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Dancing with the Stars: experts pick their early favourites

CHLOE WINTER Last updated 17:27, May 29 2015 SUPPLIED Outrageous Fortune actress Siobhan Marshall and Almighty Johnsons actor Ben Barrington will put their best feet forward for this year's Dancing with the Stars. There's a reality TV contestant, a former politician and a model – but which of them will put their best feet forward?Wellington dance experts have run their eyes over the latest crop of Dancing with the Stars contenders, and come up with some early favourites.Dance Aotearoa New Zealand executive director Tania Kopytko believes everyone will bring something different, and some contestants might even take the audience by surprise.The sixth season of Dancing with the Stars NZ premieres on Sunday and will feature 10 stars, each partnered by top dancers.The stars are The Bachelor NZ contestant Chrystal Chenery; boxer Shane Cameron; Outrageous Fortune actress Siobhan Marshall; radio host Jay-Jay Harvey; former Shortland Street actress Teuila Blakely; surfer Maz Quinn; model and TV celebrity Colin Mathura-Jeffree; radio and television presenter Simon Barnett; Almighty Johnsons actor Ben Barrington; and former MP and radio host Pam Corkery.Kopytko said actors and actresses would have an advantage, as they would have done some dancing as part of their acting training.She also thought Quinn would do quite well, because balance was important to both surfing and dancing."But we should never stereotype anyone, wheth...  

Atletico Madrid demand €25 million for AC Milan target

VOTE in the 2015 Forza Italian Football Awards... Click to choose the best player, coach and signing of the 2014/15 Serie A season. Atletico Madrid have put a price-tag of €25 million on the head of reported AC Milan target Mario Mandzukic. The 29-year-old Croatian international has endured a difficult 2015 at Los Colchoneros after a bright start to his career in La Liga, and could be made available in the summer. Mundo Deportivo report that the Rossoneri have shown an interest in the towering striker, but their offer of a loan deal was swiftly rejected. Having bought the striker from Bayern Munich in the summer for €22 million, Atletico are now chasing at least €25 million to part ways with Mandzukic. Mandzukic has netted 20 goals in 40 appearances across all competitions this season. Follow @SerieAFFC ...  

Rohingya refugees abused and killed in camps in Malaysia/Thailand

As delegates from 19 countries gather today in Bangkok for a meeting on “irregular migration in the Indian Ocean,” more evidence has emerged of the horrors facing thousands of Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from Burma fleeing persecution and poverty. All of the countries attending the meeting, in one way or another, bear responsibility for their plight.According to estimates by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), at least seven boats containing 2,600 dehydrated and starving refugees are still adrift in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea—testimony to the badly coordinated and half-hearted official rescue efforts.Another 3,500 Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees have managed to reach shore in Malaysia and Indonesia after those governments ended the policy of driving the boats out to sea and granted temporary shelter to some for one year. The UN estimates that at least 120,000 asylum seekers have left from Burma and Bangladesh so far this year.For years, Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees have been forced to rely on often unscrupulous traffickers who have used well-established routes via sea to southern Thailand and then through jungle pathways across the border into northern Malaysia. The extent of the trade makes clear that officials, including at high levels, were involved.Refugee boats were left stranded at sea by the traffickers when Thai authorities closed down transit camps in the s...  

Industry sues former mayor, alleging 'extensive public corruption'

The City of Industry has filed suit against former Mayor David Perez, his companies and four members of his family, alleging the misappropriation of millions of dollars in public funds through false or inflated invoices and the performance of unauthorized work on city contracts. The suit echoes the finding of a city-commissioned audit, which found that the Perezes and their companies made more than $326 million from the city over the last two decades. Since the findings were published in April, the state controller and the Los Angeles County district attorney's office have launched parallel investigations into the city's contracts with the Perez-owned companies.Industry City Atty. Michele Vadon did not return calls for comment, and calls to members of the Perez family were not returned.The city is alleging multiple instances of fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty and unfair business practices, among other violations. The suit doesn't specify an amount for damages, but claims that the Perez-owned companies misappropriated an amount "in the millions of dollars." The city asks for penalties of up to $11,000 for each alleged violation and seeks three times the amount of whatever damages the city sustained as restitution. The district attorney's office investigated Industry's finances following a Times investigation in 2009 that detailed Perez's lucrative business dealings with the city. But the inquiry was dropped in 2011 and ...  

Miners forced to dig deep for buyers

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Western Australia's cattle industry boosted by Gina Rinehart investment in two ...

An investment from mining magnate Gina Rinehart has sparked a new push to expand Western Australia's beef industry to rival Queensland and the Northern Territory. A major investment from mining magnate Gina Rinehart has sparked a new push to expand Western Australia's beef industry to rival Queensland and the Northern Territory.Last year Ms Rinehart's company Hancock Prospecting purchased a 50 per cent stake in two properties in the Kimberley region for $40 million, in the hope of capitalising on Asia's booming demand for food.Liveringa, the oldest established property in the Kimberley and sister station Nerrima, have been controlled and run by the Laitt family since 2000."We grew the herd quite significantly and cattle are not cheap," Mr Laitt said."To achieve the sort of strategies that we want to achieve [we] needed more capital, so we started searching the world for a good partner and found one just down the road."Day-to-day operations are continuing much as they have before, but Mr Laitt said there was now more money to make improvements."She's by no means a Hancock silent partner," he said."You know they have a lot to contribute in terms of their knowledge and understanding of markets and things of this nature but a partnership is probably the best way to describe it."On Liveringa, new investment capital is being used to build on growing beef in ever-increasing numbers for both the domestic and export markets.For the past decade, efforts have been made to diversify the ...  

Plan to close entertainment tax loopholes unveiled

CARSON CITY – Lawmakers unveiled changes to Nevada's live entertainment tax that they say will capture revenue from an evolving entertainment landscape and close confusing loopholes in state statute.Republican Sen. Mark Lipparelli presented the much-anticipated changes on Thursday as an amendment to SB266. Lawmakers say businesses are often unsure whether they should be collecting the tax because of vague rules about whether a musical performance is prominent enough at a venue to warrant the levy."What we've done in this bill is triggered live entertainment (tax) on admissions, and what we've taken out is a lot of language that's been the subject of litigation, confusion," Lipparelli said.The bill proposes a 9 percent tax on the admission fee for live entertainment activities, and an 8 percent rate for boxing matches. The current system calls for a 5 percent tax on venues that hold at least 7,500 people, or a 10 percent tax for venues smaller than that.The new measure would also include strip clubs and escorts, although prostitution is not covered by the "escort" definition. Patrons wouldn't have to pay the tax at a venue if the live entertainment there was simply go-go dancers in the background or karaoke.Lipparelli said large outdoor events such as the Burning Man festival would also fall under the purview of the bill."The goal we had here was to broaden the base of this tax," Lipparelli said.The bill is expected to get a committee vote Friday.Copyright 2015 The Asso...  

Festivals top weekend's entertainment options

This weekend, there is a fish fry in Pass Christian, a Catfish Festival in Lizana and Paddlepalooza in Pascagoula in addition to some topnotch casino entertainment, including Kenny G at the Beau Rivage and Wanda Sykes at the IP tonight and cage fights ...  

Beyoncé's music may be pulled from TIDAL

Along with her husband Jay Z, Beyoncé is one of the principal owners of TIDAL. In a bizarre twist, her music could soon be pulled from the high-fidelity streaming music service. Yes, Beyoncé’s music may soon be missing from the company that she herself owns. How is this possible, you might ask? Sony, who owns the licensing rights to Beyoncé’s music, is demanding a large cash advance from TIDAL, according to Bloomberg. If a deal is not struck soon, Sony is threatening to pull its catalog, including the music of Beyoncé. Bloomberg reports that TIDAL has already struck similar deals with Universal and Warner. However, TIDAL finds itself with less financial capital than anticipated after an investment from Sprint failed to close. Additionally, of the 900,000 people who reportedly subscribed to TIDAL, Bloomberg speculates that a majority of them were for trial services that were not renewed. Daft Punk, Alicia Keys, and Usher are among other TIDAL co-owners signed to Sony. Read Colin McLaughlin’s recent Aux.Out. essay on why there’s reason to be skeptical of TIDAL. ...  

For Vanderkaay, Olympic pool in past, real estate is future

What it's like to go from being a U.S. Olympian swimmer to a sales associate at a statewide commercial real estate firm?Royal Oak native Peter Vanderkaay, 31, knows the answer.The two-time Olympic gold medalist and U-M graduate shared that and much more in the following Q&A with Free Press special writer Vito Chirco.After competing in three Olympic Games and compiling two gold medals plus two bronzes, how does it feel to be retired from competitive swimming?Vanderkaay: "It's different. It (swimming) was such a grind, and I loved it. Also, I can now say I've realized how challenging it is to go from being one of the best in something to starting up something new." Have you ever felt the itch to return to swimming at the highest level?Vanderkaay: "Not really. There are still things about it that I love. However, I still think it was the right decision to make. I didn't want to continue swimming until 35 and then have nothing to fall back on." After competing on the same Olympic relay teams as Michael Phelps in past Games, do you think he took any of the thunder away from your career in the pool?Vanderkaay: "No, I don't think that. What he accomplished really raised the profile of the sport and of what I did in the pool. I was a benefactor of his success and saw increased involvement (in the sport) from both young and old people because of his notoriety and accomplishments." What was it like being Phelps' teammate? Vanderkaay: "It was incredible to watch him as a teammate, f...  


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