Discursive – digressing from subject to subject; moving from topic to topic without order : rambling; passing aimlessly from one subject to another; relating to discourse or modes of discourse; proceeding by reasoning or argument rather than intuition.
• Net rural confidence has jumped up in the second rural confidence survey of 2017 and is now at the highest level recorded since the survey commenced in early 2003.
• Farmers across all agricultural sectors were more positive about the outlook for the agricultural economy with the majority citing improved commodity prices as a key reason for increased optimism.
• The number of farmers expecting their own business performance to improve was also up in comparison with the last survey with over half of farmers expecting an improvement in the coming 12 months. . .
Cannabis more often detected in workers than any other drug – Maureen Bishop:
Cannabis is still the most common drug ”by a country mile” found when staff are tested, farmers attending a workshop in Ashburton last week heard.
Therese Gibbens, general manager of the Canterbury West Coast area for The Drug Detection Agency, said 80% of positive drug results from tests carried out by the company in Canterbury detected cannabis.
This was followed by opiates, amphetamines and methamphetamine.
She had tips for farmers about policies, detection and managing the risks of staff affected by drugs or alcohol, backed up by statistics and experience. . .
Trade Minister Todd McClay says he believes the time is right to launch trade talks with Mexico, Chile, Peru and Colombia as part of the Government’s push for better access in Latin America.
Mr McClay leaves tomorrow to attend the Pacific Alliance Leaders Summit where a trade deal will be top of his agenda.
“We’ve been talking to the four Pacific Alliance countries about better access for Kiwi exporters for the last two years. With direct flights to South America there is increasing opportunity for New Zealanders to do more in these growing markets,” Mr McClay says. . .
Associate Minister of Transport Tim Macindoe welcomes a new high tech warning system, which will help to improve road safety, has been installed on State Highway 1 in the Waitaki District.
The new Rural Intersection Active Warning System at the turnoff to Moeraki Boulders, off State Highway 1, is now operational and the variable speed limit is now legally enforceable.
“The new warning system is able to detect vehicles approaching the right turning bay at Moeraki Boulders Road and vehicles waiting to turn back on to the highway, and automatically adjusts the speed limit in the area to 70km/h to allow the approaching car to merge safely with oncoming traffic,” says Mr Macindoe.
The 70km/h variable speed limit will apply 170 metres either side of the SH1/Moeraki Boulders Road. . .
MPI’s Penny Timmer-Arends has attended many field days and workshops to discuss the new bobby calf regulations with those affected across the supply chain.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is asking farmers to be ready for new bobby calf regulations coming in this season.
“The new requirements for bobby calf shelter and loading come in to play on 1 August and we want to make sure everyone is well aware and prepared,” says Paul Dansted, MPI’s Director Animal and Animal Products.
“Calves need to be provided with shelter that keeps them warm and dry, and loading facilities that allow them to walk onto trucks.” . .
New Zealand’s largest poultry producer, Tegel Group Holdings Limited , today reported its FY2017 results for the 53 weeks ended 30 April 2017. The Company reported Net Profit After Tax (NPAT) of $34.2 million. This was $22.9 million higher than the prior year mainly as a result of a change in capital structure following listing. Underlying EBITDA was $75.6 million, 0.8% ahead of FY2016. Both NPAT and underlying EBITDA were within the Company’s revised guidance range issued in December 2016. . .
Forest & Bird has awarded the outgoing Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment an ‘Old Blue’ for her significant contribution to New Zealand’s environment and wildlife.
“Over ten years, Dr Jan Wright’s insightful reports have illuminated complex environmental subjects and in many cases fundamentally improved public appreciation of those issues,” says Forest & Bird Chief Executive Kevin Hague. . .
More than half of Kiwis say they are eating less meat, and a quarter expect to be mostly meat-free by 2025, as they focus on their health and budget according to the results of a new survey.
It seems the days of a nightly meal of meat and two veg may soon be behind us too, with one in five of those surveyed (21%) saying they choose to have a meat-free dinner for more than half of the week. . .
Labour is still planning to pick on farmers:
Labour has vowed to charge a royalty on the use of water for farming.
At last week’s Federated Farmers annual conference, party leader Andrew Little appeared to change stance on its election policy held since 2011, which was to charge a resource rental on farmers who use water for irrigation and discharge too many nutrients.
After Little had delivered his speech to the conference, Feds environment spokesman Chris Allen praised him for saying farmers and politicians were “all in this together.”
“I’d like to congratulate you on your environmental policy where you’ve abandoned the idea of resource rentals. It’s not mentioned but I imagine you have actually abandoned it,” Allen said.
In response Little replied: “If you’re talking about the old water policy, yeah that’s not our policy. And we’re not standing on that and you shouldn’t expect to see that.”
On Sunday Labour clarified its position. Little said in a statement that cleaning up rivers so that they were clean enough to swim in was the most important freshwater issue for the election, but it was also fair that a royalty should be charged where public water was used in large quantities for private gain.
“It was reported following my speech to Federated Farmers last week that Labour has abandoned its policy of charging a royalty on farming uses of water. We haven’t.”
“At the conclusion of my speech I was asked about resource rentals which I thought was a reference to our NZ Power policy of 2014. I replied that we were not continuing with that policy. I confirmed we would impose a levy on bottled water. This was in addition to our focus on water quality, which I had already spoken about.
The idea of charging a royalty on bottled water will be popular.
On the face of it, it’s like royalties on gold or oil. But minerals aren’t used by everyone the way water is and imposing a royalty for some users but not all might be problematic.
“The message of my speech was that we will work with farmers on regulatory change and that there is urgency to act on environmental quality and climate change. We remain committed to setting a resource rental for large water take for irrigation at a fair and affordable price,” Little said. . . .
Why pick on farmers?
What’s the difference between farming and other businesses which use water?
Councils use huge amounts of water which is ultimately for private benefit.
Why is using water to produce food and earn export income less of a public good than using water to process food or any other goods, drink, bathe or shower, wash cars, fill swimming pools or any of the myriad of other uses to which town and city water supplies are put?
If improving water quality is the aim, why not target storm water and other urban contaminants too?
Most farmers have put a considerable amount of effort and money into ensuring they are minimising their environmental footprints which includes cleaning up waterways degraded by poor practices in the past and ensuring they’re doing all they can to protect and enhance them.
Some still aren’t up to standard and water policy should focus on those who aren’t doing the right thing, not make the good pay because some are still bad.
Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can. – John Wesley who was born on this day in 1703.
1098 Fighters of the First Crusade defeated Kerbogha of Mosul.
1389 Ottomans defeated Serbian army in the bloody Battle of Kosovo, opening the way for the Ottoman conquest of Southeastern Europe.
1491 Henry VIII was born (d. 1547).
1519 Charles V elected emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
1577 Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish painter, was born (d. 1640).
1635 Guadeloupe became a French colony.
1651 Battle of Beresteczko between Poles and Ukrainians started.
1703 John Wesley, English founder of Methodism, was born (d. 1791).
1712 Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Swiss philosopher, was born (d. 1778).
1776 American Revolutionary War: Carolina Day – commemorates the defense of Fort Moultrie during the Battle of Sullivan’s Island.
1776 American Revolutionary War: Thomas Hickey, Continental Army private and bodyguard to General George Washington, was hanged for mutiny and sedition.
1778 – American Revolutionary War: Battle of Monmouth fought between the American Continental Army under George Washington and the British Army led by Sir Henry Clinton.
1807 Second British invasion of the Río de la Plata; John Whitelock landed at Ensenada on an attempt to recapture Buenos Aires and was defeated by the fierce resistance of the locals.
1838 The coronation of Queen Victoria.
1841 The Théâtre de l’Académie Royale de Musique in Paris premiered the ballet Giselle.
1859 First conformation dog show is held in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
1865 The Army of the Potomac was disbanded.
1880 Ned Kelly the Australian bushranger was captured at Glenrowan.
1881 Secret treaty between Austria and Serbia.
1882 Anglo-French Convention of 1882 signed marking territorial boundaries between Guinea and Sierra Leone.
1895 El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua formed the Central American Union.
1896 An explosion in the Newton Coal Company’s Twin Shaft Mine in Pittston City, resulted in a massive cave-in that killed 58 miners.
1902 Richard Rodgers, American composer, was born (d. 1979).
1902 The U.S. Congress passed the Spooner Act, authorising President Theodore Roosevelt to acquire rights from Colombia for the Panama Canal.
1904 The SS Norge ran aground and sank.
1909 Eric Ambler, English writer, was born (d. 1998).
1914 Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria and his wife Sophie were assassinated in Sarajevo by young Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip, the casus belli of World War I.
1919 The Treaty of Versailles was signed in Paris, formally ending World War I between Belgium, Britain, France, Italy, the United States and allies on the one side and Germany and Austria Hungary on the other side.
1926 Mel Brooks, American filmmaker, was born.
1928 Harold Evans, English journalist and writer; editor of The Sunday Times, was born.
1934 – Bette Greene, American journalist and author, was born.
1936 The Japanese puppet state of Mengjiang was formed in northern China.
1940 Romania ceded Bessarabia (current-day Moldova) to the Soviet Union.
1948 Cominform circulated the “Resolution on the situation in the Communist Party of Yugoslavia”; Yugoslavia was expelled from the Communist bloc.
1948 – Deborah Moggach, English author and screenwriter, was born.
1948 Boxer Dick Turpin beat Vince Hawkins to become the first black British boxing champion in the modern era.
1950 Seoul was captured by troops from North Korea.
1951 – Lalla Ward, English actress and author, was born.
1954 A. A. Gill, British writer and columnist, was born.
1956 Protests and demonstrations in Poznań.
1964 – Bernie McCahill, All Black, was born.
1964 Malcom X formed the Organization of Afro-American Unity.
1967 Israel annexed East Jerusalem.
1969 Stonewall riots began in New York City.
1971 Louise Bagshawe, British novelist and politician, was born.
1973 HMNZS Otago sailed for the Mururoa nuclear test zone.
1973 Elections were held for the Northern Ireland Assembly, which led to power-sharing between unionists and nationalists in Northern Ireland for the first time.
1976 The Angolan court sentenced US and UK mercenaries to death sentences and prison terms in the Luanda Trial.
1978 The United States Supreme Court, in Regents of the University of California v. Bakke barred quota systems in college admissions.
1981 A powerful bomb exploded in Tehran, killing 73 officials of Islamic Republic Party.
1983 The Mianus River Bridge collapsed killing 3 drivers in their vehicles.
1990 Paperback Software International Ltd. found guilty by a U.S. court of copyright violation for copying the appearance and menu system of Lotus 1-2-3 in its competing spreadsheet program.
1992 The Constitution of Estonia was signed into law.
1994 Members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult released sarin gas attack at Matsumoto, 7 persons killed, 660 injured.
1996 The Constitution of Ukraine was signed into law.
2004 Sovereign power was handed to the interim government of Iraq by the Coalition Provisional Authority, ending the U.S.-led rule of that nation.
2005 War in Afghanistan: Three U.S. Navy SEALs and 16 American Special Operations Forces soldiers were killed during Operation Red Wing, a failed counter-insurgent mission in Kunar province.
2009 – Honduran president Manuel Zelaya was ousted by a local military coup following a failed request to hold a referendum to rewrite the Honduran Constitution. This was the start of the 2009 Honduran political crisis.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia