Edgelands – the interfacial interzone between urban and rural; transitional, liminal areas of space to be found on the boundaries of country and town.
You’re invited to pose the questions.
Anyone who stumps everyone will win a virtual bunch of spring flowers.
Re-elected Taranaki King Country MP Barbara Kuriger is to work hard to close the rural urban divide over the next three-year term.
Kuriger retained the safe rural seat for National with a majority of 13,994 with 100 per cent of votes counted, ahead of Labour Party candidate Hilary Humphrey.
Kuriger received 21372 votes to Humphrey’s 7378 votes. . .
Call to destigmatise rural suicide, depression – Jemma Brakebush:
A farmer who recently lost a family member to suicide is calling for changes to the way mental health is talked about.
Sandra Faulkner farms just out of Gisborne and a member of her extended family took their own life last month.
The family and community were still reeling, and the farming sector needed to change the way it discussed mental health, she said. . .
Two New Zealand scientists and a Monash, Victoria, biologist have shown that methane-oxidising bacteria (good for tackling greenhouse gas) are more flexible and resilient than previously thought.
Long term this could help the dairy industry in, say, the production of protein feeds. And because it shows the methane-oxidising bacteria working elsewhere, there are implications for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. . .
Farmer confidence in economy slumps – Simon Hartley:
Farmers’ confidence in the year ahead has taken a nosedive with concerns over government policies and volatility in commodity prices.
Given the increased pre-election scrutiny of clean waterways, irrigation issues and intensive farming practices, the rural sector will be holding its breath as coalition talks thrash out policy bottom lines.
In a separate ANZ business outlook survey yesterday, the political uncertainty also sparked caution in September with business confidence falling to a net zero reading, its lowest level in two years, where there were as many pessimists as optimists. . .
(BusinessDesk) – New Zealand structural log prices edged up to the highest level in more than two decades as mills compete with the export market to secure supply for the local construction market.
The price for structural S1 logs lifted to $128 a tonne this month, from $127 a tonne last month, and is sitting 11 percent above last year’s level and 21 percent higher than the five-year average, according to AgriHQ’s monthly survey of exporters, forest owners and saw millers. The S1 structural log price is at its highest level since April 1994. . .
National is unapologetic about its focus on economic growth in spite of criticisms that this means it doesn’t care about people.
What the critics don’t, or won’t, understand, is that economic growth is the means not the end.
The only sustainable way to provide first world services and infrastructure and to help people is through economic growth.
Any government can throw money at problems.
A good government aims for quality spending rather than quantity.
National had done that in the last three terms. It worked hard to make sure the country could afford its initiatives and that the money spent was spent wisely, focussing on addressing the causes of problems not just treating the symptoms.
That is the best way to make a positive difference to people and the country.
Today’s younger generation is no worse than my own. We were just as ignorant and repulsive as they are, but nobody listened to us. – Al Capp who was born on this day in 1909.
551 BC: Confucious, the Chinese philosopher was born (d. 479 BC).
48 BC Pompey the Great was assassinated on the orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt after landing in Egypt.
351 Battle of Mursa Major: the Roman Emperor Constantius II defeated the usurper Magnentius.
365 Roman usurper Procopius bribed two legions passing by Constantinople, and proclaims himself Roman emperor.
935 Saint Wenceslas was murdered by his brother, Boleslaus I of Bohemia.
995 Members of Slavník’s dynasty – Spytimír, Pobraslav, Pořej and Čáslav – were murdered by Boleslaus’s son, Boleslaus II the Pious.
1066 William the Conqueror invaded England: the Norman Conquest began.
1106 The Battle of Tinchebrai – Henry I of England defeated his brother, Robert Curthose.
1238 Muslim Valencia surrendered to the besieging King James I of Aragonthe Conqueror.
1322 Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor defeated Frederick I of Austria in theBattle of Mühldorf.
1448 Christian I was crowned king of Denmark.
1542 Navigator João Rodrigues Cabrilho of Portugal arrived at what is now San Diego, California.
1571:Italian artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was born (d. 1610).
1708 Peter the Great defeated the Swedes at the Battle of Lesnaya.
1779 American Revolution: Samuel Huntington was elected President of the Continental Congress, succeeding John Jay.
1781 American forces backed by a French fleet began the siege of Yorktown, Virginia, during the American Revolutionary War
1787 The newly completed United States Constitution was voted on by the U.S. Congress to be sent to the state legislatures for approval.
1791 France became the first European country to emancipate its Jewish population.
1836 Thomas Crapper, English inventor, was born (d. 1910).
1844 Oscar I of Sweden-Norway was crowned king of Sweden.
1864 The International Workingmen’s Association was founded in London.
1889 The first General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) defined the length of a meter as the distance between two lines on a standard bar of an alloy of platinum with ten percent iridium, measured at the melting point of ice.
1891 Club Atletico Peñarol was founded under the name of Central Uruguay Railway Cricket Club.
1899 Premier R.J. (‘King Dick’) Seddon asked Parliament to approve an offer to the British government of a contingent of mounted rifles to fight in Transvaal.
1901 US television host Ed Sullivan was born (d. 1974).
1909 – Al Capp, American author and illustrator, was born (d. 1979).
1914 – Maria Franziska von Trapp, Austrian-American singer, was born (d. 2014).
1916 Peter Finch, English-born Australian actor,was born (d. 1977).
1928 The U.K. Parliament passed the Dangerous Drugs Act outlawingcannabis.
1934 French model and actress Brigtte Bardot was born.
1939 – Warsaw surrendered to Nazi Germany.
1944 Soviet Army troops liberated Klooga concentration camp in Estonia.
1946 English singer Helen Shapiro was born
1958 France ratified a new Constitution of France
1961 A military coup in Damascus effectively ended the United Arab Republic, the union between Egypt and Syria.
1962 The Paddington tram depot fire destroyed 65 trams in Brisbane.
1971 The British government passed the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971banning the medicinal use of cannabis.
1973 The ITT Building in New York City was bombed in protest at ITT’s alleged involvement in the September 11 coup d’état in Chile.
1975 The Spaghetti House siege, in which nine people were taken hostage, took place in London.
1987 The beginning of the Palestinian civil disobedience uprising, “TheFirst Intifada” against the Israeli occupation.
1994 The car ferry MS Estonia sank in the Baltic Sea, killing 852 people.
2000 Al-Aqsa Intifada: Ariel Sharon visited the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
2008 SpaceX launched the first ever private spacecraft, the Falcon 1into orbit.
2009 The military junta leading Guinea, headed by Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, sexually assaulted, killed and wounded protesters during a protest rally in the Stade du 28 Septembre.
2012 – Somali and African Union forces launched a coordinated assaulton the Somali port city of Kismayo to take back the city from al-Shabaab militants.
2012 – A Dornier Do 228 light aircraft crashed on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu, killing 19 people.
2014 – Hong Kong protests : Benny Tai announced that Occupy Central was launched as Hong Kong’s government headquarters was being occupied by thousands of protesters. Hong Kong police resorted to tear gas to disperse protesters but thousands remained.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.