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Match-fixing strikes a damaging blow Wednesday 21st May 2014

There's concern the image of cricket is taking a battering as accusations of match-fixing involving top players swirl around the sport, Radio New Zealand reports.

New Zealand cricket should be on a high after preforming well last summer, beating the West Indies and drawing with India, and the Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum scored New Zealand's first ever test triple-century.

And next summer, New Zealand and Australia co-host the cricket World Cup, an event which will bring all of the world's top cricketers - and tens of thousands of supporters - to this country.

Auckland sports lawyer Kahungunu Barron-Afeaki said a corrupt sport affects the self-esteem of a society and a return to the core values is needed.

He said match fixing is a global problem exploited by organised crime and international sport agencies have not worked out how to deal with it.

The investigation into the match-fixing by the International Cricket Council continues and it's not known when it will be finished.


Otago timber company axes jobs Wednesday 21st May 2014

Receivers have confirmed 100 staff are set to lose their jobs at a South Otago timber company, bringing the total number of job losses to 179, Radio New Zealand reports.

Southern Cross Forest Products has been in receivership since March this year and receivers KordaMentha have been unable to find a new buyer for its South Island operations.

KordaMentha on Tuesday announced the closure of the Mosgiel Remanufacturing Plant and Millstream Lumber Division in Milton.

One hundred staff were told the company's South Island operations will cease within eight weeks. Seventy-nine jobs were axed in April.

Boko Haram to be blacklisted Wednesday 21st May 2014

Nigeria has asked the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Boko Haram and list it as a terrorist group, Radio New Zealand reports.

Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the kidnapping in mid-April of more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, in northeastern Nigeria.

Nigeria lodged the request with a Security Council committee that deals with sanctions against groups linked to al-Qaeda.

The decision to add Boko Haram to the black list will go into effect on Thursday if no objections are raised by any of the council's 15 members.

Sanctions imposed by the committee typically involve freezing of assets, an arms embargo and travel bans.

The imposition of UN sanctions on the Islamist group was recommended on Saturday at a conference in Paris that brought together the presidents of Nigeria, Chad, Cameroun, Niger and Benin as well as representatives of the United States, Britain and France.

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