the Western Cape is also reflected in the proportion of positive tests, which has now grown to 16%. This is comparable to the test positivity rate experienced in the Western Cape in early May 2020.

In early May, we were under extremely strict lockdown measures, and the virus still managed to spread.

With alert level one in place, curbing that spread now relies largely on citizens acting responsibly.

Winde pointed out that the province’s hospital system is once again taking strain, with critical care admissions increasing by 75% since the start of November.

Returning to harder lockdowns will further cripple the country’s economy, and cause countless businesses to shut their doors, so the call has gone out for the public to be vigilant:

 “We need every person in the Western Cape to help prevent a lockdown and to ensure that there are enough empty beds in our hospitals for those who need them” 

We must be under no illusion as to how serious the situation is, and how quickly it can deteriorate further…our hospitals are already fuller than they were earlier this year, during the first wave of hospitalisations…

Every single resident should assume that COVID-19 is everywhere they go and take all the necessary precautions at every point along their journey.

One only needs to look at Europe, where many countries have returned to very strict lockdown measures, to know what happens next if the tide isn’t turned.

Finally, Winde said it’s time to hold those who don’t adhere to protocols accountable:

You can read that statement in full here.

Here are the latest countrywide stats, released by the Health Department last night, via EWN:

One hundred and eighteen more South Africans have died after contracting the coronavirus.

This takes the death toll in the country to 21,201.

In the last 24-hours, 3,250 new COVID-19 cases have been detected, bring the total number of cases the outbreak of the pandemic to 775,502.

The active case count is also an important metric to consider.

Yesterday, there were 34 725 cases considered active, and today there are 37 857.

We really, really don’t want a second hard lockdown, or even a return to harsher restrictions, so perhaps now is the time to have a chat with friends and family about what measures you’ll be implementing to try and slow the spread of the virus, and protect those that you come into contact with.

As much as COVID-19 fatigue is understandable (you’re not alone on that front), it appears that we are well and truly back in the trenches.

[sources:wcgov&ewn]

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Coconut Kelz And Schalk Bezuidenhout Tackle The News [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/coconut-kelz-and-schalk-bezuidenhout-tackle-the-news-video/ Thu, 26 Nov 2020 13:12:35 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553140 In days of old, you’d have to rely on Riaan Cruywagen to read the nightly news.

No disrespect to the man, because he was good at what he did, but things have changed with the rise and rise of social media.

Coconut Kelz has gained a sizeable following these past few years, with her satirical look at life in South Africa, and she’s now hosting Eskort’s new digi-series, Who Got Chowed on Twitter?.

Kelz and her guests will discuss the people who have made Twitter light up, keeping us right at the epicentre of Mzanzi culture.

The digi-series’ first guest is Schalk Bezuidenhout, one of lockdown’s biggest stars, who brought comic relief to many South Africans when we were confined to our homes.

There is talk of snakes, sausages, and a rather apprehensive conversation around the ANC’s secretary-general:

With all that Ace Magashule chat, I reckon both could use a police Eskort.

Alright, I think I will leave the jokes to the professionals then.

You can keep up to speed with the latest episodes of Who Got Chowed on Twitter? here.

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Calling All Bee Gees Fans – The Doccie You’ve Waited So Long For [Trailer] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/calling-all-bee-gees-fans-the-doccie-youve-waited-so-long-for-trailer/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/calling-all-bee-gees-fans-the-doccie-youve-waited-so-long-for-trailer/#respond Thu, 26 Nov 2020 13:00:30 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553517 [imagesource: AP/Shutterstock]

It’s near impossible to listen to ‘Stayin’ Alive’ without tapping your feet.

You’ll be put to the test as soon as you click play on that video below, which is the trailer for The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, an HBO doccie set to air from December 12.

Remarkably, it’s the first feature-length film about the band, and tells the story of the stratospheric rise of Barry, Maurice, and Robin Gibb to international superstardom.

Heres’ the HBO write-up:

The iconic trio, who found early fame in the Sixties, went on to write over 1,000 songs, including twenty number one hits throughout their storied career.

This film follows the Bee Gee’s meteoric rise, as they rode the highs of fame and fortune, negotiated the vagaries of the ever-shifting music business and navigated the complexities of working so intimately alongside family.

The doccie is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Frank Marshall (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), who told NME that he has loved the band’s music for all of his life:

“But it wasn’t until I did my first interview with Barry, almost 3 years ago, that I began to discover their uncanny creative instincts, their musical gifts, their humor, and the brotherhood and family that made them so unique.”

Sadly, Barry Gibb is the only sole surviving member, with Maurice dying in 2003, and Robin in 2012.

Thankfully, there is plenty of footage and interviews from days of old to piece together what promises to be a riveting watch:

Admit it, your feet tapped a little.

December 12 on HBO. Mark it down.

[source:nme]

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Need A ‘Runaround’ Car For Home? New Toyota Costs Under R180k https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/need-a-runaround-car-for-home-new-toyota-costs-under-r180k/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/need-a-runaround-car-for-home-new-toyota-costs-under-r180k/#respond Thu, 26 Nov 2020 12:58:44 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553478 [imagesource: Toyota]

Toyota’s budget hatchback, the Toyota Agya, has arrived in South Africa.

The five-door car is effectively a twin to its predecessor, the Daihatsu Ayla, and debuted on the market as long ago as 2012, before its first facelift in 2017, and again earlier this year.

It’s not the most attractive vehicle, but if you’re one of those people who routinely loses your car in parking lots, that luminous yellow might be exactly what you need. I’ve heard that it also comes in traffic cone orange.

Lovely.

Looks aren’t really what the company is going for, though. The car is marketed at first-time buyers and slots into Toyota SA Motors’ line-up below the new Starlet.

You can snap a Starlet up for between R204 900 to R272 500.

The Agya starts at R178 600, but we will get to pricing later.

Image: Toyota

Per Car Magazine, it comes with a three-year/100 000 km warranty included in the price, along with a two-time/20 000 km service plan.

Image: Toyota

Standard features include 14-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, electric windows, dual-front airbags, a start button, and an immobiliser alarm – the basics.

Image: Toyota

Under the hood, you’re looking at a 1,0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine which sends 49 kW and 89 Nm to the front axle.

Depending on which of the two variants you choose – manual or automatic – you have the option of a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox.

If you’re planning on winning any races, look elsewhere. The manual model will reach 100 km/h from standstill in 14,6 seconds, before topping out at 165 km/h.

Fuel consumption is listed at 4,8 litres/100 km.

So it will get you from point A to point B with minimal hassles.

Here’s where it’s at in terms of options and pricing:

  • Manual Agya: R178 600
  • Manual Agya fitted with Toyota’s audio system: R182 400
  • Automatic Agya: R192 500
  • Automatic Agya fitted with Toyota’s audio system: R196 300

If you’re looking for your first car, or want to get your kid something that they can’t drag-race in, this isn’t a bad way to go.

[source:carmag]

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Candice Swanepoel Celebrates Summer In New Python Bikini https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/candice-swanepoel-celebrates-summer-in-new-python-bikini/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/candice-swanepoel-celebrates-summer-in-new-python-bikini/#respond Thu, 26 Nov 2020 12:55:54 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553466 [imagesource: Matthias Nareyek / Getty Images]

I see we’re still doing this.

Alright, off we go.

Candice Swanepoel’s Instagram account.

A bikini top from her own swimwear line, Tropic of C.

The bikini top is python print.

Now that the scene is set:

 

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A post shared by @angelcandices

Staggering stuff.

Fans of Candice / python crossovers should know that she donned a similar bikini last July, again promoting her swimwear brand.

Should we call it there? Fine, let’s get a whiff of how the Daily Mail described the above photos:

The 32-year-old beauty wore the Praia top in python red and looked serene as she relaxed on a vintage couch, with a number of patterned pillows laying around the scenery.

The supermodel kept her normally flowing blonde hair tied back in a bun for the shoot.

Riveting.

In order to pay penance for writing these stories, I usually throw in a mention of how we can be better people.

Why don’t you do a good deed for the day and sign up to be an organ donor?

It’s free, it takes a matter of minutes, and you may well save someone’s life.

You can find all the info you need on the official Organ Donor Foundation site.

Toodles.

[source:dailymail]

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Diana’s Famous Black Sheep Sweater Is Making A Comeback – Yours For R4 500 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/dianas-famous-black-sheep-sweater-is-making-a-comeback-yours-for-r4-500/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/dianas-famous-black-sheep-sweater-is-making-a-comeback-yours-for-r4-500/#respond Thu, 26 Nov 2020 12:34:49 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553513 [imagesource: Getty]

When Princess Diana wore something, it often sold out almost immediately, or inspired a series of knock-offs for those who couldn’t afford high-end fashion.

The same applied to her engagement ring, which, when people discovered that it was shop stock – meaning people could walk in and buy the same ring as the future Queen of England – everyone immediately walked in a bought the same ring as the future Queen of England.

In June of 1981, a month away from her wedding, before she upgraded to Princess of Wales, Lady Diana Spencer wore a black sheep sweater.

There’s just a touch of foreshadowing there if we take into account how her relationship with the Royal Family would play out.

Over to The New Yorker for more on the sweater.

The two designers of the black-sheep sweater, Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne, of the knitwear label Warm and Wonderful (now known as Muir and Osborne), still do not know exactly how Diana came to own the garment—the going theory, they told me recently, over the phone, is that the mother of one of her wedding page boys gave it to her.

They only figured out that she had it when they saw the pictures of her wearing it at Charles’ polo match.

Image: Getty

Then she wore it a second time (heaven forbid) so she must have liked it.

The sweater makes an appearance in the fourth season of The Crown, which people can’t stop talking about to the point of insanity.

So far the series has inspired:

Those are just a few of the topics doing the rounds. There’s also an article about the Queen’s relationship with Margaret Thatcher.

Back to the sweater, which you can buy for $295 (roughly R4 500) from Rowing Blazers.

Image: Rowing Blazers

Designer Jack Carlson, who worked with Muir and Osborne to re-create the original faithfully, says he launched it with a few improvements:

“The original had long strands that you could get your jewelry caught in.”

The sweaters, which are handmade in Portugal, sold out within 24 hours.

“‘The Crown’ certainly helps, and I’ve had lots of people asking if we planned these sweaters to come out with the new season,” Carlson said.

Image: Rowing Blazers

“And the answer is no! I’ve been working on this for nearly two years. If we had had any idea at the beginning of this process how much excitement there was going to be, we would have made a lot more.”

If you want one, you now have to preorder it. They’re currently taking orders for sweaters that will be delivered in February/ March next year.

To ensure it arrives safely, you might want to look into Postbox Courier so that you don’t have to deal with customs or delay your order any more than is necessary.

Or, you can download this free ‘Diana Black Sheep’ knitting pattern on Pinterest and make your own.

[source:newyorker]

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And Just Like That, Sir David Attenborough Has Left Instagram After Record-Breaking Arrival https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/and-just-like-that-sir-david-attenborough-has-left-instagram-after-record-breaking-arrival/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/and-just-like-that-sir-david-attenborough-has-left-instagram-after-record-breaking-arrival/#respond Thu, 26 Nov 2020 12:00:54 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553392 [imagesource: Altitude Film Entertainment]

Short, sweet, and record-breaking is an accurate way to describe Sir David Attenborough’s Instagram journey.

The world-famous naturalist joined Instagram in late September, and promptly broke the Guinness World Record for the quickest time to reach a million followers.

Four hours and 44 minutes, beating Jennifer Aniston, who took all of five hours and 16 minutes to reach that mark back in 2019.

Sir David’s record didn’t last very long, with former Harry Potter star Rupert Grinch breaking the record a week ago, hitting a million followers in four hours and one minute.

And then, just as he entered in a blaze of glory, Sir David exited Instagram, having clocked 6,2 million followers at last count.

Please take note, people who constantly talk about leaving social media (“I’m deleting Facebook!”) and then never do.

Here’s CNN:

Attenborough’s last post on the platform said he was “encouraged by the huge amount of ideas and passion” shared on Instagram.

“This might be a wrap for this account — we won’t be posting anything else, though the account will stay open for you to watch David’s messages — but we hope it’s a springboard for many others to build on and share the ways we might create a sustainable future,” it read.

Attenborough’s account was run with the help of his colleagues, Jonnie Hughes and Colin Butfield, who acknowledged in the very first post that “social media isn’t David’s usual habitat.”

No, it certainly wasn’t.

On more familiar footing, and closer to home, the naturalist recently penned a letter to conservation photographer Peter Oxford, who leads the Betty’s Bay Baboon Action Group (BBBAG).

More from the Citizen:

…Attenborough expresses his support, saying he “fully supports” the efforts of the group to allow the baboons to “continue to roam free”.

He goes on to say, “the problem has been created by people attracting these intelligent creatures close to human habitation by leaving refuse and discarded food easily accessible, so there is surely a moral duty to find a humane solution to the problem”.

In July, the action group protested a contract awarded by the local Overstrand Municipality to Human and Wildlife Solutions (HWS), to manage the baboons troops in the area, because the municipality had neglected to consult residents…

The BBBAG accused the municipality of a “one size fits all” approach, without considering that Betty’s Bay is part of the Kogelberg biosphere, a protected area which is a world heritage site and part of the UNESCO Man and Biosphere (MAB) programme.

The guidelines for managing our baboon troop are “not in-line with the Kogelberg biosphere ethos”, said Oxford.

Much like the situation with Kataza, which elicited a response from Dr. Jane Goodall, HWS is under the spotlight.

In Kataza’s case, the City of Cape Town recently gave in to public demand to return the much-loved baboon to his home range on Slangkop in Kommetjie.

You can see pictures of Kataza and the troop he is part of here.

[sources:cnn&citizen]

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Bieber, The Weeknd, And Nicki Minaj Are Freaking Out About The Grammys https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/bieber-the-weeknd-and-nicki-minaj-are-freaking-out-about-the-grammys/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/bieber-the-weeknd-and-nicki-minaj-are-freaking-out-about-the-grammys/#respond Thu, 26 Nov 2020 10:00:33 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553444 [imagesource: Shutterstock]

On Tuesday, November 24, the 53rd annual Grammy Awards nominations were announced, and not without controversy.

Three artists in particular – Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd, and Justin Bieber – took to social media to voice their discontent.

The Weeknd has done pretty well for himself this year, most recently taking home the award for Favourite Male Artist, Favourite Soul/R&B Album (After Hours), and Favourite Soul/R&B Song (‘Heartless’) at the American Music Awards, so he and others were shocked when he didn’t receive a single nomination.

He called the Grammys out on Twitter:

Harvey Mason Jr., the Recording Academy’s chair and interim president/CEO, supplied Billboard with the following statement after the tweet, and after it was suggested that it was his upcoming Super Bowl performance that affected the nominations:

“We understand that The Weeknd is disappointed at not being nominated. I was surprised and can empathize with what he’s feeling. His music this year was excellent…We were thrilled when we found out he would be performing at the upcoming Super Bowl and we would have loved to have him also perform on the Grammy stage the weekend before …To be clear, voting in all categories ended well before The Weeknd’s performance at the Super Bowl was announced, so in no way could it have affected the nomination process.”

The Weeknd has received 10 Grammy nominations over the years, eight of which were for his own recordings. The other two were for featured roles on recordings by Wiz Khalifa and Beyoncé.

Read more from the Academy here.

Moving on to Justin Bieber, who received four nominations including Best Pop Solo Performance (‘Yummy’), Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (‘Intentions’, featuring Quavo), Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Country Duo/Group Performance (for his feature on Dan + Shay’s ‘10,000 Hours’).

He’s grumpy because they supposedly put him in the wrong category – pop instead of R&B:

 

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A post shared by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber)

Cry me a river.

Which brings us to Nicki Minaj who, despite 10 nominations in the past, has yet to take home a Grammy. She recalled her 2012 loss to Bon Iver:

She wasn’t nominated this year.

Meanwhile, Beyoncé became the most nominated female artist in the history of the Grammy Awards after earning nine nominations including Record of the Year for Black Parade, and ‘Savage’, her collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion.

I reckon the Grammy drama is just beginning.

[source:billboard]

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SpaceX Astronaut Blown Away By It All – Shoots Video Of Earth https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/spacex-astronaut-blown-away-by-it-all-shoots-video-of-earth/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/spacex-astronaut-blown-away-by-it-all-shoots-video-of-earth/#respond Thu, 26 Nov 2020 09:30:28 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553353 [imagesource:here]

Victor Glover is pretty stoked with life right about now.

For one, he’s making history as the first black astronaut to make a long stay at the International Space Station, and will spend a good six months aboard as part of NASA and SpaceX’s first fully operational crewed mission to the ISS.

If this was a horror movie, he would almost certainly be the first person to die.

But it’s not, and Glover has spent the last few days taking in the incredible view the ISS affords its lodgers.

Here’s the first video he shared – a view of Earth taken through a window on the Dragon Resilience:

When he says the video “just doesn’t do it justice”, I believe him.

According to KSBY, the 44-year-old Southern California native graduated from California Polytechnic State University in 1999 with an engineering degree.

A day earlier, Glover shared this snap:

Spending six months aboard the ISS will be taxing, but it’s nothing compared to what astronauts on the first mission to Mars will go through.

[source:ksby]

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Forbes Argues That Elon Musk Isn’t REALLY The Second-Richest Person In The World https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/forbes-argues-that-elon-musk-isnt-really-the-second-richest-person-in-the-world/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/forbes-argues-that-elon-musk-isnt-really-the-second-richest-person-in-the-world/#respond Thu, 26 Nov 2020 08:40:38 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553415 [imagesource: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images]

Earlier in the week, Elon Musk became the second-richest person in the world, passing Bill Gates.

Take your pick of news source – the BBC, Moneyweb, Sky News, Business Insider, the list goes on.

One source that wasn’t singing from that sheet is Forbes, running the headline ‘No, Elon Musk Is Not The Second Richest Person In The World — Here’s Why’.

The article is two days old, so some of the exact figures may be a touch dated, but their methodology remains the same.

Let’s get the crux of the argument out of the way:

Musk owns 21% of Tesla but has pledged more than half his stake as collateral for personal loans; Forbes applies a 25% discount to his shareholding to account for the loans. Musk’s net worth estimate includes $25 billion worth of options that he was awarded since May as part of  a historic 12-tranche compensation plan.

Musk became eligible for the fourth tranche in late October after Tesla exceeded the cumulative EBITDA requirement, but Tesla has yet to confirm in public filings that it has certified the results…

Until the receipt of the fourth tranche is confirmed, Forbes is only counting some 25 million options from the package towards Musk’s net worth.

Yeah, take that, Elon.

Then there’s also the matter of his SpaceX shares:

Musk also owns an estimated 48% of SpaceX, the rocket company that recently made its first launch with astronauts on board. Investors valued SpaceX at $46 billion in August. After applying Forbes’ 10% private company discount, Musk’s SpaceX stake is worth just under $20 billion.

A pittance, you might say.

Whilst it must be a nice little ego boost to climb the ranks of the world’s richest people, Musk says he’s not all that bothered.

When Forbes contacted him in July, asking questions related to calculating his net worth, Musk said “I really couldn’t care less”, adding “these numbers rise and fall, but what really matters is making great products that people love”.

Using Forbes’ real-time Billionaires Tracker, here’s where things currently stand by their metrics, correct as of 10:30AM local time:

Jeff Bezos sitting very pretty atop that list.

Meanwhile, Bill Gates loses $367 million, which sounds terrible, but accounts for just 0,31% of his total wealth.

You can follow the ebbs and flows of the world’s richest folks here, if you’re a sucker for punishment.

[sources:forbes&forbes]

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Let’s Chat About That Guy Who Broke Into The Queen’s Bedroom In 1982 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/lets-chat-about-that-guy-who-broke-into-the-queens-bedroom-in-1982/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/lets-chat-about-that-guy-who-broke-into-the-queens-bedroom-in-1982/#respond Thu, 26 Nov 2020 08:06:00 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553369 [imagesource: Getty]

On July 9, 1982, a barefoot, unshaven Michael Fagan, wearing only a sweatshirt and jeans, shimmied up a Buckingham Palace drainpipe and onto a flat roof that was only a few feet away from the palace’s main building.

He then climbed through an unlocked window and into the palace’s historic halls, undetected by cameras or security, slipped by staff going about their daily business, and into Queen Elizabeth II’s chambers.

He admitted that he intended to slash his wrists in front of her with a shard of an ashtray that he’d smashed in the palace, but changed his mind.

In an interview with The Independent, Fagan described the incident as follows:

“I was scareder than I’d ever been in my life,” he says, widening his eyes theatrically as he recalls the moment he pulled back the curtains to see the Queen staring up at him.

“Then she speaks and it’s like the finest glass you can imagine breaking: ‘Wawrt are you doing here?!'”

He goes on to describe what happened in the Queen’s bedroom:

“It was a double bed but a single room, definitely – she was sleeping in there on her own,” he giggles.

“Her nightie was one of those Liberty prints and it was down to her knees.”

Image: Rex Features

In the depiction of this event in the recently aired season four of The Crown, Fagan breaks in to have a chat with HRH Liz. He says that it didn’t happen.

“Nah! She went past me and ran out of the room; her little bare feet running across the floor.”

He was also barefoot but says he didn’t start out that way.

“I got my sandals returned to me two years later by a security guard.”

“‘These are Michael’s sandal, we found them on the roof”, they said”.

The Queen had pushed the emergency night button as soon as she spotted Fagan, but her guard had gone off duty at 6AM. She managed to summon help from an unarmed footman who stood watch until the police came.

Fagan recalls, with increasing licence: “The footman came and said, ‘Cor, fucking hell mate, you look like you need a drink’. His name was [Paul] Whybrew, which is a funny name for someone offering you a drink, innit? He took me to the Queen’s pantry, across the landing, where I presume she cooks her baked beans and toast and whatever – and takes a bottle of Famous Grouse from the shelf and pours me a glass of whisky.”

He admits that this was not the first time that he’d broken into the palace. The time prior, he was desperate to use the loo.

“I found rooms saying ‘Diana’s room’, ‘Charles’s room’; they all had names on them. But I couldn’t find a door which said ‘WC’. All I found were some bins with ‘corgi food’ written on them. I was breaking my neck to go to the toilet. What do I do? Pee on the carpet? So I had to pee on the corgi food.”

He says he has no regrets, but wouldn’t chance it again, because the palace has upped its security.

All these years later, however, he still can’t explain why he did it, but reckons it had something to do with the magic mushrooms he had put in his soup five months earlier.

You can read the rest of the interview here.

In The Crown, he is depicted as a symbol for the average citizen’s frustration with the Thatcher years and the mass unemployment that ravaged England while she was Prime Minister.

He also exists to remind the Queen that she is out of touch with the common folk:

Fagan was sentenced to six months in a psychiatric hospital after he was caught.

He is now 72, lives in London, and says he has “great respect” for the Queen.

[source:independent]

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Liam Gallagher On The Time He Met Maradona In Argentina [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/liam-gallagher-on-the-time-he-met-maradona-in-argentina-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/liam-gallagher-on-the-time-he-met-maradona-in-argentina-video/#respond Thu, 26 Nov 2020 07:30:14 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553361 I’m going to go out on a limb and say none of the three men above was sober at the time that picture was taken.

You’re looking at Liam and Noel Gallagher, former rock ‘n rollers and current feuding brothers, and Diego Maradona, who passed away yesterday at the age of 60 after suffering heart failure.

More technically, “acute secondary lung oedema to exacerbated chronic heart failure”, according to CNN’s source.

If you’re after an obituary, there’s this from the Guardian, and this from Sky Sports, but let’s turn our attention to a chance meeting in 1998, whilst Oasis were in Buenos Aires as part of their ‘Be Here Now’ tour of South America.

Liam recounted that story in 2017:

If that video doesn’t work, here’s a back-up:

There’s nothing about that story that seems implausible. It’s all very on-brand for everyone involved.

After learning of Maradona’s passing, Liam sent out three tweets, showing him working through the stages of grief:

Hashtag blessed, indeed.

If you want to understand why Maradona is so revered in Naples, Italy, as well as get a glimpse into his descent into addiction, watch this documentary.

We’ll leave you with the Guardian’s video tribute to the Argentinian maestro:

[source:guardian]

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Government To Charge Netflix And Co. To Operate In SA https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/government-to-charge-netflix-and-co-to-operate-in-sa/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/government-to-charge-netflix-and-co-to-operate-in-sa/#respond Thu, 26 Nov 2020 07:14:01 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553332 [imagesource:here]

In late October, new legislation was proposed by the SABC that would expand the definition of a TV licence to include streaming services.

They argued that the definition of when a TV licence is required is outdated and should be adjusted to accommodate current times. The idea was to charge users of all pay-TV services, including DStv, and video-on-demand (VOD) services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

This was put forward by Deputy Communications Minister Pinky Kekana in a presentation to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications. Predictably it was met with anger, or simply dismissed as ludicrous by South Africans.

To make matters worse, when asked to clarify exactly how this would all play out, SABC Head of TV Licences Sylvia Tladi didn’t seem to be able to settle on which devices, used to watch streaming services, would be reclassified as TVs.

She said that they wouldn’t be charging a TV licence fee for devices like laptops, but would be charging a licence fee for any device that would allow one to stream content – like laptops.

The public has been given the opportunity to comment on the proposed Act, which they’ve provisionally titled ‘Audio and Audiovisual Content Services Policy Framework: A New Vision for South Africa’. If you’re not keen to read the entire document, skip ahead to page 50 for the gist of the proposal.

We’ll call it the ‘Policy Framework‘ for the sake of brevity.

The ‘Policy Framework’ takes a bit of an odd turn in the introduction, drawing on the first, second and third Industrial Revolutions as a basis to argue that “rapid and unprecedented changes occurring both in [contemporary] society and communication have brought a period of volatility, complexity and unprecedented disruptive change”:

Propelled by the pervasiveness of social media platforms and proliferation of different broadcasting-like , on-demand video sharing platform services using the internet as a means of distribution and many of which operate on a global scale.

There are some good points, like the fact that radio is one of the primary ways that South Africans are able to access information and news, and the SABC as a free service is beneficial to those who cannot afford online streaming services.

One of the proposed changes, however, draws on what the ‘Police Framework’ calls the ‘cultural policy toolkit’ which will further complicate relationships with international streaming services.

The cultural policy toolkit used in the past has included public service programming, promotion of South African television content, south African music and languages, ensuring diversity of content, must carry of public service programming and facilitating access to sports of national interest on free-to-air services for all citizens.

To meet this, it has been proposed that at least 30% of all content streamed in South Africa needs to be produced locally.

Business Insider SA reports that some clarity has been provided on how all of this will be enforced in a presentation put before Parliament by the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies on Wednesday. They plan to subject streaming-platforms to licensing fees.

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) will be tasked with determining these fees and holding to account international services which fail to comply. This includes the establishment of a team, which would work closely with South African banks, to halt subscription payments to uncooperative service providers.

Banks interfering in private bank accounts without the permission of the account holder, to halt subscription payments, sounds super constitutional.

As the DA’s Phumzile Van Damme points out, enforcing this is going to be difficult, because the licence payments from international services like Netflix, will inevitably be paid by the viewer.

“This China-esque ‘censorship bureau’ stands in stark violation to the right of all South Africans to a free-flow of information, and would not meet the constitutional standard of the limitation of this right by government,” Van Damme said during the committee meeting in reference to the department’s proposal to halt payments to streaming services.

The department says that it has already received 20 000 comments on the ‘Policy Framework’, but that it intends to “push ahead” to amend its definition of “broadcasting services” in South Africa.

According to the government website, you have until November 30 to have your say.

Business Insider SA says that the deadline has been extended to February 15, 2021, but best to get those comments in sooner, rather than later.

Comments can also be emailed to aacs@dtps.gov.za.

[sources:policyframework&businessinsider]

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Thursday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/thursday-morning-spice-507/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/26/thursday-morning-spice-507/#respond Thu, 26 Nov 2020 05:00:14 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553261 SA Man Booted Out Of Australia After 9 Years In Prison For Raping Two People – A South African man has been stripped of his Australian citizenship and will be booted out of the country after spending nine years behind bars for raping two people. [iol]

Football Icon Diego Maradona Dies At 60 Following Heart Attack – The Albiceleste superstar was recovering at his home in Tigre after undergoing brain surgery at the start of November. [goal]

China’s President Xi Jinping Congratulates Biden On Election Victory – The message comes soon after the Trump administration officially authorized the Biden transition. [nbc]

Trump Plans To Pardon Former Aide Michael Flynn: Reports – Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about interactions he had with Russia’s ambassador to the US in the weeks before Trump took office. [reuters]

Biden Says He’d Meet With Trump ‘If He Asked’ – President-elect Joe Biden said he would be open to meeting with President Trump as part of the transition, even as Trump has refused to publicly accept the results of the election. [hill]

Revealed: UK Supermarket And Fast Food Chicken Linked To Deforestation In Brazil – Tesco, Lidl, Asda, McDonald’s and Nando’s all source chicken fed on soya from Cerrado tropical biome region. [guardian]

AWS Outage Has Taken Down A Big Chunk Of The Internet – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon’s internet infrastructure service that is the backbone of many websites and apps, is experiencing a major outage affecting a large portion of the internet. [verge]

How I Save R12 000 On My Annual Home Coffee Bill – I’ve been praising the ‘bean to cup’ lifestyle for a while now – ever since I got a JURA coffee machine. You know, the one with Roger Federer. [here]

Old Mutual Becomes Latest Insurer To Lose A Covid-19 Case In Court – Another insurance company has failed to defend its decision not to pay a claim for losses incurred due to the Covid-19 lockdown. [tlive]

Tackling ‘Period Poverty,’ Scotland Is 1st Nation To Make Sanitary Products Free – The Scottish Parliament voted unanimously to pass a measure that makes free period products available to anyone who needs them, the first country to do so. [nyt]

Rapists Will Be Chemically Castrated In Pakistan Under New Laws Approved By Prime Minister Imran Khan – Pakistan’s Prime Minister has approved in principle a law on chemical castration of rapists. [dm]

Snoring Juror Dismissed From Australian Murder Trial – The juror was said to be asleep ‘for some period of time’ [ind]

Putting Trump Past Us Is Like Exiting An Abusive Relationship: It Takes Time – Under Trump many had a ‘collective hypervigilance and anxiety of what he might do next’, experts say – so how do we unpack these past four years? [guardian]

Nearly 100 Whales Die After Mass Stranding In New Zealand – About 100 pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins have died in a mass stranding on the remote Chatham Islands, about 800 km (497 miles) off New Zealand’s east coast, officials said on Wednesday. [mav]

The New ‘Gold Rush’ For Green Lithium – Lithium is crucial for the transition to renewables, but mining it has been environmentally costly. Now a more sustainable source of lithium has been found deep beneath our feet. [bbc]

ANC Won’t Pay R102m For Election Posters Despite Court Order – Party says it will appeal judgment rather than pay Durban-based company. [iol]

Hello, Summer – Three Quick And Easy Gin Cocktails Worth A Go – You aren’t doing summer right if you’re not watching the sun go down with a cold drink in hand. [here]

He’s An Ex-Proud Boy. Here’s What He Says Happens Within The Group’s Ranks – On the night of a recent Million MAGA March in Washington DC, a large man in a Proud Boys polo shirt runs at a Black woman from behind and punches her in the head. She falls to the pavement. [cnn]

Why Stollen Christmas Bread Is Called Stollen – Stollen is a cake like yeast bread that usually has candied fruit, currants, orange and lemon zest, spice and cardamom spices for flavoring. The most common Stollen is Dresdener Stollen from the city of Dresden, Germany. [kitchpro]

The Untranslatable Word For Overeating – In Georgia, known for its epic feasts and toasts, people often experience shemomechama, an untranslatable word for when you are full but you continue eating anyway. [bbc]

Kylie Jenner Shows Off Her Bottom – As she models an orange bikini to spread the word about her Black Friday sale… after posing in a red two piece. [dm] ‘Shows off her bottom’!

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Latest ANC Reappointment Shows Why 16 Days Of Activism Rings Hollow https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/latest-anc-reappointment-shows-why-16-days-of-activism-rings-hollow/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/latest-anc-reappointment-shows-why-16-days-of-activism-rings-hollow/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2020 15:30:26 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553224 [imagesource: Gallo Images / Nardus Engelbrecht]

“Shocked”, “horrified”, “concerned”, and so the list goes on.

Time and time again, when confronted with statistics that show there is a constant war waged on the bodies of women and children in this county, politicians trot out the same words and quotes to show that they really care.

In fact, today is actually the start of the ’16 Days of Activism’ campaign, which will see such drastic measures taken as Parliament flying the national flag at half-mast from 6AM to 6PM each day.

Yeah, that should sort the issue out.

The theme for this year’s ’16 Days of Activism’ campaign is ‘women’s economic justice for a nonviolent and non-sexist South Africa’.

In addition, President Cyril Ramaphosa, during his recent evening address to the nation, called on citizens to wear black armbands or other signs of mourning as a mark of respect to victims of COVID-19, as well as victims of gender-based violence and femicide, for a five-day period starting today.

It’s pretty interesting timing, considering what happened yesterday in the Nelspruit Magistrates Court. Get a load of this, via EWN:

Bail conditions of a senior Mpumalanga African National Congress (ANC) member accused of raping his two children have been relaxed to allow him more time to do work for the governing party in the province.

The former MEC is out on R20,000 bail and is expected to be back in the dock next year January for the director of public of prosecution’s decision.

The PEC member was arrested in September for raping his twin daughters after the incident was reported to police in July.

Yes, you read that right.

The ANC in Mpumalanga has reinstated a member of its provincial executive committee (PEC), despite the fact that he’s out on bail and stands accused of raping his two daughters, with bail conditions relaxed so he can be more actively involved in the party.

The party branch defended the man’s immediate reinstatement (he cannot be named to protect the identity of his children), with this again from EWN:

The party argued that while the ANC at the national level dealt with the issue of asking members to “step aside”, the PEC member should be allowed to participate in party activities…

In October, he received a hero’s welcome from members of the community and the ANC when he was released on bail.

ANC Mpumalanga spokesperson Sasekane Manzini said that the decision was taken this week.

“The issue of stepping aside it’s still something that is being discussed at a national level, hence as the PEC we decided that we must also allow him to participate in the ANC up until the matter is finalised on how we are going to move forward as an organisation,” Manzini said.

Manzini also said that the decision to reinstate the man “did not mean it didn’t side with the victims”.

Could have fooled me.

Here’s the real kicker, via News24:

This is not the first time the politician, who is a former MEC, has been accused of rape. He was previously charged with raping a woman several years ago. He claimed that he had consensual sex with the woman but the woman said he forced himself on her.

The State later withdrew the charges against him.

Yes, you are innocent until proven guilty, but we live in a country where the conviction rate for crimes related to sexual abuse is staggeringly low.

According to Rape Crisis, less than 20% of rape cases reported go to trial and only 8,6% of cases result in a conviction, although accurate rape statistics are notoriously hard to produce.

Whatever the exact figures are, you don’t need numbers to tell the story of a nation whose women and children live in fear.

Despite the hollow words that come from our ruling party, there is still a great deal of good work that will happen during this year’s ’16 Days of Activism’ campaign.

The Daily Maverick has mapped out some of the events, day by day, here.

[sources:ewn&ewn&news24]

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Hello, Summer – Three Quick And Easy Gin Cocktails Worth A Go https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/hello-summer-three-quick-and-easy-gin-cocktails-worth-a-go/ Wed, 25 Nov 2020 15:06:31 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553202 [imagesource: Pixabay]

It’s getting more and more difficult to focus on work while the sun is shining outside and the weather is perfect for a chilled afternoon on the balcony, drink in hand.

The thing about Cape Town, especially in the summer, is that it’s almost impossible to resist the pull of the sunset. As the sky starts to change in the city, there’s a palpable shift in energy.

That’s partly why every dramatic sunset is followed by thousands of social media posts with #nofilter. They’re that beautiful.

I’ve found that a good way to keep going while we wait for the holidays (or, quite frankly, the weekend) is to plan your drinks ahead of time so that when it’s game on, there’s nothing standing in the way.

The classic G&T is a favourite here for celebrating the end of another day, but if you’re going to take full advantage of every sunset that comes your way, you might want to mix things up a bit.

Cape Town Gin Company wants to take the work out of that endeavour, with a series of summer cocktails that are simple to make while at the same time elevating your craft gin to new levels of deliciousness.

Here are three of our tried and tested favourites:

THE NELLIE

Set in the heart of Cape Town, the Mount Nelson Hotel enjoys the perfect location at the foot of Table Mountain and is fondly known amongst locals as “The Nellie”.

Let’s pay homage to it, shall we?

INGREDIENTS

PREPARATION

Pop the blackberries and sage leaves in a big stemless wine glass and muddle to release the flavours. Pour the Cape Town Classic Dry Gin into the glass and fill it with ice.

Top up with Indian tonic water and garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme.

SUNSET SENSATION

If you’re spending your summer in Cape Town, you’ll inevitably find yourself enjoying more than a few sundowners.

It’s the law, here, along with knocking off just after lunchtime on a Friday.

This cocktail pairs perfectly with a sultry evening, watching the sky turn pink and orange.

INGREDIENTS

  • 25ml Cape Town Pink Lady Gin
  • 5ml Strawberry liqueur
  • 15ml Squeezed lime juice
  • 3 Strawberries (cut into pieces)
  • 2 Fresh basil leaves
  • Soda water
  • Ice

PREPARATION

Combine the Cape Town Pink Lady Gin and strawberry liqueur in a big wine glass.  Add two basil leaves and the fresh strawberries and stir to release the flavours.

Add ice and top up with soda water. Garnish with a strawberry.

ROOIBOS ROCKS

Rooibos, grown amongst South Africa’s fynbos, has been a local favourite for generations, and the perfect base for a proudly South African, and indeed Capetonian, cocktail.

INGREDIENTS

PREPARATION

Combine all ingredients in a tall glass packed with ice and stir well. Garnish with a slice of orange and a sprig of fresh mint.

If you’re looking for quality craft mixers to top up your cocktails, Fitch & Leedes has you covered.

For those keen to expand their horizons, you’ll find three more cocktail recipes here.

Look, if you can’t wait until sunset to kick things off, there’s no judgement here.

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These Netflix Codes Unlock Hidden Films And Series https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/these-netflix-codes-unlock-hidden-films-and-series/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/these-netflix-codes-unlock-hidden-films-and-series/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2020 13:30:13 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553275 [imagesource: Akhil Arora]

This year has been pretty Netflix-heavy, while we’ve been stuck indoors, or sifting through social activities that can’t be participated in if they don’t allow for adequate physical distancing.

So, if you’ve found yourself scrolling through Netflix unable to find anything to watch, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’d exhausted the platform.

Turns out there’s a whole other side to it, hidden from you by algorithms that presume to know what you like.

The good news, per Cosmopolitan, is that there is a solution to this – a set of codes that will unlock the stuff that you didn’t know was there.

Take note:

All you have to do to unlock all of Netflix’s great content is type this link into your toolbar, replacing the four Xs with the code specific to the genre you want. http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/XXXX

As you’ve probably figured out, this only works on the desktop version.

I’m sorry app users, you’re on your own.

You’ll find the full list of codes here, or you can peruse the core categories and sub-categories below:

Action & Adventure (1365)

  • Classic Action & Adventure (46576)
  • Action Comedies (43040)
  • Action Thrillers (43048)
  • Adventures (7442)
  • Comic Book and Superhero Movies (10118)

Children & Family Movies (783)

  • Disney (67673)
  • Movies based on children’s books (10056)

Classic Movies (31574)

  • Classic Comedies (31694)
  • Classic Dramas (29809)

Comedies (6548)

  • Dark Comedies (869)
  • Late Night Comedies (1402)
  • Mockumentaries (26)
  • Teen Comedies (3519)
  • Romantic Comedies (5475)

Cult Movies (7627)

  • Cult Comedies (9434)

Documentaries (6839)

  • Biographical Documentaries (3652)
  • Crime Documentaries (9875)
  • Music & Concert Documentaries (90361)
  • Travel & Adventure Documentaries (1159)
  • Political Documentaries (7018)
  • Social & Cultural Documentaries (3675)

To recap: if you wanted to check out a political documentary, you’d type http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/7018 into your browser.

Or, for a cult comedy, http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/9434.

You get the drift.

Sorted.

[source:cosmo]

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How I Save R12 000 On My Annual Home Coffee Bill https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/how-i-save-r12-000-on-my-annual-home-coffee-bill/ Wed, 25 Nov 2020 13:15:40 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553049 I’ve been praising the ‘bean to cup’ lifestyle for a while now – ever since I got a JURA coffee machine. You know, the one with Roger Federer.

Sadly, that sexy piece of kit (the coffee machine, not Roger) won’t be at home for much longer, as it was bought for the newly launched ‘Caracal’ – to add to the luxury off-the-grid experience at Cabine du Cap.

So I set about doing the sums to justify getting another one for home, as I am loath to dust off the planet-killing Nespresso machines. You know, the one with George Clooney.

Before we crunch the numbers, here’s Roger in action with his JURA machine:

Who wouldn’t want to have one of those around the house?

I did some research and it seems the average espresso shot is 7,5 grams, making a double shot 15g.

The majority of people out there are drinking double shot drinks – like Americanos and Cappuccinos. I’ve become something of an Americano man these days, mocking those milk-heads and relishing in my pure black sophistication.

I’m hitting around three of those a day, so let’s call it 45 grams. Which, over a month, is 1,35kg. If a one-kilogram bag of Terbodore Coffee costs R295, then I’m consuming the equivalent of R398,25 a month. Call it R400.

Compare that to Nespresso, which at roughly R10 a capsule, would take my little habit up to R900 a month (90 cups). That’s a R500 saving, or R6 000 a year. But there’s two of us drinking similar quantities in my home, which makes it a grand a month saving, or a full R12 000 a year!

Come now.

That kind of saving pays off a JURA machine in just over a year. Or you could rent one – Aquaspresso has a range here, with prices for purchase and rental on each machine.

For those keen to splurge, you could pay off a swanky DeLonghi machine in eight months. Yuppiechef has eight machines, ranging in price from R8 249 through to R27 959.

It’s all five-star reviews on the Caffe Venezia 1350W, baby:

 

Still too much? Check out these Bialetti and Aeropress options at Terbodore, which start from as little as R670.

Finally, is there anything better than winning free stuff? No, there isn’t.

Terbodore is currently running a competition, with the first prize being a SMEG Filter Coffee Machine and a year’s supply of Terbodore Coffee (4 x 250g Terbodore coffee packs of your choice every month).

I’ll let you work out how much money you’re saving a year with that one.

Life’s too short for shit coffee, man. Bean-to-cup is the way to go. The planet likes it, too.

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“Potentially Explosive Situation” – Western Cape Health Department On Worrying Numbers [Audio] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/potentially-explosive-situation-western-cape-health-department-on-worrying-numbers-audio/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/potentially-explosive-situation-western-cape-health-department-on-worrying-numbers-audio/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2020 13:13:51 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553188 [imagesource: Ashraf Hendricks / GroundUp]

We’re all really sick and tired of hearing about COVID-19, but sadly the battle is far from over.

Across Europe, many countries have returned to hard lockdown measures to curb the spread of the virus, and things are really spiralling in the US.

Thus far, South Africa has avoided a similar situation, although we are seeing a marked increase in confirmed cases around the country.

The latest figures, released last night by the Department of Health, show that there have been 772 252 confirmed cases, of which 34 725 are considered active, with 21 083 confirmed deaths.

Our death toll is the 14th highest in the world.

In the Western Cape specifically, there are worrying signs, and yesterday the Western Cape Health Department’s chief of operations, Dr. Saadiq Kariem, spoke with CapeTalk’s Kieno Kammies.

He said that in addition to increased hospitalisations, the daily COVID-19 deaths and test positivity rate are also climbing.

With Black Friday shoppers expected to be out in force later this week, and then festive season gatherings following that, Kariem has stressed that caution is still advised:

What we have noticed in these cluster outbreaks is this huge complacency that has crept in. Maybe it’s Covid-19 fatigue, but our people have just become so complacent. That is a potentially explosive situation…

We are extremely worried about the Garden Route… but we are also seeing an increase in active cases and new cases across the metropole.

George, Knysna, and Bitou are areas of particular concern, but residents across the province have been warned.

It’s worth listening to the interview in full. As I mentioned, we’re tired of this bloody pandemic, but the sooner we get a handle on things, the sooner life returns to some semblance of normality.

[source:capetalk]

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Meghan Reveals The Moment She Knew She Had Suffered A Miscarriage https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/meghan-reveals-the-moment-she-knew-she-had-suffered-a-miscarriage/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/meghan-reveals-the-moment-she-knew-she-had-suffered-a-miscarriage/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2020 13:00:47 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553236 [imagesource:here]

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been out of the spotlight for a while now, and while media outlets pondered their disappearance, they had bigger things to focus on, like the general public’s confusion when it comes to The Crown.

It’s not a documentary – it’s a work of fiction.

Please stop being silly.

A recent article penned by Meghan for The New York Times has shed some light on her and Harry’s absence, for the most part, from the public eye.

In it, Meghan describes how, in July, she suffered a miscarriage.

It was a July morning that began as ordinarily as any other day: Make breakfast. Feed the dogs. Take vitamins. Find that missing sock. Pick up the rogue crayon that rolled under the table. Throw my hair in a ponytail before getting my son from his crib.

She changed Archie’s diaper (or nappy, as we call it here) following which she felt a sharp cramp – “I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second”.

A few hours later she was in hospital, holding Harry’s hand.

I recalled a moment last year when Harry and I were finishing up a long tour in South Africa. I was exhausted. I was breastfeeding our infant son, and I was trying to keep a brave face in the very public eye.

Image: Shutterstock

Sitting in a hospital bed, watching my husband’s heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine, I realized that the only way to begin to heal is to first ask, “Are you OK?”

She goes on to talk about 2020, and the pandemic.

We’ve heard all the stories: A woman starts her day, as normal as any other, but then receives a call that she’s lost her elderly mother to Covid-19. A man wakes feeling fine, maybe a little sluggish, but nothing out of the ordinary. He tests positive for the coronavirus and within weeks, he — like hundreds of thousands of others — has died.

She notes that the divisiveness in American politics, coupled with the social isolation of lockdowns, has left everyone “feeling more alone than ever”, before returning to her experience.

Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few. In the pain of our loss, my husband and I discovered that in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 of them will have suffered from miscarriage.

Image: Getty

Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning.

Meghan remarks that by sharing stories, doors are opened that make it easier for others to speak up.

You can read the rest of her article here.

For women who know they’re pregnant, about 10 to 15 in 100 pregnancies (that’s 10 to 15 percent) end in miscarriage, with most of them happening in the first trimester before the 12th week of pregnancy.

If you’ve experienced a miscarriage and need some support while grieving your loss, help is at hand here.

[source:nytimes]

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Nobody’s Quite Sure Where This Giant Metal Monolith Came From [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/nobodys-quite-sure-where-this-giant-metal-monolith-came-from-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/nobodys-quite-sure-where-this-giant-metal-monolith-came-from-video/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2020 12:30:51 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553177 [imagesource:here]

Public safety workers in southeastern Utah, who were helping to count sheep from a helicopter (dangerous if you fall asleep),  found something rather odd in the desert.

It’s all a little reminiscent of a famous scene in the iconic Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, a film adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s novel of the same name.

Fun fact about Arthur C. Clarke – a number of David Bowie’s songs, including ‘Oh! You Pretty Things‘, ‘Starman‘ and ‘Five Years‘, are thought to be based on his novel, Childhood’s End.

Back to Utah, where, from above as the workers scoured the red-rock region, they spotted a metal monolith.

Here’s The Washington Post with the helicopter pilot, Bret Hutchings, who says that a fellow worker noticed the object, shouting “there’s this thing! There’s this thing back there! We got to go look at it!”.

“We were kind of joking around that if one of us just suddenly disappears, I guess the rest of us make a run for it,” Hutchings told KSL, chuckling.

It definitely looks like something out of science fiction:

The scene from 2001 that everyone is talking about:

They’re not sure who made it, but Hutchings says it’s the strangest discovery he’s made in years of flying over the Utah desert.

Installing unauthorised structures on state-owned public land is illegal, “no matter what planet you’re from”, says The Bureau of Land Management.

You can find a discussion around various theories of how it came to be there here.

The location of the monolith is being kept secret to stop 2001 fans from descending upon it while authorities conduct an investigation.

[source:washingtonpost]

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SPL!NG Movie Review: Rebecca https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/spling-movie-review-rebecca/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/spling-movie-review-rebecca/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2020 12:00:58 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553280 Watch movies via Labia Home Screen*.

Rebecca tells the tale of Mrs De Winter, a young newlywed who finds herself out of her depth on an imposing family estate following a whirlwind romance. Try as it may, Alfred Hitchcock’s adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s novel is still superior. Being a Gothic romance, Hitchcock swathed Rebecca in a ghostly gloom with a sense of foreboding. As the master of suspense, his knack for enigmatic storytelling and summoning visceral power makes it a timeless classic. Remakes are a tricky business, especially when the original is still so highly regarded and you really have to outperform yourself to even come close to rivaling it.

It’s curious to try and figure out how Ben Wheatley landed the job to direct this country manor mystery romance drama. Having directed Free Fire, probably where he established a a good working relationship with Hammer, it seems his credentials were basically that he’s British, has a knack for suspense and watched Downton Abbey. While Hitchcock’s original must have been at the back of his mind, it’s like he tried to marry it with the Jennifer Lopez psychological thriller Cell. Immersing his audience in an ethereal soundscape with grand and surreal visuals, gives it a similar eerie intensity. While the atmosphere is dense and the audio-visuals are alluring to impressive, the mystery romance drama just doesn’t click.

Wheatley cast Lily James as Rebecca in an attempt to draw a beautiful-on-the-inside-and-outside character much like what Joan Fontaine brought to the role. James is a wonderful actress, who has been rising and rising. Her real breakthrough came in Cinderella with her playing the eponymous fairy tale character. Since accepting the glass slipper, she’s made herself indispensable to Hollywood with star-making roles in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Baby Driver, Yesterday and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. James is an it-girl, whose effervescent charm is just what the times ordered, getting great roles and bursting with an irrepressible sense of joy and truth. It should come as little surprise that the actress who played a “young Meryl Streep” should be the headline act for Rebecca opposite Armie Hammer.

Hammer’s no slouch either. While he’s probably best known for his dashing Prince Charming looks, he’s proven to be a valuable asset to any filmmaker with sharp turns in The Social Network, Call Me By Your Name, Hotel Mumbai and Free Fire. Hammer isn’t what you’d call a natural but chooses challenging projects and is growing in stature much like his Man from U.N.C.L.E. co-lead, Henry Cavill. These two up-and-coming starlets are complemented by a shadowy supporting performance from Kristin Scott Thomas as Mrs Danvers. While it could have gone darker, her sinister presence adds a layer of mystique and history.

Rebecca

“Talk dirty to me.”

While immersed in moody Gothic gloom, adorned with superb sound and artful visuals and starring some of today’s best up-and-coming actors, Rebecca stumbles. Hitchcock’s black-and-white mystery drama has been remade for modern audiences and as such is sumptuous, visually-striking, moody and plays like an old-fashioned ghost story. Keeping an air of mystery, spurred by a stellar cast and remaining a feast for the eyes, this remake looks and sounds the part creating a vivid and even breathtaking tapestry. While polished and beautiful to behold, it struggles to find the right balance when it comes to storytelling and character.

Unfortunately, this light touch is hampered by a miscast lead in James. While a fine actress, she seems out of place in the gloom and struggles to resuscitate a thinly scripted character, simply pushing off her supporting acts in Thomas and Hammer. Rebecca starts well with great chemistry between Hammer and James, reminiscent of Magic in the Moonlight, but the country estate mystery drama slowly sinks into tedium. It’s still a cinematic treat by virtue of its composure, yet doesn’t have the dramatic heft, suspense or deep connection to compel you with only hints of what Rebecca could have been. As Hitchcock would’ve said, it’s “stillborn”.

The bottom line: Underwhelming

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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Snake Handlers Find Three Spitting Cobras At Durban Home [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/snake-handlers-find-three-spitting-cobras-at-durban-home-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/snake-handlers-find-three-spitting-cobras-at-durban-home-video/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:35:26 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553168 [imagesource:here]

I love snakes, but if I found a Mozambique spitting cobra in my home, I’d be dialling the number of the nearest snake handler in record time.

In Durban, that usually means you’re ringing Nick Evans, a well-known snake handler and removal specialist in the area.

A video featuring Evans went viral in September, after he could be heard imploring his fellow handlers to prevent a 3,5 metre, 25-kilogram Southern African Python from pooing on him.

Nobody said it was glamourous work.

After being called to a home in Pinetown, Durban, Evans and fellow snake handler Duncan Slabbert were shocked to find not one, but three spitting cobras.

He spoke with News24 about how unusual this is, even in his line of work:

“I’ve never seen three cobras together before. It was crazy,” Evans [said].

Two of the reptiles were male and bloodstained.

Evans said it was likely they had been fighting over the female.

Lovely – three cobras to catch and two of them are hopped up males.

Here’s footage showing how Evans and Slabbert did the deed:

Nobody was spat at this time, but in the past Evans has been hit with airborne venom, describing it as “a bit like beach sand mixed with soap”, adding that it “really burns”.

The African Snakebite Institute keeps a list of snake removers in areas across the country, with the same information, as well as detailed descriptions of each snake species found in the region, available on the free app.

If you find a snake on your property, and you’re unsure what species it is, the safest thing to do is to contact a professional.

[source:news24]

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Thailand’s ‘Largest Ketamine Bust’ Has Taken An Unexpected Turn https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/thailands-largest-ketamine-bust-has-taken-an-unexpected-turn/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/thailands-largest-ketamine-bust-has-taken-an-unexpected-turn/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:00:30 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553136 [imagesource: European Photopress Agency]

Drug busts, especially large ones, are usually followed by some mandatory images of the relevant authorities inspecting the haul, after which a press conference is held announcing the success of the operation to search and then seize the narcotics.

Earlier this month, to much celebration, Thai officials declared the country’s largest-ever ketamine seizure, at upwards of 11,5 tonnes of the stuff.

You might know the drug as ‘special-K’, and the bust was estimated to be worth almost $1 billion based on retail price.

475 sacks were found inside a warehouse at tambon Tha Kham in the Bang Pakong district, with the white powder inside them turning the fluid used to test it purple.

Unfortunately, authorities jumped the gun on that one. While ketamine comes up purple when exposed to the fluid, it isn’t the only substance to do so.

Red-faced and a little sheepish, reports the BBC, another press conference was held almost two weeks later, to retract their former announcement after lab tests revealed the powder to be trisodium phosphate, commonly used as a cleaning agent.

Here’s Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin, who can be seen below inspecting things:

“This was a misunderstanding that our agency must accept,” Mr Somsak told reporters, adding that there was a “technical error in the field”, according to a Bangkok Post report.

Image: European Photopress Agency

More from the Bangkok Post:

“I accept the fact it might have been premature to hold a press conference to announce the seizure of a substance suspected to be a kind of drug.”

Image: European Photopress Agency

“But in this case, the ONCB [Office of the Narcotics Control Board] had been informed of the seizure of ketamine in Taiwan, investigated and found an undeniable link to it. It would have been a mistake if I did not make it public,” he said.

Next week, the ONCB will be organising a seminar on narcotic drugs that test purple, set to be attended by officials from the US Drug Enforcement Administration and other agencies.

The poor man who rented the warehouse fled before he could be captured.

Before the misunderstanding was revealed, authorities were compiling a case to apply for a court warrant for his arrest.

Not a good look.

[sources:bbc&bangkokpost]

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They’re Keeping A Very Close Eye On Ghislaine Maxwell In Prison https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/theyre-keeping-a-very-close-eye-on-ghislaine-maxwell-in-prison/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/theyre-keeping-a-very-close-eye-on-ghislaine-maxwell-in-prison/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2020 08:39:04 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553117 [imagesource: Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images]

Guards at the Brooklyn, New York, federal jail where Ghislaine Maxwell is being kept are taking no chances.

15 months after Jeffrey Epstein, Maxwell’s former boyfriend, died from what was officially ruled a suicide by hanging in another New York jail, a lawyer representing Maxwell says she is woken every 15 minutes to ensure she is still breathing.

Bobbi Sternheim told a Manhattan judge yesterday that her client is being treated worse than inmates who have already been convicted of murder or terrorism charges.

Maxwell is currently in a 14-day quarantine after possible exposure to COVID-19, and has thus far tested negative.

Sternheim also raised further issues with Maxwell’s treatment, reports CNBC:

Sternheim…said that Maxwell was threatened with seven more days in quarantine if she declined to undergo two nasal swabs testing her for the coronavirus.

Sternheim complained that Maxwell was ordered to remove a Covid-protection mask for “an in-mouth inspection,” and initially was not given soap or a toothbrush when she began quarantine.

Image: AP Photo/John Minchillo

The lawyer also said that medical staff has ceased doing daily checks on Maxwell, and have “neither informed her of results of the COVID tests” nor responded to her question of what she should do if she becomes symptomatic.

Sternheim asked the judge to intervene to ensure that Maxwell’s living conditions are improved.

The disgraced socialite will go on trial next year, on charges related to recruiting and grooming underage girls to be sexually abused by Epstein.

In that respect, she should perhaps be thankful that she is in isolation, rather than being housed with the rest of the inmates.

As we have seen from Maxwell’s 2016 deposition, she remains steadfast in her refusal to both admit any form of guilt and implicate Epstein.

Over and above the in-person checks every 15 minutes, there are also cameras. More from Sternheim:

 “In addition to camera surveillance in her cell, a supplemental camera follows her movement when she is permitted to leave her isolation cell and is focused on Ms. Maxwell and counsel during in-person legal visits.”

“And despite non-stop in-cell camera surveillance, Ms. Maxwell’s sleep is disrupted every 15 minutes when she is awakened by a flashlight to ascertain whether she is breathing.”

Manhattan federal Judge Alison Nathan has now ordered that a status report be sent her way within the next week, following a meeting between Sternheim and prosecutors.

While the legalities play out behind closed doors, Maxwell will find sympathy from the general public rather hard to come by.

[source:cnbc]

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SA’s Super-Rich Haven’t Let COVID-19 Stop The Jet-Setting Lifestyle https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/sas-super-rich-havent-let-covid-19-stop-the-jet-setting-lifestyle/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/sas-super-rich-havent-let-covid-19-stop-the-jet-setting-lifestyle/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2020 08:10:19 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553097 [imagesource:here]

According to Oxfam, in 2019 the world’s billionaires had more wealth than 60% of the global population. Then there’s the world’s richest 1%, most of them men, who hold double the wealth of 90% of the global population.

The World Social Report 2020, published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), shows that income inequality has increased in most developed countries, and some middle-income countries, including China, which has the world’s fastest-growing economy.

To crack the 1% in South Africa, you need to be raking in R2,54 million a year, before tax.

COVID-19 has presented a unique opportunity to see how those in different income brackets stay safe, with some interesting trends emerging among the super-rich.

Per TimesLIVE, while a number of industries suffered during lockdowns, the world of luxury aviation and yachting has been thriving, and not just overseas.

Private jets and charter flights have provided a simpler and safer way to travel, albeit a more expensive one.

Philip du Preez, general manager at ExecuJet in Cape Town, says that demand for charter flights has been on the rise, mainly because it reduces the time that executives and contractors spend on procedures and awaiting connections, especially to get around Africa.

Heightened concern around COVID-19 has also spurred the wealthy to take advantage of safer travel options, such as the isolation of a private jet.

In the UK, Miles Moorhouse, head of marketing at Fairline Yachts, says that more and more yacht owners, with yachts stationed in different ports around the world, have been bringing them home so that they can spend more time on the water and away from the pandemic.

If that isn’t possible, they’ll buy a smaller yacht to use until they can access the larger one.

“People are saying, let’s enjoy our wealth while we still can,” he says, adding that a significant benefit of luxury yachts is that they allow you to remain isolated with only people you know.”

Others prefer to spend their time in their palatial homes.

COVID-19 brought the unsettling reality of a global pandemic, not only in the present but in the future, into the spotlight. This, along with climate change, the effects of which can already be seen in a rise in disasters like the recent California wildfires, has inspired the super-rich to start planning for their survival in other ways.

The Financial Times points out that bunkers and doomsday prepping is no longer just the domain of conspiracy theorists.

Wealthy individuals are preparing to protect themselves from climate change and any new health emergency by tapping an increasingly bespoke range of personal services like concierge medical services, specialist real estate agents, and crisis experts, while snapping up private hideaways that are out of reach for ordinary citizens.

The World Health Organization has predicted that climate change will, between 2030 and 2050, cause 250 000 additional deaths a year due to heat stress and the spread of infectious diseases.

Some of the measures that the super-rich are putting in place include:

  • Hiring high-end medical practices to create personal preventative strategies, including checking that homes are sealed against smoke and delivering at-home intravenous fluids and vitamins to bolster their bodies’ defences.
  • Investing in survival kits and personalised cooling devices.
  • Buying climate-controlled luxury bunkers kitted out with everything needed to isolate in style.

You can read more on that here.

The vast majority of the world will be left to its own devices.

Josh Karliner, a director at Health Care Without Harm, points out that while the health effects of climate change were less obvious than the pandemic, the pandemic feels like a “dress rehearsal for the coming climate crisis”.

Without the luxury of a bunker or the other trimmings that wealth can provide, it’s going to be a rough ride.

[sources:timeslive&financialtimes]

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A Touch Embarrassing – Justin Trudeau Pranked By Fake Greta Thunberg [Audio] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/a-touch-embarrassing-justin-trudeau-pranked-by-fake-greta-thunberg-audio/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/a-touch-embarrassing-justin-trudeau-pranked-by-fake-greta-thunberg-audio/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2020 07:30:47 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553098 [imagesource: YouTube / Vovan222prank]

I don’t know much about Justin Trudeau’s schedule, but it appears that politicians across the world spend at least some part of their day fielding calls from around the world.

In the US, Donald Trump has what has been dubbed “executive time”, which involves calls, tweeting, and obsessing over cable news, for example.

Rather embarrassingly, it appears that Trudeau has been duped by notorious Russian comedians Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov, who call themselves Vovan and Lexus.

They managed to get through to the Canadian Prime Minister, who believed that he was talking to climate change activist Greta Thunberg.

The call was actually made back in January, reports the Guardian, but only made public this week:

During the 10-minute call, a third person – playing the teenage climate activist – tells Trudeau she is worried about a “growing international crisis and anticipation of the world war”.

“It already leads to disaster,” says fake Greta. “It’s very scary,” to which Trudeau replies: “Yes indeed.”

…“You are adults but you act like children,” she says. “We can create a world where there is a place for everyone. For white and black. Christians and Muslims. Trump and Putin. for you and me. For Boris Johnson. For Corbyn. For Terrance and Phillip, who are also known in your country.”

Yes, that Terrance and Phillip. The Canadian characters from South Park.

Fake Greta also went on to accuse Meghan Markle of “manipulating” Prince Harry, as well as asking that Trudeau withdraws from NATO.

The penny finally drops when fake Greta keeps on banging the Terrance and Phillip drum:

“Wait, Terrance and Phillip, where they not in South Park?” he asks. “I don’t personally know them. I believe they are South Park parodies of Canadians,” he says, before politely ending the call.

Here’s the call in its entirety:

I’m surprised he fell for it, but I suppose once somebody is patched through you assume they’ve been vetted.

I mean, even Darren ‘Wackhead’ Simpson’s prank calls are more believable than this.

Actually, no, they’re not

[source:guardian]

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What It Takes To Be An Astronaut On The First Mars Mission [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/what-it-takes-to-be-an-astronaut-on-the-first-mars-mission-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/what-it-takes-to-be-an-astronaut-on-the-first-mars-mission-video/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2020 07:00:33 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553076 [imagesource: Shutterstock]

While the 20th century was characterised by the space race, and consequently the race to put the first man on the moon, in the 21st century, we’ve set our sights on Mars.

Elon Musk has been going on about Mars for quite some time, with projects to develop a Martian settlement already underway.

NASA and SpaceX have also been working together, recently launching the first fully operational crewed mission to the International Space Station.

The former is also training astronauts for an eventual trip to the red planet.

But, one does not simply fly to Mars, and one is not lightly selected for the mission.

The first human mission will require astronauts with more than just, as CNN puts it, “the right stuff”.

Before we continue, earlier this year they put together a short video on what life on Mars is expected to look like:

NASA sent its Perseverance Rover to Mars in July to get a feel for the terrain, which predictably, is pretty rough.

The journey there will be equally rough, and long, which means that those on board the spaceship that will carry them there, need to possess a certain skillset, thus far not part of the usual criteria for space travel.

Conscientiousness, defined as “wishing to do what is right, especially to do one’s work or duty well and thoroughly,” has emerged as the key trait requirement for astronauts that will live and work on the surface of Mars millions of miles from Earth, according to a new study.

This trait was singled out as more important than honesty, humility, emotionality, extroversion, openness, and agreeableness.

“Conscientiousness, an individual personality trait, can be thought of as a pooled team-resource,” said Julia McMenamin, the study’s first author and a doctoral student in psychology at Western University in Canada, in a statement.

“The more conscientiousness a team is, the better they will likely be at accomplishing tasks.”

The study was published in the journal Astrobiology, and also uncovered the traits that NASA should avoid in an astronaut – or ‘Marstronaut’ – like “social loafing”, or the habit of a team member putting in less effort than when they work solo.

Image: Analog astronauts Iñigo Muñoz Elorza and Carmen Köhler perform an experiment during the 2018 mission in Oman, photo: AMADEE-18 analog space mission

I reckon that applies in all industries.

NASA is targeting the 2030s for the first manned mission to Mars, which depends on the alignment of Mars and Earth for launch and landing. The crew could spend five years together, excluding the training beforehand.

Imagine the last set of housemates you had. Now imagine being trapped on an isolated planet with them.

To test this crew dynamic ahead of a real mission, researchers studied five ‘astronauts’ during an exercise hosted by the Austrian Space Forum in Oman in 2018. The Dhofar region of Oman is similar to the difficult conditions that the team would face in the great beyond.

McMenamin was joined by Natalie Allen, a professor of psychology at Western University, and Ottawa-based space exploration company Mission Control Space Services Chief Science Officer Melissa Battler for the study.

The AMADEE-18 analog space mission lasted four weeks with four men and one woman between the ages of 28 and 38, living in a simulated ‘Mars’ environment. They filled out surveys prior to and after the simulation to identify useful and useless behaviours that could impact the real mission.

“How familiar team members are with one another has been shown to help teams work better together likely because it provides team members with knowledge about each other and helps them communicate better and more efficiently,” McMenamin said.

Predictably, conflict among team members harms the team’s performance because when people argue, there is less time to complete tasks.

“What’s interesting is that there are different types of conflict, and so long as interpersonal issues and arguments about how to go about accomplishing tasks are avoided, differences in views and opinions might actually improve team performance likely because this allows for the team to benefit from each member’s knowledge and perspective.”

You can read more about the experiment here.

While many of us tend to think of astronauts as modern-day superheroes, they want you to know that they’re just regular people like everyone else.

That said, anyone selected for the historic and pioneering mission will need to display unprecedented levels of bravery.

That in and of itself is a super-heroic quality.

[source:cnn]

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Former 28s Boss Ernie “Lastig” Solomon’s Warning Before His Murder https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/former-28s-boss-ernie-lastig-solomons-warning-before-his-murder/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/former-28s-boss-ernie-lastig-solomons-warning-before-his-murder/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2020 06:28:39 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553078 [imagesource: Esa Alexander]

It’s not easy leaving one of the Cape’s most notorious gangs.

“Blood in, blood out” is one of the commonly used phrases, and former 28s boss Ernie “Lastig” Solomon’s 37-year affiliation with the gang came to an end last Friday.

Solomon was gunned down in a hail of bullets in Boksburg, after two men opened fire on his BMW, and sources say his murder was inevitable.

Gunmen fired through the roof of the BMW he was inside, just in case the car had been bulletproofed.

Despite his efforts to distance himself from his past, those in the know say Solomon remained a gangster until the very end.

That being said, he did record a video warning about the pitfalls and violent nature of gang life prior to his murder, which the Daily Maverick has reported on:

In the video, Solomon said: “The Number is like a germ. It comes into you when you are in prison. We all got it in us. I also got the germ in me. People die every day because of this story of the Number. This cut in my face, I got because of the Number. I was very young and didn’t know what the Number really means to me.

Image: Daily Maverick

“Now I must try to make it right for my people or my next generations before I’m not in this world any more. I’m 54 years old and all the years of my life I was losing friends and those friends were like my brothers and like my children. When they died I felt it in my heart but I never thought of the day when I’m going to die.”

Perhaps Solomon knew his days were numbered, because he finished the video by saying “be careful, you are going to kill your family and your own community and after that your own brothers are going to kill you”.

Now the hunt is on to find out who ordered the hit on Solomon. If it came from within the prison system, one could expect a war to be fought on the inside.

If a street gang ordered the hit, expect bloodshed and open warfare to take place in the Cape’s gang-afflicted areas.

You can read more on the Numbers setup, both inside the prison system and on the streets, here.

Writing for News24, Mandy Wiener says that with the death of Solomon, and last year’s murder of Rashied Staggie, a “new guard” has begun the fight for control:

Solomon and Staggie were the last of the seniors, leaving only Jerome ‘Donkie’ Booysen at the helm of the Sexy Boys.

Emerging now is a younger brand of gang boss attempting to wrestle control in a highly contested environment, where power, influence, routes and territory remain the most sought after commodities. Many of those rising into authority are from established gang families and are the scions of the old school seniors, pointing to internal family fallouts and disregard for the old adage that blood is thicker than water…

As things stand, the situation looks like it is out of the control of the police, who have long struggled to contain the growth and influence of the gangs on the Cape Flats. Networks trading in tik, abalone and other contraband have grown more established, which makes the stakes higher. It also explains why volatile alliances are being formed among new leaders wrestling for control.

Ultimately, it’s the communities caught in the midst of these turf wars and violent battles that suffer the most.

Oh, and if you want the Netflix version of Solomon’s life, you can watch A Lucky Man, the 2013 film based on his life that is currently streaming.

Let’s finish with the trailer:

[sources:dailymav&news24]

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Wednesday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/wednesday-morning-spice-506/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/wednesday-morning-spice-506/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2020 05:42:13 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553040 [imagesource: Image credit: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong vía BI / Depositphotos]

Elon Musk Passes Bill Gates To Become World’s 2nd-Richest Person  – Tesla’s skyrocketing share prices have made Elon Musk the world’s second-richest person, with a net worth of nearly $128 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. [npr]

Up In Smoke: UK Businessman Cries Foul After SA Firm Offloads His Product To Dagga Growers – A British businessman is suing an SA for allegedly cheating him out of R1.3m worth of agricultural product and then selling it off to dagga growers. [timeslive]

Biden Becomes First Presidential Candidate To Win More Than 80 Million Votes – His record-breaking number of popular votes is still likely to increase in the coming days as ballots continue to be counted across the nation. [cnn]

Private Investigator Roped In To Bolster Search For Former SA Schools Captain – The 20-year-old former SA Schools captain, who until recently had been contracted at the Lions, has been reported missing since 10 November. [news24]

US Election 2020: ‘America Is Back’, Says Biden As He Unveils Team – As well as getting the Presidential Daily Brief- an update on international threats and developments – Mr Biden can now access key government officials and millions of dollars in funds. [bbc]

Harvey Weinstein: Aspiring Filmmaker Set To Allege ‘Horrendous Sex Abuse’ By Disgraced Producer At England Tribunal – The woman says the convicted rapist sexually assaulted and harassed her when she worked as his assistant. [sky]

The Most Important COVID-19 Stats In South Africa – Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has raised concern over the increasing COVID-19 positivity rate in South Africa, which now sits at 14%. [mybb]

Russian Warship ‘Threatens To Ram’ US Destroyer – Russia says Admiral Vinogradov threatened the USS John S McCain in the Pacific for ‘operating illegally’. [guardian]

Here’s What We Know About Earth’s Second Detected ‘Minimoon’ – Spotted earlier this year, asteroid 2020 CD3 is only the second temporary natural satellite, or minimoon, ever detected around Earth. [gizmodo]

Criminals Target Cape Town Cyclists – They’ve recently become targets for criminals who are attacking them and stealing their expensive bicycles and cellphones. [enca]

Four Caffeine-Free Ways To Tackle The Morning – Studies have shown that it’s worth waiting a while after waking up to smash that first coffee, but most of us still need a boost to get going. Here are some options to consider. [here]

Deep South Vibes: Kataza’s ‘Homecoming’ – Can We All Get Along? – The chacma baboon troop was relocated in the Deep South of Cape Town to Slangkop mountain above Kommetjie earlier this year. [dailymav]

Ivanka Trump Knows Nothing About How Greenhouse Gases Work – In a tweet about greenhouse gases, Ivanka Trump has redefined ignorance. [mashable]

Fox News Ratings Plummet After Election – Fox’s daytime viewership dropped 32 percent from the two weeks prior to Election Day to the two weeks after, the Nielsen company said. [time]

Former French Rugby Wing Christophe Dominici Dies At Age 48 – Former France and Stade Francais player Christophe Dominici, whose dazzling runs made him one of the country’s best wingers, has died aged 48, his former rugby club said on Tuesday. [espn]

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Top Five Movies Set in South Africa https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/top-five-movies-set-in-south-africa/ Wed, 25 Nov 2020 03:16:06 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553545 South Africa is a location that deserves to be recognized as one of the world’s best locations in filmmaking. Here is a list of five movies to showcase what South Africa can offer in addition to some of the world’s best casino sites. Starting on a high note, Invictus is a warm example of how sport can bring people together.

Invictus

In 1995, the globe watched as the Springboks won the 1995 Rugby World Cup on home soil. The victory was all the more poignant, coming after the dismantling of Apartheid and racial segregation. And what makes the achievement more memorable is how the Springboks had only recently been brought together in the lead-up to the tournament.

English journalist John Carlin wrote a book about South Africa’s triumph and the manuscript was used by writer Anthony Peckham to draft a screenplay entitled Invictus. Ultimately, Clint Eastwood would read the screenplay before deciding to write and direct the movie, which would attract Morgan Freeman to star as President Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon to play Springboks captain François Pienaar.

Released in December 2009, Invictus was filmed on location in Cape Town and was only completed in May of that year. After grossing more than $122 million in international markets, the movie also secured Academy Award nominations for Freeman and Damon as Best Actor and Best Supporting, respectively.

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With the right support, players can now find the best gaming sites. Obviously, the quality of the software matters, though casino sites must also ensure mobile compatibility for wider accessibility. Meanwhile, there must be encryption to deliver secure financial services, while 24-hour customer support can be a further advantage for users.

Tsotsi

In August 2005, Tsotsi debuted at the Edinburgh Film Festival, having been adapted by South African writer and director Gavin Hood. Avid readers might recognize the novel of Tsotsi, which was penned by South African novelist Athol Fugard. As for protagonist David (later Tsotsi), the responsibility for bringing the character to life was entrusted to actor Presley Chweneyagae, who’s also known for appearing in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

What’s striking about Tsotsi is how viewers are shown the violent realities of people fighting to survive in the Johannesburg slums. Fugard wrote it in the 1960s as his only novel but it wasn’t published until the 1980s. The film highlights the lack of opportunities that were available for black South Africans living in the immediate post-Apartheid era and how the threat of HIV and Aids was also rising.

Hood’s adaptation of Tsotsi was a striking success and received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. At the Oscars, however, Tsotsi went a step further by triumphing to win the 2005 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Although grossing just $11.54 million in a limited North American release, Tsotsi received strong reviews from critics like Roger Ebert, who gave the film a perfect score of four stars out of four.

Cry, the Beloved Country

Cry, the Beloved Country was first published in 1948 by novelist Alan Paton. There was an early cinematic adaption released in 1951, with a second emerging in 1995. The plot follows a rural church minister whose presence is requested in Johannesburg, where he finds his son, Absalom, detained and under arrest for the murder of a white man

The second adaptation was filmed on location by director Darrell Roodt, who worked from a screenplay that was written by Ronald Harwood and Joshua Sinclair. Debuting in December 1995, Cry, the Beloved Country starred James Earl Jones as the church minister and Richard Harris as the father of the murdered son.

Cry, the Beloved Country utilises authentic footage from the country and is a fascinating watch, with acting heavyweights Jones and Harris coming face to face to discuss the sensitive subject of their sons. Expectations are subverted in this tale of 1940s South Africa.

A Dry White Season

The novel, A Dry White Season, was written by novelist André Brink and published in 1979. A decade later, a cinematic version was released in September 1989. Director Euzhan Palcy co-wrote the script with screenwriter Colin Welland, who is best known for winning the 1982 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Chariots of Fire.

When casting A Dry White Season, Palcy attracted an array of talented actors who are widely acclaimed in Hollywood. Arguably, the most famous to actor appear in the film is Marlon Brando as Ian McKenzie, with the other standout cast members including Donald Sutherland, Janet Suzman, Susannah Harker, Susan Sarandon, and Jürgen Prochnow.

Set in 1976, A Dry White Season takes place during Apartheid and begins with Donald Sutherland portraying teacher Ben, who works at a school for only white children. After witnessing the son of his black Gardner being savagely assaulted by white policemen, Ben is himself embroiled in trouble for attempting to help the boy. The movie then follows the harrowing fallout.

District 9

Having explored a few weightier issues thus far, it’s time for a fun selection in the form of District 9 from Johannesburg director Neill Blomkamp. Blomkamp is also responsible for writing this sci-fi thriller that centres on an extraterrestrial race that came to Johannesburg in 1982, leaving their spaceship above the city as millions of malnourished aliens are freed from living inside.

District 9 made Blomkamp a famous director and it also catapulted Johannesburg actor Sharlto Copley into stardom as protagonist Wikus Van De Merwe, who works as a contractor whose job is to investigate the aliens within their slum encampment. Although written to highlight how xenophobia and racism aren’t right, District 9 is also an amusing movie with lots of heart.

With District 9, it’s intelligent to see that director Blomkamp has written the movie to place the aliens in slum-like conditions and depict them as suffering. It’s a sharp reminder that people are still living in such conditions across South Africa – not just Johannesburg. Sometimes, an issue can be reframed in a way that can be impactful for an audience. In this case, the audience sees that the poor of Johannesburg require support.

Since District 9, Blomkamp has continued to focus on the sci-fi genre, having released Elysium and Chappie, which was also shot in Johannesburg. Meanwhile, Blomkamp has also maintained his interest in aliens by shooting several short films for fans to enjoy.

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Learn More About The Undisputed Livescore Today Platform https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/25/learn-more-about-the-undisputed-livescore-today-platform/ Wed, 25 Nov 2020 03:15:35 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553554 Nowadays people demand to have access to all their services through the internet. Every day more and more services are becoming available on mobile devices, and football livescore today platforms are no exception. These services are becoming highly demanded, meaning that there is fierce competition among different platforms.

One particular portal that has caught the eye of the entire football community is livescore. The portal has quickly grown in popularity to an extent that it is one of the most visited football sites in the entire world. This website has resulted to be so appealing for many reasons. Some of them include:

  • It offers a customizable alert service to all its visitors for absolutely free. Here people can choose their favorite squad and/or player, and receive instantly to their email inbox any relevant news about them
  • People can find extremely detailed live scores. Its coverage includes the overall score, who the goalscorers have been, amount of fouls, and much more
  • Future fixtures are an extremely popular part of this site as well, because the times are displayed in the proper time zone of the visitor
  • There is a large group of experienced analysts that constantly write reviews, in order to provide further insight about the different teams and players

All of this is available for a large number of leagues and tournaments, which has resulted in being extremely attractive to people from all places around the world.

Livescore is also very convenient for mobile users

As said in the introduction, people want more and more services on their mobile gadgets, and livescore is absolutely capable in satisfying those needs. No official application exists. However, this is not necessary, because the mobile website in its current form is excellent at delivering all the characteristics for which the portal is known for.

In conclusion, the competition between different football sites that can provide livescores today service has produced a number of outstanding websites that have conquered the hearts and minds of football fans from all countries around the world. The livescore website is certainly one of them. Featuring a ton of interesting characteristics, which by the way are offered absolutely for free. Definitely every fan of this sport, regardless of their favorite team or player, should give this portal a try.

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SA Trucking Industry In The Middle Of A Violent War [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/sa-trucking-industry-in-the-middle-of-a-violent-war-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/sa-trucking-industry-in-the-middle-of-a-violent-war-videos/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2020 14:45:09 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552982 [imagesource: @RiotAndAttackSA/ Twitter]

In October, a truck driver travelling along a seemingly deserted stretch of road in the KwaZulu-Natal region had to duck for cover when bullets were fired, hitting the side of his truck, with one piercing the window, narrowly missing his head.

The incident was indicative of how dangerous the job can be, and that’s before you take into account the long hours and very little sleep, topped with the responsibility of moving cargo from one point to the next without incident.

In the last week, attacks on trucks and truck drivers have escalated, becoming increasingly more frequent, violent, and deadly.

TimesLIVE reports that more than 30 trucks were torched in a series of arson attacks in the Free State, Kwa-Zulu Natal, and near Johannesburg, over the course of just a few days.

Now, after members of the All Truck Drivers Foundation (ATDF) and the National Truck Drivers Federation (NTDF) marched in Durban against the hiring of foreigners as truck drivers, Road Freight Association (RAF) CEO Gavin Kelly has penned a letter to President Ramaphosa, asking him to intervene:

“Again, the road freight companies (truckers) find themselves being attacked by forces under the pretext of foreign nationals ‘taking jobs away from citizens’. This results in damaged and totally destroyed lives, companies, employment opportunities, economic activity, goods, vehicles, facilities, roads and foreign investment to move goods through SA into Africa.”

On Monday, members of the ATDF also joined forces with the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans (MKMVA) to march on Durban’s CBD demanding the removal of foreign nationals operating in the area.

Inaction from government, says Kelly, is creating the wrong impression.

“This is not what we all envisaged as economic recovery. We are concerned that the lack of action from government creates the impression that it is complacent regarding this type of protest action — given the fact that the minister of police has done nothing of substantive value to prevent and stop this type of activity.”

Police are now investigating a case of murder, attempted murder, and malicious damage to property after another truck was set alight in Leondale, east of Joburg on Monday evening.

Police spokesperson Kay Makhubele, via The Citizen, says that police responded to a call near the N3 onramp towards Heidelberg where they found a truck and trailer on fire.

A man was found bleeding next to the truck from a bullet wound. Another man was found dead in the veld with a gunshot wound and burns to his upper body.

On the same night, on Black Reef Road in Roodekop, a driver climbed out of his truck and ran when he noticed three men in balaclavas appear from a Hyundai i20. They started firing shots at his vehicle. When he returned to the scene later, his truck was on fire.

In Vosloorus, a driver travelling from Springs, Ekurhuleni, was hijacked. His truck was then set alight. He managed to escape with no injuries.

SA Long Distance Truckers says that another truck driver was shot before being burnt in his truck.

The aftermath of some of these horrifying attacks was caught on camera and posted on Twitter:

This was posted today:

Returning to TimesLIVE, various stakeholders have met with government on a number of occasions to find a solution, but government agencies have failed to hold up their end of the deal by failing to implement measures effectively to address the problem.

“This is sabotage, this is outright war on the SA economy and its citizens. We need to stop this now and arrest and hold those perpetrating these attacks accountable for their deeds”, says Kelly

Xenophobia and xenophobic attacks have been on the rise in South Africa over the past few years, with little done to manage the problem.

New Frame’s Jan Bornman breaks down the situation in an article which you can read here.

[source:timeslive&citizen]

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Four Caffeine-Free Ways To Tackle The Morning https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/four-caffeine-free-ways-to-tackle-the-morning/ Tue, 24 Nov 2020 14:32:49 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552952 [imagesource:here]

I like my coffee made from ethically sourced, farmed and roasted beans, preferably from Uganda or Colombia.

Yeah, I’m that person, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

(As an aside, you can win a year’s supply of quality coffee and a SMEG machine here.)

I also like it first thing in the morning and have perfected the art of revving up the coffee machine before I’m awake enough to form words.

Recent studies, however, have shown that caffeine a few minutes after you wake up isn’t the best way to start the day. Having your coffee later in the day actually makes it more effective, and helps to stave off the crash that many of us feel an hour or two after that first cup.

While this is all good and well, it doesn’t change the fact that the average person needs an early energy boost to tackle the day, especially if sleep didn’t come easy, and the night was spent tossing and turning.

CNET spoke to nutritionist Brigid Titgemeier to find some alternative ways to get going in the morning, so that you can stay productive while you wait to enjoy your favourite brew.

Drink Water

I’m sure you’re tired of hearing that you need to stay hydrated, but it bears repeating.

One of the potential negative effects of dehydration is fatigue, and if you’re already tired, it only makes things worse.

“Dehydration is an extremely common cause of fatigue and cognitive impairment. Research has demonstrated that when you restrict fluids from a person, the most common symptoms include fatigue, increased sleepiness, confusion and decreased alertness,” says Titgemeier.

Start your day with a tall glass of water.

Eat healthy foods that support energy

When you’re shuffling around the house in the morning, the last thing that you want to do is put the effort into whipping up a healthy breakfast. At the same time, one of the best ways to combat grogginess is to fuel your body properly.

Titgemeier suggests focusing on easy to consume, nutrient-dense choices like smoothies.

“Smoothies are a great way to load up on nutrients and antioxidants in foods like berries, chia seeds and flax seeds that help to create steady energy throughout the entire day.”

You can make your smoothies at home, but if you’re unable to whip up breakfast, chances are you’ll find ways to avoid the blender.

Sir Fruit offers a range of delicious smoothies that’ll eliminate the admin of making a brekkie before you’ve had your daily caffeine.

For those chia seeds that Titgemeier recommends, try the Sir Fruit Raspberry, Strawberry, Beetroot, Yoghurt and Chia Seeds smoothie:

Personally, I’m partial to the Sir Fruit Pineapple, Coconut, Banana, Yoghurt, and Oats smoothie:

Liquids like smoothies leave the stomach more quickly, which means that they get energy to the rest of your body faster.

Head here to order your breakfast online.

Exercise

Once that smoothie is in your system, do a little light exercise, even if it’s just a good old stretch and a walk around the living room.

Morning yoga isn’t a bad way to kick things off.

Go easy on yourself.

Power nap

If all else fails, punctuate your day with short power naps, no longer than 20 minutes.

Just make sure to do it when your boss isn’t trying to get in touch.

And there you have it.

Try it for a week, and see how you feel.

And remember, once you’ve strolled around the room, with a smoothie in hand, after downing a glass of water, you can always reward yourself with a trip to the coffee machine.

[source:cnet]

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Understanding The Ace Magashule Case In Nine Minutes Flat [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/lunchtime-viewing-understanding-the-ace-magashule-case-in-nine-minutes-flat-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/lunchtime-viewing-understanding-the-ace-magashule-case-in-nine-minutes-flat-video/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2020 14:03:03 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552939 [imagesource:here]

If you’re growing weary of hearing about Ace Magashule and how he’s finally going to be held accountable, imagine how Pieter-Louis Myburgh must feel.

He’s the man who penned Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule’s Web of Capture, and laid the groundwork for an arrest many years overdue.

Yet, despite the mountain of evidence that has already been uncovered, Magashule remains powerful within the ANC, and his battle with Cyril Ramaphosa will have huge ramifications for the party, and thus the country.

We promised you nine minutes flat, though, so let’s get down to business with the segment from this past Sunday’s Carte Blanche:

It’s been years in the making. Allegations of state capture and undue benefits from shady dealings in the Free State under his watch as premier for close on a decade, ending in 2018. Now ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule is out on bail of R200,000 and facing 21 charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering in connection with the notorious R255 million asbestos tender.

Former colleagues already revealed damning evidence at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture and now his personal assistant has turned state witness. Could charging a member of the party’s top six be a tipping point in the nation’s quest for justice and clean governance?

If you really want to understand the ins and outs of the case, read Gangster State, but let’s make do, for now, with the video below:

[source:carteblanche]

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Doccie Sheds New Light On The Legend Of DB Cooper [Trailer] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/doccie-sheds-new-light-on-the-legend-of-db-cooper-trailer/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/doccie-sheds-new-light-on-the-legend-of-db-cooper-trailer/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:44:30 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552893 [imagesource:here]

In 1971, a man hijacked a plane, was given $200 000 in ransom money, parachuted out of said plane in a black suit, and was never seen again.

Ever since then, the story of the man known as DB Cooper has captivated millions, with thousands of theories mapping out what became of him.

Quite incredibly, the case remains the only unsolved plane hijacking in US history, which means it’s ripe for a true-crime doccie.

Enter The Hijacker Who Vanished: The Mystery of DB Cooper, an HBO doccie that lines up the prime suspects, says the Telegraph:

[They are] Duane Weber, an insurance salesman who made a deathbed confession; Barbara Dayton, a transgender pilot and accomplished parachutist; LD Cooper, a logger whose niece recalls him returning home battered and bloodied at Thanksgiving; and Richard Floyd McCoy, a Vietnam veteran who carried out a near-identical skyjacking just five months later.

Many investigations and examinations of the evidence have come before, and director John Dower says he’s not trying to solve the crime, but rather shine a light on people whose lives have been entirely consumed by unravelling the mystery.

That’s not to say some new information isn’t forthcoming, but let’s watch the trailer before we blurt anything out:

There are those who say that Cooper wouldn’t have survived the jump in the first place, but consider this:

More bizarre was the discovery of $5,800 in bundles of badly-damaged notes on a Columbia River beach, 45 miles south of where Cooper supposedly landed. They were found in February 1980…

The serial numbers matched those on notes from the ransom money. But, as Dower explains, it only deepened the mystery.

“The money couldn’t have been there for more than a year,” he says, “because the elastic bands were still intact. The company who manufactured them said there was no way they could have survived eight years in the sand and water. And the FBI dredging showed that, given where the money was in the layers of sand, it couldn’t have been there longer than a year.

“That says, I think, that Cooper survived and put the money there. Maybe as a bizarre sign or gesture.”

The FBI closed the case in 2016, so we may never officially know who plunged from the plane all those years ago.

In that respect, the legend of DB Cooper is set to live on.

[source:telegraph]

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R385 000 Up For Grabs In Photo Of The Year Competition https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/r385-000-up-for-grabs-in-photo-of-the-year-competition/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/r385-000-up-for-grabs-in-photo-of-the-year-competition/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:30:13 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553021 [imagesource: @Hoacarol / Agora]

The image above is titled ‘Sedge Harvest’, taken in Yen province, Vietnam.

It shows farmers harvesting the sedge to be used to weave mats. The photographer, @Hoacarol, associates these mats with their childhood, as every family in Vietnam uses them to sleep on.

It’s one of the top 50 finalists, selected from 35 000 submissions, competing for a $25 000 (around R385 000) prize given to the #BestPhotoOf2020 by mobile app Agora.

Per Forbes, Agora hosts a series of photography competitions throughout the course of the year, but the Best Photo of 2020 is by far the largest.

We picked eight of our favourite images (including the one above).

Let’s check out the competition:

Image: ‘Color can affect people’s emotions’, Yellow breeds happiness. Blue has a calming effect, photo: @AGYEMANDUAH (GHANA) – AGORA

Image: Garbage disposal area’. Location: Karanganyar, Indonesia, photo: @CYMOT (INDONESIA) – AGORA

Image: Ao Dai’, Location: Quảng Ngãi, Vietnam: A Vietnamese girl wearing an Ao Dai, the national dress, photo: @DUYSINH (VIETNAM) – AGORA

Image: ‘Northern gannets’. Location: Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire, U.K.: Two pairs of breeding gannets simultaneously rubbing beaks to strengthen the bond between couples, photo: @JOESHELLYY (UK) – AGORA

Image: ‘I saw a storm coming up the coast’. Location: Fraser Island (K’Gari), Australia, photo: @EPICWORLD_PHOTOGRAPHY (AUSTRALIA) – AGORA

Image: ‘Atlanta Protest’. Location: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S: One of the protest organizers in Atlanta, transmitting the passion for wanting to end the inequality faced by black people in America, photo: @E2EK (USA) – AGORA

Image: ‘The City Sparkles’. Location: Hong Kong: A glimpse of the classic concrete jungle, photo: @JSRPIXEL (HONG KONG) – AGORA

If that wasn’t enough to brighten your day, head here for more.

[source:forbes]

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Obama Superfan Loses It During Virtual Prank [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/obama-superfan-loses-it-during-virtual-prank-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/obama-superfan-loses-it-during-virtual-prank-video/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2020 12:55:40 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552990 [imagesource:here]

Barack Obama was far from the perfect president, and his legacy will be picked apart for many years to come, especially with regards to the Iraq War.

What is undeniable, however, is that he’s good at bringing a smile to the faces of those who love him.

Take retired Maryland auditor Joyce Taylor, for example, who is a self-professed Obama superfan.

The former president has been doing the rounds to promote his new memoir, A Promised Land, and he recently visited Jimmy Kimmel for a chat.

During the visit, Kimmel tricked Taylor into believing that she was watching a pre-recording of Obama reading from A Promised Land.

When she realised that Obama was actually talking directly to her, Taylor was overcome with emotion.

It’s pretty heartwarming to watch this one unfold, with the penny dropping around the 1:10 mark:

I think she pulled it back pretty nicely at the end, there.

During the same appearance, Obama spoke with Kimmel about being somewhat afraid of daughter Sasha and wife Michelle, the alias his daughters came up with for him, getting Trump out of the White House, and other pressing issues:

[source:huffpost]

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Looking For Some Kitchen Inspiration? These Are 2020’s Best Cookbooks https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/looking-for-some-kitchen-inspiration-these-are-2020s-best-cookbooks/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/looking-for-some-kitchen-inspiration-these-are-2020s-best-cookbooks/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2020 12:20:05 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553011 [imagesource: Yuri Arcurs / Getty]

One of the trends to come out of hard lockdowns, everywhere, was a renewed interest in cooking and baking.

With people stuck at home, and with little to do, the kitchen became a welcome retreat from boredom.

Food is also an excellent way to expand your horizons and try something new without having to venture out into the world.

And, while it’s easy to find recipes online, there’s something lovely and tactile about a cookbook that sits on your shelf, waiting to guide you through a new adventure.

Whether you’re a novice, or just want to learn a few new things, Wired put together a definitive list of the best cookbooks 2020 has to offer.

Chaat: Recipes From the Kitchens, Markets, and Railways of India

By: Maneet Chauhan with Jody Eddy

Image: Clarkson Potter

If you’re keen to expand your repertoire, and do some culinary travelling over the holiday season, this guide to Indian cuisine is the cookbook for you.

My favorite is bhel puri, a blast of fine-chopped fresh ingredients like herbs, onion, potato, chilis, and mango with a sprinkle of spice and a drizzling of a chutney or two. It’s also got puffed rice and sev—tiny, crisp garnish made with seasoned chickpea flour. Stirred together, it’s like popcorn’s wildest cousin.

Chaat is Indian snack food and is usually sold as street and railway food.

How to Cook: Building Blocks and 100 Simple Recipes for a Lifetime of Meals

By: Hugh Acheson

Image: Pinterest

The first step to learning how to cook is getting the basics down. Once tastes, cooking times, and preparing basic ingredients becomes second nature, a world of possibilities opens up to you.

A short opening section is followed by “25 Building Blocks”—stuff like sautéed mushrooms, rice, roasted veggies, and simple sauces, each one showing how to do it well, and what to do with it. The last two-thirds of the book is full of recipes that put your new skills and staples to work like pork and chickpea stew, sweet-potato hash, and smoky white bean and ham soup.

The book comes complete with stunning photographs by Andrew Thomas Lee.

The Nom Wah Cookbook: Recipes and Stories From 100 Years at New York City’s Iconic Dim Sum Restaurant

By: Wilson Tang with Joshua David Stern

Image: New York Times

Dim Sum is the ultimate comfort food, and if you’re keen to try your hand at pork siu mai, among other tasty dishes, The Nom Wah Cookbook fits the bill.

“Dim sum is a system devised to create maximum deliciousness with minimum effort,” says Nom Wah owner Wilson Tang. “Since time immemorial, dim sum kitchens have optimized their menus, building culinary mansions out of just a few basic building blocks, wisely, and repeatedly used.” Pork master filling, for example, shows up in Nom Wah’s siu mai, panfried dumplings, and bean curd rolls.

For more from Wired’s list of the year’s standout cookbooks, head here.

Oh, and if you were looking for the perfect gift for that foodie in your life, you’re welcome.

[source:wired]

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Cape Town To Jozi For Under R750: You Have Until The End Of The Day To Book A Kulula / BA Special https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/cape-town-to-jozi-for-under-r750-you-have-until-the-end-of-the-day-to-book-a-kulula-ba-special/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/cape-town-to-jozi-for-under-r750-you-have-until-the-end-of-the-day-to-book-a-kulula-ba-special/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2020 09:43:13 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552960 [imagesource:here]

Black Friday is almost upon us, so get ready to buy things you didn’t actually need at prices that sound great but aren’t that much cheaper than at any other time of the year.

Yes, there will be some great deals out there, but you’ll also find loads of duds dressed up as something special.

All that aside, if you’re considering booking a domestic flight, today might be the day to it.

According to BusinessTech, Kulula and British Airways are offering discounts on flights until tonight (November 24), at 11:59PM.

The discounts are available for the travel periods between December 1, 2020 and October 20, 2021.

I’m not saying the deals on offer are far superior to what you’ll find shopping around elsewhere, but you can do the hard work of looking around after you’re done here.

Let’s start with the Kulula offerings, correct as of 11:25AM:

Flying Cape Town to Jozi, and vice versa, for less than R750 is a pretty sweet deal.

Those prices are one way, include all taxes and free 20kg baggage, and are subject to availability.

You can see the rest of the specials here.

British Airways is offering these specials, again correct as of 11:25AM:

Those prices are one way, include all taxes and free 23kg baggage, and are subject to availability.

Also, good news for those who enjoy kicking back before taking to the air:

The reintroduction of British Airways’ flights will also see the reopening of the group’s SLOW lounges.

Initially, the domestic lounges at King Shaka International, Cape Town International and OR Tambo International will open. The other lounges will reopen as the flight schedule expands.

If you let me into the SLOW lounge, I will eat far more than is necessary. These are the rules.

Anyway, just thought we’d give you a heads up about those flight specials. Use it, don’t use it.

[source:bustech]

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Charles And Camilla Are Under Fire Again https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/charles-and-camilla-are-under-fire-again/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/charles-and-camilla-are-under-fire-again/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2020 09:00:26 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552905 [imagesource: Getty]

Following the divorce of Princess Diana and Prince Charles in 1996, four years after they first separated, Camilla Parker-Bowles was one of the most hated women in Britain.

Charles had openly admitted to having an affair in 1994, during an interview reported by The New York Times. For a while, it had been an open secret that Charles and Camilla had been involved during his marriage to Diana, but only started five years in, and was officially made public in 1997.

Diana would later recall a confrontation with Camilla at a party, in an interview on CBS News.

Via ELLE, here’s the exchange as she recalled it:

Diana: “I know what’s going on between you and Charles, and I just want you to know that.”
Camilla: “You’ve got everything you ever wanted. You’ve got all the men in the world [to] fall in love with you and you’ve got two beautiful children, what more do you want?”
Diana: “I want my husband. I’m sorry I’m in the way, and it must be hell for both of you. But I do know what’s going on. Don’t treat me like an idiot.”

Image: Shutterstock

It took a while for Charles and Camilla to rebuild their reputations, but by the time that they married in 2005, the public was largely on their side.

Camilla joined the Family, taking the title of Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, in preparation for her future role as queen consort.

Image: Getty

Then season four of The Crown came along. The latest season maps Charles’ and Diana’s relationship from its early days until things started to fall apart.

Image: Getty

As we’ve mentioned before, the general public has a tough time separating fact from fiction in the show, and as a result, things have started to get tough for the Prince and the Duchess.

NewsAU mapped the change in sentiment via social media.

On November 5, Clarence House posted a new official portrait of the Duchess on Instagram:

 

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A post shared by Clarence House (@clarencehouse)

Underneath the photo, it received comments like this:

“She’s proved to be a great asset to the firm.” “Beautiful lady. Smiles with her eyes always.” “Amazing, hardworking, passionate person and perfect queen-to-be.” “This lady is an absolute star.” “Magnificent portrait of a splendid woman.”

Two weeks later, after The Crown aired, the Royal Family’s Instagram account posted another picture of the Duchess, smiling as she met with students who had entered the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay competition:

 

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A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)

This time, the image was met with comments like this:

“Diana Forever.” “Long live the memory of Princess Diana!” “In a world full of Camillas, be a Diana.” “Diana is still the real MVP.” “Please stop forcing Camilla down our throats.”

That’s a drastic shift.

Charles and Camilla’s own Instagram account has also been flooded with thousands of messages of support for the late Princess Diana.

It should be noted that Diana also had extramarital affairs.

As the public struggles to understand how TV shows work, it can’t be fun for the Prince and Duchess to relive the outcry that they had to navigate when they officially started dating.

Yes, everyone loved Diana, but maybe it’s time to give the hate a rest.

[source:elle&newsau]

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Biggest Scientific Fraud Of The Past 50 Years, According To Scientists https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/biggest-scientific-fraud-of-the-past-50-years-according-to-scientists/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/biggest-scientific-fraud-of-the-past-50-years-according-to-scientists/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2020 08:32:58 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552913 [imagesource:here]

There are some fields where you can get away with talking nonsense.

For example, in politics, you could tell everyone you were a hugely successful businessman who would make the country great again, and get elected, without having the faintest idea what you were actually doing.

In the field of science, however, your nonsense will eventually be found out, and the past 50 years have exposed a number of fraudsters and misinformation peddlers.

Gizmodo asked three historians of science to pick their biggest fraud of the past half-century, starting with Robert N. Proctor, Professor of the History of Science.

He says, hands down, it’s the Council for Tobacco Research, the cigarette industry’s chief instrument for denying that cigarettes cause cancer:

That began in 1954, as part of Big Tobacco’s effort to distract from the evidence that cigarettes cause death. Hundreds of millions of dollars were poured into this effort, with the money going to top scholars at the world’s leading universities. Basically anyone willing to say that something other than cigarettes was causing cancer…

Tobacco’s deception is “the greatest” because it paved the way for other kinds of scientific fraud. If Big Carbon today claims that “we need more research” to find out whether the climate is warming, that’s a trick learned from Big Tobacco.

Big Tobacco knew that their day of reckoning would come, but they cannot have known how widely their fraud would be imitated. It would be hard to name a more deadly scientific fraud, and for that reason we can rank it “the greatest.”

Imagine living in a time when smoking wasn’t considered harmful to your health? There you are, puffing away guilt-free, none the wiser.

Next up, they asked Katherine A. Pandora, Associate Professor, History of Science, The University of Oklahoma.

Her answer is particularly interesting, given the recent COVID-19 vaccine breakthroughs that have dominated the news:

I would nominate the opportunistic 1998 and 2002 research articles by Andrew Wakefield and his twelve co-authors that claimed that the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine was linked with the development of autism as the biggest fraud of the last 50 years. The disregard of scientific authorities and the media for strict scrutiny of Wakefield’s claim that was short-handed to “vaccines cause autism” had severe international consequences in terms of vaccine hesitation for childhood illnesses over the last two decades, and still presents ramifications today for the acceptance of COVID-19 vaccine research.

Image: Getty Images/Peter Macdiarmid

The Wakefield studies were examples of fraud committed out in the open, which makes the freedom with which they flourished especially unnerving.

The fact that The Lancet, the prestigious medical journal that first published the study, soon retracted Wakefield’s paper didn’t stop the misinformation from gaining traction, and anti-vaxxers continue to trot out the ‘vaccines cause autism’ line, despite a lack of any credible evidence.

Fun fact – Andrew Wakefield is now dating Elle Macpherson, and she’s gone full anti-vaxxer, too.

Finally, there’s Felicitas Hesselmann, a Research Assistant, Social Sciences, Humboldt University of Berlin.

She took a more holistic approach, and opted not to choose a single, standout case:

On the one hand, all cases (and even allegations) of scientific fraud or misconduct are big in their own way…

On the other hand, no fraud case I can think of has been so big as to fundamentally change the course of research. Many researchers have a strong belief that science has a way of working itself out…

Claiming that some cases are “bigger” than others, in that sense, would also mean to prioritize some types of knowledge and research over others, which is a fight I would prefer not to pick.

Boring – we came for the fight, Felicitas.

I wonder what historians of science will look back on in 50 years time and say ‘damn, you got it wrong’.

Climate change denialists would have to be right up there.

[source:gizmodo]

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Volvo’s Latest Crash Test Is Rather Bonkers [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/volvos-latest-crash-test-is-rather-bonkers-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/volvos-latest-crash-test-is-rather-bonkers-video/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2020 08:10:59 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552873 [imagesource: Volvo]

Typically, when a drop test is performed, it’s usually on a new iPhone or smartphone to test its durability when you miss your pocket or accidentally kick it off the couch (guilty).

The latest one was performed on the iPhone 12, and the results were impressive. Apple really outdid itself this time.

Cars aren’t usually dropped from great heights, but as one of the carmakers to produce what some have claimed are the safest vehicles in the world, Volvo decided to do give it a shot in their most insane and impressive crash test to date.

According to Autoblog, they took 10 cars, raised them roughly 100 feet in the air using cranes, and then watched as they plummeted to the ground.

Why? The logic is pretty sound:

For one, this kind of test is dramatically more severe and extreme than anything Volvo can simulate in ordinary crash testing.

Volvo says it re-creates the kind of impact you might see in the most extreme of crashes, such as when a car hits a semi-truck at high speed or takes a severe impact on its side. In these kinds of accidents, there’s a much higher likelihood that the occupants will be critically injured.

Observe:

More from Volvo, including interviews with the folks running the test and video from inside one of the cars as it drops to the ground:

Volvo performed the test with Swedish rescue services onsite, because a crash like this would likely require extraction specialists using hydraulic rescue tools like the ‘Jaws of Life’ to reach trauma victims as quickly as possible.

The likelihood of someone surviving an impact such as this is increased if rescue teams are able to get them medical attention within an hour – or ‘the golden hour’ as they call it.

Immediately after the drops, the rescue workers went to town on the cars, gathering vast amounts of data and learning along the way. This will help Volvo develop safer cars and also help rescue workers develop better, quicker ways to extricate people.

Rescue workers usually have to experiment on much older vehicles sitting in junkyards, so the data they collected from the crash simulation, using new cars, is invaluable.

Volvo will be compiling the data collected into a report which they will make available to rescue teams across the globe.

It’s tests like these that set the automaker apart from other brands on the market.

[source:autoblog]

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Just A Guy Rescuing A Puppy From Alligator Jaws With A Cigar In His Mouth [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/just-a-guy-rescuing-a-puppy-from-alligator-jaws-with-a-cigar-in-his-mouth-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/just-a-guy-rescuing-a-puppy-from-alligator-jaws-with-a-cigar-in-his-mouth-video/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2020 07:35:14 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552858 I’ll give you one guess where this showdown between man and alligator, with a pup caught in between, took place.

It can only be Florida.

The words ‘Florida Man’ have become a meme over the past few years, usually for news stories that involve bizarre domestic incidents in the state, and more often than not somebody high on hard drugs.

This involves neither, but the man in question does manage to rescue a puppy from the jaws of an alligator without dropping the cigar in his mouth, which deserves special praise.

That man is 74-year-old Richard Wilbanks, who was walking his Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Gunner, alongside a pond near his retirement village in Estero.

Out of nowhere, an alligator popped out the water and grabbed his hound.

More from the Guardian:

“It came out of the water like a missile,” he said. “I never thought an alligator could be that fast. It was so quick.”

Cameras set up by the Florida Wildlife Federation and the fSTOP Foundation captured the encounter, which shows Wilbanks in the pond, his head submerged as he tries to grab a hold of the alligator. He then emerges holding the reptile, which still has the dog in its jaws. In Wilbank’s jaws is a cigar – which he never drops…

Gunner has since seen a vet, and while he suffered a small puncture wound to his stomach, he is otherwise fine.

Wilbanks said his hand was a little “chewed up”, but that’s a small price to pay for saving your best friend.

This man is a very worthy recipient of a Bell’s or three:

In case you didn’t already have maximum respect for Wilbanks, he went on to say that he doesn’t want the alligator removed from the pond, because “they’re part of nature and part of our lives”.

There are more than a million alligators living in the state of Florida, so Gunner will now be kept on a leash when near any ponds in the area.

[source:guardian]

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The Final Days Of Former 28s Boss, Ernie “Lastig” Solomon [Audio] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/the-final-days-of-former-28s-boss-ernie-lastig-solomon-audio/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/the-final-days-of-former-28s-boss-ernie-lastig-solomon-audio/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2020 07:01:57 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552874 [imagesource:  Esa Alexander]

Ernie “Lastig” Solomon was gunned down in a hail of bullets in Boksburg last Friday, after two men opened fire on his BMW.

According to police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele, the car carrying Solomon was cut off and bumped by a white Ford Ranger, before the gunmen jumped out and started shooting.

The assailants then abandoned the Ford Ranger and escaped in a getaway car “of an unknown description”.

None of the BMW’s other three occupants was killed, although they were all injured, including a five-year-old child.

Solomon, a former 28s gang boss, has been linked with the Terrible Josters gang in recent times, and insiders say a target has been on his back for a number of years.

He was the target of a failed hit in Hawston, a fishing town just outside of Hermanus, six months ago.

The Daily Maverick reports:

Sources said his murder was inevitable as his name had for months been surfacing in matters relating to dubious activities…

“It was bound to end this way,” a source said, referring to Solomon’s murder.

Another said several gang members still referred to him as “the beginning of the number and the end of the number” (referring to the numbers gangs) and “Number One”.

At this time, it remains unclear exactly who was behind Solomon’s murder.

The former 28s boss had attempted to reinvent himself as a peacemaker between various warring factions in recent times, but many saw through that, saying he remained a gangster until the very end.

Speaking with CapeTalk’s Lester Kiewit, journalist Henriette Geldenhuys mapped out the illicit enterprises under Solomon’s watch:

Ernie Lastig was the most prominent abalone smuggler in South Africa for a very long time. For decades he has been in control of dealing in abalone with his connections with the Chinese mafia…

Ernie was very ‘rough and tough’ in the 90s when I first met him, with gold chains and gold teeth. In hi later life, he created a persona that kind of separates him of gangsterism…

I always say that the politicians don’t rule South Africa, it’s the 28s that rule South Africa. They are involved in so much crime across the country.

Don’t worry, we have crooks in the corridors of our ruling party, too, and some of their crimes would make even hardened gangsters blush.

The full interview with Geldenhuys is very interesting, shedding light on one of the country’s most powerful bosses, and the behind-the-scenes power tussles that eventually led to his downfall:

[sources:dailymaverick&capetalk]

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PETA Is Coming After Cyril Ramaphosa [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/peta-is-coming-after-cyril-ramaphosa-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/peta-is-coming-after-cyril-ramaphosa-video/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2020 06:40:20 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552850 [imagesource:here]

Last week, the American branch of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a non-profit animal rights organisation, revealed the outcome of a private investigation into President Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala wildlife breeding operation, and a hunting company called Tsala Hunting Safaris.

They alleged that Ramaphosa and his employees have worked to conceal ties to trophy hunting, or as PETA put it, a ’’colonial blood sport’’.

PETA opposes the idea that animals can be traded as commodities or used for sport.

PETA’s statement via IOL, regarding the president:

‘’PETA has exposed, through a secret investigation, that President Cyril Ramaphosa not only breeds and sells animals to be shot and killed from his Phala Phala wildlife breeding operation but also owns stake in a hunting company called Tsala Hunting Safaris,“ the statement read.

’’That company conducts many of its hunts on a property called Diepdrift, which Ramaphosa owns and is quietly developing and expanding. There, as well as on partner properties, Tsala can arrange hunts of 42 different species, including the ’Big Five’: leopards, elephants, lions, rhinoceroses, and buffalo.”

They also claim that environmental authorities in South Africa issued no permits to hunt leopards, but that Tsala Hunting Safaris facilitates leopard hunts in Namibia and Mozambique.

PETA recorded conversations with “[Ramaphosa’s] managers Hendrik Von Wielligh and Rouan Nel”, who “admit that he shares equally in the profits from all hunts conducted through Tsala”.

Be forewarned, the footage at the start of the video shows an elephant being shot by hunters. You’ll find the conversation at the 2:19 mark:

Here is the gist of the recording:

’’One said, ’We try to keep the president’s name actually out of the hunting thing because … of all the greenies …. So he wanna spare himself this, how can I say, bad publicity and all of that. So … we gotta do it under a different name brand, where none of my name or his name are connected to it …. So that’s why we will keep always Phala Phala and Diepdrift and Tsala Safaris sort of separate from our Phala Phala brand.’’

PETA senior vice-president of International Campaigns Jason Baker says that South Africans should be aware of  “Cyril Ramaphosa’s [alleged] investment in trophy hunting operations”.

Baker says that the ground borders on the Kruger National Park, and that elephants protected in the park can cross over into the hunting zone.

In a statement issued on behalf of the president and Phala Phala on Saturday, the Presidency said the accusations by PETA were “unfounded” and “patently false”, listing the following:

  • Neither the President nor Phala Phala have a stake in the trophy hunting industry or in Tsala Hunting Safaris.
  • Phala Phala is a privately owned wildlife farm whose business is breeding game. Tsala are privately owned hunting outfitters.
  • Phala Phala has been in operation since 2010 and is run in accordance with the strictest conservation and wildlife management principles.
  • Phala Phala’s wildlife breeding and management activities comply with best ethical and lawful practice in the sector.

They say that “Phala Phala undertakes annual culls of game such as impala, buffalo, kudu and wildebeest to avoid carrying excess numbers”.

Per The Citizen, since the statement was released, PETA has doubled down on their efforts to condemn Ramaphosa.

The Presidency has also responded to former allegations by the animal rights group regarding his interest in pigeon breeding.

“President Ramaphosa has been a pigeon breeder since the age of 16 and owned a flock of pigeons as a young man living in Soweto in the 1960s and ‘70s.”

The Presidency went on to add: “The president has been engaging with breeders in Soweto and the Western Cape about the development of the industry, as well as on the increased participation of young, black entrants in pigeon racing.

They claim further that PETA is using its global platforms to disseminate “false information”.

This is a fight likely to continue for some time.

[source:iol&citizen]

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Tuesday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/tuesday-morning-spice-508/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/tuesday-morning-spice-508/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2020 05:57:48 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552739 [imagesource: Evan Vucci/AP]

Trump Accepts Transition To Biden Must Begin – The president said the federal agency overseeing the handover must “do what needs to be done”, even as he vowed to keep contesting his election defeat. [bbc]

Trump’s Effort To Steal The Election Is Done – President Donald Trump’s not-secret attempt to steal the presidential election likely met its end Monday. And it was a group of local officials doing their job in Michigan that ended it. [cnn]

Zondo Lays Criminal Charges Against Jacob Zuma For Absconding From Commission – This comes after Zuma left the commission last week without being granted permission by Zondo, who is the chair. [news24]

Secrets Of Apartheid’s Death Flights Rise To The Surface In New Book – Atrocities committed against insurgents who were ‘disappeared’ lie quietly waiting to be discovered in the archives. [timeslive]

Black Friday: Nearly Nine Out Of 10 Deals Were The Same Price Or Cheaper Earlier In The Year – Bargain hunters are being warned to do their research so that they will know a good deal when they see it. [skynews]

Heir To Getty Fortune Dies In Hotel Room At Age 52 – John Gilbert Getty, a musician, was the grandson of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty and the son of billionaire philanthropist Gordon Getty. [dbeast]

‘Tis The Season To Be Jolly Careful,’ Boris Johnson Warns As He Reveals New Covid Measures – Prime Minister announces return to tier system until end of March and mass vaccination. [telegraph]

Dream Team As SA’s Favourite Outdoor Brand Partners With Revolutionary Payment System – We have some excellent news for the outdoor enthusiast who wants the right gear to pair with the perfect adventure. [here]

Bheki Cele Tells Police To ’Protect Themselves’ After ‘Reckless’ Julius Malema Threats – Malema said the party would retaliate by visiting cops individually in their homes. [iol]

How Covid-19 Vaccine Registration Will Work In South Africa – More than 100 vaccine candidates are under development for Covid-19 globally. Twelve of these are undergoing large-scale phase III clinical trials to assess their safety and efficacy. [dailymav]

Woolworths Is Launching A New 60-Minute Delivery Service – Checkers has been eating its competitors’ lunch with its 60-minute grocery delivery service called Sixty60. [businsidersa]

Pope Says Anti-Maskers Stuck In ‘Their Own Little World Of Interests’ – Francis contrasts opposition to Covid measures with ‘healthy indignation’ over racism. [guardian]

Long Read | Part Three: The Start Of CSA’s Downfall – An embattled Cricket South Africa has been shooting itself in the foot whenever it tried to take a step in the right direction. Can the organisation be saved from itself? [newframe]

Pep Guardiola Deal Could Entice Lionel Messi To Join Man City Rebuild – Whatever the manager says in public, there is no doubt whatsoever that City want the Barca captain and will do all they can to sign him now he knows Guardiola is staying. [bbcsport]

How Ryan Reynolds And Rob McElhenney Ended Up Owning Wrexham AFC – While a non-league football club in north Wales might not seem like an obvious investment for two Hollywood actors, Wrexham has untapped potential. [vice]

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Meghan Markle’s Friend Jessica Mulroney Gives First Interview After Instagram Feud – After a dramatic social media storm that saw her dropped from several networks, Meghan Markle’s best friend Jessica Mulroney has finally broken her silence. [newsau]

Kylie Jenner Showcases Her Bombshell Curves – Wearing an ultra high-cut velour swimsuit as she poses at her $36M Holmby Hills compound. [dmail]

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Five Things Professional Gamblers Won’t Tell You https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/five-things-professional-gamblers-wont-tell-you/ Tue, 24 Nov 2020 03:15:31 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553303 [imagesource: Unsplash]

You enjoy gambling when you have time to do so. You consider yourself a decent gambler but you know you won’t be able to compete with professionals. However, you suspect that you’ll be able to change that in the future. Well, you may believe that listening to a professional gambler can help. If you rely on their advice and wisdom, you will find new techniques to improve your chances of striking it big. Just remember that professional gamblers aren’t going to tell you everything. They’ll keep some things a secret from you.

Below, you’ll find out about the things a professional gambler won’t tell you.

No Emotions

First and foremost, you should think about your favorite gambler on television. When you watch the World Series of Poker, you notice that the gamblers are excited when they win and distraught when they lose. They use their emotions to make it much more exciting for the viewer. The only problem is that your emotions can hurt you. If you let your emotions guide your decisions, you’re going to make a lot of bad decisions. A professional gambler won’t tell you this because they want you to watch it on your television.

Your Bankroll Is Very Important

Professional gamblers usually have unlimited money to spend. This might not be the case but it seems like it. When you think about professional gamblers, you imagine that they have an endless bankroll and don’t stop until they’re happy with their winnings. This isn’t the case. You need to be very careful or you’ll exceed your budget.

Discipline Is Vital

When you visit S128, you likely want to play and have fun. This is great as long as you don’t take it seriously. What happens when you decide to make money? If your intentions are to make as much money as possible, you need to be disciplined. You need to learn to discipline yourself so you don’t make a lot of bad mistakes. Failing to discipline yourself will create major issues for you in the long run. Professional gamblers are highly disciplined individuals. To replicate their success, you need to be disciplined as well.

Hard Work

Professional gamblers want you to believe that they were born to play poker. They often don’t talk about the hours they put into mastering the game. Many want people to believe that it comes naturally. They don’t want extra competition so they aren’t going to tell you that becoming a good poker player requires hard work and patience. Professional gamblers don’t like to talk about it but they worked hard to get where they’re at today. You’ll need to do the same if you want to become a good player.

Losses Are Good Sometimes

Finally, you should understand that professional gamblers don’t like to lose. However, they understand that some losses are good. Even though you’ve made the right decisions, you’re going to lose. There is nothing you can do about it. Lady Luck wasn’t on your side. Professional gamblers have seen it all so they understand this better than everyone. However, they don’t like to talk about it.

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Ticket Proxies – What Are They And Why Are They Important? https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/ticket-proxies-what-are-they-and-why-are-they-important/ Tue, 24 Nov 2020 03:15:27 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553309 Do you wish there was a way to conduct online searches privately? Well, what you may not know is you can perform as many searches as your heart desires discretely. How is this possible? It is possible through ticket proxies, also known as IP proxies.

If you are unfamiliar with this technology, you have been missing out on opportunities to do whatever you like without anyone or any entity knowing about it. Below, you will discover more about ticket proxies and how they make it more discrete when utilizing the Internet.

Internet Protocol – What Is It?

An Internet Protocol, more often referred to as IP, is a group of numbers utilized to individualize connected Internet devices. In other words, every electronic device connected to the Internet has an IP address. In the modern world, just about everyone is familiar with an IP address because it helps pinpoint specific connected-device locations and identify network interfaces. But, only a few are familiar with ticket proxies.

Ticket proxies are also important because they permit connected devices to communicate with each other discreetly. Without an IP address, your devices will not be permitted to access the Internet. If you want to play Agen Judi online, you will not be able to do it without an IP address.

What It Does

A lot of people could benefit from using a proxy. This unique technology further protects your identity by hiding your IP address. This is very important because you don’t want strangers to learn more about you. Furthermore, certain websites may stop you from purchasing several tickets using the same computer and IP. To avoid this problem, you’ll want to use a proxy.

By taking advantage of a proxy, you’ll be able to change your IP address immediately. Once you’ve done that, you can get past those restrictions. This ensures that you’re able to purchase multiple tickets despite any restrictions.

How It Helps

When trying to buy concert tickets online, there is a chance that you’re going to be restricted. For instance, you may only be able to purchase three tickets from your computer. Then, your IP address will be blocked and you won’t be able to purchase more tickets. Using a proxy can help you bypass this problem. A proxy will allow you to change your IP so you can purchase more tickets. Eventually, that IP will be blocked too. Don’t worry though. You can switch to another IP and purchase more tickets.

With proxies, you’ll be able to purchase as many tickets as you want. Furthermore, it should be noted that proxies can be used for an assortment of other purposes. They’re great for protecting your identity when browsing the web and so much more.

Summary

At the end of the day, you may decide that you need to use a ticket proxy at some point. Doing so will prove to be very beneficial because a ticket proxy will keep your identity hidden. With a ticket proxy, you will be able to conceal your IP address so you can purchase restricted tickets. This is a good option for people who wish to buy and sell concert and sports tickets.

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Lottery Versus Slot Machines – Which Is Better? https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/24/lottery-versus-slot-machines-which-is-better/ Tue, 24 Nov 2020 03:15:20 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=553296 [imagesourc: Unsplash]

This is a difficult comparison because the two subjects share only a few similarities and differences. One thing is for sure, many hardcore gamblers tend to play both the lottery and the slot machine every chance they get. When you think about it, you must ask yourself is it possible to stay neutral when making such a comparison. Whatever the case may be, most people prefer one over the other. To be fair, it is best to start by looking at the benefits, ending the comparison with a review of the differences. A list of the similarities and differences is provided in the article below.

Winning Opportunities

The lottery and the slot machine offer winning opportunities. Every time you pull the lever of a slot machine, you have a chance of winning. The same thing goes with the lottery. Every time you play, there is a chance you will win.

Cost-Efficient

Both options are cost-efficient. You can play the lottery and the slot machine without breaking the bank. As long as you monitor your spending, you can increase your winning odds by playing either or both. It really depends on your budget. But, all in all, playing the lottery and slots are very affordable.

Addictive

Playing any game of chance comes with the risk of addiction. While it may be difficult to believe, the lottery is just as or more addictive than the slot machine. Gambling is addictive no matter how you view it. Some players find it difficult to walk away when they are down on their luck and on a winning streak. 

If there is a slight chance of recouping losses or increasing winnings, some players cannot find it in themselves to walk away. The same thing can be said about all games of chance, even when you are playing on an online casino platform like https://www.goal55.id

Antes And Pots

All games of chance begin with an ante, a stake. To play the slot machine, you have to invest a small amount of money. The same thing goes for the lottery. Players must purchase a lottery ticket to enter the game. There are daily and weekly lotteries, all of which require an ante.

The jackpot varies from one game to the next. However, the slot machine jackpot fails in comparison to the lottery jackpot. Slot machines are designed to hold a specific amount of money, which varies from one casino to another.

The lottery jackpot is set in advance by the commission. Weekly lotteries generally have a $1 million jackpot. Lottery jackpots will increase when there are no matching numbers. A $1-million jackpot doubles, triples, and so forth as long as there are no matching numbers.

The same thing can be said about slot machine jackpots. The more money invested in the game without a winner, the higher the jackpot.

Endless Play

Slot machines offer endless play while lotteries are limited to daily and weekly draws. The only way to invest more time in the lottery is to buy more tickets. You can purchase as many tickets as you like to increase your odds of winning.

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Shooting At Cape Town CBD Taxi Rank https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/shooting-at-cape-town-cbd-taxi-rank/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/shooting-at-cape-town-cbd-taxi-rank/#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2020 14:05:40 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552820 Police are on the scene at the Cape Town Station Deck taxi rank, following a shooting that took place just before noon today.

Multiple people have been shot, with unconfirmed accounts putting the number at between seven and nine.

The incident is suspected to be a result of taxi violence, but investigations are still underway.

Per TimesLIVE, one suspect was apprehended with a firearm, while EWN reports that armed law enforcement is searching nearby taxis parked further down from where the shooting took place.

Videos and images captured on the scene show some of what’s taking place at the rank.

Police arriving:

Searching taxis:

Here’s an eNCA report on the shooting from shortly after 2PM:

This is a developing story.

[sources:timeslive&ewn]

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Dream Team As SA’s Favourite Outdoor Brand Partners With Revolutionary Payment System https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/dream-team-as-sas-favourite-outdoor-brand-partners-with-revolutionary-payment-system/ Mon, 23 Nov 2020 13:55:02 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552724 When you think ‘proudly South African’, a few things come to mind.

We’ve mastered the braai like no other, our wine, brandy, and gin are on point, and we have some of the most incredible natural settings in the world, ripe for exploring.

You aren’t doing summer right if you haven’t headed out for a hike yet.

For the outdoor enthusiast, traveller or explorer, there’s only one place to go to get kitted out in quality gear and apparel for hiking, camping, trail running, mountain biking, snow sports, and safaris.

Cape Union Mart is as passionate about making the most of your time spent outdoors as you are, and as a company built for South Africans by South Africans they know the terrain, and they know what you need to navigate it.

The company is also committed to making sure that your outdoor experience is sustainable, and that the nature you love is preserved and can be enjoyed for generations to come, by consistently adopting innovative business practices and creating an exclusive sustainability range of men’s and women’s outdoor apparel and footwear.

Now they’ve taken things a step further by making it easier than ever to stock up on the goods you need when you need them, by partnering with another local gem, PayJustNow.

Long trusted for their family values and passion to improve lives, PayJustNow has found a natural ally in the Cape Union Mart Group.

The ‘buy now pay later’ service offers the savvy shopper a simple and seamless payment solution that lets you pay off your purchase in three installments, with zero interest and no hidden fees.

Signing up is as simple as filling your cart online.

Just head on over to the PayJustNow website and follow these simple instructions:

The toughest part is going to be planning your holiday, finding time to fit in all of your activities, and picking the perfect spot to set up camp.

You can also consider this a gentle reminder that for the adventurer in your life, finding the perfect Christmas or birthday gift, without breaking the bank, just got that much easier.

Cape Union Mart is also running some sweet Black Friday deals at the moment, so make sure to check those out.

We have a beautiful country – get out there and take it all in.

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Genuinely Embarrassing Moment Sees Trump Fooled By Sister’s Parody Account https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/genuinely-embarrassing-moment-sees-trump-fooled-by-sisters-parody-account/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/genuinely-embarrassing-moment-sees-trump-fooled-by-sisters-parody-account/#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2020 13:44:16 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552745 [imagesource: Getty Images]

Donald Trump has always had a tenuous relationship with the truth.

That’s being diplomatic, and ever since he lost his reelection bid he’s dived deeper down the hole of misinformation and conspiracy, as he seeks to undermine faith in American democracy.

He’s succeeding, but not exactly in the way that he thinks he is.

Given that Donald knows his niece hates him (Mary Trump had said a second term “would be the end of American democracy”), along with his sister Maryanne Trump Barry (she called him “cruel”, a “brat”, and far worse in secret recordings), it’s no wonder that the president touted the support of his other sister, Elizabeth Trump Grau (pictured above).

Just the one problem – the Twitter account spewing anti-Joe Biden messages, and praise for Donald, was clearly a fake.

Right-wing figure Wayne Dupree published a story about the account, which was then picked up by the president himself.

He must be very close with Elizabeth, because he didn’t bother to check with her before sending this out:

It took all of about 20 seconds for most sane Americans to see that @TheBettyTrump (now suspended) was a pisstake.

Without a shred of irony, Trump had just tweeted this out about half an hour earlier:

These fact-checkers are bogus, says the man who just tweeted out fake news about his own sister.

With the account now suspended, we’ve cobbled together some screenshots to show the progression from parody account to the president’s attention.

Here’s the first tweet that went out:

Given that Elizabeth, or Betty, has remained largely silent during her brother’s tenure, this was fishy.

Then there was what came next, which was basically a stream-of-consciousness feed of jokes and jibes:

Then, following Donald’s tweet and the added attention, the pivot to parody:

In other words, I honestly didn’t think the sitting president would be daft enough to think this was really his sister.

Plot twist – he was. This man has the nuclear codes.

When VICE contacted Elizabeth Trump Grau about the account, she had this to say:

“I’m trying to delete it. I don’t even belong to Twitter.”

“I have no statement,” she said. “I’m just annoyed about this whole thing.”

Elizabeth was successful, with Huff Post reporting that Twitter suspended the account for violating its policies against platform manipulation and spam.

I’m embarrassed on behalf of America at this point.

[sources:vice&huffpost]

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Ever Heard Of A Cizeta? They Only Made Nine Of These Supercars And One Is Up For Sale https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/ever-heard-of-a-cizeta-they-only-made-nine-of-these-supercars-and-one-is-up-for-sale/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/ever-heard-of-a-cizeta-they-only-made-nine-of-these-supercars-and-one-is-up-for-sale/#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2020 13:30:35 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552801 [imagesource: Curated]

The Cizeta-Moroder V16T, commonly known as just the Cizeta V16T, is an Italian supercar which was built between 1991 and 1995.

It was created by automotive engineer Claudio Zampolli in a joint venture with music composer Giorgio Moroder, and dreamed into existence by the famous supercar designer Marcello Gandini.

He’s also responsible for the Lamborghini Miura, Countach, and the Lamborghini Diablo.

The specs on this car include a V16 engine mounted transversely in the central rear position, just forward of the rear axle, which shares a single cylinder block, and four-cylinder heads with gearing between them, providing a single output from the centre of the engine assembly to the five-speed transaxle.

Image: Curated

The car can reach a top speed of 328 km/h and can go from zero to 100 in just four seconds.

Image: Curated

The chassis is comprised of chrome-moly elliptical steel tubing, encased in Gandini’s sleek design.

Image: Curated

It was the only product of the Cizeta company and just nine were made, so they’re pretty rare, and would be the crown jewel in any car enthusiast’s collection.

One such car enthusiast is the Sultan of Brunei, who was once known as “the godfather of excess”.

Last year he decided to change his ways, not by becoming a better person, but by implementing Sharia law that includes punishments such as death by stoning for adultery or homosexuality, or amputation of limbs for theft.

He also used to be the owner of a Cizeta V16T, but never actually got to see it up close. After the sale, it didn’t find its way to him, so it’s untainted by bigotry.

Image: Curated

It is now up for grabs from Curated, a dealership specialising in vintage supercars, which snapped it up earlier this year.

Over to Business Insider:

Given its history and rarity, Curated is asking deep six figures for the car — $725,000 to be exact. And lest you think that the pandemic might have destroyed the market for ultra-high-end vehicles, car auctions have actually seen a boom over the last several months.

This particular Cizeta V16T is the only one finished in blue with blue trims and has just under 1 000 km on the clock, so it’s in very good condition.

Chances are that after this you won’t be seeing one on the market for a while.

[source:businessinsider]

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Did You See That Apocalyptic Dust Storm In Upington? [Videos+Images] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/did-you-see-that-apocalyptic-dust-storm-in-upington-videosimages/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/did-you-see-that-apocalyptic-dust-storm-in-upington-videosimages/#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2020 13:15:26 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552693 [imagesource: Storm Report SA / Heibré-Ann Coetzee]

A good thunderstorm, whilst safely tucked up inside one’s home, is always a sight to behold.

Here’s an HD video for the monsoon purists out there, if you’re really looking to ways to mentally escape your desk this Monday.

Then you get dust storms, which can best be described as apocalyptic, although we’re used to seeing those take place Down Under, rather than in our own backyard.

On Saturday, storm clouds swept through Upington, in the Northern Cape, bringing with them a wall of dust that was captured on video.

Storm Report SA shared some incredible footage from the dust storm:

The same account also shared these images:

Twitter user Kirill Bakanov also shared these images:

I’d find it pretty daunting if that storm was bearing down on my town.

Upington is still standing, and residents have an excellent story to tell.

A win-win.

[source:stormreportsa]

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Videos From The First Person To Hit 100 Million TikTok Subscribers https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/videos-from-the-first-person-to-hit-100-million-tiktok-subscribers/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/videos-from-the-first-person-to-hit-100-million-tiktok-subscribers/#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2020 12:06:36 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552767 [imagesource: Charli D’Amelio / TikTok]

Only two creators on TikTok have reached the 50 million subscriber mark on the app.

Charli D’Amelio just cracked 100 million.

That means that she’s twice as popular as Will Smith, three times as big as The Rock, four times as big as Selena Gomez, and a staggering five times bigger than Kylie Jenner.

This might have something to do with the fact that all of the celebs listed above are over the age of 16, which seems to be the standard TikTok demographic.

At the same time, it took four years for a YouTube channel to amass a subscriber count of 1 million.

16-year-old Charli only started using TikTok in May last year.

Per The Verge, the whole family is now involved, and have decided to branch out to other platforms like YouTube because that platform is easier to monify.

While TikTok has started to offer payouts to creators they have, for the most part, been disappointed with the returns.

Creators frequently branch out onto other social networks and into more traditional media formats once they’ve found success on one platform. It lets them broaden their reach, talk to fans in more places, and provide some amount of insurance should one platform make a change that hurts their ability to thrive. YouTube creators, for example, have seen algorithm changes come and go that seem to prioritize and later deemphasize certain genres of video.

Here’s a compilation of some of Charli’s most-watched videos:

Yeah, I don’t get it.

More:

And, one more for good measure:

You get the idea. She dances around.

I feel like I’m missing something.

The D’Amelio family is launching an empire around her fame. Her sister Dixie released a debut single in June which quickly landed on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart. The sisters have also started a podcast, 2CHIX.

Charli has started experimenting with popular YouTube formats, with videos like this one where someone called Hyrum reacts to her skincare routine:

Charli is writing a book, which will be released next month. I hope it isn’t a memoir. She’s too young for a memoir.

Their parents, Heidi and Mark, each have their own TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.

Cool?

No, really…is this cool now?

[source:verge]

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It’s OK – A Lot Of People Are Drinking More Than Usual https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/its-ok-a-lot-of-people-are-drinking-more-than-usual/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/its-ok-a-lot-of-people-are-drinking-more-than-usual/#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2020 11:30:32 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552717 [imagesource: Syda Productions/Shutterstock]

When you’re working from home, the line between business hours and the end of the day can become a little blurred.

I like to mark the end of the day with a drink, and a cigarette, because then I’m officially off the clock and anything else will have to wait until tomorrow.

Sometimes that drink can turn into two, and then a few more, because for many knocking back a few beverages is the go-to tactic for stress relief.

If you’re drinking more alcohol than you before a pandemic swept the globe, you’re not alone, with UK-based campaign group Alcohol Change UK’s survey revealing some interesting results.

Below via the Metro:

They found that almost one in three drinkers (29%) have been drinking at increasing or high risk levels over the past six months (over 14 units per week).

Over half of drinkers (53%) said they have drunk alcohol for a mental health reason – such as feeling anxious, stressed or worried, feeling bored, having trouble sleeping, or feeling sad or low – at least once in the past six months.

The same study would most likely produce markedly different results in South Africa, given that alcohol sales were banned for such an extended period over the past six months, with the black market trading at outrageous prices.

Sales have now resumed, and more recently, extended to cover all licenced trading hours.

Returning to the UK, and some words from Alcohol Change UK’s Chief Executive, Dr Richard Piper:

“Covid-19 has negatively affected our nation’s mental health, and has led millions of us to drink more heavily. Challenging the stigma and shame that many of us feel when we realise our drinking has got out of control is more important now than ever.”

Andrew Misell, one of the charity’s directors, said that given how alcohol is such a “socially acceptable coping mechanism”, it’s not surprising to see a marked increase in consumption during this period of stress.

In South Africa, alcohol abuse plays a major causative role in crimes like murder and violence against women and children.

If you, or a loved one, is looking for help, you can find a list of contact numbers here.

[source:mirror]

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Forcefully Breathing On Someone Is Assault In America [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/forcefully-breathing-on-someone-is-assault-in-america-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/forcefully-breathing-on-someone-is-assault-in-america-video/#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2020 10:34:19 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552648 [imagesource: EPA]

The US has now passed 12,5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, with more than 262 000 deaths.

In the last week alone, there have been more than one million new COVID-19 cases, and across the country, medical workers are begging their fellow citizens to wear masks and practice basic COVID-19 safety protocol.

Then you get someone like 61-year-old Raymond Deskins, pictured above wearing an inflatable toy around his midriff in support of Donald Trump.

He has been charged with misdemeanour assault following an altercation outside of Trump’s golf club in Virginia on Saturday, for “forcefully exhaling” on two women who were protesting the president’s refusal to admit he lost the US election.

This from the Guardian:

Deskins, 61, was charged with misdemeanor assault after a private citizen obtained a warrant through a county magistrate, the Loudoun county sheriff’s office said on Sunday…

The state of Virginia mandates masks be worn in certain locations to stop the spread of the coronavirus. However they are not required to be worn outside.

There’s not wearing a mask, and then there’s this, a real classy display of ‘spreading a deadly pandemic to own the libs’:

Again, there is a pandemic that has killed more than 260 000 Americans, and healthcare workers across the country are literally begging people to wear masks.

It appears that decency is in short supply these days.

[source:guardian]

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Britain’s “Costliest Divorce” Is Getting Even Messier https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/britains-costliest-divorce-is-getting-even-messier/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/britains-costliest-divorce-is-getting-even-messier/#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2020 09:25:23 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552653 [imagesource:here]

The last time we checked in on “Britain’s biggest, bitterest marital breakup”, between Farkhad Akhmedov and his now ex-wife, Tatiana Akhmedova (above), armies of lawyers and advisors were caught in a battle with millions of pounds at stake.

Akhmedova had also dragged her son Temur (below) into the mess, who then turned on her in court.

The case has been ongoing since 2016 when the High Court awarded Akhmedova a record-breaking £453 million (then around R10 billion).

To further complicate things her husband claimed that they had actually divorced in Russia, long before she filed for divorce in Britain.

Oil tycoon Akhmedov, according to The Daily Mail, has also been slow to release the funds and has now been found in contempt of court.

Akmedova has also decided to drag her son back into “Britain’s costliest divorce”, only this time she’s accusing him of helping his father to hide assets from British authorities.

A raid was carried out at Temur’s flat where they found “incriminating documents”.

Mrs Justice Knowles authorised the raid in the hopes of obtaining pertinent information after Temur himself admitted to having destroyed any relevant electronic documents, The Times reported.

Image: PA

Knowles said that there was ‘clear evidence’ that Temur possessed ‘incriminating documents’ and a ‘real possibility’ that he would destroy them if the raid had not been carried out.

Temur doesn’t live in the apartment and had no idea the raid was taking place.

One friend said the luxury flat was left looking ‘like a crime scene.’

Mobile phones, memory sticks and even a Peppa Pig game were seized by the team acting on the orders of the High Court.

The Peppa Pig game is a bit of a twist.

Other assets that were on the line during the divorce proceedings included Farkhad’s mega-yacht, Luna, but he managed to hold onto it after a court in Dubai ruled that Akhmedov was the rightful owner.

While this isn’t quite as scandalous as the Johnny Depp versus Amber Heard saga, the legal costs alone must be through the roof.

Akmedova’s claim against her son is due to begin at the High Court on November 30.

[source:dailymail]

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Now You Can Play Chess Against Beth Harmon From ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/now-you-can-play-chess-against-beth-harmon-from-the-queens-gambit/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/now-you-can-play-chess-against-beth-harmon-from-the-queens-gambit/#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2020 08:50:44 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552669 [imagesource: Charlie Gray / Netflix]

Since The Queen’s Gambit began airing on Netflix, interest in the age-old battle of wits has seen a massive resurgence.

Across the globe, competitors new and old find themselves staring at the board again, and it’s hoped that the series will attract a new generation of female players, in particular.

As the world’s greatest chess player, Magnus Carlsen, readily admitted in a recent interview, the sport “has not been very kind to women over the years”.

So, fancy sitting across from Beth Harmon and giving it a bash? You’re in luck, because Chess.com has created a situation where “you can now play against a virtual Beth Harmon at different ages and stages of her chess career”:

From young Beth first learning to play, all the way to her taking on the world’s top grandmasters, you can now face off against this powerful female chess player.

The virtual Beth bots currently have seven different ages/playing strengths for you to match your wits with.

These range from Beth, aged eight (“she still falls for traps and doesn’t see certain types of tactics, but she is improving quickly”) through to Beth, aged 22 (she “aspires to be the youngest World Chess Champion ever. Do you dare stand in her way?”).

Pro tip – work your way through the ranks systematically, because leaping from age eight to her latter years can be a humbling experience.

Head here to choose which Beth to battle:

Just remember, there’s no shame in losing to a prodigy, as long as you do so with grace.

[source:chess]

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Highlights And Winners List For The 2020 American Music Awards [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/highlights-and-winners-list-for-the-2020-american-music-awards-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/highlights-and-winners-list-for-the-2020-american-music-awards-videos/#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2020 08:15:27 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552618 [imagesource: Getty]

It’s not entirely clear why the American Music Awards (AMAs) thought it would be a good idea to celebrate on a stage, live, on Sunday night, with many artists and an audience in attendance at the Los Angeles Microsoft Theatre.

Sure, COVID-19 restrictions were in place, with a limited audience and testing before anyone could enter the building, but considering America’s appalling response to the pandemic, with more than a million new cases of COVID-19 in the past seven days, it didn’t set a very good example.

For the most part, awards shows, such as the MTV Music Video Awards, have happened online since the pandemic struck.

Anyway, it’s Monday, so let’s leave the gloom and doom behind for a second and enjoy some of the highlights of the show via Entertainment Tonight, before we take in the full list of winners.

From Justin Bieber’s soulful medley of new hits – which came 10 years after he made his AMAs debut with a performance of “Pray” – to Jennifer Lopez and Maluma’s world premiere performance of “Pa’ Ti” and “Lonely,” the night was jam-packed with incredible highlights.

Five of the best, starting with:

Justin Bieber’s live performance of ‘Lonely’ and ‘Holy’:

The Weeknd performs ‘Save Your Tears’ looking like he just underwent cosmetic surgery:

Yes, that was Kenny G.

Meghan Thee Stallion performing ‘Body’:

Jennifer Lopez and Maluma debuted their new music:

Finally, BTS closed the show with a bang:

Without further ado, here are this year’s major winners, rattled off in video form to spice things up a little:

Taylor Swift went into the show with 29 AMA wins, the most of all time, and then broke her own record and upped her tally to 32, including the coveted ‘Favourite Artist Award’.

You can also check out the full list here.

[source:entertainmenttonight]

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The Obamas Are Producing A Netflix Comedy Show About Trump https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/the-obamas-are-producing-a-netflix-comedy-show-about-trump/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/the-obamas-are-producing-a-netflix-comedy-show-about-trump/#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2020 07:45:07 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552629 [imagesource: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP]

There are those who say that Donald Trump’s decision to run for US president was cemented by the roasting he took from Barack Obama at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner.

The then-US president laid into Trump, who had long been touting the false information that Obama was born in Kenya, and you could see there was a great deal of pain behind Donnie’s eyes.

The current president wears a smile, but given what we now know about his tiny little ago, this would have stung.

If you’re keen to relive that roasting, skip ahead to the 2:40 mark:

Well, Barack, this sure came back to bite you in the arse, because the man who took over from you has spent the best part of four years trying his utmost to undo your legacy, and undermine democracy at every turn.

Now that Trump is set to be booted from the White House on January 20 (no matter how many frivolous lawsuits Rudy ‘the human sweatbox’ Giuliani cooks up), Obama can finally put all of that behind him.

What better way to do that than a lucrative Netflix deal, where you produce a comedy sketch show based on a book describing the chaos of the transition between the outgoing Obama administration and the incoming Trump presidency.

More via the Independent:

Through their multimillion-dollar deal with Netflix and their company High Ground Productions, the Obamas will bring ‘The G Word’ to the streaming service. Filming is due to begin in the new year.

The series will be loosely derived from Michael Lewis’ book The Fifth Risk, the rights of which they bought in 2018.

Expect the all-caps rage tweets from Donald to be just as entertaining as the sketch show.

Lewis also wrote Moneyball and The Big Short, with both books being adapted into successful movies.

The Obamas’ deal with Netflix is proving very lucrative, with two documentaries already under their belt, one of which was based on Michelle’s memoir, Becoming.

Financial terms around the couple’s deal have not been disclosed and there are no concrete estimates about the ballpark figure.

One thing is for sure – it will involve plenty of zeros.

Barack’s most recent memoir, A Promised Land, has also been flying off the shelves and will net him a very tidy sum.

They’re private citizens now, so fair play to them.

[source:independent]

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Tragic Moment Cape Metro Officers Threw A Disabled Man Out Of His Wheelchair [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/tragic-moment-cape-metro-officers-threw-a-disabled-man-out-of-his-wheelchair-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/tragic-moment-cape-metro-officers-threw-a-disabled-man-out-of-his-wheelchair-videos/#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2020 07:10:28 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552604 On Thursday, November 19, the Intlungu yaseMasetyotymbeni Movement, which represents land occupiers in Khayelitsha, staged a protest to demand that the City of Cape Town provide them with basic services like water, proper sanitation, and electricity.

They also demanded that the City retract its applications for court interdicts to remove them from occupied land.

Community leader Zwelenkosi Ngidi was among roughly 80 people who gathered for the protest.

Per IOL, at some point during the protest, during a verbal exchange between Ngidi and Cape Town Metro police officers, one of them tipped him out of his wheelchair.

The incident was caught on camera:

From another angle:

Ngidi says that this is the third time that he has been “assaulted” by law enforcement, but the first time that it was caught on camera.

The City of Cape Town has suspended the police officers, with Mayor Dan Plato making the following statement last week:

“Following a video that was shared on social media this morning regarding an incident involving two City of Cape Town Metro Police officers and a member of the public in a wheelchair, I immediately discussed the matter with the City’s Safety and Security executive director, Richard Bosman, who confirmed that both officers have been suspended with immediate effect pending the outcome of a full investigation.”

The City claims to be trying to increase trust between law enforcement and the community.

Regularly reported cases of police violence such as this are indicative of a systemic problem that won’t be solved until officers are held accountable for their actions – something which doesn’t appear to happen very often.

[source:iol]

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The Latest Round Of Ace Versus Cyril Is Particularly Important https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/the-latest-round-of-ace-versus-cyril-is-particularly-important/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/the-latest-round-of-ace-versus-cyril-is-particularly-important/#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2020 06:49:30 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552610 [imaesource: Deaan Vivier]

Ace versus Cyril.

Cyril versus Ace.

It’s like a heavyweight boxing bout that’s been talked up for years and years, but the two fighters never set an actual date.

Oh, and the governance of a country hangs in the balance, with rampant unchecked criminality long overdue a good beating.

It’s early on a Monday – excuse the horrid analogies.

As things stand, President Ramaphosa threw his most aggressive punch yet, when the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the Hawks arrested Ace Magashule earlier this month.

This was in connection with the infamous R255m Free State asbestos roofing removal tender, dished out whilst Magashule was premier of the province.

Just R21 million went to a company that did an audit of houses with asbestos roofs in the province, whilst the rest disappeared into a litany of accounts linked with politicians and connected businesspeople.

Following Magashule’s arrest, and subsequent bail of R200 000, the power struggle within the ANC continues, and again threatens to tear the party apart.

Here’s the Daily Maverick:

As the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) prepares to meet in 10 days’ time, it is clear that the dominating dynamic in the governing party is whether or not Ace Magashule will step aside as its secretary-general.

This issue is likely to inflame passions and divisions within the ANC. However, this is not a binary matter – it is about much more than simply deciding whether he stays or he goes. Either way, the scene is being set for the ANC to end next year, 2021, even more battered than it is now.

You may recall the ANC talking about members standing down when under investigation, an ‘integrity commission’ ( I know), and doing their own investigations, but this is a matter for the NPA to handle.

Should the prosecution fail, the knock-on effect could be felt for many years to come:

For Magashule’s critics and the NPA two critical developments need to happen.

The first is that the criminal trial must actually start. Magashule’s reputation and image will suffer greatly from him appearing in court day after day, while witnesses explain how his actions siphoned the money that was supposed to help the poorest of the poor into the hands of his chosen elite.

And then the trial must be quick and prosecutors must emerge victorious. If they don’t, the legitimacy of the NPA will suffer terrible damage, greatly undermining its ability to prosecute other cases.

That will be a seriously damaging blow for Ramaphosa and his allies. As the trial continues, expect conspiracy theories and misinformation to muddy the waters of which party members should be held accountable.

News24 reports that in the lead-up to next weekend’s NEC meeting, Ramaphosa has “already lost the first round”:

Party leaders say Cyril Ramaphosa has been caught on the back foot as legal advice the party sought on the matter of stepping aside has presented another stumbling block for the so-called anti-corruption faction.

In an interview with ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe, the Sunday Times reported the advice from top lawyers was that stepping aside would be “a voluntary act” and forcing anyone to do so would amount to suspending them.

This is contrary to an assertive ANC that came out of an NEC meeting to address the media led by Ramaphosa in August.

It’s obvious why this will be read as a victory for Magashule.

Ultimately, as the case against Magashule continues, we’ll again get a decent look inside the halls of Luthuli House, to see just how much power the rival factions really wield.

With local government elections taking place across the country next year, there is a real worry that things could devolve further:

The danger for chaos and violence cannot be overstated.

Magashule has said repeatedly he will not step aside. The NEC is divided on the issue and is unlikely to come to any clean decision quickly. Everything will be dominated by that dynamic.

While 2020 has been the most terrible year for almost everyone, it may be that 2021 is actually more definitive for the future of South Africa. One thing is certain – it will not be an easy year

Great – because 2020 has been such a walk in the park (between the hours of 6AM and 9AM, whilst wearing a mask).

Finally, if the more ardent Magashule supporters are to be believed, it may be Ramaphosa whose days are numbered.

This from City Press:

…a concerted push for Ramaphosa’s removal is under way if those close to Magashule are to be believed.

“Ace’s support is unstoppable; he’s managed to grasp most of [former president Jacob] Zuma’s supporters. Ace will not be stoppable, the plan is to make sure he gets enough delegates before the NGC [national general council] conference; this way, when the motion to remove the current president is raised, it is supported by many numbers,” said the source

You can read that full report here.

In the battle of Cyril versus Ace, it really is nearing crunch time.

[sources:dailymav&news24&citypress]

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Monday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/monday-morning-spice-485/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/23/monday-morning-spice-485/#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2020 06:00:35 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552586 [imagesource:deadline]

Trump’s Legal Team Cried Voter Fraud, But Courts Found None – Judges have uniformly rejected the Trump team’s claims of voter fraud and found the campaign’s legal work amateurish. [huff]

G20 Summit Closes With Little Progress And Big Gaps Between Trump And Allies – World leaders committed to some efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic, but the meeting illustrated the difficulty of carrying out an agenda when the United States is indifferent or hostile to many goals. [nyt]

Ivanka Trump Calls New York Fraud Inquiries ‘Harassment’ – Authorities reportedly looking at consulting fees that may have gone to president’s eldest daughter. [guardian]

Trial Of Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy Over Corruption Opens In Paris – Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy goes on trial Monday for attempted bribery of a judge in what could turn into a humiliating postscript to a political career tainted by a litany of legal woes. [f24]

Bushiri Mansion To Be Auctioned: Highest Bidder Will Score Lavish Pad – ‘Prophet’ Shepherd Bushiri’s multimillion-rand house in Centurion will be auctioned off to the highest bidder after being forfeited to the state. [brief]

Bitcoin Is ‘Here To Stay’ Thanks To Huge Demand From Millennials, BlackRock’s Rick Rieder Says – Bitcoin isn’t going anywhere, according to BlackRock’s CIO of fixed income Rick Rieder. [busins]

Patrick Quinn: Ice Bucket Challenge Activist Dies Aged 37 – Patrick Quinn, one of the men who helped drive the wildly popular Ice Bucket Challenge fundraising campaign, has died aged 37. [bbc]

28s Gang Boss Ernie ‘Lastig’ Solomon Killed In Gauteng Hit – Gauteng police spokesperson Capt Kay Makhubele said the shooting happened in Boksburg, on the East Rand, around 8am. [tlive]

The Cost Of Living On Joburg And Pretoria: 2010 vs 2020 – The latest Cost of Living Index published by The Economist Intelligence Unit shows that the prices of 138 goods and services in about 130 major cities as at September 2020, has risen by 0.3 points on average over the past year. [btech]

‘Wipeout’ Contestant Dies After Completing Course – “We are devastated to have learned of his passing and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family,” a TBS spokesperson said in a statement. [holrep]

Leopard ‘Dives’ From Tree To Catch Buck – A video of a leopard leaping from a tree to catch a small buck has been released by popular wildlife website Latest Sightings. Latest Sightings shares videos captured by visitors to the Kruger Park. [busins]

Rebekah Vardy Backed By High Court In Coleen Rooney Libel Hearing – Coleen Rooney “clearly identified” Rebekah Vardy when she made allegations about social media stories being leaked to the tabloids, a judge has ruled. [bbc]

NASA To Launch Satellite To Track Rising Sea Levels – ‘Oceans are going up and we need to handle what that does to our lives.’ [verge]

Bodies Of Rich Man And Slave Discovered Within Pompeii Ruins – Archaeologists have discovered the exceptionally well-preserved remains of two men scalded to death by the volcanic eruption that destroyed the ancient Roman city of Pompeii in 79 AD, the Italian culture ministry said on Saturday. [cnn]

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Was Eve Made From Adam’s Missing Penis Bone? – According to the Bible, God fashioned Adam out of dirt while Eve, who was created as a companion for Adam, was made out of one of Adam’s ribs. Or was she? [beast]

‘They Don’t Want Someone That Age With Baggage With Their Baby Girl’ – Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin are ‘worried’ about daughter Amelia, 19, dating Scott Disick, 37. [dm]

I’ve Recorded My Drug Use In An Excel Sheet For Nine Years – The first time I did drugs recreationally was nine years ago, on the 21st of November, 2011. I’m certain of this fact, because I’ve taken note of every single time I’ve done drugs since that first experience. [vice]

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Tear Gas, Water Cannons, And Stun Grenades At Brackenfell High School [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/20/tear-gas-water-cannons-and-stun-grenades-begin-at-brackenfell-high-school-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/20/tear-gas-water-cannons-and-stun-grenades-begin-at-brackenfell-high-school-videos/#respond Fri, 20 Nov 2020 13:43:50 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552505 [imagesource: EFF/Twitter]

Last week, the EFF stationed themselves outside of Brackenfell High School.

They were met there by Brackenfell High School parents, as well as members of the community, and things quickly turned ugly.

The days that followed saw the school governing body attempting to obtain an urgent interdict against the red berets that would bar them from protesting outside of the school, which was denied by Judge Siraj Desai.

The EFF promised that they would behave themselves in the protest planned for today, November 20.

That protest is currently in full swing, and following myriad Twitter posts calling on members of the party to “push back”, and “descend and ensure that nothing operates” at the school posted over the course of the week, things are already out of hand.

Please note that some of the captions on the videos below are inflammatory and do not reflect the views of 2oceansvibe.

The EFF kicked the day’s events off by trying to set up a mobile toilet which Brackenfell residents weren’t too keen on:

A group gathered outside the school to counter the protest were warned to leave before 10AM when the march was scheduled to start:

According to News24, hundreds of EFF protesters arrived via bus for what they’re calling ‘Red Friday’.

The protesters marching down the road towards the school were met by a heavy police presence. Police fired stun grenades and water cannons to disperse EFF supporters.

The EFF’s Marshall Dlamini is, at the time of writing, negotiating with SAPS to find a way to hand over a memorandum outlining their grievances. SAPS is saying that only 100 protesters will be allowed to gather.

Per IOL, classes at the school are continuing as normal, but exams have been cancelled for today.

Chairperson Guillaume Smith of the governing body says:

The school is in no way malicious nor does it have an ill intent towards anyone. Our priority has always been the well-being of all our learners. While the situation we find ourselves in is an unfortunate emotional one, we are grateful that both our learners and staff have been handling it well.

“We are pleading with everyone to consider that no issue can ever be resolved by shouting profanities and being violent,” said Smith.

It’s going to be a long day.

You can follow News24’s live updates here.

[source:news24&iol]

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Fillers Versus Botox Versus Threading – Here’s What You Need To Know https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/20/fillers-versus-botox-versus-threading-heres-what-you-need-to-know/ Fri, 20 Nov 2020 13:30:22 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=551481 [imagesource:here]

In these uncertain times, there are a few things that we can be sure of.

The sun will rise, deep down nobody actually likes kale, no matter how much they pretend to, and at some point, every one of us is going to develop fine lines and wrinkles.

If you’re struggling to cover up a few, and you’re starting to consider Botox, fillers, or threads, you might find yourself doom scrolling through images on social media or recalling the comically absurd visuals of Botox fails from movies or TV.

Instead of going down that rabbit hole, let’s unpack those procedures so that you know what they’re about. With the proper knowledge on hand, you’ll be able to make an informed decision that gets you the most effective and natural-looking results.

We brought in the experts over at Skin Renewal to walk us through the procedures and how they work.

The first thing that you need to understand is how ageing works.

Sagging and wrinkling as we age happen due to a few important changes in the skin:

  • Volume loss due to the plump fat pads in the cheeks and under the eyes atrophying and diminishing as we age.
  • Lines that form due to years and years of movement and expression (lines that have become more prominent and are only visible when you move your face in certain ways).
  • Thinning skin, or skin that loses its elasticity and therefore doesn’t “snap back” like it did when you were younger.
  • Skin that has become stretched and lax – this can happen if you have gained or lost a lot of weight when you were younger leaving you with stretched, excess skin.

Now that we have a basic understanding of what went wrong, let’s look into what you can do to correct it.

Fillers

Fillers are used to add volume to the skin. They work by filling in wrinkles and lines and replacing the plumpness that has been lost when your facial fat pads started to diminish.

Fillers are commonly used to treat areas that have lost volume, such as the cheeks, under-eye area, and temples. Fillers are also used to plump up lips and hollows under the eyes and to fill in deep lines like nasal labial folds and marionette lines.

They can also be used to “reshape” areas such as a rounded jaw or a flat chin.

Botulinum, commonly referred to as Botox

Botox cannot replace facial volume and therefore cannot plump the skin. It does not add anything to the skin, but rather relaxes muscle movement. It’s great for lines and wrinkles that occur due to repetitive movements. Essentially, the aim of botulinum is to stop you from being able to excessively make the movements that create these dynamic lines and wrinkles.

Threading

Here you have a few options.

1) Suspension Sutures

These include threads such as Silhouettes (Genop) and Anchor DX (Tasosol).

These threads are used for lifting, tightening, and re-draping the skin – think of it as a very subtle “facelift”, but without going under the knife.

2) Barbed Threads & Anchor Threads

These threads are used for lifting and tightening the skin.

They target particular areas where sagging has started to occur such as jowls. Anchor threads are much thicker and stronger than barbed threads, and grip and lift more than barbed threads.

Therefore barbed threads are usually selected for thinner, lighter, milder sagging, while anchors are chosen for more severe sagging.

3) Monofilaments

These threads are used for strengthening the skin (they do not lift or tighten). They are for targeting particular areas where the skin is thinning and weakening. They can also be used to stimulate circulation and collagen production in areas where the skin has started showing the signs of ageing.

4) Specialty Threads

These speciality threads include Broom threads and Peako threads which are commonly used for “non-surgical nose jobs”.

There are also Spring threads, Screw threads, and Spiral threads, which are commonly used to treat areas where the skin needs strengthening, but the area is quite active in terms of movement.

Now that you know what’s out there, remember that your results will only ever be as good as the doctor administering the procedure.

Make an appointment with one of the doctors at Skin Renewal to find the treatment that’s best for you.

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Sarkozy Was Like A Bantam Cock – Obama Dishes On World Leaders https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/20/sarkozy-was-like-a-bantam-cock-obama-dishes-on-world-leaders/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/20/sarkozy-was-like-a-bantam-cock-obama-dishes-on-world-leaders/#respond Fri, 20 Nov 2020 13:25:04 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552520 [imagesource:  Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images]

Barack Obama’s latest memoir, A Promised Land, has fared rather well during its first 24 hours on sale.

The book sold just shy of 900 000 copies in the US and Canada alone, which is a record for publisher Penguin Random House.

It’s expected that it will become the bestselling presidential memoir in modern history (perhaps until Donald Trump releases his colouring-in book).

In A Promised Land, the first volume of a two-part memoir (way to coin it, man), Obama has opened up about many of the world leaders he interacted with during his eight years in charge.

Via the BBC, let’s start with former French president Nicolas Sarkozy:

The former French president was “all emotional outbursts and overblown rhetoric” and like “a figure out of a Toulouse-Lautrec painting”, according to Mr Obama.

Image: Pete Souza

“Conversations with Sarkozy were by turns amusing and exasperating, his hands in perpetual motion, his chest thrust out like a bantam cock’s, his personal translator… always beside him to frantically mirror his every gesture and intonation as the conversation swooped from flattery to bluster to genuine insight, never straying from his primary, barely disguised interest, which was to be at the centre of the action and take credit for whatever it was that might be worth taking credit for.”

Sounds like Sarkozy and the current US president would have been a decent match for one another.

Also, how fitting that a Frenchman is likened to a bantam, given that a Gallic Rooster is the country’s national symbol.

Next up, former UK prime minister David Cameron:

[Cameron] was “urbane and confident” and had “the easy confidence of someone who’d never been pressed too hard by life”.

Mr Obama said he warmed to him as a person (“I liked him personally, even when we butted heads”) but made no secret of the fact that he disagreed with his economic policies.

David Cameron certainly grew up privileged, although he’ll always carry the stigma of that time he was allegedly forced to put his penis inside the mouth of a dead pig during his Oxford initiation.

Good times with the boys.

Obama and Russian president Vladimir Putin certainly never saw eye to eye, and that shines through in the book:

Mr Obama said the Russian leader reminded him of the political barons he encountered during his early career in Chicago. He writes he was “like a ward [district] boss, except with nukes and a UN Security Council veto”.

Image: Getty Images

He continues: “Putin did, in fact, remind me of the sorts of men who had once run the Chicago machine or Tammany Hall [a New York City political organisation] – tough, street-smart, unsentimental characters who knew what they knew, who never moved outside their narrow experiences, and who viewed patronage, bribery, shakedowns, fraud, and occasional violence as legitimate tools of the trade.”

Speak out against Putin, and his gangster traits will usually shine through.

Obama also discussed German leader Angela Merkel (“steady, honest, intellectually rigorous, and instinctually kind”), Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (“his commitment to democracy and the rule of law might last only as long as it preserved his own power”), and a few others.

You can read the full BBC article here.

[source:bbc]

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You Can Buy This Entire Apartment Block In Cape Town’s CBD https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/20/you-can-buy-this-entire-apartment-block-in-cape-towns-cbd/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2020/11/20/you-can-buy-this-entire-apartment-block-in-cape-towns-cbd/#respond Fri, 20 Nov 2020 13:22:24 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=552557 [imagesource: Sotheby’s]

It’s a buyers market out there at the moment due to the pandemic, which is bad news for homeowners and great news for anyone looking to own property.

For the aspiring landlord, there’s one bit of prime real estate that could prove particularly interesting.

Sotheby’s is running the sale on an entire apartment block located in The Address on Adderley in the Cape Town CBD.

The block boasts five luxury apartments with a combined total of 15 bedrooms and fifteen bathrooms. More specifically –  two lofted apartments and three single-storey, double volume units.

Let’s get the price tag out of the way, first – we’re talking R50 million.

Image: Sotheby’s

The apartments are high-end and situated in the same building as Africa Bank.

Image: Sotheby’s

Africa Bank presents another financial opportunity, as you’d have the option of extending its lease for years to come.

The building at present is seven storeys high – more from the listing:

Combining Inspiration from Cape Town’s rich Architectural Heritage with a modern point of view, The Address on Adderley offers the best of all worlds in a landmark neighbourhood a short walk to the High Court and Parliament.

Image: Sotheby’s

Architect Jenny Mills conveys a feeling of refined luxury infused with the heritage of the City Centre elevating valet, serviced living to new heights in Cape Town.

Image: Sotheby’s

The distinguished 20th Century building, originally home to The Pollock music shoppe has been elegantly remodelled and updated to house five exceptional City Apartments.

Image: Sotheby’s

The kitchens were all imported from Italy, and smart control panels manage security cameras, while also connecting your tenant to the front desk.

Image: Sotheby’s

The staff in the building park residents’ cars and collect them when they’re needed.

This is the first valet serviced apartment complex in Cape Town.

Again, a cool R50 million price tag.

You can take a closer look here.

Hey, if you’ve got it, there are worse investments.

[source:sothebys]

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