New Zealand

Hughes' family thanks Oz for 'support' since son's passing through full-page messages in newspapers

Hughes' family thanks Oz for 'supportWellington, Dec 14 : Late Australian batsman Phillip Hughes' family reportedly took out full-page messages in newspapers around Australia on Sunday to thank the nation for its support since their son's passing.

The message, which was published in News Corp Australia papers, is reportedly topped with a simple 'Thank You From The Hughes Family' and a photograph of the late batsman in his baggy green cap.

Hayden Panettiere names baby girl Kaya

Hayden PanettiereWellington, Dec 14 : Hayden Panettiere, who recently welcomed her daughter with fiance Wladimir Klitschko , has named her Kaya Klitschko.

The new parents told People Magazine that they were over the moon and madly in love, Stuff. co. nz reported.

Panettiere had previously revealed the sex of her baby and shared how she planned to bring up her daughter, saying that she was thrilled to have a girl first because she feels like she knows a lot about raising a strong woman. (ANI)

LeBron James breaks 'royal protocol' by putting arm around Kate Middleton

kate middleton LeBron JamesWellington, Dec 10 : LeBron James has broken the royal protocol by putting arm around Kate Middleton in New York.

After watching an NBA match between the Brooklyn Nets and the 29-year-old basketball player's team, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed with James for a photo that shows the player putting his arm around the 32- year-old Duchess, Stuff. co. nz reported.

James' "arm-gate" didn't go unnoticed by the royals or the large media pack following the royal couple's visit to Washington and New York and was compared to the 2009 incident in which the US first lady Michelle Obama put her arm around the Queen.

NZC to get 'once in a generation' 20 million dollars bonus from 2015 Cricket WC

Wellington, Dec 07 - In what has been dubbed as a once in a million chance to boost cricket in New Zealand, the country's cricket board is reportedly expected to get a 20 million dollar bonus from next year's World Cup.

It is understood that New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has agreed to split profits with Cricket Australia in a one third New Zealand-by-two thirds Australia agreement that could see the NZC pocket an estimated 20 million dollars.

The added multi-million-dollar injection would come on top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) dividend paid out to the 10 member countries for each ICC event, reported.

Facebook post claiming to protect users' copyright not worth posting on site, claim experts

FacebookWellington, Dec 06 : Copyright experts have dismissed the post that is going viral on Facebook claiming to protect users' copyright over their own photos as sheer nonsense saying that it is not worth posting on the site.

According to Stuff. co. nz, such posts keep cropping up from time to time whenever Facebook makes changes or announces that it will make changes to its privacy settings.

Variations of the viral post were first spotted in 2012 and resurface time and again.

Many users across the world are posting the viral message on their walls that claims to protect their copyright over their pictures.

Button wants McLaren's decision on his F1 future 'sooner than later'

Jenson ButtonWellington, December 5 : British racer Jenson Button hopes that the decision on his Formula One future with McLaren would be made sooner than later as the team's board failed to reach a consensus regarding Spaniard Fernando Alonso's partner in their 2015 driver line up.

Fernando Alonso would join from Ferrari, and McLaren has to choose between Button and teammate Kevin Magnussen . Button, who finished fifth in the showdown in Abu Dhabi, which might potentially be his final Grand Prix, said that he hopes McLaren would make a decision very soon for Magnussen and for his sake.

Netflix chief says era of broadcast television would "probably end by 2030"

Reed HastingsWellington, Nov 29 : The chief executive of Netflix Reed Hastings said, during a promotional tour for his company's Latin American operations, that broadcast television would "probably end by 2030".

Hastings compared the television business to an ageing horse saying that the "horse was good until we had the car".

According to Stuff. co. nz, Netflix and other streaming services in the U. S. like Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus have been blamed from reduction in traditional television viewing and declining cable subscription rates.

Hastings said that internet T. V. would eventually replace the linear T. V.

Hesson not expecting 'miracles' from Vettori on return to Kiwi Test squad

Hesson not expecting 'miracles' from Vettori Wellington, Nov 26 : New Zealand cricket team coach Mike Hesson is not expecting any miracles from Daniel Vettori, but he believes that the veteran spinner could play a key role in his record-setting Test appearance.

Vettori has made a surprise comeback to the five-day format after two years out with injury, to make the team to play the third Test against Pakistan in Sharjah on Wednesday. It would mark the 35-year-old's 112th Test appearance for New Zealand, belatedly breaking the deadlock he had enjoyed with fellow former skipper Stephen Fleming.

Vettori received a standing ovation from the team as he was presented with his cap.

2016 Rio Olympics mascot is a bright yellow smiley-faced cat-like figure!

2016 Rio Olympics mascotWellington, Nov 25 : The mascot for the 2016 Rio Olympics has been revealed and it is a bright yellow smiley-faced cat-like figure that represents the animal life of Brazil.

The mascot for the Paralympics has also been unveiled, which is a mopped-headed doll with leafy hair, meant to represent the vast diversity of the flora in Brazil.

The mascots made their first official appearance on Monday. A public poll would be conducted to give names to the two from a shortlist of possibilities, Stuff. co. nz reported.

McIlroy sets target on 'Green Jacket' after trophy-laden 2014 season

Rory McIlroyWellington, Nov 24 : Northern Irish golf ace Rory McIlroy is eyeing the 'Green Jacket' in 2015 after he picked up the European money list trophy for the second time in three seasons on Sunday.

The US Masters has been the only major championship to elude the Northern Irishman and he has set sights to bag the Green Jacket now.

McIlroy, who tied for second at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, the European Tour season-ender, said that it's not something he thought possible, adding that he would work hard and make sure he is ready for that, Stuff. co. nz reported.

Russell Crowe says extreme 'sensitivity' brings out some of his 'less attractive' qualities

Russell CroweWellington, Nov 22 : Russell Crowe has recently admitted that he is extremely sensitive and that probably the reason which brings out some of his "less attractive" qualities.

The 53-year-old actor has earned himself a reputation for being aggressive and bad-tempered following his involvement in a string of clashes during the early 2000s, including famously being charged with assault in the US for throwing a telephone at a New York hotel employee, Stuff. co. nz reported.

The ' Gladiator ' star said that he is a little bit intuitive, so he knows from a handshake whether somebody means me good or ill and once he know he don't want to play that game anymore.

Mozilla Firefox replaces default Google search engine with Yahoo

mozilla firefoxWellington, Nov 20 : A report has said that Mozilla is replacing Google as the default search engine with Yahoo for users in the United States.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Mozilla and Yahoo said that they had sealed a five-year partnership that will provide a "framework" for other possible integrations and deals, reported Stuff. co. nz.

The move follows tensions between Mozilla and Google with the search giant's Chrome browser stealing away Firefox 's market share for years. (ANI)

Lehmann downplays alleged rift with Clarke

Michael Clarke Darren LehmannAuckland, November 14 : Australian captain Michael Clarke and coach Darren Lehmann have reportedly not been on good terms with each other post the thrashing in the recent series against Pakistan in United Arabic Emirates.

Tension between both have allegedly been reported at least a couple of times this year, most notably over the exclusion of Steve Smith from a one-day match against Zimbabwe in Harare in August in which Australia were the shock losers. It was subsequently followed by Clarke expressing his dismay over selection publicly, which didn't go down well with Lehmann, reported stuff. co. nz.

Emirates says ending FIFA's sponsorship over not meeting 'expectations'

EmiratesWellington, Nov 04 - The world football governing body suffered a major blow as Airline Emirates announced on Monday that it was ending its sponsorship of FIFA in light of the body's ongoing investigation to check if there was corruption in the bidding process for the next two World Cups.

The Dubai-based airline said in a statement that Emirates could confirm that a decision has been made not to renew the sponsorship agreement with FIFA past 2014. They added that this decision was made following an evaluation of FIFA's contract proposal, which did not meet Emirates' expectations.

FIFA made no immediate comment regarding the same.

Lehmann says age will not be factor for Oz selectors regarding Rogers' Test future

Darren LehmannWellington, Nov 03 : Australia cricket team coach and selector Darren Lehmann has said that age would not be a factor for selectors regarding the playing future of Test opener Chris Rogers.

As always, the deciding factor would be runs. Rogers has struggled against pace and spin on the low, slow pitches of the United Arab Emirates ( UAE) against Pakistan.

The opener has scored 88 runs at an average of 22 against Pakistan. And with a career average of 36.06 in 16 matches, the county club Victoria batsman is a realist, Stuff. co. nz reported.

Rogers has previously stated that he's only ever a couple of low scores away from having his head on the chopping block.

Jenson Button is a 'wanted' F1 race driver

Jenson ButtonWellington, Nov 01 : British driver Jenson Button is reportedly a wanted Formula One driver even if McLaren has ultimately decided that they do not want to retain the 2009 world champion for next season.

Button's manager Richard Goddard said that he is getting phone calls from everyone because he is an exceptional driver, adding that he's still in his prime, everyone wants to hire him and he is a wanted individual.

Goddard said that he has had loads of different approaches from loads of different sports, driving of course as his tennis isn't up to much, Stuff. co. nz reported.

Malaysian PM vows to bring MH17 crash culprits to justice

Najib RazakWellington, Oct 29 : Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has vowed to bring to justice the culprits of Malaysian Airlines MH17 that crashed over eastern Ukraine.

According to Stuff. co. nz, Razak said that he fears fighting in Ukraine might hamper access to the crash site.

A report by the Dutch safety board said in September that MH17 crashed after a large number of high-energy objects penetrated its fuselage.

Malaysian PM also said that he hopes to see the MH370 investigation results in the coming months which would bring a solution to the world's biggest aviation mystery. (ANI)

'Avatar 2' to begin casting in LA, Wellington soon

Avatar-2Wellington, Oct 17 : The sequel to the 2009 blockbuster film 'Avatar' would soon begin to cast for the project in New Zealand and America.

According to Stuff. co. nz, Miramar-based The Casting Company would be handling the casting in New Zealand for ' Avatar 2', which would be the first of three upcoming sequels to the James Cameron's film.

Cameron would return to helm the project while actors Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver reprise their roles from the original film, which had grossed more than 3.5 billion dollars worldwide, and had become the highest-grossing movie of all time.

Bailey expects Pak to `doctor pitches` to suit spin in upcoming ODI series against Oz

George-BaileyWellington, Oct 07 : Australia cricket team's ODI captain George Bailey is expecting Pakistan to doctor their pitches to suit spin in their upcoming clashes in the United Arab Emirates.

Pakistan are due to host Australia for three ODI games in a series that starts on Tuesday. Australia made a bright start to their tour with a six-wicket win in Sunday's one-off Twenty20 clash in Dubai, with spinners Glenn Maxwell and Cameron Boyce claiming 3-13 and 2-10 respectively.

World's first healthy baby born to womb transplant woman

baby born to womb transplant womanWellington, Oct 4 : A 36 years old woman in Sweden gave birth to the world's first ever healthy baby after she received a womb transplant.

Dr Mats Brannstrom, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Gothenburg and colleagues had transplanted wombs into nine other women over the last two years as part of a study, but complications forced removal of two of the organs and there arose many other medical anomalies, Stuff. co. nz reported.

The baby boy was born prematurely but healthy last month, and mother and child are now at home and doing well.

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