Limpsey – limp and flaccid, especially from lack of physical strength; weak; lacking in energy; lazy.
DairyNZ says a fall in the number of dairy conversions in Canterbury signals strongly that fears of a big rise in dairying there are unwarranted.
Environment Canterbury (ECan) reports 20 consents were granted for new dairy farms in the last financial year — nearly half last year’s figure and a huge drop on the 110 granted in 2011.
The last year in which only 20 conversions were consented was 2007. . .
Poacher turned gamekeeper is an idiom as old as the hills, but gamekeeper turned Waikato dairy farmer? Now that’s new. The dairyman and former gamekeeper is Ben Moore, who with wife Lizzy farms 450 cows at Okororie, near Tirau in Waikato.
Ben, from Hampshire, in the south of England, was a professional gamekeeper of pheasants in Rotorua when he met Lizzy, daughter of Federated Farmers leader and former dairy industry director Tony Wilding, nine years ago.
New Zealanders would be rightly surprised to discover that right here at home exists a world straight out of Downton Abbey including plus-fours, gun loaders, ground beaters and all. . .
Rural sector underpins growth – Alexia Johnston:
South Canterbury’s rural sector is being credited as a major contributor to recent economic growth.
Latest economic development figures from Infometrics show the Timaru district has experienced 1.3% growth in the latest June quarter.
That figure is well above the 0.8% recorded for wider Canterbury, but was below the nationwide figure of 2.8%.
Timaru district’s gross domestic product (GDP) for the year to June was $2318million. . .
Wings stabilise irrigators in wind – Maureen Bishop:
The design trials are over; now the field trials have begun for a new irrigator ”wing” aimed at providing stabilisation in times of high winds.
The galvanised wing is the brainchild of farmer Greg Lovett and kite-maker, inventor and engineer Peter Lynn.
The high winds of spring 2013 which destroyed hundreds of irrigators, prompted Mr Lovett to look at some method of stabilising irrigators which could prevent them toppling over.
He sought expertise advice from Mr Lynn. As a pioneer of kite surfing and buggying, and the holder of the record for the world’s largest kite, Mr Lynn knows a lot about wind and its power. . .
Balfour arable farmer Chris Dillon says the first rule of arable farming is that you don’t treat your soil like dirt.
Dillon became the Federated Farmers Southland arable chairman this year and feels strongly that arable farmers deserve strong representation even if they are a small group in the region.
“Arable farms are a minority group in Southland but we play a very important part in it as well,” he says . .
Hail and wet weather take a toll on vegetables – Gerard Hutching:
Hail in Pukekohe and cold, wet weather throughout the country have hit vegetable crops but it is too soon to say how much more consumers might have to pay for potatoes, lettuce and cauliflowers this spring.
Pukekohe grower Bharat Bhana said the hailstorms which came through the region in the last few days had done more damage than wet weather, but in other parts of the country a wet spring has come on top of a soggy winter.
“Onions are smashed, lettuce have got bullet holes in them, looks like a flock of chickens has gone through,” Bhana said. . .
Andrei and J Bloggs get my thanks for posing yesterday’s questions and can claim a virtual vase of camellias by leaving the answers below should they have stumped us all.
Labour leader Jacinda Ardern was supposed to visit Coe’s Ford on the Selwyn River to talk about the party’s water tax.
She didn’t show up.
Ms Ardern’s office pulled the plug on the visit, with a message to media saying: “With regret we have had to cancel the Coe’s Ford media event with Jacinda Ardern, due to flooding”.
However when Newshub arrived, the river wasn’t flooded or flooding at all. . .
Whatever the reason, it wasn’t the only Labour no-show.
Federated Farmers had hosted a meet-the-candidates meeting in Wanaka last Friday.
Labour’s candidate didn’t show up and didn’t have a stand-in.
The Green candidate didn’t show up either but did have a stand-in, MP Eugenie Sage.
She was asked how the water tax would be used to make water cleaner, she couldn’t give a satisfactory answer.
She was asked why farmers who are doing everything right should be taxed to clean up waterways that other people have degraded. She couldn’t give a satisfactory answer.
She was asked why farmers should be taxed to clean up urban waterways. She couldn’t give a satisfactory answer.
I ran into the Labour candidate when I went to vote on Monday.
I asked her how campaigning was going. She said it was busy and Waitaki was a huge electorate.
I said I knew that, adding that I’d been at the Wanaka meeting and noticed she hadn’t.
She said she had to pay all her own expenses and couldn’t afford to go.
I’ve since learned that neither she nor the Green candidate went to meetings in Cromwell, Fairlie and Waimate.
It’s not easy campaigning in seats you have no chance of winning and it’s both harder and more expensive in the rural seats which cover such a big area.
But the no-shows could also be seen as a reflection on how little respect Labour and the Green Party have for the regions and rural issues.
Jacinda Ardern made a captain’s call on the possibility of introducing a capital gains tax without putting it to voters.
Just a couple of weeks ago deputy Kelvin Davis was rebuked for saying it would be put to voters.
Yesterday it was her finance spokesman Grant Robertson who fronted the media to say that was no longer the case.
The captain called wrong.
It shows her inexperience.
It shows the party isn’t ready for government.
It shows their leader isn’t ready to be Prime Minister.
Experience and judgement matter and this episode shows she lacks both.
Drawing on my fine command of English language I said nothing. – Robert Benchley who was born on this day in 1889.
He also said:
The freelance writer is a man who is paid per piece, per word or perhaps.
921 At Tetin Saint Ludmila was murdered at the command of her daughter-in-law.
994 Major Fatimid victory over the Byzantine Empire at the Battle of the Orontes.
1254 Marco Polo, Italian explorer, was born (d. 1324).
1616 The first non-aristocratic, free public school in Europe was opened inFrascati, Italy.
1649 Titus Oates, English minister and plotter, was born (d. 1705).
1762 Seven Years War: Battle of Signal Hill.
1820 Constitutionalist revolution in Lisbon.
1830 The Liverpool to Manchester railway line opened.
1831 The locomotive John Bull operated for the first time in New Jersey on the Camden and Amboy Railroad.
1851 Saint Joseph’s University was founded in Philadelphia.
1857 William Howard Taft, 27th President of the United States, was born (d. 1930).
1879 Joseph Lyons, 10th Prime Minister of Australia, was born (d. 1939).
1881 Ettore Bugatti, Italian automobile engineer and designer, was born (d. 1947).
1883 The Bombay Natural History Society was founded in Bombay (Mumbai).
1889 Robert Benchley, American author, was born (d. 1945).
1890 Agatha Christie, English writer, was born (d. 1976).
1894 First Sino-Japanese War: Japan defeated China in the Battle of Pyongyang.
1916 World War I: Tanks were used for the first time in battle, at the Battle of the Somm
1928 Tich Freeman became the only bowler to take 300 wickets in an English cricket season.
1935 The Nuremberg Laws deprived German Jews of citizenship.
1935 Nazi Germany adopted a new national flag with the swastika.
1937 Fernando de la Rúa, 51st President of Argentina, was born.
1940 World War II: The climax of the Battle of Britain, when the Royal Air Force shot down large numbers of Luftwaffe aircraft.
1942 World War II: U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Wasp was torpedoed at Guadalcanal
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill met in Quebec as part of the Octagon Conference to discuss strategy.
1945 Hans-Gert Pöttering, German politician, President of the European Parliament, was born.
1945 A hurricane in southern Florida and the Bahamas destroyed 366 planes and 25 blimps at NAS Richmond.
1947 RCA released the 12AX7 vacuum tube.
1947 Typhoon Kathleen hit the Kanto Region in Japan killing 1,077.
1948 The F-86 Sabre set the world aircraft speed record at 671 miles per hour (1,080 km/h).
1952 United Nations gave Eritrea to Ethiopia.
1958 A Central Railroad of New Jersey commuter train ran through an open drawbridge at the Newark Bay, killing 58.
1959 Nikita Khrushchev became the first Soviet leader to visit the United States.
1961 Hurricane Carla struck Texas with winds of 175 miles per hour.
1962 The Soviet ship Poltava headed toward Cuba, one of the events that sets into motion the Cuban Missile Crisis.
1963 The 16th Street Baptist Church bombing: Four children killed at an African-American church in Birmingham, Alabama.
1966 U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to a sniper attack at the University of Texas at Austin, wrote a letter to Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation.
1968 The Soviet Zond 5 spaceship was launched, becoming the first spacecraft to fly around the Moon and re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere.
1969 Iron and steel from local ironsand (titanomagnetite) was produced for the first time at New Zealand Steel’s mill at Glenbrook, south of Auckland.
1971 Nathan Astle, New Zealand cricketer, was born.
1972 A Scandinavian Airlines System domestic flight from Gothenburg to Stockholm was hijacked and flown to Malmö-BulltoftaAirport.
1974 Air Vietnam flight 727 was hijacked, then crashed while attempting to land with 75 on board.
1976 The Rangatira arrived in Wellington from Lyttelton for the last time, bringing to an end more than 80 years of regular passenger ferry services between the two ports.
1981 The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
1981 – The John Bull became the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operated it under its own power outside Washington, D.C.
1983 Israeli premier Menachem Begin resigned.
1984 Prince Harry of Wales, was born.
1987 United States Secretary of State George Shultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze signed a treaty to establish centres to reduce the risk of nuclear war.
1993 Liechtenstein Prince Hans-Adam II disbanded Parliament.
2008 Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.
2012 – Muslim protesters shouting anti-American slogans clashed with police, injuring 19 people, outside the US embassy in Sydney, Australia.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia