'No one should be trapped' – third of all US seniors don't use internet, NZ similar

A new study that found a third of US citizens over 65 still don't use the internet is likely reflected among older New Zealanders, a tech expert says - and it may be inhibiting their lifestyles.

Internet NZ chief executive Jordan Carter acknowledged there were benefits and advantages of internet use, but ultimately it's important to broaden access and proficiency to technology for everyone.

"There's a growing divide in what people can do it they're offline compared to what they're doing if they're online," Mr Carter said.

"Closing those digital divides is something we're interested in, it's something the government has set a target about as well."  

A market research study commissioned by Internet NZ found 83 per cent of Kiwis over 60 years have internet access at home or work.

While the internet is often lumped with negative connotations such as cyber bullying and fake news, Mr Carter said a poll of Kiwis found over 80 per cent thought the benefits outweighed the negatives.

"People should have the choice, no one should be trapped into using any particular kind of technology to live their lives," Mr Carter said.

"But I think given people follow the money if you like there's going to be more and more stuff online."

"I mean look at the announcement last week of moving the Rugby World Cup to an online type platform."

Mr Carter said an obvious benefit the internet provides for the elderly is breaking down the barriers of distance and keeping in touch with friends and family.

The Pew Research Centre study found that 34 per cent of US adults over the age of 65 still don't use the internet.

Internet NZ chief executive Jordan Carter said there are many benefits of getting older Kiwi’s more internet savvy. Source: 1 NEWS

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Donald Trump says Fed has 'gone crazy' after stocks' major drop

US President Donald Trump said the Federal Reserve "has gone crazy" after a major drop in stock prices today 

Mr Trump, who has been critical of the central bank's interest rate increases, told reporters after landing in Erie, Pennsylvania, that he thinks "the Fed is making a mistake".

He added, "I think the Fed has gone crazy." 

But he also called the drop "a correction we've been waiting for for a long time".

US stocks took their worst loss in eight months on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average sinking 831 points and the Nasdaq composite logging its biggest loss in more than two years. 

Mr Trump has often pointed to stock market records set during his time in office as a measure of his success. 

The US President said he thinks "the Fed is making a mistake" with interest rate increases. Source: 1 NEWS

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Man killed by falling tree - the first reported death as Hurricane Michael batters Florida

The first reported fatality from Hurricane Michael has been confirmed after a man was killed by a falling tree.

The incident took place in Gadsden County, Florida as the Category-4 storm tore through the state this morning, NZT.

A spokesperson for the Gadsden County Sheriff's office told The Guardian they received a call about 11am NZT (6pm local) reporting the death.

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Officials have not released the man's name.

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'Babysitting while black' - police called on African American man babysitting white children

Police were called to a residence in Cobb County in the US state of Georgia, after a white woman reported a black man for babysitting two white children.

As he shopped while babysitting the children of David Parker and Dana Mango, Corey Lewis was stopped by a woman and asked if the children were okay.

"We then left to go get gas, she moved closer and waited there," said Mr Lewis.

The woman then returned later to ask if she could speak to the children, before Mr Lewis said no, leading to the police being called.

Mr Lewis then returned home, before Cobb County Police showed up.

The officer questioned the 10-year-old and the 6-year-old before calling their parents.

"I said are you saying that because there's an African American male driving my two white kids, that he was stopped and pulled over and questioned and he said I'm sorry ma'am that’s exactly what I'm saying," Mango told CBS46.

The parents confirmed to CBS46 that Mr Lewis had been arranged to babysit weeks ago, with their son part of his mentoring programme, 'Inspired by Lewis.'

"B-W-B which I guess is the new thing, babysitting while black," said the father.


Tsunami warning cancelled after 7.0 magnitude Papua New Guinea earthquake

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake has struck Papua New Guinea's New Britain Island today.

The quake, at a depth of 39.5km, was centred around 200km southwest of Rabul just before 10am NZT.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre initially said hazardous waves were possible for coasts within 300km of the quake's epicentre, but now say the threat has passed.

There are no immediate reports of damage.

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