Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

March 25, 2010

Happy birthday Elton John – 63 today.


Private Frazer’s ghosts

March 25, 2010

John Laurie would have been 113 today.


Fonterra holding forecast payout

March 25, 2010

Fonterra is holding its forecast payout at $5.70 with an expected dividend of 20-30 cents.

If the actual return is as good as forecast it will be the second highest suppliers have received.

Last season the company revised its forecast downwards which was difficult for farmers who had budgeted on receiving more. The company must be confident it can deliver the higher forecast payout this year.

Dairy conversions are continuing in the South Island and this interim report from Fonterra may well encourage more farmers to shift from sheep and beef.


What’s wrong with Chinese investment in NZ farms?

March 25, 2010

Federated Farmers has an open mind  on the news that a Chinese company wants to buy the Crafer dairy farms.

Reports that Hong Kong listed Natural Dairy (NZ) Holdings Limited, maybe moving to buy dairy farm assets and milk powder production plants in New Zealand, is a sign that the gate on the New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement, swings both ways. . .

. . .”While the ball’s in the Government’s court, assuming this all comes to pass, Federated Farmers wishes to meet with Natural Dairy (NZ) Holdings Limited sooner rather than later, to understand its strategic direction.

“Whatever happens, New Zealand will remain an attractive investment destination so maybe time has come for us to look at a Ministry of Food Production. 

“It may also help put a floor under farm prices given that in the three months ending February, just 205 farms were sold.  That was down from 276 farm sales in the same three month period in 2009 and 713 for the same quarter in 2008.

I’m not sure that we need another ministry, but a discussion and strategy on food production is a good idea.

The sale might also persuade would-be buyers that the bottom of the market has been reached and it’s time to get the gorse out of their pockets.

Not everyone is so open minded about the idea of Chinese investment here.

There are risks that animal welfare, hygiene and environmental standards might be compromised. But that can happen with any ownership. There are very strict rules about all of those which every owner has to adhere to and breeches of which have stiff penalties.

There are also oppportunities from the plan. If, has been mooted, at least some of the milk will be processed here and shipped as long-life milk rather than powder, that will create jobs for New Zealanders.

Some opposition is based on a blanket aversion to foreign ownership but as Lachlan McKenzie said the door swings both ways.

PGG Wrightson is 30% owned by Agria Corp which is a Chinese company and New Zealand businesses own foreign businesses.

Fonterra has dairy farms in China and Chile and NZ Farming Systems Uruguay owns farms in Uruguay.


9/10

March 25, 2010

9/10 in this week’s Dominion Post political quiz.

I din’t know an Irish Minister had been in NZ nor that s/he had been in trouble at home.


March 25 in history

March 25, 2010

On March 25:

1199 Richard I was wounded by a crossbow bolt while fighting France.

1306 Robert the Bruce became King of Scotland.

1347 Catherine of Siena, Italian saint, was born.

1409 The Council of Pisa opened.

1584 Sir Walter Raleigh was granted a patent to colonize Virginia.

 

1634  The first settlers arrived in Maryland.

1655 Saturn‘s largest moon, Titan, was discovered by Christian Huygens.

1802 The Treaty of Amiens was signed as a “Definitive Treaty of Peace” between France and Britain.

Gillray - The First Kiss.jpgJames Gillray, The first Kiss this Ten Years! —or—the meeting of Britannia & Citizen François (1803)

1807 The Slave Trade Act became law, abolishing the slave trade in the British Empire.

1807 – The Swansea and Mumbles Railway, then known as the Oystermouth Railway, became the first passenger carrying railway in the world.

 

1811 Percy Bysshe Shelley was expelled from the University of Oxford for his publication of the pamphlet The Necessity of Atheism.

1821 Greeks revolted against the Ottoman Empire, beginning the Greek War of Independence.

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1847 Duel between Dr Isaac Featherston, editor of the Wellington Independent, and Colonel William Wakefield, the New Zealand Company’s Principal Agent in New Zealand.

Wakefield and Featherston duel

1881 Mary Gladys Webb, English writer, was born.

 1894  Coxey’s Army, the first significant American protest march, left Massillon, Ohio for Washington D.C.

 

1897 John Laurie, Scottish actor, was born.

 

1899 Burt Munro, New Zealand motorcycle racer, was born.

 

1903 Racing Club de Avellaneda, one of the big five of Argentina, was founded.

Racing Club's Crest

1908 Clube Atletico Mineiro was founded in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Atlético Mineiro

1911 In New York City, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire killed 146 garment workers.

 People and horses draped in black walk in procession in memory of the victims.

1913 Sir Reo Stakis, Anglo-Cypriot hotel magnate, was born.

 

1914 Norman Borlaug, American agriculturalist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, was born.

1917 The Georgian Orthodox Church restored its autocephaly abolished by Imperial Russia in 1811.

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1918 The Belarusian People’s Republic was established.

1922 Eileen Ford, American model agency executive, was born.

1924  On the anniversary of Greek Independence, Alexandros Papanastasiou proclaimed the Second Hellenic Republic.

1934 Gloria Steinem, American feminist and publisher, was born.

1937 Tom Monaghan, American fast-food industry entrepreneur, was born.

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1939 Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli beccame Pope Pius XII.

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1940 John A Lee was expelled from the Labour Party.

John A. Lee expelled from Labour Party

1941 The Kingdom of Yugoslavia joined the Axis powers with the signing of the Tripartite Pact.

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1942 Aretha Franklin, American singer, was born.

1947  An explosion in a coal mine in Centralia, Illinois killed 111.

1947 Elton John, English singer and songwriter, was born.

1948  The first successful tornado forecast predicted that a tornado would strike Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.

Damage to United States Air Force bombers from the first tornado.

1949  The March deportation was conducted in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to force collectivisation by way of terror. The Soviet authorities deported more than 92,000 people from Baltics to remote areas of the Soviet Union.

 “Enemies of the people”: 72% of deportees were women and children under the age of 16

1957  United States Customs seized copies of Allen Ginsberg‘s poem “Howl” as obscene.

 

1957  The European Economic Community was established (West Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg).

1958  Canada’s Avro Arrow made its first flight.

1960 Steve Norman, British saxophonist (Spandau Ballet), was born.

1960 Peter O’Brien, Australian actor, was born.

1965  Sarah Jessica Parker, American actress, was born.

 

1965  Civil rights activists led by Martin Luther King, Jr. successfully completed their 4-day 50-mile march from Selma to the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama.

 

1969  During their honeymoon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their first Bed-In for Peace at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel (until March 31).

1971 Beginning of Operation Searchlight of Pakistan Army against East Pakistani civilians.

1975 Faisal of Saudi Arabia was shot and killed by a mentally ill nephew.

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1979  The first fully functional space shuttle orbiter, Columbia, was delivered to the John F. Kennedy Space Center to be prepared for its first launch.

Space Shuttle Columbia

1988  The Candle demonstration in Bratislava – the first mass demonstration of the 1980s against the communist regime in Czechoslovakia.

1992  Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev returned to Earth after a 10-month stay aboard the Mir space station.

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1995  The world’s first wiki, a part of the Portland Pattern Repository, was made public by Ward Cunningham.

 

1996  An 81-day-long standoff between the anti-government group Montana Freemen and law enforcement near Jordan, Montana, began.

1996  The European Union’s Veterinarian Committee bans the export of British beef and its by-products as a result of mad cow disease (Bovine spongiform encephalopathy).

 

2006  Capitol Hill massacre: A gunman killed six people before taking his own life at a party in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

2006 Protesters demanding a new election in Belarus following the rigged Belarusian presidential election, 2006 clashed with riot police. Opposition leader Aleksander Kozulin was among several protesters arrested.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia


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