Jungli – uncultured; wild; a person lacking etiquette.
Writing software, beet machine snag awards – Kelsey Wilkie:
Judges broke the rules by announcing two winners at the Innovate business competition last night.
They could not choose between a computer program that helps children with writing and a machine to reduce the growing cost of fodder beet, so they awarded both $10,000 each.
Innovate is a Manawatu-based competition to help take an idea for a new business, an invention, early-stage research or technology with commercial potential and turn it into reality. . .
The National Science Challenge – New Zealand’s Biological Heritage Ngā Koiora Tuku Iho – is to receive funding of $25.8 million over five years for research to protect and manage the country’s biodiversity, improve our biosecurity, and enhance our resilience to harmful organisms.
Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce says the Challenge spans a wide range of scientific disciplines and will include researchers from nearly all New Zealand’s relevant research institutions.
The Challenge will be hosted by the Crown research institute Landcare Research. It includes researchers from the other six Crown research institutes, and all eight New Zealand universities. . . .
Device may boost quad bike safety – Jack Montgomerie:
A South Canterbury man thinks the anti-roll bar he designed could reduce quad bike accidents.
Farmer and rural contractor Charles Anderson, of Fairlie, said he was inspired to design the retractable “anti-roll bars” after learning of several fatal and serious accidents involving quad bikes rolling over.
“I was just getting sick of reading about all these accidents. I couldn’t believe there were that many.” . . .
Taranaki farm wins effluent fitness warrant – Sue O’Dowd:
What is believed to be the first dairy effluent warrant of fitness in Taranaki has been awarded to an Okato farm.
The warrant of fitness scheme was developed by Dairy NZ to improve farm dairy effluent infrastructure around the country. Certified assessors determine whether farm infrastructure meets industry good practice.
New Plymouth assessor Colin Kay, of Opus Consultants, awarded the warrant to Blue Rata Investments after auditing its 204ha (effective) Okato farm, named for the nearby bush reserve on the banks of the Stony River. . .
A Thames farming company has turned its business around after prosecution on four environmental offences led to instructions to stop milking.
Tuitahi Farms Ltd was investigated by Waikato Regional Council after an aerial monitoring flight in September last year.
When council officers investigated the farm, they discovered a range of unlawful discharges of milk vat waste and dairy effluent into farm drains that flow to the Waihou River and the Firth of Thames.
The council initiated a prosecution for offences against the Resource Management Act. The farm was convicted on four charges and fined $47,250 in the Auckland District Court in July. It was also ordered not to commence milking until a new dairy effluent system was in operation. . . .
Canterbury’s grain growers, responsible for nearly two thirds of New Zealand’s total annual grain harvest, are looking to make up lost ground this spring after poor weather stymied autumn seeding for many.
“The Canterbury Plains are NZ’s cereal bowl and the key planting period is upon us. Farmers and contractors are already busy servicing and readying their tractors and seed drills for what they hope will be a productive spring,” says Thomas Chin, general manager of the New Zealand Grain and Seed Trade Association (GSTA).
Where the soil is dry enough the bulk of Canterbury wheat, barley, oats and maize crops, for both the feed and food processing industries will go into the ground over the coming weeks. . . .
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Judith Collins has resigned from cabinet but will continue to campaign for re-election in the Papakura electorate which she holds with a solid majority.
Ms Collins resignation from cabinet followed the emergence of an email from Whaleoil blogger Cameron Slater to PR operative Carrick Graham and others.
The email implies that after (then) SFO boss Adam Feeley briefed Ms Collins, information was leake to Mr Slater then, via Mr Graham, was passed on to the subject of an SFO investigation.
Prime Minister John Key said he had accepted the resignation of Ms Collins followed the receipt of new information that raises allegations about Ms Collins’ conduct as a Minister.
“The relationship between a Minister and their Chief Executive is vital, and goes right to the heart of a trusted, effective government,” Mr Key said.
“This new information suggests Ms Collins may have been engaged in discussions with a blogger in 2011 aimed at undermining the then Director of the Serious Fraud Office. Ms Collins was the Minister responsible for the SFO at the time.
Mr Key released an email which had been recently been provided to his office (see below).
“I have spoken with Ms Collins about the matters in the email, and she strongly denies any suggestion of inappropriate behaviour on her part,” he said. . .
Ms Collins released a statement at midday saying, “A new allegation has come to light from an email conversation from 2011 between Cameron Slater and others suggesting I was undermining the then Director of the Serious Fraud Office,” she said in a statement.
“I was not party to this email or discussion and have only today been made aware of it.
“I strongly denied the claim and any suggestion of inappropriate behaviour.
“I am restrained in clearing my name while I am still a Minister inside Cabinet and I believe the right thing to do is to resign as a Minister so I am able to clear my name.
“I have asked the Prime Minister for an Inquiry into these serious allegations so that my name can be cleared. I will, of course, cooperate with any Inquiry.” . . .
What someone says about someone else, in an email or anywhere else, is only hearsay and not proof of wrong-doing by them.
But the allegations are serious enough to justify an inquiry and it is appropriate that she resigns from cabinet while it is carried out.
A group of older tourists was traveling through Switzerland.
When they stopped at a dairy farm, a young guide led them through the process of cheese making, explaining that goats’ milk was used.
She pointed the group towards a lovely hillside where many goats were grazing.
‘These,’ she explained, ‘are the older goats put out to pasture when they no longer produce.’ She
then asked, ‘What do you do in America with your old goats?’
One of the tourists answered, ‘They send us on bus tours.’
Labour and the Green Party are trying to pretend they would be good economic managers.
David Cunliffe and Labour have actually increased their new spending promises for the next four years to $18.4 billion, despite putting some of their proposals such as New Zealand Power on the never-never, National Party Finance Spokesman Bill English says.
“David Cunliffe and David Parker have again been caught out under-costing their expensive promises,” Mr English says. “This is irresponsible and deceptive and confirms that under David Cunliffe, Labour is reverting to its failed spend and tax recipe of the past.
“We saw what happened the last time around – under Labour in 2008, floating mortgage rates reached almost 11 per cent, inflation exceeded 5 per cent and the economy went into recession well before the global financial crisis.”
Labour’s latest costings attempt, which it released on Monday, confirm its untried New Zealand Power proposal, which would give politicians control of the electricity industry and push up power prices, would be postponed until 1 January 2018.
And in another example of it attempting to dress up its numbers, Labour has also pushed back free GP visits for over 65s and other groups to 1 January 2017.
“So while David Cunliffe is going around New Zealand making expensive promises, he is quietly pushing some of them back beyond two elections because he knows they are unaffordable,” Mr English says.
“But he has again failed to hide Labour’s real spending agenda because he has not added in promises made over the last two weeks.
“Even using Labour’s own numbers, the cost of its promises over the next four years is now $17.3 billion – up from its claimed $16.4 billion when it first attempted to cost its policies.
“But when the real costs of its proposed R&D tax credit, compulsory KiwiSaver and New Zealand Power are included, the tally jumps to $18.4 billion – up from around $18 billion the last time around.
“As Labour’s numbers come under scrutiny, they keep changing them,” Mr English says. “David Cunliffe has tried to say he would spend less, but when you add it all up he is actually spending more.”
Labour Party Election 2014 Spending Announcements – as at 27 August 2014
Four year costings as per Labour documents unless noted
|27-Jan-14||Best Start Policy||614|
|27-Jan-14||Extended Paid Parental Leave||245|
|27-Jan-14||Early Childhood Education Announcements||352|
|14-Apr-14||Bowel Screening Programme||56|
|23-Apr-14||Veterans Pension Extension||37|
|25-Jun-14||R & D Tax Credit*||1,079|
|25-Jun-14||KiwiBuild Finance Costs||176|
|2-Jul-14||School Donation Policy||175|
|3-Jul-14||Family & Sexual Violence Policies||60|
|5-Jul-14||Digital Devices in Schools||120|
|5-Jul-14||Food in Schools||70|
|22-Jul-14||Regional Investment Fund||200|
|24-Jul-14||Digital and Connectivity Policy||21|
|30-Jul-14||Living wage for Public Sector||94|
|31-Jul-14||Centres of Vocational Excellence||40|
|4-Aug-14||Youth Employment Package||182|
|10-Aug-14||Free Doctors’ Visits||540|
|18-Aug-14||Tertiary Education (incl ACE)||130|
|24-Aug-14||Immediate Funding of City Rail Link****||800|
|25-Aug-14||Other Education Initiatives||45|
|25-Aug-14||Other Smaller Initiatives||80|
|25-Aug-14||Maintain Real Value of Spending in Public Services||9,000|
|25-Aug-14||Policy Soon to be Announced||289|
|Total Announced Spending Pledges||18,394|
*Adjusted to reflect Treasury’s forecast costs of the previous R & D Tax credit
**Adjusted to include the average Kiwisaver tax credit paid to new Kiwisaver members
***Adjusted to remove the claimed fiscal offset for wider benefits in one part of the economy that ignores wider costs elsewhere
****Labour says it would reprioritise existing transport spend but most of first 4 yrs committed/contracted
Note: some costs differ from the original Labour releases as a result of fiscal tables released 25 August.
This is only the cost of its spending.
It doesn’t take into account the cost of poor economic management, higher and extra taxes, higher interest rates, a greater burden of government and all the other hand brakes a Labour/Green?New Zealand First.Internet Mana government would impose on the country.
Higher spending and higher taxes didn’t work for New Zealand under the last Labour-led government and it won’t work if voters are conned into trusting another one.
Hopefully voters have learned what works for New Zealand and New Zealanders because Labour and its mismatched mates haven’t.
The first of iSentia’s weekly Leaders’ Indexes shows that Prime Minister John Key dominated the news in the mainstream and social media.
This shows how much coverage each party leader gets, it doesn’t differentiate between good and bad coverage.
But when one of his new candidates is more recognisable than he is, David Cunliffe might be thinking that any more publicity, even if it’s negative, might be better than almost none.
When it comes to social media the Internet Mana Party’s two leaders are getting fewer mentions than either Act leader Jamie Whyte or Conservative leader Colin Craig.
Is that irony or just proof that the name is as fake as the partnership?
. . . National’s slip leaves it still strong but also underlines the fact that it does not have the election in the bag.
But its problems are slight compared with Labour’s. Its latest average is below its 2011 election score of 27.5% and far below the 33.0% average at the end of 2013. To make matters worse, a Reid Research poll for Native Affairs on Maori TV showed the Maori party’s Chris McKenzie ahead in Te Tai Hauauru.
The Greens continued to be steady. Their latest four-poll average was 12.6%, which would net it 16 seats.
While party support is volatile, the most encouraging result is the continuing belief the country is going in the right direction.
Saturday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse.
1363 Beginning date of the Battle of Lake Poyang; the forces of two Chinese rebel leaders— Chen Youliang and Zhu Yuanzhang—were pitted against each other in what is one of the largest naval battles in history, during the last decade of the ailing, Mongol-led Yuan Dynasty.
1574 Guru Ram Das became the Fourth Sikh Guru/Master.
1590 Tokugawa Ieyasu entered Edo Castle.
1720 Samuel Whitbread, English brewer, was born (d. 1796).
1791 HMS Pandora sank after running aground on a reef the previous day.
1797 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, English writer, was born (d. 1851).
1800 Gabriel Prosser led a slave rebellion in Richmond, Virginia.
1813 Battle of Kulm: French forces defeated by Austrian-Prussian-Russian alliance.
1813 Creek War: Creek Red Sticks carried out the Fort Mims Massacre.
1835 Melbourne was founded.
1836 The city of Houston was founded by Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen.
1862 American Civil War: Battle of Richmond: Confederates under Edmund Kirby Smith routed a Union army under General Horatio Wright.
1862 – American Civil War: Union forces were defeated in Second Battle of Bull Run.
1871 Ernest Rutherford, Nobel Prize in Chemistry laureate, was born (d. 1937).
1903 Guide Joseph Warbrick and three tourists were killed instantly when Roturua’s Waimangu geyser erupted unexpectedly.
1908 Fred MacMurray, American actor, was born (d. 1991).
1912 Nancy Wake AC GM, New Zealand-born World War II secret agent, was born (d. 2011).
1914 Battle of Tannenberg.
1918 Fanny Kaplan shot and seriously injured Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin.
1922 Battle of Dumlupinar, final battle in Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922).
1926 – Kawarau Falls dam became operational.
1930 Warren Buffett, American entrepreneur, was born.
1935 John Phillips, American singer/songwriter (The Mamas & the Papas), was born (d. 2001).
1942 World War II: Battle of Alam Halfa began.
1943 Jean-Claude Killy, French skier, was born.
1945 Hong Kong was liberated from Japan by British Armed Forces.
1945 – Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Douglas MacArthur landed at Atsugi Air Force Base.
1946 Peggy Lipton, American actress, was born.
1951 Dana, Irish singer and politician, was born.
1956 Lake Pontchartrain Causeway opened.
1962 Japan conducted a test of the NAMC YS-11, its first aircraft since the war and its only successful commercial aircraft.
1963 Hotline between the leaders of the U.S.A. and the Soviet Union went into operation.
1967 Thurgood Marshall was confirmed as the first African American Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
1972 Cameron Diaz, American actress, was born.
1974 – A powerful bomb exploded at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries headquarters in Marunouchi, Tokyo – 8 killed, 378 injured.
1984 The Space Shuttle Discovery took off on its maiden voyage.
1995 – NATO launches Operation Deliberate Force against Bosnian Serb forces.
1999 – East Timor voted for independence from Indonesia in a referendum.
2003 – While being towed across the Barents Sea, the de-commissioned Russian submarine K-159 sank, taking 9 of her crew and 800 kg of spent nuclear fuel with her.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia