Pluranimity – diversity of opinion; an instance of this.
Two Fonterra shareholders and former Fonterra board members are calling on Fonterra shareholders to reduce the number of directors in a move to improve the company’s performance.
The two, Greg Gent and Colin Armer, have put forward a notice of proposal to the company’s annual meeting in late November seeking shareholder support for a reduction of board members from 13 to nine.
“We all want our cooperative to be more globally competitive and successful with a clear strategy to achieve that. Our farming businesses and livelihoods depend on that,” says Greg Gent who was formerly deputy chairman of the company. . .
Forest & Bird congratulates the New Zealand police for making an arrest as part of their investigation into a 1080 threat to infant formula late last year.
“This threat wasn’t just a challenge for our dairy industry and exports, it also had the potential to damage our ability to control introduced predators that are killing our native wildlife” explained Kevin Hackwell, Group Manager of Campaigns and Advocacy at Forest & Bird.
“We absolutely support the continued use of 1080 in New Zealand’s forests. It’s the most sensible, cost-effective way to reduce pest numbers and allow native forests and wildlife to thrive” said Mr Hackwell. . .
Alliance Group to offer farmers loyalty payments – Gerard Hutching:
Alliance Group will offer loyalty payments this season to farmer shareholders in what some observers are saying are the first shots in a procurement war.
The offer comes with the caveat that farmers have to supply 100 per cent of all their livestock or 100 per cent of one species.
The reward for farmers supplying 100 per cent of their lambs is an additional 10c per kilogram per animal.
Chief executive David Surveyor said the co-operative was forecasting $100 for an 18kg lamb for the 2015-2016 season. . .
Farmers and growers hope to avoid another drought – Gerard Hutching:
Some South Canterbury farmers and growers are shying away from being dependent on Lake Opuha water and are putting in their own bores.
Jo and Steve Malone, who own Redwood Cherries and Berries on the Pleasant Point Highway, lost thousands of dollars during this year’s disastrous drought.
“We are going to drill for water because we don’t want to be reliant on the lake. We are waiting for the council to give us consent,” Jo Malone said.
They were not as big users of water as dairy farms. Their cherries had not received irrigated water for the last five years, but it was vital for the strawberries. . .
Grain payments spell risky business – Alisha Fogden:
MAKING seven-day payment terms standard was a contentious topic in the managing market risk session at the recent Australian Grain Industry Conference in Melbourne.
Grain Trade Australia chief executive officer Geoff Honey, who was guest speaker, said that could potentially reduce competition.
“There are organisations that buy grain from you that sell it to an end-user that is on a 30-day end-of-week delivery,” he said.
“If it became seven-days EOW standard across everybody, you could be removing a layer of competition. . .
In many tropical countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, cassava is one of the most important staple foods. People eat the starchy storage roots but also the leaves as a vegetable. Both have to be cooked first to remove the toxic cyanide compounds that cassava produces.
But the roots have a disadvantage: although rich in calories, in general they contain only few vitamins. Vitamin B6 in particular is present in only small amounts, and a person for whom cassava is a staple food would have to eat about 1.3 kg of it every day for a sufficient amount of this vital vitamin.
Serious deficiency in Africa
Vitamin B6 deficiency is prevalent in several African regions where cassava is often the only staple food people’s diet. Diseases of the cardiovascular and nervous systems as well as are associated with vitamin B6 deficiency.
Plant scientists at ETH Zurich and the University of Geneva have therefore set out to find a way to increase vitamin B6 production in the roots and leaves of the cassava plant. This could prevent vitamin B6 deficiency among people who consume mostly cassava. . .
When we can begin to take our failures seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves. – Katherine Mansfield who was born on this day in 1888.
1066 Norman Conquest: Battle of Hastings – the forces of William the Conqueror defeated the English army and kill King Harold II of England.
1322 Robert the Bruce of Scotland defeated King Edward II of England at Byland, forcing Edward to accept Scotland’s independence.
1644 William Penn, English founder of Pennsylvania, was born (d. 1718).
1656 Massachusetts enacts the first punitive legislation against theReligious Society of Friends (Quakers).
1758 Seven Years’ War: Austria defeated Prussia at the Battle of Hochkirk.
1773 The first recorded Ministryof Education, the Komisja Edukacji Narodowej was formed in Poland.
1805 Battle of Elchingen, France defeated Austria.
1806 Battle of Jena-Auerstädt France defeated Prussia.
1840 The Maronite leader Bashir II surrendered to the British Army and then is sent into exile on the islands of Malta.
1843 The British arrested the Irish nationalist Daniel O’Connell for conspiracy to commit crimes.
1863 American Civil War: Battle of Bristoe Station – Confederate troops under the command of General Robert E. Lee failed to drive the American Union Army completely out of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
1867 The 15th and the last military Shogun of the Tokugawa shogunateresigned in Japan, returning his power to the Emperor of Japan and thence to the re-established civil government of Japan.
1882 Eamon de Valera, Irish politician and patriot, was born (d. 1975).
1882 University of the Punjab was founded in a part of India that later became West Pakistan.
1888 Katherine Mansfield, New Zealand writer, was born (d. 1923).
1890 Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. general and 34th President of the United States, was born (d. 1969).
1894 E. E. Cummings, American poet, was born (d. 1962).
1912 While campaigning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the former PresidentTheodore Roosevelt, was shot and mildly wounded by John Schrank.With the fresh wound in his chest, and the bullet still within it, Mr. Roosevelt still carried out his scheduled public speech.
1913 Senghenydd Colliery Disaster, the United Kingdom’s worst coal mining accident claimed the lives of 439 miners.
1926 The children’s book Winnie-the-Pooh, by A.A. Milne, was first published.
1927 Roger Moore, English actor, was born.
1938 The first flight of the Curtiss Aircraft Company’s P-40 Warhawkfighter plane.
1939 Ralph Lauren, American fashion designer, was born.
1939 The German Kriegsmarine submarine U-47 sank the British battleship HMS Royal Oak in the harbour at Scapa Flow.
1940 Cliff Richard, English singer, was born.
1940 Christopher Timothy, British actor, was born.
1940 Balham subway station disaster, in London during an air raid.
1943 Prisoners at the Sobibor extermination camp in Poland revolted against the Germans, killing eleven SS troops who were guards there, and wounding many more.
1943 – The American Eighth Air Force lost 60 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers in aerial combat during the second mass-daylight air raid on the Schweinfurt ball-bearing factories in western Nazi Germany.
1944 – Athens was liberated by British Army troops.
1946 Justin Hayward, English musician (Moody Blues), was born.
1949 – Chinese Civil War: Chinese Communist forces occupied the city of Guangzhou.
1952 Korean War: United Nations and South Korean forces launched Operation Showdown against Chinese strongholds at the Iron Triangle. The resulting Battle of Triangle Hill was the biggest and bloodiest battle of 1952.
1956 Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, the Indian Untouchable caste leader, converted to Buddhism along with 385,000 of his followers (see Neo-Buddhism).
1957 Queen Elizabeth II became the first Canadian Monarch to open up an annual session of the Canadian Parliament, presenting her Speech from the Throne in Ottawa, Canada.
1958 The American Atomic Energy Commission, with supporting military units, carried out an underground nuclear weapon test.
1962 – The Cuban Missile Crisis began: A U.S. Air Force U-2 reconnaissance plane and its pilot flew over Cuba and took photographs of Soviet missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
1964 Leonid Brezhnev became the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
1967 Joan Baez was arrested concerning a physical blockade of the U.S. Army’s induction centre in Oakland, California.
1968 – An earthquake rated at 6.8 on the Richter Scale destroyed the Australian town of Meckering, Western Australia, and ruptured all nearby main highways and railroads.
1968 Jim Hines of the United States of America becomes the first man ever to break the so-called “ten-second barrier” in the 100-meter sprint in the Summer Olympic Gamesheld in Mexico City with a time of 9.95 seconds.
1973 In the Thammasat student uprising over 100,000 people protested in Thailand against the Thanom military government; 77 were killed and 857 are injured by soldiers.
1979 The mutilated body of Marty Johnstone, leader of the Mr Asia drug syndicate, was found in Eccleston Delft, a flooded disused quarry in Lancashire.
1979 The National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, demanded “an end to all social, economic, judicial, and legal oppression of lesbian and gay people”, and draws 200,000 people.
1981 Amnesty International charged the U.S. Federal Government with holding Richard Marshall of the American Indian Movement as a political prisoner.
1981 – Vice President Hosni Mubarak was elected as the President of Egypt.
1982 U.S. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed a War on Drugs.
1994 Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, and Foreign Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres, received the Nobel Peace Prize for their role in the establishment of the Oslo Accords and the framing of the future Palestinian Self Governing.
2012 – Felix Baumgartner jumped from the stratosphere to try to break the record of the highest freefall jump, at an altitude of 39,068 meters (128,018 ft).
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia