Word of the day


Stiction – the frictional force to be overcome to set one object in motion when it is in contact with another; resistance to the start of motion, usually measured as the difference between the driving values required to overcome static friction upscale and down scale.

Rural round-up


Kiwi battler rides again – Sally Rae:

It would be fair to say Linda Barnes is a battler.   

Wild horses, or, in her case, a brain haemorrhage five months      ago, would not stop her from notching up her 20th Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust cavalcade . . .

Keith Cooper quits Beef + Lamb – Rebecca Harper:

Silver Fern Farms chief executive Keith Cooper has resigned as director from the board of Beef + Lamb New Zealand, sticking the knife in by questioning the need for industry good organisations.

With the upcoming director elections, Cooper said it was time to consider whether there was a better way of doing things.

But B+L NZ chairman Mike Petersen called his comments an “outrageous attack” on an organisation that was voted in by farmers, saying farmers should be the ones making the call on whether it existed or not. . .

Apropos of that:

Cooper’s sudden resignation from Beef & Lamb not so surprising – Allan Barber:

Silver Fern Farms CEO Keith Cooper’s decision to resign his directorship of Beef & Lamb New Zealand has obviously come out of the blue, if Chairman Mike Petersen’s reaction is anything to go by. But it seems Cooper has been questioning the relationship between processors and the farmer elected body, particularly since its call for the reintroduction of the national carcase classification scheme, although there are signs that he also objects to projects subsidised by B&LNZ competing with SFF’s investment in the FarmIQ Primary Growth Partnership programme. . .

A2 more than triples 1H Net profit as sales jump 56%:

 A2 Corporation, the NZAX-listed alternative milk company, said first-half net profit more than tripled, boosted by a legal settlement, as sales jumped 56 percent.

Net profit rose to $3.1 million in the six months ended Dec. 31, including a $1.1 million settlement of a legal dispute with a former Korean licensee, compared with $900,000 in the same six months of 2010, it said in a statement.

Sales rose to $30.1 million from $19.3 million with the vast majority of revenue in Australia where the company said it now has 4.7 percent of fresh milk in the grocery category.

Chairman Cliff Cook said the company’s results were very pleasing in the face of price discounting of fresh milk in Australia.

“While the Australian supermarket chains are going head-to-head in discounting standard milk, a2 brand sales have continued to accelerate with no change in our pricing,” Cook said.



8/10 in the Herald’s politics quiz.

Quote of the day


It helps sometimes, before you get seized by the clamour of things and the frenzies of the moment, to pause and consider if the matter at hand deserves your emotional energy. Most things don’t. On any given day, news is a vacuum into which significance must be poured and if whatever’s around isn’t truly significant, then whatever’s available must be made to seem significant.

The trick for us poor stumblebums on the receiving end of a torrent of hyperbole is to sort the wheat from the dross. In an angst-happy world, there’s no point getting all het up and hot and bothered and ringing talkback to say we’ve had a gutsful until we’ve applied a simple test to see if whatever it is we’re having a gutsful about actually deserves the abdominal distendation. . .  Jim Hopkins

They’ve got a little list


University of Otago researchers have come up with a little list of foods to be avoided in the campaign against obesity:

The list of non-essential, energy-dense, nutritionally      deficient (NEEDNT) foods has been compiled during the past two years by Dr Jane Elmslie, Dr Ria Schroder, Dr Frances      Carter and Prof Doug Sellman, researchers from the university’s Christchurch and Dunedin campuses.

 The list, published in the latest New Zealand Medical Journal, was developed to help obese people more easily identify foods which were best avoided, or limited, in a      healthy diet. 

 The foods to avoid are:

THE NEEDN’T FOODS With suggested replacements (* = omit entirely):

1. Alcoholic drinks Water/diet soft drinks

2. Biscuits *

3. Butter, lard, dripping or similar fat (used as a spread or in baking/cooking etc.) Lite margarine or similar spread or omit

4. Cakes *

5. Chocolate *

6. Coconut cream Lite coconut milk/coconut flavoured lite evaporated milk

7. Condensed milk *

8. Cordial Water/Sugar free cordial

9. Corn chips *

10. Cream (including crème fraiche) Natural yoghurt (or flavoured yoghurt depending on use) 11. Crisps (including vegetable crisps) *

12. Desserts/puddings *

13. Doughnuts *

14. Drinking Chocolate, Milo etc. Cocoa plus artificial sweetener

15. Energy drinks Water

16. Flavoured milk/milkshakes Trim, Calcitrim or Lite Blue Milk

17. Fruit tinned in syrup (even lite syrup!) Fruit tinned in juice/artificially sweetened

18. Fried food Boiled, grilled or baked food

19. Frozen yoghurt Ordinary yoghurt

20. Fruit juice (except tomato juice and unsweetened blackcurrant juice) Fresh fruit (apple, orange, pear etc. + a drink!)

21. Glucose Artificial sweetener

22. High fat crackers (more than 10g fat per 100g) Lower fat crackers (less than 10g fat per 110g) 23. Honey *

24. Hot chips *

25. Ice cream *

26. Jam *

27. Marmalade *

28. Mayonnaise Lite dressings/lite mayonnaise

29. Muesli bars *

30. Muffins *

31. Nuts roasted in fat or oil Dry roasted or raw nuts (less than 1 handful per day)

32. Pastries *

33. Pies *

34. Popcorn with butter or oil Air popped popcorn

35. Quiches Crust-less quiches

36. Reduced cream Natural yoghurt

37. Regular luncheon sausage Low fat luncheon sausage

38. Regular powdered drinks (e.g. Raro) Water/Diet/Sugar free powdered drinks

39. Regular salami Low fat salami

40. Regular sausages Low fat sausages

41. Regular soft drinks Water/Diet soft drinks

42. Rollups Fresh fruit

43. Sour cream Natural yoghurt

44. Sugar (added to anything including drinks, baking, cooking etc.) Artificial sweetener

45. Sweets/lollies *

46. Syrups such as golden syrup, treacle, maple syrup Artificial sweetener

47. Toasted muesli and any other breakfast cereal with more than 15g sugar per 100g cereal Breakfast cereal with less than 15g sugar per 100g cereal, more than 6g fibre per 100g cereal and less 5g fat per 100g cereal (or less than 10 g fat per 100g cereal if cereal contains nuts and seeds)

48. Whole Milk Trim, Calcitrim or Lite Blue Milk

49. Yoghurt type products with 10g sugar per 100g yoghurt Yoghurt (not more than one a day).

If you don’t already know that these are not the sort of foods to eat in large amounts or often then maybe the root of the problem is ignorance.

In that case one of the keys to helping people keep or regain a healthy weight is education.

February 25 in history


138 The Emperor Hadrian adopted Antoninus Pius, effectively making him his successor.

1570 Pope Pius V excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I.

1778 José de San Martín, Argentine general and liberator of South America, was born  (d. 1850).

1793 George Washington held the first Cabint meeting as President of the United States.

1797 Colonel William Tate and his force of 1000-1500 soldiers surrendered after the Last Invasion of Britain.

1836 Samuel Colt received an American patent for the Colt revolver.

1841  Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French painter, graphic artist and sculptor, was born  (d. 1919).

1845 George Reid, fourth Prime Minister of Australia, was born (d. 1918).

1861 Rudolf Steiner, Austrian philosopher and educator, was born (d. 1925).

1870 Hiram Rhodes Revels becamethe first African American to sit in the U.S. Congress.

1873  Enrico Caruso, Italian tenor, was born  (d. 1921).

1890 Dame Myra Hess, English pianist, was born (d. 1965).

1890  Vyacheslav Molotov, Soviet politician, was born (d. 1986).

1901 Zeppo Marx, American actor, was born  (d. 1979).

1901 J.P. Morgan incorporated the United States Steel Corporation.

1908 Frank G. Slaughter, American novelist, was born (d. 2001).

1912 Marie-Adélaïde, the eldest of six daughters of Guillaume IV, becomes the first reigning Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.

1917 Anthony Burgess, English author, was born (d. 1993).

1919 Oregon placed a 1 cent per U.S. gallon tax on gasoline, becoming the first U.S. state to levy a fuel tax.

1921 Tbilisi, capital of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, was occupied by Bolshevist Russia.

1925 Glacier Bay National Monument (now Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve) was established in Alaska.

1928 Charles Jenkins Laboratories of Washington, D.C. became the first holder of a television license.

1932 Adolf Hitler obtained German citizenship by naturalisation, which allowed him to run in the 1932 election for Reichspräsident.

1933 The USS Ranger (CV-4) was launched, the first US Navy ship to be built solely as an aircraft carrier.

1935 Sally Jessy Raphaël, American talk show host, was born.

1941 February Strike: In occupied Amsterdam, a general strike was declared in response to increasing anti-Jewish measures instituted by the Nazis.

1943 48 Japanese prinsoners and one guard were killed in the Featherston Prinsoner of War riot.

49 killed in Featherston POW riot
1943 George Harrison, English musician (The Beatles), was born.
1945 Elkie Brooks, English singer, was born.

1945  Turkey declared war on Germany.

1946 Jean Todt, French executive director of Scuderia Ferrari, was born.

1947 State of Prussia ceased to exist.

1948 The Communist Party took control of government in Czechoslovakia.

1950 Néstor Kirchner, President of Argentina, was born  (d. 2010).

1951 The first Pan American Games were held in Buenos Aires.

1953 José María Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain, was born.

1954 Gamal Abdul Nasser was made premier of Egypt.

1956 In his speech On the Personality Cult and its Consequences Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev denounced the cult of personality of Joseph Stalin.

1971 The first unit of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, first commercial nuclear power station in Canada, went online.

1973 Julio Iglesias, Jr., Spanish singer, was born.

1980 The Suriname government was overthrown by a military coup initiated with the bombing of the police station from an army ship of the coast of the nation’s capital; Paramaribo.

1985 Benji Marshall, New Zealand rugby player, was born.

Benji Marshall (26 April 2009).jpg

1986 People Power Revolution: President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines fled after 20 years of rule; Corazon Aquino became the first Filipino woman president.

1991 Gulf War: An Iraqi Scud missile hit an American military barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia killing 28 U.S. Army Reservists from Pennsylvania.

1992 Khojaly massacre: about 613 civilians were killed by Armenian armed forces during the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.

1994 Mosque of Abraham massacre: In the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron Dr. Baruch Kappel Goldstein opened fire with an automatic rifle, killing 29 Palestinian worshippers and injuring 125 more before being subdued and beaten to death by survivors. Subsequent rioting kills 26 more Palestinians and 9 Israelis.

2009  BDR massacre in Pilkhana, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 74 People were killed, including more than 50 Army officials, by Bangladeshi Border Guards.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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