2019.02.08

News Headlines - 08 February 2019

Japan begins culling thousands of pigs as swine fever spreads - The Straits Times

Japanese authorities were battling to contain swine flu on Wednesday (Feb 6) after the virus was detected at multiple sites in central Japan.
Japanese soldiers and local government officials began slaughtering around 6,600 pigs at a farm in Toyota City in Aichi prefecture following the confirmation of an outbreak of swine fever, also known as hog cholera, there.
Since January, the farm has shipped pigs to six facilities in Nagano, Gifu, Aichi, Mie, Shiga and Osaka prefectures, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. It said it had found the virus at all the above places except Mie.

Toyota cuts full-year profit forecast, warns over Brexit - Channel NewsAsia

The firm's senior managing officer Masayoshi Shirayanagi also told reporters there was no way to avoid a negative impact in the event of a no-deal Brexit - days after fellow Japanese carmaker Nissan announced a cut in production in Britain.
The maker of the Camry sedan and Prius hybrid now expects annual net profit of 1.87 trillion yen (US$17 billion) instead of the 2.3 trillion yen it projected three months ago.
The new forecast represents a 25-per cent plunge from the previous year.

Hosoda’s ‘Mirai’ wins Annie for best animated indie feature:The Asahi Shimbun

Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda’s film “Mirai” won the 46th Annie Award for Best Animated Independent Feature at the prestigious ceremony in Los Angeles on Feb. 2.
The Annies are often referred to as the Academy Awards for animation.

Princess Ubolratana is candidate for prime minister | Bangkok Post: news

The Thai Raksa Chart Party threw election politics into chaos on Friday when it nominated Princess Ubolratana as its candidate to be prime minister.
The party officially registered the elder sister of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn as news people pushed for vantage points at the Office of the Election Commission.
The move was the focus of election rumours on Thursday and overnight, but no media had been bold enough to mention her name or the royal connection until the actual event at 9am Friday.

Emiliano Sala: Cardiff could face Premier League points deduction if they fail to pay Nantes £15m transfer fee | The Independent

Cardiff could face a Premier League points deduction if they do not honour their £15 million deal with Nantes over the transfer of Emiliano Sala, according to sports law expert Gianpaolo Monteneri... On Thursday night, Sala's body was formally identified after it was recovered from the wreckage of the aircraft, which is on the seabed 21 miles off the coast of Guernsey.
Cardiff received a formal letter from Nantes on Tuesday asking for the first of three yearly instalments of the Sala transfer fee, understood to be £5.27m, to be paid within 10 days.


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