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McIlroy bags PGA of America Player of the Year award

Rory McIlroyWellington, Sep 17 - Rory McIlroy has been named winner of the PGA of America Player of the Year 2013-14 and has also won the Vardon Trophy for the stellar performance that he put up last year.

The 25-year-old Northern Irishman, who has claimed two major titles among his four wins worldwide this year, has claimed the two awards for the second time in three seasons, reported Stuff. co. nz.

The star golfer scored an adjusted average of 68.82 through 66 complete rounds, edging Sergio Garcia (68.95), who completed 61 rounds, for the Vardon Trophy.

Miley Cyrus claims Google 'more harmful to brain than drugs'

Miley CyrusWellington, September 1 - Miley Cyrus has claimed that Google and Instagram are more harmful than drugs.

While defending smoking weed, the 21-year-old former Disney star said that Googling yourself and reading Facebook comments are more harmful to the brain than drugs, the Stuff. co. nz reported.

During the interview with Australian show Sunday Night, the 'Wrecking Ball' singer mentioned that she posts pictures of herself smoking pot on Instagram, because she is brought up in a way that she never thought marijuana was bad.

Social media users likelier to shirk from discussing important issues offline

Facebook-UserWellington, Aug 28 : A new study has revealed that people who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline.

According to the study by the Pew Research Center and Rutgers University in New Jersey, sites like Facebook and Twitter might actually encourage self-censorship and there is a "spiral of silence" phenomenon: Unless people know their audience agrees, they are likely to shy away from discussing anything controversial, Stuff. co. nz reported.

Lupita Nyong`o swears by avocado oil for beauty

Lupita-NyongWellington, Aug 25 : Lupita Nyong'o revealed recently that avocado oil was a must have product for her beauty routine.

While talking to the Harper's Bazaar about her beauty secrets, the 31-year-old Oscar winning star said that initially, she was only using the oil on her body, but later realised that it was good for face and hair as well, Stuff. co. nz reported.

The '12 Years A Slave' beauty, who's face of the beauty brand Lancome, also said that she was against chemically straightened tresses and believed that she could mould her Afro hair whenever she wanted. (ANI)

Has an alien 'thigh bone' been spotted on Mars?

Has an alien 'thigh bone' been spotted on Mars?Wellington, Aug 23 - Curiosity rover took a photo on August 14, which led conspiracy theorists believe that it was a 'bone-like' object on Mars.

NASA's scientists said seen by Mars rover Curiosity using its MastCam, this Mars rock might look like a femur thigh bone, however, mission science team members think its shape was likely sculpted by erosion, either wind or water and if life ever existed on Mars, scientists expect that it would be small simple life forms called microbes, Stuff. co. nz reported.

Dwayne Johnson shares touching message after family survives accident

Dwayne-JohnsonWellington, Aug 11 : Dwayne Johnson recently took got all emotional and shared a touching message on Instagram, after his mom and cousin WWE Diva Savelina Fanene, survived a terrible car accident.

The 42-year-old wrestler-turned actor, also known as The Rock, posted a photo of the accident's outcome, which was caused by a driver, who was allegedly intoxicated, Stuff. co. nz reported.

Johnson wrote that though he wanted to find and "harm" the person responsible, he realised that the important thing was that his family was safe and alive, and he could hug them real "tight."

I'm on right track with 'Avatar' sequels, says James Cameron

James-CameronWellington, Aug 11 : James Cameron feels he's on the "right track" with ' Avatar' sequels, which he calls as the "mega project," as he's almost done with the scripts and the preliminary preparations.

The 59-year-old Oscar-winning ' Titanic ' director, said that he was working on the fantasy film's 2nd, 3rd and 4th follow-ups all at once and they were all coming together as he's totally devoted to them, Stuff. co. nz reported.

Sleeping with men didn't help my career, says Lana Del Rey

Lana-Del-ReyWellington, July 23 : Lana Del Rey admitted that even though she had slept with men in the music industry, it didn't help her land her any record deals.

The 29-year-old singer, who has sold over 7 million albums worldwide since her debut in 2010, told Complex magazine that her new song 'F**ked My Way to the Top' tells tale of how she gained success, Stuff. co. nz reported.

Del Rey, who split with fellow musician Barrie-James O'Neill, said that she it's important for her to have a "physical and passionate love" with her partner as her everyday life is complete opposite of that. (ANI)

J Law's 'Hunger Games' workout revealed

jennifer-lawrenceWellington, July 13 : Jennifer Lawrence's ' Hunger Games ' trainer has revealed the actress' workout regime and said that she maintained a sunny disposition throughout even the most exhausting workouts.

The sports medicine doctor Dr Joe Horrigan told Teen Vogue that bodyweight squats, push-ups and sit-ups all performed in a circuit and one could also add jumping rope and if one could can do any of these exercises for 20 minutes at high intensity, one would see the results, Stuff. co. nz reported.

According to Horrigan, cardio was the key to good health.

Beyonce graces cover of Time mag's 'most influential people' issue

BeyonceWellington, April 25 : Beyonce has become the cover girl for Time magazine's annual '100 Most Influential People' issue after making the 2014 list.

The 32-year-old singer, who juggles her busy work schedule along with motherhood, has graced the cover in a black and white shot, flaunting her toned physique in see-through top and shorts, Stuff. co. nz reported.

American businesswoman Sheryl Sandberg has written a piece on why the 'Drunk in Love' hitmaker was worth the list, saying that the star, who heads Parkwood Entertainment, builds a better table rather than just sitting at it.

Miranda Kerr believes in being 'natural' when it comes to beauty

Miranda-KerrWellington, April 24 : Miranda Kerr has revealed that she depends upon nature when it comes to her beauty.

The 31-year-old supermodel, who's the brand ambassador of Clear Scalp and Hair, does a 'do-it-yourself' body scrub with sea salt and coconut oil, Stuff. co. nz reported.

And exfoliates her skin as well as washes her hair every second day with organic products, she said.

The mother-of-one added that she takes out time of her busy schedule to meditate as it's very important for a healthy for the body, mind, and spirit. (ANI)

Katy Perry panted like 'a dog' during sister's labour

Katy-PerryWellington, April 23 : Katy Perry has admitted that she panted like "a dog" while her sister was in labour .

The ' Roar' hitmaker, who had earlier tweeted about delivering a baby in a living room, said on Jimmy Kimmel Live that she is an assistant doula and that's what they called her all the time, Stuff. co. nz reported.

The 29-year-old singer said that they had a midwife and there was a tub in the living room, and she was holding a leg, and panting like a dog, while making "primal noises". (ANI)

Anderson needs medical clearance to make IPL debut

Corey AndersonWellington, April 16 - Corey Anderson will require clearance from New Zealand Cricket's medical staff before making his Indian Premier League debut, TVNZ reported Wednesday.

The $866,000 allrounder is preparing with his Mumbai Indians team in Abu Dhabi but won't play until New Zealand Cricket is satisfied he's over the dislocated little finger suffered at the World Twenty20 April 1.

Nufarm shuts down plant in New Zealand

Nufarm shuts down plant in New ZealandNufarm, which is a leading agricultural chemicals manufacturer, has said that it is planning to close down its plant in New Zealand.

The company has also said that it is planning to shift its regional production to Victoria. The company believes that consolidating its production will generate annual cost savings of $3 million. The move will result in a loss of 59 jobs at the Otahuhu factory, in Auckland, according to the company.

NZ records fall in house sales

NZ records fall in house salesAccording to the latest figures released, the total housing sale has fellen in New Zealand market.

The data also showed that the median price of homes are increasing in the country. The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand said that the sale of houses in the Western Bay fell during the month of March.

Figures showed that Tauranga housing sales fell 21 per cent to 127 from 163 a year ago. However, the median price increased 11.8 per cent to $388,000 from $347,000. The sales in Mount Maunganui-Papamoa fell 17.9 per cent from 123 to 101 and the median prices increased 5.9 per cent to $450,000 from $425,000.

Wealleans Groundspread fined over fatal accident

Wealleans Groundspread fined over fatal accidentWealleans Groundspread Limited, a Waikato fertiliser spreading company, has been fined and is ordered to pay reparation after a company died in a truck accident in June 2013.

New Zealand housing prices fall in March

New Zealand housing prices fall in MarchAccording to the latest figures released, the housing prices in New Zealand have continued to fall in the month of March as the buyers are discouraged due to restrictions on lending and rising interest rates.

The housing prices have been falling in the country since previous five straight months as the demand is affected by economic factors. The government's Quotable Value's (QV) said that the demand for housing has been affected by increasing interest rates and the limitations on bank lending in the country.

NZ’s tourism industry aiming to grow 70% during next decade

NZ’s tourism industry aiming to grow 70% during next decadeNew Zealand's tourism industry has said that it is targeting a growth of by 70 per cent during the coming decade.

According to official figures, the tourism sector currently contributes $NZ24 billion a year to the economy. The Tourism Industry Association (TIA) said on Monday said that it is aiming to contribute $NZ41 billion to the national economy by the year 2025.

Migration to New Zealand rises 13%

Migration to New Zealand rises 13%According to the latest figures released, New Zealand's inbound net migration has recorded an increase of 13 per cent on an annual basis, which is its highest level in a decade.

China became the biggest source of net migrants for the first time for the country after overtaking Australia and the UK. New Zealand gained a seasonally adjusted 3,500 net new migrants in February, which is the highest number of net new migrants since April 2003 compared to up from 3,100 in January.

Some people have aversion to happiness

Some people have aversion to happinessAs stated by the specialists from University of Wellington in New Zealand, various societies (principally non-Western societies in the Middle East) hold the thought that positive emotions can really prompt not so positive conclusions.

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