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Sentinelese tribesmen kill visitors

New Delhi They may well be the last humans left on the planet who remain totally isolated from modern civilisation. But rare footage has emerged of the indigenous Sentinelese tribe, located on North Sentinel Island in the Indian Ocean which is so hostile to visitors that nearly every attempt at contact with them in the past has been met with violence. Two...

Flyer back on track for Coast

Brendon McMahon The Kingston Flyer may yet ride West Coast rails after Development West Coast confirmed yesterday it is still investigating the option to buy the historic steam train in its entirety. It turns out the recent buyer of the train was only interested in the land it sits on at Kingston, at the head of Lake Wakatipu. DWC chief executive Chris...

Cyborgs at work

James Brooks The syringe slides in between the thumb and index finger. Then, with a click, a microchip is injected in the employee's hand. Another 'cyborg' is created. What could pass for a dystopian vision of the workplace is almost routine at the Swedish start-up hub Epicentre. The company offers to implant its workers and start-up members with microchips the size...

Spider bite costs legs

Melbourne A man has had his legs amputated and may lose an arm after a suspected white-tailed spider bite in north-west Victoria. Filipino tourist Terry Pareja was visiting relatives in Birchip when he is thought to have been bitten in the last week of February but took days to seek medical attention. By the time the local doctor opened on the following...

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...

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