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Japan emperor's daughter Aiko turns 20, throne not in sight

1 December 2021 at 04:41
Japanese Princess Aiko, the daughter of Emperor Naruhito, on Wednesday turned 20, ready for a debut as a new adult member to take a share of official duties for the royal family whose population continues to shrink under the male-only succession law. Currently studying Japanese literature at Gakushuin University, Aiko says she is willing to help her parents by participating in royal duties.

Shinzo Abe warns China: Taiwan invasion would be β€˜economic suicide’

1 December 2021 at 04:10
The remarks by Abe, who stepped down as premier last year citing ill health, come after China sent a fresh sortie of warplanes toward Taiwan on Sunday in response to a visit by a group of US lawmakers. China’s Communist Party sees the island as part of its territory despite never having ruled it and seeks to block any official interactions with other countries.

It’s β€˜intensely dangerous’ Australia isn’t bolstering its military capabilities

30 November 2021 at 23:48
It is β€œintensely dangerous” Australia is not bolstering its military capabilities because we’ll be β€œvery naked” if the United States loses interest in us, according to The Australian’s Foreign Editor Greg Sheridan. β€œWe are doing less for our own defence even as we do more with the Americans,” Mr Sheridan told Sky News Australia. β€œNow for the Americans to be more committed to our security, that’s obviously a good thing, it’s not the 800-pound gorilla in the room, it’s the 8,000-pound gorilla in the room. β€œBut America itself sometimes encourages unwittingly in its allies a kind of learned helplessness where you all become like the Afghan government. β€œIn the end, what you’re doing for your own defence is trying to engage the Americans and you’re not doing anything yourself.”

β€˜National embarrassment’: Chris Cuomo blasted following CNN suspension

30 November 2021 at 23:48
Primetime anchor Chris Cuomo has been labelled a β€œnational embarrassment” and a β€œdisgrace to journalism” following CNN’s decision to suspend him from the network. CNN suspended Mr Cuomo after new information released by the New York Attorney General’s office found the news anchor had more involvement in his brother’s sexual harassment allegations than he had led on. β€œWhen Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother’s staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged that publicly,” the CNN statement read. β€œThese documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew. β€œAs a result we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation.” In August New York Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation into embattled former New York governor Andrew Cuomo found he had sexually harassed at least 11 female staff. It also found Chris Cuomo was CC’d in on emails about how best Governor Cuomo address the allegations. The report showed Chris helped write his brother’s response in an email that mirrored one of Andrew's official statements in February. The new evidence released by Ms James found the journalist had been liaising with Governor Cuomo’s top aide Melissa DeRosa about women coming forward with sexual harassment allegations. In one example Ms DeRosa asked Chris to check with his sources about one woman’s allegations. He replied β€œon it” and then told the former aide he had a lead on the β€œwedding girl" which was in reference to a woman who accused the governor of sexual harassment at a wedding they had both attended. CNN copped criticism for allowing Chris to remain on air on Monday night despite the newly released transcripts coming to light. β€œThere are good people who work at CNN,” wrote Meghan McCain. β€œWhat the network is doing to so many hardworking people by continuing to employ Chris Cuomo is nothing short of ethical malpractice. β€œHe is a disgrace to journalism and a national embarrassment who tarnishes every single person at CNN.”

Our brush with US school shooting crisis

30 November 2021 at 23:48
There are many cultural challenges – more than you might expect – when you move from Australia to live in the US.

FinnishΒ Electricity Prices Jump 5x AmidΒ Unseasonably Cold Weather And Worsening Energy Crisis

30 November 2021 at 23:45
FinnishΒ Electricity Prices Jump 5x AmidΒ Unseasonably Cold Weather And Worsening Energy Crisis

Finland has succumbed to the energy crisis as households and businesses early this week paid a mind-numbing €422 per MWh (including taxes), or about five times higher than a year ago, according to data from the Nord Pool electricity exchange.

The Northern European nation bordering Sweden, Norway, and Russia is energy-dependent, meaning it must import high volumes of fossil fuels, such as petroleum and natural gas. Domestic sources of power production include thermal, nuclear, and hydropower plants.

Energy experts toldΒ RT NewsΒ that soaring natural gas prices in Central Europe attributed to skyrocketing power prices. Experts warned of very little relief for Finnish households and businesses who may experience heightened electricity costs until next summer.Β 

The massive rally in European gas prices is not diminishing anytime soon. On Tuesday, gas price at the Dutch TTF hub, the benchmark gas price for Europe, spiked to €100 per MWh.Β 

"According to our forecast, the price of electricity will remain high in winter but will start to decline in spring. It is likely that it will not be as high as it is today, but the overall level remains elevated,"Β Finnish electricity company Fingrid spokesman Mikko Heikkila said.Β 

"Finland is very dependent on imports. In winter, we need energy from neighboring countries but if the electricity market and domestic electricity production work normally, then next winter there will be enough electricity,"Β Heikkila said.Β 

Soaring power prices come as the country's average temperature will remain well below a 30-year trend line through Dec. 15.Β 

The country's heating degree days show power demand will continue to increase as temperatures remain well below average.Β 

Russia's Gazprom PJSC, the main supplier of natural gas to Europe,Β warnedΒ Monday that prices would remain elevated in the coming months, offering very little relief for households who heat their homes with gas and power plants that produce energy with it. With the Northern Hemisphere winter just weeks away, it seems as Europe's energy crisis will worsen.Β 

Soaring energy inflation and rising food prices are the makings of a 'winter of discontent' across Europe. EU politicians beware.Β 

Tyler Durden Wed, 12/01/2021 - 02:45

Humble Green ready to test himself against best all-rounder in the world

30 November 2021 at 23:44
Cameron Green knows a certain English all-rounder will be in sharp focus, but he believes he can be a renewed factor with the ball as well as his bat in the Ashes.

Regulator reviews Christian college that was warned about paedophile

The schools regulator has flagged further action against St Andrews Christian College, which was repeatedly told about a predator teacher more than four years before he was charged with sexual assault offences.

How a private collector saved Afghanistan’s Expo 2020 pavilion

Afghan pavilion in Dubai was empty due to the Afghan political crisis before a private collector was asked to step in.

Merry Christmas, with a sting in the gifts

30 November 2021 at 23:41
It was a moment to bring Christmas gifts and offer goodwill, but even here, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese couldn’t resist delivering an unspoken political message.

The Mystery of Snowflakes

30 November 2021 at 23:35

Brazil, Japan Confirm First Cases of Omicron Variant, South Korea Reports First Suspected Cases

30 November 2021 at 23:30
Brazil, Japan, and South Korea reported their first cases of the Omicron variant of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus that causes the COVID-19 disease on Tuesday. The news come the same day as Dutch scientists confirmed the Omicron variant had been circulating in the Netherlands prior to its detection in South Africa on Nov. 24. Specifically, two patient test samples from Nov. 19 and 23 taken in the Netherlands were found to contain the variant, according to the country'sΒ RIVM health institute. Brazilian health regulator Anvisa said Tuesday that two Brazilians tested positive for the new variant, marking the first such reported cases in Latin America, reported Reuters. According to Anvisa, a traveler who arrived in Sao Paulo from South Africa and his wife, who hadn't traveled, both tested positive for the Omicron variant. The state of Sao Paulo said the positive test results were confirmed with a second test. ...

Men wearing protective suits make their way at a bus stop at Narita international airport on the first day of closed borders to prevent the spread of the new Omicron variant amid the pandemic in Narita, east of Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 30, 2021. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

Man dies after being hit by truck on Sydney’s north shore

30 November 2021 at 23:28
Emergency services were called to Fullers Road in Chatswood on Wednesday afternoon. The truck driver has been taken to hospital for mandatory testing.

Australia can ban human rights abusers, cyber attackers as Magnitsky laws set to pass

The laws will give the government the power to impose sanctions on individuals overseas who commit human rights abuses and corruption, as well as malicious cyber attackers.

Religious Discrimination Bill: A Cure Worse Than the Disease for Australians of Faith

30 November 2021 at 23:26
The danger of the Australian government’s new religious discrimination bill is that in adding more laws on top of bad laws, Australians of faith could find it is a cure that is worse than the disease. New laws introduced into the federal parliament by the Morrison government on Thursday have been branded an attempt to secure the freedoms of Christians and other religious Australians. But it is doubtful that the legislation can do as claimed. Presently the freedoms of religious Australians are under siege from the weaponisation of anti-vilification and anti-discrimination laws, which make it unlawful to say or do something a human rights bureaucrat considers hateful of another person. To the credit of the federal government, its Religious Discrimination Bill does attempt to add a layer of protection to other anti-discrimination laws, but the protections it offers may be too narrow and vague to be effective. Dealing with onerous ...

A worshipper lights a candle while another prays inside St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia, on April 1, 2005. (Rob Elliot/AFP via Getty Images)

After air raids, Uganda sends troops into DRC to hunt ADF

The neighbouring countries have launched a joint operation against the armed which they accuse of massacring civilians.

Nigeria Confirms Cases Of 'Omicron' Among Passengers From South Africa

30 November 2021 at 23:19
Nigeria's public health authorities said Wednesday that the new Covid-19 variant, Omicron, was identified in samples from three passengers travelling to the continent's most populous country from...

Cashed up Liontown keen to capitalise on lithium craze

30 November 2021 at 23:17
Tim Goyder’s Liontown Resources, with $450 million raised to develop its Kathleen Valley lithium mine in WA, must now deal with an ultra-competitive market for engineering contractors and labour.

De Blasio Opens 2 Drug Injection Centers in New York City

30 November 2021 at 23:15
New York City opened two supervised injection sites in Manhattan on Tuesday to provide illicit drug users and addicts with a so-called safe and controlled environment for substance abuse, making these the first government-sanctioned spaces for such a purpose in the United States. Mayor Bill de Blasio has been pushing for opening such centers since 2018, and has succeeded with the twin injection sites in East Harlem and Washington Heights just weeks before his term comes to an end. De Blasio has informed the sites that law enforcement will not take action against the premises. In 2018, the plan for the facilities was rejected by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump. β€œOverdose Prevention Centers are a safe and effective way to address the opioid crisis. I’m proud to show cities in this country that after decades of failure, a smarter approach is possible,” de Blasio said in a statement ...

A drug user takes a needle before injecting himself with heroin in New London, Connecticut on March 23, 2016. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Man’s body found inside ute swept away by floodwaters

The 73-year-old was found about two hours after divers were sent to search the submerged vehicle on Wednesday afternoon.

A defamation policy for Mum and Dad voters? Don’t believe the hype

The government says changes to the country’s defamation laws will protect people from anonymous trolls. That’s asking a lot.

H1-B Visas For US Drop The Most In A Decade - This Is Why

30 November 2021 at 23:09
The number of immigrants under the H1-B visa program holding high-tech jobs dropped the most in at least a decade this year in the U.S. amid travel and visa restrictions, even as job openings in the...

US Tightens Covid Travel Rules As Nations Race To Quell 'Omicron' Threat

30 November 2021 at 23:08
Air travellers to the United States will face tougher COVID-19 testing rules, as several countries moved to seal-off their borders amid heightened uncertainty around the virulence of the Omicron...

Most Americans view one nation as β€˜enemy’ – poll

30 November 2021 at 23:07
By: RT

The number of Americans who believe China is the biggest threat to the country grew significantly in just three years, a new survey has shown. More people want to see US troops β€œconcentrated” in East Asia.

More than half of Americans (52%) see China as the greatest threat to the country, according to a Beacon Research poll that was commissioned by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute (RRPFI), a conservative think tank, and published on Wednesday. By comparison, 14% said Russia was the main threat, and 12% said the same about North Korea.

Only 21% listed Beijing as the chief threat to the US in 2018, when RRPFI published its first annual national defense survey.

Additionally, 65% respondents said they considered China an enemy, while 23% said they viewed it as an ally.

β€œThere is bipartisan consensus about the threats we face. For the first time, a majority of respondents say a single nation poses the greatest threat to the United States: China,” RRPFI said in a statement.

Explaining what concerns them the most about China, those polled cited China’s economic practices (20%), military build-up (19%), alleged human rights abuses (17%), and foreign policy (13%). Separately, 23% said they were concerned with Beijing’s AI technology, and another 23% said they were concerned with supply chain vulnerability.

The number of Americans who think the US should concentrate its military forces in East Asia grew from 16% in 2019 to 37%, the survey shows. β€œConversely, the percentage choosing the Middle East dropped from 37% in 2019 to 17%,” Beacon Research said.

US-Chinese relations deteriorated significantly in recent years after Washington launched a trade war against Beijing during the Donald Trump administration. The countries also clashed on the world stage over issues ranging from allegations of hacking and espionage, to Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as accusing each other of stoking military tensions in the South China Sea.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said earlier this year that China represents America’s β€œbiggest geopolitical test of the 21st century.” 

China has repeatedly said the US should abandon what it considers a Cold War mentality. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin in June urged the US not to view Beijing as β€œan imaginary enemy.” 

3 Students Are Killed in Michigan School Shooting

A 15-year-old sophomore was taken into custody with a semiautomatic handgun that was bought by his father four days before the fatal shooting.