Jarryd Hayne eyes fairy tale NSW Origin return

Jarryd Hayne eyes fairy tale NSW Origin returnGETTY IMAGES Jarryd Hayne last played in a State of Origin contest in 2014. Jarryd Hayne has made himself unavailable for the upcoming representative round as he buckles down on preparing for a fairy tale State of Origin return for NSW. "We've got 2-3 games after that and then it's into Origin season. Every year I played Origin, I just worry about my form and the rest will worry about itself," he said. Tonight was about getting our season back on track, we did that," he said.

April 23, 2017 06:11 UTC

North Korea detains US citizen

North Korea detains US citizenCHUNG SUNG-JUN/GETTY IMAGES A sunrise at the Demilitarized zone separating South and North Korea. North Korea has recently detained a US citizen in the latest case of an American being held in the country. The embassy looks after consular affairs for the United States in North Korea because the two countries do not have diplomatic relations. READ MORE:* New Zealand and North Korea* Brownlee: North Korea has 'evil intent'* N Korea warns Australia of strikeAt least two other Americans are currently detained in North Korea. At least one other foreigner, a Canadian pastor, is also being detained in North Korea.

April 23, 2017 06:05 UTC

US citizen detained by North Korea named as Tony Kim

US citizen detained by North Korea named as Tony KimCHUNG SUNG-JUN/GETTY IMAGES A sunrise at the Demilitarized zone separating South and North Korea. North Korea detained a US citizen on Friday [Saturday NZ Time] as he attempted to leave the isolated country, bringing the total number of Americans held by the isolated country to three. KCNA North Korean leader Kim Jong-un supervising a ballistic rocket launching drill. READ MORE:* New Zealand and North Korea* Brownlee: North Korea has 'evil intent'* N Korea warns Australia of strike"I sincerely hope and pray that he will be released soon." Its volunteer faculty, many of whom are evangelical Christians, has a curriculum that includes subjects once considered taboo in North Korea, such as capitalism.

April 23, 2017 06:05 UTC

Basketball: Overtime barnburner highlights NBA action

The Grizzlies won despite blowing a 10-point lead with 7:38 left in regulation and 23 turnovers that San Antonio turned into 31 points. Mike Conley set a franchise postseason record with 35 points and Gasol finished with 16 points after shooting 5 of 12 for the game. The Grizzlies overcame another postseason personal best from Kawhi Leonard who had 43 points. Leonard tied it at 108 with 17 seconds left with a three from the left corner. John Wall kept up his dazzling play in the series, scoring 29 points, but the point guard got no help from his teammates.

April 23, 2017 05:48 UTC

Christchurch Hospital's emergency department braces for winter overload

Christchurch Hospital's emergency department braces for winter overloadANTONIO GRAVANTE/123RF The CDHB is bracing for an increase in patient numbers over winter. Surgeons will be operating into the night and on weekends to meet an expected surge in patient numbers at Christchurch Hospital this winter. The hospital's emergency department (ED) received 4000 more patients in 2016 compared to 2015 and the demand was expected to continue to grow, a Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) report said. READ MORE:* Christchurch Hospital emergency department swamped by patients* Emergency departments around NZ under pressure* Wellington Hospital emergency department under pressureAn increasing number of rebuild workers who were not enrolled at GPs, an aging population, and people who could not afford to see a GP were adding pressure on the already busy ED. Canterbury's strength was in its strong collaboration between hospital and community services, but the CDHB was still struggling with high patient numbers, he said.

April 23, 2017 05:34 UTC

Mechanical treasure trove finds new homes

Mechanical treasure trove finds new homesDominico Zapata/ Fairfax Media NZ A large crowd was drawn to an auction in Matamata. Troughton, 82, died in December, and, as per his wishes, his large vintage farm collection was auctioned off over the weekend. DOMINICO ZAPATA/FAIRFAX NZ The 1906 Model N sold for $60,500. DOMINICO ZAPATA/FAIRFAX NZ This Indian motorbike was a crowd favourite, attracting plenty of attention before selling for $16,500. And you had to have deep pockets – the Model N sold for $60,500 after a bidding war between two Model T fans.

April 23, 2017 05:33 UTC

Trump's approval at record lows but his base is holding

Majorities of Americans say Trump has not accomplished much during his first months as president. The president's approval rating stands at 42 percent, the lowest recorded at this stage of a presidency dating to Dwight Eisenhower. Of those who say Trump has not accomplished much, 47 percent pin the blame on him while about a quarter blame congressional Republicans. The poll finds that 43 percent - about the same as Trump's approval rating - say he can be trusted; 73 percent said so for Obama and 65 percent for George W. Bush at this point in their presidencies. Asked how they would vote if the election were held today, 43 say they would support Trump and 40 percent say Clinton.

April 23, 2017 04:41 UTC

Porter stops Berto in ninth round of welterweight bout

Porter stopped Andre Berto in the ninth round of a sloppy, often inartistic WBC welterweight elimination bout Saturday night at Barclays Center. There was some wrestling, lots of clutching, even a near chop-block, and lots of blood, mainly from head butts. "I got to clean up those head butts," Porter admitted. The former champion was well ahead when the fight was stopped at 1:31 in the ninth as Berto stumbled around. Porter began bleeding in the areas of both eyes in the fourth round, but Berto also was cut in that round.

April 23, 2017 04:41 UTC

NZ scientists help find new undersea volcanoes

Kiwi scientists have helped discover incredible new submarine volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean - some rising up to 2.5km from the seafloor. Knowledge about the history of the seafloor hosting these 80 volcanoes will provide information about how the volcanoes formed and why they are so highly active. During the expedition, the scientists discovered five new seafloor volcanoes on the Colville Ridge and the Havre Trough, with some rising up to 2,500m above the seafloor. "The ages and chemistry of the rocks are essential for reconstructing the past history of volcanism and faulting in Havre Trough," Hoernle said. "Understanding the train of events will help to tell the narrative of how New Zealand's vast offshore territory formed and evolved."

April 23, 2017 04:41 UTC

Paul Gallen: I will knock Sonny Bill Williams out

By Daily Telegraph, Tim WilliamsSonny Bill Williams lit the fuse last month for a super fight with Paul Gallen, now the Sharks skipper has delivered the imminent explosion by declaring 'I'll knock him out'. "About Sonny, it's been spoken about for four or five years," Gallen said on Sports Sunday. Gallen then went on to further prod the fire by saying SBW has had much of his career handed to him. Williams is undefeated in his boxing career, boasting a record of seven wins, three by knockout and zero losses. Gallen has a career record of seven wins, four by knockout and zero losses, most of which came in charity bouts against NRL stars.

April 23, 2017 04:30 UTC

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee lashes out at North Korea's 'evil intent'

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee lashes out at North Korea's 'evil intent'KCNA North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un oversees "a very big machinery of people who have equally evil intent," Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says. Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has accused North Korea of having "evil intent" and making "outrageous threats" – most recently against Australia. Overnight on Saturday, North Korea's foreign ministry lashed out at Australia, warning that it was "coming within the range of the nuclear strike". READ MORE:* Is NZ safe from North Korea's threat of nuclear war? "It's North Korea that is sending the missiles into the Sea of Japan and making the various outrageous threats including the threats overnight to Australia."

April 23, 2017 04:10 UTC

Paul Henry is loving life after retiring from TV

Paul Henry is loving life after retiring from TVHannah Peters Paul Henry does not miss his 2:30am starts for breakfast television. Paul Henry is relishing life in retirement after leaving breakfast television behind. The 56 year-old has told Woman's Day he couldn't be happier and has zero regrets about calling it a day. PAUL HENRY Paul Henry in the midst of making his very own wine with Invivo. READ MORE* Opinion: Why won't MediaWorks let Paul Henry go?

April 23, 2017 04:07 UTC

Poppy Day money helps soldier's wife fight for life-changing surgery

Poppy Day money helps soldier's wife fight for life-changing surgeryThe woman is no longer in pain and is now exploring IVF treatment. Poppy Day funds have helped a Canterbury soldier's wife get life-changing surgery. The woman, who did not want to be named, was in a legal battle with ACC over whether it should pay for her surgery. READ MORE:* US Marines pitch in to pump up donations on Poppy Day* Port Hills sapling replanting project aided by Anzac volunteers* Pledging time to volunteer on Anzac Day"I almost died, unfortunately." "The RSA are really great at not just looking after the soldier, but the soldier's family," the woman said.

April 23, 2017 04:07 UTC

McDonald's say 'neigh' to horses through the drive-thru

McDonald's say 'neigh' to horses through the drive-thruBEVAN READ/stuff Unconventional drive through transportation had eyebrows raised at McDonalds in Orewa. A horse is a horse, of course, but unfortunately it's not a car - and two enterprising Auckland women who rode horseback into a McDonald's drive-thru were refused service. Orewa local Aspen Bruce said she was stunned to see the pair ride their horses into the drive-thru of the McDonald's on Florence Ave in the north Auckland township on Friday. But McDonald's would not serve them for health and safety reasons, deeming two horses in a queue of cars to be dangerous. However, it is not a blanket ban on horse power - Kaiapoi's Emma Mcleod managed to ride her horse Bear through the local drive-thru three years ago.

April 23, 2017 04:05 UTC

'Genius' TV series shows drama of Einstein's life

albert_einstein_51cbeb432a.JPG Albert EinsteinPhilosopher, humanitarian and physicist Albert Einstein is the subject of new TV series Genius, which delves into the drama and passion of the man who developed the theory of relativity and helped initiate the US effort to build an atomic bomb. Executive producer Ron Howard told reporters at the TV show's launch at the Tribeca Film Festival that he had always been fascinated by Einstein. "But I never realized how many twists and turns and, you know, there were in his life, and how much drama there was," Howard said on Thursday (local time). The 10-part series for the National Geographic channel shows Einstein's personal struggles and "how complicated, sexy, you know - kind of bohemian - a lot of his relationships were," Howard said. Australian Geoffrey Rush plays the older Einstein, with Britain's Emily Watson and American actress Gwendolyn Ellis portraying older and younger versions of his second wife, Elsa.

April 23, 2017 03:57 UTC