Neil Broom, who is giving up the longer version of cricket, at the University of Otago Oval yesterday. Photo: Gregor RichardsonNeil Broom is retiring from the longer version of the game but will keep playing white-ball cricket for Otago. Broom has played 98 first-class games for Otago but said there were a couple of reasons he did not want to continue in the longer version of the game. He said the body was still good and the desire was still there for the shorter version of the game. Broom said he could have played another season to play 100 first-class games for Otago but ''you can't play for those sort of reasons''.
Retiring Tokomairiro Ploughing Competition catering volunteers Nancy Allison (left) and Joan Thornthwaite, both of Milton, assemble one final sandwich. Now it was time to ''call it a day'', Mrs Allison said. Feeding up to 50 hungry ploughmen and judges every autumn had been no mean feat, Mrs Allison said, with sandwiches just the start of it. ''Otherwise the furrows aren't as straight as they might be,'' Mrs Allison said. The pair's efforts had been celebrated at a surprise ceremony in Milton after their final competition on May 12, Mrs Allison said.
Photo: Richard DavisonSouth Otago social services agencies say they do not have the resources to pick up the shortfall in intervention care left by the pending closure of Roxburgh children's village. Timely, early intervention was critical to avoiding longer-term negative outcomes for the region's most vulnerable children and their families, Anglican Family Care South Otago team leader Jane Hutton said. With the Roxburgh facility now ''all but gone'', agencies were left with being ''the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff''. Mrs Hutton was one of four regional social services representatives meeting Clutha Mayor Bryan Cadogan in Balclutha yesterday to discuss what steps might remain to rescue the Roxburgh village at the 11th hour. Also at the meeting was Salvation Army South Otago director Kaye Bell, who said without Roxburgh there was an increased risk of undetected and unaddressed trauma for the South's young people.
gareth_evans_080518.jpg Gareth EvansAustralian military contracts could deliver up to 500 jobs and help kick-start a new wave of engineering in Dunedin, a major firm says. Farra Engineering chief executive Gareth Evans made the comment while presenting plans for a new engineering hub to yesterday's Dunedin City Council economic development committee meeting. The Otago Daily Times reported earlier this month Mr Evans was leading the push to launch a new engineering hub, funded by a slice of the Government's $3 billion regional development fund. Securing $100 million of work would deliver 300-500 new, high-value jobs to the city, and was a realistic goal, he believed. ''We would only need a fraction of a percent [of the work] to make a material difference to Dunedin.''
Critic magazine staff are livid after learning University of Otago Campus Watch and the proctor removed and destroyed hundreds of copies of the latest magazine. Critic staff noticed large numbers of the magazine missing from its stands on Monday, between 6pm and 8pm. Photo: suppliedThe Campus Watch staff who spoke to the Critic editor yesterday about the missing magazines, were initially unaware fellow staff had removed the magazines. Mr Scott said he would talk to Critic staff today to explain what had happened and why. Editor Joel MacManus said Critic was disappointed and angry Campus Watch and the proctor, on behalf of the university, chose to remove and destroy copies of our magazine.
District Health Board funding increases announced in last week's Budget cannot come fast enough for the Southern DHB, which racked up a $3.7 million deficit for April - $2.1 million more than budgeted. Clinical supplies were $1.13 million over budget, with pharmaceutical costs $510,000 unfavourable for the month and $3 million for the year. ''Year-to-date clinical supplies are $7.64 million unfavourable, driven by combined acute and elective volumes. Last week's Budget contained a $2.2 billion increase for DHB operational expenditure nationwide, as well as $100 million, if needed, for deficit support. Ministry of Health figures show the SDHB is forecast to record a deficit of $17.5 million for 2017-18 - it recorded a $21.87 million deficit in 2016-17, and a $33.543 million deficit in email@example.com
Damien O'ConnorA decision will be made next week between phased eradication or long-term management of Mycoplasma bovis. The decision would be jointly taken by the Government and farming industry representatives, and farmer, rural community and animal welfare was at the heart of the ''difficult'' decision, Mr O'Connor said in a statement. ''We expect to be able to relieve some of that concern once this difficult decision has been made,'' he said. Last week, Mr O'Connor announced work would start immediately to improve the national animal identification and tracing (Nait) programme. While Nait needed to work well first, Mr McAtamney was bothered by how sheep movements might be tracked in a major disease outbreak.
Southern District Harcourts Royal Agricultural Society Rural Ambassador Award winner Brooke Flett checks on her cows at the family farm in Scotts Gap recently. Her passion and enthusiasm won her the 2018 Southern District Harcourts Royal Agricultural Society Rural Ambassador Award. Miss Flett was excited about the professional development she will get from the Australian trip, which would all help in her career. Miss Flett also had to prepare a speech on the topic ''wealth is not measured by money''. On farm, Miss Flett takes a huge interest in the genetics side of the business and runs the breeding.
The Highlanders are not letting the Tasman Sea get in the way of preparations for this weekend's match. The bulk of the side, and its coaching staff, are holed up on the Gold Coast plotting to take on the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday night. Highlanders co-captain Ben Smith is scheduled to miss the match against the Reds as part of the enforced All Blacks rest programme but his absence will be made up for by the inclusion of the returning Liam Squire. Loose forward Elliot Dixon took a bang on the elbow in the heavy loss against Waratahs and it was touch and go whether he would be available against the Reds, Hammett said. The Reds was a team on the improve - they had pushed the Hurricanes close last Friday night and were showing plenty of fight under new coach Brad Thorn.
srl23forestry.jpg Farm Forestry New Zealand president Neil Cullen, of Glenomaru, says the new National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry will provide a uniform set of rules throughout the country. Photo: Yvonne O'HaraRural consultants and rare galaxiids could benefit from the new National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NESPF) introduced on May 1. ''The NESPF was initiated by large forestry corporates who were dealing with about 30 different councils, all which had different rules,'' Mr Cullen said. ''They wanted a standard set of rules throughout the country and it is beneficial in that respect.'' Farmers must use a fishing spawning indicator, available on the MPI website, which determines if rare galaxiids, eels and other waterlife will be affected.
Sarah GardnerThree science staff resigned from the Otago Regional Council earlier this month ahead of a proposed restructure. Otago Regional Council chief executive Sarah Gardner this week confirmed the three science staff resigned over a two-week period recently for a ''variety of reasons''. The policy, planning and consents department proposal was at the point where staff submissions were being considered. All regional council staff had been made aware of the changes, Mrs Gardner said. The Otago Daily Times asked Mrs Gardner if staff were required to keep the changes secret.
A taste of what the new 5-star boutique Wains Hotel will look like. Photo: SuppliedDunedin's oldest hotel is soon to reopen as the CBD's first 5-star boutique hotel, following a $3 million refurbishment. Wains Hotel, in Princes St, will reopen in late 2018, revealing an ''opulence and standard'' not seen in Dunedin. ''The revamped Wains Hotel will cater for those looking for the ultimate in boutique hotel experiences.'' She said more than $3 million was spent on refurbishing all areas of the hotel, including 50 guest rooms on seven levels.
Weight-lifting linked to reduced depressive symptomsIain McGregor Personal trainer Jacob Baker has seen the difference lifting weights can make to those with depression. READ MORE:* Why your exercise routine should include weight-lifting* Weight-lifting your way to a bigger brain* Mum drops dress sizes but loses less than a kilo thanks to weight-liftingKzenon The benefits of weightlifting extend well beyond physical strength. How exactly this relates to alleviating the symptoms of mental health problems, Baker says, is shocking your mind out of a negative state. In a 2017 Ohio State University study of almost 1000 people, resistance training significantly reduced anxiety symptoms such as fear, worry, and compulsive rumination. The misconception about weight and other resistance training (in the form of free weights, resistance bands, TRX, machine weights, etc.)
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Preparing for New Zealand's energy revolutionAP Research suggests use of gas and coal for electricity generation and industrial heat processes will be replaced with renewable solar, wind, hydro and geothermal energy. New Zealand is on the cusp of an energy revolution, which will require a fundamental change to the way we plan for Aotearoa New Zealand's future energy needs. While the detail will almost certainly not be 100 per cent correct, what can be relied on is that New Zealand's energy future is going to be very different to today's. Realising the full potential of our sustainable energy future will be a challenge due to the unique characteristics of New Zealand's electricity system. Delivering Aotearoa New Zealand's sustainable energy future will require significant investment and must be supported by policy and regulatory settings.
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Wimbledon seeding likely for Serena Williams, despite French Open snubKATHY WILLENS/AP Serena Williams will play her first grand slam in 16 months at this month's French Open. (File photo)Serena Williams will almost certainly be seeded at this year's Wimbledon championships despite being snubbed by French Open organisers, the All England Club confirmed on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ Time). READ MORE: Serena Williams denied French Open seedingShe has not played a tournament since Miami in March and pulled out of the claycourt events in Madrid and Rome. While the French Open sticks rigidly to rankings, Wimbledon's seeding committee allows itself some "wiggle room" according to an All England Club official. Williams has won Wimbledon six times but missed last year's tournament while she was on maternity leave.
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