Dreidel – a four-sided top bearing the Hebrew letters nun, gimel, he, and shin, one on each side, a gambling game played with a dreidel, especially at Hanukkah.
A Canterbury woman who has dedicated her career as a rural professional to New Zealand’s dairy industry is 2017’s Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year.
Jessie Chan-Dorman, a Fonterra Shareholders’ Councillor, won the coveted title out of a group of three finalists which included CEO of Sirona Animal Health Claire Nicholson and agribusiness consultant Jolene Germann. The awards ceremony was held tonight in Queenstown as part of a gala dinner at the Dairy Women’s Network’s annual conference. . .
Fonterra farmers will come together to trial innovative technology that will allow them to take insights from the weather and bring greater precision to New Zealand dairy farms.
Fonterra is playing its part in fuelling the revolution of on-farm weather forecasting by working with MetService and BloomSky – a smart weather camera station that delivers hyperlocal weather information in real-time to any laptop, tablet or smartphone. . . .
Rebel with a cause – Eric Crampton:
I love Roger Beattie.
Weka are endangered, but they breed easily on his farm at Banks Peninsula. He’s just prohibited, by dumb rules, against breeding them for profit. Whether this is DoC bloodymindedness, Vogonity, or refusal to be shown up by somebody doing a better job of conservation that DoC is – that’s anybody’s guess.
And so, annoyed with silly DoC rules around farming weka, Roger’s making a point. He’s adding weka feathers to some hats and selling them. . .
UK supermarkets ban fresh NZ lamb – Alexa Cook:
A decision by UK supermarkets to ban fresh New Zealand lamb is bad news for the industry and could turn consumers away from the meat, says Beef and Lamb New Zealand.
Supermarket chain Co-op Food, which is the UK’s fifth largest retailer, is banning fresh New Zealand lamb in response to lobbying from the British Sheep Association. . .
After a decrease in 2015, the dairy cattle number increased 2 percent in 2016 to reach 6.6 million, Stats NZ said today. However, this was not back to the 2014 level (6.7 million).
The North Island dairy herd increased by almost 250,000 cows last year, led by a rise in Waikato. In contrast, the number of dairy cattle in the South Island fell more than 100,000 in the year to 30 June 2016.
The results also show continuing declines for sheep and deer numbers, with beef cattle being relatively unchanged. . .
Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has issued a “call to action” for the nation to get behind efforts to protect New Zealand’s threatened native plants and animals.
Minister Barry launched the Department of Conservation’s draft Threatened Species Strategy at the Threatened Species Summit in Wellington this morning.
“Our unique plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth and help to define who we are as New Zealanders, adding immeasurable value to our culture, our identity and our landscapes,” Minister Barry says. . .
Cutting nitrogen loss in winter – Bala Tikkisetty:
Winter’s a much riskier season for nitrogen leaching from urine patches on pasture to waterways.
Milking cows will excrete, in urine, about 70 per cent of the nitrogen they consume. The chance of nitrogen leaching from urine patches is much higher in winter due to weather conditions.
Also, farmers should be particularly cautious when applying nitrogen fertilisers to pasture or crops during winter due to the extra risks winter weather poses for nutrient loss. . .
Gravedodger and Teletext get my thanks for posing Thursday’s questions.
Should they have stumped us all, they can claim a virtual chocolate roulade by leaving the answers below.
Reading could make people kinder and more empathetic.
Readers were more likely to act in a socially acceptable manner while those who preferred watching television came across as less friendly and less understanding of others’ views, British researchers said. . .
Researchers told the British Psychological Society conference in Brighton that fiction fans showed more positive social behaviour.
Readers of drama and romance novels were also empathic, while lovers of experimental books showed the ability to see things from different perspectives.
Comedy fans scored the highest for relating to others.
The study suggested reading allows people to see different points of view, enabling them to understand others better. . .
But there’s a but:
However, the authors warned the study did not prove cause-and-effect.
So it could be that reading causes positive behaviour, or it could be that thoughtful, well-mannered people are more likely to prefer reading.
Is it that better people read books or readers are better people?
Either way, book readers are better people.
The greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel. Florence Nightingale who was born on this day in 1820.
1264 The Battle of Lewes, between King Henry III and the rebel Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, began.
1364 Jagiellonian University, was founded in Kraków.
1551 National University of San Marcos, was founded in Lima.
1588 French Wars of Religion: Henry III fledParis after Henry of Guise enters the city.
1689 King William’s War: William III joined the League of Augsburg starting a war with France.
1743 Maria Theresa of Austria was crowned King of Bohemia after defeating her rival, Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor.
1797 First Coalition: Napoleon I of France conquered Venice.
1812 Edward Lear, British author and poet was born (d. 1888).
1820 Florence Nightingale, British nurse was born (d. 1910).
1821 The first big battle of the Greek War of Independence against the Turks occured in Valtetsi.
1828 Dante Gabriel Rossetti, British painter,was born (d. 1882).
1863 American Civil War: Battle of Raymond: two divisions of James B. McPherson‘s XVII Corps (ACW) turned the left wing of Confederate GeneralJohn C. Pemberton‘s defensive line on Fourteen Mile Creek, opening up the interior of Mississippi to the Union Army during the Vicksburg Campaign.
1864 American Civil War: the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House: thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers died in “the Bloody Angle”.
1865 American Civil War: the Battle of Palmito Ranch: the first day of the last major land action to take place during the Civil War, resulting in a Confederate victory.
1870 The Manitoba Act was given the Royal Assent, paving the way for Manitoba to become a province of Canada on July 15.
1873 Oscar II was crowned King of Sweden.
1881 Tunisia became a French protectorate.
1885 North-West Rebellion: the four-day Battle of Batoche, pitting rebel Métis against the Canadian government, ended with a decisive rebel defeat.
1907 Katharine Hepburn, American actress, was born (d. 2003).
1910 Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, British biochemist, Nobel laureate, was born (d. 1994).
1924 Tony Hancock, British comedian, was born (d. 1968).
1926 UK General Strike 1926: In the United Kingdom, a nine-day general strike by ended.
1932 Ten weeks after his abduction, the infant son of Charles Lindberghwas found dead in Hopewell, New Jersey, just a few miles from the Lindberghs’ home.
1937 Susan Hampshire, British actress, was born.
1942 – World War II: Second Battle of Kharkov – in the eastern Ukraine, Red Army forces under Marshal Semyon Timoshenko launched a major offensive from the Izium bridgehead.
1942 – The Holocaust: 1,500 Jews were sent to gas chambers in Auschwitz.
1945 Ian McLagan, British keyboardist (Small Faces), was born.
1945 Argentinian labour leader José Peter declared the Federación Obrera de la Industria de la Carne dissolved.
1949 – The Soviet Union lifted its blockade of Berlin.
1949 – The western occupying powers approved the Basic Law for the new German state – the Federal Republic of Germany.
1952 Gaj Singh was crowned Maharaja of Jodhpur.
1958 Aformal North American Aerospace Defense Command agreement was signed between the United States and Canada.
1962 Douglas MacArthur delivered his famous “Duty, Honor, Country” valedictory speech at the United States Military Academy.
1967 Pink Floyd staged the first-ever quadraphonic rock concert.
1971 A civic reception for 161 Battery on its return from Vietnam was disrupted by protesters.
1975 Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union footballer, was born.
1975 Mayagüez incident: the Cambodian navy seized the American merchant ship SS Mayaguez in international waters.
1978 In Zaïre, rebels occupy the city of Kolwezi, the mining center of the province of Shaba.
1981 Francis Hughes starved to death in the Maze Prison in a republican campaign for political status to be granted to Provisional IRA prisoners.
1982 – During a procession outside the shrine of the Virgin Mary in Fátima, Portugal, security guards overpower edJuan Fernandez Krohn before he attacked Pope John Paul IIwith a bayonet.
1999 David Steel became the first Presiding Officer (speaker) of the modern Scottish Parliament.
2002 Former US President Jimmy Carter arrived in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro’s 1959 revolution.
2003 The Riyadh compound bombings, carried out by Al Qaeda, kill 26.
2003 – Fifty-nine Democratic lawmakers bring the Texas Legislature to a standstill by going into hiding in a dispute over a Republican congressionalredistricting plan.
2006 Mass unrest by the Primeiro Comando da Capital began in São Paulo, leaving at least 150 dead.
2007 Karachi riots , which killed over 50 people in Karachi and above 100 injured, on the arrival of Chief Justice of Pakistan; Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in Karachi city.
2008 Wenchuan earthquake (measuring around 8.0 magnitude) in Sichuan, China, killed more than 69,000 people.
2008 – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the largest-ever raid of workplace and arrests nearly 400 immigrants for identity theft and document fraud.
2010 – An Afriqiyah Airways Flight crashed, killing all but one person on board.
2015 – A train derailment in Philadelphia killed 8 people and injured more than 200.
2015 – A 7.3-magnitude earthquake and six major aftershocks hit Nepal, killing more than 200 people.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia