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2008-10-02 15:00:38

By CUMMINGS, Michael L ike an episode in a tumultuous teenage love affair, OzJet is once again making suggestive overtures to the people of Palmerston North. After a steamy courtship that saw much mutual fawning, OzJet got cold feet three days before take-off and left us standing at the alter. The wounds were deep, hearts were broken, resentment filled the void. Now, OzJet chief executive Willie O'Neill is back outside our bedroom window with a couple of new 737s and the promise it'll...

2008-10-01 15:00:21

Insufficient rain has delayed the swabbing of the water main from The Square to Fitzherbert Bridge. The Palmerston North City Council had planned to swab the plan tonight, but it will not take place until tomorrow night at the earliest. It could still be called off tomorrow night, depending on rainfall. Horizons Regional Council has approved the swabbing at night only if there are peak Manawatu River volumes and an abundance of rainfall to allow the water to flush into the river....

2008-09-29 14:41:10

By TORRIE, Bronwyn Education Ministry praised for consultation over new scheme. ---- ---------------- Palmerston North principals are backing the new government scheme to abolish early exemptions for 15-year-olds and raise the school-leaving age to 18 by 2014. Awatapu College's Tina Sims, Palmerston North Girls' High School's Melba Scott and Queen Elizabeth College's Johanna Wood joined a contingent of principals from around New Zealand at the National Library in Wellington to discuss...

2008-09-29 14:41:09

By CUMMINGS, Michael S tories about wind turbines get a lot of people's blood boiling round these parts, so it was pleasing to see one receive a universally warm welcome at Sanson School in yesterday's Manawatu Standard. Meridian Energy-owned Right House donated the $18,000 mini- turbine to the school, and it's set to save them a bundle in reduced power costs. Not only that, any excess electricity will be fed into the national grid and exchanged for a cheque made out to the school. It's...

2008-09-29 14:41:01

The next swabbing of the water main from The Square to Fitzherbert Bridge is likely to take place on Tuesday night. Palmerston North City Council water and waste services manager Chris Pepper said steady rain was forecast early next week, making conditions look promising to clean out the main. The swabbing will take place after 10pm on Tuesday, but, if conditions aren't suitable the work will be delayed until the following evening. Under conditions imposed by Horizons Regional...

2008-09-29 14:41:01

Results of samples taken from Lake Horowhenua by Horizons Regional Council are being withheld from the public because they might be needed for evidence in the Environment Court, chief executive Michael McCartney said "Horizons is analysing lake water samples and is seeking its lawyers' advice on whether it is appropriate to make the results public, in view of Horowhenua District Council's legal challenge to the abatement notice," he said. The district council lodged an appeal last week...

2008-09-26 15:00:42

I understand you are considering changing the Manawatu Standard paper deliveries by paper boys and girls to adults using scooters. I am really disappointed to hear this, but even more incredulous is the reason given as to why: health and safety. Do you really believe it is too dangerous for our healthy, fit and motivated kids to deliver your papers each day? Spare me, please! As for an earlier and more reliable service, I have never felt my delivery was less than satisfactory. What...

2008-09-26 15:00:25

By DUFF, Michelle A "dangerous" discussion that verged on perverting the course of justice was silenced by mayor Maureen Reynolds at a Tararua District council meeting yesterday. In a highly unusual move, Mrs Reynolds let two Waitahora wind farm opponents sitting at the back of the meeting ask questions during council discussion. But when the talk threatened to infringe on the future impartiality of councillors, she was forced to clamp down on the session. The impromptu debate...

2008-09-15 15:00:30

By DUFF, Michelle A protest to stop the proposed Contact Energy wind farm on the Puketoi ranges is fast gathering power. A group of locals dead-set against the $500 million wind farm on the ranges east of Pahiatua are demanding the Tararua District council take their objections seriously. They want an open forum held to discuss wind farms, and are challenging claims that farms will bring local benefits. Newly formed Waitahora-Puketoi guardians group deputy chairman Stuart Brown - a...

2008-09-15 00:00:00

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/1367ce/analyzing_wind_pow) has announced the addition of the "Analyzing Wind Power in New Zealand" report to their offering. As of early 2008, wind power in New Zealand has an installed capacity of 321 MW, nearly double the 2006 capacity. Wind power now provides enough electricity to meet the needs of 145,000 New Zealand households, and supplies approximately 2.5% of the country's electricity demand. A further 172.6 MW of...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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