Zetetic – seeking; proceeding by inquiry or investigation; a skeptic.
People say jump in with both feet, she said. Personally I like to jump in with one foot, so I have the other available for a quick getaway. Quick Getaway © 2016 Brian Andreas – posted with permission.
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A rescue package for the Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre was rejected by the Government last year, which left the national training provider no option but to face liquidation.
The Farmers Weekly has been told the package consisted of cost savings, a restructured business and courses, the planned sale of the 518ha Mangarata farm in the Wairarapa, a $6 million working capital cash injection and moratorium on refunding over payments to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC).
Last year the Government spent nearly $100m bailing out Unitec, Whitireia and Tai Poutini polytechnics. . .
Environmental limits, changing tastes and a redefined social licence are driving consumers away from animal proteins. In part two of a series on the rise of veganism, Daniel Eb looks at what New Zealand must do to get on board.
There is a sense of impending transformation ahead for agriculture in New Zealand. The world’s richest consumers – New Zealand’s target market – want products that speak to their identity. They are increasingly perceiving value in terms of experience, and are less willing to tolerate our production-first model. In short, they want something to believe in. In the second part of this series on veganism I outline a way forward, an opportunity to re-imagine our value as food producers and our impact on the world. . .
Postive start for wool sales – Alan Williams:
The calendar 2019 wool sales season in the South Island started brightly, with indications of business being written in China, and helped by lower volumes.
Crossbred prices remain at depressed levels and there are still issues to be faced, but the positive start was refreshing, with finer crossbred wools up to 6% dearer at Christchurch on Thursday, and strong wools up to 2% better, PGG Wrightson’s South Island sales manager Dave Burridge said.
The small volumes of new season’s lambs’ wool were keenly sought after, with prices well ahead. . .
Meet the couple at No.1 State Highway, Far(thest) North – David Fisher:
At the point in the road where there is little left of State Highway 1, you’ll find Herb and Colleen Subritzky.
In the evenings they sit on the deck of their home, overlooking the road – New Zealand’s longest road stretching more than 2000km from Cape Reinga in the north to Bluff in the south – nursing cold beers and listening to birds filling the silence of the Far North.
All day, buses and cars race by their home to cover those final few kilometres to Cape Reinga. At 6pm, the main parking area shuts and the flow reverses, dwindles then stops. From then until morning, it must be one of the quietest stretches of road in the country. . .
Eight vie for Otago/Southland FMG Young Farmer title – Sudesh Kissun:
Two former workmates at the iconic Mount Linton Station are set to clash in the FMG Young Farmer of the Year contest.
Jacob Mackie and Allen Gregory, who are both 25, will go head to head in the Otago/Southland regional final in Milton next month.
“I can’t wait. I really enjoy the challenge of competing. It pushes your boundaries and makes you work on your weaknesses,” said Allen. . .
Farmer credits his dog with fighting off attacking steer – Kristin Edge:
Johnny Bell reckons his little dog, Jade, saved his life by fighting off a steer that bowled the veteran farmer and was attacking him on the ground.
The canine companion then ran along the road to get help for her wounded master who had been knocked unconscious. Bell’s front teeth had been smashed out, his right eye severely bruised as was his ribs and legs.
What was not immediately evident was the Northland farmer was suffering a brain bleed. . .
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.
Were it not for the faith, I should scarcely be human. – Evelyn Waugh
532 – Nika riots in Constantinople.
888 – Odo, Count of Paris became King of the Franks.
1435 – Sicut Dudum was promulgated by Pope Eugene IV about the enslaving of black natives in Canary Islands by Spanish Natives.
1547 – Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey was sentenced to death.
1605 The play Eastward Hoe by Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston was performed, landing two of the authors in prison.
1607 The Bank of Genoa failed after announcement of national bankruptcy in Spain.
1822 The design of the Greek flag was adopted by the First National Assembly at Epidaurus.
1830 The Great fire of New Orleans, Louisiana began.
1847 The Treaty of Cahuenga ended the Mexican-American War in California.
1885 Alfred Fuller, Canadian businessman, The “Fuller Brush Man”, was born (d. 1973).
1890 Thomas William Murphy or ‘Torpedo Billy’, became the first New Zealander to win a world title in professional boxing.
1890 – Jüri Uluots, Estonian journalist, lawyer, and politician, 7th Prime Minister of Estonia, was born (d. 1945).
1893 The Independent Labour Party of the UK had its first meeting.
1893 – U.S. Marines landed in Honolulu from the U.S.S. Boston to prevent the queen from abrogating the Bayonet Constitution.
1911 Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, NZ- born Premier of Queensland, was born (d. 2005).
1915 An earthquake in Avezzano, Italy killed 29,800.
1926 Michael Bond, British writer, was born.
1937 – Guy Dodson, New Zealand-English biochemist and academic, was born (d. 2012).
1937 George Reisman – US economist and author was born.
1939 The Black Friday bush fires burnt 20,000 square kilometres of land in Australia, claiming the lives of 71 people.
1942 Carol Cleveland, English actress and only significant female performer in Monty Python’s Flying Circus, was born.
1942 Henry Ford patented a plastic automobile, which was 30% lighter than a regular car.
1942 First use of aircraft ejection seat by a German test pilot in aHeinkel He 280 jet fighter.
1953 Marshal Josip Broz Tito was chosen as President of Yugoslavia.
1958 Moroccan Liberation Army ambushed Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera.
1966 Robert C. Weaver became the first African American Cabinet member by being appointed United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
1970 Shonda Rhimes, American screenwriter/creator Grey’s Anatomy, was born.
1985 – A passenger train plunged into a ravine in Ethiopia, killing 428 in the worst rail disaster in Africa.
1992 – Japan apologised for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery (Comfort women) during World War II.
2001 An earthquake in El Salvador, killed more than 800.
2012 – The passenger cruise ship Costa Concordia sank off the coast of Italy, resulting in 32 deaths (and a few people still missing) amongst the 4232 passengers and crew.
2012 – The opening ceremony of the Winter Youth Olympics took place in Innsbruck, Austria.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.