Word of the day

June 10, 2012

Megrim – depression, low spirits, unhappiness; a  caprice,  fancy or whim; migraine; vertigo; any disease of animals marked  by disturbance of equilibrium and abnormal gait and behavior.


Breathtaking

June 10, 2012

Amateur Taupo videographer Bevan Percival spent the past couple of months trampking in and around Mt Tongariro taking photos which he turned into this breathtaking timelapse sequence.

Hat tip: Stuff


9/10

June 10, 2012

9/10 in the Herald’s Question Time.


Rural round-up

June 10, 2012

Central Plains water scheme nearly there – Chris Hutching:

The Central Plains Water scheme has obtained all necessary agreements with Environment Court appellants.

The appellants, mainly farmers seeking realignment of canal structures, have withdrawn, a (© Copyright Protected – The National Business Review 80) company representative told NBR.

Central Plains will lodge the consents when Christchurch City Council has signed its appeal agreement. . .

Synlait $70 million capital raising deal fails – Annette Scott:

Synlait Ltd has failed in its bid to sell up to 70% of its holding in Synlait Farms.

An eleventh hour collapse of an expected settlement has disappointed the board that was on track for a “done deal” with its capital raising this week.

The New Zealand Farmers Weekly understands the near 5000 hectares of prime, irrigated Canterbury dairy farmland was set to be sold to an offshore buyer.

The future of dairy farming comes to Tasmania Anne Boswell:

A dairy farm in northern Tasmania is revolutionising the role of the traditional dairy farmer by having installed the world’s first commercial robotic rotary dairy.

Gala Farms, operated by the Dornauf family, installed the De Laval-developed Automated Milking Rotary system in February this year and haven’t looked back.

The new milking system was developed in collaboration with the Sydney-based FutureDairy team. . .

Call for rual and urban NZ to reconnect:

Professor Jacqueline Rowarth of Waikato University says urban and rural New Zealand need to reconnect with each other better?

New Zealand is one of the most urbanised countries in the world, with more than 86% of people now living in town.

Professor Rowarth says while most people no longer have a connection with the land, research suggests the majority of urban people know of the importance of the rural sector to the country’s economy.

She says the opposite can’t be said about rural people, with only a minority giving the same credence to the urban sector.

Professor Rowarth says it’s important that both understand each other. .

 


Summit job losses no reason for currency tinkering

June 10, 2012

The announcement that 49.5 jobs will be lost at Summit Wool Spinners is very bad news for the people affected and the company.

Summit is one of North Otago’s biggest employers and that number of jobs lost will have an impact in the district.

It is not however, as the EPMU and  FIRST Union suggest a reason for government support or interference with the exchange rate.

Summit, a Japanese-owned company, was one of several businesses which received help at the peak of the global financial crisis which enabled it to retain most of its employees.

But that was never meant to be more than a temporary measure.

Summit’s fortunes have waxed and waned, and the currency is a significant factor in its fortunes, as it is with all exporters. The unions need to accept that and work with the company to find other ways to keep the business going and growing.


June 10 in history

June 10, 2012

1190  Third Crusade:  Frederick I Barbarossa drowned in the river Saleph while leading an army to Jerusalem.

1539 Council of Trent: Paul III sent out letters to his bishops, delaying the Council due to war and the difficulty bishops had travelling to Venice.

1619 Thirty Years’ War: Battle of Záblatí, a turning point in the Bohemian Revolt.

1624 Treaty of Compiègne, signed between France and the Netherlands.

1688  Prince of Wales, James Francis Edward Stuart  was born (d. 1766).

1692 Salem witch trials: Bridget Bishop was hanged at Gallows Hill  for “certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries”.

1710 James Short, Scottish mathematician, optician and telescope maker was born  (d. 1768).

1719 Jacobite Rising: Battle of Glen Shiel.

1770  Captain James Cook ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef.

1786  A landslide dam on the Dadu River created by an earthquake ten days earlier collapses, killing 100,000 in the Sichuan province of China.

1793  The Jardin des Plantes museum opened in Paris.

1793 – French Revolution: Following the arrests of Girondin leaders the Jacobins gained control of the Committee of Public Safety installing the revolutionary dictatorship.

1805  First Barbary War: Yussif Karamanli signed a treaty ending hostilities with the United States.

1829 The first Boat Race between the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge took place.

1838  Myall Creek Massacre in Australia: 28 Aboriginal Australians are murdered.

1854  The first class of the United States Naval Academy students graduated.

1864  American Civil War: Battle of Brice’s Crossroads – Confederate troops under Nathan Bedford Forrest defeated a much larger Union force led by General Samuel D. Sturgis.

1871  Sinmiyangyo: Captain McLane Tilton led 109 Marines in a naval attack on Han River forts on Kanghwa Island, Korea.

1886  Mount Tarawera erupted, killing 153 people and destroying the famous Pink and White Terraces.

 

Eruption of Mt Tarawera

1898 Spanish-American War: U.S. Marines landed in Cuba.

1901 Frederick Loewe, Austrian-born composer, was born  (d. 1988).

1906 Liberal Prime Minister Richard Seddon died at sea while returning from Australia to what he called “God’s Own Country”.

Death of Richard Seddon

1910 Robert Still, English composer, was born  (d. 1971).

1915 Saul Bellow, Canadian born writer and Nobel laureate was born (d. 2005).

1918 The Austro-Hungarian battleship SMS Szent István sank after being torpedoed by an Italian MAS motorboat.

1921 Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was born.

1922 Judy Garland, American musical actress, was born (d. 1969).

1923 Robert Maxwell, Slovakian-born newspaperman was born  (d. 1991).

1924 Fascists kidnapped and killed Italian socialist leader Giacomo Matteotti.

1925 Inaugural service for the United Church of Canada, a union of Presbyterian, Methodist, and Congregationalist churches, held in Toronto Arena.

1935  Dr. Robert Smith took his last drink, and Alcoholics Anonymous was founded by him and Bill Wilson.

1940 Augie Auer, US born New Zealand meteorologist and television presenter, was born  (d. 2007).

1940 World War II: Italy declared war on France and the United Kingdom.

1940 – World War II: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt denounced Italy’s actions with his “Stab in the Back” speech at the graduation ceremonies of the University of Virginia.

1940 – World War II: German forces, under General Erwin Rommel, reached the English Channel.

1940 – World War II: Canada declared war on Italy.

1940 – World War II: Norway surrendered to German forces.

1942  World War II: Nazis burnt the Czech village of Lidice in reprisal for the killing of Reinhard Heydrich.

1944 World War II: 642 men, women and children were killed in the Oradour-sur-Glane Massacre in France.

1944 – World War II: In Distomo, Boeotia Prefecture, Greece 218 men, women and children were massacred by German troops.

1945  Australian Imperial Forces landed in Brunei Bay to liberate Brunei.

1947 Saab produced its first car.

1957 John Diefenbaker led the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada to a stunning upset in the Canadian federal election, 1957, ending 22 years of Liberal Party rule.

1965 – Vietnam War: The Battle of Dong Xoai began.

1967 –  Six-Day War ended  Israel and Syria agreed to a cease-fire.

1973 John Paul Getty III was kidnapped in Rome.

1977 – Apple shipped its first Apple II personal computer.

1980 The African National Congress published a call to fight from their imprisoned leader Nelson Mandela.

1996  Peace talks began in Northern Ireland without the participation of Sinn Féin.

1997 Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot ordered the killing of his defense chief Son Sen and 11 of Sen’s family members.

1999  Kosovo War: NATO suspended its air strikes after Slobodan Milošević agreed to withdraw Serbian forces from Kosovo.

2001  Pope John Paul II canonized Lebanon s first female saint Saint Rafqa.

2002  The first direct electronic communication experiment between the nervous systems of two humans was carried out by Kevin Warwick in the United Kingdom.

2003  The Spirit Rover was launched, beginning NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover mission.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia


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