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Meanwhile back at the ranch – Fran O’Sullivan:
Is Fonterra’s Sir Henry van der Heyden staying on past his use-by date as the dairy co-operative’s chairman to protect chairman-elect John Wilson from a boardroom coup?
That question was doing the rounds even before Fonterra confirmed on September 27 that van der Heyden would not step down from the board as expected this December when he hands over the chairmanship to John Wilson at the co-op’s AGM.
Van der Heyden will instead stay on for an unspecified period – expected to be much less than the December 2013 period when his term as an elected board member runs out – to ostensibly “provide continuity around the board table” until after Trading among Farmers (Taf) is up and running. . .
Maintaining lifestyle balance – Sally Rae:
Keri Johnston was about halfway through her final year at St Kevin’s College, in Oamaru, when she decided to pursue an engineering degree.
Ms Johnston had always loved science and mathematics but laughingly recalled how she hated the sight of blood, which ruled out anything in the medical profession.
After hearing a talk from a lecturer from the University of Canterbury School of Engineering, she decided engineering was something she might like to do. . .
Rabobank Australia and New Zealand Group country banking division head Neil Dobbin has been appointed to run Rabobank’s United States agri banking business, Rabo Agri Finance (RAF).
Mr Dobbin – a veteran of 25 years with Rabobank in Australia and New Zealand, the past decade as group executive Country Banking Australia & New Zealand – has taken on the role of chief executive officer for RAF.
Announcing the appointment, Rabobank Group executive board member Berry Marttin said during Mr Dobbin’s stewardship of its Country Banking operations in Australia and New Zealand, Rabobank had grown to become the leading food and agribusiness bank in the region. . .
The new president of Federated Farmers in Wairarapa is aiming to make sure local farmers have their voice heard.
Bideford’s Jamie Falloon was voted in on Tuesday night by the executive committee to replace outgoing president Paul McGill, who is taking up a position at Landcorp in Wellington.
Mr Falloon, 43, lives in Bideford with his wife Georgie and three children Joe, 9, John, 6 and Anabelle, 4. . .
Ideas that cut the cost of heating propagation beds to grow plants and turn frost fans into power generators are just two of the six projects being developed by the finalists for the Agmardt Market Innovation project in the 2012 Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition. Other innovation ideas include collapsible crates for freighting small plants, an instant rollout flower mat, and a design that takes weeding to a new level.
Six finalists from around New Zealand who have won their industry sector competitions are preparing for the intensive two day competition on November 14 and 15 in Auckland.
“The standard this year is amazing; I think the judges will have difficulty selecting the winner,” says Nicola Rochester, Chair of the RNZIH Education Trust, which manages the competition. . .
The second debate between Presidential nominees Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will be live streamed by the Washington Post here.
Question 2 in parliament today:
Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister responsible for the GCSB: Specifically, have there been staff issues associated with the Government Communications Security Bureau and Dotcom affair brought to his attention by the Government Communications Security Bureau or members of the New Zealand Police, in which such staff members no longer work in their previous capacity for the Government Communications Security Bureau or any government agency; if so, what were the circumstances?
I think I know what he mean but he’s said it in such a convoluted way that it leaves him wide open for an answer he might wish he’d never sought.
Waitaki Girls’ High School celebrates its 125th anniversary today.
It is, I think, the fifth oldest girls’ secondary school in New Zealand.
Otago Girls’ High was the first girls’ secondary school in the country, opening in 1871. Christchurch Girls’ opened in 1877, Nelson Girls’ College in 1883, New Plymouth Girls’ in 1885 and Waitaki opened in 1887.
Secondary education for girls wasn’t considered necessary back then.
The Honour of Her Name, The Story of Waitaki Girls’ High School, 1887 – 1987 begins:
It was assumed that a girl would marry and if she could cook, sew, rear children and keep her husband happy, no more was required of her. Elementary education would have given her skills in reading, writing and numbering sufficient to carry her through life and she might not even make use of them. . .
Malala was flown from Pakistan, via the United Arab Emirates in an air ambulance, a week after she and two other schoolgirls were attacked as they returned home from school in Mingora in the Swat valley.
She became widely known as a campaigner for girls’ education in Pakistan after writing a diary for BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban, when they banned girls from attending school.
“Malala, also a member of the NYA, is the most precious asset of the NYA and “we have launched a global campaign on social media for her justifiable projection and right,” informed Hanan. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, in a statement and a message to the world said, “Malala is a role model not only for your country, but for our world,” adding that education was a fundamental right for everybody.”
When the flashing lights came on behind me I knew I hadn’t been speeding but there was no other car in sight so I pulled over.
The police officer stopped behind me, came up to the window and said only one of my rear lights was working.
I told him I’d only just got a warrant of fitness.
He replied, that meant the car was fine on the day, it didn’t mean it would stay that way.
I’ve been thinking about in light of the conversation about proposed changes to Warrants of Fitness regulations.
With WoF and CoF inspections acting as a trigger for vehicle maintenance for many owners, it plays a key role in maintaining the state of our fleet at a very basic level. MTA will be providing a strong submission to Government to retain current inspection frequencies, but believes the inspection process can be improved to take into account the many new safety technologies in today’s vehicles.
There should be no changes to the current system unless there is a stronger commitment to education on maintaining vehicles and significantly more police enforcement. While that might be achievable in the longer term, it is likely to result in a transfer of costs from motorists to government thereby defeating the very aims the reforms set out to achieve.
Stronach says “While you might save $45 a year and perhaps 40 minutes out of your day, there may well be increases in other costs, including higher insurance premiums. We think all motorists want to have confidence that every vehicle on the road is safe, not just theirs, regular and comprehensive inspections are a good value for money way to achieve this.”
The Automobile Association thinks the changes could improve road safety:
“Some of the opponents of change to the WoF system seem to be cherry-picking information and not mentioning the time and cost benefits for motorists from a revised testing scheme nor the changes we can make to improve vehicle safety,” says AA spokesperson Mark Stockdale.
As part of the AA’s analysis of the changes being proposed, we looked at the data on every fatal crash in New Zealand over five years from 2007-2011. We did this to understand the possible safety impacts of any changes.
The crash data showed that out of 1640 crashes, there were 89 (or 5.4%) where a vehicle fault or factor was found that may have contributed to the crash.
Of the vehicles in those 89 crashes, 39% did not have a current WoF and 52% had a tyre fault.
Analysis of overall NZ road crashes indicates that vehicle faults contribute to about 2.5% of all fatal and injury crashes and to 0.4% where the fault is the sole cause of the crash.
To put that in some context, the most common factors contributing to fatal crashes are alcohol or drugs (36%), a driver losing control (34%) and going too fast for the conditions (32%).
“Vehicle faults do play a part in a small number of road crashes but it’s misleading to simply claim that changing the WoF frequency will lead to that number increasing,” says Mr Stockdale.
“Nearly 40% of the vehicles with faults that were involved in fatal crashes didn’t have a WoF anyway, so how frequently they are supposed to be getting one is not the issue.
“Worn tyres are another key factor in crashes but there are other ways to target this than solely through a WoF.
“Rather than having a regime that is testing the majority of motorists excessively we need to focus more on enforcement to get vehicles without WoFs off the road and investigate ways to better monitor tyre condition.”
Less regular checks would put more responsibility on drivers to check tyres and keep up with other maintenance that we ought to do anyway.
That could make vehicles safer because as I found out getting a warrant doesn’t mean everything keeps working as it ought until the next one.
The AA has more information on the issue on its website.
The trade weighted price went up 1.8% in this morning’s GlobalDairyTrade auction.
The price of anhydrous milk fat dropped 3.2%; butter milk increased 4.3%, cheddar dropped 9.9%, milk protein concentrate was up 4.2%, rennet casein was down 2.2%, skim milk powder was up .8% and whole milk powder increased 9.2%.
Two months after withdrawing Mainland from its cheese lineup in August, Coles has been forced to explain the move following customer complaints, which continue on the company’s website. Coles said the decision was part of commitment to Australian-made products. It aims to stock 90 percent locally made groceries.
“In a recent review, we set to ensure the vast majority of our cheese range is Australian-made and as a cheese manufactured in New Zealand, Mainland was one of the brands we replaced with an Australian-made option,” Melbourne-based Coles said on its website. “Coles Brand cheese is also now 100 percent Australian following a new contract with Bega.” . . .
The supermarket wants to stock 90% locally made groceries but at least some of its customers are less concerned about where their cheese comes from, they want Mainland.
Feedback on the Coles website suggests Australian customers sympathise with the sentiment, but not the decision.
An indicative comment, from a customer named Valerie, said: “I prefer buying local produce where possible, but Mainland is a superior product. We’ve always shopped at Coles in the past but will now have to go to Woolies to get a decent cheese.”
Buy local is a marketing ploy but where something is produced is only one factor customers consider. The quality of a product can be more important than its country of origin. Price will also be a consideration.
Fonterra isn’t concerned about Coles’ action.
Bega was licensed to Fonterra in 2001 and other supermarket chains are still stocking Mainland products.
1346 Battle of Neville’s Cross: King David II of Scotland was captured by Edward III of England near Durham.
1448 Second Battle of Kosovo: the mainly Hungarian army led by John Hunyadi was defeated by an Ottoman army led by Sultan Murad II.
1456 The University of Greifswald was established, making it the second oldest university in northern Europe.
1604 Kepler’s Star: German astronomer Johannes Kepler observed a supernova in the constellation Ophiuchus.
1610 Louis XIII was crowned in Rheims.
1660 Nine Regicides, the men who signed the death warrant of Charles I, were hung, drawn and quartered.
1771 Premiere in Milan of the opera Ascanio in Alba, composed by Wolfgang Mozart, age 15.
1777 American troops defeated the British in the Battle of Saratoga.
1781 General Charles Cornwallis surrendered to the American revolutionists at Yorktown, Virginia.
1797 Treaty of Campo Formio signed between France and Austria.
1800 England took control of the Dutch colony of Curaçao.
1814 London Beer Flood killed nine.
1860 First The Open Championship for golf.
1877 Chief Justice Sir James Prendergast declared the Treaty of Waitangi “worthless” and a simple “nullity”
1887 Waitaki Girls’ High School opened with Mrs M.G. Burn as principal.
1888 Thomas Edison filed a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).
1907 Guglielmo Marconi‘s company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, and Clifden, Ireland.
1912 Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia declared war on the Ottoman Empire, joining Montenegro in the First Balkan War.
1915 Arthur Miller, American playwright, was born (d. 2005).
1918 Rita Hayworth, American actress, was born (d. 1987).
1930 Robert Atkins, American nutritionist, was born (d. 2003).
1931 Al Capone convicted of income tax evasion.
1933 Albert Einstein, fled Nazi Germany and moved to the U.S.A.
1941 Jim Seals American singer (Seals and Crofts), was born.
1942 Gary Puckett, American musician, was born.
1943 Burma Railway (Burma-Thailand Railway) was completed.
1945 A large crowd headed by CGT (trade union) and Evita, gathered in the Plaza de Mayo to demand Juan Peron’s release. Known to the Peronists as the Día de la lealtad (Loyalty Day), it is considered the founding day of Peronism.
1956 The first commercial nuclear power station was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth in Sellafield, Cumbria.
1961 Scores of Algerian protesters were massacred by the Paris police at the instigation of Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon, then chief of the Prefecture of Police.
1964 Prime Minister of Australia Robert Menzies opened the artificial Lake Burley Griffin in the middle of Canberra.
1965 The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair closed after a two year run.
1966 A fire at a building in New York, killed 12 firefighters
1969 Ernie Els, South African golfer, was born.
1970 Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte was murdered by members of the FLQ terrorist group.
1973 OPEC started an oil embargo against a number of western countries, considered to have helped Israel in its war against Syria.
1979 Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1987 First commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
1989 Loma Prieta earthquake (7.1 on the Richter scale) hit the San Francisco Bay Area, causesd57 deaths directly and 6 indirectly.
1998 At Jesse, in the Niger Delta, a petroleum pipeline exploded killing about 1200 villagers, some of whom are scavenging gasoline.
2000 Train crash at Hatfield, north of London, led to collapse of Railtrack.
2003 The pinnacle was fitted on the roof of Taipei 101, a 101-floor skyscraper which became the World’s tallest highrise.
2010 – Mary MacKillop was canonized (in Rome) and becomes the first saint of Australia.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia