yesterday was...

A good day for:

Pet-owners as a New Zealand telephone company incorporated into its employees' contracts a clause that allows them paid leave to look after a sick pet - which is "just as much a dependent as a sick child" according to a spokesman.

A bad day for:

Tonya Harding, the skater, whose singing debut was greeted by loud boos and throwing of plastic bottles when she made her singing debut with her band, the Golden Blades, at a fund-raising dance in Portland, Oregon.