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UK’s biscuit throwing competition is cancelled because it has become too popular. The Dorset knob-throwing contest involves competitors hurling a traditional Dorset knob – a hard biscuit – as far as they can. The record throw of 29.4 metres (96 ft) was set in 2012, but organisers say it’s become too popular for them to run themselves. UK Correspond…
 
Our Ministry of Foreign Affairs is advising New Zealanders in the Ukraine to consider leaving. Russia's now assembled an estimated 100 thousand troops at the border. New Zealand's called the possible invasion a severe miscalculation. Anton Stafurin from the Ukrainian Association of New Zealand joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. LISTEN ABOVE…
 
MBIE has started meeting with banks to talk about new lending rules that came in last month, and have left many people unable to get a loan. Minister David Clark promised an investigation, so is this one? The Herald’s Wellington Business Editor Hamish Rutherford joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. LISTEN ABOVE…
 
Labour councillor Efeso Collins has confirmed he's standing for the Auckland mayoralty. Talk is swirling that Phil Goff will not seek a third term in the role this year. The Manukau ward councillor says he wants to make Tamaki Makaurau last the distance for his daughters, and the city's younger generations. Collins told Heather du Plessis-Allan one…
 
An absolute outcry from businesses today after it was revealed that the government has seized all future orders of Rapid Antigen Tests – and will distribute them to worthy businesses instead. Meanwhile did the government's stage plan of dealing with Omicron outbreak fill you with confidence (or understanding what's going to happen)? Consumer NZ wan…
 
If you needed proof of how unprepared the government is for omicron look no further than the developing shambles that is the situation with rapid Covid tests. It turns out, that in the last couple of weeks the government started effectively cancelling the existing orders that private businesses have for these tests and taking those supplies for the…
 
People with a mortgage could be in for a shock this year. The latest Property Market Update from CoreLogic says all up, residential real estate is worth 1.72 trillion dollars, with 20 percent of funded by mortgages, and 80 percent household equity. Chief property economist, Kelvin Davidson, says about two thirds of mortgages will need to be refinan…
 
The Director-General of Health says Māori input has fed into the three-phase Omicron plan. The Government's revealed what its strategy will look like, when cases of the new variant increase. It includes shortening isolation times, changing the definition of a contact and widening the use of rapid antigen tests. Dr Ashley Bloomfield says they have, …
 
Pfizer to start clinical trial on their omicron specific vaccine. Donald Trump's new social media platform will use AI sensors, and is promising to be "kinder". The US dropped out of the top 25 of the least corrupt countries in the world (nz is in the top 3). US Correspondent Dan Mitchinson joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. LISTEN ABOVE…
 
A medical supply company was only told this morning the Government was seconding its rapid antigen tests. The Health Ministry's come under pressure since it was revealed the same's happened to other businesses. Health Works Director Claire Connor told Heather du Plessis-Allan her company had hundreds of thousands of tests on order before they were …
 
Photo: King George of Tonga, 1884(?) #Tonga: Australia, PRC, Zero-Covid. Gregory Copley @Gregory_Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs https://www.ft.com/content/e43a2328-48cb-474e-9ac1-5fac78ad0c55 Gregory R Copley, @Gregory_Copley, editor and publisher of Defense & Foreign Affairs.By John Batchelor
 
Photo: Abyssinian soldiers, 1936.The Second Italo-Ethiopian War, also referred to as the Second Italo-Abyssinian War, was a colonial war that started in October 1935 and ended in May 1936. The war was fought between the armed forces of the Kingdom of Italy and the armed forces of the Ethiopian Empire (also known at the time as Abyssinia). The war r…
 
Photo: Tsar Nicholas II and the King of Italy, Victor Emmanule III #Russia: Putin romances Italy. Gregory Copley @Gregory_Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs https://www.ft.com/content/e43a2328-48cb-474e-9ac1-5fac78ad0c55 Gregory R Copley, @Gregory_Copley, editor and publisher of Defense & Foreign Affairs.…
 
Photo: Russian peasant girl. Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon. #Ukraine: Only the State Department. Gregory Copley @Gregory_Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs. https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-considers-potent-export-controls-against-russia-11643122300 Gregory R Copley, @Gregory_Copley, editor and publisher of Defense & Foreign Affairs.…
 
Photo: Karl Ferdinand Braun developed the crystal detector, the first semiconductor device, in 1874. #LondonCalling: IMF cuts growth prospects @JosephSternberg @WSJOpinion https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/imf-cuts-its-global-growth-forecast-as-china-us-stumble/ar-AAT7WlH. https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2022/01/25/semiconductor-sho…
 
Photo: Peking scene (Beijing of long ago) #StateThinking: Just another PRC city, @MaryKissel, Former Senior Adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Executive VP Stephens Inc. https://www.reuters.com/markets/europe/hong-kongs-financial-sector-faces-talent-crunch-expats-head-exit-2022-01-23/By John Batchelor
 
Photo: Portraits of Periodical Offering, a 6th-century Chinese painting portraying various emissaries; ambassadors depicted in the painting ranging from those of Hephthalites, Persia to Langkasuka, Baekje (part of the modern Korea), Qiuci, and Wo (Japan). #StateThinking: Successful diplomacy is the answer. @MaryKissel, Former Senior Adviser to Secr…
 
Photo: The island and volcano of Krakatoa, Strait of Sunda, submerged during the late eruption Thera, Vesuvius, Krakatoa, Tonga. Charlie Pellegrino @CharlesPellegri, author, The Ghost of Vesuvius. https://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-science/tonga-eruption-was-so-powerful-that-scientists-propose-a-new-ultra-classification/article Charles R. Pellegri…
 
Photo: Nicholas Samokish. Drawing from the album "Maneuvers in the South-Western Territory in 1890". Edition of the cartographic institution A. Ilyin #Ukraine: Russian troops have occupied since 2014. @PaulR_Gregory @HooverInst https://thehill.com/opinion/international/591150-negotiating-with-a-liar-putins-dog-is-a-cat?rl=1…
 
Photo: Iranian vessels Shahbaz and Karkas Challenging Iran's war technology, cybercrime and disinformation. David R. Shedd @Heritage, Former Acting Director DIA; Heritage. https://nationalinterest.org/feature/how-america-can-support-iran%E2%80%99s-democratic-voices-199617By John Batchelor
 
Photo: Emblem of Ministry of National Defense Republic of Lithuania Lithuania under twin assault by Beijing and Moscow. Judy Dempsey @Judy_Dempsey. @Carnegie_Europe. Carnegie Europe. https://carnegieeurope.eu/strategiceurope/86208 Judy Dempsey, @Judy_Dempsey. @Carnegie_Europe. Editor in chief #StrategicEurope, blog of @Carnegie_Europe.…
 
Photo: Joan of Arc during the siege of Orleans Europe divided by crisis. Judy Dempsey @Judy_Dempsey. @Carnegie_Europe. , Carnegie Europe. https://carnegieeurope.eu/strategiceurope/86187 Judy Dempsey, @Judy_Dempsey. @Carnegie_Europe. Editor in chief #StrategicEurope, blog of @Carnegie_Europe.By John Batchelor
 
While the province has been battling the effects of a global pandemic, another public health emergency has continued in towns and cities of Ontario. The opioid epidemic is perhaps the most concerning issue today, as the health sector and municipal governments struggle to respond. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Towns and smaller cities across Ontario already faced affordable housing difficulties. Then came the influx of people during the pandemic, pushing prices way up and supply way down. For some insights on the urgent need for solutions, we invite: Lisa Lance, rental agent and owner of Relocation-By-Lisa; Robin Jones, mayor of the Village of Westport a…
 
More Russian troops piling in. Embassy staff pulling out. American forces on alert and sober diplomacy still on the docket. We examine Vladimir Putin's ways, means and motivations. The Omicron variant is making its mark in Mexico, a place that our correspondent says never really shut down. And considering the merits and the risks of work-related dr…
 
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