Agitprop – agitation and propaganda, especially political and supportive of communism disseminated chiefly through art, drama, literature or music.
The winner of Dairy Women’s Network’s inaugural Dairy Woman of the Year will receive a $25,000 scholarship for a place on the 12-month Women In Leadership course run by Global Women.
The prize is being sponsored by Fonterra.
Criteria for nominees is women who are:
- Making a significant contribution to the industry through their involvement at governance or senior management level within the industry, her region and/ or community.
- Through this significant contribution are having influence in the industry and community
- Promoting the dairy industryin a positive way through their actions
- Positive role modelsfor dairy women (and all women) everywhere
- Contributing to the communityand assisted others
- Credible and have integrity
- Lifelong learners
Nomination forms are on the link above.
More about Global Women here.
The trade-weighted price increased 1.5% in this morning’s GlobalDairyTrade auction.
The price paid for anhydrous milk fat increased 2.8%; butter milk powder dropped 4.3 %; cheddar was up 2.1%; milk protein concentrate was down 1.9%; rennet casein was up 3.7%; skim milk powder was up 2.7% and the price of whole milk powder was stable.
The Manufacturers and Exporters Association says the New Zealand dollar is too high and wants the Reserve Bank to intervene.
Chief executive John Walley says there seems to be an attitude of helplessness, which must change.
“It’s been overvalued now for a long period, and exporters are starting to get at the end of their tether,” says Mr Walley.
Mr Walley says there are many options open to the Reserve Bank, and all he asks is for them to take some form of action.
The bank’s main tool is interest rates which are very low and have been for some time.
It has the ability to buy and sell currency but our economy is so small it would be a minnow swimming with sharks.
Even if it could do much, what would the “right” value for the dollar be?
A high dollar does make exports more expensive but it also makes imports cheaper.
Farmers mutter about the high dollar too but what we lose on the price for our produce we gain to some extent from lower costs for imports like fuel, fertiliser and machinery.
The two main reasons our dollar is relatively high at the moment is the weakness of other currencies and the demand for our produce.
We can’t do anything about the former and should be celebrating the latter because that’s what we need for economic growth.
Rather than looking to the Reserve Bank for solutions, manufacturers and exporters should be looking at their own operations to improve competitiveness by increasing productivity, improving quality and/or cutting costs.
Having a floating currency isn’t without its problems but it’ still better than the alternatives.
New Zealand On Air is seeking legal advice on whether it should censor television programmes during election campaigns.
NZ On Air says it has been accused of political bias following TV3’s screening of Inside Child Poverty: A Special Report four days ahead of the general election on 26 November last year.
In documents released under the Official Information Act, NZ On Air says it was not happy with TV3’s decision to screen the documentary on 22 November.
It says it takes its political impartiality very seriously and now stands accused of political bias.
If censorship is the answer they’re asking the wrong question.
The mistake wasn’t NZOA’s in funding a programme nor was it TV3’s in screening the programme. The mistake was the station’s failure to balance the screening of a politically biased documentary with a range of other views.
All media should be free to cover any and all political issues in the run-up to an election but when public money is involved it should not be used to push a particular barrow unquestioned.
The documentary in question gave the poverty industry’s side of a contentious issue and TV3 made no attempt to balance that with contrary views.
The answer to the accusations made of NZOA isn’t censorship, it’s fairness and balance.
David Shearer says it’s not his place to interfere in the dispute between Ports of Auckland and the Maritime Union.
“If I thought my comments would make a difference to the resolution I would, but I think that’s something that’ll happen between the two parties, not with my involvement.”
It’s not like an opposition leader to decline an opportunity for publicity but when the union is on a path to nowhere he wouldn’t want to join them.
But what will Labour’s union mates who have so much power in , and provide so much money to, the party think?
532 – Nika riots in Constantinople failed.
1126 – Emperor Huizong abdicated the Chinese throne in favour of his son Emperor Qinzong.
1486 – King Henry VII of England married Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV.
1520 – King Christian II of Denmark and Norway defeated the Swedes at Lake Åsunden.
1670 Henry Morgan captured Panama.
1779 Peter Mark Roget, British lexicographer, was born (d. 1869).
1813 Joseph Glidden, American farmer who patented barbed wire, was born (d. 1906).
1849 Sir Edmund Barton, 1st Prime Minister of Australia, was born (d. 1920).
1854 Thomas Watson, American telephone pioneer, was born (d. 1934).
1871 – Wilhelm I of Germany was proclaimed the first German Emperor in the ‘Hall of Mirrors’ of the Palace of Versailles.
1882 A. A. Milne, English author, was born (d. 1956).
1884 Dr. William Price attempted to cremate the body of his infant son, Jesus Christ Price, setting a legal precedent for cremation in the United Kingdom.
1886 Modern field hockey was born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England.
1903 President Theodore Roosevelt sent a radio message to King Edward VII: the first transatlantic radio transmission originating in the United States.
1904 Cary Grant, English actor, was born (d. 1986).
1913 Danny Kaye, American actor, was born (d. 1987).
1916 A 611 gram chondrite type meteorite struck a house near the village of Baxter in Stone County, Missouri.
1919 The Paris Peace Conference opened in Versailles.
1919 Ignacy Jan Paderewski became Prime Minister of the newly independent Poland.
1919 Bentley Motors Limited was founded.
1933 Ray Dolby, American inventor (Dolby noise reduction system), was born .
1944 Paul Keating, twenty-fourth Prime Minister of Australia, was born.
1944 The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosted a jazz concert for the first time. The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.
1944 – Soviet forces liberated Leningrad, effectively ending a three year Nazi siege, known as the Siege of Leningrad.
1945 Liberation of the Budapest ghetto by the Red Army.
1954 Tom Bailey, English musician (Thompson Twins), was born.
1955 Battle of Yijiangshan.
1958 – Willie O’Ree, the first African Canadian National Hockey League player, made his NHL debut.
1969 United Airlines Flight 266 crashed into Santa Monica Bay resulting in the loss of all 32 passengers and six crew members.
1974 A Disengagement of Forces agreement was signed between the Israei and Egyptian governments, ending conflict on the Egyptian front of the Yom Kippur War.
1977 Scientists identified a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires’ disease.
1977 – Australia’s worst rail disaster at Granville, Sydney killed 83.
1978 The European Court of Human Rights found the United Kingdom government guilty of mistreating prisoners in Northern Ireland, but not guilty of torture.
1980 Upper Hutt’s Jon Stevens made it back-to-back No.1 singles when ‘Montego Bay’ bumped ‘Jezebel’ from the top of the New Zealand charts.
2000 The Tagish Lake meteorite hit the Earth.
2002 Sierra Leone Civil War declared over.
2003 A bushfire killed 4 people and destroyed more than 500 homes in Canberra.
2005 The Airbus A380,, the world’s largest commercial jet, was unveiled at a ceremony in Toulouse.
2007 The strongest storm in the United Kingdom in 17 years killed 14 people, Germany’s worst storm since 1999 with 13 deaths. Hurricane Kyrill, caused at least 44 deaths across 20 countries in Western Europe. Other losses included the Container Ship MSC Napoli destroyed by the storm off the coast of Devon.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia