Diriment – causing to become wholly void; invalidating; nullifying.
Japanese research shows that brain’s reaction times are up to 10% faster when people chew.
“Our results suggest that chewing induced an increase in the arousal level and alertness in addition to an effect on motor control and, as a consequence, these effects could lead to improvements in cognitive performance,” researchers at the National Institute of Radiological Sciences say.
This is bad news for people who are regarded as too slow to chew and walk at the same time.
The NBR provides another argument in favour of the sale of State Owned Assets.
Like other state-owned enterprises under the former Labour government, Solid Energy was encouraged to diversify its core business and take advantage of subsidies encouraging investment in renewable resources and technologies.
To try to put the blame for the company’s plight on National and its assets sales programme is turning reality on its head.
The same goes for Meridian and Mighty River Power having to sell out of similar forays after closer inspection by the Treasury and other as part of the government’s selldown policy.
That has included MRP withdrawing from a project in the US that was driven by government renewable energy subsidies there. . .
Meridian’s decision to withdraw from the Project Hayes wind farm also looked like a proposal driven by politics that didn’t stand up to financial scrutiny.
One good reason for partial privatisation is more financial rigor in the management of these companies.
United Nations pest control staff are denying reports of a rat infestation.
“We heard rumours last week of a sinking ship and the possibility rats would be leaving it but we have no reasons to believe that poses any danger to us.
“Our intelligence noted the ship appeared to be rudderless and having trouble with navigation. There were also reports of intense debate among the crew about whether to go to port or starboard.
“Then we heard yesterday there’d been a rearrangement of deck chairs which further threatens its stability.
“However, a former captain of the vessel who works for us tells us none of this is unusual and it’s time to move on.”
“You know how people say if you’re bored you’re boring?”
“Yes, it’s supposed to make you realise you’re responsible for your feelings.”
“Hmm. I think there should be an exception for anyone who has to sit through someone reading last year’s AGM minutes.”
364 Valentinian I was proclaimed Roman Emperor.
1361 Wenceslaus, Holy Roman Emperor, King of Bohemia, was born (d. 1419).
1564 Christopher Marlowe, English dramatist, was born (d. 1593).
1794 Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen burnt down.
1802 Victor Hugo, French writer, was born (d. 1885).
1815 Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from Elba.
1829 – Levi Strauss, German-born clothing designer, was born (d. 1902).
1844 Two Wellington lawyers, William Brewer and H. Ross, undertook a duel as the result of a quarrel that had arisen from a case in the Wellington County Court. When the two men faced off in Sydney Street, Brewer fired into the air but ‘received Mr. Ross’ ball in the groin’. He died a few days later.
1848 The second French Republic was proclaimed.
1852 John Harvey Kellogg, American surgeon, advocate of dietary reform, was born (d. 1943).
1861 Nadezhda Konstantinovna Krupskaya, Russian revolutionary, Lenin’s wife, was born (d. 1939).
1863 U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signed the National Currency Act into law.
1866 Herbert Henry Dow, American chemical industrialist, was born (d. 1930).
1870 In New York City, a demonstration of the first pneumatic subway opened to the public.
1885 The Berlin Act, which resulted from the Berlin Conference regulating European colonization and trade in Africa, was signed.
1887 – At the Sydney Cricket Ground, George Lohmann became the first bowler to take eight wickets in a Test innings.
1909 Fanny Cradock, English food writer and broadcaster, was born (d. 1994).
1914 Robert Alda, American actor, was born (d. 1986).
1916 Jackie Gleason, American actor, writer, composer, and comedian, was born (d. 1987).
1919 An act of the U.S. Congress established most of the Grand Canyon as the Grand Canyon National Park.
1928 Fats Domino, American musician, was born.
1928 Ariel Sharon, Israeli Prime Minister, was born.
1929 The Grand Teton National Park was created.
1932 Johnny Cash, American singer, was born (d. 2003).
1935 The Luftwaffe was re-formed.
1936 – In the February 26 Incident, young Japanese military officers attempted to stage a coup against the government.
1947 Sandie Shaw, English singer, was born.
1949 Elizabeth George, American novelist, was born.
1950 Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, was born.
1952 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that his nation had an atomic bomb.
1954 Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey, was born.
1954 Ernst August, Prince of Hanover, heir to the deposed Kingdom of Hanover and a husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco., was born.
1958 Susan J. Helms, Astronaut, was born.
1968 Tim Commerford, American bass player (Rage Against the Machine), was born.
1972 The Buffalo Creek Flood caused by a burst dam killed 125 in West Virginia.
1987 Iran-Contra affair: The Tower Commission rebuked President Ronald Reagan for not controlling his national security staff.
1990 The Sandinistas were defeated in Nicaraguan elections.
1991 Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein announced the withdrawal of Iraqi troops from Kuwait.
1993 World Trade Centre bombing: A truck bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center exploded, killing 6 and injuring more than a thousand.
1995 The United Kingdom’s oldest investment banking institute, Barings Bank, collapsed after a securities broker, Nick Leeson, lost $1.4 billion by speculating on the Singapore International Monetary Exchange using futures contracts.
2000 Mount Hekla in Iceland erupted.
2001 The Taliban destroyed two giant statues of Buddha in Bamyan, Afghanistan.
2003 War in Darfur started.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.