Apollonian – relating to the god Apollo; relating to the rational, ordered, and self-disciplined aspects of human nature; serene, calm, or well-balanced; poised and disciplined; harmonious, measured, ordered, or balanced in character.
The man behind a proposal designed to deter people from cattle rustling says he hopes the final law goes further to include other rural crimes.
Rangitikei MP Ian McKelvie had his member’s bill proposing the law change pulled from the Parliamentary ballot recently.
The Sentencing (Livestock Rustling) Amendment Bill proposes making stock theft an aggravating feature when thieves are sentenced in court.
McKelvie said stock rustling was a big issue for farmers, especially those in remote areas of the country. . .
A big drop in the number of deer being processed has undoubtedly played a big part in the strength of venison prices to farmers, but there are other important factors at work.
Attendees at the 2017 Deer Industry Conference heard that the United States is now the single largest market for venison, knocking Germany out of the top slot. In the words of Mountain River’s John Sadler, “the holy grail of the venison industry ever since I first became involved was to sell leg cuts into the United States – traditionally a middles market. I think we are finally getting there.”
“We are reaping the rewards of 35 years of market investment,” said Duncan New Zealand’s Glenn Tyrrell. They’re right but there are also other factors at play. Whether it’s the emergence of paleo diets or culinary trends – like small plates and shared plates – or the new enthusiasm in Europe for summer barbecues, our farm-raised venison looks like the right product for the times. . . .
The just released Primary Sector Science Roadmap features a pine tree nursery on its front cover.
The Forest Owners Association says this is a clear signal that the primary sector is not just a food sector.
The FOA president, Peter Clark, says size and importance of the forest sector for New Zealand, as at least the third most significant export category, is often ignored. . .
A new high-level plan to guide Waikato Regional Council’s work to promote a healthy catchment in the crucial Lake Taupō zone has been approved by the integrated catchment management committee today.
The Lake Taupō catchment, covering nearly a tenth of the Waikato region, contains the country’s largest lake and 11 smaller lakes, as well as significant hydroelectricity schemes and geothermal resources, and is home to major tourist attractions. . . .
India Trade Alliance was once again on the forefront of cementing Agriculture business and government relations between the state of Haryana, India and New Zealand.
India Trade Alliance worked closely with the Government of Haryana, India in promoting #NZ Agricultural capabilities and best practices. As a result the Haryana Agricultural Minister Hon O. P. Dhankar led a 16 member strong delegation that included senior MLA’S and CEO’S of various Haryana Agricultural a departments. . .
Informative and hands-on apiculture event set to inspire and educate:
There is something for everyone at the event of the year for New Zealand’s apiculture industry.
The Apiculture New Zealand National Conference will be held at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre from 9 July to 11 July 2017, gathering hobbyist and commercial beekeepers, honey packers and anyone with an interest in apiculture from around the country and abroad. . .
Teletext gets my thanks for posing the questions and can claim a virtual batch of citrus slice for stumping us all be leaving the answers below.
West Coast dairy farmer Katie Milne is the new Federated Farmers’ National President- becoming the first woman in the Federation’s 118-year history to hold the presidency.
Ms Milne succeeds Dr William Rolleston who steps aside after his three-year tenure.
A previous Federation Board member and West Coast Provincial President, Katie was Dairy Woman of the Year and a Rural Woman of Influence in 2015.
She contested the position with Anders Crofoot who was vice-president.
Manawatu dairy farmer Andrew Hoggard was elected National Vice President while South Canterbury farmer Miles Anderson takes over as National Meat and Fibre chair with Rick Powdrell stepping aside.
Waikato farmer Chris Lewis takes over as National Dairy Industry Chair succeeding Andrew Hoggard.
North Canterbury farmer Lynda Murchison has been elected as one of two Board members at large alongside Chris Allen who was reappointed.
Arable chair Guy Wigley remains on the Board pending next week’s arable sector AGM. . .
Federated Farmers like all voluntary organisations faces challenges with membership but still plays a vital role advocating for the farming industry and rural people.
Feds and its president play a very important role, especially now farmers are such a small minority and the rural-urban gap is widening.
Duncan Garner has the line of the day on the AM Show – he’s calling Labour the Sweatshop Boys.
He’s referring to the party’s botched intern scheme :
There are calls for Immigration NZ to investigate a Labour-linked election campaign which used unpaid labour in the guise of an education programme.
More than 80 overseas students have been doing unpaid “drudge work”, and living in a cramped Auckland marae without a working shower, reports political blog Politik. . .
Rivals ACT called the campaign a “sweat shop filled with immigrant labour”.
“I cannot believe the Labour Party’s do as we say, not as we do attitude. This is a new low for hypocrisy, even for them,” ACT leader David Seymour said.
“Who would believe in Labour’s promised crackdown on cheap student labour when Labour are one of the worst offenders in the country?” . . .
That is hypocrisy writ large.
National Party campaign chairman Steven Joyce said Labour had to explain how it could justify “exploiting” international students for its election campaign while it was also speaking out against international education providers.
“This is truly appalling behaviour both for its lack of human decency and industrial strength hypocrisy,” Joyce said.
“If the allegations are correct, Labour has brought international students to New Zealand on false pretences, failed to look after them, and failed to meet their obligations to the students in the most basic way, while at the same time campaigning against exploitation of migrants.” . . .
Employers are very, very worried about Labour’s threatened changes to immigration.
Skills shortage in many sectors including IT, trades, farming, contracting and hospitality mean employers are already struggling to get anyone to fill positions. They’re wasting time, money and energy working their way through the process of employing immigrants.
Labour’s threatened changes would make that much, much worse.
These employers are working hard making a significant and positive economic and social contribution to New Zealand.
Labour wants to hobble them and yet has the hypocrisy to bring in people from overseas, not to work in productive businesses, but to campaign for the party, and do it without pay.
Compounding that, the party that is supposed to stand up for workers put them up in sub-standard accommodation.
Newshub has obtained internal documents outlining Labour’s ambitious plans to put foreign students to work on its campaign.
The plan shows the party needed to find $270,000 in funding to pull it off and was banking on unions to fund a lot of it. . .
The budgeting was based on 100 students staying for an average of eight weeks. The cost of feeding and housing them in motorhomes was estimated at $240,000, with an operational budget of $30,000 for petrol, venues and AT HOP cards.
The documents show First and Unite unions agreed to contribute $100,000, “white collar unions” – likely the likes of the PSA – committed to $50,000, while Union Trust put up a start-up loan of $25,000.
The plan was to get E tū and “other appropriate unions” on board too.
The Council of Trade Unions was also to be involved in management of the project, and while Labour has been distancing itself from the project, the documents explicitly states: “The programme and certification is the responsibility of Labour.” . . .
Hypocrisy is bad enough, but there are also questions over which visas the students are on.
. . . We know these “fellows” are being given free accommodation in exchange for their work, so they are in breach of their visitor visa conditions, if they have visitor visas.
It is possible they have other visas, such as work visas. But it is hard to imagine they could qualify for work visas, and the hypocrisy would be great – Labour bringing in unpaid fellows on work visas, while campaigning against such work visas.
So it looks like either Labour has arranged 85 work visas for its unpaid fellows while campaigning to reduce the number of work visas for unskilled jobs or Labour has been complicit in a huge case of immigration fraud.
Even if the students are on working holiday visas, there are other questions:
Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse did not know whether Immigration NZ or MBIE’s labour inspectorate was investigating the issue, but believed Labour had serious questions to answer about possible breaches.
Woodhouse said the students would be allowed to undertake the work if they were on working holiday visas, as Labour believed, but there were still questions about whether there had been breaches of employment law.
“What I am aware of is similar schemes to this have been investigated very seriously by the labour inspectorate because it is work masquerading as voluntary work, and I think that is also a question that should be asked of the Labour Party.”
Providing services for food and board counted as work under employment law, he said.
“Regardless of what visa they’re on, there are certainly questions about the nature of the work they’re doing and whether that meets the definition of employment.” . .
The Sweatshop boys and girls in Labour will be sweating over this.
Even if there is no immigration fraud, what they are doing is in direct contradiction of their immigration policy and their supposed role in protecting workers from exploitation.
The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. – Richard Bach who celebrates his 81st birthday today.
1180 First Battle of Uji, starting the Genpei War in Japan.
1280 – – The Battle of Moclín took place in the context of the Spanish Reconquista pitting the forces of the Kingdom of Castile against theEmirate of Granada. The battle resulted in a Granadian victory.
1314 First War of Scottish Independence The Battle of Bannockburn, south of Stirling, began.
1611 The mutinous crew of Henry Hudson‘s fourth voyage set Henry, his son and seven loyal crew members adrift in an open boat in what is now Hudson Bay; they were never heard from again.
1713 The French residents of Acadia were given one year to declare allegiance to Britain or leave Nova Scotia.
1757 Battle of Plassey – 3,000 British troops under Robert Clive defeated a 50,000 strong Indian army under Siraj Ud Daulah at Plassey.
1758 Seven Years’ War: Battle of Krefeld – British forces defeated French troops at Krefeld in Germany.
1760 – Seven Years’ War: Battle of Landeshut – Austria defeated Prussia.
1763 – Joséphine de Beauharnais, French wife of Napoleon I, was born (d. 1814).
1780 American Revolution: Battle of Springfield.
1794 Empress Catherine II of Russia granted Jews permission to settle in Kiev.
1812 War of 1812: Great Britain revoked the restrictions on American commerce, thus eliminating one of the chief reasons for going to war.
1812 – Napoleonic Wars: Napoleon I of France invaded Russia.
1860 The United States Congress established the Government Printing Office.
1894 King Edward VIII was born (d. 1972).
1917 In a game against the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox pitcherErnie Shore retired 26 batters in a row after replacing Babe Ruth, who had been ejected for punching the umpire.
1919 Estonian Liberation War: The decisive defeat of German Freikorps (Baltische Landeswehr) forces in the Battle of Cesis (Võnnu lahing). This day is celebrated as Victory Day in Estonia.
1926 – Annette Mbaye d’Erneville, Senegalese writer, was born.
1929 – June Carter Cash, American singer-songwriter and actress (Carter Family and The Carter Sisters), was born (d. 2003).
1936 – Richard Bach, American pilot and author, was born.
1937 Niki Sullivan, American guitarist (The Crickets), was born (d. 2004) .
1938 The Civil Aeronautics Act was signed into law, forming the Civil Aeronautics Authority in the United States.
1940 – Mike Shrimpton, New Zealand cricketer and coach, was born (d. 2015).
1940 Adam Faith, English singer and actor was born, (d 2003).
1940 Stuart Sutcliffe, English musician (The Beatles) , was born (d. 1962).
1941 Roger McDonald, Australian author, was born.
1942 World War II: The first selections for the gas chamber at Auschwitz took place on a train load of Jews from Paris.
1942 World War II: Germany’s latest fighter, a Focke-Wulf FW190 was captured intact when it mistakenly landed at RAF Pembrey in Wales.
1945 World War II: The Battle of Okinawa ended when organised resistance of Imperial Japanese Army forces collapsed.
1946 The 1946 Vancouver Island earthquake struck Vancouver Island.
1949 – Sheila Noakes, Baroness Noakes, English accountant and politician, was born.
1956 Gamal Abdel Nasser was elected president of Egypt.
1958 The Dutch Reformed Church accepted women ministers.
1959 A fire in a resort hotel in Stalheim, Norway killed 34 people.
1961 The Antarctic Treaty, which set aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve and banned military activity on the continent, came into force after the opening date for signature set for the December 1, 1959.
1965 Paul Arthurs, British guitarist (Oasis), was born.
1967 Cold War: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson met with Soviet Premier Aleksei Kosygin in Glassboro, New Jersey for the three-day Glassboro Summit Conference.
1969 Warren E. Burger was sworn in as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court by retiring chief justice Earl Warren.
1972 Watergate Scandal: U.S. President Richard M. Nixon and White House chief of staff H. R. Haldeman were taped talking about using the Central Intelligence Agency to obstruct the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the Watergate break-ins.
1972 45 countries left the Sterling Area, allowing their currencies to fluctuate independently of the British Pound.
1973 The International Court of Justice condemned French nuclear tests in the Pacific.
1973 A fire at a house in Hull, England, which killed a six year old boy was passed off as an accident; it later emerged as the first of 26 deaths by fire caused over the next seven years by arsonist Peter Dinsdale.
1985 A terrorist bomb aboard Air India flight 182 brought the Boeing 747 down off the coast of Ireland, killing all 329 aboard.
1988 James E. Hansen testified to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources that it is 99% probable that global warming had begun.
1989 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a law passed by the U.S. Congress banning all sexually oriented phone message services was unconstitutional.
1991 Moldova declared independence.
1998 – Paul Reitsma resigned his seat in the British Columbia legislature; the first elected politician in the British Commonwealth to be removed from office by legally-binding petition.
2016 – The United Kingdom voted in a referendum to leave the European Union, by 52% to 48%.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia