The BDS (Divest, Boycott and Sanction of Israel) movement has hit Japan. The Japan-based chapter of this organization has kicked off a campaign aimed at punishing Israel – the only democratic nation in the Middle East – serving as a marked contrast to the unifying message Tokyo needs as it prepares to open its arms to the world for the 2020 Olympiad. Japan BDS’ campaign of targeting a single country for discrimination is fundamentally at odds with the Olympic spirit and runs directly counter to Japan’s values in the postwar era as a democratic, liberal society that upholds human rights and equality. Japanese government leaders in Tokyo must wake up to the ugly reality of Japan BDS and take a firm stance against this prejudiced and slanderous movement. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox At its core, BDS seeks to delegitimize Israel’s existence as a nation-state of the Jewish people. It accuses Israel of being an … [Read more...] about Japan must be aware of real nature of BDS ahead of 2020 Olympiad
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source Shutterstock The true effects of e-cigarettes on human health are just beginning to emerge. Risks of vaping include inhaling toxic metals like lead and potentially doubling one’s risk of a heart attack, according to a new study published by UCSF researchers. Despite these emerging health concerns, e-cig companies like Juul, the Silicon Valley startup recently valued at $15 billion, are booming. Smoking kills. No other habit has been so strongly tied to death. In addition to inhaling burned tobacco and tar, smokers breathe in toxic metals like cadmium and beryllium, as well as metallic elements like nickel and chromium – all of which accumulate naturally in the leaves of the tobacco plant. It’s no surprise, then, that much of the available evidence suggests that vaping, which involves puffing on vaporized liquid nicotine instead of inhaling burned tobacco, is at least somewhat healthier. But vaping is linked with its … [Read more...] about Vaping every day could double your risk of a heart attack, new research suggests
By Queen’s Park Bureau Fri., June 29, 2018 Finance Minister Vic Fedeli, a self-made millionaire advertising executive and former North Bay mayor, is no stranger to the provincial treasury. His “Fedeli Focus on Finance” booklets, critiquing the Liberal government’s spending, have been an opposition staple at Queen’s Park for years. Now, the Nipissing MPP will be charged with writing the next provincial budget and overseeing some $150 billion in annual expenditures. “You heard loud and clear from ... Premier Doug Ford that the first steps are opening up the books,” Fedeli told the Star on Friday. “That’s the first thing we have to do is see where we really are,” he said. Article Continued Below But Fedeli, who in the past has sided with Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk in the long-running dispute with the government over accounting methods, was non-committal when asked if he still held that view. That’s … [Read more...] about Some of the key players in Ford’s cabinet
Communist ruled Vietnam makes no bones about capitalizing on technology and other entrepreneurial startups to speed its drive to reach middle-income status and close the economic gap with more developed regional rivals. Communist Party cadres are now reaching globally in that centrally planned pursuit, signing deals with nations ranging from Finland to Thailand in what planners see as the next leap forward in the transition from a command to market economy. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Vietnam’s government has established several technology accelerators, including a so-called “Vietnam Silicon Valley” under the tutelage of the Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Saigon Innovation Hub (Sihub) managed by Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Science and Technology. State managers say government support is needed to secure profitable niches in an increasingly competitive marketplace, particularly in the technology … [Read more...] about History of hustle drives Vietnam’s outbound startups
SINGAPORE: For locals Sarah, a Muslim, and Serene, who is Christian, listening to big-name religious leaders hailing from all around the world is both “inspiring” and “refreshing”. American Islamic speaker and author Yasmin Mogahed, for instance, offers insights on spiritual enlightenment and personal development - “a combination that speaks to many young Muslims”, as Sarah explains. And Serene recalls a worship and songwriting conference she attended last year, which featured California-based pastor Dan McCollam. “It’s encouraging to hear from fellow believers who practice their faith and serve God in a different culture, but with the same love for Jesus Christ,” she said. The reputation and popularity of such foreign preachers lends greater credibility, authority and prestige to the experience of hearing them “live” here, said anthropologist Lai Ah Eng, a researcher at the National University of … [Read more...] about Screening of foreign preachers in Singapore: Why and what’s next?