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The Black Caps have beaten India in the first test of the series.

The Black Caps were in control of the entire game and claimed a comprehensive 10-wicket victory before lunch on the fourth day.

They now have 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

New Zealand needed just 10 balls in their second innings after India were dismissed for 191 in their second innings.

It was New Zealand’s 100th test victory.

Trent Boult and Tim Southee combined to rip through the Indian batting line up in the second innings. Southee completed his 10th five-wicket haul in tests with 5-61.

The result is India’s first test loss in the ICC World Test Championship.

India captain Virat Kohli said being dismissed for 165 in the first innings had been crucial.

The second match of the two-test series starts at Hagey Oval in Christchurch on 29 February.

Warm water and air conditions have contributed to an increase in jellyfish around New Zealand.

Throughout New Zealand people have been reporting more jellyfish than usual. Experts have blamed the high temperatures.

The outbreak has been particularly bad in the Auckland region.

Warm water has attracted the jellyfish towards the shore, causing some swimmers to break out in a rash known as ‘sea bather’s eruption.’

Some of the jellyfish were microscopic and could get caught in togs. After that swimmers get out of the sea, water drains from the swimwear and traps the jellyfish between the fabric and the skin, causing the stinging cells to release their toxin.

Children and people with allergies have been asked to be careful when at beaches.

Work is set to start at Dunedin’s new hospital.

It was announced yesterday that demolition work will begin next month on one of the two central Dunedin blocks that will form the city’s new hospital.

The main area of the new hospital will be placed on the site of the old Cadbury building.

The government hoped to complete that building by 2028.

The smaller outpatient and day surgery building, to be built on a block north, is meant to be operational by November 2023.

The new hospital would cost well over $1 billion and require hundreds of workers to build.

Former Marine George Hood has reclaimed the male Guinness World Record for the longest time spent in the plank position.

Hood, 62, first set the Guinness World Record in 2011 with a time of 1 hour, 20 minutes and 25 seconds. His new time – 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds – beat the current record held by Mao Weidong. He set his record in 2016.

After reaching the new record Hood celebrated by doing 75 pushups.

The gruelling session burned an estimated 4,252 calories.

Hood has trained nearly seven hours a day for the past 18 months, which included, approximately 2,100 hours of plank time, 270,000 pushups and nearly 674,000 sit-ups.

Guinness World Records certified Hood’s record in Illinois, but he’s planked even longer in the past. He has completed a 10-hour plank certified by a different organization.

With the publicity surrounding his achievements, Hood hopes to raise mental health awareness.

An international agreement has been reached to protect the endangered Toroa/Antipodean albatross has been found.

One hundred and thirty countries have now agreed to protect the bird at a conference held in India. This was largely due to the collaborative efforts of New Zealand, Australia and Chile.

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage said the agreement would help reduce Antipodean albatross from being inadvertently caught by fishing vessels. This happens often during the 100,000-kilometre annual migration the birds make.

There are now only 9050 breeding pairs, which mean the species could be extinct within the next 20 years.

Sage said today’s agreement showed increasing international consensus on the need to save seabirds from extinction.

An ocean photographer has taken an image of what is believed to be the only known pink manta ray in the world.

Photographer Kristian Laine took the pictures while diving off Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

The stingray was nicknamed Inspector Clouseau after the inspector in “The Pink Panther” media franchise when it was first discovered in 2015.

The stingray is around 3.3 metres, and has been elusive in the five years since it was first noticed.

Although locals are now well aware of him, the pink manta has only been seen around 10 times.  

Despite how shy he is, scientists from the research group Project Manta are still on the case investigating what causes the vibrant pink colour.

In 2016 they took a small biopsy to try to discover more.

The New Zealand women’s cricket team have won their first game of the Women’s T20 World Cup in Perth, Australia.

New Zealand was too strong, winning by 7 wickets in the end.

Captain Sophie Devine led the New Zealand women’s cricket team batting with an unbeaten 75 to ensure they chased down the 128 runs required for victory with 14 balls to spare.

It was her sixth straight half-century in T20 cricket.

Earlier, the Sri Lankin openers Chamari Athapaththu and Hasini Madushika gave Sri Lanka a brisk start with a stand of 60. However, the introduction of Hayley Jensen’s bowling turned the game. Her 3-16 put paid to their hopes of a big total.

In the end, New Zealand’s bowlers slowed down Sri Lanka’s momentum and restricted them to 127-7.

New Zealand’s next game is against India, who beat Australia in their first game, on Thursday.

The French government is fighting against bed bugs.

Last week they launched a campaign to combat a large number of bedbugs that have arrived recently.

In Paris, experts say 400,000 addresses including hotels, apartments and houses were treated in 2018.

The bedbugs that have settled in homes and hotels to feed on human blood.

Bed bugs disappeared from France in the 1950s, but the infuriating insects have come back in their thousands.

The common bed bug, Cimex lectularius, is found in temperate climates in the United States and parts of Europe.

The six-legged pest posed only a minor nuisance after World War II because of the widespread use of insecticides such as DDT. But the banning of such potent poisons, because they were too dangerous, has seen a bed bug revival.

In 2016, a study found that the flightless creatures had become resistant to pesticides, further aiding their global conquest.

Illustrating how annoying the issue has become, bed bugs have even featured in the Paris 2020 electoral campaign, with mayoral hopeful Benjamin Griveaux promising to clean up the capital in 100 days.