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Pirates seize Indian vessel

Bosasso (Somalia) Pirates have hijacked an Indian commercial vessel off the coast of Somalia, the second attack in weeks after years without such seizures, industry and security sources said overnight. United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, which co-ordinates shipping in the Gulf of Aden area, said it had received information a dhow had been hijacked "in the vicinity of Socotra (Island)". It named...

Diver dies off Wairarapa

Wellington A man has died diving off the coast of south Wairarapa. Police say they were called to Tora at 11.47am on Sunday. The body was recovered from the water. It was understood the man was diving with a companion. NZN

Death from typhoid outbreak

Auckland A woman from the Mount Roskill Samoan Assembly of God Church has died after contracting typhoid. Auckland Regional Public Health Service clinical director Dr Julia Peters said the woman was admitted to hospital with serious health issues and the typhoid infection was a complicating factor. The woman died in hospital this morning. Ten other confirmed cases of typhoid, many from the Assembly of...

Jamaica unleashes new sprint star

Jamaica Jamaica may have another sprinting sensation on their hands, after a 12-year-old female athlete posted a record time at the 2017 Boys and Girls Championships over the weekend. Brianna Lyston left her competitors in her wake to win the 200m race in the Caribbean nation, clocking a time of 23.72 seconds almost within two seconds of the senior world record...

Fatal smash charges denied

Queenstown An Auckland man has pleaded not guilty to a charge of dangerous driving causing death and two other charges relating to a fatal Queenstown crash. Jiaxuan Goh, 24, who lives in Parnell, allegedly caused the death of Susan Cullen in a head-on car crash on February 13. Mrs Cullen, 49, an Australian, was pronounced dead at the scene on Gibbston Highway...

St John appeal to boost command units

St John will be shaking buckets during the 'Heart of Gold' annual appeal on Friday, raising money for command units and specialist equipment to be used when responding to major emergencies. "The command units cost $180,000 each and contain satellite, radio and cellular technology. They operate as mobile command and control centre and ensure we can maintain communications and data...

Cuban ambassador for Blackball May Day

A Cuban ambassador will return to Blackball for May Day celebrations, which will also see the launch of a new co-operative society. The annual event will start on Friday, April 28 with a debate at the Blackball Workingmen's Club with the topic 'Shoot the rich'. On Saturday the topic is the coming election and environmentalism on the West Coast. It starts...

Doris Day discovers she is two years older

American star Doris Day has received a birthday surprise she has discovered that she is 95, not 93. The actress and singer known for films including Pillow Talk and Move Over Darling thought she was turning 93 this week, having pegged her age to a 1924 birth date. However, a copy of Day's birth certificate, obtained by the Associated Press, has...

Government has to cough up for tourist infrastructure, say NZ First

Laura Mills New Zealand First says the Government has to cough up to help with tourist infrastructure, after Franz Josef Glacier saw a 44% jump in visitor numbers last month. Punakaiki also recorded strong increases, despite the Tranz Alpine tourist train not operating for most of the month due to a fire in Canterbury. The car parks have been full at both...

Shantytown introduces new archaeology course

Shantytown has introduced a new archaeology course at its school, complete with a dig. The first week in April marks the inaugural National Archaeology Week and across the country various organisations have been encouraged by the New Zealand Archaeological Association to design and host events. Shantytown and the Marsden Valley Education Centre are doing their part by introducing a LEOTC (learning...
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