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Cleary commits to turning Tigers around

Sydney New Wests Tigers coach Ivan Cleary is adamant he can get can them back to the NRL finals this year but he is paddling against the tide of 50 years of history. Cleary yesterday inked a deal which will run until the end of the 2020 NRL season and has been tasked with a rebuild similar to those he orchestrated...

IHC disability support workers call strike

Auckland Workers from intellectual disabilities services provider IHC New Zealand's operational branch have voted to strike after pay negotiations stalled. Union E Tu says 98% of its 1500 members working for Idea Services have backed taking industrial action after Easter. Workers and the union have been unable to get Idea to even consider a pay rise in half a year of talks,...

Dunedin hits back at parking inspector abuse

Auckland While some may have once considered football umpires and parking inspectors fair game for a mouthful of abuse, Dunedin City Council is hitting back at the culture. From today, parking officers in the city will be wearing body cameras, which they will switch on if a member of the public abuses them. The council's parking boss Peter Hanlin said while it...

Aust doctors admit studying patients on Google

Auckland About 16% of Australian doctors have Googled their patients, according to a new study, however, New Zealand doctors have slammed the practice. The study, How Doctors View and Use Social Media, found that of 187 Australian doctors who responded to the on-line survey, 16.1% admitted to having searched for publicly available information on their patient on-line. In an emergency 37.8% of...

Reefton community considers goldmine pit future

Laura Mills The Reefton community is starting to consider the future of the former Globe Progress goldmine pit and its legacy. Oceana Gold announced before Christmas the permanent closure of the mothballed open-cast mine. At its peak, Globe Progress employed about 300 staff. The first round of redundancies was announced in 2014 as the mine started to wind down after eight years of...

Is Russia at peak Putin?

The crowds of protesters in Moscow and other Russian cities were far bigger the last time, in 2011-12. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was so intoxicated by the 40,000 or 50,000 citizens who demonstrated in Moscow against Vladimir Putin's rule that he boasted: "I see enough people here to take the Kremlin right now, but we are peaceful people and...

Seventeen businesses confirmed for networking event

Seventeen West Coast businesses will be presenting their projects at a new event this Thursday. 'The Pitch' gives people three minutes to promote their business or project, a networking event that is a fast, fun way to find out what the business community is up to. It will be hosted by Ashley Cassin, from Left Coast Events. The Greymouth Star has donated...

14 teams chase Westland pool title

Fourteen teams will vie for top honours in the Westland pool competition, which starts on Thursday. Teams are playing for the first round Vanderdrift Trophy, which is held by 2016 winners Club Red. The draw is: Pioneer v Royal Mail; Club Red v Empire Ross; Railway Steelers v Railway Others; Kaniere v Kan 2; HCC v Kokatahi; City Ross v Aces;...

Sir Tom Jones wants Robbie Williams to play him

London Sir Tom Jones wants Robbie Williams to play him in a biopic. The 76-year-old singer has given Robbie, 43, the seal of approval to portray him in a re-telling of his life but admitted he would prefer to do the singing himself, despite Robbie's success with Take That and as a solo artist. He told The Sun on Sunday: "I said...

Quake rattles Botswana

Gaborone A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck nearly 250km north-north-west of the Botswana capital Gaborone overnight, at depth of 12km, the United States Geological Survey said. Tremors were also felt in neighbouring South Africa. "We certainly felt it here in central Gaborone," Jeff Ramsay, Botswana's chief government spokesman, said. "I'm not aware of damage yet, it is too early to say. The buildings here...
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