Brannigan – a drinking spree; binge; brawl or violent argument; noisy or confused quarrel.
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A boost of $18.4 million of operating funding over four years from Budget 2017 will help further strengthen the biosecurity system and protect our borders, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says.
“Biosecurity has always been my number one priority as Minister because the primary sector is the backbone of our economy. Unwanted pests and diseases have the potential to cause major damage to our producers,” Mr Guy says. . .
Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ), on behalf of sheep and beef farmers, has welcomed the Government’s additional investment in biosecurity, announced in the Budget today.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand Chief Executive, Sam McIvor said the additional $18.4 million recognised that biosecurity was a risk to primary production and a threat to the wider New Zealand economy.
“We’re pleased the Minister for Primary Industries, the Hon Nathan Guy has made this commitment to biosecurity. . .
A remarkable season of increased yields and the largest-ever New Zealand crop helped lift total Zespri sales volume from New Zealand to a record 137.7 million trays, 18 percent up on the previous year. Sales of kiwifruit from Zespri’s Northern Hemisphere supplying locations also grew by 14 percent to 16.6 million trays, driven mainly by SunGold vines coming into production in Italy.
Zespri Chairman Peter McBride says Zespri sold more fruit faster than ever before during the 2016/17 season, with global fruit sales revenue rising by 19 percent to $2.26 billion. . .
A significant boost of $30.5 million of operating funding over the next four years in Budget 2017 will upgrade and modernise the fisheries management system, including the roll-out of cameras, monitoring, and electronic reporting on all commercial vessels, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says.
“This funding will help introduce the world-leading Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting System (IEMRS), which will give us arguably the most transparent and accountable commercial fishery anywhere in the world,” Mr Guy says. . . .
(BusinessDesk) – Sanford, New Zealand’s largest listed seafood company, lifted first-half profit 25 percent as the benefits from selling more higher value fresh seafood offset the impact of lower prices for frozen commodity products and disruption from adverse weather.
Profit rose to $19 million, or 20.4 cents per share, in the six months ended March 31, from $15.3 million, or 16.3 cents, a year earlier, the Auckland-based company said in a statement. Revenue from continuing operations advanced 5 percent to $230.4 million. . .
Fairton closure inevitable – Allan Barber:
Wednesday’s announcement by Silver Fern Farms of the proposal to close the company’s Fairton plant was in many ways inevitable. Even the workforce appears to have been resigned to the probability for several years. Sad as it is for workers and the Ashburton community, it is better to front up to the certainty than to have to wait for the axe to fall.
The upgrading of Pareora an hour to the south as a modern multi-species meat works, combined with the loss of sheep in the catchment area had effectively sealed Fairton’s fate. The agonised shrieks from politicians of all the opposition parties railing against last year’s approval of the Shanghai Maling investment in SFF were equally inevitable, but completely missed the mark – I am certain the company’s board would have made exactly the same decision without the new shareholding structure, provided the undercapitalised business could have afforded the costs of closure . .
Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) and the Meat Industry Association (MIA) welcome the recent statement by the Trade Ministers of the eleven Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries in Hanoi to work towards bringing the trade agreement into force expeditiously.
The TPP agreement has significant value for the New Zealand sheep and beef sector, particular improved access into Japan for New Zealand beef exports, say B+LNZ CEO Sam McIvor and MIA CEO Tim Ritchie. . .
The New Zealand public is clearly showing their desire to have mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) Horticulture New Zealand told the Primary Production Select Committee at Parliament today.
The Select Committee is hearing submissions on the Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill before Parliament.
“Firstly, our recent survey showed that more than 70 percent of New Zealanders want mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) for fresh fruit and vegetables,” Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says. . .
The fight over the US government’s definitions for certain foods has flared up again. It’s no longer just a fight for milk farmers, who’ve grown increasingly angry about plant-based food companies (think soy, almond, and cashews) calling their liquid products “milk.”
For the first time, vegetables are being roped into the debate—all because of the arrival and popularization of “cauliflower rice.”
“Only rice is rice, and calling ‘riced vegetables’ ‘rice,’ is misleading and confusing to consumers,” Betsy Ward, president of industry lobby USA Rice, said in a statement earlier this month. . . Hat Tip: Eric Crampton
For whatever reason, I didn’t succumb to the stereotype that science wasn’t for girls. I got encouragement from my parents. I never ran into a teacher or a counselor who told me that science was for boys. A lot of my friends did.– Sally Ride who was born on this day in 1951.
451 Battle of Avarayr between Armenian rebels and the Sassanid Emire.
1293 An earthquake in Kamakura, Japan killed about 30,000.
1538 Geneva expelled John Calvin and his followers from the city.
1637 Pequot War: A combined Protestant and Mohegan force under Captain John Mason attacked a Pequot village massacring approximately 500 people.
1647 Alse Young was the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies.
1670 In Dover, England, Charles II of Great Britain and Louis XIV of France signed the Secret Treaty of Dover.
1689 Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, English writer was born (d. 1762).
1736 Battle of Ackia: British and Chickasaw soldiers repelled a French and Choctaw attack on the Chickasaw village of Ackia.
1770 The Orlov Revolt, a first attempt to revolt against the Turks before the Greek War of Independence, ended in disaster for the Greeks.
1783 A Great Jubilee Day was held in Trumbull, Connecticut to celebrate the end of the American Revolution.
1822 116 people die din the Grue Church fire, the biggest fire disaster in Norway’s history.
1828 Mysterious feral child Kaspar Hauser was discovered wandering the streets of Nuremberg.
1830 The Indian Removal Act was passed by the U.S. Congress.
1857 Dred Scott was emancipated by the Blow family, his original owners.
1863 Robert Fitzsimmons, Boxing champion who lived in Timaru, was born (d. 1917).
1865 American Civil War: Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of the Confederate Trans-Mississippi division, was the last general of the Confederate Army to surrender, at Galveston, Texas.
1868 The impeachment trial of U.S. President Andrew Johnson ended with Johnson being found not guilty by one vote.
1869 Boston University was chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
1879 Parihaka Maori, led by Te Whiti and Tohu Kakahi, embarked upon a ploughing campaign to protest against European settlement on confiscated Maori land.
1879 Russia and the United Kingdom signed the Treaty of Gandamakestablishing an Afghan state.
1883 Mamie Smith, American singer , was born (d. 1946).
1886 Al Jolson, American singer, was born (d. 1950).
1889 Opening of the first Eiffel Tower lift to the public.
1896 Nicholas II became Tsar of Russia.
1896 Charles Dow published the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
1904 George Formby, English singer and comedian, was born (d. 1961).
1906 Vauxhall Bridge was opened in London.
1907 John Wayne, American actor, was born (d. 1979).
1908 At Masjed Soleyman (مسجد سليمان) in southwest Persia the first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East was made.
1915 Antonia Forest, British children’s author, was born (d. 2003).
1917 – Several powerful tornadoes rip through Illinois, including the city of Mattoon, killing 101 people and injuring 689.
1918 Armenia defeated the Ottoman Army in the Battle of Sardarapat.
1918 The Democratic Republic of Georgia was established.
1920 Peggy Lee, American singer, was born (d. 2002).
1923 Roy Dotrice, British actor, was born.
1926 – Ana Pavlova performed her famed ‘Dying Swan’ and ‘Fairy Doll’ to a full house in His Majesty’s Theatre, Auckland.
1926 Miles Davis, American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer, was born (d. 1991).
1936 In the House of Commons of Northern Ireland, Tommy Henderson began speaking on the Appropriation Bill. By the time he sat down in the early hours of the following morning, he had spoken for 10 hours.
1938 The House Un-American Activities Committee began its first session.
1940 World War II: Battle of Dunkirk – Allied forces began a massive evacuation from Dunkirk, France.
1942 World War II: The Battle of Bir Hakeim.
1945 Garry Peterson, Canadian drummer (The Guess Who), was born.
1948 Stevie Nicks, American songwriter, was born.
1948 The U.S. Congress passes Public Law 557 which permanently established the Civil Air Patrol as an auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
1951 Sally Ride, American astronaut, was born d. 2012.
1966 – Helena Bonham Carter, English actress, was born.
1966 – Zola Budd, South African athlete, was born.
1966 British Guiana gained independence, becoming Guyana.
1969 Apollo 10 returned to Earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the forthcoming first manned moon landing.
1972 Willandra National Park was established in Australia.
1972 The United States and the Soviet Union signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
1977 George Willig climbed the South Tower of the World Trade Centre.
1986 The European Community adopted the European flag.
1991 Zviad Gamsakhurdia became the first democratically elected President of the Republic of Georgia in the post-Soviet era.
1991 Lauda Air Flight 004 exploded over rural Thailand, killing 223.
1992 Charles Geschke, co-founder of Adobe Systems, Inc was kidnapped.
1998 The United States Supreme Court ruled that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, was mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York.
2003 – Only three days after a previous record, Sherpa Lakpa Geluclimbed Mount Everest in 10 hours 56 minutes.
2004 – The New York Times published an admission of journalistic failings, claiming that its flawed reporting and lack of skepticism towards sources during the buildup to the 2003 war in Iraq helped promote the belief that Iraq possessed large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.
2006 – The May 2006 Java earthquake killed more than 5,700 people, and left 200,000 homeless.
2008 – Severe flooding began in eastern and southern China that ultimately caused 148 deaths and forced the evacuation of 1.3 million people.
2012 – A cannibal attack took place on the MacArthur Causeway in Miami, Florida.
Sourced from NZ history Online & Wikipedia