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Grande latest single ‘7 Rings’ accused of being stolen
22 January 2019, 7:21 AM

Ariana Grande has apologised to anyone offended by her latest single “7 Rings” after rappers including Princess Nokia and Soulja Boy came forward to accuse the pop star of stealing the song.

Grande is saying sorry for a completely separate controversy involving the lyrics. It all started when the singer shared a fan’s post to her Instagram Stories, which quoted a line from the track saying she just bought her hair.

The fan’s post added a sarcastically quote “White women talking about their weaves is how we’re gonna solve racism.”

Grande wrote alongside the post that she had “so much love” for the user but took it down entirely when some believed her response was insensitive

 

Sergey Shubenkov
Former Russian champions clear of doping
22 January 2019, 7:03 AM

Former world champions Sergey Shubenkov and Maria Lasitskene were among 42 Russian athletes cleared to compete as neutrals in international competition this year, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said on Monday.

The governing body said the athletes, who were also afforded neutral status last year, had met their doping review board’s “exceptional eligibility criteria” of training in an environment that passed the necessary anti-doping requirements.

Russia’s athletics federation (RUSAF) has been suspended since 2015 over a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that found evidence of widespread, state-sponsored doping in the sport.

“The Doping Review Board is prioritising, wherever possible, applications from athletes wishing to compete in the current indoor season. The participation of all these athletes as neutral athletes in international competition is still subject to formalities for eligibility under IAAF rules being completed and subject to acceptance of their entries by individual meeting organisers,” the IAAF added in a statement.

Lasitskene has won the women’s high jump at the last two world championships, while Shubenkov won the men’s 110 metres hurdles at the 2015 event in Beijing.

This year’s world championships take place in Doha, Qatar from September 27th until October 6.

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NSFAS UJ students required to pay registration fees
22 January 2019, 5:58 AM

Students from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) who applied for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) say the university still requires them to pay registration fees.

This despite NSFAS saying students who qualify for funding need not pay. These students have expressed their frustration.

“Yet I still had to pay for registration. Its super frustrating having to go through all these trials and tribulations to get this registration money just to secure a space at UJ.”

“I’m being told that I should sign an AOD, then pay 50% of the amount I owe and it’s too much. We don’t have the money.”

“I owe like R48 500 tuition fees so I can’t register. I was admitted. Now I have to register but I’m blocked. So I have to wait to be unblocked,” the students complained.

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Adam Long
Adam Long wins Desert Classic Golf tournament
21 January 2019, 1:02 PM

Adam Long who played alongside Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson and Canadian Adam Hadwin, wasn’t even aware that he was in a tie for the lead when he hit his approach shot to the last hole. The 31 year old rookie playing in his sixth event on the US PGA Tour, has won the Desert Classic golf tournament at La Quitna in Southern California

It was only after his ball ended up on the green that he asked his caddie to confirm that he was joint leader.

He then proceeded to roll in his five meter putt for birdie to claim a one stroke victory over Mickelson and Hadwin.

He carded a seven-under-par 65 in the final round, for a four-round total of 262, 26 under par.

Computicket
Computicket fined R20 million
21 January 2019, 12:49 PM

Computicket has been fined R20 million by the Competition Tribunal for abuse of dominance. This after a rival, Strictly Tickets lodged a complaint in 2008. This was followed by further complaints by at least four other competitors.

The complaints were lodged separately between March 2008 and September 2009. The Commission led evidence that Computicket required or induced its customers not to deal with competitors.

Computicket denied the charge and instead argued that customers preferred to use its services. It argued that exclusive contracts were also a means to mitigate against reputational risk.

The ticketing giant further argued that there were a number of players which entered in the relevant period and which competed with it for inventory.

In its judgment, the Tribunal noted that Computicket enjoyed a near monopoly position at the time it introduced the three year version of the exclusive contracts in 2005.

It also found that there was limited market entry during the period 2005 and 2010.

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