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Two jailed for manslaughter

Christchurch Two people found guilty of causing the 2014 death of Ashburton man Arran "A J" Gairns by manslaughter have each been jailed for three years and seven months. Olivia Toby Frances Lucas, 29, and Verdun Ashley Perry, 26, both of Ashburton, were convicted of assaulting 34-year-old Gairns with intent to rob him on May 31, 2014, in Ashburton. A jury of...

Charges arising from Cobden Bridge incident admitted

Westport A Carters Beach man admitted a raft of charges in the Westport District Court last week, including threatening behaviour arising from an incident on the Cobden Bridge last year. Brad Colin Kerr, 27, appeared before Judge Noel Walsh charged with dangerous driving, threatening behaviour, assault, drink driving, failing to stop, being in a building without reasonable excuse and escaping from...

Roosters not buying into Pearce NSW recall

Sydney Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has refused to publicly endorse Mitchell Pearce for State of Origin as the maligned playmaker's hopes of a NSW recall continue to grow. Roosters No 7 Pearce has started the year as one of the form halves of the NRL and tonight faces another litmus test against Brisbane pair Ben Hunt and Anthony Milford. Pearce is...

Cancer Society fashion show back

Laura Mills The Cancer Society is bringing back its fashion show, which it launched last year at Shantytown. "We promised it would become an annual event," manager support services Jenny Kenning said yesterday. The show raised about $10,000 for the society last year. Mrs Kenning said many people did not realise the Cancer Society received no direct government funding and so it was...

Watchdog slates MSD policy

Wellington Privacy Commissioner John Edwards says the Ministry of Social Development's policy which requires social service providers to disclose client information goes too far. Under the policy, providers will have to give the client information to the ministry when they apply for funding. Mr Edwards said in a report released today the requirement was "excessive and inconsistent with privacy principles". "There is a...

Sonny Bill: ‘It’s great to be back’

Auckland Sonny Bill Williams is set to make his Super Rugby debut for the Blues this weekend. The two-time Rugby World Cup winner has been named on the bench for Saturday's clash against the Highlanders. Williams has not played a game of rugby since the World Cup final in 2015. He suffered an achilles injury at the Olympics in August last year while...

Getting older a nightmare for sleep

Sydney Getting good quality sleep and enough of it has been proven to be a nightmare for older people. It is well known that as people age, they sleep less and wake up more frequently. New research suggests the ageing process affects the quality of sleep people get, wreaking havoc on a person both mentally and physically and could even be implicated...

Budding sailors master techniques

Every Sunday for six weeks, 17 budding young sailors have taken part in the Lake Brunner Yacht Club's 'learn to sail' course in which they rigged and sailed the club's Optimist and Fire Bug yachts. The children followed the Yachting New Zealand programme which included classroom instruction, and on the water training. All participants completed the course and are now able...

Higher qualifications suggested for teachers

Auckland People wanting to become teachers would need to get a post-graduate qualification, under a change floated by the Education Council in a bid to raise the status of teaching. The change would cover all teachers early childhood, primary and secondary and has the backing of universities. This goes back to the core purpose of the Education Council to raise the status...

Chelsea holds off Manchester City

London Chelsea ticked off three more points in their Premier League title quest with a 2-1 victory over Manchester City today but Tottenham Hotspur's Houdini-like 3-1 win at Swansea means the race is far from over. With Chelsea leading fourth-placed City at an edgy Stamford Bridge courtesy of Eden Hazard's first-half brace and Tottenham, who kicked off 15 minutes earlier, trailing...
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