[og_img] Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has marked World Soil Day (5 December) with a $6.25 million investment in mapping New Zealand’s most valuable soils which are vital to our economic, environmental and social wellbeing. “The more we know about our natural resources, including soils, the better we can make good sustainable land use decisions,” Damien O’Connor says. “Understanding our soils and protecting their health fits with the Māori principle Te Taiao, of connecting with the natural environment. This underpins our Government’s roadmap for the food and fibres sector, Fit For a Better World. “Good farm planning advice and good data are both essential to the roadmap. We are working to get farm managers and farm advisors to help them get the tools they need to make the best decisions about land use. “That’s why our Government is committing $6.25 million for a nation-wide project to expand S-Map,” he said. S-Map ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/BlueHeaven.jpg Source:Economynext The biggest creature ever to live abounds on Sri Lanka’s porches. The elusive blue whale, twice the weight of the hugest known dinosaur, seems to like Serendib just as much as you and I do. The boon for science is comparably enormous, not to mention tourism. It’s hard to resist listing some superlatives. Thirty meters long. Up to 200 tons in weight. Her heart the size of a Suzuki four-door, her arteries wide enough for children to crawl through. Her vocalizations are louder than a screaming jet engine. She can gulp down 9000 pounds a day and her surfacing spout could sprinkle the roof of a four-story building if it happened to be alongside. Despite this glaring ginormousness, blues are rare to see. A scant few thousand remain on the planet and they range in deep seas, far from human traffic. We know precious little about them, their ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/102994/eight_col_Nido_Building.jpg?1590905218 A mega-Auckland homeware store, barely open five months, has been put into receivership. Photo: Supplied / Nido Magsons Hardware, which traded under the Nido brand in West Auckland, was placed under the control of McGrathNicol after it was seriously affected by Covid restrictions and the failure of the firm building the store. The shop operated from a 27,000 square metre development, dubbed the country’s biggest single retail store, and has about 100 staff. The receivers said the shop would continue operating for the time being as they assessed the financial position and options, but there would be a discounted stock sale soon. The receivership covers only the trading company and not the property on which it’s sited. One of the company’s lenders, Central Assets Ltd, called in the receivers. “The directors concur with McGrathNicol’s assessment that the timing of the opening of the store in the year of the ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png The Government has received an interim report from the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-Based Institutions. The terms of reference for the Royal Commission required a progress report on the inquiry‘s work to date to be delivered to the Government by the end of this year.  “Each phase of this inquiry will be of enormous significance to survivors, and we acknowledge their engagement in this ongoing process,” Jan Tinetti said. “I want to thank Commissioners for continuing to support survivors to tell their stories and be heard. “Cabinet will soon consider the date to publicly release the report and the Government will provide additional comment once released,” Jan Tinetti said. Source link ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Consular-Corps-of-Qld.jpg Photo of some the VIP’s that attended the Diplomatic and Consular Corps Christmas Dinner held at the Brisbane City Hall held on the 2nd December 2020 Photos Left to Right the Consul General for Germany Michael Rossman, The Hon. Consul for Portugal Diana Lopes, the Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk , the Russian Consul General Irina Bruk, the Governor Of Queensland H.E Paul de Jersey AC, The Hon. Consul for Sri Lanka in Qld, Anton Swan. The Hon. Consul for Philippines Margaret Grummitt and the Hon. Consul for Malta Sandra Micallef. All the Consul in the photo are on Hon. Consul for Sri Lanka in Qld; Anton Swan’s Management Committee of the Consular Corps of Qld. Source link ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/105323/eight_col_000_1UR82Y.jpg?1594280489 Dr Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease expert, has apologised for remarks that seemed to criticise the UK’s vaccine approval process. Dr Anthony Fauci says he does not want to sit in judgement on the manner of the UK’s approval of a Covid vaccine. Photo: AFP “I have a great deal of confidence in what the UK does both scientifically and from a regulator standpoint,” Dr Fauci told the BBC on Thursday. The UK on Wednesday became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer vaccine for the coronavirus. It has defended the rapid approval and said the jab is safe and effective. Dr Fauci on Wednesday told Fox News the UK did not review the vaccine “as carefully” as US health regulators. He later told CBS News that the UK had “rushed” the approval. On Thursday, he walked back the comments, and said there was ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/114323/eight_col_122661199_m.jpg?1607038152 The absence of vehicle fuel efficiency standards and inaction on light vehicles imports have left New Zealand with one of the most fuel-inefficient vehicle fleets in the developed world. The Sustainable Business Council and the Climate Leaders Coalition says New Zealand should also follow overseas jurisdictions and introduce a carbon intensity standard by 2025. Photo: AFP The Sustainable Business Council and the Climate Leaders Coalition has identified the introduction of fuel efficiency standards as an easy practical step the government should take to achieve its net zero carbon targets. Council executive director Mike Burrell said the government’s recent announcement to accelerate the public sector’s race to zero carbon within the next five years was a step in the right direction, but it also needed to partner with the private sector to reduce carbon emissions. “We’re one of the few countries in the OECD that don’t have those standards and ...

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