Zenosyne – the sense that time is going faster.
Silver Fern Farms could become global brand – Hamish McNeilly:
The head of a Chinese food giant says Silver Fern Farms’ products could one day have the same global brand recognition as Coca Cola.
China’s largest meat processor, Shanghai Maling, plans to invest $261 million cash to own half of Silver Fern Farms’ business, with the co-operative owning the other half.
The company was a listed subsidiary of Bright Food (Group) Co, China’s largest food company, and involved in the manufacturing and distribution of chilled and fresh meat and value-added beef, candy and bottled honey. . .
New milk price is conservative – Hugh Stringleman:
An unexpected jump in milk payout forecast for this season to a more encouraging $4.60/kg of milksolids was the centrepiece of Fonterra’s annual results presentation for the 2015 financial year.
After only three consecutive price rises in fortnightly GlobalDairyTrade auctions Fonterra was emboldened to increase its forecast by 75c or 20% from the dismal $3.85, the record low it sunk to in early August.
Such a quick reflection of price optimism when the season was still young would be welcomed by farm owners, sharemilkers, staff members and rural suppliers as signalling the worst of the price slump was over. . .
Leaner Fonterra now a quick responder – Glenys Christian:
Fonterra has finished cutting jobs with the 750 people culled from its 22,000 workforce allowing it to make quicker decisions in response to market volatility, chairman John Wilson says.
And its transformation project would also build a less risk-averse culture, which could be a problem in such a big and complex organisation.
“We’ve got to be far faster because markets are moving so rapidly,” he said after Fonterra’s annual results release. “Sometimes you can be better at doing that with less people rather than more.” . . .
As Fonterra prepares to lay off 750 staff, the firm has disclosed that chief executive Theo Spierings received a pay rise of up to 18 per cent – taking his pay to almost $5 million in the last financial year.
The dairy giant’s latest financial statements show its top-paid employee earned between $4.93 million and $4.94 million in the year to July 31.
That’s up from $4.17 million to $4.18 million in the previous year. . .
Information on the water quality of lakes around the country will now be available online as part of an ongoing initiative between the Government, regional councils and the Tindall Foundation, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.
“Lakes are popular places for swimming and boating, and particularly with the summer months fast approaching, we want the many thousands of New Zealanders who visit them each year to have access to good, reliable information on the health of our lakes around the country. This is why lakes data is the next step for the LAWA website, which already provides data on our rivers and coastal waters,” Dr Smith says.
Dr Smith made today’s announcement with Local Government New Zealand regional sector group chair Stephen Woodhead. The new data on lakes will be live on the website from today. . .
Agriculture to widen its reach into schools – Tim Cronshaw:
More agriculture exercises will be introduced in secondary school classrooms to encourage urban school leavers to take up careers in the primary industry.
A study programme for teachers to use agriculture examples in their lessons was launched in Christchurch on Tuesday with 15 secondary schools signing up for a pilot.
Accredited resources initially in science, English, mathematics and economics are expected to be delivered to teachers for the start of the new school year and will initially be for year 9 and 10 students. Over the next few years this will be phased in to NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3 students and cover a range of curriculum areas based on school and teacher feedback. . .
Makers of Roquefort and Camembert could benefit from a new genetic study of 14 fungal species found in cheeses, French researchers say.
But the study published in the journal Current Biology also raises questions about food safety due to the transfer of genes among Penicillium fungi, which are key to the making of soft cheeses.
“We were able to identify genes that are directly involved in the adaptation to cheese in Penicillium, opening the way for strain improvement, in particular for obtaining fast-growing strains,” said co-author Antoine Branca of L’Universite Paris-Sud. . .
Daylight Saving commences on the last Sunday in September, when 2.00am becomes 3.00am.
It ends on the first Sunday in April, when 3.00am becomes 2.00am.
Yawn, sigh, mutter, mumble – it’s that time of year again for my annual declaration that daylight saving stats too soon and ends too late.
Sunrise is too late in the morning and it’s too cold at both ends of the day to enjoy a later dawn as the price for more light in the evening.
Changing clocks just two or three weeks later, when we’re well past the equinox, at the start and sooner at the end would let us have lighter mornings for longer and be more likely to be warm enough to want more light before dusk.
Sunday’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 to abuse.
If the words aren’t adding up, it will be because the truth is missing from the equation. – Sue Fitzmaurice
1331 The Battle of Płowce between the Kingdom of Poland and the Teutonic Order was fought.
1422 The Teutonic Knights signed the Treaty of Melno with the Kingdom of Poland and Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
1540 The Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) received its charter from Pope Paul III.
1590 Pope Urban VII died 13 days after being chosen as the Pope, making his reign the shortest papacy in history.
1605 The armies of Sweden were defeated by the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth in the Battle of Kircholm.
1669 The Venetians surrender the fortress of Candia to the Ottomans, ending the 21-year long Siege of Candia.
1825 The Stockton and Darlington Railway opened, and begins operation of the world’s first service of locomotive-hauled passenger trains.
1903 Wreck of the Old 97, a train crash made famous by the song of the same name.
1908 The first production of the Ford Model T car was built at the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan.
1937 Balinese Tiger declared extinct.
1940 World War II: The Tripartite Pact was signed in Berlin by Germany, Japan and Italy.
1941 The SS Patrick Henry was launched becoming the first of more than 2,700 Liberty ships.
1941 – Foundation of EAM (National Liberation Front) in Greece.
1942 Last day of the September Matanikau action on Guadalcanal as United States Marine Corps barely escaped after being surrounded by Japanese forces.
1942 – Alvin Stardust, English singer, was born.
1943 Randy Bachman, Canadian musician, was born.
1944 The Kassel Mission resulted in the largest loss by a USAAF group on any mission in World War II.
1947 Meat Loaf, ( Michael Lee Aday)American singer, was born.
1948 Michele Dotrice, English actress, was born.
1949 The first Plenary Session of the National People’s Congress approved the design of the Flag of the People’s Republic of China.
1953 Greg Ham, Australian musician and songwriter (Men at Work), was born.
1954 The nationwide debut of Tonight! (The Tonight Show) hosted by Steve Allen on NBC.
1958 Socttish author Irvine Welsh was born.
1959 Nearly 5000 people died on the main Japanese island of Honshū as the result of a typhoon.
1964 The British TSR-2 aircraft XR219 made its maiden flight from Boscombe Down in Wiltshire.
1972 Gwyneth Paltrow, American actress, was born.
1974 William Sutch was charged with spying.
1977 The 300 metre tall CKVR-TV transmission tower in Barrie, Ontario, was hit by a light aircraft in a fog, causing it to collapse. All aboard the aircraft were killed.
1995 The Government of the United States unveiled the first of its redesigned bank notes with the $100 bill featuring a larger portrait of Benjamin Franklin slightly off-centre.
1998 Google was founded.
2003 Smart 1 satellite was launched.
2008 CNSA astronaut Zhai Zhigang became the first Chinese person to perform a spacewalk while flying on Shenzhou 7.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia