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Miraka farmers lift milk quality – Peter Burke:
An incentive scheme to get suppliers to the Taupo-based Miraka dairy company to produce better quality milk and adopt best-practice systems is producing stunning results.
That’s the view of Miraka’s milk supply manager, Grant Jackson, who says only four of the company’s suppliers are not in the scheme, though they will be when they sign up to new supply contracts by the end of the year. . .
Could NZ ag be the Intel of clean meat? – St John Craner:
At its peak Intel was in the top 6 of the world’s most valued brands and installed in over 90% of PCs. It became so strong IBM saw it as a threat to its own brand but then came back only a year later after it lost significant sales to competitors Compaq and Dell.
When clean meat is getting a lot of press and billionaire directors James Cameron and Peter Jackson are getting into plant protein as well, NZ Ag would be foolish to ignore it. So could NZ Ag be the Intel inside, or ingredient brand, of clean meat?
Ingredient branding is defined as: “A symbiotic relationship that provides tangible benefits for both host brand and ingredient brand”. We don’t need to look far for proof of concept: Gore-tex, Lycra, Teflon, Bose, Visa, Dolby, Technicolor, Shimano, Pininfarina and of course Intel have been successfully deployed as ingredient brands helping host brands command a greater premium. . .
Riparian planting wisdom to be scientifically tested – Charlie Dreaver:
For decades farmers and community groups have planted trees and other plants alongside rivers to improve waterways, but the extent of riparian buffers and whether they’re working is still not known.
NIWA and Dairy NZ now want anyone who has planted along stream banks to formally record their work, to form a new national riparian database.
Riparian buffers are made up of plants which filter out sediment and faecal pathogens from waterways, stabilise stream banks and enhance biodiversity. . .
Venison products win award – Sally Rae:
When Chris Thorn headed to Europe on his OE in his teens, he fell in love – with meat.
Despite not being a butcher, he has turned that passion into a business that has received national recognition.
Based in the small northern Southland town of Lumsden, Mr Thorn and his wife, Sally, run a small factory, churning out wild venison salami that is dispatched throughout the country.
Recently, their business, Gathered Game, won the artisan award for its premium wild venison salami and deer sticks in the New Zealand Food Awards. . .
NZ wool yoga mat ready for launch – Sally Rae:
Dana McKenzie always felt it was somewhat of an oxymoron to be practising yoga on a ”stinky” PVC mat.
So, armed with a passion for wool – and a desire to find a use for it – the Romanian-born entrepreneur decided to do something about it.
This weekend, Mrs McKenzie has been at OM Yoga in London, the biggest yoga gathering in Europe, to launch wool mats to thousands of yoga enthusiasts.
Speaking to the Otago Daily Times, having just set up her stall, Mrs McKenzie said it had been a ”big dream in the making” and she was thrilled to be there. . .
Loss of fertile land fuels ‘looming crisis’ in Africa – Jeffrey Gettleman:
LAIKIPIA, Kenya — The two elders, wearing weather-beaten cowboy hats with the strings cinched under their chins, stood at the edge of an empty farm, covering their mouths in disbelief.
Their homes — neat wooden cabins — had been smashed open. All their cattle had been stolen. So had their chickens. House after house stood vacant, without another soul around. It was as if some huge force had barreled into the village and swept away all the life.
Sioyia Lesinko Lekisio, one of the elders, had no doubts who did this. Swarms of herders from another county had invaded, attacking any farm or cattle ranch in their path, big or small, stealing livestock, ransacking homes and shooting people with high-powered assault rifles. . .
Winston Peters used his speech announcing who he would anoint as Prime Minister to give a lament about how dismal the outlook is.
We in New Zealand First believe that an economic correction, or a slowdown, is looming, and that the first signs are already here:
– In the housing market slowdown
– In Reserve Bank and trading banks nervousness
– In the cessation of hot money into our economy
– In property ownership concerns
– In receding consumer optimism, and
– In ebbing retailer confidence
There were great risks in whatever decision we made and despite our having had no influence on these risks, some will attempt to heap the blame on us.
That those blame caricatures are both spurious and misplaced, won’t stop attempts to misdescribe the cause of events.
That’s why we are putting this scenario out front, right now, so that such attempts will fail.
No-one can blame Peters and his party for events beyond their control. But now they’re in government we can hold them responsible for how they prepare for and react to them.
It won’t be ‘misdescribing’ at all to blame him and the government he’s part if they don’t take a prudent approach to preparing for a gathering storm.
National inherited a projected decade of deficits when it came to power in 2008.
New Zealand was already in recession and then the global financial crisis hit.
It then faced other natural and financial challenges including earthquakes, droughts and a dairy downturn.
No matter what was thrown at them, Prime Minister John Key and his deputy and Finance Minister Bill English projected calmness and confidence. They promised to protect the most vulnerable and were open about making tough decisions.
Thanks to their efforts, and of course all those of the individuals and businesses who contributed to economic growth, the incoming government has inherited a far sounder financial base and outlook.
Peters by sorry contrast has failed his first confidence test with his gloom and doom but don’t-blame-us speech.
This is reflected in a reader survey by the NBR.
Asked if they expected their businesses to thrive, survive or nosedive, 50% opted for survival with 35% picking nosedive and only 15% picking thrive.
That’s not a scientific survey but businesses need confidence to take the risks to invest and Peters has given them none.
Identity politics are wearisome; you don’t want to go on speaking for any one group as a writer. – Emma Donoghue who celebrates her 48th birthday today.
69 Second Battle of Bedriacum, forces under Antonius Primus, the commander of the Danube armies, loyal to Vespasian, defeated the forces of Emperor Vitellius.
1147 After a siege of 4 months crusader knights led by Afonso Henriques, reconquered Lisbon.
1260 The Cathedral of Chartres was dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX of France.
1360 The Treaty of Brétigny was ratified at Calais, marking the end of the first phase of the Hundred Years’ War.
1648 The Peace of Westphalia was signed, marking the end of the Thirty Years’ War.
1795 Partitions of Poland: The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was completely divided among Austria, Prussia, and Russia.
1812 Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Maloyaroslavets.
1830 – Marianne North, English naturalist and flower painter was born (d. 1890).
1838 – Annie Edson Taylor, American adventuress was born (d. 1921).
1840 – Eliza Pollock, American archer (d. 1919).
1857 Sheffield F.C., the world’s first football club, was founded.
1861 The First Transcontinental Telegraph line across the United States was completed, spelling the end for the 18-month-old Pony Express.
1882 Dame Sybil Thorndike, British actress, was born (d. 1976).
1885 – Alice Perry, Irish engineer and poet, was born (d. 1969).
1892 Goodison Park, the world’s first association football specific stadium was opened.
1911 Orville Wright remained in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in aWright Glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.
1912 First Balkan War: The Battle of Kumanovo concluded with the Serbian victory.
1913 Violent clashes between unionised waterside workers and non-union labour erupted two days after Wellington watersiders held a stopwork meeting in support of a small group of striking shipwrights.
1917 Battle of Caporetto; Italy was defeated by the forces of Austria-Hungary and Germany. (Also called Twelfth Battle of the Isonzo).
1917 The day of the October revolution, The Red Revolution.
1919 South Island explorer Donald Sutherland died.
1926 Harry Houdini‘s last performance.
1929 ”Black Thursday” stock market crash on the New York Stock Exchange.
1931 The George Washington Bridge opened to traffic.
1932 – Stephen Covey, American author and educator (d. 2012).
1936 Bill Wyman, English musician (The Rolling Stones), was born.
1940 – Martin Campbell, New Zealand director and producer, was born.
1944 The Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku, and the battleship Musashi were sunk in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
1945 Founding of the United Nations.
1946 A camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket took the first photograph of earth from outer space.
1949 – Keith Rowley, Trinidadian volcanologist and politician, 7th Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, was born.
1954 – Malcolm Turnbull, Australian journalist and politician, 29th Prime Minister of Australia, was born.
1954 Dwight D. Eisenhower pledged United States support to South Vietnam.
1957 The USAF started the X-20 Dyna-Soar programme.
1960 Nedelin catastrophe: An R-16 ballistic missile exploded on the launch pad at the Soviet Union’s Baikonur Cosmodrome space facility, killing over 100.
1964 Northern Rhodesia gained independence and became the Republic of Zambia.
1969 – Emma Donoghue, Irish-Canadian author, was born.
1973 Jeff Wilson, New Zealand rugby player and cricketer, was born.
1973 Yom Kippur War ended.
1980 Government of Poland legalised Solidarity trade union.
1986 Nezar Hindawi was sentenced to 45 years in prison, the longest sentence handed down by a British court, for the attempted bombing on an El Al flight at Heathrow.
1998 Launch of Deep Space 1 comet/asteroid mission.
2005 Hurricane Wilma made landfall in Florida resulting in 35 direct 26 indirect fatalities and causing $20.6B USD in damage.
2006 Justice Rutherford of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice struck down the “motive clause”, an important part of the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act.
2008 ”Bloody Friday“: many of the world’s stock exchanges experienced the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices.
2009 First International Day of Climate Action, organised with 350.org, a global campaign to address a claimed global warming crisis.
2014 – The China National Space Administration launched an experimental lunar mission, Chang’e 5-T1, which looped behind the Moon and returned to Earth.
2015 – A driver, arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), crashed into the Oklahoma State Homecoming parade in Stillwater, Oklahoma, killing four people and injuring 34.
Sourced from NZ History Online, Te Ara Encyclopedia of NZ, & Wikipedia.