Johnson replaces Day as world No 1 with LA win

Dustin Johnson celebrates his victory following the final round of the Genesis Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club. Photo: ReutersAmerican Dustin Johnson has become golf's world No 1 for the first time with his victory at the PGA Tour's Genesis Open in Los Angeles. Johnson, who had been third in the world rankings, takes over top spot from Australian Jason Day, who had held the honour for 47 consecutive weeks. US Open champion Johnson needed to win the tournament and see Day finish worse than a tie for third to claim the No 1 ranking. Johnson is the 20th player to hold top spot since the inception of the rankings in 1986.

February 20, 2017 02:36 UTC

Kim Dotcom and co-accused eligible for extradition to US, says High Court

Video will play in Play now Don't auto playNever auto playKim Dotcom and his three co-accused are eligible for extradition to the US, the High Court has ruled in a decision just released. He said that was because "online communication of copyright protected works to the public is not a criminal offence in New Zealand". He said it meant the accused could not be extradited to the US on copyright grounds. Dotcom's lawyer Ron Mansfield claimed victory from the ruling, saying the case was no longer the "largest criminal copyright case". "As we have said all along, there is no such offence under our Copyright Act.

February 20, 2017 02:28 UTC

The Swedish terror that only Donald Trump was brave enough to call out

The Swedish terror that only Donald Trump was brave enough to call outREUTERS US President Donald Trump cites a fake terror incident in Sweden during his rally in Florida. TOBY MELVILLE A mural depicting US President Donald Trump dancing with British Prime Minister Theresa May in London. READ MORE* Sweden mocks US President Donald Trump over his false claim about attack* Recap: Trump's Florida rally* Trump aide Kellyanne Conway cites a massacre that never happened* Lies? JONATHAN ERNST Thank you, President Donald Trump, for having the guts to once again take time out of what is evidently a pretty cruisy sort of an official schedule to yell fresh insights at us. One which we can immediately dismiss is that Donald Trump just makes up lies off the top of his head because he's an incompetent fraud desperately attempting to deflect attention away from his own shortcomings.

February 20, 2017 02:13 UTC

Central Maori rugby tournament coming to Masterton in March

Central Maori rugby tournament coming to Masterton in MarchCatherine Rossiter-Stead Former Wairarapa Rugby player of the year James Goodger is in the tournament side. A tournament that in the past has featured some of New Zealand's most exciting young rugby talent is coming to Masterton in mid-March. Te Tini a Maui Central Maori Rugby Tournament will take place at Memorial Park over the weekend of March 11-12. READ MORE:* Mitchell rates NZ Maori as best non-test side in world* NZ Maori gesture reminds of spirit of gameCentral Maori Rugby services manager Roger Graham said the tournament was committed to the advancement and development of Maori players. [Wairarapa tournament coach] Steve Thompson is training the local side and they have been working hard for a few weeks now in preparation."

February 20, 2017 02:05 UTC

Westpac's failed claim: customers signed away privacy

Westpac claimed it got the power to do so when customers signed the bank's ``terms and conditions'' - a move it claimed voided customers' rights. In a decision released today, the Privacy Commission expressed doubt in its ruling that the bank could actually hold a ``well-founded belief'' that its customers had signed away their rights. ``I am sure it would come as a surprise to a great many of Westpac's customers that this were so.'' The Privacy Commissioner said Westpac had failed on both its arguments that it was allowed to provide the information to police. While he said Mr Hager had suffered harm, it was not at the ``extreme'' end of the scale.

February 20, 2017 02:02 UTC

Man arrested in relation to phone scam

Police have arrested a man in relation to a number of phone scams targeting elderly people accross New Zealand. The police enquiry into the scam is continuing, and Police still have a large number of people to speak to in relation to this offending. Police would also like to reiterate that banks will never ask for account details over the phone. If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from your bank and they ask for such details, hang up immediately. • Validate the phone number of the caller and ask that they call you from a landline if they are using a mobile phone.

February 20, 2017 01:17 UTC

Suicide awareness Hope Walk goes global

Suicide awareness Hope Walk goes globalJasmine Jenke Papakura pastor Joseph Fa'afiu is on a mission to tackle New Zealand's high suicide rate. Suicide awareness campaign Hope Walk is kicking off next month after launching for the first time in 2015. Raymond Sagapolutele Around 3000 people took part in the South Auckland Hope Walk in 2016. "The Hope Walk movement will not change a thing by itself, but together we are stronger, together we can turn the tide. Hope Walk starts at Bruce Pulman Park at 10am, Saturday, March 4 and finishes at Central Park, Papakura.

February 20, 2017 00:55 UTC

Indian man granted leave to appeal refugee refusal

Indian man granted leave to appeal refugee refusalBEVAN READ/FAIRFAX NZ The High Court has granted an Indian man leave to appeal a decision refusing him refugee status. An Indian man with links to extremist groups can appeal a decision to refuse him refugee status in New Zealand. He worked several jobs, sometimes illegally, and was convicted of several offences, spending five months in prison before being deported after another failed refugee status claim. He also submitted that when hearing a claim for refugee status, the Tribunal should tailor its credibility assessment to the unique circumstances of each claim. The Justice was satisfied the man had identified a question of law that met the requirements for a leave to appeal, and granted it.

February 20, 2017 00:33 UTC

Kraft walks away from 'friendly' bid for Unilever

Kraft had not expected to encounter the resistance it received from Unilever, one of the people said. “Kraft Heinz’s interest was made public at an extremely early stage," Kraft Heinz spokesman Michael Mullen said in a statement. Under UK takeover rules, Kraft's public withdrawal of its offer precludes it from reviving takeover talks with Unilever for six months. May has been adamant the government should be more active in vetting proposed foreign acquisitions of UK companies. Labor union representatives expressed relief that the deal talks broke down, citing concern about its potential effect on jobs and consumers.

February 20, 2017 00:33 UTC

Telephone scam suspect arrested

Telephone scam suspect arrestedFAIRFAX NZ A man has been arrested for charges related to scamming elderly people. A 22-year-old Christchurch man has been arrested in connection with an alleged telephone scam that has been targeting elderly people across New Zealand. Scammers have been calling elderly victims claiming to be from power companies and banks and threatening to disconnect their power if payments are not made immediately. It is understood the police received dozens of complaints about the scam in recent months. At least two people in Queenstown and one in Christchurch had collectively lost tens of thousands of dollars in the scam, which was first reported by the Bankers' Association on February 2.

February 20, 2017 00:32 UTC

Family of man who died in Awakino Gorge crash watched it happen

Family of man who died in Awakino Gorge crash watched it happenSUPPLIED Haji Abu Bakar Ramli died in a crash in Awakino on Sunday afternoon while his wife Kamimah Sepet followed in the car behind him. The daughter and wife of a man who died in a crash in North Taranaki on Sunday were following right behind him when he crashed. KIRSTY MCMURRAY/ The scene of a car crash near Awakino. For now, the family won't know exactly what caused the crash - other than what they saw - until the Serious Crash Unit has completed their investigation. The crash occurred roughly five kilometres north of the Awakino Tunnel in the Awakino Gorge - a windy stretch of State Highway that connects Taranaki and the Waikato.

February 20, 2017 00:24 UTC

Rangitikei MP Ian McKelvie looking forward to election campaign

Rangitikei MP Ian McKelvie looking forward to election campaignWARWICK SMITH/FAIRFAX NZ Rangitikei MP Ian McKelvie is gearing up to defend his seat. Ian McKelvie is hoping to continue being a strong advocate for rural New Zealand, as he gears up for another election. He entered national politics as the MP for Rangitikei in 2011 after nine years as mayor of Manawatu. He did not know Warren well, but was sure she would work just as hard as Labour's 2014 Rangitikei candidate Deborah Russell. "To go through an election campaign when you are not an MP is a challenge.

February 20, 2017 00:06 UTC

How to hide your true feelings from Facebook

How to hide your true feelings from FacebookGetty With Go Rando running, each time you click like on a post from your news feed, the extension intercepts that like and randomly selects one of Facebook's six reactions. It's called Go Rando, and - I'll be honest - it made Facebook likes a little terrifying for me when I first installed it. By creating random reactions to the posts you like, you stop telling Facebook how you genuinely feel. "It disrupts the usefulness of this emotional reaction data that Facebook is collecting," he said. Facebook said it had no updates on its use of reactions data in the News Feed when we reached out this week.

February 19, 2017 23:58 UTC

Beauty salon fined after using banned substance to apply acrylic nails

Beauty salon fined after using banned substance to apply acrylic nails123RF Kiwi Nails & Spa Silverdale used a product that can cause irritation, dizziness, nail damage and deformed nail growth. An Auckland beauty salon that used a banned, high-risk chemical on a client's nails has been fined $13,500. A subsequent visit revealed the product the salon was using to apply acrylic nails contained a substance called methyl methacrylate (MMA). READ MORE:* Woman feels 'butchered' after horrifying wax treatment at Auckland salon* Beauty therapy turns ugly* Plastic surgery tourism to screen on television - despite warnings of medical misadventure* Filler fail: Why do men get cosmetic surgery so wrong? However, testing by health inspectors revealed the salon was using a product that contained 90 per cent MMA.

February 19, 2017 23:48 UTC

Pharmac to consider funding tampons and pads following application

Pharmac to consider funding tampons and pads following applicationRNZ Pharmac is considering subsidies for feminine hygiene products following an application. Pharmac is investigating whether subsidising tampons and pads are within its funding powers. The Government agency announced on Monday that a funding application for the sanitary items was received in late 2016. In line with other goods and services in New Zealand, sanitary products are taxed at 15 per cent via GST. The application was received from a private citizen, who asked if Pharmac could help with the cost of tampons and pads, Pharmac chief executive Steffan Crausaz said.

February 19, 2017 23:37 UTC

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