Ronaldo Blames Zidane

Cristiano Ronaldo has pointed the finger at Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane, after their shocking loss on Sunday.

The football world was stunned when Real Madrid lost 2-1 to Girona, who are playing in the La Liga top flight for the first time.

According to Spanish newspapers, Ronaldo thinks that Real Madrid’s opponents have learnt to predict Zidane’s tactics.

The Portuguese international wants this loss to be a wake-up call for the French manager to change his strategy.

Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, reportedly agrees with Ronaldo, and has already made a shortlist of candidates to replace Zidane if things don’t improve.

After their defeat, Zidane said: “I don’t think we played badly, we didn’t lack intensity or effort, we just lost focus at the most important moments and that’s why I’m annoyed.”

The loss has left Real Madrid eight points behind their rivals, Barcelona, and third on the La Liga table.

Japanese Man Arrested with Severed Heads

Japanese police have arrested a man after finding dismembered body parts from nine different people in his apartment.

The body parts, including two severed heads, were being stored in cooler boxes and had been covered in cat litter.

Police searched the apartment of 27-year-old Takahiro Shiraishi, in Zama, southwest of Tokyo, because they suspected his involvement in the disappearance of a 23-year-old woman.

The woman, who had been missing since 21 October, was among those discovered in his home.

The victims include one man and eight women, all in varying stages of decomposition.

Shiraishi’s next-door neighbour said that he started smelling strange odours from the flat after Shiraishi moved in, in August of this year.

Shiraishi admitted to police that he killed the nine victims, and then hid their bodies.

“I killed them and did some work on the bodies in order to hide the evidence,” he said.

A motive remains unclear at this stage.

Drake and The Weeknd Fight over Bella Hadid

Drake and The Weeknd’s friendship has reportedly gone sour over supermodel Bella Hadid.

According to reports, tension has been brewing between the two hip-hop stars since Drake has been romantically linked to Hadid, who is The Weeknd’s ex-girlfriend.

The dating rumours began after Drake and Hadid were spotted leaving a nightclub together back in June. Earlier this month, the “Hotline Bling” star threw the supermodel a huge 21st birthday party where they were seen cuddling.

Drake and The Weeknd, who are both from Toronto, have been close friends and frequent collaborators for years.

According to a mutual friend, “[t]hey both hang in the same Toronto crew and now [their crew] is having to pick sides”.

The source added that The Weeknd is upset because he believes Drake broke the “bro code” by going after his ex.

Hadid and The Weeknd dated for 18 months before the singer called off the relationship in November last year.

The Weeknd has since moved on from Hadid, and is dating fellow chart-topper Selena Gomez.

Image: The Weeknd and Drake [online image] (2017) sourced on 30 October 2017 from×640.jpg

Liberia: Presidential Election Challenged

Liberia’s ruling party is challenging the results of their recent presidential elections, in which their candidate, Joseph Boakai, placed second.

The Unity Party announced on Sunday that it would join the Liberty Party and All Liberian Party in lodging complaints with the National Elections Commission (NEC).

A joint statement released by the three parties allege that the election was “characterised by massive systematic irregularities and fraud”.

The Unity Party has also accused its own member, current President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, of interfering in the election, by hosting electoral officials at her home before the vote.

The 10 October election saw former international soccer star George Weah take the lead, with 38.4% of the votes. However, Weah did not receive enough to win the vote outright.

Under the Liberian constitution, if no candidates receive an absolute majority, the candidates with the two highest totals face-off in a runoff ballot.

The runoff ballot between George Weah and Joseph Boakai is scheduled for 7 November, but the contesting parties said that they hope the court will rule before then.

Image: George Weah casts his ballot [online image] (2017) sourced on 30 October 2017 from

EPL: Weekend Fixtures

There’s another action-packed Premier League weekend ahead.

West Ham is on a high after knocking Tottenham out of the Carabao Cup this week. Can they keep up their momentum as they face fellow Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace?

The Spurs will be without their star striker Harry Kane as they face Manchester United tomorrow. Kane has been ruled out with a hamstring injury, and may also miss Tottenham’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid on Wednesday.

Bournemouth coach Eddie Howe says that he should be able to call on Jermain Defoe for their Chelsea clash, but that Joshua King is still in doubt, due to injury.

Saturday 28 October 2017

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur
Watford vs Stoke City
Crystal Palace vs West Ham United
West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City
Arsenal vs Swansea City
Liverpool vs Huddersfield Town
AFC Bournemouth vs Chelsea

Sunday 29 October 2017

Brighton vs Southampton
Leicester City vs Everton

5 Killed in Kenyan Election Violence

The death toll has risen to five in the wake of the violence surrounding Kenya’s presidential election re-run yesterday.

While opposition leader, Raila Odinga, boycotted the re-run, his supporters held protests and put up burning barricades. Police responded by using tear gas and firing live rounds in an attempt to disperse the crowd.

The Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission said that more than one in ten polling stations failed to open due to “security challenges”.

Authorities postponed voting in several counties until Saturday, because opposition supporters prevented polling stations from opening and clashed with police.

Fewer than 34% of registered voters turned up to mark their ballot. This is significantly less than the 80% who voted in the overturned August elections.

After casting his vote, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that the country was “tired of electioneering” and it that is “time [the country] moved forward”.

However, he appeared to leave the door open to negotiations with Odinga, adding: “As a responsible leader you must reach out and that is my intention”.

Image: An Odinga supporter amongst burning barricades [online image] (2017) sourced on 27 October 2017 from

4 Essential Beauty Hacks

Beauty hacks make looking good a breeze both practically and budget-wise. Get more out of your beauty regimen with these four easy yet effective tips and tricks.

No Wastage

Don’t throw away make-up tubes just because they appear to be empty. Cut the tubes open, and scoop out the make-up into plastic pots. This is a great way to save money.

Fuller Lips

To create the illusion of fuller lips, use a lip pencil that’s a significantly lighter shade than your natural lip colour. Colour in the centre of your upper and bottom lip, and then blend this in with your finger. Top it all off with some lip gloss.

DIY Lip Gloss

Don’t throw away your broken eye shadows. Instead, turn them into lip gloss. Crush the eye shadow into powder, then mix with vaseline to make any colour lip gloss you like.

Make Your Manicure Last

If your manicure is chipped or growing out, you can hide it with glitter. Cover the whole nail in a clear glitter polish for chips, or use it at the base for a manicure that’s growing out, to create an ombre effect.

5 Facts You Need to Know about Bill Skarsgard

By now you should have heard mention of Bill Skarsgard, the hunky Swedish actor who plays Pennywise in the new It movie.

Here are 5 fun facts you definitely didn’t know about the son of actor Stellan Skarsgard!

Number 1:
Skarsgard may be young and relatively unknown, but he’s already forged a rather respectable career, having appeared in The Divergent Series: Allegiant, Hemlock Grove, and Atomic Blonde. In 2017, his net worth is estimated to be around US$5 million.

Number 2:
Bill has seven siblings: Alexander, Gustaf, Sam, Valter, Ossian, Kolbjörn, and Eija. Three of these, Alexander, Gustaf, and Valter, are actors.

Number 3:
He started acting at an early age and by the age of 10 had starred in the film, White Water Fury.He played alongside his brother Alexander in this film.

Number 4:
Early reviews of Skarsgard’s work in It have been overwhelmingly positive, praising his terrifying performance. Interestingly, however, he was not the first choice to play the lead in the film. Will Poulter was slated to portray Pennywise. Poulter, known for his work in We’re the Millers and The Revenant, had to pull out because of scheduling conflicts.

Number 5:
He is dating Alida Morberg, an actress who has appeared in the films Sensoria (2015) and Insane (2010).

4 Unconventional Ways To Get Summer-Ready

Even though summer is just around the corner, there is still enough time to work towards achieving a healthy body (and mindset).

Just follow these simple, unconventional tips and you’ll be well on your way.

1. Listen To Your Body
You will know if you are hungry or not – there is no need to walk around with a little piece of paper counting calories every day.

If you need help learning to listen to what your body actually needs, visit a (non-diet) dietitian who specialises in intuitive eating.

2. Move in a Way That Feels Good
Exercise should make you feel good, not tortured. There is an extreme fitness culture that loves to sell the idea that you aren’t working hard enough if you can still walk after a workout.

The truth is that sustainability is key. Not everyone enjoys running or swimming; perhaps you find more joy out of a pilates, yoga or dance class. If you do an exercise that you enjoy, you are more likely to continue doing it. So, choose an exercise routine that you can stick with.

3. Buy and Wear Clothes That Fit Your Body Now
Don’t buy and wear clothes for the body you had last summer when you exercised religiously. Don’t try to squeeze into shorts that are a size too small.

Exercising in comfortable clothes is far more enjoyable. But keep your old training clothes as motivation to work on getting back to your fitter, healthier self.

4. Free Your Mind
Don’t waste your life obsessing over each gram that you gain or lose, or over how much you eat or exercise (or how much you don’t). Rather fill your mind with positive thoughts and intentions and try your best to realise these intentions.

In the words of Henry Ford: Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t- you’re right.

SA at Risk of Black Death

The World Health Organisation has warned nine African countries, including South Africa, regarding the plague, known as the “Black Death”.

The WHO says that in addition to South Africa, Kenya, Comoros, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Mozambique, France’s La Reunion, the Seychelles, and Tanzania need to be on “high alert” for the plague.

A “Black Death” outbreak in Madagascar has infected over 1000 people, and killed 124. The countries placed on alert share strong trade links with the infected island nation.

The WHO reportedly fears that the disease may spread via sea and air trade routes.

This outbreak is considered a much bigger threat than previous years, because it has taken on its pneumonic form. This means that it is airborne, and can be spread through sneezing and coughing.

The plague has a high mortality rate, killing 30 to 100 percent of those infected within 72 hours if not treated.

However, the WHO said that if the plague is detected early enough, it can easily be treated with antibiotics.

According to the WHO, South Africa has already put measures in place to prevent an outbreak, including “entry screening [and] information provision to passengers on how to seek medical care in case of symptoms”.