Abe instructed the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to study it, saying: “The general public is highly interested in this. I want the party to take the lead in advancing the discussion.” Introducing daylight saving time would have a great impact on people’s lives and economic activities. Winning broad public understanding is vital. Within the LDP, such an idea has been advanced as implementing it on an experimental basis, starting in 2019, to have it ready for the Tokyo Games. But this idea could be considered rash. Should it be introduced as a measure for the Olympic Games, changing the competition times would serve the same purpose. A national debate on not only the significance of daylight saving time, but also its inconvenient aspects should be deepened. Daylight saving time is a system in which standard time is advanced by about one hour, making use of the long hours of daylight in summer. As daily work would end while there was still light, leisure … [Read more...] about Japan needs proper debate on daylight saving time
Daylight savings time ends
By Kenyon Wallace Investigative Reporter Fri., Aug. 3, 2018 This story is part of the Star’s trust initiative, where every week we take readers behind the scenes of our journalism. At the beginning of this year, as part of the Star’s ongoing transparency project, we published a feature looking at how our newsroom style committee strives to maintain a sensitive, clear and consistent presentation of content. The article, which delved into the role of the style committee and its decisions on word usage, proved popular with readers. In light of that, we thought it would be fun — and, we hope, of value — to look at the reasoning behind why the Star has made certain style decisions about specific words. The examples we have chosen for this feature are a sampling of words — some quirky, some contentious — from the Star Stylebook, a newsroom resource providing guidance on everything from spelling, capitalization and punctuation … [Read more...] about What’s in a word?
By Lori Ewing The Canadian Press Fri., Aug. 3, 2018 When Canada’s Lanni Marchant and Krista DuChene stepped up to the marathon start line at the 2013 world championships, it was 2 o’clock in the afternoon, the sun was high, and the temperature in Moscow had soared to a sizzling 35 degrees with the humidex. It was the perfect storm of hot air and little shade, the type of conditions that cause the body to shut down. And 23 women — a third of the field — didn’t make it to the finish line that day. DuChene collapsed 12 kilometres in, and was whisked to hospital in an ambulance ride she barely remembers. Marchant experienced cramping so severe that, at the suggestion of a fellow racer, she stabbed her contorted left thigh muscle with a safety pin to try relieve the spasms. She would eventually cross 44th of the 46 runners who finished. “It was hot, girls were dropping within the first 5K, literally just collapsing in front of … [Read more...] about Canadian team preparing for soaring temperatures two year out from Tokyo Games
By The Canadian Press Fri., March 9, 2018 Daylight saving time begins this weekend, with most Canadians setting their clocks ahead by one hour early Sunday (or before heading to bed Saturday night). As always, officials are using the moment to remind us it is a good time to replace the batteries in our smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. Aside from battery maintenance, here are five things every homeowner should know about these life-saving devices: 1. Smoke and CO alarms don’t last forever. The average smoke alarm should be replaced every 10 years. CO alarms can last between seven and 10 years, according to Kidde Canada, a subsidiary of the world’s largest manufacturer of fire safety products. Article Continued Below Over time, internal sensors lose sensitively due to air contaminants and dust buildup. “There’s very low awareness about this,” says Kidde spokeswoman Sharon Cooksey. Every alarm should have its date of manufacture … [Read more...] about Time to set the clocks ahead this weekend — and change your smoke alarms
LONDON—European Parliament members have joined the chorus of skeptics about daylight saving time who argue that the practice of springing our clocks forward and then turning them back every year does more harm than good.The European assembly voted 384 to 152 on Thursday on a resolution calling for the European Commission, the European Union’s executive arm, to evaluate the current system and “if necessary, come up with a proposal for its revision.”The resolution was non-binding but echoed global concerns about the possible hazards of changing the clocks. Increasingly, health experts have questioned whether it’s worth the hassle to switch year after year. Read more: Feeling messed up? It could be the season … [Read more...] about European lawmakers debate ending daylight saving time switch