Clinquant – glittering; especially with tinsel; tinsel; imitation gold leaf; decked with garish finery.
One of the virtues of MMP is that it is supposed to lead to more consensus.
In reality it requires more compromise as Chris Trotter points out:
Alwyn and Andrei provided the questions yesterday.
Alwyn wins the electronic Christmas cake for stumping us all – please leave the answer in a comment here.
An automated milking system has been developed by Scott Technology and Milktech.
The system, which has been developed in New Zealand over the past seven years, was presented by Scott Milktech Ltd to media and industry at a Rangitata dairy farm yesterday.
While the company had made a conscious effort to maintain a low profile, it was now ”struggling to keep the lid on it” and it decided to disclose what it had been working on, chairman Murray King said.
It had kept its developments out of the public domain as far as possible until it had been confident it could provide a solution.
Mr King stressed it was not a product launch.
Rather, it was a technology update, and there was still work to be done before it was ready to take to the market.
The next stage was to run full production trials in more working dairy sheds, the aim being to start discussions with interested farmers to achieve a managed roll-out and sales of the product during 2013.
The company was working with other parties to commercialise it over the next 12 months, Mr King said. . .
Automated milking machines have been used in Britain and Europe for more than a decade.
We saw one on a farm near Aberdeen 12 years ago and in June this year stayed on a farm in Holland which had a fully automated dairy.
A cow wanders in to the bale when she’s ready to be milked.
The computer reads the chip on her collar, if she’s been milked too recently the bale opens and she walks out. If it’s time for milking a brush washes her teats then the cups go on.
While she’s being milked she gets her personal portion of feed. When milking’s finished he gate opens and she goes back to the herd.
The shed was immaculately clean, the cows in the peak of health and very contented.
The one using the back scratcher was almost smiling:
British and European farms are usually much smaller than New Zealand ones but there are a a few here already using fully automated systems.
Labour’s finance spokesman David Parker can’t count.
. . . “By attacking Mr Kiely without checking the facts Mr Goff has impugned the reputation of a highly professional individual without any justification.
“Central to Mr Goff’s allegation is that Mr Kiely held shares in shipping company Sofrana at the time PFL, of which he was a director, was considering an offer from Sofrana.
“Mr Kiely has never owned shares in Sofrana. The shares referred to by Mr Goff were held by Mr Kiely as a non-beneficial trustee for a Sofrana employee. Practising lawyers like Mr Kiely commonly hold shares for clients as non-beneficial trustee. If Mr Goff had asked he could have been told this.
“There was no obligation for Mr Kiely to disclose such matters to the Ministry when he was appointed a director. Only personal interests must be disclosed. There has never been a requirement for lawyers to disclose clients’ interests.
“Furthermore, when Sofrana expressed interest in PFL, Mr Kiely ensured that the PFL chairman was made aware of the non-beneficial trustee holding, and took the further step of ceasing to act as trustee. This is more than he was obliged to do. I have sighted the relevant documentation today. . .
And they’d like to think they’re ready for government!
The series of errors reflects on the MPs’ competency.
Goff was trying to embarrass the government because of Keily’s links to the National Party.
Instead he’s embarrassed himself and reminded voters again that a party that can’t perform in opposition is far from ready for government.
Officer of Corrections, Ray Smith has said, the department is “doing right by Sue and her family”.
“Compensation is only available in New Zealand via the ACC legislation…Sue is a social welfare beneficiary as ACC legislation does not provide her with adequate support” said Brian Henry.
ACC is not injury based compensation; it is salary based compensation.
Susan will continue the fight for compensation, which now moves to a campaign to change the ACC legislation so that victims, especially women, receive a fair outcome. . .
That is not a lot of money given the severity of her injuries which were inflicted by a man with a string of violent convictions who was on parole.
“I want to thank all my supporters over the past 11 years, especially Garth Mc Vicar and Sensible Sentencing Trust for the huge support I have received from them over those years”.
“I also especially wish thank Winston Peters for the donation that established the Susan Couch Victims Trust, which helps all victims of violent crime”.
Ah yes, that trust.
That’s the one which was established with some of the $158,000 New Zealand First owes taxpayers after spending parliamentary services’ funds on its 2005 election campaign.
I don’t begrudge Ms Couch any money. She is disabled as a result of her injuries and isn’t eligible for much compensation through ACC.
But the trust was established with money which ought to have been used to pay back parliamentary services.
Given that, we have a right to know how much it gave her and what other donations the trust has made.