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Posted in: Chinese court jails 10 Hong Kong democracy activists for up to three years See in context

illegal border crossing.

How can it be called illegal or a border crossing, as China has always said Taiwan is part of China.

Families of the accused were only notified of the trial date three days before the hearing and were unable to attend due to the short notice and Covid-19 restrictions.

That may be more notice time than pre-covid trials.

Their lawyers were barred from meeting the detainees, with authorities instead appointing state-approved legal representation.

They will approve what ever the state says they should. China justice in action again.

The lawyers on Wednesday said the sentences were too heavy and the allegation of organizing a border crossing was not substantiated.

The communist party does say Taiwan is part of China, so they were only organizing a trip to another part of China.

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Posted in: No time to rest: EU nations assess Brexit trade deal with UK See in context

This could have been settled years sooner if the former prime minster May had not just added an extension after extension of delay to the starting of the process.

lostrune2Dec. 26 08:08 pm JST

If it loses Scotland or Northern Island,

Scotland my vote for independence and leave the UK, but Northern Ireland can not a ford to leave the UK. It relies too much on the money from parliament in London to pay for all.

If / when Scotland becomes independent, it would be able to join the eu but the terms may not be good. Having a border with England (like Northern Ireland has with the Republic of Southern Irealand) will be a problem.

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Posted in: More EU nations ban travel from UK, fearing virus variant See in context

Have they also cut off Denmark and the Netherlands flights, trains and road traffic ?

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Posted in: More EU nations ban travel from UK, fearing virus variant See in context

A growing list of European Union nations were banning travel from the UK on Sunday and others were considering similar action, in a bid to block a new strain of coronavirus sweeping across southern England from spreading to the continent.

She said the strain had also been identified in Denmark, the Netherlands

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Posted in: Trump downplays Russia in first comments on cyberattack See in context

It will take years to sort out the damage done by Trump and his fellow followers of Putin.

Throughout his presidency, Trump has refused to blame Russia for well-documented hostilities, including its interference in the 2016 election to help him get elected

When it is obviously Russia, Trumph (most likely under orders from his master Putin) will deny the facts and put his own warped, fact less theories out as the truth.

How much more damage will be discovered under Trumph's watch when Biden take over the White House in January 2021.

Will Biden have to call in the bug exterminators to exterminate the Russian bugs investing the White House ?

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Posted in: Canada says U.S. border measures to last until virus under control See in context

ban on nonessential travel with the United States will not be lifted until COVID-19 is significantly more under control

That should happen several months after Biden is in office.

The current USA leader has had the most infected and dead by covid19 than any other country in the world.

Once in the White House, it will take Biden months to get covid19 under control.

Covid19 is a really nasty virus, due to its ability to start infecting others before symptoms show.

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Posted in: Denmark plans to cull its mink population after coronavirus mutation spreads to humans See in context

a mutation of the coronavirus found in the animals spread to humans

What other animals have been infected ?

If it gets into the wild animal population, then there could be numerous virus strains in the future to be passed back into humans.

showed decreased sensitivity against antibodies, potentially lowering the efficacy of future vaccines

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Posted in: UK says no to more EU trade talks See in context

Without the free movement of people, many who came to the UK for seasonal jobs will be missed.

Those needed workers were already getting harder to get, before Covid19.


Most of the food i buy comes from local sources or from countries outside the EEC.

Corn Beef from Brazil for example.


There is a few EU types of cheese i like, which will be more expensive.


The UK imports more from the EU than the UK exports.

So it may hurt EU producers/manufacturers more than UK ones.


on fisheries, which President Emmanuel Macron insists should offer more for the French side


He may have more trouble on his hands if he can not get a deal on fishing for the French fishermen.

Why is he insisting on an offer for the French side. Why not insist it for all of the EU.

Is it because a lot of the fish caught by French fishermen comes from UK waters ?


With EU fishing fleets no longer in UK waters, Will the amount of fish sales in the EU will drop and the prices go up.

Fish quotas in UK waters normally taken by EU ships could pass to UK ships and help improve the UK fishing fleet..

BUT it also means UK fishermen who fished in EU waters, will not be able to do so. So some types of fish in The UK may become more expensive or vanish from the shelves.


Who knows what the true trade effects will be after 1st January 2021.

It was a mad house with many different views of the future.

and now Covid19 has thrown an even mightier spanner into the mix of predictions.

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Posted in: Trump says he has recovered from COVID-19; heads to Florida on Monday See in context

Trump also said, without producing evidence,

Nothing new to see here. Move along.

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Posted in: 89-year-old ex-top bureaucrat pleads not guilty over fatal Tokyo car crash See in context

The accident prompted many elderly people in Japan to give up driving.

Last year, a record 601,022 driver's licenses were voluntarily surrendered, of which 350,428, or 58.3 percent, belonged to those aged 75 or older, up 58,339 from the year before, according to police data.


Cost another 2 lives, but some good has happened.


How many more lives will be lost before more realise their driving is dangerous and give up driving.


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Posted in: Comments by Trump's doctor on symptoms, care spark confusion See in context

Can we be sure that he is infected and not trying for the sympathy votes ?

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Posted in: EU takes legal action against UK over planned Brexit bill See in context

i live in Northern Ireland.

i do not see why the EU should be able to tell us how to trade with the rest of the United Kingdom.

We are part of the U.K.

The EU wants free movement inside the EU, but is trying to block the same free movement inside the UK.

The EU wants their partner, Republic of Southern Ireland (R.o.S.I.), to have unrestricted trade and free movement of people with the North while restricting the trade and free movement of people inside the U.K..

A hard border would be very bad for the South.

It would also be bad for the North as well.

People cross the border both ways for work.

Goods needed for factories, processing plants, (Chickens, Beef, Lamb) etc also cross the border.

example: Beef in A sent to B to be processed and sent back to A to be sold. That would be hit by check delays going both ways. Also by any import / export duties if there is no free trade agreement..

I do not see this ending well for the R.o.S.I. or N.I.

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Posted in: Air New Zealand grounds Boeing 777 fleet until September 2021 See in context

It will be years before air travel even comes close to what it was in 2019

Until a vaccine is created, air travel will be very limited as countries restrict incoming people.

When countries start to reopen limited flights, they will have to stop if the virus starts to spread again.

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Posted in: 2 students injured by athletics hammer in Iwate See in context

1 ) Did the thrower let lose too soon or too late and the hammer went off too far right or left ?

2) Was there a safety net around the area the thrower was throwing from ?

3 ) Were the two boys in the hammer throwing landing area ?

4 ) Did the thrower look at the landing area to make sure it was clear before starting to throw ?

If we had answers to the above question, it would be easier to know what truly happened.

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Posted in: Johnson accuses EU of plotting food 'blockade' against UK See in context

The food dispute centres on the EU's refusal so far to grant Britain "third country" status, which acknowledges that nations meet basic requirements to export their foodstuffs to Europe

For 50 years the UK and the EU has traded food stuff at requirements needed. Why would that suddenly change ?

Bull manure.

Once again the EU is making a show of what will happen to any other country that wants to leave the EU.

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Posted in: UK announces first major post-Brexit trade deal -- with Japan See in context

negotiations with the European Union become increasingly fractious.

It is easier to deal with one country (Japan) than with the many countries that makes up the EU.

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Posted in: Fears grow over China's possible massive sales of U.S. debt as weapon See in context

This is what happens when a goverment spends more than they have comming in.

USA goverment debt rises and bonds are sold to cover that debt .

For decades USA debt has been soaring and now China hangs it over their heads.

It is not just a threat to the USA, it is a threat to the whole world economy, as countries economies are intertwined.

2008 showed us that.

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Posted in: Scientists revive microbes from 100 million years ago See in context

PARIS Scientists have successfully revived microbes that had lain dormant at the bottom of the sea since the age of the dinosaurs

When man messes with nature, she hits back.

Nice knowing something else survived from back then, BUT, is it worth the risk ?

If these microbes are dangerous, then its Pandora box.

They maybe not be dangerous to humans, but what about other life on Earth ?

It might even be a threat to food sources.

No matter how well the lab reduces possible risk of it getting out, there is still a risk.

Coronavirus origin has been claimed to come from nature off meat sold at a market and others claim it came from the Chinese Lab doing research on virus and bacteria close to the same market.

We all know one thing. A previous unknown virus comes to light and people die.

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Posted in: Trump lashes out at NASCAR over flag, noose; criticizes Redskins, Indians for weighing name changes See in context

Trump’s tweet “a late, misinformed, and factually incorrect statement.”

Long way of saying "lie".

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Posted in: Survey finds 77% of Japanese think Olympics cannot be held next year See in context

i think it should have been put back to 2024 and the one planed for 2024 put back to 2028.

That would give 4 years to find a vaccine for Covid 19 and everyone to be inoculated.

Without a vaccine, such events like the Olympics could be strip back in number of events and smaller crowds watching.

Currently the USA is a very dangerous place due to Covid 19 not being handled/controlled properly there. Would anyone want to be in the same crowd as USA supporters come to the games ?

Or any from other countries that has rising daily death count from Covid 19.

Until a vaccine is found and handed out, the world could be face years of unknown.

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Posted in: Japan puzzled by Indonesia's policy shift over high-speed rail plan See in context

Railway experts say it would be difficult to integrate the two projects in practical terms as the width of the tracks differs.

Two track widths will mean trains from one track will not run on the other.

140-kilometer high-speed rail service linking Jakarta and Bandung, the capital of West Java Province, commenced in 2016 by an Indonesia-China consortium

Japan in September last year reached a deal with Indonesia on the outline of a separate railway project to cover the full 720 km distance between Jakarta and Surabaya,

So the 140 km from Bandung to Jakarta will be china width and 720 km from Jakarta to Surabaya another width.

So all change in Jakarta if traveling from Bandung to/from Surabaya. No non-stop express.

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Posted in: It’s time for Japanese convenience store fried super sweet corn and chicken sticks See in context


And it does look like i WILL NOT be back anytime soon

i must double check for more than just spelling.

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Posted in: It’s time for Japanese convenience store fried super sweet corn and chicken sticks See in context

it is the crazy things like this, i miss about Japan.

And it does look like i be back anytime soon. :(

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Posted in: Hong Kong security, police chiefs warn of growing 'terrorism' as Taiwan promises assistance to people See in context

Hong Kong security, police chiefs warn of growing 'terrorism'

From China as the freedoms of Hong Kong are removed along with those who just want true freedom.

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Posted in: Outrage in Hong Kong as China pushes security law See in context

"This is the end of Hong Kong, this is the end of 'One Country, Two Systems', make no mistake about it," Civic Party lawmaker Dennis Kwok told reporters.

They have just admitted the ending the agreed "one country, two systems" years earlier than it was suppose to be.

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Posted in: Victims absent from S Korea's 'comfort women' rally amid graft allegations over ex-leader See in context

Out of all the money that has been sent, since the first agreement, reached the victims ?

Where has that money gone ?

STOP using these victims in political games.

Release the previous payments sent by Japan to them, as they are nearing the end of their lives and have already suffered so much during WW2 and since.

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Posted in: Anthem bill sparks new clashes in Hong Kong legislature See in context

and more patriotic education in schools.

AKA brain washing.

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Posted in: IOC plans to hold cancelled Tokyo session remotely See in context

Would it not be better to postpone the Olympics by four years ?

To undo the lockdowns will take several months if done safely and a vaccine is still months, maybe as much as two years away.

If they moved Tokyo to 2024 and France to 2028 it would give the world a few years to recover and properly prepare for the Olympics.

France has lost time with their lockdown to prepare for the 2024 Olympics

If the virus does hit hard again it could put their preparing for 2024 in doubt.

World economy will take time to recover and world travel even longer.

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Posted in: World leaders pledge billions for virus vaccine research See in context

French president Emmanuel Macron said he is confident that the U.S. will join the initiative at some point,

After Trumph is kicked out at the next election.

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Posted in: U.S. coronavirus deaths surpass Vietnam War toll as Florida governor meets Trump See in context

number of known U.S. coronavirus infections has doubled over the past 18 days to more than 1 million. The actual count is believed to be higher, with state public health officials cautioning that shortages of trained workers and materials have limited testing capacity, leaving many infections unrecorded

Trumph is proud of passing one million tests.

further evidence that caution may still be in order, an influential University of Washington research model often cited by White House officials and public health officials revised its projected U.S. coronavirus death toll upwards on Tuesday to more than 74,000 by Aug. 4, against its previous forecast of 67,000.

Is he also as proud of the 50,000 plus deaths ?

I seen a report on BBC News where the vice-president went about a ward WITHOUT a mask.

He said he did not need it as he and the people around him are constantly tested.

I pity the USA people having them as their current leaders.

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