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Woman, 87, refused loo break on plane

London British Airways staff have been criticised for stopping an 87-year-old woman from using the toilet on a flight, leaving her sitting in soaking clothes. Kocharik Tsamouzian was bound for London from Los Angeles but realised she needed to use the bathroom shortly after boarding the plane. As the flight was delayed on the runway she was repeatedly told she was not...

Ford escapes flying ban

Los Angeles Harrison Ford will not face any penalties over mistakenly landing on a taxiway at a Southern California airport earlier this year, the actor's lawyer says. Lawyer Stephen Hofer wrote in a statement that the Federal Aviation Administration will not fine Ford and the actor will retain his pilot's licence without restriction. "The FAA conducted a full investigation into the matter,...

Risk lessons from trawler fire

Auckland The cause of a fire that extensively damaged a fishing trawler off the Canterbury coast five years ago has not been established with certainty, a report says. The report also says the Amaltal Columbia's design and systems for preventing, detecting, containing and fighting a fire met applicable rules. But the Transport Accident Investigation Commission has concluded that some aspects could have...

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games dates finalised

Gold Coast Hometown hero Sally Pearson will be hoping Black Friday is a lucky day next year when she chases Commonwealth Games glory. The schedule for the 2018 Gold Coast Games has been announced and Pearson's 100m hurdles final on April 13 next year looms as a highlight. The Olympic gold medallist is on the comeback trail after injury ruled her out...

Drug-makers tested products on thousands of psychiatric patients

Vienna Switzerland's pharmaceutical industry profited from testing unlicensed products on far more than 1000 psychiatric patients until the 1970s, medical historians. The researchers examined research projects at the Psychiatric Clinic of the University of Basel, the city known as a hub for Switzerland's pharmaceutical industry. Between the 1950s and the 1970s, at least 60 medical substances were tested on patients, the study...

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...

Human remains found in car

Wellington Police have confirmed skeletal remains have been found in a car recovered from the bottom of Nelson Harbour last night. Police say items found by the dive squad in their search earlier yesterday indicated the vehicle belonged to Leo Lipp-Neighbours, who went missing seven years ago. Nelson Bays police area commander Inspector Mat Arnold-Kelly said officers were working closely with Mr...
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