Guaido, who most Western nations recognise as Venezuela's legitimate leader, had given a personal send-off to Saturday's convoy carrying aid from the Colombian city of Cucuta. Maduro denies his oil-rich nation has any need of aid and accuses Guaido of being a coup-mongering puppet for US President Donald Trump. Washington has warned it could seek to impose tough new sanctions on Venezuela at a regional summit on Monday if Maduro blocked the aid shipments. Rights group Penal Forum said it recorded 29 injuries from bullet wounds and two deaths across Venezuela in clashes with troops on Saturday. Nearby, thousands of white-clad protesters gathered outside a military base in Caracas to demand that the armed forces allow the aid in.
February 24, 2019 01:41 UTC
christmas_island_detention_centre_getty.jpg The detention centre on Christmas Island. Photo: Getty ImagesAustralian Cabinet minister Simon Birmingham insists asylum seekers transferred to Christmas Island for medical treatment will receive adequate care. Authorities on Christmas Island, where the Government plans to send sick people from Manus Island and Nauru, say there are barely enough health facilities to cater for locals, let alone hundreds of asylum seekers with a wide variety of conditions. "The Government believes that we can provide all of the medical support required on Christmas Island," Senator Birmingham told Sky News on Sunday. The Government has warned that under the new laws, sick asylum seekers would not be able to be sent back to offshore processing when they recover.
February 24, 2019 00:33 UTC
Six Nations: How 'old fox' Warren Gatland 'stuck the boot into England, mercilessly'Sky SportWarren Gatland's Wales upset England for record Six Nations win. Acerbic English rugby critic Stephen Jones hasn't always had kind words to say about Kiwi rugby figures, but he is raving about Warren Gatland. Jones - the Welsh-born Sunday Times rugby correspondent - said Gatland and his second half substitute Dan Biggar "stuck the boot into England mercilessly" during Wales' 21-13 victory in Cardiff on Sunday. "He was majestic, dominant in all the phases and stuck the boot into England mercilessly — and so did Warren Gatland. Another Welsh critic claimed England coach Eddie Jones has "much to learn" from Gatland in the pre-match media stakes.
February 24, 2019 00:33 UTC
2019-02-23t205754z_1562746493_rc1dc0705b20_rtrmadp_3_britain-royals-morocco.jpg Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Photo: ReutersBritain's Prince Harry and pregnant wife Meghan have arrived in Casablanca for a three-day tour to promote girls' education and mental health awareness. The couple were greeted by the British Ambassador to Morocco Thomas Reilly and his wife Alix, and Prince Harry then inspected a Guard of Honour at the airport. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are were in Morocco to visit projects which aim to strengthen the role of women in society, Reilly told reporters, as well as programmes tackling mental health challenges. "(They) will be shown first hand the transformational impact of community-based programmes and Morocco's changing social attitudes towards women," Reilly told reporters.
February 24, 2019 00:11 UTC
Geoff Simcox comes off a bull at the 70th Tua Marina Rodeo. Saturday marked the end of 70 years of rodeo action in Marlborough, with the last ever Tua Marina Rodeo - the oldest rodeo in the country. READ MORE:* Last ride for New Zealand's oldest rodeo* Rodeo: Ultimate sport, family fun or blatant animal abuse? * Protesters 'assaulted like the animals' at rodeo, animal rights group saysAccording to the Tua Marina Rodeo Association, the end of the rodeo had nothing to do with protesters. Tua Marina Rodeo Association president Jason Gill said it was the biggest turnout they'd had in the past two years.
February 23, 2019 23:37 UTC
Without a new bridge at Melling, plans to upgrade Lower Hutt's flood protection are significantly compromised. RiverLink involves strengthening the Hutt River stopbanks, a new Melling bridge, a promenade with apartments, and relocating the Melling Station. NICHOLAS BOYACK/STUFF Transport Minister Phil Twyford (centre) got some advice from Lower Hutt Deputy Mayor David Bassett on the need for a new Melling bridge last August. SUPPLIED An artist's impression of what the Hutt River promenade and new Melling Bridge might look like. The project was a "giant jigsaw puzzle" and without a new Melling bridge and interchange, the rest of the project was compromised, he said.
February 23, 2019 22:41 UTC
Photo: ODT filesNew Government rules will require every rental home in New Zealand to have a heater in the living room and an extractor fan in the kitchen and bathroom. The new standards are part of the Government's healthy homes standards, announced by Housing Minister Phil Twyford this morning. From mid-2021, all rental homes will be required by law to have a heater that can heat a main living area to 18degC. He said it was estimated about 200,000 families live in rental homes that do not have ceiling or underfloor insulation. The Greens welcomed the news, with co-leader Marama Davidson saying New Zealand's housing standards are not fit for purpose.
February 23, 2019 22:30 UTC
six60_western_springs_getty.jpg Matiu Walters (left) and Chris Mac perform on stage at Western Springs. We did it - we made history together," Walters told the crowd before debuting a new song to rapturous approval. six60_stage_getty.jpg Six60 are the first New Zealand band to headline at Auckland's Western Springs. Six60 didn't play it safe either: during a heavier version of their first No. The roar from fans back at him answered his question nicely.
February 23, 2019 22:07 UTC
Six Nations: Dylan Hartley out for up to 12 weeks after knee surgeryDAVID ROGERS/GETTY IMAGES Eddie Jones (R) could be without his England captain Dylan Hartley for up to 12 weeks after knee surgery (file photo). England coach Eddie Jones has suffered another blow with confirmation Kiwi-born captain Dylan Hartley will miss the rest of the Six Nations series. Hartley's Northampton Saints club coach, Chris Boyd, confirmed the 32-year-old hooker will undergo knee surgery, meaning he could be out for up to 12 weeks. Jones said it would be "at least 12 weeks" before his skipper was back. Boyd said Hartley would have surgery on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ time).
February 23, 2019 22:07 UTC
skippers_jet_youtube_0.png Skippers Canyon Jet has suspended its operations following the crash. Image: YouTube/fileA Canadian woman suspected to have broken her leg in a jet boating accident near Queenstown remains in Dunedin Hospital, as an investigation into what caused the crash continues. Ten people were on board the Skippers Canyon jet boat when it crashed into rocks while riding a remote part of the Shotover River just after 10am yesterday. Skippers Canyon Jet marketing manager Gavin Larsen said this morning the woman and one other passenger remained in hospital, and the others were discharged yesterday. The boat driver suffered minor injuries but did not need medical treatment,” a statement from Skippers Canyon Jet said.
February 23, 2019 21:33 UTC
Landlords have been given until July 2024 to ensure rental properties meet the Government's healthy home standards but it could mean they'll wind up paying more rent. ROSS GIBLIN/STUFF Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford announces the Healthy Homes standards to make rental properties warmer and drier. Twyford said nearly 600,000 households were rental properties but were of poor quality, compared to owner-occupied homes. Compliance timeline:July 1, 2021 – Private landlords must ensure rental properties comply with the healthy home standards within 90 days of any new tenancy, and all boarding houses must comply with the healthy home standards. July 1, 2024 – All rental homes must comply with the healthy home standards.
February 23, 2019 21:31 UTC
Eddie Jones lamented England's ill-discipline but conceded Wales "deserved the victory'' in the Six Nations top of the table clash. "It was one of those nip-and-tuck games of small margins," Jones told BBC Sport after Wales' 21-13 win in Cardiff on Saturday (Sunday NZ time). READ MORE:* Wales clinch record win* France score bonus point win* Blues suffer second defeat* Chiefs thumped by rampant Brumbies* Crusaders thump sloppy Hurricanes"The penalty count was against us and that gave them the opportunity to gain field position," Jones said. RUI VEIRA/AP Eddie Jones says Wales deserved their win against England in Cardiff. "Full credit to Wales, they deserved the victory and played very well.
February 23, 2019 20:49 UTC
Those in the lower South Island might want to wear an extra layer of clothing, with the forecast high in Queenstown today only hitting 13C and dropping to a shivering 3C tonight. Strong winds and "plenty of rain" is also set to hit eastern parts of both islands today, with heavy rain watches forecast overnight in Hawkes Bay, Waipara, and Canterbury foothills, and continuing through much of Sunday. WeatherWatch also reported today's southerly winds will be made stronger and colder by a large high in the Tasman Sea. Glassey said strong southerly winds were being felt in the Cook Strait as well as eastern parts of central New Zealand. MetService meteorologist Rob Kerr said by late Monday or early Tuesday this week, another high pressure ridge will push off the wet southerly winds creating fine conditions.
February 23, 2019 20:37 UTC
Sharks playet Aphelele Fassi crashes over to score a try despite the tackle from Melani Nanai of the Blues at Jonsson Kings Park. Photo: Getty ImagesAfter a very good performance against the Crusaders at Eden Park, the Blues have fallen back on old and very bad habits in Durban beaten by the Sharks 26-7. Flanker Dalton Papalii - without doubt the Blues' best due to a nearly superhuman workrate - began dominating all over the field. Adding to the mix were the Blues' replacements whom all added something, in particular prop Alex Hodgman and outside back Tanielu Tele'a. Sharks 26 (Aphalele Fassi, Akker van der Merwe, Robert du Preez, Curwin Bosch tries; Preez 3 cons)Blues 7 (Tanielu Tele'a try; Otere Black con)Halftime: 19-0- By Patrick McKendry
February 23, 2019 19:52 UTC
Scott Barrett dives over to score a try at Christchurch Stadium. Photo: Getty ImagesThe Crusaders condemned the Wellington Hurricanes to another forgettable trip to Christchurch on Saturday with a 38-22 hiding to claim their second win of the Super Rugby season. Lock Scott Barrett and first five-eighth Richie Mo'unga each scored a brace of tries, with flanker Jordan Taufua and winger George Bridge also crossing. The Crusaders took their foot off the pedal in the second period and the final score flattered the Hurricanes who were without rested All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett for a second successive week. The Hurricanes were 31-0 down three minutes after the break when Scott Barrett, the younger brother of Beauden, grabbed his second try.
February 23, 2019 19:41 UTC