Pochemuchka – (Russian) – someone who asks too many questions.
Bumble-bee sniffing dog creating a buzz – Kanoa Lloyd:
Bumblebee numbers are in decline around the world, and that’s not good news for the fruit and vegetable industry, which relies on the insects and their honeybee cousins for pollination.
So Plant and Food Research has brought in a very special helper – Ollie the Bumblebee dog.
Ollie and his owner, pollination scientist David Pattemore, are learning how to sniff out bumblebee queens in an effort to help Kiwi growers. . .
The launch of a dairy industry workplace accord has been delayed by months because of the amount of feedback it has received.
DairyNZ is creating the accord with hopes of lifting employment standards on farms and helping farmers employ and retain skilled staff.
It was due to be launched in May but has been delayed until after calving in September. . .
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is making changes to swamp kauri rules which will improve transparency, clarity and oversight of the law.
The Ministry’s director spatial, forestry and land management, Aoife Martin, says there is already strong regulatory oversight of swamp kauri and the new measures will continue to ensure that operators are playing by the rules.
“Overall it will mean that MPI and regional councils get more detailed information from operators at every stage of the process.” . . .
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed a range of new operational changes announced today to improve the transparency, clarity and enforcement of rules around swamp kauri.
“Last month I asked the Ministry for Primary Industries to look at any improvements that could be made in managing the milling and exporting of swamp kauri stumps.
“I’m pleased to see such a comprehensive package of measures announced today, and this has been welcomed by Northland Regional Council and the wider industry.” . .
The country could soon be facing a shortage of drivers for fertiliser haulage trucks.
The New Zealand Groundspread Fertiliser Association is driving a campaign to attract young workers into the industry, in which the current workforce is ageing.
Immediate past president Stuart Barwood said an appealing aspect of the job was that no student loan was needed because companies trained their employees to work towards a qualification. . .
Congratulations to Caleb Dennis from Craggy Range who became the Bayer Hawkes Bay Young Viticulturist of the Year 2015 last week and now goes through to the National Final. This annual competition is now in its 10th year and has become an important fixture in the viticultural calendar, giving young vits the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge as well as make a name for themselves within the industry.
After an action packed day Caleb beat 7 other contestants to take the Hawkes Bay title. Anton Luiton from Constellation came second and Will Krippner from Indevin Partners came third. . .
* What’s a Grecian urn? A lot less than a few years ago.
* What’s Greece’s capital? About 20 euros.
* A Greek, an Irishman and a Portuguese woman order drinks in a bar, who picks up the tab? A German.
* Why is the Eurozone like a dirty frying pan? They’ve both got Greece at the bottom.
*The Eurozone has changed its Facebook currency status from single to it’s complicated.
* The European Union is advertising a new tender for printing euro – they’re looking for someone who can do it on Greece-proof paper.
* A small Spanish village twinned with a similar village in Greece.
To celebrate the twinning, the Greek mayor visited his Spanish counterpart.
He was very impressed by the Spaniard’s palatial home an asked how the mayor of a small village could afford such luxury.
The Spanish mayor said, “See that bridge over there? The EU gave us a grant to construct a two-lane bridge but we built a one-lane bridge with traffic lights at both ends and I was able to build my home with the money saved.
The following year the Spanish mayor visited her Greek counterpart and was amazed by his large and expensively fitted-out mansion.
She asked how the mayor of a small Greek village could afford such a home.
He said, “See that bridge over there?”
The Spanish mayor replied, “No.”
A genius! You got all 10 right!
Congratulations, you managed to get every single one of these questions right! And some of them were pretty tricky! You’ve shown us that your common sense never lets you down. Good for you!
That reflects more on the ease of the questions than my ability.
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, but not abuse.
The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises – Leo Buscaglia.
390 BC Roman-Gaulish Wars: Battle of the Allia – a Roman army was defeated by raiding Gauls, leading to the subsequent sacking of Rome.
64 Great fire of Rome: a fire began to burn in the merchant area of Rome.
1290 King Edward I of England issued the Edict of Expulsion, banishing all Jews (numbering about 16,000) from England; this was Tisha B’Av on the Hebrew calendar, a day that commemorates many Jewish calamities.
1334 The bishop of Florence blessed the first foundation stone for the new campanile (bell tower) of the Florence Cathedral, designed by the artist Giotto di Bondone.
1389 Kingdoms of France and England agreed to the Truce of Leulinghem, inaugurating a 13 year peace; the longest period of sustained peace during the Hundred Years War. 1656 Polish-Lithuanian forces clashed with Sweden and its Brandenburg allies in the start of the Battle of Warsaw. 1670 Giovanni Bononcini, Italian composer, was born (d. 1747).
1811 William Makepeace Thackeray, English author, was born (d. 1863).
1848 W. G. Grace, English cricketer, was born (d. 1915).
1855 New Zealand’s first postage stamps were issued. The adhesive, non-perforated stamps for the prepayment of postage were the famous ‘Chalon Head’ design that portrayed a full-face likeness of Queen Victoria in her coronation robes.
1857 Louis Faidherbe, French governor of Senegal, arrived to relieve French forces at Kayes, effectively ending El Hajj Umar Tall’s war against the French.
1862 First ascent of Dent Blanche, one of the highest summits in the Swiss Alps.
1863 American Civil War: Battle of Fort Wagner/Morris Island – the first formal African American military unit, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, failed in their assault on Confederate-held Battery Wagner.
1867 Margaret Brown, American activist, philanthropist, and RMS Titanic passenger, was born (d. 1932).
1884 – Death of Ferdinand von Hochstetter, the Austrian geologist who was the first to describe and interpret many features of New Zealand geology.
1887 Vidkun Quisling, Norwegian soldier, politician and convicted traitor, was born (d. 1945).
1908 Mildred Lisette Norman, American peace activist, earned the moniker Peace Pilgrim, was born (d. 1981).
1909 Andrei Gromyko, Soviet diplomat and President, was born (d. 1989). 1909 – Mohammed Daoud Khan, President of Afghanistan, was born (d. 1978). 1914 The U.S. Congress formed the Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps, giving definite status to aircraft within the U.S. Army for the first time.
1918 Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was born (d. 2013).
1923 Jerome H. Lemelson, American inventor, was born (d. 1997).
1925 Adolf Hitler published his personal manifesto Mein Kampf.
1936 In Spanish Morocco, military rebels attempted a coup d’état against the legitimacy of the Spanish government, this led to the Spanish Civil War.
1937 Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author, was born (d. 2005).
1942 Bobby Susser, American songwriter and record producer, was born. 1942 World War II: the Germans test flew the Messerschmitt Me-262 using only its jet engines for the first time. 1944 World War II: Hideki Tojo resigned as Prime Minister of Japan due to numerous setbacks in the war effort.
1950 Glenn Hughes, American singer (Village People), was born (d. 2001).
1965 Russian satellite Zond 3 launched. 1966 Gemini 10 launched. 1968 The Intel Corporation was founded in Santa Clara, California. 1969 After a party on Chappaquiddick Island, Senator Ted Kennedy drove an Oldsmobile off a bridge and his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, died.
1971 Sarah McLeod, New Zealand actress, was born.
1976 Nadia Comăneci became the first person in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 in gymnastics at the 1976 Summer Olympics.
1982 – 268 campesinos were slain in the Plan de Sánchez massacre in Ríos Montt’s Guatemala.
1984 McDonald’s massacre James Oliver Huberty opened fire, killing 21 people and injuring 19 others before being shot dead by police.
1992 The ten victims of the La Cantuta massacre disappeared from their university in Lima. 1994 The bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (Argentinian Jewish Communal Center) in Buenos Aires killed 85 people (mostly Jewish) and injures 300.
1995 The Soufriere Hills volcano erupted. Over the course of several years, it devastates the island, destroying the capital and forcing most of the population to flee.
2012 – At least 7 people were killed and 32 others injured after a bomb exploded on an Israeli tour bus at Burgas Airport, Bulgaria.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia