A 2.4 kg chicken is pictured next to 14,600,000 bolivars, its price and the equivalent of 2.22 USD, at a mini-market in Caracas, Venezuela. Photo: ReutersJittery Venezuelans on Friday rushed to shops and lined up at gas stations on concerns that a monetary overhaul to lop off five zeros from prices in response to hyperinflation could wreak financial havoc and make basic commerce impossible. Drivers also rushed to fill up on Venezuela's heavily-subsidized gas, the world's cheapest at around 2,896 gallons per U.S. penny. Photo: ReutersMaduro also said this month that gas price should be increased, but has not provided a timeframe for the price hike. "It's better to be safe than to try to go out during the weekend and not to find open gas stations...
August 18, 2018 05:48 UTC
Green Party co-leader James Shaw speaking at the party's AGM in Palmerston North today. Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson made the announcement during her speech at the party conference in Palmerston North today. Had these tests been in place, Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage could have stopped the Otakiri Springs water bottling decision. Ms Davidson today said water must be a factor considered when weighing up whether a sale should be approved or not. Earlier today, Green Party co-leader James Shaw counted the party's wins as he addressed the party faithful.
August 18, 2018 05:26 UTC
A man who died in Muriwai earlier today was crushed by a car he was trying to push after it had become stuck down a private driveway. Photo via NZMEA man who died in Muriwai earlier today was crushed by a car he was trying to push after it had become stuck down a private driveway. Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter (ARHT) transported a man in his 60s with a severely broken leg to Auckland City Hospital. "They went down a private driveway with several sections, they have become stuck after going to turn around." After it had become stuck two of the three occupants got out of the car to push it.
August 18, 2018 05:03 UTC
Manawatū charge past Waikato for victory as Nehe Milner-Skudder runs out in green JOSEPH PEARSONSKY SPORTJunior Laloifi scores twice on debut as Manawatu beat Waikato 24-19. An inspired Waikato try made it 19-19 in the final quarter but Laloifi would score the winner in the first round championship clash. In his debut season in 2011, Milner-Skudder played fullback when Manawatū hammered Waikato 54-20 and he was out on the left wing on his 38th appearance for the Turbos. Laloifi would score the winning try, though, and Manawatū held on in the dying minutes as Waikato's final attack fell short. Manawatū 24 (Junior Laloifi 2, Faalelei Sione, Rob Thompson tries; Jade Te Ruru, Sam Malcolm con) Waikato 19 (Sevu Reece, Samisoni Taukei'aho, Declan O'Donnell tries; Fletcher Smith 2 con).
August 18, 2018 04:18 UTC
CAMERON SPENCER/GETTY IMAGES All Blacks lock Scott Barrett says he's figured a few things out about his game in 2018. MARTIN HUNTER/GETTY IMAGES Scott Barrett had a rampaging Super Rugby season with the Crusaders en route to a second straight title. I've got another season under my belt, I know what works for me and it's just honing down on those small things. Like his game in general, Barrett has figured out the keys to being a successful impact man. It's probably the best game I've ever played but it's now about continuing that, about challenging Sam and Brodie and keep pushing for that starting position.
August 18, 2018 04:07 UTC
Manawatū Jets should take flight again next seasonWARWICK SMITH/STUFF The Manawatū Jets should be back again next year. The Manawatū Jets basketball team should be back for another season after their successful return from the wilderness this year. Jets spokesman Dave Craig has not responded to calls from Stuff, but Basketball New Zealand chief executive Iain Potter said the Jets have signalled their intentions to return. "It's a little bit like the [Manawatū] Turbos – the Jets brand is iconic. Jets coach Tim McTamney said the No 1 goal was that the team came back and the season was a success.
August 18, 2018 03:56 UTC
Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew responded to the call at 11.34am. Photo: NZ HeraldA boxer is in a "critical" condition after being knocked out while sparring in Wellsford, near Auckland. The woman, believed to be in her 30s, suffered a head injury during boxing training at Centennial Park today. Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew responded to the call at 11.34am. She was flown to Auckland City Hospital in a critical condition.
August 18, 2018 03:30 UTC
Terrace End School wins breakfast club of the yearWARWICK SMITH/STUFF Terrace End School breakfast club leaders Prinsha Chauhan, left, and Hawi Pere organise food for a feed. Terrace End School knows how to do a good breakfast. That's because the Palmerston North school won the title of 'best breakfast club of the year', as part of the Kickstart Breakfast programme that feeds hungry kids before a day's learning. "Part of the reason we won the breakfast club was because of our flexibility." Hawi Pere, 10, and Prinsha Chauhan, 11, are two of the breakfast club leaders.
August 18, 2018 03:22 UTC
A motorist is in critical condition after a crash in Hamilton. The crash happened shortly after 1pm today when a car hit a tree opposite the Horsham Downs Golf Club on River Rd, north of the city. Police said one person suffered critical injuries in the crash and River Rd was closed. The smash follows a serious collision in Ngaruawahia this morning when a cyclist was seriously injured in a crash with a car. The cyclist was taken to Waikato Hospital.
August 18, 2018 03:11 UTC
A tough All Black's softer side: Kieran Read reads bedtime storiesKIERAN READ/INSTAGRAMAll Blacks captain Kieran Read has created a podcast reading stories for children. All Black captain Kieran Read is known for his powerful tackles and fast feet, but this week he revealed a new side project of his. His podcast, Kieran Reads Bedtime Stories, launched on Saturday morning as the All Black prepared to play his 110th test for the side. Despite being 12 years old, and admittedly "a bit old for bedtime stories now", Harry Klouwens said he would still download Kieran Reads Bedtime Stories. "I thought they were cute for younger kids, and I will download the podcast anyway because I love Kieran Read," Harry said.
August 18, 2018 03:11 UTC
Shane JonesNational has criticised the Government's foreign investment plan after Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones' appearance on a current affairs TV programme. National's finance spokeswoman Amy Adams said Jones' interview on Newshub Nation today proved how conflicted and confused the Government was. "The minister talked about his frustration around getting projects off the ground. Jones told Newshub Nation private investors will not be able to own things such as schools, hospitals and prisons. "Mr Jones also talked about the need for more foreign investment - just days after the Government severely restricted foreign investment through the Overseas Investment Amendment Bill.
August 18, 2018 02:48 UTC
Car hits tree on River Road in HamiltonGOOGLE MAPS River Road is closed between Kay and Horotiu Bridge roads. Police are attending a serious crash on River Road, Horsham Downs. The crash happened shortly after 1pm and involved one car hitting a tree opposite the Horsham Downs Golf Club. One person has received critical injuries in the crash and River Road is closed. Diversions are in place at Kay Road and Horotiu Bridge Road.
August 18, 2018 02:26 UTC
"It's a big loss", a fire manager says of the damage a blaze caused to popular Dunedin restaurant No 7 Balmac. There were seven fire appliances at the scene at the peak of the blaze. Not just from fire, but water damage." Damage was worst in the ventilation system in the building’s roof, Mr Geddes said. No 7 Balmac business owner Katrina Toovey was at the scene this afternoon, but unsure of the extent of the damage.
August 18, 2018 02:26 UTC
Wallabies setback: 'Tongan Thor' Taniela Tupou ruled out of Bledisloe openerGETTY IMAGES Taniela Tupou has suffered a hamstring strain on the eve of the Bledisloe opener in Sydney. The Wallabies have suffered a major setback ahead of their Bledisloe opener against the All Blacks, with high-impact tighthead prop Taniela Tupou ruled out of the contest. The Daily Telegraph are reporting that the Tonga-born, New Zealand-educated 135kg prop suffered a hamstring strain at the Wallabies' final training hitout on Friday. The four-test front-rower is to be replaced on the bench by 23-year-old Kiwi Jermaine Ainsley who will make his test debut. The 22-year-old they call the 'Tongan Thor' has emerged as a significant contributor off the bench for the Wallabies.
August 18, 2018 01:41 UTC
Warriors braced for mental challenge in run to the finals MARVIN FRANCEANDREW CORNAGA/PHOTOSPORT Adam Blair's big-game experience will be crucial in the Warriors' run to the finals. As the Warriors close in on a first finals berth since 2011, they would do well to forget about the premiership table. Brisbane's upset win over South Sydney on Thursday pushed the Warriors down to eighth ahead of Sunday's clash against the Bulldogs in Sydney. "It's an attitude thing, a mental thing," senior Warriors forward Adam Blair said of preparing for games they are expected to win. And the 2016 premiership winner with the Sharks says the last thing the Warriors should be thinking about now is the finals.
August 18, 2018 00:33 UTC