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. Wed, 14 Apr 2021 13:45:31 +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 What You Should Know About Ramadan https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/14/what-you-should-know-about-ramadan/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/14/what-you-should-know-about-ramadan/#respond Wed, 14 Apr 2021 13:12:19 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=570179 [imagesource:here]

South Africa is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, so there’s basically a cultural or religious celebration every second week.

With Easter and Pesach/Passover done and dusted, we move on to Ramadan.

Ramadan is the holiest time of the year for those in the faith of Islam, and even if you’re not a follower, I feel we should know something about what this very significant time of year means for Muslim people.

The cultural elements and religious motifs make for some stunning sights, too, but before we get to the impressive pictures, let’s get some of the facts out of the way.

LifeHacker outlines it all nicely:

Ramadan commemorates the time when the prophet Mohammad revealed the religion’s holy text—the Quran—1 400 years ago.

The word’s roots reflect the arid conditions of the desert, derived from the Arabic word Ramidha, which translates roughly to “intense, scorching heat”.

“Ramadan was named such because it burns the sins of the believers. Just like the blazing sun evaporates water from the surface of the ground, Ramadan burns away one’s sins. This spiritual heat purifies and moulds us to be better human beings.”

Ramadan takes place at slightly different times in each year, too:

Because Islam adheres to the lunar calendar—which functions in accordance with phases of the moon—Ramadan inches forward by 10 days every year in the Gregorian calendar, which is used by the majority of the world.

Traditionally, Ramadan begins on the first day of the ninth month of the lunar calendar, and lasts 30 days.

This year, Ramadan began on Tuesday, April 13, and will conclude on May 12.

According to photojournalist Armand Hough, there’s a specifically South African tradition where maankykers (Afrikaans for “moon watchers”) gather at viewpoints to find the moon and determine when the holy month will start:

 

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Although the timing may vary in each country because of the amount of sunlight in that particular hemisphere, Ramadan is generally celebrated in the same way across the world.

So how is Ramadan celebrated exactly?

Well, by partaking in a month of fasting (or sawm), worship, and community:

Fasting is one of the five pillars of the Muslim faith, along with profession of faith (shahada), prayer (salat), charity (zakat), and the pilgrimage to Mecca (hajj). During Ramadan, adherents fast from sunrise until sundown for the entirety of the month.

There’s also abstaining during this month – that means no smoking, caffeine, sex, or gossip – all seen as ways to spiritually and physically purify oneself.

The fasting aspect can be strict, but it does make allowances for those who are pregnant, the elderly, young children, and those travelling for pilgrimage.

For those who can fully participate, however, the daily schedule often begins with a predawn meal that has to sustain a practitioner until dusk, so it typically contains a lot of protein and drinking lots of water.

The day proceeds as normal, until “iftar” commences, which is basically a snack immediately prior to the evening’s first prayers. Then some people head to their local Mosque for special Ramadan services, which is often followed by a larger meal at someone’s home, usually involving family and friends.

The celebrations are drawn to a close with a culminating feast on the final day, called Eid al-Fitr.

This is the second Ramadan to fall during the pandemic, so on top of cultural restrictions associated with the celebration, partakers will also need to abide by COVID-19 restrictions.

As reported in the BBC, authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have asked people to “avoid evening gatherings during Ramadan, limit family visits, and avoid distributing and exchanging meals between homes and families”.

In the UK, where lockdown restrictions are loosening, only up to six people or two households can now gather outdoors, and restaurants will be able to serve meals outdoors.

Celebrations in Bangladesh will be severely limited as the government announced a strict lockdown for one week, starting on April 14.

How about those stunning images then?

Here they are, as seen on BBC:

This one shows people stocking up from a market in the Bangladeshi town of Barishal on April 13 before the week-long lockdown was imposed.

Image: Shutterstock

People enjoying a street celebration in the old town of Iraq’s northern city of Mosul on April 13:

Image: Getty

A worker disinfecting a mosque to help stop the spread of COVID-19 on the first day of Ramadan in Peshawar, Pakistan:

Image: Reuters

A worshipper reading the Koran at his house in Panama City, Panama, before breaking his fast at the end of the first day of Ramadan:

Image: AFP

What Ramadan looks like at the Diyanet Center of America in Washington, US:

Image: Anadolu Agency

More of South Africa, you ask?

Sure, The Citizen provides.

Here are worshippers starting Ramadan at the Nizamiye Mosque in Johannesburg:

Image: EPA-EFE/Kim Ludbrook

Lastly, here’s the Head of the Crescent Observers Society (COS), Imam Yusuf Pandy, gathering with others for the annual sighting of the moon at Three Anchor Bay on April 12:

Image: Gallo Images/Brenton Geach

Feel free to wish fellow Muslim friends, colleagues and acquaintances with “Ramadan Mubarak” and “Ramadan Kareem,” which mean “blessed Ramadan” (or “happy Ramadan”), and “generous Ramadan,” respectively.

Oh, and Ramadan Mubarak from us to you!

[sources:lifehacker&bbc&thecitizen]

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New Subscription Service Delivers Health To Your Door https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/14/new-subscription-service-delivers-health-to-your-door/ Wed, 14 Apr 2021 13:05:42 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=570156 [imagesource:here]

Fail to prepare, and prepare to fail.

It’s the kind of thing you see on a high school teacher’s classroom wall, but at least it’s not ‘Live Laugh Love’.

Stop now, people. Your walls have suffered enough.

The benefits of preparation extend well beyond learning, though, and most definitely into the realm of healthy living.

If my cupboard is stocked with junk food, and I’m feeling peckish whilst working from home (that’s about five times a day), then I’m eating junk.

However, if I have something healthy on hand, I’ll always choose that option, which is why it pays to stock up on the good stuff.

One easy way to make sure you’re getting the vitamins and health boosters you need is to get on board with Sir Fruit’s new subscription service.

There are three options to choose from, with subscriptions delivered on the first Wednesday of each month. There are also no contracts, so you’re not locked in for any length of time.

The first option is the Mixed Shots Box, where you’ll receive 36 100ml Health Shot in three boxes of 12.

Each box contains five Fiery Ginger Health Shots, four Spicy Turmeric Health Shots, two Daily Greens Health Shots, and one Pomegranate Health Shot:

If you want to experience the full range, you can choose the Sir Fruit Favourites option, which includes one Sir Fruit Get Your Fix Bag and a six-pack of 500ml Gingerade.

The latter is a tasty blend of ginger, lemon, and apple juices, with the extra boost of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D, and E.

The third option is the Immunity Shots subscription, which contains three boxes (36 100ml bottles) of Immunity Health Shots.

These powerful little numbers are boosted with echinacea and vitamins B, C and D, and blended with cold-pressed apple, orange, ginger, turmeric, and lemon juices to give your immune system the protection it needs all day long.

All that power packed into 100ml, and they still taste damn good.

You might want to consider adding a few other goodies from Sir Fruit’s extensive range, while you’re at it. I find their smoothies are the perfect way to get what I need in the morning, especially if I’m rushed, and their cold-pressed juices are also a potent combo of taste and goodness.

Ultimately, when your house is stocked full of healthy options, delivered on a monthly basis, there’s a good chance you’ll end up making wiser life choices.

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That Time Shakira Stole ‘Waka Waka’ And Settled Out Of Court [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/14/that-time-shakira-stole-waka-waka-and-settled-out-of-court-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/14/that-time-shakira-stole-waka-waka-and-settled-out-of-court-videos/#respond Wed, 14 Apr 2021 13:00:16 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=570109 [imagesource: YouTube / Shakira]

There’s a solid chance that I can turn around an average day by watching Siphiwe Tshabalala’s magical left foot rocket home the opening goal of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Throw in some K’Naan, with ‘Wavin’ Flag‘, and a few chords from Shakira’s ‘Waka Waka’, and I’m transported back to those magical days.

Just a minor detail to point out, though – calling it Shakira’s song isn’t exactly on the money, given that ‘Waka Waka’ is an almost identical copycat of ‘Zangalewa’, a song by The Golden Sounds, a Cameroonian group comprising mostly military members.

The song is inspired by a popular training and rallying cry used by soldiers, policemen, and others in parts of Africa.

I was alerted to this via a TikTok video that did the rounds on Twitter, which has since been deleted, but here are the basics.

‘Zangalewa’ was released in 1986, and was also popular in Shakira’s native country, Colombia.

Golden Sounds would later change its name to Zangalewa.

According to Bakwa Magazine, the group was alerted to Shakira’s song, originally titled ‘Zaminamina’, and the striking similarities ahead of the World Cup:

In an interview with Cameroon Tribune, which ran a special report on the controversy,  Ze Bella, the leader of the defunct group declared that while they were proud that a “world music icon” had remixed their song as the World Cup anthem, they nonetheless expected to be properly credited and adequately compensated….

Faced with the barrage of worldwide negative publicity Sony and Shakira (probably with the prodding of FIFA which did not want anything that could mar the World Cup) quickly settled.

They agreed to credit Zangalewa and began working out details for a financial compensation.

The song was renamed ‘Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)’, with FIFA making the announcement that it was the tournament’s official song on May 5.

When doing so, FIFA stressed that “the song was written by Shakira, the world-famous singer from Latin America…The chorus is similar to that of a popular Cameroon song made famous by Golden Voices in particular.”

Yes, just similar. Nothing to see here. Move along.

But sure, let’s do a comparison just so we can make up our own minds:

I think that speaks for itself.

That May 5 announcement was far from the final word on the matter:

On May 11, some members of Zangalewa held a press conference in Douala, Cameroon, to inform the media that negotiations were well underway with Sony and Shakira who had agreed to an out of court settlement and that Sony mauling over the possibility of including the single on Shakira’s next album scheduled to be released at the end of the year.

Didier Edo, the group’s manager conceded that it had not been easy to negotiate with Shakira’s manager, Sony Music, and all other interested parties.

A classic ‘out of court’ settlement, so that everyone can quickly move on.

In a 2010 interview, reports Refinery29, Shakira admitted that ‘Waka Waka’ was based on Golden Sound’s song:

“I decided to bring a little bit of my culture too which is attached to Africa with an umbilical cord…I was raised listening to music that was heavily influenced by African music.”

There’s heavily influenced, and then there’s a settlement which involves FIFA crediting Golden Sounds with the chorus.

The origin of the song wasn’t its only controversial element as the tournament loomed large:

The choice to have her perform was met with protest. It was the first year that the World Cup was ever held in Africa, with South Africa serving as host.

The South African artist’s union called for a boycott of the opening concert where Shakira performed, and after much outrage and conversations with FIFA officials, several African artists, including FreshlyGround, were added to the concert’s lineup.

Shakira addressed the controversy in an interview, saying, “I thought that in that way we could create a song that’s more emblematic of what the World Cup spirit is — that spirit of tolerance, integration, and that melting pot that South Africa is right now.”

Bingo – I can’t believe we went this long without hearing the phrase ‘melting pot’.

I don’t mean to ruin your 2010 World Cup recollections, and you can still show off your hip swaying skills whilst listening to ‘Waka Waka’ as you please, but remember to give a little credit to the song’s Cameroonian roots when you do.

Fine, I can’t resist. It’s happening. Take it away, Siphiwe:

[sources:bakwa&refinery29]

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SPL!NG Movie Review: Seaspiracy https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/14/spling-movie-review-seaspiracy/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/14/spling-movie-review-seaspiracy/#respond Wed, 14 Apr 2021 12:20:32 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=570196 Watch movies via Labia Home Screen*.

Seaspiracy is a documentary from the same people who brought us Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, which was backed by celebrity environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio. Following the same naming convention, Seaspiracy also challenges the notion of sustainability by exposing the commercial fishing industry and marine watch dog agencies. Directed by Ali Tabrizi and co-directed by his partner Lucy, the marine life documentary starts by framing Ali’s efforts to be a better human being. Recycling, donating to causes, picking up litter on the beach… he was doing what most environmentally-aware people gravitate towards.

Having nurtured a childhood love for the ocean, specifically around whales and dolphins, the award-winning The Cove documentary in 2009 must have inspired the young filmmaker. Picking up the trail of so many of his heroes, Ali and Lucy decide to investigate Taiji for themselves. Setting in motion an infotaining thriller with espionage elements, Tabrizi uses Taiji as his launchpad. It’s as if the documentarian was setting up a 10 years later follow-up to The Cove, where Japanese fishermen continue to kill dolphins. Heavily policed and monitored, probably even more so following the explosive 2009 documentary, it’s horrific that nothing’s really changed.

Not getting extensive footage of the bay under difficult circumstances, Seaspiracy splinters into a multi-pronged investigation of the global fishing industry and practices. Starting with a fishing village harbour near Taiji, the documentarians uncover more startling fishing operations in relation to blue fin tuna. Japan are the tip of the iceberg, recommencing commercial whaling after 30 years and flouting regulations and international agencies. Purportedly killing dolphins to get fish numbers up, the finger-pointing and hypocrisy becomes the undercurrent of Seaspiracy, which stumbles onto bigger contributors to population and over-fishing.

The film is essentially several documentaries rolled into one. Tagging onto the legacy of excellent documentaries like The Cove and even Blackfish, it trails in their wake, exploring threats to the ocean, flaws within the system and complications from a consumerism point-of-view. While scattershot in picking its various vantage points, the underlying thrust of sustainability is there. Each “mini documentary” feature within the 90 minute running time contributes to the big picture with each thread pulling together quite succinctly.

Tabrizi harnesses the opinions of marine authors, experts and scientists from across the world to support his view. Consulting Sea Shepherd, Dolphin Project and interviewing the likes of Callum Roberts, Paul de Gelder, Ric O’Barry and Sylvia Earle, it’s a healthy cross-section of marine conservancies and pundits. Tackling everything from overfishing, fish farming, ocean bed damage, lack of protected areas, label fraud and even slavery… Seaspiracy is a whirlwind tour of what our species is doing to harm the ocean’s ecosystem and our own food security. Sleek visuals, handsome graphics, statistic charts, undercover footage, globetrotting and varied interviews are interwoven with Tabrizi’s voice-over offering continuity whether interviewing or narrating. The filmmaker is passionate and his interview questions are brilliant, putting subjects to the test as they reach for words.

“Shark fin soup. Sounds like a Spinal Tap album.”

Subsequent to its release, Seaspiracy has been criticised for using some comments out of context and has had its research brought into question. Relying on headlines and focusing on key excerpts, Tabrizi has constructed a slick piece of documentary storytelling. Starting with comments from interviewees who warn the filmmaker to be careful for his life, there’s a conspiratorial air of danger to his investigation, getting turned down for interviews by many of the agencies who should hope to punt their operations. Questioning everything, Seaspiracy is controversial in its approach, uncovering the money trail and presenting shocking statistics to back up its claims.

The documentary is incredibly ambitious, trying to load the content of several documentaries or a TV series into the space of 90 minutes. While it operates like a trailer for a much broader work, it largely succeeds in creating a quick-paced and fluid overview of its most salient points with mouth-dropping and visceral footage. It’s a non-stop thrill ride, peppering you with information, beautiful visuals and using emotional storytelling and even dramatised animation to land blows. While the research and some interview content may be skewed, there’s plenty of smoke emanating from this intrepid investigation. Ultimately winding its way to a list of ways to buck the status quo and work towards sustainability, it’s ripple effect will be felt through the fishing industry.

Casting doubt on government subsidies, dolphin-safe labels, protection agencies and the very concept of sustainability, it seems a much-needed shake up is in order. The documentary is entertaining and compelling enough to get viewers to reconsider their own dietary habits and promote environment-conscious living. While it may skip over issues a bit quickly and stir things up, the main thrust is exploratory and in pursuit of positive change. If watching this documentary makes you think twice about the ocean, its inhabitants and your consumer habits… it’s achieved its noble quest.

The bottom line: Startling

Catch more movie reviews at SPL!NG

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

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

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Nobody Seems Quite Sure What To Make Of This Popcorn Salad Recipe [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/14/nobody-seems-quite-sure-what-to-make-of-this-popcorn-salad-recipe-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/14/nobody-seems-quite-sure-what-to-make-of-this-popcorn-salad-recipe-video/#respond Wed, 14 Apr 2021 11:55:16 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=570132 [imagesource:here]

Pineapple on pizza, peanut butter and cheese, Cheetos and milk, milkshake fries; you either love weird food combos or you don’t.

Molly Yeh, who has her own show on the Food Network called Girl Meets Farm, is currently out there building the case for a popcorn salad.

Yes, you read that right – the base of the salad is popcorn with a sauce made from mayonnaise, cream, mustard, apple cider vinegar, and veggies.

Molly claims it is “so Midwestern, so quirky and so delicious”.

If you say so…

Without further ado, here’s the original recipe video:

Terri Peters made her own popcorn salad for TODAY Food and said she “wasn’t mad at it”.

In fact, she was going back for more and more bites.

On the other side of the coin, we have a clip shared by Cody Tapp on Twitter, which according to the Hindustan Times got pretty heated.

Shared on April 11 it has already accumulated over three million views and tons of comments with mixed reviews.

The haters are the funniest, though:

Another Twitter user, @AudVisuals, also got some funny replies on the clip she posted:

So, Molly Yeh? Or Nah?

You can see more (mostly) horrified reactions to this recipe here.

[sources:today&hindustantimes]

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Carte Blanche Unpacks The Latest Mozambique Terror Attack [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/14/carte-blanche-unpacks-the-latest-mozambique-terror-attack-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/14/carte-blanche-unpacks-the-latest-mozambique-terror-attack-video/#respond Wed, 14 Apr 2021 10:45:19 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=570133 [imagesource: Sky News]

It still seems somewhat surreal that one of our neighbouring countries is under siege from Allu Sunna wa Jama, or al-Shabaab, or ISIS-Mozambique, who have beheaded and executed innocent civilians in a brutal display of strength.

The town of Palma, which was hit in late March, appears to be now under the control of the Mozambican military once more, but there are fears that another attack, or wave of attacks, may be imminent.

The number of casualties remains a figure of speculation, but we do know that one South African, Adrian Nel, is confirmed dead.

To understand how these insurgents have grown to be such a force, some background is needed, and this past Sunday Carte Blanche was on the case:

Last year, we reported on the largely under-reported skirmishes since 2017 in Cabo Delgado province between the Islamist group Ansar al-Sunna, security forces and civilians.

Now, the US State Department has dubbed the group ISIS-Mozambique, blacklisting its leader Abu Yasir Hassan. The violence and humanitarian crisis have escalated and over 535,000 people have been displaced from their homes and the United Nations forecasts that tens of thousands more might be affected.

Carte Blanche speaks to some of the South African survivors.

Adrian’s brother, Wesley, has already spoken about their final moments together, as their convoy of vehicles came under fire and Adrian slipped from consciousness.

Wesley was interviewed by Derek Watts, and he knows that despite the incredible ordeal he’s been through, he was one of the lucky ones who made it out alive.

Many, many others, including a number of expats hiding at the same hotel where Wesley escaped from, were not so fortunate.

Here’s the segment from this past Sunday:

[source:carteblanche]

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Facebook Is Testing A New Speed Dating App https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/14/facebook-is-testing-a-new-speed-dating-app/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/14/facebook-is-testing-a-new-speed-dating-app/#respond Wed, 14 Apr 2021 10:05:35 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=570089 [imagesource:here]

We’ve all become overly acquainted with video chatting to make up for our lack of social lives in the past year or so.

We’ve been getting a lot done via video; working, studying, chatting to loved ones near and far, liaising with doctors, watching music shows, and even dating.

Pat yourself on the back, No, seriously.

Anyway, dating apps like Hinge, Bumble, and Tinder have already added video chat capabilities to their apps, mostly in response to the pandemic and people’s need to see real-time faces.

Now, Facebook is adding a video chat dating app to the mix, too, but with a twist.

You’ll be speed dating profiles for four minutes at a time, leading to a 10-minute chat if it went well, with the option of taking it to the next level by exchanging contact information (to move the conversation to other platforms that Facebook owns).

Facebook’s New Product Experimentation (NPE) team, which works on experimental apps for the company, is busy testing the app, which is called Sparked.

The Sparked website (which now appears to have been taken down) sets itself apart from other popular dating apps by promising no public profiles, no swiping, no endless DMs, and no cost.

All you need is a Facebook account and maybe some key cards to ensure the four-minute video chat with strangers isn’t totally awkward.

For now, there’s a sign-up process and a waiting list, which The Verge explores.

When signing up, users have to type out what makes them a kind dater. The app says these responses will be “reviewed by a human at Sparked” before people can go on speed dates.

Users also have to choose whether they want to date men, women, or nonbinary people, and then are asked if they are open to dating trans people.

Image: Mashable

Sparked is still in a small beta test at the moment, but it will be the second Facebook dating product after Facebook Dating, which is most popular in the US and UK.

Image: Mashable

Feel free to check out all the screenshots of the sign-up process over at The Verge, or sign up yourself when the app becomes available, although it is unclear when this will be the case.

I’m just glad to see Facebook worried about unkind people on their platform for once.

[sources:theverge&mashable]

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How ‘My Octopus Teacher’ Makers Plan On Saving The Cape Kelp Forest [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/14/how-my-octopus-teacher-makers-plan-on-saving-the-cape-kelp-forest-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/14/how-my-octopus-teacher-makers-plan-on-saving-the-cape-kelp-forest-video/#respond Wed, 14 Apr 2021 08:55:47 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=570078 [imagesource:  Tom Foster / Sea Change Project]

In My Octopus Teacher, Craig Foster wonders aloud what would happen if he just swam, every day.

In a nutshell, the documentary in which he stars (in second billing, behind the octopus) would go on to become an international sensation, winning numerous awards including a BAFTA, and making the final five nominees for Best Documentary Feature at the bloody Oscars.

Not at all shabby, and a testament to the story-telling ability of directors Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed, and the team they worked alongside.

Whilst Foster and the cephalopod take the headlines, the unsung hero is really the Cape kelp forest, which provides the backdrop for the relationship to unfold.

The BBC’s Andrew Harding recently checked in with the work being done by the Sea Change Project, “a community of scientists, storytellers, journalists and filmmakers, dedicated to exploring and documenting The Great African Seaforest”:

The Sea Change Trust, a South African nonprofit, was formed by Foster and Ross Frylinck in 2012.

Via the Sea Change Project’s website, here’s why protecting this incredible ecosystem is so important:

It is the only forest of giant bamboo kelp on our planet. It is a magical, abundant and bio-diverse ecosystem.

It protects thousands of species and in terms of endemics, it is vastly richer than the Great Barrier Reef; in terms of wildlife drama, the relationships between predators and prey, are as spectacular as the Serengeti.

Image: Sea Change Project

All kelp forests are extremely vulnerable sensitive ecosystems that can only grow in shallow inshore waters – areas that are most at risk to human pressure.

The seaforest is under pressure due to pollution, over-fishing, poaching, climate change and the future threat of off-shore mining.

You can learn more about the Sea Change Project here.

Next up for the My Octopus Teacher team, is Sunday, April 25, and a shot at Oscars glory.

You can bet that if they win, there will be tears, and a great deal of attention directed towards preserving our vital kelp forest ecosystem.

[sources:bbc&seachangeproject]

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Fireball Blazing Across The Sky Gives Earth A ‘Close’ Shave [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/14/fireball-blazing-across-the-sky-gives-earth-a-close-shave-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/14/fireball-blazing-across-the-sky-gives-earth-a-close-shave-video/#respond Wed, 14 Apr 2021 08:20:31 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=570046 [imagesource: YouTube / Guardian News]

(Insert the old Superman ‘is it a bird? is it a plane?’ joke here.)

There was something cool flying through the sky on Monday that could really have worked with that line, if only we weren’t a good 50 years over it.

Moving on swiftly, similar to how this celestial chunk burned over the skies, spotted by many from Florida through to the Bahamas.

Videos from front door cameras, dashcams, and people’s phones picked up footage of a fiery trail blaze into an explosion that was a little too close for comfort.

It passed an estimated 9 300 miles (or near 15 000 km) above the planet, to be exact, which is one of the nearest passes in recent times.

The event took place at around 10PM in Florida, and the American Meteor Society (AMS) pencilled it in as unremarkably as Event 2281-2021.

The reality of it was far more out of this world, and according to The Guardian, there was a little debate on Tuesday as to what exactly the object was:

Some experts believe it was asteroid 2021 GW4, spotted for the first time five days ago by astronomers at the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter in Arizona, and calculated to travel dangerously close on Monday to a number of satellites orbiting Earth, the nearest only 1,200 miles away.

Others believe the object could have been a chunk from the asteroid, or perhaps a fireball with nothing to do with the GW4.

Jonathan McDowell is an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Whatever it was, it sure had people talking.

This event became the largest in the AMS 2021 database, as over 200 people submitted videos and reports.

Let’s see what they saw:

Not enough? We got you:

I quite like this reaction:

You missed out, Henry.

Maybe a little jealous that America gets to enjoy the show far more often than we do.

[source:guardian]

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This Company Is Causing SA Universities To Face Mass Cheating Problems https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/14/this-company-is-causing-sa-universities-to-face-mass-cheating-problems/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/14/this-company-is-causing-sa-universities-to-face-mass-cheating-problems/#respond Wed, 14 Apr 2021 07:45:18 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=570061 [imagesource:here]

Students are, and always will be, good at finding ways to beat the system.

Back in the day, SparkNotes was a saviour (maybe it still is), and there are countless other sites out there offering to help students who find themselves in a pickle.

One, however, is causing some South African universities a decent amount of headache, with MyBroadband reporting that the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) reported a suspected mass cheating incident from 2020, involving between 200 and 300 students.

It’s called Chegg, has an Apple and Android app as well as a website, and is soaring in value as academic institutions around the world try and figure out how best to counter its influence.

Wits issued a statement, acknowledging the incident but denying the extent of the suspected cheating, and they’re not alone.

MyBroadband also received comment from UCT spokesperson Elijah Moholola:

[He said] the university had noted an increase in the number of cases of academic dishonesty – which included cheating on tests and exams – referred to the Legal Services & Secretariat department between 2019 and 2020.

“The university has found that in some of these cases university test and/or exam questions were loaded to the Chegg website and answers were provided by industry experts and submitted by students as their own work,” Moholola said.

Providing this kind of service is a very, very lucrative business, and as of two weeks ago, Chegg’s value had more than tripled during the pandemic.

For a monthly subscription to Chegg Study, which costs $14,95 (around R215), students get access to the platform, reports Forbes.

Using the site is so commonplace that it has a nickname – “chegging”:

Chegg is based in Santa Clara, California, but the heart of its operation is in India, where it employs more than 70,000 experts with advanced math, science, technology and engineering degrees.

The experts, who work freelance, are online 24/7, supplying step-by-step answers to questions posted by subscribers (sometimes answered in less than 15 minutes).

Chegg offers other services students find useful, including tools to create bibliographies, solve math problems and improve writing. But the main revenue driver, and the reason students subscribe, is Chegg Study.

In a short explainer video, Chegg dresses up what they do as helping you get unstuck:

Of the 52 students Forbes spoke with who had used Chegg Study, some of whom attend prestigious US universities like Columbia, Brown, and Duke, 48 said they used it to cheat.

In some cases, the cheating is so blatant that the students are making a mockery of the system.

Consider this, from CNBC:

Texas A&M reportedly found more than 800 cases of academic fraud after a faculty member noticed students were finishing complex exams in less than a minute, with some of the information coming from Chegg…

Students queried have pointed to the difficulties presented by online learning during the pandemic as a reason for “chegging”, like University of Missouri freshman Andrew Labit:

He says he will take a hit to grades, if it is during a period of time when he feels that he is learning, but for now he has adopted a get-the-answer, pass-the-class and move on mentality.

“Unlike in-person work where you have to show your work, where you actually learn something, online is just ‘get to the answer, that’s all we want,’” Labit told NBC’s Stay Tuned.

“And that’s a lot of where our mentality went to, which was just trying to get the right answer.”

At the end of March, the company was worth in excess of $12 billion, and revenue is only rising:

Image: Forbes

In response to growing criticism, Chegg vice presidents Arnon Avitzur argued that the resource is not there to cheat, but rather to there to “offer students personalised service to help them get unstuck”.

There’s that ‘unstuck’ word again.

The company is at least aware of the unscrupulous use going on:

In a written statement, a Chegg president, Nathan Schultz, says: “We are not naive that [cheating] is a problem. And the mass move to remote learning has only increased it. We remain 100 percent committed to addressing it, and are investing considerable resources to do so. We cannot do it alone and are working with faculty and institutions, and will continue to do more, including educating students.”

As long as those profits keep soaring, as does the company’s valuation, it seems unlikely that Chegg will try too hard to address the issue.

Makes using those Encarta Encyclopedia CDs seem like a lifetime ago, right?

[sources:mybb&forbes&cnbc]

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This Boksburg Dog Rescue Is Guaranteed To Make You Emotional [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/14/this-boksburg-dog-rescue-is-guaranteed-to-make-you-emotional-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/14/this-boksburg-dog-rescue-is-guaranteed-to-make-you-emotional-video/#respond Wed, 14 Apr 2021 07:10:05 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=570022 [imagesource: YouTube / Byron Thanarayen]

It’s only Wednesday, so you must have a tissue lying around, right?

Well, you’ll need it for this heartwarming display of animal friendship and survival.

The video shows a Staffie named Jessie saving her Pomeranian friend, Chucky, from almost drowning in a swimming pool last Friday.

Chucky was trotting past the pool at their Boksburg home when he suddenly fell in, and being too small to use the steps as leverage, swam around for a good while trying to figure out his escape.

Then Jessie appeared to save the day.

After more than 30 minutes of Chucky swimming from edge to edge and Jessie following, trying to work it all out, Jessie finally hauled him out with her teeth.

You can see the moment the rescue happens from around the 3:15 mark.

Top tip: put the video on mute if you don’t want the sad music making you extra emotional:

The family, Byron and Melissa Thanarayen, were totally oblivious to the whole ordeal while it happened.

However, they did think something was a bit strange when Chucky was walking around with a wet head and a dry body.

TimesLIVE reports that the family were confused because the dogs don’t swim unsupervised:

“We tried to look for clues as to where he could have wet his head. We thought maybe he dipped his head in the water, but there was no mess in the house to support this suggestion,” he told TimesLIVE.

Melissa had a hunch that it was definitely related to the pool.

After checking the security camera footage, they were shocked to find out exactly what had happened.

The family are so grateful for Jessie, their rescue dog adopted four years ago from the SPCA in Boksburg:

“Jessie is the best dog we have ever had,” he said, adding they were her third owners as previous owners who adopted her had to return her to the SPCA.

“They said she didn’t get along with their other dogs, but I have not experienced this. She got along with our other two dogs from the word go,” he said.

The rescued rescue, huh?

And don’t worry, the family will be installing a pool cover immediately.

[source:timeslive]

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Things Are Going From Bad To Worse For Suez Canal Ship Owner https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/14/things-are-going-from-bad-to-worse-for-suez-canal-ship-owner/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/14/things-are-going-from-bad-to-worse-for-suez-canal-ship-owner/#respond Wed, 14 Apr 2021 06:35:47 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=570031 [imagesource: Maxar Technologies]

For a brief moment in time, the world (or at least many on social media) were united by one thing.

No, not the pandemic, but rather the plight of the Ever Given, the cargo ship that became wedged across the Suez Canal.

The memes were priceless, although if you had to put a value on them, you could start with the almost $10 billion in daily global trade that was being disrupted by the blockage.

That’s around $400 million an hour.

When you consider those numbers, perhaps the Ever Given got off lightly, with CNN reporting the latest:

Egyptian authorities have seized a massive cargo ship which blocked the Suez Canal for almost a week last month, amid a dispute over financial damages…

An Egyptian court ordered the vessel’s Japanese owner, Shoei Kisen Kaisha, to pay $900 million in compensation as a result of losses inflicted when the Panamanian-flagged Ever Given prevented marine traffic from transiting through the vital global trade waterway.

The hefty bill also includes maintenance fees and the costs of the rescue operation…

Still, $900 million is nothing to scoff at, and that’s going to put a dent in your bottom line.

In response, Shoei Kisen Kaisha says a team of lawyers is working on the compensation claim, and wouldn’t comment further.

UK Club, the protection and indemnity insurer for the Ever Given, wasn’t as coy:

Its statement went on to explain why UK Club believes the magnitude of the claim is not valid.

“The SCA has not provided a detailed justification for this extraordinarily large claim, which includes a US$300 million claim for a ‘salvage bonus’ and a US$300 million claim for ‘loss of reputation.’

Image: CNN

The grounding resulted in no pollution and no reported injuries. The vessel was re-floated after six days and the Suez Canal promptly resumed their commercial operations. The claim presented by the SCA also does not include the professional salvor’s claim for their salvage services which owners and their hull underwriters expect to receive separately,” the UK Club statement said.

That pollution claim is contestable, given that the log jam in the canal last month produced a spike in ship pollution that was visible from space.

According to the BBC, after the ship became wedged, it forced hundreds of other ships to park and wait:

This helped push the concentration of sulphur dioxide (SO2) in the air to five times normal levels on the Mediterranean side of the canal.

SO2 is a by-product of the type of heavy fuel oils burnt by ship engines…

Most were anchored at the canal’s northern end, in the Med. And while their main engines would have been turned off, the vessels were still running auxiliary power units and boilers – in what’s called “hotelling” mode.

This led to a build-up of SO2 in the atmosphere locally that was observed by the EU’s Sentinel-5P satellite.

Settling this claim could be a legal minefield, given that the ship is owned by a Japanese firm, operated by a Taiwanese shipper, and flagged in Panama.

As things stand, the ship’s cargo has been seized until the dispute is resolved.

Finally, as is customary, we must end with this meme, from the time of blockage:

[sources:cnn&bbc]

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Wednesday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/14/wednesday-morning-spice-522/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/14/wednesday-morning-spice-522/#respond Wed, 14 Apr 2021 05:57:36 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569987 [imagesource:here]

Jacob Zuma Loses State Legal Fees Appeal Bid, Must Pay Back Millions – Zuma has failed in his bid to challenge a court ruling that cut government funding of his corruption trial legal fees and must now pay back a legal bill estimated at some R25 million. [news24]

SA Halts Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Roll Out Temporarily – In South Africa, we have not had any reports of clots that have formed after vaccination, and this is after having inoculated 289 787 health care workers under the Sisonke Protocol. [citypress]

Sweden Has Highest New Covid Cases Per Person In Europe – Figure of 625 new infections per 1m people is many times larger than Nordic neighbours. [guardian]

Protests And Police Clash In Third Night Of Protests After Death Of Daunte Wright – Officers used pepper spray and fired flash bombs at protesters. Water bottles and other projectiles were thrown at officers in riot gear. [cnn]

‘They Are Not Sleeping’: Fears Over Mozambique Jihadists’ Next Move –  Jihadist fighters who raided the northern Mozambique town of Palma last month may be planning their next move, analysts say. [ewn]

‘Remarkable’ Capitec Gaining 200,000 Customers A Month – It says it is the ‘biggest digital bank in South Africa with 8.6 million active users of either the Capitec banking app, USSD channel or a combination of digital channels’. [citizen]

Prince Philip: The Queen Returns To Royal Duties After Duke Of Edinburgh’s Death – The event was recorded in the Court Circular – a list of engagements attended by the monarch and the royals. [sky]

Elon Musk’s Starlink Will Be In SA In 2022 – Here’s How It Will Work – Prototypes were first launched into earth’s orbit in 2018, with a further 60 operational satellites deployed the following year. [businsidersa]

Trump Floats Pfizer Conspiracy Theory While Blasting Biden For J&J Pause – There were just six reported cases of blood clots out of more than 6.8 million doses administered, and Dr. Janet Woodcock, acting FDA chief, said Tuesday. [forbes]

NZ To Launch World-First Climate Change Rules – The country wants to be carbon neutral by 2050 and says the financial sector needs to play its part. [bbc]

Coffee Before A Workout – Let’s Have That Chat – Some swear by it, whereas others argue it can make for an uncomfortable morning session of muscle-clenching. [here]

Apple Announces April 20 Event Where New iPads And More Are Expected – It may also introduce AirTags, the long-rumoured product that will help you track your devices. [cnbc]

Gary Player’s Son Reportedly Banned From Masters After Marketing Stunt – 58-year-old Wayne, who was caddying for his father, was seen holding up a sleeve of OnCore golf balls, a company he has been an ambassador for since 2019. [iol]

Porridge, Jenga And 45,000 Teabags: Team GB’s Olympic Luggage Revealed – Team GB’s athletes at the Olympic Games this summer will be powered by 45,000 teabags, more than 7,000 bags of crisps and nearly 8,000 porridge pots. [guardian]

More Details About The Discovery Of Nelli Tembe’s Body Emerge – A security guard and paramedics have described the scene where AKA’s fiancée, Anele ‘Nelli’ Tembe, fell to her death from the 10th floor of the Pepperclub Hotel in Cape Town on Sunday. [timeslive]

Hank Azaria Apologizes For Playing Apu On ‘The Simpsons’ For Three Decades – Azaria, who is White and voices many characters on Fox’s long-running animated comedy, said last year that he would no longer voice the character. [washpost]

Mick Jagger Has Some Thoughts On The Pandemic, Anti-Vaxxers, And Conspiracy Theories – The Rolling Stones frontman opens up about his new song with Dave Grohl, Trump “winging” the pandemic, and the “light at the end of the tunnel”. [rollingstone]

Kate Middleton’s Crucial Role In Reconciling Princes William And Harry – The relationship between William and Harry has reached a crucial crossroads – and it has fallen to Kate to solve this royal headache. [newsau]

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Big Plans For SA’s Cannabis Industry https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/13/big-plans-for-sas-cannabis-industry/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/13/big-plans-for-sas-cannabis-industry/#respond Tue, 13 Apr 2021 14:33:36 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569971 [imagesource:here]

Entrepreneurs, analysts, and prospective investors who have major faith in the money-making potential of the local cannabis industry believe that, should the production and distribution of cannabis be legalised, South Africa could be one of the top players in the African cannabis markets by 2023.

City Press reports that according to the World Health Organisation, South Africa is the third-largest illegal cannabis producer in the world already, with about 2 500 tons grown a year.

Although cannabis became decriminalised for personal and private use in 2018, it is still not legal to sell, and this is causing confusion and severely limiting its economic potential.

During a webinar for 300 attendees who pitched for the presentation of the government’s draft master plan, several speakers said that a regulatory policy system that eliminates ambiguity for entrepreneurs is necessary soon.

According to the fifth version of the draft master plan, the cannabis market in South Africa is worth R28 billion, with an estimated 3,5 million users.

That’s a lot of money that we may be losing while the government takes their time with the plan for cannabis trade in the country.

The ‘dagga belt’, which is the area from the Eastern Cape to KwaZulu-Natal, is the best place for cannabis growth and also happens to be one of the country’s poorest areas.

That is why this area, among others, needs to be identified and zoned according to the draft master plan, so that we can lift the country’s people out of poverty and unemployment.

There is a massive demand for all cannabis products, locally and globally:

Hemp is used for various commercial and industrial products, including rope, textiles, clothing, ceiling boards, bricks, paints and biodegradable plastics.

Marijuana is mostly used for medication, cosmetics and recreational purposes.

Globally, medicinal cannabis could generate $82.9 billion (R1.2 trillion) in revenue by 2027, according to the draft document.

The only current way to get involved in the cannabis trade in the country is to obtain a medical marijuana license from the SA Health Products Regulatory Authorities (SAHPRA), but that can cost more than R6 million for the setup and application.

Anyway, government wants to finalise many of the goals in the draft master plan within the next three years.

Let’s hope the country can get higher (economically!) soon.

[source:citypress]

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Coffee Before A Workout – Let’s Have That Chat https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/13/coffee-before-a-workout-lets-have-that-chat/ Tue, 13 Apr 2021 14:22:54 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569930 [imagesource: Bludapp]

Protes and oats, my boych.”

Rumour has it that if you cup your hand to your ear within 200 metres of a CrossFit gym (sorry, box), you can hear those words being carried on the wind.

Hey, you look after your body however you see fit, but we’re here to talk about the idea of smashing a coffee before a workout.

Some swear by it, whereas others argue it can make for an uncomfortable morning session of muscle-clenching (if you know what I mean), so we turn to studies done in the past to illustrate some of the benefits of coffee before a workout.

Greatist has compiled a list of five benefits, although it comes with the caveat that daily, you should stick to around three to six milligrams of caffeine for every kilogram of your body mass.

In addition, your genetics may well play a role in how you respond to having caffeine before exercise, so it’s not a one size fits all approach.

Improves your speed

In a 2017 analysis of several studies, scientists found that caffeine significantly improves speed in workouts that last 45 seconds to 8 minutes.

According to a 2020 study, caffeine supplements also have a major impact on speed for resistance exercises (think push-ups, sit-ups, or squats).

Not to cramp your style, but caffeine supplements mean you miss out on the flavour of a proper cup of coffee.

Plus, how many of those supplements are salted caramel flavour, like Terbodore’s cracking limited edition blend?

Boosts your strength

A 2018 review suggests that consuming caffeine can support your max muscle strength and upper body and muscle power. According to researchers, caffeine improved athletes’ vertical jump height and boosted powerlifters’ performance.

Reduces anaerobic exhaustion

A 2018 study suggests that having caffeine before working out can keep you from reaching exhaustion longer during anaerobic activity…

In the study, researchers found major improvements in participants who took a certain cycling test with caffeine when compared to peeps who had a placebo.

No offence to decaf fans, but I consider your drink of choice a placebo.

Increases aerobic power

According to 2021 research, aerobic endurance seems to benefit the most from caffeine. But it doesn’t work for everyone.

In particular, cycling, running, cross-country skiing, and swimming all seem to get the biggest boost from a little caffeine buzz.

Sounds ideal for some triathlon training, if you’re into masochism.

Reduces muscle pain

 A small study from 2013 found that having caffeine before a workout may reduce muscle pain and stiffness.

Bonus: Peeps who had caffeine before their workout also completed more reps of bicep curls per set.

That study was definitely on the small side, though, and was carried out on men only, so further work needs to be done.

Whether or not you choose to enjoy a cup of the good stuff before you get your swole on (I read that’s slang for working out), the most important thing is that you’re actually drinking the good stuff.

Life is too short to drink average coffee, so do yourself a favour and swing past Terbodore’s online shop (or their physical shops in Franschhoek and the KZN Midlands) to get expertly roasted and ethically source beans.

Added bonus – everything gets delivered to your door, and you can rest easy knowing that you’re supporting a business with sustainability and environmental concerns front and centre.

Look at you, all healthy and environmentally conscious.

[source:greatist]

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Watching ‘The Serpent’? Guardian Journalist Recalls Bizarre Meetings With Killer https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/13/watching-the-serpent-guardian-journalist-recalls-bizarre-meetings-with-killer/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/13/watching-the-serpent-guardian-journalist-recalls-bizarre-meetings-with-killer/#respond Tue, 13 Apr 2021 14:11:31 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569972 [imagesource: GQ Images]

Netflix subscribers should be familiar with The Serpent, an eight-part series that started streaming this month detailing the story of serial conman Charles Sobhraj, played by Golden Globe nominee Tahar Rahim.

Even if you haven’t watched it yet, chances are it has appeared towards the top of the screen, and it’s currently the third most popular show on the streaming giant.

This Is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist is top, with Who Killed Sara? in second, which should give you an idea of just how popular the true-crime genre has become.

Before we get into The Guardian’s Andrew Anthony, detailing his chance meeting with Sobhraj, let’s see the trailer for The Serpent:

Fascinating.

Right, that meeting.

Anthony happened to read Richard Neville’s and Julie Clarke’s book, The Life and Crimes of Charles Sobhraj, and together with a TV crew, tracked him down to a hotel room in Paris in 1997:

 The door opened and he beckoned me in. He looked a curiously slight figure, his skin remarkably smooth, even youthful, given that he’d spent the past two decades in an Indian jail.

Image: Sipa Rex / Netflix

“You must be thirsty,” he said, and held out an already opened bottle of Coke.

This was a test, as Sobhraj was notorious for drugging and killing backpackers.

Definitely the correct choice from Anderson to refuse the drink, although he was forced to hop in a car with Sobhraj en route to a location unfamiliar to him, where he was told he could ask questions.

At this stage, it’s probably best that you go and read The Guardian article itself, which offers enough background to properly contextualise why the meeting was so odd.

The first meeting, I should say, as Anderson would again meet Sobhraj in 2013, in a Kathmandu prison.

Over the course of a couple of mind-boggling hours he recounted a fantastical plot in which he said he had been working for the CIA in a ruse to trap Taliban guerrillas buying arms from the Chinese triads…

The crazy thing is he did have contacts in the Taliban, through a former Islamist cellmate in Delhi, and he probably knew Chinese gangsters from his time flitting about in Hong Kong. But the rest was undoubtedly a product of his pathological imagination.

A ruthless killer, with a story perfect for a Netflix series.

You can read Anderson’s full account of his bizarre meetings here.

[source:guardian]

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This D-List Actor Is Accused Of Taking Investors For More Than R3 Billion https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/13/this-d-list-actor-is-accused-of-taking-investors-for-more-than-r3-billion/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/13/this-d-list-actor-is-accused-of-taking-investors-for-more-than-r3-billion/#respond Tue, 13 Apr 2021 13:44:10 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569909 [imagesource: IFC Midnight/Everett Collection]

If you recognise that man above, you must watch some pretty average movies and series.

Hey, we all do it. I just started watching Ted Lasso and sheesh, I find the glowing reviews online very difficult to stomach.

Anyway, I didn’t come here to duel with Ted Lasso fans, so let’s stick to the D-movie script and talk about Zach Horwitz, who has spent the past decade or so trying to crack Hollywood under the name Zach Avery.

That’s him above in 2018’s Trespassers, but if you’re getting the impression that he may have been a struggling actor, think again.

As VICE reports, he lived it up thanks to an alleged Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors out of around $227 million (R3,3 billion).

Last week, 34-year-old Horwitz was arrested, and faces up to 20 years in prison for wire fraud:

According to the Department of Justice, Horwitz’s company, 1inMM Capital, purportedly bought film distribution rights and sold them to entities like HBO and Netflix, allowing the streamers to offer those movies in Latin America, among other territories.

Horwitz allegedly got investors to give him cash to purchase those movie rights, claimed he sold the rights at a huge profit, and rewarded his investors with a dividend.

Image: Alamy

But Horwitz never actually bought any movie rights—and he never did business with HBO or Netflix…

Instead, the DoJ and SEC claim Horwitz just borrowed money from one investor, then borrowed more from another, using new money to pay back his old debts, over and over again. In a sworn affidavit, John Verrastro, a special agent with the FBI, called Horwitz’s venture a “classic Ponzi scheme.”

Yeah, that’s about as clear cut a Ponzi as you’ll see.

Sorry, Herbalife and Amway folks, you don’t get to judge.

It’s alleged that, in total, Horwitz raked in around $690 million through his company, and he wasn’t afraid to splash the cash.

His personal account shows $124 582 spent on trips to Las Vegas, $137 072 on flights on private jets, $165 408 on “high-end automobiles”, and in excess of $50 000 on a “luxury watch subscription service”.

Then there’s property:

He also allegedly used his investors’ money to buy a six-bedroom, eight-bathroom house in Beverlywood, a ritzy Los Angeles neighborhood, for more than $5.5 million.

The home (which he recently put up for sale) came complete with a gym, wine cellar, home theater, and private pool.

To spruce things up a bit, he allegedly paid almost $70,000 to celebrity interior designer Lonni Paul—money that, according to the SEC, came straight from his investors.

You can snoop around that property here – the guy’s even trying to flog it for a tidy profit.

Some of the movies that Horwitz claimed to have bought the rights to were decent, but for the most part, they were truly terrible productions.

Take for example 2004’s Monster Island, described by IMDb as follows:

Six friends win a vacation to the Bermuda Triangle and become trapped with only an MTV Crew to help keep them alive. They have to rescue Carmen Electra escape while they all battle the monsters on Monster Island.

Carmen played herself, the movie scored a 3,5 rating, and one user review was headlined ‘Possibly the worst thing I have ever seen on TV’.

In order to make his deals appear legitimate, Horwitz is accused of impersonating executives at HBO and Netflix, and some of the people he is alleged to have stolen money from were good friends he had met at university.

His bond has been set at $1 million, and an arraignment is set for May 13.

[source:vice]

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Ever Seen Lightning Perfectly Decimate A Tree? [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/13/ever-seen-lightning-perfectly-decimate-a-tree-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/13/ever-seen-lightning-perfectly-decimate-a-tree-video/#respond Tue, 13 Apr 2021 13:30:18 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569952 [imagesource:here]

There was once a tree in Wisconsin and then in a flash of light, there wasn’t.

In some impressive footage shared by the US National Weather Service, a lone pine tree was shot down at the speed of light.

Let’s just be thankful that it wasn’t a poor footballer this time.

The event happened at Wautoma High School and provided a teachable moment for the government’s weather agency.

Perhaps we can all learn from this display of nature’s destructive ability.

We have all been told that trees are not very good for shelter from a storm, and here’s proof:

The wrath of the sky sure does have a good aim.

Yet another reason to stay inside, I guess.

[source:slashgear]

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Sailors Use Flares And Poles To Fight Off Killer Whales [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/13/sailors-use-flares-and-poles-to-fight-off-killer-whales-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/13/sailors-use-flares-and-poles-to-fight-off-killer-whales-video/#respond Tue, 13 Apr 2021 11:55:11 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569924 [imagesource: Wellard et al / PLOSONE]

Killer whales look like the pandas of the ocean, except that they aren’t at all.

They can be rather ruthless, in fact, and are the likely culprits behind the disappearance of the Cape’s great white sharks.

A new video that’s surfing the web shows a pod of killer whales scaring some sailors aboard a ship in the Strait of Gibraltar, off the coast of Morocco.

The sailors were seen using poles and flares to try and get rid of the whales, which managed to break off the boat’s rudder.

The captain of the boat, Antonio Busse, had been on watch duty the evening of April 3 when he noticed that around four whales were banging into the sides of the boat.

In a panic, some other sailors joined him in trying to scare the whales off by throwing things into the water and shouting at them.

Business Insider adds more:

At one point, the sailor filming the video can be heard shouting: “Look, they hit the wheel a bit! They don’t like the wheel, they always go for the wheel.”

Only after someone lights a flare and throws it into the water do the orcas move away.

Busse, who has sailed across the world, said that the incident had been very scary, adding that “something like this had never happened before” in his lifetime…

“I have been in Antarctica and I have never seen something like this,” he said.

Despite the missing rudder, the boat managed to continue on its journey and anchor in the Spanish port of Tarifa.

Here’s the video:

I don’t want to dismiss the danger of the situation for everyone involved (whales and people included), but it’s definitely a little amusing when the one sailor shouts to the whale in English to “get off the boat,” explaining with some laughter that it’s “because they don’t understand”.

Well yes, probably because they’re whales, though, and not because they don’t speak Spanish.

It turns out, the phenomenon of orcas causing damage to boats is becoming increasingly common in the Strait of Gibraltar.

In some instances, they have even injured crew members:

Researchers told the Observer that it was not unusual for orcas, which are highly social and curious animals, to follow boats or even playfully interact with them and that ramming the rudder is not unheard of.

The truth is, we don’t know enough about the reasons behind some of the behaviours of these wild sea creatures.

Ruth Esteban, the head of international relations for the Orca Atlantica Working Group, who studies orcas, told Insider:

“We don’t like to call them attacks because it comes across as more playful. We still don’t fully know why they do this but from watching videos of the different interactions, it is obvious they behave differently depending on the speed of the boat or the type of boat,” said Esteban.

“When we watch these videos, for us, it doesn’t look like they’re ‘attacks.'”

In a similar way that sharks are misunderstood, killer whales could just be bored and orca-strating a game (see what I did there?).

They could even be trying to tell us something about the state of the oceans.

[source:businessinsider]

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Flight Descends Into Chaos As Passengers And Cabin Crew Clash [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/13/flight-descends-into-chaos-as-passengers-and-cabin-crew-clash-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/13/flight-descends-into-chaos-as-passengers-and-cabin-crew-clash-video/#respond Tue, 13 Apr 2021 09:45:07 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569891 [imagesource: YouTube / Business News]

Tight spaces are tricky, especially on planes.

Add a significant delay to getting out, or a passenger who refuses to wear a mask amidst a global pandemic, and we have ourselves many of the ingredients that can lead to a fight.

Another video of a fight on a flight has gone viral.

This time, the brawl took place this past weekend on a Tunisair flight between passengers onboard while the cabin crew desperately tried to control the situation.

The flight was supposedly flying from Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, to Istanbul.

In one part of the video, a woman is pulled by her hair and dragged down the aisle by a male passenger.

Passengers are beating and shouting at each other when a person who seems to be a flight attendant gets involved, too.

According to NewsAU, it is understood that the fight broke out over seats, with the incident causing a five-hour delay.

Ghassen Ouji, the airline’s spokesman, also confirmed that “an investigation has been opened and that the passengers, at the origin of the incident, could be the subject of prosecution”.

You can watch the full fight here:

The anxiety of flying in a pandemic has some added spice with all of these angsty passengers popping up, hey?

[source:newsau]

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Zapiro Lambastes South Africa’s COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts [Image] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/13/zapiro-lambastes-south-africas-covid-19-vaccine-efforts-image/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/13/zapiro-lambastes-south-africas-covid-19-vaccine-efforts-image/#respond Tue, 13 Apr 2021 09:05:07 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569877 [imagesource: Patrick Fallon/AFP via Getty Images]

‘Lambastes’ has a ring to it.

I considered going with ‘pans’ or ‘ridicules,’ but ultimately settled on ‘lambastes’ because it’s nice to mix things up now and again.

What were we talking about again? Yes, COVID-19 vaccines, and how our government is systematically botching our one hope of life returning to normal.

South Africa has a vaccine plan, with certain dates and phases shifting as we secure further doses, but the promise is that everybody who wants a vaccine will get one by the end of February 2022.

I get that when the government rolls out a plan, that plan gets headlines, but many in the South African media landscape appear all too eager to gobble up these dates, without any thought as to whether or not they’ll actually deliver.

What, over the course of the past month / year/ decade, has pointed to why we should have any trust in this government’s ability to deliver?

Zapiro finds himself in the same corner as me (I call it being a realist, but others may say pessimist), and in his most recent cartoon for The Daily Maverick, he took aim:

Phase 1, targeting around 1,5 million health workers, was supposed to be completed by the end of March, but will now run until closer to the end of May.

According to the latest stats from last night, we have vaccinated just under 290 000 people, and the entire weekend saw a whopping 38 vaccinations:

Since the Sisonke vaccination ‘study’ launched on February 17, we have averaged around 5 500 vaccines administered per day, so if we want to reach that 1,5 million target by the end of May, we better get cracking.

What could possibly go wrong with Phase 2, targeting around 13,3 million people, and Phase 3, which will target 22,6 million people?

[source:dailymaverick]

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Harry Says Prince Philip Was A “Legend Of Banter” https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/13/harry-says-prince-philip-was-a-legend-of-banter/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/13/harry-says-prince-philip-was-a-legend-of-banter/#respond Tue, 13 Apr 2021 08:24:08 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569845 [imagesource: GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images]

Prince William and Prince Harry have paid tribute to their beloved grandfather, Prince Philip, who recently passed away at the age of 99.

Shortly after the speech by Prince Charles, both grandsons released statements separately, remembering their grandfather Philip in their own individual ways.

Royal correspondent Jonny Dymond makes an interesting observation in a BBC article about each of their statements.

Harry’s move to California after giving up his royal status may be why his statement sounds a bit more lighthearted, calling his grandfather a “legend of banter”.

William, on the other hand, who is sticking to his royal duties, kept it more formal and speaks of losing his grandfather as a guide.

Via NBC News, here’s some of what Harry said about his grandfather:

“He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm – and also because you never knew what he might say next.

“He will be remembered as the longest reigning consort to the monarch, a decorated serviceman, a prince and a duke.

“But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ’til the end.”

“Meghan, Archie, and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always hold a special place for you in our hearts,” added Harry.

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, had been known to make some controversial statements, many of which can be described as racist rather than “cheeky” or “banter”.

Here’s some of what William said in his statement:

“My grandfather’s century of life was defined by service – to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family,” Prince William said.

“I feel lucky to have not just had his example to guide me, but his enduring presence well into my own adult life – both through good times and the hardest days.

He also mentioned how grateful he was that his wife, Catherine (or Kate as she is widely known), and children had the opportunity to spend some time with Prince Philip, who was always kind and gracious.

“I will never take for granted the special memories my children will always have of their great-grandpa coming to collect them in his carriage and seeing for themselves his infectious sense of adventure as well as his mischievous sense of humour!”

The ceremonial royal funeral will be held at St George’s Chapel, on the grounds of Windsor Castle, at 3PM UK time (or 4PM here in South Africa) on April 17 (this Saturday).

After which, duty calls:

“I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job,” says Prince William.

He added that he and his wife would “continue to do what he would have wanted and will support the Queen in the years ahead”.

All eyes will be on Prince Harry after the royal rift caused by the now-infamous Oprah interview.

Although Meghan won’t be able to make it to the funeral due to her pregnancy, perhaps the ceremony will provide a good opportunity for the two brothers to make up.

[source:bbc&nbcnews]

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Did Tiger Woods Receive Special Treatment After His Crash? https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/13/did-tiger-woods-receive-special-treatment-after-his-crash/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/13/did-tiger-woods-receive-special-treatment-after-his-crash/#respond Tue, 13 Apr 2021 07:45:04 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569863 [imagesource: Getty]

When news broke that Tiger Woods had been involved in a single-vehicle accident in Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County, on February 23, you knew that speculation would be rife.

Given Tiger’s well-documented struggles with addictions of various assortments, that’s somewhat understandable, but Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva was quick to reassure everyone that “there was no evidence of any impairment whatsoever,” and “no odour of alcohol, no evidence of any medication, narcotics or anything like that”.

The investigation continued as Tiger recovered at home, and people moved on, until last week’s news that the vehicle’s black-box recorder showed Woods travelling between 135 to 140 kilometres per hour in a 72 kilometres per hour zone around the time he left his lane and crashed his car.

It’s a very good thing, for Tiger and Genesis GV80 marketers, that the vehicle has such top-notch safety features.

Driving at close to twice the speed limit is at best reckless, and although Villanueva has again stressed that Tiger received no special or preferential treatment, cracks are beginning to appear.

According to The Washington Post, Villanueva said there was “no evidence of any impairment,” and “no open containers in the vehicle and no narcotics or any evidence of medication in the vehicle or on his person.”

That may not be entirely true:

…after the news conference, the sheriff’s department posted on its website, with Woods’s permission, its reports concerning the accident.

In those 22 pages was a detail the sheriff’s department hadn’t mentioned: An empty, unlabeled pill bottle had been found in Woods’s backpack at the accident scene.

Image: Harrison Hill / USA Today

The report also for the first time described Woods appearing disoriented and combative after the crash.

Some traffic officials familiar with Californian law say that the empty bottle should have prompted a blood test on Tiger, which was not done.

Hart Levin, a Los Angeles lawyer familiar with DUI cases, said the investigation was “highly irregular” in the lack of effort made to test his blood.

Levin said, in his experience, a pill bottle on the scene is considered a “dead giveaway” to police: “Even if there was nothing to it, it’s probable cause.”

Levin said the other circumstances of the crash typically would make an investigating officer suspicious. “It’s an egregious accident that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense,” Levin said. “He’s going double the speed limit, and he flies off the road in the middle of the day. The police view is going to be either he’s doing it on purpose, which does not seem to be the case here, or he’s probably on something.”

The lawyer said it appeared the deputies did him a favor: “This is the Tiger effect.”

Other traffic lawyers disagreed and said that the unlabelled and empty pill bottle had little evidentiary value.

Forensic crash experts that spoke with USA Today also say Tiger has clearly received special treatment, and that he may have been unconscious at the time of the crash:

They believe the evidence is consistent with Woods being unconscious when he left his lane and then went on a straight path of pure danger for nearly 400 feet instead of staying with the road as it curved right.

Woods didn’t hit the brakes during the recorded collision sequence, didn’t steer out of the emergency and didn’t remember driving.

Jonathan Cherney, a car crash reconstruction expert, said the investigation into the crash appears to be anything but thorough, and that fact that no other vehicles were involved makes it easier to sweep under the rug:

“If he was speeding and attempting to negotiate the curve and lost traction, there would be evidence of that loss of control,” said Cherney, who walked the scene of the crash the day after.

Image: Ramon Padilla, USA Today

“The vehicle would rotate. There would be tire friction marks on the roadway. The vehicle would not be rolling straight. Clearly, this is not a case of him losing control because he couldn’t negotiate the curve. They are using the speed to justify their causation of unsafe speed.”

Other crash experts said the investigation by authorities doesn’t deal with the underlying cause of the crash. Here’s Charles Schack, president of Crash Experts, which analyses traffic accidents for law firms and insurance companies:

“Taking away the high-profile aspect of this crash and looking at the data and roadway, it appears that the driver made no attempt to follow the roadway during the moments leading to the crash. This is typical of a driver who was incapacitated due to a medical issue, falling asleep or being impaired.”

That article speaks to multiple crash scene experts, with the overwhelming majority saying that Tiger has received preferential treatment throughout the course of the investigation.

You can read it in full here.

Ultimately, golf fans are just keen to see Tiger back on the course, if and when that might be, but it does appear that he might have dodged a bullet or two with regards to his crash in February.

[sources:washpost&usatoday]

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Epic Fail As Tourist’s Car Plunges Into Hermanus Harbour [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/13/epic-fail-as-tourists-car-plunges-into-hermanus-harbour-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/13/epic-fail-as-tourists-car-plunges-into-hermanus-harbour-video/#respond Tue, 13 Apr 2021 07:10:13 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569831 [imagesource: Twitter/@rsa_trucker]

Shame, tourists can get themselves into some unfortunate situations when they travel to new and unknown countries.

Exhibit A or B, for example.

They may get shortchanged because they’re not used to the currency, or they could get lost because they don’t know the landmarks, and some might even sink their car… because the handbrake system could be different?

Who knows how this American tourist let his rental car casually roll into the water at Hermanus’ New Harbour last Friday, which had every single one of his valuables inside, but he did, somehow.

CCTV at Neptune’s Divers and Cruises caught the whole palaver on video while the aforementioned tourist was picking up his diving gear that he’d left overnight to dry.

I guess he had to leave his car and all his belongings to dry over that night, too.

Here’s more from TimesLIVE:

Marx Mohr of Neptune’s Divers and Cruises said the tourist’s “entire life” was in the car.

“He was about to start a nine-month trip through Africa so there were laptops, cameras, everything in the car,” he said.

“Everything’s buggered.”

That’s really not how you want to start a nine-month trip.

Coincidentally, the car sunk right near a crane, which was used to lift the car out of the water that it spent half the day in, waiting for all the insurance matters to be sorted.

Mohr says that he’s only helped save two cars from the water so far, as the slipways are slippery with seaweed, but it’s the first time a car has driven itself off of the actual jetty.

Here’s the CCTV footage:

Casual.

[source:timelive]

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Three Days Under Fire: Mozambique Terror Survivor Details Telling His Brother Goodbye [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/13/three-days-under-fire-mozambique-terror-survivor-details-telling-his-brother-goodbye-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/13/three-days-under-fire-mozambique-terror-survivor-details-telling-his-brother-goodbye-video/#respond Tue, 13 Apr 2021 06:33:35 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569837 [imagesource: Sky News]

Adrian Nel was the first confirmed South African death as a result of the attack on the Mozambican town of Palma, by insurgents from a local Islamist organisation called Allu Sunna wa Jama, or al-Shabaab, or ISIS-Mozambique (known locally as al-Shabaab).

Weeks after the attack on March 24, Mozambican military leaders say the area is now  “under 100 percent control by Mozambican authorities,” but those claims have been contested.

No matter what happens from here on out, for those who were forced to endure days of coming under fire from insurgents, and for the family of Nel, the memories will never go away.

Wesley Nel, together with father Greg and brother Adrian, spent three days trapped inside the Amarula Lodge in Palma, along with almost 200 others.

Speaking to Sky News, Wesley detailed how they came to the decision to try and flee in a convoy, as hopes of being rescued faded away:

“The gunfire just didn’t stop,” Mr Nel said. “The mortars – you’re talking about 100’s of mortars going off… probably 40 to 50 an hour. We counted them…

“They [the insurgents] must have been stockpiling tonnes of ammunition nearby or in the town for months before.”

…”We, 100% thought we were going to get out by helicopter [on the first day of the terror attack],” Mr Nel said.

However, it was only the helicopters from Dyck Advisory Group (DAG) that attempted rescues, but their choppers could only take six at a time, with women, children, and the sick going first.

Mere weeks after being accused of war crimes, DAG, along with a number of unarmed fishing charters, tugboats, cargo ships, oil tankers, sea ferries, and yachts that braved fire to take civilians from beaches, have been hailed as heroes.

As the insurgents drew closer, Wesley realised it was only a matter of time “before they breached the gates and we were slaughtered,” and desperation set in.

First, Adrian risked his life in order to recover a weapon that was outside of the hotel’s gate, before the decision was made to form a convoy of vehicles.

Adrian opted to be one of the drivers, but within minutes, the insurgents opened fire, and he was hit twice.

Wesley says he remembers saying his goodbyes:

“He started shouting that he’s hit, he’s hit and his leg was off and he can’t drive… someone needs to take over… and everyone was shouting keep driving as far as you can.

“He was like, I’m trying. Probably about a kilometre after, he was saying I can’t… I’m going guys, I’m going…”

His brother pulled over to the side and when Wesley reached him, he was shaking uncontrollably. Now the younger brother took over the driving… And all the time, his younger brother is trying to reassure him of his love.

Mr Nel breaks down as he remembers: “I was shouting that I love him and that I’d look after his family and that I’m so, so sorry that this had happened to him.”

It’s impossible to read that without a lump in the throat, and it’s another reminder that the death toll from an attack like this only scratches the surface in terms of how many people have been affected.

Here’s Wesley, detailing all of the above, along with footage shot from moments before the convoy left the hotel:

After hiding in the bushes, they were rescued the following day by DAG choppers, with Adrian’s body alongside his brother as they were airlifted out.

Colonel Lionel Dyck, DAG’s chief, has described similar scenes, as have Mozambican soldiers who spoke of being overwhelmed by hundreds of insurgents.

Sky’s correspondent on the scene, Alex Crawford, also compiled the below report on how the massacre unfolded:

[source:sky]

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Tuesday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/13/tuesday-morning-spice-525/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/13/tuesday-morning-spice-525/#respond Tue, 13 Apr 2021 05:51:16 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569809 [imagesource:here]

Covid-19: SA’s Infection Rate Set To Remain Low Over Next Few Weeks, AI System Predicts – An Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered early detection system has predicted the country is at a low risk of a third wave of Covid-19 infections, at least for now. [news24]

As Amazon And The White House Face Off, It’s Jeff Bezos One, Joe Biden Nil – Last week’s vote is only one wrinkle in the increasingly complex dance between Amazon and the US government, though. [cnn]

‘World’s Biggest Rabbit’ Stolen From Worcestershire Garden – A £1,000 reward is being offered after a rabbit said to be the biggest in the world was stolen from its Worcestershire home. [sky]

Police Say Officer Who Shot And Killed Unarmed Daunte Wright Intended To Fire Taser – Brooklyn Center police chief describes fatal shooting of Black man, 20, as result of ‘accidental discharge’ from handgun. [guardian]

Nelli Tembe’s Death – Here Are The Facts So Far – Investigations into the death of AKA’s fiancée Anele “Nelli” Tembe are continuing as details around her death come to light. [timeslive]

21 Reasons Why Eskom Suspended Its Procurement Boss – Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter recently submitted an affidavit to Parliament responding to allegations of racism against him by suspended chief procurement officer, Solly Tshitangano. [mybb]

You Could Own A Banksy Artwork In SA For Around R1 Million – Artwork by the renowned English street artist Banksy will go on auction in South Africa this week, with the editioned silkscreen likely to fetch between R900,000 and R1.2 million. [businsidersa]

Canadian Military Documents UFO Sightings, Intelligence Report Reveals – An unclassified intelligence report links the Royal Canadian Air Force, NORAD, Transport Canada, and air traffic controllers—and is official confirmation of a UFO alert system. [vice]

Apple Versus Android Debate Is Basically Dead For Teenagers – For as long as iPhones have existed, there has been fierce debate between those who swear by Apple and those who are team Android. [here]

BBC ‘Receives 100,000 Complaints’ Over Prince Philip Coverage – A figure of 100,000 would make the coverage of Prince Philip’s death the most complained-about piece of programming in BBC history. [bbc]

Barbeques, Quips And Pranks At Balmoral: MPs Share Fondest Memories Of Prince Philip – Boris Johnson hailed the Duke as a man ‘who made this country a better place’, with more than 130 politicians lining up to pay tribute. [telegraph]

‘It’s Like A Bomb Has Been Dropped’: Cape Authorities Pass The Buck After Well-Known Baboon Put To Death – Philemon, an adult male baboon in the Cape Peninsula, was killed by authorities last week for allegedly instigating ‘raiding behaviour’. [dailymav]

More Zlatan Ibrahimovic Controversy After Lockdown Restaurant ‘Meeting’ –  He was reportedly pictured in a Milan restaurant while the city was in a coronavirus lockdown. [iol]

Will Scientists Save The World Aboard This Nuclear-Powered 980-Foot-Long Superyacht? – Since it’s designed to be powered with a 100% carbon-free propulsion system, it could possibly be the “greenest” superyacht ever built. [forbes]

Healthy Young People Pose As Delivery Drivers To Get Vaccine – Apps like DoorDash and UberEats offered some vaccine-thirsty college kids a shortcut. Experts say it’s as bad as it sounds. [dbeast]

Hawaiian Shirts Are Returning – But ‘People Want To Think Twice’, Says Expert – Celebrities have been spotted wearing the shirts, but they could be seen as ‘embodiments of the history of American colonization’. [guardian]

Em Rata shares bikini video one month after giving birth to son Sylvester – Ratajkowski posted a video of her modelling a giraffe print bikini from her Inamorata swimwear line on Instagram and TikTok. [newsau]

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Exactly How Much More Things Cost At Woolies https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/12/exactly-how-much-more-things-cost-at-woolies/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/12/exactly-how-much-more-things-cost-at-woolies/#respond Mon, 12 Apr 2021 14:22:05 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569717 [imagesource:here]

How much value do you place on your time?

I ask, because whilst Woolworths goodies may come out a little pricier than some of the other large retailers, you’re often getting out of there far quicker than at other stores.

For example, Gardens Centre in Cape Town has a Woolies and a Pick n Pay, and the queue at Woolies is usually very quick-moving, with a dedicated section for those who have fewer than 10 items.

Apparently, this comes with some leeway, and is really more like the ‘fewer than 15 items’ section, but the fact remains that you’re in and out in no time.

Downstairs, the Pick n Pay is generally short-staffed at the tills, many of the conveyor belts at the tills don’t work, and it’s often an infuriating experience waiting for a manager to come around to deal with any issues.

(Thankfully, I have yet to see anybody using their underwear as a face mask, so small mercies.)

Can you smell that? It’s my privilege.

But you came here for evidence of how much more Woolies goodies cost you in comparison to other retailers, and for that, we turn to the BusinessTech food basket feature, which assesses “the price differences between major retailers, and the impact their ‘house brands’ can make to the total bill”.

They’ve done the hard work of comparing prices for everyday items at Woolies, Pick n Pay, Spar, and Checkers, as well as the cheapest ‘No Name’ house brands available.

Here’s what a simplified table looks like:

Image: BusinessTech

An extra R24 or so on a basket from Pick n Pay, and as much as R57 on a Checkers basket containing the same goodies. Checkers is also crushing it with the Sixt60 delivery app, whereas Woolies’ Dash was off to a bumpy start.

Of course, nothing is quite as simple as that, and BusinessTech further unpacks the methodology they’ve used.

I’d suggest you read the full article here.

Always remember, anything more than 15 items in the ’10 items or less queue’ and you’re a monster.

[source:bustech]

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2oceansvibe Weekend Sports Wrap https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/12/2oceansvibe-weekend-sports-wrap-13/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/12/2oceansvibe-weekend-sports-wrap-13/#respond Mon, 12 Apr 2021 14:11:04 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569769 [imagesource:here]

Each week, I’ll be putting together a wrap of the weekend’s sporting action, standout moments, and major talking points, with a focus on football, cricket, and rugby.

The Weekend Sports Wrap is sponsored by Hollywoodbets – register now and score a R25 sign-up bonus.

It’s a beautiful Monday over in Japan, and that’s all down to Hideki Matsuyama and a historic result at the Masters in Augusta.

Matsuyama became the first Japanese man to win a golfing major championship with his one-shot win over Will Zalatoris, and scored a cool $2,07 million (around R30,5 million) as a bonus.

Having held his nerve superbly during the final nine holes, he had enough breathing room to watch a putt on the 18th slip past, knowing he could tap in to claim the famous green jacket:

His caddie, Shota Hayafuji, was also a popular figure after his bow to the course shortly after Matsuyama’s win:

Here’s something you don’t see often – during Thursday’s opening round, Rory McIlroy managed to hit his own father on the back of the leg with a wayward shot:

His father, Gerry, later joked that he might ask for an autographed glove as a peace offering, to which Rory replied, “I think he just needs to go and put some ice on – maybe I’ll autograph a bag of frozen peas for him.”

I think sharing a drink with this duo would make for a good time.

Hey, at least Rory didn’t have to putt with his driver:

That should make the weekend warrior golfers feel a little better.

Switching to rugby, and a cracking longe-ranger from Damian McKenzie to seal a Chiefs win in a Super Rugby Aotearoa thriller against the Highlanders.

With the match going to extra time, and the golden point decider, McKenzie’s penalty from distance was an exercise in keeping your cool:

Not to be outdone, Bordeaux flyhalf Matthieu Jalibert scored all of his side’s points as they beat Racing 24-21 in the Champions Cup quarter-final, sealed with another boot from distance:

That is a solid 55-metre punt that even Frans Steyn would be proud of.

One of the few things I love more than a longe-ranger is a ‘bus is full’ moment, and two from this past weekend stand out.

From Bath against London Irish, a barnstorming run:

And from the Reds against the Brumbies, Taniela Tupou taking no prisoners:

Steamrolled.

Well, I’ve managed to hold off this long without mentioning the undoubted highlight of the sporting weekend.

No, not El Clasico (we’ll get to that), but rather Newcastle United’s come from behind win against the might of Burnley.

Look, when you’ve won two from your last 21 matches, every opposing team can be classified as mighty.

Having gone in at half-time one down, the introduction of Allan Saint-Maximin turned the match on its head. The mercurial Frenchman set up Jacob Murphy to equalise with his first touch of the game, and then went on a mazy run to score the winner minutes later.

You absolutely beautiful man:

Whoever was running The Telegraph’s live text commentary at the time was left with some egg on the face:

That writer wasn’t the only person made to look foolish, and after the match, Allan was in fine form:

That would all have been of little interest to the sides at the top of the table, but allow me to bask in the warm glow of a win for once, please.

I’m so stoked I will gloss over one of the worst VAR calls of the season, with the Toon’s Sean Longstaff being kicked in the head six yards out, yet somehow not being awarded a penalty.

Talking of top sides, and contentious VAR decisions, let’s focus on the clash between Manchester United and Spurs, which saw the latter blow a lead en route to a 1-3 loss.

The major talking point of the first half was the disallowed goal by Edinson Cavani, with the officials ruling that Scott McTominay had fouled Son Heung-min in the build-up.

I can see why a foul was given, but it’s the lack of consistency that is so difficult to stomach.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær didn’t hold back after the match, saying that Son overreacted, and making a chirp about not giving his child dinner if he behaved in the way that the South Korean did.

Enter Jose Mourinho, chomping at the bit to deflect from another match, and season, where his team is underperforming, who was all too keen to seize on the comment:

Jose, he’s not saying he’s going to starve his children. Get a grip, man.

Special mention to Marcelo Bielsa and his Leeds outfit, who, despite playing most of the game with 10 men, managed to beat Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City outfit:

They really are a joy to watch.

Let’s finish with some football highlights from across the globe, and this wonder goal from Gabriel Rojas:

The El Clasico lived up to its billing as one of the world’s premier sporting contests, although the weather didn’t play ball.

Still, it was end to end stuff, and Barcelona can feel aggrieved that they didn’t get a point:

In Italy, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off for AC Milan in their 3-1 victory over Parma on Saturday, after allegedly insulting the referee.

I make no bones about my dislike for Zlatan and his theatrics, but it’s not yet public knowledge what he said to Fabio Maresca.

As far as strange red cards go, Zlatan’s is right up there, but I think this takes the cake.

Fejsal Mulic put Seongnam 2-0 up against Gwangju in South Korea’s K League 1, and celebrated by taking off his shirt.

Unfortunately, he remembered that he was already on a yellow too late, and was sent off after his celebration:

His side still won 2-0, so perhaps it was worth it.

Finally, let’s talk cricket, and the Proteas’ opening T20 against Pakistan.

Having ended up 10 to 15 runs short of what they should have achieved, due to some skilled bowling at the death by Pakistan, the Proteas needed to defend 188.

They looked on course to do that, with Pakistan needing 52 off the final four overs, but some horrid bowling saw Pakistan win with a ball to spare.

When you consider that five of our top players aren’t available, due to playing in the IPL, it’s not a terrible result, but our bowlers’ inability to hit those yorkers when under pressure remains an issue.

Before we see the highlights, let’s watch Tabraiz Shamsi being taken for a ride by teammate Pite van Biljon:

Look, if you’re an adult man celebrating a wicket by making a mock phone call on your shoe, you deserve everything that comes your way.

Shamsi is a decent cricketer, but he’s no Rashid Khan:

Then again, I would say Rashid Khan is the best T20 bowler in the world, and will end up being remembered as the greatest of all time (he’s only 22 and just look at these stats), so that’s an unfair comparison:

Here are the full highlights from the first showdown:

The second T20 has just started (Monday, 2:30PM), and for reasons unknown to sane South African cricket fans, Kyle Verreynne has once again been omitted.

It was a decent weekend for at least three Saffas over in the English County Championship

However, it was a much less memorable weekend for Hampshire’s wicketkeeper Lewis McManus, who has been accused of cheating after this stumping of Leicestershire’s Hassan Azad off the bowling of Liam Dawson:

Hampshire captain James Vince has defended his ‘keeper, saying “if he’d known exactly what he’d done he would have said something”, and recalled Azad.

Not sure I’m buying that, or the excuse that he thought there was an edge and was going up for the catch.

Wrapping things up, and off the field, there was finally some progress made in the long-running saga of Cricket South Africa’s administration.

A step in the right direction, as Cricket SA Members’ Council finally caved and accepted a majority independent board, but still a long way to go.

Little by little, we may be inching towards good governance.

Now let’s all hang in there through the horrors of a five-day week, with some Champions League midweek action to help us along.

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‘Seven In 10 People Have Not Fully Recovered From COVID-19, Five Months After Leaving Hospital’ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/12/seven-in-10-people-have-not-fully-recovered-from-covid-19-five-months-after-leaving-hospital/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/12/seven-in-10-people-have-not-fully-recovered-from-covid-19-five-months-after-leaving-hospital/#respond Mon, 12 Apr 2021 13:55:32 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569703 [imagesource: Instagram / @_coronadiary]

People have been experiencing mild to severe symptoms of COVID-19 long after they’ve ‘recovered’, but what’s worse is that they are finding it difficult to prove their sickness to health practitioners.

‘Long COVID’ sufferers and a study about symptoms lingering in the brain well beyond the initial infection have been out here saying all of this.

CNN has further reported on this phenomenon and it turns out doctors are just as baffled as patients.

26-year-old Lyth Hishmeh, as fit as a regular runner, was told it was “all in [his] head” when he went to a doctor with chest pain, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating and breathing.

Another patient, 32-year-old Monique Jackson, kept experiencing pain and was turned away by doctors with “we just don’t know” or undermined with explanations of “it’s just anxiety”:

“I felt like I was wasting people’s time, that people either didn’t believe me … or the ones who were sympathetic and supportive said ‘we don’t know, it’s a new disease and we just don’t know,'” she said.

Hishmeh and Jackson are finding relief in knowing that they’re not alone in this, as more and more people are coming out with the same complaints.

It isn’t just in their heads.

 

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The UK alone have reports from almost 700 000 people with symptoms of Long COVID or Post-COVID Syndrome, as it is being called.

Another study published a month ago showed that seven in 10 people who had been hospitalised for COVID-19 have not fully recovered a full five months after being discharged.

Dr Manoj Sivan, an associate clinical professor and consultant at the University of Leeds, is aware of how epidemics leave some patients with post-viral syndromes for a long time and is seeing striking similarities in the COVID-19 pandemic:

“Anyone who’s recovering from COVID-19 is expected to make a good recovery, a full recovery, within four to six weeks,” he said.

“In about 10% to 20% of people, the symptoms can linger beyond the four to six week period and in about 10% of people, the symptoms can persist even beyond 12 weeks, when it becomes a real problem.”

He says the top five symptoms that occur in most patients are “fatigue, breathlessness, pain, brain fog, and psychological problems”.

He adds that patients also suffer from “dysautonomia, which is caused by an imbalance in the autonomic nervous system and which can include palpitations, dizziness, and psychological problems like anxiety, depression and PTSD”.

While doctors are trying their best to be understanding, Long COVID clinics (70 of which have been set up in England) are in very high demand and difficult to get into.

Jackson, who was continuously experiencing a bizarre slew of symptoms (blue fingers, face drooping, creepy nerve sensations, forgetting how to sleep) couldn’t get into the clinics or find much about her suffering online.

She had no choice but to go to social media and illustrate her experience (one of which as seen above), and only then did she find support groups and people in the same boat.

People rallying in this way on social media is what’s speeding up the recognition of this phenomenon being a serious health problem.

 

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It is becoming more and more clear that the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be morphing into a pandemic of long-haulers.

“The scale is enormous,” said Dr. Clare Rayner, a retired occupational health physician and herself a long Covid patient.

“And the UK is wealthy compared to most countries, we’re supposed to have systems in place and if we’re struggling, the implications for countries that are less well off and developing is huge, I don’t even think it’s being recorded, we don’t know how many people have it.”

If you’re finding it increasingly difficult to function as normal after contracting COVID-19, then maybe you’re one of the long-haulers.

[source:cnn]

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Apple Versus Android Debate Is Basically Dead For Teenagers https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/12/apple-versus-android-debate-is-basically-dead-for-teenagers/ Mon, 12 Apr 2021 13:44:29 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569742 [imagesource: Thinkstock / Computerworld]

It’s a tale as old as time.

Well, not really, because the first iPhone came out in 2007, but the Apple versus Android debate continues to rage on.

Except if you’re a teenager in the US, with a new survey showing that there is a clear and decisive winner. ‘Taking Stock With Teens’ is a semi-annual report produced by Piper Sandler, which has been running for more than two decades.

The survey was carried out on more than 7 000 teens, with an average age of 16, and 88% of the respondents said they owned an iPhone.

In addition to that, 90% of respondents said they expected an iPhone to be their next phone. As Screen Rant points out, these numbers are very, very good for Apple.

The same report, 10 years ago, showed that just 17% of US teens owned an iPhone, and 37% intended to purchase one in the six months that followed:

Not only does it show absolute dominance for the age category in its home market, but it suggests hugely strong future promise within Generation Z too. Something drastic would have to happen in the midterm for Apple to lose its stranglehold on this market segment.

For Google’s Android platform and, indeed, Android smartphone manufacturers, the picture is obviously less rosy. Having only 10 percent of the market in what is essentially a two-horse race is one thing, but having that shared among manufacturers — themselves competing against each other — is quite another.

Here’s something you won’t hear every day – I think the teens are on the money here.

Once you own an iPhone, it’s a helluva thing to switch back to anything else, and why would you?

Apple has an entire ecosystem of sorts, whereas the Android platform “is at an inherent disadvantage in not being able to control the overall brand in the same way — or, for that matter, to shape the ecosystem entirely to the functional preferences of one or the other”.

Oh, your devices don’t seamlessly interact with one another without any hassle for the user? Shem.

South African ownership stats will obviously differ greatly from those in the US, in general, and amongst teens, with some arguing that it’s a cost thing, rather than preference.

There are ways to ensure you reduce what you have to fork out for your latest Apple accessory.

Digicape, South Africa’s largest independent Apple retailer, offers unrivalled product knowledge and range, with a ‘Virtual Shopping Assistant‘ on hand to guide you through any potential purchases.

If you’re not giving your old device to your teen, Digicape also allows you to trade in up to five old devices (iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, or Apple TV products all qualify) to score store credit and discounts.

It’s one thing to wear dad jeans and crack lame jokes, but with tech, you have to draw the line somewhere.

[source:screenrant]

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How To Tell The Time On Louis Vuitton’s New R7m ‘Skull Watch’ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/12/how-to-tell-the-time-on-louis-vuittons-new-r7m-skull-watch/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/12/how-to-tell-the-time-on-louis-vuittons-new-r7m-skull-watch/#respond Mon, 12 Apr 2021 13:20:53 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569739 [imagesource: Louis Vuitton]

Feeling goth? Feeling fancy? Wanna make the skill of time management on your CV genuinely impressive?

Louis Vuitton has just the watch for you.

And we’re not talking rip-off of Louis Vuitton products from South African politicians, either, because this watch is the real deal.

Introducing Louis Vuitton’s most excessive flagship watch for 2021, and it’s a mouthful – the Tambour Carpe Diem Automaton Minute Repeater.

Challenge: see how many seconds that takes you to repeat three times over.

At least watching the seconds go by while you say that will be easy compared to telling the time if you actually had the watch.

Image: SJX

Here’s a description by SJX:

The Carpe Diem is a minute repeater with a quadruple jacquemart – it incorporates four automata – along with a jumping hour and retrograde minutes display.

Jeez, who knew that telling time could be so wordy?

SJX breaks it down:

The head of the snake pivots to reveal the hours in the skull’s forehead, and its tail simultaneously swings to point to the minutes on a retrograde scale at eight o’clock.

And a pivoted lattice slides into view in the left eye of the skull, transforming the emblem within from one component of the Louis Vuitton monogram into another: turning a rounded, four-petaled flower into a four-pointed star. And at the same time, the jaw of the skull lowers to reveal “Carpe Diem” between the two rows of enamelled teeth.

You don’t just get a fancy watch folks, you also get a riddle.

At the steep price of $475 000 (around R7 million) you better be getting more than that, though.

It is very aesthetic at least, with the engraving done by Dick Steenman of Art&D in Geneva, and the enamelling done by Anita Porchet, who is perhaps the most famous enameller in watchmaking.

There’s also a perfectly cut diamond, some ruby, rose gold, leather, and 426 components.

Image: SJX

The bridges at the back of the watch have been cleverly reshaped to form a skull, with the eyes revealing jewel bearings and the mouth of the skull the balance wheel.

The inner workings are just as complicated and intricate, but I won’t get into it here.

If you want to know more about that, visit SJX.

[source:sjx]

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We Want: The Electric Mercedes-Benz Coming Out Next Year [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/12/we-want-the-electric-mercedes-benz-coming-out-next-year-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/12/we-want-the-electric-mercedes-benz-coming-out-next-year-video/#respond Mon, 12 Apr 2021 12:35:05 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569765 [imagesource:here]

We want a screen party in an electric car, we want six infotainment screens inside the car, and a pillar to pillar Hyperscreen that makes up the entirety of the dashboard.

We want the highest range and biggest battery on the road, the most features, all of the haptic capabilities possible, a Mercedes version of Siri for a voice-controlled user experience, augmented reality that projects 3D maps onto the front window, music streaming services, more than one option for ambient lighting, automatic doors, the softest headrests…

It’s the stunning and superfluous Mercedes-Benz EQS, which is perhaps the classiest electric car in the S-class.

Mercedes has lagged behind other automakers in the release of luxury electric cars but finally, they’ve brought in the EQS, which will be officially launched next year.

Here are more of the technical specs via The Verge:

  • The EQS will sprint zero to 60 mph in a little over four seconds and will be top speed-limited to 130 mph.
  • It will come in two battery sizes: 90kWh and 107.8kWh. By way of comparison, the most powerful Tesla, the long-range Model S, has a 100kWh battery.
  • The 107.8kWh battery has an estimated range of up to 770 km (478.5 miles) based on the generous WLTP standard. (The EPA rated range will definitely be lower.)
  • The 400-volt architecture is liquid-cooled through special cavities cast into the aluminum battery housing that automatically preheats or cools as needed to speed charging. This could be very useful in priming the battery before it charges, especially in winter temperatures.
  • When plugged into a 200kWh fast charger, the EQS’s battery will add about 300 kilometers (186 miles) in 15 minutes. That’s faster than most of Mercedes’ competitors.
  • It will be eligible for the Plug and Charge system, a technological concept initially introduced by ISO 15118, the international standard for charging EVs. That means the EQS will be compatible with about 90 percent of the public charging stations in the US without the need to download an app or sign up for an individual charging service.
  • In electric vehicles, better aerodynamics equal improved range — so the bodywork is ultra-low drag. Mercedes claims the 0.20 drag coefficient as the best in the world.
  • It will come in rear-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations.
  • The single-motor configuration will get 329 horsepower with rear-wheel drive, while the dual-motor/all-wheel drive trim level will get 516 horsepower.

But really the Hyperscreen as they call it, is the main star – smart and massive:

The operating system uses artificial intelligence to learn which features you use the most, then surfaces those features as individual widgets on the main screen. Ideally, you don’t have to rummage through too many sub-menus to find what you want.

The company claims drivers can find “90 percent” of what they’re looking for on the first layer of the screen without having to scroll through menus or use the voice assistant.

You can even choose between four driving modes depending on where your mood wants to take you: Eco, Comfort, Sport, and Individual.

Stopping is also novel with the regenerative braking feature, which Mercedes calls “intelligent recuperation”:

That means you press the acceleration pedal to accelerate or cruise and release the pedal to brake. When the pedal is released, the regenerative braking kicks in, supplying some power back into the battery.

The level of regenerative braking, as well as the weight and feel of the one-pedal system, can be adjusted using the plus or minus paddles behind the steering wheel.

To put the cherry on top, it is also aesthetically impressive, with the Mercedes logo patterned across the shell, like sparkling stars, bejewelled water, or crisscrossing jets.

Andrew J. Hawkins was lucky enough to take the car for a spin before it officially launched and had a lot to say about it, weighing up the best and worst features with other cars of its kind, all of which you can read in The Verge.

You can also watch the video of him driving it here:

He writes:

 To paraphrase the good doctor Ian Malcolm, Mercedes’ engineers were so preoccupied with whether they could add a shimmering water effect to the bodies of water in the EQS’s 3D map that they didn’t stop to think if they should.

What are the richest people who are only getting richer meant to drive, if it’s not a car with too much?

We can only say we want it…

[source:theverge]

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You Cannot Change iPhone’s Nine-Minute Snooze Duration, But You Can Do This https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/12/you-cannot-change-iphones-nine-minute-snooze-duration-but-you-can-do-this/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/12/you-cannot-change-iphones-nine-minute-snooze-duration-but-you-can-do-this/#respond Mon, 12 Apr 2021 11:40:38 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569680 [imagesource:here]

Today’s smartphones are powerful computers we carry around in our pockets.

The list of impressive iPhone features is far too long to list, but I have always been stumped by one glaring omission. How, in the year 2021, can you still not adjust the length of time of the ‘snooze’ feature on the alarm?

I mean, even those old-school Nokias, which doubled as self-defence weapons in time of need, allowed you to tinker with the length of a snooze.

Ideally, I would be looking at a seven-minute snooze duration (that’s my personal preference, honed over years of trying to put off waking up to face the world), but you have your own choices to make, and you should be allowed to exercise them.

The added bonus of a seven-minute snooze is you can activate it twice, and your snoozing still comes in at under 15 minutes.

Someone at Mashable is similarly frustrated, and decided to look into why we are having nine minutes thrust upon us:

The main theory behind why the snooze period was set to nine minutes is a technical one. The snooze function had to be worked in around the existing gearing of a small alarm clock, and keeping the time period as high as it could go while remaining in single digits is said to have presented a more logical technical solution.

The secondary reason, which may be due more to user experience, is that nine minutes is a satisfactory time for a brief rest. If you get past the 10-minute mark, your body may start to fall into a deep sleep, making waking up again more unpleasant.

I care not for either of these excuses.

The most obvious and simple workaround, without having to download anything or tinker too much, is to set multiple alarms.

Set one for 6:45AM, for example, and then another for 6:52AM.

Importantly, make sure you deactivate the snooze option on the alarms:

Image: Mashable / Amy-Mae Turner

The second option is to use a song with the duration of your preferred snooze time as your alarm.

Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is just under six minutes, but if you would prefer to snooze a little longer, you could go for something like Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Free Bird’ (just over 10 minutes) or Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Voodoo Child’ (15 minutes).

Those are the lengths of the official songs downloaded from iTunes.

Once you have your song sorted, here’s what comes next:

…go into your Clock app and tap edit, then tap on the alarm you want to change from a tone to music.

Halfway down the screen, you’ll see the option to change the alarm’s “Sound.” Tap this. In the next screen, tap the “Pick a song” option.

Your iPhone will now bring up all your music options. Simply tap through to find and select the song you want to wake to.

The idea here is that when the song finishes playing, you’ll know it’s time to rise.

I think this is a risky approach, and there’s also the fact that you’ll grow to resent whichever song you have chosen with a deep passion.

Finally, you could always download another alarm app, many of which are free.

Alarm Clock‘ is one of those, and under ‘Snooze Interval’, you can pick the exact length of time you desire.

Once you’re up, remember to carpe diem and all that, too.

[source:mashable]

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The Queen Probably Won’t Abdicate, Because God https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/12/the-queen-probably-wont-abdicate-because-god/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/12/the-queen-probably-wont-abdicate-because-god/#respond Mon, 12 Apr 2021 09:06:06 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569693 [imagesource: Chris Jackson/Getty Images]

Ready yourself for weeks and weeks of wall-to-wall coverage about the Royal Family.

Then again, in the wake of Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview, that sort of coverage is something we have begrudgingly grown used to.

Anyway, I’ll pretend to care about this outdated institution long enough to get the basics down, regarding why ‘royal observers’ say Queen Elizabeth II won’t be stepping down from her duties.

In the wake of Prince Philip’s death, there has been much speculation on this front, as the Queen is known to have leaned heavily on her husband for support in troubling times.

According to Joe Little, the managing editor of Majesty Magazine, who spoke with The Guardian, Elizabeth II will soldier on:

“There has already been the handover of certain responsibilities, not least to the Prince of Wales in the last few years, and clearly that will continue. But as monarch, she will continue as long as she is physically and mentally able to do so.

“I think it is in her DNA. It also it goes back not only to her speech in 1947 in South Africa but more specifically to the oath she took at the time of the coronation. She is a committed Christian. That’s the contract she made with God, and I think something she feels can’t be broken. It’s just how she is.”

In that 1947 speech, delivered on her 21st birthday, the then Princess Elizabeth dedicated her life to the service of the Commonwealth:

In her coronation speech (watch that here), delivered on June 2, 1953, she repeatedly mentioned God.

These quotes from the Royal UK’s website:

“I have behind me not only the splendid traditions and the annals of more than a thousand years but the living strength and majesty of the Commonwealth and Empire; of societies old and new; of lands and races different in history and origins but all, by God’s Will, united in spirit and in aim.

Therefore I am sure that this, my Coronation, is not the symbol of a power and a splendour that are gone but a declaration of our hopes for the future, and for the years I may, by God’s Grace and Mercy, be given to reign and serve you as your Queen.”

Royal historian Hugo Vickers concurs with Little:

 “One main reason why the Queen will absolutely not abdicate is unlike other European monarchs, she is an anointed Queen,” Vickers told the Guardian, referring to the pact she made with God during her coronation.

“And if you are an anointed Queen you do not abdicate.”

Whatever happens next, let’s just be glad that Prince Andrew won’t be anywhere near the throne.

I see he’s being quoted at length by the likes of The Daily Mail, paying glowing tribute to his late father, yet there is almost no mention of the extensive allegations of rape and sexual assault of minors made against him.

The same media outlets still find time to bash Harry and Meghan, though – makes you think, right?

[sources:guardian&royaluk]

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Will.I.Am’s Face Mask Is A Little Over The Top [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/12/will-i-ams-face-mask-is-a-little-over-the-top-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/12/will-i-ams-face-mask-is-a-little-over-the-top-video/#respond Mon, 12 Apr 2021 08:32:41 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569669 [imagesource: Honeywell]

I feel like masks are here to stay, so we might as well make them fashhh… technologically ripped!

Here to make you look apocalypse-ready, Will.i.am has combined talents and aesthetic visions with US-based company Honeywell to create a face mask called the Xupermask.

For extreme face mask wearers only.

The rapper and entrepreneur spoke to CNBC about the mask, saying that it combines protection, design, and usability into one product, and he believes the mask will be as valuable to consumers these days as a pair of Air Jordan shoes is to sneakerheads.

“We’ve long past looked at shoes as protective gear, but they’re just cultural items that we go out and buy,” Will.i.am told CNBC’s Jim Cramer in a “Mad Money” interview.

“The mask should have the same type of attention to detail, love and care to where you’re not compromising aesthetics for keeping yourself and other people safe.”

The Xupermask goes on sale this coming Wednesday and will retail for $299 (around R4 400).

This price is worth it, asserts Will.i.am, as the protective technology is not only functional but also hella fashionable.

The mask has a sizable list of techy features: LED lights, three-speed fans for breathability, and noise-cancelling headphones, all while aiming to be as comfortable as possible.

Wannabe superheroes (sorry, I mean Xuperheroes) will be excited to know that the “futuristic sci-fi film” look is kudos to the designer, Jose Fernandez, who is behind the mask designs for Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Tron.

You can breathe easy as John Waldron, who is the CEO of Honeywell’s safety and productivity solutions, has supplied the HEPA filters:

“This particular Xupermask has a very unique patented filter design, which we’re very proud of that brings, you know, top-notch filtration without sacrificing usability or fashion,” he said.

“I think we tried to blend the best of both worlds.”

Here’s a video running through the various features:

Will.i.am bets people will be wearing masks long after the pandemic, so this mask could be an investment:

“I think people will continue to wear masks and [if] masks like the Xupermask have other functionality, I think you’re going to [be] giving people an option,” Will.i.am said.

I mean I saw people (not in Asia where it was already a daily feature) wearing medical masks for fashion way before the pandemic hit, so it seems Will.i.am is onto something here.

Perhaps he even understood the need for this kind of wearable tech back in 2003 when the timeless Black Eyed Peas song ‘Where Is The Love?’ was released, singing the very applicable line “Chemical gasses [are] fillin’ lungs of little ones”.

A true visionary.

[source:cnbc]

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KZN Ambulance Road Rage As Patients Attacked [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/12/kzn-ambulance-road-rage-as-patients-attacked-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/12/kzn-ambulance-road-rage-as-patients-attacked-video/#respond Mon, 12 Apr 2021 07:45:58 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569659 [imagesource: Twitter / @crimeairnetwork]

As a nation, we clearly struggle to curb our anger on the roads.

For every road rage story we write, there are countless other headlines we see, but this incident coming out of the Durban suburb of Newlands West from last Wednesday afternoon is particularly ugly.

TimesLIVE reports that there were three cars involved in the accident, one of which was an ambulance, with injured patients dragged from the vehicle and assaulted.

Advanced life support paramedic Garrith Jamieson said paramedics arrived on the scene at around 1:45PM:

“They were assisting one of the parties involved in the accident when another party became violent and hostile. They started assaulting the paramedics and pulling the patients who were involved in the accident out of the ambulance to assault them.

“Paramedics then called for police and private security officers to assist them. Metro police were already dispatched to the accident. VIP sent their Swat team to assist our medics. They arrived on the scene and calmed the situation.”

As far as road rage attacks go, this one is pretty abominable:

Jamieson said that three patients were taken to a nearby hospital, and treated for injuries related to the collision and the assault.

In addition, one of the paramedics was reported to have suffered minor injuries.

There is no word on whether criminal charges have been laid by any of the parties involved.

[source:timeslive]

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Prince Charles Gave A Short Speech About Prince Philip On Saturday [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/12/prince-charles-gave-a-short-speech-about-prince-philip-on-saturday-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/12/prince-charles-gave-a-short-speech-about-prince-philip-on-saturday-video/#respond Mon, 12 Apr 2021 07:06:50 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569643 [imagesource: Justin Tallis – WPA Pool/Getty Images]

On Friday, Prince Philip passed away, just two months shy of his 100th birthday.

His son, and heir to the throne, Prince Charles gave a short speech on Saturday to thank the public for all of their support and sincere condolences.

Prince Charles visited his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, at Windsor Castle on Friday shortly after the death of his “dear papa”.

The family missed him “enormously”, said Charles in his short speech outside his home, Highgrove House.

Here’s more from NBC News:

Thanking those who “share our loss and our sorrow,” he [Prince Charles] said, “My dear papa was a very special person, who I think, above all else, would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him, and from that point of view, we are, my family, deeply grateful.”

Royal commentator, Camilla Tominey, mentioned how the children of the Queen need to be particularly present during this sad time;

“We can’t underestimate the profound emotional effect this will have on the queen. She has been married to Prince Phillip for 73 years, and he’s been the constant fixture in her stalwart reign,” Tominey said.

There’s also news of the funeral plans, which will take place on April 17 at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, and will be scaled-back and low-key according to COVID-19 restrictions and Prince Charles’ wishes.

Tominey says Philip would have been “secretly delighted” at the scaled-down funeral plans:

“At the end of the day in life, he was somebody who didn’t want a fuss to be made, and he would be the same in death,” she said, adding that Charles would likely undertake more royal engagements following his father’s death.

Here’s the full speech by Prince Charle about his “dear papa”:

After the list of bombshells from Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah, only Harry is expected to attend the funeral, while his pregnant wife will stay at home, Buckingham Palace said.

[source:nbcnews]

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The Moment ‘My Octopus Teacher’ Won A BAFTA (Plus Full Winners List) [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/12/the-moment-my-octopus-teacher-won-a-bafta-plus-full-winners-list-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/12/the-moment-my-octopus-teacher-won-a-bafta-plus-full-winners-list-video/#respond Mon, 12 Apr 2021 06:30:50 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569644 [imagesource: YouTube / BAFTA]

Usually, I wouldn’t be too fussed about who won what at the BAFTAs, but this year we had a hometown favourite to root for.

My Octopus Teacher, which is also in the running for an Oscar, was one of five films nominated in the Documentary category, and judging by the reaction above, the team didn’t think they were going to claim the top prize.

But they did, and it was a special moment to witness the unbridled joy that followed the moment they heard the BAFTA was theirs.

Director Pippa Ehrlich was front and centre, with James Reed currently in Uganda.

Here’s an emotional team reacting to the great news. Skip ahead to the 20-second mark to jump right in:

My Octopus Teacher triumphed over Collective, David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet, The Dissident, and The Social Dilemma.

Imagine making a documentary that beats out David Attenborough? Stoked.

Later on in the evening, having had a chance to let it somewhat sink in, Ehrlich spoke again about what making the doccie meant to all of those involved:

Right, let’s get the rest of the winners sorted.

Via NME, here are the headline categories and winners:

Best Film

The Father
The Mauritanian
Nomadland – winner
Promising Young Woman
The Trial Of The Chicago 7

Outstanding British Film

Calm With Horses
The Dig
The Father
His House
Limbo
The Mauritanian
Mogul Mowgli
Promising Young Woman – winner
Rocks
Saint Maud

Leading Actress

Bukky Bakray (Rocks)
Radha Blank (The 40-Year-Old Version)
Vanessa Kirby (Pieces Of A Woman)
Frances McDormand (Nomadland) – winner
Wunmi Mosaku (His House)
Alfre Woodard (Clemency)

Leading Actor

Riz Ahmed (Sound Of Metal)
Anthony Hopkins (The Father) – winner
Adarsh Gourav (The White Tiger)
Mads Mikkelsen (Another Round)
Tahar Rahim (The Mauritanian)
Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)

Supporting Actress

Niamh Algar (Calm With Horses)
Kosar Ali (Rocks)
Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm)
Dominique Fishback (Judas And The Black Messiah)
Ashley Madekwe (County Lines)
Yuh-Jung Youn (Minari) – winner

Supporting Actor

Daniel Kaluuya (Judas And The Black Messiah) – winner
Barry Keoghan (Calm With Horses)
Alan Kim (Minari)
Leslie Odom Jr. (One Night In Miami…)
Clarke Peters (Da 5 Bloods)
Paul Raci (Sound Of Metal)

Director

Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round)
Shannon Murphy (Babyteeth)
Lee Isaac Chung (Minari)
Chloé Zhao (Nomadland) – winner
Jasmila Žbanić (Quo Vadis, Aida?)
Sarah Gavron (Rocks)

Animated Film

Onward
Soul – winner
Wolfwalkers

That’s the big ones out of the way, and you can see the full list of winners here.

Attention now turns towards the Oscars, which take place on Sunday, April 25 (or early Monday morning here in South Africa).

My Octopus Teacher is one of five nominees for Best Documentary Feature, and I’d say it’s worth preparing a victory speech, because you just never know…

[source:nme]

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Monday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/12/monday-morning-spice-500/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/12/monday-morning-spice-500/#respond Mon, 12 Apr 2021 05:19:26 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569623 Harry ‘Back In The UK’ Ahead Of Duke Of Edinburgh’s Funeral On Saturday – Harry is believed to have immediately gone into quarantine – but COVID rules allow him to leave isolation early for the funeral. [sky]

Nigel Farage Slams Prince Harry And Meghan Markle – For showing ‘contempt’ for Prince Philip with ‘one-sentence statement’ on his death and says British public ‘will not welcome them back’ even for the funeral. [dm]

Prince Philip: What Are The Plans For His Funeral? – Funeral preparations are under way for Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, who died on Friday aged 99. [bbc]

Nasa Preparing To Attempt First Controlled Flight On Another World – The Ingenuity helicopter, which arrived on the red planet in February, is expected to take to the skies on Wednesday. [guardian] Is that a world first?

People Who Got The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Say They Have More Side Effects – Especially after the second dose. [verge]

Stepson Accused Of Killing Hotelier Richard Sutton ‘Visited Dad’s Grave Before Attack’ – Thomas Schreiber was reportedly seen at his own dad’s grave where fresh daffodils had been laid hours before the millionaire hotelier died in his Dorset mansion. [sun]

China Hits Alibaba With Record $2.8 Billion Fine For Behaving Like A Monopoly – China has ordered Alibaba to pay a record fine of 18.2 billion yuan ($2.8 billion) after antitrust regulators concluded that the online shopping giant had been behaving like a monopoly. [cnn]

Stop Believing Your Lying Eyes: Deepfakes Are Coming, And They Might Reshape SA’s Politics – We may soon no longer be able to believe our eyes and ears and will have to disregard anything that is not a live transmission. [mav]

Hlophe Found Guilty Of Gross Misconduct For Trying To Sway Two ConCourt Justices In Zuma Case – Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe has been found guilty of gross misconduct for trying to sway two Constitutional Court justices to rule in favour of then ANC President Jacob Zuma. [n24]

NASA Shares Breathtaking Image Of Blue Dunes On Mars – On Thursday, NASA released a stunning photo of a sea of dunes on Mars. [busins]

Husband Walks In On Wife Being Allegedly Sexually Assaulted At Sydney Aged Care Home – José says he hasn’t been able to sleep since alleged assault, which was described as ‘cuddling’ in incident report. [guardian]

Coastal Vs Inland Home Prices, And Other Property Trends In South Africa Right Now – Data analytics group Lightstone has published its latest data on South Africa’s property market, highlighting the state of the country’s housing market and the cost of buying a home. [btech]

The Masters – Hideki Matsuyama survives late mistakes to win first men’s major for Japan. [sky]

More Than A Million Clubhouse Users Had Their Account Info Leaked Online – Large-scale data leaks have become almost a rite of passage for new social networks. If Clubhouse wasn’t part of the, erm, club before, it is now. [mash]

Riding The World’s Most Luxurious Train With The Visionary Designer Who Built It [Video] – While Japan’s bullet trains may be famed for their speed, there is a train in Japan that has garnered a more exclusive reputation. Demand is often so high for a trip on this luxury sleeper train — and space so limited — that prospective passengers often have to enter a lottery for tickets. [cnn]

Five Reasons To Upgrade Your Home Fibre Speed – Life’s too short to spend time waiting for things to buffer, but when you have multiple devices connected and they’re all hard at work, Fibre speed can be an issue. [here]

Everything We Learned About Age Of Empires IV’s New Civilizations, Campaigns, And Wololos [Video] – We haven’t heard much about Age of Empires IV since it was announced in 2017, but we’ve finally been given a look at the game, which includes the Mongols and Delhi Sultanate as playable civilizations. [verge]

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Schedules Departure From Fourth Of July Weekend; ‘Mission: Impossible 7’ Sets Memorial Day 2022 Launch – Maverick is leaving its July 2 weekend for November 19, taking over the release date where Paramount/Skydance’s other Tom Cruise sequel Mission: Impossible 7 resides. Meanwhile, Mission: Impossible 7 will now open on May 27, 2022. [deadline]

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Prince Philip Has Died https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/09/prince-philip-has-died/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/09/prince-philip-has-died/#respond Fri, 09 Apr 2021 13:55:44 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569608 [imagesource: Samir Hussein / Getty]

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has died at the age of 99.

He was admitted to London’s King Edward VII hospital on February 16, where he stayed for 13 nights before being transferred to St Bartholomew’s, a cardiac specialist NHS centre.

On March 16, he was released from hospital, with sources saying he was in “good spirits”.

Buckingham Palace has confirmed the Duke’s passing, via an official statement.

Sky News reports:

A statement from Buckingham Palace said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”

Here’s that release on Twitter:

Prince Philip, born on the island of Corfu in 1921, was married to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years and became the longest-serving consort in British history.

No official details have been released yet about the Duke’s funeral, but it is understood he will be given a royal ceremonial funeral rather than a state funeral, in line with his wishes.

The Queen will sign off the final plans in the coming days.

You can follow updates here.

[source:sky]

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All Is Not Lost If You Miss Out On Chenin In The Winelands https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/09/all-is-not-lost-if-you-miss-out-on-chenin-in-the-winelands/ Fri, 09 Apr 2021 13:44:24 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569574 [imagesource: Facebook / Chenin Blanc Association]

It’s less than 24 hours to go until Chenin in the Winelands, a picnic hosted on the lawns of Stellenbosch’s Spier wine estate, kicks into gear.

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 10, from 11AM (it’s midday somewhere in the world) through to 4PM, you can enjoy a selection of South Africa’s finest Chenin Blancs.

The open-air event is capped at 200 guests, with designated COVID-comfortable pods on the lawns.

There are only double tickets available, which start from R750, and they’re selling out rapidly, so head here if you want to snap one up before it’s too late.

Ticket holders receive a picnic basket for two, which includes a selection of tasty foods, a mystery bottle of Chenin Blanc, two glasses, and two hand-beaded glass holders.

All in all, there will be more than 60 Chenins and Chenin-based blends to try out, with live music from the Bottomless Coffee band to add to the ambience.

For those who can’t make it, fear not, because missing out tomorrow doesn’t mean you can’t taste the finest Chenins the country has to offer.

Anthonij Rupert Wyne, one of the participating producers, is showing off their Protea wines and Cape Of Good Hope wines, Riebeeksrivier and Van Lill & Visser Chenin Blancs at the event.

However, they also run numerous tastings on two historic farms Franschhoek farms, L’Ormarins and Anthonij Rupert Estate.

All in all, the Estate houses two tasting rooms, four state-of-the-art cellars, a lovingly tended rose garden, vineyards, the Franschhoek Motor Museum, and the Drakenstein Stud Farm.

But we came here to talk Chenin, so let’s have a gander at the two Cape of Good Hope wines, starting with the 2019 Van Lill & Visser Chenin Blanc.

According to the tasting notes, this gem has “enticing stone fruit aromas – nectarine and peach with a tinge of honeyed almonds”, whilst the “bright and vivid acid lifts the broad palate and keeps it fresh and vibrant, adding a pithy lemon zest nuance”.

Any wine description that contains the word ‘pithy’ is good in my books.

This beautifully balanced and rich Chenin goes for R355 a pop on the Rupert Wine online shop.

If that’s a little too dear for your tastebuds, the 2019 Riebeeksrivier Chenin retails for R150, and promises “dried stone fruit, yellow apple and ripe mango on the nose, with subtle hints of vanilla and wild flowers”.

You can hit the description out of the park if you add it has a “well-rounded and creamy mouthfeel”.

Visitors to the Estate, or the online shop, can also enjoy the Protea Chenin Blanc at R75 a bottle, featuring crispy apple, pear, and nectarine flavours.

Just watch out for the succulent flavours of white peach and kiwi fruit, which are “vying for dominance”.

Classic kiwi fruit, really. Never happy to take a backseat.

In addition to regular tastings, the Estate also offers brekkie and lunch at the Terra del Capo Tasting Room, to help you wash it all down.

See, all hope is not lost if you don’t manage to make it to tomorrow’s Chenin in the Winelands picnic.

You can find out more about tomorrow via the event’s Facebook page.

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The Story Behind Will Ferrell’s Famous ‘More Cowbell’ Sketch [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/09/the-story-behind-will-ferrells-famous-more-cowbell-sketch-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/09/the-story-behind-will-ferrells-famous-more-cowbell-sketch-video/#respond Fri, 09 Apr 2021 13:33:22 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569435 [imagesource: NBC / Getty Images]

More cowbell!

If you know, you know.

21 years ago yesterday, one of the most iconic Saturday Night Live sketches of all time aired.

Will Ferrell is undoubtedly the star of the show, but Christopher Walken deserves a pat on the back, and so too do the other cast members who somehow manage to hold it together without breaking character.

It’s clearly a struggle for Jimmy Fallon, who plays the drummer, and comes perilously close to what the kids today might dub a ‘LOL’.

Before we dive in, consider how the sketch came to be, with Ferrell telling Rolling Stone this back in 2017:

Every time I heard “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” by Blue Öyster Cult, I would hear the faint cowbell in the background and wonder, “What is that guy’s life like?”

To the less-observant eye, the sketch was an excuse to let my belly hang out and wear tight Seventies clothing. But it really was about the exuberance of a guy who was given the green light to really express his art.

To add another layer to the mystique, the band is rumoured to have seen the sketch and commented that Ferrell had hit the nail on the head, “because the guy who played the cowbell was a little bit like that. This guy really wanted to be heard.”

You won’t find the full sketch on YouTube, but thankfully Gethin Jones (we assume he’s Welsh) uploaded it to Vimeo:

Comedy magic.

As for Ferrell’s awfully fitted shirt, there’s a story behind that, too:

‘Don’t Fear the Reaper’ was released back in 1976, and although it’s tough to believe, cowbell was a last-second decision.

Blue Öyster Cult drummer Albert Bouchard is quoted by Ultimate Classic Rock explaining why:

“We had put a whole bunch of overdubs on the song, and one of them was Randy Brecker — he put a flugelhorn part on it, or a trumpet or something, in the middle part. We didn’t like it so I said ‘Hey, I want to do a triangle in that part. That’s what I want — I really hear a triangle in my head.”

According to Bouchard, it was composer and jingle creator David Lucas who made the fateful call to add a cowbell instead of a triangle.

“‘I just want to hear that sound,'” Bouchard recalled Lucas insisting. “I said ‘Okay,’ so I play it, and I’m like ‘Yeah, it’s not working,’ and he’s like ‘Oh, well, put some tape around it,’ so I put some tape around it. I used, like, a timpani mallet, and everybody’s like ‘Yes, that’s it!’

So it’s funny that [Ferrell] even noticed it, because it was mixed very low. You don’t even really notice it in the track.”

Now, thanks to Ferrell, it’s impossible not to.

Happy Friday – remember to respect the cowbell:

[sources:rollingstone&ucr]

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Five Reasons To Upgrade Your Home Fibre Speed https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/09/five-reasons-to-upgrade-your-home-fibre-speed/ Fri, 09 Apr 2021 13:25:05 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569544 [imagesource: Curveball Media]

Life’s too short to spend time waiting for things to buffer.

But you have a phone and a laptop, and so does your partner, and there’s an iPad for the kids, and a computer at the desk downstairs, and so the list goes on.

Plus, because data in this country costs an arm and a leg, you can excuse any visitors for asking the age-old question – what’s the WiFi password?

I recently upgraded my line speed at home, which also came with a new router, and it’s a real game-changer.

Contrary to what many think, it’s also not all that expensive, as RSAWEB points out. In some cases, depending on what package and Fibre Network Owner you are with, it can cost as little as R60 a month.

That’s less than the cost of that very pretentiously named craft beer you had the other day.

The relatively low cost is one of the five reasons RSAWEB has chosen to illustrate why you should upload, with these below the other four:

  • Work from home more effectively: With faster upload and download speeds, we can download important work files faster, upload and store assets to our company’s cloud environment in seconds, and even ensure that video calls happen without a hitch and that the call quality is in high definition. 
  • Easily fulfil your children’s online learning and homeschooling needs: Just like how we need faster internet to work better from our new home offices, our children need it to keep up with their studies. With faster internet speeds they can easily submit homework assignments without slow upload issues getting in their way, as well as partake in crystal-clear Zoom lectures without missing a single word because of video lag.
  • Stream our favourite music and TV shows without any issues: With faster internet and an upgraded online experience, we can stream our favourite shows online without any stuttering or buffering. 
  • Game online without lag: Gamers, with faster Fibre speeds you can game to the best of your ability – without any lag, high ping spikes or frustrating rubberbanding issues. Also, now you can eradicate the excuses every time you get ganked bot or sent to the gulag – because once you upgrade your speeds it won’t be lags fault anymore! 

I won’t pretend to know what ‘ganked bot’ means, but more power to you, gamers.

For existing RSAWEB customers, upgrading Fibre speeds is as simple as emailing projects.ftth@rsaweb.net.

If you’re not yet on board, and are keen to kiss those buffering days goodbye, RSAWEB is currently running a number of promotions, based on which Fibre network operator is available in your area.

Just head here and pop in your address, and you can choose from what’s on offer.

[source:rsaweb]

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What A Self-Sufficient City On Mars For 250 000 People Could Look Like [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/09/what-a-self-sufficient-city-on-mars-for-250-000-people-could-look-like-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/09/what-a-self-sufficient-city-on-mars-for-250-000-people-could-look-like-video/#respond Fri, 09 Apr 2021 13:00:46 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569530 [imagesource: Dezeen]

There’s this architecture studio, Abiboo, with headquarters in Spain, the USA, and India, that has designed the concept for a future city on Mars.

They are calling it Nüwa and have designed it to house as many as 250 000 people.

I still can’t decide if I would like to be one of them. Do we really have to do colonisation again? Really? Then again, if Earth becomes unlivable, what’s a human to do?

The studio explained everything about the city to Dezeen, saying that the materials used for construction will come from the Red Planet itself, and be used to create a vertically embedded, cliffside system of tunnels and pods that extend inside a mountain.

The founder of Abiboo, Alfredo Munoz, believes Mars is a much more fitting place to settle compared to the moon:

“Permanent habitats on the Moon that are self-sufficient would be challenging, including the lack of water and critical minerals,” he told Dezeen.

“On the other hand, Mars offers the right resources to create a fully sustainable settlement.”

Image: Dezeen

Developed with scientific group SONet, they’ve thought about how humans will need to be protected from the sun’s radiation while simultaneously needing its light.

That’s why it will be built vertically into a cliff instead of underground or with massive enclosures.

Food can grow on the top of the cliff. Image: Dezeen

Nüwa will combine the benefits of previously proposed surface and tunnel dwellings, says Munoz:

“Some past solutions for habitats on Mars propose exciting buildings on the surface of the red planet,” he said.

“The challenge with these solutions is that to protect effectively and long-term from radiation, the buildings’ skin needs to be thick and opaque.”

“Alternative past solutions on Mars are underground, located inside lava tubes or craters,” he continued.

“Such building configurations might provide a more efficient and safe technical solution than those on the surface. However, access to light is essential for humans’ phycological well-being, and spending long-term underground might not be the ideal solution.”

Image: Dezeen

The biggest challenge will be manufacturing breathable air but otherwise, self-sufficiency is possible because hydroponic systems for making food and solar generation systems for making electricity already largely exist the studio believes.

Window pods on the cliff face. Image: Dezeen

Take a journey through the whole city in this video:

Elon Musk seems to think that the creation of a self-sufficient city on Mars can’t happen in this lifetime, but Alfredo Munoz disagrees:

“We estimate that by 2054 we could be able to start building a settlement like Nüwa,” Munoz said.

“However, this date is tentative as there are many critical paths associated with a city on Mars,” he continued.

“If the right resources are in place and some of the required technologies on Earth support the speedy implementation, Nüwa could be finished by 2100.”

Idealistic much?

[source:dezeen]

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Lovely Four-Bedroom Bishopscourt Village Home For R27k A Month https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/09/lovely-four-bedroom-bishopscourt-village-home-for-r27k-a-month/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/09/lovely-four-bedroom-bishopscourt-village-home-for-r27k-a-month/#respond Fri, 09 Apr 2021 12:30:11 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569520 [inagesource: Property24]

How do you know if somebody lives in Bishopscourt? They tell you within minutes.

Sort of like that school in Cape Town with a similar sounding name.

I suppose if you have forked out in order to call Bishopscourt home, you should enjoy the privileges that come with it.

Buying in the area might be out of your reach, but we did a little shopping around and found a four-bedroom house for rent in Bishopscourt Village, going for R27 000 a month.

Drop the ‘village’ part – too wordy – and you’re rolling with the big dogs.

Via the listing on Property24, your four-bed rental comes with three bathroom and two parking spots in a single garage, although it’s only available for short-term letting from June through to January.

There’s not a great deal of information in the write-up:

…spectacular views in lovely area with scenic walks to Liesbeeck River.

Open plan dining and living area with fireplace.

Covered patio overlooking easily managed garden, with sparkling pool and breathtaking mountain views.

Sunny main en suite bedroom faces the garden and mountain view.

Here’s our pick of the available images:

Ja, nee, hey.

Remember to tell everyone where you live, at your home, in Bishopscourt Village.

[source:property24]

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Trailer For Amy Adams, Gary Oldman Thriller ‘The Woman In The Window’ Is Awesome [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/09/trailer-for-amy-adams-gary-oldman-thriller-woman-in-the-window-is-awesome-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/09/trailer-for-amy-adams-gary-oldman-thriller-woman-in-the-window-is-awesome-video/#respond Fri, 09 Apr 2021 11:30:47 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569531 [imagesource:here]

We are all overly familiar with the mental challenges that staying at home creates (you know, because of the pandemic), but this situation takes on a whole new meaning in this Netflix thriller featuring Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, and Gary Oldman.

The Woman in the Window is a chilling mash-up of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window and Tate Taylor’s The Girl on the Train, featuring themes of psychological angst, peeping at your neighbours through a window, and women out of their minds.

Here’s a short synopsis from Vulture:

Adams plays the agoraphobic Anna Fox who believes she witnessed the murder of her new neighbor and friend, played by Julianne Moore.

She’s determined to find out the truth, even if that means pushing herself beyond the safety of her home.

Chaos and drama aren’t only in the movie it seems.

Daniel Mallory, who wrote The Woman in the Window under the pseudonym A.J. Finn, had spent years lying to colleagues in the publishing industry, before being exposed by a New Yorker article back in 2019.

The COVID-19 pandemic also added to the drama by pushing the May 2020 theatrical release to Netflix.

Here’s the trailer:

The Woman in the Window will be streamable on Netflix from May 14.

[source:vulture]

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Yes, I’ve Seen That Video Of The Lizard Climbing Shelves In 7-Eleven https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/09/yes-ive-seen-that-video-of-the-lizard-climbing-shelves-in-7-eleven/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/09/yes-ive-seen-that-video-of-the-lizard-climbing-shelves-in-7-eleven/#respond Fri, 09 Apr 2021 10:30:33 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569501 [imagesource:here]

Lizards are working hard out there. Some assist with mental illnesses, whilst others are in the business of entertainment.

A giant monitor lizard just went viral after it was filmed climbing the shelves of a 7-Eleven in Thailand.

NBC News reports that the recording was made by a person named Narumpa Tangsin in Nakhon Pathom, a town just outside Bangkok:

A store employee called the police who then brought reptile handlers to catch the Godzilla-esque creature.

The handlers dragged the lizard out of the store and lured it towards a nearby brush.

Asian water monitor lizards tend to be shy, but they can rip into you with sharp claws (and possibly venom) if they feel threatened and can’t escape.

Shoppers squeal in horror and delight as the lizard climbs the shelves… with unexpected ease for a giant lizard, I must say.

Without further ado, here’s the video:

It is not really known why the lizard decided a top shelf at a 7-Eleven was a good place to chill as they are more at home in the humidity of canals and ponds.

Hopefully, that is where it now resides, rather than wedged between goods at the local store.

[source:nbcnews]

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Elon Musk Releases Videos Of Monkey Playing ‘Pong’ With Just Its Mind https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/09/elon-musk-releases-videos-of-monkey-playing-pong-with-just-its-mind/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/09/elon-musk-releases-videos-of-monkey-playing-pong-with-just-its-mind/#respond Fri, 09 Apr 2021 09:20:02 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569503 [imagesource: YouTube / Neuralink]

Nothing to see here, folks, just a monkey playing a video game using only its mind.

That’s what Elon Musk and his company, Neuralink, are claiming, releasing a YouTube video simply titled ‘Monkey MindPong’.

The monkey in question is Pager, a nine-year-old macaque monkey that the video’s narrator says had a Neuralink implanted about six weeks before the video was shot.

Neuralink and Elon have in the past spoken about ‘hacking’ the human brain, and Elon has quipped about having a monkey with a wireless implant in their skull who can play video games using his mind, but this is the first footage we have seen.

Before we watch that footage, here’s The Verge:

[Pager] was first taught to play video games with a joystick for a banana smoothie reward, delivered through a metal straw. While he was doing this, the Neuralink device recorded information about which neurons were firing — learning, essentially, to predict hand movements by recording which regions fired.

After learning the patterns, the joystick Pager used to play was disconnected from the computer. The monkey appears to go on playing the game using only his mind — playing a game of Pong with no joystick whatsoever.

Take it away, Pager:

There’s also this, which comes with the description “Extended MindPong with neural activity overlay”:

Elon was clearly stoked when he tweeted out the footage:

So Bill Gates is accused of using the COVID-19 vaccine to implant microchips into our brain, but Elon pops an implant into a monkey’s brain and that’s all good?

I digress.

Neuralink’s claims are being met with some scepticism, as the video isn’t accompanied by peer-reviewed papers published in scientific journals, which could be checked by other scientists.

Still, it’s plausible, given what we have seen elsewhere:

 It’s believable that a monkey might play video games using a brain implant — after all, a paralyzed man has already used a robotic arm and a non-Neuralink brain implant to drink beer.

Following the video drop, Elon returned to his other hobby, tweeting memes:

[source:verge]

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Ja, So Khloe Kardashian Hit Back After THAT Photo With This Video https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/09/ja-so-khloe-kardashian-hit-back-after-that-photo-with-this-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/09/ja-so-khloe-kardashian-hit-back-after-that-photo-with-this-video/#respond Fri, 09 Apr 2021 08:45:47 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569466 [imagesource:Instagram/@khloekardashian]

So what’s new in policing women’s bodies today?

Well, Khloe Kardashian is yet again posting photos that throw into question what she actually looks like in real life.

While, sure, she is absolutely allowed to look any way she wants, and should not be criticised (or even pedestalled, for that matter) on that front, creating a controversy around your body and what you really look like can be confusing for everyone.

Since THAT photo of Khloe in an animal print bikini – that her grandma took of her and an assistant posted without permission – was removed from social media (mostly), she has posted another ‘unedited’ Instagram video and statement as a defence.

(If you really want to see that photo, head over to this Daily Mail story and you’ll find it there.)

Khloe says that the leaked photo was “beautiful” but she has the right to ask for it to be removed, reports Sky News:

“In truth, the pressure, constant ridicule and judgement my entire life to be perfect and to meet other’s standards of how I should look has been too much to bear,” Kardashian said.

“‘Khloe is the fat sister.’ ‘Khloe is the ugly sister.’ ‘Her dad must not be her real dad because she looks so different.’ ‘The only way she could have lost that weight must have been from surgery.’ Should I go on?”

Here is the full post on Instagram:

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Khloé Kardashian (@khloekardashian)

She also mentions that she is not looking for sympathy, just to be “acknowledged for being human”.

Kardashian added: “My body, my image and how I choose to look and what I want to share is my choice. It’s not for anyone to decide or judge what is acceptable or not anymore.”

I do agree that comments around somebody’s body should be done away with, but that should be for the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly.

I do wonder though if we stop talking about how we look, what will the Kardashian legacy be based on?

[source:skynews]

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Eastern Cape Locust Swarm Must Be Seen To Be Believed [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/09/eastern-cape-locust-swarm-must-be-seen-to-be-believed-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/09/eastern-cape-locust-swarm-must-be-seen-to-be-believed-video/#respond Fri, 09 Apr 2021 08:10:29 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569454 [imagesource: YouTube / One Land Love It]

You’re looking at locusts, and lots of them, but we’ll get to the videos shortly.

Last year, Kenya suffered its worst locust infestation in 70 years, with swarms numbering well into the billions decimating crops as they moved.

South Africa was not spared, either, with our biggest locust outbreak in more than a decade starting in the Eastern Cape in October, and spreading to the Free State, the Northern Cape, and the Western Cape.

Northern Cape farmers were still battling brown locusts as recently as two weeks ago, and now it’s the Eastern Cape that is under siege.

Business Insider SA reports that the swarms have been filmed moving “through the grasslands outside the Eastern Cape town of Graaff-Reinet” in “a seemingly unending mass of locusts darkening the sky”.

This footage was shared by Landbou.com, with Philip Kemp, a government contractor in charge of locust control in the Graaff-Reinet region, saying these are “the worst swarms I have ever encountered, and I’ve been involved in locust spraying for many years.”

Observe:

I wouldn’t say the swarm is “darkening the sky”, but I also think you need to see it for yourself in order to fully grasp the situation.

Another video, uploaded last week to YouTube account One Land Love It, shows another swarm, with the footage shot in the “drought-ravaged Karoo in the Eastern Cape”.

Skip ahead to the 2:40 mark if you’re pressed for time and look at the sheer numbers:

Sadly for farmers in the area, and across the country, things are set to get to worse in the coming weeks, according to Dr. Gerhard Verdoorn of CropLife SA, a non-profit agricultural industry association.

There is no quick or easy fix to this agricultural problem, although, in Kenya and other parts of East Africa, The Bug Picture uses community-based harvesting and processing of locusts for use as the protein input in animal feed and biofertiliser.

[source:businsidersa]

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Dead Man Unnoticed For Nine Years Due To Automatic Payments https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/09/dead-man-unnoticed-for-nine-years-due-to-automatic-payments/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/09/dead-man-unnoticed-for-nine-years-due-to-automatic-payments/#respond Fri, 09 Apr 2021 07:30:58 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569441 [imagesource: Getty]

The internet can be incredibly divisive, with very little in between.

People go left or they go right, they go extreme or they go impartial, they connect on deep levels or they go deathly quiet.

This was the case with the death of an elderly man in Oslo, Norway (pictured above), who lay in his flat for around nine years before being found last December.

This ‘special case’ is making everyone think about the role technology plays in keeping people connected.

State broadcaster NRK reported that the man, who was in his 60s, did have people in his life, having been married a few times with kids, but no one reported him missing.

He was found by a caretaker who needed to do maintenance.

According to the autopsy, he died of natural causes. It seems likely that he passed in 2011 based on an old milk carton and letters that were found in his apartment, police said.

The police are dumbfounded at how he lasted so long without detection.

The cold might have helped.

Here’s the BBC:

Oslo police inspector Grete Lien Metlid told NRK: “We have thought a lot about it, my colleagues and people who have worked with this for many years.

“This is a special case, and it makes us ask questions about how it could happen.”

Neighbours say he was a bit reclusive, not wanting to talk to people much.

“Based on the picture we have, it is obviously a person who has chosen to have little contact with others,” Ms Lien Metlid told NRK.

The inflow of his pension money stopped in 2018 when the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) couldn’t contact him anymore.

The money was obviously pooling nicely and because of all the automated payments set up, no authorities needed to chase him for outstanding bills.

“All his expenses were paid automatically from his bank account, everything was automatic,” said Prof Arne Krokan at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

“That’s something that would not have happened in the past. So if something strange happens, it’s possible nobody will notice.”

Sheesh.

Make sure you reach out to your loved ones, folks, especially the elderly and those who live alone.

[source:bbc]

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R10 Billion Should Do It: Latest On The ‘Please Call Me’ Vodacom Inventor Drama https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/09/r10-billion-should-do-it-latest-on-the-please-call-me-vodacom-inventor-drama/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/09/r10-billion-should-do-it-latest-on-the-please-call-me-vodacom-inventor-drama/#respond Fri, 09 Apr 2021 06:50:58 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569437 [imagesource: Simphiwe Nkwali]

The long, long, long-running saga of Vodacom versus the man who invented the network’s ‘Please Call Me’ concept rages on.

At various points, Nkosana Makate (sometimes referred to as Nkosana Kenneth Makate or just Kenneth Makate) has turned down offers from Vodacom, which ranged from R10 million through to R47 million.

Back in 2019, litigation funder Chris Schoeman, who met Makate in 2011 and helped fund legal efforts against Vodacom, says Makate has turned down close to R50 million because he is technically “bankrupt” and owes many people a lot of money.

The legal tussles started in 2008, years after the ‘Please Call Me’ concept was in use, and in 2016 it ended up in the Constitutional Court.

For the latest, here’s Fin24:

Vodacom says the R47 million its CEO offered “Please Call Me” inventor, Nkosana Makate, is already “overly generous”.

This comes ahead of a hearing next month for the compensation which SA’s largest cellular company offered Makate for coming up with the “Please Call Me” concept two decades ago when he was a trainee accountant.

How far apart are the two parties? Well, there has been R47 million on the table from Vodacom, but Makate is demanding an amount in excess of R10 billion.

The multibillion-rand figure is based on Makate’s argument that he was promised compensation for the concept on the basis of a share in the revenue that it would generate.

In the past, lawyers arguing on Makate’s behalf have said that the ‘Please Call Me’ concept generated in excess of R200 billion for Vodacom.

Makate says he is feeling “very upbeat about the review”, adding that he feels he is “on the last stretch of the fight with Vodacom”, but we know from past battles that Vodacom isn’t about to lose this one without a serious fight.

The review will be held in the Gauteng High Court from May 4 to May 6, so perhaps we may finally reach a resolution.

I wouldn’t bet on it, though.

[source:fin24]

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Friday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/09/friday-morning-spice-518/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/09/friday-morning-spice-518/#respond Fri, 09 Apr 2021 06:16:37 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569396 Amanda Gorman Says She Has Declined Around $17m In Deals Since Inauguration – The American poet will grace Vogue’s May issue and spoke about being conscious of ‘taking commissions that speak to’ her. [guardian]

A Toxicologist’s Testimony Challenged Claims By Derek Chauvin’s Lawyer That George Floyd Overdosed On Fentanyl – A forensic toxicologist at the laboratory that tested George Floyd’s blood said it was common for intoxicated driving suspects who used fentanyl to have higher levels of the drug in their systems than Mr. Floyd did when he died. [nyt]

Nuke Developer Gets $280 Million To Make Plasma Hotter Than Sun – TAE Technologies Inc., a developer of nuclear fusion technology, raised $280 million to build a demonstration system after the company was able to produce superheated plasma at 50 million degrees Celsius (90 million degrees Fahrenheit), a key milestone in the effort to reproduce the power of stars to generate electricity on Earth. [mav]

Sir Richard Sutton – Man suspected of killing one of UK’s richest men stopped by armed police after 100-mile drive. [sky]

Police Have Been Called To Prince Harry And Meghan Markle’s Santa Barbara Home Nine Times in the Last Nine Months – Officers responded twice over Christmas alone due to a trespasser. [vanfair]

North Korea: Kim Jong-Un Warns Of ‘Difficult’ Crisis – North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has urged citizens to prepare for a “difficult” crisis, following human rights groups’ warnings that the country faces dire food shortages and economic instability. [bbc]

Tax Season – Here Are The Dates To Keep In Mind – If those two words send shivers down your spine, you’re not alone. Here are the most important dates to jot down so you don’t miss a deadline. [here]

Segway (Yes, Segway) Is Making A Hybrid Motorcycle Worthy Of All Your ‘Tron’ Fantasies – The bike’s powertrain uses a fuel cell to turn gaseous hydrogen into electrical energy. [rr]

Taxi Boss Shot Dead: Cata President Killed, 2 Shot In N2 Ambush – The Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (Cata) has called for calm after its president and another man was gunned down on Borcherds Quarry Road. [dv]

Exclusive Books ‘Taking Advice’ On Possible Legal Action Against Former CEO – News24 reports that Trisk departed before a disciplinary hearing relating to alleged financial misconduct and abuse of the company credit card. [capetalk]

Microsoft Is Now Worth Nearly $2 Trillion – But Apple Is Still More Valuable – Microsoft could soon become only the second American company ever to command a $2 trillion market capitalization. [busins]

Unseen Footage Of Queen Elizabeth Revealed – New and previously unseen footage of Queen Elizabeth II, including home movies and recently digitized “lost” material from her tours around the world, will be shown Thursday in the UK for the first time. [cnn]

Larry Ellison Briefly Becomes The World’s Sixth $100 Billion-Dollar Person – Oracle’s billionaire cofounder Larry Ellison hit centibillionaire status for the first time after shares of his software company rose on Thursday. [forbes]

‘Satan Shoes’ Launched By Lil Nas X, Which Contained A Drop Of Blood, To Be Recalled After Nike Lawsuit – Nike filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against MSCHF Product Studio following the launch of the sneakers. [sky]

Saks Fifth Avenue Will Stop Selling Fur By The End Of 2022 – Citing customer demand, the luxury department store chain will phase out mink, fox, chinchilla, sable and other furs. [rr]

Sylvester Stallone Is Apparently Mar-a-Lago’s Newest Member – The actor bought a $35 million mansion near Donald Trump’s club in December. [vanfair]

Britney Spears Displays Her Toned Figure – In a sheer leopard print catsuit during fun outfit change video – after she denied claims she doesn’t do her own posts following documentary. [dm]

Prince’s Unreleased Album ‘Welcome 2 America’ Finally Arrives This Summer – Hear title track from latest Vault release, recorded in 2010 but shelved, out July 30th. [rollsto]

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They’re Calling This Australia’s Version Of ‘Fyre Fest’ [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/08/theyre-calling-this-australias-version-of-fyre-fest-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/08/theyre-calling-this-australias-version-of-fyre-fest-video/#respond Thu, 08 Apr 2021 13:30:46 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569393 [imagesource: PerthNow]

You remember the appalling Fyre Festival debacle, right?

It was an epic fail of a festival that had tons of rich, important people promoting an island party that was supposed to be the jol of all jols, but wasn’t on so many levels.

Ever since the real Fyre happened, any festival or event that turns out to be an absolute flop is tarnished with that association.

Take for example the ‘Fyre Festival of Pizza‘, or the more recent Bali Fest in Mandurah, Western Australia, that has been likened to the soggy sandwiches and mattresses from the Fyre Festival.

The festival hoped to “bring Bali to Australia” over the Easter long weekend but left many disappointed.

At $30 (R436) a pop, all festival punters seemed to have got was some Bintang beer, which they could have got anywhere, really.

Let’s take a look at some of the outrage shared on Twitter:

One festival-goer, Joshua Kaan, told PerthNow that he got nothing like the Bali experience:

“I actually feel sorry for all the people who paid for the tickets believing they were getting what was advertised,” Mr Kaan said.

“It was a real waste of money that could have been just donated directly to the people that needed it in Bali.”

Another, Gail Barrett, said, “there was a lack of cultural awareness at the event and it did not represent the Balinese community as promised”.

And she’s been to Bali on holiday.

“It was nothing like Bali, there were hardly any stalls open or food trucks promoting Bali cuisine, or any cultural dancers…it was absolute false advertising,” Ms Barrett said.

“I will be lodging a complaint and I want to see a report of where the money they’ve raised actually goes to the charities.”

All that, compared to the promotional video that the event organisers shared on Instagram? Here it is:

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Bali Fest (@balifestaustralia)

It seems to be a classic misjudgment between Instagram versus reality, am I right?

The organisers had no choice but to take action, tails between their legs.

Bali Fest organisers have issued a public apology and vowed to pass on full refunds after complaints from punters who claimed they were “lied to” and “underwhelmed by the event”.

“We’re taking this opportunity after several days of the festival to publicly apologise to those who have expressed that they feel lied to and underwhelmed by the whole event,” a post on the event’s Facebook page said.

“We would also like to whole heartedly apologise to the Balinese community who were offended by our lack of cultural representation.

“We are proud of our effort to fundraise but take every bit of feedback seriously and will use it as a lesson to improve and learn on our mistakes this time around.”

The event will continue for the next two days, due to all the vendors, artists, and workers taking part, but will offer entry free of charge going forward.

[sources:dmarge&perthnow]

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Tax Season – Here Are The Dates To Keep In Mind https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/08/tax-season-here-are-the-dates-to-keep-in-mind/ Thu, 08 Apr 2021 13:28:26 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569344 [imagesource: Jacques Stander / Gallo Images]

Tax season.

If those two words send shivers down your spine, you’re not alone. Spend one day queuing at your nearest SARS branch and you’re scarred for life.

The good news, for individuals, is that there is still time, but companies shouldn’t drag their heels when it comes to submitting detailed payroll and tax information of their employees.

Annual filing is now open for companies, with the above information to be submitted by no later than May 31, according to a recent SARS release.

SARS added that “employers who fail to submit payroll data on time may become liable for late submission penalties of up to 10% of the value of their payroll.”

Yet another reason to let the professionals handle all of this. Seth uses Galbraith | Rushby, and swears it’s one of the reasons he maintains such a youthful complexion.

BusinessTech breaks down more employer requirements below:

Employers are required to submit their Employer Reconciliation Declaration (EMP501) to SARS by 31 May, as well as outstanding monthly declarations (EMP201) and annual reconciliations (EMP501)…

Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) payments must be up to date and the data provided to SARS must be clean and accurate. The correct data is important so that SARS may pre-populate returns correctly and employees may submit their personal income tax returns with the correct information during the filing season for individuals.

Individual taxpayers, breathe a little easier.

You still have time before you’re required to dabble, with tax season for individual taxpayers opening on July 1.

Then these are the deadlines to bear in mind:

  • Branch filing – October 31
  • Non-provisional taxpayers who use eFiling and the MobiApp – December 4
  • Provisional taxpayers who use eFiling – January 31, 2022

I always try to be one of the first through the gate when filing opens, in the hope that the sweet, sweet taste of a SARS tax refund will hit my account.

At least that way, I get to my waste my tax money, as opposed to the government doing it for me.

For those dealing with more complicated tax filings, go on, treat yourself to some assistance from the pros. You’re worth it.

[sources:sars&bustech]

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Somebody Cracked A Rape ‘Joke’ On ‘Love Island SA’ [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/08/somebody-cracked-a-rape-joke-on-love-island-sa-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/08/somebody-cracked-a-rape-joke-on-love-island-sa-video/#respond Thu, 08 Apr 2021 13:20:25 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569309 [imagesource: Instagram / @millieterblanche]

We’re inclined to poke fun at Love Island SA now and again.

After all, producers pick the contestants they do because they are easy on the eye, without what I assume is much thought given to how informed they are on a wide range of topics.

It’s one thing to botch a spelling bee, but it’s quite another to crack a ‘joke’ about rape, though, which is why Love Island SA contestant Camille Terblanché (or Millie as she is known) has been called out.

Millie and another contestant, Tania, were having a conversation about Tania’s love match, Ross.

Here’s The Citizen to set the scene:

Ross revealed to her he was saving himself for marriage. This didn’t sit well with Tania as she expressed her concerns in a “humorous” way to Millie.

That is when the “rape” joke was made by Millie.

Millie can be heard saying what some say is “rape him”, and others say is “rapist”, towards the end of the clip below:

I don’t think we need to quote this country’s horrific rape and sexual assault statistics here to explain why the ‘joke’ has been so widely panned.

M-Net responded to The Citizen by saying that they aware of the comments, and have taken action:

“While we note that the contestant referred to the matter in jest, we strongly condemn the trivialising of such grave matters and apologise to our viewers and stakeholders for exposing them to such.

“We have reprimanded the contestant and implemented sensitivity training for the whole cast and crew. All contestants are being supported by a qualified Psychologist. We have also removed the offensive language from all repeat broadcasts of the programme.”

On Millie’s most recent Instagram post, from February 13, the comments are scathing:

For the ‘but it’s just a joke’ brigade, consider this, from Keep The Energy, a non-profit organisation which aims to “fight gender-based violence against women, children and LGBTQIA+ persons”:

Joking about rape and sexual assault assists in normalising these offences. A rape joke is a far cry from an actual incident of sexual assault, but think of the rape jokes as the foundation of the pyramid of rape culture.

If you take away the foundation — if you create a situation where rape jokes are unacceptable, instead of a situation where victims feel forced to bite their tongues and bear it — then everything else will be a little bit less likely to take root and flourish.

Truth.

Keep The Energy stressed that the aim of them speaking out was not to incite bullying and hate towards Millie or Love Island SA, but rather to educate.

[sources:citizen&keeptheenergy]

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Sons Of Sam? True-Crime Series Reckons Infamous US Murderer Wasn’t Acting Alone [Trailer] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/08/sons-of-sam-true-crime-series-reckons-infamous-us-murderer-wasnt-acting-alone-trailer/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/08/sons-of-sam-true-crime-series-reckons-infamous-us-murderer-wasnt-acting-alone-trailer/#respond Thu, 08 Apr 2021 13:10:03 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569375 [imagesource:here]

True-crime fans gather around, because Netflix has another baddie for you.

Six murdered. Satanism. More than one murderer. Only one in prison?

It’s called Sons of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness that follows David Berkowitz, otherwise known as the Son of Sam, infamous for his murder spree in New York in 1976.

Directed by Joshua Zeman (known for Cropsey, Murder Mountain), Sons of Sam will be available on Netflix on May 5.

Collider gives us the synopsis:

“The hunt for the “Son of Sam” captivated the world in the late 1970s, but the story behind one of America’s most notorious serial murderers is all but forgotten — until now.

While the arrest and conviction of David Berkowitz brought the nightmare to an end for many New Yorkers, for journalist and “Ultimate Evil” author Maury Terry, the real mystery was just beginning.

Terry, convinced Berkowitz had not acted alone, would go on to spend decades attempting to prove that the web of darkness behind the murders went deeper than anyone imagined – and his pursuit of that elusive truth would eventually cost him everything.

Here’s the trailer:

With the song in the trailer basically telling you to run for your life, and the hints that more accomplices to the murders might still be out there, it should make for riveting viewing.

[source:collider]

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That Time A Teenager Tried To Airmail Himself From Australia To Wales https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/08/that-time-a-teenager-tried-to-airmail-himself-from-australia-to-wales/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/08/that-time-a-teenager-tried-to-airmail-himself-from-australia-to-wales/#respond Thu, 08 Apr 2021 12:55:59 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569401 [imagesource: Getty Images]

A flight from Melbourne to London is going to set you back a fair whack, and that was certainly true back in 1965.

Unable to afford a flight back home, and earning a rather meagre £40 a month working for Victorian Railways, it was time to think outside (or perhaps inside) the box.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, so Brian Robson (pictured above), now 75 years of age and blessed with the wisdom of hindsight, attempted to airmail himself back home to Cardiff, Wales.

He didn’t act alone, enlisting the help of two Irish blokes he says he knows only as Paul and John, and it’s the search for that pair that has led to Brian reaching out for a chance to reconnect.

Via The Guardian, here are the basics of this ill-fated plan:

Robson bought a box “the size of a mini-fridge” and packed it with pillows, a suitcase, a book of Beatles songs and two bottles – one for water and one for urine. His friends then nailed it shut and booked Robson as cargo on a Qantas flight from Melbourne to London.

But their plan came unstuck. The flight was full, so Robson was transferred to a PanAm flight that instead took him to Los Angeles.

The box he was in was regularly placed upside down, and the plane’s hold area temperature swung between freezing and boiling, meaning Brian’s body ached and he had difficulty breathing.

Brian had labelled the cargo, i.e. himself, a computer, which made for an interesting time when he arrived in LA:

[He] was discovered by startled customs officials and then interrogated by the FBI.

He told the BBC that a man had “looked through a hole in a wood knot in the chest and we caught each other eye to eye”.

Image: Tom King/Mirrorpix/Getty

“He jumped back a mile and said, ‘There’s a body in there.’”

Whilst touching down in the US was certainly not the plan, he did eventually make it home, as a first-class passenger on a Pam Am flight.

Due to the illegal nature of his exploits, Brian agreed to keep the name of his two Irish pals out of things, but he’s always wondered what came of them.

As he told The Irish Times, it’s never too late to reach out:

He wrote to them when he returned from Australia, but didn’t get a reply.

“I did try a couple of times, I think, and of course we didn’t have internet in those days, so from that day to this I’ve never spoken to them. They were the last people I spoke to in Australia before the crate was sealed shut.”

They must know what happened to him because his story went all over the world at the time. “But I’ve got no idea what happened to them. I would love to hear what happened after I left.”

Brian requests that anyone with information mail him at brianpms@hotmail.com.

Here’s hoping this one has a happy ending, and the trio is reunited.

When asked what he would do if one of his kids tried something similar, Brian said simply “I would kill them. But it was a different time.”

That it was.

[sources:guardian&irishtimes]

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Today’s Google Doodle Has A South African Flavour https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/08/todays-google-doodle-has-a-south-african-flavour/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/08/todays-google-doodle-has-a-south-african-flavour/#respond Thu, 08 Apr 2021 11:10:34 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569363 [imagesource: Google]

Googling your own name is one thing, but you know you’ve left a mark when the daily Google Doodle is dedicated to your achievements.

Head here and you’ll be greeted by that image above, with a distinctly South African flavour.

Today, April 8, would have been Helen Joseph’s 116th birthday, and the search engine is honouring a true South African struggle hero.

Joseph is recognised as one of our most influential freedom fighters and women’s rights advocates, despite having been born in Eastbourne, East Sussex, in 1905, as Helen Beatrice May Fennell.

After teaching for three years in India, reports SA History, she then settled in Durban around 1930, and met and married a dentist, Billie Joseph.

They would later divorce after the Second World War, where she served as an information and welfare officer in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, which set in motion a career dedicated to social upliftment and fighting injustice:

Helen was a founder member of the African National Congress (ANC)’s white ally, the Congress of Democrats (COD), and national secretary of Federation of South African Women (FEDSAW) in the 1950s.

Image: Baileys African History Archive

In 1955, she was one of the leaders who read out the clauses of the Freedom Charter at the Congress of the People. The Women’s March on 9 August 1956 was one of the most memorable moments of her illustrious political career, as she was one of the main organisers of the protest.

This is why we celebrate Women’s Day in South Africa on August 9, in case you were wondering.

Arrested on a charge of high treason in December 1956, and banned in 1957, Helen’s life became a long saga of police persecution.

Image: Baileys African History Archive

She was the first person to be placed under house arrest in 1962, and she survived several assassination attempts.

Those attempts on her life included shots through her bedroom window late at night, and one incident where a bomb was wired to her home’s front gate.

After being diagnosed with cancer in 1971, she eventually passed away on Christmas Day in 1992.

To honour her, the ANC awarded Joseph the Isitwalandwe/Seaparankoe Award, which is the ANC’s highest award.

If you really want to dig deep, you can read Joseph’s autobiography, Side By Side, here.

So, that’s your history lesson for the day sorted.

As you were.

[source:sahistory]

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SA’s Horrific Animal Testing Laid Bare By Hollywood Stars In ‘Save Ralph’ [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/08/sas-horrific-animal-testing-laid-bare-by-hollywood-stars-in-save-ralph-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/08/sas-horrific-animal-testing-laid-bare-by-hollywood-stars-in-save-ralph-video/#respond Thu, 08 Apr 2021 10:28:09 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569335 [imagesource:here]

There’s something a little tragic about waking up each morning to dedicate our lives to jobs that are stressful, if not plain boring.

Perspective: imagine you’re a lab rabbit, like Ralph in this new short film Save Ralph, who wakes up every morning just to be poked, scraped, burned, and violated in order to give humans a usable lippy.

The short film shows a despondent bunny, Ralph, as he explains away his suffering and tries to hold onto a sense of normalcy while being tested on in a lab to near-death extremes.

Some big Hollywood names (Taika Waititi, Ricky Gervais, Zac Efron, Olivia Munn, Pom Klementieff, and Tricia Helfer, to name a few) have collaborated with the Humane Society International (HSI) to bring Save Ralph to life and stop the unnecessary cruelty of animal testing.

From Good Guy Things, Jeffrey Flocken, Humane Society International’s president, says:

“Save Ralph is a wake-up call that animals are still suffering for cosmetics, and now is the time for us to come together to ban it globally. Today we have an abundance of reliable, animal-free approaches for product safety assurance, so there’s no excuse for making animals like Ralph suffer to test cosmetics or their ingredients.”

The film is being launched in Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Vietnamese and focused across 16 countries, including Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico, South Africa, and 10 Southeast Asian nations.

In South Africa, animal testing continues unaffected, and there is no particular legislation in our country to protect or monitor animals used in research.

Whilst South Africa is the largest cosmetics market on the continent, there is some hopeful news from Joseph Mayson, HSI-Africa’s campaign manager.

He says it is only a matter of time before South Africa joins the 40 countries that have already banned testing on animals.

Over 90% of South Africans already support a ban on the practice.

Let’s have a look at the film, shall we?

Here’s Ricky Gervais getting real:

“Animal testing just makes me angry. There’s no justification for dripping chemicals in rabbits’ eyes or force-feeding them to rats just to make lipsticks and shampoo. Science has evolved enough to give us non-animal solutions to end this terrible cruelty—it’s time for our humanity to catch up.”

For more info on how to help in the movement to stop animal testing, you can check out HSI’s website.

[source:goodthingsguy]

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Rachel Kolisi On Overcoming Depression And Self-Harm https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/08/rachel-kolisi-on-overcoming-depression-and-self-harm/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/08/rachel-kolisi-on-overcoming-depression-and-self-harm/#respond Thu, 08 Apr 2021 09:18:28 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569324 [imagesource: Abigail Javier/EWN]

It’s been a crazy past year-and-a-half or so for the Kolisi family.

(Day 523 of 1 449 as rugby world champions, by the way.)

From the moment Siya lifted the Webb Ellis Cup, everything changed, and he instantly became a universally recognised figure.

It also thrust Rachel further into the public eye. Whilst she has never been afraid to speak out about issues that are important to her, she’s never been quite as candid as she was when speaking to Mpoomy Ledwaba on her Wisdom & Wellness podcast.

During a conversation that stretched to an hour, Rachel and Mpoomy covered a wide range of issues, including the former’s struggle with depression and self-harm as a teenager.

Here’s IOL:

“I was in a hole and I wished that someone would drop a ladder or a rope. I tried to commit suicide when I was 15. So I spent about two to three years cutting myself and crying for help but not finding it,” she said…

“I felt led to share my story about depression and that journey. My parents went through a really bad divorce and this is just my personal story. I know everyone’s struggles are different.

“With my parents’ divorce was very challenging. I lost my way so much and found myself sometimes in not healthy friendship groups. They’d be like if you are having a tough day let’s have a drink or smoke and that’s the environment I found myself in and it spiralled. Depression does that, it does that to a person where you are like ‘I’m not depressed, I’m fine.’”

She added that whilst she has overcome those struggles mentioned above, she continues to engage in therapy, which is something you don’t only do “when your marriage is a mess”.

Overcoming relationship issues is also something Siya touched on during a recent interview with Clicks:

Siya recognised that Rachel had always supported him so it was important to do the same for her.

“We had a rocky patch, and fought a lot but it’s been so worth it now that we’re out the other side. We’re not competitive, it’s more about supporting one another.”

…Siya is enormously supportive of Rachel sharing the limelight and having her own brand, though it took some adjusting on his side.

“I grew up in a home where men go out get the money and women stay home and cook and clean. I’ve had to realise my wife and I are equals. At the beginning I thought Rachel would take the kids and I’d come home from training and put my feet up in front of the TV but I had to remember that I’m still a father and husband and my kids and partner need my attention when I’m home.”

Hear, hear!

Just save some juice in the tank so that the Springboks can give the British & Irish Lions a proper hiding (I’ll take a win by the barest of margins, too) later this year.

If you or somebody you know is struggling with mental health issues, contact SADAG online, or call their mental health line on 011 234 4837. 

[sources:iol&clicks]

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Branson’s Other Caribbean Island Is Now Open For Business https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/08/bransons-other-caribbean-island-is-now-open-for-business/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/08/bransons-other-caribbean-island-is-now-open-for-business/#respond Thu, 08 Apr 2021 08:35:42 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569292 [imagesource:here]

Richard Branson has done it again.

Moskito Island, Branson’s second island in the Caribbean that he bought back in 2011, is finally open to the public and it is S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G.

By that I mean it stuns me that there are people out there who can afford $21 000 (or around R300 000) so easy breezy – the price you pay for one night in the cheapest accommodation option available on the island.

Okay, it is for a four-person lodging and has a wine fridge included.

Image: Virgin Limited Edition

The island is 125 acres – 51 acres bigger than Branson’s Necker Island and only 4 kilometres away- bejewelled with three villas: Headland House, Mangrove Villa, and Beach Villa.

According to NewsAU, a stay during the low season (between June 1 and September 30) will cost $32 500-a-night (around R470 000) for the villas, but rockets to $43 000-a-night (around R620 000) in the high season.

Branson’s estate is also not alone on the island. There are nine other landowners that he sold to, but their locations aren’t open to the public just yet.

The villas come equipped, let me tell you-  infinity pools, hot tubs, personal chefs with all food and drinks included in the price, private beaches, tennis courts, and gyms.

Head along to Headlong House where you can enjoy a wraparound infinity pool and circular bar with a view of the ocean.

Image: Virgin Limited Edition

Excuse me, sir, what do these villas not have? Have-nots, maybe?

You can see more images of the island here.

[source:newsau]

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“An Absolute Monster” – Hollywood Hotshot Producer Outed By Former Employees https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/08/an-absolute-monster-hollywood-hotshot-producer-outed-by-former-employees/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/08/an-absolute-monster-hollywood-hotshot-producer-outed-by-former-employees/#respond Thu, 08 Apr 2021 07:45:47 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569278 [imagesource: Theo Wargo / Getty Images]

You may not immediately recognise producer Scott Rudin’s name, but you’ll certainly be familiar with some of the movies he’s helped make.

Rudin has won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards (dubbed the EGOT) for movies like There Will Be Blood, The Social Network, and No Country For Old Men, as well as series like The Newsroom and What We Do In The Shadows.

That last title is rather apt, given the allegations being levelled against him, although in many cases it’s alleged that he carried out his abusive behaviour in full view of employees.

The Hollywood Reporter blew the lid on this one, running a story headlined “Everyone Just Knows He’s an Absolute Monster”: Scott Rudin’s Ex-Staffers Speak Out on Abusive Behavior.

That report is long and in-depth, so here’s Page Six with some of the more startling accusations:

Ex-employees allege…that in 2012, Rudin smashed an Apple computer monitor on an assistant’s hand, landing him in the emergency room and leaving the rest of the staff shaken…

Image: The Hollywood Reporter / Graphic: Elena Scotti

“We knew a lot could happen. There were the guys that were sleeping in the office, the guys whose hair was falling out and were developing ulcers. It was a very intense environment, but that just felt different. It was a new level of unhinged — a level of lack of control that I had never seen before in a workplace.”

That last quote comes via Andrew Coles, then an assistant and now a manager and producer.

The assistant was unable to book the flight Rudin wanted, because it was sold out.

Other former employees detailed how Rudin threw a glass bowl at someone from the HR department, who then left in an ambulance following a panic attack.

In 2014, amidst the Sony email leak, Rudin described Angelina Jolie as a “minimally talented spoiled brat”, so it’s public knowledge that he has a sharp tongue.

In 2005, for a Wall Street Journal article headlined ‘Boss-Zilla’, it was pointed out that the producer had employed 119 assistants in the previous five years.

A producer’s assistant on Eighth Grade, a 2018 movie starring Elsie Fisher, claims Rudin threw a potato at his head, and later fired him after he had just dropped out of college to join Rudin’s company full-time.

Ryan Nelson, who was Rudin’s executive assistant in 2018-19, says he has seen far worse:

“Every day was exhausting and horrific. Not even the way he abused me, but watching the way he abused the people around me who started to become my very close friends,” Nelson explained.

Image: Steve Granitz/WireImage

“You’re spending 14 hours a day with the same people, enduring the same abuse. It became this collective bond with these people.”

Bonding over an awful, abusive boss isn’t usually atop the HR department’s list of ways to foster workplace morale.

A brief snapshot of some of the other claims made against Rudin, via Slate:

Agreeing to allow a modest accommodation for another assistant’s type 1 diabetes—a doctor-mandated 30-minute workout scheduled between 5:30 and 6:00 a.m.—then demanding the assistant skip it or “work faster.”

Throwing a teacup at yet another assistant, hard enough to punch a hole in the wall.

Falsely accusing an employee of theft in an attempt to kill a job offer at a different company.

Annapurna Pictures founder Megan Ellison, who worked with Rudin before cutting ties years ago, says the allegations are just the tip of the iceberg:

A spokesperson for Rudin declined to comment on the extensive list of allegations.

I think it’s safe to say Rudin isn’t the sort to push for a four-day workweek.

You can read the full Hollywood Reporter article here.

[sources:pagesix&slate]

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A Wobbly Particle May Totally Upend The Known Laws Of Physics [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/08/a-wobbly-particle-may-totally-upend-the-known-laws-of-physics-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/08/a-wobbly-particle-may-totally-upend-the-known-laws-of-physics-video/#respond Thu, 08 Apr 2021 07:21:44 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569261 [source: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab, via US Department of Energy]

The great existential questions and cosmic mysteries of our existence – like what makes up the universe, what is in all that dark matter space, and why matter exists at all – might find answers in a naughty little particle called a muon.

Within the building blocks of our universe are atoms, and even smaller particles like electrons make up the atom. The muon is similar to an electron but 207 times more massive.

It is also the kind of particle that disappears very quickly, so it is a rather unlikely culprit in an upending scientific discovery.

Dr Polly and his team – a diverse group of 200 physicists from seven countries – conducted the ‘Muon g-2 experiment’ at the Fermilab (pictured above) in Illinois, and found that muons do not behave as predicted when shot through an intense magnetic field.

Who knew that a tiny little wobble could shake the foundations of everything we think we know?

The way the muon wobbles defies the Standard Model of particle physics, which explains how the universe’s elementary particles interact.

Physicists believe that this wobble may be influenced by forces not yet known to us.

The BBC reports:

The Muon g-2 experiment involves sending the particles around a 14-metre ring and then applying a magnetic field. Under the current laws of physics, encoded in the Standard Model, this should make the muons wobble at a certain rate.

The Muon g-2 Ring. Source: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab, via U.S. Department of Energy

Instead, the scientists found that muons wobbled at a faster rate than expected. This might be caused by a force of nature that’s completely new to science.

There are already four known forces that govern the way life works – gravity, electromagnetism, the strong force, and the weak force.

Although a fifth force is being hinted at, what it might do is still a mystery.

Prof Allanach, a very excited scientist watching this all unfold from Cambridge University, has already given the possible fifth force some interesting names in his theoretical models

Take your pick from the “flavour force” or the “third family hyperforce”.

In fact, theoretical physicists believe that this experiment could point to a new and undiscovered sub-atomic particle as well as a new force:

There is more than one concept for what this hypothetical particle might be. One is called a leptoquark, another is the Z’ boson (Z-prime boson).

Although, we have to catch ourselves before we get ahead of ourselves. The latest discovery, with experiments done since 2013, needs more time and effort to be vetted properly.

As stated by CNET, the wobble being a statistical fluke is about one in 40 000, “which, in science talk, equates to a confidence level of “4.1 sigma.”

Physicists usually aren’t satisfied until the confidence level reaches 5 sigma.

Here’s a video explaining more:

Anyway, onwards and upwards we go.

How many monsters, as Dr Polly put it, are lurking in the dark for physicists to discover?

[sources:bbc&cnet]

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UCT Lecturer’s ‘Hitler Committed No Crime’ Comments Haven’t Gone Down Well https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/08/uct-lecturers-hitler-committed-no-crime-comments-havent-gone-down-well/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/08/uct-lecturers-hitler-committed-no-crime-comments-havent-gone-down-well/#respond Thu, 08 Apr 2021 06:35:18 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569266 [imagesource: Ashraf Hendricks / GroundUp]

There are some historical figures that, especially in recent times, have proven to be somewhat divisive.

Many believe that Winston Churchill is a wartime hero, for example, whereas others point to his long list of racist quotes as evidence that he doesn’t deserve such high praise.

Adolf Hitler is not that sort of figure, and unless you’re an anti-Semitic tool of the highest order, the man who led Nazi Germany is universally reviled.

That’s why University of Cape Town (UCT) lecturer Lwazi Lushaba, a lecturer in the department of political studies, has been called out for his statements during a pre-recorded lecture shared online with first-year political science students.

Via TimesLIVE, here’s what Lushaba had to say:

“Hitler committed no crime. All Hitler did was to do to white people what white people had normally reserved for black people.”

Click the image below and you will be redirected to TimesLIVE to watch the short video clip:

Lushaba’s comments were brought to the media’s attention after a Jewish student, who said his great grandfather was a victim of the Holocaust, spoke out:

“Hitler didn’t just persecute Jews. He also persecuted black people, gypsies and disabled people. Six million people died in the Holocaust and the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day has been a part of my life.”

…“If you are a professor or lecturer in political studies, you should know that it is a terrible thing to say and to say that in a lecture is super-unprofessional and just a bad move.”

Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah, is being observed this week.

Other students also spoke out against Lushaba, with one saying that the lecturer “has been saying similarly egregious things since he got his doctorate”.

Lushaba was also in the news back in 2019, when he was reprimanded by UCT for a string of verbal and physical attacks after his preferred candidate for the dean of humanities position lost a vote.

The Cape South African Jewish Board of Deputies considers the sentiments to be “deplorable”, with chairperson Tzvi Brivik saying that freedom of expression shouldn’t extend to views that undermine our national Constitution.

When contacted for a statement, Lushaba said “If you knew what university lectures are, you won’t be asking me that question you are asking me.”

UCT has yet to issue a public statement on the matter.

Lushaba’s comments about Hitler come just a few weeks after Professor Adam Habib, previously the vice-chancellor of Wits University, was suspended from his role as director at the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) in London.

Habib used the ‘n-word’ in a Zoom meeting with student leaders at Soas, when referencing what action would be taken against anybody using that word.

[source:timeslive]

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Thursday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/08/thursday-morning-spice-523/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/08/thursday-morning-spice-523/#respond Thu, 08 Apr 2021 05:50:14 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569217 [imagesource: Gallo Images]

Tiger Woods Driving At ‘Excessive Speed’ At Time Of Car Crash, Police Say – Tiger Woods hit speeds upwards of 87mph in a 45mph zone, and was driving at 75mph when he collided with a tree. [sky]

Eastern Cape Guesthouse Owner Refuses To Comment After Being Charged With Couple’s Murder – He has been charged with the murders of a Gauteng couple – Mari Hoon and her 25-year-old fiance Jean Vosloo – who were found dead inside a shower. [news24]

Jordan’s King Breaks Silence After Royal Drama Grips The Country – Authorities alleged that Prince Hamzah was part of a plot backed by unnamed foreign entities to “destabilize” the kingdom — a claim that he has denied. [cnn]

Duduzane Zuma Lives High In Dubai – On Our Money – President Jacob Zuma’s son is living the high life, and he follows on the heels of Africa’s anointed political princelings and princesses. [dailymav]

SA Now Has Five Dollar Billionaires – As Nearly 500 New Billionaires Joined The Global Ranks – All five of South Africa’s dollar billionaires also saw their wealth grow in 2020. [businsidersa]

Insane Jeff Bezos-National Enquirer Drama Takes A Bizarre New Turn – There’s a new combatant in the war between the world’s most notorious tabloid and its richest human. [dbeast]

US Teen Saves Boy’s Life More Than 800 Miles Away After Seeing Crash On TikTok – Caden Cotnoir witnessed Trent Jarett crash a quad bike live on the app and called the phone number he was yelling out. [guardian]

What Really Caused Facebook’s 500M User Data Leak? – The company’s explanations have been confusing and inconsistent, but there are finally some answers. [wired]

Here’s What R5 Million Will Buy You In Cape Town, Melbourne, Toronto And London – Despite the Covid-19 lockdown and restrictions, prime residential prices performed better than expected in 2020, growing by about 1.9% globally. [bustech]

Navalny: Jailed Putin Critic ‘Losing Sensation In Legs And Hands’ – Last week, Navalny started a hunger strike to demand proper treatment for acute back and leg pain. [bbc]

Joost’s Brother Cleared After Killing Armed Robbers – Police withdraw charges, saying his actions resulted in the prevention of any innocent churchgoers being hurt or killed. [citizen]

Mozambique: Inside The Hotel Overrun By Islamist Militants In Deadly Terror Attack – Villagers are starting to return, but the area is swamped with soldiers and it’s effectively a militarised zone. [sky]

Revolutionary SA Payment Option Lands Another Big Fish – The ‘buy now, pay later’ payment option is proving popular around the world. It’s touched down in South Africa, and is snapping up big-name retailers. [here]

What It’s Like When Everyone Blames You For The Suez Canal Jam – Disinformation made Marwa Elselehdar the villain of the internet’s favourite saga in the Suez. Then she took control of the narrative. [vice]

Tatjana Schoenmaker Speeds To Another Record In The Pool – The 23-year-old’s first swim across the Newton Park pool on day one of the SA Swimming Championships in Gqeberha resulted in a new SA and African record. [iol]

A New Show Has Surpassed ‘Bridgerton’ To Become Netflix’s Most Popular Program Of 2021  – For nearly the entirety of 2021, no show on Netflix has been bigger than Bridgerton. [forbes]

Piers Morgan Claims Royal Family Members Sent Thanks After Meghan Markle Rant – The broadcaster spoke with “Extra” host Billy Bush about the messages he’d received “on behalf of several members of the royal family.” [huffpost]

Irina Shayk Stuns In Sheer G-String Bodysuit For Mugler Fashion Show – Sweeping her hair back into a low ponytail, Irina covered her face with a protective mask during the shoot. [newsau]

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Unpacking The Mysterious Groblersdal Farm Murder [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/07/unpacking-the-mysterious-groblersdal-farm-murder-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/07/unpacking-the-mysterious-groblersdal-farm-murder-video/#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2021 14:35:11 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569127 [imagesource: Netwerk24]

The murder of 28-year-old game farm manager Raymond Papapavlou last October rocked the rural community of Groblersdal in Limpopo.

Papapavlou was shot dead whilst he slept in his bed, with his wife also in the house.

At the time, the community thought he was the victim of a random attack, but in the months that have followed, things have taken a number of twists and turns.

You may have read some of the news reports, unpacking what Carte Blanche calls “a real murder mystery”, as court proceedings unfolded.

If you’re so inclined, this is a good summary of what has played out thus far, but this past Sunday’s segment really gets to grips with the ins and outs of where things stand.

Carte Blanche has revised the scene of Papapavlou’s death, and unpacked the evidence in a case that has so many unanswered questions:

Regarding that reward mentioned, Papapavlou’s family has offered a reward of R100 000 for information that will lead to the conviction of the suspect or suspects that murdered Raymond.

You can find those details here.

[source:carteblanche]

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Revolutionary SA Payment Option Lands Another Big Fish https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/07/revolutionary-sa-payment-option-lands-another-big-fish/ Wed, 07 Apr 2021 14:30:23 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569185 [imagesource: Bogdan Vija]

We live in the age of instant gratification.

Sure, I could save up for three months to buy that thing I want, or I could pop it on my credit card and make it tomorrow’s problems.

It seems South Africans are still rather fond of that second option, with a recent report on credit card debt in the country showing that there are seven million active accounts, with a staggering overall outstanding balance of R134 billion, averaging out at just more than R19 000 an account.

That’s a pretty nasty hole to try and dig yourself out of, and interest just keeps on accruing.

There is a payment option growing increasingly popular around the world – buy now, pay later (BNPL) – and PayJustNow has brought this to South Africa.

PayJustNow’s payment option allows shoppers to split their purchase over three equal instalments, spread over three months, with zero interest.

The list of retailers on board is rapidly growing, and now PUMA has joined the party.

Landing the world’s leading sportswear brand is quite the catch, and it’s another big name for PayJustNow’s shop directory.

To see how it works, let’s use the example of this PUMA Barrel Bag, priced at R650:

See that little rainbow? Use the PayJustNow option and you can pay that off over three months, in instalments of R216,67, with zero interest.

How about some new running shoes (it may inspire you to get those jogs in again)?

That’s R1 330, or R443,33 a month over three months.

Finally, we’re heading into winter, and you’re grabbing yourself a new hoodie to brave the cold:

That’s R900, and I back you to be able to work out what each of the monthly instalments would be.

Throw all of those into the cart, select PayJustNow at checkout, and get that instant gratification without the nasty interest down the line.

All in all, it’s pretty easy to see why the buy now, pay later payment method is proving so popular.

You can have a browse through the full list of PayJustNow retailers here.

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We’re Excited About The Latest David Attenborough Series [Trailer] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/07/were-excited-about-the-latest-david-attenborough-series-trailer/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/07/were-excited-about-the-latest-david-attenborough-series-trailer/#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2021 13:30:43 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569147 [imagesource: BBC/Humble BeeFilms/SeaLight Pictures]

No matter how crummy the day has been, popping on something with the soothing tones of Sir David Attenborough has a way of calming the nerves.

His latest docuseries, Netflix’s Life in Color with David Attenborough, is a three-parter that promises us the opportunity to “experience a world that has long been hidden from our eyes”.

Sure, but what does that actually mean?

Well, according to Nerdist, we’re in for a visual treat:

David Attenborough travels the world from the rainforests of Costa Rica to the snowy Scottish Highlands to reveal the extraordinary and never-before-seen ways animals use color.

Using revolutionary camera technology created specifically for this series, viewers will experience how colors invisible to the human eye play a vital role in animal interactions.

From the seemingly magical ultraviolet signals on a butterfly’s wings to the surprising yet crucial purpose behind a Bengal tiger’s stripes, a hidden world of color is waiting to be discovered.

Yes.

Sign me up.

Here’s the trailer:

This one hits Netflix on Earth Day, which is April 22.

The three episodes are titled ‘Seeing in Color’, ‘Hiding in Color’, and ‘Chasing Color’.

I’d like to go on the record and say there’s a very good chance I binge all three in a single sitting.

[source:nerdist]

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How To Check If You Were Part Of The Recent Facebook Data Leak https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/07/how-to-check-if-you-were-part-of-the-recent-facebook-data-leak/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/07/how-to-check-if-you-were-part-of-the-recent-facebook-data-leak/#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2021 12:55:53 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569207 [imagesource:here]

We all know that Facebook stalks us, collects our data, and even tracks what kind of porn we watch.

All of that is already a major invasion of our privacy, and it’s made all the more invasive when this data gets leaked on hacking forums.

According to Insider, the exposed data includes personal information of over 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries, with a majority from the US, the UK, and India.

The data is said to include phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, bios, and — in some cases — email addresses.

Hackers can use this info in a myriad creative and insidious ways, according to security researchers. This includes potential identity fraud, or scams, or at the very least spam.

Thankfully, there’s a way to check.

Troy Hunt, a little hero in this whole spiel with social media security, created a website called Have I Been Pwned, which allows you to check exactly if and where your email address or phone number has been leaked.

You simply type in your email address or phone number in the search bar on the site and it tells you how many breaches you were ‘Pwned’ in, if you were at all, where they occurred, and how to better secure your data.

I checked and it looks like I have been Pwned eight times (!!!), including this most recent Facebook data breach.

I am not too worried, though, because most of the data that they would have got their hands on, besides my precious email address, is outdated or irrelevant.

Regardless, I need to make better, more secure decisions.

One really good way is to get a password manager that stores all your unique passwords so you only have to remember one (for the password manager website).

Using two-factor authentication is another great way to make your data more secure.

[source:verge&insider]

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SPL!NG Movie Review: The Gentlemen https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/07/spling-movie-review-the-gentlemen/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/07/spling-movie-review-the-gentlemen/#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2021 12:20:04 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569230 Watch movies via Labia Home Screen*.

Guy Ritchie has made a name for himself, often referred to as the British Tarantino, with a slew of distinctly British crime thrillers such as: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch and RocknRolla. While it’s been two decades since Snatch, the prolific director has turned to franchises such as Sherlock Holmes in the meantime, even trying his hand at a remake of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. He was inspired to make films his life after watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as a child. Dropping out of school at 15 and skipping the film school route, he started his film career as a runner, quickly progressing to music videos and commercials.

While Ritchie has followed the money over the last few years culminating in Aladdin, he’s gone back to the bag of money films he’s famous for with The Gentlemen. RocknRolla was the last typical Ritchie caper he made in 2008 and with Snatch in the rearview mirror, it was time to reveal he’s still got it! The tough guy Vinnie Jones and Ray Winstone thing is out of fashion, so how do you make a crime thriller about toxic guys these days? Make sure they’re in fashion. Being The Gentlemen, the wardrobe gives this film a modern pageantry that may serve as an inspiration.

Ritchie’s gone for a stellar cast of pretty boys including Hugh Grant, Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Colin Farrell and next generation talents Henry Golding and Michelle Dockery. They look perfectly at home in their pristine suits and moody jackets, proving they’re not just there for their looks. Hugh Grant is the pick of the actors, a blend of Ray Winstone and David Brent from The Office. He’s been on a winning streak over the last few years and as resident scene-stealer drops his typically posh act for something much slimier. McConaughey also arrives, demonstrating his ability to play heroes and villains with the same panache.

It’s fun to see the other cast members chiming in with their oddball characters. Colin Farrell may be a bit too Ali G to be taken seriously and Henry Golding keeps making inside jokes about being a possible Bond, but the actors have fun and it translates to screen. They’re helped by Ritchie’s organic screenplay that was often rewritten on the day of shooting, keeping the actors on their toes. The filmmaker has a knack for writing dialogue that’s witty in its own earthy schlock, almost melodic and punctuated by expletives.

The Gentlemen

“I think we’re in over our ‘eds.”

Populated by a usual suspects line-up with dangerous agendas, this is a violent yet comical crime caper. A “very Guy Ritchie film”, he tips the hat to many of his previous films such as Sherlock Holmes with a similar round-up montage, featuring an actual poster for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. It’s got a playful verve, creating entertaining scenes that let the actors make a real go of it. Style is most important in The Gentlemen, keeping you loosely involved in the story as the outrageous characters flirt with danger until something’s gotta give. The film may not be substantial enough to be contemplative beyond the credits but adds up to a lively yet forgettable jaunt.

Perhaps that’s part of the beauty of Ritchie’s gangster flicks. They’re so geared around pure popcorn entertainment to the point that you can watch them over and over again. Oh, what’s it about? Things take a turn for the worse when an American expat tries to sell his lucrative multi-satellite marijuana empire in London. Overall, The Gentlemen is an unabashedly rowdy film, essentially a stoner comedy crime caper that’s plenty of fun brandishing a kind of mindless entertainment with bolshy performances. It’s destined to become a TV series under Ritchie’s watchful eye too.

The bottom line: Fun

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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*Watch great cinema online with Labia Home Screen! The Labia Theatre is an iconic independent theatre at 68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town. They recently celebrated their 70th year and have successfully transitioned to digital projectors. In addition to their 4 cinemas, they’ve now added a “5th” screen by launching their Home Screen pay-per-view video-on-demand streaming service.

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

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They’ve Detected Some Rumbling From Deep Within Mars https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/07/theyve-detected-some-rumbling-from-deep-within-mars/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/07/theyve-detected-some-rumbling-from-deep-within-mars/#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2021 12:00:23 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569160 [imagesource: NASA]

Mars is moaning.

Don’t worry, though, the InSight Lander is listening closely.

Since the InSight landed on Mars back in 2018, it’s managed to detect some of the mysterious interior ramblings of the Red Planet.

Just before there’s any confusion about the many machines on Mars, the InSight Lander shouldn’t be confused with some of the other Mars rovers, robots, and helicopters such as Perseverance, Ingenuity, and Curiosity, doing different jobs all over its surface.

Roving on.

The Cerberus Fossae, a region near the Martian equator, is where all the action seems to be, and the InSight managed to hear two rumbles in that region.

More from Science Alert:

Registering magnitudes of 3.1 and 3.3 on March 7 and March 18 respectively, the quakes cement the Cerberus Fossae’s reputation as one of the most geologically active places on the Red Planet today.

Landslides in the Cerberus Fossae, indicating recent seismic activity. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona)

The rumblings are sometimes referred to as marsquakes but that’s because we are limited by the words we use for the phenomena we see on Earth.

In other words, the ramblings on Mars may not be caused by the same tectonic system that causes Earth’s earthquakes.

If it’s not volcanoes that are causing the movement on Mars, then InSight needs extra time to listen more deeply and sensitively, and it’s only recently that scientists have been able to detect seismic activity on Mars.

In 2019, scientists from InSight released the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) on Mars and recorded the first marsquake.

Geologists were able to predict that InSight might hear quakes from the Cerberus Fossae region six years before the spacecraft even landed on Mars…

The geologists noticed from images taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s HiRISE camera that there was evidence of landslides and rocks moving around, which could only mean that there was some deep activity taking place.

Since then, technology has come a long way to be able to detect and differentiate movements from inside the planet and movement from the surface:

The InSight mission received a two-year extension in January, and in that time the team hopes to create a detailed record of Martian seismic activity.

To ensure the highest possible quality data, they have begun using the lander’s robotic arm to bury the SEIS instrument’s cable. Doing so will reduce wind noise, vibrations, and temperature fluctuations, all of which can interfere with the seismometer and disguise possible marsquake detections.

If InSight can record a big marsquake, scientists will be able to learn more about what’s at the heart of Mars, which is something we know very little about.

[sources:sciencealert&skynews]

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How E-Learning Can Benefit The Restaurant Business https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/07/how-e-learning-can-benefit-the-restaurant-business/ Wed, 07 Apr 2021 11:20:55 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569633 Just like the IT and education industries, even restaurants and hospitality businesses have joined the online training game. An LMS for restaurants is designed to help owners, managers, employees by optimising their hourly workforce. It provides simplicity to the management team assigning a new role, explaining content or to make transitions to hourly employees.

e-learning proves extremely beneficial if you are planning to expand your brand or opening a chain of hotels/restaurants. The restaurant industry has changed tremendously in recent years in terms of technology. It has become mobile, and with social media and online reviews it has become more competitive. Let’s not forget to mention how social media has helped it to become popular across the globe. People like me take online recommendations seriously especially when travelling.

If you are looking for one such solution to automate and simplify your restaurant opening business DiscoverLink Talent is the answer. It can train hundreds to thousands of employees. It provides standardised and consistent training materials. It is cost and time effective.

Let’s look at some of the most important benefits that e-learning can provide if you are a restaurant owner, or planning to be one:

  1. Mentoring becomes easy

Many businesses don’t survive because they lack proper mentorship. Right training may not give you immediate results but gives you long term benefits. Proper mentorship strengthens the learning process. It provides a free environment to the employees to share their ideas and suggestions without any hesitation leading to more creativity in the workplace. It helps employees feel like family.

Using LMS it becomes easy to track the training progress and performance of every employee. This will help you to reward the employee who is doing a fabulous job. Also helps you work on the employees who are not performing as per the expectation. It will create a healthy environment for your staff. And all of this can be managed in one single place.

  1. Easy training across all locations

Cloud-based platforms provide consistent training to your employees. It is your go-to solution if you are planning to expand your restaurant in more than one location. All the work ethics, hospitality guidelines, code of conduct can be explained to employees across all locations in sync.

And it is very scalable. Cloning your infrastructure has become quite hassle-free now. Whether it is training the IT guys, customer care support, administering, training personal staff, LMS is the one-stop solution. You can track and monitor the results of the training and always stay updated with your staff’s progress.

  1. Flexible learning

One of the best advantages of e-training is the flexibility in doing the courses. Training can be attended from any location and at any time based on the individual’s convenience. Courses are created based on each individual’s needs. Employees, managers, staff can all take the courses based on the type of work their job demands.

Courses and training programs are assigned by their roles, which reduces manual tasks. All the activity is tracked automatically. This provides a flexible solution for staff who do not have good technical skills and who may not have a proper desk and area to sit and learn.

Conclusion:

If you choose the right LMS considering the above points, you can conduct a fantastic training program for your staff. It should include video-based courses on customer services, communication and social skills, food and hygiene. With effective training, your staff’s confidence will grow, and they will excel in their work. Not to forget, it will make the customers happy. The quality of hospitality and services, which are 2 major factors while opening a restaurant, will flourish.

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Crazy Video Shows Progression Of World’s 10 Richest People Over Past 20 Years https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/07/crazy-video-shows-progression-of-worlds-10-richest-people-over-past-20-years/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/07/crazy-video-shows-progression-of-worlds-10-richest-people-over-past-20-years/#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2021 10:46:04 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569164 [inagesource: Forbes]

Over the next few days, you’ll see plenty of stories about billionaires.

That’s because Forbes has just released its ‘World’s Billionaires List 2021’, detailing the wealthiest individuals on the planet.

We have already covered the five youngest billionaires today (18 years old and worth more than $3 billion – wild), but what regular old numbers can’t show you is just how the world’s 10 richest people have transformed in the past two decades.

Way back when, in 2001, Bill Gates was out in front by a clear margin, with second-placed Warren Buffett worth a paltry $32,3 billion.

Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and some other familiar names are also nowhere to be seen, and it’s the rise of those first two billionaires that is so crazy to watch.

Musk doesn’t appear at all until 2020, and then shoots to second place, and Bezos only pops up in 2015.

In under three minutes, here’s how the top 10 has progressed (click below and the video will play):

If that doesn’t work, you can watch the same video on Twitter:

According to Forbes, here’s how that top 10 looks, using stock prices and exchange rates from March 5 to calculate net worths.

There have been some net worth tweaks since, according to the Real-Time Billionaire Tracker, but the top 10 remains unchanged.

Zuckerberg at 36 years of age – sies.

[source:forbes]

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Beauty Pageant Drama After Last-Minute Crown Snatch [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/07/beauty-pageant-drama-after-last-minute-crown-snatch-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/07/beauty-pageant-drama-after-last-minute-crown-snatch-video/#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2021 10:10:17 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569135 [imagesource:here]

Divorce can end with people houseless, childless, and even crownless.

A pageant queen in Sri Lanka knows what I mean.

Pushpika De Silva, a pageant queen who won the title of Mrs. Sri Lanka, says she sustained some injuries after her crown was pulled from her head and her win revoked by the previous Mrs. Sri Lanka.

The former pageant winner and current Mrs. World, Caroline Jurie, yanked the crown off De Silva’s head and gave it to the first runner-up instead.

Why? Because of an alleged divorce:

“There is a rule that you have to be married and not divorced, so I am taking my first steps in saying that the crown goes to the first runner-up,” Jurie tells the audience.

You can watch the drama unfold around the 1:15 mark below:

De Silva leaves without saying a thing, but she hasn’t kept quiet for long.

People reports that De Silva posted a response on Facebook shortly after the incident, mentioning how she “suffered injuries” when the crown was “snatched” from her head:

“As I write this, I responsibly say that I am not a divorced woman,” she wrote in a statement translated from Sinhala. “If I am divorced, I challenge them to submit my divorce papers.”

“So, even though that symbolic crown has been snatched from my head, I would like to inform you that I have already taken the necessary legal action for the injustice and insult that has taken place,” De Silva continued, adding that “a real queen is not a woman who snatches another woman’s crown, but a woman who secretly sets the other woman’s crown!!”

Some outlets report that she needed hospital treatment for injuries caused when the crown was taken off.

Who knows what kind of money or publicity was involved for Mrs World to wrongly state that De Silva was divorced. It’s honestly beyond me.

Anyway, the Mrs. World organisation is looking into the matter, and it appears likely that they will give De Silva her crown back.

[source:people]

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This Windhoek Beer Ad With Gerard Butler Is Cleared For Use Again [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/07/this-windhoek-beer-ad-with-gerard-butler-is-cleared-for-use-again-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/07/this-windhoek-beer-ad-with-gerard-butler-is-cleared-for-use-again-video/#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2021 09:00:12 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569112 [imagesource: YouTube / Windhoek Beer]

Imagine forking out for Gerard Butler to star in your beer commercial, which you know won’t have come cheap, only to have the advert banned after the Advertising Regulatory Bureau (ARB) said it reinforced gender stereotypes?

That ruling, handed down in January, said the ARB took issue with “the entrenchment of male behaviour that is bullying, and what has come to be labelled as ‘toxic masculinity’.”

Following an appeals process, reports Business Insider SA, the ARB’s advertising appeals committee has now ruled that the advert may once more be used:

It discovered that the ARB’s decision had “involved reading-in messages into the commercial that are not borne out by the presentation of the commercial and the facts relayed or portrayed in the commercial.”

…With no forbidden gender stereotypes discerned, the appeals committee set aside the original ban, which leaves the ad cleared to run on television again.

So, chances are that if you take a break from Netflix, you may be greeted with this in the ad break:

I often wonder what kind of person complains to the ARB about an advert like that.

Sure, toxic masculinity is alive and thriving, but I’m not sure banning that advert is going to do much to rein that in.

Whilst Heineken, which makes Windhoek, is now free to air the advert, it did get a decent telling off for the all-male cast:

In fighting off the ban, Heineken presented research showing a large majority of beer drinkers in South Africa are men.

Even if true, the committee said in its formal ruling, “the minority female drinkers of beer must not be treated as a silent minority in the design of marketing material by producers such as Heineken.”

Going forward, Heineken is expected to ensure commercials are more representative of South African society.

It’s never ideal to have your ad yanked off the air, but at least Heineken has avoided the nightmare was that Bruce Springsteen’s 2021 Super Bowl advert for Jeep.

[source:businsidersa]

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Meet The World’s Five Youngest Billionaires https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/07/meet-the-worlds-five-youngest-billionaires/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/07/meet-the-worlds-five-youngest-billionaires/#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2021 08:25:18 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569101 [imagesource:here]

Time is money, and these five youngsters have both. Stacks. Billions, really.

Forbes has done some maths to figure out who exactly the faces of the youngest and wealthiest are.

Ahhh, nothing like a good Forbes richest list to overshadow the glow after eating avo toast in the morning.

Interestingly, of the 10 people that Forbes listed as worth more than $1 billion whilst under the age of 30, only four were self-made, whereas the rest inherited their wealth (mostly from their fathers).

The four lads who are making their own cash and made it from scratch are Austin Russell (founder of Luminar Technologies), Andy Fang and Stanley Tang (founders of DoorDash, and pictured above), and Sam Bankman-Fried (the owner of a massive crypto trading fortune).

Forbes mentions that the number of total billionaires increased by a net of 660 to 2 755, since last year.

Combined, the 10 youngest billionaires are worth around $29,5 billion, $13 billion more than a year ago.

That’s mad money.

Inherited or self-made, we will show you the five youngest billionaires of 2021:

#1 | Kevin David Lehmann

AGE: 18
NET WORTH: $3.3 Billion
SOURCE OF WEALTH: DRUGSTORES
COUNTRY: GERMANY

Lehmann is now the world’s youngest billionaire after he officially inherited his father’s 50% stake in German drugstore chain drogerie markt.

#2 | Wang Zelong

AGE: 24
NET WORTH: $1.5 BILLION
SOURCE OF WEALTH: PIGMENT PRODUCTION
COUNTRY: CHINA

Wang inherited a stake worth more than $1.3 billion in CNNC Hua Yuan Titanium Dioxide Co., which trades on the Shenzhen stock exchange. The company produces titanium dioxide pigment, a white pigment that can be used in coatings, plastics, ink and other materials.

#3 | Alexandra Andresen

AGE: 24
NET WORTH: $1.4 BILLION
SOURCE OF WEALTH: INVESTMENT FIRM
COUNTRY: NORWAY

#4 | Katharina Andresen

AGE: 25
NET WORTH: $1.4 BILLION
SOURCE OF WEALTH: INVESTMENT FIRM
RESIDENCE: NORWAY

The Andresen sisters each inherited 42% of Ferd, a Bærum, Norway-based investment company that reels in about $2 billion in annual revenue. Their father, Johan, still runs the business.

#5 | Austin Russell

AGE: 26
NET WORTH: $2.4 BILLION
SOURCE OF WEALTH: AUTONOMOUS CAR TECH
COUNTRY: UNITED STATES

An optics prodigy, Russell dropped out of Stanford in 2012 after receiving a $100,000 Thiel Fellowship to start Luminar Technologies, which makes sensors and other tech for autonomous vehicles. Its sensors now help self-driving cars of such customers as Volvo and Toyota by bouncing laser beams off nearby objects and vehicles’ surroundings. Luminar went public through a SPAC merger in December. Russell owns about a third of the company.

Net worths were calculated using stock prices and exchange rates from March 5, 2021.

Oh hey, Kylie Jenner seems to have lost her spot in the ‘Three Comma Club’, due to the ‘web of lies’ surrounding her finances that was exposed last year.

What a pity.

[source:forbes]

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Ghislaine Maxwell Needs To Learn To Flush Her Toilet https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/07/ghislaine-maxwell-needs-to-learn-to-flush-her-toilet/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/07/ghislaine-maxwell-needs-to-learn-to-flush-her-toilet/#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2021 07:45:23 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569096 [imagesource: Patrick McMullan/Getty Images]

The ongoing battle between those trying to secure Ghislaine Maxwell’s release from prison on bail, and those who believe she should remain behind bars, took a particularly nasty turn this week.

In one corner is Maxwell’s family, along with her lawyers, who have consistently hit out at the conditions under which she is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Centre (MDC) in New York, along with her treatment by guards.

In the other corner are federal prosecutors, who have said that there is nothing untoward in the treatment that Maxwell receives, before launching an extraordinary rebuke this week.

Responding to a complaint sent to a federal judge in February by a lawyer for Maxwell, prosecutors laid to into the British ‘socialite’ (that seems to be the going descriptor for the time being) and her potty training.

The Daily Beast below:

In their Tuesday filing, they say Maxwell is a healthy weight, doesn’t have any noticeable hair loss, received the COVID vaccine, and seems to sleep through nighttime checks—but has been warned of cleanliness issues herself…

The government’s letter added that after Maxwell’s complaint of abuse, MDC staff ordered the heiress to “clean her cell because it had become very dirty.”

“Among other things, MDC staff noted that the defendant frequently did not flush her toilet after using it, which caused the cell to smell,” the filing continues. “In addition, the defendant had not cleaned her cell in some time, causing the cell to become increasingly dirty. MDC staff directed the defendant to clean her cell in response to the smell and the dirtiness, not as retaliation for complaining about a particular search.”

During our Day Zero panic, we all subscribed to the ‘if it’s yellow, let it mellow’ mantra, but one gets the impression prosecutors are referring to a different bodily function.

In response to complaints that conditions are making it hard for Maxwell to prepare for her court case, prosecutors also pointed out that Maxwell has access to both a desktop computer and laptop for “13 hours a day, seven days a week” and “continues to receive more time to review discovery than any other inmate”.

Amidst claims that jail staff had deleted some of her emails, a review by the MDC showed that Maxwell herself had deleted emails and archived others.

Whilst it won’t affect charges against her, a recent lawsuit filed against Jeffrey Epstein’s estate, alleging that Epstein and Maxwell threatened to feed a sex trafficking victim to alligators if she spoke up, isn’t going to sway public favour in her direction.

Perhaps Maxwell is trying her utmost to make her prison conditions seem horrid in the hopes that her legal team can secure her release on bail.

If that’s the case, she may have met her match with these federal prosecutors, who appear to be ready to fight nasty with nasty.

Maxwell is due to go on trial later this year, and will face child sex trafficking charges, among others.

[source:dailybeast]

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Largest COVID-19 Survivor Study Shows A Third Suffer ‘Brain Disease’ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/07/largest-covid-19-survivor-study-shows-a-third-suffer-brain-disease/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/07/largest-covid-19-survivor-study-shows-a-third-suffer-brain-disease/#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2021 07:10:55 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569070 [imagesource: Miles Fujimoto/College of Science]

We’ve heard many stories about ‘Long COVID’, with sufferers experiencing brain fog and fatigue long after they recover, and now a new study published in the Lancet Psychiatry Journal has revealed that COVID-19 symptoms can end up lingering in the brain.

Many ‘long-haulers’ (people who feel COVID-19 symptoms for a long time, even after ‘recovery’) are reporting feeling what is now being called ‘Post-COVID Syndrome’.

The symptoms are included in the range of neurological and psychological; brain fog, confusion, fatigue, anxiety, PTSD, loss of smell and taste, seizures, and movement complications to name a few.

CNN reports:

They found 34% of Covid-19 survivors received a diagnosis for a neurological or psychological condition within six months of their infection, according to the study.

The most common diagnosis was anxiety, found in 17% of those treated for Covid-19, followed by mood disorders, found in 14% of patients.

It turns out, developing mental health problems is more frequent across the board, compared to patients who develop neurological complications.

It depends on the severity of the case. These effects are mostly felt by severe patients who need hospitalisation for recovery, but there is also a fair number of outpatients who feel the effects long after the actual infection, too.

The study is the biggest yet, using electronic health records of over 236 000 US-based patients. The records are also compared with patients suffering from other respiratory infections.

“This is a robust piece of work in a large cohort demonstrating the association between Covid-19 and psychiatric and neurological complications,” [Dr. Musa Sami, a clinical associate professor in psychiatry at the University of Nottingham] said in a statement. “This is a very important topic as there has been considerable consternation regarding Covid-19 as a ‘brain disease.'”

They observed that those with Covid-19 had a 44% increased risk for neurological and psychiatric illness compared to people recvering from flu. And they were 16% more likely to experience those effects compared with people with other respiratory tract infections.

The positive aspects of the study’s findings were that it isn’t very likely for COVID-19 patients to develop Parkinsonism or Guillain-Barré syndrome afterwards, which are diseases associated with viral infections.

Although at an individual level these findings are less likely to apply, the study does provide substantial data for the health care system to take the necessary precautions.

Medical professionals should realise that they need to provide care for well over six months of recovery.

[source:cnn]

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Awkward: Lambo Slams Into Trees Near Llandudno [Images+Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/07/awkward-lambo-slams-into-trees-near-llandudno-imagesvideos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/07/awkward-lambo-slams-into-trees-near-llandudno-imagesvideos/#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2021 06:30:01 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569073 [imagesource: Facebook / Cape Flats Stories]

Yesterday was a bad day for the driver of this Lamborghini Huracán Spyder.

Pricing starts from around R5 million, so you can imagine that insurance premiums are going to set you back a chunk each month, too.

Whilst some details surrounding the crash remain unconfirmed, what we know is that the accident occurred yesterday near the intersection of Victoria and Llandudno Road, with The South African reporting that the “alleged speedster lost control on a bend near Llandudno, and saw the front end of the Lamborghini crumble like a crisp packet”.

That seems like a fair description, when you take a look at the images circulating on social media:

Image: JWI.News / Facebook

Image: JWI.News / Facebook

Image: Cape Flats Stories

Image: Cape Flats Stories

It’s reported that nobody was injured in the crash, with the airbags deploying on impact.

You’re not the only getting those ‘2FAST4U’ vibes from this accident.

That image above, and a comment on Facebook, has also sparked rumours around whether or not the Lamborghini was a rental car.

If we get in a little closer…

CRJ Hiring is a car rental company, and on their Instagram account, they do have this listing:

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by CRJ Hiring (@crj_hiring)

There was also this comment on Facebook, from somebody who claimed to have been on the scene:

That would be a terribly awkward call to have to make to the rental company.

Some footage of the crash site:

This footage shows the state of the vehicle:

That must be a tough watch for the petrolheads out there.

TimesLIVE reports that the vehicle suffered “serious structural and mechanical damage”.

I imagine the same can be said of the driver’s ego.

[sources:southafrican&timeslive]

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Wednesday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/07/wednesday-morning-spice-521/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/07/wednesday-morning-spice-521/#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2021 05:43:56 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569042 [imagesource: AFP]

Court Order Allows Use Of Ivermectin For Covid-19 – A registered pharmacist or medical practitioner might compound and sell compounded medicine that contained ivermectin as an active ingredient. [news24]

Seventeenth Person Arrested In Cape Town ‘Nightclub Turf War’ Saga – He appeared in court on Tuesday, after he was found to be living in alleged underworld boss Mark Lifman’s Sea Point Hotel 303. [timeslive]

COVID-19: ‘A Biological Fukushima’ – Brazil Records 4,195 Deaths In A Single Day – Hospitals are at breaking point with witnesses likening them to scenes from a medieval plague outbreak as oxygen supplies run low. [sky]

Gangs And Guns: New Book Details ‘Deadliest Single Crime’ In Post-Apartheid SA – Criminologist Mark Shaw has calculated that over a thousand murders can be traced to one decision: SAPS Colonel Christiaan Prinsloo’s decision to start stealing firearms. [dailymav]

Fierce Battle Between Woolworths And Checkers Goes Online – South Africa’s high-end food retail market has traditionally been dominated by Woolworths, but Checkers is now grabbing a bigger slice Wof the pie thanks to various initiatives. [mybb]

Donald Trump Tumbles Down Billionaires’ Rankings – While the richest got spectacularly richer during the pandemic, the ex-president plummeted nearly 300 places in the Forbes list. [guardian]

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Announce First Project For Netflix – Archewell Productions is producing a new series for Netflix about The Invictus Games, the tournament for wounded veterans Harry founded in 2014. [cbs]

Derek Chauvin Used Unauthorized Neck Restraint On George Floyd, Training Officer Testifies – An officer who trained Chauvin testified that the neck restraint he used on George Floyd was not authorized because Floyd was already handcuffed. [washpost]

Picasso’s Portrait Of A Young Lover To Sell For $55 Million At Auction – In the thick of a tumultuous marriage to Olga Khokhlova, Picasso met and began an affair with 17-year-old Marie-Thérèse Walter. [cnn]

Caitlyn Jenner Explores Run For California Governor – Former reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner is talking with political consultants as she actively explores a run for governor of California. [axios]

20 Horrific Examples Of How Govt Departments Have Been Wasting Taxpayer Money – Over the last three years, almost R7.5 billion of government expenditure was fruitless and wasteful, the report found. [businsider]

Forbes’ 35th Annual World’s Billionaires List: Facts And Figures 2021 – Despite the pandemic, it was a record-setting year for the world’s wealthiest—with a $5 trillion surge in wealth and an unprecedented number of new billionaires. [forbes]

What The Suez Canal Fiasco Teaches Us About Shipping – When the Ever Given plugged up the Suez Canal for close to a week, the global economy’s reliance on shipping routes was clear to see. [here]

Aussie Design Startup Canva’s Valuation Balloons To $15 billion – On Tuesday, the nine-year-old company plans to announce that it has raised $71 million at a private valuation of $15 billion. [fortune]

Bavuma’s Burden And The Dearth Of Black Batsmen – In isiXhosa, Bavuma’s home language, they say “ndizakubonisa” – I’ll show you. Bavuma has lived by that mantra since he was a small boy in Langa, Cape Town, and later in Johannesburg. [newframe]

Kim Kardashian West Joins Billionaire Club – Her net worth reached $1bn (£720m) thanks to her cosmetics and clothing interests as well as income from TV, endorsement deals and investments, Forbes business magazine says. [bbc]

Singer Lorde Surfaces In Rare Social Media Sighting Years After ‘Disappearance’ – The New Zealand singer, 24, retreats from the public eye between musical projects, and does not maintain an active public social media presence. [newsau]

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Winklevoss Twins Are Laughing All The Way To The Bank [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/06/winklevoss-twins-are-laughing-all-the-way-to-the-bank-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/06/winklevoss-twins-are-laughing-all-the-way-to-the-bank-video/#respond Tue, 06 Apr 2021 14:10:25 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=568989 [imagesource: Craig Barritt/Getty Images for FIJI Water]

I believe the correct collective noun for Cameron and Taylor Winklevoss is ‘Winklevii’.

(However, it’s octopuses, not octopii, to save you some embarrassment when My Octopus Teacher cleans up at the Oscars.)

The Winklevii’s run-in with Mark Zuckerberg is a famous story that doesn’t need revisiting, although, over the years, the brothers haven’t shied away from getting a few digs in at their one-time potential business partner.

Having successfully sued Zuck, for which they were granted $65 million, the brothers invested $11 million in Bitcoin back in 2013.

As you can imagine, that investment has proven to be a very shrewd one, with the cryptocurrency’s price currently hovering around the $60 000 mark.

When they bought in, Bitcoin was going for around $8 a pop, and their current combined net worth is estimated to be in excess of $6 billion.

This week, they’re the cover stars of the latest Forbes magazine, under the headline ‘Revenge Of The Winklevii’, and it makes for an interesting read.

Here’s a summary of sorts, via Forbes Africa:

Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss didn’t grow up underdogs. But after losing an epic battle with Mark Zuckerberg over ownership of Facebook and being shunned in Silicon Valley, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are back—this time as budding Bitcoin billionaires at the center of the future of money, the creative economy and quite possibly a new operating model for Big Tech itself.

…the Winklevii, as they are widely known, have emerged as leaders of a technological movement whose core operating principle involves digitizing the records of all assets globally, decentralizing control and cutting out gatekeepers—including Facebook.

As things stand, Winklevoss Capital has invested in 25 digital asset startups, they own the digital art auction platform Nifty Gateway, and they’re very, very keen to take down the world’s foremost social media giant:

“The idea of a centralized social network is just not going to exist five or 10 years in the future,” Tyler predicts when asked about Facebook.

“There’s a membrane or a chasm between the old world and this new crypto-native universe. And we’re the conduit helping people transcend the offline into the online.”

I’m not sure they’re the ‘forgive and forget’ types.

If you want the real deep dive, read the full article here, or else you can settle for this summary of their empire below:

[source:forbes]

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2oceansvibe Weekend Sports Wrap https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/06/2oceansvibe-weekend-sports-wrap-12/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/06/2oceansvibe-weekend-sports-wrap-12/#respond Tue, 06 Apr 2021 13:55:39 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569007 [imagesource: Sky Sports]

Each week, I’ll be putting together a wrap of the weekend’s sporting action, standout moments, and major talking points, with a focus on football, cricket, and rugby.

The Weekend Sports Wrap is sponsored by Hollywoodbets – register now and score a R25 sign-up bonus.

Sadly, we must bid farewell to the Easter weekend, although any self-respecting adult has an egg and hot cross bun stash that will last well through the week.

For now, though, we turn our attention to the long weekend’s standout sporting moments, starting with the famous Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge.

It was the latter that emerged triumphant in the men’s and women’s races this year, with tight finishes in both.

For the first time since 1845, the race did not take place on the Thames, with COVID-19 related precautions meaning things were relocated to the Great Ouse in Ely, Cambridgeshire.

In the 166th meeting between men, Cambridge extended their lead over Oxford to 84-81. As you can see from the package below, it was one that went to the wire.

Watch from 6:20 and you’ll see the white flag being waved as the finishing line is crossed:

The golfing world is licking its lips as the Masters is just days away, and a long-awaited PGA Tour win for Jordan Spieth has made him one of the favourites to don the Green Jacket at Augusta.

Sunday’s victory at the 2021 Valero Texas Open was the 27-year-old’s first in 1 351 days, with his final-round 66 enough to hold off a spirited challenge from Charley Hoffman.

Following the win, Spieth said “this is a monumental win for me… it’s been a long road. There were a lot of times that I didn’t know I would be here.”

The 12th win of his career, before his 28th birthday, means he joins an illustrious list. In fact, over the past 40 years, only Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, and Justin Thomas have racked up at least 12 wins before the age of 28.

Here are his final round highlights:

Hollywoodbets has Spieth at 11/1 odds of winning the Masters, which might be worth a cheeky punt if you think he can carry Sunday’s form into the major.

Another man bang in form is South African tennis pro Lloyd Harris, who climbed into the world’s top 50 following a great start to 2021.

Whether he can reach the lofty heights of Kevin Anderson, who reached fifth in the world back in July of 2018 remains to be seen, but he certainly has a serve powerful enough to trouble the world’s best.

Unfortunately, 34-year-old Anderson may be winding down, and is currently ranked 108th in the world. Over his career, he has earned a combined $17,135 million in singles and doubles prize money, so he’s made his talent count.

Rugby time, and we’ll start with a local battle that always delivers drama. The Varsity Cup is up and running, and yesterday saw UCT take on Stellenbosch, or Ikeys versus Maties, as it’s more commonly known.

Ikeys edged out their opponents 26-20, snapping Maties’ 25-match unbeaten run in the Varsity Cup. There were yellow cards galore, and a final push by Maties in stoppage time, but it was not to be:

Our up and coming talent could learn a thing or two from Cheslin Kolbe, who once again showed why the general public loves him so much.

Rather than his on-field talent, it was footage of Kolbe picking up rubbish following Toulouse’s Champions Cup win over Munster that was in the news:

Rumour has it he threw 32 pieces of rubbish into 12 separate bins.

How about this for an unusual try, coming to us via New Zealand? Harbour Hawks RFC were the beneficiaries of a lucky bounce, right off the pip of an opposition player, but they all count:

Finally, a rather epic fail from Kiwi presenter Joe Wheeler, who decided to bust out an offensive impersonation of an Asian accent during an interview with Highlanders player Mitchell Hunt.

Wheeler was referring to the Highlanders’ Japanese international Kazuki Himeno, and you can hear him say “leally, leally good’ below:

Wheeler later admitted he had been a total imbecile, and Himeno accepted the apology:

Lesson learnt.

Ah, football – the beautiful game.

I’ll begin this section with a miss that illustrates why Lucas Joao is playing for Reading in the Championship, rather than a side in the Premier League.

On Friday night, after being gifted an open net, Joao somehow fired wide:

One man who would most certainly have buried that chance is Zlatan Ibrahimovic, although his on-field prowess is tainted by the fact that he remains a total knobhead off it.

According to Swedish media outlet Expressen, Ibrahimovic, who has in the past likened himself to a lion, is accused of shooting a lion in South Africa in 2011, before importing its skin, skull, and jaw back to Sweden.

The story has also been picked up by The Daily Mail, if you want all the details and allegations. Whilst what Zlatan did is reported to have been legal, with the footballer possessing the required license, it’s just another reason for me to dislike a man who believes the sun shines out of his rear end.

The biggest upset of the English Premier League weekend saw West Brom hammer Chelsea 5-2, with the latter’s previously rock-solid defence unravelling against the side 19th in the table:

Obviously, I must mention Newcastle’s unlikely point against Spurs, although the Toon were good value for that point, and may well have walked away with all three had we buried our chances.

Still, the 2-2 draw means it’s two wins from our previous 21 matches, and whilst Fulham and Brighton also lost, we will have to win at some point to ensure safety come the end of the season.

A hearty thanks to Aston Villa and Manchester United for defeating our relegation rivals, with both coming from a goal down to claim the three points.

It’s also worth watching the West Ham – Wolves highlights from last night, if only for Jesse Lingard’s remarkable performance, which included a superb solo goal and an assist:

On this form, he probably warrants a spot in England’s European Championship squad, which is something you would never, ever have said at the turn of the year.

The biggest talking point in the cricketing world involved the Proteas, a victory over Pakistan in the so-called ‘Pink ODI’, and some quick-thinking from Quinton de Kock.

I love the guy, but you don’t say that about him all too often.

Before we delve into the controversy, here is the incident in question, with Fakhar Zaman run out for 193:

Aiden Markram deserves all the praise for a bullet of a throw from long-off, but it’s Quinton’s pointing to the bowler’s end that has caused such controversy.

Via Wisden, consider this:

Law 41.5, termed the ‘fake fielding’ law, states that “it is unfair for any fielder wilfully to attempt, by word or action, to distract, deceive or obstruct either batsman after the striker has received the ball”.

According to clause 41.5.2, “It is for either one of the umpires to decide whether any distraction, deception or obstruction is wilful or not.”

Rather than unpack why Quinton was within his rights to do what he did (you can head here for a great explainer), let’s hear from teammate Tabraiz Shamsi:

Shamsi will have been particularly relieved to see the Proteas hold on in the face of an extraordinary onslaught, having been dispatched to all parts by Fakhar.

Ultimately, the run-out controversy has shifted attention away from a remarkable innings, the highest-ever when batting second in an ODI, and the highest ever at the Wanderers.

A certain Herschelle Gibbs had held the Wanderers record with the most magnificent 175 you will ever see.

Here are the highlights from Sunday’s ODI:

Five of the Proteas’ star players will now depart for the IPL, meaning Temba Bavuma and his chargers will be up against it in Wednesday’s third and final ODI.

At least this means that Kyle Verreynne will finally get another chance to shine.

Before we go, for the cricket nerds out there, here is a great summary of how our finest quicks have performed since 2008:

Big Vern with the new ball, KG with the old ball, or Dale Steyn whenever.

Throw Morne Morkel into the mix and you have a truly potent bowling attack, the likes of which we may not see for a while.

Hopefully, Lungi Ngidi keeps on improving, and Anrich Nortje can sustain his rich vein of form, so that we can lighten the load on Rabada.

Wednesday’s third ODI at Centurion will start at 10AM.

Throw those juicy midweek Champions League fixtures into the mix (Manchester City and Pep versus Dortmund and Haaland is so, so appetising) and you’re good to go.

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What The Suez Canal Fiasco Teaches Us About Shipping https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/06/what-the-suez-canal-fiasco-teaches-us-about-shipping/ Tue, 06 Apr 2021 13:50:26 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=568970 [imagesource: Maxar Technologies]

So long, Ever Given, and thanks for the memes.

It was fun while it lasted, unless you were one of the companies losing out on huge sums of money, with major shipping routes disrupted for close to a week, at a cost of nearly $10 billion daily.

Eventually, that cost will end up hitting our pockets, because nothing in life is ever free, including memes.

With the Ever Given blockage dominating the news cycle, the importance of a functional shipping network was under the spotlight.

If you look around your office or home right now, there’s a pretty decent chance that much of what you see was at one point loaded onto a container and ferried on water.

Thankfully, there are companies that handle each step of the complicated process of getting cargo to and from the required destinations, so that’s one less headache for importers and exporters to deal with.

As The Conversation’s Anna Nagurney points out, the global economy runs on standardised shipping containers:

Today, an estimated 90% of the world’s goods are transported by sea, with 60% of that – including virtually all your imported fruits, gadgets and appliances – packed in large steel containers.

The rest is mainly commodities like oil or grains that are poured directly into the hull. In total, about US$14 trillion of the world’s goods spend some time inside a big metal box.

In short, without the standardized container – like the thousands that helped to keep the Ever Given stuck in the mud along the Suez Canal, snarling traffic for almost a week – the global supply chain that society depends upon would not exist.

We have American entrepreneur Malcolm McLean to thank for the standardised shipping container, which he designed in 1956, and is basically still in use today.

A length of 33 feet, which was soon increased to 35 (10,76 metres), and eight feet (2,43 metres) wide and tall, would lead to a huge reduction in the cost of loading and offloading containers from ships.

One of the key advantages is that whatever size a ship uses, they all, like Lego blocks, fit neatly together with virtually no empty spaces.

Image: Pieter Stam De Jonge/AFP/Ritzau Scanpix

This innovation made the modern globalized world possible. The quantity of goods carried by containers soared from 102 million metric tons in 1980 to about 1.83 billion metric tons as of 2017.

The Ever Given ship has a capacity of around 20 000 containers, and was carrying around 18 300 at the time it ran aground.

Designers are constantly working on larger container vessels, with greater capacity, and it’s estimated that by the year 2030, ships capable of carrying loads 50% larger than the Ever Given’s will be on open waters.

Whatever size the ship, importers and exporters want the peace of mind that comes with dealing in the best in the business, which is why South African company Berry & Donaldson has proven so popular over the past 58 years.

The full effect of the Suez Canal blockage will take months to play out, as the backlog enters ports around the world, and the international supply chain plays catch-up.

[source:conversation]

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Yes, It Is Possible To Be Born With Three Penises https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/06/yes-it-is-possible-to-be-born-with-three-penises/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/06/yes-it-is-possible-to-be-born-with-three-penises/#respond Tue, 06 Apr 2021 13:30:52 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=569026 [imagesource:here]

Bodies can be quite… quirky. Unique. Full of surprises.

Some people are born with anomalies; an extra finger, more than 10 toes, a tooth not in their mouth.

There have also been cases where people are born with two penises, and now there’s the first recorded baby to be born with a third penis.

A baby born with two penises is called diphallia and affects one in every five to six million babies, whereas a case with three penises is called triphallia.

A baby born in Iraq last year was the first recorded human with this condition.

According to the Jerusalem Post, in 2015, there was one other baby born in India with three penises but the case wasn’t recorded in a medical study so it remains unverified.

Apparently, it wasn’t obvious that the baby in Iraq was born with three penises as only two were visible initially. Later, the parents noticed a more swollen scrotum, only to be told by doctors that there was indeed a third penis.

As per Mashable:

The second penis was approximately 2cm long, and was connected to the first penis at the base, while the third penis was 1cm long and was located just below the scrotum.

The baby did go for an operation to remove the extra two, which was successful, and there were no problems a year after the procedure:

Although the case happened in 2020, it has only recently come into the spotlight as a history-making first.

A study on the strange occurrence was published in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports, and it reported the case as being puzzling due to the baby’s lack of exposure to drugs in the womb and a lack of hereditary genetic conditions.

Truly fascinating.

Speaking of more than one penis, a man went viral in 2015 (a big year it seems), claiming to have two 10-inch-long fully-functioning penises, which he used to have sex with over 1 000 people.

He is dubbed ‘DoubleDickDude‘, if you want to go down that wormhole.

[sources:mashable&jerusalempost]

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All The Winners From 27th Screen Actors Guild Awards https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/06/all-the-winners-from-27th-screen-actors-guild-awards/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/06/all-the-winners-from-27th-screen-actors-guild-awards/#respond Tue, 06 Apr 2021 13:00:12 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=568993 [imagesource: Twitter/@awards_watch]

You might have missed the 27th annual SAG Awards that just happened, but that’s why you come to us.

In this pandemic era of awards ceremonies, we won’t be getting the good old classics; no red carpet, no pretty dresses and suits, no hosts, no shiny set and definitely no afterparties.

It’s bleak but hey, we do the best with what we’ve got.

SAG seems to have done a stellar job with the production of the ceremony, and although they broke tradition, their decision to pre-tape an hour-long ceremony, created a neater, less glitchy (we’re looking at you Golden Globes) celebration of TV and film from the past year.

As per HuffPost, Daniel Kaluuya (top left in the above image) won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for portraying Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah.

Chadwick Boseman (bottom left in the above image) won for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as Levee Green in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Viola Davis (bottom right in the above image) won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Lastly, Youn Yuh-Jung (top right in the above image) as Soon-ja in Minari became the first Korean to ever win in the category for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.

Progress sure does look good!

Let’s have a look at the list of other nominations:

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Motion Picture

  • Da 5 Bloods
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Minari
  • One Night in Miami
  • WINNER: The Trial of the Chicago 7

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture

  • Amy Adams, Hillbilly Elegy
  • WINNER: Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
  • Frances McDormand, Nomadland
  • Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture 

  • Riz Ahmed, The Sounds of Metal
  • WINNER: Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Anthony Hopkins, The Father
  • Gary Oldman, Mank
  • Steven Yeun, Minari”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

  • Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
  • Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
  • Olivia Colman, The Father
  • WINNER: Youn Yuh-jung, Minari
  • Helena Zengel, News of the World

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

  • Chadwick Boseman, Da 5 Bloods
  • Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7
  • WINNER: Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Jared Leto, The Little Things
  • Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

  • Better Call Saul
  • WINNER: The Crown
  • Bridgerton
  • Lovecraft Country
  • Ozark

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

  • Dead To Me
  • The Flight Attendant
  • The Great
  • WINNER: Schitt’s Creek
  • Ted Lasso

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series 

  • WINNER: Gillian Anderson, The Crown
  • Olivia Colman, The Crown
  • Emma Corrin, The Crown
  • Julia Garner, Ozark
  • Laura Linney, Ozark”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

  • WINNER: Jason Bateman, Ozark
  • Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
  • Josh O’Connor, The Crown
  • Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
  • Regé-Jean Page, Bridgerton”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
  • Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me
  • Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
  • Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek
  • WINNER: Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Nicholas Hoult, The Great
  • Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek
  • Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
  • WINNER: Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso
  • Ramy Youssef, Ramy

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

  • Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America
  • Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You
  • Nicole Kidman, The Undoing
  • WINNER: Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit
  • Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

  • Bill Camp, The Queen’s Gambit
  • Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
  • Hugh Grant, The Undoing
  • Ethan Hawke, The Good Lord Bird
  • WINNER: Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True

If you’re interested you can check out more of the winners here, or watch the full show below:

Stay tuned for the Acadamy Awards coming later this month.

[source:huffpost]

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Watch Louis Theroux’s New ‘Tiger King’ Doccie In Full Here [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/06/watch-louis-therouxs-new-tiger-king-doccie-in-full-here-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/06/watch-louis-therouxs-new-tiger-king-doccie-in-full-here-video/#respond Tue, 06 Apr 2021 11:52:58 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=568950 [imagesource: BBC]

Despite his best efforts, Joe Exotic, or Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage if we’re going all in, remains behind bars.

According to the star of Tiger King, that’s because he was ‘too gay’ to earn a pardon from former President Donald Trump, having spent months lobbying for a release.

Joe is serving a 22-year sentence for participating in a murder-for-hire plot and violating federal wildlife laws.

Life behind bars makes starring in a documentary rather tricky, but thankfully for Joe, he actually met with Louis Theroux, the British filmmaker, back in 2011.

That was during Theroux’s filming of America’s Most Dangerous Pets, when he spent time with unusual animal owners, an umbrella Joe Exotic most certainly falls under.

With Tiger King blowing up, Theroux decided it was time to revisit that experience, reports The Independent:

In the 90-minute one-off Louis Theroux: Shooting Joe Exotic, Theroux revisits his subject nine years on and tries to work out what has happened, examining his own experience with Exotic and wondering whether he could have done more.

The catalyst is a letter Joe sent from the depths of prison lockdown, asking a British journalist to get in touch with Theroux and tell him “I need to tell the real story, but they keep me silenced”.

At this stage, you’d be forgiven for thinking the new doccie is just a chance to cash in on some old footage, but there’s plenty of new material to keep fans of the circus that is this saga entertained.

There’s even an interview with Carole Baskin and her husband, Howard, filmed at Joe’s repossessed park.

The Independent gave it five stars out of five, and The Irish Times called it “gripping”, although The Telegraph review was far less effusive with its praise.

Thankfully, the full doccie has been uploaded to YouTube, so you can make your own mind up:

[source:independent]

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Definitely Not A Good Friday At This London Church [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/06/definitely-not-a-good-friday-at-this-london-church-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/06/definitely-not-a-good-friday-at-this-london-church-video/#respond Tue, 06 Apr 2021 10:30:22 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=568965 [imagesource: YouTube / The Guardian]

A church is a safe space, but by no means is it safe from COVID-19 or the laws that police officers must enforce.

Worshipers in London were vexed after being interrupted by a few officers who asked them to leave the church or pay a fine of £200 (around R3 400) for breaking COVID-19 restrictions.

It was a Good Friday evening at Christ the King Polish church until, during the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, police dispersed this “unlawful” gathering.

As per The Telegraph, officers made the following statement at the church:

“You are not allowed to meet inside with this many people under law. At this moment in time you need to go home. Failure to comply with this direction to leave and go to your home address, ultimately could lead you to be fined £200 or, if you fail to give your details, to you being arrested.”

Churchgoers were not at all happy:

Christ the King church condemned the Metropolitan Police operation, accusing officers of having “brutally exceeded their powers by issuing their warrant for no good reason” because “all government requirements were met”.

The church said they also informed the Polish Catholic Mission in London saying that their “worship has been profaned.”

UK government guidance states that gatherings may take place as long as there is safe social distancing and mask-wearing.

Let’s see some footage. Spot how many children aren’t wearing masks or sitting with space between each other:

The Metropolitan Police said in their statement that officers decided it wasn’t a safe gathering as people were reportedly queueing down the street outside the church, and many inside were not wearing masks or socially distancing.

Shame, there’s no rest for the wicked.

[source:telegraph]

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Are You Guilty Of Terrible Driving Habits? Here Are The Five Worst https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/06/are-you-guilty-of-terrible-driving-habits-here-are-the-five-worst/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/06/are-you-guilty-of-terrible-driving-habits-here-are-the-five-worst/#respond Tue, 06 Apr 2021 09:10:31 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=568936 [imagesource:here]

So much road rage is directed outwards, at other cars on the road. It is always the other drivers, isn’t it?

Like, if you’re driving too fast, then everyone else is too slow, or if you decide to enjoy the ride, everyone else is a lunatic.

But unless your car causes intense anxiety because it scored a zero in a crash test, what if in-car stress (AKA the only driver you can control) is where the focus should be?

Nissan has conducted a study that reveals the most common causes of stress between drivers and passengers. The study is based in Europe (and used to promote Nissan’s latest in-car technology) but we can relate anyway, because a driver is a driver is a driver.

It turns out a great deal of that driving stress can be eliminated by proper planning with maps, music, and mindfulness.

According to the study, unsafe driving and mobile usage take the lead as the causes of in-car arguments.

The five leading causes of in-car arguments are, via BusinessTech, as below:

  • Using the phone while driving/texting while driving (45%)
  • Dangerous overtaking (39%)
  • Last-minute braking (35%)
  • Sudden or harsh braking unnecessarily (33%)
  • Tailgating (32%)

It is admittedly pretty terrifying to see the person who literally has my life in their hands drop it for an Instagram notification.

More on the study, from Gadget:

Nearly three-quarters [72%] of the survey participants state that using the phone while driving or texting behind the wheel are together the worst driving habits and a large source of stress between drivers and passengers.

So yeah, phone usage is stressful for a passenger, and even overrides dangerous overtaking and tailgating, with 59% and 55% selecting these as the worst habits respectively.

Music and mutual interest in the music playing is also a big factor for a stress-free ride:

Safe driving (59%) and good music (55%) are the order of the day for enjoyment in the car.

Coming ahead of finding a good parking spot (24%), top tunes are prized over practicality for European drivers.

If you’re looking for a solution, do more prep before hitting the road. Otherwise, smart cars and technology can help:

Over a third of respondents highlighted the use of digital navigation aides as the ideal solution, followed by advanced safety features (34%) such as intelligent cruise control for peace of mind, followed by hands-free mobile phone technology (33%) and driving assistance technologies (32%).

It is only a matter of time before they add stats for sleeping in your self-driving car

[sources:businesstech&gadget]

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Do Yourself A Favour And Check Out The Soviet Version Of ‘Lord Of The Rings’ [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/06/do-yourself-a-favour-and-check-out-the-soviet-version-of-lord-of-the-rings-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/06/do-yourself-a-favour-and-check-out-the-soviet-version-of-lord-of-the-rings-video/#respond Tue, 06 Apr 2021 08:30:26 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=568930 [imagesource: YouTube / The Guardian]

If you’re in the business of spending close to an entire day glued to your telly screen, you can do a great deal worse than watching The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Yes, I’m sure the books are better, but Peter Jackson did a pretty fine job of bringing them to life, and if you watch all three films, that’s in excess of 11 hours ticked off.

You’re seriously after more? Add in a viewing of The Hobbit trilogy, and you’re looking at another eight hours or so.

I will assume diehard fans have done both, but here’s something extra that you probably haven’t come across before – a Soviet television adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.

The Guardian reports:

The 1991 made-for-TV film, Khraniteli, based on Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring, is the only adaptation of his Lord of the Rings trilogy believed to have been made in the Soviet Union.

Aired 10 years before the release of the first instalment of Peter Jackson’s movie trilogy, the low-budget film appears ripped from another age: the costumes and sets are rudimentary, the special effects are ludicrous, and many of the scenes look more like a theatre production than a feature-length film.

We shall begin with a snippet, to set the scene:

The growling as the ring is worn was an interesting touch.

After airing just once on Leningrad Television, the film disappeared, and those who have searched for it over the years have been sorely disappointed.

Then, without warning or fanfare, Leningrad Television’s successor, 5TV, posted the film to YouTube last week:

“Fans have been searching the archives but had not able to find this film for decades,” wrote World of Fantasy, a Russian-language publication that has written about adaptations of Tolkien’s work.

“There should be a statue to the person who found and digitised this,” one commenter posted.

The film was uploaded in two parts, and I have cycled through both without watching them in full.

It really is quite something, and I would encourage you to do the same.

English subtitles make it better, so here’s a step-by-step on that front:

  • Click the ‘Settings’ cog, and then click ‘Subtitles’
  • Select ‘Russian (auto-generated)’
  • Then go back into ‘Subtitles’ and select ‘autotranslate’
  • Select English as the language

It may help somewhat with understanding what the hell is actually going on, but don’t expect everything to fall into place.

Here’s part one:

And here’s part two:

[source:guardian]

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Jordan Royal Family Drama Makes Harry And Meghan Look Tame https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/06/jordan-royal-family-drama-makes-harry-and-meghan-look-tame/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/06/jordan-royal-family-drama-makes-harry-and-meghan-look-tame/#respond Tue, 06 Apr 2021 07:50:42 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=568891 [imagesource:Attila Kisbenedek/AFP via Getty Images]

A wave is rising of royals and ex-royals speaking out against their country’s ruling system, most notably from inside The Firm / The Institution/ The Royal Family in the UK and now, in what is supposed to be a fairly stable region in the Middle East, Jordan.

Jordan is confronting what might be its worst royal rift yet.

The country’s popular former prince, Hamzah bin Al Hussein, recently sent out a video claiming he was on house arrest, banned from any political activity, and without internet or phone lines.

In the video, he also criticises the country’s leadership and distances himself from any accusations of corruption.

Although, according to CNN, the Jordanian authorities released a statement shortly after Hamzah’s video to say that they had reacted to a “plot in which Hamzah was working in collusion with unnamed foreign entities to “destabilize” Jordan”.

Hamzah’s video:

There was also an arrest of 15 others, including one other member of the royal family and a high-profile political figure.

More from CNN:

Jordanians’ “well-being has been put second by a ruling system that has decided that its personal interests, financial interests, that its corruption is more important than the lives and dignity and future of the ten million people who live here,” said the prince.

It is interesting to note at this point, how Hamzah became the former prince.

He was groomed to be monarch by his father, Jordan’s late King Hussein, for nearly 50 years. Then, whilst the King was on his literal deathbed, he decided to change the succession plan, throwing Hamzah from the future throne (ouch) and naming Abdullah (his eldest son from his second marriage) as his successor.

This made Hamzah the crown prince, but not for long because, in 2004, Abdullah then stripped Hamzah of his princely place and gave it to his son (double ouch).

Hamzah is popular among Jordanian tribes, though, and often visits them, which might have created the tension that led to all the arrests. I wouldn’t blame him for possibly plotting, family history considered.

Then, the plot twisted once more, and two days after Hamzah released his videos, after a mediation that apparently went well, he pledged allegiance to his half-brother, King Abdullah.

The BBC reports:

Malik Dahlan, a professional mediator and a friend of the family, issued a separate statement, saying the mediation had been “successful” and that he expected a resolution “shortly”, according to the Associated Press.

There are still many gaps in the story and the fact that a bunch of Jordan’s allies and neighbours rushed to express support of the King during all of this, apparently means that the crisis is not over.

[sources:cnn&bbcnews]

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QAnon Docuseries Reckons It’s Uncovered Who Q Is [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/06/qanon-docuseries-reckons-its-uncovered-who-q-is-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/06/qanon-docuseries-reckons-its-uncovered-who-q-is-video/#respond Tue, 06 Apr 2021 07:12:50 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=568918 [imagesource: Rick Loomis / Getty Images]

It is genuinely tough to take QAnon seriously, but thanks to a vast misinformation network, and people’s willingness to believe just about anything, we have to.

There are countless stories of families being torn apart by somebody (usually a parent) who genuinely believes that a cabal of Satan-worshipping Democrats, Hollywood celebrities, and billionaires are harvesting a life-extending chemical from the blood of abused children, and there are signs that the baseless theory is gaining traction here in South Africa.

Only Donald Trump can save the world, and he will, on a date that keeps on changing as each prophecy fails to come to fruition.

The most in-depth and extensive docuseries to delve into QAnon, Q: Into the Storm, just finished airing recently, and the six-part series aims to uncover the forces behind QAnon.

Before we deliver any spoilers, here’s the trailer for the HBO docuseries:

Director Cullen Hoback spent three years sniffing around, waiting for somebody to slip up, and he says somebody finally did.

At this point, spoilers will follow, so if you would prefer to watch the series for yourself, be gone.

CNET reports:

Hoback believes the person behind Q is Ron Watkins, the son of 8chan/8kun owner Jim Watkins. 8chan was a loosely moderated message board that was a haven for white supremacists where users’ identities were kept anonymous…

Hoback felt that during a conversation in late 2020, he was able to confirm his suspicion that Q was the younger Watkins.

“I’ve spent the past … almost 10 years, every day, doing this kind of research anonymously. Now I’m doing it publicly, that’s the only difference,” Ron Watkins told Hoback during a video chat. This was a reference to his secret identity as Q, according to Hoback…

Here’s the moment that happens:

Oops.

Watkins knows, as soon as he says it, that he’s made a serious blunder.

He’s long been suspected of writing the cryptic posts alleging that Trump was waging war against Satan-worshipping paedophiles, but has always denied this, and continues to do so.

There is other evidence that Hoback uses to link Watkins to the Q posts:

In the final episode, Hoback begins to recount the instances in which Ron Watkins played dumb on the activities of Q, only to then seemingly have in-depth insight into Q’s intentions. There were also images of pens and watches in multiple posts by Q, and Hoback noticed during the filming of the series that those were two interests Ron Watkins had.

Another piece of evidence that appears to point to Ron Watkins being Q came after a mass shooting in 2019 at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. The shooter posted about his intentions on 8chan that day. Once this information came to light, the site temporarily lost its hosting service. When the site returned, Q was able to post right away, which Hoback says is something only site administrators could do at the time.

Whilst Hoback may well have locked down who Q is, or at least who one of the people posting as Q is, the docuseries will struggle to dissuade believers, who are so invested at this point that there is little to no hope of ever extracting them from the delusion.

There are also those, like Joan Donovan, director of the Technology and Social Change Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center, who say that Q “is a collective ensemble of different interested parties that have different levels of knowledge and different access points to the infrastructure… [and] there’s no single person who could be Q.”

Perhaps there will one day be a definitive answer, but for now, believers will continue to cling onto the hope that the likes of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, George Soros, Bill Gates, Tom Hanks, Oprah Winfrey, Chrissy Teigen and Pope Francis are in for a day of reckoning.

[source:cnet]

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First Footage From Mozambique’s Palma Shows Terror Devastation [Videos] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/06/first-footage-from-mozambiques-palma-shows-terror-devastation-videos/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/06/first-footage-from-mozambiques-palma-shows-terror-devastation-videos/#respond Tue, 06 Apr 2021 06:35:35 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=568901 [imagesource: Sky News]

It’s been almost two weeks since insurgents from a local Islamist organisation called Allu Sunna wa Jama, or al-Shabaab, or ISIS-Mozambique (known locally as al-Shabaab), infiltrated the northern town of Palma and began to mercilessly attack residents, workers, and business owners.

Tales of heroic rescues, both from the air and from the ocean, are impressive, but hundreds of innocent civilians have lost their lives, and many of those who managed to make it out alive have harrowing stories to tell.

Thankfully, Mozambique’s military says it has regained territory in Palma, and claims that a “significant” number of militants had since been killed.

On Sunday, Commander Chongo Vidigal, leader of military operations, said they had retaken the airfield area, which allowed for additional forces, as well as journalists, to touch down.

Vidigal also said that the area is “under 100 percent control by Mozambican authorities”, although that claim has been refuted by some experts.

Here’s eNCA:

“There might be pockets that are safe but they are definitely not in control,” Willem Els, senior training coordinator at the South Africa-based Institute for Security Studies, told AFP.

“Insurgents are still roaming around,” he cautioned, citing sources on the ground. “The only enclave that is really secure at the moment is the area around Afungi.”

DAG founder Lionel Dyck confirmed their involvement ends on Tuesday.

“God help the people,” he told AFP via WhatsApp on Monday, adding that it was “unlikely” soldiers had retaken Palma.

It appears there is still a battle to be fought, but for the first time since the insurgents stormed the town, journalists have been able to film footage of the area.

This, from Sky News, shows some of the devastation from above:

Once they touched down, Sky correspondents relayed what they saw:

Our team saw bodies still lying in the street and multiple shops, offices and homes, as well as a hospital that had been vandalised and set alight.

The mobile phone mast had been destroyed and power lines pulled down…

Residents told us they were shooting indiscriminately and wielded machetes, with several witnesses telling us they carried out beheadings.

The streets were littered with spent bullet cartridges.

Below, Sky’s special correspondent Alex Crawford takes a walk through the streets, and speaks with residents who survived the attack:

[sources:enca&sky]

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Tuesday Morning Spice https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/06/tuesday-morning-spice-524/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/06/tuesday-morning-spice-524/#respond Tue, 06 Apr 2021 06:02:04 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=568859 [imagesource: Getty/Scott Heins]

Harvey Weinstein Appeals Against Conviction For Sex Crimes – His lawyers argue that the judge made several errors that denied Weinstein’s right to a fair trial. [bbc]

‘Significant Number Of Terrorists’ Shot Down – Mozambique Army Claims Militants Killed In Battle – The true death toll is not yet known, but thousands were displaced and the French energy giant Total suspended operations at its multibillion-dollar plant. [news24]

SA’s Vaccination Rollout: Tortoise Vs Hares In Race To Covid-19 Jab – Criticism of the snail’s pace at which SA is rolling out Covid-19 vaccinations compared with its economic peers is unfair and misplaced, leading health economists and academics say. [timeslive]

NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter Survives First Freezing Night On Mars – The 4-pound helicopter finally separated on April 3 from the belly of the Perseverance rover, where it has been stashed since before the rover launched from Earth in July. [cnn]

Putin Has Signed A Law Allowing Him Two More Terms As Russia’s Leader – The law allows him to potentially hold onto power until 2036, a move that formalizes constitutional changes endorsed in a vote last year. [time]

How Much It Costs To Fix Potholes In South Africa – Transport minister Fikile Mbalula was recently asked about the costs involved in maintaining the country’s roads, and how much it will cost to eliminate every pothole in South Africa. [bustech]

The Final Two Crew Members Have Been Announced For Inspiration4’s Civilian Mission To Orbit Earth – SpaceX is earmarking the lift-off no earlier than 15 September, which will depart from Kennedy Space Centre’s Launch Complex 39A. [businsider]

Lava Photos From The Newest Iceland Eruption Show A Wild, Oozing Flow – Molten rock likely from miles underground is flowing out of a newly opened fissure in the ground on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula. [mashable]

Why Do South African Students Fare Worse At Maths Than Their Counterparts In Other Countries? – This is clear from results of South African learners in the International Mathematics and Science Study. [iol]

Café Caprice Is Giving Away A R5 000 Birthday Brunch – April birthdays were pretty miserable last year, which is why Café Caprice wants to make sure that this year you’ll be celebrating in style. [here]

Chauvin’s Use Of Force On George Floyd Was ‘In No Way’ Policy, Says Police Chief – Medaria Arradondo says on sixth day of trial that ex-officer’s treatment of George Floyd breached regulations. [guardian]

The South African Who Scammed Investors Out Of Millions – At its height South African Eran Eyal’s Springleap was touted as one of the country’s most successful tech start-ups. [mybb]

Spurs Players Getting Fed Up With Jose Mourinho’s Withering Comments – Mourinho – famed for holding onto leads – was asked why Spurs could not do so against Newcastle; ‘same coach, different players’ he replied. [telegraph]

Ten More ‘Girls Do Porn’ Victims Join Lawsuit Against Pornhub – The number of women suing Pornhub’s parent company Mindgeek in this complaint is now at 50. [vice]

Flashback: Kurt Cobain Rips Through ‘Dive’ In Lingerie At 1993 Nirvana Show – On the anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, watch him perform an early gem in a lace slip and tiara. [rollingstone]

Piers Morgan Claims He Has ‘Universal Support Of British Public’ Over Meghan Comments In First Interview Since GMB Departure – Morgan told Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson the Duchess of Sussex is “delusional” and “on the make”. [sky]

Khloe Kardashian’s Team Scramble To Remove Bikini Photo Posted ‘Without Permission’ By An Assistant – A candid image of Khloe Kardashian, seemingly unedited, surfaced over the weekend and was reposted on different forums online. [dmail]

David Schwimmer Teases New Element Of ‘Friends’ Reunion – The actor also revealed when filming for the highly anticipated show is taking place. [huffpost]

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UPDATED: Dlamini-Zuma Incorrectly Says No Transporting Of Liquor This Weekend https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/01/dlamini-zuma-says-no-transporting-of-liquor-this-weekend/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/01/dlamini-zuma-says-no-transporting-of-liquor-this-weekend/#respond Thu, 01 Apr 2021 13:43:13 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=568855 [imagesource:here]

UPDATE: There has now been a U-turn on the earlier announcement:

See this tweet:

So pack the boots once more, and take your liquor on your weekend getaway, I guess…

Happy fake Friday, everyone!

Before you head off on your four-day weekend, don’t forget to take the booze out of your boot.

Yep, it is official and crystal clear now – no transportation of alcohol anywhere in the country for four days.

According to The Citizen, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, addressed the media this morning:

“People are not allowed to carry alcohol from one place to another as of midnight tonight [Thursday] to midnight on Monday,” she said…

“The police will be doing road blocks and stuff. [People] are not allowed to be carrying alcohol from the one place to the other.”

You can guarantee this is going to anger South Africans who rushed out yesterday and today to stock up for the long weekend, only now to be told they could face punishment if found transporting any alcohol.

Alcohol sales will resume on Tuesday, although you are allowed to drink at licensed establishments from Friday through to Sunday.

The curfew remains from midnight until 4AM.

Stay safe, folks.

[source:citizen]

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Café Caprice Is Giving Away A R5 000 Birthday Brunch https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/01/cafe-caprice-is-giving-away-a-r5-000-birthday-brunch/ Thu, 01 Apr 2021 13:33:44 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=568635 I was listening to a podcast the other day, and the guest, who was about to turn 40, declared that he was not ageing another year until the pandemic was over and he could celebrate properly.

In other words, a moratorium on birthdays until birthdays are fun again.

Celebrations were shut down last year, and whether or not you could gather with a few friends in a physically distanced setting really depended on which alert level was in effect in the month that you were born.

April birthday parties were virtually non-existent, or only existed virtually.

For those who missed out, here’s some good news –  Café Caprice wants to make sure that this month, you can break that moratorium and celebrate in style.

Our favourite Camps Bay haunt is hosting a competition with Absolut Vodka to bring you the ultimate birthday brunch experience to the value of R5 000.

It includes some delicious food, a few bottles of Absolut Vodka, Big Serv Absolut Cocktails, Red Bull energy drinks to keep the good vibes flowing, and Fitch & Leedes mixers to turn that vodka into an acceptable breakfast drink.

The rules? Your birthday has to be in April and you have to be 21 or older.

 

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To enter, do the following:

  • Comment on the post above with your date of birth (in April).
  • Tag three of your besties who will be joining you for brunch.
  • Follow both @cafecaprice & @absolutsa on Instagram
  • Share the post above to your story, and make sure to tag both @cafecaprice & @absolutsa so that they know you’re showing them some love.

The winner will be announced on April 8, so keep an eye on Café Caprice’s social media channels.

While you wait, it’s worth stopping in to treat yourself to a few sundowners, birthday or no birthday.

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On Patrol Battling Gangs In Mitchells Plain [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/01/on-patrol-battling-gangs-in-mitchells-plain-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/01/on-patrol-battling-gangs-in-mitchells-plain-video/#respond Thu, 01 Apr 2021 13:30:26 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=568779 [imagesource:here]

Cape Town’s ruthless and extensive network of gangs has been well documented, with violence increasing across the region as rival factions go to war.

There have been a number of hits on prominent gang members, and in many areas lockdown has helped kingpins cement their power, forcing residents to stash and transport drugs in exchange for food and security.

Mitchells Plain is one such area, with an estimated 20 gangs in operation. A spate of gang killings has recently spilt onto the street, claiming the lives of innocent children and bystanders.

There is no escape from the violence, and the SAPS Anti-Gang Unit appears largely powerless to protect the community from the powerful criminal enterprises.

Recently, Carte Blanche spoke with members of the community, and went on dawn patrol with a new private security company that has taken it upon itself to make inroads against the gangs.

Here’s the segment from this past Sunday’s show:

[source:carteblanche]

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2OV Throwback Thursday – The ‘Prince Plays Basketball’ Viral Video https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/01/2ov-throwback-thursday-the-prince-plays-basketball-viral-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/01/2ov-throwback-thursday-the-prince-plays-basketball-viral-video/#respond Thu, 01 Apr 2021 12:00:14 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=568066 [imagesource: YouTube / Comedy Central]

Is there a better Thursday in the year than the Thursday before the Easter weekend?

I’m not sure there is, and here we are, so let us rejoice.

The more astute out there will notice that the man in the image above isn’t actually Prince, the ‘Purple Rain’ magician, but rather Dave Chappelle, as part of a sketch on Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show.

It’s one of the show’s most iconic sketches, and whilst it sounds completely outlandish, it’s actually remarkably similar to what really played out.

Yes, Prince did challenge Eddie Murphy, and his brother Charlie, to a basketball game at his home in 1985, and Prince wore his typically flamboyant outfit throughout.

According to Eddie Murphy, who told the story recently ahead of the release of Coming 2 America, all the musician changed was his shoes.

This from CinemaBlend:

“That is totally and absolutely accurate… My brother was like, ‘Alright, it’s going to be shirts against blouses.’ [Laughs] And the blouses won, they beat the shit out of us.”

Also there that night was Micki Free, who recounted his memories to Esquire:

“All I remember is when Prince made that first shot, it was all-net. I’m looking at him make shot after shot, like, “What the hell?”

Then at the end they really did make us pancakes—blueberry pancakes. And they were good! Hanging out with Prince was magical.”

Watching the sketch, and knowing that this stuff actually happened, just makes it even funnier.

Enjoy, and enjoy that long, sweet weekend ahead:

[sources:cinemablend&esquire]

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It Was Only A Matter Of Time Until A Gender Reveal Party Turned Deadly [Video] https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/01/it-was-only-a-matter-of-time-until-a-gender-reveal-party-turned-deadly-video/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/01/it-was-only-a-matter-of-time-until-a-gender-reveal-party-turned-deadly-video/#respond Thu, 01 Apr 2021 11:38:27 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=568815 [imagesource: Newsflash]

Tragedy can strike anytime, at any event, but it sure does seem to love a gender reveal party.

There was a death back in February, when a father-to-be from New York state died after a device he was building for a gender reveal party exploded, but now a party itself has turned deadly.

Adding to our exorbitant list of gender reveals gone wrong, is the story of an ‘it’s a girl!’ plane crash in the ocean off Cancun.

It was this past Tuesday when the parents-to-be sat in a boat and watched as a plane with the banner about their baby girl twirled head-first into the waves.

Unfortunately, two of the four people on board were killed.

The Cessna 206 plane, which was rented from a company called Xomex, was meant to simply fly overhead, perform some stunts, and then fly safely back to land while the parents relished in knowing (via a plane, nogal) the gender of their baby.

But as I said, tragedy loves a good gender reveal party.

Via The New York Post, emergency responders off the coast of Cancun were called upon immediately, but unfortunately, two people died.

Image: Alonso Cupul/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

There is still very little information about who exactly died on board, and why the plane nosedived in the first place, but an investigation is underway.

Here is a video of the ordeal:

Some of the comments you hear in the video (translated) go from the jubilant “it’s a girl!”, to an unsettled “It’s all good as long as it doesn’t end up crashing into us!”, before ending in sheer disbelief.

[source:nypost]

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Our Pick Of The Best April Fools’ Day Pranks So Far https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/01/our-pick-of-the-best-april-fools-day-pranks-so-far/ https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2021/04/01/our-pick-of-the-best-april-fools-day-pranks-so-far/#respond Thu, 01 Apr 2021 11:10:36 +0000 https://www.2oceansvibe.com/?p=568821 [imagesource:here]

Today is April 1, but much like last year, it’s been relatively quiet on the April Fools’ Day prank side of things.

Perhaps Volkswagen’s epic fail ahead of today put off brands and companies, along with the fact that we’re still battling a deadly pandemic and whatnot.

Still, there are plenty of pranks to choose from, and we’ll kick things off with Duolingo, a language-learning website and mobile app, via CNET:

…Duolingo knows people like to read on the loo, so it created the three-ply Duolingo Roll that “turns your bathroom into a classroom.”

The Roll website is a spot-on parody complete with reviews like “Keeps my language learning on a regular schedule.”

In a show of commitment to the joke, Duolingo actually produced some rolls for English, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Chinese speakers and will give them away via social media channels.

The Japanese and Spanish rolls are, at the time of writing, sold out.

It’s a goodie, but I think they’ll have to do more if they want to cut into the sacred toilet ‘Instagram scrolling and Tinder swiping’ time.

Next up, one that will certainly resonate with Millennials, who stand accused of being willing to commit war crimes to get their hands on anything avocado-related:

…you might enjoy Chosen Foods’ gag concept of GuacPaste, a guacamole toothpaste made with “hand-scooped Hass avocados.”

The package design looks like it would fit right in at Whole Foods.

Cue the Boomers weighing in with comments about how if you hadn’t been brushing your teeth with avocado paste, you could afford a house and wouldn’t have to work a second job to stay afloat.

The Guardian also has a list from Down Under, which features an announcement from the South Australia Police Force:

Here’s one that many tea drinkers may wish was an actual product, because who wants to hang around and jiggle the teabag?

You won’t get much pushback for saying you love tea, but coriander hasn’t earned such universal appraisal.

A what cookie, you say?

 

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Get out.

I have nothing against coriander, but I’ve seen it tear friendships apart.

IKEA threatened to enter the domain of dog fashion, releasing this advert:

You would never be able to assemble the bloody outfit anyway. That’s how IKEA works.

Shall we finish with something resembling a history lesson, so that you can wow friends and family this weekend?

Forbes has covered the history of April Fools’ Day, with the first certain English mention dating back to 1686, although there are variations of the day cropping up as far back as 1392.

The most reasonable explanation for the origin of the holiday appears to be the story that some countries adopted the Gregorian calendar earlier than others and therefore celebrated the new year on January 1 rather than March 25 under the previous calendar.

Under the old calendar, the celebration ended on April 1 after a week of revelry. The story goes that the non-French (and therefore less civilized) people who continued to celebrate the old calendar were fools and therefore called “poisson d’avril” in French vernacular which translates to “April fools” today.

Go ahead, throw around poisson d’avril on a Zoom meeting today under your breath to cuss out a co-worker.

I haven’t seen many local news sites trying their luck today, other than EWN’s story about Bafana Bafana’s new coach, but don’t ever forget that time our Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, fell for an absolute whopper.

[sources:cnet&guardian&forbes]

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