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Drugs swoop nets six

Wellington Six people have been taken into custody after a series of raids in the west Auckland suburb of Avondale uncovered an alleged synthetic cannabis operation, police say. Three homes were searched on Bellgrove Place, Sceptre Street and Victor Street just before 6.30am today, and five more homes are still being checked by officers. Police said six people had been taken into...

254 die in Colombian landslip, floods

Mocoa (Colombia) Flooding and mudslides in the Colombian city of Mocoa sent torrents of water and debris crashing on to houses early on Saturday morning (Colombian time), killing 254 people, injuring hundreds and sending terrified residents, some in their pajamas, scrambling to evacuate. Heavy rains caused several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks on to buildings and roads in the...

Storybook reading may help with language

London Simple repetition learning techniques could help young children struggling with language to learn vocabulary faster, according to new research. The European study looked at whether repeated storybook reading could help youngsters with specific language impairment (SLI) retain information and words compared to children developing at the typical rate for their age. Working with three-year-old German children, the study built on the...

Morgan goes on Twitter tirade against tourists, PC culture

Auckland When economist Gareth Morgan launched his bid for Parliament last year, he compared himself to Donald Trump because of his anti-establishment approach. The two men now have another thing in common a tendency to be short and sharp on Twitter. Mr Morgan, the leader of The Opportunities Party, was involved in an extraordinary argument on the social media site last night in...

Specialist dairy consultants certified

An inaugural group of farm consultants are now qualified under the New Zealand Institute for Primary Industries Management's dairy farm systems certification scheme. The programme assesses the consultants' skills and knowledge of the dairy farm system and best business practices, says New Zealand Institute for Primary Industries Management (NZIPIM) chief executive Stephen Macaulay. "The certification is no mean feat, and we...

‘Papal tyranny’ catches up with Pope

Carpi (Italy) Perhaps the last thing Pope Francis expected to find during a visit to the northern Italian city of Carpi overnight was a huge 136-year-old plaque honouring the victims of "papal tyranny". The Pope passed right by the plaque while standing in his white open popemobile after saying Mass in a square a few dozen metres away during a day-long...

New search of deepest cave

Prague Czech divers are preparing to search the world's deepest underwater cave again to see if there is more to be discoverer from its already record-breaking depths. Last September researchers identified the flooded limestone cave, called Hranicka Propast and located 300km east of Prague, as the deepest of its kind when they reached 404m below Earth's surface. Access to the underwater part...

Police apologise to man left in cells

Wellington Police have apologised to a man who was left forgotten about in the court cells in Masterton for a weekend in January. The man appeared in court on a Saturday morning on a breach of bail charge and was granted bail by the sitting justice of the peace but was left in the cells until Monday morning, the Wairarapa Times-Age...

Walker double stops Roosters’ crowing

Sydney The Sydney Roosters' unbeaten start to the NRL season is over after Dylan Walker bagged a late double to gift Manly an 18-12 victory at Allianz Stadium. Three weeks ago a club in turmoil, the Sea Eagles claimed their third successive scalp last night to announce themselves as a side to watch early in the competition. Walker was also back to...

Research spending up 29% in two years

Auckland New Zealand business spending on research and development has grown by more than $350 million in just two years, with software companies leading the way But the country overall still lags behind the OECD average. Statistics New Zealand said that New Zealand companies spent $1.6 billion on research and development in 2016, up 29%, or $356 million, from 2014. The computer services sector...
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