Triskaidekaphobia – fear of the number 13.
Farmers warned of dangers of meth labs – Susie Nordqvist:
Waikato police have told farmers at Fieldays they’re too trusting about whom they’re renting their farm cottages to, and tenants that end up using farmland for methamphetamine labs can cost farmers hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“Basically the chemicals are all placed into this flask and then it’s boiled, well it’s heated, on an element [and] the pseudoephedrine comes off, and you end up with the finished product,” explains Detective Senior Sergeant Nigel Keall. . . .
Sheep and sheep meats in China – Keith Woodford:
Last week I wrote about one specific region in China’s pastoral zone, high on the Qinghai Tibetan Plateau. This is just one part of China’s pastoral zone which extends for thousands of kilometres from Inner Mongolia across to Xinjiang and down through the western provinces of Gansu, Qinghai and Tibet. The precise numbers of sheep on these lands is unclear. It is not because the Chinese Government hides the correct numbers, but because pastoral farmers keep the numbers to themselves. The United Nations FAO agency estimates that in 2012 there were 187 million sheep in China, but no-one really knows.
What happens in China’s pastoral zone is important to New Zealand for two reasons. The first is that we are all part of a global environment, with sustainability a global issue. The second is that China is now New Zealand’s most important market for lamb and mutton; the gap between local demand and supply in China is the key driver of sheep industry profitability back here in New Zealand. . . .
Fieldays shoes might seem ‘exotic’ to Aucklanders – Mike McRoberts:
Footwear is an essential part of farming and also appears to be a big part of the National Fieldays this year.
Horselands’ Angie Gil is selling boots at the four-day event and says visitors are expecting a bargain.
“I think that you don’t come to park in a paddock and then walk around Fieldays to not get a bargain.” . . .
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has today welcomed the annual KPMG Agribusiness Agenda at the National Fieldays, noting the strong correlation between Government and industry priorities.
This year’s Agenda reiterated the importance of strong biosecurity and food safety systems, and highlighted uncertainty around a potential change of Government as a major point of concern across the over 150 industry leaders surveyed.
“I’m not surprised to see the significance of biosecurity flagged again by industry, and it has been my number one priority since becoming a Minister,” says Mr Guy. . .
The biggest myth about organic farming – Ross Pomeroy:
The majority of Americans believe that organic foods are healthier than food grown using conventional methods. The majority of Americans are wrong. Two systematic reviews, one from Stanford University and the other by a team of researchers based out of the United Kingdom, turned up no evidence that organic foods are more nutritious or lead to better health-related outcomes for consumers.
But the idea that organic foods are healthier isn’t even the largest myth out there. That title belongs to the widely held belief that organic farming does not use pesticides. A 2010 poll found that 69% of consumers believe that to be true. Among those who regularly purchase organic food, the notion is even more prevalent. A survey from the Soil Association found that as many as 95% of organic consumers in the UK buy organic to “avoid pesticides.”
In fact, organic farmers do use pesticides. The only difference is that they’re “natural” instead of “synthetic.” . . .
Families mark a century on the land – Sally Rae:
Since 1905, successive generations of the Simpson family have farmed Springside at Tokarahi in North Otago.
From draught horses to large, modern tractors and combine harvesters, each generation has kept up with new farming practices.
The Simpson family was among 42 families to attend the recent New Zealand Century Farm and Station Awards in Lawrence, for families who have farmed the same land for 100 years or more.
It was the highest number of families to be recognised for their commitment since the awards were first held in 2006. . .
I’m the 50s:
You are simple and old-fashioned. You always see the bright side of life, and can always put a smile on someone’s face.
Hmm – I’m not quite old enough to remember that decade, but that description is something to aspire to.
Thursday’s questions were:
1. Who said, Italians come to ruin most generally in three ways, women, gambling, and farming. My family chose the slowest one.?
2. What are the gestation periods of sheep and cows?
3. It’s agneau in French, agnello in Italian, cordero in Spanish and reme in Maori, what is it in english?
4. What’s the name for any three of the following gelded animals: bull, ram, boar, rooster and stag?
5. Is farming still the backbone of NZ?
Points for answers:
J Bloggs got 3.
Alwyn got 3 1/2 for #2and 2/3 for #4
Chris wins an electronic batch of ginger crunch with 5 and a bonus for the only one to get havier.
David and Andrei also win an electronic batch of ginger crunch each for 5 right and Andrei gets a bonus for perspicacity for his answer to #5.
Answers follow the break:
The National Party has selected List MP Joanne Hayes as its Christchurch East candidate for the 2014 General Election.
“Joanne has been a valuable member of our caucus as a List MP and will work hard for Christchurch East,” said Regional Chair Roger Bridge.
“National has made the rebuild one of its top priorities. Another Christchurch-based MP will help to keep our city’s voice strong in John Key’s National Party.”
Ms Hayes said she was proud to earn National’s nomination and is looking forward to the campaign.
“National is making real progress on the Christchurch rebuild, building a stronger economy with more jobs, and supporting hardworking families. Christchurch communities are seeing the benefits of a Government that is focussed on what matters and putting the needs of Christchurch at the top of the agenda,” said Ms Hayes.
“There are just three short months until the election on 20 September. I’ll be working hard to get out in the electorate and engage with the issues facing Christchurch East communities,” said Ms Hayes.
Joanne Hayes – Biographical Notes
Joanne Hayes is a National List Member of Parliament. She is of Ngati Porou, Ati Haunui A Paparangi, and Rangitane ki Wairarapa descent, and is married to Pat with two sons and two grandchildren.
Before entering Parliament at the beginning of this year, she held executive level positions in the health, social services, and education sectors, most recently as Director of Community Relations for UCOL Whanganui.
Ms Hayes previously stood for National in Dunedin South in 2011.
Jo has the distinction of being the candidate who won the party vote in Dunedin South which had been regarded as deep red.
Christchurch East is also a very red seat. Jo and her team will be working hard to change that and the electorate will benefit from having another government MP working in and for the city as it recovers from the earthquakes.
Wayne Mapp fears for the future of free trade:
. . . For decades now National and Labour have had a cosy little arrangement when it comes to free trade. Both parties could count on each other to provide a solid bloc of votes in parliament to pass any bill implementing free trade agreements.
So any hyperventialting by the Greens, New Zealand First, the Maori Party or Mana counted for nothing. Jane Kelsey might get to write as many op-eds as she likes, but she has virtually no influence on the actual outcome of the free trade agenda. The solid National–Labour coalition ensures that the relevant legislation will pass.
But will this arrangement prevail after this election?
Clearly, if National is elected they will want to pass legislation implementing various aspects of TPP, in the event that the TPP treaty is finalised and signed between 2014 and 2017. Of course any such treaty will not be exactly as New Zealand wants since it will be a compromise between fourteen nations. . .
New Zealand already has very open borders. Other countries with more restrictions will be held back by powerful lobby groups wanting them to continue.
To get consensus will require compromises.
But the shape of the TPP treaty is starting to emerge. There will be a long drawn-out phase down of tariffs and quotas in agricultural products. The timing of the phase down will be dictated by Japan and the United States, and it will extend over many years, perhaps as many as twenty. Copyright terms will be extended to 70 years or more. State trading entities like Pharmac could lose at least some of their exclusive rights. There will be an international tribunal for major investment disputes.
For National this will be OK. Over time the US, Japanese and Canadian agricultural markets will open up. And provided the loss of the Pharmac monopoly is not too dramatic, it will be seen to be a good trade off. . .
National is quite clear it supports free trade – but labour is no longer.
This election could see Labour down in the low 30s as a percentage of the total vote. If a combination of Labour, the Greens, New Zealand First, the Maori Party and Internet Mana can form a government, Labour is only going to be 60% of the government, at most.
That has risks for more than trade.
All its likely partners have opposed every single free trade agreement over the last two decades. Collectively they could demand that Labour not support the TPP as a price of coalition. And could Labour resist such a demand?
What’s more, if the Left (apologies to Winston who is not really left) do not have enough votes to form a government, would Labour still continue the cosy arrangement of supporting free trade agreements? Increasingly Labour activists, including their left leaning MP’s, oppose TPP. David Cunliffe, supported by Phil Goff and others, has positioned the party to be able to vote for TPP. But that is before the election. An election loss could well weaken the free trade faction in Labour.
Such a result would cause Labour to look deeply at it options, just as did with National when it lost in 2005. The Labour MPs will be looking at three terms in opposition. They will console themselves that this is the normal political cycle in New Zealand. But they will not be able to tolerate the thought of four terms in opposition. They will do whatever it takes to make themselves electable in 2017.
And in the event of an election loss, what will be the fate of Labour’s longstanding support of free trade when they weigh up what they will have to do for 2017?
New Zealand is one of the best performing economies in the OCED because of the efforts successive governments have put into opening our borders and developing new markets.
Returning to the bad old days of protection and subsidies would harm our economy and the social and environmental initiatives which depend on its strength.
And if Labour lurches even further left on trade what other dangerous territory might it enter in a desperate attempt to be elected?
National Party members in the Port Hills electorate have selected local businessman and iwi leader Nuk Korako as their candidate for the 2014 General Election.
“The Port Hills electorate changed significantly in the recent boundary changes. Nuk has the genuine links to communities across Christchurch and the electorate to be a strong voice for Port Hills,” said Regional Chair Roger Bridge.
“We’re excited to have a candidate of Nuk’s calibre in Port Hills and will be running a strong campaign for the seat.”
Mr Korako said he was proud to earn National’s nomination and is looking forward to the campaign.
“Christchurch communities and whanau have been through a lot since 2010, but National has stood by Canterbury at every stage of the rebuild,” said Mr Korako.
“Southern Christchurch is experiencing strong growth and many unique challenges. I want to give communities across the seat a strong voice in John Key’s National Party as we rebuild our city.”
Mr Korako is of Ngai Tahu descent. He is married to Chris and is a father of four sons.
He balances the running of his own tourism consultancy with a range of community and iwi commitments.
Mr Korako currently sits on the Board of Cholmonderley Children’s Home and the Cholmonderley New Building Komiti, and sits on the Banks Peninsula Environmental Trust, Te Ihutai Ahuwhenua Trust, and the Torotoroa Trust.
His tribal commitments include the Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu Board (Tribal Governance Arm) and the Ngai Tahu Holdings Corporation Board (Tribal Commercial Arm).
Boundary changes which take in more bluer areas and a candidate with good business and community experience and enthusiastic support from volunteers in the electorate – that sounds like a winning combination.
The Herald has a very brief look at political parties’ election preparedness:
Labour has integrated its backroom research staff with its communication and media operations in a large taxpayer-funded “war room” at Parliament.
Is this another example of Labour misusing taxpayer funding for party political purposes?
The Greens knocked on 10,000 doors up and down the country a couple of weekends ago in a dress-rehearsal of what, for them, is a new face-to-face way of targeting their message to those identified as being sympathetic.
National has amply filled its coffers by using its greatest asset – John Key – to host many plush and expensive-to-attend fundraising dinners. . .
National’s fundraising is going well, and the leader’s popularity plays an important part in that.
But there is a lot more to the party’s preparedness than big-ticket fundraisers.
National’s the only party which can still count its members in the 10s of thousands. Those members have been, and will continue, working with MPs and candidates doing the old-fashioned campaigning which includes knocking on a lot more than 10,000 doors.
A wee party might be able to get away with cherry-picking in what they regard as friendly territory.
But a major party which is standing candidates in every general electorate knocks doors in every one of them, and not just over one weekend but at every opportunity the volunteers have.
The money National raises – in large and small amounts – is gratefully received, but that’s only one part of election preparedness.
It’s the foundation laid by many thousand members, working voluntarily, on which a successful campaign is built – and that voluntarily work is done by members at every level of the party:
With just 100 days until the election #TeamKey volunteers are calling voters all over the country to remind them we want to keep NZ heading in the right direction.
Join us: http://ntnl.org.nz/1oVBuuF
823 Charles the Bald , Holy Roman Emperor and King of the West Franks,was born (d. 877).
1249 – Coronation of Alexander III as King of Scots.
1373 – Anglo-Portuguese Alliance between England (succeeded by the United Kingdom) and Portugal – the oldest alliance in the world which is still in force.
1752 Fanny Burney, English novelist and diarist, was born (d. 1840).
1774 Rhode Island became the first of Britain’s North American colonies to ban the importation of slaves.
1777 American Revolutionary War: Marquis de Lafayette landed near Charleston, South Carolina, in order to help the Continental Congress to train its army.
1798 Mission San Luis Rey de Francia was founded.
1863 Lady Lucy Duff Gordon, English fashion designer, was born (d. 1935).
1871 In Labrador, a hurricane killed 300 people.
1881 The USS Jeannette was crushed in an Arctic Ocean ice pack.
1883 Henry George Lamond, Australian farmer and author was born (d. 1969).
1886 A fire devastatesd much of Vancouver.
1886 – King Ludwig II of Bavaria was found dead in Lake Starnberg south of Munich.
1893 Dorothy L. Sayers, English author, was born (d. 1957).
1893 Grover Cleveland underwent secret, successful surgery to remove a large, cancerous portion of his jaw; the operation wasn’t revealed to the public until 1917, nine years after the president’s death.
1898 Yukon Territory was formed, with Dawson chosen as its capital.
1910 Mary Whitehouse, British campaigner, was born (d. 2001).
1910 The University of the Philippines College of Engineering was established.
1917 World War I: the deadliest German air raid on London during World War I was carried out by Gotha G bombers and resulted in 162 deaths, including 46 children, and 432 injuries.
1927 – Slim Dusty, Australian singer, was born (d. 2003)
1927 Aviator Charles Lindbergh received a ticker-tape parade down 5th Avenue in New York.
1942 The United States opened its Office of War Information.
1942 The United States established the Office of Strategic Services.
1944 Ban Ki-Moon, South Korean United Nations Secretary-General, was born.
1944 World War II: Germany launched a counter attack on Carentan.
1944 – World War II: Germany launched a V1 Flying Bomb attack on England. Only four of the eleven bombs actually hit their targets.
1949 Dennis Locorriere, American singer and guitarist (Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show), was born.
1952 Catalina affair: a Swedish Douglas DC-3 was shot down by a Soviet MiG-15 fighter.
1953 Tim Allen, American comedian and actor, was born.
1955 Mir Mine, the first diamond mine in the USSR, was discovered.
1966 The United States Supreme Court ruled in Miranda v. Arizona that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them.
1967 U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Solicitor-General Thurgood Marshall to become the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
1970 Chris Cairns, New Zealand cricketer, was born.
1970 ”The Long and Winding Road” became the Beatles’ last Number 1 song.
1971 Vietnam War: The New York Times began publication of the Pentagon Papers.
1978 Israeli Defense Forces withdrew from Lebanon.
1981 At the Trooping the Colour ceremony a teenager, Marcus Sarjeant, fired six blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II.
1983 – Pioneer 10 became the first man-made object to leave the solar system.
1995 French president Jacques Chirac announced the resumption of nuclear tests in French Polynesia.
1996 The Montana Freemen surrendered after an 81-day standoff with FBI agents.
1997 Uphaar cinema fire, in New Delhi, killed 59 people, and over 100 people injured.
1997 American fugitive Ira Einhorn was arrested in France for the murder of Holly Maddux after 16 years on the run.
2000 Italy pardoned Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who tried to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981.
2005 A jury in Santa Maria, California acquitted pop singer Michael Jackson of molesting 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo at his Neverland Ranch.
2007 The Al Askari Mosque was bombed for a third time.
2012 – A series of bombings across Iraq, including Baghdad, Hillah and Kirkuk, killed at least 93 people and wounds over 300 others.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia