Beshrew – curse; invoke evil upon.
The nations’ most tender and tasty lamb has been found in the final of the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Golden Lamb Awards, aka the Glammies, held at the Wanaka A&P Show.
Hamish Buchanan’s Highlander Primera Texel X from Dannevirke has knocked its competitors out of the park with his superior lamb entry claiming the Grand Champion title, the coveted trophy and $2,500 in prize money.
Following scientific testing at Carne Technologies, over 150 entries were whittled down to just 20, which then went on to be tasted in today’s final sponsored by Zoetis. . .
Te Puke-headquartered Seeka Kiwfruit Industries (NZX-SEK) has launched a new three-year cadetship programme aimed at developing young people into future kiwifruit industry managers. Two new recruits into the programme are Levi Ryland and Brandon Cross from Gisborne, who have iwi ties to the Ngai Tukairangi Trust, one of the several Maori grower entities that pack with Seeka.
“Maori have a large ownership stake in Seeka and we work closely with our Maori trusts. They have told us they are looking for young Maori to be trained up and to eventually run orchards and we have extended our cadet programme to fulfill that desire” said Michael Franks, Chief Executive of Seeka, New Zealand’s biggest kiwifruit grower and a leading post-harvest company. . .
Speech to National Rural Health Conference – Jonathan Coleman:
It’s great to be here at this year’s New Zealand Rural Health Conference.
I’d like to thank the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network, the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand and the New Zealand Rural Hospital Network for organising this conference.
It’s great to see rural organisations working collaboratively and taking a multi-faceted approach to improving the lives of New Zealanders in rural communities.
I’d like to start with a brief overview of the sector. I believe New Zealand’s health sector is in good shape, but there is no doubt that future challenges remain.
It will never feel like there are enough dollars in health. The Government has made health our number one funding priority. . .
Broadlands Station, a multi-generational sheep and beef farming operation owned by the Akers family, is the Supreme Winner of the 2015 Horizons Ballance Farm Environment Awards.
The award was presented to William (Willie) Akers, Hugh and Judy Akers, and Willie’s fiancée Laura Oughton at a special Ballance Farm Environment Awards (BFEA) ceremony on March 12.
BFEA judges described the Ashhurst hill-country business as an “excellent example of multi-generational farming for environmental stability and financial success”. . .
The Blue Cod Management Group is encouraging the local community to attend drop-in sessions in Picton and Nelson next week to learn more about the review of the Marlborough Sounds blue cod fishing rules.
“We want to work with the community to find the best outcomes for the Marlborough Sounds blue cod fishery,” says Eric Jorgensen, spokesperson for the Blue Cod Management Group.
“We want to get everyone involved in developing potential options for the fishery before the release of an official consultation document in the middle of this year,” says Mr Jorgensen. . .
(BusinessDesk) – New Zealand lamb wool prices jumped to the highest in more than four years at auction yesterday on increased demand from China for the apparel fibre, and aided by a stronger US dollar.
Lamb wool rose 3.9 percent to an average $6.65 per kilogram from last week’s auction, the highest price since February 2011, according to AgriHQ. The average price for 35-micron wool, a benchmark for crossbred wool used for carpets and accounting for the majority of New Zealand’s production, slipped 1.9 percent $5.25/kg as it retreated after touching a three-month high last week on lower volumes. . .
Sometimes I ask you to provide the questions for Thursday’s quiz.
Today I asking for your favourite joke – clean and not nasty.
Saturday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.
Do whatever floats your boat, as long as it doesn’t sink mine.
313 – Emperor Jin Huidi was executed by Liu Cong, ruler of the Xiongnu state (Han Zhao).
1489 – The Queen of Cyprus, Catherine Cornaro, sold her kingdom to Venice.
1590 Battle of Ivry: Henry of Navarre and the Huguenots defeated the forces of the Catholic League under the Duc de Mayenne during the French Wars of Religion.
1647 Thirty Years’ War: Bavaria, Cologne, France and Sweden signed the Truce of Ulm.
1681 – Georg Philipp Telemann, German composer, was born (d. 1767).
1804 – Johann Strauss, Sr., Austrian composer, was born (d. 1849).
1833 – Lucy Hobbs Taylor, first female dentist in the United States, was born (d. 1910).
1844 – King Umberto I of Italy, was born (d. 1900).
1864 – Casey Jones, American railroad engineer, was born (d. 1900).
1868 – Emily Murphy, Canadian women’s rights activist, first female magistrate in the British Empire, was born (d 1933).
1869 – Defeat of Titokowaru.
1879 – Albert Einstein, German-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate, was born (d. 1955).
1900 The Gold Standard Act was ratified, placing United States currency on the gold standard.
1905 Chelsea Football Club was founded.
1910 Lakeview Gusher, the largest U.S. oil well gusher near Bakersfield, California, vented to atmosphere.
1914 – Bill Owen, British actor, was born (d. 1999).
1933 – Sir Michael Caine, British actor, was born.
1936 – Sir Bob Charles, New Zealand golfer, was born.
1939 Slovakia declared independence under German pressure.
1945 World War II – The R.A.F. first operational use of the Grand Slam bomb, Bielefeld, Germany.
1945 – Walter Parazaider, American saxophonist (Chicago), was born.
1947 – Pam Ayres, British poet, was born.
1948 – Billy Crystal, American actor and comedian, was born.
1951 Korean War: For the second time, United Nations troops recaptured Seoul.
1958 – Albert II, Prince of Monaco, was born.
1968 – Megan Follows, Canadian actress, was born.
1972 Italian publisher and former partisan Giangiacomo Feltrinelli was killed by an explosion.
1976 – Daniel Gillies, Canadian born New Zealand actor, was born.
1978 The Israeli Defense Force invades and occupies southern Lebanon, in Operation Litani.
1980 Split Enz reached No 1 with I Got You from their True Colours album.
1980 A plane crashesd during final approach near Warsaw killing 87 people, including a 14-man American boxing team.
1984 – Gerry Adams, head of Sinn Féin, was seriously wounded in an assassination attempt.
1989 General Michel Aoun declared that he will act for the liberation of Lebanon.
1994 Linux kernel version 1.0.0 was released.
1995 Astronaut Norman Thagard became the first American astronaut to ride to space on-board a Russian launch vehicle.
1998 An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale hit southeastern Iran.
2005 Cedar Revolution: hundreds of thousands of Lebanese went into the streets of Beirut to demonstrate against the Syrian military presence in Lebanon and against the government.
2007 – The Left Front government of West Bengal sent at least 3,000 police to Nandigram in an attempt to break Bhumi Uchhed Pratirodh Committee resistance there; the resulting clash left 14 dead.
2008 – A series of riots, protests, and demonstrations erupted in Lhasa and elsewhere in Tibet.
2012 – The International Criminal Court in The Hague issued its first verdict in the case of Prosecutor vs. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. At issue was the military use of children. Unanimously, the Trial Chamber, led by Sir Adrian Fulford, found Lubanga guilty of the war crime of conscripting and enlisting children under the age of 15 and using them in his rebel army The Union of Congolese Patriots.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia