Last updated 12:00 25/02/2014
Palmerston North’s voice will be added to calls for New Zealanders to be told what is in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, amid fears it will allow multi-national companies to bully local and national governments.
The city council yesterday received a deputation led by Sue Pugmire and Warwick Smith asking for it to urge Prime Minister John Key to drop the veil of secrecy surrounding the agreement.
Mr Smith said the agreement went well beyond a normal trade deal.
Last updated 20:01 23/02/2014
A second tornado has swept through Amberley in North Canterbury, damaging homes, felling trees and bring down power lines.
Amberley resident Leanne McTear was on her doorstep when the tornado struck her home, ripping the roof off and hurling it across the road.
“Everything went dark and there was just black dust and smoke whirling around,” she said.
“There was a horrendous noise and I was waiting for the ground to move. It was really noisy and I didn’t know what was going on. I saw bricks on the front lawn and Pink Batts everywhere. At the moment I am quite numb.”
Weather enthusiast and stormchaser Stephen Burrows said he saw a tornado near Amberley and a house near State Highway 1 had its roof ripped off.
“The roof has been completely stripped off. The roof was on the other side of the road,” he said.
North Asia correspondent Matthew Carney and staff
Updated Tue 25 Feb 2014, 6:59pm AEDT
Hundreds of Japanese people will soon be allowed to return to their homes, two years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster forced them to leave.
A 20 kilometre exclusion zone was declared around the nuclear plant after an earthquake and tsunami triggered a reactor meltdown in March 2011.
From April 1, 350 people from Tamura city will be allowed to head back to their homes permanently, according to Japan’s Reconstruction Agency.
Over the next two years, up to 30,000 people will be allowed to return to their homes in the original exclusion zone, thrown up in a bid to protect people from the harmful effects of leaking radiation.
Officials say once the evacuation order is lifted, people will be free to choose whether or not to return home.
Those who return home will continue to receive compensation for property and job loss, but will no longer receive the $US980 a month payment for emotional stress.
28 January 2014
NZ and Ethiopia sign food security agreement
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and his Ethiopian counterpart, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, have signed an arrangement to improve agricultural cooperation and food security.
The Food Security Cooperation Arrangement was signed following a meeting of the African Union Executive Council in Addis Ababa yesterday.
The arrangement will provide a government-to-government framework to encourage commercial partnerships between New Zealand and Ethiopian agricultural interests.
“Africa is of increasing interest and importance to New Zealand, as evidenced last year when we made the decision to open a diplomatic post in Addis Ababa,” Mr McCully says.
“Ethiopia has one of the largest populations in Africa, some 91 million people, a fast growing economy and is situated close to key markets in the Gulf.
18 February 2014
G8 New Alliance condemned as new wave of colonialism in Africa
Critics say landmark initiative to boost agriculture and relieve poverty favours big business to the detriment of small farmers
• Interactive: what promises have been made and where?
Claire Provost, Liz Ford and Mark Tran
A landmark G8 initiative to boost agriculture and relieve poverty has been damned as a new form of colonialism after African governments agreed to change seed, land and tax laws to favour private investors over small farmers.
Ten countries made more than 200 policy commitments, including changes to laws and regulations after giant agribusinesses were granted unprecedented access to decision-makers over the past two years.
The pledges will make it easier for companies to do business in Africa through the easing of export controls and tax laws, and through governments ringfencing huge chunks of land for investment.
The Demise of Christchurch
Submitted on 2014/02/21 at 2:36 PM
Councils in NZ are increasingly infected with Agenda 21 thinking and pressure.
The UN sponsored organisation ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) has penetrated our local government (including Auckland Council, Dunedin City Council, Kapiti Coast District Council, Palmerston North City Council and formerly Christchurch and Hamilton Councils), and our National government has succumbed to Agenda 21 in its legislation and education curriculum.
This real danger which comes from the United Nations and UN Agenda 21, is also the parent of AGW.
Is the UN a dangerous and malignant bureaucracy? My research points to this.
There is no conspiracy as everything is clearly described and published on official websites etc. All we need to do is read it!
Here is an example on Agenda 21 policy on land.
See my highlights in red on page 8
No wonder property rights are being abused in Christchurch under the guise of an earthquake recovery.
Ever consider the Agenda 21 wetlands policy. It works like this. 1. Persuade a farmer to part with a swampy area of his farm and label it a ‘wetlands restoration’. 2. Do nothing and let the wetland ‘recover’ which means the original drainage will block and the wetland/swamp will spread further onto the farmer’s land. 3. If the farmer in desperation clears the drainage problem then fine or gaol him. 4. Observing that there are now further spreading swamps ‘wetlands’ encroaching on said farmers land, well take that land off him too.
Note that this guy once owned the land in question, it is not mentioned how it was transferred to the government. Also willows are mentioned. Willows are not natural in New Zealand and used to be regarded as pests because they block waterways.
In NZ, maybe more than 50% of farms are comprised of more than 90% drained swamp.
Check out the warped thinking on page 12. Re: educating men or women!
My blog has more real life examples!
Please visit both posts.
By Paul Armentano
Mon Dec 23, 2013
2013 will go down on record as one of the most significant years in the history of marijuana law reform. Here’s why:
5. Record number of statewide marijuana reform bills enacted into law
2013 was the busiest legislative season ever for marijuana law reform. Lawmakers in dozens of states debated measures to liberalize state cannabis laws, with lawmakers in nearly a dozen states introducing proposals to legalize the plant outright. In all, some 20 marijuana law reform measures were enacted in 2013 in a dozen states. Of particular note, lawmakers in Colorado and Vermont enacted legislation licensing commercial hemp production, Illinois and New Hampshire legalized the use and distribution of marijuana for medical purposes, Oregon and Nevada okayed regulations allowing for the establishment of medical cannabis distribution facilities, and Oregon and Vermont significantly reduced marijuana possession penalties.
Off the Gird News
February 15, 2014
Smart meters are being forced upon Illinois residents, and those who resist will be forced to pay monthly fines.
The Obama administration began pushing for smart power and a smart grid in 2009. President Obama wanted to use funds from the taxpayer-funded stimulus bill to install 40 million smart meters around the country.
As previously reported by Off The Grid News, the smart meters would allow instantaneous sharing of home electrical usage data with power companies. Opponents of the smart grid devices have cited privacy issues, potential negative health effects, increased cost, and utility company manipulation of electrical usage with the often involuntary installation of the meters. Cyber hacking of smart meters to possibly overload and garner control of significant portions of the power grid is also an often-voiced worry about the smart power initiative.
Soon power and utility companies will be forcing homeowner to have a smart meter install in New Zealand. And the Warrant of Fitness for houses has already came into place; now that Landlords have to have the home to be up to government standards. Now that the people want the government be their Landlord because they can’t trust the land owner. And it will not be long that all houses will require Warrant of Fitness and they will make sure the have the smart meter install. Time for people in New Zealand and around the world to wake up.
Truth on Pot
August 10, 2013
TruthOnPot.com – Cannabigerol happens to be responsible for most of marijuana’s medical effects, but many aren’t aware that this chemical even exists. That’s because CBG works behind the scenes, which scientists have only recently started to investigate.
cbg-ultimate-cannabinoid-2-08-10As it turns out, THC and CBD – the two most common chemicals in marijuana – and other minor cannabinoids all begin as CBG. CBG is non-psychoactive and can be thought of as the “stem cell” of these chemicals. CBG is quickly converted to other cannabinoids by enzymes in the cannabis plant, which explains the low concentration of CBG in most strains.