After a week of intense negotiations behind closed doors, payment of a R1.1m ransom, prayer services and an arrest, Riana Pretorius, 26, was finally released by her kidnappers in the early hours of Friday.
It was eight days of torture for her family, friends and colleagues, unsure where the young woman was as a R2m ransom demand was made by the men responsible for kidnapping her.
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So that’s it. Kanye West is sticking with anti-semitism. West returned to Instagram overnight to say that seeing the movie version of “21 Jump Street,” star Jonah Hill changed his mind about Jews. He wrote “Watching Jonah Hill in 21 Jump street made me like Jewish people again. No one should take anger against one or two individuals and transform that into hatred towards millions of innocent people. No Christian can be labeled antisemite knowing Jesus is Jew. Thank you Jonah Hill I love you”
I’m sure Jonah Hill is thrilled that this idiot, demented and clueless, has come to this epiphany. West, as always, should have kept his mouth shut. He’s deranged. No one can still be doing business with him, can they? All his business with various designers is kaput. Adidas is sitting on millions of dollars of Yeezy inventory that they’d be better off burning or just donating in the third world, where shoes are needed so desperately. No one will ever spend money on a Kanye West brand ever again.
PS See the post below. Comedian Jeff Ross, btw, is being facetious.
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Peterborough claimed a crucial win in the race for the League One play-offs by beating fellow promotion hopefuls Derby County. Second-half goals from Ephron Mason-Clark and Nathanael Ogbeta settled the contest and moved Darren Ferguson's men to within a point of the top six.
The Rams, who kicked off four points clear of their hosts, provided the only attempt on target of the first half when Conor Hourihane was denied by the boot of Posh keeper Will Norris.
But it was a different story after the break as Mason-Clark rifled a 52nd-minute opener past County keeper Joe Wildsmith after being picked out by a Jack Taylor pass. Ogbeta, Jonson Clarke-Harris and Taylor were all then denied by smart Wildsmith saves.
Substitute Tom Barkhuizen squandered Derby's best chance to level when nodding a Louie Sibley cross just over from close range. And that proved costly as a second Posh goal arrived moments later in the 82nd minute when Ogbeta was on hand to tuck away his first goal for the club after Kwame Poku was kept out by Wildsmith.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
Match ends, Peterborough United 2, Derby County 0. Second Half ends, Peterborough United 2, Derby County 0. Foul by Haydon Roberts (Derby County). Jack Taylor (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Tom Barkhuizen (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Collins with a headed pass. Attempt blocked. James Collins (Derby County) header from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Harvey White with a cross. Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Nathanael Ogbeta. Attempt missed. Ricky-Jade Jones (Peterborough United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Nathanael Ogbeta.
Attempt saved. Harvey White (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Haydon Roberts with a cross. Attempt blocked. James Collins (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Dobbin.
Ben Thompson (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card. Korey Smith (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half. Foul by Kwame Poku (Peterborough United). Craig Forsyth (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Foul by Ricky-Jade Jones (Peterborough United).
Substitution, Peterborough United. Ben Thompson replaces Joe Ward. Substitution, Peterborough United. Ricky-Jade Jones replaces Ephron Mason-Clark. Goal! Peterborough United 2, Derby County 0. Nathanael Ogbeta (Peterborough United) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.
Attempt saved. Kwame Poku (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ephron Mason-Clark. Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Love Is Blind is back for its fourth season, with 30 new singletons taking part in the reality show's unique social experiment that has contestants searching for love, sight unseen.
The first four episodes of the show's latest installment were released Friday on Netflix, and already several cast members have paired up and popped the big question.
In the next batch of episodes, Love Is Blind will follow the cast members as they navigate life outside the pods in the run-up to their wedding day. But the couples' fate will be kept a secret until the day the wedding episode is released.
Episodes are released in batches to keep fans on the edge of their seat about what will happen next to the pairs. Although this season's wedding episode won't be released until April 14, a trend over the past three seasons could provide a hint about the fate of at least one of the couples.
Newsweek has everything you need to know about this pattern. It offers a clue as to which Love Is Blind Season 4 couple could make it down the aisle and whether they stay together afterward.
The pattern is that the couple that gets engaged first in each season will have a successful wedding day—where both parties say "I do"—and have mostly stayed together after the show.
In Season 1, Lauren Speed (now Lauren Speed Hamilton) and Cameron Hamilton shocked viewers by getting engaged at the end of the first episode, though of course in the pods they had been talking and dating for a lot longer than just the length of one episode.
The pair have since gone on to become one of the show's biggest success stories. In 2021, they released a joint book about their love story, Leap of Faith: Finding Love the Modern Way.
The couple celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary in November 2022.
Season 2 saw Danielle Ruhl and Nick Thompson get engaged first, and the pair went on to get married.
During that season's After the Altar episodes, the two were still together. But they announced they were splitting in August 2022.
This means that technically they fit the trend. But they did make it down the aisle on their wedding day and were the longest-lasting couple from their season.
Ruhl and Thompson's split meant that no couples from Season 2 remain together, the only season where this was the case.
In Love Is Blind's third season the first couple to get engaged was Brennon Lemieux and Alexa Lemieux (then Alexa Alfia).
The pair had one of the smoothest journeys of the season and are still happily married.
In the After the Altar episodes, which aired in February 2023, the couple were seen celebrating Alexa's birthday and talking about how happy they are together.
At the end of the episodes, Brennon gave his wife a sleep suit with the words "Baby Lemieux" on the front as the couple confirmed their plans to start a family in 2023.
Season 4's first engaged couple are Brett Brown and Tiffany Pennywell.
The couple faced an obstacle in their romance at the end of the first episode, when Pennywell accidentally fell asleep in her pod just as Brown was confessing his feelings for her.
Luckily, the next day he managed to see the funny side of this, and the pair have since gone on from one strong moment to the next.
We have yet to see Brown and Pennywell navigating life outside of the pods, so the jury is still out on whether they will make it down the aisle.
Will they follow the first couples to get engaged in the other seasons and successfully wed? Fans will have to tune in to find out.
The first part of Love Is Blind Season 4 is now available on Netflix. The previous seasons are also on the streaming platform.
Just four days after the passing of rugby league legend, John Satler, Russell Crowe and girlfriend Britney Theriot enjoyed a romantic dinner at the exclusive Sydney restaurant, Bondi Icebergs. The restaurant, which boasts sweeping views of Bondi beach, has become a firm favourite of Crowe's and is known for its strict dress code.
According to venue manager, Tom Klein, the restaurant routinely rejects anyone wearing beach attire or athleisure, including yoga pants, tank tops and flip flops. The strict dress code has caused controversy in the past, with some lambasting the policy as discriminatory. But Mr Klein says the dress code is necessary to maintain the restaurant's high-end atmosphere.
Crowe and Theriot met on the set of the film, Broken City, in 2013. The couple kept their relationship low-key until they were spotted showing affection towards one another on a tennis court in November 2020. Since then, the couple has been seen out and about together on numerous occasions.
Crowe was previously married to Danielle Spencer from 2003 to 2012. The couple shares two sons, Charles and Tennyson. Crowe has been relatively private about his relationships since his divorce from Spencer, so his public appearances with Theriot have sparked widespread interest.
Reliance Industries has announced its plan to offer genomic testing services, a first-of-its-kind move for the Indian healthcare industry. The offering, expected to launch soon, has the potential to lead a revolution in how we approach healthcare.
Genomic testing is the analysis of an individual’s DNA to identify genetic variations that may predispose them to certain diseases. This analysis provides unprecedented insights into an individual’s health risks, and can be used to predict, diagnose, and prevent diseases.
Reliance Industries’ entry into the healthcare sector marks a major shift in India’s approach to healthcare. With the backing of one of India’s largest corporates, genomic testing will soon become mainstream, affordable, and accessible to a larger population.
The potential impact of genomic testing on the healthcare sector cannot be understated. By providing insights into an individual’s health risks, genetic testing can lead to targeted disease prevention, personalized treatment plans, and improved patient outcomes. Genomic testing can help in identifying individuals who are at a high risk of developing chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes, enabling earlier detection and thus, better treatment options.
Genomic testing is a game-changer in the healthcare field, and Reliance’s foray into this vertical is expected to pave way for more such innovations in the country. With the right policies in place, genomic testing has the potential to transform the Indian healthcare sector, leading to enhanced quality of care and better patient outcomes.
Nexa, Maruti Suzuki’s premium car dealership chain, has emerged as the company’s most successful launch in a decade. The philosophy of the Nexa brand revolves around providing customers with a premium retail experience, and the strategy has paid off in spades.
Nexa was launched by Maruti Suzuki in 2015 with an aim to establish a strong foothold in the premium car market. The brand offered customers a premium retail experience, which included a dedicated relationship manager, complimentary services, and a premium ambience. The strategy was aimed at making customers feel appreciated and valued, rather than just selling them cars.
The Nexa strategy has been immensely successful, driving sales and revenue growth for Maruti Suzuki. By 2019, the company had sold over a million cars through the Nexa channel, accounting for about a third of Maruti Suzuki’s premium car sales. The strategy has allowed Maruti Suzuki to establish a foothold in the premium space, and the company plans to increase the proportion of Nexa sales to 45% in the near future.
While the success of Nexa has been remarkable, the brand still faces several challenges in the future. Competition in the premium car space is intense, with several players vying for a slice of the pie. Additionally, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted car sales, leading to uncertainty in the market.
Nexa has been a game-changer for Maruti Suzuki, allowing the company to establish its position in the highly competitive premium car space. With the right approach, Nexa has the potential to drive Maruti Suzuki’s growth in the coming years, providing both the company and the customers with a premium experience that is unparalleled in the Indian car market.
Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow has appeared in court to testify in a lawsuit brought against her by retired optometrist Terry Sanderson, who claims she collided with him while skiing. Paltrow has denied the accusation and claimed that Sanderson ran into her from behind. She also stated that she thought the incident was either a practical joke or sexual assault.
Paltrow maintained her version of events, stating that both she and Sanderson fell to the ground as their skis became entangled, at which point she pushed away from him and yelled. She then continued skiing to meet her children and then-boyfriend for lunch. She also revealed feeling some discomfort and pain after the incident.
Paltrow's height also came up during the proceedings, with opposing lawyer Kristin VanOrman teasing her about her nearly 5-foot-10 stature, to which Paltrow responded with a compliment about VanOrman's four-inch heels.
Both Paltrow's current partner, Brad Falchuk, and Terry Sanderson are expected to testify next week. Paltrow and Falchuk's two children will also be attending court.
The lawsuit was filed by Sanderson in 2019, three years after the Park City skiing incident. Sanderson initially sued Paltrow for $3 million, claiming it was a hit-and-run, but has since lowered his claim to $300,000. Paltrow has filed a counterclaim for just $1 and attorney's fees. She also accused Sanderson of exploiting her fame for money, highlighting emails between Sanderson and his daughter with the subject line 'I'm Famous...At What Cost?'
The trial has attracted significant social media attention, with Paltrow's use of a $250 notebook to shield her face from photographers and offer of treats to courtroom staff being two examples.
Resident Evil 4 Remake follows Leon S. Kennedy on his quest to find and rescue Ashley Graham, the president's daughter. His search leads him to sinister land in which a bloodthirsty cult resides and, to make matters worse, each member of the cult seems to have been affected by the Plaga infection, a horrendous infliction that makes them much more difficult to kill.
There are countless ways to defeat enemies in Resident Evil 4 Remake, but those hoping to preserve whatever ammo they have obtained will likely opt for using Leon's Combat Knife as often as possible. Sadly, the Combat Knife will break if the player uses it too much, but there is a way to repair it.
While playing through Resident Evil 4 Remake, players will be forced to battle an array of monstrous foes. At the beginning of the game, the only weapons Leon has access to are his SG-09 R pistol and his Combat Knife, two extremely helpful weapons that can often mean the difference between life and death. Players can also find a shotgun during Chapter 1, but those who missed it will be forced to rely solely on the equipment Leon starts his journey with until they reach Chapter 2.
Both weapons come with downsides; however, the pistol's ammo is limited, and the Combat Knife has a durability meter. While pistol ammo can be found while exploring the world of Resident Evil 4 Remake and also be made via the crafting menu, keeping the Combat Knife in check takes a little more work.
Relying too heavily on most of the knives available in Resident Evil 4 Remake will cause them to break. If the Combat Knife breaks, Leon will not be able to use it while fighting enemies. This also means that he will not be able to use the knife to stealthily kill his targets or deflect incoming blows, which can make certain encounters much more challenging than they need to be.
If the Combat Knife breaks and the player loses access to their melee weapon, they can find substitutes by exploring the world. Kitchen Knives are especially convenient replacements, seeing as they can be found quite frequently, but the Combat Knife is much more reliable.
The condition of the Combat Knife can be seen in the bottom right corner of the screen, so players should be sure to monitor its durability whenever they feel the blade is nearing its end. If it breaks and the player is struggling to get by without it, they can also alter the difficulty settings.
If the Combat Knife breaks during Chapter 1, players will need to continue progressing the story until they reach Chapter 2, where they will meet the Merchant. Unlike most NPCs in Resident Evil 4 Remake, the Merchant is much friendlier and will allow Leon to browse his wares and purchase whatever he has in stock.
Through the Merchant, players can also choose to Tune Up whatever gear they have and repair the gear they have broken. To repair the Combat Knife, Leon will need to spend 4,000 Pesetas, and though this seems a little expensive, it's worth it in the long run.
From the Tune Up menu, players can also choose to upgrade the Combat Knife's Power and Durability which, once done, will make the Combat Knife an incredibly useful weapon.
The Merchant can be found and interacted with several times throughout the story, so if players can't afford to upgrade or repair the Combat Knife during their first encounter with him, they should continue progressing the story until they meet him again.
Resident Evil 4 Remake is available now for PC, PS4, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.
Another big name has signed on to star in Disney’s upcoming animated feature, Wish. This time, it’s Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves‘ Chris Pine.
One Take News is reporting that the Star Trek star will play a “pivotal role” in the movie. Not only that, but the outlet has said that, while unconfirmed, Pine is expected to sing in the film as well.
“Wish is an all-new story is set in the magical kingdom of Rosas, where Asha, an optimist with a sharp wit and a deep caring for her community, turns to the sky in a moment of need, and makes a wish,” reads the film’s synopsis. “Asha’s plea is answered by a cosmic force, a little ball of boundless energy, Star. Together, they will face the most formidable of foes to save her community and prove that when the will of one courageous human connects with the magic of the stars — wondrous things can happen.”
Wish is being directed by Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn and stars Ariana DeBose, Alan Tudyk, and Chris Pine. The 62nd movie in the Disney Animated Canon is set to release on November 22, 2023.
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The actress was sued for $300,000 by a man who claims she crashed into him while skiing, leaving him concussed and with broken ribs. She rejects the allegation, her lawyer describing it as "utter BS". Watch the proceedings live from court in the stream below.
Court has now adjourned until Monday.
Thank you for following along as we brought you all the live updates on the case against Gwyneth Paltrow today.
Terry Sanderson's lawyer Kristin Van Orman steps forward to ask Gwyneth Paltrow her final questions.
She queries Paltrow's earlier comment that she likes to keep a low profile while skiing.
"Is screaming at the top of your lungs profanities at [Terry] Sanderson while he's on the ground keeping a low profile?"
"After an incident like that where you feel hurt and violated, unfortunately adrenaline can take over, and emotion as well," Paltrow replies.
Steve Owens, Gwyneth Paltrow's lawyer, touches again on the "symbolic $1" that Gwyneth Paltrow is countersuing for.
He asks Paltrow whether the $1 she seeks "takes into account" that ski instructor Eric Christiansen was distracted from his job for a while following the 2016 collision - implying that it resulted in him losing pay.
"I haven't quantified... what a Deer Valley ski instructor makes per hour, but I think it's more than $1," she replies.
When asked if she lost more than $1 as a result of the collision, Paltrow says "I did".
Gwyneth Paltrow denies that her ski instructor Eric Christiansen "yelled" at Terry Sanderson following the collision.
This was a claim made earlier this week by Craig Ramon - an "acquaintance" of Mr Sanderson who says he witnessed the crash - during his evidence.
The Hollywood star said Mr Christiansen has been "incredibly patient and sweet" when teaching her son to ski in the past.
Paltrow also denied that she expected Mr Christiansen to falsify any paperwork for her after the 2016 incident.
She agrees that she "stuck around" after the incident, and denies the incident was a "hit-and-run" by her.
Terry Sanderson's lawyer Kristin Van Orman finishes her questioning, so we're now hearing from Gwyneth Paltrow's lawyer Steve Owens.
He starts with a simple question: "Who hit who?"
"Mr Sanderson hit me," she replies.
"But I did not cause the accident so I cannot be at fault for anything that subsequently happened to him."
Gwyneth Paltrow denies that she is counterclaiming for $1 because US singer Taylor Swift brought a similar "symbolic" lawsuit in the past.
"I had not been familiar with it but I now am," she said, when asked if she knew about Ms Swift's case.
"It's an actual dollar that I'm asking for. It's symbolic because the damages would actually be more."
Asked if she and Ms Swift are friends, she replies: "I would not say we're good friends, we are friendly... but we don't talk very often."
The court is now back in session.
Gwyneth Paltrow is still on the stand, being asked questions by Kristin Van Orman, a member of Terry Sanderson's legal counsel.
The court has once again paused for a short break.
Gwyneth Paltrow is asked whether she made an effort to check if Terry Sanderson was OK after the 2016 incident.
"When you're the victim of a crash your psychology is not thinking about the person who perpetrated it", the star said.
She confirms she learnt of Mr Sanderson's broken rib through evidence heard in court.
"Isn't it true this was an accident you caused?" a lawyer for Mr Sanderson asks.
The star is then asked if she was "accident prone" which prompts her lawyers to object before heading to the judge's bench for a discussion.
Paltrow says she doesn't know how Craig Ramon - an "acquaintance" of Terry Sanderson who says he witnessed the crash - "can be positive of what he saw".
"I don't believe that he saw what he thinks he saw," she says.
She also accuses Mr Ramon of 'changing' his story.
"If you have two people with ski gear with helmets on and you're 40-plus feet away, I don't know how you can discern who is who."
"I can tell you that he didn't because Mr Sanderson categorically hit me on the ski slope."