Aggrandise – to widen in scope; increase in size or intensity; enlarge; extend; increase the power, status, or wealth of; enhance the reputation of beyond what is justified by the facts.
SFF votes yes on China deal – Dene Mackenzie:
Silver Fern Farms shareholders have voted overwhelmingly in favour of selling a 50% stake in their company to Chinese-owned Shanghai Maling.
The outcome has just been announced following a special meeting at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
The vote was 82% in favour of the deal.
It means Shanghai Maling, an offshoot of state-owned food giant Bright Food Group, will inject $261 million into Silver Fern Farms, with the expectation it will be debt-free, with money in the bank, by this time next year. . .
Robotic cutters go into boning rooms – Sally Rae:
Alliance Group is spending $15million in robotic technology destined for the boning rooms of its Smithfield and Pukeuri plants.
The major benefit of the custom built primal/middle cutting machinery from Dunedin company Scott Technology was higher product yields with additional productivity and safety benefits.
While the technology meant each boning room would require slightly fewer people, ”natural attrition” meant no redundancies would be made, Alliance Group chief executive David Surveyor said. . .
Dynamic businesses competing for Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2015
Eleven dynamic and innovative businesses are in the running for the Rural Women New Zealand Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2015.
“This is the seventh year we’ve held the Enterprising Rural Women Awards,” says Rural Women National President, Wendy McGowan. “We’re starting to see an emerging trend of dynamic rural businesses being run by women to meet the needs of the rural community but with wider appeal to urban residents and tourists.”
“We’re excited to see that the gradual rollout of broadband into rural communities is increasing business opportunities for rural enterprises to thrive online, even when operating from remote locations. . .
Determination keeps the worms and eczema at bay – Kate Taylor:
Hawke’s Bay perendale breeders Graeme and Sue Maxwell believe in being proactive about improving their flock, particularly with testing and selection for worm tolerance and facial eczema tolerance.
“We are proactive and do these things so our clients get the benefits from us doing the work first,” says Graeme.
“The health of our sheep has gone through the roof since we started doing the faecal egg counts. It turned our commercial flock around,” adds Sue. . .
Inside JJ Leahy’s pastoral empire – Peter Austin:
MEN who make a living – and in some cases, a fortune – dealing in pastoral land and livestock are by nature inclined to be reticent, shunning publicity and keeping their trade secrets to themselves.
That’s why a newly published book on the life and times of 20th Century mega-dealer John Jeremiah (“J.J.”) Leahy is likely to generate much interest – because it’s written by somebody “inside the tent”.
Gerard Leahy, the youngest (though now well into his 80s) and the sole survivor of J.J. Leahy’s seven children, has just completed a 10-year project of writing the story of his father’s eventful life. . .
Andrei and Teletext posed the questions for which they get my thanks.
Should they have stumped us all they can claim a virtual bunch of spring flowers by leaving the answers below.
No better way is there to learn to love Nature than to understand Art. It dignifies every flower of the field. And, the boy who sees the thing of beauty which a bird on the wing becomes when transferred to wood or canvas will probably not throw the customary stone.– Oscar Wilde who was born on this day in 1854.
456 Magister militum Ricimer defeated Emperor Avitus at Piacenza and becomes master of the Western Roman Empire.
1384 Jadwiga was crowned King of Poland, although she was a woman.
1758 Noah Webster, American lexicographer, was born (d. 1843).
1793 Marie Antoinette, was guillotined.
1793 The Battle of Wattignies ended in a French victory.
1813 The Sixth Coalition attacked Napoleon Bonaparte in the Battle of Leipzig.
1834 Much of the ancient structure of the Palace of Westminster burned to the ground.
1841 Queen’s University was founded in Kingston, Ontario.
1846 William TG Morton first demonstrated ether anesthesia at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the Ether Dome.
1854 Oscar Wilde, Irish writer, was born (d. 1900).
1859 John Brown led a raid on Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia.
1869 The Cardiff Giant, one of the most famous American hoaxes, was “discovered”.
1869 Girton College, Cambridge was founded, becoming England’s first residential college for women.
1875 Brigham Young University was founded in Provo, Utah.
1882 The Nickel Plate Railroad opened.
1890 Michael Collins, Irish patriot, was born (d. 1922).
1905 The Partition of Bengal in India takes place.
1906 The Captain of Köpenick fooled the city hall of Köpenick and several soldiers by impersonating a Prussian officer.
1922 Max Bygraves, English singer/songwriter, was born (d 2012).
1923 The Walt Disney Company was founded by Walt and Roy Disney.
1925 Angela Lansbury, English-born actress, was born.
1928 Mary Daly, American feminist philosopher and theologian, was born (d. 2010).
1934 Chinese Communists began the Long March.
1936 Jean Batten crossed the Tasman on the last leg of her flight from Britain, landing in Auckland 10 1/2 hours after leaving Sydney.
1940 Benjamin O. Davis Sr. was named the first African American general in the United States Army.
1940 The Warsaw Ghetto was established.
1943 Fred Turner, Canadian bass player (Bachman-Turner Overdrive), was born.
1945 The Food and Agriculture Organization was founded in Quebec City.
1946 Nuremberg Trials: Execution of the convicted Nazi leaders of the Main Trial.
1951 The first Prime Minister of Pakistan, Liaquat Ali Khan, was assassinated.
1968 Rodney Riots in Kingston Jamaica, inspired by the barring of Walter Rodney from the country.
1975 The Balibo Five, a group of Australian television journalists then Portuguese Timor (now East Timor), were killed by Indonesian troops.
1975 The Australian Coalition opposition parties using their senate majority, voted to defer the decision to grant supply of funds for the Whitlam Government’s annual budget, sparking the 1975 Australian constitutional crisis.
1978 Pope John Paul II was elected after the October 1978 Papal conclave.
1978 – Wanda Rutkiewicz was the first Pole and the first European woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
1984 Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1986 Reinhold Messner became the first person to summit all 14 Eight-thousanders.
1986 Ron Arad, Israeli Weapons System Officer, is captured by Lebanese Shi’ite militia Amal.
1987 Great Storm of 1987: Hurricane force winds hit much of the South of England killing 23 people.
1991 Luby’s massacre: George Hennard ran amok in Killeen, Texas, killing 23 and wounding 20 in Luby’s Cafeteria.
1993 Anti-Nazi riot in Welling in Kent, after police stopped protesters approaching the British National Party headquarters.
1995 The Million Man March in Washington, D.C.
1995 – The Skye Bridge over Lock Alsh was opened.
1996 Eighty-four people were killed and more than 180 injured as 47,000 football fans attempt to squeezed into the 36,000-seat Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City.
1998 Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet was arrested in London on a warrant from Spain requesting his extradition on murder charges.
2002 Bibliotheca Alexandrina: a commemoration of the Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity, was officially inaugurated.
2006 A magnitude 6.7 earthquake rocked Hawaii.
2013 – Lao Airlines Flight 301 crashed on approach to Pakse International Airport in Laos, killing 49 people.
2014 – Belgrade Military Parade.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia