Next week all eyes will be on Durban, South Africa when COP17 kicks off. The Conference of the Parties or COP members have been meeting since 1995 to discuss the affects of climate change on the world and how we have dealt with and are dealing with this major problem (or crisis). This year some 190 delegates from around the world will all descend on the coastal city next week. According to TimesLIVE, a few of those delegates include UN goodwill ambassador, Angelina Jolie, billionaire Richard Branson, Bono, Leonardo DiCaprio, CNN founder Ted Turner and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
I’ll be honest, I’m not an expert in this field, but I’m going to do my best to school myself and learn as much as I can while the conference is on. Climate change is a matter that might not affect us as such, but it will affect future generations. So reading up on this, following the progress of the conference on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube, among other media outlets is important next week and beyond. I urge you to do the same.
Last night in the USA, President Barack Obama addressed his nation and the rest of the world confirming what many have wanted to hear for a long time: One of the world’s most wanted (and hated) terrorists, Osama Bin Laden is dead. An operation by the American Navy was carried out in Pakistan yesterday, which killed the 54-year-old and several other al Qaeda members. Bin Laden was responsible for the 2001 September 11 attacks, in which more than 3000 people were killed in a senseless terrorist attack. Now almost ten years on, the world’s most deadly terrorist is dead. According to CNN, Bin Laden’s body has already been buried at sea in accordance with Islamic tradition.
Americans have been celebrating throughout the night in Times Square and outside the White it is believed, but citizens abroad have been warned to be on high alert in fear of a retaliation by al Qaeda forces. I hope this marks the end of the reign of terror.
You might not believe me when I say this, but before the entertainment game, I wanted to be an investigative/ on-the-scene journalist. Traveling the world, covering the biggest breaking news stories. After one minor experience, my interests changed and entertainment it was. Having said that, what is happening in Egypt right now, what many are now referring to as a revolution, is something that I would, as a media practitioner, love to cover. There were talks of the rioters getting closer to the Cairo Museum, which houses some ancient artifacts dating back some 5000 years ago. In light of everything that is happening now, who knows what they will do, but I hope and pray that they are sensible enough to not destroy something so precious and important to their country’s history. Watch the video above of CNN’s Anderson Cooper and his crew on the ground in Egypt and how they’re attacked by the protesters. It’s believed that they were attacked by pro Muburak supporters.
I take my hat off to Ricky Gervais. He says it like it is and his delivery might be funny, but it also makes you think. Why am I saying off of this? Well the (former?) Golden Globes host has come under fire for his hosting duties at this year’s event. He had a go at a whole host of Hollywood stars like Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp and their movie, The Tourist; “Ashton Kutcher’s Dad, Bruce Willis”, Charlie Sheen; Hugh Hefner and the Hollywood Foreign Press President Philip Berk. Maybe that’s where it all went wrong? Well you know what? I’d rather watch a controversial and funny host on stage as opposed to some boring “Hello and welcome” blah blah, snore, bullshit. Well done Ricky Gervais. If you don’t get the Globes again, then perhaps MTV will hire you to do the VMAs. Gosh our South African Music Awards could do with a host like you. Watch the interview CNN’s Piers Morgan did with his fellow Brit recently to find out his thoughts about the criticism and if you missed all the action, check out the video below of Gervais on stage:
Wyclef Jean speaks to CNN’s Anderson Cooper on his show earlier! If I could get on a plane now to help out in way possible, I would! As each minute passes by, another life could be lost and I applaud all the relief workers from all over the globe for their efforts!
American Idol runner-up, Adam Lambert gave fans a rather sexual performance at the American Music Awards on Sunday of his song “For Your Entertainment”. He tells CNN that kiss he shared with one of his dancers wasn’t planned, but rather happened “In the moment”. He also tweeted saying, “All hail freedom of expression and artistic integrity. fans: I adore u.”
So he says when two guys kiss on stage, it’s an issue but if two female performers do the same thing, it isn’t. True story. So I guess it boils down to this, who dunnit better? Britney/Madge or Adam and friend? You be the judge!
6-year-old Falcon Heene has become the talk of the town, city, country, world… but while everyone was praying for his safe return, the little one was safe and sound. After the ordeal, the family was interviewed by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday night. A question was posed to him by Blitzer in which he was asked why he never came out of the attic when his folks called him…. Hmmm… are his parents in the pursuit of fame perhaps?
You have to check this out. CNN has used this new technology called Photosynth. Basically what happens is this software creates 3D spaces from anyone’s 2D photos. So the news empire has been asking viewers/readers to send in their pictures from the inauguration. These photos have then, together with professional photos been ‘merged’ into what has become The Moment. You have to see this.. from all angles, see the moment Obama takes his presidential oath: