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New leader steps up in agri-tech

Dunedin Trac Map's new chairman says it is an exciting time for the Mosgiel-based agri-tech company. Chris Dennison, who farms at Hilderthorpe, in North Otago, replaces Pat Garden, from Millers Flat, who has stepped down after just over a decade. Trac Map was established by Colin Brown in 2006 after he identified a gap in the market for a rugged and easy-to-use...

Dramatic finish looms in Plunket Shield

Wellington Auckland is threatening to snatch the Plunket Shield from under the nose of leader Canterbury on the final day of the domestic first class season. The competition is tantalisingly poised heading into the fourth and final day of 10th round of matches, with third-placed Northern Districts also an outside chance to claim the silverware. Canterbury will remain top if it completes...

Coal is dying, Mr Trump

"My administration is putting an end to the war on coal," Donald Trump said, surrounded by the usual gaggle of officials and (in this case) coalminers, as he put his super-size signature on the energy independence executive order. But coal is dying as a major energy source in the United States for reasons far beyond the reach of executive...

Xero reaches milestone

Auckland Xero, the cloud-based accounting software firm, says it reached a milestone of signing up one million customers just ahead of its March 31 year-end, keeping intact market expectations it will achieve its first-ever profit in 2019. Chief executive Rod Drury declined to give an update on the outlook ahead of the release of the full-year results in May. Subscriber growth...

First drought, now cholera

Mogadishu Deadly cholera is spreading through drought-ravaged Somalia as clean water sources dry up, a top aid official said, deepening a humanitarian crisis in a country that is on the verge of famine. The Horn of Africa nation has recorded more than 18,000 cases of cholera so far this year, up from about 15,000 in all of 2016 and 5000 in...

Late night art gallery heist

Auckland Two valuable paintings have been stolen in an early-morning art heist at a top Auckland gallery. Police confirmed thieves struck in a ram-raid attack on the Parnell gallery between 3.30 and 4am. Both paintings were done by Gottfried Lindauer in 1884, known as Chieftainess Ngatai Raure and Chief Ngatai-Raure. Police say they do not know the exact value of the work, but...

Canadian pair close in on title

Helsinki A surge of energy coursing through their bodies helped Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir produce an electrifying short dance as the Canadians made a winning comeback with a record score at the world figure skating championships overnight. Back at the global meet for the first time since 2013, the 2010 Olympic champions proved they had lost none of the sultry...

Lung disease again risks miners’ lives

Melbourne Dust in Australian coalmines is risking the lives of miners and more needs to be done to regulate it, a study has found. In the 1960s there was a very high incidence of lung disease among Australia's coalminers until limits were placed on the dust that could be produced. After that there was a massive decline in the prevalence and severity...

Coast flight danger area changes mooted

Laura Mills The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has received two submissions to change the flight rules over the Holcim quarry at Cape Foulwind and Strongman Mine, at Nine Mile. CAA is currently reviewing air space over the West Coast, with changes to be effective from November 9. It says it wants to de-clutter, simplify and clarify the air space, and change and...

Ten hospitalised in typhoid outbreak

Auckland There is an outbreak of typhoid in Auckland and 10 people are in hospital as a result. The Auckland Regional Public Health Service is tracing people who have been in contact with the confirmed cases and is following protocols to control the spread of the disease. It can be a serious illness and is potentially fatal but can be treated with...
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