Prosimetrum – a poetic composition which exploits a combination of prose and verse ; a text composed in alternating segments of prose and verse; a genre or style of literature in which the text is written partly in prose and partly in verse.
Govt renews call for Landcorp dividends – Alexa Cook:
The government wants better returns and a dividend to the Crown from Landcorp but isn’t looking at selling it, the Minister for State-Owned Enterprises says.
A strategic review advised the government to sell Landcorp because the asset-rich, cash-poor nature of farm ownership was not well matched to the government’s fiscal objectives.
Independent financial consulting firm Deloitte carried out the review in 2014, which was released under the Official Information Act to agricultural markets publication AgriHQ Pulse. . . .
Speech to RSE Conference – Michael Woodhouse:
. . . It’s a big year for the RSE scheme – 10 years since it was first introduced and what a difference it has made. To the horticulture and viticulture industries, to business growth, to Kiwis looking for work, and of course, to the Pacific communities.
As I stand here today, I can’t help but think back to 2007 when the RSE scheme began, with around 65 RSE employers and a national cap of just 5,000. Today, there’s more than 130 RSE employers and the national cap has more than doubled to 10,500.
That growth is a vote of confidence in the scheme. But it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this ground-breaking policy has been such a success.
The RSE scheme has been regarded as one of the best circular migration schemes in the world, and without the dedication and willingness from employers to try something new back in 2007, we wouldn’t be here today celebrating its 10th anniversary. . .
Pukeko Pastures: Bridging the urban-rural divide – Siobhan O’Malley:
Christopher and Siobhan O’Malley are the current NZ Share Farmers of the Year. Here Siobhan writes about why they decided to put their farming practices out into the digital world.
Lately, we can’t go to an event, meeting or even open a rural newspaper without someone asking the question: “What are you doing about the public image of dairy farming? The media hate us. We feel picked on. It is an unfair and inaccurate portrayal. What are you doing about it?”
We sympathise. We feel like the media have created a narrative that vilifies the “dairy industry” while forgetting that behind our corporate co-operative stand literally thousands of families. . .
The skills and depth of talent within this country’s sheep industry was recognised at Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Sheep Industry Awards in Invercargill last night.
Now in their sixth year, the Award’s celebrate the top performers in the field of science, innovation, industry training and genetics and acknowledge emerging talent and outstanding contributions.
Among the award recipients was retired Hawke’s Bay Romney breeder Tony Parker, whose stud, in 1961, was the first to produce a Selection Index for sheep. This was selecting sheep on recorded performance data rather than physical attributes alone. Although controversial at the time, this represented a step-change in this country’s sheep industry. . .
Westland Milk Products Chief Executive Toni Brendish has continued her drive to add depth and strength to the dairy co-operative’s management team with the appointment of a new Chief Operations Officer, Craig Betty.
It is the second new appointment to Westland’s Senior Management Team (SMT) following the announcement of Gary Yu taking up the role of General Manager, China.
Brendish says Betty’s appointment will bring considerable operations experience to the Hokitika based company. . .
Myrtle rust, manuka honey and the impact of neonicotinoids on bees are just some of the current topics that have been making global headlines. These and more will steer the conversations at the Apiculture New Zealand national conference this weekend.
A record 1200 plus people from around the country and abroad will be in Rotorua for the conference, which will be held at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre from Sunday 9 July to Tuesday 11 July 2017. . .
New Zealand as a location to work and travel is becoming more popular amongst students and graduates from abroad.
While it has always been a popular choice, many travellers are now looking to seek work in advance and secure longer term positions, from 6-12 months, as opposed to trying their luck when they arrive. This is largely due to many travellers wanting to experience New Zealand’s working lifestyle, particularly in agriculture, and to be able to learn on the job and pick up some knowledge they can take away with them. . .
Andrei and Teletext get my thanks for posing Thursday’s questions.
Should they have stumped us all, they can claim a virtual chocolate cake by leaving the answers below.
One of my student friends had a theory that there was no threat of nuclear war among the super powers because the people in charge understood the consequences.
The real threat, he said, was from less powerful countries where non-democratic regimes put idiots in charge.
The example he used then was Idi Amin.
He didn’t foresee a time when democracy mighty put someone whose emotions appear to outweigh, or overrule, his intelligence in charge of a superpower.
Now when you hates you shrinks up inside and gets littler and you squeezes your heart tight and you stays so mad with peoples you feels sick all the time like you needs the doctor. – Margaret Walker who was born on this day in 1907.
1456 A retrial verdict acquitted Joan of Arc of heresy 25 years after her death.
1534 European colonization of the Americas: first known exchange between Europeans and natives of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, in New Brunswick.
1543 French troops invaded Luxembourg.
1575 Raid of the Redeswire, the last major battle between England and Scotland.
1585 Treaty of Nemours abolished tolerance to Protestants in France.
1770 The Battle of Larga.
1777 American Revolutionary War: Battle of Hubbardton.
1798 Quasi-War: the U.S. Congress rescinded treaties with France sparking the “war”.
1799 Ranjit Singh‘s men took up their positions outside Lahore.
1807 Napoleonic Wars: Peace of Tilsit between France, Prussia and Russia ended the Fourth Coalition.
1846 Mexican-American War: American troops occupied Monterey and Yerba Buena (now San Francisco), beginning the United States conquest of California.
1851 Charles Tindley, American gospel music composer, was born (d. 1933).
1860 Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer, was born (d. 1911).
1861 – Nettie Stevens, American geneticist, was born (d. 1912).
1863 United States began first military draft; exemptions cost $300.
1892 Katipunan: the Revolutionary Philippine Brotherhood was established leading to the fall of the Spanish Empire in Asia.
1898 President William McKinley signed the Newlands Resolution annexing Hawaii as a territory of the United States.
1904 – Simone Beck, French chef and author, was born (d. 1991).
1906 – Anton Karas, Austrian zither player and composer, was born (d. 1985).
1915 Margaret Abigail Walker Alexander, African-American novelist and poet, was born (d. 1998).
1915 World War I: end of First Battle of the Isonzo.
1916 The NZ Labour Party was founded.
1917 Russian Revolution: Prince Georgy Yevgenyevich Lvov formed a Provisional Government in Russia after the deposing of the Tsar Nicholas II.
1917 – Fidel Sánchez Hernández, Salvadoran general and politician, President of El Salvador, was born (d. 2003).
1919 Jon Pertwee, English actor, was born (d. 1996).
1922 Pierre Cardin, French fashion designer, was born.
1924 Arthur Porritt won a bronze medal for New Zealand in the 100m at the Olympic Games (portrayed as Tom Watson in the film Chariots of Fire).
1924 Mary Ford, American singer, was born (d. 1977).
1927 Doc Severinsen, American composer and musician, was born.
1928 Sliced bread was sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri. It was described as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped”.
1933 Sir Murray Halberg, New Zealand runner, was born.
1937 Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Lugou Bridge – Japanese forces invaded Beijing.
1940 Ringo Starr, English drummer and singer (The Beatles), was born.
1941 Bill Oddie, English comedian and ornithologist, was born.
1941 World War II: U.S. occupation of Iceland replaced British occupation.
1941 World War II: Beirut was occupied by Free France and British troops.
1942 Carmen Duncan, Australian actress, was born.
1946 Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini became the first American to be canonized.
1947 Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, King of Nepal, was born.
1947 Alleged and disputed Roswell UFO incident.
1953 Che Guevara set out on a trip through Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador.
1958 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Alaska Statehood Act into United States law.
1959 Venus occulted the star Regulus. This rare event is used to determine the diameter of Venus and the structure of the Venusian atmosphere.
1969 In Canada, the Official Languages Act was adopted making French equal to English throughout the Federal government.
1973 – Natsuki Takaya, Japanese author and illustrator, was born.
1974 West Germany won the FIFA World Cup, beating Netherlands 2-1 in the Final.
1978 The Solomon Islands became independent from the United Kingdom.
1980 Institution of sharia in Iran.
1980 The Safra massacre in Lebanon.
1991 Yugoslav Wars: the Brioni Agreement ended the ten-day independence war in Slovenia against the rest of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
2002 News reports accused MI6 of sheltering Abu Qatada, the supposed European Al Qaeda leader.
2005 A series of four explosions on London’s transport system killed 56 people, including four alleged suicide bombers and injured over 700 others.
2011 – The roof of a stand in De Grolsch Veste Stadium in Enschede which was under construction collapsed, one killed and 14 injured.
2012 – At least 171 people were killed in a flash flood in the Krasnodar Krai region of Russia.
2013 – A De Havilland Otter air taxi crashed in Soldotna, Alaska, killing 10 people.
2016 – Former U.S. Army soldier Micah Xavier Johnson shot fourteen policemen during an anti-police protest in downtown Dallas, Texas, killing five of them. He was subsequently killed by a robot-delivered bomb.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia