Word of the day

March 7, 2019

Entheos – the God within.


Sowell says

March 7, 2019


Rural round-up

March 7, 2019

Miles Hurell says Fonterra top job was never a done-deal :

The Country’s Jamie Mackay always thought Miles Hurrell would be a shoo-in for Fonterra’s chief executive position but the man himself says it was never a done deal.

“Far from it. They gave me an opportunity to see what we could do in that six months [as interim CEO] and clearly it’s worked. The board have liked what they’ve seen,” said Hurrell.

Fonterra’s new chief executive told Mackay he is well aware that he has a big job ahead of him. . . 

Years of work ahead to eradicate M. bovis, programme director says  – Brianna McIlraith:

More than 80,000 cows have been culled around the country as part of the effort to stop the spread of the Mycoplasma bovis disease, but eradication is still a long way off, the man in charge of the programme says.

Geoff Gwyn said another two years of ‘heavy lifting’ lay ahead before the Ministry for Primary Industries was confidently on top of the bacterial disease, and experts had advised that eradication could take between five and 10 years. . .

Potentialseen in double-muscled Beltx sheep breed – Sally Rae:

A Southland farming family has invested significantly in the Beltex sheep breed, believing it will be of ”major benefit” to the New Zealand sheep industry.

Brent and Ann-Maree Robinson, and son Michael, who farm at Glenham, near Wyndham, last year paid $12,000 for a ram lamb at the inaugural Beltex sale in Canterbury.

Last week, they bought the second top-priced ram lamb for $21,000 at this year’s sale at Mt Somers, a 2-tooth ram for $11,500 and some Beltex ewes to help build their breeding programme. . . 

Woman claims inaugural female shearing crown – Ellen O’Dwyer:

Emily Welch still remembers the time a fellow male competitor refused to shake her hand for out-shearing him.

That was in 2007, when Welch came second in the senior finals at the Golden Shears.

Now the Waikato shearer is the first to have her name etched on the women-only trophy after taking first place in the inaugural event at this year’s Golden Shears competition in Masterton. . . 

Community rallies to support Cambridge wetlands project :

A Cambridge school’s planting project not only assisted local farmers’ environmental efforts, but also attracted plants and sustenance from local businesses.

As part of an environmental initiative between DairyNZ’s education programme and the Student Volunteer Army, 26 rural schools were matched recently with 26 farmers to carry out riparian planting projects around the country.

Two farmers taking part were sharemilkers Stu and Leah Gillanders, who teamed up with a class from Cambridge Middle School to plant a wetland on Merv and Marion Hunt’s Karapiro farm. . .

Dannevirke TeenAg award winner’s passion for Hereford  cattle :

Dannevirke teenager Niamh Barnett knows first-hand how nerve-racking bidding at a livestock auction can be.

The 17-year-old bought some Hereford cows at the Woodlynd Polled Herefords dispersal sale in Gisborne in February 2018.

“I went with a price I was prepared to pay for each animal. I just hoped I didn’t get outbid,” she laughed. . . 


What if

March 7, 2019

What if, instead of trying to pull wealthier people down, the government put its efforts into helping poorer people up?

What if, instead of tinkering with the tax system, adding costs and complications, the government put its efforts into addressing the causes of inequality?

What if, instead of moaning about unfairness and inequality while increasing  dependence, the government enacted policies that helped people help themselves?


Quote of the day

March 7, 2019

 A committee is a group of people who individually can do nothing, but as a group decide nothing can be done – Sir Sir Ranulph Fiennes who celebrates his 75th birthday today.


March 7 in history

March 7, 2019

321  Roman Emperor Constantine I decreed that the dies Solis Invicti(sun-day) was the day of rest in the Empire.

1277 Stephen Tempier, bishop of Paris, condemned 219 philosophical and theological theses.

1671 Rob Roy MacGregor, Scottish folk hero, was born (d. 1734).

1799 –Napoleon Bonaparte captured Jaffa  and his troops killed more than 2,000 Albanian captives.

1814 Napoleon I of France won the Battle of Craonne.

1827 – Brazil marines unsuccessfully attacked the temporary naval base of Carmen de Patagones, Argentina.

1827 – Shrigley Abduction: Ellen Turner was abducted by Edward Gibbon Wakefield a future politician in colonial New Zealand.

1842 The first official execution in New Zealand took place when Maketu Wharetotara, the 17-year-old son of the Nga Puhi chief Ruhe of Waimate, was hanged for killing five people.

First official execution in NZ

1850 Senator Daniel Webster gave his “Seventh of March” speech endorsing the Compromise of 1850 in order to prevent a possible civil war.

1875 Maurice Ravel, French composer, was born(d. 1937).

1876 – Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent for the telephone beating Antonio Meucci by just 4 hours.

1895 – Dorothy de Rothschild, English philanthropist and activist, was born (d. 1988).

1914 Prince William of Wied arrived in Albania to begin his reign.

1925  – Rene Gagnon, American Marine shown in photograph of the Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, was born (d. 1979).

1930 Antony Armstrong-Jones, British photographer, Lord Snowdon, former husband of Princess Margaret, was born.

1936  In violation of the Locarno Pact and the Treaty of Versailles, Germany reoccupied the Rhineland..

1941 – New Zealand troops arrived in Greece.

New Zealand troops arrive in Greece

1944 Sir Ranulph Fiennes, British soldier and explorer, was born.

1946– Matthew Fisher, British musician (Procol Harum), was born.

1945 – At Woeste Hoeve the German commissar-general Rauter was attacked. 250 people were executed as revenge.

1951 Korean War: Operation Ripper: – United Nations troops led by General Matthew Ridgeway began an assault against Chinese forces.

1952  – Viv Richards, Antiguan West Indies cricketer, was born.

1958 Rik Mayall, British actor, was born.

1963 – E. L. James, English author was born.

1965 Bloody Sunday: A group of 600 civil rights marchers were forcefully broken up in Selma, Alabama.

1971  Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered his historic 7th March speech  “This time the struggle is for our freedom” speech at Ramna Race Course, calling upon the Bengali people to prepare for the freedom struggle ahead.

1973 Sébastien Izambard operatic pop singer (Il Divo), was born.

1986  – Challenger Disaster: Divers from the USS Preserver located the crew cabin of Challenger on the ocean floor.

1988 – Cyclone Bola struck Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne–East Cape region.

Cyclone Bola strikes

1989 Iran and the United Kingdom broke diplomatic relations after a row over Salman Rushdie  and his controversial novel.

2007 – British House of Commons voted to make the upper chamber, the House of Lords, 100% elected.

2009– The Real Irish Republican Army killed two British soldiers and two civilians, the first British military deaths in Northern Ireland since The Troubles.

2009 – The Kepler Space Observatory, designed to discover Earth-like planets orbiting other stars, was launched.

2014 – The opening ceremony for the Winter Paralympics took place in Sochi, Russia.

2017  – Poachers struck a European zoo for the first time in history killing a four year old White rhino in Thoiry zoo.

2018 – Stef Blok became the minister of international relations after Halbe Zijlstra was removed from this position earlier for making up stories about Vladimir Putin and his plans for future territorial expansion.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia


%d bloggers like this: