Bezel – the rim which encompasses and fastens a jewel, watch crystal, lens or other object; rim that holds a transparent covering (as on a watch, clock, or headlight) or that is rotatable and has special markings (as on a watch); a band of metal containing a groove and a flange (i.e. projecting lip) holding a watch crystal or gemstone in its setting; the oblique side or face of a cut gem, specifically the upper faceted portion of a brilliant projecting from the setting; the diagonal face at the end of the blade of a chisel, or the like, leading to the edge.
After last week’s floods a local wit quipped, ah well, we must be a day nearer the next drought.
It’s difficult to remember parched paddocks when yours are sodden, or worse as they are for some, still flooded.
But while we live in a pluvial country the pluviality doesn’t always come at the right time and the right places.
Sooner or later, drought will be causing water woes for farmers again in those places which don’t have the insurance of irrigation.
In other parts of the world, the problem isn’t just the lack or rain, it’s lack of infrastructure and I can’t avoid the temptation to ask: if it was men’s job to get the water would wells, pumps and pipes be a bigger priority?
MPI urges vigilance – Annette Scott:
While he may be the first in New Zealand to have the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis detected on his farm, South Canterbury dairy farmer Aad van Leeuwen is confident he won’t be the last.
The Ministry for Primary Industries notified the detection of Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) disease on a South Canterbury dairy farm on July 25, but the identity of the property wasn’t revealed until four days later, on Friday, prompting speculation to run rife meantime.
Devastated that the disease – listed as an unwanted organism under NZ’s Biosecurity Act 1993 – had hit his dairy operation, van Leeuwen said he was co-operating 100% with MPI. . .
Japan frozen beef tariffs expected – Alan Williams:
New Zealand beef exporters are facing 50% tariffs on frozen exports to Japan over the next eight months.
Suppliers in this country have been caught in the reaction to big shipments from Australia, and especially the United States this year, so that total volumes have reached a trigger point at which the Japanese government has decided it needs to protect domestic farmers. . .
Give up farming generate power – Neil Malthus:
Farmers installing solar power can now get a better return from it than from farming itself, a solar power installer claims.
Electrical contractor Andrew Wells, of ABW Electric, Christchurch, recently set up Sunergy Solar to market solar photovoltaic systems. His company specialises in farm installations, marketed at farming field days and A&P shows; it also does residential systems.
Wells sees huge potential for solar power on farms: electricity charges for a dairy shed average $5000 – $6000 a month and solar panels now cost only about 8% of what they did 10 years ago. . .
More wool needed for a brighter future – WNZ – Pam Tipa:
Greater sales volume is critical for Wools of NZ, says chair Mark Shadbolt.
The trademarked scouring process Glacier XT will be a more volume-focused business, he says.
“That will create lot more demand. It is creating a wool that is a lot whiter and brighter and is the sort innovation and technology we need to invest in to add value to the wool.
“We have had a lot of interest in the market for it because the brightness is the key aspect that the industry hadn’t been able to acquire until this technology became available.” . .
Southland a winner – Sonita Chandar:
Southlander Katrina Thomas knew “absolutely nothing about cows” when she and husband James Dixon converted to dairy farming.
But she turned that lack of knowledge around by joining the Dairy Women’s Network (DWN) and volunteering her time to the community.
It is this generosity that saw her win the 2017 Dairy Women’s Network Dairy Community Leadership award. . .
NZ’s prosperity still tethered to farm gate – Liam Dann:
There’s nothing like a biosecurity scare to remind us that New Zealand’s economic prosperity is still – for better or for worse – tethered to the farm gate.
The instant that news of the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak in South Canterbury hit the headlines last Tuesday the dollar plunged.
Luckily it only dropped 20 basis points (0.2 per cent) before it became apparent that this was a more benign disease than foot and mouth.
But it was enough to put a deep V shape in the daily dollar chart and illustrate how quickly a more serious outbreak could take this country to the brink of recession. . .
Fonterra Australia has today advised its farmers of an increase of 20 cents per kilogram of milk solids (kgMS) to its farmgate milk price for the 2017/18 season, bringing its average farmgate milk price to $5.50kgMS. The increase will apply from 1 July 2017 and will be paid on 15 August 2017.
Fonterra’s additional payment of 40 cents/kgMS is payable on top of the revised farmgate milk price, and brings the total average cash paid to $5.90kgMS.
Fonterra Australia Managing Director René Dedoncker said that improved market conditions and the strength ohf the Australian business supported this step up. . . .
The people in charge of Labour have guided the party through a period of strategic ineptitude, policy torpor, financial ruin and organisational decay. They are just not very good at politics.
Until the party reckons with this, root and branch, their only other idea — changing leaders periodically in the hope that doing so will transform the party’s fortunes — is merely window dressing to distract from the shambles within.
Bur Phil Quin and Labour once were friends.
He like several other commentators are already calling the election for National.
But while it certainly looks like Labour is losing it doesn’t mean that National will win:
The latest poll results show voters recognise National offers a strong stable government, in contrast to the opposition, Prime Minister Bill English says.
But Mr English said party needed to lift its support further to ensure its re-election. . .
. . . Labour’s poor poll showing would not ensure National’s re-election. “Despite Labour doing worse, the Greens are doing a bit better, and they could have a majority with New Zealand First so our view is that our support, while it’s good, isn’t enough.’
One of the determinants of who leads the next government will be what happens to the wasted votes.
If for example National got a similar level of support as it did in this poll and TOP got around 4.5%, the reallocation of those and other votes for parties that didn’t make the 5% might just be enough.
But National can’t rely on that outcome, it must earn the right to lead the government and in doing so get the votes to enable it to do so.
That won’t be easy because after nearly nine years in government it too has people who once were friends but for a variety of reasons are no longer.
In MMP it’s almost always the party vote that counts.
The exception is with electorates like Epsom or Ohariu where minor party leaders win the seat and get their parties into parliament without getting at least 5% of the party vote.
Even though we’ve had MMP for more than 20 years some people still don’t understand the importance of the party vote.
And some people who do understand the system split their vote, giving their electorate vote to the person in spite, rather than because, of their party.
If a party gets more electorate seats than it’s party vote entitles it to we end up with more than 120 MPs which is called an overhang.
Labour has slumped to its lowest level in more than 20 years in the latest 1 News Colmar Brunton poll.
It’s fallen three points to 24 per cent this poll. That’s one per cent lower than the 25 per cent recorded at the last election. The 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll began in 1995.
It’s important not to read too much into a single poll but this one does confirm a downward trend for Labour.
When a party loses support electorate MPs are vulnerable too, especially those in marginal seats.
But voters sometimes stay loyal to individual electorate MPs even though they no longer support their party.
If Labour’s party vote continues to fall not only would it get no list MPs, which would end its leader, Andrew Little’s parliamentary career, it could end up with more electorate MPs than its party vote entitles it to.
Ironically, that wouldn’t be good for National because parliament would end up with an overhang and therefore a government would need more than 61 votes to get a majority.
Another way we might end up with an overhang would be if Labour bleeds enough electorate votes to allow more Maori Party MPs into parliament through winning more seats than their party vote would entitle them to.
That might or might not help National. The Maori Party has been part of National-led governments since 2008. It has given the government confidence and supply but it’s voted against National more often than for it so while National has been able to govern it hasn’t always been able to pass legislation.
National support stayed steady on 47% in this poll.
To my surprise and despair, the Green Party gained 4% support which is being attributed to Meteria Turei’s confession of fraud and possibly the mad policy that would increase benefit dependency.
However, this is only one poll and that level of increase is against the trend.
The candle burns not for us, but for all those whom we failed to rescue from prison, who were shot on the way to prison, who were tortured, who were kidnapped, who ‘disappeared’. That’s what the candle is for. – Peter Benenson, founder of Amnesty International, who was born on this day in 1921.
30 BC Battle of Alexandria: Mark Antony achieved a minor victory over Octavian’s forces, but most of his army subsequently deserted, leading to his suicide.
781 The oldest recorded eruption of Mt. Fuji.
904 Thessalonica fell to the Arabs, who destroyed the city.
1009 Pope Sergius IV became the 142nd pope, succeeding Pope John XVIII.
1200 Attempted usurpation of John Komnenos the Fat.
1423 Hundred Years’ War: Battle of Cravant – the French army was defeated at Cravant.
1451 Jacques Cœur was arrested by order of Charles VII of France.
1492 Jews were expelled from Spain when the Alhambra Decree took effect.
1498 On his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus became the first European to discover the island of Trinidad.
1658 Aurangzeb was proclaimed Moghul emperor of India.
1667 Treaty of Breda ended the second Anglo-Dutch War.
1703 Daniel Defoe was placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet, but was pelted with flowers.
1741 Charles Albert of Bavaria invaded Upper Austria and Bohemia.
1777 Pedro Ignacio de Castro Barros, Argentine statesman and priest, was born (d. 1849).
1777 The U.S. Second Continental Congress passed a resolution that the services of Marquis de Lafayette “be accepted, and that, in consideration of his zeal, illustrious family and connexions, he have the rank and commission of major-general of the United States.”
1790 First U.S. patent was issued to inventor Samuel Hopkins for a potash process.
1800 Friedrich Wöhler, German chemist and founder of organic chemistry, was born (d. 1882).
1803 John Ericsson, Swedish inventor and engineer, was born (d. 1889).
1843 – The foundation stone was laid for New Zealand’s first purpose-built theatre, the Royal Victoria Theatre on Manners St, Wellington.
1856 Christchurch, New Zealand, was chartered as a city.
1860 Mary Vaux Walcott, American artist and naturalist, was born (d. 1940).
1865 The first narrow gauge mainline railway in the world opened atGrandchester, Australia.
1909 Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Austrian writer and polyglot, was born (d. 1999).
1912 Milton Friedman, American economist, Nobel laureate (d. 2006).
1913 The Balkan States signed an armistice at Bucharest.
1919 German national assembly adopted the Weimar constitution.
1921 Peter Benenson, British founder of Amnesty International, was born (d. 2005).
1930 The radio mystery programme The Shadow aired for the first time.
1932 The NSDAP won more than 38% of the vote in German elections.
1936 The International Olympic Committee announced that the 1940 Summer Olympics would be held in Tokyo. However, the games were given back to the IOC after the Second Sino-Japanese War broke out, and are eventually cancelled altogether because of World War II.
1938 – Bulgaria signed a non-aggression pact with Greece and other states of Balkan Antanti (Turkey, Romania, Yugoslavia).
1938 Archaeologists discovered engraved gold and silver plates from King Darius in Persepolis.
1940 A doodlebug train in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio collided with a multi-car freight train heading in the opposite direction, killing 43 people.
1941 Holocaust: under instructions from Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring, ordered SS General Reinhard Heydrich to “submit to me as soon as possible a general plan of the administrative material and financial measures necessary for carrying out the desired final solution of the Jewish question.”
1943 Lobo, American singer and songwriter, was born.
1944 Geraldine Chaplin, American actress, was born.
1944 – Jonathan Dimbleby, British journalist and television presenter.
1945 Pierre Laval, the fugitive former leader of Vichy France, surrendered to Allied soldiers in Austria.
1945 John K. Giles attempted to escape from Alcatraz prison.
1948 New York International Airport (later renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport) was dedicated.
1951 Japan Airlines was established.
1959 The Basque separatist organisation ETA was founded.
1964 Jim Corr, Irish singer and musician (The Corrs), was born.
1964 Ranger 7 sent back the first close-up photographs of the moon, with images 1,000 times clearer than anything ever seen from earth-bound telescopes.
1970 Black Tot Day: The last day of the officially sanctioned rum ration in the Royal Navy.
1972 – Three car bombs detonated in Claudy, Northern Ireland, killing nine.
1973 A Delta Air Lines jetliner crashed while landing in fog at Logan Airport, Boston, Massachusetts killing 89.
1976 John Walker won gold in the 1500 metres at the Montreal Olympics.
1976 NASA released the Face on Mars photo.
1978 Will Champion, English musician (Coldplay), was born.
1980 Mils Muliaina, New Zealand rugby union player, was born.
1980 Mikko Hirvonen, Finnish rally driver, was born.
1981 – General Omar Torrijos of Panama died in a plane crash.
1981 A total solar eclipse occured.
1987 A rare, class F4 tornado ripped through Edmonton, Alberta, killing 27 people and causing $330 million in damage.
1988 32 people died and 1,674 injured when a bridge at the Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal collapsed in Butterworth, Malaysia.
1991 The Medininkai Massacre in Lithuania. Soviet OMON attacked Lithuanian customs post in Medininkai, killing 7 officers and severely wounding one other.
1992 A Thai Airways Airbus A300-310 crashed into a mountain north of Kathmandu, Nepal killing 113.
1999 Lunar Prospector – NASA intentionally crashed the spacecraft into the Moon, ending its mission to detect frozen water on the moon’s surface.
2002 Hebrew University of Jerusalem was attacked when a bomb exploded in a cafeteria, killing 9.
2007 Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and the longest-running British Army operation ever, ended.
2014 – Gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung killed at least 20 people and injured more than 270.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia
Phosphene – a ring or spot of light produced by pressure on the eyeball or direct stimulation of the visual system other than by light; a sensation of light caused by excitation of the retina by mechanical or electrical means rather than by light; an impression of light that occurs without light entering the eye.
The National Party has released its 2017 party list:
National’s 2017 Party List is a strong mix of experienced talent and fresh faces, Party President Peter Goodfellow says.
“National is incredibly lucky to have so many capable people we can draw on, from our Leader and Prime Minister Bill English right through to our newest candidates.
“Putting together a list is never easy, but this strikes the right balance between recognising experience, diversity, and pursuing ongoing renewal.”
The current Cabinet and Speaker David Carter make up spots one through 21, with existing MPs and new candidates following that. If National matched its result from 2014, 13 new MPs would enter Parliament alongside 47 returning MPs.
“Rejuvenation is important for any political party, and National is going into this election with some fantastic new candidates. We are also farewelling some very dedicated MPs who have served their constituents, our party and the country with distinction,” Mr Goodfellow says.
“This is National’s most diverse list ever. We’re incredibly proud to represent New Zealanders from all walks of life, with a range of ethnicities and backgrounds. We’ve got businesspeople, teachers, farmers, community advocates, scientists, and a pilot – just to name a few.
“National is working hard to build a strong economy so we can afford to invest in the things that matter to New Zealanders, like training more teachers, investing in health services, building more schools and roads, and boosting family incomes.
“Every MMP election is very close. All of our candidates will be campaigning hard to ensure National gets a strong Party Vote result so we can keep delivering for New Zealanders.
“The only way to secure another strong, National-led Government and avoid a chaotic Labour/Greens/New Zealand First coalition is by Party Voting National, and that’s what all of our candidates and volunteers will be focused on over the next eight weeks.”
National’s 2017 List:
1 Bill English List
2 Paula Bennett Upper Harbour
3 David Carter List
4 Steven Joyce List
5 Gerry Brownlee Ilam
6 Simon Bridges Tauranga
7 Amy Adams Selwyn
8 Jonathan Coleman Northcote
9 Chris Finlayson Rongotai
10 Michael Woodhouse Dunedin North
11 Anne Tolley East Coast
12 Nathan Guy Otaki
13 Nikki Kaye Auckland Central
14 Todd McClay Rotorua
15 Nick Smith Nelson
16 Judith Collins Papakura
17 Maggie Barry North Shore
18 Paul Goldsmith Epsom
19 Louise Upston Taupo
20 Alfred Ngaro Te Atatu
21 Mark Mitchell Rodney
22 Nicky Wagner Christchurch Central
23 Jacqui Dean Waitaki
24 David Bennett Hamilton East
25 Tim Macindoe Hamilton West
26 Scott Simpson Coromandel
27 Jami-Lee Ross Botany
28 Barbara Kuriger Taranaki-King Country
29 Matt Doocey Waimakariri
30 Brett Hudson Ohariu
31 Melissa Lee Mt Albert
32 Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi Manukau East
33 Jian Yang List
34 Parmjeet Parmar Mt Roskill
35 Jonathan Young New Plymouth
36 Joanne Hayes Christchurch East
37 Ian McKelvie Rangitikei
38 Simon O’Connor Tamaki
39 Andrew Bayly Hunua
40 Chris Bishop Hutt South
41 Sarah Dowie Invercargill
42 Nuk Korako Port Hills
43 Todd Muller Bay of Plenty
44 Maureen Pugh West Coast Tasman
45 Shane Reti Whangarei
46 Alastair Scott Wairarapa
47 Stuart Smith Kaikoura
48 Nicola Willis Wellington Central
49 Agnes Loheni Mangere
50 Paulo Garcia New Lynn
51 Matt King Northland
52 David Hiatt Wigram
53 Matthew Gregory Dunedin South
54 Adrienne Pierce Palmerston North
55 David Elliott Napier
56 Katrina Bungard Manurewa
57 Bala Beeram Kelston
58 Carolyn O’Fallon Rimutaka
59 Euon Murrell Mana
60 Simeon Brown Pakuranga
61 Andrew Falloon Rangitata
62 Harete Hipango Whanganui
63 Denise Lee Maungakiekie
64 Chris Penk Helensville
65 Erica Stanford East Coast Bays
66 Tim Van de Molen Waikato
67 Lawrence Yule Tukituki
68 TO BE CONFIRMED Clutha-Southland
69 Sarah Jo Barley List
70 Lisa Whyte List
71 Linda Cooper List
72 Dan Bidois List
73 Rahul Sirigiri List
74 Hadleigh Reid List
75 Graham Collins List
A party in its third term wouldn’t usually be given much chance at all of being able to form a fourth government but National’s support has held up.
This is party due to the inability of the opposition to look like a government in waiting.
But National can’t afford to let the opposition lose, it needs to earn the right to lead the next government by its own merits, not by the opposition’s failures.
David Farrar has a demographic breakdown of the likely caucus.
When you are fluent in a language you know when one word stops and the next one starts.
When you’re learning a new language you don’t. It’s more like a river of sound flowing past your brain with occasional islands of words which you understand.
It’s difficult for people who speak only one language to understand what this is like, and why it’s so difficult for foreigners to comprehend what they’re hearing, but this might help.
It’s Prisencolinensinainciusol a song by Adriano Celentano, an Italian, who’s singing what English sounds like to him – but it’s not really English, it’s gibberish.
Just between you and me, English is my first language and I find a lot of what passes for songs in a lot of modern music, just as incomprehensible as this one.
The song starts at about 1:40.
Restrictions on group’s farms – Sally Rae:
Sixteen properties belonging to the Van Leeuwen Dairy Group in South Canterbury have had Restricted Place Notices imposed on them by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) after the outbreak of the bacterial cattle disease mycoplasma bovis.
The effect of the notices is to control the movement of stock.
Two dozen cows on one of the group’s farms have tested positive for the disease and are the first in New Zealand to have the disease. A further 150 cows on the property have signs of infection.
MPI veterinarians are working with local vets to assess stock on the affected farm, which has a milking herd of about 1000 cows.
MPI regional controller Dr Chris Rodwell said the situation was well under control, praising Glenavy farmer Aad van Leeuwen for the way he had handled the outbreak. . .
DairyNZ is disappointed that today’s announcement by Government has not addressed the concerns raised about migrant staff.
However, DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle says there is hope for farmers who need to employ people from overseas.
“Government has committed to tackling the issues as a priority to help provide certainty for farmers who need to employ migrant staff, and those staff members themselves, as well as their families.” . . .
Opening the farm gates – Sonita Chandra:
Metaphorically speaking, dairy farmers have closed their farm gates in recent times for fear of criticism, but this now needs to change, says Federated Farmers dairy vice-chairman Wayne Langford.
“The farm gates need to be opened again so that we can show what we are doing, but also see what our communities want us to be doing.
“As dairy farmers, we have to be proud of the industry and proud of what we are doing. If we are not proud of it, then we need to make changes.” . .
Take a scenic drive ten minutes west of Masterton in the Wairarapa and you’ll be greeted with a rustic sign announcing your arrival at “Spring Valley farms”. Nestled deep in the Kaituna valley, it’s the home of Matt and Lynley Wyeth and their two sons.
Spring Valley Enterprises farms roughly ten thousand sheep and another four thousand stock units made up of three hundred Angus breeding cows. It sits on 16 hundred hectares of hard hill country with some decent quality flat lands. It consistently rates in the top 5 per cent of performers in the red meat industry, in part this is due to their early adoption of agri-tech.
The Wyeth’s employ a range of technology each with a specific, measurable outcome that allows them to make small tweaks, accumulatively, saving them money. . .
Farmers preparing for calving should also be thinking about effective ways to keep workers safe and well, said WorkSafes Agriculture Sector Lead Al McCone.28 July 2017
Plan for calving – include talking to workers about risks
Farmers preparing for calving should also be thinking about effective ways to keep workers safe and well, said WorkSafe’s Agriculture Sector Lead Al McCone. . .
It was an all-New Zealand affair in Orange County, California today as Zespri officially opened its regional office to manage growing sales across Northern, Central and Southern America.
Zespri Chief Executive Lain Jager says Zespri is growing strongly across North America with most of this growth coming from the new gold variety Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit, which is proving hugely popular.
“The New Zealand kiwifruit industry is on track to more than double sales to $4.5 billion by 2025 and an important part of this growth will come from developing markets like North America, as well growing sales in our more established markets. Zespri is relaunching the kiwifruit category in the United States and the wider Americas region to attract new consumers and grow sales,” says Mr Jager. . .
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 abuse.
If love is the treasure, laughter is the key – Yakov Smirnoff
762 Baghdad was founded.
1419 First Defenestration of Prague.
1502 Christopher Columbus landed at Guanaja in the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras during his fourth voyage.
1549 Ferdinando I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, was born (d. 1609).
1619 The first representative assembly in the Americas, the House of Burgesses, convened for the first time.
1629 An earthquake in Naples killed 10,000 people.
1733 The first Masonic Grand Lodge in what became the United States was constituted in Massachusetts.
1756 Bartolomeo Rastrelli presented the newly-built Catherine Palace to Empress Elizabeth and her courtiers.
1811 Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, leader of the Mexican insurgency, was executed by the Spanish.
1818 Emily Brontë, English novelist, was born (d. 1848).
1825 Malden Island was discovered.
1859 First ascent of Grand Combin.
1863 Henry Ford, American industrialist, was born (d. 1947).
1863 Indian Wars: Chief Pocatello of the Shoshone tribe signed the Treaty of Box Elder, agreeing to stop the harassment of emigrant trails in southern Idaho and northern Utah.
1864 American Civil War: Battle of the Crater – Union forces attempt edto break Confederate lines at Petersburg, Virginia by exploding a large bomb under their trenches.
1866 New Orleans’s Democratic government ordered police to raid an integrated Republican Party meeting, killing 40 people and injuring 150.
1871 The Staten Island Ferry Westfield’s boiler exploded, killing over 85 people.
1893 Fatima Jinnah, Pakistani Mother of the Nation, was born (d. 1967).
1898 Henry Moore, English sculptor, was born (d. 1986).
1916 Black Tom Island explosion in Jersey City.
1925 Alexander Trocchi, Scottish writer, was born (d. 1984).
1926 Christine McGuire, American singer (The McGuire Sisters), was born.
1930 Uruguay won the first Football World Cup.
1932 Premiere of Walt Disney’s Flowers and Trees, the first cartoon short to use Technicolor and the first Academy Award winning cartoon short.
1935 Ted Rogers, English comedian and game show host, was born (d. 2001).
1940 Sir Clive Sinclair, English entrepreneur and inventor (pocket calculator, home computer), was born.
1941 Paul Anka, Canadian singer and composer, was born.
1947 Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austrian-born American actor and 38th Governor of California, was born.
1950 Frank Stallone, American singer and actor, was born.
1958 Kate Bush, English singer/songwriter, was born.
1958 Daley Thompson, English decathlete, was born.
1965 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Social Security Act of 1965 into law, establishing Medicare and Medicaid.
1969 Vietnam War: US President Richard M. Nixon made an unscheduled visit to South Vietnam and met President Nguyen Van Thieu and U.S. military commanders.
1971 Apollo 15 Mission – David Scott and James Irwin on Apollo Lunar Module module, Falcon, landed with first Lunar Rover on the moon.
1971 An All Nippon Airways Boeing 727 and a Japanese Air Force F-86collided over Morioka killing 162.
1974 Watergate Scandal: US President Richard M. Nixon released subpoenaed White House recordings after being ordered to do so by the United States Supreme Court.
1974 Six Royal Canadian Army Cadetswere killed and fifty-four injured in an accidental grenade blast at CFB Valcartier Cadet Camp.
1975 Three members of the Miami Showband and two gunmen were killed during a botched paramilitary attack in Northern Ireland.
1978 The 730 (transport), Okinawa changed its traffic on the right-hand side of the road to the left-hand side.
1979 Carless days were introduced in New Zealand to combat the second oil shock.
1980 Vanuatu gained independence.
1980 Israel’s Knesset passed the Jerusalem Law
1997 Eighteen lives were lost in the Thredbo Landslide.
2003 In Mexico, the last ‘old style’ Volkswagen Beetle rolled off the assembly line.
2006 World’s longest running music show Top of the Pops was broadcast for the last time on BBC Two after 42 years.
2006 Lebanon War: At least 28 civilians, including 16 children were killed by the Israeli Air Force in what Lebanese call the Second Qana massacre.
2009 A bomb exploded in Palma Nova, Mallorca, killing 2 police officers. Basque separatist group ETA was believed to be responsible.
2012 – A power grid failure left seven states in northern India without power, affecting 360 million people.
2014 – One hundred and fifty people were trapped after a landslide in the village of Ambe in the Pune district in India’s Maharashtra state with 20 killed.
Sourced from Wikipedia and NZ History Online.
Tenebrous – dark and gloomy; shadowy; obscure.
Why does moisture destroy leather? When it’s raining, cows don’t go up to the farmhouse yelling, “Let us in! We’re all wearing leather! We’re going to ruin the whole outfit here!”
Don’t knock the weather. If it didn’t change once in a while, nine tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation.
Red sky at night, shepherds delight. Blue sky at night, day.
Never mind cats and dogs, this week it’s been raining chickens and ducks – really fowl weather.
A friend did her pilot’s exam just after a storm, and flew through a rainbow. She passed with flying colours.
Hawke’s Bay shearer Rowland Smith has smashed a World shearing record in England.
The 30-year-old father-of-two shore 644 romney and crossbred ewes in eight hours at Trefranck Farm, near St Clether in Cornwall, beating the previous record of 605 set by Invercargill shearer Leon Samuels in Southland earlier this year.
It was the latest in a string of world shearing records in the family, including the ultimate record of 731 ewes in nine hours by Matthew Smith at Tefranck on July 26 last year. . .
Knee-deep and wanting to cry – Sally Rae:
“It’s just the worst thing to happen to a farm,” Taieri dairy farmer Katie Clark rues as she stands in knee-deep floodwater in front of her home.
Calving is due to start in two days on the Clark family’s property, on Otokia Rd West, yet most of their farm remains under water.
Yesterday, their house was surrounded by water, firewood was floating in the yard, they could not use the shower or toilet, a mattress had floated from a shed into the garden, and there was no sign of the water level dropping.
Ask Mrs Clark how she is faring and she says “it’s horrible. We just want to cry. Look where our cows are.” . .
Canterbury soils are saturated, crops have drowned and pastures have transformed to mud bowls, but in the aftermath of the worst-ever rain event on record, there are positives.
“Despite the fact we are sludging on in extremely trying conditions, and more rain, the positives would outweigh the negatives,” Federated Farmers Mid Canterbury vice-chairman David Clark said.
In the worst-hit parts of the South Island, the deluge dumped up to 180mm across Mid Canterbury in what has been recorded as the biggest rain event ever for the region, while in South Canterbury 67mm of rain fell in 12 hours, more than its average July rainfall of 40mm. . .
• Gross trading result up $22 million to $56.8 million
• Shareholder rebate of $45 per tonne, with total distribution of $54 million
• Record urea production of 277,224 tonnes, with staged investment in Kapuni
• $35 million investment in distribution network and digital transformation. . .
Silver Fern CEO Dean Hamilton steps down – Rebecca Howard:
(BusinessDesk) – Silver Fern Farms announced the resignation of chief executive Dean Hamilton, who will leave at the end of the year, and said a search is underway for his replacement.
Hamilton has been chief executive of Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand’s biggest meat company, for three years and steered it through the Shanghai Maling investment and partnership. No reason was given for his resignation but co-chairman Rob Hewett said “we been discussing for some time the demands on him of working away from home” and the board “appreciates and accepts” his desire for change. . .
At yesterday’s South Island sale, longer 37-micron crossbred second-shear wool increased 40 cents to $3.15 a kilogram compared to last week’s North Island sale, while mid-length fibre gained 25 cents to $2.70/kg and shorter styles were firm at $2.40, according to AgriHQ. Meanwhile, 31-micron lamb wool was also up week on week by 80 cents to $3.70/kg.
Compared with the last South Island sale two weeks ago, 37-micron crossbred fleece was up 5 cents to $3/kg. Meanwhile the improvements in the second shear were not as large due to the premium that is typical for the South Island. The longer 37-micron second shear was up 5 cents to $3.15/kg while the shorter style was firm at $2.40/kg, AgriHQ said. . .
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1014 Byzantine-Bulgarian Wars: Battle of Kleidion: Byzantine emperor Basil II inflicted a decisive defeat on the Bulgarian army.
1030 Ladejarl-Fairhair succession wars: Battle of Stiklestad – King Olaf II fought and died trying to regain his Norwegian throne from the Danes.
1567 James VI was crowned King of Scotland at Stirling.
1693 War of the Grand Alliance: Battle of Landen – France won a Pyrrhic victory over Allied forces in the Netherlands.
1793 John Graves Simcoe decided to build a fort and settlement at Toronto.
1830 Abdication of Charles X of France.
1836 Inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
1847 Cumberland School of Law was founded in Lebanon, Tennessee.
1848 Irish Potato Famine: Tipperary Revolt – an unsuccessful nationalist revolt against British rule was put down by police.
1858 United States and Japan signed the Harris Treaty.
1883 Benito Mussolini, Italian dictator, was born (d. 1945).
1891 Bernhard Zondek German-born Israeli gynecologist, developer of first reliable pregnancy test, was born (d. 1966).
1897 – The Huddart-Parker steamer Tasmania, sank off Māhia Peninsula.
1899 The First Hague Convention was signed.
1901 The Socialist Party of America founded.
1905 Stanley Kunitz, American poet, was born (d. 2006).
1907 Sir Robert Baden Powell set up the Brownsea Island Scout camp in Poole Harbour. The camp ran from August 1-9, 1907, and is regarded as the foundation of the Scouting movement.
1920 Construction of the Link River Dam began as part of the Klamath Reclamation Project.
1921 Adolf Hitler became leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party.
1925 Mikis Theodorakis, Greek composer, was born.
1926 – Robert Kilpatrick, Baron Kilpatrick of Kincraig, Scottish physician, academic, and politician, was born (d. 2015).
1936 – Elizabeth Dole, American lawyer and politician, 20th United States Secretary of Labor, was born.
1937 Tongzhou Incident – assault on Japanese troops and civilians by Japanese-trained East Hopei Army in Tōngzhōu, China.
1945 The BBC Light Programme radio station was launched.
1948 – John Clarke, New Zealand-Australian comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter, was born (d. 2017).
1948 The Games of the XIV Olympiad – after a hiatus of 12 years caused by World War II, the first Summer Olympics to be held opened in London.
1957 The International Atomic Energy Agency was established.
1958 U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
1959 John Sykes, British guitarist (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Tygers of Pan Tang), was born.
1965 Tfirst 4,000 101st Airborne Division paratroopers arrived in Vietnam.
1967 USS Forrestal caught on fire killing 134.
1967 During the fourth day of celebrating its 400th anniversary, the city of Caracas, Venezuela was shaken by an earthquake, leaving approximately 500 dead.
1981 Up to 2000 anti-Springbok tour protestors were confronted by policewho used batons to stop them marching up Molesworth Street to the home of South Africa’s Consul to New Zealand.
1988 The film Cry Freedom was seized by South African authorities.
1987 Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi and President of Sri Lanka J. R. Jayawardene signed the Indo-Lankan Pact on ethnic issues.
1993 The Israeli Supreme Court acquitted alleged Nazi death camp guardJohn Demjanjuk of all charges.
2003 – Moana Mackey entered the House of Representatives as a Labour Party list MP, joining her mother, Janet Mackey, who had been a Labour MP since 1993. They became the first mother and daughter to serve together in New Zealand’s parliament.
2005 Astronomers announced their discovery of Eris.
2010 – An overloaded passenger ferry capsized on the Kasai River in Bandundu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, resulting in at least 80 deaths.
2013 – Two passenger trains collided in the Swiss municipality of Granges-près-Marnand near Lausanne injuring 25 people.
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