Recrudescence – The action or fact of breaking out afresh; a recurrence of a disease or medical condition, or of an undesirable state of things, bad feelings, etc., especially after a period of quiescence or remission; a new outbreak after a period of abatement, latency or inactivity.
The former Fonterra boss, Craig Norgate has died. He was 50.
Mr Norgate had a spectacular rise in business, becoming head of New Zealand’s biggest company, Fonterra, at the age of 36. . .
Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith today announced a $158,000 Community Environment Fund grant for a project which aims to protect native birds and forest at Rotokare Scenic Reserve in South Taranaki.
“This funding will help support the work underway to ensure a ‘halo’ more than 2000 hectares in area surrounding the predator-proof fence of Rotokare Scenic Reserve. This funding will extend the successful work of the Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust as well as neighbouring property owners and local councils to create a flourishing ecosystem in an area that was previously threatened by predators and land use change,” Dr Smith says. . .
ComCom to file court proceedings over price fixing – Suze Metherell:
(BusinessDesk) – The Commerce Commission intends to file court proceedings against PGG Wrightson, Elders New Zealand and Rural Livestock by the end of the month, claiming the three fixed fees charged during the implementation of a national livestock tagging scheme.
The consumer protection authority is investigating fees charged during the adoption of the National Animal Identification and Trading Act 2012, commonly known as NAIT. A spokesman for the commission confirmed it intends to file proceedings against the three agricultural companies and five undisclosed individuals before the end of this month. . .
A review to increase uptake for the Permanent Forest Sink Initiative is underway and the government is seeking feedback from industry on the proposed changes, says Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew.
Introduced in 2006, the Permanent Forest Sink Initiative was the first national scheme that allowed forest landowners to earn emissions units for the carbon stored within their forests. . .
In addition to the top prize of a $20,000 travel fund, entrants in the 2015 Lincoln University Foundation’s South Island Farmer of the Year Competition will also be able to pitch for one of four special category prizes, with a cash prize of $5000 each.
Lincoln University Foundation Chairman Ben Todhunter said generous support from sponsors meant that the four prizes could again be offered this year, after their debut in the 2014 season. . .
Two renowned Marlborough wine brands are joining forces, with the backing of former employees.
Highfield and TerraVin Wines will now be known as Highfield TerraVin Ltd.
Winemakers Alistair Soper and Gordon Ritchie have joined with General Manager Pete Coldwell to run the new company, with all three men having some strong goals in mind. . .
One of New Zealand’s fastest growing and most innovative wine companies, Yealands Family Wines is taking its sustainability story to global markets via a leading edge, digital platform.
YealandsLive.co.nz features dynamic content captured via a series of live feeds, directly from the Yealands Estate Seaview Vineyard and Winery in Marlborough, New Zealand. The website aims to give consumers and the wine trade a unique, and authentic behind the scenes look at one of the world’s premier sustainable wine producers. . .
Thank you J Bloggs and Teletext for posing the questions.
If you’ve stumped us all you can claim a virtual chocolate cake when you provide the answers below.
The Flag Consideration Panel is inviting people to upload designs for a new flag.
There are more than 4000 in the gallery already.
The three most preferred when I checked Rate the Flag yesterday were:
By Martyn Bennett
the blue represents the sky,
the white is the cloud and reflects the Maori name Aotearoa
green is for the land.
Chicken Little would feel right at home with opposition politicians and media who are wanting us to believe the sky is falling.
This season’s dairy payout was low and next season’s might not be much better but banks aren’t going to be forcing farmers out of business.
Providing farmers are prudent and work with their banks they’ll get through.
Dairying is a large part of the economy and those who service and supply farmers will find business tougher as farmers spend less, but the impact of that still won’t push us into the recession some of the gloomier forecasters would have us believe is coming.
Trans Tasman puts it into perspective:
“Complacency” is what Labour finance spokesman Grant Robertson called John Key’s attitude to the economy this week. His leader Andrew Little went further, saying NZ faces a “perfect storm” of economic bad news. Both called for the Govt to do something, although just what remained a bit vague, apart from a generalised call for more spending to stimulate the economy. Key’s “What? Me Worry?” persona can grate at times, but this is all a bit over-egged.
Much of the egging came from the media, of course, with broadcasters being the worst. One has come to expect a certain amount of arm-wavy economic illiteracy from TV news, but what was more surprising was hearing Radio NZ follow suit, discussing the economy as if a recession is imminent.
Essentially there is a buy-in to the Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei’s claim the Govt needs to “start spending again” to avoid a recession. It’s a statement which appears oblivious to the Govt loosening the fiscal purse strings in the May budget, and also of the fact no reputable economist thinks a recession is imminent. Rather, it is a slowdown from a bit more than 3% to probably around 2% growth in GDP.
This means both Treasury and the Reserve Bank’s most recent forecasts are wrong, and not in a minor way. The presumption of 3% GDP growth this year, and for the next two years, now looks just that – highly presumptuous.
But it is not a recession. Growth is still happening. It is just considerably slower than expected. Interest rates and the NZ dollar are adjusting – finally – to take account of this.
Growth may be slowly, but slow growth is better than no growth and still, thankfully, there’s no imminent danger of the sky falling.
. . . all high performing countries understand that excellent teachers are the key to lifting performance across the board. That’s why, whenever they have to make a choice between smaller classes and better teachers, high performing education systems will always opt for better teachers. . . . – Dr Muriel Newman
48 BC Battle of Dyrrhachium: Julius Caesar barely avoided a catastrophic defeat to Pompey in Macedonia.
988 The city of Dublin was founded on the banks of the river Liffey.
1212 The most severe of several early fires of London burns most of the city to the ground.
1452 King James III of Scotland was born (d. 1488).
1460 Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick defeated the king’s Lancastrian forces and took King Henry VI prisoner in the Battle of Northampton.
1499 Portuguese explorer Nicolau Coelho returned to Lisbon, after discovering the sea route to India as a companion of Vasco da Gama.
1509 John Calvin, French religious reformer, was born (d. 1564).
1553 Lady Jane Grey took the throne of England.
1645 English Civil War: The Battle of Langport.
1778 American Revolution: Louis XVI of France declared war on the Kingdom of Great Britain.
1789 Alexander Mackenzie reached the Mackenzie River delta.
1802 Robert Chambers, Scottish author and naturalist, was born (d. 1871).
1804 – Emma Smith, Inaugural President of the Women’s Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was born (d. 1879).
1806 The Vellore Mutiny, the first instance of a mutiny by Indian sepoys against the British East India Company.
1821 The United States took possession of its newly bought territory of Florida from Spain.
1830 Camille Pissarro, French painter, was born (d. 1903).
1850 Millard Fillmore was inaugurated as the 13th President of the United States.
1859 Big Ben rang for the first time.
1864 Austin Chapman, Australian policitian, was born (d. 1926).
1871 Marcel Proust, French writer, was born (d. 1922).
1875 Mary McLeod Bethune, American educator, was born (d. 1955).
1903 John Wyndham, British author, was born (d. 1969).
1909 Donald Sinclair, British hotel manager, inspiration for Fawlty Towers, was born (d. 1981).
1913 Death Valley, California hit 134 °F (~56.7 °C), the highest temperature recorded in the United States.
1921 Belfast’s Bloody Sunday: 16 people were killed and 161 houses destroyed during rioting and gun battles in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
1921 Harvey Ball, American commercial artist, was born (d. 2001).
1925 Scopes Trial: The so-called “Monkey Trial” began with John T. Scopes, a young high school science teacher accused of teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.
1931 Alice Munro, Canadian writer, was born.
1938 Howard Hughes set a new record by completing a 91 hour flight around the world.
1940 Tom Farmer, Scottish entrepreneur, was born.
1940 World War II: the Vichy government is established in France.
1940 World War II: Battle of Britain – The German Luftwaffe began attacking British convoys in the English Channel thus starting the battle (this start date is contested).
1941 Jedwabne Pogrom: the massacre of Jewish people living in and near the village of Jedwabne in Poland.
1947 Arlo Guthrie, American musician, was born.
1947 Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was recommended as the first Governor General of Pakistan by then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Clement Attlee.
1951 Korean War: Armistice negotiations began.
1954 Neil Tennant, British musician (Pet Shop Boys), was born.
1962 Telstar, the world’s first communications satellite, is launched into orbit.
1966 The Chicago Freedom Movement, lead by Martin Luther King, held a rally at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.
1967 New Zealand adpoted decimal currency.
1968 Maurice Couve de Murville became Prime Minister of France.
1973 The Bahamas gained full independence within the Commonwealth of Nations.
1973 – National Assembly of Pakistan passed a resolution on the recognition of Bangladesh.
1971 King Hassan II of Morocco survived an attempted coup d’etat, which lasts until June 11.
1976 The Seveso disaster in Italy.
1976 One American and three British mercenaries were executed in Angola following the Luanda Trial.
1978 President Moktar Ould Daddah of Mauritania was ousted in a bloodless coup d’état.
1980 Alexandra Palace burned down for a second time.
1985 Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior was bombed and sank in Auckland harbour.
1991 Boris Yeltsin began his 5-year term as the first elected President of Russia.
1991 The South African cricket team was readmitted into the International Cricket Council following the end of Apartheid.
1992 In Miami, Florida, former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega is sentenced to 40 years in prison for drug and racketeering violations.
1997 Scientists reported the findings of the DNA analysis of a Neanderthal skeleton which supported the “out of Africa theory” of human evolution placing an “African Eve” at 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.
1997 – Partido Popular (Spain) member Miguel Ángel Blanco was kidnapped in the Basque city of Ermua by ETA members, sparking widespread protests.
1998 The Diocese of Dallas agreed to pay $23.4 million to nine former altar boys who claimed they were sexually abused by former priest Rudolph Kos.
2003 A bus collided with a truck, fell off a bridge on Tuen Mun Road, Hong Kong, and plunged into the underlying valley, killing 21 people.
2005 Hurricane Dennis slams into the Florida Panhandle, causing billions of dollars in damage.
2006 Pakistan International Flight PK-688 crashes in Multan, Pakistan, shortly after takeoff, killing all 45 people on board.
2011 – Russian cruise ship Bulgaria sunk in Volga near Syukeyevo, Tatarstan, leading to 122 deaths.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia