Petrous – like rock or stone, especially in hardness; stony; rocky; noting or pertaining to the hard dense portion of the temporal bone, containing the internal auditory organs.
Bright Foods tipped as Silver Fern bidder – Fran O’Sullivan:
Chinese Government backed Bright Food is understood to be the party which has been in negotiations with Silver Fern to take a stake in the NZ meat company.
Bright is a wholly Government-owned State Owned Enterprise.
But the negotiating vehicle is understood to one of Bright’s four listed subsidiaries. One of those subsidiaries – Bright Dairy & Food – took a majority stake in Canterbury milk processor Synlait Milk for $82 million in 2010.
Late last week speculation suggested the proposed deal would be announced today by Silver Fern Farms. . .
Waikato farmer wearing undies and gumboots chases burgler – Florence Kerr:
An attempted robbery was thwarted by an angry Waikato farmer who chased down the not-so-clever burglars wearing his undies and his gumboots.
Fed-up with continued thefts from his and neighbouring farms, Ohaupo farmer Arnold Reekers was forced into action in the early hours of Sunday morning when he heard his quad bike beeping as the thieves attempted to hot-wire the vehicle.
And despite having a knife pulled on him by the would-be thieves, Reekers wouldn’t hesitate to do it again saying continued thefts would drive farmers to take up arms despite pleas from the police for people not to take matters into their own hands. . .
Agility to drive value – Hugh Stringleman:
Fonterra chairman John Wilson has hit back at repeated criticism the huge co-operative has lost its way or not delivered on the promise it once held.
“I do sense the frustration of farmers with critics who come out of their holes when global milk prices are low,” he said ahead of the annual results release on September 24.
Wilson is one of three farmer-directors who retire by rotation this year to face the farmers’ vote in October. . .
Softer overseas demand for New Zealand sheepmeat – particularly out of China – which has curtailed New Zealand sheepmeat producers’ returns in recent months, has largely been driven by decline in demand for the forequarter portion of the carcase, says agribusiness specialist Rabobank in a recently-released report.
The report, New Zealand Sheepmeat: Maximising the Cut – Breaking It All Down, says it is important for producers to understand the breakdown of the animal and market demand for specific products as it ultimately determines the farmgate price.
“While farmers are paid on a per head or per kilogramme basis, the price they receive is calculated from the summation of all the products derived from the animal – from the extensive array of cuts, to the offal, co-products, skin and wool,” says report author and animal protein analyst, Matthew Costello. . .
Foreign investment decisions could be fast-tracked – Brook Sabin:
The Government is considering speeding up foreign investment decisions, but Finance Minister Bill English is giving a cast-iron guarantee the rules won’t be watered down.
The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) considers whether to approve high-value and sensitive land investments from overseas buyers. It then makes a recommendation to the Government, which ultimately decides whether the sale can proceed.
The most high-profile sale currently before the OIO is the 14,000ha Lochinver Station, which China’s Shanghai Pengxin wants to buy. The application has been held up for more than a year, but the Government is finally close to deciding whether it will go ahead. . .
AsureQuality posted a 9% drop in 2015 annual profit and expects a further decline in 2016 as the state-owned food safety company steps up investment for future growth.
Profit fell to $11.4 million in the 12 months ended June 30, from $12.5m a year earlier, the Auckland-based state-owned enterprise said in a statement posted on the Treasury website. It expects profit to decline further to $10.6m in 2016 before increasing to $12m in 2017, according to its 2015-2018 statement of corporate intent. . .
Organic food is booming right now, as more and more people choose what they perceive to be healthier, more environmentally friendly food.
But a new study published in the June issue of Agriculture and Human Values suggests that organic farming, as it currently stands, is not as sustainable as it could be, and when done on a large scale, even produces more greenhouse gases (“GHGs” are heat-trapping compounds that contribute to climate change) than its conventional counterpart.
To determine the difference in emissions of organic agriculture versus conventional, University of Oregon researcher Julius McGee used state-level data, available through the United States Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency, that showed agricultural GHG emissions from 49 states from 2000 to 2008. . . Hat tip: Utopia
Recent high-profile contamination scares within the international food industry have highlighted the need for best practice when it comes to dairy manufacturing. After 15 years of research into dairy biofilms, there is now a cornerstone publication for a better understanding of the current science, and ways to reduce the occurrence of biofilms associated with dairy manufacturing.
Biofilms in the Dairy Industry provides a comprehensive overview of biofilm-related issues currently facing the New Zealand and international dairy sector. . .
The Queen will break her great-great grandmother’s record as Britain’s longest serving sovereign today:
Queen Elizabeth II passes the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria today who reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes.
But Queen Victoria’s reign was three years shorter in New Zealand – she technically only became our ruler when the Treaty of Waitangi was signed – meaning Queen Elizabeth actually became New Zealand’s longest-reigning monarch back in 2013. . .
How long she’s served is largely a matter of luck.
How well she’s served is a credit to her.
It’s also a reflection on her dedication to the job which comes with many privileges but is extremely demanding both because of and in spite of that.
. . .The ultimate purpose of public policy is to help people live better lives, now and into the future. To this end, good policy focuses on ensuring that the wellbeing-generating capacity of capital assets is sustained or enhanced, and shared, which is to say: not eroded by current generations at the expense of future generations (sustainability); is shared in a manner consistent with sustaining or enhancing the capital base (equity); that no particular social group(s) impose their concepts of wellbeing on others, respecting others’ rights to live the kinds of lives they have reason to value (social cohesion); that comprehensive wealth is protected against major systemic risks (resilience); and that the material wellbeing generating potential of capital assets is enhanced (to underpin the economy’s capacity to sustain higher growth). . . – Girol Karacaoglu in The New Zealand Treasury’s Living Standards Framework – Exploring a Stylised Model.
9 – Arminius’ alliance of six Germanic tribes ambushed and annihilated three Roman legions of Publius Quinctilius Varus in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest.
1000 Battle of Svolder.
1379 Treaty of Neuberg, split Austrian Habsburg lands between the Habsburg Dukes Albert III and Leopold III.
1493 Battle of Krbava field, a decisive defeat of Croats in the fight against the invasion by the Ottoman Empire.
1513 James IV of Scotland was defeated and died in the Battle of Flodden Field, ending Scotland’s involvement in the War of the League of Cambrai.
1543 Mary Stuart, at nine months old, was crowned “Queen of Scots”.
1739 Stono Rebellion, the largest slave uprising in Britain’s mainland North American colonies prior to the American Revolution, started.
1754 William Bligh, British naval officer, was born (d. 1817).
1791 Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, was named after President George Washington.
1828 Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist, was born (d. 1910).
1839 John Herschel took the first glass plate photograph.
1850 – The Compromise of 1850 stripped Texas of a third of its claimed territory in return for the U.S. federal government assuming $10 million of Texas’s pre-annexation debt.
1886 The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works was finalised.
1914 World War I: The creation of the Canadian Automobile Machine Gun Brigade, the first fully mechanized unit in the British Army.
1922 Greco-Turkish War of 1919-1922 ended with Turkish victory over the Greeks.
1922 Hoyt Curtin, American songwriter, was born (d. 2000).
1923 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk founded the Republican People’s Party.
1924 Hanapepe Massacre on Kauai, Hawaii.
1926 – The U.S. National Broadcasting Company was formed.
1940 George Stibitz pioneered the first remote operation of a computer.
1941 Otis Redding, American singer and songwriter, was born (d. 1967).
1942 World War II: A Japanese floatplane dropped incendiary bombs on Oregon.
1944 World War II: The Fatherland Front took power in Bulgaria through a military coup in the capital and armed rebellion in the country establishing anew pro-Soviet government.
1945 Second Sino-Japanese War: Japan formally surrendered to China.
1945 First case of a computer bug being found: a moth lodged in a relay of a Harvard Mark II computer at Harvard University.
1948 Republic Day of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
1951 Alexander Downer, Australian politician, was born.
1952 David A. Stewart, English musician (Eurythmics), was born.
1960 Hugh Grant, English actor, was born.
1965 – Hurricane Betsy made its second landfall near New Orleans, Louisiana, leaving 76 dead and $1.42 billion ($10–12 billion in 2005 dollars) in damages.
1966 Adam Sandler, American actor and comedian, was born.
1969 Rachel Hunter, New Zealand model and actress, was born.
1969 Allegheny Airlines Flight 853 DC-9 collided in flight with a Piper PA-28 and crashed near Fairland, Indiana.
1971 The four-day Attica Prison riot began.
1976 The Wanganui Computer Act established the New Zealand government’s first centralised electronic database.
1990 1990 Batticaloa massacre, massacre of 184 minority Tamil civilians by Sri Lankan Army.
1991 Tajikstan gains independence from the Soviet Union.
2000 Victoria Federica de Marichalar y de Borbón, granddaughter of king Juan Carlos I of Spain, was born.
2001 Ahmed Shah Massoud, leader of the Northern Alliance, was assassinated in Afghanistan.
2001 – Pärnu methanol tragedy in Pärnu County, Estonia.
2004 – 2004 Australian embassy bombing in Jakarta killed 10 people.
2009 – Vladikavkaz bombing: a suicide car bomber detonated his explosives at the Central market in Vladikavkaz killing at least 17 and injuring more than 160.
2009 – The Dubai Metro, the first urban train network in the Arabian Peninsula, was ceremonially inaugurated.
2010 – A natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, California, created a “wall of fire” more than 1,000 feet (300 m) high.
2012 – A wave of attacks killed more than 108 people and injure 351 others in Iraq.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia