• Waratahs beat Blues in Super Rugby

    Bernard Foley has booted the NSW Waratahs back into Super Rugby's top six on a night of comedy and melodrama at Allianz Stadium. Two second-half penalty goals from Foley and a late try to replacement Peter Betham saved the Waratahs' blushes in a drab 23-11 victory over the winless and last-placed Blues. Disgruntled fans jeered and booed Peyper after the South African spent the last five minutes of the first half relentlessly re-setting scrums as the Waratahs camped themselves on the Blues line.

    NZ Newswire
  • Superbugs could kill a million Chinese a year: economist

    China faces a million deaths a year from antibiotic-resistant superbugs and a loss of $20 trillion by 2050, an economist and former top Goldman Sachs executive said Thursday. Beijing should "take ownership" of anti-microbial resistance (AMR) when it hosts the G20 summit next year, said Jim O'Neill, the leader of a British government-commissioned review on the subject. O'Neill, former chief economist at the US investment bank and chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, said that the threat put "China's remarkable economic performance in the last decade and its enormous future potential" in jeopardy.

    AFP
  • Charlize Theron rolled in sand for Mad Max

    Charlize Theron would "roll in the sand" to get ready while filming 'Mad Max: Fury Road'. The 39-year-old actress features as Imperator Furiosa in the upcoming action movie and would prepare for shooting by covering herself in dirt in the arid landscape of Namibia to ensure she looked like she was living in a post-apocalyptic world. Charlize also took other deliberate steps to prepare for the role, including getting a buzz cut hairstyle which she had clipped every three days during filming.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Airline employee swipes money from passenger’s wallet

    United Airlines baggage handler Joseph A. Bruno, was busted snatching US$576 out of a travellers wallet after the passenger put it in a bin to go through airline security at Newark Liberty International Airport. Bruno was behind the traveller in the security line, according to the New York Post, and allegedly swiped the money before the owner made it through security to the other side. It’s a well-known scam for con artists to distract travellers and hold up lines to separate people from their belongings in the security line, giving the thieves the time and space to make off with unsuspecting passengers’ things.

    Total Travel
  • Boko Haram fighters told to 'kill wives' as troops take its 'HQ'

    Nigeria's military on Friday announced that troops had retaken the town of Gwoza from Boko Haram, from which the group declared their caliphate last year. Defence spokesman Chris Olukolade told a news conference in the capital, Abuja, that the recapture came after "concerted and well-coordinated land and air operations". "A lot of arms and ammunition have been recovered and the administrative headquarters (of Boko Haram) completely destroyed," he said.

    AFP
  • Recording: Woman, ex-Clippers owner discussed hiding gifts

    The woman whose recording of Donald Sterling cost him the Los Angeles Clippers was forced Thursday to answer questions about recordings in which she and the billionaire discussed how to hide a house he bought her. Several of the 500 recordings V. Stiviano made during a nearly four-year relationship with Sterling were played in Los Angeles Superior Court in his wife's lawsuit to reclaim millions of dollars he lavished on the younger woman. Donald Sterling foresaw the trouble the gifts posed for Stiviano, pointing out in one recording that they were community property — owned jointly by him and his wife of nearly 60 years.

    Associated Press
  • New Zealand teen has 10 million fans

    One New Zealand girl has amassed 10 million followers on Facebook just by being herself. Ms Curry's online video blog began as just a bit of fun with her friends but it has gained a massive global fanbase. "My friends wanted me to make videos for them and post them on the internet just for them, so I made a Facebook page just for that and then other people caught on to it," Ms Curry tells NZ Newswire.

    NZ Newswire
  • Co-pilot hid sick note for crash day

    Searches of Andreas Lubitz's homes had netted “medical documents that suggest an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment”, including “torn-up and current sick leave notices, among them one covering the day of the crash”, they said totay. Officers had on Thursday combed through a flat Andreas Lubitz kept in Duesseldorf as well as the house where he lived with his parents in the small western town of Montabaur. At a press conference last night, French prosecutor Brice Robin said co-pilot Lubitz 28, was alone in the cockpit and had locked out the pilot.

    AFP
  • Rinehart steps up campaign against costs

    Mining billionaire Gina Rinehart has stepped up her criticism of governments for imposing too many costs on the mining sector amid a commodity price downturn. A protracted slump in iron ore prices has put many miners under financial pressure, and Ms Rinehart says government costs need to be reviewed to keep Australian miners competitive. "If Australia doesn't supply iron ore, there's other countries who will, so we need to do what we can to cut Australia's high costs, and the even higher Pilbara ones in particular," Ms Rinehart said as she accepted a lifetime achievement award at the Mines and Money conference in Hong Kong.

    AAP
  • Crowe in McCullum's thoughts before final

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has paid a touching tribute to ailing former skipper Martin Crowe on the eve of the World Cup final. The former batting great, who is terminally ill with a rare blood disease, will be on at hand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday to watch the Black Caps play Australia. "My precarious life ahead may not afford me the luxury of many more games to watch and enjoy," Crowe wrote on the ESPNcricinfo website.

    AAP
  • Duchess of Cambridge makes final public appearances before giving birth

    Britain's Duchess of Cambridge is making her final public appearances today (27.03.15) before giving birth. The 33-year-old royal has travelled with her husband the Duke of Cambridge to south London, where her final three engagements are planned to take place. The Duchess - who was known as Kate Middleton prior to her marriage to Prince William in 2011 - visited the Stephen Lawrence Centre in south London, where she was introduced to Doreen Lawrence, whose son was murdered in a racist attack in 1993.

    Bang Showbiz
  • No murder charge for woman accused of cutting baby from womb

    A Colorado woman accused of luring an expectant mother to a basement and cutting the baby from her belly will not be charged with murder, prosecutors said Thursday night. Catherine Olguin, a spokeswoman for the Boulder County District Attorney's Office, said prosecutors won't bring the charge in the baby's death. Investigators say Lane lured Michelle Wilkins, 26, to her Longmont home March 18 with an ad on Craigslist offering baby clothes.

    AP
  • Apple's Tim Cook will give away all his money

    Fortune magazine cited the head of the world's largest technology corporation as saying he planned to donate his estimated $785 million fortune to charity - after paying for his 10-year-old nephew's college education. "You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripples for change," Cook told the magazine. Fortune estimated Cook's net worth, based on his holdings of Apple stock, at about $120 million.

    Reuters
  • From new logos to New Coke: when corporations make mistakes

    Mega coffee chain Starbucks wanted to spark a conversation about race when it asked baristas to write "Race Together" on customers' cups as part of a broader effort, but people standing in line for their morning java were not amused. Many voiced complaints on social media and elsewhere that they didn't want a debate with their brew and Starbucks ended the campaign Sunday, although they said the campaign was always meant to be brief. Corporations spend millions to make sure their products, logos, and branding and marketing are top of mind for consumers in a positive way.

    Associated Press
  • NZ dollar gains vs. Australian dollar on iron ore weakness; Yellen awaited

    The New Zealand dollar gained against its Australian counterpart on sliding prices for iron ore exported to China, that nation's biggest market, while traders await a speech by US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen on Friday in the US. Iron ore sank to a record low US$54.20 a tonne this week and has more than halved in the past 12 months amid a supply glut, according to Reuters, which reported today that capacity utilisation rates at small Chinese iron ore mines fell as low as 20 percent at the end of last year. Concern about weak iron ore prices weighed on the Australian dollar and also restrained the kiwi against the greenback, traders said.

    BusinessDesk
  • Ambrose: Why I walked from V8s

    It was the decision that left V8 Supercars fans cold and stunned the racing grid. Marcos Ambrose, once the undisputed king of the category, was leaving the sport just two races into his long-awaited return. With the support of one of the world's racing titans, Roger Penske, and legendary touring car driver Dick Johnson, Ambrose occupied a privileged position.

    AAP
  • Tourists camping in eerie abandoned theme park in China

    A creepy abandoned theme park in Wuhan, China, has recently become a magnet for tourists. Construction on ‘Universal Park’ was abandoned in 1999, leaving numerous copycat monuments, such as the Egyptian pyramids, to waste and overgrowth.RELATED: Belgium

    Total Travel
  • Deaths of hospital CEO and wife in fire ruled murder-suicide

    A hospital executive who spent decades as an important figure in New Jersey politics and policy killed his wife, set their house ablaze, then killed himself, a prosecutor ruled Friday, finally giving an explanation six months later of the mysterious deaths. The four grown sons of John and Joyce Sheridan released a statement expressing doubt about the findings released by Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano. The sons, including Mark Sheridan, a prominent Republican election law lawyer, said they would be suing under a New Jersey statute that allows next of kin to challenge findings on death certificates.

    Associated Press
  • Here's how pilots lock down cockpits

    Video has resurfaced showing the reinforced cockpit doors that regulators mandated Airbus to install following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. An Airbus spokesman confirmed to The New York Times on Thursday that the company had produced the

    CNBC
  • Residents atop failing dam fret about plan to replace it

    J-me Braig smiles fondly as she talks about the six generations of her family that have loved Buckeye Lake. About 370 homes are built into the roughly 180-year-old central Ohio dam, which is mostly edged by a masonry wall and vertical metal plates that catch the waves in the recreational reservoir. In the few steps from Braig's porch to the grassy embankment's edge, she crosses the invisible line between private and public land, a blurred division brought into focus by a recent U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report.

    Associated Press