With a couple of days of witness evidence having run its course in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, Pistorius’ advocate Barry Roux has used his cross examination of the State’s witnesses to cast doubt on their version of events. One of the key aspects that he has attacked, related to the testimony of the witnesses that they heard a woman screaming after hearing gunshots from a distance of around 170 meters away. He put it to the witnesses that the voice they heard was Oscar’s voice and not that of a female, and that the sounds that they heard were not gunshots but were the sounds of a cricket bat hitting the door as Oscar tried to break it open. The issue around cricket bat vs gunshot sounds has therefore become central to the case.
Most people would assume that they know the difference between the sound of a gunshot and the sound of a cricket bat hitting a door.
An experiment has been conducted which is documented in a Youtube video, to determine if a cricket bat striking a wooden door would produce a sound similar to a gunshot when heard from a distance away. Here’s the video – it seems that a cricket bat striking a wooden door actually produces a sound similar to a gunshot:
There is good news for for One Direction fans in Johannesburg: the 1DWorld Johannesburg One Direction Pop-Up Store is finally arriving in town at the end of this month. The store will be open in Montecasino from 29 March 2014 until 5 April 2014, and fans will be able to overdose on One Direction merchandise.
This is good news for SA Directioners because many One Direction products such as Our Moment perfume, clothing and other merchandise is not available from retailers in South Africa, making it necessary to order from eBay or overseas-based online stores which can be very expensive.
This is the second 1DWorld pop-up store to open in South Africa, with the first one having opened at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town late last year. The Cape Town store was a huge success, with stock selling out to loyal One Direction fans very quickly.
One Direction has a huge fan base on Johannesburg, and the opening of the 1DWorld Johannesburg One Direction Pop-Up Store is likely to be as successful as the Cape Town branch.
Hopefully the fact that 1DWorld stores have opened up in 2 South African cities is a sign that One Direction’s management is aware of their huge following in South Africa. Local fans have been waiting for One Direction to come to South Africa, and if One Direction’s management sees how big the SA following is, SA might be included on their next tour schedule.
Join the One Direction South Africa Facebook group to get more information about the 1DWorld Johannesburg pop-up store. You can join the Facebook group by liking it here:
It can’t be denied that 3D is the new black. 3D movies, 3D TV’s and even 3D video games reflect advancements in the quest for realism in the entertainment world. Creators of GIFs have begun using a technique which plays with our perspective – they add white lines to GIFs to make them 3D (in case you weren’t aware, GIFs are animated images consisting of various frames which makes them appear like videos).
Here are some examples of animated GIFs that are going around…
The 13th annual Cape Argus Mountain Bike Challenge, sponsored by Pick n Pay, takes place on Saturday, 01 March 2014 to Sunday, 02 March 2014. Mountain biking enthusiasts are encouraged to enter this two-day event at its new home on Le Bonheur Wine Estate in Stellenbosch to test their skills on the brand new, never-ridden-before routes developed by well-known MTB trail enthusiast, Meurant Botha.
From its humble beginnings in the early millennium, with just 700 entrants, the MTB Challenge is now considered one of the largest mountain bike events of its kind in South Africa. The short route is child friendly and the middle and long distance routes are ideal for more seasoned and experienced MTB riders. Riders, from novice to podium contenders, will find the perfect route for their skill and fitness levels.
If cycling through dirt and rocky terrain is not your forte, then bring a blanket to enjoy a picnic while relaxing and sipping on some of the smooth wines from the surrounding wine estates – perfect for a family day out! Riders who complete the long route of the Cape Argus Pick n Pay MTB Challenge AND the 109km Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour will receive a special medal in the mail!
Ultra Music Festival had its debut in South Africa earlier this month, and the event has widely been referred to as one of the most successful Ultra events ever. For those of you who missed the festival, here’s an Ultra South Africa 2014 Video to give you a taste of what you missed and an idea of what to expect from future Ultra events in South Africa…
South Africa’s EDM music scene is rapidly developing and becoming recognised as one of the best in the world. With the success of Ultra South Africa 2014, it is likely that other huge EDM events will come to our shores in the coming years.
There will be yet another petrol price increase in March 2014, with the Fuel Retailers Association saying that it is estimated that the petrol will increase by around 32 cents a litre, and the diesel price will increase by around 26 cents a litre on 5 March 2014.
This will be the third consecutive petrol price increase for 2014 which is currently R13.59 per litre, and will put the petrol price at around R14 per litre. There was an increase in January 2014 by 38c and an increase in February 2014 by 39c.
The petrol price increase in March 2014 is likely to have disastrous consequences for consumers who are already cash-strapped. It is likely to lead to inflation with regard to food prices, making it difficult for many people to survive.
The increase comes on the back of the first interest rate hike since July 2012, which saw the interest rate increasing by 0.5%, placing pressure on consumers with bonds and other outstanding debt.
A bill has been tabled in Parliament, dubbed the Medical Innovation Bill, which is aimed at the legalization of marijuana in South Africa. The bill is aimed at giving doctors the discretion to prescribe medical marijuana to terminally ill patients.
The bill has been introduced by IFP MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, who himself has used marijuana and other illegal substances for medical purposes. In explaining the rationale behind the bill, Oriani-Ambrosini suggests that the legalisation of marijuana for medical applications is likely to lead to positive economic benefits for South Africa, by giving a boost to the medical tourism industry.
He made a number of persuasive remarks during his passionate speech, and the argument that an outright ban on marijuana is archaic, seems increasingly convincing – marijuana has been proven to have positive medical effects if used correctly, and the ban on marijuana does not appear to have deterred its widespread use.
In modern day South Africa, it seems likely that the legalisation of marijuana is inevitable – it seems that it’s simply a question of when it will be legalised.
The introduction of the bill follows moves by many first world countries to legalise the use and possession of marijuana for medical purposes (including a number of states in the United States, as well as a number of European countries).
Here’s the video of Oriani-Ambrosini explaining the rationale behind the introduction of the bill:
The Range Rover Evoque is one of those cars that people either love or love to hate – with its low profile, the SUV looks decidedly aggressive, and has gained a following among South Africans who would not previously have considered buying a car from the Land Rover brand. The flagship model of the range will be featured at the Geneva Auto Show on 4 March 2014 in the form of the Range Rover Autobiography Dynamic Evoque.
The Range Rover Autobiography will be the most powerful Evoque in the range, with 210kw of power and a 2 liter engine which is significantly more advanced than the run of the mill Evoque models currently forming part of the range.
Other technological advances that will be featured in the Autobiography model include a tuned steering system which allows for greater precision, an upgraded suspension system and upgraded 350mm front brake discs.
Another innovation that will be introduced is dubbed InControl Apps, which connects drivers’ smartphones with the vehicle’s computer system, allowing them to be controlled from the touch screen.
Perhaps more important than the technological innovations that the model will feature, is the aesthetic aspects that are being introduced. A new front grille, a lower front valance and 20 inch alloy rims are among the aesthetic features that the Range Rover Autobiography will bring to the table. There will also naturally be Autobiography badges on the tail and front wings to differentiate the vehicle from run of the mill Evoque’s, for those who are left in any doubt as to the fact that the model is new and different.
The interior will also feature a number of new changes, including the option of six leather interiors, as well as sports or climate seats in a choice of four colours. The head restraints in the model will feature an embossed logo, and there is more badging on the illuminated door sills.