Giving Jim his Nobel dues

April 29, 2009

The Green Party’s persistence in describing climate scientist Jim Salinger as a Nobel Prize winner needs exploring.

Alf – uncharacteristically – might have been a tad dismissive two days ago.

At the time of the award, The NZ Herald recognised the work of Salinger (who composts his food scraps and uses energy-efficient light bulbs) and Dr David Wratt (who uses public transport and plants trees):

But the personal contributions of the Niwa climate scientists in tackling the issue of global warming go way beyond commitments to reduce their carbon footprints.

For years the pair have devoted huge amounts of time to the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which was this month awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.

The organisation shares the prize with former United States Vice-President Al Gore for his film An Inconvenient Truth, in recognition of their efforts to raise awareness and impetus around the threat of climate change.

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Get out there and give the Green buggers L

April 28, 2009

It looks like first-time political aspirant Jackson James Wood has much to learn.

He has admitted to “a dramatic setback in his campaign” (to win the Mt Albert by-election) with the firing of several key staff members.

Wood’s entire press team have been given notice following the disgraceful misspelling of the name of fellow candidate Russel Norman in a press release dated 24th April.
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Lady copper earns rebuke

April 28, 2009

Gotta strike a blow for elderly people tonight and shout enthusiastic support for the Age Concern national president Liz Baxendine. Way to go, Liz.

Her hackles were raised by a Rolleston policewoman’s criticism of older drivers and doctors after an older woman’s “minor” car accident. She described the lady copper’s remarks as “inappropriate”.

Maybe the accident was not too minor. The elderly motorist did plough through six suburban fences.

But hey. Give her a break. It could have been Alf’s mum.
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Farmers offered drought help

April 28, 2009

Farmers in drought-hit parts of Hawke’s Bay will be cheered by news on two fronts.

The Government has announced plans to help them.

Federated Farmers has done the same.

It’s the third successive year of drought for Hawke’s Bay.

Heavy rain has fallen over many parts of the country in recent days, sure, but much of the Hawke’s Bay province missed out.
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The Great Waikato Flu Mystery

April 27, 2009

Looks likely someone in the health racket is wanting to whip up a bit of business in the Waikato by frightening the people there into lining up for their flu shots.

An item at Infonews kicks off:

Waikato people are especially vulnerable to deadly ‘flu strains but are slow to take advantage of the available vaccination.

But there’s not one bloody word to say why this should be so.
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Pork industry tackles swine flu fears

April 27, 2009

Hard on the heels of being reminded how bug-laden pork laid low some 63 guests on an Auckland marae with gastro-enteritis in 1997, Alf is being assured by the pork industry about the safety of their product.

But the assurance had nothing to do with hangis or kai or marae cooking practices.

NZPork is eager (understandably) to dispel concerns raised by the heavy media attention being paid to the new strain of H1N1 influenza virus, called swine flu

This afternoon it has declared it is carefully monitoring the situation.

More important for those who like to hog into pig meat, it emphasised that Pork is safe to eat
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Tips on how to avoid poisoning your hangi guests

April 27, 2009

A new food safety guide for Maori has its origins in a nasty incident back in 1997, when a GP notified Auckland Healthcare Public Health Protection of a gastroenteritis case.

The patient had attended a hui in Auckland hours before becoming unwell. Public health staff found 63 more people who had been at the hui suffered symptoms of gastroenteritis.
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