Mundivagant – roaming or wandering around the world.
When you leave your warm bed in the morning you never know what the day will bring.
No matter where or who you are, how good your plans are, what the weather forecast is or what mood you are in, you can never know what will happen in the hours ahead. We all understand this reality but sometimes it does become very life-alteringly real.
The South Island Dog Trial championships have just been held, and Jock and two of his mates travelled down to near Balclutha for the event.
Between them, they had nine dogs, reasonable hopes for a good run and modest aspirations for a trophy haul. They had plenty of anticipation for an enjoyable, entertaining week catching up with friends from around New Zealand, yarning, eating, watching dogs competing on the four courses, and talking dogs and nonsense. . .
Immigration changes are good for South Island – Neal Wallace:
Immigration changes have proved to be a mixed bag for migrant dairy farm workers.
On the one hand a new South Island Contribution work visa allowed dairy workers caught up in a false document scandal to stay, provided they met certain criteria.
But other changes making residence more difficult were prompting some Filipino farm workers to look for work overseas.
North Island Filipino Farmer’s Association president Julius Gaoing said given the residence changes the special South Island visa gave those workers an advantage over dairy farm workers in the North Island. . .
Consents to cost $50k? – Neal Wallace:
Seeking a resource consent from the Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council has become a lot more complex and costlier following an Environment Court ruling that will have repercussions around the country.
Some believed complex consent applications from Horizons could now cost more than $50,000 but there was general agreement the ruling, sought by the Auckland-based Environmental Defence Society (EDS) and Wellington Fish and Game, would require councils to take a stricter definition of environmental plans. . .
NZ would be stupid to spurn the TPP 11 deal – Charles Finny:
Former trade negotiator Charles Finny says there is still much to do to demystify the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Finny writes some Q&As to put the facts straight.
There is no value in TPP without the United States
This is not true for New Zealand. NZ does not have a free trade agreement with Japan but competitors such as Chile and Australia do. TPP 11 (TPP minus the US) would allow us to level the playing field with these competitors. There are meaningful liberalisation outcomes in other economies – Mexico, Peru and Canada, with whom we don’t have free trade deals.
But aren’t we imposing huge costs by this agreement to the benefit of the US?
There are some “costs” in the form of increased transparency for Pharmac, increased patent terms and longer copyright terms. And yes, these are things the US argued for in the original talks. But these “costs” are far more modest than the gains from the agreement cited above. . .
Loan repayments start in October – Hugh Stringleman:
Fonterra’s 15c increase in forecast payout for 2016-17 will go to repaying the support loan of 2014-15 for more than 70% of its supply farmers.
Based on the forecast, farmers who took the loan would have 15c deducted from their October payment, the final for this season.
That would recover about half of the $363 million still owed to Fonterra and interest of 2.47% would be charged on the balance.
If the $6.50 forecast for next season was maintained or bettered and the current payment schedule still applied, the final loan repayment would come out in September 2018, chairman John Wilson said. . .
Stay home with sheep, it’s too peopley out there.
The milking season goes from June 1st to May 31st and the change of season means a change of farm for hundreds of dairy owners, sharemilkers, managers and staff.
The changes result in big and small movements for people and stock on what has been know as Gypsy Day.
On Wednesday, the Otago Regional Council (ORC) issued a statement under the heading “Gypsy Day preparations bring reminder to reduce effluent spillage”.
That prompted a rebuke from Dunedin City councillor, Aaron Hawkins, who said “I think it’s remarkable that in 2017 something called ‘Gypsy Day’ could still exist”.
“The word ‘gypsy’ is commonly used as a slur against Roma people, but even putting that aside, drawing a comparison between herds of cattle and any ethnic grouping I would have thought was pretty offensive.
“Even if it is entrenched in common usage, I’d like to think that a body like the ORC would show some leadership by using more inclusive language.”
Asked for a response, ORC chief executive Peter Bodeker told Stuff “The term ‘Gypsy Day’ might be still in common use within the farming community as a short-hand term for the mass movement of stock, but it has undertones that aren’t in tune with New Zealand society today”.
“ORC won’t be using the term in the future.” . . .
The Oxford dictionary defines Gypsy as travelling people traditionally living by itinerant trade and fortune telling but it adds that it is also applied informally to a nomadic or free-spirited person.
Language evolves and terms which were once offensive become acceptable, others which weren’t acceptable become offensive.
Gypsy Day hasn’t been used derogatively, it was just coined to describe the annual movement of people and stock.
However, DairyNZ now uses Mooving Day.
Company senior communications and engagement manager Lee Cowan said an informal move to change the name happened several years ago “as we felt it better reflected what actually happened on 1 June”.
“The origin of the term probably goes back to the days when the majority of farmers and sharemilkers walked their cows to the new farm rather than trucking them as they do now.
“This meant there were a lot of farmers and cows walking along the road on changeover day which got colloquially known as Gypsy Day,” Cowan said.
“In terms of the use of the term Gypsy Day; some farmers still use the term informally as this is the term they would have grown up with, but positively we are seeing greater uptake of the term ‘Mooving Day’, he said. . .
The antipathy to Gypsy Day could be described as political correctness or it could be accepted that language mooves with the times.
When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. – G.K. Chesterton who was born on this day in 1874.
363 Roman Emperor Julian defeated the Sassanid army in the Battle of Ctesiphon, under the walls of the Sassanid capital, but was unable to take the city.
1167 Battle of Monte Porzio – A Roman army supporting Pope Alexander III was defeated by Christian of Buch and Rainald of Dassel.
1176 Battle of Legnano: The Lombard League defeated Emperor Frederick I.
1630 Charles II of England was born (d. 1685).
1414 Council of Constance.
1660 English Restoration: Charles II (on his birthday) was restored to the throne of Great Britain.
1677 Treaty of Middle Plantation established peace between the Virginia colonists and the local Natives.
1727 Peter II became Tsar of Russia.
1733 The right of Canadians to keep Indian slaves was upheld.
1780 American Revolutionary War: At the Battle of Waxhaws Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton massacred Colonel Abraham Buford’s continentals.
1874 G. K. Chesterton, English novelist, was born (d. 1936).
1903 Bob Hope, British-born comedian and actor, was born (d. 2003).
1906 T.H. White, British author, was born (d. 1964).
1914 – Tenzing Norgay, Nepalese-Indian mountaineer, was born, (d. 1986).
1914 Ocean liner RMS Empress of Ireland sank in the Gulf of St. Lawrence with the loss of 1,024 lives.
1917 – John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, was born (d. 1963).
1919 The Republic of Prekmurje founded.
1924 AEK Athens FC was established on the anniversary of the siege ofConstantinople by the Turks.
1935 The Hoover Dam was completed.
1939 Albanian fascist leader Tefik Mborja is appointed as member of the Italian Chamber of Fasces and Corporations.
1940 The first flight of the F4U Corsair.
1941 Doug Scott, British mountaineer, was born.
1945 Gary Brooker, musician (Procol Harum), was born.
1945 First combat mission of the Consolidated B-32 Dominator heavy bomber.
1948 Creation of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation
1950 The St. Roch, the first ship to circumnavigate North America, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia .
1953 Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on Tenzing Norgay’s (adopted) 39th birthday.
1954 First of the annual Bilderberg conferences.
1959 Rupert Everett, English actor, was born.
1961 Melissa Etheridge, American musician, was born.
1963 Tracey E. Bregman, American actress, was born.
1967 Noel Gallagher, English musician (former Oasis), was born.
1969 General strike in Córdoba, Argentina, leading to the Cordobazo civil unrest.
1973 Tom Bradley was elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles.
1975 Melanie Brown, English musician and actress (Spice Girls), was born.
1978 Adam Rickitt, British actor, was born.
1982 – Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff to visit Canterbury Cathedral.
1985 – Heysel Stadium disaster: At the European Cup final in Brussels 39 football fans died and hundreds are injured when a dilapidated retaining wall collapses after Liverpool F.C. fans breached a fence separating them from Juventus F.C. fans.
1988 U.S. President Ronald Reagan began his first visit to the Soviet Union.
1990 The Russian parliament elected Boris Yeltsin president of the Russian SFSR.
1999 Olusegun Obasanjo took office as President of Nigeria, the first elected and civilian head of state in Nigeria after 16 years of military rule.
2001 U.S. Supreme Court ruled that disabled golfer Casey Martin could use a cart to ride in at tournaments.
2004 The National World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
2008 – A strong earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale struck Iceland near the town of Selfoss, injuring 30 people.
2012 – A 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit northern Italy near Bologna, killing at least 24 people.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.