Bruxism – involuntary habitual grinding of the teeth, typically during sleep; excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching;
An Agstaff and Federated Farmers skilled worker and volunteer initiative is on the lookout for more rural-trained workers in the Kaikoura region.
What started out as a project to help earthquake damaged farms took a step backwards after recent weather events when two cyclonic systems passed through.
Agstaff Supervisor for the Blenheim/Clarence area, Vaughan Beazer, said progress had been going well until the recent weather, which made existing damage worse and caused landslides and flooding. More skilled workers are now required to assist with the recovery work. . .
Higher prices forecast for sheep, beef – Sally Rae:
Higher lamb prices and plenty of grass have bumped up the forecast profit for sheep and beef farmers.
Beef+Lamb New Zealand’s mid-season update showed a before tax profit forecast of $75,200 for all classes of sheep and beef farms, compared with $67,000 six months ago.
In Otago-Southland, gross farm revenue was forecast to drop 1.9% to $387,200 per farm for 2016-17, driven by lower revenue from wool. . .
The grazing regime on Mangarara Station is based on a holistic system originating from Zimbabwe with cattle grazed on a long rotation.
Owner Greg Hart said their animals have eaten, trampled and left dung and urine before moving on.
“We mimic that by using electric fences instead of lions and controlling the grazing so they get shifted every day. We’re not afraid of letting our grass get really long and tall in the summer time… . .
A ‘very late’ season for grapes – Sally Brooker:
This year’s harvest is ripening slowly in Waitaki Valley’s vineyards.
The season will be remembered as a difficult one thanks to the weather, Waitaki Valley Wine Growers Association chairman Andrew Ballantyne said.
The valley was traditionally the last region in New Zealand to pick its grapes. Its long growing season combined with its limestone and alluvial greywacke bases meant it was an exciting place to be a wine producer, but it also had risks such as being exposed to more weather events, he said. . .
Hemp seeds to feed farm returns – Annette Scott:
Cropping farmers are poised to capture their share of a fast-growing global market as 2017 shapes up to be a massive year for hemp seed.
The Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation in Adelaide approved the recommendation by Food Standards Australia and NZ (FSANZ) to allow the sale of low THC hemp seed food products for human consumption.
THC was one of the main psychoactive ingredients in cannabis, to which hemp was closely related. . .
A stunning cow mural has become a popular stop along the well-travelled Rai Valley roads in the Marlborough Sounds, and the story behind the artwork is equally as heart-warming as the spectacular mural.
What do you get when you combine a road-side cow shed, a family holiday, and a relief milker with an artistic hand and big heart?
For dairy farm owners John and Lynne Small, the answer was an appropriately themed mural (or should we say moo-ral) turning an ordinary shed wall into a vehicle-stopping work of art. . .
They needed some help. I’d cooked dinner, cleaned up and promised to be back to make lunch next day.
They gave me a set of keys so I could get in should they be out when I got to their house.
I put the keys carefully in my pocket and went home for the night.
Next morning I put on my jeans, felt in the pocket and my heart sank. No keys. I patted all my pockets. No keys. I put my hand in each pocket. Still no keys.
I looked on the floor, I shook out all the bed-clothes, I took everything out of my handbag and found a set of keys for another house. I looked under the bed, I took every item of clothes out of an overnight bag beside the bed and shook them, I got down on my hands and knees with a torch and scoured the floor again.
I went out to the car, felt down the back and sides of the driver’s seat and found some small change but no keys.
I told myself a key ring with two keys can’t disappear into thin air, put my hand into my pocket again and found only a tissue.
I looked everywhere I’d already looked again and still no keys.
I gave up, gathered the makings for lunch, drove to the house of the people I was helping and let myself in with another spare key.
The home owner arrived home soon after and I confessed to losing the keys.
“I saw you put them in your pocket last night,” he said. “Are you sure they’re not in the key pocket?”
“Key pocket?” I thought, “What’s a key pocket?”
I put my hand into my pocket and as I did my thumb slid into a wee opening on the right hand side of the main one and felt something metal – the keys.
A key pocket is a good idea, but the key to its working properly is for the wearer of the jeans to know it’s there.
There can be no doubt that the average man blames much more than he praises. His instinct is to blame. If he is satisfied he says nothing; if he is not, he most illogically kicks up a row. – Golda Meir who was born on this day in 1898.
1469 Niccolò Machiavelli, Italian historian and political author was born (d. 1527).
1491 Kongo monarch Nkuwu Nzinga was baptised by Portuguese missionaries, adopting the baptismal name of João I.
1715 Edmund Halley’s total solar eclipse.
1768 Charles Tennant, Scottish chemist and industrialist, was born (d. 1838).
1791 The Constitution of May 3 (the first modern constitutionin Europe) was proclaimed by the Sejm of Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
1802 Washington, D.C. was incorporated as a city.
1808 Finnish War: Sweden lost the fortress of Sveaborg to Russia.
1808 Peninsular War: The Madrid rebels were fired upon near Príncipe Pío hill.
1820 Missionary John Butler turned the first furrow at Kerikeri, becoming the first to use a European plough in New Zealand.
1830 The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway was opened – the first steam hauled passenger railway to issue season tickets and include a tunnel.
1837 The University of Athens was founded.
1844 Richard D’Oyly Carte, English theatrical impresario was born (d. 1901).
1849 The May Uprising in Dresden began – the last of the German revolutions of 1848.
1860 Charles XV of Sweden-Norway was crowned king of Sweden.
1877 Labatt Park, the oldest continually operating baseball grounds in the world had its first game.
1887 Margaret Cruickshank became the first woman to be registered as a doctor in New Zealand.
1898 Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel, was born (d. 1978).
1901 The Great Fire of 1901 began in Jacksonville, Florida.
1903 Bing Crosby, American singer and actor, was born (d. 1977).
1913 Raja Harishchandra the first full-length Indian feature film was released.
1919 Pete Seeger, American singer, was born (d.2014).
1920 A Bolshevik coup failsedin the Democratic Republic of Georgia.
1921 Sugar Ray Robinson, American boxer was born (d. 1989).
1921 Joe Ames, American singer, was born (d. 2007).
1926 Ann B. Davis, American actress Alice on The Brady Bunch, was born.
1928 Japanese atrocities in Jinan, China.
1929 – Charles Ewing Mackay, the disgraced former mayor of Whanganui, was shot dead by Berlin police during May Day riots in the German capital.
1933 Nellie Tayloe Ross became the first woman to head the United States Mint.
1933 James Brown, American singer and dancer, was born (d. 2006).
1934 Frankie Valli, American singer (The Four Seasons), was born.
1946 International Military Tribunal for the Far East began in Tokyo with twenty-eight Japanese military and government officials accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
1947 New post-war Japanese constitution went into effect.
1948 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities were legally unenforceable.
1951 – The Kentucky Derby was televised for the first time.
1951 Christopher Cross, American musician, was born.
1960 The Off-Broadway musical comedy, The Fantasticks, opened in Greenwich Village, eventually becoming the longest-running musical of all time.
1960 – The Anne Frank House opened in Amsterdam.
1963 The police force in Birmingham, Alabama switches tactics and responded with violent force to stop the “Birmingham campaign” protesters.
1973 The Sears Tower in Chicago was topped out as the world’s tallest building.
1978 The first unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail (later known as “spam“) was sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the United States.
1986 Twenty-one people were killed and forty-one are injured after a bomb exploded in an airliner (Flight UL512) at Colombo airport in Sri Lanka.
1991 The Declaration of Windhoek was signed.
1999 Oklahoma City was slammed by an F5 tornado killing forty-two people, injuring 665, and causing $1 billion in damage. One of 66 from the1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak, this was the strongest tornado ever recorded with wind speeds of up to 318 mph.
2000 The sport of geocaching began, with the first cache placed and the coordinates from a GPS posted on Usenet.
2002 A military MiG-21 aircraft crashed into the Bank of Rajasthan in India, killing eight.
2003 – New Hampshire’s famous Old Man of the Mountain collapsed.
2006 Armavia Flight 967 crashed into the Black Sea, killing 113 people on board, with no survivors.
2015 – Two gunmen launched an attempted attack on an anti-Islam event in Garland, Texas, which was held in response to the Charlie Hebdo shooting..
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia