Entregent – interpersonal or social skills; social interaction; a capacity for social interaction; socialising, mingling; networking.
John Oliver often pokes fun at New Zealand, this time he pays a tribute:
What did the flower say after he told a joke?
I was just pollen your leg!
Why do flowers always drive so fast?
They put the petal to the metal.
What do you call flowers who are bffs?
Did you hear about the flower who never bloomed?
It was a bud omen.
Did you hear about the flower who joined Tinder?
He just wants somebudy to love.
Did you hear about the lazy flower who finally got his act together?
He just needed a kick in the bud.
Did you hear about the flower who gave an ultimatum to her husband?
She told him once and floral.
What does a flower therapist ask her patients?
Are you feeling bouquet?
Canterbury farmer credits advances in technology with revolutionising farming – Emma Dangerfield:
A North Canterbury farmer says advances in technology will help him pass on a thriving legacy to his daughters.
Mike Smith and his family began their farming partnership in Eyrewell in 2010 and had been able to improve land production by making use of new technology.
It allowed him to make informed decisions and had reduced the farm’s environmental impact, he said. . .
China will be hungry for NZ meat – Pam tipa:
African swine fever’s huge impact on China’s pork production this year will be a huge opportunity for New Zealand’s meat industry.
Rabobank’s global strategist for animal protein Justin Sherrard believes the market hasn’t yet fully picked up on the impacts the disease will have.
“This has become a major issue in China,” he told Rural News. . .
Sunflowers used to regenerate soil – Yvonne O’Hara:
Mark and Madeline Anderson are trialing a pasture mix that includes sunflowers as a method of soil regeneration and as an alternative polyculture forage on their Waiwera Gorge dairy farm.
They are also looking forward to see their first Normande-cross calves on the ground in August.
They have a 580ha (effective) dairy farm and run 750 milking cows, along with another 300 to 400 young stock.
Mr Anderson said he had sown 50ha using a pasture mix of sunflowers, kale, plantain, phacelia, vetch, buckwheat, various clovers including Persian clover, oats, ryecorn, prairie grass and linseed to create a polyculture rather than the monoculture like ryegrass. . .
An endangered forest wetland in Taranaki, saved from farmland development by a public fundraising drive, is ready to be opened up to the public.
The 134 hectare Mahood-Lowe reserve, near Kaimiro, 20km south east of New Plymouth, included rare kamahi, northern rata, tawa and totara as well as lichens and mosses.
There is also burgeoning populations of kiwi, whio and falcons. . .
Hectic period for pioneer in deer AI – Sally Rae:
Lynne Currie has the distinction of probably artificially inseminating more deer than anyone else in the world.
Mrs Currie, who lives near Wanaka, is in the middle of a short but hectic season as she travels the country helping deer farmers to diversify the genetic base of their herds.
The first farm was programmed for March 15 and the last on April 8 and much work goes into planning the logistics, including coordinating both vets and farmers. . .
Dollar a litre demise good news for milk’s nutritional appeal – Andrew Marshall:
A significant flow-on benefit from the past month’s 10 cents a litre rise in prices for supermarket labeled two- and three-litre milk lines will be a restoration of milk’s nutritional and value perception in the eyes of consumers.
Dairy Connect chief executive officer, Shaughn Morgan, described the latest announcement by Coles and Aldi as a valuable initiative in what remains a long journey ahead to find structural solutions to the industry.
“We have long argued that part of the great damage done by $1 a litre milk discounting was to undervalue dairy farmers, the dairy industry and the nutritious fresh milk by denigrating its significant nutritional contribution to human health,” he said. . .
New Zealand is, as Geoffrey Palmer once noted, a very pluvial country.
We are blessed with a bountiful supply of water and contrary to the doom merchants who think we don’t have enough, all but 2% of it flows from its source to the sea.
IrrigationNZ used World Water Day, yesterday, to put water use in perspective:
. . . In New Zealand the biggest consented water use is hydro-electricity generation. This uses about five times more water than all other water uses combined.
The next biggest user is irrigation. Worldwide irrigation grows 40% of the world’s food on 20% of the world’s agricultural land, and here in New Zealand irrigation also plays an important role in food production.
New Zealand is very fortunate to have plentiful supplies of freshwater when compared with other countries worldwide.
The picture below shows how abstracted water is used in New Zealand:
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.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. – Douglas Adams
1174 Jocelin, abbot of Melrose, was elected bishop of Glasgow.
1645 William Kidd, Scottish sailor, was born (d. 1701).
1708 James Francis Edward Stuart landed at the Firth of Forth.
1801 Tsar Paul I of Russia was struck with a sword, then strangled, and finally trampled to death in his bedroom at St. Michael’s Castle.
1806 After traveling through the Louisiana Purchase and reaching the Pacific Ocean, explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and their “Corps of Discovery” began their journey home.
1821 Battle and fall of city of Kalamata, Greek War of Independence.
1848 The immigrant ship John Wikcliffe anchored at Port Chalmers carrying the first Scottish settlers for Dunedin, New Zealand.
1848 Otago province was founded.
1857 Elisha Otis‘s first lift was installed at 488 Broadway New York City.
1862 The First Battle of Kernstown, Virginia, marked the start of Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign.
1868 The University of California was founded.
1879 War of the Pacific between Chile and the joint forces of Bolivia and Peru. Chile successfully took over Arica and Tarapacá leaving Bolivia as a landlocked country.
1896 The Raines Law was passed by the New York State Legislature, restricting Sunday sale of alcohol to hotels.
1903 The Wright Brothers applied for a patent on their invention of one of the first successful airplanes.
1905 Joan Crawford, American actress, was born (d. 1977).
1919 Benito Mussolini founded his Fascist political movement.
1921 Donald Campbell, British car and motorboat racer, was born (d. 1967).
1929 Sir Roger Bannister, English runner, was born. (d. 1918).
1935 Signing of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of the Philippines.
1939 Hungarian air force attacked the headquarters of Slovak air force in the city of Spišská Nová Ves, killed 13 people and began the Slovak–Hungarian War.
1942 In the Indian Ocean, Japanese forces captured the Andaman Islands.
1949 Ric Ocasek, American musician (The Cars), was born.
1956 Pakistan becamesthe first Islamic republic in the world. (Republic Day in Pakistan).
1956 José Manuel Barroso, Portuguese politician, president of the European Commission, was born.
1965 NASA launched Gemini 3, the United States’ first two-man space flight.
1980 Archbishop Óscar Romero of El Salvador gave his famous speech appealing to men of the El Salvadoran armed forces to stop killing the Salvadorans.
1983 Strategic Defense Initiative: President Ronald Reagan made his initial proposal to develop technology to intercept enemy missiles.
1994 – Aeroflot Flight 593 crashed in Siberia when the pilot’s fifteen-year old son accidentally disengaged the autopilot, killing all 75 people on board.
1994 – A United States Air Force (USAF) F-16 aircraft collided with a USAF C-130 at Pope Air Force Base and then crashed, killing 24 United States Army soldiers on the ground in the Green Ramp disaster.
1999 Gunmen assassinated Paraguay’s Vice President Luis María Argaña.
2001 The Russian Mir space station was disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean.
2003 In Nasiriyah, Iraq, 11 soldiers of the 507th Maintenance Company and 18 U.S. Marines were killed during the first major conflict of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
2005 – A major explosion at the Texas City Refinery killed 15 workers.
2007 Burnley Tunnel catastrophe in Melbourne.
2007 – The Iranian Navy seizes Royal Navy personnel in the waters between Iran and Iraq.
2009 – FedEx Express Flight 80: A McDonnell Douglas MD-11 flying from Guangzhou, China crashed at Tokyo Narita International Airport, Japan, killing both the captain and the co-pilot.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia