Disney legends Betty Taylor, Wally Boag die within a day of each other

Disney legends die within a day of each other

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press
Sun Jun 5

ANAHEIM, Calif. – They shared a stage at Disneyland five days a week for nearly three decades and died within a day of each other.

Betty Taylor, who played Slue Foot Sue in Disney's long-running Golden Horseshoe Revue, passed away Saturday — one day after the death of Wally Boag, who played her character's sweetheart, Pecos Bill.

The 91-year-old Taylor died at her home in Washington state, Disneyland announced on its web site. Boag, who was 90, died Friday. He was a resident of Santa Monica, Calif.

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The causes of death were not announced and attempts to contact relatives for comment were not immediately successful.

"Betty's role as leading lady in Disneyland's Golden Horseshoe Revue helped turn it into the longest-running stage show in entertainment history," George Kalogridis, the president of Disneyland Resort, said in a statement. `'It is a tragic coincidence that her passing comes just one day after the death of longtime co-star Wally Boag."
Boag, a former vaudeville performer, signed a two-week contract with Walt Disney in 1955. He originated the role of Pecos Bill in the revue, taking the stage three times a day and logging nearly 40,000 performances before retiring in 1982.

Most of those shows were alongside Taylor, who joined the revue a year after Hoag. Her run on the show — which closed in 1986 — lasted nearly 45,000 performances.

The Golden Horseshoe Revue is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running stage production in show business history.

"Wally was instrumental in the development of live entertainment during the early years of both Disneyland Park and Walt Disney World Resort," Kalogridis said. "His characters will continue to live in the hearts of our guests, while his larger-than-life personality will forever make him the true Clown Prince of Disneyland."

Boag's comedic timing influenced generations of performers, including actor Steve Martin, who called Boag his "hero." Martin tweeted Saturday that Boag was "the first comedian I ever saw live, my influence, a man to whom I aspired."

Boag and Taylor both appeared on television in "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color."
And before joining Disney, Boag appeared in a number of films during the 1940s, including "Without Love," starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, and "The Thrill of Romance," with Esther Williams.
He later appeared in Disney films such as "The Absent-Minded Professor," "Son of Flubber" and "The Love Bug."
Born in Seattle, Taylor began taking dance lessons at age 3. At 14, she sang and danced in nightclubs across the country, and by 18, led her own band called Betty and Her Beaus, which included 16 male musicians and appeared regularly at the Trianon Ballroom in Seattle.

In 1956, while living in Los Angeles and performing as a drum player with a musical group, Taylor heard about auditions for a song-and-dance job at Disneyland. She got the gig, which she held for 30 years, leading to appearances on a USO tour of Greenland and Newfoundland and a show for President Richard Nixon and his family in The White House.

She performed at the park until 1987, but continued to appear in special events, such as Walt Disney's Wild West, a 1995 retrospective at the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles.

Officials: US missiles kill 16 in Pakistan

Officials: US missiles kill 16 in Pakistan

By ISHTIAQ MAHSUD, Associated Press

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan – The United States fired missiles at three suspected militant targets near the Afghan border Monday, killing 16 people and keeping the pressure on insurgents days after a strike was believed to have killed an al-Qaida commander, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

The identities of the dead in the unusually intense volley of drone-fired strikes in the South Waziristan tribal region were not known. Several Arabs were said to be among the victims of one of them, according to the officials, who did not give their names in line with agency policy.

Al-Qaida and Taliban fighters remain in South Waziristan, despite a Pakistani army offensive launched there in 2009.

Since the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden on May 2 in northwest Pakistan, missile strikes have picked up pace from a relative lull in the year's first half. But anger at the bin Laden operation, seen here as a violation of Pakistani sovereignty, has led to fresh calls on Washington to stop the attacks.

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Pakistani authorities said Sunday that they were increasingly sure that a Friday missile strike in South Waziristan killed Ilyas Kashmiri, a top al-Qaida commander rumored to be a longshot contender to replace bin Laden as the terror network's chief.

Getting definitive confirmation about who died in the missile strikes is difficult, especially if no body is retrieved. U.S. officials have not confirmed the death of Kashmiri, who was wrongly said by Pakistani and American officials to have been killed in a missile strike in 2009. Pakistani officials declined to comment on whether they had assisted the U.S. in the strike.

Before dawn, one set of missiles hit a compound in Wucha Dana village, killing seven people. The second set landed at about the same time at a Muslim seminary there, killing five people, two Pakistani intelligence officials said.

The intelligence officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record.
They said several Arab men were believed to be among the dead.

Later Monday, missiles hit a vehicle traveling in Dra Nishter village elsewhere in the region, killing four, officials said.

Washington says the missiles have killed hundreds of militants, including several top al-Qaida commanders since they began in earnest in 2008. More than 30 have struck this year, compared to last year's tally of about 130. Some experts question their legality and the secrecy under which they operate. Transparent investigations of alleged civilian casualties are not carried out.

Pakistani intelligence is believed to provide the U.S. with targeting information for at least some of the strikes. But its civilian and military leaders publicly protest the strikes and say they create more enemies than they kill. It would be politically toxic to acknowledge collaborating with the U.S. in attacks unpopular among many Pakistanis.
Also Monday, the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for a bomb that killed 18 people at a bakery in an army neighborhood in the northwest town of Nowshera the previous night. The militant group said the attack was vengeance for Pakistani army actions against them in the nearby Swat Valley.
Associated Press Writer Rasool Dawar in Peshawar contributed to this report.

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 (星島)2011年6月6日 星期一 

(星島日報    報道)首屆中學文憑試將於明年三月舉行,為配合學生應試,教育城自○九學年起開拓「網上試題學習平台」,與香港考試及評核局    合作篩選適合文憑試程度的歷年會考試題,存入網上試題庫。平台推出兩年,中學用戶增加近兩倍,由二十五所增至七十所。另外,教育城計畫與考評局    商討,新學年加入文憑試的模擬試題,供師生使用。

  網上試題學習平台現有超過五千條試題,主要來自三間機構,包括考評局、牛津    出版社和教育圖書出版社;當中主要收錄考評局過去十五年的會考試題,由於教育城已向考評局購買試題版權,老師和學生亦可自行免費影印試題。平台試題現僅限於數學、生物、化學、物理及經濟科,題目類型亦只有多項選擇題。




  已購買平台服務的筲箕灣    東官立中學生物科教師高家浩表示,以前教師要根據教學進度,剪裁及影印歷屆試題供學生做練習,使用平台後毋須再煩惱,「用平台省時省紙,又可照顧學習差異」。



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 (星島)2011年6月5日 星期日 05:30

(星島日報    報道)零的突破!綽號「娜姐」的中國女將李娜    延續本屆法國網球公開賽    的神奇之旅,昨於女單決賽利用強勁正手抽擊,成功壓制衞冕的意大利    名將舒捷雅禾妮,成為歷來首位贏得大滿貫錦標的亞洲球手,成就媲美劉翔    等中國體壇英雄。



  中國「一姐」李娜昨於法網主動得分以三十一比十二大幅佔優下,以六比四、七比六(七比○)歷史性捧走女單冠軍獎盃,成為首奪大滿貫錦標的亞洲人。這位二十九歲好手今仗打法明顯較四強對舒拉寶娃    積極,首盤第一局即搶得「破發分」,雖未能成功打破對手發球局,但在氣勢上已稍佔上風。




  兩人之後未有再打破對方發球局,戰至六比六要打決勝局。舒捷雅禾妮於決勝局接連失誤,結果兵敗如山倒輸○比七,以盤數○比二宣告衞冕失敗。李娜繼澳洲    公開賽屈居亞軍之後,第二次衝擊大滿貫錦標終於成功。她賽後直言:「對手不斷施加壓力,我亦感到很緊張。我相信自己能夠奪冠,所有中國人會更興奮,所以一直撐下去,我終於做到了。」


  能夠像劉翔、丁俊暉    等運動員打破歐美壟斷,李娜於四月毅然決定更換教練是一大關鍵。她聘請前丹麥台維斯盃隊長摩頓遜當教練,丈夫姜山則改當陪練員。摩頓遜專注加強李娜自信心,後者表示:「今屆法網之前人們都指出我於紅土場表現不好,甚至連我亦質疑自己的能力,但他告訴我要相信自己,認同自己有能力在紅土場有好表現。」


  過去亞洲球手在法網的成績只屬一般,只有日本    一代名將伊達公子曾經闖進女單四強,故李娜今次打破亞洲球員的法網宿命成功奪冠,比在其餘三項大滿貫爭標更具意義。李娜透露:「亞洲人在紅土場比賽很難有好成績,因為必需要有滑步,還要打出具備很多上旋的球,偏偏亞洲球員普遍擅長打平擊,相對較有利於草地或硬地賽事。」


 (明報)2011年6月5日 星期日 

奪得法網女單冠軍的李娜    說,勝利來自各方面的因素,任何一個因素都不能獨立成為獲勝的原因。

4日下午剛剛獲得法網女單冠軍的李娜,晚上換上了一身休閒的裝束來到中國駐法國    大使官邸。在場上叱吒風雲的亞洲「一姐」露出了女性柔情的一面。






李娜表示,在這次法網比賽中第一場比賽最為困難。李娜首輪對陣捷克    選手姬維杜娃。在相繼錯失3個賽點後,李娜終以6比3、6比7和6比3艱難取勝。

今天比賽結束時,李娜縱情躺倒在羅蘭    加洛斯的紅土場上。記者問她當時的感受,李娜說,其實也沒有想太多,那只是順勢的一個動作。



(新華社    )

 (明報)2011年6月4日 星期六 

法網女單決賽,李娜    以直落2盤,擊敗意大利    選手舒雅雲妮,成為史上第一個贏得大滿貫女單冠軍的中國人。





 (明報)2011年6月4日 星期六



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炒意大利著名時裝品牌PRADA股 要向意大利政府交重稅

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 (星島)2011年6月4日 星期六

(星島日報    報道)意大利    著名時裝品牌PRADA昨天在港交所    網站上載初步招股書,揭開來港上市的序幕。雖然市場預期PRADA招股將掀起熱潮,但投資者要留意持有PRADA股份要向意大利政府繳稅,包括在派息前要先扣除兩成七股息稅,將影響投資者的股息收入。假如是大手買賣的基金或大戶,更有可能要繳付資本收益稅,稅額大約相當於交易利潤的一成四。



  預計來港集資二十億美元    (一百五十六億港元)的PRADA,將會是首家來港上市的意大利公司,對於習慣簡單稅制的香港投資者來說,亦是首次面對如此高的稅率。據了解,本港監管機構亦有留意到意大利稅制對香港投資者的影響,但認為只要在招股書披露詳情,不會有大問題。以資本收益稅來說,相信甚少投資者會主動向意大利政府報稅    ,在香港收稅執行上有很大困難。至於股息稅方面,由於是預先扣除,投資者恐怕要「打定輸數」。

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  至於股息稅方面,派息前先扣起兩成七稅款,但股東可以申請「抵免退稅」,最多可以退回預扣股息稅的九分之四。PRADA股東可以在派息日的四十八個月之內,向意大利稅務局    呈交退稅申請。PRADA將會研究一些方便股東申請退稅的機制,但並沒有披露詳情。現時香港股民透過證券行持有國企,已經遭內地抽去一成的預扣股息稅,但意大利的稅率卻比內地高得多。



  另一方面,早前PRADA在日本    涉及性騷擾以及不公平解僱的糾紛,中國勞動透視聯絡人鍾明麗表示,有關的受害人以及日本婦女工會的代表,將會在本月中來港,向Prada管理層抗議。


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Chinese key target in Vancouver condo push

Chinese key target in Vancouver condo push
Wed Jun 1, 2011

(Reuters) - In Vancouver, Canada's hottest real estate market, one marketer is targeting Chinese buyers with a new get-a-deal spin on condos.

Sales and marketing firm The Key launches an online real estate venture later this month, offering week-by-week discounts. The first one promises savings of C$200,000 ($206,000) if a buyer snaps up two condos rather than one.


Its target market is Chinese investors, who have already driven up prices for multimillion dollar homes in a few Vancouver neighborhoods. [ID:nN01250393]

"They'll do whatever they have to do to get a deal. They're going to be a huge group ... and getting a better deal than they could ever get on their own," said The Key President Cam Good, who says his special offer web site is modeled on daily deal service Groupon.

Good tried a version of bulk selling in the soft Vancouver real estate market of early 2009, pre-negotiating a deal with a developer and selling 400 condos in 90 days, a move that helped spark a turnaround in the Vancouver market.

"There's a huge appetite for getting a deal, no matter whether the market is strong or not," he said.

The first venture will offer savings on two waterfront condo developments near Vancouver. In one, buyers can save C$200,000 or more by purchasing twin units that they can combine and customize into "a dream home in the sky."

Good hopes to be able to offer a new one-day deal every Saturday in a sales concept that could spread to other Canadian condo markets like Toronto and Calgary.

($1= $0.97 Canadian) (Reporting by Ka Yan Ng; editing by Janet Guttsman and Jeffrey Hodgson)










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