Yarl – deep, guttural vocal style with affected pronunciation, characteristic of male grunge and postgrunge singers of the 1990s and early 2000s; to sing this way.
NZ wool market mixed amid targeted buying – Tina Morrison:
(BusinessDesk) – New Zealand crossbred wool, which accounts for the majority of the country’s production, rose to a three-and-a-half month high this week on lower volumes.
The price for 35-micron clean wool, commonly used for carpets, advanced 3.9 percent to $5.35 per kilogram, the highest level since Nov. 20, according to AgriHQ. The wool type only sold in the South Island this week, with the lower supply bolstering the price as other strong wool types declined in auctions across both islands.
Some 21,228 bales were offered for sale at the combined auctions across the North and South islands, the second-largest volume this year, as New Zealand comes out of its main shearing season from December to early February, which accounts for about 60 percent of the annual crossbred wool clip. . .
A report suggests Canterbury’s land use and crops should be diversified to support the region’s economy.
The report, released by the Canterbury Development Corporation yesterday, said diversification would help when other sectors such as dairying were under pressure with a low milk payout and the drought.
The corporation’s chief executive Tom Hooper said branching out from the region’s traditional cropping and sheep and beef farming, was making sure the eggs were not all in one basket.
The research found milking sheep and production of honey, blackcurrants and pharmaceutical crops such as poppies were all viable options. . .
Yesterday fast food restaurant McDonald’s announced that it will only source animals raised without antibiotics that are important to human health, highlighting the key role veterinarians play in judicious use of antimicrobials to combat the rise of antimicrobial resistant bacteria.
New Zealand is a world leader in the prudent and highly regulated use of antimicrobials. Antibiotics used in animals are regulated by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), and are registered for use for the treatment of animal disease. Antibiotics play a vital role in keeping animals healthy and protecting their welfare. In both pets and livestock, these products treat and control infections that threaten life and productivity, providing significant benefit to both the animals receiving treatment and the people looking after them. New Zealand is different to some overseas countries, in that antibiotics are not permitted to be used for the purpose of growth promotion here. . .
In a bid to combat wild dogs in Australia, the organics industry there is considering allowing 1080 to be used as bait on certified properties.
While 1080 is derived from plants, it is produced synthetically and not approved for organic livestock farmers to use.
But Australia’s Invasive Animals Co-operative Research Centre is calling for that to change.
The Australian organic industry’s national standards sub-committee will meet early this month to discuss submissions calling for 1080 to be allowed on organic properties to control the wild dog population. . .
A new tetraploid annual ryegrass proven to yield 1 tonne dry matter/ha more than old common varieties will help farmers enhance the productivity of their land this season.
That’s the word from Agriseeds, which bred the new cultivar Hogan to replace Archie, and says it will raise the bar for annual ryegrass performance on New Zealand farms.
Hogan’s significant yield advantage over old genetics is valued by the DairyNZ Forage Value Index (FVI) at $380/ha extra profit.
Agriseeds pasture systems manager Graham Kerr says this stacks up to a 10 fold return on investment for the extra $35-$45/ha it costs to sow Hogan compared with Moata or Tama. .
“It amazes us how much Moata and Tama seed is still sold, because these cultivars were released well over 30 years ago. . .
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The Fujita Scale measures the power of tornados but was regarded as too technical for lay people so meteorologists came up with the Moojita Scale:
M0 Tornado- Cows in an open field are spun around parallel to the wind flow and become mildly annoyed
M1 Tornado- Cows are tipped over and can’t get up
M2 Tornado- Cows begin rolling with the wind
M3 Tornado- Cows tumble and bounce
M4 Tornado- Cows are airborne.
M5 Tornado- Steak.
* It was so hot today I saw a sparrow picking earthworms out of the ground with tongs.
* If the drought gets any worse they’re going to have to close a couple of lanes in the town swimming pool.
* An honest meteorologist says, “Today’s forecast is for sun with a light breeze and an 80% chance that I’m wrong.”
* Cave man to cave woman: “I don’t care what you say. We never had such unusual weather before they started making fire.”
* There’s a technical term for a sunny, warm day which follows two rainy days. It’s called Monday.
* A postcard home: The weather is here. Wish you were beautiful.
* Two Viking invaders were trudging up the beach in the pouring rain. One looked skywards and said, “So this is England, it’s warmer than home.” The other snarled, “Well, if you like the weather, you’ll love the food.”
* A weather forecaster lost her job after getting a very high percentage of forecasts wrong. She applied for a position in another part of the country. When asked why she transferred she replied, “The weather didn’t agree with me.”
How’s your British English?
14/15 – not sure which I got wrong, possibly the pronunciation of the town called Ely.
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Seek the truth or hide your head in the sand. Both require digging. – Andrew Nolan
1277 Stephen Tempier, bishop of Paris, condemned 219 philosophical and theological theses.
1671 Rob Roy MacGregor, Scottish folk hero, was born (d1734).
1799 – Napoleon Bonaparte captured Jaffa in Palestine and his troops killed more than 2,000 Albanian captives.
1814 Napoleon I of France won the Battle of Craonne.
1827 – Brazil marines unsuccessfully attacked the temporary naval base of Carmen de Patagones, Argentina.
1827 – Shrigley Abduction: Ellen Turner was abducted by Edward Gibbon Wakefield a future politician in colonial New Zealand.
1842 The first official execution in New Zealand took place when Maketu Wharetotara, the 17-year-old son of the Nga Puhi chief Ruhe of Waimate, was hanged for killing five people.
1850 Senator Daniel Webster gave his “Seventh of March” speech endorsing the Compromise of 1850 in order to prevent a possible civil war.
1875 Maurice Ravel, French composer, was born(d. 1937).
1887 North Carolina State University was founded.
1912 Roald Amundsen announced that his expedition had reached the South Pole on December 14, 1911.
1914 Prince William of Wied arrived in Albania to begin his reign.
1930 Antony Armstrong-Jones, British photographer, Lord Snowdon, former husband of Princess Margaret, was born.
1936 In violation of the Locarno Pact and the Treaty of Versailles, Germany reoccupied the Rhineland.
1944 Sir Ranulph Fiennes, British soldier and explorer, was born.
1946 Matthew Fisher, British musician (Procol Harum), was born.
1945 American troops seized the Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine River at Remagen.
1951 Korean War: Operation Ripper – United Nations troops led by General Matthew Ridgeway began an assault against Chinese forces.
1952 Viv Richards, Antiguan West Indies cricketer, was born.
1958 Rik Mayall, British actor, was born.
1965 Bloody Sunday: A group of 600 civil rights marchers were forcefully broken up in Selma, Alabama.
1973 Sébastien Izambard, operatic pop singer (Il Divo), was born.
1989 Iran and the United Kingdom broke diplomatic relations after a row over Salman Rushdie and his controversial novel.
1994 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that parodies of an original work are generally covered by the doctrine of fair use.
2007 – British House of Commons voted to make the upper chamber, the House of Lords, 100% elected.
2009– The Real Irish Republican Army killed two British soldiers and two civilians, the first British military deaths in Northern Ireland since The Troubles.
2014 – The opening ceremony for the Winter Paralympics took place in Sochi, Russia.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia