Polysemy – the coexistence of many possible meanings for a word or phrase; diversity of or multiple meanings; the association of one word with two or more distinct meanings..
The Trans-Pacific Partnership has dominated media recently, but a Lincoln University expert says an equally significant trade-related development has gone largely unnoticed.
Agribusiness and Commerce lecturer Eldrede Kahiya said the Global Procurement Agreement (GPA) – which New Zealand became part of in August – opened up a $2.65 trillion-dollar market for New Zealand exporters.
Dr Kahiya said the GPA came within the framework of the World Trade Organization, and was designed to make it easier to compete for foreign government contracts. . .
Antibiotics for livestock are likely to be replaced with various vaccines by about 2030, and the value of New Zealand meat exports will grow because of the switch.
That growth was among the findings in a new report by the Veterinary Association, which shows the antibiotic era was coming to an end because of a growing resistance to them.
A consultant for the Association, Eric Hillerton, said antibiotics would still exist but they would not be a first choice in animal health. . .
Westland Milk Products says its 2.5 percent drop in peak milk processing has meant more capacity available for the co-operative and its shareholders, enabling more focus on added-value product.
Chief Executive Rod Quin today confirmed that Westland hit peak mid November. In total, Westland processed 3,843,250 litres of milk by peak flow, compared with 3,931,022 the season prior.
“This slight drop, combined with our new dryer seven coming into commercial production meant we had greater capacity to put more of the peak milk flow into higher value products,” Quin said. “In previous years peak milk has all been channelled into bulk milk powders to maintain throughput, which give a lower return compared to products such as infant formula. . .
New Zealand agriculture efficiently produces large volumes of commodities and while it would be great to have a stake in all the added value from the front end of the commodity chain, the large amounts of capital both intellectual and financial required, makes it difficult to achieve.
There are some companies that seek publicity about sales contracts they have made. That’s fine but often the fanfare is over a very small volume of product. This distorts the view growers have of marketing to the point that they think these companies are the only ones doing anything to market the NZ wool clip.
The real exporters, those with the long track records, continue to stay out of the limelight. This is due to what is called commercial sensitivity, it is an extremely competitive business. More cut throat than meat marketing, hence the old Yorkshire phrase “meaner than a mill boss”. So the firms who are selling and shipping 90% of the NZ clip remain tight lipped about their daily deals. . .
Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse says two recent reports show the huge benefits of the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme to employers, workers and the Pacific region.
A report into a pilot project involving 640 Tongan and Samoan RSE workers has found that they sent home more than 40 per cent of their take-home income between November 2014 and June 2015 –an average of between $4,600 and $5,500.
“Remittances have been playing an increasingly important role in reducing the scale and severity of poverty in the developing world,” says Mr Woodhouse. . .
Experience confirms two recent reports showing huge benefits from the scheme to employers and workers, the Rural Contractors Association says.
Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse released the reports in which employers continued to praise the scheme, with an annual survey showing 95 percent believed the benefits of participating in the scheme outweighed the costs.
Rural Contractors President Steve Levet said it had made great inroads into being able to bring in seasonal machine operators to alleviate a shortage of labour in that area. . .
More than two decades of soil science work in the Waipara area has been brought together in a document launched at a Vineyard Soils Day at Black Estate Vineyard this week.
The document was received with enthusiasm as an invaluable resource by local wine growers, who acknowledged the potential for far greater collaboration in research initiatives between wine growers and Lincoln University.
Former Lincoln University soil scientist Dr Philip Tonkin, Associate Professor Peter Almond, current Head of the Soil and Physical Sciences Department, Trevor Webb from Landcare Research, and other scientists, have spent the best part of the last two years drawing together available information on the geology and soils of the region gathered in the last 20 years, along with the records of former Soil Bureau surveys. . .
An employer was interviewing an applicant for the position of company accountant.
“Of course you understand double entry?” she asked.
“Double entry yes, and should you need them I did triple entry accounts at the last place I worked at,” the applicant replied.
“They kept one set for the boss showing the real profit, a second for the shareholders showing no profit and the third for Inland revenue showing a loss.”
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Be a reverse terrorist. Plat. Plan. Scheme and launch random acts of life. Incite it. Invite it. Ignite it. Shake this world to its foundaiton . And enjoy yourself in the process. – Robert Mann.
1443 – Skanderbeg and his forces liberated Kruja in Middle Albania.
1520 – After navigating through the South American strait, three ships under the command of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean, becoming the first Europeans to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.
1582 – William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway paid a £40 bond for their marriage licence.
1628 John Bunyan, English cleric and author. was born (d. 1688).
1632 Jean-Baptiste Lully, French composer, was born (d. 1687).
1660 – At Gresham College, 12 men, including Christopher Wren, Robert Boyle, John Wilkins, and Sir Robert Moray decided to found what became the Royal Society.
1757 – William Blake, British poet, was born (d. 1827).
1785 – The Treaty of Hopewell was signed.
1811 – Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, was premiered at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig.
1814 – The Times in London was for the first time printed by automatic, steam powered presses built by German inventors Friedrich Koenig andAndreas Friedrich Bauer, signalling the beginning of the availability of newspapers to a mass audience.
1820 Friedrich Engels, German philosopher, was born (d. 1895).
1821 – Panama Independence Day: Panama separated from Spain and joined Gran Colombia.
1829 Anton Rubinstein, Russian composer, was born (d. 1894).
1843 – Ka Lā Hui: Hawaiian Independence Day – The Kingdom of Hawaiiwas officially recognised by the United Kingdom and France as an independent nation.
1862 – American Civil War: In the Battle of Cane Hill, Union troops under General John Blunt defeated General John Marmaduke’s Confederates.
1893 – Women voted in a national election for the first time in the New Zealand general election.
1895 – The first American automobile race took place over the 54 miles from Chicago’s Jackson Park to Evanston, Illinois. Frank Duryea won in approximately 10 hours.
1904 Nancy Mitford, British essayist, was born (d. 1973).
1907 – In Haverhill, Massachusetts, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayeropened his first movie theatre.
1910 – Eleftherios Venizelos, leader of the Liberal Party, won the Greek election again.
1912 – Albania declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire.
1914 – World War I: Following a war-induced closure in July, the New York Stock Exchange re-opened for bond trading.
1918 – Bucovina voted for the union with the Kingdom of Romania.
1933 Hope Lange, American actress, was born (d. 2003).
1942 Manolo Blahnik, Spanish shoe designer, was born.
1942 – In Boston a fire in the Cocoanut Grove nightclub killed 491 people.
1960 – Mauritania became independent of France.
1961 Martin Clunes, British actor, was born.
1962 Matt Cameron, American drummer (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam), was born.
1964 – NASA launched the Mariner 4 probe toward Mars.
1972 – Last executions in Paris, of the Clairvaux Mutineers, Roger Bontems and Claude Buffet, guillotined at La Sante Prison.
1975 – East Timor declared its independence from Portugal.
1979 – Flight TE901, an Air New Zealand sightseeing flight over Antarctica,crashed into the lower slopes of Mt Erebus, near Scott Base, killing all 257 passengers and crew on board.
1987 – South African Airways flight 295 crashed into the Indian Ocean, killing all 159 people on-board.
1991 – South Ossetia declared independence from Georgia.
2008 An Air NZ Airbus A320 crashed off the coast of France.
2014 – Gunmen set off three bombs at the central mosque in the northern city of Kano killing at least 120 people.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia
Panjandrum – a person who has or claims to have a great deal of authority or influence; a mock title for a mysterious (frequently imaginary) personage of great power or authority; a pompous or pretentious official; a self-important person in authority.