It doesn’t take much – a phone call, a letter, a smile, a hug . . . small but not insignificant expressions of caring for which I’m grateful.
Spermologer – a picker-up of trivia or current news; a gossip monger.
The media release from Silver Fern Farms about the requisition for a special meeting to consider the resolution to form a partnership with Shanghai Maling reeks of the company’s frustration at what it sees as a complete waste of time. However, regardless of that frustration, the company has agreed to the requisition and will set a date for the meeting.
A group of 80 shareholders, led by John Shrimpton and Blair Gallagher, has passed the required 5% threshold to requisition the board to hold a special meeting in compliance with the Companies Act. Shrimpton cancelled a meeting with the board which he had arranged for 2nd May and which the board was keen to hold, so its members could learn and understand the purpose and legal justification of the requisition.
Not surprisingly the board sets out a list of very cogent reasons why it considers the requisition a waste of management time and resources, notably 67% of shareholders have already voted with 85% in favour of the deal, SFF would be in breach of contract if it pulled out and there would be no legal obligation on the company as a result of the special meeting. . .
Females rule in the stud cattle world – Kate Taylor:
With a twinkle in his eye aimed at wife and daughter-in-law sitting at the table with him, David Thomson says “women rule the world” in his business… the cattle business.
“If I was buying a bull, I tried to make sure it had a good dam line behind it,” he says.
“On this rolling to steep limestone country, calves pick up a lot from their mothers, such as temperament and ability to walk. Chances are, if you have a toey cow she’ll have a toey calf and will be culled.” . .
Rural health issues will be brought to the Beehive this week during the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand’s’ (RHANZ) ‘RuralFest’ conference.
RHANZ, which is made up of 42 membership organisations, are gathering in Wellington for the inaugural RuralFest – to discuss and determine the top health and well-being issues facing rural communities.
Rural GP Dr Jo Scott-Jones says RuralFest is a flagship event for RHANZ, who represent a united voice from across multiple rural sector organisations. . .
Pee could be the key to pest control -Conan Young
A Christchurch researcher may have found a way to dramatically increase the effectiveness of possum traps.
At present the success rate for possum traps can be as low as 30 percent, but a new lure which replaces icing sugar with possum urine has increased the kill rate by as much as 25 percent.
Lure creator and Landcare Research scientist Janine Duckworth said possums spent more time at the traps set with urine and were more likely to trigger the trap. . .
Farmers and cyclists – the dark side of social media – Marc Gasgoigne :
I’m a dairy farmer and I’m also a cyclist. Sometimes I wonder if I’m one of the most hated people in New Zealand.
Whenever dairy farming features in the news there are plenty of knockers queuing up to put the boot in, apparently we are the cause of many of the world’s problems, from global warming to polluting the rivers to abusing baby cows.
But now cyclists are featuring in the knocking machine. First there was the publican in Rangiora who banned cyclists wearing lycra from entering his premises, saying it was offensive to his patrons.
Then there was a Facebook post abusing cyclists, ironically on the NZ Farming page (NZ Farmer has no connection with NZ Farming). . .
Farm takeover! Planting GMO corn – Uptown Farms:
Two weeks ago, April 23, was the day I had been waiting for since I successfully coerced my farmer husband into letting me take over sixty acres!
To read about #my60Acres from the start, go here and scroll down to the bottom!
It was finally planting day! Picking the right time to plant involves a little bit of planning, some major guessing and hopefully some good luck!
Long before planting however I worked with Matt to figure out exactly what type of corn seed we would use. . .
Not everyone has the blessing of a loving and lovely mother. I was blessed with two – my own mother and that of my best friend whose family moved next door when we were two.
Mum died 15 years ago, this post is a day late because my second mother died yesterday.
She was a wonderful woman – kind, gentle, giving, generous in material and other terms, a Christian who lived her faith.
Here is just one example of her practical kindness. When our son who had multiple handicaps turned one, she came out with dozen of meal-sized pottles of pureed meat and vegetables ready for freezing and said since he wouldn’t know it was his birthday she was giving him something that would help me.
Her health had been poor for some time and her death was neither a surprise nor a tragedy but even when it’s expected the loss of someone who played such an important part in your life is sad.
She called me her fifth daughter – I am grateful for that, for her love, the many happy memories she leaves and for a life lived well.
The other threat to the security of our tradition, I believe, lies at home. It is the current fear of radical ideas and of people who propound them. I do not agree with the extremists of either the left or the right, but I think they should be allowed to speak and to publish, both because they themselves have, and ought to have, rights, and once their rights are gone, the rights of the rest of us are hardly safe. Extremists typically want to squash not only those who disagree with them diametrically, but those who disagree with them at all. It seems to me that in every country where extremists of the left have gotten sufficiently in the saddle to squash the extremists of the right, they have ridden on to squash the center or terrorize it also. And the same goes for extremists of the right. I do not want that to happen in our country. – Jane Jacobs who was born on this day in 1916.
1008 Khajeh Abdollah Ansari, The Persian Sufi was born (d. 1088).
1256 The mendicant Order of Saint Augustine was constituted at the Lecceto Monastery when Pope Alexander IV issued a papal bull Licet ecclesiae catholicae.
1343 The four Estonian kings were murdered at the negotiations with the Livonian Order.
1471 Wars of the Roses: The Battle of Tewkesbury: Edward IV defeatsed a LancastrianArmy and killed Edward, Prince of Wales.
1494 Christopher Columbus landed in Jamaica.
1655 Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian maker of musical instruments, was born (d. 1731).
1675 King Charles II ordered the construction of the Royal Greenwich Observatory.
1715 Richard Graves, English writer, was born (d. 1804).
1772 French explorer Marion du Fresne arrived in the Bay of Islands.
1776 Rhode Island became the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III.
1799 Fourth Anglo-Mysore War: The Battle of Seringapatam: The siege of Seringapatam ended when the city was assaulted and the Tipu Sultan killed by the besieging British army, under the command of General George Harris.
1814 Emperor Napoleon I of France arrived at Portoferraio on the island of Elba to begin his exile.
1814 – King Ferdinand VII of Spain signed the Decrete of the 4th of May, returning Spain to absolutism.
1855 William Walker departed from San Francisco with about 60 men to conquer Nicaragua.
1863 American Civil War: The Battle of Chancellorsville ended with a Union retreat.
1869 – The Naval Battle of Hakodate took place in Japan.
1886 Haymarket Square Riot: A bomb was thrown at policemen trying to break up a labor rally in Chicago, killing eight and wounding 60.
1904 The United States began construction of the Panama Canal.
1910 The Royal Canadian Navy was created.
1912 Italy occupied the Greek island of Rhodes.
1916 – Jane Jacobs, American-Canadian journalist, author, and activist was born(d. 2006).
1921 – Audrey Hepburn, British actress and humanitarian, was born (d. 1993).
1923 – Eric Sykes, English actor, director, and screenwriter was born (d. 2012).
1927 – Terry Scott, English actor was born (d. 1994)
1932 Mobster Al Capone began serving an eleven-year prison sentence for tax evasion.
1936 – El Cordobés, Spanish bullfighter, was born.
1937 – D.P. Hulse and T.W. Smith were both killed in the second avalanche to hit the Homer tunnel project in less than 12 months.
1938 – Gillian Tindall, English historian and author, was born.
1940 – Robin Cook, American physician and author, was born.
1942 World War II: The Battle of the Coral Sea began with an attack by aircraft from the United States aircraft carrier USS Yorktown on Japanese naval forces at Tulagi Island in the Solomon Islands.
1945 World War II: British forces liberated Neuengamme concentration camp near Hamburg.
1945 – World War II: The North Germany Army surrendered to Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.
1946 U.S. Marines stopped a two-day riot which killed five people at Alcatraz federal prison .
1949 The Torino football team (except for one player who did not take the trip due to an injury) was killed in a plane crash at the Superga hill at the edge of Turin, Italy.
1950 – Darryl Hunt, English musician (The Pogues)
1961 American civil rights movement: The “Freedom Riders” begin a bus trip through the South.
1970 Vietnam War: Kent State shootings: the Ohio National Guard, sent to Kent State University after disturbances in the city of Kent the weekend before, opened fire killing four students and wounding nine others.
1972 The Don’t Make A Wave Committee, a fledgling environmental organisation founded in Canada in 1971, officially changed its name to “Greenpeace Foundation“.
1974 An all-female Japanese team reached the summit of Manaslu, becoming the first women to climb an 8,000-meter peak.
1979 Margaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
1980 President Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia died in Ljubljana at the age of 87.
1982 Twenty sailors were killed when the British Type 42 destroyer HMSSheffield was hit by an Argentinian Exocet missile during the Falklands War.
1987 United States Supreme Court building was designated a National Historic Landmark.
1988 The PEPCON disaster rocked Henderson, Nevada, as tons of space shuttle fuel detonates during a fire.
1989 Iran-Contra Affair: Former White House aide Oliver North was convicted of three crimes and acquitted of nine other charges. The convictions are, however, later overturned on appeal.
1990 Latvia proclaimed the renewal of its independence after the Soviet occupation.
1996 José María Aznar was elected Prime Minister of Spain, ending 13 years of Socialist rule.
1998 Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski was given four life sentences plus 30 years after Kaczynski accepted a plea agreement sparing him from the death penalty.
2000 Ken Livingstone became the first Mayor of London.
2007 Greensburg, Kansas was almost completely destroyed by a 1.7mi wide EF-5 tornado.
2007 –The Scottish National Party won the Scottish general election and became the largest party in the Scottish Parliament for the first time ever.
2014 – Three people were killed and 62 injured in a pair of bombings on buses in Nairobi, Kenya.
2015 – The Parliament of Malta moved from the Grandmaster’s Palace to a purpose-built Parliament House..
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia