Inimical – tending to obstruct or harm; unfriendly; hostile; adverse in tendency or effect; unfavorable; injurious harmful.
There has never been a day when I have not been proud of you, I said to my daughter, though some days I’m louder about other stuff so it’s easy to miss that. Quiet Pride © 2014 Brian Andreas – posted with permission.
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A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work – Colin Powell.
585 BC – A solar eclipse occurred, as predicted by Greek philosopher and scientist Thales, while Alyattes was battling Cyaxares in the Battle of the Eclipse, leading to a truce. This is one of the cardinal dates from which other dates can be calculated.
1588 The Spanish Armada, with 130 ships and 30,000 men, sets sail from Lisbon heading for the English Channel.
1644 Bolton Massacre by Royalist troops under the command of the Earl of Derby.
1660 King George I of Great Britain, was born (d. 1727).
1754 French and Indian War: in the first engagement of the war, Virginia militia under 22-year-old Lieutenant Colonel George Washington defeated a French reconnaissance party in the Battle of Jumonville Glen.
1759 William Pitt the Younger, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1806).
1774 American Revolutionary War: the first Continental Congress convened.
1830 President Andrew Jackson signed The Indian Removal Act which relocates Native Americans.
1853 Carl Larsson, Swedish painter, was born (d. 1919).
1858 Carl Rickard Nyberg, Swedish inventor, was born (d. 1939).
1863 American Civil War: The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first African American regiment, leaves Boston, Massachusetts, to fight for the Union.
1905 Russo-Japanese War: The Battle of Tsushima ended with the destruction of the Russian Baltic Fleet by Admiral Togo Heihachiro and the Imperial Japanese Navy.
1908 Ian Fleming, English author, was born (d. 1964).
1912 Patrick White, Australian writer, Nobel Prize laureate, was born (d. 1990).
1920 Dennis Gunn was convicted of the murder of a postmaster and sentenced to death. In what was possibly a world-first involving a capital crime, Gunn’s conviction was based almost entirely on fingerprint evidence.
1926 28th May 1926 coup d’état: Ditadura Nacional was established in Portugal to suppressthe unrest of the First Republic.
1930 The Chrysler Building in New York City officially opened.
1931 Carroll Baker, American actress, was born.
1934 Quintuplets, Yvonne, Annette, Cécile, Émilie, and Marie, were born to Ovila and Elzire Dionne, and later become the first quintuplets to survive infancy.
1934 – The Glyndebourne festival in England was inaugurated.
1936 Betty Shabazz, American civil rights activist was born (d. 1997).
1936 Alan Turing submitted On Computable Numbers for publication.
1937 The Golden Gate Bridge was officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
1937 Neville Chamberlain became British Prime Minister.
1940 World War II: Belgium surrendered to Germany.
1940 World War II: Norwegian, French, Polish and British forces recaptured Narvik in the first allied infantry victory of the War.
1942 World War II: in retaliation for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, Nazis in Czechoslovakia killed more than 1800 people.
1944 Rudy Giuliani, 107th Mayor of New York City, was born.
1944 Gladys Knight, American singer and actress, was born.
1944 Patricia Quinn, Northern Irish actress, was born.
1945 John Fogerty, American musician (Creedence Clearwater Revival) was born.
1952 Memphis Kiddie Park opened in Brooklyn, Ohio.
1952 – The women of Greece gained the right to vote.
1961 Peter Benenson‘s article “The Forgotten Prisoners” was published in several internationally read newspapers was later thought of as the founding of Amnesty International.
1964 The Palestine Liberation Organization was formed.
1974 Northern Ireland’s power-sharing Sunningdale Agreement collapsed following a general strike by loyalists.
1975 Fifteen West African countries sign the Treaty of Lagos, creating theEconomic Community of West African States.
1977 In Southgate, Kentucky, the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire killed 165 people.
1978 Second round of the presidential elections in Upper Volta which was won by incumbent Sangoulé Lamizana.
1979 Constantine Karamanlis signed the full treaty of the accession of Greece with the European Economic Community.
1982 Falklands War: British forces defeated the Argentines at the Battle of Goose Green.
1984 Beth Allen, New Zealand actress, was born.
1987 19-year-old West German pilot Mathias Rust evaded Soviet Union air defenses and lands a private plane in Red Square.
1987 A robot probe found the wreckage of the USS Monitor.
1991 The capital city of Addis Ababa, fell to the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, ending both the Derg regime and theEthiopian Civil War.
1995 Neftegorsk was hit by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake that killed at least 2,000 people, 1/2 of the total population.
1998 Nuclear testing: Pakistan responded to a series of nuclear tests by India with five of its own, prompting other nations to impose economic sanctions.
1999 After 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece “The Last Supper” was put back on display.
1999 – Two Swedish police officers were murdered with their own fire arms by the bank robbers Jackie Arklöv and Tony Olsson after a car chase.
2002 NATO declared Russia a limited partner in the Western alliance.
2002 The Mars Odyssey found signs of large ice deposits on Mars.
2003 Peter Hollingworth became the first Governor-General of Australia to resign his office as a result of criticism of his conduct.
2004 The Iraqi Governing Council chose Ayad Allawi, a longtime anti-Saddam Hussein exile, as prime minister of Iraq’s interim government.
2008 – In West Bengal a train derailment and subsequent collision killed 141 passengers.
2011 – Malta voted on the introduction of divorce.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.
Tolutiloquent – pertaining to a smooth talker; characterised by fluency or glibness of utterance; rapid and ready of speech.
Century farmers receive awards – Sally Rae:
Farming is all John Thornton has ever known.
The 73-year-old Taieri dairy farmer has spent his entire life on the Momona property originally acquired by his grandparents in 1916.
Tonight, the Thorntons will be among 36 families recognised at the New Zealand Century Farm and Station Awards in Lawrence for achieving 100 or more years farming their land.
Originally from Wigan, in Lancashire, England, Thomas Thornton brought his large family to New Zealand in the late 1800s. . .
Farmers’ support trusts go national – Kerrie Waterworth:
Maniototo farmer, Landcare Research board member and former National Party politician Gavan Herlihy was recently elected deputy chairman of the Rural Support National Council, a new national body representing 14 regional support trusts. Mr Herlihy has had a lifetime on the land and says the rural support trusts are a lifeline for many farmers “when the chips are down”. He spoke to Kerrie Waterworth.
Q When were rural support services set up and why?
The first one was set up in North Otago in the 1980s following successive crippling droughts. That period also coincided with the aftermath of Rogernomics that had major consequences for farming at that time. After a series of major droughts in Central Otago in the 1990s the trust boundaries were expanded to take in the whole of the Otago region. . .
New medical centre proposed for Otorohanga – Caitlin Moorby:
Thanks to a $1 million donation, Otorohanga will get a new medical centre.
Sheep and beef farmers John and Sarah Oliver made the charitable donation towards the project, which it is estimated will cost $2 to $2.2 million.
Otorohanga District Council chief executive Dave Clibbery said the donation solves a looming problem . . .
Gains seen for SFF with China plan – Chris Morris:
An ambitious plan by China to reboot the ancient Silk Road trading routes could deliver significant benefits to Silver Fern Farms, the company’s chief executive says.
China earlier this month unveiled the latest details of its Belt and Road Initiative, launched in 2013, which will result in billions — and eventually trillions — of dollars being pumped into a new network of motorways, railways, ports and other infrastructure linking Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. . .
Zespri 2016/17 grower returns sag despite big jumps in volume and turnover – Pattrick Smellie
(BusinessDesk) – New Zealand’s statutory kiwifruit exporter, Zespri, achieved distributable profit for its grower shareholders of $34.8 million in the year to March 31 on a 19 percent increase in turnover of $2.26 billion.
The Tauranga-based business signalled a result roughly three times stronger than is expected in the current financial year, with prospects for an extra interim dividend being paid to growers in August, despite the outlook for total fruit volumes being lower for the season ahead. . .
A rural health road map which sets out top priorities for healthier rural communities is being explored as one avenue to addressing the challenges the modern day farmer faces.
The Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) got together this week in Wellington for their second annual “Rural Fest’, in partnership with Federated Farmers.
For farmers, focus was on increasing pressure related to industry compliance, and the stress from dealing with frequent and intense adverse events. . .
The announcement of additional operating funding for biosecurity is a vital protection for the country’s primary industries, according to New Zealand Pork.
NZ Pork, the statutory board that works on behalf of local pig farmers, says that as one of the world’s leading high-health primary industries, the local pork production sector sees biosecurity as vitally important.
Over $18million of operating funding over four years was included in Budget 2017 to help secure the biosecurity system and protect New Zealand’s borders. . .
“In an industry renowned for seasonal averaging, it is important dairy farmers focus on ensuring all current and new employees have the correct employment agreements, especially with the introduction of new employment laws in April,” says Melissa Vining, Agri Human Resources Consultant with Progressive Consulting, the human resources division of Crowe Horwath.
With Gypsy Day just around the corner, it marks the start of a new season when farms are bought and sold, and new sharemilking contracts signed. . .
Don’t text and rake.
A chemist, an engineer and an economist were stranded on a deserted island.
They found some canned food but have nothing obviously useful for opening the cans.
The chemist suggested gathering some wood and starting a fire and then holding the cans over the heat, counting on the expanding contents to burst open the cans.
The engineer thought it would be better to try smashing the cans open with some of the rocks lying around.
The economist said, “Assume we had a can opener…”