Sassitude – a combination of sassy and attitude; the position of the body or manner of carrying oneself in a fashion suggestive of arrogance, cockiness and/or superiority.
More work urged on water quality – Neal Wallace:
A good start but still more to be done.
That is the conclusion of a stocktake by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment on managing the quality of fresh water.
Dr Jan Wright praised the Government for implementing the National Policy Statement to improve fresh water management and regional councils for taking steps to improve water quality, but warned there was still much to be done. . . .
Rural businessman Richard Green of Canterbury has been appointed to the AGMARDT board.
AGMARDT is an independent not-for-profit trust that aims to foster and enable innovation and leadership within the agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors of New Zealand.
“We are very fortunate to have Richard join the AGMARDT board of trustees,” says chair Barry Brook. . .
Precision fixed wing aerial fertiliser application on hill country is now a reality, says nutrient cooperative Ballance Agri-Nutrients.
New technology in top dressing planes is set to resolve some of the challenges for farmers relying on aerial application, offering the ability to take precision up a gear.
SpreadSmart is a variable rate application system. This allows different amounts of fertiliser to be applied to different areas of the farm to boost productivity and protect waterways and sensitive areas. . .
Donkeys keep dogs on the hoof – Cara Jeffrey:
LIVESTOCK producers in southern NSW are ramping up their fight against wild dogs with baiting, trapping and donkeys all part of the arsenal.
Rob and Sally Bulle introduced donkeys to their Holbrook property “Ardrossan” two years ago to help combat wild dog attacks against their first-cross ewe flock – particularly at lambing time.
The donkeys – a mixture of jacks and jennys – have proven their worth and have remained a fixture on the property. . .
A large anthelmintic trial investigating the efficacy of controlled-release capsules (CRC) and long-acting (LA) anthelmintics in pregnant ewes should ring alarm bells for sheep farmers. The study was initiated by the Whangaehu and Alfredton Farm Business Groups because of the widespread perception among farmers that use of these products will reliably return significant production benefits to both the ewe and her lambs.
The perception held by farmers, and promoted by commercial interests, appeared to the group to be largely unsupported hence the reason for a widespread, repeated study to provide independent data on both the size and variability in the production response from treating ewes with a CRC pre-lambing. . .
Your first dog – Lloyd Smith:
When buying your first dog, first make sure the animal is going to be an asset not a liability. Sometimes young folk can be a dumping ground for old dogs past their use-by date. But a genuine dog with a few useful years left is a good option to get you started. These dogs are not always easy to source.
A dog’s useful working life is usually pretty much over by 10 years old. I would be hesitant about buying a dog of more than seven years old. Old dogs are pretty set in their ways and are limited in what you can change about them so expectations should not be high. . .
Thursday’s questions were:
1. Who said: Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.?
2. What is the name for the French slow-cooked casserole which contains meat and beans?
3. It’s glace in French; ghiaccio in Italian, hielo in Spanish and tio in Maori, what is it in English?
4. What is the winter Olympic sport of skeleton?
5. What’s your favourite winter warmer of the culinary kind?
Points for answers:
Andrei got four.
Gravedodger got four and a bonus for amplification.
Answers follow the break:
The Flag Consideration Panel is inviting people to upload designs for a new flag.
There are more than 4000 in the gallery already.
This one is Follow the Southern Cross by Andy Law:
Yesterday’s GlobalDairyTrade auction resulted in a 5.9% drop in the price index.
The end of EU milk quotas, embargoes on trade with Russia and lower feed prices in the USA are all contributing to an increase in the supply of milk.
Another cause for the price drop is less demand from China which has stockpiled a mountain of milk powder.
Until that mountain moves we’re not going to see much improvement in prices.
To defend democracy we must recognise its limits. Its most fundamental limit is that we cannot make our representatives act how we would like them to, nor do we have much incentive to do so. While our current democratic institutions are not perfect models for liberty or even democratic equality, nor is rule by experts.
Democracy is more than just parliaments and campaigns and voting. It is an assertion that we all have the right to an equal stake in our political order. It is a shame few politicians and bureaucrats agree. – Chris Berg
324 Battle of Adrianople Constantine I defeated Licinius.
987 Hugh Capet was crowned King of France, the first of the Capetian dynasty.
1608 Québec City was founded by Samuel de Champlain.
1728 Robert Adam, Scottish architect, was born (d. 1792).
1754 French and Indian War: George Washington surrendered Fort Necessity to French forces.
1767 Norway’s oldest newspaper still in print, Adresseavisen, was founded and the first edition published.
1775 American Revolutionary War: George Washington took command of the Continental Army.
1778 American Revolutionary War: British forces massacred 360 people in the Wyoming Valley massacre.
1819 The Bank of Savings in New York City, the first savings bank in the United States, opened.
1844 The last pair of Great Auks was killed.
1848 Slaves were freed in the Danish West Indies (now U.S. Virgin Islands) by Peter von Scholten in the culmination of a year-long plot by enslaved Africans.
1849 The French entered Rome to restore Pope Pius IX to power.
1852 Congress established the United States’ 2nd mint in San Francisco, California.
1866 Austro-Prussian War was decided at the Battle of Königgratz, resulting in Prussia taking over as the prominent German nation from Austria.
1884 Dow Jones and Company publishes its first stock average.
1886 Karl Benz officially unveiled the Benz Patent Motorwagen – the first purpose-built automobile.
1886 The New York Tribune became the first newspaper to use a linotype machine, eliminating typesetting by hand.
1913 Confederate veterans at the Great Reunion of 1913 reenacted Pickett’s Charge; upon reaching the high-water mark of the Confederacy they were met by the outstretched hands of friendship from Union survivors.
1937 Tom Stoppard, Czech-born, British playwright, was born.
1938 World speed record for a steam railway locomotive was set in England, by the Mallard, which reaches a speed of 126 miles per hour (203 km/h).
1938 President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Eternal Light Peace Memorial and lights the eternal flame at Gettysburg Battlefield.
1940 World War II: the French fleet of the Atlantic was bombarded by the British fleet, coming from Gibraltar, causing the loss of three battleships: Dunkerque, Provence and Bretagne, and death of 1200 sailors.
1944 World War II: Minsk was liberated from Nazi control by Soviet troops during Operation Bagration.
1947 Dave Barry, American humorist and author, was born.
1950 – Ewen Chatfield, New Zealand cricketer, was born.
1951 Richard Hadlee, New Zealand cricketer, was born.
1952 Puerto Rico’s Constitution was approved by the Congress of the United States.
1959 Julie Burchill, British journalist and author, was born.
1960 Vince Clarke, British songwriter (Depeche Mode, Yazoo, and Erasure), was born.
1962 Tom Cruise, American actor, was born.
1962 The Algerian War of Independence against the French ended.
1963 In New Zealand’s worst internal civil aviation accident, all 23 passengers and crew were killed when a DC3 crashed in the Kaimai Range. Helicopters were used for the first time in the search and rescue operation that followed.
1964 Joanne Harris, British author, was born.
1969 The biggest explosion in the history of rocketry occurred when the Soviet N1 rocket exploded and destroyed its launchpad.
1970 The Troubles: the “Falls Curfew” began in Belfast.
1970 A British Dan-Air De Havilland Comet chartered jetliner crashed into mountains north of Barcelona killing 113 people.
1977 The Senegalese Republican Movement was founded.
1979 US President Jimmy Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul.
1986 US President Ronald Reagan presided over the relighting of the renovated Statue of Liberty.
1988 Winston Reid, New Zealand– Danish Football Player, was born.
1988 The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey was completed, providing the second connection between the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosporus.
1994 The deadliest day in Texas traffic history when 46 people were killed in crashes.
1996 Stone of Scone was returned to Scotland.
2001 A Vladivostok Avia Tupolev TU-154 jetliner crashed on approach to landing at Irkutsk, Russia killing 145 people.
2004 Official opening of Bangkok’s subway system.
2005 Same-sex marriage was legalised in Spain.
2006 Valencia metro accident left 43 dead.
2006 Asteroid 2004 XP14 flew within 432,308 kilometres (268,624 mi) of Earth.
2009 Mark II.5 Skytrain cars entered service in Metro Vancouver.
2013 – Egyptian coup d’état: President of Egypt Mohamed Morsi was overthrown by the military after 4 days of protests all over the country calling for Morsi’s resignation, to which he didn’t respond. President of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt Adly Mansour was declared acting president.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.