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Posted in: Turtles stick neck out for imperial rice forecast See in context

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An endangered species of turtles -=yet !!!!

So what happens if this species should become extinct !

How would they know where to plant the imperial rice !?

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Posted in: Sri Lanka Catholics hold first Sunday mass after Easter attacks See in context

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The Catholic Church has embodied the Christian faith for centuries, dating back to its inception around 300 AD.

It has come through many adversities,

It will prevail.

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Posted in: Sri Lanka Catholics hold first Sunday mass after Easter attacks See in context

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@ JoeinTokyo

Not really.

Falun Gong and tibetan monks can attest that atheism as a political system is not a panacea for religious freedom.

Moreover, atheists are individuals, who still hold diverse, contentious political views - ergo violence and assassinations occurs in spite of the absence of a faith system that dismisses the supernatural.

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Posted in: Sri Lanka Catholics hold first Sunday mass after Easter attacks See in context

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@ Anonymous

Sri lanka is a democracy, and gained its independence in 1948.

It is a Republic, with a multi-party system, with elections every 5 years; the president elected by the people through an electoral systems reflecting representation of the people.

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Posted in: Sri Lanka Catholics hold first Sunday mass after Easter attacks See in context

@ GoodlucktoyouToday  It’s a Buddhist country. Don’t rock the boat

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So by that standard other faiths -such as Hindu who comprise 12 %, and Muslim who comprise 9 %, along with Christians who comprise 7 % - should be prohibited from practising their faiths ?

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Posted in: Two of Ghosn's former aides escape indictment through plea bargain See in context

@ mmwkdw:

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Agreed.

Forced confessions are medieval.

And that aspect of J legal system needs seriously to be reviewed.

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Posted in: Two of Ghosn's former aides escape indictment through plea bargain See in context

@ ozellis : Got to be some blow-back from Renault. At what cost do they crucify their saviour?

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Renault has washed their hands of Ghosn.

They have already decided he will be dismissed as director in their June meeting.

Meanwhile ,t he French prosecutors will be joining the dots of the money trail to personal expenditures . . .

One RNVB director has already "resigned".

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Posted in: Two of Ghosn's former aides escape indictment through plea bargain See in context

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According the prestigious French news medium, Le Figaro ( April 26/19), an independent audit was commissioned by Renault and Nissan to investigate the accounts of their joint RNBV subsidiary ( in the light of the charges against Carlos Ghosn)

The independent audit, by the firm Mazars, reviewed 10 years of RNBV accounts.

They found the equivalent of 10.9 million EUROS of questionable expenses - indicating the moneys were diverted for Ghosn's private purposes - itemizing the various expenditures over the 10 year period.

Renault has referred this hard data to the French prosecutors.

There may be more plea bargains ensuing on the continent ,I suspect.

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Posted in: Two of Ghosn's former aides escape indictment through plea bargain See in context

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Plea bargains happen all the time.

Read about it in the American press daily.

There's nothing nefarious about it.

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Posted in: Car being pursued by police crashes into another vehicle, killing its driver See in context

wow!

That;s quite an impact.

The cars look like accordions.

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Posted in: Would you like to see Emperor Naruhito visit South Korea at an early date? See in context

@ Ganbare: SK shouldn't have the honor of an Imperial visit, unless Moon can guarantee 100% safety and zero anti-Japan protests.

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Agreed.

And stop SK stop obsessing about WWII.

Even Israel, Austria, Poland, the Netherlands have moved on and has 'healthy' relations with Germany (after all the atrocities committed !!)

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Posted in: Fashion tycoon Maezawa says he is selling valuable paintings because he has no money See in context

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what's he blowin his cash on to make him 'bankrupt?

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Posted in: Former emperor, empress visit tennis club in first public appearance since his abdication See in context

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Very elegant ! Such class !

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Posted in: S Korean visit left as unfinished business for new emperor See in context

@ Bungle:  Koreans being China's useful idiots again.

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Indeed!

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Posted in: Biden says 'I am a union man,' at first 2020 campaign event See in context

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Well Biden already stripped his campaign of class -just wonder where the #MeToo voices went......?

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Posted in: Ghosn leaves detention center; agrees to limit contact with wife See in context

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Yawnnnnnnnnn.

Enough already. He's not a victim.

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Posted in: Should there be an age limit for driving licenses? See in context

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According to statistics :

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Car Crash Statistics Based on Age

#1. Teens = Highest Risk Group: For every mile driven, teens between the ages of 16 and 19 are four times as likely to be involved in a car crash

#2. Teenage Car Fatalities: 5,000 teens in the 16 to 20 age group die each year as a result of a car crash

#3. Teenage Car Injuries: 400,000 teens in the same age group are injured each year in car accidents

#4. Disproportionate Population / Fatality Ratio: Teens make up 10% of the population but represent 12% of car crash fatalities

#5. Cost: 30% or $26 billion per year in costs are accounted for by drivers under the age of 24

#6. Driving Habits: Teenagers are more likely to speed, tailgate and only 10% report wearing seatbelts

#7. Teen Male Drivers: Of male drivers ages 15 to 20 killed in car crashes, 38% were speeding and 24% were under the influence of alcohol

#8. High Risk Age Groups: People between the ages of 15 and 24 and over 75 are the groups most likely affected by car accidents

#9. Senior Drivers: Drivers over the age of 65 are second most likely to die in a car crash

#10 .Safety Disparity: Despite the fact that older drivers are on average slower, safer drivers, they are more likely to die in a car accident than younger drivers

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 Car Crash Statistics Based on Location

Rural Danger: There are about 30% more car crash fatalities in rural areas than in urban areas

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Posted in: Should there be an age limit for driving licenses? See in context

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There is no age limit to cognitive clarity.

There are university professors and other professionals who continue competently in their line of work until their demise.

The demographics that show the highest ratio in car accidents is young males under 25.

Should we then also limit driving licences to that category of people?

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Posted in: Abe, Trudeau extol Pacific trade pact without U.S. See in context

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"high quality Canadian products"

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Conversely, Canada could benefit from some "high quality" Japanese Products.

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Posted in: Police revise wiretapping regulations See in context

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Not a fan of this kind of surveillance-

However, maybe it will assist in zeroing in on perpetrators behind some of those "Ore, Ore..." and other scam calls, often targeting the vulnerable elderly.

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Posted in: Number of abandoned homes hits record high in 2018 See in context

@ Schopemhauer:

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Yes. The article is scanty, lacking details.

Your points provide clarification.

Clearly changing demographics.

Thanks .

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Posted in: Tokyo court retracts plan to start Ghosn's trial in Sept See in context

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@ Yubaru : And what does this have to do with the JAPANESE case against him?

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RNBV is the Amsterdam-based Renault-Nissan joint venture, which was set up by Ghosn in 2002, ostensibly, to oversee Renault - Nissan partnership’s operations,

Ghosn was the head as Chairman and CEO .

Renault is currently investigating Ghosn's money trail, concurrent with the investigation that is happening in Japan. {They found Ghosn drew money from RNBV for birthday parties and personal entertainments and under-the-table pay off to a Director of RNBV}.

Now the Independent audit firm (Mazar) has found 10.9 million Euros questionably appropriated for OTHER personal use over a 10 year period.

Since Nissan's money - and Nissan shareholders money -is involved in the RNBV misappropriation / embezzling of funds , this new development is VERY pertinent to the Japanese case.

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Posted in: Tokyo court retracts plan to start Ghosn's trial in Sept See in context

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The new evidence, coming from Renault's investigation, regarding data about Ghosn's misappropriation of RNBV funds to the tune of 10.9 Euros, for personal use, is also reported , today, in the Spanish journal Economia.Hoy.mx.

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Posted in: Tokyo court retracts plan to start Ghosn's trial in Sept See in context

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It seems new evidence is coming up.

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The French Newspaper, La Figaro, today reports - that an audit by an outside firm, commissioned by Renault reviewing the the accounts of RNBV ( the Amsterdam-based company) covering the last 10 years

found the 10.9 millions Euros or ($12 .2 million) were used by former Chairman Ghosn for "questionable expenses" - including 4 million Euros for a private jets.

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Posted in: Extremism must be defeated, Prince William tells New Zealand mosque survivors See in context

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".... Extremism in all forms must be defeated."

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Strong words.

Absolute total agreement.

Hope Prince William's next stop is Sri Lanka.

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Posted in: Easter Sunday bombing death toll lowered to 253 as Sri Lanka braces for more attacks See in context

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We have a large,beautiful Sri Lankan community in our parish that is reeling in grief.

.It's like the Christchurch bombings a few weeks back in NZ - anywhere innocent civilians are targeted, especially in their sanctuaries of worship - to dramatize some kind of 'point' is utterly traumatic, heinous, detestable, and unspeakably tragic.

Praying For the repose of their souls.

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Posted in: Renovated Hiroshima A-bomb museum building opens with new exhibits See in context

@cl68: '....... giving historical context for the decision to drop the bomb,

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What do you mean by "historical context for the decision to drop the bomb?'

There is NO "historical context for ANY country that justifies murdering civilians.

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Posted in: Ghosn leaves detention center; agrees to limit contact with wife See in context

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Just looking at the expression on Ghosn's face- it's clear he KNOWS he's CHECKMATED.

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Posted in: Ghosn leaves detention center; agrees to limit contact with wife See in context

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@ Stewart Gale : “agrees to limit contact with wife”

So, it’s not all bad news for him.

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:-) Don't know why some don't see the humor !

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Posted in: Japan creates first artificial crater on asteroid See in context

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What a breakthrough!

Cutting edge technology innovatively applied with precision .

Japanese - the masters of detail.

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