Saudade – a feeling of longing, melancholy, or nostalgia that is supposedly characteristic of the Portuguese or Brazilian temperament; yearning; brooding loneliness.
Southern contractors are struggling in wet and cold weather:
The dreadfully wet season being experienced in the southern part of the country is leaving many rural contractors and farmers under huge pressure and stress, claims Rural Contractors NZ.
RCNZ vice president and Southland-based contractor David Kean says there are reports of contractors not being able to get work done, struggling with their finances and some having to lay staff off.
“Many contractors are really feeling it and the stress is starting to tell on both them and their businesses. Our advice is simple: ask for help and talk to the appropriate agencies before things get out of hand,” he explains.
Meanwhile, there’s the opposite problem in Canterbury – which has had lots of strong, cold Norwest winds and very little rain over the past couple of months – meaning there is very little work to do now after a busy start to the season.
Mr Kean says if rural contractors are struggling to pay bills and/or staff they should be in contact with both Work and Income NZ and the IRD for assistance and advice.
“It is far better for people to be proactive; admit they have issues to deal with and seek the appropriate help – rather than just bottling it up or letting any problems get out of hand.
“Both IRD and WINZ are there to provide help in these kinds of situations and they have the people and expertise to offer advice and assistance.”
Mr Kean says Rural Contractors NZ is also there to help members and to act as support network for contractors who are feeling under pressure.
“However, we are not experts in financial matters or if people are coming under mental duress,” he adds.
“We are telling people they should be talking with their accountants and financial advisors about their business and with their families and medical professionals if they are under pressure themselves.”
The chair of the Rural Health Alliance Aoteoroa NZ (RHAANZ) Dr Jo Scott-Jones agrees.
“We know rural people tend to delay seeking help until they can no longer work, but it is true that a ‘stitch in time saves nine’”, Dr Scott-Jones says. “Talking to a GP or practice nurse about stress seems to cause people difficulty. But anyone in this situation should know it is never as hard as you think and the benefits that flow from sharing some of the burden and talking through the way you feel can be enormous.”
Mr Kean adds that talking with professionals, as well as family and friends is an important step in getting the proper advice and help – when and where it is needed.
“Farmers also need to be aware of the pressure contractors are under and have to be realistic about getting work done,” he adds. “The last couple of months have been so wet that even if the weather cleared today it is going to take a long time to clear the back log of work and get everyone caught up again.”
Further north it was too wet in winter and now it’s too dry:
Weeks of persistent wind with little rain are putting farmers on edge in eastern areas of the country, from Gisborne to Canterbury.
Federated Farmers Gisborne Wairoa president Sandra Faulkner said soil moisture levels in that region were well down on normal for the time of year. . .
We didn’t really have a summer last year then had a very wet start to winter but we’ve had little significant rain since July and there’s all the signs of a looming drought.
That doesn’t mean we’re having good weather, it’s still cold which is slowing pasture growth and potato crops.
In contrast, a wet winter, less sunlight and cooler temperatures are being blamed for hampering potato crops and creating a shortage of the vegetable.
Potatoes New Zealand said there was more demand than growers could supply and that was having a flow on effect on companies such as potato chip processors.
Chief executive Champak Mehta said none of the previous season’s crops were left in storage and the new season’s potatoes were taking longer to hit the shelves. . .
North Otago is justly famed for its new potatoes but picking started only a week or so ago.
We didn’t plant ours in the garden until after labour weekend and they’re still a good couple of weeks ago from giving us anything to pick.
Rolling Stones’ saxophonist Bobby Keys has died.
. . . The musician had been battling liver disease cirrhosis in recent months, and was forced to pull out of the ‘Brown Sugar’ hitmakers’ tour dates in Australia and New Zealand in October.
The Texas native began his music career as a teenager, touring with Buddy Holly and Bobby Vee as a teenager. He befriended the Rolling Stones in 1964, and was later recruited to play on their 1969 album Let It Bleed.
Keys was a mainstay on the British band’s albums until 1974, and reunited with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and pals in 1980 for their Emotional Rescue project. He remained a key player on all subsequent albums, including 2005’s A Bigger Bang. . .
Prime Minister John Key welcomed the report back of the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill, which has been strengthened by the select committee process.
“I’d like to thank all of the members of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade select committee for their hard work on the Bill,” Mr Key says.
“The Bill has been significantly improved because of their efforts and because of the efforts of submitters.
“A number of changes have been agreed, particularly in areas where submissions had raised concerns.
“As I said at the start of this process, I am seeking wide-ranging political support for the Bill and we have been working with other political parties in good faith.
“The agreed changes to the Bill reflect feedback from our support parties ACT and United Future, as well as positive negotiations with the Labour Party.
“The Bill responds to the rapidly evolving issue of foreign terrorist fighters, with measures that can add to the safety and security of New Zealand in the short-term.
“A larger review of the intelligence agencies, their legislation and their oversight is required by law to begin by the middle of next year.
The proposals contained in the current Bill will be subject to a sunset clause.
The changes include:
The 48 hour emergency surveillance proposal will be reduced to 24 hours, and be restricted to activity that relates to the foreign fighters issue only
The new visual surveillance power will be restricted to activity that relates to the foreign fighters issue only
The sunset clause has been pulled back by a year to April 1, 2017
Additional oversight safeguards and more regular reporting will be required with regard to some of the new powers, particularly the 24 hour emergency surveillance power. . .
Measures like this should be supported by more than a bare majority and it is a good reflection on the whole committee that negotiated changes enabled most parties to support the legislation.
The GlobalDairyTrade price index dropped again in this morning’s auction.
The 1.1% drop in the price index isn’t much but the 7.1% drop in the price of whole milk powder, the country’s single biggest export and the product on which the milk payout is largely based, is more significant.
Several commentators are predicting Fonterra to announce another drop in the forecast payout.
Two sisters who were abused as children will appeal a judge’s decision to keep the perpetrator’s name suppressed:
. . . The man was convicted for indecent assault in 1995 for the historic abuses, and received name suppression to protect his victims’ identities.
Earlier this year, a Christchurch District Court judge lifted the suppression for sisters Anne-Marie Forsyth and Karen Beaumont, but a legal clause prevented him from doing the same for their abuser.
Ms Forsyth said she wanted the law changed to help other young victims of sexual abuse, and the women are filing for a judicial review of the decision this afternoon.
“I mean the goal for us is to get people talking about it, to get it out in the open and to stop the secrecy, because secrecy is what paedophiles and abusers hide behind,” she said.
If victims want to remain anonymous and naming the perpetrator would threaten that, suppression is in order.
Victims have a right to privacy but should feel no shame.
The shame in cases of abuse is the perpetrator’s not the victims and if, as the case in this instance, they don’t want their names suppressed the grounds for suppressing the name of the perpetrator no longer apply.
If current law doesn’t permit his naming then the law should be changed to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
1800 – War of the Second Coalition: Battle of Hohenlinden, French General Moreau defeated the Austrian Archduke John decisively, coupled with First Consul Napoleon Bonaparte’s victory at Marengo effectively forcing the Austrians to sign an armistice and ending the war.
1838 Octavia Hill, British housing and open-space activist, was born (d. 1912).
1842 Charles Alfred Pillsbury, American industrialist, was born (d. 1899).
1854 – Eureka Stockade: More than 20 gold miners at Ballarat were killed by state troopers in an uprising over mining licences.
1857 Joseph Conrad, Polish-born British writer, was born (d. 1924).
1863 The Land Confiscation law was passed allowing the confiscation (raupatu) of Maori land as punishment of those North Island tribes who were deemed to have been in rebellion against the British Crown in the early 1860s.
1912 – First Balkan War: The Naval Battle of Elli.
1917 – Quebec Bridge opened to traffic.
1927 Andy Williams, American singer, was born (d. 2012).
1944 – Greek Civil War: Fighting in Athens between the ELAS and government forces supported by the British Army.
1948 Ozzy Osbourne, English singer, was born.
1949 Mickey Thomas, American singer (Jefferson Starship),was born.
1951 Nicky Stevens, British singer (Brotherhood of Man), was born.
1959 – The current flag of Singapore was adopted.
1964 – Berkeley Free Speech Movement: Police arrested over 800 students at the University of California, Berkeley, following their takeover and sit-in at the administration building in protest at the UC Regents’ decision to forbid protests on UC property.
1967 – At Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town a transplant team headed by Christiaan Barnard carried out the first heart transplant on a human (53-year-old Louis Washkansky).
1971 – Indo-Pakistani War of 1971: Pakistan launched pre-emptive strike against India and a full scale war began.
1973 – Pioneer 10 sent back the first close-up images of Jupiter.
1976 – Byron Kelleher, New Zealand rugby union footballer, was born.
1976 Mark Boucher, South African cricketer, was born.
1976 – An assassination attempt was made on Bob Marley.
1979 – In Cincinnati, Ohio, eleven fans were suffocated in a crush for seats on the concourse outside Riverfront Coliseum before a Who concert .
1982 – A soil sample was taken from Times Beach, Missouri that would be found to contain 300 times the safe level of dioxin.
1984 – Bhopal Disaster: A methyl isocyanate leak from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal killed more than 3,800 people outright and injures 150,000–600,000 others (some 6,000 of whom would later die from their injuries) in one of the worst industrial disasters in history.
1990 – At Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Northwest Airlines Flight 1482 collided with Northwest Airlines Flight 299 on the runway, killing 7 passengers and 1 crew member aboard flight 1482.
1992 – UN Security Council Resolution 794 was unanimously passed, approving a coalition of United Nations peacekeepers led by the United States to form UNITAF, with the task of establishing peace and ensuring that humanitarian aid is distributed in Somalia.
1992 – The Greek oil tanker Aegean Sea, carrying 80,000 tonnes of crude oil, runs aground in a storm while approaching La Coruña, Spain, and spilt much of its cargo.
1997 – Representatives from 121 countries signed The Ottawa treaty prohibiting manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel landmines.
1999 – Six firefighters were killed in the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire.
2005 – XCOR Aerospace made first manned rocket aircraft delivery of US Mail in Mojave, California.
2007 – Winter storms caused the Chehalis River to flood many cities in Lewis County, Washington, also closing a 20-mile portion of Interstate 5 for several days and casuing at least eight deaths and billions of dollars in damages.
2009 – A suicide bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia, claimed the lives of 25 people, including three ministers of the Transitional Federal Government.
2012 – At least 475 people were killed after Typhoon Bopha, made landfall in the Philippines.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia