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Trans-Pacific agreement bittersweet for cane growers

Trans-Pacific Partnership talks in Maui end without a deal, with the decline of the sugar industry in the U.S. and Japan one of the obstacles.

  • Watch: The moment this flight is told to prepare for an emergency landing

    Ethan Williams begins filming when he notices something isn't quite right during his Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to Los Angeles. "There's something going on on this flight...all the flight attendants are running around like crazy and warning signs are going off," he says. Soon after, Williams tells the camera that they are being prepared for an emergency landing.

    Total Travel
  • Lost Aussie laptop shows up in NZ

    When someone leaves a laptop on a park bench in Sydney they probably don't expect it to turn up in a small town in New Zealand. The student's school, which had issued him with the laptop, contacted Microsoft, which was able to track the device's slow passage across the Tasman to a house in the South Island town. Sergeant Colin Stewart told NZ Newswire when officers in Rangiora received a call about the device, they visited the house and quickly realised the family that lived there had just returned from a cruise to Sydney.

    NZ Newswire
  • Melbourne Port lease to reap $200m

    Selling the Port of Melbourne lease will provide $200 million to help Victorian farmers with investment in agricultural infrastructure. Premier Daniel Andrews announced the new Agriculture Infrastructure and Jobs Fund in Bunyip and said the new $200 million would support investment in agricultural infrastructure and supply chains to boost productivity, increase exports and reduce costs. The deal is reliant on the successful passage of the lease legislation through parliament, which may not be an easy feat as the coalition and the Greens are using their numbers in the upper house to send the bill to an inquiry.

    AAP 41 mins ago
  • Why Samsung's slashing Galaxy prices

    Samsung (: 593'A-KR) has announced plans to slash prices on its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones, indicating an effort to boost lagging smartphone sales. The tech giant reported second-quarter earnings on Wednesday and announced its "plans to firmly maintain its sale of premium smartphones by flexibly adjusting the price of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, and launching a new model with a larger screen." Samsung didn't announce specific prices, however. The price-cutting move comes amid falling profits and a declining share of the smartphone market for Samsung.

    CNBC
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger fights Sylvester Stallone at birthday bash

    Arnold Schwarzenegger threw a star-studded 68th birthday party yesterday (31.07.15). The Terminator actor celebrated hitting the milestone by gathering his friends and family together for the bash and even had a punching competition with his The Expendables co-star Sylvester Stallone who claimed the former bodybuilder is "getting stronger" as he ages. At Arnold's birthday party getting punched out.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Salma Hayek: It's 'exciting' posing nude

    Salma Hayek finds it "exciting" posing nude.The 48-year-old actress recently stripped off for Allure magazine and has admitted she found it liberating because of her age.She said: "It's important to be free ... and at my age it's exciting to still be

    Bang Showbiz
  • Osborne called into All Blacks squad, Kerr-Barlow returns

    Uncapped winger Patrick Osborne has been called into the extended All Blacks squad for next weekend's Rugby Championship decider against Australia in Sydney and the second test against the Wallabies in Auckland the following week. Scrumhalf Tawera Kerr-Barlow also comes back in place of the experienced Andy Ellis and will be desperate to get back into test rugby after missing the Super Rugby season because of a knee injury. Centre Ma'a Nonu was included in the squad despite a shoulder injury suffered in last week's victory over the Springboks that could yet rule him out of Saturday's match at Sydney's Olympic Stadium.

    Reuters
  • Princess Charlene of Monaco missed family

    Princess Charlene of Monaco missed her family when she became a royal. The 37-year-old South African beauty - who is married to Prince Albert of Monaco - has admitted her life dramatically changed when she moved into her royal home.

    Bang Showbiz
  • 'Moving close' to solving MH370 mystery: Malaysian official

    Investigators are "moving close to solving the mystery of MH370," Malaysia's deputy transport minister said Friday, adding that a piece of wreckage found in the Indian Ocean has been confirmed as coming from a Boeing 777. This could be the convincing evidence that MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean," Abdul Aziz Kaprawi told AFP.

    AFP
  • Man who called dollar rally sees catastrophe ahead

    Back in November 2014, Pal, who is currently the publisher of the Global Macro Investor newsletter and the founder of Real Vision TV, said the U.S. dollar index (Intercontinental Exchange US: @DX.1) was poised to make a move the likes of which hadn't been seen in "many, many years." Now, after the dollar index surged 10 percent, Pal is out with a new prediction, and it could spell trouble for global equities.

    CNBC
  • Head Hunters pay tribute to Connor Morris

    A convoy of motorcycles has driven through Auckland to pay tribute to Connor Morris a year after he died in a fight outside a party. Morris was the partner of Millie Elder-Holmes, the adopted daughter of the late Sir Paul Holmes. The club was used for Morris' funeral service last year and was earlier this week raided by police.

    NZ Newswire
  • Why Brazil's slowdown is almost as bad as China's

    Can it get any worse for Brazil? Dilma Rousseff, the country's president, who had previously been a big spender, is now pushing austerity to maintain the country's credit rating. Standard & Poor's downgraded Brazil's outlook to "negative" from "stable" on Tuesday, a clear warning sign they were preparing to drop its credit rating, which is now just one notch above junk.

    CNBC
  • Japan ferry on fire off coast, 'passengers evacuated'

    Dozens of passengers were evacuated from a ferry off the coast of northern Japan on Friday after a fire broke out, but one crew member was missing, officials and local media said. A distress call was made at 5:32 pm local time (0832 GMT) as the Sunflower Daisetsu with 94 people aboard -- 71 passengers and 23 crew members -- sailed about 55 kilometres (34 miles) off the coast of the northernmost island Hokkaido, public broadcaster NHK reported. NHK and Jiji Press news agency said that all the passengers and crew -- except the captain who remained on board and the one missing crew member -- safely left the ferry on lifeboats and were evacuated to other vessels.

    AFP
  • Experimental Ebola vaccine could stop virus in West Africa

    An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea seems to work and might help shut down the waning epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday. There is currently no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola, which has so far killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa since the world's biggest outbreak began in the forest region of Guinea last year. Many past attempts have failed, including a recently abandoned drug being tested in West Africa by Tekmira Pharmaceuticals.

    Associated Press
  • SANZAR appeals Hooper rugby ban

    SANZAR has appealed the severity of a one-game ban handed down to Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper, who is at risk of being rubbed out of Saturday week's Rugby Championship decider against the All Blacks in Sydney. The announcement by SANZAR late on Friday came a day after Hooper's initial two-match ban was halved by the governing body at a judicial hearing because of his clean record and he was to serve the suspension by missing Manly's Sydney club semi-final on Saturday against Randwick. Hooper was found guilty of striking Argentine five-eighth Nicolas Sanchez in an off-the-ball incident during Australia's 34-9 weekend win over Argentina in Mendoza.

    AAP
  • Farm owner thought vehicle was fine before hayride crash

    The owner of a farm where a teenager was killed on a Halloween-themed hayride last fall said he never would have allowed a vehicle with mechanical problems to haul people on the attraction. Peter Bolduc, owner of Harvest Hill Farms in Mechanic Falls, Maine, denied knowing about any mechanical problems with the Jeep that was hauling the hay wagon and said he'd used it as his personal farm vehicle. There's a measure of vindication that he was not charged, he said Friday, but that's tempered by the tragedy of 17-year-old Cassidy Charette's death.

    Associated Press
  • Auckland property listing prices fall

    Asking prices for properties in Auckland dropped slightly in July but it's likely to be temporary, realestate.co.nz says. The property listing website says asking prices nationwide stabilised in July, with an increase of only 0.1 per cent recorded. Asking prices in Auckland, Canterbury, Wellington and Hawke's Bay have all fallen marginally, with Waikato the only major population centre to show an increase.

    NZ Newswire
  • Three members of bin Laden family killed in jet crash - police

    LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - Three members of former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's family were killed when a private jet crashed in southern England on Friday, British police said on Saturday. The Embraer Phenom 300 jet with four people on board was flying from Milan's Malpensa airport to Blackbushe airport in southern England when it crashed at a nearby car auction site. It was not immediately clear how the victims were related to the late al Qaeda leader, whose family is one of the most prominent business dynasties in Saudi Arabia.

    Reuters
  • Dentist posed for photo with body of Cecil the lion, says hunter

    Professional Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst told AFP Friday he did nothing wrong on the hunt that killed Cecil the lion, adding he was shocked to find the animal was wearing a tracking collar. Bronkhurst's client, US dentist Walter Palmer, has gone into hiding amid a global outpouring of anger after he used a bow and arrow to shoot Cecil, a popular draw for tourists at Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. Bronkhorst also revealed that Palmer, who paid $55,000 for the hunt, had posed for a photograph next to Cecil's body as is normal for trophy hunters.

    AFP
  • Air India plane forced to turn back after 'rat sighting'

    An Air India plane was forced to return to New Delhi two hours into a flight to Milan on Thursday after a "suspected rat sighting" in the cabin. "(The Dreamliner flight) AI 123... returned to Delhi due to (a) suspected rat sighting," an airline official told AFP on condition of anonymity on Friday. An Air India domestic flight was reportedly grounded in May in the northern town of Leh after crew spotted rats scurrying around the plane.

    AFP