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Sleeping with men didn't help my career, says Lana Del Rey

Lana-Del-ReyWellington, July 23 : Lana Del Rey admitted that even though she had slept with men in the music industry, it didn't help her land her any record deals.

The 29-year-old singer, who has sold over 7 million albums worldwide since her debut in 2010, told Complex magazine that her new song 'F**ked My Way to the Top' tells tale of how she gained success, Stuff. co. nz reported.

Del Rey, who split with fellow musician Barrie-James O'Neill, said that she it's important for her to have a "physical and passionate love" with her partner as her everyday life is complete opposite of that. (ANI)


J Law's 'Hunger Games' workout revealed

jennifer-lawrenceWellington, July 13 : Jennifer Lawrence's ' Hunger Games ' trainer has revealed the actress' workout regime and said that she maintained a sunny disposition throughout even the most exhausting workouts.

The sports medicine doctor Dr Joe Horrigan told Teen Vogue that bodyweight squats, push-ups and sit-ups all performed in a circuit and one could also add jumping rope and if one could can do any of these exercises for 20 minutes at high intensity, one would see the results, Stuff. co. nz reported.

According to Horrigan, cardio was the key to good health.


Beyonce graces cover of Time mag's 'most influential people' issue

BeyonceWellington, April 25 : Beyonce has become the cover girl for Time magazine's annual '100 Most Influential People' issue after making the 2014 list.

The 32-year-old singer, who juggles her busy work schedule along with motherhood, has graced the cover in a black and white shot, flaunting her toned physique in see-through top and shorts, Stuff. co. nz reported.

American businesswoman Sheryl Sandberg has written a piece on why the 'Drunk in Love' hitmaker was worth the list, saying that the star, who heads Parkwood Entertainment, builds a better table rather than just sitting at it.


Miranda Kerr believes in being 'natural' when it comes to beauty

Miranda-KerrWellington, April 24 : Miranda Kerr has revealed that she depends upon nature when it comes to her beauty.

The 31-year-old supermodel, who's the brand ambassador of Clear Scalp and Hair, does a 'do-it-yourself' body scrub with sea salt and coconut oil, Stuff. co. nz reported.

And exfoliates her skin as well as washes her hair every second day with organic products, she said.

The mother-of-one added that she takes out time of her busy schedule to meditate as it's very important for a healthy for the body, mind, and spirit. (ANI)


Katy Perry panted like 'a dog' during sister's labour

Katy-PerryWellington, April 23 : Katy Perry has admitted that she panted like "a dog" while her sister was in labour .

The ' Roar' hitmaker, who had earlier tweeted about delivering a baby in a living room, said on Jimmy Kimmel Live that she is an assistant doula and that's what they called her all the time, Stuff. co. nz reported.

The 29-year-old singer said that they had a midwife and there was a tub in the living room, and she was holding a leg, and panting like a dog, while making "primal noises". (ANI)


Anderson needs medical clearance to make IPL debut

Corey AndersonWellington, April 16 - Corey Anderson will require clearance from New Zealand Cricket's medical staff before making his Indian Premier League debut, TVNZ reported Wednesday.

The $866,000 allrounder is preparing with his Mumbai Indians team in Abu Dhabi but won't play until New Zealand Cricket is satisfied he's over the dislocated little finger suffered at the World Twenty20 April 1.


Nufarm shuts down plant in New Zealand

Nufarm shuts down plant in New ZealandNufarm, which is a leading agricultural chemicals manufacturer, has said that it is planning to close down its plant in New Zealand.

The company has also said that it is planning to shift its regional production to Victoria. The company believes that consolidating its production will generate annual cost savings of $3 million. The move will result in a loss of 59 jobs at the Otahuhu factory, in Auckland, according to the company.


NZ records fall in house sales

NZ records fall in house salesAccording to the latest figures released, the total housing sale has fellen in New Zealand market.

The data also showed that the median price of homes are increasing in the country. The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand said that the sale of houses in the Western Bay fell during the month of March.

Figures showed that Tauranga housing sales fell 21 per cent to 127 from 163 a year ago. However, the median price increased 11.8 per cent to $388,000 from $347,000. The sales in Mount Maunganui-Papamoa fell 17.9 per cent from 123 to 101 and the median prices increased 5.9 per cent to $450,000 from $425,000.


Wealleans Groundspread fined over fatal accident

Wealleans Groundspread fined over fatal accidentWealleans Groundspread Limited, a Waikato fertiliser spreading company, has been fined and is ordered to pay reparation after a company died in a truck accident in June 2013.


New Zealand housing prices fall in March

New Zealand housing prices fall in MarchAccording to the latest figures released, the housing prices in New Zealand have continued to fall in the month of March as the buyers are discouraged due to restrictions on lending and rising interest rates.

The housing prices have been falling in the country since previous five straight months as the demand is affected by economic factors. The government's Quotable Value's (QV) said that the demand for housing has been affected by increasing interest rates and the limitations on bank lending in the country.


NZ’s tourism industry aiming to grow 70% during next decade

NZ’s tourism industry aiming to grow 70% during next decadeNew Zealand's tourism industry has said that it is targeting a growth of by 70 per cent during the coming decade.

According to official figures, the tourism sector currently contributes $NZ24 billion a year to the economy. The Tourism Industry Association (TIA) said on Monday said that it is aiming to contribute $NZ41 billion to the national economy by the year 2025.


Migration to New Zealand rises 13%

Migration to New Zealand rises 13%According to the latest figures released, New Zealand's inbound net migration has recorded an increase of 13 per cent on an annual basis, which is its highest level in a decade.

China became the biggest source of net migrants for the first time for the country after overtaking Australia and the UK. New Zealand gained a seasonally adjusted 3,500 net new migrants in February, which is the highest number of net new migrants since April 2003 compared to up from 3,100 in January.


Some people have aversion to happiness

Some people have aversion to happinessAs stated by the specialists from University of Wellington in New Zealand, various societies (principally non-Western societies in the Middle East) hold the thought that positive emotions can really prompt not so positive conclusions.


Federer to meet Djokovic in Indian Wells final

Roger-FedererWellington, Mar 16 : Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer has reached the finals of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells in California on Saturday, closing on the title which he had won four times in the past.

The 17-time Major winner, who won at Indian Wells from 2004-06 and again in 2012, has defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-3, 6-1 and will meet world number two Novak Djokovic in the final after the Serbian player dispatched American John Isner 5-7 7-6 6-1 in the other semifinal.


Antibacterial soap doing more harm than good

Antibacterial soap doing more harm than goodConsumers are again dishing the soil on antibacterial cleanser as studies are cautioning us we shouldn't accept the buildup.

It says there is proof that not just do the items give no additional benefits, they could be doing us more harm.

A magazine not long from now says ads boisterously trumpet the cleansers' microorganisms executing force, effectively playing on our trepidation of germs.

At the same time examination proposes all they are doing is making us impervious to anti-infection agents, a developing issue globally.


Expert warns businesses of post-Office 2003 era consequences

Expert warns businesses of post-Office 2003 era consequencesWellington, Mar. 10 - As Microsoft gears up to end its support for Office 2003 and Windows XP in the coming month, an expert has issued warnings for businesses who could potentially lose access to their Office suite content.

Vice president of the global non-profit Information Systems Audit and Control Association, Marc Vael, said that a lot of companies would have to update their whole office suite, which requires an additional investment that they probably didn't foresee this year.


Hawke's Bay witnesses measles alert

Hawke's Bay witnesses measles alertTwo young New Zealand men, who as of late voyaged abroad, have been diagnosed with measles in Hawke's Bay. Both are presently well, out of seclusion and were not hospitalised.

Since 2012, these are the initially affirmed instances of measles in Hawke's Bay.

Medical Officer of Health Caroline McElnay said introduction to other individuals in Hawke's Bay was improbable, yet conceivable.


New Zealand 440/5, lead by 194 at tea

New Zealand 440/5, lead by 194 at teaWellington, Feb 17 - New Zealand were 440 for five, leading by 194 runs at tea on day four of the second and final Test against India here Monday.

Brendon McCullum (228 batting) reached his third double hundred, while B. J. Watling (119) scored his third century. The NZ duo extended their sixth wicket unbeaten partnership to 346 runs. (IANS)


Rahane thanks Sachin, Dravid after maiden Test ton

Ajinkya-RahaneWellington, Feb 15 : India batsman Ajinkya Rahane thanked his role models Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendukar after scoring his maiden Test century on day two of the second Test against New Zealand here Saturday.

Rahane had missed his first Test hundred by a whisker in South Africa.

"Rahul Dravid is my role model and I have been following him since childhood,” Rahane said after India ended the day leading New Zealand by 222 runs with nine wickets in hand.


23-year-old says cracking SnapChat's new anti-hacker ploy 'no brainer'

Steven-HicksonWellington, Feb. 15 : A 23-year-old PHD student has reportedly said that it took him only half and hour to crack SnapChat's latest security measures.

Steven Hickson , who is studying Computer Science at Georgia Tech, and has briefly worked at the NSA in Maryland, said that it was a 'no brainer' to crack the photo-sharing service's icon identifying puzzle.

According to stuff. co. nz, SnapChat had implement the latest security feature after it admitted that white-hat hackers had breached its user database that exposed millions of usernames and phone numbers exposed to criminals.


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