Perturbation – anxiety; mental uneasiness; mental disquiet, disturbance, or agitation; cause of mental disquiet, disturbance, or agitation; a change in the normal state or regular movement of something; deviation of a system, moving object, or process from its regular or normal state or path, caused by an outside influence; deviation of a celestial body from a regular orbit about its primary, caused by the presence of one or more other bodies that act upon the celestial body; a secondary influence on a system that modifies simple behaviour, such as the effect of the other electrons on one electron in an atom.
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A re-designed lamb docking or tailing iron has won the New Zealand leg of the prestigious James Dyson Award for design engineers.
Many sheep farmers can experience repetitive strain injuries from using traditional tools during the seasonal process of removing lambs’ tails, commonly known as docking. And it’s not just the farmers who have been suffering; fluctuations in blade temperatures can cause considerable pain for the lambs, often leading to ineffective cauterisation and stock mortality.
Auckland-based industrial designer Nicole Austin has helped solve these problems by inventing Moray, an innovative hand-tool designed to help improve usability, performance and stock wellbeing. . .
“Black gold’: vanilla prices reach record highs – Alexa Cook:
A global shortage of vanilla has sent prices sky high, and the cost of vanilla is now more than double previous record prices.
The last peak was in 2003 when it reached $US300 per kg, and it is now sitting about $US700 per kg.
Vanilla is a tricky product to grow: the flowers only open once a year and have to be hand pollinated within four hours of opening.
Heilala Vanilla chief executive and co-founder Jennifer Boggiss said vanilla, as a commodity, went through cycles, and at the moment it had record high pricing and short supply. . .
Some of New Zealand’s finest tracks are set to become part of a new network of Great Short and Great Day walks, Tourism Minister Paula Bennett and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry have announced.
“We’re bringing new facilities and a new, higher profile to some of the best walking experiences New Zealand has to offer as part of Budget 2017’s $76m investment in DOC’s infrastructure,” Mrs Bennett says.
The Great Day and Great Short Walks, developed by DOC in partnership with Tourism New Zealand, are an expansion of the highly successful Great Walks brand aimed at promoting more of the fantastic walking experiences available across the country. . .
Nominations opened today for the 2017 Fonterra Shareholders’ Council and Directors’ Remuneration Committee Elections.
Following last year’s Governance and Representation Review undertaken by Fonterra, the Shareholders’ Council has given effect to the recommendation voted on by shareholders in late 2016 that: “Over the next 12 months, the number of Shareholders’ Council wards is reviewed to establish how they can be reduced within the range that is permitted under the current Constitution.” . .
A substantial dairy farm and associated run-off block in South Canterbury – including approximately 1,100 cows plus young stock – has been placed on the market for sale as a going concern.
The properties are located under the rain shadow of the Hunter Hills and feature a 501.944 hectare dairy platform located at 3150 Back Line Road at Kohika plus a 119.9636 hectare self-contained run-off located at 316 Campbell Forrest Road, which is only four kilometres from the dairy platform on a quiet country road. . .
Jacinda Ardern was forced to backtrack on her refusal to rule out a tax on the land under a family home but a land tax is still on the agenda.
Local authority rates are a guide to that – councils levy a rate on land values and that hits farms, orchards, market gardens, factories, shops and other businesses, big and small, hard.
It hits even harder during tough times when incomes are down, the value of the land doesn’t shift and might even increase and so the rateable value stays the same or increases.
It will inevitably impact on profitability and it will be inflationary, increasing the cost of doing business and therefore leading to an increase in the price of the goods and services they produce.
I suffer fools gladly because I am one of them. Harry Secombe who was born on this day in 1921.
70 Roman forces under Titus sacked Jerusalem.
1151 King Richard I of England, was born (d. 1199).
1331 Stephen Uroš IV Dušan declared himself king of Serbia.
1380 Battle of Kulikovo – Russian forces defeated a mixed army of Tatars and Mongols, stopping their advance.
1449 Battle of Tumu Fortress – Mongolians capture the Chinese emperor.
1504 Michelangelo’s David was unveiled in Florence.
1514 Battle of Orsha – in one of the biggest battles of the century, Lithuanians and Poles defeated the Russian army.
1565 The Knights of Malta lifted the Turkish siege of Malta that began on May 18.
1727 A barn fire during a puppet show in the village of Burwell in Cambridgeshire killed 78 people.
1755 French and Indian War: Battle of Lake George.
1756 French and Indian War: Kittanning Expedition.
1793 French Revolutionary Wars: Battle of Hondschoote.
1796 French Revolutionary Wars: Battle of Bassano – French forces defeated Austrian troops at Bassano del Grappa.
1841 Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer, was born (d. 1904).
1863 American Civil War: Second Battle of Sabine Pass – on the Texas-Louisiana border at the mouth of the Sabine River, a small Confederate force thwarted a Union invasion of Texas.
1871 – Samuel McLaughlin, Canadian businessman and philanthropist, founded the McLaughlin Car Company, was born (d. 1972).
1886 Siegfried Sassoon, English poet, was born (d. 1967).
1892 The Pledge of Allegiance was first recited.
1900 Galveston Hurricane killed about 8,000 people.
1903 – Jane Arbor, English author, was born (d. 1994).
1914 World War I: Private Thomas Highgate became the first British soldier to be executed for desertion during the war.
1921 Harry Secombe, Welsh entertainer, was born (d. 2001).
1921 – 16-year-old Margaret Gorman won the Atlantic City Pageant’s Golden Mermaid trophy; pageant officials later dubbed her the first Miss America.
1923 Honda Point Disaster: nine US Navy destroyers ran aground off the California coast, seven people died.
1925 Peter Sellers, English actor, was born (d. 1980).
1930 3M began marketing Scotch transparent tape.
1932 Patsy Cline, American singer, was born (d. 1963).
1934 A fire aboard the passenger liner SS Morro Castle killed 135 people.
1941 World War II: Siege of Leningrad began.
1943 World War II: United States General Dwight D. Eisenhower publicly announced the Allied armistice with Italy.
1944 World War II: London was hit by a V2 rocket for the first time.
1945 Cold War: United States troops arrived to partition the southern part of Korea in response to Soviet troops occupying the northern part of the peninsula a month earlier.
1945 Ron Pigpen McKernan, American musician (Grateful Dead), was born (d. 1973).
1947 Benjamin Orr, American bassist and singer (The Cars), was born (d. 2000).
1951 Treaty of San Francisco: 48 nations signed a peace treaty with Japan in formal recognition of the end of the Pacific War.
1954 New Zealand signed the Manila Pact which established the South East Asia Treaty Organisation – SEATO.
1959 The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) was established.
1960 US President Dwight D. Eisenhower formally dedicates the Marshall Space Flight Center.
1962 Last run of the famous Pines Express over the Somerset and Dorset Railway line (UK) fittingly using the last steam locomotive built by British Railways, 9F locomotive 92220 Evening Star.
1966 The Severn Bridge was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II.
1967 The formal end of steam traction in the North East of England by British Railways.
1968 The Beatles performed their last live TV performance on the David Frost show – singing their new hit “Hey Jude“.
1970 Hijacking (and subsequent destruction) of three airliners to Jordan by Palestinians.
1991 The Republic of Macedonia became independent.
1993 Chinese athlete Wang Junxia set a new women’s 10,000 m world record of 29:31.78, breaking the former record by 42 seconds.
1994 A USAir Boeing 737 crashes in Hopewell Township, Pennsylvania.
2004 NASA’s unmanned spacecraft Genesis crash-landed when its parachute failed to open.
2005 Two EMERCOM Il-76 aircraft landed at a disaster aid staging area at Little Rock Air Force Base; the first time Russia has flown such a mission to North America.
2013 – 11 people were killed in a train collision in Iași County, Romania.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia