Beyonce Time’s most influential person

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Music superstar Beyonce Beyonce has landed the coveted cover of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People issue.

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Pop star Miley Cyrus, Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey and super producer Pharrell Williams have also been named among the magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Beyonce graces the main cover of the publication’s annual Time 100 edition, while other portraits feature Robert Redford and Brooklyn Nets star Jason Collins, the NBA’s first openly-gay professional basketball player.

“She’s the boss. Beyonce doesn’t just sit at the table. She builds a better one,” Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg wrote of the Drunk in Love hitmaker, whose past 12 months included a surprise album and a sold-out Mrs. Carter World Tour.

Praising Beyonce for juggling her hugely successful career with motherhood and her other business ventures, Sandberg writes, “Her secret: hard work, honesty and authenticity. And her answer to the question, ‘What would you do if you weren’t afraid?’ appears to be ‘Watch me. I’m about to do it.’ Then she adds, ‘You can, too.'”

The singer is one of a record 41 women featured on the 2014 list, which also includes 21-year-old Cyrus, actresses Kerry Washington, Amy Adams and Robin Wright and country star Carrie Underwood.

Australian scientist David Sinclair is on the list. A professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, he identified genes that allow yeast to get by on fewer calories and extend their life span by about 30 per cent.

Last year, Sinclair pinned down a chemical known as NAD that actually reverses the aging process in cells, according to Time Magazine.

Others to make the cut include Benedict Cumberbatch, Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen, Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron and soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, while Pope Francis, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, US President Barack Obama and Russian leader Vladimir Putin have also been listed.

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Starbucks profit climbs as sales increase

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Starbucks has reported a stronger quarterly profit as customers in the US continued shelling out more money at its cafes.

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The Seattle-based chain said global sales at established locations rose six per cent for its second fiscal quarter, including in the US, where it has more than 11,000 cafes.

Operating margin also improved as a result of lower costs for ingredients, and the company raised its profit outlook for the year.

Chief Operating Officer Troy Alstead said in a phone interview that the domestic sales increase was the result of an uptick in customer visits, as well as people spending more on average when they visited.

He noted that Starbucks delivered the stronger sales despite the severe weather, which has been cited by companies including Dunkin’ Brands and McDonald’s for weak sales.

Starbucks keeps finding ways to attract customers or getting them to spend more.

The measures have included price hikes, getting people to sign up for its loyalty program to boost visits and the rollout of new breakfast sandwiches and bottled juices.

During the first three months of the year, sales at established locations also rose 6 per cent in the unit encompassing Europe, the Middle East and Africa, where Starbucks has struggled to compete against local cafes in recent years.

In Asia, the figure rose 7 per cent.

For the quarter, the company earned $US427 million ($A461.32 million), or 56 cents per share, which was in line with Wall Street expectations. A year ago, it earned $US390.4 million, or 51 cents per share.

Revenue rose to $US3.87 billion, but was short of the $US3.96 billion analysts expected.

The company stood by its outlook for comparable sales to be up mid-single digits for the year. It now expects to earn between $US2.62 and $US2.68 per share, from its previous guidance of $US2.59 and $US2.67 per share.

Its stock rose $US1.10 to $US72.19 in after-market trading.

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Aussie Leapai eyeing boxing history

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He’s done drugs, alcohol and even time behind bars, but now Alex Leapai wants to be Australia’s first universally recognised world heavyweight boxing champion.

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When the 34-year-old enters the ring in Oberhausen, Germany on Sunday morning (AEST) to challenge the mighty quadruple title holder Wladimir Klitschko, he has the chance to secure one of the few major prizes to have eluded Australia.

A win over hot favourite Klitschko would allow him to join the likes of golfer Adam Scott (2013 US Masters) and cyclist Cadel Evans (2011 Tour de France) as Australian drought-breakers in capturing some of sport’s most prestigious prizes.

“Aussie” Joe Bugner, everyone’s favourite Hungarian-British-Australian boxer, will tell you he already holds the distinction.

But the WBF title he won in 1998 wasn’t recognised by the vast majority of the boxing world.

Kali Meehan, who sparred with Leapai in recent weeks, came agonisingly close to winning the more established WBO title in 2004 when he lost a split decision to Lamon Brewster in Las Vegas.

In three months in 2008, Australians Bill Lang and Bill Squires had, between them, three unsuccessful cracks at wresting the world title from Canada’s Tommy Burns.

Now it’s the turn of Leapai, who has been branded the Australian Rocky Balboa by Klitschko, who – with a 15cm height advantage – is the Goliath in this matchup.

There was no early sign of global boxing glory for the Samoan-born power puncher, who won just one of his first four professional fights before linking up with trainer Noel Thornberry almost 10 years ago.

Leapai has lost only three of 33 under Thornberry’s stewardship and one of his past 23, with 17 of his 21 wins in that latter phase coming via KO.

Thornberry turned around Leapai’s career, but it took a while before the Queenslander turned around the rest of his life.

In recent months, Leapai has candidly documented a dark decade during which he had alcohol and drug problems and spent six months in prison for assault.

Before that, a promising rugby league career was nipped in the bud when the former North Queensland Cowboys scholarship holder was banned for five years for attacking a referee.

Having emerged from those tough days, the father of six craves the belt as much for the children he hopes to inspire as he wants it for the million-dollar plus pay day.

“I’ve been inside (jail), (done) drugs, alcohol and been able to walk away from all that stuff and just go the right path,” the 34-year-old said.

“It’s so important for me to win this fight just for the kids.

“I’ve had a pretty bad past and the great lord, the heavenly father, has given me a second chance and I just want to prove it that we can do anything.”

A shock win over No.1 WBO contender Denis Boytsov in his last bout propelled Leapai into a matchup with Klitschko who is riding a 10-year, 19-fight winning streak.

Thornberry, whose assistant in the corner is his brother and former super middleweight world title contender Rick, spotted Leapai’s potential as early as his third paid bout.

“I said to Ricky: ‘see that bloke there – if he was serious and wanted to go all the way, he’d probably fight for the world title’,” Thornberry told AAP.

“All I had to do was make him as good as he can be.

“Everyone was saying ‘he doesn’t bob; he doesn’t move; he will never be a classical boxer’.

“I always said to him: ‘Listen, you’ve got strengths; you’ve got physical strengths – your power – you’re very tough.

“Your weaknesses are experience and your cardiovascular and that all stems from diet, so we changed his diet.”

The diet might have changed but the hunger is undiminished.

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Spain shows fastest growth in six years

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Spain’s economy appears to be growing at the fastest clip since a 2008 property crash tipped the nation into a job-wrecking, double-dip recession, the central bank says.

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The eurozone’s fourth-largest economy expanded by 0.4 per cent on a quarterly basis in the first three months of this year, the sharpest increase in six years, the Bank of Spain said in a report on Thursday, citing initial data.

It was the strongest performance since the first quarter of 2008, when Spain was at the tail end of a decade-long property bubble whose collapse wiped out millions of jobs and flooded the nation in debt.

“We have rebuilt our economy in record time, we have better foundations and the wind is blowing in our favour,” Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy boasted in a speech in Barcelona.

The Spanish leader said the economy would exceed the government’s official forecasts for growth of 1.0 per cent in 2014 and 1.5 per cent in 2015, tipping an expansion next year “well above” the target.

Spain’s central bank said that on an annual basis, the economy grew 0.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2014, the first year-on-year expansion in more than two years.

Spain emerged gingerly from a two-year downturn in mid-2013 and it still suffers from an unemployment rate of nearly 26 per cent.

The country managed to avoid an international bailout in mid-2012, a risk that haunted financial markets as the nation’s debt soared.

Investors took heart from the European Central Bank’s vow in late 2012 to come to the rescue of stricken eurozone members if needed.

Rajoy’s austerity measures and labour market reforms have helped to consolidate financial market support further.

In the latest sign that investors are now ready to lend to Spain at low rates, the Treasury managed to raise 5.6 billion euros ($A8.39 billion) on the bond market on Thursday with the benchmark 10-year yield sliding to 3.059 per cent from 3.291 per cent on April 3.

Economy Minister Luis de Guindos this week said he expected the economy to grow by an average of 1.5 per cent in 2014 and 2015.

“The goal is to achieve two years in a row of growth, with net job creation, and that will be the exit door from the Spanish crisis,” De Guindos said.

Nevertheless, jobs growth will be “clearly insufficient”, he said.

Latest revised data on Thursday showed the unemployment rate in the final quarter of 2013 stood at 25.73 per cent.

“A country with an unemployment rate of 26 per cent is starting at a terrifying level,” de Guindos said.

The Bank of Spain is predicting an unemployment rate still at 25 per cent in 2014 and 23.8 per cent in 2015.

It expects the economy to grow by 1.2 per cent in 2014 and 1.7 per cent in 2015, helped by exports and lower borrowing costs.

In its latest report, the Bank of Spain sounded a reassuring note on the risk of deflation, a phenomenon that can stall an economy as businesses and consumers postpone purchases in the hope of finding lower prices.

Though prices may fall at some points in the year ahead because of slack demand and temporary factors, the risk of a broad, persistent decline in consumer prices was “remote”, it said.

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A capital day for William and Kate

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In Prince William’s mind Australia is a brave nation and on the last night of his tour Down Under the popular royal met three of the best.

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Behind closed doors at Canberra’s majestic Government House on the eve of Anzac Day, William and his wife Kate were greeted by three of Australia’s surviving Victoria Cross recipients.

Corporals Daniel Keighran and Benjamin Roberts-Smith along with SAS Trooper Mark Donaldson joined about 100 guests – representing the arts, business, charity, conservation, the military and sport – at a reception hosted by Governor-General Peter Cosgrove.

Earlier on Thursday William – who served in the British military for seven and a half years – tipped his hat to Australian troops.

“Over the years, Australians have fought bravely for freedom in numerous conflicts,” he said in only his second speech during a 10-day tour of Australia, delivered at the Great Hall of Parliament House.

William added that along with brother Prince Harry, he and Kate looked forward to being part of events for the Anzac centenary in 2015, marking 100 years since Aussie diggers landed on the shores of Gallipoli.

A palace spokesman later confirmed their involvement but said it was yet to be determined if the royals will travel to Turkey for the April 25 commemorative service.

During a brief speech at Thursday’s reception Sir Peter thanked the couple for showing a genuine interest in the lives of Australians.

“Particularly through your commitment to conservation, supporting members of our armed forces and their families, and helping children and young people,” he said.

William and Kate will be part of Anzac Day commemorations in Canberra on Friday, attending the mid-morning service at the War Memorial, where they will lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier and plant a tree.

“We are all delighted that you will be here in Canberra to take part,” Sir Peter said.

The couple picked up a shovel to start their Thursday, planting a tree at the National Arboretum, where 50 Canberrans, selected by ballot, were lucky enough to schmooze with royalty.

Among the crowd was Canberra mother of five Moira Lye and her six-year-old sons Oliver and Sebastian who watered the fleshly-planted English Oak Tree.

Sebastian, who has Down Syndrome and is hearing and visually impaired, was told he had done a “good job” by William.

After a stopoff at Parliament House, where royalty mixed with politicians, it was on to the National Portrait Gallery.

Kate, who graduated with honours in art history, told people in the crowd afterwards that the gallery was filled with wonderful works.

The duchess spent the day in a bold green Catherine Walker dress, matched with her trademark beige heels.

For the evening engagement she changed into a white cocktail dress by US designer Lela Rose, her hair swept up.

The couple, along with their son Prince George, will jet out of Australia on Friday afternoon.

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Finance News Update, what you need to know

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WORLD FINANCE UPDATE:

The Australian dollar has lost further ground, continuing its downward trajectory spurred by lower-than-expected March quarter inflation figures.

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At 0630 AEST on Friday, the Australian dollar was trading at 92.62 US cents, down from 92.95 on Thursday.

The Australian share market is closed on Friday for the Anzac Day public holiday.

At 0645 AEST on Friday, the June share price index futures contract was up 11 points at 5,534.

ELSEWHERE:

WASHINGTON – The International Monetary Fund will take a final decision on a huge rescue plan for embattled Ukraine on April 30.

WASHINGTON – New orders for US manufactured durable goods such as cars, aeroplanes and computers rose in March, the second straight gain of the year.

WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking US unemployment benefits surged 24,000 to a seasonally-adjusted 329,000 last week, though the gain likely reflected temporary layoffs in the week before Easter.

MADRID – Spain’s economy appears to be growing at the fastest clip since a 2008 property crash tipped the nation into a job-wrecking, double-dip recession, the central bank says.

WASHINGTON – US regulators have proposed new restrictions on the soaring $US2 billion ($A2.2 billion) market in e-cigarettes, which until now have been free from federal oversight.

LONDON – London’s landmark “Gherkin” office tower, one of the most recognisable sights on the British capital’s skyline, has been placed into receivership.

NEW YORK – Visa Inc’s profit jumped 26 per cent in its fiscal second quarter from a year earlier as the company benefited from strong growth in payments volume, service revenue and a one-time tax gain.

REDMOND, Washington – Microsoft Corp posted flat revenue and a decline in net income for the fiscal third quarter.

GENEVA – Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Novartis has posted a 24-per cent jump in first-quarter net profit, driven largely by the sale of a blood transfusion diagnostics unit.

NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey – Johnson & Johnson chief executive Alex Gorsky says all three of its business segments are doing well and made significant medical advances last year.

NEW YORK – Facebook has bought the fitness app Moves, which helps users monitor daily physical activity and their calorie counts on a smartphone.

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James Franco calls selfies intimate

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US actor James Franco says his recent Instagram postings of him in bed – alone or not – are his way of sharing a “very kind of intimate portrait” of himself and to get people talking.

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“It’s not like I’m exposing myself or anything,” he said in an interview Thursday.

Franco says like everbody else he is just playing around with the selfie and Instagram phenomena to see what kind of reaction it evokes. He says when he takes pictures of himself, “It’s almost like it’s connected to you” and that by putting “that intimate space out there it’s kind of this new thing that we’re all getting used to.”

He also says that it “obviously causes a lot of stir,” noting that he was being asked about the photos by reporters.

The actor, author and director wrote in a New York Times essay last December titled “The Meanings Of The Selfie” that he has “become increasingly addicted to Instagram” and acknowledged that he has “been accused of posting too many of them.”

Franco was recently caught trying to pick up a Scottish teenage girl on the photo-sharing app. He later apologised on the morning talk show Live With Kelly and Michael, saying he used “bad judgment” and “learned my lesson.”

Lately the actor, who currently stars in Broadway’s Of Mine and Men, has been posting shirtless photos of himself in bed. He even posted one this week showing him in bed with one of the stars of Pretty Little Liars with the caption, Bed Selfie With Keegan Allen !! Time To Go Nuts.

Another selfie Keegan posted showed Franco smiling and that Keegan was wearing pants under their blanket.

Keegan has worked with Franco on three recent films: The Sound and the Fury, Bukowski and Palo Alto, which Franco was promoting in the interview and will be released on May 9.

Palo Alto is a coming of age tale that focuses on the complications, emotions and romantic highs and lows of teens in high school. It is based on several linked stories Franco authored, also stars Emma Roberts and was directed by Francis Ford Coppola’s granddaughter Gia.

Franco, who went to high school in Palo Alto in the 1990s, describes adolescence as “the major moment of transition” that is filled with “built-in drama.”

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Bearded dragons seen as salmonella source

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Australia’s bearded dragons have joined the list of pets in the US that can give you salmonella poisoning.

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In the past two years, 132 people in 31 US states have been infected with a rare form of salmonella bacteria.

Thirty-one answered detailed questionnaires about their illnesses; of those, 21 said they’d handled bearded dragons – a popular lizard native to Australia.

Health investigators also found the rare bacteria in the terrarium of a bearded dragon tied to the outbreak.

They’re calling this the first US salmonella outbreak caused by this kind of pet.

“We are confident bearded dragons are the source of the outbreak” said Casey Barton Behravesh of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which released a report on the outbreak Thursday.

Bearded dragons are desert animals that can grow to be about 50 centimetres long. Some are cream and brown in colour, others are red, orange or yellow.

Some sell in pet stores for around $US70 ($A75.60) to $US100 ($A108).

They can appear clean and healthy but still be shedding bacteria, experts say.

The CDC officials warned owners should wash their hands thoroughly after handling the lizards and keep them out of kitchens, sinks and bathtubs.

They also should be kept away from small children.

There have been no deaths in the current outbreak, but 42 per cent have been hospitalised.

That’s an unusually high proportion, probably due to the fact that a large number of the infected were children age two or younger, who are more vulnerable to the bacteria, said Barton Behravesh, a veterinary epidemiologist.

The bearded dragons came from several pet stores, and no single chain or supplier has been identified as the source of the salmonella-infected lizards, she added. An investigation is continuing.

Other pets that carry the salmonella bug include frogs, toads, turtles, snakes, hedgehogs, chicks and ducklings.

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Amazon 1st quarter net income jumps

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Amazon’s first-quarter results rose 18 per cent as shoppers continued to flock to the online mega retailer to buy goods.

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The results beat expectations and shares rose nearly two per cent in aftermarket trading.

Amazon has long focused on spending the money it makes to grow its business and expand into new areas, from streaming movies to e-readers and even grocery delivery.

On Wednesday, it launched Prime Pantry, a grocery delivery service for Prime members, and this month, it introduced its first set-top video streaming box called Amazon Fire that sells for $US99 ($A106.96).

Rumours of an Amazon phone have been swirling as well, but nothing has materialised.

“We get our energy from inventing on behalf of customers, and 2014 is off to a kinetic start,” chief executive Jeff Bezos said.

While investors have largely given Amazon a pass for focusing on growth and investing rather than turning a strong profit, Amazon has been making some moves to strengthen its bottom line.

It boosted its Prime two-day shipping membership program annual fee from $US79 to $US99 in March to offset higher shipping costs.

Shipping costs rose 31 per cent to $US1.83 billion ($A1.98 billion) during the quarter.

And to entice more people to sign up for the service at the $US99 price, which includes its streaming video service, on Tuesday the retailer said it had inked a deal with HBO to stream some of its older shows beginning May 21.

The news was a coup for Amazon.

HBO has steadfastly refused to license its programming to other streaming services such as Netflix or Hulu.

In a media call, executives did not give specifics but said renewals were exceeding expectations.

Net income for the quarter rose to $US108 million, or 23 US cents a share. That compares with net income of $US82 million, or 18 US cents a share in 2013. Analysts expected 21 US cents a share, according to FactSet.

Revenue rose 23 per cent to $US19.74 billion from $US16.07 billion. Analysts expected $US19.42 billion.

In fiscal 2014, the company expects revenue of $US18.1 billion to $US19.8 billion. Analysts expect $US19.01 billion.

In aftermarket trading, shares rose $US6.35, or 1.9 per cent, to $US343.50, after closing the day up nearly four per cent at $US337.15. The stock reached a record high of $US408.06 on January 22. Since then, it has dropped 17 per cent.

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LME copper rises on supply-demand hopes

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Copper on the London Metal Exchange (LME) has closed higher as investors saw an improved supply-demand outlook for the metal.

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At the close of open-outcry trading in the London ring on Thursday, LME three-month copper was up 1.2 per cent from the previous session’s closing price, at $US6,753 a metric ton. The metal on Thursday traded at prices not seen for nearly seven weeks.

Aluminium closed 0.1 per cent higher at $US1,876 a ton, while nickel closed 0.2 per cent lower at $US18,350 a ton.

Earlier in the session, nickel had touched its highest price since February 2013, at $US18,600 a ton. Prices for the metal have surged by more than 30 per cent year-to-date, as tensions surrounding Ukraine and an ongoing ore-export ban in key producer Indonesia have threatened global supply levels.

“Copper prices have leapt higher this afternoon … optimism about the global economy has picked up, boosting hopes of increased consumption,” said IG chief market strategist Brenda Kelly.

The red metal is used to make a range of everyday goods, and as such investors watch key growth and manufacturing metrics for clues about the future of demand.

On Thursday, prices took strength after brighter economic readings from the US, the world’s second-largest copper consumer after China, which stoked hopes for better demand.

Data showed US demand for big-ticket factory goods rose more than expected in March. Durable goods orders rose a seasonally-adjusted 2.6 per cent from February, the biggest jump since November and more than the 2.00 per cent rise economists expected.

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