Anele – anoint, especially as part of the Christian rite of giving extreme unction to the dying.
Canterbury shepherd a history-maker as Young Farmer of the Year finalist – Emma Dangerfield:
A North Canterbury shepherd has made history by qualifying for the prestigious FMG Young Farmer of the Year grand final.
Georgie Lindsay, 23, won the fiercely-contested Tasman regional final in Culverden on Saturday, beating seven other contestants. It is the first time a woman has made it to the grand final from the Tasman region.
She is also one of only five women in New Zealand to ever qualify for the grand final in the competition’s 51-year history. . .
Showchanges over to years ‘unbelievable’ – Sally Rae:
Few know their way around the main ring at the Wanaka A&P Show like Tussock Lucas. Mr Lucas (74), who will be in his usual position leading the grand parade today, has attended the show for 57 years.
He competed for many years in jumping events and also exhibited sheep and wool at the show while farming at Timburn Station, near Tarras.
Now semi-retired and living in Wanaka, he is chief steward for round-the-ring jumping at the show and also helps out with the FEI showjumping classes.
Agritech has been buzzing since a large Australian event was held last month. In Melbourne, AgriFutures Australia hosted EvokeAG, an event designed to bring together the agritech community. Over 1,100 attendees, including a strong contingent from New Zealand, were treated to a great overview of where the industry is at, what are the big innovations, key challenges, opportunities and who the principal players are in the agritech space.
The programme covered panel discussions on everything, from field robotics and agriculture 4.0, to alternative protein farming and tech investments. From a New Zealand perspective, one key takeaway came from AgritechNZ executive director, Peter Wren-Hilton.
“The exciting thing for New Zealand is our alignment with addressing many of the big global challenges for feeding the world while not destroying the planet.” . .
Allbirds is taking its viral fabric tennis shoes to China – Selina Wang:
Allbirds Inc., the wool shoe startup that’s become a staple of Silicon Valley fashion, is opening its first stores in China, aiming to replicate its viral success in the world’s second-largest economy.
San Francisco-based Allbirds plans to announce this week that it will open a brick-and-mortar store in Shanghai in the coming months. By the end of the year, it plans to have stores in Beijing and Chengdu. It will also be rolling out its goods on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s Tmall online shopping website as well as building its presence on Chinese social media services including WeChat and Weibo. . .
Winter brings a year’s worth of water for 9 million Californians – Peter Chawaga:
California may have a reputation for persistent drought and water scarcity, but already this year the state’s freshwater reserves are worth celebrating.
Storms in the beginning of January brought an influx of snow to the Sierra Nevada and heavy rains elsewhere in the state, boosting its water reservoirs exponentially.
Over the first three weeks of January, “47 key reservoirs that state water officials closely monitor added 580 billion gallons of water — as much as roughly 9 million people use in a year,” . .
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.
I’d take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day – Douglas Adams
1762 French Huguenot Jean Calas, who was wrongly convicted of killing his son, died after being tortured by authorities; the event inspired Voltaire to begin a campaign for religious tolerance and legal reform.
1804 Louisiana Purchase: In St. Louis, Missouri, a formal ceremony is conducted to transfer ownership of the Louisiana Territory from France to the United States.
1814 Napoleon I of France was defeated at the Battle of Laon in France.
1830 The KNI, the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army, was created.
1831 The French Foreign Legion was established by King Louis-Philippe to support his war in Algeria.
1844 – Pablo de Sarasate, Spanish violinist and composer was born (d. 1908).
1847 Kate Sheppard, New Zealand suffragist, was born (d. 1934).
1848 The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was ratified by the United States Senate, ending the Mexican-American War.
1869 The New Zealand Cross was created because New Zealand’s local military were not eligible for the Victoria Cross. Only 23 were awarded, all to men who served in the New Zealand wars, making it one of the rarest military honours in the world.
1876 Alexander Graham Bell made the first successful telephone call by saying “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.”
1906 Courrières mine disaster, Europe’s worst ever, killed 1099 miners in Northern France.
1912 Yuan Shikai was sworn in as the second Provisional President of the Republic of China.
1922 Mahatma Gandhi was arrested in India, tried for sedition, and sentenced to six years in prison, only to be released after nearly two years for an appendicitis operation.
1933 – Elizabeth Azcona Cranwell, Argentinian poet and translator, was born (d. 2004).
1933 An earthquake in Long Beach, California killed 115 people and causes an estimated $40 million dollars in damage.
1945 The USA Army Air Force firebombed Tokyo, and the resulting firestorm killed more than 100,000 people.
1947 – Kim Campbell, Canadian lawyer and politician, 19th Prime Minister of Canada
1952 – Morgan Tsvangirai, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, was born.
1952 Fulgencio Batista led a successful coup in Cuba and appointed himself as the “provisional president”.
1957 Osama bin Laden, Islamist and leader of al-Qaeda, was born (d. 2011).
1959 Tibetan uprising: Fearing an abduction attempt by China, 300,000 Tibetans surround the Dalai Lama’s palace to prevent his removal.
1964 Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, was born.
1969 James Earl Ray admitted assassinating Martin Luther King Jr. He later retracted his guilty plea.
1977 Rings of Uranus: Astronomers discover rings around Uranus.
1983 – Carrie Underwood, American singer-songwriter and actress, was born.
1980 – Formation of the Irish Army Ranger Wing
1990 In Haiti, Prosper Avril was ousted 18 months after seizing power in a coup.
1995 – Auckland Warriors debuted in the New South Wales Rugby League’s expanded Winfield Cup competition.
2006 The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrived at Mars.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia