Autophagy – consumption of the body’s own tissue as a metabolic process occurring in starvation and certain diseases; process of self-digestion by a cell through the action of enzymes originating within the same cell; destruction of damaged or redundant cellular components occurring in vacuoles within the cell; controlled digestion of damaged organelles within a cell; the eating of one’s own body; the nutrition of the body by its own tissues, as in dieting.
Tree planting plan lacks clarity – Neal Wallace:
The Government’s billion-tree planting programme lacks clarity with ministers delivering conflicting messages, Canterbury University expert Professor Euan Mason says.
Until there is consistency on the policy’s objective, definitive decisions cannot be made on where trees are planted, species, planting incentives and the economic and social impacts.
Regional Development Minister Shane Jones views the policy as regional economic development and carbon sequestering as part of climate change policy. . .
While most involved in New Zealand dairy farming are aware that around the globe nobody appears to be getting rich in the industry, some interesting figures have recently come out of Wisconsin.
It is the second largest American state for dairy production based upon cow numbers currently, and it is notable for the wrong reasons.
Between January 1st and August 31st this year 429 farms have closed down. This is likely to exceed the record year for closures of 2011 when 647 farms closed. While many of the closures are at the smaller end of the scale – less than 100 cows – an increasing number are larger and over 300 cows. The reasons given for the closures are the low returns and growing debts over successive years. . .
The red meat sector welcomes the ratification of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
New Zealand is now the fourth country to complete its domestic ratification process along with Mexico, Singapore, and Japan. The agreement requires at least six of the eleven member countries to ratify the agreement before it can come into force. Consequently, we strongly encourage the remaining member countries to do so before the end of this year. . .
Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says he was surprised by the attitude of some members of the Education and Workforce Select Committee when he spoke to the organisation’s submission on the Employment Relations (Triangular Relationships) Amendment Bill today.
“I thank National MP Nikki Kaye for calling out the comments about our submission from Labour MP Kieran McAnulty. We appeared in good faith to speak to our submission and were speechless when we were told we did not understand what the Bill proposes and then had to watch the MPs fight about it,” Chapman says. . .
The nursery and fruit-growing companies at the heart of the legal action against MPI over seized plants and plant material have been working hard to facilitate the rebuilding of the relationship between MPI and the USA-based Clean Plant Centre North West (CPCNW).
This facility has supplied New Zealand orchards and nurseries with new plant varieties for over 30 years and plays a critical role in the future of the New Zealand apple and stonefruit export industry. As part of MPI’s recent review and audit, accreditation of the facility was withdrawn. . .
Non-dairy ‘milks’? As a seasoned investigative food journalist, I wouldn’t touch them with a bargepole.
So I’m sorry to see that people are forking out more for them than dairy milk.
Coffee chains typically charge an extra fee if you want a latte made with an alt-milk – because we’ve been led to believe they’ll make us healthier, and that buying them is more virtuous.
Let’s look at how the vast majority of milk lookalikes are made. . .
It was a phone call that could have been difficult.
I was prepared for defensiveness, even anger.
Instead I got calm reason and good manners for which I’m very grateful.
It’s a year since the Labour-led (or, if you’re pandering to Winston Peters, the Labour-New Zealand First without mentioning the Green Party) – government was formed.
The sun is still rising in the east as it does regardless of who is in government just as most people’s day-to-day lives carry on regardless of the government.
But governments do stuff and what stands out about the first year of this one is that it’s done a very good job of spending money on people who don’t need it.
One of its first big spends was $2.8 billion for fee-free tertiary study, an expensive misdirection of education dollars to people, most of whom would have been studying anyway and who will go on to earn far more as a result of the qualifications they gain.
Another was the $60 a week payment to people who have babies. This is another scattergun approach that goes to everyone regardless of their circumstances which leaves less for those in genuine need.
The winter energy payment to beneficiaries, including superannuitants, was similarly misdirected. Requiring people to apply for it would have weeded out most of those who didn’t need help and making it less expensive to help those who do.
Then we have KiwiBuild – helping a few people on well above the average income buy a house while failing to address the underlying causes of the housing shortage.
Let’s not forget tax breaks for good looking horses and the regional slush fund.
And of course the plethora of working groups – the latest of which is charged with advising on whether to set up another:
Small business owners will be disappointed to hear that the Government’s Small Business Council is too busy to listen right now because it has been asked to advise on establishing a new working group, National’s Small Business spokesperson Jacqui Dean says.
“In a classic ‘Yes, Minister’ scenario, the Council has been tasked with advising Small Business Minister Stuart Nash on the establishment of a Small Business Institute, or to put it plainly, a working group will advise on whether to create another working group.
“The Council, which will also advise on its own future beyond June 2019, is one of more than 180 working groups hatched by a Government that came to office without having worked out its policies during nine years in Opposition. It prefers to use $135,000 of taxpayer money to pay for this working group.
“Not only that, but we haven’t heard anything from the Small Business Council since it was unveiled by Mr Nash two months ago. Mr Nash has also been silent, other than to tell us this week that he’s off to Australia to meet his counterparts.
“Small business owners might have thought a priority for this Government would be to listen to a group that makes up 97 per cent of all New Zealand firms and employs more than 600,000 Kiwis, given their confidence has slumped to a 10-year low. But that will have to wait. . .
It’s not only small businesses that are waiting.
One-year on we’re all still waiting for policies which will make a positive difference where it matters.
This government, whatever you call it, has been very good at rhetoric, very good at giving money to people who don’t need it and sadly very good at mistaking more spending for better spending.
The way to find a needle in a haystack is to sit down.” ―
306 Martyrdom of Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki.
1597 Imjin War: Admiral Yi Sun-sin routed the Japanese Navy of 300 ships with only 13 ships at the Battle of Myeongnyang.
1640 The Treaty of Ripon was signed, restoring peace between Scotland and Charles I of England.
1689 General Piccolomini of Austria burned down Skopje to prevent the spread of cholera. He died of cholera soon after.
1774 The first Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.
1775 King George III went before Parliament to declare the American colonies in rebellion, and authorised a military response to quell the American Revolution.
1776 Benjamin Franklin departed from America for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution.
1795 The French Directory, a five-man revolutionary government, was created.
1811 The Argentine government declared the freedom of expression for the press by decree.
1825 The Erie Canal opened – passage from Albany, New York to Lake Erie.
1859 The Royal Charter was wrecked on the coast of Anglesey, north Wales with 459 dead.
1861 The Pony Express officially ceased operations.
1865 Benjamin Guggenheim, American businessman, was born (d. 1912).
1869 – Washington Luís, Brazilian lawyer and politician, 13th President of Brazil, was born (d. 1957).
1873 – Thorvald Stauning, Danish union leader and politician, 24th Prime Minister of Denmark, was born (d. 1942).
1881 The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
1883 Napoleon Hill, American writer and philosopher, was born (d. 1970).
1902 – Beryl Markham, Kenyan horse trainer and author, was born (d. 1986).
1905 Norway became independent from Sweden.
1909 Itō Hirobumi, Resident-General of Korea, was shot to death by Korean independence supporter Ahn Jung-geun.
1911 – Sorley MacLean, Scottish poet and educator, was born (d. 1996).
1912 First Balkan War: The capital city of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, was unified with Greece on the feast day of its patron Saint Demetrius. Serbian troops captured Skopje.
1916 François Mitterrand, President of France, was born (d. 1996).
1917 Battle of Caporetto; Italy was defeated by the forces of Austria-Hungary and Germany. The young unknown Oberleutnant Erwin Rommelcaptured Mount Matajur with only 100 Germans against a force of over 7000 Italians.
1918 Erich Ludendorff, quartermaster-general of the Imperial German Army, was dismissed by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany for refusing to cooperate in peace negotiations.
1919 – Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, was born (d. 1980).
1920 – Sarah Lee Lippincott, American astronomer and academic, was born.
1921 The Chicago Theatre opened.
1928 – Francisco Solano López, Argentinian illustrator, was born (d. 2011).
1936 The first electric generator at Hoover Dam went into full operation.
1940 The P-51 Mustang made its maiden flight.
1942 The Women’s Jurors Act enabled women to sit on juries in New Zealand.
1943 World War II: First flight of the Dornier Do 335 “Pfeil”.
1944 World War II: The Battle of Leyte Gulf ended with an overwhelming American victory.
1947 Hillary Rodham Clinton, 67th United States Secretary of State, was born.
1948 Killer smog settled into Donora, Pennsylvania.
1955 After the last Allied troops left the country and following the provisions of the Austrian Independence Treaty, Austria declared permanent neutrality.
1955 – Ngô Đình Diệm declared himself Premier of South Vietnam.
1958 Pan American Airways made the first commercial flight of the Boeing 707 from New York City to Paris, France.
1959 The world saw the far side of the Moon for the first time.
1964 Eric Edgar Cooke became last person in Western Australia to be executed.
1965 – Ken Rutherford, New Zealand cricketer, was born.
1977 The last natural case of smallpox was discovered in Merca district, Somalia. The WHO and the CDC consider this date the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox, the most spectacular success of vaccination.
1979 Park Chung-hee, President of South Korea was assassinated by KCIA head Kim Jae-kyu. Choi Kyu-ha becomes the acting President.
1984 ”Baby Fae” received a heart transplant from a baboon.
1985 The Australian government returns ownership of Uluru to the local Pitjantjatjara Aborigines.
1994 Jordan and Israel signed a peace treaty
1995 Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Mossad agents assassinated Islamic Jihad leader Fathi Shikaki.
1999 Britain’s House of Lords voted to end the right of hereditary peersto vote in Britain’s upper chamber of Parliament.
2000 Laurent Gbagbo took over as president of Côte d’Ivoire following a popular uprising against President Robert Guéï.
2002 Moscow Theatre Siege: Around 50 Chechen terrorists and 150 hostages die when Russian Spetsnaz stormed a theatre building in Moscow, which had been occupied by the terrorists three days before.
2003 The Cedar Fire, the second-largest fire in California history, killed 15 people, consumed 250,000 acres (1,000 km²), and destroyed 2,200 homes around San Diego.
2014 – Britain withdrew from Afghanistan after the end of Operation Herrick which started on June 20, 2002 after 12 years four months and seven days.
2015 – A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck in the Hindu Kush mountain range in northeastern Afghanistan, killing 398 people and leaving 2,536 people injured.
2016 – – An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 struck central Italy.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.