Betimes – before the usual or expected time, early; in good time; seasonably; Promptly, speedily; once in a while, occasionally.
Various versions of this have been circulating the Internet for a while.
They’re usually attributed to John Cleese, though Snopes rejects that.
Winston Peters wants more members for his party.
That should be the aim of all parties ?
The more people actively involved in politics the better it is for democracy.
But I wonder how many NZ First has now?
Parties need only a couple of hundred members to register. I’d be very surprised if NZ First has many more than that.
Fonterra has conditional agreement to buy NZ Dairies’ assets in South Canterbury.
The acquisition, which is subject to Commerce Commission clearance, would result in NZDL’s existing farmer suppliers being paid in full by the receivers and being able to have their milk processed and paid for from the start of the new dairy season which commences in a few weeks.
Suppliers are owed tens of millions of dollars in total, individuals will be owed hundreds of thousands. If Fonterra’s offer gets Commerce Commission approval and enables receivers to pay then in full that will be a lifeline for not just them but their creditors too.
The Russian-owned dairy factory was placed into receivership on 17 May 2012. The receivers, Colin Gower, Stephen Tubbs and Brian Mayo-Smith of BDO Chartered Accountants, called for bids to buy the business and assets of NZDL soon after.
Fonterra CEO Theo Spierings said the acquisition ensures that the Studholme plant continues to operate and its farm suppliers have certainty that they will be able to sell their milk on a commercial basis from the start of next season.
“The Studholme plant is processing around 150 million litres of milk a year into milk powders for export,” said Mr Spierings.
“It will complement our new Darfield plant which is due to start taking milk in August.
“Our Strategy Refresh has clearly identified the importance of growing milk volumes and optimising our New Zealand manufacturing operations. This transaction helps deliver on that priority.”
As part of the agreement, NZDL’s existing suppliers have been offered the opportunity to supply Fonterra on contracts, which will enable them to become Fonterra fully share backed after the 2012/2013 season and require them to be shareholders within six years.
Fonterra plans to operate the Studholme plant up until the end of the 2012/2013 season pending a decision by the Commerce Commission on Fonterra’s clearance application.
“This means that we are able to collect and process farmers’ milk from the start of the new season, avoiding the prospect of them having to spill milk,” said Mr Spierings.
“The solution we’ve developed with the receivers will mean that suppliers who continue to supply NZDL have a tanker coming up their driveway to take their milk and ensures they still have an income.
“It also means we are able to provide for continued employment to many of NZDL’s staff during this period.”
Many of NZ Dairies’ suppliers would have been attracted to the company by not needing to buy shares. Fonterra’s offer to take their milk on contract with time to acquire shares gives them breathing space.
If the Commerce Commission takes into account the benefits for suppliers, staff and the wider community there should be no problem with approving the purchase.
It will have to take into account other processors and the presence of a Synlait plant in Canterbury might help.
The left likes to label the very necessary reforms from the mid 80s to early 90s as “failed” policies.
Au contraire, it’s the countries which haven’t brought their economies into the real world that are in the worst state, as Prime Minister John Key observed after his return from Europe:
Look at those countries that are experiencing significant policy challenges today: it’s because they have failed to have the right policy prescriptions.”
Right as in correct as well as right, or at least centre right, politically that is.
1487 Battle of Stoke Field, the final engagement of the Wars of the Roses.
1738 – Mary Katharine Goddard, American printer and publisher, was born (d. 1816).
1745 British troops took Cape Breton Island,.
1745 – Sir William Pepperell captured the French Fortress Louisbourg, during the War of the Austrian Succession.
1746 War of Austrian Succession: Austria and Sardinia defeated a Franco-Spanish army at the Battle of Piacenza.
1779 Spain declared war on Great Britain, and the siege of Gibraltar began.
1821 Old Tom Morris, Scottish golfer, was born (d. 1908).
1829 Geronimo, Apache leader, was born (d. 1909).
1858 Abraham Lincoln delivered his House Divided speech in Springfield, Illinois.
1858 Battle of Morar during the Indian Mutiny.
1871 The University Tests Act allowed students to enter the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Durham without religious tests, except for courses in theology.
1883 The Victoria Hall theatre panic in Sunderland killed 183 children.
1890 Stan Laurel, British actor and comedian, was born (d. 1965).
1891 John Abbott became Canada’s third prime minister.
1897 A treaty annexing the Republic of Hawaii to the United States was signed.
1903 The Ford Motor Company was incorporated.
1904 Eugen Schauman assassinated Nikolai Bobrikov, Governor-General of Finland.
1911 A 772 gram stony meteorite struck the earth near Kilbourn, Columbia County, Wisconsin damaging a barn.
1912 Enoch Powell, British politician, was born (d. 1998).
1915 The foundation of the British Women’s Institute.
1923 Baby farmer Daniel Cooper was hanged..
1924 The Whampoa Military Academy was founded.
1925 The most famous Young Pioneer camp of the USSR, Artek, was established.
1929 Pauline Yates, English actress, was born.
1930 Sovnarkom established decree time in the USSR.
1934 Dame Eileen Atkins, English actress, was born.
1937 Erich Segal, American author, was born (d. 2010).
1938 Joyce Carol Oates, American novelist, was born.
1940 World War II: Marshal Henri Philippe Pétain becomes Premier of Vichy France.
1939 Billy Crash Craddock, American country singer, was born.
1940 – A Communist government was installed in Lithuania.
1948 The storming of the cockpit of the Miss Macao passenger seaplane, operated by a subsidiary of the Cathay Pacific Airways, marked the first aircraft hijacking of a commercial plane.
1961 Rudolf Nureyev defected at Le Bourget airport in Paris.
1967 The three-day Monterey International Pop Music Festival began.
1972 Red Army Faction member Ulrike Meinhof was captured by police in Langenhagen.
1972 The largest single-site hydro-electric power project in Canada started at Churchill Falls, Labrador.
1976 Soweto uprising: a non-violent march by 15,000 students in Soweto turned into days of rioting when police open fire on the crowd and kill 566 children.
1977 Oracle Corporation was incorporated as Software Development Laboratories (SDL) by Larry Ellison, Bob Miner and Ed Oates.
1989 Imre Nagy, the former Hungarian Prime Minister, was reburied in Budapest.
2000 Israel complied with UN Security Council Resolutiwen 425 and withdrew from all of Lebanon, except the disputed Sheba Farms.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia