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Kim Porter’s death is still unexplained

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Kim Porter’s death is still unexplained.

The 47-year-old model was found dead at her Los Angeles home last week, after suffering from “flu-like” symptoms for weeks, and the police subsequently confirmed there was “no foul play” surrounding her passing.

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Now a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner has confirmed Kim’s body has been released after an autopsy was carried out on Friday (16.11.18), but they still need to undertake further tests to determine the cause of death.

Meanwhile, Kim’s ex-boyfriend Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs recently remembered his late ex-partner with a brunch at his Beverly Hills home.

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The hip-hop superstar dated Kim on-and-off over 13 years, and he invited many of their friends, including Jay Z, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige and Chris Rock, to his abode for a celebration in her honour.

They were also joined by Quincy Jones, Pharrell Willliams, Rashida Jones and Kimora Lee Simmons.

A source said: “They all brought their children. It was a big family affair.”

It’s said that Minister Michael Beckwith prayed with the group, and Diddy did all the talking throughout the brunch.

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The ‘I’ll Be Missing You’ hitmaker – who had Christian, 20, and 11-year-old twins Jessie and D’Lila with Kim – has been living a “nightmare” since the death of his ex.

Alongside a video of himself cradling Kim while she was pregnant, he wrote on Instagram: “For the last three days I’ve been trying to wake up out of this nightmare. But I haven’t.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do without you baby. I miss you so much. Today I’m going to pay tribute to you, I’m going to try and find the words to explain our unexplainable relationship.

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“We were more than best friends, we were more than soulmates. WE WERE SOME OTHER S**T!! And I miss you so much. Super Black Love [love heart emoji] (sic)”

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#Momentum faces major online backlash

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Life insurer Momentum stuck to its guns over a rejected life cover insurance payout to a client who had not disclosed a pre-existing condition despite it not being related to his death.

The insurer said it would open a big can of worms and prejudice existing clients if it were to pay the claim.

This comes as Momentum declined an application for a R2.4 million life insurance payout for Durban resident, Nathan Ganas, who was killed in a hail of bullets trying to protect his wife, Denise, during a hijacking in the driveway of their Shallcross home last March. 

Ganas’ claim was declined by the insurer on the grounds he had not disclosed that he was diagnosed with raised blood sugar levels which may have occurred before he completed his application for the policy in 2014. 

This past weekend, Momentum contended on social media with users expressing their disappointment over the insurer’s rejection to pay the life cover: 

In a lengthy statement, Momentum said it was truly sorry for Ganas’ tragic death and also had sympathy for the views that the cause of death was not related to the non-disclosure. 

But the insurer said that paying the claim would result in an increase in claims which would ultimately increase the premiums for all other clients just because “a client has not acted in good faith”.

“The rejection of the claim was referred to the Ombudsman for Long Term Insurance, who determined that Momentum’s decision was the correct one under the circumstances. In this instance, had the information been known to us, no cover would have been issued in the first place, and no claim would have been paid, regardless of the cause of death,” Momentum said.

“The insurance industry has an obligation to existing clients to act on a consistent basis to manage the shared pool of risk. In spite of the fact that we have absolute sympathy with the widow, it is important to treat non-disclosure in a consistent way and not prejudice the benefits of clients who act in good faith by making concessions to accommodate claims where important information was withheld.”

Momentum said it unfortunately, had to make this decision in order to protect the integrity of its business, in the interest of all their clients who complete their applications with full disclosure.

The insurer has reportedly also asked Ganas’ wife to repay R50,000, which was an instant cash benefit from the policy and which the family used to pay for the funeral.

– African News Agency (ANA), Editing by Catherine Rice

The Most Sickening Teenage Trend Yet

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Teenagers are a confounding species. Without reason at all, they’ve engaged in the most ridiculous, and most dangerous activities the world has ever witnessed. 

We’re talking about cactus eating, car surfing, the eraser challenge, game of 72 and the condom challenge! 

The most sickening of all ‘challenges’ however has to be the latest sanitary pads challenge:

Police on the Indonesian island of Java have arrested several teenagers who admitted that they got high by boiling sanitary towels – often ones that have been used – and drinking the liquid. According to the Pos Belitung (PB) website disposal nappies have also been used.  

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A 14-year-old boy from Belitung told PB that the sanitary towels are boiled in water for an hour. The high comes from the “gels” inside the sanitary towel. Once the liquid is strained it is ready to drink. 

AKBP Suprinarto, the head of Central Java’s  Brantas National Narcotics Agency (BNN), told Jawa Pos that the high cost of narcotics has resulted in drug users getting creative with cow dung and mosquito coils. The sanitary pad trend, however, is relatively recent, according to Suprinarto but is catching on among kids as young as 12.

“So, the used sanitary napkins are soaked. The boiled water is drunk. The one that makes the fly is the content in the sanitary napkins used to absorb water (menstruation),” he said.


Twitter Reacts | The most #HorrificBeverages to Drink

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With Summer around the corner, everyone is trying to decide what their drink of choice will be especially during the festive season. Don’t stress yourself out though, Twitter already shared the drinks we need to avoid… 

Nasty C celebrates six year anniversary with bae

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Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo, popularly known by his stage name, Nasty C has had one of the sweetest come-ups. 

In a short space of time, Nasty C has quickly cemented his place as one of the best South African rappers on the scene. 

Celebrating Nasty C’s rise to stardom, American rapper T.I. sent the songwriter and record producer a message complimenting his album!

Over the weekend, the award-winning star and his high school sweetheart, Sammie Heavens celebrated their 6th year anniversary. 

The pair posted pictures of a bed strewn with roses in celebration of their anniversary.  

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“You watched me struggle w this caption for a good 15 minutes… I was tryna come up w something that’ll tell you how much I love & appreciate you.. I couldn’t find the words so I’ll show you instead 💕💕 Happy 6th Anniversary babe,” Nasty C captioned the picture of them. 

Sammie Heavens also posted her own picture with her high school sweetheart reminiscing on how people used to say she was too young to know what love is at the age of 15. 

Nasty C who’s brought us the hit track, Hell Naw, opened up about why he delayed announcing his relationship on social media.

“Before I didn’t wanna do none of that because she was still in high school and in matric too. I didn’t want to do that to her, you know distract her. Plus I was still kind of blowing up and it was hard for me to adjust, so I wanted to give her time,” he related in a recent interview with TshisaLive.


Demi Lovato defends her management team

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American pop star Demi Lovato has leapt to the defence of her management team amid criticism from fans.

The 26-year-old singer – who was rushed to hospital following a drug overdose in July – decided to speak out after they were described as being “rotten” by a fan account following the supposed sacking of one member of the team.

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The account’s post read: “It was completely unfair to fire Dani, she’s one of the few who really cares about demi’s health and has been helping her for 3 years, she’s surrounded by people who only care about her money and she does not see it. 

“The demi team is so rotten and she does not realize it. Needs a total change, mainly from dancers pretending to be friends. (sic)” 

But Demi was quick to come to the defence of her team, although the identity of “Dani” and her role within the set-up remains unclear. 

Demi said: “You have no idea what you’re talking about.” 

And she later added: “True friends don’t do interviews about you when you OD. (sic)” 

It has been speculated that the “Dani” referred to by the fan account is Dani Vitale, Demi’s back-up dancer. But the American star has rubbished that rumour. 

Meanwhile, Demi is reportedly following a strict fitness regime as she continues to work on her sobriety. 

A source recently shared: “She’s been working out with a trainer several days per week, eating right, and truly has a whole different mindset. 

“She has been following all of the steps and guidelines put in place by her specialists.” 

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Demi has also recently been spotted with designer Henri Alexander Levy – although an insider has denied speculation they are dating. 

The source explained: “Demi wants to be around people who are like-minded and Henri is good energy for her. 

“They spend a huge amount of time together but Demi is not focused on dating. Demi is very focused on her health.”

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Yale’s classrooms were full of men. Then the first female undergrads enrolled.

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In April 1969, Barbara Wagner was waiting to learn whether she had been admitted to Yale when the New York Times Magazine published a juicy dive into the 268-year-old university’s plan for selecting its first female undergraduates. 

The author had gained access to a sampling of admissions files from the thousands of women vying to become “pioneers of their sex” as members of Yale’s first coed class.

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He described the women as “the female versions of Nietzsche’s Übermensch.” Superheros.

Wagner would become one of them. She packed her bags for New Haven that fall, joining a class of 230 female freshmen – picked from a pool of 2,847 women – and 1,029 male applicants.

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“We felt the pressure, but we also felt the opportunity,” Wagner told The Washington Post. “We had to prove ourselves and show that they didn’t make a mistake.”

Fifty years ago, on Nov. 14, 1968, Yale’s president, Kingman Brewster Jr., announced female undergraduates would be admitted for the first time. 

Yale then joined 75 percent of other U.S. colleges that had gone coed by 1965, even though the university had accepted female graduate students since the late 1800s. An additional 358 women enrolled as sophomore and junior transfer students.

The shift toward coeducation did not look the same across the Ivy League. Many of Yale’s peer, all-male institutions had coordinate women’s colleges: Radcliffe women had taken classes at Harvard since the 1940s. Columbia had Barnard, and Brown had Pembroke. 

Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania had accepted female undergrads for decades. That left Yale, Princeton and Dartmouth as the only Ivies with no undergraduate women by the late 1960s.

Going coed – and the women who enrolled – shook the university to its core. The decision directly challenged Brewster’s pledge to rear America’s next 1,000 male leaders. It signalled that the social movements rocking the country in the late 1960s had hit Yale’s gothic lecture halls and dormitories, too. 

Put simply, it meant the portraits of famous (and almost exclusively white) men that hung throughout campus would no longer peer down at students who looked exactly like them.

The female “superheroes” had arrived.

“What was happening in America was that young people were seeing authority and saying to them, ‘you’re wrong,’ ” said Henry “Sam” Chauncey, a former Yale administrator who helped lead the charge toward coeducation. “The students insisted on it.”

Joan Steitz, Sterling Professor of Biophysics and Biochemistry and mentor to generations of women scientists, is the recipient of the 2018 Lasker~Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science. Photo Credit: Instagram/ @yale

Insistence is one thing, preparedness another. By many metrics, Yale was not ready for female undergrads. Certain professors made clear they would not call on women in class because women could not possibly have anything to contribute. Some male students said having women on campus was too distracting.

Other obstacles were hard-wired into Yale’s DNA: In 1969, Yale had only 43 female faculty members out of 839 total, according to research conducted by recent Yale graduate Helen Price. 

Only two of those women were tenured professors. Women’s bathrooms were scarce. 

Mory’s, a famed campus restaurant that wanted to keep its reputation as “a men’s club,” declined to admit female members until it was threatened with losing its liquor license.

“I was in one big class in the law school auditorium that had creaky wooden seats,” Wagner said. “And if a woman raised her hand, you could hear the seats creaking to see which woman was brave enough to ask a question.” (Wagner later pursued a law career and is now an adjunct professor at Northern Kentucky University.)

In 1973, as she prepared to graduate with the first coed class, Amy Solomon told the Times she hoped future classes of women “will have less pioneering to do.” Solomon said at the time that she and her fellow female students “said we’d be pioneers, but we didn’t realize it would really be so.”

Four years earlier, Solomon had become the first female student to register as a Yale undergrad. She told The Post the moment initially passed without any fanfare. 

But a day or two later, a reporter found her on campus and asked to stage a photo of her enrolling. (Solomon would go on to a career in nonprofit organizations, followed by working for foundations in staff and consultant roles.)

Yale School of Drama design students gather for a department-wide meeting with their faculty. At Yale School of Drama all visual designers — Scenery, Costume, Projection, and Lighting — study together. Photo credit: Elena Tilli/ @yale

Decades later, Solomon looked back on her college years as coinciding with “tremendous social turmoil,” from antiwar protests to movements fighting for women’s rights.

Entering Yale in the late 1960s was even more difficult for female students of colour. According to Price, of the 230 women in Solomon’s class, only 26 were black, and Yale had no female faculty members of colour at the time.

Solomon said when she enrolled at Yale, she could not have imagined how women’s lives would change over the coming 50 years, all the way up to the #MeToo era. 

It is certainly a world she could not have conceived the year she graduated – when she stood on Yale’s campus and watched a time capsule be interred beneath a statue of Nathan Hale, a spy who was executed by the British during the Revolutionary War. 

Hale is perhaps less well-known for having argued in a debate during his Yale graduation in 1773 in favour of equal education for women.

Inside the time capsule is the photo of Solomon’s historic registration.

“On the one hand, 50 years seems like a long time,” Solomon said. “And in another, it’s a blip.”

 – The Washington Post 

Top 4 AR games that you NEED to try

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Before we get into the real stuff here’s all you need to know about Augmented Reality (AR).

Simply put, it sounds more futuristic than it appears. With augmented reality, your phone superimposes computerised images over a real image on your phone camera. Point your iPhone at your dining table and voila, an animated dinosaur appears. Or at the wall in your bedroom and bam! A black hole.

It’s easy to confuse augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) – AR is essentially an enhanced version of reality, whereas VR is a simulated environment completely different from your own. As both technologies progress, the aim is to make it easier to mix both of them, to move even further away from reality.

AR games haven’t progressed as rapidly as VR tech has in the last few years – technology like Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive cost a lot more to buy and the technological leap is clear – but there’s still a lot of fun to be had perusing the app store and testing out different games.

Luckily for you, that’s exactly what we’ve done. Here are some of the favourites.

Pokemon Go

You’ll no doubt have heard about Pokemon GO, the AR game from developer Niantic that took the entire world by storm a few years ago.

After blowing up into a literal modern phenomenon, Pokemon GO had hordes of people – kids, teens, adults and elderly – all seeking out cute and cuddly critters from the long running Japanese franchise. And they did it all in the real world using augmented reality.

The game itself is super simple to understand. It uses the GPS on your phone to track your location and also includes easy tutorials to get you started. Not that you’ll need to rely on them – the game has a big enough fan base that tips and tricks are easy to come by.

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Other than that, it’s up to you to find and fight new Pokemon to catch for your ever growing collection – seeking out the rarest among them in unique locations. 


Amon is one of our favourites on this list. It’s a neat puzzle game that takes full advantage of the AR camera perspectives to create optical tricks that you have to solve.

After summoning broken pieces of statue from your environment, you then have to begin to piece them together to create complete sculptures by working out how they align.

It starts simple enough, just to get you into the swing of using the AR perspective on your phone, but it quite quickly ratchets up the difficulty.

There’s no time limit or need to play with other people – this is a calm, solo experience, but it’s one of the neatest uses of AR to date.

The Machines

Perhaps the most technologically advanced augmented reality game on the marker, The Machines is an iOS exclusive that takes the fidelity and clarity of the AR experience beyond pretty much anything else out there.

It’s extremely pretty to look at, with highly detailed maps and realistic textures and surfaces. It’s not the cheapest game at £4.99, and it takes up over a whopping 800MB of space on your phone – but it’s clear why, as it packs some gorgeous landscapes.

Playable both solo and in multiplayer, it’s a real-time strategy game that has you defending your base on one side of the map, while simultaneously trying to destroy your enemy’s base on the opposite side.

Its simple objectives are made engrossing thanks to some slick controls, immersive graphics, great battles, and decent unlockables – all of which successfully convey the frantic nature of the mechanised conflict on screen. 

My Tamagotchi Forever

A little like Pokemon GO, the colourful My Tamagotchi Forever sees an older fad take a new form of life within a free to play video game.

It’s lovely to look at, with vividly stylised graphics that are simple but really crisp. And it’s very easy to understand – you just need to continue caring for your cute and cuddly creature by feeding, washing, potty training and putting it to bed at the right times. Your fundamental goal is to keep your pet alive, and happy.

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This game isn’t designed for complexity. That said, there’s a good level of depth here, incorporating throwaway arcade games and lots of opportunities to earn in-game cash to help fund your Tamagotchi ownership.

Another good thing about My Tamagotchi Forever is that its AR features aren’t vital to play the entire game – so you’re not expected to be waving your phone around in the air constantly, as with some other games.

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How to Get out of Debt before 45

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According to experts all debt should be cleared by the age of 45? Sounds difficult? A financial advisor provides tips on how to get rid of debt. 

Liberty financial adviser Phillip Kassel says heavily indebted income earners need to be debt-free by the time they retire. 

Kassel says, “Most employees earn approximately 480 pay cheques in their working lifetime between the ages of 25 to 65. The average person can expect to live until at least 85. This means they need to use these limited pay cheques to fund a retirement income of at least 240 months. 

At this rate it is hard enough to meet basic day-to-day expenses in retirement without being saddled with debt repayments – so any successful retirement savings strategy must include a debt repayment plan.”

Ideally, all debt should be cleared by age 45. This allows enough time to boost your retirement fund contributions instead of paying interest over to the bank. In the worst-case scenario, the aim should be to have no debt by the age of 60. This means that, from at least the age of 45, debt repayments should be a top priority.


Kassel says you need to bear the following in mind if you are aiming for a comfortable retirement:

1. A home loan shouldn’t be an ATM

By the age of 45, there are only 15 years left to achieve the goal of being debt-free. Individuals buying a home at the age of 45 should ensure that the loan term does not exceed 15 years. Investors with an existing bond should not be drawing down capital from an access bond, unless there is a plan in place to settle this debt in a shorter time. This is particularly important for those people looking to use this capital to pay for home renovations or children’s education.

2. Eliminate short-term debt

Short-term debt could derail retirement planning, so paying these off is highly important.  Draw up a list of all the short-term debts and calculate the date the last debt will be paid off. Those who find that their debts will not be paid in time for retirement, should make significant lifestyle changes now in order to accelerate debt repayments. Debt consolidation might be a solution as it reduces multiple payments to one payment over a shorter period of time. It is absolutely essential that no further debts are taken during this time.

3. Be realistic about university fees

During this time, bread winners will be sending their children to university. If there are no savings and investments set aside for tertiary education, don’t be tempted to make additional debt. Be realistic about affordability because children should not have to carry the burden of financially supporting their parents during retirement.

Kassel says, “Children could apply for bursaries, apply for student loans or turn to family for financial assistance. Of course, the main bread winner could assist in paying off the interest on these loans, but the child should take full responsibility for the student debt when they start working.”


4. Don’t cash in pension savings to pay off debt

It may be tempting to cash in investments that are growing at 10 to 12% per year to pay off debt with higher interest rates. However, this will result in the individuals missing out on the power of compound growth on the retirement investments.

Kassel explains, “You may be tempted to cash in R100 000 of your investments to repay short-term debt. If you rather focused on paying off the debt by budgeting and cutting back on your lifestyle, you could probably pay off the debts within five years with a payment of R2 900 per month, or by using your bonuses and tax rebates to pay it off even faster.”

“Over five years at an interest rate of 25%, you would spend R174 000 to settle the R100 000 of debt. It takes discipline to start saving R2 900 a month once those debts were paid off. In the meantime, if the R100 000 is growing at 10% a year, it doubles in value every seven years. So, after seven years it is worth R200 000, after 14 years it is worth R400 000 and after 21 years, it is worth R800 000. 

“The same applies to home loans. While cashing in your retirement fund to be mortgage-free means you don’t have a mortgage repayment, you still need retirement funds to pay for your day-to-day expenses. Don’t pay off debt with your nest egg – make the necessary lifestyle changes instead.”

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How to decide when it’s time to move in with bae

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After all, if you decide to take the leap and move into a new home together, it’s hard to go back to simply being partners if it doesn’t work.

According to dating coach and relationship expert James Preece, you’re ready to move in together “when you both agree the time is right and you not because you feel you ‘should.’ You both need to really want to do it and for the right reasons.”

So don’t move in with your boyfriend or girlfriend just because your respective tenancy agreements finish at the same time – you shouldn’t decide to live together out of convenience.


And before you do make the move, Preece says there are some important things to consider to avoid trouble later. “Firstly, do talk about budgets and who will be paying for what. Money can be something that breaks up relationships if you aren’t clear from the start,” he tells The Independent.

“Secondly, moving in will bring you closer but it can also make existing problems even bigger. If you are having difficulties with something, it’s better to resolve them before you move in and then spend each day and night together with no escape. If you are ready for what lies ahead, moving in together can work well.”

According to relationship expert Madeleine Mason, there’s no set amount of time you should be together before moving in – but there are certain boxes you should have ticked. When these happen is up to you, as all relationships move at different paces. 


Mason says there are four key steps to achieve or discuss first:

  • You must be dating exclusively (or at least both be clear on the nature of their relationship) and have met each other’s family and friends. 
  • You must have talked about the future – what you want to achieve, what kind of life you want, whether you want to get married and have children or not.
  • You must have talked about finances. “Each should know what their financial situations are and what it might look like in the future,” Mason told The Independent, adding that you should discuss whether you plan to buy a home together further down the line. 
  • You must both agree and want to move in together without coercion, the use of ‘guilt trips’ or because it makes financial sense – “Find a roommate instead if needs be,” Mason advises.

So if you both really want to move in together and you’ve got finances sorted, go forth and make your boyfriend or girlfriend your housemate.

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