Ingurgitate – to swallow greedily or in large quantities; guzzle; overeat or eat immodestly.
Farmer carried heavy guilt over worker’s fatal farm bike crash – Gerald Piddock:
It has been almost two years since one of Peter Walters’ staff was killed in an accident.
Its effect and the guilt he feels for what happened impacted heavily on himself and his staff for months.
“It’s hard to describe just how responsible you feel in this situation as an employer. I felt so guilty.”
The staff member fell off his farm bike and landed on his head when travelling on the road to a nearby farm. The employee was not wearing a helmet.
Three days later the worker’s family turned off his life support system. . .
Desire drives top meat farmers – Neal Wallace:
Doomsayers preparing to read the Last Rites to the meat sector might be premature, with a new report saying the sector is alive and well.
It based its conclusions on the performances of the sector’s top farmers.
A financial study by ANZ of the top-performing 20% of red meat farming clients across all land types showed their performance was comparable with the top 20% of dairy farmers and, on some measures such as return on assets, they were outperforming their dairying neighbours.
But the performance gap between those top farmers and the rest had widened in the last 20 years as the very best benefited from challenging convention and grasping new technology. . . .
The eight finalists for this year’s National Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year have been announced.
All eyes will be on the two Australian and six Kiwi bachelors as they put their skills, attitude and all-round charisma to the test in the ultimate battle to find fame, fortune and love.
The finalists selected are Craig Crampton from Foxton, Daniel Rogers from Telangatuk East, Victoria, Australia, Jarred Clode from Ashburton, Matt Barr from Whakatane, Mick Pearson from Tasmania, Australia, Sam McNair from Dannevirke, Toby How from Geraldine, and Tony Peake from Te Awamutu.
Budget back farmers says Barnaby – Barnaby Joyce:
HERE’S a little story about Jack and Diane. Two young farmers doing as best as they can. And if they sell $1.9 million of cattle and grain a year, or grapes and wine, or wool and lamb and their turnover is under $2 million then they have the benefit of record commodity prices and now have an overwhelming reason to invest in their farms to make it bigger for them and better for Australia.
From 1, July 2016, the fences they build are 100 per cent deductible in the first year. The water infrastructure and dams they put will also be immediately 100 per cent tax deductible. The silos and hay sheds they build can be written off over three years. . .
With land-based activities in the Waikato and Waipa river catchments due to face new targets and limits to protect water quality, farmers are being encouraged to be on the front foot over environment-related changes to their operations.
“Starting to think about and make changes on their properties now can help put farmers in the best possible position to operate under any new targets and limits that are introduced,” Waikato Regional Council’s land management advisory services team leader Alan Campbell said. . .
Tuesday was Limerick Day.
My favourite is:
There was a young man from Japan
Whose Limericks would never quite scan.
When asked why it was,
He said it’s because,
I always try to get as many words in the last line as I absolutely possibly can.
You’re welcome to contribute your favourites if they’re witty, not smutty.
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.
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend – Martin Luther King
1204 Baldwin IX, Count of Flanders was crowned as the first Emperor of the Latin Empire.
1527 The Florentines drove out the Medici for a second time and Florence re-established itself as a republic.
1568 Mary, Queen of Scots, fled to England.
1811 Peninsular War – The allies Spain, Portugal and Britain, defeated the French at the Battle of Albuera.
1822 Greek War of Independence: The Turks captured the Greek town of Souli.
1866 The U.S. Congress eliminated the half dime coin and replaces it with the five cent piece, or nickel.
1868 President Andrew Johnson was acquitted in his impeachment trial by one vote in the United States Senate.
1874 A flood on the Mill River in Massachusetts destroyed much of four villages and kills 139 people.
1877 May 16, 187 political crisis in France.
1905 Henry Fonda, American actor, was born (d. 1982).
1910 The United States Congress authorised the creation of the United States Bureau of Mines.
1914 The first ever Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final wass played. Brooklyn Field Club defeated Brooklyn Celtic 2-1.
1916 Ephraim Katzir, 4th President of Israel, was born (d. 2009.
1918 The Sedition Act of 1918 was passed by the U.S. Congress, making criticism of the government an imprisonable offense.
1919 Liberace, American pianist,was born (d. 1987).
1929 The first Academy Awards were handed out.
1943 Holocaust: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising ended.
1948 Chaim Weizmann was elected the first President of Israel.
1951 Christian Lacroix, French fashion designer, was born.
1951 The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights began between John F Kennedy International Airport and Heathrow operated by El Al Israel Airlines.
1953 Pierce Brosnan, Irish actor, was born.
1965 The Campbell Soup Company introduced SpaghettiOs under its Franco-American brand.
1966 Janet Jackson, American singer, was born.
1966 The Communist Party of China issued the ‘May 16 Notice‘, marking the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.
1969 Venera program: Venera 5, a Soviet spaceprobe, landed on Venus.
1970 Gabriela Sabatini, Argentine tennis player, was born.
1970 Danielle Spencer, Australian singer and actress, was born.
1974 Josip Broz Tito was re-elected president of Yugoslavia.
1975 India annexed Sikkim after the mountain state holds a referendum in which the popular vote was in favour of merging with India.
1983 Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement rebelled against the Sudanese government.
1986 The Seville Statement on Violence was adopted by an international meeting of scientists, convened by the Spanish National Commission for UNESCO.
1988 A report by United States’ Surgeon General C. Everett Koop stated that the addictive properties of nicotine were similar to those of heroin and cocaine.
2003 Casablanca terrorist attacks: 33 civilians killed and more than 100 people injured.
2004 The Day of Mourning at Bykivnia forest, just outside of Kiev to commemorate that here during 1930s and early 1940s communist Bolsheviks executed over 100,000 Ukrainian civilians.
2005 Kuwait permitted women’s suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote.
2007 – Nicolas Sarkozy took office as President of France.
2011 – STS-134 (ISS assembly flight ULF6), launched from the Kennedy Space Centre on the 25th and final flight for Space Shuttle Endeavour.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia