Rugby World Cup 2019 Travel Guide: Kumamoto

first_imgTOP TIPIf you’re heading to Kurokawa, you can buy a wooden pass (tegata) for around £9 that allows you to go to the baths of three different ryokans. Advertising FeatureRugby World Cup 2019 Travel Guide: KumamotoSEEMount Aso is about an hour from Kumamoto and it’s easy to get there by car. Enjoy the view of the emerald-green crater of the active volcano, which is one of the largest calderas in the world (check its current state before travelling as it can be closed).There are beautiful areas to explore nearby. Kusasenri is a prairie with a large pond and grazing horses, while the views atop Daikanbo Peak stretch far and wide. You can hike trails too.Back in the city, Kumamoto Castle was damaged in the 2016 earthquakes, so you can’t enter the inner grounds but can admire the fortress from the outside.Damaged: Kumamoto CastleDOSpend a relaxing day in Kurokawa, 20km north of Mount Aso. Located in a forest valley, you can meander down the narrow streets and visit different kinds of open-air baths. In Kumamoto, take a stroll around Suizenji Garden, which dates back to the 17th century, then head to the city centre to try craft beers and local bites.Picturesque: Suizenji GardenEATMustard lotus roots – the holes of slices of lotus root are filled with a mix of spicy mustard and miso, then deep fried – are a local speciality. Dagojiru is a local soup made with vegetables and dumplings – every restaurant will use different ingredients! – while Akaushi beef is the local breed that grazes on grassland and takana is a popular pickle.TOURIST WEBSITE A rare sight: The Mount Aso crater TAGS: Japan Prefecture: CUP VISITKumamoto Stadium (below) will host two World Cup games – France v Tonga in Pool C on Sunday 6 October and Wales v Uruguay in Pool D on Sunday 13 October – while there are other matches being played on the island of Kyushu in Fukuoka and Oita.Related: Rugby World Cup venuesLes Bleus: Kumamoto Stadium will see France take on TongaGETTING THEREKumamoto Airport is a 70-minute flight from Osaka and one hour 40 minutes by plane from Tokyo. Buses from the airport to the city take around 50 minutes. You can also get a bullet train from Osaka in three hours.DID YOU KNOW? Mount Aso, which is in the centre of Kyushu, is the largest active volcano in Japan and has five peaks – Neko, Taka, Naka, Eboshi and Kijima. There are peaks and troughs to tour in this prefecture on Kyushu LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Woodland Trust runs its Christmas card recycling scheme again

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. The Woodland Trust is running its Christmas card recycling scheme this month for the third year in partnership with WHSmith and Tesco.The scheme, which last year recycled 40 million cards, the equivalent to 800 tonnes, aims to encourage individuals to recycle their old Christmas cards by leaving them in the special recycling bins in WHSmith High Street stores and Tesco stores across the UK throughout January 2004.This year the Trust has teamed up with Rethink Rubbish to promote the scheme. SCA Recycling and Severnside Recycling collect and recycle the cards. Advertisement Tagged with: Trading The scheme also enables the Trust to access funding from two sources, donated recycling credits from local authorities, and landfill tax funding. Cleanaway, a waste management company, has supported the Christmas Card Recycling Scheme for the last five years donating £570,000 in landfill tax funding.  30 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 14 January 2004 | News Woodland Trust runs its Christmas card recycling scheme againlast_img read more

Trump, Clinton and the FBI

first_imgSomething quite unprecedented in U.S. presidential elections happened on Oct. 28, and there is much speculation throughout the media as to why.Just a week and a half before election day, FBI Director James Comey sent a letter to members of Congress about new developments in the agency’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails, which supposedly had ended months earlier.Immediately, the letter went viral and was hailed by the Trump camp as proof that Clinton was not qualified to be president. The Clinton camp immediately responded, saying it was an unethical move, coming right before the election. Others joined in, even Republicans.One such was Richard W. Painter, a former chief White House “ethics” officer during the second George W. Bush administration. He wrote in an op-ed piece in the Oct. 30 New York Times, “This letter, which was quickly posted on the internet, made highly unusual public statements about an FBI investigation concerning a candidate in the election. The letter was sent in violation of a longstanding Justice Department policy of not discussing specifics about pending investigations with others, including members of Congress.”Painter concluded that “a public communication about a pending FBI investigation involving a candidate that is made on the eve of an election is thus very likely to be a violation of the Hatch Act and a misuse of an official position.” The Hatch Act prohibits most federal employees from partisan participation in political activities.Before the letter, Trump’s chances of winning the election had been waning, according to pollsters. The letter seems to have given his campaign a shot in the arm.Why now?Should revolutionaries who understand that both Clinton and Trump are politicians loyal to the capitalist system be interested in this issue? The answer is “yes.”The FBI has historically played a far-right role in U.S. politics, especially during Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist rampage of the 1950s and against the Civil Rights and Black Liberation movements of the following decades. It should be of great interest to the workers and all oppressed peoples when an agency of repression like the FBI is willing to cross the line of politics-as-usual — in this case in order to possibly influence an election.It has become clear for months that most of the capitalist corporate and financial establishment have seen Trump as a loose cannon and have moved their big money behind the Clinton campaign. Clinton has proven, as secretary of state, that she much better understands the interests of Wall Street as a whole and is loyal on the questions most important to big business and the Pentagon. Trump, with his racist, misogynist, anti-immigrant and egotistical tirades, has alienated huge sections of the population, which could present a challenge to the system itself in future struggles.Perhaps more will come out eventually on Comey’s motivation. We think it likely that even those in the ruling class who have ditched Trump are now panicking over whether a resounding defeat for him could also mean a rout of a Republican Congress that has served their interests very well. If that’s what the big-money men are saying to each other, Comey would know and could take action meant to dilute an anti-Trump tide.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Somalia : Puntland authorities persecute former radio station manager

first_img News October 22, 2019 Somalia : Puntland authorities persecute former radio station manager SomaliaAfrica ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment News Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia After a police raid on the radio station, Mohamed was summoned to appear before a military court on 28 September but, because of an outcry about the case, the court ruled that it was not competent to try a civilian and issued an apology. The Puntland authorities nonetheless forced him to resign as Radio Daljir’s manager and finally arrested him. News Receive email alerts Also known as “Tallman,” Mohamed was due to appear in court yesterday in Garowe, Puntland’s capital, on charges of public incitement and defamation, but the hearing was adjourned until tomorrow.  RSF already denounced the sharp decline in media freedom in Puntland in a press release on 24 September, two days after the information minister told journalists they would have to register with his ministry and threatened to revoke the accreditations of those who did not act in a sufficiently professional manner. In early September, he closed the Puntland Times news website after it covered a protest by ministry employees demanding back pay. Ahmed Sheikh Mohamed. Crédit : Nusoj February 24, 2021 Find out more Mohamed is the second journalist to be jailed in Somalia in the past few weeks. Freelancer Abdulkadir Barre Moallim has been held without any formal charge in Baidoa, the capital of the southwestern Bay region, since 25 September, after he covered a rally by opponents of the region’s president. Somalia is ranked 164th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. SomaliaAfrica ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment center_img to go further March 2, 2021 Find out more The authorities have had Mohamed in their sights ever since early September, when his radio station, Radio Daljir, reported that a detainee had died as a result of having been tortured during police interrogation. Help by sharing this information RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the persecution of journalists in northeastern Somalia’s autonomous Puntland region, including Ahmed Sheikh Mohamed, who has been held since his arrest on 17 October after being forced to stand down as the manager of a popular radio station. News January 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en “We strongly condemn the way the local authorities are persecuting this journalist and, indeed, all of Puntland’s independent media,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “We call on Somalia’s federal government and all of the country’s partners to put pressure on the Puntland authorities to release this journalist and to end their harassment of media outlets that try to perform a watchdog role.” Follow the news on Somalia RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalistslast_img read more

Blogger Abdul-Moneim Mahmud freed, but Kareem Amer still held

first_img RSF_en Create your blog with Reporters without borders: Reporters Without Borders notes that blogger Abdul-Moneim Mahmud was released from Tura prison, south of Cairo, on 1 June and was able to reach his home late that night after being briefly detained at police stations in Al Khalifa and Al-A’atareen.Mahmud was charged with membership of an “illegal organisation” (the Muslim Brotherhood) following his arrest on 14 April, but the real reason for his detention appears to have been the material he had been posting on his blog Ana Ikhwan and on the website of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the release of Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman, a blogger also known as Kareem Amer, who was sentenced to three years in prison on 22 February for “inciting hatred of Islam” and “insulting” President Hosni Mubarak. Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Six months after the arrest of Kareem Amer, Reporters Without Borders has started a petition calling for the blogger’s release and that of his colleague Abdul-Moneim Mahmud.Internet-users are being asked to sign the petition on, in which the worldwide press freedom organisation calls on the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a conference organised under the UN mantle, to block Egypt from hosting the event in 2008 unless the two bloggers are freed. News Receive email alerts June 4, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blogger Abdul-Moneim Mahmud freed, but Kareem Amer still held Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Sign the petitionText of the petition:“We call for the release of Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman (Kareem Amer) and of Abdul-Moneim Mahmud, who have been imprisoned for expressing their opinion online. We urge the organisers of the Internet Governance Forum to intervene with the Egyptian authorities on behalf of these two bloggers. It would be intolerable for a UN summit on the future of the Internet to be held in a country which imprisons bloggers”.The petition will be sent, on 6 November 2007, exactly one year after the arrest of Kareem Amer, to Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, to Executive Coordinator of the IGF, Markus Kumar, as well as to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.“Kareem Amer”Adel Kareem Nabil Suleiman, better known by the pen name Kareem Amer, was arrested on 6 November 2006, for articles published on his blog ( He frequently attacked the authoritarian excesses of the government of Hosni Mubarak and criticised the country’s top religious authorities, particularly the Sunni University Al-Azhar, where he was studying law. The blogger was sentenced on 22 February 2007, to three years in prison for “inciting hatred of Islam” and one year for “insulting” the Egyptian president. The sentence was upheld on appeal on 12 March.Abdul-Moneim MahmudAbdul-Moneim Mahmud, who runs the blog Ana Ikhwan (, was arrested on 14 April 2007. He has been officially accused of membership of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, but his detention appears most likely linked to articles and photos he has posted online and at his work exposing torture committed by the security services.Organisations or bloggers who have already signed the petition:- The Free Kareem campaign ( Free Monem ( Alaa & Manal ( HAMSA initiative of the American Islamic Congress ( Dalia Ziada ( Milton Mueller, partner, “Internet Governance Project”( Ethan Zuckerman – My Heart’s in Accra, htttp:// Soci of Singabloodypore at Christophe Grébert (, Olivier Grobet ( Christophe Ginisty ( Cristiano de Sá Fagundes ( Nicolas Vanbremeersch ( Pierre Catalan ( Sami Ben Gharbia ( Solana Larsen ( Dan Larsen ( Hervé Resse ( Florentine ( Andriy Ignatov,Maidan International ( Reporters Without Borders notes that blogger Abdul-Moneim Mahmud was released from Tura prison, south of Cairo, on 1 June and was able to reach his home late that night after being briefly detained at police stations in Al Khalifa and Al-A’atareen. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Call for the release of Kareem Amer, sign the petition—————————————————- EgyptMiddle East – North Africa 4.05.07 – Petition for release of bloggers Kareem Amer and Abdul-Moneim Mahmud Follow the news on Egypt Help by sharing this information Organisation February 6, 2021 Find out more News Sign the petitionLeave a message to support Kareem and Moneim here (Wiki) News to go further February 1, 2021 Find out more News Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution January 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Re-Opening Of Train Services- It Is For Rly Authorities To Decide As To What Extent Services Should Be Resumed: Madras High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesRe-Opening Of Train Services- It Is For Rly Authorities To Decide As To What Extent Services Should Be Resumed: Madras High Court Sparsh Upadhyay21 March 2021 9:46 PMShare This – xUnderlining that the distancing protocol may not be possible to be maintained once suburban railways and passenger trains are resumed, the Madras High Court last week disposed of a plea seeking resumption of suburban railways and passenger trains. Observing this, the Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy refrained from “recklessly directing…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginUnderlining that the distancing protocol may not be possible to be maintained once suburban railways and passenger trains are resumed, the Madras High Court last week disposed of a plea seeking resumption of suburban railways and passenger trains. Observing this, the Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy refrained from “recklessly directing regular train services”. The plea before the Court The petitioner instituted the instant public interest litigation seeking a direction for regular passenger trains and suburban services to be resumed. Court’s observations The Court noted that the petitioner may not have noticed that over the last week or so, the number of positive cases has gone up in the country. “Though the situation in this State may not be as alarming as in some of the neighboring States, the number of positive cases now is about the figure which was in end-December or early-January last”, observed the Court. The Court also highlighted that in view of the increasing number of positive cases, the full re-opening of the Court that had been planned has been rolled back and physical hearings are not yet conducted in Court except in respect of urgent matters. Significantly, the Court remarked, “Since distancing protocol may not be possible to be maintained once suburban railways and passenger trains are resumed all over and the crowding at the railway stations cannot be avoided, no immediate direction need to be given.” In any event, the Court added that it is for the railway authorities to obtain expert advice before deciding how and to what extent the railways would be re-opened for travel. Further, the Court also observed that it doesn’t have the requisite expertise to decide on such matters. Lastly, disposing of the plea the Court said that once the vaccination reaches near completion and the number of positive cases show the previous downward trend that continued till the beginning of this month, the petitioner may renew the prayer. Case title – B. Ramkumar Adityan v. The Chairman, Railway Board and others [W.P.No.6756 of 2021] Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Licences automatically extended due to lockdown

first_img Google+ Licences automatically extended due to lockdown Driver licences due to expire will be automatically extended due to the ongoing lockdown.Those whose licence is due to run out between March 1st and the end of May will have a new date of July, while licences which will expire between June and the end of August will have a new end date of September 30th.The Government say the change has been notified to Gardaí, and expiry dates can be checked on the National Driver Licence Service website.Junior Transport Minister Hildegarde Naughten says letters will be sent to people who are due for renewal:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest By News Highland – February 24, 2021 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articlePermanent ambulance base confirmed for BuncranaNext articleConcern over ‘red tape’ for vaccine rollout News Highland Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ Twitter Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNewslast_img read more

Wife defending husband and daughter kills home intruder with assault rifle, source says

first_imgiStock(LITHIA, Fla.) — A Florida woman defended her husband and child when she shot and killed an armed suspect who broke into her home.Officers in Hillsborough County responded to a 911 call on Oct. 30 reporting a home invasion in progress in Lithia, about 25 miles from Tampa.Investigators arrived on scene and found a male suspect dead in a ditch outside the home on the side of the road.The preliminary investigation showed that two unknown males, who were wearing masks, had broken into the home and made demands, police said.The male victim, later identified as Jeremy King, told Bay 9 News that the suspects pointed guns at him, demanded money and threatened him.King was pistol-whipped and beaten when he refused, police said. He was later transported to the hospital following the incident.“I’ve got a fractured eye socket, a fractured sinus cavity, a concussion, 20 stitches and three staples in my head,” King told the station. “I took a severe beating.”The couple’s young daughter, who King said is 11 years old, was also inside the home at the time of the attack.King’s wife, who he said is 8 months pregnant, was in the back bedroom when the suspects broke in. When she opened the bedroom door to see what was going on, one of the suspects shot at her, King said.That’s when the wife returned fire with an AR-style assault rifle, striking the suspect, a source told ABC News. The gun was legally owned by the family, police said.The suspect, described by police as a Hispanic male in his 20s, was later found in the ditch outside the home.The second suspect fled the scene in an unidentified vehicle and is wanted in connection with the incident, police said.The attack is not believed to be random, according to police, who said they will be investigating the couple’s acquaintances and friends to find out why the family was targeted in the home invasion.Police have not revealed any additional details on the incident.Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

MHB secures EPCIC contract for Malaysian offshore gas project

first_imgThe contract is for facilities to be installed in Jerun gas field in the SK408W Block, offshore Sarawak The contract has been awarded to MHB’s wholly owned subsidiary Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering (MMHE).(Credit: C Morrison from Pixabay) Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Holdings Berhad (MHB) has secured a contract from SapuraOMV Upstream (Sarawak) for a gas field development project, offshore Malaysia.The contract has been awarded to MHB’s wholly owned subsidiary Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering (MMHE).Under the contract, MMHE will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, transportation and installation, and hook-up and commissioning services (EPCIC) for the Jerun gas field development project, offshore Sarawak.The EPCIC contract includes construction of an approximately 15,000 metric tonne (MT) topside, 10,000MT jacket and 5,000MT piles of Central Processing Platform (CPP).Besides, MMHE will be responsible for the design engineering of a 30inch carbon steel pipeline with a length equivalent to 80km distance from the CPP to the existing E11R-B platform.The pipeline will be installed to commingle with the existing trunkline to PETRONAS Malaysia LNG Plant in Bintulu, Sarawak.The facilities will be installed in Jerun gas field, which lies in the SK408W Block located offshore Bintulu, Sarawak.SapuraOMV Upstream (Sarawak) is the operator of SK408W Block, with Sarawak Shell Berhad and PETRONAS Carigali as its partners, holding 30% stake each.MHB chief executive officer and managing director Encik Pandai Othman said: “As I have mentioned before, the industry is now getting back on an upturn after the slowdown in 2020 due to the low oil price and COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in CAPEX cutback by oil and gas giants due to the uncertainties in the industry.“2021 has been coined as our recovery year and what a better way to start it other than with a major EPCIC project like Jerun.”In September last year, SapuraOMV Upstream achieved first production from its operated offshore Bakong gas field project under the SK408 Production Sharing Contract (PSC) in Malaysia.The SK408 PSC development involves the commercialisation of the gas reserves from Gorek, Larak and Bakong fields.last_img read more

Second-hand book holds a hidden secret

first_imgA William Blake book containing a first draft of Thom Yorke’s ‘Airbag’ was found at the Oxfam charity shop on St Giles. It is projected to be sold at auction in March for upwards of £3,500. Yorke has agreed to donate the proceeds from the sale of Songs of Innocence and Experience to Oxfam.The book, Songs of Innocence and Experience, was donated by Yorke in early 2015 along with a batch of other books. Mispriced initially by volunteers working in the shop who weren’t aware of who its donor was, the book was found by volunteer Alexander Barker in the 50 pence section of the shop.‘Airbag’ is the opening song on Radiohead’s classic 1997 album OK Computer, inspired by a car crash Yorke and his girlfriend had in 1987.Barker, a political theory tutor at St Benet’s Hall, who has been volunteering at Oxfam since 2003, said that it was luck that he made the discovery, not having expected anything of the sort when he opened the book. He said that prior to finding the Yorke lyrics, the most exciting thing he had found in Oxfam shops were annotations by prominent academics in books they had donated.Barker, who is himself an avid Radiohead fan, told Cherwell, “I’m obviously happy about it. Everything else pales in comparison to finding this.” Still beaming, he said that another positive for him was that it was, “Nice to work in an environment where absolutely everyone involved is gaining something.”He added that he and another volunteer, Andrew Chapman, knew immediately how valuable the discovery was, both as memorabilia for hard-core Radiohead fans and as an insight into Yorke’s creative process.Chapman, who works as an airline pilot but has moonlighted as Oxfam’s rare books specialist for the past 16 years, has experience with discoveries like this one. In 2007 the Oxfam branch in which he worked found a first edition copy of Graham Greene’s Rumour at Nightfall, which ended up being sold for £15,000.Regarding the Blake book, he told Cherwell, “Radiohead is one of the few bands that will only increase in popularity. With this discovery, we get to see Thom’s working method.It looks like he wrote these lyrics in about 20 minutes, but in a good way. There is an immediate sense of potency when you see what he’s written.” But he also said it was difficult to determine exactly how much it was worth, a sentiment that was shared by Lydia Wilkinson ofBloomsbury Auctions, the group that Oxfam uses to sell books that are likely to be too expensive for usual store customers – usually anything that is worth more than £1,000.Wilkinson told Cherwell, “While this book was very clearly special, we don’t have any precedent, so made the decision to take it to auction.” Though the auction will not begin until 18th March, she said that even in these early stages there had already been a lot of interest.“I expect that it could make a few thousand pounds at least,” she said. Barker also made a prediction in that range, telling Cherwell that he thought the price could go as high as five or six thousand pounds.But that said, the book pales in comparison with other charity shop finds. For example, at a charity store in Burlington, North Carolina, one customer paid $2.48 for what was actually one of 20 officially-commissioned copies of the Declaration of Independence. It ended up fetching £331,335 at auction.Oxfam itself once realised that six Mozart sonatas had been incorrectly bundled with other items and were about to be sold for only £3,000. But in that case, the donors asked for a return of their donation, meaning that Oxfam wasn’t able to profit from the discovery.last_img read more