Rural voters say reforms by Ardern’s Labour Party, meant to improve the environmental impact of farming, are costly and ineffective. Farmers worry that the extra costs and work will make their products more expensive and less competitive in foreign markets. The country’s farmers previously enjoyed much more freedom in how they use their land and its resources, Morten said. New Zealand farmers are some of the most efficient in the world. Andrew Hoggard, national president of Federated Farmers, said many Labour regulations were impractical and made farming difficult.
ROME (Reuters) – Giorgia Meloni’s Italian government will be sworn in on Saturday at 10 a.m. (0800 GMT). Here the profiles of some of the key figures:ECONOMY MINISTERGiancarlo Giorgetti, 55, is a veteran political wheeler-dealer viewed as a moderate and relatively pro-European member of his right-wing League party. He was not Prime Minister Meloni’s first choice for the job. He turned it into a national force and looked set to dominate Italian politics before a series of missteps saw his popularity dive over the past three years. Meloni insisted on him for the job, overcoming resistance from Berlusconi who wanted a Forza Italia member in the justice ministry.3 months ago KDAL 610
Another exercise took place in the snowbound countryside where troops practised ambushing and destroying reconnaissance groups in civilian vehicles, a feature of the first Russian assault from Belarus that Moscow abandoned in early last April. Local Ukrainian commanders said there were currently 15,000 Russian troops in Belarus at present — almost certainly too small to launch a major offensive. Some analysts have speculated that the military activity is designed to tie down Ukrainian forces at the northern border to spread them more thinly. Top general Valeriy Zaluzhnyi said in a December interview that Ukraine needed to prepare for a possible fresh Russian assault in the coming months that could come from the east, south or from Belarus. We do not see an increase in the presence of Russian troops on Belarusian territory,” he said, though conceding that anything was possible in future.20 days ago KDAL 610
Jrue Holiday added 19 points and 10 assists for Milwaukee, which established control by darting to a 13-0 lead out of the gate. Tyrese Haliburton contributed 24 points, 10 assists and five steals, while Jalen Smith had 19 points and 15 rebounds for Indiana. Jaden Ivey had 17 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, Bojan Bogdanovic fired in 16 points and Isaiah Stewart added 11 points. Evan Mobley added 16 points and Kevin Love sank five 3-pointers as part of his 15-point, 12-rebound performance. Josh Giddey added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Mike Muscala scored 18 off the bench for Oklahoma City.3 months ago KDAL 610
By Riham AlkousaaBERLIN (Reuters) – Youth riots that erupted in Berlin on New Year’s Eve have rekindled a debate over immigration just as Germany is preparing reforms to lure a new wave of skilled foreign workers to Europe’s largest economy. Police detained 145 people, including 45 Germans, 27 Afghans and 21 Syrians, and are still investigating whether the riots were organised or spontaneous. According to a draft law reported by RND network, Berlin aims to bring in around 50,000 extra skilled foreign workers per year. But politicians from the CDU said the riots were an opportunity for discussion. “The CDU was unable to benefit from the debate about the New Year’s Eve riots,” Civey CEO Janina Muetze told Reuters.15 days ago 610 KDAL
By Kevin BucklandTOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese government bond yields punched above the central bank’s 0.5% policy ceiling for a fourth straight session on Wednesday, ahead of one of the most highly anticipated monetary policy decisions globally in years. The benchmark yield was 1 basis point higher at 0.51% as of 0215 GMT, after starting the trading day flat. Athey, who has a short position on JGBs, said the best course of action for the central bank would be to get rid of YCC. Beyond keeping the 10-year yield near zero, the BOJ has also been an outlier among global central banks for sticking with a negative interest rate policy (NIRP) that pins short-term rates at -0.1%. “The debate around the future of BOJ policy is far from settled,” said Howard Smith, a portfolio manager at Indus Capital Partners.14 days ago 610 KDAL
By Mark Trevelyan and Tom BalmforthLONDON/KYIV (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has acknowledged that his army could be fighting in Ukraine for a long time, but for now there will be no second call-up of soldiers. Russia launched what it calls its “special military operation” in February, saying Ukraine’s deepening ties with the West posed a security threat. “We haven’t gone mad, we realise what nuclear weapons are,” Putin said. President Alexander Lukashenko, who relied on Russian troops to put down a popular revolt two years ago, has so far kept his own army from joining the war in Ukraine. Thousands of Russian troops have deployed in Belarus since October, Ukraine says, and Belarus authorities have increasingly spoken of a threat of “terrorism” from partisans operating from across the border.1 month ago KDAL 610 AM 103.9 FM
Alex Tuch produced his first career hat trick to help the visiting Buffalo Sabres earn a 6-3 win against the Calgary Flames on Thursday. Dylan Cozens and Casey Mittelstadt each added a goal and an assist while Rasmus Dahlin also scored for the Sabres. Tuch extended his goal streak to three games 46 seconds into the second period. Dahlin has scored in each of the Sabres’ first four games, the longest season-opening goal streak by a blue-liner in NHL history. The Canadiens also got first period goals from Josh Anderson, Cole Caufield and Brendan Gallagher to get off to a 5-0 start.3 months ago KDAL 610 AM 103.9 FM