The Flying Nun

November 6, 2010

Happy birthday Sally Field, 64 today

Sally is probably – and justifiably –  best known for her Oscar winning appearance in Norma Rae but if you were a child of the 60s you probably knew her first as the Flying Nun.

Part 2 is here.

Part 3 is here.


Word of the day

November 6, 2010

Tacenda – things to be passed over in silence, matters not to be mentioned.


I wish you enough

November 6, 2010

A friend emailed this to me yesterday:

Recently I overheard a Father and daughter in their  last moments together at the airport.  They had  announced the departure.

Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the Father said, ‘I love you, and I wish you enough.’

The daughter replied, ‘Dad, our life together has been more than  enough.  Your love is all I ever needed.  I wish you enough, too, Dad.’

They kissed and the daughter left.  The Father walked over to the window where I was seated.  Standing there I could see he wanted and needed to cry.  I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, ‘Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?’

‘Yes, I have,’ I replied.  ‘Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?’…

‘I am old, and she lives so far away.  I have challenges ahead and the reality is – the next trip back will be for my funeral,’ he said..

‘When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, ‘I wish  you enough.’  May I ask what that means?’

He began to smile.  ‘That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations.  My parents used to say it to everyone…’  He paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail, and he smiled even more. ‘When we said, ‘I wish you enough,’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them.’  Then turning toward me, he shared the following as if he were reciting it from memory.

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.

I  wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.

I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.

I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.

I wish  you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.

I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.

He then began to cry and walked away.

They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them; but then an entire life to forget them.

To all my friends and loved ones, I wish you enough.


High dollar stops increase in Fonterra payout

November 6, 2010

Fonterra has confirmed the forecast payout for this season at $6.60 per kilo of milksolids and said the high dollar prevented an increase.

Farmers who are fully shared up will get an extra 25 to 35 cents per share.

This means an average farmer who is 100 per cent shared up to milksolids production is forecast to receive a total of $6.85-$6.95 per kgMS in cash payments for 2010/11, with the balance of Distributable Profit being retained by the Co-operative.


Fonterra Chairman Sir Henry van der Heyden said dairy market prices were holding up better than initially expected, leading the Board to contemplate an increase in the forecast Milk Price. However, the recent strength of the New Zealand dollar against the US dollar meant it was not prudent to increase the forecast at this time.

Increasing the advance payout from $4.30 to $4.60 a kilo will help cashflows over the next few months but the company warns the outlook is volatile.

Sir Henry commented, “When we issued the season’s opening forecast of $6.60 in late May, we indicated that then market prices could have suggested a much higher Milk Price – but that given volatile market conditions at that time we expected to see some softening in prices and we therefore forecast at a lower level. While market prices retreated sharply over the next few months before stabilising more recently, they have held up better than initially expected. However, we’ve also seen the New Zealand dollar strengthen significantly against the US dollar, eroding the value of dairy export returns for our farmers.

“We should remain cautious as there’s still uncertainty and volatility in global markets and we remain vulnerable to adverse movements in dairy prices or exchange rates which could hit the Milk Price. There is always potential for both downside and upside in the forecast, so I would encourage all farmers to continue to take a conservative approach in their farm budgeting.”

Those of us who’ve learned the lessons of the last few seasons are taking a very conservative approach to budgeting. It’s only a couple of seasons since the forecast payout dropped and we don’t want a repeat of the problems that caused.


NZ 3rd in doing business survey – govt keen to do better

November 6, 2010

New Zealand has kept its third place in the World Bank’s doing business survey.

The overall ranking came from nine categories. We were first for starting a business and protecting investors, second for getting credit, third for registering property, ninth for enforcing contracts but only 16th for closing a business, 26th for paying taxes and 28th for trading across borders.

The overall ranking makes New Zealand one of the best countries in which to do business but a media release from Finance Miisiter Bill English and Minister for Regulatory Reform Rodney Hide says the government is keen to do better.

“This report confirms our reputation as a quality investment and business destination, and a country that promotes business confidence,” Mr English says.

“Across most of the nine indicators New Zealand compares very well internationally, which reflects the quality of our regulatory frameworks and the Government’s economic policies.

“However we believe there is still room for improvement. That is why we are continuing reviews of major regulation, which are aimed at cutting red tape and creating an environment where business can thrive,” Mr English says.

Mr Hide said the World Bank report highlighted the fact that onerous or poor regulation deterred investment and stifled growth.

“This Government is committed to increasing productivity by removing superfluous regulation that grew unchecked though much of the past decade,” Mr Hide says.

“Creating better regulatory conditions lifts business confidence, which in turn flows through to investment and jobs.

“Having a simple and transparent regulatory environment also helps attract international investment and we need to ensure New Zealand remains globally competitive,” Mr Hide says.

If Mr Hide put on his other hat as Minister for Local Government he would find plenty of scope for reform.

Regional, city and district councils have a plethora of regulations and red tape which appear to be designed to make doing business harder with no apparent benefit for anyone but the bureaucrats who make and enforce the rules.

Just one example: a couple set up a homestay in the country and sought permission to put up a sign. This was granted but only if it was erected at or a short distance from their gate.

The gate was immediately after a sharpish corner. The applicants pointed out that putting the sign a few metres further from  he gate, still on their property, would mean drivers would see it before they got to the corner rather than while rounding it which would be safer.

The council official agreed with their reasoning but said the rules didn’t allow for signs that far from the gate.

Owen McShane has more examples:

Farmers and all those other “cultural industrialists” are being bombarded with extra costs from all directions. Dairy farmers may well be our most successful export industry but tall poppies present a more attractive target for the ticket clippers. 

Most of these costs are generated by territorial local authorities, often in response to panic campaigns from ecological ideologues, underpinned by junk science. 

Regional Council farm inspectors – with no training, but carrying long books of rules – have directed a farmer to concrete line his silage pits, at a cost of about $70,000, even though there is no evidence that the pits are causing a problem. 

Farmers are fined thousands of dollars for machine failures that discharge some effluent to ground, even when the courts agree there has been no damage to the environment. 

When a winemaker friend started winemaking 10 years ago he needed a single licence, costing $150 a year to make and sell his wine.

By 2009 he needed a raft of licences, costing thousands of dollars, many of which require him to attend courses, such as how to deal with violent drunks. He has never had an issue with drunks in 20 years. 

He now needs a Food Safety Plan, a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Plan, and a stream of ever-changing resource consents. All of these require auditing and monitoring.

He finally quit the industry.

What is most worrying is that because these costs are imposed and incurred literally at “the grass-roots,” central government seems to be largely unaware of their scope, their range and their fiscal impact. . .

The previous government gave local bodies more powers, at least some of which have resulted in more red tape and higher costs for businesses and individuals.

This needs to be addressed if we’re to maintain or improve our ranking for ease of doing business.

Our ranking for doing business was matched by a third place in the United Nation’s Human Development Report.

That looks at social factors including health, education and living standards.


November 6 in history

November 6, 2010

On November 6:

355  Roman Emperor Constantius II promoted his cousin Julian to the rank of Caesar, entrusting him with the government of the Prefecture of the Gauls.

 
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1528  Shipwrecked Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca became the first known European to set foot in Texas.

1632   Thirty years war: Battle of Lützen was fought, the Swedes were victorius but the King of Sweden, Gustavus Adolphus died in the battle.

Battle of Lutzen

1789   Pope Pius VI appointed Father John Carroll as the first Catholic bishop in the United States.

 
Portrait of John Carroll by Gilbert Stuart

1844  The first constitution of the Dominican Republic was adopted.

1851  Charles Dow, American journalist and economist, was born (d. 1902).

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1856   Scenes of Clerical Life, the first work of fiction by the author later known as George Eliot, was submitted for publication.

1861   American Civil War: Jefferson Davis was elected president of the Confederate States of America.

1861  James Naismith, Canadian inventor of basketball, was born (d. 1939).

1865   American Civil War: CSS Shenandoah was the last Confederate combat unit to surrender after circumnavigating the globe on a cruise on which it sank or captured 37 vessels.

1893  Edsel Ford, president of Ford Motor Company, was born (d. 1943).
 

1908 Prime Minister Sir Joseph Ward ceremonially opened the North Island main trunk railway line by driving home a final polished silver spike at Manganuioteao, between National Park and Ohakune.

Last spike for North Island main trunk line

1913   Mohandas Gandhi was arrested while leading a march of Indian miners in South Africa.

1917   World War I: Third Battle of Ypres ended: After three months of fierce fighting, Canadian forces took Passchendaele in Belgium.

Australian gunners in Château Wood near Hooge, 29 October 1917.

1918   The Second Polish Republic was proclaimed in Poland.

Flag Coat of arms

1925   Secret agent Sidney Reilly was executed by the OGPU, the secret police of the Soviet Union.

 
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1928   Sweden began a tradition of eating Gustavus Adolphus pastries to commemorate the king.

1935  Edwin Armstrong presented his paper “A Method of Reducing Disturbances in Radio Signaling by a System of Frequency Modulation” to the New York section of the Institute of Radio Engineers.

1935  First flight of the Hawker Hurricane.

1935  Parker Brothers acquired the forerunner patents for MONOPOLY from Elizabeth Magie.

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1939   World War II: Sonderaktion Krakau took place.

1941  World War II: Soviet leader Joseph Stalin addressed the Soviet Union for only the second time during his three-decade rule. He stated that even though 350,000 troops were killed in German attacks so far, the Germans had lost 4.5 million soldiers and that Soviet victory was near.

1942   World War II: Carlson’s patrol during the Guadalcanal Campaign began.

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1943   World War II: the Soviet Red Army recaptured Kiev. 

1944   Plutonium was first produced at the Hanford Atomic Facility.

Light-gray standing cylinder. Its top slice has been cut off and slightly shifted aside exposing a darker inside

1946  Sally Field, American actress, was born.

1947 – George Young, Australian musician (Easybeats), was born.

1947   Meet the Press made its television debut (the show went to a weekly schedule on September 12, 1948).

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1948 Glenn Frey, American singer (Eagles), was born.

1949 Nigel Havers, English actor, was born.

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1962   Apartheid: The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution condemning South Africa’s racist apartheid policies and calls for all UN member states to cease military and economic relations with the nation.

1963   General Duong Van Minh took over leadership of South Vietnam.

1965   Cuba and the United States formally agreed to begin an airlift for Cubans who want to go to the United States.

1970  Ethan Hawke, American actor, was born.

A caucasian male with dark slick hair, wearing a two-piece grey suit, with a white shirt and black tie.

1971  The United States Atomic Energy Commission tested the largest U.S. underground hydrogen bomb, code-named Cannikin, on Amchitka Island in the Aleutians.

 

1975   Green March began: 300,000 unarmed Moroccans converged on the southern city of Tarfaya and waited for a signal from King Hassan II of Morocco to cross into Western Sahara.

 

1977   The Kelly Barnes Dam, located above Toccoa Falls, Georgia, failed, killing 39.

1985   Leftist guerrillas of the April 19 Movement seized control of the Palace of Justice in Bogotá, eventually killing 115 people, 11 of them Supreme Court justices.

1986   Sumburgh disaster – A British International Helicopters Boeing 234LR Chinook crashed 2.5 miles east of Sumburgh Airport killing 45 people. 

1999   Australians voted to keep the Head of the Commonwealth as their head of state in the Australian republic referendum.

2004   An express train collided with a stationary carriage near the village of Ufton Nervet, England, killing 7 and injuring 150.

 

2005   The Evansville Tornado of November 2005 killed 25 in Northwestern Kentucky and Southwestern Indiana.

Sourced from NZ History Online


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