Malagrugrous – dismal, depressing, dreary, gloomy; doleful, morose.
Still no certainty over future of Telford -Richard Davison:
South Otago advocates for farm institute Telford have given mixed reactions to reports its long-term future remains undecided.
Reports surfaced this week that new Telford operator the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) had not received confirmation from the Ministry of Education about its future beyond the end of the year.
Doubts that annual ministry funding of $1.8 million would extend beyond December 31 had led SIT to freeze recruitment of international students and rendered longer-term planning for the 55-year-old institute near Balclutha ”difficult”, the reports said. . . .
The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network welcomed the Health Research Council’s decision to fund a research proposal to develop a consistent definition of ‘rural’.
NZRGPN represents almost every rural medical practice in the country, as well as the Rural Hospital Network and Rural Nurses.
“Securing funding for this research proposal, which will be led by respected clinician and University of Otago academic Dr Garry Nixon, is an important development for all of New Zealand,” said NZRGPN Chief Executive, Dalton Kelly.
“Generating a clear and consistent definition of what we mean by ‘rural’ sounds mundane and, frankly, boring. But the lack of a consistent definition is leading to inefficient and poorly designed policy and the inability to accurately measure rural outcomes.” . .
One of the most prolific and successful kiwi conservation programmes in the country has a raft of new birds to add to its work after a successful ‘prospecting’ exercise in May. Ten volunteers identified eight new breeding pairs, two breeding pairs that were already known about and five new male birds that can now be tagged and added to the Maungataniwha Kiwi Project operated by the Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust in the mountainous forests of inland Hawke’s Bay.
The Trust recently released back into the wild its 300th kiwi reared over 11 seasons as part of the nationwide Operation Nest Egg initiative. This is where eggs are retrieved from nests, incubated and hatched under specialist care, and the resulting chicks reared in predator-proof areas to a size where they can safely be released back into the forests from where their eggs were taken. . .
Operating profit for the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries combined increased $1.0 billion (up 22.1 percent) to $5.6 billion in the 2018 financial year, Stats NZ said today.
Food product manufacturing, and grocery, liquor, and tobacco product wholesaling, which are related to the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries, also had increased profits.
Growth in the primary industries reflects favourable seasonal factors and export prices over this period, as seen by increased exports of beef, lamb, dairy products, logs, and kiwifruit. . .
McGrath Nurseries Ltd, one of New Zealand’s largest and most successful fruit tree nurseries, has been sold to New Zealand investors.
New Zealand based Genesis Private Equity has purchased the nursery business, which is a major supplier of apple, pear, peach, nectarine, plum, apricot and cherry trees to commercial growers all around the country. McGrath Nurseries is the dominant supplier in the New Zealand summerfruit industry, growing more than 90 per cent of cherry trees and more than 75 per cent of apricot trees planted here; and is one of two major New Zealand apple tree nurseries, growing a significant proportion of this country’s apple trees. . .
Kari Underly is slicing through half a hog as if it were as soft as an avocado … until she hits a bone.
“So what I’m doing now is I’m taking out the femur bone,” she explains to a roomful of about 30 women watching as she carves the animal. “The ham is a little bit of a drag, if you will, ’cause we have to make money, and not everybody wants a big ham.”
Underly is a fit, 46-year-old master butcher from Chicago. Her father and grandmothers were butchers. She put herself through college cutting meat. These days, she encourages other women to enter the business. . .
An extra four cent tax was imposed on motorists yesterday.
The direct cost is obvious – it will be more expensive to buy fuel.
The indirect costs won’t take long to take effect – higher prices for everything that has a transport component.
That will hit individuals, community organisations and businesses.
. . .Half-way into the “year of delivery,” and all we’re seeing is key projects delayed, down-sized or discarded. The public are seeing noticeable asset deterioration at a rate we haven’t seen previously. It’s across New Zealand, Forum members advise, not just Auckland. . .
Where’s the money gone? What exactly has it been spent on? Auckland transport users certainly aren’t seeing the benefits.
The rest of New Zealand isn’t seeing any benefits either.
We’re paying higher prices for fuel and getting less spent on roads.
626 In fear of assassination, Li Shimin ambushed and killed his rival brothers Li Yuanji and Li Jiancheng in the Incident at Xuanwu Gate.
706 Emperor Zhongzong of Tang had the remains of Emperor Gaozong of Tang, his wife and recently-deceased ruling empress Wu Zetian, her son Li Xian, her grandson Li Chongrun, and granddaughter Li Xianhui interred in a new tomb complex, the Qianling Mausoleum, located on Mount Liang.
963 The imperial army proclaimed Nicephorus Phocas to be Emperor of the Romans.
1298 The Battle of Göllheim between Albert I of Habsburg and Adolf of Nassau-Weilburg.
1489 Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, was born (d. 1556).
1494 The Treaty of Tordesillas was ratified by Spain.
1555 Turgut Reis sacked Paola.
1561 Menas, Emperor of Ethiopia, defeated a revolt in Emfraz.
1582 Battle of Yamazaki: Toyotomi Hideyoshi defeated Akechi Mitsuhide.
1644 English Civil War: the Battle of Marston Moor.
1679 Europeans first visited Minnesota and saw headwaters of Mississippi in an expedition led by Daniel Greysolon de Du Luth.
1698 Thomas Savery patented the first steam engine.
1776 The Continental Congress adopted a resolution severing ties with Great Britain.
1823 Bahia Independence Day: the end of Portuguese rule in Brazil, with the final defeat of the Portuguese crown loyalists in the province of Bahia.
1871 Victor Emmanuel II entered Rome after its conquest from the Papal States.
1877 Hermann Hesse, German-born writer, Nobel laureate, was born (d. 1962).
1881 Charles J. Guiteau shot and fatally wounded U.S. President James Garfield.
1897 Italian scientist Guglielmo Marconi obtained patent for radio in London.
1900 The first zeppelin flight took place.
1903 Alec Douglas-Home, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born. (d. 1995).
1903 King Olav V of Norway, was born (d. 1991).
1917 Murry Wilson, American musician and producer (The Beach Boys), was born (d. 1973).
1917 The East St. Louis Riots ended.
1929 Imelda Marcos, First Lady of the Philippines, was born.
1930 Carlos Menem, former President of Argentina, was born.
1934 Tom Springfield, British singer and songwriter (The Springfields), was born.
1934 The Night of the Long Knives ended with the death of Ernst Röhm.
1938 The electrified rail line between central Wellington and the northern suburb of Johnsonville was officially opened by Minister of Railways Dan Sullivan and Wellington Mayor Thomas Hislop.
1939 Paul Williams, American singer (The Temptations), was born (d. 1973).
1940 Indian independence leader Subhas Chandra Bose was arrested and detained in Calcutta.
1950 The Golden Pavilion at Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto burned down.
1953 Mark Hart, American musician (Crowded House and Supertramp), was born.
1954 Pete Briquette, Irish musician (The Boomtown Rats), was born.
1956 Jerry Hall, American actress and model, was born.
1962 The first Wal-Mart store opened for business in Rogers, Arkansas.
1966 French military exploded a nuclear test bomb codenamed Aldébaran in Mururoa, their first nuclear test in the Pacific.
1985 Andrei Gromyko was appointed the chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union.
1987 Nilde Iotti was named as the first female President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies.
1993 – 37 participants in an Alevi cultural and literary festival were killed when a mob of demonstrators set fire to their hotel in Sivas during a protest.
2000 Vicente Fox Quesada was elected the first President of México from an opposition party, the Partido Acción Nacional, after more than 70 years of continuous rule by the Partido Revolucionario Institucional.
2001 The AbioCor self contained artificial heart was first implanted.
2002 Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon.
2004 ASEAN Regional Forum accepted Pakistan as its 24th member.¨
2005 – Live 8 took place in London’s Hyde Park and other locations around the world.
2008 Ingrid Betancourt, and 14 other hostages held by FARC guerrillas, are rescued by the Colombian armed forces.
2010 – The South Kivu tank truck explosion in the Democratic Republic of the Congo killed at least 230 people.
2015 – A bridge collapsed under a Pakistan Army train at Gujranwala, killing nineteen and injuring over 100
2015 – A ferry capsised in Ormoc, Leyte, Philippines, killing 62 of 220 passengers.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia