Word of the day

May 1, 2012

Deglutition – the act, power or process of swallowing.


Rural round-up

May 1, 2012

Top Sheep Breeding Operation Wins Wellington Ballance Farm Environment Awards:

Well-known Wairarapa hill-country sheep and beef farm Wairere Station has been named Supreme winner of the 2012 Greater Wellington Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

Owned by the Derek Daniell Trust and situated north east of Masterton, the 1206ha property is home to an internationally recognised Romney sheep stud.

Ballance Farm Environment Award (BFEA) judges described Wairere as“a sustainable, innovative and financially-sound farming operation”.

“Strong consideration has always been given to conservation practices alongside the ability to be a leading entrepreneur of sheep genetics in New Zealand.” . . .

Cow pooling and homekill:

With ‘cow pooling’ in the spotlight following TV One’s Sunday programme, Federated Farmers Rural Butchers believes it has a role to play in reconnecting the public to their food.

“From what I saw on Sunday last night, ‘cow pooling’ seemed legitimate,” says Mike Hanson, Federated Farmers Rural Butchers chairperson.

“The impression I got was that people owned the farm animal and had it processed through a licensed abattoir. If that’s the case the meat is legitimate. So much so, they’ll even pay a Beef+Lamb NZ levy on it. . .

Go Young Farmer:

After 22 District Finals and seven Regional Finals featuring New Zealand’s best young farming talent, The National Bank Young Farmer Contest is down to the last seven Contestants.  They’ll battle it out in Dunedin from 23 May – 26 May 2012 to see who will take the title. 

There’ll be plenty of pressure on the seven Grand Finalists.  And when the going gets tough, a bit of support can make all the difference. . .

Fortunately, even if you can’t be in Dunedin for the Grand Final, you can still cheer on your favourite contestant.

The National Bank’s goyoungfarmer.co.nz website is the next best thing to being there.

 

Differences more apparent than real – Allan Barber:

In spite of recent disagreements, most notably between Keith Cooper of Silver Fern Farms and Beef and Lamb NZ, there doesn’t appear to be too much wrong with relationships between meat companies and the industry good organisation representing sheep and beef farmers

Cooper has listed several bones of contention which pushed him to the point of resigning from the B&LNZ board – the proposal for PGP funding had several aspects which cut across FarmIQ, the launch of the Suretrim industry trim standard went ahead without getting full commitment from the processors, and, in his own words, the straw that broke the camel’s back was an article in the Christchurch Press in late January quoting B&LNZ chairman Mike Petersen on the sustainability of lamb prices. . .

Crafar farms sale appears to be over at last – Allan Barber:

The sale of 16 assorted, somewhat rundown dairy farms to the Chinese buyer, Shanghai Pengxin, looks as though it can finally go ahead, although there is still talk of an appeal by the group headed by Sir Michael Fay.

It is hard to see on what basis an appeal could be successful, because the OIO tightened its criteria for recommending the Chinese bid which was already required to jump through more hoops than any previous application for foreign ownership. The Ministers were satisfied by the OIO’s changes and would clearly have taken great care not to land the Government in any more embarrassment over the issue. . .


Values not just for Anzac Day

May 1, 2012

Quote of the day:

. . . If honour and duty and service and responsibility and courage and unity were values championed every day, this would be a happier, more harmonious and stronger nation.

Rediscovering that language is not just an opportunity for the leaders of our main political parties, it’s an obligation.

If we want a new focus, it’s easily found. The values of Anzac Day are there, waiting. We just need to be brave enough to rediscover them. Age does not weary those values – it’s the rest of the year that condemns us. Jim Hopkins


Fonterra won’t seek outside equity

May 1, 2012

Fonterra chair Sir Henry van der Heyden has ruled out seeking outside equity for the company:

Fonterra will not go outside its farmer shareholder base to look for new capital to fund the co-operative’s growth, and will depend only on retained earnings and new entrants to the dairy industry to pay its portion of future ventures.

Speaking to reporters after a two-hour select committee hearing at Parliament, chairman Sir Henry van der Heyden emphatically ruled out Fonterra seeking new capital for growth.

“No. We’re a co-operative,” he said in response to questions on whether the dairy giant would pursue growth opportunities in the future.

People outside the industry might not be happy about that but farmers will be.

The risk with outside equity would be the non-suppplying shareholders would want to drive maximise profits by driving down the farm gate price of milk.

While the company is 100% supplier owned, their interests are safeguarded.

Competitors wouldn’t mind that though, they reckon the farm gate price is 40 – 50 cents a kilogram higher than it ought to be.

 


Job must come before identity

May 1, 2012

Education Minister Hekia Parata has been accused of putting her job before her identity:

Education Minister Hekia Parata is being accused of choosing her job over her identity by directing a Far North school to close its senior classes.

That is something she should be praised for, not criticised.

When you are a Minister who you are and where you come from can help you understand an issue or situation but it must not bias you.


May 1 in history

May 1, 2012

305  Diocletian and Maximian retired from the office of Roman Emperor.

880 The Nea Ekklesia was inaugurated in Constantinople setting the model for all later cross-in-square Orthodox churches.

1328  Wars of Scottish Independence ended: Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton – the Kingdom of England recognised the Kingdom of Scotland as an independent state.

1576 Stefan Batory, the reigning Prince of Transylvania, married Anna Jagiellon and they became the co-rulers of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

1707 The Act of Union joined the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland to form the Kingdom of Great Britain.

1751 The first cricket match was played in America.

1753 Publication of Species Plantarum by Linnaeus, and the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.

1759 Josiah Wedgwood founded the Wedgwood pottery company in Great Britain.

1776 Establishment of the Illuminati in Ingolstadt (Upper Bavaria), by Jesuit-taught Adam Weishaupt.

1778 American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet began in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.

1785  Kamehameha, the king of Hawaiʻi defeated Kalanikupule and established the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi.

1786  Opening night of the opera The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Vienna.

1831 Emily Stowe, Canadian physician and suffragist, was born (d. 1903).

1834  The British colonies abolished slavery.

1840  The Penny Black, the first official adhesive postage stamp, was issued in the United Kingdom.

1846  The few remaining Mormons left in Nauvoo, Illinois, formally dedicated the Nauvoo Temple.

1848 The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta was founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

1851 Queen Victoria opened the Great Exhibition in London.

1852 Calamity Jane, American Wild West performer, was born (d. 1903).

1852 The Philippine peso was introduced into circulation.

1863  American Civil War: The Battle of Chancellorsville began.

1865 The Empire of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay signed the Treaty of the Triple Alliance.

1869 The Folies Bergère opened in Paris.

1875 Alexandra Palace reopened after the 1873 fire burnt it down.

1884  Proclamation of the demand for eight-hour workday in the United States.

1884 Moses Fleetwood Walker became the first black person to play in a professional baseball game in the United States.

1885 Ralph Stackpole, American sculptor, painter, was born  (d. 1973).

1886 Rallies, that ended in the Haymarket affair, were held throughout the United States demanding the eight-hour work day.

1893 The World’s Columbian Exposition opened in Chicago.

1893 Richard Seddon became Premier of New Zealand.

Richard Seddon becomes Premier

1894 Coxey’s Army, the first significant American protest march, arrived in Washington, D.C.

1898  Spanish-American War: The Battle of Manila Bay – the United States Navy destroyed the Spanish Pacific fleet in the first battle of the war.

1900 The Scofield mine disaster killed more than 200 men in Scofield, Utah.

1901 The Pan-American Exposition opened in Buffalo, New York.

1910 Dr. J. Allen Hynek, Astronomer/Astro-physicist. Noted UFO investigator, was born  (d. 1986).

1915  The RMS Lusitania departed from New York City on her two hundred and second, and final, crossing of the North Atlantic.

1925 The All-China Federation of Trade Unions was officially founded.

1926 New Zealand Railways magazine was launched.

NZ Railways Magazine launched

1927 The first cooked meals on a scheduled flight were introduced on an Imperial Airways flight from London to Paris.

1927  The Union Labor Life Insurance Company was founded by the American Federation of Labor.

1930 The dwarf planet Pluto was officially named.

1931 The Empire State Building was dedicated in New York City.

1937  Una Stubbs, English actress, was born.

1939 Judy Collins, American folk singer, was born.

1940 The 1940 Summer Olympics were cancelled owing to war.

1941 – World War II: German forces launch a major attack on Tobruk.

1945 World War II: A German newsreader officially announced that Adolf Hitler had “fallen at his command post in the Reich Chancellery fighting to the last breath against Bolshevism and for Germany”.

1945  Yougoslav partisans freed Trieste.

1945  Rita Coolidge, American singer, was born.

1946  Joanna Lumley, English actress, was born.

1946 Start of 3 year Pilbara strike of Indigenous Australians.

1946 The Paris Peace Conference concluded that the islands of the Dodecanese should be returned to Greece by Italy.

1947 Portella della Ginestra massacre against May Day celebrations in Sicily by the bandit and separatist leader Salvatore Giuliano; 11 people were killed and 33 wounded.

1948 The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) was established, with Kim Il-sung as president.

1950  Guam was organized as a United States commonwealth.

1956  The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk was made available to the public.

1956  A doctor in Japan reported an “epidemic of an unknown disease of the central nervous system”, marking the official discovery of Minamata disease.

1960 Formation of the western Indian states of Gujarat and Maharashtra.

1960  Cold War: U-2 incidentFrancis Gary Powers, in a Lockheed U-2 spyplane, iwa shot down over the Soviet Union, sparking a diplomatic crisis.

1961 The Prime Minister of Cuba, Fidel Castro, proclaimed Cuba a socialist nation and abolishes elections.

1965 Battle of Dong-Yin, a naval conflict between ROC and PRC, took place.

1970  Protests erupted in Seattle, Washington, following the announcement by U.S. President Richard Nixon that U.S. Forces in Vietnam would pursue enemy troops into Cambodia, a neutral country.

1971 Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) was formed to take over U.S. passenger rail service.

1977 36 people were killed in Taksim Square, Istanbul, during the Labour Day celebrations.

1978 Japan’s Naomi Uemura, travelling by dog sled, became the first person to reach the North Pole alone.

1982 The 1982 World’s Fair opened in Knoxville, Tennessee.

1982 Operation Black Buck: The Royal Air Force attacked the Argentine Air Force during Falklands War.

1983 Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize.

1987 Pope John Paul II beatified Edith Stein, a Jewish-born Carmelite nun who was gassed in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz.

1989 Disney-MGM Studios opened at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida.

1990 The former Philippine Episcopal Church (supervised by the Episcopal Church of the United States of America) was granted full autonomy and raised to the states of an Autocephalous Anglican Province and renamed the Episcopal Church of the Philippines.

1992 On the third day of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, African-American activist, criminal, and victim of police beating Rodney King appeared in public before television news cameras to appeal for calm and plead for peace, asking, “People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along?”.

1994  Three-time Formula One world champion Ayrton Senna was killed in an accident during the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola.

1995 Croatian forces launch Operation Flash during the Croatian War of Independence.

1997  Tasmania became the last state in Australia to decriminalize homosexuality.

2001 Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared the existence of “a state of rebellion”, hours after thousands of supporters of her arrested predecessor, Joseph Estrada, stormed towards the presidential palace at the height of the EDSA III rebellion.

2003 2003 invasion of Iraq: In the “Mission Accomplished” speech, on board the USS Abraham Lincoln (off the coast of California), U.S. President George W. Bush declaref that “major combat operations in Iraq have ended”.

2004 Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia joined the European Union, celebrated at the residence of the Irish President in Dublin.

2006  The Puerto Rican government closed the Department of Education and 42 other government agencies owing to to significant shortages in cash flow.

2007  the Los Angeles May Day mêlée occured, in which the Los Angeles Police Department’s response to a May Day pro-immigration rally become a matter of controversy.

2008 The London Agreement on translation of European patents, concluded in 2000, entered into force in 14 of the 34 Contracting States to the European Patent Convention.

2009 Same-sex marriage was legalised in Sweden.

2010 – attempted car bombing of Times Square.


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