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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...

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...

Holcim’s ‘chief burner’

AS the Cape Foulwind cement works breathes its last, after almost 60 years of operation, Westport clinker kiln operator, Leanne Aitken, is considering her future. Ms Aitken has been the ‘chief burner’ or central control room operator at the Holcim plant, the only woman in the role at Cape Foulwind and a position achieved elsewhere by few if any other New Zealand women. She took up the position of central control room...
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