Largition – to give bountifully, the bestowing of largess or a gift.
Thursday’s questions were:
1. Who said: Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.”?
2. Which three arts are represented in Timeless Land and who are the three artists?
3. It’s inodoro or servicios in Spanish and whare paku in Maori, what is it in English?
4. What does a galactometer measure? It’s also called a lactometer.
5. What is CaCo3 and for which agricultural product is it a main ingredient?
Points for answers:
David got two right and a bonus for scientific reasoning for # 4 even though it didn’t get the right answer.
Andrei got four and the winner’s electronic boquet.
Bearhunter got 3 3/6.
Gravedodger got three and a bonus for extra information and literary knowledge.
Adam got two.
Answers follow the break:
Petrol in Omarama is always more expensive than bigger centres on the coast.
But yesterday’s $2.25 a litre for regular was a shock for the pocket when it had been $2.09 in Oamaru a few days earlier.
State Services Minister Tony Ryall has confirmed the merger of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry with the Ministry of Fisheries to give one voice for primary industries.
“Ministers have agreed that the merger of these two organisations will deliver better results for New Zealanders by reducing back-office bureaucracy and lowering the cost of delivering government services.
“The merger is planned for 1 February 2012 to allow adequate time to engage with stakeholders, consult with staff and make the necessary planning and legislative changes.
“This merger is part of the Government’s ongoing programme to improve public services during times of increasing financial restraint and rising public expectation of service delivery.
“It will reduce duplicated and overlapping functions between the two organisations – and it will create an agency with better abilities to give support to primary industries.
It is expected that the annual savings from the merger will be at least $10 million, with further savings expected over time through merging corporate administration processes and rationalising accommodation. One-off costs of transition will be met from within existing baselines without impacting on service delivery.
Agriculture Minister David Carter says the move will give an efficient and co-ordinated voice for primary industries.
“Most importantly, it will provide integrated policy advice to better support the Government’s agenda for long-term economic growth from our primary producers. New Zealand’s future prosperity relies on the strength and productivity of our primary industries.
“The new agency will be better equipped to work with primary sector stakeholders, including iwi, local Government and international trading partners on regulatory, food and biosecurity issues.
“The merger will also reduce duplication and operational costs, and I expect a proportion of these savings will be shared with the sectors the agency works with to reduce the costs of doing business,” says Mr Carter.
Fisheries Minister Phil Heatley says the merger will lower costs and create an agency with greater capacity and capability.
One voice, improved capacity, lower costs – what’s not to like?
The only question is, who will be the Minister?
On March 11:
1649 The Frondeurs and the French government signed the Peace of Rueil.
1702 The Daily Courant, the UK’s first national daily newspaper was published for the first time.
1824 The United States War Department created the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
1864 The Great Sheffield Flood: The largest man-made disaster ever to befall England killed more than 250 people.
1872 Construction of the Seven Sisters Colliery, South Wales, started; located on one of the richest coal sources in Britain.
1888 The Great Blizzard of 1888 begins along the eastern seaboard of the United States, shutting down commerce and killing more than 400.
1903 Ronald Syme, New Zealand classicist and historian, was born (d. 1989).
1915 J. C. R. Licklider, American computer scientist and Internet pioneer, was born (d. 1990).
1916 Harold Wilson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born. (d. 1995)
1916 Ezra Jack Keats, children’s author, was born (d. 1983).
1917 Baghdad fell to the Anglo-Indian forces commanded by General Stanley Maude.
1931 Rupert Murdoch, Australian-born entrepreneur, was born.
1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Lend-Lease Act into law, allowing American-built war supplies to be shipped to the Allies on loan.
1945 The Imperial Japanese Navy attempted a large-scale kamikaze attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet anchored at Ulithi atoll in Operation Tan No. 2.
1952 Douglas Adams, English writer, was born.
1977 The 1977 Hanafi Muslim Siege: more than 130 hostages held in Washington, D.C., by Hanafi Muslims are set free after ambassadors from three Islamic nations join negotiations.
1978 Coastal Road massacre: At least 37 were killed and more than 70 are wounded when Al Fatah hijack an Israeli bus, prompting Israel’s Operation Litani.
1985 Mikhail Gorbachev beccame the Soviet Union’s leader.
1990 Lithuania declared itself independent from the Soviet Union.
1990 Patricio Aylwin was sworn-in as the first democratically elected Chilean president since 1970.
1999 – Infosys becomes the first Indian company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
2004 Simultaneous explosions on rush hour trains in Madrid killed 191 people.
2006 Michelle Bachelet was inaugurated as first female president of Chile.
2009 Winnenden school shooting – 17 people are killed at a school in Germany.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia