Forswunk – exhausted by overworked; totally worn out by work.
Farmers not sidestepping health and safety reform – Katie Milne:
The Health and Safety Reform Bill has grabbed many recent headlines because of what is deemed a high risk industry – and what is not.
Because most farming industries fall on the low-risk side, many people seem to have rushed to a judgement that farmers are excluded from these reforms.
This is simply not the case.
The reforms are designed to improve the safety of every industry and every workplace. Farms included.
What’s more, the bill passed by Parliament last week is welcomed by Federated Farmers for the very reason it will further help our members to address the high level of workplace incidents and fatalities on our farms. . .
Banks are providing much needed support to New Zealand’s dairy industry during this period of desperately low prices, a survey from Federated Farmers has revealed.
Only 6.6% of dairy farmers say they have come under undue pressure from banks over their mortgage. Just 5.7% are dissatisfied with banks over their mortgages and as little as 3.1% are unhappy about the quality of communication from banks over the past three months.
Across all farming industries the level of dissatisfaction over mortgages is even less (5.2%), with 5.5% saying they have come under undue pressure in this area and 3.5% unhappy with how banks are communicating with them.
The survey was conducted the week following Fonterra’s announcement on 7 August of a forecast payout to farmers of $3.85 per kilogram of milk solids, and Federated Farmers President Dr William Rolleston says the organisation took the step because it was vital the industry knew exactly what level of support it was receiving. . .
Canola grower all in favour of friendly rivalry – Sally Rae:
Competition is hotting up globally in the world of canola and even Guinness World Records is finally excited.
A few years ago, North Otago arable farmer Chris Dennison approached Guinness World Records (GWR) and suggested a new category for the crop, as a lot of canola was grown in the world and there was interest in achieving high yields. . .
Fed-up Irish dairy, grain and pig farmers took to the streets of Dublin recently to protest about the low prices they are receiving for their produce and low farm incomes.
It is an EU-wide problem and next week there will be an extraordinary meeting of EU agriculture ministers in Brussels.
The ministers will debate the state of play in EU markets as weak prices in a number of sectors is leading to increased farmer unrest across the continent. . .
Entering the Greater Wellington Ballance Farm Environment Awards for the second time proved well worthwhile for pipfruit operation JR’s Orchard Ltd.
Owners JR Van Vliet and Jamiee Burns first entered in 2009 and were thrilled to win the Innovation award for the clever way they installed crop protection netting on the 117ha orchard (92ha planted) on the eastern edge of Greytown.
“We found the awards to be a wonderful experience,” says Jamiee.
“We learnt so much, and it made us re-evaluate some of the processes we were using in the operation.” . . .
Butcheries in Christchurch and Auckland have taken out the country’s top awards for bacon and ham.
The 100% NZ Bacon & Ham Competition celebrates turning New Zealand grown pork into bacon and ham products.
Cashmere Cuisine in Christchurch won bacon of the year and Westmere Butchery in Auckland won ham of the year. . .
J Bloggs and Andrei get my thanks for posing the questions.
They can claim a virtual batch of ginger crunch by leaving the answers below if they stumped us all.
I have been biting my tongue on this for a few days and it is beginning to hurt, so I have to say this. Putting the current attempted political beat up to one side, I am looking forward to a serious debate about our refugee quota. I believe that we can take more refugees and other displaced persons and that previous intakes have been hugely beneficial to our society. But we do have to ensure that those we invite are well looked after and that we do everything possible to mitigate stresses that an increased intake might cause (this would include increased funding for Refugee Services). Most importantly I hope that we can achieve an All Party agreement on what ever policy response we decide on (yes, one that included NZ First). We can’t have some seeking to make political capital out of tragedies of the type we are currently witnessing. – Charles Finny
476 Romulus Augustus, last emperor of the Western Roman Empire, was deposed when Odoacer proclaimed himself King of Italy.
626 Li Shimin, posthumously known as Emperor Taizong of Tang, assumed the throne of the Tang Dynasty of China.
1666 In London, the worst damage from the Great Fire occurred.
1781 Los Angeles, California, was founded as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora La Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula (The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of Porziuncola) by 44 Spanish settlers.
1812 War of 1812: The Siege of Fort Harrison began when the fort was set on fire.
1862 Civil War Maryland Campaign: General Robert E. Lee took the Army of Northern Virginia, and the war, into the North.
1863 Soon after leaving Nelson for Napier, the newly built brig Delawarewas wrecked. Accounts of the incident often focus on the heroism of Huria Matenga, the only woman in a party of five local Maori who assisted the crew to shore.
1870 Emperor Napoleon III of France was deposed and the Third Republic declared.
1884 The United Kingdom ended its policy of penal transportation to Australia.
1886 Indian Wars: after almost 30 years of fighting, Apache leaderGeronimo, with his remaining warriors, surrendered to General Nelson Miles.
1894 In New York City, 12,000 tailors struck against sweatshop working conditions.
1901 William Lyons, British industrialist (Jaguar cars), was born (d. 1985).
1905 – Mary Renault, English-South African author (d. 1983)
1917 Henry Ford II, American industrialist, was born (d. 1987).
1919 – Mustafa Kemal Atatürk gathered a congress in Sivas to make decisions as to the future of Anatolia and Thrace.
1937 Dawn Fraser, Australian swimmer, was born.
1941 World War II: a German submarine mades the first attack against a United States ship, the USS Greer.
1944 World War II: the British 11th Armoured Division liberated the Belgian city of Antwerp.
1948 Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands abdicated for health reasons.
1949 Maiden flight of the Bristol Brabazon.
1949 The Peekskill Riots erupted after a Paul Robeson concert in Peekskill, New York.
1950 First appearance of the “Beetle Bailey” comic strip.
1950 Darlington Raceway was the site of the inaugural Southern 500, the first 500-mile NASCAR race.
1951 Martin Chambers, English drummer (The Pretenders), was born.
1951 The first live transcontinental television broadcast took place in San Francisco, California, from the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference.
1956 The IBM RAMAC 305 was introduced, the first commercial computer to use magnetic disk storage.
1957 American Civil Rights Movement: Little Rock Crisis – Orval Faubus, governor of Arkansas, called out the National Guard to prevent African American students from enrolling in Central High School.
1957 The Ford Motor Company introduced the Edsel.
1963 Swissair Flight 306 crashed near Dürrenäsch, Switzerland, killing all 80 people on board.
1964 Scotland’s Forth Road Bridge near Edinburgh officially opened.
1967 Vietnam War: Operation Swift began: U.S. Marines engaged the North Vietnamese in battle in the Que Son Valley.
1971 A Boeing 727 Alaska Airlines Flight 1866 crashed near Juneau, Alaska, killing all 111 people on board.
1972 Mark Spitz became the first competitor to win seven medals at a single Olympic Games.
1975 The Sinai Interim Agreement relating to the Arab-Israeli conflict was signed.
1977 The Golden Dragon Massacre in San Francisco, California.
1995 The Fourth World Conference on Women opened in Beijing with morethan 4,750 delegates from 181 countries in attendance.
1996 War on Drugs: Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) attacked a military base in Guaviare, starting three weeks of guerrilla warfare in which at least 130 Colombians were killed.
1998 Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, students at Stanford University.
2010 – Magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked Canterbury.
2010 – A plane crashed soon after taking off from Fox Glacier airstrip, killing all nine people on board.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia