Rugby: Black Ferns Sevens name contracted players

Most of the big names are there for the 20-strong list of Black Ferns Sevens contracted players for 2017. The squad to contest the remainder of the 2016-2017 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series sees the addition of eight new contracted players into the Black Ferns Sevens environment. Black Ferns Sevens head coach Allan Bunting said he was excited about the mix of talent in the team. We will be looking to see who comes through the Go For Gold programme, which is aimed at attracting new athletes into sevens rugby. The full Black Ferns Sevens squad will go into camp in Wellington from Monday January 23.

January 19, 2017 04:01 UTC

Listen: James Shaw on Trump and the CIA

Video will play in Play now Don't auto playNever auto playGreen Party co-leader James Shaw caught up with The Country's Jamie Mackay to discuss the anti-irrigation vandalism along with other rural issues. Shaw says that the Green Party does not support any forms of vandalism and says people should engage in constructive dialogue rather than resorting to acts of violence. However he thinks the divide is closing and that people have the same values. Finally Jamie wants to know if James Shaw thinks the CIA is spying on him, especially with a Trump government looming. Mackay is worried about Trump and how he will handle himself and asks Shaw for his opinion on Donald and his predecessor Obama.

January 19, 2017 03:55 UTC

Pokemon Go made an astounding $1.3 billion of revenue in 2016

In addition to record breaking downloads and engagement, the nostalgia-evoking video game made huge amounts in revenue. According to figures from the App Annie 2016 Retrospective, Pokemon Go was the most lucrative gaming app of 2016 by a long shot. "The game rose in a breathtaking fashion, reaching $US800 million ($NZ1.1 billion) in consumer spend in 110 days. By the end of 2016, the game reached over $US950 million ($NZ1.3 billion) in consumer spend. This was far faster than some of the most successful mobile games of all time.

January 19, 2017 03:53 UTC

Martin Freeman's wife feared he was having an affair before they split

They have assured fans their split has been "amicable", ever since announcing their separation in December. However it was reported on Wednesday that Sherlock's Amanda Abbington had been concerned about the close bond Martin Freeman had with a colleague, in the lead up to the split, the Daily Mail reports. While Sherlock star Martin has called their separation "amicable" on two separate occasions, his ex-wife was reportedly left "uncomfortable" with the actor's closeness to his co-worker. Related Content 'Frosty' relationship between Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman could be the end of Sherlock The Hobbit star Martin Freeman separating from wife after time apart filming strains marriage Will this be the last series of Sherlock? I will always love Amanda, but, yes, we're... you know, that's what's happened."

January 19, 2017 03:49 UTC

Opinon: Co-ordinated approach to traffic congestion makes sense

Anyone who commutes to work in Tauranga will have noticed the city's roads clogging up during peak times. Statistics support the general feeling many have that traffic congestion is getting worse, in the city. Thankfully, traffic congestion is on the city council's radar - and it's willing to seek outside expertise to tackle the problem. A new Tauranga City Council committee dedicated to finding solutions to the city's increasingly congested roads could be expanded by the addition of three non-voting members. The regional council is in charge of public transport and regional transport planning, while the agency is responsible for critical highway links through Tauranga.

January 19, 2017 03:38 UTC

NRL Auckland Nines using photo of All Black Aaron Smith's partner to promote singles zone

The NRL Auckland Nines has been using a photo of All Black Aaron Smith's partner to promote the 'singles zone' at next month's rugby league tournament. But the selection of Teagan Voykovich's image was unintentional and, having been made aware of the link, tournament organisers will now cease using her photo in promotional material. The singles zone concept was announced earlier in the week, with an online advertisement featuring a photo of two women who attended a previous edition of the annual tournament. One of the women in the photo has since been identified as Voykovich but the use of the All Black's partner was coincidence, according to NRL Nines general manager Trina Tamati. The photo featuring Voykovich had been employed in past campaigns but would now be dropped for subsequent singles zone advertisements.

January 19, 2017 03:32 UTC

Langdon girl returns to NZ with her mother

Que Langdon has arrived back in New Zealand with her mother. Que Langdon arrived at Auckland International Airport from Brisbane with her mother Ariane Langdon, holding a teddy bear. Ariane Langdon, who lives near Nelson but had been in Switzerland looking after her sick mother, had hired a private investigator. Speaking to reporters at the airport today, she said: "I'm very happy thank you. The investigator Ariane Langdon hired, Col Chapman, said earlier Que was thrilled to be going on a plane with her mother.

January 19, 2017 03:20 UTC

French tramper died after fall in Fiordland National Park

French tramper died after fall in Fiordland National ParkBARRY HARCOURT The woman was already dead by the time the helicopter arrived. A French woman tramping near Milford Sound died after a fall on Tuesday last week. Te Anau officer Sergeant Tod Hollebon said police responded to a report that a woman had fallen and was seriously injured at the Gertrude Valley, near Milford Sound, just before 5pm on January 11. A helicopter responded with a medical crew on board but the woman had already died by the time the helicopter arrived, Hollebon said. The 53-year-old French woman was tramping with her husband.

January 19, 2017 03:17 UTC

Los Angeles' Satanic Temple opens doors for Black Mass party

The Satanic Temple in LA has opened its doors to the public for the first time ever to host a Black Mass. The demonic affair involved everything from live music, bloodletting and a 45 minute lecture on cats, according to The Sun. The event kicked off with a stand up set from Steve Hill, a politician who has stood for the Democratic party. Guests also heard a lecture on demonic cats by occult expert Dr Paul Koudounaris. Attendees were invited to join a destruction ritual, followed by an invocation ritual and bloodletting.

January 19, 2017 03:14 UTC

Tennis: Venus Williams compared to 'gorilla' in Australian Open commentary

Tennis fans are calling for an American commentator to be sacked after accusing him of comparing Venus Williams to a gorilla during her second round match at the Australian Open. ESPN's Doug Adler, a 59-year-old former pro, was describing the pressure Williams was putting on the second serve of Swiss opponent Stefanie Voegele when he offered this description: "She misses a first serve and Venus is all over her," Adler said. "You see Venus move in and put the gorilla effect on. It prompted a wave of angry reaction on social media, including from New York Times tennis writer Ben Rothenberg. "Horrifying that the Williams sisters remained subjected to it still in 2017."

January 19, 2017 03:14 UTC

McCartney sues Sony/ATV for Beatles music rights

Paul Macartney is suing SONY/ATV over rights to the Beatles music. Photo: GettyImagesFormer Beatle Paul McCartney sued Sony Corp's music publishing arm on Wednesday in a federal court in New York, seeking to get back the copyrights to music of his former band, court records show. Sony/ATV Music Publishing called the lawsuit "unnecessary and premature" in an emailed statement. "Sony/ATV has the highest respect for Sir Paul McCartney with whom we have enjoyed a long and mutually rewarding relationship with respect to the treasured Lennon & McCartney song catalog," Sony/ATV said. Duran Duran lost the legal battle to a Sony/ATV subsidiary in December.

January 19, 2017 02:52 UTC

Sodhi rejuvenated after stunning performance

Ish Sodhi celebrates one of his six wickets during last night's BBL game. Photo: Getty ImagesIsh Sodhi didn't sleep much last night; no surprise there, you don't get six for 11 in a T20 match every day. New Zealand legspinner Sodhi had a night to savour in the Big Bash League, helping the Adelaide Strikers to a thumping 77-run win over the Sydney Thunder in Sydney. "It was just another chance to have a crack," Sodhi said from Sydney today. Sodhi said he'd decided to keep his deliveries flat into the pitch and try and cramp the Sydney Thunder batsmen.

January 19, 2017 02:46 UTC

American singer Fiona Apple releases Trump inauguration song: Tiny Hands

American singer Fiona Apple releases Trump inauguration song: Tiny HandsFiona Apple has a message for Donald Trump, and she's hoping the attendees at the Women's March on Saturday in Washington, DC, will help her make it heard. "We don't want your tiny hands/anywhere near our underpants," she drones in her newest song, "Tiny Hands Women's March Chant," a minute-long protest anthem released this week along with composer Michael Whalen. As its title suggests, the song is intended to be a rallying cry for the roughly 200,000 protesters who will descend on downtown Washington the day after Trump's inauguration. RICHARD CLEMENT/REUTERS Fiona Apple teamed up with composer Michael Whalen to create a new anti-Trump anthem ahead of his inauguration. SHANNON STAPLETON/REUTERS U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will take the Oval Office on Saturday (NZ Time).

January 19, 2017 02:43 UTC

Sherlock: Leading lady Amanda Abbington keen for spin-off show

Sherlock: Leading lady Amanda Abbington keen for spin-off showTVNZ Season 4 of Sherlock begins on TVNZ1 on January 29. "Fans really want to know, and then when they find out, they are really disappointed. Supplied Sherlock star Amanda Abbington has a plan so she's not left "holding the baby" if Sherlock comes to an end. Forty-two-year-old Amanda Abbington, who plays Mary, John's wife and a clandestine assassin is equally pleased to be back at 221B Baker Street. Abbington, who also had a leading role in Mr Selfridge, has her own thoughts about how the series should develop.

January 19, 2017 02:38 UTC

Two taken to hospital after two-car crash

Emergency services attend a two-car crash at Signal Hill this afternoon. Photo: Craig BaxterA Dunedin road has been closed after two cars crashed this afternoon. A police spokeswoman said police responded to reports of two cars crashing on Three Mile Hill Rd, near Halfway Bush Rd, just after 3pm. Police and the Fire Service attended the accident about 3:10pm. Police have closed Three Mile Hill Rd and diversions are in place down Dalziel Road while the Police Serious Crash Unit at the scene.

January 19, 2017 02:37 UTC

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