TOKYO: Japanese GDP expanded a better-than-expected 0.5 per cent in the first quarter of this year, official data showed Monday (May 20), although analysts cautioned that the world's third-largest economy was still facing headwinds.It was the second successive expansion for the Japanese economy after growth of 0.4 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year.The results defied gloomy expectations by analysts who predicted a small decline at the start of 2019, but some economists warned that signs of weakness remained beneath the positive headline figure."The headline figures were unexpectedly good but if you take a closer look, the data was not something we should be pleased about," said Takeshi Minami, chief economist at Norinchukin Research Institute."Rather, the data clearly showed weak points in the economy with poor consumption and corporate investment on plants and equipment," he told AFP.Net exports contributed strongly to the latest growth figures - but only because the … [Read more...] about Japan’s economy shows better-than-expected growth
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By Karon Liu Food Writer Tues., May 14, 2019 I’m a sucker for fast food specials, as evidenced by my last greasy taste test that involved eating multiple A&W fast food Beyond Meat breakfast sandwiches for the purpose of research. Starting this week, McDonald’s Canada is now serving fish and chips for a limited time across the country. While fish and chips isn’t as novel as lab-grown not-meat meat, my coworkers were intrigued by the new offering so I had McDonald’s send me a few boxes. Diners in Atlantic Canada were the first to get a taste of McDonald’s fish and chips as part of a pilot project a year ago. That version is basically the same that’s now being rolled out nationwide: two pieces of fried haddock (Newfoundlanders were initially skeptical that cod wasn’t used) with McDonald’s famous fries and a side of tartar sauce, the same stuff in a Filet-O-Fish. According to the press release, the haddock is … [Read more...] about Is McDonald’s new fish and chips better than a Filet-O-Fish?
By Kristen Page-Kirby The Washington Post Thu., May 9, 2019 It may be surprising, to put it mildly, to read a review of Pokémon: Detective Pikachu that also mentions Blade Runner. (More on this later.) But in a world where goldfish turn into dragons and baby dinosaurs walk the streets with tails aflame, stranger things have been known to happen. For the uninitiated, Pokémon are mythical creatures of varying types that each have special abilities. (Ask your local 10-year-old to list a few of the many species and their powers.) Working with human trainers, they battle one another for supremacy by using their powers to attack opponents. The phenomenon started in the 1990s with video games, evolving into a cartoon series, a card game and eventually the ever-present cultural juggernaut it is today. Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, the first live-action/animated entry into the canon, is only the latest fuel to keep the fire burning — and the money flowing. … [Read more...] about Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is far better than it should be
God is nearer than we think. (The Philippine Star) - May 3, 2019 - 12:00am God is nearer than we think. … [Read more...] about God is nearer than we think.
World Immunisation Week, which falls on the last week of April every year, promotes the use of vaccines for all ages against various diseases, and the theme this year is Protected Together: Vaccines Work! The campaign celebrates vaccine heroes around the world, from parents, community members, health workers, innovators and those who work hard to ensure that we are all protected through the power of vaccines. Immunisation saves millions of lives every year and is widely recognised as one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Yet, there are many who still believe that natural immunity provides better protection for ourselves. There are still nearly 20 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the world today, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Some deadly diseases are also re-emerging, even though scientists had largely eliminated them with vaccines for decades. Recent outbreaks of the oldest vaccine-preventable diseases such as … [Read more...] about Does natural immunity from infection protect better than vaccination?