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BERLIN, March 2, 2016 – A glittering collection of the world’s greatest sports stars have been nominated for the 2016 Laureus World Sports Awards, following a ballot by the world’s media.

The contest for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award promises to be the hottest ever. Nominees include three-time Laureus winner Usain Bolt, tennis No.1 Novak Djokovic, triple Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi. They are joined by first time Nominees Stephen Curry, star of NBA’s Golden State Warriors, and golf’s world No.1 Jordan Spieth.

After a sparkling 2015 in which she won three Grand Slams, US tennis legendSerena Williams is again nominated for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award – her record tenth Laureus Nomination.

In another strong category, the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team is nominated for the second straight year for the Laureus World Team of the Year Award, along with Rugby World Cup champions the All Blacks, Champions League winners FC Barcelona, NBA champions Golden State Warriors, the Great Britain Davis Cup Team and the US Women’s Football Team, who won their third World Cup. Continue reading

BERLIN, March 2, 2016 – South Africa’s remarkable and versatile Paralympic athlete Pieter du Preez has been nominated for the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award, following his outstanding performances in 2015.

Du Preez won double gold medals in the time trial and road race In the H1 class at the Para-Cycling World Championships and finished the season No.1 in the world rankings. In wheelchair competition, the 35-year-old broke the 10,000 metres T51 world record and set new African records in the 200, 1,500 and 10,000 metres. He is the 2015 world No.1 at 800, 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 metres. Back in 2013, he famously became the first quadriplegic to complete an ironman triathlon.
He said: “It is one of the biggest honours in my life and I am extremely humbled to be nominated for a Laureus World Sports Award. I am very proud to represent not only my country, South Africa, but also quadriplegics and tetraplegics all over the world.” Continue reading

London, March 2nd 2016. For the first time, the BBC’s international news services are to use chat apps to bring their hard hitting storytelling to even more people around the globe.
As BBC World News marks 25 years of TV news broadcasting, the channel’s international current affairs programme Our World will use Viber to tell the story of a kidnapping that took place in Mexico, publishing posts via a BBC public channel within the app. It will be delivered to Viber users across a week, replicating the timeline of the original events as told by the victims. This will then be tied in with the television broadcast of the half hour documentary Our World: Kidnapped in Mexico.

For their audiences on the continent and beyond, BBC Africa will be using WhatsApp to tell the story of young people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who are using new online ways to get their voices heard and bring change to their country. Across five days clips will be shared from its documentary ‘Young, Angry and Connected’. Continue reading

This from timeslive.co.za:

Kanye West has sparked speculation he uses illegal torrents after a screenshot he posted showed he had a Pirate Bay tab open.

The All Day hitmaker caused controversy when he posted on Twitter a screenshot of his laptop to show he was listening to Sufjan Stevens – but it was the other tabs he had open which caught the eye of fans.

One tab read ‘Pirate Bay Torrent Xfe…’, while another could be seen displaying ‘Xfer Records Serum t..’ , prompting Twitter users including producer Deadmau5 to accuse him of stealing wavetable synthesizer programme Serum by Xfer Records. The EDM star tweeted: ”What the f*** @kanyewest … Can’t afford serum? D***. (sic)”

And Deadmau5 also called on fans to donate money to help West – who recently claimed he was $53 million in debt – purchase the $189 music production programme, which is used to produce high-quality sound with an easy-to-use interface. He posted: ”Let’s start a Kickstarter to help @kanyewest afford a copy of Serum.

Full story here:

http://www.timeslive.co.za/entertainment/2016/03/02/Kanye-West-uses-Pirate-Bay

After sellout shows in its first weekend where Port Elizabethans were treated to a world-class international circus production, the all-human, all-spectacular, all-entertaining AUSSIE: THE AUSTRALIAN CIRCUS SPECTACULAR has extended its PE season until Sunday, 13 March, 2016.

Tickets are selling like hotcakes for this spectacular extravaganza which includes, stunning acrobatics, death defying aerial stunts, hilarious slapstick clown comedy, one of the world’s only surviving Human Cannonball acts, the splitting Globe of Death featuring up to four motorbike riders at once and so much more! It is a show that will delight and entertain the whole family, so don’t miss out on the chance to see this international, world-class Circus spectacular.  Continue reading

Local fans just can’t get enough of the first lady of hip-hop

Due to unprecedented public demand for Nicki Minaj tickets, the promoters of the American rap sensation’s upcoming South African tour have announced an extra Johannesburg date.

Minaj’s Pinkprint Tour will now invade Johannesburg’s Ticketpro Dome on 17 and 18 March 2016, with Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium hosting the flamboyant Anaconda hitmaker on 20 March 2016 and Cape Town’s Grand West Arena wrapping up the tour in style on 22 March 2016.

Tickets for the new and existing concert dates are currently on sale at www.ticketpros.co.za and Edgars stores.

Says David Airey, of tour promoter Airey Scott Entertainment: “We have been blown away by South Africans’ response to Nicki Minaj’s upcoming tour, proving that she is unquestionably one of the world’s hottest live entertainment acts at the moment. Tickets have literally been flying and we are thrilled that we could persuade her management to add an extra concert to accommodate the massive demand for tickets.” Continue reading

After 25 years of unwavering service to Western Province Rugby and the Western Province Rugby Union (WPRFU), CEO Rob Wagner will take long leave effective immediately.

Mr Wagner has been a faithful servant of the union, and was at the forefront in the transition from the amateur to professional era, helping transform the brand into one of the strongest in world rugby.

Mr Wagner was employed as senior sports administrator at the University of Cape Town in 1988 where he served for four years before being appointed as Marketing Manager by the WPRFU in 1991.

He would move on to the position of Director of Development and then Managing Director of WP Rugby in 1997 before being appointed Group CEO for both the WPRFU, Western Province Rugby (Pty) Ltd and the DHL Stormers.

Mr Wagner said that the position that he occupied was never taken for granted.

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Managing Director of e.tv channels Monde Twala will be leaving eMedia Investments to pursue a new opportunity at a multinational media company.

eMedia Investments’ Group Chief Operating Officer Mark Rosin says, “The Group congratulates Monde on his new position and wishes him all the success in the international market. Monde’s charismatic and nurturing personality along with his knowledge has played an integral role in the growth of e.tv and across the Group.”

Twala joined e.tv as a Sports Producer in 1999 and conscientiously worked his way through various key operational positions. He was appointed Group Head of e.tv in 2009, and Managing Director of the e.tv channels in 2014, proving to be an enormous success story of e.tv’s philosophy of ‘home growing’ talent from within. Continue reading

Premieres on HISTORY® (DStv 186) on Tuesday, March 29 at 20:30

Pawn Stars SA is set in the Cash Inn pawn shop in Johannesburg. Owner Roy Peretz, his business partners Eytan and Liel, and assistants Irene and Solly meet customers from all walks of life who want to pawn or sell a range of quirky, unique and sometimes valuable items. South Africa’s rich and diverse culture provides a treasure-trove of fascinating artefacts from past to present, from muscle cars to military memorabilia, which flood through the shop doors.

The second series of Pawn Stars SA introduces a new member of the team, Cecily Pavoncelli. Cecily’s mission will be to spend Roy’s money on some fine items, bringing in a creative and positive energy to the store. Another new addition to the show, and supporting the team at Cash Inn, will be University of Pretoria’s Professor Fransjohan Pretorius, author of numerous books and an expert on recent South African history.

The new series features even more local artefacts, including an original bronze casting of Professor Chris Barnard’s hands, a piece of literary history from Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer and amazing original sketches from the proudly South African movie Zambezia. Some of the more intriguing discoveries include maps, personal items and firearms, as well as more recent historical items that have emerged from the country’s liberation struggle over the past 50 years.

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