Outrageous Celebrity Baby Names

When Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin named their daughter “Apple” in 2004 they raised more than a few eyebrows. Celebrities have been naming their children unique – and often bizarre – names, for decades. In the sixties, rock star Frank Zappa named his children “Dweezil” and “Moon Unit”. Check out some of the strangest, most outrageous celebrity baby name choices:

Zuma Nesta Rock – Daughter of songstress Gwen Stefani and rocker Gavin Rossdale.

Moxie Crimefighter – Daughter of comedian and magician Penn Jillette.

Pilot Inspektor – Son of actor Jason Lee.

Jermajesty – Son of singer Jermaine Jackson.

Fifi Trixibelle – Daughter of Irish singer Bob Geldof and UK TV presenter Paula Yates.

Sage Moonblood – Son of action star Sylvester Stallone.

Audio Science – Daughter of actress Shannyn Sossamon.

Tu Morrow – Daughter of actor Rob Morrow.

Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily – Daughter of UK TV presenter Paula Yates.

Facebook to Testify in US Election Probe

Social media giants Facebook, Google, and Twitter have been invited to testify in front of a US Senate panel. The US Senate Intelligence Committee is currently investigating Russia’s involvement in last year’s US presidential elections.

The committee’s chairman, Senator Richard Burr, said that top executives, such as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, would not be required to testify.

He said, “[I]t’s more important that we get the person who’s most capable of talking about the technical aspects that they need to do to identify foreign money that may come in and what procedures need to be put in law that make sure elections are not intruded by foreign entities.”

In August, Facebook representatives claimed that a Russian troll farm with links to Moscow, had bought $100 000 in political adverts leading up to the election.

The panel is also investigating possible collusion between Donald Trump, his associates, and the Kremlin during the 2016 election campaign and throughout his presidency.

Tensions between Zuckerberg and Trump are high at the moment as the two have exchanged harsh words via social media. Trump accused Facebook of always being “anti-Trump” in a tweet yesterday morning.

Mark Zuckerberg rejected Trump’s accusation, saying, “Both sides are upset about ideas and content they don’t like. That’s what running a platform for all ideas looks like.”

Facebook representatives have said that the company is willing to hand over all 3000 Russian-linked adverts to congressional investigators. They also said that Facebook is cracking down on efforts to use the leading social network to meddle with elections in future.

Quick Frozen Desserts

With the hustle and bustle of life, it can be hard to find time to cook, let alone make dessert. Here are two delicious, frozen dessert recipes that you can whip up in no time.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites

Ingredients:

1 cup chocolate chips
⅔ cup smooth peanut butter
2 tsp. coconut oil
2 bananas, sliced
Pinch of sea salt

Method:

1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, heat chocolate until melted. Then, heat peanut butter for 15 seconds in the microwave until runny.
3. In a medium bowl, mix chocolate and coconut oil until combined.
4. Place teaspoon scoops of the chocolate mix into small baking cups. Top with a slice of banana, a teaspoon-sized scoop of peanut butter, and another scoop of chocolate. Repeat until you have used all your banana slices. Top with a pinch of sea salt.
5. Place tray in the freezer for 2 hours, or until frozen. Serve.

Frozen Cheesecake Bites

Ingredients:

1 cup chocolate chips
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1 cup cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp. sour cream
⅓ cup icing sugar
1 tbsp. raspberry liqueur
Pinch of salt
12 raspberries

Method:

1. In a medium bowl, microwave the chocolate chips and coconut oil until just melted.
2. Pour a teaspoon of the melted chocolate into each cube section of an ice cube tray. Use your fingers or a spoon to cover the sides of the mold completely. Freeze until solid, about 10 minutes.
3. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese and sour cream and beat until smooth. Add powdered sugar, raspberry liqueur and salt. Stir until fluffy.
4. Fill each ice cube section about halfway with cream cheese, then press a raspberry into the centre of the mixture. Fill the rest of the mold with cream cheese mixture, then top with melted chocolate.
5. Place in freezer until solid, about 45 minutes.
6. Turn ice cube over tray to release the cheesecake bites. Serve cold.

Image: Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites [online image] (2017) sourced on 28 September 2017 from http://del.h-cdn.co/assets/17/22/640×1568/gallery-1496338976-delish-chocolate-peanut-butter-banana-bites-pin.jpg

SA’s Best Fine Dining Spots

Fine dining restaurants offer the best service, attention to detail, atmosphere, and most importantly – food. For your next special occasion, why not treat yourself to a fine dining experience?

These are South Africa’s top fine dining restaurants according to TripAdvisor. They each offer a range of vegetarian options as well as their specialty cuisines.

Keep in mind that fine dining restaurants tend to be on the expensive side, and to always book in advance.

Cape Town

La Colombe Restaurant

Located in Silvermist Wine Estate, La Colombe offers iconic contemporary French and European cuisine.

The Test Kitchen

This inventive restaurant is based in Woodstock, and offers contemporary South African, Asian, French and Latin cuisines.

Johannesburg

Wombles Steakhouse Restaurant

Wombles is located in Bryanston and offers a range of gourmet meat dishes as well as fine European cuisine.

Marbles Restaurant

Located in Rosebank, Marbles offers international and contemporary cuisines, and prepares many of their dishes using an open flame.

Durban

9th Avenue Bistro

This bistro is in Morningside, and offers modern dishes with a mediterranean influence, particularly French, European and fusion cuisines.

Havana Grill Restaurant

Havana Grill is in North Beach, and offers international cuisine perfect for meat and seafood lovers.

Ugandan Lawmakers Brawl in Parliament

A fistfight broke out in Uganda’s parliament on Tuesday during a debate regarding the presidential age-limit.

Members of Parliament screamed, shoved, threw punches and hurled documents at each other in a brawl between the ruling party and members of the opposition.

At least one MP attempted to hit an opponent over the head with a chair.

The chaos began when a Forum for Democratic Change member accused a ruling party legislator of sneaking a gun into parliament.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga ordered each lawmaker to be searched for weapons, in an attempt to regain control. No weapons were found.

President Yoweri Museveni’s party was set to introduce a motion on Tuesday, to remove the presidential age-limit. Uganda’s constitution currently prevents anyone over the age of 75 from running for president.

Political leaders have speculated that President Museveni is trying to extend his rule, who at 73 is ineligible to run for re-election in 2021. Repeatedly asked whether he wants to remain President, Museveni has avoided answering the question, saying that the issue is “not so important”.

Museveni took power by force in 1986 and was re-elected last year in an election fraught with allegations of fraud and voter intimidation.

Crowds gathered in Kampala to protest the bill on Tuesday. Police fired tear gas into the crowd and arrested many of the demonstrators.

Uganda’s ruling party enjoys an overwhelming majority in the national assembly and the bill is expected to pass.

Image: Brawl in Parliament [online image] (2017) sourced on 27 September 2017 from https://i.cbc.ca/1.4307869.1506450897!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/uganda-politics-brawl-chair.jpg

Chad: Cholera Outbreak Kills 50

Over 50 people have died from cholera in Chad, leading authorities to declare an outbreak.

According to Health Ministry Secretary-General, Hamid Djabar, there have been 312 cases and 52 deaths since mid-August. Djabar added that the outbreak is currently “confined to the region of Sila”, near the country’s borders with Sudan and the Central African Republic

Authorities have set up a crisis committee to monitor the outbreak. Humanitarian organisations, Doctors Without Borders and UNICEF, have partnered with the Chadian government to provide assistance to those affected by the disease.

Cholera, which can kill within a few hours if not treated, regularly affects eastern Chad, as well as the Lake Chad Basin. These areas are least developed, and more than half the population lives in poverty.

The cholera virus has become an epidemic for those parts of Africa with crowded living conditions, poor sanitation, and immense poverty.

A similar outbreak is occurring in Nigeria, where at least 44 people have died. Cholera has spread throughout the camps for refugees displaced by Boko Haram’s violence. The United Nations says that around $10 million is needed to stop the spread of the disease in Nigeria.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there is also an outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has already killed 528. Currently, 20 out of 26 provinces are affected by the disease.

The WHO said in July that cholera kills 21 000 to 143 000 people globally each year.

Jordan Peele’s New TV Show

Seven months after signing a deal with Sonar Entertainment, Jordan Peele has lined up his first project as executive producer.

The new TV series, called “The Hunt”, is inspired by true events and will be set in 1970s’ America. The show will follow a group of Nazi hunters as they track and kill former members of the Third Reich who have escaped justice by hiding in American society.

Sources say that Peele was inspired by the recent rise of neo-Nazism in America. Racial tension has been under the spotlight since recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In August, a group of white nationalists marched in the Virginia city, sparking a number of counter-protests. One person was killed and 19 more were injured after a white supremacist rammed his car into a group of counter-protesters.

Jordan Peele starred for five seasons as one half of the comedic duo “Key and Peele” on Comedy Central.

Earlier this year, the 38-year-old proved that he is much more than just a comedian, with the release of his film “Get Out”. Written and directed by Peele, the racial-commentary horror received rave reviews and was a huge hit at the box office.

Peele has continued to work within the realm of racial commentary, recently signing on to produce Spike Lee’s film about infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan.

“The Hunt” will be written by David Weil, who currently has two other projects in development – a science fiction film and a fantasy TV series.

No network is attached to the project yet, but insiders say that several potential bidders are already lining up.

Bieber and Manson End Feud

It’s not too late to say sorry.

Justin Bieber has apologised to Marilyn Manson, ending their feud which began over a T-shirt design.

In 2016 an unauthorised image of the 48-year-old gothic rock singer was used on a T-shirt as part of Bieber’s Purpose World Tour merchandise. The back of the shirt reads: “Bigger Than Satan…Bieber.”

The T-shirt’s designer, Jerry Lorenzo, posted on Instagram that Manson gave them permission to “reinterpret” his image.

Manson denied this, and confronted the 23-year-old Canadian popstar about the T-shirt the next time the two met.

The feud has been ongoing since then, and was brought back under the spotlight after Manson recounted the meeting in a recent interview. According to Manson, Bieber told him he should be grateful that the popstar made the shock rocker “relevant again”.

In the interview, Manson also called Bieber arrogant, said that he’d made a “bad mistake”, and that he should “stand down”.

The two reportedly put their differences aside, however, when Bieber apologised over text message. Manson read out Bieber’s message during his appearance on The Howard Stern Show: “[I]f anything wasn’t squared away with the T-shirts, I’m so sorry…I just wanted to make sure you and I were good because I like you.”

Manson said that he texted back, “We are cool.” He also suggested that the pair do a duet together in the future.

Image: Justin Bieber performs in Marilyn Manson T-shirt (Kevin Mazur/WireImage) [online image] (2016) sourced on 21 September 2017 from https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/gettyimages-514600326.jpg?quality=70&strip=all&w=720&h=480&crop=1

US and North Korea Escalate Threats

The world watches in fear as America and North Korea trade new insults and threats.

In a heavy-handed speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump was highly critical of North Korea.

Trump said that the US has “great strength and patience”. He added, however, that America will “have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea” if the Asian country does not scale back their military threats.

The US President also called North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, a “rocket man”, an insult meant to draw attention to Kim’s perceived obsession with missiles.

Trump’s address has been divisive, leaving many world leaders rattled, while others have offered their support.
Sweden, Iran and Venezuela were critical of the speech, arguing that threats and insults will only serve to escalate North Korea’s aggression.

Israel, Russia and South Korea have expressed support for Trump’s address. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he has “never heard a bolder or more courageous speech”.

North Korea’s foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, has called Trumps threats “the sound of a dog barking”. He stated that North Korea is not afraid of America, and that he “feels sorry” for Trump’s advisors.

This latest exchange does nothing to calm the current political climate of tension and fear. Countries across the globe have stepped up their military drills in preparation for another possible world war.

As tensions continue to soar between superpowers, many reports speculate the real possibility of a nuclear war. In his UN address Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said that the world is running out of time to find a peaceful solution to North Korea’s escalating nuclear tests.

Make-Up Must Haves

With so many make-up products on the market you may not know where to start. But, you don’t need a 24-piece brush set and 40 different shades of eyeshadow to apply make-up like a pro.

These are the items you absolutely must have in your make-up bag.

Foundation

Whether it’s concealer to give you full coverage or BB cream for a lighter feel, an even skin tone gives you a blank canvas to work with.

Powder based make-up, such as eyeshadow or blush, goes on more evenly and stays on much longer when applied over foundation.

Powder

Foundation tends to form lines along the creases of the face over time.

Applying some loose, translucent powder over your foundation will prevent these lines from forming and keep your skin looking flawless for longer.

Light and Dark Eyeshadow

You only need one light and one dark shade to create dramatic eyes.

Apply the light shade to your entire lid and along your brow bone beneath your eyebrow. Apply the dark shade in the outer corners of each lid and blend well.

For a different look, apply the dark shade into your eyebrow crease instead.

Mascara

Even if you’re not wearing any other make-up you, mascara is a definite must. It makes your eyes pop, helping you to look alert and bright-eyed.

It can even double as an eyeliner; dab a little onto a tissue and smudge onto your lower lid and lashes.

Nude Lipstick

A good nude lipstick gives your lips definition without making it obvious that you’re wearing lipstick. Choose a matte colour slightly lighter or darker than your skin tone.

As a bonus, you can use your nude lipstick on your cheeks as a subtle blush.

Brushes

You only need three brushes in your kit:

1. A medium to large rounded tip brush for applying loose powder and blush.

2. A small rounded tip blending brush to properly blend your light and dark eyeshadow shades together.

3. A small angle brush to use eyeshadow as an eyeliner and to define your brows. It also allows you to apply liquid liner more accurately.