Démenti – an act or instance of contradicting something, a denial or contradiction; an official contradiction of a published statement; an official denial by a government of actions, aims, etc., ascribed to it.
AgResearch makes changes to Invermay plans – Vaughan Elder:
AgResearch has made some changes to its plan to slash jobs at Invermay, but the majority of staff will still be moving north to Lincoln.
Invermay staff, along with those affected by planned restructuring at AgResearch’s other campuses, learnt their fate today, with the organisation making a final announcement – as signalled in today’s Otago Daily Times.
There were some changes made to its plans for the Invermay campus, with three deer researchers no longer relocating to Lincoln and the creation of two new science roles. . .
Federated Farmers understands that with any major decision there will be concern, however, it is asking people to look at the best strategic outcome for New Zealand agricultural science. Above all, to give AgResearch the chance to reform itself as a 21st Century Crown Research Institute.
“I think farmers should welcome the way AgResearch has listened to reason because Invermay’s future has been enhanced over the original proposals,” says Dr William Rolleston, Federated Farmers Food Production Sciences spokesperson.
“There have been some regional gains for those in the south and north, with the Invermay and Ballantrae hill country farms being kept for sheep, beef and deer research. Invermay will clearly become the centre for deer research.
“We must remember that this restructure is not this year, next year or even the year after. We are talking 2017 and while one out of every four scientific or technician roles will be asked to relocate, that means 75 percent will not. . . .
Deer Industry New Zealand (DINZ) has welcomed announcements, made today by AgResearch, finalising the shape of its ‘Future Footprint’ restructuring.
DINZ Deputy Chair, Jerry Bell, said that it is important that the plan is now finalised, giving certainty to the staff who will be affected, and DINZ was satisfied that the final changes to ‘Future Footprint’ were significant and a good outcome for both Invermay and the deer industry.
“While we accepted the strategic rationale for Future Footprint, we have been concerned throughout that such strategic change can be very disruptive and can contribute to a loss of important people. In that context, it’s great to draw a line under the process.” . .
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is asking for public feedback on options for the sale of raw milk to consumers.
MPI’s deputy director general Deborah Roche says any changes would need to balance people’s desire to buy and drink raw milk with the requirement that food safety risks are properly dealt with.
“It’s clear that there is still a demand for raw milk and that more and different options for its sale need to be considered. It’s important people have the opportunity to comment on this matter so that MPI can consider all viewpoints before making any recommendations for change. I would encourage anyone that has an interest in raw milk sales to consumers to have their say,” Ms Roche says. . .
Federated Farmers would like to welcome our new Marlborough provincial president, Greg Harris, who is replacing Gary Barnett, following their Annual General Meeting.
“Greg has been a part of Federated Farmers for 20 years and is well versed on the issues surrounding the Marlborough region, having stepped up from the provinces’ Meat & Fibre Chairperson role,” says Bruce Wills, Federated Farmers National President.
“I would like to thank outgoing provincial president, Gary Barnett for his service to the province and Federated Farmers; he has been an integral part of the Federation.
“We are in a year of change within the Federation, with leadership changes throughout the organisation both nationally and provincially, Greg is an incredibly passionate advocate for the farming community and I know he will do a fantastic job,” said Mr Wills. . .
Rabobank welcomes new-comer Angus Gidley-Baird, appointed as a senior animal proteins analyst to cover the sheep and beef sectors, joining the bank’s Australia & New Zealand Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory division.
General manager of Rabobank’s Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory Luke
Chandler said Angus’ appointment brought to the team a great depth of agricultural knowledge, as well as mainstream political and economic policy awareness.
“Angus’ entire career has been spent in agribusiness and throughout this time, he has gained a very strong foundation in the sorts of issues impacting farmers and industry stakeholders all the way through the supply chain,” Mr Chandler said. . .
Sealord has welcomed the next step in the journey to have New Zealand orange roughy globally recognised as a sustainable seafood choice.
Three of the main orange roughy fisheries have been submitted for assessment by the Marine Stewardship Council to verify if they can carry the world’s best known marine ecolabel.
New Zealand’s quota management system has allowed industry and government to work together to achieve this and Sealord Fishing General Manager, Doug Paulin, says that MSC certification will provide an additional assurance to customers.
“Globally, New Zealand seafood has a great reputation and Sealord customers will be supportive of this new measure to show retailers and customers alike orange roughy is a sustainable choice,” said Paulin. . .
After a successful launch in 2013, the second annual New Zealand Boutique Wine Festival is set to return to Auckland’s Imperial Building on Sunday 15 June 2014.
This year’s festival will see 21 boutique vineyards from around New Zealand showcasing more than 200 wines across a huge range of varietals, creating a one-of-a-kind cellar door experience.
Throughout the day, event attendees will be able to explore wines from different regions, enjoy fantastic food and wine pairings, great live music, and participate in blind tasting seminars throughout the day. . .
Thursday’s questions were:
1. Who said: I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ?
2. What is an Ailurophile?
3. Where would you find the glabella?
4. What would you do with a froe.
5. What is an aquaggaswack?
Points for answers:
Andrei and Alwyn got 3.
Gravedodger gets a thank you.
David top scored with 4.
J Bloggs got 3 and PDM got a smile.
Answers follow the break:
1. Maya Angelou
2. Cat lover.
3. On the face between the eyebrows.
4. Use it with a mallet to split timber, to make planks, wooden shingles, or kindling.
5. a musical instrument featuring pot lids hanging on five separate strings – sometimes with other things a cymbal, jingle bells, and a cowbell with clacker.
Another seven reasons to vote National:
. . . if Greens are part of the government and portfolios are divided proportionally, they could expect to have up to seven ministers. . .
The Greens want significant portfolios in three areas – economic, social issues and environment. . .
And here’s another reason to vote National:
National has been a victim of its own success as its popularity makes it difficult for potential coalition partners to gain traction.
Labour has the opposite problem, the left’s getting crowded and the Internet Mana Party has added to the crowd on the far left:
Although the IMP’s aim is to get rid of National, it is competing with other parties trying to do the same thing and the Green Party is most at risk.
. . . Ms Harre has been a Labour Party member, a founding member of the New Labour Party, an Alliance Party MP and was a Green Party staff member up until last December.
She has most recently worked for the Council for Trade Unions on their get out and vote campaign – experience she will take to her new role.
Ms Harre says getting young people to vote is a key reason she is returning to politics.
That puts her and her new party in direct competition with the Greens for that vote. Every election campaign the Greens run their own Get Out The Vote campaign, and their support base has always included a lot of young people.
The slick branding of the Internet Party, and the cult status of Kim Dotcom, must surely have some appeal to the voters that both parties want.
When asked for comment on Ms Harre taking on the Internet Party leadership, Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei was diplomatic, saying Ms Harre could do what she liked and that the Greens are focussed on their own party.
But there will be some nervousness within the Green Party ranks about Internet-Mana eating into their party vote. . .
The Internet-Mana alliance poses a threat to at least part of their support, and they’re disappointed at Ms Harre’s decision to opt to stand for a rival political party. . .
Once more the Green party is a victim of its radical left agenda.
If it was strong on environmental issues but moderate on social and economic ones it would be in a powerful position in the middle of the political spectrum able to work with National or labour.
But its radical policies put it at the far left where it’s now got another competitor.
The flipside is that she also has experience of being part of a political alliance which spectacularly blew itself apart; she admitted to Mary Wilson on Radio New Zealand’s Checkpoint programme that alliances can be tricky things.
However, she says she and her new colleague, Mana leader Hone Harawira, have a strong mutual respect for each other. That may be so but there is a third person in the relationship – Mr Dotcom.
Ms Harre says she initially turned the job down but a meeting with Mr Dotcom made her rethink her decision.
She says she already had an impression of Mr Dotcom as a thoughtful, intelligent man and meeting him confirmed that. She insists she has no view on the fact that he is wanted in the United States on piracy charges.
It’s hard to believe someone with strong opinions like hers has no view on this and it calls into question her principles and judgement.
This is where the credibility of the new political vehicle falls down. It looks too obviously like a marriage of convenience. Mr Dotcom wants to bring Prime Minister John Key down, the Mana Movement needs resources and Ms Harre has unfinished business in politics. . .
Mr Key says Mr Dotcom is using the vehicle of the Internet Party and MMP to get a few MPs into Parliament so they can overturn his extradition charges, and he believes New Zealanders will see through that.
Mr Key continues to paint Labour and the Greens as the radical far-left opposition, and the addition of the Internet-Mana Party, will just add more fuel to those accusations.
What it does mean for the left, even though there’s likely to be some shifting around of support, is that there is the potential for a Labour-Green-Internet-Mana block to present a Government in waiting. . .
To oust National there’s no point swapping votes round the left. They have to grow the left block.
That is very hard to do from the far left and the addition of the IMP – and thought of David and the GIMPs – could well do the opposite.
It could scare people from the right of Labour and centre over to National.
Cadbury ran foul of its customers a few years ago by putting palm oil in its chocolate.
Now it’s courting controversy over the news that some traces of pig fat have been found in its chocolate in Malaysia:
Cadbury Indonesia has ensured that none of its products in Indonesia contains pig fat. The statement came after Cadbury Malaysia had withdrawn two chocolate products namely Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut and Cadbury Dairy Milk Roast Almond as the two contain porcine or pig fat. . .
I’m not reassured by the statement there’s no pig fat in Indonesian chocolate because it suggests there is pig fat in chocolate elsewhere and that could include New Zealand.
I don’t have a religious objection to pig fat but it’s not what I expect – or want – in chocolate which I thought still had a glass and a half of full cream milk.
If if does, it brings a new, and unwelcome, meaning to the phrase pigging out on chocolate.
Justice Minister Judith Collins says compulsory voting doesn’t feel democratic:
Justice Minister Judith Collins has dismissed the idea of making voting compulsory in order to get people to the ballot box.
Speaking at a conference at Parliament on improving voter turnout on Thursday, Ms Collins said she wasn’t keen on following Australia’s example to compel people to enrol and vote.
“It doesn’t feel democratic to me to do that. It feels democratic to me and part of our Kiwi ethos that we can’t force someone to want to vote.”
If we’re free to vote we must also be free to not vote.
Ms Collins said she would prefer to encourage people to vote by telling them why it’s important to use their democratic voice. . .
Education is a much better way than compulsion to encourage not just voting but informed voting.
Philip Woolley has repeatedly had enforcement action taken against him for environmental breaches at farms he owns in Nelson and Marlborough.
Recently Mr Woolley was fined $38,000 and sentenced to two months home detention for driving a tractor through a protected wetland on one of his farms in 2010.
Jackie St John, a resource management lawyer with Anderson Lloyd Lawyers, said the Environment Court has had enough of Mr Woolley’s failure to comply with effluent rules at his Awarua farm at Tuamarina and in April brought in strict new conditions. . .
Accidents happen and some leniency could be expected for them.
But repeated breaches aren’t accidents and no-one can expect leniency for them.
“So what it’s done is it’s ordered that an entirely new effluent system be approved and installed on the farm by the 30th of July of this year. It’s also ordered there be no restocking of the farm for the 2014/15 milking season until this new effluent system is put in place and that has reasonably significant implications for Mr Woolley,” Ms St John said.
Ms St John said if improvements are not made further action is possible.
“It could take an even further step and order the farm to be de-stocked or alternatively even to cancel the farm’s resource consent entirely. Which would mean the operation as a whole would need to cease.”
She said cancelling the farm’s resource consent is quite unprecedented. . . .
That would be tough but it would also be right.
This sort of behaviour causes environmental harm, and unfairly damages the reputation of dairying.
I don’t have the time or inclination to provide the same service of a reasonably comprehensive list of links to news stories and blog posts on issues of the day.
However, I’m willing to start with a few and invite anyone who has read anything I’ve missed to add a link to it in a comment.
I won’t pretend to be balanced – there will be more links to blogs of a bluer hue. Anyone who wants the red and green end of the spectrum better represented is welcome to leave links.
Dominion Post – Immigrants aren’t scapegoats
Brian Rudman @ the NZ Herald – Cunliffe should leave migrant-bashing to Peters
Peter Dunne – Who is a migrant?
John Armstrong – Cunliffe’s bark more poodle than pit-bull
Internet Mana Party
David Farrar @ Kiwiblog – Dotcom spending $4 million to try and change the Government
Claire Trevett @ The NZ Herald – Political prenup as Harawira weds sugar daddy
Claire Trevett @ The NZ Herald – DPM accuses Dotcom of trying to buy influence
Matthew Beveridge – Laila Harre
The Veteran @ No Minister – C’mon National – think laterally
Gravedodger @ No Minister – The Dance Of The Increasingly Desperate
Dominion Post – Marriage unlikely to last
Laura Walters, Stacey Kirk & Michael Fox @ Stuff – Harre confirmed as Internet Party leader
ODT – Marriage of Convenience
Inventory 2 @ Keeping Stock – Emmerson on hood ornaments
Ele Ludemann @ Homepaddock – Recycled poli to lead IM party
Chris Trotter @ Bowalley Road – Game-Changer: Laila Harre Accepts The Leadership Of The Internet Party.
Danyl Mclauchlan @ Dim Post – Thoughts on Laila Harre and the Internet Party
Danyl Mclauchlan @ Dim Post – All in the game
Patrick Gower – Hone and Dotcom’s grubby deal
Cameron Slater @ Whaleoil – Internet Party admits they own Harawira
Tim Watkin @ Pundit – How the path to election victory might go through the Maori seats
Michael Fox @ the Southland Times – $240 million Fiordland monorail rejected
Paid Parental Leave
Simon Wong @ TV3 – Maori Party apologies for parental leave ‘mistake’
Claire Trevett @ The NZ Herald – Maori Party changes vote on paid parental leave bill
David Farrar @ Kiwiblog – Minimum wage incomes
Stephen Stratford @ Quote Unquote – Wintec Press Club: Duncan Garner edition
Parliament Today – Questions & Answers
Cameron Slater @ Whaleoil – $147,800 plus expenses and she goes to Twitter for advice?
Taxpayers’ Union – Select Committee backs Taxpayers’ Union call for 10 year passport
Judith Collins – 154 more families to stay safe@home
Matt Nolan @ The Visible Hand – New Zealand’s labour market recovery in ‘ONE CHART’
70 Siege of Jerusalem: Titus and his Roman legions breached the Second Wall of Jerusalem. The Jewish defenders retreated to the First Wall. The Romans built a circumvallation, all trees within fifteen kilometres were cut down.
1434 Hussite Wars (Bohemian Wars): Battle of Lipany – effectively ending the war, Utraquist forces led by Diviš Bořek of Miletínek defeated and almost annihilated Taborite forces led by Prokop the Great.
1539 Hernando de Soto landed at Tampa Bay, Florida, with 600 soldiers with the goal of finding gold.
1574 Henry III became King of France.
1588 The last ship of the Spanish Armada set sail from Lisbon heading for the English Channel.
1635 Thirty Years’ War: the Peace of Prague (1635) was signed.
1642 From this date all honours granted by Charles I were retrospectively annulled by Parliament.
1757 Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1844).
1814 Napoleonic Wars: War of the Sixth Coalition – the Treaty of Paris (1814) was signed returning French borders to their 1792 extent.
1819 – William McMurdo, English general, was born (d. 1894).
1832 The Rideau Canal in eastern Ontario opened.
1842 John Francis attempted to murder Queen Victoria as she drove down Constitution Hill with Prince Albert.
1845 – Amadeo I, King of Spain, was born (d. 1890).
1846 Peter Carl Fabergé, Russian goldsmith and jeweller, was born (d. 1920).
1854 The Kansas-Nebraska Act became law establishing the US territories of Nebraska and Kansas.
1868 Decoration Day (the predecessor of the modern “Memorial Day) was observed in the United States for the first time (By “Commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic” John A. Logan‘s proclamation on May 5).
1871 The Paris Commune fell.
1876 Ottoman sultan Abd-ul-Aziz was deposed and succeeded by his nephew Murat V.
1883 A rumour that the Brooklyn Bridge was going to collapse causes a stampede that crushes twelve people.
1909 – Benny Goodman, American clarinet player, songwriter, and bandleader, was born (d. 1986).
1914 The new and then largest Cunard ocean liner RMS Aquitania, 45,647 tons, set sails on her maiden voyage from Liverpool, England to New York City.
1915 The East Indiaman ship Arniston was wrecked during a storm at Waenhuiskrans, the loss of 372 lives.
1917 Alexander I became king of Greece.
1922 In Washington, D.C. the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated.
1942 World War II: 1000 British bombers launched a 90-minute attack on Cologne, Germany.
1948 A dike along the flooding Columbia River broke, obliterating Vanport, Oregon within minutes. Fifteen people die and tens of thousands are left homeless.
1955 Topper Headon, British musician (The Clash), was born.
1958 Memorial Day: the remains of two unidentified American servicemen, killed in action during World War II and the Korean War respectively, were buried at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
1959 The Auckland Harbour Bridge, crossing the Waitemata Harbour was officially opened by Governor-General Lord Cobham.
1961 Long time Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo was assassinated in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
1963 A protest against pro-Catholic discrimination during the Buddhist crisis was held outside South Vietnam’s National Assembly, the first open demonstration during the eight-year rule of Ngo Dinh Diem.
1967 Daredevil Evel Knievel jumped his motorcycle over 16 cars lined up in a row.
1967 The Nigerian Eastern Region declared independence as the Republic of Biafra, sparking a civil war.
1971 Mariner 9 was launched to map 70% of the surface, and to study temporal changes in the atmosphere and surface, of Mars.
1972 The Angry Brigade went on trial over a series of 25 bombings throughout Britain.
1972 In Tel Aviv members of the Japanese Red Army carried out the Lod Airport Massacre, killing 24 people and injuring 78 others.
1989 Tiananmen Square protests of 1989: the 33-foot high “Goddess of Democracy” statue was unveiled in Tiananmen Square by student demonstrators.
1998 A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit northern Afghanistan, killing up to 5,000.
2002– 272 days after the September 11 attacks, closing ceremonies were held for the clean up/recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site in New York City.
2003 – Depayin massacre: at least 70 people associated with the National League for Democracy were killed by government-sponsored mob in Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi fled the scene, but was arrested soon afterwards.
2012 – Former Liberian president Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50 years in prison for his role in atrocities committed during the Sierra Leone Civil War.
2013 – – Nigeria passed a law banning same-sex marriage.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia