Lunule – any crescent-shaped area, body part or marking; the crescent-shaped whitish area at the base of the fingernail or toenail.
Federated Farmers believes the Government has set a substantial challenge in its announcement of a review into the Resource Management Act.
The organisation agrees with Environment Minister David Parker that because of frequent amendments, the RMA is now overly cumbersome, costly and complex.
“The review will be no easy task. It will need to consider wide and diverse opinions and concerns. There are few organisations which have been more intricately and routinely involved in resource management processes across the country since the Act first came into force than Federated Farmers, so we consider our active input on the review panel will be vital,” Federated Farmers resource management spokesperson Chris Allen says. . .
Eliminating ‘M bovis’ tough but correct call – Peter Bodeker:
July marks two years since Mycoplasma bovis was first detected in New Zealand, kicking off the largest biosecurity response we’ve ever seen.
Along with the entire country, Otago has been affected – facing immense challenges in dealing with this disease, and the ongoing effort to eradicate it. . .
Miraka’s insistence on sustainable farming practices has shown results in more farms winning honours in the recent Te Ara Miraka farming excellence awards.
“Since establishing the awards four years ago we’ve started to see significant change in on farm practices,” says Grant Jackson, general manager milk supply. “
We’re not just meeting the regulations, that’s mandatory for us. Rather we’re going over and above, to achieve excellence in animal welfare, sustainable land management, looking after employees and premium quality milk.” . .
A pair of fantails flit above Robert Barry’s head as he bends down to inspect a predator trap at the base of a totara tree.
The towering native is in a pristine bush block on a farm owned by the BEL Group near Waipukurau in central Hawke’s Bay.
The eight-hectare block is protected by a Queen Elizabeth II Trust covenant and is dotted with almost a dozen traps. . .
A tenure review agreement has been reached for the North Canterbury high country station, Island Hills.
Under the soon-to-be scrapped tenure review process, leased high-country Crown land can be signed over to farmers, provided they set aside areas for conservation.
Land Information New Zealand said 1600 hectares would be transferred to the Crown as conservation estate and 3200 will be freehold subject to conservation covenants, that restricts activities such as grazing and vegetation clearance.
The remaining 200 hectares would be freehold without restrictions. . .
How do riparian strips fare long term – Bert Quin:
Could our riparian systems become overloaded and therefore useless? Riparian strips are correctly promoted as useful tools for reducing environmental pollution, especially for their ability to filter out faecal bacteria and sediment before these enter streams. But there is much more to it, writes Bert Quin.
Many frequently made claims for the ability of riparian strips to improve water quality are based on very short-term studies only. This is particularly true of phosphorus (P) and nitrogen (N) removal.
Unfortunately, we are now in the days of emphasis on short-term, quick-results trials that lend themselves to publication in many different journals to ensure more cash from equally short-sighted funding organisations and companies with vested interests. . .
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In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends. – John Churton Collins.
1054 Siward, Earl of Northumbria invaded Scotland to support Malcolm Canmore against Macbeth of Scotland, who usurped the Scottish throne from Malcolm’s father, King Duncan. Macbeth was defeated at Dunsinane.
1214 Battle of Bouvines: Philip II of France defeated John of England.
1302 Battle of Bapheus: Decisive Ottoman victory over the Byzantines, opened up Bithynia for Turkish conquest.
1549 Jesuit priest Francis Xavier’s ship reached Japan.
1663 The English Parliament passed the second Navigation Act requiring that all goods bound for the American colonies had to be sent in English ships from English ports.
1689 Glorious Revolution: Battle of Killiecrankie ended.
1694 A Royal Charter was granted to the Bank of England.
1720 The second important victory of the Russian Navy – the Battle of Grengam.
1768 Charlotte Corday, French aristocrat who killed Jean-Paul Marat, was born (d. 1793).
1778 American Revolution: First Battle of Ushant – British and French fleets fought to a standoff.
1824 Alexandre Dumas, fils, French author, was born (d. 1895).
1862 The SS Golden Gate caught fire and sank off Manzanillo, Mexico, killing 231.
1866 The Atlantic Cable was completed, allowing transatlantic telegraph communication for the first time.
1870 Hilaire Belloc, English writer, was born (d. 1953).
1880 Second Anglo-Afghan War: Battle of Maiwand – Afghan forces led by Ayub Khan defeated the British Army.
1882 Geoffrey de Havilland, British aircraft designer, was born (d. 1965).
1916 Elizabeth Hardwick, American literary critic and novelist, was born (d. 2007).
1919 The Chicago Race Riot erupted after a racial incident on a South Side beach, leading to 38 fatalities and 537 injuries over a five-day period.
1917 The Allies reached the Yser Canal at the Battle of Passchendaele.
1928 Tich Freeman became the only bowler ever to take 200 first-class wickets before the end of July.
1929 Jack Higgins, British novelist, was born.
1940 The animated short A Wild Hare was released, introducing the character of Bugs Bunny.
1941 Japanese troops occupied the southern portion of French Indochina..
1944 Bobbie Gentry, American singer and songwriter, was born.
1949 – Maureen McGovern, American singer, was born.
1949 – Robert Rankin, English novelist, was born.
1949 Initial flight of the de Havilland Comet, the first jet-powered airliner.
1953 – Armistice ended fighting in the Korean War.
1955 The Allied occupation of Austria stemming from World War II, ended.
1958 Christopher Dean, English figure skater, was born.
1963 Pioneer aviator George Bolt died.
1964 – Vietnam War: 5,000 more American military advisers were sent to South Vietnam bringing the total number of United States forces in Vietnam to 21,000.
1968 Cliff Curtis, New Zealand actor, was born.
1969 Jonty Rhodes, South African cricketer, was born.
1981 On Coronation Street, Ken Barlow married Deirdre Langton.
1987 RMS Titanic, Inc. began the first expedited salvaging of wreckage of the RMS Titanic.
1990 The Supreme Soviet of the Belarusian Soviet Republic declared independence of Belarus from the Soviet Union.
1990 – The Jamaat al Muslimeen staged a coup d’état attempt in Trinidad and Tobago, occupying Parliament and the studios of Trinidad and Tobago Television, holding Prime Minister A. N. R. Robinson, most of his Cabinet, and the staff at the television station hostage for 6 days.
1995 The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C..
1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing: In Atlanta, Georgia, a pipe bomb exploded at Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics. Alice Hawthorne was killed, and a cameraman had a heart attack fleeing the scene. 111 were injured.
1997 Si Zerrouk massacre in Algeria; about 50 people killed.
2002 Ukraine airshow disaster: A Sukhoi Su-27 fighter crashed during an air show at Lviv, killing 85 and injuring more than 100 others, the largest air show disaster in history.
2007 Phoenix News Helicopter Collision: News helicopters from television stations KNXV and KTVK collided over Steele Indian School Park in central Phoenix while covering a police chase; there were no survivors.
2012 – The opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics take place at the Olympic Stadium in London.
2014 – Centennial anniversary celebration of Iglesia ni Cristo in Philippine Arena, the largest arena in the world at Ciudad de Victoria complex which was built by the church itself.
2015 – At least seven people were killed and many injured after gunmen attacked an Indian police station in Punjab.
2016 – – At a news conference in Florida, U.S. Presidential Candidate Donald Trump publicly appealed to Russia to find and release private emails from Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton; a Special Counsel investigation (2017–2019) later alleged that Russian operatives began hacking into servers at the Democratic National Committee on that same day, leading to the July 13, 2018 indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia