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Smith tops tally for most NRL wins

Melbourne Passing Darren Lockyer to become the most successful player in NRL history, Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith insists he owes the record to his team-mates past and present and coach Craig Bellamy. Smith chalked up his 238th career victory with the Storm's 28-6 win over Penrith at AAMI Park, surpassing the former Bronco. Melbourne halfback Cooper Cronk also now sits third...

Four-day-old baby rescued from sinking migrant boat

Rome A four-day-old baby was one of over 480 migrants rescued by humanitarian ships yesterday during search and rescue operations in the central Mediterranean Sea. The baby was travelling on one of two rubber boats carrying over 200 migrants from northern and central Africa, Sri Lanka and Yemen and seen drifting some 40km north of the Libyan town of Sabratha, the most frequently...

Pike River families to PM: ‘This is just dragging on’

Laura Mills The Pike River Mine families say work to send a drone or cameras into the stone drift leading into the mine has stalled, and the Government has refused to release all existing footage from underground. Six weeks ago, Prime Minister Bill English agreed to consider sending a robot or drone into the drift, noting technological advances. Another option was...

St John sends wrong rescue helicopter

Brendon McMahon A badly injured motorcyclist at Barrytown had to wait at least 90 minutes for medical help to arrive after a new St John triage dispatch system sent a Christchurch-based rescue helicopter instead of the Greymouth-based helicopter just 10 minutes away. Runanga volunteer firefighters, with Greymouth as back-up, were first on the scene of the crash just before midday on Saturday...

Northern Stars on board after toppling Tactix

Auckland In what will be a season of firsts for netball's newest franchise, the Northern Stars yesterday ticked off a big one: first win. After two heavy defeats in the opening round of the ANZ Premiership, the South Auckland-based Stars finally got on the board yesterday afternoon with a 48-37 win over the Mainland Tactix in Christchurch. The Stars may have got...

Man drowns at pool

Auckland A 20-year-old man has drowned at Parnell Baths in Auckland. St John paramedics tried to revive him at the scene on Judges Bay Road but were unsuccessful. Spokesmen for both the police and Fire Service confirmed police and firefighters also responded to the incident just after 7pm. "It was a stressful and upsetting time for the friends at the scene and police...

Buzz Aldrin to take flight again

Melbourne United States astronaut Buzz Aldrin will take flight once again, this time with the world-renowned Thunderbirds at the Melbourne Air and Space Show in Florida. Aldrin was the second man on the moon, piloting the Apollo 11 and following Neil Armstrong on to the lunar surface in 1969. Now 87, the retired air force colonel will be the oldest person...

Council dibs on Spring Creek disused roads

Laura Mills Solid Energy will soon begin disposing of land associated with the Spring Creek Mine as it prepares to close the underground mine for good. The Grey District Council already has its eye on the roads for recreational use. The failed State-owned enterprise announced recently it was permanently closing the Dunollie mine mothballed five years ago and kept ventilated with a...

Pleas to keep Aramoana relief fund

Dunedin More people have come forward criticising plans to close the Aramoana Relief Fund, but it appears it has already been granted a temporary reprieve. The fund's trustees had planned to distribute the fund's final $47,000 to three recipients, including the trust pushing to rebuild the Aramoana wharf, after which the fund was to be wound up. The fund's chairman, former city...

Elliott ends NZ career with English deal

Wellington Veteran allrounder Grant Elliott has called time on his late-blooming New Zealand international career. The 38-year-old has signed for a season with England's Birmingham Bears in the Twenty20 Blast as a non-overseas player, effectively making himself ineligible for the Black Caps. Elliott confirmed his decision via Twitter. "Loved playing with the @blackcaps and to have made some special friendships along the way....
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