Abodement – omen; sign that something good or bad is about to happen; foreboding.
Golfers never retire, they just lose their drive.
Foresters never retire, they just pine away.
Accountants don’t retire, they just lose their balance.
Bank managers don’t retire, they just lose interest.
Vehicle mechanics? They re-tyre every day.
Teachers don’t retire, they just mark time.
Roofers don’t retire, they just wipe the slate clean.
Engineers never retire, they just lose their bearings.
Beekeepers never retire, they just buzz off.
Musicians never retire, they just decompose.
Farmers never retire, they just go to seed.
Watchmakers never retire, they just wind down.
Academics never retire, they just lose their faculties.
Painters never retire, they just put a gloss on it.
Tree surgeons never retire, they just branch out.
A respected Hauraki Plains dairy farmer will lead the board overseeing the development of a new educational farm in Auckland.
Julie Pirie has been elected to chair the five-member Donald Pearson Farm Board.
The 74-hectare dairy farm in South Auckland was gifted to NZ Young Farmers by the late Donald Pearson last year. . .
Slim pickings: Worker shortage leaves apple farms frantic – Anusha Bradley:
Apple growers in Hawke’s Bay are preparing to work around the clock to cope with what’s being described as an extreme shortage of seasonal workers.
Orchardists said they have less have than half the workers they need, and despite a recruitment campaign, are failing to attract the usual hordes of backpackers they rely on.
Hastings-based Bostock is the largest producer of organic apples in the country.
Bostock human resources manager Vikki Garrett said usually they’d hire about a 100 or so backpackers, but had only managed to recruit 10. . .
An economic report, released today, says if the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) establishes in New Zealand it would dramatically impact New Zealand’s gross domestic product (GDP) as well as export revenues from horticulture.
Prepared by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER), Quantifying the economic impacts of a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug incursion in New Zealand, shows GDP falling between $1.8 billion and $3.6 billion by 2038, and horticulture export value falling between $2 billion and $4.2 billion by 2038. . .
Key stakeholders in the agro-export market today gathered to discuss possible solutions to address pertinent issues faced by exporters in the export pathways.
While officially opening the Agriculture Exporters Symposium at the Tanoa Plaza Hotel this morning, Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, Mr. David Kolitagane said the objective of the workshop was to address constraints in the agro-export pathway as the impact of the contribution of agricultural exporters was integral to economic development.
“The rationale for organizing today’s symposium is to address constraints in the export pathway, collate information and make appropriate and . . .
With just one month to go until a decision will be made, farmers will understandably be left confused and anxious about whether the Government is going to eradicate the crippling cattle disease Mycoplasma Bovis, National’s Primary Industries spokesperson Nathan Guy says.
Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) officials appeared before the Primary Productions Select Committee at Parliament this morning to answer questions about how the Government plans to contain the spread, compensate farmers for their losses and ultimately to eradicate it. . .
Tractor imports have remained at high levels in January 2018, continuing the trend for the last year, Stats NZ said today.
The value of imported tractors rose $27 million (191 percent) in January 2018 from January 2017. For the year ended January 2018, values were up 51 percent compared with the January 2017 year.
“Imports of tractors can be an indicator of confidence in the agriculture industry,” international statistics manager Tehseen Islam said. “The last time we imported this many tractors was in 2014 when dairy prices were at their peak.” . .
Synlait will welcome Deborah Marris to the Executive Leadership Team in the role of General Counsel and Head of Commercial on Monday 5 March.
“Deborah’s outstanding legal and commercial background makes her the perfect person to join our team. Our rapid growth requires strong leadership in this area and Deborah has the skills, foresight and international experience to support us well,” says John Penno, Managing Director and CEO.
Ms Marris’ role will encompass legal affairs, risk, corporate governance, insurance and commercial matters, including customer and supplier contractual relationships. . .
NZ King Salmon sees weaker second half on hot summer; 1st-half profit soars 81% – Jonathan Underhill:
(BusinessDesk) – New Zealand King Salmon says the “extraordinarily hot summer” has cut survival rates at its fish farms in the Marlborough Sounds and it expects weaker second-half earnings after profit in the first half soared 81 percent.
Profit rose to $15.7 million in the six months ended Dec. 31 from $8.7 million a year earlier, the company said in a statement. Sales climbed to $87.7 million from $63.6 million. . .
(BusinessDesk) – Seeka posted a 44 percent decline in annual profit as Australasia’s biggest kiwifruit grower booked a $2 million charge on its banana sourcing unit while managing a decline in kiwifruit volumes.
Net profit fell to $5.8 million, or 34 cents per share in calendar 2017, from $10.4 million, or 62 cents a year earlier, the Te Puke-based company said in a statement. The year-earlier figure was bolstered by a $3.1 million gain on an insurance payment. Revenue fell 2 percent to $186.8 million. . .
Comvita swings to first-half profit, reiterates full-year guidance – Rebecca Howard:
(BusinessDesk) – Comvita, the mānuka honey company, swung to a first-half profit on strong sales growth and a recovery in the “grey” or informal sales channel into China and reiterated its full-year earnings guidance despite bad weather hitting the 2018 honey season.
The Te Puke-based company reported a net profit of $3.7 million, or 8.31 cents per share, in the six months to Dec. 31 versus a loss of $7.1 million, or 17.18 cents, in the prior period. In January the company said net profit would be more than $3 million. Sales reached $83.6 million versus $57.7 million in the prior year. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation were $9.9 million versus an ebitda loss of $2.8 million in the same period a year earlier. . .
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Did you know?
The fact that jellyfish have survived for 650 million years without brains, gives hope to many people.
1284 The Statute of Rhuddlan incorporated the Principality of Wales into England.
1575 Indian Mughal Emperor Akbar defeated Bengali army at the Battle of Tukaroi.
1776 The first amphibious landing of the United States Marine Corps began the Battle of Nassau.
1803 Colégio Militar was founded in Portugal by Colonel Teixeira Rebello.
1805 Jonas Furrer, first President of the Swiss Confederation, was born (d. 1861).
1820 The U.S. Congress passed the Missouri Compromise.
1831 George Pullman, American inventor and industrialist, was born (d. 1897).
1845 – For the first time the U.S. Congress passed legislation overriding a presidential veto.
1847 Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-Canadian inventor, was born (d. 1922).
1849 – The U.S. Congress passed the Gold Coinage Act allowing the minting of gold coins.
1857 Second Opium War: France and the United Kingdom declared war on China.
1868 – Émile Chartier, French philosopher and journalist, was born (d. 1951).
1873 The U.S. Congress enacted the Comstock Law, making it illegal to send any “obscene, lewd, or lascivious” books through the mail.
1875 – The first ever organized indoor game of ice hockey was played in Montreal.
1878 Bulgaria regained its independence from Ottoman Empire under theTreaty of San Stefano.
1879 The United States Geological Survey was created.
1882 Charles Ponzi, Italian fraud convict, was born (d. 1949).
1885 The American Telephone and Telegraph Company was incorporated in New York.
1893 Beatrice Wood, American artist and ceramicist, was born (d. 1998).
1910 Rockefeller Foundation: J.D. Rockefeller Jr. announced his retirement from managing his businesses so that he can devote full time to being a philanthropist.
1911 Jean Harlow, American actress, was born (d. 1937).
1918 Germany, Austria and Russia signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovskending Russia’s involvement in World War I, and leading to the independence of Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.
1920 Ronald Searle, British illustrator, was born (d 2011) .
1923 TIME magazine was published for the first time.
1924 – Tomiichi Murayama, former Prime Minister of Japan, was born.
1930 Ion Iliescu, President of Romania, was born.
1931 The United States officially adopted The Star-Spangled Banner as its national anthem.
1938 Oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia.
1939 In Mumbai, Mohandas Gandhi began to fast in protest at the autocratic rule in India.
1940 Five people were killed in an arson attack on the offices of the communist newspaper Norrskensflamman in Luleå, Sweden.
1942 Mike Pender, English singer and guitarist (The Searchers), was born.
1942 Ten Japanese warplanes raided the town of Broome, Western Australia killing more than 100 people.
1943 173 people were killed in a crush while trying to enter an air-raid shelter at Bethnal Green tube station in London.
1948 Snowy White, British guitarist (Thin Lizzy, Pink Floyd), was born.
1953 A Canadian Pacific Airlines De Havilland Comet crashed in Karachi, killing 11.
1958 Miranda Richardson, British actress, was born.
1958 Nuri as-Said became the prime minister of Iraq for the 14th time.
1960 Barry Crump’s novel A Good Keen Man was published.
1961 Hassan II became King of Morocco.
1964 Duncan Phillips, Australian drummer (Newsboys), was born.
1969 NASA launched Apollo 9 to test the lunar module.
1972 Mohawk Airlines Flight 405 crashed as a result of a control malfunction and insufficient training in emergency procedures.
1974 Turkish Airlines Flight 981 crashed at Ermenonville near Paris, killing all 346 aboard.
1976 Five workers were killed by the police in a demonstration in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.
1991 An amateur video captured the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers.
1991 United Airlines Flight 585 crashed on approach into Colorado Springs, killing 25.
1992 – The nation of Bosnia was established.
1997 The tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Sky Tower in downtown Auckland opened after two-and-a-half years of construction.
2004 Belgian brewer Interbrew and Brazilian rival AmBev agreed to merge in a $11.2 billion deal that formed InBev, the world’s largest brewer.
2005 James Roszko murdered four Royal Canadian Mounted Police constables during a drug bust at his property in Rochfort Bridge, Alberta, then commits suicide.
2005 Steve Fossett became the first person to fly an airplane non-stop around the world solo without refueling.
2009 The Sri Lankan cricket team was attacked by terrorists while on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore for a Test match against Pakistan.
2009 – The building of the Historisches Archiv der Stadt Köln (Historical Archives) in Cologne, Germany, collapsed.
2012 – Two trains crashed in the small Polish town ofSzczekociny nearZawiercie, with 16 people killed and up to 58 people injured.
2013 – A bomb blast in Karachi, Pakistan, killed at least 45 people and injured 180 others in a predominately Shia Muslim area.
2014 – The trial of Oscar Pistorius began in Pretoria.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia