Syncretism – the amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought or philosophies; combining of different beliefs, while blending practices of various schools of thought; the merging of different inflectional varieties of a word during the development of a language.
It’s still World Milk Day in other parts of the world.
Wherever it comes from it’s good for us:
National’s support ends if methane targets don’t change – Simon Edwards:
National will not support the Zero Carbon Bill passing into law if “ridiculous” methane targets are not wound back, the party’s climate change spokesperson Todd Muller said.
“I totally reject the view that when there is no ability to mitigate (methane emissions), you just push on regardless,” he told the Federated Farmers Taranaki agm in Stratford on May 24.
Farmers had some tough questions for him on why National had supported the bill in its first reading. Muller said he achieved “about eight of the ten things I wanted” in terms of the framework for a new Climate Change Commission, and it was “better to be in there wrestling for something sensible” than throwing rocks from the outside . .
Pig catastrophe in China opens opportunities for NZ meat exporters – Point of Order:
Many New Zealanders may be unaware that China, home to half the world’s pigs, is suffering a catastrophic outbreak of African swine fever. According to one authoritative estimate, the disease may have wiped out one-third of the population of 500m pigs.
The London “Economist” says that for as long as it takes China’s pig industry to recover —which may be years—farmers elsewhere may have cause to celebrate. Yet foreign producers cannot make up the vast amount of production which will be lost —and American pig farmers have tariffs imposed on them as part of the ongoing trade war with China.
So, as Point of Order sees it, a big opportunity is opened for NZ food producers, particularly meat exporters, to be diverting as much of their product as they can to China. . .
The value of meaningful protest – Gavin Forrest:
I value the right to protest. Without protest and people standing up for a better society or against threats to their current way of life many of my friends would not be able to exist in the way they do today.
Farming wouldn’t be the way it is today if it were not for the actions of those who came before us.
While still in shock farmers protested in the streets of Wellington against a background of having subsides ripped from them with little to no consultation and at breakneck speed in the 1980s. . .
Woman makes history at dog trial championships – Sally Rae:
Sheer grit helped former Otago woman Steph Tweed make history as the first woman to win a New Zealand dog trial championship.
Miss Tweed (27) won both the North Island and New Zealand championship straight hunt at the New Zealand championships in Northland this week with Grit, whom she describes as a “once-in-a-lifetime” dog.
It was an all-male final, apart from Miss Tweed, who topped the first round with 97 points to clinch the North Island title, and then won the run-off with 95.5 points to secure the national title. . .
Woman working in the meat industry have gathered for an inaugural meeting of the New Zealand chapter of Meat Business Women (MBW) in Napier this week, to outline their vision for a positive future for the sector.
Ashley Gray, General Manager of Beef + Lamb New Zealand and Chair of MBW New Zealand has been instrumental in launching the professional networking initiative here in Aotearoa and says there is plenty the group can achieve once underway.
“Once I began on this journey, the interactions I had with women working in the supply chain, were for me – revolutionary. Women in our sector are incredibly passionate. They are forward thinkers, conversation starters, game changers, shakers and movers and I believe, collectively, have a huge role to play in shaping how the meat industry is perceived and operates in years to come. . .
The College of Midwives is calling on health officials and the Minister to urgently address the shortage of midwives and facilities in the Southland DHB region.
The College’s Chief Executive, Alison Eddy, says contrary to the DHB CEO, an ambulance is not an entirely appropriate place to have a baby – something that happened earlier this week between Lumsden and Invercargill.
“I’m not going to repeat the issues related to having a baby on the side of a road in an ambulance however this is something that underlines significant ongoing issues in this area of New Zealand,” she says. . .
Lewis Road Creamery today launched a new range of milk sourced solely from Jersey cows, as it unveiled the first single-breed standard milk to go on sale in supermarkets nationwide.
“The Jersey cow is rightly famous for her milk. It is richer, creamier, with higher butterfat and a more velvety texture,“ said Peter Cullinane. “A single-breed milk really lets those qualities shine.”
Mr Cullinane said as a dairy producing nation, New Zealanders deserved to have access to the best possible drinking milk, free from PKE and permeate. . .
Horticulture New Zealand’s Board welcomes re-elected directors Barry O’Neil and Hugh Ritchie, as well as new director Kathryn de Bruin, after four candidates contested three vacant Director roles.
Kathryn de Bruin joins the Board with a wealth of experience in the vegetable sector. Based in Dargaville, she splits her time between an accountancy practice focused on the primary sector, and growing 40ha of kumara with her husband Andre.
Katikati kiwifruit grower and Chair of Tomatoes NZ, Barry O’Neil offered himself for re-election, and has served as Board President since the departure of former President Julian Raine at the end of last year. . .
Sunday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.
Some things must be said, and there are times when silence becomes an accomplice to injustice – Ayaan Hirsi Ali
455 The Vandals entered Rome, and plundered the city for two weeks.
1098 First Crusade: The first Siege of Antioch ended as Crusader forces took the city.
1615 First Récollet missionaries arrived at Quebec City.
1692 Bridget Bishop was the first person to go to trial in the Salem witch trials.
1740 Marquis de Sade, French author, was born (d. 1814).
1763 Pontiac’s Rebellion: Chippewas captured Fort Michilimackinac by diverting the garrison’s attention with a game of lacrosse, then chasing a ball into the fort.
1774 William Lawson, explorer of New South Wales, was born (d. 1850).
1774 The Quartering Act was enacted, allowing a governor in colonial America to house British soldiers in uninhabited houses, outhouses, barns, or other buildings if suitable quarters are not provided.
1780 The Derby horse race was held for the first time.
1793 Jean-Paul Marat recited the names of 29 people to the French National Convention, almost all of whom were guillotined.
1835 P. T. Barnum and his circus started their first tour of the United States.
1840 Thomas Hardy, English writer, was born (d. 1928).
1848 The Slavic congress in Prague began.
1855 The Portland Rum Riot took place.
1857 Edward Elgar, English composer, was born (d. 1934).
1876 Hristo Botev, a national revolutionary of Bulgaria, was killed in Stara Planina.
1886 U.S. President Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom in the White House, becoming the only president to wed in the executive mansion.
1907 Dorothy West, American writer, was born (d. 1998).
1909 Alfred Deakin became Prime Minister of Australia for the third time.
1913 Barbara Pym, English novelist, was born (d. 1980).
1917 The Wairuna, a steamer en route from Auckland to San Francisco, was captured by the German raider Wolf and then sunk near the Kermadec Islands.
1918 Kathryn Tucker Windham, American writer and storyteller, was born (d. 2011).
1924 U.S. President Calvin Coolidge signed the Indian Citizenship Act into law, granting citizenship to all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the United States.
1935 Carol Shields, American-born novelist, was born (d. 2003).
1940 King Constantine II of Greece, was born.
1941 Charlie Watts, English musician (The Rolling Stones), was born.
1941 William Guest, American singer (Gladys Knight & the Pips), was born.
1941 World War II: German paratoopers murdered Greek civilians in the village of Kondomari.
1946 In a referendum, Italians voted to turn Italy from a monarchy into a Republic.
1953 Keith Allen, Welsh comedian, actor, singer and writer, was born.
1955 The USSR and Yugoslavia signed the Belgrade declaration and thus normalize relations between both countries, discontinued since 1948.
1960 Tony Hadley, English singer (Spandau Ballet), was born.
1965 – Mark Waugh, Australian cricketer, was born.
1965 – Steve Waugh, Australian cricketer, was born.
1967 Protests in West Berlin against the arrival of the Shah of Iran turn into riots, during which Benno Ohnesorg is killed by a police officer. His death results in the founding of the terrorist group Movement 2 June.
1970 – Motor racing driver Bruce McLaren was killed.
1979 Pope John Paul II visited his native Poland, becoming the first Pope to visit a Communist country.
1988 Sergio Agüero, Argentinian footballer, was born.
1990 The Lower Ohio Valley tornado outbreak spawned 66 confirmed tornadoes in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, killing 12.
1992 In a national referendum Denmark rejected the Maastricht Treatyby a thin margin.
1995 United States Air Force Captain Scott O’Grady‘s F-16 was shot down over Bosnia while patrolling the NATO no-fly zone.
1999 The Bhutan Broadcasting Service brought television transmissions to the Kingdom for the first time.
2003 The European Space Agency’s Mars Express probe launched from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan.
2004 Ken Jennings began his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy!
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia