The cruel practice of selling trinkets containing live animals continues in China

In 2011, CNN brought the public’s attention to a deeply disturbing trend that was observed in Beijing, China. Among the usual trinkets and key chains sold at vendors’ stalls, were live animals, like small fish, young Chinese soft-shell turtles (that are classified as a vulnerable species) and other tiny amphibians enclosed in plastic pouches filled with coloured water. One of the vendors told CNN the bags contained crystallized oxygen and nutrients which allowed the animals

Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Shade

Aretha Franklin was known as the Queen of Soul but many fans would also remember her for her sharp tongue and no-nonsense attitude. You might think of shade as protection that a tree gives when it’s hot but in the pop culture world, shade takes on a new meaning. The urban dictionary defines shade as insulting, judging or dissing someone in a light manner. Franklin knew how to dish it

Watch: 5 of our favourite songs by the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin

The legendary Aretha Franklin might’ve left the world but her legacy lives on through her unforgettable voice and classic hit songs. For six decades, the Queen of Soul dominated the charts singing her way into the hearts of many and her influence will be there for generations. Here are some of favourite songs from Franklin: 1. Aretha Franklin – I say a little prayer [embedded content] 2. Aretha Franklin –

A monthly hormone injection could be the final solution to obesity

More than six kilograms a month An injection that helps people lose more than six kilograms in a month could be a breakthrough treatment for people suffering from obesity. Human trials are currently being completed, but scientists confirmed that patients naturally ate 30 percent less food after receiving a monthly hormone injection and some were even able to come off diabetes medication. Lead researcher Professor Steve Bloom, head of diabetes, endocrinology

Tributes pour in for the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin

Franklin died at 9:50 am at her home in Detroit, surrounded by family and loved ones, according to a statement released by her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn on behalf of her family. The statement said: “The official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit.” Aretha Franklin’s publicist tells CBS News

Flashback on Marikana on this commemorative day

Marikana mine massacre on 16 August 2012 will always be marked on South Africa’s social and economic calendar as one of the darkest days which saw 34 mine workers shot and killed with many others left seriously injured. This unforgettable massacre occurred after days of protests by miners demanding better wages. On this commemoration day, let’s look back at some key events and timeline surrounding the Marikana massacre. Events before

Ten A-list celebrities who turn 60 in 2018

1. Madonna Born: 16 August, Bay City, Michigan, USA Profession: Record producer, entrepreneur, singer-songwriter, film producer, screenwriter, and more Main body of work: Truth or Dare, Desperately Seeking Susan, Dick Tracy, Evita No. 23 on Best Female Vocalist list 2. Alec Baldwin Photo by Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock Born: 3 April, Amityville, New York, USA Profession: Television producer, film producer, author, actor, voice acting and more Main body of Work: The Departed, The Hunt for Red October, Beetlejuice,

Tech Thursday: Samsung announces its new Galaxy note 9

The new flagship will be available in South Africa on August 24 at a whopping retail price of R18 999. “It will be offered in Midnight Black, Metallic Copper with matching S-Pen and Ocean Blue with a vibrant Yellow S Pen,” said Craige Fleisher, Vice President of Integrated Mobility for Samsung South Africa. What makes the Note 9 different to its predecessor the Note 8 S PEN: Galaxy Note9 has the new S

Bayer insists that the weedkiller glyphosate does not cause cancer

Pharmaceutical giant Bayer has dismissed claims that an ingredient used in weed killers causes cancer. The German company, which owns controversial agricultural company Monsanto, says herbicides containing glyphosate are safe. Monsanto was recently ordered to pay $289 million damages to Dewayne Johnson who claimed the products caused his cancer. A Californian jury said Monsanto should have warned users about the dangers of its Roundup and RangerPro weedkillers. The jury found

WATCH: Cirque Infernal explodes onto Joburg Theatre stage

Created by Danny Varanne and inspired by Frederico Fellini, Wim Wenders and Tim Burton, Cirque Infernal offers non-stop fascinating entertainment with astonishing and death-defying acts. Varanne was previously a part of Le Grand Cirque Adrenaline which graced the Joburg Theatre stage in 2012.  He headlined the motorbike act, The Globe of Death, which left the audience in awe as they watched three bikers ride inside a globe of steel at