Dghaisa – a small boat resembling a gondola that is common in Malta.
Industry confronts big issues – Luke Chivers:
How to grow primary industries sustainably, changing consumer expectations, technological transformation of growing and selling we issues confronted at the BOMA Grow 2019 Agri-Summit in Christchurch.
More than 600 people ranging from farmers, producers and researchers to educators and students and those working in government and finance met to discuss ways the food and fibre sector can be more innovative, collaborative, sustainable and profitable now and in future.
Event organiser Kaila Colbin said the two-day summit was a chance to learn about future trends affecting the agriculture sector and what to do about them, in a practical way, from people on the ground. . . .
An agricultural revolution is taking place in Australia as the food and agri sector explores innovative ways to feed a growing global population using more sustainable methods.
It’s a revolution that kicked into even higher gear at Rabobank’s Farm2Fork Summit at Sydney’s Cockatoo Island on March 28, when cutting-edge ideas were unveiled, probed and prodded by producers, food and agri entrepreneurs, and industry trailblazers from around the world.
They left no stone unturned as they delved into everything from robotics and ag tech to sustainable farming methods, food waste reduction and alternative foods. . .
Give me the local government I deserve – Jim Galloway:
If you have ever wanted to make your mark in a positive and constructive way, please consider standing in the local body elections writes Federated Farmers Hawke’s Bay provincial president Jim Galloway.
When I cast a vote, I have never felt as though doves are released – that I’m taking part in anything extra special.
But I know that it is an important right and privilege of being part of a democratic society – we can have input into how we are governed.
This October we all get to cast votes for our local and regional councils. . .
Pre-lamb shearing necessary in certain circumstances – Simon Davies:
Pre-lamb shearing is necessary in certain circumstances, but it must be carried out using best practice writes Federated Farmers spokesperson Simon Davies.
Pre-lamb shearing has its place in farming.
It is a necessary activity in certain situations and locations.
From a shearing industry point of view it is a necessity, as it allows shearing to be spread over almost 12 months of the year. . .
Northland student Devlin Gurr wants to land a coveted cadetship at Smedley Station in Hawke’s Bay.
“It’s quite prestigious. They accept only 11 cadets each year so it’s really hard to get into,” Gurr said.
The 16-year-old has spent the start of the school holidays honing skills he’ll need to help land the two-year cadetship. . .
Zespri signals upside for grower payments in 2020 – Gavin Evans:
(BusinessDesk) – Kiwifruit marketer Zespri is forecasting a potential lift of up to 6 percent in payments to growers this season.
The firm, which markets kiwifruit on behalf of 2,500 New Zealand growers and another 1,200 in Italy, Japan, Korea and France, is expecting total fruit and service payments of $1.775 billion to $1.875 billion in the year ending March 2020.
Zespri is yet to publish its March 2019 year results but in February forecast a total payment of almost $1.77 billion for that year. . .
Electric cars are better for the environment than those which use fossil fuels, aren’t they?
Electric vehicles in Germany account for more CO2 emissions than diesel ones, according to a study by German scientists.
When CO2 emissions linked to the production of batteries and the German energy mix – in which coal still plays an important role – are taken into consideration, electric vehicles emit 11% to 28% more than their diesel counterparts, according to the study, presented on Wednesday at the Ifo Institute in Munich.
Mining and processing the lithium, cobalt and manganese used for batteries consume a great deal of energy. A Tesla Model 3 battery, for example, represents between 11 and 15 tonnes of CO2. Given a lifetime of 10 years and an annual travel distance of 15,000 kilometres, this translates into 73 to 98 grams of CO2 per kilometre, scientists Christoph Buchal, Hans-Dieter Karl and Hans-Werner Sinn noted in their study.
The CO2 given off to produce the electricity that powers such vehicles also needs to be factored in, they say.
Almost all New Zealand’s electricity comes from hydro generation which would would give electric cars here a green edge compared with those in Germany, but the mining and processing of materials used in batteries wouldn’t be any better.
When all these factors are considered, each Tesla emits 156 to 180 grams of CO2 per kilometre, which is more than a comparable diesel vehicle produced by the German company Mercedes, for example.
The German researchers therefore take issue with the fact that European officials view electric vehicles as zero-emission ones. They note further that the EU target of 59 grams of CO2 per km by 2030 corresponds to a “technically unrealistic” consumption of 2.2 litres of diesel or 2.6 litres of gas per 100 kms.
These new limits pressure German and other European car manufacturers into switching massively to electric vehicles whereas, the researchers feel, it would have been preferable to opt for methane engines, “whose emissions are one-third less than those of diesel motors.”
Those wondering why many people aren’t taking climate change seriously would find the answer in this and many other examples when politics and bureaucracy rule over science.
The Labour Party plans to stand candidates for Dunedin City and the Otago Regional Councils at this year’s election:
. . .Labour representatives in Dunedin did not respond to Otago Daily Times requests for comment about their plans yesterday, but some city councillors expressed concern.
That included Cr Christine Garey, a first-term councillor and potential mayoral candidate, who believed there should be no place for party politics around the council table.
”I don’t believe they belong … I think it muddies the waters hugely.
”It shouldn’t be about party politics at grassroots level,” she said.. ..
Cr Jim O’Malley also opposed the development, saying party affiliations caused politically-aligned councillors to caucus before votes, and Labour’s move could encourage other parties to follow suit. . .
Local body representation is better served without party politics.
That is reinforced by this from Dunedin’s mayor:
Mr Cull said he had also heard ”murmurings” of Labour’s plans, but was not against them.
While such a move could create issues, if councillors were told how to vote by their party, the discipline imposed by a party could also be positive, especially if a party-affiliated councillor got ”completely out of order”.
”Independent candidates, as we know, are not answerable to anybody.”
Cull has had well publicised problems with at least one councillor.
If he thinks he needs party representation to help him with council discipline, he’s admitting to his own leadership failings.
But worse, he’s showing he doesn’t understand democracy.
Councillors should be answerable only to the people they represent, the voters who put them there.
The mayor thinking party membership would help if a councillor got out of order shows party-affiliated representatives would be answerable first to the party not the people.
That’s a compelling argument against party affiliation in local bodies.
One has to abandon altogether the search for security, and reach out to the risk of living with both arms. One has to court doubt and darkness as the cost of knowing. Morris West who was born on this day in 1916.
570 Muhammed, founder of Islam, was born according to the Shi’a sect. Other sources suggest April 20; (d. 632) .
1478 The Pazzi attacked Lorenzo de’ Medici and killed his brother Giuliano during High Mass in the Duomo of Florence.
1607 English colonists of the Jamestown settlement made landfall at Cape Henry, Virginia.
1802 Napoleon Bonaparte signed a general amnesty to allow all but about 1,000 of the most notorious émigrés of the French Revolution to return to France, as part of a reconciliary gesture with the factions of the Ancien Regime and to eventually consolidate his own rule.
1805 United States Marines captured Derne, Tripoli, under the command of First Lieutenant Presley O’Bannon.
1856 Sir Joseph Ward, 17th Prime Minister of New Zealand was born (d. 1930), .
1865 Union cavalry troopers cornered and shot dead John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Lincoln.
1879 Owen Willans Richardson, British physicist, Nobel laureate, was born (d. 1959).
1888 Anita Loos, American writer was born, (d. 1981).
1889 Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austrian-born philosopher, was born (d. 1951).
1894 Rudolf Hess, Nazi official was born (d. 1987).
1900 Charles Richter, American geophysicist was born (d. 1985).
1916 Morris West, Australian writer was born (d. 1999).
1925 Paul von Hindenburg defeated Wilhelm Marx in the second round of the German presidential election to become the first directly elected head of state of the Weimar Republic.
1933 Carol Burnett, American comedian, was born.
1933 The Gestapo, the official secret police force of Nazi Germany, was established.
1937 Spanish Civil War: Guernica, was bombed by German Luftwaffe.
1943 The Union Steam Ship Company freighter Limerick was torpedoed in the Tasman.
1945 World War II: Battle of Bautzen – last successful German tank-offensive of the war and last noteworthy victory of the Wehrmacht.
1945 – Author John Mulgan died.
1954 The Geneva Conference, an effort to restore peace in Indochina and Korea, began.
1956 First container ship left Port Newark, for Houston.
1956 Koo Stark, American actress, was born.
1960 Roger Taylor, English musician (Duran Duran), was born.
1962 NASA’s Ranger 4 spacecraft crashed into the Moon.
1963 Amendments to the constitution transformed Libya into one national unity and allowed for female participation in elections.
1964 Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania.
1965 A Rolling Stones concert in London, Ontario was shut down by police after 15 minutes due to rioting.
1966 An earthquake of magnitude 7.5 destroyed Tashkent.
1966 A new government was formed in the Republic of Congo, led byAmbroise Noumazalaye.
1970 The Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization entered into force
1982 57 people were killed by former police officer Woo Bum-kon in a shooting spree in Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea.
1982 Jon Lee, British singer (S Club), was born.
1986 A nuclear reactor accident occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
1991 Seventy tornadoes broke out in the central United States.
1994 – A China Airlines Airbus A300-600R crashed at Nagoya Airport, Japan killing all but seven passengers, with a death toll amounting to 264. See also China Airlines flight 140.
1994 Physicists announced first evidence of the top quark subatomic particle.
2002 Robert Steinhäuser infiltrated and kills 17 at Gutenberg-Gymnasium in Erfurt, Germany before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot.
2005 Civil unions came into effect in New Zealand.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia