Neil deGrasse Tyson, 'sexiest astrophysicist alive', to visit NZ

Neil deGrasse Tyson, 'sexiest astrophysicist alive', to visit NZSupplied Fame astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will visit New Zealand in July. A scientist dubbed the "sexiest astrophysicist alive" will visit New Zealand in July. Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson will unravel the mysteries of outer space for audiences in Auckland and Christchurch. Tyson was voted the "sexiest astrophysicist alive" by People magazine in 2000, but it's his extensive knowledge of star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies and the structure the Milky Way that has earned him 19 honourary doctorates. READ MORE:* Stargazing with Neil deGrasse Tyson* Neil deGrasse Tyson lifts the lid on Star TalkHis New Zealand A Cosmic Perspective shows will feature a presentation, a fireside chat with a local personality, and a question-and-answer session with the audience.

March 28, 2017 20:48 UTC

Q&A: What Trump's new climate actions mean

Q&A: What Trump's new climate actions meanREUTERS US President Donald Trump says he is putting an "end to the war on coal" with an executive order that will undo a slew of Obama-era climate change policies. Climate change became a fraught political subject about 20 years ago, with the landmark climate agreement known as the Kyoto Protocol. Recent polling from Gallup shows that concern about climate change has surged, with Americans accepting that human activity is causing the shift and that the long-term effects of climate change have already begun. WILL TRUMP'S ACTIONS MAKE CLIMATE CHANGE WORSE? That's also the trend in the United States, for reasons beyond government regulatory actions.

March 28, 2017 20:46 UTC

Latest iOS update will speed up your iPhone

Latest iOS update will speed up your iPhoneREUTERS Make sure you back-up your iPhone before installing an update. Apple's new software update will make your iPhone run more quickly and smoothly. The iOS 10.3 update was released on Tuesday and features a new file system and faster animations. The new Apple File System replacing its 19-year-old file system HFS+, and when combined with shortened animations, you iPhone should feel snappier. Those with iOS devices can get the update by going to Settings, General and then Software Update.

March 28, 2017 20:15 UTC

Black Caps had right approach regardless of rain

Fatigue took hold after they endured 162.1 overs in the field as the Black Caps posted 489. Overnight rain looks set to delay New Zealand's chances of recording their first test victory over South Africa in 13 years. Debate ensued among pundits about whether New Zealand should have batted more aggressively to buy time to attack with the ball. Here was a side bundled out twice within three days to lose the Wellington test by eight wickets. "Our approach hasn't changed throughout the tour," Jeetan Patel added, after taking two for 22 from 12 overs.

March 28, 2017 19:30 UTC

Fog hits flights in Wellington

Fog has affected flights in and out of the capital this morning. Photo: NZMESea fog is causing major disruptions at Wellington Airport as an "active low" works its way south bringing a swathe of weather warnings across the North Island. Thick fog has rolled in to Wellington, delaying about a dozen flights in and out of the capital's airport this morning. At least two international flights have been delayed for a few hours waiting for the fog to clear. Kaikoura would be shrouded in cloud and sea fog today.

March 28, 2017 19:30 UTC

Lorde remixes Green Light about Creme Eggs

Lorde remixes Green Light about Creme EggsBBC Lorde appeared on Britain's BBC Radio 1 with Nick "Grimmy" Grimshaw and sang about eggs. BBC Lorde tucks into a Creme Egg during the Nick Grimshaw show on BBC Radio 1. we in london and i got my creme egg beeetch 🎀 A post shared by Lorde (@lordemusic) on Mar 27, 2017 at 6:51am PDTGrimshaw then presented Lorde with several creme eggs and lyrics to a song the station had written for her. "Because you like creme eggs so much and we like Green Light so much I thought we would do you a trade off," said Grimshaw. "We have basically combined two of our favourite things in March, Green Light and also Creme Eggs".

March 28, 2017 19:26 UTC

May the Force be with us, says Mehrtens

Photo: Getty ImagesAll Blacks great Andrew Mehrtens believes cutting the Western Force from Super Rugby would be a big mistake. With the Force the latest Australian franchise said to be in the ARU's firing line as SANZAAR continues to dither over a new competition model for 2018, Mehrtens says it would be a "massive backward step if we lose the Western Force". If this is the sport that says 'we've got world coverage and particularly we've got country coverage here' you've got to stay with the Force," Mehrtens told Fox Sports' Kick and Chase program. "New Zealand rugby needs Australian rugby to be strong and we need the entire country and I think it [removing the Force] would be a shame." But Mehrtens can understand why New Zealand rugby boss Steve Tew is opposed.

March 28, 2017 19:18 UTC

Rain could ruin chance of test win

Photo: Getty ImagesOvernight rain looks set to ruin the Black Caps' chances of recording their first test victory over South Africa in 13 years. Play is set to resume at 10.30am with New Zealand need five more wickets to win the third test and square the series. South Africa were 80 for five at stumps, still 95 runs behind New Zealand's first innings total of 489. The Black Caps last beat South Africa in 2004. Since then the two countries have played 16 tests with South Africa winning 10.

March 28, 2017 18:45 UTC

Hundreds of travellers stranded as fog blankets Wellington airport

Hundreds of travellers stranded as fog blankets Wellington airportCAMERON BURNELL/FAIRFAX NZ Travellers talk about flight delays after fog rolls in to Wellington Airport. Thick fog blanketing Wellington International Airport is leaving hundreds of travellers and tourists in the lurch. NZN VIDEO Dense fog causes delays at Wellington airport. KEVIN STENT/FAIRFAX NZ Fog descends on Wellington Airport. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOWAll incoming and outgoing flights to the capital have been suspended as fog blankets Wellington International Airport.

March 28, 2017 18:39 UTC

Ball boy cops it: Nick Kyrgios cracks again, or was he cracking a joke?

Aussie hothead Nick Kyrgios is at it again, having a swipe at a ball boy during the Miami Open. The king of tennis tantrums was roundly booed for his efforts, but this time there was a happy ending to a Kyrgios outburst. While serving in the second set against Ivo Karlovic, Kyrgios became upset at the ball boy's technique. But after beating Karlovic he approached the boy to make amends, playfully turning the kid's baseball hat around then giving him a keepsake towel. Kyrgios later explained: "I was having a joke with him."

March 28, 2017 18:26 UTC

Early success for Otago crews

Seven John McGlashan and five Columba crews gained direct qualification, avoiding the repechage rounds. That included John McGlashan's Jack McLaughlin, one of four Otago qualifiers in the under-16 boys single sculls. He finished first in his heat, as did Mount Aspiring College's Sam Pearce and Wakatipu High School's Ben Mason. Otago Boys' High School and John McGlashan qualified two crews each in the under-16 double sculls. Dunstan High School also had its share of success, with seven crews gaining direct qualification.

March 28, 2017 18:22 UTC

Coltman commits to 2019

Liam Coltman. Highlanders hooker Liam Coltman is sticking around for the next couple of seasons. Coltman (27) has played 61 games for the Highlanders and 64 games for Otago. Coltman, who was brought up in Taranaki, has played only for the Highlanders and Otago, after coming south to study physical education at the University of Otago. Rugby got in the way of study, and he has become an integral part of both the Highlanders and Otago set-up.

March 28, 2017 18:22 UTC

Audit: Puerto Rico police lack psychological evaluations

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) " An audit of Puerto Rico's police department has found that only a handful of officers have undergone psychological evaluations as required by law. The island's comptroller's office said Tuesday that between 3 and 11 percent of classified officers and those of rank received an evaluation in the past six years. It also found that only 12 percent of employees underwent required annual drug testing. The U.S. territory's police department is undergoing a federally mandated reform after a 2011 federal report accused officers of illegal killings, corruption and civil rights violations.

March 28, 2017 18:11 UTC

Work already being done on RMA overhaul - PM Bill English

Work already being done on RMA overhaul - PM Bill EnglishROSS GIBLIN/FAIRFAX NZ "The Town Planning Act lasted 25 years, the Resource Management Act is 25 years old and it could be at the end of its life," says Prime Minister Bill English. (File photo)The Government has started the process of "completely rethinking" the Resource Management act, Prime Minister Bill English says. "We have been amending the original Resource Management Act, which was written 25 years ago, and I reckon it's the last time," English told a group of Auckland businesspeople. "The Town Planning Act lasted 25 years, the Resource Management Act is 25 years old and it could be at the end of its life." RNZ The Productivity Commission says the Resource Management Act is constraining development while failing to protect the environment properly.

March 28, 2017 17:57 UTC

Axing jobs a bizarre way to celebrate PE

It appears the PE School has failed to evolve in order to meet the needs and opportunities of the changing ''market'' and that it desperately needs to be ''re-positioned'' accordingly. And it is not fair or realistic to expect the PE School head to do this. However great academics don't necessarily make great managers/visionaries/strategists (like a great rugby player doesn't necessarily make a great coach). There should be concern if this opportunity is not seized while there is still a genuine window of opportunity. We should all be proud of the PE school and instead of speculating about where/if it is going to get its next funding, we should be celebrating the critical role it plays in what could be one of the city's future growth opportunities.

March 28, 2017 17:48 UTC

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