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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...

Freak accident has Masters favourite in doubt

Augusta Masters favourite Dustin Johnson took a serious fall on a staircase today and injured his lower back, and his manager said it was uncertain whether the world's No 1 golfer would be able to play. It was a stunning development on an otherwise quiet day at Augusta National, where the course was shut down because of storms. The real calamity...

Former judges to oversee spooks

Wellington Two former senior judges have been appointed Commissioners of Intelligence Warrants. Prime Minister Bill English announced the appointment of former Court of Appeal Judge Sir Bruce Robertson and former High Court Judge Warwick Gendall. Under the new laws covering the agencies, surveillance warrants are issued under a "triple lock" system. They must be approved by the Attorney-General and a commissioner of intelligence...

Carter, team-mates relieved after being cleared of doping

Paris Former All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter has expressed his relief at being cleared again after another hearing into a failed doping test following the French Top 14 final last June. Carter, fellow former All Blacks player Joe Rokocoko and Argentina international Juan Imhoff all returned positive samples for corticoids, which are typically used to treat inflammation or joint pain. Their club...

Buller council discusses drinking-water

The Buller District Council says it is looking at drinking-water supplies, in light of the Havelock North water contamination. An inquiry into that incident is due to deliver its findings next month. The Buller council said yesterday it was watching developments closely, noting it may force future legislative changes to reduce the likelihood of similar contaminations. Punakaiki residents have been boiling water...

Be a man of peace, Pope urges Prince Charles

Vatican City Pope Francis met Britain's Prince Charles overnight at the Vatican, telling him to be a man of peace. The Prince of Wales and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall spoke in private for about 30 minutes with the Pope in one of his studies near the Vatican's large audience hall. "Wherever you go, may you be a man of peace,"...

Public meetings to update farmers on pasture pests

Brendon McMahon Research into the porina caterpillar along with the manuka beetle now major pasture pests on some parts of the West Coast will be relayed in public meetings throughout the region next week. The findings by Ag Research will set a new standard to guide West Coast farmers in dealing with some of the region's worst pests, and follow years...
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