Yabba dabba dancing dog

May 19, 2012

Word of the day

May 19, 2012

Eristic – given to or characterised by disputatious, often specious argument; pertaining to argument for its own sake; one given to or expert in dispute or argument; who engages in disputation; controversialist;  art or practice of disputation and polemics.


Neat meat idea from Neat Meat

May 19, 2012

Neat Meat has launched Chef Series, a line of pre-cooked meat dishes aimed at people who like home cooking but lack the time, energy or inclination to do it all themselves.

Neat Meat is a family business started by Gisborne-born and bred Simon Eriksen in 2001. You can read the company’s story here.

Simon was one of the speakers at the Top Two Inches, a farming seminar held in Gisborne yesterday at which my farmer and I were also speaking.

In his speech, my farmer talked about how we complement each other – he’s the extrovert I’m the introvert, he’s the risk taker, I’m the creative one, he’s a control freak, I don’t do details. . .

He spoke first so I made the most of the opportunity to have the last word.

Also on the agenda were Matt Todd – CEO Eastland Group/Director TFL;  Neil Sorensen – NZRFU;  Anne Boniface – Westpac Economist and a panel of locals who manage farming businesses for foreign owners.

It as an interesting and inspirational day. Speaking to people afterwards, I concluded there were as many interesting stories in the audience as there had been from the speakers.


5/10

May 19, 2012

5/10 in Stuff’s Biz Quiz.


Interested buyers

May 19, 2012

Receivers for  NZ Dairies are in talks with interested buyers.

 

Moscow-based investment bank VTB Capital appointed Colin Gower, Stephen Tubbs and Brian Mayo Smith of BDO Chartered Accountants as receivers for NZ Dairies yesterday. They intend to put the group, which includes milk processing facilities in Studholme, up for sale, and have called a meeting with farmer suppliers keep them up to date.

“There are already advanced discussions in place with a number of interested parties regarding the purchase of the business,” the receiver said in a statement.

There are some very anxious suppliers waiting to find out how much they will be paid for the milk they’ve sent to the company in the last month.

They are owed make-up payments for the rest of the season too as suppliers get only partial payments during the season.

The problem appears to be a lack of equity after the parent company went bankrupt.


May 19 in history

May 19, 2012

1499  Catherine of Aragon, was married by proxy to Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales. Catherine was 13 and Arthur 12.

1535  Jacques Cartier set sail on his second voyage to North America with three ships, 110 men, and Chief Donnacona’s two sons (whom Cartier had kidnapped during his first voyage).

1536  Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII , was beheaded for adultery, treason, and incest.

1568  Queen Elizabeth I of England ordered the arrest of Mary, Queen of Scots.

1643 Thirty Years’ War : French forces under the duc d’Enghien decisively defeated Spanish forces at the Battle of Rocroi, marking the symbolic end of Spain as a dominant land power.

1649  An Act of Parliament declaring England a Commonwealth was passed by the Long Parliament.

1749 King George II granted the Ohio Company a charter of land around the forks of the Ohio River.

1780 New England’s Dark Day: A combination of thick smoke and heavy cloud cover caused complete darkness to fall on Eastern Canada and the New England area of the United States at 10:30 A.M.

1795 – Johns Hopkins, American philanthropist, was born  (d. 1873).

1802  Napoleon Bonaparte founded the Légion d’Honneur.

1828 President John Quincy Adams signsedthe Tariff of 1828 into law, protecting wool manufacturers in the United States.

1846 Thomas Brunner, Kehu, a Ngati Tumatakokiri Maori, and Charles Heaphy reached Mawhera Pa.

Brunner, Kehu and Heaphy reach Mawhera pa

1848 Mexican-American War: Mexico ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo thus ending the war and ceding California, Nevada, Utah and parts of four other modern-day U.S. states to the United States for $15 million USD.

1861  Dame Nellie Melba, Australian opera singer, was born (d. 1931).

1864 American Civil War: the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House ended.

1879 Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor, American-born politician, was born (d. 1964).

1881 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, 1st President of Turkey, was born (d. 1938).

1890 Ho Chi Minh, Vietnamese leader, was born  (d. 1969).

1897  Oscar Wilde was released from Reading Gaol.

1919 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk landed at Samsun on the Anatolian Black Sea coast, initiating the Turkish War of Independence.  The anniversary of this eventis also regarded as a date of remembrance for Pontic Greeks on the Greek genocide.

1921  The U.S. Congress passed the Emergency Quota Act establishing national quotas on immigration.

1922 The Young Pioneer organization of the Soviet Union was established.

1925 Malcolm X, American civil rights activist, was born (d. 1965).

1925   Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator , was born (d. 1998).

1928 Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus Cars, was born (d. 1982).

1939 Nancy Kwan, Hong Kong actress, was born.

1941 Bobby Burgess, dancer, singer and original Mouseketeer, was born.

1943 World War II: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt set Monday, May 1, 1944 as the date for the cross-English Channel landing (D-Day). It was later be delayed over a month due to bad weather.

1945 Pete Townshend, English musician (The Who), was born.

1948 Grace Jones, Jamaican singer and actress, was born.

1951 Joey Ramone, American musician (The Ramones), was born  (d. 2001).

1953 Victoria Wood, English comedian and actress, was born.

1954 Phil Rudd, Australian drummer (AC/DC), was born.

1961  Venera program: Venera 1 becomes the first man-made object to fly-by another planet by passing Venus (the probe had lost contact with Earth a month earlier and did not send back any data).

1962 A birthday salute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy took place at Madison Square Garden. The highlight is Marilyn Monr0e’s rendition of Happy Birthday.

1966  Jodi Picoult, American writer, was born.

1971   Mars 2 was launched by the Soviet Union.

1983 Jessica Fox, English actress, was born.

1987 The attempted hijacking of an Air New Zealand Boeing 747 at Nadi airport was thwarted when a member of the cabin crew hit the hijacker over the head with a whisky bottle.

Attempted hijacking in Fiji foiled

1991 Croatians voted for independence at their independence referendum.

2009  Sri Lanka announced victory in its 27 year war against the terrorist organisation, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.


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