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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...

Changes after modern building damaged in quake

Wellington There is anger that workers were not told of problems with a modern Wellington waterfront office building and relief they were not there when it partially collapsed in a quake. The Government yesterday signalled changes to two building standards and potentially the Building Act after an independent report said people could have died in Statistics House when the Kaikoura quake...

Lachlan may get a chance

Sydney Up-and-coming striker Lachlan Scott looks set for a chance to net another goal against Newcastle when he likely leads Western Sydney's line in the absence of suspended hat-trick hero Brendon Santalab. Scott looks set to start today for the first time since his Asian Champions League exploits last month, replacing Santalab who picked up his eighth yellow card as he...

Councils seek single district plan for Coast

Laura Mills West Coast councils want to keep their autonomy but have one district plan for the entire West Coast, with one set of rules for everything from mining to housing subdivisions. For now, they say the work is around better aligning the existing plans. However, a draft submission on behalf of the four councils to the Local Government Commission backs the...

Highlanders too slick for bungling Rebels

Dunedin The Melbourne Rebels' horror super rugby season continues, with a demoralising 51-12 loss to the Highlanders. With Australian conference places in doubt for 2018, the Rebels did themselves no favours in an embarrassing display at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium last night. The capitulation to the last-placed New Zealand team completes a clean sweep of losses against this country's teams, after also...

Coast tourism drive

The West Coast will be well represented at the biggest tourism trade show in New Zealand, in May. Auckland will host TRENZ 2017 from May 9 to 12 and will be attended by 377 trade and tourism buyers from 29 countries including Australia, the Pacific, Asia, Europe, Scandinavia, and North and South America. Tourism West Coast will be updating its stand...

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...
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