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March 31, 2017

‘Hideous’ Cristiano Ronaldo statue sparks social media laughs

When the island of Madeira on Wednesday renamed its airport in honour of its hometown hero Cristiano Ronaldo, all eyes were expected to be on the four-time world player of the year who is adored not only for his soccer skills but also his model looks.

But grabbing attention instead was a bronze bust of the player with a toothy grin and bulging eyes that instantly created a laugh on social media because of its debatable likeness.

“I defy you not to feel better after viewing this picture of Cristiano Ronaldo alongside his portrait bust,” wrote one Twitter user, Tom Sutcliffe (@tds153).

“That hideous Ronaldo statue is going to be a meme in [...]

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March 16, 2017

Facebook Users Make Their Own News Bubbles

Facebook users who are the most news-obsessed are also the most likely to interact with a small number of news sources, new research finds.

The study is a look at the architecture of social media polarization — essentially, how people are so effective at sorting themselves into opposing groups and filtering out alternative opinions. Though Facebook has algorithms that feed users content they’re likely to enjoy, previous research has found that people’s own choices on the social network are a stronger influence on the sorts of opinions those individuals see. (Politics conversations on Twitter aren’t much different.)

The new research, published today [...]

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January 18, 2017

METRO FM MUSIC AWARD CONTENDERS ANNOUNCED

The nominees for the 2017 awards were announced at a glitzy event in Johannesburg on Tuesday evening, attended by some of the biggest names in SA music

Amazulu hitmaker Amanda Black was perhaps the happiest on the night, scoring nominations in the Best Pop, Best Female, Best RnB, Best New Artist and Song of the Year categories.

Babes Wodumo, Nasty C and Kwesta all scored four nominations each.

The prestigious Song of the Year category will be contested by Babes Wodumo (Wololo), Musa & Robbie Malinga (Mthande), Kwesta (Ngud), Amanda Black (Amazulu), Dr Malinga (Akulaleki), Durban’s Finest (Umsindo), King Monada (Ska Bhora Moreki), Nasty C (Hell Naw), Lebo [...]

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January 18, 2017

FORD SA HAS RECEIVED ‘ALMOST HALF’ OF RECALLED KUGA 1.6L MODELS

Ford South Africa says it’s now received almost half the number of Kuga 1.6l model vehicles which have been recalled

The company recalled 4,500 vehicles due to safety regulations.

Over 30 Kuga drivers, who believe the car manufacturer should be held accountable after their vehicles caught alight, are now preparing for a class action lawsuit.

Reshall Jimmy died when his Kuga burst into flames in 2015.

The Jimmy family believes Ford needs to be held responsible.

Ford SA CEO Jeff Nemeth says they have not received any information about the class action

“Nothing has been filed and we’ll respond to it when we have sight of it. We only have sight of what they [...]

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