Fyre Festival promoter arrested on fraud charge

Fyre Festival promoter arrested on fraud charge

Posted July 01, 2017 14:41:10 The promoter behind a failed music festival in the Bahamas that cost more than $US12,000 a ticket has been arrested in New York on a wire fraud charge. Billy McFarland was charged with scheming to defraud investors in his company, Fyre Media, and the Fyre Festival that was supposed to take place on the island of Exuma over two weekends in April and May. McFarland and his business partner, rapper Ja Rule, are already facing more than a dozen lawsuits filed by ticket buyers and…

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Musician on mission to reclaim Indigenous cultural heritage through song

Musician on mission to reclaim Indigenous cultural heritage through song

Posted July 02, 2017 08:30:00 Photo: Musician Jessie Lloyd travelled across Australia finding Indigenous songs from missions. (Supplied: Chris Frape) Related Story: Electronic songline reaches new audiences in dance production Related Story: Emma Donovan sings the songs of Ruby Hunter Musician Jessie Lloyd is on a mission in more ways than one. Unearthing songs from the settlements and missions where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people lived, her Mission Songs Project adds another dimension to Indigenous Australia’s rich cultural history. From the late 1700s well into the 20th century, Indigenous…

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Cowboys' new halves pairing stars in win over struggling Canberra

Cowboys' new halves pairing stars in win over struggling Canberra

Updated July 01, 2017 21:42:15 Photo: Te Maire Martin (right) made a brilliant first impression with the Cowboys. (AAP: Dean Lewins) The Cowboys have dominated a hapless Raiders side, with halves Michael Morgan and Te Maire Martin starring in the team’s 31-18 win. The Cowboys signed 21-year-old Martin after Johnathan Thurston was ruled out for the season and the newbie scored two tries in his club debut, both of which came off Morgan offloads. Morgan also crossed for a double as he pushed for a first start in the Origin…

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Singaporeans rally for gay pride amid ban on foreigners

Singaporeans rally for gay pride amid ban on foreigners

The ban was announced after last year’s Pink Dot event in effort to stop “foreign entities” from interfering in domestic issues. “For events like the Pink Dot, foreigners are not allowed to organize or speak at the events, or participate in demonstrations,” the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement announcing the new policy. “These are political, social or moral choices for Singaporeans to decide for ourselves. LGBT issues are one such example.” Pink Dot, which plays on Singapore’s “Little Red Dot” nickname, is a non-profit that promotes LGBT…

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